Yesterday at practice, the Rangers were using the following lines (Cyrgalis):
- Rick Nash, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello
- JT Miller, David Desharnais, Jesper Fast
- Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Vinni Lettieri
- Cody McLeod, Petter Holland, Paul Carey
Ryan McDonagh is paired with Neal Pionk, Nick Holden is paired with Tony DeAngelo and Brady Skjei is paired with Steven Kampfer. (Cyrgalis)
Jimmy Vesey was skating in a non-contact jersey. (Cyrgalis)
Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that he wants to see some of his players show some more resiliency and added, again, that he feels the Rangers are playing better than their record indicates. (NYR)
On where the Rangers have been lately, Ryan McDonagh said "It's been brutal, no question about it. With everything going on with the team, we need to stay focused on trying to put together somewhat of a complete game. We're not getting close." (NYR Game Notes)
Mats Zuccarello said that the recent stretch for the Rangers has him walking around "grumpy" and that it's hard to stay positive. (VG)
Henrik Lundqvist said after Wednesday's loss to Boston, "knowing how hard it is for us right now to score goals and get going, we make a couple mistakes and it cost us. I think that's the key right now, not to overreact when bad things happen. It's hard when things have been going as bad as they have lately, to stay the course and stay focused on the right things. Personally, and as a team, we are not even close in the second half of the game, but part of that is because of my two mistakes in the second." (NYR Game Notes)
Rangers President Glen Sather said yesterday that the Rangers could still make the playoffs, things change and "who would have thought 12 games ago that we would be out of the playoffs today."
Adam Rotter: For what has seemed for weeks like a lost season, the Rangers still have 28 games left and, remarkably, are still only three points out of the last playoff spot. There are games in hand for other teams and it would take a pretty nice run, but other teams are allowing the Rangers to stay in the race. Ultimately the Rangers really only have a chance at making a run towards the playoffs if Henrik Lundqvist gets back on track and starts stealing games again. Again, it seems like a longshot but if other teams are going to allow the Rangers to hang around, they may as well try to build a good feeling and see if they can string wins together.