4-14-14: The Rangers closed out the regular season around the .500 mark, winning two of its last four games, and three of its last six. New York started the NHL season with a 3-7-0 run. In its last 72 games, New York has posted a 42-24-6 record, a 103-point pace over a full season. The Rangers will face their hated rivals from Philadelphia in the first-round of the playoffs.
4-7-14: The Rangers went 1-1-1 this past week, letting a win slip away in Colorado and wasting a chance to clinch a playoff spot Saturday by losing to the Senators. They control their fate in terms of earning home ice in round one. Philadelphia and Columbus are nipping at their heels, but playing the Hurricanes and Sabres this week should help, New York is 31-5-2 when scoring first this season, the sixth-best mark in the NHL.
3-31-14: The Rangers are 7-4-0 in their last eleven games played. Veterans such as Brad Richards and Rick Nash have propelled the Rangers into payoff contention this season. Richards has 18 goals and 31 assists this season. New York will be a threat come this playoff season. If the playoffs began today, they would have home ice advantage against the Flyers. What a great playoff series that would be against two hated rivals separated by 90 miles or so.
3-25-14: The Rangers won three straight games this past week, beating the Senators, Blue Jackets and Devils on the road by a combined score of 13-5. Those wins could be season savers. The Rangers' best case scenario is finishing second in the Metropolitan, with the worst case being missing the playoffs entirely. The Rangers don’t play back-to-back games for the rest of the season, which means Henrik Lundqvist could start the team's final 10 games.
3-17-14: The Rangers should easily be in the top three of the Metropolitan Division, but instead are desperately clinging to the last wild card spot in the East. If they do collapse and miss the playoffs altogether, there will be some tough questions to answer this offseason. The first question that comes to mind would be the Marty St. Louis trade. He’s been ok thus far with the Rangers, but the Broadway Blueshirts are still having trouble scoring.
3-10-14: The Rangers were in a tough spot with Ryan Callahan. All signs were pointing to him leaving in the offseason. GM Glen Sather managed to trade Callahan for Martin St. Louis. The Rangers did give up way too much for the 38-year-old player and will regret it in the long-term, but in the short-term they're a better team. St. Louis solidifies the Rangers top two lines and makes them a scary bunch come playoff time.
3-3-14: After defeating the defending-champion Blackhawks out of the gate, they dropped two in a row to the Flyers and Bruins to end this past week. New York sits in third in the Metropolitan, but they have the Capitals just one point back. Ryan Callahan played all 449 of his career games with the Rangers. It's possible that last Sunday's game against the Bruins may have been his last one as his name has been swirling around in potential trades for sometime now.
2-10-14: The Rangers have played their best over this past month, going 11-4 in their previous 15 games. In their final six games before the break, the Rangers went 5-1-0. Even with this string of success, there's nothing guaranteed for the Rangers. They currently sit in second in the Metropolitan, but there are five teams behind them that can easily overtake them. New York has 10 games this season in which they've had at least 40 shots on goal.
2-3-14: The Metropolitan Division is currently comprised of the Pittsburgh Penguins and everyone else, but New York at least has the most points of the “other” teams besides Pittsburgh. The Rangers also can boast about having wins on the NHL's biggest regular season stage, with a pair of outdoor wins at Yankee Stadium highlighting this past week. The Rangers are always active come the trade deadline and I expect nothing less from General manager Glen Sather.
1-27-14: They opened last week with tough losses to the Islanders and Blues, but bounced back in a big way by beating the Devils at Yankee Stadium this past Sunday. The Blueshirts are 4-2-0 in their past six games. They are close to emerging as the second-best squad in the Metropolitan behind the Penguins as they are barely holding off third-place Columbus. Mats Zuccarello has 15 goals in 51 games this season. He had only 11 goals in his first 67 games in the NHL.
1-20-14: The Rangers have won six of their last seven games played and seven of their last nine.
Their win over Washington this past Sunday was a four-point game. A loss would have put Washington into a wild-card spot and within one point of New York, but instead the Rangers won and got five points worth of distance. Derek Stepan had gone 13 games without a goal and had collected just four assists in that span until last Saturday's game against Ottawa. Stepan scored once and added two helpers.
1-13-14: The Rangers appear to have found their way as they're 6-1-1 in their past eight games and have power-play goals in each of their past five games. The Blueshirts are four games above .500, and they've moved into third place in the Metropolitan. Rick Nash has four goals in four games since being named to the Canadian Olympic team this past Tuesday. The Rangers penalty kill and powerplay both sit within the NHL’s top 10.
1-7-14: The Rangers have won five of their last seven games and lit up the Maple Leafs, 7-1, this past Saturday. The weakness of the Eastern Conference and improved play from New York has seen them climb out of the basement and into the playoff race. The Rangers sit only two points out of second in the Metropolitan. On a team with names like Brad Richards, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan, the leading scorer is Mats Zuccarello, a 5'7" Norwegian who has a career-best 30 points in 42 games.
12-30-13: After dropping six of their last seven games, the Rangers have won three out of four after surviving on the road against the Lightning, 4-3, this past Sunday night. There are times when the Rangers look like one of the worst teams in the league, but they're picking up enough points to stay in contention for a playoff spot. Henrik Lundqvist has allowed at least three goals in eight consecutive starts. Lundqvist allowed at least three goals 12 times all of last season.
12-23-13: The Rangers have two regulation wins in December and have gone 2-5-2 in nine home games this month, with the lone regulation win coming this past Sunday. The Rangers are exactly one point out of a playoff spot despite their subpar 17-18-2 record. Chris Kreider has gone quiet as of late. After a solid November where he posted 13 points 15 games, he has just four points in his last 10 games. The good news is that three of those points have come in his last four games played.
12-16-13: The Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak the past Sunday night with a 4-3 shootout win against the lowly Flames. They rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the win. It was the Rangers fourth straight game they had fallen behind 2-0. That’s something that must change quickly. Believe it or not, their victory over Calgary propelled the Rangers from seventh to fourth in the Metropolitan and within two points of a playoff spot. Nobody thought that would have been possible back in October.
12-9-13: The Rangers picked up three of a possible eight points last week. They were defeated by both the Devils and Capitals. The Rangers opened the year with nine consecutive games away from MSG. In that stretch, the team went 3-6-0 and dug itself a hole they have yet to climb out of. However, the tradeoff was supposed to be the team's current home-stand of nine consecutive games in New York. The Rangers have just a single point in two games and need wins to get back into a playoff spot.
12-2-13: The Rangers went 2-2-0 in the last seven days, winning and losing to good and poor teams alike. Their 5-2 victory over John Tortorella’s Vancouver Canucks to close out the week was a nice touch. Their 5-0 loss to the Stamkos-less Lightning, however, wasn’t pleasant. New York’s defensemen have struggled this season with the exception of Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh, who has 15 points in 27 games, has triple the production of any of his fellow Ranger defenseman and is on pace for a career-best season.
11-25-13: Hard to believe but the Rangers are in a playoff spot. After their brutal start to the year, the Rangers have turned things around going 6-4 over their last 10 games played. They went 2-1 this past week with wins over Nashville and Dallas. Their lone loss came against the Bruins. The Rangers can seek revenge over the Bruins as they travel to Boston this week for a Black Friday matinee game. John Tortorella returns New York for the first time Saturday, since being fired in the offseason.
11-18-13: The Rangers continue to struggle to find their offensive groove. In three games last week, New York managed only three goals. In fairness, the Rangers ran into some pretty hot goalies. Marty Brodeur turned aside 33 or 35 shots his saw. Carey Price stopped 33 of 34 shots thrown his way and Ben Scrivens posted a shutout. The Rangers are 9-1-0 when they score they first goal this season. That’s good for first in the NHL.
11-12-13: The Rangers won three of four games this past week with their lone loss coming to the hands of the NHL’s best team in the Anaheim Ducks. The Rangers have now won six of their last eight games. Henrik Lundqvist seems to have turned around his early season struggles. King Henrik has two shutouts and has only allowed more than three goals twice since he gave up six goals back on October 10th. Now only if Rick Nash can get healthy.
11-5-13: Have the Rangers turned the corner? They had a strong week with wins Carolina, Buffalo, and the Islanders and outscored them by a 10-3 margin. How about a nice applause for Brad Richards? After being a candidate for a compliance buyout last season, Richards has 5 goals and 10 points through 14 games. His 53.8% Corsi rating leads all Ranger forwards. I guess John Tortorella’s departure is a reason why Richards is thriving. Things could be looking up for the boys of Broadway.
10-29-13: The Rangers are struggling mightily. They started off the week with a 2-1 loss to the lowly Flyers and did beat a good Red Wings squad. The Rangers went 3-6-0 on their epic nine game road trip to start the season. Five of those nine games came against the more competitive Western Conference. They play their next nine of 12 games at MSG, with only two of those games coming against the Western Conference. For the Rangers, it’s good to be home.
10-21-13: They followed up a big victory against Washington last week with a clunker of game against the Devils last Saturday in Newark. The Rangers have given up a total of 29 goals on the year and Henrik Lundqvist has been poor. New York has started their first nine games on the road and will return to MSG next Monday for the home opener versus Montreal. Injuries to Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash, and Ryan Callahan have decimated this team early on.
The Rangers have been outscored 25-9 through their first five games. With brutal losses to San Jose and Anaheim 9-2 and 6-0 respectively the players, not head coach Alain Vigneault are to blame for their early struggles. Henrik Lundqvist has not been the issue. He can blame his teammates with their sloppy puck management and shoddy defense. The Rangers desperately need left winger Carl Hagelin to return from injury. GM Glen Sather is never afraid to make a splash personnel wise.
10-7-13: With the way the Rangers schedule plays out they have only played one game so far. They looked awful in their opening-night loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. The Rangers played poor in the pre-season and there could be some early warning signs for the Broadway Blueshirts.
8-22-13: There is new coach in NYC as John Tortorella was fired and Alain Vigneault was hired in his place. The Rangers should still be considered a cup contender because of the talent and depth they have, plus they still have Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes. Tortorella makes his return to Broadway on Nov. 30 as the Rangers host the Canucks. Fired Canucks coach Alain Vigneault will visit Vancouver on Apr. 1. The Rangers play the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and then the New York Islanders on Jan. 29 at Yankee Stadium as part of the Coors Light Stadium Series.
8-3-13: The NY Rangers have agreed to terms with undrafted free agent 19-year-old defenseman Troy Donnay.
8-1-13: The Rangers has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mats Zuccarello on a new deal. The 25-year-old
scored three goals and five assists in 15 games last season with the Blueshirts.
Rangers 2013 NHL Draft Summary:
Pick #65: Adam Tambellini, C
Pick #75: Pavel Buchnevich, LW
Pick #80: Anthony Duclair, LW
Pick #110: Ryan Graves, D
Pick #170: Mackenzie Skapski, G