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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (53) / 5/14/1961
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Coach Alain Vigneault says that he's happy with five of the six periods his Rangers have played against the Penguins thus far.
The one he didn't like? Saturday's second period where Pittsburgh put up three unanswered goals in 8:45 of play, two by Sidney Crosby no less. "Do I think as I team we need to play better? There’s no doubt," Vigneault finished. The series continues on Monday night with both teams looking to take a 2-1 series lead. Apr 19 - 8:37 PM

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Both the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins will boast the same lineups in Game 2 as they did in Game 1.

Probably most noteworthy for Game 1's losing team the Penguins, but a good JFYI if anyone's worried about starting a fringe player.
Apr 18 - 2:39 PM

The New York Rangers have officially won the Presidents' Trophy.

Incredibly this is head coach Alain Vigneault's third Presidents' Trophy in five years as he also won it with Vancouver in 2011 and 2012. Vigneault has an incredible 519-340-35 career regular season record, but the one thing he's still lacking is a Stanley Cup championship. He led Vancouver to the Cup Final in 2011 and the Rangers there in 2014, but each team fell short. He'll have another good opportunity to go all the way this year.
Apr 8 - 11:20 AM

The New York Rangers 2-for-33 with the man advantage over their last 15 contests.

The Rangers rank 21st this season with a 17.0% conversion rate on their power-play opportunities. "I think we need to simplify when we get out there," said Derek Stepan suggested. "We need to make sure we make the right plays and shoot the puck when we get a chance." The Rangers have had power-play issues for years now, with the last team to finish higher than 13th in the league being the 2006-07 squad. The blockbuster acquisition of defenseman Keith Yandle might end up boosting their power-play during the playoffs, but it certainly hasn't had the effect in the regular season.
Source: NY Post
Mar 31 - 10:03 AM

The New York Rangers have not had a power play opportunity in two games and only one in the last three contests.

It must be frustrating to the Rangers that the opposition is playing so cleanly. The Rangers will get an opportunity on Sunday once again to get the occasional man-advantage.
Mar 29 - 9:19 AM

Until Tuesday's 4-2 loss to Los Angeles, the New York Rangers had allowed two or fewer goals in 10 straight games.

That came close to matching the franchise's record, which is a 12-game stretch set back in 1971. Goaltender Cam Talbot played a big roll in the Rangers' latest streak as he's done a great job filling in for the injured Henrik Lundqvist. With Lundqvist close to returning though, Talbot will find himself returning to the backup role.
Mar 25 - 11:20 AM

Alain Vigneault picked up his 500th career NHL win on Saturday.

It's quite a milestone for the veteran head coach who becomes the 21st bench boss to hit the magic mark in the NHL. "Good players," Vigneault said of reaching 500 wins. "I’ve been very fortunate to coach some real good players. I’ve had great staffs and management. I’ve been fortunate to have all those good players through the years." Congratulations to Alain on the milestone win.
Feb 15 - 7:52 AM

Alain Vigneault earned his 498th victory as a head coach on Tuesday.

The Rangers earned a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Earning his 498th win put him ahead of former Edmonton and Rangers bench boss Glen Sather on the all-time coaching list. Vigneault is also just one victory shy of Terry Murray and is within striking distance of becoming the 21st bench boss to ever reach the 500-win mark.
Feb 11 - 11:21 AM

Alain Vigneault admitted that the Rangers could be looking to make a trade between now and the NHL trade deadline.

"The right answer is, if we can improve ourselves and become a better team, we’re gonna do that," Vigneault said. "But so far, I’ve liked the way our team has progressed." The Rangers do appear to be a little thin at center, and it's entirely possible that they could be looking at Arizona forward Antoine Vermette.
Feb 1 - 9:35 AM

The New York Rangers will be looking for their eighth consecutive win on Saturday.

The Rangers have not won eight straight since the 1974-75 season when they went from December 27/74-January 11/75 without a loss. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to get the start as the Rangers take on the New Jersey Devils.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 08:34:00 AM

Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Detroit was Rangers coach Alain Vigneault's 900th game as a bench boss.

There are eight other active coaches that have overseen at least as many games as Vigneault. The Rangers coach has won 473 regular season games, which is good for 23rd place on the all-time wins list. He's 53 years old, so he could be coaching for many years to come.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault sees Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes as significant.

"There's a lot of pressure on us tomorrow," Vigneault said. "We haven't won at home yet. We're playing well in stretches and then we have a breakdown of a few minutes that leads to a multitude of Grade A opportunities for the other team. I'm expecting us to be really focused and energized tomorrow for a really tough game." The Rangers are just 1-3-0 this season, but the Hurricanes are going to be hungry too after dropping their first three games.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault plans to wait until close to the start of the regular season to name a team captain.

"I think that all teams have a core leadership group and it's not up to just one individual, it's not up to just the captain to be the leader, it has to be a group effort," Vigneault said. "I see in our team I see some real strong possibilities as far as being captain but I also think because this is a new year and because we've changed some pieces to the puzzle I want to see how things unfold during training camp. Captain will be named before the first game of the regular season." Ryan McDonagh appears to be the favorite for the position, but Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis will get some consideration as well.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 04:35:00 PM

Darryl Williams has joined the coaching staff of the New York Rangers as an assistant.

He has served as an assistant coach with Vancouver for the last six seasons. He will work under Alain Vigneault, with Scott Arniel and Ulf Samuelsson, this season.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 04:18:00 PM

The New York Rangers may be in tough with the salary cap two million dollars less than anticipated.

The Rangers are about $24 million under the cap after doing the compliance buyout of Brad Richards but still have to sign restricted free agents Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and John Moore while Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and Dan Carcillo are slated to become unrestricted free agents. There is no way they can keep everyone so some tough decisions will have to be made in the next 24-48 hours.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 08:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3J.T. Miller
4Dominic Moore
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Carl Hagelin
4James Sheppard
5Tanner Glass
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Jesper Fast
4Kevin Hayes
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Keith Yandle
3Daniel Girardi
4Marc Staal
5Dan Boyle
6Kevin Klein
7Matt Hunwick
8Chris Summers
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cam Talbot