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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (54) / 5/14/1961
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In case you hadn't noticed, all 13 of the New York Rangers playoff games have been decided by just one goal.
Albeit, four of them have been played and won, in overtime. Two each against Pittsburgh and Washington. "It helps us keep our focus on the right things. Every play matters," Henrik Lundqvist said. Perhaps even stranger, seven of the 13 games have been a final of 2-1 with the Rangers winning five. Lundqvist leads the league across the board among goalies who've played at least five games, while Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan share the team lead in points with nine. May 16 - 8:53 PM

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The New York Rangers have won an NHL-record 10 straight elimination games at Madison Square Garden.

New York has a franchise record of 7-0 in Game 7s at MSG and the Blueshirts played in their 14th straight one-goal postseason game, which is a league record. This is their third trip to the Eastern Conference Final in the last four seasons.
May 14 - 9:33 AM

The New York Rangers set an NHL record on Friday when they won their ninth consecutive game while facing elimination at home.

The Rangers are 12-3 overall in elimination games since 2009 and they set another record on Friday as they played in their 12th straight one goal game. The Rangers hope to get a chance to go 10-0 in home elimination games but they will have to win in Washington Sunday to get that chance on Tuesday.
Source: NY Post
May 10 - 7:54 AM

The Maple Leafs are interested in speaking to Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton, but New York will not grant them permission to do so.

This according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman, who said, "Last year the Rangers declined permission for Jeff Gorton, their assistant GM, to interview in Pittsburgh and this year it has reportedly happened in both Boston and Toronto, so far, while the team is in the playoffs." Rangers general manager Glen Sather is 71 years old, and teams are starting to look at Gorton as his successor. Gorton is in his eighth season with the Rangers.
May 9 - 11:59 PM

Rangers bench boss Alain Vigneault thinks his team has been playing well despite the fact that its down 3-1 in its series against Washington.

All four contests have been decided by just one goal. "It's as easy as they've been able to make us pay for a couple of our mistakes, our turnovers, and we haven't been able to do it," Vigneault said. "We've forced them into quite a few turnovers. We haven't been able to make them pay for it." Given how close this series is, it wouldn't take too much for the Rangers to come back in Game 5. Taking three straight games from Washington will be a very difficult task though.
May 8 - 11:00 AM

Alain Vigneault is up for the Jack Adams Trophy as coach of the year.

The Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy after posting a league-high 113 points in the standings. New York had 53 victories to lead the NHL and they paced the league with a plus-60 goal differential. Nashville's Peter Laviolette and Calgary's Bob Hartley are the other nominees.
May 6 - 7:01 PM

The New York Rangers' second round series against the Washington Capitals will kick off on Thursday.

After that the series will be decently spread out as Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday, followed by Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on May 6. The only game that still has an undetermined date is Game 7. It will be scheduled for May 12 if Detroit beats Tampa Bay in its first round series, but if the reverse happens then the Rangers' contest will be scheduled for May 13.
Apr 29 - 5:37 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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