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Nine different Rangers forwards have scored at least 14 goals in 2013-14.
The Rangers haven't had that kind of scoring depth since 1993-94. They've needed it too given that only two of their players have reached the 20-goal mark and Rick Nash is leading the pack with 25 goals. In fact, despite their depth, they've been a middle-of-the-road team offensively. Apr 9 - 10:29 AM

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The New York Rangers are preparing for a key game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

The match might be a playoff preview given that the two squads currently occupy the second and third seeds in the Metropolitan Division. Under the new playoff system, each second place team will face the third place team in their respective divisions while the division winners get paired up with Wild Card squads in the first round. In addition to this being a game that could set the tone for their potential first-round series, the Flyers and Rangers are only separated by a single point and therefore both still in the running to earn home ice advantage in the opening playoff series.
Mar 26 - 10:13 AM

Rangers owner Jim Dolan offered his public support of GM Glen Sather and coach Alain Vigneault during WFAN and ESPN radio appearances on Tuesday.

Dolan also backed the Ryan Callahan trade, citing the former captain's contract demands as the reason for the move. "I think [Sather] is the best in the business," Dolan said. The Rangers currently hold the third seed in the Metropolitan Division.
Mar 19 - 9:49 AM

The New York Rangers have killed off 21 straight power plays over their past seven contests.

They faced just one San Jose power play in Sunday's 1-0 defeat. The Rangers sit seventh in the NHL with a penalty kill success rate of 84.6 percent.
Mar 17 - 9:55 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is looking for his team to refocus after Wednesday's blockbuster trade.

The Rangers dealt team captain Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay as part of a trade to bring Martin St. Louis to the club. They followed that up with a 3-2 overtime loss to Toronto on Wednesday. "We knew that [Wednesday] was a challenging day," Vigneault said. "The example I can give you is the guys coming back from the Olympics, they have had a short hangover and it's got to be over. Hank [Lundqvist] needs to be the Hank we saw before going to the Olympics. OK, now we've lost our captain, some guys have lost a very good friend. We can't suffer from the hangover. The hangover was yesterday and it has to be a short one." The Rangers hold on the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division is far from safe. They will play against Carolina on Friday.
Mar 7 - 10:12 AM

The New York Rangers will participate in their 6,000th regular season game on Thursday.

The Rangers lost on their 4,000th and 5,000th regular season contests, so they'll be trying to snap that weird streak Thursday night. They'll play against the Edmonton Oilers and will be fighting to win their fifth straight game and strengthen their hold on second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Feb 6 - 10:18 AM

The Rangers are about to make NHL history.

They are set to become the first team to play in consecutive regular season outdoor games. Outdoor games are a bit of a different beast given the atmosphere, weather factors, and ice conditions. Typically though, both teams are in the same boat because the majority of the players have little to no experience dealing with outdoor games. Given that the Rangers have already played one game in Yankee Stadium recently, it will be interesting to see if that gives them much of an edge against the Islanders Wednesday night.
Jan 29 - 9:47 AM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to end the $16 million annual property tax break that Madison Square Garden's enjoys.

Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers are owned by the Madison Square Garden Company. "We can't ask the taxpayers to look the other way while a very well-endowed corporation, a profitable corporation, receives a tax cut for a piece of land that is among the most valuable on earth," de Blasio said. Meanwhile, state Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo remain in favor of the tax break. As an aside, one of the conditions for the tax break is that the Rangers have to play all of their home games in MGS. Consequently, when they play in outdoor contests like their Stadium Series matches in Yankee Stadium, they have to be listed as the visitors.
Jan 28 - 9:57 AM

The New York Rangers are getting ready to start a four-game home stretch.

After that, they'll be on the road for just a single game before playing another three contests at home. For most teams, that'd be great news, but the Rangers are just 8-10-3 in Madison Square Garden this season. It will be very hard to make the playoffs if they stay below .500 at home, which makes these next two weeks critical for the Rangers.
Jan 10 - 9:56 AM

New York Rangers GM Glen Sather has reportedly been actively looking to make a trade.

Of course, the holiday roster freeze is in effect, so he couldn't pull the trigger on a deal right now either way. The Rangers expected to be serious Stanley Cup contenders this season, but at it is, they're struggling to make the playoffs. They have a 16-18-2 record and are just 6-10-2 at home. Among other players, the Rangers are interested in trading defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Daniel Girardi.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:06:00 PM

The New York Rangers own a 5-7-1 record at home.

The club has lost the first two games of their franchise-record nine-game homestand. "We have to respond," captain Ryan Callahan said. "It's not good enough at home. This is a long home stand and now it takes the guys in here to respond and be better. It starts Tuesday night and that's how we are looking at this. We have a challenge in front of us and now we have to answer it."
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 02:42:00 PM

Alain Vigneault wants more from his best players.

"If we are going to get some traction and get past that .500 level, we need our top players to consistently play like top players," said Vigneault. "Not a period in, a period out. Not a game in, a game out. We need that core group, the leaders of this group, to perform accordingly." Henrik Lundqvist might be among the players that he's referring to, given his somewhat inconsistent showings that has led to rookie Cameron Talbot getting more starts than expected. The Rangers entered this season amid high expectations, but are just 14-14-0. Fortunately for them, in the anemic Metropolitan Division that's still good enough for a playoff spot.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault bashed his team's effort following the New York Rangers' 3-2 loss to Boston on Friday.

The Rangers' blew a 2-1 lead in the third period. "We got exactly what we deserved," Vigneault said. "We had too many guys with their B game on the ice against a Stanley Cup finalist, a team that was obviously not happy with their performance (after a 6-1 loss to the Red Wings). We came in here, I thought, with a lot on the line and should have been very motivated." Vigneault added that the Rangers are only 13-13-0 this season because of how inconsistent they've been. If Rangers fans are looking for a silver lining, it's that .500 might be good enough to make the playoffs in the surprisingly weak Metropolitan Division.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault feels his team has failed to capitalize on too many of their scoring chances.

"We're getting quality chances," Vigneault said. "[But 24 games], there's a segment that tells us we're not scoring a lot. Maybe we have to play even tighter to the vest than we are and go into games with that mentality of 2-1." The Rangers rank sixth in the league in shots per game, but still have one of the most anemic offenses in the league. Getting Rick Nash back from a concussion should help, although it might take some time before the star forward finds his groove again.
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 09:20:00 AM

The New York Rangers have turned their season around by winning six of their last seven games.

That pushed the Rangers over .500 with a 9-8-0 record. The Rangers had to adjust to a new coaching system under Alain Vigneault and that process was made harder by a lengthy season-opening road trip. Still, they seem to have gotten a feel for the team's new strategy. "We definitely have more confidence in our structure and, probably, more chemistry with our linemates up front and our defensive pairs, our understanding of where we're supposed to be and what our role is," said defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers will play against New Jersey on Tuesday.
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 09:58:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Brad Richards
3Derick Brassard
4Dominic Moore
5Brian Boyle
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Benoit Pouliot
4Daniel Carcillo
5J.T. Miller
RW1Rick Nash
2Martin St. Louis
3Mats Zuccarello
4Derek Dorsett
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Marc Staal
4Anton Stralman
5Kevin Klein
6Raphael Diaz
7John Moore
8Justin Falk
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot