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Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (56) / 5/14/1961
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The Rangers will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season on Thursday.
New York earned a 6-4 victory against Vegas on Tuesday, but the Rangers will be up against the Eastern Conference leading Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be a tough contest for the Rangers, but at some point they need to string together a winning streak to dig themselves out of this hole. They're 4-7-2 so far. "It's been a tough start to the season," Mats Zuccarello said. "When things don't go your way you start second-guessing yourself. I think it's just important that we got this emotional win (Tuesday.)" Nov 2 - 5:14 AM

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Marc Staal has come out in defense of Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

New York is off to a 3-7-2 start and a New York Post report suggested that Vigneault's fate might be sealed if the Rangers lose to Vegas on Tuesday. "It’s not a coaching issue. It’s everyone," Staal said. "Everyone needs to be better. We’re 3-7-2. We’ve got to find a way to win games together, and if you’re not gonna do that together, you’re not gonna turn it around. So we’re all on the same page in that regard of trying to turn this thing around." That's fair, but sometimes changing the coach can reverse a trend. The Rangers have made the playoffs in four straight seasons under Vigneault and got to the second round last season, so perhaps he has more leeway than is currently being suggested. Either way, the Rangers have fallen well below expectations thus far.
Oct 31 - 5:26 AM

Larry Brooks of the New York Post hears that Tuesday's game against Vegas may decide the coaching fate of Alain Vigneault.

Vigneault could be shown the door if the Rangers lose to the expansion team. New York is off to a terrible start at 3-7-2 and are falling further and further behind a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It should be interesting.
Source: NY Post
Oct 30 - 7:38 AM

The New York Rangers are enduring one of the worst starts in their franchise's history.

With a 5-4 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Tuesday night, the Rangers are now 1-5-1 this season. That makes them just the second team in franchise history to collect less than four points through seven contests. The last time the Rangers had such a slump was in 1959-60 and they were en route to a 17-38-15 campaign. That's not to say that history will repeat itself, but the Rangers need to stop the bleeding. They'll get another chance to do so against the Islanders on Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Oct 18 - 5:18 AM

Brian Leetch and Brad Richards are joining the New York Rangers' front office as Hockey Operations Advisors.

Part of Leetch's and Richards' duties will be to aide in the development of the Rangers' prospects. Leetch and Richards bring a massive wealth of experience and success with them, so they should be great assets for the franchise and inspirations for the organization's youngsters to work with.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 5 - 2:11 PM

The New York Rangers will retire Jean Ratelle's No. 19 jersey on Feb. 25.

"Jean Ratelle is truly one of the greatest players to have ever played for the New York Rangers," Rangers president Glen Sather said. "Few players have demonstrated the class, dignity, and gracefulness that Jean possessed throughout his career, both on and off the ice. I had the good fortune to call Jean a teammate with the Rangers, I am proud to still call Jean a friend, and I am honored to announce that he will take his rightful place in the rafters of Madison Square Garden." Ratelle picked up 336 goals and 817 points in 861 games with the Rangers.
Aug 28 - 2:04 PM

The New York Rangers have fired AHL Hartford head coach Ken Gernander.

"We want to thank Ken for his service and all of his contributions to the Wolf Pack and the Rangers organization," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said in a release. "We wish him and his family all the best in his future endeavors." The Rangers also announced that assistant GM Chris Drury will serve as the Hartford Wolf Pack's general manager.
May 20 - 10:34 AM

The New York Rangers are down three games to two despite the Senators leading for only 13:10 in the entire series.

The Rangers have on the other hand been in the lead for 180: 12 but a couple of overtime losses and a game winning goal with only 4:11 left in the third have turned the series in Ottawa’s favor. The Rangers need to learn how to finish the Sens or they will be golfing by the end of the week.
Source: NY Post
May 8 - 10:03 AM

The New York Rangers have scored at least four goals in each of their last four games.

The problem is that the Rangers are only 2-2 in their last four so the big problem seems to be a lack of defense as their offense is firing on all cylinders. The Rangers face elimination on Tuesday as they are home to Ottawa for Game 6.
May 7 - 10:34 AM

The Rangers need to improve their powerplay if they hope to continue their success in the playoffs thus far.

The Rangers have not scored with the man advantage in 14 attempts. That is a pretty dismal record in the postseason, where goals are hard to come by. We will be keeping an eye on how the Blueshirts perform on the powerplay Saturday in Game 6 at the Garden.
Apr 22 - 8:10 AM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault isn't dwelling on the Rangers' poor record at home.

The Rangers were 21-16-4 at Madison Square Garden during the regular season and they lost Game 3 at home on Sunday. "I’m looking at one thing," Vigneault said. "In the 2017 playoffs, we’ve had one loss. Different group. Different year. Obviously, we didn’t take a good time [Sunday] to have a very ordinary game but [Tuesday] we’ve got an opportunity to make this series even and anybody who believes that this group doesn’t want to play well, doesn’t want to win, doesn’t know what they’re talking about." The Rangers took the first game of their series against Montreal, but are now behind 2-1. A loss Tuesday night would put the Rangers against the ropes going into Game 5 on Thursday in Montreal.
Apr 18 - 9:49 AM

The New York Rangers are having so many problems winning at home.

The Rangers dropped a shootout loss to the Panthers Friday night and are 19-15-3 at home and 25-9-0 away from the supposed friendly confines of MSG. The Rangers are 0-4-2 at home in their last six and better improve if they want to advance past the opening round of the playoffs.
Source: NY Post
Mar 18 - 10:19 AM

Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets, is reportedly close to being selected as the home of the 2018 Winter Classic.

This would be the first time that the Rangers have hosted the Winter Classic, but they did face the Flyers in 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. This time around the visiting team would be the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo also has Winter Classic experience as they hosted the 2008 one at Ralph Wilson Stadium in a game against the Penguins.
Mar 16 - 9:03 AM

The New York Rangers are just 19-15-2 at home this season.

With such a mediocre home record, it's in a way impressive that the Rangers even have 90 points in 70 contests. The Rangers currently hold the first Wild Card spot, which means that they won't have the home ice advantage in the playoffs unless something changes. But given how much better the Rangers have played on the road this season, maybe that's not a bad thing.
Mar 14 - 8:57 AM

Alain Vigneault has not been happy with the play of the New York Rangers of late.

The Rangers lost their third game in four on Saturday and Vigneault did not hold back his feelings. "Right now we’ve got quite a few guys that are fighting it, a couple guys’ games are not very good," Vigneault said. "But that’s still not a reason to execute at the level we did tonight, and it’s still not a reason to lose the number of 1-on-1 battles that we lost tonight. So it has to be a reality check here." The Rangers go out on the road for four games where they are 22-8-0 so perhaps they can get it together again.
Source: NY Post
Mar 5 - 8:38 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mika Zibanejad
2Kevin Hayes
3David Desharnais
4Boo Nieves
LW1Chris Kreider
2Rick Nash
3Jimmy Vesey
4Michael Grabner
5Ryan Gropp
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Pavel Buchnevich
4Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Brady Skjei
4Brendan Smith
5Marc Staal
6Nick Holden
7Steven Kampfer
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Ondrej Pavelec