Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Henrik Lundqvist is pleased that he will get a few days off from playing.

The Rangers ended their series on Friday, defeating the Penguins in five games and with the next series against either Washington or the Islanders slated to begin on Wednesday or Thursday, it gives the 35-year-old netminder some valuable games off. Lundqvist was stellar against Pittsburgh as he was 4-1 with a 1.53 GAA and a .939 save percentage. If he continues this solid play, the Rangers could carry the Stanley Cup around the ice in June.
Apr 26 - 7:39 AM

It looks like it will be Monday at the earliest for an update on Mats Zuccarello's upper body injury.

Zuccarello took a puck to the face early in the first period Friday and did not return. It could be more serious than first thought as you would think the Rangers would give some good news already if it was considered minor. Stay tuned.
Source: NY Post
Apr 26 - 7:31 AM

Keith Yandle continues to play in games despite sitting out practice.

The Rangers say that Yandle has been dealing with an illness. If that's the case, he should be fine when the second round begins either Wednesday or Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Apr 25 - 8:19 AM

Kevin Klein (broken arm) is taking longer than expected to return to the lineup.

It was originally thought that Klein would be out for three-four weeks but it has now been six weeks since the injury. He had nine goals and 26 points this season and was a force on the Rangers blueline. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 25 - 8:01 AM

There is no update on Mats Zuccarello who took a puck to the face in the first period Friday and did not return.

Zuccarello was injured when he took teammate's Ryan McDonagh's shot in the head. "I was told he was all right, but I didn't get into it," coach Alain Vigneault said. The next round should start on Wednesday or Thursday but there may not be an update on the Norwegian forward before the start of the series.
Apr 25 - 7:58 AM

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 37 of 38 shots in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

This was a solid goaltending duel between Lundqvist and Marc-Andre Fleury in game five, but ultimately the Rangers' netminder came out on top. Lundqvist closes out the first round with a 4-1 record with a 1.53 goals-against-average and a .939 save percentage. The Rangers will now take on the winner of the Islanders-Capitals series in round two. The Rangers may not score many goals, but they are solid defensively and they have an all-world goaltender. They are the odds-on favorites to make it to the Stanley Cup final from the Eastern Conference.
Apr 24 - 10:33 PM

Carl Hagelin scored the series clinching goal in Friday's 2-1 overtime win over Pittsburgh.

Derek Stepan opened the scoring at the 4:23 mark of the first period, but the Rangers were unable to beat Marc-Andre Fleury again until overtime. Fleury was excellent for Pittsburgh, and he's the only reason the game even went to overtime but he may want the Hagelin goal back. The 26-year-old now has two goals and one assist in five playoff games in 2015. The Rangers will take on the winner of the Capitals-Islanders series which Washington currently leads three games to two.
Apr 24 - 10:24 PM

Mats Zuccarello was forced to leave Game Five early when he appeared to take a puck to the face late in the first period.

He skated off slowly while holding his face and will not return to the game. During his 4:56 of ice time, including 48 seconds on the power play, Zuccarello contributed three shots, a hit and a block. We'll keep posted on his injury status.
Apr 24 - 8:12 PM

There will not be any line up changes for the Rangers as they look to eliminate the Penguins on Friday night in Game Five.

James Sheppard and Chris Summers will remain scratched while Kevin Klein is not yet ready to return from his broken arm. Of the three, only Klein is worth a flyer if/when he returns. He may have just 13 points in 53 career playoff games, but he set career highs in goals (nine) and points (26) in 65 games this season.
Apr 24 - 6:01 PM

Henrik Lundqvist will start Friday's Game Five against Pittsburgh with a chance to move on to the second round.

The Rangers needed seven games to dispose of the Penguins in the second round last season, but they came back from from Pittsburgh's current 3-1 deficit. Obviously, Lundqvist and his teammates have no intentions of trading heartbreak. Lundqvist has turned away 87 of 94 shots through the first four games, helping to produce three Quality Starts and one Really Bad Start thus far.
Apr 24 - 5:25 PM

Kevin Klein (broken arm) will not return on Friday.

Klein last played on March 11. The odds of him returning on Friday were pegged as 50-50. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault fought against the notion that Klein has suffered a setback in his recovery, but he did say that the bone is taking longer to heal than initially anticipated.
Apr 24 - 12:44 PM

Derick Brassard leads the Rangers with three goals in four playoff games.

Dating back to the regular season, he has found the back of the net in four of his last five contests. Given how close the Rangers' first round series with Pittsburgh has been, Brassard's efforts have been essential to New York establishing a 3-1 series lead. "Derick has become a real solid two-way hockey player," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's very dependable when he doesn't have the puck and when he has the puck he's making plays and he’s willing to go to the tough areas to make those plays. So, he's one of our young players that's progressing and coming along."
Apr 24 - 10:51 AM

Kevin Klein (arm) is considered "50-50" to play in Game 5.

He skated on his own Thursday and hasn't played since Mar. 11 because of a broken arm. "He was a little sore from yesterday, so we'll see how he reacts, responds tomorrow," coach Alain Vigneault said.
Apr 23 - 4:50 PM

Daniel Girardi stopped five shots in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime win against Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Girardi has an impressive 20 blocks over just four playoff contests. That's good for second place in the league behind Nashville's Roman Josi. Girardi finished tied for sixth in the league during the regular season with 184 blocks in 82 games.
Apr 23 - 10:19 AM

Chris Kreider had a game-high 10 hits in the Rangers' 2-1 overtime win versus Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

No other player on either team had more than half Kreider's number of hits. That's after Kreider recorded just three over the first three contests of the Rangers' first round series against Pittsburgh. He had 162 hits in 80 regular season games, which was good for third place on the team.
Apr 23 - 10:16 AM


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