Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Rick Nash skipped Tuesday's practice for maintenance.

He is expected to be back on the ice Wednesday, according to coach Alain Vigneault. Nash contributed two goals and one assist in six games against Montreal in Round 1 of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 1:53 PM

Dan Girardi isn't dwelling on the possibility of a buyout as he puts his energy into trying to push the Rangers to a championship.

Girardi has seen his role with the Rangers diminish over the past couple seasons, but he was strong in the first round series against Montreal. "I’m not worried about what might happen later or what happened before. I’m only thinking about right now," Girardi said. "I’m just playing every game as hard as I can. I’m not doing any speculating about the future. I’m playing to help the team win. I’m not playing for next year. I’m playing to win the Cup." The Rangers next test will be facing the Ottawa Senators in the second round. That series starts on Thursday.
Source: NY Post
Apr 25 - 10:45 AM

Coach Alain Vigneault benched defenseman Brady Skjei for the last 10:53 of the third period Saturday.

Skjei, who had a great season and playoff series against Montreal, struggled on Saturday and found himself on the bench in the last half of the third. The Rangers scored only 14 goals in the series but Skjei scored twice to lead all Rangers defensemen. He is a keeper next season as the rookie ended the regular season with five goals and 39 points in 80 games.
Source: NY Post
Apr 24 - 9:05 AM

J.T. Miller picked up his first point of the post-season Saturday.

The Rangers second leading scorer in the regular season, Miller had been struggling in the playoffs before Saturday but so had most of the Rangers as they have been led by Mika Zibanejad who has only four points in six games. Miller had 56 points in the regular season and should be able to get to 60-plus points next year. Draft him accordingly.
Apr 23 - 10:17 AM

Kevin Hayes picked up his first point of the playoffs on Saturday.

Hayes had a nice regular season with 17 goals and 49 points but was pointless in his first five games of the post-season before his assist on the winning goal by Mats Zuccarello. If you took him in a playoff pool you have to be happy with the point and the Rangers moving on to the second round.
Apr 23 - 10:15 AM

Henrik Lundqvist saved 27 of 28 shots in the Rangers' 3-1 win over Montreal in Game 6 Saturday night.

Lundqvist surrendered the opening goal just 6:19 minutes into the contest, but that was all Montreal could get by him. This is the fourth time in the first round that Lundqvist has allowed two or fewer goals and the Rangers have claimed all of those games. With that they're going to the second round for the fifth time in the span of six years.
Apr 22 - 11:03 PM

Mats Zuccarello scored twice to lead the New York Rangers in a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 6 on Saturday.

Zuccarello had been fairly quiet in the first round series prior to Saturday's contest as he had one goal and no assists in five games, but he came through when the Rangers needed him the most. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Rangers are heading to the second round to face the winner of the series between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators. Derek Stepan scored an empty-net goal to seal the game for New York. Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Mika Zibanejad, Dan Girardi, and Ryan McDonagh each registered an assist.
Apr 22 - 11:01 PM

Adam Clendening and Steven Kampfer have been scratched for Game 6 against Montreal on Saturday.

Unfortunately, neither defender has managed to crack the lineup this postseason thus far. Clendening posted 11 points in 31 games this season, while Kampfer picked up two points in 10 games.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 8:51 PM

Coach Alain Vigneault decided against making any changes to his group of forwards for Game 6 against Montreal on Saturday.

Which means that Tanner Glass has once again been joined by Brandon Pirri, Matt Puempel and the rest of the Black Aces as healthy scratches. Glass does have a goal in three games this series, though.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 22 - 8:46 PM

The Rangers are unlikely to make any lineup changes for Game 6 so we expect Kevin Klein to once again be a healthy scratch.

Nick Holden will likely draw in again, as will Pavel Buchnevich for Tanner Glass.
Apr 22 - 8:15 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

For those who thought Brady Skjei would slow down once the playoffs started, think again.

The surprising rookie defenseman, who was coming off a very successful regular season in which he registered 39 points in 80 games, has not seen his production fall off in the post-season. In fact, Skjei has been one of the better Ranger performers with two goals in five games.
Source: NY Post
Apr 22 - 8:05 AM

Pavel Buchnevich has been playing very well alongside Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad.

Buchnevich rejoined the Ranger lineup for Game 4, replacing the physical Tanner Glass, and has meshed well with Kreider and Zibanejad, who he had had some success with during the regular season. Ranger coach Alain Vigneault seems happy with this line's work the past two games. "Putting Pavel in the last couple games has permitted us to continue to be physical, but maybe have just a little more skill on the ice," Vigneault said. "It’s worked out for us so far." We expect that this line will remain intact for Saturday's contest.
Source: NY Post
Apr 22 - 7:56 AM

It should come as no surprise that Henrik Lundqvist will start Saturday in Game 6 against the Canadiens.

Lundqvist has been very good in this postseason and he will try and lead the Rangers to a series win Saturday night when the Rangers try to close out the Canadiens in Madison Square Garden. Coming into this contest, Lundqvist has a 1.83 GAA and .944 SP in five playoff games.
Apr 22 - 7:47 AM

The New York Rangers have signed Alexei Bereglazov.

Bereglazov is making the move to North America after scoring a goal and 19 points in 60 games with the KHL's Magnitogorsk Metallurg in 2016-17. The 23-year-old defenseman was never drafted by an NHL squad.
Apr 21 - 3:34 PM


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