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The Rangers' Derek Stepan has 23 points in his last 24 overall games.

He scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over the Flyers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. "Stepan makes us tick," Rangers star Rick Nash said. "If we're going to go far in the playoffs, we need Derek to keep on starring."
Apr 19 - 11:26 AM

Benoit Pouliot has a point in nine of his last 11 overall games.

He played well in the Rangers' 4-1, opening-game victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in the playoffs' first round and he's become a key member of the New York offense. He finished the regular season with 15 goals and 36 points in 80 games.
Apr 19 - 11:24 AM

Derek Stepan scored a goal in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

Stepan netted the goal when the Rangers had the man advantage. He had 17 goals and 57 points in 82 contests in 2013-14.
Apr 18 - 10:09 AM

Mats Zuccarello found the back of the net in the Rangers' playoff opener.

Zuccarello was the Rangers' scoring leader in the regular season with 59 points in 77 games. He has two goals and eight points in 14 career playoff contests.
Apr 18 - 10:07 AM

Martin St. Louis had two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the first round.

St. Louis got off to a slow start with the Rangers after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if he shines in the playoffs then that will be forgotten. With those two assists, St. Louis now has 70 points in 64 career postseason games.
Apr 18 - 10:05 AM

Brad Richards' three-point game in the Rangers' playoff opener was particularly special given how little he played in the 2013 postseason.

Former Rangers coach John Tortorella moved Richards to the fourth line and eventually removed him from the lineup entirely. Tortorella ended up getting fired and Richards already has more points in the 2014 playoffs than he had in the Rangers' entire 2013 playoff run.
Apr 18 - 10:02 AM

Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) admitted to feeling rusty early in the Rangers' playoff opener.

McDonagh missed the Rangers' last five regular season games due to the ailment. "I just didn't quite feel myself," said McDonagh. "I wasn't feeling the puck or my legs as much. As we went into the second, I just calmed myself down and really just tried to keep it simple and took what was given and felt like myself the rest of the game." He ended up leading the team with 22:42 minutes of playing time.
Apr 18 - 9:58 AM

Brad Richards was excellent in the Rangers' 4-1 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of their first round playoff series Thursday night.

Richards registered a goal and two assists in the victory, leading the way for a Blueshirts team that has struggled offensively all season. Mats Zuccarello, Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan also found the back of the net for New York while Martin St. Louis picked up two helpers in the win.

Henrik Lundqvist had an easy time against the Flyers Thursday as the Rangers cruised to a 4-1 win in Game 1 of their opening round playoff series.

A large amount of credit should go to the Rangers' defense, as King Henrik only faced 15 shots in the contest, stopping 14 of them. Despite the fact that he wasn't severely tested in this outing, Lundqvist looks to have carried his hot second half play into the postseason.
Apr 17 - 9:42 PM

Jesper Fast's status for Game 1 Thursday night is unclear.

He didn't take part in the team's morning skate and his absence was described as a "maintenance morning" by coach Alain Vigneault. Fast played three games with the Rangers during his NHL stint to end the regular season and he's expected to play in the playoffs if he's available.
Apr 17 - 3:01 PM

Rick Nash has a chip on his shoulder after recording just one goal and five points in 12 games during the Rangers 2013 postseason run.

"Yeah, for sure," Nash said. "I think everyone should have a chip on their shoulders to perform and in order to get the job done. Last year finished off not the way we wanted it to so I think it's important to go into the playoffs with that chip on our shoulder." Nash added that winning the gold medal with Team Canada in the 2014 Winter Games has made him as hungry as ever to win the Cup. The Rangers aren't a favorite to win it all this season, but they certainly have the talent to pull it off. They will start their series against Philadelphia on Thursday.
Apr 16 - 5:50 PM

Ryan McDonagh said he's no longer dealing with shoulder issues.

"Yeah, I think it's great, no issues, no restrictions or anything so at this point there's really no need how to ask how it's doing anymore," McDonagh said. He missed the last five games of the regular season, but is expected to be in the Rangers' lineup for their playoff opener. He has 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games this season.
Apr 16 - 2:39 PM

Derick Brassard (back) said he will be available on Thursday.

Brassard's status was put into doubt when he left Tuesday's practice with a possible back problem. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has also stated that Brassard will be in the Rangers' lineup Thursday night.
Apr 16 - 1:38 PM

Brad Richards is trying not to think about the possibility that this might be his last playoff run with the New York Rangers.

Richards might be the subject of an amnesty buyout over the summer. "It's been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn't there," Richards said. "But it's not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game." Richards will turn 34 in May and his contract comes with an annual $6,666,667 cap hit through 2019-20. This is the last summer that the Rangers will have the option of using an amnesty buyout, which is different from a normal buyout in the sense that it completely removes the player's cap hit from the team's books, to get out of the ugly final seasons of that deal.
Source: NY Post
Apr 16 - 9:58 AM

J.T. Miller will probably be a healthy scratch for Game 1 on Thursday.

That would change if Derick Brassard, who exited Tuesday's practice early with a possible back injury, ends up being unavailable. Miller had three goals and six points in 30 games with the Rangers in 2013-14.
Apr 16 - 9:52 AM


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