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Who's In, Who's Out Tonight For the Blue Shirts?

Coach Torts has made it official by revealing D Matt Gilroy will be scratched tonight and will have to watch tonight's season opener. Steve Eminger and Michael Sauer will evidently be together on the 3rd defense pair. Meanwhile Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants fame (via Twitter) says Michael Rozsival is with Marc Staal at the morning skate while MDZ is with Girardi. Up front Tim Kennedy and Todd White will join Gilroy in the press box. The probable lines for the Rangers tonight: Frolov-Christensen-Gaborik Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan Fedotenko-Stepan-Avery Boogaard-Boyle-Prust I like the 3rd lines potential to contribute offensively given the undeniable skill of rookie Stepan combi...

Are the Rangers a Playoff Team?

The one question every Rangers fan has pondered since the moment Olli Jokinen’s feeble shootout attempt on April 11, 2010 against the Flyers in a do-or-die game went awry is this: are the Rangers good enough to be a playoff team in 2010 – 2011? We watched the Flyers, who qualified for the postseason as a result of their win in the season’s 82nd game, roll all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. We wondered how we would have done in the playoffs had we been the winner of that play-in game. The goal for this team is to make the playoffs; the question is has this team improved enough to be a playoff team in 2011. Naturally last year’s squad was just one win away from making it. The cl...

Rangers Shootout leads to 5-4 Victory over Senators

New York, NY - For those who wondered if signing Marc Staal to a long term contract was a good deal for the New York Rangers, hopefully their question was answered. As Staal scored with 3:59 remaining in the third period, which eventually led to a Erik Christensen delivering a goal in the shootout frame to lead the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. The Sentators got late third period lead until the Blueshirts roared to a comeback victory. The crucial goal for Staal, which tied the game at 4-4 as the defensemen took a pass from just inside the Ottawa blue line and barged his way into the low slot, it was there that he proceeded to lift the puck to the top left co...

Rangers Impressive in 5-1 Victory over the Red Wings

New York, NY – Even though the Detroit Red Wings were missing their top line, fans of the Blueshirts had to be impressed with the 5-1 effort that the Rangers gave on Wednesday night, in hockey action at Madison Square Garden. As New York was crashing the net, displaying nice passing along with taking whatever shots were open. Also an encouraging sign was a four-on-four goal for New York along with a great defensive effort. Impressive in net was keeper Henrik Lundqvist, who only gave up a deflected goal The Rangers were aggressive, gritty and played with an aggressive style that will surely give them many successful nights at Madison Square Garden. One of the many offensive leaders fo...

My NY Rangers Dream Season

This is the time of year, right before the opening of the NHL’s regular season, when every fan indulges in dreams of Stanley Cup glory. It doesn’t matter how improbable or unrealistic said dream is; we still fantasize how our current roster will defy all of the odds and preseason prognostications and bring Lord Stanley’s chalice home to their fans.

 

As a Rangers’ fan, I realize it will be challenge enough to even qualify for the playoffs much less win a few rounds. I know our roster has too many holes (legit #1 defenseman...

Rangers Comeback Cut Short in Detroit

New York, NY - The good news for Rangers fans in the preseason game against the high powered Detroit Red Wings, was that the Blueshirts were able to come back from a 3-1 Wings lead. The bad news is that the Rangers weren’t able to finish the Wing’s off in a tough 5-3 loss. The Red Wings got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period before Sean Avery connected a wrist shot from Todd White at the 8:35 mark to make the score 2-1. Brian Rafalski found the back of the net with a wrist shot to give Detroit the 3-1. The Rangers stormed right back on goals from Erik Christensen and Artem Anisimov to tie the two teams at 3-3. Late third period goals by Detroit helped to propel them to th...

Was Staal Worth the Investment

The highlight of what has for the most part been a quiet offseason for the Rangers finally came to pass when the Rangers and RFA Defenseman Marc Staal agreed on a long-term deal. While hoping for a significant upgrade to the offense, specifically a top-line Center, most Blue Shirts fans were more concerned with getting Staal under contract. Many Ranger followers felt that Sather mishandled the RFA negotiations last year with another well-liked kid, Brandon Dubinsky, and were fearful he would do it again with our best defenseman. The best news of the summer was hearing both parties came to what, on the surface anyway, appears to be a fair deal for both sides; a 5 year, $19.875 million deal. ...

Rangers Win a Overtime Thriller Over the Devils

New York, NY - It didn’t feel like a preseason game as the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils went full throttle in the 4-3 Rangers overtime victory in the first encounter between these two teams. This game had it all thrilling goals, a fight and best of all overtime hockey. For Rangers fans and head coach John Tortorella there was a lot to be impressed with including the play as Derek Stephan, Brian Boyle and Ryan McDonagh. For Stephan who is 20-years-old not only dressed for his first professional game, but centered the line of Marian Gaborik and Alexander Frolov. The rookie made an immediate impact logging the second assist on Gaborik’s game-opening goal. Frolov who woul...

One of the Many Metropolitan Rivalries Renewed

New York, NY -Yes it is a preseason game, but hockey fans still get excited when they hear that the New Jersey Devils are taking on the New York Rangers. These two metropolitan giants have created a unique rivalry. For the Rangers they are a team with a lot of history and not many Stanley Cup Championships while New Jersey has hoisted the holy grail on many occasions. The two teams will meet again for the first time in the 2010 season in a home-and-home games on Thursday at Madison Square Garden and again on Saturday at the Prudential Center. To get ready for the big game the Rangers had another full squad scrimmage in which the White Team lead by Henrik Lundqvist to a 6-1 victory ove...

New York Rangers Training Camp News

New York, NY - The New York Rangers took to the ice for training camp on Tuesday, and 24-year-old Brandon Dubinsky is getting out of the gate strong for the Blueshirts. The young forward was able to score a hat trick, plus another goal in the shootout to lead his Green Team over the Blue Team 7-6 in an overtime shootout. If he can carry his impressive pre-season play into the regular season, he could very well increase his playing time and his scoring opportunities for the Rangers. Also making an impression in that scrimmage was newcomer Tim Kennedy who scored a pair of goals in the final minute of play for the Blue squad. Head coach John Tortorella was impressed with Kennedy and he, alo...