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Rangers Need “Killer Instinct” For Their Next Game Against The Flyers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So now Flyers coach Craig Berube is going to have his team revert to its season-long style of carrying the puck into the Rangers’ zone after Thursday’s misguided game plan that featured chip-and-chase hockey basically blew up in their faces.

Regardless, it is imperative the Rangers seize this moment to not only grab an immediate two-game advantage in the series, but to send the Flyers back to Philadelphia riddled with doubt for Tuesday’s Game 3, seeking a third way to play.

It is imperative the Rangers chow down on a full helping of killer instinct for breakfast before Sunday’s noon faceoff. This is more than about just holding serve. It is about establishing and reinforcing superiority.

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The Flyers May be Putting A Target On Ryan McDonagh’s Back

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Question: Do you know the difference between Bobby Orr and Ryan McDonagh?

Answer: The Bruins would never have traded the rights to Orr to the Rangers in exchange for Scott Gomez.

Well, that difference among many.

And yet, as the Flyers approached Thursday’s Garden opener of their opening-round playoff series against the Blueshirts, one can be excused for wondering if Philadelphia’s coaching staff had super-imposed the No. 4 onto the back of McDonagh’s jersey given the emphasis the club seemed to be placing on the Rangers’ best player.

Indeed, coach Craig Berube reportedly had instructed his first line consisting of Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek to change its preferred style of rush-hockey to a form of dump-and-crash in order to: a) protect against offensive blue line turnovers that would trigger McDonagh leading the transition; and, b) wear down McDonagh by pounding the defenseman whenever he goes back to play the puck below the goal line.

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Afternoon Line

“I think everyone should have a chip on their shoulder to perform, 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 us.”

-Rick Nash of the New York Rangers as they prepare for the Philadelphia Flyers.  More from Josh Thomson of Rangers Report.

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Any Issues With Back-To-Back Playoff Games?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

The Flyers-Rangers schedule is a joke, mostly because if the series goes the limit, the teams will play Games 6 and 7 on consecutive nights at different arenas. Oh, and if the series goes the distance, the last three games will be played over four nights.

But, hey, two big-market teams will be on national TV on consecutive Sundays!

What a sham.

If this series goes seven games, the winner will be worn down by the condensed schedule and will be at a severe disadvantage in the next round against the Pittsburgh-Columbus survivor.

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Video- A Time Of Reflection For Dominic Moore

The Inside Hockey segment tonight on CBC was a feature with Elliotte Friedman on Dominic Moore reflecting on his life with his now deceased wife Katie Moore.

 

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Ryan McDonagh Will Have A Target On His Left Shoulder

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers aren’t going to be foolish and expose Ryan McDonagh and his impaired left shoulder to the danger that awaits on the ice until he is healthy enough and the game is important enough to warrant his return.

But even if that will mean longer than a two-week rest, rehab and recuperation between the night he was injured in Vancouver on April 1, and the night he will make his return, most likely next Thursday at the Garden in Game 1 of the first round against either the Flyers or Blue Jackets, the opposition will be gunning for the Rangers’ best player.

They will be gunning for McDonagh and for his left shoulder that was damaged to an unknown degree when he became the meat in the Canucks’ Zack Kassian-Alexandre Burrows sandwich toward the end of that Blueshirts’ victory in Vancouver.

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Talking Brassard And Michalek

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

- Derick Brassard, a Gatineau native, picked up by the Rangers last year in a big deal with Columbus suited up for his 400th career game Saturday. Brassard, 26, who spends his off-season in Ottawa, has made his presence felt by the Rangers. Heading into the visit by the Senators, New York had a 23-8-1 record this season when he registers a point. With a cap hit of $3.2 million, Brassard will be an RFA on July 1.

- An interesting negotiation to watch in the off-season will be LW Milan Michalek. He has a cap hit of $6 million and has picked up his scoring pace dramatically down the stretch. The Senators have no issue with the way Michalek works and anybody will tell you he's highly-regarded by his teammates. The club will most certainly try to sign the UFA.

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Afternoon Line

JT Miller "must show more committment on and off ice to earn right to be in NHL"

 "hopefully Miller will figure it out...if not he will be a good minor league player."

-Alain Vigneault, head coach of the New York Rangers on J.T. Miller, via Larry Brooks tweets.

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Chris Kreider’s Injury Forces Rangers To Juggle Lines

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Vigneault was planning on just about mixing it all up for Tuesday’s match against the Canucks even in the wake of the Blueshirts’ 5-0 rout of the downtrodden Oilers on Sunday. The coach went so far as to return Brad Richards to left wing for the first time since Dec. 20 in conjunction with moving Carl Hagelin off the Richards-St. Louis unit into the spot that belonged to Kreider with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, while also shifting Moore into a top-nine playmaker’s role.

“That’s just me being me,” Vigneault said following Monday’s practice here in which he rolled out his new combinations that included a fourth line of Carcillo and Dorsett flanking Boyle.

Actually, it was more like Vigneault being John Tortorella, the Vancouver coach who was famous — or infamous — for his constant line-shuffling when he roamed behind the Rangers bench for the last four-plus seasons.

The concept behind moving Hagelin into Kreider’s spot that he held from Dec. 15 through March 21 — a span in which the line was intact for 33 straight games and 39 of 40 — is to replicate the rookie’s speed and forecheck ability. But Hagelin lacks Kreider’s strength, physicality and ability to get to the front of the net and plant himself there as a screen. In other words, same speed but very different player.

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Balanced Scoring Coming From The New York Rangers

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

 We're already looking forward to the first-round matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, with the longtime rivals still battling for home-ice advantage in that series.

The Flyers picked up a point in their shootout loss to Boston on Sunday, while the Rangers blanked the hapless Edmonton Oilers 5-0.

What's impressive about the Rangers is their surprisingly balanced attack. They have eight players with 15 goals or more, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh has 14. What remains shocking is that while Martin St. Louis is one of those players -- he has 29 goals -- he has yet to score since joining the Rangers at the deadline.

The two-time NHL scoring champ has three lonely assists in 14 games since the trade, and it's not like he's not getting his opportunities. On Sunday he had 5:09 of power-play time against the Oilers but was held pointless.

read on for Custance on the Selke, LeBrun on the Blackhawks and Strang on college UFA Christian Folin...

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