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Rick Nash Is Scoring Goals Again

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Six games into the new season, Nash is leading the NHL with seven goals. The Big Easy is finding open spaces and driving to the net, much as he did throughout his first nine seasons in Columbus and his first season in New York, the lockout-truncated 2012-13 in which he recorded 21 goals in 44 games.

Last year, Nash’s game changed after sustaining a concussion in the season’s third game, his second concussion within 10 months. He admitted to The Post during training camp he didn’t feel comfortable putting himself in certain situations after returning to the lineup following a 17-game absence.

Still, Nash again led the Rangers with 26 goals in 65 games. Still, he threw his body around with abandon during the playoffs and in the final. He led the tournament with 83 shots, five more than the Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who led the playoffs with 14 goals.

“I don’t know that I’m doing much different than in the playoffs,” Nash, who will remain on the Big and Tall Line with Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes, said on Monday. “Except that the puck is going in.”

Nash has scored his seven goals on just 22 shots for an obviously unsustainable 31.8 shooting percentage.

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Morning Line - Adam Proteau

Try getting this to make sense in your head: the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers have lost three of their first four games and their superstar goalie has surrendered 12 goals in his two most recent games – and their cross-town counterparts, the New York Islanders, as hard-luck and bad-news of an operation as has existed in recent memory, are basically unstoppable.

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic.

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The New York Rangers Having Trouble With Adversity

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The sky may not be falling, but the roof is caving in on the Rangers.

Yes, it is technically true a pair of egregious giveaways by sixth defenseman Mike Kostka that led directly to the tying goal late in the second period and lead goal early in the third period served as the gateway to the Blueshirts’ shocking collapse in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss to the Islanders at the Garden.

But pinning the blame for the Rangers’ third straight defeat — and third straight defeat in which they allowed at least five goals — on Kostka would miss the point entirely. For this latest debacle isn’t on one guy. In sports, it never really is.

This debacle, rather, is on a team that appears unable to maintain its poise when adversity strikes. One goal against, one bounce against, and the Rangers unravel more quickly than Joba Chamberlain in the ALDS.

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The Story Of Anthony Duclair

I retweeted this earlier today but the majority of KK readers are not on Twitter, so...

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s early yet – just three games in for the New York Rangers – but one of the more fascinating stories of the young NHL season is that of Anthony Duclair.

The 19-year-old could be back with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League but instead he’s skating alongside Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash on the Blueshirts’ top line. And, so far, looking awfully good doing it.

He played only 11:12 in the Rangers’ opening night win in St. Louis, but was up to 14:09 two nights later in a loss at Columbus, picking up his first two NHL points on lovely primary assists, one on a Lee Stempniak goal and another on a Nash goal. The Rangers’ home opener was an unmitigated disaster – a 6-3 loss to Toronto – but Duclair was a bright spot on an otherwise dismal night. He led all Rangers forwards in icetime with 18:36, in part because linemate Nash left after two periods to be with his wife who had gone into labor, but Duclair was noticeable, winning battles, controlling the puck, making plays, and generating shots (three on goal, six attempted).

Listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds - Duclair looks bigger and stronger than that. He’s got an oversized engine in that mid-range chassis, high-end, explosive speed and power to go with the flashy stick-and-puck skills that helped him to score 50 goals and 99 points in only 59 games for the Remparts last season.

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Rangers Beat Blues But Lose Dan Boyle To A Broken Hand

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It happens every time, doesn’t it, that injuries strike teams in areas in which they are most vulnerable?

It happened to the Rangers in training camp when Derek Stepan suffered a broken leg that will sideline him for at least the first 10 games, thus removing the club’s No. 1 center from an already quite thin depth chart down the middle.

And it happened to the Blueshirts yet again in Thursday’s pulsating, season-opening 3-2 victory over the Blues when Dan Boyle sustained a broken right hand that will sideline him for four-to-six weeks and thus force the Rangers to dip into a very, very questionable reserve list on the blue line that currently features Matt Hunwick as next up.

The injury to Boyle — blocking a Jori Lehtera shot 1:53 into the third period — will present a hurdle for the Rangers to overcome, but it surely did not dampen the club’s enthusiasm following the victory achieved on Rick Nash’s second goal of the night that broke a 2-2 deadlock with 1:50 to go in the third period.

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Video- Toews, Crosby And Lundqvist Talk Leadership With George Stroumboulopoulos

via Sportsnet,

 

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Marty St. Louis May Play Center

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

Following this morning’s roster cuts, the Rangers worked on the power play (which they’ll also do on Thursday).

And one thing that jumped out was that Marty St. Louis was in the middle on one of the units, taking draws. St. Louis says, other than faceoffs, playing center on the power play is not really that big of an adjustment.

However, coach Alain Vigneault said today that St. Louis will be tried at center for not just power plays but five-on-five play in at least one of the last two preseason games.

A couple of factors at work here:

1. As Vigneault constantly stressed today, salary cap considerations are going to impact the makeup of the Opening Night roster. It sounds as if there’s a good chance Derek Stepan (out until likely late October with a broken left fibula and still on crutches) will have to be included rather than put on long-term injured reserve. If that’s the case, the Rangers’ roster may be just 22 players (rather than the 23-player maximum) including Stepan, again meaning if the Rangers carry 13 forwards, there will really only be 12 healthy ones.

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No Movement In The Marc Staal Contract Talks

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.

And that essentially is because there have been no meaningful talks for weeks between management and the 27-year-old defenseman’s camp.

The Rangers are believed to be offering Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the same six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5M per) to which they signed Dan Girardi last year when he was a pending free agent. They don’t appear inclined to move off that number.

Staal, two years younger than Girardi, is believed seeking at least $6 million per on a six- or seven-year deal, which he certainly would be able to get on the open market if he remains healthy throughout the season.

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The Middleweights Are Taking Over

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Snapshot of a changing NHL: The Rangers and Devils are lined up for the Sept. 22 preseason opener at the Garden, New Jersey’s pugilistically inclined Jordin Tootoo on right wing, New York’s similarly inclined Tanner Glass adjacent to him on left wing.

In the old days, the gloves would have dropped right off the opening draw and the night would have featured a long card of bouts. These days, the two men jostled briefly, then skated away to join their teammates in hockey.

“I was actually a little surprised,” Glass told The Post before the Blueshirts’ 6-3 victory over the Flyers at the Garden on Monday. “I wasn’t sure why I was starting, but then when I saw [the Devils’] opening lineup, I got it, and I definitely thought there’d be something, especially with him on a tryout looking for a job.

“But he didn’t really even say anything, and so we just played,” said the six-year NHL veteran who joined the Rangers over the summer as a free agent who played with the Penguins last season. “Definitely the thinking in this league has changed.

“You don’t see nearly as many heavyweights out there whose main job is to fight. Now you’ve got middleweights who fight, but who also can skate, kill penalties, and play a regular shift. That’s how it should be.”

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Previewing The New York Rangers

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

Biggest story to watch: At 32, is Henrik Lundqvist in a career wane? If somebody had told you that the Rangers were going to make a run to the final, you’d have assumed Lundqvist would be at the top of his game. Likewise, if you were told that New York was going to lock up Lundqvist with a seven-year, $59.5-milion contract last December, you’d assume he was playing at the top of his game. Yet in the 2013-14 regular season, Lundqvist was no better than a middle-of-the pack netminder. His .920 save percentage ranked 15th in league, likewise his GAA of 2.36. Compare these desultory numbers to his stats from his 2011-12: His .930 save-percentage and 1.97 goals-against won him the Vezina Trophy. Lundqvist returned to form in the playoffs—his .927 and 2.14 were better than the marks set by the other goalies in the respective conference finals, Carey Price, Corey Crawford and Jonathan Quick.

2014-15 prediction: The Rangers will figure out a way to squeeze into the seventh or eighth playoff slot in the Eastern Conference and make a top seed’s life miserable or even cut a heavyweight’s spring short.

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