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Not A Good Month For The New York Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers’ inability to reproduce a consistent work ethic is the most disturbing aspect of their stutter-step 6-6-2 first month.

You can give them somewhat of a pass on their difficulty in making the first pass in their own end to jump-start the attack game.

The extended twin absences of Ryan McDonagh (who, truth be told, was playing at a C grade with the “C” on his chest) and Dan Boyle, compounded by John Moore’s five-game sabbatical that ended on Sunday, has robbed the Rangers of their best puck-movers.

And it is the first pass, the clean breakout that gets the puck as quickly as possible onto the sticks of the forwards, that serves as the foundation of Alain Vigneault’s coaching philosophy. The Rangers not only want to get the puck from Point A to Point B as quickly and efficiently as possible, they must.

This is not a team built to win physical battles. The more games the Blueshirts play, the more evident their lack of size and strength on the boards. They don’t win nearly enough one-on-ones. And with so much time spent chasing the puck in their own end, they then become a dump-and-change team once they finally clear the zone. In and out. One and done.


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A Bad Weekend For The New York Rangers Hockey Club

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Rangers had better hope this lost weekend represents a bottoming out, because if not, then how low will they go?

One night after a team-wide breakdown in discipline cost them a game in Toronto to a bad Maple Leafs team, the Blueshirts experienced a total eclipse of the heart in Sunday’s 3-1 Garden defeat to an inferior Oilers club that has the NHL’s worst defensive numbers.

“A lot of it was kind of the same as [Saturday]. We were chasing pucks and losing battles,” said Marc Staal, who struggled mightily. “We came out flat and then they just kept coming at us.

“It was unacceptable,” said No. 18. “It was a wake-up call for us.”

Henrik Lundqvist, blameless, disagreed. He said the alarm had rung before.

“It might be our second or third wake-up call,” said The King.


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Morning Line- Dan Girardi

"I felt it right away. I grabbed my neck, I looked [at my glove] and I didn't see anything. I saw a little bit [of blood], but I was like, whew . . . I pushed him over, but he lost his balance too. That's what he told me."

-Dan Girardi who took a skate to the neck and was lucky to avoid a serious injury.  More on the Rangers from Steve Zipay of Newsday.


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The Latest Health Update On The New York Rangers

from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,

Veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, after his first day of being cleared for contact since breaking his right hand in the season opener Oct. 9 at St. Louis, is not quite ready to make his return to the lineup. Both Boyle and coach Alain Vigneault are targeting sometime “next week,” for Boyle to rejoin the lineup.

The Rangers play back to back games this weekend - Saturday at Toronto and Sunday hosting the Oilers - and then have a mandatory day off on Monday. So it’s not likely Boyle will make it back into the lineup in time for Tuesday’s home game against the Penguins. But if he can practice on Wednesday, Boyle could be back for Thursday’s home game against the Avalanche.

Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that Derek Stepan would make his season debut at Toronto as he’ll be activated off long-term injured reserve. He’s been out since fracturing his left fibula on Sept.  24.

“I feel good, I feel strong,” Stepan said.  “It was good to get back in the mix.”

continued including Tomas Kaberle still skating with the Rangers...

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The New York Rangers Are Finding Ways To Win

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Continuing to play without two of their most important players in Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan, the Rangers won again on Wednesday night, improving to 5-1-2 in their last eight games. It's even more impressive considering that depth was one of the uncertainties surrounding this team heading into the season after their offseason losses.

It's hard to imagine many teams surviving without their No. 1 center and No. 1 defenseman, let alone thriving, but New York continues to find a way.

read on for Burnside and LeBrun on Islanders/Ducks and Strang on the Blue Jackets...

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The New York Rangers Need Henrik Lundqvist Now

from Andrew Gross of The Record,

Cam Talbot started Monday night and the backup goalie is also likely to be in net for one of the Rangers’ back-to-back games this weekend.

But make no mistake, November will be all about Henrik Lundqvist for the Rangers.

The defense corps is decimated right now through injuries to captain Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Klein and Dan Boyle and, an incredibly ill-timed five-game suspension for John Moore.

So the Rangers need their franchise goalie to keep the points coming, probably steal some games as the Rangers are two games into a grueling stretch of 15 in 29 days.


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Rangers’ Defense Is Hurting

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Ryan McDonagh, the team’s most indispensable player other than Henrik Lundqvist, is going to be out for an extended period of time after suffering a separated shoulder going into the rear wall on a tough but clean Evander Kane check at 11:46 of the first period.

It’s the same shoulder McDonagh injured last year on the Alexandre Burrows hit in Vancouver on April 1 that sidelined the defenseman for the final five games of the regular season and probably would have kept him out longer at another time of the year.

Meanwhile, Kevin Klein already had left the game at the 3:12 mark of the first, suffering from the after-effects of blocking a Jacob Trouba shot just 38 seconds into the match. Klein, whose ailment initially has been diagnosed as a “foot contusion,” will undergo an MRI exam on Sunday. So will McDonagh.

But with the Blueshirts already playing without Dan Boyle, who sustained a broken hand in the season opener, and John Moore, who has four games remaining on his suspension for Monday’s head shot against Erik Haula, the Blueshirts’ blue line hasn’t looked thinner since the bad old days of Roman Ndur and Chris Tamer.


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Video- Ryan McDonagh Appears To Have Injured His Shoulder On Hit From Evander Kane

added 8:23pm,



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John Moore Should Have Received A Few More Games

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Given Moore’s history, the five-game sentence is probably light by a few games. But a sentence of six games or more would qualify for an appeal to an independent arbiter. And a reduction of the suspension — which would surely be possible, if not likely, given precedent — would not exactly prove a ringing endorsement of Quintal in his first ruling after being named this summer as Brendan Shanahan’s successor as VP of the Department of Player Safety.

The NHL now has dealt with Moore twice in the last five months. That’s the stuff of Chris Simon and the some of the most notorious miscreants in NHL history. That’s the stuff of Chris (Mr. Justice) Pronger, who was suspended twice for a pair of headshots delivered within a five-game span of the 2007 playoffs.

Moore’s inexcusable lack of discipline is costing him and the Rangers, and what else is new? The 23-year-old has been among the team’s most disappointing players thus far. A tease with obvious talent who cannot seem to connect the dots from his skates to his hands to his heart to his head.


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Video- John Moore Suspened Five Games

The NHL announced John Moore has been suspended for five games.

Patrick Burke with the explanation. Note, videos from NHL.com are loading slow for me just in case you experience the same issue.

added 5:23pm, Using the YouTube video now.

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