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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The route to the playoffs has become more complex for the Rangers, who inexplicably could not deliver a 60-minute performance at a time of year when nothing less is required.
As such, the Blueshirts fell 4-2 last night to the 12th-place Flyers to fall into a numerical tie for eighth-place with Winnipeg with 46 points, though the Rangers have six games remaining to the Jets’ five.
The defeat also pushed the Rangers three points behind the seventh-place Islanders, while also holding a game in hand on the suburbanites, who play their final five games on the road.
Carl Hagelin tries to turn Schenn into a soprano.
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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
While the Rangers coach yesterday merely repeated a variation of the “It’s About the Rangers” mantra, tonight’s Blueshirts-Islanders confrontation at the Coliseum represents a delicious treat for the fans of both franchises and a boost to the 40-year Battle of New York that has tilted dramatically toward Manhattan the past seven seasons.
Playoff spots are on the line for both clubs with two weeks remaining in the season. The Islanders, who have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, hold a two-point lead over the Rangers, who are 4-1-1 in their last six. The Blueshirts, tied in points with ninth-place Winnipeg, have eight games remaining while the Islanders have seven to play and the Jets have six.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
If he had to do it all over again, Marc Staal would have been wearing a visor when a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen crashed into his right eye on Mar. 5. While he was fortunate to escape a career-threatening eye injury, the New York Rangers defenceman suffered facial fractures and still does not know when he can play again because his vision is not yet fully restored.
“It was the first thing that went through my mind when I hit the ice,” Staal said Tuesday in his first public statements since the injury. “I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.
Like his brothers Eric and Jordan, who play for the Carolina Hurricanes and who both were frightened into wearing visors after the youngest Staal was injured, Marc will wear a visor when he returns to the Rangers lineup. Just when that will be is not certain, although there is speculation he could be ready for the NHL playoffs at the end of the month.
added 3:52pm, Watch below as Marc Staal answers some questions from the media today...
First a little note about the lack of posting last night. I was the victim of a surprise birthday party and was told, no work all play.
So instead of doing what I was supposed to do last night, I sit here at 5:00am to catch-up.
There was no penalty on the play and no update on Neal post-game.
Tempers were getting a little high last night too, watch below as Matt Cooke does some back and forth chirping with the Rangers.
By Matthew Feuerman of TiqIQ,
Can the Penguins have all hands on deck? The wildly successful franchise this season can’t seem to get all of its stars healthy at once. “Star” is the operative word here. The Penguins have many. They just reeled in superstar Jarome Iginla over the trading deadline, but lost Sidney Crosby, who was having one of the best seasons of his career, to a broken jaw.
As always, affording a Friday night game at Madison Square Garden is never easy. According to TiqIQ, New York Rangers tickets for this Friday night’s tilt with the Penguins will run fans an average of $312. Normally, the Rangers’ home average is $268, which makes this matchup 16 percent more expensive. Bargains are available, however. Tickets can can still be found on the low-end for $151.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers most surely got more than a bucket full of pucks for Gaborik, even if he’s one of the rare players around the NHL who can score by the bucketful. They got three relatively young ones — with Brassard a talented center, Moore an exceptional skater on the blue line, and Dorsett a tough pugilist — who could be here for a while.
The Blueshirts entered this season dramatically remade, more top-heavy, more talent-driven. Perhaps it is because Tortorella was deprived of a training camp during which to instill his values, but the coach was not able to get that group to respond.
Now, the Rangers have changed the group and the dynamic. It is on Tortorella to make it work and to direct this orchestra so it makes music to the Garden’s ears.
Go behind the scenes and watch how an actual trade call is made, this one involves the Rangers and Blue Jackets.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
On Wednesday, the New York Rangers sent right-winger Gaborik — who had to shift to left wing this season because Nash arrived on the scene on the No. 1 line — to the Blue Jackets.
OK, Rangers GM Glen Sather got tough winger Derek Dorsett (a possible captain to replace Nash), out for the season with a busted collarbone, defenceman John Moore (a former first-round draftpick ) and centre Derick Brassard (another suspect first-round pick from the past) for the unhappy Gaborik.
Gaborik didn’t like playing left wing. In Columbus, he’ll play wherever and with whomever he wants. He had to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Jackets, with the clock ticking on the deal. Maybe if the Jackets were as bad as last year (30th in points), he might have declined. But, the Jackets are the feel-good story of the season, in the playoff hunt, with virtually no offence. “Gaborik’s an explosive player,” said Jackets’ GM Jarmo Kekalainen, who had said that one of his three first-round picks in June (LA’s for Jeff Carter) was in play for a big trade. In the end, he’s kept all three first-rounders. His own, LA and the Rangers (Nash).
This is a coup for the Blue Jackets, who have been bottom-feeders for so long but suddenly find themselves in a playoff race, actually playing better than Nash’s Rangers.
Dreger on TSN says Gaborik has agreed to the trade, now paper work has to go through.
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