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Another Sub-Par Game From Lundqvist

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

If this means the Islanders represent the Battle of New York Royalty in the wake of their 5-3 victory over the Rangers at the Garden on Friday night, then so be it, for the position on our town’s hockey throne has been at least temporarily vacated by Henrik Lundqvist....

Three of the four against him — the fifth was an empty-netter — dribbled through, one on a penalty shot. For the first time in his career, Lundqvist has allowed three goals or more in seven straight starts. He is 10-15-2 with a plebian 2.77 GAA and .905 save percentage.

“I’m not doing my job,” Lundqvist told The Post. “It’s my job to clean up the mistakes and I’m not doing that.

“When we come into the room, all we can ask of one another as teammates is for everyone to work hard and for everyone to care,” he said. “I know I’m doing that, but it’s very difficult not to help my team the way I want to. It’s very disappointing.”

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Video- Do Agree With This Penalty Shot Call? Cal Clutterbuck Goal

Clutterbuck scores on the penalty shot, which happened while the Islanders were short-handed.

The Isles also added another short-handed goal to lead 2-1 after the first period.

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Video- The New York Rangers Stadium Sweater

New York Yankess manager makes a cameo appearance too.

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Rangers Still Trying To Move Del Zotto

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report,

Meanwhile, New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather continues to shop defenceman Michael Del Zotto. 

Toronto is among the teams with some interest, but the expected return of a young defenceman may be too steep for the Leafs. It's believed the Rangers would prefer a right-handed shot on the blue line, so Cody Franson is a likely target for New York as well.

Sources say the Ottawa Senators are also still in the mix, although the sudden and impressive emergence of rookie Cody Ceci may have cooled the Sens' interest. And providing Ceci can maintain his play, the Senators may be willing to move either Gryba, Corvo or Weircoch to one of the many teams in the market for a defenceman.

With the holiday roster freeze looming, it's unlikely we'll see any big-time action prior to the break. But the appetite for change is growing among some of the NHL's big market clubs.

read on for some Leafs talk...

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The Rangers Are Crumbling

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

It is not even the winter solstice and the Rangers are in a state of emergency. The SOS is sounding loud and clear from Manhattan Island. Only there seems to be no one in sight with the capability of responding to the distress signals that grow more urgent by the day.

Not even Henrik Lundqvist, who of all people has somehow become one of the root problems of his team’s ills rather than the solution he has been from Day One of his career back in 2005.

Understand this: whether anyone especially approves of the way this team was constructed by Glen Sather (Anyone? Anyone?), the general manager had no reason not to believe the Rangers would continue to get the same elite goaltending to which they had become accustomed over the last eight seasons.

John Tortorella was the beneficiary of elite goaltending almost every night of his tour of duty behind the Blueshirts bench that papered over many of the holes in his teams. Alain Vigneault has not been so fortunate.

The team’s very underpinning is in doubt. Its foundation has been shaken to the core.

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Talking Rangers And Islanders

Katie Strang of ESPN hosted an online chat today...

Were you surprised by AVs response to the question about his roster after the game last night ? And does it send a shot across Sathers bow ?

Katie Strang  I think it was designed to send a message to his players more than anything honestly. I think he's becoming increasingly frustrated/exasperate with how to motivate them. I honestly did not interpret that as a veiled plea or slam of Sather in any way. But I am skeptical that the Rangers are capable of playing the type of offensive-minded game he wants. This team thrived under Tortorella because of a defensively-structured, blue-collar grinding style. They have no discernible identity now, it seems.

It's clear that the Islanders, owned by Wang and run by Snow, have no interest in winning nor will anyone be held accountable for repeated failures within the organization. Is a sale of the team the only way out for Islanders fans?

Katie Strang  Honestly? Yes, I think so. It's easy to call for Capuano's head or pile onto the players but ultimately, the problems begin at the top and the onus falls on Charles Wang. He's never shown the true commitment to providing the team with the necessary funds and supports necessary to build a franchise in the right way. Snow isn't off the hook, either, for he has mismanaged his fair share and committed some costly gaffes, but he is handcuffed by Wang to a certain degree. I truly believe it will be continue to be Groundhogs Day for this team until ownership switches hands.

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The New York Rangers Need To Find Their Game

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“I’m not quite sure we have the personnel to play the type of game I’d like to play, which is more offensive-oriented,” the new coach said after the Blueshirts had been limited to one goal (or less) for the 12th time in 32 games. “It’s a challenge scoring goals — I’m not saying we won’t get there — but right now it’s a big challenge, so we have to be [more] defense-minded.

“My job is to coach, analyze the personnel we have and put a system in place that best suits them,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do now.”

The Rangers have no identifiable characteristic. Their work ethic was somewhat better in this one, but not exemplary.

“At the end of the day, the job wasn’t done,” said Rick Nash, who got the lone Rangers’ goal. “We all know what we have to do, but we need to do it with more desperation.

“We weren’t good enough to get the job done.”

They’re not especially skilled and they don’t have the size or strength to impose their physical will on anyone. Their search for a post-Tortorella identity has been fruitless thus far.

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Rangers Lose Their Captain For 4-6 Weeks

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,

Already down one of their top defensemen, the New York Rangers were dealt another colossal blow in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Captain Ryan Callahan left the game with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Callahan sustained the injury while attempting to deliver a hit in the first period and did not return to the game. This makes the third injury that has sidelined the gritty winger so far this season.

Callahan, 28, missed the season opener with a shoulder injury -- he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum over the summer -- and sat out seven games with a broken thumb suffered in mid-October.

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Watch how Callahan suffered the injury..

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Marc Staal Out With A Concussion

from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,

Vigneault said Staal, 26, has been in contact with Michigan-based neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, the same specialist who has treated Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Taylor Pyatt. Kutcher, though, "doesn't feel the need to see (Staal in person) at this point," the coach said.

"Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion here," Vigneault said before Staal missed a second straight game, Tuesday night's match with the visiting Nashville Predators. "We've been advised by our doctors that they don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past, so he's feeling better, and we'll take it day-by-day … He got in contact with the gentleman from Detroit that we've used in the past, but he doesn't feel the need to see him at this point."

Staal took a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher 6:41 into the third period of Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss at the Garden. On Sunday, Vigneault had said Staal was having "neck issues" and experiencing "symptoms," but doctors still weren't sure at that point whether he'd been concussed.

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Here is the video of the hit...

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Rangers Miss Brandon Prust

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Intellectually and economically, there wasn’t any doubt then and there isn’t any doubt now the Rangers took the prudent course of action on July 1, 2012, when they did not try to match the Canadiens’ four-year, $10 million offer to free agent Brandon Prust....

The Rangers are deficient in top-end talent and the players at the top of the food chain have been largely deficient through much of this unsatisfying 15-15-1 season that slogs on Tuesday night when no-name Nashville (OK, the one-name Predators: Seth Jones) comes to the Garden, that much is true.

But the absence of A-listers on the Broadway marquee is not an excuse for an absence of work ethic or energy. Quite the contrary. The problem is, the Rangers have no one to supply energy the way Prust did; no one to jump-start the team and infuse his teammates with hockey courage the way No. 8 did during his tour on Broadway that ran for less than 2 ¹/₂ seasons.

Never has a fourth-line Ranger had the impact Prust did. Never has a grunt been missed so much by a team that thrived on grunt work in 2011-12 and hasn’t been more than a pale facsimile of that since losing the conference finals to the Devils (if not sometime in the previous series against the Capitals).

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