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Dan Girardi in, Kevin Klein out for Game Two

Dan Girardi will play in Game Two tonight, despite taking a puck to the jaw in Game One and not returning. Girardi left in the third period after the injury as the Rangers held on to a 2-1 lead to take the first game of the series. Kevin Klein, out since March with a broken arm, will not make return…

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Metro Division Semis Game One: Penguins at Rangers

Playoff hockey is here, and your President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers are taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins in their quest to play hockey in June once more. This series is a rematch of last year’s Metro Division Finals, when the Rangers won three straight to beat the Pens in seven. The Pens are dealing with some major injuries to Kris…

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Playoff Preview: New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins

The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs have officially arrived. Tonight is Game One of the first round, in which the 8th seeded Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the President’s Trophy winning New York Rangers. The Rangers ran away with the Eastern Conference, setting team records with 53 wins, 113 points, and leading the league in goal differential by a wide margin. The…

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Wednesday Playoffs Open Thread

The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs officially begin tonight, as four series kick off action: The Sens/Habs start tonight in the battle of the goaltenders at 7pm on NHLN. The Isles and Caps are on USA/MSG+ at 7pm as well in a series that will likely have more shot attempts than the other seven series combined. The Hawks and Preds are…

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Kevin Klein not practicing, unlikely for Game One

Per Josh Thomson, injured defenseman Kevin Klein did not practice today and will not practice tomorrow. That puts Klein’s return for Game One in doubt, as Alain Vigneault has mentioned that Klein needs to practice before he can play. It is unlikely Klein, who has been out since March with a broken arm, plays in Game One. Matt Hunwick will…

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Rangers return Ryan Bourque to AHL

This is a bit late, but the Rangers returned forward Ryan Bourque to the AHL yesterday. Bourque was an “injury” call up for the final two meaningless games of the season, allowing the Rangers to rest Rick Nash those last two games of the year. Bourque returns to the Hartford Wolf Pack in time for the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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The lazy stats narrative and the New York Rangers

As the season has progressed, two things became very apparent for this year’s New York Rangers: They are not a great possession club, but they are still a very good hockey team. A lot of stats folks are already comparing them to last year’s Colorado Avalanche, who rode an absurdly high SV% from Semyon Varlamov to the playoffs, only to…

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Rangers win season finale, get Lundqvist to 30 wins

The New York Rangers scored the first three goals of the game, holding that lead throughout for the win in Game 82 against the Washington Capitals. This win may not have meant much to the Rangers as a team, but it got Henrik Lundqvist to 30 wins, something he’s done in every single full length NHL season in his career….

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Game 82: Two good teams in a meaningless game

The New York Rangers have clinched the President’s Trophy and home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. The Washington Capitals have a date with the New York Islanders in the first round. Home ice in that round isn’t clinched for the Caps, a win of any form would clinch, but I don’t think that’s on their minds at the moment. The…

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Desperate Senators shutout Rangers

The Ottawa Senators kept their playoff hopes alive, at least temporarily, by shutting out the Rangers at MSG 3-0 last night. The Rangers didn’t just sit back and let Ottawa win, they actually played a good game. Ottawa just had that desperation that the Rangers simply don’t have. It is what it is, and while this game wasn’t painful to…

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