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Metro Division Semis Game Three: Rangers at Penguins

The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Three of their series. The Penguins evened the series on Saturday night, and the story of that game was the Rangers inefficient powerplay. They went just one-for-seven in that game, and it presumably has cost them the series already. In all seriousness, the powerplay is a concern, but this…

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Pens down Rangers, even series at 1

Sorry folks, I’m still away and the BSB writers all had prior committments, so there won’t be a oal breakdown for last night’s loss. Oddly enough, I’m in a hotel that has NBCSN, but not NBC, so I couldn’t watch the game. Yes, I’m as shocked as you at that development. Anyway, use this to discuss the loss, the Hagelin/Crosby…

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Metro Division Semis Game Two: Penguins at Rangers

The Rangers and Penguins are back at it tonight for Game Two of their series. The Rangers took Game One by a score of 2-1 in a surprisingly undisciplined game by the Penguins. In typical Ranger fashion, the Blueshirts ignored the shenanigans, played their game, and took Game One. The Rangers seem to play better when their opponent plays foolishly…

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Is Dan Girardi a key cog in the Rangers future?

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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