Stepan out, Miller in tonight

Alain Vigneault announced yesterday that J.T. Miller would be returning to the lineup, probably in light of the Dan Carcillo suspension. Some doubt may have been cast when Derick Brassard announced he would be returning tonight, but now with the confirmed news that Derek Stepan will be out with his broken jaw (not surprising, despite what Doctors Gallagher and Briere…

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Stepan has surgery for broken jaw

Per Renaud Lavoie, quoting Alain Vigneault, Derek Stepan had surgery on a broken jaw today. The injury came from the hit delivered by Brandon Prust.  This is not good news for the Rangers.

Quick notes: Prust hit, Carcillo ejection

Update 2: Prust got two games. Update: Brandon Prust has a phone hearing at 4pm today regarding this hit. I didn’t cover this in the goal breakdown, mostly because I wanted to discuss it in a separate post, but there were two separate incidents that sparked emotions in the first period of last night’s loss. The first was the hit delivered by…

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Thoughts following Game 1

• I’ll admit, it was really disappointing to see the Flyers strike first after such a dominant chance/possession showing in the first period by the Rangers. Hartnell’s hit on McDonagh that directly lead to McDonald’s goal was the stuff nightmares are made of. Fortunately, the Flyers abandoned the hard, forechecking physicality in favor of stupid stick penalties. • Philly looked…

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Why the Rangers need to address the center position this summer

Not a single team currently ranked lower than the Rangers in face-off percentage this year will be in the playoffs. The last four Stanley Cup Champions (Chicago (twice), LA and Boston) rank 5th, 3rd and 8th respectively in face-off success. All three of the Rangers centers relied on for their offense – Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan and Brad Richards (so,…

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Rangers prospect focus shows no sign of changing

When you look at the current Rangers roster, there are plenty of examples how the Rangers have successfully looked to the American hockey program and how the franchise has a preference for American trained players. Whether it be the drafting of Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller or Carl Hagelin, the free agent signing of Cam Talbot or the now…

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Derek Stepan’s improved form crucial to Rangers’ hopes

Too many times this season, Derek Stepan – no longer a kid on the Rangers roster – has been a passenger. Despite having 48 points (on course for 55), most people consider his season an underwhelming one, which speaks to Derek’s talent and just how much fans expect of him. Stepan needs to be involved and needs to generate offense for his…

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The Rangers cannot afford to trade Derek Stepan

It’s the time in hockey season where rumours are rampant. Ryan Callahan is apparently already half way out the door, the Rangers are apparently in bed with Martin St Louis and apparently Glen Sather will ‘check in’ on Ryan Kesler. All of these rumours have legs to some degree, so when you hear Derek Stepan’s name mooted as a piece…

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Stats to chew on: Olympic break edition

– Only five players have more game-winning goals than Rick Nash (6). – Only Alex Ovechkin is averaging more shots per game than Rick Nash (4.1). – Only nine players have more points against their own division than Mats Zuccarello’s 21. – Only eight players have more penalty minutes on home ice than Chris Kreider (53).  Only Dallas’s Antoine Roussel…

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Rangers midseason grades: The top-six forwards

The Rangers have struggled to score consistently all season. Successful teams get the bulk of their scoring from their top six forwards, but no Ranger forward has covered himself in glory this season. Before going on to look at the individual grades at the halfway mark consider this: Mats Zuccarello is leading this team in scoring – a team designed…

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