Category Archives: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Will Mats Zuccarello play Game 7? Today’s practice will answer that question!

Zuccarello at practice via NYDN

Zuccarello at practice via NYDN

It’s the question Rangers fans keep asking more than any other, “Will Mats Zuccarello play Game 7?” We know he’s been working out and skating with the extras, but he has not been cleared for contact. If there’s to be any hope of seeing him Friday, he needs to practice with the team in full today. Read more

J.T. Miller’s Journey: From AV’s doghouse to top line star

Miller scores his first playoff goal (Photo Scott Audette/Getty Images)

Miller scores his first playoff goal (Photo Scott Audette/Getty Images)

J.T. Miller has not had it easy under head coach Alain Vigneault. The former 15th overall selection in the 2011 entry draft was on the Hartford Express between the Rangers and Wolf Pack (NYR AHL affiliate) for the first few years. In 2013, he came into camp out of shape and that must’ve left a real bad taste in Alain Vigneault’s mouth. Read more

Head Coach’s challenge leads to Brass-Trick and game 7 (NYR 7 v TB 3)

Rangers celebrate Sheppard's goal (Photo Scott Audette/Getty Images)

Rangers celebrate Sheppard’s goal (Photo Scott Audette/Getty Images)

Alain Vigneault needed someone to step up in Game 6. In his mind, he knew Henrik Lundqvist would motivate himself as he’s done time and time again. No, this time he needed one of his top two pivots to grab this game by the throat and send this series back to MSG. He needed them to be “difference makers”. Read more

Rangers need a hero tonight and a look at the hockey systems being used by both teams

Nash and MSL

Nash and MSL

In 2014/15 Rick Nash came out of the gate swinging. He led the Rangers in goals (42) and points (69). He was determined to help the Rangers get back to the Cup¬†Final. Yet he always seems to hit a wall once Easter comes and passes. That’s when the playoff race starts and every team is playing their hardest. Read more

Mats Zuccarello is officially “day to day” but how far is he from playing?

AV smiles when answering about Zucc (NYR)

AV smiles when answering about Zucc (NYR)

Today, Alain Vigneault was asked about the status of Mats Zuccarello. “He’s day to day. Getting better,” the coach replied. While this is an upgrade from “out indefinitely” it isn’t a big thumbs up that he will be playing Game 6 or anytime soon for that matter. Read more

FullTilt Breakdown: Beating Ben Bishop

Bishop ECF goal breakdown (Getty Images / FTHN)

Bishop ECF goal breakdown (Getty Images / FTHN)

Coming into the Eastern Conference Finals, one of the major concerns for the Rangers was beating Ben Bishop. The huge goaltender stands in at 6’7″ and covers a ton of net, even when he drops down early. His career line before this series against the Rangers was a perfect 8-0 record with a 1.49 GAA and stellar .946 SV%. Read more

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