On Saturday, the Rangers almost completed a fairy-tale comeback scoring four straight goals to tie the game at five a piece in the second period, before eventually falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The storyline of that game was defensive collapses. Three of the five goals scored in the first period came on poor defensive plays. The Rangers and their coaching staff knew that they had to improve. For the matchup against the Canadiens, the Rangers opted to play seven defensemen and eleven forwards; scratching Filip Chytil, who has seen little ice-time thus far throughout the season, and Brendan Smith, who had played a poor game against the Leafs. In place of Smith and Chytil, Alain Vigneault decided to play defensemen, Nick Holden and Steven Kampfer. In that game, The Rangers made less defensive mistakes and allowed Lundqvist to see the puck which ultimately led to a Rangers victory.
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The Rangers will be sending rookie Filip Chytil back home to play in the Czech Republic. By claiming Adam Cracknell off waivers, and Jesper Fast moving along nicely in his recovery, Chytil is no longer needed. Read more
The Rangers have claimed forward Adam Cracknell off of waivers from the Dallas Stars.
The New York Rangers have not gotten off to the most auspicious start; they were 0-2 until they shutting out the Montreal Canadiens last night. Filip Chytil has clearly ordered the AV special, with Anthony DeAngelo not too far behind. However, there have been a few bright spots. The New York Rangers have a Power Play. Led by Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad, the Rangers have scored four PP goals in two games. Mika Zibanejad seems to be taking the next step, and his line with Kreider and Buchnevich is electric every time they are on the ice.
Here is the FullTilt Quick Hits recap of the Rangers 2-0 shutout victory over the Canadiens.
Here is my Quick Hits recap of the Rangers 8-5 loss to the Maple Leafs.
After impressing enough in the preseason to not only make the team but start on a line with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello, rookie Filip Chytil received only 7:24 of ice time in his debut. That’s simply unacceptable. Read more
The moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived today. Rangers faced Avalanche at home for their season opening game of the 2017-18 hockey season. While some people see this game as the season-setting pace, we have to remember it’s only game 1, 1 of 82, and the team has a full season ahead of them. Let’s dive right into it. Read more
As the puck is set to drop on the Rangers for their 90th season, it appears around the NHL that many don’t expect much from the Blueshirts. Read more
For the first time in recent memory, the New York Rangers have a dangerous top defensive pairing. Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk will man the blue line together this season as the number one pair. Read more