The New York Rangers fired coach Alain Vigneault hours after they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the firing Saturday night, a full day before the end of the NHL regular season but long after New York’s playoff hopes were gone. The Rangers will begin searching for his replacement immediately.
It used to be that there was only one preseason game played by either New York hockey team that was must-watch television, and it was against each other.
The Philadelphia Flyers will have to try to mount a comeback against the Washington Capitals without one of their best players. The New York Rangers are optimistic they will have their franchise player back for a rally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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Goaltending clinic on tap as Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers host Carey Price and Montreal; desperate Ducks open crucial homestand; more games, NHL storylines to watch this week.
The New York Rangers have enjoyed a lot of success in the past four years, but the aging Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash, Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh could be bringing in the close of a winning era.
Sign Emerson Etem? Check. Sign Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller? Check. Sign Derek Stepan? BIG CHECK. Stay under the salary cap? Yep, did that too. Well, that’s it. The New York Rangers are ready to head into training camp, and their lineup looks wonderful as they enter another “Stanley Cup or Bust” season, and this team might even be better than last year’s. All that’s left is preseason in a couple of months, where the Rangers will see if any of their prospects are able to crack the lineup, although they’re really going to look at just Oscar Lindberg. Lindberg fills the one hole the Rangers have in their lineup, in that he is actually capable of winning faceoffs.
By winning the Presidents' Trophy this season, the Rangers assured themselves home ice advantage throughout the playoffs. Lately, however, Madison Square Garden has failed to bring out the best in the Blueshirts' offense. Perhaps it's simply the nervous energy of a building that sees so many nail-biting performances by a team that rarely makes things easy, but the numbers speak for themselves. The Rangers have scored 19 goals and allowed 21 in 10 home games this postseason. In eight games on the road, they've scored 26 goals - 21 in the last four games - and allowed just 18.
Every night during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eye On Hockey writers Adam Gretz and Chris Peters will bring you up to speed everything you need to know about all of the action around the NHL. Here's what you need to know about Rangers vs. Lightning Game 5.
Lightning Coach Jon Cooper could not contain the quip. He had just watched his top line of Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov maneuver around and through the Rangers for the second game in a row. “I think we’ve got a pretty quick team, and they have a quick team,” he said.
The New York Rangers have faced elimination the last two games, but they won't be alone this time. After rallying from a 1-3 deficit to even the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Blueshirts will host the Washington Capitals in Wednesday's decisive Game 7 from Madison Square Garden. New York staved off elimination with two straight victories, taking Friday's home test by a 2-1 score in overtime before holding on for a 4-3 decision in Sunday's Game 6 in D.C.
For the third time since drafting captain Alex Ovechkin in 2004, the Washington Capitals are one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Final. And for the third time in four years and the fourth time since 2009, the Capitals will play the New York Rangers in a Game 7. The Rangers have defeated the Capitals in the past two Game 7s they have played, in the 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals and in the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round between the Capitals and Rangers is at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday
With only five games before the playoffs, the New York Rangers are currently second in the race for the President’s Trophy, only two points back of the Anaheim Ducks but holding three games in hand. With their 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild, they finally clinched the Metropolitan Division as well as home-ice advantage throughout the first two rounds of the playoffs. However, the Rangers have only been 5-3-0 in their last 8 and showing signs of struggle against the potential wild card teams in the east, that being the Washington Capitals as well as the Boston Bruins. The Rangers need to go into the playoffs on a hot streak, and they’re searching for their third straight win tonight against the New Jersey Devils in the Garden.