Anticipation Meets Reality

Most pundits and even a lot of fans, looked at this series against the Pittsburgh Penguins as pretty much a win for the Rangers.  The Rangers had won the season series 3-1, with all three wins coming in the last six weeks of the season.  By contrast, the Penguins had limped through the second half […]

Copp And Chytil Out Tomorrow

Both Andrew Copp and Filip Chytil were unable to finish the game against the Islanders, and did not participate in Friday’s practice.  Copp has an undisclosed lower body injury, while Chytil reportedly was sore following a cross check earlier in the game. Per Gerard Gallant, both players should be ready frot he playoffs, though given that he initially said […]

Kakko Week To Week

Kaapo Kakko can’t catch a break this year.  After spending 11 weeks on the sideline, it looked like he was back just in time to get ready for the playoffs, but that is now in doubt iwth the news that he’ll be week to week with a lower body injury. While he hasn’t been ruled out […]

Can Kakko Continue

Going into this season, Chris Drury took a bit of a gamble.  With Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere and Vitali Kravtsov all looking to make progression in their young careers, he had to find room on the roster to give them a chance at meaningful minutes.  Ultimately he decided to deal RFA Pavel Buchnevich – who also was due a hefty raise, to the St […]

Kakko And Rooney On Ice

When Kaapo Kakko left the ice after pre-game warmups ahead of their matchup with the Arizona Coyotes, it came as a bit of a surprise.  There was no apparent injury, and we only learned later that he was suffering from a lingering upper-body injury. The initial diagnosis was that he’d be out for a while, and it’s […]

Who’s On First?

Currently on a career best equaling four game point streak – with four assists – Alexis Lafreniere today practiced on a line with Filip Chytil and Barclay Goodrow, or as it’s more commonly known, the third line. It’s not a configuration that has beenused really this year, and like many of the third lines used this season, feels very much […]

NOTES: Are Deadline Calculations Changing?

When Kaapo Kakko dropped out of the line-up last month, an already weak position on the right wing got suddenly moreso.  The thought was, that the Rangers needed another top six winger to make a serious run this year at a Stanley Cup, capitalizing on career form from Igor Shesterkin, as well as Chris Kreider. As everyone knows, the […]

Players Back On Ice

With the Rangers set to return from the All Star break next Tuesday, players were back on the ice for the first formal practice since their 5-2 win over the Panthers back on February 1st.  The team went into the layoff with several players under injury cloud, and today was our first chance to see […]

Report Card: 20 Games

Twenty games into the 2021-22 season, and the Rangers have started to find their game, improving their overall play as Igor Shesterkin and Adam Fox continue to lead the way.  The loss of Sammy Blais to an injury has lead to more ice time for the likes of Julien Gauthier and Dryden Hunt, and both players have shown some promising improvements. While most of […]

Report Card: After 10

Ten games into the season, 12.2% of the season completed, and the Rangers sit at 6-2-2, amongst the best in the league with 14 points.  On the surface it’s been a dream start for Rangers Head Coach Gerard Gallant, in that his team has put the wins up against teams it should beat, for the most […]