Familiarity Breeds Contempt

The Rangers and Capitals are set to meet for the 8th time in the post season, with this being the fourth time in the last five years that the teams will have met.  The Capitals hold a 4-3 series lead to date, having won in 1990, 1991, 2009 and 2011, while the Rangers have prevailed in 1986, 1994 and last year. In fact, […]

Hot April Paves Way For Playoffs

Derek Stepan was announced the NHL’s third star for the month of April, following a team leading 8 goals and 11 assists in 14 games.  Stepan was one of four Rangers who averaged a point a game in the final month of the season, joined by Brad Richards (6-10-16), Ryan Callahan (7-8-15) and Rick Nash (9-5-14). In net, Henrik Lundqvist started the season 14-13-2, […]

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

In past years, a lot has been made of bringing in veterans who have Stanley Cup experience.  Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, even lesser lights like Ruslan Fedotenko were referred to as having been there and having the ring to prove it. Brad Richards is the lone representative in terms of Cup winning pedigree…if you exclude John Tortorella of course. […]

Rangers Clinch Playoffs

It wasn’t necessarily how they intended it to happen, but the Rangers have nonetheless secured a playoff spot for the seventh time in eight years, thanks to an overtime goal by Ryan Callahan.  The night started well thanks to a 2-0 lead on goals from Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard, but became more critical when New York gave up […]

Maybe Biron Should Pilot Rangers Against Jets

Henrik Lundqvist has a 2-1 record against the Winnipeg Jets since they relocated from Atlanta two years ago.  He has pretty solid stats with a .923 save percentage, a 2.01 goals against average and a shutout to his name and reportedly will start tonight, but maybe Martin Biron deserved the start here. Last season Biron started in two of the […]

Cally Happy To Play Sabres

Ryan Callahan apparently likes winning games against the Buffalo Sabres.  In 21 games he’s registered 7 goals and 4 assists, which isn’t all that impressive really.  But when you look at the goals he has scored, five have turned out to be game winners, and the last two shootout wins have been decided by Callahan goals. […]

Callahan Scores Lucky 113th Goal

It wasn’t so much skill as positioning last night, but Ryan Callahan did get a touch with his leg on the Rich Nash shot from the boards to put the Rangers up 3-1.  It was Callahan’s 113th career goal, and ties him once again with Marian Gaborik for the Rangers franchise.  Both players are tied 42nd all time, five […]

Callahan Continues To Lead

The NHL tracks Game Winning Goals, – basically the goal scorer for the goal that was one higher than what the losing team scored – but when it comes to shootouts it gets a little bit weird.  Because of the format, players who score in the shootout are not credited with a goal on the […]

Girardi Out; Callahan In; Boyle Scratched

The Rangers’ Captain Ryan Callahan will be back in the line-up, well ahead of schedule.  Initially projected to be out 10-14 days, he’ll make his return just eight days after being diagnosed with a mild shoulder strain. Among the current roster, only Marian Gaborik has scored more goals and put up more points as a Ranger against the Islanders, picking up 7 […]

Mashinter Sent Back Down; Kreider Ready?

The Rangers returned Brandon Mashinter to the Connecticut Whale after the morning skate, and there’s remains plenty of speculation over who might actually play tonight.  Chris Kreider could be a surprise starter having not played the last five games for New York after suffering a bone chip in his ankle. Meanwhile JT Miller (NHL) and Darroll Powe (NYR) will make […]