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Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich: Expected back in action Friday
Buchnevich (thumb) should rejoin the lineup Friday against the Coyotes, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Buchnevich returned to practice Wednesday with a regular jersey, so his expected return Friday shouldn't come as a major shock. It would be a big boost to a Rangers offense that has scored more than three goals just once in the last five games, with Buchnevich presumably joining the top-six and power play units immediately upon his return.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Cody McLeod: Still 2-3 weeks away
McLeod (hand) is expected to miss at least 2-3 more weeks before returning to the lineup, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
McLeod has already been out of action since Nov. 21 (a stretch of eight games) and now appears set to miss the remainder of 2018. Even once cleared to return to action, the winger could be hard-pressed to crack the lineup given the team's forward depth and the emergence of Filip Chytil and Brett Howden.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello: Looks good to go
Zuccarello (groin) is expected to suit up versus the Coyotes on Friday, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Zuccarello has missed 13 of the Rangers' previous 15 outings due to his lingering groin issue. With the winger fully fit, he is slated to return to the top line as well as the top power-play unit. Prior to getting hurt, the Norwegian tallied three goals, seven assists and 31 shots in 17 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Adam McQuaid: Sporting full contact jersey
McQuaid (lower body) was spotted in a regular practice jersey Wednesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
It appears McQuaid is healthy enough to return to action, but it remains to be seen whether he'll do so Friday against the Coyotes. Even with Kevin Shattenkirk out for the next few weeks after suffering a shoulder separation, the Rangers still have seven healthy defensemen including McQuaid. The final lineup spot will likely come down to McQuaid or Brendan Smith.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich: Back at practice
Buchnevich (thumb) was spotted in a regular practice jersey Wednesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Buchnevich appears set to rejoin the Rangers' lineup Friday against Arizona, as Cole Schneider and Steven Fogarty have been sent down to the AHL, presumably to clear room for Buch and Mats Zuccarello (groin).... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello: Practicing in regular jersey
Zuccarello (groin) was spotted in a regular practice jersey Wednesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
This was also the case for fellow forward Pavel Buchnevich and blueliner Adam McQuaid, both of whom have been on the mend in addition to Zuccarello. Zuccarello and Buchnevich are both likely to suit up for the Rangers against Arizona on Friday, as the club has already sent fill-in forwards Cole Schneider and Steven Fogarty back down to the AHL Level.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Shattenkirk: Out 2-to-4 weeks
Shattenkirk will miss 2-to-4 weeks with a separated shoulder, the team announced Wednesday.
Shattenkirk is currently bogged down in an eight-game pointless streak, despite logging 1:59 of ice time with the man advantage over that stretch. Additionally, the blueliner hasn't scored since Nov. 9 versus Detroit. With the 29-year-old sidelined, Brendan Smith figures to slot into the lineup, while the Rangers will need to promote a player from the minors; possibly John Gilmour who leads all Wolf Pack defenseman with 17 points.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Steven Fogarty: Returned to minors
Fogarty was reassigned to AHL Hartford on Tuesday.
Fogarty drew into 10 straight contests for the Rangers, though he topped 10 minutes of ice time just once over that stretch. The 25-year-old pivot will take his talents back to an AHL Hartford squad where he sports 14 points -- seven goals and seven assists -- over 19 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Cole Schneider: Returned to AHL affiliate
The Rangers reassigned Schneider to AHL Hartford on Tuesday.
Schneider's demotion suggests Pavel Buchnevich (thumb) is likely nearing a return to the lineup. The 28-year-old forward will return to a prominent role with Hartford, where he's racked up eight goals and 17 points in 25 appearances this season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Carries offense in loss
Hayes scored two goals during Monday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning.
His two tallies actually gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission, but it was pretty much all Tampa after that. Hayes now has five goals and 17 points in 18 games since the beginning of November, and the 26-year-old -- whose career high is only 49 points, set in 2016-17 -- is firmly headed for a breakout campaign.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Shocked by Lightning
Lundqvist stopped 30 of 35 shots in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning.
Tampa's final goal came into an empty net, but that did little to salvage Lundqvist's numbers on the night. After a great run in November, the veteran netminder has hit a wall, allowing at least three goals in five of his last six starts and posting a .908 save percentage over that stretch. Lundqvist will get a few days to rest and clear his head before the Rangers face the Coyotes at MSG on Friday.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Shattenkirk: Exits with injury Monday
Shattenkirk exited Monday's game against Tampa Bay with a shoulder injury and will not return, reports The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello.
Shattenkirk appeared to suffer the injury on a high hit from ex-Ranger J.T. Miller. Should the puck-moving blueliner be forced to miss any time, Brendan Smith is the logical choice to rejoin the lineup. The Rangers don't play again until Friday against the Coyotes, so expect an update on Shattenkirk's status sometime before that contest.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello: Will miss clash with Bolts
Zuccarello (groin) won't play Monday.
As expected, Zuccarello will miss Monday's road game in Tampa Bay. The Norweigan-born forward is close to returning to game action and with three days off between games, expect Zuccarello to be in the lineup Friday versus Arizona. He hasn't played since Nov. 23.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Set to take on Bolts
Lundqvist will get the start Monday in Tampa Bay, Corey Long of NHL.com reports.
Lundqvist will be looking for his 11th win this season, facing a Tampa Bay team who've won nine of their last 10 games. As impressive as the Swedish netminder has been this season, playing behind an overmatched team and keeping them in almost every game, we recommend staying away from Lundqvist in this particular matchup. New York's next game comes Friday against Arizona, a much better matchup for the 36-year-old backstop.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Joey Keane: Prime candidate for Team USA WJC club
Keane picked up a goal and added an assist in OHL Barrie's 4-2 win over Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.
With 20 points in 28 games for the Colts, Keane is on the exact same scoring pace he was a season ago in which he posted 44 points in 62 games for Barrie. Keane moves the puck well and is an asset on the power play. He also excels at defending in open space. Keane's stock has risen since the Rangers selected him 88th overall this past June. Due to his productive campaign and the fact he is a right-handed shot, Keane stands a good chance of cracking the United States World Junior roster later this month.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello: Unlikely to play Monday
Coach Dan Quinn said Zuccarello (groin) isn't expected to play in Monday's game versus the Lightning, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Quinn wouldn't rule out Zuccarello completely, but it appears he'll need to make drastic strides with his recovery to slot into the lineup. If Zuccarello, who has 10 points in 17 games, is able to shake the injury, he'll likely bump Filip Chytil out of the top six.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Looking sharp for old king
Lundqvist made 27 saves through overtime in a 5-4 shootout victory over Florida on Saturday night.
The old King is 10-8-3 this season and is maintaining solid ratios (2.68 GAA and .919 save percentage). Lundqvist needs his rest to excel, but right now, it doesn't look like there's a slowdown in his game. Keep hauling him out into your blue paint.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Producing at career pace
Hayes set up two goals in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over the Panthers.
The big pivot has 19 points in 29 games, a pace that would establish a new career mark. But Hayes has just five goals so far -- he finished with 25 last season. His shooting percentage is half of what it was last season and is five percent under his career mark. Hayes should see that rate balance out and that means more goals are to come. Keep the faith and make sure he's in your lineup so you take advantage of that run.... See More ... See Less