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Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Stretches point streak to four
Zibanejad recorded a goal, two shots and a plus-3 rating in Thursday's 4-3 win over Chicago.
Zibanejad's empty-netter turned into the game-winner after Chicago scored to get back within one in the final seconds. He also scored a nice would-be goal on the rush in the second period, only to have the marker taken off the board because Mats Zuccarello was offside. The Swedish center has three goals and four assists during his four-game point streak.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Chris Kreider: Keeps lighting lamp
Kreider recorded a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-3 win over Chicago.
Kreider's line with Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad carried the Rangers' offense, with each of the three forwards lighting the lamp in this one. The power forward already has the second-highest goal total of his career with 22, and Kreider needs just six more to match his career best of 28 from the 2016-17 season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Moves up wins leaderboard
Lundqvist made 24 saves in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks.
Lundqvist was better than the stats indicate in this one -- the first two Chicago goals came on the power play while the third was a meaningless tally with less than two seconds remaining. With this win, the Swedish netminder ties Terry Sawchuk for sixth on the all-time NHL wins list at 445. While this year's Rangers team is among the weaker squads Lundqvist has been a part of, the 36-year-old netminder is still capable of turning back the clock and stealing games. He needs nine victories to catch Curtis Joseph's fifth-ranked total.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Starting in net Thursday
Lundqvist will guard the home goal Thursday against the Blackhawks, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Lundqvist got back on track Tuesday against the Hurricanes after a few down outings, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced to pick up his 13th victory of the campaign. The Blackhawks average three goals per game on the road this season, so the veteran netminder will have to be on top of his game again Thursday to pick up back-to-back wins.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Ruled out through All-Star break
Hayes (upper body) will not play either Thursday against the Blackhawks or Saturday against the Bruins, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Coach David Quinn revealed Wednesday that Hayes wasn't ready to return Thursday and that there was little point in having him return for one game before an extended break. With those two contests off the table, he should be ready to roll when the team returns from the All-Star break Jan. 29 to face the Flyers.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Brendan Smith: Doesn't crack Tuesday's lineup
Smith was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Smith recorded a helper Saturday against the Blue Jackets, but that wasn't enough for the oft-scratched blueliner to maintain his lineup spot. The opportunity for playing time created by Neal Pionk's upper-body injury is now being capitalized on by Ryan Lindgren, who was called up from AHL Hartford and plugged in on the blue line at Smith's expense. It appears that Smith -- despite carrying a $4.35 million cap hit -- is destined to watch from the press box more often than not.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ryan Strome: Not in on offensive outburst
Strome failed to record a point or shot while adding two blocks over 17:38 of ice time in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Carolina.
Strome was held off the scoresheet while six of his teammates racked up multiple points, but his 17:38 of ice time was good for second among the Rangers' forward ranks. The trade acquisition has enjoyed a bump in ice time with Kevin Hayes (upper body) out of the lineup, and Strome has found some recent success with four goals in the past eight games. Hayes is aiming to return Thursday against the Blackhawks, however, so Strome's time in a top-six role could be coming to an end.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Ryan Lindgren: Makes NHL debut Tuesday
Lindgren made his NHL debut in Tuesday's 6-2 win over Carolina.
The 2014 second-round selection (2014) finished the contest with 15:22 worth of ice time. He took a minor penalty for slashing and fired one shot on goal. Lindgren is extremely limited offensively, but he should provide value in deeper leagues that value both hits and blocks as he had three of each Tuesday. Lindgren, who will turn 21 years old next month, could easily find himself with a full-time role for the rebuilding Rangers for the remainder of the season.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Pavel Buchnevich: Tickles twine twice
Buchnevich scored two goals in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
Both of Buchnevich's goals are similar on the scoresheet, as they came on the man advantage with assists from Mika Zibanejad and Mats Zuccarello. However, the goals were different, as one was a one-timer and the other saw him picking up his own rebound and knocking it home. Buchnevich now has nine goals and six assists in 30 games and has recorded a 23.7 shooting percentage, which is bound to regress.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mats Zuccarello: Playmaker in Tuesday's win
Zuccarello dished out three assists in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
Zuccarello set up a goal in each period and now has three goals and three assists over the last three games. The veteran winger isn't on an explosive pace with 21 points in 33 games, but he has 10 power-play points and still has a chance to match last year's 53-point mark.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Stacks up four points
Zibanejad scored two goals and added two assists in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
Zibanejad scored both of his goals in the first period with one coming on the power play, and he later dished out assists with the man advantage -- both going to Pavel Buchnevich. This was Zibanejad's third four-point game of the season and his second in the last 10 games. Zibanejad continues his career pace with 41 points in 46 games, and he should easily surpass his career high of 51.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Stands strong in front of Canes
Lundqvist turned aside 34 of 36 shots in Tuesday's win over the Hurricanes.
It was Lundqvist's first start in five days, as he was given a "mental break." It looked like the extra rest was helpful, as Lundqvist snapped his three-game losing streak with a superb outing to garner his 13th win of the season. Now that he's had his rest, expect him back in goal Thursday versus the Blackhawks.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Adam McQuaid: Set to face Carolina
McQuaid (undisclosed) will be in the lineup when the Rangers host Carolina on Tuesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
The 32-year-old slots back into the lineup after missing one game with an undisclosed injury. On the season, McQuaid has just three assists in 21 games while averaging 17:19 of ice time per night. Healthy or not, the Rangers' blueliner does not belong on your fantasy roster.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Neal Pionk: Out through All-Star break
Pionk (lower body) will not return until after the NHL's All-Star break, according to Rangers coach David Quinn, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
The 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place Jan. 25-26. Evidently, Pionk's going to miss all three games prior to the star-studded action in San Jose, which is terrible news for a Rangers team that relies heavily on the burgeoning defenseman. Despite going undrafted, Pionk averaged close to a half-point between his first 70 contests at the top level. As if that wasn't enough, Quinn will have to find alternatives for both the power play and penalty kill.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Targeting Thursday return
Hayes (upper body) will practice Wednesday in the hope he will be ready in time to suit up against the Blackhawks on Thursday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
The news effectively rules Hayes out for Tuesday's matchup with Carolina, which will mark his seventh consecutive contest on the sidelines. The center was on a roll prior to getting hurt, as he racked up 16 points in his previous 11 contests. Ryan Strome figures to continue logging bigger minutes with Hayes unavailable.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Adam McQuaid: Status uncertain Tuesday
McQuaid -- who missed Saturday's matchup with Columbus due to an undisclosed injury -- remains questionable versus Carolina on Tuesday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
McQuaid's potential absence will stretch a defensive corps that will be without Frederik Claesson (shoulder) and Neal Pionk (lower body). Recent call-up Ryan Lindgren is slated to play regardless of McQuaid's availability, which means Brendan Smith would likely be the odd man out if McQuaid does suit up.... See More ... See Less
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Back in goal against Hurricanes
Lundqvist will start in goal Tuesday evening against the visiting Hurricanes, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
Lundqvist was given a "mental break" Sunday, only for backup netminder Alexandar Georgiev to get lit up by the Blue Jackets in a 7-5 loss. It's difficult to trust the King these days, as he's gone 12-12-7 with a 3.08 GAA and career-worst .907 save percentage. There aren't any shutouts on Hank's season ledger, either, and his next opponent is trigger happy, with the Hurricanes hoisting 35.9 shots per game.... See More ... See Less