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Posted On Monday, 04.20.2015 / 1:51 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Yandle likely to play Game 3 vs. Penguins

PITTSBURGH -- Despite missing the morning skate Monday because he was sick, New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle is expected to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round series (7 p.m. ET: NBCSN, CBC, TVA, ROOT, MSG).

The best-of-7 series is tied, 1-1.

"He just wasn't feeling well this morning, he'll be in the lineup tonight," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said of Yandle. "He's taking fluids and should be good to go."

Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein skated with the team for the first time since March 11, when he broke his left arm when blocking a shot from Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin.

Klein is not expected to play in Game 3, but his return to full practice was a positive sign for his availability later in the series against the Penguins.

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Posted On Saturday, 04.18.2015 / 2:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers focused on net presence at both ends of ice

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has been talking about net presence since late Thursday night, shortly after his team took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He's had two reasons to make net presence his central point of emphasis:

Vigneault thinks the Penguins had too much of it in Game 1, and he wants the Rangers to generate more of it in Game 2 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Posted On Friday, 04.17.2015 / 2:32 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Girardi practices, says he's fine for Game 2

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- What was an injury scare Thursday for the New York Rangers turned out to be nothing Friday, when defenseman Dan Girardi practiced and said he is good to go for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

"Everything is fine and I'm ready to go [Saturday]," Girardi said Friday.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.16.2015 / 11:46 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Nash feels better, ready to go in Game 1

NEW YORK -- New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will be in the lineup Thursday after missing practice Wednesday because of the flu.

The Rangers open the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 1 of the best-of-7 Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, ROOT).

"I am better," Nash said after taking part in New York's full morning skate. "It was a rough couple of hours. I feel good. I felt pretty strong out there, better than I thought [I would]."

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 2:12 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Rangers-Penguins series blog

Rangers' Klein unlikely to play in Game 1 vs. Penguins

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein is not expected to play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CBC, NBCSN, TVA Sports, ROOT, MSG) because he has not been cleared to return to practice.

Klein sustained a broken left arm March 11 against the Washington Capitals and missed the final 16 games of the regular season. The Rangers will practice Wednesday in advance of Game 1, but coach Alain Vigneault said Klein will not participate.

Vigneault said Klein will have to practice before he plays in a game. He said Klein is skating on his own.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 12:03 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Rosen's playoff mailbag - April 14, 2015

Here is the April 14 edition of Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically throughout the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Which Canadian team out west will go the deepest in the playoffs? -- @JoseHudson

I'm picking the Vancouver Canucks will make it to the second round, which means the Calgary Flames won't get there, obviously. I don't think the Winnipeg Jets will get past the Anaheim Ducks, so the answer for me is Vancouver.

I wouldn't rank any of the three Canadian teams from the Western Conference (I was going to say Western Canadian teams but Winnipeg is not in Western Canada) as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. I think the Canucks will get past the Flames in six games, but I also think they'll go up against Anaheim in the second round and lose that series.

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Posted On Thursday, 04.09.2015 / 1:14 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Senators at Rangers

NEW YORK -- As much as the Ottawa Senators are aware of the big picture in their push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, their mindset heading into Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, MSG) for the latest in a string of big games is squarely set on getting off to a strong start.

The Senators did not do that the last time they played the Rangers, on March 26 at Canadian Tire Centre. It hurt them. New York defeated Ottawa 5-1 after jumping out to a 3-1 lead in the first period.

"We know how good of a team they are and we know we can't get off to the start tonight that we did last game," Senators center Kyle Turris said. "We're confident."

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Posted On Monday, 04.06.2015 / 1:02 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Blue Jackets at Rangers

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Keith Yandle is showing the New York Rangers why he should be an important player for them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Yandle's comfort level with his new team and teammates has improved the past two weeks, and with it so has his production. He has one goal and seven assists in the past eight games after he had one point, a goal, in his first nine games following the trade that brought him to the Rangers from the Arizona Coyotes on March 1.

"It's one of those things that's different coming to a new team. You want to see where you're at with the team," Yandle said Monday morning from Madison Square Garden. "For me now, I feel that I'm here and we're getting down to the nitty gritty, and it's a good place to be right now."

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Posted On Sunday, 04.05.2015 / 10:47 AM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

Malkin to play for Penguins against Flyers

PHILADELPHIA -- Evgeni Malkin will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup on Sunday against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, SN), coach Mike Johnston said. Malkin has missed the past two games with an undisclosed injury.

Malkin will replace forward Steve Downie, who Johnston said won't play because he sustained an upper-body injury in the Penguins' 5-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Malkin has two assists in three games against the Flyers this season. He has 60 points on 22 goals and 38 assists in 45 career games against Philadelphia.

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Posted On Sunday, 03.29.2015 / 10:09 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Over the Boards blog

Capitals' Ovechkin closing in on 50 goals

NEW YORK -- Alex Ovechkin's next goal this season will be his 50th, marking the sixth time in his 10 NHL seasons that he has scored at least 50 goals. He has six games left to score the goal.

Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals captain, is on pace to win the Rocket Richard Trophy for the fifth time in his career. That would put him in the company of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Phil Esposito as the only other players in NHL history have led the League in goals in at least five seasons.

Ovechkin tried his best to downplay what another 50-goal season would mean to him when he was asked about it following his two-goal performance in Washington's 5-2 win against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

"It's a good accomplishment," Ovechkin said. "Obviously if the puck goes in the puck goes in, but I'm concentrating right now to clinch the playoffs and do that kind of stuff."

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