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Preview: Rangers Battle Islanders in Brooklyn

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

The distance between Agganis Arena and Conte Forum is a little less than five miles, and David Quinn knows the way well from all his times, as a player and coach, taking his Boston University Terriers over to Chestnut Hill to face archrival Boston College.

About the same distance separates Madison Square Garden from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The route may be different, but that old feeling doesn't change.

"There's a little bit more passion, a little bit more pace, a little bit more snarl in these rivalry games," Quinn said. "This should be no different."

"This," of course, would be Thursday night's matchup between the Rangers and Islanders, the first installment of the 2018-19 Battle of New York and a chance for the Rangers, in just their fourth Metropolitan Division match of the season, to build on their seven-game points streak (6-0-1). For Quinn - and for four of his players who will be in uniform on Thursday - it will be a first taste of the Rangers-Islanders rivalry.

"It makes it enjoyable," Quinn said after the Rangers practiced on Wednesday. "The day of the game you can't help but feel the moment. The records kind of go out the window, and it's all about your opponent and the rivalry."

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Preview: Rangers Host Canucks on Salute to Our Troops Night

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Lias Andersson and Elias Pettersson are more accustomed to being teammates, so when the two met for dinner on Sunday evening in New York, it was a good chance for old friends to catch up before putting their friendship aside for a day. By Monday morning, the two couldn't agree on who had picked up the check the night before.

Two of the gems of the 2017 Draft class will find themselves on opposing benches Monday night when Andersson's Rangers host Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks on Salute to Our Troops Night presented by Budweiser at Madison Square Garden. Andersson will play his fourth NHL game this season (11th career), while Pettersson, who made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, was named the League's Rookie of the Month for October and leads the Canucks with 10 goals and 17 points in his first 12 NHL games.

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Of more immediate concern to the Rangers is the chance to extend their six-game points streak (5-0-1) when they play for the third time in four nights on Monday. And they'll have to do so without Mats Zuccarello for the third straight game, and now without Pavel Buchnevich possibly through Christmas.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 11.12.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers: 8-7-2 (18 pts)
Canucks: 10-6-2 (22 pts)

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THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2018-19 season Monday, Nov. 12, against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a season-high six-game point streak (5-0-1 record over the span). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record) and in 10 of the last 14 games (8-4-2 record). Beginning with Monday's game, four of the Rangers' next five games will take place at MSG, and all of the five contests will take place in New York.

SALUTE TO OUR TROOPS

The Rangers organization will host Salute to Our Troops Night presented by Budweiser on Monday. The Rangers will pay tribute to the military in several ways as part of this special evening. Rangers players will wear camouflage jerseys and use camouflage tape on their sticks during warmups. The jerseys and sticks used in warmups will be autographed by players and available for purchase via Steiner Sports to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, which is a charitable partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The jerseys and sticks, along with additional autographed items, will be available for purchase beginning on Tuesday, November 13 at 9:00 a.m. All Rangers players will also wear a U.S. Flag decal on their helmet during Monday's game.

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Preview: Rangers Wrap Up Back-to-Back Set Against Blue Jackets

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Looked at from a distance, the Rangers will hit the ice on Saturday night in Columbus looking to build on a five-game points streak (4-0-1) and return to the win column after earning a point but seeing their four-game winning streak snapped in Detroit on Friday.

Up close, though, the Rangers will be looking to scrub away the frustration of how Friday's game turned on them in the third period.

It is the silver lining of having to play games on back-to-back nights: You get a chance to erase frustration right away.

The Rangers held a two-goal lead entering the third period Friday night, but Justin Abdelkader scored early in the third and Andreas Athanasiou scored late before setting up Dylan Larkin's winner in the waning seconds of overtime.

"I think it's less an individual, more as a team - you learn how you need to play with the lead," Marc Staal said. "How to be confident with the lead, be the aggressor when you can be, take the play to them. I thought we did too much sitting back, and that's something that as a team we have to take from this, and next time be better.

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Preview: Rangers Take Their Winning Streak to Detroit

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Coming off their most thrilling victory of the season so far, the Rangers finally feel they have some confidence to bring with them on a road trip.

And though they were not able to bring Mats Zuccarello with them - the winger has a groin strain and did not travel with the team - the rest of the Blueshirts will look to make it five wins in a row when they begin a road back-to-back, and a set of three games in four nights, with a visit on Friday night to a Detroit Red Wings team that after getting out to the league's worst start this season has, like the Rangers, recently found its stride.

The Rangers have won their last two games on the road, finishing up their swing through California last week with back-to-back shootout wins in San Jose and Anaheim. They held leads in the final minute of each of those games, only to surrender the tying goals and wind up winning both games after overtime. But following it up with a pair of regulation wins back home at the Garden, including Tuesday's come-from-behind 5-3 win over Montreal, was an enormous confidence-builder for the Rangers - confidence that right now is building upon itself.

"We're on a bit of a roll - with wins comes confidence in finishing games," said Marc Staal. "We've won a few, and that just breeds confidence in your room in closing out games. You've got to ride that as long as you can.

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Preview: Rangers Look to Extend Win Streak Against Canadiens

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

The best thing to happen to the Rangers on Monday was seeing one of their rookies, Brett Howden, walking around the practice facility with a smile on his face and no major injury, a day after a frightening collision in Sunday's game.

On Tuesday, the most exciting thing to happen to the Rangers will be getting a look at another rookie centerman, one who is about to make his 2018-19 NHL debut.

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Lias Andersson, the Rangers' No. 7 overall draft choice in 2017, was called up from AHL Hartford on Monday evening and will join the Rangers on Tuesday night at the Garden to face the Montreal Canadiens. Andersson will play in his eighth career NHL game and first since a seven-game stint to close out last season.

Andersson, who celebrated his 20th birthday on Oct. 13, was part of a group of centers vying to make the Rangers' roster out of Training Camp. But the team determined that Hartford was the best place for him to start the year, and he reported to the Wolf Pack determined to make the most of his time there - and through 14 games has followed through, to the tune of 12 points (4-8-12) while seeing top-unit duty on both special teams.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canadiens 11.6.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers: 6-7-1 (13 pts)
Canadiens: 7-4-2 (16 pts)*

* The Canadiens play the New York Islanders tonight 11/5 in Brooklyn prior to facing the Rangers

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THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their 15th game of the 2018-19 season Tuesday, Nov. 6, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won each of their last three games. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in six of the last nine games (5-3-1 record) and in seven of the last 11 games (6-4-1 record). Including Tuesday's game, five of the Blueshirts' next eight contests are at MSG. In addition, 11 of the Rangers' next 13 games, including Tuesday's game, are against Eastern Conference opponents.

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Preview: Rangers Seek Third Straight Win Against Buffalo

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Friday was an off-day for the Rangers, a day to rest up after stepping off the red eye that brought them home from a nine-day road trip through Chicago and California. Saturday they were on the ice, so it was a day to shake off any lingering fatigue and wind back up. Right?

"They had more energy than I anticipated. Not sure how I feel, though," David Quinn said with a laugh after Saturday's practice. "We wanted to keep it short, we wanted to have pace to it, fight through a little bit of the grogginess, the tiredness. But I really liked their energy."

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The Rangers were a loose team on Saturday morning, and much of that energy surely is attributable to how the Rangers finished their longest road trip of the season, with two wins over three days in San Jose and Anaheim. The Rangers got better as the trip went along, and in Thursday's finale, they received crucial contributions from their rookie class: Brett Howden had a goal and an assist, Filip Chytil started the power-play sequence that led to the Rangers' first goal, and Alexandar Georgiev made 28 saves in the game before going 2-for-2 to win his first career shootout.

"For us it's about the group as well, and I was just really happy with the way we played in the last two games. There was certainly a different feel, there was a little bit more of an identity, the way we want to play," said Quinn, who will reinsert Pavel Buchnevich into the lineup when the Rangers face the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. "But to see those (rookies) get rewarded statistically and play with a bit more confidence is always good. Those guys continue to grow, they're big parts of our future and present. It's good to see those guys get rewarded."

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Preview: Rangers Face Ducks in Road Trip Finale

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

ANAHEIM - The Rangers feel no need to sugarcoat it: They needed that one in San Jose. They needed the two points, and not least of all, they needed to feel good about their game again.

"It's very fair to say that, yes," David Quinn said after his team practiced in San Jose before departing for the road-trip finale against a reeling Ducks team in Anaheim on Thursday night. "I was just talking with Mika about this: After the Calgary game (two Sunday ago) - the Calgary loss was very demoralizing to us in a lot of ways because we felt like we did so many things right and really had a great opportunity to win that game, and not only did we lose, we lost 4-1. With the shot total we had, the chances we had, the quality chances we had, and we come away with a 4-1 loss. Guys were just demoralized, and I really believe that affected us over the last three games.

"I was real proud of the way we moved past that, proud of our effort, proud of our purpose - we gave ourselves a chance to win last night and we did. Obviously no one likes the way it ended in regulation but we're going to continue to grow. We got two points. We'll address the issue we had on the 6-on-5, but we got two points and we needed it."

Chris Kreider said after Tuesday's performance that "there is no reason we can't do that consistently." Kreider was a main factor in the Rangers earning the two points: He scored twice to give the Rangers leads in the third period, and now has a team-best six goals in the Rangers' first 12 games - a 41-goal pace.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Ducks 11.01.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at ANAHEIM DUCKS

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 10:00 p.m. ET
Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM)

Rangers: 4-7-1 (9 pts)
Ducks: 5-6-2 (12 pts)

THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their 13th game of the 2018-19 season and conclude a four-game road trip Thursday, Nov. 1, against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York's current four-game road trip is tied for its longest this season. The Blueshirts have three separate four-game road trips in 2018-19 (Oct. 25 at Chicago - Nov. 1 at Anaheim; Feb. 12 at Winnipeg - Feb. 19 at Carolina; Mar. 11 at Edmonton - Mar. 16 at Minnesota).

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