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Preview: Rangers Take on Flames at The Garden

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

David Quinn has been pleased with some of the things he has seen from his Rangers lately, but one of the sights that made the coach the most happy was seeing his players unhappy.

Earning three out of four points in a back-to-back set this week no doubt was a productive couple of nights, but Quinn said he was encouraged that his team was less than thrilled to leave the fourth point on the table in Washington.

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"I liked our reaction to our loss the other night, the overtime loss - guys weren't happy," Quinn said. "It wasn't like we were high-fiving each other because we got three out of four points. You're playing the defending Stanley Cup champions, a team that's got a ton of talent, back-to-back - all the reasons to maybe not have a good night, and we found a way to compete and get a point with chances to get two.

"You can definitely feel the confidence level starting to rise a little bit."

That seems particularly true on home ice, where the Ranges have won two out of three since Opening Night and where they will host the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening. After three losses to start the season in which the Rangers did a lot of things right but never put together a complete effort, the Rangers went 2-1-1 in the next four games and are starting to feel their game rounding out.

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Preview: Rangers Seek First Road Win of the Season in D.C.

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

WASHINGTON - With a pair of victories on a three-game homestand this week, Henrik Lundqvist felt the Rangers were starting to "build something" on home ice. Now the task is to lay a foundation on the road.

The Blueshirts will play their third road game of the season Wednesday night in search of their first road win and their first back-to-back victories of the young season. They'll come looking for it in the home of the defending Stanley Cup champs.

David Quinn was keeping his lineup choices close to the vest coming off a thorough performance in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Colorado at the Garden - Quinn has used a different lineup in all six games this season. But with three days off before the Rangers' next game, at home to Calgary on Sunday, the coach hinted earlier in the week that he would be amenable to starting Lundqvist in both ends of this back-to-back.

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Preview: Rangers Finish Homestand Against Avalanche

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Following a visit from the 2017 Hart Trophy winner on Saturday, the Rangers will take on the 2018 Hart Trophy runner-up when Nathan MacKinnon leads his Colorado Avalanche into Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

The Rangers will look to take a winning record out of a three-game homestand against Western Conference opponents that began with Thursday's thrilling comeback win over San Jose and continued with Saturday's defense-dominated 2-1 defeat to the Oilers.

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But if the Rangers were pleased with how they matched up at even strength with Edmonton's Connor McDavid on Saturday, they also were concerned that the stout defensive game they played diluted their attack mentality in a 2-1 loss to the Oilers.

"It's probably the calmest game that we've had where it wasn't that helter skelter, oh my God, look at all these crazy chances and the rushes we've been giving up," said David Quinn, citing 12 scoring chances against his team on Saturday. "So there was definitely a calmer element to our game.

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Preview: Rangers Go for Second Straight Win Against Oilers

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

How did David Quinn celebrate his first win as an NHL coach? By watching film of the game on his way home from the rink.

In the hours after reaching the milestone, Quinn wasn't interested in taking the time to let it sink in. "It's the coaching that kicked in, honestly," Quinn said on Friday. "I'm thinking about the last 25 minutes (of Thursday's game) when I felt we did the things we needed to do to have success, and then I was thinking about the first 35 minutes when I wanted to resign and go sell insurance."

The Rangers were back to work the morning after their thrilling overtime win over San Jose, preparing for Saturday's matinee match at the Garden with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, the middle game of a three-game homestand against Western Conference opponents.

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Preview: Rangers Begin Homestand Against Sharks

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

In an effort to spark an attack that had been piling up the chances but not being rewarded with goals, David Quinn took his Rangers into Carolina on Sunday with 11 forwards and an extra defenseman on their bench - and the Rangers wound up putting up a five-spot on the Hurricanes, which Quinn called "a good sign."

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So has the coach fallen in love with the unconventional lineup?

"No. No, I didn't really like it," Quinn said with a laugh on Wednesday. "We scored five, and I still didn't like it."

Nevertheless, in the opening week of the season, Quinn has continued mixing up his ingredients in search of the recipe that will get his Rangers into the win column. Without four full lines of forwards on Sunday, the alignments were juggled throughout the game - and in practice on Wednesday, the Rangers went to work with all new combinations that they will take into Madison Square Garden for Thursday's matchup with the San Jose Sharks.

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Preview: Rangers Open Two-Game Trip in Buffalo

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

BUFFALO - The Rangers take their young season on the road for the first time tonight to face the Buffalo Sabres in a matchup of two teams who opened their seasons on home ice Thursday night and came away disappointed for vastly different reasons.

The Rangers saw much to be encouraged about despite dropping a tight 3-2 decision to the Predators, last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, taking a 1-1 tie into the third period before PK Subban's goal off a faceoff put Nashville ahead to stay. It was Quinn's first game as an NHL head coach, and in the two days since he has noted the positives in his team's game but even more so has stressed the areas he wants to see cleaned up.

"We didn't spend enough time in the offensive zone, we gave up way too many odd-man rushes, and I thought that was a direct result of our hesitation on our forecheck. I didn't think we were as decisive on our forecheck as we were throughout the preseason," said Quinn, who counted 16 even-strength chances for Nashville, eight off the rush and five off turnovers.

"Too often we were waiting to skate instead of skating. So that's something we talked about."

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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Sabres 10.6.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at BUFFALO SABRES

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers: 0-1-0 (0 pts)
Sabres: 0-1-0 (0 pts)

THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their second game of the 2018-19 season and begin a back-to-back set Saturday, Oct. 6, against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Saturday's game is the start of the Blueshirts' first back-to-back set in 2018-19. The Rangers will have 11 back-to-back sets during the 2018-19 season, matching their total of back-to-back sets from 2017-18. The Blueshirts' 11 back-to-back sets in 2018-19 are tied for the fewest among Eastern Conference teams.

RANGERS VS. SABRES

  • All-Time: 74-76-25-5 (41-30-15-3 at home; 33-46-10-2 on the road)
  • 2018-19: Tomorrow's game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Sabres, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Buffalo. Following tomorrow's game, the Rangers and Sabres will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 4 (at MSG), Feb. 15 (at Buffalo).
  • 2017-18: The Rangers posted a 3-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) and outscored the Sabres, 12-6, in the season series. The Blueshirts defeated the Sabres, 3-2, in overtime in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field. Two of the three contests in the season series were decided by one goal. Jimmy Vesey (two goals, one assist), Mika Zibanejad (one goal, two assists), and Kevin Hayes (three assists) tied for the team lead with three points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.44 GAA and a .929 SV% in two appearances, while Alexandar Georgiev stopped 43 of 44 shots he faced to earn a win in his only appearance against Buffalo on Mar. 24, 2018.
  • The Rangers have won 13 of their last 16 games against Buffalo, dating back to Apr. 19, 2013 (13-3-0 record over the span). New York has also won each of its last four games against Buffalo, dating back to Feb. 2, 2017.
  • Five of the last seven meetings between the Blueshirts and Sabres, including three of the last four meetings, have been decided by one goal, and two of the last four contests between the two teams have been decided in overtime.
  • Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert both registered 41 points against Buffalo in their Rangers tenure, which is tied for the most any Ranger has tallied against the Sabres in franchise history. Henrik Lundqvist's 20 career wins against the Sabres are the most any Rangers goaltender has earned against Buffalo in franchise history. 
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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Predators 10.4.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM

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RANGERS OPENING NIGHT presented by CHASE

Rangers hockey is back! Welcome to Rangers Opening Night presented by Chase. All fans in attendance tonight will receive a Together We Are RangersTown tee shirt presented by Chase. The Rangers are opening their regular season schedule at home for the third consecutive season and for the 27th time in franchise history. The last time the Rangers began three or more consecutive seasons with a home game was a seven-season stretch from 1981-82 - 1987-88. Starting with tomorrow's game, New York will play six of its first nine games in 2018-19 at MSG.

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Preview: Rangers Battle Predators in Season Opener

by Michael Obernauer / NYRangers.com

Rangers hockey is back! Welcome to Rangers Opening Night presented by Chase. All fans in attendance tonight will receive a Together We Are RangersTown T-Shirt presented by Chase. 

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It began with 52 players reporting to training camp less than one month ago. The roster is down to 23, and on Thursday night on Broadway, the Rangers will lift the curtain on the David Quinn Era, giving Rangers fans - and the Rangers themselves - a first glimpse of the team's near- and long-term future in the 92nd season of Rangers hockey.

It's been well documented, the Rangers are a retooled team: Eight players who will suit up Thursday night - more than one-third of the active roster - were not in last season's Opening Night lineup. Three of the forwards, including two centers, and the backup goaltender are rookies. And there are others in Hartford and elsewhere who are waiting for an opening.

And so the players themselves seem as eager as anyone to figure out what their ceiling will be in 2018-19. They are aware of the expectations some people outside their room have for them and do not shy away from the subject.

"It's going to be fun to find out how we stack up against other teams," said Henrik Lundqvist. "The expectations around us might be a little different this year. That's fine."

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Game Preview: Rangers at Flyers 9.27.18

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia, PA
TV: MSG Network

THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their sixth game of the 2018 preseason and conclude a back-to-back set Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m. - TV: MSG Network). Thursday's game is the sixth and final preseason contest for the Blueshirts this year.

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