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GAME DAY: Rangers Roll Into the Rockies

Blueshirts Can Move Within One Point of Playoff Spot; MacKinnon Out, Makar Back for Avs

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at AVALANCHE, 10 p.m.
Pepsi Center
MSG+, 1050 AM

GAME DAY
DENVER --
With his 40th goal in his 56th game on Tuesday night, Mika Zibanejad became the fastest player in the history of the Rangers to reach the 40-goal plateau. In a related story: There are still 13 games remaining on the Rangers' schedule.

"He's not finished," David Quinn said.

Zibanejad will look to continue his breakneck scoring pace, and the Rangers will be out to extend their path of destruction on the road, when they visit an injury-ravaged Colorado Avalanche team that will be without Nathan MacKinnon against the Blueshirts -- and for the next week or two -- but will have rookie Cale Makar return from injury Wednesday night.

While the Avs will have to make do without their star center, Quinn and the Rangers understand how lucky they are to have theirs.

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GAME DAY: Rangers Aim to Restore the Big D in Dallas

Quinn Stresses Defense as Blueshirts Start Tough Western Trip; Shesterkin vs. Bishop in Opener

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at STARS, 8:30 p.m.
American Airlines Center
MSG2, 1050 AM

GAME DAY
Mika Zibanejad is coming off a week in which he scored seven goals and was named the NHL's First Star. And still, given everything, he called the week "a bit of a rollercoaster," because on more than one night "we just couldn't get the result that we wanted."

"We've just got to remember why we were successful for those two months" in January and February, Zibanejad said.

Lucky for the Rangers, that is not a distant memory. The Blueshirts rode an 11-4 February, and a League-best 16 wins between Jan. 7 and Feb. 27, into the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and they set out on a three-game road trip on Tuesday night in Dallas three points back of the Carolina Hurricanes amid the bumper-car race at the playoff cut line.

There are numerous reasons why the Rangers were successful in January and February, and why they are in the heart of the hunt now -- and Zibanejad himself is one of them. His 27 goals since Christmas lead the NHL, and on Monday he was named the League's First Star right on the heels of being named the League's Second Star for the month of February. 

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GAME DAY: Blueshirts Back to Work for Devils' Broadway Visit

Zibanejad Seeks Encore; So Does DeAngelo; Shesterkin May Return as Rangers Finish Homestand

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. DEVILS, 7 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
Practice was long over on Friday but there were still some Rangers lingering on the ice, getting in some extra work. Adam Fox was one of them, and when he finally came off and got back to his stall in the dressing room, the subject came up of what Mika Zibanejad had done the night before.

"Just look," the Rangers' rookie blueliner said, motioning across the room to Zibanejad's empty stall. "He scores five and he's still working out there, trying to get better. I think it's just testament to him and how he is. And obviously how he's a really important player for us."

It might be tempting to believe that Zibanejad, following his historic night in Thursday's Madison Square Garden thriller, was working on whatever he has in store for an encore. But really he was doing what he does every day, preparing for the next game in the Rangers' gripping chase for a playoff berth - this time a Saturday night faceoff at Madison Square Garden against the New Jersey Devils in the finale of a four-game Broadway homestand.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Devils 03.06.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. DEVILS, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 68th game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a four-game homestand tonight, March 7, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won six of the last nine games (6-3-0 record), 10 of the last 14 games (10-4-0 record), 11 of the last 16 games (11-5-0 record), and 13 of the last 19 games (13-6-0 record).

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 120-93-27-10 (67-32-20-4 at home; 53-61-7-6 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 - 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 - 1981-82
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) and won the last meeting between the two teams, 6-3, on Jan. 9 at MSG. Tony DeAngelo registered a hat trick and tallied five points in the last game between the two teams, and he tied single-game franchise records for goals and points by a defenseman in the contest. Rangers goaltenders have posted a .941 SV% (112 saves on 119 shots) in the season series. The Rangers are 16-for-17 (94.1%) on the penalty kill in the season series. Jesper Fast has tallied a goal/point in each of the first three meetings of the season series.
  • The Blueshirts have won five of seven games against New Jersey since the start of the 2018-19 season (5-2-0 record).
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GAME DAY: Rangers Aim to Stay the Course vs. Caps

Homestand Rolls on with Metro Division Clash; World Juniors Teammates Square Off in Goal

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. CAPITALS, 7 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 ESPN

GAME DAY
The Rangers will by trying to get back in the win column on Thursday night, but feel that in important ways they've already gotten back on track.

"That's the way we've got to play," Brett Howden said when the subject of Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues came up. "Obviously I think against the Flyers we feel like we could have had better games, managed the game better in certain situations. But the game against St. Louis I thought we really got back to our game, and we can't get away from that. That's the type of game we want to play."

The Blueshirts will look to halt a three-game slide, which they haven't had in more than two months, on Thursday night when they take on a Washington Capitals team playing the tail end of a back-to-back and hanging onto its Metropolitan Division lead by its fingernails. The Rangers' 3-1 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night was a physical and even affair against the defending champs, deciding by a third-period bounce off the skate of Alexandar Georgiev, who otherwise was flawless at even strength and will be back in goal Thursday to face the Caps.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Capitals 03.05.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. CAPITALS, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 67th game of the 2019-20 season and continue a four-game homestand tonight, March 5, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won five of the last eight games (5-3-0 record), nine of the last 13 games (9-4-0 record), 10 of the last 15 games (10-50 record), and 12 of the last 18 games (12-6-0 record).

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 98-97-18-11 (54-44-9-5 at home; 44-53-9-6 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road) and the Blueshirts won the last meeting between the two teams, 4-1, on Nov. 20 at MSG. Artemi Panarin leads all skaters with three goals in the season series, while he and Pavel Buchnevich (two goals, one assist) are tied for the team lead with three points in the two games. The Rangers are 3-for-7 (42.9%) on the power play in the two games. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following date: Mar. 26 (at Washington). 
  • Nine of the last 11 meetings between New York and Washington have been decided by two or fewer goals.  
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GAME DAY: Rangers Host Champs in Game 6,500

Georgiev Gets the Net as Garden Homestand Continues; Blues Seek Eighth Straight Win

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. BLUES, 7 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Blueshirts could use "a deep breath," David Quinn said after their most recent match. After 6,499 hockey games, who couldn't?

The Rangers on Tuesday night will play the 6,500th regular-season game in the history of a franchise whose roots in New York stretch back 94 years, ever since Game No. 1 faced off on Nov. 16, 1926, at the old Madison Square Garden on Eighth Ave. between 49th and 50th.

The Rangers were winners in that very first game, by a 1-0 score on a goal by Bun Cook to beat that year's defending Stanley Cup champions, the Montreal Maroons. In Game No. 6,500, the defending champs are coming to Broadway again.

In fact, as Ryan Strome pointed out, "We have the two last Stanley Cup champions coming in here." With the Washington Capitals on deck Thursday, on Tuesday it is the St. Louis Blues, 2019's champs, who come into Madison Square Garden -- and who are bringing their seven-game winning streak with them.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Blues 03.03.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. BLUES, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY

The Rangers play their 66th game of the 2019-20 season and continue a four-game homestand tonight, March 3, against the Blues at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won five of the last seven games (5-2-0 record), nine of the last 12 games (9-3-0 record), 10 of the last 14 games (10-4-0 record), and 12 of the last 17 games (12-5-0 record).

RANGERS VS. BLUES

  • All-Time: 81-45-16-2 (48-14-6-1 at home; 33-31-10-1 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Blues, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following the Blues' 5-2 win on Jan. 11 at St. Louis. Filip Chytil tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the contest.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 11 games against the Blues, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season (6-3-2 record).

RANGERS-BLUES CONNECTIONS

  • John Davidson played two seasons with the Blues (1973-74 and 1974-75). He was selected by St. Louis in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft, and he was acquired by the Rangers from the Blues on June 18, 1975. In addition, Davidson served as the Blues' President of Hockey Operations for six seasons (2006-07 - 2011-12).
  • Blues Assistant Coach Marc Savard played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (1997-98 and 1998-99) and was selected by the Blueshirts in the fourth round (91st overall) in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Ryan Strome and Jordan Binnington were born on the same day (July 11, 1993). Both players represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and were teammates with the OHL All-Stars during the 2012 Canada Russia Series.
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GAME DAY: Rangers-Flyers Shifts to Broadway

Home & Home Concludes With Playoff Position in Reach for Blueshirts

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. FLYERS, 12 p.m.
Madison Square Garden | Kids Day, presented by Party City
NBC, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
By any measure, David Quinn's Rangers have had a bit of success on the road lately - nine away wins in a row right up until their Friday night visit to Philadelphia. That game was barely over, and the last of the fans at Wells Fargo Center had barely filed out, before Quinn was talking about how eager he is to get back home.

"Their crowd was good tonight," the Head Coach of the Rangers said right after Friday's game. "I can't wait to get back to the Garden in front of our fans Sunday afternoon."

Game 2 of a Rangers-Flyers weekend showdown comes home to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, a special noon puck drop to kick off a week of four games in front of those Garden fans, beginning with the Blueshirts' chance to hold serve on home ice and answer back for Friday's defeat in Philly.

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GAME DAY: Blueshirts' Next Stop: Broad Street

Road Streak Faces Tough Test as Surging Rivals Open Home-and-Home in Philly

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS at FLYERS, 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY

PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL's rudest guests are about to visit one of the League's most inhospitable hosts. Something's gotta give on Friday night.

A weekend home-and-home series between the Rangers and Flyers gets started on Friday at a time when these rivals are two of the hottest teams in the National Hockey League: The Rangers, winners of five straight and 9-1 in their last 10, versus the Flyers, winners of four straight and 13-4-1 since Jan. 13.

And this weekend showdown will wrap up on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, it begins on Friday night in Philly, where the Blueshirts will bring in their franchise-record nine-game road winning streak to face a Flyer team that has been hard to beat on Broad Street: No NHL team has more home-ice wins than the Flyers' 22.

The Flyers come in rested, having had just two home days over the last seven days, and none since their 4-2 win over the Sharks on Tuesday. The Rangers will complete a road back-to-back, their third road game in four nights, and will be playing their team-record-tying 15th and final game of February.

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