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Kakko's First Is Only the Beginning

'A Special Moment' for the Rookie & the Rangers

by Michael Obernauer

If that indeed was history in the making that Rangers fans were witnessing on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, then there will always be two names attached to the moment, not one. Goal by Kaapo Kakko. Assisted by Ryan Strome.

"It's a special moment for him and it's something that our fans and he will never forget, that's for sure," said the set-up man himself, Ryan Strome, on Sunday. "He's going to have a good career, so it was fun to be a part of it. And hopefully many more at the Garden."

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Recap: Kakko Nets His First, But Rangers Fall Short

Rookie's Goal & Fast Start Not Enough vs. Oilers

by Michael Obernauer

The Rangers' season has only just begun, and Saturday's game against the Edmonton Oilers was never on its own going to make or break an 82-game campaign. And yet there's a good chance that it could be remembered around New York for a long time to come.

Those fans who packed Madison Square Garden for a weekend matinee all can say they were at the game where Kaapo Kakko scored his first NHL goal. It came 18 minutes 28 seconds into the opening period, and it was no soft goal or excuse-me bounce off a shin pad, either - it was a give-and-go to perfection, set up by Kakko's speed and by Ryan Strome's pass, topped off by a clever finish and an 18-year-old's joyful celebration on Garden ice.

"It feels good," Kakko said afterward. "I think it was a great goal, and a big goal for us, for the team - first goal is always big. But it's not enough, one goal."

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GAME DAY: Return of the Rangers

After week-long layoff, NYR face the Oilers at MSG

by Michael Obernauer

RANGERS vs. OILERS, 1 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY

One layoff is behind them. Another looms close on the horizon. But in this moment, the Rangers don't care about any of that. It is enough that they get to play a hockey game again.

On Saturday afternoon the Rangers will swim ashore on the desert island in their October calendar, one game in a sea of off-days - the Rangers' first game in a full week, and their only one in a span of 11 strange days. But the game in the middle of all that turns out to be a matchup of two of the NHL's five remaining unbeaten teams, the 2-0-0 Rangers against the 4-0-0 Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Oilers 10.12.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their third game of the 2019-20 season today, Oct. 12, against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (1:00
p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today's game, the Blueshirts will play six of their next eight games, as
well as 10 of their next 14 games, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. OILERS

  • All-Time: 33-31-9-3 (15-17-6-1 at home; 18-14-3-2 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Oilers will face each other on the following date: Dec. 31 (at Edmonton).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). Both contests in the season series were decided by one goal.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games against the Oilers, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (5-1-1 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of 18 games against the Oilers since the start of the 2005-06 season (10-5-3 record).
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News & Notes: McKegg Steps In, Lundqvist Bides Time

Plus: Fox Revisits Roots with Junior Rangers

by Michael Obernauer

Between the rinks and the links, there weren't a lot of places during Training Camp where the Rangers weren't impressed with what they saw out of Greg McKegg. Now the Rangers are ready to give him an opportunity in a regular-season game.

It was only two days into the preseason schedule that David Quinn said of McKegg, "I've liked everything about him." Sure, this was immediately after the Rangers' annual golf outing, when McKegg showed his new teammates that, surprise, he happens to be a scratch golfer, and he and his group won low score at the event. But the Head Coach was referring not to his game on the golf course but to his game against the Devils the night before, when McKegg played 18:32, put three shots on goal (Cory Schneider robbed him on one of them), and won nine of 13 faceoffs. It was enough to earn McKegg three more looks during the six-game preseason slate; those games together with his work in practice convinced the Rangers to keep him aboard as a depth forward on their season-opening roster.

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Leadership Is Right In Chris Kreider's Kitchen

Setting A Standard for Young Rangers: 'Do The Stuff He Does'

by Michael Obernauer

Brett Howden has shown the Rangers a lot of things over the course of two full Training Camps and one full NHL season; complacency isn't one of them. Howden was somewhere around the midpoint of a successful rookie campaign, which was not without the customary first-year bumps and (quite literally) bruises, when he began thinking seriously about what more he could be doing away from the ice to hone his performance on it.

"Last year halfway through the season, one of the things I wanted to do was I really wanted to just clean up my eating and everything like that," said the Rangers' 21-year-old center. "I talked to Chris about it, and he was helping me a lot with what I wanted to do."

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Defenseman Matthew Robertson

Rangers' second-round pick in 2019 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Matthew Robertson on an entry-level contract.

Robertson, 18, has skated in three games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. He has skated in 129 career WHL games over parts of four seasons (2016-17 - 2019-20), all with Edmonton, registering 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points, along with 74 penalty minutes. Over the last two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), Robertson was tied for second among WHL defensemen in their U18 season or younger in goals (14), and he also ranked fourth among WHL defensemen in their U18 season or younger in assists (43) and points (57). Last season, Robertson tallied 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists) and posted a plus-18 rating in 52 games with the Oil Kings. He established WHL career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including assists, points, and plus/minus rating, and tied his WHL career-high in goals.

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Rangers Acquire Ebert and 4th-Round Pick in 2021 Draft for Namestnikov

by New York Rangers | @nyrangers

NEW YORK, October 7, 2019 - The New York Rangers announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vladislav Namestnikov.

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With No Games to Play, Blueshirts Get to Work

Tackling a Layoff After Back-to-Back Wins

by Michael Obernauer

On Monday, Mika Zibanejad was named the NHL's First Star of the season's opening week for his scalding start to 2019-20. This week, he will have to be really, really good in practice if he wants to defend his title.

At this early-season moment, the only thing that has been able to slow down Zibanejad and the Rangers' No. 1 line is the calendar: Having only just begun their 2019-20 schedule, the Rangers have arrived at the quirky part of it, six days off between this past Saturday's victory in Ottawa and this coming Saturday's Madison Square Garden matchup with the Edmonton Oilers. Then four more off days after that.

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Recap: Mika's Hat Trick Powers Rangers Past Sens

Sizzling Start Continues for Zibanejad & Blueshirts

by Michael Obernauer

OTTAWA -- Among the reactions and emotions filling the victorious visitors' dressing room at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night, amid the celebrations of another early-season Rangers victory, some players also couldn't help shrugging their shoulders, shaking their heads. They were finding it hard to imagine a player getting off to a more magnificent start to a season than what Mika Zibanejad has put together in the span of three days.

Just 48 hours after racking up a goal and three assists on Opening Night at the Garden, the Rangers' No. 1 center managed to top that, returning to the place where he started his career and scoring his third career hat trick in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

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