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Top trade targets and how the Rangers should approach the deadline

Bobby Bevilacqua

Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather

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Following the conclusion of an exciting 2016 NHL All Star game, one that saw Pacific Division captain John Scott scored two goals and help led his team to the million dollar prize, the league will get back to business with games starting on Tuesday.

Perhaps more importantly is the approaching trade deadline, when the trade window closes on February 29. Team’s looking to improve their roster and make a playoff push will be inquiring about several players around the league, and the Rangers are expected to be right in the middle of it, both as buyers and sellers.

With Alain Vigneault’s misuse of Keith Yandle and his expiring contract, the Rangers may unfortunately wind up dealing him to a team looking for a puck moving defenseman. However, they’ll also likely be in the market for a top six winger to add some consistent scoring, something they really need. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers road struggles continue in 5-2 loss to Winnipeg

Alexandra Russo

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The Rangers (19-11-4) have had some problems lately, to say the least, but they can’t blame losing on Stepan’s absence any longer. He returned with a strong game in a 5-2 loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night.

Brian Little got things going for the Jets, scoring just about five minutes into the opening period of play. Ryan McDonagh turned the puck over behind the net, and Derick Brassard was nowhere to be found covering his man. Lundqvist, making his second start in as many nights, came far out of the net to challenge Little, but was beat around the left pad.

Little struck again in the first, two minutes after his first goal, to put the Blueshirts in a two-goal hole. The Rangers couldn’t blame the man in net for this one, though. It was poor coverage at the Rangers’ blueline that left Little with a big space to snap the puck just over Lundqvist’s glove hand. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers drop first game of the season to Winnipeg; Zuccarello scores again

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

It was arguably the Rangers best 60 minute performance of the season, but they came away empty handed.

The Rangers (3-1-0) lost their first game of the season at home to a strong Winnipeg Jets (3-1-0) team, giving up four straight goals and failing to capitalize on multiple power play opportunities, leading to a 4-1 scoreline.

The Rangers were the better team throughout the game, outchancing the Jets at 5v5 and recording 12 more shots on goal. They had plenty of opportunities to run away with the game, but ran into a hot goaltender named Michael Hutchinson. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers look to stay hot in home matchup against Winnipeg; Big test for Dylan McIlrath

Bobby Bevilacqua

rangers vs jets 3-31

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After an impressive performance against the Blue Jackets this past weekend, the Rangers (3-0-0) are back at MSG for a matchup against the Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0) as they look to continue their perfect start to the 2015-16 season.

Last season, the Rangers and Jets split the season series with one win apiece. The Jets came away with a 1-0 shootout win on November 1st, while Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec posted a shutout after 65 minutes. On March 31st, the Rangers came away with a 3-2 win at the MTS center thanks to goals from Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider.

The Jets have scored 11 goals this season, while the Rangers have scored 12 through three games, which sets the seen for an offensive showdown. Also, last time these two teams played, Dustin Byfuglien tried to take JT Miller’s head off with a crosscheck, so there may be some physical play or bad blood between these two teams. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers get back in the win column over Winnipeg; Henrik Lundqvist very sharp

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The Rangers were happy to get back in the win column on Tuesday, coming away with a nice two point performance over the Winnipeg Jets. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

The Rangers (48-21-7) followed up a rough weekend with a great comeback win tonight against the Winnipeg Jets (39-26-12), a team that is desperate to cling onto their last Wild Card spot. In an extremely hard fought battle against the Winnipeg Jets (39-26-12), coming out on top by a final score of 3-2 thanks to a late goal by Chris Kreider.

The win was the 25th road victory for the Rangers this season, a mark that currently leads the NHL, and ties a franchise record that was set last season. They now sit in the first overall spot in the New York is also just two points from clinching home-ice advantage in the first round.

This wasn’t the best game played by the Rangers, as it seemed like Winnepeg had the puck in the Rangers zone more often, and had more attempts and chances. The Jets had 73 shot attempts in the game. 34 of the shots were on net, 24 of them were blocked, and 15 missed the net. But the Rangers weathered the storm, battling through the tough moments and finding ways to come out on top. Read the rest of this entry