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Kreider back in the lineup against the Blues; AV switches lines for speed, skill

Bobby Bevilacqua

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For the first time in four games, the Rangers (6-3-0) will play with Chris Kreider in the lineup as they take on the St. Louis Blues (5-2-2) tonight at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers are coming off of an impressive victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring six goals and being led by Michael Grabner, who had a hat trick, as well as the rest of the third line in Kevin Hayes and JT Miller, who each had three points. Antti Raanta made 31 saves for his second win of the season.

The Rangers’ offense has been buzzing without Chris Kreider, but now the forward group gets even more dangerous and deep with him back in the lineup tonight. He started out the season red hot, scoring three goals and seven points in each of his first five games. Read the rest of this entry

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Rangers begin tough stretch tonight against St. Louis; McDonagh expected back

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Following a 5-2 loss that featured one of their worst periods of the entire season, the Rangers (34-20-6) continue their road trip and take on the St. Louis Blues (35-18-9) at the Scottrade Center.

The Blueshirts are in a tough stretch of the season where they will play a majority of the games on the road, and come up against a lot of good, playoff teams. Following tonight’s game, they’ll play the Stars, the Penguins, the Capitals, the Islanders, and other quality teams. On top of that, they continue to struggle on the road, posting a 12-14-3 record in games away from Madison Square Garden.

This is the second and final matchup between these two teams, and the Rangers will be looking to sweep the season series. Back in November, they scored three goals in the first period en route to a 6-3 rout of the Blues. Mats Zucccarello had two goals and an assist, while Derick Brassard and Dan Girardi each had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves. Read the rest of this entry

Zuccarello leads the charge as Rangers top the Blues in nine goal thriller

Bobby Bevilacqua

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In a game that was supposed to be a low scoring, defensive affair, the Rangers (12-2-2) and the Blues (11-4-1) combined for nine goals, as New York skated away with their seventh consecutive victory and remaining the hottest team in the NHL.

On top of the win streak, the Rangers also extended their point streak to 11 games (9-0-2), and they have not lost in regulation since October 15th in Montreal. The 12 wins are a franchise best through the first 16 games of a season, while their 26 points to start the season tied a franchise record from 1970-71.

Affectionately dubbed “The Stat,” with the Rangers win, they’ve improved their record to 160-1-9 in the last 170 games when leading after two periods. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers aim for seventh straight win against Blues; Dom Moore OUT

Bobby Bevilacqua

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The start to the Rangers (11-2-2) has been historic, tying a franchise record for wins and points through the first 15 games of the season and carrying a 10 game point streak (8-0-2) and a six game win streak into tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues (11-3-1) at Madison Square Garden.

New York and St. Louis have established themselves as consistent contenders over the past few years, finishing near the top of their respective divisions. That sets the scene for some very competitive games in recent seasons.

This is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Blues this season, with the second game coming on February 25th in St. Louis. The teams split the two games last year, with the road team winning in both games. Both contests were also decided by one goal. Read the rest of this entry