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Duclair a healthy scratch; Hayes to center one of the top lines

Bobby Bevilacqua

New York Rangers vs Chicago Blackhawks preseason Hockey

Anthony Duclair will be a healthy scratch tonight as the Rangers will face off against the big-bodied San Jose Sharks.

When the Rangers get on the ice to take on the Sharks to finish off their four game homestand, Anthony Duclair will not be on the ice with them for the first time this season.

Duclair is a healthy scratch for the game, and Vigneault claimed that it is not because of his play. Duclair had 3 assists with a plus-four rating in the 5 games that he has played with New York.

Vigneault has named a few reasons for Duclair being scratched. Duclair has played five games in eight nights, something that is new for the rookie coming from junior hockey. Vigneault also said that when Duclair is playing, he wants him to be in the top-nine. And against the Sharks, Vigneault would like the size that Malone, Glass, and Hayes bring, especially after seeing John Scott’s hit on Islanders’ forward Mikhail Grabovski on Thursday. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers recall Chris Mueller from Hartford

Bobby Bevilacqua

The New York Rangers President and General Manager recently announced that forward Chris Mueller was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. The Rangers also assigned JT Miller and Jesper Fast to Hartford.

Devils-Rangers

Forward Chris Mueller was recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack, and JT Miller and Jesper Fast were both assigned to Hartford.

Chris Mueller had a good game in Hartford’s season opener on October 12 against the Syracuse Crunch. Mueller scored a goal on two shots, and had a plus-one rating.

Mueller also posted solid stats for the Rangers in the preseason. In four games, Mueller tallied three points, which came on a goal and two assists, had a plus-one rating, and recorded five shots on goal.

Fast and Miller both struggled in the games that they played in the regular season. Fast recorded three shots on goal and posted a minus-one rating. Miller registered seven shots on goal with a minus-four rating. He also had three blocked shots as well as four hits, but did not produce like he was expected to in a bigger role.

Mueller, 28, is primarily a right wing, and will likely serve as a backup to some of New York’s other wingers. Mueller will see some ice time, but it’s not clear as of now where Vigneault will use him.

Rangers end three game skid in shootout; Brassard scores in third straight game

Bobby Bevilacqua

Rangers celebrate a win 10-16

The Rangers celebrate a win on home ice for the first time this season after ending it in a shootout. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

In a huge game on home ice, the Rangers managed to comeback late and end their short losing streak with a win against the Hurricanes in the shootout.

Derick Brassard scored late in the third to tie the game at 1, which was his third goal of the season. It was also the third straight game in which he scored a goal. Zuccarello and Girardi both picked up assists, which was the first point of the season for the two of them.

Rick Nash’s four game goal streak ended, but he did come up clutch in the shootout, as he was the only player to score. Read the rest of this entry

Rangers stick with same forward lines for tonight’s matchup against Carolina

Bobby Bevilacqua

After a game where the Rangers’ offense was clicking but defensive play let them down, the Rangers will keep the forward lines the same as they look to end a three game skid tonight against division foes the Carolina Hurricanes.

Matt Hunwick

Matt Hunwick will be reinserted into the Rangers’ lineup for tonight’s game, paired with Marc Staal.

The only change will come on defense, where Matt Hunwick will replace Michael Kostka of defense. Kostka struggled in his first game of the season, with two costly turnovers that led to Islanders’ goals.

Hunwick put in solid minutes in his two games this season, and currently has no points and a -1 rating. Hunwick was skating with Marc Stall in practice.

The Hurricanes will also be looking for a win, after starting their season 0-2-1 (1 pt). However, Carolina is already dealing with a lot of injuries.

Jordan Staal is recovering from a broken bone in his right leg that he suffered in a preseason game. Brother and Captain Eric Staal is listed as day-today with an upper body injury. Jeff Skinner, who scored a career high 33 goals last season, is likely not to play with concussion issues. Defenseman Andrej Sekera is also out with an upper body injury, and is listed as day-to-day. Read the rest of this entry

Rick Nash’s effort wasted in late loss to the Islanders

Bobby Bevilacqua

McDonagh 10-14

The Rangers’ defense struggled in front of Lundqvist, and ultimately led to a dissapointing defeat at the Garden. Photo courtesy of MSG Photos.

After a loss to Toronto, the Rangers were again defeated at home by their rivals, the Islanders, by a score of 6-3, mainly due to a short span in the third period where the Rangers’ defense just fell apart.

Rick Nash stayed hot, scoring another 2 goals to bring his total to 6 in just four games. However, there was just a handful of players that had good efforts tonight.

The Rangers came out on fire, and the game started out extremely fast and physical. The Rangers drew a penalty less than a minute into the game after Kevin Klein was hit knee to knee. Read the rest of this entry