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Quick Hits: Kevin Shattenkirk rumors, Alain Vigneault contract extension, Rangers scouting the Kings?

Bobby Bevilacqua

Welcome back to Quick Hits, a series where I address some interesting topics about the Rangers and the league all in one article. The NHL is just coming out of the All Star Break and approaching the trade deadline. With a lot of teams competing for playoff spots, things should get pretty interesting very soon.

If there’s anything you want me to talk about in the next edition of Quick Hits, leave suggestions in the comments below.

Rangers one of the teams interested in Kevin Shattenkirk

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This is a longstanding rumor linking these two teams, but they’ve come back again and it seems like the Rangers are interested in trading for him at the trade deadline. I have a ton of mixed feelings about this. Read the rest of this entry

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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

Rangers head to St. Louis for first road game; Klein still out with back strain

Bobby Bevilacqua

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After an exciting season opening win over the Islanders at home, the New York Rangers (1-0-0) are on the road in St. Louis to take on the Blues (2-0-0) for the team’s first road game of the season.

This is one of just three road games this month for the Rangers, who will return to Madison Square Garden to play five of their next seven games.

The Rangers are looking to win their third straight game against the Blues after sweeping the season series last year. St. Louis has beaten Chicago and Minnesota so far, and are aiming to win their first three games of the season for just the fourth time in franchise history. Over the past six years the Blues have dominated Eastern Conference foes, posting a Western Conference best 84-33-15 record. Read the rest of this entry

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