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Rangers Face the Coyotes

The Rangers will face off against the Coyotes tonight at 7pm. This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. They played just about two weeks ago, when the Rangers won 5-1 in Arizona.

Coyotes Notes:

-They are 20-34-7 on the season, which puts them in third place for the McEichel Race. They are on a 7 game losing streak and are 1-8-1 in their last 10.

-After the trades yesterday, they hold one of the most talked about trade targets left on the market. Center Antoine Vermette, who scored against the Rangers last time out, is likely going to be traded for a price that is higher than he is probably worth, and as Jared mentioned yesterday hopefully the Rangers don’t go down that road.

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Talbot and the Rangers Shut Out the Flames

The Rangers (37-16-6) defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 1-0. Kevin Hayes scored the only goal of the game 3 minutes into the third period.  It was his 12th goal of the season, and was assisted by Brassard. Cam Talbot made 21 saves, earning his 4th shutout of the season, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.

Comments:

-The Rangers came out flying tonight.  They took the first 6 shots of the game, and had a powerplay opportunity.  Ramo made an outstanding diving save to rob Miller during the powerplay.  Calgary settled down and the rest of the period was pretty even, and both teams were held scoreless.

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Rangers Defeat the Avs 6-3

The Rangers (32-16-5) defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 6-3. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 26 saves, the Rangers took 31 shots on goal.

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Comments:

-This was a very up and down game tonight for the Rangers.  They played really well for the first half of the game, and scored two very nice goals after finding holes in the Colorado defense (or lack thereof).  Hayes found Boyle after an atrocious line change by Colorado late in the first and Boyle made a nice move to beat Varlamov.  Early in the second Hayes decided to do it himself as he scored a highlight reel goal. Read more

Rangers Beat the Bruins

The Rangers (30-15-4) defeated the Boston Bruins by a score of 3-2. For the scoring report, see the image below courtesy of NHL.com. Cam Talbot made 18 saves, the Rangers took 25 shots on goal.

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Comments:

-This was a huge win for the Rangers.  Boston has been playing very well lately, including a 3-0 victory over the Rangers in mid January.

-The Rangers got off to a very fast start today, which was a nice change from the last few games.  They were able to get on the board first as St. Louis fed Nash who got a breakaway and beat Rask with a nice move to the backhand.  I thank Jared for him scoring on a backhand.

-Boston then turned things around and played very well near the end of the first period, and scored twice.  The Rangers looked sloppy and were on their heels.

-In the second, the Rangers were able to come out pretty strong again, and Brassard scored from the high slot after a great shift by his line.  Kreider raced in to fetch the puck and then they cycled it around the zone until eventually Kreider fed it to Brassard for the goal.  They were able to score again late in the period after Girardi passed it to Nash who then gave it to Stepan who took it in and was able to beat Rask glove side.  This would prove to be the game winner.

-The Rangers did a good job keeping up the tempo for most of the third.  There was a point where Boston led in shots 6-0, but the Rangers were able to get some decent chances.  Rask played very well in the third, and Adam McQuad made a great play to save a goal as well.  Boston made a strong push in the last two minutes, which was facilitated by the Rangers missing the net a few times, but Talbot made a few big saves and the Rangers had some big shot blocks including one by Staal on Krug as time expired.

-Overall this was a promising effort by the Rangers tonight.  They beat a team that has been hot lately, and their speed was evident throughout the night.  They were winning puck races and creating offensive chances because of that.  Talbot played pretty well, and I think this was the most complete game they’ve played since the break.

-Next Game

The Rangers head to Nashville to take on the Predators, who have a record of 20-2-1 at home this year.  Game time is 3pm on Saturday.

Preview: Rangers vs. Hurricanes

The Rangers will face off against the Hurricanes tonight at 7pm.  This is the third and final meeting between the two teams at Madison Square Garden this season.  The Rangers won the first two, 1-0 in regulation, and 2-1 in a shootout.  Overall, the Rangers are 3-0 vs. Carolina this season, with 2 of the wins being in a shootout.  The teams have one more game in Carolina in late March.

Hurricanes Notes:

-They are 17-25-6 on the season.  They are currently tied for third place in the race for McEichel.

-However, they are playing well lately.  They are 6-2-2 in their last 10.  Last night they lost to the Blues 3-2 in a shootout.

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Rangers Lose une Bataille against Montreal

The Rangers (27-15-4) were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 1-0. Max Pacioretty scored the only goal of the game. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves, the Rangers took 24 shots on goal.

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