Hartnett: Rangers Making Mistake By Sitting Buchnevich Before PlayoffsHead coach Alain Vigneault scratched highly touted 21-year-old winger Pavel Buchnevich at SAP Center, instead opting to dress seldom-used depth winger Matt Puempel.
Hartnett: Lundqvist Was Nowhere Near As Bad Sunday As Score SuggestsIt was inevitable that the rust would show when Henrik Lundqvist returned to action on Sunday after missing eight games due to a strained hip muscle.
Hartnett: Nash Appears Poised To Help Rangers Fight To The EndThere are undoubtedly some things the Rangers have to fix during the final eight games before the playoffs. Rick Nash doesn't appear to be one of them.
Hartnett: Rangers Need To Wake Up And Start Defending Home IceEveryone knows that once the Blueshirts get that postseason-clinching check mark next to their name in the standings, the playoffs will bring a totally clean slate.
Hartnett: Rangers Likely To Lose Valuable Piece In Expansion DraftThe months are edging closer to Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee undertaking the enviable task of drafting what will undoubtedly be the strongest expansion roster in NHL history.
Hartnett: Right Side Of Rangers' Defense Is Still A ProblemAs the playoffs draw closer, the biggest issue facing the Rangers is the same one they were unable to fix at the trade deadline.
Hartnett: Grabner Has Been A Commando Of Sorts For RangersSince recovering from a hip injury, Michael Grabner has showed why he’s made a crucial difference in his first season as a Ranger.
Hartnett: Raanta May Very Well Determine Rangers' Playoff SeedingThe NHL is not a one-goalie league. Gone are the days of top goaltenders putting in 70-game regular season workloads.
Hartnett: Smith Making Seamless Transition From The 'Red Wing Way'For six seasons while wearing the famous Detroit Red Wings crest, Brendan Smith developed a reputation as a smooth-skating defenseman with adept puck-moving skills.
Hartnett: Lundqvist Bolsters His Hall-Of-Fame Résumé In FloridaTrue-blue Rangers fans didn't need another reminder of Henrik Lundqvist's greatness, but the 35-year-old franchise netminder's latest feats should quell the bellyaching brigade.
Hartnett: Rangers' Recall Of Winger Tanner Glass Is A Curious MoveGiven Glass' well-documented possession struggles and limited offensive skill set, he's not the kind of forward who can aid that style of play.
Hartnett: Make No Mistake, Rangers Will Miss Injured FastEternally underrated winger Jesper Fast is the epitome of a glue player.