New Yorkers are craving a Rangers-Islanders playoff showdown, and it almost seems inevitable that the Battle of New York will be fought in an epic playoff clash sometime in April or May.
Henrik Lundqvist can do only so much to help the New York Rangers.
All season long, the Rangers have looked like two different teams when Derek Stepan is and isn’t in the lineup. They need him back and healthy ASAP.
When the Rangers and the Islanders take the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their second meeting of the season, the rivalry will be back front and center in the minds of New Yorkers for the first time in a long while.
Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider and Rick Nash scored power-play goals 2:32 apart in the first period, and the surging New York Rangers rolled to a 6-1 victory over the slumping Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
The Rangers always seem to find a way to kick their game up a notch when Alex Ovechkin and the Caps enter MSG.
Are the Rangers a playoff-caliber team? Certainly. Are they Stanley Cup contenders? It sure isn’t looking that way.
The Rangers showed Tuesday night that they can look at themselves in the mirror, feel absolutely disgusted and then come back with a monumental effort that allows them to handle the best team in the league with ease.
After being embarrassed by the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the highly-motivated Rangers flipped the script by dominating the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins for the entirety of 60 minutes on Tuesday night.
More than a few eyebrows were raised when the Rangers committed a five-year contract worth $25 million to 27-year-old center Derick Brassard. Those eyebrows are not raised anymore.
Derick Brassard scored a power-play goal 1:50 into overtime, after Detroit tied it in the closing seconds of regulation, to give the New York Rangers their fifth straight victory over the Red Wings, 4-3.
If the Rangers are to return to the Stanley Cup Final, head coach Alain Vigneault will have to work some more magic.
When Rangers center Derick Brassard isn’t working hard on the practice ice or pushing himself in the weight room, he’s constantly studying himself on tape.
Derick Brassard loves being a New York Ranger – and the Rangers organization thinks highly of this gifted center who appears to be on the track toward NHL stardom.
The Rangers took their fans on an incredible ride that was equally unexpected and unforgettable. Now the page immediately turns to preparations for next season.