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Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Sweating Over Likely Staal Concussion

Marc Staal is one of the league’s foremost shutdown defenseman. Unless the Rangers receive an unexpected stroke of luck, they will need to figure out how to cope with losing Staal for an extended period of time.

12/08/2013

The Devils’ Dainius Zubrus, second from right, celebrates with Travis Zajac after scoring a third-period goal against John Moore, left, Dan Girardi and the Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, 2013. The Devils won 3-2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Zubrus Quiets The Garden, Devils Stop Rangers’ Win Streak At 3

Dainius Zubrus netted the tiebreaking goal with 2:55 left, and Ryan Carter scored his first two goals of the season as the New Jersey Devils beat the Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night and snapped New York’s three-game winning streak.

11/13/2013

The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, right, celebrates his first-period  goal against Pittsburgh along with Mats Zuccarello at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Relax Everyone — There’s No Need To Break Up These Rangers

The Rangers sent a resounding message Wednesday night, not only to one of the best teams in the NHL, but also to their own general manager, Glen Sather: Leave us be. We’ll get it.

11/07/2013

Nail Yakupov (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Could Be Ready To Roll Dice On Yakupov Blockbuster

Perhaps a package of Girardi, Miller, a minor-league forward and a combination of draft picks could be enough to sway MacTavish into parting with Yakupov.

11/06/2013

Alain Vigneault (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Rangers Need To Raise The Bar — Right Now

To come away with a victory over the mighty Pens, the Rangers must figure out how to add more of a cutting edge to their offensive game that was lacking against Anaheim.

11/05/2013

Carl Hagelin (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Returning Hagelin Will Give Rangers A Significant Boost

While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.

10/29/2013

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, blocks a shot by the Kings’ Tanner Pearson during a preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sept. 27, 2013 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hartnett’s Fearless 2013-14 NHL Regular Season & Stanley Cup Predictions

The new NHL comes to life when the puck drops on Tuesday night. Four brand spanking new divisions (some with geographically confusing names) will be introduced. From there, it should be chaos as usual.

10/01/2013

Marek Hrivik (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Predicting The Rangers’ Opening-Night Roster

A number of prospects including Marek Hrivik, Danny Kristo and Connor Allen could crack the Rangers’ opening-night roster.

09/25/2013

Glen Sather (L) and Alain Vigneault (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Season Preview: Rangers HC Alain Vigneault Brings Softer Tone To MSG

The message from the New York Rangers’ bench might not be any different from in years past. The tone in which it is delivered most likely will be.

09/24/2013

Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Expect Michael Del Zotto To Be Odd Man Out In Rangers’ Plans

With the start of free agency looming on Friday, the Rangers should be looking to shed salary in order to get in on the action.

07/03/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tortorella Shoulders Some Of The Blame For Rangers’ Second-Round Exit

While Tortorella didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse, the Rangers were severely hampered by a number of key injuries.

05/26/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Character, Rather Than Skill, Defines Tortorella’s Resilient Rangers

The Blueshirts are very far from being a perfect hockey club – but they’re even further from being branded as a common, run-of-the-mill team.

05/24/2013

Henrik Lundqvist (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Hands Off The Panic Switch — Rangers Are Far From Done

No team has ever come back from 0-2 deficits in back-to-back series in NHL history. If there’s ever a team that might do it, it’s Tortorella’s prideful Rangers.

05/20/2013

Rick Nash (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Have Edge In Second-Round Series With Banged-Up Bruins

This series is going to be won in the corners and the dirty areas of the ice. It will be a grind-it-out kind of series that will have John Tortorella’s men licking their chops.

05/15/2013

Marc Staal (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Staal Tells Reporters He’ll Miss Rangers’ Game 5 Versus Capitals

Marc Staal is unsure when he’ll return to the Rangers’ lineup after suffering another setback.

05/10/2013

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