New York Rangers
There have been a lot of calls for the Blueshirts to acquire big-bodied skaters capable of matching the physicality of the Isles and Bruins. My message: don’t do it.
Despite snow hitting the Tri-State area Monday into Tuesday, the Islanders will host the rival Rangers at Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 on Tuesday night.
After being outscored 9-3 in their two previous meetings at MSG, the 27-13-4 Rangers are fired up, and they have a point to prove.
The impending blizzard predicted for New York and the surrounding suburbs is already changing plans for the hometown Rangers.
The Rangers found a way to gut out an overtime victory on Tuesday night and head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak.
As has been the case since the fall, the Islanders and the Rangers have been really the only reasons for New York City-area sports fans to feel pride. And they seem to be getting better as the season progresses.
What a difference a year makes. Rangers winger Rick Nash is dominating all areas of the ice and is in the mix for several awards.
The New York Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal have agreed on a contract extension, keeping Staal off the free agent market this summer.
Rick Nash scored twice to lift his goal total to an NHL-high 28 and the New York Rangers drummed the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Sunday.
Staal, 28, is in his eighth season with the Rangers. The former first-round pick of the Blueshirts has scored a goal and added six assists in 41 games this season.
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 Islanders traded for Jaroslav Halak’s rights and then signed him to a four-year, $18 million contract over the summer, they envisioned a horse No. 1 goalie who could carry them to new heights. So far, so good.
Through 20 games, Miller has scored five goals and collected five assists. That’s solid production for a player who has mostly been getting bottom-six minutes.
Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault predicted the highly anticipated showdown would be “a New York classic.” It turned out to be a night to forget for the sluggish Blueshirts.
Not that you need any other motivation to get excited about Tuesday night’s big game between the Islanders and Rangers, but we figured we’d give you some anyway.