The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders have won all three meetings this season, outscoring the Rangers 13-4. The Isles have dominated, pinning their rivals deep in their own end by dictating pace with their relentless forecheck.
Peter Laviolette, Jon Cooper, Michel Therrien, Jack Capuano and Alain Vigneault have all done outstanding jobs this season and should be the leading candidates for NHL coach of the year.
Rick Nash scored his NHL-best 35th goal early in a four-goal third period, and the New York Rangers beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 on Saturday night to give coach Alain Vigneault his 500th career win.
Just 50 games into his NHL career, forward Kevin Hayes is giving Rangers fans reason to feel very, very enthusiastic about his future.
Kevin Hayes had a goal and two assists and the New York Rangers survived a third-period rally to beat the reeling Colorado Avalanche 6-3 on Thursday night.
Gary Bettman is as thrilled about the success of the New York City area hockey teams as their fans are.
Rangers wingers Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis have blown hot and cold throughout the 2014-15 regular season. Both are pending unrestricted free agents and neither has made any progress toward reaching a contract extension.
Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.
Mats Zuccarello scored his second goal of the game with 5:56 left, snapping a tie and sending the New York Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the skidding Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Odds are good the Islanders and the Rangers will make the playoffs, but what shape each will be in when they get there is anyone’s guess.
The Rangers’ bottom six took a significant hit when 23-year-old winger Jesper Fast was ruled out for two to three weeks following the Rangers’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist expressed hope he would return from a throat-area injury before the start of the playoffs.
Ales Hemsky scored 1:02 into overtime as the Dallas Stars overcame a late tying goal by New York’s Chris Kreider to snap a three-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday night.
Mike Ribeiro scored with 7:14 left in the third period and the Nashville Predators bounced back from a rare home loss to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
It looks like the Rangers’ resolve is going to be tested for a while.
The Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens in six games and won the NHL Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1994, on Thursday, May 29, 2014.
New York Rangers photos of the week.