Struggling Rangers can no longer rest on last year

There was proper solemnity and concern from the Rangers on Tuesday night following their staggering 4-3 Garden loss to the Islanders, in which they held a 3-1 lead into the third period following their most urgent first 40 minutes since opening night. But of all the observations inside the postgame room, the most pertinent came … Read more

Igor Shesterkin gives Rangers edge in net for big Game 7

We all know about the Hurricanes’ fortress in Raleigh, NC, where they have gone 7-0 this postseason, but let me tell you, the Rangers are operating within a Fortress of Solitude on their side that might be of more value. Because the Blueshirts will go into Game 7 on Monday night at Carolina with goaltender … Read more

The case for Rangers to break up the Kid Line in Game 3

The words are the same, but the meaning of the question is entirely different. Because now when you ask, “Where should the Rangers play Alexis Lafreniere?” it is about which combination of forwards needs him the most as opposed to which combination could help him the most. That is not a subtle difference. I’d venture … Read more

Rangers’ once-lethal power play suddenly getting outworked

RALEIGH, NC – The power play is the source of the Rangers’ offensive identity. That is so in the good times and that is true in the bad times. Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Hurricanes on Friday night, a 2-0 loss, qualifies as one of the bad times. That’s because, locked … Read more

New matchups create opportunity for Rangers’ top line

PITTSBURGH-Regarding the Rangers, no longer playoff-untested approaching Games 3 and 4 on the road: 1. Gerard Gallant is not a slave to matchups and never has been throughout his career but it is clear that the coach has done his best to limit the amount of shifts the Alexis Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko Kid Line takes … Read more

We’re about to find out what Rangers are made of in NHL playoffs

Playoff matchups against the Penguins represented an annual rite of passage through the middle of the past decade. These were the salad days of Alain Vigneault’s reign behind the bench, in which the Blueshirts experienced their greatest success since the mid-90’s. This mini-era-when the Rangers went to the Cup finals in 2014 then won the … Read more