Rangers Set To Face Penguins in Round 1

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Published on : April 13, 2016

 

 

“The men of the New York Rangers, and we their fans, know that there are no easy victories. That’s how we play the game, that’s how we live our lives, that’s how we like it.”

 

 

Detective Steven McDonald said it best during his speech at MSG last week. Nothing was easy for New York this season and with the Rangers set to face the Pens in first round for the third straight year, this theme will certainly carry over to the playoffs. Facing the high-flying Penguins will be no easy task for the Blueshirts, especially with their top blueliner, Ryan McDonagh, out for the foreseeable future.

 

 

And while many people (myself included) may have wanted the Rangers to take the easy way out (like the Islanders did) and take a loss to the Red Wings in their season finale, that’s not how the Rangers, and New Yorkers for that matter, do things. It’s the hard way, but that’s how we like it. When Marc Staal was asked about the Rangers 3-2 win on Saturday, this is what he had to say:

 

“You don’t lose to play somebody else. If you do that, bad things happen. You play to win. We’re not scared of anybody.”

 

Hell yeah, Marc Staal. The Rangers knew EXACTLY what they were doing. They knew that the hottest team in the NHL was waiting for them on the other side of that win, but they didn’t care. Instead of running away like the Fishsticks, they came out ready to face their challenge head on. If that doesn’t speak to the type of team the Rangers are, then I don’t know what does.

 

 

I can go on and on about numbers and statistics but, to be honest, I don’t think it matters. The playoffs are a whole new season and anything can happen. The Rangers are ready to do things the hard way and every New York Rangers fan is right there behind them.

 

So here’s to the greatest time of the year and another shot at the greatest trophy in all of sports. We Want The Cup!

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

 

 

P.S. Check out Keith Yandle’s article for the Player’s Tribune

 


Rangers (Finally) Clinch Playoff Berth

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Published on : April 6, 2016

 

 

Well it took long enough…

 

 

 

After going on their first losing streak of 2016, the Rangers punched their ticket to the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen without incident

 

 

Nothing has been easy for the Rangers this season, and it doesn’t look like the playoffs will be any different. A night where the Blueshirts finally lockup their playoff spot happens to be the same night they potentially lose their captain for what could be playoff series or two. If it’s a broken bone then odds are we’re looking at 4-6 weeks without #27.

 

McDonagh is easily the best blue-liner the Rangers have in their lineup. So hopefully they’ll have him back on the ice for Game 1. If in the meantime, Brady Skjei has been called up from Hartford to fill McDonagh’s skates. Yandle will probably be bumped back up to the top line where he played well during the Captain’s past two injuries.

 

But enough with the doom and gloom. With only 3 games left in the regular season (one being against the Isles on Thursday), it is time to gear up for the best months of hockey. Forget the past, the playoffs are a whole new season. It’s time to bring the cup back where it belongs.

 

 

 

LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

 

 


World Cup Of Hockey 2016: Team USA Roster Released

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Published on : March 5, 2016

 

Team USA, along with the 7 other competing national teams, have released their initial rosters of at least 16 players for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship that will be held Sept. 17 – Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

 

The balance of each team’s roster – a total of 20 skaters and three goaltenders – must be announced no later than June 1.

 

The initial roster is as follows:

 

TEAM USA

  • G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
  • G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
  • D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
  • D John Carlson, Washington Capitals
  • D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
  • D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
  • F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
  • F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
  • F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
  • F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
  • F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
  • F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
  • F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
  • F Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
  • F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

 

There are a lot of names on this roster that you would expect. 12 players from the Sochi Olympic Games, including shootout hero T.J. Oshie, have been selected. There is one name that might not look so familiar: Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.

 

He is a high-energy player with lots of speed that plays a big role for the Red Wings. But in a best-on-best tournament? It’s a head-scratcher based on who else was available, especially when you’re only naming 16 players to start.

 

Team USA didn’t surprise anyone with their choice of goalies though, which will be the strength of their team. It will be interesting to see who gets the No.1 spot going forward. Quick was the guy in Sochi and was very good until the bronze medal game. He has the two Stanley Cups as well.

 

Their defense will be strong with three members of the Olympic Team returning and new face Dustin Byfuglien joining the defensive core.

 

Keep an eye out for the players still in the mix to be selected for the final roster. Players like Phil Kessel, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Okposo, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan are all possiblities for offense.

 

On defense, Faulk is likely to be there, but then who else do they bring? Olympians Cam Fowler and Kevin Shattenkirk should be in the mix based on their experience. GM Dean Lombardi has a known affinity for Keith Yandle.

 

Team USA will be missing players though, due to the fact Johnny Gaudreau, Seth Jones and Brandon Saad are all competing for Team North America.

 

Along with the roster, the jerseys that Team USA will wear have been released as well.

 

USAJersey1

 

USAJersey2

 

The Adidas jerseys are foreshadowing what is to come, as Adidas will replace Reebok as the official outfitter of the NHL in 2017.

 

Personally, I like the jerseys. They look crisp and the diagonal “USA” lettering is something I LOVE. The Adidas stripes down the sides don’t even bother me that much because they blend with the rest of the jersey.

 

All-in-all, I’m pretty freakin’ excited to watch Team USA tear it up in Toronto this September. Here’s something that’s guaranteed to get you hyped up:

 

 

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!

 

 


Tanner Glass Is Ready To Fight Wayne Simmonds

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Published on : February 10, 2016

 

 

As many of you know, this Sunday is Valentine’s Day. And while couples across the country will be exchanging chocolates and roses, it seems that Tanner Glass and Wayne Simmonds will be exchanging punches.

 

 

This past Saturday, the Flyers hosted the Rangers in a matinee game that the Blueshirts would go on to win in a shootout. But in good ol’ Rangers/Flyers tradition, it didn’t happen without incident…

 

 

Now that Ryan McDonagh is “day-to-day’ with a concussion, Ranger’s enforcer, Tanner Glass, thinks it’s time for Simmonds to answer for his actions

 

 

I’m glad that Glass is stepping up and making it known that the Rangers aren’t going to allow things like this. Players are going to think twice before taking a run at star players if they know that Glass is there to hold them accountable. I wouldn’t be surprised if McIlrath tries to drop the gloves with Simmonds too. I can just picture Glass and McIlrath flipping a coin in the locker room before the game to see who gets to fight him.

 

Glass and Simmonds are no strangers to each other though. They fought once before back in 2013:

 

 

If Sunday’s tilt is anything like that fight, then we are in for a treat. And Simmonds really has no choice but to fight Glass now. Once it’s in the media, it’s a done deal.

 

P.S. I would be pretty scared to drop the gloves with someone who fights bears:

 

 

 


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