Read: Anthony Duclair since he returned/likely in tomorrow *Updates*

Duclair11:16PM: The Rangers have not yet told Duclair to find an apartment. (Canoe)

He said that he thinks the Rangers want him to be “on alert” and he knows that he has to keep working hard. (Canoe)

Alain Vigneault said that Duclair comes from a good family, works well with the coaches and there are no issues with him outside the rink. (Canoe)

11/22/14 | 4:04PM: Alain Vigneault said today that he expects to keep Anthony Duclair in the Rangers lineup tomorrow against Montreal.

In his two games since returning to the Rangers lineup, Duclair has 1 shot on goal and an average of 12:44 and 9:25.

He has two hits in those games, 1 shot that was blocked, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway and one blocked shot.

Duclair has been on the ice at 5 on 5 for 17 shots for and 11 against. (War on Ice)

Asked about Duclair’s recent play, Vigneault said today, “yes, he is learning, he is improving with every practice and every opportunity to play. His situation has not changed. He is still day to day and revolves around his progression as well as how the team is playing. He is coming along, he is a young player that is following the process.”

 

Note: The Rangers told Matt Hunwick to get an apartment

Matt HunwickAlain Vigneault recently called Matt Hunwick to tell him to leave the hotel that team was putting him up at and to find an apartment. (Canoe)

Hunwick is now in a condo in downtown Manhattan. (Canoe)

Hunwick has six assists in 17 games and is averaging close to 18 minutes a game.

Read: The Rangers had a meeting about being professionals

RangersPrior to Wednesday’s win over the Flyers, Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers had a couple of good meetings where talked about how they needed to play and what they needed to do to have success on the ice. (NYR)

Lundqvist said that the Rangers need to take the message of those meetings into every game and find a way to be consistent each night. (NYR)

Carl Hagelin said that it comes down to wanting to be professionals and wanting to be better everyday. He said that in some instances lately the Rangers may not have been doing that but hopefully Wednesday’s meeting reinforced “how hard we have to work to be successful.” (NYR)

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today after practice

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media today following Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On Stempniak for tomorrow, “if we need him he will be ready to go. See how he responds tomorrow morning and make a decision and be ready to go.”
  • On now having a back to back in Feb because of the Buffalo game was rescheduled, “anytime a schedule where there is a game that is postponed, it’s going to be a challenge. The schedule is already very challenging the way that it is, so, they found a spot in Feb that works for both teams and we will handle it when we get there.”

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Note: Ryan McDonagh is close to skating with the team

Ryan McDonaghRyan McDonagh skated on his own today and will do so tomorrow but Alain Vigneault says that the Rangers captain is close to joining the team during practice. (NYR)

McDonagh separated his shoulder three weeks ago tonight.

Vigneault said that McDonagh will travel with the team to Tampa Bay this week and could skate with the team there. (Gross)

Read: The Rangers need to move JT Miller to wing permanently

JT Miller 1If JT Miller is to have a career with the Rangers it will be as a winger and not a center since the Rangers have four NHL centers and Chris Mueller and Oscar Lindberg in Hartford. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)

The Rangers are in need of a winger with size, speed and grit, all of which Miller possesses. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)

As mostly a center in Hartford, Miller has six goals and eight assists in 16 games with a minus four rating and 39 shots on goal.

Alain Vigneault said in October that Miller was sent to Hartford to get more experience at center and that his likely future spot with the Rangers would be in the middle.

He added that Miller is already comfortable as a winger.

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