Read: Ryan McDonagh on his start to the season and what needs to be fixed

Ryan McDonaghThrough the first 9 games of the season, Ryan McDonagh is averaging 25:26 per game, has 0 goals, 22 shots, 3 assists and has an even rating.

At 5 on 5, McDonagh has been on the ice for 8 goals for, 6 against, 147 shot attempts for, 132 shot attempts against (52.7% Corsi), and is starting 37.93% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 35.86% in the neutral zone and 26.21% in the defensive zone. (Puckalytics)

Asked about his start, McDonagh admitted that he is “fighting it” a bit and trying to play more instinctively and assertive. (NYR)

He added that his “timing is a little off right now, maybe just a split second of where to go with it, when to get rid of it. I need to get my mind caught up with my legs and my hands. I have had not the greatest start here, I know that. Our team is finding a way and that is what is most important and individually I am a big part of that and I need to raise my game for sure.” (NYR)

Buzz: Derek Stepan could return next weekend

Stepan According to Larry Brooks, “barring a setback,” Derek Stepan will likely return to the Rangers lineup either next Saturday in Toronto or next Sunday at MSG against the Oilers. (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday that Stepan was to begin practicing with the team shortly.

It’s expected that Stepan will likely center Chris Kreider and Marty St. Louis with Rick Nash sticking with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. (NY Post)

Stepan is eligible to come off of LTIR for Monday’s game.

Recap: The latest episode of the AV Squad

Alain VigneaultThe second episode of the AV Squad debuted on Thursday 10/23:

  • On the start to the season, “there have been a few areas. Like any season, you look to get better, improve your game and after playing a solid first game in St. Louis, our other games have not been up to the standard that I think this group of players can play. We have been working on a lot and a main focus of the last 7-10 days has been our defensive part of the game. We were giving the other teams way too many grade A opportunities which makes it hard on our goalies. We are tightening up and making better reads when we don’t have the puck and making better decisions when we do have the puck. That has helped out our overall game.”

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Read: The Rangers coaches on the PP

Rangers 2014The Rangers PP so far this season is 2 for 23 on the PP and their 8.7% is only higher than Nashville at 7.4% and Buffalo an Minnesota which have both yet to score on the PP.

The Rangers have the fewest time spent on the PP in the league at 40:35 and also the fewest shot attempts on the PP at 52.

Alain Vigneault said on Wednesday, that the Rangers aren’t getting many PP opportunities and it’s tough to establish momentum from them. He adds that the Rangers are trying different units looking for chemistry as well as trying to stick to their core PP principles of moving the puck and establishing the shot.

Vigneault also said that while he doesn’t use it as an excuse, the Rangers spent all of training camp with Dan Boyle on their PP and using him for different set ups and losing him in the first game has presented a different dynamic.

Scott Arniel said on Monday that not having Dan Boyle or Derek Stepan to start on the PP has forced the team to adjust things. He adds that the most important thing for the Rangers is establishing the shot.

 

Read: John Moore called Erik Haula to apologize

Steve Ott,  John MooreJohn Moore called Erik Haula on Tuesday to apologize for the hit he put on him on Monday night. (Chad Graff)

Haula said that the hit was “pretty dirty” but that Moore apologizing was “classy.” (Chad Graff)

Moore was given the number by former Ranger teammate Justin Falk. (Star Trib)

He said that hearing from Moore caught him off guard but was a “class act.” He said that he isn’t the type of person to hold a grudge and that he is sure Moore didn’t try to intentionally hurt him. (Star Trib)

 

Read: Ryan Haggerty’s start in Hartford/knows he can play at NHL level

HaggertyThis season, Ryan Haggerty is tied with Danny Kristo for the Wolf Pack lead in points with 6.

He has 1 goal, 5 assists and 15 shots on goal to go with 9 PIM.

Haggerty said that he wants to be with the Rangers but being in Hartford is a good place for him to keep developing. He said that he hopes to make the jump to the NHL as soon as he can. (Courant)

He said that he knows he can play at the NHL level and he just needs to round into being a complete player and not someone who is up and down to Hartford. (Courant)

Alain Vigneault said that when he sent Haggerty down to Hartford at the end of camp the two had a good chat and Haggerty gave good feedback on his game and where he needs to improve. Vigneault added that Haggerty had a “strong camp.”

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Read: The way Rick Nash works on the ice

Rick NashAsked about Rick Nash, after the Rangers beat the Hurricanes, Joe Micheletti said that Nash has been the hardest working player on the team so far this season. He adds that Nash’s strong play goes beyond his goal scoring and that when he doesn’t have the puck he is working harder than anyone else to get the puck back. (MSG)

Joe adds that Nash hasn’t taken a shift off and has to be an inspiration to his teammates with how he is working. (MSG)

Nash is seeing 1:16 per game on the PK and has 12 takeaways this season which ranks tied for seconds amongst forwards with takeaways.

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