In 13 games with the Rangers this season, Dan Boyle has 2 goals, 0 assists, a plus five rating, 21 shots on goal, 10 hit,s 20 blocked shots, 7 giveaways and 3 takeways in 20:56.
When Boyle is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 50% of the shot attempts. Boyle is starting 59.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone.
Boyle has been “frightful” at times in the defensive zone and “hardly impressive” in other areas of the ice so far this season. Larry Brooks wonders if Boyle is still catching up after missing time with a broken hand and says that the Rangers must be hoping that there are “legitimate excuses” for how he has played so far. (NY Post)
Asked about Boyle as a player, Scott Arniel said recently, “the biggest thing with Dan is that he is such a great player bringing the puck up from our end of the ice, he has great vision and sometimes he is unpredictable, he doesn’t show the same thing all the time. Our players recognize that they have to work hard to get open for him but they know that more than likely he will make the right play. He is great at deception and we brought him in to be the QB of the PP. (NYR)
Dave Maloney said on Sunday that Ryan McDonagh’s game is starting to come around and it’s as simple as him getting his “sea legs” back after being injured. (MSG)
McDonagh said, after scoring on Saturday, that he needs to keep playing to his strengths and use his legs to join the rush. He said that he felt he was getting “closer.” (MSG)
McDonagh is a plus five in his last three games and has six shots on goal, including his first goal of the season on Saturday.
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As of Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers rank 26th in the NHL with 90 power plays drawn this season.
Marty St. Louis said that to draw penalties you need to have the puck and keep it in the offensive zone. (NY Post)
He said that if the Rangers improve their puck possession and zone time they will likely be able to draw more penalties. (NY Post)
Marty St. Louis leads the Rangers with 9 penalties drawn, Derick Brassard is second with 8th, Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Klein and Marc Staal all have drawn 5. Anthony Duclair and Carl Hagelin have drawn 4 each. (War on Ice)
The Rangers rank 8th in fewest penalties taken with 91. Chris Kreider and Marc Staal lead the team with 7 penalties taken. (War on Ice)
12/17/14 | 5:02PM: Alain Vigneault said on Thursday that Nash prepared himself well over the summer and was prepared to deal with the scrutiny and attention that was to be placed on him this year. (NYR)
12/17/14 | 6:39PM: With his play this season, Rick Nash has inserted himself into the conversation for the Hart Trophy. (NY Post)
Nash is currently on a career high 11 game point streak and has had at least one point in 14 of the Rangers 15 wins this season. The one game where Nash didn’t record a point was the game where Nash scored the winner in the shootout. (Ranger Game Notes)
Marc Staal said that Nash has the chance to do something special every time he has the puck and that the way he is playing has taken the pressure off of everyone else. (NY Post) To read more of this story, click here
12/17/14 | 3:44PM: Zuccarello said that a new contract may have been on his mind to start the season but he isn’t thinking about it now. He said that it’s out of his control and the only thing he can control is playing better and helping the team win. (Daily News)
12/16/14 | 7:28AM: Mats Zuccarello has points in three straight games, 2 goals and 2 assists, and it’s his first streak of points in three straight games this season.
Zuccarello is a UFA at the end of the season and is right now projected to score 18 goals and 24 assists.
Asked about his contract, Zuccarello said that he has thought a “great deal” about it and “most likely” he will get a job in the NHL next year whether it’ with the Rangers or not. (TV2)
Zuccarello said that he “thrives” both on and off the ice in New York and in regards to his future he said, “we’ll just see what happens.” (TV2)
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12/17/14 | 4:12PM: Larry Brooks writes that Marc Staal has demonstrated “night after night” why it has become “essential” for the Rangers to sign him to a long-term contract extension “as soon as possible.” (NY Post)
Brooks says that “every other team” finds a way to get contracts done and it’s enough “front office procrastination” and “enough of the nonsense.” (NY Post)
He said that the longer the team goes without signing Staal the more it’s going to cost them and if Staal doesn’t re-sign the cost to the franchise would be “exponentially higher” to the team. (NY Post)
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Staal is averaging 22:32 this season with 36 shots on goal, 32 hits, 47 blocked shots and a Corsi of 48.1%. He is starting his shifts 38.84% of the time in the neutral zone, 36.06% in the defensive zone and 25.10% in the offensive zone. (Puckalytics)
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