The pace Derick Brassard is on compared to the pre-season projections

BrassardDerick Brassard has 12 goals and 23 assists in 42 games this season.

He is on pace for career highs in goals (21), assists (41) and points (62).

Pierre McGuire said recently that Brassard has never played this well in his NHL career and you would have to go back to his days in the QMJHL to when he was this good.

Brassard’s career high in points prior to this season was 47 and last season he had 45.

Projections for Brassard this season had him mostly in the range of 40 to 50 points.

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More is being expected of Anthony Duclair in Quebec

DuclairAnthony Duclair has seven points in eight games since returning to the QMJHL.

He has two goals, five assists, a minus two rating and 26 shots on goal but Mario Morisette says that Duclair hasn’t been the player he has been expected to be so far. (Journal de Montreal)

Morisette says that Duclair is considered among the “most dominant players in the QMJHL”(Journal de Montreal)

Phillipe Boucher says that Duclair has all the skills to play in the NHL but needs to keep working on his work ethic as well as his body language. (La Presse)

Duclair said that he doesn’t look at himself as the savior of the Remparts but does feel some pressure to perform. He said that he wants to be a leader on the team and someone who pushes the other players. (La Presse)

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Montreal Radio was not happy with the refs last night (Updates)

1/30/15 | 6:04PM: Kerry Fraser says that on the first instance between Kreider and Subban, Kreider gave Subban a”short shove” to the back of Subban and he went down “like he was shot” and then Kreider tripped over him. (TSN)

The second instance saw Kreider drop his gloves and Subban made a “shoulder and arm shrug” indicating that he would also drop his gloves but then skated away. Fraser says that ref Brad Watson saw Subban’s move and called him for trying to “incite an opponent” into taking a penalty. Watson then went over to both benches and said that it was enough of embellishment and he was going to make sure that both teams played “hockey.” (TSN)

1/30/15 | 3:35PM: On Habs Breakfast this morning, the panel discussed how they didn’t like the referees in last night’s game against the Rangers. (TSN690)

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Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments after practice today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media on Friday after Rangers practice (NYR):

  • On not scoring, “the process in the last two games, other than the first game in Long Island, has been good, both defensively and offensively. We have been playing well without the puck and against two teams that have offensive capabilities and offensively on our end we have gotten some good looks. We had two very good goalies last night. For the most part we have been in the top 10 in goal scoring and goals against and the last couple of games have been a little challenging but I have a lot of faith in this group. Like I just said, our process is good. We are playing tomorrow and our guys are well aware that we are playing a team that is 7-2-1 and playing well and it will be a tough opponent and a tough game.”

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Buzz: Are the Rangers starting to showcase John Moore for a trade?

Steve Ott,  John Moore1/30/15 | 7:26AM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers solution to the John Moore/Matt Hunwick battle for the sixth defense spot could come via trade and include Moore going the other way. (NY Post)

Moore is an RFA this summer with arbitration rights and is likely to get more money than the Rangers would like to pay him.(NY Post)

Brooks says that it’s “all but certain” that Moore will be dealt by the trade deadline or early in the offseason. (NY Post)

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Pierre McGuire on the Rangers being a better team than last year

Pierre1Prior to the Rangers and Canadiens last night, Pierre McGuire was on TSN690 and talked about why he feels the Rangers are better this season than last season. (TSN690)

Pierre said, “I think they are a better team for more than just Rick Nash. Derick Brassard, and I go back to watching him in Drummondville of the QMJHL, I have never seen him play this well. They didn’t have to go through a contract situation with Derek Stepan, they didn’t have to go through a contract situation with Lundqvist, they have overcome the injuries to McDonagh so they have adapted and overcome. Zuccarello is back on track and you look at it, they have had lot of good things happen.”

He added, “you look at the addition of Kevin Hayes, he will start the game as the fourth center for the Rangers and if you watch him he is a huge body and has skill. I walked into the rink with him, Kevin is almost 6-6, I felt I was walking into the rink with a basketball player, not a hockey player. The Rangers are a good team because they have great team speed. ”

 

Dan Girardi not on the ice at practice

1:07PM: Girardi will play tomorrow against Carolina. (Zipay)

Girardi didn’t practice because of a maintenance day. (NYR)

12:25PM: Dan Girardi is the only member of the Rangers not skating today at practice. (NYR)

Girardi was a minus one with two shots on goal, one that was blocked, 7 hits, 2 giveaways, 1 takeaway and 3 blocked shots last night.

Girardi played 9:45 in the third period last night and 24:53 overall.

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