Lee Stempniak plays the Rangers for the first time since being traded

Lee StempniakSince being traded by the Rangers at the trade deadline for Carl Klingberg, Lee Stempniak has 2 goals, 3 assists, a minus 4 rating and 20 shots on goal in 12 games.

Stempniak had 9 goals and 9 assists with the Rangers in 53 games.

He went from averaging 9:40 per game in 14 February games to 13:38 in 12 March games.

Stempaniak said on Tuesday (WPG):

  • That the Rangers are a good, fast team and the Jets can’t play into them by turning the pucks over.

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Jets coach Paul Maurice on the Rangers

Jets coach Paul Maurice spoke about the Rangers today and praised their speed and ability to move the puck up the ice. (WPG)

Maurice said that the Rangers move the puck in a “straight line” which is different from how a team like Chicago moves it up the ice. (WPG)

Maurice said that the Rangers move the puck from end to end with tape to tape passes and great speed. He added that when you play a team with speed you can’t give them any extra space on the ice.  (WPG)

The Rangers lost to the Jets back in November 1-0 in a shootout in the game where Ryan McDonagh separated his shoulder.

Henrik Lundqvist in net tonight against Winnipeg

HenrikHenrik Lundqvist will make his second start since returning from his injury tonight against Winnipeg. (NYR)

Lundqvist stopped 26 of 30 shots on Saturday in the Rangers loss to Boston.

In his career, Lundqvist is 4-2 against the Jets and 2-1 in Winnipeg.

In the games at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Lundqvist has stopped 82 of 88 shots and has a save percentage of .931.

Marc Staal is the Rangers nominee for the Masterton Trophy

Marc Staal VisorMarc Staal is the Rangers nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy. (Zipay)

The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

Dominic Moore won the award last year.

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Staal has played in every game for the Rangers this season after missing time last year with a concussion, in 2012-13 with an eye injury and 2011-12 with a concussion.

Staal signed a six-year extension with the Rangers earlier this season.

Staal beat out Marty St. Louis, Dan Girardi, Cam Talbot and Henrik Lundqvist in the vote that was done by the NY chapter of the PHWA. (Daily News)

The Rangers knew what they were getting with Keith Yandle

Keith YandleOn the Rangers Blue Line podcast, Dan Rosen of NHL.com spoke about Keith Yandle.

Rosen said, “someone asked me what was wrong with Yandle and there is nothing wrong with Yandle, this is who he is. He is a high risk, high reward, high ‘oh my goodness did he just make that play.’ You know what you are getting with Yandle, Glen Sather, Alain Vigneault they knew exactly what they were getting in Yandle. He is a guy who can make an unbelievable play and also a guy who you can look at wonder what he was thinking. That is how a lot of offensive defenseman are.”

This season Yandle ranks 12th in the NHL in giveaways with 77, though he is only credited with 8 during his time with the Rangers. (NHL & HR)

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Rick Nash will be judged on his scoring in the playoffs

Rick NashRick Nash hit the 40 goal mark on Saturday for the third time in his career and first time with the Rangers.

Nash said that he would rather see the team win than score 40 goals. (MSG.

He said that one of the keys to being a goal scorer is staying level headed and not getting too down when you are scoreless or too high when the puck is going in. (MSG)

Dave Maloney said that, while not discounting how Nash has developed into a good three-zone player, Nash will be judged on how he scores and the numbers that he puts up.

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Nash has 3 goals in 14 games in March and is averaging 4.2 shots per game. On the season, Nash is averaging 3.83 shots per game.

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