Pittsburgh writer calls out Henrik Lundqvist for his “theatrics”

Henrik4/16/15 | 7:03AM: Dejan Kovacevic writes that Henrik Lundqvist is a “world-class talent” when he is comfortable. (DK on Pitt Sports)

He says that that the most predictable element of this series will be Lundqvist sensing that Patric Hornqvist in front of him in the crease and “react as if he’s been mowed down by an elephant gun.” (DK on Pitt Sports)

He says that the Penguins have to “keep crashing, keep annoying, keep forcing Lundqvist’s hand and exposing his theatrics for all to see.” (DK on Pitt Sports)

Kovacevic also says that Marc Staal will renew his “head-hunting license” in the series. (DK on Pitt Sports)

Kevin Klein won’t play game one against the Penguins

Kevin Klein4/16/15 | 10:50AM: Klein skated and stickhandled this morning around 9:30AM. (Zipay)

4/15/15 | 1:33PM: Klein did not skate today but the Rangers say that he hasn’t suffered a setback. (Gross)

4/14/15 | 5:08PM: Joe Micheletti said that he spoke with Barry Trotz recently and Trotz told him that people don’t realize how strong Klein is that he can play against top players. (MSG)

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Rick Nash skating this morning

Rick Nash12:12PM: Nash said that he was dealing with a 24 hour bug and said that he couldn’t keep any food down yesterday. (Gross)

10:27AM: Rick Nash is skating this morning at the Rangers morning skate after missing yesterday’s practice with the flu. (Gross)

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that Nash would be fine for tonight’s game one against the Penguins.

Matt Hunwick will play for Kevin Klein tonight/How Hunwick has played since stepping in

HunwickMatt Hunwick has played in 15 of the past 16 games for the Rangers since Kevin Klein broke his arm.

Hunwick missed one game with an injury but in his past 15 games he is averaging 14:45 per game.

He has two goals, one assist and a plus five rating in this stretch.

At 5 on 5 during this stretch, when Hunwick is on the ice the Rangers have had 203 shot attempts for and 200 against. (War On Ice)

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Rangers Blue Line – Conquering Crosby

Brian Compton and Nick Licalzi take a look at the Rangers’ first round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the guys recap their predictions from before the season. Plus, Brian chats with Josh Yohe (9:00) of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, who gives the Pens perspective of the series.

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The Rangers season will be judged by how they do in the playoffs

2014-06-11 23.49.07Since clinching the Presidents’ Trophy, Alain Vigneault has said multiple times that the Rangers season will be judged by how they perform in the playoffs.

Alain Vigneault said this week on the radio, “there is pressure and we do have high expectations. Our expectations coming into the year were to win the cup but we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, we need to keep the same approach of one game at a time and not getting too far ahead.”

He said that the Rangers have to go one game at a time, stay in the moment and not get caught up looking ahead.

Henrik Lundqvist said that right now the Stanley Cup is far away and the Rangers have a lot of work to do before they can get there.

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