Stats: Chris Mueller’s Rangers debut

Chris MuellerIn his debut for the Rangers, Chris Mueller played 9:47, had one shot attempt blocked and one hit.

Mueller was 8 for 9 on faceoffs, winning all 5 he took in the neutral zone.

Mueller played 3:16 in the first, 3:16 in the second and 3:15 in the third.

Alain Vigneault said after the game that Mueller was “dependable” when he was on the ice.

Mueller played mostly with Ryan Malone and Tanner Glass and Matt Hunwick (3:55), John Moore (3:25) and Ryan McDonagh (3:22) on defense. (Natural Stat Trick)

When Mueller was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 13 shot attempts for and 8 against, giving him a Corsi of 61.9%. Mueller was also on the ice for 3 shots on goal for and 5 against.

Recap: Alain Vigneault’s comments today

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault met with the media following the Rangers morning skate today (NYR)

  • On Dan Girardi, “I would say that he is day to day right now. The cut was bleeding this morning so we will see how it is tomorrow and go from there.”
  • On what he liked from Sunday, “like I mentioned after the game, faceoffs were very positive. Starting with the puck changes the dynamics of a hockey game. That was their third game in four nights. They were real good in the first, structure wise, and then in the second I just thought we kept coming and doing the right things as far as wearing them down and we were able to do that.”

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Rangers Blue Line Podcast: Kevin Hayes, JT Miller, Islanders, Devils discussion’s Brian Compton and Adam Rotter of recap the Blueshirts’ impressive win over the Sharks, preview Tuesday night’s game vs. New Jersey, and discuss why Rick Nash is playing so well and JT Miller is not.

For the show rundown, click here...

Impressive win over the Sharks
–       Nash playing well
–       Kevin Hayes opening some eyes
–       JT Miller continues to struggle’s Dan Rosen interview (8:00)

Rangers-Devils preview cont’d

Rangers go to Montreal later in the week

One thing that has caught my eye…

Read: The plan for the Rangers if Dan Girardi can’t go tomorrow

Kostka3:02PM: Vigneault said today (NYR):

  • On Kostka, “players are going to make mistakes now and then and how they respond is important. He has had some good practices. He knows the mistakes that he made and that in the same circumstances the next time he will make a better play and if we need him tomorrow or the next time I am sure he will be fine.”
  • On McDonagh on the right side, Vigneault said that he won’t be afraid to use him there if needed.

1:43PM: If Dan Girardi can’t play tomorrow against the Devils, Michael Kostka will enter the lineup in his place. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers have discussed putting Ryan McDonagh on the right side, where he played in the Olympics, as well. (NYR)

  • For more on McDonagh playing the right side in the Olympics, click HERE and HERE.

Dan Girardi is day to day with a leg issue.

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News: Dan Girardi won’t return tonight (Update: Day to Day)

Girardi Stadium Series Yankees Rangers 3:05PM: The Rangers are calling Girardi’s injury a leg laceration.

12:18PM: Alain Vigneault says that Girardi is still day to day and that his leg was still bleeding this morning. (Gross)

If Girardi can’t play, Michael Kostka will. (NYR)

10/20/14 | 7:51AM: Rick Nash said that Girardi is a huge part of the team. (Record)

10/19/14 | 8:45PM: Alain Vigneault said on MSG, “”just, from the impact of the shot, cut himself and got some stitches. I don’t know the number, I would say to you that he is day to day right now.”

8:36PM: On MSG, Dave Maloney said “he got hit, blocked a shot. Inadvertently, it’s one of those things that when you are prepared to block it you block it and I think he was moving Pavelski from in front of the net and he took a shot off the foot.”

8:13PM: Girardi is day to day and received stitches. (NYR)

7:31PM: The Rangers have announced that Dan Girardi will not return to the game tonight. (NYR)

Girardi played 16:56 and his last shift occurred one minute in the to third period.

He had four blocked shots in the game.

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Read/Stats: Henrik Lundqvist’s last two games, how he feels

Henrik LundqvistAfter allowing 12 goals on 51 shots against the Islanders and Maple Leafs, Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 1 goal on the last 66 shots he has faced, including three shootout attempts by Carolina.

Lundqvist picked up his 51st career shutout last night in stopping 33 shots from the San Jose Sharks.

Asked how the team and his own game, Lundqvist said on MSG, “I think we are moving in the right direction. Last few games we are making smart decisions with and without the puck. It helps everyone, it helps me, I thought that against the Islanders I was feeling good. I gave up six goals but it was a couple of tough plays in front of the net and I tried to stay  confident in myself and the last two games the guys have been playing so well and smart and posed. It’s been a lot easier for me to play my game.”

Dave Maloney said on MSG last night, “we saw signs of Henrik being Henrik on Thursday. He had to be on his toes and when he is moving crisply and battles for position, then he is in position and can track the puck. He is tracking the puck, I thought he moved as well as he has moved this year.”

Lundqvist gave the Broadway Hat last night to Matt Hunwick for stopping the puck from going in the net in the first period.