Read: Rick Nash is healthy, scoring and means business

Rick NashRick Nash leads the NHL in goals with 6 and while he had his four game goal streak snapped against Carolina, Nash scored the winner in the shootout.

Asked what has gone well for Nash so far, Joe Micheletti said “I think he is healthy. When you miss 6 weeks with a concussion and can’t partake in any physical activity and then it’s the Olympics and it’ game after game after game and no time for rest, he couldn’t get back into shape. This year he came to camp in shape and he has been working hard to get to the net. His alertness on the ice and Nash is doing things on the ice that are making peoples eyes open.”

Nash was in the top three of the Rangers conditioning tests at the start of training camp.

Alain Vigneault said that scorers get into grooves and that Nash’s attitude and work over the summer has carried over into the season. (MSG, 10/14)

Joe added that Nash has been confident in shooting the puck and getting to the right areas to score goals. (MSG, 10/14)

Dave Maloney said that Nash’s great conditioning has allowed him to be effective on long shifts.

Derick Brassard said last night, “he’s hot right now. I’ve known him for a long time and as soon as I saw him in the first practice, I knew he meant business. He’s been really good for us and we are going to need him to be good for the rest of the season.” (via the Rangers)

Stats: Matt Hunwick last night and who he mostly played with

HunwickMatt Hunwick returned to the Rangers lineup last night and played 10:07, all at even strength.

Hunwick played 3:50 in the first, 2:40 in the second, 2:29 in the third and 1:08 in OT.

He was a minus one, had one shot on goal, one shot attempt blocked, 2 hits and 1 giveaway.

He spent the first period and half the second period paired with John Moore and then saw shifts with Marc Staal and Kevin Klein.

In the third he was on the ice for shifts with Moore, Staal and on a 4 on 4 with Ryan McDonagh. In overtime Staal played with Hunwick.

When Hunwick was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 15 shot attempts for and 10 against, giving him a 60% Corsi.

Grading the Rangers power play, presented by Long Island University

Long Island UniversityThrough the first five games of the season, the Rangers are 0-16 on the power play. They have the fourth most PP minutes in the NHL at 29:19

The Rangers have attempted 41 shots on the PP and that is the most shot attempts in the league without scoring a power play goal.

23 of those 41 shots have been on net, 10 missed the net and 8 have been blocked.

Ryan Malone, in two games, is averaging nearly 4 minutes a game on the PP.

Ryan McDonagh is averaging 3:46 per game, Marty St. Louis is averaging 3:11, Rick Nash is averaging 2:46, Derick Brassard is averaging 2:44, Chris Kreider is averaging 2:41, Mats Zuccarello is averaging 2:36 and Dan Girardi is averaging 2:28. Lee Stempniak is averaging 2:09 per game and Anthony Duclair is at 2:00.

McDonagh leads the Rangers with 9 PP shot attempts, 6 on goal, Lee Stempniak is second with 5, 2 on goal, Derick Brassard has 4, 2 on goal, Dan Girardi has 4, 2 on goal, Marty St. Louis has 3, 1 on goal, Chris Kreider has 2, 1 on goal, Mats Zuccarello and Anthony Duclair both have two attempts and two on goal, Ryan Malone has two attempts and 1 on goal and Rick Nash has one attempt with none on goal. (Puckalytics)

Grade: D-

Adam Rotter: At times the PP has looked good, moved the puck well and seemed like they were threatening to score. Other times, like against Carolina, the PP can’t get set up, complete a pass or present any threat at all. They obviously miss Derek Stepan and Dan Boyle, who was mostly brought in to fix the PP, and without him it’s pretty much the same story it has been the last number of years. Rick Nash and Marty St. Louis both need to have the puck more as the best chances seem to come off of plays that they set up.

News: Chris Mueller called up, Jesper Fast and JT Miller sent down

Jesper FastThe Rangers have sent JT Miller and Jesper Fast down to Hartford and called up Chris Mueller.

Fast played in three games to start the season, was a minus one, had three shots on goal, 2 blocked shots and an average of 12:41 per game. He also saw 1:47 per game on the PK.

Miller was a minus four in three games, had 7 shots on goal, 4 hits, 3 blocked shots, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways, 9 faceoff wins and 14 losses and average of 12:06 per game.

Starting tomorrow the Wolf Pack have 3 games in four nights.

For more on Mueller, who will wear #14, CLICK HERE.

Adam Rotter: I thought Miller and/or Fast would get in on Sunday but instead they go to Hartford to play rather than sit in the press box. This should mean that Marty St. Louis is done playing center and will go back to the wing, maybe with Kevin Hayes in the middle like we saw at times last night. I liked Mueller during the preseason and I like anything that will get Marty back to the wing.

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Read: Mats Zuccarello had his best game last night/what he told a Norwegian paper after the game

Mats Zuccarello Derick BrassardMats Zuccarello picked up his first point of the season last night and played a season high 19:18 in the Rangers 2-1 win over the Hurricanes.

Zuccarello had two shots on goal, 4 shot attempts that were blocked, 1 hit and one giveaway.

He played 5:31 in the first, 5:53 in the second, 6:24 in the third and 1:30 in OT.

Joe Micheletti said that this was Zuccarello’s best game of the season, was “tremendous” and thinks that his performance will “spur” him on. He added that Zuccarello battled all night, got knocked down, went to the net, stole pucks and doesn’t mind taking a hit to make a play. (MSG)

He started the game, mostly, with Kevin Hayes and Carl Hagelin, before being put with Derick Brassard and a rotation of Chris Kreider and Ryan Malone.

Brassard had a big smile on his face when talking about being put back together with Zuccarello and added that he felt last night was Zuccarello’s best game of the season.  (Daily News)

Asked about the game, Zuccarello said that it was “time to get a win” and it was “delicious.” He said that there was a “heavy” feeling hanging over the team so they needed the win and played a better game than they had in a while.(Nettavisen)

Read/Stats: Anthony Duclair fell out of the rotation last night

Anthony DuclairAnthony Duclair played 10:26 last night, his lowest amount of the season so far, including only one shift in the third period.

By period, Duclair played 6:07 in the first, 3:22 in the second and 57 seconds in the third. He saw 2:54 on the PP through the first two periods but was not part of the power play the rest of the game.

He started the game with Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash but in the second period was put with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore. His third period shift was with Dominic Moore and Chris Kreider.

Duclair drew two penalties in the second period. He had no shot attempts in the game.

Asked after the game about Duclair, Alain Vigneault said that he lost him in the rotation.

Dave Maloney said that Vigneault wanted to go with players he could trust. (MSG)

Alain Vigneault said at the start of the season that he would keep Duclair around if he could play in a top-nine role.

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