In the euphoria of a recent 2-0 win over the Washington Capitals, it seems as if the New York Rangers have extremely stepped up their game in the past few off days leading up to Wednesday night’s win.
Many things went right for the Rangers team that night. Everybody seemed to be skating and skating well. Going up against the top powerplay in the league is quite intimidating, but the Blueshirts managed to be perfect on the penalty kill, stopping the likes of superstars Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green, both who are extremely dangerous with the extra man. The Rangers worked the puck well behind the net, they played solid defense and got great goaltending out of Henrik Lundqvist, who shut-out the Capitals for the third straight game dating back to last season’s playoff series where they won games six and seven to win the first-round match-up.
After an off-day yesterday, the Rangers hit the ice for practice in their home training facility, and speaking of home, it seems as though the shift back to East Coast time is working wonders for this squad.
Let’s take a look at some quick practice updates which came out of today’s session courtesy of Steve Zipay:
- Not quite from today, but the team announced yesterday that captain Ryan Callahan will miss three to four weeks due to a broken thumb suffered blocking a John Carlson shot in the final two minutes against the Capitals.
- Cam Talbot was sent back to Hartford to pick up some playing time, which means Jason Missiaen will get the call as the Rangers’ new backup goalie.
- Carl Hagelin was practicing today donned in his new contact jersey, he will be able to play on 10/29 against the New York Islanders.
- Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander told Alain Vigneault that Chris Kreider has been working wonders in the AHL so far. Due to this news, Vigneault will travel to Connecticut tonight to watch the Pack play at home.
- Darroll Powe was called up, he will be used on the penalty kill AV says.
- Taylor Pyatt got a healthy promotion to the top line, Vigneault said his decision was based on his effectiveness in the cycle down low, he was practicing alongside Derick Brassard and Brad Richards.
- Team says there is no change in the status of Rick Nash.
- Forward lines are set for tomorrow’s game against the New Jersey Devils, AV is not sure on defense yet.
- Derek Stepan skated with JT Miller and Mats Zuccarello.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful Friday and don’t forget to gear up for tomorrow’s rivalry game!