NHL First Round Playoff Preview: Montreal Canadiens vs. New York Rangers

Pat Keogh
April 11 2017 09:00AM


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This is part of a playoff preview series based at  NHLNumbers.com  

It feels strange to say, but the New York Rangers landed in a best case scenario of sorts drawing the Montreal Canadiens for the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with many of Blueshirt faithful eager to avoid either the Penguins or the Caps. Likewise, the Canadiens probably feel good about matching up against the Rangers, hoping to take advantage of the latter’s lacklustre defence. It’s a rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals that saw the Rangers go to the Cup Finals, so depending on your persuasion you’re either hoping for a repeat of last time or revenge.

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The New York Rangers And Their Consistently Weirdly Amazing Backup Goalies

Pat Keogh
March 22 2017 07:00AM

Over the past decade, the New York Rangers have become known or their goaltending. Stolen games, highlight reel saves, and a generally elevated PDO figures have become the hallmarks of the team’s backend. I’m referring, of course, to their exceptional backup goalies.

While Henrik Lundqvist has generally held down the fort as more or less the best goalie of the past ten years, the Rangers have quietly developed some solid backups. Goalie coach Benoit Allaire is to thank for this, masterfully turning diamonds in the rough into, well, diamonds. Although Martin Biron tapered off towards the end of his Rangers career, he was generally solid. Cam Talbot had that wonderful stretch of games while Lundqvist was out with a throat injury, and these past two seasons, Antti Raanta has stepped up to the plate in a major way for the team. 

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Homeward Bound Four: This Time It's The New York Islanders

Pat Keogh
January 31 2017 08:00AM

The New York Islanders may have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three-year, $10 million extension on Monday, but there was another bit of news that evening that perhaps piqued the interest of Isles fans. 

Bloomberg News reported that people familiar with the financials of the Barclays Center organization have let on that a financial projection shared with potential investors indicates that the stadium, currently home to the New York Nets and a lucrative concert venue in its own right, would make more money without the Islanders. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the fact that the Islanders aren’t set to contribute any revenue after the 2018-19 season is a “clear signal that the team won’t play there”.

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When Hank Says Jump, They Say "How High?": On the New York Rangers' Shooting Pecentage

Pat Keogh
November 28 2016 11:00AM

At this point, Rangers vs. Flyers the day after Thanksgiving has become a part of the holiday tradition (or just another hockey game if you’re Canadian). And if you watched, you saw the Rangers eke out a win in front of an exceptional performance by Henrik Lundqvist. 

You may have also noticed that the Rangers didn’t play particularly well, not having the puck much but capitalizing on their scoring chances when they did. This has been the story of the Rangers for some time now, with the team miraculously pulling out wins despite poor process – the Rangers currently have a league-high 12.15% shooting percentage. 

All of this leads to a very valid question: what’s going on with the New York Rangers?

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Projecting Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm's Next Contracts

Pat Keogh
October 10 2016 11:22AM

The Anaheim Ducks are in a pickle. While they’ve got two young, budding stars in Swedes Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm they’ve also got something of a cap crunch on their hands. 

As a result, the pair of restricted free agents have gone unsigned and may miss time during the regular season that begins in just a few days. While the matter of how the Ducks will manage to sign both players with just $7.5 million in cap space is a discussion for another day, it’s worth looking at, in a vacuum, what kind of contracts the players might receive.

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