Tag: Ryan McDonagh

NHL; Most underrated players this season

Elias Lindholm: This guy does not get enough credit for his consistency. He finally gets a chance to play with two of the top forwards in the league and he is not letting any second go to waste. Lindholm is accompanied by Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan this season. When playing with those two it seems like Lindholm’s 11 goals and 12 assists this season is not a great feat, but Lindholm has been a consistent 40 point guy that gets no love in the NHL. 

Mark Stone: Probably not a typically underrated spoken name but Stone does not get the recognition he should. He plays on a young, struggling and questionable team right now. Ottawa and Canada in general is not an easy place to play and thrive in, yet Stone finds a way to make it happen every year. This season he has 9 goals and 15 assists in 22 games this season. A former 5th rounder, performing like a 1st rounder his whole career in Ottawa is something that should be recognized more. 

Bo Horvat: Playing in Vancouver with two young studs in Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, Horvat is often out of the lime light and forgotten about. The 23-year-old forward has been in the league for five years now and been around the 45-50 point mark every year. On the year Horvat has 21 points in 24 games, 11 goals and 10 assists. Extremely good skater, can play both ends of the puck and certainly not afraid to shoot the puck.

Tyson Barrie: He is usually bouncing around on the IR but when Barrie is healthy he is their clear number one and it is obvious. With the addition of some young defenseman in Colorado some of the light has been taken off Barrie but a lot of the Avalanche success this season comes from a guy like Barrie on the back end, who is extremely efficient 5 on 5 and on the power play. Barrie has 2 goals and 17 assists on the year. 

Ryan McDonagh: The Lightning have a slew of defenseman and unbelievable offense, therefore it is extremely easy to get lost on this roster. But McDonagh has finally brought what the Lightning were expecting, solid defense and an offensive style game too. McDonagh really stepped in when Victor Hedman went down but continues to be an impactful player on one of the best teams in the NHL. McDonagh 2 goals and 14 assists and two power play points. 

Carter Hutton: Coming to a new team, from a back up role to a starter role that. Hutton had a lot of pressure put on him right when he came to Buffalo. Hutton has done nothing but great things in Buffalo and a big reason they are a top team in the NHL right now. Hutton has 10 wins in 16 games started, a 10-6-1 record 2.57 goals against (GAA) and .917 save percentage (SV%). He’s made the 7th most saves among all NHL goalies this season as well. 

Henrik Lundqvist: Everyone said Lundqvist was done, he was aging out, his time was done and he could not be on the same level he once was. But Lundqvist is a major reason the Rangers have come out of the gates hot and a complete shock to everyone right now. Lundqvist has the 5th most saves in the NHL right now, a 2.61 GAA and .919 SV % with a 8-6-2 record in 17 starts this season. At 36-years-old the “king” has been off to a surprising start. 

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Team Preview: Are the Tampa Bay Lightning ready to finally close on Cup final…

The Lightning had yet another successful season despite their 2016-17 missed playoff year and 5th place Atlantic division finish. The Lightning bounced back for a 1st place divisional finish and 3rd place NHL finish. Coming off a 54 win and 113 point season the Lightning, again failed to capitalize on the ultimate goal though. The Stanley Cup. This was the Lightning’s 3rd conference final loss in the last 8 years and fifth time failing to capitalize on a remarkable regular season in the last eight years.

Many times we have seen the Lightning miss their goal due to some injuries, like Steven Stamkos in the 2015-16 Cup run who many thought was the Lightning’s year and I am sure if you ask many fans around the league if Stamkos was healthy during that run it may have turned out differently for Tampa Bay.

Lightning offense able to lead Tampa to 1st place Atlantic finish again…

Heading into the 2018-19 year the Lighting are without Chris Kunitz and defenseman Andrej Sustr, nothing to really throw your arms in the air over as most of there core guys are still around and their young talent is still there. The Lightning have the Atlantic division at the palm of their hands, having to deal with Boston and Toronto, the Lightning should still be a sure favorite for the playoffs and another deep run.

Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-19 previewWith a line up of JT Miller, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov on line one, off the bat you are looking at a top 10 first line pairing. If Miller can be consistent and continue to feed off Stamkos and Kucherov he is looking at an easy 60 plus point year. In Millers 19 games with Tampa Bay he tallied 18 points and in the playoffs he scored 8 points in 17 games. On line two the Lightning have Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson, Point and Johnson combining for 106 points is already enough to supplement a solid second line, throw in Palat’s 35 points in 56 games, a player who can easily be a 50 point guy, the Lightning have a top 5 ranked second line in the league. Now a third line lacking some center depth with Anthony Cirelli but still with Alex Killron and Yanni Gourde the Lightning have three scoring lines right there.

They will be expecting some big numbers from Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde again as the two are coming off remarkable years, which with their production was a main reason the Lightning were so consistent throughout the year. This will be a big test for 3rd round 2015 draft pick Cirelli to step into the mix and secure his third line spot. In 18 games last year he tallied 11 points and in the playoffs he managed to make little bit of noise with 3 points.

Lightning need McDonagh to make a big step next season…

Tampa Bay Lighting Ryan McDonaghOn defenseman the Lightning have a Norris winning defenseman now in Victor Hedman, proving to be one of the most versatile and consistent defenseman in the NHL. Hedman is a sure fire 60 plus points year in and year out. The next step is getting Ryan McDonagh to the next level, and capable of bringing what the Lightning thought they were going to get when he first came over. McDonagh tallied 3 points in 14 games last year with Tampa and is coming off one of his worst years (29 points) since he emerged in the league. McDonagh when healthy is capable of 40 plus points but if he cannot stay healthy or find his groove on this Tampa Bay team it will cause some concern for Tampa fans and leave the Lightning missing that “one” piece they need to secure a Stanley Cup. Along with the meat and potatoes guys in the league Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, two guys who you know what you are going to get from them and nothing more. Two solid defensive defenseman but as Girardi continues to age as well as Stralman this Tampa Bay defense has some concerns. Luckily with Vezina nominee goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy the Lightning have a sure number one goaltender, with Vasilevskiy coming off a 44 win season posting a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage with 8 shutouts the Lightning better hope he can continue to log 60 plus starts a year at a consistent rate. Last year was Vasilevskiy’s second full year as a starter but from 2016-17 to 2017-18 his minutes increased from 1,480 to 2,075 minutes a 595 minute difference his starting time increased from 47 games to 64 games a 17 game difference, point of the story is, he has seen a steady increase in numbers and when this happens we all know what occurs in the long run…

Predictions? 

I think the Lightning edge out the Bruins for the top spot and hold off the Leafs as well, they finish around the same point mark and win wise, perhaps a 112 point divisional win. The only concern with the Lightning here is if they face some injuries and go on a skid they have two of the best teams in the NHL right on their tail ready to take over the division. Still I see a division win from the Lightning, but perhaps that next step is not next season as they will fall short of the ultimate goal once again.

 

 

New faces new places: Players looking to make an impact

Today, we will go over these three players who landed in a very different scenario, which means new faces who will make a major impact. To start this list can obviously be different but, these three players I think will make some major noise!

Evander Kane: Sent from bum f*ck Buffalo to bright and sunny San Jose. 

NHL Trade deadlineEvander Kane has been in terrible situations his whole career, yeah the guy probably does a little too much cocaine, parties a little too much and is a locker room distraction. But people realize when you are surrounded by failure it is pretty hard to be a good boy in a cr*ppy environment. The Sharks now land this absolute monster, 20 goals, 22 assists in 62 games playing for a team that has barely sniffed the 20 win mark this season. Kane played with some good talent in Buffalo but when the Sabres are allowing three-plus goals a game and getting shacked by every team in the league, some games you don’t even want to play. So the fact Kane has produced 42 points in 62 games is pretty good, now slot him with Tomas Hertl, Joonas Donskoi, Joe Pavelski, Mikkel Boedker, and on a playoff team, we can definitely expect this guy to produce at almost a point per game with his new team. We’re looking at a career-high for Kane here.

Michael Grabner: Sent over from Get me Out of Here New York to Smelly Newark, New Jersey. 

That speedy f*ck goes to a local team and now gets to be an absolute pest vs the Rangers and other Eastern Conference teams. Grabner was one of the Rangers top goal scorers and did it for two years straight, the reason he thrived so much with the Rangers because they played a fast, gritty offensive style, much like the Devils. Send Grabner over to a team just like the Rangers, but playing better and you get yourself a 30-goal scorer. Grabner has 25 goals, 6 assists in 61 games. Grabner also zero power play goals, which means all are coming short-handed or even strength. Even strength goal scoring for a team that thrives on the power play, yeah watch out first round opponent. Not to mention Grabner is one of the fastest players in the league slot this Australian f*ck on a line with Travis Zajac, Jesper Bratt, or Zajac and Wood, an extremely gritty and quick line, the Devils depth just got better. Easily tallying 30 plus this season.

Ryan McDonagh:  Sent from Pack Your Sh*t New York to Tampa Bay Lightning 

Jesus Chr*st, the Lightning are Cup favorites. Actually just hand them the Stanley Cup right now while you’re at it. If the Lightning roster did not scare you enough, they now add another top 15 defensemen to it, and top 100 forward. The Lightning added Ryan McDonagh, not only for his playoff experience but because this is the piece to help them win a cup finally. McDonagh is known for his extremely solid defensive play and being the Rangers best defenseman. Well, now he lands with some familiar faces in Tampa Bay(Girardi, Callahan, Stralman, Miller). McDonagh will probably pair with Sergachev making Tampa’s top four Stralman, Hedman, Sergachev, McDonagh. Alone Stralman, McDonagh, Hedman is enough to make them legit contenders. Now McDonagh actually gets to be paired with a defenseman who can play defense, he has been paired with a bunch of slumps in New York, McDonagh will be able to play offensively and defensively without having to worry about his d partner getting walked every time he jumps in the rush. McDonagh has played 49 games this season, adding 2 goals, 26 assists, 9 power play points and +7 on a terrible New York team, going plus is pretty impressive. McDonagh will thrive in a winning environment around some of the best players in the league, the guy is known to be a competitor, somebody who is known to be the hardest worker on and off the ice and being surrounded by excellence will only make McDonagh even more of a star in Tampa Bay. Famously known as MacTruck in New York, this guy will be running through people now.

 

LOSERS and WINNERS following the trade deadline

This deadline was a bit exciting I must say, especially at the time of the deadline, jeez I mean if you are a Lightning or Rangers fan your heart was probably beating through your shirt. Some teams made some really smart and aggressive moves and we now have a sense of what teams are all in, and what teams are well extremely confused as to what they are going to do.

In this piece, I am going to look at some teams that made good deadline acquisitions and some teams that completely sh*t the bed and probably may have been sleeping at the deadline.

Clear LOSERS…

It was a KNOWN fact the St. Louis wanted to add a depth winger, they were in talks with the Rangers about Nash and Buffalo about Kane but, they got cold feet I’m assuming were too scared to part ways with one of the million prospects they have and now have left themselves in the loser board. Not only are they losers for doing absolute squat, but the fact they sent over a top six veteran forward to a divisional rival! The Blues were actually dumb enough to send one of their more veteran playoff players to a team that is in their division trying to make a Cup push. The Blues sent over Paul Stastny for those that don’t know or live under a rock. While adding zero to their line up right now and no one that will help them this season. A 1st rounder this season is good but it will probably be in the range of 26-31 due to where Winnipeg finishes but they did also add Erik Foley a solid prospect. I don’t know if you are the Blues leading up to the deadline struggling and you go out and make the roster worse than yeah you are a loser in my book.

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Another loser is the New York Islanders, yippie the Islanders add defenseman Brian Davidson from Edmonton, the guy was in and out of the line up in EDMONTON, and when he did play he played 15 or so minutes, on the year he has 3 goals 2 assists. For defensive depth I guess, but Johnny Oduya was out there as well so… Also, the Islanders essentially added a younger, bit more skilled Jason Chimera, Chirs Wagner the Ducks enforcer and fourth line muck and grinder. Wagner will be slotted on the fourth line for sure and not add too much to the line up in terms of production or defensive help. The Islanders two biggest concerns were defense and goaltending and they did really nothing to improve that area. When your fans are hanging signs around Brooklyn, NY saying “Snow must go” then yeah you probably can automatically be deemed a loser this deadline.

Clear Winners…

In terms of winners, the Lightning need to be up there, yeah they gave up some solid prospects and maybe two first round picks but the Lighting are looking at right now and making a run at the Cup now, not in three years or so. The Lighting adding former Ranger captain Ryan McDonagh to the blue line is MASSIVE, now the Lightning’s defense consists of Hedman-Stralman, Sergachev-McDonagh, Sustr/Coubourn-Girardi. Also adding JT Miller in the top six is nothing spectacular but it just makes this team extremely deep. Obvious winners in my book and Cup favorites now.

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Another team is probably Nashville, similar to Tampa Bay a team that is making a run at it now, they had a sniff of Lord Stanley last season and want to be back there again, expect to hoist the Cup. The Predators added, forward Ryan Hartman, a player Chicago liked a lot and was a younger player in their system. Well now Nashville roster looks like a borderline All-Star team, Forsberg, Johansen, Arvidsson, Fiala, Turris, Smith, Jarnkrok, Bonino, Hartman, Jesus talk about a top six. They are obvious winners and a team that we will see deep run in the playoffs again.

The Penguins I have to note as well, I mean I can note a lot of other teams but the Penguins adding Derek Brassard makes them favorites for the Cup, once again. Yes, a top six of Crosby, Malkin, Brassard down the middle with Sheary, Rust, Hagelin, Hornqvist, Kessel, Guentzel on the wings is scary. Just a little concerning now with Matt Murray out indefinitely.

Noteworthy winners…

Note some other winners: Devils acquiring Grabner and Maroon, Sharks acquiring Evander Kane, Jets acquiring Paul Stastny, Bruins adding Rick Nash, Golden Knights adding Tomas Tatar. Columbus adding Ian Cole and Tomas Vanek for a playoff push.

Winners in terms of long-term look, Rangers adding five prospects, 9 picks, and two NHL ready players, Ottawa clearing cap space, and adding picks, Montreal doing the same as Ottawa, Red Wings adding five picks for two players, three in which are in the first three rounds.

New York Rangers: Pack Your Sh*t Edition

The New York Rangers are in full pack your sh*t mode. They have literally sent five guys to all different places and have received a laundry list of picks and some prospects. They sent Michael Grabner to New Jersey, hey Grabs, pack it up. Nick Holden to Boston, hey Holden go be a cone somewhere else. Rick Nash to Boston, hey Nashty, go put some pucks on net. Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller to Tampa Bay, just pack it up to whatever.

All seriousness, though I was a bit upset to see Nash, McDonagh, and Miller go, three guys that spent a decent amount of time in New York and definitely impacted the roster. Although Grabner did as well, but he was not a long-term Ranger and also a pending UFA this offseason so he had to go. Holden, well was not good, let’s say that.

If you are a Rangers fan are you upset with three 1st round picks (2018), two 2nd round picks (2018), two 3rd round picks (2018) and possibly another 1st round also if Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup this season. They also received, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, Igor Rykov, Rob O’Gara, and Vlad Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner. Essentially, six picks, five prospects and two NHL ready players who are relatively young and developed in the NHL for three UFA’s at the end of this season and RFA at the end of this season and one RFA in 2019-20.

The firesale has begun and the rebuild is in full effect, the pack your sh*t edition may be in full effect and something many Ranger fans did not want to see but many saw this coming and for those that understand the need to look long-term know how this helps and those who don’t will sit and cry for the next two to three years. So be it, pack your sh*t too than. The Rangers now have 3 million in cap space while they still have some players to resign next year none will be receiving hefty contracts, leaving them with essentially a decent amount of cap for a free agent or big signing in the offseason.

Ok, so Namestnikov has 44 points this season playing alongside Stamkos and Kucherov so will see how that works out, Spooner has 25 points in 39 games and 2.85 mil cap hit. Also, Brett Howden a former 1st rounder in the 2016 draft, has been contributing nicely at the WHL level this season he is also 19-years-old played in 58 games 81 points for Moose Jaw Warriors in 2016-17 and 58 points in 38 games in this season also “C” Captain last three seasons. Not terrible. Also a former first rounder in 2016. Libor Hajek 20-years-old played for Czech Republic U20 team. Also WHL Saskatoon Blades 33 games with 25 points. A laundry list of experience in major juniors and on the international stage. Also a 2nd rounder in 2016. These shows they are two ALMOST NHL ready.

The pack your sh*t edition ends for now but in four months when the offseason begins the Rangers will be livid on the free agent market and also probably looking to trade some other pieces.

The Rangers line up most likely looks like this as well now,

Chris Kreider- Mika Zibanejad- Pavel Buchnevich 

Jimmy Vesey- Kevin Hayes- Mats Zuccarello 

Vladislav Namestnikov- David Desharnais- Jesper Fast 

Cody McLeod- Ryan Spooner- Vinnie Letteri 

Brady Skjei- Neil Poink

Marc Staal- Rob O’Gara

John Gilmour- Tony De’Angelo

Henrik Lundqvist 

Alexander Georgiev 

Spooner could possibly center line three, I’d hope but anyways the Rangers have now got a little deeper in the center position, because one Howden is a center as well and when he is ready(a year or two) the Rangers centers will be Zibanejad, Spooner, Howden, Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil(either him of Andersson will center) and now Hayes can go back to his left wing spot and the Rangers when these young AHL/WHL players are ready will have four to five solid centers not even including what they do with their three first round picks and two second-round picks. We can assume the Rangers go after some forward depth in the draft which means, with three first-round picks, one or two of these guys they draft have to be somewhat NHL ready within a season or two and the rebuild takes what, two to three years instead of six to seven like some teams.

Yeah, the Rangers made the playoffs for 12 consecutive seasons, won a President trophy finished among the top three numerous times and made trips to the Eastern Conference Finals, Stanley Cup, but still have no Cup to show for this success. The Rangers, if they did not choose to rebuild now, would have waited on McDonagh to age, signed him big and no team would have taken an aging defenseman contract(i.e. Marc Staal) and possibly received less for him, let Nash walk, Grabner walk and get nothing for them. The Rangers saw that at the moment some teams were looking to add some forward depth and defensive depth they had the pieces to shed and realized with an aging goaltender a Cup run was not likely. Now the Rangers have the option to draft in the first round three times for the first time in god knows how long.

Ok, I’ll admit it is weird to look at the Rangers 2014-15 President Trophy win and realize holy cr*p there is literally five players who remain on the roster form that team and one of them is Marc Staal. Well ok, yeah, the next two or three years may be painful but think about how young and exciting this team will be to watch in 2022, 2023 and on. I don’t know about you but if you are not looking long-term right now and actually think the Rangers were able to compete for a Cup with how good the Predators, Jets, Penguins, Flyers, Capitals, Golden Knights, Sharks, Ducks are this year then you are some sort of lunatic who obviously has to be hit with some reality. And here is your reality check, the Rangers pack your sh*t edition is your reality check. Sorry 9-year-old reading this or some 40-year-old keyboard warrior out there that is triggered right now, but get over it, if you don’t like it go pick dandelions in the outfield, where you belong, and hey while you’re at it, pack your sh*t too.

Follow along on Twitter @santageetee for some alarming and thought-provoking tweets. Blog sleeps for the night now. Night, night, Let’s Go Rangers.

 

NHL Trade News: Nash, Plekanec, Letestu and more!

The news has been broken for about three and a half hours now but the New York Rangers have sent F Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins in return for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, 1st round pick 2018 and 7th round pick 2019. As well the Rangers retain 50% of Matt Beleskey’s $875,000 contract and Boston retains 50% of Nash’s 3.9 mil contract. Nash is also a pending UFA at the end of this season. The move was due to sights on Lord Stanley and the addition of Nash in the top six will only aid that run even more now for Boston.

The other move this morning/afternoon was Toronto and Montreal, two Canadian teams and original six teams, as well, bizarre they traded with each other but the Canadiens sent over F Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel and a 2nd round pick in 2018. Plekanec is a 35-year-old F with loads of experience and also a UFA at the end of this season. As the race tightens up in the Atlantic, and with the Bruins securing Nash, this was a probably an answerback trade from the Leafs. They saw the Bruins improve their roster and they knew they had to go out and do the same.

Another trade was a three-way deal between Columbus, Nashville, and Edmonton. The Oilers sent over Mark Letestu to Columbus and the Blue Jackets sent over a 4th round pick to Nashville and Nashville sent Pontus Aberg to Edmonton. A bit tricky so, Oilers receive Pontus Aberg, Columbus receive Mark Letestu and Nashville received a 4th round pick in 2018. Letestu is added to a roster for a hopeful playoff push, he did, in fact, spend three years with Columbus at the beginning of his career tallying 98 points in 233 games.

The latest trade that occurred 15 minutes ago was between the Sharks and Predators, the Predators sent over a 6th round pick to San Jose for Brandon Bollig and Troy Grosenick. Two depth players for a cheap price is a solid grab by the Predators unsure as to why they need that but still basically for nothing. The Sharks though would be the reason for freeing up 1.95 mil in cap space. Possibly freeing up some room for a forward like Patrick Maroon or a defenseman like McDonagh or Karlsson… we’ll see…

Players yet to be traded… McDonagh, Kane, Maroon

Ok, now with these three trades happening we can know some things for sure, Evander Kane will be dealt, Ryan McDonagh trade talks increase tremendously and the market for rentals is not extremely high this year.

Evander Kane has been rumored for quite some time now and the price on the troubled, young forward is pretty steep. Buffalo is asking for a first-round pick and mid-level prospect or a second round pick and high-level prospect. Not much has come out on the winger but with the Bruins acquiring Nash, the Penguins acquiring Brassard and these Western Conference teams not grabbing much, we can expect a team like Nashville, Winnipeg to possibly be in the mix for Kane. The reason that Penguins-Brassard trade went through was that the Golden Knights didn’t want Brassard to go to any Western Conference team so they helped out the Penguins, to keep other teams from getting better.

Ryan McDonagh has gained major traction as of late, and right now he is being rumored to be going to either Toronto, Tampa Bay, and maybe Boston. The Panthers have talked to the Rangers about McDonagh, but he does have an NMC(no move clause) to specific teams and I am not sure if the Panthers are either on or not on that list. Anyways the asking price is high on McDonagh and there was a rumor earlier today that said there were possibly seven pieces included in this deal. A lot has picked up and many of hockey’s best reporters have said McDonagh will go by the end of the day.

Patrick Maroon has had 7 teams inquire about him since the Nash trade has occurred, with this Nash trade it has opened up a lot of teams ears and eyes to what it costs for a top-six player now. Maroon does, in fact, have the same amount of goals and more assists than Nash over the last two seasons but did also play with McDavid, unlike Nash. A lot of talks has circulated the power forward, and we can fully expect him to be moved soon. Possibly a Nashville, Winnipeg, San Jose, Bruins and or the Flyers.

 

 

Rangers hope to end five-game skid vs Minnesota

The Rangers are coming into this game off a tough loss to Montreal, a game where they struggled 5-on-5, but the takeaway from this game was that the Rangers are making young, and inexperienced mistakes, which on the flip side is a positive sign.

The Rangers goaltender Alex Georgiev made 38-saves in his NHL debut and played pretty well for the Rangers, a defense with a ton of youth on the back end right now, sporting Rob O’Gara in his Rangers debut, Neil Poink, Tony De’Angelo, John Gilmour the young goaltender fared well in his debut with a list of inexperienced defenseman.

The Rangers struggled later in the game, they controlled much of the first period due to power play time, in which they went 1/4 on and then ran into their own penalty trouble in the second and third period which put them on their heels, with little momentum to get going. Rangers did kill all five penalties Thursday night, but allowed 41 shots and had 14 giveaways.

Well, another loss for the Rangers their eighth in ten games and fifth straight. To a bad Montreal team, and now they travel from Montreal to New York to welcome the hot road team Minnesota Wild. The Wild have taken two road games already this three-game road trip, coming off a win vs New Jersey Thursday night. Minnesota also beat the Islanders Monday night and just last week beat the Rangers at their place, the Excel Center, 3-2.

The Rangers news right now is basically all trade talk, Rick Nash got pulled from the lineup Thursday night as he is expected to be moved real soon, would not be surprised if it was later this day. As well Michael Grabner, as he was traded Thursday night to New Jersey for a 2nd round pick and Russian prospect defenseman Yegor Rykov. Last but not least Ryan McDonagh trade talks have heated up and by the time the deadline comes we can possibly see McDonagh, Nash, and more all gone.

Onto tonight vs Minnesota 

Onto tonight though the Rangers, come into this game with their sights probably not set to high, they have lost a handful of games in the recent month and have clearly made it obvious they are looking towards the future right now. Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather have made it clear they want to acquire youth, picks and start a new path to the Stanley Cup.

The Rangers and Wild meet two times all year, per usual, the Wild took the first one as we spoke earlier, and they head to Madison Square Garden for their final road game of the three-day trip. The Wild are trying to secure a playoff spot so don’t expect this team to come out sluggish or have any bus legs. They are in the first wild-card spot with 73 points, on a two-game winning streak, 6-2-2 in their last ten and 13-15-1 on the road. The Wild want to make that playoff push once again and with teams on their tail every point matters. If the Wild win tonight they have a chance to secure a third-place spot in the Central division, with that on the line, we can expect the Wild’s back end and Devan Dubynk to hold the fort down and rally the troops for another win.

Who to watch tonight?

Devan Dubynk, he is 4-3 in his last seven starts allowing 16 goals over that span. Dubynk has picked up six wins over the last month posting 2.68 goals against and .918 save percentage. He has 21 wins on the year with 2.64 goals against and .917 save percentage.

For the Wild on the offensive side of things, Wild’s forward has 3 goals, 2 assists, 14 shots on goal over the last two week. Also, Matt Dumba who has tallied 3 assists and 8 shots on goal over the last two games.

For the Rangers, Kevin Hayes as he has been the Rangers best forward and most consistent player right now scoring in back to back games and tallying eight points over seven games(4 goals, 4 assists). As well as the Rangers young defensive core as they see even more ice time and have the opportunity to make a name for themselves and be around for the future of the rebuild.