Ryan Strome has immediate impact in Rangers return vs. Devils

Ryan Strome slotted back into the Rangers lineup Tuesday night against the Devils, marking the first return from injury that will further complicate head coach Gerard Gallant’s looming personnel decisions. After missing the previous four games with an undisclosed lower-body injury, which he suffered against the Sabres at the end of March, Strome returned to … Read more

NHL Buzz: Connor, Schmidt in COVID-19 protocol for Jets, out three games

Welcome to the NHL Buzz. Throughout the 2021-22 season, NHL.com will have you covered with the latest news. Winnipeg Jets Kyle Connor and Nate Schmidt were placed in the NHL COVID-19 protocol Wednesday and will miss three games for the Jets. Connor, a forward, and Schmidt, a defenseman, each tested positive and have to quarantine … Read more

Rangers hoping injured Ryan Strome can play vs. Red Wings

PITTSBURGH — Ryan Strome was sidelined for the Rangers’ matchup with the Penguins on Tuesday after the second-line center sustained an undisclosed lower-body injury in the first period against the Sabres two nights earlier. However, Strome traveled with the Rangers and is considered a possibility for the second game of the back-to-back against the Red … Read more

NHL Buzz: MacKinnon out for Avalanche with upper-body injury

Colorado Avalanche Nathan MacKinnon will not play for the Avalanche against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday (9 pm ET; SNW, ALT, ESPN+, NHL LIVE) because of an upper-body injury. The center had three shots on goal at 19:48 of ice time in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Avalanche coach Jared … Read more

Ryan Strome exits Rangers’ win with lower-body injury

Forward Ryan Strome sustained an undisclosed lower-body injury in the first period of the Rangers’ 5-4 overtime win over the Sabres on Sunday. After logging roughly 5 ½ minutes over six shifts in just the opening frame, the Rangers second-line center did not return from the locker room following the first intermission. It is unclear … Read more

Ryan Strome’s future should concern Rangers

Beyond the fact that the Rangers are not close enough to serious Stanley Cup contention to merit sending a blue chip or two away in exchange for a rental, even for one such as Tomas Hertl who might create a dramatic impact, there is another reason for Chris Drury to be conservative as the president-general … Read more

Rangers hurt by ‘let us play’ officiating Gerard Gallant endorsed

NHL officiating seems to have moved into its playoff form more than two months before the playoffs actually begin. The preseason advisory about cracking down on cross-checks has been inoperable for a few weeks, already. Referees are in the “Let the boys play,” mode. Who needs rules? The Rangers were beaten 1-0 in Pittsburgh on … Read more

Rangers’ playoff fate hinges on top players proving themselves

The Rangers need to create, not just fortify, their third line. This has been obvious for months, at least since the 2021-22 version of a Kid Line with Filip Chytil centering Alexis Lafreniere and Julien Gauthier fizzled in December. They need to fill that nagging vacancy on the right side of the unit featuring Artemi … Read more

Rangers’ Dryden Hunt soaks up a spot on second line

The Rangers’ ever-changing lineup has been tweaked once again, this time with Dryden Hunt getting the call to slot into the right-wing spot on the second line next to Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome. Hunt, who has skated on every line at some point this season, returns to the top six for the first time … Read more

Rangers hope to end streak of poor first-periods

In preparing for the Rangers’ matchup with the Senators at Ottawa, head coach Gerard Gallant made a point to address the feeble starts to games that have troubled his team since the Blueshirts returned from their two-week layoff — and even cropped up earlier in the season. The Rangers have been a second- or third-period … Read more