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

Braden Schneider giving Rangers the spark they crave

Tedium hadn’t quite set in yet, as it would through the final 40 minutes of this low-event Battle of the Hudson in Newark on Tuesday. So it was just past the midway point of the first period with the Devils holding a 1-0 lead on Yegor Sharongovich’s beautiful breakaway goal off a Jacob Trouba boo-boo … Read more

NBA, NHL see simultaneous upticks in scoring

NBA players, like the NHL counterparts, are scoring a lot.Image: Getty Images Rarely does it make sense to link the NBA and the NHL, other than they tend to play in the same buildings at the same time of year. You wouldn’t really call them roommates, because when one is home the other never is. … Read more

Artemi Panarin getting it done for Rangers without Ryan Strome

Artemi Panarin lined up next to Ryan Strome for the first time just 10 games into his first season with the Rangers, and the star winger hasn’t had to play with many other centers since. That was an easy decision for the former coaching staff, led by David Quinn and, now, current bench boss Gerard … Read more

NHL continues history of applauding violent payback for exciting play

Trevor Zegras (second from left) is held back during a scuffle.Photo: Getty Images The appeal of hockey, to an ever-shrinking insular fanbase that gets more and more shrouded by a new one (though not big enough), is that it’s not the other three sports. There are good reasons for that, we all love our cults. … Read more

Rangers need Igor Shesterkin to find his magic again

The Rangers have received brilliance in nets from Igor Shesterkin on such a regular basis that when the goaltender stubs his toe it can seem like a five-alarm fire. There has been some smoke around the goaltender and the crease lately, perhaps a reminder not to take the club’s superiority in nets for granted. We … Read more

Justin Braun active for his second Rangers game since trade

Justin Braun skated in his second game with the Rangers on Sunday night, when his former team, the Flyers, came to the Garden for the first time since the organization traded the veteran defenseman to New York. After making his Rangers debut on March 22 against the Devils, Braun was a healthy scratch for the … Read more

Rangers’ top two defensive pairs providing steady presence

While a majority of the Rangers lineup has been retooled throughout the season, the top two defensive pairs have been a constant. Jacob Trouba and K’Andre Miller haven’t missed a single game this season, and have lined up next to each other in every appearance dating back to the preseason. An upper-body injury sidelined Adam … Read more

Rangers put embarrassing islanders loss behind them

The Rangers haven’t experienced too many games this season that merited the excrement-based descriptions used by head coach Gerard Gallant and star winger Artemi Panarin following Friday’s ugly 3-0 loss to the Islanders. The day-after message also was apropos, with the Rangers addressing and vowing to flush that nonperformance, while looking only forward to Sunday’s … Read more

Rangers a complete no-show in humbling loss to Islanders

The standings were a liar, the Rangers were imposters and the pages of the calendar seemed to have flipped backward about 365 days. Friday night represented a flashback to the Nightmare of 2020-21 in which the Islanders were the Blueshirts’ daddies. It didn’t matter that the narrative had been reversed the first five-plus months of … Read more