NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26: Marian Gaborek #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates his empty net goal with Artem Anisimov #42 late in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on December 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
- The New York Rangers cruised to a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders last night, and currently sit atop of the Eastern Conference. Carl Hagelin scored twice, and Michael Del Zotto set up Hagelin on both of his goals. Marian Gaborik also had an empty net goal, and increased his league leading goal total to 22.
- After some hard skating practices, Marc Staal has officially been cleared to receive contact. Although Staal is cleared for contact, he needs to get back into game shape before returning to the line-up. Could the Winter Classic be too soon to see Staal?
- Neil Greenberg has created a new metric called the ESPN Clutch Performance Indicator. George takes a look at how this new system is broken down, and how Brad Richards sticks out among players on the Rangers.
- While we're on the topic of stats, Blueshirt in Paris made a very interesting FanPost about stats on the New York Rangers. Instead of jumping into the advanced stuff, he takes a look at a simplistic approach.