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Oscar Lindberg: 24 Pts in 29 GP

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Lindberg, the 21 year old 2010 Phoenix 2nd round draft pick who was acquired by NYR for Ethan Werek, has made a solid jump in production this year in the SEL for Skelleftea HC with 24 points (9 + 15) in 29 games played. This is interesting because Lindberg is posting a PPG rate of 0.83 currently, which translates to average 0.65 PPG in the NHL (or just over 50 points/82 games). This is not the gospel, but it shows the potential Lindberg could have if he continues to develop.

Rangers are Indeed Playing Better

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From George aka @RangerSmurf: "First 16 games, 10-3-3 record, 45.2% FenTied, 104.5 PDO. Last 9 games, 5-3-1 record, 53.2% FenTied, 101.9 PDO" Remember I posted "no news is not good news" and said they still don't really have it going but also kinda said its been a bit better? George noted it in the comments and updated it after last night. PDO is down towards the average (good) and a 53.2% Fenwick at tied scores during the game would make the Rangers a top ten club pretty easily. These are good signs that the Rangers are in the other teams zone more than theirs.

ESPN NY: Rangers Cup Window is Open

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An article that (maybe) we can all agree on. Fair warning, there are those number thingy's called advanced stats involved, and they actually prove that the Rangers are moving forward (and that Stepan might not have a sophomore slump if he stays in the same role as George pointed out yesterday). Other than that, there are two other reasons why this story is a good read: 1) An attention to the fact that Hank is aging, so NYR better hurry. 2) Proves once-more that Christensen should be buried/bought out/whatever. Time to believe?

NHL News: Shea Weber Awarded $7.5 Million

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An arbitrator has awarded defensemen Shea Weber a $7.5 million, one-year contract. Nashville still has the option to walk away, which will make Weber a UFA.

NHL News: Parise Signs With Devils

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The New Jersey Devils have avoided arbitration and settled on a one-year, $6 million contract with Zach Parise.

Winnipeg Jets Logo Unveiling Today at 5:00 EST

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For those that are interested, the Jets are set to unveil their new logo today at 5 PM.

Updated Look at the East: Rangers Back in 8th

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Buffalo beat Carolina in overtime this evening, leaving the playoff race in the East looking like this: 6) Montreal - 91 points 7) Buffalo - 90 points 8) NY Rangers - 89 points ------------------------------------------ 9) Carolina - 87 points

Ranger Rants

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Staal, Fedotenko Hopeful For Tomorrow, Gaborik Progressing

Biron Fractures Collarbone

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Andrew Gross reporting that back-up goaltender Marty Biron is out indefinitely with a fractured collarbone suffered today in practice. Cam Talbot has been recalled from Connecticut (AHL).

Rangers Most Improved ?

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That's what Robert Vollman at Puck Prospectus believes after he took a look at the advanced projection stats for the upcoming season. "The New York Rangers will fly up the standings from 21st to 8th, according to the predictions we published in Hockey Prospectus 2010-11. But does our assertion that the New York Rangers are the league's most improved team really stand up to objective analysis? Let's pop open the hood and see." If you're a numbers guy like me you'll really like the article and the prospect of it all coming true.

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