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Rangers fall to Lightning; Talbot expected back in net; Nash's return to form; Carcillo's impact

Today's New York Rangers notes.

Bruce Bennett

For the third time this season, the Rangers built up a three-game winning streak. And for the third time this season, the Rangers failed to get the fourth consecutive win, as nine seconds in the second period was the difference Tuesday night against the Lightning. Some recaps. [NY Post] [ESPN NY] [Daily News] [The Record] [ESPN NY] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]

After a miserable December stretch, the Rangers have turned a corner. [NY Post]

It's been a long time coming, but the Rangers are finally thriving under the freedom being given to them by Alain Vigneault. [Blueshirts Blog]

A call from Team Canada and a clean bill of health are helping Rick Nash return to form. [ESPN NY]

While Henrik Lundqvist has started the Rangers last six games, expect Cam Talbot to play this weekend. [Rangers Rants]

The move was very much maligned when it was made, but Daniel Carcillo is making his impact for the Rangers. [NY Post]

Vigneault provided some thoughts on Nash before Tuesday's game, and what it's going to take for the Rangers to get to the next step. [Rangers Rants]

And while he hasn't done it so much this season, Vigneault said he needs to start rolling four lines. [Newsday]

With key individuals on the Rangers improving, and the team climbing the standings, expect the trade rumors to begin to die down. [Blueshirt Banter]