Three Stars of the Week
Number three: Carl Hagelin He scored the team's only goal in Sunday night's ugly loss against Edmonton, hi second goal in as many games, and continues to add offense to his already stellar defensive start.
Number two: Derick Brassard He's quietly been one of the Rangers better performers all season, and posted a goal and four assists in the Rangers four games this week, including the overtime game-winner in the lone victory.
Number one: Rick Nash Explained this already, but this is Nash's spot until he gets bored with it. Another two goals this week, as he keeps pace with the league lead. He also had four assists, and continues to look like one of the game's most dynamic offensive player.
What You Missed
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The Rangers simply didn't have it Sunday night except for Henrik Lundqvist, and a disappointing 60 minutes later, the team was on the wrong end of a 3-1 result against the Oilers. Some recaps. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [The Record] [Daily News] [Newsday] [Blueshirts United]
A day earlier, it was much of the same in Toronto. More offense, but another regulation loss, as the Maple Leafs took down New York 5-4. [Blueshirt Banter] [NY Post] [The Record] [Daily News] [Newsday]
Dan Boyle is hoping to make his return this week, with the Rangers certainly in need of what the veteran brings both on the defensive and offensive blue lines. [NY Post] [The Record] Meanwhile, John Moore has served the fifth game of his suspension, and is eligible to return Tuesday against the Penguins.
Keeping Kevin Hayes up as Chris Mueller was sent to Hartford was the right move. [Blueshirt Banter]
There's plenty wrong with jersey sponsorship, but that doesn't mean it isn't coming to hockey. [Blueshirt Banter]
James Dolan is being charged with some pretty serious anti-labor law claims. [NY Times]