Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start on Thursday against the Bruins.
Insight: Talbot played the third period of the, 3-0, loss to the Islanders on Tuesday, so Alain Vigneault will stick with the hot hand. Talbot stopped all 12 shots he faced in the period. This will be his ninth start of the season.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan scored a hat trick on Saturday.
Insight: Stepan doubled his goal total of the season with a goal in each period versus the Devils. Stepan also scored three different ways, short handed, power play and empty net. Stepan has six goals 16 assists and a plus-six rating in 21 games this season.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had a great Saturday night.
Insight: Lundqvist allowed just one third-period goal on 30 shots to lead the Rangers to a, 5-1, victory over the Canucks. He is 11-7-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .909 save percentage, which is very un-Lundqvist like. Perhaps Saturday will get him going.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash scored his 18th goal of the season on Monday.
Insight: Nash scored about eight minutes into the second period to give the Rangers a, 2-1, lead. Pittsburgh eventually tied the game, but New York won, 4-3, in overtime. Nash has 18 goals and 10 assists this season.
Description: Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein scored the game-winning goal in overtime against the Penguins on Monday as the Rangers won, 4-3.
Insight: It was a huge goal as New York blew a, 3-1, lead late in the third period. The Rangers have several blown leads like that this season, so it was important for them to get the full two points versus Pittsburgh. Klein has six goals and four assists this season.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist played excellent on Saturday but lost to the Penguins.
Insight: It was a tough break for Lundqvist owners as it appeared the Rangers had scored the winning goal in the final shot of the shootout, but Rangers shooter Dan Boyle had an illegal hit on the potential game-winning goal. Replay nullified the goal, and all the Rangers players had to be called back onto the ice from the locker room. Lunqvist was noticably flat on the next attempt as Brandon Sutter scored, and Rick Nash did not convert his attempt. Pittsburgh won, 3-2.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 53rd shutout of his career against the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: It was Lundqvist's third shutout of the year with this one being the most impressive as it came against the Penguins, who were on a scoring-tear and seven-game winning streak. Lundqvist made 33 saves to blank Pittsburgh.
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider played well in Saturday's loss to Toronto.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots on goal and a +3 rating. Kreider now has 13 points in 10 games, as well as a +5 rating and 38 penalty minutes. Owners should be pleased with these numbers.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start on Saturday.
Insight: Talbot has a 2.84 GAA and .899 save percentage in three prior starts this season. He should have better numbers than that, but he is not contending for Henrik Lundqvist's job. Lundqvist has the day off.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash scored his 10th goal of the season on the power play in the first period against the Red Wings.
Insight: Nash had six shots on goal and now has 13 points on the season. Nash was also involved on the game-winning goal in overtime. He screened Jonas Gustavsson on the power play, which allowed Derick Brassard to finish a rebound.
Description: Rangers winger Martin St. Louis scored twice in Monday's shootout loss to the Blues.
Insight: St. Louis scored his second and third goal of the season. He had four shots on goal and a plus-two rating. St. Louis did not score in the shooutout, however, and the Blues won, scoring twice in the shootout.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist got the rare shutout loss on Saturday against the Jets.
Insight: There probably isn't any other way for someone to get a shutout and lose in sports. Lundqvist stopped all 25 shots he faced in regulation and the first three he saw in the shootout, but allowed a goal on the fourth shootout shot and that was the difference. The Jets won, 1-0.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh suffered a separated shoulder on Saturday against the Jets.
Insight: He left the game in the first period after a hard hit along the boards. McDonagh missed five games last spring due to a shoulder injury to the same shoulder. He has three assists in nine games. A timetable for his return will likely come on Sunday when the defenseman is reevaluated.
Description: Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and two assists with a plus-three rating on Monday night against the Wild.
Insight: It was Zuccarello's first score of the season. The great plus/minus rating also helps Zuccarello's season numbers. He was minus-five coming into the game. Zuccarello was instrumental in the New York comeback against Minnesota. The Rangers scored all five goals in the third period.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored another goal in Tuesday's overtime win against New Jersey.
Insight: It is already his eighth goal of the season. Nash seems unstoppable right now, which is music to owners ears. Kevin Klein notched the OT winner for the Rangers, to take down their division rival.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed six goals for a second straight start on Tuesday.
Insight: Lundqvist stopped just 18-of-24 shots against the Maple Leafs on Sunday. He did slightly better on Tuesday, turning aside 21 out of 27 shots from the Islanders, but his save percentage was still well below .800. Lundqvist is in some obvious funk, but fantasy owners should by no means panic.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored in each of the first four games of this season.
Insight: Nash leads the NHL with six goals after just four games. He scored two more times on Tuesday against the Islanders for the only goals the Rangers had on the night. Nash will obviously not be able to maintain this production, but the Rangers and fantasy owners alike love the fast start.
Description: It was a night to forget for Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist as he gave up six goals on 24 shots.
Insight: Lundqvist was pulled in the second period. We have no doubts he'll be a top goaltender again this season, this was just one of those days. He's won 53.8 percent of his games over his career and has won at least 30 games every season except the 2012-13 48-game campaign.
Description: Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal Sunday, after getting the night off against Columbus.
Insight: Cam Talbot starting in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jackets, but will give way to New York's star goalie against Toronto.. Lundqvist earned the victory in his first start of the season, turning away 25-of-27 shots on goal.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash had a big game in the opener.
Insight: He had the game-winning goal in New York's 3-2 victory over the Blues. Nash had three total points (2 goals, 1 assist), four shots on goal, and a +2 rating on Thursday. Solid start to the 2014-15 season.
Description: Rangers winger Carl Hagelin will top last year's 15 goals and 16 assists numbers.
Insight: We expect a lot from Hagelin, who is one of the fastest players in the NHL. There is a chance that he will play with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard this year. If that happens, we like the combination of Haelin's speed and Zuccarello's grittiness to score a bunch of goals.
Description: Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello had a breakout season last year, so now fans are wondering if he can repeat that success.
Insight: Zuccarello scored 19 goals and had 40 assists playing with Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard last season. He will again play with Brassard, but Pouliot left via free agency. The pair will likely be a part of the Rangers second line, but stay tuned because they could also end up in a checking-line role. Either way, Zuccarello is worth stashing on your team.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonaugh really surprised fans with the amount of offensive production last season.
Insight: McDonaugh scored 14 goals and 43 points while adding another four goals and 17 points in the playoffs a year ago. He had the opportunity to play more offense and he took advantage. Veteran free agent signee Dan Boyle will likely take a part of that role away from McDonaugh this season, but McDonaugh is still expected to about 13 goals and 30 assists.
Description: Rangers winger Martin St. Louis' fantasy value will greatly depend on linemate Rick Nash.
Insight: St. Louis disappointed Rangers fans with just eight points in 19 games after the trade deadline move last year. He then scored 15 points in 25 playoffs games. Not bad, but considering St. Louis has averaged a point per game over the course of seven seasons, it's not particularly good. St. Louis misses playing with Steven Stamkos and will need Nash to reemerge as a great scorer to make St. Louis a top fantasy forward.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash should be a player owners can pick late on draft day.
Insight: Nash had a below average regular season which turned into a horrible playoffs last year. He had 39 points in 65 games and then just three goals in 25 playoffs games. We believe Nash can bounce back, but owners should not be picking him early. Take the upside he offers late in the draft.
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider is poised for a breakout fantasy season in 2014-2015.
Insight: Kreider has had problems staying on the ice, but when playing, he might be the best offensive force the Rangers have. He scored 13 points in 15 playoffs games despite missing time with injuries. Kreider will miss Stepan the first part of the season, but he is still a guy owners want in their lineup.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan played three fewer minutes per game under first-year head coach Alain Vigneault last season.
Insight: Stephan fractured his fibula last week, so his fantasy value has already taken a huge hit, but even before the injury, his value was slightly dipping. Stepan really struggled last season, and there were questions about the Rangers depth chart coming into training camp. The injury certainly does not help Stepan's cause.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan fractured his fibula and will be out four-to-six weeks according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Stepan will likely miss the first seven games of the regular season, but it should take much longer for him to get back into the swing of things. Missing training camp is never a good thing. Even if he returns in four weeks, his fantasy value has taken a hit.
Description: Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
Insight: It's not unexpected and the move frees up nearly $7 million in cap room for New York. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Description: On appeal, New York left wing Daniel Carcillo had his suspension reduced from ten games to six. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He made contact with an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and sat out the rest of the series. Carcillo is eligible to return in Game 4 of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals against the Kings.
Description: Henrik Lundqvist shook off a brutal outing in Game 5 to shut out Montreal in the Rangers' series-clinching win Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Insight: New York is headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. Lundqvist has saved a remarkable 92.2 percent of the shots he's faced this postseason. The Rangers will face the winner of the Blackhawks/Kings series that resumes tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller is doubtful for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday against Montreal due to an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He didn't travel with the team to Montreal for Game 5 and its unclear whether he'll be ready for this game. Miller has posted six points in 30 regular season games and two points in four playoff games.
Description: New York defenseman John Moore has been suspended for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Moore received a game misconduct for a high hit on Montreal right wing Dale Weise Tuesday in Game 5. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: If the Rangers clinch in Game 6, Moore will be suspended for the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Moore has averaged 14 minutes of ice time per game in the postseason.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. It's possible he'll miss the rest of the postseason, though a couple of Montreal players have expressed doubt about the severity of Stepan's injury.
Description: According to Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher, the Canadiens are expecting New York center Derek Stepan to suit up Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: National Post
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw a little over 48 hours ago so this would be an incredibly fast recovery. If Stepan does play on Sunday, he'll obviously have to wear some sort of protection to cover up his face.
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Canadiens, according to espn.com.
Insight: Mike Weaver crushed Brassard with an open-ice hit from behind in Game 1 and Brassard appeared to hurt his back. Brassard said he didn't feel like he could help the team after the hit and that he's "not sure" if he'll play in Game 2.
Description: At long last, Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored a goal in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Insight: Nash had just five points, all assists, in the team's first 14 games this postseason. He came up with a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday against Montreal.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves on 36 shots in Game 7 of New York's second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins to get his team into the Eastern Conference Finals.
Insight: Lundqvist brought New York back from a 3-1 series deficit by making 102 saves on 105 shots (.971) the last three games. The 32-year-old netminder has a superb .931 SV% in 14 starts this postseason and has picked up two Game 7 victories.
Description: New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist was phenomenal Sunday in a Game 6 win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: The Penguins peppered him with 37 shots but Lundqvist saved 36 of them, his most so far this postseason. The Rangers have momentum but Pittsburgh has home ice advantage for Tuesday night's series finale.
Description: New York right wing Martin St. Louis found the net for the first time this series Sunday in a Game 6 win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: St. Louis was playing with a heavy heart after the passing of his mother earlier this week. The four shots on goal he tallied were his most since Game 5 of the Flyers series. Somehow, the Rangers have erased a 3-1 deficit and are now tied with the Penguins at three games a piece heading into Tuesday's deciding Game 7 in Pittsburgh.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash scored the game-winning goal Thursday against Buffalo 18:18 into the third period.
Insight: It has been a highly disappointing season for Nash, as he missed nearly six weeks due to a concussion and has generated just 39 points (26 G, 13 A) in 64 games. The winger has provided fantasy owners with a measly 12 points in his last 27 games.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) will not play Thursday, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record.
Insight: McDonagh (14 G, 29 A) suffered a shoulder injury on April 1 against the Canucks and hasn't played since. Coach Alain Vigneault says it's still "50-50" McDonagh makes it back for the regular season finale Saturday.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot shut out the Oilers Sunday night.
Insight: The rookie has outplayed starter Henrik Lundqvist this season and is 12-6-0 with a 1.67 GAA, a .940 SV% and three shutouts. Lundqvist gave up four goals Friday but has otherwise played pretty well lately, so we probably won't see Talbot start more than one of New York's last six games.
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard snapped a string of eight straight games without a point by collecting two goals and an assist Tuesday at Ottawa.
Insight: Immediately prior to the eight-game drought, Brassard had an eight-game points streak in which he had five goals and five assists. The 26-year-old has 15 goals and 24 assists (39 points) in 69 games this season.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shut out the Red Wings Sunday in a 3-0 win.
Insight: Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist have been doing an admirable job keeping Detroit's offense afloat with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk injured, but Lundqvist shut them down. He had a 3.77 GAA and an .872 SV% in his first four starts of March after posting a 1.91 GAA and a .937 SV% in January and February.
Description: Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello will be a game-time decision on Friday against Carolina. SOURCE: Bergen Record.
Insight: Zuccarello (15 goals, 28 assists in 58 contests) injured his hand while representing Norway at the Sochi Olympics. He had been on a six-game point streak prior to getting hurt and has missed the past four games.
Description: Martin St. Louis has arrived in Toronto for Wednesday's game and will be available to play for the Rangers, according to Mitch Kerzner of TSN.
Insight: St. Louis was traded from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and draft picks on Wednesday morning. He proved that he can still produce with anyone on his line, as he has put up 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games despite superstar center Steven Stamkos missing most of the year.
Description: The Rangers have acquired Martin St. Louis from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ryan Callahan, a 2015 first-rounder and a 2014 second-rounder in a swap of captains, according to TSN.
Insight: St. Louis proved this season that he can still produce with anyone on his line, as he has put up 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games despite superstar center Steven Stamkos missing most of the year.
Description: Rangers winger Derek Dorsett (broken left fibula) is probable for Thursday's game against Chicago
Insight: Dorsett suffered the injury while trying to block a slap shot by Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta. He only has five points (three goals) and 48 SOG in 37 games but collects penalty minutes at a high rate.
Description: Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello's MRI confirmed a small non-displaced fracture in his left hand, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Zuccarello suffered the injury playing for Norway in the Winter Olympics, but there's still a chance he may be ready to play on Feb. 27 when New York's season resumes. He'll be reevaluated by a team doctor when he returns to the United States on Friday. Zuccarello had 15 goals and 43 points in 58 games prior to the Olympic break, all of which came in his last 51 games after starting off the season on a seven-game drought.
Description: Rangers winger Derek Dorsett (broken left fibula) is four weeks into his 4-6 week recovery time and expectations are that he'll return after the Olympic break.
Insight: Dorsett suffered the injury while trying to block a slap shot by Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta. He only has five points (three goals) and 48 SOG in 37 games but is a penalty minute magnet (103 PIM).
Description: Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello has produced two goals and four assists over his last four games.
Insight: Zuccarello picked up at least one point in all four games and had two assists in his latest contest Tuesday against the Avalanche. The 26-year-old has had his best season with 15 goals, 41 points and 124 SOG in 56 games.
Description: Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan played a huge role in Tuesday's win against the Avalanche.
Insight: Callahan took six shots on goal and scored on two of them. He assisted on another goal and finished the night with a +3 rating. Callahan has been angling for a contract extension and performances like this will certainly help his cause.