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KNOCKING HEADS WITH THE ISLES

New York RNY RANGERS vs. NY ISLANDERS
Thursday, Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 19-8-4 (42 pts)
Islanders: 11-14-6 (28 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 20

TONIGHT’S GAME:

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to open a back-to-back home set against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-8-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center for their second straight win, and are 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 18 of their last 23 games (16-5-2). The Islanders enter the contest with an 11-14-6 (28 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games in the shootout. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Dec. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back home set.

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SPOTLIGHT: STU BICKEL

Bruce Berlet 7By Bruce Berlet

Defenseman Stu Bickel is the latest Connecticut Whale “graduate” to make a difference for the parent New York Rangers this season.

Bickel joined rookies Carl Hagelin and Tim Erixon as players to make their NHL debut with the Rangers on Tuesday night, as the Blueshirts traveled across the Hudson River and beat the arch-rival New Jersey Devils and future Hall of Fame goalie Martin Brodeur – AGAIN.

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THEY’RE JUST THE BETTER TEAM

New York Rangers     VERSUS      New Jersey

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
December 20, 2011 (Game 31, Away Game 18)
Prudential CenterNewark, NJ

                                                    1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               0      1        3       –        4
New Jersey Devils                1      0        0       –        1

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, tonight at Prudential Center, and have now won their last two games.

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THE THROWDOWN ACROSS THE RIVER

New York RangersNEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, New Jersey
Rangers: 18-8-4 (40 pts)
Devils: 18-13-1 (37 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 18

TOMORROW’S GAME:

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first of four straight games against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-8-4 (40 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena, and have now registered at least one point in 17 of their last 22 games (15-5-2). The Devils enter the contest with a 18-13-1 (37 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of back-to-back home games.

SPOLIGHT: AARON VOROS

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Aaron Voros knows all about the unemployment rate in the United States continuing to hover around nine percent.

Voros, who spent the last eight seasons in the AHL and NHL, was part of the jobless force as he sat around New York City, training on his own but without work prospects, not far from where his former team played in Madison Square Garden and where he and Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and best friend/left wing Sean Avery own a restaurant.

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PRE-SEASON: RANGERS KNOCK OFF DEVILS

 VERSUS     

With an 5-4 afternoon OT win by the AHL bound New York Rangers and a late goal from defenseman Brendan Bell Friday night for a 4-3 win, the Blueshirts completed a double-header sweep of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in pre-season action. The win for the Rangers avenged a 2-1 overtime loss to the same Devils Wednesday night in Albany and brought the Blueshirts record to 1-0-1-0 after two preseason games.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – MITCHELL MAKES MARK

FROM THE CREASE BY: BRUCE BERLET

John Mitchell has always prided himself in being “a pretty fast skater” and proved it when he won a fastest skater competition with the Toronto Maple Leafs three years ago.

“I think I actually beat the time in the NHL All-Star Game, so I know I can skate,” Mitchell recalled Wednesday night after his first NHL action with the New York Rangers in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in the preseason opener at the Pepsi Center in Albany, N.Y.

Mitchell was one of the first players used in all situations and also leveled Cam Janssen, one of the Devils tough guys, as he continued to center a line with pesky veteran Sean Avery and fuzzy-faced J.T. Miller, the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in June. The trio was cited as “probably our most effective line, as far as forechecking and having some offensive zone pressure” by Rangers coach John Tortorella, who watched in the upper deck with president and general manager Glen Sather and other team executives while assistant GM/assistant coach/Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld ran the bench with assistant coach Mike Sullivan.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – CHAD JOHNSON, A GOALIE LOOKING TO REBOUND

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

Chad Johnson, A Goalie Looking to Rebound

Chad Johnson experienced about the ultimate in good news-bad news last season.

The good? The New York Rangers called up the goalie from the Connecticut Whale on Feb. 28 after backup Martin Biron sustained a broken collarbone when hit by a shot in practice.

The bad? Johnson played only 20 minutes in two months while caddying for Henrik Lundqvist.

And things didn’t start all that well this season when the first shot of warm-ups in the Rangers’ first scrimmage went off Johnson’s facemask, requiring him to go to the bench for repairs.

But Johnson, who struggled much of the season before being summoned by the Rangers, insists spending weeks with the Rangers and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire far outweighed having virtually no playing time.

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A NEW FACE IN GREENVILLE

GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have acquired the rights to Ryan Hayes from the Trenton Titans in exchange for the rights to Matt Schepke.

Hayes, 22, is entering his second season of professional hockey in 2011-12. As a rookie with the Trenton Devils last season Hayes posted 50 points (23G, 27A) in 63 games along with 47 penalty minutes. He was the top scoring rookie on the Devils, second overall on the team, and the sixth-highest scoring rookie in the ECHL. A 5-9, 180-pound forward, Hayes attended the New Jersey Devils prospects camp last summer after finishing his junior career with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

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NHL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Nhl_logoHere is the NHL released pre-season schedule. New York Rangers games are in BLUE, New Jersey Devils in RED and the New York Islanders in ORANGE.

The 2011-12 NHL regular season opens Oct. 6.

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