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.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan had two points Sunday to extend his scoring streak to five games.
Insight: Stepan has picked up eight points (three goals) during the streak, but he's still well behind last season's pace. The 23-year-old has 35 points (10 goals) in 54 games after producing 44 points (18 goals) in 48 games in 2012-13. He's also just a +3 after registering a +25 last season.
Description: Rangers newly-acquired defenseman Kevin Klein was matched up with John Moore in his New York debut.
Insight: Klein is not an offensive threat like the man he was traded for, Michael Del Zotto, but is a solid defender. Klein has three points in 48 games with just 21 PIM and 50 SOG. That won't help fantasy owners.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist practiced Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game due to illness. SOURCE: Pat Leonard, New York Daily News.
Insight: Lundqvist's stats -- 17-17-3, 2.54 GAA, .915 SV% -- are disappointing but he has played better this month, going 5-1 with a 1.34 GAA and a .958 SV% his last six starts. He should be able to play Thursday against the Blues.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan has scored two goals and picked up two assists in his last two games.
Insight: Stepan scored one of the Rangers' four goals Sunday against the Capitals after producing three points Saturday. The 23-year-old only has 31 points (nine goals) in 51 games this season after recording 44 (18 goals) in 48 games last season.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash had two of New York's four goals in a win over the Capitals Sunday.
Insight: Nash has potted seven goals in the last eight games. He only needed two shots to score twice Sunday but he has been taking a ton of SOG lately. In his last 14 games, he has attempted 4.6 SOG per game.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash had a pair of goals Monday against Columbus, his former team of nine years.
Insight: Nash missed nearly six weeks due to a concussion and hasn't returned to his expected level of production. He has nine goals and nine assists in 27 games. He's taken 105 SOG but has a career-low .086 shooting percentage.
Description: New York center Dominic Moore made his presence felt by potting two goals Saturday in a 7-1 win over Toronto.
Insight: Moore had just one goal in his first 34 games prior to Saturday's explosion. For Moore's last two-goal game, you'd have go all the way back to March 29, 2011 against Ottawa. Moore was playing for the Lightning back then.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start Saturday at Toronto.
Insight: Henrik Lundqvist was shelled for five goals Friday at Pittsburgh and is 12-16-2 with a 2.78 GAA and a .905 SV% this season. The 26-year-old Talbot, however, is 8-3-0 with a 1.72 GAA and a .936 SV%.
Description: Rangers winger Derek Dorsett suffered a broken left fibula Friday and will miss 4-6 weeks, according espnny.com.
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 tied for the NHL lead with 103 PIM.
Description: Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist Friday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Zuccarello has collected 20 points, including eight goals, in his last 20 games and has 30 points (10 goals) in 41 games despite not recording his first point until the eighth game of the season.
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard is questionable for Sunday's game against Calgary with a lower body injury.
Insight: Brassard has five goals and nine assists in 32 games, but a -9 rating should send fantasy owners running in the opposite direction. Much more was expected out of him after he totaled 11 points in 13 games for the Rangers following a trade last season.
Description: Rangers left winger Mats Zuccarello has three goals and eight points over his last seven games, including two (1 G, 1 A) Thursday at Buffalo.
Insight: Zuccarello had a similar stretch from Oct. 26 to Nov. 12, scoring two goals with 10 points in 10 games, but he followed that with a four-game drought in the middle of last month. We'll see if he can maintain some consistency this time around.
Description: The Rangers inked goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Wednesday. SOURCE: NESN
Insight: Lundqvist was going to be a free agent after the season. You could argue he's been the best goaltender in hockey over the last half-decade. Lundqvist will be 39 by the time his contract expires.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored a goal in three straight games.
Insight: He had a goal, two assists, five SOG and a +3 Saturday against the Canucks in what was by far his best game of the season for fantasy purposes. The winger appears to be rounding back into form after missing six weeks due to a concussion.
Description: Rangers winger Derek Dorsett is questionable for Friday's game against Boston due to a sore wrist.
Insight: He missed Wednesday's game because of the injury. Dorsett hasn't scored a point in his last seven games and has just three points in 24 games this season, but if you need penalty minutes he's your man.
Description: Rangers goalie Cam Talbot earned his second straight shutout Saturday against Nashville.
Insight: He stopped all 17 shots that came his way. It's too bad that Talbot plays for New York, a team that already employs Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist as its starting goaltender. Talbot could be a top fantasy netminder if he played almost anywhere else.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot will start at Nashville Saturday.
Insight: Talbot, a 26-year-old rookie, has been excellent since taking over for Martin Biron as Henrik Lundqvist's backup. He's won four straight games and is 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA and a .943 SV%. He has a strong matchup Saturday and is a safe streaming option.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto will play Wednesday, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Del Zotto has been a healthy scratch in three straight games and could soon be traded. He won't be worth owning if he remains on the Rangers; he was replaced by Ryan McDonagh on the top power-play line.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot went into Montreal and picked up his first career shutout Saturday night.
Insight: It was New York's first shutout in Montreal since 1967. The Rangers also had been shut out four straight times at the Bell Centre. Talbot, a 26-year-old rookie, has been excellent since taking over for Martin Biron as Henrik Lundqvist's backup. He's won four straight games and is 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA and a .943 SV%.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh's empty-net goal Thursday gave him four on the season, tying his total from all of last year.
Insight: McDonagh has scored a goal in two straight games and has nine points in 16 games after tallying two points Thursday. McDonagh is playing frequently on the top power-play unit for the first time in his career and already has three power-play points after entering the season with three total PPP in his first three seasons.
Description: Rangers winger Carl Hagelin has four goals and seven points in six games since making his season debut.
Insight: Hagelin scored two goals Thursday for the second time in his last four games. He had 24 goals and 62 points in 112 games his first two seasons in the NHL, but he's worth adding while he's this hot.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has two goals and five points over his last seven games.
Insight: He scored one of New York's five goals in a win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The 24-year-old's career high in points is 32 in 2011-12, but he could exceed that this season because he's getting more power-play time. In the past, he would be the third blueliner used on the power play after Michael Del Zotto and Dan Girardi, but he has skated with the top power-play unit this season.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto logged his first point of the season Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: He assisted a Benoit Pouliot goal in the third period. Del Zotto had 37 points in 2009-10, 41 points in 2011-12 and 21 points in 46 games last season, but he went the first eight games without a point this season.
Description: Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot will make the start in net Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: Henrik Lundqvist returned to the ice from his undisclosed injury Monday but the team isn't ready to let him play a back-to-back yet. The 26-year-old Talbot has gone 1-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA and a .934 SV% in his first two NHL starts.
Description: Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (shoulder) will play Tuesday when he'll be eligible after sitting out 10 games on long-term injured list, according to a Bergen Record report.
Insight: The team has already sent winger Jesper Fast to Hartford. Hagelin had 10 goals and 24 points in 48 games last season and the team with an NHL-low 15 goals through 10 games needs all the offense it can muster.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (undisclosed) returned to action Monday against the Canadiens and allowed two goals on 27 shots.
Insight: The Rangers were shut out by Montreal backup goalie Peter Budaj, dropping Lundqvist to 2-5-0 and New York to 3-7-0. The Rangers have scored just 1.5 goals per game this season and been shut out three times, so be sure to start your goalies against them. They play at the Islanders Tuesday, versus Buffalo Thursday and versus Carolina Saturday.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is probable for Monday's game against Montreal.
Insight: Lundqvist's undisclosed injury isn't believed to be serious, but Saturday was his second straight absence. He hasn't played well this season (2-4-0, 3.45 GAA, .890 SV%), but he's too good to continue playing at this level.
Description: Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot will start Saturday at Detroit.
Insight: Henrik Lundqvist is still sidelined by an undisclosed injury. The 26-year-old Talbot allowed two goals on 27 shots in his NHL debut Thursday against the Flyers, but the Red Wings present a tougher matchup.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist missed a second straight practice and is questionable for Thursday's game.
Insight: Lundqvist has struggled to open the season going 2-4-0 with a 3.45 GAA and an .890 SV%. He'll have to turn it around soon or risk being a fantasy bust this season as he's always near the top of any goaltender list.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is out for Saturday's game against New Jersey. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: It looks like he'll be a healthy scratch. Head coach Alain Vigneault liked the defensive pairings New York used Wednesday in Del Zotto's absence and he's going to stick with them for at least one more game. Del Zotto hasn't posted a point yet in five games this season.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist returned to form with a 22-save shutout of the high-powered Capitals Wednesday night.
Insight: Lundqvist entered play 1-3-0 with a 4.21 GAA and an .887 SV% in his first five games, but Wednesday's start should encourage fantasy owners. The star netminder started off 3-4 with a 2.79 GAA and a .904 SV% in the first month last season but ended up 24-16-3 with a 2.05 GAA and a .926 SV% on the year.
Description: Ryan Callahan gave the Rangers a lift with two goals Saturday against St. Louis.
Insight: Despite the two goals, Callahan still finished the night with a negative plus/minus rating. Over his last three games, all Rangers losses, the star wing has compiled a -6 rating while averaging a little over 18 minutes of ice time per game.
Description: Rangers backup goaltender Martin Biron will start Saturday at St. Louis.
Insight: Starter Henrik Lundqvist has allowed 10 goals in 89 minutes his last two starts and is 1-3-0 with a 4.30 GAA and an .879 SV% this season. He's obviously in no danger of losing his job, but he'll get a night off Saturday to clear his head.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash (head) won't play Thursday or Saturday, according to John Giannone of MSG Network.
Insight: A hit to the head from Brad Stuart Tuesday night likely gave Nash a concussion. He's back in New York, presumably for testing. Ryan Callahan is expected to play on New York's top line with Benoit Pouliot and Brad Richards Thursday night.
Description: Brad Richards acknowledged that the Rangers could buy him out over the summer. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: The New York center called his 2013 season "a mess." Richards posted nice stats during the regular season (11 goals, 23 assists, +8) but John Tortorella demoted him to the fourth line during the playoffs. He didn't play at all in the last two games of the Boston series. Maybe a change of scenery will help Richards turn things around.
Description: Rangers defenseman Mark Staal is questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Saturday against the Bruins with blurred vision.
Insight: His vision has been improving, but it's still unlikely that he gets on the ice for Saturday's game. He scored two goals and 11 points in 21 regular season games, but hasn't seen the ice since Game 1 of the series with Washington.
Description: New York center Brad Richards will be a healthy scratch for Thursday night's Game 4 against Boston. SOURCE: New York Times
Insight: Richards has seen his role diminshed this postseason and now it looks like he doesn't even have a role. This is pretty puzzling, especially considering how well Richards performed during the regular season (11 goals, 23 assists, +8).
Description: Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist acknowledged that he's been dealing with a shoulder injury but says that he has it "under control." SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Lundqvist was dominant versus the Capitals in round one but so far he's struggled against the Bruins (eight goals allowed in two games). He'll look to turn things around Tuesday in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is undefeated at home this postseason (3-0).
Description: Rangers right wing Ryane Clowe is questionable for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Monday against Washington with a head injury.
Insight: He skated in Friday practice, but wore a no-contact jersey which indicates he's not likely ready to play in a game. He scored 19 points and added 93 penalty minutes to become a useful fantasy option.
Description: Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist has been outdueled by Braden Holtby in New York's first-round series against the Capitals.
Insight: Lundqvist dropped Game 2 in overtime despite making 37 saves on 38 shots. The series will shift back to New York, but unless the Rangers find their offense it won't matter where the games are played.
Description: Rangers right wing Ryane Clowe is doubtful for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Saturday against Washington with a head injury.
Insight: He skated in Friday's practice, but wore a no-contact jersey which indicates he's not likely ready to play in a game. He scored 19 points and added 93 penalty minutes to become a useful fantasy option.
Description: Rangers right wing Ryane Clowe's undisclosed injury, which is likely a concussion, will keep him out of Game 1 against Washington Thursday, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Rangers coach John Tortorella doesn't divulge injury information if he can help it, so we don't truly know what's wrong with Clowe. He didn't skate Thursday morning, but he traveled with the team on the trip to Washington and worked out off the ice.
Description: Vezina Trophy contender Henrik Lundqvist padded his resume by recording his second shutout of the season Saturday versus the Devils.
Insight: Another excellent performance by King Henrik (20 saves). The Rangers seem to be peaking at the right time. They'll enter their first round playoff series having won seven of their last nine games.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards strung together a hat trick Friday in an 8-4 win over Buffalo.
Insight: Believe it or not, Friday marked Richards' first career hat trick. It took him 896 career games to finally pot three goals in the same game. The win puts New York in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with four games left to go in the regular season.