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.
Description: Rangers forward Rick Nash had a goal and an assist Saturday against Carolina.
Insight: Nash has been a tremendous fantasy asset this season, posting 15 goals, 18 assists and 139 SOG in 34 games. That's an 82-game pace of 36 goals, 43 assists and 335 SOG. Plus, he has a +15 this season after coming in at -19 last season with Columbus.
Description: Ryane Clowe did not score a single goal in 28 games for the Sharks before Tuesday's trade. In his first game for the Rangers, he scored twice, leading New York to a 6-1 victory over Pittsburgh.
Insight: Clowe got some reps with the power play unit and he ended up leading the team with five shots on goal. It looks like he'll be a decent replacement for Marian Gaborik, who was traded to Columbus earlier in the day.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan is going to be sorry to see March go. After recording a goal and three assists Tuesday against the Flyers, Stepan has six goals and 15 points in 13 games this month.
Insight: Stepan was been a solid source of secondary offense in 2010-11 and 2011-12 with an average of 0.59 ppg but he has stepped his production up to 0.78 ppg in 2012-13.
Description: According to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record, the Rangers could look to trade Marian Gaborik at the end of this season. Gross says there are "plenty of whispers" that the Rangers are "gauging the market's interest" in Gaborik due to a "growing disconnect" between Gaborik and Rangers coach John Tortorella.
Insight: Gaborik was dropped to the third line to start the third period in Tuesday's loss to Buffalo. Gross mentions that the grinding, physical defensive style Tortorella preaches does not come naturally to Gaborik. Also, Gaborik is more comfortable both on the right wing and playing on a specific line, but Torts has switched Gaborik to left wing and insisted that Gaborik plays better when he's shuffled through different lines. Gaborik only has eight goals and 17 points in 25 games this season, and all of his goals are concentrated into five games.
Description: Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist will sit out of Sunday's matinee at Washington while Martin Biron will handle goaltending duties.
Insight: Lundqvist has rounded into form after a slow start. He has a 2.24 GAA and .921 SV% in 20 games and should be back in net Tuesday at Buffalo. Biron is 1-1-1 with a 2.50 GAA in four appearances.
Description: New York center Brad Richards played well in his return to the lineup Friday against Ottawa (one goal, six shots on goal, +2).
Insight: Richards sat out the Rangers' previous two games because of soreness. He's not quite the player he used to be (just 12 points in 21 games) but Richards is still good enough to start in most fantasy leagues.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards (back/neck spasms) is doubtful for Friday's game against Ottawa. The good news, however, is that it wasn't a concussion.
Insight: Richards has been dealing with soreness related to his neck and back after getting hit into the boards from behind Sunday against Buffalo. Richards has posted a pair of gials and 11 assists in 20 games this season and it was just 2009 that he put up 91 points for the Dallas Stars.
Description: Rangers winger Marian Gaborik's game-winning goal in overtime Thursday against the Islanders was his first since Feb. 14, also against the Isles.
Insight: Gaborik's last three goals this season have come in games against the Islanders on Feb. 7 and 14 and March 7. He does have four points in three games this month so hopefully he's getting things turned around.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards (upper body) doesn't have a concussion but there is still no timetable for his return, according to Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record.
Insight: Richards has been dealing with soreness related to his neck and back after getting hit into the boards from behind Sunday against Buffalo. Richards says he doesn't think the injury is a long-term concern.
Description: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal was hit in his right eye by a Kimmo Timonen slapshot Tuesday night and there was no update on his condition after the game, according to the Bergen Record.
Insight: Staal doesn't wear a protective visor, leaving him vulnerable to stray pucks. He was in considerable pain on the ice after being hit and we don't expect him to play Thursday against the Islanders.
Description: Rangers forward Rick Nash scored two more goals Tuesday against Philadelphia, giving him four in three games since returning from an injury.
Insight: Nash was held to two SOG after taking 15 over his last two games but it didn't matter. The winger has seven goals and 11 assists on the season and has produced at least one point in seven straight contests.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards (upper body) is questionable to play Tuesday night after leaving the morning skate. SOURCE: Bergen Record
Insight: Richards has been dealing with an upper-body injury after getting hit into the boards from behind Sunday against Buffalo. The Rangers recalled Micheal Haley from Connecticut shortly after the skate so Richards will likely be a game-time decision.
Description: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (ankle) and Marc Staal (illness) will play Tuesday against Winnipeg.
Insight: Girardi took a slapshot off the ankle from P.K. Subban of Montreal Saturday night and Staal has been dealing with the flu. Both players figure to play major minutes with fellow blueliners Michael Del Zotto and Ryan McDonagh out of action.
Description: Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh left Saturday's game against the Canadiens after taking an elbow to the back from Max Pacioretty that drove him into the glass face-first. McDonagh may have suffered a concussion on the play, according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: New York's defenseman are dropping like flies. The Blueshirts also lost Dan Girardi to a leg injury after he took a P.K. Subban slapshot off his right ankle late in the third period. Michael Del Zotto was already out with a lower-body injury and Marc Staal was less than 100 percent with the flu Saturday. Staal might be the only healthy player out of New York's top-four blueliners when the Rangers host Winnipeg Tuesday.
Description: Rangers coach John Tortorella benched Marian Gaborik for the entire third period after a second-period hooking penalty led to a crucial power-play goal. SOURCE: New York Daily News
Insight: Gaborik had zero SOG after getting off seven against Ottawa. Gaborik has been skating with Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin recently with Rick Nash out but he was put on a line with Brad Richards and Taylor Pyatt while Ryan Callahan played with Stepan and Hagelin last night. The move didn't work out so well for the injury-plagued Rangers.
Description: Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi had to be helped off the ice late in Saturday's game after taking a slap shot off the ankle from Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.
Insight: Subban, who has one of the hardest slapshots in the NHL, was only about 15 feet away from Girardi when he took the shot. With Michael Del Zotto already out and Ryan McDonagh going down earlier in Saturday's game, the Rangers are down three of their top four defensemen.
Description: New York Rangers high-scoring winger Rick Nash will miss Saturday's game against Montreal. He's missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Nash has 12 points and 57 SOG in 14 games. Although he has just three goals this season, he has scored 30 or more in each of the past five seasons and we expect he'll finish the season with a similar scoring rate.
Description: New York Rangers high-scoring winger Rick Nash is questionable for Saturday's game against Montreal. He's missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury.
Insight: Nash has 12 points and 57 SOG in 14 games. Although he has just three goals this season, he has scored 30 or more in each of the past five seasons and we expect he'll finish the season with a similar scoring rate.
Description: New York Rangers high-scoring winger Rick Nash didn't play Tuesday against the Canadiens and isn't likely to play Thursday versus Ottawa.
Insight: Nash is not expected to make the trip to Ottawa. He has 12 points and 57 SOG in 14 games. Although he has just three goals this season, he has scored 30 or more in each of the past five seasons.
Description: Rangers winger Carl Hagelin extended his goal-scoring streak to four games Sunday against the Capitals.
Insight: Hagelin has five goals in his last four games and all six of his goals this season have come in February. Hagelin took four more SOG Sunday, giving him 18 over his last four games and 44 on the season.
Description: Rangers forward Chris Kreider will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Islanders. SOURCE: Bergen Record
Insight: Kreider is off to a slow start with two points in seven games. He dealt with bone chips in his right ankle earlier this season and hasn't been able to get enough ice time to be a fantasy factor. Brian Boyle will return as the third-line center after three straight games as a healthy scratch.
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller scored his first two career goals Thursday versus the Islanders.
Insight: Miller, a 2011 first-rounder, played his first game Tuesday. He had eight goals and 20 points in 37 games in the AHL this season. He has been skating on a line with another promising rookie Chris Kreider, but neither player is likely to get enough ice time to be a factor in fantasy leagues, especially now that Ryan Callahan has returned from an injury.
Description: Rangers defenseman Marc Staal had two assists Thursday against the Islanders.
Insight: Staal only had five points in 46 games last season, when he spent most of the season outside of the top-four blueliners, but he already has six in 10 this season. Playing with Michael Del Zotto, Staal should easily duplicate his 2010-11 pace, when he had 29 points (7 G, 22 A) with 50 PIM, 116 SOG and a plus-8 in 77 games.
Description: Rangers forward Chris Kreider scored his first-career regular season goal Tuesday against the Devils in his first game since Jan. 23.
Insight: Kreider went right from Boston College to the NHL playoffs last season. The 21-year-old was scoreless in his first three games before going down with an ankle injury. Kreider could get second-line time with Ryan Callahan on injured reserve.
Description: Rangers winger Ryan Callahan will miss 10-14 days with a sublaxed left shoulder.
Insight: Callahan injured his shoulder Tuesday against the Flyers but he might miss just four games if he can return in 10 days. If his shoulder had been torn Callahan could have missed most of the season.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist beat Philadelphia Tuesday with 26 on 27 chances.
Insight: That's more like it. Lundqvist had allowed at least two goals in all five of his starts this season prior to Tuesday. He has now won two straight while allowing just five goals over his last three games.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto had a pair of assists Saturday to help New York come back from a 2-0 hole to beat Toronto 5-2.
Insight: Del Zotto is the Rangers' most-used defenseman on the power play, but all four of his assists this season have actually come at even strength. The Rangers only have two goals on 22 power-play opportunities this season (9.1 PP%, 27th in NHL); once they start picking it up with the man advantage Del Zotto should produce even better numbers. He's a must-own defenseman.
Description: Rangers blueliner Marc Staal has a goal and two assists over his first five games.
Insight: That's just two fewer points than he had in 46 games last season, when he spent most of the season outside of the top-four blueliners. Staal doesn't play on the Rangers top defensive pairing but he still gets plenty of ice time on the second grouping with Michael Del Zotto. Staal should easily duplicate his 2010-11 pace, when he had 29 points (7 G, 22 A) with 50 PIM, 116 SOG and a plus-8 in 77 games.
Description: Rangers forward Rick Nash had two assists Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Nash (1 G, 4 A) has been known as more of a scorer than passer in his career but that's likely because he had to do everything by himself on Columbus. Now that he's skating with stars Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards he can show off his passing skills as well. That's not to say Nash hasn't been firing away at the net -- he has 23 SOG in five games and it's only a matter of time before some of those start going in.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards had a goal, an assist, three shots and a plus-4 Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Richards has six points (2 G, 4 A), 12 shots, four PIM and a plus-6 differential through five games. The Richards-Rick Nash-Marian Gaborik line has produced 14 points (6 G, 9 A) over the last three games.
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (1-3, 3.47 GAA, .895 SV%) will start Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Last year's Vezina Trophy winner's numbers are down but he has played pretty well in three of four games this season. If you take out his lackluster effort last week against the Penguins (4 G in 29 min), Lundqvist would have a 2.68 GAA and .917 SV%. Things should soon improve for the star netminder.
Description: Rangers winger Marian Gaborik recorded his 14th career hat trick Wednesday in a win over Boston.
Insight: Gaborik got loose on a breakaway and pushed the puck past Tuukka Rask to win the game just 27 seconds into overtime. His other two goals came in the first period. Clearly, Gaborik benefited from playing alongside Brad Richards and Rick Nash on the first line. Gaborik played with New York's second unit during the first two games of the season.
Description: According to NorthJersey.com, New York winger Marian Gaborik will play on the same line as Brad Richards and Rick Nash Wednesday night against the Bruins.
Insight: Carl Hegelin has been demoted to the second line. Gaborik hasn't scored yet this season but he does have seven shots on goal in two games. He netted 41 goals in 2011-12, good for third-best in the NHL.
Description: Rick Nash had an assist Saturday in his Rangers debut.
Insight: Nash played on a line with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. Before coming to New York this past offseason, Nash had played nine seasons for the Blue Jackets. During his time in Columbus, Nash became the team's all-time points leader with 549 points (289 goals, 258 assists) in 674 games.
Description: Rangers center Brad Richards is probable for Saturday's game against Boston. He's dealing with the flu.
Insight: Richards is a fantasy star coming off a mediocre 66-point season (25 G, 41 A). During the previous two seasons he had scored more than a point-a-game. Hopefully he'll return to his previous production level.
Description: Rangers forward Marian Gaborik is expected to start the season at left wing after spending the rest of his 11-year NHL career almost exclusively on the right side. SOURCE: New York Post
Insight: Gaborik's 41 goals last season were third most in the NHL behind Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin. If Rangers coach John Tortorella likes what he sees from Gaborik this week, he will likely open with Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan while Brad Richards centers a line with Carl Hagelin and Rick Nash.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto has agreed to "tentative terms" with New York and is expected in camp on Sunday. Aspects of the contract are still being hammered out. SOURCE: Bob McKenzie, TSN
Insight: Del Zotto was a mid-level defenseman last season, placing 155th overall in standard scoring Yahoo! leagues, 21st at the position. Initial reports said that a deal wasn't expected to get done prior to training camp, leaving the blue liner's status in jeopardy for the start of the season.
Description: New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist said it may take him a while to get going after the lockout. SOURCE: Newsday
Insight: Lundqvist might show a little rust at first but we're confident he'll get up to speed quickly. He posted career highs in goals against (1.97) and save percentage (.930) last season while leading the Rangers to the best record in the Eastern Conference.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash said he had no lingering issues from a groin injury he suffered in November while playing in the Swiss League and aggravated in early December. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: It looks like both Nash and Marian Gaborik will be available for the start of training camp. Nash scored 59 points (30 G, 29 A) in 82 games with Columbus last season but posted a poor +/- (-19). That should easily improve playing for New York this season.
Description: Rangers winger Carl Hagelin's shoulder should be ready for the start of the NHL season. He was forced to leave his Swedish club because of the injured shoulder, but appears to be on pace to return on time.
Insight: Hagelin had 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 64 games. He also held a top +21 plus/minus rating.
Description: Rangers forward Marian Gaborik is expected to be ready for the January start of the regular season after June shoulder surgery.
Insight: Gaborik was one of the top scorers in the NHL last season with 76 points (41 G, 35 A) and the acquisition of left winger Rick Nash should only help his fantasy value. The Rangers are expected to employ a top line of Nash, Brad Richards and Gaborik when Gaborik returns from his torn labrum.
Description: Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto is listed as questionable for the start of the season while dealing with a sore back.
Insight: Del Zotto just returned from playing in the Swiss League and said he believes he will be fine with a few days rest, according to a Craig Custance report. Del Zotto set career highs last season in goals (10), assists (31), shots (113), penalty minutes (36) and had a solid +20 plus/minus rating. When healthy he's a top fantasy defenseman.