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An outbreak of the mumps caused chaos and confusion throughout the NHL in December, with some of Hockey’s leading stars falling victim to the virus.

Anaheim Ducks were the first team to report players suffering from the viral infection, which is spread by coughing and sneezing. More often seen in children, mumps affects the saliva glands and causes painful swelling on either side of the face below the ears; serious complications are rare, but in some instances infertility could result.

Emergency immunizations and quarantines have been implemented since the outbreak and reviews of the NHL’s infectious disease prevention guidelines are underway.

As of 22nd December, 18 players across the NHL had been infected. These included star players such as Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh Penguins. Teams ranging from the Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers have all been affected.

Ironically, Rangers’ Derick Brassard missed the round of booster shots organised for the team at the end of November due to illness—he would later become one of those infected, along with forward Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass, a minor league player and a coach.

The Rangers’ form has been barely affected, though. Their pre-Christmas 1-0 win over the Hurricanes completed their longest winning streak since 2011-12, when they managed 7-in-a-row. Demand to see the New York Rangers is always high, particularly over the holidays—and especially when on such a golden run of form, however, you can find here sold out tickets.

The US has seen large numbers of mumps cases recently: earlier in the year, there was a large spate of cases at Ohio State University. More than 100 students were infected. However, late 2014’s NHL outbreak is a rare occurrence in professional sport.

The NBA and NFL will be monitoring the situation closely. Not only to see whether precautions put in place are working, but also because many clubs across the various sports share the same arena or training facility.

In the meantime, Hockey has a busy holiday period to navigate—NHL tickets are available here.

The Los Angeles Kings took Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals by virtue of an overtime goal from Justin Williams. The Rangers took an early 2-0 first period lead, silencing Los Angeles’ home crowd. However, the Kings quickly rallied back with a goal from Kyle Clifford and knotted the score 2-2 with a second period goal from Drew Doughty. The Kings outshot the Rangers, 43-27. The Kings dominated the third period, out shooting the Rangers 20-3. 

Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Rangers must win Game 2 to even this series. Thus far, the Rangers have scored more goals on the road (3.1 goals per game) compared to just 2.3 GPP at home. The Rangers also had a losing record at home during the regular season. Winning Game 2 will alleviate some of the pressure before they head home to New York.

Expect the Kings to play with a lot of confidence heading into Game 2. They were able to erase a two goal deficit against Henrik Lundqvist, which will only boost their confidence. The Kings went scoreless on the power play, which has been their biggest weapon so far this postseason. If the Kings can fire another 40+ shots at Lundqvist, expect a few to go in on the power play.

The Kings came out a little nervous in Game 1, but slowly settled those nerves over the course of Game 1. Current NHL odds have the Kings installed as a -148 money line favorite. Expect a more relaxed effort in Game 2 as they take a 2-0 series lead.

The Pick: LA Kings -148

The New York Rangers are only two wins away from reaching their first Stanley Cup Finals since 1994. Luckily for the Rangers, the next two games are at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have won five straight games, including four road wins. The Rangers rallied to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last round. As we’ve seen throughout the playoffs, nothing is guaranteed and no series lead is safe. However, when the goalie advantage is as lopsided as it is, the Rangers can’t help, but feel good about their chances. The Canadians lost their top goalie, Carey Price, to injury in Game 1. They will attempt to rally around third-stringer, Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski has only played in 11 career NHL games and suffered his first post-season loss in Game 2.

Ranger goalie Henrik Lundqvist has been outstanding, allowing only three road goals in the first two games. Lundqvist made 40 saves in Game 2, including 19 important saves in the third period to preserve the 3-1 victory. 

Current NHL betting odds list the Rangers as huge (-172 home favorites) for the Game 3 tilt. Hockey is all about momentum and the Rangers have that heading into Game 3. Expect a hostile home crowd and look for the Rangers to put the pressure on with an early goal against an inexperienced goalie.

The Pick: New York Rangers -172

Four days after their final defeat, the Rangers decided to part way with coach, John Tortorella. The fiery Tortorella led the Rangers to the second round of the playoffs before losing in five games to Boston. Given the high expectations, some may consider this season a failure. The Rangers entered this lockout shortened season as Stanley Cup favorite, but failed to match last year’s success.

Rangers’ president and general manager, Glen Sather, hosted a conference call with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. Sather indicated that Tortorella was ‘shocked’ by Sather’s decision to move on from his fiery head coach.

Tortorella’s brash coaching style probably led to his dismissal. Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist told reporters ‘We’ll see’ when asked about his looming contract extension. Lundqvist indicated that the Rangers underachieved on both offense and defense. In fact, the Rangers power play was downright embarrassing, netting just four goals in 44 odd-man advantages during the playoffs.

The Rangers will begin their search for a new coach, but the playoffs will go on. In fact, most sports betting sites for US players indicate that Pittsburgh remains the Stanley Cup favorite. While the remaining four teams will battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup, the Rangers will attempt to fix the issues that gave way to their early playoff exit.


Boston gained a 2-0 series lead with late surges in each contest. The Bruins dominated Game 1 in overtime and Brad Marchand made sure his team went home with the victory. Boston took over in the third period of Game 2, cruising to a comfortable 5-2 win and 2-0 series lead.

For the second time this year, the Rangers face a 0-2 series hole before taking the ice at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers were able to win four of five games against the Washington Capitals, but no team in NHL history has overcome multiple 2-0 series deficits. The Rangers must find ways to score against the tenacious Bruins squad.

New York’s goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, is currently dealing with a minor shoulder injury. Lundqvist vowed that the injury will not slow him down.  The Rangers must slow down Marchand, who has four points, two goals and two assists in two games. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci each have three assists.

Getting to tonight’s game may be a hassle, but we recommend checking out the brand new Penn Station Parking for fast and easy parking. The Rangers have won their last three home playoff games at Madison Square Garden. Let’s hope they can notch their fourth consecutive victory tonight.

When the New York Rangers made a play for Rick Nash, fans knew they were getting one of the best players in hockey. Despite being largely overlooked in Columbus due to his team’s lack of success, he is now thrown in the spotlight as one of the best players on a team in hockey’s biggest market.

Many feel that Nash could be that missing piece for the Rangers as they make a run at a Stanley Cup championship. This shortened season definitely makes things a bit different, but early on, Nash has meshed nicely with his team. So what are the keys for the Rangers when it comes to Nash?

For starters, any NHL team can use more scoring. Nash has been a solid scorer for years, notching 290 career goals and 259 assists as the main weapon for the Blue Jackets. While that type of production is probably not needed on a much better Rangers team, he will still be asked to bring his level of experience to help anchor an already solid offense.

Where Nash really thrives though is during both power plays and penalty killing opportunities. Many matches hinge on these crucial minutes, and few players are as good in both of these situations. The majority of star players excel in either one or the other, but the Rangers, and those who own him in fantasy hockey can feel comfortable with him on the ice at either point in the game.

New York was a solid offensive team, but they were near the bottom of the NHL in power play scoring. They need Nash’s help here more, although his penalty killing can certainly make the Rangers possibly the best team in the league in that category.

The Rangers were the best team in the Eastern Conference a year ago, but with no Stanley Cup to their name, it was a disappointing ending to the year. Nash brings skill and leadership qualities to an already stacked team looking to take advantage of the short season to make a strong playoff push.

While the NHL remains in a lockout, New York Rangers fans are remaining optimistic about the 2012-13 season taking place – even if it’s shortened. After all, the Rangers were so close last season and should be even better this year after the acquisition of Rick Nash.

While the Rangers have plenty of front-line talent, they will need the help of their young prospects to give them a boost. One player who could offer quite a bit is physical defenseman Dylan McIlrath.

McIlrath was selected 10th overall by the Rangers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and he appears to be on the fast track to being one of their important pieces. He played a full year of junior hockey last season and collected 23 points, but much of his value isn’t going to be viewed in goals or assists. The Undertaker, as he’s known, is a 6’5, 215-pound blue liner who will be able to keep the front of the net clean and allow goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to see everything he needs to see.

However, McIlrath did suffer a knee injury in Rangers summer camp. It wasn’t pretty as McIlrath dislocated his kneecap but he underwent surgery in July and has been healing faster than expected. If anything, the lockout might benefit him a little as it gives him some more time to recover.

The Rangers have a steady blue line with Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonough, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman and Mike Sauer. It’s unclear where McIlrath would fit in and he’d have to beat out one of the veterans to steal a spot. But experts who make NHL picks can tell you that injuries happen and any team making a run to the Stanley Cup will need depth.

For now, McIlrath will stick with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL but he’s a body-rocker and the Rangers would love to have him on their roster assuming the NHL lockout ends shortly.

The NHL lockout has entered its second week and it’s not looking good. Negotiations between the players and the league have been sparse, and common ground has been hard to find. That’s why a number of players have already bolted overseas to join European clubs. One star that’s still making up his mind is Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist.

The New York Rangers goaltender was hoping to be in training camp at this time and preparing for a very important season. The Rangers ventured to the Eastern Conference final last season and then added Rick Nash to the roster in the offseason, so there’s plenty of excitement in the Big Apple. However, that’s been doused by the lockout and now the Rangers players are left to evaluate their options.

Experts making their NHL picks are expecting Lundqvist to make a move to the Swedish Elite League – if he does decide to play overseas. A recent ban on short-term contracts was lifted, so it is now more likely that Lundqvist goes back to his home country to play.

The problem right now is the players aren’t sure just how serious the owners are about a lockout. At this point, there’s no negotiating, so that’s why some players have already jetted away. However, some others are being optimistic as no regular season action has been missed yet and they feel like the lockout will only take place through the preseason.

As for the European clubs, some leagues have put a ban on short-term contracts as it tends to disrupt team chemistry (assuming that the players come back to the NHL at some point in the near future). They want to see a commitment from the NHLers, which is something they simply won’t do if the NHL gets back up and running.

Regardless, don’t be surprised if you see Lundqvist between the pipes in the Swedish Elite League in the near future. The NHL and NHLPA will have to get some serious work done in the next week or two to prevent that.

The New York Rangers have had a banner offseason thanks to the acquisition of All-Star Rick Nash but they haven’t stopped just yet. On Friday, the team signed prospect Michael St. Croix to a three-year entry level contract.

St. Croix is a fourth-round pick for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft but he’s developed into quite the scorer. He tallied 45 goals and 60 assists in just 72 games last season with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. He also chipped in 19 points in 20 playoff games as well.

Although many pundits still feel St. Croix is a ways away from competing for a roster spot with the Rangers, don’t underestimate the situation. It’s well-documented that the Rangers were short on scoring last season and while Nash will provide a big boost at the top end, secondary scoring could still be a concern.

The team is counting on continued growth from Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider, which would alleviate the problem, but nothing is for sure yet. The Rangers also thought Brandon Dubinsky would be a consistent scoring contributor and that never came to fruition.

St. Croix faces an uphill battle because the Rangers are stocked at the center position. Brad Richards, Stepan and Brian Boyle will man the top three spots while Jeff Halpern was signed to center the fourth line. Look for him to spend a couple more seasons in the juniors but if he continues to dominate the WHL – or does even better than he did last season – it wouldn’t be a shock if he got an audition.

With or without St. Croix, people making their NHL picks are taking the Rangers far more seriously this season as far as a Stanley Cup run is concerned because they’ve finally addressed their last glaring weakness.

The New York Rangers were close, but no cigar in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. While they fielded one of the best teams in the NHL and head coach John Tortorella milked the most out of them, the squad eventually fell short because of a lack of scoring. The good news is that the Rangers made a huge splash in the offseason and that area should no longer be a concern.


The Rangers tried to sign former New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise after seeing firsthand what he can do in the Eastern Conference finals. After that didn’t work out, people making their NHL picks figured that the team would head into the 2012-13 campaign with virtually the same roster. But then management pulled a stunner by acquiring All-Star Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The best part might be that the Rangers got to keep a number of their young up-and-comers like Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider.

While Nash will clearly help the scoring department, the depth on the team should be much stronger as well with the development of Stepan, Kreider and Brian Boyle. Before, those players were asked to do more than they could. Now that they have been pushed down the depth chart, they should have less pressure to contribute.

In particular, bigger things will be expected of Boyle, who could be up for a breakout season. He notched 21 goals in the 2010-11 campaign but then dipped to just 11 goals last season. Playing on the third line, he should be able to take advantage of better matchups and get back up to the 20-goal mark – if not better.

Overall, the Rangers have done a great job retooling in the offseason and the ripple effect of adding Nash should help this team finally reach the Stanley Cup finals.