Donnie Pucks: What we learned about the Rangers in November

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
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We learned that the New York Rangers can survive injuries.

If I were to tell you before the season that Marion Gaborik would play just 13 games, Chris Drury one game and Vinny Prospal zero, you would never have believed that the Blueshirts would be above .500.

Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky are ready to take the next step.

Rangers fans have waited for this pair to mature into stars. This has been a great start. Both needed to step up and they have.

Dubinsky and Callahan are No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring on the team. For Dubinsky, seven of his goals and 11 of his 20 points have come in November. Callahan's leadership is in high gear.

Martin Biron deserves some playing time.

Biron is 4-1 in November. He has shown that the Rangers don't have to play Henrik Lundqvist 70-plus games this year to make the playoffs. Biron has displayed talent that could get him to 20 starts this season.

Brian Boyle can score.

In October, Boyle tied his career high in goals for a season with four. He followed it up with six in November. Boyle is showing why the Kings drafted him in the first round in 2003 and why the Rangers traded a third-round pick to get him.

Playing at home is still a problem.

Even though their record was better at MSG in November, it was still just 4-4. The Blueshirts are three games above .500 overall but two games under at home.

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