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*UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: One Ryan takes the place of another: Hollweg is still out with the flu, while Callahan will play his third NHL game. The Rangers had more in mind than filling in for Hollweg when they brought Callahan up. But naturally, this seals it.*

Another game, another chance for the Rangers to pull themselves back into the playoff picture — in large part thanks to the efforts of the Devils and Ottawa last night. Like I said, this time of year makes for strange bedfellows.

Atlanta is 6-1 since their dramatic deadline maneuvering, and the Rangers are 1-1-1 against the Thrashers this year — with the last meeting, a 2-1 Rangers loss, prompting Brendan Shanahan’s “our power play doesn’t make a lick of sense” diatribe.

As I mentioned in “my story today”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070316/SPORTS01/703160411/1034/SPORTS, the Rangers will be relying on a collection of rookies to hold things together until they get healthy. It makes for a romantic notion, but count on the Thrashers trying to seize on a relatively inexperienced Rangers back line.

More later…

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  1. No doubt, everything is being presented to the Rangers on a silver platter. The Islanders are reeling, and are now missing their overrated goalie. Carolina is only 2 points ahead of us, and has played 2 more games than us. And the Rangers have the easier of the schedules between the 2 teams, especially after the Atlanta game tonight.

    I still think this is a playoff team, and I think they will win tonight. Henrik is probably still fuming over the Ottawa game the other night, and is going to stand on his head tonight. And even if the Rangers lose tonight, I still think they are in good shape. To get to 92 points, they need to go 8-4. At the rate things are going, it might even take less than 92 points. To get to 90, they need to go 7-5. Not an impossible task when you look at their remaining schedule.

  2. White knuckle time tonight and tomorrow night, that projected pairing of David Liffiton and Michal Rozsival scares the crap out of me.

  3. Actually it’s a three-game goal scoring streak. He scored in Pittsburgh, against Carolina, and Ottawa…

  4. about malik, that must be how his +/- is so high– all the goals he scores for the other team.

  5. Why do they keep saying Callahn will only play if hollweg is out? u would think they brought this kid up to provide a scoring spark?..i love what ORR provides, but with liffton in the lineup, i would think u give callahan a shot to provide some much needed scoring..

  6. Why do they keep saying Callahn will only play if hollweg is out? u would think they brought this kid up to provide a scoring spark?..i love what ORR provides, but with liffton in the lineup, i would think u give callahan a shot to provide some much needed scoring..

  7. Atl 4 NYR 3

    Holik with the natural in the 3rd…
    You know it’s gonna happen…. :)

    Big game tonight, here’s to hopin these kids give the team a jolt!

  8. I agree with Dunny …….. Callahan needs to play and he needs to play on the power play …

  9. True Fans bleed RW&B on

    I think Callahan will play, Renney said somewhere that they need a little more scoring depth as this 2-0 thing isn’t working for them. So, i really expect Orr out and Cally in, if Hollweg can play.

    Guys…I know Maliks’ an easy target as our whipping boy. I mean, its like picking on the fat kid in dodgeball. But I beg you, please look at Roszival. He’s worse then Malik. There’s a reason his +/- is atrocious despite playing with Jagr. His turnovers are horrible. He’s just as bad defensively – if not worse as he has a false confidence with the puck and usually leaves Malik to pickup the pieces for him. Watch how many times tonight Rozy covers for Malik and Malik has to cover for Rozy, that first scenario happens much less than the second as Rozy’s brain-farts wreak havoc in the defensive zone.

    …that’s all i ask.

  10. Why would you guys want Callahan in the lineup and Hollweg out of it? Believe me, I am curious to see how Callahan does, especially if given the proper ice time. But why would you want Hollweg out in favor of him? Hollweg is an energy guy. You need people like this in the lineup. For Orr? Maybe. But for Hollweg? I don’t think so.

    If Callahan plays, I want to see him on a better line that’s going to get more ice time. Like Sam stated yesterday, with Cullen and Avery.

    One other thing I’d like to bring up is the following scenario: if the Rangers make the playoffs and any of Shanahan, Hossa, or Straka are hurting and can’t play, do we want the kids up in NY or in Hartford for their playoff run? I know I will probably be crucified for saying this, but I don’t want to see the kids in NY (unless one of them seriously impresses everyone to the point that it’s impossible to send them back). I’d rather see all of the kids in Hartford who worked so hard to get to where they are, especially after that rocky start, play together and make a long playoff run of their own. I am afraid the Rangers will get bounced early from the playoffs (if they make it), and Hartford could lose early too and those kids will get minimal playoff experience. I’d rather see them in Hartford for all of the playoffs where they have a chance to play more games together and grow.

  11. czechthemout!!!!! on

    njmark-if they make the playoffs and it is directly because of the kids up here right now,than i think they will go further in the playoffs than alot of people think.and renney through some dumb luck will claim that he helped develop the kids to the point where they helped spark the team to a first round playoff win.think it can’t happen?look
    at the sabers,they are still huming aling with 5or6 rookies in the line up.and i’ll tell you what,we are a better team today with the kids and avery in the lineup than we were at the start of the season.i onll wish that tyutin was in the lineup instead of malik,or pock.i think liftons presense in the lineup makes orr absolete except when they play teams like the flyers.moreover i would rather see byers in his role asap becuase byers can actualy play the game and contribute on the offensive side of the ledger.he also has some good speed to him for a big guy.and can drop the gloves.

  12. Hollweg should play when healthy instead of Orr. they have to many offensively challenged guys already….

    Holwegg, avery, liffiton, are all tough .. I am not saying they will win the fight but they will fight, that is all you need..

    Orr can play against maybe the really tough teams like Philly…

    the 4th line today should be ortmeyer(3rd and 4th line time), betts, and orr……..They should give callahan a real chance on one of the 3 top lines….

  13. Sam I assume the went Atlanta yesterday, what’s the plan to get back to NY for tomorrow night?

  14. czechthemout!!!!! on

    i agree with you sam.callahan should have been here two months ago.not having him in the lineup might have possibly cost us a couple of points in the standings.

  15. Why do so many posters give the Pack’s players the benefit of the doubt that they would positively impact the Rangers? I’m all for seeing them get a chance, and I think Girardi has kicked ass and Dubi looks good, but these kids could just as easily be busts as saviors. Shouldn’t we be expecting less and hoping for more, rather than assuming anyone the NHL team doesn’t play is a neglected future hall of famer?

  16. DanTheRangerFan on

    The funny thing is Malik is our whipping boy( he deserves it in most cases)but please dont booo him, Rach plays horrible very often then has a streak strong games, Rozi makes toooooo many questionable calls yet is not roasted enough for these mistakes,pock has a good future( he makes mistakes that any rookie would, with time we will see massive growth and scoring capabilities out of him). Tyutin has had a pretty decent year and we are def missing him on the ice. Dan girardi and our newbie Mara have been the most solid dmenn on the team….but there is a prob with that because these two are not number 1 or 2 dmen….Now lifiton is called up ( lets see what he can do) Ladies and gentlemen the Rangers defense is in a sad state of affairs. This just tells you how solid of a netminder king henrik is!!! give him a solid 3 lines of d and hes our good friend marty… (:

  17. DanTheRangerFan on

    The funny thing is Malik is our whipping boy( he deserves it in most cases)but please dont booo him, Rach plays horrible very often then has a streak strong games, Rozi makes toooooo many questionable calls yet is not roasted enough for these mistakes,pock has a good future( he makes mistakes that any rookie would, with time we will see massive growth and scoring capabilities out of him). Tyutin has had a pretty decent year and we are def missing him on the ice. Dan girardi and our newbie Mara have been the most solid dmenn on the team….but there is a prob with that because these two are not number 1 or 2 dmen….Now lifiton is called up ( lets see what he can do) Ladies and gentlemen the Rangers defense is in a sad state of affairs. This just tells you how solid of a netminder king henrik is!!! give him a solid 3 lines of d and hes our good friend marty… (:

  18. Dan I dont think the D is in such a sad state of affairs. They have been playing very well defesively as a team. If Lifiton can step in and play solid like Girardi, it might be a defensive upgrade and add toughness. They can then sit Pock when Tyuts comes back and they are all the better for it.

    Again, thats a big IF.

  19. czechthemout!!!!! on

    sam said that callahan should have been brought up regardless of hollweg’s flu.or at least he implied it.the rest of that post was my own thought.

  20. DanTheRangerFan on

    Why do so many posters give the Pack’s players the benefit of the doubt that they would positively impact the Rangers? I’m all for seeing them get a chance, and I think Girardi has kicked ass and Dubi looks good, but these kids could just as easily be busts as saviors. Shouldn’t we be expecting less and hoping for more, rather than assuming anyone the NHL team doesn’t play is a neglected future hall of famer?

    Chris- I understand what your saying here because tooooo many people complain about this guy not getting called up over another player. Also the people saying scratch straka and bring up more of these guys. but the fact of the matter is I think these people were getting sick of seeing no new young faces that when the oppurtuiny for these guys to start coming up FINALLY opened up they go into a frenzy and start screaming for moreee…The deal is we need some youth players and its good to give them an oppurtunity to show there stuff wich the rangers in the past seasons and the start of this season Rarely did….kids would rot waiting for their shot at the MSG stage. Now that the chance for the flood gates to open has risen some are going a little over board

  21. czechthemout!!!!! on

    chris f-lets see, they brought up girardi,he belongs,they brought up dubinsky,he belongs.earlier in the season they brought up cally and he showed in limited playing time that he belongs.pock has proven himself as far as being an every day player but has been misused by renney.even dawes was ok in the limited minutes he played.he was not used properly except for the one game in toronto when heplayed with nylander and guess what,he scored a goal and an assist.the garbage that was here and playing big minutes earlier proved that they don’t belong and is now gone.they are a better team today with the rookies in the lineup mixed in with some vets than they were earlier in the season that much is clear.and all the kids have aquitted them self pretty well.even immonen.the answer to your question in a long winded explanation is,because they all have had a positive impact on the team.the washed up vets from before have not.

  22. Chris F

    “I’m all for seeing them get a chance, and I think Girardi has kicked ass and Dubi looks good, but these kids could just as easily be busts as saviors”

    Um, I think the term “busts” is a little strong here. It’s not a question of these kids being busts or saviors. Rather, the debate is whether or not the Rangers are moving to slow in promoting this players. Watching the play of both Girardi and Dubinsky, personally, I’d say the Rangers have made the right call, since their respective entrances to the lineup have been rather seamless. But, some Ranger fans see that as reason for them being promoted too late, that they would have been better served coming up sooner, and would have made the transition just as easy…a point, IMO, which is open to debate.

  23. DanTheRangerFan on

    Rob

    The problem is where are the d leaders on the team the number 1 and 2 guys. Roz and Malik sure aren’t and we have some young guys that hold promise but the two guys above and rachsss are not the leaders to show these guys the way…The Rangers as a whole are like a great script, with a bad director( Sather), some bad actors (guys above and a few others) Isbister number one on that list. Yet a new company came to town(young guys that show promise) and they are working on building this movie up so people come to see it in the future and say damn that was a good movie! But this cannot happen until the director gets replaced and the bad actors are either thrown out for better ones or surrounded by oustanding ones…..

  24. Rangersforlife on

    Word on the street….Sather is in negotiations with Jeff Beukeboom to fix our defensive line woes in our plight for the playoffs.

  25. Rangersforlife

    Good call. No really, afterall, we’re seeing tired old vets like Girardi, Dubinsky, Liffiton and Callahan taking away playing time from a lot of the younger players. And, typical Rangers at the deadline. They deal quality prospects like Ward and Dupuis for a couple of “win-at-all-cost” vets like Mara and that geezer, Alex Bourret. Same old Rangers.

  26. Big game tonight, Atlanta does not exactly have 6 Paul Coffeys on their back line themselves. Their D is also good for taking penalties and if We keep the puck in their zone and fly around it a little, We will get our offense. Also Atlanta could be tired from playing Philly last night. Philly was beating them to every loose puck, so We’ll see. Excited to see the Our young players play tonight.
    NJMARK- WE need another 3 out of 4.

  27. According to Steve Zipay, Jason Strudwick skated with the team today, which I find very interesting. Would not hurt to have him back for the remainder of the season with everyone dropping like flys.

  28. Can a player be signed after the trade deadline? How does this work exactly with Strudwick?

  29. Strudwick can be signed, but, he’s not eligible for the POs. (Unless there is some emergency contingent.)

  30. czechthemout!!!!! on

    just amazing ,strudwick!!!!can carrol vadnais be far behind,boris mironov is next in line.what about baranka instead he also deserves a shot instead of a slow moving zero talent washed up dman.why would you even bother,he can’t play in the playoffs anyway.just when you think they have turned the corner,they do something stupid like this.what about staal,his season may end by early next week.tyutin should be back by then as well.the defense is not the problem.it is the scoring.it’s the offense,stupid!!!!

  31. what happens nicole is that the top 8 teams play after the regular season is over. if the rangers happen to make it, they typically have amassed a number of injuries because they have underachieved during the regular season and have a roster filled with overpaid and overaged stats. then they lose in a way that embarrasses the organization and the entire city. there is an expetion to this rule once ever 50-some-odd years.

  32. Good luck to Callahan tonight, who is the best prospect the Rangers currently have not named Staal or Montoya imo.

    Last trade deadline Rangers traded a 3rd pick for Ozo and traded Kondratiev for Sykora, so this trade deadline was different thankfully.

  33. ok…thanks for being an asshole, thats not what i was asking about. i wanted to know what the deal is with strudwick not being able to play in the playoffs.

  34. onecupin67years on

    This is make it or break it time for the rangers if they’re going to the playoffs ;someone besides Lunqvist will have to step up .I doubt if any of the wolfpack bunch can do it so its up to the regulars ,there are no more excuses.

  35. i know, nicole, i was kidding.

    i doubt teams can sign a guy this late and have him playoff eligible — unless there was some emergency condition.

    you are right, i am a crankly a-hole. at least until we’re in a playoff spot.

  36. first of all pretty sure cally would have played regardless of hollweg considering he was practing on a line with avery and cullen while orty was the one with betts and orr.

    secondly hollweg is terrible but if liffiton is up and in the lineup and hollweg is healthy i’d probably sit orr. liffiton dubinsky avery and hollweg all have no problems going.

    third jason strudwick would be a much better option than liffiton right now. he’s got experience as a 7th dman the team loves him he’ll drop the gloves and he’ll keep it simple. if they somehow could sign him and sneak him through waivers it would be a VERY smart play if not soley for the case of someone else possibly getting hurt. no to mention come playoff time both toots and possibly rachunek will be back in time to take their spots and struds won’t be needed anymore. its a very smart move if they can get him.

  37. czechthemout!!!!! on

    kovy27-other than being a good team guy who drops the gloves,strudwick as a player sucks.i also agree that lifiton should not be sitting as the seventh dman,that being said,if he proves himself in the next week or so of being capable of playing here,he should be called up from the pack if one of the six in front of him go down.

  38. Nicole

    Strudwick isn’t eligible for the playoffs since he wasn’t placed on our roster before the closing deadline which was about 3 weeks ago. He’s under contract to a team in Switzerland until 4/1 but they’ve been knocked out of the playoffs so he’s back in the US. Lawyers are trying to work out a deal but he’ll need to clear waivers before he can play for us.

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