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Just making sure you’re paying attention.

Outside of an upbeat practice and a fairly animated dressing room, there isn’t too much to report as the Rangers prepare for their flight to Buffalo.

Or on second thought, maybe there is:

  • Although Karel Rachunek has been declared 100 percent by Rangers coach Tom Renney, the coach stopped short of saying Rachunek would definitely be in. The assumption is he will be, of course, but in the cloak and dagger world of the playoffs, nothing is conceded that doesn’t have to be.
  • Speaking of which, Renney revealed that the coaches did address players before the playoffs about what they should and shouldn’t say to the media. But Renney also said there was a premium on honesty, which is why the coach didn’t have a problem with Sean Avery’s “I’m going to hurt them” comments about the Sabres yesterday. “I don’t think he’s gone over the top,” Renney said. “That’s the way he plays and he was honest about it.”
  • Ryan Hollweg expects to be back in the lineup against the Sabres, and said he took his absence from the first round in stride. “He told me he wants me in the lineup but it’s hard to change the lineup up when the guys are on a roll,” Hollweg told me. “I understand that and being a role player on this team I know what my role is on this team. And if I’m sitting out and that’s what’s best for the team, I’m fully behind that 100 percent. It’s just one of those things where the boys got on a roll and you don’t want to mess with what’s working.”

    I asked Hollweg if there was ever a mention of reeling in his physical play during the postseason — if only to avoid penalties — and he said there wasn’t.

  • Sabres hysteria is rampant. According to our Buffalo correspondent, also known as my old college roommate Sully, I will be inundated by “Go Sabres” signs the moment I step off the plane. Which is fine, as long as there are no “Death to Rangers beat writers” signs right behind it…

    More later..,

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    1. Broadway Roe on

      By the way, they gave every stupid kid in that audience Rangers jerseys, which they flung over their sholders and passed out to the homeless in Times Square, because they could care less.

      It drove me nuts yesterday.

    2. Be careful up there Sam. If you order any hot wings, make sure no one knows your a Rangers beat writer. They might give you bad chicken!!

      The key to this series, in my opinion, is Game 1. If the Rangers win tomorrow, they will show Buffalo they are for real and go back to NY with a ton of confidence by having home ice. But if they lose Game 1, they might never recover from it. It would give Buffalo that swagger and crush our confidence.

      LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

    3. Hey sam, I am in buffalo right now because I am a student at UB. The sabres have few true fans. All bandwagon fans. They might give u a headache but thats until you realize how pathetic they are. They werent there to support the team a few years ago but have now run out to the supermarket to buy hoodies and sabres flags to drape from their car. Its actually pretty patheetic. Also their biggest reason for thinking they are going to win this series is because they won all 4 during the regular season. Talk about a bunch of uninformed buffalo inbreds.

    4. anonymously threatening on

      Sam,

      While you are in Buffalo, don’t drink the water. Ask Sully, he’ll tell you why.

    5. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I just hope for two things in this series.
      1) The Rangers Win it of course.

      2) They don’t show Afinogenov up close, during the games. The water must be bad there, wow.

    6. Haha, yeah, he is an ugly bastard. But one the Rangers D needs to be careful of. He’s Pavel Bure light. Same skills and talent, but…well, not a 60 goal scorer :)

    7. And for the record, if the Rangers come back tied 1-1 or up 2-0 (wouldn’t THAT be something!), MSG is going to be an insane asylum on Sunday.

    8. I think a few of us are going to head up there for game 2 on Friday. I’ll just leave the Avery jersey at home..lol

    9. In reference to UB Brad and his intelligent inbreding comments – if Buffalo sucks so bad why did you choose UB? Couldn’t afford anywhere else or didn’t get in anywhere else?

    10. Doodie Machetto on

      Typo:
      “But Renney *lasosaid* there was a premium on honesty, which is why the coach didn’t have a problem with Sean Avery’s “I’m going to hurt themâ€? comments about the Sabres yesterday.”

      You can delete this post once you fix the typo to save yourself further embarassment. Sully, you can move out of Buffalo to save yourself the embarassment of living there.

    11. anonymously threatening on

      It wouldn’t matter Doodie. He’d still be stuck with that rediculous upstate accent.

    12. I’m glad all the “experts” aren’t picking the rangers. These are the same guys who picked atlanta in 6. Those of us who watched every game this season know this team is on fire. It just makes it sweeter when they have to keep writing columns contradicting themselves and their expert analysis. Buffalo almost made the islanders look like they belonged in the playoffs, we made the southwest division champs look extremely average. I can’t wait til tomorrow.

    13. Wow i’m sick and tired of hearing about the Sabs, I hope Our Boys destroy them, I think the x-factor who no one is mentioning is Ryan Callahan. He could come out with some fire. The Sabs will be so focused on Jagr’s line and Shanny’s line that it can open up for Cally’s line with Cullen and Prucha. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!! beat these bums.

      Put their prescious season and bandwagon fans to rest.

      Lets Go RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    14. Are the Rangers flying in to Buffalo-Niagra International and if i went would there be a chance of seeing them and starting a let’s go rangers chant?

    15. Doodie Machetto on

      AT: I don’t know. An NYC accent is far more ridiculous in my opinion. It took me two years away at college before I rid myself of mine. Upon moving back to the city, it crept back in some, but I still try my absolute best to speak without it.

    16. I am sort of glad that the Rangers are considered the underdogs of this series. I think the “flying squirrels” have a lot more to lose in this series because of the constant pressure of both winning the eastern confernce and being the team that should come out of the east. This should work to the Rangers advantage, especially being the underdogs. I think that Buffalo and their fans are greatly underestimating the Blueshirts, and that is going to prove to be a deadly mistake.

      Lets Go Rangers!!!!!

    17. Ryan Hollweg expects to be back in the lineup against the Sabres, and said he took his absence from the first round in stride. “He told me he wants me in the lineup but it’s hard to change the lineup up when the guys are on a roll,� Hollweg told me. “I understand that and being a role player on this team I know what my role is on this team. And if I’m sitting out and that’s what’s best for the team, I’m fully behind that 100 percent. It’s just one of those things where the boys got on a roll and you don’t want to mess with what’s working.�

      Sam, the follow-up to this double-speak statement by Renney has got to be…”Then why are you talking in the press, about benching Pock for Rachunek?”

    18. Chadkerm —

      Renney is probably going to do the exact same thing with Hollweg that he’s going to do with Rachunek. Both of those players are going back in the lineup after a week-long break as opposed to in the middle of a series.

      I think to question Rachunek over Pock is legitimate — I’m not sold on it either — but you’re suggesting it’s a double standard, which it’s not. As for talking about benching Pock in the press, Tom merely said it was a possibility in response to a line of questioning, but he also deferred comment when asked about it again today.

      Sam

    19. I too am glad we’re underdogs. It seems like the Rangers relish that role. It wasn’t until they slipped to 12th and most people started writing them off that they played their best hockey.

      Sully, I need your help. See, I’m looking for a new wallpaper setting on my computer and I can’t seem to find the right picture.

      Is this a good one?
      http://www.canoe.ca/Hockey1999NHLPlayoffsImages/jun20_cup5.jpg

      Or perhaps this one: http://www.dallasstars.com/images/stars/2gm6finals550.jpg

      Sorry, couldn’t resist :)

    20. A-Rod is on the sauce on

      i have to agree with sully. why would anyone go to SUNY buffalo?? buffalo is the worst!! everyone knows not to go there. if you want to party and get ass you go to SUNY Albany, if you actually want to learn you go to SUNY binghamton. there is no reason to go to buffalo….ever!

      as far as the people who live in buffalo they most certainly are ugly and should be lead out to pasture like a decrepid farm animal.

    21. Hahaha, hey Sam, see what happens when you let some of your friends from rival cities post!

      If it’s NYR-NJ next round, I might have to get one or two of my friends who are Devils fans on here so they can get pasted like this!

    22. Neil Katcher on

      Hey A-rod,

      I went to SUNY Buffalo… Binghamton, please… you go to bingo if you want watch imbreds walking crooked down the street. You go to Albany if you can’t get into UB or Bingo. And you go to UB, if you want to watch depressed locals get way too excited about a sports team just so they can watch that team choke in the big game. It’s actually quite fun. I was at UB during the Jim Kelly/Thurman Thomas era and let me tell you, nothing was more fun than sitting in a crowd of bills fans year after year during the super bowl.

      That said, there are tons of Rangers fans at UB who all go to the Sabres/Rangers battles and if you’re at the game you can hear Let’s Go Rangers chants popping up from different sections of the crowd. Sully, i don’t know you if you fit this description, but i do know the attitude towards downstate New Yorkers in Buffalo. They hate us, they are jealous for some reason. They think their tax dollars pay for NYC, when if they had any clue, they’d know it was the exact opposite. Buffalonians have a huge inferiority complex. If you don’t get caught up in it, it’s a lot of fun to mess with.

      And let’s not forget that Callahan is from Rochester, a stone’s throw from Buffalo. The Rochester Amerks, the sabres affiliate plays right there. Callahan should be even more pumped than he’s been so far as he’ll be playing in front of a lot of family and friends. He could be the x factor.

    23. anonymously threatening on

      I’d take the NYC accent anyday over that drawn out, over vowel pronunciation anyday.

      waater

      baasketbaall

      EEEK I can hear it as I type these words and I cringe.

      Gimme a cupacoffey :)

    24. sully you must be proud to be from a city that’s famous for one thing, CHICKEN WINGS!

    25. interesting tidbit from NHL.com’s preview of the series. “New York ranks in the top five in both penalty killing (94.1 percent) and power play (20.8 percent). The Rangers and Anaheim Ducks are the only teams in this year’s playoffs that can make that boast.” that cant be a bad thing now can it…not that it will be all it takes for the Rangers to win…but if BUFF continues to take penalties like they did in the first round…short handed like 20+ times or something like that, the Rangers may be able to bury them with PP goals, or at least keep the momentum from swinging towrds the Ranger net and KING.

    26. Let’s try to avoid staking our hopes for the series on the Rangers PP coming through. Defense, penalty killing and 5-on-5 is what we need.

    27. DanTheRangerFan on

      Hey Sam I just got off the phone with one of my friends in Buffalo and he loved the idea of the “Death to Rangers beat writers� sign. Keep an eye out for it..haha Lets Go Rangers 07

    28. leetchy2-

      rivalries and bad blood sell. nhl needs to have a good angle.

      SUNY Buffalo is not even in the top 10 of SUNY schools. SUNY bing wont even let you in if you have less then 1200 SAT’s (NOW not 10 yrs ago) and is probably in the top 5 schools in new york state. Albany is good because of the internships possibilities, lot of hooks in NYC there and they redid the campus dorms nicely. buffalo offers nothing but cold weather and ugly chicks.

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