Opening night: Woo-hoo!

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This interminable offseason, with its endless speculation about line combinations and roster spots and salary cap implications finally ends tonight, with a REAL LIVE HOCKEY game to discuss (although the speculation continues, naturally).

I am officially excited, to the point that my eyes popped open at 5:30 this morning and I couldn’t fall back asleep. Which is great, except that sometime around 11 p.m., when I will be trying to put the finishing touches on my game story, I might do a face plant into my laptop. Or maybe not. Or maybe I will and the writing will actually be an improvement.

We’ll see….

Meanwhile, some updates:

  • Not much to discuss, actually. The lines are expected to be the same, and so are the defensive pairings, with Marc Staal and Paul Mara officially penciled in and Jason Strudwick and Thomas Pock out. Still in question is whether Colton Orr or Marcel Hossa will occupy the right wing spot on the fourth line. It looked today like Orr will sit, but Tom Renney wouldn’t commit to it.
  • Panic alert: Henrik Lundqvist did not skate this morning. Easy. The goalie opted out of the skate only to prepare for tonight, as he did a number of times last season.
  • A year ago, one of the stories of the opener was the naming of Jaromir Jagr as captain. Tonight, there will be no such theatrics. Though he had weighed rotating some of the alternate captains on the road, Renney decided to stick with the same group of captains, with Jagr wearing the “C” and Brendan Shanahan and Martin Straka wearing the “A”.
  • To continue our discussion from before, Ryan Callahan is indeed a rookie this year.

    OK, plenty more to discuss. But until then…

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    1. WooHoo is right!!!

      Here we go people!

      Look for me in the Legends Box!

      (wish I wasn’t dying of bronchitis)

    2. LET’S GO RANGERS!

      And, to all of the people who spent so much time crying for youth, here it is. Especially that 3rd line. Here’s to them kicking ass.

    3. Sec. 335. I want to see another goal in the first minute for the Rangers, just like last year. No pressure or anything, LOL.

    4. 5.30 is not really early… I woke up in the morning at 4 and thought “How is it possible to manage to send the ladies away from 7 to 10 tonight ????”

      I appreciate all ideas from other followers of this blog !!!

    5. Keep calling yourself “Buff” and it should be a piece of cake. Although I suppose that’s better than “Biff”.

    6. The way you send the ladies away is to INVITE THEM TO WATCH THE GAME! That will send them scurrying for tea bags in the kitchen.

    7. WOOOHOOO, LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Cant believe its finally here, LETS GO BOYS THIS IS OUR TIME!

    8. Bless my soul !

      I would never invite them to a REAL LIVE HOCKEY game, that would kill me of course:)

    9. this is going to be an awesome year.

      we have earned this as fans

      while I don’t expect a Cup, I expect a team that goes out to WIN every night. That is all we can really ask for. IF they do this, every night, I think we are in for a treat of a season.

      SHAZAAM

    10. Ted aka Anonymous on

      LETS GO YANKEES!!!!

      Just thought I would throw that out there.

      5 hours 40 mintues 5 secs till opening night.

      LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    11. That last one is probably a little before some people’s time on this blog…Just like “Buy a Porsche Potvin.”

    12. I am predicting that the rangers score the first goal of the game at the 7 minute 15 second mark of the first period.

    13. Nasty…the only fear is that it is Malik scoring on us. Just kidding (sort of). Chris F….it was a chant from the mid 80s….think Flyers goalie.

    14. I am predicting to have a serious problem with the ladies if I do not have a good idea to employ them through the whole evening otherwise I won´t have the chance to be with the RANGERS !!!!

    15. Buff,

      Are you sure the ladies aren’t your mom and sister? Tell them it is all you can eat riblet night at Applebee’s. I am sure that will get them away for a few hours.

      I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.

    16. “i still think Drury deserves at least an “Aâ€? if not the captancy, he is a born leader”

      BWAAAAHAHA

      Drury can earn it if he wants it. The truth is that “natural born leader” had a hell of a time rallying his troops last year to play *serious* playoff hockey after rolling through the reg season. Let’s see what happens this year, and let’s see how he handle a cup run in NYC.

    17. Speaking of eating, I am starving. I will be sitting in my seats at the game tonight with a nice Ranch 1 chicken finger combo ready to watch this team kick some serious A**.

    18. RE: Keeping the ladies busy

      Doggystyle = At least 2 of you get to watch the game.

      That reminds me of something funny from college: We used to call this guy on our floor freshman year “lucky pierre”… (google it yourself, this is a family blog)

    19. Nasty you are really nasty:)

      I have no sister and my mom would make the best possible dinner before enjoying the Rangers….!!!!

      No those are twins with very long blonde hair…Well I have a big problem because I can´t decide which one, so well, that will be very tough on me….!!!!

      Blonde 1 or RANGERS or Blonde 2 ?????????????????

    20. Ted aka Anonymous on

      The buy a Porsche Potivn chat came out just after Pelle Lindberg died after slamming his Porsche into a brick wall. He was drunk and forgot to follow the road the right. Nov 11 1985.

    21. Ted aka Anonymous on

      Buff…Just take them both at the same time while watching the game. The perfect foursome.

    22. Well it really is…!

      But I really don´t want to miss Scott Gomez and Chris Drury debuts…come on it is opening night!…I am telling Blonde 1 that I have to take care of Blonde 2 because she is sick , and
      I am telling Blonde 2 that I have to take care of Blonde 1 because she is sick…

      Well that´s seems to be working because right now they don´t talk to each other these days….!!!!!!!

    23. The last game I was at, which was the pre season game against the Isles, there was the prick sitting behind where my wife and I sit. There was a row of older men who were there enjoying the game and behind them was the drunk jerk screaming right in this old guy’s ear. If he is there tonight, and we are losing, I think I am going to take my aggression out on him, just on the principle alone that he was bulling a senior citizen.

    24. AngelusMortis on

      Jeez, where’d all the usuals from last season go? I don’t recognize any of you guys.

      Anyway, Let’s Go Rangers! I predict a 4-1 victory.

    25. ITS TIME TO DROP THE PUCK BABY , I DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE BUT I AM JACKED ABOUT THIS SEASON! LETS DROP THE PUCK, LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26. Well, times they are a changing, and change is a good thing. And a 4-1 win sounds about right.

    27. Oh man guys…one wife or two blondes what is better than

      Straka-Drury-Jagr
      Avery-Gomez-Shannahan
      Callahan-Dubinsky-Prucha….

      That is probably with the best of NHL, I can´t miss it….!!!

    28. Ted aka Anonymous on

      Nasty1,

      Usually those morons only go to preseasons games. I have run into that probelm but never experienced those people in regular season.

    29. Oh jeeez, i cant wait till tonight.

      If anyone at the game see’s someone with a Blue Mohawk, and a Shanny 07 All Star Jersey….Thats me.

      I wish i could be sporting my Ortmeyer jersey like i would usually do….(pause for tears)……..

      But the best way to move on from him was to sell his jersey…

      Anyway, with that

      Lllllllllets go Raaangers. Lets destroy Vokoun and pig face Jokinen.

    30. I guess you really wanna stick out, huh Orr? I hope that would be a Rangers blue mohawk. Maybe someone can spot you on TV; I’ll be listening on radio.

      Angelus – plenty of people here from last year, at least in the last few blog entries. I changed my handle from Brandon, which it was during last season, but fear not, that’s still my real name. :)

      I don’t know if it’s good or bad to be believing the hype, but I’m a believer right now! I’m just worried about the third line getting knocked around a bit and won’t be surprised if Avery is switched with Prucha at some point, or Hollweg or Hossa slides up to take the place of Dubinsky on some shifts, just because you know Renney would do that to make sure Dubi has less than 10 minutes on ice. Hopefully he can play PK good enough to get some time in there so that our first line players Straka and Drury don’t have to do as much on PK.

    31. I will be in section 341 tonight. Seats 6 and 7 if anyone wants to come by to visit the ol’ Nasty 1. I will probably be wearing my Vintage Messier jersey.

    32. I will probably stuffing my face with ranch 1 chicken fingers and then probably eat whatever my wife didn’t get to yet, haha.

    33. New Newman, I was laughing because I understood it, but I’d just never heard it.

      Does anyone know what happened to Bozo? Is he playing abroad? Good luck to him.

      It may not last long, but right now, I’m even rooting for Malik.

      Let’s Go Rangers.

    34. And all 10-14 jerseys were probably bought the day after he had the between the legs goal in the shootout…

    35. If Malik threw punishing checks, I would like him a lot more than I do. I feel like if you have that kind of size, you need to use it.

    36. the Sharks stupidly gave Bozo a tryout invite. He comes off of league suspension on Oct. 10.

      Shark fans are not happy because mark Bell was a big stiff last year after a DUI and leaving the scene conviction which now has him suspended for 15 games this season with Leafs. the sharks got rid of him because he was a booze hound cancer on the team, and now Doug Wilson goes right back to that moron Bozo to have “Foster Brooks”, part 2

    37. I would guess the most Malik jerseys were bought after that shootout winner vs. Washington. Oh, how long ago that was, when I actually loved him.

      Nasty 1 – I was about to think you were taking up two seats yourself.

      If Bozo = Ozolinsh, he had a tryout with the SHarks, don’t know what came of it.

    38. Richard Zednick isnt gonna be playing in tonights game…

      He’s day to day with a minor shoulder injury, and definitley wont play tonight but wil play Saturday.

      A Panther fan was tellign me this, he said he got it somewhere on Hockeybuzz.

      He was supposed to play on the top line with pig face.

      SPIDERPIG

      Naturally i do wanna stick out, i just got it blue for the opener as i do every year. Its a mini tradition.

    39. “no matter how many times you brain dead zombies repeat your magic words”

      Ohhh the *irony*…

      Yenner, I would seriously love to meet you/see a picture of you to see if you are exactly what I think you are….

      Every message board has one, and *you* are *ours* :)

      smoochez

    40. Ywah, Stumpel is playing on the first line instead, even though he is a natural center. I think that is the bigger news than Zednik being out because Zednik is nothing special.

    41. Doodie Machetto on

      Sam bought 8 of the Malik jerseys: one for every day of the week, and one more for good luck/Malik’s number itself is 8.

    42. Let me guess…that “Strudwick is better than nothing” guy just changed his blog name “Do you know what 4 years…” on his 3pm posting.

      If that is the case, that dopey mofo deserves a George McPhee-style beatdown. What a loser! Please find me next time you are at the game and I will serve it.

      When people say, “Drop the puck already,” it is a reference to yelling at the ref to get the game going. In this case, it shows anxiousness due to the waiting we have put up with since we lost to Buffalo about 4 months ago.

      You are an insult to this blog you loser. I know it’s the same person too because my loser radar gets a high reading whenever I read your posts.

      Would love to meet up with you and serve you a beating you ass clown.

      Just like when everyone says, “Let’s Go Rangers.” I think they DO know that the game hasn’t started yet you friggin dork. Go back to Long Island or elementary school you needled*ck.

    43. Yeah Zednick has been getting tossed around teams like a drity mag in a jail cell.

      Habs, Caps, Isles, Cats – The guy just cant get it done, but from what this kid told me, he has a lot of chemistry with pig man.

      YENNER

      Funny, you repeat everything you say, you must be a different breed of brain dead zombies. Im pretty sure we are all the normal ones, and your the…well…extra extra brain dead zombie, weith patheticness on the side, and a nice glass of coolaid, that you love soooo much.

    44. Doodie Machetto on

      Marek Malik wins the Norris, Ryan Hollweg gets the Art Ross and Hart, Gomez wins the Richard, And Kevin Weekes wins the Vezina.

    45. “When people say, “Drop the puck already,â€? it is a reference to yelling at the ref to get the game going. In this case, it shows anxiousness due to the waiting we have put up with since we lost to Buffalo about 4 months ago.”

      thanks genius, I didn’t realize how truly complex you zombies are.

      BTW, Vokoun got a shutout last season against Hyena and Co.

    46. Now I had a longer telephone conversation with both of them and the result is:

      Well I am better not talking of the result because it is really sad that is…you guys have failed me to give me a good idea to get this difficult problem resolved…Now they have put me under pressure, saying either the ladies or the RANGERS !

      What can I do now ???

    47. The more you open your mouth the stupider you sound.

      Seriously, you must be about 15 yrs old. Because you are nothing more than a punk. And with that really TOTALLY cool blog name, I am 100% sure I am right.

      Go back to your skin magazines and your vaseline you dork.

    48. 4 years has probably never been to a NYR game, but talks like he’s smarter than Scotty Bowman.

    49. What I like about the Rangers reporters is that most of them – you, Zipay, Brooks, Dellapina – seem to be Ranger fans, or atleast hockey fans, and not just a beat writer working your way up.

      Look at Dellapina, I might not agree with her or read him much, but he’s been covering them since the 90s, and I think Larry Brooks once went to a game with Jesus before he died (Jesus, not Brooks).

    50. I do better. I don’t care fans say boo. I make lots of American dollars. People pick on me. Lundqvst crybaby just because I test him with puck in front. Staal should sit in bleachers and learn from me. I rock

    51. Damn it, my connection for a ticket tonight fell through. All going to the game say a loud “Potvin Sucks” for me.

    52. NEW NEWMAN

      Hey, me and CML are 17 / 18, dont confuse him with the rest of us. He might be in the 10 / 13’s, or 73 / 78’s.

      But he does give NYR fans a bad name.

      Hopefully he meets a big ol’ bus on his way to an Isles game, or just a guy with a gun on his way to a Devils game. Bad area over there from what i hear.

      I was thinking….The Flyers are supposed to be the “Broadstreet Bullies”, but they havent been able to truly bully them, or at least Colton Orr, he knocked out 2 out of 3 flyers in his last 3 fights with them. Orrzie the Charles Bronson of the Rangers?? I cant wait to see him knock someone out this year.

      And yes, i will say this as many times as i wish…Drop the fuggin puck already!!! If saying that makes me a brain dead zombie, then hell….Im a proud damn brain dead zombie, now lets get this game going…2 and a half hours left…ugh this is worse then waiting a week for the season to start…i cant keep my eyes off the clock.

      Lets go NYR!!!

    53. RUTTSER

      If your not in the NY or FLA area, then you can watch it on Center ice for free…

      But if you are in NY or FLA then the Center ice channel will be blank for that game, and you wont be able to watch the game. Only on MSG and Sunnet or what ever its called in Florida.

      Same with Devil and Islander games, and Flyer games if you live in New Jersey.

    54. imagination

      I would get a ticket there if it weren’t for a couple of things:

      -I was going to go with my roomate, whose aunt has season tickets in one row in 420, but the guy who has the entire row ahead of them oversold (I was supposed to get one of those tickets)

      -Almost $100 for a blue seat is a little steep for the college budget I’m on…and going alone at that

    55. “ORR..Talented Mr. Colton Douglas Orr
      October 4th, 2007 at 4:33 pm
      NEW NEWMAN

      Hey, me and CML are 17 / 18, dont confuse him with the rest of us. He might be in the 10 / 13’s, or 73 / 78’s.

      But he does give NYR fans a bad name.

      Hopefully he meets a big ol’ bus on his way to an Isles game, or just a guy with a gun on his way to a Devils game. Bad area over there from what i hear.

      I was thinking….The Flyers are supposed to be the “Broadstreet Bullies�, but they havent been able to truly bully them, or at least Colton Orr, he knocked out 2 out of 3 flyers in his last 3 fights with them. Orrzie the Charles Bronson of the Rangers?? I cant wait to see him knock someone out this year.

      And yes, i will say this as many times as i wish…Drop the fuggin puck already!!! If saying that makes me a brain dead zombie, then hell….Im a proud damn brain dead zombie, now lets get this game going…2 and a half hours left…ugh this is worse then waiting a week for the season to start…i cant keep my eyes off the clock.

      Lets go NYR!!!”

      I am speechless… I can’t believe such a moron knows how to breathe.

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