No excuses tonight (Updated below)

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However significant the Rangers recent spate of injuries, they are a picture of health compared to the Capitals, who tonight will be without left wing Alex Semin, captain Chris Clark, and Garden favorite Tom Poti.

It would seem to be the perfect opportunity for the Rangers to surge to their second straight win, but that alone is a dangerous proposition for a team that hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency thus far. And the other part to consider is the Capitals didn’t have any of those players on Monday against Toronto, and they won 7-1.

In other news:

  • As for the Rangers, they again will be featuring the same lineup, and by the sound of things, Ryan Hollweg and Marcel Hossa are not the only players fighting some sort of illness. But it doesn’t sound overly worrisome, especially since everyone is still playing.
  • Several of you have contacted me about supposed changes in the Rangers sweaters, and they’re not a mirage. The Rangers and the league have been tweaking them all season, and some players have indeed had the bottom part of the sweaters hemmed up so they no longer look so ridiculous. As for the fabric itself, that too is likely to be altered seeing how they are so repellent to water, much of the moisture is dripping down to players’ gloves and sticks. No, the league isn’t scrapping the venture altogether, but let’s just say this isn’t what the league had in mind when it came up with the idea.

  • Update, 6:30 p.m.: The game-winning goal against the Lightning on Monday was given just now to Brendan Shanahan after a lengthy review (with assists to Jaromir Jagr and Michal Rozsival: Chris Drury loses out). In other news, the league has decided Rocket Richard only scored 49 goals in 1944-45, not 50.

  • Update, 7:49 p.m.: We have a winner: I’m pretty sure that was the worst period of the season. Not necessarily in terms of how the Rangers played. But as far as entertainment value, it was a complete dud. Hence the cup off coffee at my side right now.

  • Update, 10:09 p.m.: Dan Girardi took a puck to the nose but should be fine. Marek Malik had what Tom Renney believes is back spasms after his crash in the third period and is believed to be day-to-day. What the Rangers do in the event Malik can’t go on Saturday would likely hinge on Sean Avery’s availability since they could then bump Jason Strudwick back to defense. Bear in mind if the Rangers wanted to recall Thomas Pock, he’d have to clear re-entry waivers.

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    1. Maybe the league should scrap the entire *AD*venture. Some good came out of it in some interesting new jersey looks, but most of the changes have been for the worse. I can’t beleive that Wild jersey that they wore on Versus against the Penguins and how it almost looks ugly to me. Looking at it initially hurts, but somehow it gets better over time.

      How is Semin injured again? I need him to score goals for a pool I’m in. Not against the Rangers though of course. I wonder who will be playing with Nylander? Some nobodies probably. I think Semin and Clark have been playing with him, although Clark recently was shuffled up to first line.

    2. Oh goody it was.

      BTW, Bonfire, maybe you should stop speaking out of your… Well maybe you should just stop speaking altogether and be happy at one time. You are always upset about something. And who cares about the Devils defense revolutions per minute; I thought that would be a statistic for Nylander. Also, you should have your stats per 20 minutes; 100 minutes is really arbitrary. Since you dispense advice like you’re Avery^2, a snide egotistical a-hole, maybe you should get some back.

    3. The Jersey’s are just another ridiculous idea put forward by the NHL brass. I saw those Minn. jerseys on VS. as well and it brought back horrible memories of those green and red Devil jerseys.
      Who didn’t see this coming?… Problems with the jerseys who would of thought?

    4. SPIDER – Country music fans and song writers deal with the harsh middle-age realities of life, by nature, most of them being tempered by life’s vicissitudes and therefore being beyond youthful exuberance and optimism, as an outlook

      You may be right, as regards my negativity and “always being upset.” The proof of that is evident in the fact, that the two songs I have written in the last three months are entitled: “Don’t Put Me Through Your Divorce,” and just last night I registered with BMI: “I Forgot To Cry (The Night My Ex Up And Died.” Send me some sunshine in a bottle so I can get out of this funk, will you?

    5. You know what I think is wierd, why did Nylander not sell his Greenwich, CT house? During the summer he rented it to Marty St.Louis but why does he still have it now? Does he plan to come back to play in the tri-state area?

      Any ideas? I really am curious about this.

    6. Any new poll ideas, Sam? How about who will be the last player to score a goal out of Malik, Mara, Staal, Dubinsky, and Betts. Eh, that’s kinda lame, but I’ve got nothing.

    7. In other news, the league has decided Rocket Richard only scored 49 goals in 1944-45, not 50.

      I hear they’re still reviewing the tape to determine if Brett Hull’s skate was in the crease.

    8. I guess everybody’s at the game. Low time for comments.

      I’m surprised Rozsival was even there for the 5 on 3 because even though it was the third period with a one-goal lead, Renney put five forwards out there with less time remaining in the last game against Tampa Bay. I’m surprised Rozsival has seven points on the season; I haven’t really noticed it. Drury with four points in the last two games.

    9. Looks like Strudwick might be back on Saturday, though I think Girardi will still play; didn’t see the Malik play, but it doesn’t sound good.

    10. That’s a strange one that I’ve never really figured out – two different Caps players get penalties at the same time = 5 on 3. One Rangers player gets two penalties at the same time = 4 minutes of 5 on 4. Works for us tonight!

    11. sweet caroline bum bum bum
      good times never seemed so good so good so good so good

      3 shutouts for lundy

      what happened to our worrys of no defense?

    12. SAM –

      THEY ARE COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK IN MONTREAL OVER THE MAURICE RICHARD – 49 GOALS IN 1945 – NEWS ITEM, YOU POSTED ABOVE. I RAN IT PAST THE MONTREAL VENUE AT: forumice.com, WHERE I ALSO POST.

      WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE FOR THIS BLOCK-BUSTER STORY/SCOOP YOU SEEM TO HAVE EXCLUSIVE PRIVVY TO? IF IT’ IS TRUE A CERTAIN COMMISSIONER IS GOING TO HAVE TO EAT ONE HELL OF A LOT OF CROW, AS HE WIPES THE EGG OFF HIS FACE.

    13. THEY DON’T BELIEVE IT IN MONTREAL, EITHER, BUT FOR AS LONG AS THE ABOVE MAURICE RICHARD “UPDATE” REMAINS POSTED, WELL, EXPECT A DELUGE FROM OUR MONTREAL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. http://www.forumice.com Montreal section – check it out, skeptics.

    14. All headlines YELL, Deja. And if the above, subject posting is an attempt at humor, it is in exceedingly bad taste. Quiet enough for you?

    15. sam you are a comedian.

      dubinsky looks good just needs to put it in the goal…

      if malik cannot play saturday put strudwick on D and put avery in the lineup..

      if malik can play remove strudwick from the lineup and put avery in. put avery on the 3rd line and put hollweg on the 4th…hollweg can skate but he is a brick layer……

      yeah the rangers played terrible in the 1sr period…..

    16. Great post by Bonfire over there:

      *Excellent point, Lou, and I missed that, but for good reason – you don’t joke about something which is “sacred,” and a responsible journalist would never do that. Maybe I have been taken in, but, if so, let the flak come down upon the original “source.” I think I need to detach myself from making blogger contributions to that site, which has hit an all-time low, if you are right.*

      Glad to see ya go buddy! It’s only reached a low if it’s because of your number conspiracies. Since Yenner left, it has been pretty high.

    17. I guess Sam needs to start adding little wink symbols for the slow learners, or as Todd said tonight on _Survivor_, those on the small bike behind, pedaling away.

    18. Sam,
      I know the game wasn’t a high-flying Red Army vs. 80s Oilers affair, but I’ll take these 2-0, 1-0, 2-1 type games as long as it means the Rangers are winning. I forgot where the quote comes from, probably baseball but winning is fun :).

    19. Looky – Eklund provided something useful – a list of pending UFAs, only in the West so far because he’s attaching some strange formula for tradeablility to it, but at least it’s all decent UFAs in one place. Orr – I like your idea of Rolston, since he can play any forward position I believe. Maybe a second line RW to replace Shanny. He is good on defense and decent on offense, and plays power play QB.

    20. How does Hollweg get 2:30 more PT than Dubinsky when he doesn’t play special teams? Looks like because of the low amount of special teams this game (at least before the third period) that the fourth line got a lot of time – eight minutes.

    21. solid effort. and im 3-0 at games… and i think the girl from 40 year old virgin was there. but MATHEU was there…. so we had to win in front of a rangers legend, the man who gave us a chance at the cup.
      on a more serious note, i give our third and fouth liners tons of props. hollweg is earning his minutes. hes playing the best hockey hes ever played, not only hitting like a beast but actually controlling the puck too. dubinsky is really ridiculous, hes fearless, he can take the puck anywhere. henrik can do anything, stoned the shit out of nylander who i love even when hes not with us. jagr was a no show and i feel like shanahan is afraid of contact. weird

    22. Agree with David C. It was a solid effort, despite the dull first period. Great penalty killing, especially the 4-minute kill, a power play goal (more of those needed) and a shutout from Hank.
      As David mentions, Matteau was there. He looks good and he’s actually 10 months younger than Shanny. Also there was Olympic skater Bonnie Blair, another Olympic marathoner whose name escapes me, and Sean Avery paid another extended visit to the ‘blues’, this time to Section 408 right next to us.
      I also have to agree with him about Shanny. He definitely is not the same player as last year. It does seem like he’s afraid of contact, although he did get run into the boards hard during Monday’s game and seemed none the worse for it.

    23. How many shutout for Hank last season?

      3 this year already. Like I’ve been sayin’… give him some help and the shutout will come. I love it!!!!

    24. Fugly firsty period nothwithstanding it was a solid win. Lundqvist was unbelievable all night espicially in the first. Lundqvist is so good postionally that some of his spectucular saves look routine. The defense continues to get better and better. The Rangers young dmen contine to shine. I though Girardi played a fantastic game. That was a gorgeous pass by him to Prucha on the pp too bad he couldn’t put it home. The Hollweg-Dubinsky-Prucha line was flying all night. I am very impressed with Dubinsky’s skating and stickhandling. Hollweg has started to play with alot more jam than he had earlier in the year. Last night was by far Drury’s best game. They need to keep this up and try to find a way to stop the goal scoring machine Jay Pandolfo.

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