It starts Wednesday (updated)

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Don’t know which is the best part for the Rangers — going into the playoffs on a three-game winning streak? Scoring four goals? Scoring on the power play? Or finally beating a good team on the road?

Whatever, time to move on to Washington, starting Wednesday.

(ps, sorry about the assumption that Drury’s injury was a leg … I thought he limped off one time in the third period Thursday. They’re calling it “upper body” and MSG Network showed video of him being hit in the arm or hand by a shot.).

We’ll update the minute the NHL releases the entire first-round schedule. 

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This from Andrew Gross’s blog (he’s in Philly).

This is unofficial, and it includes an afternoon game Saturday.

Game 1 – Wednesday at Washington
Game 2 – Saturday at Washington

Game 3 – April 20 at Madison Square Garden
Game 4 – April 22 at Madison Square Garden

Game 5 (if necessary) April 24 at Washington
Game 6 (if necessary) April 26 at Madison Square Garden
Game 7 (if necessary) April 28 at Washington

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Steve Zipay’s blog confirmed that Saturday is a 1 p.m. NBC game.

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It’s now four hours since the season ended and still no official playoff schedule has been announced. But we do know the Rangers will play the Capitals Wednesday in Game 1 (TSN lists it at 7 p.m.) and that Game 2 is Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC.

I’m going to bed. Hopefully the NHL will have a full playoff schedule in the morning.

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  1. WOOOOOOOOOOT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Nice way to head into the playoffs…two wins vs the lowlife Flyers! I gotta admit, I didn’t expect them to win both, I was hoping, but wow…it looks like our boys are ready to make some noise!!!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Linda,
    Hartnell & Richards were always that way, it must come from playing for that team.

    I am sure that Avery is so happy being back with the blueshirts, had he been with the Stars, he would of been eliminated. Im sure he appreciates that and we have him lock for another 3 years.

  3. I think even though on Vs. in the 1st and second rounds, your home TV still carries the games also for those rounds. So they should be on MSG Wed and Fri also but NBC will have exclusive on Sun if they pick the Ranger game. I may be wrong but I don’t think so

  4. aw damnit Rick!!!!! Versus AND NBC…oi vey! Be prepared for the Crosby lovefest no matter WHAT game you’re watching on either channel!!

  5. Yes what I mean is they may be on Vs. on Wed and Fri, but MSG will also be able to carry them. Vs. only gets exclusive in the 3rd round (NBC gets the finals) and on Mon and Tues nights? Something like that

  6. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    linda- id rather have versus. at least they dont have emrick callin the games. i sware i’ll be in the other room sometimes, and i’ll hear emrick scream with his whiny voice and i run into the room to see what happened and it was an offside!! he gets my damn nerves shot!!!

  7. Domi, the funny thing is, they all bitch about Avery, and here we had Lupul tryin to give the guy a broken neck, and then here comes Caveman Hartnell tryin to be the tough guy!!! I thought Richards might actually be a little above that, but after reading FROM A FLYER FAN about how that guy is a creation of the Philly media, I’m not surprised he’s a punk too.

  8. Yes Mike on the myspace stuff.

    and you’re right, I had the Wings Hawks game on earlier and Emerik was going nuts and it was like an offside or something lmao!!

    Ok time for 10 Commanments, check in with you guys later!!

    PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. was anyone else just disturbed by the way dugay said “nice and thick” in reference to mara’s beard

  10. There are Rangers fan who’d be more than happy to see those playoff games in black and white with no sound. Instead of whining about NBC and Versus, you folks should be thankful you get to watch – in HD no less. Pay more attention to what’s happening on the ice instead of the broadcast booth.

  11. JBytes- They dont show replays on vs hows that for complaining about the ice instead of the broadcast booth

  12. deja
    April 12th, 2009 at 7:57 pm
    JBytes- They dont show replays on vs hows that for complaining about the ice instead of the broadcast booth

    They do not have Pregame shows and they’re postgame show blows just as bad

  13. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    deja- dugay really is stuck in the 80’s or somethin. nice hair and earring ron!!!

  14. Domi28,

    MSG will have post game shows after each of our playoff matches. Anything else?

  15. yes MSG will have post game analysis after every game…..Rick, if they play on sunday do you think it will be a 1230 or 3pm game

  16. I don’t get it… why is everyone so pissed at avery? I understand that he can be very annoying and get under peoples skin… but watching how every team plays against him gives me the feeling like they paying him back for the comments he made about “sloppy seconds”! WTF? It is really f*cked up how Avery gets cheap-shots, and dangerously hit from behind on nightly basis… He (Avery) doesn’t retaliate and plays very well to help his team to win on each and every night…and YET he is proclaimed as the devil and the scum… I just dont get it

  17. Since I rarely watch pre game shows, I don’t care if NBC or VS has them. That sort of stuff doesn’t add anything to my enjoying the actual game. With the Internet these days, when game time hits, I already have all the game info I need.

  18. I don’t get it… why is everyone so pissed at avery? I understand that he can be very annoying and get under peoples skin… but watching how every team plays against him gives me the feeling like they paying him back for the comments he made about “sloppy seconds”! WTF? It is really f*cked up how Avery gets cheap-shots, and dangerously hit from behind on nightly basis… He (Avery) doesn’t retaliate and plays very well to help his team to win on each and every night…and YET he is proclaimed as the devil and the scum… I just dont get it

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    1000000% agreed. Did you see that last hit against him? That was flat out boarding!!!! I was at the game on thursday and he was slashed, hooked, puched in the back of the head, ripped down onto the ice. And nothing was called on him. But that stupid stick slap today was called. Its COMPLETELY BS!!!!!!

  19. CCCP it really is a joke….i think the rangers should call the nhl tomorrow and have them review the lupul hit, he might get a one game playoff suspension for that, i mean 1.5 seconds left and then that prick hartnell comes in…..BETTMAN WAKE THE F___ UP….I watch hockey every night….Avery makes a sloppy second comment and gets basically banned from the league and pronger and co. hit players in their temple and get suspended for a game…its such a joke -using avery this way to market the league

  20. A good way to enter the playoffs!
    A very good win on the road
    And a fantastic response to a dumb question…that was awesome

  21. Yep. They black list Avery, yet they use him to market the Rangers and the league. Effing joke. I hate bettman. WIsh all the owners would petition for him to get kicked out of the league.

  22. MAKO
    April 12th, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    I don’t get it… why is everyone so pissed at avery? I understand that he can be very annoying and get under peoples skin… but watching how every team plays against him gives me the feeling like they paying him back for the comments he made about “sloppy seconds”! WTF? It is really f*cked up how Avery gets cheap-shots, and dangerously hit from behind on nightly basis… He (Avery) doesn’t retaliate and plays very well to help his team to win on each and every night…and YET he is proclaimed as the devil and the scum… I just dont get it

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    1000000% agreed. Did you see that last hit against him? That was flat out boarding!!!! I was at the game on thursday and he was slashed, hooked, puched in the back of the head, ripped down onto the ice. And nothing was called on him. But that stupid stick slap today was called. Its COMPLETELY BS!!!!!!

    Ditto

  23. Don’t get your panties in a bunch, games are not on VS. Game 1 is on wed on MSG and Game 2 is on Sat 4/18 at 1 on NBC.

  24. its awful….its painful that we have to watch our beloved blueshirts on NBC….ill cringe when i hear the music on nbc and then we have to listen to emrick….. and its bad luck i think the last time we won a playoff game on NBC was when we beat atlanta 2-1 on the road in game 2

  25. Carpy,

    It felt like only yesterday that the Great Sam Weinman went on to greener pastures and you inherited us bonehead misfits.

    At that time, Renney was choking us Rangers fans with his safe style and little to no pressure offensive system. Rangers fans here and everywhere felt hopeless (we are used to it)…

    Then you come along, with Jane, and put us fans on your backs and into the loop of the new Torts regime and the mindset of the players….

    It has been been a fun last month and change on here….

    To make a short story long…..thank you for everything you do here….It is much appreciated……

    Looking forward to enjoying a long ride over the next few months with everyone here

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

  26. LIQUID
    April 12th, 2009 at 8:23 pm
    Carpy,
    It felt like only yesterday that the Great Sam Weinman went on to greener pastures and you inherited us bonehead misfits.
    At that time, Renney was choking us Rangers fans with his safe style and little to no pressure offensive system. Rangers fans here and everywhere felt hopeless (we are used to it)…
    Then you come along, with Jane, and put us fans on your backs and into the loop of the new Torts regime and the mindset of the players….
    It has been been a fun last month and change on here….
    To make a short story long…..thank you for everything you do here….It is much appreciated……
    Looking forward to enjoying a long ride over the next few months with everyone here
    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

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    HERE HERE!!!! Yes!! I couldnt have said it better!! I second that!!

  27. Thank you, LIQUID and MAKO … and thank you for forgetting how bad the Rangers’ record was in my first month on the job.

    It sure has been fun. I don’t root like you guys do, but I’m looking forward to the playoffs almost as much.

  28. Rangers Record over last 4 years

    2008-2009 43 30 0 9 95
    2007-2008 42 27 0 13 97
    2006-2007 42 30 0 10 94
    2005-2006 44 26 0 12 100

  29. I miss 78-79 Rangers on

    Great game today. Great game for Avery. I am so proud of the way he has handled himself. I don’t get the level of hatred for him, either. He only SAID a stupid thing. He isn’t as bad as a Ruutu or a Pronger, not even close.

    To see him score that tying goal today felt so good. Sweet revenge for him to get that one. Up yours, Flyers!!!

  30. czechthemout!!!! on

    Very nice charachter type win!!! The boys showed up with a purpose and bitch slapped the Flyers today. As usual,Avery was the target of the opposing team and the referees. He got called for a penalty for love tapping. And yet,he gets his feet kicked out from under him,he gets elbowed,he gets crosschecked,slashed,punched in the back of the head and no calls.Just amazing. Today was also a game to show one and all of just how dumb a move it was to sign Voros instead if giving a guy like Byers the chance. Anyway, Torts is the man and once you get in to the playoffs anything can happen. Just ask last year’s New York Giants!

  31. That was absolutely the best thing that could of happened to the Rangers today.
    So here are my 1st round picks…….

    Rangers in 6
    Boston in 5
    Pitts. in 5
    Devils in 6

  32. I am not surprised that the Rangers-Capitals was chosen for an NBC game. I’m guessing the Pennsylvania teams will be playing the other one. The other good matchups involve Canadian teams and the Red Wings ended up against Columbus. If they were playing the Ducks instead, I’m thinking they would be playing on Saturday in Detroit. I think NBC should have them on anyway because they’re the defending champs, but I would obviously rather see the Rangers, since I’m not in MSG territory.

    Great game to watch today and something like what I’m expecting in the upcoming series. Good luck on the beards, men!

    Besides our series, I’m most looking forward to the two 4-5s and the two 1-8s, with Boston-Montreal at the top of the list, followed closely by Pittsburgh-Philly.

  33. right now MSG has the stupid nets-knicks bb game on Wed. will the Ranger playoff game have to take second fiddle and go on MSG2, or will reason prevail ??

  34. Ovechkin wins ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy for the second year in a row… first player whos done it since another Russian great Pavel Bure (my personal favorite player)! Good for Alex, he is a great player, but Rangers are coming to town and he better watch out!

  35. I’m watching the highlights of the game on NHL Network… that hit on Avery at the end of the game was a type of a hit people should get suspended for…He got hit from behind on the back of the head while being dangerously close to the boards! Will there be any punishment? I doubt it! Will Avery still be hated? You can bet on it! This league is heading right down the Bettmans toilet…

  36. Bruins in 5
    Rangers in 6
    Hurricanes in 6
    Pittsburgh in 6

    Sharks in 6
    Wings in 5
    Blues in 7
    Flames in 6

    LET’S GO BABY! CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS SSTUFF!

  37. Good for Gomer tonite for kicking the crap out of Lupul. I have to say these guys have each others back alot more now than in previous games. Looking forward to the Caps series, I think the Rangers can limit AO, but the real Ranger killer is Mike Green, how many damn goals does he have against the Rangers.

  38. Hey CCCP,
    This League’s Police is kind of like the WWE, if you are not on they’re favorite’s list you get disowned.

    Serious, its time that John Tortorella & Glen Sather needs to bark at Bettmann and Colin Campbell for these attacks on Avery. That hit on Avery is uncalled for, then from there the Flyers B%tch Scott Hartnell instigates a fight. Had he done this to someone, he would be looking at suspensions.

  39. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    so everyone here believes we will win in 6 huh? cmon now guys, you all know that washington will win game 1 and then we will…WIN IN 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. It just pisses me off to see this crap go down every night and nothing is being done about it. Bettman and Campbell should just f*ck off already. The guy served his time and is proving that he can be a good hockey player and a great teammate. With all the hits and abuse he is taking its not too long before he’ll snap again, which what the league is waiting for, and then when that happens the league won’t wait long to punish Avery severely. Then, the league will come out dry out of water “proving” once again that Avery cannot change. Such bullsh!t…

  41. NHL Sets Record Attendance

    Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

    04/12/09 at 08:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

    NEW YORK (April 12, 2009)—The National Hockey League has set an overall attendance record for the fourth consecutive season. Total attendance of 21,475,223 and the per-game average of 17,460 were 1.1% higher than the corresponding record figures of 21,236,255 and 17,265 from 2007-08.

  42. OK genuises,

    Not a single post today about how this is a bottom third team talent-wise. (Hey there, Carp!) And as far as I can tell, not a single post predicting the NYR will lose vs. Washington in the first round.

    So please, regardless of the outcome in ten days +, spare us the “I always knew this team was crap” unless you are willing to put it on the line right now.

    Well, here goes: I believe Washington will beat the Rangers. But I also believe that the season will prove in time to be a true success, because Torts is here and will demand the type of play and players that can contend for a championship.

    And given who the coach was two months ago? Given how mealy-mouthed and smarmy and accepting of mediocrity? I am at last feeling positive about the future of this team, even with the fattest and laziest man in the world in the front office.

  43. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    riguere- i already said my opinion on an earlier post and then got told i was too negative. i think wash will win. but i think well give em a good fight

  44. Besides the Rangers and Caps series, the Bruins & Habs series will be one to watch after they’re last match

  45. the Sharks-Ducks series will be really interesting too. their last game a few days ago ended in a near all out brawl with lots of bad blood carryover.

  46. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    i def will wanna see boston destroy the habitants in game 6 in montreal to advance. i cannot stand montreal fans and how they feel entitled and boo at a freakin offsides or any call that doesnt go their way. theyve got way too many cup championships anyway. and theyre not goin anywhere with price in net. the only reason i have any hope in the rangers beating the craps is hank. hes been playing like the old hank lately and is always capable of getting us through a tough series. hes not as playoff savvy as brodeur or osgood, but he isnt a rookie anymore and has some experience. if only we had that one guy like ovie or gabby, heatley, etc… to lean on in the scoring dept. its gonna take alot from everyone to get through the craps.

  47. I will preface by saying i want the Rangers to win, but I think the Caps will win this and it will come down to scoring. I mentioned in the other thread…the Rangers didnt have a single 60 point scorer (only Colorado and the ISles didnt eiher). Besides Antro, who had most of his goals with the Leafs, the Rangers didnt have a 25 goal scorer. The Caps have Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, and Green, it’s going to be hard for LQ to be perfect, so the Rangers will need to score.

    It’s nice to see the Ranger’s play with desire, something clearly missing under Renney.

  48. From NHL.com

    SERIES B
    #2 vs. #7
    Network
    Wednesday, April 15, at Washington, 7:00 p.m. TSN
    Saturday, April 18 at Washington, 1:00 p.m. NBC, TSN
    Monday, April 20 at New York, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
    Wednesday, April 22 at New York, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN
    *Friday, April 24 at Washington, 7:00 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
    *Sunday, April 26 at New York, 2:00 p.m. NBC, TSN, RDS
    *Tuesday, April 28 at Washington, TBD VERSUS, TSN, RDS

    No MSG games? =[

  49. I am undecided on the victor of this series with the simple reason that John Tortorella was not the coach for anyone of those games and this team did not have Antropov, Avery, & Morris at the time. i will say that this series will go possible to 6 or 7 games

  50. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    domi- id rather doobie get a hattrick on wednesday but yea it wouldve been nice!! doobs has been good so far in his playoff career. i also think that since doobs has got some goals now he’ll be scoring more frequently for us. i think gomez is gonna be the guy who alot of our offense is gonna flow through. drury i see being more of a defensive guy. either way, someones gonna have to pull a jagr at some point when the chips are down and get us the goals we need. we seem to have a good balanced scoring lineup, just not anyone in particular who you expect will take over a game. but we are facing a fairly inexperienced playoff team. we take 1 of the 1st 2 games, we could easily take the series. so thank GOD we won tonight on the road!! were gonna need the confidence!

  51. Mike,
    I thought I heard from Rosen & Micheletti that this was his first 2 goal game, I don’t know if he meant in his NHL Career or maybe since a year or 2 ago.

  52. This game definitely built up more morale and confidence with this team. I have a feeling of how I truely expect to see win this series, simply with the talent from the players that were in the playoffs as well from the coach who won a Stanly Cup about 4 years ago. So my pick is the Rangers in 6

  53. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    jcl- i agree. also, this will be a very similar series to buffalo 2 years ago. their offense was more dominant but they also had miller in net. theodore isnt that good. it could easily go either way depending on scoring. if we can exploit their d and goalie weaknesses, we could win it, but its just hard to keep them down. if i remember, hank wasnt so good in any of the games we had against them. could be a lot of 5-4 games comin up.

  54. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    domi- yea they said it was his first 2 goal game. he only has 27 total career goals so its very possible they meant in his career.

  55. Date Time Location TV

    Wednesday, April 15 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington MSG

    Saturday, April 18 1 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington NBC

    Monday, April 20 7 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers VERSUS

    Wednesday, April 22 7 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers VERSUS

    *Friday, April 24 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Washington VERSUS

    *Sunday, April 26 2 p.m. Washington at NY Rangers NBC

    * Tuesday, April 28 TBD NY Rangers at Washington VERSUS

    * — if necessary

  56. jcl206

    I don’t disagree with you, but I would get more specific:

    1) Washington has (by far) the best player in the series, and that often makes the ultimate difference.

    2) Offensive special teams. The Rangers’ PP will not do the job, while the Caps will score on their PP at a rate that will neutralize HL’s superiority to Jose Theodore.

    I hope to God I am wrong. I will certainly be rooting that I am.

  57. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    ok, i meant 2 things in our favor. hank and torts!!! definitely more confident with him as coach. no way, i wouldve already condemned the rangers to lose if renny was still here

  58. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    no riguere youre pretty dead on, but i think our pk is damn good so that could even out our ineffective pp.

  59. mike in iowa(perkins alter ego) on

    wow sweet!! not that i like nbc or versus, but i get to watch every game on tv except game 1!!

  60. Eventhough the caps last game didn’t mean much whether they won or lose, interesting tidbit is how shakey Jose Theo has been for they’re team for instance allowing 2 goals in a span of 8 seconds in the 3rd period

  61. Domi28, Brashear hasnt played in 14 games but is expected back….Boyd Gordon and Tom Poti have also been banged up but expected back.

  62. mike in Iowa….In 2006-07, the Buffalo Sabres Scored 308 goals. In 2008-09 the Caps scored 272 goals. The Sabres gave up 242 goals that year, the Caps have given up 245 this year.

    That Sabres team were rolling 4 lines and had Ryan Miller in goal. This year, the Caps rely alot on the top 2 lines, and their defense is EXTREMELLY suspect, and have Jose Theodore in goal, who is not a great goalie, and closer to below average.

    Yes, the Caps have the 2nd best PP in NHL this year. But the Rangers have the #1 PK in the league this year.

    Rangers replaced Renney with Torts, they have replaced Dawes, Prucha and Kalinin with Avery, Antropov and Morris. They have shelved an ineffective Aaron Voros.

    Drury & Gomez have played better under Torts. Callahan has played well all year, and has thrived under Torts system. Dubinsky’s bad luck and sophomore slump was injected on the last game of the season with some goal love today which is great timing and a confidence booster.

    And finally,we have King Henrik between the pipes…who has won his last 3 games and is rolling into the playoffs playing extremelly well.

  63. *Some obvious & not too obvious keys for the Rangers to win Round 1 vs Washington*

    1) Aggressive forcheck and backcheck, especially with the Caps high octane offense.

    2) Do not take stupid ticky tackcy penalties …especially by the usual culprits like Gomez, Rozsival, Naslund,Dubinsky, Girardi.

    3) Play alot of puck possesion, keep the crappy Caps Defense pinned into their zone.

    4) Zherdev & Redden, time to step up, its show time.

    5) Last but not least, King Henrik….Do not let in the softies!

  64. Last week I never would have thought the Rangers would beat the Canadians and Philly twice…I thought we were going to get 1 win. I think the Caps series is going to game 7 and the Rangers are going to win in overtime! Rangers in 7

  65. 3 wins closing out the season shows the team really has some guts, and i think they will definitely be able to play with those guys down in DC. It’s going to be one hell of a series.

  66. ZzZz 13 ZzZz Rules !! says Greg L. on

    Rangers are peaking at the right time …could be some sweet games comming up. Antropov is a HUGE pick up at the trade deadline!!

    BTW yeah Rick and Jane ( like Dick and Jane ) rule the blog world.

  67. *just a thought* on

    there r people in NYC that actually sleep @ night? Nonsense…
    right, so as I was saying…I had this thought just now…it’s a positive thought….really.

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