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Quite a performance by Team USA and your future (unless they’re traded) New York Rangers, huh?

I know you guys have already discussed this to death, so I will just leave you with this recap from the Rangers’ site (which has been posted in the previous thread).


I’m headed to MSG tonight. Interesting to see if meeting his former teammates — who pretty much hated him — will get Sean Avery sparked up. I imagine it will. I also imagine he will be able to get under their skin.

Also looking forward to today’s baseball Hall of Fame electees announcement. I nearly gave up my vote this year because I don’t think I can ever vote for a steroid/HGH user, and because now, going forward, I will fear voting for somebody and finding out that he’s dirty AFTER he gets into the Hall of Fame. And if that ever happens, I will never vote again.


The Rangers are now putting out these previews for games. I’m posting the first one here, and you will have to click below to continue reading it. Please let me know if this is something you like or dislike, because it takes a fair amount of time to format it and post it. If it’s not very useful, I won’t do it. (for the time being, where it says Tomorrow, it means today).

See youse later.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 20-17-5 (45 pts.)
Stars: 18-12-11 (47 pts.)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 4
The Rangers face-off against the Dallas Stars tomorrow, Jan. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.  The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-17-5 (45 pts.).  The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have now recorded a point in eight of their last nine contests (6-1-2).  The Stars enter the contest with an 18-12-11 (47 pts.) record, and rank 10th in the Western Conference.  Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.), in their sixth game in nine days.

Please note there is no morning skate scheduled for the Rangers prior to tomorrow’s game. Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the 5th floor of Madison Square Garden.

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Stars
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig and John Giannone (In-Game Reporters)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Stars
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

The Rangers are 67-37-22-1 all-time against the Stars franchise: 36-17-11-0 at home and 31-20-11-1 on the road.

  • 2009-10: This is the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Stars this season.
  • Last Season: New York were 0-2-0 against Dallas in 2008-09, including an 0-1-0 mark at Madison Square Garden.  The Rangers power play tallied two goals in six opportunities for a 33.3% success rate in the season series.
  • The Rangers rank 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 9-10-3 (21 pts.) in 22 games; the Stars have posted a record of 7-7-6 (20 pts.) in 20 road games to rank 20th in the league
  • New York have posted a record of 3-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division; Dallas have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in one appearance vs. the Stars last season; Lundqvist is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals against average in three career regular season contests vs. Dallas
  • Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 27 career regular season games vs. the Stars; Ales Kotalik has recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in five career regular season contests vs. Dallas
  • Michal Rozsival made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1999 vs. Dallas
  • New York lists one former Star on their roster: Sean Avery (2008-09)
  • Dallas lists no former Rangers on their roster


  • Power Play: New York are tied for 11th in the NHL with a 20.4% (32-157) success rate, including a 23.5% (20-85) success rate at home to rank sixth in the league. Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/26 (V. Fiddler); 12/12 (P. Kaleta); 12/14 (C. Armstrong); 12/26 (B. Comeau); 1/4 (M. Hunwick).
  • Penalty Killing: The Rangers rank fifth in the NHL with an 85.5% (147-172) success rate, and rank seventh with an 86.6% (71-82) success rate at MSG. Shorthanded goals for (4): 10/3 (B. Dubinsky); 10/11 (D. Girardi); 11/14 (V. Prospal); 12/23 (M. Gaborik).
  • Four-on-Four: New York have skated in 48 (69:34) four-on-four situations. Four-on-Four goals for (2): 10/8 (R. Callahan); 10/17 (B. Dubinsky). Four-on-Four goals allowed (4): 10/24 (M. Cammalleri); 12/9 (D. Byfuglien); 12/17 (A. MacDonald); 1/2 (R. Whitney).


  • · BLUESHIRT OLYMPIANS – The Blueshirts will have five players representing their native country at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada next month.  Rangers Captain Chris Drury will be making his third Olympic appearance with Team USA (2002, 2006).  He will be joined on Team USA by Ryan Callahan, who will be making his first Olympic appearance.  Henrik Lundqvist, who helped Sweden capture the Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, will return for his second Olympic appearance.  Marian Gaborik will also be making his second Olympic appearance with Slovakia (2006).  Hartford Wolf Pack forward Andres Ambuhl, who signed with the Rangers on May 27, will represent Switzerland in his second Olympic appearance (2006).  In addition, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA, Head Athletic Trainer Jim Ramsay will serve as an athletic therapist for Team Canada, and Massage Therapist/Assistant Trainer Bruce Lifrieri will serve as the massage therapist for Team USA.
    · THE RANGERS ON PIX 11 – MSG will Partner with PIX 11 in New York to air two New York Rangers games in January.  PIX 11 will televise games against the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 16th, and Saturday, Jan. 23rd, respectively.  Each of the games will be followed by MSG’s popular weekly hockey roundup show “Hockey Night Live” on MSG Network.  MSG will produce both games in HD, and they will feature MSG announcers.
    · A BROADWAY HIT – The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the NHL with 1,159 hits, including 663 hits at home to rank third in the league.  Ryan Callahan ranks fourth in the NHL with 148 hits, and Michael Del Zotto ranks third among all first-year players with 98 hits.
    · THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto is tied for second among all first-year skaters in assists (16), ranks sixth in points (21) and is tied for 10th in goals (five).  Artem Anisimov is tied for sixth among rookies in goals (seven) and 11th in points (15), while Matt Gilroy ranks second among rookie defensemen in goals (four).
    · GABY’S GOALS – Marian Gaborik has recorded 27 goals through the team’s first 42 games, trailing Vic Hadfield’s mark of 28 through 42 in 1971-72 by one goal, tying Jaromir Jagr’s mark of 27 through 42 in 2005-06, and one goal ahead of Adam Graves’ 26 through 42 in 1993-94.  Gaborik has notched 37 goals in his last 50 games, including 10 goals in his final 10 games of last season.
    · WINS LEADERS SINCE 2006-07 – Since the start of 2006-07, Henrik Lundqvist ranks sixth in the NHL with 130 wins, trailing Miikka Kiprusoff (145) by 15, Martin Brodeur (138) by eight, Roberto Luongo (136) by six, Evgeni Nabokov (135) by five, and Ryan Miller (133) by three.
  • · 2010 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE – The Rangers have four prospects participating in the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Team USA Captain Derek Stepan leads all tournament skaters in scoring with 12 points, ranks first overall with nine assists and is tied for fourth with a plus-eight rating entering today’s Gold Medal game vs. Canada.  Teammate Chris Kreider is tied for the team lead and fourth in the tournament overall with five goals entering today’s Final, and Ryan Bourque has recorded two assists in six games with Team USA.  Roman Horak finished the tournament with two points (one goal and one assist) in six games with the Czech Republic.

· Brandon Dubinsky has assists in two straight games (three assists) and points in each of the last three (one goal and three assists)
· Erik Christensen has points in three straight games (two goals and two assists)
· Henrik Lundqvist has started 16 straight games (11/30 vs. PIT – 1/4  vs. BOS)


  • Chris Drury: 8 points from 600 NHL career
  • Brandon Dubinsky: 1 game from 200 NHL career
  • Michal Rozsival: 3 games from 600 NHL career


  • Henrik Lundqvist: 300th career NHL game, Dec. 30 vs. PHI
  • Chad Johnson: 1st career NHL game, Dec. 30 vs. PHI
  • John Tortorella: 600th career NHL game, Dec. 31 at CAR
  • Erik Christensen: 100th career NHL point, Dec. 31 at CAR
  • Brandon Dubinsky: 100th career NHL point, Jan. 4 vs. BOS

Vinny Prospal (injured, Dec. 26) – 4 games missed
Total Man-Games Lost: 48


  • Jan. 1: Recalled goaltender Matt Zaba from Hartford (AHL), and assigned goaltender Chad Johnson to Hartford
  • · Jan. 5: Recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from Hartford (AHL), and assigned goaltender Matt Zaba to Hartford

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  1. •Chris Drury: 8 points from 600 NHL career


    can you just imagine the outpouring of platitudes when THAT happens? I bet Sather gives him another year at 8 million for doing that as a Ranger!

  2. It gets quiet here when I have to go to work, eh..
    Did Carp carped Mama? Oh, boy…

    Dallas is 5 games above .500 and in 10th plays in the West. Thoughts?

  3. Cant wait to see Stepan, and Kreider in the pre season next September.

    That was a great game last night, but it would be way better if USA can do that at the Olympics. Hopefully Miller is up to the task, cause that team starts and ends with him.

    Call me crazy, but i think Thomas is gonna wind up becoming the 3rd goalie on that team. I just don’t have any confidence in Thomas.

  4. THE REAL MikeyNJ on


    I thought Torts was gonna rotate one useless million dollar man for the less useless million dollar man?

    Rather have Voros in, casue you know old man aint fighting anyone tonight


  5. Do you believe that Dubinski has already played almost 200 games?

    And do you believe that Rozi only played 600 games? Because his skating suggests that his mileage is much, much higher.

  6. Rick (No, not that one) on

    Carp, I don’t think it’s worth it to do all that formatting.
    Let Josh do it.


  7. Ilb

    Don’t know what’s going to happen tonight… They lost last night to the Devils 4-0, Avery factor, good team – just hope our boys bring it tonight!

  8. Congrats to the Junior World Champions. Judging by the highlights it looked like an incredible game. Like Orr says, let’s hope we can replicate that performance in the Olympics. I’m not too hopeful with that given the Stumble from Trumbull will be a key player. Great to see some nice performances out of the prospects. And I hope that Eberle kid stays in Edmonton for a long time. I have a funny feeling he may end up on the Devils & will terrorize us in the future!
    USA! USA! USA!

  9. Orr,
    Hopefully we see them in the pre-season next year and they’re invited to camp. I’d expect Stepan to be signed allowing him to but I’m not sure Kreider will be if he’s not signed due to NCAA restrictions with it. Either way, it’s exciting and if this is just a small sample of what they will become and will bring to this organization, it’s worth the wait!

  10. Stepan is going for another year. He’s only a sophomore I believe and he still has some work left in his game. Kreider is going for another 2 at least. He’s a solid player as a freshman with a ton of speed. Watched a few BC games this year and he’s still raw in regards to talent on the puck, but damn can he fly.

    Lost in the shuffle was little Ryan Bourque. He did seem to be in the box too much, but for such a little guy, he is extremely physical and was probably the fastest guy on Team USA. We do have a bright future…as long as we keep these guys.

    Shame for those of you who didn’t watch it. I’ve watched every game in the tournament and the US played solid. The only problem was Dean Blais had them in Renney mode in the 3rd. Once they had the 5-3 lead, they barely touched the puck and went they did, it was just a dump in and Canada turing the other way and coming back with a bunch of shots on Campbell (who is looking good for a 17 year old).

    Eberle is going to have a bright future in Edmonton and he showed that last night. Also liked what I saw from Jersey’s own John Carlsson, who is up in the AHL and has some NHL experience already. US definitely deserved to win, but Canada had more skill. They just couldn’t compete with the US’s speed. Thats the U-17, U-19, and WJC gold medals this year alone for the US. Future is bright for our country.

  11. Drury getting his 600th career point as a Ranger? 8 points needed, 2 1/2 years left on his contract. Might be a close run thing at his current pace…

  12. I agree with all the other comments, what an exiting game that was last night! Can’t wait to see the hockey at the Olympics, it should be fantastic.

    As far as the Rangers go, I hope there is no truth to the Demitra rumors. What exactly would Sather be sending back to Vancouver? Does any team need or want what we have to offer?

  13. My nephew played with Carlson for the Rockets here in NJ…he is an AWESOME player.

  14. Somebody mentioned it the other day, i also think Gilroy should play forward. He just looks lost on D, and he’s clearly scared to make a mistake. He has offensive talent. Move him to the wing, and scratch Brashit.

    And im expecting a horrible game tonight. NYR blows at the Garden, and Dallas is recovering from an ass raping. They’re gonna have their work cut out for them.

  15. Jonny D- Carlsson is Washington’s pick, born in Massachusetts.
    You probably have more info than I do.

    JBets- good read, a touch harsh, I thought. Well, they deserve it.

    Has anyone seen or heard anything written or said about Canada’s loss by this dinghead Cherry? Boy, I’d love to get a podcast of that and run it in my car. Over and over again. He must be still in deep coma I bet.

  16. JBytes, after Krisy’s picture of rozsival in a wrestling singlet, and dde’s links to obscure 70’s stuff that cracks me up, that HAS to be the most hilarious link EVER! thanks for sharing!

  17. I am pretty cynical about patriotic hoopla but I was damn proud of my country and team after that hockey game last night. I was especially impressed that afterwards all players took pride in singing our national anthem and knew all the words. Something thepros and fans in the stands should take notice of.

    The Mouth hosts His Blueshirt Banter Radio Rangers Pre-Game Rally at 5:30 live from his underground lair at Sbarros on 33rd St.

  18. AWESOME BETH!! hey sally, are you reading the exchange I am having with Kristin on my facebook? She’s pure, unadulterated EVIL!!!

  19. Mouth, I totally appreciated that also. The best was, it was so quiet you could actually hear them singing! Brought tears to my eyes! Love the underground lair!!!

    Beth, check facebook ;-)

  20. paulieplatypus on

    Linda, I don’t care what others might expect from someone with a nickname of a platypus… I aint givin Drury no platitude! I love your idea’s though and really want to start selling posters outside MSG showing four stacks of money all with googly eyes and hockey sticks wearing a Redden, Rozsival, Kotalik, and a Drury jersey.

    As I think about it more today, it really amazes me how through out the years just about every free agent that comes to NY becomes nothing more than a stack of money with them googly eyes. No matter how good their game was before coming here.

  21. paulie, you’re hilarious. and to tell you the truth, being as old as i am, i do watch a cartoon where a platypus is a secret agent, so I knows all aboot you! hehehe

    We need to get a hockey jersey in Rangers colors with the googly eye logo and slats stogey, and on the back, the names of all the beyond their prime guys who came here for the retirement check!!

    Good deal Beth!! Pics of my man on there somewhere from his bodybuilding competition.

  22. jbytes – Hall is the real deal, but he needs to pass more. He’s got great skills, but he tends to hold onto the puck too much at times.

    ilb – He played for the Rockets here in Jersey and played at St. Joe’s Metuchen for HS (I played hockey there for a year). I know he was originally from Mass but he moved to Colonia, NJ. So he technically is a Jersey boy haha.

  23. Beth, exactly!

    Linda, I’m gonna check fb right now. I’ve been really super busy at my internship today… I mean, I’m busy reading the Onion.

  24. Orr … you dislike Canada? I’m shocked, Oh well here’s to God and the Queen, and the New York Rangers.

  25. John Carlson is my brother’s room mates bro. He was watching the game last night with his (johnny C) family said it was wild when he scored!

  26. Carp,

    Sat in Boston will mark 7 games in 11 days!! Do you ever remember Rangers playing that many in such a short stretch. I can’t. Is anybody going up to Boston?? I will be up there.

  27. Oh yeah, i thought i had Swedes in there, but i forgot.

    Yeah, Swedes are great, and they’re feisty. One minute they’re coming after you with a golf club, the next they’re making Swedish meatballs while ass naked.

    Love the Swedes.

  28. OK, like I don’t get enough work done because I’m constantly reading this board AND Facebook throughout the day, now another thing to peruse while I should be doing other things…LOL

  29. Drury’s response to Roenick’s comments about him not deserving to be on the US Team:

    “I’m not going to let this ruin my Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day”

    Great leadership from the captain. breaking down those racial barriers.

  30. ilb, I should remember to bring some markers to my internship next week! I could scribble the time away!

    I really want coffee now, but if I wait until I get home I can put some bailey’s in it… tough decisions!

  31. LMAO Orr

    they are pretty feisty… All those Scandinavian chicks are pretty hot. I think there is a list on a web site that lists the top 10 countries/cities with the most beautiful women. I’m almost positive Sweden or Norway is #1

  32. Like it or not, the guy is our Captain, and on the Olympic team. How peopel on here who claim to be Ranger fans can sit and rant on a guy who is struggling is beyond me. It is in all of our best interests for Drury to come out of this slump.

    Yes, he isnt worth the contract he was given, but he didnt steal the money, he was offered it.

    Lets actually try to give the guy something to build off of, instead of kicking him when he is down.

    C’mon……….LETS GO RANGERS!!!!

  33. He actually did steal the money, and the media helped him. He put on a mask that said “LOOK, I’M A WINNER” and Sather couldn’t see too well due to the cigar smoke and he fell for it.

    Seriously though I fail to see why we can’t poke fun at him. I don’t even care about the contract (although I can’t wait until it is up), but for the meantime I like to have fun by playing jokes about comments he made that were absolutely terrible.

    Also I would argue he is not that down. He’s having a sub par season, but his career averages aren’t that great to begin with, so he’s not that far off. He’ll get hot for a few weeks, get his 50 points, cash that check and be done with the season.

  34. I hope everyone joins up over there. And excellent job on the pics so far everyone! You guys and gals are truly the best in the world!

  35. No. I think he’ll get 45 though. I mean the whole team struggled has struggled, but offensively they are better than what they have shown. Once they build up some confidence and understand that they can’t just shoot aimlessly, they’ll figure it out. Plus I think Sather will make adeal before the deadline and get someone with a fresh mind that will help out.

  36. Hi Carp-
    In all honesty (as Mr. Maloney would say), I don’t find the Ranger Preview that interesting. If it’s a lot of work to post it, I’d say scrap it. Thanks. Go Rangers!!!!

  37. Ranger preview is the pre-game press release from the team.

    Anyone going to the game tonight?

  38. ORR- good, buddy.. You made my day. I’m married to one.

    Jonny D- they don’t a fresh mind. They need someone to put the effing puck in the net.

    CCCP- try the red caviar, if you buy it from the Russian store, it already comes with water..

  39. Sally, you just simmer down on the nickname list, you still owe us what, the Letter N???? SHHEEEEEEEEEEEESH!

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