Countdown ends, season begins!

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Zero days until Opening Night.

0: Al Oliver.

00: John Davidson.

00: Jim Otto.

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Again, it’s a football Saturday or me, so I’ll be busting it to get back in front of the TV (hopefully with a sandwich and a non-alcohol beer) in time. If not, it’s going to be a  “Rangers in 60″ Opener for me … and I’ll be checking out Yankees, too.

But I promise to have a game thread ready to go before 7.

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Here are tonight’s game notes from the Rangers. You can click on the “read more” to read more. Duh.

NEW YORK RANGERS at BUFFALO SABRES
Saturday, Oct. 9, 7:00 p.m.
HSBC Arena • Buffalo, NY
Rangers: 0-0-0 (0 pts.); 4-2-0 (8 pts.) in the pre-season
Sabres: 0-0-0 (0 pts.); 4-2-0 (8 pts.) in the pre-season

* All information through NHL games on Oct. 7
The Rangers will begin their 2010-11 regular season tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena (7:00 p.m.), marking the 85th anniversary of the team’s inception, dating back to 1926-27.  This will be the third consecutive year the Blueshirts have started the season on the road.  In six pre-season contests, New York posted a record of 4-2-0 (eight pts.), including two overtime wins and a shootout victory on Oct. 1 vs. Ottawa.  The Sabres, who will open their regular season campaign tonight at Ottawa, posted a record of 4-2-0 (eight pts.) in six pre-season contests.  Following tonight’s game, the Rangers will travel to Long Island to face-off against the New York Islanders on Monday, October 11, at Nassau Coliseum (1:00 p.m.), in a matinée match-up between Atlantic Division rivals.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at HSBC Arena.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers @ Sabres
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers @ Sabres
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

SEASON OPENERS:

  • The Rangers are 34-36-13 all-time in 83 season-opening games, including a 24-27-8 record in 59 season openers away from MSG.
  • New York has out-scored their opponents, 235-233 in season-openers.
  • Entering the season, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella ranked fifth among active NHL head coaches in season openers with a record of 5-2-0 in seven career season-opening games for a .714 winning percentage.
  • Blueshirts legend Andy Bathgate holds the franchise record for most assists and points in a season-opening game, having registered four assists and five points on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago.  His four assists and five points in the 1955-56 season opener are tied for second all-time in the NHL.  Former Ranger Walt Tkaczuk also tallied four assists in a season-opening game on Oct. 9, 1974 vs. Washington.
  • Ron Murphy, who skated with the Rangers from 1952-53 to 1956-57, holds the franchise record for most goals by a Blueshirt player in a season-opening game, having tallied three goals in the 1955-56 season opener at Chicago on Oct. 7, 1955.
  • Former Rangers’ captain Jaromir Jagr holds the team record for fastest goal to start a game in a season opener with his goal just 29 seconds into the contest on Oct. 5, 2006 vs. Washington.
  • Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Walt Tkaczuk are tied for the Rangers’ record for most career points in season-opening games, with each player having tallied 13 career points in season openers.
  • Former Rangers’ goaltender Gump Worsley holds the franchise record for most opening night wins with five career wins in season-opening games.
  • The Rangers are 0-1-0 in season openers all-time vs. Buffalo, having been defeated by the Sabres, 1-2, in their only previous meeting in a season-opening game on January 20, 1995 at MSG.

RANGERS vs. SABRES:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 55-69-25-5 all-time against the Sabres: 32-26-15-3 at home and 23-43-10-2 on the road.
  • 2010-11: This is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Sabres this season, and the first at HSBC Arena.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 against the Sabres in 2009-10, including a 1-1-0 mark at HSBC Arena.  Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 overtime loss on Mar. 7 at MSG.
  • New York ranked 13th in the NHL on the road with a record of 20-16-5 (45 pts.) in 41 games last season; Buffalo posted a record of 25-10-6 (56 pts.) in 41 home games tying for eighth in the league last season
  • The Rangers posted a record of 11-6-3 vs. the Northeast Division last season; the Sabres registered an 11-7-2 mark vs. the Atlantic Division last season
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-2-1 with a 2.62 goals against average in four appearances vs. the Sabres last season; Lundqvist is 7-6-2 with a 2.45 goals against average in 15 career regular season contests vs. Buffalo
  • Marian Gaborik (one goal and two assists) led the Rangers with three points in four games vs. Buffalo last season; Ryan Callahan notched a team-high, two goals in four games against the Sabres, and Gaborik, Michael Del Zotto and Artem Anisimov each tallied a team-high, two assists in the season series
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has tallied a team-high 14 assists and 23 points in 33 career regular season games vs. the Sabres; Todd White leads the team with 12 goals in 30 career regular season contests vs. Buffalo
  • NHL Debut – Ryan Callahan made his NHL debut at Buffalo on Dec. 1, 2006
  • First Goal – Ruslan Fedotenko notched his first NHL goal vs. Buffalo on Nov. 4, 2000
  • New York lists three former Sabres on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07); Chris Drury (2003-04 – 2006-07); Tim Kennedy (2008-09 – 2009-10)
  • Buffalo lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: Last season, the Rangers ranked 13th in the NHL with an 18.3% (55-301) success rate, including a 12.6% (17-135) success rate on the road to rank 29th in the league.  New York registered six goals in 17 five-on-three attempts (13:48), and converted two-of-six (5:16) with a four-on-three advantage.  Shorthanded goals allowed (7): 10/26 (V. Fiddler); 12/12 (P. Kaleta); 12/14 (C. Armstrong); 12/26 (B. Comeau); 1/4 (M. Hunwick); 2/2 (A. Kopitar); 3/16 (T. Plekanec).
  • Penalty Killing: Last season, the Blueshirts tied for seventh in the NHL with an 84.3% (268-318) success rate overall, and third in the league with an 84.8% (140-165) success rate on the road. The Rangers allowed seven goals in 23 three-on-five chances (17:44), and were 11-of-13 (11:24) in three-on-four situations last season.  New York notched a three-on-four shorthanded goal on Jan. 17 vs. Montreal, the first for the team since Oct. 25, 1996 at Florida (Adam Graves).  Shorthanded goals for (5): 10/3 (B. Dubinsky); 10/11 (D. Girardi); 11/14 (V. Prospal); 12/23 (M. Gaborik); 1/17 (B. Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York has skated in 104 (154:32) four-on-four situations last season. Four-on-Four goals for (4): 10/8 (R. Callahan); 10/17 (B. Dubinsky); 2/12 (O. Jokinen); 2/14 (V. Prospal). Four-on-Four goals allowed (8): 10/24 (M. Cammalleri); 12/9 (D. Byfuglien); 12/17 (A. MacDonald); 1/2 (R. Whitney); 1/23 (S. Gomez and M. Cammalleri); 3/7 (P. Kaleta); 3/27 (N. Kulemin).

NEW FACES
The Rangers have eight new players on their opening night roster: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, Tim Kennedy, Derek Stepan, and Todd White.  Stepan is looking to make his NHL debut.

GETTING STARTED:

  • The Rangers have posted a record of 276-266-90 all-time in the month of October, including a 175-114-47 mark at home and a 101-152-43 record on the road.  New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2010-11, with five games being contested at MSG and five scheduled on the road.
  • Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
  • The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month.
  • Last season, New York tied the franchise record for longest winning streak in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17, 2009 at Toronto.  The Rangers also won seven straight October games in 1988-89, beginning on Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver and ending on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh.  Their seven-game winning streak last season was also the team’s longest since they won seven straight from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Sean Avery: 4 points from 100th Ranger career
  • Ryan Callahan: 4 points from 100th NHL/Ranger career
  • Chris Drury: 4 power play goals from 100th NHL career

INJURIES:

  • Chris Drury (IR – Sept. 20)
  • Vinny Prospal (IR – Sept. 24)

Total Man-Games Lost: 0

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Oct. 3: Assigned defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko, and forwards Dale Weise and Mats Zuccarello to Hartford
  • Oct. 4: Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko

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228 Comments

  1. Non alcoholic beer? Why don’t you just drink root beer, it probably tastes better!!

    IBC Root Beer for the win! That’s usually my official Thanksgiving drink.

    Although last year I went with this A&W Root Beer Float drink, which really killed my stomach.

    Went great with Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pudding Pie, etc.

    !!! Now I’m more excited aboot Thanksgiving than tonight’s game.

    Time to gulp down some sleeping pills and steal some Z’s!

  2. Went to see ‘Secretariat’ last night. It was a Disney-fied movie, but I thought it was done quite well. Maybe not one everyone would pay to see at the theaters, but as a Movie OnDemand, it would be a nice evening.

    Monday’s game is in the afternoon? BOO. I have to work and won’t be able to see it til after I get home. I wonder if I can DVR off Center Ice. Hrm.

  3. onecupin70yearsand counting on

    Carp , good job with the countdown..it was fun.

    The Rangers ? I like the young guys, time for the vets to go,Drury and rosv and prospal .

    The young blood must step up , time
    to get respect from the other teams or its the Carcillo treatment.

  4. HAPPY PUCK DAY EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
    anyone know what time the game is ;-) (i kid!!)

  5. tell me what this means… at work yesterday, i came across an address that was “DRURY LANE” (i am not kidding)

  6. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Good morning, boneheads!

    Linda, were you driving in CT? :-)

    Interesting game last night. So the Devils are now run and gun team? Interesting, because it’s a defense first team. Have they decided to go that route because they know their defense isn’t great or because they acquired Kovalchuk? I realize it’s only one game, but if it is the case, they will fail. Their defense seems to be even less mobile than last year ( btw, if White was on our team, we would eat him up alive) and Marty isn’t getting younger to face that many shots. They also only carry 20- men roster to get them under the cap. The jury is still out. Stars didn’t look that overwhelming, but they seemed to have been able to win most of the contests near the boards.

    Is anyone watching the game tonight? :-)

  7. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Atlanta’s goalie is stable. Preliminary tests normal. Sounds like heart condition (arrhythmia?) to me. It’ll be some time until they figure it out. Was it a good game?

  8. That sure was scary ilbzotenko. I was wondering if maybe he had had a seizure. Good to hear he is stable. They said last night he was alert, awake and asking about the game.

  9. Good morning, Carp!

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes… I had a most excellent day yesterday. I got my Dubinsky jersey on and I am sooo psyched for the game tonight!!!

  10. sally is officially bonehead age now! WOOO HOO!!

    Sally, CJ is going tonight also! Hope you guys have an awesome time, that the Rangers win, and Dubi scores for you!

  11. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Good morning all! Can’t wait for tonights game!!

    side note: good for Datsyuk…. seemed like he did ok against Perry.

    Did you guys see the Calgary/Edmonton fight? That kid on the Oilers McIntyre i think it was… that kid is scrappy.

  12. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Scary thing with Atlanta’s goalie for sure… glad to hear he’s doing ok now.

  13. Gift of GAB-orik on

    In other news…

    Doctors are telling Ian Laperriere he shouldn’t play anymore because of his PCS symptoms. It’s a shame… the guy is a warrior and a professional. Best wishes go to him, and hopefully he recovers and stays a part of the game of hockey in some capacity.

  14. I’m with you Gab, I hope he has a full recovery and is able to enjoy the rest of his life with his family, without suffering the after affects,(although we all know there are always some lingering issues) and I’m sure he’ll pop up on the Versus crew before too long!

  15. Carp , thanks for giving us the radio info also, I’ll be watching this on MSG but there are times when i’m on the road Im searching for the game on AM…now i know… 970 it is

  16. I am so psyched for the game tonight. It is pretty much all I have been thinking about all week. I hope all of my fellow boneheads are well, rested, and as excited as I am. Sorry I have not been on as much lately, there is a whole bunch of things going on in my life right now, some good, some not so much, but I plan on posting more. That first line for the Devils looked pretty good last night, but I was glad to see them lose last night. It is funny that Chico gives any other team that the Devils play so much credit, and when it is the Rangers there is absolutely ZERO. Ha. Anyway, I was watching Richards play last night, and the guy is definitely a gamer. If his was available, and we had the chance, I would grab him. He is definitely better than any center we have on our team. I think this is the last year of his hefty contract as well. Who knows. As for now, I like our team, and definitely expect them to compete every night. We soon shall see folks, we soon shall see. I will be at Bounce U from 1-3:30, then home entertaining my wife’s friends, and then I am kicking everyone out by 6:15, LOL. Here is to a good day, hockey being officially back for NYR hockey, and hopefully a going showing and win tonight. LET’s GO RANGERS!!!!

  17. Charlie, good call that stuff was GREAT!

    I have a feeling I’ll be stuck with the Sabres announcers tonight, so the radio feed off the Rangers website will come in pretty handy!

  18. Welcome Back Nasty!!! Hope those not so good things resolve themselves and become better. Missed ya over the offseason!

    BTW, the new freecreditreport.com commercials/ ahem ‘band’ NOT GOOD

  19. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Hey, Carp, I hope your IT people are planning to work overtime and be on standby tonight. I don’t think this blog has a chance to survive tonight without going down. I bet a round of drinks at W77 we will go over 1000 posts. I’m planning on around a 100 on my own lol.

  20. Buffalo’s not so tough. You wanna see tough? Point to anything in this room i’ll lift it over my head!

  21. lol, they’ve been resting all summer for tonight ilbzo!! mmmm can’t wait for my drink!

  22. I’d like to be the first to say it here in this new season btw…I can’t stand Larry Brooks

  23. we’ve alreadly complained about Chico, Doc and Beninati, it seems only natural someone would mention BusStop Larry!

  24. ilb, I think we’ll have a big night, but two factors against: It’s Saturday, so people are out watching the game; and the Yankees are playing a clincher.

    But maybe.

    Sally, was it your birthday? I seem to remember reading something about it. Are you feeling OK this morning? Are you going to the game?

    Good morning, Sally!

  25. Carpy, Sally’s bday was yesterday!

    good point about the playoffs. I still think ilbzo is right and we’ll have big numbers tonight! Next Friday will be huge also!

  26. Nice write up this morning Carp. Nice to read an article from someone that doesn’t have me muttering expletives to myself. I hope we have big #s tonight. I may be going to a house warming party in NJ which means no Rangers AND no Yankees…No bueno!

  27. andrew gross is saying gilroy out. emeinger sauer 3rd pair. thats a travishamockery. gilroy was flying through preseason.

  28. 00: Tony Clark on the Mets

    Gilroy scratched, wawaweewa I didn’t see that coming. I wonder if they would have sent him down if he didn’t have to clear waivers.

  29. ilbzotenko2001 on

    I happen to like LB. He writes well and, certainly has wealth of knowledge of CBA, cap issues and such. I enjoy his work

    Gilroy is prucha’d? Interesting, because with his skating he could certainly help against speedy opponent. Oh, well, what do we know?

  30. Umm…

    Gilroy scratched??

    Just trade the poor kid now. If he’s not going to get a chance in game number one of the regular season, then why keep him?

    Eminger? Gimme a break, what has that dope done in the pre-season to earn a spot, aside from the fact that he’s somewhat of a Veteran.

    Now I’m not happy!

  31. Rick (No, not that one) (age 26) on

    Thank the God’s that I wasn’t born an Islander fan.
    Was just reading that their radio outlet will be the Hofstra Univ station. With STUDENTS as color analysts and sideline reporters. That’s about as low as you can get.
    Really, it’s time for them to fold up and go.

  32. Good job, Tony, I think I found it.

    Orr, all Eminger did was to figure out how to play the right side. That’s it. Can’t believe it’s so hard for a lefty to play right and vice versa.

  33. GREAT JOB Tony~ 30+ is outstanding! You’re in game shape!! forgot about your work and the 2 hour time difference between AL and AZ lol

    and i was KIDDING about eminger lol forgot the wink!

  34. Jacked for tonight, know I haven’t posted much since the season ended, but I, like Nasty, have had a lot going on. Is anyone else excited for the first Sather’s recap of the year?

    btw The Buffalo News today has some article gushing about Rick Jeanneret. I hate announcers that are constantly in your face with the shtick, and he is one of the worst offenders. Take Sam anyday.

  35. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Tony- congrats! Do you need a different size Boneheads T? :-)

    Rick- those students might do better than some of their regular announcers.

  36. Gilroy did not impress in the preseason. He still is a liability in our end as far as I’m concerned. I think they also think Emminger is a more physical presence than Gilroy – We’ll see LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!

  37. No Gilroy? Interesting. Maybe there’s a clause somewhere within Sather’s contract that says there MUST be an awful veteran dman on the ice at all times…Malakov, Mironov, Poti, Ozolinsh, Backman, Malik, Redden….and now ladies and gentlemen for your viewing disgust…Mr. Steve Eminger…ENJOY

  38. Carp,

    What’s your poison, NA Beer-style? I like Buckler, but I don’t drink it often. What’s the best?

    And…

    LGR!!!!!!!

  39. James: Gusarov.

    Chris, I don’t care. They’re all the same to me.

    Tony, you should pass your secrets on to Boogaard.

  40. James G

    Don’t let Orr’s better half see that…she’s been trying to get him off the couch for 3 straight seasons now.

  41. Buffalo handled the Senators rather easily last night except for Ottawa’s magic goal tender. He was awesome. I seldom have seen so many goal labeled shots get stopped by a goal tender in between breaths. Sabres are not an overpowering team, like Detroit can be or Vancouver on any given night, but they are a grinding and smooth bunch and well coached, which can keep constant pressure on a defense all game long.

  42. Czechthemout!!!! on

    And so it begins! Steve Crapinger. He of the five teams in six years. He of the awful preseason plays instead of Gilroy who clearly outplayed him. Yes the merit system on the Rangers is like no other. All you have to do to play is be signed by Sather or be a reclamation project. In Crapinger’s case, he happens to be both.

    I can almost gaurantee that Stepan will be scratched either against the Islanders or against the Sabers regardless of how he plays.

    As I’ve said many times before,any agent who allows a young client of his to sign here is a moron!

  43. Good afternoon all! Happy happy day! Although….Hartnell! I’m going to miss the first game. I know, priorities, but I PROMISED a friend I’d attend her party tonight. Hoping to sneak in some TV action, but I won’t be here for game. SOB!

    ilb, break the blog baby!!!!

    I’ll catch ya all later. LGR!!!!!

  44. wicky (Our D is still SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    Afternoon ILB and all!

    Mickey which theatre did you go to??

    Gilroy a scratch…so!! This D corps is still too soft. Sauer is more physical than the rest of the guys, but so far he wasn’t overly impressive to me. You guys are SHOCKED that torts talked one thing a did another?? Seriously?? If it was on merit, vtank would have been up instead of sauer, but it is the waiver issue that cost him not performance.

    They better address the lack of grit on the blueline before the season gets too far along or we may be screwed.

    That being said…LGR!!!!!!

    Are they still playing stupid baseball??

  45. wicky (Our D is still SOFT and give Prust an A!!!!) on

    #0–sadly the number of NHL teams in the city of Quebec!

  46. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    So Gilroy will be bench boy tonight. My feeling on this is a double negative: Sauer will feel extra pressure & try & over do it, & Gilroy’s confidence will take a hit. Good for Sauer if he earned it but given that Gilroy was a regular last season this has to be a downer for him. Unless the mad scientist professor Torts has whipped up some magical motivation potion!
    LGR!!! 7pm can’t come soon enough!

  47. Let Gilroy mess up before scratching him immediately…UGH this Ebinger’s Cake guy going to put me on monkey tilt. LETS GO RANGERS!!! Cheers to the best sports blog this side of the Yangtze River!

  48. Someone just told me they spelled “Sabres” wrong on my jersey! So I roundhouse kicked him in his knees! Just kidding! Lets go Rangers!

  49. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Sally, considering your height, that roundhouse kick should’ve landed a touch higher…

  50. henrik lundqvist blog fan on

    Blogmama, you got tix to the Devils game in October? What section are they in?

  51. MickeyM is pumped for tonight on

    Little over 3 hours til game time! So excited for this that dealing with the credit union and not getting a copy of my lien release right away isn’t bothering me much.

    wicky, we went to Galleria 6, in the huge mall in Crestwood. At least I was told it was in Crestwood, maybe it was Brentwood. I can’t remember now as I was driving and going off my friend’s directions.

    Sally, you’re not the only one wearing a Dubinsky jersey. I have on the Dubi shirt I bought at the January game I went to. :)

  52. ddeb, there are SO many ways to answer that :)

    henrik, indeed I do. Sect. 35 (sweet!) come say hi! You going to that game? joining for the warren fest after?

  53. 0 -Number of Boogaard goals this season
    0 -Number of ZzZz’s Spelling Bee championships X the number of his Boogaard bets won
    0 -Number of beers left in my fridge by game time
    0 -Percentage chance that the Rangers DON’T make the playoffs this year (…see previous)

    IS IT GO TIME YET !?!?

  54. henrik lundqvist blog fan, sec 323.

    Mama, it was a stretch for me…

    MickeyM, excellent choice!

    Okay I’m off to the arena via Swannie House for wings, beers, and a lot of angry looks…

  55. Just back from the Bruins-Coyotes game. Pretty good stuff, considering both are/were defensive teams.

    The ex-Ranger Coyotes (aka Pruchakoski) had strong games. Shame PP16 couldn’t bury the shorthanded breakaway he had. LaBarbera opened and closed the gate on the team bench in his usual fine style.

    Also in attendance at the game were Petr Nedved and 47(26?) year-old Martin Straka.

  56. henrik lundqvist blog fan on

    Blogmama, No, not going to the game or Warren. Trying to gauge where most Rangers fan enjoy their seats. What are the worst tix that you would ever see a Rangers game in?

    Thanks Sally. Enjoy the game!

  57. ddeb, that site rickrolls you to the main page, but I found it and I must say, awesome!!!! I may use that on some computer I use :) Hey, click on my bold name above……my new web site :)

  58. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Mama- admittedly, I liked your old bold name better..

    Sally, I remember your height very well. What I said was supposed to be flattering.

    Dde- welcome back!

    Where the B is Mako?

  59. ahhh. well, henrik, these seats were a gift (at $250 per they’d have to be!). I don’t have season tix :( and this will be the first live game I’ve seen in eons..

    No offense to those who have these seats, but for me, I hate the blue seats (old school). It’s great to be in MSG but they are sooooo high up. And, um, heads excluded I’m sure, there’s a reason those seats have the rep they do, and I’m too old for that, even at 26 :)

    I think lots of folks here are in 300s….a level below, in a good sense :)

  60. ilbetc…me too :(

    OK all, I am verrry reluctantly tearing myself away to make train and party (ugh!) Will check in later after game. Enjoy!!! I am most excited for Friday though!!!!

  61. ilbzotenko2001 on

    LMAO @ etc. If I keep adding more stuff to my name for each occasion, I may need to use tiny url just to post it lol.

  62. ilbzo, the Rangers’ popularity can be stopped by no river, man made or otherwise. Wasn’t that the reasoning behind the building of the Hoover dam? ;) LGR!!

  63. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Mrs and I will go out for a quick bite. My wife suggested to do it early, so I can watch the game and join you. Tell me, am I a lucky man or what? See you all soon.

  64. mama loves mrs. ilbetc. and ilbetc is a lucky man :)

    OK, I really gotta run!!!! yeesh, stop bothering me!

  65. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    Kicking the man off the computer very soon, snuck on while he’s making some adjustments to his motorcycle.

    This beautiful day is taking forever to get to gametime!

  66. Gift of GAB-orik on

    So i’m thinking we won’t even make it through the pre-game show without Joe Mich mancrushing on someone…. So Boneheads… it leads me to this question…

    Who will be Joe Mich’s first mancrush of the new season??

    My vote is for Stepan.

  67. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    MDZ is not a teenager anymore, so i think Joe steps it up with a notch with him. And everyone has at least one bad boy mancrush, so you know boogies it.

  68. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Linda are you giving us insight into your personal tastes here??

    C’mon… don’t lie… you got a Boogey poster don’t you? :)

  69. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Gab-
    Since Blogmama has a crush on him too, i’m going to have to go with Sauer!

  70. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    GAB and Linzo,
    Should I even ask what that new street term to “Notch” with someone means?

  71. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Sauer is a fine choice shattenkirk.

    i really think it’s between stepan, boogey, or sauer.

    Though he may just pull a wild card on us. We’ll have to watch and see!

  72. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I’m sure Joe already wants “a notch” with him, after all MDZ may not have Kotalik’s “huge forearms” or “thick body,” but he’s still “a good looking kid” and that’s all Joe Micheletti needs to see in the Rangers locker room these days in order to go to sleep a happy home broadcaster.

  73. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Greetings Linzo!

    Gilroyed is the new Prucha’d. Let’s just hope Gilroy doesn’t get gilroyed too much this season.

    BTW – Anybody watching baseball on TBS – They’re teasing us with all their Rangers talk!

  74. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    If I recall, I think it was mentioned that Joe does love a tasty Italian Sausage… and I’m sure MDZ’s family can probably cook well.

  75. How come Aaron Varos didnt make the Ducks roster… maybe there was a reason why he was always scratched…

  76. no need to rush.
    tweet from Zipay says that with opening
    ceremonies
    puck won’t drop til 7:16

  77. Bad news is I feel like crap and am running a fever. the good news is that means no NJ trip just the couch and the big screen for the game tonight.

  78. Gravey (formerly known as Jor71) on

    Have my 12 pack of Stella Artois chilled, some mozzarella sticks and pizza bites cooking in the oven.

    Going to take the dogs out for a walk and afterwards sit back and enjoy some hockey baby!!!

    Well everyone enjoy the game and talk to youse later!!!!

    LGR!!!!

  79. I think that I spell Sabres like this once in a while. That may be the French spelling?? I don’t know, but I think I’ve seen it like that somewhere. Why don’t they remove the temptation and rename them the Bisons?

  80. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    ddetenko Laurel picked up Sauer, and still has Aves signed. I stayed with Cally, Prust and Boyle. Sally still has Dubinsky, and I think her and Krisy share Hank lol. I’m not sure who Mickey drafted yet lol

    I AM GETTING A PREGAME SHOW!!!!!! HOLY CARCILLO!!!

  81. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Game one ,baby!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    WOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    LETS GO – LETS GO- LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!

  82. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Game one ,baby!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    RANGERSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!1

    GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO GO !!!!!!!!!

  83. ilbzotenko2001 on

    OK, I’m back. If you ask me what we had for dinner, I won’t remember. So don’t ask. What’s the scoop?

  84. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    Mickey, you should have just gotten hockeystreams! I cannot believe i am getting MSG Pregame show with the To Catch a Predator dude and Disco Duguay

  85. ZzZz NYR ZzZzellotenko " Game one ,baby!!!" ...says Greg L. on

    Is there a link to the game in case center ice dont show the game for me?

  86. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! This is worse than waiting for Christmas when you were a kid!

  87. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Boyle & DZ – I almost vomited in my mouth…they just dropped a few masculinity points. I hope they split them up as roomates!

  88. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    damn this freezing already! AAAAAAAARGH! here’s hoping the premium feed is still the Rangers feed!

  89. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    How about having Pizza-boy sing “that’s amore” as he slings his 9 finger pies?

  90. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    any minute now the feed will return…. argh!!!!!!!!!

    and we’re back!

    Headzo, that would have been unfortunate!

    ORR, I’d rather hear him sing wizard of oz songs than black eyed peas or pink!

  91. Linzotenko 2010-2011 on

    morg, that’s where you erred, you used common sense!
    I think Torts knows about Greg’s bet with half the blog, and is trying to give him as many chances for a Boogie goal as possible.

  92. social butterfly on

    laughable watching Duguay cringe at that. remember “oo la la” Ron? we cringed at you, and still do.

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