Rangers-Leaves tonight


I like these quick turnarounds. Of course, I didn’t have to catch a flight early this morning, then go through customs, and arrive at my hotel too early for check-in, etc. as I did in the good ol’ days.

Below is an abbreviated version of tonight’s notes (to read more, click “more”). I’m at another assignment all day, and hope to be back in the chair by puck drop.

Some thoughts on Canes-Rangers:

1) I really wonder if there is a better duo in all the NHL at down-low wall play, cycling as they call it, than Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko. And also wonder if they shouldn’t be the second PP unit. They could really dominate against only four opponents — as they do against five — while their center and two pointmen skate to open ice.

2) When Ryan Callahan plays like this, that’s when you see a “C” sewn on his chest someday, and when you think that he might someday be more than a second-line winger. And it’s stretches like these that make you say — in past years — that he should have more offensive numbers at the end of the season. Say the same for Brandon Dubinsky.

3) Do you think John Tortorella goes to Martin Biron tonight, then Lundqvist back home against the champs on Monday?

4) Of course they lost last night. They were without Derek Boogaard.

5) Marc Staal really needs to eliminate some of the head-scratching defensive plays, because he’s starting to find some offense, and at times looks ready to live up to the hype … then he has one of those WTB? plays.

6) Did youse see the byfuglien goal Big Buff scored to beat Buff? Byfuglien=Monster.

7) Loved the new word added to the vocabulary last night. In case you missed it: carcfillo=shift.


Here are the notes, from the Rangers. They misspelled Leaves:

Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre • Toronto, ON
Rangers: 4-4-1 (9 pts)
Maple Leafs: 5-3-1 (11 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 29

The Rangers will conclude their second back-to-back set of the season tonight when they will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest having been defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, last night at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-4-1 (9 pts) on the season. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 5-3-1 (11 pts) record, having lost four of their last five games (1-3-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return home to host the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Monday, Nov. 1, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six nights.

TV: MSG Plus
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)

Radio: AM 1600 WWRL
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)

All-Time: The Rangers are 216-270-95-6 all-time against the Maple Leafs: 126-109-56-3 at home and 90-161-39-3 on the road.
2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the second of two meetings at Air Canada Centre. New York owns a 1-0-1 record in the season series after defeating the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Oct. 21 at Toronto.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 against Toronto in 2009-10, including a 1-0-1 mark at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers out-scored the Maple Leafs, 18-7, in four games last season.
Henrik Lundqvist is 7-4-4 with a 2.88 goals against average in 15 career contests vs. Toronto, following a 34-save performance in a 4-3 overtime loss in the home opener on Oct. 15; Martin Biron earned his first victory as a Ranger, stopping 24 shots in a 2-1 win on Oct. 21 at Toronto, and is now 13-11-2-3 with a 2.69 goals against average and one shutout in 31 career games against the Maple Leafs
Brian Boyle leads the Rangers in scoring with two goals in two games against the Maple Leafs this season, and Sean Avery has tallied a team-high, two assists in the season series; Ruslan Fedotenko and Michal Rozsival have each registered one goal and one assist vs. Toronto this season
Todd White has tallied nine goals and 21 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Michal Rozsival has registered a team-high, 15 assists in 34 career games vs. the Maple Leafs
Dan Girardi notched a career-high, two goals vs. the Maple Leafs on Oct. 12, 2009
Brandon Dubinsky tallied a career-high, three assists at Toronto on Dec. 29, 2007
New York lists no former Maple Leafs on their roster
Toronto lists two former Rangers on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 – 2008-09)

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  1. Repost:

    I still feel the rangers will finish tenth and miss the playoffs. My take so far this season is the rangers show they can score but the problem is there defence, it’s horrible. I can’t believe I’m saying this but Giradi has been there best defencemen. stall has been shaky, MDZ has been horrible in his own end and I’m not impressed with eminger and than we have rosival.

  2. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Horrible officiating. I know you shouldn’t use it as an excuse… but just awful. Couple that with the couple of chances they should have buried… tough loss. But entertaining game to be at.

  3. Czechthemout!!!! on

    Mike Sauer needs to be in the lineup. Crapinger is not a good player. He is always in the wrong place at the right time. This is why he has played for 5 teams in six years. Sather should stop stroking his ego by force feeding this guy on Torts.

  4. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Some of Staal’s penalties have also come at the MOST inopportune times…
    Loss against Isles, hi-sticking by Staal allows Islanders to tie the game 4-4 with a PPG 4-4 (Isles won 6-4)
    Against Tor, Staal took the penalty in OT which led to Kessel’s GWG,
    Staal also took a slashing penalty late in first period against Boston to give them a 5-on-3 which let them bring the game back into reach (score 2-1)

    Rough season so far.

  5. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy Halloween Eve boneheads!!! Shiver me bones, its freakin cold here!!

    Carp, I thought you meant Groinocologist, but I’m honored you liked my word!! :-)

    Sauer needs to get a few more games in.

    I am sure that when Big Bad Buff is 34,he will be a Ranger.

    Frankegaard in tonight? Or is it Boogiestein?

  6. The Hague Pimp (aka Miami Pimp) on

    Does anyone want to predict how many giveaways we’ll see form Roszival tonight?

  7. Going back over the game thread last night. Glad to see that everyone thinks those penalty calls were Carcillo. I think the Rangers played well and thought it would just be a matter of time under we scored that fourth goal, but the Canes got a BS PP first and put it away. :(

    What do youse think about the Halloween costume of a Chilean miner? Bill Plaschke did it on Around the Horn on Friday, but I had the idea before that!

  8. JBytes – thanks for the link

    Dubi’s made several passes that have lead to great scoring chances, he could certainly have a few more assists at this point.

    Looks like Boyle could be a good fit with Avery and Fedotenko- maybe we’ll have a FAB line.

    I read a lot of Carcillo towards Eminger.

    I think some of the negativity comes from the desire to see Sauer get a chance.

    But in the last two games I think its fair to say he’s been the Rangers most physical Dman and from what I’ve seen his hits are more than just the token gesture.

    Also, in Emingers last three games the other team has scored zero goals while he’s been on the ice. (Yeah, the Rangers haven’t scored either though)

    8:09 Devils – no goals against
    15:44 Thrashers – no goals against
    13:39 Hurricanes – no goals against

    IMO if he can be physical and shorten the game by taking on minutes without hurting the team that’s a positive for a third pair guy. Maybe Sauer can do the same. Maybe more.

    But why the hate.

  9. I really think that our PK is suffering because Dru is not in the lineup. If he is good for anything, it is on the PK. Our PK has not been terrible, but it has been letting in goals at the worst of times.

  10. Do you know what the beauty is when you watch the Rangers at one in the morning falll asleep by 4 am in the morning waking up at around 12 the next day going to your favourite place asking for breakfast around 2pm in the afternoon and greeting everybody with a politly “good morning ” ??????


  11. The broadcast was right last night. Danny G has been our best and most responsible Dman up to this point.

  12. Danny G has played well. We forget that these guys are human. I’m sure being an expectant father with an expiring contract added some pressure to him last year.

    He has his limitations but he is solid.

  13. Not entirely sold on #1, Carp. Agree that Avery in particular has been excellent behind the net, but there are a couple of remarkably similar-looking Swedes in Vancouver who I’d put ahead of Avery/Fedotenko as a cycling duo, to name one (two?).

    Not convinced they’ll keep up the scoring pace, but Callabinskimov look like they are capable of chipping in far more secondary scoring than last year.

  14. We’ll have Carp to blame if the Rangers lose three in a row tonight.

    At least there will be some extra leg room on the cart.

  15. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    What a terrible foul… Just as “A” stands for alternate captain, you should really know that “C” stands for CLUTCH captain and only one man is worthy of such a title.

  16. True Blue Mike on

    Hey Orr i didn’t forget. Guess who didn’t play last night Derek Boogard. Told you he wouldn’t play all 82 games.

  17. tomg-

    If you want to see the young guys you’re going to have to do some suffering. Bite the bullet and let them get better.

    or should we call up McDonagh (-6, with no points in 10 games in Hartford), bitch, bash and repeat the process?

  18. Two gripes on current officiating:

    1. It used to be called “finishing your check”, now it’s called “interference”. Pretty soon all contact will be called interference and we will be watching the Ice Capades.

    2. – IMHO striking another player’s stick should not be a slashing penalty. Slashing is when you slash the player’s BODY. If you knock the stick out of his hands, he should learn to have a tighter grip on his stick. If you break his stick, he needs to use a stronger stick. I suspect that there is some pressure from stick manufacturers to call a penalty because they don’t like having the public see their very expensive high-tech sticks snap like tooth picks. Bad for business.

  19. Czechthemout!!!! on

    Overall, I still think this team is comming together and will improve. Don’t forget that the teams best forward is still out,yet we are still putting the puck home. The problem is that we are not finishing as much as we should be. The chances are there.

    What needs to happen is for Eminger to be waived and one of Sauer, Mcd, or Vtank has to be in the lineup. I am also a little frustrated with mdz. His play is very erratic. But I suppose that should be expected from someone so young.

  20. Czechthemout!!!! on

    To the person who posted Mcd’s plus/minus. Who cares! It is one of the most meaningless stats that there is( see marek malice). Mcd is playing with a career echl scrub and is being coached by a buffoon . I don’t give two shifts about his plus minus.

  21. need to get some work done before the game
    and missed part of it yesterday due to…work
    saw some of Grachev
    didn’t see much from him

    curious for your thoughts on him in his first game

  22. Czechthemout!!!!-

    I posted that.

    My point was not about McD (I haven’t seen him play in Hartford, I’ll assume you have. I was pulling for him to be signed and make the team out of camp).

    But you’ve made my point perfectly clear. You have no problem bringing up a player who is probably not ready but you’re frustrated with a 20 year old defenseman playing in the NHL.

  23. jpg, difficult and unfair to gauge Grachev’s performance at this point. Playing with linemates he doesn’t know (regardless of the fact that he was in camp, and for a short time at that) and very limited minutes on ice. I don’t see much point in bringing him up unless he’s going to be here for at least a few games. I think they’re just filling a position and giving him some exposure so he can learn what he needs to work on when he goes back down.

  24. sounds about right in regards to Grachev
    but from what i heard in previous posts
    he’s not being properly taught in Harford.
    more a defensive approach there.

    i guess we’ll have to check out Howlings site
    and see what Mitch thinks

  25. EG threw a few nice hits. Had a couple shifts in a row where was hungry to get to the dumped puck and made a Hurricane pay.

  26. The Hague Pimp (aka Miami Pimp) on

    Just heard that Roszival is being considered for the next season of “So You Think You Can Dance” …

  27. Good afternoon all! ORR, even though I’m trying to stay off the dump on Rozi wagon, that comment made me fall off my chair :)

  28. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I was at the game, and i thought Grachev played ok considering the circumstances. As previously eluded to, he did get in on the forecheck and throw some nice hits. He played with energy and passion, which is all we can ask for. Well that and be a 60 goal scorer! I digress…

  29. get well wishes for your friend Tiki

    as far Grachev, thanks for the comments on how he

    what i did think was very interesting
    Torts put him out later in the game when the score was
    tied, not sure if he was out when we were behind.
    so, he either wanted to see him a lot and give him a chance
    or really wants to give the kids the experience.
    hope it works out in the end for us and not when they
    drift off to another club in the future

  30. Tiki, shite…..I’m sending good thoughts. Hope your pal’s gonna be OK. (Note to real Tiki, give dad a kiss and a cuddle, he needs it :)

  31. Crystal Water Triple on

    Ranger D Linear Weights Scores, 9 Games… (100 score is par.)

    3……Del Z…….109
    7….. Eminger…62.5

  32. Chris F. from your link: NHL coaches and managers have worn pink ties.

    Hmm. don’t see that on Torts….all Prust had was a little pink helmet strap and he got chided :(

  33. And a hat trick….I’m done talking to me. See you all later for go time. Carp, hope you make the chair and sandwich in time :)

  34. Sauer may be the most consistent and responsible d-man on the roster. Hasn’t taken any penalties and plays smart.

    NYR Record with Mike Sauer in the lineup: 3-1-0

    NYR Record with Eminger in the lineup: 2-4-1

    They both played in the Buffalo game. Sauer should be playing.

    I like what I saw from Grachev. I think he should take over Todd White’s spot in the lineup. Why not try Stepan with Grachev and Frolov? Prust is good but I don’t think he has the skill level to play with those guys.

  35. NYR Record with Jeremy Williams in the lineup 1-0
    NYR Record with Marian Gaborik in the lineup 1-2

  36. ORR, I agree on first part, but on second? WTB! He and Aves are so clicking and no way should Aves be on 4th….come on….

  37. Eminger is another of Slats’ projects. Just like Christensen. There are reasons why these guys can’t keep an NHL job! Slats likes giving 3rd chances to guys.

  38. NYR, TR and I were discussing that, kind of….Slats needs to step back, or get fired!!! he’s messing things up in the AHL, and how the kids are getting screwed etc etc, and making decisions for Torts…..and it’s affecting the NHL team’s future….

    OY. I never say this, even though he had a decent summer, but FIRE SATHER!

  39. Best wishes to your friend, CR….

    Grachev, IMO, played well enough to question the whole decision to send him down to begin with. During very limited ice time, he was at the level or better than some 3rd-4th liners. I’d send White down and keep Grachev here. He skates exceptionally well and was physical. I think playing third line minutes in AHL is big mistake, it will only hamper his development.

  40. mao_del_zedongo on

    balcony bob,

    I disagree. Granted the sticks are so fragile, but you should not be allowed to swing violently against a player’s stick…that is an extension of his body. These players today are just winding up, and coming down hard on the stick when a forceful hook on the lower end or a lifting up of the stick is 10x more effective. These slashes of opposing players’ sticks is more of the tic tac toe contact where players lunge or attempt to use their stick in situations where playing the body or man is a better defensive outcome.

    NOW LET”S GO RANGERS!!!!!! LET’s GO DUBI!!!!! DUBI is da man!

  41. mao_del_zedongo on

    ilb, agree with u…i like grachev’s look…the kid has the something special the way he moves.

    also, you guys and gals is da best!!

  42. I don’t know Orr. I like Feds…He brings a veteran presence without Drury and Prospal around…Like Carp said, him and Avery definitely cycle very well along the wall. They keep the puck deep for stretches at a time on their own.

    Blogmama: I’m not saying fire Sather, I am just saying play Mike Sauer and sit Eminger for shift’s sake.

    But I will say: Fire Gernander!

  43. Ilb…totally agree about Grachev…He skates very well for a big man and we all know how well he can shoot the puck. I say give him a chance on the wing with some talent around him…There is no harm in doing that.

  44. LOL Jbytes! The problem could be that he’s been dead since 1989. People around just failed to mention that to him..

  45. Messiah- oh, good news. I suppose Torts was waiting for us to say a few words about it before making his final decision..

  46. Lines from Gross tweet…

    Obviously our 1st line is our first line, exactly where they should be.

    Not sure I like Boyle on the 2nd line… I’m not saying he hasn’t earned his minutes but his hands have looked slow and awkward.

    Frolov has steadily declined in my book and deserves the reduced minutes on the 3rd line.

    Stepan seems wasted on the 4th line with Boogaard but pairing him with Grachev is an interesting idea.

  47. Defense per Gross tweet

    D-pairs the same:
    Del Zotto-Girardi

    Why no Sauer?

  48. Heave Ho- remember that Boyle scored twice already by converting Avery’s feed from behind the net. Fedotenko helps keeping the puck down low. I like Stepan- Grachev combo. Do you think Boogart will have technical difficulties keeping up with them lol?

  49. i guess it will be BOO!!-gieman and Orr the sequel tonight.

    hopefully Torts will get Grachev and Stepan in other situations
    than just the 3 minutes with BOO!!gieman

    as far as Stepan, i don’t know if he’s trying to process too much information
    or what

  50. Pimp, thanks, that explains everything!

    Heave, good question on Sauer. This is becoming a WTB situation. But I still love that particular line :)

    interesting 4th line…..

  51. Mama, I don’t know why Sauer isn’t getting more playing time. Makes me wonder if there are other issues we’re not aware of. I do like Emminger’s physical play but Sauer needs ice time to improve. I don’t know if the same can be said of Emminger.

    ilb, true that Boyle has scored a couple of nice ones but there are times he seems flustered with his offensive opportunities.

  52. Czechthemout!!!! on

    Amazing that Sauer is still not playing. Crapinger sucks,plain and simple.

    Stepan played well last night. He was robbed once and set up two real good chances. I was
    afraid this would happen to him. He is now being prepared to be sent down to make room for Drury when he returns.

  53. Heave, see previous posts re: Sather and influence on players/choices…I think there are issues, and I don’t like them.

    gotta run….see ya later!

    give Boyle a chance! give Sauer a chance!!!!

  54. Hmm. Two rookies and the Booger on a Torts 4th line. Doesn’t exactly scream “at least five minutes of ice time”, does it?

  55. Eminger was the 12th pick overall in 2002. Somewhere, someone saw something. He’ll be 27 tomorrow. Maybe just giving him a chance to build some value and then move him, who knows.
    But I’d hate to think we lost Voros for nothing (rolls eyes). I still think Emingers’s played pretty well the last few games – not saying that Sauer couldn’t have done the same job or better- I don’t know.

    Sometimes you need to have faith that the powers that be might actually know more than us about their players and have a plan. Even if their is no reason to believe that.

  56. I hope Booger’s boo-boo isn’t hurting too much. I really want to see these two have a real fight. Not that garbage that we saw last time.

    So far Boogers fights have been a bore. I want blood and guts! It’s Halloween Eve for fuggs sake!

  57. Ddeb- I think they are showcasing him too…And he has been OK the last couple of games. He even threw a couple of hits, including one on Big Buff the other night. His contract is for $1.5M with cap hit of $1.125. They may find some takers instead of losing him for nothing through waivers.

    Admittedly, I wasn’t against signing Boogart at all. But so far he’s done nothing to welcome him to NY at all.

  58. ilb, lol technical difficulties – maybe Boogaard should watch Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town—-You put one foot in front of the other…

  59. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    Evening gents!!

    Boogiestein on a line with Grach and Stepan…. lmao! how many times is he going to get lapped?

  60. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    i was thinking the same thing ilb.. just hang around center ice and let the play come to him

  61. Iagree. And I said it when he was signed, they’re obsolete other than the entertainment value.
    You need toughness across the board. That said it still bothers my to see him or any other Ranger get bashed. He is what he is. I’m sure he wants to be more of a true hockey player. What did people expect.

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