The champs come to town

90

The Black Hawks are at the Garden tonight, but I won’t be. Byfuglien.

Oh, Byfuglien won’t be there, but, ah, never mind.

Something came up with my, you know, other job, so I’m probably going to be unable to make it to the city in time for the game.

———————

Hey, did you guys notice fewer Trick-Or-Treaters last night. We had three — the neighbor’s kid, and two other kids who were going house to house in their parents’ car. Then we had a bunch of jackwagons ring the doorbell and set off some of those whistling bottle-rocket things on the front lawn. And that was it. So we were left with a giant basket of candy. And I can’t eat candy. Double byfuglien.

———————-

I also have another Halloween/Rangers story for you, but it’s way too long to try to tell on a game day. So somebody remind me when we have one of those stretches of two or three days with no games.

Meanwhile, here are tonight’s game notes from the Rangers. To read more, click “more.”

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Monday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 5-4-1 (11 pts)
Blackhawks: 7-5-1 (15 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 30

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will play their fourth game in six nights when they will face-off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0, on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, and are now 5-4-1 (11 pts) on the season. The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 7-5-1 (15 pts) record, following a 3-1 win on Saturday at Minnesota. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set against Atlantic Division opponents.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Blackhawks
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 vs. Blackhawks
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. BLACKHAWKS:
* All-Time: The Rangers are 235-241-98-2 all-time against the Blackhawks: 119-113-55-0 at home and 116-128-43-2 on the road.
* 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Blackhawks this season.
* Last Season: New York was 0-0-1 against Chicago in 2009-10 after falling to the Blackhawks, 2-1, in overtime on Dec. 9 at the United Center.
* The Rangers have won their last two contests vs. the Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden, out-scoring Chicago, 6-3, during the stretch. The Blueshirts last home loss to the Blackhawks was on Dec. 11, 2002 (3-4).
* Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-0-1 with a 1.88 goals against average and .951 save percentage in one contest vs. Chicago last season, and is now 3-0-2 with a 1.76 goals against average in five career games against the Blackhawks.
* Alex Frolov has registered a team-high, eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Chicago; Brandon Dubinsky has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in two career games vs. the Blackhawks
* Frolov posted a career-high, five points (two goals, three assists) vs. Chicago on Jan. 1, 2008.
* New York lists one former Blackhawk on their roster: Todd White (1997-98 – 1999-00)
* Chicago lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play opportunity (2:00) on Saturday at Toronto, and are now 4-20 with the man advantage over the last five games for a 20.0% success rate. New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 15.4% (6-39) success rate, and are tied for 20th at home with a 13.0% (3-23) success rate at MSG. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Oct. 9 at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Maple Leafs scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:29) on Saturday at Toronto, and now rank 26th in the NHL with a 77.3% (34-44) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Saturday at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in three, three-on-four situations on Oct. 15, and are now 2-3 (1:10) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday at Toronto, and are now even in eight, four-on-four situations (11:28) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06
New York has posted a record of 41-20-12 (94 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 3-0-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span. The Rangers’ .644 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Boston (.525%, 46-41-15), Toronto (.519%, 45-41-18), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL in blocked shots per game, averaging 19.0 blocked shots per contest, and rank second with 190 blocked shots on the season. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 35 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan is tied for fourth among NHL forwards with 14 blocked shots. New York registered a season-high, 35 blocked shots on Saturday at Toronto, and have now recorded 65 blocked shots in their last two contests at the Air Canada Centre after posting 30 blocked shots on Oct. 21 at Toronto.

ALL-TIME RANGERS SHUTOUTS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Saturday at Toronto and, in the process, passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career regular season shutouts.

THE HOT LIST:
* Ryan Callahan enters tonight’s contest with a six-game scoring streak (four goals, five assists over the span), including a goal in each of the last four contests and multiple-point efforts in three of the last four
* Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-0 in his last four starts, registering a 1.78 goals against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout over the span
* Brandon Dubinsky has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* Brian Boyle has notched two goals in the last three games
* The Rangers have tallied four power play goals in the last five games, registering a 20.0% (4-20) success rate over the span
* Michal Rozsival has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
* Artem Anisimov has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games, including three assists in the last four
* Ruslan Fedotenko has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
* Sean Avery has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

RANGER MILESTONES
Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard andSteve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Oct. 18 vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Oct. 21 at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team. Rookie Evgeny Grachev made his NHL and Rangers debut on Friday vs. Carolina, after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday.

YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
* Sean Avery: 1 game from 500 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
* Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
* Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)
* Evgeny Grachev: 1st career NHL game (10/29 vs. CAR)

INJURIES:
* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 10
* Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 7
* Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 29

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Oct. 24: Recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford
* Oct. 25: Assigned forward Jeremy Williams to Hartford
* Oct. 28: Recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from Hartford

About Author

90 Comments

  1. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Gday all!

    RAWK! I feel a big diference from the games this year and the games ending last year. This year I am excited to watch and anticipate the start. Last year I was Dredden the start of each game knowing the suffering was about to begin. On a happy note, I was drunk by the end of the first period last year almost every game.

  2. For anybody in the Albany area–the Rangers game was blacked out on Saturday night due to the Sabres playing. I happened to find the Rabgers game on Channel 1 on Time Warner Digital Cable. Don’t know if all the games will be there–just wanted to give you guys the heads up!

  3. Last time they played, Big Buff flew right by Gaborik (who was in Mamby Pamby Land at that moment) and scored a GWG in OT. Won’t happen today. Neither of them is playing.

  4. gabby better get healthy soon or callahan is gonna take his spot. lol. jeez imagine how badly this season couldve started and were one game over 500. if we can just stay above water like this, maybe improve at home for all teh paying nyr fanatics who wanna see a win, then id be happy. this team even in losing has showed guts and resiliency. without a top line. and the injury to gaborik and prospal, who wont be here next year anyway, has really brought out the best in everyone, especially the 2nd line of duby,AA and cally. in a perfect world, theyd be one of the best 3rd lines in the nhl, but theyre our top line. i have never given up on duby, and im glad i didnt. him and duby are the future leaders and collectively, weve been doing better at pk’ing and blocking shots, traffic in front. so guess what slats, leave dru on IR. he is not needed at all. maybe for faceoffs, and mess has been teaching them, so make drury the Gm of pizza operations, and head scout for european spices

  5. spices?? wtf was i thinking? i meant mouthguards, but i started thinking of pizza, and i wrote spices!! wtb?/ its early.

  6. Julie, the games will often be on channel 1 or 2 if blacked out by the sabres and rick jeanerets shrill screams, i was up at school at suny for 4 years and didnt realize this until my end of my senior year, so pass the news along to everyone you know so no one has to suffer the way i did!

  7. The game on Saturday wasn’t blacked out in Albany, at least if you have Time Warner. It was on MSG Plus. Now, if you have simple basic cable (and not digital) you may not get MSG Plus, but that doesn’t mean the game was blacked out. Sounds like TW opens up Channel 1 or 2 for MSG Plus (for the games that are not blacked out.) …. And, yes, Carp, way less trick or treaters last night in my hood north of Albany. The fact that it was a Sunday night and it was freaking cold had a lot to do with it, I think. Brought a big bag of candy to work this morning, put it in the lunchroom, and it was gone in an hour.

  8. Good morning all! Here’s my quick thought on tonight. These aren’t the same teams as last year. We’re certainly not, and a bunch of the champs no longer call Chi-town home, so I say, bring it on!!!! You hear my Olga!!!????

    OK, off to work, later what wicky says :)

  9. I have 2 tickets to Sundays game vs St. Louis & Tuesdays game vs Washington. Section 426 Row C seats right off the aisle. Face Value. E-mail me at ajp9977@msn.com.
    I also have a bunch of other games available if you’re looking for something in particular.

  10. Olga Folkyerself on

    “the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Black Hawks,”

    I don’t want them any better than that Mama. Oh, it’s on…

  11. Julie – when you have text between two “-” marks, it comes up crossed out. If you have text between two “*” marks it becomes bold…

  12. wicky© (Our D is a bunch of poussins and belongs in MAMBY PAMBY LAND!!!!) on

    beth
    please, according to some, only negative comments are used here, so please refrain from being happy or optimistic!!!

    so I love this line from tomb on the last thread:
    “how come you people who don’t know anything about hockey aren’t sold on Dubinsky?”

    Tomb….the hockey know it all man!! So tomb has played and coached hockey…BFD!! Most of us here have played and/or coached hockey at some point and many still do in some capacity. Glen Sather played and coached hockey, so does torts……and pick any other person we have butchered here in the NHL or AHL and I bet they have “played and coached hockey”. Give it a rest man and before you just read a line or two of a post (I can only speculate that is what you did with my post, because you sure came to the WRONG conclusion from it) try reading the whole thing.

    You may have a different view on how the game should be played or what is important for the foundation of a team, but you don’t seem to be head and shoulders above (or below) anyone else that posts here a lot with your EXTENSIVE hockey knowledge!! You have an opinion like the rest of us, and that’s about it. Lighten up before you really hurt that hockey genius brain of yours!!!

    Morning ILB and all!!

  13. tix available for following games

    11/22 mon vs calgary
    1/5 wed vs carolina
    1/11 tues vs montreal
    1/25 tues vs florida
    2/17 thurs vs kings
    3/3 thurs vs minnesota
    3/22 tues vs florida

    section 330 aisle seats face value 120 for pair email me baum27@aol.com

  14. Shattenkirkheadzo on

    Carp – I bet it was Carcillo who who lit those bottle rockets….or it could have been Blogmama.

    Any updates on Gabby’s return?

  15. Carp, We also had very few treaters (nobody has any tricks, they just want sugar or cash). Last year our entire block was vandalized and everyone’s mailbox was destroyed. I thought we had escaped this year until I left for work and noticed that one of the trees on my front lawn had been assualted. Next year, I’m putting a scarecrow in front of my property… (I hope I can tolerate the hay stuffed in my arms and legs!)

    Tonight’s game should be interesting. The Hawks may not have the same lineup as last year but most of their significant talent is still there and they have a winning record. This game will provide us a decent gauge of our competitiveness.

  16. Mark,
    I got the Sabres game on channel 26 on Saturday night. That’s MSG Plus, isn’t it? Anyway, that’s great that they show MSG Plus on channel 1. I never knew that until I hit it by mistake!

  17. Heave Ho- too early to assess their competitiveness. The are still finding themselves. But I have very little reasons to complain about the team. Last game- Hank earned the SO, but the team earned 2 points. If I were to complain at all, I’d say maybe they are stickchecking too much in our zone. I attribute that to playing back-to-back. It worked with Toronto, but it will not work tonight. But in general, the forwards backchecked exceptionally well. No one to single as a bad player. I do believe we have a TEAM.

  18. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    ilb just to expand on your point a little bit: When the forwards backcheck, the D-men can stand up at the blue line more, which will create more blocked shots/turnovers at the blue line.

  19. Joekuh- I also liked how our forwards don’t allow the opposing team to get to any rebounds in front of the net. I am pretty sure they will get outclassed by some teams, but if they maintain their work habit, it will go a long way.

  20. ilb, while I agree that it’s early, I think our developing team could use this game as some sort of measure of where we are and what we need to work on. Think of it as a quiz rather than a major test. I’d like to see them rise to the challenge of playing a good team at home. We really need to start playing with some swagger at MSG rather than succumbing to the self induced pressure.

  21. wicky© (Our D is a bunch of poussins and belongs in MAMBY PAMBY LAND!!!!) on

    back to work!

    Later assens!!

    LGR!!

  22. Heave Ho- agree. As long as, if they don’t win, people don’t start taking them apart. Well, I guess not much we can do about that…

  23. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    even when we DO win some fans will pick things apart. not that there’s anything wrong with that, because sometimes it is deserved.

  24. Ilb, yeah, a win would be nice but I’m more interested in the effort and competitiveness we play with. Even with a loss, I’ll be encouraged if we show some fire in our own building. I think the team needs to build some inner confidence and not be overly sensitive to the home crowd’s criticism and impatience.

  25. 2 Tickets available for this Sunday’s game against the Blues. Section 304 Row H Seats 7 & 8

    Email: wag279@gmail.com if interested

    I’ll be in the seats at tonight’s game, but I’ve got to go to dinner for my girlfriend’s sister’s birthday Sunday, so I can’t make that game. Season ticket holder face value for the tickets – $56/each.

    Thanks and let’s go Rangers!

  26. mao_del_zedongo on

    ROFLMAO @ ‘dubi/cally/AA’ being a really good 3rd line…. u dont think dubi and calli are both top six forwards now? even in a compliment our players get slighted.

    Tomb,
    nice stuff on dubi…exactly the reason Torts wants to ride dubi..he knows he is special and he trusts his play. I thought New Yorkers loved players who had a ton of heart…oh yeah, dubi is not just a gritty player…the kid is talented. his puckhandling is pretty sick…not in a flashy kovalev sort of way, but in the calm demeanor messier sort of way. He slows down the game like a point guard in the nba when he has the puck in the zone. Dubi reminds me so much of a Brindamour type player…maybe Brindy was tougher, but dubi has toughness too. …i won’t spread my optimism too much…it may offend the negative nannies.

    good day! be well all!

  27. CCCP – you have to break the game into 7 pieces. If we win 4/7 8 1/2 minute intervals, we get the cup.

  28. mao_del_zedongo on

    carp,
    this is a good discussion we have going on dubi/callie…i’d love to hear where you would place these two with regards to the rest of the league. People are just judging these kids based on numbers and against flashier or top tier players. I’m not saying these guys are in the crosby/ovechkin class. what I am saying is that there is an intangible that these kids have, and to think of Dubi as a third liner is flat out silly. Furthermore, these kids have chemistry together. They remind me of Ridley/Miller when they were playing together. If Dubi was on any other team, people would be saying that they would love to have a kid like that on our team. Well, we got him! Thankfully! I think Callie’s Olympic experience really gaev him that confidence where he is more than a charlie hustle player. He was always skilled, now his confidence is matching that skill. Glad we got Callie too. These are core players, and should be lauded by fans not ‘they would make great 3rd liners’. ROFLMAO …..callie was also great in the caps series where we were up 3-1.

  29. Carp: I noticed the exact same thing regarding trick or treaters. I think that in my part of town, parents take their kids to other more residential areas instead of dealing with apartment and condo complexes. Maybe that was just an assumption? Even worse than having candy, I’m also stuck with play dough that I had bought at Costco to give out. While I’m sure the creative ones around here (Orr) could think of things to do with play dough, I’m just not that creative.

  30. Carp is busy today, so I hope you don’t mind if I give you my $0.02. A solid second line, I don’t care where they play. Look at the second line, say in Pittsburgh. Malkin is a stud, but can you remind me of his wingers? LOL at “third liners”, folks. Callahan is more than point per game over the last few and Dubinsky is at point per game.

  31. Right now Dubi-Anisimov-Cally are our FIRST line. If they continue as is, they should get as many minutes as Gaborik and company (and who is that exactly?) when Gabby returns. I can’t see Torts putting his lab coat on and messing with this line. If it ain’t broke, don’t mix it!

  32. The new Zherdev, same as…

    “Nikolay Zherdev, LW, Philadelphia (2 G, 0 A, -1, 4 PIM, 9 GP): Coming back from a year in the KHL, Zherdev seemed like an odd fit with the Flyers and was playing just 12:36 per game before he was given the press box treatment over the weekend; strangely enough, the scratch came after Zherdev scored his second goal of the season in his previous game.”

  33. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    Gold, just put a sign out saying “Free candy”. What can go wrong? ; )

    ilb, mao, exactly. People said they want to see Cally + Dubi make steps this year, especially with this being Dubi’s walk year ( not sure on Cally ). They do it, and you STILL call them 3rd liners. What’s the point of talking about them if you’re not going to give em criticism AND credit?

  34. >>If we beat Hawks tonight… does that makes us the new SC Champs?? :)

    It’s not something you’ll need to worry about.

  35. I had a detailed list last week (or maybe the week before) about some well known players being known as 2nd line players and their point totals from last year. Basically, if Dubi and Cally put up 50+ to 60 points this year they’ll be on par with most 2nd lines around the league. The days of a typical 2nd line player putting up 30+ goals and 70-80 points, with some exceptions like Malkin or Semin, are over. Dubi was on pace for 52 last year, pro-rated since he lost time to his hand exploding in CGY. He’s definitely headed in the right direction this year, let’s hope he keeps it up.

    I’m normally wary of inflating a player’s value because of “intangibles”. I liked Blair Betts as a player, but I knew he had his limits. I think it was bit of a kick in the pants for him to get released from the team after having his season ended by Brashear but business is business. That being said, Cally might never score more than the 22 goals he hit a couple of seasons ago and 50 points might be his absolute ceiling in the league, but you can’t question his work ethic on the ice in all situations. There are leaders who lead by example and that’s what Cally is right now. He fully deserves the “C” when the Rangers rid themselves of Drury.

  36. I know. How about Gilroy on the wing, Sauer on defense. Gilroy may create more than White, and he knows how to play defense. Give Sauer some playing minutes. White is a dead wood at the moment.

  37. Avery will definitely score a goal tonight if Turco is in net. You know how he always sticks it to his former teammates.

    I say two goals! And he’ll fight. And I’ll give him an assist. He’ll either assist someone on a goal, or assist Step-On

  38. He probably does, jbytes. But we are not talking a ton of minutes, and they seemingly have no plans for White in the future.

  39. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    Gilroy’s trying to make the league as a D-Man. I dont think they’ll move him to forward just yet.

  40. He is a D-man, joekuh. I’m suggesting to do it for a game, so Sauer doesn’t get pressure ulcers from sitting….White has no future on this team. Trying Gilroy on the wing, which he is familiar with, for limited amount of minutes will not hurt.

  41. I agree Gilroy would be good on the wing. I don’t know why they haven’t made that move already. Sauer should be playing.

  42. Hawks are a shell of themselves right now. Campbell is just getting into the lineup tonight after being out all season with a sprained knee. Hossa is out for a few weeks, Bolland is likely out too, and they of course lost all that depth that they had, Buff and Ladd and Versteeg.

    so, while they are still a fairly good team, anyone who has watched their games so far this season has seen them pinned in their own zone for long stretches and giving up 9 more shots per game than last season. they are not the same team that were champs, they are not the dominating team of last season at all. they are very human this year, and beatable, as the lowly Oilers showed them in their own madhouse in Chi the other night. it was the Oilers first road win in regulation since last Dec, about almost 30 games.

  43. mao_del_zedongo on

    great post, ct!!

    joe, yep i agree with u!

    nice that we can discuss without a degradation of respect and savoir-faire!

    And just because I disagree with someone doesn’t mean they not deserving of a Dubi-kiss! :)

  44. paulieplatypus on

    My favorite Rangers holloween story goes back to when Mark Pavelich put on a sharks fin and skated around practice trying to bite all his teammates – like the land shark on SNL in the early 80’s. Not sure if this actually happened on holloween, but it’s still my favorite Rangers holloween story.

  45. Looks like Parise’s injury isn’t serious. The Devs just dodged a major bullet. They made it seem like he was going to miss a few months.

    He’ll be out for tonight’s loss against the Nucks :)

  46. Saturday’s game wasn’t blacked out in Albany, but I was. Holey Shnikies, that liquor messed me up…

    egt – Anytime you have Kane, Toews, Keith and Seabrook in the lineup, your team AIN’T gonna be a pushover.

  47. where did i ever say they were a pushover?? read the post. I accurately described their current condition, and said that they were still a fairly good team, just not the dominating team of last year.

  48. Shoryuken on Glen Sather on

    Don’t know if anyone saw this, but CBC’s Elliotte Friedman publishes a weekly 30 Thoughts on the NHL, and this was from today’s:

    23. Ryan Callahan is becoming a star. He had a good take on how you become an effective player in the NHL. Basically, he said it’s easy to play well when you’re feeling great. What separates the best from everyone else is how they play when not feeling so good. In 82-game seasons, there are going to be several nights like that.

    24. Callahan scored huge points with John Tortorella when the winger spoke up about bad penalties during the second intermission of their Oct. 23 game in Boston. Number of third-period penalties that night: 0. New York won 3-2.

    25. Some Rangers fans were surprised to see Evgeny Grachev get a chance with the big club after a poor training camp and uninspiring start with AHL Hartford. Think New York wants to see what he does with NHL-level teammates. If he doesn’t show something, he’s going to get lost on a team with a lot of really good, but not well-known, young players.

    26. Michael Del Zotto took exactly two weeks off after last season. Went to the worlds, then six days a week with Gary Roberts. Most guys take more time than that. Shows his commitment. Curious to see, though, if he gets tired later in the year.

  49. paulieplatypus on

    Was just thinking and remembering for a moment how back in the day Nick Fotiu would skate around the rink finishing “hard!” all his checks on every puck carrier that he could possibly get his hands on… Until of course the other teams goon challanged Nick to a fight. Anyway, I sure would love to see Boogaard skating around hitting people like Fotiu did, until the other teams goon has no choice but to challenge him to a fight… A fight he just can’t win.

  50. Crystal Water Triple on

    Which looks x=classier?:

    Chicago Black Hawks OR: Chicago Blackhawks

    Detroit Red Wings Detroit Redwings

    Toronto Maple Leaves Toronto Mapleleaves

    Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Bluejackets.

    (Not even close, it is so obvious.)

  51. Booger hasn’t exactly looked like his “dominating” self in his two fights. He was taken down rather easily.

    Maybe it’s the weight loss. I remember when Orr cut his weight, he had a little bit of a hard time with his balance.

    Booger’s been rather useless actually.

  52. Crystal Water Triple on

    Changing from Black Hawks to Blackhawks is the classic example of “fixing”what is not broken. This franchise should also put the Tomahawk “C” on the front of the jersey, as the logo, and dump the wooden indian logo that looks like somebody spilled ink on a blotter as the center ice logo.

    At least I am not seeing the Buffalo “Chipmunk” logo, yet this year and that is a great relief. From the perfect logo to a chipmunk-looking logo surely could not have sold that much extra apparel. From a strictly artistic standpoint it was insane.

  53. Per Zipay:
    Torts: Eminger now “our No. 5 defenseman”. So six is now between Sauer, who will play tonight, and Gilroy

    I’m sure this will go over well around here.

  54. Sauer is in tonight!!! Horay!

    Torts quote: “Eminger is our 5th defenseman”.

    So Sauer and Gilroy are battling it out for 6…

  55. >>Booger hasn’t exactly looked like his “dominating” self in his two fights.

    It seems that heavyweights that come to the Rangers lately have lost their punch under the Tortorella system. Coincidence?

  56. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    Evening Gents! after a rough day at work, I am hoping for a well played game, and 2 points of course!

    tomb, are you sitting in time out still? naughty boy

  57. Oh, good, looks like I’m making it for the game….Nothing like watching it with you…Eminger has been fine lately, btw…

  58. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    do i watch the game on NHL Network, or do i watch on hockey streams, where i may get the MSG game feed??

  59. no more time out for me. time to drive home and watch some hockey!

    A guy I used to play hockey with and now coaches hockey in Harlem is a big Hawks fan. He is gonna get some serious texting tonight.

Leave A Reply

Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud