Flames at Rangers tonight

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Coming off that Jeckyl and Hyde road trip, your boys have what should be a tap-in tonight … which means it will be anything but a tap-in. As youse know from home games the last two years.

Here are the pre-game notes from the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CALGARY FLAMES
Monday, Nov. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 11-9-1 (23 pts)
Flames: 8-10-1 (17 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 21

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third consecutive game vs. a Northwest Division opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-9-1 (23 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Minnesota Wild, 5-2, on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center, to improve to 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets. The Flames enter the contest with a 8-10-1 (17 pts) record to rank 14th in the Western Conference, and have lost four of their last five games (0-3-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.).

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. Flames
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flames
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. FLAMES:
* All-Time: The Rangers are 37-53-15-0 all-time against the Flames’ franchise: 25-24-5-0 at home and 12-29-10-0 on the road
* 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Flames this season
* Last Season: New York was 0-1-0 against Calgary in 2009-10, following a 3-1 loss to the Flames on Nov. 7 at Calgary. The Rangers out-shot the Flames, 33-22, including a 13-5 advantage in the third period.
* The Rangers last win against the Flames at Madison Square Garden was a 4-2 victory on Jan. 10, 2006. Henrik Lundqvist recorded the win, stopping 19 of 21 shots in net.
* New York ranks 25th in the NHL at home with a record of 4-6-1 (9 pts) in 11 games; Calgary has posted a record of 3-5-0 (6 pts) on the road to rank 28th in the league
* The Rangers have posted a record of 2-2-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Flames have not faced an Atlantic Division opponent this season
* Henrik Lundqvist is 1-2-0 with a 3.02 goals against average in three career regular season games against the Flames; Martin Biron is 3-3-0 with a 2.41 goals against average in seven career regular season contests vs. Calgary
* Marian Gaborik leads the team with 13 goals, 22 assists and 35 points in 41 career regular season contests vs. Calgary; Alex Frolov has registered 14 assists and 20 points in 26 career regular season games vs. the Flames
* New York lists two former Flames on their roster: Chris Drury (2002-03); Brandon Prust (2006-07 – 2008-09, 2009-10)
* Calgary lists two former Rangers on their roster: Olli Jokinen (2009-10); Ales Kotalik (2009-10)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
* Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in five power play opportunities (7:11) on Saturday at Minnesota. New York ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 15.0% (12-80) success rate, and ranks 26th at home with a 13.0% (6-46) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (1:44) on Wednesday vs. the Bruins, and are now 0-4 on five-on-three attempts (4:31). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Wild scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:22) on Saturday at Minnesota, and are now 28-29 (96.6%) over the last nine games. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL with a 82.9% (68-82) success rate, and are 24th in the league at home with a 80.0% (32-40) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (1:38), on Saturday at Minnesota, and are now plus-two in 19, four-on-four situations (26:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their fifth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 5-2 win on Saturday at Minnesota, improving to 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 16-5, and are 4-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 14-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.

JOHN TORTORELLA REACHES 300 WINS
With Saturday’s 5-2 win at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 300-274-37-52 in 663 career regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and ranks 12th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and first among U.S.-born coaches with 300 career victories.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had eight different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for third most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) and Montreal (nine), and is tied with Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Tampa Bay entering tonight’s action.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 359 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 17.1 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 65 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 30 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 612 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.1 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 80 hits.

THE HOT LIST:
* The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just one goal in their last nine games, registering a 96.6% success rate (28-29) over the span
* Marian Gaborik has notched seven points in the last five games, including four goals during the stretch
* Derek Stepan has recorded five points in the last five games, with four assists over the span
* Dan Girardi has tallied six assists in the last nine games
* Ruslan Fedotenko has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
* Matt Gilroy has recorded three assists and a plus-five rating in the last five games
* Ryan Callahan has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 16 games
* Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last 16 games
* Erik Christensen has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
* Artem Anisimov has registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 11 games

MILESTONE GAME
Friday’s contest at Colorado marked Dan Girardi’s 300th career NHL appearance, while Michael Del Zotto skated in his 100th NHL contest.

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:
* Ruslan Fedotenko: 2 games from 700 NHL career
* Erik Christensen: 5 games from 300 NHL career
* Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 9 points from 100 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
* Artem Anisimov: 100th career NHL game (11/14 vs. EDM)
* Michael Del Zotto: 100th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
* Dan Girardi: 300th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
* John Tortorella: 300th career NHL win (11/20 at MIN)

INJURIES:
* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 21
* Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 18
* Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 6
Total Man-Games Lost: 64

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Nov. 11: Acquired forward Chad Kolarik from Columbus in exchange for forward Dane Byers

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  1. orr, so u did catch howie rose and his comments? nice. how did you find it on youtube so fast? i have the game on h streams and can watch the replay anytime, but i dont know how to put stuff on youtube. im pretty carptastic when it comes to that stuff. i always knew rose was a ranger fan, so why doesnt he work ranger games? i dont get it. sam is going to need to hang em up soon and he would be better than giamonotone.

  2. at least he didnt embarrass himself though. i was watching a kings game online once and they had that problem all game long, so u can imagine how much i was anticipating the tv timeouts!. they should do that to sam n joe, cuz theres somethin about joe that tells me he gets on sams nerves.

  3. Wow, that was some funny comments from Rose. We’ll see if anything happens. Well, my Giants blew it big time last night, so the Rangers better win it tonight.

  4. It is not a team to be taken lightly. They always seem to have a fast paced attack up and down their lineups, and do not be taken in by Iginla’s so called “slump”. He is a deadly shooter.

  5. There is no team in the league the Rangers should take lightly, Fran. I watched Isles- Atlanta last night. Seemingly, neither of those teams has any idea what hockey is. No plan, no strategy. Dreadful. Yet, the Rangers lost to both. Go figure. I, however, do expect them to come out with purpose tonight.

  6. LMAO @ NJ scoring 36 goals in 20 games with $100M man in the lineup. Goes to show that hockey is a TEAM sport. Who else, but NJ should’ve known better.

  7. OK

    So Brooks article about LQ… What have I been crabbing about now for going on 3 years, about the goal coaching
    on this team. Several times I wondered if they had one, and then I’d get a rash of comments about Allaire being the next coming of God as a coach, blah blah blah. Well if that’s the case, he sure has been hiding it well.

    I( STILL say that LQ’s situation is stubbornness…he wants to do it his way or no way…apparently.)

    His way doesn’t work over the long haul…guys get wise to you..then they beat your brains in, and make a fool of you.

    Someone teach him the two stacked pads slide. Teach him how to use his glove creatively ( hide the 5 hole).

    Stop dropping to the knees when a shooter crosses his blue line ( and staying there). Sure good goal tenders use the butterfly..but they aren’t wedded to it. Look at
    Fleury. He butterfly stops…but see how fast he’s back on his feet? How many pucks does LQ think he’s gonna stop while he’s flat on his belly, spread eagle, facing outward?

    OK I’m done………….for now.

    OK some some folks “like” his “style”…well sorry but count me out. I admire his quickness and dexterity in certain areas, but he has glaring gaps in his development..Someone should be brought in to correct them…it is possible to do so. HE COULD BE ONE OF THE GREATEST! But not the way he’s going.

    When I hear announcers say that he’s spectacular, they are right – he is. (Now and then). And I don’t buy the premise that learning a few new tricks with the glove, and how to play a position different from the way he has been, will totally confuse him, just doesn’t wash with me.

    I see no evidence of this being the case to a dedicated student or to a player. If he’s not confused right now, then someone give me a better word for it.

  8. Incidentally, there’s such a thing as practicing the wrong thing, until you have gotten very good at it.

  9. Fran, I “like” his style a lot, because it’s kept this team at least marginally competitive since the lock out.

  10. fran, all due respect, but the last thing we need is Lundqvist taking goaltending notes from Fleury. Lundqvist is in his annual funk. He’ll snap out of it.

    I think the Rangers need to give up many less shots and control the puck more. Blocking shots and playing agressive is great. But, very good teams control the puck and don’t go around chasing it all game and blocking shots.

  11. wicky© (BOYLE=teammate...EC=not so much!) on

    two sort of off topic questions

    Does anyone remember when the rangers broadcast from a season or two ago and maloney had to wait on someone (crispino I think) and didn’t know he was still live and said something like “and crispino gets here 5 minutes before the start and it’s like why bother” or something like that ? Hilarious!

    Did anyone ever say what started the cally comrie fight the other night?

  12. wicky© (BOYLE=teammate...EC=not so much!) on

    Carp
    great and informative post. Thanks and hope you feel better!

  13. biron is a back up for a reason.. it is a non story. bottom line henrik has played ok but needs to be better. again about 4 really bad goals so far.. he stole 1 game pittsburgh. he needs to steal 6 or 7 for the year for this team to make the playoffs..

  14. wicky© (BOYLE=teammate...EC=not so much!) on

    I’m kidding about the trade, just wanted to see if this was on! Biron is starting though according to zip.

  15. Hank to Pitt for Fluery and Malkin has been making the rounds, with some sweeteners. Don’t know if I like it, hate Fluery

  16. Like LB says:

    Torts has to walk the fine line between keeping LQ’s confidence up, while at the same time letting him know that his play needs to get better.

  17. Good morning….Lots of Brad Richards rumers. Looking forward to tonights game. I am hoping the D is up to the task. Iginlia has started to score, five in the last couple of games. The Rangers will prevail with hard work, and good goal tending. If they don’t get that forcheck going right off the bat it might not be a fun game. I think it will be a good one, they owe Calgary. Later.

  18. How can I say such things? easy. When I was young I used to watch a veteran goal tender take practice by having many shots taken at him, and you’d be amazed at how many he was able to deflect with the broad vertical shaft of his stick. Further more, he would often simply use his glove hand to back up his blocker..he’d go after a shot with the blocker, and hold the mitt just behind the blocker in case it made a different deflection and would skip by.
    He always dropped his mitt in front of the 5 hole when he did the split; and I mean split. Bolshoi Ballet style split. Why not – it wasn’t doing him any good hanging out in the air, why not put it to use? This goalie was the venerable Emil Francis..yeah the old cat himself. And another guy who could split with the best of them, was Johnny ( China Wall) Bower. Cincinnatti had a little guy named Gil Mayer who also was of the same persuasion as those mentioned above.

    Don;t feel put out if I ruffle some feathers. I don’t intend it, but sometimes when you voice an opinion strongly and it doesn’t meld with pre conceived opposing views
    some get the idea that I;m trying to put someone else down. Not so. I respect all opinions and in fact I have learned quite a bit more from the likes of you all, during these paper tete a tetes. But as I predate just about all of you ( in fact I was doing these things before most of your fathers were born), I happen to have a bit broader perspective on the way styles develop. Not all of the old
    techniques were inferior, but many of themwould notstand today’s challenges. I’ve already mentioend the development oftheslap shot. there is one other thing that one must keep in mind about today’s rules. When
    is the last time you saw a penalty called for “cxharging”. You know the old rule went some like…More than 3 steps before hitting an opponent was considered charging and a 2 minute penalty for it. Now they charge full speed across the rink to make a decal of an opponent…no problem.

    Different age..different styles,different rules.

    Isn’t this fun?

  19. fran – I think “How can you say such things” was meant with a bit of sarcasm. Dangir was critical of LQ the other day and I busted his chops for it.

  20. “You shall not make for yourself an idol”
    It is of course, undeniable and inalienable rights of most fans to do so, but also a very unhealthy, when it comes to the real things, because solving the problem begins with realizing that there IS a problem in our goal (and we better believe it). As I posted few days ago, it is not to state that Hank is terrible or even mediocre (he is not), bothering me fact is – he didn’t progress much (if any…) since his spectacular rookie year and what we all considered an occasional gaffes became a systemic problem with him. It is enough to see how many goals he allowed from right circle (some from ridiculous angles) above the glove and between left pad and post – it became his unfortunate trademark. Being too deep in goal, which allows wider shooting space and too quick kneeling are fatal. He relies solely on his reaction and quickness, but obviously it’s not working, some basic technique, which make it as a subconscious move is needed.
    His other problem – poorly controlled emotions and superfluous sensitivity. My diagnosis is – certain stubbornness (maybe as a result of early “primadonna syndrome”?) and mental unpreparedness, which impede him to become a real superstar in a league, which basically is what all of us want. IMO, only consistence of excellence is the major definition of being in Elite Club. So, my concern about Henrik is his willingness to work hard toward membership in this club – there is no doubt he has almost all components, but this “almost” make a difference in climbing to summit, between very good and Great.
    We are not there yet , but I personally, hope …

  21. What people may miss in Fran’s posts is that he isn’t diminishing what Hank does for this team, or he isn’t suggesting that he is a mediocre goaltender. He is merely saying that he sees technical flaws in his style, and if those can be erased, he might be one of the greatest. And I agree that he has flaws, every goaltender does. And, yes, he traditionally has periods every year when goes through his slump. Now, whether it’s because of his stubbornness that he doesn’t want to change, or it is because of other reasons, difficult to say. But he comes through eventually.

  22. Grab, I just typed in “Howie Rose” on youtube, and there were already aboot three or four vids up.

    The apology came right after the game.

    Also, somebody uploaded a video of Howie saying “sh*ts” instead of shifts, Joe Mich style.

    Anybody hear aboot the two year old kid that fell from the LA Lakers suite and died the other day? What the hell were the parents doing?

  23. BTW, I can’t see anything substantial in this story about Biron playing, as a threat to Henrik – it is really a coach job, sometimes intuitive, to determine mental and physical state of goalkeepers and make a crucial decision at any given game day.
    As for a “saving games” point, isn’t it a very basic definition of job – we watched an endless examples of much less heralded guys, performing heroics in much more important conditions(Halak comes to mind last season, etc.). Consistency of that is a key. It couldn’t be an argument against correcting shortcomings and perseverance of perfection and development of real excellence, IMO.

  24. wicky© (BOYLE=teammate...EC=not so much!) on

    ILB
    yes it is a horrible story and no controversy!

    CCCP
    hilarious!

  25. Maybe I’m crazy but I think the team plays better in front of Biron. Maybe they have relied too much on Hank in the past??? And have the mentality that ” Oh Hank will stop it” any thoughts???

  26. Richards is the be all end all of hockey players. Dublowsky and Staal might be the guys that bring in Richards! Throw in that first round pick, and the savior, MZA, then we might have a deal!

    But, seriously, I just hope Artie isn’t involved.

    Gilroy will definitely be involved. I just don’t think he will ever have a shot with this team when everyone’s healthy, and I don’t know why.

  27. I don’t know about killing…, but to cut something very dear to him will be productive in revenge.

  28. I always was and am kind of cold to the Richards idea, too lazy now even to explain why (negative combination of outcome and cost, in short, IMHO), but I can confess, when I learned about Ottawa internal tensions, I was secretly hoped, using that to get Spezza somehow – I always like the way he is playing (forget personality – it depends on environment), but more important – I intuitively feel that he would be absolutely the best fit in line with Gabby, by his style and manner to play. Dreams, dreams… Sigh.

  29. Oh brother- are you guys actually buying into “goaltending controversy”? because of BROOKS?! the guy wrote that article to put Torts on the hot seat (as usual). This way no matter which goalie he leans on it’ll be his butt if they don’t play well and he can be second guessed for his decision.

    Lundqvist isn’t going ANYWHERE. Pitts isnt trading Malkin and MAF for him. Tort’s isnt trying to acquire Brad Richards for him. Sather’s not entertaining offers for him. Some of you are worse than a sewing circle when you have too much time to hang out in front of a computer screen. The guy’s in a rut. “KING HANK” or not, he’s human. It happens.

  30. Someone asked me a question about old fays players, and wanted to know if the puck was lifted in those days.I thought I might have answered but now I’m not sure. At any rate the answer is yes…I never saw an instance where the puck had to stay on the ice ( maybe during when the Indians used to play it in Hiawatha’s day)

  31. I think most of the regulars take the Uncle Larry and Eklund postings pretty tongue in cheek.

  32. There is no goaltending controversy. Sorry, but even the best goaltenders can’t stand on their heads every night. Sure, the Boston game was a let down, and Hank’s softy was a back breaker. But it neglects the fact that the rest of the team was able to only manage 2 goals, and a 3rd would have at least forced overtime. I thought Hank was pretty strong in that game besides the softy.

    Living in Delaware, I’ve watched a LOT of Flyers hockey, and Biron is absolutely 100% capable of being a hot, dominant goaltender… for a while. Even still, he was unable to assert himself as a bona fide #1 goalie behind a much better team than the Rangers have. Niittymaki was always present and able to pop his head into the lineup, with Biron never being consistent enough to assert himself as the starter. Biron got hot in the Playoffs when the Flyers were able to win a couple rounds behind his stellar play. But on average, over the long haul, Biron was a true 1A at best, never the default.

    Hank on the other hand has been the opposite. He has been dominant over long stretches of games, and has been relatively consistent year to year. There have been a few rough stretches, sometimes in the middle of the season, sometimes in the middle of a playoff series (Washington). But all in all, his play has been elite. Even last year when the team missed the playoffs, his stats were impressive with a 2.38 GAA and .921 S%. All while being worked into the ground, while his young or overpaid defense would often hang him out to dry. He has asserted himself as the franchise goalie, and on most nights, gives the team a chance to win no matter what.

    Give me Hank in goal any night

  33. I think Hank/Biron may be the best goalie tandem in the game.

    Also, the duo of Halak/Conklin in St. Louis is also very good.

    Not sure if there are many others even close to being as good….

  34. I think Hank/Biron may be the best goalie tandem in the game.

    Also, the duo of Halak/Conklin in St. Louis is also very good.

    Not sure if there are many others even close to being as good

    ***

    Thomas and Rask. Rask has higher of the GAA and lower save pct at 2.34 and .939, both lower than either Biron or Lundqvist. Thomas’s numbers are off the charts good.

  35. I can’t believe Larry called all 3 of the Colorado goals soft. MDZ was directly responsible for the 1st one and the 2nd one on a deflection managed to squeeze through a pretty small opening in Lundqvist. The 3rd may have been save-able, but the Rangers got their derriere’s handed to them by the Avs all over the ice.

  36. Proof-positive that Brooks reads this blog … In one of his latest tweets, he writes:

    “NHLPA responds to Colie-mailgate, the bush-league Islanders, the great Pat Burns. Today’s Slapshots. http://bit.ly/bzRZRJ

    He wrote “bush-league” with a hyphen … who else but me writes it with a hyphen?

  37. Tank The Season on

    Richards will happen if Torts wants him bad enough. Dallas would have to take back Gilroy but Im sure they’ll be able to get from us a couple guys that they want.

  38. Good afternoon all! I’m passing on the whole Hank chat. Brooks give people with the initials LB a bad name…..:)

    LGR!

  39. Dude, you shouldn’t be typing with that finger of yours…don’t want to re-injure your “skating finger” :)

  40. “bush-league” should not be hyphenated unless modifying another word.
    ex: “bush-league GM glenn sather…”
    and no on richards if it means giving up staal and dubinsky
    but yes on richards if it means giving up drury and roszival lol

  41. Naturalizer.com has *Clutch Bags* for $14.99 – $10 off code ECU810 = $4.99 with free shipping. The $10 off code may be used on other items ($10 or more) as well.

    Is Chris Drury the manufacturer of these Clutch bags?

  42. According to Zipay,

    Mike Keenan is going to host a show on MSG where he sits down and talks with Torts twice a month called “Behind the Bench”…

    Cool…

  43. Chris…shouldn’t you be skating in preparation for your return to team practice in a few weeks? :)

  44. I’m going to the game tonight! Live “bush-league” posts from the game … for the first time … who’s ready for this?!

  45. Blue Seat Horror on

    Higgins to Florida, Kotalik injured, Jokinen suspended. Good. That significantly reduces the chances of former Rangers scoring tonight.

  46. Miami, count how many times Potvin chucks is chanted and let us know :) at my game in October it was like 15 times!!!

    have fun, I’m jealous!

    I have a bunch of clutch bags. Does that make me clutch? :)

  47. Biron is a solid back up, but he is not Hank. Hank is a notorious slow starter, he will bounce back. If Dallas needs to get rid of Richards, then they are going to have to do it at the Rangers price.

  48. “According to Zipay,

    Mike Keenan is going to host a show on MSG where he sits down and talks with Torts twice a month called “Behind the Bench”…”

    I’d call it “The Behind and the Bench”.

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Quarter mark of the season tonight. It’s just been flying by. At least they are above .500.

  50. Calgary couldn’t guarantee the 13th spot to Prust. You think he has something to prove? Having said that, I think he plays every game like he has something to prove.

  51. You’re clutch, Mama! Im going to label all the boneheads according to the 94 Rangers.

    To start with, Im obviously Esa Tikkanen.

    You, Mama, are Brian Leetch!

  52. “Higgins to Florida, Kotalik injured, Jokinen suspended. Good. That significantly reduces the chances of former Rangers scoring tonight.”

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is a statistical impossibility for the chances of Higgins scoring tonight being reduced any further than they already are.

  53. LW3H lol
    also, higgins has a reputation for being a partier. I wonder if he and his “talents” have taken well to South Florida/ Miamia area .

  54. We still have Zherdev and Betts to score on us much more often then Calgary to to mention ocassional Moor and Samuelson. I know it silly, but it hurts more for some reason.

  55. So I’m watching this pre pre game countdown of Rangers hits and I realize…we really have had some down right awful players on our roster throughout the years lol

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