Rangers-Islanders, home and home


Here it is. Another test. This one of a completely different variety than Monday’s. That was a barometer game, against a very good team on an absolute roll. The Rangers failed that one, because they lost.

This is a new sort of test. Two games against a rival (you can’t really call them arch-rivals anymore, can you?) that’s really pretty bad. And one that beat you earlier in the season. Maybe your worst loss of the season, actually.

So how do you respond? And can anything but a sweep a passing grade?


Derek Boogaard is expected back — remember last time, the Islanders wanted no part of him, and there was also that near fracas during warmups. Matt Gilroy and Todd White are the likely pruchas. Sean Avery played on the No. 1 line with Erik Christensen and Marian Gaborik yesterday; Derek Stepan centered Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan, and Artem Anisimov dropped down to the fourth line (where he excelled last season, but which should just be an attempt at jump-starting him this year).


Here are the pre-series notes, from the Rangers:

Home-and-Home set:

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum • Uniondale, NY

Friday, Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 14-11-1 (29 pts)
Islanders: 5-12-5 (15 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 30

The Rangers will begin a home-and-home set against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in their seventh back-to-back set this season. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-11-1 (29 pts). The Rangers enter thecontest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Islanders enter the contest with a 5-12-5 (15 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost 14 of their last 15 games (1-11-3).  The Rangers will conclude their home-and-home set against the New York Islanders on Friday, Dec. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

TV (Thursday, Dec. 2): MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Brian Leetch
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Islanders
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig and John Giannone (In-Game Reporters).
Radio (Thursday, Dec. 2): 1050 ESPN Radio and MSG.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Islanders
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst).

TV (Friday, Dec. 3): MSG Plus

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Pat LaFontaine
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Islanders
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone and Pat LaFontaine (In-Game Reporters).
Radio (Friday, Dec. 3): 970 The Apple and MSG.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Islanders
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
* All times are eastern standard time


  • · All-Time: The Rangers are 108-97-19-5 all-time against the Islanders: 62-37-11-4 at home and 46-60-8-1 on the road
  • · 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of six meetings between the Rangers and Islanders this season, and the second of three meetings at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers own a 0-1-0 record thus far, following a 6-4 loss on Oct. 11 at Long Island.
  • · Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 against the Islanders in 2009-10, including a 2-1-0 mark at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers’ power play converted at a 22.7% success rate in the season series, registering five goals in 22 opportunities.
  • ·The Rangers’ power play has notched two goals in four opportunities (50.0%) vs. the Islanders in the season series
  • · The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL on the road with a record of 9-4-0 (18 pts) in 13 games; the Islanders have posted a record of 3-4-2 (8 pts) at home to rank 29th in the league
  • · The Rangers have posted a record of 3-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 2-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • · Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-0 with a 5.08 goals against average in one contest vs. the Islanders this season, and is now 17-9-5 with a 2.15 goals against average and two shutouts in 32 career regular season games against the Islanders; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 1.93 goals against average and two shutouts in 25 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders
  • · Three Rangers recorded multi-point efforts on Oct. 11 at Long Island, with Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Dubinsky each registering one goal and one assist in their only meeting this season
  • · Michal Rozsival has tallied a team-high, 18 assists and 21 points in 51 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik has registered 17 points in 16 career regular season games vs. the Islanders, including a team-leading, eight goals
  • · New York lists two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08)
  • · The Islanders list three former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10); Doug Weight (1991-92 – 1992-93)


  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play opportunities (6:00) on Monday vs. Pittsburgh, and have now tallied a power play goal in four of their last six games (4-20, 20.0% over the span). New York is tied for 17th in the NHL with a 15.8% (15-95) success rate, and ranks 12th on the road with a 18.2% (8-44) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). 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 Penguins scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) on Monday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now 42-46 (91.3%) over the last 14 games. New York is tied for 14th in the NHL with a 82.8% (82-99) success rate, and are tied for 10th in the league on the road with a 83.9% (47-56) 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 (5): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00) on Monday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now plus-two in 23, four-on-four situations (37:08) 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).

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 17 of their 26 games and posting a record of 12-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 8-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 18-11, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

Tomorrow’s contest will begin the Rangers’ seventh of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 3-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and are 2-3-0 when the first game of the set is on the road following a 3-0 win on Friday at Florida. New York has posted a record of 6-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season following a 2-1 shootout win on Saturday at Nashville, having out-scored their opponent, 18-6, and are 1-0-0 when the second game is at home. Over the last two seasons, New York is 15-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets, including a 5-1-1 mark at MSG over the span.

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

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 433 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 16.7 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 77 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 35 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 776 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.8 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 102 hits.


  • New York has won four of the last six games and is now tied for sixth overall in the NHL in wins (14), eighth in points (29) and ranks ninth in goals (73)
  • The Rangers are tied for first in the league with nine victories on the road and are tied for fourth with 37 road goals
  • The Blueshirts’ power play has tallied a goal in four of the last six games (4-20, 20.0% over the span)
  • The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 14 games, registering a 91.3% success rate (42-46), and have notched four shorthanded goals over the span
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in his last nine games
  • Derek Stepan has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 10 games
  • Marc Staal has recorded three assists in the last four games
  • Michael Del Zotto has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last six games
  • Brandon Prust has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last six games, including two shorthanded points (one goal, one assist) over the span

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.

With a 5-2 win on Nov. 20 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 303-276-37-52 in 668 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and is tied for 11th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and ranks first among U.S.-born coaches with 303 career victories.


  • Dan Girardi: 7 points from 100 NHL career
  • Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career
  • Marian Gaborik: 9 games from 600 NHL career


  • Ruslan Fedotenko: 700th career NHL game (11/24 at TBL)
  • Erik Christensen: 300th career NHL game (11/29 vs. PIT)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 26
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 23
  • Derek Boogaard (shoulder strain) – 3

Total Man-Games Lost: 81


  • Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams

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  1. Love the Avery quotes in the Post today. Must read. I also love the Avery move to the top line (which will not last long). The only flaw I see here is that EC is the center. Shouldn’t Stepan play here? Better 2-way player in my book. With Avery on the wing, he would play with more confidence.

    And as absurd as it sounds, Avery is captain material. You need a guy with swagger wearing the C. Much better than Dreary.

  2. CW,

    stepan, while the better playmaking center is a right handed shot and is gonna have a harder time dishing the puck to gabby then EC who shoots left.. i think its merely for this reason just until stepan can develop a little more.. I dont think the entire franchise thinks hes a scumbag.. hes a girtty ballsy player who toes the line.. its more the coach who doesnt seem to like him. I dont think he would ever be captain, although im sure he could but the leauge itself hates him and would pretty much guarentee the rangers be given the short end of the stick (more then they already have) if he wore the C on his sweater.

  3. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Morning ‘Heads!! Thankfully it’s Thursday, although today is our changeover to the new system at work, should be a joyous day…(totally kidding about that!!)

    BIG TWO GAMES!! As we know, the 2 Isles goons will want no part of Boogey, they may NOT want to tangle with Prustie, but I bet they’ll go after everyone else! Hank needs to be totally focused, and a few timely goals from Mr. Gaborik will be greatly appreciated.

    They better come out intense and with some jam, fire, grit, sandpaper, and all the other buzzwords, because these games are the Cup finals for the fishies.

    Have a great day everyone!!

  4. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Hey fellow boneheads

    Hard times have not allowed me to get to the blog much, but had to check in before the big back to backs with the fishtsticks.

    Definitely agree, we need to come out flying, and not take them lightly, which from the sound of the interviews, the whole team is not and is focused on getting a nice win.

    I was thinking yesterday, we’re a pretty damn good team, even without one of our top scorers and our captain.

    And make no bones about it, when Prospal and Drury return, we’ll be a better team.

    It’s really jsut been a big suprise that we’ve been abale to maintain a level of paly, and an above 500 record with all the injuries we’ve had so early this year.

    I still feel liek were a sleeper team that can do some damage and make the playoffs


  5. Just an aside observation about this business of praying for help from God at football games and the signs of the cross for a hit or whatever in baseball..Basketball?

    This nonsense about players kneeling and praying that they are successful on the playing field has to end.
    Why? because of the silliness of it all. ( Now don’t all you Catholics get your rumps in a hump..I’m one of you).

    As if there weren’t other players on the other team praying to the same God for help in stopping him.

    So what’s God gonna do?

    He doesn’t play favorites ( at least since biblical times as far as we know.)

    He granted them both with the physical ability to achieve their ends and it’s up to them using the God given talents that they have, to succeed or fail, without outside help from anyone…especially from God.

    Baseball players do this constantly..especially among the Latino players.And it is so foolish looking. Only sport that I never see it happening in is Hockey…possibly because they’re too busy looking for their teeth?

    Get over it.

  6. morning gang! they better be ready to come out hard and fast. if they can get an early lead, i think the isles will wilt.

    laters gators!

  7. JT: Agree with regarding Stepan, who has to dish the puck to Gaborik on his backhand.

    Regarding Avery: He has been one of, if not the teams best forward the past two weeks but our esteemed coach always seems to be looking for a way to neuter him. Avery may be a lot of things but people forget he has skill and can skate, pass and play down low.

    I will never forgive the supreme boneheaded move by Tortorella when he benched Avery, our best player, against Washington in the playoffs a couple years back to teach him a lesson.

    Bench your best player when your team is in control with a 3-1 series lead?

    And then you, yourself, get thrown out of the game and get a one game suspension for an asinine water bottle incident with a fan?

    Still pisses me off.

    I’m not too keen on Tortorella

  8. This would actually be a good game to have Captain Pizza.

    Drury’s overall career stats vs the Isles

    40 GP, 15 G, 23 A, Even, 101 SOG, 4 PIM, 6 PPG, 1 SHG

    With the Rangers

    20 GP, 8 G, 11 A, +4, 2 PIM, 4 PPG, 0 SHG

  9. Anyone else miss Uncle Glennie’s after game updates? I just realized they’ve been missing this year…

  10. Yeah, let Drury start the media fellation fest by “padding” his stats against the worst team in the NHL.

    I really don’t think this team will be better with him. He’s a spud that is not an agile skater anymore, hasn’t been for years.

  11. JT,
    I read the whole Rodent thing on the lefty center/lefty right winger. I am not buying it. It only really matters on a breakout in your own zone (assuming the NYR are exiting Avery on left, Stepan at C, and Gabby at right boards). If the opposing team allows you to straight up the ice, and Gabby is always to the right (Stepan’s backhand) THEN and only THEN is the pass dificult. This isn’t slot hockey. Considering a direct rush to the net never happens (especially for the NYR), the fact that cycling and crossing paths USUALLY are the way to generate chances, and virtually no difference righty or lefty behind the net, I don’t buy the righty/lefty thing.

    I challenge ANYONE to determine who would have more assists setting up Gabby:

    EC or Stepan?

    Spezza or Richards?

  12. I normally really reserve praise for Drury, but I give him credit for finding/stepping up his game against the Islanders. They might be the worst team in the NHL, but they’ve given the Rangers plenty of problems the last few years.

  13. but I give him credit for finding/stepping up his game against the Islanders. They might be the worst team in the NHL, but ……..


    Spoken like a true victim of the hype machine. Sorry man.

  14. two things you can always get here. Avery for Captain, and he struggles because of Torts. at least once a week.

  15. nothing against avery ( i think he is great at what he does) but seriously is he a first line player? I think not by a mile, not even sure how it will help Gabby tonight to have avery and ec…

  16. and well before the rhodent wrote it, I said the Rangers needed a left handed centerman to play with Gabby, and for that matter Brooks wrote it as well. the only thing the rhodent did was read the comments section here, and brooks in the post, and lifted the thoughts.

  17. anything less then 3 pts is unacceptable. i could live with an ot loss but a split is not a sucess.

    we get swept its a catastrophe and any positive thoughts on this team are gone

  18. A nearly point per game average against a team is good stats. Particularly against a team that the Rangers should be nearly every time they play, but are usually lucky to finish with a .500 record against them. It’s better than his career average as a whole and certainly better than his Rangers career as a whole.

    I didn’t say his performance against one team makes up for his inflated contract. And believe me, I’ve never bought into the Drury hype and I’ve been very critical of him and many of the overpaid players on the team for years.

  19. So let me get it straight- any premier first line playmaking center in the league can only feed properly either right or left winger, depending on whether he, himself, is a lefty or righty? And the other winger remains useless?

    Rodent or Brooks may know a few things about hockey, but don’t read and buy everything they write. This is far from how it works, it isn’t that simple.

  20. Backstrom is a lefty, Ovechkin is a righty that plays the off-wing. That’s really stopped Ovechkin from scoring throughout their overlapping tenure on the Caps.

  21. YOu guys who can’t stand Avery….he is still one of the best if not the best at scrumming behind the net, as he is exceedingly tenacious. He has set more guys up in front then any other nameable player.Callahan and Dubi and Prust go there, but Avery is strong on his skates, and manages to persevere. He gets knocked down and is back on his feet in an instant. That takes real legs.
    ( when anybody bothers to show up out in front, like many of the teams that win, do.) The fact that they blow the chance is not his fault. Boyle spends a lot of time there too, and once in a while pulls out a plum, but Avery is consistent in getting the puck out. It’s not all noise and snottiness on his part…the guy can really skate and he really gets a bad rap from a lot of the folks who should be his fans.

  22. YOu guys who can’t stand Avery….he is still one of the best if not the best at scrumming behind the net, as he is exceedingly tenacious. He has set more guys up in front then any other nameable player. when anybody bothers to show up out in front, like many of the teams that win, do.) Callahan and Dubi and Prust go there, but Avery is strong on his skates, and manages to persevere. He gets knocked down and is back on his feet in an instant. That takes real legs.
    (The fact that they blow the chance is not his fault. Boyle spends a lot of time there too, and once in a while pulls out a plum, but Avery is consistent in getting the puck out. It’s not all noise and snottiness on his part…the guy can really skate and he really gets a bad rap from a lot of the folks who should be his fans.

  23. ilb,

    For a first year center like stepan, adjusting to the speed and skill level of the nhl being thrust onto a line with arguably one of the top 5 wings in the game being entrusted to set up said winger can be hard enough but now have him for the most part dishing on his backhand its gonna be alot to handle.. im not saying stepan cant do it, and i think in the future he can, but for right now i see EC unfortunately being the better center for that line.. id like to see stepan in the middle of that for the PP tho, were we can have more time to set up and pass


    backstrom and stepan both great players but we cant really compare the two of them yet

  24. If the long term plan is to grow Stepan as our first line center, having him dish it out to Brendan Prust won’t help him adjusting to that issue at all. I agree that he needs to be used on the first line sparingly this year, but I doubt it has much to do with his backhand passing ability.

  25. FRAN – Agree with your take on Avery, although he can be inconsistent. He has skills and has been a game changer in the past for us. While I don’t believe he is actually a “1st line guy”, on this team he just might be. He played well on our top line with Jagr for a while, and can play center (check his faceoffs, making plays behind the net, etc.) or either wing. As I recall there was an interview with Prospal last year on Rangers site saying he liked Aves on the top line with him & Gabby because of the distraction he caused, because he could skate fast enough and had skill, and because of the “protection”. Worth a try on first line. He may not work but either way I don’t think he should be on a fourth line with Boogey with his abilities – snottiness or not.

    Also never forgot Drury’s comments about Aves “literally playing his guts out” for the team during the playoffs a few years back with the spleen injury.

  26. good job on your post fran…he just needs to start scoring and people will be back supporting him again :) Some NYR fans seem to have short term memories and forget what Avery did for this team over the last 3+ years. Aside from when he got hurt, I remember him being one of the most consistent Rangers during their playoff runs…I’ve done alot of Avery supporting here over the last few weeks…There is nothing we can say to make people change their minds…He just needs to start picking up the scoring and make smart hockey plays…then I think people will remember how valuable a guy like Avery is…Watch him draw plenty of penalties tonight, playing with Gaby!

  27. Bulldog line: Avery doesn’t struggle because of Torts.

    Avery plays well and gets his ice time cut because of Torts.

    Avery didn’t get a sniff in the third period against Pittsburgh on Monday and he was arguably the team’s best forward and one the few that played with any jump.

    Tortorella has always had a problem with Avery.

  28. Orrsie and Ilby pretty much summed up my sentiments.

    These are very important points to have. And if Parentau scores again, I will absolutely go ballistic.

    BLUEBLOOD!!! Where have you been?!

  29. TIKI – As much as I hate to use this word – I’ve been “lurking” when I get the chance. Been a little busy – why do I feel like Willie Mitchell just walked over my grave?

    How’s the little one’s face?

  30. That jackwagon on Calgary, Curtis Glencross, is at it again …he cross-checked Keith Balllard in the head last night, got a 5 minute major, is most definetly facing suspension…What a piece of Cooke! He should go play in the same league as Brashear. What a joke of a player. He honestly thinks he tough and helping his team when he makes those plays…pathetic

  31. BlueBlood!! LMAO @ Willie Mitchell! Blueblood lurks, ha! Just know that I and everyone else has missed you!

    The little one’s face is PERFECT! It got better, then worse, then better, then worse, and now it’s been better for probably 3 weeks. KNOCK ON WOOD, I think she’s past it!

  32. TIKI !!!!!!! You are too kind – I missed too many comments to catch up on, but being a Carpaholic I do read what he writes. I am thinking probably things never change here anyway – you can always jump right back in!! Hopefully things will calm down now so I can get into some arguments here – lol. Great news about the pup – good job at sticking with it.
    And oh yeah – there will be blood tonight!!! LGR!!

  33. Avery is not some 20 year old prospect with potential. he has 500 nhl games to his credit. he is what he is. he will have a good 2 weeks, be a pest, then disappear for a month. this is a guy with 15 goals as a career high, he is not magically going to be a 30 goal guy. is Avery playing with Gabby a good thing? sure he might create a spark, but it won’t last, and then it will be Torts fault again.

  34. on the left handed center for Gabby.
    your points are well taken as far as if your a good center or winger you can play with any one.
    but just some examples of what I mean
    LaFleur, LeMaire, Bossy, Trottier, Ratelle, Gilbert, Gretzky, Kurri, Janney, Neeley, all left handed centers with right wings.
    I’m sure you could give examples the other way, but for the most part lefty center, goal scoring right wing, righty center goal scoring left wing.

  35. Bull dog line – I don’t think anyone believes Avery should stay on the 1st line permanently, its more like you said – a spark for now. We have to find some one to get Gabby and first line scoring until either Vinny and Dru come back or a trade is made – Avery is just about the last one left to try, no?

  36. Joekuh – Can’t remember which games specifically, but am pretty sure he has played on his off side for us.

  37. last time it worked out well when Avery was put on the first line with Jagr and Dubi

    that line was great until dufus Renney decided that they play too well together and split them up.

    So clearly Avery has the ability to play with ELITE talent on the same line.

  38. Fran:

    I could not agree more with your take on the outward display of religion in sports. Very well said.

    As for Avery, he does create a lot of chances from behind the net, but everyone is usually in so tight on the net its hard for those passes to work. And he always seems to either be going offside or causing his linemates to go offside. I like him, but it seems Torts has yet to find a role for him that maximizes his gifts.

  39. Ovechkin hasn’t been scoring goals, yet the Crapitals are winning and lead the league in points. Go figure. wow

  40. Ovi hasn’t been scoring but he’s been setting up a lot of Caps goals…so he’s playing well even though he hasn’t scored in like 7 or 8 games

  41. I wonder if Ovi and Kovy were laughing after the Devils win saying to each other “we’ve both got lifetime contracts now and we’re both putting up career lows in goals”.

  42. exactly! Semin is on fire…

    Ovi could turn the heat up at any moment but i think right now he is saving himself for the postseason…

  43. Gillies will go with Boogaard,no doubt.

    the isle could pull a fast one and call up super HW Jeremy Yablonski,Yabo would give Booger all he could handle.

    Also lock up Prust vs Konopka,those 2 will be batlin’ for the FM record youse were talkin bout the other day.

  44. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    Afternoon ILB and all

    love the religion sports post earlier. Another perfect reason why hockey is the best sport!

    The avery topic…Avery can play well on a top line, he has the speed and is fearless. He has a hell of a shot from the slot if he ever gets a chance to fire it from there (no, not coming in along the boards). I’m sure he won’t be left there for a long period, but I bet he does some good things while he is there. I’ve always said gabby needs someone with grit on his line. Torts DOES have a problem with avery, always has, and apparently always will. Don;t think he should wear a C at anytime, but really do think he could wear an A. I think most of the guys on the team really like him.

    Love this comment by boogey…
    Boogaard: “It’s tough (to watch while hurt)..especially seeing Prusty fight Rupp (on Mon)…but he really sparked the team”

  45. Even if they called up Yabo i dont know if hed go with boog, boog still has about 7 inches and 50lbs on him, golden glove boxer or not, that size difference is tremendous

  46. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    you are cracking me up!

    When is the Ukraine going to get the olympics or WC?

  47. CCCP – and exactly how much did the winning bid Putin the allegedly corrupt diamond-encrusted pockets of allegedly corrupt Blatter and his allegedly corrupt cohorts?

  48. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    best part of that clip ILB is at the end boogey justlets him go to the ice and skates away like no big deal!

  49. Ilbzo,thats why i think you can lock those 2 up.the last gameneiter one played long enough to getmatched up,things are gonna be different tonite.
    as far as Yabo ducking Booger,if givin the chance?
    Yabo would fight one of those Russian hockey playing bears if it dropped its gloves!

  50. morg,

    i dont know much about yabo but i just assumed a career ahler 7-8inches smaller and 50lbs lighter then the arguably most feared enforcer in hockey would have to think twice about that one

  51. Congrats to Russia on the World Cup.

    However, I cant believe the FIFA morons gave the World Cup to Qatar. I mean, seriously? Who the heck is going to go to Qatar for the World Cup.

  52. Who does DiPOOtro think he is????? I mean, who in the Byfuglien does he think he is??? Hey Rick, you havent played but 5 games a year each of the last 5 years. You’re lucky if you even have 82 games on your resume. Why dont you try staying healthy instead of running your piece of carcillo mouth. I Hope we run him tonight and lay him out!

  53. DiPietro is such a chump. Aside from his “injuries”, he is NOT at all a team guy. Kind of reminds me of Carl Pavano when he was with the Yankees. Talk about a cancer in the locker room!

    I hope Avery gets in his face tonight and scores a few goals.

    If the Islanders brass honestly cared about the future of their organization, the would buy him out…it’s not like they don’t have the cap space to do it…or that such a precedent hasn’t already been set by them!

    See: Yashin, Alexei

    I can honestly say ” I truly don’t like Rick DiPietro.”

  54. Brian Boyle has 10 goals and 1 assist… can he make it to 11-1?

    Dubinsky has 12 goals on 57 shots = 21%… I sure hope he has a 30 goal season this year. 40 would be great, but it seems to be a stretch for this year at least.

    One thing about the PP: when will Del Zotto start carrying the puck into the zone instead of trying long passes all the time?

  55. What’s with all the “Mr. Dubinsky” and “Mr. Tortorella” in that WSJ article? Do they always write in that style?

  56. The Rangers were 3-2-1 against them last year. Against the team which finished 26th in the league. 4-1-1 would get them into the playoffs. That’s how they should approach the game. And use DP’s words for extra motivation.

  57. What?s with all the ?Mr. Dubinsky? and ?Mr. Tortorella? in that WSJ article? Do they always write in that style?


    Yeah, idk why but, it gets kind of weird. Especially, when they wrote that article about Boogie earlier this season and kept referring to him as Mr. Boogaard. lol

  58. The Economist uses an old abbreviation for people’s titles. It would be Mssrs. Dubinsky and Tortorella.

  59. Ukraine is (joint) hosting the Euros in 2012. That must be comparable to the Rangers winning the Eastern Conference. Or getting called for fewer than eight penalties in the 3rd period of a game in Pittsburgh.

  60. what will happen first:

    Rangers win SC OR Ukraine hosts FIFA WC?


    The Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in Qatar.

  61. I forgot about the Euro 2012! Even if it’s joint with Poland it is still a big deal for Ukraine! I would compare it to winning the Eastern Conference for sure!


    aha…we’re moving to South Carolina! The team will be renamed to Hilton Head Islanders! :P

  62. The Rangers winning the Stanley Cup in Qatar.


    do you think its possible to have a decent ice rink in Qatar? lol

  63. And the Islanders will be renamed to LI Helmets? James Wisniewski will be named a Captain, naturally.

  64. Down thru it’s history hockey teams have kept on players who were in one way or another a bit off of center, when it comes to playing skills, but who brought some indefinable thing to the game, that melded well with the serious shooters. The old “beloved oddities” whose very peculiarity in either skating, shooting, personal ability, fighting, you name it. But these were usually far from ever being stars, but who became fan favorites because of their oddities. ( Leapin Lou Fontinato ( pre Howe’s
    realigning of his profile). Ranger fans adored the guy. Eddie “the entertainer” Shack. Old “Killer” Kaleta
    Someone mentioned Torrie Roberts(son?) of the old Whalers. he was one of the most fearless players I’ve ever watched, but even he had his day and personally won a game with scoring all by himself. He was also a very funny guy. Theoren Fleury ( the bouncing ball), but of course he was also a deadly shooter, but he was an exception to the rule. Another wildly popular but who was also a deadly scorer was Max “crazy legs” Bentley. They developed cult followings until they finally wore out their raison d’etre.” and disappeared from the scene. But the point is that while they were playing and usable, they filled a slot that is frankly immeasurable. And almost to a man..they were fun and brought laughs and good cheer to the game and the fans. I’m sure that one can think of others, but they’ve always been around.

    Let’s not always be ready to drop a noose on anyone who doesn’t fit the preconceived mold of what should have been.

    I have not seen Grachev ever do anything that made me think he was major league material, while many others were still clamoring for his presence. I could be surprised, and perhaps he will some day make it. But so far……..

    For several seasons I’d been calling for Sauer’s presence here and he never really got a good look. Fortunately
    it has come to pass. I just hope that the fans will give him the opportunity to play his game, make his mistakes, have his off nights, without calling for his head.

    And Eminger started out like he should be in the ECHL, but with patience he’s been able to improve both his game and his stamina, and has proven a solid defense man, who has the ability to play any way that they want. And he does have a fine shot, as someone pointed out.

    And I also agree about DelZotto. Let him develop,without being so ready to consign him to outer darkness. I t could be one of the worst mistakes that this error prone Staff could make (and which they are perfectly capable of making.)

  65. Fran…agree on Eminger…in fact, I remeber typing on this blog back in October that Eminger should be in the ECHL , but he has improved his play tremendously and been consistently solid for the last 10-12 games.

    I think the biggest disappointment on defense this year has to be Del Zotto, only beacuse he has not been an effective power play QB. That is what he is has be and he has not been that. He had a much better start in his rookie season. He needs to find that swagger again. I hope it is just a maturity issue right now and/or a “sophmore slump”….

  66. Bull dog line: Nobody is saying Avery is a thirty goal scorer. In my opinion, all this hype about him on the first line with Gaborik is just hype.

    Give it a few shifts before Tortorella starts juggling the lines….unless they catch lightning in a bottle their first or second shift.

    I think Artie should be centering Cally and Dubi.

    Put EC with Gabby and Frodo

    Stepan, Fedotenko and Avery

    Boyle, Prust and the Boogyman.

    Interchange EC and Stepan and Avery with Frodo

  67. Is he available CT? Did they have to make room for Sturm in LA? I thought they had enough cap space there….

    If he’s available…by all means…SIGN HIM NOW

  68. He may have in that last game..I know he made a good defensive play in his own end in that game.

  69. Hi Ogie. Buy you a soda after the game? on

    fran December 2nd, 2010 at 3:38 pm
    Down thru it’s history hockey teams have kept on players who were in one way or another a bit off of center…
    Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country’s refusal to accept him, well, I guess that’s more than most 21-year-olds can handle… Ogie Ogilthorpe!

    Here’s a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence “Screaming Buffalo” Swamptown. I’ll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the “Big Tomahawk,” and he usually refers to the opposing players as “the little scalps”.

    Andre “Poodle” Lussier, defense. Andre, as you know, has been living in semi-seclusion in Northern Quebec ever since the unfortunate Denny Pratt tragedy.

    And from Mile 40, Saskatchewan, where he now runs a donut shop, number 10, former penalty-minute record holder for the years 1960 to 1968 inclusive, Gilmore Tuttle.

  70. Was thinking about it, Ilb, but since I have tix for tomorrow I think I will skip the trip to the Mosilium.

  71. fran – I guess you don’t know that the Cowboys’ Texas Stadium had a hole in the roof so God could watch his favorite team. puke

    CCCP – yep, AO’s on pace for a career high in assists. IMO he’s learned that he doesn’t have to do it all himself and the Caps will probably be better off for it.

  72. >>Is anyone going to Uniondale Cemetery?

    The only time I find myself near that dump is when I go play my fùtbol matches at Mitchel Field Complex.

  73. papa Dru's pizza on

    it really is getting old, this Jason Krog mentality, the one where the Rangers keep going back to promoting a journeyman to a spot he simply does NOT deserve. but they take the “EC” way out. AA moves down while ratfink moves up. awful.

  74. >>SNY says Hank is in net. Is that a typo? I thought Biron was starting.

    According to the MSG, Biron it is.

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