Rangers-Senators tonight

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Finally, a hockey game. It’s in Kanata, Ont., though, so a 7:30 start for the home-and-home rematch (and an almost certain meeting between Mr. Carkner and Mr. Boogaard).

No worries. MSG Network has some extra programming tonight. At 6:30, MSG will show the latest edition of “Behind the Bench” — the show with John Tortorella and Mike Keenan. In it is an “Open Mic” segment with the very talkative Martin Biron wearing a microphone during practice. That should be worth watching by itself. The fans’ Q&A segment features a question that should be interesting for these two hard-headed coaches: Is it important for players to like their coach?

The pre-game show through the post-game show will be filled with the annual telethon for Garden of Dreams Foundation, which has touched over 150,000 kids and their families in four years since its inception.

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Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place • Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 16-12-1 (33 pts)
Senators: 12-15-2 (26 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 7

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will complete their home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-12-1 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Senators, 3-1, on Sunday at MSG in the first game of the set, and are now 6-3-0 in their last nine games. The Senators enter the contest with a 12-15-2 (26 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost nine of their last 12 games (3-8-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.), before returning to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 12 (7:00 p.m.) to close out the set vs. the Washington Capitals.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Senators
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and MSG.com
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Senators
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 30-33-3-1 all-time against the Senators: 14-20-0-0 at home and 16-13-3-1 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Senators this season, and the first of two meetings at Scotiabank Place. The Blueshirts own a 0-1-0 record thus far, following a 3-1 loss on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against the Senators in 2009-10, including a 2-0-0 mark at Ottawa. The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Senators scoreless in 13 power play opportunities in the season series.
  • The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL on the road with a record of 10-4-0 (20 pts) in 14 games; the Senators have posted a record of 7-7-1 (15 pts) at home tying for 17th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 5-2-1 vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Senators are 2-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 8-11-0 with a 1.98 goals against average and one shutout in 20 career regular season games against Ottawa; Martin Biron is 14-9-2-2 with a 2.79 goals against average and two shutouts in 30 career regular season contests vs. the Senators
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points in 10 career regular season contests vs. the Senators
  • New York lists two former Senators on their roster: Vinny Prospal (1997-98 – 2000-01); Todd White (2000-01 – 2003-04)
  • Ottawa lists one former Ranger on their roster: Alex Kovalev (1992-93 – 1998-99, 2002-03 – 2003-04)

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) on Sunday vs. the Senators, and have now tallied a power play goal in six of their last nine games (6-31, 19.4% over the span). New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 16.0% (17-106) success rate, and ranks sixth on the road with a 19.6% (9-46) 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 0-2 (2:23) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Senators scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) and notched one shorthanded goal on Sunday at MSG, and are now 46-50 (92.0%) over the last 17 games. New York ranks 10th in the NHL with a 83.5% (86-103) success rate, and are tied for seventh in the league on the road with a 84.2% (48-57) 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 (6): 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); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Ottawa, 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).

POTENT PK
The Rangers’ penalty kill has allowed just four goals in their last 17 games, registering a 92.0% (46-50) success rate over the span, and have notched five shorthanded goals during the stretch.  New York is currently tied for first in the NHL with six shorthanded goals.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers are tied for the league lead with 10 victories on the road, having posted a record of 10-4-0 in 14 games away from MSG this season. The Blueshirts rank among the league leaders in several road statistical categories, including first in shorthanded goals (five), sixth in power play percentage (19.6%), and tied for fourth in goals (44), seventh in penalty kill percentage (84.2%) and power play goals against (nine), and eighth in power play goals (nine).

A NORTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 5-2-1 (11 pts) in eight games vs. Northeast Division opponents this season, and are now 16-8-4 (36 pts) vs. the Northeast Division since the start of 2009-10 after posting an 11-6-3 (25 pts) mark against the Northeast Division in 20 games last season.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their seventh of 18 back-to-back sets with a 2-0 win on Friday vs. the Islanders, improving to 7-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 20-6, and are 2-0-0 when the second game is at home. Over the last two seasons, New York is 16-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span. The Blueshirts’ next back-to-back set is the weekend of Dec. 11 at Columbus – Dec. 12 vs. Washington.

STARTING STRONG
The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 19 of their 29 games and posting a record of 14-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 9-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 20-12, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had 10 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for third most in the league. New York trails Tampa Bay (11) and Washington (11) by one, and is tied with Atlanta (10), Dallas (10), Detroit (10) and Montreal (10) entering tonight’s action.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 475 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 16.4 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 84 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 37 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 872 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 30.1 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 117 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

  • New York has won six of the last nine games and is now tied for sixth overall in the NHL in wins (16), seventh in points (33) and ranks ninth in goals (82)
  • The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 17 games, registering a 92.0% success rate (46-50), and have notched five shorthanded goals over the span
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his last 12 games
  • Ryan Callahan has notched four points (three goals, one assist) in the last six games
  • Derek Stepan has registered 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games
  • Marc Staal has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has registered four assists in the last five games

WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP HOPEFULS
Blueshirts’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque have been invited to USA Hockey’s evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. This would be the second trip to the elite tournament for both Kreider and Bourque, if selected, having both represented the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship.  Roman Horak has also been invited to attend the Czech Republic’s evaluation camp, while Jesper Fasth is on Team Sweden’s preliminary roster.  If selected, this would be Horak’s second appearance at the World Junior Championship, having represented his native country in last year’s tournament. Fasth is looking to make his first appearance in the elite tournament.

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.

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 29
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 26

Total Man-Games Lost: 87

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106 Comments

  1. They’ll win tonight, don’t know about Frolov. I don’t get this trend for Avery and Christensen – I know they had 2 crummy games but why from first line to fourth? If they were thought to be good enough (particularly Christensen) for the top line why not drop them to the third line – Avey, Christensen, Frolov rather than all the way down to 4th, having 5 minutes. Its a waste – unless it is a punishment pure and simple.

  2. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Is it important for players to like their coach?

    Do they really even have to ask that question? Seems pretty obvious that neither one really cares if anyone LIKES them. They are more concerned if the players respect them enough to listen to what they have to teach/say. Likeing them is only a bonus achieved through any success that might be obtained via said advice/teaching.

  3. Torts definitely has a knack for drastic mix up w his lines. I think it hurts more than it helps though. From a players point of view my confidence would be on a roller coaster if I was going from 2nd line to 4th line to 1st line back to 4th..Can’t be good for the younger guys and i’m sure Gaborik’s getting tired of a revolving door of linemates whether he makes whatever line he’s on the “1st line” or not

  4. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    AWESOME GAMEDAY MORNING ‘HEADS!!!

    Hope youse all have a great Thursday, and that our boys are ready to go tonight!

  5. True Blue Mike on

    So i was thinking what do you guys think of this trade: Frolov, Gilroy, Grachev for Sergi Gonchar and a 3rd pick. The senators need goals right now and this might work for them.

    Gonchar and Del Zotto on the points?@!$?!@$ Power Play Goals?

  6. anyone catch the sharks-philthy game last night? it was one of the best non ranger games ive seen in awhile. just the offense alone by both teams was great. really hope we can get more offense from the rangers tonight because theyve been just bad lately at even generating chances. but it was great watching brieres goal with 0.1 second remaing disallowed. actually, it shouldve counted because i mean the puck was going into the net, it had been shot already, i mean, in an instance like that, it shouldve just countd. what the hell is 1 millisecond? but glad it was the flyers. and all the non calls on the sharks, the non goal, and thn losing in the skills comp like they beat us last year just made it that much better.

  7. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    I know its in the hockey DNA to use numbers, but with this team and the way players are moved, it doesn’t really fit. I’m sure it is very frustrating for players who think of it in terms of lines 1 through 4. Part of the Tort system is/should be to stop calling them as such. It doesn’t seem that he places to much faith in 1st lines anyway. The effective lines get the ice time. If no line is effective, he mixes them up. I think he calls it the Top line not the First line anyway. As for the D, I will say one thing, I just can’t bring myself to drink the Rosival (Orange-Cone) KoolAid.

    This year is not the same old Rangers in respect that I am waiting for the other shoe to fall. I dont spend any time at all anticipating the let down. I am excited for every game, and never feel like they cant win any of them. what an exciting year to be a Rangers fan!

  8. Frolov + Gilroy + Grachev have accounted for roughly the same amount of offense as Gonchar has alone. Gonchar is 35+, has had a problem staying healthy for the past few seasons and has 2 more years left on his deal.

    A) I don’t think the Sens would do that trade and B) there’s a decent amount of risk involved with a player his age along with the fact that he’d be taking up a roster spot on the blueline for the next 2 years when it’s imperative they break in some of their higher end prospects in that position.

  9. g’morning everyone!

    putting this out there now
    and probably closer to the air time
    but if there’s someone on the board who
    could offer some details on the pre-game show
    with Tort and Keenan and Biron
    for all of us non-MSG folks
    please do!!!!!

    thanks in advance

  10. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon me Carp, but watching the Flyers collapse last night was a great birthday present for me as I turned 27. Also, the Brian Leetch jersey my wife got me was an excellent present as well.

    Did you happen to catch part of that game? They were up 4-1 in the third, allow the Sharks to tie, then appear to have scored the game winning OT goal just before time expired, but replays show that the puck is still on the line as time expired. Then they lost in the shootout. Fantastic. I hope a little Philadelphian kid cried. His tears would be like sweet candy to me.

  11. I dont think we should give up on Frolov just yet, yes he has been pathetic but after putting so much faith into the guy perhaps he can somehow get it going (praying that he will)… if he doesnt we really dont have another supporting player to help Gabby..

  12. Noah-tenko, 28 on

    So am I the “oldest” on here now that I am 28??

    Looking forward to spending my bday here on a game day (finally)!

    LGR!!

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    Very busy at work these days, haven’t had time to post.
    Happy belated, Doodie!

    I saw the game last night too, very good game to watch. Both teams looked good. And, of course, the meltdown in Philadelphia was very satisfying.

    Got my Hank Heritage jersey, I would recommend that site (pro-jerseys.com). Very well made, indeed!

    I wouldn’t put too much weight on that article about Frolov, I read the Russian version. The translation is horrible, and it doesn’t reflect what he was saying at all. I will talk about it more when I get some downtime (unlikely, for now). The whole thing was prompted by the Russian journalist and magnified by bad translation.

    And LGR! Naturally.

  14. ilb2001,

    are the jerseys anywhere close to authentic quality or are they Modell’s “premier” ?
    Thanks

  15. Very well made, professionally stitched up (the number, the name and 85th Anniversary patch)

    Happy Birthday to everyone! Looks like we have a few one year older boneheads.

  16. Pucktenko (formerly The Puck Drops Here) on

    A couple of years ago I took a friend to a Rangers game on my birthday! They lost. :( This year I went to a game just a few days before my birthday and they won! All things Rangers make great bday presents.

  17. That Garden of Dreams operation is a great outreach program. In addition to the stuff we see such as the kids at Rangers and Knicks games, they do all kinds of other things quietly. My 8 year old grandson is in the childrens hospital at Westchester medical center with a severe sinus infection tha t requires intravenous antibiotics to treat. The poor kids face looks like he went 12 rounds with Ali. Yesterday, the Garden of Dreams showed up with a magic show complete with two Rockettes to entertain the kids, ggiving out gift bags to lift the kid’s spirits. It was great for my grandson, although he was ticked off that one of the gifts was a camera with the Rangers logo on it(he is a diehard Islander fan.) He wasn’t too happy when I suggested that it might be time to change teams !

  18. Fedotenko is a pro and I really like his simple game with the work ethic he brings every night.

    That being said, I doubt that he can be a winger on the the top line. If it didn’t work with Crybaby in Pittsburgh, how is it going to work with Gaby and Step? Might as well bring up Zuccarello. How much longer until we see his little Aasen in a NYR jersey?

  19. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Hey all! To address the previous thread Carp, I too voted for Avery, as well as Dubinsky.

    Hopefully the Rangers aren’t asleep for the first period of this game… I’d like to see Avery put one in… that is if he gets more than 5 minutes of ice time…

    And the rules where changed once for our #16 aka the ‘Avery Rule’ so i wouldn’t be shocked if, and i know it’s a big if, and not likely, but if he got voted in, the NHL would in my opinion immediately change the write in rules or some other shenanigans. So maybe the all-star game wouldn’t be cancelled…. but voting would never be the same!

    Which leads me to my next point. The All-Star game is horse poo. Montreal and Pittsburgh stuffed the ballots, and that game featured players that had no business being there. Fan voting? Nice in theory, wrong in practice. The whole selection process is flawed from start to finish.

    VOTE AVERY!!

  20. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Happy birthday Noah!!! 28? Somebody get Guinness world records on the phone! Boneheads have never lived so long!

  21. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    Tony, you may no longer be 28, but you certainly look really young. In all seriousness, you look exquisitely handsome :)

  22. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    No need to be scared Tony. When I get to be your age, Im presuming late 40s/early 50s, I hope I look as good as you. :)

  23. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    Happy Birthday Noah!

    Happy Belated Birthday to Doodie. Oops, today’s gameday, so…Happy Belated Birthday to Pardon Me Machetto!

  24. Andrew Gross reports that Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch for tonights game. About time they treated him like a rookie or rather inexperienced player. Hopefully the perspective from above will help him make better decisions.

  25. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    Pardon Me’s birthday was yesterday!

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

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Noah
    happy birthday!

    ILB
    Does it have the retired numbers stiched in it?? Might have to bite the bullet and get one from there!

  27. I hope a little Philadelphian kid cried. His tears would be like sweet candy to me.

    ^ greatest things i’ve heard all day lmao

    NOAH- I’m going to be 29 on the 21st. you’re forced to share 28 with me for a few more days

  28. Andrew Gross reports that Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch for tonights game. About time they treated him like a rookie or rather inexperienced player. Hopefully the perspective from above will help him make better decisions.

    ******************************

    Long overdue…

  29. Pucktenko (formerly The Puck Drops Here) on

    Rangers Report, aka Festivus Blog is really the Shangri-La Blog. Boneheads age very slowly (counter to what happens on the ice that makes Boneheads’ hair turn gray – but that’s another story). Case in point…. Josh 26.

  30. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=344844

    Bring up Zuke!

    Mats Zuccarello, RW, Connecticut – Diminutive Norwegian was a big point producer in the Swedish Elite League (104 points in 90 games over the last two seasons) and is starting to come on; after two points in the first 12 games, Zuccarello has eight goals and 16 points in the last 15 games.

  31. ok. morning nausea is gone
    (maybe i’m pregnant!! which being a male would be an amazing thing)

    happy birthday to Tiki, Doodie, Noah and anyone else i forgot!

  32. happy belated Doodie!

    about time DZ sat, he’s needed it for awhile. course it means 2 dmen playing out of position on the left side. staal/rozi, danny/gilroy, emminger/saur perhaps?

    Two weeks til I am back in NY!

  33. as much as i like MDZ i think he’s been fighting it lately
    so i’m not surprised or bummed to see him sit tonight
    hopefully
    this and some video time will get
    him back on track.

    btw, Carp (or anyone for that matter)
    when players do video sessions is it
    specifically watching game tape and clips of
    that night’s opposing to be aware of tendencies.

    i would think it would be just as helpful to have ’em watch
    other teams doing things in the correct manner
    (i.e. here’s what a successful power play looks like by a team that’s not loaded
    with superstars or in MDZ’s case, here’s a vet move in a situation such as…)

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

    Rumour has it that MDZ is getting traded

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

    Tiki
    did I miss your birthday??

    Well frak, happy birthday!!

  36. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    no wickster! not my bday.

    Pardon Me Machetto had his birthday yesterday.

    Noah’s bday is today.

  37. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    MDZ traded…. that just doesnt compute.

    With that in mind… there must be some truth to it.

  38. If they trade MDZ it better be part of package for a legit goal scorer and not a d-man…we have plenty of defensive depth in the system…

    wicky – where did you hear that?

  39. RetireBradPark's#2 on

    We could have had Cam Fowler, this year’s rookie-darling-steal-of-the-draft.

    But Noooooooooo, the Rangers know better.

  40. “Speaking of Frolov looks like the Rangers, despite comments in Russian paper, will not be shopping him: ”

    Sure, and the check is in the mail, the coach will not be fired and Santa Claus is real.

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

    I was only kidding about the MDZ trade, sorry!!

    Some of you really need to drop the cam fowler thing, he is a good young player for sure, but it has been a third of a season and he is in a different organization. You don’t even know if he would have been in our line up. Apparently several other teams KNEW better as well!

    did you guys read this from zipay a day or two ago from rangers practice, pretty funny…

    Biron skated from the other end of the ice to help Lundqvist, blocking passes, trying to clear the puck and throwing shoulders into Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Funny.

  42. Interesting about Del Zotto. … hmmmm.

    Tony, how would I know? I won’t be 28 for two more years. I know, I look old for 26, but I’ve lived hard.

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

    NYR
    again, sorry about the MDZ thing. I was just joking. I just find it funny the knee jerk that goes on around here occasionally. You know, kind of like when a player does well for a while with another organization and people here thing that player would do just as well with the same opportunities in this organization(fowler).

  44. RetireBradPark's#2 on

    Wicky – my only point about Fowler is, they had a chance to take him, when EVERYONE said he was the real deal, but the Rangers hierarchy usually takes the contrarian view (Jessiman, Montoya, etc.) and ends up with the second coming of Tom Poti.

  45. >>We could have had Cam Fowler, this year’s rookie-darling-steal-of-the-draft.

    Stop crying over spilt milk! Learn to cheer for what we have.

  46. hahaha….nice wicky…no worries

    I agree in your stance about Fowler. The Rangers chose McIlrath for a good reason: We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!

    haha

  47. Count me in with the McIlrath pick. Wicky’s been right for a while, we’ve need a crease clearer for a while, not another offensive D-Man putting up points, but cant even clear Zuco from the crease, much less a Konopka or Richards.

  48. McIlrath = Gandalf

    MZA = Frodo

    Actually, I’m not willing to call MZA “Frodo” just yet. Anybody can be a star in the AHL. Right now he’s a Pippin. If he is good enough to play in the NHL, then he’ll be Frodo.

    Anyway, did anyone see that brawl in the UK? I didn’t even know hockey was there. The announcer was hilarious, telling the camera pan to go left, then right, then back left. My favorite part was when the guy jumped the goalie from behind and he said “he should get beat to hell for that”

    And at some point he tells his partner “you just lost your virginity”, ahaha. Maybe when Sam and Joe retire, NYR hires those two.

  49. There’s usually at least one big bench-clearing brawl a year in the game over here.

    The announcer on the clip was until this year the rink announcer (plus a lot of other things) at my home-town team. He does the commentary on the (limited) coverage of the UK league on TV here.

  50. Orr, the impressive thing about MZA is that he is puttting up those numbers without any other dynamic talent around him. The fact that he has remained confident and is scoring on a losing CT Whale team is also very encouraging. I don’t think it will be long before we see him in a blueshirt…

  51. Hi guys… Why has no one has mentioned Jeremy Williams he has more goals than MZA. He has 14 goals and 9 assists, mza has 10 and 8. Williams is a bigger guy and all, I wonder what the story is on him?

  52. yeah, the AHL … even Redden can play in the Amateur Hour League, so what does that tell ya?

  53. Good evening all!
    Noah, Happy Birthday!
    tiki, via, norem, thanks for the link!
    Miami, are you still out of the country? based on your post….stay there! :)

  54. Miami- that was a very bush-league, amateur hour, mickey mouse statement :-)

    Looking at very late hours at work tonight, so will have to watch he DVRd game. No spoilers!

  55. yeah, the AHL ? even Redden can play in the Amateur Hour League, so what does that tell ya?

    *********************

    He’s been struggling of late from what I understand…

  56. Watching Williams in camp, I was less than impressed. He looked avergae at best. Orr’s right, he’s just another depth guy like PAP or Byers.

    MZA looked like a dynamic talent when I saw him in the pre-season. His skating was impressive, as he was able to find open ice in tight areas. He played with a physical edge and got in on the forecheck. He had a quick release and showed crisp passing skills. Fans of the SEL will tell you that MZA is one the best players to ever played in the league, along with Zetterberg, Forsberg, and Naslund…Hopefully that translates into a successful NHL career with the NYR.

  57. oh please, Brash*t Brash*t ……off for chow before game….see aa later! I’m dvr’ing carp’s suggestions, fyi….

  58. You mean because he didn’t play this season and it’s different than the Christensen one from last year?

  59. “While the New York Rangers continue to battle tooth and nail on the ice for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, there’s one battle off the ice that they appear to be way ahead of the competition.

    Forbes.com released their list of the best dressed athletes and two Rangers made the cut – forward Sean Avery and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.”

    http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=344842

  60. i don’t know about Avery being best dressed… sometimes i feel like he’s trying to hard to go with “the style”

    and those dorky glasses ain’t helping him either.

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