Islanders-Rangers tonight (?)


… Though we wonder if the weather might cause a change in plans since roads are still a mess, businesses and events are closed and postponed, and even the Metro North Railroad service is suspended and suggesting that people stay home, if possible, today.

If not, Marian Gaborik is expected to return to the lineup, and Mats Zuccarello is expected to play, and Michael Del Zotto is expected to be prucha’d. We’ll see.

Here are the pre-game notes, from the Rangers (these notes do not include the Islanders’ win over Montreal last night, which leaves the Isles 4-0-1 in five, and a much better team than the one with which the Rangers struggled the first three times):

Monday, Dec. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden . New York, NY
Rangers: 20-14-2 (42 pts)
Islanders: 8-18-6 (22 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 25

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-14-2 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in the shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 13-7-1 in their last 21 games. New York has earned a point in seven of their last 10 games at MSG (6-3-1). The Islanders enter the contest with a 8-18-6 (22 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have earned a point in each of their last four games (3-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.).

* TV: MSG Network
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 (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Islanders
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: 110-97-19-5 overall (63-37-11-4 at home, 47-60-8-1 on the road)
* 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the fourth of six meetings this season, and the second at MSG. New York is 2-1-0 thus far, including a 1-0-0 mark at home following a 2-0 win at MSG on Dec. 3.
* Last Season: The Rangers were 3-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play converted at a 22.7% (5-22) success rate in the season series.
* The Blueshirts have notched four goals in 11 power play opportunities (36.4%) in three games vs. the Islanders this season
* The Rangers rank 22nd with a 8-8-2 (18 pts) record at home; the Islanders rank 29th with a 3-11-3 (9 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers are 6-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Islanders are 3-5-1 against the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist is 19-9-5 with a 2.11 goals against average and three shutouts in 34 career games vs. the Islanders; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 goals against average and two shutouts in 26 career contests vs. the Islanders
* Chris Drury leads the Rangers with 15 goals, 23 assists and 38 points in 40 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders
* Marian Gaborik (three goals, two assists) and Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, four assists) are tied for the team lead with five points vs. the Islanders in the season series; Gaborik’s three goals and Dubinsky’s four assists are both team-highs
* The Rangers list 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)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-five rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for 10th in the league.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play opportunity (2:00) on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, and have now registered a goal on the man advantage in seven of the last 10 games (7-36, 19.4% over the span). New York ranks 20th overall (22-131, 16.8%) and is tied for 26th at home (10-69, 14.5%). The Rangers are 1-5 (5:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/24 at TBL), and 0-2 (2:23) when four-on-three (last – 12/3 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Lightning scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) on Thursday at MSG, and are now 62-72 (86.1%) over the last 24 games. New York is tied for 14th overall (102-125, 81.6%) and ranks 20th at home (45-55, 81.8%). The Rangers are 4-6 (5:08) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/30 at TOR), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (5:00) on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, and are now plus-three in 28, four-on-four situations (51:15). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history (full list below).
* 28 (1993-94)
* 29 (1971-72)
* 30 (1941-42)
* 31 (1939-40, 1970-71)
* 32 (2005-06)
* 33 (1938-39, 1972-73, 1991-92, 1995-96, 2008-09)
* 34 (1937-38, 2010-11)

Compared to last season, the Blueshirts have shown a three wins, five points improvement, having tallied nine more goals (including a five-goal improvement while shorthanded) while allowing seven fewer goals against through 36 games.

The Rangers completed their ninth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16. The Blueshirts improved to 9-0-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-0-0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, having out-scored their opponent, 31-9, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-1-1 on the road over the span.

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 21 of their 36 games and posting a record of 15-5-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 10-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 25-19, in the opening frame.

The Rangers have had 12 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season which is tied for second in the NHL, trailing Washington by one and tied with Atlanta.

The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,038 hits and rank second with 586 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan ranked second in the league with 128 hits and led all NHL forwards with 40 blocked shots prior to his injury on Dec. 15, while Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 104 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks 12th in the NHL with 102 hits.

* The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (eight), are tied for fifth in wins (20), 10th in points (42), rank 10th in goals (108), and are tied for seventh with a plus-13 goal differential
* Henrik Lundqvist is 7-4-1 with a 1.88 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 12 games
* Derek Stepan enters the game with a three-game goal streak (three goals), and has registered 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 20
* Alex Frolov has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* Marc Staal has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six
* Dan Girardi has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games
* Artem Anisimov has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games
* Brandon Dubinsky has registered eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games
* Brian Boyle has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine games

Rangers’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque will represent Team USA at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. This will be their second trip to the elite tournament, having both represented the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship. Roman Horak (Czech Republic) and Jesper Fasth (Sweden) will also represent their native country in the tournament. This will be Horak’s second appearance at the World Junior Championship, having represented the Czech Republic in last year’s tournament, while Fasth will be making his first appearance in the tournament.

* Dan Girardi: 1 point from 100 NHL career
* Alex Frolov: 3 points from 400 NHL career
* Brandon Dubinsky: 8 assists from 100 NHL career
* Henrik Lundqvist: 9 wins from 200 NHL career

* Marian Gaborik: 600th career NHL game (12/18 at PHI)
* Dale Weise: 1st career NHL game (12/18 at PHI)
* Mats Zuccarello: 1st career NHL game (12/23 vs. TBL)

* Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 36
* Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 6
* Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 3
* Marian Gaborik (groin strain) – 1
* Michael Del Zotto (flu) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 109

* Dec. 22 – Recalled forward Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut
* Dec. 23 – Assigned forward Mats Zuccarello to Connecticut

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  1. Yesterday I listed the consecutive holidays we’ve just had. Now we can add another one:
    Tuesday: Festivus Eve Eve.
    Wednesday: Festivus Eve.
    Thursday: Festivus.
    Friday: Christmas Eve.
    Saturday: Christmas.
    Sunday: Boxing Day.
    Today: Snow day.

  2. The Crock was about 10% full last night in another magnificent Devil loss. It would be funny to see that kind of attendance in March with perfect weather.

    I’m wondering if Lou Lam is seeking revenge on the league. Maybe his plan is to get the #1 pick for the next 3 years before he has to forfeit one.

  3. Johnny, if that is the case, in three years Jeffrey Vanderbeek won’t be able to pay for Festivus pole…..

  4. Hey all! Hope everyone is home safe today and had a wonderful holiday! Gotta bring it tonight against the isles!

  5. So, how do I get to the game tonight? Metro North is shut down and my condo complex is still snowed in, so i can’t drive and NYC is a disaster anyway with plows getting abandoned on some roads.

    Rangers – I beg of you, postpone the game. Thank you.

    And then, work something out FAST for a January outdoor game at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field. Now that would make me happy!

  6. Yeah I thought of that ilb, but other teams that have been on the brink seem to make it through somehow. I think the league would go to any length to make sure NJ endures. Unless Lou declares all out war.

  7. So, for Christmas, my girlfriend got me a puck display case (holds 30 pucks) with the Rangers logo on it and an Adam Graves autographed puck. I’m looking to purchase/obtain signed pucks by every player from the 93-94 Stanley Cup team. If anyone has any that they’d be willing to sell, please email me.

    I was fortunate to find 11 pucks in an ebay auction (all certified PSA/DNA), but there are still 9 that I’m looking for (Nemchinov, Lowe, Wells, Karpovtsev, Anderson, Noonan, Kovalev, & Gilbert). I have the most expensive players, but these ones I feel will be harder to find. Hopefully these guys will be at some alumni events.

    Thanks to anyone who can help. And by the way, what a great gift, right? Let’s go Rangers!

  8. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    well off to get dog food, drop off a couple of movies, go to the eye doc, then off to work until 2200 hrs tonight…..all after cleaning all the snow off the rover..

    Be safe in the snow everyone and LGR!!!!

    Later assens!

  9. Joekuh-rury-mire on

    GotGold, that is an AWESOME collection if you can finish it. Just that you’ve gotten so far is awesome in itself. I’m with Orr, I’m feening for Rangers hockey!

  10. Anyone know how we can go about petitioning/emailing the team/league to get them to delay the game? There’s no way im gonna be able to make it tonight as all the LIRR is shut down and my whole street wasn’t plowed.

  11. Please Orr, no afternoon games in December after a holiday. I have a feeling they are going to sleepwalk though tonight’s game as it is.

  12. iDoodie machetto on

    Anyone else besides my wife and I going to be at the game tonight? I figure since not only did I have to go into work, but go in an hour early, there have to be others who will brave the game tonight. Hell, if 3000 people went to see the islanders last night, I figure msg has to draw at least 10k tonight.

    The obvious joke is that it should blizzard everyday so that the islanders can keep up the improvement in their attendance numbers

  13. Maybe Sarah can give youse a lift on her dog sled. She’s very Rangers friendly. She’s already taught Higgins, Fro and Avery how to shoot.

  14. I hope the boys are ready for the game tonight. The Fishsticks are on a roll….does that make them fishwiches? LOL

  15. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    ilb – Can i get in on the Tiramisu? :)

    My goodness, imagine our blog queen, Mama, topped with Tiramisu!!!!!! Deliciously delicious :)

  16. Carp, if they suspend the North Metro Railroad and you wont be able to travel with it, you can probably take a helicopter to fly to the Garden..:)

    It shouldnt be a problem for you to call your old pal Glen because if you cant make your infamous cross examination with the coach at around 5pm the game cant go under way as scheduled :)

  17. What the heck is going on in the NY area ??? I am watching right now Don La Greca in the NHL live show and he looks like that he wants to go to masquerade ball :)

  18. Just got stuck in hartnelling driveway of gas station mart. One man sits there watching me spin tires. THANK YOU to the two gents with shovels who stopped and got me out after quite an effort!!!!

    word of advice. stay home.

  19. All sissies :)

    I have cleared our driveway from the snow in the morning for two hours in preparation for work !!!

  20. How sad did the Mausoleum look last night with all those red Habs jerseys filling up the arena?! i thought the game was in Canada! lol

    Those poor Islanders fans must’ve felt like carcillo…which is not so unusual for them but WOW…

  21. So, Metro North is running on a limited schedule now…it’s going to take me 2+ hours to get there and who knows how the hell long to get home – oh what a night

  22. When i was in Vegas in June at the NHL awards show the temp was like 105 and humidity was around 5%. I was so comfortable when compared to the 85 degree and perpetual 90% humidity of Long Island. I’d take dry heat over humidity any day.

  23. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    hahaha Tony! it’s a beautiful brisk 50 degrees here in FL. Went to walk the pups a half hour ago, shirtless, and it was gorgeous out!!! :)

    i still want in on the Tiramisu, ilby!!!! :)

  24. What has two thumbs and finally has his laptop back? Thiiiiiiiiiiis guy. Gonna be a tough one tonight if they get to play. Hoping our boys come out pumped.

    BTW- I turned 26 (+3) last week when I was without Internet. So who’s going to take me out for a nice meal? I’ll order soup!

  25. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Happy Bday James! May you get Bill Cowher as a belated gift! Awesome news about the laptop! You back in NY or still in OH with the fam?

    A little late, but to Orrsie and Ilby: a snow blower!

  26. Hola gang! EVeryone shovled out? We got a foot of the white stuff up here in Albany. Spent a fun morning shoveling my Dad out while wearing hiking boots. Needless to say, my feet are still freezing.

    Both flights are still on-time, so (crosses fingers)

    What does everyone think about having Gabby and MZA in the same lineup?

  27. Fischler just said that Sid “the Skid” Crybaby is “in Gretzky’s class” on NHL live.

    Stan, you are outliving your mind pal…

  28. Cally's Broken Hand Del Headzo on

    Whoever can’t use their tickets – I live in Manhattan and don’t have any so far (hint hint)!!

    Sire Father!


  29. ilb, well, that was a given, lol. I just wonder how they’ll both fit into the lineup (fair warning, I have been very much out of the loop with this team for much of the past week).

  30. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    “Yeah, Crosby is almost as good as Gretzky was in his last two years.”


  31. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    i just figured out what actress Mama slightly resembles and reminds me of…. Amanda Peet!

  32. Roloson was named NHL first star of the week. The Islanders are riding high. I think it’s time to show them where they belong. I have a feeling our boys will come out swinging tonight.

  33. I am going to watch another derby at 3pm Arsenal-Chelsea to make me hot for the Rangers-Isles..Cant have a better attunement !!!!:)

  34. Seamus:

    Coach Tort’s words revealed that MDZ wasn’t sick; the sensitivity indicators show that he was deliberatley withholding info.

    Torts is worried about two things:
    1. MDZ Ego
    2. MDZ party life

    He is young and wants things his way. He thinks he can be carried by his talents and doesn’t have to listen to coaches. He also thinks he can party all night and be 100% in the morning.

    He sits again.

    If anyone has any recent statements by Torts, post ’em.


  35. Doodie Machetto on

    I would agree that Crosby is in Gretzky’s class. Gretzky is almost 50 now and has probably lost a few steps with his age.

  36. By the way,

    Crosby does cry. He dives with impunity, slew foots, but hates the press he gets on it and is jealous of Gretz and how beloved he was from city to city.

    Refs/Nhl announcers have been told which side of the bread is buttered by dollars–5 years and running

    Body Language analysis shows Jets coach has lost team respect

    Floyd Landis is still lying in spite of using T to recover faster and his confession is only a semi-confession

    Bishop Eddie Long made it with the young males he was a “father” figure to…”call me Daddy”

    North Korea is bluffing

    David Hartley’s wife Tiffany knows who shot her hubby the jet skiing American (she was in on it)

    Torts has issues with Avery’s influence on young players
    Erik Christianson is not liked by his teammates

  37. lol Tiki we’re still “stranded” in Ohio. I’m forced to sit here eating pizza and drinking beer while everyone at home shovels themselves out. Gonna try to make our way out in the next 24 hours or so..

    Carp- I saw some pics taken out on Halstead this morning. whadda mess! Don’t pull anything you might need while shoveling

  38. RT@

    TGfireandice Tom Gulitti by DarrenDreger
    Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac spent night stuck on Route 280 in Elias’ car. They didn’t get home until 7:30 am after leaving Rock at 10:40.


  39. if you know 280, there are those hills thru west orange…i know i wouldn’t have driven on that road last night

  40. Elias Drives an Escalade. – He should have been able to make it. Unless he was driving something else, Than he’s just an idiot. Anything short of Four wheel Drive is’nt making it up the hill on 280

  41. Poor Elias and Zajac. All alone in a cold, inhospitable environment for several hours. And then getting stuck in the car all night too.

  42. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    this is good. arsenal have a 1-nil lead at halftime, as i expected. if chelsea took the 1-0 lead, the game was over. arsenal should choke the 1-0 lead away in the 2nd half, and im just hoping chelsea dont score 2 to win.

  43. If anybody has seen the episode of “The Sopranos” from Season 3, called”Pine Barrens”, it was Hi-larious!

    If that was anything like what Elias and Zajak went through, then I want to hear the details!

    Paulie and Christopher had a Russian in the trunk of the car that they thought was dead, and escaped. Maybe Zajak and Elias had a Russian as well. Kovalchoke?

  44. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    doesnt anyone sort of feel bad for Kovalchuck? i mean, the guy’s been stuck on a loser team his entire career, thinks he’s resigning with a contender, and instead, they turn out to be losers also…

  45. Noah-allahan, 28 on

    ORR, that is one of the best Sopranos episodes in the series for the sheer amount of comedy in the episode. Tremendous stuff.

  46. I’m sitting here at Keens chophouse with my wife Michele.
    going to see Rangers/ fishsticks.
    It’s our 10th anniversary.
    Life is good!

  47. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    harsh, Mama. :)

    Kovalchuk has little to do with the Devils’ failure, and certainly was not responsible for the Thrashers’ failure.

    he does start crap with Avery, which I dont like him for, but he’s not a “skid” like Crosby or a bearded clown like OV

  48. Looking for a little help here.

    I just got tickets for tonight’s game.
    I told the person that got me the tix that I was a big Ranger fan from way back.

    Truth is, I used to follow pretty closely when Orland Kurtenbach was the enforcer and Vic Hadfield had the hardest shot in the league. Reg Fleming once dumped snow down the back of my shirt in a youth clinic…then I kind of lost interest.

    I followed again in the days when young Gresh was taggin a supermodel and #28 Sandstrom was a force.

    I got caught up in the whole Gretz/Messier years, but haven’t really followed much lately.

    I’m hoping you guys can give me some info to make me sound like I know what I’m talking about…I can look up the points leaders and goalies, I need to know other stuff
    – who is the defenseman that you all hate these days (there’s always one, isn’t there?)
    – who is the underappreciated youngster?
    – who is the veteran who has lost a step but won’t admit it?
    – who are the best forecheckers?
    – who are the best shot-blockers?
    – any scandals?…fetish-videos?…high profile girlfriends?

    any help appreciated.


  49. My girlfriend doesn’t want to travel in the snow, so I have an extra ticket to tonight’s game. Section 116. Asking $80 (that’s what I paid for it as part of a package, so it’s a great deal). Any takers? Give your email address and we’ll arrange to meet at the Garden.

  50. Definitely my favorite episode.

    Tik, I don’t feel bad for him. He is a selfish piece of carcillo that is getting what he deserves. All he cares aboot is himself.

    Trashers started playing really well once they traded his ass, and now this season, they’re playing even better.

    Fugg Kovalchoke. He’ll never win a Cup. Never!

  51. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    2-0 arsenal. well, chelsea can still come back, but it looks like i may be out of $1k. maybe that’ll teach me not to bet with my heart…no, ill never learn.

    3-0 arsenal. oh well, i lost my bet! :(

  52. Surprised that they are going to play this game tonight, why not wait until tomorrow (if the Garden’s available)?

    JN – Answers in order (as I see it):
    1. Rozsival (with Redden in Hartford of course)
    2. Gilroy (in his 2nd year, but not so young), and we would have liked to see Zuccarello sooner.
    3. probably Drury, in terms of scoring at least
    4. Callahan, Boyle, Dubinsky, Prust
    5. Callahan, Drury, Staal, Girardi
    6. We have talked about Dubinsky’s hot gf and Stepan’s hot mom.

  53. Happy anniversary Staal and mrs. Staal!

    I am so jealous of everyone going to game tonight!!!! have fun!!!

    JN, you got a lot of catch up on! I’m sure the heads will assist :) Will be amusing to see their answers……

  54. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    if chelsea can get one more goal in the next 15 mins, they have a real shot.

    mama, can you bring me good luck with your special powers?

  55. Spider, good answers, but I would have put MZA first for 2 and added Rozi to 3. And, much as i loathe to admit this, you forgot Aves on the hot gf list. sigh

  56. ORR….not really into any part of the foot. Sorry. I do have a fetish though…I’m into seeing side-boob on a hot day below 23rd st.

    Thanks…I am printing your response. seriously.

    currently trying to google image search Dubinsky’s girls and Stepan’s mom.

    one more question I forgot…who are the best Rangers in a shootout?

  57. Nice, Jimmy Neutron this has potential

    Orr- I like when they’re eating the frozen ketchup and relish packets

  58. JN- Erik C, of course. One more thing- don’t talk too much about Frolov. And never, ever mention Todd White! I think you’re all set now.

  59. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    thanks mama for the help!

    “And, much as i loathe to admit this, you forgot Aves on the hot gf list”

    what?? You are dating Avery, Mama!! Since when?? Damn it, how am I going to win you from Avery?? :(

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    Don’t forget, Callahan broke his hand blocking a shot and is out for at least another month and a half.

  61. bless you ORR :)

    tiki, no worries, as Santa didn’t come through this year. dang that overgrown elf!

  62. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Jimmy Neutron – If this is a woman you’re trying to impress, mention how dreamy and steamy Henrik Lundqvist and Brian Boyle are!

  63. Hey, Staal. Did you ever see so many pipes (except at Keens)? Happy Anniversary! Now the Rangers have to win tonight. LGR!

  64. JN – You haven’t followed the game for a few years, you say? I’m probably giving too much away, but the best-kept secret in the NHL is this guy in Pittsburgh, Crosby. Keep an eye out for him.

  65. Sad news just announced by the NHL: Jordin Tootoo has entered the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.

  66. I agree with Carp. Somebody is going to get REALLY hurt blocking a shot. I’m for doing that in critical situations but I think they do way too much of it.

  67. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    mama – oh, when you said Aves had a hot gf, i thought you meant yourself :)

    Aves gf, Hilary Rhoda, is hot, but I have to agree with Orr, she doesnt have that pizazz, that sex appeal.

    Mama is a much better fit for Avery. Sexy, sophisticated, sweet, successful, and sickly gorgeous!

  68. not sad if he’s entered the program carp. hopefully he gets the help he needs. if he didn’t enter, that would be sad. just my opinion……

  69. Rosival appears to be out of step with the Rangers this season; a step behind, not physical, tenative clearing pucks, and the hooking penalty—the bane of the slower.

    Bet bet to send him to Hartford.

  70. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    eh, you still got me Mama! I know Im only 5% the man Avery is, but that’s 5% of a viking god!

    And dont worry, (the following isnt meant to be vulgar) you’ll be sleeping with Avery very very soon :)

  71. Trent McCleary got REALLY hurt blocking a shot around 10 years ago. It hasn’t stopped the amount of shot-blocking increasing a lot since then.

    It’s just one of those things now that most coaches probably wouldn’t accept not being done routinely by players, injury-risk or not.

  72. Seamus, my two cents? it’s going to get out one way or the other. this way, the league, team and player get ahead and control of the story, prevent lots of rumor and innuendo, and it dies faster.

  73. It’s actually good news if Tootoo’s serious about straightening himself out and succeeds.

  74. Tootoo must have either done something stupid or asked for help, or both. To bad he can play the game when he at himself. It’s good he is getting help though.

  75. Sort of like that Demi Lovato chick?

    Bwaha! She enters rehab for “emotional issues”, next thing you know, apparently she’s doing cocaine, she’s making sex tapes, she’s acting slooty, she’s punching people, she has an eating disorder, etc.

    Disney is the Devil! Mickey Mouse is Satan! Dr. Satan!!

  76. Tiki - I heart Brett Favre on

    Marjie… or it qualifies Mama as a Yankees fan. I know that as a Yankees fan, I suffer :)

  77. Yeah, and Avery is always making all kinds of trouble anyway.

    JN – I would add that Avery owns the Warren 77 restaurant/bar that a lot of the players go to after games, and a lot of the people here have been, as well.

  78. The Rangers are going to face a tough team tonight. The Rangers always have a rough time with the fishes, but this has is not the same team they last faced. The Isles have been good the last five or six games beating some stiff competition. The Ranger have not been bad during that time either. It should be a good game. This team is fun to watch they are always moving their feet. MZA will be back, he got caught standing around the last game he played, but he still had a good game over all.

  79. >>Why does the NHL “announce” something like that? Wouldn’t it be better off private? Dopes.

    Would you have the same objection if they had announced that he was getting married?

  80. Thanks bloggers.

    have to admit, coming on this blog is like being in a foreign country…makes my head spin.

    But I leave now for the game a little smarter; a little confused; but ready to go. I think I can hang for 60 minutes. Wish me luck.

    thanks again:


  81. Maybe Tootoo is traumatized from that time he dumped a cooler of Gatorade over Marty Benson’s head, who then came down with pneumonia and died.

  82. >>Getting married isn’t as embarrassing as going to rehab.

    If he didn’t want his embarrassing dirt in public, he should have gotten his act together.

  83. Good luck to Tootoo. Hope he comes back.

    And good luck to you, JN. This place gets better if you stay with it a bit. Hope you come back too.

  84. >>If you were arrested for trying to pay for sex, would you want your boss to tell everyone who
    >>works with you?

    What we’d want and what usually happens are two different things. Furthermore, Tootoo is a public figure; I am not.

  85. The Islanders play their best hockey against the Rangers. PA Parenteau has much to prove against a team and organization that felt he wasn’t worthy…

    The Rangers need to come out strong and not consider the Isles as a last place (hello, Devils?) team.

  86. If you were arrested for paying for sex, you’re whole office would know within two days max, trust me. and, right or wrong, and sadly, that comes with being in a public job like a sport. hey, my heart’s with the guy…

    and ORR, really, for all the Redden comments you make here??? just saying…..think about it

  87. I don’t think Rosi has a no move clause like Drury. He can be sent to Hartford.

    New York fans can be observed through the lens of NHL Center Ice. It’s amazing how sophisticated Ranger fans are…

    a player back checks and hustles, and without scoring, gets cheered by the fans. This is not universal throughout the league.

    a player dogs it on the ice and the fans in NY let him hear it. It has to be a tough place to play but superstars seem to love it.

    Some announcers are terribly regional; Boston to the point of juvenile; they say silly things like “righteous pass!” in attempts to make it on Sportscenter. They don’t study the opposing team at all.

    Some Canadian teams have really sharp announcers who know the game, and know the other teams well, and are clearly fans of the game, rather than just a team (see Boston, Philly, Washington).

    The juvenile, “look at the Great Eight!” or the unending “that play was Crosby-like!” (when Crosby is not playing in the game!) wears thin pretty easily.

    I think Rosi has a tough time playing at the Garden. The fans see the blocked shots, and the play of someone like Prust, and really get angry when Rosival, upon being hit, coughs up the puck in order to avoid the hit.

    The fans are sophisticated and knowledgable. Its easier for Rosi to play on the road.

  88. Roszival doesn’t have NMC. He has limited NTC- can list 8 teams he doesn’t want to traded to.

  89. Seamus- ask LW3H about other teams announcers. Last time he heard Sam and JM was 1972.
    I think the best announcers must be Montreal guys in French. I have no clue what they are saying, but they sound very convincing on Center Ice.

  90. Seamie, great post.

    ORR, you can try, but you can’t have it both ways….at least not with me :)

  91. ORR, see my post at 6:11 :)
    ilb, I’m with you! interesting lines tonight…

    did I say I had to go? I really do now……:) ta til game!

  92. The way I see it Rozie’s not going anywhere this year. Torts has to like him, after a give away like that last game and he didn’t even miss a shift. At least I didn’t notice him sitting. I’m sure Torts was pissed, but I don’t think he benched him. Really Rozie should know that a pass up the middle like that is not worth the risk. He gets a little puckeyed and has brain farts. Girardy gave one up also, but St Louis made a good play on him.

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