Rangers at Habs tonight

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Another big weekend for your heroes, at another arena that changes names every five minutes.

Let’s see if they can win a game against a team that just beat them on Tuesday, a game sandwiched between games against the best team in the West and the best team in the East (tomorrow).

Of course, these are the road warriors, as you know.

Here are the pre-game notes, courtesy of the New York Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Bell Centre • Montreal, Quebec

Rangers: 26-16-3 (55 pts)
Canadiens: 24-17-3 (51 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 13

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six match-up at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 26-16-3 (55 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to end the Canucks’ 17-game point streak, and are now 9-3-2 in their last 14 games. New York has registered a point in 21 of their last 30 contests (19-9-2), and is 9-4-1 in their last 14 games at home. The Canadiens enter the contest with a 24-17-3 (51 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in five of their last six games (4-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Jan. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:

  • All-Time: 188-316-94-3 overall (124-122-54-1 at home, 64-194-40-2 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Bell Centre. The Rangers are 0-1-0 following a 2-1 loss vs. the Canadiens on Tuesday at MSG.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 at Montreal. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with five points (two goals, three assists) in the season series.
  • The Rangers rank first with a 15-7-1 (31 pts) record on the road; the Canadiens rank fourth with a 14-6-3 (31 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 6-3-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Canadiens are 7-5-0 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 10-7-2 with a 2.93 goals against average and one shutout in 20 career regular season games vs. Montreal; Martin Biron has posted a record of 14-10-0-1 with a 2.41 goals against average and two shutouts in 27 career regular season games vs. Montreal
  • Chris Drury has registered a team-high, 14 goals, 19 assists and 33 points in 42 career regular season contests vs. Montreal
  • New York lists no former Canadiens on their roster
  • Montreal lists two former Rangers on their roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 –2008-09); Alex Auld (2009-10)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for sixth in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play opportunities (4:29) on Thursday vs. Vancouver. New York ranks 22nd overall (26-160, 16.2%) and ranks 19th on the road (13-79, 16.5%). 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 (3): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Canucks scoreless in three shorthanded situations (5:13) on Thursday at MSG, and are now 90-102 (88.2%) over the last 33 games. New York ranks ninth overall (130-155, 83.9%) and ninth on the road (75-90, 83.3%). The Rangers are 6-8 (6:05) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/13 vs. VAN), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (9): 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); 1/7 at DAL (Fedotenko).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Vancouver, and are now plus-three in 35, four-on-four situations (65:50). Four-on-four goals for (5): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan); 1/5 vs. CAR (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06
New York has posted a record of 42-22-12 (96 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 10-8-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .632 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.713%, 36-13-5) and ahead of Montreal (.625%, 62-35-11), Boston (.523%, 48-43-17), Toronto (.519%, 47-43-18), and Chicago (.447%, 22-28-7).

A NORTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 6-3-1 (13 pts) in 10 games vs. Northeast Division opponents this season, and are now 17-9-4 (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.

RANGERS SHUTOUTS
With his 31-save shutout in a 1-0 win vs. Vancouver on Thursday, Henrik Lundqvist moved into a tie with John Ross Roach for third on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 30, and fourth with Mike Richter on the team’s all-time shutouts list (including playoffs) with 33.

RECORD STREAK
Henrik Lundqvist tied the NHL record for longest assist streak by a goaltender (Tom Barrasso – 1984-85, 1988-89; Ed Belfour – 2001-02) and became the first Rangers goalie to record an assist in three straight games (goalie games played) on Jan. 5 vs. Carolina, Jan. 7 at Dallas and Jan. 11 vs. Montreal. *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

YOUTH IS SERVED
The Rangers have the sixth youngest team in the league with an average age of 26 years and 210 days, and the youngest defensive corp in the league with an average age of 24 years and 328 days. *based on NHL rosters on Jan. 11

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will begin their 12th of 18 back-to-back sets tomorrow at Montreal. New York is 6-4-1 (1-0-0 at home, 5-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs, following a 3-2 shootout win at Dallas on Jan. 7. The Blueshirts are 10-1-0 (4-0-0 at home, 6-1-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 33-13, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-3-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-2-1 on the road over the span.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season through 45 games (22-17-6, 48 points in 2009-10), having tallied eight more goals (128 this season, 120 last season) while allowing 13 fewer goals against (109 this season, 122 last season).  New York has also shown a five-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, four last season).

WILD WEST
The Rangers rank first among Eastern Conference teams in winning percentage (.692), tied for first in wins (nine) and second in points (18) vs. Western Conference teams this season, having posted a 9-4-0 record in 13 games.

WINNING HABIT
New York is currently 10 games over .500 with a 26-16-3 record.  New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least 10 games over on April 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine) and road wins (15), are tied for fifth in wins (26), seventh in points (55), rank sixth in goals against (109), 11th in goals for (128), and sixth with a plus-19 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts lead the league with a .684 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 13-3-3 in those contests. Their 13 wins are tied for third in the NHL.

COMEBACK KIDS
New York ranks second in the NHL with 13 points when trailing after two periods, having registered a 5-9-3 mark in those games. The Blueshirts’ five wins are tied for first in the league. New York won back-to-back games on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh (4-1) and Dec. 16 vs. Phoenix (4-3, SO), despite trailing by a goal entering the third period in both games. The last time the Rangers won consecutive games when trailing after two periods was during the 2008-09 season, on Nov. 15 vs. Boston (3-2) and Nov. 17 vs. Ottawa (2-1). Both games required the shootout.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,304 hits and rank third with 719 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 129 blocked shots and Brian Boyle is tied for eighth in the NHL with 135 hits.

20-WINS
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.

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist is 12-5-2 with a 1.70 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 19 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky enters the contest with a three-game scoring streak (one goal, three assists), and has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 19 games, with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 10
  • Matt Gilroy has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in his last nine games, and has posted a plus-10 rating in his last 20
  • Derek Stepan has registered 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 29 games
  • Brian Boyle has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 18 games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

  • Brandon Dubinsky: 1 assist from 100 NHL career
  • Matt Gilroy: 2 games from 100 NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist: 4 wins from 200 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Henrik Lundqvist: 30th career NHL shutout (1/13 vs. VAN)

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 45
  • Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 15
  • Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 12
  • Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 7

Total Man-Games Lost: 145

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Jan. 10 – Acquired forward Wojtek Wolski from Phoenix in exchange for defenseman Michal Rozsival

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161 Comments

  1. Now I don’t know how badly Christensen is injured, or whether he can even skate at this time, but if he is not crippled, what would you think of dressing him for the game, and sit on the bench just in case of a shoot out?

    An extra so to speak.

  2. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Fran,
    I think that would be a mistake. This team plays better when they roll 4 complete lines. especially when the other team doesnt have 4 lines that they can roll to match us.

  3. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    as far as shootouts go, we have 2 fellas that are pretty shifty when it comes to that. Zucc, and WW(so i have read). To me, its not worth the risk of losing another asset.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Morning all!

    I want to address the Iginla/Gaborik comments from the last post.
    Gabby is 27, Iginla is 32. Do the math, carry the 2…. it doesn’t add up.

  5. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    yea man… i know Gabby is in a slump, and I respect Iginla as a player… i’m not interested in a trade of the two.

  6. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    You see those stats on Hank in the last 19 games?

    •Henrik Lundqvist is 12-5-2 with a 1.70 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 19 games

    He’s playing lights out. Bad goals happen, or goalies would have 45 shutouts a season.
    You take the good, there will be some bad here and there.

  7. JBytes [iPhoning] on

    >>The Rangers have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season
    >>through 45 games..

    Hmm, I was under the illusion that we were doing much better.

  8. Paul in sunrise on

    Rangers should make no moves unless necessitated by injury. They are very good. They will get Cally back. As good as a trade but like a mid season free agent pick up. If Prospal can get back. Same thing. If not then the kids get to mature more right before our eyes. The light bulb has turned on for several guys this year. This is a special exciting team. I am really enjoying it. Center ice package paying off this year.

  9. Jbytes
    The difference is that the team gathered a lot of those points in the first 15 games or so and then went flat and then went horrible. This year, the team has been far more consistant and has continued to grow before our eyes. Therefore, our mindset, and the teams, are completely different and they are much better this year.

  10. N.CountryNYRFan on

    Will do ilb, haven’t been to a game in years but the last time I saw one up there the Rangers won. LGR’s it would be great to see them get a win tonight.

  11. Carp, your buddies, Zipay, Gross, Brooks and Cerny had an very entertaining last night in Montreal…

    You are going to miss something when you are not on the road with them !!!!:)

  12. Have any of you ever given thought as to why, in seasons past, the Rangers started good and then went flat?

    How about the management and coaching staff, which seemed to abandon the players to their own devices.

    How about certain favored players who were inept, timid,wrapped up in their own self images which allowed them free rein to ruin the good efforts put out by others. ( Yeah i’m talking Malik, Rozival, and a few others who you all know, and it damaged the efforts of the worker bees. Perhaps this had something to do with their mid season blahs that carried them down the stairs to oblivion by season end.

    It’s like a day at the beach now, with all the parts humming and each player integrating himself into s niche and they all pull together as one now. It’s remarkable to watch……….and don;t think that Lundqvist isn’t the recipient of a lot of this effort, which he most certainly appreciates and which helps him to gather his own work efforts under control. Every time a skater takes a blocking hit, that’s one he doesn’t have to save….the self sacrifice of some of these fellows is amazing to behold. And he knows it! In fact it is the one outstanding feature that the rest of the league is talking about when the Rangers name comes up. Now every team knows that when the red white and blue in whatever fashion, comes on the ice – they are in for five miles of bad road.

  13. it lasted until to 3 am in the morning…I was in Montreal as well a couple of times you probably dont know where to go so many good restaurants they have in the old city :)

  14. Gift of Gab

    I love Gaby and don’t want to see him go. The guy who has been fanning the fire on this rumor has been correct on other trades way before they happen. He never said Gaby would definitely get traded, only that he is not untouchable and could possibly be included in a deal for Iginla. I know that Iggy is older than Gaby.

    We don’t need Iglina. Philly is the other team that covets him. Let them give up some of their stars for him. They can probably give a better package than we can anyway.

    My post was meant to make NYR fans think about what holes this team has and where we can afford to trade what we have for something that will put the club over the top.

  15. fran,
    no to E.C. sitting on bench as extra… the Zuccarello and the Wombat Wolski are insane on breakaways…and i still would like to see gabby in top three…ur best player has to be there…i hated when Jagr didnt go in top three..shows weakness IMO.

  16. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Slew-foot Subban tonight…. I hope Dubi or Avery smacks him around. Can’t chase the guy all night and take penalties, but i’m sure Dubi introduces him to the boards if he gets the opportunity.

  17. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Philly? wonder what they would be willing to part with. They’re a pretty deep team as it is.

  18. Henrik Lundqvist is 12-5-2 with a 1.70 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 19 games

    ^^

    Nice stats but are we going to discuss how awful hes been in Montreal? May wanna start Marty tonight. esp with the offense struggling. they go down 2 or 3 goals and it’s going to be getting late early as Yogi would say.

    Newbury in? I like it. Maybe he can provide a spark. it’d be nice to get this lack of goal scoring issue settled before playing Philthy. I’d like to see them score more than a goal against them for once.

  19. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Carter, Mike Richards, Briere, Betts.

    B. Richards doesn’t seem to fit on paper. Unless one of those guys is going the other way… and I don’t think the Stars have interest in Betts.

    Carter, M. Richards, and Briere are all signed long term.

  20. Anybody hear that the Arizona shooter, Jared Loughner, took pictures of himself holding a gun while wearing a G-string?

    Pleeeease don’t let those pictures be leaked onto the internet!! That would be horrifying!!

    Anyway, Go Rangers! I don’t mind Newbury filling in for Weise. He’s better off playing more minutes in Connecticut than little minutes here. Noberries is perfect for the 4th line.

    I think Beer-On should play tonight. I just don’t trust Hank in Montreal. I’d hate to play them in the playoffs for that reason alone.

  21. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    He wasn’t awful the last game against Montreal, we only scored 1 goal. Hank played well other than getting beat on that angle shot. I won’t call that goal soft, i understand butterfly and hybrid goalies go down early, but that shot was perfect.

  22. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Dubinksy should Prucha Slew-foot Subban by bryzgaloving kicking the carcillo out of his byfuglien rear end.

  23. “Philly is taking a big run @ Brad Richards.”

    Wow. The Flyers aren’t even playing Dallas and those thugs are still trying to injure someone.

  24. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    Throw him in net and let him fight his way out of whatever mental block he has in Montreal. The odds have to catch up sooner or later.

    I hope Dubinsky spears Slew-foot Subban in the coin purse.

  25. Gift of GAB-orik and Norweigans! on

    it’s not safe being a goalie in Philthy. Thanks Leighton for carrying us to the Stanley cup finals… oh we’re waving you.

    I guess they think Bob bob bob bobrovsky can get the job done?

  26. >>Pleeeease don’t let those pictures be leaked onto the internet!! That would be horrifying!!

    Just because they’re on the Internet doesn’t mean you have to look at them.

  27. just found out that the grandfather of my bonehead bro’s girlfriend had what appears to be a second stroke in the last couple weeks. The grandpa is not likely to make it past today, so the whole family is gathering by his bedside :(

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

    good morning ILB, tiki, and all!!!

    Ncountry
    awesome, enjoy!!!

    Tiki
    condolences and best of luck!

    this tweet is a bit annoying to me:

    JimCerny Jim Cerny
    Torts got very angry in media briefing today when discussing Subban’s unpenalized slewfoot Tues & Burrows unpenalized spear of Staal Thurs

    If torts is angry about it, perhaps some of the players should just go all bieksa on these guys and handle the situation…..oh wait, this is figure skating not hockey, nevermind!

    This team has been missing a serious physical edge for a while! I hope they aren’t starting to think they are above that!!

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

    stevezipay Steve Zipay
    Boyle, whose nose appears broken, says he “understands guys want to play hard” but league “has to address” recent slewfoots and spears

    WRONG brian, WRONG!!!!!

    You DO NOT let refs good or bad calls win or lose you a game and you CERTAINLY DO NOT let the league “disciplinarians” protect and enforce for you. You handle it like MEN on the ice!!!!!

    The marshmallow attitude is back….please send one bus for one way trip to mamby pamby land!!!!

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

    This attitude is EMBARRASSING!!! Maybe we do need booger back….the only guy that probably does something about it tonight is newbury, who hasn’t been up long enough to have the mamby pamby indoctrination by torts kick in yet!

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

    wow, I need to quit looking at twitter. This is just sickening!

    thenyrangers New York Rangers
    Brian Boyle badly discolored nose, which is likely broken on questionable Subban hit “u can play physical, with an edge, without doing that”

    WHAAAA!!! BOOO FRAKKING HOO!!!!

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT instead of sounding like a whining little sore loser who just had his milk money stolen!

  32. ORR, you’re right about my friends. They take me way too seriously sometimes; they would never think of sending me those types of e-mail.

  33. >>This team has been missing a serious physical edge for a while!

    You mean ever since Callahan went down?

  34. suddenly the rangers are the darlings of the tv analysts – apparently we’re now everyone’s “dark horse” – but the blog is full of negativity!!! c’mon people, we’re the dark horse!!!

  35. Just give me an additional legit, proven scorer for this team and I’m spending my entire annual unemployment benefits on SC Finals tickets. For team I trust, a Win is must!

  36. LOL! If anything the fact that all these “experts” think we can win the Cup makes me even more negative.

    I don’t care aboot that! I want a young team full of heart, guts, and balls that leave everything on the ice. What ever happens, happens. I’m not expecting anything. All I want is to be entertained.

    This team has that, and the last two NYR teams did not provide that.

  37. its on the nhl network tonight too. now if only the cable guy shows up at my house today when they promised, I’ll be watching my first rangers game on TV this season

    Im psyched. Montreal crowd’s gonna be fired up as usual, but we are gonna open a can of whoop-ass tonight.

  38. yea tomb, NHL Network shows HNIC every saturday, including the pre-game show….Don Cherry and all!

  39. Oh and to not start our French-Canadian goalie when we come to Montreal to play has to be some type of crime.

  40. Also heard Commodore could be on Rangers radar, but they were waiting for re-entry waivers, half price.

    Just spotted a report saying he has now been placed on re-entry.

    Would think there’d be plenty of teams before NYR willing to take a crack at him.

  41. hmm, Savard still on the bench, so not sure. Engelland smushed his head against the dasher.

  42. ORR,
    If you need JUST hearts, guts and balls, you can find it in a butcher’s store backroom. Granted, need for all this stuff, team need a little more, like skills and talent. Sometimes an addition of small but important piece of puzzle can change all picture in this game. And one should not to be an “expert” to have high expectations, if it based on reality. Last year Philthies were on par with Rangers to say the least (admit, it could be ether way by small luck/unluck things) and we know how far they went. There where admittedly no hearts, guts and other butchery in our team season, right? So why, if we all agree we have this stuff and more in our much improved team, my expectations are un-based and I have to expect from my team anything less? I just share my opinion what could help as I see it. Besides, I could be critical, but never negative to the team by definition of Rangers fan, where hope and expectations are integral part of it.

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

    great line from twitter….
    You know they should have kept Brashear for the Whale this year as he would be a ready made mascot

  44. To get those “pieces” means trading players, which I want to avoid.

    Leave things the way they are! I don’t want Richard, Iginla, Whitney, Souray, God, Devil, Bob, or who ever else might be available.

    I’m not interested in trading Gilroy, Artie, Grachev, or anyone else for a “veteran”.

  45. Rangers have additional second rounder this year which they’re looking to use to snag McCabe.

    Won’t be enough.

    Look at what Rozsival brought back.

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

    boys, play nice!!

    Let me clarify something here. Of course we miss the way cally plays, but I honestly think what is missing (IMHO) really doesn’t have to do with him. I want him back like everyone else!! I think we are missing a physical “attitude” of playing a bit bigger and meaner (maybe cally brings that as well), but I honestly think that is where we miss booger (not necessarily his on ice “play” if you will).

    We just don’t have that “mean” attitude we need to have at times (ie burrows and subban)

    My orr like game prediction…..
    in the first period newbury goes out and fight subban, and for standing up for teammates torts weises him for the rest of the game!!

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

    I’m really torn between having a guy like gabby who could score 50 or 60 goals in a season but you are not sure what you are going to get night in and night out or a guy who pretty much brings it every night and you are 98% sure he will score 30 every season!!

    Maybe that is the whole iggy/richards vs gabby debate, but honestly not sure!

  48. ORR,
    Agree with you for the most part, however, consider our really “long bench” of interchangeable players and certain artful, sneaky efforts in trade, I do believe it could be done with min. damage to team with potential huge benefit for the nearest future. It would be a great sin under Hockey God, if having finally, so long awaited Team with Character, we will miss needed moves and opportunity to build on that in effort to achieve highest goals. IMO, it’s a must every season, as inspiration and major motivation, but in this time it looks really very promising, if “played” right. Again, it is just my feeling and opinion.

  49. Afternoon gang.

    Woke up with a bad back this morning. Thank god for Aleve, as it’s easing up, but still, not fun.

    Hank’s playing tonight? Not so sure about that. I would have put Biron in for today and let Hank rest up for Philly tomorrow.

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

    orr
    I was referring to when torts benched weise early in a game after he had a first period fight. That is what I meant by newbury would get “weised” tonight!

  51. I just start hating this Subban character even more, after his answers in interview. Real jerk, with no humility, which openly sees his mission on ice to hurt people and total disrespect to the rest of the hockey world. Kind of understand Mike Richard.
    I’m always very nervous before games against Montreal, – bad humiliating memories. I will start my preparation – will check blood pressure, have few shuts of Grey Goose/cranberry before and stock more during…will grab, to have on hands, couple granddaughter’s stuffed animals toys to throw in my plasma, without damage it. Oh, and will send my wife to her friend to avoid “Stop shouting like crazy…neighbors kids are scared” or “Are you gonna kill yourself, idiot..”, kind of popular, annoying remarks.

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

    so I guess commodore is on re entry.

    I am NOT saying we should claim him, but You would think someone would pick him up at half price!

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

    4ev
    excellent choice of vodka (sorry ILB)

  54. Pk Subban is a beast,he reminds me of Kasparitis.
    He is in the NHL,he earned the right to be “direspectful”to other NHLers.

    also id like to clarify,i mentioned Godard as a replacement goon the other day,without realizing Carkner broke his freakin orbital bone!Oy that dude is a menace.

  55. Yeah, wicky, I’m not so patriotic at all when it comes to booze or any other russian goods on this matter. Just love a good stuff, lol

  56. fans say for years they want young Ranger kids to develop a team chemistry and personality, and then as soon as they do, some fans aren’t satisfied, and start pining for veterans who can’t even lead their own team to a playoff spot.

    Philly made it to the finals after barely squeaking by the Rangers in a shootout. and they did not make any major trades last year during the season, even though their goaltending and 3rd pair d were suspect. the best thing the Rangers can do is stand pat except for a vet dman reserve who won’t cost much of anything.

  57. 4generations 4 cups on

    I dont know why Rangers fans STILL want that big blockbuster trade! IS THIS TEAM NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

  58. 4ever

    Your statement about how your wife tells you you’re scaring the neighbor;s kids, makes my comment once about tbw coming in and asking me what I was “cackling” about ,pale into absolute insignificance by comparison.. Now I don;t feel too bad..with a kindred spirit so to speak.

  59. nn11,
    if you wrote it as respond on my post, you’re stated what I didn’t. First, I never mention we have to trade our most talented youth. Second, as we all know, we have a plenty dispensable, interchangeable players 2nd, 3rd and 4th liners, active and on IR, which could be used in a skillful trade work (I hope you didn’t mind last trade, as example). Third, in my mind having too many undeveloped young players is not healthy for the club either. If you want to gamble on guesswork for your hopes, which will be a bust and who will be the next Stamkos, fine, but we don’t have anyone even close to the 1st peak, to justify this hopes. So, I would rather “sacrifice” some of them easily as addition, if we can obtain another real game changing sniper to our ready and capable team. For me it looks easier than create a team character and could be very rewarding. And again, it’s just my opinion, nothing more.

  60. Great vodka, 4ever, there are better choices. Have we traded everyone away yet? It’s been a few hours since I checked the blog last time.
    Just curious, 4ever, when you say the highest goal could be achieved this year by adding a couple of pieces without braking the team, what exactly( or who) do you have in mind?

  61. i really don’t think we need any blockbuster trades…picking up a tough, veteran dman like foote or commodore for playoffs wouldn’t hurt

  62. 4generations… At this point, Im not an advocate of any trades. However, there is nothing wrong with those that want to improve our team.

    The 2010-2011 Rangers are a couple improvements away from being serious contenders – if we are not serious contenders already.

    Life is too short to be content with just good. Some people want more. Some people want to be great.

  63. 4generations 4 cups on

    Who, in your mind, 4ever, is dispensable on this team right now? We’ve literally gotten rid of all the garbage.

    Gomez? Gone.
    Redden? Gone.
    Rozsival? Gone.

    McD? In.
    Boyle? In.
    Wolski? In.

    I dont see who is expendable. At all.

  64. I hate to get on the bad side of our Mama, but Avery is expendable.

    However, nobody will take Avery, even for the mere $2 million cap hit.

  65. Fran,
    I got so used to that, that once I offered her to just put all her annoying routine on big piece of hard paper and, having on hands Rangers season schedule, place it above TV set before the game as a ritual. Granted, I provide the schedule. She disagreed, – obviously wanted her piece of action during the game. Problem – I’m spontaneous and very loud – she get sudden scare syndrome even sitting 2 rooms apart.

  66. 4generations 4 cups on

    Miked, best idea in a LONG time. Cup winner, stay at home guy, can maybe bring along some of the young D.

    Tiki I totally know that there are SOME that think we need a trade to become a serious contender– but what do we really lack? There are guys on this team that havent even been playing literally and figuratively and if they come on, even in a small way (Gaborik, Wolski, Drury) then we have a serious monster here. We traded a 3rd rounder and that QC prospect for Boyle and he has 14 goals!? Really?!

    Prust is fantastic, Boyle is fantastic, Anisi is fantastic, Dubi is fantastic, Cally is fantastic, Staal is fantastic, Girardi is fantastic and Gabby is fantastic. I could go on, but why? These players are for real now, Anisimov has a shot that is similarly deceptive like Rick Nash and he has his size to boot, but by the same token has serious defensive prowess? What if Drury comes alive like Briere did last year in the playoffs? Serious monster.

    Dubinsky = Monster. (a wise man once said)

  67. 4generations 4 cups on

    I was going to say Avery is expendable, but when theres a ‘NOT FOR SALE’ tag attached to him, why bother mentioning it? Same with Drury, but Drury can kill a penalty.

  68. 4generations

    I agree that our team is very good and has a real chance. We have great goaltending, from both goalies, and balanced scoring. What we possibly could use is a veteran D-Man or a PP point man. Or one player could fill both of those roles.

    But again, Im not advocating any trades; I think the influx of youth and the exit of trash is exactly what this organization needed.

  69. 4generations – Yeah, you’re right about why even bother mentioning Avery. There was no point.

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

    I will agree with one thing here, If you have a chance to improve your team for the immediate future without giving up everything or too much, you have to do it.

    There are things out of everyone’s control that happen all the time…injuries, off ice things and such that can ruin a team’s season. If you pass on an opportunity to make your team more of a contender now on the basis of next year or the year after being “the” year, but something happens and that year never happens, not only have you missed out on the present, but the future as well!

  71. Drury (with his NMC), Frolov, Prospal, Boogaard, Avery, Weiss…+ some of the prospects to play. Smart work is needed of course, but every good has it customer, depending on customer’s need and condition and seller’s skills.

  72. One other thing, everyone makes last years Flyers team out to be this cinderella story, but that’s total BS. You look at that lineup, they have a lot of talented *proven* players. The only question mark was their goaltending.

    They could have finished a hell of a lot higher than 7th or 8th place, but they had to deal with constant injuries from the start of the season to the finish. Look at them now. They’re pretty much the same team, just healthy, and their young guys are another year older, with more experience.

  73. We could even trade Frolov, an expiring contract, to a team that has no shot of making the playoffs for a veteran…if Prospal cant come back or for another reason.

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

    yes orr, go ravens!!

    I’m out for a while…

    let’s go rangers!!!

  75. ORR,
    …they had to deal with constant injuries from the start of the season…
    But so did we this season.?! Didn’t we? And now, when we become only stronger and finally found what was lacking last season. Why not to enforce it and go further? Where is disagreement? I don’t want to give anyone team’s arm, leg, hearts and balls or whatever, but for management not to try to make some efforts to make team better, strong, real contender based on obvious achievement, is just a sin.

  76. Frolov is an expiring contract, and another team would take him if we took a guy in return that has this year and next year left on his contract.

    But again, it would have to be an actual good player that would help us this and next for me to advocate it.

  77. Thanks, Tiki and wicky. Pretty much ensconced on the couch for the day, laptop, remote and bottle of water nearby. No need to move at all.

    Can we stop trying to trade everyone and enjoy this year’s team? Yes they are surprising the heck outta everyone, and yes, I do believe that they could make it past a round or 2 if Hank plays well, and yes, no one knows what might happen in the playoffs, but we got what we have been dying over the past 15 years! A team that plays hard, a team that never gives up, a team full of young, exciting players that has a bright future ahead of it. Why can’t we just take this team as it is currently comprised, leave them together and let them grow over the next year or 2. I would argue that this year is a bit of an aberration, almost like they skipped a step in their development, and that in a year or 2, this team will be even better than they currently are. Or, would you rather go back to the mercenary days of this organization instead of relishing what we are seeing now?

  78. OK, I close my case and loving my fellow bloggers (and bloggets) going to be prepared…LGR!

  79. BTW, if Wolski will start scoring in every game to the end of regular season and then in a PO as well, I’m taking case totally out off the table.

  80. I dont know if it’s legal or not, but it happens in other sports all the time.

    We don’t have to trade Frolov at all, but I believe it is possible for us to trade his expiring contract to a bottom 8 team in the NHL for a player with 2 or more years on his contract that could help us in return.

  81. Here’s how it makes sense: As long as it all fits under the salary cap for both teams in year 2010-2011:

    The other team removes $x million off its salary cap for year 2011-2012 and beyond.

    The Rangers receive a player with $x million towards the salary cap in years 2011-2012 and beyond.

  82. lol Orr.

    In other sports, teams at the bottom of the league do it all the time to shed salary in future years.

    It’s smart business for bum teams….like the Devils…hahahahahahaha!

  83. >>Montreal crowd’s gonna be fired up as usual…

    I’m sure they’ll help out the referees with the penalty calls.

  84. lol JBytes. No problem! Im always here to remind all of you about the New York jersey effect! I seriously wish that one day, the Rangers would come out onto the ice with Red Sox or Patriots jerseys on, and then the referees might think twice and start gifting us everything :)

  85. Knowledge is power. And I will spread the knowledge :)

    With that knowledge, we New York fans may one day put an end to the injustice. :)

  86. It’s almost pay back time. Gabby get your mojo working, Tonight is Gaborik night in Montreal. Go Rangers!

  87. Sometimes I think I;m watching a different game than you folks are. I read this constant putting down of Avery, and I must wonder if those folks haven’t been paying attention to the incredible periods of time that he almost single handedly controls the puck deep in the oppositions territory. He is responsible ( without actually getting credit for it in numbers) in many of the goals they do get, by his sheer tenaciousness, Let’s give him a break.

  88. Good evening, Carp!

    Not sure I’ll be able to join yous all for the game tonight, unfortch. Battle of Dubinsky and Gomez part two!

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