Maple Leaves at Rangers tonight

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Don’t forget, if you haven’t entered, you have until 6:30 p.m. to get into the contest for a pair of tickets. See yesterday’s thread for details.

Meant to mention this in the main post yesterday, because we’d discussed it in the comments the day before and some people — not many — don’t read the comments. But the Rangers had six men on the ice for a long, long time before the line brawl vs. the Flyers Sunday, and that’s why there were four forwards involved: Brandon Dubinsky, Sean Avery, Brandon Prust and Kris Newbury; plus two D-men in Steve Eminger and Dan Girardi, who may have realized the too-many-men situation and backed off. I thought it was funny.

I’m on the way to MSG later on. Here’s a column I wrote about the Rangers’ little slump for today’s Journal News and LoHud.com.

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

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 26-18-3 (55 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-21-5 (41 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 17

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six match-up at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 26-18-3 (55 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 9-5-2 in their last 16 games. New York has registered a point in 21 of their last 32 games (19-11-2), and enter the contest with a 9-5-1 mark in their last 15 games at home. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 18-21-5 (41 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in six of their last eight games (5-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Jan. 20, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Plus
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with John Giannone and Mike Keenan
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple and newyorkrangers.com
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:

  • All-Time: 217-270-95-6 overall (126-109-56-3 at home, 91-161-39-3 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight marks their fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York owns a 2-0-1 record thus far, following a 2-0 win on Oct. 30 at Toronto.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 at home. The Rangers out-scored the Maple Leafs, 18-7, in the season series.
  • The Rangers rank 21st with an 11-10-2 (24 pts) record at home; the Maple Leafs rank 24th with a 9-11-1 (19 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 6-4-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs are 4-5-1 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 8-4-4 with a 2.70 goals against average and one shutout  in 16 career regular season appearances vs. Toronto, following a 36-save shutout at Toronto on Oct. 30; Martin Biron earned his first victory as a Ranger, stopping 24 shots in a 2-1 win at Toronto on Oct. 21, and is now 13-11-2-3 with a 2.69 goals against average and one shutout in 31 career games vs. Toronto
  • Chris Drury has registered a team-high, 14 goals, 15 assists and 29 points in 40 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • New York lists one former Maple Leaf on their roster: Kris Newbury (2006-07 – 2008-09)
  • Toronto lists two former Rangers on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 – 2008-09)

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

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play opportunities (5:24) on Sunday vs. Philadelphia. New York ranks 22nd overall (26-167, 15.6%) and ranks 28th at home (13-84, 15.5%). 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 (4): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Flyers scoreless in four shorthanded situations (7:24) on Sunday at MSG, and are now 96-110 (87.3%) over the last 35 games. New York ranks eighth overall (136-163, 83.4%) and eighth at home (59-69, 85.5%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:36) on Sunday vs. Philadelphia, and are now plus-three in 36, four-on-four situations (66:26). 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 42-23-12 (96 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 13-6-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .623 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.713%, 36-13-5) and Montreal (.628%, 63-35-11), and ahead of Boston (.523%, 48-43-17), Toronto (.519%, 47-43-18) and Chicago (.447%, 22-28-7).

BROADWAY’S NEW ACT
Newly acquired Wojtek Wolski tallied his first point as a Ranger with the lone goal in a 1-0 win vs. Vancouver on Thursday, becoming only the fourth player in Rangers history whose first goal for the team came in a 1-0 game. The other three – Bill Cook, Taffy Abel and Bill Boyd – did it more than 84 years ago, in the first 11 games in franchise history. *courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau

RANGER 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.

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 13th of 18 back-to-back sets tonight vs. Toronto. New York is 6-5-1 (1-0-0 at home, 5-5-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-2-0 (4-1-0 at home, 6-1-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 35-16, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-4-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-2-1 mark at MSG and 11-2-1 on the road over the span.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered four more wins and four more points compared to last season through 47 games (22-18-7, 51 points in 2009-10), having tallied 12 more goals (132 this season, 120 last season) while allowing 10 fewer goals against (115 this season, 125 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 eight games over .500 with a 26-18-3 record.  New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least eight games over on April 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine), rank second in road wins (15), are tied for sixth in wins (26), ninth in points (55), sixth in goals against (115), rank 14th in goals for (132), and eighth with a plus-17 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts rank fourth in the league with a .619 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 13-5-3 in those contests. Their 13 wins are tied for fourth in the NHL.

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 1,356 hits and rank third with 742 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 133 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks eighth in the NHL with 142 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist is 12-6-2 with a 1.77 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and four shutouts in his last 20 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five
  • Derek Stepan has registered 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in the last 31 games
  • Mats Zuccarello has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games
  • Wojtek Wolski has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

  • Brandon Dubinsky: 1 assist from 100 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Henrik Lundqvist: 30th career NHL shutout (1/13 vs. VAN)
  • Matt Gilroy: 100th career NHL game (1/16 vs. PHI)

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 47
  • Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 17
  • Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 14
  • Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 9
  • Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 157

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

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

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137 Comments

  1. no those jerseys do something to them. they are cursed. original jerseys tonight boys! no stupid penalties ! i want a pissed off gabby to go crazy tonight and score 5. i’m getting tired of watching him float around waiting for the puck all game

  2. Blue Seat Horror on

    ilb, I heard Frolov had a phone conversation with Barbara Underhill last night and woke up today miraculously healed.

    Carp, that’s funny about the too many men. I guess after that Edmonton brawl they never wanted to get shorthanded at a brawl again.

  3. Blue Seat Horror on

    So, who’s Coley Campbell going to call on today? Mike Weber? Seems like he’s been busy lately…except of course where the Rangers are concerned. Must still be p.o.ed about being carcillo-canned by the Rangers.

    I have a new Bonehead-ism, that I don’t remember seeing mentioned yet:

    Boogaarding is to attempt to fight or check someone and injuring oneself in the process, especially for long periods of time.

  4. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon Me, Mrs. Machetto, but I am angry with your Byfuglien Hartnelling family right now. I had planned to have a nice little party for the Superbowl. Then I get an e-mail this morning from your aunt informing me that they are planning on having your evil grandmother’s 90th birthday party that day. Not for nothing, but:

    1) YOUR GRANDMOTHER IS BYFUGLIEN 90 AND DOESN’T DO CARCILLO EVERY DAY. WHY CAN’T IT BE ANY OTHER DAY!?

    2) Why, when most of your family, including your grandmother live in Staten Island, Brooklyn, or Westchester, is the party being held in WARREN, NJ, home of only one of your aunt’s (the one who had sent the e-mail), and about an hour away from everyone else?

    3) Why wasn’t I told about this earlier so I could tell all of your relatives what a stupid idea this is?

    Anyway, I won’t be going. Feel free to tell your family whatever you want. I don’t even care if you’re honest with them and tell them it’s because I’m having a Superbowl Party.

    And Pardon Me, Boneheads, I had to vent a little bit.

  5. Pardon Me Machetto on

    “Boogaarding is to attempt to fight or check someone and injuring oneself in the process, especially for long periods of time.”

    Pardon Me Blue Seat Horror, but shouldn’t that be called Jagring?

  6. I know how you feel Doodie. Last year my wife’s sister had her baby’s baptism on SB Sunday. Now birthdays you can’t change the date (unless this is a weekend date approximate to her actual birthday then of course they need to take into consideration the SB).

    But baptisms? I mean where was the brother-in-law to inform her that date would not sit well with most of the men from that side of the family. Then again most of that side of the family is from CT/Mass, thus Patsies fans so they weren’t playing in the SB last year nor are they this year either!

  7. Rangers win 3-1. Feds scores GWG. Shots: NYR 26 TOR 23.

    Thank you to whomever donated the tickets!

  8. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon Me CTB, but couldn’t they just as easily have had my grandmother-in-law’s party on Saturday?

  9. Cally,Dubi,Boyle and Trouble on

    Rangers 2, Toronto 0. GWG: Dubs. Shots: Rangers 27, Leaves 29.

    Thanks for donating. Thanks Carp.

  10. They probably could have. That would have made too much sense.

    I don’t know, are there a lot of kids in your wife’s side of the family? Too many kids related things on Saturday, thus Sunday was the better choice?

  11. ?Boogaarding is to attempt to fight or check someone and injuring oneself in the process, especially for long periods of time.?

    That works. kinda like when Jagr boogarded himself in the first playoff game against the Devs back in 06 he went after Gomez and popped his shoulder?

  12. CT

    Pats Fans = worst fairweather fans, they dont even care about the superbowl unless the pats are in it.

  13. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon Me Mrs. Machetto for venting earlier. You were totally cool when we spoke and I told you that I wasn’t going. You even came up with a good story about why I couldn’t go. That’s why I married you.

  14. Rangers lose 3-1

    Prust scores

    Shots: NYR – 24 TOR – 33

    Just having a feeling that the Rangers are in their annual swoon. Injuries and scoring slumps are catching up with them.

    Hope I’m wrong, of course…

  15. Blue Seat Horror on

    Pardon Me, Doodie. I guess Jagring would be historically correct, as Jagr had cornered the market on the move before the glass enforcer. I was trying to keep the Bonehead logo current though, for all the 26 year olds here who might not have been born yet when Jagr was still a Ranger.

  16. Just because of you’re absence, you’ll probably be the envy of all the other men at that party Doodie.

  17. I have a strange feeling concerning the posts I’m seeing…I hear the drums, and the natives are restless tonight……what is going on in Boneheadville?

    To the game at hand…please take particular note of the performance by Young? – Mr Kaberle- I am neutral in this argument. After watching him perform in this game, it may increase your enthusiasm for him – or – diffuse it.

    Personally I believe him to have been one of the most
    talented D men in the league ( note past tense here).

    He has made his position known before,that he prefers to remain in Toronto, and he may have a no trade clause.

    In my humble opinion, I believe that he has lost a step or so, and is hardly what a team which is in the building stage would need at this time. Not the 2005 Kaberle, but THIS Kaberle. But….it’s up to you. You decide.

  18. Kaberle has a NTC. He’s been approached about waiving it at previous deadlines and declined as well as during the off-season. Maybe he’s set up roots in Toronto, entirely possible given how long he’s been there, but you have to wonder about a player that could easily be moved to a contending team not wanting to go somewhere that has a chance.

  19. Telling Rangers fans not to panic is like telling little kids with poison ivy not to scratch.

  20. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon Me Carp, but I think what’s important to note is that they have actually been pretty good at even strength lately. Good story.

  21. Ha CT… so true. Like the line from the play Rent, “I’m a New Yorker, fear’s my life.”

  22. Hey there Blue Seat Horror: I am one of those people you are referring to, and I very vividly recall Jagr being on the Rangers. I recall the amazing season he had to trash the Rangers all time scoring in a single season and I remember him messing up his shoulder, AND not giving a darn during his last year as a Ranger. Don’t lump us all together as lackadaisical fans.

  23. Pardon Me Machetto on

    “AND not giving a darn during his last year as a Ranger.”

    Perhaps you are a bit lackadaisical. Jagr openly admitted after the season that he paced himself so he could have a strong finish and playoffs, which he did. In fact, he was the only Ranger skater to show up at all during the Pittsburgh series (other than Avery until he ruptured his spleen). He was a force down the stretch, and it was by design.

  24. For all of those who decry the insertion of Christensen back into the line up at some time, and clamor for his trade, remember one thing. For want of a shoot out goal last year, a post season position was lost. My Kingdom for a horse.

  25. Olga Folkyerself on

    Where did all these one time contest posters appear from out of the Blue?

    “No way, this is bogus, man!”

  26. For all of those who decry the insertion of Christensen back into the line up at some time, and clamor for his trade, remember one thing. For want of a shoot out goal last year, a post season position was lost. My Kingdom for a horse.

    ***

    Vehemently disagree. The season was lost during about a 50 game stretch from around game 10 through game 60. And EC did take part in the SO that last game and was stopped.

  27. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Not to mention Wolski is an expert shootout guy. That’s actually my GWG goal prediction for the contest.

  28. From their highwater mark of 7-1-0 last year, to one of the low points in their record at 26-27-7 that means they went 19-26-7 or 45 of 104 possible points (.432). They finished better going 12-6-4 the rest of the way.

  29. I’ll say this about Christensen, though I can’t explain it … Gaborik seems to feel a lot more comfortable with him at center than with anybody else.

  30. Carp, while I don’t disagree that a loss is a loss, playoffs are still determined by percentage of available points in the standings not winning percentage. Swap two regulation losses for OT/SO losses last year and they make the playoffs as the 7th seed.

    Now instead of using a band aid and re-writing the rules with saying that SO wins don’t count for tie breakers in the standings this year, they could always migrate toward my preferred solution of recalibrating the points system making regulation wins 3 points, OT/SO wins 2, OT/SO loss 1, regulation loss 0.

  31. Noah-el Zotto-ospal-allahan, 28 on

    CTB,

    I’ve always felt that the 3 point system makes so much more sense than the structure we currently have. I know Bettman wants to assure that there are great playoff races down the stretch but I don’t feel the change to a 3-point game would mitigate that at all.

    Not that anyone watches or cares about the league (me included), but I believe MLS has that structure.

  32. Pardon me, Doodie, but I’m afraid this B-day saga isn’t over yet…..

    Good article, Carp, but like CTB said, people start getting suicidal after the Rangers let the first goal in…

  33. Noah,

    It’s an adoption on the points system that all the European soccer leagues use. 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw, 0 for a loss. They add drama to the bottom of the league as well since the bottom 3 teams get relegated (demoted) to the 2nd tier league and the top 3 teams from the 2nd tier get promoted to the top flight league.

    For instance, could you imagine the Islanders playing with AHL players in front of less than 5K fans…oh wait.

  34. And, please, no to Kaberle. But they need to come out swinging tonight and try to score early, r at least dominate the play.

  35. the 3pt system would make sense, if the NHL were in Europe. what makes the most sense is to get rid of the shootout, go back to the old way each game is worth 2 pts. a tie is a tie, and a loss is a loss.

  36. OT should be extended in the event of a tie after 1 OT period.

    Shootout = a cheesy way to earn points in the NHL

    Make it 3 on 3 for 4 minutes….then 2-2 for 3 minutes…etc

  37. Blue Seat Horror on

    Hi Lauren D,

    I wasn’t saying our 26 year old Boneheads are lackadaisical. Just noting that many of our 26 year old Boneheads are getting younger every year and soon may be too young to remember Jagr playing with the Rangers.

    I believe every Bonehead here is passionate about the Rangers and quite ensconced in the Heritage that is the New York Rangers. That’s why I choose this blog over all others!

  38. poor doodie…if you need a shoulder to cry on… you can use mine :P

    i am lucky that way… most of my fiance relatives live either in Florida or Washington… so we don’t get bothered from her side much at all… and my relatives, well, i can always tell them to take a hike :)

  39. Blue Seat Horror on

    I have a great idea to settle this point system:

    2 points for win
    0 points for loss

    If a game ends in a tie after the overtime period, one player from each team must forfeit a finger.

    That should be motivation enough to avoid playing for the tie.

  40. while we are at it,
    move the nets back to where they originally were, get rid of the stupid delay of game for shooting the puck accidently into the stands, stop letting the goalies cheat with oversized equipment, and get rid of the instigater(sp) rule.

  41. started worried before today’s game. Not everything is right in Rangeland’s Kingdom.
    As I see it there are 2 fundamental and obvious problems in current Rangers team.
    One is to deliver puck to the offensive zone. Except Duby (and Prust, along the board, to the certain degree) there are no players capable to singlehandedly penetrate, on a constant base, the very first defensive line of opposition in the middle, without a risk of losing puck, (Gabby a lot),making opposition counterattack very short and dangerous. (A lot of teams have minimum 4 players capable of doing that). Another legitimate attempt to solve it – long passes from our D-zone, needed much more skills, vision and self confidence, lacking still dearly from our D-corpus, or whoever trying to be creative with puck in own zone to start attack. Besides the obvious risk, this constantly chaotic, forcefully repeated transition’s attempts, also commends much more additional efforts and lead to tiredness, particular considering our generally forechecking style of game.
    This part, despite needs ideally for skilled and talented players, could and should be improved with our current stuff by right practice and is coaches most important job, IMHO.

    Another one is inability to finish, even when opportunities are there. It was well discussed and screamed about for some time already since tremendous, unacceptable drop in scoring and because of unique nature of sniper’s abilities should be in my mind, resolved in attempt to acquire such a talent before deadline by management in reasonable no-team-harm way. As certain successful previous trades showed, that with dedication, incentives, sneakiness it is doable. (If can’t buy -they can “outfox”).

  42. Gabby doesn’t like to have the puck. he is better with somebody who carries the puck. Gabby likes to dart in and out of space find openings for his shots. Jagr liked to have the puck all the time, create on his own. Gabby likes to be off the puck, and let somebody else create.

  43. >>get rid of the stupid delay of game for shooting the puck accidently into the stands

    What exactly do you think that will achieve?

  44. >>Pardon Me, but the team needs to avoid taking any penalties.

    And how do you suggest they do that? Seriously!

  45. Bull dog… I think your nuts if you think that Gaborik doesn’t ‘like’ to have the puck… I just think he looks to pass more than a goal scorer of his ability usually does. If he doesn’t have momentum while carrying the puck… he looks to find an open man, and then goes directly to a shooting area.

    I think the man LOVES having the puck… he just hasn’t been playing with anyone regularly who can get it to him.

    He has also been pretty snake-bitten in recent games… I don’t think he’s played that bad… even in the game where he was benched.

    @@

  46. How about if we eliminate “nuts” in description of our fellow bonehead mental status? Hah
    Don’t be a “nutscracker” – leave it to Mr. Burrows. Besides, I kind of agree with bulldog there is not even a comparisson between two in a puckmoving/handling abilities not to mention immenent threats creation. Couldn’t take from Jagr, as well as puck, when he had it!

  47. Gabby started passing more then shooting is a result of losing confidence in only real talent he posess – sneaky pure scorer.

  48. Pardon Me, Machetto, I just don’t buy that Jagr was saving himself for the playoffs. Between the type of defensive-minded game Renney was coaching and Nylander being gone, his points dropped drastically. It was just an off year for him, I have no issue with that. I just don’t think that Jagr would purposely limit himself during that year, to make sure he could perform in the playoff.

    I DID have an issue with how Sather handled Jagr’s situation at the end of that year, by holding out on him and making him wait (same with Shanahan), especially since Jagr saved the Rangers after the lockout.

    In any case, I’m hoping my 6 goal (that’s right SIX!) prediction comes to fruition tonight for the Rangers! It’s going to be an exciting game tonight, I can feel it!

  49. Yeah, ORR, you’re right. Also, in the same type of world, breaking news, yesterday, around 9:52PM, about 20,057 canadien’s fans all of a sudden simultaneously lost their ability to produce any sounds and ominous, creepy silence covered Bell Centre and Montreal.

  50. Gaborik isn’t completely a vulture scorer, although most of his goals this year have been quick strikes from around the face off circles. His skating ability is too good just to hover around the slot and look for loose pucks. But he also tends not to be the primary puck carrier on the rush. It’s really his 0-60 speed that separates him from other speedsters. Last year he scored plenty of goals after picking up/receiving the puck in the neutral zone and bursting ahead causing the D to back up and act as a screen in front of the goalie. Even last year I was really surprised by his lack of one on one moves. I’ve watched a lot of his highlight reels from Minny and from those clips it looks like he prefers to simply blow by or fly through the D to get his chances.

  51. Fingers crossed for a solid 60 minute performance tonight…. always love when the original 6 get together!

    Come on Zuc!

  52. lmao CCCP! My point is, original 6 doesnt mean anything. it has no value unless for possible marketing purposes.

  53. Tonight we find out of the curse continues or is it coincidence that our third jerseys are jinxed because the Rangers will be wearing the Heritage jersey tonight in an Original Six matchup (http://www.icethetics.info/).

    As bad as it has been for the Rangers, at least no one has played with their names mispelled on their jerseys – ala Buffalo’s Rob Niedermayer http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/sabres-nhl/article315269.ece. No word on the jerseys of Gregg Marmalard and the other Omegas :-)

  54. >>I think the man LOVES having the puck…

    Indeed, Gaborik loves to carry the puck. The problem is that the puck doesn’t like the way his hockey stick feels. I cannot remember the last time I saw him beat an opponent.

  55. >>I get so tired of hearing original 6. original 6 dont mean a damn thing.

    I agree with you, wholeheartedly! That’s why I’ve been suggesting that the NHL create the “Original Six Cup” tournament. Shorten the league regular season by a few matches to make room for it.

  56. I like the thought, JBytes, but I dont agree with that. That just makes one more tournament that a Boston team can be gifted. :)

  57. Rangers 7, Toronto 5. GWG Newbury. Shots: Rangers 38, Toronto 34.

    I’d like to see some high scoring wildness break out.

  58. I have a feeling Gaborik is going to break out of this rut. Gift of Gab changed his handle to GOALS for Gaborik, and I really feel that will be the difference maker?

    Where is Mama?

  59. OMG!! ORIGINAL SIX GAME TONIGHT!! I love the Gaborik!!! I love the tiki…tiki, i gots the TMJ too…no, not ‘the michael jackson’, but ask your doctor about savella…is your TMJ brought on by fibromyalgia possibly? …you guys are bonkers for dissin’ on the Gaborik…when he scores 15-20 goals in the second half of the season you will say, “how does the Mao know these things? Is he just a communist puppet? If so, why does he have the vernacular of an 18th century gentlemen with maiden and parasol in arm?”… the mao is all that! …and moRE!

  60. I really don’t care whether Gaborik is one or multidimensional. as long as he scores his 40 or so.

  61. Olga Folkyerself on

    Toronto 8 Rangers 0 GWG Orr Shots Toronto 45 Rangers 10

    And If I win, no tickets, just FIRE SATHER.

  62. Mao!!!!! Im with you on Gaborik! I believe he’ll turn it around!

    TMJ caused by trauma many years ago, it’s gotten much worse as time has passed.

  63. Mao- meant to ask. Was it you who payed more than $300K for that famous picture from Dennis Hopper’s collection? :-)

  64. >>They add drama to the bottom of the league as well since the bottom 3 teams get relegated…

    There’ll never be relegation in American sport leagues! America could very well be the only place on earth where failure is rewarded.

    However, the NHL can still add excitement to the bottom of the table by getting rid of the ridiculous draft lottery. All they have to do is grant the first overall draft pick to the 26th place team, the second pick to the 27th place, and so on… You’d definitely see some interesting shenanigans…I mean…drama. I find it quite hilarious that hockey people constantly complain about the shootout not being “the way to lose a game”, yet they have no problem having franchises’ future depend solely on a lottery system.

  65. Olga Folkyerself on

    Drury 8 million- 0 goals
    Gaborik 7.5 million – 11 goals
    Frolov 3 million – 7 goals
    Prospal – 1 million – 0 goals

    Dubinsky 2 million- 17 goals
    Boyle 1 million 15 goals

  66. LOL JBytes! I figued somebody would use that line, probably Orrsie, so I took it 1st! Ill give the credit to you, though! :)

  67. Ilb, HAHAA! ….i wish…altho, I would love to be in possession of Warhol’s work with Basquiat …i’ve only recently begun to study more of contemporary art, but I’ve long been a student of the Florentine greats as well as the masters of mexico …i LOVE Siqueiros!! … Lady Mao is mexican, so it is something we enjoy together, i.e., mexican ancient and cultural history. ….I also got to see William Kentridge at the Moma last year…was gifted the exhibition book this Christmas …the man is pure genius! Your faves are modern?

  68. Wolski Del Headzo on

    Carp – are you gonna list out the contest entrants at Go Time tonight?! Or are you just gonna keep it under wraps for now?

  69. Wolski Del Headzo on

    Dubi out 3-4 weeks w/ stress fracture. That’s ok. I see Drury stepping up to take his spot. Thanks for the laughs – i’m here all week!

    Sire Father!!

  70. my early guess would be some sort of knee sprain
    but we’ll see what the official announcement is.
    weird that he was practicing yesterday with Gabby.
    maybe he tweaked it then….

  71. Dubinsky=Monster on

    Can i change mine since dubinsky got hurt to this?

    Rangers 4 Toronto 0 GWG Wolski PP Shots NYR 28 Toronto 26

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