Rangers at Capitals tonight


Ugh. It’s a Versus exclusive game. And a 7:30 start.

As I’ve said many times these past few days, I expect the Capitals to be still stinging from that 7-0 slapping the Rangers handed them at the Garden in December. And I expect the Rangers will have to be better than they’ve been, and from start to finish, in this game. That won’t be easy, given the injuries and newbies in the lineup. But we’ve also come to expect the Rangers to do the unexpected.

Don’t know yet if Brandon Prust and/or Dan Girardi will play, or whether Michael Del Zotto and/or Evgeny Grachev get into the game. The Rangers could surely use some offense, and Del Zotto could provide some. We haven’t seen the same from Grachev in his limited opportunities so far.

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

Monday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Verizon Center • Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 28-19-3 (59 pts)
Capitals: 27-14-8 (62 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 22

The Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of 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 28-19-3 (59 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, in the shootout on Saturday at Philips Arena to improve to 11-6-2 in their last 19 games, and have now registered a point in 23 of their last 35 (21-12-2). The Capitals enter the contest with a 27-14-8 (62 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in each of their last four games (3-0-1). Following thecontest, the Rangers will conclude their league-high, 14th back-to-back set when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fifth game in seven nights heading into the All-Star break.

*       TV: Versus
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals
*       Radio: 970 The Apple and newyorkrangers.com
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: 81-84-18-5 overall (46-37-9-2 at home, 35-47-9-3 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Verizon Center. New York is 1-1-0 thus far, following a 7-0 victory at MSG on Dec. 12.
*       Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall with a 1-1-0 mark at Washington. Each of the four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two games decided by one goal.
*       The Rangers notched six goals in 17 power play opportunities (35.3%) in the season series, which were the most by the Blueshirts against any team last season
*       New York ranks third with a 16-9-1 (33 pts) record on the road; Washington ranks first with a 16-5-5 (37 pts) mark at home
*       The Rangers are 4-6-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Capitals are 7-2-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 10-6-2 with a 2.89 goals against average and two shutouts in 18 career games vs. Washington; Martin Biron is 10-8-1-2 with a 2.58 goals against average and one shutout in 21 career games vs. Washington
*       Chris Drury leads the team with 17 assists and 23 points in 29 career games vs. Washington
*       New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
*       Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-five 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 two power play opportunities (2:36) on Saturday at Atlanta. New York ranks 23rd overall (28-175, 16.0%) and is tied for 19th on the road (13-87, 14.9%). The Rangers are 1-6 (6:25) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/22 at ATL), 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 Thrashers scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Saturday at Atlanta, and are now 103-118 (87.3%) over the last 38 games. New York ranks seventh overall (143-171, 83.6%) and 14th on the road (81-99, 81.8%). 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 (5:00) on Saturday at Atlanta, and are now plus-three in 38, four-on-four situations (73:26). 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).

The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-0, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden…

*       Marian Gaborik (four goals, one assist) posted his third hat trick of the season, the most by a Ranger in a single season since Jaromir Jagr recorded three in 2005-06
*       The last Ranger to tally four goals in a game was Radek Dvorak on Mar. 29, 2001 at Long Island, and the last Blueshirt to register five points in a single game was Mike York on Jan. 23, 2002 vs. Boston (two goals, three assists)
*       The Rangers have now registered four hat tricks this season (Derek Stepan, Marian Gaborik – 3), which is the most for the team since 2005-06 (Jaromir Jagr – 3, Martin Straka)
*       Henrik Lundqvist (22 saves) posted his seventh shutout of the season to pass Jon Ross Roach for third on the Rangers’ all-time career regular season shutouts list (31), and moved ahead of Mike Richter for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time career shutouts list (regular season + playoffs) with 34
*       Lundqvist also registered his 20th win of the season to become the third goalie in NHL history to record 20 or more wins in their first six seasons (Bill Durnan, 7 seasons, 1943-1949; George Hainsworth, 6 seasons, 1926-1931), and now owns the second longest active streak of 20-plus win seasons (six), behind Roberto Luongo (eight)
*       Artem Anisimov tallied a career-high, four assists, the most by a Ranger since Marian Gaborik recorded four assists on Jan. 19, 2010 in an 8-2 win vs. Tampa Bay

The Rangers will begin their league-high, 14th of 18 back-to-back sets tomorrow at Washington. New York is 7-5-1 (2-1-0 at home, 5-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-3-0 (4-1-0 at home, 6-2-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 36-20, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-5-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-2-1 mark at MSG and 11-3-1 on the road over the span.

The Rangers have registered four more wins and four more points compared to last season through 50 games (24-19-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied eight more goals (143 this season, 135 last season) while allowing 12 fewer goals against (121 this season, 133 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

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

New York is currently nine games over .500 with a 28-19-3 record. New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least nine games over on Apr. 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

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

The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine), are tied for first in road wins (16), sixth in goals against (121), ninth in points (59), 10th in goals for (143), and rank seventh in wins (28), and sixth with a plus-22 goal differential.

The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,433 hits and rank second with 787 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 143 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks eighth in the NHL with 147 hits.

*       Henrik Lundqvist is 14-7-2 with a 1.80 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and five shutouts in his last 23 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his last 11 contests
*       Derek Stepan has tallied 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists) in the last 34 games, including five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five
*       Mats Zuccarello has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, with four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five
*       Wojtek Wolski has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in seven games as a Ranger, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four
*       Brian Boyle has notched three goals in the last five games
*       Brandon Prust has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games

*       Henrik Lundqvist: 2 wins from 200 NHL career

*       Brodie Dupont: 1st career NHL game (1/22 at ATL)


*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18) – 50
*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 20
*       Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 17
*       Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 12
*       Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 7
*       Brandon Dubinsky (stress fracture in left leg, 3 – 4 weeks) – 3
*       Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19, 2 – 4 weeks) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 177


*       Jan. 19 – Recalled forwards Chad Kolarik and Brodie Dupont from Connecticut (AHL)
*       Jan. 22 – Recalled defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Evgeny Grachev from Connecticut (AHL), and assigned forward Dale Weise to Connecticut

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  1. Prust needs to get a couple games off. Playing like he does, it’s a miracle he has made it this far. Sather should have Boyle and Prust deals extended already.

    Now that the Jets are done, we can all focus on the Rangers.

  2. I found it absurd to watch the Jets play like a high school team ( a bad high school team.)

    Hope it’s not an omen. The NY team jinx. Infects all but the Yanks.

  3. As I said before, Edmonton’s Kurtis Foster is our best bet. He has 3G 8A and is -11 in 44 games on one of the worst teams in the league, and he has a contract we have space for.

    I’m sure we could get him for Carolina’s 2nd.

    Other trade options are: Gonchar (not recommended), Kaberle, Jovanovski, and MAYBE, if we are prepared to deal away the mother lode and assuming he actually
    is available, MAYBE, Shea Weber.

    Kim Johnsson is also a UFA whom would not have to clear waivers to be signed.

  4. For what it’s worth, IMO if Gaborik isn’t traded (and really, as much as getting a return like Schenn, one of the LA’s top ranked young defensemen and a 1st is alluring, I don’t see it happening) I think Sather will go hard after Brad Richards this summer.

    Richards is a puck distributor, something Gabbie is sorely missing in NY, and to me seems like a natural fit.

  5. The chances of Gaborik being traded are very similar to Preds trading away Shea Weber. Neither is likely to happen. And, honestly, I don’t see any reasons, whatsoever, for it to happen.

  6. Goal scoring isn’t an acute problem for the Kings. At least not one where they’d need to give up some of their most valuable assets (either current or future) to get a struggling player.

    As for Weber, for a team who’s identity is built on strong D, I can’t see them trading their blueline anchor. Besides if he’s due a big pay day teams might be hesitant to trade for him, no one wants another Kovalchuk.

  7. Also, it sure looks like MDZ will dress in place of Girardi tonight. It will be interesting to see how he plays. From what I discerned via coverage of the Whale games, MDZ didn’t exactly dominate, which I suspect is a tad disconcerting to Ranger management. I imagine that they preferred choice was to keep him down there longer.

    I wonder if they will send him back down after the Florida game…

  8. morning gang!

    not that chilly but plenty of ice around here. roads are a mess.

    as i said last night, i fully expect them to get pasted tonight, and that’s with Hank standing on his head. too many injuries to key players, and the Caps will be salivating to get back at them.

    my condolences to the Jets fans here.

    gotta work, see yas later!

  9. CTBlue: Re LA scoring – you’re right, but since the summer and Kovalchoke’s greedy money fiasco, the Kings have apparently been on the lookout for a big name offensive star, in part to help build their fanbase.

    Doughty on the backline I believe one day will be a huge star there, but he’s only 20 and has a ways to go in that regard. Kopitar is probably their next biggest talent. Imagine him paired with Gaborik – might a dynamic twosome.

    But I concur with the general sentiment that Gabbie’s not being shopped at all.

  10. They might send more than MDZ down after the Florida game just to get them playing time during the AS break and bank a few days of cap space.

  11. I’ve made it a point to watch Kings games when I can, mostly if they’re on VS or playing an MSG covered team. I was very high on them before this year because of the great core of talent like Kopitar, Brown, Doughty, Quick, et al. From what I’ve seen they are prone to lapses in their play especially if they have the lead. I remember a game a few weeks back where they played the Hawks. They flat out dominated the first period but then let Chicago back into the game and eventually lost.

    Doughty has taken a little bit of a step back this year but keep in mind he also had a concussion earlier this season too. IMO he’s still destined to be one of the top 5 players in the league as he matures.

    If they’re trading for someone like Gaborik to keep people interested then they probably didn’t pay much attention to cautionary tale of Kovalchuk. And as much as we recognize Gaborik as a great talent (whether he’s filling the nets like last year or shooting blanks like this year), he’s not exactly a household brand, particularly for the casual fan market.

  12. In my opinion, if LA is willing to give us Doughty, they can have Gaborik right now.

    Doughty plays a lot like a certain guy we all know and love…

  13. >>Now that the Jets are done, we can all focus on the Rangers.

    Whoa! Winnipeg was still in the league?

  14. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Given what has transpired with the Jets… i don’t know where the nickname ‘San-chize’ came from. Shouldn’t you have to win first?

  15. Gaborik is not being traded b/c there is noone of his talent we can replace him with. Personally Justin Williams, Brayden Schenn, Tyler Toffoli and one of their d-men prospects is what it would take for me but thats most likely too much for LA.

    I do believe one of Shea Weber or Ryan Suter will eventually be moved as a small-market team might not be able to guarantee that kind of money to only 2 players plus they have a very strong farm system with a great pipeline of d-men

  16. If the Kings give us Doughty and a prospect for Gaborik, that’s good enough for me.

    Doughty will eventually get someone a Stanley Cup. I question whether Gaborik will do the same, based on his play this season and shades of what I saw from him in the 2nd half of last season and around Olympic time.

  17. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    So first it was trade Hank, now it’s trade Gaborik?

    Boyle better score 45 goals this season or you guys will want to move him out too i guess.

  18. I dont see Weber going anywhere, not for any price, he’ll get a multi-year deal out of the Preds in the summer – he’s their franchise player.

    The only person i can see that would interest Slats is Sheldon Souray (aka Studley Wonderbomb aka Mr Angelica Bridges). But how to sign him? Would he have to undergo re-entry waivers to be traded? I know he has another year at $5.4m which would put a lot of teams off, NYR too if Slats needs cap space over the summer for a run at Brad Richards while having Redden back on the summer roster.
    I’m not saying he should but with the lack of that type of D coming through and a fairly urgent need for a big bomb from the blueline – Slats of old would be “in like Flynn”!

  19. I am almost certain Doughty is one of the few untouchables (wasn’t Sean Connery great in that file) on LA.

    GOALS for GAB-orik: For the most part, we are all just musing about what LA might cough up. Bruce Garroich of the Ottawa Sun (and take this with a grain of salt cuz like Larry Brooks, he’s a bit of a rumour mongerer) reported yesterday that Lombardi has already inquired with Sather on Gabbie’s availability.

    Then again, mabye Garroich reads this blog! I am convinced LB reads the graffitti wall over at Ranger Fan Central – he’ll often write an article after a subject gets discussed over there. It’s quite funny, actually. And why not? Some of us actually know what we’re talking about!

  20. I doubt the Kings would trade Doughty + anyone/draft pick for anybody other than Crosby/Stamkos/Ovechkin. It would be more like the Rangers having to send Gaborik + Kreider/1st rounder just to get the conversation started.

    It’s also way too premature to say whether a player will or won’t win a Cup. LA certainly doesn’t look that good now. But I do agree that Doughty is certainly a huge building block for any team.

  21. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I’m just sayin there are some people that actually want to trade Gabby… and those are the same guys who wanted to trade Hank the first few weeks of the season.

    LA probably did call about Gaborik… a GM’s job is to explore all options… so no one could fault him for the call.

    Trading Gaborik would be a mistake. Like letting Jagr go was a mistake.

    I know we could use a top flight D-man… but trading a guy who’s the only Ranger since the aforementioned Jagr to have 3 hat tricks in a season (and draw top D coverage game in and game out) would just be silly.

  22. Long time, no post….

    First – to all those who want to trade Gabby, EAT A FISH!!!

    Pls tell me who is going to replace him on the current roster? In the AHL?? NOBODY. He’ll come around.

    Second – Sad to say, but I actually prefer the Versus coverage. I live in central NJ and have FIOS. Damn you Dolan!!

  23. I understand Weber is not likely to be moved but he is exactly what we need. I like Staal and Girardi a lot but neither are good enough offensively to be a PP QB on the top unit.

  24. NYRanger4Life: I happen to like fish.

    And I sure hope he comes around – another goalless game from him tonight and I think we can safely declare he’s slipped back into his year long pattern of scoring a pile of goals against a weak team in a single game, then potting 1 or 2 in the next 5 or 6.

    I realize even when he’s doing that he brings value because theoritically, he’s a threat to score any time he’s on the ice and the opposition has to keep that in mind when deciding how to deploy their checking line and/or shutdown d pairing.

    However, it’s only a matter of time, if that pattern doesn’t change, before coaches stop fretting about that and concentrate on other forwards.

  25. Hey Carp! The Rangers are stealing your idea of having a contest to give out tickets:

    New York Rangers Facebook: Seats are still available for tomorrow night’s match-up against the Florida Panthers. Comment below correctly guessing the first Ranger to score in tonight’s game against the Capitals (7:30pm) and be entered to win tickets to tomorrow’s game at MSG!

  26. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Global warming? I call Bull carcillo/hartnell/pronger/briere/pretty much anyone who plays for the Flyers.

  27. it has nothing to do with Gaborik’s struggles as I attribute most of his problems to playing with linemates who dont belong on a top line or are still developing (Avery, Anisimov, Stepan, Christensen etc.). It has all to do with the enormous return.

    I would trade Gaborik to LA for a package of Williams, Schenn, Toffoli, one of their top d-men prospects at a minimum b/c of the return. Schenn is a future #1 center, Toffoli leads the entire CHL in goals and points and gives us a top prospect at RW, Williams is a UFA they wont be able to afford now or next year plus he is on pace for around 60 points and Hickey, Voynov, Forbert, Teubert are all former top picks that give us even more depth on defense.

  28. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    From Hacklund…errr… Ecklund,

    First Monster Rumored Trade.

    Again…take this for what it is…A RUMOR.

    To New Jersey: Jay Bouwmeester, Rene Bourque, Mikael Backlund, and a first and third round round pick.
    To Calgary: Zach Parise, Brian Rolston, Bryce Salvador, Mattias Tedenby and Vladamir Zharkov

    Second Monster Rumored Trade.

    To Dallas: Nazem Kadri, Clarke MacArthur, and Kris Versteeg plus a conditional pick.
    To Toronto: Brad Richards, Jamie Benn, and Ondrej Roman

    I know how most of you feel about him, just find this crap amusing.

  29. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I think i’m going to (e5) that his site might as well be National Enquirer. haha… I wish i could just type whatever nonsense i want and not have to prove any of it.

  30. If the Rangers are trading with Los Angeles, make sure Wayne Simmonds comes this way as a throw-in. He would fit quite nicely in the grinding style, plus he has good skills.

  31. If LA is willing to give up anyone of serious value for Gaborik, it mat only mean they still think he is an elite goal scorer. As they should think that. He is 28, and even if he has an off year (most of the pure goalscorers do), he will still put many goals in the net. Elite goalscorers, as well as elite goaltenders, are most difficult to find. Drew Doughty is a stud D-man, and we probably don’t have anyone near his abilities in our system. But what we do have is a very good to excellent, young defensive core that will get much better and will be solid enough to win the SC. And Gaborik remains a big part of that plan. As he should.

  32. And I rarely comment on Eklund, but those two proposals are beyond ridiculous, IMO. I don’t even think they are funny…..

  33. I know its off topic but I listen right now to nhlllive and they talking about the Nabokov situations. As I dont exspect to get my call through these day with NHLlive, cause they have so many guests on their show, i would really want to knowwhat you guys think about it..

    I cant stand Nabobkov and his agents Don Meehan to exspect to sign a one year deal to exspect to go to the Wings without knowing that any team would claim him beforehand….
    From the view of the Islanders it is understable that they would try to get him with their problems in goal and Di Pietro prone to Injury….

    Nobody knows about the reason that Nabokov left SKA Petersburg so he must know beforehand that it wouldn ´t be easy to go back to NHL with the regulations of the NHL….

  34. Trading Gaborik would be a huge mistake. He is only 28, and even in an off year for him he will most likely end up with about 30 goals. Who else on the team is going to do that?

    I doubt that Sather is seriously considering this.

  35. CCCP’s trade speculation is waffle-boarded away by two knowledgeable birth place observers.

  36. I have been twice or three times to Russia and they had always very strict safety regulations at the airport, so you always wonder, how this is possible…

    But Russia has a lot of enemies from their former places, which belonged to the former Soviet Union !!!

  37. LOL CT

    my trade was waffle-boarded into the stands of Slovenian wilderness!

    In any case, Gabby need someone like Kopitar..maybe we should try to trade for Kopitar? lol

    and now back to our regular jibber-gibberish with NHL on Versus!

  38. Biron tonight? Torts is officially crazycakes.

    I like and I don’t like Girardi being out. I like having him rest that rib injury instead of it lingering, but I don’t like not having against AO and the like. Gonna be a huge workload for Staal again tonight, and I suspect Sauer will be his partner, not Emminger.

  39. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    LMAO@ finnish(ed)

    By that rationale… Nabokov is russian away from the Islanders!

  40. Torts said that there was no way Hank was going to play 5 games in 7 nights so it was either Biron tonight or tomorrow. Kind of makes sense to give hank the extra day off and give the Rangers even a better chance of winning tomorrow.

  41. The Caps are soft and fragile…7-0 Rangers win…..mark it down…thats how we roll in DC.

  42. Noah-ospal-el Zotto-allahan-ski-irardi-rust, 28 on

    I think it makes sense to play Biron tonight. The team is extremely shorthanded and, quite frankly, don’t have a great chance to win. So if they lose, it’s expected. If they win, it’s a steal.

    Don’t want to leave Henrik out there to dry with so many moving parts in front of him. I like the move. Let’s take both!

  43. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    You know that bad habit the Rangers have of letting some rookie or otherwise unknown goalie look stellar against them? I hope that doesn’t happen tonight.

  44. Noah-ospal-allahan-ski-irardi-rust, 28 on

    Whoops, can take “-el Zotto” out of my name for the time being.

  45. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Noah… you forgot ‘olov’ that needs to get in there and replace ‘el zotto’!!

  46. Live in LA (where’s it’s easily in the 70s). Seen some Kings games lately. DD is a tremendous player, who I would love to see in a Blueshirt. But they adore him here.

    I know he’s not the answer, but am I the only one who wishes Tyutin was still on this team?

  47. While the Caps have recovered a bit from their swoon in December they aren’t exactly beating the highest quality teams.

    In January they’ve won against the Pens in the Winter Classic, then the Panthers, Sens, Isles and Leafs. They’ve lost to the Panthers, Tampa twice in OT, Vancouver and Philly in OT.

    After Ovechkin and Backstrom, their secondary scoring is really struggling. Semin, even if he were playing, hasn’t scored since November 28th and only Mike Knuble has more than 10 goals outside of the big 3.

    Caps are plenty beatable.

  48. “but am I the only one who wishes Tyutin was still on this team?”

    Hopefully :P

    I don’t get the fuss aboot Tyutin. He’s a decent solid d-man. We have a lot of those. Would you really want Tyutin over any of the d-man we have in our lineup, or system?

    Not me!

  49. I dont even think the Caps care…they realize that beating the Rangers in a shootout to get in the playoffs is the ticket to the Stanley Cup.

  50. they realize that beating the Rangers in a shootout to get in the playoffs is the ticket to seeing the Stanley Cup paraded around your home ice when you didn’t win it.



  51. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    they realize that beating the Rangers in a shootout to get in the playoffs is the ticket to seeing the Stanley Cup paraded around your home ice when you didn’t win it, with the winning goal being scored by a guy who beats up cab drivers.


    now it’s right!

  52. Wait

    they realize that beating the Rangers in a shootout to get in the playoffs is the ticket to seeing the Stanley Cup paraded around your home ice when you didn’t win it, with the winning goal being scored by a guy who beats up cab drivers over 38 cents.


  53. In terms of spectator value, that was probably the most anti-climatic goal to end a SC finals. The only guy who knew it was in right away was Kane, and it was a pretty soft goal. Doc Emirick had no idea, which made it a pretty lousy call…

    Lundqvist let in one like from Kane this year when we played Chicago…

  54. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    If you rearrange the letters in Patrick Kane, you can spell ‘I punch cabbies’. Weird.

  55. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I should have spelt cabbie with a ‘k’. That would have made the joke funnier.

  56. Grachev was practicing on Boyle’s line today. Interested to see what those two big bodies, can do together tonight…

    Grach has been a tear up in CT lately. And, you know he is probably super-psyched to play against Ovechkin. I would love to see him get his first NHL point(s) tonight.

  57. From what I’ve heard, Girardi is out, Prust is in. Not sure on the Dupont/Grachev situation.

  58. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    She had 20 cents in her pocket when they checked her out at the scene.

    Girardi out, MDZ in, Prust gametime decision… either Grachev or Dupont if Prust plays… both if not.

  59. Anyone hear aboot the women that jumped off a 23 story building and landed on a taxi in a sitting position, and lived!?!?

    She is being operated on for internal bleeding, broken hips and ribs.


    I don’t know what makes me feel worse. Biron in goal tonight or the fact that the lady mentioned above is actually healthier than our team is!

  60. unless the Rangers are going to trade for a franchise d-man like Weber, I dont see why the Rangers should go after a rental d-man. Del Zotto has a chance to show he’s ready to be a top 6 d-man tonight but it certainly wont be at the expense of McDonagh whom has left the AHL behind for good.

    I would be in favor of an Anders Eriksson type move to bring in a veteran 7th d-man but McDonagh is not leaving the lineup unless he gets hurt…

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    Guess we’ll see how the Whalengers stack up against the Semin less Caps tonight.

    you know after i re-read the last part of that sentence it occured to me that’s almost a dirty joke.

  62. “Doctors believe it is that particular position of landing what saved her life, had she fall on her head, she probably would have died on impact.”

    you think?

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    is that their professional medical opinion… that falling 23 stories and landing on your head PROBABLY would kill her?

  64. No way we go back to renting players – we’re starting to build something here.
    I would be extremely disappointed if we trade some of our kids or prospects.

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    No trades! no rentals! This team is fantastic! They play determined hockey… i love it.

  66. Couldnt agree more Tony. This team isn’t going to bring in some past his prime “name” for depth when they’re obviously pleased with their youthful core. I think it’s safe to say that if they traded Rozsival (who couldn’t do anything wrong around here in managements eyes for pretty much the entire time he was a Ranger) and put all the responsibility on the yoots it’s obvious they’re confident in these kids. We may see them make a move up front if they feel it couldn’t help but I seriously doubt that’s going to involve moving their franchise forward in Gaborik.

  67. Does this quote bother anyone else? (From Zipay)

    7. Del Zotto: ?I?ve been playing 30 minutes a game down there, in all situations, and pretty much feeling comfortable. Things are a lot different down there. Mentally is the biggest thing gearing up for a game when there?s maybe going to be only 3,000 people.?

    Sounds to me like he still doesn’t get it. Wah wah, not a supah-stah at the moment.

  68. Dean, we do have live chat right here. We post about 400-500 entries during the game on the blog? What makes you think we need another place?

  69. How about Del Zotto focus on earning the cash in his bank account, and less on how many people are in the stands…

  70. Billy Jaffee is good.

    I won’t say anything about the the other guy (as in if you can’t say something nice…).

    VS does have pre-game show at 7…I’m betting 80/20 talk about Caps/Rangers…

  71. Del Zotto proved as a rookie that he has some serious skills but he is still pretty young. I still think his greatest value for us is trading him in a package for a franchise d-man but there are only so many of those around.

  72. Everyone is good, Sally, thanks…

    Doodie, just be honest…Tell us how you really feel about VS

  73. who is Dean Collins? and why are the regular boneheads suppose to leave to chat during games? why would they? and were the hell was I?

  74. is it go time yet?

    Gross got some good quotes from morning skate
    got poor Grachev in trouble in the process

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