Rangers at Detroit tonight

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It’s another 7:30 p.m. Versus game.

You won’t be hearing from me for the rest of this week. There will be posts, which I’m scheduling to go up at certain times, and Sean Mayer, our sports editor will put up the post-game notes and pre-game notes and whatever news the Rangers will announce. Our friends cwgatti and CTBlueshirt are going to do the game reviews for tonight’s game and Friday’s game in Atlanta.

So have a good week. I’ll miss youse guys and all your jibberish. Behave.

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

NEW YORK RANGERS at DETROIT RED WINGS
Monday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena • Detroit, MI
Rangers: 29-22-4 (62 pts)
Red Wings: 31-15-6 (68 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 5

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will continue a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-22-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 2-0, on Saturday at Bell Centre, and are now 4-3-0 in their last seven road games. New York has registered a point in 25 of their last 40 games (22-15-3). The Red Wings enter the contest with a 31-15-6 (68 pts) record to rank second in the Western Conference, and have lost each of their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday, Feb. 11, at Philips Arena (7:30 p.m.), to conclude their three-game road trip.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:

*       TV: Versus
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Red Wings
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Red Wings
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. RED WINGS:

*       All-Time: 210-259-103-1 overall (134-94-58-0 at home, 76-165-45-1 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting this season
*       Last Season: New York was 0-1-0 overall, having lost their only meeting, 3-1, on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden
*       New York’s last win against the Red Wings was a 3-1 victory at MSG on Oct. 25, 2003, and their last win at Detroit was Jan. 30, 1999 (3-2)
*       The Rangers rank fourth with a 17-10-1 (35 pts) record on the road; the Red Wings rank 11th with a 15-7-4 (34 pts) mark at home
*       The Rangers are 3-2-0 vs. the Central Division; the Red Wings are 2-2-1 against the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 0-3-1 with a 3.78 goals against average in four career regular season appearances vs. Detroit; Martin Biron has posted a record of 1-2-0-0 with a 3.24 goals against average in four career regular season contests vs. Detroit
*       Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high, seven goals, 10 assists and 17 points in 24 career regular season contests vs. Detroit; Chris Drury has also recorded seven goals in 25 career regular season games vs. the Red Wings
*       New York lists one former Red Wing on their roster: Sean Avery (2001-02 – 2002-03)
*       Detroit lists no former Rangers on their roster

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

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) on Saturday at Montreal. New York ranks 23rd overall (31-197, 15.7%) and 20th on the road (13-93, 14.0%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), 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 Canadiens scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Saturday at Montreal, and are now 113-129 (87.6%) over the last 43 games. New York ranks eighth overall (153-182, 84.1%) and is tied for 11th on the road (85-103, 82.5%). The Rangers are 7-9 (6:45) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), 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 Saturday at Montreal, and are now plus-three in 43, four-on-four situations (87:22). 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 43-24-12 (98 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including an 0-3-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .620 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.688%, 36-15-5) and Montreal (.633%, 64-35-10), and ahead of Boston (.514%, 48-45-17), Toronto (.509%, 47-45-18) and Chicago (.466%, 24-28-7).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their 14th of 18 back-to-back sets on Jan. 25 vs. Florida. New York is 8-5-1 (2-1-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-4-0 (4-2-0 at home, 6-2-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 39-24, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-6-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 11-3-1 on the road over the span.

COMEBACK KIDS
New York has posted a record of 7-15-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ seven wins, 17 points and .280 winning percentage rank first in the NHL.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered five more wins and seven more points compared to last season through 55 games (24-24-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied 13 more goals (153 this season, 140 last season) while allowing 18 fewer goals against (135 this season, 153 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

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

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine) and hits (1,562), are tied for first in road wins (17), ninth in wins (29), 11th in points (62), 12th in goals for (153), rank eighth in goals against (135), fourth in blocked shots (854), and eighth with a plus-18 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts are tied for seventh in the league with a .577 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 15-7-4 in those contests. Their 15 wins are tied for fourth in the NHL.

WINNING HABIT
New York is currently seven games over .500 with a 29-22-4 record. New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least seven games over on Apr. 12, 2009 (43-30-9).

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.

ALL-STAR RECAP
The Rangers were represented by Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan at the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina on Jan. 30. Lundqvist, who turned aside the first ever penalty shot attempt in an NHL All-Star Game at 6:13 of the third period, faced 14 shots in the third, allowing three goals in the loss for Team Staal. Marc Staal logged 17:01 of ice time for Team Staal while making his first All-Star Game appearance.  Stepan participated in the SuperSkills competition as part of Team Lidstrom, breaking all four targets in the Accuracy Shooting event and hitting the crossbar on his Elimination Shootout attempt against Lundqvist.

THE HOT LIST:
*       Mats Zuccarello has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, including five assists in the last four contests
*       Marian Gaborik has recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last eight games
*       Artem Anisimov has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last eight games
*       Brian Boyle has tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in the last 10 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six contests
*       Wojtek Wolski has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games as a Ranger, with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last nine contests

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
*       Henrik Lundqvist: 2 wins from 200 NHL career
*       Marc Staal: 1 game from 300 NHL career
*       Steve Eminger: 5 games from 400 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
*       Brandon Dubinsky: 100th career NHL assist (2/1 vs. PIT)

INJURIES:
*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 25
*       Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 12
*       Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 7
*       Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 3) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 206

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

*       Feb. 1 – Assigned forward Evgeny Grachev to Connecticut (AHL)
*       Feb. 3 – Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)

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172 Comments

  1. When Dad’s away, we will play… ;)

    Let’s eat some wings tonight! You gotta feel really bad for Pittsburgh this week. First, Malkin, then the Steelers. OY! Just terrible for a great sports (hockey and football) city.

  2. Julie(Who Hardly Ever Posts) on

    Good morning gang!
    Won the Super Bowl pool at work and I will be going to the game this Sunday! I have some spending money!!! Woo!!!
    Have a great vacation Carp. I sure could use one of those!

  3. I don’t normally get annoyed by peripheral activity during sporting events, but it really stuck in my craw when that Aguilara “singer” got out there with her histrionics and began wailing away via her “stylized” version of our national anthem. I will never understand why the standards of decorum seem to fall away whenever the time comes for presenting our national anthem. There should be at least a modicum of respect for what it stands for. I contrast that with the superb rendition of it by the French Canadian singer at the Habs game the other night. Exactly the way it should ALWAYS be done. But they cater to the rock star and popular hipsters that can barely speak properly let alone sing. The yelling and screaming and noise making that passes for music nowadays I can abide, and force myself to tolerate, but not this.

  4. if the National Anthem has no meaning to you, then of course you are not going to know the words. it was just a performance to her, what she was singing did not matter to her. it was embarrassing to watch.

  5. Tiki,

    Check out the comments on any Pens blog when they play the Rangers, I don’t think you’d find any sympathy for Callahan or any other Ranger if they were to get injured. You hate to see players get hurt, but it’s part of the game and my level of sympathy for a division rival short of a someone dying or getting permanently incapacitated is extremely low. Plus the Steelers beat the Jets, pretty much most Jets fans I know take a certain satisfaction in seeing them lose not to mention seeing Rothlisberger lose.

  6. Hawkeye – Is that you grabby?!

    Yep, Crosby too. OY!

    CTB – Im quite content with the Packers win and moving ahead of the Paytriots on all-time SB wins list. Just feel bad. Best friend is Steelers fan, and his son, while being a Seahawks fan, is a Pens fan. And I don’t despise the pen()s or Sidney.

    ___

    The stylized renditions of the national anthem have been going on forever. And so Aguilera made a mistake. She’s an excellent singer. Mistakes happen to the best of us. When any of you have gone through life without making a mistake, then say that she didnt care. until then…

  7. What freaks me out about Cindy Crosby’s concussion and ensuing calamity regarding the concussion is that he is the face of the league. Therefore, if he is injured, especially seriously injured, by a hit to the head, the debate about hits to the head may take a whole new tone because the league is under the assumption that they can’t afford to lose him. The debate could explode if he is out for the rest of the season and the NHL can’t use him to promote the playoffs. My fear is that the league could get out of control over hits to the head and fighting and just start banning, suspending and fining players and teams into playing like the Devils.

    On the plus side, it might help teams really evaluate a player’s health in a much better way. Maybe not make him fly with a concussion and play in another game. The long-term effects of concussions are very serious.

  8. It is impossible to prevent hits to the head. Hockey is a contact sport and things like this happen even on perfectly clean plays. Get rid of the dirty stuff but dont become the NFL and just fine guys b/c they happened to hit the guys head when they tried to make a tackle.

  9. We will sorely miss you Carp! Good job on the score prediction last night, hope you put money on that one!

  10. Noah-tenko-rury, 28 on

    Wait, okay, I’m really gullible so I’m going to keep believing Carp actually predicted the score of the Super Bowl until someone tells me otherwise.

  11. Tiki

    Sorry ..but I don’t buy into it. ”
    Stylized” versions have not been going on forever, they’re a relatively recent phenomenon that are largely used to stroke the egos of some superannuated divas. This is not a forum for display of a peculiar “style”..it’s the representation of what we as a nation feel of our banner which represents all that this country stands for. If one holds it in such little esteem then it becomes just one more slippage in our character as a nation. Patriotism has nothing to do with it.

    Let’s hear a similar version of Oh Canada rendered in this fashion. I’ll bet the Canadians would be outraged.

  12. I will take Christina Aguilera (Great Voice) singing the wrong words over the Black Eyed Peas existing any day of the week.

  13. OK – I am starting a ‘Get Marc Andre Bergeron’ petition – he was recalled yesterday from the minors for Tampa Bay – he made an immediate impact in the game as he had the primary assist on the Game Winning PP goal in OT – in addition to the secondary assist on the pp in the first period.

    WE NEED THIS PP HELP – souray is a joke – this guy was even on Waivers until he cleared – this is the guy we need for the PP –

    Note to Glen: Call Tampa Bay Pronto!!!!!

  14. Marc-Andre Bergeron makes Marek Malik look like a shutdown defenseman, that’s how bad he is in his own end.

  15. Bergeron is a prime example of a player that giveth and taketh away. Plus what are you giving up to get him?

  16. Seems like everyone is saying it. Can’t find any news sources confirming it. I won’t celebrate until I find out who replaces him.

  17. You would think the powers that be at the JN would have furloughed Carp during the all star break when nothing important was going on. I guess that would have made too much sense. Oh well, enjoy yhe rest Carp but we will miss you.

  18. let’s just hope ESPN picks up the NHL again and considering the upcoming NBA and NFL seasons might be in jeopardy, it might become a reality.

    Nothing would be better for the game than the NBA and even the NFL having a lockout and becoming the only professional league going on from November to April.

  19. Did youse guys see that Forsberg signed with the Avs? Not that I would want him on the Rangers, but I’m curious about why he didn’t have to clear waivers like Nabokov did a few weeks ago. Anyone know?

  20. I assume that ESPN and others will just get on the college basketball wagon. Once again shunning the NHL.

  21. I’m glad Forsberg is making a comeback. I don’t expect much from him, but I watched a few games of his last comeback and they were entertaining. I never got to see him in his prime. I definitely plan on buying some tickets.

  22. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    I have to say; Torts statements after the Habs loss is what makes him a good coach. He stayed composed and the day after he kept pressing about the positives, even though the PP was so dreadful. Absolutely great coaching, right there. Let the team know that they are doing the right things and that they need to stay the general course.

    Oh, BTW, looks like Datstyuk is returning tonight. Hows that for a assignment for Staal/Girardi.

  23. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    I think this can be a defining year for this squad, even though I don’t think they’ll make a big upset in an eventual play-off birth. It all just feels like its meshing.

    Add a first-grade centerman in the off-season and get rid of Dru in some honourable fashion hopefully and this team might be a team to clinch division-titles in the future.

  24. It's Just Sally on

    Good morning, Carp! Sorry I haven’t been around lately… too busy. Have a great vacation!!!

    Thanks to you and Tiki for all the love! Yous guys put a big smile on my face!

  25. I agree with that. the question as always isn’t just finding guys who are “top players” it’s finding guys who will work with the current roster and style of play. I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Brad Richards situation but I’m sure there are other free agents out there that we haven’t spoken about much as a result of them not being too high on the ‘bonehead wish list’. time to do some investigating.

  26. Clip the Wings on

    ‘Sreaming Eagle’ Emerick, Eddie No-check and Mikey Milquetoast should have been executed, I mean, removed. Thank god for radio.

    Red Wings are in a bit of a slump as well. In last 8 games have 8 pts including wins over OTT, NJ, St.L(OT), and CLB (OT) – not exacly the elite of the league. Big Line is Zet, Franz and Tuzzi. Are Datsyuk and Holstrom coming back tonite? D is long in the tooth with Linstrom (40), Rafalsk (37), Salei (36) and Stuart (31).

    Hit or be hit! Blueshirts need to get their grind on and maybe even some shots from the slot – those are harder to save. Need an early goal to let these guys exhale between periods 1 and 2. Whatever Torts is saying prior to the game – stop it – and instead repeat speech given prior to 3rd periods.

  27. Off topic, but one of my favorite guitarist passed away last night.

    R.I.P. Gary Moore.

    If you wanna get an idea of how good this guy was, listen to Still Got the Blues on youtube.

    Sad day.

  28. I see no reason not to expect the Rangers losing streak to end tonight. I see no reason to expect the Rangers nemesis – their PP – to suddenly come to life again (not that the Wings take many penalties anyways).

    To me the bigger question is this: Will the Rangers losing streak extend to 6 games after the Thrasher game on Friday.

    The good news is that the Rangers don’t play the Thrashers until Friday, meaning they have 3 days to work on whatever is ailing them after tonight.

  29. Wanna bet Gaborik, after tonight, will have 10 goals in 3 games and 6 in 32 others? OMG, that’s sooooo bad! That’s about 1 goal every 5 games….

    Prorate that over a full season and we’re talking about a 16 goal year.

    Geesh….

  30. I stand by my opinion that MA BERGERON would be an excellent addition to this squad – he may cough up the puck at times, but he is a power on the pp – just called up for his first game with TB and makes an immediate impact – he is CHEAPER, YOUNGER, and BETTER than Souray –

    Paging Uncle glenie !!!!!!

  31. Sweet and sour thoughts for tonight’s game. No more Joe B, but more Pierre McGuire.

    ———-

    i think its more sweet than sour… i guess McGuire could be a bit more tolerable in small dozes from between the glass than color commentary of the entire game by “twine bender” Joe B!

  32. I found interesting article where Jagr, who plays for so long for Avangard , Omsk in KHL, answers when asked where hockey is better in comparison between KHL and NHL. He, in his straightforward manner, states, that it is 2 different games under the same name- hockey, like 2 totally different sports. It is absolutely not a fact that star players could equally shine in both, unless you are super talented combination of ANY aspect. Bigger fields dictate different set of skating, positions, and tactical skills.(Tell me what I didn’t know). Scouts have to be careful.
    For my Russian speaking boneheads there is a link: http://rus.delfi.lv/news/sport/worldsport/yagr-hokkej-khl-i-nhlnbsp-dva-raznyh-vida-sporta.d?id=36695115

  33. Well something to take out of the current losing streak is that they’re not getting blown out in their games. Last year they had a few multigame losing streaks where they were losing by at least 2 or 3 goals at a time.

    This year they typically haven’t followed up a game where they lose by 2 or more goals with another loss of the same magnitude. In other words, empirically this year’s team doesn’t get down on itself like last year’s and I think we’ve all seen that they are willing to fight and scrap but it’s not always going to end the way want it to end.

  34. CT Blueshirt and Oleo – Bergeron had an excellent post-season run as well. I would think that one of our more talented forwards from CT would do TB just fine along with some cash – he would make an excellent Rental and a good 3rd pair D-Man

    He is no-where near malik – look at the stats – says it all.

  35. I hope Biron starts tonight. Let Lundqvist feel the pressure. 9 SAVES last game I am sick of this “well it was deflected” crap. Don’t mean to be negative but I’d fancy a win here.

  36. I typically hate plus/minus as a useful stat, except when it comes in large numbers. He was a minus 12 in 19 games last year in the playoffs.

    And here’s the difficult part to discern, Montreal was 2nd in the league on the PP last year just as Tampa was already a good PP this year before Bergeron arrived. Does Bergeron make a PP good or does an already good PP make Bergeron look good? Would a good puck moving unit create those lanes for him to unleash his cannon or does his cannon draw extra PK coverage and allow the rest of the players to operate more freely? I don’t watch enough of TB or Montreal games outside of when they play the Rangers or are on MSG/VS when the Rangers aren’t playing to know the answer. If anyone does, please advise.

    I honestly think the PP is a system-wide problem for the Rangers and nothing that will be fixed by the addition of one player.

  37. CT Blueshirt –

    Go point on the +/- either way – but if you watch some of the clips from NHL.com – and I also followed Montreal last play-offs, he was an asset on the pp – no question about it.

    He was released for a number of reasons by TB – mostly the rise of PK Subban – but, if you watch him yesterday v. Blues, he has a certain magic on the pp that has been missing from the NYR for a LONG time – and I think we work with him and he has potential to be a steady, solid 3rd line D –

  38. Clip the Wings on

    Atl is realistically the only comp for 8th spot unless Buff goes on a crazy run. Goal Differentials NYR – (+18) with 5 more wins; ATL (- 20) with six more ties. Luckily they are having a rough stretch as well.

    Sauer Power!

  39. Bergeron is great on the PP no doubt, but he is an extreme liability defensively. A team built on “grinding” can’t support someone that bad on defense.

  40. I mean I do think it wouldn’t hurt for them to have a guy that bomb away from the point, but with the way the PP has looked for long stretches of the season, keeping control of the puck long enough to even get it back there would require a priest, rabbi and witchdoctor to work their collective “magic”. Like I said, I just think the PP is a mess overall with their set up, puck movement, decision making. Having the gun back there would be useless if you can’t feed it the bullet.

  41. CT – good point. The guys on the point really don’t get the puck that often and when they do they usually have no shooting lane. I think they need a lot better movement and as CT said “decision making.”

  42. *New York’s last win against the Red Wings was a 3-1 victory at MSG on Oct. 25, 2003, and their last win at Detroit was Jan. 30, 1999 (3-2)*

    that’s all there is to know

  43. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Have a good week off Carp you’ll be missed Tony how’s your wife doing ? Better I hope

  44. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    I’m totally against MA Bergeron signing.

    It’s a placebo for the powerplay at best. The problem is not just QB. Its a general confidence-thing. The passing and entry is as bad as point duties…

    And Bergeron has A LOT of downside.

  45. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    My point is, you can’t and should’nt sign or trade for a defenseman solely for PP or a big shot. A defenseman has to be good or at least decent all around. It’s the new NHL, folks.

  46. Bieber is a disease that usually affects teenage females, causing uncontrollable scream, disorganized thinking and speech or in more severe cases a word salad.

    Sometimes the disease could affect hockey goalies causing uncontrollable puck rebounds, soft stool, er goals, premature knee dropping, or in more severe cases benching.

  47. apparently they have not even worked on the PP since the Mtl game. accdg to Gross, they just screwed around in practice yesterday with 3-on-3 for fun. and since they are facing a Det team that has been shut out the past 2 games and is under pressure to have a big game at home, and because the Rangers have not won there in 12 years, and since Datsyuk is returning tonight, all signs point to a rough night for the Rangers unless they pull out another surprise like they did in that game in Pitt weeks ago.

  48. Tiki
    unless that was mentioned sarcastically
    i’m feeling wonderful today
    and don’t feel so bad about pittsburgh’s
    MOMENTARILY run of not so good luck
    because
    it’s been running on VERY good luck ever since
    franco harris happened to catch a ball that was
    probably illegally touched by a teammate and then
    ran into the end zone for a touchdown.
    so
    it’s been years and years and years….

    seeing the arrogance and stupid (as far as admitting the luck and not know about
    the game, particularly hockey) and luck and gaming the system
    by fans (bandwagon) and otherwise firsthand makes
    today a little sweeter.

    ….and oh yeah, GO RANGERS!!

  49. “Hope Biron brings his A game tonight.”

    He did last game. What’s to stop him from this game? The Rangers need to score.

  50. absolutely agree with CTBlueshirt on this

    “think the PP is a mess overall with their set up, puck movement, decision making. Having the gun back there would be useless if you can’t feed it the bullet.”

    that’s why all the talk about souray being the answer or a trade for a pp quarterback
    will totally do the trick.
    again, thinking too much and not moving the puck around
    quick enough, keeping it along the boards way too much
    and, of course, passing up shots…oh yeah, not being set for rebounds.

  51. Spider, it’s really the loss of Lindsay Soto that puts a damper on the Joe B firing.

    ::that’s for you ORR::

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    please not the bergeron crap again, he sucks…..Is this just speculation here or has there been “substantiated” rumours?

    LGR

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

    cccp
    sweet, mine should be here in a day or two then!!

    here is souray info for some of you…

    SportsnetSpec Mark Spector Sports
    by SpectorsHockey
    Rangers scouts get an eyeful of Souray, and don’t like what they see “It was his job to lose.”— source. Too slow for AHL, let alone NHL.

  54. dubi thinks he is a slick distributor on the PP. dubi is good skating it in the zone and then should stay on the half board and when he gets in drive and or shoot at the net, end the story….

  55. I think I will be with the throngs of people trying to get one at 7AM on Thursday. Bring it on iPhone. Watchin’ hockey on my phone!

  56. “Favres-berg”

    In fairness, Forsberg never retired. He has always stated that he wanted to play, but just was unable to due to his foot.

    I think Chad Pennington is a fairer comparison (not on skill). Always getting hurt, always trying to make a comeback.

  57. C’mon Rangers, stop the bleeding tonight!

    Re: iPhone 4. I love apple products and have them liberally placed throughout the house from laptops to pads, TV’s to ipods. That being said, I dig the droid X and it’s platform a LOT. Not sure I’d rush out of it to get the 4 when you know the 5 is around the corner with a hopeful fix for the antenna issue.

    That being said, the fit and finish is pretty slick on that little device!

    Eh, GO RANGERS… would love to see a Wolski, Dubi, Cally set of goals tonight.

  58. Forsberg also never texted pictures of Foppa Jr as far as we know (and I don’t want to know if he actually did).

  59. I szeem to be coming back to this same subject in a rather roundabout way, but the facts remain in the filmsfor all to see.

    What?….is the one feature that all of the really consistently good scorers have ..and employ, regularly during their games..hmmmm.?

    How about where they can usually be found during an attack in opposition zone when their line is on the ice…hmmm?

    Check out the films of the games other than
    Rangers from any period you want to choose……and
    answer your own question.

    They are down deep in the opposition goal mouth and that’s where they ply their trade.
    That’s where they are. ( not skittering around for the puck along the boards, and waiting for someone to give them a pass..they wait for an opening and pass,shot, fumble whatever…they are in position to take advantage of ANY happenstance that comes their way.
    Pick any game,and team, that has acknowledged potent scorers, and see where they are and what they do….and if Rangers can wonder, all they have to do is likewise. That’s for starts. It does indeed bring an entirely different mindset tot he game, but that’s what wins games in this league in this year, no matter who and where the competition is.

  60. Biron starting tonight – easily the logical decision. The King can start against the Thrashers on Friday. If Biron plays well tonight and the King’s struggles continue Friday, then Biron starts against the Pens on Sunday.

    BTW, anyone take a look at the Rangers remaining February games? Detroit, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, LA, NJ, Flyers, Canes, Caps and Tampa – a very tough stretch, that’s for sure.

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

    still not sure why we are not looking within for the pp point shot with vtank. I mean if we were seriously considering bergeron who is a pp specialist and that is it (not reliable with regular shift) why give up anything to get him when you could arguably use vtank the same way if you do not think he can take a regular NHL shift either?? Vtank’s development maybe??

  62. Stall can skate. Why can’t someone work with him to better develop his PP point shot and ability to get a wrist shot through to the net?

  63. Just saw that Biron is getting the start and Datsyuk is back. Gonna be a tough game tonight!

  64. If this kid Valteri Fillpulli is playing tonite, keep[ your eye on him and see one heck of a good hands man with the puck. This kid can flat out play. The Wings nursed him along slowly, kept him on the big roster, and gave him “moderate ice time” and it seems that every time I saw him I kept wondering why he wasn’t seeing more ice time. I guess the Wings know what they are doing, because this kid is a future star.

  65. Filppula just happens to have Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Holmstrom and Franzen (and for one year Marian Hossa) ahead of him on the depth chart.

  66. Clip the Wings on

    Move Sauer up with Staal for a very good D pairing against Det No. 1 line, can move Giaradi to play with McDonagh. Try Gilroy and MDZ on PP to start (please no more Zuch at the pt.) Have nothing to lose (cept for SH goal by Zet)

  67. Good evening all! Yeesh, been choring my assen off day and still not done…I miss Carp already!!!!!!!!
    Depending on how things go tonight, I may or may not call my Vegas friend who now lives in Chicago but is originally from Michigan (if you can’t follow that, don’t blame you). She is, of course, a Red Wings fan. Grrrr.

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

    iphone just got here…..lookout ILB. I’ll be driving it soon!!!

  69. what the Rangers have done against Detroit in years past is meaningless

    ——-

    YES!! Today is the new day! Today, we beat the Red Wings! right? c’mon guys…who’s with me?!

  70. Julie!! Hope you see this…I’ll be hosting bonehead tiki at Sunday’s game….can you join us for warren after? all are invited!!!!! If you can’t make warren, let me know where you’ll be sitting….OK, off to finish laundry pre-game :)

  71. Rightly or wrongly there are some places where teams cannot win. The Rangers shouldn’t necessarily have that hard of a time in Montreal, but for whatever reason they can’t seem to win there.

  72. awwww, C3, you I love you more than my luggage :)

    bonus points to who can cite that movie line without google….I love that line :) and off to the laundry room…..

  73. Julie(Who Hardly Ever Posts) on

    Hey Laurel,
    I don’t think I will make it to Warren on Sunday, so I will let you know where we are sitting when I get home and see my tickets! ( : I think we are in section 67, but I will let you know when I’m sure of that. Thanks for the invite!

  74. Mama! Mama! Sally Sally! Fozzy Wozzy!

    Im with you CCCP! Tonight, the Rangers beat the Red Wings 4-1. Write that down!

    If Im not mistaken, the last time we beat Montreal in Montreal was SUPER BOWL SUNDAY 2008! GIANTS TYREE!! We were down 3-0 and came back with 5 unanswered!

    BOOM!

    LGR! CCCP! ILB! WICKSTER!

  75. CCCP – I have these really nice pink gloves that I can let you have. You can Iphone with these pink gloves and look really manly :)

  76. only of the pink gloves have green dots on them…otherwise i don’t want them :)

    yeah i guess fingerprints is something ill have to get used to…other than that, iPhone is one sexy toy! :)

  77. I am so happy we passed on Souray! That $2.7m is needed for much more important pieces than an old, overpaid, has-been.

  78. I am also so happy we are passing Souray. Thank God!

    Love ya too Wicky Wicky and all the Wicky Wicksters!

    CCCP – They’ve got a green dot on them! Im sending out USPS tomorrow! ;)

  79. Would not of had any complaints from me either way but if he looked slow then obviously its the right decision to pass

  80. They haven’t passed on him yet, they just weren’t happy with what they saw. Let’s see how the team does leading up to the trade deadline. If they continue to slide, you know Sather will hit the panic button.

  81. Finally done for the day….Hey, slow down driving on that iPhone, you rookies…:-). Didn’t I tell you it was a great toy?

    So they finally sobered up on Souray? Edmonton is barely above the cap floor and he couldn’t get into their lineup. What does that tell you? And Bergeron is one-dimensional player, he doesn’t fit Torts style.

  82. Someone mentioned that Bergeron got a couple of points on PP the other night for Tampa. You put Dale Purinton on the point of PP that features St Louis, VL and Stamkos, he’d get a couple of points too.

    Has anyone heard anything about Kessel wanting out of Toronto?

  83. Wilson is probably out before Kessel. What a major failure if they trade Kessel at a discount then what would the final tally of the Leafs-B’s look like?

  84. This idea that a certain arena is dead end for Rangers I just do not buy. If they play this game the right way, and do what the really good teams in the league do, they can beat anyone, anywhere. The problem that they are having is that they don’t do these things. They keep reverting back to their old lost in the jungle ways. One thing about Torts that is notable…he has the most expressive bench face that one could look for in a coach. It gets to the point where you can almost read his thoughts. I have recollection of Renney standing there with his arms folded, peeking around people, letting his attention wander to trivial action and totally miss what is going on under his nose. He often reminded me of Jackie Gleason’s character in his skits, the “poor soul”.

    If Rangers come in hard and fast and without letup, and start really shooting that puck from all over the ice, they’ll be respectable, and might even pull out a win…….but they’ve really got to want it.

  85. Take your time, CCCP. The more you know, the more you’ll use. My wife still uses about 20% of her iPhone’s features, lol. And this is her fourth…

    Not sure about Gaborik, but I would certainly see if Burke is interested in our prospects and picks.

  86. that Kessel trade is one of the worst ever! Second overall and most likely top 5 this year! i’d be pissed if i was Maple Grief fan!

  87. The longer Kessel stays in Toronto, the less likely he will reach his potentials. Let me rephrase it, the longer he stays under Wilson’s tutelage, that is…

  88. Nobody is trading my Mama anywhere! Not to Tampa Bay, not to New Zealand, not to Qatar! My Mama is New York and the Rangers are Mama!

  89. Morg – Your most recent trade proposal leaves the Rangers lacking in the beauty department. We cant get rid of 2 of the most beautiful people in the world for those 2 LA Kings.

  90. kessel is not as good as gaborik but he is younger and I think cheaper… both are similiar players but I think gaborik has more upside but straight up I would do that trade to get younger and save $2 mill per year, why not?

  91. C3, you are disqualified from the league

    Tony, thanks :)

    morg, I’ll take that if Hank and I go as a pair :)

  92. Mama, if you and Hank go as a pair, Ill take that deal too. Will you let have and hold Hank for just one night? Just one night with that perfect creation out of the Swedish genetics lab!

  93. I highly doubt Burke would give up on Kessel after only a partial season. Toronto gambled the future of their franchise on him, giving the B’s 2 1st rounders.

    No! to Gaborik for Kessel because Burke would never do it…

    maybe if we threw in a 1st rounder…but that ain’t happening… :)

  94. Kessel has more creativity and speed than Gaborik, IMO. Probably better hands too. He just turned 23 and can play center. Two are not mutually exclusive.

  95. PS: Burke confirmed today that both Wilson and Kessel are going nowhere, so they better work out their issues…

  96. I really don’t know if he is better or worse than Gaborik at age 23. They are both highly skilled players with different styles. They are both incredibly fast skaters.

    ilb, he would look great in a Rangers sweater and would fit well with our young American core of players :)

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

    big negatory on the mama trade!!

    i wouldn’t trade gabby for kessel, but I might for someone else!

  98. Clip the Wings on

    Gabba Gabber Goner is a tremendously fast skater and to prove it I watched the a tape of last year’s Olympics, because I have not seen it yet this season (cept for against Toronto…). Burke may be dumb, but he ain’t stupid. Trading your first line 23 yr old center for a 29 yr old one dimensional winger is not a wise move.

  99. Thrashers already leading the Leafs in Toronto 1-0….looks like we’re not gonna get any help from the Leafs tonight…

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