Sabres at Rangers tonight


This is your team for the rest of the season, after a quiet trade deadline and the horribly-timed injury to Martin Biron.

So this is it, and this is a big game against a team in the chase, and it’s a Versus game, to boot.

I know a lot of you were hoping for Brad Richards would wind up in Blue, but I think that Glen Sather, obviously, did the right thing for the franchise, for the future, for the plan. He hung on to all his assets, and the core of his team. And I think that will pay big dividends. I think the Rangers will still make the playoffs, still have a chance to be a dangerous opponent, and still might be able to get Richards July 1.

How odd is it that the Rangers will go down the stretch with wasted cap space? Hah. But you’d better pray for Henrik Lundqvist to remain upright.


Want to thank you guys for your traffic and your comments yesterday. Youse are truly nuts in the best way.  And I appreciate it.

Not sure yet if I’m going to make it down to MSG tonight.


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

Tuesday, Mar. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 33-27-4 (70 pts)
Sabres: 29-25-7 (65 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 27

The Rangers will continue their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their second of five games in eight days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-27-4 (70 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 2-1-0 in their last three games. The Sabres enter the contest with a 29-25-7 (65 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in each of their last three games (2-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Mar. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.


  • TV: Versus

7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sabres

  • Radio: 970 The Apple and

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show

7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sabres

Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: 57-69-25-5 overall (33-26-15-3 at home, 24-43-10-2 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers own a 2-0-0 record thus far, including a 1-0-0 mark at home following a 3-2 overtime victory at MSG on Nov. 11.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 at home. Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 overtime loss on Mar. 7 at MSG.
  • The Rangers rank 24th with a 14-14-3 (31 pts) record at home; the Sabres rank 14th with a 15-10-4 (34 pts) mark on the road
  • New York is 7-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division; Buffalo is 3-8-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 8-6-2 with a 2.49 goals against average in 16 career regular season games vs. Buffalo; Martin Biron is 8-3-0-1 with a 2.82 goals against average and two shutouts in 13 career regular season appearances vs. Buffalo
  • Vinny Prospal has tallied a team-high, 12 goals, 17 assists and 29 points in 48 career regular season contests vs. Buffalo; Brandon Dubinsky has registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 12 career regular season contests vs. Buffalo
  • New York lists two former Sabres on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07); Chris Drury (2003-04 – 2006-07)
  • Buffalo lists no former Rangers on their roster

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-10 rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for fourth in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, and are now 10-52 (19.2%) with the man advantage in their last 13 games. New York ranks 24th overall (38-229, 16.6%) and 20th at home (21-118, 17.8%). The Rangers are 2-10 (8:17) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/22 at CAR), and 0-3 (4:23) when four-on-three (last – 2/17 vs. LAK). 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 surrendered one goal to the Lightning in six shorthanded situations (10:53) and tallied one shorthanded goal on Sunday at MSG, and have allowed only seven power play goals against in the last 22 games (63-70, 90.0% over the span). New York ranks seventh overall (182-216, 84.3%) and 12th at home (82-97, 84.5%). The Rangers are 7-10 (7:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/27 vs. TBL), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (10): 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); 2/27 vs. TBL (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, and are now plus-three in 48, four-on-four situations (98:15). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). 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).

On Saturday, the Rangers acquired defenseman Bryan McCabe from Florida, in exchange for forward Tim Kennedy and a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. McCabe has eclipsed the 40-point plateau five times, including three seasons of 50 or more points, and was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2004. The 15-year NHL veteran skated in his 1,000th career game on Nov. 6, 2009 vs. Washington, and was named Florida’s captain on Sept. 23, 2009. McCabe, who made his Rangers’ debut on Sunday vs. Tampa Bay, registered five goals and 17 assists for 22 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 48 games with Florida this season prior to the trade.

Martin Biron is one of only four players in NHL history to play for all three teams in the state of New York. The other three are Pat LaFontaine, Mike Donnelly and Jason Dawe.

The Rangers completed their 15th of 18 back-to-back sets on Feb. 18 at New Jersey. New York is 9-5-1 (3-1-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-5-0 (4-2-0 at home, 6-3-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 39-25, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-7-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 11-4-1 on the road over the span. New York’s next back-to-back set begins on Thursday vs. Minnesota, and will conclude on Friday at Ottawa.

New York has posted a record of 7-18-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ 17 points lead the league, while their seven wins are tied for first in the NHL and their .250 winning percentage rank third. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent, 152-83, in the third period of their last 13 games.

The Rangers have registered four more wins and four more points compared to last season through 64 games (29-27-8, 66 points in 2009-10), having tallied 10 more goals (179 this season, 169 last season) while allowing 18 fewer goals against (157 this season, 175 last season).  New York has also shown a five-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (10 this season, five last season).

The Rangers are tied for the league lead in shorthanded goals (10) and hits (1,821), second in blocked shots (1,016), rank fifth in road wins (19) and goals against (157), seventh in penalty killing (84.3%), and eighth with a plus-22 goal differential.

The Blueshirts have skated in 32 one-goal games this season, which is the fifth most in the league, having posted a record of 17-11-4 in those contests. Their 17 wins are tied for sixth in the NHL. Nineteen of the Rangers’ last 26 games have been decided by one goal, including nine of their last 12 home games.

The Rangers have had 18 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.


  • Brandon Prust enters tonight’s contest with a three game scoring streak, registering three points (two goals, one assist) over the span
  • Ryan McDonagh has tallied three assists in the last four games
  • Ryan Callahan has recorded nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last 12 games, including seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last seven contests
  • Mats Zuccarello has registered eight assists in the last 13 games
  • Derek Stepan has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine games, and has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine home games
  • Vinny Prospal has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight contests

200 WINS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 200th career win in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles on Feb. 17, becoming only the fifth goalie in franchise history to reach the 200-win mark. He currently ranks fourth on the Rangers’ all-time wins list (202).

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


  • Steve Eminger: 2 games from 400 NHL career


  • Henrik Lundqvist: 200th career NHL win (2/17 vs. LAK)


·         Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 34

·         Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 21

·         Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 10

·         Marian Gaborik (concussion-like symptoms) – 3

·         Marc Staal (knee strain on Feb. 22, day to day) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 245


·         Feb. 26: Acquired defenseman Bryan McCabe from Florida, in exchange for forward Tim Kennedy and a third round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

·         Feb. 26: Assigned defenseman Michael Del Zotto to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Good morning everyone. March 1st!

    While getting ready for work I noticed how it’s getting light out earlier, the first inklings of spring can be seen, if not felt and setting our clocks to ‘spring ahead’ is just a few weeks away. It all brought a tear to my eye because it reminded me that the end of this hockey season is closer than I want it to be. So, even though tonight’s game will be on Versus (boo!), I’m going to relish coming home to a game tonight and an important game at that. We need to dominate Buffalo and shove this game down their throat to demolish whatever hope they have of catching us while bolstering our confidence that we are a legitimate PO team.


  2. go get em boys ..important game ….


    lol at the Charlie Sheen interview ..guy is off the hook ..

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Charlie sheen = monster

    Sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll into his 40’s. Won’t reach 50, but he will live his dream.

  4. Carp – Agree 100%. Over 23,000 page views yesterday – you da man!!! Of course it was probably just 6 or 7 of us obsessively refreshing….just kidding – the numbers are awesome. Thanks for a terrific job once again.

  5. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy Game Day ‘Heads!

    frightful February is over, onto the MARCH towards the playoffs!!

    Dear God, Please keep Henrik Lunqvist safe, upright, and stellar the next few months! We need him. Thank you, Rangers Fans!

  6. Did Biron ever even get to debut his new mask?

    Linda, hope you have connections up there….

  7. Carp- you must mean “unallocated” cap space- we’ve always gone down the stretch with wasted cap space!

  8. We’re going to the playoffs – wonder if the lack of trades will give the kids more confidence and fight. Had to make them feel good…hope it translates.

    Linda – you’re too nice to not have connections. I’ll let you handle it and stay out of it – bolts of lightening and all…ya know.

  9. FiveFootZero on

    OK, I missed something and don’t have the energy right now to search high and low.

    Can anyone tell me how on earth did Biron break his collar bone?

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Many of the core playing for their next contract so push for POs has team and individual impact.

    RFAs: Callahan, Dubinski, Anisimov, Boyle, Gilly, Sauer

    UFAs: Prospal, Feds, McCabe, Eminger

    Injured: Gabby, Drury, Boogie, Biron = $17M of cap space not playing (not including Redden)

    If Stepan and McD progress at current pace, they will be two of the best bargains in the league.

  11. Five Foot – Not much on it — from Arthur Staple:
    ” Biron is out for at least six weeks after suffering a broken collarbone when struck by a high shot during practice Monday. “

  12. Carp – I am shocked to see that you didn’t close up shop after yesterday and retire on that $1.50/per.

    Speaking of…When do I get my bill?

  13. I think it’s a shame that the Rangers didn’t at least put Gilroy into a move yesterday. He’ll need to be qualified at $2mil next year to avoid him becoming an UFA, and I don’t know if he’s worth $2mil right now. Not sure the Rangers would even qualify him at that price. If they won’t, it would have been good to get something for him.


  14. That’s a good point, Stranger – I guess it depends on how well MDZ does for the remainder of the season in CT.

  15. 21st! Im Ray Ferraro! Im Ray Ferraro! wait…what do you mean I have to go to the Kings blog??


  16. Good point, I think Gilroy will be a draft day move due to his money situation. Hey Carp, remember me? Think of swimming article.

  17. I’m confident we win and we win big tonight. The “jam” will be evident and the snarl loud.


  18. I want to know who shot the puck that broke Beer-on’s collarbone. I’m just guessing it was EC. Just because. LOL

  19. I don’t know if he (Erik Christensen) has enough jam to shoot hard enough to break bones. I think you need a shot like Happy Gilmore to break a bone.

  20. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Prust broke beer-on’s collarbone by staring at it long and hard after Marty made a save on #8…. the dude is better than kreskin.

  21. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Charlie sheen’s all powerful man will be see many imaginary spiders in the weeks to come… Winning…. Duh…scoreboard don’t lie

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Love the new Prust goal scoring technique.

    throw puck at net, allow goalie to make save, plow goalie into net, puck crosses line – goal!

    My guess is McCabe shot hit him, any other NYR Dman would have missed the net!

  23. Manfried- you’re probably right. Definitely not enough power behind that shot. If it was, then I want to know what that only comes out in practice.

  24. Roe – It’s true. If someone can shoot that hard in practice that person should be on the point during the PP!!!

  25. Stranger Nation on

    After watching the Charlie Sheen interview I can only think of two things – his twin sons. Will someone rescue those kids from the loonie bin that is his house. Dude is one more bender away from being toe tagged.

  26. Seems to me that if Biron was injured in practice by a high shot, some heads should roll. Either the equipment manager for giving him bad equipment, the coach who ran practice and allowed Biron to practice without all of his equipment or Biron himself for not wearing it properly, or a combination of two or more. Off with their heads!

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    Did anyone catch that Hugh Jessiman played in his first NHL game the other day against the Devils?

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    Joe, the only thing Sheen is on is Sheen:

    “I am on a drug. It’s called Charlie Sheen. It’s not available. If you try it once, you will die. Your face will melt off and your children will weep over your exploded body.”

  29. Good game day morning, boneheads!

    Injuries happen, Joe. Part of the season. This one has been unlucky from that point of view, but the good news is they are still in the position to make the PO.
    Apparently, even if Hank plays every game from now on, he would still end up with less than 70 games per season- first time since lockout. He is used to playing most of the games down the stretch, he played 22 out of 23 last year. And if, heaven forbid, he gets injured, I don’t think it matters who is his back up. I wonder if his game becomes sharper now…..

  30. McCabe is a veteran who shouldn’t take too much time to adjust to Torts’ defensive system. Time to ride his shot. And go down low for rebounds. Buffalo so far has let more goals in than they’ve scored. Their defense is shaky and Miller gas been far from stellar. Two points separates those teams even further. Winnable game.

  31. bull dog line on

    Sean Avery,
    14 helpers in the first 27 games. 6 since, including 3 in one game. so 6 helpers since december 2nd, and 2 goals all season. now I understand why fans want him to play more.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m positive about the direction of the team. We have a lot of young talent. Sure, we lack elite scorers, but defensively, in a few years, we will be one of, if not the absolute, deepest teams in the league.

  33. Avery hasn’t scored because he’s always behind the net. You can’t score from there Sean. You’re not Wayne Gretzky setting up in his office. Crash the freakin’ net.

  34. You can technically score from behind the net. There was that “viral” video of the kid flipping the puck off the goalie’s head from back there. Sean should learn that move.

    I like Avery behind the net – he breaks free and centers and if a big body is there they can put that puck in its home.

  35. Won't Make Playoffs on

    A regulation loss tonight coupled with a Hurricanes home victory over Florida (likely), and Carolina and Buffalo will pass us in winning percentage. We’d be in 9th place in winning percentage. Ah yes, spring is truly in the air!

  36. Stranger Nation on

    Obviously 3rd line scoring (Prust, Boyle, AVery) is what carried us in first half of season. No team in league comes even close to their production is my guess. I do not look for offence from my third line. They are a tempo setting line with forechecking and finishing checks, any offense is a bonus. These guys have overperformed and now it is up to others who are paid to score and generate offense to put the friggun puck in the friggun net.

    Since lines have been juggled more lately, it is hard to assess production other than nobody has consistently been producing for the offense in the second half. There have been spurts against lesser opponents, but there is no sustained offensive flow except the Caps games.

    Tonite we are up against a Buffalo squad that plays better on road than at home this season. I don’t care if the final score is 1-0 or 7-6 – we need this game!!! LGR!

  37. Hats off to Marty B. H played great this season. Very unfortunate.

    Time for the protected core of youth to start scoring consistently. I’m talking to you Dubi. And AA. And the rest of you.

  38. Noah-tenko-rury-aal-aborik, 28 on

    I picked a bad night to take my girlfriend to her first ever HOCKEY game. Oops.

  39. 4generations 4 cups on

    Im so happy that Glen didn’t chuck away MDZ+ for Hemsky (another GLASS player). We can pick up more during draft/July 1st. Incredible that Torts’ new system kept Uncle Glen from buying the farm.

  40. Come playoff time, if we’re 100% healthy, who sits?

    In no particular order here are the top 11 if you ask me:
    Gabs, Prospal, Stepan, Zucc, Wolski, Dubi, Cally, Boyle, Prust, AA, Fed

    So who gets the 12th spot? Avery? EC? Boogieman? Newbury(ha)? Call someone up(doubt it highly)? I’d give it to Avery.

    Who do you give it to? or do you bench one of my top 11?

  41. Well at least i did awesome on my midterm yesterday. I’ll be at the game again tonight

  42. Cross Check Charlie

    great post @ 11:31 am!

    Anybody wants in? Get in! Anybody wants out? Get out! This team is going to the playoffs!

  43. I am in all the way! You dont like it, GET OUT!

    This team will surprise us all….

  44. Draft will be interesting. 2 picks in 2nd round, 1 in 1st, none in 3rd. Gilroy’s RFA rights traceable. Lots of o

  45. Draft will be interesting. 2 picks in 2nd round, 1 in 1st, none in 3rd. Gilroy’s RFA rights traceable. Lots of options.

  46. Congrats, Calad.

    Atta boy, Tony.

    PSU, just hope they have to make that decision, which will mean Gaborik’s healthy. But I think you could narrow it down to Christensen or Avery, unless somebody (wolski?) plays himself out of the lineup.

  47. I’ve felt all year that they’re going to peak in March and head into the playoffs strong. For once, I hope they prove me right and reward the optimism…

  48. Thank god we didn’t give up anything for Richards. Get him in the offseason FOR NOTHING.

    Sather did a great job. Hopefully we can make something out of this draft.

  49. Won't Make Playoffs on

    CCC, I appreciate your enthusiasm. But the fact of the matter is that if you go strictly by winning percentage, we’re closer to 9th than 6th. In fact, as I stated above, we will be in 9th place in winning percentage if we lose in regulation tonight and Carolina wins in regulation tonight. Our backup goaltender just went down and Lundqvist is going to be ran into the ground the rest of the way. Buffalo has been hot since January 1, and Carolina has historically been good closers to the regular season. We’re in trouble.

    Of course, when we do miss the playoffs by one point, everyone can cry about injuries, and tell us how the future is so bright, or that we’re going to have Brad Richards on July 1.

    Frankly, I’m rooting for someone to “Gomez” Miller tonight. I think that’s probably our best chance to stay in the playoffs. Hey, it worked once.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    “Frankly, I’m rooting for someone to “Gomez” Miller tonight. I think that’s probably our best chance to stay in the playoffs. Hey, it worked once.”

    HA! So true!

  51. TheMessiah94 on

    While I’m glad Sather didn’t trade our youth for Richards, there is no guarantee we’ll get him on July 1.

    THN just tweeted that a Texas oilman is interested in buying the Stars. A strong ownership group with lots of $$$$ could mean that Richards decides to re-sign in Dallas.

  52. Won’t Make, you get the all-time RR blog Negative Nancy award.

    This team is better than the teams chasing it, and will make the playoffs, and could chase down Montreal for sixth. Don’t know if you’ve been watching.

  53. Great day today! 3 games on! With the Knicks and Rangers the nightcap!

    CCCP – Good afternoon, pal. There is a game on Fox Sports Soccer at 2:30 I think you might be interested in. Good luck :)

  54. good, I hope richards resigns with dallas. The last thing the rangers need is another over 30 7 + mil per year player.

  55. Carp, New month, clean slate? Ive deliberately been trying to piss you off recently, in an attempt to get banned, and I apologize. Bygones be bygones?

  56. Man – True. Ive been upset about rumors being spread around the blog about me, and getting myself banned would be an easy way to extricate myself from the blog, quickly and cleanly.

    Blueblood!!! :)

  57. LOL! All-time Negative Nancy award! Bwaha!!

    Strange that a game broadcast on Versus has a 7:00 PM start. Aren’t they 7:30 usually? Hey, I’m not complaining…I’m going to the game tonight!!!

    PS: I appreciate the Chris Tamer reference!

  58. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Let’s get a win against these Buffalo(sers)!

    2 Points… McPowerplay goal! LETS DO IT.

  59. NYR, thank goodness somebody got the Chris Tamer remark. I was starting to worry.

    Tiki, let’s see. But why did you want to be banned? And if you really did want to be banned, why didn’t you just use one of the magic words instead of pissing me off?

  60. “Mr. Treehorn tells us that he had to eject you from his garden party, that you were drunk and abusive.”

  61. Good afternoon all! It’s March! That means it’s spring! (at least as far as I’m concerned, calendar be danged).

    Perhaps in honor of our new acquisition yesterday, and our game against Buffalo, they should open the night by playing Blue Boy, or Blue on Blue? Just a thought. I’m about to leave the house for a while, but I shall be back for the evening’s festivities….I’m still a little hungover from yesterday’s great picnic :)

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    Tiki, I’ve been wondering this for a while now. How old are you? And I don’t mean 26.

  63. The Chris Tamer comment killed me. Thanks for this blog, Carp and the posters who make it fun, good reading.

  64. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I was a little upset they didn’t mention “fire breathing fists”… maybe next time!

  65. Hey Carp, is Joni Mitchell going to sing the anthem tonight? Or are they sending her to Hartford to sing up there?

  66. Gift of GAB-orik on

    The vatican warlock assasin pic is byfuglien awesome. Just the pic alone is funny, but then BOOM! print that people. haha

  67. Won't Make Playoffs on

    Carp- This team is better than the teams chasing it? OK, I suppose I’ll just rely on your conclusory assertion. How are we better? Because we have more points at an arbitrary juncture of the season? If we finish behind both Carolina and Buffalo after Game 82, are we still better than them because we were ahead of them most of the season? Or maybe because we have a better goal differential than those teams. Just another excuse for the masses when we miss the playoffs. Or because we allegedly have better players and more splashy names?

    I’m not being negative to be negative. I’ve offered very few opinions on this thread, and have stuck primarily to facts. It’s a fact that if we lose in regulation and Carolina wins in regulation, we’re in 9th place based on winning percentage. Run the numbers yourself if you don’t believe me. It’s too often rainbows and butterflies in here when, in reality, this is a pretty average club. It’s a fact that Buffalo has been hot since January 1. It’s a fact that Carolina has closed well in past seasons. What’s negative about that? That it’s an unfortunate truth?

    It’s going to be a battle just to make the playoffs. Many people are acting like there’s little worry of missing the playoffs. There should be a lot of worry, especially if things don’t go our way tonight. Wake up, people, there’s trouble on the horizon!

  68. Shoot, Fozzy just reminded me of something…we came up with a new phrase over the weekend for when you truly want to express your feelings :)….its wonder is that it can be a noun or adjective :)

    hartnelling carcillo cooke meat


  69. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Won’t make playoffs,

    Considering you don’t win more games with a negative goal differential than teams with a positive goal differential… yes i would say that makes us better.

    We haven’t scored alot of goals of late, but Buffalo has less goals than we do, so what does that say about them?

    We also gave us less goals than Buffalo, so don’t bring the Miller/Hank argument into play.
    Carolina 3-4-3 in last 10 (they close strong?)

  70. Won’t Make Playoffs

    dude… stop with the “If this and if that” crap… what IF they win tonight and what IF they win next four…what IF… see where where im going with this? Let’s just wait and see which “what IF” is right.

  71. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Of all the top 8 teams currently in playoff position, only one team (carolina) has a negative goal differential. *ALL* teams including the 8th seed have a negative goal differential.


  72. Gift of GAB-orik on

    that should have read all teams including the 8th seed and under, have a negative goal differential.

  73. ORR, that’s sick….my lunch plans just got changed so I’m stuck here for a while longer I guess :)

    and their godfather: Danny Doldrums (hee hee, had to get a guy’s name in there)

  74. Rangers are at best an 8 seed, and a first round sweep to the Flyers…meh…when does the Yankees season starts…there is a team that loses with class!

  75. also fyi….in the poll? thanks to the 31 others who joined my call (I was first!) at 5th or better! Here’s to all the positive Pollyannas!

  76. Wont Make Playoffs

    Lets be positive and forget the “what ifs”……..Lets get 2 tonight.

  77. I’ll click on it later, Orr. I’m at work and it will certainly not be appropriate here!!! LOL

  78. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Not one Ranger player has a goal-shooting percentage about .12. That is like batting about .240 in baseball. We need a couple snipers around .20 percent to really be competitive. Hope this Kreider kid can shoot the puck on net.

  79. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    “Star Watch,” above depicts seven Ranger star players, including Chris “Pizza Face” Drury. This is an early April Fools joke on us, right?

  80. Oh look someone posted using my name! That wasn’t me! Looks like we got a “Funny Fara” in the house!

    Manfried March 1st, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Habs inside/out site with an anti American and Rangers bashing day..what a farse, like my love for boys tight buttocks

  81. Um……Little Help Guys and Gals? What’s happening in here. Who are these imposters?

  82. Hey Carp – can you see who is posting with my name and make it stop please? What if I run for office one day and my reputation isn’t clean because of these Shenanigans?

  83. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    Jeez…we’ve got a troll alert, Carp…

  84. Stranger Nation on

    Worst shooting % is AA of the legit scorers. Glad he is shooting but he needs to open both eyes when he fires away.

  85. I am going to go away for now. I will be back later and hopefully I will not see my evil twin lurking.

  86. The guy from a Law and Order was Schillinger and I loved Meloni in Oz. And Lee Tergesen in Oz and the character Said!

  87. What is Habs inside/out?

    Is this like that prank where the kids from Harvard sneak into Yale at night and steal their mascot? What a bummer.

    Silly “Trolling Tina’s”.

  88. That’s it. Some assen just used my named while posting as an assen? Time for me to call Dad.

  89. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    This species of troll is not known for it’s intelligence, but for it’s extremely hairy face and body…


  90. Hey all, I have it from a very reliable source that Marc Staal’s injury is one associated to the brain, as opposed to his knee. In other words, Staal is concussed.

    That means it’s quite possible he’ll be out for a significant number of games. Also, the Rangers need to err on the side of caution, seeing as how 1 concussions means the next one will be easier to have.

    It’s interesting to see that the Rangers are claiming his problem is a twisted knee. One look at the video and you can see why the truth is a concussion. His head took 2 hits: The first from his brother’s shoulder/elbow and the second when he landed face first on the ice.

  91. Hey Real Orr!! I finally clicked on your link that is your name. It’s the only way to tell the real you (aside from the asinine comments and misspellings).

  92. Just so all you regulars who are getting hartnelled know, I know you well enough to know when you’re just being a regular assen (just kidding) v. what this true assen is trying to pull. This will be solved at some point soon…in the meantime….regulars, stay cool. Troll, you have crossed a bad, bad, bad line. You mess with my friends, that’s bad. You mess with me, stupid move.

  93. Exactly Tony :) And keep that in mind all…..even the real ORR wouldn’t tick me off this much :) xoxo

  94. Thanks Mama. You’re a real “Helpful Henrietta” and it also looks like you have a “Vindictive Vicki” streak.

    Tony – it is really great. This is like a family. But better. Since we don’t actually spend real time together we actually love each other.

  95. hey fake assen, you think anybody believes you’re me? get a life you hartnelling jackwagon

  96. won’t use my regular name and we all know why. What I don’t understand is what this idiot posting under other posters name is trying to accomplish except for immaturity. It’s obvious this troll has nothing better to do with his life.

  97. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    Obviously, not me at 2:06 and 2:08!!! Grrrr….

    Carp, help please…

  98. Man, now I know that was you!!! LMAO! Yes, I am totally both! don’t mess with the zohan….

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

    morning ILB (how is to hell you ride?) and all!!

    Did we claim a goalie yet??

    What a horrible decision for torts is he has to choose his bane over his pet!

  100. TROLL : In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog

    in other words = jackwagon !

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

    a victim too? what did I miss?

  102. I hope the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this year! Troll or not? This is the real me!

    Hi Lolo bear!

  103. Dear Troll(s):

    Rambo: “There wouldn’t be no trouble except for that king-s**! cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing Sir. “

  104. Real ORR!! That my friend, is brilliant. Clicking on your link is a real benefit to my day. I will not lie.

  105. Joni Mitchell! John Mitchell is the Coyote that Joni sings about! It’s all making sense.

    More Appropriate Rambo quotes for the Shrek in here.

    Rambo: In the field we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours. Back here there’s nothing!

  106. My last boss would have welcomed your link. With open arms. Like Journey sings about….

  107. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    Egotastic is blocked at my job! LOL!

  108. Just about to post something similar Noah. Francesa cannot be talking hockey. How did he pronounce Marion Gaborik’s name?

  109. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Geez… i step out for a few and this place gets taken over by circus clowns? Somebody needs a job… or a hobby…. or just a better life.

    Fortunately… we’ve been around each other long enough to know who says what, and comments we know we obviously wouldn’t make.

    These byfuglien losers need to get lost.

  110. apparently we have a disgruntled islander/devils fan (Troll) or it’s Charlie Sheen back on the wagon.

  111. Gift of GAB-orik on

    if they are going to impersonate… they should at least get the names 100% accurate.

  112. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Gift of GAB-orik March 1st, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    I just heard it from MSG here, GABS is out indefinately!!

    thank you for at least getting the spelling right!

  113. All, Dad is aware….please be patient. In the meantime, no feeding…..thanks. Trust me, all will be tended to. sigh…….

  114. Dunno who the groin pulling other Jim is…wasn’t this Jim (who posted about Staal’s concussion)….

  115. NYR, read that earlier and meant to post. Thanks. Actually, the parts about him made me LMAO!!!

  116. Stranger Nation on

    Prior to Rangers signing – found this list on web of Gabby’s injury history. Seems like the back is a big problem. Endurance man he is not…

    22-Mar-09 Missed 38 games (hip surgery).
    24-Dec-08 Groin, sidelined indefinitely.
    17-Dec-08 Missed 27 games (back injury).
    16-Oct-08 Back injury, day-to-day.
    15-Nov-07 Missed 3 games (groin).
    05-Nov-07 Groin, day-to-day.
    01-Nov-07 Missed 2 games (groin).
    27-Oct-07 Groin, day-to-day.
    06-Jan-07 Missed 34 games (groin strain).
    02-Jan-07 Groin strain, day-to-day.
    21-Oct-06 Groin strain, sidelined indefinitely.
    05-Jul-06 Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Minnesota Wild to a three-year contract.
    23-Nov-05 Missed 11 games (hip flexor).
    25-Oct-05 Hip flexor, sidelined indefinitely.
    19-Oct-05 Missed 6 games (groin).
    04-Oct-05 Groin, mid-October.
    28-Sep-05 Groin, day-to-day.
    02-Feb-04 Missed 5 games (hip flexor).
    22-Jan-04 Hip flexor, day-to-day.
    31-Oct-03 Re-signed by the Minnesota Wild to a multi-year contract.
    30-Jun-03 Minnesota Wild tendered a qualifying offer.
    17-Dec-02 Missed 1 game (flu).
    15-Dec-02 Flu, day-to-day.
    28-Dec-01 Missed 3 games (groin).
    22-Dec-01 Groin, day-to-day.
    07-Oct-01 Missed 1 game (hernia).
    01-Oct-01 Hernia, day-to-day.
    08-Apr-01 Missed the last 4 games of the regular season (abdominal strain).
    02-Apr-01 Abdominal strain, day-to-day.
    30-Nov-00 Missed 6 games (left leg injury).
    17-Nov-00 Left leg injury, day-to-day.

  117. 4generations 4 cups on

    Brashear flat out doesn’t care about anything anymore. He essentially said ‘I made my money and I got in/out at the right times’

    Hilarious. Good for him!

  118. Note to the jackwagon who was on here earlier … we know who you are. you will be hearing from our lawyers soon. And that goes for all the other recently banned idiots if they try to come back.

  119. I think I got rid of all of the ITG (internet tough guy)’s comments, the freakin’ cowardly asshat.

    If you guys see any others that I missed, let me know.


  120. Noah-tenko-rury-aal-aborik, 28 on

    Hope that didn’t cost Carp $1.50 multiplied by the number of deleted posts.

  121. one more thing, peabrains. I hope you trolls know better than to come here from your work IPs, because your bosses aren’t going to be happy when our legal department calls them.

  122. Noah-tenko-rury-aal-aborik, 28 on

    No chance that guy had a job. If he did…then that’s why people hate America!

  123. Carp=Monster Moderator

    Carp is the McGyver of blogs. the Brandon Prust of hockey writing. Chuck Norris learned how to kick troll butt from Carp.

  124. Phew….mama can leave for a bit for her chores now….see you for game time. mama love = carp.

  125. 4generations 4 cups on

    I dont understand why people come on here to be d-bags. Its just a comment section in a Rangers blog FFS.

  126. It might be more threatening to say, “You will be hearing from Brandon Prust” rather than “you will be hearing from our legal team.”

  127. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    Yay!!! Carp, thanks for saving us from the evil hairy trolls!!!

  128. Noah-tenko-rury-aal-aborik, 28 on

    Just took me a solid 5 minutes to get “FFS.” Nice work.

  129. 4generations 4 cups on

    Carp just bring the quarters I got extra large socks. We’ll settle it old school.

  130. Gift of GAB-orik on


    Carp’s comments are hysterical. It’s a barrage of wit!

    glad we’re past the troll explosion.

    Is it true a Prust punch here casues an earthquake in Asia?

  131. win and were in lose tonight i go on record as saying we miss the playoffs.

    thats the importance of tonight

    win 7 ahead 3 games in hand buff has
    lose 3 ahead

    i had my child 2 weeks ago but my wife said to me you need to go tonight its a big one. she feels my tension

  132. Speaking of Brandon Prust – The NHL should make Brandon Prust one of their superheroes. No frills – just Prust.

  133. True story. My sister-in-law thought LOL meant Lots of Love. And she always signed her emails LOL, then her name.

    So we were joking with her, that we hoped she didn’t write condolence emails:

    “So sorry to hear about your grandmother’s passing. LOL.”

  134. Noah-tenko-rury-aal-aborik, 28 on

    HAHAHA that is hilarious.

    That’s like Phil on Modern Family thinking that “WTF?!” meant “Why the face?!”

  135. Carp – that is hialrious.

    I will admit that I thought LMAO meant – LAME-O. Don’t ask me why I thought that. But I did. For years.

  136. is there something new on another Gaborik injury? I could not tell if it was the troll or if some of those posts were real.

  137. CraigWeather on

    Carp… my mother thought LOL meant the same thing!! “CraigWeather, I’m having a great time on the cruise…. make sure to check in on the grandparents… LOL”

  138. Carp, you are my hero. As much as I hate trolls, I do love when Carp comes in and plays bad cop. haha.

  139. Orr, forgot to mention, loved the Big Papa reference … now I have that stupid jingle in my head … and thanks for that latest update.

  140. I could never understand the thought behind going on a blog and trying to instigate a fight with other bloggers or changing your poster name, especially when they go by your ip address, they know where to find you, idiots.

  141. Hey ORR!! why didn’t they combine the words and call it the “Incredibra”?

  142. don’t think there’s anything new on Gaborik, other than what Glen Sather said last night. Tortorella will speak around 5 pm. I won’t be there to monitor it, though.

  143. NYR_FAN is...not a fan of blog trolls that change their name!!! on

    LOL! Papa John’s reference was gold!

    Hey Carp, if you do decide to go to MSG tonight, I’d like to come by the press box to say hi and meet you…let me know…

  144. i missed the whole troll episode today. looks like carp removed all the bad posts. it really hasnt been bad here at all for the longest time. but yea, the carpinator took care of biz as usual. haha i love this place. one big weird family

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

    good that you laugh!!!

    prust stared down with carp…prust left!!!

    carp=the only one more of a monster than prust!!

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

    and later assens!

  147. Kudos to Carp for cleaning up the mess on here today…still the best place I’ve ever found to discuss the Rangers. Love all you boneheads!

    As for tonight’s game…I gotta agree with the “win and we might be in, lose and we might be out” thought process

    Losing tonight, even another “tough, one-goal loss”, means this team just flat out doesn’t have enough to push them over the top. Effort is one thing, this team has it in spades most nights. But we’re lacking in talent, and you can only make up for that for so long.

    I love this team, love their effort, but it’s getting tiresome seeing so many points at home tossed down the toilet because of “a few lucky bounces”

    And just what is it with the Rangers and playing at MSG? It’s beyond insulting at this point to see just how weak their home record is. Someone bring that up to Torts and ask him just why the Rangers are so deficient at taking advantage of “home ice advantage”?

  148. I’d also like to add something I want to share with the wall…

    My father is 67 years old, retired, and finally able to have free time after working his butt off all his life…missing out on EVERYTHING. No time for following sports, news or anything. Just work, work, work

    Well, now he’s retired and over the last couple years has become a Blueshirt fan. And not only that, gets more riled up watching the games than I ever do. So I’m proud to convert my pop to becoming a hockey fanatic.

    Also…he NEVER liked Seinfeld. Just didn’t get it while it was on. Now, years later, he thinks it’s the funniest show he’s ever seen. Can’t figure out why he didn’t like it when it was first-run.

    So the lesson is…sometimes it takes time to bring everyone around. ;-)

  149. its those damn jerseys cjp. im tellin. the heritage jersey is nothing but bad luck. no, really its probably the home crowd that intidimidates the young players. give them time they’ll be better at home

  150. cjp- my dad was /still is the same way. hes 55 and just retired too. hes getting his first pension check next week. but ive tried to get him into hockey and sports but he gets too worked up. he cant take it anymore he says cuz of his high blood pressure and heart problems. me, well, i’ll watch and love this team till i die. it’ll probably be thedeath of me lol. thats great that you and your dad both love the game. sometimes i wish my dad would get into it. we havent hung out, had a few beers and watched a ranger game for a few years now. i got my sister into it though. for awhile she was into it more than me. during the dark years though.

  151. Doodie Machetto on

    “for awhile she was into it more than me. during the dark years though.”

    Then bring your sister around. She’s true blue. That statement makes you seem fairweather.

  152. Mama’s “Papa’s In The House” comment gave me the idea.

    Manfried, yeah, they should just combine it.

    But, they could call the bra “Dan Carcillo’s Hairy Pink Sack” and they’ll still make it look worth buying.

    Candice Swanepoel is my favorite angel! Blonde goddess from South Africa!

  153. Not necessarily the team for the rest of the regular season. Maybe they pickup a veteran goalie through waivers/overseas signing who won’t be eligible for the playoff roster.

    Any more Heritage Classic commercials on the docket for tonight’s broadcast? Well, now that Versus is run by the competent folks at NBC, probably not. Let’s wait for the next MSG broadcast. The Heritage Classic, February 20!

  154. Carp – You should bring the sack of pennies to the troll. 150 pennies hurts a lot more than six quarters. :) Don’t forget the reverse peephole.

  155. Good evening, Carp!

    And HAPPY 26th BIRTHDAY to the best cat in the whole world, Princess Dubinsky Wobbles!!!!!! May this year be filled with straws and bottles caps!

  156. TIKKKIII !!!!

    I missed all the troll stuff – did a fake me insult anybody this time? Seriously, who could be bothered with that BS…..ticking Mama and Carp off – stupid, Carp dropping the hammer – priceless!

  157. this may get carped. so i may repeat this tweet

    AGrossRecord Andrew Gross
    by TSNBobMcKenzie
    Torts response when asked about Sather saying Lundqvist would play all but 1-2 games: “Is Glen coaching?”

  158. Stranger Nation on

    2 low scoring teams with able goalies…final score prediction…5 – 3 NYR

  159. Oh jeez, I have to watch this on Versus … here comes the definition of “amateur-hour on wheels”

  160. Gotta win this tonight. With a record of .500 at home this is a must win. 10 games left at home, 8 on the road. Get 2pts tonight and get some garden mojo goin. Against Buffalo this year 2 wins, outshot both games, and 0 for 8 on the PP. The “march” to 6th place starts tonight!

  161. Apparently the Red Wings broadcaster, Ken Daniels, who worked on NBC on Hockey Day in America, will be getting more national games on Versus.

    John Forslund tonight. I’m not a huge fan. Eddie O and Engblom with him though.

  162. Rodent wrote apiece about his take on the injury. I hope Staal isn’t seriously injured.

  163. I’ve missed something along the postings here that has me intrigued. Carp’s; not too subtle threat against someone for something/

    HOw about someone in the know fill me in as to what he’s referring to and all the juicy details?

  164. Happy 26th, Princess Dubinsky Wobbles!

    Good evening, Sally!

    Orr, I knew I shouldn’t encourage you on that.

    I’ll take Forslund over Beninati any day. Edzo’s tremendously tremendous. Engblom I liked better as a player than an analyst.

    You’re not surprised that Tortorella might comment like that, are you?

  165. Stranger Nation – Great call. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I’ll go with a 4-3 Rangers win with my boy MZA lighting the lamp at least once.

    I also want to see snot bubbles on Sabres this evening… nothing but snot bubbles.

    *** Almost forgot. While I agree this is a BIG game, its a little early yet to be declaring contests “must wins”. Last years final few were MUST WINS and to compare those contests to this one is foolish in my opinion.


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