Rangers at Islanders tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, New York
Rangers: 9-3-3 (21 pts)
Islanders: 4-7-3 (11 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 13

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Colieseum (7:00 p.m.), as they look to extend their six-game winning streak. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-3-3 (21 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, on Friday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to six games. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games (9-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last seven (6-0-1). The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-7-3 (11 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost nine of their last 10 games (1-6-3). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.

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

* All-Time: 112-99-19-5 overall (65-37-11-4 at home; 47-62-8-1 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of six meetings this season, and the second of three at Nassau Coliseum. New York is 0-1-0 following a 4-2 loss on Oct. 15 at Long Island.
* Last Season: New York was 4-2-0 overall, including a 1-2-0 mark on the road. The Rangers averaged 4.5 goals per contest, and converted 9-28 on the power play for a 32.1% success rate in the season series. Marian Gaborik led all skaters with six goals and 10 points in six games, while Brandon Dubinsky tallied a team-high six assists in the season series.
* New York ranks 12th with a 4-2-2 (10 pts) record on the road; Long Island is tied for 19th with a 4-3-1 (9 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 1-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 21-11-5 record with a 2.23 GAA and three shutouts in 38 career regular season contests vs. Long Island; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and two shutouts in 26 career regular season games vs. the Islanders
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 19 assists and 29 points in 31 career regular season contests vs. Long Island; Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high 15 goals (27 points) in 22 games vs. the Islanders
* New York lists two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08)
* Long Island lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10)

* Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play opportunities (4:20) on Friday at Madison Square Garden, and are 8-40 (20.0%) with the man advantage in the last nine games. New York is tied for 21st overall (9-63, 14.3%) and ranks 25th on the road (3-29, 10.3%). The Rangers are 1-5 (3:44) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/06 vs. WPG), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Hurricanes scoreless in two shorthanded situations (2:27) on Friday at Madison Square Garden, and are 37-41 (90.2%) in the last 12 games and 14-15 (93.3%) during their current six-game winning streak. New York ranks sixth overall (53-60, 88.3%) and ninth on the road (34-39, 87.2%). The Rangers are 2-3 (1:16) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/05 vs. MTL), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/20 at CGY (Prust).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:33) on Friday vs. Carolina. The Rangers are plus-three in 24 four-on-four situations (41:42), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers concluded their second of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 3-0 win vs. Winnipeg on Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a record of 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 22-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. The Rangers’ next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 25 at Washington and concludes on Nov. 26 vs. Philadelphia.

The Rangers enter the contest with a six-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. San Jose. New York has out-scored their opponents, 23-9, and are 14 of 15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill during the streak. The six-game winning streak is the longest for the Rangers since they won seven straight during the 2009-10 season (Oct. 3 – Oct. 17). The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 10 of the last 12 games (9-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last seven games (6-0-1). The last time New York registered a seven-game point streak was Mar. 12, 2011 to Mar. 26, 2011.

Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a four-game winning streak, and Martin Biron currently owns a three-game winning streak. Lundqvist (11/3 vs. ANA, 11/5 vs. MTL, 11/9 at OTT, 11/11 vs. CAR) has posted a 1.71 GAA and a .941 Sv% over the span, while Biron (10/24 at WPG, 10/31 vs. SJS, 11/6 vs. WPG) has registered a 1.00 GAA, a .961 Sv% and one shutout during the stretch.

The Rangers are currently tied for third in the NHL with a 5-1-1 mark at Madison Square Garden, including a 4-1-1 record on their six-game homestand from Oct. 27 to Nov. 6. Marian Gaborik led New York with nine points and six assists during the six-game homestand, while Ryan Callahan notched a team-high four goals during the stretch.  The Rangers’ 5-1-1 start through seven games at Madison Square Garden is their best start at home since they posted a record of 5-1-1-0 through seven home games to begin the 1992-93 season.

New York defensemen have accounted for 21.4% of the team’s scoring, tied for fifth-best in the league, tallying a combined nine goals through 15 games to begin the season, tying for sixth in the NHL. Ryan McDonagh leads all Blueshirt defensemen and is tied for seventh among NHL blueliners with three goals.

New York has seen six new faces in their lineup during the 2011-12 season. The Rangers had three players make their Rangers debut in the team’s season opener on Oct. 7 against the Kings – Tim Erixon (NHL debut), Brad Richards (one assist) and Mike Rupp. In addition, defenseman Jeff Woywitka made his Rangers debut on Oct. 15 at Long Island, while defenseman Brendan Bell made his Blueshirts debut on Oct. 22 at Edmonton. Forward Andre Deveaux made his Rangers debut on Oct. 31 vs. San Jose, following his recall the day before. Defenseman Anton Stralman is looking to make his Rangers debut after signing with the team on Nov. 5.

The Rangers are currently seven wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,493 games all-time in franchise history.

* New York’s penalty kill is 37-41 (90.2%) in the last 12 games and 14-15 (93.3%) during their current six-game winning streak
* The Rangers’ power play is 8-40 (20.0%) in the last nine games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last eight games
* Derek Stepan has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-eight rating in the last seven games
* Artem Anisimov has tallied six assists and a plus-five rating in the last four games
* Henrik Lundqvist is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .931 Sv% in his last three games
* Dan Girardi has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine games
* Ryan Callahan has tallied seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last seven games
* Brad Richards has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last seven games
* Ryan McDonagh has posted two assists and a plus-eight rating in the last four games

* Ryan Callahan: 1 game from 300th NHL career
* Erik Christensen: 7 assists from 100th NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 9 points from 100th NHL career
* Marian Gaborik: 6 assists from 300th NHL career; 8 goals from 300th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 8 assists from 100th NHL career
* Derek Stepan: 3 games from 100th NHL career
* Wojtek Wolski: 1 game from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career

* John Tortorella: 100th win as Rangers Head Coach (11/5 vs. MTL)

* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 15
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 8
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 36

* Nov. 8 – Acquired forward Francois Bouchard from Washington in exchange for defenseman Tomas Kundratek

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  1. Starting to sound like a baseball blog with all that above!

    Did you know the Rangers have never scored a goal in the bottom half of the 3rd in night games against a left-handed knuckleballer from Iowa with blond hair born in the month of March wearing Nike shoes, who has 2 kids and a name beginning with K?

    I cant see Christy or Emmental hitting either of those milestones for a while!

  2. Morning all!

    Going to UKRanger land tomorrow for soccerpansy study trip. Not sure I’ll be able to catch the game tonight because of that…

    Will Avery score a hat trick tonight?

  3. Swede – you can expect little access to Ranger games here, unless you have somewhere with a premier sports tv channel (Sky ch 433) where the game will be delayed screening at 7am or access to nhl gamecenter live online.

    Enjoy your soccerpansy trip. My soccer experience for the week was a 4-0 defeat with 10 men and bruised ribs! Not good!

  4. I’d settle for a win, even if it was via the skills contest. Some tough games coming up so we need to keep this form going.

    I looked at the Avery goal a few more times today – its a very very good goal from Sean, great speed and he really did roof it.

  5. Fujiyama attack!

    Did we win yet? Can we please forget about the whole “7 in-a-row” thing and just beat the Isles.

  6. seriously. Drop the streak talk and drop these losers. Let’s go Rangers! Broomball finals tonight for me so i will miss most of the this game. Actually had to pass up tickets for my adult sports league playoffs. How lame.

  7. Who gets to #2 quicker, Avery or Dubinsky?

    Actually, with the way people talk about how streaky Dubinsky is, since he scored his 1st the other night they now should come in bunches.

    So I am thinking that he’ll have 12 by the time they arrive in MTL for this Saturday’s game?

  8. Good thinking Barry – Dubinsky will probably get at least 5 tonight and at least 6 in that game.

    Go Luigi!

  9. Our heroes always find a way to play down to the Ice-landers level at the Mausoleum. BUt they are on FIRE right now. I’m hoping for a win in the 7-1 range.

  10. phil

    Not sure if I’m the only one, but i got a bad feeling about tonight’s game…


    Maybe it’s just gas, eh?

  11. anyone going to game tonight. be in section 325 row L seat 1. come say hi. i havent seen the rangers win in coliseum in 5 years. any game i go to they lose

  12. Yea eric. I am with @CCCP@ Stay the eff home! We have to win this game or the season is over and we will have to trade everyone and fire torts and sully and rammer will have to take over coaching. Bag Skate!

  13. If the Rangers are to be a contender this year, we mustnt lose these games against the bad teams who raise their game when they play the Rangers. We need to stay out of the penalty box and not get complacent.

    Eric – given your record, stay at home, order a pizza and watch it on TV (joke – enjoy the game!)

  14. Oh I have no real idea how that happens.

    Bold is surrounding with an *
    Italic is surrounding with an _
    SuperScript is surrounding with an ^
    Strikethrough is surrounding with an –
    Red is surrounding with an @

  15. Joekuh - Can I Get Another Question? Ptooey! on

    @ Goal!!! @ I remember when i stumbled across how to do that last season.

  16. Noah-aal-olski-upp, 28 on

    How is this news not a “new post?”

    NYP_Brooksie Former Ranger Aaron Voros skating with AHL Whale on PTO (Professional Try Out)…

  17. Here ya go….

    NYP_Brooksie Larry Brooks
    Former Ranger Aaron Voros skating with AHL Whale on PTO (Professional Try Out)…

  18. Joekuh - Avery/Dubinsky: Road to #2! on

    BTW, thank god there’s a game tonight, I can only play video games for so long…CCCP need any owners for the fantasy league? I want to try it again.

  19. The rangers can not get caught up in the stupidity of this islander team. They need to go out there and play their game tonight but keep an eye out for the idiots on this islander team.. let them take the penalties b/c they are going to. Rangers win 5-1 tonight

  20. While I think Voros in Ct. on a tryout is just throwing a bone to a good guy it is interesting that the organization is really focused on having as much depth as possible for what they must feel should be a long playoff run. It’s been said that the last few CUP teams have used almost 20 forwards and 10 defense to win the CUP because of the playoff attrition and tolls on the body as it takes almost 10 months to win a CUP (Sept – June).

  21. big game tonight considering sat night in montreal is a house of horrors for the rangers. never win or get calls in that building.

  22. Eric – While I don’t think tonight is any bigger than any other game, it is good to win games when u have the light schedule the Rangers are going through now because losses linger longer considering the wait till Saturday after this one. You wanna take full advantage of the rest because it all evens out in the hockey schedule.

  23. the New York Islanders? I thought they moved to Kansas City. not yet, I s’pose. where’s Eric Cairns, Theo Fleury, Sandy McCarthy and Chris Simon when we need them!?

  24. Joekuh - Avery/Dubinsky: Road to #2! on

    Sandy McCarthy. That’s a name I haven’t heard in a while. Chris Simon will always be a punk to me because of that Mickey Mantle swing he took at Hollweg’s head.

  25. 4generations 4 cups on

    Can i say something? Can i?!?!

    Okay i will. These Rangers are looking awfully scary especially with the hopes that Marc Staal ever returns to the lineup. Our defence is looking incredibly deep and could possibly only get better.

    How do you guys feel about trading a Brandon Dubinsky for a Tomas Kaberle?

  26. How do you guys feel about trading a Brandon Dubinsky for a Tomas Kaberle?


    uuumm…. i dont know, how do you feel about jumping in front of a fast moving traffic? :)

  27. It is interesting to say our Defense is deep and then propose a trade for another defender who would be the oldest on the staff.

    I am, however, fine with moving Dubinsky for the right return.

  28. 4generations 4 cups on

    Why? An overpaid crappy player from our core that every single person seems to think does more than he actually does. I would have been so happy to get rid of Dubinsky when Heatley was offered up (another legitimate top line threat). It’s been mentioned on this blog more than once or twice that the guy cant stay on his skates for his life– its quite true.

    Kaberle can actually put the puck in the net from the blue line, something you never have enough of, rather than a top line body taking up a spot where he has a single goal.

    my 2cents.

  29. Tonight’s game has me worried that it’ll be yet another Rangers-Isles game where the Isles play like their lives are on the line and the Rangers treat it like a scrimmage.

    There’s no reason the Rangers shouldn’t beat the Isles by a couple of goals tonight. I’m hoping the thought in the locker room is “We’re not gonna have our winning streak snapped by THIS team”

    The Rangers are currently #1 in the NHL in goals against (2.00 per game)…and yet I don’t think anybody gives them any credit whatsoever for that.

    The Voros news is kinda nice to hear, certainly Sather throwing the guy a bone. But Voros, as limited as he is talent-wise, certainly loved being a Ranger. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a breath of fresh air after years of mercenaries going through the revolving door.

    So…let’s call it. Rangers 4 – Isles 2 Does Dubi score again tonight? Will Gaborik get a hat trick?

    Plenty of seats available on stubhub…gotta say, I’m tempted.

  30. What are the odds that Biron starts on friday? If there’s a building Hank continually sucks in, it’s Montreal. Wish there was a way to figure out why.

  31. 4generations 4 cups on

    I like how right you think you are, especially with the accent on the I, it makes me feel like you’re very intelligent and youre profoundly knowledgable about the game.

  32. Trading Dubinsky for Kaberle would make much less sense than inserting Voros in the lineup in order to protect Hank against Lucic, imo…

    Good afternoon, ‘heads! Game 7 for the Islanders, as always…Motivation? If they win tonight, they may 1st in the EC and it will solidify Islanders’ position where they belong- 15th place. I hope they don’t need any motivation. Just come out and play the way they’ve been lately.

  33. 4generations 4 cups

    i never claimed to be profoundly knowledgable about the game, but i am also not *dumb* enough to trade Dubisnky for Kaberle.

    and the accent on the “I”, i just googled how to spell Rozi’s name and copied first thing i saw.

  34. ESPN on the Rangers in their Power Rankings (I will highlight the important part for all the people out there who dislike Dan Girardi)


    “The Rangers’ climb through the Power Rankings mirrors their ascension through the Eastern Conference standings. They’ve won six in a row and are getting the kinds of contributions from up and down the lineup that coach John Tortorella has been looking for all season. *Daniel Girardi is emerging as a topflight point producer and leader along the blue line in Marc Staal’s absence*.”

  35. Hey Tony I saw some awesome statistics on the TV in my elevator at work talking about how so many people try to quit smoking but most don’t make it. It made me proud of you!

  36. “It’s been mentioned on this blog more than once or twice that the guy cant stay on his skates for his life?its quite true.”

    And everything that is mentioned on here more than once or twice _must_ be true…

    “Kaberle can actually put the puck in the net from the blue line, something you never have enough of, rather than a top line body taking up a spot where he has a single goal.”

    I don’t hate the player, but are you talking about the same Kaberle who was absolutely notorious in Toronto for not shooting the puck, hasn’t scored this season and has scored 4, 7, 4 and 8 in his last four full seasons?

  37. Or put another way, Kaberle’s 23 goals since the start of 07/08 is 4 fewer than Dan “topflight point producer” Girardi over the same period.

  38. I’ll have to mention him third time, CCCP, sorry. He is 33 and his cap hit is $4.25M through 2014.

  39. Carp is probably already driving to LI, lol…He has to start early since he enjoys that drive so much.

  40. Are we seriously having a thread that is discussing the value of Dubinsky vs. Thomas Kaberle. I hope this is one of those gibberish moments here. Kaberle hasn’t been a good player in like 5 years. He couldn’t be playing any worse in Carolina. If you are looking for value for Dubinsky think a package that would bring back Shea Weber.

  41. Wicky© I would be embarrassed if I were a Buffalo Sabre!! on

    morning ILB and all!

    umm big fat no on that trade (no offence intended).

    Good luck to voros! Always liked the guy’s heart.

    So, just out of curiosity here, but who is winning the avery on richards line debate that went on in the off season?? I mean technically he is on richards line, but not with gabby and richards so I’m not really sure if you can say that those folks were right. I mean do we have like 3 “top lines” and a 4th? Or do we have the GAS line as a clear cut no.1 with 2 second lines and a 4th?? Interesting situation, but technically he IS on richards line….. (see if this helps carp)

    morning sallycrepes

  42. HWirth, you aint getting Weber for a player that makes $4.2 million per season and that has only 1 goal after 15 GP. Not happening.

  43. Wicky… I wouldn’t get too worked up on line combos. They will change 100 more times throughout the season as players go hot and cold. They might also change throughout games, especially on the road, as matchups sometimes dictate.

  44. Barry – I said a package. You could get Weber if you put Dubinsky in a package with a 1st rounder, a defenseman on the roster (sauer/MDZ) for example.

  45. Wicky© I would be embarrassed if I were a Buffalo Sabre!! on

    I think it would be a huge package (have fun with that orr) to get weber with him, but in a pkg for suter or a top six fwd or top 4 d man.

  46. Dubinsky is a hard working player, who CAN score goals and CAN play in ANY situation and WILL fit on ANY team! Judging him as a player by the slow start this season (first time in his pro career) is not fair!

  47. Wicky… I wouldn’t trade for Suter unless I am assured of him signing an extension and not as a rental. A rental changes that trade drastically.

  48. Why would you do that? The Rangers have given up the 2nd fewest goals in the league. If anything trade that bum for a forward that can hit the ocean from the beach with his shot.

  49. Wicky© I would be embarrassed if I were a Buffalo Sabre!! on

    I quite honestly wasn’t, I was more interested in the anti torts pro avery vs the anti avery pro torts folks in debate on the issue.

    I have to do it, sorry folks…Kaberle (how many times is that?)

  50. Barry – I would do that because if Staal is out for the year, which is looks more and more likely, they will not win in the playoffs without an elite defenseman. The teams that win in the playoffs have elite back end talent. (Bos had Chara, Chicago had Keith, Seabrook and Campbell, Pitt had Letang etc.)

  51. Wicky…. In that case, I think Torts must hate Richards and Feds and will now play them 5 mins. a game because Torts hates Avery and won’t play him. :)

  52. LOL, guys…Can we stop trading left and right after 15 games? Perhaps we should wait a bit and see which way this team goes, how they gel together, and maybe THEN figure out what our actual needs are? I keep saying it all the time, thank God none of us runs this team.

  53. They had Staal last season and look at what happened. They had 0 scoring.

    And what’s wrong with Girardi?

  54. Ilb – I tend to agree with that, but this elite d-man thing is one that I’ve been on for this team well… basically since the lockout ended seeing how the rules were set up to maintain puck possession and PP importance. So I would say this isn’t reactionary.

  55. Tony – Both Gillies and Hailey are in the AHL. Of course, the Fishsticks could always make a last minute move from Bridgeport. Barring that, the closest thing they have to a goon is Matt Martin (6-3/210) – who has 147 PIM a couple of years ago in 68 games.

  56. Barry – They had Staal last year? He’s not an elite defenseman. And look what happened? They barely made playoffs and were first team out in playoffs. That’s my point. You give Girardi and/or Staal when back a guy like Suter or Weber that can really take over the game, look out! Just look at how the Flyers do with and without Pronger.

  57. HWirth- Nashville is going to make a run at both Suter and Webber. Signing Rinne was to show their commitment to winning. They are still at the bottom of cap numbers and may have gotten OK from their owner to spend more. They may not be willing to trade him until they realize they are losing him for nothing. By then he may decide to test the free market anyway. No rush at all, imo, you will give up too much.

  58. and look how Nashville does with Suter and Weber…barely make it in and first out, last season excluded. Prust sayin’…

  59. CCCP – Nashville? They make the playoffs every year and went to second round last year with less offensive talent than us. Put those guys around Richards and Gaborik and see what happens.

  60. Big things 2nite from the real number one Line A little traveling music please to Uniondale. Jumping Jack Flash is a ……….. G aborrik A nisimov S tepan GAS GAS !!

  61. Ilb – This isn’t a Nashville thing. Weber and Suter are easy conversation because they are available at end of the season. The bottom line of this conversation is… this team will not win in the playoffs (if no Staal) with this defense. You are basically playing the season PRAYING every night Girardi can go 30 minutes.

  62. Like the death drive, the “lose” drive looms largely upon our heroes due to our 6 game win streak. These guys all have the infection of not knowing how to win consistently for the past decade. But good luck Rangers with your sense of urgency. And you’re right to worry about Saturday–that arena is a snake pit for us.

  63. HWirth

    last year Nashville scored 15 goals in 6 playoff games

    rangers scored 8 in 5 games.

    so i don’t know who’s offensively challenged more – NYR or Preds lol

  64. HWirth.
    You are spot on.
    Look at Flyers with Pronger and without.
    All their scoring and depth upfront is nothing without that one guy.

  65. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    Haha!! Yes! And, he’s good buds with Richie and Aves!

    Now, talk about a guy who couldn’t stay on his skates! LOL! Always entertaining…

  66. Boston Brewins 2011 Stanley Cup Champions on

    Bruins 5 game winning streak, Patriots beat Jets aha, aha, i like it

  67. Did somebody say, “Caber!”?

    Tony, if they win you’re Seven. If they lose, are you Soda?

    ilb, something came up. my joyride over the Throgs Neck, the Cross Island and the Grand Central Parkway may be canceled. I think I’ll shave my head with a cheesegrater to replicate the experience I’m missing.

  68. Carp….. WHAT? And miss a chance to visit the Taj Mahal of NHL Arenas with all their various new amenities for the fans and press? Oh wait… I’m pretty sure the stray cats chasing the rats under the Arena will miss seeing ya.

  69. Wicky© I would be embarrassed if I were a Buffalo Sabre!! on

    the mrs has a cheese grater, do you need it??

    are we talking about dubi not being able to stay on his skates again??

  70. Let’s trade for Bryan McKaberle, mythical 69-year-old beast, who can no longer shoot or skate, but is believed to have participated in that rarest of events, a Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game.

  71. Sounds like a winner LW. If you can use your magic to summon him forth I would say JT Miller, Bjork and Dubinsky sounds fair!

  72. i would be more shocked if we won saturday then tonight.

    winning in montreal seems like it never happens. only time i recall a win was super bowl sunday when the giants beat the patriots back in 07-08

  73. I think okposo means zero goals.

    too bad Village People won’t be around tonight … to my knowledge. Warmups should be fun with Avery (Sean Almighty) back. But used to be more fun with Konopka and VPG.

  74. Okposo:

    “He made his NHL debut on March 18, 2008 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and netted his first career NHL goal on March 21, 2008 against the New Jersey Devils, a game winner scored on the powerplay against Martin Brodeur.[4] He also scored in his final game of the season, in a game against the New York Rangers.”

  75. Joekuh - Avery/Dubinsky: Road to #2! on

    I need to see replays from that game, because I honestly cannot remember that time.

  76. Dubinsky: 1 goal

    Kyle Okposo: 0 goals
    Blake Wheeler: 0 goals
    Manny Malhotra: 0 goals
    Blake Comeau: 0 goals
    Dustin Penner: 0 goals
    Sam Gagner: 0 goals
    Mattias Tedenby: 0 goals
    Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson: 0 goals
    Eric Belanger: 0 goals
    Radek Dvorak: 0 goals
    Antoine Vermette: 0 goals
    Trevor Gillies: 0 goals

  77. You guys know that Wishynski from Puck Daddy is doing a new podcast with Marek (who is a Rangers fan). Pretty fun stuff.

  78. the rangers will win this game tonight as long as the refs don’t pull there nonsense which appears they usually pull when the rangers play the islanders at the coliseum and that is as long as the refs don’t call the usual phantom penalties against the rangers. Like the ones they called in there last game when they gave the islanders a 5 on 3 in the third right after the rangers tied the game. The refs have done this before to the rangers in prior years when playing the Islanders at the coliseum. Hopefully the refs will call a fair game, if so, rangers win.

  79. Hands off Duby! Hands off Avery! Hands off Torts! Let’em think and play freely…Free Willy!
    Potvin sucks! LGR!!!
    OK, now I’m ready to drive to Mausoleum with my son. Hope to see Eric and embalmed Isles corps after game…
    Ready to fight, if necessary, first traffic, than islander’s village people…See you after game, if survive…

  80. Oh, what else, I prepare couple very warm russian fraises/advises for Nabokov. Something nice about what to do with a puck, where to shove it and stuff like that in academic style. He will be glad to hear it in native tongue as a Rangers’ welcome on his unwelcome turf.
    OK, gotta go…

  81. Lol, 4ever…I can just imagine you yelling “zasun’ eto v zh…” from your seats. Hey, you should teach Eric a few Russian phrases, it’ll sound nice with his accent :-)

  82. Joekuh

    just saw your post about a spot in my fantasy league. i am looking for responsible owners and as far as i can remember last season you completely neglected the league from the beginning. So i don’t know man…

  83. hopefully the Rangers can shut down the icelanders. We’re playing good hockey right now even if it is against the weaker teams in the league…

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