Rangers at Lightnings tonight

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.
St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, Florida

Rangers: 14-5-3 (31 pts)
Lightning: 11-11-2 (24 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 1

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum (7:00 p.m.), to conclude a two-game Southeast road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-5-3 (31 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-3, on Thursday at RBC Center to extend their winning streak to four games, and have won 11 of their last 13 contests. The Lightning enter the contest with an 11-11-2 (24 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, Dec. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
· TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Lightning
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 Lightning
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING:

  • · All-Time: 37-29-5-5 overall (21-13-2-3 at home; 16-16-3-2 on the road)
  • · 2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at St. Pete Times Forum. New York and Tampa Bay will face-off again in five days on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Madison Square Garden.
  • · Last Season: New York was 0-2-2 overall, including a 0-1-1 mark on the road. Each of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including three that were separated by one goal and two that required extra time. The Blueshirts notched two shorthanded goals in the series, from Brian Boyle and Brandon Prust. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with two goals and three points in the season series, while Boyle tallied a team-high, two assists and three points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-2-2 with a 2.97 GAA and .891 Sv% in four games.
  • · The Rangers are 7-3-2 in their last 12 games against the Lightning
  • · Henrik Lundqvist has started each of the last 24 games against Tampa Bay, dating back to Nov. 10, 2005
  • · Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a three-game point streak at Tampa Bay (one goal, two assists over the span)
  • · New York ranks fifth with a 7-4-2 (16 pts) record on the road; Tampa Bay ranks 13th with a 7-3-0 (14 pts) mark at home
  • · The Rangers have posted a 5-1-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Lightning are 3-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • · Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 13-7-4 record with a 2.11 GAA and two shutouts in 24 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay; Martin Biron is 10-7-2-0 with a 2.66 GAA in 19 career regular season games vs. the Lightning
  • · Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 11 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay; Ruslan Fedotenko is tied for the team-high with seven goals in 20 career regular season games vs. the Lightning, and Steve Eminger is tied for the team-high with six assists in 26 career regular season games vs. Tampa Bay
  • · New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Brad Richards (2000-01 – 2007-08)
  • · Tampa Bay lists three former Rangers on their roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11); Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • · Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (6:42) on Thursday at Carolina, and have tallied a power play goal in each of their last four games (5-17, 29.4% over the span). New York ranks 20th overall (14-91, 15.4%) and 28th on the road (5-49, 10.2%). The Rangers are 1-9 (7:17) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/29 vs. PIT), 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 one shorthanded situation (2:00) on Thursday at Carolina. New York is tied for ninth overall (73-86, 84.9%) and ranks 14th on the road (49-59, 83.0%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Carolina. The Rangers are plus-three in 28 four-on-four situations (49:13), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers are scheduled to play 14 back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 2-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 2-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 23-8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with an 11-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 56 times in his career, posting a record of 35-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers fourth back-to-back set will be on Dec. 22-23 vs. the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, with both games at MSG.

BALANCED ATTACK
The Rangers had 14 of 18 skaters tally at least one point, including five of six defensemen, in a 5-3 win at Carolina on Thursday. New York’s defense corp combined for two goals and three assists in the contest. The last time the Rangers had at least 14 different skaters with a point was Apr. 9, 2011 vs. New Jersey (5-2 win), and the last time five or more Blueshirt defensemen tallied a point was Mar. 15, 2011 vs. the New York Islanders (6-3 win).

FAMILIAR FORUM
Tonight’s contest marks the first return visit to the St. Pete Times Forum for Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella, and forwards Brad Richards and Ruslan Fedotenko, as teammates since they won the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tortorella guided the Lightning to a franchise record 46 wins and 106 points that season to win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach. Richards led the league with 26 points (12 goals, 14 assists) in 23 playoff contests to capture the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP, and Fedotenko tallied both Lightning goals in their 2-1 Cup-clinching victory over Calgary in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts lead the league in fewest goals against, allowing 47 goals through 22 games, and rank third with a 2.14 GAA. Henrik Lundqvist is 10-4-3 with a 2.10 GAA, .933 Sv% and two shutouts, while Martin Biron is 4-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA, .930 Sv% and one shutout. Rangers goaltenders are tied for first in the league with a combined .931 Sv%, while Lundqvist is tied for seventh in the NHL in Sv%, ninth in wins, 10th in GAA and sixth in shutouts.

CHILD’S PLAY
Carl Hagelin tallied an assist and three shots on goal in a 5-3 win at Carolina on Thursday to extend his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists) to begin his career, following his recall from Connecticut (AHL) on Nov. 24. Hagelin is the first Rangers rookie to begin his career with a four-game point streak since Steven King recorded a point in four consecutive games to begin his career in 1992-93.

NEW FACES
New York has seen nine new faces in their lineup during the 2011-12 season – T. Erixon* (10/7 at LAK), B. Richards (10/7 at LAK, one assist), M. Rupp (10/7 at LAK), J. Woywitka (10/15 at NYI), B. Bell (10/22 at EDM), A. Deveaux (10/31 vs. SJS), A. Stralman (11/23 at FLA), C. Hagelin* (11/25 at WSH, one assist), and J. Mitchell (11/25 at WSH, one assist).  *NHL debut

COUNTDOWN TO 2,500 WINS
The Rangers are currently two wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,498 games all-time in franchise history.

QUICK HITS:

  • · The Blueshirts’ 31 points through 22 games (14-5-3) is their most since they recorded 32 points in 22 games (15-5-2) to begin the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship season
  • · The Rangers have the fewest regulation losses (five) in the NHL
  • · New York has out-scored their opponent, 45-26, in their last 13 games (11-2-0), including a 17-9 advantage during their current four-game winning streak
  • · The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in four straight contests (5-17, 29.4% over the span)
  • · New York is 4-1-0 when leading after the first period and 9-0-1 when leading after the second, including a 5-0-0 mark when leading after two on the road
  • · The Blueshirts are the only team in the NHL who are undefeated when out-shooting their opponents, posting a 7-0-0 mark in those contests
  • · The Rangers are 7-0-0 all-time in games when Brandon Prust is assessed a fighting major in the opening two minutes
  • · The Blueshirts are 11-1-0 when scoring first, tying for third in the NHL in wins and ranking second with a .917 win% in those games
  • · Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 8-1-0 with a 1.88 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout in November
  • · Brad Richards enters the contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, four assists over the span)
  • · Marian Gaborik has tallied 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, with six points (three goals, three assists) in the last five
  • · Ryan Callahan has tallied 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games, with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last eight
  • · Michael Del Zotto enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists over the span)
  • · Ryan McDonagh has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
  • · Brian Boyle has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and has posted a plus or even rating in 12 straight (plus-eight)
  • · John Mitchell has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
  • · Rangers’ prospect Christian Thomas is one of 41 players invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team selection camp (Dec. 10-14) for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

INJURIES:         

  • · Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 22
  • · Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 15
  • · Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 11

Total Man-Games Lost: 57

 

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  1. Up and at em ‘heads! we get to watch Rangers hockey today : D

    New York was 0-2-2 overall, including a 0-1-1 mark on the road. Each of the four contests were decided by two goals or less

    …..time to attempt redemption.

  2. btw- loving the way Cally is on pace for his first 30 goal season. Something I said he woulda had last year if healthy…most of you agreed with that assessment so I’ll leave it alone. But boy, he’s come a long way from the “typical 3rd line spare part” so many people said he’d be at his fullest potential

  3. So Brooks has the identical price quote on the Ryan non-trade I’d posted – which obviously doesn’t mean it was so (The source told The Post that if the Ducks later this season seek a bounty for the 24-year-old power winger including two prime players off the NHL roster, a prospect and a draft choice, then the Rangers will not be acquiring him.)

    But if so, the demands were so ridiculous it calls into question if Murray was ever truly serious – or it was just a fishing expedition that got out of hand.
    What was telling was Ryan’s apparent wish to be traded, which the Ducks tried to address in wait-and-see fashion by hiring a more upbeat/player friendly coach than Carlyle.

    I’d said last week it was a critical time because because there was not one but two premier wings available, and if the NYR missed on both they likely won’t get a shot at a better upgrade this year.

    The problem with the other option, while it’d be much easier and cheaper to make a deal, is getting him to agree to come here.

  4. Ducks were @ a fork in the road. They went left instead of right, pretty simple. Don’t understand over analysis
    Game day! Tampa was recently voted one of the saddest places to live, give one more reason boys!

  5. “If Man is 5 and the devil is 6 then God is 7.” – The Pixies

    My best friend, a philthy phlyers phan, decided to get married tonight so I will be checking in on my phone but unable to watch, for the first time this year! Blergh.

  6. And it’s never a good time to rest your best players.

    But Girardi doesn’t need to be blocking Stamkos slappers tonight, at lest not 25+ mins worth.

    Stralman needs to get in and bump everyone’s ice up a notch so Danny can catch his breath.

  7. Last year the rangers lost every game they played against lighting. If the rangers win tonight than it gets me closer to believing this will be a special year.

  8. I’m going to be interested in seeing how Gilroy and his former mates clash…….he’s done rather well playing a straight defense ( right side..his natural, not the left where he was assigned with Rangers), and he doesn’t hesitate to go for an attack mode if he’s in the right position and has some open ice ahead of him, but he stays pretty much around home base, and does rather well with the physical aspect of the game….gonna be interesting.

  9. Girardi won me over when he took a puck off his face (in between his eyes), got stitched up and came back out. It was a special moment when the refs stopped the game because he was bleeding through his stitches and he just slapped some bandage over it and was right back out there. That man is TOUGH. Always does what is asked of him and excels at it.

  10. Question; who would you rather see on the point for the Rangers right now. Del Zotto or Gilroy?

  11. I miss Gilroy but I choose Del Zaster. Better cap hit and he signifies the future of this organization whereas Gilroy seemed more of a stagnant choice.

  12. Gilroy was misused from day one…used as a fill in, and on his unnatural side, and then pulled for extensive periods, but when in there he acted commendably, and on that last playoffs with Rangers against Caps he was nothing short of dynamic. They tolerated Roszival far longer than they did him, and he was a lot less a dependable D man….

  13. gilroy is 26, del zotto is 21. del zotto is stronger on the puck and defended a guy with the puck. watch closely and you will see. gilroy good player, but not physical enough defensively in his own zone…

  14. I’ve read that his contract was a factor, but it doesn’t seem a problem for the Bolts, and he now has a regular right side slot on D, and handles his position very well.

    I think that he’s content with where he is now.

  15. If Gilroy was misused, why is he a non entity wherever he is now? Maybe Gilroy was used as his limited talents suggested he should have been used.

  16. I think that Gilroy would be more productive on the Rangers PP with Richard$ on the team now than Del Zotto’s been.

  17. Goooooooooooooooooooood morning gang!

    Up and at’em early this Saturday since I normally sleep til 11. Gotta get some car work done though so it’s a necessity.

    Should be an interesting game tonight. The Lighting can be a team that gives the Rangers fits, depending on what style they play. If go for the 1-3-1, that might be our favor if we can make passes and get through the neutral zone, where the forcecheck and grinding game can get to work.

  18. Nose

    Living down here in Florida on the Space Coast ( a good 90 miles from Tampa) it’s too far to travel and too
    costly as well to attend their games, but I get to watch a number of the Bolts games, and I don’t know where you get your data about Gilroy and his physical capability, and playing strength, among other things, but he is far from the inadequate player you make him out to be. One doesn’t win the Hoby Baker award in college by being a stiff……….he just didn’t fit in with Torts, need for a particular type of player and it did them both good to part company. He seems well accepted down in the Gulf area now, and not the blundering hippo you make him out to be. We shall see how he does tonight.

  19. I doubt Gilroy’s contract as it is would’ve been a problem for the Rangers either – I’d agree he wasn’t always given the greatest opportunities, but he’d still likely be a 3rd pair/spare part on that deal – but they weren’t ever going to qualify him at $2m+ and you can’t blame either side particularly for him ending up in free agency or for him leaving, even if he didn’t end up getting an especially big contract with the Lightning.

  20. I’d choose Del Zotto over Gilroy every time and this is coming from someone who buried him before the season. He has a much bigger upside than Gilroy. Gilroy is always going to be a 5/6 defensemen while MDZ has the chance to be a 1/2 defensemen.

  21. Gilroy was the stiffest of stiffs.

    Only thing worse than his vanilla play was Torts demoting Zuccarello for the playoffs and making Matt a RW.

    Sheesh!

  22. Matt Gilroy is what he is, a below average hockey player, and that’s not going to change. Del Zotto has tremendous upside.

  23. That’s a very good story about Girardi and his climb to the NHL as an undrafted player. My story tomorrow is more about how tough this guy is, a toughness that we all questioned less than two years ago.

    Good morning, Sally!

  24. I didn’t question it, Carp. I LOVE Girardi. He’s exactly the kind of athlete that I buy into.

    Gilroy’s contract would have prevented the signing of Rupp(er)

  25. Paul in sunrise on

    I liked Gilroy and would rather have him than Stralman. Gilroy had good instincts and a good shot.

  26. Gilroy is a good kid. Character guy. Great skater and good hockey senses. Our best player against Washington in the playoffs last year. The qualifying offer was too high and would have handcuffed the Rangers from other moves…

    He’s better off in Tampa, playing every night. I’m not convinced Gilroy has hit his ceiling as a 5/6 d-man…

    Looking forward to tonight’s game!

  27. PS, I love this story about how Brad Richards wanted to go back to Tampa as a free agent. … yeah, but it wasn’t about money when you came to NY, right?

  28. Unlike you, Manny, I respect anti-slavery laws in the United States and ergo don’t invest in human beings.

  29. Carp i didnt get an answer yesterday Night for an Hour …. Was there a Technical problem or my posts were Boring

  30. Hey Buff – maybe Carp was busy. I don’t think he’s on the blog like 24/7. That is just a program on HBO.

  31. Sweet umlaut on that “o” I don’t know how you guys get the symbols.

    I can’t believe that there was a full hour of no one here. We were all really slacking in our duties. Are you going to be OK, Buff? Did that doctor get a restraining order against you yet?

  32. Sorry, Buff. I must have missed your question. What was it? I never (or rarely) ignore a question if I see it.

    Atta boy again, Four.

  33. My keyboard is strictly American. It’s made of iron and wood and it cuts my fingers as I type. It also is xenophobic, monolingual and imperialistic.

  34. Nö Carp it Wasnt a question but there were nö comments all for an Hour

    Manny I have a knot in the Finger

  35. Mister Delaware on

    12:11 might be my favorite post of the season.

    I’m thinking a 3+ goal win tonight. Tampa Bay scores first, Torts makes his Exacerbated Torts face, the board freaks out on whichever whipping boy was on the ice for the goal, then the Rangers go nuts. Similar to Thursday, I guess. Two of Dubinsky/Boyle/Anisimov reach three goals for the year tonight. Yeah, you read that right.

  36. Barry: If you truly believe that (MDZ is weak on the puck) then you’re either not watching properly or don’t understand the game (with all due respect).

    At least lately, anyways. Totally concur that was one his weak points last year but lately, he’s been showing surprising strength along the boards in puck battles.

  37. Carp: I wonder if MDZ has been watching Staal videos when it comes to puck battles on the boards. What I’ve seen him doing in the past 1/2 dozen or so games in terms of positioning his body as he and his opponent go into a battle for possession is very similar to what Staal does so effectively. That takes a combination of strength and intelligence, IMO. It’s the former that is surprising to me for MDZ – until this year (well to be more precise, since late October) I always thought that was one of his downfalls (lack of strength).

    It probably has something to do with his confidence, too. It certainly doesn’t hurt playing alongside Sauer who’s amazingly calm back there and to me emanates an all-business, I’m-stronger-than-you attitude when he’s either got the puck or battling for it. I think that piece of MDZ’s strong play cannot be under-rated.

    It certainly will be interesting to see how Tortorella pairs his d-men when Staal finally returns (assuming all of McDonagh, Girardi, Sauer and MDZ are healthy when that finally happens). Logic right now suggests it’ll be MDZ who slides to the 3rd pairing because Tortorella opts to ice the same top 2 pairings from last season.

    I’d think twice about that, but it would mean, I guess, McDonagh would go to the 3rd pairing and that doesn’t seem right, either. Nice problem to have, however…

  38. My favorite, too, Four Tony.

    Jim, I imagine that Schoenfeld has worked a ton with Del Zotto. Schoenfeld is on ice for most practices. No doubt, J.J. Daigneault in Hartford, too.

  39. I must be missing Del Zotto’s strength. But I know I’m not missing his lack of speed.

  40. Yeah Jim, don’t dare exceed the one-sentence maximum with lucid thoughts.

    Frowned upon. Some here prefer snappy cheap shot one-liners, usually of the variety which appeal to their ‘insider” status.

    You’re right on MDZ, though the word that comes to mind with his game now is safe.

    He’s geared – or is trying to gear – everything off that as his foundation; obviously not a bad place to start for a d-man. He had to do that and win Torts’ trust or be Whaled, and I think he’s been pretty impressive in doing it.

  41. Stranger Nation on

    Just had pre game nap – a great way to spend 90 mins

    Would like to have top 4 D playing point on PP and start shooting one timers. If we keep Cally/gravy in front, chance for high % rebounds. Like McD, Sauer power can play point and the forwards we have playin up top do not have strong slappers (B Rich, Step)

    Lightning on a bit of a downturn, like Canes. Need to jump on them. Can we get another coach fired in the SE Division?

  42. How aboot Jagr ruining Humpty Dumpty’s first night behind the bench, with two PP goals, and an assist? First game back from his @GROIN@ injury too.

    Anyone know who’s in net tonight for the Bolts? Garon or Roloson?

  43. I’ve been out since 7 this morning. 3 hours at a car dealership, then running errands since 11:30am, waiting to hear back from the dealership that my car is repaired and ready. I’m ready to go home for a nap!

    Oh and the cost of said repairs? $1700!!

  44. Don’t get me wrong – I like Gilroy. But Gilly is actually 27, that’s 6 (SIX) years older than MDZ.
    Still, I find it very hard to believe the Rangers wouldn’t have signed him for $1M- one year, that he signed for with TB.
    From Gilly’s point of view, he knew he wasn’t going to crack the top four and realized the Rangers were committed to MDZ on the PP.
    He probably figured he’d sign one year with a high flying offensive team, giving him a chance to put up some decent offensive numbers and go from there.

    IMO Having to choose one or the other, if you’d take the player six years older, making more money and with a smaller upside your being short sighted to say the least.

    Interestingly, Gilly’s only played 3:48 _total_ PP time so far this year. He averaged 1:14 _per game_ with the Rangers.
    6th in TOI among TB Dmen at 18:03 per game
    0 Goals 6 Assists, +7

  45. Del Zotto is not strong on the puck. He has about as much strength as my grandmother did.

    Barry you must not be Italian. My Grandmother could lift a 90lb wheel barrel full of rocks to get them out of her garden then go to the market, carry 14 grocery bags to the car with one arm while knocking out a guy trying to steal her purse with the other. Come home take a pot of boiling water off the stove with no oven mitts and have Sunday dinner for 16 people ready by 3pm. And when you said “Nana you do too much” she’d twist your ear til it almost came off and say ‘Ay! you no tella me my business!!’

  46. Hey, CCCP- Did you ever call her ‘Baba’? Just wondering cause that is what my great-grandmother went by and she was Ukrainian.

  47. Yeah sure, Mickey…all the time… Baba, Babulya. Didn’t know you had Ukrainian roots. What part was your great-grandma from?

  48. And James, I bet she never at that dinner with the rest of thew family.

    Ya know why? Because she was too full when dinner was ready because she picked at everything while she was cooking it. But she would never tell anyone the truth!!

  49. I always thought that Italics were the Ukrainian word for short Italians.

    I’ve been watching Zubinsky for a while now and he shows to be a very fast and strong skater, and I wonder why the coaches haven’t been able to harness that with a bit of scoring finesse.

    That playing patty cake with the puck during a 5 on 3 is simply a variation of what they usually do during a PP.

    They look for a perfect shot, while the opposition buries our goal in an avalanche of rubber. If the coaches can’t show them how, at least they could tell them to watch what the other teams do to them and then do likewise. And this business of being afeared of
    shooting from the blue for a shot on goal is wackeroo….the other teams score many of their most potent goals against us by doing this very thing. Let’s for get the fraidy cat attitude, and start unloading from all over the ice like the big bad teams do.

  50. Honestly, CCCP, I don’t know :( All I know is that she was from there and came to the states before my grandmother was born (circa 1915ish).

  51. Late to the Gilroy discussion, but I always thought he was as much about his background story as he was his actual game. He was a serviceable player at times, showed some decent flashes but never looked to be the offensive defenseman that he was advertised to be coming out of college. And he’s got just 6 assists playing top 4 minutes and PP time on a team with some of the best offensive talents in the East. He has however been pretty decent defensively on a team that is pretty bad keeping the puck out despite occasionally employing the 1-3-1.

  52. Did I miss a conversation about Ukraine?

    Gilroy was a healthy scratch during one out of 4 or 5 games that I watched Tampa play. No goals with 6 assists. He would be playing Woywitka minutes for $1M instead of $650K. Woywitka, btw, has 1 goal and 5 assists in only 16 games played with less TOI. Let’s not compare Gilroy to MDZ.

  53. CTB- Gilly’s only played 3:48 PP all year.

    His PP to PK numbers are nearly reversed from last year with the Rangers

    per game with Rangers
    1:14 PP – :20 SH

    per game with TB
    :10PP – 1:17SH
    ______________________

    Also nearly identical to MDZ’s this year minus the PP time

    Gilly
    16:35 Even – 1:17SH

    MDZ
    16:37 Even – 1:17SH

  54. I don’t know what Bolts games you have watched, but I’ve been watching them just about every time that they don’t coincide with Ranger games, and Gilroy has taken a regular shift on right defense in every game but one, and he plays a regular turn game in game out. He’s not so much a rusher ( although he has had some spectacular moments…ask Stamos about some of his passes that led directly to goals for big Stam.)

    But he plays a sound defense and takes the body constantly..only rushes when he has an opening.

  55. To be fair: all but 1 of MDZ’s assists have been on the PP, both goals at even strength
    but for now I don’t have a problem with that, his defensive game has improved

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

    What a great piece on ESPN NY about Girardi. Makes me want to get his jersey.

    Hmmm…Hanukkah is coming up…

  57. Good evening all! LMAO at the nana etc. chat…

    ilb, I finally got an iPad! Next time we meet, bring yours, I need help :)

    Confident about our boys tonight, oh yes.

    FYI, Sally is in Canada today….she says to tell all you fans that Tim Horton coffee is for carcillo.

  58. Could’ve sworn I saw him playing the the PP on a couple occasions, maybe I just happen to watch his PP shifts. Either he’s at least getting a good amount of ice time and has been steady but nothing where it’s been regretful that the Rangers non-tendered him.

  59. I’m tired of having to defend MDZ. Can we talk about what a terrific job the other Dmen are doing?

    Like how 22 year old Ryan McDonagh is a byfuglien freak. Where do you begin with him?
    How Dan G has become a tremendously tough leader and is on pace for career highs offensively.
    How Sauer is so rock steady he gets overlooked, has only 2 minus games all year -while playing with a banged up shoulder.
    How Woywitka has settled in, had a great pass the other night that lead to Gabby’s goal and has only 2 minus games all year.
    How Eminger is #3 among Rangers’ Dmen in hits and blocked shots, is +5 in the last 13 games and has bounced back nicely after a slow start (like last year).

  60. too late, ilb….:) TR adores it also….whatever. I happen to think Starbucks is for carcillo, yet they seem to be doing OK too

  61. just going thru the thread and LMAO at Mannys American key board and James Gs Granny!
    holy smokes youse are FUNNY!

    {{{{Boneheads}}}

    Lets take care of bidness tonight Rangers!

    Lets Rock!!!

  62. CTB – Looks like he got most of that time in 3 consecutive games 2-3 weeks back
    You probably caught one of those games.

    :42 Winnepeg
    :47 St Louis
    1:32 Phil (Staal game?)

  63. lol Orr -you got it, I’ll start my decent into pessimism with:

    this is a must win game tonight

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