Rangers at Sabres; and a ticket contest tonight

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Entries for our ticket contest begin now, and are open (one entry per person) until the “It’s Go Time!” post appears shortly after 6:30 p.m. tonight. Scroll down to the previous thread for all the rules. Only entries included in this thread will count.

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at BUFFALO SABRES
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m.
First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY
Rangers: 15-6-4 (34 pts)
Sabres: 14-11-2 (30 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 8

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-6-4 (34 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, in the shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and have now recorded at least one point in 13 of their last 16 contests (12-3-1). The Sabres have a 14-11-2 (30 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference entering their contest last night vs. Florida, and have lost six of their last seven home games (1-4-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.

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 Sabres
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Sabres
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. SABRES:
* All-Time: 57-71-25-5 overall (33-27-15-3 at home; 24-44-10-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at First Niagara Center.
* Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 mark on the road. Three of the four contests were decided by one goal, including a 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden. Artem Anisimov led the Rangers with four points (three goals, one assist) in four games, while Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with three assists apiece in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA and .928 Sv% in three games, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 Sv% in one contest.
* Derek Stepan recorded a hat trick while making his NHL debut in their 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9, tying the franchise record for goals in a season opener and becoming the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut
* Six of the last eight meetings between the Rangers and Sabres have been decided by one goal
* New York ranks ninth with an 8-4-2 (18 pts) record on the road; Buffalo ranks 24th with a 6-8-2 (14 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers have posted a 2-3-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Sabres are 1-3-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted an 8-8-2 record with a 2.44 GAA in 18 career regular season games vs. Buffalo; Martin Biron is 8-3-0-1 with a 2.82 GAA and two shutouts in 13 career regular season games vs. the Sabres
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 18 assists and 27 points in 30 career regular season games vs. Buffalo; Ruslan Fedotenko has notched a team-high, 10 goals in 36 career regular season contests vs. the Sabres
* New York lists one former Sabre on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07)
* Buffalo lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:
* Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in six power play opportunities (11:16) on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay, and are 7-30 (23.3%) in their last seven games. New York ranks 21st overall (16-104, 15.4%) and 28th on the road (5-51, 9.8%). The Rangers are 2-10 (7:37) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/05 vs. TOR), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Lightning scoreless and notched one shorthanded goal in four shorthanded situations (6:41) on Thursday at MSG. New York ranks ninth overall (81-95, 85.3%) and is tied for 15th on the road (50-60, 83.3%). The Rangers are 4-5 (2:35) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/8 vs. TBL), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (7:00) on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. The Rangers are plus-three in 31 four-on-four situations (56:54), 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 begin tonight at Buffalo, and concludes tomorrow vs. Florida at MSG.

FAST START
The Blueshirts’ 34 points through 25 games (15-6-4) is their best start to the season since the team posted a 16-7-2 (34 pts) mark through 25 in 2008-09, and is only two points shy of the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship team’s 36 points in 25 games (17-6-2).

THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts are tied for the league lead in fewest goals against, allowing 55 goals through 25 games, and rank fourth with a 2.20 GAA. Henrik Lundqvist is 11-5-4 with a 2.13 GAA, .931 Sv% and two shutouts, while Martin Biron is 4-1-0 with a 1.94 GAA, .930 Sv% and one shutout. Lundqvist is tied for sixth in the NHL in Sv% and shutouts, 10th in wins and ranks ninth in GAA.

IN THE BLACK
The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL with a plus-15 rating while skating at even strength. 22 of the 27 players who have skated for the Rangers this season have posted a plus or even rating. In the league standings, New York ranks sixth with a plus-15 goal differential.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank fourth in the league with 671 hits, including 372 hits on the road to rank third in the NHL. Ryan Callahan is tied for fourth in the NHL with 87 hits, while Dan Girardi is tied for eighth among league defensemen with 70 hits.

COUNTDOWN TO 2,500 WINS
The Rangers are currently one win shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,499 games all-time in franchise history.

QUICK HITS:
* The Rangers have the fewest regulation losses (six) in the NHL
* New York has registered a point in 14 of their last 17 games (12-3-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 57-40, during the stretch
* The Blueshirts are 7-30 (23.3%) on the power play in their last seven contests, and have posted a record of 10-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal
* New York is 4-1-1 when leading after the first period and 9-0-2 when leading after the second (5-0-0 mark when leading after two on the road)
* The Blueshirts lead the league with an .889 win% when out-shooting their opponent (8-1-0)
* 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 rank second in the NHL when scoring first, posting an 11-1-1 mark (.846 win%) in those contests, and their 11 wins are tied for fifth in the league
* Henrik Lundqvist is 9-2-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .933 Sv% and one shutout in his last 12 games
* Brad Richards enters the contest with a team season-high, seven-game point streak (four goals, seven assists over the span), and has tallied 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 17 games
* Derek Stepan enters the contest with a four-game assist/point streak (one goal, four assists over the span), and has tallied 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 17 contests
* Artem Anisimov enters the contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists over the span), and has tallied 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 18 games, with five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five
* Ryan Callahan has tallied 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) in the last 17 games, with eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last seven
* Michael Del Zotto has tallied five assists in the last six games
* Ryan McDonagh has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last eight games
* Rangers’ prospects Christian Thomas (Canada) and J.T. Miller (USA) have been invited to participate in their respective National Junior Team’s selection camp for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
* Marian Gaborik: 3 assists from 300th NHL career; 4 goals from 300th NHL career; 7 points from 600th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 4 assists from 100th NHL career
* Brad Richards: 3 games from 800th NHL career
* Michael Sauer: 2 games from 100th NHL career

INJURIES:
* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 25
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 18
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 14
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 67

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276 Comments

  1. Bit late on this (and Carp’s favourite subject), but nn was posting yesterday about shootout records for home teams when opting to shoot first, saying that teams doing so were 49-73 (40% success) last year, so suggesting it was “dumb” to shoot first.

    Those numbers are accurate for last year, but I have the numbers being 305-344 (47%) since the shootout was introduced and teams shooting first (whether choosing to or not) being 491-518 (49%), so really nothing of statistical significance there to suggest there is any advantage in shooting first. Doesn’t stop most teams choosing to do it though.

    Only time the Rangers chose to go second in the last 3+ seasons was against Pittsburgh last year (game when J. Staal suckered Prust), which they lost in the 7th round. Seem to remember Torts saying he switched it around at Lundqvist’s request.

    I also remember Tom Renney bizarrely claiming he always chose to shoot second during his time as coach for some particular reason, when he hardly ever did.

  2. Rangers: 4, Sabres: 2. GWG: Dubinsky Four Million. Rangers shots: 33. Sabres shots: 27.

    Also, I predict Kaleta will act like a big turd, Dubi & Stepan will make out again, and I will have a really good time.

  3. Rangers-3

    Sabres- 1

    GWG- Gaborik

    SOG

    Rangers- 22

    Sabres- 21

    I wont be able to watch the game so just let me know later how to claim my prize.

  4. Sabres – 4
    Rangers – 1

    GWG – Vanek

    SOG

    Rangers – 27
    Sabres – 32

    – I just got that feeling we’re gonna have a stinker tonight.

  5. Awesome prediction Sally! I support a Dubi/Stepan make out.

    Hello silent Boneheads! Post more often!!!

  6. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Don’t like th T.O.I. numbers from the TB game, what with Avery getting just 4 minutes, Hags getting just 6:40, and Girardi being put on a 32-minute rock pile. Kind of nuts, coach.

  7. Mister Delaware on

    Rangers: 3
    Sabres: 1
    GWG: Boyle
    NYR shots: 25
    Buffalo shots: 31

    Bonus prediction of the 3 other goals: Dubinsky, Richards, Pominville

  8. Tatonka-5
    Rangers-2
    GWG-Stafford
    Tatonka shots-34
    NYR shots-18
    Sally shots-6, 6 beers and starts a brawl in her section. :)

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Long time reader, first time poster – hello everyone – you guys and gals are byfuglien hysterical…

    Rangers 3
    Sabers 1

    Gwg Sean Avery

    Shots rangers 28
    Sabres 28

  10. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Sabres 3 and Rangers 1
    GWG Vanek

    22 Rangers shots
    37 Sabres shots

    Avery TOI: 2:17
    Girardi TOI: 41:38

    4 adolescent antagonistic antisocial antianswers by Torts before the presser is aborted

  11. eddie eddie eddie on

    …believe it or not…soon enough…Girardi will play the entire 60 minutes….a true iron man

  12. eddie eddie eddie on

    Sean Avery just became the first player to have a negative TOI for a game….when asked why by reporters….Torts responded “He didnt score while not playing so he didnt get more time….”

  13. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    As BoomBoom suggested earlier, Torts might want to take a peek at the recent downward trend in TOI for his third and fourth lines. The correlation with the current little two-game losing streak might suggest something.

    Just sayin’. Hope no one actually brings it up with the coach. He’s on an emotional knife edge right now with the HBO spies trying to steal his secret recipe for balls with jam!

  14. Good story, Nasty. Except that Downie didn’t come on for Connolly. He came on for Moore. Downie motioned for Moore to come to the bench so he could go join the altercation, and he did indeed incite it further after it had calmed down.

    One of the commentors on the Fraser story added that Shanahan won’t come down hard on Downie because his old Detroit buddy Steve Whyzerman is the TB GM. Interesting point.

  15. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – i tried to develop a conversation based on your post yesterday about the lack of ice time for the 3rd and 4th lines….but alas, no one was interested

  16. eddie eddie eddie on

    jay mohr deserves to be recognized as a hockey genius….stevie why was a great leader for the motown wings

  17. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – boom boom is correct….correlation is close to 1 regarding lack of ice time for 3rd and 4th lines and rangers’ performance

  18. HageLinCalPrustLahan on

    LMAO @ Sally.. kaleta will act like a big turd… ha , so situation normal for that poop!

  19. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    The TOI issue is trivial nitpicking. What really matters is getting more and more effort out of the first two lines and first two pairs of D.

    Since Torts can inspire two Ranger lines to play with the energy and endurance of any other team’s four, he might as well exploit it to the max: scratch the bottom six forwards and dress four more shot blocking defenders and another couple goalies!

  20. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – rolling 2 lines and playing 4 D a lot now is actually a brilliant idea…..as once the playoffs start, torts will play one line and 2 D….so, his plan is quite good…this way, the top line and top pair wont be exhausted come april, may, and june

  21. YOu folks picking the goals and other etc. for this game, keep in mind that this Sabres team is fast and hit hard and they still have Miller in the Goal…it ain;t gonna be so easy.

  22. Wicky©"suspend the hittee..LW compliant version" on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    First time reader, long time poster!!

    I think BANJ should automatically win with the dances with wolves reference in his prediction!!

    Rangers 4 Sabres 2

    GWG Feds

    Rangers 28 Sabres 33

    LGR and LGD!!

    Nasty!!!

    GO ARMY BEAT NAVY (sorry bubblehead)!!!!

  23. LMAO, at Sally (Good afternoon!) re: Kaleta. And at James G for the Incredible Carp story at 1:27 a.m. in previous thread.

    Just watched the whole Anisimov thing again. TB had already substituted for injured Connolly. Downie sat on the boards and motioned for Moore to come to the bench so he could come on. Sorry, that’s not a legal line change.

    The NHL won’t have the stones to do anything about it, though.

  24. What really surprised me the other night was to see Connolly wind up with the Leafs…he used to be a fixture on the Sabres, and one of the top flight stick handlers and shooters ( wristies) in the league.

  25. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – i see upper case eddies made a prediction…is lower case eddies allowed to participate too?

  26. As far as last game goes regarding TOI – penalties.
    Much of the second period was played with 3 or 4 skaters.

    Second period:
    Artie 2:46
    Gabby 5:01
    Stepan 3:53

    Also, with 2 of top 4 Dmen out and a carcillo load of penalties, including 4 from other Dmen, Girardi is going to end up with some major minutes. Game prior Dan G was closer to 25+ mins.

    That’s just one of the things that makes it so funny when people say McD should have been benched for his giveaway last game.

  27. Hey goils and ghouls, it is nice to be back reading some great posts here. I am in time for the contest, so here is my predictions:

    Rangers 4, Sabres 2. GWG: Callahan. Rangers shots: 26. Sabres shots: 34.

  28. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    If Torts can will the team into a tie at the end of regulation, he only needs 4 skaters for the next beautiful 5 minutes tonight. And if Biron and the shotblockers can hold on to the shootout, then the Grand Master can shorten the bench to 3! It gets better and better.

  29. To me, if shanny really wanted to make a point, he would suspend Downie. Show there is no favortism and do the right thing.

  30. eddie eddie eddie on

    DDe – only one player gets benched for transgressions……benching McD was never n option

  31. Can’t believe I do that…and how many hidden creatures exposed by freebies “event”. Let’s stir a swamp more:
    Rangers – 2, Sabres – 3. GWG – Roy. Shots: Rangers 24, Sabres – 32.

  32. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – torts knows that once the playoffs start, he only needs 5 skaters……3 up front and 2 behind…..

    playing 4 lines is not smart hockey……in fact, 3 lines is one too many…..these guys make big $$$$…no reason why top line and top pair can’t play 45+……

  33. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    In fact, Torts did bench Avery for McD’s giveaway!

    He’s motivating players on levels so deep we can’t begin to comprehend it.

  34. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – speaking of grandmasters….big tourney in london right now…follow the action on chessdom….

    nigel short is playing a king’s gambit vs luke mcshane….very romantic 19th century chess…

    the top 4 players in the world, including the WC, vishy anand, are playing….america’s leading player, H. Nakamura is leading the tourney, tho he has a bye this round

  35. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – BRILLIANT concept…that never occurred to me…..watching the replay again…clearly avery was at fault for the McD giveaway……in fact, nearly all of callahan’s 200 minor penalties this year are avery’s fault as well….

  36. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    Have any of the Grand Masters simply done away with pawns entirely?

    What are the post-chess pressers like? Lots of angry, emotionally stunted whispering?!

  37. First time post :-)

    Rangers 5, Buffalo 3 GWG Callahan NYR shots 34 Buffalo shots 27

    It’s time for Dubinsky to get off the schnide. Maybe playing him with Hagelin to pick up some rebounds will jump start him. Best of luck everyone!

  38. Rhode Island Ranger on

    ilb:

    LOL.

    To really spice things up, HBO should bus in some Argentine futbol journos for Torts’ next debriefing. We might get some knife and gun play if they read his threatening eyebrows correctly.

  39. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – post match pressers are often introspective and objective….sort of like torts’ pressers

  40. eddie eddie eddie on

    Magnus Carlsen, the world’s No. 1, is about to crush Micky adams who blundered in time pressure

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    …make that crushed…3 decisive game today, McShane, Kramnik, and carlsen won…anand-aronian draw

  42. Rhode Island Ranger on

    E3:

    I think Carp and the other abused press kids should bury the hatchet and surprise Torts with a handful of modest, but heartfelt, Christmas prezzies right after the Flyers game on the 23rd. Can you imagine if they all jumped up and shouted “Merry Christmas, Coach!” at once and then rushed forward to be the first to present their little treasures? Torts is a bit of a mystery, but he might turn out to be a weeper.

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    dde – i think avery has only caused the rangers to be short ONE TIME this season….bad stat bro….an example of incredibly skewed stats

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – you should get torts bobbleheads of dubi/avery/prust and say use these as you wish….

  45. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Carp:

    After the Isles tong war on the 26th, you and the ink-stained wretches should insist on the old English Boxing Day custom of switching roles with your liege lord. You guys grab the podium and he has to try to trick you into revealing why your editors and publishers can’t stop the slide in newspaper readership. Hilarity ensues and then off to the eggnog and caroling!

  46. Good afternoon, Carp!

    Lin, you’re totally right about that being completely normal mode for Kaleta.

    My coworkers are now telling me that I “MUST calm down.” 5:45 to go until puck drop!!!

  47. NYR 5 Buf 0 GWG:Dubinsky NYR Shots:34 Buf Shots:29

    *Dubinsky will score all 5 goals
    **I’ve been reading this blog everyday since the Sam Weinman days, but this is my very first post…so take it easy on me!!

  48. BANJ, you’re probably close… I’d guess fewer shots/more beers, but dead on with the brawl-starting.

  49. First Time LAST TIME on

    Rangers – 3
    Sabres – 1
    GWG – Boyle
    Rangers Shots – 28
    Sabres Shots – 27
    Number Of Veins That Pop Out Of Torts’ Head – 9
    Number Of Times Avery Shoots Wide – 12
    Number Of Times Dubinsky’s Shot Is Deflected Out Of Play – 7

  50. Welcome, Greek…and other new posters.

    Sally, bring some crazy looking signs so we can see you in TV

  51. Rangers 4
    Sabres 1
    GWG – Artem “the gunslinger” Anisimov
    Ranger shots 27
    Sabres shots 22

  52. eddie eddie eddie on

    welcome all who are new here….share your thoughts regularly….i am not a Dr. nor do i play one on TV, but Capt. ILB is, and studies show that posting here often leads to a happier and more satisfying life….it certainly has worked for me…..I have reduced my prozac and zolloft intake by almost half since starting here…

  53. Boy, the Habs look horrible…Kaberle trade may as well have cemented their faith this season…

  54. eddie eddie eddie on

    first time last time…..given that Avery will see less than 3 minutes of ice time…12 shots wide isnt so bad….

  55. I can’t believe the Canes signed Kaberle, and I can’t believe the Habs actually traded for him.

    It really pisses me off that a guy like Kaberle gets a free Cup ring playing with the Bruins, yet a guy like Prospal, who plays his heart out, and has battled through career threatening injuries, doesn’t have one.

    Hopefully Vinny gets traded to the team that wins the Cup this season.

  56. eddie eddie eddie on

    ….again to all first time posters…welcome to my blog…..always feel free to stop by and chat

  57. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – i feel worse for filthy……that town, aside from the phillies, hasnt won anything in almost 30 years….

  58. eddie eddie eddie on

    my brutha from anutha, what say ya, how be the weatha, put a featha, feelin betta, girl named gretta, language of meta, gotta get ah……..know what im sayin?

  59. eddie eddie eddie on

    doodie – your optimism never fails to escape me…how was the day of your birth?…hopefully, you had a great one…

  60. Using the old ‘ visiting team is waiting for the home team to arrive’ theory . . . .
    Rested Rangers 4 Sabretoothless Turds 1
    Capt’n Drury, er, Cally with another channeled game winner
    Sabres rifle 35 Richter rockets
    Rangers salvo 28 Sandstrom sorties

    PLUS …. Sally streaks with 6 seconds left and runs into Ryan Miller causing another concussion. Riot ensues. Carp required to fly to Buffalo with bail money for shivering Sally. George McPhee brought to defend Sally’s honor. judge sentences Sally to 60 hours of the most popular show in the Czech Republic, “The Michael Rozeival Show”

  61. Rangers 4, Sabres 2. GWG: Stepan. Rangers shots: 26, Sabres shots: 28.

    Thanks to the donor of the tix who made this contest possible!

    LGR!

  62. as for tonight
    my heart is going one way and my
    head is another

    sabres 3
    Rangers 0
    GWG Kaleta
    Rangers 26 shots
    sabres 40

    (if i don’t win, then i hope i’m wrong. still, in the end hope i’m wrong. there’ll be other contests)

  63. eddie eddie eddie on

    having looked at all of the predictions…this looks like i will be heading back east come mid-january…thx in advance to the generous donor….i will have a great time

  64. hi, boneheads
    back at home you have so many more options and an even quicker keyboard and you can
    write with ten fingers :)

    I had a wonderful lunch ( can anybody imagine how bad the food in a hospital is:) and watching now Devils-Montreal, but what a boring game..

    anything new from the Rangers ????

  65. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    I, too, would be interested in bringing back Vinnie if he were 22 years old, could still skate, and not all washed up, infirm, and useless.

    By the way, there are no “bargains” when it comes to career brick wall players. What is this – the hockey version of saving money on green stamps? Green stamps hockey players, now? If he’s worth 10 cents but costs only a nickel we want him?

  66. Good afternoon all! My prediction is someone other than me will win the tickets. I only care that we win tonight in an injury-free game.

    Welcome back home Buff!

  67. eddie eddie eddie on

    welcome home – buff….nothing new in ranger land ‘cept sauer power still out with a banged up noodle

  68. What does it say about the Rangers’ view of V-Tank as a prospect that their D is banged up and, even if the D were healthy, need a physical presence? Is he going to be playing darts and drinking light beer with Michael Busto, Huge Jessie’s Man and Lee Falardeau?

    Carp,
    If you had to place a bet that a significant trade takes place on Broadway before Feb–what would you say are the odds? I have the feeling that a significant trade is coming but it’s totally unfounded–grandmother style.

  69. eddie eddie eddie on

    boom boom – did you see the film Secretariat?….little too hollywood…but very inspiring……i loved big red….he, along with Slew, my fav two ponies….

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    rangers west – i think erixon will get a call up if sauer is out for awhile….i like V tank tho….that lad can bang, has jam, and big balls

  71. yeah, lets see Valentenko!!!

    If for no other reason to rub it in Montreal’s face that we fleeced them.
    Though Spacek for Kaberle = another fleecing.

    Quick, sign McCabe and trade him to Montreal for …Hal Gill.

  72. V-Tank had a great camp in his first year here, and nearly made the team. But, this past camp, he looked terrible, just like Stahl in his first two camps with NYR.

    Still young though. I wouldn’t worry aboot him!

    Although, it seems like a lot of prospects are asking to be traded lately. Werek, Grachev, Kundratek. Maybe V-Tank is next!

  73. thank god no ot in the devil game.

    hate three point games not involving rangers

    price looked sharp today

  74. eddie eddie eddie on

    sally – that is why you run really fast around the rink a few times, naked of course, before jumping the boards…..running will elevate your body temp making the cold bearable

  75. I hope you’re right, ORR! Get him out of NJ – I’d like NYR to get him, but if we can’t, let him go out west!

  76. Like I said months ago, Jimbo, he’s a Leaves fan, so I can see him signing with them next season, and you know Burke and Wilson love him, so they’ll dish out the dough for sure.

    Kessel, Lupul, and Parise sounds a lot more dangerous than Kessel, Lupul and Bozak!

  77. Well, I guess having him in Toronto would be better than him staying in the swamps, but I’d rather us have him, if it’s at all possible. ORR.

  78. Alright, I’ve got my humongous jersey on and I’m headed to the F’N Arena. LETS GO RANGERS!!!

  79. Did you folks know that there was a Kaleta who played for the late 1940’s early 50’s Rangers who they used to call Killer Kaleta. I know that he skated and played positional hockey like an unguided missile, and he was always a crowd pleaser, sort of like Eddie ( The entertainer) Shack. Ask Stan Fischler about Kaleta some time. bet he recalls him.

  80. After being outshot by the Sabres by the count of 26-20, the New York Rangers will win the game by the score of 4-2 led by the game winning goal of Richards.

  81. Blogmomma

    Stan wouldn’t remember me…I was a friend of Norm McLeans, and he always got me standing room at the old Gallery gods position in the old Garden. Some funny folks back then and what a lot of fun…the entire crew were like the casting call for Damon Runyon’s characters. NOrm would come up to New Haven to see the old Ramblers ( their farm team) play and I’d offer to sneak him in without tix, and Norm would just say don’t bother and he’d wait til there was a crowd at the ticket taker and he’d just stroll right in with the bunch as though he’d given it. ( Real Noo Yawkuh )
    but did we have some good times. he’d tell me which of the farm hands would make it up to the city, and who hadn’t a prayer. Emile Francis was the Rambler goaltender, and what a gutsy guy he was. I recall Terry Reardon ( Kenny’s brother with the Habs,) and they didn’t carry spare goalies. Francis came out shortly later and you could see the bandages all over his face and wires sticking out of his nose, and finished the game. The Providence Reds won the game, but they didn’t score any more goals.

  82. my wife is psychic,so just send her the tickets!
    tried to talk her out of gentle ben doing anything,let alone scoring the GWG,but hey its her vision!

  83. fran….awesome story, as always…

    not gonna be here for game. but LGR….enjoy all! Ta! til the morrow….

  84. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When I win, will the donor please provide airfare, hotel, bar tabs, and other goodies?… Thx in advance

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Blues goalie, Evita Perron, get performance of the week from NHL channel…. Don’t cry for me Argentina

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