SORRY ABOUT THAT! … Penguins at Rangers tonight

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We had a major outage of all of our LoHud blogs last night, as I’m sure you are all aware. So apologies all around. Just glad it wasn’t my fault. I worried that maybe I pushed a wrong button or something, you know, being the techno wizard that I am.

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Anyway, here are the belated pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 29-11-4 (62 pts)
Penguins: 24-17-4 (52 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 17

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 29-11-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-0, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 12-3-0 in their last 15 games. New York has posted a record of 26-8-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Penguins enter the contest with a 24-17-4 (52 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, Jan. 21, at TD Garden (1:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matinee match-up.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:

  • All-Time117-97-23-8 overall (65-46-9-3 at home; 52-51-14-5 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the third of six meetings this season, and the second of three at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-1 win on Jan. 6 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers are 2-8 (25.0%) on the power play, and have out-scored the Penguins, 7-4, in two games. Brad Richards leads the team with two goals and four points, and Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .938 Sv% in the series.
  • Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (1-1-1 at home; 3-0-0 on the road). The Rangers power play was 7-22 (31.8%) in the season series, while the penalty kill was 20-22 (90.9%). New York out-scored Pittsburgh, 21-15, including a 10-4 margin in the third period and overtime. Ryan Callahan led the Rangers with five goals, nine points, four power play goals and three game-winning goals in six games, while Brandon Dubinsky tallied a team-high, six assists in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .926 Sv%.
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 10 meetings with the Penguins, posting a record of 7-1-2 over the span
  • The Blueshirts have won four straight games against the Penguins, having out-scored Pittsburgh, 17-9, during the streak
  • New York ranks eighth with a 14-4-2 (30 pts) record at home; Pittsburgh ranks eighth with a 12-10-2 (26 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers have posted a 9-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Penguins are 5-6-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 22-13-5 record with a 2.39 GAA and two shutouts in 40 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh; Martin Bironis 13-15-3-2 with a 2.98 GAA and two shutouts in 33 career regular season games vs. the Penguins
  • Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 24 assists and 32 points in 29 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh; Marian Gaborik has notched a team-high, nine goals (19 points) in 20 career regular season games vs. the Penguins
  • New York lists three former Penguins on their roster: Erik Christensen (2005-06 – 2007-08); Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 – 2009-10); Mike Rupp(2009-10 – 2010-11)
  • Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers are tied for eighth in the NHL with a plus-six rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 10 of the last 11 games (23-24, 95.8% over the span), and is 48-53 (90.6%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 20 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 15-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 21-5-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (2:05) on Tuesday vs. Nashville. New York ranks 24th overall (22-154, 14.3%) and is tied for 12th at home (63-80, 18.8%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Predators scoreless in three power play attempt (4:05) on Tuesday at MSG. New York is tied for fourth overall (125-144, 86.8%) and seventh at home (52-60, 86.7%). The Rangers are 5-6 (3:26) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/17 at PHX), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (1:55) on Tuesday vs. Nashville. The Rangers are plus-four in 44 four-on-four situations (79:54), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

FAMILIAR FOE
New York enters the contest with a nine-game winning streak against Atlantic Division opponents. The Rangers are 9-1-0 in divisional play this season, having out-scored their opponent, 33-17, in those contests.

PERFECT IN PITTSBURGH
The Rangers completed last season’s series against Pittsburgh with a 3-0-0 record at CONSOL Energy Center, marking the first time the Blueshirts swept the season series in Pittsburgh since 1996-97 (2-0-0) and the first time since 1973-74 that a Rangers team won three games at Pittsburgh in the same season (3-0-0). New York has now won five straight in Pittsburgh, dating back to a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 12, 2010

KING HENRIK’S REIGN
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 20th win of the season with a 27-save shutout in a 3-0 win vs. Nashville on Tuesday at MSG. It is the seventh straight season Lundqvist has reached the 20-win plateau to begin his career. He is the third goaltender in Rangers’ history to reach the 20-win mark in seven consecutive years, and the first since Mike Richter accomplished the feat from 1995-96 to 2001-02. Ed Giacomin holds the franchise record with eight straight seasons of 20 or more wins (1966-67 to 1973-74). Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary) is the only other goalie in the league with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more consecutive seasons. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .705 win% through 44 games is the team’s best start in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 30-7-7 record (.761 win%), and is the third best start in franchise history.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games at Madison Square Garden.  The Blueshirts’ 14-4-2 (30 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 20 games since 1995-96 (15-2-3, 33 pts).

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including…

  • 1st in points (62)
  • 1st in win% (.705)
  • T-2nd in wins (29)
  • T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (27)
  • 1st in fewest regulation losses (11)
  • T-1st in fewest goals against (87)
  • T-1st in GAA (1.98)
  • 1st in hits (1,281)
  • 3rd in blocked shots (722)
  • 3rd in +/- rating (plus-33)
  • 3rd in goal differential (plus-35)

ALL-STARS
Three Rangers were selected for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game – Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi.  It is the first time since the 1996-97 season the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game (Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch). Head Coach John Tortorella also clinched an All-Star berth, becoming the first Rangers coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game.

QUICK HITS:

  • This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (NYR game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
  • New York has registered at least one point in 28 of their last 36 games (26-8-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark; The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 109-72, during the stretch
  • The Rangers have won four of their last five road games, and are 10-3-0 in their last 13 games away from MSG
  • New York is 8-1-1 when leading after the first period and 18-0-2 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers are tied for fourth in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (3-8-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for seventh in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 12 games this season, which is tied for the fewest in the league
  • New York leads the NHL with a .789 win% when out-shooting their opponent (15-4-0)
  • The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 21-1-1 mark (.913 win%) in those contests; Their 21 wins rank third in the NHL

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:

  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a career-high, seven-game winning streak from Dec. 20 – Jan. 10 (1.13 GAA, .962 Sv% and one shutout over the span)
  • Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in eight of his last 13 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 22 games this season
  • Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
  • Derek Stepan has tallied 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the last 23 games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven
  • Carl Hagelin has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 11 games
  • Ryan Callahan has tallied 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 26 games, including nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 12

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Dan Girardi: 1 assist from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Marian Gaborik: 300th career NHL assist (1/15 at MTL) 

INJURIES:

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 20
  • Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 14
  • Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 8
    Total Man-Games Lost: 145

 

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  1. so Carp
    now that you’ve revived the
    board
    can you go over to msg
    and resurrect the Rangers’
    power play?

    bring the Mandelbaums with you
    to show the team how nothing’s gonna stop ‘em.

  2. Don’t know if I flipped a switch or it was due to one of the following:

    Too many punks the night before. Too many asshats. Jim Dolan’s press conference. Tortorella being funny at practice. Me being at practice.

    Good morning, Hambone!

  3. I think the cause was somebody at LoHud thought they were getting a deal on a Wizard and they ended up buying a Willard.

  4. Chris…best way to make the blog more exciting is to add commentary of your own, not complain that there is nothing to see here.

    Avery should be up with this team. (Now watch what transpires Chris.)

  5. chris

    what the hell do you want carp to do for morning posts. did a recap of the new garden food. geez relax wait to its go time

  6. Oh, my god, people. That wasn’t intended as an attack on Carp or the blog. I love the blog and have been coming here since day 1 (maybe 2, ask Sam).

    eric, that’s nothing, watch this: James Dolan is way underrated as an owner. He’s let Slats and Torts do their job, given them the money and support to do it, and he is basically a rock’n’roll star. Way better than Steinbrenner ever was.

  7. The outage was caused because Torts hates Hagelin and Avery, doesn’t put Hags on the PP, and refuses to play Avery 25 minutes a game.

    Or maybe because the same company that runs this site run the Rangers PP?

  8. Amazing

    The one thing that I never expected to see in this blog and we’ve sure seen everything else…is …ah…sensitivity?

    It’s really an achievement to be able to maneuver in and around a blog and there is no evidence of troll activity anywhere…at least if there is it simply doesn’t survive very long/

    Some while ago after the Miami Pimp starting ah, pimping, I thought we might be uncovering one, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that he simply has a droll manner of presenting his points and I’ve taken a keen interest in much of what he has to say. He can really be amusing. And he does offer some thoughtful insights. Eh, carry on old boys, eh, carry on.

  9. Carp, if I wanted to attack you personally, I would have mentioned your golf game. As far as reporters/blogmasters go, you’re Tiger Woods. Oh, wait, no, not him. Unless there is a lot about you we don’t know…

  10. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, you forgot weak-sauce. And more hyphens. Miami Pimp is the Christopher Walken of hyphens. Gotta-have more-hyphens.

  11. better hyphens than exclamation points …

    and, again, I apologize, Chris. Been a little touchy lately with all the asshats, and then the blog crash, etc. I’m a little more boring than Tiger. And if you think he hits it all over the lot …

  12. Does anybody else smile when you see the Leaves out of a playoff spot in the standings?

    I love it! They are imploding again! It only took half a season…

  13. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Carp it was all the percentage/math talk…
    put the blog to sleep….zzzzzzzzzzz

  14. ah, a topic.

    which seven eastern teams would you most happily see out of the playoffs? List them.

    I think I know the answer for most of youse.

  15. i’m figuring you’d like to see the bottom of the eastern conf. look like this at the end of the season:
    15. Islanders.
    14. Flyers.
    13. Devils.
    12. Penguins.
    11. Capitals.
    10. Canadiens.
    9. Bruins.

    agree?

  16. I left the Islanders in because I don’t mind as much because I don’t think they pose as much of a threat as currently constructed.

    Canadiens becuase the Rangers would *have* to win all their home games in that series.

    Sens because they just seem to have the Rangers number the past couple of seasons.

  17. Not really 1940!, their defense was suspect last year and they didn’t do a whole lot to improve it. They went into the season with a goalie tandem whose combined age is like 80.

  18. Good afternoon all!
    In order for the most part: Flyers, Devils, Islanders, Pens, Caps, CanadiAns, LeaVEs.

  19. 9. Islanders (they have enough good draft picks already)
    10. Habs
    11. Capitals
    12. Penguins
    13. Bruins
    14. Devils
    15. Flyers

  20. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Flyers
    Habs
    Devils
    Pens
    Isles
    Sabres- for blacking out Ranger games
    Capitals

    In that order. Worst first.

  21. Of course I’d expect them to fall with their goalie situation being what it is but this was a team that was 20+ games above .500 last year and now they are a few games below. I am personally surprised there has been such a huge drop off.

  22. so today is my bday and wife is trying real hard to cook up a nice dinner since we have the little one at home whos now 11 months and will be one on vday. a boy bday ob valentine day still weird to me. she asked me whats the one thing you want for your bday. any certain dish for dinner a new ranger jersey.

    my response two points tonite and my son to understand hockey already.

    im 33 today i feel like i am 60 especially in the last year.

  23. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    The Islanders dont really hold the same weight with me anymore. I feel the Islanders are interchangeable with buffalo, carolina, ottowa, toronto.

  24. carp

    in my opinion heres the best case heading into playoffs for rangers. i think bruins ARE STILL TEAM TO BEAT

    1 vs 8 bruins vs florida/toronto
    2 vs 7 rangers senators
    3 vs 6 washington/pittsburgh
    4 vs 5 flyers devils

    that would be ideal because wont have to play pitt flyers devs in first round and two of the 4 would be eliminated.

    keep in mind most east teams have 4 games in hand on ottawa. they will slide i believe.

    i mean ideally i would want wash and pitt out of playoffs but dont thinks its happening. better then florida and toronto or winnipeg.

    heres another stat NO TEAM SINCE 2003-04 HAS BEEN 9 POINTS OUT OR MORE AFTER 40 GAMES AND MADE THE PLAYOFFS. so buffalo and montreal on down look to be done after 46 games trailing by 9

  25. carp

    My regards for your yanking me out of my idyll, and straightening me out as to Miami Pimp;

    you don’t mince words, and you tell it like it is. I shall follow more of his posts and see if I can pick out where I went wrong. TUVM

  26. billybleedsblue on

    Carp, I was slightly off from yours Caps/Leaves

    Islanders
    Flyers
    Devils
    Penguins
    Bruins
    Habs
    Leaves

    I put Leaves because there’s much more history there, but the Caps would work too lol

  27. The Fishsticks don’t hold much weight until they start winning again. One can argue that ain’t happening. However, if it does, RR will be all about beating the carcillo out of them. They are just not on the radar screen right now.

  28. Yeah, the Fishsticks are irrelevant at the moment. ( where is the troll John Tavares btw?). To a point where I can mildly root for them if they play against the team that really matters for our standings. But I can not root for the Devils. Even if I try.

  29. What a predicament the Devils are in with Parise…talk about the Rock and a hard place.
    (pun intended)

  30. Predicament is right, 1940. They won’t trade him at the deadline unless they are firmly in the playoffs because they can’t afford losing more money by not making the PO. And they can’t afford with their debt to resign him next year. Now, since Marty mentioned he wanted to play another year, Parise won’t want to stay there either. Lou is going to have his hands full, even though signing Kovalchuk wasn’t his fault.

  31. I even saw someone in the Canadian media mildly criticise Whyzerman’s work as GM recently. Never thought I’d see the day.

  32. I think the Devils can make the playoffs, they seem to have gotten their legs under them now. They were buoyed by their ridiculous record in the skills comp earlier in the season. But going forward it’s tough to see that team contending for anything other than a bottom half of the playoff pack. Iffy goaltending prospects, not much of a blueline after Larsson and half of their top 6 guys are old. Detroit is going to have $24.6M in cap space to play with after this year. Could you imagine Parise with Datsyuk or Zetterberg?

  33. Yeah, definitely am not envious of Lou at this point. I’d say you have to trade him. Realistically, their chances at winning the cup this year are so so at best. Losing him for nothing would be disastrous in my opinion.

  34. NYR – don’t dizzy me with PA Parenteau’s statistics. Boom Boom informed us yesterday that stats can’t just be applied from team to team. You have to predict his attitude and his personal surroundings and then subtract his family environment divided by his number of children and then add back in his age. That is the formula for what he would score if on the Rangers.

  35. What exactly did Whyzerman do to build that Tampa team from last year? Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecav and even a surprise like Purcell were all on the team before he came.

  36. Agree, CT. I took a bit of a distaste for the Bolts (Game 82 notwithstanding) after the amount of slurping Whyzerman – and by associatipn, evil genius Boucher – got for his every move.

    There was one article I saw that praised him for being able to wear a suit and I saw him given great credit for signing Randy Jones, like he was Ray Bourque or something.

  37. I don’t have a problem with the Bolts per se, but this year the harsh correction of a team with a soft D and old and poor goaltending has caught up with them. It was nice to see them stomp the Caps last year and Stamkos is great to watch but until Hedman can make the next step and become the Swedish Pronger-lite, they’re going to have issues with outscoring the amount they give up.

  38. What exactly did Whyzerman do to build that Tampa team from last year?

    ***

    He hired the best French coach in the history of hockey…Guy Boucher! That scar is bad-aasen…

  39. HageLinCalPruStepanlahanickle on

    Happy gameday afternoon!

    Carp, was it a blackout or an annihilation of asshats?

  40. Izzy has been awfully quiet lately. Is that because the statistics isn’t you forte or is it your back, Izzy?

  41. *Annihilation of Asshats*

    ***************

    WHOAH LIN! That is for sure the awesomest band name ever.

  42. HageLinCalPruStepanlahanickle on

    The lettering on that jersey is gonna bankRUPPt me! I do have to find a way to incorporate McD and Sauer, and you can aleays add the “sky” at the end lol

  43. whoever is in my fantasy league (Carped 4 Life) Please respond to the message i posted on league’s message board. Thanks.

  44. HageLinCalPruStepanlahanickle on

    Lmao manny! I gotta copyright and trademark it before the losers at espn try to steal it

  45. HageLinCalPruStepanlahanickle on

    Happy birthday Eric, welcome again to the 26 club!

    Sally cookies soon, finances tough this month!

  46. Sally – I like to call Stu Bickel – “Half Sauer” because I feel like he is replacing Sauer for the time being and it’s also funny because Bickel is a large human.

  47. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    No stats ilb. They can be made to support anything.

    Besides, 47% of all stats are made up on the spot.

  48. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Lin- you know why many eastern European names end in SKI?

    ’cause they can’t spell toboggan.

  49. Letang is huge for the pens, probably the best QB blueliner in the game. Pittsburg gets cxrosby back they will be dangerous.

  50. Meh….Letang is coming off an injury so I’m not that worried about him….

    Hopefully we can shut down MalKing…he’s been a beast lately….

  51. Letang is huge for the pens, probably the best QB blueliner in the game.

    ***

    Dan Boyle, Nicklas Lidstrom, Zdeno Chara, Duncan Keith and Shea Weber might have something to say about that.

  52. Hey guys. Remember the time Isiah Thomas played a game on a terribly sprained ankle and Thomas scored 25 points in a single quarter of the game, an NBA Finals record?

  53. Hey, Lin, I just got a mass company email from our receptionist who said she found a hat and if it isn’t claimed by tomorrow she’s going to get rid of it. Honest to God.

    so I think I’m going to reply “Asshat Annihilation” … if you haven’t copyrighted it yet.

  54. billybleedsblue on

    Hey guys, remember when Manny started commenting about NBA on a hockey blog and then got fired? hahaha, just joking around man, I’m not even sure that your little story about Isiah is true… I was waiting for the punchline (and I think ORR got it).

    Asshat Annihilation! Wait, what size is the hat, and what style/color please? I may have lost it, but I’m not sure…

  55. My favorite 3 prospects…..just because

    1) He-Man
    2) ^wizard^
    3) Chris Buster (Bust College) Buston, Mass

  56. I get to see the Bolts quite a bit, and the problem that they have is n ot their defense per se, but their goal tending. And as for Gilroy…he’s been an honest worker, seldom on the ice for a
    GA, and ask Stamos what he thinks of Gilroy’s set up passes.

  57. Things are fine here, Manny – looking forward to watching the game tonight on my newly-reconnected DirecTV dish – hartnelling carcilloheads TWC/MSG!

  58. Manny’s demanding a trade to another blog!? Where? Fishsticks? Debbies? Say it ain’t so, Manny!

  59. I demanded it after being fired, Jimbo! Be my counsel here!

    Tonight’s game is on the NHL Network. Which means I will be able to watch it!

  60. Your counsel? You’re the lawyer here! Who fired you? You can’t be fired, unless Carp lays down the declaration!

  61. “My client, Manny from Brooklyn, did *nothing* that would warrant his firing – and only Mr. Carp, the Blogfather, has the authority to dismiss a Bonehead, so please cease and desist from spreading rumors about Manny’s dismissal from this blog.”

  62. Twitter is blowing up about a trade involving Manny, but I can’t tell you about until after Feb 27.

  63. Yes! Objection! Overruled! You’re in contempt! I hold myself in contempt why should you be any differend?!?!

    Great job, Jimbo! The check is in the mail! What’s your rate? $500/Hr?

  64. billybleedsblue on

    That’s it, we’re working on a trade for Manny right now. I can’t say exactly who we’re talking to, or what organization they are from, or what my sources may or may not be. Let’s just say it’s a certain “Mets fan blog.”

    We’re looking for anything we can get and we’ll take a bag of (base)balls, a can of corn, or a grapefruit.

    Any interested parties please contact our Director of Public Relations, Miami Pimp at bush-league@weak-sauce.org

    p.s. The fruit doesn’t need to be a grapefruit, we’ll take any citrus fruit, even a lemon — thank you.

  65. >>>Great job, Jimbo! The check is in the mail! What’s your rate? $500/Hr?

    Professional courtesy, Manny – you’ll defend me for something someday!!

  66. >>>Twitter is blowing up about a trade involving Manny, but I can’t tell you about until after Feb 27.

    +1!!!

  67. I haven’t personally been told that I am being traded. It’s just a lot of speculation right now. Sure, it’s distracting but I am trying to do my best, post my best and stay focused on what’s important.

  68. LMAO, Jimbo.

    I’m going to have to insist that you cease and desist, otherwise I assure you I can make things very uncomfortable for you, and your staff … if you have one.

  69. billybleedsblue on

    lol

    Due to an increase in our new web metric that calculates a Blogger’s Momentum, we’re reconsidering the move that could trade Manny away to another blog. I can’t say for sure right now what my sources are, but Manny’s recent increasing BM has improved his worth for this blog. We haven’t wiped away the possibility of a movement that involves Manny, but we’re looking for more compensation… possibly 2 or maybe 3 citrus fruits, and 2 bags of balls. The can of corn could sweeten the deal, but it might make things less ‘smooth’ in the long run.

    Again, any interested parties can forward their offers to our PR Director Miami Pimp, bush-league@weak-sauce.org.

  70. Again, they haven’t said anything directly to me. The most important stuff to remember is that I have a family and luckily they love and support me. That’s where I am at right now. If the organization wants to go in a different direction then so be it.

  71. Manny, like Dubinsky, can only be traded to Buffalo or a Buffalog (Buffablog?) as per my rules.

  72. I’m pretty sure the Islanders will go undefeated for the remainder of the season, sign Kelly Kisio out of retirement and ride the shoulders of PA Parateau all the way to the cup. Call Madam Cleo’s psychic line–she’ll confirm this. Really.

  73. manny

    the game will be blacked out in new york on the nhl network. prob get another game or nhl on the fly

  74. Is Hambone Clause the guy who comes down the chimney the night after Festivus?

    Get back to work, Sally! Go time is still a couple of hours away.

  75. Carp – you intimidated my counsel!?

    OH GOD. Eric – thanks for the heads up. I never would have known that.

  76. Ahhhg. I paid for NHL center ice to watch ranger’s games out on the left coast but they’re always blacked out and we are going TV-less until our 10 month old twins are 3 or 4. I have to get savvier about finding ways to stream games online.

  77. All you intellectual pinheads who want to keep Mannystinko around. He quit on the blog about two months ago.

    Once Kreider gets here, you will see a Hall of Fame standard of lewd puns and a rate of posts detailing his obese work colleague’s dietary habits not seen before in the history of the internet.

  78. General, normally I’d do what you tell me to, but we’re closing early cause of the snow!!!

  79. HAMBONE CLAUS also thinks carrots and milk are gross. HAMBONE CLAUS eat bacon and local craft beer.

  80. I would love to stick around. Any insinuation that I, ya know, “quit on the blog” well that’s just….gutless. (pause) Gutless.

  81. HAMBONE CLAUS need time to work out grammatical idiosyncrasies and amusing personal catch phrase.

  82. Today… is Festivus! There will be a magic show at zero-nine-thirty! HAMBONE CLAUS will tell you about how the free world will conquer Communism with the aid of God and a few Marines!

  83. billybleedsblue on

    wtb is going on? lol

    hey wait, Genny Cream Ale is pretty awesome when it’s ice cold and it’s 100 degrees out…

    lmao at comparison to HULK. what the heck is going on in here today?!

    Carp, I’m not at all responsible for any of this nonsense! I blame SOPA!

  84. Any further insinuation that this whole situation stems from SOPA, give me a break. That’s just gutless (pause) (pause) (pause) gutless. SOPA has nothing to do with this. It’s that billy guy who bleeds all the time.

  85. HAMBONE CLAUS consider Genny Cream Ale to be somewhat local. Green screamer acceptable replacement.

  86. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Every case of Genny Cream Ale should come with a free roll of toilet paper.

    Green Diesel!

  87. stranger nation on

    Genny screamers…do not operate light machinery or be outside of 100 foot radius of a functioning toilet.

  88. HAMBONE CLAUS knows when you are asleep. He know when you are good. He knows when you are bad. But he just doesn’t give a Byfuglien!

  89. Genny screamers might be bad, but if you ever drink Utica Club you’ll get the Schultz & Dooleys fer sure!

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