Ticket contest today; Rangers at Devils tonight

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The contest for two tickets to the Feb. 12 game begins now, and ends when the “It’s Go Time!” thread is posted prior to tonight’s game (approx. 6:30 p.m.).

Only entries within this thread will count. Please scroll down to the previous thread to read the rules before entering. AND DO NOT EVEN DREAM ABOUT ENTERING TWICE.

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Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center — Newark, NJ
Rangers: 31-12-4 (66 pts)
Devils: 26-19-3 (55 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 25

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970 The Apple), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 31-12-4 (66 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-0, on Jan. 24 at Madison Square Garden for their third win in four games, and are now 14-4-0 in their last 18 games. New York has posted a record of 28-9-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Devils enter the contest with a 26-19-3 (55 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at First Niagara Center (7:30 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
* All-Time: 99-82-27-5 overall (54-29-20-2 at home; 45-53-7-3 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of six meetings this season, and the second of three at Prudential Center. New York is 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win on Dec. 20 at Prudential Center. The Rangers tallied four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to overcome a one-goal deficit after the first. Marian Gaborik (two goals, one assist) and Derek Stepan (three assists) each registered three points, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the win.
* Last Season: New York was 4-2-0 overall (2-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road). The Rangers held the Devils to one or fewer goals in four of the six meetings, and out-scored New Jersey, 16-8, in the season series. Brandon Dubinsky led the Blueshirts in scoring with four goals and seven points, while Artem Anisimov tallied a team-high, five assists in six games. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-2-0 with a 1.44 GAA, .953 Sv% and one shutout.
* Nine of their last 13 meetings have been decided by two goals or less
* Henrik Lundqvist has started in 32 straight games against the Devils
* New York ranks second with a 16-7-2 (34 pts) record on the road; New Jersey ranks 25th with a 12-9-2 (26 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 9-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Devils are 4-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:
* Henrik Lundqvist — 37 GP, 23-9-5, 1.82 GAA, 5 SO
* Martin Biron — 30 GP, 8-15-2-2, 3.16 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards — 33 GP, 5-26-31
* Marian Gaborik — 19 GP, 8-10-18
* Brandon Dubinsky — 27 GP, 9-8-17
* Dan Girardi — 30 GP, 0-11-11

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers are tied for sixth in the NHL with a plus-seven rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 14 games (31-32, 96.9% over the span), including six straight (14 times shorthanded), and is 56-61 (91.8%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 23 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 16-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 23-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg. New York ranks 25th overall (23-163, 14.1%) and 28th on the road (8-77, 10.4%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 1-5 (6:52) when four-on-three (last – 1/21 at BOS). 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 Jets scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Jan. 24 at MSG. New York ranks third overall (133-152, 87.5%) and fourth on the road (77-88, 87.5%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg. The Rangers are plus-four in 47 four-on-four situations (85:44), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will begin their eighth of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at New Jersey. New York has posted a record of 6-0-1 (3-0-0 at home, 3-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 5-1-1 (4-0-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 26-9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 13-3-1 mark at MSG and 13-6-2 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 will close out the set tomorrow at Buffalo.

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers own a record of 18-7-2 vs. the Devils since the start of the 2007-08 season, including a 9-4-1 mark on the road during the stretch, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist has registered a 2.07 goals against average, .926 save percentage and five shutouts in the 27-game stretch.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 31 career regular season contests, posting a record of 21-5-5 with a 1.79 goals against average, .933 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.

FAMILIAR FOE
The Rangers are 9-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, including a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 15 – Jan. 6.  New York has out-scored their opponent, 34-21, in divisional play.

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .702 win% through 47 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 32-12-3 record (.713 win%), and is the fourth best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

KING HENRIK’S REIGN
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 20th win with a 27-save shutout on Jan. 17 vs. Nashville. He became the third goaltender in Rangers’ history to reach the 20-win mark in seven straight seasons, and the first since Mike Richter from 1995-96 – 2001-02. Ed Giacomin holds the team record with eight straight (1966-67 – 1973-74). Lundqvist is one of four NHL goalies with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more straight seasons (Kiprusoff – CGY, Luongo – VAN, Vokoun – WSH). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SHUTOUT KING
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in a 3-0 win on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg to post his fifth shutout of the season and 40th of his career, and move into a tie with Dave Kerr for second place on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list. He ranks seventh among active goalies in career shutouts, and is one of only two NHL goaltenders to record 40 or more shutouts since 2005-06 (Brodeur, 41). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 2nd in points (66)
* 1st in win% (.702)
* T-2nd in wins (31)
* 1st in regulation/overtime wins (29)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
* 1st in fewest goals against (93)
* 2nd in GAA (1.98)
* 1st in hits (1,378)
* 6th in blocked shots (776)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-33)
* T-3rd in goal differential (plus-36)

ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE
Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin and Dan Girardi participated in the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, while Head Coach John Tortorella served as head coach of Team Alfredsson, becoming the first coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game. Marian Gaborik captured MVP honors in the All-Star Game after posting a hat trick and tallying the lone assist on the game-winning goal for a four-point effort. Gaborik is the fifth New York Ranger to capture MVP honors in the NHL All-Star Game — Don Maloney (1984), Mike Gartner (1993), Mike Richter (1994) and Wayne Gretzky (1999). Henrik Lundqvist helped Team Alfredsson win the NHL All-Star Skills Competition by stopping an event-best, six of seven shootout attempts in the Elimination Shootout. Carl Hagelin, who was one of 12 rookies participating in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, also contributed to Team Alfredsson’s victory in the Skills Competition by winning the Fastest Skater event with a time of 13.218 seconds. In addition, Dan Girardi, who was the second-leading vote-getter among skaters, and first among defensemen, as a write-in candidate in the final fan balloting, registered the primary assist on Team Alfredsson’s first goal of the All-Star Game at 10:36 of the first period. The last time the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game was during the 1996-97 season, when Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch represented the Blueshirts.

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 30 of their last 39 games (28-9-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
* New York is 9-1-1 when leading after the first period and 19-0-2 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 ninth in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 12 games this season, which is the fewest in the league
* New York leads the NHL with an .800 win% when out-shooting their opponent (16-4-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 23-1-1 mark (.920 win%) in those contests; Their 23 wins rank second in the NHL

THE HOT LIST:
* Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in nine of his last 16 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 24 games this season
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
* Ryan Callahan has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* John Mitchell has tallied three goals and a plus-three rating in the last five games
* Carl Hagelin has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 14 games

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 23
* Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 17
* Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 11
Total Man-Games Lost: 155

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Jan. 24 – Recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from Connecticut (AHL) on an emergency basis
* Jan. 24 – Forward Erik Christensen returned from his conditioning stint with Connecticut (AHL)
* Jan. 24 – Assigned goaltender Chad Johnson to Connecticut (AHL)

 

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  1. billybleedsblue on

    Rangers 2, Devils 0. GWG: Callahan. Rangers shots: 22. Devils shots: 21.

    Good luck everybody! :D

  2. BTW, is Dubinsky going to score 19 goals in the second half of the season to match his total from last season?

    Ya know, he needs to earn some of his bloated contract just a little.

  3. Of course Gabby can’t score the winner in empty net, but he’ll score the GWG 2-1 and the last goal in the EN to complete his natural hat-trick in the 3rd :)

  4. billybleedsblue on

    hahaha, the only time Miami will post a Rangers winning prediction! :D what’s up buddy

  5. Too bad people think players need to “earn” their contract by purley scouring goals. Nothing else matters….right?

  6. rangers 4, devils 1, gwg gerardi, sog rangers 27, devils 21.
    please don’t bother me, I’m ordering a boat with three propellers.

  7. if the price of coal went up 5 cents a ton, and the price of oil went up 2 cents a gallon, what would you do?

  8. @ Barry beck

    Even if Dubi doesn’t score another goal this season, he’s certainly earned more of his contract this season than that hack of a captain we had last season…$7m for 1 goal and a couple assists. Keep it in perspective. I know he assigned to a big number to score goals but Dubi’s doing the dirty work at other parts of the game.

  9. Dubi’s having a terrible season, regardless of how good he is defensively. His job is to be one of the top scorers on this team, and he’s not doing his job. Also, comparing him to Drury’s final season, which was plagued by injuries, is unfair.

    Either way you look at it, both guys are not earning their contracts. At least Drury had an excuse with injuries, and old age. What’s Dubi’s?

  10. billybleedsblue on

    Mama, “Move south and bike to work. Good morning all! I predict the Rangers will win!”
    What clever wisdom!

    Orr, these contests are a good litmus for how popular this site is. Watch all of the lurkers come out of the woodwork to take a shot at tickets! I predict the odds of a ‘regular’ winning are at least 7 to 1. Good luck everybody!

  11. Rangers75, would you have given Blair Betts or Brian Boyle the same contract as they gave Dubinsky because of all the “dirty work” they do?

  12. Good morning, boneheads!

    Nice to have hockey back, eh?

    The truth is, every year there are players on every team who do not meet their expectations ( my substitute for “not earning their contract” since the term is debatable, at best). There are few more players on our team who qualify for that description. The difference is, when the team is underachieving, it becomes more painful. But this year, as a team, they “earning their collective contract” of $63,773,000, don’t you think? At the end of the day, that is all that counts.

  13. Rangers 3, Devils 1 GWG: staal. Rangers shots: 23 Devils shots: 27
    (from a regular reader and irregular poster – some fiber should help work that out)

  14. You wouldn’t have given Boyle or Betts that deal because they’ve never shown they can produce offense at the same rate as Dubinsky. He got the contract because of his track record with the team, and how his age and experience compared to contracts that are given to players of similar age/experience/production across the league. Any GM would have done the same thing with a player like him that was under team control. As with any asset there’s a risk that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.

  15. Rangers 4, Devils 0. GWG: Mitchell. Rangers shots: 29. Devils shots: 24.

    Dubinsky is getting a free ride on a very good team. He would be booed off the ice if the Rangers were not doing so well as a team. His season is beyond disappointing. Thank goodness we have John Mitchell and Carl Hagelin to pick up the slack. Fact is that Dubi is not as good as most Rangers fans make him out to be. He’s a good two-way player but to expect 50 points a year from him is a big stretch. Consistently inconsistent.

    Callahan is proving why he should be the Rangers captain and why he deserved his contract. Dubinsky is still trying to find his game 6 years into his NHL career.

  16. Fact is that Dubi is not as good as most Rangers fans make him out to be. He’s a good two-way player but to expect 50 points a year from him is a big stretch. Consistently inconsistent.

    ***

    Except that he’s never had less than 40 points and had consistently increased in his point per game rate every year of his career. A 50 point player isn’t going to get a point per game. And there’s a variability attached to 2nd tier players that makes them 2nd tier players as opposed to somewhat more consistency with 1st tier/superstar players.

  17. That’s fair, CT. At least you have recognized that he’s a “2nd tier player”.

    I should have said 60 points is more of a stretch…

  18. Well he was on pace for 52 in 09-10 if he played all the games (a similar caveat also applies to Cally), and he had 54 last year. So a consistently inconsistent 50 points per season isn’t really a stretch of the imagination. 60 points might be a stretch, but the difference between a 50 point and a 60 point player is about 1.25 pts per every ten games so a marginal increase in production and short spurts can really change the perception of a player.

  19. contest again? whatever… not entering.

    that Avery facebook page is brilliantly hilarious! One person not coming – Tim Thomas! LMFAO!

  20. Dubi’s pace for 2011-12: 79GP 9G 28A 37PTS

    Even though that would be a career low, that’s right around his career average. I’m not complaining. That’s where I would expect him to be.

    If he has another 54pt season, I would be surprised.

  21. CT

    YES! I am gonna “outsmart” everyone and enter my “prediction” right before the final buzzer! Oh yeah! Those tickets are mine! ;)

    I wish we had a ticket contest for most hockey related screen name… i bet i’d win all the time :P

  22. Even though that would be a career low, that’s right around his career average. I’m not complaining. That’s where I would expect him to be.

    ***

    But the average ignores the upward trend he had been on prior to this season. It’s equally weighted between the two seasons he wasn’t a 50 per 82 game player and the seasons where he was. The two questions that exist with him going forward are whether he’s going to generate closer to 2 or 2.5 shots per game and whether he’s more of a 6-7% shooter or a 10-12% shooter. That’s been the hardest part of his game to figure out.

  23. jus kidding!! rangers 3- dev 2, gwg gabby in ot!!! shots 34-29 rangers! anyon picking devils is crazy!! dont u know how damn good w r?? fatty vs hank??what?? u crazy fools. go bak to preschool and wipe drool from ur bottom lip suckas!!

  24. anyon picking devils is crazy!! dont u know how damn good w r?? fatty vs hank??what?? u crazy fools. go bak to preschool and wipe drool from ur bottom lip suckas!!

    ***

    This needs to be framed or hung up on someone’s fridge door.

  25. Rangers 4 Devils 1 GWG Staal SOG NYR 30 NJ 33 Saw Avery play Fri night. Scores a goal and gets a game misconduct all on the same play at the same time of game . OH BABY !!

  26. good pick jude. del zaster ftw! anyone pick boyle or prust?? or rupp?rupp is a good choice i think. playin against former team n such. dubys due too.

    on another note, anyone think we could get mike ryder or someone like that by deadline? perfect lw for gabbys line. looks like parise is off the market. but imagine him here next year? winning!!

  27. Rangers 1 million + infinity
    Devils -10 Trillion

    Game wining goal: Troy Mallette

    Ranger Shots: Need to know government Secret

    Devils shots on goal: Enough to earn a free slice of Drury pizza and an Avery what not to wear tip.

  28. A comment on the All Star extravaganza

    What a bucket of fun that week was. The skating, the real life skills performances and the absolutely fabulous funny stuff that hearkened back to the old Globetrotters

    Congratulations Ottawa….ya done good.

  29. who are all these posters ive never seen before?? anastasia, what a pretty name. do u come here often?

  30. “The two questions that exist with him going forward are whether he’s going to generate closer to 2 or 2.5 shots per game and whether he’s more of a 6-7% shooter or a 10-12% shooter. ”

    My two biggest questions: Can he grow a legit porn-stache without using a sharpie? Does he bring enough @CHARACTER@ to the table?

  31. fran- i enjoy watching the rangers players and they did quite well this asg. some teams didnt even have a player rep. did the canes have anyone? besides the rookie faulk? no bj’s either. except johansen. i do like the new format with the drafting though. nex year i n colombus. do they hve enough fans to vote in their players besides nash? the habs fans will get more votes for scott gomez alone over any jackets players.

  32. Carp,

    @katiebakes should be in the twitter feed. She covers the NHL for ESPN’s Grantland site and is a NYR fan to boot.

  33. Grabby- the Devils didn’t have anyone representing the team….Also, their performance this year, coupled with deep financial troubles, made Lou’s job beyond difficult. If they were far out of the playoff picture, or had enough points already to making it, Lou would trade Parise for some great return. He knows he can’t sign him next year. But the Devils look like they are going to fight for 7-8th place. And without Parise it becomes less likely. They can’t afford to lose any playoffs revenue.

  34. By the way, it all good news for NYR. Because Lou would not trade him to Manhattan. According to NYP, all he is going to get is trading him for negotiating rights just before July 1st.

  35. Noah-auer-inger, 29 on

    Rangers 2, Devils 4. GWG: Parise. Rangers shots: 26. Devils shots: 32.

    (fearing the post-ASG hangover…I hope I am wrong)

  36. i know nyrfan. how is still playing in the nhl? in the toughest market no less. what happened to him? tom pyatt, who was a throw in with the gomez for no gomez trade, is with tampa now and is better than him. its gonna be tough for him to catch cam ward in goals this year.

  37. Ahh back to real hockey finally!! Here’s to a great second half (going to be hard to top the first!), one game at a time …

    Rangers 4, Devils 3. GWG: Staal (!!). Rangers shots: 31. Devils shots: 30

  38. Rangers: 3 – Devils: 1
    GWG: Richards
    NY shots: 28
    NJ shots: 26

    My gut says to flip these scores but my heart won’t allow it.

  39. I believe, that Debbies financial troubles are so deep, that even if they will sneak into the playoffs (which will be short anyway), revenue from it will be totally irrelevant. Hence, not sure it is financial motivator, to cell team at higher value because of that(being able to get in a playoff) is another story…

  40. Rangers: 4 Devils: 1 GWG: Stepan Rangers Shots: 30 Devils Shots: 21

    Thanks to whoever donated the tickets. This is always fun.

  41. Good afternoon, Carp! You betcha I’m going to the game tomorrow! Sec 304 Row 3. CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Mike, that’s good. Didn’t get to see Lundqvist play last time they came to Buffalo. Still, he’s such a beast against the Devils…

  43. I should have read the other posts. I thought i’d be the only one dumb enough to choose 3-1 Rangers with a Staal GWG

  44. Wicky©"I think Biron is starting in net tonight!" on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    NYR
    vibin’ on dubinsky

    Rangers 5
    Devils 3
    GWG=Prust
    shots for Rangers 29
    shots for Devils 36

    I want the trade deadline to get here!!!!!

  45. Wicky©"I think Biron is starting in net tonight!" on

    Anyone want to take a guess at what david klein’s, VinceA’s, or Local fan’s predictions would be for tonight?

    I’ll give vinceA’s a shot…

    Rangers 3 (no europansy goals)
    Devils 1 (some europansy scores a goal)
    GWG not a europansy

    shots rangers (23 non europansy, 4 europansy)
    shots devils (29 europansy, 6 non europansy)

  46. Wicky©"I think Biron is starting in net tonight!" on

    ILB
    both girls are getting better, still coughing a bit but temps are down to about normal. The mrs has a wicked cough still, but says she is better and I’m still breathing, so that is a plus I guess!

    all in all, it could be worse.

    Thanks for asking, XOXO!

  47. NYR, if that’s all that can be expected from him, then I say, trade him now. After a few years in the league, and after signing the contract he so desperately wanted, I expect him to hit career highs. 25-30 goals, between 70-80 points. Obviously not going to happen. I just hope it’s one bad year, and not the start of many.

  48. 70-80 points? I think in a good year with either his shooting percentage going through the roof or him getting off a personal record in shots I could see Dubi hitting 70. Keep in mind with the way that the NHL has trended since the lockout there’s only about 30 guys in the league that get 70+ points. 50-60 is probably a more appropriate expectation for his peak years and that’s basially how he’s getting paid.

  49. I don’t know, Orr. I just hope the Rangers aren’t trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. If he’s not a scorer, then the organization needs to make a decision. With Hagelin showing he can be a top-6 forward and guys like Kreider and MZA on their way up, is Dubi expected to be a leading scorer? Or, is he better suited for a third line center role?

    Dubi is a very good player when he: kills penalties, plays with an edge, gets under the skin of the opposition, strong on the puck down low, and occasionally scores the odd goal.

  50. What I really like about this freebees fest, besides the fact that it substantially (x 10) increase blog’s traffic, is, that you could see a “silence majority” behind the scene, which shows you a mighty blog’s potential.LOL.

  51. I don’t think 70-80 points is that far-fetched, going into this season. Especially since he was supposed to be the winger on Richards, Butt-Chin’s line. He has the skill set to put up those points, or close to it. He’s just so terribly inconsistent, but this has been the worst.

  52. NYR,

    While showing that he’s got tremendous upside, let’s remember that Hagelin still has only about 30 games of NHL experience so I’d be wary of pegging him as a top 6 guy after only that many games.

    Secondly, the likelihood of Kreider making a profound enough impact to displace someone like Dubinsky from the roster as early as next season is probably limited. I’d be more than pleased if he pulls a Stepan and hits 20 goals, 40+ points as a rookie but that’s not a reason to ship out an established player.

    MZA at this point isn’t looking like he has a future with the Rangers in the NHL after this season. Even if they own his NHL rights, why would he want to stick around for another year of bouncing in and out of the lineup and in between NY and HFD?

  53. CT

    Richards
    Gaborik
    Callahan
    Stepan
    Hagelin

    I don’t see those 5 five going anywhere, anytime soon. So, that leaves an open spot on the LW. Kreider may or may not be able to claim that spot. Time will tell.

    “MZA at this point isn’t looking like he has a future with the Rangers in the NHL after this season. Even if they own his NHL rights, why would he want to stick around for another year of bouncing in and out of the lineup and in between NY and HFD?”

    Qualifying MZA is a no brainer at $875k. Remember that Feds, Wolski, EC, and Mitchell are likely gone after this season. He’ll get a chance to compete for a forward spot if he isn’t dealt.

    Also, I’d like to see him get a fair shake with the Rangers this season and possibly make the extended roster in the spring time. I don’t think Tortorella has given up on him at all.

  54. Orr,

    As I said, I think it would take a perfect storm of circumstances for him to be in the 30 goal/70 point range. Most likely it would require him getting off more shots. He’s only shot more than 200 in one season. If he somehow gets up to around 250 shots in a year, he’d still need to shoot at better than historic shooting percentage along with playing a full season to hit 30 goals. Then he would have needed a 40 or so assist season along with that, which would have entailed having his linemates also having good years. I’m not saying that can’t happen and it would be awesome for the team if it did, but that would certainly be a career year for him and I’d be surprised if he did it more than once.

  55. NYR Fan,

    There’s always the chance that MZA doesn’t want to come back to the NHL, especially with the Rangers. He goes from being the MVP of one league to being a marginal player in the NHL. So what’s the great incentive for him to come back?

  56. Oh, I’m not denying that possibility. He certainly can walk away from the qualifying offer.

    I tend to think he wants to be an NHL’er. He is having an All-Star season in the AHL, dominating when he was healthy. What’s left for him to prove in the SEL, after winning the MVP?

    The incentive is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    C’mon. There is upside beyond being “a marginal player in the NHL”.

  57. I’m sure he could be a useful top 9 forward in the league, I just don’t think it will be with the Rangers. We can at least agree that he’s not equipped to play a traditional 4th line role. So with your aforementioned list of top Rangers forwards for next year you’ll have:

    Gaborik
    Richards
    Callahan
    Stepan
    Hagelin

    And the others that remain under contract:

    Dubinsky
    Anisimov
    Boyle

    With the possible addition of Kreider.

    Rupp and Prust (although he’s an impending FA) are guys I’d probably say are more 4th line oriented.

    Maybe there’s a spot for him somewhere in there but it doesn’t look like he has anything close to a guarantee of a spot if the roster looks like that going into next season.

  58. Some Dubi stats from last year vs this year may come as a surprise to some:

    Midpoint of 2011-12: GP 44 Goals=5 Assists=16 Points=21

    2010-11 Season Totals: G=24 Assists=30 Points=54
    This campaign he led the Rangers in points, goals, assists, and road points. Was 2nd in shots, and was tied for most road goals on team with 14.

  59. Agreed. There is no guarantee for MZA or Krieder. It all depends how the chips fall.

    July 1 may bring new faces…

    The 800 lb. gorilla stepping on the logo right now: the unknown trade(s) that Slats makes between now and the deadline.

  60. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    dont be doing that straggle tooth dang new post thingy you be doing there CCCP! That be real straggle tooth action there.

    Regards,
    Bob

  61. Rangers 5, Devils 2. GWG: Hagelin. SOG Rangers – 29, Devils – 32

    and concerning the dozen Dunkin Donuts in the Debbies’ Lockeroom before the game
    Brodeur 12, rest of team 0

  62. By the way, CCCP, I meant to tell you, I was cracking up laughing at the Kaspar-Bobby Granger video that you posted last week!

    “Nobody bumps into our goalie!”

  63. Crap, wish i could change my prediction. Biron is in net tonight. WTF…Henke never misses Devil games.

  64. NYR_FAN, for a minute I though you had mispelled “RHPS” and I got excited.

    I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey…

  65. Are the Rangers here yet? Anyone know if they’re coming to Buffalo tomorrow or after the game tonight?

  66. Thanks, Carp! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m like ZzZZ-level excited!!!

  67. No worries, they are just very different things. Last week I misunderstood “Erie County Fair Housing Partnership” as some kind of fair housing group at the Erie County Fair. I got excited about funnel cake!!!

  68. RANGERS IN BUFFALO!!!!!!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!! LETS WIN #THERIGHTWAY!!!!11 COME ON BOYS!!!!!!!!! THIS IS EXCITING!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  69. Orr,

    I should clarify that $7m a year for Drury’s last 3 seasons was an abomination. I readily agree that he’s having off season and needs to screw his head on straight but I wouldn’t go so far to say he’s had a bad or terrible season. I think his issue is between his ears, I saw him a couple of weeks back at an autograph session in Tuckahoe, he acted a little bit like a clown, definitely the luster was dulled after watching him compared to Hank and Cally.

    That said, I’m happy to eat my words if he has a sub 40 pt season, I’ll be the first to admit he had a piss poor season.

    CTBlueshirt,

    From one CT resident to another, thanks for the perfect response to Barry Beck’s question. Obviously, I wouldn’t have signed Betts or Boyle to Dubi’s contract.

    We all have our heart in the right place, LGR!!!

  70. Sooooo… Who misses my ripped hockey shorts, huh? Anyone? Better Ingredients… Chewier mouthpieces…. Papa Drury’s!

  71. billybleedsblue on

    Sally, that’s awesome you get to see a game! I haven’t been to Buffalo in a year although I go to any games when I’m in town there. Doesn’t look like it’s happenin’ this season. The HSBC is pretty sweet, I hope you have a great time!

  72. Thanks, billy! The F’n Arena is very nice and I like that it smells like cheerios! Lets go RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. Sorry, Sally..I’m excited for you too. What are you drinking tomorrow? Maybe I should rephrase it: What are you *NOT* drinking tomorrow night?

  74. duckBill PLA-t-pus on

    ilbster, the duckbill is partaking in some Black Sambuca, accordingly, the duckbill would like to make a toast to the ilbster for being a gentleman, a scholar, an arbiter and new member of the let the kids play fan club aka the Bad News Bears. Much prosperity and good tidings to the ilbster..compadre of the duckbill.

  75. To Ilb! (raises coffee cup)

    Ilb, I found one place in the 300 level that serves our local beer, Flying Bison. I’ll stick to that if it’s not too far from my seat! Thank you for being excited for me! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. billybleedsblue on

    Sally, cheerios? Really? I kind of remember the Arena smelling a lot like Labatts. Oh wait, that was me…

  77. Carp, they’re not quite THAT good. Can you please tell Prusty of my offer to buy him a pastrami sandwich? His hotel, my office, and a pastrami footlong are all within one block of each other.

  78. You know what though? Prusty is a professional athlete and I am a social worker. He should be offering to buy ME pastrami sandwiches. It’s just more fair that way.

  79. Sally, you, mean, Prust saying…..:)

    So, are you camping out at their hotel later tonight?

  80. Mama!!! Yeah “Prust sayin”!!!!! LMAO! I don’t really know which hotel they stay at, but I picked one and have decided I’m right. I would camp out there, but I think I may need to conserve energy so I can scream my face off for a few hours tomorrow night. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. fyi, for those who missed this story from a long time ago…was chatting with a security guy at Giants stadium while at a concert, and he told me that Meadowlands (yes, I still use that term) staff were thrilled when the Devils left…said they were complete asshats.

  82. LMAO decided I’m right……!!! You can always try getting there early tomorrow before they board the bus for the arena….My only experience with that was in Sweden. They left at about 4, 4:30 for a 7 p.m. game, if that helps :)

  83. That’s right, Mama. I usually avoid live chat threads and ticket contest threads because I am easily confused.

  84. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Rangers 7, Devils 2. GWG: Stepan. Rangers shots: 33. Devils shots: 28

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