Rangers at Hurricanes tonight


Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Mar. 1, 7:00 p.m.
RBC Center – Raleigh, NC

Rangers: 40-15-6 (86 pts)
Hurricanes: 24-26-13 (61 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Feb. 28

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), to begin a back-to-back road set against Southeast Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank third in the league overall, with a record of 40-15-6 (86 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 2-0, on Monday at Madison Square Garden for their 40th win of the season, and are now 11-3-2 in their last 16 games. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 24-26-13 (61 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in six of their last seven games (4-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow, Mar. 2, at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set.


  • All-Time: 57-48-7-2 overall (35-17-4-2 at home; 22-31-3-0 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at RBC Center. New York is 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 5-3 win on Dec. 1 at Carolina. The Rangers have out-scored the Hurricanes, 10-4, in the series, including a 5-0 advantage in the third period. New York is 2-7 (28.6%) on the power play in two games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held the Hurricanes scoreless in three shorthanded situations.
  • Last Season:  New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal, including two that required extra time. The Rangers’ power play was 3-14 (21.4%) in the series. Ryan Callahan tied for the team-high with two goals and three points in two games, while Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, two assists) and Ryan McDonagh led the team with two assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.92 GAA and .915 Sv%.
  • The Rangers have won four of their last five meetings with the Hurricanes
  • New York ranks third with a 19-8-4 (42 pts) record on the road; Carolina ranks 12th with a 17-12-5 (39 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 12-2-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Hurricanes are 3-11-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
  • Carolina lists no former Rangers on their roster


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 20 GP, 11-8-1, 2.37 GAA, 1 SO
  • Martin Biron — 20 GP, 11-4-1-2, 2.56 GAA, 1 SO
  • Brad Richards — 48 GP, 12-30-42
  • Marian Gaborik  — 16 GP, 8-8-16
  • Marc Staal — 16 GP, 2-3-5

The Rangers have tallied seven power play goals in the last 10 games, posting a 20.6% success rate over the span (7-34). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 19 of the last 28 games (67-76, 88.2% over the span). The Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-3 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 28-7-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Monday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 28th overall (30-210, 14.3%) and 21st on the road (14-98, 14.3%). The Rangers are 2-13 (10:23) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/19 vs. CBJ), and 1-7 (9:28) when four-on-three (last – 2/24 at NYI). 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 Devils scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) on Monday at MSG. New York ranks sixth overall (169-196, 86.2%) and sixth on the road (94-108, 87.0%). The Rangers are 8-9 (4:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/16 vs. CHI), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (7): 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); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Monday vs. New Jersey. The Rangers are plus-seven in 65 four-on-four situations (120:19), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (9): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan), 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford).

The Rangers will begin their 11th of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tomorrow at Carolina. New York has posted a record of 7-0-3 (3-0-0 at home, 4-0-3 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 8-1-1 (6-0-0 at home, 2-1-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-9-3 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-6-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 57 times in his career, posting a record of 36-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers will conclude the set on Friday at Tampa Bay.

The Rangers have registered at least a point in 10 of their last 12 road games (8-2-2 over the span), and are 14-4-2 in their last 20 games away from MSG.

The Rangers have posted a record of 12-2-1 against Southeast Division opponents this season, having out-scored their opponents, 52-28, in those contests.

Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his older brother, Carolina forward Eric Staal, 16 times in his career, amassing an 8-7-1 record with five points (two goals, three assists) and 10 penalty minutes. Eric has registered an 8-5-3 mark with 10 points (five goals, five assists) and eight penalty minutes.

The Rangers’ .705 win% is the team’s best record through 61 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 40-11-10 record (.738 win%), and is the second best mark in franchise history. The Rangers reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fastest to 40-wins in franchise history.

Henrik Lundqvist posted his 30th win of the season with a 13-save effort in Monday’s 2-0 win vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist became the fourth goalie in NHL history to post 30+ wins in seven or more consecutive seasons, joining Tony Esposito (7 from 1969-70 to 1975-76), Patrick Roy (8 from 1995-96 to 2002-03) and Martin Brodeur (12 from 1995-96 to 2007-08), and increased his own NHL record of most 30+ win seasons to begin his career.

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…

  • 3rd in points (86)
  • 1st in win% (.705)
  • T-2nd in wins (40)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (37)
  • 1st in fewest regulation losses (15)
  • 1st in fewest goals against (119)
  • 2nd in GAA (1.95)
  • 1st in hits (1,834)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,009)
  • 2nd in +/- rating (plus-44)
  • 4th in goal differential (plus-45)


  • 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 41 of their last 53 games (37-12-4), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • New York is 15-1-2 when leading after the first period and 25-0-2 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers rank third in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (4-11-1), and their four third period comeback victories are tied for 10th in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 16 games this season, which is the fewest in the league
  • New York leads the NHL with a .759 win% when out-shooting their opponent (22-6-1)
  • The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 29-1-2 mark (.906 win%) in those contests; Their 29 wins rank third in the NHL


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 10-2-0 with a 1.24 GAA, .952 Sv% and four SO in his last 12 games
  • Marian Gaborik — 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in the last 19 games
  • Ryan Callahan — 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in the last 10 games
  • Carl Hagelin — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games; four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two games
  • Michael Del Zotto — 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games; seven assists in the last 10 games
  • Brad Richards — eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games


  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100 NHL career
  • Ruslan Fedotenko — 3 games to 800 NHL career


  • Ryan Callahan — 100th career NHL goal (2/25 vs. BUF)
  • Marian Gaborik — 700th career NHL game (2/25 vs. BUF)
  • Ryan McDonagh — 100th career NHL game (2/25 vs. BUF)


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 37

Total Man-Games Lost: 179


  • Feb. 25 — Acquired a third round pick in 2013 and defenseman Michael Vernace from Florida in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski
  • Feb. 27 — Acquired defenseman John Scott from Chicago in exchange for a fifth round pick in 2012



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  1. Game Day !!!!

    Nystrum kept his elbow down and hit chest first = clean

    sabes must get tired of sticking up for Kelata..

    Scott Johnson….come on down. LGR!!!!

  2. That business of the worst logos is amusing. The fact remains that the logo is always tied to the team’s name. If the name is simple minded so goes the logo. I give you the “Wild” from my former State MinnesOta.

    There were so many things they could have come up with than that effeminate title. Ooh they’re SO wild!

    Why not Timber Jacks, and a logo featuring a heraldic type shield with a double headed ax in one corner and diagonally down to a Pine tree? They could have noted the Cougars..I know ..the Florida Panthers which is a cat with a number of names Cougar,Panther,
    Puma, Mountain Lion, but you get the idea. I like their green suits, but the ones with the red…ugh.

    Rhinos is another animal that could be utilized. ( Oh, it has nothing to do with the ( named team)// Well where are the Lions and Tigers of Detroit? What do Sabres have to do with Buffalo, but Bisons is another name for that beastly town.(Which by the way was their name in the old AHL days.) Why is Flyers unique to Philly? And why was that name unique to St Louis which was their name in the old AHL. And the Penguins no longer have the Igloo to force that ferocious beast the PENGUIN on them…they were the Hornets in the old AHL.

    And Cleveland was the Barons in those days and after a brief moment in time they entered the NHL as Crusaders.A little imagination puleeze…..and I still think that the name Palladins ( look up the title…..
    goes back to Knightly times) and the obvious icon would be the chessman of the horse head.

    Actually minor league teams have out done the NHL as to team uniforms and names.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Yes, it’s safe Stranger. Let’s talk some hockey. Are we going to have any snow this winter? It’s March! WTB!

  4. Stranger Nation on

    Staal v. Staal tonite…oh yeah, another guy coming by the name of John Scott

  5. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Good Morning ‘Heads!! Thankfully we have a game tonight!!

    This place was certainly ‘interesting’ yesterday! Hopefully tonight will be a better kind of interesting!!!


    Hey did you guys know the Staal’s are brothers and that Jeff Skinner was a figure skater as a youth?

  6. Stranger Nation on

    Got fugly last night, had to turn off the servers and lock the doors to prevent any undue influence. We did get another blogism, FFP, which applies to bombastic blowhards who won’t leave well enough alone.

  7. Do any of you listen to Chris Botta’s SNY NY Metro hockey report podcast? I love this podcast! He get’s first rate guests and it is very professionally done. But OMG, I wanted to jump out the window when I listened to the most recent one.

    I understand that Chris is a long time Islander fan and worked for the Islanders; but the Islanders are team that hasn’t won a cup in 3 decades! They haven’t won a playoff series since 1993! They are BY FAR the least popular of the 3 NY Metro teams.

    On the other hand, we have a team in NY that is on a magical ride and stands at 40 and freaking 15! They are in first place in the conference and fight for the best overall record in the whole league.

    While Chris Botta did have Adam Rotter on his show yesterday, he also spent 75% of that 42 minute show talking about the NY Islanders!!!

    Did anyone else listen to this podcast?

    I sure wish that the Rangers got their due on NY Sports talk radio, but that will never happen.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Ilb – snow on the mountains up north, where it should be. No snow days for the kids and no shoveling for the ol man isn’t a bad thing. Just no shinny on the ponds is where we really miss out.

  9. Which mountains, Stranger? Last time I was upstate (2 weeks ago), the only white stuff I saw was my Maltese when I took him out for a walk…

  10. ilb, I live up in Orange County NY and there is snow on the ground up here!

    What is it about the internet that encourages the type of flame wars that took place here yesterday? Is it the anonimity? Is it the fact that some of the posters are 16 years old and need to grow up?

    I know I don’t post that often, but I love this blog. It is so entertaining and never fails to make me laugh. I think Carp is great and really look forward to his game reviews and thoughts.

    I have been involved in other internet groups or blogs involving my other interests such as playing the guitar or running. They always seem to devolve into flamewars no matter what the main topic of the blog might be. In my experience, the best way to defuse these situations is to IGNORE the offenders. I know it is hard to do; but if no one engages them, they usually slink away…..

    Anyway, back to hockey and thanks guys for making me smile or laugh every day.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Ilb – berkshires will get almost a ft from this storm, Vermont got feet of snow last weekend and getting more now as we speak/write.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    If Rupp is really skating on one leg and fighting with one hand, then he should be sitting now and john howard Scott should be playing

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Yev – agree, open Internet can get dominated by loudest voice in the room. Need a moderator, blogfather, to maintain editorial oversight for the betterment of the many over the few.

  14. Yev, no, the problem is there are over 45 yr olds who still need to grow up. I’d understand adolescents. But, yes, ignoring is the best way to deal with it.

  15. Stranger: “A blogfather” I LOVE IT!

    It’s just blogging sonny, not personal… ;-)


    I live about 65 miles north of NYC. down the road from me is a dairy farm and horse farms. does that qualify as upstate?

  16. Oh it does Yev… just all relative as to were you are.
    I’m from Binghamton, people in Watertown don’t think that’s upstate .

    but, heck if y’all got a Dairy farm, well then you’re upstate..lol

  17. Yev – where in OC? I grew up in Maybrook and went to Valley Central. Due to the Air Force, I ended up in NC. I went to high school with the guys from American Choppers.

  18. It is funny. Orange County is upstate to anybody from beyond the Tappan Zee, and is the city to everybody north and north west.

  19. Carp –(re-post) out of curiosity, why do you think the Rangers will leave Zuccarello in Hartford if Callahan can’t play? Isn’t he the most talented player the team could bring in on wing in the event of an injury?

    For the record, I agree with you. I’m just wondering your reasons for thinking as such.

  20. If John Scott doesn’t play can we have him handle security for the night? Maybe he can also just wait outside the opponent’s locker room and keep things cool. Maybe he can be our “Cooler” like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Going to be interesting to see how Eric plays his brother after the big hit. At the time he said he would do it again. Let’s see if he keeps good on his word.

  22. I think I read in something from the DMV once that their definition of upstate was anything north of the Bronx.

    So NYC and LI are not upstate, anything else is.

  23. Doodie,

    most likely Girardi and McDonagh will be playing against Eric staal’s line.

  24. MickeyM (in stealth mode) on

    Morning gang.

    One thing about our ‘friend’… he sounds like he perpetually has bad PMS, what with all the whining and wanting attention.

    Upstate= anything north of Westchester County for those who live in the City. Actually, I have met people from the City who think anything north of Westchester County is Canada. Which is hilarious. Those who don’t live in the City, think upstate is Plattsburg.

    And to make everyone jealous, it’s gonna be 70 and sunny here today :P

  25. I’ve met plenty of people from LI that think Westchester is upstate in the same way that Albany and Rochester are upstate. Which is funny because even the northern-most reaches of Westchester are basically the same distance from Manhattan as anywhere along the Nassau/Suffolk line.

  26. Gotta be careful tonight… Hurricanes are kind of a hot team lately and they’ve been play well at home, too…

    quick question… Eric Stawhl…is he related to Marc Staallh? Thanks :)

  27. Good morning, Carp!

    fran, when you say “beastly” I’m going to assume that’s a compliment for my super-affordable, Olmstead-park-loving, cheerio-smelling town. And don’t you know that a “sabre” is a baby buffalo? Totally appropriate name! :)

  28. IMO sauer is done for the year and possibly the playoffs. Obviously he received a serious concussion when he got Howsoned by Phaneuf.

  29. I Rarely Speak on

    did anybody see Milbury and carp’s buddy JR last night?? pretty funny stuff


  30. Doodie Machetto on

    While I’m sure Girardi and McDonagh will be against Staal’s line, I’m equally sure that there will be times when Eric Staal is on the ice and they are not.

  31. From the Old Fart Brigade — Today is the 40th anniversary of Jean Ratelle’s broken ankle (hit by a shot from the point, think it was by Dale Rolfe) that may well have prevented the NYR from winning the Cup that year.

  32. too bad Carolina doesn’t fight. Would love to see Scott destroy someone tonight…

  33. Ratelle was my favorite Ranger growing up. He actually came back from his broken ankle (yes off a Dale Rolfe shot) for the finals against Boston but wasn’t 100%, and Orr, Espo and co, were too much. The trade of Ratelle and Park for Espo and Vadnais, followed by Middleton for Espo’s buddy Hodge, goes down as the among the worst series of trades in sports history.

  34. did you know the staals are related, or that skinner is a figure skater or ballerina or tap-dancer or something?

  35. no cally tonight biron in goal lets hope no let down. they have been good all year in games you think might not have the same spark. pens 7 pts back we have 2 in hand. want distance so we could rest some players the last 4-5 games if needed.

    i for one hope letang joins hot dog lips and never plays again this year. cant stand the team, the announcers, the owner, and the fans

  36. N.CountryNYRFan on

    When I lived on Long Island I thought anything north of the Bronx was upstate. Now I live a little north of Plattsburgh. I have no upstate anymore. Upstate to me is Canada. LOL

  37. let’s hope Biron isn’t terrible again. He’s been awful the last month or so…

  38. That sounds fun. Scott will at least have something to prove. Dubinsky can maybe step up and take over Callahan’s role. Biron will be fine. I am sure he has practiced keeping his legs together fora few weeks now.

  39. This might be a good time to move Dubi up into Callahan’s spot to try and jump start his game on offense. Couldn’t hurt. Slide Feds up into Dubi’s spot, and Scott into Fed’s vacated spot.

  40. Hi NYR, Tiki, Carp!

    Manny, *no Borsalino?*

    Looking forward to seeing Scott tonight! I hear he’s big.

  41. I hate getting interrupted when writing a comment. Somebody invariably beats me to my point when that happens.

  42. Oh Carp, I meant to ask you a week ago. Not sure if it’s too early, but…

    How are your plans for the 3rd Irregularannualy Paul Mara Rabies Awareness Playoff Beard Competition Fun Run for the Cure plans coming along???

  43. no reason for Biron to be playing today. 2 days off today, relatively easy game vs Devils…no reason whatsoever.

  44. stranger nation on

    Biron stopped doing yoga two days ago so his legs do not automagically create a big 10 hole when a small 5 will do.

  45. Sally, not too sure about the 3rd Irregularannualy Paul Mara Rabies Awareness Playoff Beard Competition Fun Run for the Cure, Parade and Picnic. Lack of interest last year, and it’s a real pain in the aasen for the tech people. Would gladly make them do the work if the interest is there, but … if not, I don’t want to put them through it.

    Biron’s playing because of back-to-backs and a brutal schedule upcoming, and I’m sure you’d all want Lundqvist in there vs. Boston Sunday, Devils Tuesday and most of the 17 games this month and 21 in the final 38 days.

  46. Carp, like Tiki said, Biron’s basically been playing once every 7-10 days…that’s not necessary. I understand the schedule in March is horrible but personally my next start for Biron would be on March 8th vs the Senators.

  47. I usually disagree with when Torts chooses to start Biron but I actually agree with him this time. They have a backs to back with the 2nd opponent better offensively. If Hank were to play both games, he doesn’t get a rest until the middle of next week because you aren’t going to sit him against Boston or NJ. Hank needs a rest every now and then. Given the choice what game would you pick Biron to start? CAR, TB, BOS, NJ or OTT? I’d def go with Carolina.

  48. Carp – hate to sound like a broken record, but do you have any idea why the organization isn’t recalling Zuccarello? Are they that down on him? Is this a sign he’s basically done as a Ranger?

  49. On Biron – Ya’ gotta do it. I don’t like it any more than the next guy. But Hank needs his rest. He’s got a full plate this month and if the Rangers are going deep in the playoffs, they need him well rested. It takes roughly 25 games to win the cup and those are 25 straight games Lundqvist will need to play. Hope Five-Hole bucks up, since the Canes aren’t a pushover team. I also have to really question why Scott is in, though I guess if you’re going to play him, today’s a good game.

  50. For Biron problem I have an offer. Either sew together his pads, or, even better, replace it with some kind of one-pad kilt-skirt type thing and he will become impenetrable (particularly, if you lay him down horizontally across the net). I love this man. He will be fine…

  51. Biron goes tonight and most likely March 9th, the 2nd of another back to back against Chicago. I’m of the belief you save your backup for weaker teams and out of conference games.

  52. MickeyM (in stealth mode) on

    Only play Good Mary 3 more times during this brutal stretch in March? Are you kidding me? Sure, let’s just grind Hank into dust before the playoffs start.

    No Cally both worries me and doesn’t worry me at the same time. Paging Brandon Dubinsky- time for you to up your game since your bromance buddy is out.

  53. Rangers play tomorrow too so no reason to play Hank back to back…

    The fresher the Hank, the better…

  54. Being fresh for the playoffs isn’t the only reason Hank has gotten so much rest this year. I think the month of March had a little something to do with it as well.

  55. Wicky©Proud owner of the world's most persistent cold on

    Morning ILB and all!

    I wish we were playing a bit more of a”rugged” team tonight. Lots of good rudy poohs in last nights games!

    Hit on letang…clean!!

    Wasn’t nystrom a repeated waiver surfer (looks like he found a home)

    So any reports on the purchase spot for hank’s band cd if there is one??

    And to paraphrase one of the most brilliant men in history Dr Evil…”Scotty Do”

  56. Wicky©Proud owner of the world's most persistent cold on

    WOW, mickey startled the hell out of me! Is she in stealth mode or something, I didn’t see her post.

  57. I went to the December game when Biron played against the Canes in NC. They won 5-2, I think. Biron is stronger as the game goes on. It is in the beginning where things can go bad.


  59. Callahan is inured and Scott is the only forward in Prucha land so obviously there you have it. Technically, they could have played Eminger on D and Bickel at F but defense is more important than a 4th liner who only plays 2-4 minutes a game…

  60. stranger nation on

    Rangers can score against this team –

    Dubi to the rescue!!!

    John Howard Scott’s line tonite

    6 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0

  61. Wicky©Proud owner of the world's most persistent cold on

    Who the hell just poked me with a stick??

  62. Mickey, Devils have pretty much the same amount of games left as us. How many of those games do you think Big Pappa will be starting?

  63. well, if we’re to believe Tortorella will limit Lundqvist to roughly 60 starts, Biron has to start in the neighborhood of 6 more games after tonight. I doubt it’ll work out with Hank starting exactly 60 games, but I think we can expect Biron to start at least four more games.

  64. It’s hard to believe people around the NHL really embraced the lesson of last summer, and Boogard’s death, when his roommate and friend (and fellow gargantuan) is brought in to do the same dirty work.

    I like fighting, but it shouldn’t be a true role. It should be skilled players policing themselves when something serious has happened. More people like Shanny, less people like Boogie. IMO.

  65. 6 more starts for Biron is feasible. 3 more back to backs after tonight and tomorrow. Plus they have more then a single in between only once more for the rest of the season.

  66. I think we also have an 11 point lead in the Division. Keep hank Fresh (for band practice)

  67. If the Penguins lost Letang that will be a remarkable power shift for them. With as good as Malkin has been they really suffered without Tanger (Love that nickname).

  68. stranger nation on

    had 6 min TOI and 12 PIM for J. Howard Scott tonite – having him on or near the rink for 18 minutes

  69. if you’re going to suspend Nystrom for that hit on Letang, honestly, you might as well just eliminate hitting from the league entirely.

  70. So if I’m going for a loose puck, all I have to do is skate with my head down and be oblivious to my surroundings and you can’t hit me? Even if you are coming straight at me. That argument is pretty silly. If that constitutes a vulnerable position, when isn’t a player in a vulnerable position?

  71. I think the Rangers need to demand an off day for next year’s deadline…no practice or games. The last two years haven’t worked out so well.

  72. *Lunch:* veggie & tofu stir fry with peanut sauce and soba noodles. It’s good, but I hear a voice in my head yelling “HIPPIE” everytime I take bite.

  73. Oh Carp, sorry for the delay… We will find a way to do the Beard Contest, one way or another. And she will be mine. Oh yes… she WILL be mine.

  74. Yeah, I skew on the side of “bad / unnecessary hit” 99% of the time, but Nystrom didn’t flare his elbow or anything. You’re basically asking him to let Letang duck in and around him for fear that a check could be bad.

  75. Direct quote from a friend of mine. “The Goon was the worst movie I’ve ever seen. It’s not so much the money that was wasted but the portion of my life spent watching it. I thought it would at the least be funny bad, but it wasn’t. It was just bad.”

  76. The Murdersaurus plays tonight??? Awesome.

    Oh and should Biron really get to start every game that lacks playoff implications?Z

  77. Maybe I’ll bring Slap Shot with me just in case… so if Goon is really terrible I can wash away the bad flavor. My friend that I’m visiting up there doesn’t know anything about hockey. I had to tell him who Jacques Plante was. Psh! Canadians!

  78. so i’d assume lines are

  79. I don’t see anything suspension worthy in that hit. It’s not even really roughing. Sometimes players are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. LeTang suffered a problem of many, many short players in the NHL – his head area is where most people have chest/manboobs.

  80. DJK – I we talked about that earlier. “I usually disagree with when Torts chooses to start Biron but I actually agree with him this time. They have a back to back with the 2nd opponent(tampa) better offensively. If Hank were to play both games, he doesn’t get a rest until the middle of next week because you aren’t going to sit him against Boston or NJ. Then you have another back to back with Ott & Chi. Hank can’t play them all. Given the choice what game would you pick Biron to start? CAR, TB, BOS, NJ or OTT? I’d go with Carolina. Biron goes tonight and most likely March 9th, the 2nd of another back to back against Chicago. Maybe the first against Ott though.”

  81. Hank cannot play every game and we have enough of a cushion here that he shouldn’t have to push it at all.

  82. i would rather see Dubinsky up with Richards and Hagelin just to see if he can get some offense but Fedotenko is definitely the likely option…

  83. I agree about Dubinsky but Torts is in love with him & Boyle together. Which I can see why, I’d just like to spark Dubi’s offense. Maybe that ship has sailed for now.

  84. I would much rather see Dubinsky get a shot at the first line. I think his style of play is good for that combo and he can defensively save Richards. I get why it’s Fedotenko though. Makes sense. We all know this argument will be moot by the fifth line change anyways.

  85. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    I didnt know about 21 games in 39 days. That’s good enough reason to give Henrik some more time off. But Id rather sit him during the Boston game of those 5 you listed 1940.

  86. 1940!

    especially since Fedotenko has always been very good with Prust and Boyle…

  87. Dubi, Boyle and Prust are a perfect 3rd line. All 3 of them can forecheck and grind, and Dubi gives them a speed element. None of the 3 are having a great year as far as offensive production but they all have a demonstrated ability to score.

  88. Who knows maybe Torts will surprise us.

    Tiki – I don’t think Hank would appreciate sitting out the Boston game but to each his own right?

  89. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    The type of competitor he is, I dont think Hank wants to sit out any game. But he aint the boss.

  90. So, the season ends on April 7th & playoffs start on April 11th – Correct ?
    The wife & I are planning a playoff trip. Hope I’m not in NY & the team is on the road !

  91. yes because Hank is going to sit against Boston. Here are some likely Biron starts:

    March 8th @ Ottawa, March 17th vs. Colorado, March 24th @ Toronto, March 28th @ Winnipeg and depending on when we clinch, he might play 2 out of the last 4 games in April…

  92. Lately, I’ve been nervous when Beer-On is in net.

    Ever since Stahl came back, Eric Staal has been on a hot streak. If I were Torts, I’d sit Stahl out and tell the media he’s suffering post concussion symptoms, and maybe Staal wont be as dominant!!

  93. Hey have no doubt about it, there is a New Yawk
    mindset that is traditional and very obvious. When I was a young guy living in CT New Haven to be exact and I happened to step into the street to cross it when a car full of guys and with NY plates came roaring by and I jut barely stepped back and their brakes screeched on and one guy in the passenger’s seat yelled at me ‘ Hey watch where ya going Fahmuh”

    I figured then and there that any one east of the Bronx was a farmer to NY ers.

  94. Am I reading too much into it to think subbing Fedo for Callahan rather than redoing the lines is a sign Callahan’s absence will be short term?

  95. I believe he traveled with the team which leads me to believe it isn’t too serious.

  96. That’s a great question actually. I think it should be Girardi! I bet Richards wears it though.

  97. CCCP gets three Cs.

    I don’t think anybody will wear it … just as nobody wore it when Drury was out last year. Maybe Girardi gets his A back, but I don’t think they’ll change anything.

    Voice, are those Stahl guys related?

    Why do you think Lundqvist won’t start vs. Boston Sunday? Just curious. I think he does, absolutely.

  98. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Im the only one that suggested LQ should sit Sunday. Of course he’ll play.

  99. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Brother just got us 2 tix to tomorrow’s game, 6 rows back, center ice!!!

  100. MickeyM (in stealth mode) on

    No way in heck does anyone else wear the ‘C’ for tonight. They’ll just go for with the 2 A’s.

    What’s the over/under on Staal brothers mentions and footage of Skinner as a figure skater? 80 billion?

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