Rangers at Devils, and a ticket contest, tonight

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Tonight’s ticket contest is now open. I strongly urge you to scroll to the previous thread and re-read the rules. Please do this correctly, or I will disqualify. Contest closes when “It’s Go Time!” is published shortly after 6:30 tonight. Good luck and have fun.

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Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Mar. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers
: 42-15-7 (91 pts)
Devils: 36-24-5 (77 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 4

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg 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 42-15-7 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden for their fourth win in five games, and are now 13-3-3 in their last 19 games. The Devils enter the contest with a 36-24-5 (77 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Mar. 8, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back road set.

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

  • All-Time100-83-27-6 overall (55-30-20-2 at home; 45-53-7-4 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the fifth of six meetings this season, and the third and final at Prudential Center. New York is 2-1-1 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road) following a 2-0 win on Feb. 27 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Devils, 9-5, including a 6-2 advantage in the third period. Carl Hagelin (two goals, three assists) and Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) are tied for the team lead in scoring with five points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 0.67 GAA, .970 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron is 0-0-1 in 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%.
  • 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 series. Brandon Dubinsky led the team 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.
  • The Rangers’ 2-0 win on Feb. 27 at MSG was their 100th victory all-time against the Devils’ franchise
  • 12 of their last 16 meetings have been decided by two goals or less
  • New York ranks second with a 20-8-5 (45 pts) record on the road; New Jersey ranks 25th with a 16-12-3 (35 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 12-4-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Devils are 8-7-0 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 — 39 GP, 24-10-5, 1.76 GAA, 6 SO
  • Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 36 GP, 5-27-32
  • Marian Gaborik — 22 GP, 8-12-20
  • Dan Girardi — 33 GP, 0-12-12

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 13 games, posting a 20.0% success rate over the span (8-40). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 21 of the last 31 games (78-88, 88.6% over the span). The Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 29-7-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (2:00) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York ranks 28th overall (31-216, 14.4%) and 21st on the road (15-103, 14.6%). The Rangers are 3-14 (11:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/2 at TBL), and 1-8 (10:10) when four-on-three (last – 3/2 at TBL). 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 Bruins scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks sixth overall (180-208, 86.5%) and sixth on the road (101-116, 87.1%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Boston. The Rangers are plus-six in 69 four-on-four situations (125:15), 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 (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 19-8-3 overall (10-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 19-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .930 Sv% and six shutouts in 29 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 33 career regular season games, posting a record of 22-6-5 with a 1.72 GAA, .936 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

STARTS STREAK ENDED
Martin Biron’s start in net on Jan. 31 at New Jersey ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 32 consecutive starts against the Devils. The last Rangers goalie other than Lundqvist to start against New Jersey was Kevin Weekes on Dec. 17, 2006. Weekes is also the last Rangers goalie other than Lundqvist to win against the Devils, with a 3-2 shootout victory on Nov. 5, 2005, at MSG.

FAMILIAR FOE
The Rangers are 12-4-2 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, including a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 15 –Jan. 6. New York has out-scored their opponent, 52-36, in divisional play.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers have registered at least a point in 12 of their last 14 road games (9-2-3 over the span), and are 15-4-3 in their last 22 games away from MSG.

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .711 win% is the team’s best record through 64 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 43-11-10 record (.750 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.

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

  • 1st in points (91)
  • 1st in win% (.711)
  • 2nd in wins (42)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (39)
  • 1st in fewest regulation losses (15)
  • 2nd in fewest goals against (128)
  • 2nd in GAA (2.00)
  • 1st in hits (1,914)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,057)
  • 3rd in +/- rating (plus-45)
  • 4th in goal differential (plus-46)

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 44 of their last 56 games (39-12-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • New York is 16-1-3 when leading after the first period and 26-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers are tied for 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 .767 win% when out-shooting their opponent (23-6-1)
  • The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 30-1-3 mark (.882 win%) in those contests; Their 30 wins rank third in the NHL

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist — 11-2-1 with a 1.55 GAA, .943 Sv% and 4 SO in his last 14 games
  • Marian Gaborik — three-game goal streak (three goals, two assists over the span); 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in the last 22 games
  • Derek Stepan — three-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span); 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games
  • Carl Hagelin — seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last nine games; five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
  • Michael Del Zotto — 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 17 games; nine assists in his last 12 games
  • Brad Richards — 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games; five assists in the last five games
  • Stu Bickel — three assists and a plus-five rating in the last six games; two assists and a plus-four rating in the last three games
  • Artem Anisimov — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 15 games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Ruslan Fedotenko — 800th career NHL game (3/4 vs. BOS)

INJURIES:

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 40
  • Ryan Callahan (bruised foot, 2/27) — 3

Total Man-Games Lost: 186

 

 

 

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  1. here’s larry brooks’ revenge column from a couple of years ago (“Tortorella wants to be Rangers dictator”):

    “The Rangers are 70 games into the season with Game 71 coming up tonight at the Garden against the Blues. They have no identity. Check that. Their identity is wrapped up in Tortorella.

    Their identity is Tortorella.

    Tortorella doesn’t merely want to coach the Rangers. He wants to be the Rangers.

    The Rangers have won 31 of 70 games.

    How’s he doing?”

    If the identity of the Rangers wasn’t Tortorella this year, where would they be now?

  2. There’s got to be something subliminal here…I don’t get it. Is it considered common procedure for a sports writer to enter into some type of feud with the leader of the professional sport team that he is allegedly “covering” for his newspaper? I don’t know..maybe it’s a New York thing.

  3. 3rd!

    Fchamps: Love that you pulled out an old Brooks column. We ranger fans NEVER forget. I will never forget that RIDICULOUS piece that George Vescey wrote in the NY Times in 1994 on the Eve of the Rangers V. Islanders first round playoff. Vescey is a HUGE Islander fan. Trust me, after that DESTRUCTION of that joke of a team by the Rangers, I dropped Vescey a couple of interesting emails! ;-)

    Have been following some of our kids in Juniors! All I can say is that it is going to be a very interesting year on the Whale next year. I believe that a bunch of our kids like McIlrath, Christian Thomas and Andrew Yogan are eligable to go to the Whale.

    Also, keep an eye on Michael St Croix. I believe he has 43 goals and 98 points and is a +39 for the season.

    Look, we all know that success in juniors doesn’t always translate to the NHL, (see Brendl, Lundmark, Grachev and many others) but some of our junior players are so intriguing. And, I have some hope because we really have done a great job post lockout drafting in the later rounds.

    I have faith that our high draft choices like JT Miller, McIlrath, Kreider (Erixon, a first rounder although we didn’t select him) will do well. But, if some of these later round draft choices pan out, watch out for the NY Rangers who are ALREADY one of the youngest teams in the NHL.

    That is one of the things that makes this season so special. It doesn’t feel like it is a one and done deal.

    Once again boneheads… ENJOY THIS YEAR!

    How long have the rangers been around? 237 years or something?

    I think when we break 100 points, it will only be the 7th time in our long history that we have done so.

  4. Guys, you are NOT supposed to be posting your contest entries yet. If you post them in this thread, I don’t think they will even be considered.

    Carp:

    Is it time for a remedial reading class here? ;-)

  5. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers 3 Devils 0 GWG Richards Rangers shots 24 Devils shots 25

  6. I know the game is listed as an MSG2 game, but is MSG really broadcasting the first hour of the game then cutting away to Knicks pregame at 8? Put the Knicks on MSG2, how is this still happening….

  7. Juice it is because no matter what the Rangers do hockey will always be behind basketball. It sucks the big one.

  8. I still refuse to enter these sham contests (thanks again, CCCP).

    Skimming through last night’s posts…did positionally-sound Wicky call Scott a “wasted asshat”? And I like how Eric already has the Rangers 3-1 down to the Jets in a playoff series that hasn’t happened yet.

  9. stranger nation on

    LW – Eric also has Hank, Cally and McD getting hurt and the plane hitting turbulence on the flight back from Winnipeg after Game 4.

  10. I know, and I expect it from the papers and radio but not from their own cable channel

  11. TRUE PREDICTION

    NYR 0, NJ 10. GWG: Brodeur. Rangers shots: 1. Devils shots: 66.

  12. Good morning, boneheads!
    Finally caught up with yesterday’s posts…Funny stuff. Wicky should win the contest for his ’31 ticket prices post..lmao.

  13. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Rangers 2, Devils 1. GWG: Ansimov (shootout). Rangers shots: 20. Devils shots: 29.

  14. Good morning, Carp!

    Ilb, I agree about Wicky’s post! Hilarious!

    Rangers the best team on the planet’s shots: 4 MILLION
    GW Goal: Carp
    Devils shots: 666

    Am I doing this right?

  15. Rangers 4, Devils 2, GWG Anisimov, Rangers Shots 22, Devils Shots 27.

    EN Goal by Hagelin

  16. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Rangers 2, Devils 1. GWG: Anisimov. Rangers shots: 21. Devils shots: 24.

  17. 4generations 4 cups on

    Rangers 2, Devils 1. GWG: Girardi. Rangers shots: 26. Devils shots: 19.

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    fchamps, great rehash of Brooks sticking his stupid foot into his stupid mouth. He’s the worst.

  19. hank is human again, and richie is bigtime due for a gwg here. drury 1.5 comes thru and scores a beauty of 60 foot screened wrister,. if i win i donate my tickets to linda.

  20. imagine we lost every single game from here on out and missed the playofs? has any team in history ever failed like that?

  21. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Rangers 3, Devils 1. GWG: Stepan, Ranger shots 23, Devil shots 27

  22. Bunch of silly Amerikans… trying too hard to win teekets… you dont know? I always win!

    BUAHAHAHAH! Carp, send my teekets now! I dont like waiting!

    My address:

    To all mighty Vova Putin. Most Democratic President Ever.
    Moscow, Kremlin

    spasibo!

  23. Come meet Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers at All American Ford in Hackensack NJ on Wednesday 3-14-12 from 5pm to 7:30 sharp. Stop in and enter to win a signed Hagelin Jersey and receive a Glossy Autographed 8×10 Picture while supplies last. Special Appearance by WFAN and ESPN New York Fan Vans!! Call 201-487-6700 for details.

  24. Rangers 3, Devils 1 GWG: Boyle Rangers shots: 21 Devils shots: 18

    And that being said, how worrisome is it that the Pens have gotten so hot? While we’re all picturing Division Title and possible Presidents Trophy, all it takes is a little slide to knock us right back into the Atlantic Division trap.

    I remember WELL the Rangers of ’90 – ’91 who held the division lead for most of the season before collapsing down the stretch and letting the Pens overtake them.

    I don’t believe this team will collapse like that one did by any stretch, but it’s possible. And the Pens aren’t slowing down…much as I hate that team, every one of their players, their front office, their coaching staff, their announcers and every single one of their fair-weather fans who will crawl back into the woodwork when they start losing again.

    All that being said…gotta beat Uncle Daddy tonight!!

  25. Carp, BTW, your on to something with the soup nazi way of posting these things….except I would copy into excel and filter it….prust sayin…

  26. Rob, and only you and one other regular did it wrong.

    Was that CCCPutin up there?

    Agree on Wicky’s post yesterday. Gold.

    Good morning, Sally!

  27. I was looking forward to insight and whit and instead I get (largely) randoms clamoring for free tickets :-(

    Here’s what I’d like to see tonight:

    1) John Scott demonstrate why we got him…. preferably on Clarkson’s face, as a reminder not to leave your skates on a hit… not because you’re afraid of paying $2500, but because you dont want to eat through a straw.

    2) Sustained effort / smart play, by Dubi. I dont anticipate this being a problem against the debbies, but I also didnt see him throwing a stick either.

    3) Hank. (No, thats it. Just Hank being Hank).

    4) Richards quiet the doubters. If Ilya goes 1,0 tonight, I want to see Richards post 1,2 or 2,1. Let’s see that CLUTCH performance. I like this guy and am impressed with what I know of his history, but I’d like to see him start to write some new history in NY, akin to his 1/10000000 of a second game winner earlier in the year.

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!! Nothing to fear in the Pens if we keep winning….

  28. Parise is at least 3 times the player Grabovski is, so does that mean we can expect him to get around $15M per. Good for the Rangers though, should make it much more difficult, if not impossible, for the Leafs to be real players for him now.

  29. Good point, Dudley. Tonight will test the theory of all those guys who think Scott is going to really be some sort of deterrent. Because last time, Kelly Clarkson was a cheap-shotting idiot and ran around like a clown, and none of the tough guys could get him to fight. He won’t fight Scott, either, and I don’t think Scott’s presence will change the way he plays one bit.

    Also, Officer Joe Boulton broke something in Rupp’s hand with a slash (Shanny-special $2500 couch-change fine) then would only fight Prust in each of the last two meetings. Let’s see if Officer Joe will dare to go near Scott.

  30. All that info should be in the widget ——–> a little after 12, when Torts speaks to the suckers, er, I mean, reporters who actually got out of bed early to attend the morning skate in Newark.

  31. actually, Scott tried to help the Rangers come back from 4-0 when he took the double minor (and the idiotic opponent’s choice: four-minute 5-on-4 or two-minute 5-on-3).

  32. For the record, I think he’s (John Scott) worth it. I like the head on his shoulders from what I’ve seen/read and a buddy who follows the Blackhawks remains devastated at losing him. He doesnt look bad on the ice for someone new to the system and is a necessary step for Prust to continue to log serious minutes.

    I think you hit the nail on the head though Carp: Being a fighter alone wont earn you a spot on this squad. The threat of violence doesnt really work if the opponent isnt ensured a nefarious encounter. He needs to be an agitator as well. He needs to be able to entice the Boultons of the world to dance with him. Barring that, he needs to be able to send messages that the other team cant ignore and while I wont suggest that tactics of a PK Slewfoot or even a Sean Avery, I would like to see a little more snarl and anger.

    With time however… he seems savy enough to know that Tort’s bad side would be his kiss of death.

    How about parking him in front of the net for Power Plays?

    Excited to see the new truck out in the mud so to speak… and I’d imagine the Devils will provide far more opportunities for his unique skill set… and Filthy even more.

  33. Scott Johnston on the PP!? Is it panic time? I wasn’t notified.

    @CALLY IS BACK!@ (probably)

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, to take a penalty and negate the PP, thus sparing us two minutes of not scoring.

  35. The pathetic-play, the putrid-play, poor-play, powerless-play, etc. It is anything but powerful. When was the last time the top team in the league was in the bottom 3 on the PP this late in the season?

  36. Scott needs to play on our first line. Replace the garbage on there with someone with grit.

  37. nyrmessier011 on

    oh man, tough game to run the contest on. really good chance it comes down to coin flip

  38. Good one, Doodie. That *must* be the reason.

    I saw a lawyer in Court today (well walking in) with a Rangers Winter Classic hat but since i don’t have SECURE PASS I was still in the security line. Was it you or Noah?

  39. The amateur-hour power-play will be our un-doing.

    Not sure when it will happen … perhaps at the “best” moment: Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, Rangers get a PP with 1:45 remaining, score tied.

    Epic fail.

  40. 1940! I think the last time that happened was last year with the Boston Bruins aha aha i like it aha aha.

  41. You are really worrying me, Miami. Are you suggesting this cookie-cutter, dilettante filled team is going to play game 7 in SC contest?

  42. This whole team has the stench of a pee-wee league squad waiting to crawl under a desk come first sign of adversity (read: playoffs).

  43. Clearly not suggesting his skill set should elevate him amongst our “elite goal scorers” but in light of recent PP struggles, I can’t see how trying out a monster on the crease would hurt.

    Something tells me he’d be more effective screening Brodeur than a stick waving cheerleader without trying…. I’d also imagine he’d be able to clean the ice with any defense-man trying to move him?

    Does he even play if Callahan comes back? If he doesnt play tonight, does that mean he’s simply Rupp-surance?

  44. I’m suggesting that if by some miracle-from-the-heavens we make it there by getting 30 fortunate-bounce, own-goals … that they’ll pull an epic fail.

  45. Strahlman deserves it. I loved his play for a number of games and then he took a nose dive. Bring in Mrs. Eminger so we can see how slow he is again. Hands to the Chest.

    I guess they weren’t that bad 1940! I do think we finished the year with a better percentage than they did if that counts for anything. We stink on the PP but whatever. It happens.

    You make it up on the Craps table. You know why? Because you’re a winner.

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    “Not sure when it will happen … perhaps at the “best” moment: Game 7, Stanley Cup Finals, Rangers get a PP with 1:45 remaining, score tied.”

    They would give up a shorthanded goal.

    Manny, that wasn’t me.

  47. No I truly believe it is a complete anomaly. This has been such a surprising season, I ALMOST expect the PP to catch come playoff time.

  48. Scott on the PP is just utterly idiotic. It would turn into a 4 on 4 and would be easy to defend. The Rangers don’t have issues with traffic, they have issues getting the puck to the net on the PP since they don’t move it fast enough and get the shooting lanes closed before they have a chance to get a clean shot off.

    Scott wouldn’t help that at all, if anything he’d make it worse.

  49. They have issues getting the puck below the circles, because they almost always have three, and sometimes four, players above the circles. And few of them moving.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    This team is so softer than a marshmallow. The next time they are on NBC or NBC Sports, Roenick will give them all Shirley Temples.

  51. It’d also help if there was more then 1 player who could consistently NOT fan on a one-timer.

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    Or receive a D to D pass along the blue line/not pass it behind the other defenseman on the blue line.

  53. Put Scott *AND* Hagelin on the PP! Their speed will neutralize each other’s, should help in their overall movement as a unit.

  54. I think on the PP, and I can’t believe I am about to type this, that they need to try getting the puck below the net and in the “Avery” position where he just sizes up the play lacrosse style. I think that would help bring the two defenders around the net, opening up shooting lanes. Then a quick pass and shot should be able to at least get on net.

  55. It’s not even so much where they have guys setup on the PP as much as the fact that they don’t move either themselves or the puck. They’ve been better at it lately, but still not great. Fact is if the players aren’t moving (which they should, the guys below the circles should rotate who stands in front and who sits on the boards so that the d-men can’t cheat), then the puck has to move and vice-versa. As I said though, both should be, but aren’t.

    Either way Scott isn’t helping that since he doesn’t exactly have hands (and he can’t skate well either). If you want to throw a big body out there, it’s Boyle.

  56. Johnny D – Thanks for the insight Mrs. Cleo ;-) I’ll do my best to refrain from anymore “utterly idiotic” statements that force you to tell the future (and don’t we have a better scoring percentage IN 4 v 4’s than we do man-ups anyway?).

  57. Only issue with that Manny is if the pass is missed. When you have your d-men pinching in for that shot, if he whiffs or it gets tipped, it’s a 2 on 1 the other way. It can be effective, but it’s much more high risk.

    That’s why most coaches on the PP keep the puck at the point so everything is in front of them. And if you shoot and miss the net, it has to wrap all the way around the boards to get cleared out of the zone.

  58. Doodie Machetto on

    They are statues on the PP. It’s like someone took a photograph of a PP and it just gets broadcast for 2 minutes.

  59. Manny – Agreed 100%

    Johnny D – Probably right re: size = Boyle. Part of me just REALLY wants to find a way for the team to travel with a 6’9” animal… even if that animal only has one career goal.

  60. Dudley – I wasn’t saying you were idiotic. I was just saying the thought of it was. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of dumb thoughts about the Rangers in the past, like keeping Marcel Hossa on the 1st line would turn into long term success. We saw how that panned out…haha

  61. You’re right, Jonny. Which is, I think, the way the Devils give up tons of shorties (most in the league?). I just think our d-men have good hands and can handle it and we have to try _something_ at this point.

  62. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Avery doing the stick waving was the most brilliant thing ever. Its a sham and a shame that they stopped it… the next day!!

  63. I guess what I’m getting at is that the BEST way to mitigate opposing players taking runs at our boys would be a somewhat effective Power Play. I love having an enforcer, I really do. I also like keeping my car in Manhattan despite the fact that it doesnt make ANY sense.

    Aghhhhh, Marcel… I was on that train as well unfortunately.

    Maybe the answers been in our backyard all along…. in Hartford…. wearing the C…. ;-)

  64. People do not like Sean Avery, Tiki. They just don’t.

    I think Stepan did a modified version of it the other night. At least he was in front of the goalie facing the goalie for a minute.

  65. Manny – they definitely do. I just think considering DZ and Girardi are on the PP point a lot and Richards/Stepan, those guys aren’t fast enough to get back. The only guy I’d be comfortable with back there in regards to covering with speed is McDonagh since he’s proven it. Most of our other D are too slow for it.

    What they really need to do is just try and umbrella and funnel, the far side forward to the net for a tip/screen. Issue is that it only puts two guys down low and considering how terrible the Rangers are at moving on the PP, it could get ugly. It does take away that stupid 25 foot cross ice pass between d-men that Torts hates to see though.

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    Tiki, I also thought that the stick waving was brilliant. I thought that it would either be made a penalty or revolutionize the PP. Sadly, it was the former. If it was the latter, Scott would be an EXCELLENT choice on the PP.

  67. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Morning ILB, carp, Sally, random unknown ticket winner, fellow europansy visor wearers cccp and lw, and all!

    Who is this John Scott of which you speak? Is he married to Kathryn Tappen?

    Carp
    I got disqualified? Mine was perfect!

  68. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    I no longer like Sean Avery either. He’s all about himself and probably always was. Even though he’s kinda like me.

  69. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Doodie, Its might even be a good idea if you stand facing the goalie, get right in his face, and start yelling carcillo at him constantlly. Its gotta be distracting, especially if you have a temper like Brodeur

  70. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    He can thank New York for his notoriety, his fame, his dating supermodels like Hilary Rhoda, but he has the audacity to no longer care about the Rangers success, and stop showing Rangers games in his pathetic little hangout. He’s a jerk, he supposedly has friends on the team, like Henrik with whom he shares a restaurant, but he doesnt care about them. What a classless loser.

  71. “…they need to try getting the puck below the net and in the ‘Avery’ position…”

    How does putting the puck in the stands (in Hartford) help, Manny?

  72. Rangers 3, Devils 2. GWG: Del Zotto. Rangers shots: 22 Devils shots: 24.

    Dozen Krispy Kremes: Marty 12, Rest of Team 0

  73. Also, I really think the ice plays a lot to do with the PP problems. On the road at the start of the year, the PP was clicking. Then after that home stretch it started to die again and probably killed their confident. Probably far fetched, but it’s a possibility.

  74. I’m amazed that there are actually two teams worse than the Rangers on the PP.

    Interesting that the whole league averages 221 PP opportunities per team, but the Flyers are far and away the leader with 272.

  75. Man, can nhl.com have a worse pic of sid the skid up on their page…looks like his teeth are in 3d coming right at ya, his best Mr Ed pose….lol

  76. Section 224, the new 310 on

    Rangers 4, Devils 2. GWG: Callahan. Rangers shots: 28 Devils shots: 23.

  77. Mister D, Rob C, dunfs, I’ll give you the opportunity to re-do your selections … but this time please read the rules first. the earlier ones are DQ’d.

  78. Johnny LaRue on

    There’s only one caveat — the guy who runs the blog is a little temperamental, especially about the ticket contest submission procedure. He’s secretly referred to as the Ticket Nazi.

    Why? What happens if you don’t submit your entry right?

    He yells and you don’t get your tickets.

  79. What is all this concern about the Pens? You must know that they are going to be what they have always been a top notch scoring threat all over the ice and from almost anyone on the team. The solution is to be larger than life for them from everyone out there. The only way to defeat them is to out do everything that they do with a touch of nastiness in the process. This should be immediately and consistently directed at their two most dirty players…you know who they are, the slew footers and the stick stabbers, an all. Let them feel the wrath of a team that won’t stand still for their rotten tactics. And it should be done immediately and consistently without question.

  80. Doodie Machetto on

    fran, the Pens concern me because of Malkin, and if he returns, Crosby.

    If both of those guys aren’t on that team, we steamroll them.

  81. Carp, you think you funny? yes? CCCPutin? HA HA! I have a joke for you too…i send you to Siberia to clean snow! funny, right?

  82. Timay March 6th, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    Dozen Krispy Kremes: Marty 12, Rest of Team 0

    LOL!!!!!!

  83. stranger nation on

    Let Cally sit again – no need to bring him back for this game – didn’t he hurt his foot on a Kovi wrister?

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    The Krispy Kreme score would be 13-0. Marty would get the dozen in the box, plus one to eat while walking to the locker room.

  85. I happened to catch the ROCKET last night again. It was soooo great to see Maurice knock out Avery twice! Avery will be out of hockey soon and he can resume is modeling career. What a hunk of Clarke

  86. "Fragile" Frankie Merman on

    Devils 3, Rangers 2. GWG: Sykora. Rangers shots: 27 Devils shots: 25.

  87. Carp, Don’t know what your plans are but I am having my second “boys nite out” friday nite. Cocktails, dinner and cards, at my house friday nite. would love to have you come up and visit. Email me.

  88. Doodie Machetto on

    I know that Marty is very upset about the Prime Rib Sandwich being made smaller. Now he has to buy 4 to get what he used to eat with 2.

  89. carp, ok, thought maybe the abbreviations might do it. I got carried away, kind of enjoyed your disqualifications. Reminds me of the soup nazi :-).

  90. rangers better keep focused. Everybody is concerned with the bruins but I’m way more concerned with the penguins. If they get Crosby back, look out. The way the pens are playing it might not matter if crosby comes back or not.

  91. six more weeks of updates,
    Sid came out of his hole and was cleared for contact, saw Scotts’ shadow and went back in for six more weeks.

  92. eddie eddie eddie on

    hi everyone, my name is e3 and I am a libra from brooklyn NY (hello broooooooooklyn), i love baked chicken abd i am trying to find the essence of within….

    Rangers 3
    Devils 1

    GWG Gabby

    SOG rangers 31, devils 27

  93. eddie eddie eddie on

    i would like to discuss 3 topics

    1. hank for nabokov….why did slats make this trade?

    2. avery for nash…why didnt slats make this trade?

    3. realignment……why didnt slats make those trades?

  94. eddie eddie eddie on

    first time listener, long time caller…..

    what is larger?…the mississippi river or marchand’s nose?

  95. eddie eddie eddie on

    how much wood could a kovalchuck chuck, if a kovalchuck could chuck wood?

  96. eddie eddie eddie on

    ec might score 40 this year with the wild…why did we get rid of him?

  97. eddie eddie eddie on

    if marchand lay on his back, with a penny on his nose, what would the velocity of the penny be if it fell off after 2 hours?…..at what time, plus or minus 3 days, would the penny hit the ground?…assume 32.2 ft per second squared as the acceleration of gravity….ignore wind resistance

  98. eddie eddie eddie on

    the marchand question has a hole in it…the problem as stated has a flaw, since the penny would get caught and trapped in the stratosphere….i will try to fix it….

  99. New York Rangers: 3 NJ Devils: 1

    Rangers shots: 17
    Devils Shots: 23

    GWG: Anisimov

  100. “Also, no Ponikarovsky tonight.”

    Looks like I’m the first one out of the contest.

  101. Since the calendar hit 2012:

    Scott Gomez: 22 games, 2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points
    Brandon Dubinsky, 25 games, 3 goals, 5 assists, 8 points

  102. All kidding aside, those DUBINSKI numbers are absurdity-central.

    He’s not a good player, but he’s good enough not to put up second-date, ugly-clown stats like those.

    Unbelievable.

  103. Some other statistical comparisons:

    Last ten games played:

    Scott Gomez 1 G, 1 A
    Brandon Dubinsky 1 G, 1 A

    Dubinsky has averaged 2.5 minutes more per game than Gomez in 2012
    Both of Gomez’s goals this season are power play goals. Dubinsky’s last power play goal was November 17, 2010.

  104. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    Im sure I’m in the minority on this one, but the pens scare me more without Sid this season than with him.

  105. Looks like a few more disqualifications since I last checked.

    Guys, it’s simple. If the Rangers win, for example, 5-3, and I do a search, for Rangers 5 and you had Rangers: 5 or Rangers-5, your pick isn’t going to be recognized. so you won’t be able to win.

    My God, how difficult is it?

  106. Stranger Nation on

    Lloyd – that is funny and depressing at same time.

    Best deadline deal is trading this years Dubi for last years Dubi. Kid just needs to skate and good things happen. Lack of motor and brain cramps have held him back.

    For example of motor constantly running look no further than Hags.

  107. You know what’s easier than correctly entering this ticket contest? Reaching the top of Scott’s head.

  108. Rangers 2, Devils 4. GWG: Kovalchuck. Rangers shots:24. Devils Shots: 31

    Hope I’m wrong!

  109. Carp, isnt this one of those games for which Scott was brought here for? Why wouldnt he play??

  110. Thanks ILB! :)

    At the risk of making a mockery of myself amongst the faithful, do I need to correct the spelling of a new entry or is the typo-marred entry OK for purposes of eligibility.

  111. Hey, Tiki! Thanks! How’s the weather down there? It’d better not rain next week, I’m planning on 5-6 hours of tennis each day…

  112. Anthony Scultore on

    Rangers 5, Devils 2. GWG: Gaborik. Rangers shots: 33. Devils shots: 28.

  113. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Weather is perfect out. 80 degrees with a little little wind to make it feel even better.

  114. tomg March 6th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    carp, ok, thought maybe the abbreviations might do it. I got carried away, kind of enjoyed your disqualifications. Reminds me of the soup nazi :-).

    HOW DARE YOU!

    If I had known it was for you, I would have smashed it to pieces!

    You want bread? $10!

  115. Sioux-per-man on

    Rangers vs Parise tonight!!! Parise gets a hat trick, and Rangers win 4-3.

    I can’t wait till one of my favorite Fighting Sioux Players is a Blueshirt. That said TJ Oshie is leading the Blue’s in scoring, another great player that would be available in July. Just saying!!!!

    Sorry Zach, the King is in net, good thing you got your Hatty the last game. Rangers 2 Devils 0. Hank hangs the 9th Shutout on Devils.

    Work is done!

    Let’s Go Rangers!!!

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