Red Wings at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Wednesday, Mar. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
: 45-20-7 (97 pts)
Red Wings: 44-25-4 (92 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 19

The Rangers will face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 45-20-7 (97 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 3-2-0 on their current seven-game homestand. The Red Wings enter the contest with a 44-25-4 (92 pts) record to rank fifth in the Western Conference, and are winless in their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Mar. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their seven-game homestand.


  • All-Time210-260-103-1 overall (134-94-58-0 at home; 76-166-45-1 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the first and only meeting this season.
  • Last Season: New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). The Rangers dropped their only meeting against the Red Wings last season, 3-2, on Feb. 7 at Detroit. The Blueshirts out-shot the Red Wings, 47-35, in the contest, including an 18-5 margin in the third period. Brandon Dubinsky and Derek Stepan each tallied a goal, while Martin Biron made 32 saves.
  • The Rangers’ last win against the Red Wings was a 3-1 victory on Oct. 25, 2003, at Madison Square Garden
  • Each of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including five games separated by one goal
  • New York ranks fourth with a 25-9-2 (52 pts) record at home; Detroit is tied for 18th with a 16-20-2 (34 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 2-3-0 vs. the Central Division; the Red Wings are 2-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists no former Red Wings on their roster
  • Detroit lists no former Rangers on their roster


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 4 GP, 0-3-1, 3.78 GAA
  • Martin Biron — 5 GP, 1-3-0-0, 3.20 GAA
  • Brad Richards — 20 GP, 6-14-20
  • Marian Gaborik — 25 GP, 7-11-18
  • Brandon Dubinsky — 2 GP, 1-2-3
  • Jeff Woywitka — 21 GP, 1-4-5

The Rangers penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in seven of the last 10 games (28-31, 90.3%), and are 33-37 (89.2%) in the last 12 contests. The Rangers are tied for sixth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 21-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 30-11-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play attempts (4:24) on Monday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 29th overall (35-242, 14.5%) and 23rd at home (20-131, 15.3%). The Rangers are 3-15 (11:31) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/13 vs. CAR), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last – 3/11 vs. 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 three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Monday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (200-231, 86.6%) and seventh at home (92-108, 85.2%). 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-six in 77 four-on-four situations (137:49), 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).


  • The Blueshirts have skated in 11 of 15 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season, posting a record of 5-6-0 in those contests
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 4-4-0 with a 2.75 GAA and one shutout; Martin Biron is 1-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and one shutout
  • Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents this season with four goals and nine points
  • Derek Stepan has tallied seven points against Original Six opponents this season, and is tied with Gaborik for the team lead with five assists
  • Michael Del Zotto leads all team defensemen in scoring with six points (two goals, four assists) against Original Six opponents this season
  • New York has posted a record of 51-31-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 0-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .606 win% over the span ranks third, trailing Detroit (.662, 44-21-6) and Montreal (.608, 75-46-13), and ahead of Chicago (.527, 34-30-11), Boston (.518, 61-56-20), and Toronto (.496, 57-58-18).


  • New York is 3-2-0 on their current seven-game homestand
  • The Rangers’ are 4-18 (22.2%) on the power play
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.28 GAA; Martin Biron is 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA
  • Brad Richards leads the team in scoring with four goals and nine points
  • Marian Gaborik (three goals, four assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, five assists) have registered seven points apiece
  • The seven-game homestand is tied as the longest in franchise history, and is their longest since 2001-02
  • The Blueshirts’ previous seven-game homestands were in 1969-70 (4-0-3-0), 1972-73 (4-3-0-0), 1977-78 (3-3-1-0), and 2001-02 (3-2-1-1)
  • The Rangers are one of five teams with a homestand of seven or more games on their 2011-12 regular season schedule (Winnipeg – 8, Colorado – 8, Tampa Bay – 7, Vancouver – 7).

The Blueshirts’ 25-9-2 (52 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 36 games since 1991-92 (24-8-4, 52 pts).

First-year forward Carl Hagelin continues to climb up the NHL rookie scoring charts despite only playing in 54 games this season. He currently ranks fifth in the league in rookie scoring with 37 points, fourth with 23 assists and seventh with 14 goals. He also leads all NHL rookies and is tied for 17th overall with a plus-22 rating, is tied for second among first-year players with two shorthanded goals/points, and ranks third among rookies who have played at least 50 games with a .69 points per game average. Since his NHL debut on November 25, Hagelin is tied for first among NHL rookies in points and assists, ranks second in goals and third in shots on goal (112).

The Rangers’ .674 win% is the team’s best record through 72 games in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 46-19-7 record (.688 win%), and is the fourth 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.

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

  • 2nd in points (97)
  • 2nd in win% (.674)
  • 2nd in wins (45)
  • T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (42)
  • 2nd in fewest regulation losses (20)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (155)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.15)
  • 1st in hits (2,139)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,169)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-37)
  • 6th in goal differential (plus-39)


  • The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 win on Monday vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was during the 1991-92 season, when New York clinched on March 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver
  • This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy during the 1993-94 season. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
  • New York has registered at least one point in 47 of their last 64 games (42-17-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • New York is 18-2-3 when leading after the first period and 28-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers rank third in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (5-14-1); The Blueshirts are tied for ninth in the NHL with five third period comeback wins, and have trailed entering the third in only 19 games this season (second fewest in the NHL)
  • New York leads the NHL with a .714 win% when out-shooting their opponent (25-9-1)
  • The Rangers rank second in the league when scoring first, posting a 32-4-3 mark (.821 win%) in those contests; Their 32 wins rank second in the NHL


  • Brad Richards — 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 13 games; 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last seven games
  • Marian Gaborik — 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games; eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last six games
  • Carl Hagelin — 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games; seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last four games
  • Dan Girardi — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last nine games; three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
  • Mats Zuccarello — three points (two goals, one assist) in the last five games


  • Martin Biron — 1 appearance from 500 NHL career


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 48
  • Artem Anisimov (injured, 3/15) — 2
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 2
    Total Man-Games Lost: 209


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  1. I’d like to thank my rattling refrigerator for keeping me up and allowing me to be first. What an honor.

    I’m assuming there won’t be a line brawl to start the game tonight. But hopefully the Rangers can keep up their play from the past couple of games, and pull off another MUST WIN.

  2. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Belated apologies for calling you a “Mother Theresa” in the fighting discussion yesterday. (I actually admire her very much, so no real offense was intended. But, you’ve made it clear you’re not an absolute humanitarian pacifist on the issue! Nor am I. So, I retract the slur.)

    But, rather than referring to some shadowy cabal in the NHL that wants to eliminate fighting against the wishes of the majority of players and fans to bolster your position on strategic fighting, I hope you’ll get them on the record so they have to make their case to us.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    RIR-I read your multiple posts from last night, and as of this morning you’re still attempting to take subtle jabs at Carp. Aside from that, you appear to live in the world of utopia. Why are you doubting that there are some people in the NHL and the media that want to eliminate fighting? And what makes you think that anyone can *make* them present their case to us?

  4. All aboard the Hank train !! Time to get his grove on and bring it on home… beer-on better not see another game.

    LGR!!!! Game day!!!!

  5. Red Wongs have lost 5 straight … so you KNOW they’ll beat us tonight, guaranteed.

  6. Ilb!!!!!!!!!!

    ON way to city again w the fozz and the mama bear! Lomg day topped off w a rangers win and meeting another celeb, the carpmeister!

  7. Hey PIMP – could you imagine what this blog would look like if the Rangers *ever* lost 5 straight?

  8. Rhode Island Ranger on

    Hey ilb:

    Nice hearing from you too.

    I don’t think my apology to Carp requires your translation. I’m a native English speaker and it’s rather straightforward. I’m confident Carp doesn’t require your babysitting and I have no interest in your patronizing interjection here.

    But, there’s no insult in asking a reporter to back up his claim concerning a powerful anti-fighting faction at league headquarters. I take the host of this forum at his word that it exists. Using unnamed sources is one of the real corruptions in American journalism today and it’s not cricket in an open, honest debate. You and Carp and many others here have taken posters to task for claiming things on the basis of inside sources that can’t be identified. I agree with that position. Goose/gander.

    Carp really would be doing the hockey community a service if he got the secret anti-fighting fifth column on 6th Ave. to identify themselves and defend their position openly. It would be the journalistic thing to do.

  9. It’s looking more and more like Jumbo Soft Shell Shrimp and his team are not going to make the playoffs. I guess “Thank You” card should also include a “Congrats” line too….

  10. Yea another disappointing season for a disappointing franchise with high hopes year in and year out.

  11. without stating the obvious, tonights game could go along way to securing top seed. the next 5 games are significantly less difficult than final 4 (buff, tor, minn, wpg, mtl).

    rangers have tie breaker over pgh with significantly more ROW. ironic how the BCATGE saved the rangers in past seasons, now it is workinng against them. pens have 9 wins after the end of the hockey game while the rangers have only 3. thats 6 more points that wouldn’t be there if not for the loser point or BCATGE

  12. NYR13- the more ironic thing is that it may actually work in their favor at the end….

  13. RIR,

    What type of revelations are you looking for from these people in the league office beyond “we don’t think fighting is good for the image of the sport and/or the safety of the players”?

    Given that most of us are pretty passionate hockey fans I’m sure we recognize that for better or worse the sport is heavily associated with fighting among the casual sports fan. The fact that there are people that are employed by the NHL that happen to think the sport can get along fine without it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

  14. Sally, Joe Thornton. He called the Rangers soft when he and his team lost to them at MSG, game 10 of the season. The Rangers never looked back after. Jumbo Joe is on a verge of missing the playoffs at the moment.

  15. Thanks, Fran….I do have a slight NY accent, however….People who met me can attest to that.

  16. Rhode Island Ranger on


    A fair question… for Carp to answer. Who are the league bigwigs that he claims will use the Devils/Rangers strategic battles to ban fighting from the game? Is it Bettman or Daly or influential owners or just some vocal underlings? It matters to the issue, obviously.

    The NHL doesn’t need this fighting question settled by executive fiat in some back room. The game ultimately belongs to the players (who strongly support fighting according to the NHLPA and recent polls) and to us.

    So, sports journalists ought to be asking all sides to go on the record and have their ideas judged in the marketplace. We need reporting, not slippery rumor mongering.

  17. The proper name for Rhode Island is: *State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations*

  18. RIR,

    Carp can ask these people all he wants to go “on the record”, I have my doubts that any of them will unless they’re not interested in working for the league after the interview gets published.

  19. Rhode Island Ranger on


    If you are correct in suspecting that the anti-fighting movement at NHL headquarters that Carp attests to won’t go on the record and defend their views, then that’s a juicy story right there.

    If one side in this argument over the culture of the sport refuses to make its case openly, then it’s fair to question their bona fides on the subject. Pressing them to level with the hockey community and then reporting their refusal to back up their lobbying would be downright newsworthy.

    Why should the anti-fighting faction get a free pass on this?

  20. It’s been reported that the start of Tues night’s game vs the Devils will be a topic at the next GM meeting by Colin Campbell. Campbell’s post game comment was that no rules were broken but it was against the spirit of the game. Possibly look for a new rule to be implemented similar to fights in warm-ups or in the last 5 minutes of a game.

    I don’t think this classifies as trying to take fighting out of hockey but it certainly implies that the league is not happy about what happened.

    This game was the topic on every sports show yesterday and it was infuriating and embarassing to listen to hockey no-nothings take shots at the sport. Once again, Frank Isola on Daily News Live showed his hockey ignorance for claiming that fighting is the reason that the majority of hockey fans are hockey fans.

  21. RIR,

    Again, I’m not sure what you’re expecting these people to say. What if it’s simply of matter of them not liking fighting without much elaboration beyond that?

  22. Rhode Island Ranger on


    If in fact, the influential anti-fighting types at league headquarters that Carp uncovered only oppose fighting for personal/psychological reasons as you guess (and not substantial economic or legal ones), that’s a scoop!

    “Fans and Players Want Fighting- Non-Hockey Suits Feel All Yucky About It.”

    Let the people decide who’s right.

  23. My Co-Worker told me that he doesn’t watch hockey because of the fighting. He said it has no import in the game. Then, yesterday, I explained to him what “lines” were in hockey. Apparently he thought the same 5 guys played the whole 60 minutes.

    To me, Hockey is a niche sport. We love it. The whole world doesn’t (especially Americans) but we love it the way it is. Let the actual fans decide. Without fighting hockey would not gain any popularity and it wouldn’t solve any sort of injury issues.

    Point is – people who don’t want fighting probably don’t understand the game at all.

  24. RIR,

    You sound like you know an awful lot about who these people might be without actually knowing who they are. Perhaps they’re ex-players (NHL, AHL, NCAA) that saw firsthand how fighting impacts the game? Maybe they have good friends that sustained life alterting injuries due to fights?

    And the league is a prviate enterprise. While their product might be for public consumption, they pretty much set the rules by themselves.

  25. Rhode Island Ranger on


    I’ve tried to make it clear I have no idea who the leading anti-fighting voices are inside NHL headquarters. But, Carp has used strong language to warn us that they’re very real and that they’re going to use the Ranger/Devils dust-up to ban fighting completely.

    Hockey reporters who swear to their existence and power should put them on the spot. Why should Bettman have to answer to Bob Costas and the execrable NY Times, but the ignorant uplifters who are trying to ruin our game don’t have to answer for their bias and illogic?

    Carp Reports. We Decide.

  26. Manny, I agree. Also I had an eye-opening conversation with a coworker last week who had never heard of Sidney Crosby. Whaaaaa?

    Also, *gchat.*

  27. Carp ain’t reporting this story, RIR. You learn a lot of things in this business, a lot of which you can’t possibly report but you absolutely know are true through trusted, well-placed people.

    if I wanted to quit my two jobs and spend a lot of time chasing a story to please you, it might make a good investigative piece. More likely, it’d be like chasing a shadow.

    The nature of this business is you can’t report everything you know. You just can’t.

    But thanks for trying to help me learn how do to the job.

  28. Stanger Nation on

    What will Collie’s son do for a living if they ban fighting?

    regarding fighting – the league is trying to market a product and game of hockey. there are sure to be league officials who feel it is part of the game and others who feel its time has come and gone.

    While I do enjoy the scraps, I enjoy the actual game much, much more.

  29. Carp,

    Just out of curiosity, how many NHL employees at the non-executive level are people that played the game at some advanced level (NHL, AHL, NCAA)?

  30. Happy 26th, Captain!

    Again, we are seemingly involved in a typical “dead end” conversation about nothing. Why am I not surprised?

  31. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Is it really that dangerous for you to ring up the three or four top anti-fighting folks at the NHL to ask them why they oppose something that has always been part of the game? What, you’ll be blackballed, reassigned to the volleyball beat, terminated?!

    I know asking people to go on the record and defend their views gets one kicked off the plum White House press corpse gig, but this is just hockey, right?

    So your shadowy pacifists at the NHL stonewall you while the advocates for fighting are put through the media wringer? Sounds like a fun, substantial little story to me. It’s gotta beat stenography at angry, monosyllabic game-day pressers.

    Take a crazy chance. Life is short. We’ll back you up.

  32. Carp,

    Is it me or does it really seem that over the last 20 years or so, (even during their good seasons) the Rangers simply never play well against Detroit? I know the above head-to-head record confirms that, but it just always seems quite one-sided

  33. ANF, I was actually going to write some of my early story tonight on that topic. Disasters against Detroit included the back to back drubbings in 2000, which directly led to the firing of the feuding Neil Smith and John Muckler, and John Tortorella being named interim coach for four games, and Glen Sather being hired in June.

    I also remember Michel Bergeron falling behind the bench in Detroit and being unable to get up … and the Probert-Kocur fight in ’93-94, the two were like brothers and it was the hardest thing they’d ever done on the ice, but Kocur was forced to do it by Keenan.

  34. RIR, you’re really being ridiculous. It’s just a topic that top people really don’t want to discuss. I’m sure Gary Bettman, the stonewaller of all stonewallers, would throw a bunch of rhetoric if asked his stance on fighting.

    It would be barking up a tree. I’m not wasting my time with that.

  35. bull dog line on

    the players themselves have turned fighting meaningless. the staged fights are very WWE looking. the fights in the NHL used to have some meaning. I remember a Fotiu fight with Holmgren in the 79 regular season that turned the game around. flyers led 2 to 1, and Fotiu and Holmgren fought. Nickey beat him up good, the Rangers felt bigger after that, and went on to win 6 to 2. the 3 fights against the Devs, while entertaining, were meaningless.

  36. Carp: You didn’t answer my question yesterday.

    “Does you think Man will ever walk on the sun?”

  37. Thanks Carp! I remember coming home from class during the spring semester of my first year in law school and was shocked to learn that both Smith and Muckler were let go.

    An a similar note, though I loved your book regarding the 2000-01 Rangers, I would have loved to have read about the crazy 1999-00 season.

    One thing I never understood was why Smith hired Muckler in 1998. My guess was that Muckler’s “record” of “developing” a younger Buffalo team was the prime selling point.

  38. Rhode Island Ranger on

    I’m no Bettman fan, but I thought he defended fighting’s place in hockey fairly well in his recent sit-down with Costas.

    But if his defense of the tradition and its practical necessity wasn’t genuine, that’s a story.

    Carp, if you don’t want to pursue the story, just name the top anti-fighting nannies at NHL HQ, and concerned citizens can write them heartfelt letters showing them the error of their ways.

    Everyone left, right and center complains about big cultural issues being decided by unaccountable elites without our consent. Well, this fighting issue ought to be settled, ultimately, by us the paying fans… not a bunch of scaredy-cat MBAs and Comm majors hiding behind silly little titles at NHL HQ.

  39. Rhode Island Ranger on

    bull dog:

    Torts, Richards and every Ranger player that’s spoken on the issue disagrees that the opening fights in the Devils game were “meaningless”.

  40. Doesn’t work that way, RIR. They will make the decisions based on what they think is best for the league and best for their wallets.

    You sound like one of those whiny jackwagons who just hates the media.

  41. Sooo anyway, “Coach’s decision” on whether or not Anisimov plays tonight. I’d give him another night off but if he does come back, who gets bumped?? Probably Mitchell right? I’ve liked his game but it has quieted down some, imo.

  42. Thanks for bringing up those back-to-back drubbings to Detroit back in 2000. I was at MSG for that game and if I remember correctly the score was 6-0 barely halfway into the game…the crowd dispersed quickly and those who remained could only half-heartedly boo as the team had become such an out and out embarrassment.

    I remember walking with my brother through the Garden that night as there were PLENTY of empty seats by the time the 3rd period started. Just a ghost town…it was a horrible feeling to sit in that building and realize that not only were we a joke, we were EONS away from being any kind of respectable team as Detroit played us like they would a pee-wee hockey team.

    Dark days indeed. Then Sather came to the rescue…and 5 years later we started seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

    12 years later we’re competing for the division title (which I think the Pens are gonna take without breaking a sweat)

    Jeez…been a long, long, long time.

  43. stranger nation on

    Why do most teams label upper body injury, but Artie is tagged with left shoulder injury.

    Over/under on # of Hits Artie has until end of season…5?

    Would put him with Boyle and the Hobbit – may be able to generate some O with that group.

  44. RIR, respectfully, leave Carp alone. He has more important people to bother about more important issues, namely getting the IT guys on board with another 2012 Irregularannually 3rd Ever Paul Mara Playoff Beard Fun Run Rabies Awareness Race for the Cure.

  45. Rhode Island Ranger on


    You’re right that the NHL will decide its fighting policy “on what they think is best for the league and best for their wallets.” But, of course, that really means what the players and ticket buyers and cable subscribers will put up with.

    By keeping the top anti-fighting movers at the NHL anonymous, you are protecting the very forces that you claim to oppose as someone who “loves” the fights. So, name them. A little sunshine will do them good- vitamin D and all that.

    And I don’t hate the media. I just want them to call these petty tyrants to account now and then. The truth will set us free!

  46. Carp, “With men and women, does you think that men should marry only one woman? Does you believe in mahogany?”

  47. Rhode Island Ranger on


    Respectfully, if you think Carp should be allowed to use anonymous bogeyman to bolster his position on the fighting issue, that’s fine. Others have been lambasted by Carp and his commissars, though, for arguing in the same unfair way.

    I think Carp should share the names with us, maybe try to interview them. You would rather not know.

    To each his own.

  48. 2012 Irregular-annually 3rd Ever Paul Mara Playoff Beard Fun Run Rabies Awareness Race for the Cure.



  49. This entire, so called,”staging fights” problem is sucked out of the thumb. If it’s not prohibited, it’s allowed, so, coaches and/or players can use it as a tool in the game as they like in a frame of rules. Period. By this logic next topic of discussion will be necessity for the game this *legal*, but bone crushing hits on open ice or boards, because of it sometimes severity and hard consequences. Gimme and game a break, or change the rules, eliminate any contacts, implement basketball’s fault system and call this game “figure hockey”.

  50. RIR, respectfully, Carp doesn’t have commissars, he has punks and dirt bags. Also respectfully, I would prefer it if Carp stopped naming ALL sources, including for post game quotes, and just let us guess. More fun that way!

    Manny, does you think all women should try feminism at least once?

  51. RIR,

    Yeah those anti-fighting tyrants are really having their way with the sport. Can’t find anymore good fights these days. Everyone just stood by and watched last night after Shane Doan elbowed Jamie Benn in the head.

    Do you seriously not think that there are people in the league that don’t like fighting? And what are you going to do if Carp does name names? Go and harrass them instead? If you feel that they’re ruining the game with their anti-fighting stance might as well picket in front of the league offices on 6th Ave.

  52. Doodie Machetto on


    I know you’re a big advanced stats guy. Would love to know about the Corsi numbers from last night’s Flyers-Panthers game. I’m sure the Flyers dominated. But the Panthers won, and made the Flyers look ineffective.

    In fact, I bet the Rangers-Avalanche game had similar results.

  53. But seriously, guys, Let’s talk about some conspiracy things. Let’s go back to the grassy knoll. Who actually shot J.R.?

  54. RIR- tell us please that you are similarly straightforward and “dig it all out” if need too, and ready to share whatever you know at work….

  55. Manny, sometimes I wish I could “like” comments on here…

    CTB, even science knows a computer can’t calculate ten ten ten… because the number cannot exist, right?

  56. R.I.R ,
    Sophistication in English doesn’t compensate lack of civilized tone in your posts. I don’t know about its accent, but odor is nasty.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    Congrats to Girardi. I don’t know what he’s done to be Masterton-worthy, but he certainly is a better choice than Jagr is in Philly.

  58. At its heart Corsi is used as a proxy for puck possession. For a normally functioning PP (see other NHL teams other than Rangers, New York) puck possession is going to be disproportionately in favor of the team with the extra man.

    As for empty net situations they constitute such a small percentage of ice time that there’s not a lot of meaningful conlcusions that can be inferred from it other than one team is trying desperately to score and the other is trying prevent a score and to get the puck to potentially score on an empty net.

  59. CARP, serious question:

    – Is there a way for you to give is a list of the all-time blog posts leaders (since the beginning of this blog and / or beginning of your reign).

    It’d be fun to know.

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    RIR, to be fair to Carp, there is a difference between taking exceptions with people who issue official, published reports based on anonymous info, and just editorializing based on those sources. Carp has made no official reports. He has clearly said that the people he is talking about won’t go on the record. If they won’t go on the record, he can’t report it. That’s the way journalism works. Either he burns all of his credibility by making a report about the boogeymen (as you referred to it) without naming them, or he burns all of his bridges for access by naming them without their permission, plus has his credibility questioned when they deny anything Carp reports.

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    Nevermind, just saw that he did. Too bad. Was hoping someone in the west would help us out.

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone have a list of all of the Masterton nominees to this point? I saw Cooke got the Penguins’ nomination. What a joke.

  63. Doodie- Conklin isn’t necessarily a perennial Vezina trophy candidate. I remember Rangers making him look like a Swiss cheese a few years back when he played for Pittsburgh.

  64. Carp – maybe you can just tell us your all-time favorite posts and/or posters so that we can start in-fighting some more?

  65. bull dog line on

    those fights took place at 3 seconds. they no effect on the next 59 minutes and 57 seconds.

  66. Yeah, Carp! Who’s your favorite?

    Brandon Prust once lost both his legs in a car crash, but he just walked it off. *Masterton winner!!!*

  67. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Can I please get a “LETS GO RANGERS” chant started! The sooner the better

  68. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Come on gals & guys we need more LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!! Louder I can’t hear you

  69. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I’m not saying he’s the second coming of Terry Sawchuk or anything. But the fact that they emergency recalled him to start over the other guy they have dressed (Jordan Pearce) tells me I wish we could have played against Pearce. I mean, Conklin lost his job to JOEY MACDONALD. If they said, “oh man, we NEED Conklin,” that Pearce guy must be awful.

  70. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    No ilb just trying to get everyone fired up never to early to start LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Mark Sanchize and Tim Teblow = Worst QB tandem ever!

  72. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Someone mentioned blueshirt bulletin earlier well my gift subscription expired almost 2 years ago & their still sending the paper to me. Don’t even know why there still printing it all the news is OLD news as far as i’m concerned.

  73. Jets management is so bad. Its like “Crap, we’ve messed this up be being undisciplined and backing the wrong horses no matter what the evidence is. Let’s do it more!”

    They should trade for the Maras.

  74. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    Louder ilb I still can’t hear you LOL! Your right Manny its always game on or go time here for me. I luv this place but no offense Carp I luv the Rangers more can’t get enough of them;-))

  75. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, did anyone see the thing for the Golden State Warriors booing their owner while retiring Chris Mullin’s jersey?

    How could he be so stupid as to be a part of the ceremony? Could you imagine if Jim Dolan was part of any of the recent retirement ceremonies? There wouldn’t have just been boos. There would have been a full blown riot.

  76. Unreal reference, Doodie. MY jaw is on the ground.

    “He’s on drugs”

    “What kind of way is that to act?”

  77. “The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. “Vámonos, amigos,” he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight.”

  78. Francesa is hilarious right now. I never listen to him but for this Tebow idiocy I had to.

  79. This year is getting better. If anyone is gonna teach the players accountability and heart and leadership, its timmy!!!!

  80. That locker room is going to eat up Mr. Tebow. And he gets to be coached by Mr. Foot Fetish. AND he gets to play with the Human Gigolo Mark Sanchez.


  81. I would submit that if you got rid of fighting hockey would start to become less of a niche sport. There is absolutely no other reason other than that line being crossed as to why Americans would not love a game that features speed, aggression, high intensity, grace and violence, it is the ultimate team sport and involves sacrifice, grit, toughness – hockey frankly should be much more popular than it is, especially now with widescreen HDTV’s that translate the game so much better. For every one fan that walked away because of the fighting being gone, about 5 families would start watching hockey.

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

    If you wan’t to play some free NHL fantasy today go to and signup using this code: 41E3FD0D , then go to private leagues a join the game Santos, the password is santos. Then just pick your players for tonights games and win points to get free shit!

  83. Doodie Machetto on

    Peter, I don’t care if it’s just a niche sport. I don’t care if more people like it. Frankly, if the choice was between removing fighting or not having more people like it, I would choose not having more people like it.

  84. I don’t feel badly for Tebow. Here’s why: Sanchez will begin to fail or throw three picks in one game and the fans will get behind Tebow something fierce. People like him. He will be more popular than Sanchez while he sits on the bench.

  85. stranger nation on

    Did you guys hear about this new fantasy website…blah, blah, blah…you can go win free Hartnell!

  86. All of this talk of fighting is kind of funny. I have no strong attachment either way. I have played for years… and not once have I ever had a fight. I have played in leagues where it wasn’t allowed and I have never felt that I was missing out on something. Dirty stuff was not allowed and enforced as such. I love the skating and passing and skill. I love the big hits and the grinding. I just love the game.

    If the NHL really was serious about removing fighting, they would seriously punish those that break the rules and remove the need for players to police themselves. The fastest way to get rid of something is to remove the need for it.

    Having said that, sports are ultimately about entertainment, regardless what anyone may think. If you can’t entertain people and draw crowds, you don’t get money. Fighting does draw some fans, so it will stay until they can figure a way to remove it without any economic impact. Each sport has its quirks. Fighting is hockey’s. I don’t watch to see fights, and I never feel cheated if I watch a game and don’t see one. I also don’t have a stance against them either. To me, they are just there.

  87. Peter, I don’t know one person who has ever said that they don’t watch hockey because of the fighting. Of course, maybe that’s just a reflection of the people with whom i associate. And you know, I am happy to be part of a niche sport. Rather than one that every Tom, Dick and Harry follows. Hockey: either you get it or you don’t.

  88. I don’t think so, ORR. Not initially at least. Sanchize can throw a bit better than Teblow. I do think Teblow will get in there instead of Dusty Keller on the Wildcat (pow). I am sure Sanchize will have a string of horrendous mistakes and Teblow will come in to save the day.

    I am sure by the time the playoffs begin, Sean Avery *will* be the Jets starting QB, TE and WR.

  89. Stranger Nation on

    Tonite feels like trap game with Red Wing injuries, Non-conference opponent, Original six match up (does anyone really care by now), and after a big division rivalry game.

    Get the 2 pts!!

  90. I’m a Jet fan…or was a Jet fan…what a joke of an organization…Mickey Mouse organization comes to mind.
    And I don’t have any problems with Tebow…only the Jets.

  91. Stranger Nation on

    Tony Soprano, Jets new OC, loves the Wildcat. Just look how well Miami did with it the last four years…

  92. Unlimited OJ and Hot Dogs. Only rule is that you consume them under a blanket on the sidelines.

  93. Never thought I’d see the day when a game against the Wings gets the “trap game” designation on here.

  94. Happy Birthday to Captain Cally!!

    Here’s hoping that the team plays the Right Way
    and gives their Fearless Leader a win as a present!

  95. in other words Tony
    Payton takes the fall.
    i can’t believe that other teams do not have some sort of “bounty” system as well.

  96. Just like when the Patriots were the “only” team filming other team’s practices.

  97. If there is one thing I have learned from the practice of law…it’s that One from AZ (Tony).

  98. if any Jets fans are on the fence about the Tebow trade, just know that Mike Francesa thinks it’s pretty much the worst move they’ve ever made

  99. For me it is Greek or Cantonese Chinese in Mandarin country. Is this a guy, who celebrates goals sliding on one knee in Rodin’s “Thinker” pose?

  100. When the Red Wings are in the Eastern Conference will every game against them be a trap game, LW?

  101. Hang up in the Tim Tebow trade. Maybe the Jets came to their senses or turned on the radio.

  102. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Afternoon ILB and all!

    I really hate this fighting “debate”!! I had no problem with the beginning of the game the other night. That being said, it wouldn’t shock me to see a rule similar to the end of the game be put in for the opening puck drop.

    I would have to seriously consider not watching hockey any longer if they completely banned it from the game. It is a part of the game to its (defending the) core IMHO.

    I think injuries from fighting are over emphasized and misrepresented. I would be more concerned with the injuries sustained during the garbage take downs at the end of some fights (still think it should be an intent to injure penalty) than the actually punches most of the time.

    Many of the mainstream media is so ignorant to the emotion and fabric of hockey that they only focus on the fights (because of course they are attention grabbers) and hypocritically say the game is barbaric, yet promote mma

  103. I’m not going to let Woody Johnson (a Beavis and Butt-Head name if I ever heard one) ruin my hockey season. *MOMENTUM!*

  104. Tebow to the Jets, Payton suspended 1 year. A virgin and a Saint both got *%&# today!

    Q: When you have the QB with the 2nd worst completion percentage in the league what do you do? A: Go get the guy with the worst!

  105. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Continuing….(sorry driving my iPhone)

    Boxing, big hits in the nfl, baseball and basketball pillow fights in the next sentence. They call hockey a niche sport, but in reality it isn’t a niche sport, it is a climate/accessibility sport. If the whole world was covered with ice and snow, do you think hockey would be a “niche” sport then?

  106. If fighting is removed from hockey we will have a plethora of players diving without repercussions. NEVER remove it. NEVER

  107. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    2 minutes left in first period

  108. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Arriving at destination (safely manny)!!

    Tebow is a Boucher, end of story!!!!

    Later aasens, LGR and LGD!!

  109. Definitely agree wicky about the accessibility/climate issue. It’s a pretty high barrier to entry sport. Why is soccer the most popular sport in the world? You don’t need a whole lot to play and you can play in both warm and cold weather. Throw in the fact that hockey is at least a few hundred if not few thousand dollar a year investment at almost any level and you’re closing it off to a lot of people by default. It’s a lot easier to take up and maintain an interest in something you can do first hand.

  110. Perhaps JETS wanted to keep Tebow away from NE??? Anyway, happy birthday Capt. AND NOW, let’s get back to HOCKEY.


  111. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    A laurel, damn


    Agree with you indeed my friend!

    One last thing about hockey, if the majority of these hockey “niche” sport naysayers or the eliminate fighting all together people (many times they are the same people)had any idea about words like honour, loyalty, sacrifice, selflessness, work ethic, and teammate meant, they would understand fighting in hockey (not talking “staged” which I still don’t have a problem with)and hockey itself a whole hell of a lot better!!

  112. Last night I was watching the Senators/Devils game and wondering why Ben Bishop still has the Storm Trooper helmet? I have never seen someone have a plain white goalie mask.

  113. Yes – aside from the Senators logo on the side. He looks like a Storm Trooper (to me)

  114. Except one thing, Wicky…Unless you’re in LW-land we spell it “honor”, without “u”….:-)
    Hey, but what do I know? Apparently, I’m not a native English speaker…

  115. Funny that you say you watched Ben Bishop play and yet you’ve never seen someone have a plain white goalie mask, then..

  116. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on


  117. Lol…

    I meant to ask Latona. How’s that girl from your team last year who lost her father doing? Are you in touch?

  118. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    its about hockey – I heard you so loud & clear I drove right back home to thank you !!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  119. In addition to article, I can add that as a fan, I’m also very grateful to Biron, Bickel, Stralman and even Woywitka for helping keep team afloat in crucial time. Separate admiration to Swede-speed pocket rocket – Hags, whose role this season is hard to underrate.

  120. duck the bill on

    Forza Rangers!! BYFUGLIENCULO RED WINGS!!! ….oh wait, wrong character! LETTUCE GO RANGERS!!

  121. ilb, Sally, and others, you’ll be happy to know that I met Tiki or iTiki a little while ago, and we are now great friends. Seriously, he’s a really nice, polite young man — very smart, as I suspected — and we had a very cool 15-20 minutes together with Blogmama and Krisy and her little ‘Wegian. And they all met Prust … and took pics … and me and Tiki took a pic with our arms around each other.

    It might be the apocolypse.

    Also, why, hello, Latona. How are you today?

  122. MessierMagic on

    I heard on the radio today that Chris Drury had a thing for keeping jars of mayonnaise in his locker throughout his career, and he would dip his hands in the jar before slipping his gloves on every game. what a sick byflugien

  123. YES, BABY!!!! Finally! Happy to hear it, guys….Had no doubts you’d be just fine. Well, I’m expecting the pictures to be on my iPhone right about now….

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