Rangers at Penguins tonight


Not much at stake for your boys tonight, other than the Presidents’ Trophy race and the team records of 52 wins and 112 points. Still home-ice in the first round for the taking for Pittsburgh.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Apr. 5, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Rangers: 51-22-7 (109 pts)
Penguins: 49-25-6 (104 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Apr. 3

The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in their final road game of the regular season. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 51-22-7 (109 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadephia Flyers, 5-3, on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 7-2-0 in the last nine games. With the win, the Rangers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins enter the contest with a 49-25-6 (104 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of the last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Apr. 7, at Madison Square Garden (6:30 p.m.), in their regular season finale.


  • All-Time117-100-23-8 overall (65-48-9-3 at home; 52-52-14-5 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the sixth and final meeting this season, and the third at CONSOL Energy Center. New York is 2-3-0 overall (1-2-0 at home; 1-1-0on the road) following a 5-2 loss on Mar. 15 at Madison Square Garden. Brad Richards leads the team in with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) are tied with Richards with a team-high, two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 0-1-0 with a 5.00 GAA and .844 Sv%.
  • Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (1-1-1 at home; 3-0-0 on the road). The Rangers power play was 7-22 (31.8%) in the season series, while the penalty kill was 20-22 (90.9%). New York out-scored Pittsburgh, 21-15, including a 10-4 margin in the third period and overtime. Ryan Callahan led the Rangers with five goals, nine points, four power play goals and three game-winning goals in six games, while Brandon Dubinsky tallied a team-high, six assists in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-1-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .926 Sv%.
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 13 games against the Penguins (7-4-2 over the span), and have won four of their last seven meetings.
  • New York has won five of their last six games in Pittsburgh, dating back to a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 12, 2010
  • New York is tied for second with a 24-11-5 (53 pts) record on the road; Pittsburgh ranks fourth with a 27-10-2 (56 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 15-6-2 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Penguins are 11-10-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists two former Penguins on their roster: Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 – 2009-10); Mike Rupp (2009-10 – 2010-11)
  • Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 42 GP, 22-15-5, 2.40 GAA, 2 SO
  • Martin Biron — 34 GP, 13-16-3-2, 3.04 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 32 GP, 8-26-34
  • Marian Gaborik — 23 GP, 10-12-22
  • Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-10-11

The Rangers’ power play has tallied seven goals in the last four games (7-18, 38.9% over the span), and are 12-47 (25.5%) in the last 13 games. New York’s penalty kill is 49-56 (87.5%) in the last 18 games. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 25-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 34-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied three goals in six power play attempts (8:24) on Tuesday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 22nd overall (43-271, 15.9%) and 18th on the road (20-128, 15.6%). The Rangers are 4-17 (12:28) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/3 at PHI), 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 surrendered one goal to the Flyers in eight shorthanded situations (12:48) on Tuesday at Philadelphia. New York ranks fifth overall (221-256, 86.3%) and fifth on the road (123-141, 87.2%). The Rangers are 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:18) on Tuesday at Philadelphia. The Rangers are plus-seven in 81 four-on-four situations (147:05), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 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); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).

With a 5-3 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia, the Rangers tied the franchise record for most road wins in a season with their 24th victory away from MSG. New York also won 24 road games last season and in 1993-94.

Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his younger brother, Pittsburgh forward Jordan Staal, 25 times in his career, amassing an 11-12-2 record with eight points (two goals, six assists) and 28 penalty minutes. Jordan has registered a 14-6-5 mark with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and 24 penalty minutes.

New York continues to climb the team’s all-time single season wins and points lists, currently ranking second in wins and tied for second in points. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

Brad Richards ranked second in the NHL with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) during the month of March, finishing one point behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin. Marian Gaborik tied for third in the league with 10 goals and 20 points in March.

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

  • T-1st in points (109)
  • T-1st in win% (.681)
  • 1st in wins (51)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (47)
  • 3rd in fewest regulation losses (22)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (173)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.16)
  • 1st in hits (2,378)
  • 2nd in blocked shots (1,321)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-38)
  • 6th in goal differential (plus-45)


  • New York clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia; It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings
  • 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 Mar. 19 vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was in 1991-92, when New York clinched on Mar. 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver
  • The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
  • New York is 21-3-3 when leading after the first period and 30-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers rank third in the league with a .227 win% when trailing after two periods (5-16-1), and are tied for 10th in the NHL with five third period comeback wins
  • New York leads the NHL with a .714 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-11-1)
  • The Rangers rank third in the league when scoring first, posting a 35-5-3 mark (.814 win%) in those contests
  • Henrik Lundqvist’s 39 wins are a career-high, and rank second on the Rangers’ single season wins list
  • Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards have tied the franchise record for most game-winning goals in a season with nine apiece (Don Maloney – 1980-81; Mark Messier – 1996-97; Jaromir Jagr – 2005-06)


  • The Rangers’ power play has tallied seven goals in the last four games (7-18, 38.9% over the span)
  • Henrik Lundqvist — 7-2-0 in the last nine games; has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of the last 10 games (7-3-0, 2.18 GAA, .912 Sv% over the span)
  • Marian Gaborik — six-game point streak (six goals, four assists over the span); 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games
  • Brad Richards — nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last six games; 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 15 games
  • Ryan McDonagh — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games
  • Brian Boyle — four goals in the last seven games
  • Michael Del Zotto — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games
  • Brandon Dubinsky — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games
  • Ruslan Fedotenko — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games


  • Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career
  • Ryan Callahan — 2 points from 200 NHL career
  • Derek Stepan — 4 points from 100 NHL career


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 56
  • Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 10
  • Mats Zuccarello (injured, 3/23) — 6
    Total Man-Games Lost: 231


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  1. "Fragile" Frankie Merman on

    “•Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)”

    He was a Ranger for about five minutes. Kind of reminds me of the Ian Laperriere trade years ago, where they dumped someone that would be a valuable role player for a single team for multiple seasons to come for an ultimately forgettable haul in return. But Slats gets several passes from me for the Gomez dump (although in all fairness it was a problem he created himself by offering him that ridiculous contract).

  2. bull dog line on

    I do not know if you guys went over this last night, but , I saw Bob McKenzie on NBCSN last night. he said that if BC were to lose tonight Kreider would be signed soon after, and that he felt he would be in the line up saturday against Caps. if they were to win, it could get complicated.the Rangers would not be able to give him a signing bonus because season would be over. so if he signed, and were to play in playoffs, it would be in effect playing for free. players do not get paid during playoffs.

  3. Right, the organization is going to put this kid who’s never played one NHL game, let alone one game with this team, into a playoff game! Did McKenzie really say that? Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh!

  4. bull dog line on

    nobody has ever done that before, right heave ho. if he gives them the best chance to win, you don’t think Torts would play him? the Rangers could not afford to take Mitchell out of the lineup? Fedotenko, and Prust could not play on the 4th line where they belong?

  5. Just want to throw this out there for those who didn’t get playoff tickets and are still looking. . .

    I’m going to be selling the majority of my playoff tickets this year due to the fact that this wonderful organization found it necessary to raise prices AGAIN about twenty pecent. I’ve contacted most of you on here that have purchased tickets from me in the past to offer tickets before I put them for sale online. If you didn’t hear from me and want the info when I send it out just contact me. I’m going to send an e-mail out as soon as the first round schedule is released and will do the same with the following rounds as the Rangers advance. It’s going out to everyone at the same time so everyone has the same chance of getting tickets.

    Email me at: ajp9977@msn.com if interested

  6. Denis Potvin on

    If Krieder joins the Rangers for the playoffs, who sits?

    Tortorella loves John Mitchell, so he aint going anywhere.

    The only logical scenario would be if Rupp is injured, Krieder would take his spot. I dont envision Scott, John playing in the first round at least against Washington.

    But… would Torts really trust a college kid in the playoffs? Maybe John Scott plays instead.

  7. bull dog line on

    can’t take Mitchell out? what is it he does at this point? you play the best players. if Kreider is one of the 12 best, he plays.

  8. It didnt say that hed play in a playoff game, thats where McKenzie said it gets complicated….he said if they lose tonight, kreider would sign and play Saturday against Caps bc he can get signed with a bonus…..

  9. Are we dressing *John Scott* tonight!? It’s a *must-dress* situation for him. People are going to show up today *demanding* that *John Scott* dress tonight and injure *Crosby* despite the fact that *John Scott* has as much chance of getting a solid check on *Crosby* as ORR has of dating *Kate Upton*.

  10. play biron for hank tonite
    play woywitka for girardi tonite
    play scott for rupp if cant go if he can sit gabby

    tonite is NOT A MUST WIN. its stress free.

  11. No such thing as a freebie game for this team or this coach. Rangers don’t know how to take their foot off the gas (nor should they). Play the game straight up.

    Only changes should be Biron, let Hank rest the hand. And if Rupp can’t go, then fill in a body, any body – Scott or maybe Woywitka at forward – who cares? Those 2-3 shifts won’t matter much. It’s not like anyone’s going to fight Scott anyway.

    Prust and Bickel should be smart and decline any invites to fight, unless it’s to dole out a Rinaldi-type punishment. Can’t take a chance at injury. That said, I know it’s not in Prust’s nature to say no.

    No need for the Cindy head-hunting BS. We’re not from Pennsylvania. Besides, I’d rather see him cry in defeat than give them the excuse that they were not at full strenghth.

  12. I am sure Torts will play the regular game with Biron in net and maybe dressing *Scott* over Rupp since Rupp hasn’t played since he got beaten up again. I am sure he will say “congrats guys – now bleep bleep go have bleep fun and play the bleep bleep bleep way we bleep bleep need to play.”

  13. Dress Sauer.

    Good talk yesterday…. let’s get some PP practice in tonight…. pretty excited to closely follow the Whale now that our top prospects are on the squad.

  14. Speaking of the Whale, heard from a source in Ottawa that the Whale will be returning home to Binghamton. Baby Sens are leaving for Canada.

    Scott will skate circles around Cindy

  15. Go Gophers,
    Now that we have minimal to play for, at least for a couple of days, lets make up for that by stirring the pot just a little. Even though the Kreider hype is completely out of control, I’m enjoying the comments on the pros and cons.
    In the end it probably won’t matter whether he plays or not.
    My take is play him, he can skate with the 4th line and, more importantly, be part of a 2nd PP unit. Considering we have a coach who has pushed all the right buttons this year and has gained commitment from everyone to ‘play the right way’ (with no disrespect to the captain and his MAJOR role in that regard), I will be content to live and die with whatever team he wishes to field).

  16. Brooks has an interesting article this morning. The playoffs in many case are all about attrition to a degree, and if indeed Eminger has had some setbacks with his ankle, and with Sauer not coming back this season, then who gets ice time if God forbid one or two of our dman gets nicked up in the post season?

    What’s the depth look like w/out Eminger?

    Woywitka, Scott and then…?

  17. you play all the regulars that can play because that’s how professionals do it. Tampa did it last year, Rangers will do it this year. putting Kreider into the lineup in the playoffs sounds ridiculous to me. They worked all year establishing a system, an identity, and now some college player will be inserted in the lineup? doesnt seem fair to me, from neither Kreider’s side nor the current lineup.

  18. bull dog line on

    some college player? Stepan was a, some college player, McD was a, some college player. by all accounts, Kreider is not just ” some college player”. its not about being fair, it about winning.

  19. i dont care if he’s Bobby Orr, you dont put in a guy who hasnt even fuggin practiced with the damn team in a playoff game. that’s just absurd.

  20. where exactly are they going to play him? take mitchell out for example, he will play 4th line minutes now? really? a guy who doesnt know the system whatsoever will play 5 minutes a game with rupp and whoever else will be there? sounds nice. or do you move him to the 1st line and ruin what they have now? that’s perhaps even more absurd. put him on the 2nd line? 3rd? it’s just ridiculous.

  21. My ideal situation would be for them to sign him and have him watch practices, perhaps stay on the ice with the extras post-practice to stay in shape and get used to the way this team plays, so hed have a head start in training camp, or if in a horrible case one of our stars goes down later in the playoffs.

  22. bull dog line on

    i’m not putting him in the lineup to play 4th line. if he goes into the lineup, it is to play top 6 or top 9. your worrying about Mitchell? why?

  23. Im not worrying about Mitchell, i dont think youre getting what my point is. My point is that you cant have him come and play top 6 minutes without knowing how this team plays. He cant have 1 practice and just go with the flow. Not in the playoffs. It’s not fair to him, first of all, and not fair to the team that worked so hard all year to get where they are. If you make him top 6, someone drops down, right? You dont dare touch the first line right now. Callahan and Stepan are 2nd liners. Does Anisimov drop down to the 3rd line?

  24. A good omen for us! Kentucky, National Champions, play at Rupp Arena. We have Stanley Cup Champion Rupp!

  25. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    THE KREIDER will be signed and available should someone, god ( Avery) forbid, someone gets hurt. It has been a long season. Everyone on every team is a little banged up. A small part of winning the cup involves being healthy and staying healthy. We really cannot afford major injuries, but then again, who can? The fact that pens played as well as they with all of their injuries is amazing. In fact, I think the pens played better without that dirty piece if Cooke in their lineup.

  26. bull dog line on

    yes, Ansimov moves to the 3rd line. he moves to right wing as well. he plays with Boyle and Dubi.

  27. bull dog line on

    and yes I get your point. but you don’t become champs by being scared to take a chance.

  28. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Morning ILB and all!

    thanks again!

    I agree with lev.

    Must Dress game for willie mitchell tonight!

  29. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Virtually a must win game tonight for the rangers, so says kathryn, I am hot but i dye my hair blond, tappen.

  30. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    nice link and good on cally and opg!!

    Also liked the iggy rumours (long as he ends up here) lol

  31. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Tiki – I have mentioned here before, but my sister went to the U of K. She was a track star and was tight with Kyle Macy and Sam Bowie while there….

  32. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    eddie x 3
    isn’t that the guy that invented that big knife?

  33. Lundqvist and Quick are tied in save percentage, and Quick has a 0.04 better GAA…. and 2 more shutouts. no-brainer in my opinion.

  34. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Too bad Chad cannot get a recall. It would make for great theater if there were two johnsons playing goal tonight.

  35. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Tiki – don’t think so…. Wicky – different Sam Bowie. This one was really tall and had fragile shins.

  36. Yep. Ive always loved Judd. And I love her loyalty to UK. And Im not a UK fan, or fan of any college bball team.

  37. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Joe m: ” those johnsons are sure standing tall in goal and playing very stiff”

  38. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I’m sure LW is extremely loyal to the UK as well!!

  39. Torts love Mitchell so Mitchell plays.

    Torts hates Avery so Avery’s doing modeling full time.

    can this be any more obvious?

  40. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    now that I think about it, it was Jim not Sam!!

  41. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Tiki – it is a gorgeous campus. Blue grass and horse country. Lexington is a cool city. It was great place to go to school…

  42. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    did anyone see the tweet exchange between hank and hartnell last night?


  43. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    eddie x 3
    is lexington close to london or dover? I thought they raised more sheep than horses over there? Rains a lot right?

  44. CCCP, the thing about “Torts loves Mitchell so he aint going anywhere” earlier today, by Denis Potvin.

  45. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Avery, if recalled, would be a huge difference maker. I guarantee the cup if this were to happen

  46. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Scott Hartnell ? @Hartsy19 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    @HLundqvist30 asked me if I tipped our last goal in. I said stop playing so good against us. #hesgood #wewillbeatthemwhenitcounts #playoffs

  47. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Scott Hartnell ? @Hartsy19 Close
    I can’t stop laughing at this RT” How long do you think until @HLundqvist30 figures out his band turns his mic and amp off when they play?”

  48. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Henrik Lundqvist ? @HLundqvist30 Close
    I guess we just have to wait and see @Hartsy19… If we do meet again, I bet I’ll see you in the blue paint.. #myoffice #youroffice
    Retweeted by Scott Hartnell

  49. LOL CCCP!

    I was outside a Rangers game recently, and was talking to this girl about the Rangers, and I later introduced her to Carp as he came in to the game. Seriously, she was talking about how Torts hates Avery and wont give him a chance. And I thought it was hilarious. Im sure Torts dislikes Avery, but thats not the reason why Avery isnt playing w us. I wonder how many people believe that, if just a random girl on the street thought that.

  50. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Henrik Lundqvist ? @HLundqvist30 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    I guess we just have to wait and see @Hartsy19… If we do meet again, I bet I’ll see you in the blue paint.. #myoffice #youroffice

  51. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Wick – not sure about those towns. I havent been there in awhile. I do know that Lexington KY is the horse capital of the world.

  52. It’s really funny, honestly. I love this about Heart-Knell but he is so easily distracted on the ice with these antics and he seems to be a ringleader for his team.

  53. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    eddie x 3
    OH, KENTUCKY, I thought UK was United Kingdom…My bad!! ;)

  54. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    I agree, dude is hilarious! I’m with carp on this, take him and coburn on my team any day!

  55. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    duh, we all know you would be a trophy wife

  56. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Wick – Lexington KY has this cool little horse race the first weekend in may… Some kind of derby or something or other

  57. Just real stupid of rangers not to play woywitka and Scott and girardi and richie or gabby a breather.

  58. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Oh, I thought you won a trophy wife award…my bad!

  59. Good afternoon all!

    Sally, what did I miss, what did you win!!!!???

    No way this team is taking one inch of skate off the gas tonight. Are you kidding me?? That is not our team. Aristophanes.

  60. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    yea i agree with Eric. Rest Girardi and Mcdonaugh tonight along with Richie and Gabby. But have them play on saturday vs wsh

  61. got a bad feeling tonight will be a blowout loss. hopefully the Rangers get some help from Calgary.

  62. At least give girardi the night off and one top line player. The bruins left chara Thomas Bergeron all home Tonite

  63. I was just walking down the street here in Pittsburh while on my lunch break and encountered John Tortorella. He looked like he was in a hurry so I just wished him good luck at the game tonight. I should have asked for an autograph, dammit. I’ll just assume that the luck I wished him will help us get a win tonight!!! Let’s go Rangers!!!!

  64. I am sure the players on the Rangers would like to play hard and win the President’s Trophy.

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    NYP_Brooksie Larry Brooks
    NYR assistant GM Jeff Gorton at Frozen Four in Tampa prepared to talk contract with Chris Kreider if BC loses 8 PM semi to Gophers.

  66. Doodie Machetto on


  67. I also hate hashtagging. I am proud though that I learned to understand what most tweets mean.

  68. Ha! Good one LW. Sorry, Carp, but I just couldn’t help laughing at Yev’s post. Bad Yev!!!

  69. As Bill Cosby said to his wife in his standup, “Himself”:

    “Honey, I love you. But you just gave birth to a lizard.” – Cosby

  70. “The anal stage coincides with the start of the child’s ability to control their anal sphincter, and therefore their ability to give or withhold gifts at will.”

    So what Ive been releasing all this time are gifts?? Hmm, I guess next time Im at an ilb boneheadfest, Ill leave one of my gifts for him rather than going to a gas station!!!! ;)

  71. I don’t know why Carp says that Kreider will not play in the playoffs. it makes no sense to sign him and burn a year of his contract to sit around and watch, and I’m sure that Kreider is looking for some assurance he will play some if he signs.
    bottom line, I predict that Kreider will play some in the NHL playoffs this year.

  72. Franklin Kistner on

    After Saturday’s humiliation of the GinoCaps, your New Yawk Rang as will win 16 more games this season.

  73. Doodie Machetto on

    darius, it makes sense because burning the year of his ELC is the incentive to get him to sign instead of going back to BC for his senior year.

  74. Hagelin is a good example of a LW with speed and offensive ability coming out of college and playing, and now is on the top line

  75. but the most important clue is that they made him eligible for the playoffs. they would not have bothered to do that unless they felt he was going to play some role eventually this year in the playoffs.

  76. It is a total fallacy that all babies are born beautiful….some are just “breathtaking.” You think Shelley came out looking a Gerber baby and then just mutated?

  77. darius, I’m just telling you what I’m getting from inside the organization. the plan is not for him to play in the playoffs unless injuries or desperate situation … or I guess if he blows them away in practice, which would be hard to do. they’re pretty loyal to the lineup that won the East, and they’ve shown that down the stretch.

  78. Regarding Kreider… weigh the pros and cons of the situation:

    Pros: The kid has scouts drooling over his talent. He’s big, fast (skating wise at least), reportedly has great hockey sense (at least at the levels he’s played so far), has a big shot and great hands, he’s played in big games and done well. Feel free to suggest adding other aspects.

    Cons: Never played at the AHL level (the level most players enter the NHL from), never played at the NHL level. Can he immediately adjust to the speed of the NHL game, regular season or in this case PO’s?, can he manage the level of physical play (especially important given he’s coming from college)?, how quickly can he mesh with players he’s never played with before (look how long Richards and Gabby took to adjust to each other)? How quickly can he learn a system he’s never played before (frequently mentioned as a big plus for our Whale call ups)? how well will he fit in with the chemistry of this team? Given his inexperience what’s the possibility of this kid getting injured given the intense nature of the competition he’ll be facing… I’m sure someone like Hartnell or Cooke would LOVE to introduce themselves to the kid at their first meeting. Perhaps others can add other possible issues?

  79. I will eat my souvenir puck from a game if I see Kreider in a playoff game unless it’s desperate.

  80. of course the org is going to say the pc thing. they are not going to say this kid is a savior, or this kid will replace x, y, or z in our lineup. that would upset the current guys. but if they bog down offensively a bit in a series, I am sure they will insert him into the lineup.

  81. i really dont get why people dont understand the way things are done on a professional level. this isnt a playstation game.

  82. darius – are you suggesting an organizational conspiracy?

    Krieder in the playoffs is borderline insane.

  83. Nope, Heave, I think you did a pretty good job of it. I know everyone, including me, is anxious to see Kreider ( = future Monster) play, but I’ve been content to follow him at BC (much as that pains me) and wait til September.

    The big question for me, is, will they let him ride a float in June?

  84. They’re being realistic … the kid’s not going to jump out of college and leap onto a moving train. That’s not their expectation. Things obviously could change. They’re not thinking it’s impossible that he would play, just unlikely.

    McDonagh and Hagelin needed minor-league time. Stepan had at least a whole summer and a training camp.

    Kreider’s going to be a very good player, but he’s not forecast to be a Crosby or a Stamkos or that type of savior.

    It’s just not likely that he’s going to be able to come right in and play at the level he will need to play, in a system with which he is unfamiliar, on a team that is all about system and the way it plays.

  85. Shoot, Carp, I made the stupid mistake of posting two links in one post…can you moderate me please? :)

  86. This sums it up for me. “It’s just not likely that he’s going to be able to come right in and play at the level he will need to play, in a system with which he is unfamiliar, on a team that is all about system and the way it plays.”

  87. Pens are going to show us who’s boss tonight.

    I’m making a bold prediction: Marty gets lit for 9 goals, with hat tricks from Malkin, Slewfoot, and DuPuis.

    I woke up today and realized that this first-place Rangers “team” is probably the least-talented and most amateur-hour team to ever get this lucky.

    Capitals, Sabres, Panthers … it doesn’t matter who we face in the first-round. It’s going to be a sweep. 4-and-out. And ugly too. We’ll probably get out-scored 40-0. Maybe we’ll score a goal. But only if we put THE KREIDER in the lineup.

  88. Sometimes it’s for carcillo being a grown-up. Really want to be at game Saturday, but cost of tix and work on Sunday are making me be responsible. I know, my priorities are all wrong. Byfuglien.

    Of course, if anyone has a cheap or free ticket, I can suffer through Sunday :)

  89. how quickly one can learn “the system”? i never understood what that means exactly… i mean… how HARD can it be?! We aren’t talking quantum mechanics here, are we? learn the system… be here, skate there… dont forget to pick up your man. anything else?

  90. With Biron in net, I fear a loss. The Pens are gonna feast on that five hole.

    But I also think these Rangers will not just ease up because the #1 seed has been attained. It’s within their grasp to have the best record in the NHL this season. It’s within their grasp to have the best record in the history of a franchise that goes back to 1926.

    The playoffs, we all know, is all that matters. A first or second round exit will undoubtedly be a crushing disappointment.

    But with those carrots dangling, I’m sure it’s enough to get them to play the way they have played all year long.

    And if we win tonight…that sets up a great season finale against Ovie and Caps.

    I would love to see us get some payback on Cindy and Malkin. I’m worried about those two and other Pens’ players injuring some of our guys tonight.


    (And I can’t wait to see the Pens/Flyers finale this weekend. Ought to be a bloodbath)

  91. Afternoon, ‘heads! Busy at work. Any news? All I hope I can make it for tonight’s Go Time. Have we talked about “Must Win” yet?

  92. CCCP, part of the system is chemistry and communication. Players need to have a feel for where their teammates are going to be. Richie needs to anticipate where Gabby is gonna be. For defensemen, its even more important. Knowing where your defense partner is, is imperative. Thats why communication is so important in any sport, and in life for that matter.

  93. C3, wtb? I thought, shockingly, that you were smarter than that.

    CJP, on the other hand….except for Biron worry, well said. I think good Marty is going to try to stand on his head tonight, seeing as it will likely be his last night in goal this year and does not want to lose for his boys.

    ilb, yes, it’s a Must Win….otherwise, fire everybody…..

  94. for those joining late, Biron in goal, otherwise same lineup. Lundqvist is fine … could play tonight if it was crucial game.

  95. Ack! only a couple hours left for chores….gotta get my lazy RR loving butt going….

    So, since Carp hasn’t moderated me…here, in two posts (which does not count as a wicky) my unmoderated comment:

    there are two babies that are being mixed up here. The girl looks like Johnson, the boy is breathtaking. Geez all.

    girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pQmeIqsvSg

  96. It would be really cool if Ryan Callahan got an assist for 199th and then a goal for 200th career point and 30th goal of the season.

  97. Tony!!!

    Latona, agreed! It’s going to be a battle of epic proportions. Looking forward to it!

  98. huh, just did a little research…..wow. Steppers!!! I know there’s a big dif between 100 and 200, but considering their ages and when they joined the NHL, pretty dang impressive.

  99. really? i UNDERSTAND what “system” means, Laurel! Don’t be shocked… :P

    It’s like saying “Hey, how long will it take you to get used to scratching your nuts in these new pants?” well… i don’t know? a starch or two?! These are MY nuts after all!

    all i am saying is that i don’t think its so hard to learn as some people make it seem. If John Scott could then Kreider can too!

  100. Thats the thing, CCCP. John Scott couldnt and Scott doesnt have the talent or speed to learn a system.

  101. Scott has seen more ice in his freezer than in a rink lately….not to mix sports metaphors here, but as Tom Hanks once said, if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. And I think you and most guys learned that really hard skill in the womb…..puh leeze.

  102. It’s too late, sadly, but I would have sat everybody and brought up the whole Whale….why not…this game doesn’t matter….let them get the experience….

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

    LGR and LGD!!!

  104. You have to learn where to be in a certain place and when to be in that place and what to do for a 1,000 (exaggeration) different situations. Itd be impossible for a kid that just got done with one team to jump right into the mix for the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs without making a whole carcillo load of mistakes.

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

    And LGSTW

  106. oh yeah Tom Hanks… a guy who ACTS as someone else for a living! Much to learn from him :P

    If Rangers management didnt think that Kreider could play for the big club this season, they wouldn’t be camping out by the rink waiting for Boston to lose so they can sign Kreider asap! puh leeze these!

  107. Yeah, CCCP, but can you scratch your bickels while skating in new pants? Because that’s all Scott has done so far. And so, most likely, will Kreider this year.

  108. Thanks for the image Tony…..thank heavens you have to wear pants in public in NYC or we’d have to seriously reschedule getting together…or Rose would have to carry lots of cash for bail

  109. JimboWoodside on

    >>>”Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop,” Milbury said. “He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into those scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff’ but he couldn’t help himself because there is a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman, he’s not that little sweet kid you see in all those interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I say screw him, hit him.”

    Above from tsn.ca

    Wow! – I may have to modify my opinion of Milbury – great stuff!!

  110. CCCP, to add to Tiki’s point, it’s not just knowing the system it’s also being able to play the system very, very quickly. If you have to think about what to do you’re already behind the play. We see experienced players get caught a step or more behind and the puck’s in the net a second later. Having this kid in the lineup would force every player on the ice to be covering up his defensive mistakes on every shift.

  111. LMFAO ilb!!!! C3, you need to charge your batteries…..they are wanting to lock him up, and he wants to be locked, so everyone is happy…..capice? I would also rather be eaten alive by fire ants than to puh leeze those

  112. Hey, *LW* I heard that *Sestito* is suffering from a torn-up *Groin*. I think he is on IR. Torts must dress *John Scott* immedaitely!

  113. I wonder that same thing CCCP. Maybe the Rangers wanna get him signed, because its incentive for Kreider to sign right away and be closer to RFA, for next year. I dont know if he’s a junior, but perhaps we think he may stay for his senior year.

  114. iWicky "Rupp yours" on

    So I guess milbury is dead on with his assessment with 2 players now!

  115. Argh!!! This is his senior year for him!!! He did all the right things to get his degree, be locked up for the best team in hockey and still take his team (ugh) to the championship…..hello!!!! Don’t know who his agent is or anything about his parents, but Team Kreider is A+

  116. i still think that “learning the system” concept is overrated. Kid’s been playing hockey all his life! Yeah the NHL is a bit quicker game but Kreider has great hockey sense (according to experts, of course!) He’ll learn quick.

  117. From watching some of the BC games and most of their game against Air Force – the speed, system and length of shifts is vastly different.

  118. I think, in terms of the Rangers at least, your batteries are dead…..and it may have been a movie, but I love that line cause it’s very true….which fans in any sport tend to forget…..would love to see many folks here on skates…..(not CTB, wicky etc.) and see how you fare.

  119. bull dog line on

    are you going to want salt with that puck? they want him ASAP. you think its just to practice?

  120. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, Carp – I did read that he apologized – not sure for what, though – either he believes that Cindy is a punk, or he doesn’t! Maybe he had to apologize for saying that Cindy should be hit and that he was making light of his concussion situation.

    I’m surprised – I would have thought that *Mr.* Snider’s network (and league!) would only squeal like a stuck pig if a Filthy Fly was being assailed verbally.

  121. JimboWoodside on

    >>>So much ball talk happening today. Nice.

    Sally likes ball talk – cool! ;-)

  122. Man, I could really got for two or five of them right now :) fyi, if you google zetterburger, you are still number one!!!

  123. JimboWoodside on

    >>>milbury = monster asshat

    I certainly agree – but what’s the old saying? “Even a blind pig occasionally finds a truffle” or, “Even a broken clock is correct two times a day”.. :-)

  124. Jimbo, he apologized to keep his ridiculous job/salary..

    OK, for real…gotta run…ta til later all!

  125. agree with CCCP that there is a shot Krieder plays against Washington. and I’ll add into the mix that Tortorella had no problem giving Mats Zuccarello a regular spot, one he’d still have if not for the injury. if Krieder shows anything, he’ll play.

  126. JimboWoodside on

    No doubt, Mama – I’m sure that was the reason for the apology.

    Later, Mama-san! :-)

  127. I thought when Milbury called the Russian team’s play “Eurotrash” that it was hilarious. Anybody?

  128. JimboWoodside on


    He said that? I’m not surprised, but I don’t recall it – thankfully I don’t remember everything that Milbury has said!

  129. wonderful. really looking forward to more hard-hitting insight from Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones

  130. Speaking of the Masters, does anybody know what happened to the other Henrik (Stenson)? He walked off the 17th 5-under par, and finished 1-under. What in Holy Hell?

  131. I don’t know, Carp but I bet it involved him stripping down to his undies and hitting out of a muddy ravine. Again.

  132. The first time I saw Dupuis I pegged him for a top defensive forward and penalty killer, and true, he didn’t play for long, just a few games but I was blasted when I read that they’d traded him AND KEPT HOSSA..(not the talented one)and I freaked out. And if I’m not mistaken the player or players they got in return didn’t last long with Rangers either) ..can’t recall…. I do know that one of them was old unforgettable whatsis name….but every time I saw Dupuis in games after against Rangers, I got a little irritation moment.

  133. have any of youse had a red velvet cupcake from CRUMBS? holy carcillo, i think ive reached heaven. Avery says hello.

  134. BFF, “And that was exactly when Stenson’s world started to crumble. A pulled tee shot left him in the left pine straw. A punch-out put him in an even worse lie, and he couldn’t get much on the ball, punching it down the fairway and slamming his club down in frustration. His fourth shot sailed over the back of the green, his fifth shot didn’t quite make the putting surface, and three putts later, Stenson was in with an eight, tying the highest score ever recorded on the 18th hole at Augusta National.”

    source: cbssports.com

  135. An 8? On one hole? I can’t remember the last time I had an 8? Oh wait, yeah I do. It was the last time I played golf.

    On the Kreider situation, who are you going to believe is right, a bunch of fans with a wild guess or Carp who has his information from team sources? I’ll put my money on Carp. Kreider isn’t going to see the ice in the playoffs except from the the owner’s box.

  136. Yea those are pretty insane, Lev. I saw a Crumbs opening in my neighborhood and my immediate happiness was replaced with deep self loathing. It’s now open and man is it dangerous.

    Anyone have any “Mike’s Deli” recommendations or tips? Making my first visit there this weekend after the ORCHID SHOW.

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


    Live it!!

    Breathe it!!!

    FEEL IT!!

    The beasts of the EAST and we do not wanna stop there.

    Two more goals….Presedent cup and the STANLEY!! It is our time to bank all the accolades and rise to the top .

    Oh yeah GABORIK need to break his 42 for the year!!!

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


  139. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Did anybody read the article about the problems scheduling wise at MSG and how the Rangers wouldnt mind playing the first two games on the road?

  140. Kenny, oh my!!! Really!

    if we have to talk golf, so be it….I am all about Lefty and Luke….lions and tigers and bears….blech.

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

    CCCP — There are no jokes here at the Rangers Report

  142. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    It was sent on April 1st = so might have been a little joke by the man himself

  143. Kenny, are you joking…or not….I admit, I fell for it, but it was an April Fools joke……dang you father…..! Have your laugh!

  144. Haven’t commented all year…haven’t needed to. Orpik = locker room motivation. BS hit all the way…..let’s go into the playoffs and leave it all out there. Take the initiative, make the hits, play our game.

    If we see him in the playoffs, let him rue this day. Good luck to Steps getting healthy. A hallmark of this team is keeping this stuff in our pocket and unloading when need be.

    As always, Let’s Go Rangers. Make it count.

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