Capitals at Rangers Game 2 tonight; Live Chat at 3 p.m.

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Reminder: We’ll hold a Live Game 2 Chat today from MSG at 3 p.m. Stop what you’re doing, put down whatever you’re holding, wake up if you’re sleeping, call in sick if you’re working, and be there. Ya hear?

Also, Happy Birthday to the new kid, Chris Kreider. He’s 21 today. Holy shishkebob.

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 2 (NYR leads 1-0)
Monday, Apr. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Capitals (Regular Season): 42-32-8 (92 pts), 7th in East

* All information through NHL games on Apr. 28

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series. The Blueshirts opened up their second round series with a 3-1 win over the Capitals in Game 1 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. New York has now won five of their last eight opening games of playoff series dating back to the 2007 playoffs. The Rangers enter the contest with a 203-219-8 record all-time in 430 playoff contests (113-85-2 at home; 90-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-47-2 record all-time in Game 2 of playoff series.

New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.

ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
* Overall — 203-219-8
* Home — 113-85-2
* Away — 90-134-6
* Goals for — 1,192
* Goals against — 1,186

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS — RANGERS vs. CAPITALS
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the seventh time overall and the third time in four years. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by Washington 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 2-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 16-19 mark in 35 postseason contests.

RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
* All-Time (Regular Season): 85-86-18-5 overall (47-38-9-2 at home; 38-48-9-3 on the road)
* 2011-12: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points in the season series, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
* The Rangers have won five of their last seven regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 26-14, over the span
* New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
* Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS (Regular Season):
* Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 13-7-2, 2.78 GAA, 3 SO
* Martin Biron — 23 GP, 11-9-1-2, 2.56 GAA, 1 SO
* Brad Richards — 50 GP, 8-27-35
* Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 8-7-15
* Marc Staal — 17 GP, 1-6-7

SPECIAL TEAMS:
* Power Play:  The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (6:27) in Game 1, and are now 5-36 (13.9%) in eight playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in five-on-three situations (0:40; last – 4/23 at OTT), and 0-1 while skating four-on-three (0:30; last – 4/23 at OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in four shorthanded situations (5:54) in Game 1, and are now 26-30 (86.7%) in eight playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in three-on-five situations (0:33; last – 4/28 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals for (0).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:33) in Game 1. The Rangers are even in six four-on-four situations (7:47). Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

IN-KREID-IBLE
Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1 on Saturday. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals in playoffs, and is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE
Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of eight games this postseason, including four games in which he has held opponents to one goal or less. He has allowed five goals total in the last four games, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.26 GAA and .950 Sv% over the span.

HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
The Rangers have won their last six playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-1 series win against Washington in the 1994 Conference Semifinals.

FAST START
New York has posted a 31-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in six of the last seven playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

BLUELINE SUPPORT
The Blueshirts’ 2-1 win in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Ottawa was the first time in franchise history the Rangers had multiple goals scored by defensemen in Game 7 of a playoff series. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was also the first time since 1950 that any NHL team won a Game 7 without having a forward score a goal in the contest.

COMEBACK KIDS
New York became only the second team since 2005-06 to win Games 6 and 7 of a playoff series after losing Games 4 and 5, following Philadelphia in the 2011 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Buffalo. Teams in that situation are now 2-15 over the span. It was also just the second time in franchise history the Rangers have come back from a 2-3 series deficit to advance in the playoffs, having also done so in the 1994 Conference Finals against New Jersey.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Rangers 41 shots in Game 5 of their first round matchup against Ottawa were the most by the Blueshirts in a playoff game since they registered 46 shots in a 2-1 double overtime win against Buffalo on Apr. 29, 2007, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The last time the Rangers registered at least 41 shots in a playoff game that ended in regulation was Apr. 20, 1997, when they registered 44 shots on goal against Florida in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

MILESTONE WIN
The Blueshirts’ 1-0 win in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Ottawa was the 200th playoff victory in franchise history and the Rangers’ 38th postseason shutout all-time. It was also the 11th time New York won a playoff game with a final score of 1-0, but only the second time since the 1940 playoffs.

SETTING THE PACE
The Rangers held the lead for 191:52, were tied for 159:35 and trailed for 72:32 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against Ottawa. The Blueshirts tallied the first goal in five of the seven games.

PLAYOFF FIRSTS:
* Six Rangers have made their NHL playoff debut this year – Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, Anton Stralman, and Chris Kreider (NHL debut)
* Seven Rangers have registered their first career playoff point this year – Brian Boyle (goal), Anton Stralman (assist), Carl Hagelin (assist), Michael Del Zotto (assist), Derek Stepan (goal), Chris Kreider (goal), and Ryan McDonagh (assist)
* Five Rangers have notched their first career playoff goal this year – Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, and Dan Girardi
* Seven Rangers have tallied their first career playoff assist this year – Artem Anisimov, Anton Stralman, Carl Hagelin, Michael Del Zotto, Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, and Chris Kreider

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 39-save shutout, his fourth career in the playoffs, in a 1-0 win in Game 3 of the Conference Quarterfinals at Ottawa, to pass Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 at Ottawa moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 13 times, posting a 6-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .945 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

THREE OF A KIND
On Apr. 16, Henrik Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history, and second in as many days (Jonathan Quick, LAK), to post 39 or more saves in a 1-0 shutout victory in a non-overtime playoff game. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

PLACE IN TEAM HISTORY
The Blueshirts’ 51 wins this season ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Rangers also tied the franchise record for most road wins in a season with 24 victories away from MSG. 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 tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

TOP SPOT
New York ascended to the top position in the Eastern Conference following games played on Dec. 26 (game #34), and held that position for two days before reclaiming the top spot for good following games played on Dec. 30 (game #36). The Blueshirts clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia. It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 8
* Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 8
* Brian Boyle (injured, 4/21) — 3
* Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 27

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Apr. 10 – Agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider to an entry level deal

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  1. Sioux-per-man on

    Happy hat trick Birthday Chris. Here’s to one of the best birthday’s ever!!! May the Garden fans chant your name, and the Krei-der bounce from the rafters to the ice tonight!!!

    Great Day to be a Ranger Fan!!

    LET’S GO RANGERS!!!

  2. Happy Birthday to “THE KREIDER”!

    LGR’S

    Shift by Shift…

    Period by Period…

    Game by Game….

    #therightway

    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  3. Happy Bday to The Kreider!!!
    Can’t wait to watch the game tonight on my home TV!!! Disney was great and all but during the playoffs it’s a little rough finding coverage down there… Espn zone would rather play girls softball coverage over hockey playoff games!! Took a lot of begging to get them to put on the Rangers game on 1 of the 100 TVs in the joint… Eff that place!

  4. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! And a happy 26th birthday to Kreider!!!!!! Hopefully he can hoist his first legal one tonight after another GWG!!!

  5. I posted line combos on Kreiders first game and the return of Hags (loss of Boyle). I was poopooed by the amateur observer – “line combos don’t matter” “DUMBINSKY should be on the second line” Kreider has no experience.

    Ok so when you have a flawed player like Duninsky. I agree it does not matter. He cannot play in the system. He keeps his head down with the puck. The pass in game 7 was not a pass. The puck slid off his stick. Look at the end zone replay.

    Do when Biyle returns it is easy to replace Eminger. Hower when Dubi returns, the Rangers need to sit him. The top 2 lines are a no brainier. Feds Boyle and Prust are a no brainier. That leaves space on the 4th line. AA is a fundamentally hands down better player. Rupp is a big body that understands the role on the 4th. Mitchell is a grinder with imagination and passing/shooting skills. So why return DUMBINSKY?

  6. Good morning all. I’m still seeking tickets for tonight’s game (or games five, seven) in order to take my daughter to her first PO game for her 17th B’day which is tomorrow. She’s become a big fan and I’m willing to pay a premium but I’m trying to avoid the exorbitant price of Stub Hub. Any advice or leads would be very appreciated.

  7. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " in-KREIDER-able!!!"...says Greg L. on

    The kid is amazing!!!

    GO RANGERS GO GO GO GO!!!!

  8. From my first game at the older garden as a High School junior in 1964 to these days about us now I cannot be more pleased with my team, the Rangers, as I am now. I’ve seen many regimes with many very bad to a few pretty good teams over those years but never felt as good as now and looking forward for the next 5-6 years. Keeping my fingers crossed nothing drastic happens to crash this all around us. I just hope all the young folk here take the time to smell these roses and enjoy this season and the very near future ahead of us because again, it may take a long, long time to return. I guess I’m just an old fan wishing all the new fans on this great blog really take the time to enjoy your great team. What a year!
    Thanks again to Carp for giving us the opportunity to further enjoy this better, with more fans and friends on this blog as well as the wealth of inside info he supply us with each and every day. Even though I don’t post much, when I come here I feel like a member of a fun club. ENJOY!

    Craig

  9. Another nice writeup, Carp. Wow…happy 21st for Chris Kreider, may he celebrate a Ranger win tonight, with beer or hard cider! LGR!!

  10. “Mitchell is a grinder with imagination and passing/shooting skills. ”

    top 3 nominee for dumbest post of the season – congrats Tuxedo – what games are you watching? What particular shot of Mitchell’ are you referring to because he has *zero* shots in 8 games in the playoffs.

    Dubi is done – he should be shipped out for a bag of hockey pucks to rid us of that stupid contract but to say Mitchell deserves to be getting playing time over anyone is hilarious.

  11. Bandwagon almost completely full on

    cautious optimism is the best approach – those who are predicting sweep and analyzing round 3 opponents will be running to the ledge if tonight does not end well for NYR.

  12. to ALL

    Could you pnot be bush-league and please respect the man and refer to him as “The Kreider” from now on?

    Thanks.

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    Happy 26th, Chris! Many, many more with this team!

    Axleone-great post. Sometimes we forget to enjoy what we have, this team is special, and build for years. Asking for immediate gratification may not be the way to go. Yet.

    Really- you could also file your suggestion that recently turned 26 Dubinsky is done and should be shipped out for a bag of pucks under the nominee of three dumbest posts, IMO.

    And this series is far from over. Expect Washington to change their strategy. Unless their coach decides they have enough personnel to beat the Rangers at their game, of course.

  14. In yesterday’s Devils/Flyers game, the flopping around by Brodeur reminded me of a dying whale.

  15. Yup Manny, for a team based in a city with so many people either involved in or highly attuned to the capital markets it’s amazing how many people believe in the practice of selling assets at the trough of their value.

  16. Axleone I couldn’t agree more!! Though my time following this team only goes back to the early 80’s… It’s been a long and rough road over the years despite the few good ones in the 90’s. This season has been a special one so far and it can only get better

  17. Did you say “*back* to getting rid of him”, Manny? I don’t think people ever stopped. If not him, then Rupp, Mitchell, Fedotenko etc. Boyle, anyone?

  18. Are there any other 3rd line forwards around the age of 25 – 27 we can sign for $4.2M per season this summer?

    That must be the age when their game’s start to round into shape and take off.

  19. No, Really, that would be dumb. As well as would be giving up on him right now or trading him when his value is at it’s lowest.

  20. Matty'Oviesababy'boy on

    Axleone and Mzev, couldn’t agree more. Ax, you are someone here that is actually older than I am, but same sentiments. This blog site is great filled with great people, although I am not too sure yet about Manny (hehehe!!).

    I’ve been banging the drums for a while. Win or lose, there are still some missing pieces.This team has taken a giant step forward into the realm of being a cup contender for years. Hopefully, our Gardening GM will take some time away from Banff, his sun tan, and hyacinths, and ask those that understand hockey what he should do. But one blaring weakness is having a big, strong, but capable defenseman to knock a Chris Neil out of the crease and on his butt.

    However, this team has arrived. Early. We have so much youth and more on it’s way, it is a pleasure to watch the youngsters grow up with the system. We have some very good years ahead of us. Very good years.

  21. McIlrath is supposed to be that D, but my guess he’s a couple of years away. Erixon probably gets first consideration for a spot next year.

    Given the choice I’d rather have an Erik Karlsson type player who drives the play toward the other team’s net where you’d have to worry less about the Chris Neil’s of the world parking themselves near your net.

  22. ilb, it’s not snowing! We have a saying though, ‘If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes.” So, you never know…

  23. Glenn Welsch, Mayor: “There’s a saying in Missouri, if you don’t like the weather just wait five minutes. In Blaine, with hard work, I think we can get that down to three or four minutes.”

    Anyone?

  24. No, Manny, but Ryan Suter could be the one…..Again, too early for offseason plans….

  25. ilb2001 …Can’t blame me for that post that Dubi was finished..you got me confused with another poster. I agree Dubi still has value here and we shouldn’t jump the gun on getting rid of him. Let’s just bide our time and see what next year brings. I have bad years sometimes too!

  26. Garrison is cheap and has a BOMB from the point…wink wink……another undrafted guy! Could be a good fit….

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

    Dubinsky is done here. Not because he is a bad hockey player because he is not but because there is no longer room for him. Its stupid to pay a third line players 4m unless he is Jordan Staal. I know its early but if the option becomes available I think the Rangers should trade Girardi, Dubinsky, Christan Thomas and a 1st rounder for Shea Weber. I would hate to see G go but we have a scary amount of defensive depth and I think you would have to send him the other way to even consider getting Shea Weber and that deal probably doesn’t even get it done. If that deal doesn’t get done which I would be okay with because I love Girardi than maybe try and snag Correy Perry or Bobby Ryan because I think both will be available some time next season.

  28. Man, next season will be interesting. With Hagelin and now Kreider emerging, and the possible signing of Parise do you really have either Anisimov or Dubi on the 4th line? If you have Parise, Kreider, Stepan on the second line (best line of American born players ever?) Does the thrid line become Cally, Boyle, Prust? Do you bother signing Zuc? Will Sauer be back? Is Erixon ready to step up? With the exception of Sauer, these are all nice problems to have. Regardless of ever playing again or not, I hope Sauer gets healthy.

  29. Matty'Oviesababy'boy on

    Folks, just before we get too giddy, Washington would not be here if they were not good. They played the champs in a very physical series and they, too, may have been tired Saturday. Let’s not get too overconfident here. Let’s take this shift by shift.

  30. Chris Kreider on

    Living the dream right now, ladies. Groupies like my game winners so much that my pee-pee is actually starting to hurt

  31. Matty – I agree that the Caps are good. They did beat the Champs but they did so with a shaky Tim Thomas in net, No McQuaid and, very importantly, no Nathan Horton.

    That said, the Caps matched us in shot blocking in the 1st game and really played a solid defensive game and threw the body around. They are finally putting it all together and it appears that they will attempt to continue to do so against us. Also, Neuvirth is back in net and this could be good or very bad for either team. Goalie Controversy is always fun.

  32. If Suter signs somewhere else there’s no way the Preds let Weber go anywhere. And if it’s a matter of choosing to retain one over the other I’m betting Nashville retains their captain.

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

    Agreed CT but one could dream right. Imagine Weber-Staal (the old Staal)

  34. Matty'Oviesababy'boy on

    Yea, Dan, you are talking about organizational depth. We are developing that. The cap needs to be respected. If there is something Sather may be good at it’s the business end of being GM. How many teams can get away with 4 players earning over $6M? We all know that’s where we will be if we add another experienced FA stud.

    Man, we have needed help on the point for years. While we are better than we were, Suter looked incredible last night and has most the year. Weber? Nash? Iginla? Man, there are so many. I just don’t want another midget. Size matters.

    That’s why Glen gets paid the big bucks. His call.

  35. I don’t know if they are playing him, Matty but I know he’s ready to get back in net and there were some stirrings that he might be popped in there.

  36. And if the Rangers feel that Kreider’s playoff performance can be sustained over a full season then I have a feeling they aren’t going to go after anyone like Nash (worst possible move they could make) or Parise (might have too many teams willing to bid higher). The young kids are going to start to get expensive real soon and adding another 7M+ deal complicates the cap beyond next season.

  37. so what’s that bag of pucks going to look like when Dubinsky goes back to being a 25-goal scorer who hasn’t hit his prime yet?

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

    Next years trade deadline names might be Correy Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Neil, Michael Ryder, Scott Hartnell, Jordan Staal, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis. With that in mind – Correy Perry, Dupuis and Neil would be some great additions.

    Perry-Richards-Gaborik
    Kreider-Step-Calahan
    Hagelin-Anisimov-Dupuis
    Neil-Boyle-Prust

    Now thats an awesome lineup.

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

    I say keep Dubinsky til next years trade deadline. Try and see if he can play on the top line with Richards and Gaborik (anyone should be able to score 20 goals there) and if it doesn’t work trade him. We have the assets to make a big time trade for the 1st line winger that we need.

  40. so what’s that bag of pucks going to look like when Dubinsky goes back to being a 25-goal scorer who hasn’t hit his prime yet?

    ***

    Lauri Korpikoski for Enver Lisin?

  41. Matty'Oviesababy'boy on

    Yea, that’s DH’s decision. Like DeBoer pulling Marty when the game was tied, 3-3, I think if DH starts Neuvirth he’s jumping the gun and may hurt team morale. I think he’s gotta take his lumps tonight, but if he loses again, then make the change in Washington. Prust my humble opinion.

  42. Matty'Oviesababy'boy on

    Please no Dupuis. Please. He has grown as a player in a very offensive organization. He was our fastest, but now with our kids, he’s not. Please no Dupuis.

  43. Dupuis?

    I’d stay away from soon to be 33 year old players whose first 600+ NHL games show that they’re more 35 point players than 60 point players.

  44. I agree, Matty. I think changing up goalies is a huge issue for the team. They have to ride Holtby until he implodes (if he does). Nobody wants a Luongo/Schneider or Boucher/Bobrovsky routine.

    I -second- third the *NO* Dupuis!

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

    Dupuis would be a very cheap rental that would as even more speed to this lineup and has Stanley Cup experience – speed and cup experience and priceless and if they could add Dupuis at the deadline I wouldn’t hesitate. Its not like it would be long term.

  46. Yea but Dupuis has:

    A.) A really annoying sounding last name;
    2.) Humaaaaaaangous Lips; and
    D.) He plays on a team that I loathe. Never sign your enemies!

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

    Lmfao Manny actually still laughing from your 3 reasons why we shouldn’t sign dupuis

  48. Carp April 30th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    so what’s that bag of pucks going to look like when Dubinsky goes back to being a 25-goal scorer who hasn’t hit his prime yet?

    I COULD NOT AGREE WITH THIS MORE!

    I think it is sad that he has become the whipping boy. He will have a bounce back year next year and he is young!

  49. The smartest thing would be right now is to bench Lundqvist. It’s SO obvious that he has to sit! Torts is totally clueless! REALLY! ;)

  50. Joekuh - 12 more..GBT! on

    carp, to answer yous question from earlier, the answer is WELLMAN, of course!

  51. i think this blog should have some sort of a stupidity check before anyone can post…

    something like hockey IQ test.

    i am not claiming that i am the “mister hockey knowledge”… but sh*t… i am not dumb either.

  52. Fat Guy In A Little Coat on

    Allow yourselves to daydream for a second about how INSANE the parade will be if this year’s squad actually pulls this off

  53. If Kreider is a regular next year (no reason to assume he won’t be) and the Rangers do get Parise (which in reality is 50/50 at best), where would Dubi play? I am not saying that the Rangers need to dump him ASAP. I think he bounces back as well. I actually thought he would bounce back in time for the playoffs and be a difference maker. However, where does he fit in in the future? Hagelin makes Richards and Gaborik go. Kreider goes no lower than 3rd line, but if he is taking shifts on the second line in the playoffs, it is reasonable to assume that he probably can do that in the regular season.

    If no Parise, then there is a spot on the 3rd line for Dubi. If yes Parise, do you move Prust down to make room for Cally since he will probably move down to make room for Parise, or do you leave Prust and move Dubi down? Prust is too valuable to waste him on the 4th line. Mitchell and Rupp are perfect for the 4th line.

    Then, there is also Anisimov. Where does he go?

    Nice problems to have. I think that Parise won’t end up with the Rangers when all is said and done. Which means that the Rangers you see now are the same ones for next year: a little shy on goal scoring and top talent… until Kreider matures and grows into that 30 goal guy. Hopefully Thomas becomes the Rangers version of Briere.

  54. The real problem is when *WELLMAN* is called up and takes over all three spots on the first line by himself. Then where do people play?

  55. c’mon Manny… i thought you were a smart kid…

    “Then where do people play?”

    obviously NOWHERE! LIKE, DUH!

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

    We can send our first line to Toronto to help them with video reviews!

  57. Wowee zowee, Torts actually made top three in Jack Adams. I thought he had lost some momentum with all these johnny-come-latelys at the end of the season. I’m kinda surprised Tippett isn’t there, especially when the Coyotes won the division, barely. Screw Ottawa and MacLean. Coyotes were supposed to be out of the playoffs and finished higher than the Senators.

  58. I’d be careful calling Dubinsky a 25 goal scorer. He scored 24 that one year and 5 of those were empty net, which is a testament to his defensive ability not his ability to score. I like him but for $4m and 16mins/game he needs to score more than 10 goals in a season…..

  59. dan shea, what a great problem to have going into next season. I would love to see 3 lines with potential to move puck & score . A great consept

  60. No one will take Dubi, because of that contract.

    I know they like Mitchell and Anisimov, but you have to figure they will be given “the Boyle ultimatum” at years end. At least Anisimov has some trade value.

    Betcha they give up on Feds after this year. Age…the grind…

    3-4 years from now there will be some interesting problems with all their youth up for big contracts.

    So I think they play it cool and only go for (trade/UFA) maybe a Feds replacement. Or a second line scorer if they think Dubi takes Feds roles.

    I hope they don’t bother with Parise or Nash. Don’t mess with the chemistry, or go for established personalities. Richards and Gabby were enough.

    Garrison is interesting, but only if they feel McIll-wrath doesn’t have the offensive goods.

    Emminger and Woywitka will be replaced by the Erixon, if they don’t trade him. Not sure torts digs him, but then again he grew into liking Stralman.

    Nice post Craig, I agree, I like this team bestest of all the years.

  61. The Phoenix Maloney’s are up 2-0 …Legwand’s magic is apparently on D-Klein. That Pekka has to be better.

    Try the veal.

  62. Axleone

    Another old Gardeneer eh? Me too. When Norm McLean used to sneak me in at the side door and I watched standing at the rail with the chosen Gallery Gods, and saw Rayner, Laprade,Leswick,Don Raleigh Nick Mickoski. I used to come down by train,from New Haven where Rangers had their farm team ( Ramblers).

    Dunc Fisher Pennti Lund et etc, and even a guy named Reggie Sinclair. Fred Shero Allen Stanley, Pat Egan ( hard shooter)…Emil Francis backup, then Gump Worsley ….ah the olden days. When the Wings ruled hockey.

  63. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Before the game, the rangers will officially retire #20 and hang it from the rafters….

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