Rangers at Devils Game 4 tonight; Live Game 4 Chat at noon

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Reminder: We’ll have that Live Game 4 Chat today at noon. Should be some good stuff to discuss, no? Be there.

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NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final, Game 4 (NYR lead 2-1)
Monday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Devils (Regular Season): 48-28-6 (102 pts), 6th in East

* All information through NHL games on May 20

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers lead the series, 2-1, following a 3-0 win over the Devils in Game 3 on Saturday at Prudential Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 208-223-8 record all-time in 439 playoff contests (116-87-2 at home; 92-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 39-31 record all-time in Game 4 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 — 208-223-8
* Home — 116-87-2
* Away — 92-136-6
* Goals for — 1,212
* Goals against — 1,201

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS — RANGERS vs. DEVILS
The Rangers and Devils are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the third time in seven years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by the Rangers, 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 4-1 playoff series record vs. the Devils, posting an 18-13 mark in 31 postseason contests.

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
* All-Time (Regular Season): 101-84-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-54-7-4 on the road)
* 2011-12: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists and eight points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron made 26 saves in his only appearance (4-3 shootout loss).
* Thirteen of their last 17 regular season meetings have been decided by two goals or less
* The Blueshirts have seven players with previous playoff experience against the Devils, led by Brad Richards (11 GP) who had registered three goals and eight assists against New Jersey entering the series
* New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS (Regular Season):
* Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-5, 1.79 GAA, 6 SO
* Brad Richards — 38 GP, 5-28-33
* Marian Gaborik — 24 GP, 8-12-20
* Ryan Callahan — 25 GP, 7-9-16
* Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers are 5-2 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.
* Power Play:  The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play attempts (3:08) in Game 3, and are now 4-10 (40.0%) in the series. New York ranks fourth overall (13-67, 19.4%) overall, and seventh on the road (6-30, 20.0%). The Blueshirts are 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 Devils scoreless in five shorthanded situations (10:00) in Game 3, and are now 11-12 (91.7%) in the series. New York ranks eighth overall (49-58, 84.5%), and is tied for seventh on the road (22-26, 84.6%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 3. The Rangers are plus-one in nine four-on-four situations (10:22). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have won their last seven playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-3 series win against New Jersey in the 1994 Conference Final.

OPENING ACT
The Blueshirts have opened six of their last nine playoff series with a win in Game 1. The Rangers’ 3-0 win vs. the Devils on Monday was the 12th shutout by the Rangers in series opening games all-time. New York is 8-3 in playoff series when posting a shutout in Game 1. Overall, the Rangers have posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Blueshirts won the opening game.

MILESTONE WIN
The Rangers won their 100th victory all-time against the New Jersey Devils franchise on Feb. 27. The Blueshirts held the Devils to a season-low, 13 shots against in the 2-0 victory, the fewest shots allowed by the Rangers in a game since they held Calgary to 11 shots on goal on Jan. 19, 1981 at MSG. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils in the regular season since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 Sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

IN-KREID-IBLE
Rookie Chris Kreider notched a goal in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final and, in the process, established a new NHL record for most playoff goals (five) and points (seven) by a player before skating in a regular season game. In Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals, Kreider recorded two points, including his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, to become the youngest Ranger 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 the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Playoff Goals
5 – Chris Kreider, NYR (2012)
4 – Eddie Mazur, MTL (1951, 1952, 1953)
3 – George McPhee, NYR (1983)
3 – Ray Cote, EDM (1983)
2 – John Byce, BOS (1990)
2 – Rod Brind’Amour, STL (1989)
2 – Les Costello, TOR (1948)

Playoff Points
7 – Chris Kreider, NYR (2012)
6 – Eddie Mazur, MTL (1951, 1952, 1953)
6 – George McPhee, NYR (1983)
5 – Ray Cote, EDM (1983)
4 – Les Costello, TOR (1948)

KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 36-save shutout in Game 3 of the Conference Final to pass Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with six career playoff shutouts. In the first round, 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 of that series 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 15 times, posting an 8-7 record with a 1.60 GAA, .951 Sv% and three shutouts in those contests.

BLUELINE SUPPORT
Rangers defensemen lead the league in playoff scoring with a combined 11 goals and 34 points in 17 games. Dan Girardi leads all defensemen in points (11), is tied for first in assists (eight), and is tied with teammates Marc Staal and Anton Stralman for the lead in defensemen goals with three apiece.

BROADWAY HIT
New York leads the league with 584 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 10 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 76), Michael Del Zotto (6th, 56), Brian Boyle (8th, 52), Brandon Prust (9th, 49), and Dan Girardi (10th, 48).

BLOCK PARTY
The Rangers rank first in the NHL with 328 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Ryan McDonagh (1st, 54), Dan Girardi (2nd, 53), Marc Staal (6th, 34), and Ryan Callahan (9th, 29). Ruslan Fedotenko (21) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and tied for ninth, respectively in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 17
* Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 17
* Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 10
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 54

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* May 14 — Recalled Cam Talbot, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury, and Casey Wellman from Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Morning all!

    I was just thinking on my extra early commute this morning – how many of us would have looked at our team at the start of the year and say the top 6 forwards would have included Kreider and Hagelin?
    We would all have picked Cally, Gaby, Richie plus depending on which axe you like to grind a combo of Dubi, Artie, Stepan, Zucc or random Free Agent or trade deadline acquisition.

    I love all these articles about MacTruck this week, all Canadiens fans must read them and cry into their toutieres!

  2. Good Morning All!

    UK Ranger, remember, not only was it Mac Truck for Gomez … We dumped his albatros of a contract and signed Gabby the next day! We also got Prust out of the deal and he has become an important role player. Considering how GREAT Mac Truck is and that he is all of 22 years of age, I think this will turn out to be the greatest ranger trade of all time. It is Karmic payback for the Rick Middleton deal so many years ago..

    Can we win two games in a row? Is that asking too much?????

    SHIFT BY SHIFT…

    PERIOD BY PERIOD…

    GAME BY GAME….

    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  3. The law of averages worked out for Sather on the MacTruck deal. Of course, on the front end, he made the decision to bring in the two lousy FA’s that were dangled in front of him –Gomez and Drury. Great job there. Overpaying damaged, old goods. Great scouting. Great deals!!!! Ugh!

    On the back end, yes, it was genius. Do you think for a second it was Sather that saw MacTruck and insisted he come back here for Gomez? Definitely not. No way he even knew about him. That smells of Gord Clark and others. I doubt finding Prust was his thing also.

    I could see him negotiating both deals. Thats all that he is ok with.

    Law of averages. He made how many lousy deals? This was a good one. A great one. In part, he was cleaning up the mess he had made.

  4. UK, an amazing thing about this team is how some young guys have stepped up. Hagelin was not even a thought at the beginning. 6th rounder, was he? Thanks Gord Clark on that one!!!

    This whole year has been mystical. How they have come together. How they have achieved. No matter what they do, as Torts said at the beginning…..we want to move forward as an organization.

    I kind of think they have!!!!

  5. When they signed Gomezand Drury everyone in Rangerworld including many of us n this board was ecstatic. thought we had a direct line to a deep playoff run. Their first few years here both were pretty good. When Sather traded Gomez away it wasn’t clear gomez had just completed anything but a subpar year. He was nowhere near as bad as he has been in Montreal.

    That said it was pretty clear even at the time that McD was a catch and honestly Gainey did not have to throw him in. Don’t know how Sather did it but it sure makes up for 2003. They have done a terrific job of building a great core foundation that is on its way up in a big way. My greatest fear for this year is that the lesson they learn is the one that will be on display tonight – when you have a team up against the ropes you need to step o their throats and have that killer instinct before your back is actually up against the wall because eventually you wind up losing out.

  6. Per Djoos (Stay Thirsty, My Friends!) on

    The Gomez deal was sick! Wasnt Higgins involved in that?

    I was in Montreal to see their opening game of this season, a decisive loss to the Flames. Despite my not wearing any Rangers paraphenalia, somehow in speaking to a local NHL shop owner, he detected I was a Ranger fan (as I was grinning when I picked up a Guy Lafleur jersey).

    As we talked at the counter, he said he “feels sorry” for me for being a Rangers fan.. I simply told him, “well, thank you guys for Ryan McDonaugh!” ;)

  7. Per Djoos (Stay Thirsty, My Friends!) on

    Sorry – Glen Sather is genius. Mark it down. Who signed Gomez then traded him — effectively for Gaborik, Prust, McDonaugh? Who hired Gordie Clark?? Who hired Tortorella? Etc.. etc..

    The “Fire Sather!” robotic chants are tired and irrelevant.

    LGR!!!!

  8. I saw an article around the end of the season where they said that although Gainey was in charge at the time, that Gauthier was responsible for the trade and that Gauthier didnt rate Mack Truck because they had drafted him as an offensive defenseman and he hadnt put up the numbers – didnt matter that they guy had size, good speed and instincts or that they could put some effort in coaching him – bit of a lazy job by the Habs front office if you ask me.

    But hey, No Gomez for a twinky would have been a decent trade at that point – that fact we ended up paying Gaby the same $$ and acquired Mack and Prust is deal of the century in my eyes.

  9. Zubrus and Prust…both #8’s with flying elbows…why only one sitting? has everyone seen that video posted in the widget?

    I loved Shanny on the Rangers and I give him a lot of credit as a player and a person trying to make a positive difference…but he’s got to get it right or get out of there.

  10. You can take the French-Canadian out of France or Canadia but you can’t take the French out of French-Canadian.

  11. Somebody needs to give Shanahan an elbow to the head and knock some sense into him. How was that elbow by Zubrus not even reviewed? It’s amazing how absurd these suspensions and fines are meted out.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    yes – Glen Sather is a genius! Finally it can be shouted from the rooftops! Fire Sather, heck no, *hug* Sather!

    Why have others not seen this earlier? Why is everyone so down on him? Did everyone not recognize the sheer brilliance of the 10 year plan?

    What in the world of Wade Redden is wrong with these so called fans? Did the cigar smoke haze cloud everyone’s judgement and fail to see sheer absolute irrevocable *GENIUS*?

    Extend Sather 10 more years because he is a Genius! And be sure to order some pizza from a certain place in CT to celebrate!

    For Sather was an honorable man…

  13. really hope dubi can give us 6-8 mins on 4th line tonight rather then see bickel come back in. i would def keep eminger in as he can skate much better then bick.

    for the love of god are 0 for 6 trying to take 2 game series lead this year. can tonite be the night. i cant take this heartache anymore

  14. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Rangers 4 Devils 1 GWG Gabby SOG Rangers 25 Devils 22

  15. Matty"WakeUpBoys!!"boy on

    If we gave Presidents as long as Sather has had to rebuild this team, this country would be gone.

    If CEO’s needed 13 years to rebuild a company, their company would go bankrupt.

    If major road construction took 13 years, we would not have a vital economy.

    People, this incompetent fumbling jerk led this team for 6 years into the abyss using mostly his own judgment. Take a look at the wasted draft picks and FA signings back then. He’s a genious?

    He has rebuilt with the help of others over the last few, but how long should this have taken? Just look at the Devils with lower draft picks perenially. Look at other organizations.

    Yes, as a paying season ticket holder this IS great. It IS fun. He took way too long. Wasted too much of the team’s and our money with his follies. Thank the lord he is now asking others to help him, because he sure can’t do it himself. What’s the point, then? Why is he here? Bring in someone who knows what to do and you can trim down your front office staff and be in the same or better position.

  16. I second Hartford Whalerpack. Get SEAN AVERY gone please.

    eric – I am not upset about Bickel. Freeing him up to get out there and backcheck the crap out of the Devils without concern for his defensive positioning might be fun. He’s a big boy.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    Remember Bickel’s record is perfect on face-offs if Mitch gets tossed

  18. Stranger Nation on

    “If major road construction took 13 years, we would not have a vital economy”

    the Cross Westchester Expressway (287) constructions project seems to have taken longer…

  19. Actually it has never really been the players individually, but more than that …the tactics…this team marches to a different drum than the really successful teams, in the way they conduct their attack mode and then their defensive set ups…which by the way are the best part of their persona. When you see the ranger defense playing footsie with the puck along the blue line of the opponent and toy with itty bitty passes to one another regardless whether there is an opposing guy within stick reach of both of them, then you begin to realize that there is a severe coaching problem within the ranks of this organization that is not readily apparent from the outside.

  20. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Does anyone know if Dubinsky’s ankle injury was a sprain or a deep bone bruise from a blocked shot? I don’t think we got an official statement.

  21. McShanny (discp Czar) on

    I wasn’t much of a Sather fan before the last two seasons and now I am “OK” with what he has let his staff do and create. But I think the real interesting thing to look at when looking at the front office and executives is in comparing Knicks to Rangers. Same ownership, different results. Very different.

    I keep repeating when thinking of the management is thank you for the Dolans being Basketball fans! Please stay AWAY from Hockey…please, please. BTW not all Dolans are created equal. I know one and he is opposite of James in personality. But he is still a huge Knicks fan and I hope he remains to be such and not suddenly embrace my favorite game.

  22. Matty"WeWinTonight,CarpSaysSo!!"boy on

    We win tonight!!

    Hank will be at his best!!!

    We will score early!!! No penalties, please!!!

    Game 5 back at MSG, up 3-1!!!

  23. McShanny (discp Czar) on

    PS if Dolans (especially James) do begin to embrace hockey, I can’t imagine a better person to get the call for an opening in front office than Shanahan! Unless Potvin was available

  24. Let’s just hope this “rope-a-dope” style of hockey does not continue this evening. My stomach can’t take it. I want them coming out with some OOMPH!

  25. Matty also saw your post last night about Torts’ comment about not being sure how far they’ll go and I also thought it was interesting when I heard it. Not sure if it was something to read into or not in terms of his expectations or those he is setting for the team or the media, and if so what exactly is the message.

    Of course most likely explanation is he just said it and it means nothing.

  26. You’re right, The Doctor. I SUCK. I can’t believe I forgot about our gentleman’s agreement. This is the kind of stuff that would get me killed in the 1910’s.

  27. Can we win 2 in a row in this series? As far as Slats in concerned, it has been a mixed bag for sure. Much better lately, but here is the total:
    BAD TO WORSE
    HOLIK, (worst ever signing in the NHL at 9Mil)
    DEADEN
    DREARY
    NOMEZ
    BETTER
    NOMEZ for McD
    Not signing Nash
    HAGS
    GABBY
    RICHARDS
    MDZ and there have been others

  28. Sather as GM in Edmonton about the Rangers, “anybody can win with that payroll.” So he comes here and does what? Brings in the hated Trottier to coach our team because he was so impressed by his hand written resume. Brings in the hated Erica Lindros. Countless big name free agents, spends and spends and really sets the team back. Somehow Don Maloney comes in and the team starts thinking building from within. Getting Gord Clark is probably the move that makes it all happen. So I’m not going to praise Sather. We get the cup and I’ll sing his praises.

  29. Going into tonight’s game, assuming all games are tossups, Rangers are 68.75% to win the series. If they win, its up to 87.5%, if they lose, its back to 50%. So a win tonight, and its a 7 in 8 shot of winning the series.

    Conclusion: Win tonight

  30. I’m a big defender of the Glen Sather v2.0 (2009 – present), but its really tough to give him credit for not trading for Nash given the rumored offer of Dubinsky, Erixon, Miller, Thomas and a 1st.

  31. good omen

    with dan o rourke and chris rooney doing a game together we are 2-0 in playoffs. they were a pair last round and we had them game 3 in wash triple ot and in game 7. maybe this combo is out good luck charm

  32. Sioux-per-man on

    Pregame Stars of the game.
    1- Lundqvist
    2- Kreider
    3- McD

    Rangers win 2-1, that or Lundqvist has ANOTHER shut out. The Devils are shuffling their lines again, lets hope they don’t deal the winning lines tonight.

    Carp – what’s the story line about Parise and his Father. Where do I find what he said?

  33. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Mister D, the credit comes in because he wouldn’t give up Kreider, McD, or MDZ, all of whom were targeted by CBJ.

  34. Bickel is going to be fine. No sweat. He might even end up playing Defense if Emingers gets thrown into that RW spot late in the game. I like having more defense and more huge bodies.

  35. TheMessiah94 on

    Wow, I just watched the Zubrus elbow on Stralman. How in holy carcillo was that not even reviewed?? This league just doesn’t make sense.

  36. “Mister D, the credit comes in because he wouldn’t give up Kreider, McD, or MDZ, all of whom were targeted by CBJ.”

    That’s like giving him credit for showering in the morning.

  37. Agreed, Manny. I don’t like Prust out, but I like having a guy like Bickel we can shift to the 4th line just in case things start to get out of hand.

  38. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    The package Sather offered would have been a steal and a half. Erixon, at best, would be our 5th defender, JT Miller projects to be a solid 3rd liner, and I’d be very surprised if Thomas ever makes this team. And Dubi is, well, Dubi. Given that the first round pick would be no better than 28th overall at this point and the return Sather offered doesn’t even remotely affect the core of this team, it would have been a great deal.

    The only real drawback is that Kreider wouldn’t have gotten in the lineup until tonight.

  39. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Mister D, while McD or MDZ would be obvious no brainers, it is very hard for a GM to look at his 1st place team and not sell a prospect who isn’t in the lineup for a potentially serious impact player to make a Cup run. It takes serious balls to look at your team and say, no, we can win next year.

  40. you guys still have room on here for a fat guy?

    I’m sticking with my prediction of Rangers within 7

  41. one shift one period one game. halfway home. would love nothing more to be in my seat wed night with a chance to win the conf.

    find a freaking way.

    keep bickel pinned to bench.

  42. “The package Sather offered would have been a steal and a half.”

    No need to rehash this all today, but I’m very, very firmly on the other side of this. Just want that on the record.

  43. That Prust hit maybe deserves two minutes…maybe…what a joke…The refs will not allow us to win this series…something else crazy will happen tonight…I can feel it.

  44. Do you think there will some fireworks tonight after the word exchange between Torts and NJ? Maybe Stu can show his, umm, faceoff skills?

  45. Mister D,
    I give Sather credit for not getting Nash. They wanted either MDZ or McD…on top of the other rumored players you listed. Sather has been much better since 09

  46. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Fair enough Mister D. But count me firmly in the anti-JT Miller camp. I think that was a wasted pick. And while Erixon’s skills are promising, I am always wary about young players that hold out. Many times it is a beacon of a personality problem, although, sometimes the player still goes on to have an excellent career. Lemieux and Lindros come quickly to mind. And Turris seems to be off to a good start since his crap in Phoenix.

    As for Thomas, I just don’t see him ever being a part of this team.

  47. if bickel didnt waste his time trying to engage clarkson in a fight of a 2-2 game in 3rd per and take himself out of position clarkson doesnt score. why bickel would even think clarkson would drop gloves is beyond me.

  48. Just to make it clear on McD trade. It was a steal and a huge oversight on Montreal’s part. But we can also thank PK Subban. His play, especially offensive prowess right after he was recalled during the 2010 playoffs, made McD expendable in Montreal’s system. Thank you, PK.
    On Sather- while I do agree it took him way too long to figure things out and surround himself with professionals, I don’t think we should be asking for his head at the moment. The last thing you need is for some new egomaniac to come in and start changing things drastically.

  49. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Pimp, I thought the Devils had already won the series but they are playing these games as exhibitions

  50. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Dubi on ice after practice with Prust. Guess that means its going to be Bickel.

    Frankly, I’m surprised Dubi is so close, but glad he isn’t playing if he isn’t ready.

  51. C’mon Doodie. Sometimes holding out is simply a sign that the team is being unrealistic, despite the wording putting the onus on the player. Maybe 1 out of 10 times is it the other way around; the player wouldn’t be able to get exactly what he’s asking for if he were on the open market.

    As for Miller, I think that’s probably part 2 in why I didn’t want the Nash trade (with part 1 being his cap hit). Haven’t seen much more than highlights and a Traverse game or two but he seems like a perfect fit for the roster. I know who I want to compare him to, based on the scouting reports, but its pretty unrealistic.

  52. Sioux-per-man on

    Well Kreider, Hagelin, Del Zotto, Staal, have all been great pics so far.

    Personally I would have picked Fowler over McIlrath, but time will tell on how good he is going to be for the Rangers. While Fowler has played 2 full season in the NHL and is playing in the World Juniors for USA. He seemed to be the best player at that time.

    Never know about Miller, as much as I would have liked him to play a few years for the Sioux, he might make it as a power forward, or he could die on the vine in Hartford.

    Artie, Cally, Dubi, Hags, McD, & Girardi played for the Whale and made it to the big club. I see no reason why Erixon, Miller, Thomas, & McIlrath can’t do the same. Then there is a surprise player like Zucc and JAM that are the point leaders for the Whale. Every asset has a value, some in a future blueshirt, others offer value in a trade package.

    This team has alot of young talent, and it could easily step into the “Red Wing” mold where they are going to be contenders every year. So say what you want about Sather and Gordie, you have to give credit for building a team from within. Every trade and pick aren’t going to ALWAYS work out, but our future is looking bright.

    The player to add in July = Parise!!! It would be WIN/WIN for EVERYONE involved.

    Game Day – LGR!!!

  53. It was definitely going to be Bickel the minute Prust’s elbow touched Valenchenkov. Bickel is a BIG body that can probably really mess up the Devils’ forecheck for about 2-3 minutes a game.

    Victory is close!

  54. The player to add in July = Parise!!! It would be WIN/WIN for EVERYONE involved.

    *****************

    Except for the Rangers who would be stuck with maybe THE highest paid player in the game for 9 years alongside Brad Richards and Cam Tablot or OchoCinco in net because we couldn’t afford Hank.

  55. DUbi is not ready yet else he would of course be in the lineup. assume Dubi is make Weds….

    that will help….

  56. Reminder: the NY Rangers had an amazing year that few would have predicted when they played in Europe. 1st in the East. Feared by all. Pretty great.

    That is all.

  57. I love the software anology. Sather 1.0 = awful. Sather 2.0 = much better. After listening to DUBI, it does seem that he’s not quite ready yet. I am sure that we’ll see him vs the KOPITARS. Feds out. Dubi in.

  58. Fedotenko has *ZERO* chance of sitting if we should be fortunate enough to move on. Zero.

  59. Remember when Fedotenko single-handedly killed that 5-on-3 against the Caps? Thanks Fedo!

  60. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Mister D, like I said, it’s not an automatic thing with young holdouts. I just view it as a red flag of potential problems down the road.

    Who do you think JT Miller compares to? I haven’t read anything anywhere that suggests that he can be a solid scorer at the NHL level.

  61. Doodie, do you really think that Gorde Clark would have drafted JT miller if he didn’t think JT could be a solid scorer at the NHL level?

    Look at the picks since gorde got here..

    doesn’t gorde deserve the benefit of the doubt? Hasn’t he earned that?

  62. It’s interesting how so many people were against signing a proven winner, a Tortorella favorite, a leader in the room Richards and are for signing a proven-nothing, invisible in the playoffs (much more invisible than your new favorite whipping boy Gaborik) for the next 8-10 years for like $8-10 million.

  63. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    JR – ” the rangers have moved the puck very forensically this series.”

  64. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    JR – “Hank is playing quintessentially in goal”

  65. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    JR – “the vibratory nature of the game is astounding”

  66. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    JR – “the refs have been disconsistent with their call the entiration of these playoffs.”

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