Devils at Rangers Game 5 tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final, Game 5 (Series tied 2-2)
Wednesday, May 23, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
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 21

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is tied at two games apiece, following a 4-1 loss to the Devils in Game 4 on Monday at Prudential Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 208-224-8 record all-time in 440 playoff contests (116-87-2 at home; 92-137-6 on the road). New York has posted a 24-32 record all-time in Game 5 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.

Overall — 208-224-8
Home — 116-87-2
Away — 92-137-6
Goals for — 1,213
Goals against — 1,205

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 18-14 mark in 32 postseason contests.

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)

Henrik Lundqvist — 4 GP, 2-2, 1.51 GAA, .947 Sv%, 2 SO
Chris Kreider — 4 GP, 3-1-4
Dan Girardi — 4 GP, 2-2-4
Brad Richards — 4 GP, 0-3-3

The Rangers are 5-2 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.
Power Play:  The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (2:00) in Game 4, and are now 4-11 (36.4%) in the series. New York ranks fourth overall (13-68, 19.1%) overall, and sixth at home (7-37, 18.9%). 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 surrendered one goal to the Devils in six shorthanded situations (8:04) in Game 4, and are now 16-18 (88.9%) in the series. New York is tied for eighth overall (54-64, 84.4%), and ranks sixth at home (27-32, 84.4%). New York is 2-2 in three-on-five situations (2:33; last – 5/22 at NJD). Shorthanded goals for (0).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:18) in Game 4. The Rangers are plus-one in 11 four-on-four situations (12:40). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

New York held their opponents to three goals or less in 17 consecutive playoff games from Apr. 12 vs. OTT to May 19 at NJD, which tied an NHL record established by Detroit in 2008. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the first time in league history to do so in their first 17 games to begin the playoffs. The Rangers are 6-0 this postseason when tallying three or more goals, and are 0-6 when allowing three or more goals.

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.

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 in Game 1 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Rangers defensemen lead the league in playoff scoring with a combined 11 goals and 35 points in 18 games. Dan Girardi leads all defensemen in points (11), and is tied for first in goals (three) and assists (eight). Michael Del Zotto is tied for second in points (10) and first in assists (eight), while Marc Staal and Anton Stralman are tied for the lead in defensemen goals with three apiece.

New York leads the league with 603 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 11 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 76), Michael Del Zotto (T-5th, 58), Brian Boyle (T-7th, 53), Brandon Prust (10th, 49), and Dan Girardi (11th, 48).

The Rangers rank first in the NHL with 340 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (T-1st, 54), Ryan McDonagh (T-1st, 54), Marc Staal (6th, 35), and Ryan Callahan (9th, 30). Ruslan Fedotenko (22) and Brad Richards (16) also rank third and tied for sixth, respectively, in blocked shots among NHL forwards.

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.

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 18
Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 18
Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 11
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 57

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  1. True Fans Bleed RW&B on


    Would you say 3-2?!! We need to hear it.

    Good day, Heads!

  2. He’s not saying. Before the series he commented that it would be 2-2 and the winner of game five wouldn’t necessarily win the series. Time for gaborik to net a pair. Shut out for henrik!!!

  3. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Time for gaborik to net a pair.

    Substitute “get” for net. That will suffice.

  4. 3-2 would mean zilch either way. Someone will have won 4 games at some point and then it is over. After this entire year, these playofffs, games 6 and 7 of Ottawa, and especially game 5 of Capitals series, I know better. The team is eliminated when the other team has won 4 games and the clock reads 0.00. You don’t shake hands a nanosecond before then, especially not with this group. Everyone stay off the ledge. That said I think they win tonight.

  5. Johnny"embarrassed to believe"boy on

    Rangers take game 5 and 6! Bank on it!

    Game Day! LGR!!!

  6. Rangers have been the best bounce-back team all year and will want to stop all this talk of the Devils being the superior team.

    Rangers win – time for Gaby, Step and Richie to come out of their shells.

    Sounds like we might see Dubi tonight too – if Rammer gives him the OK…

  7. Johnny"embarrassed to believe"boy on

    Yotes should be hanging their heads in enbaressment after that whinny handshake line.
    Do they really want to pull video of entire series and compare oranges? Sad.

  8. My mom also says that this team has no shot at winning tonight. But, then again, what does she understand about hockey … she’s missing the first period because of a nail appointment. Exactly.

  9. Domi vs Probert on

    Have no fear fans!! Rangers will play great tonight!…the question is, do they win? They might be due for another game 5 vs ottawa, where they dominate but still loose 1-0 or 2-1. I think win or lose tonight, they will win the series either way! IT”S NEVER EASY! and besides, its more fun the hard way :-)

    This team has not quit all year,and they wont until they arrive at the end of the canyon of heroes!

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    I am missing the first period because of grad school class. I’ll be anxiously watching my phone waiting for it to buzz with scoring updates.

  11. I’m not certain what will happen tonight.

    On one hand, the Rangers HAVE been a great bounce-back team. I liked the little bit of “fire” I saw from the team last game, but it was too little, too late. It’s on Torts for the team having such a plethora of slow starts in such big games. The lack of scoring not so much (although his tactics don’t help, even though I agree with them). Yet, I could very well see the Rangers use the home crowd, open it up a bit, score the first and take the win.

    On the other hand, you have to believe that at some point the “6.6 seconds” luck runs out and you’re left losing this Game Five and having to win the next two that, albeit not impossible, puts you in a very difficult situation.

    What I would LIKE to see is the NYRangers have an emphatic, cushiony win like the Devils had last game. At some point, every team needs a 3+ goal win to give them a boost of offensive confidence and allow them to conserve some energy (unless goals 3 and 4 happen to be empty-netters).


    For times like yours, I highly suggest buying a slingbox and downloading the slingbox app for your phone. Works beautifully.

  13. Domi vs Probert on

    And lets not forget, they lost game 5 in ’94, and I know it is a completely different team and era,..but at least we have history on our side considering that the anniversary for messiers Guarantee and Matteau Matteau Matteau are indeed Friday and Sunday nights!…Maybe we can conjure up some ghosts like the yanks used to do in the old stadium.

  14. Doesn’t the game center app let you watch the games live during the playoffs? (if so, I don’t know).

    Slingbox hooks up to your Internet connection and cable/satellite box and then let’s you access any channel you have at home via an app your phone. Over wifi OR 3G. And the quality is typically great, even in 3G.

  15. Miami Pimp: Please explain said preparation for cooking pork chops. Thus, we can better understand just _how_ this team will be cooked.

  16. Rob in Beantown on

    Sounds like a good idea, but probably too disruptive for me and the people around me. Its just the first period, I don’t need to watch them get outshot 3-1 in full video.

  17. FiveFootZero on

    Going to the game tonight. I’ve got such a nervous energy today…kinda like when you have too much caffeine. LGR!!!

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

    Any word on the possibility of Zucc playing tonight?

    Howabout Dublowsky?

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Reality is we look bad when we win and when we lose. Doing it with grit, b@lls, and jam and will have to continue to do it that way.

    -Mammy-, -Fatty-, -Farty-, Marmy is very beatable – the praising has become a little annoying given the way we make scrubs (Anderson) and nobodies (Holtby) look good.

    Love to see Prusty knock one in to get the crowd going early. First goal wins? Only if we score it!!

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

    Gotta “love” Brooks:

    “Rangers are on the ropes”

    The series is tied 2-2, the Rangers have 2 of 3 remaininng home games (maybe 2.5 of 3), and havent played thier best hockey yet. Devils cannot play any better.

    What ropes is that jackwagon Brooks referring to???

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

    How Mike Richards must laughing at the Philthy Cryers now… wow.

  22. How Mike Richards must -laughing at the Philthy Cryers wow- be laughing at his regular season performance.

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

    Per – mike Richards is laughing especially as he wakes up next to Scott hartnell’s wife this morning.

  24. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Want to know whose laughing more than Richards?

    Jeff Carter, whose still got another 6 hours before his bed time. I think he and Wade went out tonight.

  25. Oh god. I can’t imagine what the Jeff Carter party train did last night. I am sure Mike Richards was pulling up the Caboose on that train.

    Would love to see that -strip club- bar tab

  26. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Someone could dig up the receipt for ya if it werent rolled up into a tube in the bathroom trash.

  27. I fear this will go to OT tonight. Doesn’t matter what happened in previous games…forget your “great bounce back” team talk, forget ’94, forget the stats. I don’t know who will win, but I hope it’s the Rangers.

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

    OT? Really? You think that the Rangers have played well enough this series to force OT tonight?

    Here’s the reality: Either a completely different team shows up tonight than the one that has shown up for the first 4 games, or our boys are headed to game 6 down 3-2.

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

    Lundqvist has already stolen two games that the team had no business winning. Asking for a 3rd and 4th is a bit much, even for the King.

  30. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    The talk today has been calm and logical.

    No banter about a potential for Callahan needing a game 6 guarantee?

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

    I don’t think they’re done, but they need to show us something tonight, something very different and much improved over games 1-4.

  32. I think people forget that when the Rangers were reeling off one of the their winning streaks during the regular season they would often get outshot, sometimes by quite a bit. This team plays the rope-a-dope. Let the other team come at them. play defense, let Lundqvist do what h does best, then attack later in the game.

    The Rangers will probably be outplayed for two periods tonight then score a couple of goals in the third to win it. It’s their m.o.

  33. A lot of nervous posts. Have you considered alcohol in am? I don’t think it’ll hurt your work production much since you don’t seem to be doing carcillo anyway :-)

  34. Haven’t we been saying all along that this Rangers team can get outplayed and still find a way to win? Isn’t that how we had no extended losing streaks over the course of the year?

    Just don’t lose back-to-back games.

  35. Well said Doodie. We had better come out looking like a different team and blow the Devs out of the water. MSG is going to be electric tonight, so hopefully we can do our part to spark a little urgency in em.

  36. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Cross CHeck,
    Love that point! What was it, maybe Dec-Jan when they had that game against Pitt the shots were around 50 – 17 and the Rangers won 3-1 I think?

    Everyone called it a terribly outmatched game that Hank stole … that’s not completely false, but guess which of those game plans is still playing?

  37. The Rangers had lots of emotional distractions on Monday, especially with the whole Buffalo-kickball-fiasco that had just taken place. They’ve had time to get their heads back and and should be much better today.

  38. Doodie I’m with you, it’s hard to understand where people draw that much bravado from what we’ve witnessed thus far in this series.

    I’m hoping the boys can draw from the same resevoir that gave them that strong game 7 vs Caps after being outplayed for 4 straight games. I’ve been saying it all series and agree with the posters, we need to get sustained pressure and shots on Marty, he is very beatable.

    If that fails there is always hope with the formula of Hank and the D holding them in until they take advantage of an opportunity, but there is zero margin for error in this scenario.

  39. Look, the team hasn’t broken their habits in one way or another. They havent figured out how to get a two game lead, but they also havent failed to show up for a game like tonight’s. even after game 6 in the Capd series, where they were totally outplayed, there were many doubts and look what happened. The Rangers also played great hockey outside of the penalties in the second and third in Game 4, I expect they have really started to find their game again and will look great tonight.

    It really isnt over until it’s over with these guys. Regardless of what happens tonight.

  40. Not all the lunatics are sleeping, ladies!

    We won’t be blowing any good team out of the water tonight, but I think we all expect good energy, more shots at least near the goal, more on target passes and hits. Devs so far have been playing at our half-boards like they have Lester Hayes’ stick-um on their stickblades. Time to flip the switch and load up on the sun tan lotion. We’re Goin Back to Cali!

  41. And FWIW the Rangers were NOT outplayed in game 5 against the Caps, in fact they dominated play and deserved better than to have to win the way they did. And Game one of this series was even at worst – 1st period even, 2nd period to Devils, 3rd period to Rangers. but they have been outplayed these last 3.

  42. True Fans- the way you’re studying I’m afraid you’ll score in 2-digit numbers even though they changed it to a 3-digit format :-)

  43. and i have news for y’all. for those who watched last night, those Kings, while they may be really good and have good talent throughout the team and in goal……they showed me either the Dev’s or Rangers can play with them. I am no longer afraid of them.

    Let’s win our 2 of 3 boys. This is a special time

  44. Peter you’re not seriously making the case that we played the Devils even in the first period of game 1?

    As for game 5 vs Caps you’re certainly not alone in your view but I couldnt disagree more. We outshot them but the shots were lame and forget dominated we didn’t even outplay them- they shut us down perfectly. A few seconds before 6.6 I was thinking to myself the better team won tonight.

    But who cares, it’s all about tonght

  45. Tonight is ours for the taking. No way these guys are this much better than us, we just need to remember what got us here and get back to our game.

  46. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Noooooo!!!! :)

    Ilb, with the time that i have anything less than 95%ile should be a considered a disappointment by any individual in my shoes whose taking the test (assuming that they have at minimum three fingers on the same hand in order to wield a mouse and just barely legal vision).

  47. Not sure when i last said this, Thank you Carp for all that you do. Seriously. Without u, having friends like Mama, ilb, Tony etc wouldnt be possible. And these people, along w yourself, have touched my life and made me realize i can be a good person.

  48. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I think I saw that joke earlier in the thread.

    Whose ready for a W tonight?! Whose ready for another lousy 30 minutes before they put it together and win the game?

    Edge of your seat, foam brick-throwing hockey. Can’t be healthy, but I’ll let you know.

  49. Artie and Gaborik should have a contest to see who can fall over while trying to beat 3 men at once with their little flip-the-puck-and-race-around-them-but-skate-into-them-and-fall-over-immediately thing.

  50. If the first per is not any diff then previous 4 games I agree with doodie we are toast not only tonight but series. The time is now to show something after being outplayed for 8 of 12 periods

    Will be there anyone going meet up at flying puck

  51. Good morning all! It’s a perfect day here in Norwegianpanslyland with 25 degrees celsius and the sun is turning me into fried swedish. Nothing can go wrong on a day like this! Rangers win 4-1 after Fatso chokes on a donut in warmups and lets in the first shot of the game.


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

    celsius? Get out of here with your europansy measurements!

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

    Kelvin is just dressing up celisus in an even more europansy suit

  54. Blech! Kelvin! BLECH!

    Here in ‘Merica we have two temperatures:

    Freezin’ and Whoooooo Doggy it’s hot!

  55. Morning all,

    Manny – I haven’t posted a lot as of late – but I have seen the tone of your posts change over the last few days and weeks. Your sense of optimism has been somewhat replaced by a bit of cynicism and doubt – probably the byproduct of a lot of NN’s and other types who post here.

    Don’t give up the faith – even if they were to lose tonight (which I don’t think will happen) they still have a chance. The Devils aren’t exactly the ’76 Montreal Canadiens and Brodeur is due to give up a game-changing clunker.

    If they have enough to beat The King four times – I’ll give ’em credit. Just don’t see it happening.

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

    “The Devils aren’t exactly the ‘76 Montreal Canadiens and Brodeur is due to give up a game-changing clunker.”

    He already gave two up to Girardi in games 1 and 3.

  57. Thanks Ben! Good to see you around. I was wondering where you have been. My cynicism has crept forward and taken over my humo(u)r!

    I will go back to Mr. Positive Pierre! <–Europansy name

    Rangers in -5- 6!

  58. Work’s been crazy – lots going on.

    But I watch the games intently.

    Really proud to be a Rangers fan.

    They certainly have given us a ton of good memories so far this season.

    Perhaps a few more are on the way.

    And by the way – The Kings aren’t exactly the ’76 Montreal Canadiens either.

  59. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Marty’s clunkers are the best! His excuses after the fact are usually priceless.

    On the girardi game 3. “Yea, he just beat me with a good wrist shot.” Ahh, the 30 year old manhattanville guy doesn’t even let those in.

    2008 Nigel Dawes 5-hole goal: “The ones in the shootout are one thing. When you lose in regulation, on a *lucky goal like that,* it’s tough to digest. I know he didn’t do it on purpose,” Brodeur said. “He just fell and the puck went in the net. That’s just unfortunate for us.”

    A week prior to that, Dawes won a game in the SO and Brodeur was angered and said Dawes only faked him out because he *”whiffed.”*

    Twinkie up and shut it.

  60. @AdamRotter@ Practice: Brandon Dubinsky and Mats Zuccarello On The Ice


    So….not playing?

  61. I hate john druce on

    Forecheck, forecheck, forecheck….that is the key to an nyr victory. They are due for a sh goal too, which would be a big in game momentum swing! I have faith that this team will come out flying tonight. Look for hagelin or mitchell to score a big one and give us a boost just like they did when they were called up erlier this year

  62. Rob in Beantown on

    What is Dubinsky’s conditioning like? How do you stay in shape when you have a boot on for weeks?

  63. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    I think Mitch out would be a bad decision … who could you take out though? If Feds hadn’t scored last game, he’s the easy choice.

  64. Bickel over Eminger rules. I was hoping that would happen.

    Dubinsky over Mitchell is positive but I was hoping Mitchell would stay in.

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

    Zip didn’t do his math right. If Eminger comes out, Dubi can come in without Mitchell going out.

  66. Seems like it, Kenny.

    @stevezipay@ Thinking Bickel in, Eminger out. Dubinsky in, Mitchell out

  67. Good morning folks, and better days ahead to all of ye hoping for good health and fortune for all, and prayers go out for Tony and Pimp by all means never forget them.

    Should Rangers take these next two games? They are the better team, but that doesn’t mean that they always played like the better team. Yes a dose of Dubinsky could be just what the Dr ordered for a now and then surprise. And possibly a dressed Scott might be just what the Dr ordered, if for no better reason than it might save one of our key players from being sent to the Isle of Elba for the duration.

    just remember that fran is with ye, if not in person, but in the spirit. I have no access to the circumstances that most of you all have but ne’er mind…I know which way the wind blows, and I’m always enthused by surprises of a Ranger wind blowing.

  68. Prust replaces Bickel at Forward
    Bickel replaces Eminger on Defense
    Dubi replaces Mitchell at Forward
    Zuccarello replaces _______>Rupp?

    Is Bickel in to replace toughness of Rupp?

  69. True Fans Bleed RW&B May 23rd, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I think Mitch out would be a bad decision … who could you take out though? If Feds hadn’t scored last game, he’s the easy choice.

    umm Feds has done everything but score until last game. Been one of the best in the playoffs imo.

  70. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    rupp is not coming out me

    IMO he has been one of the rangers best players in this series

  71. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Rupp ain’t leaving this line-up, even if Torres re-incarnates in the body that is Kelly Clarkson. He was a physical, offensive, and the only semi-dominating presence the rangers consistently had in the offensive zone.

    Gaborik better have taken notes.

  72. Amen, Fran….Nice to see you contribute, buddy. How’s Florida these days?

    Lol@ Isle of Elba!

  73. Carp, last game you said that Josefson in for Sykora could mean panic on the Devil’s part. Well Dubinsky and Bickel in Mitchell and Eminger out could be interpreted the same way.

  74. Ilb2001

    Aw you know…the usual. Gorgeous days, dry humidity index, lovely Atlantic breeze from the ocean, grass needs mowing and I’m not gonna do it…parking space is almost impossible to find over at the VA, beginning to feel older, the years piling up, saving up money fora trip to CT ( Cromwell ..home of youngest daughter, and her, my baby, is now in her forties, and HER youngest is graduating from High School, and has been offered a scholarship in swimming from both Iona, and Pace ( where her older sister attends, also with a swim scholarship), but she has settled into attending Eastern CT State, where HER oldest sister
    attended, also with a swim scholarship ( a family of little swans indeed). My middle daughter has been living down here near us for the past 3 years ( over on Merritt Island near the Space Station, and she’s the one with boys. Two. My eldest grand daughter is now out in the work place in the advertizing business after having graduated from McGill, and I always tried to convince her to run over to Montreal hockey with her girls friends and see what hockey is all aboot, but no…she could not be swayed. TBW and I have a decision to make on the trip up to CT, as to time, cost and weather. ( We have thunderstorms here crossing the peninsula daily each season, with clockwork like regularity and she is deathly afraid to fly in that kind of weather. Hey, I’m still a registered pilot ( although haven’t flown in the past 35-40 years) and I’ve learned to be wary of ” Donnervetter” also. So many decisions…but I still make time for Ranger action
    and stay glued to the set and growl from time to time.

    Thank the Lord that neither of us smoke.

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