Islanders at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 4-5-0 (8 pts)
Islanders: 4-4-1 (9 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-5-0 (8 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five games. The Blueshirts are 3-1-0 in their last four games at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-4-1 (9 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last six games (2-3-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their second meeting in eight days.

All-Time: 116-99-19-6
 overall (68-37-11-4 at home; 48-62-8-2 on the road)

  • 2013: Tomorrow is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two contests that required extra time. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 20-14, including a 16-9 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 5-25 (20.0%), led by Brad Richards’ two power play goals. Marian Gaborik led the team with five goals and seven points in the season series, while Anton Stralman tallied a team-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 1-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .906 Sv%.
  • The Blueshirts enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored the Islanders, 31-10, during the streak
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in 13 of their last 16 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 11-3-2 over the span dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
  • New York are tied for 15th in the NHL with a 3-2-0 (6 pts) record at home; Long Island ranks fifth in the NHL with a 3-1-1 (7 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 1-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 2-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists three former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Martin Biron (2009-10); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
  • Long Island lists no former Rangers on their roster

Henrik Lundqvist 
— 41 GP, 24-11-5, 2.18 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron 
— 28 GP, 21-4-1-1, 2.03 GAA, 2 SO
Marian Gaborik 
— 27 GP, 19-14-33
Brad Richards 
— 36 GP, 13-20-33
Ryan Callahan
 — 30 GP, 7-13-20
Dan Girardi 
— 36 GP, 3-7-10

Power Play:
 The Rangers did not tally a goal in five power play attempts (9:51) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks 30th overall (3-35, 8.6%) and is tied for 24th at home (2-19, 10.5%). The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing:
 The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Devils in four attempts (4:49) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York is tied for 18th overall (32-41, 78.0%) and is tied for 19th at home (20-26, 76.9%). The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 2-2 (1:57) when three-on-four (last – 1/31 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
 New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at New Jersey, and are now minus-1 in eight four-on-four situations (7:49) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.

The Blueshirts have posted a record of 3-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which is tied for fifth in the NHL. The Rangers are 1-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.

The Rangers rank third in the league in hits (262) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for fifth in the NHL with 33 hits, while Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was tied for second in the league in hits (27) at the time of his injury on Jan. 29.

The Blueshirts have had eight players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller. Halpern, Nash (assist), Pyatt and Segal debuted in the season-opener on Jan. 19 at Boston, while Asham made his debut with the team on Jan. 20 against Pittsburgh. Ferriero debuted with the team on Jan. 26 vs. Toronto, following his trade from Pittsburgh in exchange for Chad Kolarik on Jan. 24. In addition, Chris Kreider made his NHL regular season debut on Jan. 19 after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season, and Matt Gilroy made his season debut on Jan. 31 vs. PIT after previously skating in 127 career regular season games with the Rangers from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller both made their debut on Tuesday at New Jersey. Miller, who was also making his NHL debut, was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Powe was acquired from Minnesota, along with Nick Palmieri, in exchange for Mike Rupp on Monday.

Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.

Michael Del Zotto
 — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger
 — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Matt Gilroy
 — 3 games from 200th NHL career

Ryan Callahan
 — 200th career NHL point (1/29 vs. PHI)
J.T. Miller
 — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider
 — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)

Michael Sauer
 (concussion, 12/5/11) — 9
Ryan Callahan
 (shoulder, 1/29) — 3
Dan Girardi
 (injured, 2/2) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 19


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  1. as I was saying…………..

    I don’t remember.

    I’m sure it was something about superman ……… or Prust

  2. The kids energy line should break through if they keep playing the way they did Tuesday night…hope the old Gabby shows up tonight

  3. another “cry-on-my-shoulder” game is coming… this one will be extremely painful to swallow if they lose.

  4. Good morning all! C3, my thoughts exactly…which scares me in that I shared your thoughts.

  5. Good morning, boneheads!

    Game 7 of SC finals for the Islanders tonight. Always is. Let’s see what the Rangers have to say about it.

  6. stranger nation on

    Watched replay of Debbies game – we didn’t look that bad, particularly good 5 v 5, keep it up and we will be moving the right direction.

    Need stronger pp – maybe put cranberry juice in locker room before game?


  7. stranger nation on

    I hope certain players are not too scared to score

    NYR tied for last in Goals Scored in the entire NHL – in dead last in Eastern Conf

    play the kids – we aren’t winning the Cup with B Rich as #1 Center – lets see JT grow and go

  8. tomb: Great read on Grantland. I especially enjoyed the Jeremy Jacobs reference- “..think Jerry Jones without the humility…”

    Back to the game, it will be interesting to see how long Torts continues to send out Gabby and Nash on the first PP unit. It looked like the kids were creating more and were able to control the puck in the O zone longer.

    I think the Money Line has run it course for now, spread Nash and Gabby around, especially on the road when you can’t control the match up.

    If Callahan were ready, should Boyle sit tonight?

  9. We’re at home tonight, Romeo. I made the same mistake in my thinking this morning.

    I doubt Boyle sits unless Tort wants to really send a message by having one of his core guys sit in the press box.

    I agree with Stranger that the kids need to play and play hard and play often and, as Stranger said, the money line has run it’s course. Let’s spread some kids up and down the lineup.

    Also, Tiki, you cannot possibly say things like Callahan is a more skilled player than Jagr (see last night’s thread at 12:56AM). You can say you _like_ Ryan Callahan more as a person and as a leader. But he is not even in the same atmosphere as Jagr, skill-wise. Jagr put up 100+ points at least 5 times. In his prime, 30 goals was a weak season for him and he often put up 40+. Callahan has never scored 30!

  10. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Manny, how this:


  11. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    lots of classic poetry on the blog last night, so I thought I’d add one of my old favorties:

    When you enter a very dark room,
    And sitting there in the gloom
    Is *Dracula*, Dracula…
    Now how do you say goodbye?
    Immediately, immediately, Immediate L.Y.
    Bye bye!

    -Sesame Street

  12. The dichotomy between no one thinking Boyle is more than a 3rd/4th liner and those people expecting Boyle to play like a 2nd liner will never cease to confuse me.

  13. iDoodie Machetto on

    I think Miami Pimp would agree that they will start the game 4-5 and when it’s over they will be 4-7.

  14. iDoodie Machetto on

    Duberstein, that is not Sesame Street. It’s The Electric Company. It was written by one of my idols, Tom Lehrer.

  15. stranger nation on

    Boyle’s goal production two seasons ago had every one thinking he was continue on that trajectory.

    At his best he is a beast like hitting machine who can wear out the opposing D on the forecheck with thunderous checks, willing to risk life and limb blocking shots and clamps down the opponent’s top center and pop in the occasional SHG or jam in a rebound 5v5.

    At his worst, he is an awkward skater who doesn’t use his size, barely moves his feet in the D zone, desires to play back up goalie and has hands of stone.

    IMO – has looked out of shape – what did he do during lock-out? Play shinny in Maine?

  16. Kenny Albert Rules, Rules! I hope JT Miller get’s all sorts of ice time tonight. He actually got more than The Kreider on Tuesday (where I thought we didn’t look that bad in the loss because Farty-Marty was vintage 1968 Marty). Probably the extra ice time was to get his feet wet but the kid was creating.

    Play the Kids!

    Isles are good though…

  17. HockeymanRangers on

    Ok it is February 7th the game starts at 7:00 where is the 3rd seven, will we score 7 goals ????

  18. manny, so do I, it’s bad enough Callahan is out but with girardi out last game it showed. The rangers looked lost defending in there zone.

  19. Definitely. I am patiently awaiting the news on Girardi’s status. I mean if he’s hurt, Bickel can always fill in with upwards of 4 minutes of ice time.

  20. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Doodie – My apologies to you and Tom. He is obviously a poetic genius, and I didn’t mean to deny him his well deserved props. Big Ups to Tom and E.C.!

  21. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    P.S. Even after all these years, there is still something cool and rebellious about writing, typing or saying the word “doodie”

  22. E3 pimp's angel on

    Not must win… But is definitely “sure would be nice to win”

    Rangers 17
    Isles 1

    GWG Bickel

  23. Doodie Machetto on

    Duberstein, you should read up on him and listen to some of his material for adults (or you can stick with his work for the Electric Company, your choice). He claims to be the inventor of the jello shot. He says he invented it while in the army as a loophole of their policy of not being allowed to “drink” alcohol.

  24. ZzZz NASH ZzZz on

    I’M Back!!!! Did we win?

    Ok ok I knoww we lost …Internet was down last game!!! I couldn’t yell GO TIMEEEEEE!!!!

    I may have jinxed us. My bad. This game my good!!! Ranger will win TONIGHT!!!!!!

    you heard it here first!!

  25. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Thanks for pointing that out, Doodie. Or would you prefer “Mr. Hanky”?

    Here is everythign we need to know about Tom. Good stuff that I never knew until just now. The day is offically a good day when you learn something totally new.

    I’m surprised no one has cast Jude Law to play Tom in a bio-pic

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    Duberstein, a suggestion: go listen to “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.” Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

  27. It’s true, Tiki. Looks like Boston might get 3 FT of snow. That will fill in all of their potholes though. So it might be a bonus for them. Hopefully they will have someone with the technical skill of Ryan Callahan instead of Jromir Jagr’s prowess to get them out of it.

  28. Haha. Great idea. He was dumping Habs players last night like they were rubber balls trying to bounce off him.

  29. From Kevin Allen’s projection of the US Olympic team

    “Projected defensemen: Jack Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets), Ryan Suter (Minnesota), Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis), Erik Johnson (Colorado), Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins), Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes) and Keith Yandle (Phoenix Coyotes).”

    “Ryan McDonagh (Rangers) is probably next on the American list, and he would probably make the top seven on some lists.”

    Surely he’s better than one or two on that list already?

  30. that was a game where it would’ve been smart to trade a 5th rounder for John Scott…I mean the Sabres had Scott on their team and they beat the Bruins

  31. Yes to Suter, Shattenkirk and Yandle. No way the others are locks to make the team over McDonagh.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, considering Torts is likely a coach on the team, whether it be head or assistant, theres 0 chance McDonagh doesn’t end up on the team.

  33. LW3H: McDonagh is a lock. Could be interesting behind the bench with possibly Torts, Bylsma and Laviollette all back there.

    Allen lists Miller ahead of Quick, not so sure about that.

  34. Read somewhere that both Gretsky and Leetch picked the NY Scaredeycats to win it all if LQ plays to his normal level. And that’s now, not before season. To God’s ears.

  35. Doodie Machetto on

    Gretzky also said the other day that Zetterberg is the best ever Swedish player. I’m not sure he’s even top 10.

  36. czechthemout!!! on

    Allen is an idiot. McD is better than any of those defensemen. You can maybe debate a little on Suter but thats it.

  37. McBust is the 7th best American defenseman? Yea right. He’s way better than a lot of those guys. Come on, USA.

  38. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I know we have alot going for us that make other teams jealous, but right now we are in trouble. There are a surprising number of teams that look strong and deep, and came out of the gates fast.

  39. Rob in Beantown on

    Torts and Laviollette coaching the American team… can we get HBO cameras to film the behind the scenes?

  40. Oh god. That’s a horrendous coaching combination. Don’t they know that Tort will just bring Sully. He only has one assistant. He doesn’t need help!

  41. You got that right, Denny Duberstein. A bunch of teams look very good. Including the Habs. Carey Price has been off his rocker. So good.

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t see how Miller is the presumed goaltender over Quick either. Since last year I’ve been working on the assumption Quick is a lock for U.S. goaltender in 2014

  43. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    instead of “healthy scratch”, the game time sheet should list Boyle as “Hasn’t been bringing the ruckus”

  44. stranger nation on

    “but right now we are in trouble. ”

    Panic time? Must Win?

    Look who is front of us in Conf – only one who scare are
    Pitt (w/ shaky Goaltending)
    Bos (w/ steady but not great goaltending)
    NJ (w/ earth shaking goaltending)

    We need the King to steal a game or 2 especially if Dan G is out.

  45. stranger nation on

    Boyle and Bickel out – guess Asham will go with Martin, but no heavy weight?

    Who is scrapping with Boulton?

  46. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Stranger – I am not panicking, I just think we are starting to see that we are not good enough. Hopefully there is time to turn that frown upside down

  47. stranger nation on

    Possible line-up:

    Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Taylor Pyatt
    Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
    Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan
    Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll Powe

  48. stranger nation on

    We are definitely not good enough against top teams (Pitt, NJ, Bos) – think we need to do a once through the conf to see where we stand. Tor and TB in front of us in conf as well as Isles and Habs.

    Time will tell. 6-6 at the Quarter pole wouldn’t be the worst thing for a team with so many new players and some older players trying to round into shape (Richards..ahem)

  49. Fat Guy Duberstein February 7th, 2013 at 11:10 am

    instead of “healthy scratch”, the game time sheet should list Boyle as “Hasn’t been bringing the ruckus”



  50. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Those lines make sense Stranger, especially with Pyatt on line 1 instead of line 2 due to the size and speed mix on the first 2.

  51. Marian Gaborik-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
    Carl HaGOONlin-Derek Stepan-Monster Nash
    Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Taylor Pyatt
    Arron Asham-Jeff Halpern-Darroll POW!

  52. Stranger: I agree on Boyle. I think he will be fine, but sitting will do him some good.

    I still think Boston is the team to beat in the East.

  53. @AGrossRecord@ Boyle and Bickel remain on the ice for extra work. So they will be healthy scratches. *Girardi likely out,* Cally likely in.


    How can so we have a third pairing of Gilroy and Mrs. Eminger?

    Guys. Pyatt is *not* playing 1st line minutes.

  54. I think the 3 feet of snow thing on the news is just exaggerating a pending storm that doesn’t need to be exaggerated. Although it would be kind of awesome, I think at 30″ we’d be able to get a picture where the kid is shorter than the snow.

  55. Wouldn’t it be funny if Boyle took Boxing lessons and ended his career as a 34 year-old enforcer for the Flyers?

  56. Boston is the team to beat. Just gonna have to hope for some key injuries to opponents. Rask, Malkin, and Kovalchuk. Those 3 go down, the East is wide open for us.

  57. And scratching Boyle is just stupid unless he’s doing some pretty awful behind-the-scenes stuff. He hasn’t been good on a team that hasn’t been good and sitting him, no matter the numbers through 9 games, isn’t going to help the team or the PK.

  58. Maybe throw Stamkos in there too. Nothing serious (except to Rask), just enough of a nagging injury to hamper their play.

  59. Rob in Snowtown on

    In 2007 I drove to Oswego, NY to go to a college hockey game right after they had gotten something like 8 feet of snow in a week. It was crazy, what we get downstate is nothing compared to that lake effect.

  60. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    There is no reason on the Lord’s used-to-be-green Earth that Boyle can’t at least be Keith Primeau

  61. _There is no reason on the Lord’s used-to-be-green Earth that Boyle can’t at least be Keith Primeau_

    concussed and forced to retire early?

  62. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Both. Boyle should be able to score 20+ now, and then he’ll have plenty of time for post concussion drooling and vegetative wondering what he could have been

  63. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Anybody think that the Rangers struggles are due to Stralman changing his number from 32 to 6?

    wink wink

  64. 3C: Woody Allen – “I was thrown out of NYU my freshman year for cheating on my Metaphysics final. My mother, who was an emotionally high-strung woman, locked herself in the bathroom and took an overdose of Mah Jongg tiles.”

  65. I called it the other day with the All American line. Not that is was that much of a stretch to come up with that possibility. I kind of liked Kreider with Richards though. I guess we will see how these combos work and who knows if that will even be the lineup tonight.

    I think Boyle could use a game to watch. We clearly need more from home even though he doesn’t have the highest ceiling. We know and have seen that we can get more out of the guy. I am excited to see how Miller does tonight. Kid getting tossed right in to these rivalry games is good for him. He is going to need to keep his level of compete high if he wants to stick around. I know it was only one game but he didn’t look out of place at all.

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

    Cccp – when you say “it’s small” are you talking VIP or smaller?

  67. Rob in Snowtown on

    Has anybody learned what the medical definition of “banged up” is, and is Girardi playing tonight?

  68. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Every time the all American line takes the ice, MSG should play Hulk Higan’s theme song

    I am a real American, Fight for the rights of every man…(rhythmic head shake like Cosmo Kramer)

  69. girardi is not playing tonight. i bet it is a ankle or foot.. probably took a puck off it he other day.

    boyle deserves t osit. if others do not pick it up ditto.

    trots got smart and sat bickell also, again good guy tries but turnover and penalty machine.

    emminger here is a idea, simple passes and get it out of the zone….

  70. E3, ‘I am scared, Could someone hold me?’ I’m gonna try that one. When I say, “Wow, you’ve got some big Juggs,” I always get slapped.

  71. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Interesting Jonny D. We are still 9 games in as crazy as that sounds. Seems like its almost time for the All-Star Break.

  72. Going to throw something WILD out there:

    Should the NYR amnesty Brad Richards in the OFF-SEASON before his contract becomes and absolute ALBATROSS???

  73. Reporter To Torts: “What, exactly do you mean by ‘banged up?’
    Torts” “You writin’ a book?”

  74. Doodie Machetto on

    Vitaly, it’s not wild at all, but more importantly, they could amnesty him after next year instead, which I think would be the ideal option.

  75. Must win tonight. Still in Indy should leave at 7. Am I good to come back tonight with weather issues. Anyone someone storm update.

  76. I’m sorry but Richards looks completely LOST out there. Looks like he lost a step during the lockout. If he keeps up this pace then they’ll have to seriously consider it.

    They would need to find a first line center somewhere (free agent / trade)

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

    Not sure sitting Boyle is smart. He is on pace to score Zero goals this year. That kind of offense is impossible to replace.

  78. Stanger Nation on

    Chris Kreider-J.T. Miller-Ryan Callahan

    Freakin LOVE that line – let the Capt show the young guns the ropes and role model how to play a balls out two way NHL game.

    Question is will Torts match up them with Tavares line?

  79. Stanger Nation on

    Eric – storm is coming tomorrow am unless you count the blizzard of media BS being broadcast now about NERO

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

    Game like tonight is why we should never had left Jessiman go!

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

    Jamie lundmark centering Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman is the definition of a GAG line.

    Lw – lol on banged up

  82. Stanger Nation on

    Need Right Wings to come down the wall to support D tonite on right side (Dubi, Stral, Gilly)

    That means Pyatt, Nash, Cally, Powe need to come below the circles and help start the break out.

  83. @CCCP@ February 7th, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I think that I shall never see
    A player lovely as THE PRUST

    By *Manny*


    Nothing could be truer!

  84. Schilling is joke. He loves to hear himself talk. In his PSAs he calls himself a “fastballing philanthropist”. I always thought a true philanthropists would lets others call them that rather than referring to themselves as one. The only thing bigger than his mouth is his opinion of himself.

  85. Cooscoos – you’re messing up Woody Allen quotes!

    “When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” – Woody Allen

  86. Jessiman plays in binghamton now for the BSens. It’s painfully obvious why he doesn’t play for the Blueshirts anymore.

  87. czechthemout!!! on

    Well at least Torts kept his word about guys coming out of the lineup.

    Love the all American line! We should see some good things tonight.

  88. I’m sorry I had to yell at you, cooscoos. You’re a breath of fresh air around here. And you deserve better….

  89. Watching Team Great Britopånsyland against Team Latvipånsia in an Olympic qualifying tournament.

    There’s this Latvian guy, Ozolinsh, who looks like a future Ranger PP QB.

  90. Let me guess about this Ozolinsh character…

    Slow, “heavy” shot, doesn’t move his feet much, holds the puck for an eternity, isn’t great at gaining the zone, doesn’t crash the net, loses possession and can’t get back defensively……..

  91. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Roses are Red
    Violets are Blue
    Boyle is out
    and Bickel is too!

    What do you think??

  92. Bickel Haley Asham

    The “Nice to Meet You” line

    I KNOW there’s no center. We don’t need no stinkin’ center!

  93. _Slow, “heavy” shot, doesn’t move his feet much, holds the puck for an eternity, isn’t great at gaining the zone, doesn’t crash the net, loses possession and can’t get back defensively_

    45 years old, smells of vodka…

  94. It’s not a horrible idea, cooscoos. We only play 3 lines anyways. Why not just have a “we’re getting blown out” line.

  95. Coach (?) in ‘Slap Shot: “Good crowd out there tonight, boys, let’s really try to win this one.”

    Player: “That man traveled 15 hours by bus to say that?”

  96. “Are you crazy, those guys are retards.”

    “I got a good deal on those boys. The scouts said they showed a lot of promise.”

  97. It is both literally and figuratively Sandis Ozolinsh. Though he doesn’t seem to use the H in his name now.

    Someone should tell Sam Rosen that Latvia have Stals on their team.

    3-1 to Latvia after two, for those interested…

  98. The fans are standing up to them! The security guards are standing up to them! The peanut vendors are standing up to them! And by golly, if I could get down there, I’d be standing up to them!

  99. We should probably just sign Sandis now. Can we submit an offer sheet to the Latvian Orthodox Church?

  100. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Still more likely that Miller is out after his 5 games, and Boyle goes back in.

  101. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free.

  102. “I don’t care, man. Enough is enough! Nowhere in my contract says I have to make a fool of myself, am I right? Hey! Am I right? Hey! You go silent on me?”

  103. Here’s a name for you nostalgia fans: Clarence “Screaming Buffalo” Swamptown. I’ll never forget an exclusive interview in which Swamptown revealed that he calls his hockey stick the “Big Tomahawk,” and he usually refers to the opposing players as “the little scalps”.

  104. And from Mile 40, Saskatchewan, where he now runs a donut shop, number 10, former penalty-minute record holder for the years 1960 to 1968 inclusive, Gilmore Tuttle.

  105. Hah, I watched Slapshot for the 40 millionth time two days ago.

    Reggie: Jesus, Lily, there’ve been three rapes and two murders in this park in one year.
    Lily: I didn’t do it.

  106. Cross Check Charlie on

    After reading that Torts said that he takes some of the blame for the lousy power play, I’m wondering if Torts is the reason for the lack of scoring in general. Does he require so much defensive responsibility that he chokes the offensive creativity from his forwards? Does his calling out players in the media make them too afraid of making a mistake?

    The offense has been anemic the whole time that he’s been coach. They added Rick Nash to the offense this year and unless they’re playing Toronto they still don’t score a whole lot/

    Or is it just that we as fans overrate the players scoring ability thinking players like Stepan are really good offensive players when they’re not?

  107. Sally, maybe you’ll get your gift in the mail today and be able to use it tonight! By the way, Im seeing little munchkin this weekend, and Im determined to eat her baby fingers, which hand should I leave you, left or right?

  108. You are back to being regular hockey fans I see. What happen to poetry?

    Speaking of hockey. Anyone going to MSG tonight? If you want to meet for a beer, email me at Beer is on RR, in case you are wondering.

  109. “Mr. Hall, I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies.” -Cher, Clueless

  110. love the scratch of Boyle, and love the idea of playing Callahan with Miller and Kreider – be interesting to see if he goes to that tonight. don’t really see the point of sticking Pyatt with Richards and Gaborik but that’s pretty much textbook Tortorella.

    also glad Tortorella used my idea of trying Nash with Stepan

  111. there was a period when my teenage self thought Alicia Silverstone was the hottest woman alive

  112. Pyatt cannot play 1st line minutes. The guy averages 12-15 minutes of ice time per season. Let’s not go ahead and increase that to 19. Also, am I the only person that thought he was pretty bad the last game?

  113. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Manny – I liked Stacey Dash more even back then, and now she looks light years better than Alicia.

  114. Breakfast, shmreakfast. Look at the score, for Christ’s sake. It’s only the second period and I’m up 12 to 2. Breakfasts come and go, Rene, but Hartford, “the Whale,” they only beat Vancouver once, maybe twice in a lifetime.

  115. Manny:

    He’s pretty typical of a third-line forward. Pretty tough, no hands, will score if set up perfectly and will cough it up under any pressure whatsoever. Felt last game like he was over his head and I think that’s even more so if you have him with Richards and Gaborik. You know he’ll end up scrambling all the lines anyway.

  116. cccp:

    is that $104 per ticket? if so, I’d save the money. those seats are near mine and they’re basically crap now.

  117. i got a pretty huge dilemma on my hands right now… reading 5 chapters on nursing pharmacology (big test tomorrow) OR Rangers – Islanders hockey at the MSG?!

  118. Totally. Tort will scramble the crap out of the lines. I just…..Pyatt…he just…..I don’t want him on those lines. I want him playing third line minutes.

  119. yeah $104 with all the fees and taxes included. Another thing… i dont have a working printer right now… not sure how i will be able to print the ticket. Anyone know if i could just show them a copy of the ticket on my phone? Or do i need a print out to get in?

  120. for $104 total, I’d consider it. just be aware that you’re paying for what was lower row 400s a year ago, so if you’re cool with that, do it. and print those tickets out if you go. MSG can barely scan the paper tickets as it is – ticket takers will probably have a nervous breakdown if you hand them a smartphone.

  121. And also, how are you purchasing the tickets? If you purchase them from NYR you can grab them at will call, which would remedy the printer quandary, no?

  122. Will Call is still a thing? I thought that was from back in the days when you would go see Tom Tom Club.

  123. Lower 400?! WHAT?! I dont now… suddenly watching the game at home sounds like a better idea…

    i buy from stubhub

  124. Regarding the seats, I used to know the Garden seating like the back of my hand, but it’s all changed now. I used to have seasons tickets (421 and later 402), but had to give them up 18 years ago.

    I can afford one game a year now at today’s prices. Going to Caps game on the 17th, used StubHub and Row A in the Blues.

    Red Seats Suck! Red Seats Suck!

  125. oh yeah all those seats are higher now because of the b.s. suites they put in. my seats, which were once pretty damn good, are now above the scoreboard. lower level of the 200s between the blue lines is now like the old lower 400s. the upper level of the current 200s is a completely waste of time – might as well watch from the roof of the Post Office.

  126. Maybe not, Manny, but I used will call frequently at Continental (when it was the home of NJD) and at the Garden several times since the lockout. You could be right, though.

  127. The game will be EXCITING!!!!


    Rangers win tonight!!!

    RANGERS win tonight!!!

  128. Approach/Avoidance Syndrome: Study for test or watch Blueshirts. Result: have 12 beers and go to sleep and do neither.

  129. If no comps available, the most any hockey player would pay is $73, 200 lower level. No matter what they make, it’s in the blood.

  130. I’ve used the “International” Will Call window. Just the same as the regular Will Call window, but with 50% more idiot tourists who don’t know what the hell they are paying to watch.

  131. re: 200s at new Garden

    I should say that it seems that the formerly crappier seats (i.e. behind the nets and in the corners) are better now than they were while the more central seats are considerably worse. I’ve heard from people who say those bar stool seats are ok behind the net. Where I am the bar stool seats are horrible.

  132. I used to go to NY Jets games, comped by an amiable alcoholic who wrote speeches for Lee Iacocca’s speech circuit. We would take a pre- game look at the field, then watch all the action league wide in the bar on TVs. And he wondered why I finally lost interest in accompanying him. True.

  133. I have heard that the bar stool seats, in the 200’s, are awesome. My friends told me they were his favorite seats. Even his fiance liked them.

  134. I tend to think anyone who thinks any of the seats in the 200s are awesome hasn’t been at the Garden very much. Before I went to my first home game this year, I talked to some guy at work who was at the Rangers home opener – not from New York, never been to the Garden before. He raved about everything. Then I went in there and me and everyone around me thought the seats were crap. Not really much to say except everything is just way too high now.

  135. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    When I have a son-in-law, I’m gonna call him what Steve Martin named his dog in The Jerk

  136. Love these line combos except Gaborik and Nash really should switch. Hagelin-Stepan-Gaborik was often our best line last season so why put him with Nash there instead, especially when Nash has barely played with either of them.

    The Rangers now have 3 lines (even the 4th has the some offensive capabilites once Boyle gets his act together) and that should really make a difference.

    Obviously Callahan is a top 6 forward, but moving him down for the sake of balance might be better for now until we have more of an idea of how much Kreider and Miller can contribute.

  137. Stepan needs Nash for protection. Guy has been extremely soft this year and has not been able to set up goals. Nash can playmake and offers size. No-brainer to pair him up with Stepan.

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