Panthers at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-12-2 (32 pts)
Panthers: 8-16-6 (22 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first of two consecutive games at MSG against Southeast Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-12-2 (32 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Tuesday at Prudential Center, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. The Blueshirts have won four of their last five home games. The Panthers enter the contest with an 8-16-6 (22 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost six of their last seven games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Mar. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

– All-Time: 41-26-6-4 overall (21-13-4-0 at home; 20-13-2-4 on the road)
– 2013: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
– Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-0 mark on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 14-6, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%), while the penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%) in four games. Derek Stepan tallied series-highs in goals (three) and points (five) in four games, while Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA and .954 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .905 Sv%.
– The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 31-16, over the span
– New York is tied for ninth in the NHL with a 10-5-1 (21 pts) record at home; Florida ranks 24th in the NHL with a 4-8-1 (9 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 6-2-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Panthers are 3-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Panther on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09)
– Florida lists one former Ranger on their roster: Alex Kovalev (1992-93 – 1998-99, 2002-03 – 2003-04)

– Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 14-7-1, 1.74 GAA, 5 SO
– Martin Biron — 22 GP, 8-12-1-0, 2.64 GAA
– Brad Richards — 50 GP, 16-28-44
– Marian Gaborik — 19 GP, 7-8-15
– Derek Stepan — 8 GP, 5-2-7
– Michael Del Zotto — 11 GP, 1-3-4

The Rangers’ power play is 9-47 (19.1%) in the last 17 games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 52-60 (86.7%) in the last 20 games. New York has posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
Power play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks 26th overall (13-91, 14.3%) and 23rd at home (9-54, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Devils in four power play attempts (7:06) and notched a shorthanded goal on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York is tied for ninth overall (84-101, 83.2%) and 14th at home (50-59, 84.8%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (3): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at New Jersey, and are now minus-1 in 20 four-on-four situations (39:13) 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 have posted a record of 21-5-2 in their last 28 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 6-2-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 91-56, over the span.

Rick Nash currently leads the team with 10 goals, having tallied his first eight goals of the season in the third period. Nash is the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were tallied in the third player, while fellow Ranger Arron Asham is the other to have accomplished the feat, in 2003-04, as a member of the New York Islanders.

Marian Gaborik has been among the league’s goal scoring leaders since joining the Rangers in 2009-10. Last season, Gaborik became the fifth player in Rangers history to record 100 goals in his first three seasons with the club, and became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team. Entering this season, his 105 goals from 2009-10 to 2011-12 ranked seventh in the NHL, while his .48 goals per game average ranked third (behind Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin) over that time period. Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks seventh in the league with 113 goals scored and is tied for fifth with .45 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (876) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan and forward Brian Boyle are tied for the team lead and ninth in the NHL with 98 hits apiece.

Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella is one win shy of earning his 400th career win as a National Hockey League head coach. He will be the 30th coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella’s 160 wins with the Blueshirts are four shy of Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.34
– T-3rd (T-8th in NHL) in FO% — 51.2%
– 1st (T-2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.4
– 2nd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 876
– 5th (7th in NHL) in Blocked Shots — 465
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2

– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– The Rangers’ power play is 9-47 (19.1%) in the last 17 games
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 52-60 (86.7%) in the last 20 games
– New York has registered a point in nine of 11 games when scoring the first goal this season (8-2-1), and are 7-10-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 8-0-0 when leading after the second period

– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 10 games (6-4-0, 1.99 GAA, .931 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — has tallied a point in 11 of his last 15 games (eight goals, nine assists over the span)
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in nine of the last 11 games (five goals, six assists over the span)
– Ryan Callahan — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last nine games, including a point in five of the last six contests (two goals, three assists)
– Carl Hagelin — 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 19 games, including six points (one goal, five assists) in the last eight contests

– Ryan Callahan — 1 assist from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Rick Nash — 1 goal from 300th NHL career; 1 game from 700th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 3 points from 800th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– John Tortorella — 1 win from 400th NHL career

– Michael Del Zotto — 100th career NHL point (3/19 at NJD)

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 29
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 14
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 8
Total Man-Games Lost: 74

– Mar. 20 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 20 — Assigned forward Micheal Haley to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. iDoodie Machetto on

    Florida’s injuries have it icing a team that is barely NHL worthy. What is the Rangers’ excuse for their amateur hour, Mickey Mouse organization? Panthers win big.

  2. This sets up just like the Sabre’s gane last week. This is a team that is going nowhere and the Rangers have to play a full 60 minutes and beat them outright. Another let down loss could be a serious hiccup in making the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how Torts uses Kreider. Let’s hope the boys get the job done.

    Cap was on the radio show last night and we had a great time talking to him. All you Boneheads should check it out.

  3. *sniff Sniff*….I smell some whacked out 2-1/3-2 loss that will be headlined by the no name goalie and the guy who hasn’t scored in 4 seasons being the difference in the game….Oh wait that happened already in Buffalo…ok LGR!

  4. This game sets up just like the Sabres game last week, This is two points they can attain if they play for 60 minutes. A uninspired loss could be a serious hiccup in them making the playoffs, they need to ride the momentum.

    Also, For the love of god can they not shoot wide on every odd man rush ? They had at least four in the Devil game. Hit the Net ! Need these two points big time.

    I had Carp on my Radio show last night and as always we had a blast. All ye Boneheads should check it out !

  5. So. Ducks are now 2-0 (1 SO Win) against the Blackhawks this season. Am I still crazy for sayin the Ducks would make the Cup Finals?

    Ducks have won 13 straight at home and have a point in their last 11 with 8 regulation wins. They are pretty good.

  6. Nashturbator on

    Very happy to see Big Kreid up with the real team. kid’s been dominating the ahl. kreider time. screw the haters

  7. Monday morning feels so bad
    Everybody seems to nag me
    Comin’ Tuesday I’ll feel better
    Even my old man looks good
    Wednesday just won’t go
    Thursday goes too slow
    I’ve got Kreider on my mind

  8. The Kreider needs to play effective defense or else his playing time will be reduced. Really hoping he can do that because if he does, man he makes our team scoring depth a bit sweeter.

  9. Rob in Beantown on

    11-1 Panthers. Only Rangers goal a Florida own-goal. Game over, season over, trade everybody.

  10. Get ready for a bit faster offense and a bit less defense. I really think this might mean the Rangers are planning on opening up at least 2 lines a bit.

    Obviously the bottom 3 (and probably bottom 6 depending on lines) absolutely cannot play an open style but seems like the top 6 might be able to handle it. This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    The last 3 games they started out in the first giving up primo scoring chances with Hank bailing them out. Need to lock down in first 10 mins and then not be afraid to open it up.

    Watching the passing in the Wild-Wings tilt last night was impressive (and a little depressing). Our D this year has been scrambling more in zone and has not been getting break out passes on tape.

    Offense starts on the back line

  12. Yeah, where is everyone? Even the night crowd didn’t arrive last night. Eddie? Coos? Papa?

  13. Sioux-per-man on


    Time to start growing the “Playoff Beard” . . . . .

  14. Mike Komisarek is on waivers, I see. 10- foot pole. Also, does he not have a NMC? They can’t do anything with him if he isn’t claimed anyway.

  15. Cross check Charlie – You’re right. If Kreider doesn’t get a hat trick Tort’s is going to bench him. My bet is he gets no more than 8 minutes. Should win game with 5 or 6 goals

  16. “There’s talk on the street; it sounds so familiar
    Great expectations, everybody’s watching you
    People you meet, they all seem to know you
    Even your old friends treat you like you’re something new

    Johnny come lately, the new kid in town
    Everybody loves you, so don’t let them down.
    Hopeless romantics, here we go again.”

  17. If the kids TOI is anything short of 22:00, we are wasting his talents

    1st line,
    Power Play
    Penalty Kill

  18. Morning all,

    Tonight’s tilt should be a gimme – “should” being the operative word.

    Playing at home against an inferior opponent, the Rangers need to come out flying from the opening faceoff, establish their game below the hashmarks with pressure and speed, get the lead and not look back.

    A sluggish start would be unacceptable – considering the fact that two very important points are on the table.

    No excuses.

  19. Sioux-per-man on

    No egg laying tonight.

    Tonight at home, streak started, Kreider up, playing against the Panthers….. I’m thinking CAT Trick. 3-0.

    I hoping Kreider can make a big splash like Miller did his first game. Or Better yet Stepan’s first game :)

  20. Oh, it’s Kreider time again, you’re gonna leave me
    I can see that far away look in your eyes
    I can tell by the way you hold me darlin’, ooh
    That it won’t be long before it’s Kreider time

    Lyrics lifted from “Crying Time”, sung by Ray Charles

  21. Sioux-per-man on

    2 for 1 special tonight!!!

    Sioux play Colorado at 7:00 in the WCHA. Rangers at 6:00.

    Wife is already complaining to much hockey on tv.

  22. “Oh I hope that [they] don’t fall in love with you” – Tom Waits

    A song for The Kreider from Marián Gáborík

  23. Scorin’ on the red,
    Playin’ for the green
    Tonight will be like nothin’
    That you’ve ever seen.

    From ‘The Heart of Thursday Night” :)

  24. Gaborik best get rid of all those curliecues and diacriticals and accent marks and start putting the puck in the net.

  25. Oh, here comes the night crew. I’m sure you know Eddie is on the West Coast, right Papa and Coos? Anyway, I was up at 4. Where were you?

  26. I’m not going to get all excited with this team until I see consistent good play and a good winning streak. There is no excuse not to win the next three games.

  27. Kreider Kreider baby, Kreider baby, Kreider baby,
    Welcome back home.

    Now he told you, that he loved you much more than I
    But he left you and you don’t you just don’t know why
    And when you don’t know what to do
    You come running and

    Kreider Kreider baby, Kreider baby, Kreider baby,
    Welcome back home.

    Lyrice lifted from “Cry Baby” sung by Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters – 1962
    A wonderful song, BTW

  28. I agree, ilb. I don’t see who touches that guy. Great leader and great teammate and all that jazz but not the best hockey player in the world. Love that Jake Gardiner is already chipping in in his ‘stead.

  29. That’s what they pay him for, coos. Let’s hope he gets hot in May. If they get there that is.

  30. Rob in Beantown on

    If Kreider starts growing a playoff beard today he might have some whiskers to show for it by May

  31. ilb, you were up at Four AM for a refreshing dip in the turquoise Caribbean, or to change a diaper? :)

  32. Komisarek list his edge after he was knocked out by Lucic a few years ago. He lost his speed since too. Even then, he would’ve been the most physical defenseman in NY. But not at $4.5M cap hit next year.

  33. Sioux-per-man on

    Rob I’m thining 6th Place would be Perfect!!!!

    Get to play the winner of the Southeast in the 1st round :)

  34. Sioux-per-man on

    When do you want to play Pittsburgh? 2nd round or 3rd round?

    Can the Rangers win a 7 game series against Montreal or Boston in the 1st round?

  35. Well moral seems to have improved here today. I guess the beatings don’t have to continue.
    Guess we will reassess once we see how much TOI Kreider gets tonight and if there’s any on the power play.

    Grabby- props for an entertaining hat trick -thumbs up-

  36. ladies gentleman opitimistic people pessimistic people who ever comes on here

    i will say one thing today TONIGHT=MUST WIN.

    why you are playing a team that is decimated by injuries hovering around the bottom of the east. it is at home and with the schedule becoming much tougher next at phil at ottawa at montreal TONIGHT IS GAME YOU CANT LOSE. thats what scares the freaking hell out of me tonight. on paper it looks easy however nothing is easy for this team. with 19 games to go this is one you NEED.

    unfortunately i have a work dinner tonight and wont be part of the blog. most of you will be happy i bet. i am dvring game but manny has me covered with updates.


  37. Donnie Murdock lost his speed too, way back when. Or did the Mounties take it away from him?

  38. Come to think of it, that Gardiner situation in Toronto is nuts. Guy played 75 games last year for the Maple Leafs and was a legit NHL player. This year he gets sent down to the Marlies. Now he’s back up and immediately makes an impact and Komisarek gets waived.

  39. 4.5 mill for Komiserek?! I’d rather have that guy Dubinsky from Columbus for that money..wait, what?

  40. Coos, young lady sleeps 12 hours straight. Told my wife when the baby was 7 week old, we better practice what we preach at work. Just couldn’t sleep. Did some numbers for research paper. Best ideas come to you when no one else is around. And, yeah, hearing the ocean helps too.

  41. Eric – at least tonight isn’t a MUST WIN in Regulation. We can take this game to a shootout if we have to.

  42. That’s nothing Manny. Wait til his autobiography hits books stores…”Marlies and Me”

  43. Sioux-per-man on

    All American line with Kreider-Boyle-Miller…… the Golden Boys…… with a stiff in the middle.

    I kid, I kid ;)

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    love, love, love
    love, love, love
    love, love, love
    love, love, love
    New Gold Dream
    She’s the one in front of me, silence and the ecstasy.


  45. Eddie- can you give me a bit of info on chess tourney? I don’t follow much news here…

  46. iDoodie Machetto on

    Ilb, Komisarek waived the clause so he can actually get into some games, even if at the AHL level. The hope is that he plays himself onto another NHL team based on his AHL performance.

  47. The only way he gets in NHL, Doodie, is for Toronto to eat up to 50% of his salary/cap hit.

  48. “Ah, to be in -England- Antigua now that March is here. I see snowflakes outside my window!

  49. Sioux-per-man on

    Toews is such a stud!

    I’m hoping Kreider can turn into this type of player, he reminds me alot of Toews.

    If he made more Mac truck hits, I would put him in the class of an Oshie. Or had more greasy goals I would say Parise.

  50. Stranger Nation on

    Kreider freedom Kreider
    From a crowd 100,000 wide
    Hope laid upon hope
    That this crowd will not subside
    Let this season burn to dust
    And a new a fair stick be raised
    While we wait head in hands
    Hands in prayer
    And fall into a dreamless sleep again
    And we wave our hands

    “Cry Freedom” Dave Matthews

  51. Manny,

    This game shouldn’t come remotely close to a shootout.

    Rangers should win this one handily in regulation time.

    Time to put the hammer down on inferior opponents. Every little bit helps to get the swagger back. Especially in front of the home crowd.

  52. Stranger Nation on

    I’m the Kreider and everybody knows
    I’m a little down with a lifetime to go
    Maybe you don’t believe my heart is in the right place
    Why don’t you take a good look at my face
    Other boys use the splendor of their trembling lip
    They’re so teddy bear tender and tragically hip


  53. Stranger Nation on

    eric March 21st, 2013 at 10:57 am
    ladies gentleman opitimistic people pessimistic people who ever comes on here

    i will say one thing today TONIGHT=MUST WIN.
    There you have it – love the PASSION!!!

  54. Stranger Nation on


    From your lips to gods ears on the Toews analog. Fav player in game right now, he is a COMPLETE hockey player IMHO

    Cried-here will have to put on his big boy pants, sharpen his elbows, and be HARD on the puck.

    Stranger said Hard….

  55. Cally to Rchards: “Not for nuttin’, but you think you could possibly pick up an oar?”

  56. going to Vegas for a few days, can only listen to tonights game on the radio.

    hope Kreider contributes. Hope when I post again on SUnday all will be good in Rangerland.

    Pyatt on 4th line with the zeros, Kreider on 3rd with the BOyle and Miller….The american line.

    Rangers have most americans of any team in the league… no ruskies right now on the big club…

  57. Vegas, Stuart? I’m sure you’re considering placing a $500 bet on Halpern’s hat trick tonight.

  58. Asham says he “can still feel the injury,” and “isn’t in game shape,” but is ready to play Sunday (mainly to get away from Schoenfeld. :) Not too encouraging. He may be Post Toasties.

  59. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilb – Aronian and Carlsen lead going into rd 6 (playing as we speak) with 3.5 pts. One half behind is Petr Svidler. 1 pt. behind the leaders Radjabov and Kramnik…..followed by Grischuk….Ivanchuk and Gelfand share last place…..


    Grischuk vs Gelfand
    Svidler vs Carlsen
    Radjabov vs Aronian
    Kramnik vs Ivanchuk

    I am following the radjabov game…Dead even at move 21 White to move….A Ruy Lopez

  60. Richards to Callahan “merrily merrily
    Merrily merrily, life is but a 60 million dollar dream!”

  61. A complete stretch, but I’m bored at work so please bear with me hear.
    This would be more meaningful and/or witty if:
    – The Ranger AHL farm team was still known at the WolfPACK
    – Kreider was not brought up
    – I was gay

    To the tune of ‘Leader of the Pack’, co-written by the late, great Ellie Greenwich

    By the way, where’d you meet him?
    I met him after a playoff score
    He turned around and smiled at me
    You get the picture? Yes, we see
    That’s when I fell for the Krieder of the Pack

    J Torts was always putting him down
    (Down, down)
    He said, he came from the wrong side of Beantown
    (What you mean when you say that he came
    From the wrong side of Beantown?)
    Torts told press, he was bad, but I knew he was sad
    That’s why I fell for the Kreider of the Pack

    One day Torts told Slats, “Find someone new”
    He had to tell poor Chrissy, we’re through
    (What you mean when you say that
    You better go find somebody new?)
    He stood there and asked him why, All he could do was try
    I’m sorry, they hurt you, the Kreider of the Pack

    He sort of smiled and waved me good-bye
    The tears were beginnin’ to show
    As he drove away on that rainy night
    I begged him to get back to the show
    But whether he heard, I’ll never know

    Look out, look out
    Look out, look out

    I felt so helpless, what could I do?
    Rememberin’ all the things he’d been through
    At school they all stop and stare
    I can’t hide the tears but I don’t care
    I’ll never forget him, the Kreider of the Pack

    Oh well, how many hours to game time?

  62. eddie eddie eddie on

    Ulf – have you ever watched the ambiguously gay duo? Hilarious stuff

    Gary and Ace “what are you looking at?”

    Bighead “nothing”

  63. *Should* does not equal *will* , Ben. But yes, the Rangers are expected to have a fun, decisive game tonight and win.

  64. eddie eddie eddie on

    Carlsen, world #1, has a slight edge against Svidler in the Breyer line of another Ruy Lopez

  65. Nash to Richie on PP practice: “When I go over there, you go over here. Let’s try that.”

  66. Stranger Nation on

    March has come in like a lion and is leaving (though now yet) like a much angrier lion

    are there any bball games on today?

  67. eddie eddie eddie on

    Radjabov who suffered severe time pressure in his loss to Svidler has 30 minutes to make 20 moves…the first time control…

  68. Oh. Eric mentioned Kris Newbury, Hartford’s elder statesman and leader. I thought there was a joke being made about Asham. I’m an idiot. As usual.

  69. Sioux-per-man on

    Boys if you have a couple of minutes, and want to see what Fighting Sioux hockey is all about. Watch one of my favorite clips. Danny Kristo – scores the 1’st goal. He will be up for the Hobey Baker award this year. Along with Corbon Knight, another Sioux player.

    Kristo and Knight give up $1M checks in the NHL, to play their senior year in college. Speaks volumes about their character, and the type of players they are.

    Last year of the final 5 tournament in the WCHA, held in St. Paul at the XCEL center (Home of the Wild) Nothing better than watching 6 top tier college programs, 19,000 fans, and the Fighting Sioux fan club drink an irish bar out of beer.

    The future Toews players will be Kristo, Knight, Frattin, Nelson. Mark my words.

    FYI – Miller would have been a sophmore on this team.

    Bleed Green before you Bleed Blue :)

    Go Sioux!!!

  70. Who is in net tonight for the Panthers? Three-or-more of -Mark Twain- Clemmensen? I think Clemmenson has the 2nd worst Save percentage in the league (only Elliott is worse).

  71. *Oh Great Kreider*

    Yes, I feel the turning,
    I feel optimistic and confidence brews
    within our team, our future.
    I feel Kreider’s presence will inspire.
    The Kreider, man of many championships.
    I love the Kreider on my team.
    I love the Kreider, nasty and mean.
    I love the Kreider like a son.
    Lead us to the promised land, Oh great Kreider.
    To the Promised Land

  72. Sioux-per-man on

    Morning Carp – do you really believe all the talk about shopping Gaborik? Deep down do you really think they would trade him this season?

  73. Maybe Torts should sit at the blue line end of the bench on the PP and taser the guy who goes 3rd man high on the PP?

    Boyle for Gaborik – there’s a lot of noise about it today, numerous writers, bloggers and tweeters mentioning it

  74. Dan Boyle, UK? Shoot me now. We are going to give up a 40 goal scorer to get back a soft D-Man? BLECH

  75. Not saying they should Manny but its evrywhere today – then a quote from Boyle himself saying he doesnt want to get traded away and more info about how Torts loves the guy.

    Before we know we’ll trade for St Louis and Fedostinko, get Dave Andreychuk out of retirment just to reunite the ’04 Torts cup winning team

  76. Oh totally not saying you’re into, UK. Sorry. Just reacting to the news.

    Maybe Dan Boyle will surprise me. Maybe having two Boyles on the team will be a good thing. Maybe Clowe comes our way in the deal.

    But still. Where are you replacing Gaborik? Where?

  77. St.Louis should do acapella with Espo and they could be called the St. Louis Phil Harmonic.

  78. Thanks, Eddie. Radjabov is from the same place as Kasparov. GM at 14. King of King’s Indian.

  79. Sioux-per-man on

    Pretty excited to watch the Kreider tonight.

    Part of me thinks if he shines really bright, it would be easier to trade Gaborik for 2 40 – point Grinders. Will all the hype would Boyle & Clowe make this a HARDER team to play against?

  80. I wonder how the Sioux feel about the Fighting Sioux being called the Fighting Sioux instead of the Gentle Sioux as Chief Coos stated. Or even how the Sioux feel about Sioux nomenclature in general. Will the Sioux sue the Fighting Sioux? Then the Sioux would be the fighting Sioux because they are in conflict with the Fighting Sioux over the usage of Sioux and possibly Fighting by the Fighting Sioux.


  81. I think Clowe would be good for us but he is paid 2nd line money and is playing like a 3rd/4th line banger right now. Boyle would be a good addition on the PP and an upgrade over Eminger and Hamrlik but its a big salary

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    Ilb – yes…Baku…..Raja is Azeri tho while Kaspy is armenian…..Radjabov beat Kasparov at age 15 with the black pieces… was the first white loss by GK in a long time….AND THEY DO NOT GET ALONG….

    I have actually chatted with Radjabov about that game…he offer up a Knight Sac in that game but GK refused it….

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    Ilb – very few 1. e4 this tourney….lots of 1.d4

    Raja in time trouble…but i just heard the official clocks show more time for him

  84. Kreider and Miller with………………….Boyle.

    I’m okay with it now, but Boyle has to show some offensive skill there. Ideally he is a good fourth liner. I am sure the brain trust has something in mind. We have a few spare parts, but you can’t trade those.

  85. In the interests of PC, the Fighting Sioux have agreed to change their name to the Unpleasant Apaches.

  86. Stranger Nation on

    Don’t think Kreider is a third line guy – makes no sense for him to be on checking line. Would mean breaking up Cally or Hags from Step, but Hags for all his puck possession time around cage is not a finisher and is better slotted as a very very productive 3rd line wing IMHO.

    Maybe even get Boyle another goal, but let’s not push it…

    Gabby-Richie Rich-Monster Nash
    Too small-Can’t score-Too slow

  87. eddie eddie eddie on

    i still thing it will be drawn…but its tense right now….(raja vs Aronian) same for Kramnik’s game…

  88. Sioux-per-man on

    And you just seen it happen on Tuesday!!!

    Little did you know. Zajac – from his knees – scores first on the Rangers :)

  89. Stranger Nation on

    Wounded Knee Massacre
    The massacre at Wounded Knee Creek was the last major armed conflict between the Lakota and the United States. It was described as a “massacre” by General Nelson A. Miles in a letter to the
    On December 29, 1890, five hundred troops of the U.S. 7th Cavalry, supported by four Hotchkiss guns (a lightweight artillery piece capable of rapid fire), surrounded an encampment of the Lakota bands of the Miniconjou and Hunkpapa with orders to escort them to the railroad for transport to Omaha, Nebraska.

    By the time it was over, 25 troopers and more than 150 Lakota Sioux lay dead, including men, women, and children. It remains unknown which side was responsible for the first shot; some of the soldiers are believed to have been the victims of “friendly fire” because the shooting took place at point-blank range in chaotic conditions. Around 150 Lakota are believed to have fled the chaos, many of whom may have died from hypothermia.

  90. Sioux-per-man on

    Latona – Crazy the how the NCAA only made ONE College team drop its name. And not the other schools in the USA.

    Water off a ducks back now.

    So We are North Dakota! We will never have a name, and really don’t want one, we will be the Sioux.

    Pretty impressive when they sing the National Anthem at the Ralph…. “and home of the SIOUX” roars out!!! It will be just as loud at the XCEL tonight, with 10,000 fans make the trip to the cities.

  91. Carp: I will define “a lot” with a question.

    Do you spend more time shoveling snow or working on the blog?

  92. Is Hamrlik still on the team? Is there any way we can waive him and get rid of that cap hit?

  93. Here we go yo:

    Though Torts will likely start Kreider on the 4th line somehow. I think you put Milller w Kreider and watch them compete as the two most recent call ups. Bring out their best.

  94. Andrew Cogliano took a high stick in the *mouth* last night which resulted in “significant damage” and he didn’t miss a shift. SIGN HIM NOW

  95. Sioux-per-man on

    Huberdeau vs Kreider/Miller

    which team has the better rookie?

    Huberdeau has a good chance to win the Calder.

  96. Also, gotta hand it to Getzlaf for playing with the flu last night as the Ducks have a crazy good 3rd period to beat the Blackhawks.

  97. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny – Give Hamrlik a few games. Now that he is getting into game shape, he could help this team in the long run. He’s got a good shot, watch some of his goals from last years playoffs. I take his 20 years of experience over Gilroy all day everyday, and twice on Sunday!!!

  98. Oh. I take Hamrlik over Gilroy too. I was thinking Gilroy was no longer an option. What about when Staal comes back?

  99. Christopher,

    Ranger land is yours for the taking….
    Women in all shapes, colors and sizes,
    The finest restaurants,
    Broadway, theatre, the opera,
    Your coronation awaits,
    We are your humble servants

    Lead us to the Promised Land

  100. Sioux-per-man on

    Not sure. But with injuries we will need an experienced 7th DMan, he fits that role perfect.

  101. The reality is at the moment we are an 8th place team and can not afford to take anyone lightly. Go out, win games regardless of if the team we are facing is in 1st place or 15th place. Heck there are teams that look at our squad and say Oh Great we are playing the 8th place team tonight. Focus on our game, go out and win and stop focusing on the opponent or their place in the standings.

  102. Sioux-per-man on

    38 points left. 2pts at a time. Don’t give any away.

    Not a must win game tonight, more so a BETTER win game!!! No more dropping points to lesser teams.

  103. Christopher,

    At first opportunity, please….
    Throw your body fiercely into a Panther
    Knock him down and stand over him,
    Snarl at the Panther bench
    And dare them to challenge the strength of Kreider
    Kreider the Beast, the wild beast.

    Lead us to the Promised Land

  104. I think Hamrlik will serve our team well in the playoffs. Great experience, and he def can get nasty. Can probably show our young defensive core a trick or two from the old school too. Torts already referred to him as having some guile that got him through the first few games, in the context of his lack of conditioning.

  105. KING TORTs to the Troops before the battle tonight:

    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Boneheads all shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But he shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of Bonehead brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his bonehead blood with the Kreider Chris,
    Shall be his brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in Bonehead land now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods in their hands
    That fought with us upon Kreider Chris’s day.

  106. i dont see how we beat the habs in a seven game series without the king. i dont see how we beat boston in a seven game series without the king.

  107. Wow, you guys are on FIRE today!

    Props to “iDoodie” and “Rob in Beantown” for doing their best Miami Pimp impersonations. (Hint: the REAL Miami pimp always hyphenates his “bush-leagues” and “amateur-hours”)

    Just a couple of reminders:
    1. If you want to be respected and sound respectful, always refer to him as “The Kreider”
    2. This team is definitely losing tonight. There’s no question about it. These clowns are going down like the Hindenburg.

  108. Sioux-per-man on

    How about Stafford from Buffalo for the Rangers.

    He’s everything Clowe is for San Jose.

  109. Sioux-per-man on

    PBR – So Keep the King!!!

    We has to steal 4 out of 7 games :)

    Rangers WIN!!!

  110. Drew Stafford (Age 27) is a bit more expensive than Clowe at $4M and he’s signed through 2015 while Clowe (Age 30) is a $3.6M cap hit through the end of this season. I would definitely be interested in either one.

    You know Buffalo would salivate at getting Gaborik but I doubt Gaborik put Buffalo on his list of approved teams.

  111. Hey Carp – why is Hank in goal tonight against such a weak team? Is that a message to the Boys in Blue that they HAVE to win tonight? When will Biron ever get a start? Is there a game in Montreal soon that they are saving him for?

  112. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny – I think the Kronwall hit is a good hit. His stick didn’t touch him, but he should keep it down going through the check. So you doesn’t swipe him with it after.

  113. Sioux-per-man on

    Lupul’s hit didn’t look all that hard, but he missed his shoulder/body and hit his head.

    I’m sure he will get a game.

    Too me, it doesn’t look like an intent to injure, or reckless.

  114. All Haley to the comet,
    The man with fists of stone.
    You gave your best,
    You made us proud,
    If only you could’ve tipped in the pass from Halpern.
    You’ll return I’m sure but,
    Until then, be well

  115. I like the Kronwall hit, too Sioux. It’s an odd angle but it’s not brutal. It’s clean and awesome.

  116. also, Manny, you don’t make any money doing it … at least I don’t.

    I think Lundqvist is in goal because there are 18 games left and he will probably play 15-16 of them. Why not?

  117. Also, the Kronwall hit resulted in a 4 minute penalty. So I think the call on the ice handles it.

  118. I read the rangers are only interested in players with expiring contracts. The rangers do not want to add any multi year contracts. Why do I have a feeling the rangers are going to trade gaborik either before the trading deadline or in the off season.

  119. Am I the last one to know that Sather had surgery to remove cancer from his prostate today? Hope he’s doing alright.

  120. also, I doubt they make a trade for Dan Boyle because the list Dan Boyle made of teams he would be willing to play for does not include the rangers.

  121. Stranger Nation on

    Kronwall’s hit was awesome! that is a clean hit, however brutal.

    They showed about 8 other similar hits where he lines the winger up coming out of the zone by starting to skate backwards and really going into question mark move (think Gabby in D zone – hah!) and just slams the guy in the chest with his shoulder.

  122. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Tommy, Dan Boyle is not a match for us. I hope Sather is not thinking along those lines.

  123. Sioux-per-man on

    TommyG – Boyle has won a Cup playing for Torts. I can see him wanting to play for Rangers, and have a solid chance at winning the Stanley Cup. No player, before their trade talks about where they would go with the public, so you would expect his response to be what it was.

    Boyle and Clowe would bring defense, grit, and solid grinder scoring.

    Makes one wonder if a deal like this, might be win/win for both teams.

    Carp – thoughts on this one…..

  124. the rangers ARE NOT on his list of teams he is willing to go to so it isn’t happening.

  125. Clowe’s not bringing much of anything with regards to scoring this year. You can find other ways to get grit than trading away a guy that can (but hasn’t recently) scored a lot of goals.

  126. Sioux-per-man on

    He might be Matty. IF the Rangers don’t intend to resign Gaborik.

    He could help the Power Play. He logs 24 minutes a game. I still a top 4 DMan.

    Perhaps the Rangers win more games, if they give up less goals.

    Think playoff hockey. But a Clowe would have to come this way with the deal to make sense.

    Stronger D, and scoring Grit. Perhaps Pyatt or Boyle go with the deal.

  127. there isn’t a list out there but I read the rangers are not on his list of teams he is willing to go to.

  128. It’s really great to hear that Dan Boyle doesn’t want to be a Ranger. Hopefully that is what saves us from him being a Ranger. Especially in place of a 40 goal scorer.

  129. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m thinking Gaborik better start winning some games for this team. Make himself to valuable to trade.

    Can a player do that in 2 weeks?

  130. Sioux-per-man on

    I hope so Manny. I have 2 Gaborik Ranger Jersey’s :)

    Can’t put them on the wall already :(

  131. In seriousness I’m not in favor of bringing in aging former Lightning players from Torts’ Cup year anymore than I was bringing in misfit Oilers when Sather was on that kick…there’s no reason to bring in another Dman who’s name isn’t Mcilrath unless they’re a clear cut above the likes of Eminger, Hamr and whatever other trash on the back end of the defense that I can’t think of at the moment. Tho i’ll say this about Eminger- he’s never made it look easy OR pretty but at least when he’s on his game he gives them a little edge.

  132. Sioux that’s exactly my point. The teams who will be sellers don’t exactly have anything within reason that suit the Rangers’ needs.

  133. I do have a feeling though that Gaborik will be traded either before the dead line or in the off season.

  134. Yeah CT see….once you trade Gaborik then you can bring in….well they need 40 goal….but he’s never….well it will.

  135. but trade Gaborik for who? only buying teams are going to take on a contract like that and buying teams aren’t going to take on that contract and give up something of value. The Rangers are in no way shape or form ready to be sellers or dump salary. a sub par Gaborik is still 100x better going into the playoffs is better than anything he may yield on the open market this year

  136. Couture is what the Sharks will build around after JumboShrimp Joe and Marleau are gone.

  137. I just don’t think there’s anyway the Rangers can get a 30-40 goal type scorer for just Gaborik straight up. And for a team that’s ranked in the bottom 5 in goals per game, they need that but not at the cost of losing other valuable assets either for now or in the future.

  138. the sharks wouldn’t add couture in a trade when the sharks were interested in Nash. There is no way they trading him for Gaborik.

  139. Sioux-per-man on

    Perhaps the Kreider can spark Gaborik, with a give and go……. GOAL!!!!!!!!

    Double feature tonight!

    March Madness.

    Rangers on 634 @ 6:00 pm – Sioux on 668 @ 7:00pm.


  140. Nashturbator on

    gotta hang on to Gaborik and hope he gets his game together. his value is too low now, maybe package him over the summer for a D-man.

  141. Yea. If we trade Gaborik it’s most likely a really bad sign. The best we can hope for is Gaborik being Gaborik because you certainly aren’t getting another 40 goal scorer.

  142. Even trading Gaborik for a D man still robs the team of a commodity they lack. A team that’s consistently in the top 5 or so in goals against every year but at best a middle of the pack offense should probably add more scoring not subtract from it.

  143. Nashturbator on

    good point CT. it’s funny, I remember we acquired Gaborik and it was like, finally! a difference maker. this guy is good for 35 a season minimum…not so much. then we acquired B Rich and it like holy spit! this guy will feed Gaborik all season and score at least 25 himself. that didn’t work out so well. now we have Nash who is the real deal. Gaborik and Richards contacts look worse and worse

  144. the good news is Richards will be bought out probably after next season and Gaborik’s contract will be up after next year so that will be 2 big contracts off the cap.

  145. I agree, it makes no sense to trade Gaborik and the rangers are better off keeping him until his contract expires.

  146. Sioux-per-man on

    CT – unless they trade him for 2 -Solid 20-25 goal scorers. That are HARD to play against.

    Isn’t that what the Rangers did in ’94, when they brought in Matteau, MacTavish, & Anderson.

  147. Nashturbator on

    who will be out there in terms of free agents after the Richards buy-out and the Gaborik contract expires?

  148. In his healthy seasons in NY Gaborik has been worth his cap hit. The risk with him was always his health, although the chronic problems of his hip/groin were cleared up it just turns out that the guy in general is injury prone. Imagine what a more durable 70-80 point guy would have cost, similar cap hit but for probably twice the amount of years (think like a Marian Hossa type deal). If anything the Rangers got off easy because his deal expires after next year and the odds of him being a consistent 40 goal guy even if his health stands up well into his 30s isn’t worth the risk of another long term deal.

    The problem wasn’t that he didn’t deliver the expected offense, the problem was that often times nobody else for the Rangers could score, especially in his 1st season.

  149. You don’t see goal scorer for goal scorer straight up very often if at all.
    Bottom line- you’re not getting equal or greater talent back if you trade him. So therefore General Managing 101 says- it’s not happening.

  150. Can’t even compare this team to 94.

    You had one of the greatest centers to ever play the game, a 52 goal power forward, two of the best offensive D to play the game in the last 20 some odd years still on the team after trading away Amonte and Gartner.

  151. spot on CT. Even last season he bounced back from a 20+ goal year and potted 40 again and they didn’t have anything near what people thought they would have out of Dubinsky or Anisimov or even Richards for a stretch.
    If he was duplicating last season with Nash Stepan Callahan and Hagelin playing the way they’ve played this team would look drastically different. Even with Richards looking like a shell of himself.

  152. Sioux-per-man on

    CT – true.

    But will this team be good enough to beat Montreal, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago in a 7 game series. This Year….. As Is?

  153. Maybe not, but subtracting one of their better offensive talents and adding grinders probably isn’t going to help the cause either. Nor will it next year when we’re wondering why nobody else but Nash is breaking the 60 point barrier.

  154. Sioux-per-man on

    This team would be unbeatable if Richards would come out of his shell, and Gabby could track back to a point per game player that he was.

    Let’s see how the top 3 run against a team in the bottom three.

  155. Let’s see how the top 3 run against a team in the bottom three.


    Hopefully better than they looked against Buffalo last week.

    Agreed though, if Gaborik and Richards were even producing like last year this team would be a much better place. But then it’s tough for most teams to win when 2 of their biggest producers aren’t producing.

  156. The Team has an aura of greatness now.
    We will be led by the Kreider Chris
    To The Promised Land

  157. I’ve done my best to live the right way
    I get up every morning and go to work each day

  158. But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold
    Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode

  159. The dogs on Main Street howl `cause they understand
    If I could take one moment into my hands

  160. Dan Boyle? 3 goals, 7 assists this year. $6.6M cap hit. What exactly is he adding to their blue line?

  161. Sioux-per-man on

    Did you realise that if Stepan get a point tonight and Gaborik doesn’t. Both Step and Hagelin have passed Gaborik in points, Cally only 2 behind.


  162. I meant…

    Yea, CT. If -Nash- Gaborik scores 40+ at his $6.7M cap hit. He’s a bargain.

  163. I think I was still debating whether to write the handle “nashturbator” into a post. Couldn’t figure out the level of “appropriate” there.

  164. Soft doesn’t describe it. His game has always been finesse and puck handling, PP Q-backing. However, has been is an operative word.

  165. Sioux-per-man on

    ilb – the same as Del Zotto, Staal, McDonagh, & Girardi. (12,11,11,10)

    oops we don’t have Staal anymore. Not for awhile yet.

  166. And of course, for the trifecta of errors, $6.7M is RICHARDS cap hit. Gaborik is $7.5M.

    *SO* Last try here to get my point out properly……

    Yea, CT. If -Nash- Gaborik scores 40+ at his -$6.7M- $7.5M cap hit. He’s a bargain.

  167. get a load of this

    just got my playoff seats invoice

    i pay 73 a tix for reg season

    round 1 115 a tix
    round 2 130 a tix
    round 3 170 tix
    cup final 260 a tix


  168. If you ignore the horrendous record at _Centre Bell_ I wouldn’t be that afraid of the Rangers playing Montreal in the playoffs. Not ready to put them at the same level as Boston and Pittsburgh based on less than 30 games of work.

  169. next year my tix in reg season go from 73 a tix to 76 a tix. lucky me. any buyers for games?

  170. Wow, eric. That’s a buttload of cash. That will certainly not help the lack of noise in MSG during the playoffs since everyone will have to sell to the highest bidder. Great timing sending out the invoice with the Rangers _barely_ in the playoffs.

  171. Boyle’s cap hit is about the same as DZ + McD + one of Staal/Girardi and he’s got like a decade on all of them.

  172. Sioux-per-man on

    LW – crazy how the Rangers can’t win in Montreal? What’s with that place?

  173. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric in the Grand sceme of things.

    I think I would pay $260 just to see the Rangers make it to the finals.

    Bonus if you get to be there :)

  174. Sioux-per-man on

    LW – Montreal is only going to get tougher to play against at the end of the year.

    After the Sioux win the NCAA’s Championship, they will sign Kristo, and he will be the Kreider of their team this year.

    You heard it here first – Boys!!!!

  175. Think of it this way, Eric: higher ticket prices next year means more HRR. Hence, higher cap hit. Gotta help your team anyway you can :-)

  176. Sioux-per-man on

    Crazy. I about fell out of my chair when I found out my wife spent $2,000 to sit on the ice one year. For 1 game.

    When I would have been just as happy sitting up in the Blue seats with the Boys!!!

  177. Eric, I may take you up next year on a few. My seats are 142 per seat now and I can’t imagine what will happen with playoff fees

  178. Also, Lupul got two games. Seems kind of appropriate since he elbowed someone in the head by targeting the head with his check. Still fine with the Kronwall hit.

  179. how does that explain hagelin getting 3, it doesn’t, nhl (national hypocrite league)

  180. Maybe for once w Gaby it’ll work out that a guy slumping in the regular season finds his nitch in the post season. Crazier stuff has happened in full seasons let alone a season starting in mid January. That’s another reason I just want them to get in. Don’t really care if it’s 8th place or 4th

  181. Three in the playoffs no less. Not even 3 regular season games. Should be like 7 in the regular season. But they have the excuse that this is a new CBA with new suspension rules, etc, yada yada yada.

  182. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny – The Good Wife bought them. Not I.

    She didn’t even tell me about it for a year. It was the game of all games. Bickel knocks Tostitoes teeth out, Rangers win 5-2 vs Philly. We followed it up with the Parise game the next night when all 3 forwards dropped the gloves at the sound of the whistle. So they were good games to be at. But we sat next to a suit and his family, that didn’t even clap. They must have thought I was from a different country :)

  183. Sioux-per-man on

    Who do you think has more pressure on themselves right now Gaborik or Kreider?

  184. Stranger Nation on

    HDTV has a pretty nice view also – you can buy one for the cost of 4 playoff tix

  185. Sioux-per-man on

    Tommy – Hags gets 3 games. Remember when Weber grabs “Red Wing” player by the back of the neck and slams his face against the glass and doesn’t get a thing ……. crazy how the decisions are made.

  186. Stranger Nation on

    Who feels more pressure – Kreider

    Who should feel more pressure – Gabby

    This is where a vet has to take the kid aside and help him out. Who is that guy? Cally I hope.

  187. Sioux-per-man on

    Stranger – or Nash.

    He’s so calm cool and collected all the time. But then again so is Kreider.

  188. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – as a member of the media. Do you get to vote on who wins the Hobey Baker award?

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