Rangers at Pittsburgh tonight: pregame notes

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The Rangers have a rematch with the Penguins tonight, 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, following their 6-1 win at the Garden on Wednesday.

They start a three-game road trip, which continues Saturday in Carolina and Monday in Toronto.

Pregame notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Friday, Apr. 5, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 18-15-3 (39 pts)
Penguins: 28-10-0 (56 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to complete their home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-15-3 (39 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Penguins, 6-1, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, and have won their last two games. New York has now registered a point in seven of their last nine home games (6-2-1). The Penguins enter the contest with a 28-10-0 (56 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, Apr. 6, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back road set.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
All-Time: 118-103-23-8 overall (66-50-9-3 at home; 52-54-14-5 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the second and final meeting at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers are 1-3-0 overall (1-2-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 6-1 win on Wednesday at MSG. Each contest has been decided by three goals or more. The Rangers’ power play is 4-14 (28.6%) in the series. Brad Richards is tied for the series lead with four assists and five points, while Ryane Clowe has tallied a team-high, two goals in one game. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-3-0 with a 3.16 GAA and .891 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 0-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .950 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2% in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.
– New York ranks 23rd in the NHL with a 6-9-1 (13 pts) record on the road; Pittsburgh ranks first in the NHL with a 15-5-0 (30 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 7-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 11-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12)
– Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 46 GP, 23-18-5, 2.45 GAA, 2 SO
– Martin Biron — 36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 37 GP, 9-30-39
– Ryan Callahan — 32 GP, 9-7-16
– Derick Brassard — 5 GP, 1-6-7
– Dan Girardi — 40 GP, 1-113-14

SPECIAL TEAMS:
– The Rangers’ power play is 14-65 (21.5%) in the last 24 games
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last two contests (7-7, 100.0%)
– New York has posted a record of 11-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal
– Power Play: The Rangers tallied three goals in four power play attempts (4:25) on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. New York ranks 22nd overall (18-109, 16.5%) and is tied for 26th on the road (5-45, 11.1%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN).
– Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Wednesday at MSG. New York is tied for 14th overall (96-118, 81.4%) and 21st on the road (36-47, 76.6%). The Rangers are 7-7 (8:13) in three-on-five situations (last – 4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
– Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now minus-1 in 23 four-on-four situations (46:19) 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).

BROADWAY DEBUT
Newly acquired Rangers Ryane Clowe (two goals, one assist), Derick Brassard (one goal, three assists), and John Moore (one goal) combined for eight points while making their Rangers debut in a 6-1 win on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in franchise history that three players tallied a goal while making their Rangers debut in the same game. Derick Brassard registered a career-high, four points, becoming the first player to record four or more points in their Rangers debut since Doug Bentley on Jan. 20, 1954, vs. Boston.

PASSING A LEGEND
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in a 6-1 win on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh to record his 268th career win, passing Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list.

FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 86 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 80-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 10-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in hits (1086) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks sixth in the NHL with 129 hits, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and eighth in the league with 121 hits.

EXCLUSIVE CLUB
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 400th NHL coaching victory with a 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia, becoming the 30th head coach in league history to reach the mark. He is now two wins shy of fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list, with 163 career wins as the Blueshirts’ head coach.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.33
– 4th (T-9th in NHL) in FO% — 51.3%
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.6
– T-2nd (T-2nd in NHL) in Hits — 1086
– 5th (8th in NHL) in BkS — 580

QUICK HITS:
– 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 16 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– New York has registered a point in 12 of 14 games when scoring the first goal this season (11-2-1), and are 7-13-2 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted an 8-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 10-0-0 when leading after the second period

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last eight games (5-2-1, 1.72 GAA, .938 Sv% over the span)
– Derick Brassard — six points (three goals, three assists) in his last three contests, including a goal in three straight games
– Ryane Clowe — eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last nine games
– Brad Richards — seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games
– Rick Nash — five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
– Derek Stepan — 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 18 games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Roman Hamrlik — 5 games from 1400th NHL career
– Henrik Lundqvist — 1 game from 500th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
– Ryan Callahan — 100th career NHL assist (4/1 vs. WPG)
– Anton Stralman — 300th career NHL game (4/1 vs. WPG)
– Carl Hagelin — 100th career NHL game (4/3 vs. PIT)
– Derek Stepan — 200th career NHL game (4/3 vs. PIT)

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 36
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 15
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 91

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Mar. 28 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Mats Zuccarello
– Mar. 29 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Conor Allen
– Mar. 31 — Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)
– Apr. 1 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes
– Apr. 2 — Acquired forward Ryane Clowe from San Jose in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2013, a 3rd round pick in 2013 (originally Florida’s), and a conditional pick in 2014
– Apr. 3 — Acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, defenseman John Moore, and a 6th round pick in 2014 from Columbus in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik, and defensemen Steven Delisle and Blake Parlett
– Apr. 3 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL)
– Apr. 3 — Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. If we win this one, then watch out Eastern Conference. The run we have been waiting for could be happening.

    That’s a big “if”

    People are saying “how are you going to replace those 40 goals?” We replaced a few zero goal scorers too. I like this mix.

  2. I must have missed the complete Gaborik transaction if someone can help I see where two minor league defensemen were also involved, Parlett and Delisle going tom Columbus.

    Is that correct?

    Gabby scores the game decider last night as the Jackets contend for a playoff spot, good for him.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Bigger game than Wed to carry through Uncle Mo.

    Let em play coach, let em play…

  4. Just read the complete transaction and Rangers picked up a #6 choice I assume for the two minor league D.

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Sending Kreider down and sitting Miller is the right move. Those two need to do some learning at lower level and play major minutes.

    Please complete the blood letting and sit Piehat

  6. Stranger Nation on

    If Richards can earn at least a third of his paycheck and we get Stawlsie back, this team has more balance top to bottom.

    Do Clowe and Iginla throw tonite?

  7. We’re all waiting to see if Wednesday night’s game was for real and a sign of the “new Rangers” that will turn the season around…guess they did win Wednesday, hope they follow it up with a strong win tonight! The Pens will not roll over for us tonight, so should be an interesting, hard fought contest if we play the way we did in the last game. Good for Gaborik…hope the big trade works out well for both teams and all players involved.

  8. bull dog line on

    saw someone mock Dubi as centering the 4th line last night for the Blue Jackets. well that 4th line center lead his team in ice time among forwards, went 12 and 5 on face offs, and had 2 assists. not bad for the “4th line center”.

  9. That’s a better stat line than our “first line center” Richards has had in 95% of his games this year.

  10. Are you people going to pull another 180 if they lose like 4-1 tonight? The trade sucks? Gabys already scoring for Columbus and we have 3 third liners and no goals to replace him etc?

  11. Btw Stranger, Millers not demoted he’s sidelined w that bad wrist. I assume once he’s good to go he will be back on the wing 3rd or 4th line

  12. gotta figure more compete from the penguins but they looked hideous in both the baby buffalo and new york blue jacket games. Fleury might be in playoff mode. I smell two points baby!!

  13. Good morning, boneheads!

    Two points tonight won’t come easy. Pittsburgh will be in a bad mood, and in their own building. Can’t wait to see how our boys respond. Win tonight can go a long way. Heck, even a hard fought loss can go a long way.

  14. Tonight is a true test. Pens will be very angry after their terrible showing on Wed night. If we win this game, it would be HUGE!

    Looking forward to watching the new guys again. I hope that they continue to bring that same type of energy that they did on Wed!

  15. Stranger Nation on

    James – didn’t way he was demoted – reread post – MIller sitting, Kreider demoted – either way the kid should be down in Hartford.

    Hurt wrist or whatever – Miller has not added much to the equation the last 20 games and he can learn in Hartford now we have brought some depth to bottom 6.

    Am worried Hags will be odd man out in all these moves

  16. Two days after that blockbuster trade one can probably see it better now. Time will tell. As of now, I wouldn’t call it a lopsided deal, but also let’s not pretend NY won it either. Columbus received the best player by a wide margin. Gaborik can instantly play first line minutes on just about every NHL team. It became obvious that he will not be resigned, and he won’t resign after next year so long as JT is the coach. I’m ok with that. While I still believe that he should’ve brought back a better return, it may not be the case. Sather wasn’t dealing with Howson, he was dealing with JD, who just acquired this team, and started to be successful. His team is ready for a playoff run, and he needed a star to replace Nash. He got it. And Sather potentially got the best he could, considering circumstances. I do not believe Gaborik would fetch a better return in off season, or late next year when he could have said no to a lot of places and waited to hit the market as an UFA. Especially if he had a rebound year. If you think he will not hurt us at least next year, think again. You can count him to score a couple on Hank next year.

  17. Cross Check Charlie on

    I have no idea what to expect tonight. Who would have thought that the Rangers would trade for 3 guys and all three would score in their first game?

    I have to think that the Penguins are suffering from losing Martin and Letang more than they are losing Crosby. Their defense was not very good on Wednesday and let’s hope that continues tonight.

    Wish I could be at tomorrow’s game in Raleigh, but I have a company function to attend so I can’t make that game. :(

  18. Nash on Moore: “Nicest kid you would ever want to meet.”

    Now that’s what I want in a defenseman!

  19. Cross Check Charlie on

    Actually, vogs, I’d rather hear, “meanest SOB I’ve ever seen.”

  20. “Gabys already scoring for Columbus and we have 3 third liners and no goals to replace him etc?”

    That’s not true. One of them is probably a fourth liner…

  21. Czechthemout!!! on

    Looking forward to the game tonight.

    Agree with all those who thought we should have gotten more in the trade for Gabby. That said, time to move on. The results were great at least for one night. Lets just hope that the words ” play the right way/ the process/ wall/rim it” were not uttered by the coach.

    Let em play, just let em play!!

  22. For a team in a dogfight to make playoffs tonight can be viewed as a house money game.

    A pt tonight I would gladly take and get the hell out of Pitt.

  23. oh i see… previous or next story link shows up ONLY ALL the way at the top… kinda inconvenient if we type and read comments AT THE BOTTOM! :D

  24. In terms of who they got back. I like who they got in Moore. Young, D-man, who can skate and has size. He’ll be a project and could turn out to be a steal. Everybody in the media and hockey universe keeps saying Dorsett is the key component to that trade. I do not watch out-of-town hockey this year because of my new family addition, but I watched plenty years prior. Dorsett is a great grit/energy, in your face guy, who can skate and score some goals. And he can fight, has very fast fists, and will fight anyone. He should fit right in. But to me, Brassard could be a key component to this deal long term. When he was drafted at #6, he was projected as a #1 center because he had skills and creativity. Didn’t work that well. Could be a combination of work habit, multiple injuries etc. But he still has what you can’t teach- skills and creativity. So perhaps deep inside, there is a hope that JT may be able to maximize his potentials, make him a more complete player. He is still very young. So maybe he won’t become a true first line center, but instead a solid, skillful 2nd line center. That way the Rangers may have 2 solid, young 2 second line center in Stepan and Dorsett for years to come, instead of your true, expensive #1 and average #2. There is nothing wrong with that, is there? Just an opinion.

  25. Yea. I am never going to be able to keep up with *new posts* in this format. I bet Carp and ilb are going to fire me.

  26. What do you think, ‘heads? Do we still need to ask the IT clowns to make each name more visible ( bold?), and separate each post with lines/shades?
    How about mobile format?

  27. We have a real shot to move up to 6th here. With Lupul out, we really do have a shot at this.

  28. Yes, ilb.

    The mobile format needs to be resized because there is a scroll left/right aspect that is quite frustrating.

  29. THIS WHOLE BLOG IS OUTTA ORDER!

    i just dont get the idea behind fixing something that ain’t broken…why? WHY?! :)

  30. There are good things about the mobile format though. It’s still very painful to scroll down to the last post, but once you on it, every time you refresh, it goes right back to it. Work in progress, agree on left/right component, that is obsolete. Work in progress.

  31. Because, Tretiak, the guys/gals at the top think this facelift will make the blog more appealing to the masses. People like a young, fresh look, right? Thus, propelling Carp into the stratosphere of Perez Hilton and other famous bloggers.

  32. Sioux-per-man on

    Morning Boys!

    Friday Don’t we need to win tonight to prove this new team is for real?

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Also don’t know much about what came back – more excited about Clowe for this season but worried about giving him a huge contract which will happen if he plays like he did on Wed Night.

    Getting a steady, mobile young D was absolutely paramount given the pairing of the Stone Age with Hamr/Em. Slats should not be allowed to pick up veteran Dman…ever – his track record is adysmal.

    Its getting tight in the PO standings, but Debbies have been slowly faltering and Loafs may be next to start a slide.

    With our current lineup. less concerned about where we fall

  34. It’s too bad the default Avatar can’t be a Rangers logo to add to the intense Pajama Pant background.

  35. HA! Tretiak, he called me! I like it!

    A blog with a large amount of comments that just blend into one huge comment isn’t very “hip”, Manny.

    This website is not very user-friendly anymore…so any aspirations to get to the top of the blogging world for Carp will have to be put on hold while the IT guys figure out how to make this site useable and pleasant again.

  36. Pajama Print – Classic. BIG ONE tonight.

    Made a wager with a friend in Pittsburgh for a case of beer on the last game and feel smug enough to run it back double or nothing. CMON RANGERS – MORE GREAT W’s DOWN THE STRETCH!

  37. Yea, I hate it, Tretiak. We need shading on the comments. the Avatars help but not enough.

    My initial complaint was that, believe it or not, we actually have serious discussion on this blog. So we need a format that is conducive to that.

    And these Rangers logos are TOTALLY going to get this site blocked at my job.

  38. Oh, ilb – also, on the mobile one, it would be GREAT if there was less JUNK on the page because it takes FOREVER to load. So maybe we can loose the widgets or something.

  39. Sioux-per-man on

    Lets see how the new Rangers follow up their first game! They all stole the show on Wednesday.

    It was only one game, and it was a good one. Can you imagine if they can bring it on the road AND put Another beating on Pittsburgh?

    Moore is a huge upgrade, he has a shot from the blue line and can deliver a hit! He is going to be a HUGE addition to this teams blue line, when Staal is back we could have the best defense in the league.

  40. I THINK THE BACKGROUND ON THIS PAGE SHOULD BE THE PICTURE OF ANISIMOV AIMING HIS RIFLE AT GARON

  41. Nobodys gonna fire u, Mannu, and if they try, theyll have to have to go through me. I fell over in laughter at your wife’s 20 post limit remark.

  42. Talking with a group of Rangers fans about the trade and the new players and the surprise win and offensive explosion Wednesday night…

    The common quote from EVERYONE I spoke to was this:

    “Yeah, they were in front of the net. Torts didn’t get to teach them that the Rangers play behind the net. Let’s see what a few practices do to them. They haven’t yet learned the vaunted Tortorella ‘system'”

    So…the displeasure with Tortorella is growing among the group of people that I know. And these are all people who last season loved him as the coach.

    Sadly…I can’t argue with their assessment.

  43. I think it’ll work after they make a few changes here and there. Thanks for trying, IT guys!

  44. Oh, so the Fishsticks are re-emerging again? If you ask my opinion, I’d love it if they knock the Devils out of the playoff spot. Bet you Latona agrees.

  45. I did, eric. Good spot.

    Tiki – she will be happy to hear that someone supports her.

    Avatar – I think you can sign up at Gravatar.com without using WordPress.

  46. i have always hated the isles as a kid who grew up in long island and still lives there now. my best friends to this day are all the kids i went to elementary school with. of the 7 who like hockey 5 like the isles and i have one friend who is a ranger fan.

    however since the isles have been a doormat the last 10 years or so i couldnt really hate them and right now i hate the pens more. that being said i wouldnt mind seeing isles beat out devs for a spot with us. AS LONG AS THE ISLES NEVER WIN A CUP AGAIN

  47. Cross Check Charlie on

    You called into NHL radio? Did you talk…….to …… Marc Ross ………….the most……….boring………person……….. on radio…aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand…….discuss……..the……Rangers?

  48. One thing I will say about Eric. And you guys who have met him know. He’s MUCH different in person than he is on the blog. Eric in real life is an absolute pleasure. Eric on the blog is a “friend in need of supervision.”

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    The new version on the desktop is fine. I’d prefer a clearer delineation between posts and the pajama pants (copyright Latona) border is distracting, but otherwise, it’s not much of a change.

    The mobile site, unfortunately, has not improved, as was promised. Indeed, it is far worse than it previously was.

  50. One thing you can do to make this more “work friendly” (copyright, Manny) is make the window narrower. If you reduce the width of your browser window the Pajama Pant (copyright Latona) background goes away. Which is a hug plus.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    Most lopsided trade of the season still is Erik Cole for Michael Ryder.

    Since the trade:

    Erik Cole: 16 gp, 4 g (0ppg), 0a, -9

    Michael Ryder: 17 gp, 9g(5ppg), 8a (3ppa), +9

    And Cole has another 2 years at 4.5 million! WOW. Montreal with a hell of a trade there.

  52. Go here: http://en.gravatar.com/

    Make an account (type your email into the box and selec “Get Your Gravatar”). Include the email you use when posting on this site. Upload any picture you like. Pick a rating for that Avatar (Pref. “G”). Select that picture as primary. Wait 5-10 Minutes. Post here. Done.

  53. i said this last night dont count the flyers out yet. most people 7-10 days ago wrote the flyers off and now they win 4 straight to pull within 2 granted rang have game in hand.

    they have won despite universe looking awful last week

  54. It’s true, eric. But they will start Sieve Mason one of these days. And Bryz has not been good recently (he was in the start of the season). Despite them winning a few with him in net.

    Phlyers could get in but I don’t think they have a prayer against Habs, Bruins or Penguins.

  55. i dont support her! I just found it funny. Who needs you more, the mrs or the blog?? I think the answer is obvious, both do equally!

    ilb, you have an unhealthy dislike for the Devils. What’s it like to hate a team with that much venom? :)

  56. From Larry Brooks: “You hear a name and your first reaction isn’t necessarily, “He could help the Rangers,” but rather, “He could never play for Tortorella.”

    Love how the egomaniacal coach takes precedent over the players that actually, you know, play.

  57. Isn’t Dorsett a wing, I believe you meant Brassard as the center?

    If Brassard works out the way his draft position he should he could be an effective second line center with Stepan as #1.

    Followed by an amnesty buyout for Richards, after all Dolan’s dough papers over all Sappy’s profligate ways!

  58. Stranger Nation on

    Phlyers could never beat pens in POs – hmmm- when did we hear that before….recent history suggest otherwise.

    Any time a team has a weak D and questionable goaltending the risk is there, throw in less room for stars to move and you have the makings of an upset.

    Ironically, the description fits both Filth and Piss-burg…

  59. watched the Columbus game last night and Dubi was flying, setup Gaborik for a goal and was on the ice for all 3 goals and was double shifted allot.

  60. LOL so now Torts is going to make these guys play their system and ruin them? fire torts again…wow

  61. 6 egg whites whole wheat toast and a chocolate Easter bunny…Is that an odd breakfast?

  62. Boyle somehow has -2 points since he last played. That’s a hell of a bad offensive stretch, even by his standards this season.

  63. Once you set up the account and add the avatar, Heave it’s really just a matter of waiting 5-10 minutes for it to appear.

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  64. Heave Ho!,
    create a avatar account, once you do that they will send you a e-mail, activate it, than log in, import any pictures you would like and than choose it as your screen picture.

  65. Rob in Beantown on

    The new design wouldn’t be that bad if they just got rid of the Rangers logos and went back to a white background. The Rangers logos, beyond making the site NSFW, are tacky.

    I narrowed the window so they almost disappear, but this is not an ideal solution.

  66. fivefootzero on

    Testing my avatar…really can’t wait till they drop the puck tonight! Have to take my son to hockey first though!

  67. fivefootzero on

    I don’t see any type of borders or logos on my screen at work…has it been removed or am I just lucky?

  68. That I do. Trying to be consistent with my Twitter.

    “On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood! What was will be! What is will be no more! Now is the season of evil!”

  69. I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to the new blog format. It’s a pain in the butt on mobile but I’m also I-phone impaired. Thought the most recent comments on top would be better but I guess when you have to scroll down either way to leave a comment it’s 6 on one/half dozen on the other

  70. The Gaborik trade is a no brainer. Doesn’t matter how he lights it up in Ohio, it would not have happened here. Younger, snarl, character….we’ll take it. Wonder how much input Nash had. Other trade, if Clowe does not sign those draft picks were a steep price. One day goes by and instead of scheduling the Rangers around my life I’m back to scheduling my life around the Rangers.

  71. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s great that Staal is traveling with the team again. Makes me cautiously optimistic he will be back in time for a playoff push

  72. I can’t wait, Grabby. Ghostbusters is SO awesome.

    With you, BMac. I even think we got more than we could have gotten next season. I think that extra year under contract really helped. I wish him the best. Really. But I’m really pleased with our return. 3rd pairing D-Man with tremendous upside potential, a grit guy like Prust (but not equal too obviously) and Brassard who, at one point, projected as a #1 Center. Mold him, Tort.

    Clowe needs to re-sign for no more than 4 years please. But yea, keep him around if he has anything left in the tank.

  73. Love Dubi, but not at $4.2M or whatever. That’s Clowe money! Going to be interesting with CBJ in the Patrick Division next year.

  74. Dubinsky wearing “A” for Columbus… He wasn’t good enough for Torts… who is good enough for Torts?

  75. Doodie Keymachetto on

    Grabby, that scene is one of my favorite of all time. Bill Murray just killing it.

  76. CCCP, I hear Torts called JD and told him it would be much more appropriate for Prospal to wear Dubi’s “A”

  77. cccp- dubinsky should be reunited with cally next year. lets trade richards for duby and artie back

  78. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true, James G

    btw, love your Walter White avatar!

    “I am the one who knocks!”

  79. Doodie Keymachetto on

    Gozer the Traveler. He will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

  80. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    The background doesn’t appear when I’m at work. We use an older version of IE…win.

  81. Doodie Keymachetto on

    You use IE (lose), but not only that, an older version of IE. You automatically lose.

  82. Really, its about how the pieces fit together, and right now this trade may help that tremendously. You hope what happens is that these guys make everyone else better and that it wasn’t just a one game thing. If it works out, then you have three solid centers with good to excellent offensive instincts and that does give you some serious depth. Maybe Boyle will be better suited to play the wing – despite his excellent defensive play and PKing he is not much of a playmaker anyway. So Brassard, especially if he continues to get better, could be huge. There was a time when Hagelin/Brassard/Boyle wou7ld have been our first or second line.

    Not to mention, have you guys watched Moore skate? And he is only 22 – he could have tremendous upside over the long term not to mention he is an immediate upgrade to the blueline right now.

    We didn’t get the best player in the trade and I always liked Gabby, and its been one game and these guys could be a bust. But the upside is there.

  83. Cmnsense- are you sure you read my post? Because its pretty clear I was talking about Brassard.

  84. Well, the stats and schedules pages at the top of the blog are now updated and functioning … I am promised that within a week we will have a new audio format that allows you to listen on your mobile device.

    baby steps.

    God morning, Sally!

  85. still trying to get the border changed. Still trying to get the comments shaded. Still trying to get a button that allows you to go directly to the bottom of the comments. Still trying to …

    it ain’t easy.

    On the other hand, I saw Mr. T yesterday. :)

  86. Manny, I agree about eric. Great guy. Just has some tendencies to be pessimistic :)

    Doodie, I thought the most lopsised trade was Ryane Clowe — 0 G for San Jose, 1GP 2 G for NYR.

  87. Doodie Keymachetto on

    Carp, I think it’s hilarious how many people have commented on your age being listed as 26.

    Speaking of which, how is Josh Thompson, 26?

  88. Ralph fron N.M. on

    Gabby with the game winner . Way to relax Gabby, now that Tort’s thumb is off your back.

  89. “expect the worst pray for the best” my take on rangers and life.

    that being said the rangers could end any hope of carolina catching them tom with win.

    carolina only shot now seems to be division. 4 behind wash with game in hand however losing 5-0 at home to tampa doesnt bode well.

    john carlson gave the isles a pt last night with his turnover but i have always loved him

  90. Carp, why is it taking so long to remove Gaborik’s tweets over there>>>>? It’s been 2 days already!! :)

  91. Sioux-per-man on

    I agree lets get a picture of the Rangers scoring on the sides! This looks like a 3 year old pajama’s pants.

  92. Doodie Keymachetto on

    BTW, like I said yesterday, I’d like to see Gaborik do it for more than one game as well.

  93. Thanks Cccp. I’m a breaking bad junkie!

    Carp, can you ask Josh to email me a profile picture of himself so I can use it as an avatar?

  94. sioux

    no joke my 2 year old son has pajama pants exactly like what we are looking at. u nailed it

  95. I’ve been waiting all year for this team to string a bunch of wins together, I’m still waiting, hopeful tonight is the beginning on a winning streak.

  96. fivefootzero on

    I have the pajama pants too…and they’re blinding in real life. Glad I don’t see them here…antiquated windows 7 at work.

  97. Letang skating, any word on if he’s in or out tonight? That could be a big difference in the Pitts team from Wed.

  98. Sioux-per-man on

    Give it time. Carp should be up in an Hour.

    It shouldn’t be to hard to change the pajama’s on the side!

    A nice Cally goal celebration, or a Hank fist pump after a win would look good.

    Perhaps change them after a win.

  99. Yea, CCCP. If you use different emails you should associate all those emails with your avatar to avoid any anonymous postings.

  100. The lack of shading makes the comments very difficult to read. This needs to be fixed ASAP.

  101. Man, Doodie, that Louis Tully avatar is cracking me up.

    “Oh, no, I feel great. I just ordered some more vitamins. I see you were exercising. So was I. I taped ’20 Minute Workout’ and played it back at high speed so it only took ten minutes and I got a really good workout. You wanna come in and have a mineral water or something?”

  102. Doodie Keymachetto on

    Gee, I think all I got is acetylsalicylic acid, generic. See, I can get six hundred tablets of that for the same price as three hundred of a name brand. That makes good financial sense, good advice.

  103. Doodie Keymachetto on

    Hey, this is real smoked salmon from Nova Scotia, Canada, $24.95 a pound! It only cost me $14.12 after tax, though.

  104. “Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the audience, I don’t think it’s fair to call my clients frauds, OK so the blackout was a big problem with everybody OK, I got stuck in a elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time, but I don’t blame them, ’cause this one time I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.”

  105. Doodie Keymachetto on

    I’m giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that’s why I invited clients instead of friends. You having a good time, [Manny]?

  106. Doodie Keymachetto on

    How you doing? Why don’t you have some of the brie, it’s at room temperature! You think it’s too warm in here for the brie?

  107. I know it’s not Luis Tully but…

    “Hey Jeanine, sorry about the bug eyes thing. I’ll be in my office.”

  108. Doodie Keymachetto on

    *[HAMBONE]! [MR. HAMBONE]!* I’m glad you could come, how you doing, give me your coats. Everybody, this is *[HAMBONE]* and *[MR. HAMBONE]* ! *[MR. HAMBONE]* has a small carpet cleaning business in receivership; *HAMBONE* ‘s drawing a salary from a deferred bonus from two years ago! They got fifteen thousand left on the house at eight percent. So they’re OK!

  109. Doodie Keymachetto on

    I’m going bring this up with the Tenant’s Association. You’re not supposed to have pets in the building.

  110. If I’m wrong, nothing happens! We go to jail – peacefully, quietly. We’ll enjoy it!
    But if I’m *right*, and we can stop this thing… Lenny….you will have saved the lives of millions of registered voters.

  111. I remember Revelations 7:12 [Rupp?]…?And I looked, and he opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake. And the sun became as black as sack cloth, and the moon became as blood.”

  112. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head. Remember that?
    That would have worked if you hadn’t stopped me.

  113. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Symmetrical book stacking. Just like the Philadelphia mass turbulence of 1947.
    You’re right, no human being would stack books like this.

  114. Doodie Keymachetto on

    So the 7 little dwarves had a limited partnership in a small mining operation. And one day a beautiful princess came to live with them. And they bartered housekeeping services for room and board, which was a real good deal for them because they didn’t have to withhold social security or income tax or nothin’, which you’re really not supposed to do, you see, but for the purpose of the story, I think it’s okay.

  115. I do like the tag list thing at the bottom of the page. It tells you who Carp likes writing about most.

    John Tortorella: 610 topics
    Rick Carpiniello: 406 topics
    Sean Avery: 158 topics
    Wojtek Wolski: 81 topics
    Darroll Powe: 24 topics

  116. Dr. Peter Venkman: Let me tell you something about myself. I come home from work to my place and all I have is my work. There’s nothing else in my life!

    Dana Barrett: Dr. Venkman…

    Dr. Peter Venkman: I meet you, and I say, my God, there’s someone with the same problem I have.

    Dana Barrett: Yes. We both have the same problem. You!

    Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m gonna go for broke. I am madly in love with you.

    Dana Barrett: I don’t believe this. Will you please leave?

    Dr. Peter Venkman: And then she threw me out of her life. She thought I was a creep, she thought I was a geek, and she probably wasn’t the first.

    Dana Barrett: You are so odd.

  117. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Sorry, Venkman, I’m terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.

  118. Jeff in South Dakota on

    You’re not gonna lose the house, everybody has three mortgages nowadays.

  119. Everybody can relax, I found the car. Needs some suspension work and shocks. Brakes, brake pads, lining, steering box, transmission, rear-end. Also new rings, mufflers, a little wiring.

  120. The architect’s name was Evo Shandor. I found it in Tobin’s Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor, performed a lot of unnecessary surgery.

  121. Does having an Avatar make me a techie nerd? (I always wanted to be a techie nerd)

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