Rangers at Maple Leaves tonight


The Rangers finish their three-game, four-night road trip in Toronto tonight and begin a home-and-home series with the Maple Leaves, who visit the Garden Wednesday.

The Rangers are 3-0-1 in their last four and trail the fifth-place Leaves by four points with 10 games left.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Monday, Apr. 8, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 19-15-4 (42 pts)
Maple Leafs: 21-13-4 (46 pts)

The Rangers will begin a home-and-home set when they face-off against Original Six opponent, the Toronto Maple Leafs, at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-15-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, on Saturday at PNC Arena. New York has now registered a point in four straight games (3-0-1). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 21-13-4 (46 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will complete their home-and-home set against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

All-Time: 221-272-95-6 overall (128-111-56-3 at home; 93-161-39-3 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers are 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Jan. 26 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts tallied four goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. New York out-shot Toronto, 42-17, in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist made 15 saves in the win.
Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (0-2-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 12-13 (92.3%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with three assists in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 3.30 GAA, while Martin Biron posted a 20-save shutout in his only appearance against Toronto last season.
– The Rangers have recorded a point in 11 of their last 13 meetings with the Maple Leafs (9-2-2 over the span), and have out-scored Toronto, 48-25, during the stretch
– New York ranks 20th in the NHL with a 7-9-2 (16 pts) record on the road; Toronto is tied for 18th in the NHL with a 10-7-2 (22 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 4-7-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Maple Leafs are 6-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Maple Leaf on their roster: Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
– Toronto lists one former Ranger on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)

– Henrik Lundqvist — 21 GP, 11-6-4, 2.62 GAA, 2 SO
– Martin Biron — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 35 GP, 17-18-35
– Arron Asham — 36 GP, 6-8-14
– Rick Nash — 9 GP, 2-6-8
– Michael Del Zotto — 12 GP, 3-3-6

– The Rangers’ power play is 5-11 (45.5%) in the last three games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last four contests (14 times shorthanded)
– New York has registered a point in 14 of 18 games (12-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in five power play attempts (9:21) on Saturday at Carolina. New York ranks 19th overall (20-116, 17.2%) and 22nd on the road (7-52, 13.5%). 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 Hurricanes scoreless in five power play attempts (9:47) on Saturday at Carolina. New York is tied for 11th overall (103-125, 82.4%) and ranks 16th on the road (43-54, 79.6%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:13) on Saturday at Carolina, and are now minus-1 in 25 four-on-four situations (51:32) 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).

– Tomorrow’s contest will be the eighth of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (3-4-0)
– Henrik Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 2.54 GAA and Martin Biron is 0-2-0 with a 3.00 GAA against Original Six opponents this season
– Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, five points (five assists) against Original Six opponents this season
– Brad Richards (two goals, two assists) and Anton Stralman (two goals) are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece against Original Six opponents this season
– Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) are tied for the team lead in points by a defenseman with three apiece
– New York is 57-36-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 17-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .600 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.638, 44-23-9) and Montreal (.613, 83-50-13), and ahead of Chicago (.551, 38-30-11), Boston (.530, 68-59-23), and Toronto (.486, 60-64-20).

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.

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.

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 87 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 81-0-6 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 11-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

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.

The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.26
– 5th (12th in NHL) in FO% — 50.9%
– 2nd (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.6
– 3rd (3rd in NHL) in Hits — 1135
– 4th (6th in NHL) in BkS — 617

– 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 13 of 15 games when scoring the first goal this season (12-2-1), and are 7-13-3 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted an 8-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 11-0-0 when leading after the second period

– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last 10 games (6-2-2, 1.57 GAA, .945 Sv% over the span)
– Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists over the span), and has recorded 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in the last 20 games
– Ryane Clowe — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in three games as a Ranger
– Derick Brassard — six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five games
– Brad Richards — eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last eight games
– Rick Nash — eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games
– Ryan Callahan — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games

– Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career

– 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)
– Henrik Lundqvist — 500th career NHL game (4/5 at PIT)

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 38
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 17
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 97

– 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. Looking forward to a sweep! LGR! Will be interesting to see if we keep up the good improvement…

  2. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    This is probably an ‘Eric’ must win. In reality, it would be nice to see continued improvement and a playoff mindset as well as a win. Points are needed, two of them, if we want to catch these guys.

    ‘Nice to have’ win, for sure.


  3. Phaneuff takes out Clowe. Rangers lose 3-0. Torts and Sather get fires. Callahan stripped of the C and Lundqvist demands a trade. Bank on it.

  4. Margaret Thatcher passed away today. My condolences, LW. Hopefully the Rangers can win one for Margaret tonight!

  5. Czechthemout!!! on

    Margaret Thatcher, a truly great lady has passed. One of the two best PM’s in the history of the UK along with Sir Winston Churchill. Boy did that country miss her leaderhip.

    Big game tonight!

  6. Good morning, boneheads!

    This is it. This stretch over the next couple of weeks will define this season. They play the way they have been lately, everyone will forget their lousy start. And they will assure themselves of a nice playoff spot.

    RIP, Margaret Thatcher.

  7. Thanks Miami. That was posted with you in mind : D

    Saddened to hear about Margaret Thatcher. Had to read the paper to find out though. Trying to watch the morning news but they seem to be putting all their focus on discussing top google searches and black bean burgers in bib lettuce wraps instead of covering you know..the actual news..

  8. Rest in peace Mrs. Thatcher. Feels like ive lost one of my own friends. Inspiring. Have a great day heads, see you later.

  9. Big game tonight – personally happy as long as we play the right way: total commitment to the hustle.

    Loved Hanks last game and excited to have Clowe on the bench for our tilts with the Leafs, etc.

  10. There is also a very deep press/internet coverage of the case in Germany where thieves stole 5 tons of Nutella worth around $22K, JamesG.

  11. czechthemout!!! on

    Its a sad time in the world when a tyrant like Chavez gets extended and glowing coverage while a truly great person gets barely a mention.

  12. Oh man, Ilb…I swear…some people break the law but these guys break your heart! lol

    On a different note- This is going to be playoff atmosphere tonight. I kind of like it too because I don’t remember the last time we had a “big game” against the Leaves.

    Another 3 out of 4 points would certainly be nice. Going to assume Lundqvist plays both games.

  13. Ps- I’m more concerned with distancing ourselves from those pesky re-emering Islanders this week rather then overtaking Toronto. The Islanders who will be a quick out and a waste of a playoff space if they do in fact make the top 8 by the way. If we inch towards fifth place it’s just a bonus.

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    Is there really a benefit to finishing in 5th over 6th place?

    5th place – Play the Bruins
    6th place – Play the Caps

  15. with ottawa loss in florida last night that now open the door for the rangers to compete with them down the stretch. instead of having 6 teams likely in pitt montreal southeast winner(prob wash) boston now the door is open for ottawa to fall.

    my take on this home and home is since the rangers are 4 back of leafs and lose the tiebreaker ROW WINS 21-16 right now they would need a sweep of this home and home to catch leafs. if not dont see them catching toronto.

    ottawa rangers isles winnipeg devils phil. not counting buffalo.

    6 teams for 3 spots unless we sweep toronto

  16. Doodie Machetto on

    Devils have been pretty bad lately. They are trying to 2012 Florida Panthers it into the 8 spot by not losing in regulation. Problem is they haven’t been winning very much to supplement that.

    I can see the Flyers or Jets sneak in.

  17. Tonight’s the night that we break the winless schneid in Canada. Batten down the hatches! Storm the castle! Bring the ruckus!

    And two minutes of silence for Margaret Thatcher and the victims of the Nazis (many of whom weren’t Jewish and therefore could even have ultimately changed the face of the NHL)

  18. Can anyone on here tell me what time Sunday 21st game vs debs, want to get tix but I’m getting conflicting start times, carp? I thought 3 but I’m seeing 7 a few places

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    Would be great if the Flyers did sneak in and drew the Penguins in the first round again. Not sure the Flyers could win a seven game series but I think that’s a bad matchup for Pittsburgh and it could get ugly.

  20. Sioux-per-man on

    I think the line-up should stay the same. 7 pts out of 8. With the “new” team.

    The next two games should tell us if the Leafs are for real.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Rob, I think it’s a perfect matchup for Pittsburgh while they get healthy. Their D is suspect right now, so they need to win a few high scoring games. Enter Philly, who actually, while healthy (unless you count Pronger), have a worse defense than Pittsburgh does without Letang and Martin.

  22. I think Miller will be sent down as soon as he’s healthy enough to play. Just my guess.

  23. Devils really look awful. However, I have a feeling those last few games of the season against the Devils will be VERY important.

    Excited for tonight. Say what you will but I haven’t been this excited about this team before the trade. LGR.

  24. 3pm game on 21st. nbc picked it up.

    also dont be surpised with a TBD for the 27th last day of regular season nbc picks up that game vs devils and makes it 3pm.

    i just hope and pray that means we dont have to beat devils in afternoon and then sit around to night time to see if someone else loses for us to sneak into playoffs like two years ago if you recall with tampa/carolina game

  25. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m thinking 6th place is the best 1’st round position to be in. Not sure I would like to see the Rangers/Boston in the 1’st round.

    But the New team does match up a WHOLE lot better.

  26. Sioux-per-man on

    I agree. Who does Miller play for?

    Only one I see is Pyatt, and he hasn’t missed a game all year. He has 2 more points, and is +8 over Miller. Torts will always go with the Veteran player in the Playoffs.

    Not sure we see Kreider or Miller, until someone is injured.

    Staal would be nice to see before the playoffs.

  27. Sioux-per-man on

    My Question who comes out when Dorsett is ready? Pyatt

    Powe seem to fast, and to valuable on the Penalty kill, Asham has played well on the 4th line.

  28. love to see the flyers get the 8th spot so I can enjoy the flyers/pens beating the snot out of each other. I would like to see the rangers get the 6th spot. I think they match up against the caps the best out of canadiens,bruins,pens.

  29. I would say pyatt because he doesn’t add much to the team, wall play is all he can do.

  30. Sioux-per-man on

    Ranger / Whale both teams sitting in 7th place for the playoffs. Both win new players, both with a new look for the playoff push.

    Miller should be playing valuable minutes for the Whale. Brassard experience and play making ability is needed for the Rangers down the stretch.

  31. Stranger Nation on

    DO NOT change line-up

    DO give Dinty Moore more minutes, esp PP time – preferably at pt for Richie Rich

    Do have Clowe phaneuf Phaneuf!

  32. as long as richards doesnt play the point of pp i could live with him up front.

    what i cant live with is brian freaking boyle and his dumb penalties and the fact is he is slow as crap in coverage. his turnover in neutral zone led to the goal the other night.

    the game was on his stick in pitt late in 3rd and he couldnt come through. very happy though about the point though in pitt

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Any thought of Pie-hat using a different kind of sail to increase tacking speed when he turns?

    maybe tying his jersey down tighter so it doesn’t get caught in the wind – those turns seem to be slowing him down…

  34. Carp, will u be at the Coliseum on Saturday night? I guess we were both right. You insisted Rangers would make the playoffs and I insisted Islanders would make the playoffs.

  35. Sad day this side of the Atlantic today chaps.
    We’ve lost a great leader, possibly even greater than Churchill. :-(

  36. Nobody should be doing any grave-top dancing, obviously, but Mrs T was deeply unpopular with a not insignificant swathe of the country, so if the US media is portraying a country in universal grief, it’s not accurate.

  37. RIP to Margaret Thatcher. My favorite Thatcher story is about when she took her all male staff to dinner one night:

    Waiter: Madame Prime Minister what would you like for the main course?
    MT: I’ll have the steak, please.
    Waiter: ..and for the vegetables.
    MT: Oh, they’ll have the steak also! :)

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    All I hear is “blah blah Eurpansy blah blah Europansy blach Europansy blah”

    This is ‘MERICA! Either you can like it or you can GIT OUT!

  39. czechthemout!!! on

    Deeply unpopular PM’s don’t get to serve the longest stretch n a country’s history.

    Also the only time that country has not had stagnation is during her rein.

  40. Remember this about the NHL’s three-point game: If the Rangers get three of a possible four points in these two games, that means the Leaves get at least two, or possibly three. Makes no sense? Of course it doesn’t. The Rangers can gain significant ground only by winning both games in regulation.

  41. A great leader is a great leader. Wonder who would the general UK public have right now. Cameron, Blair, or Thatcher. My UK pals would unanimously say Thatcher.

  42. “Deeply unpopular” sounds comical to me when you read about the supposed approval rating of guys like Putin, Chavez, and the like.

  43. Damn right Lyova!

    Stranger – i’m a working man and i’m sad.
    She was one of few politicians of my time that had the courage of her beliefs (almost to the point of her downfall)

  44. Anyway – back to Hockey!!

    Was Zucc really the reason for our PP revival this past 4-5 games? I think Clowe’s big body and nose for the net has had arguably a better effect.

    Any news on Miller?

  45. philly will get swept by the pens this yr. could get ugly if they match up, but a sweep will happen. Too much talent discrepency.

  46. Rob in Beantown on

    hedberg, over/under for goals scored per game in a Pens/Flyers series would be about 9. When it’s a total shootout like that I think the winner is a crapshoot. Penguins will probably win, but you never know. That’s why I like the Pens/Flyers matchup– I don’t see Pittsburgh possibly losing to any other first round matchup (except for possibly the Rangers if we finish in 8th).

  47. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    I think it’s funny that there were complaints yesterday that Lundqvist had to “rob” the Canes of a victory, as if he’s not part of the team, and it isn’t his job to do that. Still posters who will only be happy with 5-0 victories allowing 0 shots on goal.

  48. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Manny, I thought I remember you saying not to sign up for WordPress, but it’s saying I have to.

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    Same lineup for #NYR tonight with @HLundqvist30 in goal.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    I taped a 20 minute workout on my machine. Played it back at high speed so it only took 10 minutes. I got a great workout. Do you want to come in for a mineral water?

  51. Well yeah, you know what I did? I climbed on the ledge and tried to disconnect the cable, but I couldn’t get in, so you know what I did? I turned my TV up real loud too so everyone would think all our TVs had something wrong with them.

  52. Gravy – I don’t think you have to sign up for WordPress. I myself am a WordPress member. It’s not a big deal.

    Anybody get a Gravatar thing without signing up?

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    I did. They needed me to confirm my e-mail but I did not have to sign up for WordPress.

  54. they used to say in the pre-camp fitness tests that Tikkanen was in such good shape he finished the hour bike ride in half an hour.

  55. I heard that Chris Chelios had this plan for making sure he never had a hangover. And this is real…

    He would come home from a night of drinking and grab two gallons of water. One from the Fridge and one from the Freezer. He would then get on the exercise bike and ride until the gallon of water from the fridge was exhausted. Then he would take the frozen gallon into a sauna and sit in the steam room until the frozen gallon was thawed out and finished.

    It’s a lot of dedication to waking up OK.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Couldn’t have been drinking that hard if he can ride the bike that hard for that long.

  57. Miller will be looking to the AHL when healthy. Since Powe’s return to the lineup/PK the PK has been 14-14. Terrible during his benching. Keep him in. Biron in goal for the home game of this home and home?

  58. Stranger Nation on

    Even with the 3 pt system awarding teams a bonus pt, the East conf standings (for Reg wins only) bare out (on the margin) with Derbils as the exception and the SE conf leader (Wash) as 3rd.

    Agree they should do away with ‘tie-breaker’ which is what the shoot out really is – way too europansy futboll like…

  59. Yea. I know. Chelios sounds like a psychotic person. But I assume you must have some crazy level of dedication to be able to play until that age. I heard Julio Franco used to have similarly crazy habits towards the end of his baseball career.

  60. Rob in Beantown on

    If Lundqvist is healthy and playing well I don’t see any reason not to ride him the rest of the way

  61. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny that sounds like a recipe on how to be in top physical condition to play defense in the NHL until your in your 40’s.

  62. dont know just seems like one of his “pre-selected” games. Id ride Lundqvist till the end though.

    Didnt Biron have a nightmare game in Toronto last year or the year before that where we scored a couple of goals for him and then let like 4 or 5 in in like 15 minutes?

  63. stole this joke from an April Fool’s story in the Post last week: I only drink if it’s a friend’s birthday … on Facebook.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    If somehow they are locked into a playoff spot with no chance of moving up or down in the final game of the season, and the Devils are locked out of the playoffs with no chance of getting in, then, and only then, could I see playing Biron for one game before the playoffs.

  65. Doodie Machetto on

    Oh, and if the Rangers are mathematically eliminated and/or Lundqvist gets hurt.

    Those are the only 3 ways I’d consider playing Biron for the rest of the season.

  66. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, You’re right. Although I think he had a helping hand in inventing the wheel.

  67. I love how it used to be, “the Rangers have the best goalie tandem in the NHL!” and now it’s, “don’t play the backup! Ever!”

    In reality I guess our goalie tandem looked great because Hank plays 90% of the games and is terrific.

  68. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    OK, I went through Gravatar, had to sign up to WordPress and link the accounts. Didn’t require any personal info anyway.

  69. Glad to see it’s not only my hockey posts that can be completely misinterpreted…

    Was Valiquette in that third period meltdown in Toronto, no?

  70. if the Rangers ever played the Rangers with Biron in goal at both ends, the shuffleboard game would go on for infinity, everyone scoring on every attempt on both ends through both Birons’ fifty-five holes

  71. Manny do you wanna play Parcheesi?

    I say they need to just not pay attention to the standings and just try to keep winning. Last thing they want to do is make 2+ points a crucial thing in those last two games against NJ. That hasn’t gone well for them historically. doesn’t matter if either team is playing well or lousy.

  72. Fat guy could we trade Biron twice in that situation? Or perhaps fire rehire and fire Torts? (*Billy Martin style*)

  73. Holmgren felt Biron was a suitable starting goalie a few years back..nuff said?

    great back up though.

  74. So the Habs lost Emelin. That’s a pretty big loss for them. He’s a serious presence on their blue line.

  75. Carp surprised at so many Margret Thatcher fans she was Britains Ronald Reagan! UK I think your correct Clowe makes the PP go and Zuccarello not as much but some.

  76. Doodie Machetto on

    At least she wasn’t their Jimmy Carter. He’s history’s greatest monster!

  77. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    _Great job, Gravy! Welcome to the shindig_

    Thanks, Manny! You are a scholar and a gentleman.

  78. According to Helene Elliot of the LA Times, via Sean Leahy, the NHL may stage an outdoor game on 1/26/14 in NY.

    The preferred venue for the game is Yankee Stadium.

    She notes that the Kings and Ducks are likely to play at Dodgers Stadium on 1/25/14.

  79. Oh. Meant to mention it last night. I spent my evening at Maialino devouring delicious Focaccia and some amazing Cacio e Pepe pasta. Wow. That place is tops.

    Met a chef there, in the Gramercy Park Hotel lounge area. Huge Rangers fan. So always nice to be able to discuss hockey with people. Mentioned the site. Maybe we get a new bonehead around here.

  80. eric – we might get 5th, or 6th seed. We might miss the playoffs Most people refuse to put Avatars up (even you) even though it makes reading the site must easier. M. Thatcher died. Some people hate her some love her seems like everyone was sad she died. Biron stinks. Miller to whale (probably). Pyatt is garbage. Powe is the best player on the team.

  81. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Rangers sure are following a similar path as the Kings last year. Though, they traded *away* a goal scorer to bolster their offense.

  82. Rob in Beantown on

    I hope they don’t start playing multiple outdoor games every year. I can say from a college hockey standpoint that when they started playing multiple outdoor games every year they really began to lose their luster. People pretty much roll their eyes at the outdoor games now. The Winter Classic is still a fun novelty– it won’t be if they play 4 of them every year. But of course this is the NHL, so they’ll probably do the absolute worst thing possible. Gooses and golden eggs and such

  83. ThisYearsModel on

    Looking forward to tonight. Hope the King does it again, and that the skaters play a lot better than last game. MSG should replay one of those Bill Chadwick-King Clancy interviews from the 70’s. They were a hoot.

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    How will HBO monitor multiple outdoor games? I would posit that it’s 24/7 that makes each of these games as wonderful as they have been.

  85. Agree, Rob. Just keep the stupid Winter Classic and the 24/7 thing and stop trying to always make it better because you usually just make it worse.

  86. The Pittsburgh Penguins have confirmed that James Neal’s head injury is a concussion.
    Pittsburgh has ruled out Neal for its next three games. That being said, obviously there’s no way to no how long Neal will be out, as Penguins fans know all too well from Sidney Crosby’s concussion history.
    Source: Penguins.nhl.com on Twitter
    Apr 8 – 12:52 PM

  87. Interleague play sucks. So much. If they are going to do that they need to make a decision on the whole DH issue.

    Link works for me, Carp. Maybe you’re just too lazy for it.

  88. only thing hbo picks up if leafs/wings 24/7

    the rangers and kings could host outdoor game on hockey across america weekend

  89. or 72/21, Carp. but instead of reducing to lowest terms we should just deem it “THE WINTER OF GARY!”

  90. Gravy et al….

    How to outline or “box” an entry? until they shade or somehow differentiate each posting perhaps this should be mandatory?… in which case we’ll need a Minister of Posting Protocol.

  91. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve been super busy the last few days. Did we ever hear anything about MDZ for elbowing Neal?

  92. probably too lazy, Manny. you’re right again.

    Maybe they should play all the games outdoors, then have once a year indoor games with 24/7 etc.

  93. Here’s a thought. keep play within conference and if you want to make these precious outdoor games stand out do East v West instead.




  94. Neal’s a big loss for Pittsburgh. I hope he’s alright but I don’t mind seeing the Pens have to deal with a little adversity. League coddles them enough why should the Hockey gods providing extra padding

  95. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    @ Heave Ho, enclose the text with the “at” symbol (above the 2) @

  96. Doodie Machetto on

    Pens are going to go out early if Crosby, Letang, and Martin aren’t back.

  97. any boneheads going to wed game at home or at the coliseum. will be at both. meet up?

  98. no doodie

    my next three games are home wed toronto at coliseum sat isles and then i am driving down to phil for the flyers game on tues the 16th.

    will be at both devil games as well

  99. I’m not a bloodlust guy or anything close, and I know it wasn’t even dirty, but I sort of want to see Phaneuf get blown up tonight.

  100. Neal did score 40 last season though. He’s no slouch. But yea, he’s not the biggest name lost. Probably since Kunitz is the James Neal of this season.

  101. That’s really hysterical, really funny guys

    “Rob in Beantown

    Biron could play if the Rangers ever play the Rangers

    April 8th, 2013 at 12:05 PM Carp

    it would be a shutout, Rob.”

    Kidding aside I think we have to go with Henrik until he drops. If we go on a little run and then play a weak team, maybe Biron

  102. maybe biron starts thurs april 18th at home vs florida with our last back to back the next night the 19th in buffalo(that could be a spot)

  103. Sioux-per-man on


    New guys make the Ranger a 4 line hockey club & fixed the Power play!!!

    We can beat anyone now.

  104. ilb, do you have to put in your avatar every time you comment?

    I don’t think it would be taxing whatsoever to play Lundqvist the final 10 games.

  105. I know I read somewhere that Derek Dorsett lead the NHL last year in PIM, but it just didn’t register with me. I just looked it up and he had 235 minutes in 77 games, which is a lot in the current pansified NHL. For a little perspective from 1974/75, when men were men and women were men, Dave Schultz had 472 minutes in 77 games!
    Get well Mr. Dorsett, I am really looking forward to seeing you play!

  106. Sioux-per-man on

    I still can’t believe we are not playing this week in Pittsburgh in the Frozen Four.

    I don’t know what it is with the team, when they are a Freshman and the under dog they win it, but when they are the top ranked team and full of seniors they bust out.

    I guess that’s the beauty of one and done in the NCAA, any team can win any game at any time.

  107. So Ovechkin somehow caught up with Stamkos at 25 goals a piece. Wow. He has what, 5 goals in his last 2 games?

  108. Sioux-per-man on

    I like how the Rangers are fixing there draft picks.

    They upgraded to Brassard 1’st in 2006. I think the Rangers took Sanguinetti later in the round.

  109. Pens better hope Neal gets back soon because it looks like the only tangible benefits to the Iginla and Morrow trades are increased merchandise sales and minimizing the exposure of the world to Tyler Kennedy’s face.

  110. Sioux-per-man on

    Ranger win their next two games they could be 5th playoff spot.

    What a difference from 8 days ago when they layed an egg in Ottawa & Montreal.

  111. 5th isn’t exactly where I’d want to be, 1st round matchup vs Boston or Montreal? No thanks.

  112. Yea. 5th is scary. 6th is a first round matchup with the Caps, who probably won’t be as on fire as they are right now. If Staal is back I am OK with that matchup since he’s good at shutting down Ovechkin.

    7th is Habs/Bruins as well. 8th is Penguins. With all their injuries, 8th seems pretty nice.

  113. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    I find it interesting that most every team has a key injury or two going into the final 10.

    Like, of course, for us, Staal. But, TO has Lupul. Ottowa, a bunch of guys including Karlsson. Boston, Bergeron. Montreal, Emelin. Pittsburgh, Crosby. Devils, Kowalchuk, etc., etc.

    Each of the losses is big enough to effect team play.

  114. If the Rangers played the Pens all their injured players would magically get healthy. If the Devils play the Pens Crosby announces his retirement before the series starts.

  115. Here is the whole tweet:

    “You call that blood hahahahaha”, said Eric Wellwood’s skate to Curt Schilling’s sock! #ThereWillBeBlood #BloodySkate pic.twitter.com/IS145eGmDn

  116. Stranger Nation on

    Skid gets two naps a day, but has to be woken up on the afternoon nap so he doesn’t throw a fit for early bed time.

  117. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Thatcher for the most part was a bit before my time, but from what I’ve read/heard, she was a stud!!!

  118. Doodie Machetto on

    I know it’s been said before, but it definitely bears repeating:

    ilb is awesome. Just simply, purely, awesome.

  119. Doodie Machetto on

    Listen, that reminds me, I’m having a big party for all my clients, my fourth anniversary as an accountant, you know, and even though you do your own tax return, which you shouldn’t do, I’d like you to stop by, being that you’re my neighbor and all.

  120. Rob
    Just because Flyers/pens last yr was a wild one doesnt mean the same this yr. Pens will score high but not vise versa. Pens in a walk. Flyers stink…btw dont think they are making it anyway

  121. I knew it was going to happen eventually but Washington’s turnaround is scary because of just how good Ovechkin has been. If you remember that Ranger 4-1 over the Caps back on March 10, Caps have played 15 games since then. Ovechkin has 16 goals, 7 assists in that span with 8 power play goals. That team is going to be a real problem in the postseason.

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    I think you guys are making a big mistake. I do mostly tax law and probate stuff occasionally. I got my law degree at night school.

  123. Doodie Machetto on

    Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don’t think it’s fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don’t blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.

  124. As I told my husband, it was in the Paramus Holiday Inn, I was having a drink at the bar, alone, and this alien approached me. He started talking to me. He bought me a drink, and then I think he must have used some kind of a ray or a mind control device because he forced me to follow him to his room and that’s where he told me about the end of the world.

  125. Doodis Machetto on

    Pregame, I’m mild mannered Doodis Machetto.

    During game and many post-games, I’m Doodinz Clortho. KeyMachetto of Gozer.

  126. CraigWeather on

    Will the real New York Rangers please stand up…..?

    Well, to me…. tonight is the REAL test for our boys in blue.

    Here’s my reasoning…. Our new acquisitions are settling in and it’s riiiiiiiiiight about now their true colors will begin to show.

    Is this team as currently constructed… for real, or was the home and home against Pittsburgh pure “adrenaline”?

    THIS home and home against the leafs is the true test.
    Let’s see if this group has truly gone from defeated and lethargic….. to elite and relentless…

  127. this recent surge has got my hopes up, which worries me in a weird way…just sense there is a letdown game coming. All of us praising Lundqvist, and it’s all deserved, but given how things are going this season, would it surprise anyone if he lets in 4 or 5 goals tonight?

  128. would you please tell the court why you and your co-defendants took it upon yourselves to dig a very big hole in the middle of 1st Avenue?

  129. ThisYearsModel on

    Let’s go. Need the 2 points in regulation tonight. BTW….the Leaves of Maple will give somebody trouble in round 1. They are a tough bunch. I would love to see them against Pittsburgh.

  130. I’ll tell you why we’re here. We’re here because some diaper bag downtown’s being a jerk and making us work on a Friday night.

  131. Leo, I see salt and pepper… is there a salt substitute?

    (sorry to change movies)

  132. What if I’m looking for a bathroom, I can’t find one, and my bladder explodes?

  133. It reminds me of my favorite poem, which is, “Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m a schizophrenic… and so am I!”

  134. Hi, I’m Bob. Would you knock me out, please? Just hit me in the face.

    (Genius, James!)

  135. lmao “death therapy Bob! it’s a guaranteed cure!”

    oh man I’m dying over here. I haven’t thought about that movie in a while.

  136. You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven’t had a successful test of this equipment.

  137. Yea, me neither, James. That DVD just gathers dust in my apartment but every now and then…oh man. It’s funny.

  138. There are two types of people in this world. Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don’t. My ex-wife loves him.

  139. I think this building should be condemned. There’s serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it’s completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.

  140. lmgo, if Lloyd used that Lloyd Braun avatar!

    nice game-day j(g)ibberish mixed with some hockey discussion.

  141. Sioux-per-man on

    Ilb – Crosby has been on a sippy cup his whole life!!! Thanks for the laugh!

  142. I like the Leafs more than the Senators or Islanders, IMO. Oh, WTB, what do I know? This whole season is messed up.

  143. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Carp, Manny does need to keep up with his duties, but I was referring to the link to the next (new) post not appearing anywhere.

  144. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    And I just found it…well, the previous story at least. I assume the next story link will appear when there is one.

  145. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – It sure seems that way. I have a feeling it’s going to be a shotgun finish, any team within 4pts of the 8th spot have a chance!

    Always room for your game at my table Carp :)

  146. I hope Hank is not thinking about Aliya Jasmine-Sovani tonight….that picture, whoah

  147. Henry Lungfist on

    Lupul skated for only 10 mins in the morning. he is not ready to play. Ryan O’Byrne will make his Leaves debut tonight.

    Reimer vs Henry

    Leaves lead league in fights.

  148. Sorry I let everybody down with the *new post* duties. I’m really a team player. I’m just the weakest part of the team. A machine can only move as fast as its slowest part ya know.

  149. LW brought up a good point. Don’t forget to take your brain temperature tonight, Boneheads.

  150. Sure I used to go to the circus all the time as a kid..Was always kind of afraid of the clowns…are you still scared of clowns?……….yeah…

  151. Nice Sioux.

    Torts: “tell them to stop ***fighting each other. they’re gonna have one tough ****** camp come September”

  152. That video is awesome, Shootout. Parents who film their kids sad times are awesome.

  153. Awesome video with the kid. The mom sounds attractive :).

    Will ask again if anyone is looking to get rid of any tickets for home games the rest of the year? Have a buddy coming in from overseas would be nice to take him before having to pay $300 for playoff tickets.

  154. Can’t help you there, Lev, but good luck.

    Manny, LOG.

    Lloyd, en.gravatar.com and make sure that your blog e-mail matches the e-mail you provide there.

  155. I have an idea. Why don’t they drive us completely wacky with 10,000 Survey Says commercials all at once?

  156. Here we go boneheads. Tonight’s game against the leafs is going to be a good barometer because the leafs as I see it is probably the 4th best team this year in the eastern conference. Lets see if the rangers are contenders or pretenders.

  157. Warren, the twitter widget is still there … did it disappear today?

    Miami is obviously the biggest clown … or should I say two-bit, amateur-hour, no-talent, bush-league clown?


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