Maple Leaves at Rangers tonight: Pregame notes

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Pregame notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 19-16-4 (42 pts)
Maple Leafs: 22-13-4 (48 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will complete a home-and-home set when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-16-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, on Monday at Air Canada Centre, and have now registered a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 22-13-4 (48 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Apr. 13, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
All-Time: 221-273-95-6 overall (128-111-56-3 at home; 93-162-39-3 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-3 loss on Monday at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers have out-scored the Maple Leafs, 6-1, in the third period. Rick Nash leads all skaters with four points in the series, including a team-high, two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA.
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 14 meetings with the Maple Leafs (9-3-2 over the span), and have out-scored Toronto, 51-29, during the stretch
– New York ranks 14th in the NHL with a 12-6-2 (26 pts) record at home; Toronto ranks seventh in the NHL with a 11-6-2 (24 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 4-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Maple Leafs are 7-4-1 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)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 11-7-4, 2.69 GAA, 2 SO
– Martin Biron — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 36 GP, 17-18-35
– Rick Nash — 10 GP, 4-6-10
– Michael Del Zotto — 13 GP, 3-3-6

SPECIAL TEAMS:
– The Rangers’ power play is 5-13 (38.5%) in the last four games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 15-16 (93.8%) in the last five games
– 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 did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Monday at Toronto. New York ranks 20th overall (20-118, 17.0%) and 16th at home (13-64, 20.3%). 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 surrendered one goal to the Maple Leafs in two power play attempts (2:46) on Monday at Toronto. New York is tied for 15th overall (104-127, 81.9%) and ranks 14th on the road (60-71, 84.5%). 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 Monday at Toronto, 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).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
– Tonight’s contest will be the ninth and final scheduled game against Original Six opponents this season (3-5-0)
– Goalies vs. Original Six Teams — Henrik Lundqvist: 3-3-0, 2.80 GAA; Martin Biron: 0-2-0, 3.00 GAA
– Scoring Leaders vs. Original Six Teams — Points: 7 – Rick Nash (two goals, five assists); Goals: 2 – Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Anton Stralman; Assists: 5 – Rick Nash; Points by a Defenseman: 3 – Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists)
– New York is 57-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 17-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .594 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 (.490, 61-64-20).

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 Apr. 3 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 Apr. 3 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 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.

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 (T-4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.31
– 5th (T-11th in NHL) in FO% — 51.0%
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.4
– 2nd (2nd in NHL) in Hits — 1177
– 2nd (5th in NHL) in BkS — 633

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 11 games (6-3-2, 1.80 GAA, .937 Sv% over the span)
– Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (four goals, four assists over the span); 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games
– Rick Nash — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last eight games
– Ryane Clowe — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 12 games; four points (two goals, two assists) in four games as a NYR
– Derick Brassard — six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games
– Brad Richards — eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last nine games
– Ryan Callahan — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 2 points from 100th NHL career

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

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 39
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 18
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 100

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– 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)
– Apr. 9 — Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Connecticut (AHL)

 

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  1. The no-talent clowns are going to end up with a total of 42 points at season-end.

  2. Watching the islanders last night showed me there better than the rangers right now. It was inevitable because the islanders have been drafting high for 10+ years. I would be surprised if the rangers beat the islanders Saturday. I don’t have any expectations with this team anymore this year. chalking up this year to the shortened lockout season. hopefully Sather improves this team in the off season.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Oh, so now we want defense first? What happened to safe is death then? :-) Because I think the last game was exactly what this team would like in “safe is death” system.

  4. Good morning all! Even though the day has just begun, I’m praying I can go to bed happy tonight…LGR!

  5. Hank just needs to attach a bungee rope to one of his defense-men so they cant leave him all alone and unprotected and a weeble suit for Girardi so he cant fall down!

  6. Forgot one thing. Since he seems to be on folks’ minds lately….happy 26th birthday Sweet 16!

  7. Not a must win but a must bust cajones and continue to become a team. Fewer mistakes. Torts can match tonight. Need to be healthy and playing well in two weeks for the real season. Doesn’t matter who (have to meet them somewhere along the line anyway). Only question to be answered is Lundquist in Montreal, can’t run from it.

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    Master Week Boys!

    Boys – if you had to pick 7 players for the Masters who do you pick?

  9. Sioux-per-man on

    Orr – Isles have Brock Nelson coming up. The Kid is the real deal, another player that should of stayed a Sioux for another year. He needs another year to put on muscle but the kid has tons of skill, reminds me of a Parise type player.

  10. Sioux-per-man on

    Trust me he’s not an EAST coast type of player. I just looked at his stats he leads the tigers with 50pts & Niederreiter has 48. Their version of Kreider and Miller, only they lead their team in points, can’t say that about the Kreider.

  11. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Good morning all!!! Don’t look now. We wake up today in 8th, not 7th, with Fishsticks now above us. We are home tonight and NEED to correct our issues on ‘d’.

    Although our record against playoff teams has not been great, I am confident we win this game. I look forward to being there and the fans realizing how important this game is.

    No, not a must win. We could still make the PO if we lose. But, yet, it’s a ‘comfort’ win. We would be much more comfortable should we get the 2 points. Ah, who am I kidding. Freaking win the damn game!!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!!!!LGR!!!!!

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Ottowa Senators. While Toronto seems they can play just well enough to hold on to their sizable point lead, you guys are helping the cause of the teams below you. Thanks!!

    Keep up the good work!!

  13. Sioux-per-man on

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they called him up for the playoffs, it would worry me a little bit. He would be another scoring threat.

    I CANT believe the Islanders are sitting in 7th this morning.

    Rangers can’t afford to crack under pressure, or they will be finished like the Flyers.

  14. Yea. Thanks to the Ottawa Senators for their complete collapse. Now if we can only get some points to overtake them…

  15. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    The Isles also have Anders Lee just getting started, too. He is talented.

    Hate to say it, and it’s why I asked Carp two days ago what he thinks about them making the PO this year….again. But, if they don’t make it this year, they will be moving on up next year and for years to come. THey have a core now and are adding serious players.

    The also have, oh, like $15M+ cap space this year and, while they have a slew of UFA’s and some RFA’s next year, they have about $29M in cap left.

    Hate to say it, but this time they are for real, IMHO.

    I still hate them and always will.

    LGR!!!

  16. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Sioux, I have been worried about them the last half. They have the grit teams yearn for. They are quick, have realistic size. ANd they have a serious, but thin core. Nabakov is playing well enough. Their ‘d’ can CLEAR THE NET and they have limited but better point shots with more accuracy than us. Tavares is seriously good. Team confidence is obviously high right now. Personally, I think they are last years Ottowa. Find a way to make it. Slip in. Do some damage, but are too untalented to win a round. I defer to those more knowledgable than I, especially Carp. Just what I have been thinking and seeing.

  17. Sioux-per-man on

    Orr now you have me thinking about Nelson. He played two years for the Sioux, developed into an all around hockey player, he just looked like he needed 2 years in the weight room. But I would say because of training, and his play, and looking at his stats – he if farther ahead of Miller & Kreider for that matter. All three are 1’st round picks.

  18. islanders are definitely for real, it took them 10+ years but once they get to Brooklyn and if wang starts spending some money, look out.

    here are my 7 golfers…

    woods
    Watson
    rose
    bradely
    schwartzel
    stricker
    mahan

  19. Top 7 Golfers:

    Sam Snead
    Ben Hogan
    Arnold Palmer
    Byron Nelson
    Jack Nicklaus (Golden Bear)
    Bobby Jones
    Tiger Woods

  20. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    well, Tommy, we can’t puff out our chests with a war cry. We took a different route, through less drafting, some FA’s, and a “vaunted GM”, and look where we are after 13 years? Dunno. I might be happier with what they have in a year or so, than what we have. I agree. Give them some credit.

  21. Sioux-per-man on

    Isles aren’t going to go away. They are too young. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose. They have ZERO pressure on them. They are going to be a handful with their speed.

    I’m thinkin when Nelson gets his chance, he is going to be a thorn in the side of the Rangers. Very much how Parise was for the Devils. Frattin is close to being that type of player for the Leafs. He’s on the bubble of breaking through.

  22. Sioux-per-man,
    did I miss interpret your post on the 7 golfers for masters? I thought you meant pick 7 golfers who would be this years winner.

  23. Sioux-per-man on

    My Master 2013 Team

    Woods
    McIlroy
    Mickelson
    Rose
    Scott
    Bradley
    Donald

    That’s the team that wins my pool this year!!!

  24. Sioux-per-man on

    Tommy – pick 7 “horses”, then add up the money they win this year at the Masters. The team that wins the most money win the league!

  25. Sioux-per-man on

    Not this year Manny! Unless you have a field of dreams that I don’t know about :)

  26. Folks, everyone who’s bringing golf to this site, and *especially* everyone who’s praising the Fishsticks- take a look at my Avatar and imagine what is said by him :-)

  27. Thata boy, Miami! Van Riemsdyk cripples Nash in the first period and makes them all dead!

    Fellas, probably a bad omen to be discussing golf this morning, no?

  28. Sioux-per-man on

    besides Ilb you know I’m a Ranger fan!!! Not a fishstick fan.

    Carp’s a titleist fan. Hockey and Golf are the same fans, for the most part.

  29. Sioux-per-man on

    It’s Master’s week how can you not bring it up.

    Rangers better start playing like their backs are against the wall, or they will be dusting off their clubs early!

  30. What the hell with these re-emerging Islanders btw..Are they actually going to reinvent the rivalry this year?
    7 out of 9 is no joke. Would love to be the team to pee pee all over their playoff hopes.

  31. ilb2001,
    sorry, just a frustrated ranger fan, promise no more talk about the fishsticks.

  32. James, relax, will ya? Ya flip right out, what’s got into you? I’m breaking your bickels a little bit, that’s all. I’m only kidding with ya…

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Visnovsky really solidified a shaky D corps – the guy has great vision and with Streit have 2 legit offensive D men. Be curious what the team record is with Visnovsky in the lineup.

    The Isles challenge though is more on the stay at home D side and the fact both of the players above are in the mid 30s and euro-pansies…

    Keep drafting forwards, eventually they need some D as well.

  34. Manny this is just the time of year I allow superstition to get the best of me. Basically, I look at things like discussing golf and things like the Islanders being hot right now and I think of the most dramatic, awful, worst case scenario the Rangers could get themselves into and prepare for it lol.

  35. It, ok, guys, I understand. It’s been a frustrating season. And everyone is utterly frustrated. Our confidence is beyond fragile.

  36. BIG Congratulations to Team USA. The ladies topped Canada for the world championship.

  37. Stranger Nation on

    Suggest putting McD and DG back together to play against Loaf’s one and only offensive line.

    Realize that may leave us with Stralman/MDZ, but we cannot let a one line team score all their goals.

  38. I understand, James. I am very superstitious about what I wear during the games. Makes me feel like part of the team.

  39. lol Ilb, was just going quoting the Goodfella’s script. I’m not even in the elevator to the roof yet, let alone on the ledge

  40. Stranger Nation on

    strong advocate for clowe/richards/cally with Zucc up to line 1 with step and Nash. allows Nash to move back to RW and play with pure passer and would be my #1 pp unit with Moore and MDZ back on pt

    NO Richards on pt.!! Keep him on 2nd PP unit with his line (above) and Moore and Em to rest McD/DG.

    For Boyle to earn his keep, he needs to pound JVR and Kessel and maybe even Phaneuf, but better tighten the chin strap for that last one…

  41. I actually thought initially I’d keep Billy Batts Avatar only when there is a troll, or someone annoying. But I think I’m going to keep it permanently. As a reminder of an old-time spirit of this blog. When Anthony was still “Tony from AZ” and the shinebox reference was being used almost every day.

  42. Doodis Machetto on

    Slats has been golfing since last summer. I think they did his cancer surgery in the clubhouse.

  43. If they played any semblance of defense Monday, three goals would be more than enough to win. I don’t think tightening it up tonight will be a problem, that’s more likely to happen than scoring 3 goals again.

  44. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m not superstitious. Outside every time I wear my USA jersey team USA wins a Gold medal. It’s now 4-0, after last night. Two Fighting Sioux players won the Gold Medal for team USA last night. It was the Lamoureax’s twins 3rd gold medal. Which they have on display at the Ralph.

  45. Manny if they lose tonight forget about it…Picture Jeannine answering the phone in Ghostbusters 2.

    “Rangers?…..Yes, we’re back.”

  46. I agree. I think Boyle/Tort will easily bear the brunt of the blame. If Hank doesn’t post a shutout then we can criticize him for being tired/unfocused/old. I think as a fallback position we should all agree that Richards can then be blamed.

  47. Sioux-per-man on

    I do have a lucky poker hat. Meaning I’ve won more tournaments wearing it than any other hat I’ve worn, but I don’t wear it every tournament.

  48. Bickel is in Hartford. He could easily be called up though. Not a very long drive (if he drives faster than he skates).

    What ever happened to Marek Hrivik joining the big club?

  49. Sioux-per-man on

    Ilb – don’t get your clubs out yet.

    Clowe’s bringing his tonight, Isles will be sleep’n with the fishes after tonight!!!

    Rangers win big!

  50. just skimmed through all the posts from today.

    let me say this. the islanders are a team right now that is clicking on all cylinders. they seem to be a loose confident bunch that feels no pressure right now from this playoff race. watching them the last few weeks every night they play with emotion and passion.

    i just hope the rangers can play down the stretch with the same energy they do. lets be honest here we are the big market team with all the pressure. we had big expectations this year which i realized after 10 games we were a flawed team. it will be a dogfight for this team over the last 9 games. take no games for granted. caps are surging the isles are surging.

    it starts tonight this game tonight is vital. a loss in regulation tonight would be damaging.

    i will be there tonight and on saturday at the coliseum with three close friends who are all islander fans(only ranger fan I am amongst a close of group of childhood friends growing up in long island) they view saturday as the biggest game in the last decade btwn the two teams. the cheapest ticket on stubhub going for $130 for a pair.
    after that my dad and I are driving down to phil tuesday night for the game.

    if we lose 3 straight blame me i will be present at all

  51. Doodis Machetto on

    Manny, Hrivik wasn’t exactly lighting it up this year before he was concussed in January. but he only recently returned to action on April 5, scoring in his return, but pointless in two games since.

  52. sioux and manny= ultimate optimist

    eric and pimp= pessimism constantly

    what makes this blog addicting.

  53. Sioux-per-man on

    Now that we have Clowe, Asham, & Dorsett. for their willingness, and Moore has jumped over Bickel,Hamr,&Gilly I doubt we ever see Bicks in a blueshirt ever again.

  54. Rob in Beantown on

    I don’t know if I see Hamr or Gilroy ever playing for the Rangers again either. Gilroy is just in limbo– healthy scratch every game.

  55. lack of finish and skill players will doom this team. i have said all year i dont like the makeup of this team before or after the trade.

    go back to the game on friday vs pitt. every goal since then has been nash/stepan. cally was a fluke which nash stole puck.

    zucc richards hags brassard clowe need hit the scoresheet

  56. Doodis Machetto on

    Sioux, I thought that was pretty likely even without Moore. Bickel was absolutely terrible, always.

  57. Doodis Machetto on

    Gilroy is also definitely done. Hamrlik has a shot if someone currently in the lineup gets hurt before Staal makes his return.

  58. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m telling you right now Eric, this team goes on a TEAR TONIGHT!!! It’s going to look alot like the 6-1 Pittsburgh game. Rangers are going to hit the Leafs so hard their Mothers will feel it!!!

  59. Doodis Machetto on

    eric, I agree that the lineup is flawed, but I definitely think it is worse after trading Gaborik than before it.

  60. If Clowe can go stand in front of the cage and bang something in then this team will be fine. If he continues to play at the blue line and try to make “moves” to get to the goal then the Rangers are in trouble.

    Also, Brassard up and Richards down. PLEASE.

  61. Sioux-per-man on

    Now that Gaborik has his team in 9th place, and making game winning goals. We might miss him when we play against the Islanders, it’s the only team he could score on in the East.

  62. Doodis Machetto on

    I get wanting less Richards, but I haven’t seen anything from Brassard since game 1 that would make me want to see more of him. At least Richards still has flashes, even if those flashes are surrounded by otherwise terrible play.

  63. She’s not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she’s a client and because she sleeps above her covers… *four feet* above her covers. She barks, she drools, she claws!

  64. i dont think they got enough either for gabby but even if gabby was here next year i still think we would need another top 6 forward with goal scoring potential play with nash and gabby. we are a skilled forward short with gabby now we may be two short but this is what torts wants.

    he wants to muck and grind and have def first mentality. well if thats the case you cant have def meltdowns like monday night with del zaster and girardi being a minus 3.

  65. Joshua McGhee on

    If you notice most of step/nash’s goals are scored on the rush or on defensive turnovers. Rarely are goals scored off established in zone offense.

    Too many times this season have we gotten the puck deep cycled for 15-30 seconds only to be stripped by the D and have them easily break the zone. Clowe and MZA have provided a couple more bodies who are good on the walls but even when we win the puck battles and establish possession of the puck, nothing comes of it.

    I’m not sure why that is to be entirely true, is it a failure of the offensive zone scheme? I find it hard to believe it is just a product of a lack of offensively gifted players.

  66. I agree with that, eric. If you’re going to play defense first your defense better be darn solid.

  67. I know it’s a dead horse at this time but can someone post the “how to avatar” bit again?

  68. at this point I don’t think it matters which seed the rangers finish this year. I don’t see the rangers getting to round 2. I haven’t seen anything the rangers have done this year to think they will at least get to a 2nd round. I hope they prove me wrong but I doubt it.

  69. en.gravatar.com

    Just enter your email and click the box. Add the email you use on this site. Then upload a picture. Any picture (that is appropriate). Wait 5-10 minutes. Check back. The avatar will then be on every post you have ever made.

  70. I think the rangers problem is not the forwards, more like there defense. They have not 1 physical crease clearing defense or a offensive, skating with puck through neutral zone, OB on power play defensemen. Fact is non of there defensemen have a shot that gets to the net, zero. That to me is more of a problem right now than up front.

  71. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Must noogie game!!!

    Bring up mcilrath!!

    Has anyone seen the 1926-27 Toronto logo?

    LGR!!!

  72. Za'rat "The OTHER GUYS Greed" Jones on

    As many of you know, or perhaps some do not. There are general concerns about what’s going on with the alignments of the planets, sun, and global warming. These are all linked and are far from mild. As I awoke this morning, I noticed its ramifications, as Earth’s rotation has been on course for a reverse. We can only defeat this with prayer. I grouped a few people of various faiths together and it is helping.

    Here is proof of the Earth’s rotation reversing course from a week ago.

    Islanders on a roll
    Mets on a roll
    Yankees suck
    Knicks clinch the Atlantic
    Nets are good
    Devils choking
    Sather’s trades are working
    Philly Flyers have zero threat
    Toronto looking strong
    Cuomo calling his colleagues crooks

    Proof of the prayers working.

    Yankees are baaaaaack
    Mets got lit up finally
    Devils missing the playoffs (well, that’s not normal, but we added it in our prayer anyway)
    Islanders still have Suicide Slick on the roster
    Fat girls still wear spandex

    Stay Classy San Dusky

  73. Optimism is a religion for brainwork challenged, opium for fans or just lack of information. Pessimism from other hand is simply illness – kind of colorless spectrum of maniac depression.
    Realism – Rangers will nerve rackingly clinch 8 place and surprise everyone in a play off. Big time…Mark my post.

  74. What’s the general consensus this week on who we’d rather play between Pitt/Montreal/Boston

  75. Rob in Beantown on

    Not speaking for the group but I think my preference would be Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal in that order.

  76. I think I agree with that, mostly because we can’t seem to win a game in Canada recently (though I think that Montreal is not as good as Boston or Pitt – if Skid is healthy)

  77. bull dog line on

    I would want to play Montreal. with the amount if pressure that is going to be put on the Canadiens, they will crumble at the first sign of trouble.

  78. Rob in Beantown on

    Washington is all of a sudden looking like a worldbeater too. Not sure I’d want to face them if they’re still playing like this

  79. Montreal is a good, well rounded team this year…even if they don’t take the whole shebang, I don’t think they’ll outright crumble against any team in any round

  80. If I use the Avatar as my avatar (either the blue guy or the cartoon last airbender), would that be as bad as wearing an AC/DC shirt to an AC/DC gig?

  81. I’d take any first round match up at this point. Part of the fun is watching to see what can happen. There’s upsets galore every year

  82. Stranger Nation on

    Gabby’s goal was the 4th in a 4-0 game, so no gwg there

    that trade will be on Torts who is now playing GM as well as coach with his lineup decisions.

    OByrne/Moore would have been a huge upside on D, but no banger D means lots of Stral and MDZ heavy lifting around crease which is bound to fail

  83. I’d like to see Alice Eve against Scarlett Johansen in round 1. I’m not sure I’d survive to round 2.

  84. Still looking for anyone that is selling a couple of tickets for any remaining home games. Buddy of mine is coming from overseas and would like to take him. Thanks….

  85. Wicki – Who is Alice Eve? She’s only the gift from Heaven that turned me into Enzyte Bob

  86. so we went from a playoff race to now talking about first round matchups.

    0.4% percent chance of draft lottery. lol

  87. So Staal has “blurry vision” and serious issues with “depth perception.” That’s very concerning.

  88. Great – so now he’ll not only have to wear a visor, but he’ll also have to wear IMAX 3D glasses. Our top D-pair will be Girardi, who is starting to look like a Dick Tracy villian, and Daredevil

  89. It’s ok, Manny. That’s better than having concussion symptoms. From that statement of his I can discern he is recovering from the blow-out orbital fracture. Not a bad recovery rate at this point.

  90. according to the doctors when a report came out , after the injury, they said he will recover 100%. I’m taking that his eye will recover 100% but unfortunately it will probably take a while longer. Staal is probably done for the year.

  91. That’s quite possible, tommyG. still better than having to recover from another concussion.

  92. I hope Staal makes a deal with Lucifer and comes back for the playoffs as The Ghost Rider

  93. Eric, in case you didnt see the game on Monday, it wasn’t Eminger and Stralman playing like marginal AHL’ers in Toronto. Teams could do a lot worse than Eminger and Stralman as a 5 and 6 or 6 and 7 on defense.

  94. Ok i am testing to see if my avatar is properly displayed. Its a picture of the drill in warmups where everyone gathers around the net and whacks at the puck until someone puts it in. Then they all skate away. I think the picture might be displayed sideways. If it is I’ll leave it that way to remind us that we can’t lay down on the job. LGR!!!

  95. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Without Staal and without a miracle pull up like McIlrath playing well, we are not a contender. Our ‘D’ was thin last year. It is emaciated this year without a healthy Staal.

  96. Doodis Machetto on

    Carp,

    That Tappan Zee Bridge article is good. Should be interesting to see how the project goes.

  97. Mr. Glen Sather on

    Is it too late to trade for two defensemen? Honest, I still have some draft picks left…..

  98. Doodis Machetto on

    Stralman had been having a pretty decent season and was shooting the puck well in Toronto. He definitely had a problem keeping his head up, though. It seemed like he got waffled on every shift.

  99. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Doodie, any team with any management will hammer our defensemen. Smart management knows how weak we are there. One more injury, we are toast. Its a smart play on the part of any opponent right now.

  100. Thanks Manny

    @Fat Guy: Mental images of Staal as Ghost rider swinging around his stick/chain on a one bladed motorcycle/ice skate thingie will get me through this upcoming meeting that would otherwise have bored the crap outta me.

  101. Ain’t no miracles happening here. Seriously, Forget about McIlrath. Torts doesn’t like to play rookie forwards. There’s no way McIlrath contributes (unless there are major injuries on the blue line) during the playoff drive. I think Bickel needs to clear waivers to get back on the team. If you are The Islanders or Devils, both with cap space, are you gonna let the Rangers add Bickel without a claim?

  102. Yes, and by the time Sauer is cleared to play, he’ll have a long white beard like Rip Van Winkle.

  103. I like Stralman because he actually hits the net. Sure, he goes for the hip check way too much and sometimes gets beat around the blue line and thus lets someone get in behind him. But overall, for his price, he’s a steal. Just wish he was on the 3rd pairing.

  104. Manny, Stralman was one of Sathers better finds. The guy is playing top 4 on a top 5 Defensive team. He gets abused way too much here. He is better suited for 5 or 6. Torts should keep pairings MCD and Girardi Stralman / Delzotto and Moore/ Eminger. Girardi and MDZ is not a good mix.

  105. @BroadStBull@ Kimmo says report from #Flyers’ flagship radio station that Bryz was benched for sleeping at a meeting are totally false.

    *****************

    Good to know things are on course at Phlyers HQ.

  106. tied going into the last game of season, 3rd inning of scoreless shootout, Kovalchuk picking up speed at the blue line

  107. Carp,

    Must game tonight. Will u be at the Coliseum on Saturday?

    Happy 33rd Birthday to Sean Avery!

  108. Doodis Machetto on

    Doodis for Louis Tully, my avatar.

    During games, I am possessed and become Doodinz Clortho, Keymachetto of Gozer.

  109. Devils, isles, sens, Jets and Blueshirts for the final
    3 spots. Looks like Leafs are in. Too bad we went zero for Canada.

  110. feels like forever since the last Charp…

    I met Rick Moranis in, of all places, a kibbutz in Israel where he had a cousin

  111. Thanks Ilb, when it comes to CBA, I should keep my mouth shut. I know he cleared waivers on the way down.

  112. Ok so, this seasons ny rangers are ranked 4th in goals allowed this season, yet their defense is “thin” and not as good as last year, which we were ranked 5th in GA, while the offense went from 11th (if I remember correctly) to bottom 5 or 6 or so this year, there’s your problem. Even without staal I would rather our d than most others.
    And since trading gabby we have been above 3 GAG
    Maybe I’m just an optimist but I think (hope) these blueshirts will make some kind of noise beyond the 48th game

  113. This feels like most post-Cup seasons… Battling for the last spot too the last day. Was Last year a fluke spurred on by a goaltender who was all universe?

  114. Yes, let’s successfully cross the 48th parallel, where all of our hops are grown (really, look it up)

  115. IMO it was a combination of teams in the eastern conference in a transition year to all the breaks going the rangers way.

  116. UB – great point. I think we may beat up our d for every mistake because our margin for success is so low. I said if more than 6 weeks ago several times here. If we are going to be successful, hank has to hold them to
    2 or less. Maybe it should have been 1 or less.

  117. I’d like Stralman for about 700k less and in a consistent role as a 5-6 guy. He should be your worst dman and guys like Hamr and Gilroy should be playing pick up hockey down in Ramapo or something.

  118. UB Ranger,
    I wish I had your confidence in this team but I’ve seen enough this year and lost any expectations I might of had with this team.

  119. I still hate that piece of &$@! Phanuef for essentially ending sauers career even tho it was a clean hit, can still see his helmet flying off his head :'(
    Wish he was well, man that would’ve been one brick wall of a d corps

  120. Call me crazy but I still don’t have confidence that this team will even make the playoffs. It’s par for the course. I can see it now, Kovalchuk comes back, devils get hot, maybe not make the playoffs themselves but beat the rangers at the end of the season and knock the rangers out of a playoff spot.

  121. UB Ranger – what you said makes a lot of sense to me. The difference I see this year as opposed to last comes down to timing. They may have given up fewer goals but the timing of some of them are dubious at best.

    For Example. I feel last years team would not have given up that 4th goal in Toronto the other night and instead seized the moment following the Stepan goal and pulled out a win in OT/SO.

    I have no explanation for this though

  122. UB, Sauer getting concussed was probably inevitable. Just a matter of when. Though, this is pretty severe.

  123. Thanks tommy, I’m always on the plus side of things, watching this team beats watching them a few years ago, that we can all agree on, but with 9 games left I’m still hoping they start getting hot.
    LGR!!!!!

  124. i posted this yesterday if rangers and isles finish with same points and no one wins a shootout the rest of the way they will finish with the same ROW WINS.

    the second tiebreaker is head to head pts in season series

    right now rangers have 5 pts to isles 3 pts with one game left. if isles win saturday in regulation they finished tied

    the 3rd tiebrekae is goal differential.

    right now going into tonight the rangers are plus 2 and the isles are minus 3.

    hey i will sign for a playoff spot based on goal differential

  125. two season ago the the devs failed to knock rangers out on final day of season. dont give them a second chance.

  126. I’ll admit it. If you don’t have an avatar I’m not reading your post. It’s just a natural instinct for me due to extreme laziness.

  127. Draxen – your post makes TOTAL sense to me and I agree 100%. Last years team just had magic. They win that game in Toronto. Maybe in the BCATHGE. But they win it.

  128. They seemed to win all the games that could have gone either way last year, including two Game 7s, until Game 6 in Newark.

  129. Draxen – agree 100%, last year they were making goals like that, Richards .1 left in phx, or simply just locking it down thru neutral zone to secure win, played too much from behind this year, read somewhere the other day our nyrs are on 82 game point streak when leading after first, didn’t get too many of them this year
    Tommy G. I hope on the 28th I can call you crazy, cuz that scenario would really put me in a depressed funk all summer

  130. Gravy, You Know You Want Some Marty on

    Guess I’m in the minority, but I don’t see the Isles virtually eliminating the Flyers as a bad thing. I’d rather start weeding out the bunch-up of teams on the outside. Be nice if The Peg lost, but the Rangers have two games in hand.

  131. Manny,
    I changed my picture over a half an hour ago and still no picture. It only took a few minutes last time.

  132. be at the flying puck on 30th and 7th ave at 5pm. will be in the back with callahan jersey. come by. manny come get a beer before subway home?

  133. I have confidence they’ll win tonight, I am wearing my lucky NYR socks today after all

  134. lol Papa when I’m at my mother in laws in West Milford it’s “down”..but that’s exactly what I had in mind, yes

  135. I had to look it up, Carp. Then I remembered it. And yes, that kind of downtown. Like when Cops say “you’re going downtown.” Or when hookers say….

  136. Stranger Nation on

    Fran the Man –

    Where you been? Please don’t forget to post, even if Gilly is on the Black Aces. The team is passing much better now.

    Best,
    Stranger

  137. Sioux – funny story

    last year in the playoffs, i was sitting on the couch watching the game wearing my NYR Socks, Hat, Jersey and mesh shorts. My fiancee comments “you know the only thing you’re missing is Rangers Undies” I immediately (during the next break in play) went to my drawer took out a pair and in black sharpie wrote Rangers across the back. She just shook her head in disbelief and walked out of the room

  138. Actually, the article supports Tort and his handling of Kreider, Carp. I just said it didn’t so more people would enthusiastically click on it.

  139. Doubtful Manny. Even as recently as the 6-1 win over the Pens I was standing on the couch pounding on my bare chest while screaming “that’s how you play” after Clowe’s 2nd goal, the future Mrs G just kinda starred at me…then looked at her ring…and then the tv..and then me again…and left the room…

  140. yeah, I know, Manny. But this idea that he’s “notoriously rough on rookies” is just downright incorrect.

  141. Mrs. Manny loves the Rangers. She is a loyal sports fan. She’s down to watch any and all Rangers games on the couch or at MSG. She does institute “no blog” times at home though. And she does get upset when I’m watching Coyotes/Stars games or something irrelevant to her. She also makes fun of my collection of T-Shirts and hats. But overall, Gem.

  142. That article basically says what we all knew but didn’t want to say about The Kreider. Basically, it boils down to Torts being right about his weak overall game.

  143. Kreider, defensively, is like a child that wanders into the middle of a movie. He had no frame of reference.

  144. fivefootzero on

    Sport-o-Rama….Ewwwww. My son had a game there about 2 years ago. Some kids from the other teams were walking around the rink barefoot…I nearly puked. That place is just GROSS.

  145. Stranger Nation on

    Babying Kreider…hmmm…Richards must be getting the full breast feeding treatment by Torts

    I guess ‘old dog new tricks’ kind of coaching…

  146. fivefootzero on

    I’m a seasoned hockey mom, my son has been playing for 6 years. Those are absolutely the WORST. Second to Brick of course.

  147. That’s alarming Carp. I don’t know a single player that doesn’t protect their feet in these rinks after what happened to Nicky Springer.

  148. Is anyone else getting Islander fans coming out of the woodwork? People who I last heard from in 1984.

  149. matteau

    yes i am still very close with all my childhood friends and of a group of 7 hockey fans 5 of them are isles fans 2 ranger fans inluding me.

    i have heard more in the last month them talking isles and texted me after every win.

    they all want one thing the rangers to miss the playoffs. they want the hockey stage to themselves.

  150. 270 posts ,do any of you people work?

    Jeff in SD, when did you go through Paris Island?

    I went through right after the guys who drowned in the swamp in 56, 56-62, “old corps”!

    Blog Indian AKA Man with Many Names, you were on the money with the Nuns might have been worse than the D.I’s,it’s probably what caused your occasional synaptic dysfunction! ;) Smile!

  151. whereas my wife could probably name every member of the Rangers roster (including healthy scratches and IR).

    my wife rules

  152. my wife secretly roots for hockey season to be over so my life is less stressed. she doesnt understand why i watch all these games not involving rangers right now. she doesnt get it.

  153. Future Mrs. Draxen loves hockey but it gets to be a little much for her when she wakes up every morning, turns on every tv only to find the NHL Network on

  154. Who do you guys think will be the top 5 compliance buy out candidates this summer?

    Bryzgalov, Richards, Luongo?

  155. Unfortunately the only way this Rangers team is going to extract revenge on Dion physically, is to either drop the jumbotron on him or launch Bill Pidto out of one of those shirt launchers with him in their cross hairs.

  156. not normally a fan of these things but one way to remedy the situation would be to have Asham beat the living hell out of Phaneuf tonight

  157. off to the garden in a little. nine games left

    5-3-1 gets them in at 53 pts. projected cut line is 52 nhl radio been saying

  158. Eric same here, early 80s was a brutal time to be in high school with mostly Islander fans. And now here they are as if the last 30 years never happened. Trying to torment in the same way they did back then.

  159. Is This Real? on

    Richards must be loving all this Golf coverage. He’s getting ready for the post-season after all

  160. Is This Real? on

    Stranger Nation- That is a classic scene! I used to joke about that scene with the wife all the time

  161. why does it matter if we work, don’t work and how many post have been posted, jackwagon.

  162. I’m still trying to understand why after changing my pic it’s not showing up. I changed it hours ago, weird.

  163. Cmnsense is retired, he’s got no time to post. I think he said he was in Jupiter. Or on Jupiter.

  164. Maybe they can replace the t-shirt toss with the Pidto toss. That might get the fans more interested in the actual game.

  165. ok, I think I know why my changed pic didn’t come through. I didn’t realize you need to attach it in my profile.

  166. But what if Pidto lands on one of the Garden of Dreams kids that is assisting with the T-Shirt toss?

  167. oh well, whatever the reason is the pic I used doesn’t work, going back to old pic to see if that works.

  168. If Pidto hurts one of those kids we should have a tough Ranger beat him senselessly…Actually…We’ll let Phaneuf handle that too..

  169. Nice Real.. One dog faces east the other faces west and this guy’s going “what do ya want from me?”…

  170. Manny just an fyi- thanks to your earlier rouse, I have no convinced myself that any link you post is in fact pertaining to the exact opposite of what you claim it’s about..And I will not click the link because I do not wish to be an enabler.

  171. Another ruse! great song. time flys. Grundge fan Manny? going to see SoundGarden in CT next month.

  172. Carp it’s sad to think it’s been that long. I really hope I get one more so that I CAN die in peace.

  173. All the Islander fans comng out got me reminiscing about those years and how it seemed like a lifetime between the Islanders and Rangers Cups. Yet that was only 10 years. HALF the current drought.

  174. Sioux-per-man on

    No. The Rangers have to good of a young core, to let it get that far out!

    Same for the Islanders & Edmonton, after getting so many 1’st round draft picks don’t you turn into a Pittsburgh type team and eventually start winning cups?

  175. Tommy G, try attaching your brain as your photo…..you should only need half the space!

  176. Sioux-per-man on

    Islander might be able to pull it off in a couple of years, their youth is only going to get better with time.

  177. Comnsnse,
    true, my brain is to big for the space so half should do, thanks for the tip.

  178. Sioux-per-man,
    my friend called me to brag about his islanders and thinks they will be a elite team in a few years when they move to Brooklyn. I told him to take it easy, playoff contenders, yes, elite, not so much.

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