Rangers at Islanders tonight: pregame notes

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The Rangers visit Uniondale tonight in the most important meeting between the teams in years, the Islanders two points up on the Rangers, the Rangers with a game in hand. After tonight the Isles will have six games left, the Rangers seven.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Saturday, Apr. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers: 20-16-4 (44 pts)
Islanders: 21-16-4 (46 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-16-4 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, in the shootout on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered a point in five of their last six games (4-1-1). The Islanders enter the contest with a 21-16-4 (46 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in nine of their last 10 games (8-1-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Apr. 16, at Wells Fargo Center (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 118-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 49-62-8-2 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers are 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 overtime win on Mar. 7 at Long Island. Two of their three meetings have been decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Blueshirts’ power play is 3-9 (33.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill is 6-6 (100.0%) through three games. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) are tied for the series lead in scoring with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .965 Sv%, while Martin Biron is 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .903 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two contests that required extra time. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 20-14, including a 16-9 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 5-25 (20.0%), led by Brad Richards’ two power play goals. Marian Gaborik led the team with five goals and seven points in the season series, while Anton Stralman tallied a team-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 1-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .906 Sv%.
– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 13-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
– New York ranks 21st in the NHL with a 7-10-2 (16 pts) record on the road; Long Island ranks 25th in the NHL with a 9-11-2 (20 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 7-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 7-8-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists four former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Martin Biron (2009-10); Roman Hamrlik (2000-01 – 2003-04); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
– Long Island lists no former Ranger on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 43 GP, 26-11-5, 2.13 GAA, 4 SO
– Martin Biron — 29 GP, 21-4-1-2, 2.06 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 38 GP, 13-22-35
– Ryan Callahan — 33 GP, 7-14-21
– Rick Nash — 12 GP, 5-6-11
– Dan Girardi — 38 GP, 4-7-11

SPECIAL TEAMS:
– The Rangers’ power play is 5-16 (31.3%) in the last five games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 17-18 (94.4%) in the last six games
– New York has registered a point in 15 of 19 games (13-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal
– Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (6:00) on Wednesday vs. Toronto. New York ranks 21st overall (20-121, 16.5%) and 23rd on the road (7-54, 13.0%). 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 Maple Leafs scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Wednesday at MSG. New York is tied for 14th overall (106-129, 82.2%) and ranks 19th on the road (44-56, 78.6%). 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 (5:00) on Wednesday vs. Toronto, and are now minus-1 in 26 four-on-four situations (56:32) 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).

EXCLUSI VE 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. On Wednesday, Tortorella passed Tom Renney for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list with his 165th victory as the Blueshirts’ head coach.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (5th in NHL) in GAA — 2.30
– 5th (12th in NHL) in FO% — 50.7%
– 2nd (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.4
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 1208
– 5th (8th in NHL) in BkS — 639

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 11 of his last 12 games (7-3-2, 1.80 GAA, .936 Sv% over the span)
– Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a six-game point streak (four goals, five assists over the span); 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in the last 22 games
– Rick Nash — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last nine games
– Derick Brassard — seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last seven games, including five points (one goal, four assists) in five games as a NYR
– Ryane Clowe — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 13 games; four points (two goals, two assists) in five games as a NYR
– Ryan McDonagh — four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games, including a point in each of the last three home games
– Brad Richards — eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games
– Ryan Callahan — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last six 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) — 40
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 19
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 103

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– 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. Good morning, boneheads!

    Greetings from sunny Naples, FL! Well, it’s still dark, not sunny. Somehow little ilb doesn’t care, though.

    Anyway, the Internet is up and running, the wifi is very strong. So I’m ready. Read your comments from last night/this morning. I think you’re a little too negative. Today is a statement game for everyone, including newcomers. I expect a big game from everyone. And especially from Ryanne Clowe. Don’t ask me why.
    My prediction- the Fishsticks are going down!

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Isles with last change, be interesting to see match up with second lines. Need New faces to contrubute, Hank to dominate, and D to stay on skates!

    If Richards centering Clowe/Boyle, does that mean they mark Tavares line? Richards on Tavares? Oy…

    4-2, GWG Monster Nash

  3. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Important, non-must win game. But, I would like to see them win.

    WIth the Derbils losing in futility last night, the only ‘real’ contender for the playoffs looking from outside in is the Jets. Two games at hand. Do have an easy sued. Can’t see it, however.

    Playoff clinching is not that far out of the question. More than a round? Not against 1 or 2 seed. Don’t see that.

  4. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    If our guys show up with all guns firing, perhaps we have a chance. But this is an Icelander team very different than we saw earlier. Firing on all cylinders. Youthful confidence. Speed. Strength. Good goal tending. That’s the Icelanders I speak of? Yup, you betcha.

    The one glimmer of hope is that most teams have still approached them, this year, as if they were last year’s version. They are not.

    To my eyes, Boston, took it easy on them or were both tired and hurt. Now, da boys are in a ‘like to win’ situation. They will be pumped. They should bring their best…something the Icelanders don’t see from anyone too often and we do.

    Will be interesting. I am concerned……..

  5. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Boneheads that ARE going….be loud..be loud!!!!!

    LGR!!!LGR!!! LGRRRRRR!!!!!!!

  6. bull dog line on

    I think iv’e got it now. last year, when they had a great season, it was the system that was the key to the season. this year, they are having a so so season, the players are the reason they have been crap.

  7. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Eric, we expect none of this worrying we see online from you. Tonight…you get there….you sit down…..you see your team..and you chant …. LETS GO RANGERS!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    Have fun!!! Hope it’s great!!!

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Bulldog, that’s part of it. For sure.

    But, last year we had a team chemistry that was perfect. We had guys that felt it and were willing to go the extra mile. This year, not so much. Callie, usually Step, MacD sometimes….definitely, after the first 10 games, Hank.

    The team rallied each other.

    And, sorry, if you reach the Hab boards, over and over again, they say the addition of Prust amongst all the changes, was the most important of all. Prust saying. Claude Lemieux, Booby Clarke, some guys ‘have it’ and the former does and did for us.

    Hopefully the players can handle the system and put out the Fishsticks.

  9. Sather is a moron, last years team had the best record in the eastern conference so the chosen one decides to break it up and reconstruct the team, idiot. I wish I had the boneheads confidence and enthusiasm for tonight’s game. Unfortunately I don’t and I do not think the rangers will win tonight. Something like 4-2 islanders or 3-1 islanders, this team is still flawed and it isn’t going to change over night. This team needs to be fixed in the off season, how, who knows, Sather doesn’t even know.

  10. Eric, I didn’t think there WERE three islander fans. Hank will be the difference tonight in a wild 3-1 win LGR !!!!!!

  11. Just mentioning that I’m still not happy with the excerpt format on the blog – i wind up only reading the excerpt and not clicking on the rest of the post. I know that this is a “Switch” that can be thrown in the blog settings.

    wonder if page views are down or up?

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Bobby Clarke and Claude Lemieux, as much as I hated them, were 1000x the hockey players Prust would ever hope to be.
    Last year was a deeply flawed hockey team that played playoff hockey from Nov-Jan when all the other clubs were still in reg season mode.
    Since Feb of last year this is a .500 hockey club which now has a better future with youngsters learning in minors and more skilled depth than last year at this time.
    we have our 2nd best Dman out since beginning of March so starting to wear thin on back line.
    Hopefully extra day of rest helps them catch their breath and be ready for Isles speed game.

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

    Stranger, would you admit that other teams might be deeper in the minors? Would you admit that we have no 1,2,3 (until deep) round picks? Do you have confidence in this GM that he can make the right moves THIS off season, when, at least, for this year he blew up a team that was, at least, a contender? It has been 13 years and counting, hasn’t it?

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

    Of course they were, Stranger. They are a prototype of a team player that everyone can rally around. Prust was that for us. He is that for Montreal. PLaying level aside, teammates respond. Is there anyone on this team now as flamboyant and willing to do “what it takes” as him? And just how is team chemistry?

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

    Lemieux and Clarke were both drafted second round by Montreal and Philly, respectively and stayed there for either a while, or the later, his whole career. It’s pretty hard to trade for a player like that, but that’s what we have been forced to do because our GM doesn’t know how to draft. Hence, he brought in a ‘specialist’ that has indeed helped a bit.

    WHen you trade for players of that ilk, usually they are already damaged goods, and you get a Clowe, or a Prust. Of course, Prust is not even close to them.

  16. Not a must win but a nice win! Knock these isles down a peg. Have fun at the mausoleum Eric. It will be a tough game but the rangers will prevail. Hank is gonna have one of those games.

  17. To expand on Matty’s point. It’s not even about beating the Islanders. It’s about winning 5-6 of the remaining 8 games. The Devils have collapsed along with the Phlyers and Hurricanes. The ‘Peggers, and the Caps if they ever slowdown, are the real competition for a playoff spot right now. We have to get points and continue to remain ahead of them. It would be great to catch the Senators and having some breathing room but it’s unlikely given this team and out luck.

  18. Stranger Nation on

    Prust love – only $2.5M/yr – agree he is worth that when you add how much Boyle has regressed without him, but 4 yr deal – let’s see how it plays out over time…

    Matty – Slats is a black hole of ineptitude, makes one bad move after another, particularly with the bottom 6 this year. Please never for a second believe I feel he has any credibility

    For the record – last year was the most satisfying year as a Ranger Fan, not only because they were so successful, but they were the ones doing the bullying and scrapping and fighting and grinding and jamming – and Prust was a HUGE part of that.

    That being said, still no front line scoring and a pedestrian D playing back up goalie while on the ice is not a formula for long term success

  19. I love Prust. More than anything in the world (as you all may have noticed). But 4 years? It scared me too.

  20. how do you think clowe’s contract is going to look like if you think prust’s contract scares you?

  21. Actually, though, they are different players. In defense of Clowe, when he gets too old to fight he will still contribute to the team in many ways. He also scores a lot more goals than my hero, The Prust.

  22. That remains to be seen. Clowe’s first game was all the new players best game so I’m discounting that game because Pittsburgh was coming off a long streak, back to back and major injuries to key players.

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

    Stranger @ 8:46, vibin’ :)

    And I so agree with you that last year was if not the best, only second best to 1994. What may make it better is that the expectations were lower and the team overachieved. I do agree with what you said about that team, being unable to score, and it not being suitable for long term success. That’s why I was ok with the Nash deal. But to allow the heart and soul of the team implode? No. Sather has made some bad deals, signed some awful FA’s. But perhaps the worst he’s done are the non-deals in letting certain ’emotional’ core players leave over this past summer.

    With his decades of experience, he should know better. Sadly, it sets this franchise back years, instead of moving it forward as the Nash deal should have.

  24. My lord. The biggest game of the season and some of you are still ranting and raving about Gm/coach/player blame. Take a breath stop pretending you have any say in the management of the organization and just be a fan and root for your team tonight.

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

    Manny and Tommy, I was at the game Wednesday. My first to see Clowe. Have you seen him live?

    I was quite impressed with his vision/ability to see the ice. He’s a good, smart passer. Gets in good position. Is not ultra imposing, but good size. Good fight the other night.

    But he is very slow. A liability if he has to chase a quick player up ice. He couldn’t.

    He clearly is offensively more clever than Prust could ever wish to be, a better fighter, better passer. BUT, he is a bit slow for the PK. He is defensively responsible unless he has to chase up ice.

    Prust had an immeasurable and innate way to alter the course of a game with a key hit or fight. I have yet to see that from Clowe (but it is early).

    If he is signed for 3 years at a $3.5-$4.0 (the latter is TOPS), it’s ok. BUT, I will not change my stance that Sather could have not blown up this team and paid less to have more for other players salaries, had he been smarter on keeping PRUST. And, yes, BOyle would have played better, too.

  26. Janmes, vibin’!

    Matty, I thought Clowe’s fight against TOR stemmed the tide of Leaf pressure and the game began to swing in our favor, and I thought his hit against PIT in his first game with the team set the tone early.

  27. Czechthemout!!! on

    Matty

    I know you like Prust and all but please stop with the Bobby Clarke and Claude Lemieux comparison. Clarke is in the hall of fame because he was truly a great player who despised because he was a dirty player and he was a Flyer. Clarke was a 1000 x the player Prust is. Lemieux was 100x the player Prust is. I greatly respected Prust for what he did here. And at the time, I was calling for Boyle to be dumped so that his salary could be used to keep Prust.

    As for the Habs resurgence, I think getting Danny Markov, the best dman on the team back, the emergence of Bradon Gallagher and Alex Galchenyk, Subban playing like one ofmthe best defenseman in the league and Carey Price taking his game to a higher level has alot more to do with it than Brandon Prust. Although I do think that Prust brings an element of toughness that every team needs, it is not worth the contract he got.

  28. Czechthemout!!! on

    Latona

    Without question that Clowe changed the course of both of those games you mentioned.

  29. See, Czech, that might make sense in the overall scheme of things but the NHL Network, The Habs themselves and all their fans say it’s THE PRUST and the team rallying around him.

  30. Have not seen Clowe Live yet either….however, I’ve seen Boyle play lacking sleep…….I’ve also seen Richards play like the second coming of Wayne Dillon.

  31. Understood, Matty. It’s a good point. And I am completely with you that blowing up the team, aside from the Nash deal, was utterly stupid in the end. We will see how they patch it back together though over a real season and with Dorsett.

  32. Signing Clowe to a long term deal is a risk. To me It looks like he is playing the back 9, closing in on the clubhouse. Buyer beware – The man has some miles on his wheels, miles accrued while traveling over rough terrain.

  33. Big Clowe test tonight. I want to watch how he handles the speed and quickness of the young Islander forwards. Big test.

  34. I want Clowe to remain near the net. Bang home rebounds. That’s where he should live for the back 9.

  35. Morning all,

    Papa – Wayne Dillon actually scored a hat trick for the Rangers one night – and didn’t shoot the puck once. All pucks defleted off his skates and or shin guards into the net. Forget who they played against.

    That guy was soft as Land-O-Lakes Butter.

  36. Czechthemout!!! on

    Manny

    Nonsense. Who cares what some putz on the NHL network says. As for the fans, yeah some might say that. Fans can get emotional about players sometimes. Look at the guys and gals on here. Pro Avery, anti Avery, pro Torts, anti Torts. Etc.

    Fact is Markov is a great defenseman who has missed a lot of games for them. Subban is playing like a Norris trophy candidate. I wish MDZ would have taken as big a step up as Subban.

    When Prust was out a few games earlier this year, I dont think it effected the Habs much at all.

  37. James G,

    You nailed it.

    Enough with the back and forth Carcillo about the coach/certain players/management.

    Be a fan for Cooke’s sake and root them on!

  38. Czechthemout!!! on

    Again, I am not saying that Prust has not brought something to Habs this year. I just think the other elements I mentioned are about 90% of the reason the Habs are playing beter this year.

  39. Plus, if the Rangers made all the moves the pseudo coaches and GMs on this blog have suggested – the team would be in the toilet for years to come.

    And last time I checked – both Glen Sather and John Tortorella had more Stanley Cup rings than any one of you.

  40. Czech,

    Prust is a “glue” guy that is certainly missed.

    Also – he is a player that has already missed significant time with the Habs and will continue to do so because of his reckless style of play. Let’s see how good he looks in year 4 of that deal – that is – if he’s still with them.

    Chemistry is a hard thing to duplicate. And even if Prust were on the Rangers this season, it doesn’t automatically mean they’d be in a better spot. So many other things have factored into their mediocre play so far.

  41. Authorben, very interesting on Dillon. My recollection is that he never went to the front of the net. WOW.

    He was a typical over-hyped prospect a pre-arrival superstar who never lived up to his potential. Jelly legs got him. Didn’t like the bangin game.

  42. Someone needs to tell it to the Isles from Vigo’s point of view: “What was will be. What is will be no more”

  43. czechthemout!!! on

    Wow ! Wayne Dillon. You guys really know your team history. I am very impressed.

  44. Papa,

    Dillon was a waste of space. Not an NHL player by any stretch of the imagination.

    The player that came with him from the WHA – Pat Hickey – was a far better player and an intregral part of the ’79 club that went to the Finals against the Habs. In fact, the line of Pat Hickey, Ron Duguay and Bobby Sheehan was terrific throughout the playoffs. Lots of speed and counter attacks.

  45. I remember following one of my favorite golfers, Greg “The Shark” Norman at the Greater Hartford Open (GHO) when I was but a young’un. He used a ball that was not legal, because it had been produced and patented but not yet approved by the PGA, and was actually eliminated from competitive play.

    I remember it well because it was an awesome life lesson in honesty. Norman realized he was using the wrong ball and turned himself in. My dad used it as a good teaching lesson.

    I never, ever cheat at golf as a result.

  46. Ben,

    Nickname of Hitch if I remember correctly. Traded in the Barry Beck deal. Played with Nilson and Hedberg but didn’t mesh with their creative style. Vickers ended up there and Hickey moved to Dugay and Sheehan.

  47. Donnie Murdoch still claims he was only trying to buy snow tires and he was the victim of gross misinterpretation.

  48. Gaborik had the winning goal in both victories over the Isles this year. 4-1 2/7 & 2-1 OT 3/4

  49. When Boxcar had his jaw wired by a Gillies smash to the mush, Your cousins must have enjoyed that one

  50. Manny- That’s why Clowe was gotten. To be in the front of net. More important is the grit which he brings and he has to get grittier

  51. That was source of the nickname. Well I’ll be at a sweet sixteen with them tonight. Hope they have an awful time. Hopefully the game will be on

  52. I remember Gillies beat the crap out of Terry O’Reilly 3 times in the semis in 1980, each one worse than the last. Finally, Al Secord gave O’Reilly relief and took a turn. Gillies beat the crap out of him as well. Gillies was a scary heavy weight.

  53. Who was the right wing on the Darren Turcotte line. I know Kris King was on the left. Was it Eddie Johnstone. It was during the Roger Neilson era I believe. Damm my memory is slipping

  54. Papa,

    That ’79 team had good balance up front, a mobile young defense with players such as McEwen, Greschner, Farrish and Marois – and of course JD played out of his mind between the pipes.

  55. Manny@11:08, your golf story brought tears to my eyes and I for one am willing to support your nomination for blog sainthood.

    Please advise when and where the ceremony will take place. These human interest non hockey comments are welcome additions to the blog. Very refreshing!

    Perhaps you could have some of those plastic statues made for the dashboard!;)

  56. Carp – Will Greshner,Park or Ratelle ever be given nights at the Garden. There all deserving. It’s almost like Gil Hodges never making the hall of fame. All writers that would vote for him have passed.

  57. lone, I would like to see all teams — especially teams with history — institute a ring of honor. Instead of retiring numbers, or in addition to retiring numbers, they could honor all their great players that way. Agree, Greschner, Park, Ratelle all should have nights, even heart-and-soul guys like Beukeboom and JD and the Maloney boys could then be honored.

  58. The Yankees should have done that long ago … now they’re running out of numbers and have no way to honor Bernie Williams, Andy Pettitte, Posada, that type of player.

  59. _Gaborik had the winning goal in both victories over the Isles this year. 4-1 2/7 & 2-1 OT 3/4_

    can we rent Gaborik for tonight?

  60. Leetchhalloffame on

    After 20 years of drafting in the top 5 the Icelanders finally have a decent team. Even a blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn.

  61. O’Reilly, tough as he was, was just about McD’s size. As was Nystrom. These boys today are eating a lot of eggs.

  62. I’m listening to opera on WQXR and commenting on hockey fights. ilb, can you recommend a good therapist?

  63. Chris Simon was likeable as a Ranger..can’t say the same for the likes of…well, any other Islander that was eventually a Ranger

  64. I’m getting a pedicure at the direction (command) of and right next to, Mrs. Manny. I also need a therapist.

  65. And not for nothing- Barnaby was kind of an Islander killer when he was a Ranger. Overall in his career v NYI 40 games 7 goals 20 points 140 PIMs…

  66. Manny, excellent non hockey observations.

    \On another non hockey topic, what do you think of the Samoan Airlines idea to charge passengers by their weight? Papa bear might offer an opinion as well!

    Is it permissible to bring up “weighty” topics on such a serious sport’s blog?

    Why over on the Lohud Yankee blog there was a discourse on WW2, Germany etc.

  67. Happens to the best of us, Manny. I’ve now gotten word that the clock is officially ticking on my getting fitted for a tux for October…

  68. Stranger Nation on

    just for the record – talking about this year’s team and moves/non moves is verbotten, but 70’s Ranger hockey is OK

    uhmm…ok, got it now…

  69. Been in touch with Eugene Pavlov, Papa. We share lunch from the same dog’s bowl. Not working. Will search out Ziggy.

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    That car seat better be in a great mood tonight… Which means a huge win…..

  71. Chris Simon was likable because he was a Ranger before he was an Islander wasn’t he?

    Also Rich Pilon wasn’t a bad Ranger. And Asham has been ok when he has played. As has Haley. I think.

  72. paul devorski and rob martell two officials tonite. they play a big role. i want limited pp. let the teams play

  73. I was just going to say how nobody mentioned Feds…until LW just did…

    Fedostinko is missed on this team.

  74. home tampa(no shot losing
    home carolina(no shot losing)
    home isles( actually we may need to root for isles here)
    at wash(loss)
    at buffalo( prob win
    home montreal(could be nothing for habs 2 or 4 seed locked up

    5-1 very doable

  75. I put the Jets and Islanders in the same category…both are too talented to lose that many games and also unproven…they shouldn’t scare any legit team…

  76. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Chris Simon…hell yes!!!

    Why do I always have to straighten you guys out?
    First of all sather didn’t “blow/dismantle” the core of this team, free agency did.

    AA, dubi, and erixon for Nash. So lets see…dubi, talk about a terrible contract (sather’s fault) at 4 plus mil per season, good riddance. AA is the only player that I miss and if you really look at it AA, a marginal d man and a bad contract for Rick Nash? Who the hell doesn’t make that deal?

    Prust, Feds, Mitchell, all left via free agency and you guys hammer slats everytime he doesn’t get top talent for bottom dollar, so wholly crap I can’t even imagine how many of you boo hoo the core is gone jackwagons would be saying what an idiot slats was for overpaying for a bunch of 4th liners like prust, Feds, and Mitchell.

    The gabby deal was coming to a head whether anyone here wants to admit it or not. He and his salary were gone at the end of his contract regardless. Would I have liked to see a higher draft pick come back? Sure, but at least we didn’t lose him for nothing and with the cap going down, at gabby’s salary, I’m not sure even as a 40 goal guy you had a ton on teams wanting to take on that salary.

    Slats did pretty well all things considered. He isn’t perfect by any means, but he addressed a lot of issues in the deal. I think what happens in the off season with brich, whether he is bought out or not, and potential additions will in the end determine whether the gabby deal was good or not. I for one think it was.

    Sorry to bring logic into your ridiculous one track emotion filled whining.

  77. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Oh, and of course I have to work so LGR and LGD! I think we outmuscle this team and win!!

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

    James G, from way above, you’re right!! Sorry!!

    I look forward to tonight’s game and feel, deep down, despite our team’s shortcomings, we can still beat this confident young bunch. Henrik is improving. As long as our ‘d’ plays pretty well, he can carry.

    Some radio guy called Tavares the ‘best hockey player in the metro NYC area’ last night. Time for Nash to show him who really is the best!!

    LGR!!!

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

    iwicky, let’s just say I strongly disagree, but am not going back there now. I agree with James G. Now is the time for being a fan. When the seaon’s over, we can catch up.

    For now, LGR!! We win tonight!!!!!

  80. Wick, I generally agree with what you said. Let me say this: Fedotenko is just a better hockey player than Pyatt. I’d rather have Feds. I don’t think Pyatt is an upgrade and he was supposed to be.

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Matty
    I guess that is the difference between me and a lot of people here, I am always a fan!!

  82. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nyr
    I agree with you about Feds and pyatt.

    I would rather see a lot of guys in the line up over pyatt (and powe as well)

  83. Yea. Pyatt is rough. Doesn’t make a lot of Terrible mistakes though. So he’s got that going for him.

  84. Czechthemout!!! on

    Pyatt does not make any plays either. So he has that going for him as well. That is the standard that so many on here value players on. Pretty sad.

    Iwicky

    Vibin brother! Big time!

  85. Czechthemout!!! on

    Nyrfan

    Feds is a better player than Pyatt. Totally agree. What is sad though is that Feds is already running on fumes yet is still better than Pyatt.

  86. Lefty’s balls are in the water more than Michael Phelps’ were during the Olympics.

  87. In the long run, John Moore may turn out to be the biggest catch of all. First Round Pick, 22 yrs. old, big, speedy, physical, heady. As he matures he and McD might be the very welcome, back- line of an extended future.

  88. Papa, copy your 1:57 :))

    Manny, as you know, guys like those two on D don’t fall from the tree too often. Here’s hoping.

  89. Ok I made it. Nassau county. Prepping for the sweet 16. Cousins on alert for ranger dominance tonight. LGR!!!!!

  90. We once had a D-man Jayson More, 1st Round pick in the late 80’s. I think he played 1 game for us. Lets hope John with the extra “o” in the last name does a little better. . Skates like Mike McEwen.

  91. PBR, I hope Clark Gillies doesn’t show at the Sweet 16 party. If he does, you betterment end your an Icelander fan.

  92. Jay More….., he played 1 game and we traded him to Minnesota for another Ranger legend, Dave Archibald. Sheeeesh, we have had some horrible players on this team through the years.

  93. NYR: Every single Masters I root for Frederick “Boom Boom” Couples (one of my favorite golfers of all time). Every year his back lets me down late on Saturday. I hope this is the year!

  94. Sheeeesh, we have -had- some horrible players on this team -through the years-

    **********

    Fixed

  95. Freddie has been playing some great golf over the last year on the Champions Tour! I think his back is finally letting him play…

    They are showing Fred practice now on Golf Channel..

  96. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Being in a senior citizen vacuum down here in FLA, I was wondering why Mad Dog is part of this page’s tweets? He’s got about as much knowledge of hockey as his former partner has on…. well… basically anything. Just curious.

  97. Those are just “ReTweets” Evrock. He’s not part of the feed. Those were just ReTweeted quotes from Mad Dog about the Masters.

  98. Senior in Fla. I resent that characterization.

    Seniors abhor a vacuum which is why we occasionally visit Carp World where there is no shortage of matter filling the void! ;)

  99. Manny, you’re such a pleasant and agreeable fellow, is it any wonder you are treated to pedicures and such by the Missus?

    Tell her she hit a gusher when she met you! ;)

  100. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Going to see the Panthers try and play spoiler to the Pens (don’t know what they’re trying to spoil, other than my appetite these days). Before the game I’m meeting with the CEO, Yormark, in a small informal chat with some season seat-holders. Just hope we’ve got enough time for all my questions and unasked-for advice!
    Imagine getting the chance to meet Dolan and bother him about everything you’ve ever wanted to bother him about? Not that I’d necessarily want to. No matter what I’d be upset at the outcome since I could never finish berating him in time.
    This is the second such small “town hall” meeting I’m attending this season. These guys care down here! They actually take action on the things that fans aren’t happy about. Gotta love crappy teams. lol
    Anyone want me to ask a random question for them?
    Meanwhile…. Go Rags! Kick those damn fishsticks into the toaster where they belong!

  101. Papa Bear, I KNOW you like honey:

    You can take all the tea in China
    Put it in a big brown bag for me
    Sail it right around the seven oceans
    Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea
    Because she’s as sweet as tupelo honey
    She’s an angel of the first degree

    Just like honey from the bee

  102. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Hey Manny, since I’m not really a twitterer©, how does his tweet get retweeted here? Is it a site-wide thing, a sports thing or is it only on the Ranger blog?
    For a guy that can built his own computer and fix what needs fixin’ most of the time I’m clueless when it comes to social media. Probably because I hate it. lol

  103. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Comnsnse, the seniors down here are different than all other seniors. It’s like the Galapagos Islands where 2 subspecies develop entirely different from one another having been separated by a body of water. Only this species is separated by rednecks and biblethumpers!

  104. Coos, copy your 2:39. Roger that on the Honey. If it’s sweet and sticky, than it’s for me.

  105. Essentially, someone that we do follow (in this case, Carp/Capr/RangersReport) liked, or found interesting, what he said. After reading it you just select “RT” for ReTweet and everyone that follows you sees what Mad Dog Russo said.

  106. Isn’t it nice when the geezers that control golf’s rules flex their muscles and make it clear that everyone is beneath them?

  107. What sport has no officials/umps/refs, NYR? Not being argumentative, but without rules and enforcement, yahoos take over.

  108. Lets go Freddy, would love to see him win the masters, class act and great human being.

  109. Golf has officials. If Tiger thought he didn’t know the proper drop spot he should have called for a rules official in the little golf cart to tell him what to do.

  110. Just like how the end of Happy Gilmore is a lie because the Media Tower that he ends up having to putt around is really a movable obstruction.

  111. Or, more accurately, how he actually broke it…

    Why does it have to be self-enforcing? Why do you find out the next day?

  112. “No! Play it as it lies…I had to hit it off Frankenstein’s fat foot, remember?”

  113. If the golfers are supposed to police themselves and the PGA officials don’t tell them they have committed a violation until they sign their score card, why did the official tell the 14 year old Chinese kid he had a penalty right on the spot? Nice consistency!

  114. Tommy, think that Freddy’s former wife might not agree with you?

    Evrock, where in Fla.?

  115. Hank, we are retaliating for their hacking our systems after all we are #1 for a reason! ;)

  116. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Anyone watch Shammy’s explanation of the Volchenkov suspension? I hate both parties involved in the incident but Shammy, even after explaining he can’t use Volchenkov’s past history, it having been over the CBA’s limit of 18 months between instances, he blatantly goes ahead and uses it as one of three major bullet points explaining his decision.
    The Sham strikes again.

  117. Manny, Red Lobster sucks especially the dried out $42 lobster tails.

    Always check with the seniors when it comes to dining out!

  118. Evrock, Jupiter.

    I remember a pretty good Italian restaurant in Boynton but forget the name, although I eat good Italian food at home. No pun intended wiseguys!

    The real food crisis even down here is fish. Most of it, 80% coming from off shore and much of that from farms.

    Panthers have a nice group of young players with more coming, good coach too.

  119. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Did everyone just clam-up or did I lose my internet connection…..

  120. Evrock

    I think official “repeat offender” status only relates to how certain punishments (fines) are applied for multiple events within an 18 month period as defined in the CBA. Even if not technically a “repeat offender” it doesn’t stop a player’s career disciplinary history factoring into the decision for any single incident.

    Didn’t say it made sense, but that’s what Shanahan was referring to.

  121. Back ‘in the day’ there was Augy’s in Boynton Beach. Think there’s one in Boca but not sure if its the same.

    On a hockey note, I love what Carp suggests…when folks bring up Gaborik scoring or the lack of jam…Gaborik/Nash, would you reverse those trades right now? No way. End of discussion. (now watch Nash go down for the rest of the season)

  122. I can’t believe how excited I am for a stupid hockey game. This game will be a 6-beer minimum.

    I keep expecting this team to magically gel and go on a roll. Staal comes back, Dorsett comes back…….

    Could happen…… long long shot. I’ve seen too much happen in my life to say it definitely won’t.

  123. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    What the hell? Is there a whole Rangers blog contingent down here that I know nothing of?!

  124. You guys are very optimistic and I appreciate that but no matter what they say the Rangers are rarely ready to play and never ready for the Islanders.

  125. Between An Evrock And A Hard Place on

    Grrrr, I can’t find a single instance online that explains what the “repeat offender” status of a player really means in terms of the “18 month rule”. (As opposed to the 10 second rule in restaurant kitch… oops, now it’s the 20 second rule)

  126. Cross Check Charlie on

    Not sure if I’ll be able to watch the game tonight. Rangers need two points and it would be nice if they could do it in regulation.

    At this point does it really matter if they end up in 7th or 8th? As long as they get in the playoffs, that’s what matters.

    Time to stop being mired in mediocrity and play some inspired hockey.

  127. I thought there was no actual repeat offender time length rule. It’s just an unspoken 18 months…

  128. Fingers crossed Henrik can pull another win out of his hat. Or whatever they wear in Sweden.

  129. http://www.nhlfa.com/CBA/cba_agreement18.asp

    This sets out the 18-month term and how forfeited salary under suspensions differ for official “first” and “repeat” offender statuses. From the old CBA, but this hasn’t changed, from what I can tell.

    None of this prevents actual repeat offences rather than the this definition being considered in disciplinary decisions, it seems.

  130. “Great moments… are born from great opportunity. And that’s what you have here, tonight, boys. That’s what you’ve earned here tonight. One game. If we played ’em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It’s over. I’m sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw ’em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.” – Herb Brooks

  131. Actually CCP, while a great speech, technically that was Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks in Miracle. Is that in fact exactly what Brooks said or close?

  132. I think it was Churchill who said there are bitter weeds on Long Island. Well there will be approximately 8000 more walking to their cars in four and a half hours. Hopefully henrik is special tonight and the good guys get a couple of dirty goals.

  133. By the way CCCP I never got to tell you it was nice meeting you at that game a few weeks back.

  134. Peter

    Not sure if Brooks said that but i want to think that he did..so… im sticking with my version :)

    PS, likewise, Peter.

  135. Evrock, yes 6mos. a year and 6 in the Garden State!

    I’m leaving in two weeks but I’ll remember to give you a heads up when I return.

    I’ll have my people call your people, until then see you on the net. PS, are you retired,witness protection,homeless on the beach or heaven forbid in the Palm Beach government? ;)

  136. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We’ve got a rested Nasher. You don’t want to mess with a rested Nasher.

  137. don’t know if that’s verbatim but that was definitely the message, and the “born to be hockey players” part is absolutely accurate.

  138. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    love these guys. Cabrera, 234 par 3, hits a 4 iron.

    yea. I do that, too. yea.

  139. And look at the shape Cabrera is in. It’s unreal. Helps to have clubs specially fitted to your body shape, style of play and swing plane.

  140. Nike/Mizuno/Ping/TaylorMade/Cleveland Headquarters. Or any Country Club (when they have Demo Day). I think if you’re not sponsored they could run you a few thousand dollars though.

    Better write a story about Avery to up the blog traffic so you can afford them.

  141. Looking like a fun Sunday afternoon coming up tomorrow…after a wild Saturday night rangers win !! Time to throw some Sam Adams on ice!! LGR!!!!

  142. I used to love watching this guy Sasaki play back in the early ’90’s. Followed him yearly at the GHO. The guy would smoke 3 cigarettes a hole. Sometimes he would carry his clubs while his caddy rolled him cigarettes. I once watched the guy blow a 10 shot lead (or something like that) on the second day to actually miss the cut. The guy must have shot a 90.

  143. ZzZz Greg L. on

    Come on now …a few boneheadians think the azzlanders will win tonight!!???

    Bet anyone? MUHAAAAAAAAAA !!!!

    oh Carp , I can’t find the link to the avitars on the side , can ya repost it?

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