Rangers at Panthers (7:30) … can clinch a playoff spot tonight

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In case you missed it, Winnipeg won and Ottawa lost last night. So the Rangers technically jumped from eighth to seventh, ahead of the Senators on the first tiebreaker (regulation/OT wins, 20-19). Winnipeg remained a point behind both, and the Rangers and Sens each have a game in hand on the Jets. The Rangers are a point behind the sixth-place Islanders, who are in Carolina tonight at 7 p.m.

The Jets are in Washington tonight and can move into first place in the SouthLeast Division and the third seed in the East with a win, though the Capitals also have a game in hand on the Jets, who will have just one game remaining after tonight.

Bottom line: The Rangers can clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight and a regulation loss by Winnipeg. The Rangers can also clinch with four points in their last three games, regardless of what anybody else does.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS
Tuesday, Apr. 23, 7:30 p.m.
BB&T Center – Sunrise, Fla.
Rangers: 24-17-4 (52 pts)
Panthers: 13-26-6 (32 pts) 

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their second meeting in five days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 24-17-4 (52 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to three games, and are now 8-2-1 in the month of April. New York has won five of its last six games, and is 7-2-1 since the trade deadline. The Panthers enter the contest with a 13-26-6 (32 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Apr. 25, at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m.), to wrap up their 2013 regular season road schedule.
RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:
All-Time: 42-27-6-4 overall (22-14-4-0 at home; 20-13-2-4 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at BB&T Center. The Rangers are 1-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road),  following a 6-1 win on Thursday at MSG. The Rangers’ power play is 2-7 (28.6%) in the series, and New York has out-scored Florida, 4-1, in the third period. Rick Nash leads all skaters with three assists and four points in two games, while Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello are tied for the series lead with two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA and .948 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-0 mark on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 14-6, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%), while the penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%) in four games. Derek Stepan tallied series-highs in goals (three) and points (five) in four games, while Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA and .954 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .905 Sv%.
The Rangers have won nine of their last 13 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 38-20, over the span
New York ranks 18th in the NHL with a 9-11-2 (20 pts) record on the road; Florida ranks 29th in the NHL with a 7-10-5 (19 pts) mark at home
The Rangers are 9-3-1 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Panthers are 5-9-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
New York lists one former Panther on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09)
Florida lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PANTHERS: Henrik Lundqvist — 24 GP, 15-8-1, 1.72 GAA, 5 SO; Martin Biron — 22 GP, 8-12-1-0, 2.64 GAA; Brad Richards — 52 GP, 17-29-46; Rick Nash — 11 GP, 3-6-9; Michael Del Zotto — 13 GP, 1-5-6.
SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 8-36 (22.2%) in the last 10 games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York has registered a point in 18 of 22 games (16-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers tallied a goal in six power play attempts (9:15) on Sunday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 21st overall (23-141, 16.3%) and 28th on the road (7-64, 10.9%). The Rangers are 3-10 (8:16) in five-on-three situations (last –4/21 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 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 Devils scoreless in two power play attempts (2:07) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks 16th overall (114-140, 81.4%) and is tied for 23rd on the road (49-64, 76.6%). The Rangers are 8-8 (8:24) 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 two four-on-four situations (1:53) on Sunday vs. New Jersey, and are now Even in 31 four-on-four situations (62:48) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
SOUTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 24-6-3 in their last 33 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 9-3-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 108-66, over the span.
GOAL OUTBURST
The Rangers swept their final back-to-back set, defeating the Florida Panthers, 6-1, at MSG on Thursday and the Buffalo Sabres, 8-4, on Friday at First Niagara Center. Their 14 combined goals were the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since Jan. 17-19, 2010 (14 goals), and their most in a back-to-back set since Mar. 1-2, 1992 (16 goals). The Rangers’ eight goals on Friday were their most since Nov. 14, 2010 (8-2 win vs. EDM) and they established a franchise record for fastest five goals, tallying five goals in a span of 2 min. 58 sec. in the contest.
EXTRA EFFORT
Prior to Thursday’s contest, Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan was named recipient of the 2012-13 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, for performing “above and beyond the call of duty,” for the fourth time in the last five years. He later recorded two power play assists, and was credited with a game-high five hits and three blocked shots, while skating in his 400th career NHL contest in a 6-1 win against Florida.
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season in a 6-1 victory on Thursday against Florida, to become one of five active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9; Kiprusoff, 8).
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, in a 1-0 overtime win on Apr. 13 at Long Island. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 91 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 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 15-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.27
1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.4
3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 1321
4th (7th in NHL) in BkS — 717
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 14 of his last 17 games (11-4-2, 1.80 GAA, .934 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists over the span); has tallied a point in 10 of 11 games in April (six goals, nine assists over the span), and has recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in the last 27 games
Ryan Callahan — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, three assists over the span), and has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in the last 11 games
Brad Richards — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span)
Rick Nash — 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 11 April games
Ryane Clowe — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span), and has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in 10 games as a Ranger
Taylor Pyatt — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span)
Ryan McDonagh — seven points (two goals, five assists) in 11 games during the month of April, including a five-game point streak at MSG (two goals, four assists during the stretch)
Mats Zuccarello — four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four games
Derick Brassard — nine points (three goals, six assists) in 10 games as a Ranger
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Steve Eminger — 1 point from 100th NHL career
Brad Richards — 3 games from 900th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 1 point from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Henrik Lundqvist — 500th career NHL game (4/5 at PIT)
Ryan Callahan — 400th career NHL game (4/18 vs. FLA)
Taylor Pyatt — 800th career NHL game (4/21 vs. NJD)
INJURIES:
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 45
Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 24
Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 10
Brian Boyle (injured, 4/16) — 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 121

 

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  1. If you want to know how I posted that at 10:31 pm, just mail me a check.

    listening to Pierre Mcguire on TSN. Dude annoys the heck out of me on TV but he knows a lot.

    He is definitely high on the Rangers and thinks they killed on that draft. I still haven’t seen Dorsett and I am very happy with the return.

    This team could get pretty scary by playoff time.

    That is a good thing.

  2. How good are the Pens? They beat a desperate Ottawa team in Ottawa without Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Letang and Fleury.

  3. Funny how the trade has become the gift of gab-orik. But honestly lundqvist’s play is otgerworldly now. The rangers are gonna be a much more difficult out now.

  4. These last games are the ones the Blueshirts are expected to win…not that it will increase their intesnity/sharpness for the playoffs…if they make it past tee time. I’m rooting for you guys…take the reins and win those last games!

  5. I dont care when they play the penguins. Just once i want to see lundqvist put his arms in the “vee” and watch the crosby’s shake hands with the victorious New York Rangers. I still get sick thinking about the OT goal in 2008. Not to mention 1989, 1992, and 1996.

  6. tomb – you mean Columbus.

    We got a bit more depth down the middle and some PP skills with Brassard and a very good 3rd pair D-man. Which is what we needed at the time with Richards play being so bad and Hamr, Eminger and Bickel looking pretty useless on the 3rd pair. Lets not forget that Zucc has also slotted in nicely and its given us 3 fairly balanced lines now that Richards has perked up.

    Looking forward to seeing what Dorsett brings to the team too, we may need his PK skills more than his fists with Boyle out indefinately.

  7. I’ll be there in person to watch the No-talents lose to the worst team in the league!

    CARP, are you here as well? (I know how much you love the South Flo-rida)

  8. I think the Cr8ps in regulation would be best – it leaves the Peg on 51 and Cr8ps on 54

  9. Cross Check Charlie on

    As nice as it would be to see them clinch Thursday at Carolina, since I’ll be at the game, if they clinch tonight then that’s just fine with me. Just get it done. Let Biron play a game or two. Then hope for the best in the playoffs.

  10. as long as there is the possibility to move up in the seeding i doubt that Biron will see the ice

    Also good morning everyone!

  11. I agree Draxen. Unless we secure 6th before we play Fatso and the Derbils i’d expect Hank to play all 3 remaining games

  12. Good morning, boneheads!

    I don’t think the seeding is as important as the level of their play going into playoffs. Getting Staal back could be even more important than that. It doesn’t appear realistic at the moment as far as we know. And we know nothing.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    and if Hank gets hurt in an meaningless end of season game we will hang Torts from the MSG rafters…

    Moore as 3rd pair (playing better than that), still need Staal back so Em sits, but not likely at this point (not that we would know…).
    Em plays ‘strong’ but too many times puck gets trapped in zone with him back there.

    Boyle as 4th line center when he gets back for PK, FOs. Him, Powe and Asham or Dorset if he is ready.

  14. CraigWeather on

    Going to the game tonight… Pretty pumped. It’ll almost be like a home game considering the rangers contingent is pretty stout down here and the Panthers are out of the playoff picture. BTW, for the life of me I can’t get my girlfriend to get into hockey/Rangers. If she doesn’t enjoy the game tonight, she’s out!!! ;)

  15. ilb, i’d rather avoid the Bruins if we can. Despite our record there, i’d choose the Habs as their form is currently the poorest of all the playoff teams.

  16. I think the gipper is Ronald Reagan. In which case I take it back. Do *not* win one for the Gipper. Win one for Tiken Jah Fakoly!

  17. 1- they have to play Lundqvist every game until the playoffs are secured. Resting him is not an option period!

    2-I agree with the Columbus deal and have stated that Moore may turn out to be the best piece in the trade. He must continue to gain a few “muscle” pounds and confidence but he cold be the best first rounder we’ve drafted in years with apologies to Krieder who hopefully will finally assert his size and talent next year.

    3- Get off the coach’s back he’s done what he could with the roster Sappy has essentially put together.

    4- Lundqvist is King!

  18. Sioux-per-man on

    Top of the Morning Boys!!!

    Win. And win big. Role 4 lines, get in and get out with another 2 pts. Why not shoot for the 6th spot if you have a chance of winning it.

    Now who’s a better team to play against Winnipeg or the Capitals?

  19. If anything, Torts has now got the roster he wanted earlier in the year. Is that why we’ve had a turn around maybe?

  20. i know most of you seem to be intelligent people. but anyone on here today asking who to root for in caps/jets tonights needs to having some sense knocked into them.

    a jets loss in regulation and rangers win = playoff spot. i think that says it all.

    also as good as things have been taking care of business lately lets all rememeber these are the rangers they dont make anything look easy ever. they are 7th for a reason. keep in mind florida will have some more nhl regular people back tonight perhaps kopecky gubrandson and maybe mueller. they will look different then thursday.

    no excuses though win out and we avoid the 8th spot and pens. these wins need to be non-shootout though.

    also should caps win tonight and clinch southeast and 3 seed the next two caps games at home vs ottawa and boston are just tuneups. that is only negative should caps win tonight but go caps

  21. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric – I thought you said the Rangers aren’t going to make the playoffs. Why the turn of events?

  22. Sioux-per-man on

    Islander last 3 games on the road vs Hurricanes, Flyers, & Sabers. Any chance one of these teams beat them?

    Flyers just because? or do they win out now that all 3 of these teams have nothing to play for.

    Rangers need to run the table, and the fishsticks to lose one game in regulation.

  23. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    If things go as planned, what would be more awesome than Rangers Capitals Round 1?

  24. sioux

    i just think something will go wrong for this team this week. i am not changing my tune at all but until we clinch a spot i expect the worst.

    tonight scares me a lot. florida coming off long road trip getting some players back tonight then some rookies we saw on thursday.

    would it shock me to see another 1st period like we saw in phil last tuesday trailing 2-0 no it wouldn’t. this is a franchise that messes with your stress levels.

  25. sioux

    isles go 2-0-1 and we go 3-0 we catch them as long as our 2 of 3 wins arent shootout. the isles dont need a reg loss for us to make up that point

  26. Stranger Nation on

    eric – thanks for bring us back to reality. We were worried you were getting too optimistic

  27. I’m actually with you, eric. It’s too early for anything except screaming MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!

  28. manny

    larry brooks coming up on nhl radio in the 10-11 hr. xm channel 92. think about 1045.

  29. I’ll be going to the game tonight. Taking advantage of those $7 seats, in the balcony of course!

  30. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – If Staal isn’t a 100%, does it make sense to put him in for Eminger? Eminger hasn’t played bad in Staal absence.

    Thoughts?

  31. Stranger Nation on

    Stall is not going to be anywhere near a game until he is fully cleared for contact.
    Em has played OK for a 6th dman (Moore being 5th now and rising…)

  32. lmgo, CraigWeather.

    Evrock, doubt there will be a post before Go Time! today … so you just announced it yourself … also: Anybody who’s going to the game in Fla tonight contact Evrock, who is trying to get a Boneheads road-trip reunion going pregame (I assume). His info is earlier in this thread.

    Miami, no, I’m remaining at Blog HQ, saving dimes for the travel during the long playoff run (s).

    Good morning, Sally!

  33. Eric~. What would you prefer to Florida off a road trip. If you don’t want to ride this wave right now where we r highest scores in march, oceans gonna go flat before the next one ;-)

  34. Sioux, Staal won’t play at much less than 100 percent, and probably has to get a lot better before he is even cleared for full practice. Just guessing, though.

  35. ERIC,Sorry to get you unnerved about who to root for. I knew the answer anyway. Enough with the chicken little act. Fla aint beating us, Torts trades because they were all on him made us a balanced team, leading the NHL in goals in April. wow what a mouthful….plus i still think we got Hank. Now go back to hiding under your couch.

  36. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    anyone feeling less stressed out these last few days? Or you all still taking Xanax?

  37. so, eric, Balcony Bob, Miami Pimp, CraigWeather and Evrock are all in the vicinity, among others? So you guys should get together through Evrock, whose info is above on the thread.

  38. ONE MORE THING: I believe we will be testing a new comment system today at some point, one which allows you to sort through comments, to go to the most recent or the oldest comments, and to share comments on social media. FWIW.

    If you have comments or complaints or suggestions, don’t leave them in the comments where I might miss them. Email me at rcarpini@lohud.com.

  39. Panthers are going to destroy us tonight. An epic loss of epic proportions leading to our epic collapse.

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    Jacob Markstrom is the presumed starting goaltender for the Panthers tonight. Those Swedish goaltenders always play tough against Hank.

  41. markstrom isnt just another backup. this guy is the future star of the panthers besides huberdeau. he is a highly valued player and also, in nhl 13 he has high potential, so he could be real good ;)

  42. Sioux-per-man on

    No offese fella’s I think the Fighting Sioux could beat Florida.

    Outside of Huberdeau & Campbell there’s not much there.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    Good info, I don’t know anything about the guy beyond the stats I just looked up.

  44. Sioux-per-man on

    Not to mention the Fighting Sioux have more fans come to watch their games than Florida does.

  45. well, i know he was a 2nd rounder, early i think. back in 08 or 09. hes about the same age hank was when he started for us in 05-06. heard he was supposed to be real good, not surprised at all. clemmywinks is horrible, dont know why they didnt just play markstrom the rest of the way

  46. kreider was pretty good last game. although it was him and powe at center ice when debbies scored, so u know hes not seeing ice in the 3rd tonight unless were ahead by 3

  47. Rob in Beantown on

    Florida isn’t playing for anything and Clemmenson is old and over the hill. You’d think Markstrom would be getting all the starts

  48. yea i mean, this is the time when teams are desperate for points, you’d think they would want markstrom in against that kind of competition

  49. manny! that gilroy kid is gonna be great isnt he? hes still developing and growing into his body according to micheletti

  50. messier for best ventriloquist, makeup and costume award. keeping sather propped up with a stogey in his mouth constantly while keeping his eyelids glued open. masterful work

  51. poor slats. we rag on him so much. hes one of the original gangstas. hes probably in his office jamming to bon jovi. that song wanted, dead or alive!

  52. eric is the miami pimp of optimism. If it can go wrong it will go wrong. I fear every possible worst case scenario in the known universe. His optimism is bush league, clownish and destined to bring the blueshirts victory. So now we have a fake hater, a fake pessimist and a fake ranger fan (or two)

  53. Headline, June 23, 2013, NY Post:

    *RANGERS CUP RUN SUCCESFUL! FINISH SEASON WITH 22 GAME WINNING STREAK!*

    Stanley Cup “Canyon Of Heroes” Victory Parade on Tuesday

    Yiippppeeeeee!

  54. Carp, if I didn’t have to entertain the girlfriend and parents (yep, that’s right.. it’s turned into a family affair) I’d most definitely meet these boneheads in the flesh (that didnt quite sound right now that I re-read it).

  55. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Who do we want in the cup final? I hope SJ. That way I can see the rangers play.

  56. Stranger Nation on

    Step is 14th in total points this season among NHL Centers

    Simple math – there are 30 teams with 30 centers playing on first line so this means he is AT LEAST a 1(B) center – not yet in the Stamkos/Malkin/Crosby 1(A)pantheon.
    that’s pretty cool beans IMHO

    another interesting tidbit, he is the #1 USA center with pavelski a distant 2nd with 29 points – did someone say Olympics?
    And speaking of USA – Dubi stuck on 1 goal…

  57. Root for caps in regulation. See above.

    I will be hosting a live chat on tiebreaking scenarios at 2pm today.

  58. Eddie… I hope we face the Panthers for that very reason…. Oh, that’s impossible you say? Damn! So you mean to tell me that book “The Secret” was a pure waste of my time…..

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carp – what command do I use so I only view my own posts? I don’t care to see anything on these pages except my own brilliance!!

  60. eddie – if the play the Panthers i’ll get to see them too (the Nottingham Panthers that is!)

  61. Torts pre game tonight:

    “I’m not answering any of yaw #%^* questions brooksie… Anyone else have a %*+# question? Where’s the *+^*#% locker room? Oh who’s texting me right now… Geez, I have no #%^*# time for this, Liam!

  62. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Liam – “nice car seats”

    Torts – “is that a question?”

    Liam – “no, just a general statement”

    Torts – “go **** yourself”

  63. Belated response to bull dog re the Stepan discussion last night:

    I’m not saying Stepan plays no tough minutes and I’m definitely not disparaging his performance (I’m quite happy to say he’s a 1C, if we’re labelling stuff).

    Was only making the fairly narrow point that he is sheltered to a degree compared to Krejci. Hard to expand without invoking *STATS* but in short, he starts shifts in the defensive zone less often than Krejci and faces weaker opponents on average. But, as I said, he’s producing points because of that.

  64. Party at LW’s:

    Rod?
    Thom94?
    Polite Penguins troll?
    Ricky M2?
    Rod?
    Bruins Stanley Cup Champions 2011?
    CARPINELLO’S GROCER RAG CONTRACTION?
    Rod?
    CCCP?

  65. It’s painfully obvious that the Panthers are tanking to draft MacKinnon or Jones at this point….

  66. Well, I ruined my shirt by putting a pen in the pocket without a cap. It was my favorite shirt. This does NOT bode well for the Rangers tonight…

  67. Rob in Beantown on

    I saw that earlier, CCCP. Fordham should totally start a D1 hockey program to take advantage of the big ice arena.

  68. Can you provide statistics to support either of those statements re Stepan and Krejci?

  69. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Or “in” this hizzy. Haven’t kept up on the vernacular….

  70. Evrocik: http://en.gravatar.com/

    Go there. Enter the email you use on this site. Upload any picture that is not offensive. Then wait 5-10 minutes. Refresh this page and your previous comments will have your avatar. DONE.

  71. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Thanks so much for putting up my “plea” to local boneheads down here in SoFla. I really do appreciate it.

  72. Carp – if you’re going to delegate maybe you can go ahead and trust me for once in your life? I have very few remaining jobs around here!

  73. A fool-proof way to ensure that your gravitar is not offensive is to upload a pix of Taylor Pyatt or Darroll Powe. :)

  74. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Speaking of which…. I haven’t gotten a lot of feedback (almost none actually) but if anyone wants to meet up AT THE GAME, I’ll be in front of the (crappy) panther store (the inside entrance) between periods. The first one at least. I’ll be wearing a black ice Callahan jersey (it’s black with blue accents). So if anyone wants to meet up tonight, it doesn’t have top be before the game.
    Craig, I’ll be at the game with my parents too. lol

  75. ps, you guys all owe Mr. Corsi a debt of gratitude for the performance of his two goalkeepers Friday night.

  76. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Sorry, forgot to start this post with:

    CARP,

    (Thanks so much for putting up my “plea” to local boneheads down here in SoFla. I really do appreciate it.)

  77. Evrock& Co., I am in Fla. until next Wed 5-1 but only available for a lecture on the fine points of internet ragging until the end of this week.

    I will drive down to City Place in W.Palm if that is convenient for this august group or suffer until next season!

    If not you’ll have to buy the book! ;)

  78. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    T’anks for the avatar help, Manny. I guess we’ll see in 5 or 10 minutes if it worked.

  79. CCCP – Who Gives A Puck?!
    funny… only two or so days ago we were packing for golf course and today we are marking calendars for parade date… funny

    April 23rd, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    *What a difference a day makes
    Twenty-four little hours
    Brought the sun and the flowers
    Where there used to be rain*

  80. Woah I didn’t know it was possible for this blog to get More Annoying to look at on my iPhone. Seventeen thumbs down!

  81. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Comnsnse,
    send me an email. You can either get it from Carp or my comments on Carp’s review on the devil game. I think it was posted at around 9:30 pm. (9:32 maybe?).

  82. I need some help from youse math guys because I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this.

    If Winnipeg wins tonight and goes on to win the SouthLeast, that puts Washington, Rangers, Ottawa in the fight for seventh and eighth.

    I still believe if the Rangers get four of the final six points they’re in, regardless of what any of those teams do, correct? Because if Winnipeg wins the SouthLeast, the max it can have is 55 points, which means the Caps would have fewer than the Rangers. Right?

  83. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    I think so Carp, but it also depends if the Caps or Senators make it to OT and lose, still getting a point in the standings.

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    Why is this game starting at 7:30? Since it’s in Florida, shouldn’t it start earlier rather than later?

  85. I just did the math again, and it looks to me the Rangers are in with four of six points no matter what … but, are you really comfortable needing four of four if they lose tonight?

  86. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, you’re getting too caught up in who wins the Southleast. Be more concerned about Winnipeg’s maximum point/ROW totals. The maximum Winnipeg can do is 55 points and 24 ROW.

    Since the Rangers have no way of catching 24 ROW, they can clinch at 56 points.

  87. Kenny, the most Winnipeg can get is 55. If the Rangers get to 56 (four of six points, any way) they’re in even if Winnipeg wins the SouthLeast with 55, because that means Washington maxed out at 55 also.

  88. But, Doodie, isn’t there a scenario where the Rangers win and BLANK team loses and that’s enough?

  89. Disney Execs rumored to be in building tonight in Washington scouting Byfuglien as a ride.

  90. Yes all

    Ranger magic number is 4. They get to 56 there in regardless of all other games. It’s all based on jets maxing out at 55 even with caps/jets going to overtime.

  91. Caps get get to 57 with ot loss tonight and 2 wins.

    We need 56 on our own or tonight
    Scenario jets lose regulation we win anyway possible tonight to clinch spot.

  92. What I am very surprised at is how NBC sports network didn’t switch bruins/flyers to jets/caps tonight for people who do not have center ice package.

    Last Saturday they switched flyers/canes to caps/Habs game

  93. Sioux-per-man on

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jets & Capitals get in. Ottawa has the tougher teams to play against. They could easily fall out of the top eight if they don’t win against Capitals, Flyers, & Bruins.

    Jets are only a point behind them.

  94. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, that is correct. The Rangers need 4 points, whether it’s from two wins, a win and two OTLs, a win and an OTL and a Winnipeg OTL, a win and a Winnipeg loss, two OTLs and a Winnipeg loss, an OTL and a Winnipeg OTL, or two Winnipeg losses. 4 Points.

  95. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    OK, so far it’s me and Balcony Bob tonight. Anyone else going to the game tonight that wants to meet up at some point during the game?
    I’ll be checking my email and the blog if anyone else wants to get in touch but the reception in the Civic BB&T Atlantic Center sucks royally. Unfortunately that’s not going to be rectified till next season. So I’ll probably be on a balcony or patio at some point between periods to get internet access.

  96. Sioux-per-man on

    Rangers are scoring early and often. Just keep everything the same. They can’t look past anyone.

    If Henrik’s in the net, it’s NOT going to be easy to beat the Rangers down the stretch. Not when the whole team is playing this good.

    That said the still need to put the lessor teams away.

  97. Keep this in mind for Thursday

    A caps win in regulation tonight means Division champs and 3 seed.

    So when caps play Ottawa Thursday that game for caps is meaningless. Sens make out great should caps rest a few players.

    This is comparing rang to senators and us avoiding 8th and the pens in round one

  98. First period is the key tonight. Don’t fall behind.

    No excuse to be flat this time of year. Too much at stake.

    Better not see a 1st per like I saw in phil last week.

  99. Agree, eric. When playing a team that is out of it the first goal is CRUCIAL. Once you get them down they probably don’t fight back.

  100. The team that gets out of the east is probably going to have go through Pittsburg. Here’s a thought. Would it be better to play them right out of the gate, while we are on a roll and they will be returning rusty players from injury?

  101. Doodie Machetto on

    Someone asked why the game should be earlier: it’s because all of the Florida senior citizens go to bed early.

  102. Caps scare me more than the Penguins. It would hurt WAY more to lose to the Caps. Capice?

  103. eric – the Penguins weren’t playing for _anything_ when they played the Senators last night…

  104. Doodie Machetto on

    Papa Bear, earlier is much better with Pittsburgh.

    And by that logic, it’s not guaranteed that you will have to go through them. Someone else might.

    I maintain that our best matchup is against Boston.

  105. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric – this will be another 6 goal game for the Rangers.

    Moore will kick Skille’s A$$ again.

    And the seats will be empty all over the camera angle.

    EVROCK – you’ll have to jump down to the glass seats and let us know where you are :)

  106. Sioux-per-man on

    Manny I think the Caps are the weakest team to play against in the first round.

    Unless the Jets should somehow win the Southeast.

  107. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah, I have to say my preference is Bruins-Pens-Caps.

    Unless by come miracle we can get the sinking Canadiens. This is not the Carey Price who shut us out for thirty five games in a row.

  108. Manny, no caprice. I would Hate to lose to Sidney, Neil, Letang, Cook & Orpick. Would rather sit on a cold toilet seat.

  109. Sioux-per-man on

    I think the road to the finals will be the Caps in the 1’st round.

    Boston in the 2nd.

    Pittsburgh in the 3rd.

  110. Cross Check Charlie on

    So, what some of you are saying is that the Rangers need to get the 6th or 7th seed because they’re not good enough to beat the Penguins. Is that it?

    If that’s it, then why bother playing the playoffs?

    They’ve got to beat all the teams in front of them anyway. Might as well get the big guys out of the way first.

  111. On the way to our Cup, I want to beat Pittsburg, Boston and Ottawa, in that sequence. if Ottawa can’t make it that far, than the Islanders will do.

  112. Cross check, you only have to beat the teams you play, not every team in front of you. :)

  113. Sioux-per-man on

    Winnipeg/Washinton will be the game to watch tonight.

    Ranger will dominate the Cats early.

  114. Rangers could be better served playing a lower seed in the first round and hopefully building some confidence. Boston isn’t a bad match-up. I think Montreal is a joke. So I think you want to finish as high a seed as possible. Pittsburgh will blow the Rangers out of the building should they meet in the first round.

  115. Jets must get a pt tonight to stay alive for southeast. So not must win exactly
    Manny.

    Jets lost season series with caps even with reg win tonight should both teams end with 54 PTs.

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    Lloyd, I’m thinking with a lot of new players coming back at once, and with their epic choke job of last season, it’s possible that the Pens could drop game 1.

  117. Doodie Machetto on

    “Wow, sad thought. Would Gaboriks name go on the Cup if we win it this year?”

    No.

  118. I don’t see anyway the Rangers beat the Penguins in a first round series, regardless of who wins game 1.

  119. So Lloyd, curious as to your thoughts on what changes which makes our chances better against Pittsburg in later rounds? Wouldn’t you rather play them with Sydney’s jaw wired shut?

  120. Cross Check Charlie on

    Lloyd, with that thinking then Pittsburgh will blow the Rangers out if they meet in the 3rd round so what’s the difference? Either way, they’re not winning the Cup.

  121. If the Mets lose by two or more runs and Tampa Bay makes a deal for Tebow, does that mean that the Caps must shut out Winnipeg and The Flyers have to go to a shootout in order for the Isles to move up one place and the Rangers get a bye in the first round?

  122. Doodie Machetto on

    They drop game 1 and maybe they panic, espeically in goal. Not like Fleury was a brick wall last year.

  123. Cross Check…3:12 understand. But as we learned last year, seeding is overrated anyway.

  124. Charlie,

    No since I think if the Rangers prove they’re capable of winning a few rounds in the postseason, it gives the team a chance to gel against better competition and proves they are a legitimate threat. Right now they’re beating up on the dregs of the NHL so I don’t feel these games mean much of anything other than the Rangers hopefully getting into the playoffs. To win two rounds would mean this team is markedly better than they are right now.

  125. We need to 1st get in and then 2nd avoid 8th and pens and have someone do our dirty work and knock them out. Isles or Ottawa or winnipeg. We won’t be them at all no matter what round it is.

  126. Cross Check Charlie on

    I think they’re either good enough or they’re not. So, it doesn’t matter when they play whom.

  127. A few weeks back I said the Rangers would need at least 52-54 points to get into the playoffs. A certain person here who shall remain nameless told me that wasn’t the case because the teams near them in the standings wouldn’t play well enough for the Rangers to need that many points. Go figure.

  128. Lloyd, 3:17. Applying your logic, wouldn’t Pittsburg be jelling as well?

    I say play them early. All their stars coming back from serious injuries, the ghost of last years first round beat down still fresh in their heads (especially MAF) our boys heavy underdogs playing with limited expectations and pressure. Makes sense.

  129. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Doodie, you’d be surprised at how many senior citizens are die-hard cats fans down here. They’ll stay in the arena long after the families with kids have gone.

    Sioux, the seats across from the camera are part of a special section called “Club Red”. There’s a sports bar with tons of tv’s at the top of the section and under the overhang of the seats above it. Most of the gamma in that section spend the majority of the game in there.
    The CEO of the Panthers said that next year they’re going to try and work on how bad that looks on tv. But that “section” is usually close to full; the fans just don’t sit down in their actual seats.

  130. Teams absolutely get better (or worse) in the playoffs. It’s not a question of who you are on April 23 is who you are on May 23. We’ve seen any number of teams who were so-so in the regular season (and early in the playoffs) turn into completely different teams as the postseason plays out. To assume that because the Rangers aren’t good enough to beat Pittsburgh today doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be in a month.

  131. Doodie Machetto on

    ” you’d be surprised at how many senior citizens are die-hard cats fans down here.”

    I’m surprised there are any die hard fans, regardless of age group.

  132. Pittsburgh could be playing golf on May 23; I just don’t think the Rangers are the team that sends them to the golf course should they meet in the first round. The Rangers flat out have shown nothing to suggest they are good enough to do that right now. If you want to say, “but we beat them 6-1!!!” well, sorry to burst your bubble but that was Pittsburgh at its lowest ebb. It was huge in the sense that it gave the Rangers 2 points when they needed them, but that game didn’t say anything about the Rangers ability to hang with the Penguins.

  133. Rob in Beantown on

    If Pittsburgh is the unstoppable juggernaut you are making them out to be it won’t matter, because the Isles or Jets won’t beat them either. And they rebracket each round, so if we’re 7th we’d just face Pitt in round 2 and lose, no?

  134. sorry you’re incapable of following a nuanced argument

    how about this: go Rangers!!! everything ok now?

  135. Doodie Machetto on

    Lloyd, I just think that Pittsburgh is ripe for an upset in the first round. If they can get their feet under them, I think they will be in the Final.

  136. Penguins prefer a cold climate, so maybe we should play them in the warmer rounds?

  137. Lloyd, here’s a fact: Penguins have star players coming off significant injuries and returning to the lineup during round 1.

  138. I’m not going to worry about who we are playing in what round until we make the playoffs.

  139. Doodie:

    That may very well be the case. I do think the Islanders have a much better shot of beating the Penguins in round 1; I’ve seen nothing from the Rangers that tells me they’d win more than a game in a first round series against Pittsburgh.

  140. Doodie Machetto on

    To be clear, I wish we could play a floundering team like Montreal or even better, a team like the Panthers. But we are down to three realistic choices: Penguins, Bruins, Capitals. And I just don’t want a surging Capitals team that always plays us really, REALLY hard, especially in the playoffs. I think they are going to steamroll whomever they face in the first round.

    The Capitals are 18-2-1 when Ovechkin scores a goal. They are 7-15-1 when he doesn’t. He has scored at least one goal in 14 of his last 18 games (20 total). In other words, avoid the storm until Ovi cools off.

  141. Lloyd your 3:41. i still don’t get it. If the “Rangers good, everyone else not”, why are we debating who their opponents should be and in what round the play them?

  142. Doodie Machetto on

    Crosby averages almost two points a game against the Islanders, not just this season, but over the course of his career. I think they DESTROY the Islanders.

  143. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Doodie,
    it’s funny how many people would agree with you on that joke but it just proves how little hockey fans outside of South Florida actually know about the Panthers. Such as they are in no way moving anytime soon. The arena is getting a bunch of upgrades, including one of the nicest score/ video boards in the league.
    There are a bunch of season ticket holders that have had season tickets since the original ’93 season.
    You’ve got to realize that tons of panther fans are just displaced northerners.
    One of the main reasons that there are so many panther fans is the fact that, unlike the Rangers front office, the management team here actually cares about its fans. They listen to what fans have to say and actually make changes accordingly. Though I will grant you the fact that much of the reasoning behind this is they would probably have trouble keeping fair weather fans otherwise.
    I’ve spoken to Michael Yormark, the CEO, on more than one occasion and I can tell you that he personally really cares for the fans and the sport.

  144. Islanders are playing really well right now and they’ve got a guy who I think is very close to being the best player in the sport. Team has lost 1 regulation game in the last month. Don’t sleep on the Islanders.

  145. Sioux-per-man on

    Doodie – shut down Ovechkin and the Capitals don’t win.

    The Rangers are just as hot right now. I don’t think anyone wants to draw Lundqvist in the first round either.

    That said, I’ll take any team in the 1’st round. Eventually the East will have to go through Pittsburgh if it wants to win the Cup.

  146. Can you imagine the Jets management “lied” to poor little Darrelle Revis, he of two significant contract hold outs during his 6 year tenure witH the Jets, the last one occurring while he had a valid contract. Heavens to murgatroid.

  147. Rob in Beantown on

    CT whale are becoming the Hartford Wolf Pack again? I liked the Whale name better..

  148. Doodie Machetto on

    “Such as they are in no way moving anytime soon. ”

    I never said they were moving. Just that they don’t have very many die hard fans. The attendance numbers don’t lie, especially given how the Panthers essentially give away their tickets for free.

  149. BRAIN EXPLOSION.

    April 23rd, 2013 at 2:41 PM
    Doodie Machetto

    Manny, that is correct. The Rangers need 4 points, whether it’s from two wins, a win and two OTLs, a win and an OTL and a Winnipeg OTL, a win and a Winnipeg loss, two OTLs and a Winnipeg loss, an OTL and a Winnipeg OTL, or two Winnipeg losses. 4 Points.

  150. Sioux-per-man on

    Ev – I would love to be in Florida right now. I’m getting sick of the snow up here. I usually get to all the Rangers games that get close to me.

    I’ve never been to the Cats arena. Once had a Chance when Cullen played for them years back, but didn’t make the trip.

  151. Lloyd, you have everything but an avatar. Why don’t you join the club? It’s free!

  152. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    @BRAIN EXPLOSION@

    I did not mean to evoke that emotion.

  153. Sioux-per-man on

    Doodie – if we are going to beat Pittsburgh, wouldn’t you want them in the 1’st round. Better to get them out of the way while the Rangers are healthy, and they are not.

  154. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    What the cooke, Sally? Just name off every other bonehead other than your old pal Doodie? Is it because you can’t handle my awesomeness? Because I am pretty awesome.

  155. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    Sioux, I’m with you, although I think you underestimate Pittsburgh’s health. I think they are just fine and will have everyone on the ice in game 1.

    And the Rangers are not healthy. Dorsett and Staal still are on the shelf.

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

    Yes, the Icelanders are playing really well right now. No doubt.

    Just who is one of the teams that DID beat them recently and DID shut them out?

    Uh huh. Uh huh. That’s what I’m talking about…..

  157. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    To be honest Sioux they were on the verge of it. The team is where they are due to devastating long-term injuries suffered at ever position including numerous states.
    I’ve never seen a team before that could really use injuries as an excuse for poor play like the Panthers can.
    Their top line of fleischman, Versteeg and Weiss played a grand total of 1 game together this year. This is a line that at one point last year was actually the most productive line in the league. Weiss is out for the season, as is Versteeg. Weiss played a grand total of 17 games this year while Versteeg only played in 10.
    Their newly acquired captain Ed Jovanovski played 6 games this season.
    Their #1 goalie, Jose Theodore, played in 15 games. This season has basically become a showcase of future talent. There have been 9 players that have played their first NHL game this season with at least 5 others that had played less than 20 NHL games prior to this season. There’s going to be at least 1 more tonight.

  158. Dorsett feels good, having an xray this week to clear him or not clear him for playoffs. Staal???

  159. Sioux-per-man on

    The only team I see that has a chance to beat Pittsburgh in a 7 game seriew, would be the Rangers.

    The Rangers match up against them better than any team in the league. They will be tough to beat, but they can be beat if Henrik shuts them down.

  160. Stranger Nation on

    Does he step on the logo?

    If last year proved anything, all of these regular season ‘beasts’ are just like every other team in the POs.

  161. Doodie, Wicky, everyone else. REPOST:

    April 23rd, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Sally

    All are invited! There are so many awesome Boneheads who have never had the chance to buy me a beer.

  162. I submit this 4:24 to avow approval of 4:17, 4:18, and whatever the original 4:17 was referencing.

  163. Wow. Bayern is playing Barcelona off the pitch. I expected them to win, but didn’t anticipate anything like this.

  164. Rangers have beat up on the dregs of the league and suddenly they’re ready to take down the best team in the conference if not the entire NHL

    you guys have your Chico hats on today huh

  165. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    Screw your boneheaded bonehead meetup. I’m going to the game instead.

  166. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Sioux, they played a retired Kovalev for 14 games. That should be enough explanation right there. lol

    Doodie, I wasn’t saying that you had said anything about them moving, I was just pointing out some things that most people say/think when it comes to the Panthers.
    I’m just speaking about die-hard fans, not the fans in general. Who else would continue to go to this team’s games considering their play/ record?
    Would you consider the suits at MSG die-hard fans…..?

  167. Sally your 12:46 reposted @ 4:20. Thanks for the invite. I should know by 5:00 Friday if I can make it. What time on Saturday? 3:00?

  168. Stranger Nation on

    Ev – anybody going to Panther games at this juncture in their complete carcillo-storm of a season qualifies as a ‘hard core fan’.

  169. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    My sentiments exactly , Stranger. Even though I’ve had season tickets for the 6 years since I moved down here, I don’t call myself a die-hard fan of the Panthers. Yes, I’m a fan, but I’m a die-hard Ranger fan and a die-hard hockey fan.

  170. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    No. But many diehards can’t even afford the tickets.

  171. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Yeah Doodie, I saw that news earlier too. My Wolf Pack hat has relevance again!

  172. Re: 4:43 Coos..Thanks…. I feel like I’m in top form, ready for the playoffs… Bring on the friggin Pens I say.

  173. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Doodie, it wouldn’t matter if they could afford those tickets, they’re already owned by businesses and until those businesses go belly-up, those seats will remain unattainable.

  174. Sioux-per-man on

    You can look at all the Records you want, but the Kings proved it last year. Get hot at the right time and you can beat any team at any time.

    Rangers are gaining confidence winning the games at the end of the year. Henrik will be tought to beat. Our Defense is solid, we are a deeper in the middle, all lines are rolling. I like our chances.

  175. Send someone to steal Ovechkin’s enormous car seat, like Army used to send out lurps to get the Navy goat.

  176. Saw Dorsett challenge Scott, get the first right hand in before he was blanketed from on high. Gave up a foot. Tough little monkaay.

  177. Sioux-per-man on

    Coos- He’s going to be a fan favorite for sure when he’s healthy! Plus he can play!

  178. Ovechkin’s recent surge is because he used to go to one position near the circle, now he’s freed up and you don’t know where he is going to be. Put Kreider or Richie on him. In the D-zone, you never know where they’re going to be, either. :)

  179. Sioux-per-man on

    Dorsett – is the Prust we are missing. He will get the bench into the game when needed. MSG – always needs help to get the crowd going. AND he will put up 20+ points a year.

    Once he starts to get into some games, the Gaby trade is going to weigh heavily on the Rangers side.

  180. Sioux – Notified by eddie3X that Dorsett wore the ‘A.’ That speaks volumes for a guy who’s not a premier lamp-lighter.

  181. lmgo, Chico hats. It is pretty funny, Lloyd. Let’s see how many walk the plank if they lose one of these three, especially tonight.

  182. Coos 5:02, Eddie 3xs attributes ( and I concur) Ovies’ rediscovering his skill and effort to juice.

  183. That was me, Lloyd, by the way, who didn’t say it exactly that way, I don’t believe, about the 52-54 points, but I believe I said it probably wouldnt take that many since I didn’t believe in the NYI, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Buffalo, Devils, et al. And still don’t think any of them are legit. But I was wrong then, and will probably be proven wrong again, and will be wrong many other times down the road.

  184. Guaranteed all youse guys know more about the late season possibilities and permutations than any Ranger winger.

  185. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – and we are NYI, Winnepeg, Ottawa, Washington & the Rangers all within 2 points of each other with 3 games to play.

    Are the Rangers the best team in that Group?

  186. Sioux-per-man on

    I feel Pittsburgh is the only ELITE team in the East. But I still like how the Rangers match up against them, it would be a 7 games series for sure.

  187. Sally, my Saturday pass from the Home is usually from 1:00 to 3:00. I’ll have to check with Nurse Ratched to see if I may move it to later in the day for the big get together/ celebration. Looking forward to it!

  188. Coos, 5:40………”That looks like Papa Bear on a 3 legged horse, sucking on an egg, humping a Pittsburg Penguin.”

  189. Papa, swigging Miller Lite at Ranger bar folderol: “Can’t wait to get out of here to pour a Black Bush. Can’t afford it in this place.”

  190. eddie the professor is changing clothes in Monterey phone booth, about to emerge as Captain Ranger madman!

  191. Sitting next to Eddie, Rangers down 7-2, 4 minutes left in the game, all hope gone. ” hey PB, Where you going? we got 4 minutes to tie this thing up.”

  192. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    Why not make it 2 PM so that those of us with tickets are not discriminated against?

  193. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    @Why is Iceland green and Greenland ice?@

    Their names should be more precise.

  194. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    @ ‘You won’t miss Gretsky once you see Clowe unleashed.’@

    I still think the Rangers got fleeced.

  195. ‘Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I’ve tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction, ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.’

    Frosty the Poet

  196. Let’s Go Carolina, Let’s Go Winnipeg (no overtime please) and of course, Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  197. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I think the isles are waaaay overrated this year and their organizational depth as well.

  198. The following needs to happen Bruins-Rangers
    Isles- Caps
    Mont-Leaves
    Pitts- Jets/Sens
    Go Rangers

  199. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Anyone going to the game tonight and wants to meet up, I’ll try to be in front of the Panther store inside entrance between first and second periods. I’ll be wearing a black Callahan jersey. Otherwise I’m in section 434, row 2, seats 15 & 16.
    LGR!

  200. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    @I think the isles are waaaay overrated this year and their organizational depth as well.@

    This. A thousand times this.

    And no, I didn’t see the link. I’ll go look now.

  201. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    MRS. MACHETTO GOT A JOB (FINALLY)!!!! WE’RE NOT POOR ANYMORE!!!

  202. Doodie Machetto, unemployed in Greenland, 3 on

    They better make the playoffs, or they will feel really stupid for not having a 1st round pick in one of the deepest drafts of the past decade.

  203. put it this way re: Isles. Tavares is the best player on either team. Now is there a player on the Isles, other than Tavares, for whom you’d trade Nash? Stepan? Callahan? McDonagh? Girardi? Lundqvist?

  204. Carp, since March 17th, Stepan and Tavares have the same # of goals. 9 goals.

    Only Nash (10), Brouwer (10), Hall (9) and Ovechkin (20) have more…

  205. Good evening all! I’ll be late posting at Go Time….but let’s clinch this please!!!!!

    Carp, in my humble opinion, I trade nobody for Tavares ……

  206. “Elaine’s on-again-off-again boyfriend. Unflappable and calm, yet can be a surprisingly passionate individual at times (usually as a result of something Elaine has said). A bit of an airhead and likes to stare into space. Used to be an auto mechanic (considered by Jerry as the only honest mechanic in New York) but later became a car salesman. Dislikes the term “grease monkey.” A recovering mysophobe, born again Christian, and a face painting New Jersey Devils fan. Loves Arby’s.”

    LMAO!

  207. Hey loneranger, crawl up into the bowl, flush, and don’t forget to jiggle the handle.

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