Islanders lose shootout in Buffalo, move into sixth seed … but Rangers can overtake them with a point Saturday

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Bottom line: The Rangers are one point behind the Islanders, but only need one point against the Devils Saturday to finish ahead of the Isles.

The Islanders jumped ahead of Ottawa and the Rangers into the sixth seed with the point they got in a shootout loss in their final game in Buffalo Friday, thanks to a large gaffe by Ryan Miller.

But Ottawa has two games remaining, against Philadelphia Saturday and in Boston Sunday, so there are still a number of possibilities for the 6-7-8 seeds in the East.

If the Rangers lose in regulation Saturday, though, they will finish eighth and face Pittsburgh in the first round, unless Ottawa also loses both of its games in regulation.

I think.

 

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  1. There is no way you typed this up so fast. You probably had 2 versions ready to go. 1 with Islanders winning shootout and 1 with them losing.

  2. Marty is not playing tomorrow because he does not want to get booed.

    True stuff.
    Never heard a player ever say that.

  3. Rupp didnt hold a prayer session out in Minny tonight or what? losing 6-0 at home to Oilers after 2?? Sheeeeesh

  4. carp

    you are correct with ottawa having to lose both in regulation should we lose in regulation tom.

    the whole game was vanek on breakaway from center ice in with 16 mins to go. misses 3 mins later miller has his head up his butt and now we need to dress everyone tom.

    thanks to those two losers who never win squat

  5. I don’t Care who we get but I think after this season playing the Penguins would be the only way many people here might appreciate this team.

  6. parise and suter 200 mil combined losing 6-0 at home to edmonton whose lost 9 of 10. can you say collapse

  7. eric, i’d rather we play to win tommorow no matter what. no need to rest hank. honestly. its a half season. hes got this. thats why he gets paid the big bucks

  8. keep in mind all for next three years minimum we are likely to play pens in 1st round with this play your division crap first like to old days.

    if this is the last of the 15 team east confernce as it is if i could avoid the pens this year its worth fightin for if i am torts and the rangers

  9. i will say this now and get it out.

    should we play pens and lose in 4 or 5 and get steamrolled i dont want to see anyone on here complain about that when by losing to florida and (maybe tom we will see) this all could have been avoided at least for round one

  10. Mrs. Manny has control of the TV. She’s Watching _Fashion Police_ and I’m laying on a heating pad, grabby.

  11. eric, its ok, after dolan jinxed us last year we wont be winning a cup for awhile anyway. plus we lost a 40 goal scorer who wouldve scored a crapload of goals for us next year. now we have nash and thats it. yea, cally scored 29 once, nobody else is a pure goal scorer like gabby was. sather needs to leave this bunch of guys alone for a few years. let them become used to each other and become like a family. stop trading all the time.

  12. No one is complaining, Eric. If we face the Pens we face the Pens. If this team beats the Pens people will appreciate them. If they face them and lose, well they lose to the best team in the East.

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I highly doubt gabby would have scored much next year if he was here. He hasn’t really done squat the last couple of weeks. He best days are yesteryear.

  14. eddie

    hope your right. i dont want to see the pens at least till round 2. just listening to games with them involved is just as bad as playing them.

  15. well, i really was pissed about it but brassard and moore are damn good and didnt know we were getting a really solid d man in moore. brassard is better than i expected. so far anyway. now we gotta draft another hagelin with that 6th round pick!

  16. Four a day keeps the……. er ……..mildly alleviates some pain and assists in the healing.

  17. How long before #10 is hanging from the Garden rafters? Will they honor him before or after he retires?

  18. Evrock Around The Clock Tonight on

    Crysby’s new shielded helmet makes him look like the guy who pulls the lever to activate the Death Star.

  19. No matter how you slice it, the Rangers lost one the few perennial 40 goal scorers, on a “not so long” list, in their entire history when they traded Gaborik. They won’t replace him easily or in the near future.

  20. Nope, Lyova. I started typing when they got to OT and cleaned it up after OT, then waited for the BCATHGE to end.

    How about Ryan Miller messing up the sheets again, like he did against NYR. Wonder if he ends up in Philly.

  21. Carp,
    that is an excellent (educated) guess, methinks Miller is headed for Philly, as well.

  22. Stranger Nation on

    How much of your annual salary would you wager on Gabby scoring 40 goals again? I wouldn’t bet any of it…

  23. Stranger Nation

    Given Gaborik has been on, off, on, off since 07-08, I think there is a fairly good chance he has a 35+ goal season in a contract year no less

  24. The “Pansification” concept was created on this blog partly because of the officials’ ways, but mostly because of Gaborik’s show of the soft play. Eminent example of fear and trembling.

  25. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Remember gabby’s first game back from one of his injuries and he came off the bench and flattened naslund when he was a ranger?

    I do, then we signed him that offseason.

    I therefore expect gabby to throw one big hit next year!!

  26. Stranger Nation on

    oleo – odds are he may score 30-35 next year. If he does continues his lower goal production into next season, the trade may be further validated.

  27. Now I’d still rather have Gaborik, but since the trade:

    Gaborik: 11 games –> 3 goals 4 assists Totals: 12 goals 14 assists
    Brassard 12 games –> 5 goals 6 assists Totals: 12 goals 17 assists

    And John Moore has 1 goal 4 assists in 12 games and Dorsett is going to make his return soon.

  28. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Lyova, I am not trying to pick a fight, but I believe you misunderstand what I have stated a few times here. I don’t know who made the decision on not to resign Prust when he got to the stage of being an FA. My contention has been that if you truly recognize the import of a player, which Torts did (but he is the coach, not the GM) you get to him early, well in advance of allowing him to determine what his fair market value is. And by Torts quote in that article that you alluded to, he was important to Torts:

    ” I don’t think anybody, and they would be lying to you if they did, thought we would be as naked as we were in the middle of our lineup at the beginning of the year. I wanted to keep Prust. He had a personality in our room, I think a team needs to have a personality.”

    Case in point, with Neil in Ottowa, a year and a half before his contract was due, the world saw his value to Ottowa in the playoffs vs. out team. So, during the summer, Murray negotiates for a 3 year at a very realistic $1.90M per year (or was it a 4 year at that rate, I forget?). The point being, show some love and you might get the guy at below an FA number.

    However, if you let him get to FA, you take the risk the guy will be offered a larger amount than you are willing to pay. All it takes is one team, and Montreal did. (What do you think Neil would be offered on the open market??) If you let it get that far, you know you increase your chances to lose him unless, unlike most modern day athletes, he pulls a Ken Daneyko and decides to stay for less money.

    Being a business owner myself, and I realize sports is different, you protect your staff that makes a difference. Prust did. My contention is he could have been resigned well in advance of losing him and Neil is a good example of how a good GM protected a similar player.

    Thank you.

  29. I really don’t expect much from the Devils today.

    I hope Biron starts, but I doubt it makes that much of a difference.

    Hopefully this game shows the Rangers heading towards the playoffs with some traction. Hold your breath boys and girls. It’s time for another ride.

    Playoffs are fun to be a part of.

    LGR!!!!

  30. I guess fatsos going to forget to shake everyone’s hand today.

    Make no mistake. If its Rangers-Pens you’ll see ovary87 make an appearance w his big face shield on. But whatever. Facing the 6th, 7th and 8th seeds last year didn’t do them any favors so it’s a toss
    Up to me. Hope we have Clowe for the first and Staal and Dorsset if they get past that.

  31. Wont be surprised if more guys sit for the Devils to improve their chances at a lottery pick. They’re not really playing for much today.

  32. >>I’d rather play Crosbyless pens in the 1st round.

    I doubt Penguins will be without the NHL’s supermodel.

  33. I just think it’s amazing that people are so pumped on Dorsett. Like “the Gaborik deal is the best thing ever, and we haven’t even seen DORSETT yet!” The guy is a bottom 6 grinder at best and a goon at worst.

  34. …yeah and as we know high energy grinders are never worth anything in the playoffs. I just wanna see
    Dorsset because he’s gonna score a jillion schmillion goals!!! (S)

  35. And while we are educating Janmes G on playoff hockey can someone give me 5 ways Gaby had made us a better playoff team?
    We just had so much success in the post season while he was here I couldn’t keep track..

  36. Dorsett wore the scarlet letter in Columbus and it presumably wasn’t for adultery.

  37. bull dog line on

    I know what I am saying is obvious, but I will say it anyway. The Gabby trade, the Clowe trade, and the MZA signing saved the season for the Rangers. the Gabby trade is going to help the Rangers for a long time. not sure who is going to end being the best player they got on the trade. I like Brassard a lot, but Moore looks like he may be something special. Sather deserves a lot of credit.

  38. Good morning, boneheads!

    Did anyone think we would be (half) relaxed today about playing the Devils? Say, a month ago?

    Regarding Dorsett. When the trade was made, most of the experts thought he was the main figure in that deal. That tells something. Remains to be seen. I still maintain that Brassard could turn out to be the best player we got in return. Now, after seeing him play, Moore could turn out to be the one. Who knows? People still think it’s Dorsett. The jury on this whole trade is still out.

  39. relaxed today? ilb you dont think they should go all out today to try avoiding the pens. i guess i dont understand the mindset then.

    everyone but clowe staal and dorsett needs to go today. boyle still hurt as well

  40. bull dog line on

    they do miss Boyle. not the for the 16 minutes he plays, but for face offs, PK, and he is a big body that can wear down a Dman. if he comes back and is on 3rd line, that is a mistake. but as a 4th line guy playing 10 to 12 minutes, he will be valuable.

  41. Bull dog- did you and I have the same thing for breakfast?

    Matty- if you’re here, you keep saying the same thing about Prust. It makes sense, except your contention is based upon the notion that Sather never approached him before FA. Are you sure ? Is it possible that Prust’s agent was approached by Sather and pretty much said that Prust was going to test the market? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what happened. If Torts told Sather he wanted to keep Prust, no doubt he attempted to keep him. The truth is, nobody knows except those people involved.

  42. Eric- I do understand the implications of today’s game, but it’s not the same as if it was determining whether they make the playoffs. One point is all they need. And if they have to play the Pens, so be it. If you think Boston will be easy, think again.

  43. bull dog line on

    ilb,
    you and I agree more than not. its just not as much fun to tell each other, hey I agree. its way more fun to disagree.

  44. iLB2001, Just had an opportunity to read your somewhat over the top rejoinder to my post on the previous thread.

    “Negativity confused with objectivity, pure negativity” to boot?

    So when YOU judge any form of what you deem “entertainment” it’s objective but when I do it it’s masochistic?

    Are you practicing long distance psychoanalysis without a license?

    Your comments are at best disingenuous at worst childish and dare I say simplistic cheerleading.

    Do you ever bother to actually take the long look at this franchise over the 72 years or the last thirteen?

    If this is not average then what is, and in every business I know of average doesn’t pay the rent but it does get people fired.

    As for meaning well which you ascribe to your “analysis”, as Jack Benny might have said, “well”!

  45. Morning folks, hope everyone is ready for the up and down day that the rangers are sure to provide us!

  46. Comnsnse, I don’t want to bring this trash into next post. So there yo go- you either do not comprehend what I said, or you’re not a true Rangers fan. If every time you watch them play you remind yourself they are just mediocre, regardless of what they do, then I doubt you can truly enjoy it. But whatever makes you feel better, I guess.

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