Rangers at Kings, 10:30 tonight … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Rangers: 0-1-0 (0 pts)
Kings: 1-1-0 (2 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in their first of four games in six days. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Coyotes, 4-1, on Thursday at Phoenix, and are now 25-29-9 in season-opening games on the road. The Kings enter the contest with a 1-1-0 (2 pts) record, following 5-3 loss on Friday at Winnipeg. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at SAP Center at San Jose (10:30 p.m.), to complete a back-to-back set.

RANGERS vs. KINGS:
All-Time: 65-43-16-1 overall (37-18-6-0 at home; 28-25-10-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Staples Center.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-0-1 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), following a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings on Oct. 7, 2011, at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Rangers have registered a point in four of their last five meetings with the Kings, posting a record of 3-1-1 over the span
Four of the last five meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by one goal, with three of the contests requiring extra time
New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; Los Angeles ranked first with a 19-4-1 (39 pts) mark at home last season

New York lists one former King on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 2-3-1, 2.94 GAA; Martin Biron – 6 GP, 4-1-0-0, 2.04 GAA, 1 SO; Rick Nash – 34 GP, 15-14-29; Brad Richards – 24 GP, 7-20-27; Taylor Pyatt – 30 GP, 9-13-22; Dan Girardi – 6 GP, 0-3-3

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season in 2012-13, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline

New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal last season

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (7:40) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, the Rangers ranked 23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 28th on the road (8-70, 11.4%). The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last –4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).

Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-3 (4:08) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and ranked 26th on the road (51-68, 75.0%). The Rangers were 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 (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).

Four-on-Four: New York surrendered one goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, the Blueshirts were plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39). Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).

GETTING STARTED:
The Rangers have posted a record of 285-273-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 108-155-45 record on the road. New York (4-3-3) is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2011-12, with three games being contested at MSG and seven scheduled on the road.

Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.

The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 35 career wins during the month of October.

New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).

NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES
Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers’ debut in the season opener on Thursday at Phoenix. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Defenseman Justin Falk is still looking to make his Rangers debut.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,943 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 57 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season 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 posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period last season.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will begin their first of 13 back-to-back sets this season tomorrow at Los Angeles

New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games last season, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second

The Blueshirts swept their final back-to-back set last season, out-scoring their opponent, 14-5, in the set. The 14 combined goals were the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since they registered 14 combined goals on Jan. 17, 2010 vs. Montreal (W, 6-2) – Jan. 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 8-2), and were the most in a back-to-back set since the Blueshirts tallied 16 combined goals on Mar. 1, 1992 vs. Hartford (W, 9-4) – Mar. 2, 1992 at New Jersey (W, 7-1).

Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 65 times in his career, posting a record of 41-17-7 with a 1.94 GAA, .932 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game

QUICK HITS:
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL last season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game

New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots last season

The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 GA/game last season, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the NHL overall

Last season, the Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring after the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.

THE KING’S REIGN:
Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons

Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012

Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)

Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season’s finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career

The Blueshirts’ netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.

NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH
Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.

RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
Scoring First – 18-2-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 1st Period – 13-0-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 2nd Period – 16-0-0 (1st in NHL)
In Overtime – 4-0-0
Out-Shooting Opponents – 15-9-3 (T-13th in NHL)
Out-Scoring Opponents On Special Teams – 12-1-1
In 1-Goal Games – 12-5-4 (9th in NHL)
Scoring 4+ Goals – 17-0-0
Holding Opponents to 2-or-fewer Goals – 22-1-1
Holding Opponents to 1-or-fewer Goals – 14-0-0

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Arron Asham – 10 penalty minutes from 1,000th NHL career
Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman – 1 point from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Jesper Fast – 1st career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)
John Moore – 100th career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)

INJURIES:
Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 2

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Oct. 5 – Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
Sept. 29 – Assigned forwards Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, and Darroll Powe, and defensemen Conor Allen and Stu Bickel to Hartford (AHL)
Sept. 26 – Agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Derek Stepan on a new contract

 

 

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  1. Matty "CleanSlate/FireSather"Boy on

    GAME DAY!!! GAME DAY!!!! ONLY 14 HOURS TO GO!!!! GAME DAY!!!!

    One of these teams has a really good shot at the cup. Really good. Let’s watch tonight and see.

    Let’s go Rangers. Lets go Rangers.

    We brought in Asham, Wowzo!!! To deal with the entire Kings team toughness. One guy, he does it all. He is REALLY tough. Watch out Kings!!!! We’re coming right at you!!!!!!

  2. If we don’t score more this year then the guys who aren’t doing the business need to make way for kids who do. Given the write up on Hartford’s game, Kristo, Miller and Kreider are taking the demotion quite well.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    If we win the skills comp, we, in fact, would need to score. If we do not score, we cannot win.

    a=a

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Some nice games over the weekend. Did you see the reception Teemu Selanne got during his final game in Winnipeg last night? Gave me chills.

  5. out of the first 5 games I think the only team the rangers have a chance of beating is the ducks, if they don’t beat the ducks the rangers will be 0-5 leaving St. Louis.

  6. 5-2 loss, Richards and Boyle score, everyone here explodes of madness and sadness. Season declared over.

  7. I would really love to be able to watch Hartford Wolpack games. Thus, I second Stranger’s request.

  8. I know people may not want to PAY for it but I think through AHL.COM you can purchase a season ticket (much like Center Ice) and watch all the AHL games. I don’t think it’s pricey. I will look into it now…

  9. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Good to see the kids play well with The Pack. If they do really come back with only one win on the trip, I foresee a major shakeup with guys getting called up.

  10. So why in the world is Jesper Fast in the NHL if he isn’t going to play? What’s the point?

  11. I was reading the recap of the hartford whalerpack games this weekend and it looks like The Kreider and Miller are at least doing what they should be, dominating the AHL competition.

  12. Also, if they continue to play well, can we see a turn of events where people like boyle, pyatt and the other slow footspeed people get benched or demoted for them?

  13. We have no one to blame but msg and there stupid renovations that couldn’t be completed by September to allow us not to play on this moronic roadtrip.

    Our season is doomed since we wil be buried by home opener.

    We have zero shot tonight and tomorrow.

  14. We need a major shakeup with a trade. One that brings us a big time heavyweight. Preferably a defender.

  15. I previously wrote code for the AHL website (currently for the Rangers NHL.com website).

    I have access to direct URLs that feed straight into the video.

    No subscription.

  16. Stralman. Moore is crucial to this team now. He’s got skating ability, a bit of toughness and he shoots. That is valuable. I don’t at all think Stralman is enough to get us anything in a trade but I don’t care if he comes out of the lineup.

  17. they do need a trade to add toughness. probably won’t happen till much later. I think they need it up front more. if only they had a guy like Ryan Clowe.
    also, there is only 1 Dman I would not trade, and that is McD. not saying they are not good players ( I think Staal is going to play his best hockey this year), just saying that if the right guy became available I would not hesitate trading any of them.

  18. The only way I wouldn’t trade Marc Staal is if he signed an extension guaranteeing that he wasn’t going to run off to Carolina to bunk with his 3 brothers.

  19. did a quick look out west to see who may be a fit. San Jose is a possibility. they do not have much depth on D. the guy that jumped out at me was Brent Burns. they are using him up front. he would be a fit the Rangers.

  20. Instead of addressing the toughness how bout we start with getting another top 6 forward that has finishing ability. We need another guy who can score. I think that is more imperative then adding another tougher guy who plays 6-8 min a night.

    Ano no stu Bickel is not the answer to toughness.

  21. Eric,
    I am not speaking about adding a goon. I am talking about adding playable toughness.

  22. Laviolette was easily the most predictable firing. I called it before the season. Didn’t think it would be three games in, but after losing three in a row, I figured it could happen soon.

    Good coach though. He’ll probably replace the next fired coach.

  23. And I am 100% with you, bull dog. It’s been one game. This team has guys that can put the puck in the net. Adding Callahan and Hagelin (who will greatly benefit from the shallower net)will be like adding two top 6 forwards.

  24. It was predictable, ORR (great to have you back). It just speaks to the lack of organization and direction in Philly. How does he start the season as the coach if he’s on such unstable footing? They must have been split there on whether to keep him last season and the haters won out this season only 3 games in. That’s a big step backwards for a team. But on the plus side, they get a *clean* slate.

  25. It’s not about firing the coach. It’s about their weird organizational moves, never ending issues with goaltending and defense. It just never ends. They need a goalie desperately so they get Vinny LeCav. There is no plan. No direction.

  26. Oh? Rangers still play in the NHL? I was under the impression they were demoted to the AHL after their last loss.

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Manny – agree – the Filth is a mess; thank goodness for us

    tc – send that link over – love to watch me some Wolfpack

    Playable toughness – put Burns on with Nash and Step; Cally with Brass and another board man

  28. Without a goalie and as you say, without a plan, they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, farther than the Rangers have advanced in a couple decades.

  29. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    It hasn’t even been two decades for the Rangers, and the Flyers haven’t won one since ’75.

  30. _Without a goalie and as you say, without a plan, they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, farther than the Rangers have advanced in a couple decades._

    We should release our d-men and Henrik and we’ll make the Cup finals!

  31. While we’re at it, why not pay a Sumo Wrestler put on some pads, sit in front of the net and eat a hoagie for 60 minutes… I mean, hey, it’s worked for the Devils!

  32. Weren’t the New York Rangers two games away from the Stanley Cup Final once with that coach we just fired?

  33. 2 games away from the Stanley Cup Finals is not the Stanley Cup Finals.

    They should trade from their strength Mister D to improve their weakness. D for O.

  34. Rob in Beantown on

    Is tc03 that troll that used to go by two different names which are now apparently banned words on this blog?

  35. Its almost like “what benchmark can we set where Philadelphia comes out higher” is the real goal of this exercise.

  36. Stranger Nation on

    So the Flyers got rid of the current Vezina winner and then signed a 38 yr old Dman in this off season and then blame the coach

    I feel so bad for them…

  37. I’m very cool trading D for O, but its not because I want to match the Flyers recent “”success””.

    (Double quotes because single quotes didn’t feel sarcastic enough.)

  38. _So the Flyers got rid of the current Vezina winner and then signed a 38 yr old Dman in this off season and then blame the coach

    I feel so bad for them…_

    I wish I could get my good Flyers fan friend to post here because its really great. Apparently the bubbling controversy, beyond the obvious, is that the Flyers ran their quick presser at a time when most of their beat guys were still flying back in from the road trip.

  39. No offense, but it’s Stanley Cup Final. No “s”. The Stanley Cup Finals the Rangers were actually in the last three seasons. That’s making it to the post season. The Final is the actual final round of the finals.

  40. I recall at the end of last season it was mentioned that Paul Holmgren wasn’t going to overreact and fire a good coach after missing the PO. So they kept Laviolette. For 3 more games.

  41. At my wedding, my best man actually yelled “RANGERS SUCK GO PHLYERS” at the end of his speech. Right after telling the room about me micturating on a rug in a Philadelphia hotel lobby one intoxicated night.

  42. Actually, ilb. I grew up a Hartford Whalers fan. My dad and grandfather were big hockey guys in upstate New York and thus Buffalo Sabres fans. My grandfather actually played semi-pro and was a heck of a skater. My dad could also really skate. Anyways, this guy has been my best friend since 5th grade. Time and time again I tried to get him to come to a hockey game with me and he just refused. Hated hockey. Wouldn’t even play video game versions of it.

    So he goes to UPenn for college, where he remained for Veterinary school, and became a humaingous like big huge Phlyers fan. He retained his New York Knicks and New York Football Giants loyalties but picked up this awful disease called Phlyers Phan.

  43. Rob in Beantown on

    I feel for you, Manny. I’m getting married in Philly and marrying into a phamily of Phlyers phans. I’ve just about converted her to the light, but I still hear it from the family when we go visit.

  44. Wow Rob. You live in Boston and have to get Married in Philly!? That’s BRUTAL. I really, really feel sorry for you buddy.

  45. Rob in Beantown on

    In hindsight, should we be glad Laviollete didn’t get fired a few months ago and the Flyers didn’t hire Torts?

  46. _In hindsight, should we be glad Laviollete didn’t get fired a few months ago and the Flyers didn’t hire Torts?_

    God, yes. That was my nightmare scenario; Torts would go to Philadelphia, his defense-first-second-and-only style would somehow mesh perfectly with their offense-first-second-and-only roster and they’d trounce the east. I would have died to death.

  47. There is nothing good about Phil. Even the eagles whoi root for with the same passion I do the rangers.
    They suck too. At 2-3 though tied for 1st. How pathetic NFC east is.

    We are down minimum 3 goals heading into 3rd tonight.

  48. Frattin looks good on the 2nd line with the Kings, Greene is always tough on defense. Our boys are going to have a tough time against to Sioux Alums tonight.

    Here’s hoping our top line can get something going tonight!!!

    Cally and Asham back in should help our team toughness.

  49. Holmgren is Sather’s yardstick for job performance.

    “Yeah, i’m doing a lousy job but at least I’m not as bad as that guy in Philly”

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    I think Torts could have really gotten a lot out of Philly’s roster too. Just chalk that one up as a crisis averted.

  51. Stranger Nation on

    Out healthy LWs for tonight’s game:
    Buck Richards
    MZA
    Pullout
    Pie-hat

    Kings RDmen
    Doughty 6’1″ 215
    Greene; 6’3″ 245
    Voynov 6′ 195

    oy

  52. I’m rooting for Step’s team over Bickel’s because Step capitalized his team name.

  53. Sather and leprosy are a bad comp given that Sather’s fatal offseason flaw was not losing dead tissue.

  54. Ugh Fantasy football:

    I was down 10 going into the SF – Texans Game with Schaub, Johnson, Texans defense and Boldin going vs his SF defense.

    Yeah, that ended about as poorly as it possibly could for me

    .92 pts for Schaub
    0 pts for def
    2 for Boldin
    2 for Johnson
    and SF def scores 24

  55. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah I might have won yesterday if Michael Vick plays the second half of the game. But instead I will probably lose a close one after tonight’s games.

  56. I was dominating in my fantasy matchup despite Lamar Miller and his 1.60 points combining with Trent Richardson’s 5.6 points being all I got out of RB’s. Blackmon, Nicks and Gordon made up for it. Then My opponent got another game out of Peyton, J. Thomas and Wes Welker. I mean. What can you do against those three?

  57. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Are all of the BBB matchups two weeks long, or is that just because of the slightly short week 1? I was all excited thinking I had defeated Hashtag OrchidShow (LW3H).

  58. I don’t know that Alain Vigneault has proven that he deserves a name that is in honor of a prime cut of beef.

    He is more like a….. Madàme Touissant (Rhymes with Alain Vigneault)

  59. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    It is now confirmed that bad GM’s do the same thing over and over again before the gun is pointed at their heads. Fire to coach. Fire the coach. Deflects reality.

    Holmgren<Sather, but close. Very close.

  60. Chopped liver is delicious. I don’t know why everyone thinks that calling someone Chopped Liver is an insult. If I was insulting him I would call him Red Lobster or Shrimp Fest or something.

  61. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Really, in 7 years, what have the Flyers accomplished. Pronger injury aside, this guy’s a horror show. Snyder is another big money moron.

    But, he bought himself a year or so with the firing.

    Perhaps Hal Gill can be the next coach?

  62. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Eric, intersting comment @9:34.

    Question for you, my friend, if the Rangers had a well put together team, would you still be feeling the schedule is a problem?

  63. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    I, for one, smell a win tonight. We’ve got Asham coming back tonight to take on the ‘size’ of LA. We’re good.

    7-2 win.

  64. Keys to the Game:

    1. Stay out of the box;
    2. Hank plays solid; and
    3. Callahan inspires team to score

  65. Sometimes, I see things befor they happen.

    My post from yesterday’s thread:

    Papa Bear
    First coach to get the heave-ho. Former Ranger DMAN in Philty.

    *October 6th, 2013 at 12:10 PM*

  66. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Joe’s keys to the game:

    1) Thigh circumference
    2) Family support structure
    3) Penalty *momentum* shifts

  67. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Seriously, you have a guy that cleared waivers and the coach says he’s in and will protect the rest of the team, you have one helluva team. I think we go 81-0 from here out.

    Might not have to fire THIS coach till June or so. Get number 8 ready. Laviollette???????

  68. Chris Cosentino is supposed to have a cookbook out sometime in the next year or something. I imagine there will be a ton of cool liver stuff in there.

  69. SNation…I would like it be Haley, but we will have to settle for our new Goon – Nash

  70. Wicky©No one screens the goalie, no one gets to rebounds!!! on

    I love the fact MTL has 7 fights already. Toronto has 6. I wonder if the stupid realignment stays as it is for a while, if the “non-fight” teams like detroit now in that division stay with non fight line ups???

  71. Maybe Stepan can drop the gloves tonight when Nash gets freight trained. One good deed deserves another.

  72. When I was in San Francisco I made sure to eat at Chris Cosentino’s flagship. WOW. He’s the king of innards and I love him. He was even THERE cooking the dishes himself. So that was a real pleasure.

    Here is the one thing I had that is still on the menu: Spaghettini, Sardinian cured tuna heart, egg yolk & parsley

    Began with a Venison pie made entirely of the innards of Deer. And for my main I had his “last meal” which was an egg with blood sausage and some amazing creamy thing.

    He is a God.

    http://incanto.biz/

  73. I’m going to one up you, Manny. Ate there as well (lamb pluck fra diavolo) and actually got to speak with him for a couple minutes since we were at the bar early in dinner service. I always thought he came off a bit d-baggy on TV but he was a really nice, gracious guy in person. Even name dropped Bourdain when recommending a sushi place for us to check out which seemed to humanize him even more, like he thought it was so cool he even got to hang with Bourdain for a night.

  74. One thing that sucks about being in division with the Flyers is that Couterier is a candidate to go (both based on rumors and the Flyers habit of moving all young players out) and he’d be a wonderful fit on our team. We even have to D available to move.

  75. That’s so awesome, The Doctor. I saw him when I went to the bathroom and I made eye contact and kind of gave him some lame version of a gangster head nod. I have always regretted not shaking his hand and telling him how much his food and his theories on eating have inspired me in my daily life.

    You definitely take the cake on that one (especially if the cake is filled with innards and iced with marrow). Definitely good to hear that he’s cool.

  76. That’s a great point, The Doctor. The Phlyers might be desperate enough to make a trade with us. We would be stupid not to make that trade.

  77. Matty

    Yes whether the roster was good or bad because of the greed and morons who run msg they put there team at a deservice and have them play 9 straight away.

    Who we beating on this trip. Devils maybe flyers

  78. LA has KING SIZE defense and talent. Rangers will not OUT HIT them with this team they have this year.

    IT sure would be fun to “steal” a win tonight!!!

  79. Let’s hope so Carp, team needs new “to do” list tonight!!

    Hopefully I make it back in time for the drop of the puck.

    Sold the kids snowmobile, one less Cat in the garage. Have to make a road trip to the lake. Have to Lock, load, and deliver it tonight.

  80. Dorsett, Ash, Moore together on 4th line.
    Darryl Sutter (Deliverance) tells Kings, “if we can withstand that 4th line, we shouldn’t have a problem with the rest of them.”

  81. We got this.

    A little puck luck and a goalie interference call and the Phoenix game is a different story.

    Tonight will be a test, no doubt, but hoping Cally brings a little energy and that it carries throughout the team.

    LGR!!’

  82. Pretty excited to watch Cally play tonight.

    Sioux Alum Frattin is the Kings 2nd line with Carter and Richards. Off to a good start with 2 points.

    Kristo played with him 3 years ago.

  83. Sioux – re: the kids’ snowmobile. Have a friend who owned and raced claiming horses, and his young kids kept falling in love with a few of them. When they were inevitably claimed, the kids wouldn’t speak to him.

  84. Honestly, Sioux, with Global warming and such it’s probably best to sell high on the whole Snowmobile craze.

  85. Matty "RichieRocketOurSavior"boy on

    Coos….lol to all of your comments!!!
    You can never fall in love with a claimer!

    Thanks, Eric, for your explanation!!!

  86. It’s like this, when you have one that runs….never enough snow. He’s off to college, and needed a better car.

    Now I keep it thinking I’m going to ride it with the boys. Not once did I take it out, in the last 3 years. Partly because we didn’t have the snow here, and the kids hockey schedule.

    Now watch, now that’s sold. We will have powder snow every other weekend.

  87. Kids last year in hockey. High School is a lot easier on the travel schedule, and the kid HAS to take the bus :)

    See you all later tonight…… anyone grab the slate????

  88. Coos – I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. He wanted a “new” used car last weekend. So we helped him get into something that is better suited for college. So he was on board with it.

    Nothing worse than selling a horse you are attached to. It’s like the family dog. I sent mine down the road when I went to college.

  89. With Step still not playing at full “speed,” Richie’s drop passes might actually find a trailing stick.

  90. We need points, here’s hoping Richie Rich can get to the bank tonight and buy some luck!!!

    Nice to see Miller, Kristo, & Kreider leading in point for the Pack!!!

  91. Almost essential out here Manny. The Winters get a little long without making more fun outside.

    I’m selling it to my neighbor, so it isn’t going to far :)

    His kids will 10x more fun on it than I will. We rode them daily when we were kids.

  92. I grew up in super rural CT and we needed them too Sioux. If you couldn’t use your quad you either saddled a horse or took the snowmobile to check on your herd.

  93. SIOUX “we use to get a $100 for a Fox when we were kids.” 5:23

    Soiux, foxes in NYC around the Convention Center get more than that.

  94. All,

    Just so everyone knows…that piece of Carcillo is engraved on the Stanley Cup. That doesn’t seem to make any sense.

  95. “We were evicted from our hole in the ground; we had to go and live in a lake!”

    “You were lucky to have a LAKE! There were a hundred and sixty of us living in a small cardboard shoebox in the middle of the road.”

    You try and tell the young people that today… and they won’t believe you. (Python)

  96. Stranger Nation on

    It only make sense when Rozsival is right there too

    Do not mind Boyle if he plays his game. I do not expect any O, just hits, staying on his skates at least 65% of the game and possessing the puck to pin in Kopitar and friends.

    Cally and Ash score tonight but we lose 9-2 and Hank goes on a Lost Weekend.

  97. _Do not mind Boyle if he plays his game. I do not expect any O, just hits, staying on his skates at least 65% of the game and possessing the puck to pin in Kopitar and friends._

    Here’s the weird thing … a guy who neutralized Kopitar isn’t just breaking even, he’s a huge plus. Just somewhat neutralizing Kopitar is a contributor.

  98. Papa Bear

    “Sometimes, I see things before they happen.”

    Papa, could you fax me a re-cap of tonight’s game so I can get some sleep?

  99. The Doctor is totally right. This is something I have been arguing about in a Twitter lately. Not giving up goals is as important as scoring. A guy like Kopitar can destroy you. If he’s neutralized the Kings lose a lot of depth. Very important.

  100. Any new cardigans recently, Manny? Want to see if we’re completely tuned in here or just somewhat.

  101. This Boyle stuff is like one step above complaining about AV’s penmanship when he’s writing out the lines. Focus on real problems.

  102. Thinking about it, he probably has very nice penmanship. Seems like that type of guy. Effortless, nothing showy, just nice.

  103. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Wow,

    can’t wait to see zuccs/boyle tonight.
    Zuccs lose the puck on the boards and Boyle whiff.

    no country for old men.
    No room for kreider and miller?

  104. I am actually selling a Cowl neck sweater on eBay. Found a hole in my cashmere quarter zip. Need to reinvigorate my sweater collection. Might pull out the size small,black cardigan.

  105. Good thing I didn’t bet the proverbial farm on Laviolette getting fired by Mr. Snider, before Torts getting fired by Slats… (because that sure seemed more likely this time last year)

  106. did you see the postgame interview with Kreider?
    i didnt see last night’s game, but the night before he was all over the ice….

    He will be back soon

  107. Paradoxically, Kreider’s main problem is that he is always all over the ice, to little result.

  108. If we could somehow have the Rangers defense and Hank play both ends, what would the final score of the Rangers forwards versus the Whalefpack forwards be?

  109. Stranger Nation on

    Kreider is a finisher, he needs someone to set him up. When he played with Step, good results. When he played with Richards or Boyle…not so good…go figure

  110. Coos, here’s my re-cap.

    Get a good nights sleep.

    It’s going to be very ugly.

    Take 2 ambien and read Carps post in the morning.

  111. If you don’t watch the game how will learn what kind of families the Kings players have?

  112. Leetchhalloffame on

    We can beat Snider’s record of 3 games if we fire AV after tonight’s LA massacre. Zero rookies in lineup tonight. So much for our highly talented draft choices. FIRE SATHER (and AV too).

  113. “Sam, I spent a couple days last summer with the Sutter family down in the Georgia woods, and let me tell you, these boys…”

    “Goal! Sorry, Joe, you were saying?”

  114. Grandfather Sutter to assembled dozens of naked Sutters: “Did you see what Darryl just dragged through the soup?”

  115. CDUBBB LOl.

    Has Joe M and Sam ever indcatrd that a players comes from a real bad family?

    JOe M.. ” yeah Sam. This kid has a great family. His pops iS in the can, his moms turning tricks and his uncle Phil is a pedaophile.

  116. I used to shoot hoops on the pedao.

    I will definitely watch the Kings broadcast tonight. Two games and I have heard way too much of those clowns (Joe & Sam). I still find it hard to believe that MSG has such a poor broadcasting team.

  117. Whenever I get really down on Sam & Joe,,,I throw on the Devils broadcast and I feel better about Sam & Joe.

  118. Joe seems to have forgotten that color comes during stoppages, not during two on ones. And Sam is too polite to remind him.

  119. Is it true this year instead of the Broadway Hat they’ll be giving a Gucci Designer hand bag to the player of the game?

  120. Tweets that piss me off: $60 million dollar Ranger centers who tweet: “Thanks to Joseph Abboud and Company for all the free suits!”

  121. Manny kills house flies by shooting rubber bands at them. He gets them from very far distances in one shot! My hero. Let’s Go Rangers! Wake up!

  122. Uncle Rico: What about your girlfriend?

    Kip: Well, things are getting pretty serious right now. I mean, we chat online for, like, two hours every day so I guess you could say things are gettin’ pretty serious.

  123. We had a funny guy like you in Korea. Tail gunner. Blew his brains out all over the Pacific. Nothing funny about that.

  124. Hey Anthony from AZ.

    Its always good to see you post.

    I spent a lot of time in Tucson, my sister has a second house in PHX now.

    I am also happy that your politicians decided to spend taxpayer money to support that team. I didnt want that team to go to Canada……

  125. Silvio, look at Jerry here, prancing around in his coat with his purse. Yup, he’s a dandy. He’s a real fancy boy!

  126. Anyone see the Knicks “1994 March to the finals” tonight on MSG? Man I can’t get enough of that!

  127. MSG should let us know when the Icks are playing.

    Tri-State residents and Icks fans watch MSG.

  128. Bless me Father for I have sinned(okay, not really a sin) It has been far to long since my last visit to the Blog. But it good to have the Rangers back, even if they are, to quote Joe Namath “struh-guh-ling”.

    Looking forward to losing sleep tonight, it can’t be any worse than the Giants.

  129. My iPhone’s notification page just reminded me that “Your day starts early tomorrow.” It has no idea what time I’m planning to go to bed today. Make it tomorrow. This week is going to be brutal!

  130. Not boogers, Wick. Also, Mrs. Manny saw my txt log with you. You have a new nickname in my house!

  131. Btw, if any of you want to see photos from my trip to Odessa, Ukraine this past summer…please click on my name and choose folder called “Travel”

    You are welcome to look at all of the other albums, as well.

    Thank you :)

  132. nice pics CCCP.

    Is that your wife? Is that your Audi?

    My Audi spends most of its life in the shop. P.O.S. luxury car.

  133. Thank guys! I love photography!

    lol coos… actually, i do not want to be a doctor… and no, she is not moving into our cellar! She’ll be living in the kitchen in case we need things when mom isn’t home :D

  134. I have pictures from my trip to the Zoo with my granddaughter. There getting developed at the CVS.

    She loved the reptile house. Got a really good shot of her with a giant tortoise in the background.

    If I could figure a way to post them…..ah forget it.

  135. Gravy, Just Gravy on

    Going wayback when…

    If Boyle neutralizes Kopitar, it’s a plus, but he doesn’t get a plus because he wasn’t on for a goal, so he stinks.

  136. Duane Sutter’s agent to him at first signing:

    “Put your John Hancock right there. Hey! Zip that up, that’s not your John Hancock!”

  137. “Developed at CVS”
    They still do that? Remember film cannisters? Boy those were handy.

  138. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    WE WILL WIN TONIGHT!!!!

    GREG-AREENTEE TONIGHT!!!!

  139. Remember saving that last picture on a roll … or wasting it so that you could get the roll developed? Then waiting several days if not a week?

  140. I don’t know that I like Cally starting third line. Manny mentioned as a conditioning/ ice time move. I can see that but could it be that AV just really likes the top two line combos?

  141. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    LETS GO GO TIME ,LETS GO GO TIME ,LETS GO GO TIME!!!!!!

  142. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RAAAAAAAAAAAAAANGERS TONIGHT IS OUR NIGHT!!!

    Somewhat Carp!!!??? WHAAA ? HUH?? Somewhat???

    ALL WHAT!!!!!!

    LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO LETS GO!!!!!

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