Rangers at Blues tonight (8 p.m. start!!) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Oct. 12, 8:00 p.m. ET
Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO
Rangers: 1-3-0 (2 pts)
Blues: 3-0-0 (6 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Ducks, 6-0, on Thursday at Anaheim, and are now 1-3-0 (2 pts) this season. The Blues enter the contest with a 3-0-0 (6 pts) record, following a 3-2 win on Wednesday against Chicago. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m.), as they continue their season-opening nine game road trip.

All-Time: 75-40-16-0 overall (45-12-6-0 at home; 30-28-10-0 on the road.
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Scottrade Center.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road), following a 4-1 loss on Dec. 15, 2011, at Scottrade Center. Michael Del Zotto notched the lone goal for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots faced.
The Rangers and Blues have been separated by two or fewer goals in nine of their last 11 meetings dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, with eight of those contests being decided by one goal or fewer
New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; St. Louis tied for 12th in the NHL with a 15-8-1 (31 pts) mark at home last season

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BLUES: Henrik Lundqvist – 3 GP, 0-3-0, 3.03 GAA; Martin Biron – 11 GP, 1-7-0-2, 2.38 GAA; Rick Nash – 49 GP, 20-19-39; Brad Richards – 19 GP, 2-18-20; Derick Brassard – 20 GP, 3-12-15; Anton Stralman – 11 GP, 0-4-4

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 0-2 (3:39) on Thursday at Anaheim, and are now 2-12 (16.7%) overall. 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 held the Ducks scoreless in six attempts (10:56) on Thursday at Anaheim, and are now 11-14 (78.6%) overall. 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 did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Anaheim, and are now -2 in two four-on-four situations (4:00) this season. 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 286-276-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 109-158-45 record on the road. New York (1-3-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season’s opening month in 2013-14.
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 36 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).

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,946 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 54 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 93 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 87-0-6 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.

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.

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: Marc Staal – 2 points 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); Anton Stralman – 100th career NHL point (10/8 at SJS); Arron Asham – 1,000th career NHL penalty minute (10/10 at ANA).

Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 4
Rick Nash (head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 6

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Oct. 5 – Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL).




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  1. Terrible form to plug Biron back in so soon. He got plenty of ice time in SJ. He’s going to get eaten alive in STL.

    It should be Lundqvist back in net, learning how to get comfortable in his new bed he made for himself when he lead the mutiny.

  2. I’m not so sure Lundquist led a mutiny, as is popularly held. I think Torts p****ed off Lord Sather, which led to the rift and firing.

  3. Blueshirts are in disarray…and without Nash, they are lost this year. Sather would have been better off keeping Torts for a full season before dumping the puck, if necessary.

  4. I’m not sure that player comments in frustration after a loss really contributed to the firing…just speculation, of course. Where is Ron when we need the down and dirty scoop on this?

  5. I think it came a week after elimination. Not right after game 5. But yeah, just speculation.

    Torts should still be the coach of this team. Sather should be duck hunting and chewing on unlit cigars away from NYR hockey.

  6. Good morning, boneheads!

    Yes, let’s blame Hank. He’s been a disaster for this franchise for years.
    The truth is, we know very little about what exactly happened. Very little.

  7. I’m about as passionate a Rangers fan you’ll ever come across, but I honestly have NO desire to watch tonight’s game. This team has unfortunately shown its true colors… exposed for what they are. Dolan knows not a thing about the game, and Sather is SO out of touch when it comes to putting together a competitive roster. Did he honestly think Vigneault’s run and gun style would be applicable to our team of 3rd and AT BEST 2nd liners? I just don’t get it. One bad decision after another. This, to me is a team equally as soft as the Kamensky/Quintal days…. Sickening to think this whole freaking situation could’ve been avoided with a REAL GM! SO frustrated….

  8. LOL, ilb. I think it’s fair to blame Hank for the Tort firing/mutiny and other off ice stuff. On ice, not so much. Guy has put together an elite body of work.

  9. I wouldn’t mind the Rangers getting a lottery pick in next years draft. The problem I have with getting the lottery pick is Sather will still be the GM and making the pick.

  10. Gordie Clarke will be making the pick, most likely. I’m sure Sather knows to stay away. His area of expertise is signing and trading, or so he thinks.

    The lottery pick seems to be the only way to get an actual superstar. Otherwise Sather will just keep signing and trading and screwing up this team even more, making things worse.

    Same old crap.

  11. ORR!!! I know Gordie Clarke will be making the pick since he is director of personnel. It just kills me that Sather will still be GM of the rangers because the owner is a ex-druggie who got to play with his toys because of his father. If it wasn’t for Dolan sr., jr. would still be a dirt bag druggie playing his band in small bars.

  12. Rangers win 9-0, Boyle scores all 9. Half of the board in an uproar that he missed a good scoring chance midway through the second when it was only 4-0. “Can’t win with a player like that on your 4th line,” they’ll say.

  13. I predicted an 0-81-1 season, so I do have to give these mercenaries some credit for snatching victory from the jaws of defeat once already …

  14. Lines for this evening from NYDN

    For a second straight game, Vigneault is shaking up his top three forward lines.

    At Friday’s 50-minute practice, Brad Richards moved back from center to the top-line left wing, with Derick Brassard at center and Ryan Callahan on the right. Brian Boyle moved back from wing to center on the second line, with Benoit Pouliot on the left wing and rookie Jesper Fast on the right. Left wing Taylor Pyatt and center Derek Stepan remained on the third line, joined by Mats Zuccarello, who has played poorly since the season opener in Phoenix.

  15. Can’t wait to go back and read some of these posts once the Rangers figure things out and start winning a few games.

    Going to be like when somebody once said, Tortorella can’t be fired, not happening. Or when somebody said, Richards will definitely be bought out.

  16. SeeeDubbb

    Ah, with THOSE lines we now have an unstoppable tour-de-force. There’s no way we lose another game this season with those combinations.

  17. Stepan on the 3rd looks like punishment for missing training camp. I get he hasn’t played well, but he’s hardly unique and centering Pyatt and MZA isn’t exactly the best way to break out.

  18. Good morning, CARP!

    You seem cheery today. (Don’t worry, we’ll make sure that doesn’t last with our comments.)

  19. If you formed our best possible line, which is something like Stepan-Brassard-Callahan, and let it play for all 60 minutes without getting tired, we might be favored by a goal.

  20. You are absolutely right, Carp. I knew that bipolar disorder is under-diagnosed in general, but I have no idea it was that prevalent. :-)

  21. Morning Boys!

    Great day for Hockey! I’m looking forward to watchin the Oshie tonight! I don’t think we match up very good against them, and this team looks, feels, plays like the Rangers did 2 years ago.

    But on the good news Kristo gets a big goal for the Pack last night and they pull out a win coming from behind.

    Tambellini scores for the Sioux!


  22. Good to see you giving yourself some stick Carp.

    I will add that somebody said those things about Tortorella and Richards about a thousand times.


  23. Come on Rob, just go with it.

    Miami, that line up should be unstoppable. At least he is recognizing the need for change. Not the change your looking for though. Maybe when come back east.

  24. MisterD- I suspect there is a line changing virus circulating in MSG that AV contracted from Torts. Oh, wait, AV hasn’t coached at MSG yet.

  25. You should only be able to quit on your team once per season. This should be a universal fan rule.

  26. I’m not sure the punishment if they start winning again. Maybe Del Zotto gets to balltap you (if the gender works out).

  27. I just wish Brassard were on that team. He would have been a cool talent guy to throw out there on a high risk 3rd with Anisimov + Dubinsky.

  28. ilb, I think the Reitz acquisition was one of the last posts by Sam Weinman before he left (and willed this piece of real estate to me).

  29. I fortunately don’t remember that jester.

    But I do remember our beloved “Erica Christensen” …

    Whatever happened to her?

  30. eventually the rangers will win. The question will be how many games and will they make the playoffs. I can’t see how this team is going to be good with this system that they are trying to play. Lets face it, the Canucks have allot more talent than the rangers. This system is not going to work with these group of ranger players and Lundqvist will have his worst year as a ranger. It will be interesting to see how the lundqvist situation unfolds as the season goes on.

  31. We’re four games into a new season, 5% of a season that possibly ends on April 12th, certainly way too early to be declaring this team a hopeless mess.

    What other team has had a similar collection of obstacles to overcome?
    * A new coach with a vastly different personality.
    * A new system which is significantly different than that played for several years.
    * A brutally scheduled preseason, all on the road, which provided insufficient time for practice in order to adjust to a new coach with a new system.
    * The #1 Center misses all of training camp and preseason.
    * A top six winger misses all of the preseason and has yet to play a game this season.
    * The Captain doesn’t play until the second game of the regular season.
    * The team’s biggest scoring threat is injured in the third game with an unknown return date.
    * 10 straight games on the road with 5 more still to play.
    * First home game is still more than two weeks away.

    Excuses? No. Facts that would impact the potential of any team in this league. I’m not viewing all this through rose colored glasses as there are issues to be addressed but I’m not ready to give up all hope and abandon this team.

    It’s an unfortunate fact that we learn the most from our mistakes and bad decisions, in which case this team is learning a great deal right now. Things may get worse before they get better but I have no doubt the players and coaching staff aren’t giving up. This may not be a champion quality team but it’s way too early to be throwing ourselves off that very crowded ledge.

  32. Miami, your post gives me hope. I’d truly be worried if you started changing your tune. Keep up the good work.

    BTW, my apologies for not including “The Kreider” in my earlier comments.

  33. _Maybe they should have traded Gaborik for him, Mister D_

    If the rest of the roster was constructed properly, sure. Or we could go back in time and see if those Gaborik for Brown whispers/rumors were ever true.

  34. The Kreider coming up in the next few days would make me think Nash(er) is expected out for longer than just a few games.

  35. It’s still early, very small sample ILB, so it’s really only a first impression.

    I hope I’m wrong, which is likely.

    Fast skates better than Prucha but he’s smallish and seems to put himself in harms way too much on the ice.

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Quintal was not soft

    Reitz could hit like a hammer but was “out if shape” according to torts

    Apparently we are lucky to have Norris candidates (and their salaries) Stralman and the mad bomber here, I think mcilrath has more goals than they do combined, and more hits, and more fights

    Dylan McIlrath: “Fought twice to stand up for teammates, had some good hits, scored and is skating well. He had two penalties and I think some people will see a problem with that but in terms of being the rough and tough player that he was drafted for, I thought he was great tonight.”

  37. We lose again... on

    I think it’s going to be very ugly tonight. I’m guessing at least 8-1 Blues. I think there is a very real chance that the Rangers could break their long held record this season for margin of defeat: 15 – 0 to Detroit back in the 40s. This team is shockingly bad. You’d like to think that AV could put in some short of system so they could keep the score down to 4-0 or 5-1, but it certainly doesn’t look like that will happen. Poor Marty, he seems like a nice guy, but this is one heck of a way to end a career…yikes!!!

  38. Stranger Nation on

    Dylan McIlrath: *“Fought twice to stand up for teammates, had some good hits, scored and is skating well*. He had two penalties and I think some people will see a problem with that but in terms of being the rough and tough player that he was drafted for, I thought he was great tonight.”

    Well, what are we waiting for? time to release the Wrath il Mac!

  39. Can he get a direct flight to St. Louis this afternoon?

    Tell him to pack Miller & Kreider too.

  40. Classic trap game for the Blues. Not even fair really. Lovin the 8pm start, its going to feel like an afternoon game.

  41. Stranger Nation on

    I woke up this morning, we got them St Louis Blues,
    I woke up this morning, we got them St Louis Blues.
    Well, I looked over at the line-up, and AV seemed to have them too.

    Well Nash go hit and left us,
    My coach got fired and left us,
    We ain’t good looking baby,
    But AV seems sweet and kind.

    (Statesboro Blues by the A Bros.)

  42. Stranger Nation on

    All the years combine, they melt into a dream,
    A broken angel sings from a guitar.
    In the end there’s just a song comes cryin up the night
    Thru all the broken dreams and vanished years.
    St Louis blue. st louis blue.

    (didn’t really have to change lyrics as they seemed particularly appropriate now)

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    I left St. Louis, the City of Blues,
    In the midst of a storm I’d rather forget.
    I tried to pretend it came to an end
    Cause you weren’t the woman I thought I once met.

    But I can’t deny that times have gone by
    When I never had doubts or thoughts of regret
    And I was a man when all this began
    Who wouldn’t think twice about being there yet.

    The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in.
    And it speaks of a life that passes like dew.
    It’s forced me to see that you’ve done better by me,
    Better by me than I’ve done by you.

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    Goin back home that’s what I’m gonna do
    Turnin’ around,
    That’s what I’m gonna do
    ‘Cause you’ve done better by me
    Than I’ve done by you. . .

  45. Stranger Nation on

    Our saving grace is how bad the Metro Div is, and the Leastern Conf.
    Now if we start losing to Buff and Charlotte, holy underwear…

  46. Orr

    Come with a 4-5 road trip I will forget about these two losses. I wanted 9 of 18 pts. I will gladly take 8 after these two debacles.

  47. Of a possible 10 pts in the division btwn Pitt Phil no isles Carolina

    Only canes got a pt last night.

  48. Stranger Nation on

    “We have to figure out what is going on,” defenseman Dan Girardi said. “We have to get back to being a hard team to play against. I can’t tell you why what’s happening is happening. The system we have now is real simple, it’s not some crazy thing that’s so different from what we’re used to. But for whatever reason, we seem to be lost.”

  49. We’ll be lucky to win 20-25% of our games against the West and the top 4 in the East.

    Against everyone else, we better win 80-85%.

  50. I was there, Seee. That’s the fight that spilled between the lockerrooms. Not sure if I recall correctly if Durbano tried to kick down the metal door between rooms, or if that’s the reason the metal door was put in .. but my friend, the late Chief Ryan, NHL security guy for decades and former NYC cop (and a gigantic guy) broke it up. His son Bernie is the guy in the Rangers penalty box during home games.

  51. Carp, that’s priceless.

    I can’t remember if I was at the game or watched it in a manhattan gin mill.

  52. That’s a great story Carp. Won’t see that mayhem any more.

    Maybe Zucc will challenge the bench tonight in St Louis.

  53. Chief (Dennis) Ryan is also the guy who broke up the Colin Campbell-Ted Nolan thing between the benches in Buffalo. That screechy Buffalo announcer said on TV “And some guy the size of the statue of Liberty gets between them.” I called Chief “Lady Liberty” for a while. It ticked him off in a comedic way. he was pretty easy-going and had a great sense of humor, and I miss him.

  54. Love the look of that Hartford stat sheet last night. Not just the point getters but for the 100 mins. worth of penalties doled out. And Carp I went over to the NHL site to peak if anyone was in the Rangers ballpark of goal differential and I quickly noticed two of the worst words in sports on one of the tabs….WILD CARD. Puke. “That’s a funny word. Can I use that?”

  55. I wouldn’t cross him, though. I can’t imagine being a felon caught by him in NYC. Holy crap.

    He was telling us about his baseball playing days. He was a catcher. Somebody asked him if he was every bowled over on a play at the plate.

    He said, “There were efforts.”

    and with his NY accent, it sounded like “There were eff-itts.” But message loud and clear.

  56. Stranger Nation on

    MDZ, MZA, Pullout, a bag of Pucks, and Uncle Glennies cigar box for

    1) any NHL Top 6 forward who is above 6 ft weighs more than 210, likes to hit, can board scrape and cause havoc in front.
    2) crease clearing RD-man with a desire to ground and pound

  57. SEE,

    he may be great for us.

    but Nicky was native NY’er who sat in the Blues as a Kid and loved the team like we do.

    NHL player born in SI, who’da thunk it.

  58. Loved Nicky, those were the good old days. Every time I remember seeing Nicky leave the bottom of the corner of my tv screen I waited to hear the boards crackle like thunder. That was Nicky finishing his check. This ranger team sure could use a Nicky Fotiu type player.

  59. Miami predicts 0-81-1. Perfect guy to win three or four Walter’s dogs from. Jump on it, you hungry hungry hippos! :)

  60. HA!!! HA!!! What a surprise, NOT!!! Gaborik and dubi with the assist. Bluejackets will finish ahead of the rangers, book it.

  61. Yeah, I loved the whole kid from Staten Island, talk about desire.
    Kind of why I think the world of Cally. He isn’t from S.I. but he is a New Yawker.

  62. ilb, is bi-polar when you are an equal opportunity explorer, or when you fall in love with both sexes of Polish people?

  63. PBear

    ‘Can he get a direct flight to St. Louis this afternoon?

    Tell him to pack Miller & Kreider too.’

    – Papa, Kristo already packed the Miller. (and Sam Adams)

  64. _Why did they do 5 shooters? Is that an AHL thing?_

    Yup. You can tell who watches the NHL but not AHL if you go to a game with a shootout. I wasn’t alone standing up to leave after 3 and 3 at a game last year.

  65. Rob in Beantown on

    Was also wondering why Kreider wasn’t a top 3 shooter but it made sense at the end.

  66. Carp’s 2:15, 2:24, 2:27 – Now, that’s color! Enough about those wonderful Staals. Put Carp in for Joe Mich.

  67. Hey ORR!!! Now I know what you meant about Bobrovsky being a fluky goaltender. Bobrovsky gave up a 60 footer. Talk about a soft goal, ouch.

  68. Anyone remember when we had Stepan and Anisimov, but were not happy because there was no bonafide number 1 center? Now we have Stepan and Richards and would love Anisimov back to replace Richards.

    I really like watching these Blue Jacket games, fun to watch. Anyone else enjoy them? They have a nice mix of ex Rangers and Flyers.

  69. Joe & Sam catch a lot of flack here, deservedly so, most of it good natured.

    I am sure glad we don’t have the Goring or Resch polluting my living room on a regular basic

  70. whatever you think of them, and they’re both my friends — Sam for a really long time — there are so many bad announcers in the NHL and in sports that you should be thankful.

  71. _The second the Rangers go in the crapper, I’m a BJ fan._

    Why reach so far…the Islanders are closer ;)

    ..and they are rising.

  72. No direct flights at all to Lambert (the STL airport). Unless you are coming from Cape Giradeau, which is silly because its only a 3 hour drive max.

  73. Don’t remember Doogie wearing that earring versus ’79-80 Flyers who went 35 consecutive games without a loss. Doogs, though, scored about high twenties in goals as a 21 year old. At 6’2, 200, he was considered BIG back then, though in person, I think he was more like 6’0.

  74. I don’t have any issues with Sam Rosen. I never liked Joe M since his days with the Islanders. Joe M is annoying with the crap he talks about but though this isn’t saying much he is better than Goring and Resch.

  75. I saw Du-Gay with Patti ‘Evita’ LuPone at a Midtown club in 79….looked like they were very much in love.

  76. Joe M is tons above Goring and Wretched. But, he talks too much during the action. Sam seems like a gentleman beyond reproach. But, he’s leaking a bit, as with last game when he didn’t even know there was a PP until the PP started.

  77. Stranger Nation on

    Agree Sam is deferential to a fault. must be challenging to call a game while Joe Missaplenty waxes on about some young studs big thighs or a veterans family.
    Why no Dave M in the TV booth?

  78. If my team is destined to be mediocre, they have to at least fight (with improving youth) for every inch of ice in their mediocrity to keep my interest.

  79. Vinegar might be well advised to put the D back to their old pairs while he ‘tweaks’ elsewhere.

  80. That’s why I like HNIC broadcasts so much. You rarely hear the analyst during the action and the caller during stoppages.

  81. Matt "GetWellNasher"Boy on

    LGR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE RANGERS WIN TONIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Richie Rocket with a goal, 1 assist and only 7 turnovers!!!!!
    MDZ WILL hit the net from the point once!!!!!
    Marty B with a 2 goal effort!!!
    MAZ will be a checking machine and this time, only fall one time after attempting (yes, that’s what they are) multiple checks that, of course, are not felt by the opposition.

    You heard it here first!!!!!!!!!!!

  82. Can’t believe I slept 11 hours last night. I blame it on the Rangers. Feel like a collidge kid recovering from two consecutive hangovers.

  83. Blue Jackets are fun to watch. They play with a lot of heart. They might have lost today against the B’s. But, at least the score was respectable and they scored a goal…

  84. _Mike Blaisdell. Herb Brooks called him Bob Brooke minus the brain._

    Blaisdell ended up being a very successful coach in Britopånsyland, funnily enough.

  85. Bob Brooke, if I remember, graduated from Yale, thus the old time automatic ‘genius’ sobriquet. Milbury, from Colgate, dispelled those myths.

  86. Chief Ryan, in police report re: uncooperative felon’s arrest: “I escorted the gentleman to the prone position.”

  87. Stranger Nation on

    Good news – Rangers have an abundance of centers
    Bad News – Rangers have an abundance of centers who don’t produce

  88. Mike Blaisdel’s nickname was the scarecrow. because he skated around the ice without a brain.

  89. LW3H, the other day you used a clever nickname for our coach. Wanted to let you know it wasn’t missed and was appreciated. Lol.

  90. Sinking Like An Evrock on

    How perfect is it that the first video I watched up top was prefaced by an advert for the Suicide Prevention Hotline?

  91. It will be pretty funny (But great) if Miller, Kreider and McIlrath come up at some point and play good minutes for the team and help them win games. I know I am worried that maybe they’re mediocre prospects but they’ve been playing well down there, Kristo too. McIlrath with two games in as many nights. We can dream. Right?

  92. It’s weird that Avery was run out of the league and Cooke has a job. Don’t get me wrong Avery is no Crosby not even Neil but he was a decent bottom six forward. Better and not as dirty as Cooke. But I guess the not as bad as (Name of serial killer/ruthless despot here) argument is dumb too.

  93. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    “We need @martybiron43…to go int the nets and play real well for us”-Alain Vigneault Pregame Quotebook nyrange.rs/GUhadw

    ??? Is that english?

  94. WOW!!! If Alain Vigneault is banking on Biron standing on his head and playing better than Lundqvist than the rangers are in bigger trouble than I thought. The Islander fans are already chirping. It’s going to be a very long season.

  95. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Falk playing. Look out Norris candidates Stralman and mdz your spot may rightfully be in jeopardy.

    Dressing 7 D tonight.

    Need all the help on D we can get!

  96. Bob Brooke could have knocked the islanders out cold in 1984 when he was alone in the slot with a glorious chance right before Morrow broke our hearts with the game 5 OT series winner. Painful memory.

    At least the Islanders lost to the oilers in the finals that year ending the dynasty.

  97. Falk’s a lefty, plays the left side.

    Stralsie has no worries :)

    MDZ and Moore, different story.

    Maybe McD, and Staal as well with the way they’ve been playing.


  98. Brooke scored a huge playoff goal against Washington in the ’86 run to the semis. OT, I think. Or was that Brian MacLellan in OT?

  99. Evening all,

    Carp – the MacLellan goal was game one of the Caps series in landover.

    Brooke’s OT winner was game four at the Garden. They’ll trailed 4-2 in the third.

  100. 7 D, and Asham sits. I guess AV figured his D-men will take some much pounding in their zone, he needs to spread it between 7 guys :-)

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