Rangers at Stars tonight (8:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at DALLAS STARS
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
Rangers: 10-11-0 (20 pts)
Stars: 11-7-2 (24 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a five-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-11-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. The Stars enter the contest with a 11-7-2 (24 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference, and have won six of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 p.m.), as they continue their five-game road trip.

RANGERS vs. STARS:
All-Time: 69-38-22-1 overall (37-18-11-0 at home; 32-20-11-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at American Airlines Center
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 1-0 loss on Dec. 13, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Stars, 34-28, including a 13-8 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%) in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots.
The Rangers have won two of their last three games against Dallas, having out-scored the Stars, 8-5, over the span
The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in three of their last four games at Dallas, posting a record of 2-1-1-0 over the span dating back to Nov. 29, 2002
New York is 6-6-0 on the road; Dallas is 3-2-2 at home
New York is 1-6-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Dallas is 5-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Star on its roster: Brad Richards (2007-08 – 2010-11)
Dallas lists no former Rangers on its roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. STARS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 1.99 GAA; Rick Nash – 33 GP, 18-9-27; Derick Brassard – 18 GP, 3-4-7; Brad Richards – 8 GP, 4-1-5; Anton Stralman – 7 GP, 1-4-5.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has registered a goal in four of the last six games (4-22, 18.2% over the span)
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held their opponents scoreless in each of the last four games (nine attempts), and five of the last six (13-14, 92.9% over the span)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:58) on Tuesday vs. Boston. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (13-72, 18.1%), and fourth on the road (9-37, 24.3%). The Rangers are 3-9 (3:22) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/17 vs. LAK), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-3 (6:00) on Tuesday vs. Boston. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (60-71, 84.5%), and 13th on the road (36-43, 83.7%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 1-2 (0:27) when three-on-four (last – 11/2 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday vs. Boston, and are now -1 in 22 four-on-four situations (34:37) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 of the last 14 games, and 13 of the last 16. New York has allowed 23 goals over the last 14 games (1.65 goals against per game), and 27 goals in the last 16 games (1.69 goals against per game). The Blueshirts have allowed three goals in the last 161:32 of play, dating back to the 17:05 mark of the third period against New Jersey on Nov. 12.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts out-shot the Bruins, 44-22, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, including a 33-13 advantage after two periods. It was the third time this season New York has registered 40 or more shots in a game. The Rangers have out-shot their opponents in five straight games, posting 179 shots (35.8/gm) while allowing 129 shots against (25.8/gm) during the stretch.

STRONG BACKUP: Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 win on Saturday at Montreal. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA, .943 Sv%, and one shutout in five career NHL appearances. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of two goaltenders in franchise history, along with Lorne Chabot in 1926-27, to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first five NHL starts. Talbot is also the first Rangers’ rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. PIT to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. TOR.

THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4-5-0 with a 1.68 GAA, .938 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last nine games since returning from injury on Oct. 27 vs. MTL, having held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of those contests
Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games
Chris Kreider – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games, and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 14 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Mats Zuccarello – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 13 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Ryan Callahan – five points (three goals, two assists) in eight games since returning from injury
Brad Richards – six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games
Derek Stepan – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
Ryan McDonagh – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
Carl Hagelin – eight points (four goals, four assists) in 11 games since returning from injury

CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame.

INJURIES:
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 50

 

 

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  1. That pre-game needs a “NOT-HOT LIST” to compliment the “HOT LIST”. I’m sure they could find lots of help here.

    Dallas has surprised me so far, but I expect an offensive eruption and a win from the Rangers tonight.

  2. Its easy Let-em-in’s got a .934 save% so if Hank lets in 2, we need to put 45 shots on him to score 3!!
    This coaching business is easy isn’t it!!

  3. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Hopefully the Ranmgers’ offense wakes up tonight. I have a feeling [the] Kreider will be a streaky scorer, mnaybe this is a start tonight.

  4. I couldn’t believe what I was watching during dinner last night no NHL network…Slather is actively shopping MDZ to the point where he’s listening to all takers, but wants more than others are willing to give him in this poker game. This may wake him out of his stupor if he has a thick skin. Either way, has to hurt the way he was thrust into the limelight at 19 by Sather et al.

  5. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Win or lose, I just don’t want to hear that we controlled the game, outshot Dallas, and lost because of a streaking, world class goalie. At some point, find another excuse, but much better yet, do what you have to to change your play or team. Period. No excuses. Results.

    LGR!!!

  6. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Most sickening win by the Derbils last night. First, they beat one of the best in the west at their home. Second, they had a 2-0 lead, lost it (ha! ha!) and end up tying it up final minute on a bouncy type of goal. Third, their goalie came up with big saves. Fat one. Fourth, they get yet another ridiculous bounce, off a Duck leg for the game winner in OT.

    It’s still early in the season. I remember Carp saying good teams find a way to win. Torts, too. The Derbils, sadly, are doing that. Against us, they did. Last night. Perhaps they are a little better than originally given credit for.

  7. Stranger Nation on

    Loved reading AV’s comments about El Zotto. Very candid assessment with the undertone of ‘the past is over, the future is now’. Mentioned how his strength was beating the forecheck and making the right play coming out of the zone without mentioning anything about his D.

    IMHO he has taken over Dubi’s role of “young hick in big city gets lost in bright lights.” Dubi may be playing up to potential now that certain ‘distractions’ are out of the way.

  8. I think a lot of us thought DelZ would flourish under Veen-Yo but so far he’s not done that. Hopefully his benching will serve as a Zuke-style rocket under-the-keister and from here on in he plays like a man possessed, instead of a man snake-bitten.

  9. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    I agree. Like the candid comments. Players can’t get pissed at you when you are honest. MDZ should know it and start working already.

  10. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    I was never switched shooting side to the other. But, man, in any other game, it’s a killer. Baseball, golf, can’t imagine other sports. Wonder what happens he gets moved to his natural side. It’s hard enough to play at a high level demanded by NHL. It’s got to be that much harder to play your off side.

    This kid was good for a while. Can’t believe he just lost it. Injury or not.

  11. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    For those concerned, Brooksie saying Pyatt recovering. Did not fly out for early part of trip, but could join in progress.

  12. I’ve been switched before as a righty to the left side (in soccer) – it’s weird because your tendency is turn back into the play all the time and can lead to a lot more turnovers. Obviously hockey is a different game but either way your taking a guy out of his comfort zone.

  13. The Rangers are really playing excellent hockey since the home opener and I expect that to continue. Dallas isn’t that good, so the Rangers should be able to finally get some goals, especially now that Nash is back.

    Need the King to reclaim the throne though…

  14. Rangers will lose this game in incendiary fashion. I suggest nobody watch this mess-of-a-squad embarrass itself in unimaginable ways.

  15. Stars have a better record than the Rangers and they play in the real conference. Maybe they’re due for some mean regression but right now they’re playing better.

  16. Stranger Nation on

    With 65% of NHL lefties, there are more than a few D playing on opposite side. As a winger, play off-side as a huge benefit to snipers who have better shooting angles (Gabby, Nash play there) but on D side forwards are at more of a challenge as you are facing away making it harder for break out.

    Hard to break out on off side as your tendency is to go back to middle which could be a DelZaster if not handled right.

  17. Looks like, and sounds like, Matt Duchene is out for a loooooooooooong time. That is another brutal blow to the NHL losing someone primed to be a mega star.

  18. This is probably DelZasters final chance to prove to Ranger Management and Coaching staff that he is more the player the saw him develop into during his 3rd season than the disappointment he’s become in year 4 & 5.

    Regarding DelZaster’s play, I am definitely one of the first and more vocal critics here. However, I’m still hoping, for the good of the organization, he turns it around and does well.

  19. I think this also comes down to the management being high on Conor Allen and hoping McIlrath is ready to make the jump soon

  20. I agree with everyone. If Del Zotto wants to *act like a professional* and *play hockey well*, he needs to just be right handed. Or stay left handed but stop letting it *affect his game* because that wouldn’t happen to any of our other defensemen. Not that we would *force* any of them to *play their off-side*, but if we did, they’d be *fine* and *unaffected*. And the fact that they’d be fine and unaffected and Del Zotto isn’t fine and is affected and yet we still don’t switch someone else doesn’t *indicate the exact opposite* at all. Try harder!

  21. Stranger Nation on

    Mr D – agreed – put him on Left side to get the best out of him

    ( i think that was your point)

  22. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – while never a great skater, we seems to be slow and more lethargic than in his early years.
    Conditioning? Thinking too much? Thinking at all?
    Let him play with Falk on his natural side and we can only hope for the best.

  23. I’m not even sure my point any more, Stranger. Basically, I can’t stand the counterpoint that “MDZ shouldnt’ be affected” when those same people argue “of course you don’t flip McD or Staal”. Why not? “It might affect them.” I get that something like 2 D every 3 teams need to flip sides, but (1) that doesn’t make it easy and (2) there’s a reason MDZ was picked. Its taking a hit for the team that’s not being treated like taking a hit for the team, pretty much the opposite. “Why can’t he just play like he did or better despite this change?” Its dumb. Its not dumb to flip him, its dumb to think it doesn’t matter. And it’ll look dumb when he goes back to solid 2nd pair with some offensive upside elsewhere.

  24. Del Zotto needs to *grow* up and *stop* getting involved in mustache contests in the most *half assen* manner ever. He’s just a *child* that wants to use *Liam Traynor* for his video game collection.

  25. Karlsson
    Bobby Ryan
    Michalek
    Turris
    Methot
    Mika Zibanejad
    Cory Conacher
    Clarke MacArthur
    Jason Spezza
    Chris Phillips

  26. I thought we’d be trading DZ for scoring by the way – not swapping D?

    Perron or Yak from the Oil?

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Mr. D – agreed; it can’t not affect him, can’t it?

    With Moore’s skating prowess, would think he may be more adaptable on the off-hand side.

    it all comes down to one thing – bring up the Undertaker!!

  28. I guess there could be some muscle mmemory reactions, but it’s not like Of The Zotto just switched sides yesterday. I would think the biggest problem would be clearing the puck up the boards on his backhand.

  29. Gravy it’s make up ground day for you.

    You have 5 extra shifts tonight, grab all the point you can :)

  30. _I would think the biggest problem would be clearing the puck up the boards on his backhand._

    Totally, and keeping it in the zone. And when a big part of your package is offense, the fact that you have to focus intently on just holding in rather than getting in shooting/passing position has to be a killer. Not to mention, he doesn’t exactly seem immune to worry, so I imagine there’s a mental aspect of “don’t let it get out … don’t let it get out …” exists prominently. He looks like a natural player, not a mechanical player and that sort of change can completely mess a dude up.

  31. _Totally, and keeping it in the zone._

    Valid point, but I’d be less concerned about it on the PP because you’re able to shoot towards the middle of the ice. D-men often switch sides on the PP. Richie is the best at being on the off side. (s)

  32. Sioux, I expect to make up a lot of offensive ground tonight. Apparently, you brought the JAM with 50 hits already.

    I have a tough decision with my goalies tonight, unless Brodeur gets a breather.

  33. I don’t think MDZ’s stock is high enough to get much of a scorer unless we throw in someone else and a draft pick too.

    Mcilrath is a righty, Conor Allen a lefty. Would make sense to bring up the Undertaker if he’s ready – also fills the need for some crease-clearing toughness on D.

  34. If it weren’t for the cost difference, I’d want to atleast float Moore out there and see what sort of forward he’d bring back in return. If he returns a better player and MDZ can get back to prior levels on his natural side, the team is better overall.

  35. Or I’d just trade Staal to Carolina because brothers like to play together and have to play together and Bettman is going to mandate it soon anyway.

  36. was able to grab some “moderately” priced tix for NYR/NYI game… sec 122…hope I’ll be able to see their skates touching the ice

  37. I’d trade J. Moore if he brought back more than MotZ. I don’t think I’d trade Staal, at this point.

  38. I have zero idea what Staal would return. I’m not actively for it, but if we could get his comp up front I’d atleast have to consider it.

  39. Stranger Nation on

    Lets also considerably consider the financial considerations.
    J Moore (.845) RFA after this season
    MDZ (2.25) RFA after this season
    Staal (3.97) UFA after next season
    Girardi (3.325) UFA after this season

    While J Moore may bring (wait for it) more back, his value is much higher than MDZ at current performance levels.

  40. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    You’d have to hope Sather is asking Staal what he is thinking about doing when his contract is up. The natural for him would be to join his brothers. Be nice to have him here, but at a real price.

  41. Stranger Nation on

    conclusion – if not getting a 1st pair righty Dman in a trade or signing, slatsko almost has to sign Girardi and trade MDZ and staal IMHO

  42. SN, that’s kinda the point. Moore could bring more back, and MotZ is not a significant downgrade, if any, at this time.

  43. If the return were equal, of course you move MotZ. But, you could bring up McIlrath, assuming they think he is ready, and move MotZ to the left side.

  44. Stranger Nation on

    Gravy – but at the same on ice performance you are paying $1.5 – 2M more possibly per year for El Zotto unless MDZ continues to soil the sheets and kill any bargaining position when, in that case, you don’t even want him probably.

  45. Exactly. It’s not a given that Staal is going to Carolina after 2014-2015. They may not make playoffs until he is pushing 40, for one.

  46. _conclusion – if not getting a 1st pair righty Dman in a trade or signing, slatsko almost has to sign Girardi and trade MDZ and staal IMHO_

    This is my biggest fear and, really, why I think we’re sort of in the spot we’re in. In lieu of a legit 1_, we get the closest thing to a legit 1_. 1C with Richards, 1RD with Girardi, etc. Not that Girardi can’t play 1RD, but he can’t get $5MM for 5 years or whatever it’ll take.

  47. Moore vs DZ is tough. I still think DZ has the higher upside and fits the offensive profile we want, but Moore has the better contract and has the ball jam we like. Really, they’re both pretty nice to have. Which I guess leads us back to Staal and would some team with offense to spare move a 1st liner for a 1LD.

    (Semi-worth noting: DZ is only 5 months older than Moore.)

  48. I hear the argument, SN. If you think MotZ won’t bounce back, then it’s a valid one. However, he does have history of some success.

    If you’re going to be able to get a better scoring winger based around a Moore package (I don’t think you can, but hey, Columbus got Gaborik), I think that’s the way to go.

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    I love my brothers but I wouldn’t want to work with them and I don’t need to spend all my time with them

  50. Stranger Nation on

    Gravy – if El zotto does not bounce pack Rangers are in a better bargaining position for Slats’ RFA Squeeze.
    Hope he bounces back for both his and our sake.
    See some mechanical issues that have been happening for 80 games counting last season/POs and this season which are troubling

  51. Rob in Beantown on

    I did a double take when I saw the Rangers made a trade this morning, but it was a false alarm

  52. I’d move *any* player in the right package, but I’d *prefer* not to move Staal.

    If Staal brings back a top 6, then maybe I do it depending on contract, etc. But, I’d probably rather move Moore and a Hrivik-type instead. Especially since a trade like that is a “now” move.

  53. I agree also, if the rangers are going to trade a D-men and get value back than Staal is the guy to trade. If they do want value back for staal though it has to be this year, not next year when he will become a ufa.

  54. neither Staal or Girardi, is untouchable to me. trading either one of them changes nothing for MDZ. trade Staal, and MDZ is the 3rd pair left side. trade Giradi, and MDZ is still on the right. now it would be 2nd pair.

  55. _I did a double take when I saw the Rangers made a trade this morning, but it was a false alarm_

    Still reeling from that one. Huge and out of nowhere.

  56. The Tigers are eating a ton of the Contract though. Like as much as Prince Fielder eats for second Lunch.

  57. They are, Manny, but from the Texas side, would you really sign Fielder for 7 years at $140MM today? And lose Kinsler? Yuck.

  58. I would use Bartlett and Anjou as the first pear and move Bosc to the right side where he can ripen, and ‘traid’ Comice, who is too green.

  59. Fielder is really, really good. And Kinsler has been injured. Weak bones. But I understand both sides. With Fielder you’re getting a boat load of power and a big time power bat. They can now sign Corey Hart to bat leadoff.

  60. Seckel plays with Bite, which Stems from his thick skin, but he couldn’t be considered part of the Core.

  61. Fielder was actually pretty meh this year, especially his power numbers, which are sort of his one and only thing. And fat 1B tend to fall off very young and very fast. Almost as a dead-lock rule more than just a trend, with only a couple (Stargell most notably) excepted.

  62. Stranger did the R/L just to confuse us all!

    No need to trade Staal till next deadline at the earliest!

  63. Outdoor game? No thanks. I don’t need to freeze my *gluteus* off while watching the action from 400 yards away after paying $1,000 to be there.

    I have cable.

  64. Have we talked about this yet? What if the two kids most rumored were available to swap, B. Schenn for MDZ? Yea?

  65. I’ll give up the King and the Horse to get a Bishop and another winning piece but I don’t want to be Rooked.

  66. Thanks, Carp. Things *are* going really well for JT Miller. Good thing the *20* year old is spending so much time ironing his suits.

    ORR – They are *all* bad *seats*. It’s a *baseball* stadium.

  67. So we got a ton of shots on goal, but not much traffic so most of the non-breakaway saves were easy … we should keep the kid who creates traffic out. I’m sure this’ll be the game Pouliot contributes.

  68. My only guess is that Sather thinks he can actually trade Pouliot versus just cut bait. Which is dumb, until you look at all the other untradeables he’s traded.

    Boy do I hate Pouliot.

  69. Manny, I think they’ll very few good seats. I don’t know if all will be bad.

    I think the ice is right above the pitchers mound. So that’s where you want to be facing.

    Anywhere else, it’s going to be a waste of money, especially if they lose.

  70. _I think the ice is right above the pitchers mound. So that’s where you want to be facing._

    Good thing its not at Fenway hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!

  71. Stranger Nation on

    Pullout over Miller is a head scratcher – Miller’s hustle and grit with some puck carrying skills over Pullout’s lame offensive zone penalties and inability to possess the puck, especially if they are playing bottom six mins

  72. I think the Devils game is at 12:30, Rob. The other one’s a weekday, so they made it a night game for TV and working folks.

  73. Didn’t know that setup, ORR.

    I know you hate him, The Doctor but Pouliotnis traceable for a third or fourth round pick. He’s been around for positive and negative reasons.

    I haven’t seen anything from miller lately that says he shouldn’t be in Hartford for a hit.

  74. Gravy – my new team is all about JAM, I could use a Dorsett on my team :) your ace in the hole for PIM’s!!!

    Notice there is no Gabbys, Jagrs, or Yaks on my team :)

  75. Stranger Nation on

    First PP Unit:
    Nash, Step, The Kreider, McD, Stral wiht Kreider in front of net
    Second PP Unit
    MZA, Bucky, Cally, MDZ, J Moore with Richards down low

  76. “I was out the last 3 games so I have to show something…we need an offensive spark, hopefully I can provide that”

    Just hit the net,

  77. I’d be delighted if MDZ could play a solid D, clear the crease, get the puck out of the zone quickly and efficiently, and mind his own business with the “offensive spark” stuff until he get his basic position down.

  78. Coos – never know. The ride on the pine sure woke Zucc up. Here’s hoping el Zotto can dial it up a couple of notches.

    Remember when we thought he was the real deal, at 19 years of age?

  79. Gravy lets get Miller down there, he’s had better luck down there than in a blue shirt.

    1 goals in last 40 games. (But that first game sure was good, so good it got you 40 more)

    I’m thinking I would trade Miller for Yak, and a package of something.

  80. PullOUT in for Miller. Makes sence has twice the goals.

    2 goals in 21 games.

    Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

  81. Also, I’m only $25 short of leading team NYR (Del Zotto is currently leading) so go donate some cash to my ‘stache on Movember and help raise awareness, and create effective treatments, for Men’s Health!

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  82. I know, I know. I just have a bad feeling in my gut about him, Sioux. But my gut is also very hungry….

  83. I don’t want him either. Just saying….

    Miller time should be playing for the Pack, if he’s going to watch PullOUT playing his minutes.

    Miller should be centering Grimaldi in college. He’s dead weight on the 3rd line for the Rangers.

  84. Hopefully Nash can cheer me up tonight!

    My bobber is getting down, when we lose by a goal, or don’t score at all.

  85. MacArthur flies under the radar. He would be a good guy for the 3rd line. He scores, and hits more than Cally does.

  86. It’s Eklund, I know….

    ?@Eklund The latest> Leafs and Flames (not Philly) talk Gardiner. Panthers and Oilers talk D>

  87. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Kari Lehtonen’s agent is reportedly ‘watering at the mouth’ before tonight’s game. Reliable sources say the odds are better than 50% that he will be anointed “The Best Goalie in the NHL” with a winning effort tonight….

  88. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Man, I am still bummed from that Derbils win last night. Hate those guys. The puck is bouncing their way. Lucky play after lucky goal. Even had a 4 minute high stick call on the Ducks that showed it was Zidlicky’s stick that did the damage, not the penalized Duck. They score 2 times on the double m that had absolutely no merit.

  89. Devils have gotten a few Bettmnan bonus points, too. The Rangers need to start chipping in goals here or there to, at least, send games to OT.

  90. Re a winger playing on his “off” side, most famous NHL success story has to be “Rocket” Richard, who actually scored “49 goals” (something we learned here a few seasons back) in 1945 as a left-handed shooting right winger.

    Maybe there is an adjustment-period, but the off-wing player does get consistently wider angle shots this way. The give back is that the off-wing player loses a split-second shifting to playing a puck on the near board.

    It would be instructional to see more off-wing experiments to determine if this stategy is slightly advantageous, slightly disadvantageous, or merely a break-even proposition.

  91. Re the “Rangers” making a trade, this morning, I wish those name-plagiarizers from Texas would change their name to “Dallas Rifles” once and for all and get off our case. New York had the first Rangers sports franchise by 46 years ahead of them.

  92. Rob in Beantown on

    Gammons should know better. I’m actually pretty sure he lives in my neighborhood. I’ve seen him out and about doing errands a few times. What a dumb thing to say though

  93. Rob in Beantown on

    Sioux, I think I’m going to go to the BU vs North Dakota game tomorrow night. Thought you should know :)

  94. No matter how bad he plays, if MDZ were to beat someone up tonight, he’d be off the Bonehead WBM until at least after the New Year.

  95. Hey Rob…if you see Gammons can you punch him in the face for me? Say that it’s for Nick Swisher and that Gabe Kapler sucks.

  96. Gammons the national guy was amazing. Gammons the Sox shill is aggressively awful. Gammons the Sox shill still gets treated like Gammons the national guy.

  97. Rien de dormier cette nuit
    Je veux de toi
    Jusque’ á ce que je sois sec
    Mais nos corps sont tout mouillés
    Complètement couvert de sueur
    Nous nous noyons dans la marée
    Je n’ai aucun désir
    Tu as ravagé mon coeur
    Et mois j’ai bu ton sang
    Mais non pouvons faire ce que nous voulons
    J’aurais toujours faim de toi
    Mais non pouvons faire ce que nous voulons
    J’aurais toujours faim de toi

  98. They call it Stormy Monday
    But Tuesday’s just as bad.
    Lord, and Wednesday’s worse
    And Thursday’s all so sad.

  99. THE Miami Pimp is here, boys and girls … and he’s ready to tell you what absolute-garbage this team is .. get ready.

  100. ‘Ain’t nothin’ shakin’ but the leaves on the trees
    And they wouldn’t shake
    Wasn’t for the breeze.’

  101. I still think there is a move to made with Calgary. They have a bunch of forwards the Rangers would be interested in.

    Cammalleri, Glencross, Stempniak

  102. _Sioux, I think I’m going to go to the BU vs North Dakota game tomorrow night. Thought you should know :)_

    Rob – The entire team had the flu last week, Hak is only dressing 11 forwards. It should be a good game.
    Let me know what you think of Tambellini?

    The skater that will steal the show is #19 Grimaldi. He is pure entertainment. Miller & Grimaldi won a Gold medal together, Grimaldi had 2 goals and was the player of the game.

    Are you going Friday & Saturday?

  103. Glen Cross is one of those guys they say will never leave his current team. Like the inverse Staal.

  104. Gravy I just noticed you don’t have a soul playing on Friday….perhaps this is the crack in the armor I’m looking for.

    You better make all your hay tonight :)

  105. PaPa – el Zotto will get a few more games.

    He will have to play before he’s traded….. right?

  106. Rob in Beantown on

    Going back to the Texas Rangers thing from before. Interesting origin of the New York Hockey Rangers name. When Tex Rickard founded the team, the media nicknamed them “Tex’s Rangers.” The name stuck. Interesting how lots of teams got their names that way in the old days.

  107. I also think the Rangers could ship Del Zotto to the Arizona Rangers for David Rundblad + . Very talented young swedish RH d-man whose never really gotten the chance.

  108. Challenge trade has been used a lot for Fielder-Kinsler, but its not really apt. Would totally fit MDZ for Rundblad.

  109. It’s official: I have raise more money for Men’s Health than ANY one of the Rangers players. Proving that they are ALL lazy.

    *Manny Fried USD $425.00*
    Michael Del Zotto USD $400.00
    Mats Zuccarello USD $360.00
    Carl Hagelin USD $200.00
    Brian Boyle USD $60.00
    Danny Helbig (Team Capt.) USD $50.00
    Anton Stralman USD $0
    Cam Talbot USD $0

    http://us.movember.com/mospace/8560189

  110. Thank goodness the press didn’t go with “Tex’s Wranglers.” New York Wranglers? – heaven help us.

    I would, however, have been ok with “New York Big Apples,” which would have evolved into just New York Apples. Amazing no NY sports team has used some form of “The Big Apple” for its name.

  111. Phoenix has Vermette and Vrbata. They would make perfect Rangers.

    Vermette has 300 face off wins already.

    Brassard 107
    Richards 103

    We could use him on the Power Play and the Penalty Kill.

  112. I know. It’s so annoying to Spam people. Imagine all the emails you HAVEN’T yet gotten from me! Cancer sucks. As does Mental Health and all its ravages on our troops returning home from all parts of the globe which we have invaded physically, economically or emotionally (we never call anymore).

    Spamming people is the only way to force them to give me $10 or something.

  113. Sioux, you may have caught me at the right time with Duchesne and Vanek on the IR, but I going full court press on offense today.

  114. Aw…The Doctor. Remember guys, donating to MOvember will make you immune to any negative health issues for the rest of your life! *

    * statements have not been approved by the FDA or any medical board and, further, cannot be proven regardless of the confidence or eccentricity of the poster making the statement.

  115. Not on LTIR…officially listed as DTD. But yes, good, and my team is missing him. He also wins faceoffs as a LW for me.

  116. Gravy – I have Stamkos, Green, Bogosian, DeKeyser all on IR. With Nash just getting off. So I do know the feeling.

    Hense the hit line, new Siouxper Sather management style, play as many games as I can muster. Yak, Gabby, Jagr they are all over rated, in the Bonehead league.

  117. Gravy my brother just got MRSA. It is NASTY! He’s layed up for 6 weeks, after they opened up his foot, to clear it all out.

  118. JAM – can never have enough on team, or on one slice of bread.

    Granny made the best strawberry jam! We use to pick a 5 gallon bucket full everyday in the summer.

  119. No deer or Elk hunting this year.

    Good thing we still have sausage left from last year.

    Smoked Moose with pepper jack cheese :)

  120. Picked up Nabokov, Gogol, Dickinson, Byron. It Getzlafs, but very literary. Also picked up Cooke on short order. No Jokinen.

  121. Not me. I get to draw the lucky straw of attending a my daughter’s jazz concert tonight. Apparently she didn’t give her the Rangers Game Day schedule.

  122. Picked up Nabokov, Gogol, Penisinson, Byron. It Getzlafs, but very literary. Also picked up Cooke on short order. No Jokinen.

  123. Made a good trade today! Financed a truck to a guy that runs honey bees. Nice Guy. I had brought in my Smoked Moose with Cheese, which I made. Had to give it to him on trade for his best honey next year.

    Seems like a win/win deal.

    What do you do when you have 400lbs of sausage :)

  124. I hope (once the peak danger passed) one of you renamed a fantasy team to MRSA MRSA Me or something similarly horrible.

  125. Strange moment of the week:

    Joe Michiletti reporting that he walked in on AV in the bathroom and overheard a French Canadian accent whispering “help me Obi Won Kenobi, you’re my only hope”

  126. Stranger Nation on

    _“He’s been playing great, it’s been fun to watch,” said linemate Rick Nash, who will play his second game after returning from a 17-game absence due to a concussion. “I notice he’s been shooting a lot more than he did last year. Everyone expects him to be a set-up man and always pass it and, I think, sometimes you can fall into that gap, that he forgets he can score as many goals as he wants in this league. He’s proved that by shooting every chance he gets, that’s a big difference to his game.”_

    sounds like Nash realized that he will never receive a pass by Richie this season.
    As many goals being no more than 20 this season on a 4% shooting percentage.

  127. Richie Rich scored a lot of goals in Texas. Here’s hoping he finds his old self tonight!

    What’s it going to take to score more than 1 goal?

  128. Gravy – you better get Toews going tonight! I still think you should have traded him to me. You need more hits. You want to swap him for Nash?

    I’m thinking he wants to play for the Fighting Sioux once again :)

  129. North Dakota. Jamestown.

    The Bees are in California now.

    I have like 50 lbs left from last years hunt, so I had brought some in to trade with guys at work. We use to have a quarter of land of sweet clover for hay, it made the best honey. So I’ve been a honey connoisseur for awhile :)

  130. I thought we were Carped with no help from Manny, but nooooooooooooo. A one hour interregnum on game night. Very strange.

  131. ‘You can take all the tea in china
    Put it in a big brown bag for me
    Sail right around the seven oceans
    Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
    Shes as sweet as Tupelo honey
    Shes an angel of the first degree
    Shes as sweet as Tupelo honey
    Just like honey from the bee.’

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