Rangers at Lightnings tonight (7:30) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Monday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. ET
Tampa Bay Times Forum – Tampa, FL
Rangers: 12-11-0 (24 pts)
Lightning: 14-8-1 (29 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), as they continue their five-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-11-0 (24 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-0, on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, for their sixth straight road win. The six-game road winning streak is the team’s longest since 1993-94, and the Blueshirts are now tied for eighth in the NHL in ROW (12). The Lightning enter the contest with a 14-8-1 (29 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four straight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first of three games in a four-day span.

All-Time: 42-29-5-7 overall (24-13-2-4 at home; 18-16-3-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Tampa Bay Times Forum
Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Lightning, 12-4, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 5-1 advantage in the third. The Blueshirts also out-shot the Lightning, 104-77, in three games, with a 46-17 shot advantage in the first period. Carl Hagelin led all skaters in scoring with four goals and six points in the series, while Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh each tallied a series-high three assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .956 Sv% in two games.
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a three-game winning streak against the Lightning, and have won four of their last five meetings
The Rangers have registered a point in 16 of their last 19 games against the Lightning (12-3-4 over the span), dating back to a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 4, 2008
Seven of the last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Lightning have been decided by one goal, including five that required extra time and two that went into the shootout
Henrik Lundqvist has started 29 of the Rangers’ last 31 contests against Tampa Bay, posting a record of 16-7-6 with a 2.08 GAA, .925 Sv% and two shutouts over the span
New York is 8-6-0 on the road; Tampa Bay is 8-2-0 at home
New York is 4-2-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Tampa Bay is 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists three former Lightning on its roster: Dominic Moore (2010-11 – 2011-12); Benoit Pouliot (2012-13); Brad Richards (2000-01 – 2007-08)
Tampa Bay lists no former Rangers on its roster
Lightning forward Tom Pyatt was drafted by the Rangers in 2005 (4th round/107th overall)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. LIGHTNING: Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 16-7-6, 2 SO, 2.08 GAA; Rick Nash – 13 GP, 6-6-12; Brad Richards – 10 GP, 3-9-12; Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 6-5-11; Marc Staal – 20 GP, 4-6-10

NY is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Rangers’ power play has registered a goal in five of the last eight games (5-26, 19.2% over the span).
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in five of the last six games (15-16, 93.8% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Saturday at Nashville. New York ranks 17th in the NHL overall (14-76, 18.4%), and third on the road (10-41, 24.4%). 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 2-2 (4:00) on Saturday at Nashville. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (66-78, 84.6%), and 12th on the road (42-50, 84.0%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 2-3 (0:55) when three-on-four (last – 11/21 at DAL). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday at Nashville, and are now -1 in 24 four-on-four situations (36:09) 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).

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for first in the NHL with eight road wins this season. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a six-game winning streak on the road, out-scoring their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts over the span. It marks the first time since the 1993-94 season the Blueshirts have won six consecutive road games, when they won six straight away from MSG from Oct. 30, 1993 at Hartford to Nov. 24, 1993 at Ottawa. It is also the longest active road winning streak in the NHL and is tied as the longest in the league this season.

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 of the last 16 games, and 15 of the last 18. New York has allowed 25 goals over the last 16 games (1.56 goals against per game), and 29 goals in the last 18 games (1.61 goals against per game). The Blueshirts are tied for first in the NHL with four shutouts and have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 games this season, which is tied for second in the league.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL, and lead the Eastern Conference, averaging 31.8 shots per game, while holding opponents to 29.0 shots per contest to rank 10th in the league and third in the East.

STANDING TAL-BOT: Cam Talbot turned aside all 17 shots faced in a 2-0 win on Saturday at Nashville, to extend his personal winning streak to five games and post his second consecutive shutout. He has posted a 1.18 GAA, .954 Sv%, and two shutouts during his five-game winning streak, and is the first Rangers’ goaltender to win five straight in their first year since Dan Blackburn in 2001-02 (Mar. 30-Apr. 8, 2002). Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 5-1-0 with a 1.32 GAA, .949 Sv%, and two shutouts in six career NHL appearances. He has allowed just eight goals in his six games, and has yet to surrender more than two goals in a contest. His shutout streak now stands at 146:28, dating back to 13:38 of the second period on Nov. 7 at Columbus (57 saves).

From the Elias Sports Bureau:
He is the third goaltender in franchise history to post two shutouts in his first six career starts, and the first to do so since the Rangers’ inaugural season, when both Lorne Chabot and Hal Winkler accomplished the feat during the 1926-27 season.
He is the first goaltender in franchise history, and the first in the NHL since Gerry McNeil (Montreal) in 1947, to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first six NHL starts.
He is only the second Rangers goaltender in the last 40 years to post consecutive shutouts on the road in one season. The other was Steve Valiquette during the 2007-08 season (Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, both in Philadelphia).

CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 100 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 94-0-6 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 8-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 11 goals against in the final frame.

Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 52





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  1. Will be a good measure against a good team (albeit -1 superstar and on a bad run), this is a game we need to put away.
    THE Kreider needs to stake his claim for a Team USA spot – as per Poile’s comments yesterday.

  2. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Poile’s comments show he is looking. Anyone watching one of our games sees many of the players at a good level, then there’s Nash, Hank and Kreider. The league is starting to take note. Heads are turning. Stats will come.

  3. Matty"NashIsBack!!"Boy on

    Which of our soon to be league best tandem of Hank-Cam plays tonight? Can Hank hurl one like he did 4 days ago? Can he handle playing every other game?

  4. AV has set free our velociraptors on the T-rexes around the league

    Whachoo gonna do when Zuccamania runs wild on you!!!!!

  5. Stranger Nation on

    Perfect timing for a tilt in Tampa with the Bolts losing power.

    While THE Kireider is the man, can’t believe he is ready for Olympics…wasn’t he just in Hartford?

    Most important aspect of Cam’s emergence is the flexibility it affords when post-Olympics Henk comes back.

  6. From what I can tell, AV has his goalie calendar mapped out for the foreseeable so Hank should know exactly when he is playing and be able to mentally prepare.

  7. Good morning, all.

    SN, good point about having a capable backup, in Calbot, for the Olympic break.

  8. I thought I read Pyatt wasn’t ready for tonight. Even so, I’m not sure they’ll put him right back in. Plus, AV did say Miller was going to play at some point on the road trip.

  9. Pyatt won’t be back till the weekend – they said he needs a few practices under his belt so we’re likely to see him this weekend. Also with 3 games in 3 nights we’ll probably be seeing Cambot against the Bruins and Miller should get a game or 2, then probably get shipped back off to Hartford on Monday.

  10. Right. Boyle could put up 20 goals this year and people would still say “so, he did that in 2010 … he hasn’t improved in 4 years”.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Pyatt on WBM still? that is staying power!!

    Pyatt and/or Miller playing bottom 6 so its either Pullout or Hags and we don’t need to wrestle with that one too long.

    MDZ staying in also???

  12. Just read an interesting “The Isles should trade for DZ” article where the author cannot even offer a return! Which Isles forward would you take for Del Zotto ?

  13. The Kreider is too good for the lame earthling Olympic games…word on the street is that he’s been invited to the real deal, Mt Olympus, where only the gods play, on a line with Zeus and Thor.

  14. I hear a rumor last Friday that Toews really wants to come to NY when his contract is up after 2014-15.

  15. He’s not going to compete with Hank or Pretty Eyes Pyatt, but Tavares won’t hurt the team either. Worthwhile acquisition all ways.

  16. Toews and Tavares would really round out the types of good looking we have on the team. That might really help us diversify our stock

  17. Stamkos is a freak!

    @ODonnellFox13 Seen Stamkos? He’s up and walking two weeks after breaking his leg. #lightning pic.twitter.com/VELXYiPWS4

  18. Toews and Tavares would be pretty decent additions. With Talbot, they’d form the killer T’s. I’d even throw in Pouliot and Pyatt, since they have T’s at the *end* of their names.

  19. Ovechc*nt is one that Hank would definitely approve of – not going to threaten his Vogue internship with that mug!

  20. Gravy if we’re going for T’s you’d have to sign Tim Thomas to play with Talbot as the killer T Goaltending Tandem. and then sign Tootoo, Tlusty, Max Talbot, Tomas Tatar, Travis Turnbull, Tony Turgeon, Joe and Shawn Thornton – only players with multiple T’s could play!

  21. Yes, but trade Rick Nash for Kevin Shattenkirk, and see if we can get Brent Sutter for Brad Richards

  22. I would assume, and hope, that most of the school has cleared out for Thanksgiving break already. What a mess.

  23. *TRADE*

    @kcarrera 1m Martin Erat confirmed he has asked to be traded, feels like he never had an opportunity with #Caps

  24. Erat was a 50pts a season guy with the Preds. Not going to knock anyone out of our current top 6 though

  25. Erat is going to be an impossible trade given what they moved to acquire him. What a dummy deal that was.

  26. ?@PLeonardNYDN Pyatt is skating as 8th defenseman next to Falk so looks like Pyatt will stay out of lineup for tonight at least #NYR

  27. That deal was AWFUL. Really, really bad and a total WIN NOW type move. Now they have an aging guy with declining production and a huge contract.

  28. Erat is signed for one more season at at $4.5M cap Hit and only $2.25M of actual cash. I know a few cap floor teams that might like that value.

  29. I don’t even understand how anyone could objectively say Stralman is a whipping boy.

    I evaluate players not only by their play but by what they cost, which matters in a cap constrained world. Ie I expect Lundqvist or Nash to be awesome because they are allocated a huge amount of cap space.

    Stralman is costing $1.7m and his defense is beyond solid for that price. Consider this – at even strength Stralman is on the ice for a goal once every 50 mins of playing time. That compares to Moore at once every 29 mins, Staal 27 mins, McDonagh 26 mins, Girardi 22 mins and Del Zotto 21 mins.

    Stralman’s work on the penalty kill is decent too, a goal against every 11 minutes relative to Staal at 13 minutes, McDonagh and Girard at 9 mins.

    Anything he does on the offensive side is gravy, the Rangers have slotted in McDonagh, Del Zotto and Moore for the offensive defenseman role.

    Stralman’s stats are comparable to Girardi’s but he’s half the price at $1.7m versus $3.3m, the guy is a steal. You could argue that Girardi is up against stiffer competition but I think anyway you slice it, Stralman is a solid 4th d-man and the Rangers are getting a lot more out of him relative to what they’re paying.

  30. JJP, a whipping boy has nothing to do with actual production or value. It’s just the huys that get “picked on” by the boneheads.

  31. I don’t think $1.7M is a bargain for what Stralman provides. But also, I’m not big into “stats” and stuff like that. Watching Stralman and Girardi I would say they are totally different players with Girardi being much, much better.

    I think you could get a guy at half the cost to provide what Stralman provides.

    But that’s just my opinion.

  32. Stranger Nation on

    To be a Ranger Fan…oy
    Top 100 Goal Scorers: one Ranger @ #83 – Richards with 6

    The future looks bright:
    Top scoring Dmen: McD @ #18.
    With how well he plays D, the ceiling is very, very high

    top scoring Rookies: THE Kreider @ #6!!

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Norris would be a perfect 3rd pair Dman but because he is being forced to play 2nd pair, he gets exposed a bit more.

    He should be getting more PP TOI ASAP IMHO

  34. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Hello all,
    If you trade mdz to the fishies, realistic return I would want is Martin or clutterbuck…preferably Martin.

    If you read a lot of the rumours about mdz being traded, supposedly we want a d man back so it makes me think a methot mdz trade would be a good one.

    On the other hand I would deal from a relative position of strength and send mdz to the canes for ruutu in a heartbeat (I know the $$$$ would have to be worked out) or to Detroit for tootoo and a pick (they really need a d man I think).

    Sorry for the rambling musing here, I’ve been out of the loop for a bit.

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    Rick Nash always struck me as being the goofy jock who sat in the back of your high school English class who would always say hilarious things in class

  36. Manny: Erat works for a cap floor team, but Washington can’t just move him for cap relief without admitting something GMs rarely ever admit. Upside lottery pick for like 40 games of Erat? Yuck.

  37. We should trade for Methot then pair him with MDZ and let MDZ keep playing the right side because its working ok.

  38. Manny, if you think there’s a top 4 d-man to be signed for $800k you’re out of your mind. And I’m not talking about kids on their entry level contract either. Stu Bickel is signed for $750k, there’s your proxy. I’m not saying Stralman is anything special, I’m saying for the money he is playing well above his pay grade.

    Not that stats tell the whole story but I don’t think they can be ignored. Girardi has played 403 even strength minutes and been on the ice for 18 even strength goals. Stralman 397 minutes and 8 goals. The guy can play defense.

  39. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Re Stralman
    I also do not think he is any sort of bargain at 1.7 mil. He is a 6/7 on most nhl teams. He couldn’t even make the devils vaunted D. As far as jjp’s stats go, I’m not impressed (no offence). Staal’s numbers are not that good and Stralman is his partner.

    J Moops has mdz for a partner most of the time, so that might just explain his stats somewhat.

    The biggest issue I have with stralmans game is he gets caught flat footed quite a bit and is continually muscled off the puck in his own zone.

    On a not very physical D man team, he is 1.7 mil of redundancy and not leaps and bounds better than someone that costs less and brings a more physical game to the ice.

  40. Strals has yet to learn the Snow Angel. Unless and until he does, he cannot be compared to Girardi. :)

  41. How much of Stralman’s success do we attribute to him having a legit 1st pair NHL D along side him while not facing other team’s top lines? He’s pretty much the anti-MDZ in terms of being put in a perfect situation to succeed.

  42. Rob how was the game? Looks like the Sioux had a better game on Saturday.

    How did Tambellini look to you?

  43. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Of course I always look at a team based on how they would do in the playoffs, not necessarily the regular season. I see Stralman as an adequate regular season player, but a ghost in the playoffs (sort of a bizarro world brassard).

    I think our D is pretty soft for the most part and I’d only retain half of them and revamp the other half.

  44. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Stralman cleans carp’s garage.

    Brassard jumps in his leaf piles after he has raked them.

  45. “Erat is going to be an impossible trade given what they moved to acquire him. What a dummy deal that was.”

    Yeah, that was a pretty terrible trade, especially considering they lost to players like Bran Bole and of the Zotto! What losers!

  46. It’s what Wicky said. Stralman gets caught flat footed very often. He can’t decide on taking the puck or the man and he gets beat his most frequent decision is: Hip Check

  47. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    On a not so unrelated subject, sioux’s boy and Lindberg finally made the nhl 14 roster update.

  48. Stralman’s best asset is his not-left-handedness. I imagine he’ll parlay that into a great next contract, hopefully elsewhere.

  49. @JimCerny RT @erlendssonTBO: Ryan Malone and Radko Gudas out tonight vs NY Rangers, Kucherov will start with Killorn and Purcell #TBLightning

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    It was a good game. O’Connor played well both nights and definitely stole a point for BU on Saturday. Discipline was a problem for the Sioux — it seemed like they were killing penalties half the game and couldn’t really put anything together. I didn’t really notice Tambellini much on Friday, to be honest. How has he looked this season?

  51. Eramus, Eratis, Erant.

    I think that’s right, coos. Maybe not.

    Time for Manny to post his “bird in the hand” nonsense.

  52. Good points about Stralman, especially about him in a position to succeed, playing with Stahl and not against the opps’ best line.

    And no, I don’t love him or hate Brassard. In fact, I think both are what they currently are … a No. 4-5 defenseman and a third-line center. Plenty of teams have worse at both positions. Some teams have better.

    But if Brassard jumps into my leaves …

  53. The proof is in the pudding, Stralman’s not on the ice for a lot of goals – flat footed or not – and that’s kind of the point, he’s there to play defense. It is fair to point out that playing with Staal has it’s benefits.

  54. Stralman is trailing the play many, many times. I think, if you want to talk about stats, which I find borderline useless (no offense), the Rangers have some goaltenders that are fantastic one-on-one (Hank is amazing) and when Stralman loses his guy the goaltender bails him out.

  55. ‘Monday Monday, can’t trust that day,
    Monday Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way…’

  56. Miami, meh.

    When he’s not taking stupid penalties he’s not a bad player. drives to the net, can skate, defensively responsible to a degree. I’d rather have Miller in there. Or Pyatt.

  57. _The proof is in the pudding, Stralman’s not on the ice for a lot of goals – flat footed or not – and that’s kind of the point, he’s there to play defense._

    Its worth noting that Stralman has the highest save percentage for while on the ice. Sure, maybe its Anton forcing the other team into bad shots. But … maybe not?

  58. Also worth noting, maybe, is that Stral was on for 5 more ES goals than MDZ last year in 2 full games less PT. So I’m going “more outside factors than Stralman related factors” here. He’s played well, but he’s a pumpkin.

  59. I wish we’d send Miller back down. Worst possible thing we can do for him is have him sit in the box for a prolonged period of time.

  60. Now is not the time to talk about gun control. Freedom means owning massive assault weapons in case the black helicopters come after you….which happens 3 or 4 days to me

    No politics

  61. CARP, yeah … he’s just not trustworthy … I always ask myself, “Could you see him as a part of a Stanley Cup -winning team?”

    The answer for Poulet is a clear “no”. (While for someone like Boyle, it’s a clear “yes”).

  62. I swear I’m not bringing politics in, just reporting some good news: 4 adults charged in relation to the Steubenville HS rape case. Great news in an otherwise horrific story.

  63. Seriously, I can barely fathom how an adult would cover for their own child in a rape case, let alone covering because they’re good at high school football. Just mind-blowing.

  64. Other things that kill people: golf clubs, bathtubs, rubadubdub, what’s the hubbub, bubb?


  65. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Worst thing about firearms is the human factor. Whether it is an old double barrel shotgun or an AR15, unless someone picks it up, loads it, points it at someone, and then squeezes the trigger, it is nothing more dangerous than an aluminum baseball bat or a piece of lead pipe.

    People will spin it however it benefits them though!

    No politics.

  66. Coos squared, should I be pronouncing (in my head) your name like the food couscous, or like a beer koozie?

  67. Graves, don’t even remember any more where that name came from. It sounded more manly than Cumquat.

  68. I have a wealthy friend who belongs to Winged Foot, Siwanoy, and Purchase CC, AND Dorset and Equinox in Vermont. True. He is figuratively clubbed to death.

  69. “Welcome, class, to the beginning of the new semester. My name is eddie three times, I’m originally from NY, and I’m armed.”

  70. Rob in Beantown on

    If Holtby was armed Emery would have thought twice about jumping him. We need to arm goaltenders

  71. _In 2010, drunken drivers killed 13,000 people. According to the CDC there were 10,400 firearm homicides in our country. Reviewing the statistics, we find that the majority of these gun-related deaths were criminal on criminal violence or justified police shootings, not innocent people killed as is the case of a death by a DUI._

    Ban alcohol. Ban cars.

    *NO* politics.

  72. @JoshRimerHockey 50m

    Former Buffalo Sabres GM *John Muckler* says Lafontaine should hire Jim Benning as new GM. “He’s the guy they should hire.” More Muckler (2/2) “Jim Benning deserves it after how hard he’s worked. He’s a good man and has an eye for talent.”

  73. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Eddie’s 1:40 is not a good way to stop violence at all btw. Ak47s are not accurate at all and 100rd clips routinely jam and do not feed properly!

  74. Bloomie often takes the subway to work, emphasizing the safety of NY City transit. What he doesn’t tell you is that he has two 6’4 armed plainclothes escorts.

  75. Wait for the frogs and toads to attack the house, and you’ll wish you had a large spray can of something or other.

  76. “Wait for the frogs and toads to attack the house, and you’ll wish you had a large spray can of something or other.”

    What are you trying to say?

  77. eddie eddie eddie on

    Jerry doing more standup – “i still havent found my car…where did i park my car?”

  78. Am I the only one here who walked out of a bar and forgot where the car was parked? I’m ashamed.

  79. @TSNBobMcKenzie CAR’s Kevin Westgarth has phone hearing with NHL tomorrow for hit on OTT’s Mark Borowiecki.

  80. Stranger Nation on

    Two things I have to do after a bid night

    1. Find my car

    2. Return the car i drove home in

    -Drinking while driving-

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    adam rotter >>>>>>> “what’s zucc been doing lately?”

    ’cause we sure know who he’s doing

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    gravy – here’s one for you, my contrarian friend, the earth is round…..go for it

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    but of course, everything that goes wrong has *EVERYTHING* to do with Obama…I see…

    ban politics

  84. _Not really, The Doctor._

    Haven’t seen much of him and the numbers are a mix of underlying not that bad and overlying should be far better. Didn’t know if he could fake the Dubinsky role on the 3rd at like $1.5MM or whatever as a giveaway.

  85. (And when I say fake, I mean faaaaaaake. Throw some hits, be big-ish, fight if fighting is needed. No one is Dubi.

  86. eddie eddie eddie on

    after my trades:

    Hags, Tays, Nash
    Sharp, Brassard, Kreider
    Hags, step, Cally
    Bickel(l), Boyle, dorsett

    McD seabrook
    Girardi staal
    Moore, antwan strahlman

    King Talbot

  87. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    EEE, you are bold, warm not cold, I am under your hold. boyeeeeeeeee poopyo tinkle

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kenneth : it’s all good, under my hood, as it should, if I could, Wilbur Wood, Willie Wood, Tiger’s Wood, long and straight, never hate, don’t be late, seal your fate, on a date, with Sharon Tate, Tom Waite, shut the gate, Watergate, Young Master Bates, Kathy Bates, trains and freight


  89. Which whiskey? 4 years ago or so I made a concerted effort to find a brown liquor I liked and toured into a mini-bourbon guy.

  90. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Skinny jeans, ways and means, adults and teens, causing scenes, lucid dreams, harry reams, plans and schemes, Kevin Dineen, what do you mean?


  91. Like a latecomer to bourbon who still would take a good beer over a good bourbon 8 days a week.

  92. Right now mine is a mobile snot fountain who wants to wear her rainboots in the house and I’m not about to say no.

  93. Yesterday I had three things: Ardebg one of the higher ones. The one made in Sherry Casks. I then had some Elijah Craig 18 Year, Then some Rowan’s Creek.

  94. I was never able to get into whiskey. In fact, the only hard liquor I usually drink are G&T and White Russians (if I’m feeling Dude-like).

  95. Sesame Street on DVR for times like this going here. Its really an amazing show given how horrifically commercialized most everything else is.

  96. Manny, some day you’ll have kids and find yourself humming songs from Nick Jr., Disney Jr., and PBS Kids.

  97. Re: TV – Anyone ever read ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death,’ by Neil Postman? He delivers some interesting mail.

  98. She’s really not a TV kid. Not like we super avoided it, she just never really cared much, so its pretty much Sesame Street or bust.

  99. Huge fan of Caucasians, a/k/a White Russians. But I go through phases with that.

    Yesterday I went to my friends apartment at 1pm. Had a glass of wine. Mrs. Manny and I hung out with him, his wife and their 2 year old. Had a glass of wine and some lasagna. Then had some hot cider. Then he said, oh I have this great Ardbeg you have to have some. He was being generous. I had one. Then he picked the 18 year Elijah Craig. Can’t turn that down. Then the Rowan’s creek when his father-in-law showed up.

    And that was it. I got home after what is basically 3-4 drinks and fell asleep by 8pm.

  100. My kids are at weird TV ages because my son is starting to get into older stuff, and my daughter is obsessed with My Little Ponies.

  101. I of course don’t want those days back, but I miss them, if that makes sense. Now if I have a fully open weekend day, I don’t want to fall asleep at 8:00 because I feel like I wasted it. Truly free time can wait until 2029.

  102. MD, it’s definitely a back and forth internal debate sometimes of wanting more freedom, but not wanting to let go of this time.

  103. ‘But there never seems to be enough time
    To do the things you want to do,
    once you find them.’ Jim Croce

  104. Right, Gravy. Basically, we need a 3rd weekend day where the kid *has to* sleep the entire day so there’s no guilt or missing of them.

  105. I went shopping and by the time I got back, the S&P500 fell three points. Have to return that Rolex tomorrow.

  106. When I leave home and no one is there, I put WFAN on loud as by burglar alarm system. When I return, soon as I get in the door, I got that nitwit Francesa hollering at the masochistic people who call him up.

  107. I’m taking my 6 year old to his first game in a few weeks. I’m debating going some place to eat beforehand, or just giving him the transformed food experience. He’s already excited about all the “snacks” he’s going to have (even though I never talked about the food before). Also, am I pushing my luck trying to get there by pregame warmups? My goal is to stay for the whole game.

  108. Bud Light Lime ranks as second-worst American cheap beer:

    “When Anheuser-Busch spit this one out a few years ago it seemed like a pretty good idea, as terrible ideas go.”

  109. Kinda like POULET:

    “When the New York Rangers signed this one out last year it seemed like a pretty good idea, as terrible ideas go.

  110. Honey Brown and Killians were gateway beers away from crap and into stuff that actually wasn’t crap like Honey Brown and Killians.

  111. Generally, I can only drink 1 or 2 beers with “flavors” added to them, unless it’s Coronas with lime in the Summer, or Blue Moons with an orange slice.

  112. “Somebody buys another round
    And wherever drinks are free,
    What made Milwaukee famous
    Has made a loooser out of me.” :)

  113. Rob in Beantown on

    Sam Adams used to make a beer called Cherry Wheat that was flavored with cherry. I think I drank maybe three in a sitting once (and nothing else), which inexplicably caused me to vomit, and now years later I still have taste aversion to some artificial cherry flavors.

  114. Oh boy. I had a genny cream ale over christmas 2 years ago and I really disagree. I wanted to like it and it was not happening.

  115. ROB!

    Same thing happened to me and Tylenol grape-flavored cough syrup. Twenty years later I cannot drink grape juice or grape candy …

  116. Did you guys ever drink glogg? I have a friend from Swedish decent that makes it. Very strong and very good in the winter.

  117. eddie eddie eddie on

    great drink…coke, milk, vodka, baileys….just be careful so the milk doesnt curdle…

  118. Rob in Beantown on

    Also, I thought it was just me who thought Keystone tastes like banana. I’ve said that to other people and nobody ever agreed with me. Apparently I’m not alone

  119. any chance POULET is chugging absinthe before each game and that’s why he’s so “good”?

  120. the reality is that the only reason Poulet McNugget is on this team is that AV needs someone to talk to in his native tongue.

  121. This must be the reason Poulet and Brassard are on the same line … and Hagelin’s going, “whaaaat?”

  122. Some clown on the Capitals message board proposed this trade:

    Del Zotto, Pouliot, 4th for Erat and a 2nd.

  123. Rob – LOL on the Cherry Wheat. They are like Boobs, one’s not enough, and three are too many :)

  124. Has anyone looked at the league schedule this week? It’s seems so random. Nine games tonight, one game tomorrow.
    The rangers play back to back on the weekend both day games, what’s up with that?

  125. Manny I’ll hang with you if we can discuss the game using only movie quotes to express our emotions. There’s a small movember contribution coming as well.

  126. Man. He’s so good, right? The storm trooper. Kid deserves a look on the Olympic squad. He’s possibly better than Schneider.

  127. Kucherov, 20, scores his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot (it was a good shot) in his first NHL game after leading his AHL team in points.

    So, um, I ask…Why hasn’t NYR called up Kristo yet?

  128. Mrs. Manny just showed me this Miley Cyrus character performing in front of a cat projected on the screen. It’s awesome.

  129. You know the go time post is missing your presence. It’s weaker by your absence, Tampa w/o stamkos.

  130. Yea. Me too. At least to protect Hank from himself. But maybe it’s a learning lesson of something.

    High. Glove. High. Glove.

  131. He’s another absolutely nasty hockey player. People are losing it about James Neal right now. He is good too

  132. He doesn’t have the hands and for such a hard working guy, you think he’d have at least a little puck luck.

  133. I knew we should have gotten Raymond:

    @Steve_Dangle: Mason Raymond and Nikolai Kulemin were the only Leafs skaters who weren’t on the ice for a goal.

  134. Hi Carp, notes say Bloomberg Radio for game. It was Charlie Rose… he ain’t a Ranger! :)

    Guess it wasn’t worth listening to anyway.

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