Devils at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-14-0 (30 pts)
Devils: 11-12-6 (28 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will begin a franchise record, nine-game homestand, when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:30p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts ranked third in the Metropolitan Division, and eighth in the Eastern Conference before Friday’s games, with a record of 15-14-0 (30 pts). The Rangers defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, on Thursday and are now 12-7-0 in their last 19 games. The Blueshirts ranked fourth in the conference, and ninth in the NHL, in ROW (15). The Devils were 11-12-6 (28 pts) to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference entering their contest Friday against Detroit, and hadlost five of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will play Washington tomorrow, Dec. 8, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time: 104-87-27-6 overall (58-31-20-2 at home; 46-56-7-4 on the road).
2013-14: Tonight is the third of five meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-2 loss on Nov. 12 at MSG. The Rangers have out-shot the Devils, 57-47, in the series, including a 20-10 advantage in the third period. Each of the Rangers’ goals have been tallied by a defenseman – Dan Girardi and Marc Staal – while Chris Kreider leads the team with two assists in two games. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 3.53 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Devils, 12-6, including an 8-1 advantage at MSG and a 6-2 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan (three goals, two assists), Derek Stepan (two goals, three assists), and Brad Richards (five assists) tied for the series scoring lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied Callahan with a series-high, three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout.
The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 16 of their last 23 meetings.
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 16 of their last 25 games against the Devils (14-9-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009.
New York is 5-6-0 at home; New Jersey is 6-8-3 on the road.
New York is 5-3-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; New Jersey is 5-4-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.
New York lists no former Devils on its roster.
New Jersey lists two former Rangers on its roster: Ryane Clowe (2013); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08).

SINCE 2007-08: The Rangers are 23-11-3 overall (13-5-1 at home; 10-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-11-2 with a 2.00 GAA, .925 Sv% and seven shutouts in 36 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 38 career regular season games, posting a record of 24-9-5 with a 1.69 GAA, .933 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS: Henrik Lundqvist – 47 GP, 28-14-5, 7 SO, 1.84 GAA; Brad Richards – 44 GP, 5-33–38; Ryan Callahan – 29 GP, 10-11–21; Derek Stepan – 18 GP, 4-9–13; Dan Girardi – 40 GP, 2-14–16.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Rangers’ power play is 5-15 (33.3%) in the last five games.|
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 10 of the last 12 games (28-30, 93.3% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-2 (3:18) on Thursday at Buffalo. New York ranks 12th in the NHL overall (19-97, 19.6%), and 23rd at home (6-40, 15.0%). The Rangers are 3-10 (4:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/25 at TBL), 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 Thursday at Buffalo. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (79-92, 85.9%), and 11th at home (28-33, 84.8%). 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 Thursday at Buffalo, and are now -1 in 27 four-on-four situations (39:51) 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).

HOMESTAND: Tonight’s contest will begin a nine-game homestand for the Rangers, lasting 17 days and ending with an Original Six matchup on Dec. 23 vs. Toronto. The nine-game stretch will establish a franchise record for longest homestand, breaking the team’s previous longest homestand of seven games done five times (1969-70, 1972-73, 1977-78, 2001-02, 2011-12). Five of the nine games will be against Metropolitan Division opponents, three will be against Western Conference opponents, and one will be against an Original Six opponent. The homestand will also be book-ended by back-to-back sets, beginning on Dec. 7 vs. New Jersey – Dec. 8 vs. Washington and ending on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota – Dec. 23 vs. Toronto.

BACK-TO-BACKS:
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
Combined record – 6-4-0.
Record in 1st game – 3-2-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).
Record in 2nd game – 3-2-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).
Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road).
The Rangers are 16-5-4 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 16-7-2 in the second game over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career (41-18-7, 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game).

STREAKING RANGERS: Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh both enter the game with a five-game point streak. The five-game streaks are tied with Carl Hagelin’s (Nov. 2 – Nov. 10) as the longest for the Rangers this season. Richards has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) over the span, and also enters with a season-high four-game assist streak. Ryan McDonagh has registered six points (one goal, five assists) during the stretch, which establishes a career-high for longest point streak. He also enters with a three-game assist streak, which ties his career-high.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for second in the NHL with 10 road wins this season. The Blueshirts posted a six-game winning streak on the road from Oct. 26 at Detroit to Nov. 23 at Nashville, out-scoring their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts over the span. The streak ended one win shy of the longest road winning streak in franchise history, and was the longest for the Blueshirts since the 1993-94 season (Oct. 30 – Nov. 24). It is also tied as the longest road winning streak in the league this season. The Rangers posted wins in seven of eight road games from Oct. 26 – Nov. 27, including their six-game road winning streak. The last time the Blueshirts won seven road games in an eight-game span was during the 1993-94 season, when they won eight out of nine games from Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 (8-1-0).

STARTING FRESH: The Rangers have posted a 1.95 goals against average since returning from their season-opening five-game west coast road trip, compared to a 5.00 goals against average prior to their Oct. 16 game at Washington. New York currently ranks 12th overall with a 2.48 goals against average this season.

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 of the last 22 games, and 18 of the last 24. New York has allowed 43 goals over the last 22 games (1.95 goals against per game), and 47 goals in the last 24 games (1.96 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 19 games this season, which is tied for second in the league.

FAST START: The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL with a 14-2-0 record (.875 win%) when tallying the game’s first goal this season. The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in six of the last eight contests.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derek Stepan – 1 assist from 100th NHL career; Rick Nash – 1 point from 600th NHL career.

INJURIES (55 Man-Games Lost): None.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Dec. 6 – Acquired forward Kyle Beach from Chicago in exchange for forward Brandon Mashinter.
Dec. 6 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL).

 

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  1. Be nice to get off the win loss roller coaster tonight. Not to mention beat the devils for the first time this season. Hopefully they can string a fee together here.

  2. According To the noted the Rangers were 2-2 on the PK at Buffalo. But Buffalo only scored one goal.

  3. The French Poodle is in AV’s dog house? About time…BR to the ‘nucks for Edler…Robinson Canoe doesn’t seem to have a friend at the weather bureau…Seattle may be a sea faring town, but the climate doesn’t come close to the DR’s, or even NY’s…guess he will be out of town for most of the winter, so that’s a plus for him. Usually, the only warm, sunny weather comes in July and August. *Surprise!*

  4. I do think that JT is an upgrade on the French Poodle…never was keen on that signing, as if you can’t tell from my postings. BP to the Westminster Dog Show for a first rounder…

  5. Carp, good luck w the pilot…debating on going tonight will you be in the press box?

    It feels like we have a lot worse record against these guys most the time. I rarely say this but I think we are due tonight

  6. I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back:

    THE KREIDER.

  7. Stranger Nation on

    Only giving up less than 2 goals per game since West Coast trip and we want to sit half of our D corps. Must be some steady play in net

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Pullout Couch in basement
    Dorsett still hurt?
    Please keep Gomer Pylon away from Bros-hard

    Measuring Stick game

  9. James, I will be there … but I don’t think they’ll let you in the press area. If you go, let me know. I can meet you for warmups or first intermission.

    Pilot?

    Good morning, Sally!

  10. Carp pilot= one of the crazy joe Davola episodes on Seinfeld was on. He jumps from the upper tier of the love audience “Sic Sempres Tyrannis!!!”

    Ill email u if we go

  11. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    The interesting thing thing about the two teams is the management. One team solid, our team average, at best.

    One team has been getting lower/worse draft picks almost every year, almost always making the playoffs, still, through good management and scouting, good system, etc., excelling almost every year!! Current roster young players include Loktionov (uncharacteristically small), Boucher (gifted), Merrill (ok size and gifted, solid), and Gelinas (serious size, gifted, good offensive defenseman) with many more in the system. Care and concern to keep and add draft picks, smart trading, solid coaching, makes for a well run team.

    Let’s face facts. Where would they be if they could keep players? Kovalchuk, Parise, Clarkson.

    The other team. Has average scouting, drafting with many blaring mistakes, one very good draft pick (Kreider) this decade, a few ok first rounders (Staal, etc.), some absolute busts with high picks, a couple of really smart trades and some, mostly AWFUL FA picks. Voila, you have a mediocre team, mediocre farm system. Few replacements available for the .500 team we have.

    The Devils v. The Rangers. Tonight at MSG.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Matty – straight on my brutha. There is only one solution. If only Olga or Hugo was around to let us know…

  13. I go hank both games this weekend. Important div games. I rest hank tues vs Nashville and play hank again on Thursday.

  14. Does any one who lives in NYC who has Time Warner Cable tell me if the MSG HD 727 is working?
    Thank you!

  15. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Part of the reason why the Devils have played us well the first couple of encounters is that they are smarter than we are. Period. Better game scouting. Better roster.

    Other teams might not, but the Devils are prepared off the ice for their on the ice match ups.

    THEY know that matching their big forwards, Jagr-Zubrus-Clowe (when he is playing) creates an invincible line against our midgets. They know that their 4th line is tons better than ours. They know to use deflections (like we finally are) to get the puck past Henrik. They know they can camp out all they want in front of our net, with no retribution.

    They don’t always beat us, but they have an obvious strategy aside from the neutral zone crap. And, you know what?? We can’t stop it!! Like we are against many bigger teams, we are at their mercy.

    Sad, very sad.

  16. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Stranger….you are talking my language…and it aint’ French, my brutha!!

  17. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    So, to follow the argument, when you don’t give a coach the where with all to succeed, it’s the coach’s fault???? Yea, this is on Ron Low, Trottier, Renney, and Torts. Trust me, it will be AV’s fault, too. Matter of time. Matter of time.

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

    _Part of the reason why the Devils have played us well the first couple of encounters is that they are smarter than we are._

    No. The Devils toughness is the reason. (:

  19. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    They use their toughness with intelligence.

    Of course, in 2012, we were much tougher than they were and, gee, which team won the regular season series.

    Good reason for Sather to totally switch up the team and “Go Small”.

  20. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    I don’t mind being mediocre IF we can physically handle ourselves, work our butts off on the ice, and not get blown out.

    The fact that this team is pistol whipped by almost any team, grossly manhandled, is sickening. Reminiscent of the ‘smurf’ teams.

    Anyone that wants to beat us, can first beat us up physically or taunt this frail, small team. We submit, and they win. Average teams like Winnipeg, but big teams like Boston, St. Louis, Ducks, San Jose, etc., can ‘have their way with us’ with physicality.

    Turns my stomach.

  21. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Go after Step, Nash, there’s NO retribution. Mark my words, as teams realize it all over the league, and they will, Hank will be marked also.

    Very, very sad.

  22. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Mister, I’d like to see what happens with Brass between THE Kreider and THE Nasher.

    Oh, man, could we use a real high caliber center, which we don’t have on this team, to go between those two. My oh my; would that be something to watch!!

  23. leetchhalloffame on

    100% correct Matty. As season goes on more and more liberties will be taken on our players without fear of retribution. Sather has left this team defenseless when it comes to answering any physical/dirty play by the opposition.

  24. Mister, have I ever mentioned to you that when I scroll through the comments fast, your avatar looks like Butt-head (from Beavis & Butt-head) as it goes by?

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

    _Of course, in 2012, we were much tougher than they were and, gee, which team won the regular season series._

    Which team won the playoff series?

  26. Matty @ 10:24 – I don’t think the organization is as fundamentally flawed as you’re making out. The marquee free agent signings haven’t been great (Drury, Gomez, Richards) but I would argue that’s been entirely offset by good trades (Jagr, McDonagh).

    While I would never say the Rangers are in the upper echelon of drafting teams I think you’re forgetting that a lot of guys they’ve drafted have gone on to have good NHL careers. Callahan, Staal, Stephan, Talbot, Hagelin, and Kreider are all homegrown and contributing. Lundqvist was a once a decade miracle. Miller and McIlrath are in the system and may have value.

    Remember there was a time when Del Zotto was untouchable from a trade perspective? Dubinsky, Anisimov, Korpikoski and Weise are all still out there playing in the NHL. Sauer was a draft pick too before his unfortunate injury.

    I think a big difference between the Rangers and the Devils is that the Devils are always forced to play young, cheap players due to financial concerns. It’s development by necessity and some of them wind up working out. The Rangers under Sather seem to err on the side of ‘known quantities’ and thus a lot of draft picks don’t get an opportunity.

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Mister – me think the Richards-Brass-Cally line could work though. Zucchini gets squashed in games against the big boys.

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ve got tickets for tonight, tomorrow against the Caps, and Thursday against the Blue Jackets.

    Section 208, Row 2, seats 2 and 3. These are considered “premium” seats with expanded leg room. The view is fantastic. Face value of tickets is $80 per, $160 for the pair.

    I’m selling tonight for $140 for the pair; tomorrow and Thursday for $120.

    E-mail dmachetto@yahoo.com if interested.

  29. Imagine how pissed the Pilgrims would have been if they knew there would be a hockey team called the Devils?

  30. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Kenneth, I feel very strongly that our team expended most all it’s energy, given the lack of talent on ‘the system’ it needed to play under to get to the ECF finals, while the Devils had a pretty easy time getting there, playing Florida? Give me a break. That said, I am not going to get into one with you on this now.

    JJP, good you think so. Some of the trades have worked out. A few of the drafts, the best being Kreider. But over the 13 years, what do we REALLY have?? A small core of nice guys that get pushed all over the ice, a whole list of FA’s that were abject failures and misuse of funds, and, finally, less draft picks (because he peppers them into trades for old players), and an average drafting percentage.

    You can consider 1 ECF in 13 years successful, with ‘hope’ to look forward to in the future. I consider it time for him to move on.

    It’s ok to disagree.

  31. I wike the way whitwoh Zuccawello pway on the pp. But, poor whitwoh guy, Wadies say he have a weawry tinwee peewee

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

    _Kenneth, I feel very strongly that our team expended most all it’s energy, given the lack of talent on ‘the system’ it needed to play under to get to the ECF finals, while the Devils had a pretty easy time getting there, playing Florida? Give me a break. That said, I am not going to get into one with you on this now._

    Are you saying that fatigue was a factor? Didn’t the Devils get taken to a 2OT 7th game against the Panthers?

  33. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    In 2012 1st round, The Devils play Florida, almost lose in 7, in the lightest checking/hitting/fighting/lowest physicality series ever in PO history, while we play Ottowa, team tough, Neil/Carkner, in one of the more physical series ever.

    Gee, wonder which team emerges more unscathed…..and more ready for the next round.

  34. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m much more concerned with tomorrow and Thursday, BTW. Those tickets I will eat if nobody buys them.

  35. delzotto Point is really simple – Coaching staff feel they have a better chance for a W without him.

  36. AV says when he needs toughness, he adds Falk, which is an admission of desperation in and of itself. If a team sees Del Z instead of Falk, is AV effectively calling them as soft as we are? And/Or admitting we will be having trouble that night getting the puck out of our own end?

  37. falk, sather’s answer to a physical defensemen. I saw how physical falk is when he got all falked up in that fight with peluso.

  38. I’d think saying he needed to get a win a week ago and starting Cam Talbot as a result is a far greater admission of desperation than playing Justin Falk

  39. It’s funny. You take Pullout out of the lineup and replace him with Miller, and I actually love the way the lines look.

    All the 4th liners on the 4th line, and everyone else where they should be.

    Just don’t like Falk in for Del Z. Just my opinion. Taking Del Z in and out isn’t going to help him.

  40. Stranger Nation on

    Take Falk over El Zotto every day of the week and twice on Saturday

    How is Bickel not up here for this game. Face offs and fighting is needed

    Boyle’s new boxing nickname; Raggedy Andy

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    Tonight’s tickets were sold on stubhub, so no commission for Carp.

    I still have tomorrow and Thursday’s. 120 for the pair for each game. Face value is 160.

    E-mail dmachetto@yahoo.com

  42. Doodie, I’d be interested in a current, non-biased short review of the current Luger’s sometime at your convenience. Gracias.

  43. Carp

    I will come by press box after 2nd period.

    Manny I look forward to going with you to game Thursday. Arty and dubi. Like old times.

  44. Good morning, boneheads!

    Marty, boy did you go on a roll which team is better in general, including drafted, constructed, managed etc. Well..

    SINCE 2007-08: The Rangers are 23-11-3 overall (13-5-1 at home; 10-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-11-2 with a 2.00 GAA, .925 Sv% and seven shutouts in 36 games over the span.

  45. Pane of glass behind the net to adjoining pane: “Oh, crap, Del Zotto’s back in the lineup.”

  46. eric, going to be tough getting near there with bridge security. also, I’m going to be fairly busy. I can come out for a quick hello..

    again, first intermission is better, but if you can’t, then I’ll see you after second.

  47. Carp said he’s busy after the second period. But, you can leave the hot dogs with the security people.

  48. Pre game checklist:

    Head to man cave, close cellar door.

    Weekdays – Beer in Fridge.
    Saturday – Tullamore Dew on table.
    All days: Hagen Dazz in Freezer.
    IPAD on Lap.
    Thermostat set for 66
    Wife upstairs watching dancing with stars, the voice or Oprah.

  49. Rob in Beantown on

    I have to miss both games this weekend for a wedding. I guess that is what cell phones are for. Refresh refresh refresh. Glad Pouliot is out of the lineup. I liked Mash but he had a low ceiling. Beach’s might be higher but sounds like he has some issues. “The perfect Ranger” as I think Manny said yesterday. We’ll see. LGR!!

  50. Dolan memo to Dave Maloney: “Number One, It is the TRANSFORMED Garden! Oh, and keep telling the truth on the radio and enjoy your furlough. I have a veritable plethora of stooges to call upon.”

  51. eddie eddie eddie on

    Mick Jones tired of the debauchery, drugs, and partying…..so he left….but that was some great music they made during his brief tenure….

  52. eddie eddie eddie on

    baby’s good to me, you know, she’s happy as can be, you know, she said so…..

  53. AV is treating MDZ the way Torts treated Avery. Slats is treating Miller the way Slats treats every young Ranger player – like he is fringe NHL/AHL trash. Wish Slats would start the Hartford Shuttle rolling where Big Mac and Kristo are concerned. In another five years they could stick, here.

  54. Stranger Nation on

    Like Miler’ upside but we need some experienced grit up here from Hartford – Why no Haley, why no Bickel?

  55. from SNYRANGERS: “Justin Falk and JT Miller In/Michael Del Zotto and Benoit Pouliot Out”

    Isn’t “out” redundant?

  56. Officially the softest team in the NHL now.
    . Pityfull , hope they get run all night long and Sather/AV wake up when Nash or someone gets another concusion while the team just stands there with no response.

  57. Stranger Nation on

    Thanks Carp – just reacting to the Pimps post about line-up. Here is what I scraped off RR
    How the Rangers skated this morning:

    Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
    Mats Zuccarello – Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan
    Carl Hagelin – Derick Brassard – J.T. Miller
    Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Taylor Pyatt

    Ryan McDonagh – Dan Girardi
    Marc Staal – Anton Stralman
    John Moore-Justin Falk
    Henrik Lundqvist

  58. Stranger Nation on

    would have brought Bicks or Haley up for a 4th line of:
    Boyle – Moore – Bicks/Haley

  59. CARP,

    How about … don’t you think Colorado would be frothing at mouth for a POULET – O’REILLEY straight-up-special?

  60. Stranger Nation on

    How about Steen Pimp? LW scorer/grinder/point on PP
    Scouting Report prior to season:

    Assets: Excels in a defensive role and is underrated offensively. Much like his father Thomas, he owns excellent on-ice awareness and hockey sense. Possesses two-way ability and is very creative. A good skater, he has upped his intensity when fighting through opponents’ physical play.

    Flaws: Still lacks some game-to-game consistency in the offensive zone from time to time. Can go through big dry spells in the goal-scoring department. When shooting, he has to hit the net with more regularity in order to put more points on the board regularly.

    Career Potential: Quality, skilled two-way forward.

  61. Richards, Del Zaster and Pullout should already be wearing an Oiler jerseys, not sure what the holdup is..

  62. Stranger Nation on

    NYR @ Home: 5-5 record
    L Habs 0-2
    W Buffs 2-0
    W Canes 5-1
    W Pens 5-1
    W Fla 4-3
    L Debs 2-3
    L Kings 0-1
    L Bs 1-2
    W Nucks 5-2
    L Jets 2-5

    5 total goals in 5 losses
    2 wins against team with more pts in overall standings (Pitt, Van)
    1-2 v. Bestern Conf

  63. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If one of his penalties was actually “kicking”, should be automatic suspension of 10 games IMHO!

    I think toughness can deter a lot of questionable/marginal hits. It won’t deter all of them, nothing will. Bit if you have five or six guys on a team that will happily and relatively effectively pound someone’s face in, it helps (at least I believe it does).

    But you have to play those 5 or 6 guys regularly….I.E. Playable toughness. Not just sit 2 d men and a 4th line on your bench until after the fact.

  64. Who has better odds:

    Rangers to win the Stanley or Team USA to get out of its World Cup group?

  65. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Stranger
    I think the teams that we lost to is more telling than the goals in my opinion.

    Physical, north south playing teams were losses, not so physical teams were wins.

    Tells me two things…this team gets intimidated and pounded into submission and we have offence and scorers, they just don’t have any playable toughness around them and they get pushed around by physical teams and can’t score!

  66. Wick, agree on toughness accompanied by face poundings as a deterrent. It’s hard to prove the negative, but Ranger players have been run far too often this year without a response.

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “people can complain all that can about the flyers style of play but why change what isn’t working?”

  68. JR – “it’s only through the inadequacy of success that a team experiences the hindrance of failure.”

  69. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “jingle balls, jingle balls, jingle all the way, the stars are brightly shining”

  70. JR – “Jose can you see, by the dusk’s early light, what so proudly we hailed at Twilight’s last screening.”

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

    Another Oscar worthy performance by Rick Carpiniello.

  72. JR – “I’ll never understand why the predicament of a quandary is more crucial than one’s fillament.”

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

    Carp: “I would like to thank God, my family and my fans for standing by me. It’s an honor to be able analyze Rangers hockey for the greatest newspaper and readership in the tri-state area. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

  74. JR – “It’s inconceivable that the weary travelers reaches his destination prior to the rested raccoon.”

  75. JR – “Hitching a ride is an option only afforded to those who grow weary of the long road that lies below the evergreens.”

  76. Nice trade Boston, ANOTHER hat trick for Sequin. We are lucky it’s not The Krieder racking up points in another uniform – so far. This is the problem with trading kids before they really come of age in the NHL – they can come back to destroy you. Hopefully Slats is paying attention to the fallout the Bruins brass is getting over the Sequin debacle.

    How is it the Bruins still do so consistently well, when they let the Thornton’s, the Kessels, and the Sequin’s of the world get away?

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

    The Bruins do consistently well despite trading away superstars because they are not afraid to cut bait. Seguin may have a wildly productive career with Dallas, but he wasn’t working out for them, and the Bruins were not going to hold onto him in the hopes he fulfilled his promise with their organization.

  78. UPS Theme Song

    ‘You send me
    I know that you send me
    Darling, you, you send me
    Honest you do, Honest you do, honest you do.
    My my.

  79. ‘Well my heart went boom
    When I crossed that room
    And I held her hand in mine

    Oh, we danced through the night
    And we held each other tight
    And before too long
    I fell in love with her.’

  80. Ira Podell from AP just told me that Rinaldo today had :04 of ice time and took 27 penalty minutes, including giving Dallas a seven-minute power play.

  81. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Speak of clown activity, if I’m the Devils I take advantage of the pantie-wearing Rangers. It’s strategy #1 against this team, for those who are watching.

  82. Matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties!!"Boy on

    Word has it James Dolan has hired Mike Tyson to give boxing lessons to Matts Zuccarello, Jesper Fast(h), Carl Hagelin, and Michael DelZotto on Wednesdays.

    It takes all 4, but Tyson reports with multiple hits they can already bash open a pumpkin! He’s very proud of their progress.

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