Islanders at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Friday, Dec. 20, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 16-17-2 (34 pts)
Islanders: 9-19-7 (25 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their franchise record nine-game homestand. The Blueshirts rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-17-2 (34 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3, in the shootout on Wednesday and are now 1-3-2 on their homestand. The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the conference in ROW (15). The Islanders enter the contest with a 9-19-7 (25 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost 13 of their last 14 games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 120-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 51-62-8-2 on the road).
2013-14: Tonight is the second of five meetings this season, and the first of three meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 win on Oct. 29 at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers tallied two goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-4 (50.0%), while the penalty kill was 3-3 (100.0%) in the contest. Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, and Benoit Pouliot each notched a goal, while Derek Stepan recorded two assists. Cam Talbot made 22 saves in the win.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 18 of their last 21 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 15-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island.
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 10-game point streak against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden (8-0-2), having out-scored Long Island, 40-18, during the stretch.
NY Rangers are 6-9-2 at home; NY Islanders are 4-13-0 on the road.
NY Rangers are 5-5-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 2-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.
NY Rangers list two former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01).
NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS: Henrik Lundqvist – 44 GP, 27-11-5, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA; Cam Talbot – 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA; Brad Richards – 40 GP, 13-23–36; Ryan Callahan – 34 GP, 7-14–21; Rick Nash – 13 GP, 5-6–11; Dan Girardi – 40 GP, 5-7–12.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 7-34 (20.6%) in the last 11 games.
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 18 games (41-46, 89.1% over the span).
Is tied for second in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:57) on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (21-116, 18.1%), and 24th at home (8-59, 13.6%). The Rangers are 3-11 (5:44) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/15 vs. CGY), and 0-2 (2:30) when four-on-three (last – 12/18 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 1-2 (3:23) on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. New York is tied for seventh in the NHL overall (91-107, 85.0%), and 15th at home (40-48, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 4-6 (4:29) when three-on-four (last – 12/15 vs. CGY). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal and yielded one goal in four, four-on-four situations (7:00) on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now -1 in 39 four-on-four situations (60:09) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (5): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter).

GOALIE GREATS: Henrik Lundqvist made his 538th career appearance on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh to move into a tie with Ed Giacomin for third on the Rangers all-time goaltender appearances list. Below are the current leaders:
1. Mike Richter – 666
2. Gump Worsley – 582
3. Henrik Lundqvist – 538
Ed Giacomin – 538

WESTERN SHOOTOUT: The Rangers have required the shootout in each of the last two games after being the only team in the NHL to not participate in a shootout in their first 33 contests of the season. The Blueshirts’ 4-3 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames on Sunday at Madison Square Garden ended a stretch of 41 regular season games without a shootout, with their last shootout being on Apr. 10, 2013 vs. Toronto (3-2 SO win). New York tallied four shootout goals in seven rounds in Sunday’s win, tying a franchise record for most goals in a single shootout (3-2 SO win on Nov. 25, 2005 vs. Washington – 15 rounds; 3-2 SO win on Jan. 2, 2007 at New Jersey – eight rounds). Lundqvist is now 46-31 all-time in shootouts, ranking second in the NHL all-time in shootout wins (Ryan Miller, 47 shootout wins).

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derick Brassard – 5 points from 200th NHL career; Michael Del Zotto – 9 assists from 100th NHL career.

INJURIES (67 Man-Games Lost):
Marc Staal (IR – concussion on 12/7, out indefinitely) – 5
Ryan Callahan (IR – sprained MCL on 12/10, 4 weeks) – 3

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Dec. 19 — Recalled J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL); assigned Arron Asham and Dylan McIlrath to Hartford.

Photo by Getty Images.

 

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  1. I still think you should translate all this official stuff to say “Lesstropolitan” and “Leastern”.

    Hope I don’t get blacked out tonight!

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Isles 4th line: Matt Martin – Peter Regin – Eric Boulton

    Good thing McIlbust is spending Christmas in Ho-fort

  3. Good morning boneheads!

    If AV isn’t going to play him, McIlrath is better off playing some games in Hartford. A little surprised they are going with 6 D-men on active roster, unless Staal is ready to come back. Having said that, McIlrath can be recalled from AHL anytime during the Holiday roster freeze.

  4. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Good morning, Boneheads!!

    We win tonight (man, I can’t say that with a straight, convicted face).

  5. NY Rangers are 6-9-2 at home; NY Islanders are 4-13-0 on the road.

    ***

    The unstoppable force vs the immovable object.

  6. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Carpy, saw your note about there being a small crowd in Toronto for the ‘ho-hum’ Coyotes. It’s another bonehead move by the league. The realignment is silly.

    Who wins with realignment?

  7. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    As a season ticket holder, I can’t GIVE the games away against Calgary, Phoenix, Winnipeg. Who in their right mind cares when we play them?

  8. It’s rather depressing to realize that you are playing the Islanders tonight and will get severely out-muscled. It’s not even 9am and ya gotta live with it all day. Stinks.

  9. So we’ll win tonight, right? Maybe it’s time for me to not watch an actual hockey game and take in this Rangers-Fishsticks thing and see how it goes

  10. Stocking filler?

    Read a very entertaining and accurate comparison of Mike “the Mouth” Francessa and Junior Dolan in today’s NY Post by Phil Mushnick. This kind of commentary is akin to a “sport’s editorial page”, great stuff.

    Also interesting how often the word “mediocrity” is being used to describe certain teams!

  11. If both Boulton and Martin are dressed for this game it could actually be an advantage for the Rangers.

    We really have no muscle to match those two so it could result in more PP time for us.

    I would encourage Boyle to offer himself as the usual sacrificial lamb with that unusual fighting style of waving of arms and flopping around!

  12. …Even a bad time is good…Maybe after shocking head shot Hank obtained, he will be able finally collect his mental stability and get back to his wonderful self.(kind of shocking therapy)

  13. However, I wouldn’t bet on that and put CamTal at goal is better choice, considering that King (by his own words suppose to experience some stiffness and bruise).

  14. Perhaps we can agree that the current realignment deal is really the first step to setting up further expansion? You would think adding two teams would be enough, but I saw a rumor that the league wants to add THREE teams, and go to 33, total. That, of course means the league, for purposes of “balance” will be going to 40 teams, adding some European teams, within a decade. What a watered-down travel and quality-control mess that will be.

    You would think with all these washed-out “Sun Belt” franchises, the league would want to contract and market healthy franchises, exclusively. No chance, with TV money running the show. And they are talking adding Kansas City, as one expansion site. Kansas City – where the Athletics, the Kings, and the Scouts picked up sticks, so bad was the support. Only the NFL has remained, long-term in Cowtown, but that would never deter the NHL brain trust, given that KC has a new ~building~, whoop-de-doo!

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

    Injury excuse from Hanka Hanka Burnin’ Love. I have heard that before.

  16. Robby, isn’t the larger issue the fact that consumers more readily accept mediocrity today?

    Whether it’s in entertainment, restaurants or pro sports to name a few?

    The “M” generation! ;)

  17. _isn’t the larger issue the fact that consumers more readily accept mediocrity today_

    More or less. I think its really something must either be cheap or it must require no thought. Why search out a great restaurant (and pay more!!!) when you know Sbarros is like $8 and “eh, its good enough”?

  18. leetchhalloffame on

    Another physical manhandling upcoming tonight. What you gonna do about it Rangers? Uh, nuthin.

  19. Comn, agreed re: mediocrity.

    Isn’t that the goal of all leagues, in general, these days? Competitive balance, level playing field, etc.

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

    _Isn’t that the goal of all leagues, in general, these days? Competitive balance, level playing field, etc._

    Yes. It ruins the integrity of sport.

  21. Does it do the league any better that the newer, small market teams go further in the playoffs instead of the Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Maple Leafs, etc?

    And, it can’t be compared to the NFL, which is popular across the country. Hockey has always had a niche fan base, with passionate fans (we see that here everyday).

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Florida vs Phoenix in the finals is an advertiser’s dream. Imagine what Don Draper could do with that….

  23. _Does it do the league any better that the newer, small market teams go further in the playoffs instead of the Rangers, Red Wings, Flyers, Maple Leafs, etc?_

    Probably not, but if you set up the original 6 and a few others to annually succeed at the expense of 20 other cities, you probably lose franchises. The flip argument could be made that the NFL has overtaken MLB in popularity specifically because there’s no tiering system and all teams can compete. And because its just easier to only follow a team 16 times per year versus 82-162, I guess.

  24. It’ll be funny when they have to lockout again because the cap floor will rise too much, and small market teams will have trouble spending to it.

  25. No way, man. Doc has that “he’s peered in a window” look about him. Objectively good looking for his age, but women would be leery.

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Quebec City, another Toronto franchise and Seattle would make the most sense for a sustainability standpoint but Leafs wouldn’t allow any comp in their backyard.
    That’s a long dry spell in the 51st State’s Hockey Capital – 45 seasons and counting

    Favorite Playoff drought stat: Longest streak without a post season series win…
    The NY Ice Landers (1992-1993)

  27. It is definitely telling that the NY Rangers are second in franchise value to the Toronto Make Believes.

    The league doesn’t have to care about exciting or even Cup wins. Because it doesn’t sell. Two losing franchises are the most valuable.

  28. I need to get something off my chest: At this point in time, DZ is either 2nd or 3rd in terms of defenseman I think should be on our roster next year. I wouldn’t want to be the team that gives Girardi the money he should get, Staal I’d trade out of fear of things continuing downhill, Stralman whatever. Moore is probably #2, for cap hit if nothing else, but if I’m going McD, MDZ and Moore down the left side, I’m pretty happy.

  29. Graves, Kenneth gave you answer for sport’s purists.

    Money always trumps purity!

    Another pov for discussion should be ,where is it written that every American city has a birthright to a professional sport’s team?

    Yes the population has grown but so have the opportunities to view all sports via the media.

    No matter how the concept of dilution is viewed, it remains a version of “light beer” which is another of the greatest scams perpetrated of an easily duped public!

    Bread and circuses, only today it costs a heck of a lot more, and of course money is always the primary objective.

  30. I pretty much agree with that, The Doctor. I would move a “Alt. Capt. Flops a lot” and “The Headless Defenseman” before Del Zotto. But I think that is a minority opinion.

    J. Moore I like because he should he paired with McIlrath when this team gets the balls to call him up again.

    Stralman, as you know, is garbage. If you missed it yesterday: http://bit.ly/19VydmK

  31. Manny, you’ve just given two excellent illustrations of how easily the American public is duped into paying top dollar for mediocrity!

    It’s rampant in society today and will continue to grow because you are inundated with it on a daily basis until you actually start to believe it’s “pretty good”.

    When gas prices go down to $3 a gallon people are actually happy!

    Meanwhile not understanding the entire process is contrived with alarmist nonsense of mysterious shortages and PR from the industry.

  32. When gas prices go down to $3 a gallon people are actually happy!

    ***

    Where are you finding $3 for gas?

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Day after day,
    Alone on a hill,
    The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
    But nobody wants to know him,
    They can see that he’s just a fool,
    And he never gives an answer

  34. I’d probably rather overpay Phaneuf than overpay Girardi, but they will have gaping holes on the right side.

    I think if they could swing a trade for MotZ+ for Franson, that would be the way to go.

    McD – Franson
    Moore – McIlrath
    Staal – FA

  35. Stranger Nation on

    Mr D – agree on Left side; danger as UFA hopefuls are resigning with current teams (Paneuf) so moving Girardi may not be possible given lack of replacements in the market or on the farm.
    Presuming McIlbust is at worst 3rd pair right side, we still have to fill Girardi and Norris if we get rid of them.

    And one more time for the record…

    FIRE SATHER

  36. I hate that yell so much. A few times a year I’ll settle in and think maybe it won’t be so bad, and I’ll survive a few minutes of coverage and the first time he does that on a 45 footer that goes wide I hate myself for thinking it would be ok.

  37. I’ve tried to illiterate the Emrick annoyances. I have failed.

    You have to add his directional idiocy: “I pull the curtains back and across to be drawn back up and out…”

  38. Speaking of, huge upset that Pitchfork didn’t give Kanye the top spot this year. Made me happy, even though they did put him #2.

  39. He is, Gravy, but that was a contentious prior signing. If Toronto sees value in getting Girardi and trying to sign him pre-UFA (and you know they’re the type of front office that would), it could work as a mutual “we’re not selling” move.

  40. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I agree with ILB re playing time for mcilrath, but I just get this bad feeling that that the organization is oblivious to how soft this roster really is and now that teams know you can run hank…sheesh

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Fwiw, I add to Seattle or Portland, QC is a no brainer. I also put another team in Toronto area (Hamilton). I would stay at 32 teams and one of the above listed teams needs to be a relo.

    I just don’t like teams in non “winter” areas. I’d move a handful of teams more north.

  42. Manny is that a serious trade proposal?

    We get an up and coming star forward and the best player currently in the deal Subban.

    They get an injury prone forward making millions,two 3-4 D and a third line center?

    Hmmm. ;)

  43. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I would have moved Staal last year or in the off season (yes to Carolina, I’d rather have Gleason on our blue line than him or ruutu as one of our forwards).

    OPG should be moved somewhere, love to see him as part of a deal to get phanuef here ($$$$ aren’t the same, I know).

    Personally, and I’ve been saying this for a while, the only d men out of the 7 (including Staal) that started the season I have any interest in keeping are mcdonut and j Moops.

  44. I sure hope Sather at least proposed a MotZ for Franson swap. No way it would be accepted, but have to try.

  45. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Gravy
    I don’t mind doc either. I actually like joe m as well. To me, Sam really brings that tandem down (I know he has been around a long time and is well respected) but he just goes off on these crazy those stories a la Harry Carey.

    The other night when someone else called the game with joe (might have been the gnome) I was like wow, joe is decent at this.

  46. Sather Must Go! on

    So, the call for some team toughness was answered by calling up Mcllrath for a game and sending him down; dress Asham for one and cut him; keep Pyatt on the roster; and give MDZ more ice time? All b/c the team squeaked out a win against a bad Calgary Flame team (after they play an OT game the day before) and got a point out of a completely dilapidated Pitt team?

    yeesh.

  47. Wicky, I think Joe does the same things at times (ex. families). I guess I have a soft spot for Sam, and maybe I’m a little jaded about Joe because of JD.

  48. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I keep OPG, brass, Hagar, slats (if Dolan is gone, his replacement probably doesn’t give slats a lifetime job), Boyle (but that one is close, real close and really depends on size on the rest of the roster), and Pouliot.

  49. When Hags is engaged, he is a little terror. Speedy McDuck, and fights behind the net. Feed him protein bars!

  50. I’d keep Sather over Dolan because even if Dolan fired Sather you wouldn’t want him choosing the replacement. He’d probably hire Garth Snow.

  51. I agree with your point on Dolan. It may mean that Sather is around for another year or two, but he wouldn’t have the lifetime warranty.

  52. Sather Must Go! on

    yeah, they are loaded but weren’t the pens missing 5 out of 6 dmen and Malkin.. and they havent play the toughest schedule of late..but, the point is, I hope ‘slats’ doesn’t think all is well at MSG by getting 3 out of 4 points..

  53. Sather vs. Dolan is automatically Dolan as the long-term owner/survivor. Sather is ready for The Sunset Farm, and I am saving a cot for him.

    To me the real long-term issue with the Rangers is getting the club out from under the MSG umbrella. Until then, they will always be step-children to the Knicks, and the college hoopsters, and play their home games on the worst ice surface in captivity.

    And they will always get a fast-shuffle from whomever is Commission of the NBA, along with the TV networks, who perish the thought of a big market hockey team upstaging its in-town NBA rival for success and publicity. How Stern and Co. must have hated 1994.

  54. Ownership is always at the top of the food chain. Ownwership selects management.

    Refer to the Vaccaro interview with Junior for a psych textbook example of someone in a permanent fugue state!

    Nothing will change as long as the dupes continue to fund the Dolan empire.

    Since winning at the game of money is so much more important than some silly cup with a lot of names on it !

  55. Well my arguments against the Nash trade were based on the fact that I didn’t buy the “he’s got more weapons on the team so he’ll score more” narrative as well as I didn’t think he was the elite scorer that he was being made out to be and he was hitting the age where goal scorers start to decline.

    I suppose injuries are part of the decline argument but I never would have predicted his effectiveness would be diminished this quickly due to the concussions.

  56. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JoeM – “doc, your peepers are incredible bug eyes”

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  57. Just looking at the list of hitters, and noticed that most of them are from bad teams. There’s a few LA and Chicago guys there, which is the exception. You don’t want your players leading in hits. It just means they don’t have the puck.

    Of course, the fact that we DON’T have the puck and we are NOT hitting is even a worse combination :(

  58. Stranger Nation on

    steveknj – agree you don’t want 12 guy leading in hits, but on your bottom 6 you want at least 2 guys and at least a Dman as well.
    Ott has a lot of players on the list. Ott is a hard team come playoff time. If they get their goalie situation squared away, they will be very tough in the second season..again – just ask Teddy Roosevelt

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

    _he’s got more weapons on the team so he’ll score more_

    Does he?

    He is averaging .66 P/G this season, having sustained 2 concussions.

    To steal a line in which I am always agitated seeing, *Nash is the least of the Rangers problems*

  60. Maybe we could go straight to shootout both teams get pt battle for 2nd. Save us 2 hrs of watching 2 horrendous teams.

  61. Rangers 1-3-2 in this homestand

    final three games are all winnable, but two of the three could very easily be losses.

    if this team finishes the homestand something like 2-5-2 coming away with 6 of a possible 18 points, does Vigneault have any chance of being canned?

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

    _does Vigneault have any chance of being canned_

    No. If Torts was still the coach, yes. Vigneault is not on the hot seat yet.

  63. Stranger Nation on

    With Nashed Potatoes, have to separate last seasons and this seasons production pre/post concussion.
    Last season: 42 pts in 44 games
    2013 Pre-concussion; 3 pts in 3 games;
    2013 Post-concussion: 9 pts in 15 games

  64. Manny,

    Only saw season 1 by the woman who played the younger version of the maid is unbelievably hot.

  65. Stranger Nation on

    He’s a real nowhere Man,
    Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
    Making all his nowhere plans
    For nobody.

  66. season 1 was ok but it didn’t really inspire my wife and I to immediately start on season 2. may get around to it eventually but yeah.

    also, Jessica Lange is still hot.

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

    Manny,
    It is an anthology series. It is definitely worth watching.

  68. Before season I said what’s chances AV be fired by Christmas. In reality if they lose next three he should be but there is no shot of it happening. Didn’t like the move in June and the makeup of this team from what sather did is a del zaster.

  69. Unlikely scenario – Sather to Dolan: ‘I’ll need about 20 million from you for The Horsie, and another ten for AV, and another 10 for the new coach. Then, I have a new 5 year plan for your consideration.’

  70. ‘We used to have good times together
    But now I feel them slip away.
    It makes me cry to see love die,
    So sad to watch good love go bad

    Remember how you used to feel dear?
    You said nothing could change your mind
    It breaks my heart to see us part,
    So sad to watch good love go bad.’

  71. Rangers have the 2nd lowest home point total of any team in the league (2 points more than the god awful Oilers). This team is practically bereft of talent, and Sather, obviously deserves the lion’s share of the lame for that. But I don’t see much in the way of effort from this team on a consistent basis. Even under Tortorella, the team could look like crap, but you’d see they were trying. This team has not shown up for more games already this season than all of last season. Vigneault deserves the fault for that.

  72. ‘Birds flying high,
    You know how I feel;
    Sun in the sky,
    You know how I feel;
    Breeze driftin’ on by,
    You know how I feel;
    It’s a new dawn
    It’s a new day
    It’s a new life
    For me
    And I’m feelin’ good.’
    And I’m feeling good

  73. Is this the entertainment report?

    If so it’s good to see Michael Douglas has gotten over the “pie” issue and he and Catherine has reconnected.

    As it were!!! ;)

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

    _This team has not shown up for more games already this season than all of last season._

    That is what typical fans say when their team loses. _They didn’t show up_. _They are not trying_. _They don’t want it_.

    They are trying. They do want to win. They are not good enough, at this moment, to win with any consistency.

  75. Miller centering Richards and Pouliot at the morning skate today. Poor guy.

    Kreider and Hags with Brassard. I like this.

  76. Stranger Nation on

    Wilburrrr sliding down the depth chart. how could AV do this? He is our leading scorer! We are doomed…

  77. I continue to be one of the biggest critics of John Tortorella on the planet. There is no disputing that 9 times out of 10, the team showed up to play for him. If you’re seeing anywhere that same level of effort on a consistent basis this season, I and most of the other folks here would love access to the feed you’re watching.

  78. Just ordered my del zaster stadium series jersey for $189 just to be able to have the luxury of burning it when they trade him.

  79. The NSA is prepared to release tapes of the Sather/Junior meetings in the public interest.

    Sather,”Junior about that horn blowing”, unfortunately the rest of the conversation is a little gargled! ;)

  80. ‘Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.’

    Lou Brock

  81. Rob in Beantown on

    I kind of care about the Stadium Series sweaters cause it will be fun to say they suck when they come out and inevitably do suck

  82. Rob in Beantown on

    Considering the stadium series is an abomination, they’re actually not as bad as they could have been. Still pretty bad though

  83. I’m really happy that the Rangers revealed yet another Jersey/Sweater that I will never, ever purchase!

  84. Rob in Beantown on

    Girardi: Hey what gives, where’s my jersey?

    Sather: You’ve been traded to Toronto. Pack up your things.

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

    Those are the worst sweaters ever. Only idiots will waste their hard earned money on those.

  86. Check the video above, doesn’t it appear that AV is dropping weight precipitously?

    Then check those recent bath house photos of Glen and Junior who appear to be candidates for the Fat Boys Platoon.

    This is the picture which describes the Ranger ills and whom is suffering! ;)

  87. Rob in Beantown on

    I can’t wait to wear this *chrome* jersey while pounding *Coors Light* at the stadium series! #not

  88. As if the Rangers are the only team in the NHL that sells crap…news flash: every team in this stadium series unveiled a new jersey. I like the jersey but I won’t buy one. The only place I would ever wear a jersey is at a game and I don’t go to enough of those to justify the price. However, I don’t call one who does buy one a sucker though – they like a team, they buy stuff from that team. Big deal.

  89. I don’t buy Jerseys because they don’t flatter my shape. And they are expensive. And I’m not rich.

  90. Rob in Beantown on

    And I just think it’s silly that an Original Six team with an iconic sweater design needs to put out this silly jersey that looks like it should be the Columbus Blue Jackets or Tampa Bay Lightnings alternate sweaters, for novelty or something

  91. The jerseys are, dare I say, kinda nice and understated. They have a Team USA feel to them.

    Also will not be buying one.

  92. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Grit and passion win you home games, coaching and strategy win on the road (along with grit).

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

    The Chicago Blackhawks *Gritted* and *Passioned* their way to the Stanley Cup in June. They *Outgritted* and *Outpassioned* the Boston Bruins. Crock of *cromulence*.

  94. I know what you’re thinking…2 points in 3 games after 1 in the last 18??? but I just have a feeling he does something more than a secondary assist tonight.

  95. Do you know how I can tell that both of these teams suck? Because I have no clue who will win tonite

    Ya think the NHL wants to kick the Rangers out of the Original Six?

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

    Lloyd,
    That is a bold prediction. Do you suffer from delusions of grandeur?

  97. I was really hoping that the Rangers would release a jersey that was a plain Hanes White V-Neck with “Rangers” written across the chest with a marker.

  98. How could it take you five
    Minutes to cook your grits when it takes the entire grit eating world twenty minutes?

  99. Hello Heads!!

    This cracks me up.

    MILESTONES IN SIGHT: ; Michael Del Zotto – 9 assists from 100th NHL career.

    In sight? Really? April?

  100. eddie eddie eddie on

    deck the harrs with berrs of horree, fa rah rah rah, rah rah rah, rah

    happy horidays from the owner of the Iranders

    Mista wang

  101. eddie eddie eddie on

    JoeM – “you look tense, want a back rub?”

    Doc – “OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”

  102. eddie eddie eddie on

    JoeM – “you look tense, just lay back and shhhhhhhhhhh”

    doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  103. Pierre gets two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct for being all over himself in the bucket between the benches

  104. eddie eddie eddie on

    Pierre – “in 4th grade, at St. Mary’s school for wayward children, I realized that i was going to be special”

  105. eddie eddie eddie on

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

    edzo – “what?”

    doc – “i said Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  106. eddie eddie eddie on

    doc – “my eyes adore you”

    edzo – “what?”

    doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  107. eddie eddie eddie on

    edzo – “seriously doc, your eyes are creepier than Pierre after 2 drinks”

    doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  108. eddie eddie eddie on

    edzo – “we have the best jobs in the whole world, someone pinch me”

    joeM – “not a problem”

    doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  109. eddie eddie eddie on

    Engblom – “you are so studpider”

    JR – “Bite it, you conglomerate”

    edzo – “huh”

    doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “why do I have to work with moronicals like Engblom?”

    Edzo – “that’s not a word”

    JR – “you’re an idiom”

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Edzo – “JR doesn’t have a brain cell in his head”

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  112. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Melrose – “anyone like my hair?”

    Edzo – “yeah, if it were 1982″

    JR – “lol, it’s 2012, not 1982″

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  113. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Melrose – “is my hair oily enough?”

    Edzo – “it’s dripping like wet candle wax”

    Doc – “ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”

  114. Terrible call, but there was a point in my life where I was confident that Hank would stop that. I expected a goal there.

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