It’s Go Time! … Wilds at Rangers


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Wilds at Rangers.


Happy Festivus Eve! Get the pole out of the crawlspace.

Mercifully, this nine-game homestand is winding down, with tonight’s game against the Wildebeests and tomorrow’s Festivus contest against the Maple Leaves.

Then the Rangers go on the road for five straight … in other words, they will play at places where they might have a shot at winning.

They are 1-4-2 on the homestand to date, winning none in regulation or OT; and 2-8-2 in the last 12 at the renovated MSG. The Wilds have lost three of their last five.

Cam Talbot starts in place of Henrik Lundqvist, his first start since a Dec. 2 loss to Winnipeg and first appearance since relieving Lundqvist against Columbus Dec. 12. Taylor Pyatt is expected to be prucha’d.

The news today is that Marc Staal skated for the second day in a row, and said this concussion is nothing like his previous concussion; and that Dylan McIlrath is to undergo an MRI on a knee injury he suffered in Hartford, to his surgically repaired knee.

Look at the bright side: The last two losses have come against No. 1 goalies, not their backups, and Wilds No. 1 Nik Backstrom starts tonight.

Former Future Ranger Zach Parise returns to play against his former future team, and Mike Rupp comes back to the Garden  for the first time since that franchise-altering deal that brought Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from Minnesota.


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  1. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Let’s get out and wear our POSITIVE ENERGY hats!!!


  2. Sauvigneault blanc on

    Ahahaha – in pregame show they list that Pullout had 9 points in last 12 games (5 goals, 4 asst) and on the season 19 games (6 goals, 7 asst). What are they smoking there??? Last time I checked it’s 34 gp – 4 g, 5a. Tell me about wishful thinking – merry Christmas MSG!!!

  3. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



    LETS GO!!!!

    LETS Go oggog og gog og og gogo gogog !!!


  4. Why is it neccessary to clean the slate?

    If thing are good – keep slate dirty.

    *No clean slate!*

  5. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


  6. Carp

    By the way, nine holes at Shinnecock this morning. 58 degrees, sure. But wet, windy, foggy, damp and messy. Kind of like the way the NYR have been playing lately.

  7. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    YES I AM CARP you bug eye avitar guy …


    Lets go lets go lets go lets go!!!

  8. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Cold? Cold? …yeah right , I just ran 1hr 10min in -29 Degrees Celsious with a wind chill of -37 , now t-thats cold!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO IT IS TIME!!!!!!!

    Lets gog gogog og go gogog gogogo!!!!

  9. Every time I see Ron Duguay, I am forced to remember that he (and Lucien DeBlois) were picked in the draft by the NYR ahead of Mike Bossy…….

  10. Carp

    Needless to say, when the weather turns, or even before it does, you are always welcome to join!

  11. Olga Folkyerself on

    Yeah, I’ve been drinking, Greg. But tomorrow I’ll be sober. You’ll still be deranged.

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

    Do you believe Cooke is a changed man? IMHO, he should not be playing in the NHL.

  13. Stemmer, if it makes you feel any better, Montreal picked Mark Napier ahead of Montreal native Bossy too.

  14. good story about parise..i always thought they overhyped his comment and proves he is a class act with the call to torts.

    now which former ranger / ahl’er gets a hattie tonight? Cullen? he still on minnie? maybe our boys will play some d since hank is out

  15. Papa

    Good call.

    Napier was such an impressive seeming hockey player. Great speed, great style and elan, and reasonably combative for a fairly small player. But not even close to the productive type of player he was projected to be….

  16. oh my… all of those shenanigans about wasting time and the puck is in the back of the net in two seconds

  17. Stemmer – Remember the rationale for bypassing Bossy, by multiple G.M’s in the league, was his porous D. I guess the glut of 50+ goal seasons put that conversation on the back burner. The Rangers had a lot of company re that dialogue on draft day.

  18. Looks like MSG doesn’t want to sell this product anymore. They recognized that it’s just better if the fans don’t have to watch this garbage.

  19. I think the MSG crew want to spare us some pain and pulled the plug or maybe Dolan is playing a prank

  20. Why is it that some basic passes to clear the zone are constantly being poorly handled? Seems like every game on the homestand has had way too many instances of a pass from a dman to a forward, like right there to Richards, where it is just midhandled? Regardless of it being the Rangers, all professional players should be able to handle those types of passes.

  21. Wild play-by-play guys talking about how crappy MSG ice is after today’s women’s basketball and 70 degree weather…

  22. Robby Bonfire

    All true — but the same was said about Murdoch, remember? And when that draft occurred, he had yet to go off the rails. (Or he had yet to snort all the rails). So…..

  23. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win!

  24. lucky enuf to be in lake tahoe. just getting off the mountain to drive and watch the game at a sports bar. we’re already down by a former sabre. second guessing wisdom of my plan

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

    After watching Moore on that goal, calling him a D demeans the rest in the profession.

  26. Bad ice?? Can’t be!! They just spent few godzillian-dolanilian bucks on RECONSTRUCTING the MSG and on brand new pipes!

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

    Zuccarello displaying more skill on that one drive to the net than Boyle has displayed in his entire career.

  28. Imagine if they drafted Or signed Parise? Would have Dubinsky, Anisimov, Erixon, a first round pick last June and No Nash.

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

    _If Zuccarello is so skilled why couldn’t he finish_

    I have been asked politely by Mister Carp to cease the mocking (:

  30. Olga Folkyerself on

    If Falk scored a goal with one second left, would Salmon Joe say “Justin Falk in time?”

  31. That is the kind of play that we’ve been told they want to get put of the game. Zuccarello drops the puck on one side of the net and skates to the other side only to meet Cooke, who leaves is feet and delivers a check to a player without puck which is by then 50 feet away. Not a hockey play.

  32. this justin falk interview might be the worst interview ever by al trautwig… that thing was painful… where did he get those questions from?

  33. Imagine if Benoit Balls Pouliot played this well consistently? I expect a sharp turnaround and a scratch within the next 5 games.

  34. Doesn’t even seem capable of holding a conversation, that should read. Evidently I need some assistance myself.

  35. Radio and TV on, turned up the volume on TV to hear what SalmonJoe had to say, and Joe was talking during a rush, about somebody’s Mommy and Daddy. Bye.

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

    Every organization wants that *cromulence* of Boyle on their team.

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

    Talbot is inspiring confidence in the troops tonight.

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

    _Who’s this guy dressed in Pouliot’s jersey?_

    Not Brian Boyle.

  39. I like how they are playing. Not AV’s system at all but they have had some good stretches here of 8 minutes or more of decent hockey.

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

    _Boyle absolutely embiggens this team._

    Embiggens. YES! LMAO!

  41. Four Wild standing in front of their net watching. Looks like a goal the Rangers usually give up.

  42. Holy Mackerel, Saffire, you mean to tell me visiting teams can no longer beat these Rangers just by showing up and standing around? When the hell did that come from the clouds?

  43. Please,AV, no giving Hags PP time. He would just screw it up by scoring goals in bunches. As professional whiners we cannot have that around here. NO POWER PLAY TIME FOR HAGELIN – PASS IT ON!

  44. to play the least zucc is turning out to be a shrewd deal..not cuz he scored…hes been flying latley and at least is pushing back when others making real nyr money seem content to avoid any confrontation and contact

  45. connect-four!

    Zuccarello needed to improve and he did. He didn’t play like this last year.

    But, I definitely love the way he is playing now.

  46. and imho miller is making a strong case to remain…looks good passes and just finished a big check..and im not a “kids” lobbyist like most of this board…hes doing the right things

  47. What the out of work author say to to the hockey player who wanted to tell his life story?


  48. Rangers skating harder tonight. Not nearly so many rink turns, Hagelin in particular playing good stop-start hockey.

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

    SCORE! Seals the deal! The Star Cam invigorated the team. He inspired confidence.

  50. This win proves nothing without a follow-up performance, but it beats the alternative. And if Lundqvist starts tomorrow on the back-to-back pretense, we’ll know something is rotten.

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

    Their defense didn’t play any better than any other game. Talbot made the saves necessary to keep the Rangers only down a goal and the saves necessary to maintain the Rangers leads. Give him the next start.

  52. 3-1 Rangers, on the even-strength score board. Quite impressive.

    Talbot is winning the job, not that anyone on the bench or in the front office will have the guts to admit that.

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

    Great game by Star Cam. Holey Moley, we have a real goalie. I shall cook him ravioli with a side of guacamole.

  54. Hank is for sure getting the start tomorrow.


    So happy that little Hobbit turned it around.

  55. Rangers are just a different team when Talbot plays. That’s the reality of the situation. Hank looks like his dog just died.

  56. Refreshing to see some of these guys work hard tonight. Give Richards the night off tomorrow. He looked tired.

  57. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on


    This was a solo performance by myself. It’s hinged on everyone being positive! Cheer! Never Boo!!! Positive positive positive!!!

    No more negative talk ever again!!!

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

    The defense wasn’t any better, but the offense was inspired by having a real goalie in net.

  59. Forget the Stanley Cup, Sather is going to lead this team to the Styrofoam Cup! Who wants to drink champagne when you can drink Gatorade?

  60. It’s gonna be – I belive….The Rangers win the Styrofoam Cup! The Rangers win the Styrofoam Cup! The Rangers win the Styrofoam Cup! And they’re going crazy. Matts Zucc just potted one from two feet! The Rangers win the Styrofoam Cup! The Rangers win the Styrofoam Cup. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!

  61. I think the defense was better tonight Kenny. All this talk of confidence of the goalie. But I saw a lot less scrambly panic play from Girardi, Stralman and MDZ tonight.

    This team seems to mirror the mood of it’s goalie this year. Cam=calm, Hank=harried.

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

    Talbot in net settles the nerves of the defense and inspires them to play better. Star Cam.

  63. Stranger Nation on

    New Guard
    Cam can
    Brass in Pocket
    Zucchini – and a child shall lead them
    The Kreider change up – 100% of shots you don’t take, don’t go in.

  64. “If Torts was here Zucc and THE Kreider would be watching this game at home on their couch.”

    What a bunch of crap that is…

  65. not dancin larry on

    talbot plays w win. what a poor business and miscalculated mistake by rather. dolan fails to hold him accountable. let the queen sit with rather upstairs. buy out henrik, keep richards.

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

    _What a bunch of crap that is_

    What a bunch of truth that is.

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

    _Torts made Zucc the player he is? How? By keeping him outta the lineup? Lol_

    Torts made Zuccarello and Kreider the players they are today. Each player vowed to his self to become successful to spite him. That’s how he made them.

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