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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Friday, Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 22-20-3 (47 pts)
Stars: 20-15-7 (47 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-20-3 (47 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, on Wednesday. The Blueshirts have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games (7-3-2), including five of their last six at home (3-1-2), and rank sixth in the conference in ROW (19). The Stars owned a 20-15-7 (47 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference entering their contest Thursday at New Jersey, and had lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

All-Time: 70-38-22-1 overall (37-18-11-0 at home; 33-20-11-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0on the road), following a 3-2 win on Nov. 21 at American Airlines Center. New York tallied two goals in a span of 37 seconds early in the third period to pull out the victory. The Rangers converted their only power play attempt in the contest, from Rick Nash in the first period. Chris Kreider and John Moore also tallied a goal apiece for the Blueshirts. Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 41 saves, including a career-high 23 saves in the first period.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 1-0 loss on Dec. 13, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Stars, 34-28, including a 13-8 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%) in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots.
The Rangers have won three of their last four games against Dallas, having out-scored the Stars, 11-7, over the span
New York is 8-10-3 at home; Dallas is 11-9-2 on the road
New York is 7-8-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Dallas is 6-6-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Star on its roster: Brad Richards (2007-08 – 2010-11)
Dallas lists no former Rangers on its roster

Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1.99 GAA
Rick Nash – 34 GP, 19-9–28
Daniel Carcillo – 21 GP, 7-3–10
Derick Brassard – 19 GP, 3-5–8
Anton Stralman – 8 GP, 1-4–5

SPECIAL TEAMS: Have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games (12-40, 30.0% over the span), and are 18-70 (25.7%) on the man advantage in the last 21 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season … Is tied for sixth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-2 (3:28) on Wednesday at Chicago. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (32-152, 21.0%), and 21st at home (13-78, 16.7%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), and 0-3 (3:55) when four-on-three (last – 12/20 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-3 (5:17) on Wednesday at Chicago. New York is tied for seventh in the NHL overall (115-136, 84.6%), and ranks seventh at home (52-61, 85.2%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday at Chicago, and are now -3 in 50 four-on-four situations (85:29) 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 (7): 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); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).

HOME COOKIN': The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six games at home (3-1-2), with four of those contests requiring the shootout. New York will play seven of their next eight games at Madison Square Garden.

STREAKING RANGERS: The Rangers have three players entering the contest with three-game point streaks – Brad Richards (two goals, two assists), Ryan Callahan (three assists), and Michael Del Zotto (three assists). Callahan and Del Zotto are also riding three-game assist streaks, with each of Del Zotto’s three assists coming on the power play.

EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 18-2-1 (.857 win%) in those contests. The Rangers are also 11-2-1 when leading after the first period, and 14-1-1 when leading after the second.

BLUESHIRT DEBUT: Daniel Carcillo was credited with two hits while making his Rangers debut on Wednesday at Chicago. He became the seventh player to make his Rangers debut this season, along with Benoit Pouliot, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, and Conor Allen.

BIG D: Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 41 saves, including 23 in the first period, and tallied a power play assist in the Rangers first meeting with the Stars this season. His 23 saves in the first established a career-high for saves in a single period, breaking his previous career-high of 20 saves (Dec. 29, 2010 vs. NJD, Second Period; Apr. 6, 2013 vs. CAR, Third Period). It was also the 14th time in his career Lundqvist recorded 40 or more saves in a contest, improving to 9-0-5 with a 1.39 GAA, .968 Sv%, and four shutouts in those games.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of its last 16 road contests, including four of their last five, and are now 14-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 14 road wins lead the Eastern Conference, and are tied for first in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 19-74 (25.7%) with the man advantage on the road.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Saturday at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had 50 or more shots in a game was Dec. 27, 2010 vs. the NY Islanders (52 shots), and the last time they posted 50+ shots in a road game was Feb. 15, 2003 at Buffalo (52 shots). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 11 of the last 14 games, holding a 490-403 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, including in four of the last eight games, and have posted 30 or more shots in 14 of the last 18 contests. New York currently ranks sixth in the NHL with 32.1 shots per game.

MOORE POINTS: Dominic Moore and John Moore each tallied an assist on Brian Boyle’s third period goal against Columbus on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Rangers had two players with the same last name register a point on the same goal was on Oct. 21, 2006 at Toronto, when Aaron Ward assisted on a goal by Jason Ward.

GOALS GALORE: The Rangers concluded a five-game road trip with a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. The seven goals marked a season-high for New York, and are the most the Rangers have tallied in a game since an 8-4 win on Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo. Additionally, the six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Rangers since a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Blueshirts tallied seven or more goals in Toronto was an 8-2 victory on Mar. 14, 1990.

MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in the last 23 games, with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 11, and has tallied 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in the last 37 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He leads the team in power play points (14), and is tied for the team lead in goals (11), assists (20), and points (31) this season.

INJURIES (82 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 3

Jan. 5 – Assigned defenseman Conor Allen to Hartford (AHL)
Jan. 4 – Acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

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  1. I see what you did there … putting up that photo of THE KREIDER in an attempt to awaken the Pimp out of his slumber …

  2. I see a loss tonight. And an ambarassing one at that. A humiliation, really … with Benn scoring a hat trick and the no-talents being shut out while only having single digit on-goal shot total. They may even forfeit and not come our for the third. Which would be great if it prompted Cigar to finally pick up the phone and trade Poulet out of town.

  3. Wade Redden retired? He finally got the hint then?
    I don’t think he’s going to the HHOF but his agent should be!

  4. Miami, top of the morning to you! It’s the start of the day!! I know about caves…you return to the cave, you’ll miss tonight’s game! Nice to see The Kreider getting some well-earned space on this past week. Will be interesting to see if the Ranger leaders can come out strong 2 games in a row. Based on this year’s pattern, I’m not counting on it, but hoping for it. Coming out of the cave today…temps were a balmy 25 degrees F this morning.

  5. Redden showed great potential and played well for most of his years with the Sens…as usual, we got him on the tail end of his career, over the hill.

  6. Henrik showing signs of regaining his form. Third period and ot of the Columbus game. Third period in Chicago. Can we get 60 minutes?

  7. morning folks! Anyone going to the game tonight, was thinking about picking up a pair of tix off stubhub on a whim since I haven’t been to a game yet this season.

  8. First time I’m thinking Hank is goin on a little bit of a roll. Seems a little hunched forward and jittery hopefully he settles tonight and we start a bit of a streak. I am more nervous about consistent offense and most nervous every night about. Wilbur coming up lame.

  9. I would like to pick up a ticket for Neil young last show at Carnegie Hall on stub hub but @ 1,300 can’t do it.

  10. Good morning, boneheads!

    How they play next two games will be an indication whether they are ready to make a run. I think Hank is ready to take over. At least I hope so.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Heberg – Save your $1300 buy the DVD ($200) Neil Young Archives Vol 1 featuring 9 discus of old concert footage and early career stuff.

    Have seen him many times over the years but personally would rather see him with Crazy Horse jamming out and I would never pay half that amount to see anyone in concert unless they were in my living room.

    Mr. Soul is search for heart of gold it seems.

  12. Stranger Nation on

    That first Dallas game was crazy up and down action. The Devils sleeper hold last night may have put the Stars in a slumber. Combined with a night in the naked city last night and we need to come out strong and be hard on the puck..

  13. just saw carp’s comment on the previous thread about muckler not being able to tell the difference between quintal and lefebvre…

    i vote for a day/charp where carp just sits around and tells us comical stories from the muckler era

  14. Draxen

    My bother in law has my tix for tonite but got the flu. Would you want the pair.

    Section 214 aisle seats row 4.

    $155 for pair face value.

    Email me

  15. If they play with the speed they’ve shown recently and don’t allow Dallas to enter the zone easily and make them work hard it should wear them down.

    The only thing that worries me about this Ranger team at the moment is we always seem to come out flat for the 2nd period, but the 3rd is the polar opposite.

  16. Actually these game scare me.

    Rangers go out on the road and beat THE best team in the west.

    Will they kiss their sister at home tonight, to a lessor team?

  17. I watched parts of the stars/devils game last night. I was not impressed at all with the stars. I can see why they got smoked by the islanders and couldn’t score a single goal against the devils. If the rangers lose to the Stars tonight than in my opinion the rangers are garbage. There will be no more excuses. Stars are not playing well right now and there coming off 2nd game in 2 nights.

  18. I hope *Before* the game *Tonight*. We could really use a nice Power Forward like *Pacioretty*

  19. I like Pacioretty more than Nash because he’s *younger* and *cheaper* and likes *contact* and is putting up *better numbers*.

  20. Carcillo or Miller tonight? Must plan viewing schedule. Can’t watch Carcillo being a Ranger. Just can’t do it.

  21. _This team couldn’t beat the cast of Dallas let alone a Hockey team from the same City_

    According to my mom, the cast of *Knots Landing* was superior to the cast of *Dallas*.

  22. Oh, you know Carcillo is going to stay in. (1) The Rangers won, and AV seems to think that correlates to winning again if you change nothing and (2) Antoine Roussel.

  23. I wouldn’t mind leaving half of that defensive unit in *Sochi* and picking up a few *snubs* instead.

  24. Hmm, no Zuke, no Hank, no Hags…

    basically Boyle, Kreider, Callahan, McD, Step, J.Moore and no goalie!

  25. If the NHL went all American next season but you got to keep you Americans, we’d be in amazing shape. Easy top 2-3 team, I imagine.

  26. What about the cast of *Dawson’s Creek* starring *Connecticut born and raised* James Van Der Beek ?

  27. I think Carcillo stays in – Roussel is his weight-class and AV rarely changes a winning team.

  28. I have never heard of this *Knots Landing* but I just googled Nicolette Sheridan and my day is *that* much *better* for it. Thanks for the booby, booby.

  29. It appears that *Ms. Sheridan* is engaged to, or was engaged to, *Michael Bolton* who is from *West Hartford* in a state called *Connecticut.* He must be a *Whalers* fan.

  30. General Question: Do we trust Zucc is going to be a 50 point guy going forward or, if we got an offer for a more talented but underproducing forward, do we take it. I know what I think, but I don’t know what *the masses* do.

  31. The whole “Michael Bolton is hilarious because he’s so self-aware” thing is circling around.

  32. I had mentioned *traiding* MZA about two weeks ago, but it depends on whether they think he will sign for a *reasonable* deal. I am not sure if he is *arbitration* eligible. If not, and they can sign him to a deal like *Stepan*, I’d consider it.

  33. Keep him, he’s been a big part of the improved powerplay, but he will be getting a decent raise this off-season.

  34. I absolutely love Zucc. Trading him now is very tantalizing because his value has never been *higher*, but I want the guy on this team. I believe he can maintain being a 50 point forward.

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My first celebrity crushes, as a kid, was the 70 year old Joan Crawford, but I like older girls…

  36. Zucc isn’t going anywhere this year.

    He’s the life blood of the Power Play & Shoot Out.

    Who thought he would lead the Rangers in Goals, Asst, & Points. (We now Richie Rich won’t be back next year)

    Give him a 2 year contract. He wants to be a Ranger.

  37. “I don’t want your life” has been playing on repeat in my head for the last 20 minutes or so. Need to *focus*

  38. Well now I sorta do want your life.

    (Luckily its tougher to drink 6 imperial stouts than 6 DIPAs.)

  39. Yard House is one of those places I want to hate because its a chain but they’re usually too solid to hate. I’d kill for one in the craft beer oasis that is North NJ.

  40. Yard house is amazing! Went out to Denver in May and our hotel had one. Needless to say we didn’t go anywhere else for food/drink our four day stay. Food was actually damn good too. Last day there I found out the place is a chain and they have one in *Yonkers* Driving out of there is an issue, though.

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    “Dallas having lost 4 or 5 in a row + having played last night =

    Rangers lose,6-0.”

    Don’t forget Rangers coming off of their best win of the season. 8-0.

  42. Yeah, not many choices in Northern NJ, Mister D. Cloverleaf in Caldwell and Tap House in Wayne are good though.

  43. I search like once a week to see if the internet was just kidding and there really are a ton of options and Cloverleaf comes up every time. I was going to go last week because Maine Lunch was on their list but I called and they said it kicked. I cried and cried and cried.

    (And my whining is stupid anyway. I’m 30 miles from NYC where I can get most anything the east coast has to offer. Living in Boston spoiled me forever.)

  44. You ever have any of the Kane beers, Booby? Have we talked about this already? Kane does some stellar stuff.

  45. What do you guys have against *Session* beers? Keep the ABV low and consume more beer. Helps your carbo load the night before a big workout.

  46. Thanks, The Doctor. Guess I know what I’m doing while my wife is out on Saturday. (If only LW was around to make a nice _Butt Man_ joke)

  47. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    “The gig’s been cancelled, it’s ok Boston’s not much of a college town anyway”

  48. Doodie Machetto on

    I found three Pumkings in my basement from this fall. Accordingly, I am very excited about my weekend.

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Especially since my wife is going out with her friends on Saturday night. Once Doodie Jr. is asleep, I can get to work on passing out.

  50. I love anything from Southern Tier….have you ever had their Warlock?? By far the best pumpkin I’ve ever had.

  51. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m so happy when you dance with me…… this world, there is nothing that I’d rather do….

  52. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    But now….

    There’s a natural mystic blowing the air…..might as well be the last trumpet…….don’t axe me why….

  53. Rob in Beantown on

    I’ve been trying to find some good sessionable beers to enjoy too but it’s surprisingly hard. Mostly because as I get older I really regret multiple 8.0+ ABV beers the night before. But I’ve completely ruined my palette so that anything that isn’t overly hoppy and bold tasting just tastes boring and bland. It’s a problem.

  54. Rob in Beantown on

    I’ve been on a stout kick lately, which is nice because they are lower ABV, but they are also more filling. Not a perfect solution.

  55. I love Kane, Mister D. Possibly in love with them. I’ve tried several varities. Off the top of my head…Morning Bell, Head High, Overhead, Silent Nights, Port Omna…a few others I’m forgetting too. Might be my favorite brewery overall.

  56. I hear you Rob. While not the greatest, I find Founder’s All Day IPA and Carton Boat Beer pretty tasty for a low ABV.

  57. Pretty sure Carton is only local. Founders you wouldn’t mistake for an A++ DIPA and its certainly a bit thinner, but its better than 4 out of 5 IPAs anyway. And cheap. And I think 4.7%.

  58. JR – “it’s only by looking to the western horizon that one can catch the true glory of a sunrise.”

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hide and…

    Especially if they end the book club session and go into naked twister mode…

  60. Doodie Machetto on

    22 oz X 8.6% ABV = ~42oz. X 4.5% ABV.

    Which means each delicious bottle is the equivalent to 3.5 normal beers.

  61. Rob in Beantown on

    I had some *Stone Ruination* the other night. It was okay. Not my favorite. It tasted more like a proof of concept than a beer I’d want to enjoy on a regular basis. Too bitter and not very well balanced. I think it’s over 100 IBUs

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    1940, I only learned of its existence last year, but as yet I’ve been unable to locate it. I’ve heard tremendous things about it, though.

    Best pumpkin I’ve ever had is Schlafly’s pumpkin offering. But I’ve only been able to find it twice in the last 5 years.

  63. Sather Must Go! on

    Full sail (producrs of Session beer) are really good , hard to find though.

    Mister D have you been to Total Wine in Hackensack? Not a bar, but impressive beer(and wine) selection. I think they are opening a new location.

  64. Doodie Machetto on

    I would consider something like that, except my wife would endlessly make fun of me for it.

  65. I love overly bitter and poorly balanced. For real.

    I haven’t been to that Total Wine but have been to others. Wine Library in Springfield is my go to. Not a huge selection, but a really really well done selection. Aside from the macro crap he has to stock, its all well thought out.

  66. Those of you in NYC, have you tried Schafaly yet? Oldest craft brewer in STL and they moved into the city in the past year, I just don’t know where. All of their stuff is really good!

  67. Amen, The Doctor. *Founders Porter* is simply the best Porter on the planet. If you want a great Stout then I suggest *Thornbridge* Imperial Stout.

  68. MD, there is a Yard House that opened in the Palisades Center last year. Not sure how much of a hike it is for you, but it’s about 20-25 minutes from a lot of Northern NJ.

    _OMG my wife is out on Saturday as well! What is this, wife weekend or something?_

    Wouldn’t it be funny if our wives all had their own blog run by a female reporter called Prac?

  69. I do like wine very much.

    I’m down to hang out with husbands. We can talk about our wives incessantly.

  70. YH has surprisingly good food for a chain. I recommend the lettuce wrap appetizers. The burger I had was solid, too.

  71. I also enjoy wine. I have a bunch of wine-related accessories. But, I’m just as happy with a $10-15 bottle as I am with $50.

  72. Doodie Machetto on

    Yeah then maybe we can all strip down and elephant walk ourselves down to the salon for mani pedis.

  73. I’m with Manny – I’m more of a Dark beer. Guinness, Murphy’s, Oatmeal Stout – chocolate milk of the Gods.

  74. Or Schlafly… I never spell it right. But anyways, love that stuff! Their brewery tour is pretty awesome too if you’re ever in STL.

    Seriously my fridge is Schlafly I brought from STL and Finger Lakes wines. Lol

  75. I’m sure there’s a lot better stouts out there, but I still really enjoy a pint of Guinness.

  76. I would totally get a manicure or pedicure if I didn’t have a major issue with people touching around my cuticles. Just typing that made me flex my hands and cover up.

  77. I have had *Several* pedicures actually. *None* of them at the *Orchid Show* unfortunately. I imagine a pedicure at the *Orchid Show* would smell very nice!

  78. Wine cellar stocked!
    Beer fridge full!
    12 Bottles of Scotch
    Cigars – full.

    Poker at my place on the Ranger Table????

    Who’s in?

  79. Well my feet are disgusting and pretty rough. I spent my childhood in the country where I never *ever* wore shoes. So my feet are like one *huge* callous. So my wife *asked* nicely and *Suggested* I do something about it. So, for her sake, I do.

  80. I actually got a pedicure before our wedding. Seemed like as good a time as any. I would probably do it more if it had a “VIP” room where no one would see me.

  81. _I would probably do it more if it had a “VIP” room where no one would see me._

    Go the other way and embrace it. I love doing/wearing s-head things.

  82. Sather Must Go! on

    YH is really god for a chain ;goid tuna for some reason..but for a place with 100 beers on tap Its hard to find a good one or two(at least in yonkers)

  83. Really, Sather? I would have figured at worst they’d have the full Captain Lawrence lineup going.

  84. Doodie Machetto on

    Captain Lawrence does have solid offerings. Nothing spectacular, but nothing terrible.

  85. I like in Parks & Rec when Tom Haverford’s club is one big VIP section with another VIP section in it and yet another VIP section where literally NO ONE is allowed.

    Right. I remember that too, Doodie. I think *BO* was really popular and hip at the time!

  86. I was pretty OK at Hacky Sack. I liked to wear a pair of *Birkenstocks* because their flat instep was very conducive to keeping a good *Hack* going. You could rainbow or Jester easily.

  87. “You want a toe? I can get you a toe. Believe me there are ways, Dude. You don’t wanna know about it, believe me. Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o’clock this afternoon. With nail polish. These ******* amateurs.”

  88. When I was in *Napa* valley and I went to the best cocktail bar on the planet called *Goose & Gander* the bartender let me try a *Rye Whisky* made from Bear Republic beer that was left over one year. It was *delicious*

  89. Yup, Cpt. Lawrence just does good stuff. Would never make the list if I had one week left of good beer, but much like Great Lakes in Cleveland, they’re across the board strong.

  90. Canadian Rye is not actually Rye though, Sioux. American Rye is 51% or more Rye (Primary Grain). Canadian Whiskys are usually 51% or more of Wheat with Rye as a secondary grain. (I think)

  91. Now I badly want to go back out to the *west coast* for a visit. Elite beer is elite wherever, but there’s like 10 elites. The average west coast murders the east. We have better 90s rap, they have better hoppy beers.

  92. The West Coast is the *Best* place for alcohol on the planet.

    Although *North Fork* Long Island has some absolutely terrific wines. We could do a double date out there with the wives.

  93. I don’t drink wine. I didn’t like it before, then I had a really bad episode that forever turned me off. It involves a hot tub and Cancun and nothing cool happening except me getting lost without ever leaving the resort grounds for a very, very long time.

  94. I love wine. It’s absolutely spectacular. People used to drink it instead of water.

    Maybe you should pull your head out of your rump and learn some class, The Doctor.

  95. I guess you will have to pass through here for Baby Buffalo Steak!

    Unless you need a pit stop to hunt, fish, or golf.

  96. Went to a few Winery’s out Eastern LI last summer. Near Sag Harbor I think. Was pretty impressed.

    Beer is so much better though. No comparisonly better.

  97. I’m waiting for the Pliny the Younger schedule for Philadelphia to come out this year. Figure I’m close enough there’s no excuse to not go.

  98. The Dakota’s – not Yuppy. Not at all.

    More wild, wild, west. If that’s your adventure.

  99. My second biggest issue with wine is not understanding why anyone would want a room temperature drink.

  100. Might not be a popular opinion, but I really like the city of Philadeplhia. Love the Rittenhouse Square section. Old City is pretty awesome too.

  101. Yea. My go to beer is anything made by *Anchor Steam* because everything they make is very above average in the price range.

  102. My wife is from Flushing, Queens. She and her family *love* NYC. They think *nothing* even comes close. When I first started dating her I had a shirt that was I <3 NY but the NY was crossed out ( -N Y-) and over it was spray painted *PHILLY*

    That's how much I *love Philly*

  103. I went to school there then lived outside it for the next almost decade and I really hated the city, for the most part. Just a preposterously angry and provincial place. I still hate a good majority of the people, but the food and beer scene has gotten a billion times better since I moved. Pretty much started the transformation the year we left.

  104. And Citizens Bank Park is gorgeous (and has a great beer selection). So nice that the Mets basically ripped the entire thing off.

  105. Also, that very much depends on the temperature of the room! For example, a full bodies, Mature Beaujolais Cru or Grand Cru could be served at 64 Degrees, which I would find to be a very pleasant room temperature.

  106. Maybe my wife just isn’t classy. The red wine here is just sitting in the basement and the basement is at room temp.

  107. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I assure you, do a double blind taste taste with 6 wines, one being 2 buck chuck, along with more “pricey” bottles, and the chuck won’t be the last place choice…

  108. OK Boys.

    Does Carcillo give the Rangers the “energy” boost Avery did when he joined the team mid-season?

    This team needs a spark. Can he be the one that provides it?

    First game in a blueshirt!!!

  109. I had a little chuckle when I seen you put Tostito’s in tonight?

    I’m thinking the Fighting Sioux are going to pull a “Bickel” on him, and knock the rest of his teeth out :)

  110. Rob in Beantown on

    I had to get some *toughness* after Rinaldo got hurt. Look out Sioux, I’m going to goon it up tonight!

  111. Just to weight in here, post getting ripped at the gym, the basement is probably a perfect place to keep your reds chilled since you generally want them stored at 55 Degrees F.

  112. Red Hook Winery is a quality Vineyard!

    There is some deal in Trader Joe’s (the owner) divorce agreement between him and his wife that the vineyards they used to co-own would be sold at Trader Joe’s, under the Trader Joe’s label, at cost. Therefore, Trader Joe’s has some amazing Barolo specifically that retails at $50 a bottle but can be purchased for a few bucks at Trader Joe’s under their label.

  113. The Fighting Sioux have their Captain Back. All my boys are jumping on his back.

    So you get the hits this week, I’ll take the PPP, SOG, FW, Blks.

    I think we will split the G & A.

    Goalies are all MINE!!!!

  114. The Doctor – *PANIC* get your wine out of the *finished* basement and get it into a garage or something!


  115. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I would think the secret is to wear a wet suit. Either that or not go in the tub and say you did.

  116. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, you remind me of a line from the Screeching Weasel song “I wanna be a homosexual.” Not that you want to be one or that there would be anything wrong with it if you did.

    But the line is “why don’t you admit that you don’t have the balls to be a queer.”

  117. Doodie try this one in your lifetime.

    It will be the best sleep you’ve EVER had.

    Spa, wet or dry sauna. For as hot as you can stand it.

    Then to the ice pool, but it has to be one you can leave your feet and arms out. All the blood with go to keep your organs warm. Sit as long as you can.

    Get out rinse your feet with hot water. Your whole body warms up.

    Rest 10 mins and do it again.

    It shocks your system, but it’s the bomb.

  118. Hightlight to the Norwegian Cruise we took to Alaska.

    Was the Spa & winning the Poker tournament :)

  119. The Other Peter on

    Some stuff floating around that we’re looking at Briere as part of Del Zotto deal. Probably fiction.

  120. HAHA. That’s awesome on so many levels Doodie. That just reminds me of Prince’s song _Uptown_

  121. Briere is 36 and he’s signed through 2014-15 season at $4M per year. He makes Gaborik look like an ironman. I wouldn’t want him for free.

  122. Although it would make sense for us to complete the trifecta of big money centers from whatever year that was.

  123. The Other Peter on

    Maybe we throw in Boyle or Miller? Whatever the deal, I could see us checking the asking price on Briere.

  124. Briere is done. $4MM cap hit this year _and next_ and on the outs with little tiny Montreal.

  125. I *hate* Briere. Never sign a single father. They must be treated and demonized the way Single Mother’s have been for decades.

  126. The Other Peter on

    Mister D – we are well under the cap next season before Richards gets bought out. I don’t think $4 million for one more season would be a non-starter is the GM & coach both think Briere is suited to the system. I don’t like the idea but I can see how those in charge would.

  127. Donuts and pal Steps in Larchmont yesterday? If I’d known, would have had them sign my Walter’s hot dog using (special) mustard from plastic squeeze bottle.

  128. I’m Stuck watching my girls last dance routine, at the high school basket ball game tonight.

    Rangers will have to be DVR tonight.

    I’m sure it will be a Barn Burner against Dallas.

    Carp’s favorite “meaningless” games.

  129. Manny I think it’s going to be a 6 on ONION FACTOR tonight.

    Pouliot will get his FF Points.
    Kreider knocks someone through the glass/bench.
    The Piece of Carcillo will toss them just for blueshirts just to wake up the sleeping MSG crowd tonight.

    Benn is fun to watch on Dallas, I wish he was a Ranger.

  130. Hank tonight, we’ll alright, let’s do it.

    “Carcillo makes his Msg debut, for whatever that’s worth”

    Good one, Carp. It’s not worth much.

  131. Would be glad to break down our chances:

    And I’m glad you asked because the key phrase tonight for the no-talents is “breakdown”.

    There’ll be tons of them. From the defense, offense, and from Queen Henrik.

    Breakdowns that will pretty much hand the streaking Stars a victory. A great victory in which they outscore the Rangers by at least a 5-goal margin and expose the Rangers as the mediocre clowns they truly are.

    The only saving grace will be the galactic superstar-level play of The Kreider. But even he won’t be able to save the team from getting blown out in AHL-like fashion.

    You want to spend your Friday night starring bush-league in the face? Then watch tonight’s game.

  132. J.T. Miller on the bench for Carcillo really elevates our skill set. Not that we need any more offense in the first place. Who needs youth?

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