Blackhawks at Rangers … It’s Go Time!


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Blackhawks at Rangers.


Finally! Ya boys return from the Olympic break with a rugged three games in four nights. They go to Philadelphia for an afternoon game Saturday, then host Boston Sunday.

Keep in mind that every game now could be Ryan Callahan’s last game in a Rangers jersey. The trade deadline is Wednesday at 3 p.m. IMO, chances are well beyond likely that he’s dealt before then. The same could be said for Dan Girardi, though I believe he’s staying.

They have won five of their last six (but haven’t played, obviously, since Feb. 7) and are 14-5-1 in their last 20. The Rangers are, however, just 2-3 in their last five at home, and 14-14-3 at home for the season.

Cam Talbot starts in goal while silver-medal goalie Henrik Lundqvist gets a break (he will start Saturday in Philly). J.T. Miller slides into the lineup in place of Mats Zuccarello (broken left hand). Marc Staal (back spasms) is probable, but a game-time decision. Derek Dorsett (broken leg) is ready to return, but will get one more day at least before he gets back into the lineup.

Corey Crawford starts in goal for the defending Stanley Cup champs, who play their Stadium Series game against Pittsburgh at Soldier Field Saturday. The Hawks have struggled a bit lately, though they were 3-1-2 before sending 10 players to Sochi.


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  1. A gameday haiku …

    Sather, please hold off
    Don’t send our leaders elsewhere
    I will punch your neck

  2. Finally, some NHL hockey!

    That was the longest game preview I’ve seen in a while, Carp almost broke the 3 minute mark!

  3. This is gonna be a rough game I think. No Zucc, No Hank. Talbot is going to have to be at his best.

    A good test to see how good he really is…

  4. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" The boys are Back!!!"...says Greg L. on



  5. Obviously the question of the night is if I’ll have to change my username at some point in the next few days. Which would be a crying shame.

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" The boys are Back!!!"...says Greg L. on


    Thanks Eric for the Center ice info.

    LETS gog gogog gog og go goggo!!!

    RANGERS are in da HOUUWWWSEE!!

  7. Ha, that’s true Gravy. It’d probably carry a bit of a stigma with it in the immediate aftermath of a potential trade, though.

    Just drop the asking price and get a deal done! Although from lurking around here and reading the comments lately, seems like most of yous have resigned to Cally not re-signing. A fool’s hope?

  8. the go time thread is off and running without me? So now you think you’re better than ME, Carp? you think you’re tough. I’ll show you tough. pick anything in this room I’ll lift it over my head.

  9. Ha! Carp’s still knocking some classic, pump-up U2 songs…it’s not metal or anything, but I won’t stand for it =)

  10. Nash must be relieved that he can go back to his no-contact, no-defense style. Less taxing on the body.

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger goal, number 16, the son of e3 and MrD, Derick Brassard. I predicted he’d get the GWG

    *i see dead people*

  12. Hope JT doesn’t look good enough to trade for a 38 year old with an NTC and a desire to come to NY only.

  13. Rangers just did something Team USA couldn’t do for the final 6 or 7 periods of the Olympics.

  14. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" The boys are Back!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Nash killin penalties ….looks like hes playin D…hmmmm

  15. Good evening all! And welcome back LGR hockey!!!

    I am too beat to watch and post tonight, but will be here in spirit and look forward to catching up.

    Carp, stop talking about those trades!!!

    fyi, here’s something for you all to feast on….I for one, will be a new DWTS view this season :) though to be honest, not sure even I am thrilled with this idea…sigh

  16. Nash played a pretty good two way game when he first got here. It would be nice to see more of it, maybe we will?

  17. Anybody else not getting the game on the NHL network? I am in New Mexico but see no reason why it’s not being broadcast. Gamecenter says it’s blacked out here yet NHL network is showing NHL on the Fly. Very frustrating. What gives?

  18. Stranger Nation on

    F sharp – someone should crack him in the face. Gave Miller a cheap slash on the leg

    Only penalties on the Rangers this period???

    yeah, right. Have another donut

  19. According to Joe, Brandon Saad can really skate. I would hope so because he plays a game in which skating is required.

  20. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" The boys are Back!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Nice to see Nash killing penaties. Looks like AV was watching the olympics.

    Like I said iMister D , You’ll see a new Nash. He wants to win .He wants the puck. So far Ive seen him with a pritty nice DEFENSIVE stick check. Looks like backchecking to me too!!

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    GREAT period Carp!!! Ok ok the layoff minus Zucco ..we are not the same BUT heyyy wesa playn the ChuMps!!!

  22. Zooook!

    ‘We’re not worrying at all
    We just listen for his call
    “Here I come to save the day!”
    That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way.

    When there is a wrong to right,
    Mighty Mouse will joint the fight
    “Here I come to save the day!”
    That means that Mighty Mouse is on the way!’

  23. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Fran Healy is the worst. I was so glad when SNY fired him from the Mets games.

    What a buffoon.

  24. For $5,000 dollars, which Sweet 16 is going to be on Dancing with the Stars and maybe even making mama boudreau a little bit? sigh

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This is when Brassard takes over. Look for #16 to score his second of the game next shift.

  26. Actually I mentioned it to a couple of guys I work with today. They never heard of it.


  27. Nick Kypreos ? @RealKyper

    #RedWings #Penguins #Rangers interested in Kesler. No shortage of offers starting 2 come in for #Canucks. I’m leaning towards a trade by Wed

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Be more worried with Bieksa on Pens – doubt kessler is going there – do they need another center

  29. Callahan will be staying beyond the deadline. As for the next season, I am unable to speak to that.

  30. @RealKyper

    #RedWings #Penguins #Rangers interested in Kesler. No shortage of offers starting 2 come in for #Canucks. I’m leaning towards a trade by Wed

  31. A lot of us thought a few days ago that the Rangers can’t replace Callahan if he leaves. I know I did. This Kesler thing came out of nowhere. Well, you can argue that Kesler is somewhat of an upgrade over Callahan.

  32. I’m pretty certain this is a 0-0 game if the Rangers had any other 3C in the world but Brassard. This game is LITERALLY his win so far.

  33. Actually, I like what Carsillo is doing on ice so far – he fits perfectly on team’s 4th line.

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Marty St. Louis, Susan St. James, and Jill St. John for Bob Barker, Ma Barker, and Len Barker

  35. Nice to mention that for MSL it was 26th and 27th… not bad, hah? Still not sure if it would be adequate trade?

  36. lol, Chicago doesn’t know that #19, when pressured, will throw the puck anywhere. This time, it was to a face.

  37. Stranger Nation on

    Marty St. Louis, Grover Cleveland and Kermit Washington for Inspector Callahan, Colonel Clink and Captain Caveman

  38. Rollie Fingers, Nails Dykstra, and Knuckles Nylan for Rick Ankiel, Jonathan Toews, and a can of athlete’s foot spray.

  39. Kesler great 2 way center however you need to hold your breath every shift injury waiting to happen

  40. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Alexis Texas, Minnesota Fats, and Flo-rida for Joaquin Phoenix, Buffalo Bob Smith, and Angelica Huston

  41. Where in hell is the whistle on that play? You can’t see the puck, you blow the damned whistle.

  42. Stranger Nation on

    So we are not signing the two players leading our team in hits?
    1 – Girardi
    2 – Cally

  43. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Mama – The actor who played Mr. Kruger (Daniel von Bargen) attempted suicide in 2012 but survived.

  44. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Carp – too bad Boyle and Rozsival hadn’t fallen into a pile with Tom Poti and Marek Malik.

  45. wow!! rangers came way to close to blowing that game with less than 1 minute left in the game, jeez.

  46. Stepan with the play of the game (other than that save with a second left) and no assist yet?

  47. Talbot came up huge with the game-savers at the end. He put the previous goal behind him quickly.

  48. The Canadian Gold Medalist bags the GW goal to complete the regular season sweep of the Stanley Cup Champions.

  49. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Rangers continue where they left off. So Sather trades Callahan and Girardi? I guess he can’t stand Rangers success. Gut ’em again, Glen.

  50. I also want to vote for Ulfie’s suit. It reminds me of one in my parents’ closet. my jpg’s and jpg’s sister’s mom said jpg’s and jpg’s sister’s dad wore it in the 60s. he wants to get rid of ir.

  51. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" The boys are Back!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Nash is the first to get off…Cally comes on in his place.

  52. Professional NHL hockey again! Yippee! Ranger squeak one out, Yippee! Cam comes up big again, Yippee! Phlythies whipped by San Jose, Yippee! Callahan and Girardi signed for 5 mils…ooops.

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  54. Just when you think you have gotten past all the ‘must win’ games, the coach says “boys, every night from here on in is must win.’

  55. Girardi, on ice for both goals, 5 blocks, 4 hits. Callahan 3 blocks, 2 hits. Combined 41+ minutes. No points. Anyone feel good saying we absolutely win this game without those two but with “replacements”?

  56. How about that double snow angel by Girardi and McDonagh at the end, Girardi way out above the left circle?

    *new fresh clean slate, grab it.*

  57. Stranger Nation on

    Our D played well, top to bottom – shut out one of the top offensive teams until 12 seconds to go in game.

    Tough to say if we win this without Snow Angel or Dirty Cally. Hypotheticals are never cut and dried. Very troubling to get rid of the two players leading the team with hits and replace them with skill but no sass.

    Girardi had some monster hits along boards during game. Not open ice, highlight reel type, but jamming Chi-town forwards on to their arses.

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