Rangers at Wilds tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MINNESOTA WILD
Thursday, Mar. 13, 8:00 p.m. ET
Xcel Energy Center – St. Paul, MN
Rangers: 35-27-4 (74 pts)
Wild: 34-22-9 (77 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 35-27-4 (74 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Tuesday at PNC Arena, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts have registered a point in 15 of their last 22 games (14-7-1), and are 19-9-2 in their last 30. The Wild enter the contest with a 34-22-9 (77 pts) record to rank seventh in the Western Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday, Mar. 14, at MTS Centre (8:00 p.m.), in their third road game in four days.

RANGERS vs. WILD:
All-Time: 10-5-0-0 overall (5-2-0-0 at home; 4-3-0-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Xcel Energy Center. New York is 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 victory on Dec. 22 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers power play was 1-2 (50%) in the contest, while their penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%). Derick Brassard recorded a game-high, two assists, and Carl Hagelin tallied the eventual game-winning goal. Cam Talbot made 24 saves in the win.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road), following a 3-2 win on Mar. 27, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center. Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 11:23 of the first period, and Ruslan Fedotenko notched the game-winning goal with 6:23 remaining in regulation. Ryan McDonagh led all skaters in scoring with two points (two assists) in the contest, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the win.
• The Blueshirts have won four of their last six games against the Wild, including three of their last four
• The Rangers and Wild have been separated by two or fewer goals in 12 of their 15 meetings all-time
• New York is 19-12-0 on the road; Minnesota is 22-7-4 at home
• The Rangers are 10-10-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Wild are 12-9-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists three former Wild on its roster: Justin Falk (2009-10 – 2012-13); Dominic Moore (2006-07 – 2007-08); Benoit Pouliot (2006-07 – 2009-10)
• Minnesota lists one former Ranger on its roster: Mike Rupp (2011-12 – 2012-13)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. WILD:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 2.76 GAA
• Rick Nash – 33 GP, 13-14–27
• Brad Richards – 19 GP, 7-15–22
• Martin St. Louis – 16 GP, 3-6–9
• Dan Girardi – 7 GP, 0-4–4

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Rangers power play is 5-24 (20.8%) in the last eight games
• The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in the last five games (13 times shorthanded), and have tallied three shorthanded goals over the span; the Rangers penalty kill is 19-20 (95.0%) in the last seven games
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Ranks fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.7%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (4:29) on Tuesday at Carolina. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (42-213, 19.7%), and third on the road (24-97, 24.7%). The Rangers are 6-17 (8:07) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (7:06) on Tuesday at Carolina. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (163-194, 84.0%), and ninth on the road (83-99, 83.8%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (0:54) on Tuesday at Carolina. The Rangers are now -1 in 74 four-on-four situations (116:48), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (7): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh); 3/7 at CAR (Nash). Four-on-four goals allowed (8): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Henrik Lundqvist registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 career regular season games). Lundqvist is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49), and is one win shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories.

ROAD WARRIORS
New York has won 17 of their last 23 contests on the road, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 4 – Feb. 7. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, marking the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season. The Blueshirts are now 19-12-0 on the road this season, which ranks second in the Eastern Conference and is tied for fourth in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers’ power play ranks third in the NHL on the road (24-97, 24.7%).

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 38 of 66 games this season, including 15 of their last 22 contests, and in five of their last nine on the road. New York is 30-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis made his Rangers debut on Mar. 5 vs. Toronto after being acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. He is currently tied for eighth in the NHL in goals (29), 16th in points (62), ninth in power play goals (nine), 22nd in power play points (19), 28th in assists (33), and ranks fourth among league forwards in average ice time (21:32). St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on Friday at Carolina, and has now registered 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) over his last 24 games.

NASH-UP
Rick Nash notched his 20th goal of the season in the Rangers 4-2 win on Friday at Carolina. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season since his rookie year in 2002-03 (17 goals), and is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive games on Mar. 5-7, to become the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17-19, 2007. McDonagh has also tied Brian Leetch’s single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season.

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA, .944 Sv%, and 1 shutout in his last three games, and 14-6-2 in his last 22 (2.21 GAA, .927 Sv%, 2 SO); Has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 18 games (12-5-1, 2.05 GAA, .932 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in eight of his last nine contests, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the span, and has assists in seven of his last eight games
• Derek Stepan – nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last seven games, and 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in the last 17
• Ryan McDonagh – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
• Martin St. Louis – 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in his last 24 games
• Brad Richards – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 11 games
• Dominic Moore – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• Mar. 12 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ryan Haggerty
• Mar. 5 – Acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2nd round pick in 2014 and a 1st round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Acquired Raphael Diaz from Vancouver in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)

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  1. We need two points and Richards to stay healthy..given a choice..I would have to take the latter for the balance of the season…right Slats?

  2. I’ll be happy if they show up, literally. Heard all offices closed up in Minny yesterday due to snow storm. Imagine this also affected incoming flights. That could be the saving grace? Not sure I want to watch the disintegration of this team. Will AV sit BR? And as others have noted, when will MSL arrive from Tampa? Stay tuned, same time, same station, same result?

  3. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© on

    Remember when Callahan was cheap?

    CURRENT TOTAL: $45,330,976

    1 Scott Gomez $7,357,143
    2 Chris Drury $7,050,000
    3 Jaromir Jagr $4,940,000
    4 Henrik Lundqvist $4,250,000
    5 Martin Straka $3,300,000
    6 Paul Mara $3,000,000
    7 Marek Malik $2,500,000
    8 Brendan Shanahan $2,500,000
    9 Michal Rozsival $2,100,000
    10 Petr Prucha $1,600,000
    11 Fedor Tyutin $987,500
    12 Dan Girardi $750,000
    13 Tomas Pöck $667,500
    14 Stephen Valiquette $617,500
    15 Blair Betts $615,000
    16 Ryan Callahan $575,000
    17 Colton Orr $537,500
    18 Ryan Hollweg $512.500
    19 Jason Strudwick $500,000
    20 Nigel Dawes $496,333
    21 Andrew Hutchinson $475,000
    22 Sean Avery RFA
    23 Marcel Hossa RFA

  4. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Bring back Dawes, Valiquette, Orr, Malik, Gomez……and a $575K Callahan!!!!!!!

  5. Matty"DissapointedInCallahan"Boy on

    Oh….and….you know…when Callahan’s $575K was mentioned, I did not imply/mean/belittle/try to hurt those earning less. I realize there are people that work 2 jobs and don’t get to earn that, either.

    Not sure if Callahan goes to the islands and stays at nice resorts, or anything.

  6. How is it possible that goalies and the league thought it was OK to play without a mask?

  7. They probably didnt appear as assets on a balance sheet back then or have agents trying to sell their image rights!!

  8. Good morning, boneheads!

    Time to get back on track. Interesting tweet by Linda Cohn about MSL possibly putting in good word for Ryan Haggerty —->

  9. Maybe Haggerty can get st.louis to play for the Rangers, payback for Marty doing him a solid

  10. ThisYearsModel on

    Great picture CARP. Those were the days. The Wilds play it tough and they have talent. This game will not be easy even IF the Rangers decide to show up.

  11. Terry Sawchuck’s face has such a high *metal factor* that it could be on an album cover!

  12. Remember when an opposing coach could call for a stick (curve) measurement and did?

  13. If you look close, you can see that Villemure is wearing a mask. Used to love Brad Park. And that’s Stemmers passing the puck (Pete Stemkowski).

  14. If there is a *metal* band out there named Face Annihilator then they *need* to get on that.

  15. LMAO! I just googled Face Annihilator and apparently it’s a super potent strain of marijuana.

  16. I found out that there *is* a metal band named *Prostitute Disfigurement* so that’s a huge plus for this week.

  17. Rob in Beantown on

    Plus goalies stood up more so their faces were usually above the net and above where most pucks would go. Now that the butterfly is the norm goalies get their whole bodies in the net, inclduing their faces

  18. The Wild are tough at home 22-7-4. This won’t be an easy game even if they show up.

    Hopefully the MN boys show up and light up the score board, Marty gets a hat trick, and Talbot is cool-calm-collected in his shutout tonight.

    Parise bobblehead night tonight. The one year I can’t get to the game, they have to make it a Parise night.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    Didn’t Jagr get penalized in OT at least once because the opposing coach called for a stick measurement

  20. Rob, stick measurements used to be a lot more common. I remember seeing it at least 2-3 times a season watching Ranger games. I can’t remember the last time I have seen it anywhere. Are sticks curved less these days? Is it a product of them not using wood sticks?

  21. Mister D – I’m not sure how fall west this tri-state area stretches because there is another one at the Delaware River NJ-NY-PA, but it only goes as far east as Fairfield County, probably.

  22. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    ANYONE WITH 2 EXTRA TICKETS FOR SUNDAY’S GAME, PLEASE EMAIL ME @ lormatt@aol.com.

    My 16 yo daughter thanks you in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Sticks are still subject to measurement by opposing coaches with 2 minute penalty if guilty, 2 minute bench minor if the accusation proves wrong. I surmise this isn’t demanded anymore is that there are myriad illegal sticks on both sides. Torts, on the PK, had his guys using loooong, probably illegal sticks.
    One day, some coach, if he’s sure of the infraction, will make the call late in an important game and get a 2 minute PP. Wonder if the officials still have access to any measurement devices these days.

  24. Terry Sawchuk.

    Can you imagine Dorsett and Talbot engaging in “horseplay” and Talbot dying? Except Sawchuk was at that time considered possibly best goalie of all time.

  25. Alcohol was definitely involved.

    Story was they were having a friendly wrestling match on the lawn in Long Beach.

    I guess Stewart put him in the sleeper hold.

  26. Today’s *Metal Selection* is one of absolutely *epic* proportions. This is *Death M etal* at it’s absolute finest. For those of you that enjoyed *Cannibal Corpse* making a brief but memorable appearance in _Ace Ventura_ you will thoroughly enjoy this album for it is the *real* deal.

    The band *Prostitute Disfigurement* took many years off between albums. They laid low, as many *Death Metal* bands tend to do, for years. But, this year, they dropped their latest album _From Crotch to Crown_.

    Perhaps their most melodic album to date, although it’s hard to tell, this album is just “big as the bulding” sonic death.

    Stream it here: http://testing.solodallas.com/wp-content/gallery/flickrgtrs/70sg1.jpg

    I would recommend beginning with the track _Glorify through Cyanide_ which is about the Jonestown Massacre.

  27. I will sign for 3 of 4 pts next two nights. At least we better get a split otherwise fall out of a playoff spot.

    No more lethargic efforts. Need results

  28. Richie given “maintenance day” off yesterday. Guess he’s recovering from diarrhea of the mouth after his Cally comments.

  29. People love to talk the poop about Lebron or Richard Sherman or whoever, but if you want the archtype entitled athlete, our boy #19 has you covered.

  30. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    oH, man, Coos. Richie must be taking Imodium multiple times a day. He’s got some bad dribbling coming from his mouth.

    And, that’s our future captain???

  31. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Anyone see the articles that a Knicks fan is trying to get rallies held outside MSG to protest ‘Dolan’s meddling in the team’ and the ‘lack of quality’????

    True story.

  32. For those of you who might have missed it, from Larry Brooks:

    “There hasn’t been much of a change at all in the dynamic,” Brad Richards, an alternate captain since joining the Rangers at the start of the 2011-12 season, told The Post on Tuesday.
    “Off-ice, there are some [housekeeping] issues that we have to make sure are being taken care of, but as far as the team goes, we have enough guys here who are comfortable with taking a leadership role and understand what that means,” said No. 19.
    Callahan was for the most part a lead-by-example captain rather than a master orator, so it’s not as if the Blueshirts must confront a void in their time of need.
    “Things that have to be said will still get said,” Richards said. “I’m not taking anything away from Cally, but he was pretty young and not that vocal.
    “It’s not like he was 38 and had been in the league for 18 years, so everybody was looking to him to listen to what he had to say,” Richards said of the 28-year-old Callahan, a seven-year veteran who was in his third season as captain. “We have other guys here who know what to say and when to say it.
    “I don’t want to make it sound like we don’t miss him. What he did on the ice, you can’t replace. It’s just that nothing is really going to change in the way we approach things in the room.”

    nypost.com/2014/03/12/rangers-no-leadership-void-minus-callahan/?

  33. I wish I’d missed that altogether. Why are we even treating the guy who had to be scratched in the postseason because of soft and disengaged play like a leader? And if he is seen as a leader, how screwed is this team? I’m moving slowly from “I hate Richards as a hockey player on my favorite team” to “I hate Richards”.

  34. A real leader wouldn’t throw a former teammate (let alone former captain) under the bus like that.

    Turns out the biggest piece of Carcillo on our team isn’t actually the guy who has the name Carcillo on the back of his jersey!

  35. Richie says Cally “wasn’t really very responsible in the defensive zone.” :)) (joke)

  36. “I’m older and one time I won a stanley cup, I should be the leader now, guys. Everyone let me lead. Ok. If they ask, I’m the leader. Guys?”

    [goes off and pouts, probably to Boomer Esiason]

  37. But seriously, I really, really hate the change in terms of the face or faces of the team. Callahan-Dubinsky types all day over Richards-Nash types.

  38. “Mister D

    But seriously, I really, really hate the change in terms of the face or faces of the team. Callahan-Dubinsky types all day over Richards-Nash types.”

    That’s because Dolan loves the big name players. This has Dolan’s stench written all over it. This is why as long as Dolan is the owner of the rangers/knicks these 2 franchises will never win a championship.

  39. While I agree that I dislike the face of the team, when we had that face (cally dubi) we bemoaned lack of scoring players so there is that.

  40. I don’t even think I buy that Dolan knows big hockey names from small hockey names to pretend hockey names.

  41. _While I agree that I dislike the face of the team, when we had that face (cally dubi) we bemoaned lack of scoring players so there is that._

    If I love my shirt but want better pants, I don’t trade my shirt for new pants.

  42. _Mister D, he doesn’t know any names but he likes big name star players._

    “Brad Richards? Wow. Now there’s a guy who will sell tickets!”

  43. or should I say over the hill star players or past there prime star players or not worth the money star players.

  44. This blog apparently respects prostitutes, Manny. You might have *offended* people.

    I loved the Ace Ventura connection you made in there.

  45. Coos – the B Ballers haven’t won a title since they had that Fighting Sioux player playing for them.

    It might be a good idea to bring him back. He has WON 11 Championship rings :)

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    Anyone have a list of all of the end of season undrafted college UFAs that have been signed over the last few years? I feel like most of these kids don’t really pan out. The only one I can think of that is a real player is Danny Dekeyser.

    Rangers are 0-1 (Gilroy) with two incompletes (Allen/Haggerty).

  47. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Glad we are going to Minnesota, the one place in the US that has good non pro hockey.

    Best college hockey in the nation easily!

  48. Boy if Richards is the leader of the this team, and they game he had on Tuesday. The Rangers might as well put an *automatic* flush on the toilet.

    Right?

  49. Wicky there is NO BETTER WEEKEND in college hockey that SIOUX/GOPHER weekend.

    It’s even better than RANGER/FLYER nights – which are my favorite.

  50. Krug and Kreider worked out ok.

    Haggerty may not even play. He might get sent home. It’s just logistical that he’s with the team since he was signed after the deadline.

    If we wanted someone to join the team there was an option at C and one at D

  51. Since Slats is burning draft picks, now he’s chasing undergraduate, undrafted free agents.

  52. Haggerty’s shooting percentage this season at RPI was over 26%. That might explain his surge in scoring.

  53. Doodie Rangers have St. Louie.

    He wasn’t drafted. He was signed by Calgary out of college.

  54. Girardi was an undrafted free agent. He didn’t go the college route, but he was signed in ’06 from the London Kights OHL team.

  55. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I’m also talking about guys who are being signed as soon as they finish a collegiate season. St. Louis finished school, had a pro tryout (Ottawa?) and then played in the minors before latching on with Calgary.

    I know there are plenty of undrafted guys, both collegiate and junior, who have had a ton of success. I’m curious about this one particular type of player, as it has become very fashionable in the past few years to sign them. Gilroy was the first big hype one in recent memory because he also had won the Hobey Baker and the national title. Although, I’m pretty sure he graduated, and didn’t leave school early.

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    Girardi, even having gone through junior, still was an offseason acquisition. And even then, his contract was a two-way AHL contract.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    I remember we signed Gilroy to a pretty big one way contract. 2 years at like 1.9 mil or something close to that. For a guy who had never even played a professional game.

  58. Teams that have burned too many draft picks often seek this kind of player out to compensate. Sometimes you get lucky. I wish the kid well.

  59. Wicky: It seems like AV wants to move Hags down to the 3rd line and move Pouliot up for net presence on the 2nd line. I think that’s the plan.

    I guess he doesn’t want Dorsett and Carcillo in the same linup.

  60. Stranger Nation on

    Andrew Gross @AGrossRecord
    Brad Richards named Captain of NYR. Marty St. Louis named Head of Tri-State Scouting.

  61. Doodie Machetto on

    Ugh, two names at the bottom make me feel old: Jake Chelios and Alex Krushelnyski.

  62. Doodie Machetto on

    coos, my worry is that unlike draft picks, these guys burn one of your 50 contracts the moment you sign them.

  63. Dorsett’s been dealt a nasty hand. Bet they offer him up off season and sign CarBomb to 1.2, saving 800 grand. So much for giving 100% every shift. I’d rather see him with an ‘A’ rather than Richie Rich.

  64. I read that after the deadline the limit on contracts is lifted. So signing Haggerty means nothing except we burn a year of his ELC and we can either send him home to work out or keep him with the team.

  65. ThisYearsModel on

    Woot.

    Torts’ coaching has turned a Presidents’ Trophy-winning team into a squad that has won just six of the 26 games it has played this year. And his moral-sapping decision not to play Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic must have every player questioning his commitment to any of them.

    GM Mike Gillis may need to go too, but Torts must go now.

  66. Gillis in a tight spot. Jettisoning Torts is an admission of faulty judgement in hiring him in the first place. Maintaining the status quo might mean Gillis goes and Torts stays.

  67. I don’t see how you can fire Tort in this situation. They are obviously going to focus on a rebuild and getting younger and Tort is a perfect coach for building youth into a legitimate hockey team. Then they will fire him and get someone to coach an uptempo style.

  68. Doodie Machetto on

    Not for this season Manny, that’s correct. But it does count towards the 50 as soon as we hit the offseason at the same time when LTIR stops and guys in the minors come back onto the books and the cap goes up 10%.

  69. Rangers might want to look into Morrison. He looked pretty good last week against the Sioux.

    Even though they split the series, he pulled a McD on the Sioux, and pretty much shut down the line he was playing against.

    He skates better than McIlrath already :)

  70. Doodie Machetto on

    Latona, I’ve tried. I’m not having much success.

    I don’t see Vancouver firing Torts. I see them firing Gillis and giving whomever the hire as GM the option of firing Torts.

    It’s like when we fired Torts but not Sully. They brought in AV and let him decide what to do with Sully. When Torts got hired in Vancouver and asked for Sully, it made it easy for him to go.

    Poor Sully. Talk about going down with the ship. After our conference final run, he was being eyed for a couple of head coaching spots. Now I doubt he can even latch on anywhere as an assistant.

    I mean, he’s a lousy assistant coach, but I still feel bad for the guy.

  71. I don’t know much about those guys but I like Morrison and McCarthy as a fit for this team based on their descriptions.

  72. If Vancouver fires Tort then they have nothing. No identity, no direction, no anything. That would be an epic setback.

  73. Maybe if Richie got rid of that A, he would be light enough to keep up with his linemates.

  74. Micheletti with torn Achilles. Maloney to TV with Sam and biron to radio with Kenny Albert.

  75. As someone said previously, Dave is super honest on radio, tends to be more party-line on TV. Dolan probably doesn’t own a radio.

  76. I love Maloney in the booth. I wish Cable sync’d with the radio so I could have Kenny & Dave call the action.

  77. Maloney (on radio) is the closest thing to Carp that we can get. Put Carp in the booth and we would get the straight, unvarnished skinny.

  78. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Re Vancouver

    I believe it was the owners that pushed for the torts hiring, not gillis. Which puts gillis in a more precarious situation IMO.

    Re dorsett

    Put him on the msl line and sit Hagar, simple.

  79. Dave, on TV, abhors fighting. On radio, he says he wishes someone on our team would seriously knock the smirk off Marchand’s (and others’) lips.

  80. Joe’s doctor: “You have very muscular thighs.”
    Joe: “Thank you for noticing.”

  81. agree on Vancouver. If the owner forced Torts on Gillis, then it’s Gillis who’s in more trouble. Though Torts should be fired soon or after the season for some of the crap he’s pulled this season.

  82. It’s too bad about Micheletti’s achilles. Great hockey family. Tremendous thighs.

  83. *Vattnet Viskar* is playing at St. Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn on March 30, 2014. Anyone want to go?

  84. Still time to bail out of work, and catch a Ranger/Wild game. I wonder if I could talk the wife into it :)

  85. Great shot of Gilles Villemure and Park. Anybody know who 21 was. One smart dude with the head gear

  86. Question: How many of St. Louis’s goals were scored with Stamkos in the line-up

  87. I have an awesome photo of Stemmer on my wall at work. It’s even autographed by the Alternate Capt.

  88. What’s extra funny is that, when I was out on Monday for my Birthday (as per Mrs. Manny’s orders), my co-workers made little birthday hats and pasted them on the heads of all the Rangers in the hockey photos on my wall.

    It’s really awesome!

  89. @moniquelam7 Way to go!!! The US sled hockey team advanced to the Gold medal game. @usahockey #TeamUSA #heroes #inspiration

  90. Wild coach expects a tough game tonight. Alain Vigneault coaches the Rangers, so expect to see the Canucks’ old system. That means lots of pressure, players in your face, defensemen jumping up in the play. Yeo said the Wild must be prepared to move the puck quickly and to make quick decisions.

    I don’t picture the Rangers as “that” style.

    Do you?

  91. They are pretty nice, Doodie. I will post a picture of it at some point when I get it onto twitter.

  92. Vattnet Viskar at St Vitus will be a helluva show people. Manny is pushing the good stuff on you.

  93. *Booby*: On Twitter I said something about that show and said “WHOS COMING WITH ME” as a Half-Baked Reference. The only response I got was from *Vattnet Viskar* saying “us”

  94. LOL…

    You’re twitter followers need to up their *metal* factor if that’s the only response you got.

  95. ThisYearsModel on

    Why would anybody embrace a coach that diminishes the skills and srengths of the players on his roster in favor of a system. Even Captain Kangaroo in St. Louis has adapted his system to his talent. In NY, Torts had little talent until the trades started bringing it in. Then he successfully stripped Gaborik of his mojo by benching him in favor of Brandon Prust and Jody Shelley. I thought he did OK with the younger players (except THE who he still hates), but I sure thought this Vancouver thing would be a disaster because of his approach vs. the players they had. He would be a good coach for a team like Florida, but surely not a vet laden squad like Vancouver.

  96. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    We don’t need no stinkin’ first or second round draft picks. We got Haggerty. We’re good.

  97. i don’t think Torts HATED
    THE
    so much as his specific d zone system
    was the polar opposite of what
    THE
    was in college and he didn’t have the patience
    or a system during regular season for him to fit in until
    THE
    did show more in the d zone.
    Torts lived with those deficiencies out of desperation in the playoffs
    and
    AV is much more patient in part because he knows he has his players working a different more uptempo system

  98. Kristo line mate last year got a couple game with Calgary last night, and gets his 1’st NHL goal.

    Too bad Danny couldn’t get the call to play his first game in MN tonight.

    Can’t imagine how much fun that would be?

  99. On the Vancouver situation. I was listening to the XM NHL channel (HNIC Radio) and they mentioned that both Gillis and Torts are on the FIRST year of five year contracts. Tough to let them BOTH go and eat all that money. I bet they both get another year and they’ll blame it on the injuries.

  100. Talbot’s numbers are REALLY good this year.

    11-5, with 1.75 GAA & .938 SV%

    I’m thinking the Rangers win tonight!

    Can they pull off another 3-2 win like they did 2 years ago.

    I buy 2 tickets next to the bench, and sit right next to Biron, and scalp a ticket for a Buddy $50 cheaper than what I paid for mine. Boyler, Gaborik, and Feds got the goals.

    I wish I was going tonight.

  101. There is one catch: Carp forgot to mention that the entire game review has to be done in *Latin*

  102. “Leonard guesses that it could be a swap of Hagelin and Chris Kreider with Kreider playing with Richards and St. Louis.”

  103. I don’t know, looking at the past 15 Hobey Baker winners the Gilroy signing doesn’t look that bad in comparison. What is surprising is that the are supposed to be the ‘Top NCAA Hockey Player in the Nation’….

    2013 – Drew LeBlanc – Undrafted – 2GP 0G 0A 0PIM – Currently in AHL
    2012 – Jack Connolly – Undrafted – Playing in SEL
    2011 – Andy Miele – Undrafted – 14GP 0G 2A 11PIM – Currently on Phoenix
    2010 – Blake Geoffrion – Predators 2006 Rd2 #56 – 55GP 8G 5A 34PIM – Currently in AHL
    2009 – Matt Gilroy – Undrafted – 225GP 11G 37A 67PIM – Currently in AHL
    2008 – Kevin Porter – Phoenix 2004 Rd4 #119 – 206GP 29G 26A 60PIM – Currently in AHL
    2007 – Ryan Duncan – Undrafted – Playing in Germany
    2006 – Matt Carle – San Jose 2003 Rd2 #47 – 584GP 39G 212A 191PIM – Currently on Tampa
    2005 – Marty Sertich – Undrafted – Playing in Germany
    2004 – Junior Lessard – Undrafted – 27GP 3G 1A 23 PIM – Retired, last NHL game 2008
    2003 – Peter Sejna – Undrafted – 49GP 7G 4A 12PIM – Currently in Swiss league
    2002 – Jordan Leopold – Anaheim 1999 Rd2 #44 – 649GP 66G 144A 272PIM – Currently on St Louis
    2001 – Ryan Miller – Buffalo 1999 Rd5 #138 – 545GP 288W 186L 1T 2.59GAA .916SV – Currently on St Louis
    2000 – Mike Mottau – NY Rangers 1997 Rd7 #182 – 321GP 7G 51A 164PIM – Currently in AHL
    1999 – Jason Krog – Undrafted – 202GP 22G 37A 46PIM – Currently in SEL

  104. Carp can you list what players are buyout option for each team and list what each team has used either of their buyouts or if they still have 2 . Knowing if they are not used this year they are gone .

  105. 2007 Ryan Duncan :) lead the Sioux in Scoring.

    Toews & Oshie were his linemates. He got a lot goals from the bottom of the circle playing with those two.

    I went to the Frozen Four that year, and my ride up the Arch was with a writer that had a vote. He voted for Ryan, for his achievements on and off the ice. Knowing that he probably wasn’t going to be an NHL player. He was a VERY good college hockey player, but as we all know he wasn’t the best player on his line. But his stats were.

  106. Doodie Machetto on

    “2010 – Blake Geoffrion – Predators 2006 Rd2 #56 – 55GP 8G 5A 34PIM – Currently in AHL”

    Incorrect. Geoffrion has retired due to injuries sustained in a game (depressed skull fracture).

  107. Blake Geoffrion is actually working for the Columbus Blue Jackets as a Pro Scout now.

  108. Mentioned last week that I wanted to see Kreider with MSL. This could be really good for the team.

    MSL stands in close proximity to Kreiders azz, ergo (Latin!) he’s afforded the best possible chance of being able to remove Kreiders head from said azz. Perhaps especially in the defensive zone, which would carry lots of value.

  109. You’re right, my bad. Either way, his last season was in the AHL where he played more games than in the NHL.

  110. Doodie Machetto on

    When my dad texts me, random words are capitalized. An example from this weekend:

    “Good Morning. I hope All is well. can u help me load the SAW on to My Truck?”

  111. Wifey out with friend tonight
    Looking forward to a quiet, romantic evening alone watching Rangers Gone Wild

  112. Thanks for the laugh FG!!!

    Getting ready for Parise Bobblehead Night @ the XCEL!

    Good luck being one of the 1’st 2,000 peeps.

  113. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    LETS GO!!! LETS GO!!! GOTTA WIN THIS ONE!!!

    LETS GO!!! LETS GO!!! GOTTA WIN!!!!!!!!!!

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