Sharks at Rangers today (4 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Sunday, Mar. 16, 4:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 36-28-4 (76 pts)
Sharks: 44-17-7 (95 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden (4:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third straight game against a Western Conference opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 36-28-4 (76 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Friday at MTS Centre, in the second game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts are now 20-10-2 in their last 32 games, and 18-7-0 in their last 25 contests on the road. The Sharks enter the contest with a 44-17-7 (95 pts) record to rank second in the Western Conference, and have won their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Mar. 18, at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m.), to begin a three-game road trip.

All-Time: 20-7-3-0 overall (9-3-1-0 at home; 11-4-2-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 9-2 loss on Oct. 8 at SAP Center. The Rangers power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Derek Dorsett and Brad Richards each notched a goal for the Rangers, while Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Derek Stepan, and Anton Stralman tallied one assist apiece. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 22 of 26 shots before being replaced by Martin Biron at 9:19 of the second period.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win against the Sharks on Oct. 31, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with two goals and three points in the contest, while Martin Biron made 24 saves. The victory sparked a seven-game winning streak for the Rangers.
• The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of their last 11 games against the Sharks (7-3-1-0 over the span) dating back to Dec. 28, 2001, and have won two of their last three meetings
• New York is 16-15-4 at home; San Jose is 19-13-3 on the road
• The Rangers are 11-11-0 against Western Conference opponents; the Sharks are 20-6-3 against Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists one former Shark on their roster: Dominic Moore (2011-12)
• San Jose lists no former Rangers on their roster

• Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 2-2-0, 3:09 GAA
• Rick Nash – 34 GP, 17-7–24
• Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-13–22
• Martin St. Louis – 19 GP, 11-4–15
• Anton Stralman – 10 GP, 0-7–7

• The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in the last seven games (20 times shorthanded), and have tallied three shorthanded goals over the span; the Rangers penalty kill is 26-27 (96.3%) in the last nine games
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Ranks fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.2%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00) on Friday at Winnipeg. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (43-220, 19.6%), and 22nd at home (18-116, 15.5%). 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 (8:00) on Friday at Winnipeg. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (170-201, 84.6%), and is tied for eighth at home (80-95, 84.2%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Friday at Winnipeg. 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).

Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in a 4-2 win on Friday at Winnipeg to move into a tie with Mike Richter for the franchise record with 301 career wins. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 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 games). He is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49).

New York has won 18 of their last 25 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 20-13-0 on the road this season, which is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers’ power play ranks fifth in the NHL on the road (25-104, 24.0%), while their penalty kill is tied for fourth in the league (90-106, 84.9%).

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 40 of 68 games this season, including 17 of their last 24 contests, and in six of their last eight at home. New York is 31-9-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

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), 23rd in power play points (19), 28th in assists (33), and ranks fourth among league forwards in average ice time (21:28). St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on Mar. 7 at Carolina, and has now registered 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) over his last 26 games.

Rick Nash notched his 20th goal of the season in the Rangers 4-2 win on Mar. 7 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.

Ryan McDonagh has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven 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.

• Henrik Lundqvist – Is 3-1-0 with a 1.77 GAA, .942 Sv%, and 1 shutout in his last four games, and has held opponents to two goals or less in 13 of his last 19 games (13-5-1, 2.05 GAA, .932 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – Has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games (two goals, nine assists), and 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in the last 19 contests
• Ryan McDonagh – six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
• Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in eight of his last 11 contests (two goals, eight assists), and has assists in seven of his last 10 games
• Martin St. Louis – 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in his last 26 games
• Carl Hagelin – four goals in the last five games
• Chris Kreider – five points (four goals, one assist) in the last eight games, with three goals in the last four
• Brad Richards – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 13 games

• Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• None

• 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. Nash better be up all night worried about his performance.

    we need him to produce…..I doubt we make the playoffs anyway

  2. rangers are done. jackets and flyers will get 2nd and 3rd place in the metro division and the rangers will fight for the 2nd wild card. No way rangers win today, sharks are one of the elite teams. Rangers will get schooled, book it.

  3. Thanks Carp. Maybe Nash needs cianalysis for his performance anxiety Tomb. Not defending him at all, he really needs to pick it up. Dont want him to be Lindros 2. Be a shame if the concusdions have taken him out of his comfort zone. The game is too fast and the players too big to be leery of contact. Sharks should be a good test for us LGR!

  4. Bench Richards for the remalnder of the season….before he gets injured! And what’s with Ovechkin and his girlfriend showing up in the Twiitter section..————–>
    Dont we see enough of this guy on the ice? Would love to know his thoughts on todays referendum…anyway that is neither here nor there….just Prucha Richards!

  5. RangerJHW, It’s not a referendum…its a takeover. Putin is no pussycat, but he’s going to be a prowling solitary cat in the international community after he finishes his moves in Crimea. Sanctions and a new cold war are brewing.

  6. And you do not question Putin if you want to play in the KHL someday…Putin is Stalin without the firing squad…I seriously doubt hockey players have the courage to speak out against what is happening in the Crimea…but you never know

  7. Cally was a bundle of energy and often took over the game when the Ranger troops were looking into the leadership void…he’s about to find out this summer that he’s not worth 7 mils for 7 years, or even 6 mils for 6 years…but he filled an important need on this team…if someone steps up to take this on before the playoffs, maybe they get into the mix. If not…see ya’ next season, and without BR. BR is gone regardless.

  8. Those are great questions Ilb and Wild Places.

    Brooks is an idiot. That happens every single season. It happened with Torey Krug and look how that worked out for the Bruins. Haggerty will not be the only College player signed to an NHL team for the remainder of the season. Guys like Carey Morrison, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Chris McCarthy and Kenney Morrison will certainly find themselves in the same, exact situation.

    Haggerty cannot be sent down but he can be sent *home* with a workout plan. He was one of the best undrafted College players, one who is explosive in goal scoring this season (due to an unreasonably high 26% shooting percentage) and he has a personal relationship with Martin St. Louis.

  9. The Rangers have played well and won some games like this, where they seem certain to get destroyed. It’s teams like the Canes and Isles where they pull out the stinkers.

  10. Sather may think he can capture lightning in a bottle two years in a row…here’s to hoping he has done that.

    And ilb, I did address that in another comment, but my remarks were censored due to the word P***cat…weird parsing algorithms scanning for smut on this blog!

  11. if John Mitchell extended for only 1.8 mil for 3 years why can’t we offer Pouliot similar deal?

  12. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Gee, Mannu, you mean a GM can ACTUALLY sign an extension for a marginal, but important team player BEFORE they get to UFA? You mean, before the relationship is affected by egos and hurt because the GM shows no interest AND then bargains hard with no concern for feelings at the last minute?

    Do you mean that Colorado is showing that it APPRECIATES John Mitchell and what his worth to the team is, therefore signing a FAIR deal both ways well before expiry? In essence, locking him up at a fair value because he appreciates the olive branch extension to him???? Gee, this almost sounds like the Chris Neil deal in Ottowa! Hmmm….

    Ah, didn’t realize that business in hockey could be done in such fashion, living here in NY.

    Seems like good, smart business to me, and apparently to John Mitchell, and most soon-to-be-useful FA’s in the leagues, except here under the most moronic GM’s reign ever.

  13. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    I wonder how many useful players we have LOST because of Sather’s stubborn, dumb, last minute, in your face, negotiating tactics.

  14. bull dog line on

    now we are upset that John Mitchell has signed an extension? I get the feeling that a large portion of the people here would be happy with a team full of 4th liners and goons.

  15. So John Mitchell got Boyle money basically. If the Rangers can lock Boyle up for 3 years at around $2M I really hope they do that. Mitchell puts up more points than Boyle, both are good at face-offs. John Mitchell has never placed in Selke voting though. Brian Boyle has, which makes him one of the top 35 defensive Centers in the NHL.

  16. John Mitchell, this season, is at 49.6% face-off percentage (good for 52nd in the NHL). He’s 283/274 at Even Strength 18/13 on the PP, 31/50 Short Handed, and overall 332/337 (Total 669 Face-offs taken).

    Brian Boyle, this season, is 283/247 at 53.3%. He hasn’t taken enough face-offs to make the top list and get all the breakdowns since Vigneault has moved him to the wing. Dominic Moore is VERY similar at 291/241 for 54.7%

  17. The officiating in this League, especially goal reviews, is putrid.

    Did anyone else see the Kings and Gaborik get robbed of the tying goal in the third period last night? Ref completely blew it.

  18. “…happy with a team full of 4th liners and goons”

    Except Mitchell isn’t a 4th liner, nor a goon.

  19. I’m actually quite happy with the 4th line of Boyle-D.Moore-Carcillo. I think that works quite well. But John Mitchell has turned into a top 50 face-off guy good for 30+ points a season on your 4th line. That’s a player we never should have let go. He’s very affordable.

    Yes, Bull Dog. John Mitchell is a tough cookie. You don’t have to fight to be tough.

  20. Good point, NYR. It should be noted that Mitchell is now playing about 17 minutes a game.

  21. I’m just pointing out that John Mitchell was a guy that fell under the radar, left with very little complaints (you can check the thread from July 1, 2012) and really should have been retained. He’s so affordable and so solid.

    I am VERY happy with this 4th line as currently constructed. I just worry that Boyle is going to walk over years (typical Sather) and we will have a gap on the 4th line.

    As you guys know, I like to build teams (in my head) from the 4th line up.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    D Moore is much better than the former attorney general under Richard M. Nixon

  23. bull dog line on

    he is how I feel about 4th lines Manny,
    the Rangers should be playing only 3 lines, with the 4th spotted. the Rangers have an advantage over most team with there top 9 forwards. every time they put out there 4th line, it gives thee other team a break. you ride your best players. Stepan, Kreider, Nash, St. Louis, Zucc, should all be playing 20 minutes a night. Boyle, and Moore should kill penalties, and play the shift after a power play. you win with your skill players.

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mitchell scored a ton last year…this year fell back to earth…only 9 or so….but the only thing that matters are wins….and the Avalanche are playing good hockey…recent tailspin of late……

    Sharkies are the hottest team in the league outside the B’s.

  25. bull dog line on

    and I know you are going to come at with 4th beat them the last 2 playoffs. to that I say. those 4th lines beat the Rangers 4th line. if the Rangers had played 3 lines, chances are the other teams 4th line plays less, or the Rangers top players get to play against the 4th line, and should beat up on it.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bulldog – normally, I’d concur, but there have been many times this year where the 4th line has been hardest on the forecheck and they’ve contributed on the scoreboard….gotta roll 4 lines in this congested schedule anyway…

  27. Some people look at the 2012 team and try to find the faults of the team and explain why they couldn’t beat the Devils. I’ve heard it all. Fatigue set in. Blocking shots doesn’t win. They can’t score. They just weren’t good enough.

    Well, not counting Mark Messier’s teams in ’94 & ’97, that 2012 was the best Ranger team in my lifetime and there was not one surefire Hall of Famer on it. I look at that team from another angle. The Rangers should have build off that success and not have dismantled and rebuilt the team. There were the best *team* in the East for a reason. They had scoring even though it wasn’t the #1 strength. They were intimidating and tough to play against. They could outwork teams and could come back from any lead.

    Instead of not signing Prust and not signing Mitchell and trading for Nash(taking 4 core guys off the team), why didn’t they just sign Parise and resign Prust and Mitchell?

  28. I don’t know how the Rangers’ top nine has an advantage over other teams’ top nines. must be missing something.

    and teams that have good fourth lines, like Boston, play those fourth lines regardless of who is out there. I’m sure Julien has no qualms about Campbell and Thornton being out played by Richards and or Brassard’s lines, ever.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The bruins 4th line wreaked havoc (as the devils 4th line 2 years ago) regardless of whom the rangers put on the ice…

  30. bull dog line on

    this current 4th line has played better than any recent Ranger 4th lines. no doubt. that doesn’t change the fact that you have to roll your big guys. I would rather have Nash, or Kreider for 2 to 3 minutes more a game than Boyle or Moore.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My brutha – add the 92 ranger team to that list…they were far superior to the 97 team….

  32. bull dog line on

    interesting you bring up the Bruins, they do exactly what I am talking about. Kreici, Iginla, Bergeron, and Lucic all play big minute. while Campbell plays about 11 minute, and Thornton plays about 8. Campbell is of course there big PKer.

  33. ThisYearsModel on

    Wish we had someone with the size and the desire to plant Thornton hard today. Unfortunately, we do not. SJ is better and more skilled than us. Our only advantage is in the net. McIlrath must really not be ready to mot be in NY by now.

  34. bull dog line on

    the 92 Ranger team is very overrated. they were a 1 line team, with very little depth to speak of. if Neilson had played Weight regularly frome the beginning of the season, by the time the playoffs rolled around they may have had a 2nd line center.

  35. bull dog line on

    Chicago does the same thing. they roll Kane Towes, Sharp, and Hossa. big minutes, each of them.

  36. I was nine years old, Eddie. But that was a GREAT team. Turcotte, Amonte, Gartner, Patrick…too bad they couldn’t win with NYR….Loved them

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    4th line has scored some big goals and have helped the team immensely. I really agree with AV’s allocation of TOI.

  38. 91-92 team: Messier, Leetch, Richter, Graves, Gartner, Amonte, Patrick, Nemchinov, Turcotte, Ogrodnick, Weight,King, Erixon, Domi, Kocur, Beukeboom, Broten, Hardy, Cirella, Vanbiesbrouck.

    So, not overrated. Miles better than anything since ’97, including the current group and the ’11-12 team.

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My brutha, you are a young-in…..I have lint in my belly button older than you :)

  40. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    There has not been a SC Champ in recent memory that did not combine playable toughness with talent. The team we have, with current composition is not a real contender.

    Sorry, Bulldog. Disagree strongly.

    4 lines are a must. And some 4th liners are better than others. Our current 4th is the best we have had in a while and the GM should be on top of it now to secure it another year or 3. Letting Boyle go to the deadline without negotiating a new deal is poor planning unless he has another option. However, to this GM, the 4th line has seemingly been an after thought. On well managed teams it is part of the balance.

  41. -Nash- is the man on this team. He is The Guy. And yes, he is also big, bigger than most.

    Unfortunately, he arrived advertised as such, but we know much better now.

    Worst acquisition of a “superstar player” during Sather’s wretched tenure.

  42. Can pens show up at home or is today going to be another debacle with getting no help like yesterday

  43. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    But, players like Prust, Boyle, Neil, are a dime a dozen, aren’t they?

    Yep. Who needs them when we can have Haley, Powe, Asham, Carcillo and Dorsett.

  44. bull dog line on

    loved Ogrodnick, but he was a shell of himself on that team. as was Erixon. Weight barley played. Turcotte was soft and one dimensional. King and Broten were role players, who played way to much. Mark Hardy and Joe Cirella were bottom pair at best. it was a one line team, carried by Messier, and Leetch. proven to not be deep enough to advance.

  45. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    That 91-92 team won the President’s trophy. Must of been a heck of a top line….

  46. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    I agree with that assessment on 91-92. Sather did a great job putting that collection of talent, playable toughness, and almost 4 working lines together with solid goaltending, right?


  47. bull dog line on

    I did not say they did Carp. I said your best players have to play a lot. which is what Boston ( you used them as an example, not me) and Chicago do.

  48. 1-0 flyers. The pens are depleted. Maybe rangers can show desperation like flyers. Yeah right.

  49. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    You didn’t hear from me that this was a SC Finals team. It was a good team that lacked depth for what it takes to win the championship. For NYR, however, it was the best team in decades, with the exclusion of 1994.

    Bull Dog, you are proving your own point. Hmmm….not deep enough, despite the remarkable top line and two ‘d’ pairings…hmmm….

    However, I completely disagree with misuse and overplay with King and Broten. King was an excellent role player who enhanced the team immensely. HIs willingness to protect the elite players is part of what allowed the team to play well in the regular season. If he got a point here or there it was a bonus.

  50. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    We don’t have a top line that compares to the Bruins/Hawks second line much less their top lines…

  51. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Carpy, that’s some esteemed list of ‘role’ players extraordinaire!!

    If I was a GM, I’d fire myself for picking up that basket of atrocity.

  52. bull dog line on

    answer, 8 including Richter. Messier, Graves, Leetch, Nemchinov, Wells,Bueckeboom, and Kocur.

  53. Those eight beat today’s team 7-1. Could just see Nash and Richards begging for extra ice time against Beukeboom.

  54. bull dog line on

    again not my point. your best player have to play. you are telling me about how good Bostons 4th line is, and it does not play as much as the Rangers 4th line. you lose to Carolina because you roll 4 lines instead of taking advantage of being better at the top. and before you say it, I did not say they lost because of the 4th line

  55. Again, I don’t see where the Rangers’ “best players” deserve to play more than they’re playing. at all.

  56. Haggerty doesn’t want to play in Hartford, won’t play here, doesn’t want to finish the last month of his junior year at RPI. Don’t know how to interpret.

  57. If a coach like Torts were here, Richards would not even be playing and Nash would probably getting the Gaborik treatment. Forget getting more ice.

  58. bull dog line on

    I will give you Nemchinov, Carp.
    but it is laughable to say Turcotte was tougher than anybody.

  59. I stopped spending energy hoping other teams lose. If the Rangers don’t get in by winning their own games, they don’t belong anyway.

  60. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Major chunks of that 92 team was traded away, needlessly, thereby building the 94 team. Rangers not only would have won in 94 had Neil not made those moves, but likely would have won another. Weight, Gartner, Amonte, et al. were damn good players. Matteau and Noone did add size and grit I must say however….

  61. Interesting take, Eddie. Neil did make some head scratcher trades in those months before the ’94 Cup. Many of those guys went on to have great careers. Obviously, Weight and Amonte, for example.

    Speaking of questionable trades, I think the Sergei Zubov trade was probably the worst move made by the franchise in the last 20 years.

  62. bull dog line on

    not the Turcotte I watched play Carp. soft player, who could really skate. I do not consider Stepan, or Brassard soft, and Richards was a conn smyth trophy winner. I did he did that while hanging out on the perimeter.

  63. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Wayne Simmonds has more goals than anyone on our team. And you know what? Not so sure I wouldn’t trade anyone on our team (or multiple players) for his qualities. Playable toughness, team player, back and fore checks adequately. No pansification there.

  64. The 92 team lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions who had the most unstoppable player in the game at the time. Pittsburg was favored going in.

    The 2012 team lost to their arch-rival, a team we had soundly whooped during the season and were favored to beat. Plus, we were never really in control of the series.

  65. “Speaking of questionable trades, I think the Sergei Zubov trade was probably the worst move made by the franchise in the last 20 years.”

    Disagree my friend. Hiring Sather was worse.

  66. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    If you have a connection to the Bruins and are watching NBC right now, you have to be chanting:


  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My brutha. The Zubov trade is the second or third worst trade ever. Middleton for the hodge the worst…Dubi, AA, Erixon, picks for Nash the second…

  68. Clearly better in terms of how they’re playing right now and how they look going into the playoffs. Better

  69. bull dog line on

    trading Turcotte, and Patrick, for Larmer. good trade, or bad trade? Weight for Tikkanen. good or bad? Amonte for Noonan, Matteau. good or bad? they added the depth, and “playable toughness” needed to win the cup.

  70. It’s not that the flyers and jackets are better then rangers but scoring goals is a lot easier to them then the rangers therefore they will win more games down the stretch to be 2-3 and forcing rangers into a wild card or nothing.

    Can rangers beat either in playoff series of course but it won’t happen because they both will finish higher.

  71. Amonte for Noonan and Matteau questionable. It worked, so you live with it. Gartner for Anderson awful (blame the maniac behind the bench and a personal bias).

  72. “Dubi, AA, Erixon, picks for Nash the second”

    I still don’t think the trade itself was so bad. I think Sather failed to replace what he lost in those players, and that’s where the decline began. I disagree he could have replaced both of them fully, but even one replacement would have gone a long way, along with replacing other departures (Mitchell, Fedotenko, Prust) with similar players as well.

  73. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – disagree slightly. Rangers led 2 games to one vs NjD 2 yrs ago. They were in complete control going into game 4

  74. bull dog line on

    I happen to think the fact that the Jackets and flyers are hot right now is a good thing. don’t see how they can maintain the pace. Rangers are treading water, and still right there. those 2 team will cool, and the Rangers are do to get hot.

  75. Sather did replace those players though. Remember Halpern and Powe? They were just as good.

  76. bull dog line on

    forgot about the Gartner for Anderson trade. I would take that one back. though you could see that Anderson knew what it took to win. I know he did not score much, but there were plays he made with anger, and toughness that Gartner would not have.

  77. eddie, if that Russian kid hadn’t gone and died on us, we probably wouldn’t have needed to trade for Nash in the first place.

  78. Carp

    Your out of your mind. Make a case of why rather the say it. Half of our top 6 forwards are invisible .

  79. SeeeDubbb, lol. Sather could have signed Burish and McClement that summer with each coming in at less than $2 million per. I think that would have been superb.

  80. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Turcotte Patrick trade I wouldn’t do
    Amonte trade I wouldn’t do
    Gartner trade I wouldn’t do
    Weight trade I wouldn’t do

  81. eric, 14 games left. They will have another streak just like the pretenders from Columbus and Philly are having. St. Louis and Nash will show up once in a while and win games for them. Lundqvist will win a few by himself. Their schedule is soft. They are better than both of those teams.

    There’s my case.

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Latona – I heard that Russian kid went and died on us merely to spite us ranger fans…

  83. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bulldog – if only Brendl and lundmark were as good as advertised. Two high picks that just stunk…

  84. I know you guys will probably hate me for saying this, but how freakin’ great is Crosby?

    How much would you love to have a guy like that once every couple of generations?

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I hate Crosby more than any player in the league. But, man, he is supremely talented…

  86. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Loved nemchinov

    Iginla has been available twice in the last 2 years, just saying!!

    I really think you guys have this toughness thing all confused or are NOT talking about the same thing when you say toughness…

    I’m not talking a “goon” although there are times I would love to have mcgratton in with our softies.

    I’m not talking tough in respect to someone takes a puck to the face and goes back into the game after 40 stitches. We have that, 98% of all hockey players are “tough” in that want.

    I *AM* talking about toughness in the sense of *intimidation*. Physical, tough, intimidation. Intimidation through a mindset of opposing players thinking where is this guy on the ice right now, better have your head up. Orpik, kronwall, matt Martin, guys that will hit you and you know it, phanuef…highlight reel hitters (sorry, cally hit but wasn’t a highlight reel guy).

    Intimidating players that guys do not want to mess with on the ice, lucic. Players that you know if you get a little crazy on the ice they will come after you…prust, Simmonds, clowe, engelland, Neil, bieksa, Wilson…and drop the gloves.

    We have no one with the exception of dorsett (who can’t seem to get into the lineup) and carcillo who seems to have had that mindset shaken out of him by schenn in Philly. So basically we have no one.

    We are soft and lacking in this area badly…and John Mitchell is no where close to the answer.

  87. The thing about Crosby that is so amazing is that no one is even close to being as good as him, IMO. Miles better than everyone. That’s pretty special in today’s NHL.

    So while I respect the guy, I still hope he never wins again as long as he is a Penguin.

  88. Would love to. Have a star number one center. We have Stepan whose a number 2 at best and Nash who has no business being called a star.

  89. I have little use for goons as well, but I like the old time mindset that opposing players were trying to take your lunch-money.

  90. In no way was I suggesting that Mitchell is intimidating. But, he’s a guy that would go into corners, play along the wall, take hits, and forecheck in the dirty areas and knows how to make a pass. He knows how to play the right way.

  91. Morning heads… Philthy will come back down to earth soon… Blues and Hawks are next up for them

  92. @AGrossRecord

    AV says over course of season “some teams improve, some teams fade away” to get to playoffs, must improve. “I think we’re improving.”

  93. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I know what you are saying, I just think we are severely lacking in intimidation areas and Mitchell does not address that.

  94. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    In a perfect world, morph Richards into Lucic and trade Hags forvEvander Kane, and the Rangers win the Cup.

    Book it

  95. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    MAF will never tend for a cup winner ever again. He is shakier than a leaf in late October

  96. Dumb comment by Brooks in today’s post should research Manny o war what’s Haggerty’s personal relationship wit St Louis

  97. Comparing teams from different eras is kind of silly given the changes in the game. I seriously question whether Beukeboom could even play in today’s game with the importance of skating and mobility (see Brock Beukeboom).

  98. That crazy Pens-Flyers series in 2011-2012 was one of the best series I’ve ever watched. Each and every game was just completely bonkers!

  99. Carp @ 1:21. Could never hate you. Crosby is a remarkable player. It would be fabulous to have a player like him on the Rangers.

    But, at least we have -Nash-.

  100. Pens without Kunitz Neal letang Martin is just a avg team

    Figures end with a post.

    Hello wild card or nothing

  101. Beuk was a better skater than some give him credit for. You can’t make those open ice hits without being a good, laterally mobile skater. He would have done fine in today’s NHL. By the way Ottawa said same about Chara when they decided to let him go in favor of Redden.

  102. What I’ve learned this weekend is how important it is for Crosby to have Kunitz. And Malkin to have Neal.

    Pens 4 wingers on top two lines flat out suck

  103. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" HURT Hertl!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Carp , Crosby is good but there no way in hell I want sausage lips on our team!!!! ENEMY!!! When you hurt the Rangers there comes a sort of HATE that runs through my veins. Crosby had done some and as good as he is I never wish him here .Hes good but never wish apoun a star.

    Hertl is going down , SJ slaughtered us and its time to score some goals and pound Hertl into a Biron-retirement plan!!

  104. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Carp – I appreciate your professional distance from this team, but they are NOT finishing in second place, even in this joke of a division. Their situation becomes more dire every day. Philadelphia and Columbus are playing under the same pressure the Rangers are, and they are clearly playing better than we are.

    I didn’t say they are better, they are playing better. That’s all that matters in three weeks. This team lacks the offensive wherewithal, and from a fan’s perspective, lack the fire/desperation I see in other teams.

    I expect several more uninspired losses before this one’s over.

    And to those who say Pittsburgh is a banged up team, let’s see us kick their aasen twice in 24 hours. Never happen.

  105. Carp your 1:21 post ” A WAIST IS A TERRIBLE THING TO MIND” good stuff . Sell it to Weight Watchers

  106. At best, Rangers get in as the 2nd Wild Card. At best.

    If they make it, at best they’ll be swept in round 1, at best.

    This the best i can offer.

    Book It.

  107. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Race is heating up. The playoffs have effectively started. Huge game against a very good team today…

  108. Lot of you guys think I’m wrong about Rangers/Flys/CBJs.

    anybody want to bet a hot dog?

    No, not you, eric. You already owe me about 30.

  109. Carp, it’s me. Sorry to say I’ve soured on this year’s rendition. Don’t like this team much at all right now.

  110. ps, how they’re playing now doesn’t really tell you anything about how they will be playing for the entirety of the last 14 games.

    and, in case you forgot, they beat Carolina, Detroit and Winnipeg, lost on one incredibly soft play in Minny. And yeah, they had that absolute mail-in at Carolina.

  111. Listen I know I am a pessimist but what have rangers showed us this past week to say they will finish 2nd. Don’t show up mail it in Carolina and score another whopping 1 goal in minny.

    They don’t get anything from Nash nothing.

  112. 3-0 caps. Maybe rangers can be desperate like these teams and play like there season is in the line cause it is now

  113. Stranger Nation on

    Playoffs started after Olympic Break, somebody tell the Rangers.
    Oh, wait…a seasoned vet who has been through the wars and knows what is needed will let them know. right?


  114. In genera, I don’t like their effort, compete level, the way they get pushed around and don’t respond.

    Specifically, I can’t stomach -Nash- and Richards anymore.

  115. I don’t disagree on any of that, Papa.

    But at least they got rid of that young captain who never tried to win or compete.

    *but new post.*

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