Rangers at Senators tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Tuesday, Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 36-29-4 (76 pts)
Senators: 28-26-13 (69 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 36-29-4 (76 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, in their third game against a Western Conference opponent in four days. The Blueshirts are now 20-11-2 in their last 33 games. The Senators enter the contest with a 28-26-13 (69 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Mar. 21, at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back road set.

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
All-Time: 34-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 20-15-3-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at the Canadian Tire Centre. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Jan. 18 at Ottawa. The Rangers out-scored the Senators, 3-0, in the second and third periods. The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-4 (25.0%) in the contest, while the penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three points (one goal, two assists), while Rick Nash, Brad Richards, and Mats Zuccarello each tallied a goal. Cam Talbot made 29 saves.
Last Season: New York was 0-2-1 overall (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers and Senators were separated by one goal in two of the three contests, including one game decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts had eleven different players register a point in the series, with goals from Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Ryan McDonagh. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .933 Sv%.
• The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games at Ottawa (8-3-1), including wins in seven of the last 10 on the road against the Senators
• The Blueshirts and Senators have been separated by one goal in five of their last nine meetings, with three of those games ending in the shootout
• Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 29 of the Rangers’ last 31 meetings with Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
• New York is 20-13-0 on the road; Ottawa is 13-13-6 at home
• New York is 13-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Ottawa is 8-7-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Senators on their roster
• Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 11-14-3, 1 SO, 2.08 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 15-28–43
• Brad Richards – 39 GP, 15-13–28
• Derek Stepan – 12 GP, 4-7–11
• Marc Staal – 20 GP, 0-4–4

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in the last eight games (21 times shorthanded), and have tallied three shorthanded goals over the span; the Rangers penalty kill is 27-28 (96.4%) in the last 10 games
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Ranks seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.9%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Sunday vs. San Jose. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (43-223, 19.3%), and third on the road (25-104, 24.0%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Sunday vs. San Jose. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (171-202, 84.6%), and sixth on the road (90-106, 84.9%). 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 Sunday vs. San Jose. 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 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).

ROAD WARRIORS
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 third in the NHL on the road (25-104, 24.0%), while their penalty kill ranks sixth in the league on the road (90-106, 84.9%).

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 41 of 69 games this season, including 18 of their last 25 contests, and in seven of their last 11 on the road. New York is 31-10-0 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 10th in the NHL in goals (29), 19th in points (63), 11th in power play goals (nine), 25th in power play points (19), 29th in assists (34), 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 27 games.

NASH-UP
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.

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in six of the last nine games. He leads the Rangers and ranks 15th in the NHL in average ice time (24:41), and ranks second on the team with 116 blocked shots. McDonagh 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. He has also tied Brian Leetch’s single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season. McDonagh is tied for fifth in the league in shorthanded goals (three) and sixth in shorthanded points (four).

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his last 20 games (13-6-1, 2.00 GAA, .934 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 3-2-0 with a 1.61 GAA, .947 Sv%, and one shutout in his last five contests
• Derek Stepan – Has recorded a point in eight of the last 10 games (two goals, nine assists), and 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in the last 20 contests
• Ryan McDonagh – six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games
• Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in eight of his last 12 contests (two goals, eight assists), and has assists in seven of his last 11 games
• Martin St. Louis – 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in his last 27 games
• Carl Hagelin – four goals in the last six games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career
• 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. Sioux-per-man on

    Early bird gets the worm!

    Tomb you must have the night shift :)

    Marty comes out of his shell tonight!

  2. Can’ t let up on the effort….need 2 points..played a solid game against SJ…same effort tonight brings a W….wont even mention #19…because at this point his presence/health is the responsibility of AV and Slats.

  3. I’m liking this 2 week period between your clocks and our clocks moving an hour forward. An 11:30pm start is much more UK-friendly on a school night!

  4. Pre-game note: “Rangers lose to Senators … how badly? Tune to this blog at 730 tonight to find out!”

  5. Tonight’s the night we officially leave the playoff picture.

    And that MSL extends his goalless streak.

    Very much worth watching.

  6. I am not sure about the playoffs, but may determine whether I watch the rest of the season’s games…some fight in your game, please, guys….and send that horse out to stud.

  7. Matty"UnbelievablySoft"Boy on

    Richards plays so well tonight is offered the extension, the ‘C’, and the interview. He claims himself King of Hockey.

  8. I agree with one thing here
    Chris Neil is gonna beat the pish out of someone tonight.

    NEIL before Zod!

  9. Tampa has been ahead of us all season, same with the Habs, now 5 points up and TB has a game in hand. We have been living in a false notion that we are a top team in the east when reality tells us we are a boarder line playoff team that had a hot steak before Sochi. We are poorly put tougher with lack of grit……do we have lack of heart as well? Next couple games will tell.

  10. Someone mentioned using our one remaining buyout on Nash. I’m wondering if there are any scenarios that make it possible to get rid of two albatrosses instead of only one?

  11. This team played well for about a 20 game period when their power play was clicking.

    Other than that it is the usual chase the last playoff spot.

  12. Buyout Richards and trade Nash for a first rounder. Give Callahan what he wants to come back which he will. Let Stralman walk since he doesnt want to be here and has been stinking it up anyway, bring up McIlrath and get him up to speed.

    Oh and fire Sather. Must be the worst GM in history and we are stuck with him. Maybe bringing in Phil Jackson is the signal that Dolan is willing to do something differently, though I suspect Sather IS his Phil Jackson in hockey.

  13. So it’s a problem that Callahan wasn’t vocal but it’s cool that Richards’ mouth is the only part
    Of him that’s produced anything on or off the ice in months. I’m so over the BR era..

  14. You know Manny, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar…someone ought to tell Slats that

  15. Offer Richards to the Islanders and buy out Nash..wait, the islanders are still a franchise right? Ok yeah offer them Richards.

  16. I like that, James. That should be the motto of this organization.

    _Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar_

  17. Playing Ottawa is hysterical. They are so much tougher than the Rangers. Tonight we can see how Physicality is useful against Speed.

  18. Stranger Nation on

    This team is now the exact opposite of the squad just 2 seasons ago with only one similarity. They both couldn’t score. At least that team had jam, b@lls and heart.

    Will the fans care enough to boo the ‘stars’ half hearted effort?

  19. Obama must be taking his lead from the Rangers on Crimea…some grit and fight in your game, and get the job done pleeeeese!

  20. Good morning, boneheads!

    Is it a coincidence that their PP started to sink ever since MZA came back from his broken hand injury and hasn’t been as effective in terms of his shooting and passing?

  21. Manny watching this team play Ottawa is like watching the ghost of the ’11-’12 team come back and kick their own butts..

  22. Eddie I’m sure if they lose 1-0 it won’t have anything to do with their effort level..per Nash.

  23. If the these Rangers are the complete opposite of the 11-12 team, maybe they should stop ordering tuna on toast at Monks.

  24. Robby Bonfire on

    Looking at “recent transactions” I notice that coming in is 38-year old MSL, and going out are Callahan, J.T.Miller, a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick. Not much future in that, but if you like the past I guess you’re in clover.

  25. *Technically*, chicken salad is not the opposite of Tuna. Salmon is the opposite of tuna because the salmon swim against the current and the tuna swim with it.

  26. Robby Bonfire on

    Re Dolan and the Knicks Phil Jackson upgrade vs. the Rangers stuck in the mud with “The Slats,” – don’t we know that the Knicks are Dolan’s team, and the Rangers are Dolan’s tax write off?

  27. Working on a children’s book…let me tell you a story about a cigar chewing buffoon who worked as a general contractor for 1,000 years in New York. The buffoon who couldn’t build a house all his life. one day he finally started to get it, built a solid foundation and instead of moving on to the frame work decided he wanted a foundation like the house next door instead and just ripped up what took him years to build. And the fans…errrrr I mean the people who were supposed to move into the house slept outside for the rest of their lives and died from exposure one winter while dreaming of the beautiful homes out on the west coast…THE END.

  28. Manny,If you’re like me and need a solid calorie injection for lunch next time you go to a pizza place order a breaded chicken cutlet hero with melted mozzarella and alfredo sauce. You’d be shocked how good of a combination that is.

  29. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Today’s *METAL* selection comes to us from Vancouver in the form of a band called *Anciients* I refer to them as *Heavy Metal* Allman Brothers because their guitarist clearly digs the sweet, soulful riffs of Duane Allman. Consider this band *Progressive Metal* but with a leaning towards the *Rock N Roll* motif.

    Their most recent album *Heart of Oak* hits hard, _Via Pitchfork_ “At its best, Heart of Oak is immediate and electrifying, an album that suggests Anciients’ half-prog, half-pop metal is bound for big stages.”

    Available on YouTube for your listening Pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VPkxD5yglg

    If you like the lighter side of life I suggest the instrumental track _For Lisa_

  30. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Sounds great, James. I really do enjoy a nice chicken cutlet sangwich.

  31. I might have to check out those good ol Vancouver boys Manny. Is Torts in the band? I feel like he would be a great *metal* frontman.

  32. I was at my daughter’s music class and another dad was there wearing a Rangers shirt.

    “So, what do you think of the trade?”

    “I hate it.”

    “Right? Me too.”

    Its official, everyone in the world hates this trade.

    (Also, for some reason “saint louis” came out of my mouth rather than “san loo-ie”. I don’t know why. Is this what being single is like where you analyze all of your mistakes?)

  33. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    It’s what being married is like, Doc. You care what other men think of you because they are your only hope for fun.

  34. True Manny, thanks to 24/7 and all the various press conferences throughout his career, we know that Torts has a thing against microphones.

  35. But that’s what doesn’t make sense, Manny. I consciously avoid most other parents out of fear of getting stuck with one I don’t like trying to be my friend.

  36. Funny thing about that sandwich- a co worker of mine who also owns a pizza place came up with it by accident he placed a quick order that got lost in translation with his cook who doesn’t understand English very well. Turned out to be awesome

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    You’re the only one..the only one. I love the things you do. Ahh, you’re my best friend

  38. Rob in Beantown on

    SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Oswego are in the DIII Frozen Four in Maine this weekend. Anybody going to Maine to watch?

  39. Doc – too funny. I’m on the Beach with the wife in St. Thomas a couple of weeks ago. I have my Ranger t-shirt on the beach, I’m smoking a Cigar out on the pier. A guy walks up to me shaking his head, and says “I USED to HATE you guys with a passion….. will you take a picture of us.”

    He is from Philly :)

    I laughed, told him I’m from North Dakota, and that we have hometown boy playing on his team.

    Small world of hockey fans.

  40. Or just pick one close to MSG :)

    Our hotel is with in a couple of blocks, not sure what the wife picked out.

  41. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lack is whack, great attack, tick tock tack, talking smack, white or black, Roberta flack, Jill and Jack…. Of hearts, easels and charts, whole parts, super marts….

    Boyeeeeeeeeeeee

  42. Lack is whack, worse than Halak, back in black, black on black give me a heart attack, don’t smoke crack, in Battlestar Gallactica they say frak, lack of toughness sad sack…

    Boyeeee!

  43. He went on his 11 in a 11 streak the day after I got him, but has been relatively smelly since.

  44. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy is hip, mouth on lip, sunk yo ship, captain Trip, screen on a blip, tulip, Robert Fripp, end or tip, lash and whip, chocolate chip

    Boyeeeeeeeeee

  45. Tonite all about two pts. I don’t want to hear any crap on here about they played well, goalie was hot, showed heart, etc etc.

    Too many positive optimists trying to always spin it. It’s a results driven league especially now.

    That said I got my playoff invoice. Shocker. Listen to this. I pay 76 per seat reg season game(granted don’t go to most) .

    1st round 120 per seat
    2nd round 136 per seat
    Conf finals (give up draft pick to Tampa) 176
    Cup finals 270

    44 more dollars a seat for 1st round for a organization that flat out sucks. Maybe Nash that bonafide loser can pay my extra 44

  46. Doodie Machetto on

    I really dislike Richards, not just for his play on the ice, but for his talking to the media. He’s got an opinion on everybody, but never says “wow, I’m a grossly overpaid anchor that just absolutely kills my team every single night. Also, I have terrible horse teeth.”

  47. Stranger Nation on

    Nash likes Cash,
    money he will stash
    Doesn’t like to bash,
    worried about whiplash,

    By the net, not very brash
    scared to get a smash
    more of a miss than a mash
    One more Sather crash

    Mellow like on hash
    if hit, he won’t lash
    fear of getting a rash?
    won’t be gone in a flash

    Nash with the big Stash of Dolan’s cash, boyeeeeeeee

  48. Doodie: Its because you can tell he thinks he’s already earned it and doesn’t have to keep earning it. I hate him.

  49. The rangers fall into same crap as there opponents. 2 games in hand jackets who have Carolina 2x and isles this week. Flyers 2 games in hand hard schedule but CAN SCORE.

  50. What chances blues win cup anyone. I bet blues at 15-1 odds before season while in Vegas for work in July.

  51. Doodie Machetto on

    It’s the two games in hand by teams that are playing better that worry me.

    We are going to be in the wild card race and Detroit worries me.

  52. The funny thing is I would like matchup on jackets or flyers head to head in 2vs 3 however getting into that spot I don’t see it.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    Blues need somebody else to take care of LA for them. Then I’d say they have a good chance.

  54. Yeah, they controlled their destiny most of the year, but now, with 13 games left, they don’t.

  55. All nine teams in the Leastern playoff picture play tonight.

    From Zip:
    As of this morning, the Rangers have a 71.1 chance of making the playoffs, according to SportsClubStats, a probability website that updates daily.

    If the Rangers get two points against the Senators tonight—in regulation, OT or shootout—the odds rise as high as 79.4 percent. Gaining just a point drops them to 69.5

  56. Doodie Machetto on

    I’m not sure I like us against the Flyers over 7. We would have to dispose of them quickly, because they will absolutely pound on us over the course of the series.

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    Only Dolan could hire the best coach in NBA history to not coach.

    Maybe he can get Scotty Bowman here to do some player personnel work.

  58. Stranger Nation on

    Scotty Bowman is the good analog for Jackson as he ended a excellent coaching career to go in management. Last couple of year was advising his son Stan, GM of Chicago.

    Not saying Jackson will have the same success with Dumbassen Dolan in the mix…

  59. _Dolan reminds me of a pedophile. Anybody else picking up that vibe?_

    Might be the first reasonable explanation for why Sather didn’t dump off Kreider and Miller.

  60. Carp

    For me any chance of playoff success for us is finishing 2-3. How many people in her get excited finishing 8th playing boston losing in 5 games. With penguins injuries bruins will clinch top spot.

    I understand probability is high for wild card still but that’s not what I am interested in.

  61. LOL, no worries Carp. long as you know it’s the Mrs that can’t spell Carpiniello and not me.

  62. O' Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers going deep, tears I weep, in a deep sleep, beat those flyers, current in the wires, islanders and tires, burnin on fire, norm in the choir, singing falsetto, always mellow yellow, he’s a nice fellow, booming and bellow, yo yo ma on cello….

    Boyeeeeeeeeeee

  63. Doodie Machetto on

    “Last couple of year was advising his son Stan, GM of Chicago.”

    Correction, he was collecting a check from his son Stan. I doubt he’s involved much at all in any hockey decisions.

    Basically, Scotty had a cushy gig with the Red Wings, but once Stan got the Blackhawks gig, he went to take the similar cushy gig with his son.

  64. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Carp,

    That picture above of Prust grabbing Neal by the face from behind to forcefully pull him away from McDonugh is such a statement. It hits the target squarely in the bullseye and clearly illustrates a primary difference between the team of 2012 and the current squad.

    *Great job. You nailed it again!*

  65. _I used to be employed and living with my parents. Like, for years._

    Life was so easy then. Mrs. Gravy and I both lived at home until a few months before we got married.

  66. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Sather is going to retire after this season.

    *Book It.*

    Best case scenario moving forward,

    Dolan convinces Ray Shero to follow in his fathers footsteps.

    Shero starts his tenure with a buyout of Richards, and a trade -Nash-

    Whooooopppppeeeeeee!

  67. We lived with parents for like half of last year while moving and its not something you should do again after you’ve not done it.

  68. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Eric,

    5 games?

    They’ll get swept in a first round matchup with Boston.

    Book It.

  69. Based on the fact that the Rangers weren’t even mentioned when Fred Shero was inducted to the HOF, I imagine that Ray has no feelings for the NYR organization.

  70. Thanks Paddy McP. I searched Ottawa-NYR photos and found a lot of them like that. Found one of Dubinsky fighting Neil, one of Bickel trying to fight Neil. Does indeed tell you a lot about that team and this one. I imagine McDonagh will be on his own tonight.

  71. Even Mrs G before leaving for work today was reading the news and goes “wow 9 straight. Boston’s good huh?”

    They are the model for a successful team. That’s what 11 years from now Sather will sign Lucic and Bergeron..

  72. That team was largely built by Jeff Gorton, James.

    And here’s a preview of an excerpt from the Go Time post tonight:

    Rick Nash has no goals in six games, one in nine, two in 15. Martin St. Louis has none in seven games as a Ranger. Brad Richards has no goals in seven games, and one in 12. Mats Zuccarello has no goals in 11, and two in 15. Derick Brassard has no goals in eight games. Chris Kreider has four goals in the last 17. Derek Stepan has two goals in 15.

    Carl Hagelin has four goals in the last two games, but one of them was disallowed despite video evidence that it entered the net. :)

  73. leetchhalloffame on

    Can’t wait to see that thug Chris Neil physically abuse our NY Pansies tonight. Thanks Slats.

  74. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Flyers have 4 things Rangers don’t have:

    A legitimate superstar forward (G-roo) , a legitimate power forward (Simmons), balanced scoring and team toughness.

    The Rangers counter with:

    A legitimate superstar DMAN (McDonuts), superior goaltending (Hank), two midgets, -Nash- and Wilbur.

    Flyers will beat the Rangers in a 7 game series.

  75. The article said Sather *may* retire if the Rangers *make* the playoffs. So, not only could they potentially miss the playoffs, but Sather may actually *not* retire because of it.

  76. I’m pretty sure what the post-St. Louis trade has demonstrated is that we need *more veteran offense*. You can never have too much high paid veteran offense, if you ask me.

  77. Doodie Machetto on

    Four in 17 is a decent pace for Kreider. It’s basically a 20 goal season. I would take 20 from Kreider this year.

  78. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Boston BRUINS continue to challenge for the Cup at the top of the conference despite having traded away several young homegrown star players over the past few season.

    Smart, ballsy GM I guess

  79. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I would also take 20 goals from Kreider but he has to be moved to the 3rd line so he can taught to be a bit more physical.

  80. Carp are you as tired of writing about those types of stats as we are reading them? I mean just off the top of my head- Richards, Nash, Zherdev, Drury, Gomez, Redden, Avery, Wolski..And that’s just post 2005-06 guys brought in to get it done as a top 6 forward and have either done it in spurts or not done it at all. Forget about consistency or contracts being factored in..meanwhile guys that were under valued or wanted big pay days- Callahan, Prust, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Jagr- all sent packing. It’s the second list that has the only consistent producers on it. Does it say anything about this organization that the last 4 players to be captain of this team have been traded or allowed to walk in free agency? yet there’s been no hesitation to spend ridiculous amounts on other people’s problems or former corner stones. I’ll stop there at the border line of “same old tangent”

  81. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Carp, I know you’re an analyst, not a fan, but your “optimism” amazes me. No way do I see 2 or 3 in their future. They are, at best, a wild-card, first-round-on-the-road lamb headed to slaughter.

    A .500 home team with no bite deserves whoever they get.

  82. I’m not optimistic. I just don’t think Philly or CBJ or any of the others are any better.

    I think the Rangers could easily beat out both. I think they could easily win a 2-3 series. I think they’ll get squished by Pittsburgh or Boston.

  83. I also don’t have mood swings or change my analysis of a team based on a four-game stretch. Or one game. If they play like they did on Sunday, they are better than Philly or Columbus, though.

  84. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Could this be the season that the Sharks win a cup? Or even a Conf. Championship?

  85. Manny we’ll get 20 goals from Kreider. we’ll get 20 goals from Hagelin and Zucc too. but they all need the same 3 things

    1- time to round out their games as professionals

    2- line mates they have compatibility with

    3- to not be counted on as top 3 forwards out of “win now” desperation stemming from the actual top guys not doing THEIR jobs.

  86. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I absolutely agree, James. I don’t see this team playing cohesively or orchestrating the ballet like timing they need to play this pace and get rebounds without every shot turning into an odd man rush the other way.

    If I haven’t mentioned it yet, I HATE THIS SYSTEM OF PLAY

  87. The bad news- I think 80% of blog population needs to be on antidepressants. High dose. The good news- they will be off the meds once NY wins a couple in a row, :-)

  88. Unless the Callahan trade gets voided, I’m going to need to keep those antidepressants.

  89. Stranger Nation on

    The really bad news; that won’t happen until next season or Sather’s retirement announcement

  90. Wait a sec. Am I reading your comments right? Does it mean that if they aren’t making playoffs Sather may not retire? I need meds too then.

  91. Hey listen, I’ve been consistent with my views on this team win or lose.

    Here’s another thing that causes a problem Manny- if you have middle to lower line guys playing well and serving as your top players then when a pay day rolls around they want to be paid like a top line player as well. Thus Dubinsky, Prust, Callahan…you get the point.

  92. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Maybe that will inspire the team to make the playoffs? Play with some heart boys and we get a new leader! MUTINY!

  93. Stranger Nation on

    The Wizard sits behind the smokey curtain and nobody knows what the next move may or may not be…

  94. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Carp – my dread is based on 40+ years of disappointment (except for the one that will last a lifetime).

    Call it a sixth sense that loss is around the corner.

    P.S. You looked good in the front row during the press conference on NBC’s NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other.

  95. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.

  96. ilb, that’s what it said in the article Carp linked to yesterday. I had to read it twice.

  97. Stranger Nation on

    _Derek Stepan has two goals in 15_

    Don’t forget about his assists…

    How many times tonight will Step dump puck in instead of making a play in the neutral zone, like a pass to one of his wingers.

    I’m tired of his dumps…they really stink!

  98. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 dump-ins are fewer in number but longer and more productive

    Step dumps it in almost 4 or 5 times a period

  99. It’s the rangers no matter what happens who comes and goes there is a reason they have 1 cup in 74 years. I’m 35 yrs old. I feel like I may never see another cup.

    You think I’m nuts my old man suffers worse then I do. More pessimistic then me if that’s possible.

  100. Stranger Nation on

    Sam told us ‘this will last a lifetime’ Who knew how prophetic those words would be…

    Hoping he was referring to his lifetime in the booth and not mine as a fan.

  101. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    *My honest analysis of this team’s weaknesses based on a 65 game cycle:*

    1) Effort doesn’t match skill level enough, very inconsistent.

    2) Short on 3 vital ingredients: team toughness, players willing to pay a price, players who committed to play a physical forechecking game.

    3) Too many players who are soft in the combat areas (front of net, slot, along the wall)

    4) One-on-one puck battles are a definite weakness.

    5) Neutral zone D and gap control D is shoddy most nights, (forwards caught deep, DMen concede the blueline)

    6) The high paid offensive players routinely underperform and are consistently out-hustled.

    7) 2nd pair D have had 3 separate seasons, bad for first 25, very good for next 30, bad again since the Olympics break.

    8) Only 3 players (not including goaltenders) who come with a consistent high level of effort lgame to game: MCDonough, DMoops and Zuccarello (after early season benching),
    Throw in the maybes…..
    – 4 if you count Dorset,
    – 7 if you throw border-liners pouilett, Boyle and Carcillo
    – 8 if you include ( I don’t think I would) Giradi

  102. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Also, Papa, the team has had poor timing on the Rush lately and has consistently missed the net which all leads to odd man breaks the other way.

  103. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Also, 2nd and 3rd pairing D has difficulty breaking out of the zone and “elite” players have issues gaining entry of the zone, especially on the PP, with any speed. Too slow through the Neutral Zone.

  104. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Optimist: The cookie looks like it will taste pretty good.

    Pessimist: The cookie looks like it will taste pretty bad.

    Realist: The cookie doesn’t taste, I do.

  105. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    ILB, :)

    The Miami Pimp….”me love to eat cookies!”

    “Me love The Kreider too”!

  106. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    This is my *real* opinion on this team. It’s a half-assen rebuilt team that had the fantasy of playing some super up tempo, high scoring type game without the physicality and skill to back it up. This roster is completely lost, has no identity and has no cohesiveness in the locker room. Every single friendship was stripped off the team for old players, spare parts and AHL players. It’s going to take a few seasons to get this team going in the right direction and it either has to be done with a different coach (like Lindy Ruff) or a smarter Vigneault who doesn’t mind slowing down the pace of play and actually grinding out a win.

    More reality, I don’t know if we have a few seasons before Hank starts turning the corner in the wrong direction and we have an overpriced backup and a mediocre starter in net. Thus, in 2019 we can start building all over again after a few seasons of zero success.

  107. For Avery lovers special:
    A Surprise from Sean Avery (trash talks?)
    In the first of three contemporary routines of the night, Sean Avery and partner Karina Smirnoff surprised judges with the former NHL star’s ballroom intensity, but the 20-point dance was critiqued by Goodman for lacking a bit of “finesse.” (2 min. for roughing + 10 dance misconduct for ungentlemanly like conduct).

  108. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    This team is like Maverick and Goose when they get stuck in the Jet Wash of Ice’s plane and end up in a flatspin.

  109. Marty St Louis has to break out sooner than later. Tonight could be the night.

    Rangers win.

    Toews & Co. will beat the Flyers tonight.

    Rangers move back into 2nd place.

  110. jpg's sister on

    Carp, LOL I didn’t see your comment last night because I was watching Sean Avery on Dancing with the Stars :)

  111. “We’ve got to get rid of the big-picture stuff, you just end up spinning your wheels that way..it’s a clean slate today”- @BRichards_1991

    Great 40 first dates with BRich. He has a short term memory on how bad he has been playing. He’s not slow, he’s just spinning his wheels, perhaps they should put a new set of Bridgestone tires on him, so he can keep up.

    Just imagine if he gets hurt, and can’t be bought out this summer.

  112. Manny – LOL. that’s the team for the next 5 years if Wilbur gets injured and can’t be bought out.

  113. Richie’s critique on MSL: “He wants to buy in, he’s trying his best and sometimes when you do that, it mounts a little bit that way. Just for him, if we get some wins, if we get two or three wins in a row, it’s going to be a little bit different feeling for him. He’ll relax.”

    Guess #19 conveniently forgets that he, himself, hasn’t scored a goal since well before St. Looie arrived.

  114. The clean slate has allowed every player to believe they have only lost one game in a row.

  115. Sioux, with his stories of the beach in St. Thomas, while some of us are ‘trying to put food on the table.’ (ilb) :)

  116. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Accountability is the worst. I’m glad there isn’t any on this team.

  117. Yay. I’m going over 10,000 twitter followers tonight!!! That should net me, oh, about zero dollars. Well, at least I don’t have to pay taxes on that.

    If you don’t follow me yet, please do … @rangersreport.

    thanks.

  118. Eric gets wind of Walter’s possibly being under renovation. Texts Carp he will be able to straighten out enormous hot dog IOU this Thursday, but schedule is too tight any time after that until 2015 at earliest. :)

  119. notice that eric hasn’t responded to my many challenges for more frankfurter wagers?

    maybe he’s been tipped off to the Walter’s Transformation?

  120. A thirty year mortgage adds 4,500,000 extra hot dogs in lifetime payments. eddie, check the math on that.

  121. Those probability things are just so stupid. Could be completely different with all the teams playing tonight.

  122. Lee Trevino: “Ten billion to one that you get hit by lightning. Ouch! What the hell was that?”

  123. It’ll be completely different and it’s not very logical. But as much as we hate the rodent, he presents it well (gives us a look at the competition and upcoming games).

  124. Shocker to some: If Boyler got back to putting up 15 or 20 a year, he could be considered for a Captain position. Offhand word I got from an old Ranger warhorse is that the team loves him personally.

  125. A Trevino classic! Doubt these Tour kids ever even thought of carrying a one iron, or even know that there is such a thing.

  126. Some of then don’t even know who Lee Trevino is … other than the guy cleaning the pro shop in those commercials.

  127. The thing with those probability things: If they were accurate, why not just do them at the start of the season, determine the top eight in each conf. and go directly into the playoffs?

  128. Probability that THE Kreider is the Rangers’ best player: 100%

    Probability Richards is half-horse: 100%

    CARP’s thinking holds water.

  129. My uncle, the elderly ex- Tour Pro, spent his last few years looking (unsuccessfully) for a magic driver that would get him far enough out to again reach long par 4’s. Frustrated him, but even in his dotage and with two hip transplants, he still beat me by at least 4 a side, often more. :)

  130. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    wasn’t chris neil concussed a few games back ? now’s the time to wallop him

  131. Reporter to new Right Fielder: “Jackie Robinson will never be forgotten for his courage, talent and groundbreaking contribution to the game.”

    Player: “Who?”

  132. _The thing with those probability things: If they were accurate, why not just do them at the start of the season, determine the top eight in each conf. and go directly into the playoffs?_

    That doesn’t even make sense unless you want to put 58% of the Rangers in the playoffs. Its just point in time odds (probably monte carlo sim) that will knowingly change every 24 hours.

  133. Stranger Nation on

    _Carp is it true Walter’s under renovation & not open?_

    Not sure of official status, but it was closed midday on Saturday when I drove by it.

    Maybe the were cleaning the window screens for the first time ever

  134. Chris Neil retires, walks into a bar in Montreal where Knuckles Nylan is the bouncer, wearing Tommy Bahama shorts and a tee shirt.
    Neil: “You gotta be kiddin’ me.”
    Nylan: “You give me any trouble, sonny, check your health insurance is all paid up.”

  135. Carp, I remember your interview with Nylan. He seemed mellow and kinda professional, as I recall.

  136. Stranger Nation on

    _you want to put 58% of the Rangers in the playoffs_

    would love to, do we get to choose the other 42% from non-playoff teams?
    Subtract:
    Nash, Stralman, J Moore, Klein, Step, Richards, Pullout
    Add:
    Bieksa, Wheeler, Okposo, Neil, Weber, Byfuglein

  137. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Boyler in the locker room, looks around, finds #19, has this thought bubble:

    “If he says one more thing about Cally in gonna filet that bucked tooth lazy siht and feed him to Tort’s dogs”

  138. Walter’s owner, during Transformation, finds two old boxes of baseballs behind grease trap, signed by Ruth and Gehrig, halts Transformation, moves to Pebble Beach. (Babe loved his hot dogs, and Lou lived within walking distance.)

  139. Mr. Boyle to wife: “Did Brian make it home last night?”
    Wife: “Don’t know, but I count only fourteen here, including you and me, and his drawer doesn’t look like it was slept in.”

  140. Not all bad news though Carp. They’re accepting applications for when they reopen according to their Facebook page. Now’s your chance to fulfill that lifelong dream of yours!

  141. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Boyler comes from pure Irish stock. Thats why, while everybody loves him, he still has trouble scoring.

  142. Walter’s signs Nathan’s original hot dog server. Expects him to serve twice as many dogs per hour next year.

  143. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Boyler thought bubble #2 as he focuses on -Nash- during pre-game warm-ups:

    “What a sin. If I had -Nash’s- talent, I’d score 60 a year and they’d be calling me the Irish Rover”

  144. ‘There was Barney McGee from the banks of the Lee
    There was Hogan from County Tyrone
    There was Johnny McGurk who was scared stiff of work
    And your man from the West Meath, called Malone.
    The was slugger O’Toole who was drunk as a rule
    And fighting Bill Tracey from Dover,
    And your man Mick McCann from the banks of the Bann
    Was the skipper of the Irish Rover.’

  145. Robby Bonfire on

    Not knowing who Jackie Robinson was is bad; someone I know not knowing who Vladimir Putin is, is a bit worse. You want to feel giddy? Try not to laugh when explaining to a friend who Vladimir Putin is.

  146. Robby Bonfire on

    James G –

    Trash Nash, Richards, Zherdev, Drury, Redden, and Gomez all you like, and I am with you, there. But I think to include Avery on a list with those professional “flat tires” is a cheap shot. Avery was actually Callahan without the “C,” here. True, not a prolific scorer but what he brought to this team was the core of its spirit and competitiveness.

    I will always be grateful for Sean’s time and significant contribution here. When you find somebody on today’s Rangers team who embodies Sean’s leadership qualities, please pass that on…

  147. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Sean Avery was JUST like Callahan except instead of leading he caused all sorts of trouble and was sent home FROM THE AHL TEAM before the season was over.

    He was just like Callahan in Dallas too before the NHL suspended him indefinitely and the Stars dumped him.

    I bet if Callahan was waived by the Rangers no one would claim him just like happened to Sean Avery.

    Callahan is totally going to retire early to go on Dancing with the Stars.

    You’re right. They are IDENTICAL.

    Also, once Sean Avery put up a whopping 21 points! That’s so Callahan-esque

  148. Answer: 246

    Question: how many cross checks to the lower back will McD get from Neil tonight.

  149. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    You realize that Sean’s hockey career *ended* at age 31. Right?

  150. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Remember all those times that Callahan was relegated to playing under 10 minutes a night?

    Remember the time that Callahan got the NHL to establish an entire rule against his antics?

    Remember that time Callahan defied the coach to the detriment of the team?

  151. Dubb, if we make playoffs, I think they will try to punish McD and Girardi because of their yeoman minutes and how they nightly make it all begin.

  152. They both wore the same sweater and I liked Avery but that’s about the only thing they have in common.

    Come back to us Cally in July. This ship needs it’s rudder.

  153. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    Remember that time that Sean Avery tweeted something totally stupid after he retired and the coach he hated got fired and Ryan Callahan said, quote:

    ” _Sean Avery’s comments solely represent his own thoughts and opinions_ ” Callahan said, according to the The Bergen Record. “ _He did not speak for us as a team when he was here and certainly does not now_ “

  154. “Come back to us Cally in July. This ship needs it’s rudder.”

    Agreed. SIGN THE CAPTAIN!

  155. Agree Coos. Can’t say I blame an opponent for that tactic. They know there will be no repercussions for trying it.

  156. SeeeDubb I’m afraid that ship has sailed!

    I find it hard to believe he turned down $36M dollars to stay in New York, but he did.

  157. Beside we have younger similar players coming up with Miller, Kristo, Lindberg that will be $5M less per year.

    Now if only Marty could get going *THIS* year.

  158. I know Sioux. Breaks my heart. Yet we paying Nash and BRich more for putting up Callahan like numbers.

  159. Sooo … anyone have any opinions on Christian Folin (college UFA from UMass Lowell)? I’ve never seen him (or most college players) but the profile of a big, righty D seems to fit a need. Anyone?

  160. Wow Robbie…Didn’t realize you felt that way. Let’s join in together with the national anthem

    OHHHH AVERYCAAAA OUR SOUL AND SPIRIT MANNNN STAND BESIDE HIM AND GUIDE HIM WHILE HE DANCES WITH THE STARS UP ABOVE! SLATS SIGN OUR MAN! GLORIOUS AND FREE! OH AVERY_CA WE STAND ON GUARD FOR THEEEEE! OHHH AVERY_CA WE STAND ON GUARD FORRRRRRRRR THEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

    I mean, no disrespect with the sarcasm but it’s time to get over that whole record with Avery stuff. He had no significance in the long run for this team. good or bad.

  161. This team could use an “Avery type” spark this year.

    I will give him credit, when he was in the line up, the team won more games. Especially his first year.

  162. _I find it hard to believe he turned down $36M dollars to stay in New York, but he did._

    Not really. If he didn’t get the NTC, he had no guarantee of staying in NY.

  163. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    #19 …..I can’t believe he said those things about Cally. What a gutless little puke. If you feel that way, say it to his face, while he was here.

    That tells me all I need to know about Gutless Puke Little Richard (GLPR).

  164. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    I’m so angry I can’t even get my acronyms in proper order

    GUTLESS LITTLE PUKE RICHARD – GLPR.

    Now I feel better.

  165. Interesting result of recent published calculations: Cost to US Economy each March with employees filling out NCAA basketball brackets at work – $1.2 billion. :) (All work and no play makes Johnny a …..)

  166. SeeeDubb – Good thing BRich will be gone after this year.

    Nash – has been disappointing to say the least. I can’t stand the fact that he won’t hit a fly. Too bad we can’t put Cally’s heart in Nash’s body! I miss the old Nash, the one that used to crash the net, and make some sick goals. He was in the Top 10 every other night.

    Now he plays not to get hurt.

    Let’s hope Richie plays that way, and doesn’t get hurt :)

  167. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Papa’s 4 point Course of Action:

    Retire Sather.

    Cut GLPR.

    Trade -Nash-.

    Sign Cally.

  168. honestly Sioux it’s time to do exactly what Sather did years back. Get rid of the problem contracts. keep St. Louis in the fashion in which he kept Jagr. Although I’m not the biggest fan of rebuilding on the fly it’s the best we can hope for with our fearless leader in charge. Miller and anyone else who can make a difference they should be up and playing

  169. Why would Slats give that to Cally? He agreed to $6M per year. If it doesn’t work out, he *SHOULD* have the right to trade him, never know what is left in year 5 or 6.

  170. Agree James. Richie will be gone.

    MSL will have a good year, and if he wants to play here, he will resign if he can help the team.

    Rangers need youth that can score.

  171. Are you asking why the captain should get the same NTC that every outside free agent, major trade acquisition and Lundqvist have been handed?

  172. I remember when Steve Vickers was expected by management to net at least 30, take a beating in front of the net, and, at 185 lbs. also to police the ice, and he finally got sick of it. Then, they finally brought up Nicky F.

  173. Frankly, I don’t understand why any free agent with leverage wouldn’t demand an NTC. Why sign somewhere knowing they can ship you to a team or city you have no interest in?

  174. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    You don’t need no love in
    You don’t need no bed pan
    You don’t need a horoscope or a microscope
    To see the mess that you’re in

  175. Sean Mayer a fan of The Big Bang Theory. I think the universe started that way, too.

  176. @PLeonardNYDN

    Heard Jim Dolan is backing Sather’s handling of Callahan trade in a radio interview & also saying he thinks #NYR will make playoffs. OK…

  177. @AGrossRecord

    In short Dolan loved Torts, finds AV “very competent,” backs Sather/praises him for team’s development system, says Cally asked for too much

  178. Saw a preview of the Brass Beginnings. Add his sister to the pantheon of hot Ranger relatives.

  179. Dolan says he hated Torts, finds AV incompetent, bashes Sather, says Rangers have no system, development or otherwise, feels Cally was put through the wringer unnecessarily.

  180. @KatieStrangESPN

    #NYR Rangers team owner James Dolan on ESPN radio: “I think Ryan [Callahan] was essentially asking too much for his services”

  181. So according to Dolan, Phil Jackson is the new Sather. Have fun with all that, Knicks.

  182. Well, hopefully Callahan cares as little for what Dolan says as we do, that way a return might be an option!

  183. Dolan: “Is Callahan the guy who was bothering that Devils’ goalie all the time?”

  184. Dolan to Roast Beef Man: “Do you know who I am?”

    ‘No.”

    “You’re fired!”

  185. I wish the host had been a hockey fan who could bait him with “wow, St. Louis has looked great since the trade!” and see if Dolan is paying enough attention to disagree.

  186. Wonder what the combined SAT’s are for the entire governing body of Malaysia. Over 370?

  187. Whenever I need a laugh I pop in Bangladesh video — Billy Preston flipping out during “That’s the way …” Guy just loses it.

  188. Carp, like that Twins Separated at birth, but the eyes of TR are wise and well-read, the eyes of the hockey coach are radiating an insane, half-empty glare

  189. @KatieStrangESPN

    #NYR Dolan said he thought the request would “hamstring” the team: “With that, I think Glen did the right thing.”

  190. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    Johnny Roastbeef shouldn’t of bought the Pink Cadilac for his wife. Jimmy the Gent wasn’t happy.

  191. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    “And now, I’d like to bring on a good fried to us all, Mr. Bob Dylan”

  192. “When Richards assured us he could take over the leadership role from Callahan, we felt confident that a trade wouldn’t create too large of a void.”

  193. Does Bob Dylan realize that he is Bobby Zimmerman? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

  194. “I think I am just the right age and of the right vocality to take over here as the ‘C.’

  195. George Harrison, minus guitar, beard and hair, probably weighed 130 pounds in that video.

    would be a power forward on the Rangers :)

    would probably win 97 percent of puck battles with No. 19.

  196. Your picture above Carp, says it all. This team hasn’t had a fight in a game in 3 months. Because basically, they don’t have a fighter on the roster. Fine, I get it.

    But the bigger problem is that these guys, on this team, not the ones who would be doing the fighting, well, a fight wouldn’t do anything for them anyway. You just get the sense that Dorsett or Carcillo going out and beating someone up would inspire nobody. And I think that seeks volumes about this team and how much they care about each other or will fight for one another.

    And maybe that isn’t their fault – the guys who played like that and with that and got fired up emotionally, those guys are now all gone. Carp, you’ve always pointed out that the Rangers lacked big time skill and I agree. But you know by now that hockey is less than 50% skill and more about who wants it more. I know you know that. And you know that I know that you know that I know that you know that.

  197. A: Joan Jett, lita ford and Suzi Quatro

    Q: name three people tougher to play against the Brad Richards?

  198. If we signed Justin Bieber at wing, Del Zotto would have beaten the chit out of anyone who went near him, including Neil, Chara, and Lucic.

  199. Paddy McPapa O'Bear on

    “Dolan said the club played “magnificently” in their most recent loss – a 1-0 shutout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday”

    This is what’s wrong with the organization. How can you call a teams performance ‘magnificent’ in a loss?

    Oblivious to reality.

  200. Jeff in South Dakota on

    “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.” Vince Lombardi
    Dolan, just doesn’t care.

  201. You know, I’ll go even further with this. This is why you don’t go trading the Ryan Callahansd and Brandon Dubinskys and Artem Anisimovs and Brandon Prusts. Because these guys all came through all of this together, and they really care about each other on and off the ice. You’re not just trading a guy with grit who can score, you’re trading away people’s best friends. So when something happens out there, you’re not just messing with a Ranger’s teammate, you’re messing with their friend. And there is a much bigger tendency to stand up for your friend than for someone who happens to wear the same color.

    It comes down to heart, right? The best way to get guys to play together is to get them to really care from their heart. That’s why most guys are better BEFORE they really get paid. Cause once they are paid, their heart doesn’t need to be so out there and so its not. But that’s another discussion.

  202. _LMGO at Dolan pretending he knows about hockey!_

    “Oh boy, if there’s one thing that makes me more excited than a goal, its when a guy icings! What hockeying excitement that sure is!”

  203. Lombardi: “Bed check is at 11 PM. Since some here have been flaunting this simple rule, starting now, anyone not in at 11, it’ll cost you $5000. If you’re having that good a time that you want to gamble with the 5000, give me a call and I’ll come out and join you.”

  204. James Dolan has some very insightful remarks about Callahan’s departure on Twitter.

  205. O' Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – remember the mutiny against the former coach led by the player that tweeted that reply you just referenced?

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