Rangers at Blue Jackets tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes … Link to Nash Q&A

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In case you missed it, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch did a Q&A with Rick Nash, who tonight plays his first game back in Columbus since demanding the July, 2012 trade that sent him to the Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round pick.

Click here to read the Q&A.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Friday, Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 37-29-4 (78 pts)
Blue Jackets: 35-27-6 (76 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in the first game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 37-29-4 (78 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Ottawa Senators, 8-4, on Tuesday at Canadian Tire Centre, to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts have won two of their last three games, including two straight on the road. The Blue Jackets have posted a 35-27-6 (76 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference heading into their contest last night at Montreal, and had lost two of their last three games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow, Mar. 22, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), to complete a back-to-back road set.

RANGERS vs. BLUE JACKETS:
All-Time: 6-7-1-1 overall (3-2-1-1 at home; 3-5-0-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second and final meeting at Nationwide Arena. New York is 1-1-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-3 shootout loss on Jan. 6 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play is 3-12 (25.0%) in the series, while the penalty kill is 7-7 (100.0%). Brad Richards leads all skaters with three assists, while Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin have notched a series-high, two goals apiece. Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .938 Sv% in two games, while Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-1 with a 4.76 GAA.
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 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 19 at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan notched the game-winning goal 22 seconds into overtime, while Michael Del Zotto led all skaters with two assists in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist made 21 saves in the win.
• The Rangers have recorded points in five of their last seven meetings with the Blue Jackets (4-2-1), including two of their last three games at Columbus (2-1-0 in those games)
• The Blueshirts and Blue Jackets have been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last five meetings, and in 12 of their 15 games all-time
• New York is 21-13-0 on the road; Columbus is 19-12-3 at home
• The Rangers are 12-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Blue Jackets are 13-10-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists five former Blue Jackets on their roster: Derick Brassard (2007-08 – 2012-13); Derek Dorsett (2008-09 – 2012-13); John Moore (2010-11 – 2012-13); Rick Nash (2002-03 – 2011-12); Anton Stralman (2009-10 – 2010-11)
• Columbus lists three former Rangers on their roster: Artem Anisimov (2008-09 – 2011-12); Brandon Dubinsky (2006-07 – 2011-12); Fedor Tyutin (2003-04 – 2007-08)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BLUE JACKETS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 3-3-1, 3.06 GAA
• Brad Richards – 23 GP, 9-14–23
• Martin St. Louis – 14 GP, 7-7–14
• Dominic Moore – 14 GP, 1-8–9
• Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 2-3–5

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 22-23 (95.7%) with four shorthanded goals in the last eight games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.3%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (4:53) on Tuesday at Ottawa. New York ranks 12th in the NHL overall (43-226, 19.0%), and sixth on the road (25-107, 23.4%). 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 1-2 (2:49) on Tuesday at Ottawa. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (172-204, 84.3%), and is tied for eighth on the road (91-108, 84.3%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).
• Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:07) on Tuesday at Ottawa. The Rangers are now -1 in 75 four-on-four situations (117:55), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS:
• Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
• Combined record – 13-10-1
• Record in 1st game – 5-6-1 (2-2-1 at home; 3-4-0 on the road)
• Record in 2nd game – 8-4-0 (3-3-0 at home; 5-1-0 on the road)
• Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
• The Rangers are 18-9-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 21-9-2 in the second game over the span
• Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 68 times in his career (41-20-7, 2.12 GAA, .928 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in an 8-4 win on Tuesday at Ottawa to become the franchise’s all-time wins leader with 302 career victories. 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 19 of their last 26 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 21-13-0 on the road this season, which leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for second in the league overall (road wins).

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh has registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last nine games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last four games. He leads the Rangers and is tied for 14th in the NHL in average ice time (24:42), and ranks second on the team with 117 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 seventh in shorthanded points (four).

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 22 goals this season. 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.

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his last 21 games (14-6-1, 2.10 GAA, .932 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 4-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last six contests
• Derek Stepan – Has recorded a point in nine of the last 11 games (three goals, nine assists), and 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in the last 21 contests
• Ryan McDonagh – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last nine games
• Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in nine of his last 13 contests (two goals, 10 assists), and has assists in eight of his last 12 games
• Carl Hagelin – four points (three goals, one assist) in the last three games
• Kevin Klein – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
• Chris Kreider – four points (three goals, one assist) in the last six games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career
• Ryan McDonagh – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• Mar. 17 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Graves

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354 Comments

  1. LGR! Just a little while ago all the ranting about greedy Dubinsky and soft Artisimov, now complaining about not having them

  2. Let’s do it. No one did the rangers any favors last night. When was the last time the Habs had two 5 on 3 penalty situations at home before last night?

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Not much help last night, eh? Well, today is as close to a must win as it can get. I’m sure Eric agrees. :-)

  4. bull dog line on

    MDZ was a healthy scratch? wonder what his CORSI numbers were from the press box.

  5. An American Werewolf In London on

    The five top, hulking teams out West continue to beat the snot out of each other nightly. We are like the sparrows bouncing around the seagulls at the beach, hoping to poke our heads into the scrum for just one peck of that little brat’s tossed chewing gum

  6. Admiral Akbar on

    How many of us would undo the Nash for Dubinsky/AA trade now?

    Let’s put it this way, if Nash were offered for Dubi & AA, do you make that deal?

    I’m not so sure that I would.

  7. An American Werewolf In London on

    If JD was the GM of a Larry Robinson- coached team, they would win 15 out of 20 Cups

  8. Oncupin74yearsandcounting on

    Whatever happened to the highly touted tim erixson ?

    Sather wanted Nash.. as he does brad richards

  9. In the pic above the guy just standing at the blue line doing nothing has to be Jagr, right?

    We are approaching actual must win territory now. Not there yet, but close.

  10. Interesting interview with Nash. I, too, think that McDonagh should be the next captain. And it isn’t only about how he plays, and isn’t about his long term deal. Listen to how he speaks. Very little “obviously” and very few cliches. He gives very thoughtful and short, precise answer. Pretty impressive for a young man.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    While I agree that McD is Capt material and would serve as a fantastic role model, he is too young and would rather a vet like Staal (if he signs) assume that role. Maybe he won’t disappear for 15 game stretches and his laconic tone of voice will put all the media to sleep.

  12. Wonder if JD would trade Dubi, Anisimov, Erixon and a first for Nash?
    Answer…no chance

    Wonder if JD would trade just Dubi and Anisimov for Nash?
    Answer…not a chance.

    Sather you got hosed…

  13. I think Staal is the best choice for captain but you can’t go wrong with McD either.

    McD also just seems like the type of guy who would great at whatever profession he chose. The kid really has his -sh*t- stuff together.

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Agree Mr Booby

    Amazing how there are so few Capt candidates among our top forward lines.
    Save for Bucky the Back stabber who has the experience and the veteran presence…just ask him

  15. Staal..no contract extension= no shot at being captain….McDonagh the better choice…but the C may keep Staal in Blue. Girardi is another solid choice..and while he is capable and deserving…ho probably doesnt need it…which is just another reason he deserves it. The team would be served well by all three!

  16. It’s been more than 2 days since I complained about you-know-who.

    (I’ll give a hint. The digits of his uniform add up to 7.)

  17. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    ilb – you summed up Ryan McDonagh very well. He’s very authentic and to the point. I think he’d be an excellent captain.

    Darcy Tucker (I’m still playing last night’s game).

    Esa Tikkanen

  18. Top of the Morning Boys!!!!

    Did you catch the Barn Burner of a game last night?

    Nothing like a #12 team that has *NEVER* won an NCAA tournament game before knock off #5 Oklahoma Sooners.

  19. I’m not much of a basketball fan, but I sure love March Madness. The boards, the picks, the draft, the lottery.

    Our little town was celebrating just to get in the tournament, let alone win a game :)

  20. Stellar night on the out f town scoreboard. 0-5-1 and the 1 being caps getting 3 of 4pts in Anaheim/LA.

    Without being officially eliminated a loss tonight and you could start turning the lights down in msg. Dark April awaits.

    On the bright side if rangers win in regulation they are 2 pts up on jackets having played one more game however it would essentially be 3 pts up because of more ROW wins.

    Here’s all you need to know about tonite. You will barely notice Nash outside of video tribute to him and Dubi and arty will be all over the ice.

    One team soft and shows no desperation the other fights like every shift is there last..

    Buckle up for three hours of pure agony torture frustration etc.

  21. Which subway line do you think Rick Nash takes? Is there a line that avoids all the stops and travels around aimlessly?

  22. Only game I went to this year we lost to VCU in 2 OT but they’re a really fun team to watch. And Smart is obviously awesome, especially his complete scolding of Coach K this week, which was just super as an A-10 fan. So go VCU (and UMass and GW).

  23. Also, anyone else flip the TV on last night around 7:00 thinking we were playing Columbus? I was completely convinced.

  24. Smart lobbied the refs for a palming(!!!) violation against our guards, in our building, and got it on the next drive. It was impressive.

  25. He’s a great coach getting the most out of a REALLY fun group of young kids. They only have two seniors.

  26. So the Rangers really have left as easy a schedule remaining as a team could ask for trying to make the playoffs. if they can’t win most of their remaining games against the Coyotes, Canes, Sabres, Oilers, Flames, Devils and Columbus, then they have no business being in the playoffs anyway.

    I looked at this year as a rebuilding year anyway, never had any delusions they were winning any Stanley Cup. but if Sather can get some size up front in the off season, I do believe this team can be an upper echelon team. but not until they get some grit up front; and that doesn’t include Dan Carcillo.

  27. Manny – I picked you team to win it’s 1’st game!

    Now, what happened to the *Mannytoba Murders*?

  28. You guys do you that every team is in this rat race will probably go on like a 10 game win streak now, right? Seems like that’s how it always works out

  29. It’s not the playoff’s yet, Sioux. I’m clinched. I will worry about them next week!

  30. Sioux, I didn’t do a Billion Dollar bracket. Who needs another billion?

    No idea on the backpack thing … you should ask some of the guys who go to games … i.e. Manny, Doodie, ilb, Lloyd, C3, etc.

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    Backpack is fine, but no food, drinks, weapons, or projectiles.

    They will search your bag before you go in.

  32. Carp – with this NCAA thing, it’s getting harder and harder to find you anything with Fighting Sioux on it :(

  33. Can’t have you taking a plastic bottle of water or a few chips/candy in when they can sting you for a few more $$ to line Dolan’s pockets!

  34. Callahan (mediocre 3rd liner): 2-3-5, 8 games

    St. Louis (38 year old super-duper-star): 0-3-3, 8 games

  35. Well I don’t blame you, Harvard wrecked my Billion dollar dreams yesterday. What’s with the Ivy’s beating up on the Cincinnati boys yesterday.

  36. Educated guess: It’s gotta be CCCP. We should get him to tell the coat-check story again. Best Guest Blog Ever.

  37. I sometimes wear cargo shorts/pants to games. They never pat you down and you can smuggles lots of fun things in.

    Sometimes they’ll wave that wand thingy over you, but it doesn’t pick up bourbon.

  38. Careful with telling people you’re coming to NY to see a hockey game, Sioux. Some of us have to work two jobs to put food on the table. While spending the whole day on the blog trolling. Talk about multitasking.

  39. Ilb – I understand. But I have to blame it on MAMA. She booked the ticket. I’m just the passenger.

    I did empty the change out of the Gin jar, and the quarters out of my crown royal bag, I may have found a couple Benjamins in there from poker night with the boys :) – (which I offered to by pints at STOUTS with.)

  40. “POULET has pulled into Columbus.”

    What happened, he didn’t have enough Delta miles to take a flight?

  41. What tickles me a little is – the owner of the Mannytoba Murders has to buy the *first* one :)

  42. _It’s Ryan Callahan’s Birthday_

    I want to get him a 6 year deal with a NTC in Manhattan : (

  43. I said weeks ago MTL, TB and Philly were better and we would struggle for the last spot. Actually before the season I said 10th in the conference….all on the forwards and grit. Detroit would be well ahead of us if they weren’t destroyed with injuries. I think I’m right, I’m hoping I’m not. Tonight will tell a whole lot.

  44. Philly 37-32.
    Montreal 38-33.
    Columbus 36-33.
    Tampa Bay 39-31.
    Detroit 32-37.
    Toronto 36-35.

    All clearly much better than:
    Rangers 37-33.

    Must be an emotional Rangers fan thing.

  45. CARP, you included Montreal in your first post, then mentioned you forgot them in your follow-up post. Which one is it?

  46. IMO, finishing third is just as good as finishing second, maybe better because of the pressure of Games 1 and 2 at home … unless your initials are JLD.

  47. Sather retiring would be super amazing unless we do something really stupid as a followup hire. Like a “young Sather” type or Messier or something, that would be worse.

  48. Maybe Hank can pull a few strings and get Voros or Avery hired for the GM position…

  49. I’m kind of bummed Dorsett is scratched for the Columbus game.

    HE wore the A for the Blue Jackets, and he can’t even skate for this team. Bush league.

  50. ?@renlavoietva La saison régulière de Brandon Prust est terminée. #canadiens #tvasports

  51. _HE wore the A for the Blue Jackets, and he can’t even skate for this team._

    Its a pretty horse S move.

  52. _Its a pretty horse S move_

    On so many levels.

    AV meter – goes down a couple of points just for this alone.

  53. Watch – this lobsterfest game tonight, at best the Rangers bank a Bettman Loser Point. While Dorsett’s fingers are dripping with butter.

  54. Remember when Byfuglien inexplicably put on weight during the season? How is that possible?

  55. Captain Staal, addressing the troops in the locker room:

    ‘How glorious fall the valiant, sword in hand, in front of battle for the Ranger Faithful! Rise up, warriors! …’

  56. I mean, I agree with Carcillo remaining on the 4th line.

    I would honestly like to see Dorsett step up to the whatever we are calling the Nash line and play the opposite Wing to give Nash some protection and confidence.

  57. I would like to see Dorsett with Nash so that Dorsett feels a little more protected with a huge guy like Nash out there with him.

  58. ilb, I like your take on McDonagh: Direct, no cliches. John Moore should, like McD did, work on perfecting his defense for a couple of years, then, when that mission is accomplished, add the 0 swagger.

  59. “Nash with go 0-0-0 with ZERO hits. Book it.”

    Guaranteed.

    Nice to see someone on here has the right idea.

  60. Tonite is about one man and one man only. The bonafide loser Nash.

    How bout you go out there put the team on your back and play like 7.8 mil player your suppose to be.

    Watch him spend all night on the perimeter and be the useless gutless loser he is.

  61. Thank god I was out most of the night watching the scoreboard go 0-5-1 for us. I may have broke my tv.

  62. I think he will play a strong game tonight with the incentive … then go back to the comfort of the perimeter in Newark.

  63. _One of those zeroes is probably a really good bet._

    9 hits versus 12 assists. Slight nod to the one you were implying.

  64. “In the pic above the guy just standing at the blue line doing nothing has to be Jagr, right?”

    Black Tuuk’s & sweater tuck say ‘yes’.

    Glad Dorsett is scratched. It still amuses me he was somehow touted as the ‘jewel’ of that trade. He and Nash really show what it takes to earn a letter on CBJ.

    Also, Pruster hurt AGAIN and out for regular season. This is why you can’t/don’t sign that guy for $2.5M/4 years. Breaking down faster than an advil in the rain.

  65. O’Doyle, I got a feeling your whole family is goin’ down … but right now, I gotta study!

  66. The thing is I just don’t see rangers play well enough next two nights to win both.
    Too inconsistent.

  67. Every game is important, but tonight’s is *more* important than the Devils game. The Devils aren’t making the playoffs.

  68. Stepan & Zucc lead the way in 2nd hand scoring….. which leads the team.

    When are the keystone cops going to show up?

  69. Columbus & Philly games are both *4 point* games. And they still have a game in hand against the Rangers.

    They can’t even think about pulling another _Carolina_ tonight.

  70. If they pull another Carolina in any of these games, they deserve to be out of the playoffs, or to play Boston in the first round. Which is probably worse than missing.

  71. Here’s what scares me, all these games are starting to feel like “playoff games”, and you know how Nash *performs* in the playoffs.

  72. Will say it again should they finish 8th 2nd wild card play boston were done in 4 or 5.

    Only chance of playoff run is top 3 div spot

  73. NASH will get the Broadway Hat tonight.

    For being *perfect*.

    No Hits, No Runs, No errors.

  74. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Whether Staal re-signs or not (I would trade him during this draft) I would give mcdonut the C over him. I would give girardi the C over Staal also.

  75. Gospel from Eric.

    I think that was the first non-negative statement I’ve *ever* read from you.

  76. I don’t disagree, Wick. … but I think Staal is viewed by his peers and the coaches differently. Been around longer than anybody. Has been an A for a while now. I am guessing he gets the C.

  77. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Carp – sounds like you’re starting to see the train wreck ending that we see.

    This team doesn’t have the stones, offense, or keys to the Clutchmobile. Which is why St. Louis will be at the Greenwich Country Club, Richards will be swishing Lafitte Rothschild, and Zuccarello will be bromancing Del Zotto on April 13.

  78. In this mediocre division, it’s almost a guaranteed Rangers win tonight. No team wants to run away with a playoff spot.

  79. I don’t see that, no, Retire. I mean, I’m not guaranteeing anything and it wouldn’t be shocking if they miss. There are six or seven or eight teams that are very similar, fighting for just four spots.

    But i definitely do not see a train wreck.

    ps, I am really starting to dislike phrases like train wreck (and nicknames like carbomb) with all that’s gone on in the world.

    I do like dog’s breakfast and tire fire.

  80. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Sioux
    I’m actually off today and I’m at a Minnesota gophers hockey rally (greatest college hockey team ever), so shuddap!!!

    This team can do without the oft injured Staal and lefties are easier to find. A 2nd pair lefty with decent size and more physicality with a slight overall drop off in all around play would be the best way to go…

    Trade Staal in June!!!

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Sioux
    I don’t want picks especially 1st round ones (unless they are top 3), I want established players

  82. Carp – noted. I’ve never used the Carbomb nick before, and it is solely because of the Irish drink/shot that was ordered for me after the Bison WON last night.

    I’m thinking I’ll have another ….. after a win tonight :)

    Still NOT HAPPY with Dorsett sitting tonight.

  83. Carp,
    since your answering my post, hows about being a little less disingenuous on your new fangled record keeping. I hate the Bettman bonus points as much as you, but just to dismiss by saying it’s a emotional fan point of view and we are 37-33 is not the point. The point is you keep saying we are definitely 3rd in the East.
    Just the facts mam:
    TB GP 70-85 points
    Habs 71-83
    Philly 69-81
    Toronto 71-80
    BJ 69-78
    NY 70-78
    Detroit 69-77
    Tampa, Toronto and Mtl have been ahead of us all season, with massive injuries to Tampa, Mtl and Detroit, but I guess I the emotional one and your the true observer because you don’t root for any team. I hope your right and I’m wrong but they look closer to 10th than 3rd.

  84. Stranger Nation on

    Realize everyone remembered the pounding the Sens gave us in the POs, but the BJs are bigger across the board and will out hit us tonite.

    Good thing Bucky the Back Stabber is here to lead the team!

  85. Ryan Johansen has been a good pick up for the Fighting Sioux team. He will pad the stats tonight over the Mannytoba Murders.

  86. Hedberg, I said that once, at a time when they were rolling and were, IMO, the third best team in the East. And I picked them for second in the division preseason. And I still think they’re as good or better than all the other non-Cup contendenders dog’s breakfasting for the final playoff berths.

    I think they’re closer to third than 10th.

    Ask Bill Parcells about what your record says.

  87. Eric hard to imagine Stepan as invisible when he is leading the Rangers in points with 47.

    Do you need a new pair of Bottle Caps?

  88. and if the Rangers had gotten a few more of those Bettman Bonus Points in their losses, as many of the other pretenders have, they’d be closer to third.

    All this while their two top-paid forwards have stunk for quite a while, their captain forced his way out of town, the guy they got for him is 0-for-8, the record-breaking goalie had the worst slump of his career, the leading scorer missed three weeks, and a new coach had to try to implement a new system with a poorly-conceived training camp vacation in Banff followed by a nine-game season-opening trip.

    So, yeah, not a lot of injuries. But many issues. And still right there.

  89. Stepan is a major disappointment. Look at last season (his age 22 year) and shouldn’t we be able to forecast 10% growth every year? I mean, just 10%, if he works hard and stuff …

    2013-14 (22): 18-26-44 (44 games)
    2014-15 (23): 34-48-82
    2015-16 (24): 38-53-91
    2016-17 (25): 41-59-100
    2017-18 (26): 45-64-109
    2018-19 (27): 50-71-121
    2019-20 (28): 55-78-133
    2020-21 (29): 60-86-146
    2021-22 (30): 66-94-160

  90. I wish anything would replace DuGuay. Maybe they can make him Capt. of the Rangers Luxury Cruise.

  91. Q. The Rangers don’t have a captain. Could you be line for another shot at that?

    “but I think Ryan is the true candidate and it’d be a great move for the organization.”

    hell yeah, love it. i haven’t heard many people in the media mentioning him as the next C. very interesting to hear rick say that when richards, st. louis, staal, himself and girardi are on the team. very telling about mcdonagh – he must command a lot of respect in that locker room.

  92. Ron Duguay, Rangers Legend and Captain Obvious. All aboard the Rangers Legends Luxury Cruise!

  93. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Stephanie is overrated!!!

    Book it

    Sioux
    No, I was just giving you jagr, I’m back in Montana after a few days in idapimp…Idaho I mean.

  94. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’d rather have stastny, spezza, brassard (who I think is a 2C), hanzal, berglund just to name a few over Stephanie

    I could care less about homegrown btw, I want players, don’t care who drafted them.

  95. Nash is by far the better interview in front of the camera, if that’s what you need a “C” for.

    McDonagh is the best player on the ice, *in front* of Lundqvist.

    Now if Nash could go back to his 100+ hit / 40 goals per year. *That* is what Captains are made of.

  96. Did everyone miss when I posted Stepan v. Bergeron over the last four years comparison a few weeks back? The one that showed they were virtually identical players except for faceoffs?

  97. Duke is Done …. stick a fork in them.

    Papa Bears sent them packing.

    This March Madness is CRAZY!

  98. Vince Lombardi said it’s what’s up on the scoreboard that counts. Most of those issues….goalie, new coach banff disaster is BEFORE you said they were the 3rd definitely. and BTW the Ranger injuries don’t compare to Stamkos, Price and the entire Red wings team. Sorry no “if’s” we got some of those bonus points…we didn’t. Closer to 10th. I’ll move on, your still hall of fame on most of your thoughts for real. I’m just down on this team and the way it was put together.

  99. Hanzal is 1/3rd the player that Stepan is.

    Berglund might be 1/5th the player Stepan is.

  100. Hanzal could replace our 3rd line Center except we have JT MILLER who is Hanzal at an absurdly cheap cost.

  101. Officially hooked on Sons of Anarchy. season 3 here we go. Maybe I should save this for the offseason

  102. I love that with no first or second line center our most indepth convos are about bringing in 3rd line centers. This team gives me the runs

  103. that’s not a shot at the bone heads by the way just the situation Glenny the Ghoul has created

  104. Hedberg, my belief in this team is only an indictment of the teams around it in the race, and perhaps a stubbornness in support of my preseason second-place prediction.

    I do believe the Banff excuse for their poor start is legit. I do believe that the performances of Lundqvist, Nash and Richards aren’t excuses but reasons for their failures to date. And my point about the bonus points isn’t an “if” situation. It’s rather to point out why some of these lousy other teams are even as high as they are. Because they lose three-point games.

    I have said for some time that this team is soft and very flawed. It is. And I really don’t enjoy much defending it, because it is poorly constructed.

    But I think it’s as good or better than many of the teams that might be a tad hotter right now, and certainly don’t draw conclusions on a four- or five-game sample. That’s all. And there are still a lot of points on the table, so we’ll see.

  105. Captains can be named by management, or by team vote. I assume Rangers do it via management. You can change Captains day to day or week to week, for that matter, which would be very odd. Maybe it should be like Salesman of the Month.

  106. Haznal and Gretzky would be a sweet pair…certainly a grim outlook for their opponents.

  107. Actually Manny Hanzel is Close to Stepan in stats.

    The numbers Hanzel vs Step
    Rank 110 99
    Goals 15 13
    Asst 24 34
    PP 13 17
    Shots 156 219
    Face off wins 536 595
    Hits 177 30
    Blocks 30 42

    Step’s a little softer, but most Rangers are.

  108. Sioux
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  109. 39 vs 47 in points. Step wins.

    177 vs 30 in hits Hanzel wins.

    Face off wins they are close, Step might win one more per game

  110. last time Prust played a full season
    was with Rangers
    last with montreal
    he had
    38
    and now 52

  111. Franklin Kistner on

    Thanks again, Carp for keeping California Rangers Fans informed and excited. I feel like I know many of your posters. I see two OT wins this weekend. LGR!

  112. have a feeling that Rangers are going to come out tonight flatter than a pancake since bj’s are playing in front of home crowd and have a lot of players with chips on their shoulders.
    hope i’m wrong
    but
    it’s hard to think positive about this team
    i guess
    we’ll see….

  113. 1 More Goal and Marty has 30 for the year.

    How many more games do we have to wait until MSL gets his first as a Ranger?

  114. I expect Columbus to come out strong. Have to weather the storm for the first five minutes. If they get past that, I’m my spidey-sense is telling me it’s a win.

  115. It seemed like Nash implied there would be a team vote to decide this one, and through that I am lead to believe that the “vote” is so that McD can be chosen “fairly” over #5 and #18. I think if it were going to be one of those guys, it would have been done already.

    I think there’s substantial risk in naming Staal captain going into another impending UFA season and potentially losing another captain at the deadline. You do see him in the ref circle more often now that Callahan is gone though for sure.

    Girardi has been around and obviously has leadership but it is very rare to see him command anything or show any real snarl on the ice when necessary, which I think is important in a defenseman that is not a big on offense. Girardi just seems to absorb so much punishment and I think that’s great for an Alternate but not for a Captain. I can’t imagine Girardi chewing on a ref for anything. I feel like he just wants to work and not carry the weight of a Captaincy, just my impression.

    Richards, no (gone?). MSL, no. Nash…might benefit from 1 of 4 A’s. I also think it’s important to have at least one letter on forwards and defensemen.

    I’ll always like the concept of home and away Alternates. What a great way to give credit where it’s due and make a statement.

    Home and Away Captains, ala Buffalo/Drury/Briere… such a terrible move IMO.

    I also think it’s a little bit defeatist to not name a C right now…what if they ended up in the Finals? Do they suddenly slap a C on someone so someone can go collect the Cup?

    Has a Captainless team ever won a Cup?

  116. Gravy I’m thinking Columbus will get tired, so Richie should be able to keep up with them.

    We will get out hit, that’s for certain.

    But Lundqvist will wins over the Big Bobber.

  117. Little doubt that Dubie holds something of a grudge. Ergo, either he plays great or he takes stupid penalties.

  118. Does anyone know/remember what the circumstances were when Gretzky wore an A briefly with the Kings? It definitely came somewhere in between wearing the C… never understood that.

    Anyone remember when he wore the C as a Ranger when #11 and #2 were both sidelined?

  119. Salty – on C on the sweater doesn’t make you a Captain.

    Nash, Richards, St. Louis have all worn them for *many* years, and are respected by the team as well as the Refs.

    Rangers have 3 captains on this team, and another Alternate in the Press Box, which they don’t need in Columbus.

  120. There’s a better chance tonight that they’ll find flight 370 than that the Rangers will find the back of the net.

  121. Manny Hanzal is 27 6’6 230 pounds. was 1’st round pick.

    Step is 23, 6’0 196 lbs. 2nd round pick 51’st.

    Hanzal is equally good in many areas as Step. But he plays bigger and hits more.

    I’m just making the argument that he is more than 1/3 of the player Step is.

    The Rangers could use a Bigger Center, that hits, and scores on the power play, and WINS a face off.

  122. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Hagar mannulok and his boy crush on Stephanie got owned by sioux’s actual real nhl stats

  123. “Salty – on C on the sweater doesn’t make you a Captain.”

    No it doesn’t. But being a Captain can get you a C on your shoulder. And someone will have it in October. And I’m discussing it.

  124. Good afternoon all! Man, I wish I could have been here more for the chatter, and I sure as carcillo wish I could see the game tonight….might be able to check in via online radio…but alas, as I type this by the ocean getting ready to meet my asshat Boston cousin, can’t guarantee….LGR!!!

  125. As for Anthony from AZ…yes, he is doing well. Lots and lots of rehab, and yes, his family is mourning the death of a beloved pet, Roxy, who I had the pleasure to meet.

    He’s not on here, but always reads and always sends his LGR love. And he still has other dogs, including Ranger :)

  126. Manny – Hanzel wins more Faceoff .551 > .456 for Step on.

    So If it’s the 3 period and you need a faceoff win. I would make an argument to put Hanzel in.

    But if you want to talk about *Metal* Hanzel win hands down with 177 hits, from a 6’6 body at 230, vs 30 from Step 6′ 196.

    Just saying…..

  127. They are both very good centers. Step isn’t too far behind Hanzel, but he is 4 years younger :)

  128. Roxy – that’s my wifes Name :)

    Our dog (Sweetie) died last fall, I still miss that dog.

    Nothing like hunting pheasants in the field with the boys, yelling at your dog. SWEETIE COME!!

  129. “aneirin, how did Miami not come up with that?”

    True, CARP … it was an epic one.

    I’m losing my steam here. Still at work. Doing PPT and XLS.

    Save me.

  130. Tonight’s the night POULET gets the extra miles needed for AA’s Executive Platinum.

  131. Take Care EVERONE!

    Have a Siouxper weekend.

    I must get out on the icy roads and skate to the cities for a hockey game :)

  132. ThisYearsModel on

    Yo. I think that if Staal signs an extension, he should get the C. if he doesn’t, it should go directly to McDonagh. It will get to him eventually anyway. Sather should put together a deal for Eric Staal.

  133. Staal can play the game, but I can’t see him motivating anyone. He should get an ‘S’ for Sominex.

  134. In the interest of discouraging truly evil nicknames, I will henceforward refer to Carcillo as ‘CarProblems.’

  135. Flyers > Rangers. (Flyers will make the playoffs)

    Columbus > Rangers (Columbus will make the playoffs)

    Wild cards will be from 2 of the following 4 – Rangers, Toronto, Capitals, Detroit.

  136. I think you are wrong on M. Staal, coos. He gets a ton of respect as a leader from the guys in the room (cliche, but true).

  137. From what I’ve seen, I can’t imagine anyone not liking Staal, Carp, and I’m sure he leads by example. I just don’t see him pumping up the troops. Then again, the same might be said about McD, I don’t know. Just throwing out amateur conjecture.

  138. i love Staal’s dry sense of humor and due to him coming back again and again from serious injuries
    he deserves respect in the locker room
    but
    i just wish that
    as a Captain
    it would be someone who would show a higher degree of emotion in his play and his mood/approach
    ala
    Messier

    as much as i have heard good things about Cally it just seems as if the quiet leader thing with him (and previously with Drury) doesn’t seem to set a fire under the passive aaasssens of this team when they need/deserve it

  139. That’s how I see it, jpg. I can imagine Mess just looking at you the wrong way and you’d get his message.

  140. Papa, Amazing how horses know that word, but if you say, ‘pass the salt,’ they have no idea what you are talking about.

  141. YES Manny. time to put Walt to rest. Link me for the avatar switch when you get a chance, por favor and gracias.

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