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

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Wednesday, Mar. 26, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 40-29-4 (84 pts)
Flyers: 38-26-7 (83 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBCSN; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 40-29-4 (84 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 4-3, in overtime on Monday at Madison Square Garden, for their 40th win of the season. The Blueshirts have won five of their last six games, including four straight, and have won two of their last three games at home. The Flyers enter the contest with a 38-26-7 (83 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a four-game road trip when they face-off against the Calgary Flames on Friday, Mar. 28, at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:00 p.m.).

RANGERS vs. FLYERS:
All-Time: 120-111-37-7 overall (63-47-23-4 at home; 57-64-14-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-2-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road), following a 4-2 loss on Mar. 1 at Wells Fargo Center. The Rangers have out-scored the Flyers, 7-4, through the first and second periods, including a 3-1 advantage in the second. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-10 (20.0%) in the series. Chris Kreider leads all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .928 Sv%, while Cam Talbot is 0-1-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .926 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-2-0 on the road). Four of their five meetings were decided by two or fewer goals, with two games separated by one goal. The Rangers out-scored the Flyers, 14-11, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 4-18 (22.2%) in the series. Derek Stepan led the Rangers with five assists and seven points, while Rick Nash (four goals, two assists) notched a team-leading, four goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .929 Sv%.
• The Rangers have won 12 of their last 16 games against the Flyers, dating back to a 7-0 win at MSG on Mar. 6, 2011, and have outscored the Flyers, 55-31, over the span. The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in 13 of the 16 games (11-2-0 in those contests).
• New York is 17-16-4 at home; Philadelphia is 16-13-6 on the road
• The Rangers are 14-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Flyers are 14-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists one former Flyer on their roster: Daniel Carcillo (2008-09 – 2010-11)
• Philadelphia lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. FLYERS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 44 GP, 26-13-3, 4 SO, 2.53 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 45 GP, 15-43–58
• Brad Richards – 44 GP, 11-32–43
• Derek Stepan – 20 GP, 6-13–19
• Dan Girardi – 44 GP, 0-23–23

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 29-31 (93.5%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 11 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.1%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (3:12) on Monday vs. Phoenix. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (44-235, 18.7%), and 24th at home (18-121, 14.9%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), 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 3-4 (5:42) on Monday vs. Phoenix. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (179-212, 84.4%), and is tied for ninth at home (84-100, 84.0%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). 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 tallied one goal in three four-on-four situations (3:13) on Monday vs. Phoenix. The Rangers are now even in 79 four-on-four situations (122:38), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 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); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). 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).

PLAYOFF RACES
If the playoffs began today, the Rangers would advance to the Metropolitan Division Semifinals as the #2 seed against the #3 seed Philadelphia Flyers.

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa (8-4, 35 saves) and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey (2-0, 21 saves). 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).

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and has registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He has also logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last seven games. McDonagh registered a career-high, three points (one goal, two assists), including the overtime game-winner, on Monday vs. Phoenix. He eclipsed the 40-point mark for the first time and surpassed 100 points for his NHL career.

40-WINS
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), and 17 times in franchise history. It is the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Blueshirts are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season, along with Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Anaheim, and Nashville.

ROAD WARRIORS
New York is in the midst of a four-game road winning streak, and has won 21 of their last 28 contests on the road. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 23-13-0 on the road this season. Their 23 road wins are tied for first among all NHL teams, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 23 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 – four-game winning streak (1.99 GAA, .925 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2-0 with a 1.78 GAA, .938 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last nine contests; has held opponents to two goals or less in 16 of his last 24 games (17-6-1, 2.00 GAA, .933 Sv%, 3 SO)
• Ryan McDonagh – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists), and 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games
• Derek Stepan – 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in his last 16 games, including five assists in the last four contests
• Carl Hagelin – eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, including seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six contests
• Rick Nash – three goals in the last four games
• Derick Brassard – four goals and five points in the last four games

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

INJURIES (104 Man-Games Lost):
• John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 2

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  1. THE will return for the playoffs hopefully and be a force like he was when he joined the team out of college, two seasons ago, hopefully.

    Too bad he won’t face the nucks and torts.

    # prayforTHEkreider

  2. It seems the choices are:
    Call up Miller
    Play Carcillo (he has played top 2 lines before in L.A.)
    Play Ryan Haggerty

    Personally, i think they’d go with option 1 but i’d be tempted to give Carcillo a 1-game tryout to add some physicality to that line with Kreider out.

  3. UK, lol, poor Miami.

    The Haggerty option doesn’t do it for me but I could see Carcillo, especially for tonight’s tilt.

  4. I was ready to predict a loss WITH THE Kreider in the lineup.

    Now that he’s out, there’s no hope. We’re losing every game.

  5. Horses for courses – likely to be some truculence tonight, i’d put Carcillo in THE Kreider’s spot

    p.s. The Kreider = The Kurgan

  6. Good morning, boneheads!

    Tough break for Kreider. And he was just getting his scoring touch back too :-). Kidding, they will miss his physicality, speed, and passing more than some of us think.

    I’d move Nash to the L, insert MSL on the R with Nash. Move Dorsett up to the 3rd line, and play Carcillo with Boyle and Moore. At least for tonight. Miller will likely join them for the 4 game trip.

  7. lib that’s what I was thinking. Maybe keep Dorsett with the 4th line and put Carcillo either with Richards and Hags or MZA and Brassard. I think we need the physical play against the F-ers. Then Miller goes into the lineup for the road trip.

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m sure Carcillo will get the tilt with the Flyers tonight. But if Sather wants to make my day he could call up Kristo :)

  9. My inner delirious armchair coach has spoken:
    Nash-Step-MSL(may work for Saint)
    FrenchPoodle-BRich-Brass (lot of confusing skills)
    Hag-DoMoor-Zuc (speed and grind)
    Carsillo-Boyler-DoorSet (pissing bear + stray dogs)

  10. Eddy x 3,
    If that will be a case – I’m sending you a chess set from amber. Word of gentleman.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    agree on MStL with Good, need Hags and Pullout to play with the handicapped (Bucky)
    Put Double Ds with Broshard and MZA

  12. If i ever make it over for a game i’m going to walk around MSG in a huge Union Jack T-shirt and wait for you guys to spot me! lol

  13. Has to be Miller. Boyle, Moore, Dorsett and Carcillo is just an intentional skill punt somewhere in the top 9.

  14. Stranger Nation on

    moving Bucky to left wing and playing with D Moore should be an option with Pullout on the Right. Mr Ed needs two handlers to make up for his defensive i difference

    MStL – Broshard – Good
    Bucky – D Moops – Pullout
    Hags – Step – MZA
    Double D – Olive Boil – Carbomb

  15. UKRanger,
    …and I’ll come to pick you up by my wife’s Mini Cooper,S Countryman, wrapped around (literally)by Union Jack printed/painted stuff. LOL.

  16. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric we are in club sec 8 row 1. Right behind Mason. Will try to get to the puck not sure how much time I have before the game. Find me -first beer is on SIOUX :)

  17. Sioux-per-man on

    Miller called up just for SiouxperMama :) Her maiden name is Miller:) It’s a sign of good things to come

  18. Sioux-per-man on

    I wonder can you pick up the name plate for the back of the Jersey? We have 2 Gaborik #10’s.

  19. MSL with Step and Nash – i think we could call that the “All our eggs in one basket” line!

  20. I hope Moore sits one more game, even if he’s ready, because you know Rinaldo (and Hartnell, if Moore’s back is turned) will be targeting his head.

  21. Jmoore skating is probably part of the testing process no? See how he reacts to physical exertion?

  22. I hope this is first skate, no chance of playing versus first known skate, testing for tonight. Absolutely.

  23. Stranger Nation on

    Carcillo does not want his first fighting major. Has turned into pacifist with NYR

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Just catching up…wow re ENIGMA. Will certainly miss his size in the top six.

    Of course I’m working tonight so LGR and LGD!!

  25. Rob in Beantown on

    Is it true the US Geological Survey prohibits you and Governor Christie from being in the same place because it might cause an earthquake? #AskBrodeur

  26. Rob in Beantown on

    Were you afraid of playing the Whalers back in the day because you thought you might get harpooned? #AskBrodeur

  27. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I finally just watched the yotes game…Nash looked good with brassard, I think I’d be using that combo a lot more

  28. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Clearly some absolute lack of work ethic going on again today. Someone once again not earning their salary!

  29. the way JT has been apparently playing in hartford, i hope we get him into an offensive role not banished to the depths with the 4th line

  30. I’m thinking Miller will play with Brassard and Zuccarello, now that St. Louis is taking Kreider’s spot with Nash and Stepan. Why mess with the fourth line anyway?

    I meant THE Kreider.

  31. When you’re the backup goalie, which is most days now, do the Devils have to install a special steel constructed seat for you so you don’t break the bench? #AskBrodeur

  32. That Carchidi guy gives Jack Edwards a real run in terms of getting aroused by hometown players toughness and “toughness”.

  33. MSL with Nash. Like it! Sucks that Carcillo is out tonight. Going to be a nasty game. Wouldnt surprise me at all if it’s like Pens-Flyers from 2 years ago right before the playoffs which were even more interesting.

  34. Also, Kreider gone makes me even more happy we traded a forward for a forward rather than looked for a rental to add depth.

  35. Remember how Carp used to point out that the Flyers were helping the Rangers when they dressed Carcillo, Rinaldo, Tostitos, etc. in an attempt to HaGOONlin it up?

    Carcillo has been OK in his time here, but let’s not overstate the impact.

  36. Ok so when Rinaldo has a hard hit on MZA let’s not overstate the fact that we have Brassard hugging Rinaldo.

  37. Yup, Gravy. If you have three forwards who aren’t going to score, that’s fine, its your 4th line. Add a 4th who can’t score and your lineup sucks.

  38. Nothing. But it would certainly stop the whining on here that we dont have anyone that can respond. Not that a response is needed every time a hard (legal) hit is made.

  39. anyway, Dorsett is much more likely to actually fight somebody than Carcillo is. But nobody’s going to stop Rinaldo from running somebody.

  40. When Marc Savard was concussed by Cooke, they had Chara, Thornton, and Stuart dressed. Oh, and Lucic made the pass before the hit.

  41. No matter who’s in the lineup, it won’t stop a guy like Rinaldo from running anybody. Not even a little.

  42. Rob in Beantown on

    Under Obamacare did you get to keep your marine biologist or did you have to switch? #AskBrodeur

  43. _When Marc Savard was concussed by Cooke, they had Chara, Thornton, and Stuart dressed. Oh, and Lucic made the pass before the hit._

    But a lesson was learned by all other teams in the aftermath of that. If not, Loui Eriksson would probably have four or five concussions this year rather than just two.

  44. Wicky texted me to remind me that Richards’ burn was directed at Tostitoes. I would like to point out that I merely said he *had* the burn. I didn’t say to whom it was directed.

  45. Remember when Lucic annihilated Ryan Miller at Center Ice and the Sabres did nothing? Then they focused their entire team around getting retribution? Then John Scott concussed Thornton in that Center Ice fight.

  46. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Reloading for retribution is a must!

    If you can take “potential” cheap shot artists off the ice with scraps “if they will fight”, then you can actually prevent a cheap shot at least for 5 minutes

  47. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Mannulok
    Quit whining you skinny jean wearing “metal” dude and actually do some work at your job!!

    Stay on your skates you Falking diver!!! Sheesh

  48. Today’s *METAL* selection is from groundbreaking foundational post-metal geniuses *NEUROSIS*. On their album, _Times of Grace_, released in 1999, Neurosis sounds like a modern day sludge rock band just figuring it out. They were at least 20 years ahead of their time.

    _Times of Grace_ is a concept album in which *Neurosis* essentially did a split album with themselves with the same group of members playing along with *Neurosis* under the name *Tribes of Neurot*

    The result is absolutely genius.

    The whole thing is on YouTube for your listening pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAApRmtUY8k

  49. From (Stop coaching) Pat Leonard:

    Chris Kreider’ long-term injury is to his left hand, it may require surgery, and it appears to have occurred in the third period of Friday night’s 3-1 win in Columbus.

    Kreider retaliated against Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen 13:20 into last Friday’s third period for a blindside hit to the shoulder/head of Rangers teammate Derek Stepan. Kreider and Johansen tussled against the boards after a whistle, and Kreider can be seen on the Fox Sports video shaking his left hand and grimacing when he returns to New York’s bench.

  50. Wayne Simmonds: “It’s going to be a tone-setter,” said winger Wayne Simmonds, who is tied with Giroux for the team lead with 24
    goals. “We’re going to try to set a tone. If we do happen to play them in the playoffs, they’re going to definitely
    know what the Philadelphia Flyers are bringing to the table.”

    @rangersreport

    Flyers have lost seven straight at MSG, outscored 28-8.

  51. The Phlyers bring what they have always brought, horrible goaltending, mediocre and overpaid defense and a bunch of goons.

  52. UKRanger, I have a “Mind the Gap” tee shirt, and a “Keep Calm and Carry On” tee shirt, not often worn, but dragged out for the appropriate occasion.

  53. ThisYearsModel on

    The Flyers are going to try to “set a tone?” Like they have since 1975, since the last time they won the cup? The clown show is in town again. The Rangers will only get half the power plays they deserve. They will have to make the best of them.

  54. CarDifficulties came in very handy when Dorsett was out. They both have been admirably disciplined, but both chirp, invite, and will back up from no one, no matter what the consequences.

  55. Robby Bonfire on

    Interesting how DRAXEN refers to Miller as “J.T.” I understand that The Slats refers to Miller as “What’s his name?”

  56. Robby Bonfire on

    Is a Canadian Goose even proper? I have a friend who becomes really upset whenever anyone refers to them other than as “Canada Geese.” It’s something about “grammatical correctness,” I think, but, man, does ole Walter turn red as a cucumber, every time I botch it… “Oh look, Walter, at all the Canadian Geese, over there.”

  57. But, if you only have one of them, has to be a goose, no? A Canada Goose? Like, if you get goosed, it’s just one goose, right? If tree guys goose you, you’ve been geesed.

  58. I had a murder of Crows, a gaggle of Geese, and a flock of Bustards at my last cookout.

  59. There’s a Canadian Club in Rye where they make nice Manhattans for Presbyterians.

  60. Wayne Simmonds best be leery of the old Stralman season-ending, unexpected hip check.

  61. Stranger Nation on

    Like Canadian Club in a White Russian while eating Turkey Chile and French Fries and singing American Pie in a Mexican dive.

  62. Franklin Kistner on

    Re: Canada Geese – if the bird is born (hatched) in Alberta or Nova Scotia, and he or she has never traveled out of Canada, he is known as a Canadian Canada Goose. Let’s Go Rangers!

  63. Wow! Steve Massiello, Manhattan BB coach, all but locked up at USF (South Florida,) rejected because of lack of degree.

  64. Rob in Beantown on

    The punishment fits the crime, IMO. Apparently he said he had a degree when he really didn’t. A college coach should have a degree. Lots of times when guys who left college early to go pro decide to go back and coach, they need to finish school first. Masiello just decided to lie about it instead. Not a lot of sympathy here.

  65. Booby, he supposedly went to Kentucky, but never graduated. Most Div 1 schools won’t entertain hiring a coach without him having an undergraduate degree. Seems silly, but they claim it’s a bad example for players???????

  66. Job recruiter to Abe Lincoln: “You ain’t going nowhere without that sheepskin, Abe.”

  67. To teach at a major college, you don’t even have to have graduated from grammar school! But to coach….another story. Riddle me that.

  68. Rob in Beantown on

    Manhattan has placed Masiello “on leave” pending investigation. If he was as close to graduation as he says he was he can probably have that degree finished up before the tip off of next season.

  69. True, Rob. But, in the end, he lied to Manhattan, and lied to USF. Masiello will certainly find a way to land on his feet, one supposes.

  70. Don’t mind Simmonds talking because the dude will absolutely back it up.

    Nobody on the Rangers would have the sack to imply what he is implying.

  71. Or Rupp…’this one’s for St. Joseph, this one’s for John the Baptist, and this one’s for the Holy Ghost!”

  72. To bad about Masiello … white plains guy, always seemed like a good guy. Can certainly coach and recruit.

  73. I’m not even talking about fighting, Carp. Simmonds comes out and basically says they are going to try and pound us.

    Can’t see anyone on the Rangers speaking out with that much gumption. Smart I guess, since we’re miles away from being _that_ kind of team.

  74. Sioux-per-man on

    Eric take a quick left when you walk into the Puck. I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in here with a Fighting Sioux Hat on.

  75. Sioux-per-man on

    Close encounter with Nash tonight. We are walking over to 7th Ave an Audi pulls into the garden, waiting for me to get out of the way. I do a double take take. Sure enough it’s him. Makes since with Ohio plates right?

  76. I don’t care how much these filthy losers have the sac to back up their nonsense. You don’t mind simmonds implying your favorite team will get knocked out by the flyers in the playoffs? Whatever.

  77. I for one think the rangers win the game, the battle and the war against these overrated cromagnons

  78. I have zero respect for the Philly franchise, the way it’s run and their troglydite owner.

  79. “I’m pretty sure I’m the only one in here with a Fighting Sioux Hat on.” lol, Sioux!

  80. Boreale,

    There are few people in the world of sports I loathe more than ‘The Snider’, ‘cept maybe his dentally challenged minion, #16.

  81. Who would have believed in 2110 that Brian Boyle would be searching for 3 points to hit 100 late, late into 2014?

  82. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – Boyle’s been 3 Pts away for about a month now..

    Feb 22, 2035

    Boyle 3 Pts away from 100

  83. Not only are the rangers going to loose tonight but the flyers will pound the crap out of the cream puff rangers, especially if the refs call the game with a blind eye. Rangers will get exposed tonight for sure.

  84. *Award-worthy video preview of tonight’s game up above. Give it a click, even if you don’t want to watch it :)*

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers 9
    Filthy 0

    GWG Brassard

    Book it.

    4ever – an Ebony and Rosewood chess set ..4 1/2 inch king

    Gentleman’s word :)

  86. Awesome preview Carp. Equally as awesome is while some of us are schlepping home from work or sitting around exhausted from going in to work at 330am this morning, you’re at work hanging in MSG with the sunset bouncing off the buildings prior to a Rangers- Philthy game.
    Hope you’re thankful every day :-)

    PS- couldn’t agree more about why this game is as important/no more significant. I think we’ll see some playoff style hockey tonight.

  87. Wick, I know he fell out of favor with some after he tried to decapitate Hollweg after his stint here but how many guys have we had that played 4th line and can score 15 goals and put up 220+ penalty minutes in a season? There’s your playable toughness. ;)

  88. Side note- Rangers traded Simon for Blair Betts in 2004. Betts was last seen having his head bashed in by Brashear in a playoff series in which the Rangers had zilch in the toughness department. Prust sayin..

  89. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m getting pre-game jitters….

    Let’s go Rangers
    Let’s go Rangers
    Let’s go Rangers

  90. Robby Bonfire on

    Goose Goslin and I have the same birhtday, I am “proud as a peacock” to say. lol.

  91. tonight will be played like a playoff game and again, rangers will get exposed for the cream puffs that the almighty one (Darth Sather)put together and the reason why even if the rangers made the playoffs will probably get bounced in the first round.

  92. Carp, I know you were unsettled when the Garden was rocking and the bridge was shaking. I of course wish you no harm but let’s just say I hope your terrified tonight.

    LGR !!!

  93. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    James
    Not only was he the ideal “playable toughness” but he was “playable intimidation”. He could honestly play on any line, had 29 goals one season with the caps.

  94. I’m looking forward in seeing miller play. I think this kid is going to be a good player even though some people on here doesn’t and wanted to trade him. The man is only 20.

  95. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Lunch break over, back to work. I’ll be watching the game in 8 hours when I’m off.

    Later heads!!

    LGR and LGD!

  96. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp, great video pre-game report, although the glass behind you was so clear I thought for a moment you were standing on the ledge!

  97. carp, problem there is the Canucks wouldn’t trade Kessler for miller, kind of a pipe dream, no.

  98. I agree with EJ, rangers aren’t built for playoff hockey and I don’t even think it would go 7.

  99. Orr, believe me, I hate the flyers more than you can imagine. I’m at a age where I witness the 70’s flyers and the nonsense they got away with but I’m also a realist and I don’t see the rangers winning that series. I would say flyers in 6. Rangers are not built for playoff hockey which is more physical and intense than the regular season.

  100. Kesler was on my list of guys I wouldn’t mind seeing in blue. until it was reported that he didn’t want to play here.

  101. I figured as much, Tommy. But since AV isn’t going anywhere it’s not a very attractive scenario

  102. Paul in sunrise on

    Watching the nhl rivals thing right now and no mention of “drive a Porsche Hextall drive a Porsche” chant. No mention of the two flyers fans who were dressed in full flyer gear. Cooperalls and sweaters and masks walking the inside concourse between green and yellow getting pelted by the blue seat with beer hot dogs popcorn.

  103. looking back at that Lindros fiasco the rangers were better off not making that deal.

  104. ThisYearsModel on

    THE created space for Stepan and Nash. That is gone for the season. AV should put Pouliot back with MZA and Brassard. Miller can play with Richards and Hagelin. Henrik should come out swinging his stick from minute 1.

  105. Holy Carp am I pumped for this game!!!
    Show up or your slate is poo poo.
    Hope the fans at MSG are using this extra properly!!

    Cheers Boneheads!!!

  106. Stranger Nation on

    Need to use speed against their D and make their Top 6 play the whole sheet.

  107. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Boston Firefighters – prayers for the fallen, prayers for the injured.

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