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


Count the former Rangers in the photo. LOL.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, Mar. 30, 8:00 p.m. ET
Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
Rangers: 41-30-4 (86 pts)
Oilers: 26-39-9 (61 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), as they continue a four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 41-30-4 (86 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Calgary Flames, 4-3, on Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome, to end their season-high winning streak at five games. The Blueshirts are now 6-2-0 in their last eight games, and 4-1-0 in their last five on the road. The Oilers enter the contest with a 26-39-9 (61 pts) record to rank 14th in the Western Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Apr. 1, at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET), as they continue a four-game road trip.

All-Time: 26-28-9-2 overall (12-15-6-1 at home; 14-13-3-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Rexall Place. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 loss in the Rangers’ 6,000 game in franchise history on Feb. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Derick Brassard notched the Blueshirts’ lone goal, while Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello each tallied an assist. Cam Talbot made 29 saves.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss on Oct. 22, 2011 at Rexall Place. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the loss.
• The Rangers and Oilers have been separated by two or fewer goals in seven of their last eight meetings (2-3-0-2 when separated by two or less), with five of those contests being decided by one goal (1-2-0-2)
• The Rangers have registered at least one point in five of their last seven games at Edmonton (2-2-2-1 over the span), dating back to a 3-3 tie on Oct. 8, 1997
• The Blueshirts’ last win at Edmonton was a 4-2 victory on Nov. 5, 2010
• New York is 23-14-0 on the road; Edmonton is 14-19-3 at home
• The Rangers are 12-13-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Oilers are 14-13-4 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists no former Oilers on their roster
• Edmonton lists no former Rangers on their roster

• Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 1-1-2, 2.53 GAA
• Rick Nash – 35 GP, 12-13—25
• Brad Richards – 19 GP, 5-12—17
• Martin St. Louis – 16 GP, 2-10—12
• Anton Stralman – 6 GP, 1-4—5

• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 32-35 (91.4%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 13 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (102.8%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-1 (2:00) on Friday at Calgary. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (44-238, 18.5%), and ranks sixth on the road (26-115, 22.6%). 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 1-2 (3:48) on Friday at Calgary. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (182-216, 84.3%), and is tied for eighth on the road (96-114, 84.2%). 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 did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Friday at Calgary. The Rangers are now -1 in 81 four-on-four situations (125:06), 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 (9): 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); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek).

Henrik Lundqvist registered his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort in a 3-1 win on Wednesday vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goaltender in NHL history to reach the 30-win milestone in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. 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).

Ryan McDonagh has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 contests. He tallied the game-winning goal in two straight games – on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix and Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia – and notched three game-winning goals in a five-game span from Mar. 18-26. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to score the winning goal in consecutive games since Dec. 29-30, 2003 (Tom Poti). He has now tallied six goals in March, which are the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch).

The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix on Mar. 24 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.

New York has won four of their last five road games, and 21 of their last 29 contests away from Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 23-14-0 on the road this season. Their 23 road wins rank second among all NHL teams, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.

• Henrik Lundqvist – five-game winning streak (1.79 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 8-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA, .941 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last 10 contests; has held opponents to two goals or less in 17 of his last 25 games (18-6-1, 1.96 GAA, .934 Sv%, 3 SO)
• Ryan McDonagh – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 contests
• Derek Stepan – 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in his last 18 games, including five assists in the last six contests
• Carl Hagelin – Has recorded a point in five of the last eight games, registering eight points (four goals, four assists) over the span
• Derick Brassard – four goals and five points in the last six games

• Brian Boyle – 1 point from 100th NHL career
• Derick Brassard – 4 games from 400th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 4 games from 600th NHL career
• Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (108 Man-Games Lost):
• John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 4
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 2

• Mar. 26 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. Hope they have shaken off the complacency,need a little fire in their game. The cross ice passes thru traffic have to stop. A lot of talk about Richards revival, I don’t see it, still drives me crazy. Hope he proves me wrong and leads us to the playoffs. LGR!

  2. I think we know the rangers are going to bring a much better effort against this really struggling team tonight,

  3. knowing the tendencies of the rangers they will make the oilers tonight look like the oilers of the 80’s, book it.

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Another team that has nothing to lose. Mistakes prone but with tons of offensive talent. Tighten it up defensively, play without those brain cramps they had in Calgary, and they should be able to leave Edmonton with 2 points.

  5. Mcsorley, kurri, Anderson, TGO, Mess how did I do Carp? Sather still looks like a pompous ass

  6. Stranger Nation on

    so NY Post article takeaways:
    – Richards will get him out of his funk
    – Marty’s family is doing great

    Dont know whether to laugh or cry

    more importantly, Cam can tonite!!

  7. This is a game you have to have after losing in Calgary. Jackets win makes things tighter. Let’s keep the distance.

  8. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    My two takeaways from the Post article:

    1. I have never seen so many ‘I’ comments in my life. I mean, I haven’t seen a player so interested in himself. I shouldn’t be so contrary and I won’t condemn. But, there must be about 15-20 comments about himself. I think that leads me to wonder if he is a team player, or an ‘I’ player. (Stated with a lot of ‘I’s’ for emphasis)

    Prust saying.

    2. Richie Rocket feels he’s the ONE to help Marty out of this, more than anyone else. “I can handle it.”

    Oh, really???? Yes, you EARN enough to have the shoulders broad enough to carry it. But, are you THE player that can? You had 2 ‘better’ games in the last month. Prove it, big mouth.

  9. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    And, Sioux, an open challenge, my friend.

    Watch out for Union!!!

    Seriously, be pretty cool if they meet in the finals!! Good luck!!

  10. Mrs. Manny just called Greenpoint, Brooklyn “Greenberg” It’s like an entire Jewish Borough!

  11. The Rangers seem to be throwing away their record, to these types of teams over the course of the season, ilb. I’ll take the win when I see it in the standings.

    And BR seems to playing the role of gold bricker these days…agree with all that is said about his high opinion of BR, sitting on his laurels (not playing hard enough to sit on his duff!) and is ready to be sent out to stud. Sadly, I think he still has Slather’s ear. No Van Gogh jokes, please!

  12. Matty – I know my team doesn’t have the “best” it could have. But what I like about the Sioux “STEAL” last night was the resiliency it showed.

    They 2OT game winner came from the Conner Gaarder. Who’s he, he was the player that was encouraged to WALK ON, when JT MILLER decided he didn’t want to go to school at the last minute. Gaardy was going to play a division 3 school at Wisconsin STOUT.

    And to see HIM get the game winner….. was priceless. What even better is watching him interview after the game. It might have been his first in his life, funny stuff.

  13. Which brings up the debate, I really wish JT would have gone THE KRIEDER, STEPAN, MCDONAGH, BOYLE, ST LOUIS, HAGELIN, D MOORE route.

    The Rangers would have JT on an entry level deal for 2 more years, while getting bigger & stronger, while dominating playing in all situations….. or riding the bench for varsity.

  14. Matty – anything can happen in the one and done tournament. So here’s hoping Zane can steal two more games.

    Maybe Rocco can have another 2 Goal “Gold Medal” Game.

  15. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Sioux, no doubt anything can happen. And I’d rather be an underdog than favorite. Even against a young Providence yesterday there were a few unsettling moments.

    The team seems quite balanced, though, and even tempered. As well, Stevens (goalie) has been pro quality. Always helps.

    Looking forward to seeing who else gets in. May go on the 10th and 12th (if they proceed to finals).

    You going?

  16. Matty, we would have if we hadn’t just gone to NEW YORK. That and I’m out of Vacation days :(

    I’ve gone to the last 3 Frozen Fours the Sioux, so there’s a chance if I get the time off.

    Are you a UNION Alumni?

  17. There will be 3,000 Sioux fans in Philly. Charter planes, and Bus trips are already getting full. A college friend of mime Father take 2 Greyhounds to EVERY FROZEN four. One for the Elders, and one for the Party Shots Group :)

  18. Union must be the least known old, old, pre 1800’s school extant. Their motto, however, is not in Latin, but French. Riddle me that.

  19. That sounds like an awesome trip, Sioux! Philly is a really great city filled with absolutely horrible sports fans/teams.

    (sorry, eric)

  20. I think it was Walt Frazier saying on TV the other day how, when you’re a desperate team you want to play against a team as desperate or more desperate … not a team that has nothing to lose.

    Good crack of noon, Sally!

  21. first off, lets go Bruins, secondly I truly hope the bruins are leading by more than 2 goals with a 1 minute left because I guarantee you won’t see simmons or hartnel pull the crap they pulled the other night against the rangers. It does matter if you got guys on your team who can fight and I’m not talking about goons. I’m talking about guys who can play the game of hockey but also when need be drop the gloves. Those players are lucic, Iginla, thorton, smith, chara and McQuaid. Rangers have none and I don’t count Carcillo or Dorsett. Those 2 are small and will lose almost every time.

  22. “I didn’t talk about it with AV, but in my opinion I think I’m in the best position to try and help Marty get going,” said running buddy and co-Cup winner Richards. “I can handle it.

    My take away from the article.

    Hey Marty, don’t worry so much, like I told Ricky last year and you before you got here. This place is great, you get tons of dough if you weren’t drafted by the rangers and you really don’t have to do much. Just try a lot more bad angle shots and things will be just fine”

  23. Oh, I’d love to see Simmonds slashing Chara’s glove off with 3 sec left on the clock. Or Rinaldo pushing Lucic head first into the crossbar. Can you say LTIR?

  24. We need video replay on Hanks Advil commercial, at least 10 pucks looked like they were in :)

  25. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m probably the only one that would have zero problem with carcillo or dorsett consistently being on the first line.

  26. ThisYearsModel on

    Sioux–A good friend and Ranger fan that I used to sit with at Avalanche games when I lived in Denver has gone to the last 10 Frozen Fours. This year, he has also worked in a Yankees-Red Sox game and a Rangers-Carolina game with a trip to Cosby’s and to Avery’s restaurant. I must admit, that is a pretty cool trip. Wish I was going with him.

  27. I don’t think Avery has a piece of a restaurant any more. Maybe he brought too much to the table.

  28. Unless Columbus catches Philly and NYR stay in second … or CBJ finish second and NYR third … or NYR finish fourth … or fifth … Or unless Washington catches somebody (LOL).

  29. Yea. The Caps are a joke.

    I just meant…. #2 plays #3. Right now we would play Phlyers. Someone has to overtake them and then us.

  30. TV must follow some kind of sub rosa Bettman protocol. Impossible that they can flub this stuff time after time.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If it had been ice dancing with Stars….Avery would win hands down… Especially if he wore a tight fitting glittery sparkly outfit…

  32. @rangersreport

    So I guess having all those tough guys in B’s lineup doesn’t deter Rinaldo as is the popular misconception.

  33. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I think having guys like iggy in your line up instantly answers guys like Rinaldo.

    It makes a difference.

  34. ThisYearsModel on

    Deter Rinaldo? The only thing that could do that would be prison. Guy is the consummate cement-head in the glorious Flyer tradition. The Dave Brown of the new millennium.

  35. “@rangersreport

    So I guess having all those tough guys in B’s lineup didn’t doesn’t deter Rinaldo as is the popular misconception.”

    lets see if he does it twice…………. then I might buy it….

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The only way guys “deter” cheap shots if you match lines/players.

    Ie everytime you see Rinaldo go over the boards, you send thorton and his sole purpose is to engage him. A lot of trouble to go through IMHO (the Simon chasing brashear around until they fight example)

    I think it makes a huge difference the type of players and their disposition that you put on the ice.

  37. Rinaldo is out there to play one style of hockey. If he was deterred by anyone in the NHL then he wouldn’t be playing in the NHL.

  38. Thornton can’t prevent Rinaldo from doing that. Nobody can. Thornton can fight him if he’s on the ice together, but it won’t deter him.

  39. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Rinaldo will NOT run around all game against the bruins.

    He’s like a kid testing their limits. A tough team will take him out behind the woodshed and give him a shine box, the rangers…not so much

    Book it

  40. Still feel be difficult to over take flyers for 2nd with there 2 games in hand. Now let’s stay focused on 3rd and not wild card and trip to Pittsburgh or bost.

    As much I would like home ice vs flyers with 8 straight putting pressure on them in games 1 and 2 might not be a bad thing. We can win a game 7 on the road.

  41. Because Rinaldo isn’t out there to score goals. And he’s not out there to play defense. He’s pretty much out there to run around and knock people over. And if he’s not going to relentlessly play that way then the Phlyers would just send him down because if he’s intimidated then he’s useless to them.

  42. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I just don’t agree. I think the type of team you have makes a difference. You will never stop every single dumb hit, but if you have several guys that are willing to go, it matters.

    Locked doors keep honest people honest, tougher lineup keep honest players honest and thus deter some activities by some players.

    Personally I match guys like Ronaldo shift for shift.

  43. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Or if you don’t want to match the footy player Ronaldo, you could do it with cement head Rinaldo

  44. Well, one of the league’s best cheap-shot artists just knocked out one of the most honest, respected players in the game … and I didn’t see any prevention of that by the toughest lineup in the league.

  45. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Someone tried to step in from Boston, but Rinaldo started throwing…guy should have jumped in anyhow…

    Instigator rule is so stupid

  46. I think Nash needs some sort of protection on his lineup. I think Dorsett is fast enough, defensively smart enough and definitely tough enough to not only hang out there with Nash but also to crash the net and open up some lanes for Nash.

  47. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Makes no sense according to your 1:13 protection doesn’t matter!!

    But I agree with you!

  48. Not sure AV thinks of Dorsett as anything more than a 4th line energy player…which is a shame because Dorsett will actually engage in puck battles and create turnovers unlike some other “superstars” on the top 2 lines.

  49. Here we go…..

    I didn’t say protection doesn’t matter. I’m talking about Nash being hit and shoved AFTER the whistle as well. Where Dorsett can get in there and physically put his body in between Nash and his current assailant. I think Nash needs the *confidence* of knowing someone will try to protect him.

    And yes, that is separate from, and will not stop, cheap shot artists like Rinaldo and the like.

  50. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    And the bruins tough team does what the rangers do not, they physically respond…the flyers will know they played the bruins

  51. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    That last shift is exactly why the instigator rule is stupid, let Thornton regulate Rinaldo

  52. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Doesn’t make sense manny.

    Get rid of the instigator rule and guys like Rinaldo are less of an issue

  53. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’d love to see to a bruins flyers series…good tough hockey (not at the rangers expense obviously)

  54. I would love to get rid of the instigator rule. Love to.

    Carp you think that’s true about Hartnell? So now you’re on Vicky’s side?

  55. Carcillo – Tostitos – Rinaldo

    Flyers could have made them the faces of the franchise. Could there have been a more feared trio wearing Orange Crap on their sleeves? #deterrence #imtimidationfactor

  56. The more and more u watch bruins rangers lose series in 3. Don’t bother for a game 4.

  57. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Eric yep, and actual good two way fwd, not like SATW that most think is a two way fwd

  58. Listening to Flyer feed. Two great quotes:

    1. “A game between two of the best teams in the league”

    2. “That lat goal was a terrible goal. It was like the stuff they let in in 1978”

  59. Marchand is an excellent player and a glove fit for this team. I just can’t get by his beak.

  60. Even Simmons. Barely notice him.

    Flyers were stupid today should have lulled bruins to sleep. Prob be diff story right now.

  61. Rinaldo interviewed by Flyers host after 2nd:

    “We’re going to come back and win this game. They call us the ‘Comeback Kids’ for a reason”.

    You can’t make this stuff up.

  62. WOW. That’s Grand Theft, that’s almost as good as McDonagh for Gomez & no Gomez :)

  63. Carp – so I was dreaming last night, that you were in a blizzard, trying to get your Fighting Sioux flag up the pole, after the 2OT win last night.

    Just to wake up to a winter storm coming that is going to dump up to 15″ of snow on us the next 2 days.

  64. Matty, do they still say “and that’s good for a case of Tasty Cakes” when the flyers score?

  65. Chara should be stripped of Norris for that……unless they wanted to work on their 5 on 3 kill.

  66. “A terrible 5 on 3” said the Flyers radio fellow . Man, this guy doesn’t mince words.

  67. Robby Bonfire on

    Interesting, any and all references to the points Hagelin has registered over a span of games. Does Hagelin have a single PP point in his career? Has Hagelin, other than a couple PP-credited seconds, now and then, while getting off the ice, have any certifiable PP time under either of the two NHL coaches he has played for? And if not, why not?

    So many Ranger system young players cannot get to New York, in deference to journeyman acquisitions from other teams; while, in Hagelin’s case, the minute he gets here he is treated like a 30-year old, limited-tools journeyman/roster filler.

    How the hell does anybody really know what Hagelin could add to, or detract from, via his inclusion on the power play, until he is given that chance? Christ, a year ago, when we had NO PP to speak of, Hagelin STILL was not given a chance to add his speed dimension to that vital component of a hockey game. What was the downside risk, here, anyway, when there was nothing to lose and so much, potentially, to gain, by a little experimentation and the demonstration of a little guts?

    We know the Rangers front office has no guts, but can we at least try to do a little better than that, down on the ice, or do we have to mimic the decade-plus policy of reticent failure, filtering down from above?

  68. Hi gentle men,

    Carcillo on the first line, eh? Just the kind of brilliant move that puts AV on top of the list … to direct the next Cirque du Soleil show.

    What is this court jester possibly thinking? This is the kind of move that smells of desperation. Of knowing that your team is about to embark on a death-spiral that will – as someone previously pointed out – make the current Oilers “look like the Oilers from the 80s” and subsequently lead to a sequence of losses that will eliminate this clown-squad from the playoffs.

    The current bookmakers put the odds of this team making the playoffs at 97%. As CARP would put it, “that’s hogwash.” And I concur. If history tells us anything it’s that these no-talents will find a way to go back to the future and stink-up-the-join in unimaginable ways. That … and that MSL is already transformed into the prototypical NYR mercenary.

    He may not score another goal this year. Seriously. That half-man looks like a train-wreck-on-wheels when he’s handing the puck. As if he’s never skated, much less played hockey. Reminds me of Erica Christensen’s worst days when she played on the 4th line of the Mayan Astronomers.

    This team is a runaway joke that’s about to collide tonight with a team hungry to make a statement.

    Oilers 9, Rangers 0.

  69. Pimp – They don’t want to put a goal scorer up there. That would make too much sense. Leave THE Count down under.

  70. ThisYearsModel on

    MIAMI—None of that stuff in your incredibly long post matters. We are 0-1 without THE. This is the real problem. We may not win again until THE returns to action.

  71. No, you can’t stop goons and semi-goons from gooning and trying to intimidate because most, without they play that way, they apply for the A&P.

    But, if you have a goon of your own, or a smattering of players like Prust and Dorsett, you can try to keep them busy and away from your more timid goalscoring threats after whistles, at the very least.

    How’s that first sentence for a Damon Runyon?

  72. Dorsett is an energizer bunny, a former ‘A’, will hit, forecheck, can skate, backcheck, never backs down unless told to do so, and shows some offensive smarts. What’s not to like?

  73. ThisYearsModel on

    Refs decided this game with a bogus hand pass call. The empty netter would have quickly followed. These clowns cannot even get a hand pass call right.

  74. Vinny has a lot of woof in him, and Torts realized that early on … Berube just figured it out. Needs to have his nose newspapered once in a while.

  75. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Your 2:57 is exactly correct and what I have been saying.

    Remember prust vs Simmonds on 24/7 and prust warning him then scrapping and then Simmonds calmed the Falk down

  76. LOL – nose newspapered once in a while. Great analogy Carp.

    Kind of like Torts sitting Rocket Richie in the playoffs :)

  77. fugging bruins, are you kidding. They made the puck look like a live hand grenade and were afraid to touch it, ridiculous.

  78. ThisYearsModel on

    Zdeno Norris is getting slow. If you challenge him with speed he is vulnerable. Problem is, nobody ever challenges him.

  79. what’s amazing in todays nhl is you have two refs, not one like the old days and they are horrible, miss way to many calls and make calls you scratch your head about.

  80. Nice rope a dope by Boston for over a period. Too bad their play hurts us more than anyone. If they tried the whole game, what? 5-2? 6-3?

  81. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Back call by ref cost us a point…we show up in Carolina this point doesn’t matter

  82. Brady Skjei & the Goofs play at 6:30.

    Johnny Hockey & BC play at 4:00.

    Rangers at 7:30

    All CDT so add 1.

  83. ThisYearsModel on

    Steven Fogarty was partially responsible for ND’s loss last night when he gacked up the puck at the red line for no reason.

  84. Just about every team has a “Carolina game” or two through the course of the season. C’mon

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Shostakovich’s “The Nose” is playing on “Great Performances at the Met” in a tribute to Marchand

  86. When the Rangers are in Boston, Lundqvist rents out Marchand’s left nostril to park his Maserati.

  87. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on


    I Gregarantee it!!

  88. Rangers could get to the Stanley Cup final and lose game 7 and the blame would be placed on “that Carolina game”

    Let it go already. The Calgary loss has exactly the same impact.

  89. Claudius approaches Sam Malone, next visit to Cheers:

    “Do you have a Woody working here?”

    Sam looks down at zipper.

    “Not at the moment,no.”

  90. helpformistertwistyssingularmisconceptions on

    No one, not even Wacky, suggests there is a perfect solution to goons unless all hockey, and all “sports” for that matter – fans to players to coaches to clueless CEOs – suddenly stops the commitment to be twelve years old forever.

    Go on the ice, or court, or field or pitch to find out if you are the better side THAT contest, and be big enough to accept that sometimes you’re not, and since these are all LITTLE BOY constructs anyway, it just doesn’t have much lasting importance (Eric?????). Leave behind all temptations to skew the result by extra-curricular shenanigans: “gamesmanship.’ Strive to be a gamer, not a gamesman. Dave Shultz, beating on smaller guys who were not combative, and occasionally bigger guys who were not combative, is recognized anywhere but the ice as a contemptible coward and bully, anything but a MAN.

    Wacky pushes the notion of toughness too far; Mister Twisty not far enough, in my ‘umblest of opinions.
    As some have stated, goons will always be goons. But Hartnell-types will always be Hartnell-types. As for chqanging any Rinaldo-type, takes time. Patience, near-sighted Grasshopper:-). See Carcillo!

    And while I’m at it: the rules for predictions generally go like this: you assess a side, top to bottom, inside and out, and you make your best guess where they’ll finish. Mid-season, you don’t get to say: “Well, if only so-and-so and such-and-such had played the way I thought they would play, I would now look like a seer, instead of a clueless knucklehead.” Your assessment of so-and-so and such-and-such is at the heart of your prediction. Own it with grace.

    And a tangent to that: several teams in the East have had extraordinary numbers of games lost to injury by key guys. Puts the “third-best in the East” team’s injury totals to shame. Red Wings, and Jackets, to name just two, might have a handful or two more points if their hurt levels were the same as the Rangers. Unforeseen waves of damage ARE a legit excuse for GMs and coaches
    (as opposed to predictable ones, a la Rick from Columbus).

    Lastly (yay!!!! yayyyyy!!!), today was a demo why Flys MIGHT be better than the Rangers, when viewed against the league (obviously, Rs own Fs last few years, as Flys own Penguins in that time). They can at least COMPETE
    with the big bad boy clubs.

  91. I watched that clip, Coos. Pretty silly, but wasn’t the Federal league was the league in Slap Shot?

    Life imitating “art”.

  92. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    We get the worst team in the league tonight and Cam Talbot is in goal!!!??? Whaaaaa? This is a FREE BEE and we let our back up take over? Is Hank tired? Is Hank at a point where he needs to relax? Calgary beat us and yeah Calgary plays well. They KILLED the Oilers 8 – 0 the other night and then beat the Chicago loser club the next game. Then they beat us. So the Oilers tonight are a gimme. It is a free win and even with Hank not in the line up AGAIN vs the Oilers I say we still beat them…bad. Rangers win tonight folk or I’ll eat my hat!!

    Its a wrap , games Gregarenteed tonight!!!

  93. Love the photo, Seven ex-Rangers in there. Plus we have Edmonton weather here in PA. Baseball practice called on account of snow.

  94. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    errrr… Romeo I only count 6 Rangers , where do you see a 7th?

  95. I was waiting for someone to bite on that. There is about 3 inches of some player’s left shoulder in the photo.

    He is the 7th player and since virtually every Edmonton Oiler was traded for, or signed, by Neil Smith back in those days, I was just playing percentages.

  96. the worst team in the league that beat Anaheim last night?

    they could be inspired. They have talent… just not veteran leadership….

    Rangers are probably barely favored here…..

    I’m glad Talbot is in the net.he might wake up the team

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