Rangers at Canucks tonight (10 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Tuesday, Apr. 1, 10:00 p.m. ET
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
Rangers: 42-30-4 (88 pts)
Canucks: 34-31-11 (79 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), 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 42-30-4 (88 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 5-0, on Sunday at Rexall Place, to tie a franchise record with their 24th win on the road this season. The Blueshirts are now 7-2-0 in their last nine games, and 5-1-0 in their last six on the road. The Canucks enter the contest with a 34-31-11 (79 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Apr. 3, at Pepsi Center (9:00 p.m. ET), as they conclude a four-game road trip.

All-Time: 74-30-8-0 overall (40-13-5-0 at home; 34-17-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the first and only meeting at Rogers Arena. New York is 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Nov. 30 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play was 2-3 (66.7%) in the contest. Chris Kreider posted his first career hat trick, while Rick Nash tallied three points (one goal, two assists). Cam Talbot made 35 saves.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road), following a 4-0 win on Oct. 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena. The Rangers tallied all four goals in the third period. Ryan McDonagh registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 8-8 in the contest.
• The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak against the Canucks, having out-scored Vancouver, 10-2, over the span
• New York is 24-14-0 on the road; Vancouver is 18-12-6 at home
• The Rangers are 13-13-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Canucks are 14-13-4 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists one former Canuck on their roster: Raphael Diaz (2013-14)
• Vancouver lists one former Ranger on their roster: Chris Higgins (2009-10)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 2-3-0, 2 SO, 2.50 GAA
• Rick Nash – 36 GP, 15-16—31
• Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 4-15—19
• Brad Richards – 18 GP, 8-10—18
• Ryan McDonagh – 3 GP, 1-2—3

• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 36-39 (92.3%) with six shorthanded goals in the last 14 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-6 (11:42) on Sunday at Edmonton. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (45-244, 18.4%), and sixth on the road (27-121, 22.3%). 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 4-4 (7:44) with two shorthanded goals on Sunday at Edmonton. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (186-220, 84.6%), and seventh on the road (100-118, 84.8%). 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 (8): 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); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:16) on Sunday at Edmonton. The Rangers are now -1 in 83 four-on-four situations (127:22), 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 Mar. 26 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 seven games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 15 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).

New York has won five of their last six road games, and 22 of their last 30 contests away from MSG. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have tied their franchise record for road wins in a season, posting a record of 24-14-0 on the road. They are also tied for the league lead in road wins.

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

• Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-1-0 in the last five games (2.16 GAA, .922 Sv%, 1 SO) and 8-3-0 in his last 11 (1.91 GAA, .934 Sv%, 2 SO); has held opponents to two goals or less in 17 of his last 26 games (18-7-1, 2.04 GAA, .931 Sv%, 3 SO)
• Ryan McDonagh – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 15 contests
• Derek Stepan – 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 17 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his last 19 games, including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last six contests
• Rick Nash – five goals in the last seven games
• Carl Hagelin – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last nine games
• Derick Brassard – five goals and six points in the last seven games
• Benoit Pouliot – four assists in the last four games

• Brian Boyle – 1 point from 100th NHL career
• Derick Brassard – 3 games from 400th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 3 games from 600th NHL career
• Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (110 Man-Games Lost):
• John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 5
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 3

• Mar. 31 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Chris McCarthy

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  1. So no-one knows anything about this McCarthy kid then?
    Sounds like a JT Miller type who’ll need a year or two in the AHL to see if he can cut it?

    I guess the scouts are having to fill the gaps left by trading our picks for MSL this year and Clowe last year?

  2. If Torts cant cut it as a coach in Vancouver…can he cut the rug with a Paso Doble on Dancing with the Stars? He would be following in the footsteps….well, not literally, of his good buddy (and supermodel hashtagger) Sean Avery. His post dance comments would keep viewers glued to their chairs with his self deprecating humor…and, of course, his shirtless and toned body…finally revealing several #16 tattoos!

  3. Is the Kreider’s injury really season ending as Brooks wrote in the Post? Did he crush his hand? I didn’t think it was quite that serious…

  4. I won’t be watching at that late hour…but should be an interesting tape. LGR! Every win helps. Suspect the Canucks will *not* be a pushover in this contest. Most interesting will be BR’s reaction to playing against Tort’s team at this time of year. Until tomorrow…

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

    Looks like Tort’s was fired…

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

    Dominic Moore will be on the line with St.Louis and Bad Richards? I think Dominic dominates the puck. He is always Strong on the puck , learned that playing with the Penguins. D.Moore deserves more ice time , hes just that good.

  7. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Well, well, well…..the coach is now putting:

    Hags up with Step and Nash. Check. Could help speed, etc.

    Pouillot-Brassard–Zucc’s together. Check. Best line we got.

    Tinker, tinker….doesn’t want to blow up the 4th, but, once again, end of year, and that Richards guy needs help finding a line mate again. Can’t he make ANYONE look better, even after his bold comment, “I am the ONE on this team to help Marty get on track.”

    If this were football he would have been released.

  8. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Seriously, this is like Calgary-PLUS, a few days ago, but with so many cross-themes.

    Don’t think for a sec Torts doesn’t know EVERY detail of how this team is doing. He’s watching. He never wanted to leave.

    Be Strong boys, BIG GAME!!!!

  9. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    As you look at the east conference standings, one team stands out to me. Great coaching. Amazing system to be where they are.

    Detroit. Wow. Injuries, player losses. AHL players. Right there in the thick of the mix.


  10. Matty – i think that’s why Babcock is getting a lot of backing for the Jack Adams this year – they’ve lost a ton of “man-games” to his top players (Z, Datsyuk, Franzen, Helm) but have still remained in the play-off hunt

  11. Stranger Nation on

    _Dominic Moore took shifts skating between Brad Richards (on the left) and Marty St. Louis_
    Hmmm – wonder who suggested this not to long ago….
    Moore is playing well enough and is a two way player. Hags – Step – Nash was their best line last season….until the playoffs…
    Leave the top line alone (Pullout – Borshard – MZA)

  12. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    At least they are starting the hockey game at a reasonable hour tonight!!!!

  13. Oh yeah Wicky – i love the 3am puck drops. Looks like i’ll be watching it on delay almost around the time its finishing!

  14. iDoodie Machetto on

    Love the late start. Now I don’t have to worry about watching the game at all. Just not happening.

  15. I’m very content with Moore centering that line. Can’t say I like much about Richards but I do like him better on the wing.

  16. Rangers West on

    Torts on MSL, Cally and comparisons of he & AV: “We’re losing, so I’m the idiot; they’re winning, he’s the smart guy”

    Torts should be working with poets in an MFA program.

  17. Anyone know when playoff tickets go on sale, or presale (with your credit card that MSG has a deal with this year)? They go on sale before we actually make the playoffs which is ajinx in and of itself, but I don’t want to miss them!

  18. WBM (c)

    1) Richards
    2) MSL
    3) Stralman
    4) Nash
    5) Stepan

    I think it’s about time we removed Beast Mode Boyle from the WBM.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    _I think it’s about time we removed Beast Mode Boyle from the WBM._

    Good April Fools joke!

  20. You saw through my ruse.


    0) Boyle
    1) Richards
    2) MSL
    3) Stralman
    4) Nash
    5) Stepan

  21. See this is the problem with TEXTS from Torts. They have to be TEXTS. Like…TO someone.

  22. I have to go into work maybe 3 days out of the entire year. Makes total sense a west coast start would be one of those 3 work day eves.

  23. Good morning ‘heads!

    Sire Father!

    Tonight’s a DVR game – Delete Vancouver in Regulation!

  24. NHL or NBA should set their trade deadline to April 1st just to ruin everyone’s life.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t like that we are breaking up our lines that work to accommodate one that doesn’t. We finally have a good 4th line and now we’re going to ruin that? Put JT Miller on wing with either Stepan and Nash or St. Louis and Richards (he could also center those two), and leave the 4th line alone.

  26. Doodie Machetto on

    At least AV had the good sense to keep the real first line together. Now if he had the good sense to treat them that way, especially on the PP.

  27. The fact that our two bottom six lines are the ones that work and should be preserved makes me very sad.

  28. Doodie Machetto on

    BTW, good luck trying to insult me. My name is Doodie. My parents have already done all of the work.

  29. Why in the world do we keep on messing up our line combos to suit MSL even our PP has gotten bad. Did it ever dawn upon anybody that maybe we’re trying to put a square block in a round hole; this recipe is just not working. Perhaps MSL does adapt well with the style and talent of this team. He seem to be over-thinking and pressing. There is no “I” in the word team. The question is “Is he doing enough without the puck (since he’s not scoring) to not disrupt the chemistry of this team.

  30. Doodie Machetto on

    Hey Stanny, why don’t you mumble some incoherent thoughts about the Rangers powerplay in the 1930s. Then say Gordie Howe is the best player ever.

  31. Based on these stupid changes who’s going to center the 4th line. Will Boyle, Dorsett & Carcello cut the mustard. Can’t change the team for one player. I hope I’m wrong.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    I can tell the two on the right are MZA and McD. Hard to figure out the rest. I think it’s Brassard immediately next to MZA and then Stepan at the far left. But those are total guesses.

  33. Doodie Machetto on

    lone, I think the real damage to the 4th line is the removal of D.Moops. I will say this though, I think he has been really, REALLY good since the Olympic break. Maybe his work in keeping possession helps Richards and St. Louis.

    But let me be clear: the problem with any line Richards is on is Richards.

  34. Yesterday was Gordie Howe’s birthday. He turned 86. Also, He was on the Hartford Whalers once.

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    Stepan, Brassard, Zucc, and McD were my guesses too. Based on the direction of their gazes, I’m guessing it’s:

    McD – Donkey Kong (1st place)
    Zucc – Peach (2nd place)
    Brass – Bowser (3rd place)
    Stepan – Yoshi (4th place)

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard has 5 goals in 7 games. As we saw last year in the playoffs, he rises on the big stage. I expect no less down the stretch and into the playoffs. Big balls on #16.

  37. I love Mario Kart for N64 and I am always, always, always Luigi. No great strengths but no great weaknesses. Just solid.

  38. E3 – Someone has to step up in the playoffs.

    No Hit Nash – was almost invisible last year.

    Perhaps MSL is saving himself for the playoffs :)

  39. 9 Days till the Frozen Four :)

    Sioux 7 > Goofs 5

    Pretty impressive 12 National Championships between them.

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    Sioux, I am almost certainly facing defeat. Please provide me with the logo for me to make good on our wager.

  41. Doodie Machetto on

    Goldeneye, Goldeneye, Goldeneye. There is no other multiplayer game for N64.

  42. I went through a blunts/hot pockets/Goldeneye phase for about a year there. It was hardcore.

  43. Toad’s Turnpike on Extra mode in Mario Kart 64 will always be one of the most difficult challenges in any video game.

    Doodie, Goldeneye is one of the best games ever, IMO, but it hasn’t aged well at all, unlike most N64 games.

  44. Rob – are you going? There’s a chance I could make it, but work may get in the way.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    I agree it hasn’t aged well, but that’s basically due to the invention of dual analog controls. The polygonal graphics aren’t great, either, but would be easily overlooked if the controls were better.

    I played the Goldeneye remake on Wii using a Gamecube controller and thought it was excellent, even though the game was basically the same.

  46. They really are, Booby. Throw in N64 Bomberman and I’m set on video games for LIFE

  47. ?@iancmclaren as per @capgeek, Alex Ovechkin’s no-move clause kicks in on July 1. could make for an interesting draft weekend, eh? #Caps

  48. Rob in Beantown on

    No, I’m not going. I’ll be in Philly later in the month but not that weekend.

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    There is no way the Caps deal Ovechkin. None. It would literally be hitting the reset button on the franchise.

  50. Doodie Machetto on

    Everybody played the “no Odd Job” rule.

    The only exception was when we were playing with someone who really sucked.

    Occasionally, since I was better than my friend with whom I played the most, I would let him be Odd Job to make it more competitive.

  51. Manny it’s a 50/50 thing. Mrs. Sioux had me tag along to St. Thomas for a week, then 3 Days in New York, now 3 Days in Philly ??????

    Trust me, it’s not like I don’t WANT to be THERE! It just would have been a little easier had I WON the WSOP last year :) I wouldn’t have this 8 to 5 thing hanging over my head.

  52. Rob in Beantown on

    They pick really terrible Frozen Four host cities in my opinion. Philly? DC? Tampa? The closest hockey school to Philly is Princeton, but after that it’s pretty far. It should always be in the Northeast or Midwest

  53. What needs to change is the regional tournaments.

    The NCAA isn’t very bright when it comes to locations.

    They will have the Final 5 / Frozen Faceoff for the conference finals. It was the best weekend in college hockey, 18,000 fans would be in the XCEL at St. Paul, cheering for their teams in front of a Packed house.

    Then the regionals pull 1/10 of that.

  54. Doodie I got outbid on that clock, at Cullen’s Children Foundation, silent auction. I wanted it bad.

  55. Always fun when headhunters call you at work. “Sounds like I caught you at a bad time”.

    Ya think?

  56. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Not bad enough, apparently.

    And the clock is symbolic of me counting down until I can have my own logos back.

  57. Rob in Beantown on

    When we visit Philly from NYC we usually take the NJ Transit from Penn Station and get picked up in Trenton, which is really close to Philadelphia. If you can swing it that way you can save over $100 per ticket.

  58. I think one of the Civilians or one of the scientists if also cheating. That one is really small.

    Temple, Grenade Launchers
    Library, Pistols

  59. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Any level (but especially Complex, Bunker, and facility), Proximity Mines
    Bunker, Power Weapons or Grenade Launcher
    Stack, Rockets
    Basement, Pistols
    Facility, Power Weapons or Pistols
    Temple, Grenade Launcher or Rockets
    Archives, Lasers or Pistols

  60. It’s my time off, that’s the hold up. I would fly or drive. Last time we drove to Denver. The journey was as fun as the trip. Sioux lost to BC in the semi’s, but luckily the Heartland Poker Tour was at Blackhawk, a 40 minute drive up the mountains. I play a qualifier and win the seat to the main event!

  61. Siouxdie Machetto on

    I do pistols license to kill in the basement. More narrow corridors, less open space. Makes the action so intense.

  62. Siouxdie Machetto on

    It’s funny how the magnum goes from domination to worthless just by turning on license to kill.

  63. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Everyone also agrees, the Klobb is the most useless weapon in the history of FPS, right?

  64. I found a reason to sign Steve OTT:

    @otterN9NE “@EricaRene4: Taking MY @ViolentGents dog for a walk! I think he needs VG bandana ???? @otterN9NE pic.twitter.com/XRG4z6H1CQ” ????

  65. License to Kill is a *MUST* when playing with pistols.

    Sometimes I like to play MAGNUMS only.

  66. Siouxdie Machetto on

    What were your rules on shooting people who had respawned and not yet obtained a weapon?

    Generally, we used to allow them to find a gun, but the moment they even picked it up, let alone be able to fire it, we would open fire.

  67. Siouxdie Machetto on

    License to kill isn’t a must with pistols. It just becomes about controlling the cougar magnum, just like power weapons is about controlling the RCP-90.

  68. Siouxdie Machetto on

    I rarely played with sniper rifles.

    I rarely drive steamboats, dad. Quit acting like I’m a steamboat operator.

  69. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Brooks is such a piece of garbage.

    Torts isn’t here anymore, he works for Vancouver. You cover the Rangers. No need to call him an idiot.

    Way to stay classy, Brooksie.

  70. Rob in Beantown on

    Klobb is worthless. You are better off running and finding a better weapon than ever fighting with a Klobb.

    Complex, Power Weapons is my other favorite setting. That was a really good map for those.

  71. @WhalersNHL 3On this date in 1994, #Whalers GM Paul Holmgren enters the Betty Ford Clinic after being arrested on DUI charges .

  72. Manny,

    I have several weapons of choice.

    Smith & Wesson 9MM if you break into my house.
    Remington 7MM if you are a Moose or an Elk.
    DPMS Assault rifle is won at a Ducks Unlimited event, perfect for deer.
    Pellet gun with laser scope if you are the bunny in the back yard :)

  73. I love Grenade Launcher in the Temple. I really like the levels that allow one person to set up and another person to attack. That’s fun.

  74. Siouxdie Machetto on

    I actually thought complex was a really poor map for those. If you got the RCP-90, you could just perch yourself in that little room and basically be unstoppable. It didn’t help matters that the RCP-90 and body armor were located up the ramp right next to the room.

  75. Doodie come on out, you can shoot as much as you want out here. I’ll even let you shoot the Buffalo.

    Just one :)

  76. Siouxdie Machetto on

    The only use for the Klobb was to cover your retreat. Because if you ran out of ammo to the point where you were firing the Klobb, you are running away.

    Manny, I agree with that temple set up, but I also like Rockets in that level for the exact same reason.

  77. Rob in Beantown on

    Heh, yeah, I remember that ramp and room. If somebody ever tried to camp that spot though you could always just avoid it until they leave. I guess it has the potential to be a long stalemate which isn’t ideal.

  78. Rob in Beantown on

    Did you ever play with somebody who got mad if you looked at their screen? Dude, it’s a 24″ television! Screen looking is 100% okay in my book.

  79. Siouxdie Machetto on

    At least with other weapon sets, that room is less of a problem. If you have explosive weapons, you can try and smoke them out by damaging them with fire. If you non-power weapons without explosives (pistols, automatics, etc.), at least you know there’s a chance you’ll live through storming the room.

    But if they have the RCP-90, it’s just a long stalemate over when you turn that corner.

  80. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Screen looking is a mandatory part of the strategy. Something like remote mines becomes completely useless if you can’t look at the other person’s screen.

  81. Carp, possibly the best video game of all time…Goldeneye for Nintendo 64. Probably have to be between the ages of 25-40 to understand the magnitude of this particular awesomeness.

  82. Back from the stomach virus. Not blogging Sunday night felt weird. I could barely even watch as they have been the only game all year I didn’t see in its entirety.

    10 start tonight oh boy. Good thing I was sleeping at 8 last night with no games of nhl significance to rangers last night.

    Anyone think the devils can run the table and get to 93 pts thus making rangers have to get 5 of possible 12 pts remaining.

    Devils schedule is doable as long as they don’t go to shootout. The real team worry about is the jackets because of the two extra games.

    I want the 2-3 matchup vs Phil not first wild card and Pittsburgh.

  83. Yea. Rockets can be really fun.

    The Klobb, as a retreat weapon, really is perfect. It’s so inaccurate that you are bound to hit something even if you’re not aiming at it.

  84. Oh man. Yea. The Desert Eagle is an awesome pistol. You can knock someone out across a huge room with a quality shot!

  85. I had some kids in my high school that went nuts of screen watching. It’s like, what can I do? We can’t box it off. This isn’t a computer setup and we’re not playing _Marathon_ (the best computer game EVER)

  86. I never got into too many computer games but I don’t know you can much better than Half Life.

  87. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Those kids sound like pansies. I’d look at their screens extra and do play by play of what they were doing.

  88. The worst is the kids who claim they “don’t” screen watch and complain about it when you beat them. Everyone screen watches. It still comes down to skill at the end of the game.

  89. I NEVER got into video games when I was young.

    But I’ll never forget hunting with my dog as a kid.

  90. Siouxdie Machetto on

    It was objectively not as good as the others, but I never had more fun playing a computer game.

  91. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Honorable mentions to Quake 2, Unreal Tournament, Monkey Island, and The Oregon Trail

  92. Siouxdie Machetto on

    And Starcraft, Civilizations 1-4, and Warcrafts 1-3 (but not WoW), Diablos 1-2, Dooms 1-2, and Wolfenstein.

    Man, I played a lot of computer games.

  93. Looks like Diaz gets to play against Torts.

    Does he impress AV enough to stay?


  94. Siouxdie Machetto on

    I just started a Goldeneye discussion Oregon trail: me, Manny, Booby, Rob, and Latona. Except it’s a suicide mission: No food.

  95. Speaking of which, all of these dead people here have really upped the blog’s *Metal* *Factor*, which I don’t have to tell you, has been seriously lacking lately.

  96. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Or I should say, that’s what *you* get when I try to ford the 7 foot deep river.

  97. Siouxdie Machetto on

    We spent the whole day talking about (fictional) guns and murdering our friends. Then 5 people died. It’s all pretty *metal*

  98. Stranger Nation on

    With Diaz – now have too many righty D?!?
    Did Slatapus wake up and draft another AHL college kid?
    Cam tonite, right? coming off shut out?, right?
    Let’s Go Mess!
    Tire fires in Vancouver?
    Torts…we hardly -knew- missed ya…

  99. Vermont has McCarthy listed as 190. Rangers put another 15 magical pounds on him.

  100. *Suicide* is hella metal. Just ask the lead singer of *Mayhem*. What’s slightly more metal is being the other member of the band who finds him, after a shotgun to the head ended his life, and photographing the incident so you can use it for the bands next album cover. That is *METAL*

  101. Today is the most *METAL* day on the blog.

    And remember, May 9th will mark the 3rd annual *VinceA* Day here on the blog. Another great day to be *Metal* and not a Europansy.

  102. Oh yea. One of the members, a guy from *Burzum* awesome Metal band, also *Murdered* one of the other members in 1993ish.

  103. Oh Christ. Apparenrtly Vikerns, the guy that murdered the other one, was sentenced to *21* years in prison for not only the murder but a number of *Church Arsons*

  104. Carp – If the Nucks fire Torts, how long until he is hired by the Flyers :)

    That seems like the perfect fit for the Real Torts to come firing back at the Blueshirts.

  105. I saw the virgin’s [Crosby] spawning forth the snake
    I witnessed tribes ov Judah reduced to ruin
    I watched disciples twelve dissolved by flame
    Looked down on son ov god snuffed in vain

    Blow your trumpets Gabriel!
    As I beheld the bewilderment ov Eden
    Break the bread…and crumb by crumb into the Leviathan’s den…
    Nations fall prey
    Hail my return

    Hosanna Hosanna
    Tribe ov Judah decimate
    Hosanna Hosanna
    Root ov David eradicate

    Hosanna Hosanna
    Let wine ov Sodom fill our mouths
    Hosanna Hosanna
    May Sin ov Gommorah grace our hearts


  107. Wait, when is VinceA day?

    and somebody needs to explain its history for our newer Boneheads.

    and did something really happen to the blog earlier?

  108. Thou spiritual sun! Satan, thou eye, thou lust!Cry aloud! Cry aloud! Whirl the wheel, O my Father, O Satan, O Sun!

  109. Latona
    “Latona has died.”

    April Fool’s! I’m still here.

    April 1st, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Alas, poor Kermit remains dead.

  110. I lobbied upper management for naptime this afternoon to prepare for tonight’s game. I lost.

  111. Is it wrong to think that my handle looks kinda hot all bolded up?

    I like the bold Booby.

  112. Here is my *attempt* to fix *The blog post that I have destroyed with my idiocy.*

  113. They’re right there, Orr. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they win 5 of 7 and get in.

  114. I hope they don’t get in, obviously. I would like their streak of not making the playoffs, pass their fifteen year streak of making it in.

  115. I think that I can <– Makes you guys post everything in bold and italics though

  116. Orr

    I posted earlier today about devils. Don’t be surprised they go 6-0-1 sneak in. They will need jackets lose a few. Our magic number is 5pts combined rangers win/devil losses.

  117. Jackets schedule…

    Avs, Flyers, Hawks, Isles, Yotes, Stars, Tampa, Panthers.

    Not an easy lineup there.

    Caps schedule also tough…

    Stars, Devils, Isles, Blues, Canes, Hawks, Tampa

    Then you have the fading Leaves…

    Flames, Bruins, Jets, Tampa, Panthers, Sens.

  118. sportsfanscontinue to awe on

    Just wanna thank your twelve-year old cousins in Milwaukee
    (where I am now ashamed I lived after Peace Corps and War Corps) for the unexpected standing O for that under-the-rocks, backstabbin’ lyin’ cur Braun of California School of Sports Ethics.

    His Great leadership Seligman makes it even better: “What they should do. Great stuff. He’s one of their own.”

    Their own, indeed. Sports fans everywhere. Ughhh.

  119. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Booby – I was on the can a bit earlier……but I’m off at the moment,..

  120. @TSNBobMcKenzie

    Sounds like University of Wisconsin junior defenceman Jake McCabe leaning towards turning pro now to sign with BUF. Was 2012 2nd rd pick.

    CABER 2.0!!!

  121. So, don’t go breaking my font
    I won’t go breaking your font
    Don’t go breaking my font

  122. Going to the Globe Theatre in London, early May to see Antony and Cleopatra. Open to advice as to whom I should root for?

  123. Classic review: “Last night, The New York Philharmonic played Brahms and lost.”

  124. Where’s Gravy?

    He’s like a half a TV dinner ahead of me in the Bonehead Bronze Medal Match.

  125. Susan and Sterling back on radio guarantees another year of me not listening to Yankee baseball.

  126. Pope of Greenwich Village, completely under rated or properly dismissed ?

    He took my thumb, Charlie.

  127. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Flyers should be ahead 5-0. Blues giving me the blues with their poor play

  128. Thought about it, Hammerhead. Have to be more careful these days for various reasons.

    Anyway, Manny the Embellisher gave us an April Fools’ Day gag by breaking the blog :)

  129. By the way AV is a freaking moron messing with the 4th line. Moore Boyle Dorset been going well why so St. Louis can have Dom Moore on his line.

    Coach is a moron first class jack

  130. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jack Man shot the puck over the glass…filthy with the first pp of the game…miller looking great…rest of the blues not

  131. Columbus won’t go away.

    Rangers win caps lose magic number down to three to clinch playoff spot also will bed three over devs assuming they beat buff

  132. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hitchcock – “it looks like we are in a track meet doing the 800 yard dash out here”

  133. Don’t think he’s a moron, but I do disagree with breaking up the fourth line just to try to get MSL going … thought his buddy, the veteran, vocal non-captain could take care of that.

  134. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    D. Moore deserves the promotion, yes. But, when you have a well working line, stick with it. Brassard’s and D. Moore’s are just fine, thank you. Mix and match the other guys.

  135. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    E3, just paid for my PO tix. That game 3 Round 4 vs. San Jose has your name on it, Brutha!

  136. @LightningTimes

    That’s six goals, 10 points for Callahan in 14 games since he was acquired from the Rangers for Marty St. Louis.

  137. Well, even if MSL doesn’t work out, at least the Rangers get those draft picks from Tampa …

    wait, what?

  138. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Way to go manny, stay on your Falking skates and you won’t break stuff!!

    Quit promising my buffalo (and salmon) to others!!!

    Well done my friend, well done!!

  139. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Matty – my brutha. I be one praying fool hoping it’s all good. Know what I’m sayin?

  140. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Tonight’s the night. Marty will SCORE!!!! Woohoo, 1 in 15. Woohoo!!!!!

    Especially if he plays with Richie Rocket. He’s the self-proclaimed best player and team captain!!! He’s the best….just ask him!!!

  141. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Watching that hot pockets commercial just made my hot pocket feel a rocket, spacely sprocket, Rick Toccet, steal it and hock it….


  142. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Eddie, I can see it clearly. We finish second in the Lesstro beat Filthy, Colombo beats Boston, we are in the Cup Finals!!

    Chicago and LA are wastes. SJ steam rolls through them all.

    See you in June.

  143. LOVE IT when people put words into other people’s mouths. Even better is when they make things up.

  144. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Eric, Ovie comes to New York and he scores 20-20. Something about the water…….

  145. @KennyAlbert
    John Tortorella told Eddie Lack (Swedish goalie who idolized Henrik Lundqvist): “Beat him and I’ll introduce you after the game.”

    that’s actually pretty funny!

  146. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    Lev, I re-read the article. Thanks for re-posting.

    I mean, there’s no question, Rocket will be captain next year. No one better.

  147. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on

    This Philly -St. L score is starting to worry me. Definitely feeling Eric-like.

  148. Stranger Nation on

    _Pope of Greenwich Village, completely under rated_

    See Dubb – one of my personal favs.

    Paulie: [Making himself a very large sandwich at an outdoor table]
    Charlie: You know, you ought to get a permit.
    Paulie: A permit? For what?
    Charlie: To ‘carcillo’ in the street. You eat like a horse!

  149. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    We want the cup
    We want the cup
    We want the cup

    Congratulations to James Dolan, Glen Sather. Coach AV, his staff, but most importantly, the players…..Captain Brassard, Come get the Stanley Cup

    Earth shattering noise

  150. oh geez… that’s Buffalo playing against the Debbies?? I thought it was Nashville. Two of the ugliest jerseys in one game.

  151. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    On the can, need a fan, cup named Stan, I’m the man, with a plan, in the bowl dropping logs, cogswell cogs, marsh and bogs, boss hogg, band named the throgs, toads and frogs


  152. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Snation – the hills are alive with the sound of music ahhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhhhh

    I am 16 going on 17………

  153. Stranger Nation on

    See Dubb – Classic, classic movie – haven’t seen it in a while, need to watch again soon

    Barney: He’s not gonna give you up, Charlie. You’re family.
    Charlie: Family, that kid? We’re third cousins.
    Barney: Third cousins. For Italians. That’s like twin brothers with the Irish.

  154. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Royal Flush, make me blush, orange crush, love a lush, light a match, pitch and catch, grab a snatch, lock the latch, where is norm? Hear that storm, in his dorm, singing loud, very proud, sun and cloud, Maureen Dowd


  155. Imagine if Richards signs with Caps next year and centers Ovechkin and has a great year.

    Lot of veteran leadership, too.

  156. Matty"SCOREMARTY"Boy on


    Who would be captain? I am sure, in time, he’d say that you can’t understand what the Russian guy is saying, so he should be captain.

  157. Lol, Stranger. Great line. Bunch of classic lines in that one. Very under appreciated.

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