Rangers at Canadiens tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Apr. 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 45-31-5 (95 pts)
Canadiens: 45-28-8 (98 pts)

The Rangers will face off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they play their final game of the regular season. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 45-31-5 (95 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having beaten the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have posted a 10-3-1 record in their last 14 games, including a 9-2-1 record in their last 12 games. The Canadiens have posted a 45-28-8 record (98 pts) to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have recorded a point in seven of their last 10 games (7-2-1).

All-Time: 192-324-94-3 overall (127-124-54-1 at home; 65-200-40-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Bell Centre. New York is 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 1-0 win on Nov. 16 at Bell Centre. Cam Talbot stopped all 22 shots he faced to record his first career NHL shutout on Nov. 16. The Rangers penalty kill is 7-8 (87.5%) in the series.
Last Season: New York was 0-3-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 76-62, in the series, including a 28-16 advantage in the first period. Anton Stralman notched the Rangers’ lone goal in the series. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots in his only appearance.
• The Rangers and Canadiens have been separated by two goals or fewer in eight of their last 14 meetings
• New York is 25-14-1 on the road; Montreal is 22-13-5 at home
• New York is 15-7-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Montreal is 13-8-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists three former Canadiens on their roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11); Raphael Diaz (2011-12 – 2013-14)
• Montreal lists two former Rangers on their roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12); Dale Weise (2010-11)
• Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
• Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1997-98 – 2000-01

• Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 13-11-2, 2.84 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 49 GP, 18-22—40
• Brad Richards – 39 GP, 9-14—23
• Dominic Moore – 27 GP, 4-13 —17
• Dan Girardi – 28 GP, 3-6—9

• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 45-48 (93.5%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 19 games
• Ranks seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.6%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (48-261, 18.4%), and sixth on the road (28-129, 21.7%). 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 2-2 (4:00) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks fourth in the NHL overall (195-229, 85.2%), and third on the road (106-124, 85.5%). 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 (10): 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); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:03) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. The Rangers are -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).

With their win on Thursday, the Rangers clinched the #2 seed in the Metropolitan Division, and will have home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. They will play either the Philadelphia Flyers or the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division Semifinals.

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, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout 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.

The Rangers are first in the NHL in games which they have allowed one or fewer goals this season (30). New York has posted a 28-2-0 record when allowing one goal or fewer. The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in games which they have allowed two goals or fewer this season (48). The Rangers are 38-10-0 when allowing two goals or fewer this season. The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 22 of their last 35 road games, giving up 74 goals over the span (2.11 goals against per game). New York ranks fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.33).

Rick Nash tallied his ninth game-winning goal of the season on Thursday vs. Buffalo, tying Mark Messier, Jaromir Jagr, Don Maloney, Brad Richards, and Ryan Callahan for the franchise record for game-winning goals in one season. Nash is tied for second in the NHL in GWG and leads the Rangers in goals (26) this season.

Mats Zuccarello enters the contest with a six-game point streak (four goals, five assists over the span), and has 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in his last 24 games. Since Oct. 26, Zuccarello has recorded a point in 42 of 69 games, tallying 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) during the stretch. The Rangers are 31-8-3 when Zuccarello records a point this season. Zuccarello’s 59 points are the most a Norwegian-born player has had in one season in NHL history. The record was previously held by Espen Knutsen, who had 53 points with Columbus during the 2000-01 season. Zuccarello received the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, as voted on by the fans for the player that goes above and beyond the call of duty, prior to the contest on Apr. 8.

The Rangers established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Blueshirts have posted an 83-54-9 road record dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons. The Rangers lead the league in road wins, and have won six of last eight road games, tallying at least one point in seven of those contests (6-1-1). New York has posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers’ 51 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

• Henrik Lundqvist – 8-2-1 in his last 11 games (1.89 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO) and 11-4-1 in his last 16 (1.81 GAA, .939 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – 22 points (7 G, 15 A) in the last 22 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 6-game point streak (4 G, 5 A); 24 points (6 G, 18 A) in his last 24 games
• Benoit Pouliot – 7-game point streak (3 G, 4 A); 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in the last 9 games
• Derick Brassard – 9 points (5 G, 4 A) in the last 12 games

• Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (120 Man-Games Lost):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 8
• Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury on 4/1; day-to-day) – 4

• Apr. 7 – Recalled Jesper Fast from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. I have a sense that the canadiens are gonna go hard tonight. They really want home ice against the lightnings. Can they handle the cambot? Watch St. Louis get four points tonight. Vive Quebec!!

  2. Now that Chico Resch has retired, I wonder what other goof the Devils will put in their broadcast booth. Let me guess…Ken Daneyko?

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    Enjoy the game tonight. You will not be able to be as relaxed watching a game until September when preseason starts.


    he scores 5, it’s guaranteed we give up 6

    We’ll probably score the first 5 too and them give up the next 6

    Without THE Kreider, this boat’s as good as sunk.

  5. Hey Carp,
    You need to lighten up, you tell me enough with the 3rd best or 5 the best nonsense, but your the one who keeps bringing it up. It’s in your write up again, I thought the blog was to comment on your comments? I ain’t a troll, maybe I was morphing that way though, but you need to stop touching it as well. You have excellent insights and great analysis but nobody predictions are gospel. This is the last I’ll say and I will root hard in the playoffs and enjoy the best tourney ever.
    I don’t like the Bettman points as much as you, it’s a joke, fake, show off skills show but the fact is it’s the rule and it leads to points. I don’t like touch up icing. I don’t like the instigator rule, I hate that players wear massively hard elbow pads which lead to 75% of the head injuries. I hate that players fake injuries like soccer players, I hate players purposely turn their backs into the boards. I hate their is no team in Quebec but 2 in Florida…… And on and on and on…..we can debate those things one day. I leave the othe alone if you will. Your still the best in the biz:)

  6. I hate Mike Milbury ….sorry you can never leave that off a rant and all things orange

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Cmon people now, Smile on your brutha….everybody get together and try to love one another right now….

  8. Whooda thunk?
    I thought they stunk
    Thought AV was a punk
    Started the season in a funk
    A collection of junk
    Put Cally in a trunk
    Thought the season was sunk

    I guess that was all bunk


    Playoffs Baby!!


  9. You know what really bothered me is when writers of teams tweet incorrect info.

    Another example of pat Leonard not having a clue.

    His tweet to right about Phil needing 2 pts in one of last two games is incorrect because if they go 1-1 and there win is a shootout and Columbus wins in Florida tonight non shootout then we play Columbus based in them winning season series from flyers.

    Playoff scenarios today

    Flyers clinch 3rd with regulation/ot win vs pens or jackets loss in regulation

    Jackets clinch 1st wild card minimum with any win in Florida. Meaning jackets/pens. Wings/bruins

    Ducks clinch 1st in west with any win in vs kings

    Bruins clinch pres trophy with any win today.

    Tampa clinches 2nd with Montreal loss in regulation vs rangers

  10. Stay healthy … these games with nothing on the line are annoying. Team needs to get ready for Philly. Practice the power play.

  11. I would play Carcillo regardless. I don’t know what they’re thinking with Fast(h) in the lineup but I guess it has to do with getting St. Louis and Richards going a little.

  12. I agree Manny, they’re even too soft with Carcillo in the lineup. For some reason, management is forcing the issue with Fast.

  13. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Is Carcilla an enforcer? He’s 5’11”, maybe 6’0″. Does he weigh 200? Unlikely.

    Despite that, yes, we are ‘tougher’ with him in the lineup.


  14. Fast has a better hockey sense than Carcillo. Also, if they want to use their speed as their main weapon, he fits better. Carcillo is more experience and brings some grit. I guess they’ll decide game to game.

  15. Fast dropped one of the Buffalo’s dmen on a forecheck attempt. From what I seen of him, and that includes 4 games at traverse city this year, AV is correct in saying he is more physical then people may realize thus far.

  16. Fast(h) is physical. And I like what he brings. I just worry about putting a kid like him in that position come playoffs where mistakes are very, very costly. Richards and St. Louis are already mistake prone defensively.

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Fast has played well. He’s has been hitting everything in sight and he’s plenty quick.

  18. Sure the Rangers are more physical with Carcillo in the lineup, but that would mean putting one of Boyle, Moore, Carcillo or Dorsett on one of the top 3 lines and the Rangers just have that.

    You need someone with offensive ability to play with Richards and Hagelin or else that line will be totally unproductive. Fast has the potential to do that. Carcillo, does not.

  19. Some Jehovah’s witnesses just appeared at my door. They asked about a woman in my building and I had the unfortunate pleasure of explaining that their friend had passed away. Guess they won’t be coming back.

  20. What would you do, Carp?

    I recognize that Vigneault is way smarter and better at this than I am. I just worry about a youngster having to cover for Richie.

  21. For me the choice is more about defensive responsibility and experience. Carcillo won a cup. Remember?

  22. Very happy with whom the NYR are choosing to sit. Still will be a bit nervous with Teeth out there, though.

    Coos asked this the other day and I never saw if it was answered…if Richards gets hurt in the playoffs can he still be bought out? No, right?

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If the rangers use their speed the way they did in the first period in their last game against the Bruins, but can finish more, no one in the East will beat them / soft or not…

  24. jamieannejackwagon on

    No prob.

    Clearly Third Best In East will Moiderize them Has-been-tants. No contest, even though they been killin’ us for decades, make all-world Hankie look all-closet, and, oh, by the way, have more Parcells points….

    And just a super-friendly warnin’ to all (yeah, you, One-Punch Judy, and I.L.Logical): I am on serious troll patrol today.

    Troll soup!!!!!

  25. Maybe doesn’t give them a better chance, but does make them tougher. You don’t HAVE to be a fighter to play tough IMO. When you know your opponent (e.g.: Boyler, Dorsett, Carcillo, Cally) is always going to finish his checks with vigor, you might have a tendency to make an incorrect move with the puck.

  26. “Some writers are not perfect.” That reminds me of my introductory Phil Logic 101 course which quickly convinced me that I would not be a Philosophy major. :)

  27. If Carcillo can just agitate the Phlyers he’s doing his job. That group is easily distracted and prone to stupid retaliation penalties.

  28. Nice link, Lev. This is why you have to respect Jagr…guy never goes down, no matter how hard he’s being pulled, hooked, or tackled.

  29. Simmonds is very obviously distracted by CarProblems and Dorsett and anyone else who stays in his face.

  30. Of course there’s a link to Jagr. You’re like Walter Sobcák relating everything to Vietnam.

  31. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    So mrs Wicky had family in Schenectady so we will be obviously cheering for (dvring) union!!

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – no one finished their checks better than Fast since he’s been in the lineup. The kid had scoring chances to boot

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky, manny just called you Vicky. I’d punch him in the face and knock all of his teeth out.

  34. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    My poor padawan…no grasshopper, while I admire Minnesota and it’s hockey rich tradition, I was being a contrarian to our favorite fighting Sioux die hard.

    The union support is legit in this case my continually typo’d friend.

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky, I’d punch manny in the face and laugh as his gums fell out of his mouth…..try chewing food with no teeth and gums.

  36. It means I don’t turn on lights, I don’t drive a car, I don’t handle money and I sure as [Cooke] don’t [Byfuglien] roll!

  37. So what are you saying? When you get divorced you turn in your library card? You get a new license? You STOP being Jewish?

  38. Preparing for Pesach (Passover) is exhausting and only slightly easier than building pyramids in ancient Egypt. And definitely harder than parting the Red Sea. Moses may have parted the sea, but could he make gefilte fish actually taste good? Didn’t think so.

    Chag Sameach to all of my brothers and sisters of the tribe!

  39. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Manny will do anything to get attention or laughs from the room. Disrespect is nothing to him, he will embellish and dive every chance. Personal insults are routine for him, he has no honour.

  40. 3,000 years of beautiful tradition from Moses to Sandy Koufax your God [darn] right I’m living in the Byfuglien past!

  41. I guess st.louis has significantly fewer points than I thought he would tonight, who are the Habs sitting? Desharnais? Is Doug Murray suspended again?

  42. Ha ha ha they’re not literally his children. They’re the Little Lebowsi Urban Achievers. Inner city children of promise but without the necessary means for a – necessary means for a higher education.

  43. Carp

    Wasn’t throwing you in the conversation about Leonard. Most of his tweets are wrong info.

  44. Lady, I got buddies who died face down in the muck so that you and I could enjoy this family restaurant.

  45. If one were were to scrutinize the individual performance of a players over the course of a game, it would probably be safe to bet that 99 to 100% of players who played more than 10 minutes in the game made more than 1 mistake in DZONE during said game.

  46. ‘You been tellin’ me you’re a genius
    Since you were seventeen
    In all the time I’ve known you
    I still don’t know what you mean
    The weekend at the college
    Didn’t turn out like you planned
    The things that pass for knowledge
    I can’t understand’

  47. Dude, this is a league game. This determines who enters the next round robin. Am I wrong? Am I wrong?

  48. Ovechkin to play for Russia at world championships. What a loser if he only cared about caps like does country

  49. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    It really is, he used to be such a great guy, but he started embellishing and now, well a lot of people grow weary of his “act”.

    It’s just sad

  50. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – he used to be funny…..now it’s just pathetic. I’m the comedy king on this blog. I own this blog. I’m a hilarious genius.

  51. This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, lotta ins lotta outs. Lotta what-have-yous…and, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head. Lotta strands in old Duders head.

  52. _Ovechkin to play for Russia at world championships. What a loser if he only cared about caps like does country_

    If you think the way Ovechkin is playing for his country shows how much he cares for it, then to me he is showing nothing but disrespect for the country.

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bubba Watson will shoot an 18 today……54 under par. I might mention I shot a 64 earlier today at St. Andrews. Every approach was just about perfect….

  54. Early on when eddie3 would post his St. Andrews scores, I thought he was a golf prodigy and lived in NY. I finally realized he was playing video games in his Monterey hot tub.

  55. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Lev @ 12:03, that is both funny and sad. Thanks. Everyone should look at it.

  56. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    E3, I played St. Andrews. Had a 31. You can guess how many holes.

  57. I have an open invitation to play St. Andrews whenever I want to, but always beg off because the member is a CPA and an insurance agent and and I can’t take another 4 hours of discussion of my life expectancy and the need for a long-term nursing home policy. This is why I end up at Saxon Woods, changing my shoes in the parking lot.

  58. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Ok, off to work for a short 12 he shift.

    LGR and LGU and LGD (x2)

    Later ‘heads and stay on your skates manny!

  59. Carp

    What’s latest your hearing for game 2 sat afternnoon vs Phil sat night vs Columbus or sun early afternoon vs Phil first nbc game of doubleheader.

    We know rangers Columbus NBC wouldn’t pick up.

    Game 1 for sure is Thursday.

  60. Miguel Jimenez, guy has a great game at fifty. I would love to model my game to his, instead of just my physique.

  61. Vicky: How could you have never seen The Big Lebowski? Do you live on some other planet?

  62. Let’s see how motivated pens are today. I don’t think they want see flyers so I expect flyers win this today.

  63. NBC schedule for weekend

    Saturday 3 pm

    Sunday 12 pm and 3pm

    If its Sunday then figure rangers flyers at 12 on Easter Sunday especially if there getting extra day of rest Thursday/sun schedule.

    The tricky part is if Columbus does nbc for ratings put Columbus on national tv.

  64. So will Buffaloe extend their record for most starting goalies in a season now?

    Hope Buddy Hackett is ok

  65. Just like our buffalo goal flyers get 1 shot it goes in 2nd per


    See you Thursday night phil

  66. Flyers PP 9th in league. PK 7th in league.

    Rangers 14th on PP 4th on PK.

    Not shaking from fear.

  67. Good afternoon all!

    Wicky, that was hartnelling amazing!!!! They’ve got his 6, eh :)

    Manny, the Dude abides.

    LGR!!!!!! I’m just ready for the playoffs….

  68. Skipping ahead … if Mason hurt, would you rather NYR vs. Phi or CBJ?

    or do you fear Emery might have one of those lightning-in-a-bottle playoff runs?

  69. LOL. A friend in the business just told me that, with Pitt’s injuries, there is only one team better than NYR in the East.

  70. I’d take CBJ. Flyers, despite their tire fire goalie situations, are pretty dangerous and experienced in the playoffs. They seem gritty enough for a 7 game series.

  71. ThisYearsModel on

    I would rather face Emery. Although the thought of playing Columbus is interesting. Lots of reasons for a rivalry there now.

  72. I don’t fear Emery at all. Unless he pulls some weird Goon stuff and tries to beat up Hank

  73. Carp

    Why should Rangers fans fear Columbus. They have never won a playoff series in team history and don’t have a single player on their team who strikes fear.

    Johansen is a good young player and they have a bunch of complimentary players, but they are a pretty easy opponent.

  74. I don’t care who we face, bring on any and all comers.

    But I sure would love to watch the pens and flyers go at it for seven more games.

  75. ThisYearsModel on

    Scott Hartnell sure is brave when he goes after smaller guys that are not fighters.

  76. Manny

    honestly, I don’t care about Bobrovski. When the playoffs come around, the games are played completely different. The officiating changes, the effort level changes, the defensive commitment changes.

    Would much rather have him be the best player on the opposition than Crosby or Giroux

  77. And if we can avoid the Pens, the most important “victory” is we don’t have to suffer through Doc’s insufferable pro-Penguin wailing.

  78. Who would the NHL rather have Philly play? Which would make for a bigger series ratings wise?

  79. Manny

    NBC would prefer Philly-Pitt, Rangers-Columbus and Detroit-Boston. Three best story lines for them.

  80. I mean how can you not want to see these two teams kick the crap out of each other and get the winner?

  81. Cool video Wicky…looks like that car revving nearby gave little big horn the idea of taking a run at the fence…a little like the fans at MSG and the hobbit taking on the big boys?

  82. I wonder how badly Philly wants to win this game tbh. I know all the philly fans want to play Pittsburgh over us.

  83. ThisYearsModel on

    Marc-Andre Sieve. They guy sucks. PIT n0w gets Columbus, which will be all home games for them. Their road games in Columbus are like Rangers road games in NJ and LI.

  84. ThisYearsModel on

    Rangers may just be the best team in the Metro division right now. The question will be: Can they stand up to the pounding in the playoffs.

  85. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on


    Why didn’t the flyers pull that crap against Boston?? Oh, that’s right!!

  86. In my mind rangers a slight favorite. Flyers much better attack and pp. rangers edge in goal better def more disciplined.

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



    McD , st,Louis and Girardi are …SCRATCHED for the game.

    Need to rest ’em , so no points for Marty Tonight.

    Tonight we win , Gregarenteed !!!!

  88. Greg, you can’t be wasting the Gregantees. We may need to keep a few in the pocket for the playoffs.

  89. Even if they lost today flyers I think they would have beaten Carolina anyway Tom at home.

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