Game 2: Rangers at Penguins tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 5-3 (1-0)*
Penguins: 4-3 (0-1)*
* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The Rangers lead the series, 1-0, following their 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 of the series on Friday at CONSOL Energy Center. New York enters the contest with a 218-236-8 record all-time in 462 playoff contests (123-90-2 at home; 95-146-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2008. The Rangers have posted a 0-4 playoff series record against Pittsburgh. Four of the Blueshirts’ five playoff matchups against the Penguins have occurred in the second round of the playoffs. The Rangers’ victory on Friday was the first time they defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 120-105-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 53-55-14-6 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Mats Zuccarello led the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot each tallied two goals and two assists in the four contests. Dan Girardi led all Blueshirts defensemen with three points (one goal, two assists) in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA in the four contests.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (2-2 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 28-9-4 at home (2-2 in the playoffs)
• New York lists one former Penguin on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
• Pittsburgh lists two former Rangers on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2012-13 – 2013-14)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30—47
• Brad Richards – 42 GP, 9-34—43
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15—17
• Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5 —12

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (7:00) in Game 1 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (3-33, 9.1%) in the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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 Rangers were 4-4 (7:00) in Game 1 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are ranked 13th in the NHL overall (19-25, 76.0%), and are 10th on the road (11-15, 78.6%) during the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 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 yield/tally a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:00) in Game 1 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are -1 in eight four-on-four situations in the playoffs (8:42), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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 (10): 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); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

The Rangers rank:
• 1st in blocked shots (141)
• 2nd in goals against per game (2.25)
• 2nd in shots against per game (26.9)
• 6th in hits (247)
• Henrik Lundqvist is tied for 1st in wins (five), ranks 5th in GAA (2.08), and 4th in SV% (.923)
• Rick Nash is tied for 1st in shots on goal (34)
• Marc Staal is tied for 2nd in plus/minus rating (plus-seven)
• Dan Girardi is tied for 3rd in blocked shots (25) and 11th in hits (28)
• Brad Richards is tied for 5th in shots on goal (29)

Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello have a total of 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in five regular season and playoff games against the Penguins this season. The trio combined for three points in Game 1 on Friday, as Brassard (one goal), tallied his first career playoff overtime goal, while Pouliot (one goal, one assist) posted his first career multi-point game in postseason play. Brassard has tallied a point in all five regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh (three goals, two assists), while Pouliot (three goals, three assists) and Zuccarello (two goals, four assists) have recorded a point in four of the five meetings.

The Blueshirts have won Game 1 in each of their two playoff series this season, and in eight of their last 13 playoff series. The Rangers have won eight of the last 10 series in which they won Game 1, and five of the last seven series in which they won Game 1 on the road.

The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of their last 27 regular season and playoff games, giving up 51 goals in the 27 contests (1.89 goals against per game). New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 26 of its last 40 regular season and playoff road games, including 11 of the last 16 road contests, and has given up 85 goals in the 40 contests (2.13 goals against per game).

The Rangers have reached the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Blueshirts are one of two teams – and the only Eastern Conference team – to win a playoff series in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs in at least three consecutive seasons was a four-year span from 1993-94 – 1996-97.

Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, 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. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 74 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist’s streak is only the seventh time in NHL history that a goalie has started at least 70 consecutive playoff games for the same team.

APPEARANCES                             WINS                                        SHUTOUTS 
1. Mike Richter – 76                       1. Mike Richter – 41                  1. Mike Richter – 9
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 75               2. Henrik Lundqvist – 35        2. Henrik Lundqvist – 8
3. Ed Giacomin – 65                       3. Ed Giacomin – 29                 3. Dave Kerr – 7

The Rangers improved to 7-5 in 12 Game 7s in franchise history with their 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Apr. 30, and they have won all six Game 7s they have played at Madison Square Garden in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts are the only NHL team to be undefeated at home in Game 7s in franchise history (minimum of three Game 7s played at home). New York has won seven of the last eight Game 7s they have played. The Rangers have won a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons (2012 vs. Ottawa, 2013 at Washington, 2014 vs. Philadelphia).

Dan Girardi posted his third career multi-point game in the playoffs on Friday – his second in this postseason – and his first career multi-assist game (two assists). Girardi is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (four) and ninth in points (five) in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 71st career playoff game on Apr. 30, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.
5. Rod Gilbert – 79
6. Dan Girardi – 72
T-7. Mark Messier – 70
T-7. Jeff Beukeboom – 70

INJURIES (8 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 17 (8 in Playoffs)

• None

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  1. wildplaces on

    Big game if we can win it…will be interesting to see whether this Rangers team can take control of the series and stifle C&M again…Zucc! Oh, and E3 has already predicted another Brassard game winner.

  2. Carey price went from utter domination in that series to question mark tomorrow. I kinda like our chances tonight.

  3. bull dog line on

    good stuff last night about reversing trades if you could. I would take the guys still playing in the playoffs. just like last year when all the guys you want back did not make the playoffs.

  4. I have to say the new playoff format is definitely growing on me. The divisional games are so much more interesting.

    The Rangers hadn’t played the Flyers in the playoffs in 15 years.

    LA playing Anaheim for the first time ever.

    Much better than NY vs. OTT or Dallas v. San Jose

  5. I like our chances too, but the big question is how much leeway the refs give the Pens. If they let them play like they usually do with no reprecussions and penalize everything the Rangers do, this game could get ugly. Of course having a working powerplay would go a long way to keeping them in the game too. LGR!

  6. Yev Kassem on

    I honestly believe that the negative streak ends tonight!


  7. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    Yev, I agree. I know there’s no momentum between games. And, yes, there’s the win-lose-win-lose pattern, too.

    However, the way our boys came back after that 2nd goal. How demoralizing! The bogus Malking goal, to boot!!

    They fought, pushed, and in OT were coming in waves.

    I’m sure it’ll all change tonight, but I have POZY vibes, too.

    (I would have much preferred Montreal to hold on)

  8. Is tonight one of those rare great nights or one of those too often frustrating nights, maybe a goal disallowed, real soft goal, incredibly bad penalty, wide open nets on our part……which is it?

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tonight won’t even be close:

    Rangers 7
    Pens 0

    GWG B-B-B-B-B-Benny and the Brass.

    Oh they’re weird and they’re wonderful, I read it in a magazine….

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Talking about Gabby and Nash of 4 and 5 years ago instead of their present state is the misnomer.
    Both are not what they were. Both require a top line center to play with now.
    Gabby had TWO he is playing with, Nash has none. Not to denigrate Step, but he is just not a first line center. Not to excuse Nash because he is Perimeter Pushover.
    Kings moved Kopitar to the other wing during late in game at OT so Gabby’s line had two centers Richards and Kopitar playing with Gabby.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Now on to tonite’s game: Win this game and we are in the driver’s seat said Mr. Obvious. The Road Warriors come home with a 2 game lead.


  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Werd SNation.

    Everybody want to see the game on Sunday (sic), everybody want to have a friend…

    What we need, what we need……
    Is Solidarity…

    And to be POZY

    No neggy – just POZY POZY POZY

  13. Admiral Akbar on

    I thought Gaborik was supposed to be “soft”?

    Gabby = clutch.

    Love Brassard, JMoops. Like Dorsett and Nash… But I’d prefer Gaborik over Nash, and Dubnisky, Anisimov, and first rounder over the rest. Not by a lot, but…

    Still – they are trades Uncle Glennie had to make at the time. Rangers may have come out on the shorter end of the stick, but not by that much. IMO.

  14. Morning all. I have a 12hr work day ahead, so LGR and LGD!

    Gabby can do what he does with pretty much anyone as a linemate.

    Nash seemingly needs a physical guy on his line and maybe a 1C instead of a 2C.

  15. bull dog line on

    I think the more interesting way of looking back at the Nash trade is not would you undo it, but would you have kept Dubi, and put Callahan in his place? Callahan is a more consistent player, but at there best, I think Dubi is better. bigger, faster, stronger, and more versatile.

  16. bull dog line on

    I would take Brassard over Anisimov everyday. Moore over Erixon is a no brainer at this point.

  17. Admiral Akbar on

    Then again, TEAMWISE, Dorsett has made the fourth line a potent and effective checking/puck possession unit. Moore is an important puck moving and skating defenseman on the 3rd pair, and is probably at least as valuable to this year’s team as Anisimov would be. Brassard is less of a checker than Dubi, obviously, but has more skill. Both are equally “enigmatic”, although Dubi had a breakout playoff this year.

    So, you know what? Other than my preference of Gaborik over Nash, the remainder of the 2 trades is a wash, if not actually being slightly beneficial to the makeup of this year’s team.

  18. Speaking of cally, McGinn in Colorado may be available.

    I think he is a bigger faster version of cally (and better at this point).

    The avs want a D man…hmmm

  19. Matty"CrosbySucks!!"Boy on

    No, Gabby was ‘soft’ because he was misused. Don’t ask him to play 2 way and create. He can’t. Set him up in the slot and watch out. Ask him to be ‘the creator’ on the team and he’s ‘soft’.

    Gotta use players where they are comfortable doing what they are comfortable with.

    So, tell me, is Nash ‘comfortable’ with who he is with? How’s it working for MSL?

  20. bull dog line on

    if Sather had done what Columbus has done he would be destroyed. Columbus traded, Brassard, Moore, Dorsett, and Gaborik, for Matt Frattin.

  21. Love musing about “possible” future rangers!

    Ok everyone, have a great game day, I’m off to work.




  22. Admiral Akbar on


    I’ve always thought Dubinsky > Callahan.

    Dubinsky, even when “inconsistent” is a ferocious forechecker who is virtually impossible to knock off the puck.. Callahan is a scrappy player, hard working, who can find the back of net more than Dubi. I’ve always felt Dubi has more leadership and intangible quality than Callahan.

    For the Rangers, who have had issues scoring prior to this season, have probably felt Callahan is a more valuable player for them due to his ability to score. Both are equally hard working, and gritty – with Dubi being more effective at the grit due to his larger size.

  23. Admiral Akbar on

    Bulldog —

    Great point on Columbus and frattin. Uncle Glennie would be crucified for that.

  24. He’s got electric boots
    A mohair suit
    You know I read it in a magazine,
    oh!!!!!! B-B-B-Benny and the Brass

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    2013-14 Rangers >>>> 2011-12 Rangers

    Better coached too. LB wrote a nice article on TOI distribution and how it obviously keeps fresher legs….Ricardo wrote one as well awhile back…..Torts might not have had the same horses, but shortening your bench throughout the season, especially this time of year, cannot be a wise thing……you want 4 lines and 3 pair on the wall… need 4 lines and 3 pair on the wall… want he truth???? You can’t handle the truth!!!!!!

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bbbbbbbbbbb Benny and the Brass….oh candy and Ronnie have you seen them yet? Oh they’re so spaced out…..bbbbb Benny and the brass

  27. A laurel…forgot to mention I read online somewhere this morning (I think spectors hockey rumours) that the flyers wanted a speedy winger with size and may target Pouliot in the offseason (paraphrasing).

    It was from one of the flyers guys that used to be on woywitka, chiapet or whatever his name was. Take it fwiw.

    Later all!!!

  28. remember in 2012 when there were many who disputed the factor fatigue played in the ECF series?

    Rolling 4 and 3 is a much better fit for a long playoff run.

    BTW, I thought I noticed something lacking ( perhaps his level of effort / intensity?) in Crosby’s play in game 1. Was he fatigued / injured by the physical pounding Dubi and the BJ’s put on him in the opening round?

    Watch, He’ll probably play 23 minutes and score a Hattie tonight. Maybe I should keep my mouth shut?

  29. JR – “the key in OT is to get the first goal, then score again immediately after in case the first one didn’t go in”

  30. oleo, I agree … they just need to get rid of the wild card, and thus the crossover. Four teams from each division get in.

    Good morning, Sally!

  31. JR….”rangers took game1 in double sudden death overtime Friday night by a score of 4-2″

  32. Norm Merton on

    Still feelin’ the nuttiness. Since the Rangers are nearly guaranteed to lose tonight, why not start Talbot and have Lundqvist as fresh as a fresh, new post 21 hours after the game ends? Heck, Talbot might stand his head, knowing it’s one and done.

    And weird that Gaborik turns out still to be a big-time player. Got an OT winner back in return, though. Could actually be one of those trades that helps all three teams :)

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Pouliot Brassard Zucc might be the greatest line to ever wear any sweater…

  34. Not sure Nash does does anything better than Gaby. Both are injury prone at this stage in their careers. Gaby always was a better natural goal scorer and quicker. Nash takes a lot more shots but a lot less go in…

    I remember the Kings always coveted Gaby. Lombardi tried a few times to land him. He’s made for LA. Kopitar is the PERFECT center for him. He never played with a center even close to that type of talent. The scary part is that they are just getting started. I think he re-ups there…

    I picked the Kings to win it all and I’m happy with my choice. I’ll be honest though, I was nervous when they were down 3-0 against the Jumbo Shrimps….

  35. Stralman working the point on the pp instead of J. Moops at the morning skate.

    Yeah, Moops was the problem.

    Same lineup tonight.

  36. Series 1, I buried an Orange in the back yard.

    Series 2, I had trouble finding a Penguin (dead or alive), so I instead buried a picture of Burgess Meredith next to the Orange.

  37. Burgess Meredith. LOL … didn’t Danny DeVito play the Penguins in the movie?

    also, Meredith was “Mick” in Rocky :)

  38. Norm Merton on

    The problem on the PP is shared by all five pylons. Stralman having an outstanding playoffs, why not give him a shot? Can’t be any worse than Moore.

  39. Certainly, I am all for giving Stralman and his partner shots at the points.

    But you’re right, the problem is as much 61, 21, 26, and to a much lesser degree 16, 36, 67 and then finally 19 … who is still their best PP player by a mile at this point, and second best when Zuccarello is playing well there. (ducks).

  40. “‘You’re already over 21. You can’t say Hit Me! Understand?”

    “Yeah, hit me.”

  41. I like Gabby’s quiet professionalism. But, he was shopped for reasons. He wasn’t producing much for his caliber, was oft-hurt, ineffective on D, and we needed a quality center, a speedy defenseman, and a tough, disciplined, enforcer-like fourth liner. Can’t have a tentative Nash, along with two 100 foot forwards like Gabby and Richie when the three guys we got were available.

  42. McDonuts has to play with a speedy, (or D oriented,) reliable partner to allow him to do the things he does best. Stralman’s game has improved, but is he the guy for that situation?

  43. I am a leading Stralman advocate here.

    He certainly has been playing great in his current roll and although he may be well-suited (or better than others) for the PP point………..AV, proceed with caution here, and remember the Law of Diminishing Returns.

    Think long and hard about adding another layer of responsibility to his game. Especially in consideration that he’s probably playing the close to his max minutes already.

  44. boxcareddiehospodar on

    Let’s hope AV does not have a brain fart and decides to sit carcillo if and when kreider returns.

    There are a few other players who should see the pine before carcillo!

  45. Stralman signs for six@6.5

    Headlines read- Brooklyn attorney arrested for bagel shop rampage.

    Neighbors say, he seemed like such a nice guy, don’t know what set him off.

  46. Norm Merton on

    Looking at the Gaborik replays — he got dirtball hits way after the whistle both times. Didn’t know the Ducks rolled that way.

  47. The tying goal by Gaby was awesome…he batted it out the air like a foot off the ice into the goal…and he was standing in front of the net, an area that Nash seems to avoid at all costs…

  48. Stralman was little more than a journeyman until he moved into his UFA year. He signed here as a UFA D- man for 900 grand in 2011-12, pointing to the lack of interest league-wide. We bumped him to a million eight. Now, he wants McD money. Won’t happen, not here.

  49. Gabby and Richie can be dynamic when unchecked. I’m good at HORSE basketball in the driveway, too.

  50. boxcareddiehospodar on


    how about dorsett?

    I hate to say it because everyone loves him; Hagelin.
    Hagelin made his one play for the series and he will now disappear.

  51. Hagelin’s made the Richards line go. Been terrific on PK, has used his speed on the forecheck.

    Dorsett’s been really good on the fourth line.

    Carcillo comes out, easily, IMO.

  52. and, in fact, when(if) this series is 1-1 coming back to NY, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see Miller in for Carcillo in Game 3.

  53. boxcareddiehospodar on


    I wish there was a GM stupid enough to take stephan and hagelin off our hands. No better than 4th line players.

    I kill boyle every chance I get but he has out played hagelin so far in both series.

    I like hagelin’s speed but what he gives up in not blocking shots/taking the body/ going to the corner I am pretty sure we can find an adequate replacement who can do a few otehr things.

  54. THE Kreider obviously steps in for any of these clowns (inclusive Henrik).

  55. Our present 4th line serves an important purpose. It’s no longer the place to dump perceived underachievers.

  56. boxcareddiehospodar on

    how many other teams would Stephan be the number 1 center on?

    Is Sather included in the 29 other GM’s?

  57. _Stralman was a journey man before he got here_

    Journeyman? Not sure I agree with that. He had turned 25 a month before the Rangers picked him up. Although he did play on 2 teams the equivalent of 3 seasons prior to arrival. I personally would put him in a “journeyman” category.

    He arrived and started out at the bottom of the Organizations defensive depth chart. Fact is, journeyman or not, at 27 and under the eyes of two very different coaching staffs, he’s leaped ahead of every D Man in the organization other than Staal, Girardi and McDonuts. More power to him, he overcame obstacles including Torts first impression and climbed the depth chart by his on ice play.

    He’s is what he is, whether you like him or not….. a top 4 DMAN playing in his 7th playoff series in the last 3 seasons, in the 2nd Round of the playoffs and playing as good as any of the other top DMen on the team. Not flashy, but steady, quiet, and heady.

    And for the argument I’ve heard put forward sometimes here that implies he’s not a top 4 DMAN because the Devils passed on him before the Rangers picked him up, so what? I bet the Devils and Lou wished they had a do-over on that decision.

  58. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gabby scored 40+ yet not again this season. Vegas is laying 5-1 odds he doesn’t even finish the series.

    4-1 it’s a shoulder
    2-1 it’s a groin
    8-1 it’s a collarbone
    7-1 it’s a knee
    3-1 the field.

    I’m taking 4-1 on the shoulder….

  59. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Gaborik was supposed to be the face of the franchise.

    Last year he played 12 games total and had 8 points.

    To start this year he played 22 games and had 14, and he wasnt’ going to resign in Columbus. So getting Frattin and 2 draft picks, for a rental was probably they best return they could get. Gaborik wasn’t looking all that great the last 3 years.

    But he sure looked GREAT last night, tying the game with 7 seconds, left just to win it in overtime. Gaborik will do well with the Kings, he doesn’t have to have the pressure of the whole team depend on his success like he had to in Columbus, and New York for that matter.

  60. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Step, given his excellent defensive game, total lack of speed, weak and slow shot, but great IQ, is a perfect old school 3rd liner. Not even close to a 1C. Not sure he’s really a 2C either. And while he, Nash, and MSL have had their looks….Step certainly isn’t the answer…..Brassard would be a great fit for Nash and MSL, but Step would be awful with Benny and Zucchini – and there’s no need to split the PB&Z line.

  61. Kreider still non contact. Probably not gonna play this series unless it goes 7. We will need him vs. boston

  62. Having had my Stralman rant, I’ll also add……

    he’s certainly not irreplaceable, and there’s definitely a ceiling as to how high you go to keep him. IMO, He shouldn’t receive a contract on this team that slots him higher than McD, Girardi, or Staal.

    Prediction, unless he suffers a serious injury, Rangers will be going to plan B, because Stralman’s going to get better bucks and years from someone.

  63. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Stastny would make a good #1 center for New York. 5 goals/5 assists in the playoffs. Just imagine if Nash had those numbers in the 1’st round for us.

  64. Gaborik was actually 11-19-30 in 41 games last year. He was mostly awful with NYR.

    I don’t see in any way Brassard > Stepan.

  65. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I’m still a Gaborik fan, I was happy for him last night! You want to see one of your favorite hockey players go out on top. Besides Greene could use another trip to the Stanley Cup :)

  66. Small as he is, Brass usually plays a more physical game, for whatever that’s worth.

  67. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Carcillo can’t come out Carp. He has more goals than Nash :)

  68. @AGrossRecord

    Stralman credits ex-coach John Tortorella with helping him to improve defensively. Says he’s a better player now.

    Oh my god! That mean coach forced him to be good defensively. I can’t believe he’d do such a thing.

  69. Although the league is going the way of the offensive D Men, Torts was correct IMO to emphasize learn and be proficient on D first for the back line. One mistake he made was not noting that McD had learned that role well and was ready to emulate a baby Orr or a Leetch.

  70. Did Davidson accompany Gabby on his flight to LA? Or is that quick honeymoon completely over? (s)

  71. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I don’t see any way Stepan > Brassard.

    Different opinions….

  72. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Steam is much better defensively than Brass
    Brass is a better passer, skater, has a better shot, more physical.

    Glad both are on the team.

    Would trade step for E.Kane in a heartbeat

  73. Torts making waves at Burning Tree Country Club. Says Head Pro “not doing his job,” and “caddymaster sucks.” (s)

  74. I have hot-water, cast-iron baseboard, gas heat, and think it’s great.

    My brother-in -law has oil, steam radiator heat, he thinks it’s great.

    Preferences and capitalism, perfect together!

  75. Some see Nash as having potential.

    Others see Nash as an underachiever.

    Everyone sees Nash as overpaid.

  76. I hope Pierre is in Chi Town this afternoon. If not, you know what that means.

  77. Chico Resch’s rug up for auction at the Nassau Coliseum Garden of Screams

  78. Like the idea of stralman getting a look.

    I expect 3-1 loss. Be too much this group get 2 in the burgh.

  79. Alert: Alternating sunny and threatening weather has put my necessary lawn maintenance on hold.

  80. Manny-o-war on

    Oh my God. Torts helped someone be better at hockey? What will the haters say?

    There is no way on this planet that Brassard > Stepan. Stepan is miles better.

  81. Who is the least likely to get back down ice on the PP, Stralman or Richards?

  82. Didn’t get chance comment much since after bruins game. I watched kings/ducks on Dvr this morning after taking wife out last night. Wow gabby is a thing of beauty. Great game last night.

  83. Gould be furlatt and McCauley tonight’s refs. Only pair didn’t work round 2 game yet

  84. The ice age is coming, the sun’s zooming in
    Meltdown expected, the wheat is growing thin
    Engines stop running, but I have no fear
    ‘Cause London is drowning, and I live by the river

  85. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – keep telling yourself that…..I do like how Stepan can barely push air with that booming shot (s) of his……

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Orr – but Stepan certainly was a “show time” player in the Olympics….

  87. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard and Avery lovers in one corner

    Brassard and Avery haters in the other

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Orr – how could forget? Stepan practically carried team USA on his shoulders….

  89. NATW is as much a journeyman player as Pouliot.

    One less team.

    As far as brass vs step..

    Stepan is more positionally sound, had 12 more points (one less goal), and played roughly 2.5 more minutes per game and has avg speed.

    Brassard has a better faceoff %, better shooting %, out hit step 4-1 in 2.5 less minutes per game, has one more goal but less assists, is a better skater and a bit bigger.

    I’d take brass over step, but they are pretty close overall and neither is a 1C.

    Stepan will be overpaid by someone after next season, brass will probably be paid around 4-4.5 per, I think step will be 5-5.5 per.

    At those prices (if accurate) I take brass everyday all day.

  90. Manny-o-war on

    He played in that one game on USA’s invisible 4th line. With Stastny.

    I’m not delusional about Stepan. He’s a 2nd line Center. And a good one. But there aren’t enough 1st line Centers to go around and Puttsburgh has two of them. So he’s the best we got.

  91. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    How do you define a Brassard hater?

    You start with a Brassard lover and take away reason and accountability….

  92. Step-0n verse Brass……

    It’s no different than me and brother-in-law with the heating system argument. (See my 2:37)


  93. Manny-o-war on

    Brassard: Age 26
    Stepan: Age 23

    I would like to keep BOTH since there is no logical, affordable replacement.

  94. _If you’re going to land a guy like E.Kane, or any big name player, the conversation probably starts with Step-On._

    Orrsie, wouldn’t it be nice of that conversation started and ended with Nash!!!

  95. Stepan is no way close to miles better, maybe a few feet better but that’s it.

    When you consider the future salaries (speculating on those salaries of course), pretty much even up so in the game of hockey, I’ll take the more physical player every day!


  96. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Lindberg could grow into one down the road. He was the MVP in Sweden two years ago, point leader for the Wolfpack, has some size. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a look next year.

  97. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I don’t care if Richards with the Conn Smythe Trophy this year in the Stanley Cup finals, he still has to be bought out!

  98. Manny-o-war on

    Anybody want to buyout Mash instead of Richards? Hank instead of Richards?

  99. Eddie, at the core, all here ( minus the trolls) have a very unique and strong bond, we love NYRanger team unconditionally.

    Everything else is clouded by Preferences…

    Still, we all want the same result.

  100. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Manny – like a fine wine, Brassard just keeps getting better

  101. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Nice goal by Toews. Too bad Nash doesn’t’ go to those area’s to pick up the gifts :)

    Did Mr Universe get a piece of Hossa’s shot?

  102. I do not like Nash as a player.

    But I root like hell for him to be successful.

    It’s business, Sonny. It’s not personal.

  103. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bit earlier Tays made a great back and forth play with Kane but Kane didn’t anticipate the final pass from Tays

  104. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    2 guys in the front seat sharing milkshakes??? Must be a Dairy Queen commercial

  105. Manny-o-war on

    “Hey honey. I’ll be back in an hour or so. I’m going to go have a milkshake with my buddy Jack.”

  106. Carp
    I just went off of nhl stats. Brassard certainly throws more hits than step, which isn’t saying much.

    I don’t think anyone would confuse brass with a lindros type of physical centre, but he is the more physical of the 2.

    Like I (apparently not very effectively) said, they are pretty close IMHO overall and neither is a 1C.

    I simply move Stepan before brass if I had to move one because of the narrow difference overall between the two and you can (as Orr said) get more for step.

    Save some salary, still get similar production, and perhaps fill a need with the assets you get back by moving Stepan (if you move one of them at all).

  107. Manny-o-war on

    Exactly. I mean who goes out for a milkshake with a buddy and then, on top of that, drinks it in the car together!?

  108. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    JR – “Stop being so Cute!”

    … he talking about Dugay :)

  109. Manny,
    You don’t have to buy out one or the other technically.

    Regardless of how Richards plays, he needs to be bought out with the last compliance buyout this summer.

    Nash can be a regular buyout at any time.

    If they really wanted to get rid of Nash (I don’t think they do) they will simply trade him because there are teams out there that would absurdly deal for him.

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Smack Crosby every chance you get….hope Giradi drills him the boards every shift……Maybe Poon Tang can blast a shot from the point and knock the rest of his teeth out…

  111. Manny-o-war on

    I was making a joke, Wicky. I think there are some people here that would attempt to buyout Hank and/or Nash if given the opp.

  112. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The boys in the yard say my milkshake tastes better than yours…..

  113. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Solidarity. Rangers in 5.

    I know the rangers will win today. Had a vision.

  114. ThisYearsModel on

    THE is ready to go. The Rangers are saving him for when they REALLY need him.

  115. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Who got the best Rental player at the deadline?

    Rangers – St. Louis
    Canandians – Vanek
    Kings – Gaborik

    All three have there team’s in the 2nd round?

  116. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Eddie echo – Step/Brass – so different that it’s hard to judge who’s best/worst. I would not like to trade away either of the two. Brassard’s as skilled as Stepan is smart. Those two lines come with very different trademarks. I believe that causes some headaches for the oposing team.

    Re the wine – Sancerre. You never go back.

  117. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Technically St. Louis isn’t a rental – because we get one more have him for another year.

    But you know what I mean.

  118. Manny-o-war on

    Sancerre, at least the worthwhile ones, are $$$$ in the States, boylecuddles

  119. MIN is a good team. Wonder how they’d fare if they weren’t on their fourth string netminder.

  120. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wine is Devine, feeling fine, Brassard’s line, will hit the twine, salt and Brine, commit no crime, lemon and lime, nickel and dime, bells that chime, ray them and rhyme….


  121. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Same as here, Manny-o.
    But there’s always a question about *much* or *good*.
    I go with GOOD.

  122. Manny-o-war on

    I like to find the middle ground. I’m very find of Spanish reds and they are very affordable. In the $9-$15 a bottle range.

  123. Eddie Eddie Eddie on


    Everybody want their children warm
    Everybody want to be forgiven
    Everybody want shelter from the storm

    Solidarity, solidarity,

    Nobody like to be pushed around

  124. Interesting stat I just read

    Pens are 9-1 last 10 games when Wes McCauley does there game.

  125. whatever anybody thinks of Stepan and Brassard, I think the Rangers are going to have to find a No. 1 center after the Richards buyout.

    but beware, if they reach the ECF and the GM thinks they’re close enough that this is their shot, No. 19 might be here for another six years (or at least his cap hit will be).

  126. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m a poet, and I grow it, always show it, grass? I mow it, I ask how goes it? I really do knows it


  127. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    If the Wild get Harding back healthy next year, and Vanek plays for the Wild they could be ready to make a serious run at the cup.

  128. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    The Cup still goes through Chicago. They look to be the most complete team top to bottom.

  129. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    SN – too late for that now.

    Is this period played at an insane pace?

  130. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I haven’t had any Sancerre in about 10 years….when I go French, it’s usually Bordeaux…..perhaps I’ll get a case of some “So Vein Young (Mel) Blanc

  131. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Carp – With the Rangers already stealing a game, and their habit of dropping game 2 when they are ahead. Do you see them winning tonight?

  132. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m pretty much Napa – Monterey County wines exclusively ….

  133. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Sioux – rangers win in a romp today – MAF implodes

    Rangers 7
    Pens 0

    GWG – Bbbbbbbbbbb Benny and the Brass

  134. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Oshie commercial – Did you read the fine print.

    You are not TJ Oshie. Do not shoot pucks at people without a helmut.

    a little funny don’t ya think?

  135. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kings Hawks will kill each other.

    Rangers win the cup in 6 at MSG

    Captain Brassard, come get the Stanley Cup

  136. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    E3 – I hope so.

    Bryz pulled. Nope not a lot of difference there.

    Great hustly by Saad.

  137. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    19 shots by the Wild, yikes. You don’t win to many games with the shots that low.

  138. He’s a perfect stranger,
    Like a cross of himself and a fox.
    He’s a feeling arranger
    And a changer of the ways he talks.
    He’s the unforeseen danger
    The keeper of the key to the locks.

    Know when you see him,
    Nothing can free him.
    Step aside, open wide,
    It’s the loner.

  139. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tays is a great Captain. I’d trade Stepan and Miller for him…

  140. Carp
    They can’t keep Richards regardless…right?

    We done need a 1C badly.

  141. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “if you score more goals than the opponent, in any one game, you’ll win”

  142. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    I don’t know JR – how many multiple overtime goals do see from the same shift????

    That’s the first time I’ve every seen 2 :)

  143. I would think they absolutely have to buy him out … but the Stogie guy might disagree with sane-minded people in his organization.

  144. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “every game in the playoffs has a playoff atmosphere”

  145. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “if you can play hard for 3 periods, the rose will be off the bloom”

  146. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Wicky – YES!

    Did you see how he hits? He is a force to play against.

    I would love to see him as a Ranger, when they buy out Richie Rich.

  147. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Pouliot will get the game winner tonight. He will lead the Rangers with 4 goals, before the night is over.

    Our point leader for the year, Zucc will get the broadway hat, for a 3 point night.

    Hank steals the game….. Ranger go home with a 2-0 lead.

    Is that too much positivity for pre game hype????

  148. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Just finished tearing out sheet rock, my sump pump quit on me last night. 3″ of water in the lower level – never fun.

    Thank God for a late game today :)

  149. ‘President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
    With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
    The president say, “Little fat man isn’t it a shame
    What the river has done to this poor cracker’s land”

    They’re tyrin’ to wash us away
    They’re tryin’ to wash us away

  150. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Wicky we have to be careful about bashing Richie Rich to much this playoffs.

    He is our point leader. Something Nash with never be able to say.

  151. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Watching the post game show to get pumped for the pre game show :)

  152. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Benoit Pouliot – has sure surprised me this post season. We were all on him in the regular season in the beginning, now he is stepping up and really helping this team win.

    I thinking he gets another goal tonight. Just think if he leads the team with 4, and Nash has none? Crazy.

  153. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    *Carp* – Do you think Nash is starting to feel the pressure of not scoring in the playoffs?

    Everyone is writing about it.

  154. East 69th Street 5 story townhouse, pool, elevator, wine cellar. Buy for $129,900 or rent $35 per month. 2014-15 Ranger season tickets behind AV’s gum box included.

  155. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Kooz – just bought a building on 5th and 84th. $3,000 for the WHOLE building. NYC is cheap.

  156. You would never know Dave Maloney if you knew Dave Maloney. Facially, that is.

  157. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Kooz – my agent apparently just got me a great deal. I just bought Park Avenue for $200,000. Love the Chinese

  158. eddie, you now own so much chic Manhattan real estate that you’re going to have to purchase two F-15 E’s for air defense.

  159. Sioux per HAT TRICK on

    Good call by NBCsn to bring in Karren Tappen for the pre game.

    JR – “Just a HOTEL at the MEETING”

  160. Despite his deficiencies, one plus about DoooGay is that, like Dave, he is always semper-fi.

  161. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Kooz – I’m an F-18 kind if guy. I looking to pick up CPW for decent change….

  162. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Not sure if I should pull the trigger on this, but I’m looking at buying Manhattan for 1.2 million.

  163. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Where’s that guy that wanted to rent a place in the city for $500? Looks like I might have a deal for him.

  164. Manhattan originally went for $24 to Peter Minuet. No surprise that it’s all the way up to 1.2 mil.

  165. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Extra 500K, I can have Brooklyn

    Brooklyn !!!!!! Shout out

    Yo yo werd up

  166. BickelsPickle on

    Crosby is going to drown us in his tears tonight. 3 tears, 3 goals.

  167. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    Kooz – google that song…listen and read the lyrics… Might just be the most beautiful words ever…

  168. King Eddie Eddie Eddie VI on

    JR – “if you lose in the second round, you cannot go to the fourth round”

  169. SIOUXper WIN Tonight on

    How does Staal not laugh at the question.

    Do you feel like Marc Staal before your injury?

    No I feel more like ……. Brian Leetch :)

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