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3 Only in New York

Riding the elevator to the press room in the Garden this afternoon, two arena employees were talking about the busy schedule here for November. “It’s crazy,” one said. “The circus is coming to town.” Funny. You always hear that cliche, but only here does it mean THE CIRCUS REALLY IS…

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12 Skate at your own risk

Some odds-and-ends from the morning skate: The morning skate was optional, but all but four players were in attendance. As for Jaromir Jagr, Michal Rozsival, Michael Nylander, and Colton Orr, they were last seen trying to scalp tickets for Game 6 tonight at Shea. I’m kidding of course…. I’m sure…

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13 More Shanny

I came to the rink yesterday with the idea of writing about “Brendan Shanahan’s brilliant start”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061018/SPORTS01/610180384/1034/SPORTS for the Rangers. Good idea, right? Apparently so, since I think all of my fellow beat writers had the exact same thought. It just goes to show that either A) great minds think alike,…

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7 And now for the dreaded Predators

Yes, I’m aware of how silly that sounds. It’s true the Rangers opponent tomorrow is a solid team, and is even fresh off a shootout win over the Islanders. But even then, “Nashville is coming to town,” just doesn’t do much in the fear department. Either way, the Rangers know…

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14 Post-game musings

You may now step back from the ledge. — Seriously, I’d like to think I was a calming voice of reason during what must have been a difficult week for many of you. If you’re interested, I also do private therapy sessions at $300 an hour. If you want to…

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6 Look what they’ve become

Let’s see, sound in the defensive zone, cautious in the neutral zone, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistakes when they can. Oh no, the Rangers have turned into the Devils! OK, maybe not, but a pretty encouraging first period for the Rangers, who have at least resorted to some of…

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1 Oh yeah, them

Greeting from the Garden, where the Rangers tonight are hosting the Devils, the same team that swept them out of the first round of last season’s playoffs. Am I stating the obvious? Apparently not. According to Tom Renney, it wasn’t something he gave much thought to prior to this morning.…

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18 Odd man out

A couple of quick hits from the morning skate: — With Darius Kasparaitis back tonight against the Devils, it means Thomas Pock is a scratch. I know what you’re going to say: why would you sit a guy who has been one of the Rangers’ few encouraging defenseman thus far?…

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10 Just what the doctor ordered?

“Let’s go, let’s make this quick,” Darius Kasparaitis said to me as he untied his skates this afternoon. “Time is money. Money is time.” The defenseman was joking around, and he at least had reason to. After five games watching the Rangers from afar — including the last three horrific…

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7 So much for the day off

The first sign that things are awry with your Rangers: An unscheduled practice after last night’s humiliation against the Sabres. Imagine what players are telling their wives right about now: “I know we were supposed to go antiquing today, honey, but we sort of laid an egg last night in…

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11 Look on the bright side

Actually, I can’t think of anything, but I was trying to be positive for you. Seriously, I can’t tell if the Sabres are an exceptional team, or if the Rangers are particularly bad. I suppose it’s somewhere in between. 7-4 final. The Rangers are 2-3. If Monday’s meeting with the…

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2 2-3

For those keeping score at home (or tearing their hair out, for that matter), the last time the Rangers were under .500 was when they finished the 2003-04 schedule 27-40-7-8. Unless Chris Drury is somehow traded to the Rangers before the third period, I’m pretty sure they’ll be slipping back…

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4 At least there’s Shanny

Whatever else the Rangers are struggling with these days, you can’t pin it on Brendan Shanahan. The veteran just scored his second goal of the game, the lone bright spot on an otherwise discouraging evening…

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7 Buffalo pre-game

A couple of minor tweaks in the line-up for tonight, most notably Kevin Weekes getting his first start of the year in place of Henrik Lundqvist. Beyond that: — Ryan Hollweg moves up to the third line on the left wing with Blair Betts and Adam Hall. — Marcel Hossa…

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10 No morning skate…

…for Rangers today since they traveled this morning to Buffalo. What this means is I might not have an update on the defensive situation or who’s starting in goal until later. I’ll let you all know when I have something.

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4 Mostly because I’m clueless…

…I didn’t even notice that Michal Rozsival was kept out of practice today with a hip flexor. The defenseman is now day-to-day, and that means we very well might be seeing Darius Kasparaitis make his season debut tomorrow night against the Sabres. This will all be decided tomorrow, naturally, probably…

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8 Two minutes for breathing

Good news, bad news for the Rangers: The bad news is the snow storm in Buffalo has forced the Rangers to wait until tomorrow to head upstate, thus forcing them to play a game on a travel day. The good news? One less night in Buffalo. Anyway, as expected, much…

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5 Fourteen inches of snow in Buffalo

Someone might want to fill them in up there that it’s still October. Meanwhile, maybe that’s one way to avoid a loss to the formidable Sabres tomorrow night. The Rangers just won’t go. In other news, “here’s my story from last night’s Garden debacle”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061013/SPORTS01/610130400/1034/SPORTS There’s a lot to discuss. I’m…

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20 Post-game musings

The question I didn’t ask, but probably should have asked, is this: Would you rather lose a game by looking like you don’t care, or by looking like you don’t know what you’re doing? Granted, that’s an oversimplification of what happened here against the Penguins, but it’s still probably accurate.…

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