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146 How good can this league be? (Updated)

Marcel Hossa had a “hat trick in the KHL All-Star Game yesterday”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rumRSWRIQ0. I’m going let that thought sink in for a few moments. In other news, three outstanding individual efforts highlighted the Rangers’ win in Ottawa last night: Petr Prucha’s persisence in setting up Brandon Dubinsky’s first goal; Nikolai Zherdev’s…

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143 Sanguinetti up; could play against Sens

With Michal Rozsival (facial injuries) in question for tonight, the Rangers have made the unexpected decision to call Bobby Sanguinetti up from Hartford. The New Jersey native and first-round draft pick frm 2006 would make his NHL debut if he plays. Have to say I’m surprised by this. I know…

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77 Jagr hints at NHL return

In a number of news reports, Jaromir Jagr “has hinted at his willingness to return to the NHL,”:http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/22224-THNcom-Blog-Jagr-says-return-to-Penguins-not-out-of-the-question.html where he said he’d even play for the league minimum salary in Pittsburgh. Jagr has also been in contact with Rangers coach Tom Renney, which is another sign that he’s unhappy in…

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493 Crucial stretch (Updated)

The best news for the Rangers yesterday, other than Henrik Lundqvist’s All-Star selection, is that the Thrashers pounced on the Devils, meaning the Rangers hold onto fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It’s a long way from those heady autumn days when the thought of home-ice through the playoffs wasn’t…

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231 Lundqvist an All-Star (Updated)

Henrik Lundqvist was “indeed tapped today to represent the Rangers in the All-Star Game later this month in Montreal”:http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=402847&navid=DL|NHL|home. In other breaking news, the Rangers are wearing skates today at practice. It will be Lundqvist’s first All-Star appearance after being a Vezina Trophy finalist his first three seasons in the…

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36 Guest post: Rangers lack starpower

I’m fortunate today to be able to introduce a rare guest post by my friend and colleague Sam Borden, who despite being a former goalie, is actually a pretty sharp guy. Sam laments something many of you have noted as well this year — the conspicuous absence of a go-to-guy…

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32 Familiar story

Some red-eyed thoughts the morning after a momentum-killing loss to the Habs: <li>If not for the team’s up-and-down play the past month, this loss would have been easy to stomach. The Rangers played hard, arguably controlled most of the game, but took some inopportune penalties and didn’t have Henrik Lundqvist…

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51 Rangers say they deserved better

I’m not a big fan of stories that focus on one-sided officiating, but that was clearly a predominant topic in the Rangers locker room after the game. And that included Tom Renney, who made the rare concession that he probably needs to be more active in complaining to officials. “Maybe…

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233 On Korpikoski, Fritsche, and donuts….

We’re running late, but so is the game (a 7:30 start thanks to TSN), so let’s get on with it. Some notes: <li>As noted earlier, no lineup changes tonight, which means Dan Fritsche and Lauri Korpikoski will be the scratches. That’s two straight games in the press box for Korpikoski,…

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40 On an off day, talk some football

Tonight marks the first of a three-game-in-four-day stretch for the Rangers, but tomorrow you should have plenty of time to talk some football with The Journal News’ Mike Dougherty and Sam Borden. Those two will be hosting a video chat at noon, where they’ll be breaking down the Giants’ playoff…

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113 No changes against Habs

If you expected there to be a different lineup two nights after one of the Rangers’ most complete games of the year, you haven’t been paying attention. So that means Lauri Korpikoski and Dan Fritsche will be scratches, and Aaron Voros will skate on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and…

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180 All’s well for now…

You wonder what it would be like if the Rangers played more games like last night. Tom Renney would never tinker with his lines. There would be Wade Redden jerseys sprinkled around Madison Square Garden. People would come to this blog solely to hear me wax poetic on the beauty…

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124 Special teams, special teams, special teams

So what have we learned class? That if you stumble on the power play and the penalty kill, you will go nowhere in today’s NHL. If you can produce in those areas, you can gloss over plenty of mistakes. Give the Rangers credit for outworking a Pittsburgh team that looked…

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260 Beware the slumping opponent

Is it a good or a bad sign that the Rangers are facing a team that is slumping even worse than them? “They’re a good team. We’ve all been through these type of stretches before,” Tom Renney said. “It looks awful for a moment. But good teams come out of…

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291 Head-scratcher: Voros in for Korpikoski

Whatever ails the Rangers of late, I’m fairly confident the problem cannot be traced to Lauri Korpikoski, who has instead been one of the Rangers’ few bright spots the past few weeks. Tom Renney said Korpikoski hasn’t been a problem, either. But that still won’t prevent the coach from sitting…

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45 Can’t resist

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering — what, that wasn’t one of yours? — but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about “Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/01052009/gossip/pagesix/avery_at_large_147264.htm While that part was about as…

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169 Short-circuited again (Updated)

Remember when a shorthanded goal qualified as an extraordinary circumstance in a hockey game? As in, “Man, that game was so bad, they even allowed a shorthanded goal!” Now it’s more like, “Yeah, typical Ranger game: missed chances, shorthanded goal. You know the drill. Hey, pass the potato chips.” I…

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292 Valiquette to start in place of ill Lundqvist

The last time the Rangers faced the Capitals, it was Washington that was saddled with a sick goaltender, with Jose Theodore forced to start in place of a flu-stricken Brent Johnson (Johnson did come in briefly after the Rangers pounced on Theodore to start, but he didn’t last — nor…

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80 In a sense, the season starts today

I’ve never been a big believer in the whole “you get to start over at New Years” philosophy, mostly because it still feels like the middle of the year. In high school, you still had the same teachers. In college, you still had the same roommate who left five-day-old cans…

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