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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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53 In case you missed it

Thanks to reader Robert for passing along this comprehensive video compilation of the historic events yesterday at Wrigley. Compelling stuff. Here’s hoping the Rangers are indeed on deck for next year’s game at Yankee Stadium. <object width=”480″ height=”295″><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/07LL4mIwdek&hl=en&fs=1″></param><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”></param><param name=”allowscriptaccess” value=”always”></param><embed src=”http://www.youtube.com/v/07LL4mIwdek&hl=en&fs=1″ type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” allowfullscreen=”true” width=”480″ height=”295″></embed></object>…

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40 To good things in 2009

We’re still camped out up here in the Green Mountain State, where the temperature is hovering around 0, and I lost feeling in my fingers for the better part of an hour. Other than that, it’s been a good trip. I’ll be back before long to return my attention to…

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74 Pond hockey in Vermont

That’s how I’ll be celebrating the new year, which can explain the lack of updates here. I’ll try to chime in when I can, but it will have to wait until after I overpower a mob of 6-year-olds on the ice. Hey, I have to feed my ego somehow. Here’s…

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162 Your long national nightmare is over

So I don’t really see what all the fuss was about. The Rangers are just fine, can’t you see that? Anyone? Hello? No, I think we can all agree tonight wasn’t so much a cure-all as it was a band-aid for the Rangers. But like I said earlier, the Rangers…

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260 Any win will do (Updated)

So the Islanders are the worst team in the NHL, and now they’re again out with Rick DiPietro, who Scott Gordon just announced will miss tonight with a strained groin. All of that would be reason for the Rangers to exhale, except, of course, they’re in no position to exhale.…

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73 Investigators say Cherepanov was blood doping

Investigators looking into the death of Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov say the 2007 first-round draft pick “had been blood doping for several months”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3797614 on top of suffering from myocarditis, a condition where not enough blood gets to the heart. Russia’s federal Investigative Committee said experts concluded from analysis of blood…

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38 Stuck with six

Well, if Tom Renney is going to deprive any defensemen of ice time for not delivering on expectations, he’ll have to deprive them in 2009. With Corey Potter going back to Hartford yet again, the Rangers are back to having only six blueliners, which means Renney isn’t in a position…

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134 A peek at the rearview mirror (Updated)

When it became apparent shortly after July 1 that this was going to be the group the Rangers would forge ahead with, my theory on how the team would fare went something like this: Without some of the heavyweights who comprised the core of the team the previous two seasons,…

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118 “Brain-dead hockey”

Well, give the Rangers credit: this time, no one was trying to dress this game up as anything other than what it was. “Awful,” Tom Renney said. “Brain-dead hockey.” It is reaching a point where changes have to be considered, and when I asked players about the specter of this…

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171 Orr to play, Potter ready to go (Updated)

Colton Orr’s condition has improved enough that he is expected to play tonight against the Devils, meaning Petr Prucha will be a scratch for the eighth straight game (Prucha will take part in warm-ups as a precaution). That leaves Corey Potter filling in for Michal Rozsival, who is out for…

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37 If only to dream

However dim you think the future is for the Rangers, it’s safe to say they will not be in the running for the No. 1 overall pick in next June’s draft. After watching this goal by John Tavares in the World Junior Championship, you wonder if the team should consider…

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