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221 Petr Prucha’s last stand? (Updated)

We don’t know yet for sure whether Petr Prucha will play tonight against the hapless Panthers, although that sounds like a possibility. What we do know is that if Prucha plays, expectations should be kept fairly low after eight games out of the lineup. And that’s the problem. While it’s…

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72 A time to give thanks

The other day I went around the locker room and asked players what they were thankful for. All of them mentioned their health and their family. A few mentioned hockey. Me, I’m thankful for a beautiful wife, two awe-inspiring boys, and the fact that I’m healthy enough to still play…

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75 Off to Florida

Tom Renney was in short sleeves and Aaron Voros was talking up a poker game on the plane. By every measure, the Rangers are ready for their two-game swing through Florida, if only because of how they emerged from their most recent funk last night against Phoenix. It was a…

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45 For once, the blog is right

I made the case before the game last night that Scott Gomez’s return “could have a trickle down effect on the rest of the Rangers lineup”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2008/11/24/the-opponent-is-irrelevant/. Hey, what do you know, “that was exactly the case.”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081125/SPORTS01/811250380/-1/SPORTS I next plan to turn my prognosticating to the financial markets. Who’s with me?…

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57 The opponent is irrelevant

Longtime readers of the blog may already know about my boyhood fascination with Wayne Gretzky since “it’s something I’ve written about in the past”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/10/28/wayne-and-me/. And yet even while acknowledging the extra charge in the building because of the Great One’s presence downstairs — decked in a fairly sharp gray blazer,…

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17 And he’s nice to children and small animals, too

By way of the Coyotes morning skate, where the Great One weighed in on the state of his team, here’s Shane Doan on his former teammate Fred Sjostrom: “You’d be hard-pressed to find someone more liked in our room than Freddie,” Doan said. “He’s such a great guy. Everybody loves…

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73 Gomez to play tonight against Coyotes

After five games out of the lineup with an ankle injury, Scott Gomez will make his return tonight against Phoenix, in which he is expected to skate on a line with Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan. “We’re going to give it a go,” Tom Renney said. It was worth asking…

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20 New day, new opportunity

Every day is a new day in the life of a hockey team. It’s why yesterday, less than 24 hours after being humiliated in Ottawa, the Rangers were still in a playful mood — none louder than Scott Gomez, who sat at his stall in the locker room and ribbed…

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235 Statement game? (Updated)

A familiar trend in hockey goes something like this: Team wins a few games in a row. Team wins the last game of streak in less-than-convincing fashion. Team begins a losing streak. The Rangers are not there yet since one loss on Wednesday does not constitute a slump. But if…

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83 Valiquette gets nod against Ottawa (Updated)

According to everyone involved, it was the plan all along to have Stephen Valiquette start tomorrow in Ottawa. That it comes after Henrik Lundqvist allowed five goals to Vancouver appears to be only a case of curious timing. I made the case yesterday that that game against the Canucks was…

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17 Flyers hedging on Shanahan

That imminent return of Brendan Shanahan apparently wasn’t so imminent. According to Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post, the “Flyers are now wavering over bringing in the soon-to-be 40-year-old wing”:http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20081121/SPORTS04/811210353/1002/SPORTS, especially since the two parties are still a ways apart on salary. Not only have they won three of four without…

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111 Chat replay

Thanks again to everyone for taking part in the video chat. For those who missed it, you can watch the replay below. If you watch enough, you’ll see me completely frazzled by an on-screen visitor. Let’s just say Morley Safer doesn’t have to worry. A few of you had mentioned…

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7 Moments away

Here’s “the link to follow for the video chat”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/99999999/MOGULUS0103/399990019, which will begin at 1:15. I hope you can make it. We’ll again have a moderator to field your questions, and I hope to get as many as possible. If you have comments or suggestions about the chat format, feel free…

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91 Let’s talk it over

That general uneasiness over the Rangers’ play of late has given way to outright frustration after last night’s slopfest against the Canucks (here’s my “story here”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081120/SPORTS01/811200503/-1/SPORTS). I should point out that it is just a rocky stretch in November for a team that is still in first place,, not exactly…

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249 Slight progress for Gomez (Updated)

There now appears to be at least a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to Scott Gomez’s troublesome ankle. Although the Rangers center didn’t skate again today and will not play for the fourth straight game, Tom Renney said Gomez did show marked signs of improvement…

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