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171 Oh yeah, us too

I just noticed that the indefatigable Peter Abraham has set up a “Facebook fan page”:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34715657699 for “his Yankees blog”:http://yankees.lhblogs.com/ With that in mind, I should mention “we have one set up, too”:http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56996970648, which could be a cool way for some of you get to know one another outside of your…

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32 Gomez out, Naslund in, Dawes bashful

That’s about the extent of the news from today’s optional morning skate before the Rangers face the struggling Ottawa Senators tonight. Among the notes: Scott Gomez skated this morning — on his own and without equipment — but will not play for the third straight game. “It is what it…

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36 Does it get any easier?

So which player will be subjected to greater scrutiny tonight against the Ottawa Senators — the player who spent 11 seasons in an Ottawa uniform; or the one who bobbled his way into the Rangers fans’ doghouse on Saturday night? That seems to be the “topic du jour”:http://www.nypost.com/seven/11172008/sports/rangers/redden_vs__sens_promises_drama_139066.htm. I won’t…

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46 Reunion week at the Garden

At some point Wade Redden and Markus Naslund will probably compare notes on how to deal with facing their old teams this week. Redden is up first against Ottawa tomorrow, followed by Naslund Wednesday against Vancouver. The task is probably made easier by the fact that both players are now…

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107 Renney goes to bat for Rozsival

If you’ve been paying enough attention to Tom Renney during his tenure in New York, then you know the coach isn’t likely to sell out a player to the media. And if one of those players had a particularly regrettable game, as Michal Rozsival did tonight, then you can count…

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120 From the Garden: Northeast corridor showdown

Some notes before tonight’s ORIGINAL SIX match-up (I felt it needed to be capitalized): <li>Is Scott Gomez’s ankle injury more serious than originally thought? That depends. The fact that Gomez is out again proves it hasn’t healed as quickly as everyone hoped (I say “everyone” but the Bruins probably aren’t…

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15 Gomez out again

Scott Gomez’s ankle injury will keep him out of the lineup again tonight. The Rangers are expected to skate with the same lines as Wednesday’s win over the Devils. More on Gomez’s status and other tidbits later…

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16 Gomez status uncertain

We bypassed the morning skate today in favor of a 4-year-old birthday party — I am just now coming down off my sugar high — so we’ll have to find out later whether Scott Gomez is a possibility for tonight against the Bruins. The guess here is no based on…

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68 Was it the mullet?

“The Tampa Bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose”:http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=255866&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl. Apparently it only hit them today that Melrose had been out of coaching for 13 years and might not connect with players. ”This was a tough decision to make,” Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. ”Barry is a good…

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51 Early test

Some notes after a spirited practice at the MSG Training Center: <li>Scott Gomez is still day-to-day with an ankle injury, and didn’t practice today. Tom Renney said he’ll check on Gomez’s status in the morning, so there’s at least the chance he’ll play tomorrow night against the Bruins. But don’t…

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47 Has Sather “cemented” his legacy? That depends…

Sure, it’s possible that Glen Sather is prepared to step aside as Rangers president and GM to make way for Brian Burke, an idea that has been given life by “ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=3699161 and others. Sather is 65. He’s already reached the mountaintop a number of times as an NHL…

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70 Mark it down

A couple of scheduling items: <li>Mike Dougherty, who is covering the Giants this season for The Journal News and Lohud.com, will be joining the wild world of live video chats by hosting one tomorrow at noon. Give the guy some love by “going here”:www.LoHud.com/giantsjournallive (just don’t ask why Paul Mara…

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73 The burden of potential

Never mind what the Rangers can be. That part we all have down pat. We know they can be a relentless forechecking team that “can get offense from different segments of its lineup”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081113/SPORTS01/811130480/-1/SPORTS. We know they can be gritty enough to be an unpleasant opponent. We know Michal Rozsival can…

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47 Pick a turning point, any turning point

There are a couple of moments in this game you could point to as pivotal: Michal Rozsival’s goal on the 5-on-3. The Rangers penalty kill at the start of the second period. The moment a few weeks ago when Martin Brodeur had to give way to Kevin Weekes. I vote…

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213 From the Rock: Gomez out against Devils (Updated)

So it turns out the Devils aren’t the only team contending with injuries tonight. Scott Gomez’s leg injury — some are already speculating it’s his ankle, but I can’t confirm — has turned out to be worse than expected. He won’t play tonight, and is listed as day-to-day. While still…

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68 Quick look at the Devils

I’m off to Newark in a moment, but first a couple of tidbits from “The Record’s Tom Gulitti’s excellent Devils blog”:http://njmg.typepad.com/devilsblog/: <li>The Devils not only have seven defensemen, they will skate all seven defensemen tonight against the Rangers. This means they’ll have 11 forwards. Here are the lines: Zach Parise-Travis…

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93 Drawing the line on lines (Updated)

The Rangers practiced today without Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, and Colton Orr — all of whom were being treated for assorted undisclosed ailments — so it was difficult for the team to practice in any real lines. But chances are if everyone was healthy, the lines still would have looked…

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98 Something’s missing

If we’re all in agreement that “the Rangers have struggled”:http://www.lohud.com/article/20081111/SPORTS01/811110385/-1/SPORTS since charging out of the gates last month, what’s less clear is what exactly they’re struggling with. Do they lack a physical presence on the backline that would make life more difficult for opponents? Are they absent the character needed…

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46 Loss? What loss?

There were a number of Rangers who pointed to the positives after tonight’s loss, and it’s not like they were completely delusional The team was down 2-0, crawled back to tie the game, then lost in a shootout contest that is pretty much a toss-up. Had that part gone differently,…

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