Marek Malik makes his return to the lineup for the season finale in place of Paul Mara. Malik will presumably skate alongside Michal Rozsival while Marc Staal goes back to playing with Christian Backman. “It’s to get him some time,” Tom Renney said of putting Malik back in.. “I may... Read More →
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Boston’s 3-0 loss to Buffalo tonight means the Rangers are locked into a first-round match-up with the Devils. We’ll know tomorrow where that series begins….
The imaginative Ira Podell of the Associated Press presented this hypothetical scenario for tomorrow’s season finale in Newark: Boston wins tonight. Tie game tomorrow in the third period. Does Tom Renney pull the goalie and go for the regulation win and home-ice advantage, all while risking a regulation loss and... Read More →
A couple of thoughts before what could be an inspired effort from the Rangers, or the ultimate hangover game. I could see this game going in either direction: <li>Just overheard this stat: the Islanders are 5-0 in season-ending games against the Rangers. No word on what their record is in... Read More →
If you haven’t heard of the new plans for the Garden unveiled yesterday, you can “read about it here”:http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/04/sports/Madison-Square-Garden-Renovation.php. By the sound, and look of things, there will a lot more open space and glass enclosed areas — which is great, except if Fedor Tyutin and his erratic slapshot are... Read More →
Morning skate update, 11:57 a.m.: So much for resting players. Brendan Shanahan will go back in alongside Scott Gomez and Sean Avery. Petr Prucha will go back to the fourth line with Fred Sjostrom and Ryan Hollweg, and Henrik Lundqvist will get another start in net. The lone holdout is... Read More →
Remember that story from earlier today about “how the Rangers’ old guys can’t score?”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/sports/hockey/03rangers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Two goals from Jaromir Jagr and a goal from Martin Straka later, maybe the Rangers can convince the New York Times to write more stories just like it.
I will try to contain my emotions that this will be my last trip here for a while — barring an unforeseen switch to the Arena Football beat (I should keep my voice down. I don’t want to give the boss any ideas). But at least tonight will be packed... Read More →
With the Rangers still looking to lock down their playoff spot tonight at the Coliseum, my friend Lynn Zinser “has a worthwhile look”:http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/03/sports/hockey/03rangers.html?_r=1&oref=slogin at the Rangers’ three thirtysomething forwards, Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, Martin Straka, all of whom are struggling with low offensive numbers, all of whom become free agents... Read More →
Barring a miraculous third period comeback in which the Tampa Bay Lightning forget that they’re, well, the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers will have to wait for tomorrow against the Islanders for their next chance to clinch a playoff spot. And let’s be honest: if the Rangers can’t beat the... Read More →
In fairness to Scott Gomez, I should also pass along this dig he took at me today. The question was about playing a team tomorrow that is already out of playoff contention. “Tomorrowâ€™s a must-win on the road against a team that has nothing to lose. Thereâ€™s a lot of... Read More →
This was Scott Gomez a moment ago when talking about his sore ribs, and the Rangers health in general: “If you’re 100 percent at this time of year, there’s something wrong with you.” The line immediately elicited laughter from a handful of us around Gomez’s locker, and when we repeated... Read More →
The Blog Headquarters supercomputer has been spewing out probabilities left and right, and my understanding is yes, if Carolina loses in regulation to Tampa Bay tonight, the Rangers are in. Furthermore, if the Devils get even a point, the Rangers would be guaranteed not having to play Ottawa in the... Read More →
The Caps win and pull into a tie with Carolina with 90 points. More importantly, the Rangers will most likely have to wait until Thursday against the Islanders for a chance to clinch a playoff spot. This is the way it should be, in my book. Until tomorrow….
I’m not sure what happened to the look of this blog, although given the problems we had earlier in the season, this isn’t even worth complaining about. Meanwhile, it’s Caps 2, Canes 1 in the second period, so the clinch watch is ongoing. As a Rangers fan, you obviously want... Read More →