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9 Scoreless after 1

Rangers-Isles are scorelsss after one period, although the Isles have definitely gotten the better of things. Here’s why: *1. The Rangers are lucky this isn’t a basketball game.* If turnovers were a stat here, they’d have an embarrassingly high total through 20 minutes. *2. The Isles have outshot them.* Isles…

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7 Not to rip on the Isles…

but they just had an announcer interview Tom Poti before the game, but I wouldn’t exactly call it an interview. More like a pep rally. He finished by saying he hoped DiPietro could continue his stellar play tonight against the Rangers. I’m pretty young, but that seems like a journalistic…

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7 Pregame, Rangers vs. Islanders

A few tidbits from Tom Renney’s pregame talk with the media: — Just returned from downstairs in the Coliseum and Tom Renney said *Henrik Lundqvist is in net.* Also, *Martin Straka will start the game at center,* though Renney made it a point to say it doesn’t mean he won’t…

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22 A couple lineup items

Hey, everyone. Hope you had a good holiday. Apparently, Sam has decided to be pleasant to me this week, so it appears our endless college hockey war has ceased. I just got an email from the Rangers. I don’t have the complete lineups yet (will return with those later tonight…

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7 Greetings from Vermont

Yes, I’m still on vacation, but I figured I’d pass along that the Rangers have called up both Jed Ortmeyer and defenseman Bryce Lampman from Hartford, while sending Brad Isbister down the other way. Ortmeyer will remain a non-roster injured player pending further examination. As for the 24-year-old Lampman, no…

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120 One more to go

The Rangers need only to get through tonight against the Lightning and then maybe they can take a couple of days over Christmas to catch their collective breath. Again, I’m only viewing from afar these days, but one would imagine they’ll get some bodies — i.e. Michael Nylander and Henrik…

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32 And now for another brief programming note

As much as I’ve enjoyed the various theories about where I’ve been of late — that I’ve been shipped off to another paper, that I’m actually a CIA operative now stationed in Eastern Europe, that I’ve abandoned the blog altogether and am pursuing my real dreams of Hollywood stardom –…

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151 I haven’t forgotten about you

Sorry, everyone, for my lack of correspondence. I’m going to be out of pocket for tonight, and I’ll explain more tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the Rangers quest for a return to respectability tonight against the woeful Panthers. Kevin Weekes is in net as Henrik Lundqvist is still fighting the…

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215 Hello Brad Isbister

With the Rangers slogging their way through a three-game losing streak, it’s open for interpretation whether they should be commended for allowing for opportunities within their own system; or chastised for tapping the shoulder of another NHL retread. But the plan after practice today was to send Ryan Callahan back…

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93 On second thought…

…Henrik Lundqvist will not be in net tonight, because guess who has the flu now? Yes, the healthy Lundqvist we all saw at the morning skate today is now doubled over somewhere in his Manhattan apartment, the latest victim of a flu strain that has almost reached comical proportions. I…

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97 Changing on the fly

Maybe Tom Renney put it best when he first met with a group of us after today’s morning skate. “Don’t ask me about my lineup,” the coach said. In other words, your guess is as good as his. If you thought a day away from the rink would help “the…

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88 Stretched thin

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m.:  As expected, the Rangers are calling up Thomas Pock to fill Ozolinsh’s spot on the roster.  UPDATE, 2:10 p.m.: The Rangers have confirmed that Ozolinsh was put on waivers, which one would assume is effectively ending his tenure with the team.   UPDATE, 1:50 p.m.: TSN.CA is reporting that the Rangers…

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34 Post-game musings

Everything you need to know about the Rangers these days could be encapsulated by the sight of Petr Prucha talking in the post-game locker room while blood dripped from his chin. I suppose the good news is he didn’t keel over right then — although the way things are going…

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48 And the hits just keep on coming

For those Rangers fans who long to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite team, I’m going to go ahead and say this might not be the week to do it. But if you insist, I’d at least suggest a surgical mask. The flu that has raged through the lineup of late…

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75 Was it all a mirage?

Did the Rangers really win five straight games prior to tonight? And if so, which high school JV teams did they beat? OK, low blow. Truth is, this is exactly the sort of game you risk getting after winning five straight. Not that anyone saw anything this bad coming. But…

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100 Staggering to the finish line

One would think this five-game winning streak could be extended to six tonight against the uneven Maple Leafs, especially with the recently infallible Henrik Lundqvist back in net. Only one problem: that flu bug that had settled in with a couple of players earlier in the week has apparently made…

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113 Break up the Rangers?

Our research staff at Blog Headquarters has been up all night poring over statistics in a dimly-lit room. Or at least that’s what I’m telling people. The reality is I just came up with this in about 45 seconds over a leisurely cup of coffee: Of the six opponents the…

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131 Potential talking point…

…for Tom Renney in between periods: “Um, guys, feel free to disagree here, but I’m going to ahead and suggest we limit the penalties. I’m not sure they’re helping right now.” Meanwhile, how’s this for a vote of confidence for Sandis Ozolinsh? With their own debilitating stomach ailments, both Fedor…

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47 The Lundqvist Bowl is on

I’m not sure any hockey executive has ever made a roster move purely to appease us media types, and yet thanks are still in order to Dallas GM Doug Armstrong, who called up center Joel Lundqvist from Iowa just in time to face his twin brother Henrik tonight in Dallas.…

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