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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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87 Much to discuss

In the absence of penalties that weren’t called last night in Philadelphia — and yes, we’re talking about you, Derian Hatcher — I’ll go ahead and give myself two minutes for failure to dash off a quick post-game correspondence. My excuse? No lie: there was some beer league hockey game…

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115 “I’m friggin’ nervous”

There may be only one thing more dangerous than a team at the top of its game, and that is a team at the bottom. Hence this quote from Tom Renney about facing the struggling Flyers tonight: “I’m friggin’ nervous. I’m nervous,” Renney said. “I don’t know exactly why but…

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31 Where’d everybody go?

Greetings from the bowels of the Wachovia Center, where the estimable Steve Zipay and I finally arrived after taking what can be generously described as the scenic route to Philadelphia. Note to self: next time you miss an exit for the N.J. Turnpike, turn back around and get it. Leave…

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50 Count your blessings

*UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Moments after this post came word that Thomas Pock has accepted a two-week conditioning assignment in Hartford. This seems to make sense given Pock’s lack of playing time, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens once he’s done.* I suppose in this holiday season, the emphasis…

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22 Post-game musings

In the “You Wish Department”, MSG P.A. announcer Joe Tolleson accidentally introduced Marcel Hossa as his brother Marian for tonight’s starting lineup. It’s an honest mistake, really. The two are almost identical players when you think about it — you know, give or take 40 points. Some quick thoughts: As…

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22 Speaking of Henrik Lundqvist standing on his head..

…the Rangers goaltender walked into Madison Square Garden wearing a black fedora you probably haven’t seen since Sinatra last played the Golden Nugget. Whether that alone is Tom Renney’s reason for giving his No. 1 netminder the night off is doubtful. But let’s put it this way: there aren’t many…

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11 More from the Garden later, but in the meantime…

Turns out the Mystery Linemate took part in a historic reunion game in Red Square yesterday to “celebrate the 60th anniversary of hockey in Russia”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/sports/hockey/10hockey.html?_r=1&ref=hockey&oref=slogin, this just four days after “skating alongside yours truly in a late-night pickup game”:http://rangers.lohudblogs.com/2006/12/06/the-mystery-linemate-returns/. No word yet on how he fared, but let’s just say…

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73 Character test

*UPDATE, 1:45: Same lineup in place as the Pittsburgh game, including Henrik Lundqvist back in net. The one variable is Fedor Tyutin, who will test out his twisted ankle during warm-ups and would be replaced by Sandis Ozolinsh if he can’t go.* If you subscribe to the belief that the…

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38 Rangers Blog: Feel good edition

Fatherhood has made me soft, so rather than dwell on the Rangers’ sloppy defensive play, their maddening reluctance to take wide open shots, or the fact that Henrik Lundqvist might have been “the only thing standing between the team and a fifth straight loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061208/SPORTS01/612080404/1034/SPORTS, I instead spent most of my…

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30 Post-game musings: Baby Nylander edition

It’s all about karma these days for the Rangers, or at least that’s one way to explain their come-from-behind win after two mostly forgettable periods against the Penguins. According to Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander was torn over whether to leave the game to be present for the birth of his…

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