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14 Take a deep breath

The Rangers are having their Family Day at the MSG Training Center the afternoon after….well, what was it exactly? A resilient road win? Another showcase of their myriad flaws? A little bit of both? Either way, the team is 4-4 with what is likely a difficult stretch of hockey ahead,…

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27 Three to watch

The Rangers are already at a stage when every player is subject to a closer look, but given the recent changes, here’s the three I’m most interested in monitoring tonight against the Maple Leafs. Jaromir Jagr: As Tom Renney said the other night, when No. 68 is back to full…

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9 Second chance?

As a reporter, I don’t have a vested interest one way or another in “whether Sandis Ozolinsh succeeds in his second go-round with the Rangers”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061021/SPORTS01/610210363/1034/SPORTS. From a purely cynical perspective, you might say some of his missteps last year made for a better story. But personally, I’m a sucker for…

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14 Extreme Makeover: Rangers edition

If there wasn’t already a sense of urgency around the Rangers after falling to 3-4 in Wednesday night’s slopfest against Nashville, there was the sight of the team skating to completely different line combinations this morning. Put it this way: the only combination still intact is the defensive pairing of…

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12 Game 7 is under way

I grew up loving baseball, and the Mets in particular, but having lived through the drama of Game 6 against the Sox, it’ll be tough for me to ever match the same level of excitement (hopefully my brother and best friend don’t read this blog, because they’d both disown me…

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39 “And now at defense for the Rangers…”

OK, that’s probably a cheap shot at a certain lumbering Rangers defenseman, although word is Frankenstein was pretty good on the odd man rush in his day (Just an aside here, I don’t have an explanation for why this particular Frankenstein is carrying a stack of of books, although knowledge…

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10 Post-game musings

Turns out Colton Orr wasn’t sick with food poisoning. He had just been watching the Rangers practice the power play. A discouraging effort on many levels. I ended up with tomato sauce on my shirt. Marek Malik, meanwhile, had to settle for egg on his face. Seriously, the question was…

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4 Uh-oh

No, I’m not talking about the Nashville lead. I’m talking about the tomato sauce I spilled on my shirt during dinner. First beer on Monday, now this. I’m not quite at the point where I need to wear a full-body smock. But I’m getting closer. Meanwhile, hardly an inspired start…

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3 Only in New York

Riding the elevator to the press room in the Garden this afternoon, two arena employees were talking about the busy schedule here for November. “It’s crazy,” one said. “The circus is coming to town.” Funny. You always hear that cliche, but only here does it mean THE CIRCUS REALLY IS…

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12 Skate at your own risk

Some odds-and-ends from the morning skate: The morning skate was optional, but all but four players were in attendance. As for Jaromir Jagr, Michal Rozsival, Michael Nylander, and Colton Orr, they were last seen trying to scalp tickets for Game 6 tonight at Shea. I’m kidding of course…. I’m sure…

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13 More Shanny

I came to the rink yesterday with the idea of writing about “Brendan Shanahan’s brilliant start”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061018/SPORTS01/610180384/1034/SPORTS for the Rangers. Good idea, right? Apparently so, since I think all of my fellow beat writers had the exact same thought. It just goes to show that either A) great minds think alike,…

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7 And now for the dreaded Predators

Yes, I’m aware of how silly that sounds. It’s true the Rangers opponent tomorrow is a solid team, and is even fresh off a shootout win over the Islanders. But even then, “Nashville is coming to town,” just doesn’t do much in the fear department. Either way, the Rangers know…

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14 Post-game musings

You may now step back from the ledge. — Seriously, I’d like to think I was a calming voice of reason during what must have been a difficult week for many of you. If you’re interested, I also do private therapy sessions at $300 an hour. If you want to…

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6 Look what they’ve become

Let’s see, sound in the defensive zone, cautious in the neutral zone, taking advantage of the opponent’s mistakes when they can. Oh no, the Rangers have turned into the Devils! OK, maybe not, but a pretty encouraging first period for the Rangers, who have at least resorted to some of…

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1 Oh yeah, them

Greeting from the Garden, where the Rangers tonight are hosting the Devils, the same team that swept them out of the first round of last season’s playoffs. Am I stating the obvious? Apparently not. According to Tom Renney, it wasn’t something he gave much thought to prior to this morning.…

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18 Odd man out

A couple of quick hits from the morning skate: — With Darius Kasparaitis back tonight against the Devils, it means Thomas Pock is a scratch. I know what you’re going to say: why would you sit a guy who has been one of the Rangers’ few encouraging defenseman thus far?…

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10 Just what the doctor ordered?

“Let’s go, let’s make this quick,” Darius Kasparaitis said to me as he untied his skates this afternoon. “Time is money. Money is time.” The defenseman was joking around, and he at least had reason to. After five games watching the Rangers from afar — including the last three horrific…

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7 So much for the day off

The first sign that things are awry with your Rangers: An unscheduled practice after last night’s humiliation against the Sabres. Imagine what players are telling their wives right about now: “I know we were supposed to go antiquing today, honey, but we sort of laid an egg last night in…

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