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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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11 Look on the bright side

Actually, I can’t think of anything, but I was trying to be positive for you. Seriously, I can’t tell if the Sabres are an exceptional team, or if the Rangers are particularly bad. I suppose it’s somewhere in between. 7-4 final. The Rangers are 2-3. If Monday’s meeting with the…

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2 2-3

For those keeping score at home (or tearing their hair out, for that matter), the last time the Rangers were under .500 was when they finished the 2003-04 schedule 27-40-7-8. Unless Chris Drury is somehow traded to the Rangers before the third period, I’m pretty sure they’ll be slipping back…

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4 At least there’s Shanny

Whatever else the Rangers are struggling with these days, you can’t pin it on Brendan Shanahan. The veteran just scored his second goal of the game, the lone bright spot on an otherwise discouraging evening…

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7 Buffalo pre-game

A couple of minor tweaks in the line-up for tonight, most notably Kevin Weekes getting his first start of the year in place of Henrik Lundqvist. Beyond that: — Ryan Hollweg moves up to the third line on the left wing with Blair Betts and Adam Hall. — Marcel Hossa…

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10 No morning skate…

…for Rangers today since they traveled this morning to Buffalo. What this means is I might not have an update on the defensive situation or who’s starting in goal until later. I’ll let you all know when I have something.

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4 Mostly because I’m clueless…

…I didn’t even notice that Michal Rozsival was kept out of practice today with a hip flexor. The defenseman is now day-to-day, and that means we very well might be seeing Darius Kasparaitis make his season debut tomorrow night against the Sabres. This will all be decided tomorrow, naturally, probably…

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8 Two minutes for breathing

Good news, bad news for the Rangers: The bad news is the snow storm in Buffalo has forced the Rangers to wait until tomorrow to head upstate, thus forcing them to play a game on a travel day. The good news? One less night in Buffalo. Anyway, as expected, much…

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5 Fourteen inches of snow in Buffalo

Someone might want to fill them in up there that it’s still October. Meanwhile, maybe that’s one way to avoid a loss to the formidable Sabres tomorrow night. The Rangers just won’t go. In other news, “here’s my story from last night’s Garden debacle”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061013/SPORTS01/610130400/1034/SPORTS There’s a lot to discuss. I’m…

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20 Post-game musings

The question I didn’t ask, but probably should have asked, is this: Would you rather lose a game by looking like you don’t care, or by looking like you don’t know what you’re doing? Granted, that’s an oversimplification of what happened here against the Penguins, but it’s still probably accurate.…

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1 At the end of one….

Rangers 0, Penguins 0. A couple of quick hits: — There doesn’t seem to be reason to be concerned about Jagr. The Big Fella had been trying out new skates this morning, and obviously something was again bothering him in that department at the end of the first period. Good…

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6 Ask and you shall receive

I’m not sure if this is setting a bad precedent or not, but one of you requested that I ask Tom Renney about using Thomas Pock on the power play, and I did just now in our pre-game scrum with the coach outside the Rangers’ locker room. I’d like to…

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23 Orr in, Dawes out

I realize I said the other day that Colton Orr was a possibility against the Flyers, but this time I’m certain of it. OK, not certain, but pretty sure. Tom Renney said Orr’s going to play, so unless the coach is making a habit of toying with us, count on…

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2 Sid the Kid

To commemorate Sidney Crosby’s arrival at the Garden tonight, my 16-month-old son and I marveled this morning at some of his highlights on the “Penguins’ Web site”:http://www.pittsburghpenguins.com/multimedia/pplayer.php?rep=1551 (OK, I marveled. My little boy just tried to eat the keyboard). From purely a hockey player’s perspective, I’m excited to see how…

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8 More on Kasparaitis

Apparently the defenseman’s sour mood after his on-ice conditioning test today came with a reason. Working out for Rangers assistant Mike Pelino, Kasparaitis’ sprint times were several seconds slower than those of both Colton Orr and Sandis Ozolinsh — a pairing that is not exactly Bure and Fedorov in their…

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