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... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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... Read More →
If you hadn’t already heard, Michael Nylander’s wife has gone into labor with the couple’s sixth child and the center has left the game to join her at the hospital.
When and if I get around to writing my autobiography, that would be on the short list of potential titles. (Another possibility: “What I Lack In Intelligence I Make Up For With Above Average Typing Skills”). Anyway, it’s becoming increasingly clear that my attempts at ironing are not unlike a... Read More →
No, I’m not sure you can say that about any game at this point. However…..take a look at the Eastern Conference after the Devils’ come-from-behind win last night against Montreal, and the Rangers are now squarely outside the playoff picture with 30 points. With that in mind, you don’t want... Read More →
It’s true, the most remarkable part of Jarkko Immonen’s arrival in New York is not that he is bound for a scintillating two minutes skating alongside Colton Orr on the fourth line, but that he appears bound for a spot on the second line between Brendan Shanahan and Matt Cullen.... Read More →
Jarkko Immonen is up with the Rangers and is currently on the ice for practice. It doesn’t look like anyone was sent down. In other news, the Rangers are testing out the new form-fitting jerseys that will be standard next season. First impression: What was wrong with the old ones?... Read More →
One other question that I failed to include from before: Q: Have you been drinking?—Valeri Kamensky, NHL All-Star 1997-98 A: Granted, the soft-spoken Russian was more tactful than that. But after another outing together tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mystery Linemate’s on the phone with his agent, demanding... Read More →
If you hadn’t guessed it already, the Rangers are off today since they don’t play again until Thursday. This is part of the reason why any roster changes suggested on Monday might be forgotten three days later (“I never said that. Pock and Kasparaitis? Are you kidding me?”) In the... Read More →
I spend a lot of time responding to your questions, comments, and concerns. But I’m hardly complaining. In fact, I feel I’ve become so proficient at this racket I can now even anticipate questions before they’re asked. And with that, I bring you the first installment of “Questions That Haven’t... Read More →
Turns out that the Rangers ARE looking to shake things up with their next outing, at least according to one report this morning that says both Darius Kasparaitis and Thomas Pock will play against the Penguins in place of Karel Rachunek and Sandis Ozolinsh. How did I miss this? If... Read More →
Hardly. I’m not sure what I expected when I showed up at the practice rink this morning, but I figured there would be some overt residual effects from “last night’s dispiriting loss”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061204/SPORTS01/612040343/1046/SPORTS to the Islanders. Players dressed in black. Half the roster shipped to Hartford. Some sort of cruel and... Read More →
I’m already back home, having taken advantage of the early start time to get out of the Garden at a decent hour. This just in: Giants lose, Michigan gets jobbed out of the BCS title game, and the Rangers are in something resembling disarray. With that, a few discussion topics:... Read More →
The last time Henrik Lundqvist was pulled from a game was………Dec. 3, 2005. Do you think maybe he’ll get the night off in 2007?