Browsing: Stu Bickel

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834 Rangers-Senators in review

Thoughts: 1) Most of the time, you can analyze a game and say this team deserved to win, or this team deserved to lose. Last night was one of those games that, seriously, could have gone either way, no problem. The only thing that would concern me a little bit,…

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417 Rangers-Islanders in review

 Thoughts: 1) That’s at least five OT goals by Gaborik the last two seasons—including the triple-OT winner—and three of those on the 4-on-3 PP. He has eight goals, same as Rick Nash. He has four game-winners this season, FWIW. I know some of you don’t want to hear it –…

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268 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) The Marc Staal injury. I don’t know what to make of it. You just hope something like that isn’t serious. Freakin’ scary though, wasn’t it. I was just mentioning to somebody in the pressbox last night that there were an awful lot of players on both teams with…

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844 Rangers-Lightnings in review

Thoughts: 1) Amazing how good you look when the puck goes in. Also amazing how much different this Rangers team is when most of its pieces are on the ice and somewhat healthy. Each line, each D-pair looks more like it should be getting the minutes it gets. And when…

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495 It’s Go Time! … Lightnings at Rangers

[polldaddy poll=6928462 align=”left”] Game 19. Lightning at Rangers. The cavalry, or most of it, is arriving just in time. Rick Nash (likely concussion) and Michael Del Zotto (likely hip) and Ryan McDonagh (who knows what his injury was/is?) will all play tonight. Matt Gilroy (flu) and Arron Asham (back spasms)…

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468 It’s Go Time! … Jets at Rangers

[polldaddy poll=6923310 align=”left”] Game 18. Jets at Rangers. Ya boys come slip-sliding in, with three straight losses (0-2-1), and four in the last five (1-2-2). They begin a four-game homestand, after which they will have already played 14 of their 24 home games this season. In other words, 17 of…

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254 Rangers-Senators in review; Live Chat today at noon

Don’t forget today’s noon Live Chat right here. You can check in from the ledge. Thoughts: 1) For a team that’s played just 16 games, there have sure been a a lot of them for which I really don’t have an explanation. 2) I thought it was fitting, though, that…

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1017 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Senators

[polldaddy poll=6912259 align=”left”] Game 16. Rangers at Senators. Ya boys will be one-third of the way through this Bettmaned season after tonight’s game in beautiful downtown Kanata, Ont., just a short 55-minute, bumper-to-bumper, straight-into-the-setting sun, 3 mph ride from Canada’s capital. This is the first meeting since the nasty seven-game…

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669 It’s Go Time! … Canadiens at Rangers

[polldaddy poll=6907017 align=”left”] Game 15. Canadiens at Rangers. The Rangers 4-0-1* in their last five (asterisk = they lost one of those games, but it doesn’t count as a loss, even though they won of those games in the same fashion and that counts as a win — only in…

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900 It’s Go Time! … Islanders at Rangers

[polldaddy poll=6898720 align=”left”] Game 13. Islanders at Rangers. The Rangers open the second quarter of the season on a three-game winning streak, and 6-2 in their last eight. Martin Biron starts in goal, his second start of the season. Brian Boyle returns to the lineup after being scratched for three…

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965 It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=6894649 align=”left”] Game 12. Rangers at Bruins. Ya boys hit the quarter-pole of this Bettman-shortened season with their third meeting (already) of the season against the team I think has been the most impressive in the East so far. The Rangers  have not won three in a row yet…

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450 It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=6890643 align=”left”]  Game 11. Lightnings at Rangers. Dan Girardi is expected to return after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. He will replace Steve Eminger on defense. Otherwise it looks like the same lineup (and the same line combinations) that beat the Islanders Thursday, meaning Brian Boyle is…

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397 It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=6885779 align=”left”] Game 10. Islanders at Rangers. First meeting of the season in the luke-warm rivalry. (Let’s face it, the Rangers have much bigger rivalries with the Devils, Flyers, Penguins and even Capitals right now). Brian Boyle, one of the “scared or tentative” players coach John Tortorella mentioned after…

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423 It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=6874768 align=”left”]  Game 8. Rangers at Lightnings. Holy mackeral, after tonight one-sixth of the season will be gone already. The Rangers (3-4) will start Martin Biron in goal (first start, second appearance of the season) against the Lightning (6-1), the most potent offense in the NHL (37 goals in…

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784 Rangers-Penguins in review

Thoughts: 1) Wowzer. I don’t even know where to begin. That was just putrid. I thought there was a stretch there in the second period where the Rangers righted themselves a bit, and then they shot themselves in the skate with the Derek Stepan giveaway for a Sidney Crosby (who…

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536 It’s Go Time!

[polldaddy poll=6870198 align=”left”] Game 7. Penguins at Rangers. Ya boys, winners in three of their last four, finish a three-game homestand in a rematch of a bad home-opener loss. They play their first without injured captain Ryan Callahan. Stu Bickel moves up to forward, Mike Rupp moves up to the…

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