Browsing: Stu Bickel

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468 It’s Go Time! … Jets at Rangers

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 their final 27…

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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

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 series with the…

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669 It’s Go Time! … Canadiens at Rangers

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 the Bettman Bonus…

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900 It’s Go Time! … Islanders at Rangers

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 straight, replacing Chris…

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965 It’s Go Time!

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 this season. The…

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450 It’s Go Time!

  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 prucha’d, along…

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397 It’s Go Time!

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 the loss in…

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423 It’s Go Time!

  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 seven games),…

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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!

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 third line and…

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539 It’s Go Time!

Game 6. Flyers at Rangers. Light up the Empire State Building in Orange in honor of Mr. Snider, Comcast, NBC, Bobby Clarke, Daniel Carcillo and Tom Tostitos. Henrik Lundqvist will be in goal for the sixth game in a row, and Stu Bickel returns to the lineup on defense. That…

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628 It’s Go Time!

Game 5. Maple Leaves at Rangers. Ya boys sitting at 1-3, and this is really the only break in the first seven games on the schedule — two with Pitt, two with Boston, two with Philly. Must win? Of course not. Should/better win? You betcha. Henrik Lundqvist starts his fifth…

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388 Rangers-Flyers in review

Thoughts: 1) Look at the guys who played important roles and/or played really well at times, or for most of last season, who have played poorly through all four, or parts of all four games this year: Brian Boyle, Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards to a degree; Marc Staal,…

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591 It’s Go Time!

Game 4. Rangers at Flyers. The Rangers come off their first win of the season, 4-3 in OT over Boston Wednesday night; the Flyers are winless (0-3) so far, and steaming. They are also banged up, with Scott Hartnell and Brayden Schenn out, and it looks like thugs Jody Shelley…

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