Friday, October 30, 2009

Gameday Notes: Rangers vs Wild

Some updates regarding tonight's game from Andrew Gross, Steve Zipay and Russo's Rants:
  • Sean Avery, Marian Gaborik & Chris Higgins (all with knee injuries) won't play tonight in Minnesota.

  • Dane Byers has been recalled from Hartford and will be in the lineup. Donald Brashear will also be back in the lineup for the Rangers.

  • P.A. Parenteau who scored on Long Island in his first game as a Ranger will play in his second game this season.

  • Henrik Lundqvist is back in goal for the Rangers. No confirmation yet who will play for the Wild but it's likely Backstrom.

  • Petr Sykora will be in the lineup for the Wild against one of his former teams.

  • If you were excited to see Brashear tango with the "Boogey Man" then I'm sorry to disappoint you but Derek Boogaard is expected to be a scratch.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gameday Notes: Rangers vs Islanders

Some updates regarding tonight's game from Andrew Gross & Blue Notes
  • Marian Gaborik is out tonight. Sounds like it's more precautionary than anything else. (Fingers crossed!)

  • P.A. Parenteau who was recalled from Hartford yesterday will make his Rangers regular season debut. He has 5 NHL games under his belt, dating back to the 06-07 season when he played 5 games in Chicago and got 1 assist.

     I wouldn't be surprised at all if Parenteau steps right in and plays on one of the top two lines.

  • Brashear will be a scratch. Lingering effects of an injury. Possibly a hand or wrist injury. 

Check out Scotty Hockey for his look at the Islanders and take a look at the rival blogs over at Lighthouse Hockey. Also check out Chris Botta, now working for NHL Fanhouse, but also running Islanders Point Blank who does a great job.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Video: Should Orr Be Suspended For Pushing Linesman?

During a fight last night between Colton Orr and George Parros, the linesman took a tumble after what appeared to be a shove by Orr. The question today around the messageboards is whether or not this is a suspendable offense. In my opinion, Orr was sticking his hand out to motion the linesman away (like you see in fights all of the time). The linesman was touched in the chest and went flying on his ass. It didn't look like much and since Orr didn't even appear to be looking in his direction, I'd be surprised if there was any suspension coming today from Colin Campbell.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Video: David Booth Picks Up Puck & Throws It

This was mentioned on the HFboards during the game last night, so head over there for more of a description of what led up to the play where Booth just picked up the puck and threw it down the ice.

Thanks to Kukla's Korner for the video

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Chelios Rejected Contract Offer By Rangers

The rumor this summer was that the Rangers were adding a veteran defenseman to their blue line. 47 year old Chris Chelios was one of the veterans whose name was mentioned more than a handful of times. Chelios recently signed a deal to play with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

According to the NY Post:
Rangers GM Glen Sather recently offered Chris Chelios an AHL contract to play in Hartford, but the veteran free agent defenseman rejected that offer to sign a deal with the Chicago Wolves in order to be closer to his family.
The Rangers still appear to be looking for a seventh defenseman however, as Mathieu Dandenault was signed to a professional contract (25 games) to play in Hartford. Chelios has not ruled out playing for the Rangers, he just preferred staying in Chicago if he was going to be playing in the AHL. Sather will continue to watch Chelios before deciding who is the best option.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Video:Jeff Schultz Scores From His Own End of Ice

Updated with a better video
For best angle, Fast Forward to 51 seconds 

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Sean Avery's Weird Tattoo

Sean Avery has a new website and it has a photo section. One of the photos allows you to see this tattoo that Avery has on his forearm. Does anyone have any idea what the heck this tattoo means?

Just got my answer on the HFBoards - apparently it's a Radiohead reference

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Video of Most Embarrassing Moment in NY Rangers History!

[H/T Forums]
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Video: Willie Mitchell Destroys Jonathon Toews With Huge Hit

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Calling All Leafs Fans --- Put A Bag On Your Head!

Show the Leafs how pissed you are at their losing ways. At the same time, help out some kids. Every purchase helps out the SickKids foundation. This is a great fund raising idea by a group of disgruntled Leafs fans. According to
Our Goal is to raise $100,000 dollars for the SickKids foundation. We need your help in order to do so. Lets show SickKids and all of Canada how loyal we truly are.
What exactly is this and why are they doing it? According to the Globe & Mail:
Two disgruntled Maple Leafs fans have decided to turn the team's futility and Toronto's growing shame over it into something worth smiling about.Dave Armstrong, 47, a business partner in Wave Hockey, has joined plumbing and gas-fitting specialist Marco Aiello, 34, to sell special bags to cover the faces of embarrassed Leafs fans, plus T-shirts and other items that indicate the wearer is loyal - but upset.

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Video: Former Teammates Reitz & Zherdev Fight in KHL

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dandenault Possibly Rangers 7th Defenseman

Mathieu Dandenault is heading to Hartford (Rangers AHL affiliate) for a professional tryout. Dandenault has spent his entire NHL career playing for the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens. Montreal didn't re-sign him this summer when he became a UFA.

According to Blue Notes:
Word is that the 33-year-old swingman has a tryout deal with Hartford. Dandenault played 13 years with the Red Wings and Canadiens (4-8-12 in 41 games in Montreal last year). He's 6-1, 210 and didn't make the Sharks on a training camp tryout.

If he plays well enough there, he could be an inexpensive option in New York down the road.
The Rangers had originally planned to carry seven defenseman but that didn't play out as expected when Alexei Semenov decided to head to the KHL instead.

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Erin Andrews Talks About John Tortorella

You always hear about what a hard ass John Tortorella is. Well Erin Andrews - the famous ESPN news reporter, has a different opinion of Torts. John, did you really let that young blonde get to your soft side? I'm sure Tortorella was just being a "nice guy." When asked about how much of an influence Tortorella had on her career, she responded:
"Torts' has meant so much to me in my life and in my career. It was clearly a situation where he didn't want a 22-year-old around that team, nor should he have. He was trying to turn around the worst team in the league. And here's this 22-year-old kid right out of school traveling on the bus, at the hotel, at all the practices.

But he taught me so much about how to prepare, how you should act as a professional, how to ask questions. I mean, if you weren't prepared, a guy like that could be tough to deal with. (Laughs) And he taught me to have no fear. He taught me how to prepare and jump right in. He was so good and respectful to me, and he didn't have to be. Everybody with the Lightning was like that.
H/T KuklasKorner
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Video Highlights: Sharks End Rangers Win Streak

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Game Day Notes: Rangers vs Sharks

  • Steve Valiquette, who shut out the Ducks in his season debut last Monday night, will start tonight against the Sharks.

  • No confirmation yet but it's expected that Evegeni Nabokov will be between the pipes for the Sharks

  • According to Larry Brooks:

    With tonight's Garden match against San Jose the Rangers' ninth of the year and thus the final game that Michael Del Zotto can play before this season kicks in against his Entry Level contract, The Post has learned that the 19-year-old defenseman will be moving.

    No, not back to the OHL — Hello? — but out of the hotel in which he has been staying and into a more permanent place of residence, for Rangers management has given that green light to Del Zotto and to fellow rookies Matt Gilroy and as well as to Brian Boyle.

  • An article about Michael Del Zotto in today's Bergen Record

  • The Rangers top line of Dubinsky, Prospal and Gaborik are tied for the league lead (19 points) for points for a line. Guess who they are tied with? If you answered Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi then you are correct.

  • Judging by yesterday's practice lines, Sean Avery will start the game on the second line (where he finished Saturday night against the Leafs) with Drury and Callahan. That means that Chris Higgins will be on the third line with Anisimov and Kotalik.

  • As usual Scotty Hockey does an excellent analysis of what to expect out of the Sharks.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

News From The Hockey World & Quality Fantasy Hockey Links

  • According to Uni Watch Blog next year the NHL is going to use custom sizing for goalie pads.

  • Marek Malik signs with HC Vitkovice of the Czech league

  • Couple of sites that should be of interest to anyone who has a fantasy hockey team:
    • Dobber Hockey is a great resource, in particular this specific stat generator, it allows you to look at a variety of stats that you might have trouble finding anywhere else. Want to know what player is logging the most ice time on average in the NHL? Want to know what line in the NHL is hot/cold? This is actually an interesting stats page for people who don't play fantasy hockey
    • Have 3 goalies that are playing on the same night but you are only allowed to collect stats for two of them? We all know how much it sucks to bench one guy and play another only to find out that the guy you decided to play is riding the pine for the night. Last season's best resource is now a paid subscription but Left Wing Lock has stepped right in as a worthy replacement. The Hot Stove also offers a one-stop resource to see what goalies are expected to start that night.
    • Dobber Hockey also offers another great tool which allows you to see what players a paricular player is playing with. Want to know who Craig Adams of the Penguins has played with this season? That line generator tells you that he's spent most of the season so far at even strength playing with Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Theo Fleury On XM & Release of New Book

I heard Theo Fleury on XM Home Ice this morning discussing his new book "Playing With Fire" which was released a couple of days ago.[Listen]

I've always like Fleury, despite growing up a Rangers fan when I was like 8 years old I had a poster of him above my bed when he was still a member of the Calgary Flames. Then when he became a New York Ranger I got to watch him a whole lot more. Not only was Fleury an exceptional forward who was always a goal scoring threat, he was an antagonizer. He never ever backed down from anybody, which immediately brought this video of Fleury retaliating against Peter Worrell to mind.

This is a book that I'll be picking up in the near future because Fleury sure has a lot of good hockey stories. Hopefully he'll be back on XM in the near future for another interview because he's a good guy to listen to. He threw in a quick answer that be might have an opportunity working for the Calgary Flames in the front office right before he ended the interview. So that might be something to expect in the not so distant future.

Here's a descritpion of the book grabbed from Theo's website:
Theo Fleury, at 5'6" made a name for himself in a game played by giants. A star in junior hockey, he became an integral part of the Calgary Flames’ Stanley Cup win in 1989. Fleury’s talent was such that despite a growing drug habit and erratic, inexplicable behaviour on and off the ice, Wayne Gretzky believed in him. He became a key member of the gold medal–winning men’s hockey team at the 2002 Olympics.

The Colorado Avalanche picked up Fleury for the playoffs, and when he signed with the New York Rangers, he was a kid in a candy store. After one season of his next multi-million-dollar deal, this time with the Chicago Blackhawks, Fleury suddenly called it quits and wouldn’t explain why.

In Playing with Fire, Theo Fleury takes us behind the bench during his glorious days as an NHL player and talks about growing up devastatingly poor and in chaos at home. Dark personal issues haunted him, with drinking, drugs, gambling and girls ultimately derailing his Hall of Fame–calibre career.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Game Day Notes: Rangers vs Kings

  • Looks like the Rangers lineup will be the same as the one that beat the Leafs 7-2 on Monday night at the Garden. There could be one exception, Donald Brashear (who didn't practice yesterday) will be a game time decision, if he doesn't go then Aaron Voros will step back into the lineup.
  • Erik Ersberg, backup goalie for the Kings will get his first start of the season

  • The Kings' first line (Anze Kopitar, Ryan Smyth and Justin Williams) -- have totaled 9 goals and 14 assists in five games.

  • Each team has a mini winning streak right now (Rangers 5 wins in a row, Kings won past 4), but only one of them will finish the game tonight with that streak intact

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Video: Rangers 7-2, Make It Five Straight Wins

More video and audio after the jump!

Rangers vs Leafs Game Day Notes

The Rangers have started the season with four wins in their first five games, all four wins coming after losing in Pittsburgh on opening night. The Leafs, who supposedly made major improvements to their team this summer, have started the season 0-3-1 --- which is their worst start since 1990-91.

Scotty Hockey takes a good look at the Maple Leafs and Blueshirt Banter has their normal excellent game day preview.

  • Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes tonight, after being given the night off last night against the Ducks.

  • It's expected that the Rangers' lines will remain the same as the ones that were successful in shutting out Anaheim last night 3-0 at the Garden.
  • I think we can all expect former Rangers enforcer Colton Orr, who signed a lucrative four year, $4M contract with the Leafs this summer to drop the gloves with Donald Brashear, the new sheriff in New York. (If you want to see how pissed I was on July 1st at the Rangers, just go back and re-read those two blog posts, which I wrote while my blood was still boiling).

  • This whole Alexei Semenov situation is getting a little old and it's safe to assume that most you just don't care anymore. But, the NY Times has an article today in which Semenov basically claims that Sather lied and that Semenov's wife wasn't the reason why he backed out of the deal to play for the Rangers this season.
After the jump you can listen to the audio from John Tortorella's pre-game media conference.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Video Highlights: Rangers Shut Out Ducks

More videos after the jump

Latest News & Video From Around the NHL

  • Sidney Crosby became the sixth fastest player in NHL history to reach the 400 point plateau. [Link]

  • Scoring a goal with your head in soccer is common, not so much in hockey. But, that didn't stop Corey Perry from scoring with his head against the Bruins.

  • FAIL! Pat Lafontaine's radical penalty idea

  • A good interview with David Clarkson in which he talks about making it to the NHL, his rivalry with Sean Avery and the charity work he does for kids with cancer. Despite the fact Clarkson plays for a rival team, it makes it very hard to dislike the guy.

  • Chris Chelios, the 47-year old defenseman who played last season in Detroit, is refusing to hang them up just yet. He's signed a contract with the Chicago Wolves to play in the AHL. Is he trying to showcase himself to NHL teams to show that he can still play in the Big League?

  • Mats Sundin going professional, but not as a hockey player. Inside Hockey with the inside information.

  •  Looks like instead of some chicken fingers, Scott Hartnell was in the mood for some Letang fingers.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Latest Rangers Updates

According to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants:

- Steve Valiquette will start on Sunday evening against the Ducks
- Sean Avery confirmed that he'll be in the lineup Sunday
- The Rangers top three lines remain the same, as do the defensive pairs

If I had to guess, Aaron Voros will be stepping out of the lineup to make room for Sean Avery. 

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Interview With Enver Lisin & Artem Anisimov

Dmitry Chesnokov sent us along this excellent interview that he did with Artem Anisimov and Enver Lisin after the Rangers/Capitals game on Thursday night:
Despite spending very little time on the ice, your checking line still created quite a buzz and even created a goal for Kotalik.

LISIN: It just so happened that we had a lot of penalties. The coach does trust us, but we don’t really play on special teams. We don’t play a lot, but we don’t get upset over it. Our line even scored a goal tonight!

ANISIMOV: I played on power play a little bit in pre-season games. Not anymore though. Sometimes in practice Enver and I switch places on power play units. But we haven’t had a chance to be on the ice on power play in the regular season yet. Actually, just once. It was against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

LISIN: It was pretty tough to play against the Penguins. They had a show before the game, and then their team just started pushing real hard! It was also tough for us, because we have a lot of new guys, young guys. I was actually very nervous.

What was it like to play against the Washington Capitals? A lot of analysts believe that they may be the team to beat in the Eastern Conference.

LISIN: Tonight we were just a little bit more confident than we were a couple of weeks ago when we played the Capitals in pre-season. It’s important for us, because we haven’t yet played 100 games in the NHL…

ANISIMOV: [Laughing] 100 games? Yeah, right…

LISIN: It’s just people say that when you have played 100 games in the NHL, only then can you be considered to have NHL experience. So, every game is important for us because we get that invaluable experience. The speed of the game is so different. We played our fourth game of the season tonight, and we feel absolutely cool. The first couple of games was like catching a small fire for us.

ANISIMOV: Getting that experience is great. With each game we gain more and more. We will just keep working at practices. And it doesn’t matter how much time we get to play in any given game, we will do our best.

Surely before the game you were told about the Capitals and their explosive start to the season with Alex Ovechkin scoring 9 points in 3 games, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin also firing up on all cylinders. What was your game plan to stop the Capitals’ first line?

ANISIMOV: Out coach always tells us to treat every game as if it’s your last. We don’t let ourselves believe that our team is in any way weaker than our opponent.

LISIN: We play like we’re No. 1. We play like we’re the better team. We’re more aggressive. We always believe we will score. Tonight we had a difficult moment in the game, just like we had one against the New Jersey Devils, in the first period. But we pulled ourselves together. It’s such a pleasure to play with all the guys on our team. Everyone is looking ahead. No one puts their head down. Everyone cheers on each other. We worked really hard tonight and made Washington make mistakes.

ANISIMOV: We worked a lot on our forecheck this training camp.

How many games do you expect to play this season in the NHL? Maybe even play on the top two lines?

ANISIMOV: All of them. How many are there? 82? And yes, the playoffs too. I don’t want to miss even one game. There is always a chance to move up. You just have to work hard every day and try to learn something new every day.

LISIN: It’s the first year with this coach for me. I have to work really hard to earn his trust. Your line doesn’t just click right away. You have to work on it. After this, I believe, everything will come as long as you work honestly and selflessly for your team – goals, power plays, top lines, ice time. It doesn’t happen very quickly though. Of course, it happens quickly for some. But we’re happy we’re given a chance to play and to show what we’ve got. We just need time and patience.
Tell me honestly, did you poke fun a little bit at Henrik Lundqvist for the goal from Backstrom?

ANISIMOV: No way! He saved us so many time tonight.

LISIN: Why would we make fun of him? He is our number one goalie. Tonight before the game I simply touched his iPod and the team almost kicked my butt. He has this special music he listens to before every game. He has these songs in a very particular order. And I just skipped five songs and his order of songs was a mess. Everyone didn’t understand what was happening. And when Henrik let in his first goal I thought to myself ‘Darn! What did I do?’
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Dmitry is a regular contributor on Yaho's Puck Daddy and for The Washington Capitals Examiner

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Video: Kaleta's Hit On Prucha

In my opinion Kaleta is one of the dirtiest players in the game. He definitely left his feet to throw the hit. This is why I hate the instigator. Kaleta gets rewarded for being a cheapshot artist.
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Rangers Recall Evgeny Grachev

Update 7pm ET: Looks like a false alarm, according to the NYR pre-game show Callahan will be in the lineup 

Well that didn't take long now did it.

According to Ranger Rants:
The Rangers have just recalled forward Evgeny Grachev, 19, from Hartford (AHL) after right wing Ryan Callahan suffered a minor upper-body injury in this morning’s skate. The Rangers have listed Callahan, who skates on Chris Drury’s second line with Christopher Higgins, as questionable for tonight’s game against the Capitals.
It will be interesting to see if Callahan plays or not. If he's not able to go will Tortorella slide Grachev in on the second line where Callahan was playing or will Kotalik get bumped up to play next to Drury and Grachev play on the third line with Anisimov. If I had to guess, I'd say that he starts off playing with Anisimov on the third line.

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Semenov Signs In KHL

I'm sure you are all aware of the story surrounding Alexei Semenov who was reported to have signed a one-year, $600K contract with the Rangers. It was reported prior to their first game in Pittsburgh that Semenov had signed but and then later backed out of the deal. Supposedly he backed out of the deal because his wife wasn't happy.

Well, it looks like his wife was right. According to the Edmonton Journal:
[Semenov] is returning to Russia: he’s just signed a one-year contract with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL for $1.6 million (all terms US), much to the delight of his wife.
 You can say what you like but it clearly was the better situation for Semenov. In New York he was going to be a 7th defenseman making $600k, while in the KHL he will make $1.6M and it's tax-free money. That's a significant pay difference and he'll be a lot closer to his family.

Thanks to Kukla's Korner for the link

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Video: Top 10 Alex Ovechkin Off-Ice Moments

Thanks to HockeyWebcast for sending in another great video. Ovechkin is not only worthy of a "Top 10" list for his on ice skills but he's certainly entertaining enough to have a list just for his off-ice moments too. Plus, #7 is proof that he doesn't just play with wreckless abandon on the ice!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Temporary Solution To Yahoo Fantasy Hockey Glitch

If you are in a Yahoo Fantasy Hockey league then you may be experiencing technical difficulties in viewing your team's roster page. As a result you are unable to set your lines. I found this temporary solution on the Yahoo Fantasy Hockey message boards and it worked for me.

If you go to your browser View option at top. Click "Page Style" , select "No Page Style", you can adjust your roster. It's ugly but it works. Not sure what the problem is though.

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Avery Won't Play Thursday

According to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants, Sean Avery who has been practicing with the team wearing an orange non-contact jersey will not play on Thursday. Avery has not yet played for the Rangers this season (missing the first three games), since getting injured during the final week of training camp.

Avery has said that if all goes according to plan that he should be ready to play Sunday in New York against the Ducks.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Video: Top 10 Mats Sundin Moments

A look back at some of the top moments of Mats Sundin's career. Sundin announced his retirement last week from professional hockey.

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Torts Screams "Wake Up!" And The Rangers Do!

Rangers 3 - Devils 2

Just 84 seconds into the game the Rangers were down 1-0 and John Tortorella was using his team's only timeout to tear into his team. After screaming with the veins popping out of his head, reading his lips you could see that his final words before the team went back on the ice were "Wake Up!"

Fortunately for the Rangers they did just that and were able to leave Newark with two points after a hard fought win.

My Pluses & Minuses

+ Matt Gilroy scored his 1st NHL goal, which turned out to be the GWG
+ Michael Del Zotto recorded his first two-point game of his short NHL career (1G, 1A)
+ The Rangers were 2 for 6 on the Power Play
+ The Prospal - Dubinsky - Gaborik line continues to look better with lots of chemistry
+ The fourth line of Voros - Boyle - Brashear had a solid game and Boyle did excellant job all night on the PK
Dan Girardi was solid
+ Chris Higgins also had a solid game, especially in the plays he was making away from the puck

- Rozsival and Redden continue to play lackadaisical for 90% of the game
- Defensive coverage still isn't very good. Rangers were fortune that the Devils didn't capitalize
- Lisin has been hot/cold so far this season, last night he did nothing
- Anisimov was invisible, if this continues he could be sent back to Hartford sooner rather than later.

What's next?

Rangers next practice is scheduled for Wednesday morning, at the MSG Training Center.
Their next game is this Thursday, when they head to the Verizon Center to take on the Capitals (7:00 p.m.). The game will be on MSG Network.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Video Highlights of Rangers Win In Home Opener

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Around The NHL: News & Video

  • Puck Central's "7 Reasons To Watch the Rangers This Season"

  • Stephane Robidas knocks out J P Dumont with a huge hit

  • Avery likely to make his season debut Thursday against the Caps. [NY Post]

  • The Hockey News takes a look at the worst contracts in hockey

  • Marc Andre Fleury's spectacular save on Vinnie Prospal on a 2 on 1 opening night in Pittsburgh.

  • Ron Wilson's cheat sheet revealed. A camera zooms in on the Toronto coach's game notes.

  • Owen Nolan scores a TKO on Philly's Braydon Coburn during their final preseason.

  • Stan Fischler says "Don't Laugh; The Isles Can Make the Postseason"

  • Ewwww! Zdeno Chara and Bill Guerin are going to pose naked for ESPN

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Brashear vs Godard Fight Video

7 Reasons To Watch The NY Rangers

If you're a diehard Rangers fan then you don't need convincing and you've been eagerly anticipating the start of the NHL regular season since the Rangers were ousted from the playoffs last season by the Capitals. If you aren't a diehard (you damn well should be!) then here are some reasons why the Rangers are worth watching this season:

1. Marian Gaborik - he scored 5 goals in one game once. When healthy (he has a long history of groin problems) he is one of the most dynamic forwards in the NHL. [Video] Hopefully he can play the majority of the season.

2. Henrik Lundqvist - one of the best in the league. Is this the year he'll finally win the Vezina?

3. Youth - for the first time in years the Rangers have an abundance of youth that has actually come through the system (Dubinsky, Callahan, Staal, Anisimov, Del Zotto and possibly throughout the year Grachev). Hopefully there will be at least one good season of watching them develop further before Sather screws that up too.

4. Matt Gilroy - Won the Hobey Baker award last year in college and was a highly sought after free agent that had developed later than the typical prospect. A lot has been said about him already but he sure looks like he is going to be fun to watch. It's too early to be comparing him to a Norris Trophy winner, but Gilroy plays a very similar game to Mike Green of the Capitals. Plus, he's fast as hell!

5. Sean Avery - Love him? Hate him? No matter what your opinion of Avery is, he'll always give you something to talk about. He's entertaining and when he's on the ice it's pretty much a guarantee that there will be plenty of trash talking and pushing after the whistle.

6. Donald Brashear - Sorta in the same class as Sean Avery, but I'm pretty sure that a lot less Rangers' fans like Brashear than Avery. That will change when Brashear starts laying out beat downs on the other top fighters from around the league. Or, the first person to take a run at a New York Ranger who then gets challenged by Brashear and then beat to a bloody pulp. Yeah - it's fun to watch.

7. Coach Tortorella- A full year of watching the Rangers play the all-out offensive style that John Tortorella loves to play. Also, a full year of Tortorella means getting to see him go apeshit on the bench and do something funny at least a few more times then he did at the end of last season.

Rangers Open Season In Pittsburgh

When: Puck drops tonight @7:30pm
Where: Mellon Arena (or your living room)

This is the moment that Ranger fans have been waiting for since being bounced from the playoffs by the Capitals last season. What better way to start the new season off then to have to sit through a Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony in Pittsburgh and realize that it's been 15 years since your team won shit.

In all honesty though, once the puck drops, it's a brand new season and the eye should be on the prize. It's off to Pittsburgh for the first game of the season tonight (Friday) and then back to MSG tomorrow night (Saturday) for the home opener against Ottawa.

Expected Rangers Lines

Higgins - Dubinsky - Gaborik
Prospal - Drury - Kotalik
Lisin - Anisimov - Callahan
Brashear - Boyle - Voros

Staal - Girardi
Del Zotto - Rozsival
Gilroy - Redden


Continue Reading - lots more after the jump!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

3 Week NHL Center Ice Free Preview

Just found out that NHL Center Ice will be running its longest free preview ever. Usually if memory serves me correctly the preview runs for about a week into the season. Great for anyone that wants to try out the service, or for anyone that just wants to watch some extra hockey for three weeks but doesn't intend on coughing up the dough for the entire season.

According to
The National Hockey League drops the puck on its 2009-10 season on Oct. 1 and In Demand will extend a free preview of the circuit's out-of-market package, replete with a number of enhancements, for three weeks to cable customers.

Distributor In Demand Networks said the NHL Center Ice out-of-market subscription package will skate into its longest-ever free preview, from Oct. 1 until Oct 24, 2009.
Among the cable operators offering the package distributed by In Demand this year are: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks, Cablevision Systems, Bresnan Communications, Midcontinent, plus a number of independent MSOs.
There's a slight discrepancy in some of the articles that I've seen. Some of the articles state that the free preview runs from October 2nd and others say that it runs from October 1st. Since the season starts tonight it would make more sense if it was the first. But, the logical answer is never the right answer when it comes to cable providers.

Update: Also, just found out that NHL Game Center (online version of Center Ice) is also offering a free three week preview

After the jump, I've included more details from the press release...

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2009-10 NHL Season Opens Tonight!

Opening night of a much anticipated NHL season. There are four games on the schedule tonight to get the season underway:


My predictions for the Atlantic Division for the upcoming season

Video of Rangers on Letterman

Thanks to Ranger Crisis for getting the video up right after the Rangers were on Letterman to do the "Top 10 things you would never hear a hockey player say"

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