Monday, November 29, 2010

Video: Crosby Slew-Foot That Was Called An Interference Against Callahan!

Just awful, once again.



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Video: John Scott vs Kevin Westgarth = Blood Bath



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Friday, November 26, 2010

Old Man Chelios Not Done Yet!

Update: Thanks to the anonymous commenter who sent us over a link that completely contradicts this report from TSN and has quotes from Chelios himself.
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Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Chris Chelios had played his last hockey game,  it looks like he's not ready to hang them up yet.

TSN is reporting that:
The three-time Norris trophy winner confirmed to TSN on Friday that he was in negotiations with KHL club Vityaz after Russian-based website SovSports reported Thursday that Chelios' agent, Tom Reich, had contacted Vityaz general manager and former NHL player Alex Zhamnov to let him know that his services were available.

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Video: Philly vs Calgary, Avery Causes Goal To Be Waved Off ... And He Wasn't Even Playing!

Need yet another reason to vote for Sean Avery for the NHL All-Star game? Who the hell else causes goals to be disallowed when he's not even in the game? The Flyers goal in OT, which would've ended the game and gotten the Flyers two points was disallowed because the ref determined that Chris Pronger had violated the Sean Avery rule. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me, but hey, it denies Philly two points :)

I really think that the call was awful. First of all, Pronger looks like he's just calling for the puck by waving his arm. Second, the ref makes no attempt to blow his whistle, make any motion with his arms for a good five seconds after Pronger waves his arms. He waited until the puck was in the back of the net. I'd be pretty damn pissed if that was a call against the Rangers.

 

Thanks to Bleeding All Blue for sending over the link of the video

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The Fall Of Petr Prucha - Clears Waivers

Hopefully this isn't the end of the road for "Prrrrrrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"

Bob McKenzie reported yesterday that the Coyotes had place Prucha on waivers. I missed this news yesterday so I was a little surprised today when I saw that Prucha had cleared waivers. He's been assigned by the Phoenix AHL affiliate team in San Antonio.

I was a HUGE Prucha fan when he was in New York. Hopefully this isn't the last of him in the NHL.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

National Post Subtitle Gaff ... Pretty Funny!

Seriously, what Canadian doesn't know who Mark Messier is?

The original link is here, but I took a screen shot in case they decide to change it.

H/T to Tim who sent this over to Puck Daddy on Twitter

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Rangers & Ducks Make Minor Trade

According to the Ducks Twitter account:
Ducks acquire defenseman Nigel Williams from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Stu Bickel.
I didn't know much about Williams other than that he was a defenseman in the Rangers system who had fallen down their depth chart. Apparently Williams had openly demanded a trade and had made it known over the summer that he didn't want to play in Hartford.

According to ByndBlueShirts:
Nigel Williams, you'll recall, is the guy who was quoted by Bruce Berlet as saying "No %&$ing way I'm coming back here" last spring.
If that's the case, see ya! 

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Keep Those Votes For Avery Coming


Last week we got behind the "Vote for Avery" All-Star game campaign that started in the Rangers blogosphere. 

The NHL today released the early numbers for All-Star voting. For those of you who voted for Avery, you'll be happy to know that as of Tuesday, Sean Avery is currently 27th amongst forwards in votes received.
Crosby leads all vote getters in the NHL All-Star Fan Balloting Presented by XM with 118,755 votes. Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith is second with 82,968. Nicklas Lidstrom (80,723), Alex Ovechkin (80,169) and Jonathan Toews (79,953) round out the top vote getters with more than 3.62 million votes already cast.

Montreal's Carey Price leads in the goalie category with 71,199 write-in votes. Flyers rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is second behind Price among netminders with 58,101 write-in votes.
Avery has received  17,494 votes; which is only one spot behind Rangers teammate Marian Gaborik who has 19,454 votes so far. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi have each also received substantial votes via the write-in method.

Meanwhile, Henrik Lundqvist (24,245) is 11th amongst goalies and Marc Staal (28,570) is 13th amongst defensemen.

I've stated before my desire to see the Rangers' star players such as Lundqvist and Gaborik left out of the All-Star game. Those are guys the Rangers will be relying on heavily for the stretch to end the season and getting them a little rest instead of a meaningless game of non-contact pond hockey is much more important in my opinion.

But, we need some Rangers representation there, so it might as well be NHL nemesis Sean Avery. Get out the vote!

To vote for your favorite NHL pest go to NHL.com or text "Sean Avery" to 81812.

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Video: Marc Staal Absolutely Destroys Stajan (Clean Hit!)


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Video: Tim Kennedy Might Think Twice About Boarding Someone Again


[H/T to Ms.Conduct for the video]

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Friday, November 19, 2010

NYR Viewing Parties In Manhattan & Hackensack Coming Up!

Want a chance to meet some of those crazy commenters from the Puck Daddy blog? Or meet some of the the famous bloggers from Yahoo's Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski or Sean Leahy?
As we did last season in Washington D.C., and over the summer in Toronto, we're happy to announce our first New York City viewing party for the New York Islanders-New York Rangers tilt on Friday, Dec. 3. The fine people at The Irish Times (right across the street from Madison Square Garden at 254 West 31st Street) will be hosting us for the evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST.


If you don't care about the Islanders or Rangers, that's cool: come out anyway for a Friday night in New York City. In-between periods, we'll be raffling off some prizes (TBD) that you can keep or attempt to trade in at the bar for more drinks. If you're attending the game that night at MSG, please do come by for a post-game pop or three.
If you don't wanna have to put up with any of those stinkin' Islander fans (maybe I should've made that singular) then you can always go to the Blueshirt Banter viewing party that is taking place on Black Friday in Hackensack, NJ! Former Rangers Ron Greschner, Nick Fotiu and Chris "Kotsy" Kotsopoulos will be on hand and will be signing autographs.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Guest Blog: NHL GM Meetings/Possible Rule Changes

by Bobby Steele

Okay, I know this is old news, but one idea may be going into the works after the next owner's meeting. First of all, what do you guys think of the new automatic game-misconduct rule and possible suspension to any player who gives blind-sided head hits that would attempt to injure the player? I for one think it's an awesome new rule. I mean look at retired NHL player Eric Lindros who suffered eight concussions in his career. That is dangerous my friends. His brother who also played in the NHL suffered one concussion and had to retire because of it. Hockey is a dangerous and contact sport. Safety is a #1 thing in life and in sports.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flames & Carolina Make A Trade

According to Mark Spector of Sportsnet:
Flames trade Ian White and Brett Sutter to Carolina, get back D Anton Babchuk and fwd Tom Kostopoulos
Sutter is in the news twice in the same week. This time it's for hockey reasons. Last time....not so much.

In case you're like me, you need some help when it comes to the family tree of the Sutter's. According to Dan Rosen of NHL.com, "Brett Sutter is leaving his father and his uncle in Calgary to join up with his cousin [Brandon Sutter] in Carolina."

Ian White and Anton Babchuk are the key components of the deal. Babchuk returned to Carolina as a free agent this summer after spending last year in the KHL. White came to Calgary from Toronto as part of the Dion Phaneuf  trade last season.


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The "Vote For Avery" Campaign


Sick of watching non-contact pond hockey when the best most popular players in the NHL take the ice for the annual NHL All-Star game? Vote for Sean Avery, sure to guarantee that at least one body check is thrown in this annual snooze-fest.

We've already established that the person (or people) who put together the list of players to be on the All-Star ballot is an idiot. Vote for Sean Avery, show the NHL brass that you are the ultimate voice.

Check out what you have to do over at The NYR Blog

You can also vote via text message by sending the text Sean Avery to 81812. [H/T to Puck Central reader Steve R. for sending over that info]


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Belak Says He Wouldn't Piss On Avery If He Was On Fire

Wade Belak, resident tough guy for the Nashville Predators was on a Toronto radio station this morning. Belak was asked what he would do if he was a firefighter and Sean Avery's house was on fired?

Bleak responded:
I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. I'm surprised they haven't burned his house down.
Thanks to PuckCentral reader Greg for the link

Update:
Avery is still continuing to get media attention because of that brawl last weekend against the Oilers. The Vancouver in an interview with Paul Bissonnette, who we all know as "BizNasty", asked him about Avery. Surprisingly, Bissonnette went a different route than Belak:
I respect what Sean Avery does. He thinks outside the box. That guy has two unreal restaurants in New York City, a clothing line. I appreciate what he’s done. The guy lives life
Link via SeanAvery.net (fan site)

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Adam Graves Is A Class Act

If you know anything about Adam Graves then the title isn't going to educate you in any way. Kevin over at The NYR Blog has a great story sent over from a reader about Adam Graves. I recommend that all hockey fans, have a read.

As one person (a Flyers fan!) wrote in after I posted this link on Twitter:
There are not enough people in this world, let alone the sport, like Adam Graves.
I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Adam Graves didn't do this to get public attention or to be told he's a good guy. Graves did this because this is what Graves is all about. He's a gentleman and a kind human being.

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Lundqvist Calls Out The Refs & For Good Reason!

I'm usually not one of those guys that likes to bash the referees. 99% of the time, even if I don't agree with the ref's decision I keep my mouth shut. But this year more than ever before I've felt like the refereeing in this league has been atrocious. I don't watch many games other than my Rangers because of time constraints, but this can't just be happening in Rangers games. I'm not like some that feel there is this conspiracy against the New York Rangers, I just think that the refs suck.

Whether it be the three games in a row last week that the Rangers had legitimate goals disallowed, to the game in Pittsburgh last night that was probably the worst display of refereeing that I've ever seen in my life. I've seen games before where one team got a bunch of power plays and the other team none and I was fine with that because it was deserved. Last night, the refs (Kyle Rehman and Dan O'Halloran) made some of the softest calls in a close game and then seemed to turn their back on anything the Penguins did. It's tough enough to go into another team's building in this league to get two points, but now you have to beat the refs too?

Throughout the third period last night you could read my ranting (along with many other Rangers fans) on Twitter. It was obvious that John Tortorella was thinking pretty much the same thing last night because he warned the media during the post-game interviews, "Don't ask me about the refs!" Obviously because he was going to say something that would likely result in a fine by the NHL. The only people who should be fined after last night's game are the refs. And by fined I mean, fired. 

It was a disgrace.

Henrik Lundqvist, who was still very emotional after the game told Larry Brooks
I'd like to see the penalty record the last five years in Pittsburgh.

We're shorthanded so many times in Pittsburgh and it's definitely not our fault.

It was a huge win for the Rangers, which Jordan talked about in his post last night. The Rangers ran with the "us against the world" mentality and came away with the two points. It was even sweeter because of how awful the refereeing really was.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Crosby and Malkin No Match for Dubi and Cally


The Rangers got lucky tonight in their overtime win against the Penguins. Don't get me wrong they did play with heart and determination, and when they needed to step up (mainly on the penalty kill), they performed extremely well. But.........Lundqvist played very well. He stood on his head yet again, giving the Rangers the chance to get 2 points. It was nice that the Ranger forwards were able to get 3 very timely goals, which shows their confidence in one another. The win was awesome, but there are some other issues that I'd like to discuss:

ESPN has been silently pushing hard for the broadcast rights to the NHL. Since HBO chose the NHL for their popular "24/7" program, the league has been gaining a lot of attention around the country. I personally don't find the Versus coverage all that exciting or well done, so I am all for a switch back to the ESPN network. They have the best sports coverage in the world and as long as they bring some better guys in for hockey commentary (Mathew Barnaby and Barry Melrose would not suffice for expanded coverage), I will be a happy hockey fan.

Erik Christensen, in my mind, can go back to being a scrub on any of the other teams he previously played for. Problem with that is that none of those teams would want him, and I don't blame them. First, he tells the media that Sean Avery DID in fact throw a sucker punch against the Oilers on Sunday, than he tells John Giannone on MSG that he and Pittsburgh Penguins' goalie, Marc Andre-Fleury, are "great friends". Listen, you don't go and talk badly about a teammate, and than during a TV interview say that you're great friends with the opposing goalie DURING the game! Oh, and the guy disappears more often during games than Patrick Swayze did in 'Ghost'..

Michael Del Zotto needs to bulk up, learn how to play angles, and practice his passing. Yes, pass. He gives away the puck like it was a hot piece of coal. Watching the Ranger/Pittsburgh game as I type this, Del Zotto has been manhandled and has been afraid to go into the corner for the puck at least 19 times during the game. WOW-Amazingly, Del Zotto just gave up the puck and it lead to a Matt Cooke goal (Lundy softie), but nevertheless, Del Zotto's giveaway. Need I say more.

Oh yeah...the refereeing tonight was atrocious. Could have been the worst I've seen in years. 6 power plays for the Penguins - 0 for the Rangers. They also missed plenty of calls that would have given the Rangers at least 3 power plays of their own. Shame on you Gary Bettman and league office for allowing these guys to be refs. Way to go Rangers for overcoming their bullsh*t and getting the hard fought 'W'.


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Video: Callahan vs Hilary Duff ... Err I Mean Comrie


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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Video: Now That's Some Old Time Hockey @ The Garden!


Theo Peckham's take on Avery's actions on Smid which eventually led to a line brawl

Boogaard also fought Steve MacIntyre twice in the game. The first fight was a win for Boogaard and the second fight was pretty much a draw.



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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Video: Why Putting A Fat Goalie In Net Won't Work




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Friday, November 12, 2010

2010-11 NHL All-Star Ballot Revealed - Who Selected These Players?

The NHL today announced who will be on the 2010-11 All-Star ballot. The New York Rangers have three players on the ballot: Marc Staal, Henrik Lundqvist and Marian Gaborik. The Chicago BlackHawks have the most players on the ballot with six players. Voting starts on Monday.

As a Rangers fan, I hope that no Ranger is sent to Carolina to take place in the All-Star game. The Rangers best players could use the rest for the final push towards the playoffs.

Dave from Blue Seat Blogs is wondering what the folks who decide the All-Star ballot were thinking? When you think about it, he has a good point. For the Rangers, Marc Staal is considered to be the future of the blue line, but he's had a fairly sub-par start to the season. Meanwhile, Brandon Dubinsky with ten goals so far, is amongst the league leaders.

However, the biggest joke of all is that Marc-Andre Fluery is on the ballot. Now, if you haven't watched a single game THIS season that might not sound strange at all. But, this is the 2010-11 All-Star game and so far this season, "The Flower" has been abysmal.  In fact, when you google, "crappy NHL goalie", I'm pretty sure that right now Fleury is going to be the first player to pop up in a search. He has one win this season, yes .... one friggin win! That's good for 43rd amongst NHL goalies (yeah, we know, there are only 30 teams). He's all but lost his starting job to Brent Johnson and currently has the 44th best save percentage and 38th best goals against average in the entire league. Yeah - someone at NHL headquarters has been on vacation for the past two months.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Rangers Trade Dane Byers To Blue Jackets

From Ranger Rants:
In a swap of AHL players, the Rangers have acquired center Chad Kolarik, 24, from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for gritty left wing Dane Byers, also 24.
A little information about Kolarik from the NYR press release:
The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 165 career AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons, Syracuse Crunch and San Antonio Rampage, registering 50 goals and 60 assists for 110 points, along with 120 penalty minutes. He split the 2009-10 season between San Antonio and Syracuse, recording a career-high, 26 goals and tying his career-high in scoring with 50 points in 76 games.

He also appeared in two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, making his NHL debut on April 5, 2010 at St. Louis
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Guest Blog: Rangers’ Playoff Odds

There are enough team-specific puff pieces out there to cushion the fall of even the most devastating check. There are also enough wholly biased apologists out there talking in circles so loudly that they may reverse the Earth’s rotation.

Don’t worry; this isn’t that. In this article, we’ll breathe a sigh of realism into the fanatical world of hockey. Instead of looking at the game through a fan’s angle, we’ll approach a team and its respective chances to get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs through pure logic and reason.

The team: The New York Rangers

Currently in the NHL, we’re looking at an average of 15 out of 82 games played. Needless to say, the season is just getting underway. Even if odds could be very practical at this juncture, taking them and placing a bet would not be. It would be more akin to playing online slots games – spinning the reels and hoping to hit with blind luck.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Video: Kovalchuk Shootout Fail


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Video: Mike Richter Talks About '94 Cup Run



Thanks to Brian from the brand new Game7.Tv for sending over the video

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Rozsival To Miss Time With Shoulder Sprain

Looks like Rangers fans are about to find out how important Michal Rozsival actually is to this team.

According to Steve Zipay
Rozsival out seven to 10 days with shoulder sprain
Wonder if this will result in any call ups or if Torts will just roll with the six defensemen that are currently on their roster. That would mean inserting Gilroy into the lineup at the same time as Eminger and Sauer, that hasn't happened yet this season.

Update:
According to Rangers official Twitter
Torts says Staal & Girardi will pair on top D pair, Eminger will move up to play with Del Zotto, and Gilroy back in alongside Sauer


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Gaborik Ready To Return To NYR Lineup

According to Andrew Gross:
Gaborik says he's good to go tomorrow vs. Sabres.
It'll be interesting to see how the lines look with Gaborik returning to the lineup after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury. Will Tortorella choose to scratch Todd White or will he opt to keep Derek Boogaard (who has a 1 game goal streak!) out of the lineup?


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Video: The Boogey Man Breaks Goal Streak


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Rangers vs Capitals: Pre-Game Notes

  • Those DVRing the game, make note of the time & channel. Tonight's game starts at 7:30 PM ET and will be on Versus

  • Marian Gaborik will not play tonight for the Rangers, he says that he'll decide after practice on Wednesday whether he will play on Thursday or Sunday.

  • Despite a strong outting by Marty Biron against the Blues on Sunday in a 2-0 loss (one goal was fired into the empty net), Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal for the Rangers. Across the way Michal Neuvirth will be stopping pucks (hopefully not all of them) for the Capitals.

  • Todd White will return to the Rangers lineup as a result of Evgeny Grachev being returned to Hartford yesterday.

  • Derek Boogaard who missed practice yesterday with illness will be in the lineup tonight for the Rangers. The Capitals look prepared to dress their enforcer D.J. King, so that could be a little sideshow for us fight enthusiasts. They have fought before (all wins for Boogaard according to this fight card), in Boogaard's last game as member of the Minnesota Wild they had a dandy and King has a history of initiating the fights against The Boogey Man.

  • Read more about the Caps over at Japers' Rink, CSN Washington and The Washington Examiner.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Lundqvist & Avery Opening Restaurant Together In NYC

Henrik Lundqvist says that he and Sean Avery are opening a restaurant in Manhattan called "Tiny’s," it will be located at 135 West Broadway, between Thomas and Duane streets.


Lundqvist told the NY Post:
“It’s a restaurant that Sean Avery and I are working on in TriBeCa with some other partners. [It’s not open yet,] but it will be one my favorites. I’m looking forward to going there after games. The menu is going to be high-end home cooking and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Photo courtesy of The Tribeca Citizen (Tiny's will be the pink 3-story building in the middle)


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Grachev Back To Hartford

According to the AHL transaction page Evgeny Grachev has been returned to the the Hartford Wolf Pack.

I had talked a little about this last night during the Rangers game, does this mean that the Rangers will just put Todd White into the lineup or will the Rangers make another recall from Hartford?

Honestly when Grachev was recalled from Hartford I was a little surprised because during pre-season he had done pretty much nothing. I think that the Rangers wanted to give him another shot because he's a big body, who has offensive skill and is considered a prospect for the future. Unfortunately, it's hard for the Rangers to even assess Grachev based on the six games he played since being recalled because he spent the majority of the time stuck on the fourth line. The writing was on the wall last night in my opinion when Grachev wasn't used on the Rangers five minute major power play in the third period against the Blues.

Bleeding All Blue broke the transaction
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Through Two Periods Zuccarello With 3 goals, 1 assist

After two periods tonight in the AHL the Hartford Wolf Pack are beating the Islanders farm team, Bridgeport, 5-0. Through forty minutes of play Mats Zuccarello Aasen has three goals and an assist.

Just last week it was rumored that MZA was upset and was about to head back to Sweden. Just a week later expect there to be calls for Zuccarello to be called up to the Rangers from many Rangers fans.

Prior to the Rangers game this evening, John Tortorella issued a challenge for Evgeni Grachev to step up his game.
“Whitey probably should be in the lineup tonight” 
“I’m still looking to develop youth in our team and our kids and that’s going to outweigh some of that. But I also need to see Grachev answer a little here because I’m not going to keep Whitey out much longer. He’s added to us.”
If Grachev doesn't do something in the third period of the Rangers/Blues game tonight it's possible that Grachev may be sent back down to Hartford. If that happens, do the Rangers make another call up to replace him? Or, do the Rangers just slide White back into the lineup in his place?

It's only one game, but many Rangers fans will be calling for MZA to get a shot in New York sometime soon.

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Blues Visit the Blueshirts

As you can see below, Marty Biron will get the start for the Blueshirts (7-5-1) tonight when they host the red hot St. Louis Blue (8-1-1) at the Garden. Callahan is back, David Perron is out, and Lundqvist is on the bench. I understand that Tortorella wants to stick to his game plan of starting Biron throughout the season, but this particular start baffles me.

Starting your backup goalie against arguably the hottest team in the league, at home where you need a big confidence-boosting win, and the beginning of a very important 4 game homestretch, is almost in the realm of absurdity. Not only has Henrik won the last 5 of 7 games he has played and posted an impressive shutout against New Jersey on Friday, but his confidence was rising with each start. Taking him out now in favor of the LESS TALENTED Biron to play at home against the VERY TALENTED Blues, is boggling.

The last time we saw Biron in net, he got lit up against the Atlanta Thrashers at home. If there's any game to put him in for this week, it should be on Thursday against the lowly Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers play the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, and Henrik will certainly get the start. So some rest is surely in order, and tonight seems to be it.

You never know what can happen. Let's hope that Biron posts a shutout, the Rangers block another 30 shots , and Brandon Dubinsky is the league leader in goals by the end of the night........and here's to hoping John Tortorella is as smart as he wants everyone to believe he is.

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Rangers vs Blues Pre-Game Notes

According to various reports from Jim Cerny, Andrew Gross and Jesse Spector here's the latest information for tonight's Rangers vs Blues game.
  • Martin Biron will get the start between the pipes for the Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist serving as backup.

  • Matt Gilroy will once again be a healthy scratch, meaning that the defensive unit of Staal, Girardi, Rozsival, Del Zotto, Eminger and Sauer stays the same.

  • Ryan Callahan will return to the lineup after a one game absence due to a a neck injury sustained against the Flyers on Thursday night. As a result, Todd White (who cleared waivers) will be a healthy scratch for the seventh time in the first fourteen games of the season.

  • The forward lines at the morning skate were:
    Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan
    Frolov-Christensen-Fedotenko
    Avery-Boyle-Prust
    Boogaard-Stepan-Grachev

  • It looks like the Blues will be without David Perron, who was on the receiving end of a hit to the head earlier this week that resulted in a two game suspension for Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.

  • The Blues are on the back end of two games in two nights after beating the Bruins last night in a shootout. No official word yet, but it looks like backup Ty Conklin will get the start for the Blues tonight at The Garden.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

White Placed On Waivers, Callahan & Brodeur Out Tonight & Other Game Notes

According to Bob McKenzie the Rangers have placed Todd White on waivers.

White is still expected to dress for the Rangers tonight against the Devils because they will be without the services of Ryan Callahan. Callahan has soreness in the neck after the injury he sustained in last night's game when he was shoved into the boards by Timmonen. Hopefully it's just a whiplash type injury where the area is just sore for a day or two after the injury. The Rangers are still without Drury, Prospal and Gaborik because of their injuries which have been well documented.

The Devils on the other hand have injuries of their own heading into tonight's game. Having already lost Zach Parise for the next three months with a knee injury, they will also be without Martin Brodeur tonight. Brodeur injured his arm in the Devils' last game. It was expected that Brodeur would play tonight, but at this morning's skate Brodeur had too much pain in his arm still and will sit out of action for at least another night.

Don't get too excited Rangers fans, according to Tom Gulitti "Hedberg is 11-4-2 for career vs. NYR with 2.12 GAA and 1 SO. Last season with Atlanta, he went 3-1-0 against the Blueshirts with a 2.41 GAA." 


Anton Volchenkov will return to the blue line for the Devils after being on injured reserve. Matt Corrente will not play for the Devils as he's been placed on injured reserve. You might remember Corrente from the big hit he threw on Dubinsky the last time the teams met.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Video: Boogaard vs Shelley



via Hockey-Fights.com
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Video: Avery, Carcillo and Boogaard During Warmups

 

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For A Change Rangers Are Young & Are Playing Homegrown Talent

ESPN has a good article with Glen Sather talking about the start to the Rangers season and the influx of youth into their lineup.

The part that had me smiling was this:
These Rangers are being led by the likes of Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Marc Staal, Daniel Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Matt Gilroy, Mike Sauer and, of course, Henrik Lundqvist. Homegrown Rangers, all of them.
It really is a change for the Rangers to have nine players in the lineup on a regular basis that they brought up through the organization. Glen Sather gets a lot of crap (I'm amongst those that bash him regularly), but I've always said keep Sather away from making free agent signings and he's pretty decent at what he does. Of course it helps to have Gordie Clark who is doing a great job with the Rangers scouting.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Video: Colton Orr vs DJ King


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NHL.com Ranks Hank #1 Fantasy Goalie

NHL.com ranks the Top 25 Fantasy goalies to start the season and Henrik Lundqvist is #1 on the list.
The King started the season as our third-ranked goalie, but the fact that none of the elite netminders have gotten off to great starts, gives Lundqvist the edge. Oh, and he's won four of his last five starts while allowing just five total goals in those four victories. He's pretty good to say the least.
Lundqvist has gotten better as the season has progressed. Strangely even though the Rangers defense have been blocking a ton of shots, Lundqvist has still been very busy. Hank almost always seems to be there for the big saves when needed.


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Video: Tortorella After Win vs Hawks


Grabbed the video from MSG.com

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Gaborik Skating, But Return Still Weeks Away

According to Darren Dreger:
Gaborik skated on his own this morning. First time since injury. Good sign, but he's still a couple of weeks away.
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