It’s Go Time!

Filip Chytil is out 4-6 weeks, let’s get this out of our way. That’s usual time for uncomplicated fracture. The way Rammer was looking at it on the bench right after his collision, my guess it’s his hand. It’s too bad, Chytil looked like he was ready for breakout season. It was obvious not only from his play, but also from his demeanor. Good thing they are “deep” at center, with Howden, Rooney and Blackwell being centers. Except none of them has his skills.

Rangers (1-3-1) vs Buffalo (2-3-1), 7 pm start, TV-MSG 2

Projected lineup:

Lafrenière-Zibanejad-Kreider

Panarin-Strome-Buchnevich

DiGiuseppe-Howden-Kakko

Lemieux-Rooney-Blackwell

Miller-Trouba

Lindgren-Fox

Smith-DeAngelo

Chytil injured

Gauthier, Johnson- quinned

Georgiev in net

LGR!!!!!

Dear Wicky…

So I’m hijacking the blog for a moment then we can get back to hockey.. Most of you saw the stuff that went down with Wicky and I back in October. While most of you don’t care at all I know he’s still bothered by it and hasn’t been around. He and I weren’t able to work things out privately for reasons I didn’t agree with and to be brutally honest I still don’t.
But life is too short and I’m not enjoying this season thus far without him. I may come across as a mouthy Jack wagon at times but that’s not the type of guy I am. And while I do think that he should have taken part of the blame for our spat it doesn’t matter enough to me to actually be a jackwagon about it.

So Wick, like I tried telling you numerous times- I’m sorry for what went down. Enough is enough already. (Mostly) everyone misses you here-especially me.
So just get your stubborn ass back to participating and let’s move on from all this nonsense.

UPDATE(1/26): Click here to read Carp’s new article

Rangers-2, Penguins-3

Good morning, boneheads!

I am going to start with silver lining today, OK? They are playing decent hockey. Miles better than it was against the Fishsticks on opening night. They give up very few high scoring chances, and they defend with more determination. The wins will come. Whether they have enough time this season to catch up is a different story.

Continuing with good news. The best D-man they have is Adam Fox. He is like a grandmaster in chess, he knows what will happen in 5-7 moves. What did they give up for this kid again? A couple of second rounders? My gosh!

The second best D-man last night was Miller. He is still very raw, and still needs to add a few more dimensions to his game, but his physical ability and his ice vision are obvious already. He is also very even-keeled. In a good way, though adding a touch of nastiness would be great.

Colin Blackwell did make me eat crow last night, but he is not replacing Lemieux or Gauthier. Maybe Rooney? He is definitely not replacing Chytil if his injury is going to knock him out of the lineup. In fact, the Rangers don’t have anyone in their system who can replace Chytil at the moment. That’s too bad. He was just starting to play his best hockey.

And now the bad news. Igor Shesterkin is yet to win a game this season. Also, Igor Shesterkin didn’t deserve to win a game this season. Should we worry? Look, this kid has dominated every single league he’s played in. And his numbers are eerily similar anywhere he’s played, including NHL. But something is off. I don’t want to speculate. I also do not know what’s the right next step. The obvious would be to put Georgiev in on Tuesday and let Igor work with Bennie. Georgiev too, for the record, has been far from stellar. Or should they let Shesterkin go right back in on Tuesday and have him sort things out that way? I have no idea, that’s why we have our management. But something needs to be done. Because despite them playing much better hockey it’s getting late early.

Click here to read Carp’s game review.

It’s Go Time!

Game 5 of the season. We are going to see some lineup changes, naturally. I know I’m starting to sound annoyed by Quinn’s decisions. But, as Coos would say, riddle me this. A 27 year old Colin Blackwell will make his Rangers debut tonight. At 5-9, 190 lbs, and with 33 games of NHL experience (3-7-10) under his belt, he clearly has a bright future in NY. Nobody is injured, as far as we know. If you’re wondering whether this move is about using him for expansion draft purposes, I did the math. He needs 27 games this season to be eligible. If he plays 27 games this season for whatever reason, we are going to talk another lottery. Maybe he will make me eat crow. I can only hope. Also, Smith goes in for Johnson.

Rangers (1-2-1) vs Penguins (3-2-0), 7 pm start, TV-MSG 2, ESPN+

Projected lineup:

Lafrenière-Zibanejad-Kreider.

Panarin-Strome-Buchnevich.

Di Giuseppe-Chytil-Kakko.

Blackwell-Howden-Rooney.

Miller-Trouba.

Lindgren-Fox.

Smith-DeAngelo.

Gauthier, Lemieux and Johnson quinned.

Shesterkin in net.

LGR!!!!!

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (1-2-0) vs Penguins (2-2-0), 7 pm start, TV-MSG+, NHLN

Projected lineup (take it with a grain of salt. There are talks about sitting Gauthier and getting Rooney back in):

Lafrenière-Zibanejad-Kreider

Panarin-Strome-Buchnevich

DiGiuseppe-Chytil-Kakko

Lemieux-Howden-Gauthier

Lindgren -Fox

Miller-Trouba

Johnson-DeAngelo

Rooney injured

Smith prucha’d

Shesterkin in net

LGR!!!!!

It’s Go Time!

It’s the Devils, so must win.

David Quinn made no lineup changes for tonight. He usually doesn’t after they win. I didn’t know it was illegal. I’d re-insert both DeAngelo and Shesterkin back in. This isn’t about this season only.

Rangers (1-1-0) vs Devils (1-0-1), 7 PM start, TV-MSG, MSG 2

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Panarin-Strome-Lafrenière

Di Giuseppe-Chytil-Kakko

Lemieux-Howden-Gauthier

Lindgren-Trouba

Johnson-Fox

Miller-Smith

Rooney injured

DeAngelo quinned

Georgiev in net

LGR!!!!!

Rangers-5, Islanders-0

Good morning, boneheads!

Holy mackerel! I don’t know where to start. Too many questions.

Is it really all it takes in this league, a little more kidney filtrate and vinegar and you look like Cup contender?
How many times all of us traded 25 year old Buchnevich? Too early after all?
Is this team better with Smith in the lineup than with DeAngelo?
Can this Jack Johnson experiment really work?
Is Georgiev number 1?
Can Miller really stay up all season? Is Trouba real deal?
Should we still trade Kakko for Dubois?
Should I write a note to Trotz this morning?
Does Quinn really know what he’s doing after all?
Is payback really a female dog?

I have no answers to any of them. Only one thing I’m pretty certain about. This Lafrenière kid will be some hockey player. And rather sooner than later.

Click here to read Carp’s game review.

UPDATE (1/19): Click here to read Carp’s latest article.



It’s Go Time!

Remember Tom Renney’s line generator? David Quinn may have already outdone him with his own. But imagine if this works? I’ll be the first one to eat crow. With Balvenie 21 to wash it down.

Rangers (0-1-0) vs Islanders (1-0-0), 7 pm start, TV-MSG, MSG+

Projected lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Panarin-Strome-Lafrenière

Di Giuseppe-Chytil-Kakko

Lemieux-Howden-Gauthier

Lindgren-Trouba

Johnson-Fox

Miller-Smith

Rooney injured

DeAngelo quinned

Georgiev in net

LGR!!!!!