Rangers-2, Senators-3. Eric wins the contest.

Good morning, boneheads!  No time to do much this morning.

Congratulations to Eric! Two people predicted the score, St Pete Eli and Eric. Nobody predicted the GWG. If you can predict Zack Smith to score a game winner, you should quit your daytime job and concentrate on lottery. Eric won by predicting Rangers’ shots, 28 (29). Eli’s number was 23.

It’s Go Time!

The contest is now closed.

Rangers ( 16-11-3 ) vs Senators ( 9-13-7 ) TV-MSG

The Senators appear to be in a free-fall as they lost 5 in a row, and are 1-10-2 in their last 13 games. Multiple reports around the league suggested they asked multiple players to submit a no-trade list. That list of players reportedly included Erik Karlsson.

The Rangers are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, the last number reflects their dreadful OT  loss to Dallas the other night.

Mika Zibanejad is getting close to returning, but isn’t traveling with the team.

Lundqvist in net. Kampfer prucha’d. Otherwise, same lineup.

LGR!!!!!

Ticket contest: Predict the score of tonight’s game to win two tickets.

We didn’t have a winner last time, so we will try again.

The winner will get two tickets to the Thursday, January 18 game against Buffalo at MSG. Tickets are in 200 level, lower corner, Rangers shoot twice. The contest will start now, and go until “It’s Go Time” post at 6:30 pm.

Some rules.

1.Same as the last contest. I don’t have time to go through hundreds of posts, and check IP addresses for double entries. So if you never posted on Rangers Report 2 ( since Doodie took over), your entry won’t be counted. Apologies in advance, but that’s the only way to avoid spending too much time judging the contest.

2. This one is easy.

– Pick the score. It has to be exact. Not closest. Not margin of victory

– First tiebreaker: Game winning goal

– Second tiebreaker: Rangers’ shots. This one can be the closest, but WITHOUT GOING OVER

– Third tiebreaker: Ottawa’s shots. Again, it can  be the closest, but WITHOUT GOING OVER

3. This one is new too. Just copy and paste my entry and make your own changes. It’s just so much easier for me to score it.

Rangers 20, Ottawa 1

GWG: Grabner

Rangers shots: 60

Ottawa shots: 2

Good luck, and have fun.

Rangers-1, Stars-2(SO)

Good morning, boneheads!

I’m upset with myself because I forgot it was the Garden of Dreams Foundation Night  until it was too late to change my post. I’m also upset that the team I’m rooting for couldn’t come up with a better effort after seeing those kids who had to battle for their lives and won. Some still continue to battle. This is the second time ( first being the Hockey Fights Cancer night ) that they couldn’t win a winnable game in front of a very important crowd.

At least their effort was better against Florida. This one was flat out embarrassing. If you get booed by your own crowd in front of all these sick kids and don’t get motivated, nothing else can motivate you.

Truth is, the Rangers had very little to do with this game until it was around 15 minutes left in the third. They were innocent bystanders. Couldn’t complete a sentence, they had no fight and no physicality in them ( with the exception of Smith, perhaps? ). The only player who showed up was Pavelec.

I understand they were due for a stinker. I wish they decided to do it on a different night. They didn’t deserve a point, Pavelec earned it for them.

How do you explain this? Hey, I’m a Rangers fan, so I’ll try to come up with some possible scenarios.

  1. They decided to see what they really have in Pavelec. Interestingly, the first period he faced 16 shots, but most of them were not as dangerous as the ones ( 17 ) he faced in the second. Some of that is because of his questionable rebound control. Regardless, he won that challenge.
  2. They decided to let Dallas punch themselves out for 2 periods. Pretty well known boxing strategy. It almost worked. Let’s hope they don’t employ that strategy too often. Because if they do, there will be a wholesale in NY at the deadline.
  3. Lindy Ruff’s offer for the GWG was a dozen donuts from Dunkin Donuts. I believe they are on sale now for $6.99 in NY.

So after one of the most impressive stretches in their history that included 3 out of 4 wins against the Metropolitan Division rivals, after arguably the most complete game of the season, they were outside looking in. And after this lifeless performance they are in the playoffs position. As our friend cooscoos likes to say, riddle me that.

My 3 Stars:

  1. Tie:

-The talented 10 yr old with the gorgeous rendition of Star Spangled Banner

-The brave girl who dropped the puck. She won her battle, and is now facing another one

-The shy kid who was sitting in front of the camera between periods

2. Garden of Dreams Foundation and Adam Graves.

3. Ondrej Pavelec.

 

Nobody predicted the final score correctly, so no winners. We will have to redo this contest.

 

It’s Go Time!

The contest is now closed.

Rangers (16-11-2) vs Dallas Stars ( 16-13-1). TV-MSG

After playing four in a row against their Metropolitan Division rivals ( 3-1, in case you didn’t know 🙂 ), the Rangers will host one of the Western Conference teams. It should be a low profile game. Except this: every point is crucial. And also except this: I’m sure there is an added value to this game ( read- a few thousand bucks) since this is the first time Lindy Ruff is coaching against the Stars after spending four years behind the bench in Dallas.

Mika Zibanejad appears to be feeling better as he skated on his own for a few times. No timetable for his return though.

Pavelec in net.  Kampfer prucha’d.

LGR!!!!!

 

 

Ticket contest: Predict the score of tonight’s game to win two tickets.

The winner will get two tickets to the Thursday, January 18 game against Buffalo at MSG. Tickets are in 200 level, lower corner, Rangers shoot twice. The contest will start now, and go until “It’s Go Time” post at 6:30 pm.

Some rules.

1.Same as the last contest. I don’t have time to go through hundreds of posts, and check IP addresses for double entries. So if you never posted on Rangers Report 2 ( since Doodie took over), your entry won’t be counted. Apologies in advance, but that’s the only way to avoid spending too much time judging the contest.

2. This one is easy.

– Pick the score. It has to be exact. Not closest. Not margin of victory

– First tiebreaker: Game winning goal

– Second tiebreaker: Rangers’ shots. This one can be the closest, but WITHOUT GOING OVER

– Third tiebreaker: Stars’ shots. Again, it can  be the closest, but WITHOUT GOING OVER

3. This one is new too. Just copy and paste my entry and make your own changes. It’s just so much easier for me to score it.

Rangers 20, Stars 1

GWG: Grabner

Rangers shots: 60

Stars shots: 2

Good luck, and have fun.

Rangers-5, Devils-2. Game review by Eddie3

Good morning, boneheads! Always nice to wake up after a win against the Devils. 

And today we have another special treat. E3 with a game review! Thanks, Eddie! 

This has been a strange year for our boys. After starting the season 1-5-2 and looking even worse than that record suggests, the Rangers were breathing down the NY Giants’ neck as to what NY team sucked the most. Calls to fire AV might have been rumor only but I joined the chorus and was ready for a change. Had the team tuned him out the way the Gmen were tuning out McApoo? I wasn’t especially thrilled with AV’s coaching in last year’s playoff loss to the Senators. Fast forward 21 games and how things have changed. While still not in a playoff position, it will only be a matter of time before they move up the standings especially if they play as well the rest of the season as they did last night in winning 5-2 against the NJ Devils.

I’d argue that this was their best regular season game in a long long time. The Rangers dominated the play the entire game and there wasn’t a shred of doubt that they’d come away with the two points even after the Devils made it 2-1 in the second. A tremendous effort in the offensive zone. With that, here’s my review.

1) It was nice to see Brian Boyle on the ice albeit in a Devil uniform. A solid player for the Rangers. He and Brandon Prust were a valuable part of many 4th lines for the Rangers and those two were very effective penalty killers. Who can forget Boyle’s game 5 shorty against the Kings in game 5 of the 2014 final?

2) Staying with the Devils for a moment, you got to like a few of the names on the NJD. Ben LoveJoy Division, wheel of fortunes Pat Sajak, those three musicians James Taylor Hall and Oats, Miles Wood, and the painter goalie Thomas Kink-aide.

3) On the blog I mentioned how often Nash seems to falling down and he didn’t disappoint in this game, as he was on his butt at 0:29 of the first.

4) The Gnasher – Hazy – VC line has not been good and I was happy to see that Fast replaced VC. AV might have struck gold with this switch and they just dominated most of the game.

5) I’ve been ragging on VC lately and then he scores a beautiful goal to open the game. Peek-a-boo made a great play in the corner to throw the puck out to Carey to touch passed to Jimmy V, who went high stick side on Kink-aide. A very nice play.

6) Turned out to be the first of many high stick side goals given up by the Kink. It’s curious that a goalie can give up 5 and yet play a spectacular game and yet he did. Rangers easily could have had at least 5 more.

7) Devils aren’t going far if they play this poorly going forward and the Rangers are going deep into June if they can play this well. Passes were crisp and clean all night.

8) Back to Jasper. Fast has really blossomed into a real good player. Always willing to throw the body, make the smart unselfish play, and do whatever was asked of him, he was a real liability in the offensive zone. True, he has historically shown good hands on tips and deflections and may be the best on the team in fact. But countless times I’ve seen him whiff on shots with an open net staring him in the face. Well, those days are over. He is now the team sniper. He is finishing like never before and scored a beauty high glove side off of a lovely back handed pass from Nash in the corner. Fast now has six goals in eight games. I just might get a #17 jersey. Maybe it was the number change from 19, but something has clicked and Fast is playing amazing hockey.

9) Vc’s goal was the only score in the first period that was all Rangers. The best first period in years. And certainly their best this season. Rangers have far too often been caught sleepwalking to start the game. Not tonight. Rangers jumped on the Devils early and often and even though both teams were playing the second game in a back-to-back, the Devils looked like they swam across the Hudson to get to the Garden. They didn’t play well. Whether the Devils were simply tired or the Rangers just suffocated them, bottom line was a convincing and easy win.

10) Crazy sequence in the middle of the second as Gibbons came hauling down the left wing, after Zook bungled a play at the Devil blue line, and launched a rocket that Hank saved but it trickled between his legs and was rolling slowly into the open net with Hank way out of position. And from nowhere Zook swooped in and captured the puck inches before going in which would have tied the score at one. Zook then threw it on the tape of a devil stick forcing Hank to make a monster save.

11) Have to give AV credit. The Rangers might have finally found their 4 lines. Kreider-Mika-Buch, Grabby-JT-Zucc, Gnash-Haze-Fast, Carey-Boo-VC. Nice balance and all 4 lines are a threat to score.

12) Zook scored to make it 3-1 off of a steal that reminded me of vintage Walt Frazier picking the pocket of Jerry West circa 1970. He broke in and went high stick side. Excellent steal and shot.

13) The Zook cross ice to Miller cross ice to Zook goal in the third was as sweet play as you could make. Both passes were tape to tape thru players. Very nice indeed.

14) Shatty is so patient with the puck. He really can move it and controls the play better than any QB they’ve had perhaps since Zubov and Leetch. Still a danger in his own end but that’s another story. Looks like he’s now their enforcer too.

15) Hank is back. He is playing well. Making big timely saves. There was, however, one Hank play in the second that could have ended badly. Hank had the puck about a third of the way up the blue line along the wall with a Devil closing in. He deked him, held the puck, and made a long cross ice pass. Whew.

16) Interesting stat was posted during the game which showed Hank as the all time league leader in Wins (35) GAA (1.75) and shutouts (8) lifetime vs the NJD team. That said, Debs have beaten Hank in two playoff series.

16) I like Boo. He was good in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and he’s good as a 4th line Center. Rangers have a nice balance of offense and defense on their 4 lines. I’m hopeful once again. The East is wide open. Rangers are right in the mix if they can escape their first period blahs and play like they did last night.

17) JoeM is truly the Master of the Obvious. You can almost expect him to say during one of these games “you know Sam (or John G), the team that scores the most goals will win the game.” Good lord.

18) Here’s hoping Mika heals up quickly and remains healthy…

My three stars :

1. Fast
2. Zook
3. Gnash.