40th Anniversary of the 1978-1979 Rangers by Carp.

Good morning, boneheads!

Here is the first of many stories that we will see this year in the Athletic by Carp. At least he promised many stories  🙂

I can’t really say much about that era since I was still back in Russia enjoying Mikhailov-Petrov-Kharlamov troika dominating the Russian Elite League, if not the world.

Rangers-2, Canucks-1

Good morning, boneheads!

A 19 year old with the GTG and a 20 year old with the GWG. Pionk and Skjei defending a 1 goal lead during 6 on 4. Welcome to the future, folks.

Well, I guess welcome to present too, with Hank making 3 tough saves at the end to preserve the win.

Canucks can put you to sleep, for sure. For a second I thought they had Jacques Lemaire behind the bench the way they trap..ahem…left wing lock.

Don’t tell me you think Mcleod had nothing to do with the flow of this game. His fight ( that he actually won ), and subsequent yapping at his teammates on the bench certainly riled them up and they became more involved. If you do not believe actions like that change the game flow, just listen to what Valiquette said about Colton Orr and what he did when he was his teammate. Valiquette knows, he watched his teammates mostly while sitting next to them on the bench.

So, second in Metro, two points out of first. Where is Eric? Let’s start complaining that it is bad for their lottery chances and will slow down their RE-everything. We should ask what players think about it instead. And David Quinn.

They will lose a bunch, for sure. This streak will be over sooner or later. They have a lot of holes in their lineup, and a lot of warts in their game. But I will say it again, this team is starting to create its identity. And this identity will be impossible to dislike for us, fans.

Waiting for Carp’s review, as usual.

UPDATE: Click here to read Carp’s game review.

 

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (8-7-1) vs Canucks (10-6-2), 7 pm start, TV-MSG

ICYMI, the Rangers got some bad news this morning. Pavel Buchnevich is out for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken thumb. Too bad, the kid was just turning a corner.

With Zuccarello still out, they now lost top two puck distributors.

Canucks have been playing well, led by the rookie phenom Elias Petterson. Petterson, 20, was taken by Canucks two spots before the Rangers selected Lias Andersson in 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Projected lineup:

Namestnikov-Zibanejad-Spooner

Kreider-Hayes-Andersson

Vesey-Howden-Fast

McLeod-Chytil-Lettieri

Skjei-DeAngelo

Staal-Pionk

Claesson-Shattenkirk

Smith prucha’d

Hank in net.

LGR!!!!!

 

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (7-7-2) vs Blue Jackets (9-6-1), 7 pm start, TV-MSG

Still at .500. Yes, I know, Bettman’s math.

I’m scheduling this post too early to know the precise line up, but it sounds like Smith will be prucha’d ( he totally earned to be scratched), and so is Vinny Lettieri ( who didn’t earn to stay in, imo ). So McLeod and Claesson go back in.

Georgiev in net.

LGR!!!!!

It’s Go Time!

Rangers (7-7-1) vs Red Wings (5-8-1), 7:30 pm start, TV-MSG.

Can you say 5 in a row? Pushing it? Well, Detroit is six spots below the Rangers in the league standings at the moment. Which means absolutely nothing.

As you all heard, Mats Zuccarello is out with a groin injury and will not join them on the trip. Howden is ready to return according to DQ.

Projected lineup ( courtesy of NHL ):

Namestnikov-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Kreider-Hayes-Spooner

Vesey-Howden-Fast

Andersson-Chytil-Lettieri

Skjei-DeAngelo

Staal-Pionk

Smith-Shattenkirk

I’m not sure this wing-center situation makes a lot of sense, but I also think it may not be what we see at 7:30

McLeod prucha’d.

Hank in net.

LGR!!!!!