It’s Go Time

Revenge for 2014!! Period!!!

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348 thoughts on “It’s Go Time”

  1. How ’bout that, huh? The World’s Greatest Dad. My son made it for me. The best in the world. Which means I’m better than just number one.

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  2. Lost almost every face-off, every board battle and leading 1-0. Puree with a gift for the ages.
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    Kings goalie is a mess; but cant’ get puck take a shot
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    Is Kreider playing?

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  3. If the refs are going to let the Kings get away with all the BS, then it will be a long night
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    Step is horrible on PP

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  4. It’s a little bit scary to watch LA (team currently out of PO picture) so dominant. Rangers despite the goal, still couldn’t find their game and rhythm, so far.

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  5. Despite all this clichéd talks about playing simple, our guys stil use a lot of “pretty” unconnected passes, don’t use onetimer’s shots on inexperienced goalie, etc. Simple, doesn’t mean primitive, stupid…

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  6. Out in the fashion show, down in the bargain bin
    You put your passion out under the pressure pin
    Fall into submission, hit-and-run transmission
    No use wishing now for any other sin

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  7. BTW, In Europe they sometimes punished some soccer teams for their fans bad behavior by forcing them play on the empty stadiums. That’s coming to my mind when I watch MSG most of the time…

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  8. The Rangers are supporting each other well in-zone, but spending almost the entire game there. 2-0 was too much to ask, but it would have required LA to commit even more forward, open up some counterattack. Now they can wait. I anticipate more of the same defensive style, hanging in without the three regulars, hoping for the occasional counter.

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  9. I thought the pusyhats were Saturday’s thing?

    Sounds like some guys are still wearing them here

    They’re winning the game geniuses. Stop whining bc it’s not perfect

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  10. I hate the trivia question ever since they decided to answer it in the post game. What about those of us outside of the area who can’t watch it? Plus, it was more fun when they kept stats and went up against each other.

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  11. Hank let them weathered the storm in first two, showing how is really The King. Now they have to respond with finishing LA MoFos queens

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  12. Kings are 8 minutes away from being one game over 500 so I’m not sure why youse are expecting them to turn into Superman here. They lost slot of key champions since 14z not the same team

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  13. Our goalie hairdo is better then theirs., not to mention that he is prettier too and finally overperforming opposed…

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  14. Rangers beat the Kings to win the Cup in 2014.
    Then beat Tampa Bay and Chicago to win the Cup in 2015
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    Alternate Facts brought to you from Kellyanne Conman.

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  15. It’s not condescension. It’s outright ridicule. You guys know too much about the ebb and flow of hockey to come on here and biotch all night. Whining is not insight. It’s just whining. Sound like rookie tweeters on the Yankees Lohud site. Like walking into a stripper party and realizing someone took a shiit on my rug

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  16. I whine all the time. Perhaps it doesn’t come through in all my comments, but if you were watching with me, you’d hear, “O Sole Mio!” endlessly, in many variations!

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  17. I like Faux’s attitude. Positive. I just consider it the other end of the spectrum. And sometimes he’s right.

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  18. Just finished shed the game on dvr….can’t wait to go back a read the comments from you chuckleheads…
    I voted shampoo boy, hated, and ein kleiner…in no particular order.

    HM to sideshow bob and machine (who really seems to get under the skin of opponents a bit).

    Speaking of sideshow bob, kings weren’t having any of his act, good for them. Also good for him getting a goal (which would not have happen if not for the stellar play by miller) after a bit of a drought.

    Thought this was klein’s best game in a long time despite I think he was a minus 1 or 2.

    Also thought this was a pretty good onions game from the goalie on out for the rangers (not sure they win a 7 game series like this, but onions).

    Kings lineup is big and likes to play physical, but need a skill guy or two more to balance it out.

    Now to go back a read the comments, I’m sure they’re great.

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  19. Nice completely undeserved win. But the Kings sure hacked up a couple hairballs in their own end. Nice to see Hank back to himself. Kings are uber physical, but the one guy I would love to see tuned up one of these days is Doughty. Big time talker and whiner. Chirping McDonagh while going to the box after a bogus call.

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  20. Ok, now caught up on comments and….
    What the hell was FG so upset about?

    Norm
    Kings not my favourite roster, top ten or fifteen but not favourite. And what nickname is in question?

    Carp
    Lol re your over the top softness comments.

    Shocked there weren’t more people freaking out about Klein throwing instead of hoping for a power play and then hoping for a goal on said power play lol.

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  21. Kleiner is old school according to Salmon Joe. I guess AV likes the French American school.
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    Kings are physical but the game reminded me of what the 2nd half/playoffs will be as the refs swallow the whistle and the PP looks like PooPoo.
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    Who had Pumps, Puree and Zucc as the 3 goal scorers at even strength? Exactly.

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  22. Long time since Hank stole one. Good for him. Maybe he can string a few together. That two games in a row they didn’t manage 20 shots. Got to strike a balance between D and O. Can’t be one o the other.

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  23. Wick, now I’m really curious. Do you mean 10-15th favorite roster this year? Recent history? I’d ask who your favorite 9-14 are, but to simplify: what roster would you most like to see switch to Rangers’ jerseys (besides the current one–I know you bleed Blue like the rest of us. It’s a hypothetical.) And surely there are recent Kings rosters you would have had at #1 at the time?

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  24. Good morning Boneheads welcome to Tuesday! I did not get to see the good old hockey game last night. I don’t have center ice and it wasn’t on NHL Network. Howeva! I will get to see the replay on NHL Network today. Could Hank be finding his game? Is this the Return of the King? Is it time for the Apocalypse Zuc scored a goal! How could this be, Puree? Pimpernel? The skies are red storms are coming!

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  25. Hank with a YUGE performance last night!

    Rangers showed snarl.

    Klein played a great game.

    Zuccarello scored.

    Pirri and Puempel scored…

    Shay was a presence…

    It’s almost like the Rangers answered nearly every complaint expressed here on this blog over the past few weeks all in one game!

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  26. When Puemple was on waivers, you have to wonder what teams like the Islanders, Devils, Lanch, and Yotes were thinking. How does he fall to the Rangers? There are a lot of poorly run organizations out there. Not saying Puemple is going to be a star, just that he is clearly an NHL player, and posses the ability to put the puck in the net. An ability that is often in demand in the NHL.

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  27. I assume Sens though they could sneak him through waivers like Rangers and Dale Weise. If everybody ever gets healthy I think Pirri get waived and probably doesn’t make it to Hartford. They have at least 13 forwards who could play on most teams and Jooris didn’t make it through either.

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  28. Welcome back Henrik! Not that the previous two games were bad or anything, but this game was what we have been accustomed to and what we expect with more frequency. Yes, Lundqvist stole this game that the team had no business winning because they were thoroughly outplayed, especially in the first two periods.

    When fourth liners score that’s something the Rangers haven’t had in years, but other teams seem to kill them with. Shut down the top line guys and get beat by the fourth liner. I’m still not a big fan of Pumps, but if he can score every now and then he’ll win me over.

    Klein getting a bit feisty. I like it.

    Skjei isn’t afraid to take the body. He may need to grow a bit as a defenseman and he isn’t exactly a tough guy, but he takes the body when he has to.

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  29. Ya know there might be something to Hank’s pleas for “structure” – he was horrendous coming out of the break when there was no net front presence at all which snowballed into a crisis of confidence infecting the whole team. Even last night, despite the number of shots and chances LA had, the team was clearly committed to giving Henrik support. He is literally a different goalie when he is feeling that around him – uber confident and sharp. Overall these past 2 games have been ugly wins, but you need those over 82 games and you really need them come playoff time. Here’s hoping that against Philly they play a complete game and Hank continues the upward swing.

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  30. That was not a fancy pants game but none the less impressive the NYR did not fold under the pressure of the bigger, more physical team. And HL looked a lot more HL like – regardless of he play of those in front of him. Not sure what magic dust BenWhaa sprinkled on him, just hope he has a big bag of it. Good to see Pumpernickel be a feel good story, again. As to lines, think I would prefer to leave Beep where he was and drop Buch down, rather than bump VC up. Already messing with the magic sliding JT over to replace K.Bongs.

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  31. Lines should be IMHO!
    Gnash, Step, Hobbit
    Kreider, Zika, Buch
    Vesey, JT, Beep Beep
    Puree, Machine, Pimpernel
    When Hayes returns Vesey to line 4 and Puree to the blender!

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  32. Norm
    My statement should have said the kings would be in my top 10-15 this season but I do think they need an additional skill player or two to balance out their line up (not sure if that makes more sense than the original post;))?!

    My favourite rangers roster was probably 94-95 when they added the little ball of hate, the year before that…cup winner…and year after are also high on my list as well as 2012, 2014, and yes…2004 (ducks) until the slather fire sale, then I was not a fan.

    As far as other teams go..I’ll just stick with this season due to freshness in my pea sized brain. Probably the ducks…size, skill, snarl, speed, faceoffs, decent depth. I also like edmonton’s roster a lot (not quite as good on faceoffs). Others I like are jets (when all healthy), flames, stars, jackets, wild.

    Ducks and oilers would def be the first two picks though. Kings would be around 10 I think.

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  33. The idea of all 5 playing below the dots to support this D is not a sustainable strategy. They had very little possession time as every break was started 180 feet from the other net.
    No surprise they scored off of two bad plays by Kings D/Goalie.
    The first goal was a gift pass by the kings to puree and the Miller play was a big boner by Jackoff.
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    SN said big boner

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  34. Ever here the joke about the two kids put into identical rooms filled with horse poop and given a shovel?
    First kid is standing in a corner holding his nose not moving, second kid is laughing and slinging poop everywhere with the shovel while digging…guy running experiment asks second boy what he is doing…boy replies “with all this poop, there has to be a pony in here somewhere!”

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  35. I don’t think Jackoff bonered (see what I did there?)
    I think it was a great fake by JT, the kind that only works one in 10,000 times approaching the goalie behind the net

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  36. Not sold on pumpernickel like some, def skilled offencively, but 3 goals in one game and not great in D zone…jury still out to me

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  37. FG – no doubt Jay Tea gave him the head fake but a weak sauce Goalie pass to his D helped. Point is they scored off forecheck when putting pressure on Kings D.
    The dish to the tape of Zucc’s stick was special. Good thing Zucc had nobody to pass to except a couple of Kings D.
    Be interesting to see this new ‘structure’ against a team like Philthy that only has one good offensive line.

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  38. When all the cowards are healthy, I don’t think they will waive any of them. For two reasons,
    One, as we have seen this year, guys get hurt, they will need them again.
    And two, if that ever make that trade for the Dman we all feel they need, it may very well be a two for. They will need to have Puemple, and Pirri for depth if that happens.

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  39. Good morning, boneheads!
    Is Hank back? It was all him last night. Or is it he? Where is Coos?
    Interesting test they passed yesterday. Not sure they can do it for 7 games, but they got hit a lot and didn’t get intimidated. They do have some people to push back, apparently. MZA didn’t not disappear despite all this physicality, I felt that Vesey and Buchnevich looked a little timid.

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  40. For the record, I’m not suggesting either of them is afraid of physicality. It’s possible that Buchnevich is a little wary of his fragile back, and Vesey is still finding his second wind

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  41. He looked steady yesterday though. One of his better defensive games. Ditto Klein. Maybe Klein needs to get his boxers in a bunch by opposition every now and then, and he’ll be fine

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  42. They definitely miss Staal, ilb,
    I think they looked like they were having fun with all the physical stuff. A large part of this team has been through the playoff wars. They are not going to be intimidated in a game like this.

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  43. Clendening has been fine. The NYR D is very hard to pair up given the invariability of performance. He has been a good RD3 Offensive D-man.

    1-7-8 +6 in 17 games is not bad for a 24 yo with 67 total NHL games under his belt. He is 1st amongst NYR D in pts/60 all situations and makes smart plays out of zone. Definitely not a D stopper and will be riding the pine when Stall returns.
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    On the Zucc goal The Miracle Met carried the puck through neutral zone, gained Ozone, drew 3 Kings players toward him and dumped puck behind net prior to Miller making the play of the game. The Puree goal was also a 4th line/3rd pair special.

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  44. I have been praising Mr. Girardi often of late. He’s been the best Ranger defender for quite a few games, which may be more about others such as Holden and McDonagh slumping. But he’s been solid, and great to see all the D rebound these last couple games–not nearly the number of mistakes from that recent horrible stretch. Makes the Staal timetable easier to manage.

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  45. Girardi has played better since the 5 day break, reinforcing the need to get him proper rest in 2nd half of season. The schedule will help with as well.

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  46. Mid-season report: The Rangers have come out of a brief but eye-catching nosedive that pointed out the value of Booth, who has had a nice bounce-back season. It’s been impressive to see them ride out all the injuries, and now that Smog and Furious have been added to the list, their depth will continue to be tested. Nice to see Zit step up on his return, and Cheese has been solid, especially since he has stopped visiting the penalty box like it’s the Men’s room. And every time you think The Admiral is ready for Hartford—snipe!

    The D seems finally to adjusted, especially since Gerund and Brougham have been paired and Over-you has rebounded from a truly foul stretch. Good to see him have Bread’s back last night. Chocolate’s steadiness through that stretch showed good leadership, and a good thing, too, since the younger vets, All-the-Cards and Old, have also been struggling. The defensive recovery, IMO, has allowed Coil to return to form, vital as we wait for Rayva’s return.

    The offense, while not as responsible for the brief, deep slump, can’t be said to have helped much either, but it was always going to be tough to work Bridges, Cassidy and Earth-inheritor back in. Now that they’ve settled, the Rangers have, up until the Wings game at any rate, three potentially dangerous lines. Eyes-out still takes a game off every so often, but not as frequently to my eye, and My-toes is quietly putting together another very good 1/2-center season. Time has quite possibly been the Rangers best all-around forward, fast, physical, increasingly responsible, and By-the-arm is my mid-season MVP. Don’t know anyone who saw that one coming. Every game, it seems, he’s loose on a couple breakaways, and that defangs most teams when he’s on the ice. Finally, it was inevitable that Like-Sunday-morning would hit a wall mid-season–it will be interesting to see if he can fight through it in time for the playoffs. A rest here and there may help once they’re back to 14.

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  47. I think I got the forwards.
    The first three are Zibanijad, Bucnevich, and Nash. Eyes out is Kreider? My toes is Stepan? Time is Miller? And by the arm is Grabner?

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  48. SN said boner twice.

    Girardi now in conversation for Norris.

    The Gerund has some snarl. Doesn’t back down. I like his game.

    Shay finally showed up.

    JT for Captain. He leveled somebody in the second period with a boner crunchy hit.

    Looks like Run Tuh was wearing #30 as that was not the Hank of recent days.

    Purée needs to shoot 200 pucks a day. That cannon is a poor man’s Ovi from the right circle. In face Zucc and step should be on the ice doing the same – with Stepan on the left circle and Zucc in the right.

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  49. I’m on level 76 in candy crush. Perhaps the greatest game in the history of games. Sweet. Tasty. Delicious. Sugar Crush

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  50. Old Irish Toast”

    ‘May those that love us, love us.
    For those that don’t love us,
    May God turn their hearts.
    And if he doesn’t turn their hearts,
    May he turn their ankles,
    So we’ll know them by their limping.’

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  51. Ah, the Irish! Makes you want to sing:

    “May the Klein rise to beat you,
    May he always have his teammate’s back,
    May he rain down blows upon your face.
    May he poke your eye, under your face shield,
    And until you meet again,
    May he show you e’er the back of his hand.”

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  52. What’s green, five miles long, and has an azzhole every three feet? The St. Patricks’s Day Parade.

    Disclaimer: Do not tell this joke in public without adequate health insurance. 🙂

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  53. Also, Idk how much of this Puempel kid we’ll see in the long run, but for right now it looks like a good move picking up a former 1st rounder off waivers and inserting him into a style of play that suits him very well. He’s been on record as not getting along with Guy Boucher and how he likes the style of play here much more. Solid 4th line addition despite the health concerns.

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  54. James, speaking of that strategy, Stefan Noesen, drafted thre spots ahead of Puempel, was waived today by the Ducks. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us make a claim for him. We are seemingly trying to collect every player we can from the first 40 in that draft. Zibanejad, Miller, Puempel, Jensen, Clendening, Hellberg.

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  55. Speaking of players taken in the top 40 of the 2011 draft, Elliotte Friedman reporting that pick #35 Tomas Jurco is looking to be moved and Detroit is looking to accommodate him.

    For the record, I though there was a group of forwards in that draft, including him, Noesen, Puempel, Jensen, Armia, and maybe a couple of others that were all really similar to each other in terms of how to project them as pros, and they’ve all fallen short of even the modest projections I had for them (3rd liners, maybe 2nd liners in a pinch). They were all wingers, they were all a similar size (Puempel a bit smaller), and they were all scorers. But none of their offense has really translated yet to the pros.

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  56. Agreed on Wingels, but Ottawa has an 87% chance of reaching the playoffs according to Sports Club Stats.

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  57. In regards to Norm’s post earlier, the one with the nicknames.

    It got me thinking…

    …that I really wish we had a called “Cheese”

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  58. Seems Julien’s tenure is on shaky ground up in Beantown
    My guess is
    Habs – Sens – Loafs
    Craps – Pits – BJs
    WC1: NYR
    WC2: Bs
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    What the heck is going on down in Tampa?

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  59. Answer me this how does Puree get more ice time then Kreider in the LA game? Kreider is a horse ride that guy! Has AV lost his mind? Kreider on the 4th is as dumb as Girardi in the fastest skater competition!

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  60. @St Pete As Brooksie would say “Did you see Kris” with the ! or ? seemingly determined at random. AV I think said after the game the others were moving better. I know many disagree with a lot of things AV does, but he certainly seems to know how to push certain player’s buttons pretty well. JT has come back strong after a reminder earlier in Dec, Kevin Bongs entire year, to me, is a reflection of the tough love AV gave him last season. That said, its a long season and like race horses, even top guys are going to have off nights.

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  61. I don’t disagree with tough love Beezle it can motivate a player. I just have a hunch he gets frustrated playing with Step and Zuc at times. He’s a waste of talent on the 4th line. Sometines pointing out to a player what’s right with him is better than pointing out what’s wrong with him by demotion, just a though!

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  62. St Pete – I think AV’s reaction was to a few of shifts where Kreider made a couple of careless little passes that resulted in turnovers. He gets too cute sometimes which is not his game – his is 100% a power game. It was just before Puempel replaced him on the Step line and scored. I’m as big a fan of #20 as anybody but he does take some shifts off where he wanders defensively, makes ill-advised passes and just doesn’t bust it. When he does bust it, he’s a beast, and AV must think he sometimes needs a quick wake up call at times. That said, I think it worked because right after that brief demotion, he was back to being a force.

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  63. Kreids also got slammed into the wall early in 1st by Derek Forbort (the version of McIlwrath; 1st round big D with no NHL success yet) and was mostly listless after that. NYR needed him in beast mode against the Kings of LA, not playing patty cake with Step.

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  64. There are certain guys who AV will not hesitate to bench or demote. Miller and Kreider being two of them. And then there are guys that no matter how many times they turn the puck over, freelance, or run around in there own end, will never lose a second of a ice.

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  65. I would not be concerned at all about Kreider playing 4th line for a period or two. It’s a long season and it’s tough on them mentally and physically. Gives him a break and gave another player a chance to get a few more minutes.

    No biggie.

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  66. I don’t disagree with bdl re av and his different style with different players. I do think every coach has his “favourite” players and av seems (I said seems) to not favour the physical guys now. IMO, is different from his Canuck coaching days, but I blame his whole flip flop on the Aaron Rome hit.

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  67. I also think, like every other coach, av isn’t perfect (I know many of you here think he is). My two biggest complaints about him are his line up decisions and his overall system, which seems to get more and more one trick ponyish every year (and that is a huge mistake imo).

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  68. Grabner deserves All Star recognition, but ridiculous, un-watchable fiasco that it is, he should accept the honor then feign injury.

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  69. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go for Grabner. Not only a deserving season so far, but a potential crowd-please in the fastest-skater contest, though I don’t know if they do that any more. Gartner, Hagelin…

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  70. I’d be very surprised if Grabner gets the call. You have to figure Cam Atkinson is next up – unless they don’t want three Jackets. If they want another Pen, then Phil Kessel.

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  71. Oh man, carp’s head would have exploded if he heard the red wings play by play announcer on hockey central @ noon

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  72. Carp
    He said that if Steve ott (Steve freaking ott lmao) was on the ice, marchand would never had done that dirty trip…i couldn’t stop laughing

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