It’s Go Time!

In trying to avoid another “GI Time”, the Rangers (1-5-2) will look to break out of their early season skid against last year’s Stanley Cup finalist Nashville Predators (4-2-1) at MSG this afternoon. The Preds have won four straight while our boys, well…You all know how that’s been going. The quest for a complete game resumes as AV has kept the lineup the same as it was in the skills competition loss to the Islanders on Thursday. The coach stands by the fact the he has liked a lot of what he’s seen from his guys despite all of the losing. As our good friend Carp mentioned, Sometimes at the end of a skid, a team will lose a couple that they could have won and they could have won the last two. Let’s hope that’s the case.

Projected Lineup:

Rick Nash — Mika Zibanejad — Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider — David Desharnais — J.T. Miller

Jimmy Vesey — Kevin Hayes — Jesper Fast

Michael Grabner — Adam Cracknell — Pavel Buchnevich

Ryan McDonagh — Tony DeAngelo

Marc Staal — Kevin Shattenkirk

Brady Skjei — Brendan Smith

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec


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Rangers vs. Blues Review (Guest Blogger Papa Bear)

‘We have a treat today as Papa Bear has done a review for us after having the chore of watching that game live at MSG last night. Just a quick thought on last night’s loss–  With the amount of roster turn over they’ve had I didn’t expect instantaneous chemistry. But I also didn’t expect 3 losses in 4 games and what has been a serious problem with decision making and puck possession. Ryan Mcdonagh spoke afterwards about the need for a complete game and a strong start. We’ve been hearing that for a long time now and it hasn’t fixed itself so what’s the solution?Most alarming is the coach’s demeanor last night. He looks like a guy searching for answers and searching for ways to fill out this roster.  Anyway, without further rambling from me here’s Papa Bear’s Review:

Well, I did it. I went to the game at the Garden last night  keeping my streak alive at 50 years in a row (minus the lock-out). It was a night out with Sonny Boy who is now 28. Took him to his first game 25 years ago. So we both kept our streaks alive. Unfortunately, this was a real snooze-fest. Here are some thoughts and observations.

  1. The Garden was quieter than  a funeral home. The noise level  picked up only during stoppages due to that very large technological apparatus (big screen TV?) hanging over center-ice which blasted at ear breaking decibels. At times I felt as if I was imbedded in the middle of a crummy video game.
  2. The bottom bowl was, at best 20% empty. “Where have all the fans gone? A long time coming.”
  3. I had the pleasure of sitting next to the smartest fan in the history of the NHL. He was the reincarnation of Stan Fishler; white hair, white beard, false teeth and useless trivia. He proudly wore his #30 sweater….No really, he was very smart….I was on the edge of my seat all night as he was barking madly at every Ranger who touched the puck. He actually took the time to tell me during a stoppage in play that Shattenkirk “has a chance to be the first Ranger Dman to win the Norris since Brad Park”. No kidding.
  4. During the first intermission, while on line waiting to use the men’s room, a woman walked out of a stall without a word being said. As she walked past, I said to her…”I hope you flushed” she said “why? Are you hungry?” She won that interaction.
  5. OMG…Last call for beer was the end of the 2nd period…..not that there’s anything wrong with that…. but I come from the 60/70’s era when players beat fans with their shoes for fun, while the rest of us finished our beers and cursed.
  6. Now, to the game…..ugh.
  7. Team had no transition game….from defense to offense or vice er versa. Very spotty cohesion from defense to forwards. Gap control-what’s that?
  8. Neutral zone play wasn’t AHL worthy. No speed, poor puck decisions, unnecessary icings..
  9. Board play and puck battles were lacking true competitive effort. Many culprits, too many to single out.
  10. Puck possession in gritty areas? . “I don’t want this thing, you take it!”
  11. A few bright spots – players who stood out…#89. At times #10, 26, 36, 93
  12. Sholuld have called in sick: ….#22, 61, 13, 20, 47, 51, 28, 25
  13. The interpretation of the rules by the referees is borderline ridiculous. Are they trying to reinvent the game? If so why? Let the men play!
  14. #51 is no Oscar Lindbergh, not even close.
  15. Staal didn’t stand out good or bad…which was surprising.
  16. New addition from waivers #25, slower than Rupp , if that could be, but I hear he’s good in the dressing room.
  17. #28, ……should be Hartford-bound soon.
  18. Looked like they really miss Fast (wow, what does that say about this team?)
  19. The fans are getting restless and AV’s days may be numbered. Ruff the next to walk the plank? Ugh.
  20. The area around the Garden reminded me of the late 70’s and 80’s. Filthy, trash in the streets, thick smell of urine, homeless camped out, aggressive panhandlers and street hustlers everywhere. What a shame. Thanks Mayor DeBlasio!
  21. I think it may be a long year. First game I remember saying to myself, this is like watching paint dry.


It’s GO Time! St. Louis Blues at New York Rangers

7:00 PM on FSMW, MSG Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York-

Our boys host the 3-0 Blues tonight. Recently acquired waiver claim Adam Cracknell will make his debut tonight for the Rangers who are looking to make it two wins in a row.

ICYMI earlier, the Rangers assigned first round pick Filip Chytil to the Hartford Wolf Pack yesterday after being scratched Sunday against Montreal

Brendan Smith will be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game along with 21 year old defenseman Anthony DeAngelo.

HAV at it….

-James G


Rangers-2, Canadiens-0

To answer Wicky’s question from 1 o’clock this morning: No. as in no time for a game review this morning but I wanted to give you guys a fresh thread.

Never too early for a big boy pants game which the Rangers played last night. Had some puck luck early and then settled in.

they weren’t perfect but you have to like the response not just from Lundqvist but the shuffled up lineup. Physicality cometh with Kampfer in there and Mika Zibanejad has been terrific thus far. Hope he continues to shoot the puck

thats all I have time for kids so HAV at it.

-James G

It’s Go Time! Rangers vs. Canadiens

The Blueshirts are back at MSG tonight in a rematch from last spring’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Habs. Both teams were blown out in ugly losses last night and will be looking to rebound.

Incase you missed it earlier, the coach is opting for 7 defensemen tonight with Rookie first-round draft pick Filip Chytil taking a seat in the press box.

In addition Henrik Lundqvist will be back between the pipes after getting scored on early and often last night and getting the hook after 20 minutes.

Newly acquired back up goalie Ondrej Pavelec was originally scheduled to make his debut with this being the second game of the back to back but I guess when your number one guy gets bombarded in game two of the season there are no safe bets.

If anyone is interested in doing a game review post in the comments tonight.

HAV at it…