Rangers-Predators in Review

I haven’t been able to read E3’s review. I’m sure it’s excellent. Thanks again!

Tennessee is the home to two iconic cities, Memphis and Nashville, that have a long storied musical history. The Grand Ole Opery, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette to name but a few. The Memphis Horns were the session players for many outstanding studio recordings. In fact, one of my favorite albums is “Dusty in Memphis”, featuring the soul scorching “Breakfast in Bed” and the brilliant “Son of a Preacher Man”. Tremendous musical history.

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Rangers-Stars in Review

Rangers 2, Stars 0.

1. I originally wasn’t planning on writing a review, but there is obviously one event from last night that needs to be addressed: Eakin’s hit on Lundqvist.

2. First, let’s look at the hit itself. Lundqvist has the puck near the end boards, mishandles it a bit, and then comes right up against and facing the boards, looking to pass the puck on his backhand to the Skjei, who is on his left. This whole time, Eakin has come down the right wing boards and around the goal to put pressure on the puck. Eakin takes a line along the wall. Lundqvist turns towards Eakin just as Eakin is about to make contact. Eakin puts his shoulder into Lundqvist’s head, and explodes into the hit. Lundqvist is obliterated, left splayed on the ice. His helmet flew off, fortunately without his head still in it. Eakin is given a five minute major for charging (somehow not an illegal check to the head) and a game misconduct.

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It’s Not You, It’s Me.

Boneheads, we need to talk. And I’m not going to give you the “it’s not you, it’s me” routine. I invented “it’s not you, it’s me.”

When I started this blog, I thought to myself that writing a Go Time and Review post every other day would be no sweat. I even thought I would be able to do more writing than that. Instead, I’ve learned how little free time I actually have. I tried yesterday to get in front of a late night at work by writing up my “Go Time” thread early, only for it to be rendered completely inaccurate by McDonagh’s late scratch.  I tried this morning to watch Rangers in 60 to catch the first two periods that I missed last night, but while chasing around two boys intent on smashing anything in sight, including each other, I couldn’t tell you about much that happened outside of the goals.

So my originally intentions have been dashed.  My wife, who was incredibly patient with how much time I was putting into this and my domination of the remote during Rangers’ games, will only put up with so much neglect before she leaves me with much more free time than I would want.

But I recognize that this place is still important, if only to keep us all in one place until Carp potentially does something new involving the Rangers.   So I’m asking for some of you to get more involved on a more permanent basis. Weekends are particularly difficult for me, so anyone who doesn’t have trouble on the weekends would be a TREMENDOUS help.  If I lessen the load on some set days, it would make it a lot easier for me to take more on during the others.  Either e-mail me (rangersreport2@gmail.com or my personal e-mail, if you’ve got it), tweet me (@rangersreport2) or just leave a note in the comments. I still want to involve as many volunteers and guest blogs as possible, but to have another steady presence would really help.

Nobody tells me it’s not them, it’s me. If it’s anybody, it’s me!

Rangers vs. Blackhawks… It’s Go Time!

Game 30

Rangers vs. Blackhawks – 7:00 PM MSG

The Rangers play the second half of a delayed home and home (both teams had a game in between) with the Blackhawks. Normally I save the big news for after the lineup but there’s no ignoring the $8.5 million elephant in the room: Antti Raanta starts his fourth consecutive game, the first time that Lundqvist has sat four straight as a healthy scratch in his entire career.  What’s being underreported is the vastly improved defensive play of the Rangers as a team, greatly reducing the number of shots against.  That’s not to say Raanta has been anything other than spectacular, just a separate good sign for the way the team is trending.

I’ll be watching this one on a delay, possibly even tomorrow morning. Clearly, this is a HAV.


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