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The Rangers are home tonight to face the Washington Capitals.  The puck drops at 7pm and airs locally on MSG, or Game Channel 5 if you have Center Ice.  Or you could just hit yourself in the face with a frying pan.  Same effect.

Mother of God.

Your 2008-2009 New York Rangers.

Your 2008-2009 New York Rangers.

 

I hate this team right now.  So much.  So very, very much.  This is bullshit.  This team has quit on themselves.  I don’t care how much bullshit they spew about having to get their confidence back and we played strong but they got goals and it’s hard to come back and blah blah blah.  No.  To hell with that.  This was a first place team at the beginning of the season, and at that time, they actually looked like it.  This is a team that should still be in first place.  Instead they’re a handful of losses away from not making the playoffs.  Now they look like frozen shit on ice skates.  No, not frozen.  Make that steaming elephant shit rolled in 100 dollar bills.  Yes, 100 dollar bills – just to remind how how much these schmucks are getting paid to not do a goddamn thing they’re supposed to.  And I hope Hank enjoyed the All Star Game, because it’s his last one.  Granted, he can’t do anything about the guys in front of him not putting the puck in the damn net, but still – no more ASG for you, Henrik.

Anyway, sorry – this is the Game Preview post, not the Angry Tirade post.  Basically, the Rangers are facing the Capitals tonight.  More specifically, Alex Ovechkin is at the Garden to further embarrass these dogs we so loyally follow.  I bet all of you all the money in my bank account that Ovechkin, by himself, will outscore the Rangers.  And look awesome doing it.  The only reason I’m even considering watching this game is to watch Ovechkin.   And to hear the “Fire Renney”/”Fire Sather”/”We Want Prucha”/”Bring Back Avery”/”Earn Your Paycheck” chants at the Garden.  I’m seriously hoping for some “Earn Your Paycheck”s.  Hence the name of this game preview. :)

I’m sure Renney the Rodent has come up with some ridiculously stupid and ineffective line combinations for tonight, and I’m not even bothering looking them up.  Fifty bucks says Lundqvist is centering the second line with Voros and my Uncle Steve.  

Prucha’s a healthy scratch, because clearly he is the Anti-Christ and must be punished.

Screw the numbers breakdown.  This team sucks, and Washington doesn’t.  That’s all you need to know.

Way to go, Rangers (UPDATED)

For the first time ever–EVER–I do not want to go to the Rangers game.  After seeing the way they have played recently, I would much rather sit at home and watch on TV.  I’m even hesitant to do that.  I would much rather watch Lost and the Duke-UNC game tonight than sit through what is probably going to be The Ovechkin Show.

I’ll probably end up watching just to see how the crowd is reacting.

Anywho, here’s something more interesting to watch tonight:

Update: Andrew Gross has a very good interview with Tom Renney on Petr Prucha over at Ranger Rants.

Give it a looksie.

Rangerland.net is bringing the funny in this time of need with The New York Rangers Line Generator and this:

renneywatch

I used that Line Generator and these are the lines I got:

FORWARDS

. Left Wing Center Right Wing
Line 1: Dawes Zherdev Drury
Line 2: Callahan Korpikoski Naslund
Line 3: Orr Voros Gomez
Line 4: Betts Dubinsky Sjostrom

***Please note that Prucha is a healthy scratch.***

DEFENSEMEN

. Left Defense Right Defense
Pairing 1: Mara Reitz
Pairing 2: Kalinin Redden
Pairing 3: Staal Rozsival

Nice touch making Prucha the permanent healthy scratch.

Quick question for you all

How did you get here?  If your method is not listed, please elaborate in the comments. Thanks!

Is this it for Renney?

Last night during the game, Marc called me up and said, “If the Rangers lose this game, Tom Renney will be fired.  Especially if they get shut out.”  I tend to disagree.  If Glen Sather were to fire Renney now, or make any changes, he would be admitting that he failed.  He’s not going to do that because his ego is far too fragile.

I ‘m going to put this one to a vote.  I’m not asking if he should be fired but if he will be fired.

Have the Rangers quit on Renney?

You’ve heard all of the complaints:

  • The Rangers can’t score!
  • They have so much talent (allegedly) but their offense is stagnant and their power play is putrid.
  • They are a team of second-fiddles being paid first-fiddle money.

And the retorts?

  • Renney is a defense-first coach.
  • This team will win with solid goaltending and solid defense.
  • Drury and Gomez might not score 25 goals, but they add so much on the defensive end (and gosh, Drury is just soooo clutch!)

Well, the team that gave up 10 goals to Dallas was absolutely abysmal.  At one point, Joe Micheletti even called out the Rangers for too much stick-checking and not enough body-checking.  Welcome to the 2008-2009 season Joe!  I’ve only been saying that all freakin’ year.  If Joe notices it, it has to be reallllly egregious.

And that was the effort the Rangers put forth after stinking out the joint on Graves night?  THAT was the best they could muster after Renney put the team through a “wake UP people!” puck-less practice??

You could see it in the effort.  You could see it in the body language.  This team has quit on Renney.  Let’s hope they haven’t quit on the season.

Game Preview: Rangers v. Devils

The Rangers are on the road to take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at MSG West the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.  The puck drops at 7 pm and can be seen nationally on Versus and TSN.

 

Hey y’all!  I know we’ve been terrible about updating for the last week or so, and we’re very very sorry, please don’t hate us.  Our poor little hearts can’t take it.  We promise to be better, jsut please don’t leave me for that  hot chick with the tongue ring us for another blog!

So the last time we saw our Rangers, they were shitting the bed and rolling around in it in Dallas, losing 10-2 to the Stars.  It was the first time the Rangers have given up 10 goals since April 9th, 1993 against Pittsburgh, and the Stars haven’t scored 10 goals in one game the entire time they have been in Dallas.  Terrific!

This is all Nastia Liukin's fault.  Bitch.

This is all Nastia Liukin's fault. Bitch.

 

To be entirely honest, I have quite possibly the lowest expectations for this team going into this game that I’ve had since before the lockout.  The die-hard fan in me wants to have faith and really believe they can pull it out and grind out a win, but good lord in heaven have they looked terrible the entire month of February.  So I’m not sure, let’s just hope it’s not a complete embarrassment.  We all know how I feel about the Devils.

I think we can say that we must never, ever vote Henrik into the All-Star Game.  Ever.  Clearly the dude needs a vacation at the mid-way point of the season, and this year he didn’t get it and it shows.  Hopefully the couple days off he got with the flu made up for it and he’ll be back in Kingly form tonight.  Hopefully.  Plus I think my t-shirt is cursed.  I ordered it and Hank played like hell in the ASG.  Now every time I sleep in it/wear it to the gym they lose.  And lose horribly.  Balls.  I like that shirt, too.

 Anyway, tonight’s really a toss up.  The Rangers are coming off of 4 straight losses, the Devils are coming off of two straight after being on a hot streak for a long time.  The Rangers could rebound with an awesome game and remind us why we all endure the misery of being a Ranger fan, because it will eventually pay off with glorious victory, or they will once again get embarrassed in spectacular fashion, and we can all storm MSG with torches and pitchforks.  Sound fun?  I think so.

 

In other(ish) news: Tonight is the first time the Rangers will be facing Brendan Shanahan, a former Ranger

Shanny. Shan-Shan. Shan-dog. Shan-diggity-dog.

Shanny. Shan-Shan. Shan-dog. Shan-diggity-dog.

 who Glen Sather let twist in the wind for the entire summer, preseason, and the better part of this season.  I loved Shanny, always did.  I was sad to see him go.  If the Rangers lose tonight, I hope it’s Shanny who scores the game-winner.  Yeah, I said it.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Steve Zipay, tonight’s lines:

Naslund-Gomez-Drury
Callahan-Dubinsky-Zherdev
Dawes-Korpikoski-Sjostrom
Voros-Betts-Orr

Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net after missing the last game against Dallas with the flu.

 

Numbers breakdown:

Devils record: 33-17-3   –   8-2-0  in their last 10  -  15-10-1 at home

Rangers record: 29-19-5   –  5-4-1  in their last 10  -  13-11-2 on the road

Average goals scored in a game:

Devils: 3.04

Rangers: 2.40

Average goals allowed in a game:

Devils: 2.49

Rangers: 2.70

Power Play

Devils: 18.6%

Rangers: 14.9%

Penalty Kill:

Devils: 82%

Rangers: 86.6%

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