Posted in 5-hole.com Pick 'em, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Alexander Ovechkin, atlanta thrashers, bolts, boston bruins, buffalo sabres, Calgary Flames, caps, chicago blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, detroit red wings, florida panthers, martin brodeur, martin st. louis, milan lucic, montreal canadiens, MSG, new jersey devils, new york islanders, new york rangers, no habs no, Ottawa Senators, petr prucha, pittsburgh penguins, prudential center, Sean Avery, sens, sloppy seconds, tampa bay lightning, the rock, toronto maple leafs, washington capitals on Friday, December 12, 2008 |
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Yes, we made picks yesterday and no, we didn’t post them. We’re sorry. But just to show our dedication to this, I am revealing to everyone that Marc and I both picked the Habs as our gimmies last night. The Habs lost. To the Lightning. That’s right, the Lightning.
Last night, I went 5-3 and dropped my first gimmie of the season by picking the Habs over the Bolts. Marc also went 4-4 and also dropped his gimmie by picking the Habs. Rory went 3-5 last night but did not pick the Habs as her gimmie. She went with the Sharks who won.
Oh well. Let’s get to some news:
Petr Prucha’s days in a Rangers uniform may be numbered. Andrew Gross over at Ranger Rants has this:
Renney was asked whether Prucha’s latest three-game stint was enough of a sample for him.
“Yup,” Renney said. “If it wasn’t, he would still be in. He gave me everything he could. It depends also on what you need. Nigel is in primarily because of his ability to score and help create offense. Also, he’s a playmaker. He helps, I think, supplement what we might need offensive by his ability to make plays. It’s where we are and what we need to generate. It’s capitalizing on guys that have been out of the lineup that want badly to get back in and do the right thing as they do that.”
So there you have it. Nigel Dawes: playmaker. Did anyone actually notice Dawes in that game on Wednesday night? I mean besides the time in the third when he blew his golden opportunity.
The Islanders got absolutely destroyed last night by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Enjoy:
Picks coming as soon as I clear all these hats out of the way… (more…)
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Posted in Game Previews, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Game Preview, henrik lundqvist, kevin weekes, martin brodeur, new jersey devils, new york rangers, scott gomez on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 |
As I mentioned in my very first post, I hate the New Jersey Devils. And I hate Martin Brodeur. Now, don’t start thinking that I’m dancing with joy that he’s hurt – I’m not. One of the first rules of fandom is Thou Shalt Not Gloat for Karma Beist a Bitch. So I wish him a speedy recovery, and that’s that.
Ok, that being said – we play the Swamp Rats tonight at 7. The game can be seen locally on MSG 2, and I, being the oh-so-lucky lady that I am, will be watching on the Center Ice package. So that means that all of y’all get to suffer with me and watch the crappy Devils feed. Whee!
So far this season, the Rangers are 11-5-2, and the Devils are 7-5-2. We’ve played 18 games whereas they’ve played 14. But, the Rangers have lost 2 of their last 3, and Devils have only won 1 game since Fatass McGhee has been stuck at home watching highlight reels of himself and crying into a pillow.
Since the Rangers are going up against a backup goalie who rarely sees action, the logical thing to assume is that they will make him look superhuman. Tonight won’t be easy, and the trick is going to be for the Rangers not to go into it thinking that it’s going to be easy to walk away with 2 points tonight. I think they can do it, so here’s hoping I’m right. One thing that the Rangers really need to count on, as they do every night, is that Henke is going to keep playing the way he has so far this season. And against the Devils, he never disappoints.
Speaking of Rangers/Devils goaltending – here’s a fun snippet from Sam Weinman, Rangers beat writer and journalistic love of my life:
Kevin Weekes is taking full credit for carrying the Rangers to the playoffs. OK, not really, but here’s how he summarized his career in New York:
“You know what? I’m past that now,” he said. “When I was there we made the playoffs both years and that was a great experience just that in itself.”
Yes, it was all thanks to Weekes that the Rangers made the playoffs the first two years out of the lockout. That rookie foreigner who took his job can’t stop a beach ball. And they totally didn’t get swept in the last playoff series Weekes actually played in. Not at all.
LET’S GO RANGERS!!
UPDATE: According to Sam Weinman, Scott Gomez’s leg is more than just a little bothersome pain – he will not play tonight against the Devils, and is now listed as Day-to-Day. Crap on a cracker.
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At practice on Wednesday, Martin Brodeur unveiled a new mask design. It displays “MB30″ which is just advertisement for his new website, www.martinbrodeur30.com. I guess www.martinbrodeur.com was already taken?
I guess this guy isn’t superstitious at all. I mean. Can anyone actually remember a goalie with as much “success” as he has had change his mask design without changing teams?
I predict Brodeur to have a terrible season and the Devils will miss the playoffs because of it.
The hockey Gods are pissed off, Marty.
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged brendan shanahan, Devils, Dmitri Kalinin, henrik lundqvist, jaromir jagr, joel lundqvist, marcus naslund, Marek Malik, martin brodeur, New Jersey, new york, rangers, Sean Avery, Wade Redden on Sunday, October 5, 2008 |
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I actually look like this.
Is this introduction and season preview horribly late? Yes. Is this probably not going to be published until after the season technically begins? Yes. But do you care all that much? Probably not. If you’re that pissed, blame Eric.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rory, and I’m an angry, sarcastic, die-hard, 3rd-generation Ranger fan born in New York and raised in New Jersey. In addition to the Rangers, I love coffee, stiletto heels, and curly fries. Most likely due to my Ranger-fan-in-Jersey upbringing, the New Jersey Devils are the bane of my existence, and it is my personal belief that one of the most important things Lundqvist can do in his career will be to pummel Marty Brodeur in a team brawl until he oozes donut jelly from his man boobs chiseled athletic form.
That being said, I do hope y’all will find what I write, at the very least, amusing, as I do love ranting and raving about my beloved Rangers to anyone who can hear me, whether they want to listen or not. And this is a Rangers blog, so if you’re here and don’t want to hear(read) it, then, um, yeah that’s your business.
So anywhoozle, you’ve all read all summer about every reason why or why not we should or shouldn’t have let Jagr, Avery, and Shanahan go; and the same goes for signing Naslund, Redden, Zherdev, and blah blah blah. So I’m not going to bore the piss out of you by rehashing what you already know. But, since you are taking the time to read this, I’ll at least sum up my overall feelings. In bullet points! Yay!
- I loved Jags. I don’t care about the prima-donna reputation or him sitting out in shootouts. I loved that man for everything he did for this team: bringing us back from being a league-wide joke. Not to mention his willingness to be open and honest about how the team was doing, good or bad, his humor, and, yes, that massive ass. So Naslund is going to have to work extra hard to win me over, which is his ultimate goal, of course.
- Last year’s power play was basically a piece of butt crack lint with some spray glitter on it, so if Redden ends up blowing (Ed. Note: Not shooting the puck), oh well. How much worse could things get?
- Love him or hate him, Sean Avery was, at the very least, entertaining. I’ll miss his borderline unsportsmanlike ass.
- We signed a lot of key guys and spent a lot of money on the premise of them “benefiting from a change of scenery”. Not exactly a good plan, if you ask me.
- In dumping both Marek Malik and Christian Backman, us fans have no immediate option for booing at MSG. I nominate Dimitri Kalinin, he seems to be shaping up pretty well for it.
- The Rangers owe Brendan Shanahan an official ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Just letting it drift away and not saying anything is like breaking up with someone by just not calling them anymore and resetting your Facebook status to ‘Single’. Uncool, and super un-classy.
- Lundqvist’s preseason had been somewhat worrisome, as is the situation with his knees slowly deteriorating. But the last couple of games he’s gotten his form back, and looks Kingly for the start of the season, so I’m willing to push that worried feeling to the backburner for now. He’s poised to make NHL history this season, potentially the first NHL goalie to post 30 wins in his first 4 seasons. Pretty awesome.
- Speaking of Lundqvist, on an un-Ranger-related note, Eric made fun of me for drafting him to my fantasy team (go Bea Arthurs on Ice!), but I think this is Joel’s year to bust out and have an awesome year. You can quote me on that. But only if it comes true. (Ed. Note: Great Success will have great success this season.)
Alright, I’ve rambled enough. If you’ve made it this far, I applaud you. I’m very excited to be here at 5-Hole, and I hope y’all are just as excited as I am for this upcoming season.
LET’S GO RANGERS!
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Posted in Game Previews, New York Rangers, tagged advantage, brendan shanahan, Brodeur, Celtics, christian backman, Doc Rivers, Fleury, Game 3, Game Preview, Hawks, home, home court, home ice, Madison Square Garden, Marc-Andre, martin brodeur, Michel Therrien, MSG, New York Rangers, Penguins, petr prucha, Playoffs, quote, round 2, ryan hollweg, scott gomez, Sean Avery, Stanley Cup, tom renney on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 |
This is an obvious statement, but the Rangers have to win this game tonight. If they get the series back to 2-1, they are still alive. 3-0 is a different story.
You won’t see me quote a basketball coach too often in a hockey blog, but Doc Rivers had a great quote last night after the Celtics lost game 4. He said, “I could hear them in the locker room, saying ‘hey, guys we’re going back home, it’s going to be okay.’ I told them, ‘You have to go make it okay.’ We have to go make it okay.”
Since falling into the 0-2 hole, the Rangers have all been saying that they were still in this series because they were heading home to MSG. I just hope they remember that nothing magical happens when you take your home ice that suddenly makes you play better. The team is going to have to earn these wins. Playing at MSG with 18,000 fans at your back is going to help, but nothing is automatic.
A few game notes:
Remember that lineup shuffle from yesterday? Scratch that. Petr Prucha will be scratched in favor of Ryan Hollweg, which presumably means that Shanahan will skate in his usual spot with Gomez and Avery. Strudwick will also be scratched, which means the fans at MSG will see plenty of Christian Backman tonight. Renney said that Paul Mara will probably see some time on the power play unit, so we got that right.
Despite Therrien’s comments yesterday that suggest otherwise, the Rangers feel they have done very little this series to make it hard for Marc-Andre Fleury to see the puck. Renney’s reaction to hearing Therrien’s comments: “Really?” The Rangers beat up on Martin Brodeur in round 1 by putting bodies in front for screens and deflections. Look for a return to that form tonight at MSG.
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Posted in Game Recaps, New York Rangers, tagged Bryce Salvador, Devils, Flop, Flopper, Flops, Game 4, martin brodeur, New York Rangers, officiating, Playoffs, Refs, Sean Avery, Stanley Cup on Thursday, April 17, 2008 |
Someone asked me why I didn’t comment on the officiating of yesterday’s game. Well, the answer is that, in general, I don’t like to complain about the refs. They usually do a decent job and it’s a cop-out to blame them for the outcome of a game.
And while I wasn’t thrilled with the way the game was called yesterday, I don’t think it was as horrible as some people have been saying. Calls were going both ways. The only call, or non-call I should say, that really bothered me was when Bryce Salvador was holding Avery down to the ice as the play went the other way. Salvador had pretty much put his knee into Avery’s back and pinned him to the ice. The ref was right there but didn’t call the penalty. And if you think that non-call is not related in any way to Avery’s antics in game 3, you’re crazy.
Plus, any ref who calls a diving penalty on Brodeur is OK with me. Now, if you could just explain to me how they called a goalie interference penalty on the same play, we’ll be all set. There. I complained about the reffing. Happy?
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Posted in Game Previews, New York Rangers, NHL, tagged bull riding, Colton Orr, Devils, drexel, jaromir jagr, jason strudwick, Madison Square Garden, Marek Malik, martin brodeur, MSG, New Jersey, new york, New York Rangers, pbr, petr prucha, Philadelphia, ryan hollweg, Sean Avery, versus, vs on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 |
Going into game 4 of the series the visiting team has won each game. In fact, visiting teams are 13-14 so far in the playoffs. Jaromir Jagr, while laughing, had this to say.
It’s been huge so far. I knew it was going to be like that. That’s why we lost the last game (of the season). Everybody thought we lost but it was pretty smart. Sometimes when you lose, you actually win.
Hopefully the Rangers can break the streak in their series tonight when they play Game 4 against the Devils at Madison Square Garden.
Tom Renney is gonna be going with the same lineup as Game 3. That means that Petr Prucha (poor Petr ), Jason Strudwick, Marek Malik and Colton Orr will be the scratches. I guess it makes sense to keep Petr out of the lineup since the series has been very rough and he’s a pretty small guy. I have a feeling that Orr might take Hollweg’s place once he’s skated some more.
Something to look for in tonight’s game:
- Does Sean Avery set up shop in front of Martin Brodeur?
- Does he continue his goal streak?
- Sean Avery has scored a goal in all 3 games so far.
- Will anyone drop the gloves?
- There’s been so much tension between the two teams yet there hasn’t been a fight yet.
- Will VS be blacked out again in the Philadelphia area?
- They showed PBR (bull riding) here at Drexel (which is in Philadelphia) on Sunday Night
- Oh yeah, the Game is on VS. Kill me now!
Note: in the NY area, the game is on MSG. -Marc
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Avery, Brodeur, Devils, Drury, Dubinsky, jagr, lundqvist, martin brodeur, New York Rangers, NHL, rule, Sean Avery, Valiquette, youtube on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 |
Just a few snippets of Rangers reactions today at the morning skate.
- Chris Drury, who had skated over to Avery while he was face-guarding Brodeur, explained that what he said to Avery during the incident (see youtube clip at 2:15) was that he was trying to get Avery to keep his stick down. “I didn’t want to lose the 5 on 3, you don’t want it all of a sudden, to be 4 on 3. He was just trying to distract him.” He also added, “It’s hockey. Not moral or philosophical. It wasn’t a rule. Now it’s a rule.”
- Henrik Lundqvist discussed how effective that tactic would be to prevent the goalie from seeing the puck, and said it was “smart”. Backup Stephen Valiquette, on the other hand, did not approve.
- Jaromir Jagr, in his usual humor, seemed to be amused by Avery’s antics, and said they were cool. He did, however, express his wish that Avery would have saved the tactic for later in the playoffs.
- Brandon Dubinsky didn’t speak much about the actual incident, but reiterated to the reporters present that Avery will be key to how far the Rangers go in the playoffs. “He’s one of those guys who you can count on every night. He brings that energy, intensity, and effort that you need to win on a daily basis.”
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged Avery, Brodeur, conduct, martin brodeur, new york, New York Rangers, NHL, officiating, rule, Sean Avery, unsportsmanlike on Monday, April 14, 2008 |
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What does Sean Avery have in common with Rob Ray, Trent Tucker, and Roy Williams?
In a reaction to Avery’s actions in a game, which were completely within the rules at the time, the NHL has changed its rules! As reported at ESPN.com, the NHL has issued a directive that changes the interpretation of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, effective immediately, to include the following situation:
“When an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender’s face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play.”
Allow me to put on my goalie pads for a second and say that if I was in net, I would have punched Avery directly in the face. This rule is probably an attempt by the NHL to prevent actions that they don’t approve of from becoming widespread.
Now, let me put on my lawyer pants for a second. The key phrase in that directive is “for the purpose of improperly interfering with.” That simple phrase says 2 important things. 1) The refs now have to discern a purpose from the player’s actions before they can call a penalty, and 2) the NHL thought Avery’s actions were “improper”.
In general, I am opposed to additional rule-making. Is it the job of the league office to arbitrarily decide what is the proper way to play hockey? As the rule says, if a player is face-guarding the goalie, he is not in position to make a play. Therefore, players have a choice. On the one hand, they can face-guard and distract the goalie (and perhaps this distraction is more effective than a traditional screen). But in doing so, he takes himself out of the play. Given this choice, is the rule really necessary?
The NHL is essentially saying that they think Avery’s creative play was extremely effective — so effective that it would catch on in the NHL if no rule was enacted — and would alter the product on the ice. I don’t think many players would opt for that kind of positioning, but if a player wants to sacrifice position, it should be his choice.
Hockey is a beautiful sport because of its fluidity. Unlike basketball and football, the referees in hockey play a minimal role in the game play. I think the NHL front office should take a similar stance and let the game develop naturally.
If you didn’t see the play, check out the video on youtube.
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Posted in New York Rangers, NHL, tagged brandon dubinsky, brendan shanahan, chris drury, christian backman, dan girardi, fedor tyutin, fredrik sjostrom, henrik lundqvist, jaromir jagr, marc staal, Marek Malik, martin brodeur, michal rozsival, new jersey devils, new york rangers, nigel dawes, paul mara, ryan callahan, scott gomez on Wednesday, April 9, 2008 |
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It’s finally here.
The moment you’ve all been waiting for.
Here is the definitive Rangers/Devils series preview, brought to you by a joint effort of the creators of this blog. Can Sean Avery and the Rangers expect more of the same against the Devils during the playoffs? The only way to find out is to keep reading.
It’s on the long side, so click the “more” link below to continue reading.
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