Archive for January, 2009

The other night, the Edmonton Oilers were wrecked by the Buffalo Sabres in Edmonton losing by the score of 10-2.  The game was so bad that when the Sabres were leading 9-2, the Edmonton fans started chanting, “We want 10!”

They even cheered the goal!  The only time I can recall Rangers fans, or and fans for that matter, cheering for the opposing team was when Eddie Giacomin returned to the Garden as a Red Wing.  The Rangers fans booed the Rangers every time they scored that night and cheered when the Red Wings scored.  Edd-ie! Edd-ie! Edd-ie!

This hour has 22 minutes has a great video on the All Star Game:

Follow this link and then play the video titled, “Geri at the NHL All Star Game.”  (Duh).


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Good Luck Sam

Sam Weinman has decided to leave the Rangers beat to take a senior editor position at http://www.golfdigest.com.  And seriously, who can blame him?  That’s a serious step up from blog writer.

First we lose John Dellapina, and now Sam Weinman?  All we have left is Steve Zipay, a squirrel, and a crotchity old man.

Not to say that Zipay is bad.  I actually enjoy his writing.

From all of us here at 5-hole.com, good luck in your new job, Sam.  You will be missed.

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Birthday Tackle

I am absolutely swamped with work today, so sadly, there will not any Birthday Punches today, because I just don’t have time.  Please try to hold back your tears.

However, today is Dominik Hasek’s 44th birthday, and I couldn’t leave him out just because I’m busy.  So I give you one of my favorite clips of “The Dominator”.  Enjoy!


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But Ryan Callahan isn’t because he has the flu. (more…)

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The Rangers are on the rood in Pittsburgh tonight playing the Penguins in Mellon Arena.  Game time is 7:30pm, and the game can be seen MSG + (NOTE THE CHANNEL CHANGE AND THE CHANGED START TIME!), or if you have the Center Ice Package, Game Channel 3 for the Pittsburgh feed in HD, and Game Channel 4 for the MSG + non-HD feed.


Stevie V stood tall for the Rangers last night, and should have been one of the night's 3 stars.  But that's just my opinion.

Stevie V stood tall for the Rangers last night, and should have been one of the night's 3 stars. But that's just my opinion.



Ok people, my day has been crazy and it’s not over yet, so I have to make this quick.  Basically, the Rangers won their last game, Pittsburgh hasn’t played since before the All Star Break, and that was a loss to Carolina.  The last two times these teams have faced each other, the results were 4-0 Rangers, and 3-0 Penguins.  So we’ll see what tonight brings.

Henrik Lundqvist will be in net for the Rangers, and Sidney Crosby is most likely playing tonight, even though he was rumored to be sitting it out with a busted knee.  Also, Dan Fristche had cleared waivers and is currently in Hartford.





Numbers breakdown:

Penguins record: 23-21-4   –   4-6-0  in their last 10  –  11-11-2 at home

Rangers record: 29-16-4   –  7-3-0  in their last 10  –  13-8-2 on the road

Average goals scored in a game:

Penguins: 2.94

Rangers: 2.49

Average goals allowed in a game:

Penguins: 2.98

Rangers: 2.55

Power Play

Penguins: 16.7%

Rangers: 15.1%

Penalty Kill:

Penguins: 79.5%

Rangers: 87.9%

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Birthday Punches

Colin Fraser – Chicago Blackhawks – 24
Daniel Carcillo – Phoenix Coyotes – 24
Alexei Smirnov – Anaheim Ducks – 27 (doesn’t meet the requirements, but gets in based on name)
Michal Pivonka – Washington Capitals – 43
Normand Rochefort – Quebec Nordiques – 48
Stan Smyl – Vancouver Canucks – 51
Mark Napier – Buffalo Sabres – 52
Colin Campbell – Pittsburgh Penguins – 56
Paul Henderson – Detroit Red Wings – 66
Jack Egers – Washington Capitals – 60
Arnie Brown – New York Islanders – 67

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First off, I would like to point out that I did much better than Marc did on Wednesday January 21, 2008.  Why is it necessary to point out that I went 6-3 while he went 2-7 that night?  Because I had so much work that day that I flipped a coin to pick the winner of each game.  That’s why.

Petr Prucha is a healthy scratch for tonight.  I think I figured out why.  I only have one question… What was Petr doing in Chicago?

On to the picks…


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