I hope everyone’s ready for Graves Night tonight!  And the Rangers are playing the Thrashers, so let’s hope they can pull a win out of their asses for Gravy.  Because if they don’t, good lord will that be embarrassing.

On to the picks! (I’m feeling lazy today, so they won’t be in the regular game by game format)


Eric’s Picks:

Devils over Caps – The Devils are red hot while the Caps are pretty bad on the road.
Lightning – It’s all on you, Karri Ramo!
BJ’s – Yes, yes.  That’s what she said.
Panthers – I’m go out on a limb and say that no Canadian teams will win tonight.
Pens – I mean it!
Kings – I’m serious, guys.
Coyotes – Every time I pick them they lose!  Maybe they read this blog and the pressure of having to live up to my predictions is killing them.  Or not.
RANGERS! over Thrashers – They can’t lose on Adam Graves night!  Does anyone else find it strange that they played the Thrashers last year on Brian Leetch night? *gimmie* (Ed. note: yes, Eric, we do)
Flames – OK.  Maybe one Canadian team will win.
Blackhawks over Oilers – The oil gave up 10 to the Sabres.  How will they fare against the Hawks?
Canes – Yes, the Canes.

Rory’s Picks:

Devils over Caps – I hate them, but Washington sucks on the road. *gimmie*

Lightning over Islanders – I think even Barry Melrose’s mullet could beat the Islanders at this point.

Blue Jackets over Blues – Battle of the Blue!

Leafs over Panthers – I’m picking the exact opposite of Eric’s non-Canadian picks.  Bwahaha!

Penguins over Montreal – Montreal deserves to lose every game from here on out for wearing those disgusting barber-pole sweaters.

Kings over Sens – The Sens are just pitiful.

Predators over Coyotes – Why not?

Rangers over Thrashers – If the Rangers lose, Mess will cry.  Oh, wait…

Stars over Flames – I’m feelin’ the love for the big D lately.

Blackhawks over Oilers – I could care less about this game.  I just picked one.

Hurricanes over Canucks – Take that, Mats.


Hey everyone, I’m doing Pick ‘Em today – hooray!  Marc’s taking a break for a while, so it’s just me and Eric for a while.


St. Louis Blues v. Detroit Red Wings

Rory – Red Wings over Blues: *gimmie* Come on, now.

Eric – Red Rings over Blues: They don’t like losing two in a row.

Calgary Flames v. Colorado Avalanche

Rory – Flames over Avs: I don’t really have a reason for this, I just think they’re gonna win.

Eric – Flames over Avs: *gimmie* Kipper is a beast.

Anaheim Ducks v. Buffalo Sabres

Rory – Ducks over Buffaslugs: Sure.

Eric – Sabres over Ducks: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

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.

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!


5-hole.com Pick ’em – Marc owes me $1


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Game Preview: Rangers v. Pittsburgh Penguins

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%