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If none of y’all read Greg Wyshynski’s hockey blog on Yahoo!Sports, then we simply cannot be friends anymore. Puck Daddy is a staple in my daily blog-check, and in today’s Puck Headlines, he included this little gem which, blame it on me just waking up from a nap if you so wish, left my cheeks hurting from sheer ridiculousness. It may not make you laugh out loud, but instead make you do a I’m-smiling-like-a-retarded-orangutan-and-I-can’t-stop type thing. Or make you seriously question my sanity.

Martin Chabada is a prime example of what will become of you if you get drafted by the Islanders. He currently plays in the Swedish Eliteserien, and this is probably the only time he’ll ever be talked about on any hockey blog. Either that, or you get paid obscene amounts of cash to sit on the bench for 15 years and everyone calls you the name of a popular series of porn movies (first prize to anyone who gets what I’m referring to).

(Ed. Note: What’s first prize?)

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We are Effing Screwed

This would be the point at which we all run to the banks, pull out our money and stuff it in our mattresses.  The end is nigh.

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This morning I woke to the comedy that is the ownership of the New York Islanders.  Oh what fun it must be to be a fan of the Islanders.  You never know what will happen next!

Anyway, it seems that the Rangers shipped Ryan Hollweg to the Maple Leafs in exchange for a bag of used pucks and a 5th round draft pick.  Some might say that Hollweg’s fate was sealed when he got that boarding penalty during game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Penguins.  I just think that he reached the peak of his potential and Slats and Tom realized this.  Plus he had the gift of taking inopportune penalties that cost the Rangers multiple games and all he could come up with was, “I was playing my game.”

Well have fun playing your game in Toronto.

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Starting next season, the NHL will revert back to the system used before the lockout.  Each team will play the other four teams in their division six times (3 home games and 3 road games) and play the other 10 teams in their conference four times (2 home games and 2 road games).  The remaining 18 games will be played against the teams in the other conference.  That ensures that each team will play every other team in the league at least one time during the regular season.

Beginning with the 2005-2006 season, the NHL started using a new schedule structure.  The new system had each team play 2 additional games against the other four teams in their division (four home games, four road games).  They still played four games against the ten teams in the other two divisions in their conference (2 home games and 2 road games).  The remaining 10 games were played against ten teams from the other conference (5 at home against one division, 5 on the road against another division).  Teams did not play the 5 teams in the third division of the other conference.  The interconference matchups rotated every season and after 3 seasons, every team had played every team in the other conference both at home and on the road once.

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Only 2 teams in NHL history have come back to win a best-of-7 series after being down 0-3. It happened in 1942, when the Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings in the finals, and again in 1975, when the New York Islanders came back against the Penguins.

1942 and 1975 are 33 years apart, which just so happens to be the number of years between 1975 and 2008…

Maybe the Rangers have hockey karma on their side?

Sure doesn’t feel like it.

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In a game that could have locked up 5th place as a lowest possible finish, the Rangers came out and went 0 for 8 on the Power Play and also gave up a shorthanded goal while on a 5-on-3 advantage. Seriously.

The Rangers still managed to force a shootout, but quickly fell behind 2-0. The Rangers managed to fight back to even the shootout at 2 goals apiece. (After Sjostrom punched in the 2nd shootout goal, MSG was in a frenzy). But, the Islanders scored a 3rd shootout goal in their 4th attempt and that was that.

I’d run through the playoff scenarios, but Steve Zipay aleady did a pretty good job, so I’m just going to copy and paste what he said here:

Some of the Rangers permutations.
A regulation win against the Devs gives them fourth and home-ice advantage.
A regulation loss could put them in sixth against either Carolina or Washington. A point or an overtime win or a Boston loss to Buffalo gives them fifth and a visit to Newark. A Bruins win and a Rangers loss in regulation would give Boston fifth place because the Bruins own the tie-breaker.

There you have it. I’ll be watching the Final Four tonight but keeping a close eye on the Bruins/Sabres game. If Buffalo wins, the Rangers can’t finish lower than 5th place.

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The Islanders have been something of an achilles heel for the Rangers this season.  2-3-1 against the Islanders but 17-3-1 against the rest of the Atlantic division combined.  Yes, the Rangers have lost as many games to the Islanders in regulation as they have to the Devils, Flyers, and Penguins combined.  So, if you were thinking that a win in the next two games and a playoff clinch for the Blueshirts are a foregone conclusion, you’re wrong.  The Islanders will definitely want to play spoiler and they have matched up well against the Rangers this season.

Brendan Shanahan will probably play in the game tonight.  Blair Betts may play, but according to Sam Weinman, “Shanahan is more likely than Betts.”  Even if Betts does not play tonight, he should be ready to go for tomorrow or Sunday.

Interestingly, the Rangers opted not to hold a morning skate today.  I’m not sure why they would change the routine with just 3 games left in the season, but this was a planned move by Renney and co., and perhaps it is an effort to save some energy heading into the upcoming 3 games in 72 hours.

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