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I actually look like this.

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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The Rangers had a team meeting yesterday followed by an optional skate, but only Jaromir Jagr and Marek Malik took the ice.

Evgeni Malkin’s dirty plays (he slew-footed Mara twice!) towards the end of the game seem to be a non-issue for the Rangers and for the league. NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell told John Dellapina of the Daily News that the league does not plan to investigate further and Malkin is not at risk for suspension. I call shenanigans. This is a dirty play [fast forward to 1:35].

For their part, the Rangers contacted the league regarding a different play Malkin was involved with: the breakaway that led to the penaty shot. While Dan Girardi did push Malkin from behind, and while most parties agree it should be a penalty, the Rangers would like some clarification on the rule because it was not a penalty as per the NHL rulebook.

Avery update: His doctors reported they were able to stop the internal bleeding on Thursday, but Avery remained in intensive care as of yesterday.

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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?
    • Which way is he facing?
  • 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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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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Gomez a perfect fit with the Rangers

Tonight at 7:30 PM EDT, the Rangers will kick off back-to-back games against the two teams from Florida. First, the Rangers will face off against the Panthers. The Panthers enter tonights game on a 5 game win streak and are 5-1-1 since losing 5-0 to the Rangers on February 24.

Since their last game against the Panthers, the Rangers are 5-0-1, winning three times and losing once in the shootout. Currently, the Rangers are sporting a 13-game “unbeaten-in-regulation” streak dating back to the 2-0 win over the Flyers on February 9. Will the Rangers extend that streak? I say yes.

The Rangers will roll the same lineup that they’ve been using except Marek Malik is still out from the hit he took during the 1-0 shootout win against the Bruins on March 9. Jason Strudwick will step in. Henrik Lundqvist will be in net.

Last Rangers-Panthers game:
The Rangers won 5-0 with goals scored by Scott Gomez, Marek Malik, Jaromir Jagr, Nigel Dawes, and Martin Straka. Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves for his eighth shutout of the season. He has gotten his ninth since then.

If you would like to hear Dennis Potvin then watch the highlights from the game:

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Notes:
  • Scott Gomez has gone (3-11-14) over the last 13 games.
  • Henrik Lundqvist is sporting an 8-0-2 record with a 1.97 GAA, .924 SV% and 2 shutouts in his last 11 starts.

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With tonight’s win, the Rangers extended their “unbeaten-in-regulation” streak to 11 games! (thanks Sam Rosen for coming up with a nice way to put that), and the Rangers have positioned themselves to make a run at a high playoff seed. Check out the standings here. With the exception of about 10 minutes in the 2nd period, the Rangers looked like far and away the better team.

After watching Lundqvist struggle for a few games, I mentioned he would probably get back to basics in practice, and he was truly fundamentally sound throughout tonight’s game. In terms of positioning, he was pretty much perfect, highlighted for me by his beautiful save staying tall in the net at the beginning of the 2nd period 5-on-3. It wasn’t a flashy save, and you won’t see it on any of the highlight shows, but that was one of those harder-than-it-looks great saves.  You can’t blame Lundqvist for the Islander’s lone goal, which was a double-deflection off Malik’s leg and then Rozsival’s skate. Nothing you can do about that.

In the last 5 games including tonight, Marek Malik has 1 G, 4 A, and a +5 rating. Those are some pretty swanky stats.

The Rangers and Islanders will have another home-and-home series on April 3 and April 4.

**Note: the following has nothing to do with hockey**

A sarcastic congratulations to the Islanders fans, who have sunk to a new low, taking a page out of the University of Maryland fans’ playbook, punctuating the ubiquitous Gary Glitter “Hey!” cheer with a clever and classy “You Suck!” Of course, by clever and classy, I really mean mindless and contemptible. Hey Islanders fans, do you really want to be copying the Twerps? I mean, they are known around the ACC as the least classy and least clever fans. Why don’t the Islanders fans just start throwing beer bottles at player’s mothers? (Like some Maryland fan did to Carlos Boozer’s mother in 2001. Although, to be fair, if my team blew a 10-point lead in the last minute of a game against our biggest rival, I would be pretty ticked off myself. Check out the youtube clip: Miracle Minute). I warned you that I had basketball on the brain.

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