Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rangers vs. Canadiens (Game 59) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (38-19-1) host the Montreal Canadiens (31-20-8) tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Lineup News


Memory Lane


Rangers on their way to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final...

Monday, February 20, 2017

Rangers 2, Capitals 1

The New York Rangers (38-19-1) defeated the Washington Capitals (39-12-7) by the score of 2-1. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - The weather in New York yesterday (65 degrees in February!)
2nd Star - The photographer who caught this pic:


3rd Star - Whichever GM eventually pushes the hardest to get the offsides replay out of the NHL.

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation


In honor of the Rangers announcing that they will finally be retiring Jean Ratelle's #19 next year, I give you the Quebec.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rangers vs. Capitals (Game 58) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (37-19-1) host the Washington Capitals (39-11-7) today at 12:30 p.m.

Lineup News


Friday, February 17, 2017

Islanders 4, Rangers 2

The New York Rangers (37-19-1) lost to the New York Islanders (26-20-10) by the score of 4-2. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Thomas Greiss (The Isles goalie somehow avoided a concussion despite his own team continuing to hit Rangers players into him)
2nd Star - Barclays Center (It was actually full for an Islanders game!)
3rd Star -  Kevin Klein (Not a single turnover tonight)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



Let's join all the Brooklyn Hipsters celebrating their big win over the rival Rangers with a Pabst Blue Ribbon Tall Boy.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rangers @ Islanders (Game 57) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (37-18-1) visit the New York Islanders (25-20-10) tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Line-up News


Memory Lane


I can't watch this enough. Sadly, we're likely never to see this level of hijinks during a Rangers/Islanders game again.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Defending the Rangers Defense

During the first 44 games of the season, the Rangers defense played as expected. And that's not a good thing.

They were porous, chaotic and the sole reason for the Rangers uneven play.

If you looked the Rangers defense up in the dictionary, this is what you would have seen...


The numbers backed up the eye test as on January 15th the Rangers were allowing a cringeworthy 9.17 5-on-5 scoring chances per 60 minutes which was 25th in the league. This led to a 2.51 5-on-5 goals against per 60 minutes which was 22nd in the NHL. In other words, they weren't good.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rangers 3, Blue Jackets 2

The New York Rangers (37-18-1) defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets (35-15-5) by the score of 3-2. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Benoit Allaire (After a month of inactivity, Raanta was on his game & I have a feeling Allaire was a big reason.)
2nd Star - Chicago Blackhawks (For not being able to sign Kevin Hayes to a rookie contract)
3rd Star - Nashville Predators (For not being able to sign Jimmy Vesey to a rookie contract)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



With Boston boy Jimmy Vesey scoring the ridiculous game winner, I've got to go with my personal favorite, Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rangers @ Blue Jackets (Game 56) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (36-18-1) visit the Columbus Blue Jackets (35-14-5) tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Line-up News



Memory Lane


Rick Nash's defining moment as a Ranger...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Rangers 4, Avalanche 2

The New York Rangers (36-18-1) defeated the Colorado Avalanche (15-35-2) by the score of 4-2. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Lundqvist's parents (For having sex at precisely the right time)
2nd Star - Rangers European scout Crister Rockstrom (For discovering Lundqvist and pushing for him during the 2000 draft)
3rd Star - Kevin Weekes (For getting injured and opening the door for a rookie named Henrik during the 2005-06 season)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



In honor of Lundqvist becoming the 12th goaltender in NHL history to achieve 400 victories as well as the quickest to reach that milestone, I give you The King's Cup.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Rangers vs. Avalanche (Game 55) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (35-18-1) host the Colorado Avalanche (15-34-2) tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Line-up News

Memory Lane


Marian Gaborik's first hat trick at a Ranger.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rangers 4, Predators 3

The New York Rangers (35-18-1) defeated the Nashville Predators (26-20-8) by the score of 4-3. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Home ice advantage (The allure of MSG is back, baby!)
2nd Star - Sean Avery (For not pulling a Charles Oakley at MSG tonight)
3rd Star - Glen Sather (For keeping Dolan from doing to the Rangers what he's done to the Knicks)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



For all the Northeast Rangers fans who had to dig out of the blizzard today, I give you a Damn the Weather

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rangers vs. Predators (Game 54) - Open Thread

The New York Rangers (34-18-1) host the Nashville Predators (26-19-8) tonight at 7:00 p.m.

Lineup Changes


Memory Lane


Erik Christensen scores the only goal in the shootout as the Rangers defeat the Predators 2-1 on November 11, 2010. FYI, there is a Frolov sighting in the video.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rangers 4, Ducks 1

The New York Rangers (34-18-1) defeated the Anaheim Ducks (28-17-10) by the score of 4-1. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Lundqvist's glove & blocker
2nd Star - Lundqvist's pads
3rd Star - Lundqvist's goal stick

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



With the Rangers sacrificing themselves for the greater good all night to the tune of 23 blocked shots, I've got to go with the Kamikaze. BTW, was Torts behind the bench tonight?

Monday, February 6, 2017

Rangers 4, Flames 3

The New York Rangers (33-18-1) defeated the Calgary Flames (27-25-3) by the score of 4-3. For a box score, click here.

3 Stars


1st Star - Tums
2nd Star - Aspirin
3rd Star - Bacon, egg and cheese on a roll with ketchup

(My three essentials to survive a rough morning after the Super Bowl)

Post Game Cocktail Recommendation



There's really only one drink you can have after beating the Calgary Flames, a Flaming Dr. Pepper of course.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rangers Should Take a Chance on Iginla

Last week, I made my argument for the Rangers to acquire a grinding presence up front at the trade deadline.

A couple of players who fit the criteria include Troy Brouwer, Martin Hanzal, Antoine Roussel and finally, my personal favorite, Jarome Iginla, who's apparently asking out of Colorado...

“I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere,” Iginla said in an interview with Puck Daddy. “I would like to be in the playoffs. I would hope that there is some opportunity to go and play in the playoffs. Those are the best games, the most fun for sure, and you have a chance to win. So no, I haven’t given up on that chance to win.”

Yes, I know he's pushing 40 (39 years old to be exact) and has scored a grand total of SIX goals this season, but hear me out.