by Patrick Hoffman on 02/09/11 at 06:41 PM ET
From good friend of the blog Rob Simpson at MSGnetwork.com:
2) The Rangers-Red Wings matchup Monday night got me thinking: Which greats played for both teams? Of the names hanging in the rafters at “the Joe,” only Terry Sawchuk also donned a Blueshirt. He played eight games for New York in the last season of his career. Meanwhile, three Rangers legends also wore the winged wheel: Andy Bathgate, Ed Giacomin and Adam Graves. Bathgate played 60 games for Detroit in 1966-’67, Giacomin was of course waived by New York, picked up by Detroit and came back to beat his former team a couple of nights later in an unforgettable game on Nov. 2, 1975; and Graves was drafted in the second round by the Wings in 1986 and played a total of 78 games for them. Giacomin played a total of 71 games for Detroit. Bathgate and Sawchuk, coincidentally, are both from Winnipeg, Manitoba—known this time of year as Winterpeg, Manitssnowin.
3) This Tuesday through Thursday, the Rangers have a little three-day break to work out the kinks, work out the lines, further mend bumps and bruises, and all get on the same page. That will help, particularly in three key areas: power play, faceoffs, hitting the net. If that doesn’t work, they’ve got another three-day break next Monday through Wednesday.
4) Rangers fans, you may want to join Blueshirts United, the NYR fan group, and do so in a hurry. Tomorrow, Feb. 9, Rangers Brian Boyle, Brandon Prust, Derek Stepan, Matt Gilroy and Michael Del Zotto will trade in their skates for bowling shoes and they host a special event at the brand-new Bowlmor Lanes Times Square for members of the Blueshirts United fan community. The event will be emceed by MSG Network’s Sam Rosen and Joe Michiletti, and will feature special appearances by Rangers alumni. For additional information, visit http://www.blueshirtsunited.com.
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