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New York Rangers: Quite the Enigma

From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:

Rangers coach John Tortorella dismissed a question about the conference standings last week, insisting that it was too early to keep track. Perhaps he’d better begin.

Through 27 games, the Rangers (13-13-1) have collected 50 percent of the available points: 27. To reach the playoffs, compiling 94 points presumably will be necessary. So, the Rangers (6-12-1 in the last 19) will need 67, or 61 percent, of the remaining 110 points available.

Their performance in the upcoming four-game stretch, over eight days beginning Saturday in Buffalo, could be telling. They face the Sabres (15-7-2) twice, home and away, the Blackhawks in Chicago (16-6-3 and 10-2-1 at home) and the Red Wings (13-9-4) at the Garden.

One reason why the Rangers are sinking is because they are juggling not three or four lines, but two-thirds of a No. 1 line: Marian Gaborik, whose second goal Monday was his NHL-leading 21st, was named the NHL’s third star for November. Sidekick Vinny Prospal has six goals; no other Ranger has more. A dozen teams have at least two players in double-digits.

The collective frost is remarkable: Ales Kotalik (one goal in the last 15 games and minus-12 overall), Chris Higgins (two in 26), Ryan Callahan (four in 27), Chris Drury (none in 12) and Sean Avery (two in 19), provide no punch. Enver Lisin, playing with a hairline fracture in his left foot, is pointless in 12 games. C Brandon Dubinsky, who has missed nine games with a broken hand, should return in a few weeks. Dubinsky, with the potential to be a top six forward, will allow Prospal to move back to left wing.

Click here for more on the Rangers’ perplexing season thus far.

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Cheechoo - A fit on Broadway?

Two days ago, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes asked New York Ranger fans if they would like to obtain San Jose Sharks’ winger Jonathan Cheechoo should he be made available:

The Sharks have Thornton, Marleau, Clowe, Pavelski, Setoguchi, Mihalek and more upfront and a lot of bitterness from the playoff loss to the Ducks. Little while ago, the word from a spy out West is that Jonathan Cheechoo is being made available. Makes sense, we heard the same thing at the trade deadline.

The right wing will be 29 in July. He’s 6-1, 200. Cap hit would be $3 mil in 09-10 and 10-11. Affordable, if you believe that he can turn it around once he’s off the third line.

Cheechoo did score 56 goals and 37 with Thornton before slipping to 23 and just 12 in 66 games last season.

Would you want him? If you do, who would you place him with? Could he help Scott Gomez or Chris Drury turn their games around or would he be another free-agent bust who signed on Broadway? What are your thoughts?

 

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It Means A Lot

As I pointed out in yesterday’s blog, tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens is absolutely critical for the New York Rangers. The Rangers are currently tied with the Florida Panthers (take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 89 points.

A win tonight over the Habs and a loss for the Panthers would help the blueshirts because one, it gives them two points and two, it gives them another victory in case the remaining seed comes down to a tie-breaker. Basically put, the team needs to win tonight to help clinch a playoff spot within the next five days.

For more Rangers news and notes, please check out the following links:

- Rangers Report
- Blue Notes
- Ranger Rants
- SNY Rangers Blog
- Blueshirt Banter

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Not a Surprise

If you are a New York Rangers fan or had been watching the team the past month and a half or so, you knew that the team was going to make a change whether it was with management, acquiring/trading a player or firing the coach.

As it turns out, it was the third option as the team let go of head coach Tom Renney and replaced him with John Tortorella. While many people will feel for Renney and believe that it really wasn’t his fault, this move had to be made and Tortorella will come in, hold players accountable and may be just the guy that the team needs going forward.

For more reaction regarding the move, please check out the following links:

- Rangers Report
- Blue Notes
- Rangers Rant
- Blueshirt Bulletin
- Scotty Hockey

What do you folks think?

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Don’t Give It Away

The New York Rangers have won two of their last four games (had a 2-1 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres and 6-3 spanking at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens) and look to continue their strong defensive play and timely goal scoring when they take on the New York Islanders tonight at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

After head coach Scott Gordon explained to the media that he wants to play his youngsters more, it’s easy to think that the Rangers may skate all over the Isles tonight and come up with two points. However folks, remember that this is the Blueshirts and that they’ve lost games like this to the Isles before.

As such, Rangers’ head coach Tom Renney is keeping the same lineup he used on Saturday night in the team’s 2-0 shutout victory over the Ottawa Senators. This means that Aaron Voros and Dan Fritsche will once again be scratches.

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Ranger Reading

Tonight, the New York Rangers (22-12-3) return from their two-day holiday break to take on the New Jersey Devils (19-11-3) at Madison Square Garden.

Luckily for the Blueshirts, the Devils played last night and got shutout by the Pittsburgh Penguins (19-12-4) so they may a bit tired. The Devils also haven’t scored a goal in regulation in seven period. On the other hand, that’s never stopped the Rangers from losing before so why should these be considered factors now?

The main note for tonight’s game is that defenseman Michal Rozsival is out tonight because of what the team is describing as family reasons. In his place will be Corey Potter.

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A Brand New Day

First off, I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday, especially you New York Ranger fans out there who were looking to shake off Tuesday night’s terrible loss to the Washington Capitals.

Tomorrow night’s game against the New Jersey Devils should be looked at as a fresh start for the Rangers. Again,  they’re coming off a terrible collapse against the Caps’ and have displayed rather inconsistent hockey over the past month or so.

So what better way to shake off the cob webs and play the best hockey they can play than by beating their Hudson River rivals?

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Rangers Reading Before Tonight’s Tilt with the Capitals

As the New York Rangers get set to take on the Washington Capitals tonight at Madison Square Garden, feel free to check out the following team-related blogs to get all the up-to-date news and information regarding your Blueshirts:

- New York Rangers website
- Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report
- Steve Zipay’s Blue Notes
- Dubi Silverstein’s Blueshirt Bulletin (Please consider subscribing to BB +, which provides even more tremendous content on the Blueshirts)
- SNY Rangers Blog
- Scotty Hockey

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Some More Ranger Reading

Before all you folks head to bed tonight, make sure to check out the following New York Ranger blogs regarding the Mats Sundin situation and a look at their trip out West:

- Sam Weinman’s Rangers Report
- Steve Zipay’s Blue Notes
- Dubi Silverstein’s Blueshirt Bulletin
- SNY Rangers Blog

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Some Ranger Reading

Prior to tonight’s tilt with the Calgary Flames, I figured I would give you folks some links to check out regarding tonight’s game from the Rangers point-of-view:

- Sam Weinman’s (The Journal News) Rangers Report

- Steve Zipay’s (Newsday) Blue Notes

- Dubi Silverstein’s Blueshirt Bulletin

- Andrew Gross’s (The Record) Ranger Rants

- SNY’s Rangers Blog

- Scotty Hockey

Enjoy the game folks!

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