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Time To Beat The Penguins

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

As the old punch-line goes, “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!”

And so it should be for the Rangers at The Garden this evening when the shaky Penguins come to town.

With apologies to the punch line (“Tonight’s The Night”), perhaps the theme should be simply to pick apart the Pens whose confidence appears to be leaking out of every pore.

Granted, the Rangers have not been playing in the manner of Boston nor San Jose, but on Saturday night, they gave the capricious Capitals a good run for their Ovechkin before losing by a mere goal. Considering that Washington virtually never loses at home, the Blueshirts played them hard and well.

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Avery Meets-Up With Old Teammates

from Rangers Report,

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to cut back on senseless Sean Avery rumormongering—what, that wasn’t one of yours?—but I couldn’t help but notice this Page Six item about Avery being spotted recently at a club in New York.

While that part was about as surprising as Tom Renney being seen watching opposing team video, what was noteworthy was that Avery was reported “hanging with former teammates…

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More Slapping Than Fighting

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….

go watch the video…

added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”.  Visit OFB to see the comparison.

 

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Ailing Power Play Hurting Rangers

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

What’s the problem, is the question of the day, week or month. MSG’s Joe Micheletti was asked about it on “Hockey Night Live” after the loss in D.C.

“The power play is powerless,” Joe M explained. “The Rangers had three power play chances and had (virtually) no chances to score.”

Make no mistake, it was a game in the Nation’s Capital in which the Blueshirts often played hard but not hard enough when they enjoyed the man advantage.

And if there was one plus that the locals got out of it, Petr Prucha supplied same with the game’s first goal. The ever-hustling Czech converted a Dubinsky-Zherdev play at 10:04 of the second period, putting the Blueshirts ahead, 1-0.

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Report- Cherepanov Tied To Blood Doping

Blood and urine samples taken from Alexei Cherepanov shows he had engaged in blood doping.

More from the AP via USA TODAY

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Time For Some Action From Renney

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s fine for Tom Renney to call out “very key members of our hockey club who need to better,” as he did without naming names following Saturday’s 4-2 loss at the Garden to the Devils New Jersey Devils , but the head coach’s words won’t mean a thing unless he’s willing to back them up.

Which means benching and/or scratching those athletes who consistently fail to play to their capabilities, regardless of the names on the back of their uniforms, the letters on the front, or the numbers on their paychecks.

And that means Chris Drury Chris Drury , the captain who has had a distinctly disappointing Year II on Broadway. That means Scott Gomez Scott Gomez , the alternate captain who is playing the worst hockey of his life. That means Wade Redden, who for most of the season has appeared so unaccountably detached from the action around him.

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Renney Needs Better Performance From Key Players

from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

“I can tell you right now, I’m not happy with the way the team played, I’m not happy with the performance of some very key people on our hockey club who need to be better,” said Tom Renney. “They need to step up and start taking charge of this hockey club and playing the way they can.”

That was foremost a reference to Chris Drury, who played an awful game - he was on the ice for all four Devils goals and was culpable on three of them - and to Scott Gomez, who was barely noticeable except when he was losing 13 of 15 faceoffs.

“We can do a lot better than this, and we can be a lot smarter as a team, too,” said Markus Naslund, Gomez’s linemate on a trio that accomplished nothing Saturday night. “These last two games here are not acceptable.”

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Rangers Need Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s clear that there’s one team and one team only for which Avery can play; one city and one city only big enough for him to live; one coach and one coach only - the one behind the Rangers bench - for whom Avery can play.

The mechanics of making it happen are hazy. But those are mere details. The Rangers need an infusion of energy. The Rangers need someone who actually will be tough to play against. The Rangers need Avery almost as badly as he needs them, and if anybody doesn’t like it, he should be playing better.

Because this is pretty much it was before Avery became a Ranger . . . the first time.

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Could The Rangers Use Shanahan?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Still, with the Rangers New York Rangers having needs that now include the ability to play with poise under pressure, what would Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist think if Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan somehow suddenly walked through the door into the locker room?

“I don’t want this to be taken as a sign of disrespect to anyone, because I believe in the group we have here now, but I like Brendan a lot, he helped me and our team a lot, and I would definitely welcome him back,” Lundqvist told The Post following yesterday’s up-tempo practice. “But it’s hard to say what the impact would be, because we’re a different team than the one he left.

“I look at that the same way I did when there was the chance that Mats [Sundin] would come here. Mats and Brendan are two players who know what it takes, and I think any team with the cap space would love to have either, but you don’t know how adding players like that in the middle of the season would affect team chemistry.

“I’m not saying we need it, but sometimes change is good. But it doesn’t do any good to talk about players who aren’t on our team,” said The King, who will face the Devils tonight at the Garden.

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Play Prucha

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is unfathomable that Petr Prucha Petr Prucha cannot get a chance to play for this team.

If Tom Renney doesn’t believe that Prucha is a more viable option on either wing for Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Dubinsky than Aaron Voros or Fred Sjostrom, then Glen Sather must either give Prucha away in a trade (if he can) or put him on waivers once the holiday roster freeze lifts at midnight tomorrow.

The Rangers simply cannot afford to plant a $1.6 million player in the press box every night. Deleting Prucha from the roster - if he clears waivers and both parties are amenable, Prucha could play in the Czech league rather than in Hartford, and perhaps for Martin Straka’s club in Pilzen - will open approximately $886,000 of cap space. The team needs it.

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