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With Other Options, Why Is Prucha Always Pulled?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Petr Prucha doesn’t need to look up at Tom Renney’s greaseboard to read the writing on the Rangers wall.

“When the team needs a spark by changing players, there are not too many who can come out, and so it’s me,” Prucha told The Post following yesterday’s morning skate. “I’m disappointed.”

Prucha, a healthy scratch for 27 of the first 38 games, was in street clothes for last night’s match at the Garden against the Ducks after a run of nine straight played. The winger scored goals in each of his first two after being restored to active duty before recording three assists in the following seven matches.

“I feel like I need to [score] points to stay in,” Prucha said. “The coach probably doesn’t have much confidence in me to keep me in the lineup.”

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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Did You Know The Staal Brothers Will Play Against Each Other?

from Empty Netters,

Also, with NBC doing the game, prepare yourself four quite a few “Staals are brothers” references. Even more than an FSN Pittsburgh broadcast. Network television is generally geared towards the most broad, generic mentally dull audience available. So instead of actually explaining the Penguins’ power play, they’ll just bring up the Staals 902 times.

more on today’s Rangers/Penguins game…

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How About Rangers - Islanders For Next Winter Classic?

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Now that it has a hit on its hands, the NHL should whenever possible use the Winter Classic as a vehicle to help needy markets and franchises.

Which is why next season’s Winter Classic should be played in New York between the Islanders New York Islanders and Rangers New York Rangers , whether at this new rich mans’ palace masquerading as Yankee Stadium or at the Mets New York Mets ’ new ballpark with the stigmatized name, or in Central Park….

We know. The national TV ratings would take a beating. So what? It’s a singular affair. The NHL claims that TV ratings are secondary, anyway, when they lag, so what is the purpose of constructing a one-day exhibition simply to inflate numbers on a fleeting basis?

A Jan. 1, 2010 outdoors Battle of New York would energize and elevate the Islanders. It would give this woebegone club a spotlight event. It would put hockey on the back page in New York, and not only for a day, but for a number of days.

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Staal Becoming Rangers Top Defenseman

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.

“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”

Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”

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Rangers Win Despite Refs

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Blackhawks’ 2008-09 slogan is, “One Goal.”

Perhaps that should be amended to include, “Plus Two Referees.”

Look, the Rangers New York Rangers have brought a lot of adversity on themselves this season, but the mindless, bush-league exhibition here last night by officials Mike Hasenfratz and Dean Morton was impossible to assimilate. The referees somehow saw their way to awarding Chicago five distinct five-on-three power play advantages amounting to 5:15 of time.

“I haven’t seen anything like this in my 15 years in the league,” Markus Naslund said after the Rangers somehow surmounted it all to register a 3-2 victory…

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added 10:15am, Tom Renney wasn’t too happy either, watch below…

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Rangers Just Win

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

For a month I have been pleading patience to those who have been so quick to rip the likes of Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin, yet both are now showing their worth. It was Redden who set up the game-winner after Drury won the face-off deep in the home team’s zone. The defenseman looked up, noticed the captain on his radar and delivered a drive two feet off the ice that was deflected behind Nik Khabibulin for the winner.

Perhaps it’s too soon to start thinking about the Rangers possibly catching Boston for the Conference lead, but I’ll tell you this: I was not overly impressed after seeing Boston on the Island on Thursday night.

We’ve got almost half-a-season left and lots can happen. One of those things could be a Bruins slump and a Rangers streak.

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Talking Pens-Rangers With Mike Milbury

I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milbury this morning to discuss the NHL on NBC game this Sunday at 12:30pm ET.

We talked about the upcoming game and a few other hockey topics.  Also note, I got my Pierre’s messed up, referring to McGuire as LeBrun in the interview.  Hey, it is Friday morning and -16 right now.  That is my excuse!


If you wish, you can download the interview in mp3 format here.

 

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Rangers Need A Power Player

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Before last night’s slate of games, the Rangers were 27th in power-play efficiency - and last in the East - at 14.3 percent. They and the Blue Jackets are the only two teams in the NHL not to have a 10-point power-play scorer. Michal Rozsival, who leads the Blueshirts with nine power play points (3-6), was tied with many players for 120th in the league.

Scott Gomez, who leads the team with 3:54 of power-play ice per game, has not scored a power play goal. He scored nine for the Devils in 2005-06, his 33-goal season. Wade Redden, who leads Rangers’ point men with 3:44 of ice per game, has one goal and four assists with the man advantage.

The power play operation has been dysfunctional from the start. It lacks the booming shot. It lacks decisive puck movement. It lacks strength in front and at the half-wall. It lacks the ability to pound pucks on net. In short, it lacks a weapon.

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Rangers Talking Extension With Zherdev

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers and the agent for Nikolai Zherdev are in the preliminary stages of negotiations aimed at extending the talented 24-year-old winger’s contract and thus preventing him from reaching the Group II free-agent market, The Post has learned.

“This is where I want to be,” Zherdev told The Post yesterday. “I don’t want to play in Russia next year. I want to stay here and play in the NHL, in New York, with the Rangers.

“I’m very happy here. I like the team. I like the guys. I like living here. Everything is good.”

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