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Morning Line

“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night.  More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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Rangers Target Key Penguins

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers sure played with Pittsburgh. There wasn’t a player who turned away from the opportunity to get a piece of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, with Colton Orr, Marc Staal, Blair Betts, Paul Mara and Ryan Callahan most notable. Crosby whined on the ice after Orr caught him legally in the first, then whined in the locker room.

“I don’t know if that’s what [Orr] needed to do to prove his toughness - to come after me,” Crosby said expressing a thought so preposterous that he might face suspension by the NHL language police.

Uh, no, Orr did not need to prove his toughness, but the Rangers believed that they needed to prove their worth against an elite opponent.

more on the Rangers win over the Penguins last night.

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A Plea For Sundin

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Sign Mats Sundin.

In the last two weeks, it’s become even more clear that the Rangers need a legit top six forward or center to capture a ready-to-win, weakened East, in which six teams seem already out of the playoffs: Panthers, Islanders, Leafs, Thrashers, Lightning, Senators. The Sabres and Flyers will battle for eighth.

If you penciled in Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan for 30 to 40 goals between them, well…and Henrik Lundqvist—-while on track for a Vezina—-cannot be expected to carry this current roster past the first round of the playoffs.

Sundin, who is working out in California, was paid $5.5 million by the Maple Leafs last season, $2.1 million less than he made in 2006-07.

read on

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Good Excuse - Better Answer

Stan Fischler writes in his post-game column after the Rangers lost 4-0 to the Panthers today…

My theory is that the Rangers, for no particular reason, do poorly in day games.

“We’re paid to win,” is Renney’s answer. “Day or night.”

I also pointed out to both the coach and Lundqvist that, historically, home teams rarely win right after Thanksgiving. You know; too much turkey; too many family distractions.

“I’m Swedish,” Lundqvist shot back, “I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!”

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What Is This!

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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev, steven+stamkos

Time For A Rangers Shake-Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rozsival’s game has gone from bad to worse. Redden’s has gone from bad to somewhat better to worse after a relapse the last two matches. Neither is the least bit physically involved. (Wait, that’s what both are - the least bit physically involved.)

Neither has been acute reading the rush. Neither has been decisive with the puck. Neither has been able to make the power play hum.

At the same time, neither has been benched for so much as an even-strength shift by coach Tom Renney. Neither has been scratched.

That’s not possible with the Rangers carrying the minimum six defensemen so that GM Glen Sather can burn up to $3.6M of cap space every night on three scratched forwards.

read on

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Gomez Has Stress Fracture

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Before coming out of the lineup last Wednesday night in New Jersey, Scott Gomez had played 10 games with an ankle stress fracture he sustained when struck by a puck in Detroit on Oct. 18, The Post has learned.

Gomez, who missed his fourth straight game last night when the Rangers and Canucks met at the Garden, learned the nature of his injury after undergoing an MRI exam on Nov. 7. The center then played two more games before finally yielding to pain he had been playing through and a groin pull he suffered in adapting to skating with the injury.

continued

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Lundqvist Had Enough

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

Henrik Lunqvist pulled himself from the Rangers/Canucks game Wednesday after Vancouver scored it’s fifth goal, something he has done before.  Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the NHL, but what does that say to his teammates?  “I quit guys, good luck.”  Let your coach make the call.  No game is over these days, even at 5-1.  Claude Julien kept Manny Fernandez in after he gave up four first period goals against Buffalo, and the Bruins came back to win 7-4.

more hockey topics…

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Rangers (Should) Win!

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The curious thing about the Canucks is that their beat writers believe they are a better team than they showed on the ice in Uniondale. On Game Day, both Vancouver papers treated the Islanders game as a virtual exhibition in preparation for the real test at MSG. And for a short while, they appeared to know something that The Maven didn’t know. But Scott Gordon’s Isles, if nothing else, compete. They overcame an early (MacDonald’s fault) goal, scraped together a tying counter and extended the Canucks to the shootout where Luongo faltered and MacDonald did not.

Playing once again without Scott Gomez – it’s futile to guess how long he’ll be sidelined, so why not figure another week and get it over with? – the Renney-gades still should be able to handle Vancouver, Sedin Twins or not.

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Stop Booing Rozsival

from Brett Cyrgaus of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,

This is a plea to all Rangers fans. It’s a plea to realize how much impact you have on the game and how much impact a gang-up mentality within a fan base can affect the players.

Specifically, this is a plea to stop mercilessly booing Michal Rozsival.

The defenseman, who in the off-season signed a lucrative 4-year $20 million contract, has been playing sub-par so far this season and has been hearing it from the fans. Let’s not turn him into this year’s Marek Malik.

continued

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