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I feel like I have the same opinion after every one of these losses, but I can't recall the last time the Rangers "grinded out" a win. WIth the exception of the come-from-behind win in LA, I can't think of a game where the opponent took control of the game and the Rangers went out and took it back. There are plenty of analogies or cute sayings, but the straightforward truth is, it's easy to beat teams 5-2 or 4-1, whether its the Panthers or Penguins, when everything is clicking and you're getting the bounces.

IMO, the Rangers biggest problem all year is still their biggest problem: The 3rd and 4th line are an undefined mash-up of 6-7 players. It's not just about fighting or hitting, it's about gaining back momentum. I won't even bother with Glass at this point. I'm really not sold on Kevin Hayes yet, and think a better 3rd line center would make a world of difference if Sather can trade for one. The Hayes/Hagelin/(insert someone here) line has some good possesion numbers, but I don't think they create enough quality chances. Hayes seems to get bumped off the puck way too easily. Jesper Fast seems to be a hard worker and a surprisingly good hitter, but I don't feel like he's developed chemistry with anyone.

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@JoeyKocur I think McDonagh is more than capable of being the captain of this team. He has plenty of support from guys like MSL, Boyle, Nash, Hank, Staal, etc. Keep in mind the kid is only 25. I think these struggles are simply him raising his expectations of himself. I don't think anyone in the room is putting added pressure on him or expecting more of him, I think it's all between the ears, and its something he has to learn as he goes. I think you can see, like in games last night, he tries to do too much sometimes, get overly involved, try to create a spark. Essentially that is his job now, but not at the expense of being a solid defenseman.

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AV needs to mix up the 3rd and 4th Lines, Hayes is having a terrible night...

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@Say my Name @johnnyb3910 Yeah, probably right. I just feel like they "want" these wins more than their opponents, especially against the Rangers, the way the 11-12 Rangers used to go up against teams like Boston and Pitt.

3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@Say my Name The 13-14 Islanders are the 11-12 Rangers, with a tad more skill. Just 20 guys running at a brick wall and banging out points...

3 days, 14 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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I miss rooting for a team with a 4th line that's actually a threat to score...

3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Am I the only one completely disoriented by this camera angle? I guess I don't go to enough games, way too dependent on watching from center ice...

3 days, 15 hours ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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It was really sad to watch. I had it on as backround noise as I did other stuff. While it was cool to see some pairings, and some great individual effort, the truth is the whole thing is a joke. Quite frankly, I'm glad Hank wasn't picked as an back-up goalie. I'd much rather he rest his body and mind and get ready for the playoffs, than spend a weekend getting lit up with no defense in front of him.

While I'm sure it was an amazing weekend for the players and the fans in Columbus, I could help but laugh at the end. Pierre is with Ryan Johansen, and goes "In your wildest dreams, did you ever think you'd be the All Start Game MVP?", and I really wanted Johansen something like "no, I was dreaming about better things" because you could kind of tell that's what he was thinking.

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That was better than every other attempt combined in Columbus last night...

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@JoeyKocur I texted a friend of mine who's a Bruins fan sunday afternoon after Fleury got yanked, told him I hoped Fleury has a long, injury-free career for the Penguins! He agreed.

Pittsburgh could be unstoppable with a reliable goalie. Why they resigned him is beyond me, but he's what gives every other team in the EC a fighting chance.

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Gotta say, the article is well written, pretty insightful, and at the end of the day....useless. Really, your suggestion is to bank $96/night so you have an extra $160k at the end of your career? Pretty sure you could make that just investing your NHL earnings if you played your cards right.

I completely agree with the premise, these young guys can make bad decisions. I've done the same math for people before that he does. 5.5 years * $2.4 mil = 13.2 earned, minus taxes, agent fees, etc. I will say I had no clue what the agents skim off the top, and I didn't know what the escrow percentages were either, so thats the insughtful part for me.

Maybe I'm jaded, but if you spend 5-6 years living like the millionaire you thought you were, but really aren't, $160k isnt going to last you very long.

These guys need accountants or financial planners. League employed, like @IhaveawaiteratMSG mentioned might be a little dicey, just because personal finances aren't really their responsibility, and it could be spun that not only is there escrow, now the league is advising these guys how to manage their money. But NHLPA would make sense. Assign one to each team, hire someone in the each team's city, pay them a retainer and basically say "if you want to get your own, or not use one, thats your choice, but here: this is guy is free." That would be a good start.

1 week, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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@4tonynoluck I agree. Last years 4th line was a threat to score on most nights, largely due to D Moore centering two capable players, playing the correct amount of minutes. I think shifting him up to the 3rd has really taken the punch out of both lines.

The Boyle-Moore-Carcillo/Dorsett line had some big moments in the post season last year (obviously), including a few GWGs and Game 7 goals. AV needs to find that 4th line in the next few months.

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@Say my Name The OT point system is defiantely screwed up, I wont even get in to that, but atleast in the Metro Division there's a large gap between the 4 and 5 seeds. 


According to http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL.html, the Flyers currently have a 1.6% chance, so the odds are highly unlikely that Philly or the teams behind them will be nipping at our heals come April. We really just need to stay ahead of Washington to guarantee a playoff spot.

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I read this article today, and have to say, I don't agree with a chunk of it, mostly the parts revolving around #fancystats. I'll get to that in a second. While I agree to an extent that it's tough to swallow paying top money for what is essentially the 3rd guy on our depth chart, the truth is it would have cost us an extra mil to replace him with an equal piece this summer. Brooks Orpik got freaking 5.5, and he's questionably a top 6 on some teams. That, and we have no depth at the position. This move basically says that Skeji is still 2+ years out, Conor Allen could be a 6/7, and McIllrath should be looking for a really nice house in Hartford because he'll be there for a while. If the Rangers have any chance of capitalizing on having the best goalie in the league for the next 3-4 years, they're smart to shore up their top 4 D, too. Or did we want to give that spot to Mike Kostka or John Moore?

As for fancy stats, I just don't buy it. Yes, possession matters in this league, and it can be a good way to put 2 players side by side and compare, or judge a teams performance over a period of time. But this isn't baseball. This isn't 1 pitcher, 9 batter, rinse and repeat. Hockey is about synergy, flow, teamwork, and cohesiveness. There isn't a stat for that. If a player is a key part of a successful team then impso-facto he's an important player, and you need to weighing paying him a little extra versus him being on the other team against your rookie prospect who is just getting his feet wet. And not to mention that defensive defenseman routinely have the ice tilted against them. Last time I checked the only stat that counts are "W"s, and we've had a lot more of those since this core got together.

On a side note, I love that this article claims the Rangers put a premium on grit and toughness. Meanwhile half of us are over here calling this team soft. Which is it??

Lastly, every player in this league is 1 hit or 1 puck to the eye away from never playing again. You pay for what you get on the ice. Contracts signed after the last lockout go away for LTIR or retirement.

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So if my Math is right, call Staal's new number 5.8, we'll have 33.4 Mil tied up in 5 defensemen and 2 goalies, and then another 22 Mil for 6 forwards. 55.4 Million for 13 of the 20 players we need to form a roster.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/ny-post-rangers-closing-in-on-new-staal-contract.html

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@rangermom @Say my Name ...and hagelin.


And in the other column, MSL and Boyle (and Hank to some extent) are driving up our average age.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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What's the famous Mike Tyson quote? "Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth"?

Well the Islanders are the first of 3 teams we're playing in a row here that like to punch people in the mouths. Tampa is another one, and we have fared too well against them. I'd still take the Rangers in a Best of 7 with Hank against any of these teams, but if we struggle against Boston's Taxi Squad and/or the BJ's, watch out, because there will be a lot of people questioning if the Rangers have what it takes to win when they don't get to play their wide-open, speed oriented style.

I'm not panicing, or concerned just yet, but I'd feel more comfortable if the Rangers could play a few more games here like the one in LA, where they get off to a slow start, maybe fall behind, but find a way to tip the scales back in their favor and grind out a win. That's the kind of quality they'll need for another playoff run.


2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/rangers-0-islanders-3.html

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I know its not often that they change TV Schedules, but I'm a little surprised to see the NHL not pushing this game onto NBCSN instead of the currently slated Penguins/Wild matchup.

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/2015-articles/gameday-thread-rangers-vs-islanders.html

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Didn't stay up for the game, only caught the highlights, but as Neill pointed out above, the Rangers did a great job creating traffic, and it seems like it was a coaching point, either about LA's defense or Quick's style, because on 3 of the goal you can almost see the shooter hanging on to the puck for an extra split second and moving across the slot to let the traffic develop. Great patience by all 3 shooter on all 3 goals.


Just wish these games were at 7 or 8 EST...

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@GiveGartneraCup That's ok. Melrose making prediction in January on ESPN is like the old "If a tree falls in the woods..." question. 

Can't be a jinx if no one is around to hear him...

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@J_CKfor30 @johnnyb3910 No doubt the kid has talent. Its just funny to see a kid (Duclair) who looks small amongst NHLers, stand next to a fellow Junior Player and look huge.

I'm sure one day I'll recognize McDavid. I just hope for the sake of variety he doesn't end up in Edmonton. Or in NJ for that matter...

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/fWU9obSLd_4sf82OQJ9aAA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NQ--/http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/sports/2015-01-06/81b0e720-95ae-11e4-ad65-c916fbfebf38_B6pSi76CAAAVQt3-jpg-largeasdadas.jpg



I wouldnt recognize Conor McDavid without a jersey one, but apparently he's one of the other 3 guys in this photo with Duclair. So Duclair has 2 things going for him: 1) He may be small, but he's a hell of a lot bigger than McDavid. And 2) his bare ass isn't all over the internet

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@ThomasRitter  The PA would never go for the Stanley Cup Champ being forced to play one more game than every other team, or play in an 83rd game, and the team wouldn't like it either. And expecting a team structured under the cap with a real 4th line and developing players to stand a change against an All Star team would be ridiculous. And any changes to the game structure would be hard to accept in a game thats worth the same two points as every other game.

And unless your pick a location thats equi-distant between the two teams playing (Like Pens vs Flyers at Penn State), the city does matter, because the NHL needs to fill anywhere from 40,000-100,000 seats. There aren't 40,000 people in Kansas City that are dying to see two random teams play hockey. And you're going to have a hard time making quality ice in Las Vegas and Atlanta, which is why the last time there was a game in vegas, it was preseason, so it didnt count.

On the other hand, if the NHL thought they had enough of a fan base to just hold the All Star Game itself at an outdoor rink, they could really hearken back to pond hockey. Imagine they make two jerseys for every player, then, just like the draft they've been doing, the guys just go out on the ice, two captains pick their teams, and they go at it!

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Some good ideas on here. I've written the same thing in a lot of locations, but here are the problems the NHL faces, and why we keep seeing repetitive teams:


1) As stated, ticket sales and merchandise are the big revenue producers. Therefore, the NHL turns the biggest profit when the game is between two fan bases who can easily get to the game. The Winter Classic requires 3+ times the number of fans to attend than your average hockey game if its in a baseball stadium, more if its in a football stadium. So while "Neutral Territory" is cool in theory, it won't sell enough tickets. "Stanley Cup Rematch: Kings vs Rangers in Minnesota" or Kansas City, or anywhere in Canada will not attract the crowd that the NHL needs (well, maybe Canada...).


2) Bettman is trying to bring hockey to warm weather cities, but you can't make ice in warm climates. It's pretty straightforward, but it is what it is.


3) Tying something to it (Home Ice for Playoffs, Hosting Next Year's Classic) won't draw casual fans to the game. That's what this is ultimately all about. Find a time slot with no competition, make a "spectacle" that will attract viewers to throw this on their TV, and try to drum up interest among fans who haven't watched hockey this season, but are looking for something now that football is winding down. Other sports provide an incentive to the All Star Game because the PLAYERS don't care otherwise, in theory. In the Winter Classic, the players already care. Adding incentive won't change anything.


Once again the NHL made the mistake of thinking they were one of the Big 3. Theyre not. It's OK. There are a dozen teams with cold climates that could accommodate ice. Step 1 is to get rid of Stadium Series. Its overkill and it waters it down. Have the Winter Classic in New England, New York, DC, Chicago, or Minnesota. Have 1 game between 2 "local" teams, then let 2 warm weather teams come play each other the following weekend and drastically cheaper ticket prices. The NHL has already spent the money to build the rink, give casual fans, families, and fans from far away, the opportunity to afford to go to one of these games. Open up less sections, cut back on merchadise and vendors, and make it affordable. In Boston, even in years where they don't host the classic, they build a rink at Fenway, and local HS and College Teams come and play, they have open skates, and people show up. It pays for itself without one over-the-top, over-priced production.


Do the same thing in Canada with the Heritage Classic (Home Team vs Rival in Primetime slot, followed by two warm weather teams the next weekend.

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@dylonergan Minnesota is dressing Bickel as a forward? Did they mistake him for his brother, or have they already given up on this season?


A little surprised to check the box score after and see that #6 Daley didnt get any penalty minutes for pinning Bickels arms to his sides while getting punched in the face. Meanwhile Bickel got an Instigator, a fighting major, an aggressor major (is that new?), a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct.

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I'll say this: When a team is on an 8-game winning streak, and most players seem to be clicking, its very easy to pick the one guy who doesn't have much skill, and rip him apart for exactly that. I don't think anyone should be surprised by how Glass is playing, I think this is exactly what was to be expected. What wasn't to be expected was probably AVs insistence on giving him free pass after free pass. 

Aside from looking at specific plays, the mind-boggling question to me is simply the signing in the first place. We trade away Dorsett, who for $1.65M, currently has 4 goals, 7 assists, -2 for the Canucks. We let Dan Carcillo walk, who for $550,000, has 4 goals,3 assists, +4 for the Blackhawks. We sign Glass for $1.45, who with 0 goals, 1 assist and a -12, has proven to be more successful at giving teammates the mumps than actually playing hockey. Like @4tonynoluck said below, if the thinking was "we need at least 1 tough guy", and the only thing Glass had going for him was some past experience with AV, you'd think Sather would step in and say "it's not worth the money, let's resign Carcillo". If the thinking was that AV felt he was more servicable than the other 2 and wanted him to be signed, why is he still playing at this point, given the evidence we have in hand? It just doesnt seem to click, even if you don't trust any of them, I'd at least think Dorsett is the best suited of the 3 to play in AV's system.

I know I'm just repeating what others have said, maybe I was hoping that by typing it out something would click and make sense. No such luck.

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@gravey94 @RangersForte

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/taylor-hall-is-un-coachable--will-be-on-trade-block--report-000824459.html;_ylt=AwrBJSCOWJhU83cAwbJNbK5_

I'll pass.

At the end of the day I think the price for Hall will be too high and he'll go to a team thats trying to show their fans at the Trade Deadline that theyre pushing hard to be better. (Islanders maybe?) But I think, based on this report, he's too much of a wild card and Sather won't be willing to move the pieces the someone else will offer Edmonton.

I also think Staal will be resigned. Last year with Cally was Sather's "See what I'm willing to do" moment to point back to in future negotiations. My guess is the Rangers will be relatively quiet at the deadline. But thats still a long ways off.

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Hayes deserves some blame on the turnover, but in his head you have to wonder if he passed it to a vacated point position, or if he was trying feed Hagelin, who let it go by him because HE didn't recognize the vacated point position either. Or both.

1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://nyrangersblog.com/

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Be careful, kisses are one way to spread mumps...

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Columbus will lose their shit if the All Star Game got cancelled. First the lockout, then the Olympics. Now the mumps??

I realize locker rooms and ice rinks are far from the most sanitary places, but it's not an airborne virus. Separate hotel room, individual water bottles, and maybe a few over protective mother added to the staff and this should really die down.

I'm just waiting for the Penguins to make a trade or two to try and infect more opponents...

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Still waiting for this Dan Boyle guy to show up in one of these recaps. 13 games, 2 goals, 0 assists, +5 rating, averaging 20 minutes a night. And if im interpreting HockeyAnalysis.com correctly, he's one of the only guys on the team with a worse Corsi Rating than Tanner Glass (JT MIller and Jesper Fast are the only others, and you can't blame Jesper, he's forced to be on a line with the guy...) .

I guess I should be happy that he's not such an over-the-hill, turnover producer. The TOI and +/- rating are decent for a 2nd pair defenseman, so it could be worse. But he hasn't seemed to help the PP, and the 0 assists doesn't bode well for all this talk about his vision and his ability to set up plays.

I won't even bother getting into what Stralman's stats are for the same cap hit...

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Think Poopsalot is regretting his decision to chase the money and go to Edmonton? I don't think we ever could have afforded to keep him, but he had to have offer from better teams than the Oilers...

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While switching up the venue in Boston could make it more interesting, Fenway/Red Sox Ownership has been turning the historical venue into a huge profit center by basically letting anyone do anything they way there, such as multiple concerts a year, soccer games, but most importantly, hockey games, every single winter. Which means that the NHL will also be able to share the Construction Costs (or write off the costs as a donation) by allowing local college and high school teams to use the rink, too. The same could be done at Gillette or BC or BU's Football Stadium, but Fenway will make a hard push to host again.

I get the frustration from people that its the same teams over and over, but the truth is that a) it needs to be cold if its going to be a decent rink for a decent game and (b) hockey just isn't popular enough to get 50,000-80,000 casual sports fans to go freeze their buts off for 4 hours to watch a game you can barely see from your overpriced seat. The only way you're filling a baseball or football stadium is by being close enough to the fan-bases of both teams playing to allow their die-hard fans to attend. Casual fans will watch on TV and drive up the rating, but they won't sit out in 20-30 degree weather to try and see if hockey is for them. Hockey just doesn't have to pull to get causal fans, or even die-hard fans, to travel to a neutral location for an outdoor game. At least not for the price that the NHL want to sell tickets for.

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@_Jack @Gorangers0525 I remember Hank saying the same thing about Klein's shot last season. Still surprised he's not getting PP time.


Have to laugh at the second quote from AV. So I guess problem #1 with our PP Units is that the 5 guys out there don't think the other 4 guys with them are the best fit? That's a rough way to start...

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@JMK8363 My Bold Prediction: The Rangers will either win by 3+ goals, or lose by 1.

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@J_CKfor30 2 questions:
1) Does time in the Penalty Box count as non-possesion time for Zac Rinaldo? If not, can someone calculate that for me so I know just how REALLY useless of a player he is?

2) The Rangers have employed 5 of these 15 guys. Can we re-sort this list oldest to youngest and predict which ones the Rangers are most likely to sign next?

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@Say my Name NOW GO AWAY OR I SHALL TAUNT YOU A SECOND TIME!!!


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Today's NYR Fun Fact: Through 24 games and 11 wins, the Rangers have only won TWO (2) 1-goal games in Regulation, both of which were back in October (The Blues on opening night, and the Wild on 10/27). In November, other than beating the Red Wings in OT, 4-3, every game was either a blow out victory, or a loss.


Bottom Line: This current team can't handle tight games, they can't grind out wins, they can't protect leads. Or maybe it's not "can't", but "won't". I'm not sure. Maybe its all the young guys just getting used to it, maybe its our even-keeled coachEither way, it seems like unless they're running away with a victory at 2+ goal margin, they're always on the verge of collapsing, and more often than not, are doing exactly that. 


I won't even bother with Lundqvist, he starts every season like this. If he looks like this in January, I'll start to be concerned.

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@ktc990 He could be placed on LTIR or Retire due to this awful case of the mumps he has...

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@betweentheworlds Our PK Strategy should really just be one man glued to Stamkos, one man glued to Callahan, then play 3 on 2.

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@J_CKfor30 With the exception of Kreider, I'm not sure who else has the mass + desire.

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@gravey94 I think the two question that Sather has to answer when it comes to Talbot is (a) is he willing to sign an affordable extension to stay the NYR backup and play 20-25 games per year. In this league you need two goalies you can count on, so the question is does he think with his wallet and chase the money, or think with his brain and stay where he should have a shot year in and year out to play.

The second question is do you trust Skapski (4-3, 2.24 gaa, .913 sv %) to be the backup from the deadline through the end of the season. AV will want to rest Hank down the stretch if possible, get him ready for the playoffs, but you can't do that if Skapski is going to cost you your location in the standings.

Im surprised to see Edmonton giving up on Scrivens so quickly, but they only traded a 3rd rounder for him, so maybe not that hard of a decision. 

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Also, don't forget to vote for DIFFERENT, UNPOPULAR, LESS-TALENTED players on your ballot each time you for vote for Dom. Per NHL.com:


"...with the top six vote-getters by position – three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender – set to take part in the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game. The full roster of players will be determined by the National Hockey League."


To get him in to the top 3 forwards, it will be important to not be padding other "Popular" players votes every day, which will only make it harder to crack the top 3. For example, if you vote for Dom, Rick Nash and MSL 10 times every day, then its almost guaranteed that Dom won't finish ahead of the other two, as lots of other people will vote for Nash and MSL but NOT Dom. So be sure to throw your other votes at the Tanner Glass's and John Scott's of the NHL, and spread the votes around every day.

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@ATCRyan @johnnyb3910 In the past week, 7 games were won in OT, 9 more were settled in a Shootouts. So thats a potential for 18 ties, depending on how you restructure. You've also got teams that know they can win a Shootout or know they just need 1 point, so they just play not to lose.Yes there are ties in football, but it's like 1 or 2 a season. A 3 point system is the way to go, giving motivation to teams to try to win in regulation.

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Have you ever paid hard earned money for a hockey game that ended in a 0-0 tie? To "hardcore" fans, thats ok, they see the battles and the work that goes in to it. But when you're trying to grow your fan base, turn football and basketball fans in to hockey fans, ties don't work. Soccer has ties, and Gary Bettman probably has a plaque on his wall that says "Be Less Like Soccer". That's pretty much the gist.

I agree its run its course. It's not as exciting as it used to be. It waters down the standings, it keeps mediocre teams in the hunt, and it drags down teams that aren't overflowing with individual skill. But it keeps people watching, it keeps people interested. They may tweak it, they may go to 3 pts, they may come up with something else, but I think its pretty certain to say the NHL, as long as Gary Bettman is in charge, will never go back to having ties.

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These 3 games in a 11 days against the Flyers in the 2nd half of the month may be exactly what the Rangers need. I'm not guaranteeing 3 wins, but its a lesser opponent skill wise, and the bad blood should give our boys a little extra jump in their step. Just thinking the timing might be perfect if the Rangers can "right the ship" in the next 10 days, have strong outings against the Canadiens and Lighting next week, and go into December with with a little more confidence and swagger.


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@gravey94 @scrangersfan @Billfrom Brookhaven Mason played a real strong game. Could have easily been 4 or 5 scored. Only had a few highlight type saves, just managed to be very solid with good positioning despite the sahky guys in front of him. It's no surprise their PK has been horrendous, Mason got left out to dry on Nash's goal

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@TomDundie i understand about 60% of this, but I agree with that 60% 100%! Time to go back to juniors. He needs ice time. 3rd/4th line rotation, in and out of the line-up, that's not what he needs.

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Bishop has certainly had our number in the past, but he had nothing to do with last night. I didn't catch the whole game, but he certainly wasn't standing on his head preventing us from getting back in the game. He mostly just got in the way of weak shots from bad angles.

I think that photo of Stralman and Cally says everything you need to know. 3 guys on that team had last night circled on their calendar, and the rest of the team fed off of that. It should be noted the Lightning don't have designated Alternate Captains. Cally and Boyle were given the A's last night because they were coming back. Probably not the only time Cally will get an A this season, but quite possibly Boyle's only night. They played for a purpose. Meanwhile most of the guys in blue looked uninterested halfway through the first period.

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I don't know, I'm still not seeing it with Duclair. Kid needs about 15 more lbs in my opinion. Pushed off the puck too easily

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