Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that Derek Dorsett will sit out tonight's game in Buffalo with an injured wrist. Dorsett sat out two games last week with the same injury. Taylor Pyatt will take his place in the lineup.
Alain Vigneault also announced that John Moore will be re-inserted into the lineup with Justin Falk being sent back to the press box.
...with the Rangers only two physical players out of the lineup, expect Ott and Scott to have a field day tonight. While Ted Nolan has been unable to spark this Sabres team since his hire, he's still a very good coach who will take note of the lack of toughness in the Blueshirts lineup tonight and try to exploit it. Just have to hope Scott doesn't do this to Rick Nash tonight...
...seriously though. If Scott were to do that, who the hell would come to Nash's aid? Zuccarello?
...at least Pouliot and Pyatt will both be in the lineup. So there's that.
...the Rangers are going to have to combat this likely Sabres physical onslaught with speed, speed and more speed. It they can't catch you, they can't hit you.
Henrik Lundqvist will start in goal tonight.
...wait? No Talbot?
It was Weber that was frustrating me.. I wish Dorsett was in just to skate up to him and knock his face off.
What about Boyle? He may not get a punch off but he'll wrinkle a sweater. Take that Sabres equipment manager!
Uh, it would be a field day anyway. I appreciate Dorsett's spirit, but he's no Prust and Falk doesn't look so tough, either. Mashinter? Has he even come close to winning a fight yet?
Going forward I think that when Boyle gets in a fight he should pick up Zucc and just throw him in the face of the other player. Watch for it.
I think Falk is out because he is banged up... probably in that fight he got massacred in the other night
At least they don't have to worry about Kaleta too. This is one of those games I just hope the team comes out in one piece. I almost don't care about the points/score. Almost.
One of my favorite Zucc moments is when he got in George Parros face last year against the Panthers. I'm sure you've all seen the picture. He'll stand up to John Scott the same way! But in all seriousness, Cally can deal with Ott. As far as John Scott, let's just hope he doesn't get much ice time and doesn't feel like fighting!
So this has to mean that Dorsett is still hurt right? It sounded like earlier in the week Pouliot was skating as the extra man
Zuccarello will absolutely be our most fearless player tonight.
Come to think of it, I bet it would be very difficult for Scott to hit him, punching straight downward is kind of awkward.
Here's what happens, puck drops, Kreider skates over to Scott throws 2 punches and knocks him out cold, then skates over to Ott and does the same thing earning a game misconduct. Upon entering the tunnel, Sather immediately hands him an 8 year $80M contract.
Then again, maybe Cally will be the resident tough guy tonight forcing Sabre's management to put a cease and desist order on any rough stuff as they want to sign him in a few months.
Nolan was one of the guys I was hoping we'd look at for our coaching job. He's got tremendous upside to go along with the risks. Ironic he wound up back in Buffalo after all the contoversy but I like it. Resolve the past and move on.
@Say my Name like midget toss?
Nah, I am betting on master blaster - Zucc rides in on boilers shoulders - "two men enter one man leaves"
@IhaveawaiteratMSG I would be down with that. Take Moore or DZ spot for a game against a weak team. Plus before Torts shattered his confidence, Bickel wasn't terrible. Not good, but not terrible. Maybe playing under AV would help him?
@Kevin DeLury Nolan probably saw the Rangers soft lineup and decided to scratch him. Guy just got hired after 6 years of being unemployed, he can't afford a fine this early into his tenure with the Sabres...
@Kevin DeLury This is Buffalo we're talking about. Does it really seem they know what they are talking about up there? Take logic, do the opposite and you have the decision the Sabres will make lol
@JMK8363 Didn't know hobbits had a sheriff going to need to reread the books.
@gravey94 I'd love it. Isn't that what you're supposed to do if you ever get sent to prison? Find the biggest, toughest guy and punch him in the face.
@Kevin DeLury Thank goodness for the boyler 6'7" of pure marshmallow. Can't you put a call through to get Mash in the lineup tonight?
@Betweentheworlds I remember it being something like he had an affair with Hasek's wife, then he got buddy-buddy with the owner and tried to get the GM fired, who was Muckler at the time. Other GMs banded together and black-balled him. Sather and Muckler are buds, so I doubt Nolan is thought of too highly by Sather.
@Betweentheworlds I've always been a big fan of Nolan, but he must be a tough guy to deal with as he seems to make enemies very easily.
@shoot_the_goalie @IhaveawaiteratMSG I agree, Bickel wasn't as terrible as people portray him. He started over 50 games for the Rangers the year they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals. I dont think he's ready to be a regular starter this season by any means but calling him up here and there to add grit and someone who can actually win a fight, isnt a bad idea.
@IcyCup Yup - did the nasty with Mrs. Hasek - then tried to F*ck with Slats' best bud John Muckler - from a pure coaching perspective he was the best option IMHO but that is probably the reason he wasn't even in the running
@Betweentheworlds @JMK8363 @Say my Name Damn Worlds....pulling a JS reference. WTF? That's who the Rangers need...fucking Lenny!!! ...who to any worthy soul who has watched Looney Tunes was parodied endlessly "I'll hug him, and squeeze him, hold him...!" LOL
Huge Steinbeck fan. Grapes of Wrath ending probably the most chillingly poignant I have ever read. Breast-feeding a homeless man on the brink of starvation...damn!
Sorry Kevin...I know this is a Ranger site, but Betweentheworlds just bumped up about 2000rpm's on the cool-o-meter! ...oh yeah...LGR!!! haha