Update, 6:54 p.m.:
#NYR starters: Lundqvist, Staal, Del Zotto, Gaborik, Richards, Nashscratches: Girardi, Callahan, Eminger— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) February 5, 2013
Apparently Girardi is banged up.
The New York Rangers (4-4-0) visit the New Jersey Devils (4-1-3) at the Prudential Center starting at 7:00 p.m. For a preview go to Yahoo! Sports.
TV: MSG; Radio: ESPN Radio (FM 98.7), XM 215
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Henrik Lundqvist - 3-4-0, 2.79 gaa, .904 sv%, 0 so.
Martin Brodeur - 3-1-2, 2.75 gaa, .899 sv%, 1 so
- David Clarkson leads the Devils in goals (5) and points (9).
- Ilya Kovalchuk has just two goals in eight games this season.
- Bryce Salvador has 25 blocks this year.
- Eastern Conference Finals hero Adam Henrique has 1g, 1a in the three games since returning from a left hand injury that forced him to miss the first five games of the season.
- Son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau and rookie Stefan Matteau has been a healthy scratch the last three games after being pointless in the first five games of the season. The Devils are deciding whether to send him back to his junior team or keep him on the NHL roster for the remainder of the season.
- The Devils lead the league with two shorthanded goals.
2013 Season Series:
Feb 5 Rangers vs. Devils at New Jersey
March 19 Rangers vs. Devils at New Jersey
April 21 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
April 27 Rangers vs. Devils at MSG
In Lou We Trust
i usually have nothing bad to say about our announcers bc they are way better than most out there IMO (Pit,Bos etc.), but sam and joe, especially sam, were all over clarksons dick tonight and it was starting to bug me, especially late....anytime he touched the puck, they started raving about him. Am i the only one to notice that?
When Torts looks at Clarkson, do you think he realizes the only difference between Clarkson and Avery is how each player was handled by their coach? Theyre both douchebags, but can play. Clarkson doesn't have any more skill or talent than Avery, he just has a coach who knows how to utilize him and puts him in situations to succeed, but keeps him in check. Torts put his ego ahead of the team and his players. I hate bringing up Avery but its all I think about when I see Clarkson. I'm not saying bring him back, just comparing the two.
2011-2012 rangers = Over Achievers
2012-2013 rangers= Under Achievers
to the point that every other game its not even fun to watch anymore
Awful lot of panicking going on this early in the season... I know it's almost 1/4 through, but these 10 games are the equivalent of training camp + first 15-20 games of a regular season. Still need just a little time to gel.
Everybody's been screaming for callups for a spark? - got it, and I think Miller looks really good. And I think Powe for Rupp works too.
Things that came out of this game:
Del Zotto is still Del Zotto.
The Rangers Power Play is still terrible
Rick Nash lost his goal scoring touch when he came over from Columbus
I liked last years team that overachieved a lot more than this years team that underachieves
It is painful to watch this team
That second line having a good game was a fluke
Chris Kreider and JT miller were the only ones with any jump tonight
Hank gets no help from this team
Dan Girardi must have broken a bone to be out tonight
wish there was a stat for how many wide open nets you have missed... Rangers would have the most in the league by far
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG the only thing worse than their play was the comments section tonight. Ugh.
@johnnyb3910 Clarkson was unable to play when Avery was on the ice. All Clarkson could do was chase Avert around and take stupid penalties. Awesome observation, but, in fairness to Torts, the refs where really singling out Avery...
Pulling the goalie ...0-5 on the power play. Makes sense.
@slapshot13j Unfortunately its true. Hank was weak from the get go. And for how long can we overlook the fact that his puck handling skills are worst in the league and lead to a ton of turnovers? Why isn't that talked about and/or corrected?
@DuPont_Snotty Yes but do not forget we now have the 'bonus' point for getting to OT. That makes it much more difficult to make up ground after a slow start, especially in a short season. I agree though if we can at least play .500 hockey, then we have a huge shot to get in and go far once we figure things out. Once the newbies figure out Tort's system. I for one like Torts and would be upset if a knee jerk reaction ousts him.
@JustinRP37 hes been great he just cannot score anymore. That is honestly the only thing that is missing from his game
@AnnoyingJoe @GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG do you think they really played that bad? i think they played a way better game than people are saying...brodeur stood on his head with some of the saves he made...obviously the special teams have to be better...a PPG in the first when it was 1-0 would have changed the game but overall i dont think it was that bad of a game...there was good time in the devils end..just need to bury the chances
@AnnoyingJoe agreed that he was getting singled out, but if Clarkson and Cooke can play on the first lines of top teams, then there's a way to break the cycle. Avery was a black eye off the ice, but Cooke has ended people's careers. A little support from his coach toward the refs may have gone a long way, but Torts would never do that. That's enough Avery talk, enough to be concerned about with the guys who are still playing here...
@_Jack @ATCRyan I love how the shuffled lines start to show promise, but as soon as its PP time, it's back to the same units. Granted Miller saw 1st unit time at the end, but this is just vintage torts. Amazing what our record would be if we were at 15%. We're in dead last at 8.6%...
Gotta think Sullivan might be on the hot seat soon. PP has been atrocious for far too long now
@Scott_from_Jersey because no one can speak against the king or people think your crazy. Truth is he needs a break and needs to reassess some stuff and figure some stuff out.
I guess I should have clarified that we gave up too much depth for my taste to bring him in. I just really thought last year's team worked really well and did not need a major change. But in understand it has to happen from time to time.
@slapshot13j @ATCRyan @_Jack can Torts start declining the PP all that happens is DelZaster gives up short handed opportunities and its not like we shoot at an open net it's either wide or in the goalies chest?!?
@JustinRP37 that's worse. A troll would At least have an excuse for stupid comments. 30+ goals 7 times. Country club!
@JMK8363 He has coldcuts for brains, I mute them whenever I get the chance.