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Game 31: Carolina still isn’t good, make it six in a row

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The New York Rangers are back home tonight, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in the second game of their home-and-home. The Rangers eked out a shootout win last night in Raleigh, extending their winning streak to five games. Before their 4-1 win over Toronto the other day, Carolina had lost six in a row. They are a bottom-feeder in the Metro Division, and this is a home-and-home the Rangers need to take advantage of, turning those games in hand into points in the standings.

After last night’s win, the Rangers will be facing Carolina’s backup goalie, Anton Khudobin. Khudobin is pretty awful this year, with no wins in 9 starts and a 0.892 save percentage. The Rangers must take advantage of this and make the end of December their very own.

The Canes play a passive 1-2-2 on the forecheck and a low zone collapse in the defensive zone. On special teams, they play an umbrella powerplay, and a diamond/box hybrid PK.

Rangers lineup:

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Rangers Holiday Wish List

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If you live anywhere near New York City, you know the holidays are in full swing. Traffic is at an all time high, the sidewalks are especially difficult to navigate and Rangers tickets are astronomically high for teams that aren’t very good. Also, there are pretty awesome displays, lights and huge trees everywhere. It’s a lovely time to be around the city.

It’s also a lovely time to reminisce about whether we’ve been naughty or nice and, if we’ve been very good, what we should ask for. Let’s be honest – who doesn’t love gifts?  Last year, the staff at BSB asked Santa Sather for some moves and, well, basically none of us got anything (except a commenter asked for Lee Stempniak- bold move). Maybe we were all very bad. This year, instead of having a BSB-wide wish list, you’re all stuck with mine.

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Rangers come from behind in Carolina, make it five in a row

I wasn’t able to watch last night’s game, but the Rangers came from behind twice in the third period before beating Carolina in the shootout. The win gave the Rangers five in a row. I did watch the highlights, and the first Carolina goal came off a bad pass from Kevin Hayes. The first Ranger goal was a beautiful powerplay rush with a great pass from Mats Zuccarello to J.T. Miller for the breakaway. Carolina’s second was a shot that Henrik Lundqvist should have stopped, ditto the Rangers second goal from Kevin Klein.

The Rangers dominated the game, and Cam Ward is the only reason why it wasn’t a complete blowout. Two points is two points, and you don’t really mind going to a shootout against Carolina, it’s not like giving them a freebie point will mean much in the standings.

Anyway, use this thread to discuss the game, the winning streak, and anything else you want to discuss on this Sunday morning.

Game 30: Carolina isn’t good, make it five in a row

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

The New York Rangers are back on the east coast tonight, taking on the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh. The Rangers swept their three-game trip out west, extending their winning streak to four games. Before their 4-1 win over Toronto the other day, Carolina had lost six in a row. They are a bottom-feeder in the Metro Division, and this is a home-and-home the Rangers need to take advantage of, turning those games in hand into points in the standings.

Carolina ousted Kirk Muller from behind the bench over the summer, and replaced him with Bill Peters. Other than their game at the beginning of the year, I haven’t watched much Carolina hockey. They used to be a passive team, playing a 1-2-2 hybrid trap and a low zone collapse, and it didn’t appear to change much under Peters. If I’m wrong, please let me know.

Scheduling note: I’ll be unable to watch the game tonight (prior commitments), so there may not be a goal breakdown for this game.

Rangers lineup:

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BSB FanDuel: 12/20 (7pm games and later only)

Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up here, the league link is here.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well. Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments.

Lineup notes: Derick Brassard returns to the lineup

Derick Brassard will return to the lineup tonight after missing a few games with the mumps. Brassard was the second Ranger (Tanner Glass) to contract the mumps, but is not the last. Lee Stempniak is no longer with the team for the moment as he is being isolated with the mumps. The lines will change a bit, but the same forwards will dress tonight, with Brass subbing for Stemp.

On defense, John Moore will still be a healthy scratch.

Thoughts following the Talbot extension

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In case you missed it yesterday, the New York Rangers extended backup goalie Cam Talbot for an additional year at $1.45 million. That represents more than a 200% increase in salary for the 27-year-old backup. Talbot took over the backup job after Thomas Hertl deked Martin Biron into retirement, posting a 14-9-2 record with a 1.81 GAA, .936 SV%, and 5 shutouts.

The deal came rather unexpectedly, as there weren’t even any rumors that the Rangers were in discussions to extend Talbot. Ninja Sather struck again, and honestly, there’s not much to dislike about this deal.

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BSB FanDuel: 12/19

Here is the info for today’s FanDuel league: Sign up here, the league link is here.

For those unfamiliar, you are given $55,000 to construct a team of 2 LW, 2 RW, 2 C, 2 D, and 1 G. The goal is to find some good bargains (my advice is to save money on defense and spend big on offense) and save money for some stars you know will put up points. High fantasy points per game (FPG) with low cost is a good way to go, but look for streaks as well.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

As always, if the league fills up before you can get in, let me know in the comments. I leave the league size at 10 people for now to ensure it fills up. If there is more interest, I will expand the size as this continues.

Rangers extend Cam Talbot

Per Seth Rothman, the New York Rangers have signed backup goalie Cam Talbot to a one-year contract extension worth $1.45 million for next season. Talbot was set to be an unrestricted free agent next season after making $562,000 this season. Talbot took over the backup job after Thomas Hertl deked Martin Biron into retirement, and the 28-year-old has posted a 14-9-2 record with a 1.81 GAA, .936 SV%, and 5 shutouts.

Potential trade targets: Keith Yandle/Zbynek Michalek

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Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix NHL Arizona Coyotes are not making the playoffs this year. That much is all but guaranteed. What waits to be seen is when they start shipping off players that are not in their future plans, and who they ship out. Rob Klinkhammer was already sent to Pittsburgh for prospect Philip Samuelsson. With seven players headed towards unrestricted free agency, GM Don Maloney will probably be busy.

There are a few players that may interest the Rangers, specifically defenseman Keith Yandle, if Arizona decides to trade him. Yandle isn’t a pending UFA, but the ‘Yotes have Samuelsson and Brandon Gormley vying for NHL spots in the near future. There is a need to open up spots on the blue line for these kids, and Yandle, a 28-year-old on a $5.25 million cap hit, would probably bring back the biggest return.

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