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Apr
07

Game 82: Fin

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The Rangers are in Philadelphia this afternoon to take on the Flyers in what will be the final game of the season. Not just the regular season, the whole season. The game isn’t meaningless though, as there are two storylines here that the Rangers are well aware of.

First is draft position. If they lose in regulation, they could possibly drop from 9th to 7th if Chicago beats Winnipeg and Edmonton beats Vancouver.

The other storyline is poetic justice. If the Rangers win in regulation and Florida gets two points, then the Panthers/Bruins game, rescheduled for 4/8 after a blizzard, will occur. If the Panthers win that, then the Flyers are out and the Cats are in. Revenge for 2010 sounds fine to me.

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Apr
05

Game 81: #FuelTheTank

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Tonight the Rangers are in Brooklyn to take on the Isles in a battle of the tank. Well, it’s funny. The Islanders bought at the deadline –sorta– and couldn’t win to save their lives. The Rangers sold at the deadline and can’t lose to save their lives. It’s kinda funny, yet kinda sad.

But here’s the important thing: An Isles win in regulation moves them ahead of the Rangers in the standings. I can’t root for the Isles, but I can be less irritated by a loss to the Isles with that caveat. I know, I’m playing Switzerland here. Fully admitting it.

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Apr
03

Game 80: Spoilers?

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The Rangers are across the river tonight, playing potential spoilers to the Devils. The Devils are five points up with three games remaining, and while almost a sure thing, they haven’t clinched yet. Missing out on two points, combined with the potential of Florida winning their game in hand, closes the gap to three points.

Other than spoilers, there’s not much for the Blueshirts to play for. Enjoy some stress free hockey.

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Mar
31

Game 79: Tank City

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The Rangers are back in action tonight, and I have to admit I completely forgot there was a game. I’m wrapped up in family things for both Easter and Passover. Hooray holidays.

Anyway, here’s the game thread. Sorry for the lack of substance to this one.

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Mar
30

Game 78: Hello, old friend

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Tonight’s game is going to hurt. Sure, Tampa Bay is really good and should lay a hurting on the Rangers. I think that part we all expect. Tonight is different. Ryan McDonagh is now with the Lightning, and not with the Rangers. That will hurt. This will be the story. Although there is some humor in him being reunited with Girardi.

McDonagh was the former captain and the rock on the blue line. But times, they are a changing. JT Miller went with him, and the two of them combined for just under 15 years of service with the Rangers.

Update: Totally forgot it is Dan Girardi’s return as well. Recency bias I guess. Should be an emotional night.

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Mar
28

Game 77: Meaningless hockey

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It’s official. The Rangers have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. For the first time in 14 years, and for the first time in Henrik Lundqvist’s career, the Rangers will play a hockey game without the possibility of making the playoffs. It’s a weird feeling, even if it is something we’ve been expecting for some time now.

As for the game, it may be meaningless, but there are still some things to watch. Chytil, Andersson, Buchnevich, Pionk, and others are getting very long auditions for next season. Hayes, Namestnikov, and Spooner are likely playing to ensure they aren’t odd-guys out this offseason. We have no idea what will happen with some other players as well.

This is all mental preparation for us for Friday anyway.

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Mar
26

Game 76: The future

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The future begins now, as Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are with the Blueshirts. They are slated to play middle-six roles today, as Alain Vigneault doesn’t want to break up the Kreider/Zibanejad/Fast line that has been hot. Understandable, even if that leaves Namestnikov and Buchnevich on the fourth line with McLeod. Whatever.

The Caps are playoff bound and one of the actual contenders for the Cup this year. They are skilled, deep, and have great goaltending. Whether they can put it all together and avoid a choke, we shall see.

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Mar
25

The Rangers Won! A Twitter Recap

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Folks, I’ve got to be honest with you: I’m fully in baseball mode. It’s been a hell of a season and I really think we just need some time to digest it. How many nights can you look forward to your team bleeding 21 shots in the first period? TWENTY. ONE. SHOTS. That’s two periods of an *average* game!

Anyway, I missed the first ten minutes of this game and the first fifteen (I’m not kidding) Buffalo shots. But we were all rewarded last night with an offensive onslaught full of gorgeous goals and assists.

As always, please check Shayna’s twitter for some beautiful goal gifs.

Let’s take a look at our favorite dumpster fire for a game recap:

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Mar
24

Game 75: The home stretch

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The Rangers are in action tonight against one of the few teams that are worse than them: The Buffalo Sabres. I can’t imagine a scenario where the Rangers don’t come away with two points here, which is sure to anger a few people. But let’s take a lesson here in that the Sabres are a case in how not to rebuild. Elite talent in Jack Eichel, but not much else.

As for our Blueshirts, it is what it is at this point. We are going to face palm some lineup decisions and in-game adjustments. We are going to wonder how or if this team plays defense. They will score a bit, the Sabres will score a bit. Alex Georgiev will make 900 saves, give or take. You know, the usual.

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The Rangers are in Philly tonight to take on a Flyers team that is firmly in the playoffs. There isn’t much of a spoiler role to play here either. So it’s one of those meaningless games for the Blueshirts, even if there is some fun in beating the Flyers.

No Lias Andersson or Filip Chytil yet. Sounds like the team is calling them up at the same time, which means it will be for Monday’s game against Washington. No Henrik Lundqvist either, no surprise after his collision on Tuesday.

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