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MSG exploring Media/Sports and real estate split

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Newsday is reporting that MSG Inc (spun off from Cablevision in 2010) is exploring the idea of splitting the company into two companies: MSG Sports and Entertainment and MSG Real Estate. Both companies would be publicly traded, much like the way MSG Inc. and Cablevision are publicly traded today. The goal of this split would be to unlock value in the New York Rangers and New York Knicks, while keeping the concert industry afloat.

Currently, MSG Inc includes the professional sports teams: Knicks, Rangers, New York Liberty, and the Hartford Wolf Pack; MSG Media, which includes the regional sports networks, and the real-estate concert venues (Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Forum in Inglewood, California).

The proposed split would merge MSG Media and MSG sports, while spinning off the real estate.

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With a John Moore suspension looming, what are the options?

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Moore.

John Moore is almost guaranteed a suspension. An in-person hearing with the Department of Player Safety doesn’t guarantee a suspension, but it gives them the option of suspending a player more than five games. Since Moore is a repeat offender, receiving two games for a hit on Dale Weise in last year’s playoffs, it’s a guarantee he misses at least three games, likely five or more.

At the moment, Matt Hunwick is playing somewhat steady filling in for the injured Dan Boyle. Mike Kostka played one game, had a few epic turnovers, but one game isn’t indicative of an entire career. Conor Allen is in Hartford, and he’s the guy most fans think is ready for a shot. Dylan McIlrath was the last one cut from camp, and the first round pick has shown significant progress and promise.

So what can the Rangers do?

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Missiaen, Noreau sent to ECHL

Defenseman Sam Noreau (2011 5th) and goaltender Jason Missiaen were sent to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors over the past two days, with Noreau sent down yesterday and Missiaen sent down today. Missiaen’s demotion means that MacKenzie Skapski (2013 6th) will stay with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, likely as the backup to Cedrick Desjardins.

In four AHL games, Noreau did not register a point and had 13 PIMs. Missiaen also played four games with the Pack, registering a .881 SV%.

Trying something new: BSB Daily Fantasy Hockey

If you’ve been following myself and Kevin on Twitter, then you’ve noticed that we spend a lot of time talking about daily fantasy hockey. Personally, I find it to be more fun than the season long stuff because I can change my roster a lot, but I have a short attention span. Anyway, we’ve been playing daily leagues against each other and three other BSB regulars, including everyone’s favorite Tommy Tabasco.

Anywho, we’ve enjoyed it, and there I just wanted to gauge interest from everyone else. I created a cheap league ($2 entry, nothing crazy) and made it for eight people. There are 5-6 of us that join regularly, so this is just a guinea pig to see if you all have interest in something like this. You can sign up for Fanduel (coincidentally it’s the site we all use) by clicking here. The league link is here.

If the league fills up before you sign up, please please please let me know in the comments, so that future leagues will increase in size.

Amid Rangers’ team wide struggles, Nash needs to be the catalyst.

Going to the dirty areas, scoring more goals. (Photo: Adam Hunger/USA Today)

Going to the dirty areas, scoring more goals. (Photo: Adam Hunger/USA Today)

Right now, outside of Anaheim, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more confident and in-form goal scorer than Rick Nash. Other than the Ducks’ Corey Perry, Nash has been the best the league has to offer as October draws to a close but unlike Perry, Nash has had very little (consistent) support to this point of the season.

While they’re different players, the start to the year Nash has enjoyed has been reminiscent of how Jaromir Jagr put his Rangers team on his back and carried them all season long on his way to that historic 54 goal season a few years back. Right now, the Rangers need Nash not only to generate the offense that he has, but to help kick start other players into life. It appeared that this additional part of Nash’s job description started in earnest against the Wild.

Prior to Monday night Mats Zuccarello had struggled mightily – much like his start to last year. Derick Brassard had also been inconsistent but both players came up with huge efforts when lined up with Nash Monday night. Looking back to the start of the year and Chris Kreider has also had his most effective games with Nash as a running mate.

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Updated: John Moore to have in-person hearing

Per Pat Leonard, John Moore will have an in-person hearing Per Bob McKenzie, Moore will have a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety, following his hit on Eric Haula last night. Moore is considered a repeat offender, as he laid a late hit on Dale Weise in the Easter Conference Finals last year. An in-person hearing carries a minimum suspension of five games. A phone hearing means the suspension will b e five games or less.

Chris Kreider will not receive any supplemental discipline, per McKenzie.

Update: McKenzie is noting that Moore’s hearing may be in-person after all.

Update 2: The NHL has confirmed this is an in-person hearing.

Wild third period boosts Rangers to victory

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

What a game that was. The New York Rangers trailed 3-0 to the Minnesota Wild heading into the third period. A comeback against the best defensive team in hockey (through six games) seemed unlikely, especially with Chris Kreider and John Moore lost to ejections. But then the lead was 3-2. After a breakdown gave the Wild a two goal lead again, the game became 4-3, then tied, then the Rangers took the lead. The Wild allowed six goals in their first six games, and that number almost doubled after the third period last night.

Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello led the way with a goal and two helpers. Rick Nash and Kevin Klein added a goal and an assist, and Matt Hunwick added a pair of assists. Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t spectacular, but he made key saves when they needed it to stay in the game. After a disastrous five period span in Montreal and The Garden, the third period erased a good portion of that.

On to the goals.

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Game 9: Rebound against the Wild

I felt like finding the most dated picture I could.

Well this is awkward.  (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America).

The Minnesota Wild are in town tonight to take on our New York Rangers. These aren’t the Wild you’re used to though, this club has allowed just nine goals (22.2 shots against/game) this season. Darcy Kuemper already has three shutouts (and an unsustainable .967 SV%), and the team plays incredible defense. The good news: Even the Rangers score more than them (16 goals so far). I’m expecting this to be a low scoring affair, so this game will wind up being 7-6 or something.

Under Mike Yeo, the Wild run a 1-2-2 forecheck which they use aggressively or conservatively depending on game situation. In the defensive zone they play a zone D pretty much exclusively. The Wild prefer to attack the blue line with speed so the Rangers are going to have to be good defending the rush tonight and not leaving Hank on an island. On special teams, the Wild run an umbrella power play and a diamond force penalty kill.

Rangers lineup (unconfirmed):

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The Rangers have had too many passengers

Marc Staal needs to be better. Especially if he wants to cash in.

Marc Staal needs to be better. Especially if he wants to cash in.

Marc Staal quite frankly has been awful, Henrik Lundqvist has been inconsistent, Martin St Louis has been on the periphery, and core players such as Mats Zuccarello have either been invisible or terrible, depending on how forgiving you are as a fan. Throughout the Rangers line-up too many players haven’t kicked into gear yet or shown nearly enough consistency.

Almost the entire roster has Rick Nash (and to a lesser extent Chris Kreider) to thank that the record isn’t a lot uglier than 4-4, eight games in. Fancy stats to one side, this team hasn’t passed the good old fashioned eye test. A lot has been made of the Rangers ‘big three’ on defense not playing well so far, and that is certainly true (McDonagh and Staal were both particularly poor in Montreal) but better contributions are required all over the line-up.

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The Rangers are bad at faceoffs, but how bad is the effect?

Dom Moore was brought back on a sensible deal - careful planning? (Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI)

Photo: Dave Sandford/NHLI

I’m sure you’ve noticed this by now, but the New York Rangers stink on faceoffs. They are at 47.2% right now as a team. Of the players that have taken at least 50 faceoffs, only Derick Brassard (55.4%) and Dominic Moore (53.3%) are above 50%. Martin St. Louis (43.6%) and Kevin Hates (24.6%, ouch) bring up the rear for players that have taken 50 faceoffs. Derek Stepan isn’t a 50% faceoff guy, so his return won’t really help in that department.

But how much does this affect the on-ice product?

Statistical Sports Consulting printed a study on the effect of faceoffs on goals, and the results are pretty interesting. They first measured the faceoff differential to yield a goal differential, then measured the probability of winning a faceoff (Note: Not 50/50, there’s skill involved).

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