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01-05-2012, 09:07 PM
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A while back, when the Pens were the toast of the town, I stated that January 6th would be the first time this season in which we would be caught up in games with the Pens.

Both teams have played 38 games. Rangers have an eight point lead and have 6 more ROW's.

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Calgary is ****ing useless.

Boston can pile on these crappy teams all they want, I still don't believe they are this good against the top-tier teams.
I agree.

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01-05-2012, 09:11 PM
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That Yukupov interview is hilarious!

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01-05-2012, 09:17 PM
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All you can do is play the games on the schedule...but they are 6-1-0 vs the the "tougher" Atlantic division. Their goal differential the last 2 games is better than the entire seasons goal differential of 22 teams.
That's fine but the poster I was responded do laughed at somebody's notion that the Bruins didnt do well against the top teams, which we know is true.

They are 1-1 against the Flyers and 1-0 against the Pens. Beating the Isles and devils in 4 games means nothing to me.

In the Pens game, they were outshot 46-27, including 33-16 over the final two periods.

The Bruins have nothing to prove because they are the defending champs. But they have taken advantage of a very easy early schedule and weak division.

The Rangers have the best record in hockey against teams with the highest winning pct. To me, that matters more than beating up on average to above average teams.

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01-05-2012, 09:41 PM
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Sweden takes it in OT, awesome.

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01-05-2012, 11:05 PM
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Calgary is a joke of a team anyway.

Like I said, Boston v. Rangers is going to be a marquee match up in the regular season.

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01-05-2012, 11:09 PM
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Calgary is a joke of a team anyway.

Like I said, Boston v. Rangers is going to be a marquee match up in the regular season.
The Bruins are the standard in the East. I'm looking forward to seeing how we play against them. Dave Maloney had Dave Lozo from NHL.com on between the 2nd and 3rd period tonight, and Lozo said that the only team in the East that he believes can take the Bruins to 7 games is the Rangers, because they are deep on D, can roll four lines and have the goaltender. He said forget it about everyone else.

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01-05-2012, 11:45 PM
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Well on the kind of bright side, chicago lost.

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01-06-2012, 01:33 AM
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Rangers are something like 6-2 against Boston in the past 2 years. They dont scare me. They are a good team. They play a VERY similar game to us.

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01-06-2012, 01:34 AM
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Rangers are really built to beat a team like Boston...the teams that give us trouble are the elite speed teams. Montreal comes to mind right off the bat....super speedy teams give us fits...the slower, physical teams dont scare me nearly as much...and before anyone says St. Louis, ill just say, 1 bad game does not a season make. Rangers were lethargic to the nth degree in that one.

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01-06-2012, 06:12 AM
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No matter how you look at it Boston will be tough, regardless of who is built to have an advantage. The Rangers have been good at getting that Vezina winner off his game which has a lot to do with their success.

Guess we'll see.

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01-06-2012, 08:51 AM
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I'm so sick of hearing about the Bruins.

I don't care if they blew out Calgary--one of the worst teams. I mean that's like the being impressed the Yankees blew the Royals out....

Let me see them score 9 on Lundqvist. THAT will be impressive.

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01-06-2012, 09:14 AM
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Rangers are something like 6-2 against Boston in the past 2 years. They dont scare me. They are a good team. They play a VERY similar game to us.

The difference between the Rangers and Boston, in my mind is that, the Rangers are learning what is needed to be successful, while not having experienced such success in the playoffs. Boston has already gone through that process. I don't fear Boston in an intimidating fashion. But, I respect that their group has shown the mental fortitude that it takes to win a Cup. The Rangers are not at that point yet, and, until they do, Boston has an advantage. That is the same reason I fear the Pens. They know what it takes to win the Cup.

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01-06-2012, 09:16 AM
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The Islanders, Kings, and Ducks are tied for last in the league in goals FOR with 88.

The Bruins have a goal DIFFERENTIAL of +69.

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01-06-2012, 09:23 AM
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http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=1069763&page=2

Gotta like non-NYR fans Putting both MDZ and Step in the top-10 of the 2008 draft. Home run for us that year. Not bad for the 20th and 51st picks.

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01-06-2012, 09:30 AM
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The Islanders, Kings, and Ducks are tied for last in the league in goals FOR with 88.

The Bruins have a goal DIFFERENTIAL of +69.
Jesus that is just rediculous.

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Hockeybuzz mentioning Calgary may be looking to deal players sooner rather than later.

Take it with this:


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01-06-2012, 09:51 AM
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Look at the Calgary roster. One long term deal after another. Its hard to move contracts unless you have the Habs trading for those contracts. The money owed and at the lengths remaining aren't worth taking on. Iginla would fetch a good return even with another year left. Glencross is a good player but he has three more years left. What would Kiprusoff bring back? He's getting up there in years and has 2 more years left. The last year is worth $1M in salary. Nearly $6M cap.

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01-06-2012, 10:09 AM
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Look at the Calgary roster. One long term deal after another. Its hard to move contracts unless you have the Habs trading for those contracts. The money owed and at the lengths remaining aren't worth taking on. Iginla would fetch a good return even with another year left. Glencross is a good player but he has three more years left. What would Kiprusoff bring back? He's getting up there in years and has 2 more years left. The last year is worth $1M in salary. Nearly $6M cap.
Jokinen, Stempniak, Hannan, Sarich all could be rentals

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01-06-2012, 01:15 PM
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I'm so nervous about trading for rentals. I know an Iginla or Doan would put this team in a good position, but this team is nowhere near their peak yet. A team like Carolina during their cup run needed rentals, it was a small window of opportunity. Our window has just opened.

Can't wait until Miller and Kreider join the team. Big, physical winners.

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01-06-2012, 01:25 PM
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I'm so nervous about trading for rentals. I know an Iginla or Doan would put this team in a good position, but this team is nowhere near their peak yet. A team like Carolina during their cup run needed rentals, it was a small window of opportunity. Our window has just opened.

Can't wait until Miller and Kreider join the team. Big, physical winners.
I tend to agree. Unless its a sideways move just to address a specific need (like moving Wolski, EC, etc for that "mean-streak #6 D-man" or "4th line C faceoff specialist"), i say hold on for now, see where this playoff run gets you, and then prepare for the future.

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01-06-2012, 02:28 PM
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Hockeybuzz mentioning Calgary may be looking to deal players sooner rather than later.

Take it with this:

Dozens of grains of salt?

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The difference between the Rangers and Boston, in my mind is that, the Rangers are learning what is needed to be successful, while not having experienced such success in the playoffs. Boston has already gone through that process. I don't fear Boston in an intimidating fashion. But, I respect that their group has shown the mental fortitude that it takes to win a Cup. The Rangers are not at that point yet, and, until they do, Boston has an advantage. That is the same reason I fear the Pens. They know what it takes to win the Cup.
Excellent point! The teams that have gone deeper do have somewhat of an advantage in that sense. Time will tell for us as to where we stand against the better teams(Bruins, Pens in the east; Black Hawks, Canucks, Red Wings and Sharks in the west). I would still like us to pick up another body at the deadline; preferably a guy like Shane Doan who is big, physical and skilled.

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One thing about the Bruins is that their team shooting percentage is probably unsustainable. Of course they still have great defense, but the odds of them scoring like this for the rest of the year are pretty low

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NHL realignment is out the window as the NHLPA rejected it.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=610343

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