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NFT: Carolina @ NY Rangers 7pm

MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 11:26 am
After that shit burger on Tuesday night, it's time for a new thread. Tonight starts the first of 4 games within the division - a division clearly better than PJ's (fellatio of the) Central. We are 2-3-2 against the Metro this year, time to improve that mark.

--Zibanejad is out tonight with a concussion. We only play 2 games in the next 7 days so cross our fingers he's back next weekend, but he's got a history of these so... I'm concerned and we cant afford to lose him for too long.

--McDonaugh, positively, is expected back tonight. A real coach that holds players accountable (like Buchnevich, JT Miller, Deangelo and Clendening in years past)... benches Holden tonight for costing us the game on Tuesday. But I'm fine with benching Kampfer instead too.. because Kampfer sucks at hockey. No news on Brendon Smith who took quite a shot to his leg late tuesday, so i'm assuming he's fine.

Not sure yet who is in net tonight. Hank could probably use another mental break, but Pavelec's 89% save percentage doesnt instill much confidence. Both will be used next weekend for the back-to-back.

Win or lose I'm taking my 6 year old son tonight to his first ever Rangers MSG home game. He's so excited he wore his jersey to school this morning (kindergarten) and is telling all his friends. That shits more important than wins and losses so I'm amped up. #LGR
6th concussion for Mika  
Giants in 07 : 12/1/2017 11:57 am : link
It's a problem
arcarsenal : 12/1/2017 12:09 pm : link
MAB stepping up to the plate. I like it.

Let's start us a new streak tonight.

Suck it, Jints.
Easy work for the Canes.  
GiantFilthy : 12/1/2017 12:11 pm : link
RE: 6th concussion for Mika  
BrettNYG10 : 12/1/2017 12:23 pm : link
In comment 13716400 Giants in 07 said:
It's a problem

I didn't realize he's had that many.
Most of them were in Sweden, I think?  
Greg from LI : 12/1/2017 12:24 pm : link
arcarsenal : 12/1/2017 12:24 pm : link
Is that true? He's had 6?

I was also not aware of that.
this report says 5 times...  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 12:30 pm : link
but still.... and as an organization that's had to endure Sauer's career ending like it did... not to mention other tragedies... fingers crossed Mika makes it back ok.

NBC sports report - ( New Window )
And that young prospect in Russia  
Jay in Toronto : 12/1/2017 12:37 pm : link
Thanks for starting a new threas -- the other one was getting unwiekdy.

Awesome re your son -- I hope you all have an event to remmeber.
RE: Easy work for the Canes.  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 1:13 pm : link
In comment 13716437 GiantFilthy said:

Canes last win at MSG was in 2011 ... lost 13 in a row here so I understand a Canes fans arrogance .... but rangers are 1-3-1 when I attend this year (with lundqvist yanked in 3 of the 5 games by second period).. so something's gotta give.
Wow, that's really concerning about Zibby.  
Mad Mike : 12/1/2017 1:21 pm : link
I had no idea of that history, have to really worry about his long-term health with that many.
Giants in 07 : 12/1/2017 1:23 pm : link
Have a blast with your son.

Not sure if it was my first time, but I remember walking into the Garden for a Rangers game when I was young and being in absolute awe.
Holden gets the start tonight  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 7:06 pm : link
Great start  
bluesince56 : 12/1/2017 7:10 pm : link
Why don't the Rangers just stipulate one goal to the other team  
baadbill : 12/1/2017 7:11 pm : link
to start each game... geez... how many games is this now they've given up a goal in the first minute or so?
Oh boy!  
Stufftherun : 12/1/2017 7:12 pm : link
Not sure why there was no call when Vesey was breaking in but it appears that call was a makeup.
I'd say the goalies are even  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 8:01 pm : link
Skinner bearing down on Holden ...  
Stufftherun : 12/1/2017 8:10 pm : link
it was as if Holden was standing still.
I have no idea how we're winning  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 8:38 pm : link
We generally look like hot garbage
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 9:07 pm : link
Get some lift on that Skjei
Grabs with  
Stufftherun : 12/1/2017 9:27 pm : link
an unconventional hat trick or at least what looks like a hat trick. Not a pretty one but got the 2 pts in regulation.
Hat trick for Grabner?  
NYerInMA : 12/1/2017 9:27 pm : link
Can't watch live but following online.
How do you guys think Nieves has looked?  
Vanzetti : 12/1/2017 9:39 pm : link
Don't get to watch as many games these days
RE: How do you guys think Nieves has looked?  
bigbluehoya : 12/1/2017 9:52 pm : link
In comment 13717369 Vanzetti said:
Don't get to watch as many games these days

My opinion - he doesnt blow you away, but hes extremely solid and responsible. Id rather have a guy like that playing 4C for my squad than wasting 2-3M of cap room.

Favorable possession metrics even with pretty heavy DZ starts, 50% face offs.
Good work tonight in his debut by MAB jr  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 9:58 pm : link
Jack gets the broadway hat.

We just rushed to the train and made it by a minute - good work. Not our best effort by any means but good to see an opponent pay for adding a 6th skater when they were dominating possession anyway and we make them pay

I'm pretty sure over half Grabners goals this year now are empty netters. Can't believe fans wasted good hats lol but We'll take it. Much needed two points with some varsity road games upcoming in Pittsburgh and Washington
Oh and that's 14 straight  
MetsAreBack : 12/1/2017 10:05 pm : link
Suck it Jints and Filthy

Carolina plays a heavy game - really good puck possession and defensive team, could be Columbus I guess down the line... but their goaltending really sucks and they don't have enough speed/finishers up front.
Congrats to your boy MAB  
Kyle in NY : 12/1/2017 11:23 pm : link
First game and first win, very nice! You guys move back to the city from down south?
arcarsenal : 12/2/2017 2:00 am : link
Nice work, MAB.

I thought of you immediately when we gave up the early goal... you were probably getting ready for another early Lundqvist exit and disappointing performance.

I really feel like Grabner's EN goals are more valuable than most will say. Having a guy who can help us ice games like that is important.

Obviously he was here last year and we still gave up a bunch of tying goals in those situations - but even in years past, we could never get that fucking goal to just end the game and always had to sweat out the entire ~90 seconds of 6v5 until it was over.

Need MIka back, but it was good to see Mac on the ice. Good win. Let's start another streak.

Suck it, Jints.
Yup Kyle  
MetsAreBack : 12/2/2017 7:59 am : link
Moved back from Florida this past June. Just in time to take it up the ass with this new tax bill and no SALT deductions lol.

Arc - agree with you and grabner is also probably our best penalty killer too. He's been a terrific addition to the team. Unfortunately I doubt they can fit him under the cap next year though
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