A preview of the Rangers.
Leading Scorer: Jaromir Jagr 14 points (3 goals, 11 points)
Last Game: 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders Nov. 6.
Last Game Against The Penguins: 1-0 loss in Pittsburgh, Oct. 23.
Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Nigel Dawes. While he only has 3 goals all season, we feel you always need to fear a man named Nigel in every facet of life.
Ex-Penguins: Michal Roszival, Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka (injured), Rick Kehoe, professional scout.
Useless Rangers Trivia: Jaromir Jagr is one of six first round draft picks from the 1990 draft to have played for the Penguins. The others include Petr Nedved, Darryl Sydor, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky, Shawn Antoski and Bryan Smolinski.
Best Rangers YouTube Video We Could Find: The montage from opening night at Madison Square Garden this season.
THEY CAN STILL SWEEP THE RANGERS
The Penguins bid to sweep the Flyers ended with a 3-1 defeat.
-EN friend Eric Mocadlo went all Dwight Stone on a t-shirt that was launched into the stands. The shirt hit a hand a few rows ahead of us and then bounced off Mocadlo's shoulder and into the hands of young boy behind us.
-Dany Sabourin is in net.
-R.J. Umberger, a native of Plum, is announced as being in the starting lineup. A healthy cheer is given.
-Ryan Whitney's groin is apparently still bothering him and he is not in the lineup. Jarkko Ruutu and Colby Armstrong are also scratched. The announcement of Armstrong's benching draws a smattering of boos.
-Spectacular effort by Jeff Jimerson on the national anthem as always.
19:32: Sidney Crosby tries to skate through traffic but has the puck taken away. Daniel Briere steals it and sends a pass through traffic. Joffrey Lupul settles it and snaps it past Rob Scuderi and Dany Sabourin. Mocadlo says, "This is going to be a long night." Flyers 1-0.
19:03: We see that Tyler Kennedy is getting time up on the second line along with Jordan Staal and Petr Sykora. Kennedy's been playing fine, but does it seem as if Michel Therrien has an inflated opinion of his abilities?
16:53: As Georges Laraque tries to get Flyers goon Ben Eager to dance, Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey explain Remembrance Day.
14:37: As the Flyers come in offsides, Scott Upshall whips a puck on net almost two seconds after the whistle. Brooks Oprik takes exception and hooks Upshall by the glove. Orpik and Sykora push him against the boards and crowd gathers. After a brief scrum, the official separate everyone.
14:27: Another giveaway leads to another goal. Sergei Gonchar gives away the puck behind the Penguins net. Scott Hartnell jumps on it quickly and slides a pass into the slot to a wide open Jeff Carter who punches a puck past a helpless Sabourin. Flyers 2-0.
13:33: As the play is stopped by a whistle, Ryan Malone staggers Upshall along the boards with a big hit. A scrum ensues with Hartnell shoving Malone, Orpik jumping Hartnell, Jason Smith going after Orpik and Arn Anderson of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew laying a spinebuster on Smith. It takes the officials about 38 minutes to figure out the penalties. In the end, the Penguins end up with a power play. Braydon Coburn gets a holding penalty while Oprik and Smith go off for roughing. The Minnesota Wrecking Crew gets the tag team titles.
9:38: Maxime Talbot and Laraque gave out some free "pizzas" to kids in the student rush line. We hope they also let those poor kids use the restrooms after eating that garbage Pizza Hut calls pizza. Tie Domi unavailable for comment.
4:16: As we comeback from commercial, we see Ray Shero clicking away on his Blackberry. He's texting Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong about a trade for Marty Turco or he's just trying to find someone to grab a beer at Shales.
0:36: Evgeni Malkin takes a loose puck in the Penguins' zone and tries to break out for a breakaway. Kimmo Timmonen basically leg sweeps him and knocks him down. As a delayed penalty is called, Crosby takes the loose puck in the neutral zone and enters the offensive zone on a two-on-one. He sends a crossing pass pass through the skates of Randy Jones and Ryan Malone redirects it with his skate into the net. A review confirms the goal. Flyers 2-1.
0:00: End of period. Flyers 2, Penguins 1.
-Cotton candy heeeee!!!! Cotton candy heeee!!!
-Dan Potash is flustered by the idea of Ryan Malone hugging him. We'd be thrown off too if a large, sweaty tattooed guy wanted to hug us.
-Ron Hextall's first career goal is shown:
-Potash interviews Steve Williamson, the guy who is going to 30 games in 30 nights. Visit his site http://30gamesin30nights.com/.
19:20: Along the Flyers bench, Orpik and Umberger start throwing punches. It's a spirited affair that ends with the Umberger putting Orpik in a headlock over the boards at the Philadelphia bench. When the scoreboard shows Umberger with a cut on his forehead, the fans celebrate with a pretty classless cheer. Even if it was because of a fight, you shouldn't ever cheer when a player is injured.
18:19: A two-on-one develops with Crosby leaving a drop pass to Malkin who hesitates and then passes it back to Crosby. Neither player is able get a decent shot off despite having clear shots available to them on net. They're two of the most talented players in the league. One of them needs to finish on that.
11:14: After a Martin Biron stops a shot by Gonchar in the slot, a two-on-one develops with Mike Richards and Lupul on Alain Nasreddine. Richards simply blows a wrister by Sabourin's blocker for an all-too-easy goal. Flyers 3-1.
0:00: End of period. Flyers 3, Penguins 1.
-Is it fair to call the power-play unit with Gary Roberts, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor the Arthritis power-play unit?
-FSN gives its obligatory Mike Yeo shot on the bench.
18:23: Ben Roethlisberger and Jeff Reed are at the game and receive applause. Roethlisberger is sitting in Mario Lemieux's box while Reed is sitting in the crowd. Guess which player we like better. (Hint: It's the one that's always semi-naked in pictures on the Internet.)
14:17: Talbot's first career goal from the 2005-06 season is shown:
Why oh why can't Antero Nittymaki be playing this game tonight?
9:55: Daniel Briere gets whistled for a hold and at this point, we wonder if the Penguins are aloud to decline the penalty.
8:40: The power play at this point consists of Laraque, Malone, Christensen, Gonchar and Sydor.
8:20: Recchi boards Jones from behind. Luckily Jones is fine. Recchi gets two minutes.
1:32: Sabourin leaves the net for an extra attacker.
1:27: The Penguins go on the power play again and call a timeout, but why bother? The team's effort for the third period has been so poor, why would they be interested in playing the last 1:27? That said, Michel Therrien is looking sharp in his black pinstriped suit and black and blue tie with the poppy.
0:00: End of period. Flyers 3, Penguins 1.
-The only forwards to get more ice time than Mark Recchi (15:41) where Petr Sykora (16:43), Ryan Malone (18:12), Evgeni Malkin (20:52) and Sidney Crosby (23:41).
-It's probably time to start questioning Recchi's place on this team. He's definitely not a first-liner anymore. We don't think anyone doubts that. But can he be a third or fourth liner who will be relied on to be more of mucker and grinder? He's never been afraid to play that game, but it's hardly his specialty.
-Why was Armstrong scratched again? Granted, he certainly hasn't been productive points-wise, but he's hardly the only one. He still is a quality penalty killer and he provides a physical presence few others can. He's hardly the biggest problem in regards to this team's slump.
-Is it fair to put out an APB on Jordan Staal?
-Did Simon Gagne play last night? The stats say he was on the ice for over 18 minutes, but we didn't notice him at all out there.
-You have to wonder how much Ryan Whitney's absence affected a power play that was the third best in the NHL before last night when it went 0-for-7.
-The best jerseys we saw: The Gilles Meloche Oakland Seals may have been the best we've ever seen. Mario Lemieux Laval Voisins, Ulf Samuelsson, Paul Coffey, Rod Brind'Amour Flyers and John LeClair Flyers.
-While walking out of the arena along Center Ave. we saw a group of Flyers fans whooping it up. A Penguins fan chucked an almost full drink at the group and ended up hitting a woman in an Alexei Kovalev Penguins jersey. Nice.
-In last night's copy of Ice Time, an article about the masks of Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin discussed the brick design of Fleury's mask. He says he was inspired partially by the mask of former Quebec Nordiques' goaltender Stephane Fiset. Very cool.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-A broadcast of Saturday's game in Philadelphia will be available through Yahoo to anyone outside the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia markets.
-Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start tonight.
-You probably shouldn't plan on dusting the cobwebs off that Aleksey Morozov jersey anytime soon.
-Sidney Crosby is now one of the background images for the NHL's YouTube channel.
-Former Penguins forward John LeClair was charged with drunk driving.
(Kudos to EN reader Michael Janicki of Fair Lakes, Va. for sending us the link.)
-Jeff Taffe is doing pretty good down at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-In the ECHL, Wheeling fell to Cincinnati, 4-0.
-ESPN clown... er... "analyst" Barry Melrose got into some trouble for saying Newark, N.J. is kind of a dump. That's like getting in trouble for saying Buffalo is kind of snowy.
-Islanders center Mike Comrie and Hilary Duff did something bad.
-Former Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke, who butted heads publically with former Flyers center Eric Lindros, says Lindros is hall of fame material.
-Clark MacArthur scores his first goal of the season in overtime and helps the Sabres claim a much-needed 2-1 win against Boston.
-The Senators established a team record by claiming their eight consecutive win, a 5-1 defeat of the rival Maple Leafs Tuesday.
-Ilya Kovalchuk scored an amazing goal but was injured in the Thrashers' 2-1 defeat of Washington Wednesday.
-Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella says players aren't as tough as they used to be. They used to walk to the rink barefoot through the snow uphill both ways too.
-Florida forward Rotislav Olesz will be out indefinitely with a wrist injury. Also it's looking like former Penguins defenseman Noah Welch will be out until March at least with a shoulder injury.
-A three-goal outburst in 3:57 in the third period gave the Blackhawks a 5-2 win against the Blue Jackets.
-It looks like the Predators will remain Nashville until 2011 at least.
-In the Stars' 3-1 win against the Sharks, Mike Modano scored two goals and became the high-scoring American-born player in NHL history with 1,233 career points. He passed up Phil Housley (1,232).
Last night on the NHL Network, which you must get if you're a hockey fan, we came across this wonderful statistic. The progression of the all-time points record for American born scorers:PlayerDate He Claimed
The RecordPointsCecil DillonMarch 3, 1940298Tommy WilliamsApril 5, 1979430Reed LarsonFeb. 18, 1984685Joe MullenJan. 13, 19901,063Phil HousleyMarch 13, 19991,232Mike ModanoNov. 7, 20071,233
-Peter Muller's first career hat trick helped the Coyotes win a wild 6-5 overtime game against the Ducks.
-ESPN's John Buccigross has a pretty entertaining Q&A with Sharks center Jeremy Roenick.
-The Kings recalled forward Matt Moulson, a former Penguins prospect, from Manchester of the AHL. They had sent him down three days earlier.
-A three-point night by Ian Laperrierre helped the Avalanche claim a 4-3 shootout win against the Oilers.
-Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf is having some leg troubles.
-With scoring down again this year, an unnamed NHL executive says to expect bigger nets next season.
-James Mirtle takes a look at what it really means to be a "small-market" team. It's some eye-opening stuff.