Rangers Playoffs Picture Taking Shape: Great Gazoo Marty St Louis to Rescue?

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Martin_St_Louis Great_Gazoo Meet_The_Matts21 PENN PLAZA, NYC – The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are right around the corner and the Rangers Playoffs Picture (we’re leaving the possessive “s” off for SEO purposes) is taking shape. The Bruins, Penguins, Habs and Lightning have all clinched playoff berths in the East. The Rangers are holding onto second place in the Metro Division, playing some good hockey of late. The Blueshirts have been helped by the fact that, lately, the Philadelphia Flyers have lost the ability to put the biscuit in the basket.
Right now, barring a Flyers collapse and a surge by the Ex Rangers  Blue Jackets, New York will meet Philadelphia in the first round. I’m not a huge fan of that match-up. Not even considering how well the Rangers have played and how poorly the Flyers have played recently. I think the Rangers have a tough time against teams that play a physical game. Alain Vigneault’s team just isn’t built to bang with the best of them. NHL: Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning not since trading away Ryan Callahan. On  a side note, Cally has had a good run of form in Tampa since the trade. Good for him. I hope things work out for him down there in the Sunshine State.

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Dubunsky: Island of Misfit Rangers

In the early 2010′s a crack commando line of hockey players was sent to Ohio for hockey plays they couldn’t make. I think the Rangers match up better against Columbus and their Island of Misfit Rangers than they do agains the Flyers. The Flyers have been playing the same way since the 70′s and the Rangers have always struggled to cope. Sure there have been wins, but they never come easy. Sort of like the Mets at CitiFieldor anywhere else… But with Columbus’ win against Philly last night, the Blue Jackets are just two points behind the Flyers for third place in the Metropolitan Division. If Philadelphia keeps struggling to score, then I may get my wish and Columbus may get that third seed. But I guess I should be careful what I wish for. 

Martin St Louis Great Gazoo Meet_The_Matts St. Louis, whom the Rangers acquired in the Callahan trade – and whom The Matts interviewed for yesterday’s podcast - finally scored for the Blueshirts Tuesday night. The goal came in Vancouver against John Tortorella, who was St. Louis’ manager in Tampa for their Cup run in 2004. Hopefully, the goal gets Marty/The Great Gazoo motoring heading into the playoffs. I know the Rangers have recently been stout defensively (Calgary game last week aside), but they will need the goals.  I’m still not convinced that this AV style of hockey will keep pucks out of the net. I hope I’m wrong.

Raphael+Diaz+New+York+Rangers+v+New+Jersey+xAvgKFn7nsKlRyan Mcdonagh has been outstanding  both defensively and offensively. He took a knock Tuesday night but hopefully his shoulder will be fine for a playoff run. Recent acquisition Raphael Diaz (he’s Swiss if you’re wondering) has been solid at both ends of the ice also. His defending is a bit cavalier at times but it gets the job done. And he has a slapshot that makes Al Iafrate’s look like concussed Short Matt’s.

Saturday night, the Rangers have a chance to clinch a playoff spot at home against an Ottawa Senators team that needs to win out, plus get some help elsewhere to make the playoffs… The Flyers have a tough one in Boston Saturday, followed by a trap-game against the Sabres on Sunday… Columbus plays the Blackhawks tonight and a Jeckyl & Hyde Islanders team on Sunday. It should be an interesting run-in to the playoffs. Watch this space…

Tune in tomorrow for our Great Gazoo, Junoir Blaber.

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Different Matt is our cunning Cornell grad/rugby player. "Diff" joined us just after the switch from being "Mets only" to an all-sports stop. He's a Yankee fan; thus he was "different." Aside from the Yanks, he's a diehard NY Giants, NY Rangers and NY Knicks fan. He also likes long walks on the beach and cappuccinos and nearly died in Las Vegas.
  • Big Blue 56

    Tough shootout win in Denver last night but still a point.

    • Different Matt

      It’s frustrating to give up a point in the last minute of a game but if you told me last week that the rangers would win 2 of 3 in western Canada and get a point against a red hot avalanche team, I’d take it.

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        No Props (Proper Recognition) for the Gazoo stuff? #Dissed(Disrespected)MTMPhotoDept

        • Amy2ndRow

          I thought dissed was dismissed! ha ha

        • Different Matt

          Thanks. I guess.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            You are welcome!

  • Cheesybruin

    Diff, you are correct in your assessment of possible playoff matchups. The Flyers as I predicted a few weeks ago, wouldn’t make the post season based upon a dreadful schedule so I think the Rangers will be able to avoid them. Likewise do I dread the Bruins playing the Red Wings as no team will want to square off against them as they get healthy for the playoffs.

    • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

      We do NOT concur! The Broad Street Bullies represent no threat to the collective psyche of the Broadway Blues. The last group we want to see is Rick Nash’s ex mates and the discarded Rangers winning at 1 Penn Plaza. Bring on Philthy.

    • Different Matt

      I hope you’re right about the Flyers not making the playoffs. But I still distinctly remember 2010 when the Rangers needed 2 points against Philly on the last day of the season. Winner got into the playoffs and loser went home. The Flyers won in a shoot out after Olli Jokkinen didn’t even get a shot off. The rangers watched from the couch as the Flyers played their way into the Stanley Cup Finals. Let’s hope the Flyers don’t get hot again.

      • Cross Czech

        That was a different situation and different team. This team is playing loose and confident and isn’t facing a single elimination game. I agree with baldy.

      • GrindingAx

        I’m a Diehard Ranger fan but this year anything in the playoffs would be a bonus.
        Do not like Pepi Lepew for Cally trade.

  • jgclancy

    My A’s kept down Angry Ward’s pesky Mariner’s with a nice Coco Crisp walkoff homer in the 12th…..nice.
    Go A’s!

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Quick Summary of yesterday’s Mets Matt-inee with Big Al Sternberg, Fake Sandy Alderson and the Sternberg Twins:
    -You constantly have to scan the stadium for the most basic of game info, as it shifts all over.
    -If Travis D’arnaud (that’s for Clancy in the lower case “C” for Looey Castillo) is 6″2″, then we’ve got Michael Landon’s hair.
    -The place was empty
    -The Mets stink
    -We still had fun and sat right behind the dugout. Literally.

    • jgclancy

      So you went to a Mets game and didn’t drink? You get a lower c grade for that.

    • SAF

      Can we confirm the shortest lines for Shake Shack in the greater metropolitan area?

      • Different Matt

        Come for the baseball. Stay for the burgers.

        • Dude

          come for the burgers, stay for the beer which you can throw at the players when you waltz down to better unoccupied seats.

  • D

    really hoping the rangers go far in the playoffs, and hopefully the knicks get in and at least make the first round go 7 games… anything to delay watching the mets, who may have just set the record for a season ending first series. its really insulting what management is putting on the field.

    • Different Matt

      The Knickerbockers have a tall task ahead of them to make the playoffs. The win against the Nets the other night is a good start though.

      • Dude

        yes they do, but the hawks are in the tank so that seems to be helping matters. anything to delay the mortuary that is flushing.

    • dannybax

      I am worried about the ‘upper body injury’ to McDonagh. He could have a torn shoulder and that will keep from being physical and shooting.

  • Cookies Corner

    I hope the Rangers keep things going. It’s always such a bummer when they move on only to get crushed in the first round.

    In other news.. is ANYBODY really shocked that yet again.. something STUPID came out of Mike Francesa’s mouth!?!? Can’t we just ignore him so he goes away already?

    • Different Matt

      The Daniel Murphy thing is the biggest non-story in history. Francessa is just a miserable old man who has to spend five hours a day talking about sports he doesn’t like.

      • GrindingAx

        I can’t believe that he still has that afternoon slot. He is a nasty arse who repeats himself over and over.
        He is a nasty arse who repeats himself over and over.

        • GrindingAx

          Mike franfatsa repeats himself over and over again

          • Cookies Corner

            Amy2ndRow is so right. Mike Franfatsa repeats himself over and over again. Pass the Diet Coke.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Uh, Cookie… Grinding Ax made the Franchesta comments.

          • Cookies Corner

            I’m seeing Amy2ndRow having made the comment I agreed with. And to start, I simply asked why anyone cared and could we just ignore him. I comment and i get criticized for what?!?! Sheesh.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Now, now Cookie… But we are confused. You’re agreeing with Amy in the Francesa thread? She’s talking word definitions. And we’re too busy to argue with you… We’re watching the Mets reinvent ways to lose.

          • GrindingAxWalter

            Mike Franfatsa repeats himself over and over and over again. Who is Amy2ndRow?
            I always sit upfront

          • buffalobilly84

            That is funny and true.

          • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

            Agreed!

    • SAF

      I really hope that his wife and others in his family give him the whupping he so richly deserves! Really anyone beating on Francesa would please me to no end. And I am going back to calling Boomer Esiason Norman.

  • http://rugbywrapup.com/ RugbyWrapUp

    Hockey players and rugby players are cut from the same cloth; tough but polite.

  • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

    Laides and Germs, we’d be remiss if we didn’t salute Dude for commenting… He and Dudette just became happy parents of a little Dude!

    • SAF

      Awesome! Yay Dude and Dudette! And little Dude, while I dont know your Ma, I can tell you, you chose a mighty fine Pa to be born to! Well done all around!

      • http://meetthematts.com/ Meet The Matts

        Jackson Samuel Dude

  • jgclancy

    Mets….win???

  • Junoir Blaber

    Need the Rangers to make the playoffs but I am confident that this soft style will have the rangers found wanting as the playoffs heat up!

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