The New York Auto Show kicks off tomorrow at the Jacob Javitz Center, however last night TONY Sports caught an early preview at Automotive Rhythms Annual New York Auto Show Kick-Off. The event held at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club was co-hosted by Jaguar and the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora and Danny Ware.
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12:00 pm Michigan vs. Ohio St.—Yes, this game does not have the hype surrounding it as it once had, but it is still once of college’s greatest rivalry’s and if Rich Rodriguez is to stay in Ann Arbor he knows what he has to do today: Not only win, but win convincingly.
1:00 pm Knicks vs. Nets—Hey, somebody’s gotta win. Knicks and Nets don’t deserve high fives…
7:00 pm Panthers vs. Rangers- Rangers had a tough week of practice. Henrik Lundqvist and Gaborik can not do it by themselves. The Rangers will need help from Kotalik, Del Zotto, and the Captain Chris Drury who returns after suffering a concussion on November 7th. Dubinsky will be out, so someone is going to have to help Gaborik out offensively otherwise the Rangers could start sliding quick.
7:30 pm – Cal vs. Stanford- Stanford over the last two weeks have put up ridiculous offensive numbers against USC and Oregon, two of the best teams in the conference. With a win against 25th ranked Cal and losses by Oregon, Oregon St, and Arizona in the remaining games can give the Cardinals a Rose bowl birth. Gotta root for the geeks, sorry folks.
These are not your typical Rangers of years past. Besides their recent success over the last few seasons, the Rangers are changing their demeanor as a hockey club.
Coach John Tortorella is a fiery coach; the complete antithesis of former Ranger coach Tom Renney. We all remember during the Washington series Tortorella attempting to hop over into the stands with a stick in his hand going after an obnoxious fan. Yes, this may have been too much, and he was reprimanded for his actions; however, this is exactly the kind of intensity that his players need to bring to the ice every night.
The Rangers over these first 18 games are mean, physical, and constantly pushing the action in turn creating turnovers and scoring opportunities. Dictate the tempo! By doing this, the opposing team will play on their toes and this is exactly what creates opportunities.
Fans don’t get excited for ‘reaction’. Good teams act, and force the opposition to react. As fundamental as it sounds, it is a trait that is overlooked and why teams such as the Red Wings are in the playoff picture year after year. When you play in Detroit, the fans are amped for hockey because they know their team is going to come out and perform, and perform well. You can’t say the same for the Rangers in the place once referred to as ‘Mecca’.
What happened to when opposing teams feared coming into the Garden when players like Anthony Mason for the most part ran sh*t?
One factor that is extremely neglected in many arguments pertaining to why our New York Teams that call Madison Square Garden home are a constant disappointment year in and year out is the fact the Garden is not an intimidating place to play; but rather a place for teams to come and embarrass our beloved teams and showcase themselves on the world’s biggest sporting stage (cough, Lebron, cough) . Why can’t GM’s realize that this is New York, and regardless of what Mayor Giuliani did to clean up the streets of New York, we need to bring back the ‘nasty’ that those competitive teams had that drove fear into their opponents every time they dared to step foot into the garden. Truthfully, I think New York has lost it’s ‘gangsterness’ if you will. The hardest state in the US should have the badest nastiest dudes playing for us. Like Bart Scott, Antonio Pierce and David Lee. Wait, David Lee is the toughest dude on the Knicks.
Thats a problem.
A recent list came out talking about the most hated people in pro sports. Sean Avery was at the top of the list. Granted the list was alphabetical, but it is fair to say that if it wasn’t that he would be in the top 10. Sean Avery is the kind of guy that can even annoy his own teammates (a reason why after his “sloppy seconds” comment got him shipped out of Dallas before he returned from his suspension). But having Avery on the ice represents something. It tells the opposing team that you will be in for night of hard-hitting, taunting, and aggravation whenever he is on the ice. This psychological factor will some nights simply force teams to not play their style of play and stray from whatever their game plan was on that particular night.
So if the Rangers come out and play hard everynight and show heart, the crowd will respond and the Garden can become a factor again. With the additions of Avery and Donald Brashear, there will be a ton of physicality. Brashear guarantees one punch to be thrown during the night and Avery increases those odds even more giving the fans something they can go apeshit over.
In more Rangers team news, x-rays came back positive for RW Brandon Dubinsky indicating that he in fact had suffered a broken hand that will sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks. This is disappointing after a lengthy offseason back and forth with Rangers management about contract negotiations. After a promising start, Dubinsky will not be able to show he is worth the money he demanded.
Over the next few days, it is imperative that the Rangers take advantage of the elongated time off between games because in the following week, the Rangers starting Saturday play five games in seven nights. Albeit these games are against mediocre teams, playing that amount of hockey in a short period of time can cause trouble.
The Rangers next game is Thursday at the Garden versus the Atlanta Thrashers. After a disappointing 3-1 loss to Calgary, the Rangers need to turn it around. The Rangers will be able to do this with aggressive play and with the help of the Ranger faithful.
Free Pick: Under 5 1/2 Flames/Canadians
The Rangers rebounded and rebounded in a big way on Thursday night defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. It was a complete effort by the entire team, especially Steve Valiquette who filled in very nicely in net for Henrik Lundqvist limiting the Oilers to only 2 goals.
Coach John Tortorella obviously was in his players ears during Wednesdays practice because the Rangers skated for the entire 60 minutes. There was not one time during that game when the win was in jeopardy. The Rangers struck early and simply never showed any signs of letting up.
An old sports adage goes “you can’t score if you don’t shoot”. The Rangers on Thursday night were able to score multiple goals because of a season high 39 shots on goal. They also took advantage when they were on the power play scoring three of the four goals on the power play.
Ales Kotalik had a huge night for the Rangers as he tallied three points with an amazing goal during the 2nd period from whom else but Marian Gaborik. Gaborik and Callahan were constantly involved in the action as both recorded three-point nights.
One play which stood out was during the second power play when Marian Gaborik made a beautiful pass to the point through two defenders setting up the slap shot goal by Kotalik.
And FYI, if you haven’t noticed, Marian Gabroik will be mentioned in approximately 93 percent of all of my hockey posts. It’s not because I have a man crush, the guy is straight filthy and will be the biggest acquisition made by any team this entire season.
Finally, the Rangers defense also came through last night as they killed off power play after power play after some lazy defense which in turn caused a few penalties. Rozsival again was a non factor which is baffling after his strong play during the entire last season; however, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal played extremely well defensively completely shutting down the Oilers.
All in all, the win was solid and it was exactly what the Rangers needed to accomplish. The Rangers have the night off tonight and will play a tough road game against the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Look for the Rangers to skate well and leave it all on the ice again as it will be their last game till next Thursday.
|(10-6-1, 21 pts)|
|Flames Saturday 10:00pm|
|(9-4-1, 19 pts)|
Free Pick for November 6th: Toronto/Carolina Under 6 -115