Carolina eliminated, nobody clinches

Tuesday’s results: Islanders 3, Rangers 2 (SO) Leafs 3, Flyers 2 (OT) Tampa 3, Carolina 2 Montreal 2, Boston 0 Updated Standings: 6. NY Rangers (92) – vsMTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (92) – vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (90) – atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (89) – atNYI, vsMTL 10. NY Islanders (86) – vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ 11. Carolina (86) – vsATL, vsFLA (eliminated) To Get In: NY Rangers: A Rangers win or a Leafs loss (in regulation or OT) Tampa: A Tampa win or an OT loss, or a loss by the leafs (in regulation or OT) Montreal: Getting a

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Eastern Conference Playoff Race Scenarios

With the Rangers and Carolina winning tonight here is how the playoff race in the east looks right now and their games remaining. 6. NY Rangers (91) – atNYI, vsPTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (90) – vsCAR, vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (88) – vsBOS, atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (87) – vsPHI, atNYI, vsMTL 10. Carolina (86) – atTB, vsATL, vsFLA 11. NY Islanders (84) – vsNYR, vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ With so many teams still in the race and so games being played against each other and with the crazy 3 point games there are far too many scenarios to figure

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Inside the Numbers: Marek Malik

Some people credit the NY Rangers resurgence in the NHL last year to the dominating play of Jaromir Jagr or the stellar goaltending by rookie Henruk Lundqvist and while both of those players were significant factors I think they are over looking another key player. Marek Malik. Most people don’t really know much about Malik other than that amazing goal he scored last year in the longest shootout of the year. But he provided the Rangers much more than that. Malik is very underrated defenseman because shootout goals aside he is predominantly a defensive defenseman. He has developed into one

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Eastern Conference Playoff Predictions

Here are my eastern conference predictions. I really hate taking all the favourites but aside from an outside chance of Montreal upsetting Carolina I just can’t see any of the other underdogs winning barring unexpected key injuries. Just a note: The predictions are my predictions, not my algorithms. I am retiring the algorithm for the season as I don’t think it makes sense to use in the playoffs. I also likely won’t be making predictions on every game since it is really the series that matters. I may post some comments each day on the previous nights results and that

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Parrish, Sopel, Theodore, Richardson traded

A couple more trades have occurred over the last couple hours: 1. Luke Richardson to Toronto for 5th round pick and conditional 4th round pick 2. Sharks get Nieminen from Rangers for a 3rd round pick. 3. Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel to L.A. Kings for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini and conditional 3rd round pick 4. Montreal trades Jose Theodore to Colorado for David Aebischer At this point in his career Luke Richardson isn’t much more than a 5th/6th or depth defenseman but what this deal might be is a precursor to another in which Klee, Berg or Khavanov

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I've seen it all now…

I’ve done a lot of complaining about the referees throughout the season so far but what I have seen tonight just blows me away. In the second period of the Leafs-Rangers game there was a penalty called on Darcy Tucker. Before the Leafs touched the puck again the Rangers took it down the ice into the Leafs zone and after a bit of play McCabe was able to touch the puck and the whistle blew on the delayed penalty call. But, McCabe instead of just touching the puck slapped it down the ice and for doing so was given a

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What a goal…

It took 15 shooters but the Rangers finally won the shootout on a goal by Marek Malik. And what a beauty goal it was. The shootout was actually becoming somewhat comical watching 4th liners and defensemen try to score on the shootout. That was until Washington’s Bryan Muir scored to give the Caps a 3-2 shootout lead. But then Jason Strudwick came right back and tied it up again for the Rangers. That’s when Matt Bradley made his attempt and failed which set it up for Marek Malik to win the game for the Rangers. Not only did he win

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Dan Blackburn- How Good Could He Have Been?

On Sunday, former first-round draft pick Dan Blackburn announced his retirement at the tender age of 22. Selected 10th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was projected as their future starter and the heir apparent to Mike Richter. Then, in October of 2003, Blackburn suffered an injury to his left shoulder which resulted in nerve damage and left him unable to play for the following season. When he did return in 2004-05, it was with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL, and he sported two blockers, as his injury prevented him from

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Atlantic Division: New York Rangers

(Also posted at The Devils Advocate) Let me start off by saying that it’s great to join HockeyAnalysis.com. Over the next week or so, I will be taking a look at the Atlantic Division. The first team up is the New York Rangers. What they lost: A ton of stars and payroll. Bobby Holik, Eric Lindros, and Mike Dunham have all been lost since the Broadway Blueshirts last took the ice, and even more were shipped out before last season’s trading deadline. The biggest blow to the Rags could be the loss of captain Mark Messier, the most recent future

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