Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Anisimov, Rozsival Injury Updates

It is being reported by everyone that the injury to Artem Anisimov was to his right ankle and he sustained it during the second period blocking a shot.  Artem tried playing through the pain for the rest of the period but it became worse and worse so they took him out for the rest of the game.  He is said to be getting an MRI on the ankle tomorrow, but was limping after the game.  Will see what the update is tomorrow and in the coming days, but as of now I wouldnt bank on him being there Friday vs Carolina.

On Rozsival who missed the last minutes of the 3rd the injury was to his knee and called a hyper-extension but not considered to be too serious and Tortorella seemed to suggest he should be in there Friday.  Will look out for anything new on this tomorrow as well.

Rangers vs Thrashers Recap: Rangers Come Up Inches Short While Playing Miles Away

The Rangers took the ice tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers looking to extend their 3 game winning streak.  Earlier in the evening it was reported that for the first time since October 19, 2009 Henrik Lundqvist would not make a home start for the Rangers and instead it would be Martin Biron.  For 20 minutes of the game they played like they wanted to actually win a fourth in a row, but for the other 40 they were playing somewhere other than the Garden.
Details of Game, Thoughts Inside.

Biron Starting vs Atlanta; D Update

In a somewhat surprise move the Rangers are going with Martin Biron tonight vs the Thrashers and not Henrik Lundqvist.  Biron played very well last week against Toronto and the Rangers will look for a similar type performance tonight.  The Rangers have said all off-season they brought Biron in to give Henrik more rest during the year so he can be fresher down the stretch and this would be an example of that.  Only issue I have is they keep doing it in games sandwiched around days off instead of in back-to-back situations so far.

In other news Eminger and Gilroy will be the 3rd pair tonight and Sauer is out again.  If this is anything other than an injury it is a mistake.  For some reason beyond me it seems Torts wants to find ways to get Eminger in the lineup and even if that is the case Sauer has outplayed both Gilroy and Eminger.

Dylan "Truck" McIlrath Fight Destruction Video Oct 13, 2010

In case anyone needed something to get excited for the game tonight or just wanted something to pass 1:24 seconds of the time, lol.

Dylan McIlrath vs John Neibrandt Oct 13, 2010:

Dylan absolutely destroys this guy. Most impressive part was the effectiveness of the left jab.

Non-Ranger Injury News: Colby Armstrong out 4-6 Weeks

Yes, as the title indicates this is non Ranger news and I only mention it at all because of all the fan calls for Armstrong to be dealt with to get some sort of retaliation for Armstrong knocking Gaborik out of the lineup. Reports this morning are indicating that Armstrong, who left last night's game vs Florida in the first period, has injured his hand and will require surgery forcing him to miss the next 4-6 weeks.  Obviously this would mean he will not be in the lineup this Saturday when the Rangers play the Leafs for the 3rd time on the short season.  Some might say it is a form of karma from the Hockey G-d's if you believe in that sort of thing.  Personally as I said before we played Toronto last week, get revenge where it counts on the scoreboard/in the standings first and if you get a chance to send a message without hurting the club go for it.  I have never will never call for someone to try and injure someone because I don't believe that should be part of the game, but injuries themselves are and this one will hurt Toronto.

In the meantime if you missed the update on Gaborik yesterday he is working out without a sling, hoping to skate by early next week.

New York Rangers vs Atlanta Thrashers Pregame

Rangers (4-2-1) vs Atlanta (3-4-1)
Key Opposing Player: Andrew Ladd (2-6-8)
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Callahan
Avery - Stepan – Fedotenko
Frolov - Christensen - Prust
Boogaard - White - Boyle

Staal - Rozsival
Del Zotto - Girardi
Gilroy/Sauer/Eminger (2 of 3)

(No announcement yet on the 3rd pair, would assume Sauer plays if over soreness)

Ethan Werek Radio Interview 10/14/2010

Just found this radio interview from New York Rangers prospect Ethan Werek from about two weeks ago (10/14).  Ethan is always great to listen to because of his intelligence, poise and drive being obvious in his answers. Ranger fans should be very proud not just of the quality of hockey players that the organization is drafting but also the quality of people they are.  When you draft winning type players, leaders the organization and the team will be all the better for it.

Give it a listen. Excellent questions and answers from Offsides on CFRC 101.9

Interview inside