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New York Rangers    VERSUS     Nashville


January 17, 2012 (Game 44, Home Game 20)

Madison Square GardenNew York, New York








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Team Notes:

– The Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-0, tonight at Madison Square Garden, and are now 12-3-0 in their last 15 games.

– New York has posted a record of 29-11-4 (62 pts) on the season, including a 14-4-2 mark at home.  The Blueshirts sit atop the NHL standings, two points ahead of Chicago and St. Louis, and have opened a three-point gap over Boston for first place in the Eastern Conference standings.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Rangers: 28-11-4 (60 pts)
Predators: 25-15-4 (54 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 15


The Rangers will face-off against the Nashville Predators tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 28-11-4 (60 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Sunday at Bell Centre to snap their four-game road winning streak, and are now 11-3-0 in their last 14 games. New York has posted a record of 25-8-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Predators have posted a record of 25-15-4 (54 pts) entering their contest today at Long Island to rank sixth in the Western Conference, and have won their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, Jan. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.

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New York Rangers     VERSUS     Montreal

January 15, 2012 (Game 43, Away Game 24)
Bell CentreMontreal, Quebec

1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers
            1        0          0          –          1
Montreal Canadiens        1        3          0          –          4

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, tonight at Bell Centre to end their four-game road winning streak, and are now 10-3-0 in their last 13 games away from MSG.

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BY: Bruce Berlet

Not surprisingly, the mother of Wade Belak said the former NHL player suffered from depression before committing suicide last Wednesday.

“I think he was taking control of that,” Lorraine Belak said in a phone interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company from Nashville, Tenn. “He didn’t talk about it all the time or a lot.”

The body of the 35-year-old Belak was found in a downtown luxury hotel and condominium in Toronto where he was staying as he prepared for the reality show “Battle of the Blades,” the CBC’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” A person familiar with his death said Belak, who had eight goals, 25 assists, 136 fights and 1,263 penalty minutes in 549 NHL games for five teams in 14 seasons, hanged himself just hours after joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin on a Twitter post.

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BY: Bruce Berlet

Another tragic story rocked the pro hockey world Wednesday when another former tough guy battling personal issues, Wade Belak, was found dead in his Toronto condominium.

Belak, who was 35, announced his retirement from hockey in March and was training to compete in “Battle of the Bladers,” a Canadian Broadcasting Company show that is hockey’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Dying seeming impossible after he had posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin.

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shea-weberName a New York Rangers’ fan anywhere that wouldn’t want to see a top defensive line of Shea Weber and Marc Staal?

With the Nashville Predators’ captain in a bit of a contract squabble at the moment, what would be more fun in the midst of summer than pretending to be Glen Sather and David Poile.

As I see it, from high atop the fantasy mountain, Glen Sather has plenty of depth in defense that he can bargain with.

Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer have emerged as true talented NHL defensemen. But coming up behind them is a literal plethora of defensive talent.

Tim Erixon appears to be a lock to play in the NHL. Michael Del Zotto is due to return to form. Pavel Valentenko, needs a bit more work on his positioning, but he’s poised to make the leap soon…by the way, if you haven’t seen him unload a shot from the point yet, we’re talking power in the Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, Zdeno Chara neighborhood.

Then there’s Dylan McIlrath coming up and will contend but is probably a year away. Mikhail Pashnin and Tomas Kundratek and Lee Baldwin had a very promising season in both Greenville and Hartford.

They could easily spare Dan Girardi, who they will have to give up just to start with to make the numbers work. They’ll also likely have to send Wojtek Wolski as well. But I would also give them Sauer and McDonagh and a draft pick.

For the Rangers it’s a steep price to pay, but with the kind of numbers that Weber is piling on and given that he is only 25-years of age and bound to get even better, I would be willing to surrender that much for a player that would likely elevate this team to Stanley Cup contenders and certainly among the Top Three best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Usually theoretical trade talk isn’t something we do on this site. Who would you give up to get Weber?

Now remember, Poile isn’t going to give up his team’s best player if he doesn’t think what he’s getting back isn’t going to either a) make his team better or b) get what he thinks is equal value.

So what do you think?

(photo courtesy of talkleafs.com)


Nashville Predators Sign Brodie Dupont

By Press Release – Nashville Predators

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 8, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Brodie Dupont to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 at the AHL level.

Dupont, 24 (2/17/87), was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers on Saturday. He ranked third on the Connecticut Whale in points (14g-31a-45pts) and assists and second in power-play goals (9) in 2010-11. The Russell, Man., native made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season, appearing in a 3-2 victory over Atlanta on Jan. 22, 2011. In 297 American Hockey League games since 2007-08, Dupont has 148 points (58g-90a) and 389 penalty minutes.

A third-round selection (66th overall) of the New York Rangers in the 2005 Entry Draft, the 6-2, 210-pound left wing played 214 career games with the Western Hockey League’s Calgary Hitmen from 2003-07, registering 149 points (81g-68a) along with 324 penalty minutes.


Brodie Dupont, who’s spent the last four years in Hartford and finally broke through getting his first experience in the NHL this past year playing one game with the New York Rangers, was traded by the only team he’s ever played for as a pro to the Nashville Predators for forward Andreas Thuresson.

Thuresson is 23 years old and has played 22 games in the NHL with the Predators where he notched a goal and two helpers.

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bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

In all my years covering the New England and Hartford Whalers, few players were smarter on or off the puck, more engaging or enjoyed themselves more than Brent Peterson.

Whether the Whalers won, lost or tied, Peterson was always available for an assessment of the game, with a wisecrack usually tossed in along the way.

So Peterson’s response as Nashville Predators general manager David Poile choked up when announcing Parkinson’s disease would prevent Peterson from continuing as associate coach under Barry Trotz was vintage Brent.

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New York R VERSUS Nashville

November 27, 2010 – New York Rangers 2, Nashville Predators 1 SO (Game No. 25, Away No. 13)

* The Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-1, in the shootout tonight at Bridgestone Arena to improve to 14-10-1 overall, including a 9-4-0 mark on the road.  New York has now won four of their last five games.  Tonight’s contest marks the first time this season the Blueshirts participated in a shootout.

* Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves through regulation and overtime, and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout to improve to 9-8-1 overall with a 7-4-0 mark on the road.  Lundqvist has now posted a career record of 31-21 with a .753 save percentage in the shootout.

* The Rangers are now 6-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 18-6, and are 5-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 15-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-1- 1 mark away from MSG over the span.

* Ryan Callahan notched the game-tying goal with 6:56 remaining in the third period, and was credited with three blocked shots in 23:09 of ice time.  Callahan has now tallied two goals in as many nights, having registered a power play goal in last night’s 3-0 win at Florida.

* Erik Christensen recorded the game-deciding goal in the first round of the shootout, and has now registered 19 goals in 36 career shootout attempts (52.8%) with nine game-deciding goals.  His nine game-deciders are now tied for sixth most in the NHL all-time, and his 52.8 shooting percentage ranks ninth in the league all-time.

* Michael Del Zotto registered the primary assist on Callahan’s game-tying goal and was credited with three blocked shots in 18:31 of ice time.  Del Zotto has now recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games.

* Brandon Dubinsky tallied one assist and led all forwards with 25:44 of ice time.  He leads the team and is tied for 13th in the NHL in road points, having registered 12 of his 20 points this year away from MSG.

* The Rangers held the Predators scoreless in three power play opportunities (6:00), and have now registered a 91.1% success rate (41-45) in their last 13 games.

* Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots in the contest, and Sean Avery and Brandon Prust tied for the game-high with four hits apiece.  Marc Staal logged a team-high, 27:47 of ice time.

* After an off-day tomorrow, the Rangers will return home to face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Nov. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six nights.

The game will be televised on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.