The Maven's Haven

  • Wednesday, June 11, 2014


    Yes, there is something left in the Rangers' tank -- and it's not just the return of Dan Carcillo. With Game 4 on tap tonight and the threat of a four-game sweep staring them in the face, the Blueshirts are not yet doomed against the Kings. Not by a long shot or a snapshot. And, yes, there are reasons for hope. Consider the following: LUCK: Let's face it, Lady Luck plays a major part in any playoff...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Read Stan Fischler's Game 1 Recap

    On Saturday, the Rangers and Kings resume the Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center, and anyone who thinks he or she can figure this series out has another thing coming ... at least if the opener offers any barometer of the action. As even-steven as any match can be, it wasn't decided until Justin Williams exploited a Dan Girardi error in sudden death to give the Kings the 3-2 OT victory.  The loss...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    Who Said It Would Be Easy for Rangers?

    A bad clear here, and an unexpectedly fallen Ranger there, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final wasn’t as bad as Humpty Dumpty’s fall-off-the-wall because Old Dumpty couldn’t be put together again. The Rangers can. And as they prepare for Game 2 Saturday night at Staples Center against the Big, Bad Kings, the issue is methodology. Translated: Do the Blueshirts prevail? The Maven believes that fixing...
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    The Impossible Takes a Little Longer

    Nothing is impossible. The way the Marines put it, “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” The Rangers’ version of that Marines hymn will have to start Wednesday night at The Garden. Down three games to zip after the Monday night 3-0 defeat, the Blueshirts can only look to one team for inspiration.  To this day, the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs remain the only club...
  • Monday, June 09, 2014

    Home On The Rangers - Hopefully An Advantage

    Now that the Rangers have returned to Madison Square Garden and eagerly await their first home game of the Stanley Cup Final, one must find words to describe what's ahead tonight against the invading Kings.  Not a single Blueshirt wanted to come home two games down in the best-of-seven series. Perhaps the best word to describe the dressing room feeling is frustration. "We played close to nine periods...
  • Sunday, June 08, 2014

    Pulsating Sudden Death And The Kings Prevail

    Home is where the heart is, and for the Rangers, hopefully, their first victory in the Stanley Cup Final. With Game 3 coming up at The Garden on Monday night, one wonders whether these teams can settle a playoff contest in regulation time.  On Saturday night Los Angeles annexed a most controversial 5-4 triumph on Dustin Brown's goal at 10:26 of the second sudden death. However, the officiating...
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers-Penguins Preview

    RANGERS RECORD: 3-3-0; PENGUINS RECORD: 3-3-0 THEME: Rally around cally
    PLUS: Michael Del Zotto has been instrumental in the Rangers last two wins. The 22-year-old blueliner has four points (two goals, two assists) and a handsome plus-five rating.  MINUS: Mental mistakes hurt; especially too many men on the ice penalties in each of the last two games. Enemy power plays exploited each with...
  • Monday, January 28, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers vs. Flyers Preview


    THEME: An ideal time to start a streak

    PLUS: New York boasts a truly dominating line. Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik already have demonstrated that -- as a unit -- they can win games. Against the Maple Leafs they combined for three goals, five assists and no less than 16 shots on goal. The Blueshirts displayed persistence although frustrated...
  • Friday, January 25, 2013

    Mave's Saves: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs

    Rangers record: 1-3 Maple Leafs record: 2-2 Theme: Getting back on track—and staying there! Plus: Don’t look now, but the Blueshirts' secret weapon -- is get this! -- Taylor Pyatt. Even John Tortorella has been praising the Blueshirts’ offseason acquisition.  Pyatt collected his third goal in as many games. Which means he should get extended minutes against Toronto; even on the power play. Minus...
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013

    Stan Fischler Previews Rangers vs. Flyers

    RANGERS RECORD: 1-2-0 (2 PTS)
    THEME: UP, UP AND AWAY PLUS: Marian Gaborik hot after hat trick against Boston. Ryan Callahan leading more than ever; finished with nine hits against Boston and four blocked shots. Getting the first pair of points relieves a lot of pressure; media and otherwise. Top line of Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash was dominant; borderline scary. MINUS: The power play,...