The Devils Are “America’s Team”

Last night, the New Jersey Devils defeated the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in Canada’s capital.

Montvale, New Jersey’s Kyle Palmieri (born in Smithtown, New York) had a goal and an assist.

Drew Stafford, who was born in Milwaukee but raised in Minnesota, also got an apple.

Winnetka, Illinois’ John Moore scored the 5th overtime winner of his career to give the Devils the win.

New Jersey’s own Bobby Ryan had one assist for the Sens, while Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, of Park Ridge, Illinois, stopped 41 of 46 shots.

After the game, Long Island’s Keith Kinkaid, who stopped nine shots in the relief role for the Devils, was interviewed on NHL Network. Former 1st overall pick and now analyst Brian Lawton (born in New Jersey) revealed that they have dubbed the Devils “America’s Team,” because of the amount of US-born players on the squad.

In fact, they lead the league.

There are currently 197 American hockey players in the NHL. Fifteen of them play for the New Jersey Devils, the most for any team.

That’s more than every other nationality on the team combined (6 Canadian, 2 Swiss, 2 Swede, 1 Czech, in case you were wondering)

Here is the breakdown for the rest of the league. Any surprises?

Source: NHL.com

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MSG Networks Unveils Fall Programming Lineup

New York, NY (October 20, 2017) – MSG Networks announced today its fall programming lineup, kicking off Saturday, October 21.

Programming includes the return of “The MSG Hockey Show,” “People Talking Sports *(*And Other Stuff),” “The Jeff Hornacek Experience,” and “The AV Squad,” plus a new hour-long programming block entitled “MSG Shorts,” premiering Friday, October 27.

“The MSG Hockey Show” returns for a new season on Monday, October 23 (following the New York Rangers Postgame) with hosts Will Reeve, Anson Carter, and Arda Ocal.

Also returning for a new season is “People Talking Sports *(*And Other Stuff)” with comedian and host, Sam Morril and all-new special guest appearances, beginning Tuesday, October 24 after the New York Knicks Postgame. Previous “People Talking Sports” guests include Justin Long, Jerry Ferrara, Chris Weidman, Allan Houston, Landon Collins, Justin Pugh, Darryl Strawberry, Ansel Elgort, SNL’s Pete Davidson, and Anne Burrell.

Former New York Liberty forward and host Swin Cash rejoins New York Knicks Head Coach Jeff Hornacek beginning Saturday, October 21 for the new season of “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” coming out of the New York Knicks Postgame and “The AV Squad” featuring host Bill Pidto and New York Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault is currently airing as part of its sixth season.

MSG Shorts,” a new hour-long block featuring original and acquired short-form content and programming, will air after select Knicks and Rangers game coverage throughout the season. “MSG Shorts” kicks off on Friday, October 27 following Knicks coverage. MSG Shorts range from 2-20 minutes and will feature new short-form content rolled out throughout the season, along with long-form player interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

A premiere of an MSG Networks original series or a new “MSG Shorts” block will follow every prime-time Knicks or Rangers game coverage all season long. All programming will be available on MSG GO. For a complete schedule visit www.msgnetworks.com.

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5 Thoughts on Knicks Opener

THUNDER 105, KNICKS 84

  • A game that the Knicks led 34-30 early in the second quarter and were tied at 42 with 2:43 left in the half got away quickly to close the first half and through a tough third quarter. Jeff Hornacek saw a spirited defensive effort early on, but the energy that took to keep pace with the Thunder emptied the tanks too soon. Conditioning is a factor early in the season when you’re a team that is going to have to rely on extra effort against stacked teams like this. Turnovers (26) are another major concern, as are the 37 points given up off those turnovers.
  • Kristaps Porzingis had an outstanding season debut with 31 points, 12 rebounds and a block in 38 minutes. Hornacek was most pleased with how KP’s energy level — which often was an issue in his first two seasons — did not fall off later in the game. The work he put in this offseason showed dividends.
  • There was some controversy in Hornacek’s rotation decisions. He started center Enes Kanter and opted to go with Kyle O’Quinn as the backup. That left All-Rookie team selection Willy Hernangomez on the bench until garbage time. Hernangomez played just 3:46. Hornacek said that Kanter and O’Quinn “earned the minutes in training camp” and added that Hernangomez was “not far behind.” Conventional thinking is that Hernangomez is presented as one of the core young players the franchise is building with, so he should get the time. But I had a chat with GM Scott Perry last week about this very subject and he said minutes still have to be earned by the young players and they were not going to create any entitlement. An interesting situation to watch as we go forward.
  • Another member of the youth movement, rookie Frank Ntilikina, played just 7:32 in his NBA debut and was the third point guard in the rotation. Ntilikina, who saw limited action in the preseason due to a sore knee, did not score but recorded an assist. Hornacek clearly wants to bring the 19-year-old along slowly and get him acclimated to the NBA game, especially the difference in speed. He also said his two airballs were merely the result of being “a little juiced up” and wasn’t concerned.
  • Carmelo Anthony had 22 points in 34 minutes and hit the first shot of the season for the Thunder. Melo said what we were all thinking after the game: “That chapter is closed; no more Knicks talk.” Promise?

The Knicks next host the Pistons on Saturday night for the home-opener. Tune in to MSG Network for a special one-hour pregame show, which begins at 7 p.m., and catch the first Knicks Fix segment of the season. You can also stream the game live for free on MSG GO.

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Isles Building Momentum & Confidence With Shootout Win

Taking a deep breath after a four-game road trip that happily culminated with a win at The Garden, the Islanders return to Brooklyn on Saturday against San Jose with smiles on their faces.

But the grins didn’t come easy; not after blowing a 3-1 lead on Thursday night in the third period; not to mention missing on a shortened 1:19 power play in overtime.

Still, the “All’s well that ends well” theme was underlined with the 4-3 shootout triumph.

It was cemented by Captain John Tavares‘ game-winning shootout goal, a backhander that just barely nestled under the crossbar behind Henrik Lundqvist.

Tavares red light followed linemate Jordan Eberle‘s shootout opener that eased the Brooklynites’ pressure.

After Mats Zuccarello had started the shootout for the Blueshirts with his goal past Jaroslav Halak, the Isles netminder then foiled Mika Zibanejad and David Desharnais in that order. Thus two points went to the Brooklynites.

“It was just reacting,” Halak explained about his post-overtime performance. “All of them went five-hole except the first one. On the first one, I got a piece of it but it went in off my skate. It was just an unfortunate bounce.

“I’m just glad our guys were able to score big goals in the shootout and get the two points.”

Halak has enjoyed overwhelming success (12-1-0) against Lundqvist. But when the post game question about why this was the case was put to the Slovakian rubber-stopper, he merely shook it off in a modest manner.

“I’m not trying to pay attention to it,” Halak added. “I’m trying to focus on my game; every game.”

Although the Islanders top line of Tavares, Anders Lee and Eberle proved less than overwhelming over regular time and the extra session, each played a major part in the victory with shootout heroics.

Then again, it was front-of-the-net Lee who delivered the winner’s first power play goal at 2:40 of the first period. Defenseman Ryan Pulock — playing his first game of the campaign — assisted on the goal.

“The win gives us a good momentum going into Saturday’s game,” said Lee who admittedly made a bad play in the third period leading to the Rangers second goal.

“It was a good win in a tough building although a little ugly for us at the end.”

After Desharnais tied the count for the Rangers at 5:02 of the opening frame, Brock Nelson‘s hot stick put the Brooks ahead just over a minute later with his fourth goal of the year. In terms of confidence, the scoring was much needed.

For one thing, the Isles face the Sharks at Barclays Center on Saturday night (6:30 p.m., MSG+), secure in the knowledge that the only team out of three that they had beaten in California was the very same San Jose sextet.

And for another Isles motivating factor, they will be cheered by a host of ex-Islanders in town for a three-day Alumni Weekend, the first fete of its kind in organization history.

Another plus, of course, is that the win lifted the Isles to a 3-3-1 record, putting them at the .500 mark.

“It helped get the monkey off our backs,” said coach Doug Weight after a deep exhale.

Whatever had been braking the Islanders progress, it was pushed forward by another outstanding performance by Mathew Barzal.

The rookie’s goal early in the second period put the Isles ahead 3-1 followed by a few other dangerous thrusts that had the media rating him one of the best players on the ice although officials gave Tavares the first star and Nelson the second.

“We’ll take this win and hope it gives us momentum on Saturday,” Tavares asserted.

“Getting the first power play goal of the season obviously was nice. We had made some adjustments and, hopefully, it will lead to more.”

Whether or not the victory is a portent of better things to come will better be known by about 10 p.m. on Saturday.

But, for the moment at least, the Brooklynites can rest secure in the knowledge that they not only obtained two points in Manhattan but that the triumph could be the start of something big.

Surrounded by a media horde in the visitor’s clubhouse, Halak succinctly summed up the prevailing thoughts of his teammates.

“We just need to build on this win!!”

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Official Rules: “Doing More Player Of The Week” Sweepstakes Brought To You By Montefiore

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, 18 or older. Employees and other workers, including temporary employees, freelancers and independent contractors, of MSGN Holdings, L.P. (“Sponsor”), MSG Networks, Inc., New York Rangers, LLC (“Rangers”), the National Hockey League and its member teams and NHL Enterprises, LP. (collectively, “NHL Entities”), Montefiore Health System, Inc., and all of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising agents, representatives, and promotional partners, and their immediate families (parent, child, spouse or sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and those living in their same households, whether or not related) of such individuals are not eligible to enter or win. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are binding and final on matters relating to this sweepstakes. Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: Each week, beginning on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and ending on Saturday, March 31, 2018 (“Sweepstakes Period”), you will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win. For the purpose of this sweepstakes, a week will begin at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on Saturday and end at 11:59 a.m. ET on the following Friday (each, a “Weekly Period”).

TO ENTER: During the Sweepstakes Period, to enter, visit msgnetworks.com/doingmore and follow the directions to complete and submit the entry form, including your vote for the Rangers Player of the Week. Your vote has no impact on your chances of winning. All entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. ET on the last day of the applicable Weekly Entry Period to be eligible for that Weekly Period’s drawing. There is no limit on the number of times you can enter; however, entries generated by script, macro or other automated means or by any means which subvert the entry process are void. All entries become the property of Sponsor.

DRAWING: One (1) potential winner will be selected in a random drawing held on or about three (3) days following the end of the applicable Weekly Period from all eligible entries received for that Weekly Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received for the applicable drawing. Nonwinning entries from one Weekly Period will carry forward into subsequent Weekly Periods. Potential winner will be notified by phone and/or e-mail no later than 48 hours following the drawing with instructions on how to claim the prize and must respond to the initial notification within the time period stated in that notification. Potential winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release within the time period stated in that notification in order to claim prize. If a potential winner does not respond to the initial notification within the time period stated, the prize or prize notification is returned as undelivered, the potential winner cannot be contacted, or fails to sign and return all required documents within the required time period or is not in compliance with these Official Rules, the potential winner may be disqualified and forfeits the prize. In the event that the potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may award the prize to an alternate potential winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries received for the applicable drawing. Sponsor will attempt to award any prize three (3) times after which prize will remain unawarded.

PRIZES AND APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUES (“ARV”): Prizes available to be awarded in this sweepstakes will be Rangers merchandise valued between $20-$300. Approximate Retail Value of all prizes available to be awarded: $1,000. Prizes available may include but are not limited to Rangers hat, t-shirt, hockey stick, or player autographed jersey. Any game-related items provided as a prize will not be game used/worn. Actual value of any autographed merchandise will vary depending on market fluctuations. Prizes are awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Winners may not substitute, assign or transfer a prize or redeem prize for cash, but Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to substitute prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes, as well as any other costs and expenses associated with prize acceptance and use not specified herein as being provided, including without limitation transportation and expenses. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. Limit one (1) prize per person for the entire sweepstakes.

PUBLICITY GRANT: Each winner, by acceptance of prize, except where legally prohibited, grants permission for Sponsor and its designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and prize information, for advertising, trade and promotional purposes, in any manner, in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide in perpetuity, without further compensation or notification to, or permission from, winner.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: Entrants release, discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor, the Rangers, the NHL Entities, Montefiore, and all of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agents, representatives, and promotional partners and all of their respective directors, officers, employees and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any liability for any damages, injury or losses (including death) to any person, or property, of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize. Released Parties are not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, stolen, misdirected, undelivered or garbled entries, votes or email; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website, or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines, or technical failure or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors or difficulties of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, computer, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors or difficulties which may occur in connection with the administration of the sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any sweepstakes-related materials. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the sweepstakes. Released Parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants’ or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the website. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the sweepstakes or website or who are in violation of these Official Rules or who act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified and all associated entries will be void. Should any portion of the sweepstakes be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole opinion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration, security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the sweepstakes (or any portion thereof) and, if terminated, at its discretion, select the winner(s) for the Weekly Period(s) at issue from all eligible, non-suspect entries received for such Weekly Period(s) prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same e-mail account, the authorized subscriber of the e-mail account at the time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized account subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the e-mail address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), on-line service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses.

DATA COLLECTION AND USE: Any information collected in connection with a sweepstakes will be used in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://corporate.msgnetworks.com/privacy/. By entering, you are automatically opted in to receive marketing and promotional emails from Sponsor. If you do not wish to receive these emails, you can opt-out at any time by following the unsubscribe directions included in the email.

WINNER’S NAME: For the name of the winner of any Weekly Period (available one (1) week following end of sweepstakes), send a #10 self-addressed stamped envelope to: Montefiore’s NY Rangers Player of the Week Sweepstakes Winner’s Name (please specify week), MSG Networks, 11 Pennsylvania Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001, Attention: Michelle Argila, for receipt no later than one (1) month following end of applicable sweepstakes.

SPONSOR: MSGN Holdings, L.P., 11 Penn Plaza, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001.
The sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by the Rangers or the NHL Entities.

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