Rangers @ Blackhawks via BOYS N GERS

Subscriber Note of the Game

Boyz, I am fully in camp #FreeSmitty. Not a huge fan of Kampfer….it’s like hey, if I don’t notice you on the ice Stevie, you’re doing fine. But when I do, you’re either getting dusted by 4th liners or taking penalties. #FreeSmitty

– “Thomas”

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I dunno Tommy, kinda seems like you’re just nitpicking for nitpicking’s sake. We’ve won so many games in a row I didn’t even remember Smitty was on the team. LFG Kampfer.

– The Boyz (that was Jim, I am full #TeamSmitty LFG)

 Game 19/82
New York Rangers vs. Chicago Blackhawks
United Center | Chicago, Illinois
11.15.17 | 8:00 PM

THE SKINNY DIP

LET’S DIVE HEADFIRST INTO THIS TILT. TRUNKS OPTIONAL, SNORKELS MANDATORY

[1994]

If you missed the Subscriber Note of the Game, I’m being serious when I say we’ve won so many games in a row that I forgot Smitty was even on the team. We’ve won so many games in a row I don’t even know how many games in a row we’ve won. 6, 7?Either way, the Gers hit the Windy City firing on all cylinders in hopes of taking down a good – but not great – Chicago Blackhawks team. To be fair, though, a lot of teams have only been good so far in The National (btw “the National” is the new nickname for the NHL per Kevin Weekes. LFG Savage! Huge thanks to loyal subscriber, “Nano Heilbron”, for this astute observation).Let’s keep an eye out tonight for Buch, Zibby, and Zucc to keep cruising in the points column. Obviously it appears as if Slick Rick has been spending time near the fireplace ’cause he is for sure HEATING up, which is just every team’s worst nightmare. 

QUICK HITTERS

Team Records

NYR

9-7-2 (20 pts)

PP: 25.76% (3rd)

PK: 81.36% (12th

CHI 

 8-8-2 (18 pts)

PP: 14.29% (28th)

PK: 83.58% (10th)

Team Leaders

NYR 

G: Three Tied (8)

A: Three Tied (12)

Pts: Zibanejad (18)

CHI 

G: Saad (7) 

A: Kane (11)

Pts: Kane (17)

GUEST TAKE

A lot of my readers have been asking me this year if this is the beginning of the end of Blackhawks dynasty. I have been reluctant to answer affirmatively but I am starting to think that it just might be. Look I am huge fan of Schemin’ Stan Bowman, but some of his recent moves have been head scratching.What was he thinking with this blueline? While successful in the past rolling 4 dmen while Rozsival roamed around for about 10 minutes per night, he has out-done himself this year by trying to roll 2 dmen and let guys named Rutta, Forsling and Kempny. Would definitely not hate bringing the Czech Crusher back though, I loved Rozsival.They don’t call Rozsival the Czech Crusher because of his hits, I don’t think I ever saw him lay the body once. But every roadtrip he would bring 3 bags of BBQ Lays chips, stomp on all of them until the chips were sufficiently crushed, and then consolidate them in to one bag. He would then proceed to dump the chips in his mouth straight out of the side of the bag, he said he hated getting the excess BBQ dust on his hands. Wild stuff.

“WASHED UP” WEDNESDAY

This Wednesday we will focus on former NHL goalie Arturs Irbe. Some of you might remember him as the tendy who wore a players helmet and flopped all over the crease (think Hasek but not as good), other may know him as Kevin Weekes once crowned him the fastest goalie he has ever seen when it came to getting his pads on.What you might not know though is that, even though he retired from the NHL in 2004, he last suited up for an NHL team in 2015, when he was 47 years old. While he was the goalie coach for the Sabres, their starting goalie was once injured early in a game, leaving the team with no backup. True to form, Irbe changed from his suit to full gear before the next whistle. He did not get in the game, but continued to coach while serving as the backup tendy.Now a coach for the Latvian Men’s National team, do not be surprised if a couple Latvian goalies start going down with mysterious illnesses during these next Olympics. Next thing you know Irbe will be stacking the pads against the pride of USA Hockey, Matt Gilroy.

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