The Maven's Haven

  • Sunday, April 13, 2014

    Playoff Central

  • 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

    RANGERS RECORD: 2-3; FLYERS RECORD: 2-4.

    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...
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

    The Maven Previews Rangers-Bruins

    RANGERS RECORD: 0-2-0. THEME: Oh-for-two-and-what-do-they-do? PLUS: Ryan Callahan is leading his club; hasn't missed a beat. Arron Asham still has a useful role and hasn't lost his punch. Jitter-less Rick Nash comes as billed; the real goods. MINUS: So far, Henny Lundqvist's goaltending has been somewhat spotty. A more physical Michael Del Zotto would help. This segue from playoff stardom to non-playoff...
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    The Maven's Rangers Season Preview

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
    --
    John Greenleaf Whittier, from his poem "Maud Muller." To this day Rangers fans hark back to that Brad Richards' playoff overtime breakaway against Martin Brodeur that just missed torpedoing the Devils last Spring. Ah, what might have been had the Blueshirts sharpshooter beaten New Jersey's netminder. But the goal never happened and a Cup march...
  • Monday, January 14, 2013

    Let's Get to the Hockey!

    For many NHL-less months, I was constantly reminded of a song from the 1963 English musical about World War I, "Oh, What A Lovely War."  The tune in question opened as follows: "When this lousy war is over, oh, how happy I will be." And that's precisely how I felt about the seemingly endless CBA Battle. Amen! The hockey war is over and I -- along with millions of fans, media types and other onlookers...
  • Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Greatest Rivalries: Gaborik's Goal Fest vs. Isles

    Two of the more perplexing questions confronting any hockey coach are: 1. When does he start his backup goalie in a tense rivalry game?  2. At what point in such a game does he yank a supposedly slumping netminder? These two challenges were presented to John Tortorella on the night of Dec. 2, 2010 during which Martin Biron was yanked and eventually replaced by Henrik Lundqvist at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum....
  • Friday, December 28, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Avery's Infamous Screening of Brodeur

    There are many ways to describe Sean Avery depending on your rooting interest.

    For example you can include his personality, his outlook on life, as well as your view of hockey decorum and personal fan favorites.

    Because of his idiosyncratic behavior -- mostly as a Ranger -- Avery has alternately been called Puck's Bad Boy, The Great Gabbo and Superpest, among the kinder nicknames.

    In the minds...
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers Win on Long Island for First Time Since 1989

    If ever the bromide "Turnabout is fair play" had relevance to a hockey rivalry it was amply demonstrated by the annual war game on ice played by the Rangers and Islanders between the months of March 1993 and April 1994. And if a single game could crystallize the enmity that stirred adrenaline between Manhattan and Uniondale, it took place at Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum on March 5, 1994.
    Or,...
  • Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Islanders Win, Rangers Miss Playoffs, Turgeon Scores 50th Goal in 1993

    Rangers-Islanders, April 2, 1993, was extra-special for a lot of reasons: 1. A playoff berth was at stake: 2.The team with the NHL's best record a year earlier was up against an upstart club that didn't even make the playoffs in the previous season; and 3. The fallout from a mid-season Rangers coach-firing still smoldered among Blueshirts fans.

    In retrospect, events leading up to that dynamic...