The Maven's Haven

  • 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...
  • Saturday, June 07, 2014

    Hear -- As In Hearing -- There and Everywhere in the Rangers-Kings Cup Final

    Talk may be cheap, but when it comes to the arrival of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles, the chatter actually is priceless. The following are some verbal gems, not to be confused with filibusters. You get the voices of the chief protagonists. After that, The Maven comments. And, as an added attraction, you'll hear from my Associate in Hockey Knowledge, Jake Becker, direct from New...
  • Thursday, June 05, 2014

    The Win That Got Away

  • Wednesday, June 04, 2014

    Rangers-Kings Game 1 Pregame Notes

    Everyone -- including The Maven -- has a theory on winning in the Stanley Cup Final. In Los Angeles, for example, the thinking is that the bigger and -- supposedly -- stronger Kings can triumph by battering the Blueshirts at every turn. That plan makes sense until you consider that the Big, Bad Bruins figured that they could intimidate the Montreal Canadiens and guess who exited Stage Left. Hint: It wasn't the...
  • Tuesday, June 03, 2014

    Read Stan Fischler's Series Preview

    Let's start at the end; the Rangers will beat Los Angeles in six games; maybe even five. It's easy to figure. The Blueshirts have the better goaltender, superior defense right down to the sixth man (Raphael Diaz) and a better balanced attack. New York also boasts the hitherto un-unused Secret Weapon (Rick Nash) and the factor you cannot quantify, freshness thanks to an early vanquish of Montreal. Want more? ...
  • 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...