The Maven's Haven

  • 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


    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,...
  • 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, 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.
  • 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...
  • Monday, December 17, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Rangers & Devils Meet in Playoffs for the First Time

    To best understand and appreciate the Rangers’ playoff series victory over New Jersey in the Spring of 1992, one must turn back the calendar to the Autumn of 1991; specifically Oct. 5 The fallout from one of the most arresting trades in NHL history still was reverberating around the hockey world all because THE Captain, Mark Messier, had just become a Ranger. At the time, Messier was regarded as the best team-leader in...
  • Friday, December 14, 2012

    Greatest Rivalries: Gartner's Hat Trick Eliminates Isles

    Only on the rarest of occasions will a single playoff-game result not only in long-term effects on both hockey clubs but actually inspire one team's moves -- in this case, the Rangers -- that would eventually lead it to win a Stanley Cup. It wasn't evident at the time but the Rangers ‘6-5 postseason victory over the Islanders on April 13, 1990 did more than merely provide the Blueshirts with their...