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, 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...
  • 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...
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    The Win That Got Away

  • Friday, June 06, 2014

    Read Stan Fishler's Thoughts On Game 1

    FIVE REASONS FOR THE RANGERS TO TAKE HEART: 1. Henrik Lundqvist is in mint condition.  2. Given even average support in the overtime, he would have won the game for New York. 3. Ryan McDonagh can play a 60-minute-plus game and hardly break a sweat. 4. A 2-2 game that was decided on a freakish play is not likely to happen again to Dan Girardi. 5. The Law of Averages says that Rick Nash will bust...
  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Rangers Hunt for Late-Round Bargains in 2014 Draft

    The Rangers, who didn’t get a pick until the second round, addressed their goaltending needs in the future. But before we get to that, let’s not forget that the Ranger Nation cannot complain about the club’s march to the Stanley Cup Final. However, if there is one area that needs stocking -- at least short-term -- it is offense. In that regard, the Rangers will rely on trades and free agent signings...