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The Rat that Ate New York City: Florida Panthers @ New York Rangers ... Tomas Vokoun now MAYBE ... Brett McLean IN

Newyorkrat NEW YORK -- Not a whole lot to post here, other than the Penguins made a deal today, sending defenseman Ryan Whitney to the Ducks for Chris Kunitz and a prospect.

So I guess that officially kicks off Trade Deadline Week.

Hanging out in New York City as many of you already know. Confusing town, New York is.

First, I went to Times Square. No clocks. Then I went to Madison Square Garden. No flowers. So, off to Alphabet City. Guess what? No soup. Then, later, I headed to the meatpacking district. Not a t-bone in sight. Oh well.

Headed to Battery Park later today. My digital recorder is running low on juice. Hope they have a deal on triple As.

-- Visited pal Mark from the NHL offices today and had a very nice lunch. Then it was off to the NHL Store. Cool stuff. I bought a vintage Magic Johnson Lakers jersey. Really cool. Actually scored a throwback Hartford Whalers cap. Sweet. It just jumped to the top of the starting rotation.

-- Tomas Vokoun has an inner ear infection says Pete DeBoer. He says he'll know by 5 p.m. who will start in net.

-- Brett McLean back onto the fourth line in place of Nick Tarnasky. ''Fresh legs,'' PDeB says.

-- Wednesday's Scores (and how they affected the Panthers): Phillies pick up another two points by shutting out Los Angeles. Pitt moves two points closer after shutting out the Isles. Rangers get a point, but that's it as Leafs win in a shootout.

-- Thursday's Sked (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't busy playing the Rangers)

Avs @ Devils, 7: El Paso. Well, first game back for Martin Brodeur. So they have that going for them. Which is nice.

Leafs @ Isles, 7: Um, yeah.

Panthers @ Rangers, 7: Florida roots for Rangers and old friend John Tortorella. A Florida regulation win and the Panthers move into tie for sixth with the Blueshirts.

Sabres @ Canes, 7: This, folks, is a biggie. Carolina can jump both Panthers and Sabres with a regulation win tonight combined with a Florida loss. All those who emailed me and told me the Canes were done? Told ya so.

Thrashers @ Capitals, 7: Has Atlanta played a home game this month?

Ducks @ Bruins, 7: The Bs looked good the other night. This does nothing for Panthers one way or another.

Sharks @ Sens, 7:30: A Sens loss and they are probably cooked like a Christmas goose. Which, I have never had on Christmas.

Coyotes @ Preds, 8: Olli's on Music Row. And that's all I got.

Blues @ Stars, 8: I. Don't. Care.

Jackets @ Oil, 9: When I ask players what their favorite NHL city is, for some strange reason, Edmonton never comes up.

The Standings (presented by the Carnegie Deli and 30 Rock; courtesy of TSN.ca/nhl)


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1Boston61411289020613820-4-421-8-44-4-2Won 1
2Washington61381858120317624-6-114-12-46-3-1Lost 1
3New Jersey60381937918215119-10-119-9-26-4-0Lost 1
4Philadelphia59331797519517118-8-315-9-67-3-0Won 2
5Montreal61322277118718419-6-413-16-33-6-1Won 2
6NY Rangers62312387015217218-9-413-14-42-5-3Lost 3
7Florida60302286816716517-8-513-14-36-4-0Lost 1
8Buffalo61312466818117117-12-214-12-45-4-1Lost 1
9Carolina62312656716418016-13-115-13-46-4-0Lost 1
10Pittsburgh62302666618619117-12-213-14-46-3-1Won 1
11Toronto612326125818222011-11-812-15-44-3-3Won 2
12Ottawa59232795514817013-10-510-17-46-2-2Won 1
13Tampa Bay612029125215519611-12-89-17-43-5-2Lost 1
14Atlanta61223365018021410-17-212-16-45-4-1Won 1
15NY Islanders60183664214419912-13-46-23-22-7-1Lost 1


RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1San Jose5941999120114426-2-315-7-65-2-3Lost 1
2Detroit61401388823217823-4-317-9-57-2-1Won 1
3Calgary60361867819117421-7-415-11-26-2-2Won 3
4Chicago59341787619714815-5-519-12-36-4-0Lost 2
5Vancouver60302286818117314-11-416-11-48-2-0Lost 1
6Columbus61302566616617319-10-211-15-46-3-1Lost 2
7Minnesota59302456515213718-11-512-13-05-3-2Lost 1
8Dallas59292376517418017-9-412-14-35-5-0Lost 2
9Edmonton60302556517018514-11-416-14-15-3-2Won 1
10Anaheim62302756517617915-13-315-14-25-5-0Won 2
11Nashville61292846214717117-11-212-17-25-4-1Won 2
12Los Angeles60262596115717313-13-813-12-14-4-2Lost 1
13St. Louis60262686016717916-11-510-15-35-2-3Won 1
14Phoenix61272955915718617-12-210-17-33-7-0Lost 1
15Colorado61283215716819017-14-011-18-14-6-0Lost 2


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gotta root for Buffalo and maintain speration of top 8, and moreover NO 3 POINTER!!!!!

Glad you didnt go to Hells Kitchen, you wouldnt find many appliances...

Word has it GR youl be the first to start a whistle chant tonight? :-)

nice one JH...knew I missed one...

I may just have to flip between tonight's game and the Philly-Mtl game to listen to all the rumors about JM being at that game and Bouwmeester going to the Flyers. You've got to love what the trade deadline does to people...

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