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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