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About the Rangers - 12-08-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Rangers.

When and where: 7 p.m, EST, Madison Square Garden.

TV: Root Sports, MSG, SportsNet, TVA.

Record: 11-10-4, 26 points. The Rangers are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.

Leading Scorer: Rick Nash (right), 27 points (17 goals, 10 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 road loss to the Red Wings Saturday. Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the Rangers.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road shootout loss Nov. 15. Henrik Lundqivst made 36 saves for the Rangers.

Rangers Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Rick Nash. He has four points in two games against the Penguins this season.

Ex-Penguins on the Rangers: Tanner Glass, left winger; Rick Kehoe, assistant coach; Dominic Moore, center; Ulf Samuelsson, assistant coach; Glen Sather, general manager; Lee Stempniak, right winger.

Ex-Rangers on the Penguins: Pascal Dupuis, right winger.

Useless Rangers Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Moore is one of five former Harvard players who have played for the Penguins. The others are defenseman Dylan Reese, Noah Welch, right winger Craig Adams and center Bob McManama.

The last time the Rangers played the Penguins, this happened:

-This too:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (15-4-1, 2.07 GAA, .928 SV%) for the Penguins. Henrik Lundqvist (9-7-3, 2.70 GAA, .905 SV%) for the Rangers.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) and defenseman Olli Maatta (undisclosed) are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Kris Letang ("lower body"), left winger Chris Kunitz (foot) and center Scott Wilson (leg) are on injured reserve. For the Rangers, left winger Chris Kreider (neck) is doubtful.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: According to the team's Web site, the Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

13 Nick Spaling - 87 Sidney Crosby - 23 Steve Downie
71 Evgeni Malkin - 16 Brandon Sutter - 17 Blake Comeau
20 Rob Klinkhammer - 57 Marcel Goc - 58 Jayson Megna
38 Zach Sill - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 41 Robert Bortuzzo
4 Rob Scuderi - 47 Simon Despres
8 Brian Dumoulin - 7 Paul Martin

-The Rangers held an optional skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings based off Saturday's game:

61 Rick Nash - 16 Derick Brassard - 36 Mats Zuccarello
10 J.T. Miller - 21 Derek Stepan - 26 Martin St. Louis
62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Kevin Hayes - 12 Lee Stempniak
15 Tanner Glass - 28 Dominic Moore - 19 Jesper Fast

27 Ryan McDonagh - 5 Dan Girardi
18 Marc Staal - 22 Dan Boyle
44 Matt Hunwick - 8 Kevin Klein

Notes:

-Maatta suffered an undisclosed injury during Saturday's home game against the Senators.

-Bortuzzo has completed a two-game suspension.

-Comeau has 99 career assists.

-Glass is returning to the lineup after being sidelined four games due to the mumps.

-Klein has 97 career points.

-The referees are Eric Furlatt (No. 27) and Jean Hebert (No. 15). The linesmen are Tony Sericolo (No. 84) and Scott Driscoll (No. 68).

-The Penguins will wear their black and yellow jerseys tonight while the Rangers will wear their white jerseys.

-Our live blog begins at 6:45 p.m.. Please tune in.

(Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (14-4-1, 2.08 GAA, .928 SV%) for the Penguins. Craig Anderson (5-6-4, 2.43 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Senators.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right winger Patric Hornqvist (undisclosed) is questionable. Right wingers Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), Kris Letang ("lower body"), left winger Chris Kunitz (foot) and center Scott Wilson (leg) are on injured reserve. For the Senators, right winger Mark Stone (undisclosed) is out. Goaltender Robin Lehner (undisclosed) and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at practice yesterday were:

13 Nick Spaling - 87 Sidney Crosby - 59 Jayson Megna
57 Marcel Goc - 71 Evgeni Malkin -  13 Blake Comeau
36 Bryan Rust - 16 Brandon Sutter - 23 Steve Downie
  38 Zach Sill - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 27 Craig Adams

  10 Christian Ehrhoff - 3 Olli Maatta
8 Brian Dumoulin - 7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres - 4 Rob Scuderi

-The Senators did not practice with a full crew yesterday. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings based on Thursday's game:

16 Clarke MacArthur - 7 Kyle Turris - 27 Curtis Lazar
68 Mike Hoffman - 93 Mika Zibanejad - 6 Bobby Ryan
22 Erik Condra - 17 David Legwand - 25 Chris Neil
9 Milan Michalek - 15 Zack Smith - 90 Alex Chiasson

4 Chris Phillips - 65 Erik Karlsson
74 Mark Borowiecki - 5 Cody Ceci
3 Mark Methot - 62 Eric Gryba

Notes:

-Rust could make his NHL debut.

-The Penguins acquired Klinkhammer from the Coyotes yesterday. He could make his Penguins debut today.

-Adams needs one game to surpass former Penguins center Ron Schock's franchise record for consecutive games played (313).

-Comeau has 99 career assists.

-The referees are Wes McCauley (No. 4) and Francis Charron (No. 6). The linesmen are Shandor Alphonso (No. 52) and Mike Cvik (No. 88).

-Our live blog begins at noon. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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It's time for Hampton vs. New Castle -- again

Written by Mike White on .

The faces have changed and there is no section title or WPIAL championship on the line. But Hampton vs. New Castle in boys basketball is here again. And it's still a big game.

New Castle plays host to Hampton Tuesday night in one of the best games of the early WPIAL basketball season. The Luthers are gone. Malik Hooker and Anthony Richards are gone. These are certainly different teams than the past few seasons. But it still should be an excellent non-section game.

New Castle and Hampton played nine games in the past three seasons. Three of the meetings were in WPIAL championships - once in Class AAA and twice in Class AAAA. And New Castle won all nine. No teams had ever met in a title game three years in a row.

New Castle takes a 33-game winning streak into tomorrow's game. Both teams are 2-0. New Castle defeated Perry (66-56) and West Middlesex (73-36) to win its own tournament. Hampton won the North Hills tournament with wins against Fox Chapel (78-60) and North Hills (92-53).

Hampton is playing a different style this year, using the dribble drive offense. Coach Joe Lafko doesn't have a starter taller than 6 feet 3. But he does have shooters. Hampton made 13 3-pointers against Fox Chapel and 15 3-against North Hills. The Talbots do an excellent job of hitting gaps and also kicking out for 3-point shots - just like New Castle. Jack Morrison, Joe Lafko Jr., Pat Murray, David Huber ... They have all shown the ability to shoot well, along with some others. Morrison was the MVP of the North Hills tournament and Lafko all-tournament. Huber is in his fourth year as a starter and Lafko his third.

New Castle still has Hookers on the team, but just not Malik. They are his younger brothers. Marquel Hooker, a junior, scored 18 and 21 in the first two games. His brother, Marcus, a freshman, scored 10 off the bench against Perry.

I wonder what the crowd will be like at New Castle's gym? I bet it's good. I think those fans still love the 'Canes. It won't have the same feel as New Castle-Hampton games the past few years, but it still has the potential to be a mighty interesting game.

Elsewhere

Just a few other notes on the first weekend of basketball season.

**** Charters Valley has only one starter back from last season (Matty McConnell). But it looks the Colts are up to their old tricks.

In the first two games this past weekend, Chartiers Valley made 10 and 18 3-pointers. It truly is amazing every year how coach Tim McConnell develops shooters and teams that score a lot.

**** Greensburg Central Catholic shooting 60 free throws against McKeesport was a little hard to believe. And McKeesport shot 32. Only four more and Greensburg Central would've tied for 10th nationally for free throws attempted in a game. The national record is 89. Stanton Powell County of Kentucky made 70 of 89 in 1972.

**** A big game Friday has Beaver Falls at Ambridge. There will be a new No. 1 team in the next Class AAA rankings. Ambridge lost to Mars Saturday.

WPIAL rulings

The WPIAL today made eligibility rulings on two basketball players who transferred schools. The hearings were made after two hearings.

Sidney Pinnix. a junior at South Fayette, was ruled ineligible after transferring from Carlynton. The WPIAL ruled Pinnix transferred, at least partially, for athletic intent. Carlynton had contested the transfer and did not sign off.

Dalaun Samuels, a sophomore, was ruled eligible at Seton-LaSalle after transferring from Brashear. Brashear did not sign off on the transfer.

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 12-08-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-So far, so good for Rob Klinkhammer.

-“To be honest, it’s not that significant for me. I want to play every night and have been lucky to avoid injury and other things like that. It’s more important to try to contribute every night and try to help your team win than just to be there.” - Craig Adams (right) on setting the franchise's consecutive games record of 314.

-Two goals by Derrick Pouliot led the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 3-2 win against the rival Hershey Bears. Captain Tom Kostopoulos recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while teammate Jeff Zatkoff made 30 saves. Head coach John Hynes recorded his 200th win with the team.

-Highlights:

-The Wheeling Nailers’ road game against the Brampton Beast was postponed due to transportation issues. No make-up date had been announced.

-After the Jump: The Oilers finally get a win.

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LA critics vote Boyhood best pic

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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“Boyhood” was the big winner today at voting for the 40th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. 
 
Founded in 1975, LAFCA is comprised of Los Angeles-based, professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media. Members vote on Achievement Awards each December and plaques of recognition are presented during a mid-January ceremony.
 
Here are the winners and runners-up:
 
20140516Locke2-3Best picture:  “Boyhood.” Runner-up:  “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” 
Best director:  Richard Linklater, “Boyhood.” Runner-up: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” 
Best actor:  Tom Hardy, “Locke.” Runner-up:  Michael Keaton, “Birdman.” 
Best actress:  Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood.” Runner-up: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice.”
Best supporting actor:  J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.” Runner-up: Edward Norton, “Birdman.” 
Best supporting actress:  Agata Kulesza, “Ida.” Runner-up: Rene Russo, “Nightcrawler.” 
20140321GrandBudapestHotel2-1Best screenplay: Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Runner-up: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo, “Birdman.”
Best cinematography:  Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman.” Runner-up:  Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner.” 
Best production design:  Adam Stockhausen, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Runner-up:  Ondrej Nekvasil, “Snowpiercer.” 
Best editing:  Sandra Adair, “Boyhood.” Runner-up:  Barney Pilling, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” 
Best music score:  Tie, with winners Jonny Greenwood, “Inherent Vice” and Mica Levi, “Under the Skin.” 
Best foreign language film:  “Ida.” Runner-up:  “Winter Sleep.”
Best documentary/non-fiction film:  “Citizenfour.” Runner-up: “Life Itself.”
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New generation:  Ava DuVernay, “Selma.” 
The Douglas  Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Walter Reuben, “The David Whiting Story.” 
Career achievement:  Gena Rowlands. 
 

 

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Sloppy Robert Morris never able to gain control in 74-59 loss to Buffalo

Written by Craig Meyer on .

Throughout the week, Andy Toole relayed a simple, succinct and lucid message to his Robert Morris team.

“It’s worth what you’re willing to pay for it,” he would say over and over, even as players were going through drills.

Just eight games into the 2014-15 season and after a 74-59 loss to Buffalo Sunday at the Sewall Center that dropped the Colonials to 2-6, Toole isn’t sure that his team is at that level yet, where it’s willing to do whatever it takes to dig out of an early hole and begin to redeem its young season.

Robert Morris turned the ball over 24 times – about half of which were unforced errors – which led to 28 points from Buffalo. It also allowed the Bulls (5-2) to get offensive rebounds on nearly a third of their misses (10 rebounds on 32 missed shots).

Five days after Toole bemoaned lack of competition in general – but also touched on how it related to his team – the Colonials showed that several aspects of their game need to be cleaned up if they hope to have any measure of success this season.

“I joke with our guys all the time that they have thousands of pairs of sneakers and their big thing is trying to get the sneakers before they come out,” Toole said. “I say ‘There’s no win hookup; there’s no guy selling wins out of the back of a truck somewhere, where you can get a connection to get it early.’

“You’ve got to earn it. You’ve got to work for it. You’ve got to pay the price, in sweat, in knowledge, in effort, in energy, in good decisions. Everything’s worth what you’re willing to pay for it and we’re not willing to pay for a win yet until we keep getting Ls [losses].”

On a day in which the offense was often stagnant, freshman guard Marcquise Reed provided a jolt, scoring a team-high 18 points on eight of 12 shooting. Fellow freshman Elijah Minnie added season highs in points (10) and rebounds (10) giving him the first double-double of his young career.

Those two performances, however, were not enough to counteract sloppy and careless ball-handling and a defense that was routinely carved up.

The Bulls jumped out to a 20-10 lead 12 minutes into the game and even when Robert Morris cut that deficit to 36-29 with 17:11 remaining in the second half, they went on a 13-2 run that put the game out of reach for good.

For a team with just two seniors – one of whom, David Appolon, was sidelined Sunday with back spasms – it’s easy to blame the shortcomings and mistakes on an overall lack of experience.

In Toole’s mind, though, it’s not that simple and as the Colonials get almost a week to prepare for a game against Duquesne Saturday, he must begin to figure out what can get them going.

“It’s the easy connection to make and it’s the good cop-out for me,” he said of the experience factor. “I can hang my hat on that, that we have young guys handling the basketball so they’re turning it over.

“We do at least one, if not two, passing drills every day. We dummy our offense every day, we dummy our sets every day, we do a fast break drill every day to try to work on these situations that we find ourselves in. We must not be coaching it very well or not explaining it well enough or stressing it or doing something.”

 

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