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Pre-game ramblings: Jokinen, Locke, Eriksson and a listen

 

              TAMPA--- Sitting dockside under the palms and umbrellas with the birds yakking and sipping a SoBE yumberry elixir while pulling together some notes and numbers for tonight's game.

               Veddy civilized.

              Jeff Klein from the Times just showed up and Larry Brooks is typing nearby. Why don't they design all press boxes like this?

              OK, some randomness:

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             Olli Jokinen, whom coach John Tortorella said has been playing better without the puck and harder overall, has averaged a point a game in his career against Tampa. If the line ofJokinen, Vinny Prospal, and P.A. Parenteau can put some up points, I like NYR's chances tonight.

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               "I hate anything new," says veteran defenseman Anders Eriksson. "They offered me new gloves when I got here, but I've got an old pair of Gilroy's and sewed and taped them up. I've worn the same skate laces since December. Changed shoulder pads for the first time in I don't know how many years last season. It's just me. You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

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             C Corey Locke played about seven minutes against the Islanders, and hopes to get more tonight. Locke, who was named to the second all-AHL Team, said he expected his ice time to be cut after going down 2-0 in the first period. "He (Tortorella) needed to get his top guys in," he told me. "I didn't really get into the offensive end. We were sort of hemmed in and I just tried to make some defensive plays. They're stressing that we need to defend and create offense off that." When I congratulated him about his AHL honor and joked that the first teamers won Cadillacs and he'd have to settle for a Lexus, he responded: "That's fine, I'll take it." 

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                 Just hanging out waiting for the game, too? Listen to my late-nite convo with WFAN's Marc Malusis at www.wfan.com/pages/744549.php. We talk Rangers, the playoff race, sushi, the ponies at Santa Anita (maybe that was edited out).....

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