I would just like to thank the NHL Network, MSG, the NHL, DirecTV and whoever else might be responsible for once again not allowing me to watch the Rangers. The game is blacked out up here in the Hartford area. I can't watch it on MSG. I can't watch it on the NHL Network. This would happen during the season whenever Rangers games got picked up by the NHL Network, and I could deal with it, sort of, then because I had Center Ice, which gave me most of the other Rangers games (except those against the Bruins, which I could still get on NESN). Now I suppose I'm left with only the nationally broadcast games (aren't they all supposed to be available nationally? I guess not) for round 1, if any of those exist (maybe a game on the weekend? I haven't checked). This is beyond ridiculous. What purpose does the blackout serve? It's not like I can pay extra money for some secret tier of programming (maybe there's the utopia tier, where blackout rules don't apply). I'm pretty sure that there's absolutely no way that I can watch the Rangers-Senators game on DirectTV up here in zipcode 06033. I emailed both the NHL Network and MSG asking if I'd be blacked out, but I suppose now I know the answer. Big surprise that nobody ever responded to my emails. I'm not going to bother calling anybody at this point (been there, tried that). I just need to rant a little bit.