Quite a performance by Team USA and your future (unless they’re traded) New York Rangers, huh?
I know you guys have already discussed this to death, so I will just leave you with this recap from the Rangers’ site (which has been posted in the previous thread).
I’m headed to MSG tonight. Interesting to see if meeting his former teammates — who pretty much hated him — will get Sean Avery sparked up. I imagine it will. I also imagine he will be able to get under their skin.
Also looking forward to today’s baseball Hall of Fame electees announcement. I nearly gave up my vote this year because I don’t think I can ever vote for a steroid/HGH user, and because now, going forward, I will fear voting for somebody and finding out that he’s dirty AFTER he gets into the Hall of Fame. And if that ever happens, I will never vote again.
The Rangers are now putting out these previews for games. I’m posting the first one here, and you will have to click below to continue reading it. Please let me know if this is something you like or dislike, because it takes a fair amount of time to format it and post it. If it’s not very useful, I won’t do it. (for the time being, where it says Tomorrow, it means today).
See youse later.
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 20-17-5 (45 pts.)
Stars: 18-12-11 (47 pts.)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 4
The Rangers face-off against the Dallas Stars tomorrow, Jan. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-17-5 (45 pts.). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have now recorded a point in eight of their last nine contests (6-1-2). The Stars enter the contest with an 18-12-11 (47 pts.) record, and rank 10th in the Western Conference. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.), in their sixth game in nine days.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Please note there is no morning skate scheduled for the Rangers prior to tomorrow’s game. Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room located on the 5th floor of Madison Square Garden.
- TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Stars
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig and John Giannone (In-Game Reporters)
- Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Stars
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
RANGERS vs. STARS:
All-Time: The Rangers are 67-37-22-1 all-time against the Stars franchise: 36-17-11-0 at home and 31-20-11-1 on the road.
- 2009-10: This is the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Stars this season.
- Last Season: New York were 0-2-0 against Dallas in 2008-09, including an 0-1-0 mark at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers power play tallied two goals in six opportunities for a 33.3% success rate in the season series.
- The Rangers rank 22nd in the NHL at home with a record of 9-10-3 (21 pts.) in 22 games; the Stars have posted a record of 7-7-6 (20 pts.) in 20 road games to rank 20th in the league
- New York have posted a record of 3-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division; Dallas have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division
- Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 2.02 goals against average in one appearance vs. the Stars last season; Lundqvist is 1-2-0 with a 2.36 goals against average in three career regular season contests vs. Dallas
- Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 27 career regular season games vs. the Stars; Ales Kotalik has recorded six points (two goals and four assists) in five career regular season contests vs. Dallas
- Michal Rozsival made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1999 vs. Dallas
- New York lists one former Star on their roster: Sean Avery (2008-09)
- Dallas lists no former Rangers on their roster
- Power Play: New York are tied for 11th in the NHL with a 20.4% (32-157) success rate, including a 23.5% (20-85) success rate at home to rank sixth in the league. Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/26 (V. Fiddler); 12/12 (P. Kaleta); 12/14 (C. Armstrong); 12/26 (B. Comeau); 1/4 (M. Hunwick).
- Penalty Killing: The Rangers rank fifth in the NHL with an 85.5% (147-172) success rate, and rank seventh with an 86.6% (71-82) success rate at MSG. Shorthanded goals for (4): 10/3 (B. Dubinsky); 10/11 (D. Girardi); 11/14 (V. Prospal); 12/23 (M. Gaborik).
- Four-on-Four: New York have skated in 48 (69:34) four-on-four situations. Four-on-Four goals for (2): 10/8 (R. Callahan); 10/17 (B. Dubinsky). Four-on-Four goals allowed (4): 10/24 (M. Cammalleri); 12/9 (D. Byfuglien); 12/17 (A. MacDonald); 1/2 (R. Whitney).
- · BLUESHIRT OLYMPIANS – The Blueshirts will have five players representing their native country at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada next month. Rangers Captain Chris Drury will be making his third Olympic appearance with Team USA (2002, 2006). He will be joined on Team USA by Ryan Callahan, who will be making his first Olympic appearance. Henrik Lundqvist, who helped Sweden capture the Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, will return for his second Olympic appearance. Marian Gaborik will also be making his second Olympic appearance with Slovakia (2006). Hartford Wolf Pack forward Andres Ambuhl, who signed with the Rangers on May 27, will represent Switzerland in his second Olympic appearance (2006). In addition, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA, Head Athletic Trainer Jim Ramsay will serve as an athletic therapist for Team Canada, and Massage Therapist/Assistant Trainer Bruce Lifrieri will serve as the massage therapist for Team USA.
· THE RANGERS ON PIX 11 – MSG will Partner with PIX 11 in New York to air two New York Rangers games in January. PIX 11 will televise games against the St. Louis Blues and Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Jan. 16th, and Saturday, Jan. 23rd, respectively. Each of the games will be followed by MSG’s popular weekly hockey roundup show “Hockey Night Live” on MSG Network. MSG will produce both games in HD, and they will feature MSG announcers.
· A BROADWAY HIT – The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the NHL with 1,159 hits, including 663 hits at home to rank third in the league. Ryan Callahan ranks fourth in the NHL with 148 hits, and Michael Del Zotto ranks third among all first-year players with 98 hits.
· THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – Rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto is tied for second among all first-year skaters in assists (16), ranks sixth in points (21) and is tied for 10th in goals (five). Artem Anisimov is tied for sixth among rookies in goals (seven) and 11th in points (15), while Matt Gilroy ranks second among rookie defensemen in goals (four).
· GABY’S GOALS – Marian Gaborik has recorded 27 goals through the team’s first 42 games, trailing Vic Hadfield’s mark of 28 through 42 in 1971-72 by one goal, tying Jaromir Jagr’s mark of 27 through 42 in 2005-06, and one goal ahead of Adam Graves’ 26 through 42 in 1993-94. Gaborik has notched 37 goals in his last 50 games, including 10 goals in his final 10 games of last season.
· WINS LEADERS SINCE 2006-07 – Since the start of 2006-07, Henrik Lundqvist ranks sixth in the NHL with 130 wins, trailing Miikka Kiprusoff (145) by 15, Martin Brodeur (138) by eight, Roberto Luongo (136) by six, Evgeni Nabokov (135) by five, and Ryan Miller (133) by three.
- · 2010 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE – The Rangers have four prospects participating in the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Team USA Captain Derek Stepan leads all tournament skaters in scoring with 12 points, ranks first overall with nine assists and is tied for fourth with a plus-eight rating entering today’s Gold Medal game vs. Canada. Teammate Chris Kreider is tied for the team lead and fourth in the tournament overall with five goals entering today’s Final, and Ryan Bourque has recorded two assists in six games with Team USA. Roman Horak finished the tournament with two points (one goal and one assist) in six games with the Czech Republic.
· Brandon Dubinsky has assists in two straight games (three assists) and points in each of the last three (one goal and three assists)
· Erik Christensen has points in three straight games (two goals and two assists)
· Henrik Lundqvist has started 16 straight games (11/30 vs. PIT – 1/4 vs. BOS)
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Chris Drury: 8 points from 600 NHL career
- Brandon Dubinsky: 1 game from 200 NHL career
- Michal Rozsival: 3 games from 600 NHL career
RECENT MILESTONES ACHIEVED:
- Henrik Lundqvist: 300th career NHL game, Dec. 30 vs. PHI
- Chad Johnson: 1st career NHL game, Dec. 30 vs. PHI
- John Tortorella: 600th career NHL game, Dec. 31 at CAR
- Erik Christensen: 100th career NHL point, Dec. 31 at CAR
- Brandon Dubinsky: 100th career NHL point, Jan. 4 vs. BOS
Vinny Prospal (injured, Dec. 26) – 4 games missed
Total Man-Games Lost: 48
- Jan. 1: Recalled goaltender Matt Zaba from Hartford (AHL), and assigned goaltender Chad Johnson to Hartford
- · Jan. 5: Recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from Hartford (AHL), and assigned goaltender Matt Zaba to Hartford