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I’m headed out to that always pleasant ride — like sticking needles in your eyes — to Nassau Coliseum.

Happy Columbus Day!

Hey, today’s date is 10-11-10. The significance of that? Nothing. But yesterday a lot of people sure made a big deal out of 10-10-10, which can only happen once every century. Well, 10-11-10 can only happen once every century too.

I’m guessing the Rangers will go with the same lineup today, and why not, unless the captain decides to return?

Will be back later, of course. Until then, here are the game notes from the Rangers. To read more, click “read more”. Duh.

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NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Monday, Oct. 11, 1:00 p.m.
Nassau Coliseum • Uniondale, NY
Rangers: 1-0-0 (2 pts)
Islanders: 0-0-1 (1 pt)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 9

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders tomorrow at Nassau Coliseum (1:00 p.m.), in a matinée match-up between Atlantic Division rivals. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 1-0-0 (2 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 6-3, in their season opener last night at HSBC Arena. The Blueshirts have now won five of their last six season openers (5-1-0). The Islanders enter the contest with a 0-0-1 (1 pt) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, having lost their season opener, 5-4, in overtime last night at Long Island. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers will return home to face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, October 15, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2010-11 regular season home opener.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Please note there is no morning skate scheduled prior to the contest. Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 11:00 a.m.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
TV: MSG Network
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
1:00 p.m. – Rangers @ Islanders
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)

Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
1:00 p.m. – Rangers @ Islanders
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
*All-Time: The Rangers are 108-96-19-5 all-time against the Islanders: 62-37-11-4 at home and 46-59-8-1 on the road.
*2010-11: This is the first of six meetings between the Rangers and Islanders this season, and the first at Nassau Coliseum.
*Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 against the Islanders in 2009-10, including a 2-1-0 mark at Nassau Coliseum. The Rangers’ power play converted at a 22.7% success rate in the season series, registering five goals in 22 opportunities.
*The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL on the road with a record of 1-0-0 (2 pts) in one game; the Islanders have posted a record of 0-0-1 (1 pt) in one home game tying for 11th in the league
*The Rangers posted a record of 10-10-4 vs. the Atlantic Division last season; the Islanders registered a 7-15-2 mark vs. the Atlantic Division last season
*Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-2-1 with a 2.15 goals against average and one shutout in six appearances vs. the Islanders last season; Lundqvist is 17-8-5 with a 2.05 goals against average and two shutouts in 31 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders
*Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with four goals and seven points in five games vs. the Islanders last season; Michal Rozsival tallied a team-high, four assists in six contests vs. the Islanders last season
*Michal Rozsival has tallied 17 assists and 20 points in 50 career regular season games vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik has notched eight goals and 16 points in 15 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders
*The Rangers list two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08)
*The Islanders list three former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02); PA Parenteau (2009-10); Doug Weight (1991-92 – 1992-93)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play: The Rangers did not register a goal in three power play opportunities (4:00) on Saturday at Buffalo. New York is tied for 25th in the NHL with a 0.0% (0-3) success rate, including a 0.0% (0-3) success rate on the road tying for 13th in the league. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Saturday at HSBC Arena, and are now 0-1 on five-on-three attempts (0:30). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).

Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal in five shorthanded situations (4:51) to the Sabres, and notched one shorthanded goal on Saturday at Buffalo. New York is tied for 17th in the NHL with an 80.0% (4-5) success rate overall, and is tied for eighth in the league with an 80.0% (4-5) success rate away from MSG. The Rangers have not skated in a three-on-five or three-on-four situation this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).

Four-on-Four: New York has skated in two four-on-four situations (1:50) this season. Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

STEPAN’S NEW TRICK
Derek Stepan notched three goals and posted a plus-three rating in 17:21 of ice time while making his NHL debut in the Rangers’ 6-3 season-opening win on Saturday at Buffalo.  He registered the Rangers’ first goal of the season, opening the game’s scoring at 10:53 of the first period.  His second and third goals were recorded in a 3:12 span late in the second period.  His third goal at 18:20 of the middle frame was the game-winner.  Stepan’s hat trick established the following Rangers’ and NHL marks:
*He is the first Ranger in franchise history to record a hat trick in his NHL debut.
*His three goals tied the Rangers’ franchise record for most goals in an opening-night game, becoming just the second player in team history to record a hat trick in the season opener.  Ron Murphy also tallied a hat trick in the 1955-56 season opener on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago.
*The last Ranger rookie to register a hat trick was Jan Hlavac on Feb. 11, 2000 vs. Boston.
*Stepan is the 26th Ranger to record a hat trick in their rookie season.
*The last Ranger to register a hat trick at Buffalo was Petr Nedved on Feb. 25, 2000.
*The last NHL player to record a hat trick in their NHL debut was Fabian Brunnstrom of the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15, 2008 vs. Nashville.
*Stepan is just the fourth player in NHL history to register a hat trick in their NHL debut.

YOUTH IS SERVED
According to opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

NEW FACES
The Rangers had six new players dress in their season opener on Saturday at Buffalo: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan. Stepan (three goals) and Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger. Forwards Tim Kennedy and Todd White are still looking to make their Rangers debut.

GETTING STARTED:
*Entering the season, the Rangers have posted a record of 276-266-90 all-time in the month of October, including a 175-114-47 mark at home and a 101-152-43 record on the road. New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2010-11, with five games being contested at MSG and five scheduled on the road.
*Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
*The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month.
*Last season, New York tied the franchise record for longest winning streak in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games from Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17, 2009 at Toronto. The Rangers also won seven straight October games in 1988-89, beginning on Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver and ending on Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh. Their seven-game winning streak last season was also the team’s longest since they won seven straight from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh to Mar. 2, 2006 at Philadelphia.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
*Sean Avery: 2 points from 100th Ranger career
*Ryan Callahan: 3 points from 100th NHL/Ranger career
*Chris Drury: 4 power play goals from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
*Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)

INJURIES:
*Chris Drury (IR – Sept. 20) – 1
*Vinny Prospal (IR – Sept. 24) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 2

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
*Oct. 3: Assigned defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko, and forwards Dale Weise and Mats Zuccarello to Hartford
*Oct. 4: Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko

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36 Comments

  1. 4TH! whatever that means. Btw- if I’m Captain Clutch I want back in the lineup before Stepan cements my spot as 4th line LW!

    CARP! enjoy the ride on the LIE bud. Better you than I. We should talk some time about you spoiling yourself by using the car service I work for ; )

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Captain Papa Drury should just keep worrying about his signature garlic knots and line of game worn mouthpieces.

  3. I was truly expecting a post by Captain Clutch yesterday. Nope. Didn’t happen.

    This team is ripe for a trade. Where does Drury go when he comes back? Stepan has had chemistry with every line he has played on. So, he stays no matter what. I think AA should stay where he is. Putting him on the 4th line is a step backwards and he hasn’t done anything but play well. EC is really the only guy who can disappear with no ill effect. His goal was more about Gaborik than about his own abilities. Throw Papa Dru out there and let him handle the D while Gabby and Frolov do their thing. EC can be traded or ride the pine and wait for an injury. Heck, trade him and use Kennedy for the injury fill.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Looking for a good follow up effort this afternoon on the island. Let’s go Rangers!!

  5. wish I had columbus day off… can’t watch the game and have to try to avoid twitter and the Report until I can watch it later tonight…

  6. “Third” line is not being touched for now..I think Dru is going to be first line center or 4th line wing (boogaard out unless needed) we will have a 10 million dollar 4th line left wing

  7. ilbzotenko2001 on

    LMAO @ “Day Game Day”, Carp! Is it like 10-11-10?

    Good morning, boneheads!

    No Okposo, no Streit, no Tavares? Perfect script for a disaster if the Rangers don’t take them seriously. The Fishsticks will play their best game, they always do against us. The team needs to come out swinging and they need to forget the 6-3 win. On the other hand, if the Rangers come out prepared, they may significantly improve their GF column.

  8. Boogard stays in vs. a frisky Isles team. Drury replaces EC in my opinion. Better center better pizza! Papa Druuu!

  9. only problem i have with papa dru is him not havin the wheels to keep up with gabby. idk but i’m sure they have tried him there in practice and maybe they just dont mesh well. i would like to see him there to get some scoring doen this year but i think torts wouldve put him there at least once last year and i never saw that, so mayb hes too slow, or maybe ilb is right in teh fact that he plays 3rd line, pk, and late in games and maybe he cant handle top minutes in addition to that. you would think the combo of frolov n gabby, combined with the mouth chewing and extra clutchness he brings would be a solid first line, but like i said, maybe hes too slow and he is a shooter, just like gabby. he doesnt pass very well either. but it does speak volumes that he wasnt even tried there in a game situation, unless im mistaken.

  10. ok, his defensive capabilities and “intangibles” are pretty good, so who knows, and also, maybe since the younger guys are a year older and seem to be clicking with their linemates, i really think he should kick ec off and put dru there. maybe he was good on the line with cally and aves as a good checking line/energy line, but hes gotta put up some numbers and i think putting him with gabby he could get to 25 or mayeb even 30. plus, stepan seems very capable of handling the center position and the defensive side of it.

  11. and yes i actually mean 25 or 30 goals not total points!! he just cannot have a worse season than last, numbers wise, and they cant bury him with redden, so might as well make the most of it and see if he can regain his clutchness.

  12. From this blog to the Yankees blog, I *CANT* believe how many people actually DVR a game and then watch it at their first opportunity – all without finding out the score of the game first.

    Unless it’s a meaningless game – i.e. we’re eliminated from playoff contention already – I need to be apprised of the score at all times.

    During my own wedding, I had one of my groomsmen keep me updated of a Yankees-Rangers score.

  13. ilbzotenko2001 on

    Mike- Torts was planning to try him on the first line during preseason, but his “finger” prevented him from it.

  14. Does anyone know a site that will probably stream the game for us poor dudes that are stuck at work today?

  15. thanks guys…i’m dvr’ing it but i think it’s going to be a slow day today

    have a remark regarding stepan – i talk to my devils/islanders friends about how he got the hat trick in his first nhl game and all they do is go on and on about how he was just fed pucks perfectly and all he had to do was tap them in..basically saying that he’s nothing special, etc.

    obviously there is bias on their end, but isn’t it obvious that the kid knows where to be to score goals? i mean, he was in the shooting lane for a deflection on the first goal, right in front of the net on the short side for the second and perfectly lined up in the slot for the 3rd

    of course if i bring up the fact that avery made one of those “perfect” passes (which it was), they will start on another avery rant. devils fans are really the worst, mostly because they are all 15-21 kids that feel like it’s cool to like the team right outside of NY.

    i hope stepan can keep it up

  16. Just for the sake of convo how sweet would it be if Drury WAS put in EC’s place and had a resurgence offensively forming a pretty sweet trio with Gabby and Fro? Suddenly we have 3 legit offense producing centermen and a decent 4th line to get dirty. I know he’s not a spring chicken anymore but the last time Dru set career lows in offensive production he bounced back with a 30 goal 30+ assist season. Just sayin’.

  17. Rob- if they had him they’d be talking him up too. Listen all fun stuff aside, Stepan is a young guy with a lot to learn but he has the skills and the right attitude. No one expects him to score 40 goals this season. It’s just nice to see a rookie on the Rangers that’s got the promise to be more than a 3rd or 4th line banger. Those same Devil and Isle fans said Callahan would never amount to more than a 4th liner. and they don’t think Lundqvist is a top 10 goalie in the league…or some of them do but swear up and down that Di Pietro is the better goalie…Everyone’s biased.

    As for Stepan being able to keep up- much like with Del Zotto last year- let him play legit minutes and gain experience and hope for the best. I doubt we’ll be disapointed.

  18. Good morning all! Another great day in the making as we should add another two points to our undefeated season and build momentum for our home opener on Friday.

    Carp, thanks for the “once a century” grins.

    Let’s go Rangers!

  19. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    ‘the last time Dru set career lows in offensive production he bounced back with a 30 goal 30+ assist season. Just sayin’

    I thought I was going to be able to reply with a joke and checked his stats… actually, one could argue that Chris Drury maybe more enigmatic than Zherdev! This guy’s season total in points (all seasons playing 70+ games):
    44, 67, 65, 46, 53, 53, 67, 69, 58, 56, 32!

    I guess my only come back is that even if Drury “re-gains” his form, then 53 points! Woohoo! He’s just not that good people.

  20. What was it that people say about Gretzky – he always went where the puck was going to, not where it was – not saying Stepan is the next Great One but his instincts about where he was meant to be at both ends makes me think the kids has what it takes to be a legit top 6 player.

    I just watched the end of the Caps/Debbies game – it was like watching the Charlestown Chiefs all over again! I really hope they continue to suck and Fatso keeps letting goals in (maybe they should hypnotise him into thinking the puck is a donut? Bet he wont let any past him then!)

  21. Grabachev,

    regarding your post ending last thread. Yes, there absolutely are ranger fans that hate Avery and repeatedly stated he had no chance of making the team and is useless etc. All summer long and through the preseason, many people posted that he belonged in Hartford or should be traded. And his good play hasn’t been just one game, it was the whole preseason. I was pointing out the pure skill level of his passing and skating in the season opener. So yes I will call out the Avery haters and ask them to step up a d say they still see no reason for him to be on the team.

    Carp et al.,

    tonight at 6pm on NHL network is a show call The offseason: Michael del zotto

    I literally LOL at that power ranger video…awesome to see such chemistry on the team. Stuff like that means so much over the length of a grueling season.

    LGR! Do not take the isles lightly. Run them out of the building!!!

  22. In an interview a few years ago, Shanahan said that rookies and younger players will go from a to b to c to reach d, while a player with veteran instincts will go straight from a to d. I thought that was pretty interesting – seems like Stepan might have a stripe of that veteran savvy, but I guess we’ll have to give him more than one game to figure it out.

  23. Gift of GAB-orik on

    I agree that Boogey will probably get his hands dirty today… should have a willing combatant on the fishies.

    I’m stuck at work… but i’ll be sneaking it online or on one of the office tv’s…

    GO RANGERS!

  24. Gift of GAB-orik on

    On a side note…

    I’d love to hear Chico try and defend Leblond attacking a guy from behind who’s probably never dropped the gloves in his life. What a clown that guy is.

    Also, LOVE that Green and Kovalchuk threw down, and both took off their helmets… old school move.

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