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Finally a game, finally a home game

Posted By On October 15, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers | 51 Comments

Had a chance to play at Colton Orr’s favorite golf course yesterday — Centennial in Carmel. Wow, was it in fabulous condition. Greens ate my lunch.

Speaking of Orr, he got knocked down the other night, but not out, apparently. We’ll see if he plays tonight, and if he obliges Mr. Boogaard in the home opener.

No morning skate today. So I’ll see youse from MSG later on. I think the coach will be available around 5 p.m. Hope to find out who is out if Christensen plays, and where the captain might fit in.


So the new design was launched while I was on the golf course. I know there are some bugs, and I am sure at least one of our tech guys (Rangers fan) is reading the feedback from you guys. I will implore them to make any changes that are really necessary. The small type is one … but as a few readers noted, just hit “Control” and “+” and the font gets bigger.

I’m going to change some of the links, too. Any suggestions? Sites you think I should display — for example, I’m going to link to some of the salary cap sites, and to TSN, etc. So let me know.

Also wondering how you like the tabs on top for schedule, stats, roster, etc.

And as soon as I can figure it out, Josh Thomson, 26, will return. In theory, anyway.


Here are tonight’s game notes from the Rangers:

To read more, click on “read more.” Duh.

Friday, Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1-0 (2 pts)
Maple Leafs: 3-0-0 (6 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 13

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their 2010-11 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 1-1-0 (2 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 6-4, on Monday at Nassau Coliseum. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 3-0-0 (6 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers return to action on Monday, Oct. 18, when they will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their first match-up against a Western Conference opponent this season.


  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Brian Leetch
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • The Rangers have posted a record of 36-32-15 in 83 home openers all-time at Madison Square Garden
  • The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest riding a franchise record, five-game winning streak in home openers, having won their home-opening game in each of the last five seasons – Oct. 6, 2005 vs. Montreal (4-3), Oct. 5, 2006 vs. Washington (5-2), Oct. 4, 2007 vs. Florida (5-2), Oct. 10, 2008 vs. Chicago (4-2), and Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa (5-2)
  • New York established franchise records for most goals for and largest margin of victory in a home opener with a 7-0 win vs. Toronto on Nov. 20, 1932
  • The Blueshirts have posted nine shutouts all-time in home openers, with the last shutout in a home-opening game on Oct. 16, 2003 vs. Atlanta (Mike Dunham, 0-0); Andy Aitkenhead has posted a franchise record, two shutouts in home openers (Nov. 20, 1932 vs. Toronto and Nov. 18, 1934 vs. St. Louis)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 215-270-95-5 all-time against the Maple Leafs: 126-109-56-2 at home and 89-161-39-3 on the road.
  • 2010-11: This is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the first at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 against Toronto in 2009-10, including a 2-0-0 mark at MSG. The Rangers out-scored the Maple Leafs, 12-3, at home last season, including a 7-2 victory on Oct. 12.
  • New York is tied for 25th in the NHL at home last season with a record of 18-17-6 (42 pts) in 41 games; Toronto has posted a record of 1-0-0 (2 pts) in one road game tying for fourth in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 1-0-0 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs have registered a 1-0-0 mark vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.74 goals against average in four appearances vs. the Maple Leafs last season; Lundqvist is7-4-3 with a 2.81 goals against average in 14 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with five assists and seven points in four games vs. the Maple Leafs last season, and tied Sean Avery, Erik Christensen and Dan Girardi for the team-high with two goals in the season series
  • Chris Drury has tallied a team-high, 14 goals and 29 points in 39 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • New York lists no former Maple Leafs on their roster
  • Toronto lists two former Rangers on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09); Fredrik Sjostrom (2007-08 – 2008-09)


  • Power Play: The Rangers notched two goals in four power play opportunities (5:14) on Monday at Long Island, and are now tied for seventh in the NHL with a 28.6% (2-7) success rate. 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 two goals in five shorthanded situations (8:19) to the Islanders on Monday at Long Island, and are now tied for 27th in the NHL with a 70.0% (7-10) success rate overall. The Rangers yielded one goal in one three-on-five situation (0:35) on Monday at Long Island, and are 0-1 on three-on-fives (0:35) this season. The Blueshirts have not skated in a 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).

New York has posted a record of 38-20-11 (87 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 11-6-3 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .630 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Toronto (.530%, 44-38-18), Boston (.525%, 45-40-15), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

Derek Stepan notched three goals 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, with his third goal at 18:20 of the middle frame standing as 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.

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 secondyoungest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

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.


  • 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.


  • Ryan Callahan: 2 points from 100th NHL career
  • Chris Drury: 4 power play goals from 100th NHL career


  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR – Sept. 24) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 4


  • Oct. 4: Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ruslan Fedotenko
  • Oct. 13: Assigned forward Tim Kennedy to Hartford

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