Rangers-Leaves tonight


Hockey night in Canada. Start of a big early-season stretch (three in four nights; six in 10) and an early-season test.

I suspect Henrik Lundqvist starts tonight in Toronto, and Martin Biron gets the nod Saturday in Boston, Lundqvist back in Sunday vs. Devils. That’s my educated guess, nothing more.

All we know is that the Rangers are in T.O. with one extra player, and it’s not Mike Sauer, who’s expected to play. That means either Matt Gilroy or, more likely, Steve Eminger, is out.


I put some new hockey-related links down the right side of the page. If I’m missing any obvious sites or blogs, please let me know. I’ll shout at youse later.


Here are tonight’s pre-game notes from the Rangers. To read more click “more.” Duh.

Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre • Toronto, ON
Rangers: 1-2-1 (3 pts)
Maple Leafs: 4-0-1 (9 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 19

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 1-2-1 on the season. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 4-0-1 (9 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 23, when they will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.


  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Kenny Albert
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 215-270-95-6 all-time against the Maple Leafs: 126-109-56-3 at home and 89-161-39-3 on the road.
  • 2010-11: This is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the first of two meetings at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers own a 0-0-1 record thus far following a 4-3 overtime loss in Friday’s home opener at MSG.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 against Toronto in 2009-10, including a 1-0-1 mark at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers out-scored the Maple Leafs, 18-7, in four games last season.
  • Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves in his only appearance against the Maple Leafs this season, and is now 7-4-4 with a 2.88 goals against average in 15 career regular season contests vs. Toronto
  • Brian Boyle and Sean Avery are tied for the Rangers lead in scoring with two points apiece in one game vs. the Maple Leafs this season; Boyle’s two goals lead the team, while Avery’s two assists and plus-three rating are both a team-high
  • Todd White has tallied nine goals and 21 points in 31 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Michal Rozsival has registered 14 assists and 18 points in 33 career regular season games vs. the Maple Leafs
  • Dan Girardi notched a career-high, two goals vs. the Maple Leafs on Oct. 12, 2009
  • Brandon Dubinsky tallied a career-high, three assists at Toronto on Dec. 29, 2007
  • 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 did not convert in five power play opportunities (10:00) on Monday vs. Colorado. New York is now tied for 18th in the NHL with a 11.8% (2-17) success rate, and rank third with a 28.6% (2-7) success rate on the road. The Rangers did not convert on one five-on-three chance (0:30) on Oct. 9 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 two shorthanded situations (1:40) to the Avalanche on Monday at MSG, and now rank 29th in the NHL with a 68.4% (13-19) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one three-on-five situation (1:10) on Friday at MSG, and are 1-2 on three-on-fives (1:45) this season. The Blueshirts yielded one goal in three, three-on-four situations on Friday, and are now 2-3 (1:10) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York notched one goal in two, four-on-four situations (4:00) on Monday vs. Colorado, and are now even in six, four-on-four situations (10:38) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

New York has posted a record of 38-20-12 (88 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 11-6-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .629 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Toronto (.535%, 45-38-18), Boston (.525%, 45-40-15), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

Rookie Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in Friday’s home opener vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard and Steve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Monday vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play.

Derek Stepan notched three goals while making his NHL debut in the Rangers’ 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 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.

Based on 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.

The Rangers have had seven new players dress so far this season: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan each skated in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Todd White made his Rangers debut on Monday vs. Colorado at Madison Square Garden.


  • 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


  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL game and 1st career NHL goal/point (10/9 at BUF)
  • Derek Stepan: 1st career NHL assist (10/18 vs. COL)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 4
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 1
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 9


  • Oct. 13: Assigned forward Tim Kennedy to Hartford.

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  1. UNO! Like you said in an earlier post Carp, Gilroy n Sauer sat 2 out, time for Eminger to do his press box time.

  2. If they don’t bring their honest to God games faces with them tonight, they are gonna get their lunch handed to them. This is NOT last year’s Leafs. If they try their itsy bitsy checking style tonight ………..I don’t know, but Lundqvist just may be facing the night of the long knives.

  3. LindaCalPruBoylahan on

    I agree with ILB! Totally lmao @ Bonehead Festivus Blog!

    Hope everyone has a great day, and is in full ‘voice’ for the game later on. I’m predicting 1000 posts tonight.

    Nasty, hope you’re feeling much better today!

    CT, I was trying to keep that quiet! :-)

  4. Stay positive, Fran. The way it’s been going, we may need optimism from every single bonehead. And then some…

  5. If Colby Armstrong doesn’t get his, then i call this Ranger team a bunch of wimps (for expletive purposes i didnt use another word)… AT this point you send somebody after Armstrong (Boogard), 2 hand the guy so that his wrist breaks or his ankle, take the 5 minute major penalty and game misconduct as well as the suspension that would follow. Because seriously, a team that let’s their best player get hurt and slammed around, well just is not a team…..thoughts? COmments? Suggestions? Any other ideas, and dont say they should just go out there and play hockey.

  6. Fran, it could be worse – we could be Devils fans…

    Loving the Boneheads Festivus link too – lol

  7. Carp – the links section is great, and love the darker names – much easier to read — are the Facebook postings much different – don’t want to miss anything but hate FB

  8. Yeah I’m pretty much expecting no revenge on Armstrong, not a lot of offense and probably some shoddy D. Based on the roster’s construction and the lack of a coherent and cohesive style of play, I can’t really see much of a reason to assume otherwise. I’d actually expect the Leaves to dole out revenge on Avery moreso than any Ranger sticking up for their injured comrades.

  9. I would love to see some revenge against Armstrong. This team finally needs to stick together and show that they won’t be pushed around. Hopefully Prust engages him.

  10. Although I think Drury injured himself on a collision with Rozsival. I wouldn’t exactly dissuade the team from taking revenge on him. Teammate-acide?

  11. Nasty – He’s spot on, but started feeling a little sick he says something like he hasn’t seen a time like this since the 80s – ugghhh

  12. Yeah, agreed. Barf! I do think this will be a long season, and I do think there will be ups and downs, and when you look at the teams that didn’t make the playoffs last year that are better this year, they look to be better than we are right now, but that is without Gabby, Dru, and Prospal in the lineup. Do I think those three are going to make a WORLD of difference when they return, no, but will they make a difference? YES! When you have a Gabby and a Prospal in your lineup, the focus of other teams will be on them, and then the other lines will have a little more room to do things. I don’t know if this team makes the playoffs, I would like to think they do as a 7 or 8, and that the Isles and Toronto come back down to earth a little, but you never know.

    4 games minus your top star, and top defensive center=way too soon to write this team off.

  13. Agreed – just like the previous 2 seasons great starts were misleading, so is this year’s record but they looked damned ugly during that last game….hopefully they tighten up tonight. Maybe Biron will get the start to shake things up?

  14. This slow start may be a good thing, I find a few loses early deadens the pain, and I don’t get as upset after a while. Less stress is a good thing. Also I am quite sure this team will be better tonight, than the one that played last game. It won’t be pretty though until the injured guys return, and even then they will have to gel as a team before they are at their best.

  15. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    I do not know about you folks, but this is getting old:


    It is like a broken record…..we need to play a full 60 minutes, we need to be more consistent ….

    How many times was this said last season?? I am going to say 81 times.

    But like the rest of us here, I am going to root for my boys tonight, LGR.

  16. Pucktenko, formerly The Puck Drops Here on

    Carp, I am using IE 8 (Windows XP). I see the word LINKS on the right hand side of the page, but I have to scroon down to below all the posts to find the list of links.

    Apart from that, I miss the “Site” link that showed all the hits and numbers about RR. That was just a nice to have; not a need to have…..

  17. Pucktenko, formerly The Puck Drops Here on

    I should add that the links appear at the left margin (below all of the posts). Only the word LINKS appears on the right side (under Facebook, ads, current Poll).

  18. >>…I should add that the links appear at the left margin (below all of the posts)

    The site doesn’t render properly in IE8 or Google Chrome [Mac OS or Win]; Safari and Firefox are fine.

  19. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    According to @Real_ESPNLeBrun – Pierre LeBrun (twitter)

    Sounds like the battle of the backups here in Toronto tonight: Biron vs Gustavsson.

  20. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    Havr you tried the “compatibilty view” feature in IE8? I have and it looks fine for me.

  21. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    ooops my bad, the links are actually located underneath the submit comment button and not to the right of the screen.

  22. >>Havr you tried the “compatibilty view” feature in IE8?

    I was passing along the info for the webmeister; I don’t use Internet Explorer.

  23. Pucktenko, formerly The Puck Drops Here on

    I tried “compatibility view” in IE8 and no change. The links still appear at the very bottom (scroll all the way down) on the left.

  24. Gravey (Formerly known as jor71) on

    hey pucktenko, you are correct, I just realized it is still not correct. Freakin IE, Microsoft is so way behind the times with it’s browser.

  25. Thank you for the well wishes earlier Linda, but I am still feeling like a steaming piece of carcillo. I think I am going to ask my boss if I can cut out of here after I teach my two afternoon classes. I need to just go drink some fluids and lay down.

  26. You’re right about Booger, Orr. The most sweat he has produced so far was while lacing up his skates. Torts also needs to give him more than 90 sec of icetime

  27. Boogaard can’t do anything but A) fight Colton Orr or B) run one of their guys.

    He can’t skate well enough or get enough ice time to do B).

    There’s no way Armstrong is going to fight him. That’s why heavyweights are mostly useless, and why you need to take care of things like the Gaborik incident(s) the way Del Zotto did the other night.

  28. Exactly, Carp. Such a waste of money. They prevent absolutely nothing from happening. It’s been the same old crap with him in the lineup.

    Ilb, with the money he’s making, I think he hires someone to lace up his skates and put his gear on. And shave him, and scrub him in the bath.

    I just hope he got that person from Avery’s black book.

  29. They also need to go after Kessel. Not only to send the message, but also to limit his ability. He killed them last time.

  30. Orr,
    that’s ironic you feel that way because that is exactly how i feel this year. The past years even though i knew with Sather in charge things wouldn’t be good but I still was excited for the start of ranger hockey, not this year. maybe it’s because I’ve finally reach the point knowing this team is going nowhere as long as sather is in charge or that the young players the rangers have are average players at best. it could also be that i realize that other teams that have been bad for a few years are now showing signs of the rebuild and are better than the rangers.

  31. So does it mean Biron is starting two out of three? Or is Torts going to ride Hank back to back?

  32. IMO- Booger could be useful in front of the net. Who’s gonna move him. I think he’s had quite a few quality chances already this season. Even, with the little Ice time.

  33. Booger’s problem is he should be called Mooger. He’s a cow on ice. Everyone including the puck is gone by the time he gets there. He can’t skate with the play , and he can’t get back defensively to be effective. So Torts can’t take the chance on playing him much, so with limited ice time he can’t even do the job he is overpayed to do. Ya really would have thought Sather being the hockey expert he is supposed to be, would have thought of that. Shelly while no great skater was at least twice as fast as Boogaard, and was way better player. He was not a bad scrapper either.

  34. I don’t think Shelley ever wanted to be a Ranger. I’ve never seen a more depressed person throw in a Rangers jersey. I got the impression that he couldn’t wait till the season was over.

    I can’t wait for the Flyers games. Even though Nicky Z will score a hat trick against us :P

  35. Carp
    I would add Kevin DeLury’s nyrangers blog at blogspot .com to the links. It is a first class blog and the only other Ranger blog that I visit regularly.

  36. Crystal Water Triple on

    Toronto MAPLE LEAVES YES! Time they just put a “T” on the leaf uniform logo, and get it done with and correct. Support some dolt who couldn’t spell and had no inkling of correct grammar had named the Rangers the RAINGERS. Would we still spell it that way?

  37. Leafs fans seem to think that the reason why Orr and Phaneuf don’t talk is because Orr’s best friends with Avery.

    Haha! Sloppy seconds! If that is true, I wonder what he thinks of Mike Komisarek. They’ve basically shared the same home.

    I don’t know what Phaneuf has done to Cuthbert, but ever since they started dating, Cuth hasn’t been the same. She used to be a babe. I remember seeing her in “24” and “The Girl Next Door”. Mama mia! She barely has a career now.

  38. cw looking forward to 2012. . . . with tempered optimism. on

    Boogaard is a dinosaur in the new NHL. If you could still clutch and grab, he would get 4 minutes a game.

    If we had 2 more Prusts, we would not only be tougher, but actually have a legit 4th line.

    Hell, even ONE more Prust.

    Prust-Boyle-Prust line. I’d love to see it.

  39. cw looking forward to 2012. . . . with tempered optimism. on

    Dion is probably feeding her cake to keep every other guy in the NHL from bangin’ her.

  40. cw looking forward to 2012. . . . with tempered optimism. on

    Boogy isn’t gonna fight Orr, because Orr is still not right from his last concussion/KO.

  41. cw looking forward to 2012. . . . with tempered optimism. on

    If I were Sather, I would look to move Boogy to Calgary. There are 4-5 Godzilla type enforcers in their division, and Calgary has no one. Hell, I’d take Jokinen back in a trade for Boogy straight up. . . . .and Sutter just might do that deal!!!

  42. LindaCalPruBoylahan on

    Cw with the trifecta of correct and funny posts.

    Nasty, hope you were able to leave and that fluids and rest help with your recovery! Anyone hear from Greg or CR??

  43. LindaCalPruBoylahan on

    Orr, she can almost ice a starting six…. I think she just needs a goalie notch!

  44. Boogaard should not be in the NHL. I’m sure Sather could have gotten a guy that can fight and play a shift, for less money.

  45. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    Orr, I seriously LOL’d after looking @ that picture…..and for some reason it reminds me more of Jokinen than Carcillo

  46. Joekuh - Slashing behind the play... on

    Did i mention how much i HATE jersey shore? Will my eyes fall out my head and bleed like the 11th plague if I search for this “J-Woww” character?

  47. I’d rather look at J-Woww’s Badonka-Boobs than watch the Rangers stink it up on the ice again.

    I think we not only lose tonight, we look BAD in doing so. Not a good feeling at all about the game, this team, the coach, the GM or the owner.

    And thanks to FOX, I have less things to take my attention away.

  48. Dispatcher: Did you guys have a fever or anything

    Sanchez: No, I’m just….I think we’re dying

    Dispatcher: OK, How much did you guys have?

    Sanchez: Uh, I don’t know. We made brownies, and I think we’re dead. I really do.

    Sanchez: What’s the score of the Red Wings game?


  49. I remember years ago coming out of a bar where I’d only had s single draft beer, and we all started driving back on Rte 1 for home, and we ran into a cop road block and general checking for DUIs.

    At random. I had no effect of the beer, and the cop there told me to recite the abc’s. Would you by damn believe that my mind went blank and I had to hesitate before doing it?
    Finally ( so help me) I realized the only way I could recite them properly was to go with my kids little sing-song version of A B C D E F G…H I J K lmnop…………… both cops busted out laughing so hard that they had tears coming from their eyes…I then laughed with them, and said ” well…that’s howI learned it years ago, and that’s the only way I know it. Left them there LTAO, and telling their other buddies about it.

  50. Fran, you made my day, buddy! Great story. And I am ecpecially proud of your proper use of LTAO and was LMAO at it.

  51. CCCP- next time you’ll be ask to reproduce Newton’s Laws of Motion. The cops ate getting more educated in NY.

  52. CCCP
    If the cops ask you about Newton’s Laws just tell them that Einstein made all of his laws relative.

  53. I hate to say this but I have a feeling Biron is going to get lit up tonight. He had a shaky camp to say the least and it’s not like he is going to get much help on defense…

  54. He had better get used to not getting much help from the D. The leafs are a good team, that plays with lots of snarl. Trial by fire. It will be interesting. I just hope they stay focused, and don’t start running around after the puck. I hate watching that.

  55. wicky© (Our D is a bunch of poussins and belongs in MAMBY PAMBY LAND!!!!) on

    just to go off topic for a sec…

    did anyone reply if the roster updates were out for NHL 11 or not ???

  56. 3rd Newton Low of Physics: “Applying force equals= the force of resistance”.
    In Rangers case for today it means:
    1. Losing in game at home, they must win on enemy territory.
    2. Losing their star player, they have to take out opponent’s star (or at least send
    Armstrong back to the moon).
    3. When(if)asked after game,why they lost,instead of usual chew-“we have to play 60min.”
    answering direct and short – “we sucked”.
    4. Puck after Phaneuf slapshot on a last seconds of the game will hit Biron’s mask and
    deflects all the way back to Toronto empty net. (Dion jaw drops on the ice, together with
    letter “C” )

  57. i am truthfully saying this as a diehard fan when i say i think right now and over the next 6 weeks we will the WORST TEAM IN THE EASTERN CONF.

    this season may get late for us real early.

    it doesnt make me anyless of a fan but its how i feel

  58. wicky© (Our D is a bunch of poussins and belongs in MAMBY PAMBY LAND!!!!) on

    you are starting to sound like me…

  59. I expect the Rangers to come out hard , and keep up a good pace the entire game. Win or lose i like to see a total game effort. These long let ups that allow a couple of stupid goals. Thats what gets me going. So they are playing without some key regulars. That is not an excuse for a half hearted effort.

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