Rangers at Bruins tonight

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Does it strike you odd that the Rangers are in Boston for a Saturday night game? Isn’t it almost always a matinee?

I’m glad. I have another football playoff game today — assuming I thaw out. Played golf yesterday and actually got hit my snow/sleet for a while, had winds whipping around on top of hills above the Hudson River, felt like 30 degrees. Then I drove directly to my night football game, on an open, windy cold field.

But enough of my complaining …

I hope to be back in the old armchair, with sandwich and non-alcohol beer, by faceoff. And I will have the usual game thread up for youse.

Here, meanwhile, are the game notes from the NYR. To read more, click “more.”

NEW YORK RANGERS at BOSTON BRUINS
Saturday, Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m.
TD Garden • Boston, MA
Rangers: 2-2-1 (5 pts)
Bruins: 4-1-0 (8 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 21

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against their Original Six rival, the Boston Bruins, at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin their first of 18 back-to-back sets on the season. The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday at Air Canada Centre, and are now 2-2-1 (5 pts) on the season. The Bruins enter the contest with a 4-1-0 (8 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers return to action tomorrow, Oct. 24, when they will face-off against their Atlantic Division rival the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Bruins
    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 Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Bruins
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. BRUINS:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 241-280-97-2 all-time against the Bruins: 140-117-55-0 at home and 101-163-42-2 on the road.
  • 2010-11: This is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Bruins this season, and the first of two meetings at TD Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against Boston in 2009-10, including a 1-1-0 mark at TD Garden. Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal.
  • The Rangers’ 241 wins and 581 points all-time against the Bruins are the most against any team in franchise history
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 1.26 goals against average and one shutout in four contests vs. Boston last season, and is now 13-4-2 with a 1.39 goals against average and four shutouts in 19 career regular season games against the Bruins
  • Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers with four assists and five points in four games vs. the Bruins last season, while Michael Del Zotto and Erik Christensen both tallied a team-high, two goals in the season series
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has notched eight goals and 17 points in 33 career regular season contests vs. Boston; Todd White has recorded 11 assists and 16 points in 28 career regular season games vs. the Bruins
  • New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
  • Boston lists two former Rangers on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99); Trent Whitfield (2001-02)

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not convert in two power play opportunities (3:19) on Thursday at Toronto. New York is now tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10.5% (2-19) success rate, and rank ninth with a 22.2% (2-9) 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 held the Maple Leafs scoreless in five shorthanded situations (9:19) on Thursday at Toronto, and are now tied for 26th in the NHL with a 75.0% (18-24) success rate. The Rangers held Toronto scoreless in one three-on-five situation (1:10) on Oct. 15 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 Oct. 15, 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 skated in one, four-on-four situation (0:41) on Thursday at Toronto, and are now even in seven, four-on-four situations (11:19) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

BACK-TO-BACKS
Tonight’s contest will begin the Rangers’ first of 18 back-to-back sets this season. Last season, New York posted a record of 5-8-0 in the front-end of back-to-back sets, including a 2-6-0 mark when the first game of the set was away from MSG. The Rangers were 9-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets last season.

ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06
New York has posted a record of 39-20-12 (90 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 14-4-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .634 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Toronto (.529%, 45-39-18), Boston (.525%, 45-40-15), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).

A NORTHEAST FEAST
Last season, the Rangers posted a record of 11-6-3 (25 pts) against the Northeast Division in 20 games, with the New York penalty kill surrendering just seven goals in 71 shorthanded chances for a 90.1% success rate.

RANGER MILESTONES
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 home opener on Oct. 15 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. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Thursday at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team.

YOUTH IS SERVED
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.

NEW FACES
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, and Biron saw his first game action with a 24-save effort in a 2-1 win on Thursday at Toronto.

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:

  • Ryan Callahan: 1 point from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • 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)

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 5
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 2
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 12

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Oct. 13: Assigned forward Tim Kennedy to Hartford

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64 Comments

  1. They need to win tonight. That will do a lot for their confidence. But most importantly, for CR’s sake. Imagine if the Rangers lose to Boston after the Yankees got knocked out last night? :-)

    Going to work for a few hours. Later, ‘heads!

  2. Is there anywhere else to listen to the game besides 970? Their signal is weaker than the Ranger pp, esp in northern CT.

  3. “I’d not be surprised to find that the answer to many of the Rangers problems rests right there in their own organization. I get the impression that the top brass doesn’t even trust the people in their own system.”

    I would agree that the best teams have developed their own talent, but aside from Stepan (in a few games) there are no difference makers in the NYR org. Maybe MDZ? But there are no great players in the system. A bunch of decent ones (like Dubi, Cally, etc.) but no great ones.

    THAT is why the brass will always be rumored to be in the hunt for the Spezzas, Richards, and Sourays of the world.

  4. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    You should ask Fox / NewsCorp as they seem to control all other media dissemination.

  5. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    for CW:

    WFAN’s signal can be heard clearly on much of the East Coast of the United States and Eastern Canada after sunset because it is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “Class A” clear channel station.

    During the day, WFAN’s groundwave signal can be heard faintly as far south as Washington, D.C. and as far north as the I-90 corridor (the New York State Thruway and Massachusetts Turnpike), about 150 miles north of New York City. WFAN can also allegedly be heard clearly on the northern beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks during the day and the southern beaches around Wilmington, NC at night. Signal strength varies depending on factors such as weather and elevation. Still, a good car radio can pick up WFAN cleanly in most of Pennsylvania, at times as far west as central Indiana, and throughout Connecticut, as well as parts of the Philadelphia, Boston, Albany, and Syracuse markets, especially at night (WFAN does not broadcast on reduced power overnight, and thus needs very few affiliate stations for the teams it broadcasts).

    Callers from these locations are not uncommon, especially as some of the on-air staffers have backgrounds in those regions (Bob Heussler does radio play-by-play for the Connecticut Sun, Fairfield Stags basketball and has done radio play-by-play for UConn basketball and football, while Chris Carlin handles Rutgers football games), and attended Hobart. Alternatively, the callers listen to the streaming internet feed on wfan.com, or watch the “Mike Francesa” simulcast on YES.

    Depending on atmospheric conditions, the station can be allegedly picked up as far south as Havana, Cuba. In parts of South Florida after sunset, reception of WFAN is clearer than Miami-based “competitors” including WAXY.

  6. Good morning all!

    I’ve been fairly disappointed with Frolov. With a only one year contract to keep him warm, he’s got a limited amount of time to display his skills and put points next to his name in the score sheet. He’s been okay but hasn’t impressed me with any sort of drive or ambition to show he deserves to be on the top line. Our second and third line players are playing with a determination and spirit that I don’t see in his play. By passing up the offer he had in the KHL, he obviously wants to play here. With Gaborik out for an extended period I expected him to show more than he has. I know it’s difficult for him without a worthy first line center but he needs to step his game up. If what we see now is what he does all year this will be another failed ‘second chance’ by Sather. At least it’s just one year wasted. Still waiting for him to change my mind.

  7. ExiledinCT,

    if you go to nhl.com and get to the rangers homepage by gametime, they have a “listen” option near the scoreboard that feeds into the radio. I use it all the way out in Boston.

  8. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    how come sally’s and carpy’s names are not bold??

    just bustin’ chops, i think the IT department has done a great job on the newly stylized home of the boneheads. I think the next time I send cookies, I’ll have to tell Laurel to make sure to give a bunch to the IT guys and gals!

    Going to watch a southern style banner raising tonight, and hopefully a victory by the defending SPHL champion Havoc. Will watch the Rangers on archive when I get back, and hopefully THAT will also be a victory.

  9. CW

    It could be the “skip distance” effect. Many years ago I was a radio operator ( CW Morse Code) and at night I could pick up the AFB in northern Washington State, but often could not get my net
    control at Norfolk VA. It’s an atmospheric factor, and it depends on a number of things ( which I have totally forgotten about).

  10. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    lmao LW, you read that too!?

    and yes ilb, you did!! it’s that time of year!

    Is Hank between the pipes tonight? I need to set my lineup lol!

  11. Heading to the game tonight – so pumped.

    Got my Rangers jersey on – already seen more Rangers jerseys than Boston jerseys XD

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

    morning ILB and all!!

    orr
    have you been playing NHL11??

  13. MickeyM really likes the second line on

    Afternoon all!

    Looking forward to doing nothing this weekend and the games.

  14. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    So I just saw (and perhaps i’m late to the party on this) that Rick Rypien got 6 games for physically assaulting a fan that didn’t initiate contact and, by all accounts and video evidence, was merely clapping about Rypien’s ejection from a game.

    Does it strike anyone as odd that it’s the same length suspension that Avery got for his words?

    Are Avery’s words as powerful as a fighter’s fists? Perhaps he is superman!

  15. carp..last season the rangers supposedly came close to getting dion phanuef,but the flames went with the leaf offer…do you know what the rangers were offering and was any otherr flame players involved? by the way,i’m opting for a sandwich and sam adams octoberfest at face-off time

  16. If I had to venture a guess, that proposed deal with Calgary prolly involved Higgins and Kotalik. Whom both ended up going there anyway in the Joker deal.

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

    ILB
    not only am I not maturing (I may be regressing), but I’m trying to get someone to tell me if roster updates have been put out yet or not!!!

    anyone
    have they??

  18. “not only am I not maturing (I may be regressing)”

    What predates the Neanderthal?

    wicky© (Our D should carry clubs and wear animal skins)

  19. The Hague Pimp (aka Miami Pimp) on

    I’m going to stay up late (1am here) to watch this game … let’s see how we’ll manage to Mickey-Mouse this one …

  20. cherapanov could have been a great ranger player.. if he was alive this team would be much better…he would be there #1 center and he would be about 22..

  21. Hi guys… I don’t remember anything like what happened to Cherapanov, ever happening to anyone else. I mean a young guy NHL prospect, dieing during a game. If I remember correctly the kid was only eighteen. What a tragedy.

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

    dde
    lol! thanks, i think????

  23. Stepan, Kreider, MDZ and Anisimov are going to be quality NHL players. Are they Towes, OV, Crosby or Malkin? No,but they are good players. The Rangers never got the top 3 pick in all the years, they had a lottery pick and lost out on Crosby, what’s there to do?

    Actually Staal had one of his best games last game.

    But Stepan I think by mid year could be playing with Gabby.

  24. lol Wicky

    Rock and Gravel Slag first pair D!! (gives Wicky visor smooch)

    and more random gjibberish..

    Last year MDZ averaged :28 Short Handed TOI/G, through the first 5 games this year he’s averaged 1:48 per game.

    Has AA’s skating improved? Looks a bit nimbler to me, regardless it’s fun to see him develop before our eyes, really like that line.

    If Frolov doesn’t have at least 6 goals by next Saturday I can’t see the Rangers resigning him. In fact, he may lose a chance at a KHL contract as well.

    (Seriously, it’s been 5 games – with a new team, Gabby missing 2 of them and no set Cman. Have some patience.)

    Bummer for Dale Weise, out 5-6 weeks after hand surgery.

    Thought the Rangers did a great job of closing quickly on the puck in the defensive zone against Toronto.

    I was not a big fan of the money given to Boogaard, for a guy who’s played 3:37 per game so far – but I can’t understand holding that against him …and he’s actually played pretty well.

    I hope Torts isn’t trying to micro manage motivational mind f### Boyle. Kid has had a great attitude, put in the work and played well but gets a season low TOI one game after getting props and starting the game.

    For those attending home games this year, make the Garden the home ice advantage that it should be!

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

  25. Good evening all! MickeyM I am so with you, except I get to go to game tomorrow! Whoo hooooo!

  26. I also seem to have lost my eyeglasses and am stuck with zippy the back-up loser ones so if I make typos or misread something, that’s too bad. I am screwed.

  27. Mama, write down 16 on the paper and make sure you can see it with your back up pair. Otherwise you’re really screwed. Have to go. DVR FTW! See you all after the game.

  28. Thanks TV time out and other ad crap….I heard the Prust fight on radio, but MGS had a car commercial on

  29. Shite….well we were outnumbered. For second period, Santa, I would like fewer Rangers penalties and to keep up the positive momentum.

    P.S. Don’t care if goals are pretty or ugly, I’ll take em.

    Thanks, mama

  30. OK, I sadly missed the Avery dealio that got him out for 10, so don’t know what happened, but wtb? Thornton didn’t get the same!! Carp, help me here…..running back and forth between TV and computer …..did I miss something important or is this just harnell’d up?

  31. Pros: Good energy. Good puck support in all zones. Decent transition game. We’ve made a big improvement in extended puck possession in the offensive zone over last year. I hope we keep hitting Chara every chance we get.

    Cons: Stay out of the box! Great that our D-men are shooting (Rozy!) but we need to get those shots through to prevent the odd man rushes.

  32. Avery drew an instigator for retaliation after Fedotenko took a solid hit which bordered on interference in my view. Good for the team morale and Avery showing leadership. He’ll certainly be rested for the second.

  33. Is it my Ranger bias coloring my pov or is Chara a dirty player? Not as bad as Pronger, whose teeth I’d love to see scattered on the ice, but Chara is given a lot of liberties by the officials.

    We’ve got to score on this man advantage starting the third period.

    Big Kudos to Stall for taking the puck to the net on his goal instead of passing or dropping it to Dubi.

    Staying out of the box and not giving Boston any momentum is vital to picking up these two points.

  34. I wonder what the story is with Kovalchuk being a healthy scratch? Love it that the Debbies are down 5-0.

    Looks like our boys are coming together as a team. This stretch of 4 games in 6 nights could be a great way to get on a roll with each game being 60 minutes of solid play… physical and consistent effort.

  35. A good win. Another strong sixty minute effort against an aggressive, physical team. Hoping the injury to Prust is not serious and he’s back in the lineup soon. Can’t wait for Sunday night’s game. Wonder if Kovi plays? If we bring this kind of effort against the Debbies, our home crowd will be greatly entertained and should go home happy with two more points in our pocket. LGR!!

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