Thrashers-Rangers tonight


Hi guys. I have a heavy heart today.

I don’t know if you heard about Bill Shannon, who was a highly-respected baseball official scorer in New York, an author, and a reporter. He died in a house fire yesterday at age 69. This is a man who, in the 34 years I’ve been in the business, has been at every single home baseball team I’ve attended, Yankees or Mets.

Just a nice, nice man, an unbelievable scorer — knew the rules better than any manager or player — and somebody who will be terribly missed in pressboxes in New York.


OK, back to hockey. The Thrashers are in town tonight. The great news out of Atlanta is that goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who collapsed mysteriously during a game three weeks ago, was activated from IR on Monday. And I get to see one of this blog’s faves, Dustin Byfuglien.

Here are tonight’s pregame notes. To read more, click “more.”

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 4-2-1 (9 pts)
Thrashers: 3-4-1 (7 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 25

The Rangers continue their three-game homestand when they will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Sunday at MSG to extend their winning streak to three games and improve to 4-2-1 (9 pts) on the season. The Thrashers enter the contest with a 3-4-1 (7 pts) record, having lost each of their last three games. Tomorrow’s contest will begin a stretch of four games in six nights for the Blueshirts, who will return to action on Friday, Oct. 29, when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game homestand.


  • TV: MSG Plus
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Thrashers
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: Bloomberg Radio
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Thrashers
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 18-12-1-9 all-time against the Thrashers: 7-7-1-5 at home and 11-5-0-4 on the road.
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Thrashers this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-1-2 against Atlanta in 2009-10, including a 0-1-1 mark at Madison Square Garden. Two of their four meetings were decided in the shootout.
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-1-1 with a 2.61 goals against average in three contests vs. Atlanta last season, and is now 6-3-0-6 with a 2.17 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career games against the Thrashers
  • Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with four assists and five points in four games vs. Atlanta last season
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered 10 goals and 14 assists for 24 points in 46 career regular season contests vs. Atlanta; Todd White has recorded six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 12 career games vs. the Thrashers
  • NHL Debut: Artem Anisimov made his NHL debut vs. Atlanta on Feb. 3, 2009
  • First Goal: Dan Girardi recorded his first NHL goal at Atlanta on Oct. 18, 2007 (Hedberg)
  • First Shutout: Martin Biron posted his first NHL shutout with an 18-save performance at Atlanta on Nov. 19, 1999 (3-0)
  • New York lists two former Thrashers on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09); Todd White (2007-08 – 2009-10).
  • Atlanta lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09).


  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in seven power play opportunities (13:02) on Sunday vs. New Jersey, and have now notched a power play goal in each of their last two games. New York is tied for 19th in the NHL with a 12.5% (4-32) success rate. 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 Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (7:51) on Sunday at MSG, and now rank 25th in the NHL with a 79.4% (27-34) success rate. The Rangers yielded one goal to Boston in two three-on-five situations (2:02) on Saturday at TD Garden, and are 2-4 on three-on-fives (3:47) 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 (0:09) on Sunday vs. New Jersey, and are now even in eight, four-on-four situations (11:28) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

The Blueshirts currenlty lead the NHL in blocked shots per game, averaging 17.0 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the team and is tied for third in the league with 24 blocked shots on the season.  The Atlanta Thrashers enter tonight’s contest ranked second in the NHL, averaging 16.9 blocked shots per game.


  • The Rangers enter tonight’s contest riding a three-game winning streak, and have tallied a power play goal in each of the last two contests
  • The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has allowed just one goal in 15 shorthanded situations over the last three games for a 93.3% (14-15) success rate
  • Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last two games, registering a 1.50 goals against average and .954 save percentage over the span
  • Ryan Callahan enters tonight’s contest riding a three-game scoring streak, recording four points (one goal and three assists) during the stretch including one assist in each of the three games
  • Michal Rozsival has tallied an assist in each of the last three games, and has registered four points (one goal and three assists) during his three-game scoring streak
  • Brandon Dubinsky has notched three points (one goal and two assists) in the last two games
  • Dan Girardi has registered 12 blocked shots in the last three games and Callahan has tallied 15 hits in the last three contests

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 Oct. 18 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.

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 eight 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 Oct. 18 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. Most recently, Jeremy Williams made his Rangers debut in Sunday’s 3-1 win vs. New Jersey after being recalled from Hartford earlier in the day.


  • 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.


  • Sean Avery: 4 games from 500 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)
  • Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
  • Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 7
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 4
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 18


  • Oct. 24: Recalled forward Jeremy Williams from Hartford
  • Oct. 25: Assigned forward Jeremy Williams to Hartford

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  1. Heard that on the news Carp, sounds like a terrible tragedy. I’m sure there are dozens of behind the scenes people that make things work for the journalists attending games and events that the general public never hears about but are appreciated by the writers and reporters.

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

    From the previous post, there was no reason to apologize. I don’t always read thru all the posts either.

  3. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    Carpy, i saw the news about Bill Shannon yesterday, very sad. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  4. 4generations 4 cups on

    Carp, that’s really really sad. From somebody whose lost close friends to parents– my true heartfelt condolences. I know how difficult it is to push on and do things (like you going to baseball games now) after you lose important people. It’s the reason I’m such a big Ranger fan because I know my father would love it. Keep your head up, truly, I feel for you.

    Go Rangers!

  5. Carp-

    I am on the FD that tried to save Mr. Shannon. In fact, the house was about 1/2 mile from my home.

    I pass along my condolences to you for your loss. At our regular nightly crew last night hearts were heavy that we could not get to him in time. Valliant efforts were made not only by us volunteers, but particularly by one individual who is on the fire department but happened to be working in the area. He entered the house with no gear and was able to get Mr. Shannon’s mother out from the first floor, and then attempted to get to the second floor in time, but to no avail.

    After reading many stories on the man, it seems that he held a special place in NY sports, and the sports world at large. I hope that you and his family will be able to celebrate Mr. Shannon’s life and accomplishments soon.

  6. very sorry to hear carp. especially the way it happened. horrible. i just pray for people in general who lose friends and family. i know this year has been awful for my family with 3 deaths in the matter of weeks. again, sorry carp.

    ilb- i havent been on fb, i’ll get on there later and write ya back. i know u said you had sent me an email.

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

    Sad to hear that. Its the ones behind the scenes that are usually missed the most. Go Rangers, beat those byfuglien’ Thrashers!!!

  8. wow FD. thats sad. at least he saved his mom though. i have so much respect for firefighters and the job you guys do.

  9. Truly a sad day for NY sports fan with the passing of Bill Shannon. Always enjoyed it when the Mets announcers would bring up his name in relation to a “controversial” scorer’s decision. I have to admit that I have a huge fear of dying in a fire. I can’t imagine the horror that must go through ones’ mind. RIP Bill.

  10. Hockeyman Rangers on

    Carp so sorry to hear this news, remember all the good times.
    Rnagers CAN NOT let thier guard down now, have to keep pushing 100%.

  11. Hey was Ranger Rants taking a jab at the festivus boneheads when he said….
    “As for everybody else who’s made positive contributions to the blog, what I tell people about internet bullies is to ignore them. They generally wind up on blogs that pretend to cover the Rangers but don’t have a reporter at practice every day like I am.”

  12. Atlanta is a rugged high scoring team,should be a tough game.
    Anthony Stewart is a Monster,would LOVE to see him in blue.

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

    Staal that makes no sense. We credit Andrew’s stuff all the time here. He may have been talking about Hockey Rodent or blogs of that nature (i enjoy HR BTW).

  14. I had a burger last night called the Trenton Burger, from this place called 25 Burgers, near my house. It was a nice sized burger, with American cheese, and 4 strips of taylor ham on top. It was AMAZING!! I think partly because I have been eating very healthy for a while now, and I haven’t had something like this in a very long time, but it was delicious either way. I think my heart stopped for around 23-27 seconds after I finished my last bite, but it was well worth the scare.

    Check them out and check out the menu. Good stuff.

  15. Joekuh,
    I agree. I was catching up this morning and read that, and was like…WTB?
    I also like Rants and rodent…read them all the time. But my home is here :)

  16. the book is out on Booger people.Thornton showed the league how to handle 50 Cal Boogaard(for Fran).tie him up and go for the short inside technical style.

    Cant wait till Dru comes back so we can put the “Dollars for Donuts”line of White,Drury,and Boogaard out.that would have to be the most dollars for least offense ever assembled!

    like how i named a line like a true jackwagon?

  17. I have been eating much healthier because I have decided with the wife and 2 kids, that I want to live a longer and healthier life, ha. I am in pretty good shape, but bad cholesterol runs in my family, and I have a heart issue too. But I still indulge every now and then.

  18. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    I watched Atlanta play the other day, kind of scouting them if you will… I noticed that they crash the net very regularly.

    Yumqvist will get run into at least 5 times tonight.

    My guess is that he gets run by Byfuglien 3 of those. Is there an over/under for that stat yet?

  19. We are definitely old timers, ha. I wish I could be on more, but I used to go on from work ALL THE TIME, and it was relayed to us a meeting that we need to limit the time we are online during the day. I am still reading and keeping up with the blog, but have not been able to post as much as I want to.

  20. RIP Mr. Shannon. Mr. Steinbrenner is now complete, with his right hand man Mr. Sheppard and his left hand man Mr. Shannon. Very tragic.

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

    Jlone, is Dustin still playing D for them? If not, I’ll take the over.

  22. Crystal Water Triple on

    I always try to keep the perspective, to better control emotions, that the deceased person is now in a peaceful, calm, restful, eternal place. Yes there was horrible suffering just prior to release from that suffering by death, but our predecessors are doing fine now. I still think about Cherepanov almost every day and what a tragic and untimely loss that was, too, for the loss of his spirit as well as his remarkable athletic ability. Whether one is 90 or just 10 is has to be our toughest job in this life just to cross over that line, whether by lingering for months or years knowing the end is near, or almost instantaneously.

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

    Just popping in to say sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Take care.

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

    Scroll down for Souray fight. If he broke his hand (right hand), he didn’t need it. He dismantled this bozo with lefts!!!!


    Maybe he could tape his hands up like Francois Leroux? Remember that guy

  25. Sorry for the loss Carp. I too lived only about a mile from where he lived. Did not know him personally. Tragic. RIP Mr. Shannon

  26. OFF TOPIC:

    sorry, i have no other way to talk to Salty–

    Salty (or whoever else is interested)

    how have you been? what you up to for NYE?

    Shpongle (DJ Set) Hallucinogen (Live) will be in town together with Infected Mushroom at Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom! :)

    “2 tix for $99”

    Where it says “First Week Discount Limited”, Enter 2 tickets and in the box to the right put the promo code >> NYE2010

    All new live show, with all new production, that will blow your mind! I will be there with bunch of people! :)

  27. Condolences to all of you mourning the passing of Mr. Shannon. Sounds like he was a ‘rich’ man with many friends. I’m sure he’ll be watching from above as the WS starts tonight.

  28. Death is always a tragedy, but untimely and so horrid – in particular. My deepest condolences to everyone involved in Bill Shannon life, work and sphere of action.
    By some reason, I couldn’t open the link couple days ago about Bobby Holik interview to NHRC about Kovy and Devils. Can someone tell exactly what did he say about this matter, please?!

  29. HI All … Anyone see the goal Colten Orr scored for the leafs last night. I couldn’t believe it Orr skates in the crease totally takes the goalie out. Lands right on top of the guy, and they count the goal. No one pushed Orr in to him, the ref was right there, I don’t know how he missed it, or how they gave the goal to Orr. It might have bounced in off his rear end. The worst bad call I have seen for a while. I don’t know if the game is getting harder to call, or the refs are just not up to snuff, but this type of thing seems to be getting more common.

  30. 4everanger

    i cant tell EXACTLY as Bobby but in summary he said that Kovalchuk is no good. He is not a team player. He said that if NJD were looking to go one step further as a team with already very talented winger like Parise who wanted and is ready to lead the team then Kovalchuk was the last person he (Holik) would want to sign. Holik also said that (the rumor is that Kovlachuk missed some important team meeting) if by now Kovalchuk does not know that team meeting are important, especially for a struggling team like NJD then there is basically no hope for Kovalchuk.

  31. I’ve not been here in awhile. My son finally got married & I’m just sobering up from the wedding.
    Check out my Ranger sneakers on the bonehead facebook !
    LGR !!

  32. Yeah… congrats, Tony!

    And Rangers kicks are mad cool! Btw, if you stop by NHL Shop in the city they have (or at least had) a computer where you could customize and order Reebok kicks with your team colors and logos!

  33. People work, CCCP. Not everyone can be Gagarin’s offspring. :-)

    Atlanta can score, but they are letting a lot of goals in. Our boys need to come out swinging and put this one away. It’s time to get more wins at home.

  34. I’m actually going to the game tonight. I’ll try to pass along everyone’s regards to Byfuglien.

  35. Salty

    To be honest, i am not sure about the time when each one of them perform. I would guess that Simon would do the late hours since Infected Mushroom is the main event. I’ll try to find out though.

    LMAO @ Gagarin’s offspring!

    I’m at work too! I work from home, so… i’m cool! :P

  36. CCCP,
    “I will be at MSG for NYE w/ Phish (I know, they suck so much)” Arghh! You got lucky with the lottery draw? I was locked out on all three nights. Have you ever seen them before on NYE? Shows are supposed to be awesome!

  37. Sorry CCCP… I should have directed that at Salty.

    “I will be at MSG for NYE w/ Phish (I know, they suck so much)” Arghh! You got lucky with the lottery draw? I was locked out on all three nights. Have you ever seen them before on NYE? Shows are supposed to be awesome!

  38. Lets go rangers! I often do not get a chance to watch the game and try to listen on the radio. It used to be that the games each year were on one channel pretty much exclusively. Lately unless I visit this site I never know what channel to tune into, 970, 1050, and on 1130 Bloomberg tonight…. is there anyone out there who can shed light onto the Rangers Radio Network? Thanks.

  39. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " WE WANT GO TIME!!!" ...& Greg L. on

    That awful news Carp. Its horrifying!!! Smoke inhalation or just being burned to death is sick . Im wondering if he was a good friend and if ya knew him personally. If so , You should take a few days to compose yourself.

  40. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " WE WANT GO TIME!!!" ...& Greg L. on

    PET HINT : maybe leaving the lid down on you toilet bowl would prevent any small animals from falling in.

  41. As for Orr’s goal….could be that total surprise was registered by everyone present. And the goaltender most of all. And being such a rare occasion, the refs might not have had the heart to disallow it. ( hey…I’ve seen nuttier things than that done.)

    And it could be that just afterward the Goal tender got to Orr aside and muttered….”Now I own you.”

  42. CCCP


    more so in name but seeing that great shot makes me very interested
    planning on downloaded a live show soon.

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