I like these quick turnarounds. Of course, I didn’t have to catch a flight early this morning, then go through customs, and arrive at my hotel too early for check-in, etc. as I did in the good ol’ days.
Below is an abbreviated version of tonight’s notes (to read more, click “more”). I’m at another assignment all day, and hope to be back in the chair by puck drop.
Some thoughts on Canes-Rangers:
1) I really wonder if there is a better duo in all the NHL at down-low wall play, cycling as they call it, than Sean Avery and Ruslan Fedotenko. And also wonder if they shouldn’t be the second PP unit. They could really dominate against only four opponents — as they do against five — while their center and two pointmen skate to open ice.
2) When Ryan Callahan plays like this, that’s when you see a “C” sewn on his chest someday, and when you think that he might someday be more than a second-line winger. And it’s stretches like these that make you say — in past years — that he should have more offensive numbers at the end of the season. Say the same for Brandon Dubinsky.
3) Do you think John Tortorella goes to Martin Biron tonight, then Lundqvist back home against the champs on Monday?
4) Of course they lost last night. They were without Derek Boogaard.
5) Marc Staal really needs to eliminate some of the head-scratching defensive plays, because he’s starting to find some offense, and at times looks ready to live up to the hype … then he has one of those WTB? plays.
6) Did youse see the byfuglien goal Big Buff scored to beat Buff? Byfuglien=Monster.
7) Loved the new word added to the vocabulary last night. In case you missed it: carcfillo=shift.
Here are the notes, from the Rangers. They misspelled Leaves:
NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre • Toronto, ON
Rangers: 4-4-1 (9 pts)
Maple Leafs: 5-3-1 (11 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 29
The Rangers will conclude their second back-to-back set of the season tonight when they 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 tonight’s contest having been defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, last night at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-4-1 (9 pts) on the season. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 5-3-1 (11 pts) record, having lost four of their last five games (1-3-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return home to host the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Monday, Nov. 1, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six nights.
TV: MSG Plus
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)
Radio: AM 1600 WWRL
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Maple Leafs
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)
RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
All-Time: The Rangers are 216-270-95-6 all-time against the Maple Leafs: 126-109-56-3 at home and 90-161-39-3 on the road.
2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the second of two meetings at Air Canada Centre. New York owns a 1-0-1 record in the season series after defeating the Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Oct. 21 at Toronto.
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 is 7-4-4 with a 2.88 goals against average in 15 career contests vs. Toronto, following a 34-save performance in a 4-3 overtime loss in the home opener on Oct. 15; Martin Biron earned his first victory as a Ranger, stopping 24 shots in a 2-1 win on Oct. 21 at Toronto, and is now 13-11-2-3 with a 2.69 goals against average and one shutout in 31 career games against the Maple Leafs
Brian Boyle leads the Rangers in scoring with two goals in two games against the Maple Leafs this season, and Sean Avery has tallied a team-high, two assists in the season series; Ruslan Fedotenko and Michal Rozsival have each registered one goal and one assist vs. Toronto this season
Todd White has tallied nine goals and 21 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Michal Rozsival has registered a team-high, 15 assists in 34 career 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)