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The champs come to town
Posted By Carp On November 1, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers | 90 Comments
The Black Hawks are at the Garden tonight, but I won’t be. Byfuglien.
Oh, Byfuglien won’t be there, but, ah, never mind.
Something came up with my, you know, other job, so I’m probably going to be unable to make it to the city in time for the game.
Hey, did you guys notice fewer Trick-Or-Treaters last night. We had three—the neighbor’s kid, and two other kids who were going house to house in their parents’ car. Then we had a bunch of jackwagons ring the doorbell and set off some of those whistling bottle-rocket things on the front lawn. And that was it. So we were left with a giant basket of candy. And I can’t eat candy. Double byfuglien.
I also have another Halloween/Rangers story for you, but it’s way too long to try to tell on a game day. So somebody remind me when we have one of those stretches of two or three days with no games.
Meanwhile, here are tonight’s game notes from the Rangers. To read more, click “more.”
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Monday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 5-4-1 (11 pts)
Blackhawks: 7-5-1 (15 pts)
The Rangers will play their fourth game in six nights when they will face-off against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-0, on Saturday at Air Canada Centre, and are now 5-4-1 (11 pts) on the season. The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 7-5-1 (15 pts) record, following a 3-1 win on Saturday at Minnesota. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set against Atlantic Division opponents.
TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Blackhawks
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 vs. Blackhawks
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
RANGERS vs. BLACKHAWKS:
ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06
New York has posted a record of 41-20-12 (94 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 3-0-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span. The Rangers’ .644 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Boston (.525%, 46-41-15), Toronto (.519%, 45-41-18), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL in blocked shots per game, averaging 19.0 blocked shots per contest, and rank second with 190 blocked shots on the season. Dan Girardi leads the team and ranks second in the league with 35 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan is tied for fourth among NHL forwards with 14 blocked shots. New York registered a season-high, 35 blocked shots on Saturday at Toronto, and have now recorded 65 blocked shots in their last two contests at the Air Canada Centre after posting 30 blocked shots on Oct. 21 at Toronto.
ALL-TIME RANGERS SHUTOUTS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Saturday at Toronto and, in the process, passed Mike Richter, Chuck Rayner and Lorne Worsley for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time regular season shutouts list with 25 career regular season shutouts.
THE HOT LIST:
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 andSteve 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 Oct. 21 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. Rookie Evgeny Grachev made his NHL and Rangers debut on Friday vs. Carolina, after being recalled from Hartford (AHL) on Thursday.
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.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
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