Capitals-Rangers tonight


And, joy oh joy, it’s a Versus game … so not only do we get the Cliche Machine and the bad broadcast, but we also get a 7:30 p.m. start.

I’m planning on being there for your blogging pleasure.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 7-6-1 (15 pts)
Capitals: 10-4-0 (20 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 7

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), as they continue their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-6-1 (15 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-0, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 3-2-0 in their last five contests. The Capitals enter the contest with a 10-4-0 (20 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won each of their last four games. Following the game, the Rangers will continue their longest homestand of the season when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), before hosting the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Nov. 14 (12:30 p.m.), to close out the homestand.


  • TV: Versus
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
    Broadcasters: Joe Beninati (Play-By-Play), Eddie Olczyk (Analyst), Lindsey Soto (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: The Rangers have posted a record of 80-83-18-5 all-time vs. the Capitals: 45-36-9-2 at home and 35-47-9-3 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
  • Last Season: New York registered a 1-3-0 mark against Washington in 2009-10, including a 0-2-0 mark at home. Each of the four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two games that were separated by just one goal.
  • The Rangers notched six goals in 17 power play opportunities (35.3%) in four games vs. the Capitals in 2009-10, which were the most by New York against any team last season
  • New York ranks 26th in the NHL at home with a record of 2-4-1 (5 pts) in seven games; Washington has posted a record of 3-3-0 (6 pts) in six road games tying for 19th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 0-2-0 vs. the Southeast Division; the Capitals have registered a 3-0-0 mark vs. Atlantic Division opponents
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 1-2-0 with a 4.05 goals against average and .859 save percentage in three contests vs. Washington last season, and is now 9-5-2 with a 3.00 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career regular season games vs. the Capitals
  • Ryan Callahan registered two goals and three points in four games vs. Washington last season, while Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto and Marc Staal each tallied two assists in the season series
  • Washington Posts – Alex Frolov has posted 10 points (four goals, six assists) in eight career regular season contests vs. Washington for a 1.25 points per game average, which is his highest against any team
  • Sean Avery has recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) in 10 career regular season games vs. the Capitals; Todd White has registered 15 assists and 23 points in 28 career regular season contests vs. Washington
  • New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
  • Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)


  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (11:00) on Sunday vs. St. Louis, and are now 7-35 (20.0%) with the man advantage over the last nine games. New York ranks 16th in the NHL with a 16.7% (9-54) success rate, and is tied for 19th at home with a 13.3% (4-30) 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 Blues scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) on Sunday at MSG, and have not surrendered a power play goal in their last two contests (6-6, 11:49). New York ranks 26th in the NHL with a 78.0% (46-59) success rate, and are 26th in the league at home with a 75.0% (21-28) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) 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 (2): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. St. Louis, and are now even in 10, four-on-four situations (11:57) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

Since 2005-06, the Rangers have posted a record of 7-2-1 vs. the Capitals in 10 regular season meetings at Madison Square Garden, tallying 3.8 goals per contest during the stretch. The Blueshirts’ power play has notched 13 goals in 52 opportunities for a 25.0% success rate in those games.

The Rangers have had a different player credited with the game winning goal in each of their seven wins, giving New York the most players in the league with at least one game winner on the season. Washington and Los Angeles have also had seven different game winning goal scorers this season entering tonight’s action

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 257 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 18.4 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 46 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan ranks second among NHL forwards with 20 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank second in the NHL with 396 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 28.3 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for third in the NHL with 51 hits, and Brian Boyle is tied for 21st in the league with 37 hits on the season. New York was credited with a season-high, 40 hits, on Sunday vs. St. Louis, led by Callahan, Brandon Prust and Sean Avery who each registered a game-high, six hits.


  • New York has held their opponents scoreless on the power play in each of their last two contests (6-6, 11:49)
  • The Rangers have tallied seven power play goals in the last nine games, registering a 20.0% (7-35) success rate over the span
  • Brandon Dubinsky has notched five goals in the last four games and 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last nine
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 5-2-0 in his last seven starts, registering a 1.87 goals against average, .937 save percentage and two shutouts over the span
  • Artem Anisimov has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games, including six assists in the last seven
  • Ryan Callahan has registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his last nine games, including multiple points in four of his last seven

Henrik Lundqvist posted his first shutout of the season with a 36-save performance on Oct. 30 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.

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.


  • John Tortorella: 4 wins from 300 NHL career
  • Artem Anisimov: 3 games from 100 NHL career
  • Michael Del Zotto: 6 games from 100 NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 6 games from 300 NHL career


  • Michael Sauer: 1st career NHL assist/point (10/23 at BOS)
  • Ryan Callahan: 100th career NHL point (10/23 at BOS)
  • Evgeny Grachev: 1st career NHL game (10/29 vs. CAR)
  • Sean Avery: 500th career NHL game (11/1 vs. CHI)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 14
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 11
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 11

Total Man-Games Lost: 42


  • Oct. 28: Recalled forward Evgeny Grachev from Hartford
  • Nov. 8: Assigned forward Evgeny Grachev to Hartford

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  1. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Gday all!

    I am saved the VS broadcast when our heroes play the craps. Unfortunately i would prefer to watch VS over the homers that the DC chanel has to offer. Whine Bitch Moan… at least i am able to watch… RAWK

  2. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy Game Day Morning ‘Heads!!

    Beninati and Edzo today!? Should be awesome for carcillos and giggles!!
    Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

  3. lw- dont forget the “backside bam bam” too! i sware he said that once. that is effin hilarious when he says stuff like that and with such enthusiasm. versus really needs to get rid of brian engblom bill patrick, kieth jones and beninati. actually, beninati is amusing now. i’m almsot waiting for a new cliche to laugh about.

    babs(mama)- when i wrote that story yesterday, i hadnt read all the posts so i didnt know u lost your job. that mustve seemed kinda insensitive but honestly, i didnt know. very sorry and hope u get another job soon. you will! your 1 badass mamajamma!

    goin to work, see ya heads later at gamtime.

    p.s.- ddeb- were you around when that guy came here and was talkin about grachev but kept calling him “grabachev”. a bunch of us were givin him crap but he didnt get it. and at the time, there were alot of people misspelling his name, like gratchev, grabachev, grabchev, grachbev,grachveb, gracherv, and whatveer else, there was a few real funny ones.

  4. cant wait for some pill dangiling while dashing down the dasher in the concluding stanza of a three part horse and poney show.. or something like that, i hate beninati

  5. LMAO @ moral victory….They will need to get their carcillo together or the pill will be sitting behind Hanks backside during all three stanzas….

  6. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    LMAO @ JT. i plan on making a drinking game of every time he says “waffleboarded”……i may finish the bottle midway thru the 1st.

  7. TheREALMikeyNJ on

    Some of that idiots worst catch phrases:

    “A Laserbeam to the breadbasket!!”
    “A scorcher!!”
    “An acrobatic display of denial!!”

    Yeah Vs.!!
    Benanatti is an idiot

  8. Good morning all! Just spent a very productive hours cleaning out my online mailboxes. Hey, this unemployed thingy isn’t so bad! Think I’ll go hunt dust bunnies now :)

    oh please, a win fr me would be so nice tonight….LGR!

  9. Mama, dust bunnies? Seriously?

    How’s this…Ill run down Sather – accidentally on purpose – Messier will become the new GM. You, Mama, will become the new assistant GM. Then you hire ILB as the cap expert and me as the hot guy expert. Then the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 2014.

    Sound good?

  10. I am going to be at the game tonight! yeah baby!!


    where can i find you? i wanna show you couple of new ‘coat-check’ moves i learned over the last week! lol

  11. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    Speaking of soft goals, how many goals against us can we call “soft” ? The one he let in to Kane in the hawks game certainly was one, but I cant remember other ones to date.

  12. Ah, I’ll be there as well. Sporting my 1-2-0 record (Colorado, Atlanta, Chicago). So I’ll be spared the brutality of the VS broadcast. As for the outcome, I don’t know, the Caps play loose enough in their own end that if the Rangers are playing hard enough they can create some chances. Then again the Flames had a 2-0 lead the other night on them and we saw how well that worked out.

    They’re usually good for one win a year vs the Caps, like last year’s game early on where we saw how much better Gaborik was than the rest of the team. I saw them win in a shootout a couple of years ago, that same year they gave up a 4-0 lead and Drury didn’t let it ruin his Christmas.

  13. Thrilled that I am going to be at the game tonight and that I don’t have to listen to Beninati’s idiocy on Versus tonight.

  14. I might be there tonight too, will know later. Most likely Thursday. are you there Thursday, Carp?

  15. >>…I don’t have to listen to Beninati’s idiocy

    It should be extra fun for those of us stuck with Versus; Beninati is the Caps TV play-by-play guy.

  16. Carp

    I’ll try to make it to the Garden in time for warmups. Is that the only time when i can come and say hello? And no, do not alert the security…you’ll ruin a surprise! :P

  17. Since you guys are talking about Henrik softies….

    Anyone remember Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Penguins.

    We’re up 3-0 midway through the game in Pitt.

    Someone throws the puck from center ice towards the net, it deflects off a Ranger about 10 feet in front of Henrik and goes right past him. Changed the entire complexion of the game and series.

    Then, the series winning goal by Pitt in overtime was on an offsides play.

    And my personal favorite, Game 6 of the 94 Finals, we had the first goal of the game taken away on a phantom offsides call. There was 100% no offsides. Then we went down 3-0. Came back in the 3rd period to tie it at 3, and then gave up a goal less than a minute after tying it up.

  18. This is a repost but added how Boogie should be used .Everything is Boogie’s fault. If he doesn’t hit people you complain,when he does you complain.Lets face it even if he didn’t hit that guy they still score. It was a perfect shot. Torts does not use Boogie in the right ways so when he hit the player he was doing his job. Was he out of position yes but all the Rangers get out of position every night so why jump on Boogie. I’m glad he’s on our team but he has to be used correctly and our genius(not) coach torts is mis using him and under using him end of story.He should be out there in the first period banging people and keeping there heads up,he should be out there Any time a Ranger gets a dirty hit on him and not just to talk. The only way cheap shots stop if you make the other team pay physically and on the score board but mostly by knocking the crap out of them right after it happens,not ten shifts latter. How about putting him in front of the goalie to screen him and piss him off like Avery does just a bigger version. I bigger waste of money is Miss rosi, drury capt not clutch,or Frolov or Torts himself. One goal by a missed coverage should not lose you a game. Wake up Boneheads the team is in trouble and it’s not Boogie’s fault it’s sather and torts…..

  19. CCCP, first intermission, just a few minutes before the second period begins, I’ll be walking back to the pressbox if you want to try then (unless I have to do radio).

    ilb, the plan is for me to be there Thursday, too. But that can change in a heartbeat.

  20. CT

    i’m going to the game with a friend of mine…he’s got the tickets… as soon as he replies to my email ill let you know what section we in.

  21. Thanks Orrsie. That’s the weakest goal I think Ive ever seen aside from the Game 1 ECS against Pitt a few years back. One of the best goalies on the planet, and somehow he allows the weakest crap. Such is life, I guess.

  22. Vince

    I gotta say that I agree with you completely. It’s a strange thing to see what some of the folks expect of some of these players.

    It’s a given at the outset that there are a number of players who have not the skills of the top performers around the league ( and they also happen to be some of the lower paid players….Not all, but more middle of the
    pack salaries. They generally do what they can with the talent they were blessed with. Some or than others. Some less so. But i do not see the shirking that so many
    complain of. Not with the number of people throwing their bodies in front of shots. They really should stop demeaning the players ( especially the distortion of the player names in order to show contempt.)

    As for me…I take them for what they are. I’ll criticize their technique when I see them go astray, but I just will not get personal about it. Dublowski for example. What is the point in that? Did tagging that name to him improve him one noticeable bit? And it is no doubt that should some of the players find out what they are being called by their fans…will not that tend to demoralize them, thereby possibly impairing their normal ability?

    And in fact I still am of the opinion that much of their problems are coaching induced, or lack of it. ( And I don’t refer to Tortorella specifically..i mean the coaches who supposedly work with them day by day, and in practices.)

    And the big guy..he was out there a couple of times, and yes he did look slow, but that’s because he is slow. But he tried to perform like a regular forward to the best of his ability, so why trash his efforts? If anything he should be receiving support, not disdain.

    This carries over to Drury too. He has tried his best, but has been oft injured in his attempts. “Dreary” eh? So colorful…so demeaning…so impolite. He has taken numerous injuries trying to do the dangerous work…and he is repaid with jeers. I just don’t get it.

  23. As a season ticket holder who has been to every game this year but hasn’t made a weekday opening faceoff I’m a huge fan of the 7:30pm start time…its hard to leave the office at 6:15…

  24. Boogaard unlikely to play tonight with illness. Would like to see Gilroy take his place on the wing, give him a game there. As a defensive winger with a little offense. See if he has any success.

    “Derek Boogaard sent home after reporting sick to #NYRangers practice. Tortorella said bug is going around the room. 1:21 PM Nov 8th via HootSuite”
    Andrew Gross

    Would not be surprised if we are sluggish today, with the bug going around.

  25. Mama- Wow, just read about your job situation. So sorry – you are a class act and any employer would be lucky to have you. No doubt you’ll land something quickly – good luck to you. You have about 7 million character references here if you need them !!

  26. Barry – Even my reception of 1050 is next to nothing once the sun goes down. On 970 the other night I got a Cleveland Cavaliers game.

    When they say “The New York Rangers radio network” does that include any radio stations besides 1050/970 out of NYC?

  27. I truly don’t look forward to NYR home games. That is so sad. It’s embarrassing, really.

    Booger out again. He’s the Forsberg of goons! Doesn’t matter. He should be scratched after the last game. It’s not like he could help.

    I agree with Guiltroy playing the wing.

  28. Actually, he should be playing wing tonight. I forgot that Grach is back in Hartford. Unless they call him back up, or go with the Savior, or one of the career AHL’ers.

    I hope Gilly gets the spot. The kid needs playing time. His ass cheeks must be sore from all that sitting.

  29. anyone else think that Joe Beninati is the worst play by play guy there is? I cringe at the thought of having to listen to him tonight..

  30. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    Tiki I remember that goal. It went off Dubinsky’s stick. Dont forget Drury coming off the ice blood STREAMING from his face from Malone’s high stick………….but no call. 1 guess as to who was ref that game.

  31. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    i can’t wait to hear ” the twineminder waffleboards that offering away. Now its ____ swaggering through the offensive zone with 85 seconds left in the frame. ” Did I miss any Beninatisms?

  32. That game was one of the most frustrating NYR games. We were lucky to get that game to OT after coming back from 3-1.

    It pissed me off when Dreary was busted open from a high stick, and no ref so it, but right before OT started, the refs caught a Penguin get a high stick, and they got the four minute PP. It completely threw NYR off their game, and they couldn’t recover in OT.

    Staal had our only scoring chance, and he tried to pass instead of shoot. Rookie mistake.

    That semi-finals gives me nightmares. That was also the last of Jags and Shanny!

  33. >>prediction 3: if we lose torts will attribute it to a lack of ‘jam’

    If he does, we should ship him a few jars of Smucker’s.

  34. Versus sucks, but now that I’m outside of NY, I’m grateful for Versus because I know I can at least watch a few Rangers games a year. Here’s to hoping that we show some fight tonight.

  35. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    jb it was high off Dubi’s stick IIRC. Speaking of fights, do they have anyone that will fight other than Bradley? I’m thinkin Dubi should get in one just for the hell of it.

  36. Prediction: The crowd will yell SHOOT!!! as soon as the puck goes back to the point on the PP.

  37. prediction:

    the caps goalie will eat a sandwich as Frolov attempts a wraparound,
    finishes his snack and stops the puck.

  38. The NHL should just get rid of the All Star game. It’s not even hockey that they play. It’s a wimpy game, that just is a waste of time.

    If it were physical, and had emotion, then it would be cool.

    I hate seeing these guys laughing, and slapping each others asses after every shift. It’s so annoying.

  39. Since we seem to be doing a roll call, I’m also going tonight. I’ll be stood in front of Beninati, blocking his view. Actually, sitting should suffice.

  40. Blueblood, thanks :)

    I’m gonna miss part of the game tonight, having dinner with my Dad…free meal! see you all later. LGR.

    to all my buds at the game tonight, I’ll be generous of spirit and say have fun with each other…..(grrrrrr) Anyone going on Jan. 25? I bought those tix from eric before I got canned……even planned to take the next day off. ha!

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