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From the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS CELEBRATE TEAM’S 85th ANNIVERSARY AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER

Top Current Players and Ranger Legends Unveil Team’s New Heritage Jersey – Friday November 12th

New York, November 10, 2010 – The 2010-11 hockey season marks the New York Rangers 85th anniversary of the franchise. In honor of this special anniversary, the New York Rangers are presenting Heritage Week, a weeklong schedule of activities and programming from November 12-17 that will provide fans with multiple opportunities to help celebrate the team’s great history. The Rangers 85th anniversary celebration will kick off with a grand launch event on November 12 at 7PM, when top current Rangers players are joined by Rangers alumni to unveil a brand new jersey that the Rangers will wear during select regular season games. The celebration event at Rockefeller Center will be presented by The Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express and will feature a free public skate from 8 PM-midnight following the official unveiling of the team’s heritage jersey.

WHO: Rangers players including Henrik Lundqvist, Sean Avery, Chris Drury, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal and Rangers alumni including Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin

WHAT: 85th Anniversary Jersey Unveiling and Free Public Skate

WHEN: Friday, November 12th

7:00PM – Jersey Unveiling, Followed by Player and Alumni Photo op and Media Availability

WHERE: The Rink at Rockefeller Center

Enter on the staircase to Ice Rink between 49th and 50th Streets, just west of 5th Avenue.

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

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
Thursday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 7-7-1 (15 pts)
Sabres: 4-9-2 (10 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 9

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the third game of their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-7-1 (15 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Washington Capitals, 5-3, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 0-2-0 on the four-game homestand. The Sabres currently own a 4-9-2 (10 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference entering their contest last night at New Jersey, and have lost five of their last six games. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers will conclude their longest homestand of the season when they host the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, Nov. 14, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in a matinee match-up.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Pat LaFontaine
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sabres
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sabres
    Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. SABRES:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 56-69-25-5 all-time against the Sabres: 32-26-15-3 at home and 24-43-10-2 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Sabres this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers own a 1-0-0 record thus far, following a 6-3 victory in the Blueshirts’ season opener on Oct. 9 at HSBC Arena.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 against Buffalo in 2009-10, including a 0-1-1 mark at home. Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 overtime loss on Mar. 7 at MSG.
  • The Rangers’ six goals registered at Buffalo on Oct. 9 represents the most scored by New York in a single game this season
  • New York ranks 26th in the NHL at home with a record of 2-5-1 (5 pts) in eight games; Buffalo has posted a record of 4-3-1 (9 pts) in eight road games tying for eighth in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 4-0-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Sabres have registered a 1-2-1 mark vs. Atlantic Division opponents
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 3.00 goals against average and .917 save percentage in one contest vs. Buffalo this season, and is now 8-6-2 with a 2.49 goals against average in 16 career regular season games against the Sabres; Martin Biron is 7-3-1 with a 2.89 goals against average and two shutouts in 12 career regular season appearances vs. Buffalo
  • Derek Stepan leads the Rangers in scoring with three goals in one game vs. Buffalo in the season series
  • Brandon Dubinsky has registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 11 career regular season contests vs. Buffalo; Todd White has notched 12 goals in 30 career appearances vs. the Sabres
  • New York lists two former Sabres on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07); Chris Drury (2003-04 – 2006-07)
  • Buffalo lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (4:47) on Tuesday vs. Washington, and are now 8-39 (20.5%) with the man advantage over the last 10 games. New York ranks 15th in the NHL with a 17.2% (10-58) success rate, and ranks 20th at home with a 14.7% (5-34) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (1:38) on Tuesday vs. the Capitals, and are now 0-2 on five-on-three attempts (2:08). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Capitals in four shorthanded situations (4:54) on Tuesday at MSG, and are now 9-10 (90.0%) over the last three games. New York ranks 26th in the NHL with a 77.8% (49-63) success rate, and are 27th in the league at home with a 75.0% (24-32) 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 two, three-on-four situations on Tuesday vs. Washington, and are now 3-5 (2:34) 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 tally/yield a goal in three, four-on-four situations (1:52) on Tuesday vs. Washington, and are now even in 13, four-on-four situations (13:49) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

A NORTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 4-0-1 (nine pts) in five games vs. Northeast Division opponents this season, having out-scored their opponent, 16-10, in those contests. The Blueshirts are now 15-6-4 (34 pts) vs. the Northeast Division since the start of 2009-10, after posting an 11-6-3 (25 pts) mark against the Northeast Division in 20 games last season.

TEAM EFFORT
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.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 277 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 18.5 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 48 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 25 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 429 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 28.6 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for second in the NHL with 56 hits, and Brian Boyle is tied for 17th in the league with 40 hits on the season.

THE HOT LIST:

  • The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has surrendered just one goal in their last three contests, registering a 90.0% success rate (9-10) over the span
  • The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 10 games, registering a 20.5% (8-39) success rate over the span
  • Brian Boyle has tallied three goals in the last three games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has notched five goals in the last five games and 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last 10
  • Ryan Callahan has registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his last 10 games, including multiple points in four of his last eight
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 5-3-0 in his last eight starts, registering a 2.15 goals against average, .923 save percentage and two shutouts over the span
  • Artem Anisimov has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 11 games, including six assists in the last eight

ALL-TIME RANGERS SHUTOUTS
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.

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:

  • John Tortorella: 4 wins from 300 NHL career
  • Artem Anisimov: 2 games from 100 NHL career
  • Michael Del Zotto: 5 games from 100 NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 5 games from 300 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • 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)

INJURIES:

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 15
  • Marian Gaborik (IR – separated shoulder on Oct. 15, 2-4 weeks) – 12
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 12

Total Man-Games Lost: 45

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

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

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116 Comments

  1. Do I get some sort of citation for this? Seeing as so many times I’ve had to endure a Carping? It took quite a while to register with me that this was some sort of salutary honor.. But please – no drum roll or fanfare. I simple wreath of orchids will suffice.

  2. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    how about a wreath of pucks. will that work?

    BTW i agree with your puck carrier idea with the extra man. Problem is, who on the team right now can do that?

  3. Won’t be able to watch the game tonight as I have a game of my own to play. I just can’t resist beating up on those young kids. They think they’re dealing with a feeble old man until they get that cross check in the small of their back. Good times.

    Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see if Gaborik not only provides some life into the team, but awakens Frolov. Some people may think that Gaborik can’t help the defense, but you know what I always say? I play much better defense when we have possession in the other team’s zone. Gaborik’s offense can actually help the defense a little.

  4. LindaCalPrustBoylahan on

    GIRARDIth!!!

    Good luck in your game tonight Charlie, we expect a full synopsis when you return!!

    HAPPY GAME DAY MORNING BONEHEADS!!!!!

    Mako must be thrilled that Gabby is back ;-)

  5. Game day! But I’m stuck in night class, boo.

    I really hope Gaborik can get Frolov to wake up… but more importantly, I hope Gaborik doesn’t get injured again.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    Unless Stepan has a strong month, he’s definitely CT bound once Drury and Prospal return.

  7. ilb2001

    Did you know what yesterday was? Nov 10 ?

    It was the 235th birthday of the US Marine Corps.

    That’s a big deal to Marines. The oldest armed forces branch that first saw life in Tun’s Tavern in Philadelphia 1775. No – don’t go trying to find it. It’s probably supporting some high rise office building now.

    A truly large celebration was held at a VFW hall in the next adjacent town and it was a great time. They presented a little plaque to the oldest Marine ( no not me! ,,,cheeesh!) It was to an old China Marine who had spent 3 years in a prison camp of the Japs, who captured him while on duty in China. He was born in 1921. Still spry and active. And they also had one for the youngest Marine..young 23 year old kid ( who looked like 15), just back from the middle east, and had several commendations including the purple heart.) They even had a huge birthday cake, and believe it or not they cut it with a saber. Yes..November, critical month.

  8. btw…what surprised me was that I ran into some guys who live in the surrounding towns here, and they were from my old unit… Talk about surprise. Man how they had changed since back then ( we were teen agers).

  9. Doodie Machetto on

    fran, the Marines are predated by both the Army (June 14, 1775) and the Navy (October 13, 1775).

  10. Crystal Water Triple on

    Can we just bring in more dumpers like Frolov, White, BOOgaart, and Eminger, Mr. Sather? Thank you.

  11. Crystal Water Triple on

    Prospal has what, 10 cents left in a 20 dollar tank? Wow, we really need him to come back and score 10 goals from late November through mid-April. Never let a player go who is washed up, Glen. Might make your blank check mentality look bad.

  12. I can picture it: Slow motion video of Fran – arms raised victoriously, jumping joyously to theme from Chariots of Fire.

    Congrats on your first First.

    Happy Veterans Day.

  13. Fran wrote:
    Did you know what yesterday was? Nov 10 ?

    It was the 235th birthday of the US Marine Corps.

    Semper Fi to Fran all members of the United States Armed Forces who fought so we would not have to. God Bless you all!

  14. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    doodie u should be on jeopardy. fran, thank you, and all other veterans, for your service time. EC, WAKE UP!!!!!

  15. Yorktown Ranger on

    Bingo Doodie. It’s amazing how often the service gets overlooked. Small service, big job!

    Semper Paratus

  16. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    Thank you to all vets and those who support them/us.

    EC drew at least 2 penalties with his time on the ice vs the caps. I count those as successful shifts. If he isnt scoring at least he is giving the team its best oppertunity to do so. At least what should be their best chance.

    Yorktown, is that the virginia yorktown? if so, I am half way down the parkway from you.

  17. Yorktown Ranger on

    jlone, that’s right. I live in Williamsburg and work at the Coast Guard Training Center. The moniker is a carryover from when I lived down in the Tabb area.

    Where are you located?

  18. I’m the first to bash our team, but I’m giving credit where credit is due

    We are at .500 right now, without our top scorer, our top penalty killer and captain, and one of of our second best scorers

    I thought when the three of them went down it would be way worse, but this team has really come together

    So Gabby is in tongiht, Gilroy starts for Rosi, and when Drury and Propsal come back next month White is a definite goner as well as Boogey sitting some more.
    EC will definitely be seeing the bench soon if he doesnt pick it up, and the same goes for Frolov

    Dont thinK Stepan gets sent down at all this year, maybe sits a game or two, but he’s learning on the job, and wont be learning anything in the minors

    Aside from the PACK line of Cally-Artie-Dubie, if you sit one or two of EC, another forward and Boogard Torts can have 4 legitimate scoring lines

    three players coming back, minimum of 2 are not goign to be playing regualr minutes in the forseeable future. Boogey doesnt play every game, so EC, Frolov, Fedotenko, etc are all in jeapordy of sitting or being sent down

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!

    PS I laughed and laughed last ngiht when Kovalchoke let that puck get away from him.

  19. Yorktown Ranger on

    I actually felt a little bad for Kovalchuck for a brief second, but it was a really brief second…

  20. Gratitude and Congratulation to all Vets – for service and survival!
    “Virtus, non copia vincint” (“Courage, not multitude, wins”) – for Latin lovers, since mentioned.
    It applies also to hockey and opinionate bloggers.

  21. As for Kovalsuck, for me it was immense pleasure to see him in such humiliating position. On a personal level I can’t stand this guy, so narcissistic and full of himself, that probably he has a multiple orgasm, every time seeing himself in the mirror. Ughhhh! After Rangers victories, Debbies and Ko. failure are second best in this season.

  22. If Kovalchoke isn’t regretting signing with the Devs, then he’s crazy. He could have been a part of a good thing with the Kings, who are one of the best teams in the league right now, and my pick for the 2011 Cup winners. He blew it.

    The worst part is, he’s not even playing good. It’s not as if he’s carrying a horrible team. He’s doing nothing!

    This makes me *happy*!!!

    I’d be even more happy if NYR can get their sh*t together and put together a nice win streak. But, I have no confidence in this team at home.

  23. the next two games need to be wins. Buffalo and Edmonton are two sub-500 teams. Both fast, young hard-checking teams. We will need to match their intensity.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    “If Kovalchoke isn’t regretting signing with the Devs, then he’s crazy. ”

    Yeah, he’s crazy for taking $100 million. You’re right.

  25. Boodie – No Roszi to boo tonight , what will you do?

    Let’s hope the Rangers get up a few goals so you can start a “Let’s Go Rangers” chant.

  26. Good afternoon, Carp!

    I’m pumped up for the game tonight!!! CR sent me a Dubinsky-autographed puck because he’s the sweetest sweetie ever, and I’m carrying it around with me all day for good luck!

    Eat it, Buffalo!

  27. It STILL blows my mind every day how much the Devils gave up to get Kovy. All the players for the trade last year, then all the lost draft picks after the contract thing, THEN add on $100M and a big cap hit for 15 years… It’s just insane. This isn’t a 1980’s Wayne Gretzky that we’re talking about here…

  28. But hey, I’m sure it’s the Rangers’ fault that the Devils mortgaged the house for Kovalchuk. I’m sure he’ll start producing again, but for right now, I’m just LOVING the drama and the misery he’s brought to that team. I haven’t had that much fun since watching Mickey Mouse as a kid.

  29. Kovalchuk isn’t Devils’ main problem. He is more like the last straw. They’ve been trying to squeeze another cup out of Marty for way too long. Their system is drained, they’ve been giving out prospects for veterans for a couple of years now. Sound familiar? I’m not totally convinced it’s all Lou’s fault. Since Vanderbeek became an owner in 2004, it’s been going downhill. I’m somewhat surprised Lou still wants to be at the helm. I have my theory why, but I don’t have enough to substantiate it.

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

    I know I posted it last night, but just wanted to say it again….

    Happy Veterans/Remembrance Day to all!! And Thank You for your sacrifices!!

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

    And a big hug to my favorite squid, bubblehead!!!

  32. Yeah, that’d be nice, Wicky….Mrs, the girls and 4 dogs too? Make sure they all come up and say hello to Carp.

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

    Ok, Deal. Carp better have some food on standby though!!!

  34. I’ll take care of the food. Carp wouldn’t know what to feed the dogs with….He is a cat person, remember?

  35. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Afternoon all Boneheadzo’s.

    LGR!!!

    Lets Go Vets!

    Thank you Vets…

    PS – Sire Father

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

    I meant for me, but Isee your point!!

  37. Carpy is a cat person? Hmm, interesting! Cant a person be both cats and dogs?

    Have fun at the game tonight, ilbs and wicksters! Make the Rangers win please.

    Im pretty sure Boogie eats the entire pregame spread and all the food in the Mecca, so there’s nothing left for anyone else.

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

    tiki
    we’re not really going, it is always an amusing fabrication for us to think we could actually go to a game (or w77) and hang out with all you wonderful human beings!!

  39. It’s unfortunately a long drive from the sunny state of Montana for them, Tiki. Considering the NYC traffic, they might barely make it for the second period.

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

    more like the 2nd intermission!

  41. Im an idiot, lol; i forgot you lived all the way across the country! But my “have fun” still holds for the ilbs, if he does indeed go.

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

    Don’t sell yourself short ILB, you’re more fun than a barrel of monkeys!!!

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

    dde
    can they get one that big in the barrel???

  44. Maybe a trade is brewing?

    Alternate universe me – the one that lives in New York – will be joining you tonight ilb!

  45. Dde- IIRC, when McMullen sold the team to Puck Holdings in 2000, Lou became a partial owner of the team. Vanderbeek bought the team from Puck Holdings in 2004. Lou most likely still owns that share. If he resigns, he may lose his ownership. If he is fired, he wouldn’t. Just a theory, nothing solid. It’s just too weird to hear him saying almost to the media that Kovalchuk’s contract wasn’t his decision. The Devils usually don’t let anything out to be known that way. Either way, if Lou leaves the Devils, he will last on the free market as long as OV would last on waivers.

  46. A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

  47. Crystal Water Triple on

    Happy Veteran’s Day to my fellow Veterans. One of the greatest fulfillments of my life is the fact that I am still good friends with two fellow Navy vets I served with, many years ago, who also live upstate NY. So nice how the bond of youth and pride in the job we did has been deep enough to forge lasting lifetime friendships.

  48. well stated, Tony. Happy Veteran’s Day to all those that sacrificed their lives for all of us.

    And Gabby will be a difference maker tonight.

  49. Don’t worry Gabby, no pressure. Is a hat trick too much to ask? Nothing like NY pressure — ask Kovalchuk.

  50. ilb, I’m not quiet … just a little busy. And still down about Mama and the other victims.

    are you planning to stop by tonight? warmups or end of first intermission?

  51. Joekuh - EC Fan Club President on

    Tony AZ, my post was about how NHL 94/ the Cup run turned me into the rabid hockey fan I am today.

  52. Warmups. Driving on iPhone :-). Kidding. I’m leaving in a couple of minutes before I’m reminded how important I am lol.

  53. Thanks to Steve for that Kovalchuk link! That made my day! I guess 100 mil guarantees nothing, eh? LGR!

  54. Just got home from eating at Applebbee’s with my Dad. My Dad got free Veteran’s meal.

    Why is Avery moved to line with Stepan and White? Does it mean he is on the fourth line, now?

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