Rangers at Avs tonight


Just a reminder, it’s a 9 p.m. start to start a two-game/two-night trip. And a reminder that New Rochelle’s Kevin Shattenkirk is up with the Avs, as a rookie who scored his first NHL goal Wednesday.

Me? I’m Mr. Football today and tomorrow, five state semifinal games in all, with Josh, 26.

I probably won’t see a minute of either Rangers game live, so here’s hoping that MSG can do some Rangers in 60 instead of old Boomer and Carton in 60s.

Meanwhile, here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:

Friday, Nov. 19, 9:00 p.m. EST
Pepsi Center • Denver, CO
Rangers: 10-8-1 (21 pts)
Avalanche: 10-7-1 (21 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 17

The Rangers will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center (9:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-8-1 (21 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 3-2, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden to end their winning streak at three games. The Avalanche enter the contest with a 10-7-1 (21 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have won three of their last four games. The contest will begin a three-game stretch vs. Northwest Division opponents for the Rangers, who will face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Xcel Energy Center (8:00 p.m.), before returning home to host the Calgary Flames on Monday, Nov. 22, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).


  • TV: MSG Plus
    8:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    9:00 p.m. – Rangers at Avalanche
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    8:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Bob Galerstein
    9:00 p.m. – Rangers at Avalanche
    Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
    * All times are eastern standard time


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 34-29-7-4 all-time against the Avalanche franchise: 20-11-4-2 at home and 14-18-3-2 on the road
  • 2010-11: This is the second and final meeting between the Rangers and Avalanche this season, and the only meeting at the Pepsi Center. The Rangers own a 0-1-0 record thus far, following a 3-1 loss on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 against the Avalanche in 2009-10, including a 1-0-0 mark at Colorado. Marian Gaborik tallied all three Ranger goals to record his first hat trick as a Blueshirt in a 3-1 victory on Jan. 31 at the Pepsi Center.
  • The Rangers have won two of their last three games against the Avalanche, out-scoring Colorado, 10-5, over the span
  • New York is tied for third in the NHL on the road with a record of 6-2-0 (12 pts) in eight games; Colorado has posted a record of 5-4-0 (10 pts) at home, tying for 15th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 1-1-0 vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Avalanche are 2-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 shots (.912%) in the Rangers’ only meeting against the Avalanche this season (L, 1-3), and is now 1-1-1 with a 2.68 goals against average in three career regular season appearances vs. Colorado; Martin Biron owns a record of 5-4-0-0 with a 2.76 goals against average in nine career regular season contests against the Avalanche
  • Alex Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger and rookie Derek Stepan tallied his first career NHL assist in the Rangers’ first meeting against the Avalanche this season
  • Marian Gaborik leads the team with 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points in 39 career regular season appearances vs. Colorado; Marc Staal has averaged 1.0 point per game vs. the Avalanche, registering four points (one goal, three assists) in four career regular season contests
  • New York lists one former Avalanche on their roster: Chris Drury (1998-99 – 2001-02)
  • Colorado lists no former Rangers on their roster


  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in five power play opportunities (6:01) on Wednesday vs. Boston. New York is tied for 20th in the NHL with a 15.7% (11-70) success rate, and ranks seventh on the road with a 20.8% (5-24) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (1:44) on Wednesday vs. the Bruins, and are now 0-4 on five-on-three attempts (4:31). 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 Bruins scoreless in three shorthanded situations (4:44) on Wednesday at MSG, and are now 23-24 (95.8%) over the last seven games. New York ranks 18th in the NHL with a 81.8% (63-77) success rate, and are 10th in the league on the road with a 83.8% (31-37) 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 held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Monday at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (1:16) on Wednesday vs. Boston, and are now plus-two in 19, four-on-four situations (26:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

Tomorrow’s contest will begin the Rangers’ fifth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 2-2-0 in the first game of back-to-backs following a 8-2 win vs. Edmonton on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, and are 1-2-0 when the first game of the set is on the road. New York has posted a record of 4-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season, including a 3-0-0 mark on the road following a 3-2 overtime win at Pittsburgh on Monday. Over the last two seasons, New York is 13-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span, having posted a record of 9-2-2 overall and 5-1-1 on the road last season.

Tomorrow’s contest will mark Dan Girardi’s 300th career NHL appearance, while Michael Del Zotto will be skating in his 100th NHL contest.

The Rangers have had seven different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for sixth most in the league. New York trails Washington (10), Montreal (nine), Boston (eight), Detroit (eight), and Los Angeles (eight), and are tied with Anaheim, Minnesota, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Vancouver entering tonight’s action.

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 338 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 17.8 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 59 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 30 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank second in the NHL with 558 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.4 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently leads the NHL with 75 hits.


  • The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just one goal in their last seven games, registering a 95.8% success rate (23-24) over the span
  • Marian Gaborik has notched five points in the last three games, including four goals during the stretch
  • Ryan Callahan has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 14 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in the last 14 games
  • Derek Stepan has recorded three assists in the last three games
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
  • Erik Christensen has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last three games
  • Dan Girardi has recorded four assists in the last seven games
  • Artem Anisimov has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine games
  • Brian Boyle has tallied four goals in the last seven games
  • Matt Gilroy has recorded two assists in the last three games
  • Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his last three starts, posting a record of 2-1-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and .932 save percentage during the stretch

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: 1 win from 300 NHL career
  • Michael Del Zotto: 1 game from 100 NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 1 game from 300 NHL career


  • Artem Anisimov: 100th career NHL game (11/14 vs. EDM)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 19
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 16
  • Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 58


  • Nov. 11: Acquired forward Chad Kolarik from Columbus in exchange for forward Dane Byers

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  1. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on


    Carpy, stay warm and enjoy all the football. Make sure Josh bring lots of coffee (or hot chocolate!!)

  2. lets hope the team got there early and got used to the change in sea level..

    maybe Boogard will scare the Shattenkirk out of the Aves

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    I know Josh will be forever 26, but I wonder how many anniversaries of turning 26 he’s had at this point. Gotta be at or near 4 anniversaries now.

  4. Gift of GAB-orik on

    How bout that Tampa Philly game?? Tampa won 8-7. It was 5-4 Flyers… after the FIRST PERIOD. Stamkos with a hat trick. He’s got like 17 goals or something.

  5. Good Morning Heads! I’ll be at the game tonight, hopefully the Good Rangers teams shows up that I have seen a lot this year. I love it when the Rangers come in town!

  6. I think it may be time to consider Stamkos the best offensive player in hockey…right there with Cindy and Ovechkin…he is the purest goal scorer in the game

    19GP, 19 G, 16A, 35PTS….unreal numbers!

  7. Gift of GAB-orik on

    Yea man… i saw that score and couldn’t believe it.

    BTW, Zherdev had 2 in that game, and now has 7 on the season. And Frolov has….. and EC has….. yea.

    Stamkos is lighting it up. What a pace he’s setting. That’s tough to keep up though… he’s pacing 50 goals in 50 games…. that’s a mark attained by a very select few. I don’t think he can keep up that pace… but 35 points in 19 games is unreal.

  8. Gift of GAB-orik on

    And for the record i have new respect for Brian Boyle. His play has improved, he’s a team guy, and went to bat for Avery. He’s A-ok in my book.

  9. CO Ranger Fan. I will be there too! bought my tickets two months ago. Im in sec 303 Row 1 on the Red Line. Best seats in the house

  10. Cheer up Carp. If these were the old days, you’d be in Denver tonight, Minneapolis tomorrow night, followed by a red-eye home early Sunday!

  11. It must be very upsetting to be an Islanders fan right now. Banning press seems to indicate the frustration level of the organization.

  12. By the way, Carp. I just checked the channel guide and found that Rangers in 60 is scheduled for 12:30 tonight on MSG+, which is channel 72 on my Cablevision dial. Remember when TV”s actually had knobs and dials? That darn horizontal hold always got me!

  13. Tomb, I am in section 353 Row 2 so in the corner. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be in town or out on business so I just got the tickets this week.. But I get to see Hank twice so I am excited about that

  14. Stamkos is pretty unstoppable at this point. He’s playing better than Crosby, and Crosby is playing great as well.

    And we almost had him!!! Or did we?

    Also, Alex Semen is playing great. He’s right behind him in goals and points.

    Looking forward to this game. Hopefully Henrik Softqvist isn’t making a cameo.

  15. I have to confess in a mortal sin (being Rangers fan). Maybe it’s my “underdog” syndrome, but I kind of can’t help, to almost feel sorry for Islanders this year. Honestly, from pure hockey aesthetic point, I enjoyed to watch this young core of relatively unknown guys playing offensively, energetically, up-tempo, with admirable disregard to “big” teams authority, even after losing key players, and (as I thought) much more solid defense. But, of course, inexperience kicked in in form of too many mistakes everywhere on ice. With a team like this, patience is a real virtue, which is obviously not the case for moronic Isles organization. In this regard, I absolutely despise this organization as whole, from top to bottom – just classless dumb&dumber. And somehow, based on interviews and what I read about him – I kind of liked Gordon as a person at least. If anything, Debbies with their “winning” list of superstar players should be much more aggressive and willing changes IMO, considering their real epic disaster which in this case makes me immensely happy. Does it sound strange on our blog?

  16. Don’t feel bad for the Isles. They are in a great position. They’re going to pick up a top three pick.

    At least their fans have something to look forward to. A potential franchise player. They have some good young talent as it is.

  17. as if there is something to report about the Islanders… standard copy and paste template

    “Islanders lose again! See you at the next game!”

  18. As far as the Isles go, it is going to be fans in Winnipeg, Kansas City, Hamilton or Quebec that will have something to look forward. Can’t help but think Charles Wang is counting the days until the lease at the Mausoleum is over.

  19. Seriously, don’t feel bad for the Isles. They are circumenventing the cap and abusing the draft process by purposely putting a losing team on the ice. Snow is an idiot.

    The team is going to stacked in a few years when these kids develop. Makes me sick.

  20. For as long as they’ve been Isles haven’t exactly hit it big with their top draft picks in the past decade. They’ve gotten good, but not great players. Tavares is good, but I don’t know if he’ll be Stamkos good. Other first rounders since they took DiPi #1:

    Nilsson (not Nielsen)

    There’s a couple of guys where it might too early to tell but they haven’t quite gotten the Crosby/Malkin, Ovechkin/Backstrom, Toews/Kane players yet.

  21. CTB foot update:

    X-rays didn’t reveal a fracture in the foot, still possible that there’s stress fracture on like the microscopic level. Right now we’re calling it a severe sprain.

  22. Orr,

    I wouldn’t be too concerned with guys in the last 2 years being in juniors, but pretty much everyone they drafted pre-Okposo on that list has proven to be either a bust or isn’t with the team anymore.

  23. Should we remind ourselves how many good first rounders they gave away? Just to get Yashin and Kvasha? I don’t feel bad at all.

    CTB- severe sprains are dealt with exactly like hairline fractures, no need for MRI, if that’s what suggested.

  24. Any team owner who doesn’t realize how incompetent Milbury is, certainly deserves him as his GM

  25. ilb,

    Still wearing the boot for the rest of the weekend. Taking anti-inflammatory, icing it and generally keeping off it. If the pain subsides over the next couple of days I can wrap it rather than the boot. If the pain doesn’t go away after a week I go for a follow up X-ray to see if there was in fact a stress or hairline fracture.

  26. CTB- if it’s a true severe sprain (grade 2 and up) you may need to wear castboots or air splints for 4-6 weeks anyway.

  27. >>If I was in Stefan’s shoes, I would be borderline suicidal after that game.

    What if you were in his skates?

  28. Good afternoon all! Man, what other sports blog also includes free medical advice! I love this place! OK, just popping in. Later heads!

  29. Hi guys! ilb, very very very busy. Harry Potter IMAX experience starts in 40…..:) see ya later!

  30. yeah, it’s a dream…….

    I think tiki’s initials may have been for my benefit as a joke…..or not….tiki, you can explain, I gotta go or I’ll miss my meeting……ta!

  31. no ilb. B is not for Boston.

    Mama is correct. It was a joke between the 2 of us.

    She pronounces your handle by the letters. So she says I. L. B.

    I say ilb or ilby or ilbizo as if it’s a word.

  32. i have my serious doubts of Stepan’s ability to be a center in this league but here’s hoping he can get it done…

  33. LOL Ilb.

    daddy was wrestling with me this morning and he had me pinned, but then i kicked him right in the neck and scratched the bejeeezus out of him! That’ll teach him! :)

  34. mama likes Hairy Bladder…er, i mean Harry Potter? I can never understand wtf is going on in that movie! Not a fan of British accent!

  35. N,CountryNYRFan on

    Heading to the Plattsburgh State vs. Buffalo State hockey game tonight so, I’ll have to catch up on the Rangers game when I get home, hopefully I only miss the first period. Anyway, Lets Go Rangers!!!

  36. N,CountryNYRFan on

    Do you gus think Crazy Eyes (Biron) gets a game in this weekend, with the back to back games I think he should.

  37. oleosmirf,
    I read your comments yesterday. you are either a big Avery fan, or have not been paying attention. Avery, right now is playing on the 4th line getting about 8 minutes a night. you figure when Drury and Prospal come back that Avery is going from the 4th to the 3rd line. yet with out them in the lineup he is a 4th liner. not saying it can’t happen, it just does not seem to make sense.

  38. a more likely scenario is Prospal goes to left wing on Boyles line, with Fedotenko moving to right wing, and Drury either taking Christensen’s role, or playing right wing on the 4th line.

  39. bull dog line

    I understand where you are coming from but think about it, unless Avery is going to be a healthy scratch (i cant see that) there isnt room for him on the 4th line (which i know seems weird but hear me out).

    First I expect Stepan to be sent down once Prospal returns. (White being the other) The top 2 lines are rather obvious. Frolov-Prospal-Gaborik and Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan. Fedotenko is staying on the 3rd line as will Drury so basically you have either Prust or Avery on the 3rd line. Personally I believe Prust is playing over Avery solely b/c Torts is using the 3rd line as a checking/defensive line due to Boyle’s inability to be a setup man. Once Drury comes back, I expect Avery and Prust to switch lines and put Prust back on the 4th line where he belongs and make the 3rd line a more offensive entity with Boogaard, Boyle, Prust as the 4th line with Christensen playing sparingly when Boogaard is not needed.

  40. Stepah going down isn’t a foregone conclusion. Nor I think the first line you described is that obvious.

  41. oloeosmirf,
    maybe Stepan will be sent down, but I doubt it. he is this years Anisimov, he will be used on the top line when going well and used on the 4th line when not. Boyle has been one of the best players on the team this season, how can you put him on the 4th line. Avery is not part of this teams core, or future, his days are numbered. unless there are injuries again, he is going to be a healthy scratch and 4th liner.

  42. Orr, I know, just read that too…it is amazing how much ink that whole thing has gotten…

    I really think it is all because of EC’s big mouth…

  43. bull dog line

    simply b/c he’s Chris Drury or Brian Boyle. Boyle has been very good and gotten some clutch goals but he does have 0 assists in 19 games and Prust has 0 goals and 4 assists in 19 games as well. I just feel that Avery and Drury bring more offense than Boyle and Prust.

    In regards to Stepan, i think he’s gonna be a great player for years to come but you cant have your top line center win only 38% of the draws as that means less time with the puck.

  44. The Oilers are just trying to get the attention away from the fact that

    A) They were destroyed 8-2

    B) Taylor Hall & Jordan Eberle are not scoring goals in every game

    C) The Oilers are having yet another sh*tty year

    If I’m an Oilers fan, I’d want that team to suck. Get another 1st overall pick. They’re not winning the Cup anytime soon, so continue to rebuild!

  45. Sup Heads!!!
    bull dog,
    I’m not sure the Rangers really have set lines outside of Dubi, Cally, and Anisimov.
    Boyle may be listed on the 4th line but at the end of the game he has 15+minutes and White/Boogar etc have 4 minutes.

  46. Dubinsky takes the faceoffs for Anisimov, you can pull Stepan off for important draws.
    I see your point about the lines, but they have kept 2 lines intact for a while now. the one you mentioned, and Boyle, Prust, and Fedotenko.
    I know there is a lot of loyalty for Avery here, and I understand it, but the writing is on the wall with him, he is not somebody they plan on having on the team in the future, he is not part of the core.

  47. The Oilers and Isles are essentially doing the same thing. They are trying to get the attention away from the real problems within the team. It is pathetic.

  48. why talk about zherdev and his goal scoring? he is the ultimate euro soft player and sucked with the rangers the 2nd half of the season.

    he is a more befuddling eric christenson.

    frolov has a 1 yr deal for 3 mill. he sucks he is gone at the end of the year. zherdev is core on 1 team only, his team. he is a selfish soft player who is the opposite of a winner.

    all the ranger core players; play the right way. stepan, cally, staal, dubi, girardi, etc.. they play hard.,………….

  49. stepan has minimum 1 great vision pass each game. the guy is 20, and is playing some pp and some pk, and gettting stronger on the puck.

    for you idiots who have no clue he is going to be a doug weight type of player for many many years…….

  50. hopefully he will not be traded. all I am saying is he is going to be a good player for a long time… he is maturing in front of our eyes and so is this team. are the ywinning the cup this year? no chance but this is the best young core they have had in forever.

    werek and kreider added to the mix next year. higher end scoring talent and they are moving in the right direction..

    if sather stays the course and fans are patient this team can compete big time for the next 5 years.

    mcilrath strained mcl out 2 weeks btw….

    bad contracts are drury, rosz(only 1 year0, dredden be in the minors each season etc. even the dead weight is slowly being eliminated. the only older guys are prospal, drury, roszival, and white… they have numerous d men on the way also…..

  51. stuart I agree with your assessments of our yutes and share your optimism. I’ve only been a fan for about 15 years, so I have seen lots of misery.

  52. I do however believe that Stepan should get the minutes over Christensen (has nothing to do with Avery incident).

    I just dont see how Prust and Boyle stay on the 3rd line once Drury and Prospal come back. I believe Prust is only being played over Avery due to their success as a checking/defensive line.

  53. Prust will move to the 4th line, Boyle is going to stay where he is, Prospal will play left wing.

  54. bull dog line

    i could see Stepan staying if Gaborik does well with him although I just cant see Avery being a healthy scratch nor can I see Drury playing on the 4th line. I would expect to see Avery start on the 3rd line and Prust or Boyle moving up late in games when we are protecting the lead…

  55. Prust > Avery

    More hitting, more fighting, better defensively, blah blah blah. Avery “agitates” once a month and shows some offensive touch about as often. Consistently inconsistent.

  56. Prust can do the job he does now perfectly fine on the 4th line. Avery can produce offensively, maybe not at a 50 point level but 10-15 goals and 15-20 assists is much better than the single digit point totals Prust will give you.

    there are times when Gaborik and the Pack line wont be able to score and the 3rd line will need to contribute. Im much more confident Avery can over Prust.

  57. I know its the craziest story…

    Did you guys see what Shanny re-tweeted today about Avery? It’s hilarious…

  58. The person hid their twitter account and Shanny removed it but I still have it on my phone so I’ll share with you boneheads…

    NHLShanny: I’ll retweet something that wasn’t so funny UNTIL I read her bio. (Where can the children enroll?!!) about 8 hours ago via web

    Plum_Love21: @NHLShanny avery is a bitch. i cant stand his stupid ass. terrible hockey player. he should do more gay vogue shoots. Retweeted by NHLShanny.

    Her Bio: Soon to be kindergarten teacher. Love life, family, animals, games, & sports <3 You just can never regret truly and purely loving someone. No matter how it ends <3


  59. “gay vogue shoots”. homophobia is gay.
    and screw the haters for hating on avery for having non-typical interests for an athlete.

  60. These dopes just don’t get it. Aves gets more chicks just by being so heavily into fashion. Every bouchebag on the team can give him sh*t, but at the end of the day he probably gets way more action than them. Not anymore, since he has a gf.

    And not counting that time with that one prostitute :P

    Although, It was a bit disturbing when Aves admitted to playing with Barbies when he was a kid. I played with Barbies when I was 7, and believe me, it wasn’t sweet and wholesome. It was “Rambo” meets “Full House”. I had the fake blood, dirt, mud. It was a pretty good time.

  61. actually, Avery is pretty smart there…get a job that requires him to hang around with 20 year old models all day, hmmmmmm

  62. yeah avery is a pimp. and being able to intern at one of the top magazines in the field. pretty cool if you ask me

  63. on a different topic, how about this chain of events….Brett Sutter gets in a bar fight and lands in jail or something like that, then gets traded by his own father like a week later. So now, he’s been sent down to the AHL by Carolina, and in order for the AHL team to make room, then sent Jared Staal down to the ECHL.

  64. If anyone cares:

    Zuccarello feeds Redden with a cross-ice pass & Redden makes it 4-1 #WolfPack over Springfield early in the 2nd.

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