Rangers at Predators tonight


Must have been a good win last night, huh? I didn’t see a moment of it, because here in central New York, MSG had the Buffalo game.

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

Saturday, Nov. 27, 8:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena • Nashville, TN
Rangers: 13-10-1 (27 pts)
Predators: 9-8-4 (22 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 26

The Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip  when they face-off against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 p.m.), in the second 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 13-10-1 (27 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Friday at BankAtlantic Center, and have won three of their last four games. The Predators enter the contest with a 9-8-4 (22 pts) record to rank 13th in the Western Conference, and have lost each of their last three games (0-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return home to face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Nov. 29, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six nights.


*       TV: MSG Network
        7:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
        8:00 p.m. – Rangers at Predators
        Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
        7:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Bob Galerstein
        8:00 p.m. – Rangers at Predators
        Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)


*       All-Time: The Rangers are 6-5-1-2 all-time against the Predators: 2-4-1-1 at home and 4-1-0-1 on the road
*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Predators this season
*       Last Season: New York was 0-1-0 against Nashville in 2009-10, following a 2-1 loss vs. the Predators on Feb. 10 at Madison Square Garden
*       New York ranks fifth in the NHL on the road with a record of 8-4-0 (16 pts) in 12 games; Nashville has posted a record of 3-1-4 (10 pts) at home to rank 26th in the league
*       The Rangers have posted a record of 1-1-0 vs. Central Division opponents; the Predators are 0-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 0-1-0 with a 2.07 goals against average and .944 save percentage in one game vs. Nashville last season, and is now 2-2-0 with a 2.03 goals against average in four career regular season games against the Predators; Martin Biron is 4-2-1-0 with a 2.24 goals against average in seven career regular season contests vs. the Predators
*       Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high, 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 26 career regular season contests vs. Nashville; Alex Frolov has registered 10 goals and 18 points in 27 career regular season games vs. the Predators
*       New York lists no former Predators on their roster
*       Nashville lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS:                                                          

*       Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in two power play opportunities (3:46) earlier tonight at Florida, and have now tallied a power play goal in four consecutive games (4-13, 30.8% over the span). New York ranks 14th in the NHL with a 17.0% (15-88) success rate, and ranks fifth on the road with a 20.0% (8-40) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Panthers scoreless in five shorthanded situations (8:00) and tallied one shorthanded goal earlier tonight at Florida, and are now 38-42 (90.5%) over the last 12 games. New York ranks 20th in the NHL with a 82.1% (78-95) success rate, and are 11th in the league on the road with a 83.0% (44-53) 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 Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (5): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle); 11/26 at FLA (Prust).
*       Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00) earlier tonight at Florida, and are now plus-two in 20, four-on-four situations (28:08) 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).

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 17 of their 24 games and posting a record of 12-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 8-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 18-10, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

Tonight’s contest will conclude the Rangers’ sixth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 16-5, and are 4-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 14-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.

With a 5-2 win on Nov. 20 at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 302-275-37-52 in 666 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and ranks 12th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and first among U.S.-born coaches with 302 career victories.

The Rangers have had nine different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for second most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) by one, and is tied with Detroit, Montreal and Tampa Bay entering tonight’s action.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 712 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.7 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 95 hits.

The Blueshirts currently rank second in the NHL with 397 blocked shots on the season, averaging 16.5 blocked shots per contest to rank second in the league. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 69 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 31 blocked shots.


*       New York has won three of the last four games and have out-scored opponents, 13-8, during the stretch
*       The Blueshirts’ power play has tallied a goal in four consecutive games (4-13, 30.8% over the span)
*       The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 12 games, registering a 90.5% success rate (38-42), and have notched four shorthanded goals over the span
*       Marian Gaborik has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last eight games
*       Derek Stepan enters the contest with a career-high, six-game scoring streak (three goals, four assists over the span), and has now registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last eight games
*       Marc Staal has recorded three assists in the last two games
*       Brandon Prust has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, including two shorthanded points (one goal, one assist) in the last two
*       Dan Girardi has tallied eight points in the last 12 games, including seven assists during the stretch
*       Ruslan Fedotenko has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine games
*       Matt Gilroy has recorded three assists and a plus-six rating in the last eight games
*       Ryan Callahan has registered 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his last 19 games
*       Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last 19 games

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.


*       Erik Christensen: 2 games from 300 NHL career
*       Dan Girardi: 7 points from 100 NHL career
*       Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career


*       Michael Del Zotto: 100th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
*       Dan Girardi: 300th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
*       John Tortorella: 300th career NHL win (11/20 at MIN)
*       Ruslan Fedotenko: 700th career NHL game (11/24 at TBL)


*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 24
*       Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 21
*       Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 9

Total Man-Games Lost: 73

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:                                                       

*       Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams

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  1. I wasn’t sure Carp would be able to write his review, so I’ve created one for him:

    1. Henrik rebounded well. He wasn’t spectacular, he didn’t have to. many of the shots were from bad angles, or through traffic when the shot lands low on the goalie,  thanks to our defense. But he was very, very good. And that’s great news.
    2. Derek Stepan. The more I see him, the more I think that the Rangers don’t need to spend money on the first line center during the offseason, but rather should go after true scoring left winger to play on the first line (Semin, anyone?). Stepan not only has enough vision and passing skills to play with them, but he is also very good defensively. 
    3. Sean Avery had himself a very solid game. I guess he does need more minutes.
    4. I did like Dubinsky on the first line, but I think I’d keep him with AA and Callahan. That line can generate energy and scoring chances often enough to make the opposition deploy their best defenders and leave more room for Gaborik and Co. I’d shuffle Frolov, Avery and other wingers up and down instead.
    5. Marian Gaborik played very well. He didn’t score, but he was creative, his line kept the puck in Panthers zone for long stretches, and he was vey responsible defensively. 
    6. Nice to see them finally working on set plays during PP. The Callahan goal was executed perfectly. 
    7. Michael Sauer keeps getting better and better. In fact, I think he assumed the role of a stay home, crease clearing( not sure if it’s enough for wicky), mean Dman. He doesn’t let anyone to be near Hank and he is ready to drop them any time it happens.
    8. Todd White. Enough said. To get my blood pressure up. 
    9. The team was far from their best effort. In fact, the first period was very worrisome. I’m not so sold on them being tired already, it’s not even third of the season yet. But any time you’re outshot 2 to 1, you have more chances to lose than win. Except, of course, if you have Hank and a lil bit of luck.
    10. Lastly. Let me get this straight with the car commercial. So now every parent has to explain to their kids why Santa delivers a $50.000 car to every house in their neighborhood, but not their’s. Not only that, they have to explain to their kids why Santa himself is driving in red, hot $100.000+ convertible (hard top, no less) instead of reindeer sleigh. I dont get it. :-))))

    Sorry, Carp, couldn’t help with #10.

  2. ilb – What was up with the terrible shot remark by Torts? Just to make sure Prust doesn’t think he’s a goal scorer and forget to stay within his game?

  3. dont know about the shot, but Prust ran the 2 on 1 perfectly.

    Our team struggles mightily on running odd man rushes and specifically the 2 on 1.

    Prust got in there, got to within 3 feet of the goalie and ripped it.

  4. Re watching Prusts goal he was barely to the top of the circle and it was a *great* shot but I think it was a poor decision he probably should have passed to Stepan.

  5. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on


    Gonna head up to Nashville in about 2 hours. Jersey decision has been made…
    I’ve decided I need 3 Heritage Jerseys.

    Hope the good Rangers show up tonight, Nashville’s no pushover, especially with the beast on D Shea Weber! Hope Hank decides to STAY FIRM AND HARD tonight and not let a fluffy goal by. It would be too much to ask for goals from my 3 men, so I’ll take a goal from Cally, a goal from Boyle and a winning fight by Prust to make the night complete! In all honesty, 2 points in regulation would be a nice exclamation point on my trip.

  6. you sure ddebened?

    Without watching any replays, it sure looked like he was 3-5 feet away with no defenseman in front. If Prust tries to pass, the pass gets deflected or is mishandled. I thought it was a good decision. Better to get a shot on goal than to completely waste an opportunity.

  7. I’m with Tiki, I’d rather have a shot on goal than no shot like a certain play a couple days ago that will not be mentioned.

  8. Ilb….good points re: Sauer and Stepan…And, yes, Semin would be the guy to go after in free agency….

  9. Tiki – It’s funny how when you see something one time, real time, what you ‘see’ is often quite different than what actually happened. It’s got to be tough being a referee -don’t you think? ;)

  10. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Thanks Carpy.

    Mickey and I will be representin’ the Boneheads in Smashville!

    If I can get close to a booth or something, I’ll yell BONEHEADS loud enough so youse guys can hear!

  11. lol I don’t remember him calling it a change up but he seemed pretty deadpan when he said it

    Linda- 3 Heritage Jerseys?, what kind of rate did you get and what are the closing costs? ;)

  12. Carp! in Western and Central NY (I’ve lived in both after growing up near Albany)…MSG plays Sabres game exclusively. They will show the Rangers game if and when sabres are not playing. Which makes since on a channel called MSG. What the byfuglien? The YES network should blackout Yankee games and play Pittsburgh Pirate Games instead.

  13. Ely
    It has to do with the NHL’s home team “sphere of influence” rules. When the Sabers got a franchise, the league divided the state into upstater and downstate and decreed that the Sabers owned the upstate TV rights. So on days that the Rangers and Sabers both are playing, MSG must present the Sabers games in thoses areas. It stinks because people in Albany and Oneaonta areas are geographically much closer ro the Garden that Buffalo, and are mostly all Rangers fans, but those are the facts of NHL life.

  14. What is the most saves in a shutout in an NHL game?

    Dominik Hasek made 70 saves in a 4OT shutout on April 27, 1994. The Sabres beat New Jersey 1-0.


  15. ddeb

    Look up the stats on a real old Blackhawk goalie named Lopresti Possibly Pete)…I know that years ago he once made a phenomenal number of stops, but I can’t recall how many.


    I agree with all that you wrote…I think.

    The kids now, well that’s long past my time for that!

    But I can at least sympathize.

    I am continually amazed at the rebirth of Boyle.

    In my estimation he is the wonder story of this season.

    Didn’t Prust get hurt in that game last night? And I thought at one time he was given an atrocious penalty.

    As for Zherdev..well, we never said that he wasn’t a good player. He just seldom was with the Rangers, that’s
    all. That happens with some guys. the mix just isn’t right.

    I had to watch the game via the Panther’s airing, but it wasn’t bad. A little more Gee Whiz aspect to it, which was a bit refreshing after the pretty well established
    pattern from the NY folks. They seemed mighty impressed with Stepan, and Boyle…..and they were constantly moaning about how the Cats were consistently shooting low on LQ, especially when EVERBODY , knows you have to go “upstairs” with him. ah me. (apparently not enough of them seemed to have caught on to this, and it was irking them.)

    It is a strange game though, isn’t it. The unexpected can always be expected.

  16. Fran, the kids? Did you mean my last point on the car commercial? I was having a little fun with Carp. He seems to have serious problem with MB commercials.

  17. Blue Seat Horror on

    Nice review ilb.

    Mickey and Linda have fun tonight. We’ll start pooling together Bonehead bail money.

  18. Now I’ve heard everything! Tiki and ddebened- I hope you’re joking around about Prust’s decision to shoot. He scored the goal for crying out loud! How can you question that?

    I’d like to see the stats for how many games the Rangers have won when outshooting the opposition. It seems to me, most times they outshoot the other team, they lose, and vice versa (or is it vice VERSUS?). I agree that you SHOULD win if you outshoot the other team, though.

  19. Did some digging fran-

    It’s Sam Lopresti. Pete was Sams son.

    “On March 4, 1941 Sam LoPresti of the Blackhawks made 80 saves on 83 shots by the Boston Bruins. That’s a save percentage of .964! As you might expect when your team surrenders 83 shots in a game, the Chicago Blackhawks lost that game, but by a remarkable score of only 3-2. He stopped 27 shots in the first period, 31 in the second and 22 more in the third. By the way, Bruins goaltender Frank Brimsek, who like LoPresti was another product of Eveleth, Minnesota, only had to face 20 shots.”

    3 softies and they lost, NOT ELITE!

  20. dedeb

    I knew it was a lot, but didn’t recall the details.

    Can you imagine how frustrated those Bruin shooters must have been during that game? And what the Hawk coach must have said to his team between periods?

    I doubt that Lopresti had anything at all to say…too exhausted.

  21. One thing that I have been wondering about is Prucha. He has been transferred into being a verb.

    What is his situation, and who is he with? I recall him having one great season with Rangers glomming on to Jagr’s gifts, but beyond that I heard nothing of notice about him.

  22. One thing that I have been wondering about is Prucha. He has been transferred into being a verb…. or adverb.

    What is his situation, and who is he with? I recall him having one great season with Rangers glomming on to Jagr’s gifts, but beyond that I’ve heard nothing of notice about him.

  23. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Heehee, we’ve been there before, no kayaks today. They were unfortunate enough to have one hellacious flood this year!!

    Who cares if he should have passed or not, no guarantee the pass would have lead to a goal lol. Prust scored, stop tryin to take that away from him. Man, who pissed in Torts cereal???

    LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Got my “dancin” shoes on, and ready to
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO my brains out!! Hope we have some pretty hilarious Rangers fans next to us, the people last time were, shall we say…. SUBDUED!

  24. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    when SKITTLES rain out of section 204 tonight, for Brian Boyle’s goal, youse will all know thats me lol!!

  25. If you look at Prust’s face when he was shooting, you should notice that he was straining. My guess- turkey stuffing constipates him.

  26. Linda – not sure of you saw it but that was a reference to Mamas post if you google directions from LA, CA to Honolulu, HI

  27. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    Morning ILBarp and all!!

    good game by the boys……sauer is doing well……nice to see aves get more minutes, his play was better….sweet goal by cally…..Prust is awesome, he is definitely part of the core IMHO…..very good game by hank, sadly I don’t remember his other 2 shut outs this season…..I don’t think any of you should be worried about rozy taking sauer’s time or spot when he gets back, he will take gilroy’s spot and eat in to eminger’s ice time (very very unfortunately)…..I honestly do not see anything that torts sees about rozy apparently, no way he should get more time than eminger or sauer…..anyone think boogie/belak tonight??

    rematch tonight, you ready???

    Linda and mickey
    Have fun tonight ladies and be safe!!!!!

  28. I noticed that you guys actually watch other hockey games besides the Rangers…and when the Rangers arent on.


  29. wicky© (We still need a hard hitting physical crease clearing d man!) on

    It’s hockey, always worth a watch no matter who is playing!

    I have to work,, so good luck to your Samsquatches, they’re going to need it!

    Later assens, see ya tomorrow!

    LGR and Les Alouettes!!!

  30. Blue Seat Horror on

    I wish the new Ranger’s AHL logo had a meaner looking whale. Should have given him fangs and robotic hands so he could at least hold a hockey stick.

  31. Yeah, i just cant watch other hockey, especially an Isles/Devils game. Maybe an NBC game of the week, Blackhawks/Red Wings or outdoor hockey game.

  32. Any of you Boneheads (or other readers) going to the game in Nashville tonight? I’m going down from Louisville to meet my son there and watch our boys in action. He got the tickets so I don’t know exactly where the seats are but I’m sure they are upper deck since they were only $40. But I’ll be wearing Rags colors for sure. Hope to see alot of the same as well as the same result as last night.

  33. Blue Seat Horror on

    Tiki…to watch them lose. Plus, Devils-Flyers games occasionally get pretty mean. Also, scouting the competition.

    Plus, hockey is the best sport and I’m a hockey junkie.

    And, there’s something nice about a neutral site game where I don’t have to invest my emotions into it.

  34. Henrik sings the Beatles:

    With A Little Help from My Friends/ Wouldn’t it be nice(Beach Boys) medley
    Happiness is a Hot Goalie
    Norwegian Smurf (This Bird Can Score).mp3
    Fixing a Hole
    Back in the U.S.S.R (featuring Jaromir Jagr)
    Drive My Car (No Chance Biatch)
    Old Brown Shoe/A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation(Marty Robbins) /Sharp Dressed Man(ZZ Top)(medly)

  35. Old Coach,

    Thanks for the website to read that article. I was aware of some of it from years of frustration and calling cable companies for explanation but one thing I never got, and it really didn’t make since when I lived in Albany, is why would they black out Ranger game for Sabres game to help the small market teams? They’re SMALL MARKET! They will always be small market. Chances are if you don’t live in buffalo or the nearby cities, you’re not a sabres fan. Small market teams work because they’re is nothing else in their city for them to watch and root for. They’re passionate fans but they’re local fans. Big market teams attract fans from all over, don’t sell them short…especially when those fans may not live that far away and be part of alot of ticket sales (Albany?!).

  36. Why couldn’t we sign Briere instead of Dreary, or Blowmez?

    At least he’s actually good.

    Although, we were able to get Gabby, McDonut, and V-Tank for Blowmez, so I can’t complain aboot him. Also, we had Higgins, and he’s great for comedic relief.

  37. How are the Devils looking in the Eastern Conference Race?

    And the Rangers?

    Obviously the Isles are last :)

  38. We’re 3 above .500. If we can get maintain an 8 or a 10 above .500 record, we should make the playoffs. Tony said we play the Isles twice coming up soon. Those are important games. We have to capitalize on loser teams like the Devils and Isles.

  39. Points matter the same now as they do in February and March. More points you get now, less you need later.

  40. Via ESPN Insider

    The New York Rangers intend to throw Michal Rozsival back on the power play when the defenseman returns from injury.

    At least, in speaking with Jesse Spector of the New York Daily News, so said coach John Tortorella:

    “Oh yeah, he’ll play on it. With Rozy, it’s not always puck movement, it’s shooting. He tends to be in an area to shoot the puck, and tries to move it too much. So I look at it a different way. We want him to shoot the puck when he has an opportunity.”

    Although it’s not probable, Rozsival could be back for the Rangers on Saturday. To make room for the d-man, the team would likely bump Steve Eminger from a spot on the power play and Matt Gilroy from the lineup altogether.

    – Victoria Matiash

  41. Late night posting, early morning Carping:

    Took advantage of the NHL.com’s Black Friday sale, picked up a heritage jersey with free customization. Got Callahan, now they better lock him up in the off-season.

  42. I really wanted to get the heritage jersey with the retired numbers but that’s only available at MSG and with sales tax and their “exclusive” price point I’m saving like $150, especially good savings for an authentic.

  43. we should make the playoffs almost by default. If the Devils and Islanders continue to be this bad it makes our route so much easier than usual.

    Im predicting we finish 6, 7 or 8 and maybe if were lucky pull off an upset in the first round like we almost did in Washington but either way its so nice to watch this team play. They play the game the right way and have some good young players coming up, especially the guys in the CHL and NCAA.

  44. If the Devils and Sabres remain crappy, then we’ll make 8th at least. Sabs are getting better though.

    And Hank is set to start his “mid-season soft-athon” at some point, which will work against us.

  45. Someone had posted a link to a website offering the Heritage jerseys at a nice discount. Does anyone remember what the site was?

  46. Rangers lead the NHL in blocked shots and hits. that is the definition of gritty.

    of course, some will say that it is because the opponents have the puck more often. that is part of it.

  47. egt

    well the opponents having the puck more often is directly related to us being horrible at faceoffs. Stepan didnt win a single draw last game 0-7, Anisimov was 4-11. You cant have your top 2 centers combining being under 25% on draws and not expect to be outshot every game.

    however given that both are good up and coming young players on pace for 40+ points and we wont be playing for the cup this season, we can afford to let them learn on the job…

  48. anybody folow teh pack much? is grachev still stuck on 1 lousy goal down tehre? i cant believe that hes doing so bad. he didnt seem to play that bad while he was up here for 5 games. even though he barely had a shot on goal, but he really should be dominating down there with his size and his shot. hope hes not another bust

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