Senators-Rangers tonight


Don’t forget that this is an early start, 5 p.m.

The Rangers play another home-and-home, only this one has three days off between games.

The slumping Senators played to a 0-0 tie against Buffalo last night. What’s that, there are no ties anymore? Oh, right Buffalo scored a goal in the skills competition.

Ottawa has not scored a goal in more than two games, 177 minutes, 30 seconds. The Senators have won just three of their last 12 and have been outscored 38-17. So, you know …

I’ll be headed to midtown this afternoon and we’ll have the full coverage right here.

Here are the pre-game notes, from the Rangers (stats do not reflect last night’s game):

Sunday, Dec. 5, 5:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY

Rangers: 16-11-1 (33 pts)
Senators: 11-14-1 (23 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 3

The Rangers will begin a home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (5:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-11-1 (33 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 2-0, on Friday at MSG, to complete their sweep of the home-and-home set against the Islanders. The last time the Rangers swept a back-to-back set against the Islanders was on Mar. 28, 2001 at MSG (4-2) and Mar. 29, 2001 at Nassau Coliseum (6-4). The Blueshirts are now 6-2-0 in their last eight games. The Senators currently rank 10th in the Eastern Conference a record of 11-14-1 (23 pts) heading into their contest last night vs. Buffalo, and have lost seven of their last nine games (2-7-0). Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their home-and-home set against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Dec. 9, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), after a four-day break.

• TV: MSG Network
4:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
5:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Senators
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig (In-Game Reporter)
• Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
4:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
5:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Senators
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

• All-Time: The Rangers are 30-32-3-1 all-time against the Senators: 14-19-0-0 at home and 16-13-3-1 on the road
• 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Senators this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
• Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against the Senators in 2009-10, including a 1-1-0 mark at MSG. The Rangers’ penalty kill held the Senators scoreless in 13 power play opportunities in the season series.
• The Blueshirts rank 20th in the NHL at home with a record of 6-7-1 (13 pts) in 14 games; the Senators have posted a record of 4-7-1 (9 pts) on the road to rank27th in the league
• The Rangers have posted a record of 5-1-1 vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Senators are 1-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
• Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.23 goals against average and a .961 save percentage in four appearances vs. the Senators last season, and is 8-10-0 with a 1.97 goals against average and one shutout in 19 career regular season games against Ottawa; Martin Biron is 14-9-2-2 with a 2.79 goals against average and two shutouts in 30 career regular season contests vs. the Senators
• Brandon Dubinsky led the Rangers in scoring with four points and three goals in three games vs. the Senators last season, and Marian Gaborik tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series
• Marian Gaborik has tallied five goals and six assists for 11 points in nine career regular season contests vs. the Senators
• New York lists two former Senators on their roster: Vinny Prospal (1997-98 – 2000-01); Todd White (2000-01 – 2003-04)
• Ottawa lists one former Ranger on their roster: Alex Kovalev (1992-93 – 1998-99, 2002-03 – 2003-04)


• Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in five power play opportunities (9:42) on Friday vs. the Islanders, and have now tallied a power play goal in six of their last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span). New York ranks 14th in the NHL with a 16.7% (17-102) success rate, and is tied for 25th at home with a14.3% (8-56) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Nov. 24 at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). New York is 0-2 (2:23) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
• Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Islanders scoreless in two shorthanded situations (3:51) on Friday at MSG, and are now 45-49 (91.8%) over the last 16 games. New York ranks 13th in the NHL with a 83.3% (85-102) success rate, and are 23rd in the league at home with a 82.2% (37-45) 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 two, four-on-four situations (0:51) on Friday vs. the Islanders, and are now plus-two in 23, four-on-four situations (37:08) 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 Rangers have posted a record of 5-1-1 (11 pts) in seven games vs. Northeast Division opponents this season, and are now 16-7-4 (36 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.

The Rangers completed their seventh of 18 back-to-back sets with a 2-0 win on Friday vs. the Islanders, improving to 7-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 20-6, and are 2-0-0 when the second game is at home. Over the last two seasons, New York is 16-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span. The Blueshirts’ next back-to-back set is the weekend of Dec. 11 at Columbus – Dec. 12 vs. Washington.

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 19 of their 28 games and posting a record of 14-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 9-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 20-12, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

The Rangers have had 10 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 (11) by one, and is tied with Detroit (10), Montreal (10) and Tampa Bay (10) entering tonight’s action.

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 460 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 16.4 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi leads the NHLwith 82 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 37 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 831 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.7 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently rankssecond in the NHL with 111 hits.


• New York has won six of the last eight games and is now tied for fifth overall in the NHL in wins (16), ranks sixth in points (33) and is tied for sixth in goals(81)
• The Rangers lead the league with 10 victories on the road and rank third with 43 road goals
• The Blueshirts’ power play has tallied a goal in six of the last eight games (6-27, 22.2% over the span)
• The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 16 games, registering a 91.8% success rate (45-49), and have notched four shorthanded goals over the span
• Marian Gaborik has tallied 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his last 11 games
• Ryan Callahan has notched four points (three goals, one assist) in the last five games
• Derek Stepan has registered 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games
• Marc Staal has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
• Brandon Dubinsky has registered four assists in the last four games
• Erik Christensen has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games

Blueshirts’ prospect Jesper Fasth has been invited to Sweden’s 31-player preliminary camp roster for the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship. The Rangers’ sixth round selection, 157th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Fasth has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in six SuperElit games with HV71 J20 this season. The 18-year old has also skated in 20 SEL games with HV71, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) in those contests.

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.


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• Erik Christensen: 300th career NHL game (11/29 vs. PIT)


• Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 28
• Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 25
Total Man-Games Lost: 85


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  1. when was the last time (EVER?) for this?

    The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 831 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.7 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently rankssecond in the NHL with 111 hits.

  2. With the way things have gone thus far I really can’t see them parting with the guys they know are the foundation of this team. Especially when Richards is going to be a FA next July.
    Realistically, they aren’t going to be able to get him without giving up people who are important to the team’s future. Dallas is cash strapped so they won’t take Rozsival’s contract in return and players like EC, Gilroy and White aren’t going to get a deal done.

    The summer is going to be the same old story. Sather is going to have to figure out how he’s going to absorb the hit for Redden, pay Drury and Rozsival/get out from one of their contracts and still manage to keep his current core together before Richards even becomes an option. Dubinsky and a couple other guys will be due a raise that may not allow for any big name acquisitions.

  3. septemous

    According to, the Rangers’ rank in hits the last four years:

    2009/10: 2nd
    2008/09: 1st
    2007/08: 1st
    2006/07: 5th

    I’d argue it’s more a sign of scoring bias at MSG (they are routinely recording a lot more hits at home than on the road) than the Rangers being that much more physical than other teams. Having said that, they’re 2nd/2nd/9th/5th in road hits in the same seasons…

  4. Salary Cap–

    1. I think Rozival can be traded in February to a playoff team with D injuries for a bag of pucks, but it will dump the salary;

    2. June 2011 Chris Drury takes a position with Cablevision Connecticut — youth sports, catering division, whatever, for 5 years $3M year. Bettman pitches a fit, what can he do?

    Salary Cap prayers will be answered.

  5. The only thing that sucks is that even if we move Rozsival this year it basically gets cancelled out next year when they take a hit for Redden.

  6. i bet other arenas are favorable on hits also. but teams that dump and chase like the rangers get more hits than teams that control the puck like detroit. so the rangers hit because they don’t have the puck much. and they have cally. wrecking ball. same thing. elbow to the head. ouch!

  7. Hey James G… What makes you believe Reddens salary will count against next years cap? Hey Carp, could you nip this in the bud right now and help explain to James G that this is not the case?

  8. Redden’s cap hit has to be accounted for again in the summer.

    Although there’s a 10% buffer above the cap for teams to work with in the offseason and they can send him to the minors during camp again, Redden’s cap hit could still restrict flexibility for the Rangers in terms of (re-)signing players.

  9. The way Brooks explained it a couple times I was under the impression that his full salary counted against next year’s cap. If I misunderstood blame LB! lol

  10. cool, beth. stop by behind the pressbox during warmups if you get a chance, and if you get there early. the box is above the zamboni entrance.

    If not, have fun.

  11. Gift of GAB-orik on


    good to be home…. and see the Rangers beating up on the fishies. Now take care of Ottawa!

    Hope i didn’t miss too much while I was away!

  12. Oh OK! But the 10% that teams are allowed to go over over the summer time cap should basically be a wash for Redden’s salary. I’m not sure if UFA’s and RFA’s count against the summer cap, nor am I sure if high priced minor leagers with no nhl experience count against it as well? I think if the Rangers want to bring in Richards and also give Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimow, and Boyle, long term contracts that they’ll be happy with… Slats will have to buy out the last year of Drury’s contract.

    PS- Has there been a previous Jonathan E on this site? I don’t want to take anyone elses name, please let me know if there is?

  13. Pardon Me Machetto on

    Pardon me Carp, but the 10% allowance almost completely negates Redden’s cap hit.

    However, LW’s point still remains, it could absolutely hinder the ability of the team to resign free agents. But you have to imagine Prospal and Frolov aren’t coming back, freeing up about the equivalent of Redden’s salary as well.

  14. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Good Sunday/Gameday morning everyone! Lucky you Beth!! Hope you and the man get to meet the BlogFather.

    Welcome back from the honeymoon Gab!!! Great to have ya back.

  15. Good morning all! Welcome back Gabby!!! Send me cool island info at I need tips! (keep in mind I’ll be there with my mama, so keep the honeymoon-centric spots off the list :)

    I haven’t been out of the house in what feels like a year, so am going to try and snag a ticket myself. If not, will be at warren….join me, won’t you?

  16. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    LOL James, Redden’s contract, the gift that keeps on giving ;-)

    Don’t worry about it Jonathan, we’ll probably have a nickname for you by the end of the week anyway!

  17. Yeeha!!!!!! Got me a ticket!!!!!!!! Oh joy! Carp my friend, I’ll see you later!!!!
    beth, thanks for the stubhub reminder, and my seller took a chunk off price as I was buying….still, I’ll only be getting my hair cut, not colored this month :) oh well, taking one for the team! LGR!!!!

  18. Blue Seat Horror on

    Hi Jonathan

    Have to disagree with you on buying out Drury. He contributes enough so that riding out his contract makes more sense.

  19. Good morning, boneheads! 
    Re: cap issues. 
    The Rangers currently have around $1.6 M in cap space. Frolov ($3M), Prospal($2.1M incl bonuses), White($2.375M), Fedotenko ($1M) and Eminger ($1.125), all UFAs, will bring that number up to around $11.2M. 

    They need to resign their RFAs- Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Boyle, Sauer, Gilroy and Eminger( providing those two are still in their plans). Figure around $7-9M.  That doesn’t leave them with too much money to add anyone of significance. They will need to move Rozsival’s contract ( 3M pay with $5M cap hit next year) in order to do that. 

    Redden’s contract, even though it does hinder their ability to sign someone over the summer, isn’t that important. A handshake deal with some of those RFAs will allow them to officially register the contracts with NHL after Redden is sent back to Hartford. 

  20. Blue Seat Horror on

    Actually that shootout move by MZA looked like EC’s shootout winner the other night, except MZA didn’t try to commit suicide on the post.

  21. Thanks for clarifying Ilb2001, I wasn’t sure if the UFA’s could wait to “officially” sign until Redden is sent back down.

    Hey Blue Seat Horror, I agree that Drury would help the Rangers now and as well as next season. But signing Richards would probably help enough in the faceoff department to help minimize the loss of Drury.

  22. ilb – but if Redden can’t be send back down until September again, I’d still be a bit nervous about being able to agree handshake deals with RFAs with a promise that they will be signed formally later.

    And we’ll never hear the end of it from Orr if Dubinsky hasn’t signed a new deal before 3 July…

  23. Good afternoon all, and TA! Off to the city for Rangers fun. LGR!!!! catch you later….have fun here today….

  24. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    another nugget of truth from LW…

    And we’ll never hear the end of it from Orr if Dubinsky hasn’t signed a new deal before 3 July…

  25. I think it’s manageable, LW3H. But nothing can be done unless Rozsival is moved. He has a very attractive contract foe teams that are trying to meet the salary floor requirement.

  26. Oh, I think it’s manageable too. I’m just not sure these gentlemen’s agreements would work. Delay a deal until September and one party or the other could still stiff the other if circumstances change. And nothing to stop an offer sheet being thrown the way of the RFAs – might well be matched without a thought, but it would still screw up any “agreed” deal.

  27. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    lmao ORR, i was just reposting something LW had said, but we all know in our hearts would be true! You are nothing if not loyal to your beliefs! :-)

  28. Kidding aside, that’s a great point LW… The “general public’s” outcry is something that’s seriousely needed to be considered, if the Rangers decide to wait until Redden is sent down to Hartford before signing players like Dubinsky and/or Callahan etc. Sather to avoid bashing, would probably have to constantly claim to the press that a deal is immenent with those players until they are finally signed? Maybe also even have a low level executive secretly leak news of all this to Larry Brooks?

  29. How much do you think Dubinsky and Callahan will ask for? Remember, Staal signed at just below $4M.

  30. beth – Section 47 Row B. I will be wearing a grey sweater. Please find me, I wanna meet you. I’m on my way out the door. LGR!!

  31. Hey ilb2001, I took a quick look at the upcoming UFA Defencemen for 2011… Believe it or not Rozsival could “very arguably?” be considered the best D-Man on the list? For year after in 2012 though, there seem to be many more UFA D-Men on the market… Including some crease clearers with skill, but they’ll probably all be signed before they ever hit the open market? Keeping Rozsival and buying out Drury seems to make much more sence if Richards is signed, unless another top 4 D-men is also signed in order to replace Rozsival.

    By the way, I see Alexander Semin is a UFA at seasons end. Not sure what’s going on with that because Washington sure has enough cap room to sign him long term??? But if Semen is available come the start of UFA season, I’d surly sign him over Richards. Which is another reason, to a long list of reasons, why not to trade any young players this season for Richards.

  32. anyone else going?? If so feel free to stop by my section. 129 row E seats 13 & 14. We’re about to head out from Brooklyn in a few

  33. >>The Connecticut Whale won 4-3 over the Worcester Sharks in a shootout last night.

    Worcester Sharks: Jonathan Cheechoo new team. That’s what he gets for stealing that Rocket Richard Trophy from Jagr.

  34. Orr, you might very well be right about Semen??? But even though the guy throws the weakest punch I have ever seen in my life… He is very talented, only 27 years old, and is putting up crazy stat #’s again this year. Putting him on a line with Gaborik might just be the perfect situation for him to succeed? But then again this is NY and the pressure is usually too great for the pillow handed type? Richards is certainly the safer pickup, but Semin’s age and the stat numbers he’s putting up might just be too much to pass up?

  35. He’s playing with one of the top centers in the league, and one of the best overall players in the world.

    To think he would come here and do anything close to that is nuts. This is NYR, nothing ever goes our way.

    And he’ll want a sh*tload of money, and that money should be spread around the future of the team.

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