Rangers-Blue Jackets tonight


The Road Warriors, with 11 road wins this season, are back at it in Columbus.

They’ll have to go without Derek Boogaard (shoulder) and probably Steve Eminger (back). Which means every other healthy body will be in the lineup, including Michael Del Zotto and Todd White, who were prucha’d Thursday.

I’ve got three hoops games today. Hope to be back at RR HQ by puck drop.

Here are the pre-game notes from the Rangers:

Saturday, Dec. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Nationwide Arena • Columbus, OH
Rangers: 17-12-1 (35 pts)
Blue Jackets: 15-11-1 (31 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 9

The Rangers will begin their eighth back-to-back set of the season against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-12-1 (35 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Senators, 5-3, on Thursday at Ottawa to split their home-and-home set (1-1-0), and are now 7-3-0 in their last 10 games. The Blue Jackets enter the contest with a 15-11-1 (31 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have lost six of their last seven games (1-5-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their back-to-back set when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Dec. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).


  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Blue Jackets
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Blue Jackets
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: The Rangers are 4-5-1-0 all-time against the Blue Jackets: 2-1-1-0 at home and 6-2-4-0 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Blue Jackets this season
  • Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 against Columbus in 2009-10, following a 7-4 win on Nov. 23 at Madison Square Garden
  • The Blueshirts rank first in the NHL on the road with a record of 11-4-0 (22 pts) in 15 games; the Blue Jackets have posted a record of 7-7-1 (15 pts) at home to rank 19th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 2-1-0 vs. Central Division opponents; the Blue Jackets are 2-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.68 goals against average in three career regular season games against the Blue Jackets, following a 26-save performance in a 7-4 win last season on Nov. 23; Martin Biron is 1-2-1-0 with a 1.73 goals against average and one shutout in four career regular season contests vs. Columbus
  • Marian Gaborik led New York with four points (two goals, two assists) in one game vs. Columbus last season, while Artem Anisimov registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the contest
  • Marian Gaborik has registered a team-high, 13 goals and 22 points in 23 career regular season games vs. the Blue Jackets; Alex Frolov leads the team with 12 assists in 27 career regular season games vs. Columbus
  • New York lists no former Blue Jackets on their roster
  • Columbus lists one former Ranger on their roster: Fedor Tyutin (2003-04 – 2007-08)


  • Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in four power play opportunities (7:55) on Thursday at Ottawa, and have now tallied a power play goal in seven of their last 10 games (7-35, 20.0% over the span). New York ranks 16th in the NHL with a 16.4% (18-110) success rate, and ranks sixth on the road with a 20.0% (10-50) 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 (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts yielded two goals to the Senators in four shorthanded situations (6:19) on Thursday at Ottawa, and are now 48-54 (88.9%) over the last 18 games. New York ranks 16th in the NHL with a 82.2% (88-107) success rate, and rank 15th in the league on the road with a 82.0% (50-61) 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 (6): 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); 12/5 vs. OTT (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Ottawa, 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’ penalty kill has allowed just six goals in their last 18 games, registering a 88.9% (48-54) success rate over the span, and have notched five shorthanded goals during the stretch.  New York is currently tied for first in the NHL with six shorthanded goals.

The Rangers lead the league with 11 victories on the road, having posted a record of 11-4-0 in 15 games away from MSG this season. The Blueshirts rank among the league leaders in several road statistical categories, including first in shorthanded goals (five), tied for first in goals (49), sixth in power play percentage (20.0%), and tied for sixth in power play goals (10). In addition, Henrik Lundqvist is tied for the league lead with nine road wins, and Brandon Dubinsky is tied for seventh in the NHL with eight road goals and 14th in scoring with 14 road points.

Tomorrow’s contest will begin the Rangers’ eighth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 4-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and are 3-3-0 when the first game of the set is on the road following a 6-5 win on Dec. 2 at Long Island. New York has posted a record of 7-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season following a 2-0 win on Dec. 3 vs. the Islanders, 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 second game of back-to-back sets, including a 6-1-1 mark at MSG over the span.

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 19 of their 30 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, 21-13, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

The Rangers have had 11 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied with Tampa Bay and Washington for the most in the NHL.

The Blueshirts currently rank second in the NHL with 495 blocked shots on the season, averaging 16.5 blocked shots per contest to rank second in the league. Dan Girardi leads the NHL with 86 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 39 blocked shots.

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 898 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.9 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 117 hits.


  • New York has won seven of their last 10 games and is now tied for fifth overall in the NHL in wins (17), sixth in points (35) and seventh in goals (87)
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 5-2-0 with a 1.67 goals against average, a .938 save percentage and two shutouts in his last seven games
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last 13 games
  • Derek Stepan has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 14 games
  • Marc Staal has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has registered five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
  • Sean Avery has tallied four assists in the last four games

Blueshirts’ prospects Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque have been invited to USA Hockey’s evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. This would be the second trip to the elite tournament for both Kreider and Bourque, if selected, having both represented the gold medal-winning Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championship.  Roman Horak has also been invited to attend the Czech Republic’s evaluation camp, while Jesper Fasth is on Team Sweden’s preliminary roster.  If selected, this would be Horak’s second appearance at the World Junior Championship, having represented his native country in last year’s tournament. Fasth is looking to make his first appearance in the elite tournament.

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.


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 30
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 27

Total Man-Games Lost: 89


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  1. Long time lurker, first time poster. Kiwi recently moved to London and am planning in the New Year to pop across and see my Blueshirts play a game or two (fan since 94). Question though: what websites are the best to get decent seats?

  2. Welcome Kiwi,
    stubhub.com always has tix available and is a safe site to use. Also, sometimes you can find some good deals on ebay. Finally, there are a few regular posters on this site that have season tickets and offer them at face value when they can’t use them, keep an eye on the posts.

  3. Where is everybody?

    Good morning, boneheads! Welcome, Kiwi. Stubhub is the place. You can get even better deals once it gets closer to the game.

  4. I was looking through the last night’s post and noticed that Kovalev’s topic continued for long time. Feel bad, because I think I started it. I also noticed a few posts mentioned that they feit sorry for him. Sorry for him? For not being mentioned in the same sentence with TGO, #66, ORR, Jagr etc.? Even though his talent was as great? Knowing Alex, I don’t think he cares. He’s had a great career, been in the league for 17 years( and still going), scored more than 1,000 points, won the SC. He enjoyed his life in the US and made a ton of money. His career is far from being a bust.

  5. Why am I talking to myself again?

    Tonight they start much tougher stretch. Most of the teams they play over the next few weeks have better record. Let’s hope they at least maintain their 5 above .500 record. I think they will get through that stretch and even get higher in the standings. Thoughts?

  6. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy Saturday/Gameday Morning ‘Heads!!

    and welcome to Kiwi, who makes a splash in the blog by using the word “LURKER”, hilarious!!

    Got the SoCo ready for tonight…what drinking game are we playing???

    ilbzo, as long as they don’t fall apart the next 6 weeks like they have done the past few seasons, i think it will all be good. More consistency, and hopefully MDZ’s birds eye view helped open his eyes to a few things.

    I officially make my *Brian Boyle scores his weekend goal tonight* statement!! YA GOT THAT JAMES G lol

  7. Kiwi: I have seats in 426 Row C right off the aisle. I’ve had these seats for over 10 years. Great seats & section with all season ticket holders around me and great sight lines to all the action. Feel free to e-mail me if interested at ajp9977@msn.com. That goes for anyone else looking for good seats at face value.
    I also have two tickets to the Caps game tomorrow if anyone is interested.
    Sorry if this shows up twice. Failed the first time.

  8. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    AckP, when i finally move back to the NY area in 2012, i may be sending you some emails lol!

  9. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    ilbzo, i read that before I posted and forgot to comment on it. A hand written report, i wonder if he had to write it in perfect cursive!!

    and I’m hoping the man gets me a bottle of vodka for Christmas lol

  10. >>I was looking through the last night’s post and noticed that Kovalev’s topic continued for long
    >>time. Feel bad, because I think I started it.

    [Heads Up!]

    There’s no need to feel bad. If some folks don’t like what’s being discussed at a given time, they’re free to skip those posts. We can’t please everyone all the time.

  11. “The Devils got robbed.”- Chico Resch after last night’s game. Haha. Was he talking about the disallowed goal or Kovi’s contract? I wish they had been forced to forfeit this year’s first round pick.

    They always seem to catch a break though because as bad as they are, they can still say they aren’t the worst in the league thanks to the Islanders. Come on NYI win a couple will ya?

  12. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    ilbzo, it is going to be great once all the charts are in, but the fact that we have 8 doctors ( 8 records clerks) and only 4 scanners, and did not start scanning until mid october, while still having to prepare charts the typical way for patients being seen before implementation, NOT VERY GOOD! it is extremely time consuming because each test, each office note, lab etc has to be labeled and put where it belongs, and, as you know, some charts are extremely thick. we’ve had 2 people get fired in the past 2 weeks, and i finally got my own scanner yesterday because someone was let go. I hope they let me go soon, the place is TOXIC. and my guy at the agency said he can place us all in new jobs in mid january. So just holding on until then.

  13. Linda CalPrustBoylahan: Sound good. I used to go to every game but since I moved about three years ago I don’t get home till after 11 on game nights. It wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have to get up at 6 in the morning for work. So now I go to half the games or less and sell the rest.

  14. It is time Brian Boyle picked up on the physical water carrying on this team. He’s 6’6 and has dropped the gloves once this year. First round draft pick or not, the fighting can’t just be provided by Prust, Boogey, Sauer and Avery. I want to see Boyle join in on the fun and give the other team something to worry about also.

  15. Bob McKenzie is reporting that “internet” reports of Jordan Staal re-breaking bone in hand may have some validity.


    It is interesting that Crosb*tch has been carrying the Penguins to a great record pretty much alone this year. With Staal out and Malkinstein floating for good stretches of the year, the Pens have been a one-man show in the recent winning. It is just me or, did Crosby take his play to another level after all that talk in the media of Stamkos with 50 in 50? He can pretty much win games all by himself. Fleury just has to be ok, nothing special.

    It is hard to believe that the NYR *almost* had Crosby in the lottery. Can you guys imagine if Messier was his mentor instead of Lemieux? I think his game would include a lot more crosschecks and a lot less whining….

  16. I bring up the Staal injury because of our situation with Drury and Prospal They should make sure they 100% before they come back and practice…no sense re-injuring yourself…I think we need those guys if there is any hope of a good playoff run…

  17. Yeah, Stammer was frustrated after that one. But his shootout attempt was polar opposite of Omark’s. He just skated in and ripped a slapslot glove side that Khabibulin grabbed easily.

  18. Why are all the Canadians in Canada going nuts over Omarks shootout goal last night? Honestly, what’s so special aboot it? All I saw was a fake slap shot, then a snapper, big fuggin deal. Who cares that he did a useless spin-o-rama at the point.

    That being said, what a hypocrite St Louis is. He was whining aboot how that move was classless, and a slap in the face, and if it were his teammate that did that, then he’d pull him aside, and “have a talk”. He does that sh*t all the time. The spin-o-rama, that move where he turns his back to the goalie and rips a backhand. What’s the difference?

    Sore loser.

  19. St. Louis called Omark’s goal “disrespectful” dude get over yourself. he’s done plenty of flashy shootout moves in his career. hypocrite.

  20. My favorite move in the shootout out is when the player skates down really fast, and he stops, and give the goalie a snowshower before roofing the puck,

    I think it was Hagmag who did that to Brodiva. Bwaha! So funny! Brodiva looked like he was going to cry. I’m sure he inhaled a few Drake’s Coffee Cakes, plastic and all.

  21. I’m not sure that it was a totally useless spin-o-rama. It my have thrown off the goalie’s concentration. That said, it will only do so if a GT is totally unaware of it which should not be the case much longer.

  22. Omark = European rookie.

    St. Louis = Canadian veteran.

    Hence, Omark hasn’t earned the “respect” he must to be entitled to in order to do anything other than skate in a straight line and shoot at the goalie’s pads. Just ask Mike Richards for confirmation.

  23. For a second or two the goalie must be thinking “Am I in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition?”
    Suddenly to realize that he’s been undressed and he surely is not nor will he be.

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

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Way to go on the Kovy subject ILB!!!

    So eminger is out…that sucks! Don’t suppose we called up vtank and I missed it?

    Any word on boogey’s shoulder??

    Rumour has it that staal re-broke his hand washing sid’s car!

    I am beginning to wonder what is going to happen when dru and prospal come back as well.

  25. The Rangers -Blue Jackets game from last year is one that got replayed a lot on MSG. 7 straight goals after trailing 2-0.
    Hopefully this game will spark some of last years goal scorers:

    Avery (2)
    Del Zotto
    Gabby (2)

  26. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    Orrsie – My brother went to that game with his GF while in NY visiting her family. There were CBJ fans in the crowd taunting when they were up 2-0. Fans of the CBJ, who’da thunk it? HA!

  27. I sat 5 rows behind the net for that game against the BJs in Feb. Classic game. That Del Zotto goal was awesome.

  28. happy gameday ‘heads! I’ll gladly take a win tonite since I highly doubt they’ll win tomorrow. Surprised Hank is playing tonite. I thought it would be Biron today and Hank tomorrow.

    More xmas shopping today, so out and about. See you all laters for the game!

  29. PS- The DZ handwritten essay cracks me up. I just wonder two things- 1) he actually remembered how to write an essay? did it have a beginning, middle and end? and more importantly, did he have to do an outline before writng it? and 2) could Torts read his handwritng?

  30. What’s the big deal about Omark’s goal being disrespectful. EC’s SO goal was disrespectful…to the goal post.

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

    enjoy the galleria!!

    Off to work, later assens!!

    Go Army, Beat Navy (sorry bubblehead)!!!!!

  32. Good afternoon all! Kiwi, welcome! Pull up a chair and stay a while. I also vote for stubhub for tix. I got a great one, at lower than posted cost, on a game day last week.

    Well all, I shall miss you here for the next few games and days, but it’s almost time to unplug and trade in my old faithful computer for a newer, shiner model. Next time I post here I’ll hopefully be watching game at the same time!!!!

    I’ll miss you all! LGR! and just in case…..Sweet 16!!!!

  33. Tiki - I am a nudge: One who persistently pesters, annoys, or complains. on

    if i had to guess, id think our Mama got an Apple.

  34. LOL!!! OK kids, here I go……no more wicky’s for me for a while, I am officially and truly fading to black….See you all by Tuesday I hope. LGR!! and behave! TA!!!

  35. The outdoor game between Michigan with Rangers prospect and the teams captain/leading scorer/best player Carl Hagelin vs. Michigan State is on at 3 on the Big 10 Network – channel 720 for Cablevision.

    The Big Chill at the Big House

    the stadium holds something like 117,000, i dunno how many will be there for this game

  36. >>It must be Christmas – 2 worst teams in the league are the fishsticks & the Devils – thank you
    >>Santa !

    How would you like it if they ended up with the top two draft picks next year?

  37. ilb

    nott to fret

    I’m always listening ( reading). I don’t have much to say because I’m out of the loop. I can only offer opinions …and memories. You folks are my only inlet to the
    arcane meanderings of this team and it’s bosses.

    I don’t always pick up on the cryptology of the inner circle of

  38. >>I’m a mac girl. always have been, always will be.

    I’m a Mac boy, Mama! Always have been, and always will be [unless something better comes along].

  39. ( continued) boneheads sometimes colorful but often undecipherable postings,and I try to keep my apprentice boneheadedness status, by posts now and then if for nothing more than contribution sake.

    Just a note about the “great’ goal by Malik in that shoot out.

    I first saw that done by Jagr when he was fooling around during a televised Ranger practice session and I thought it very clever. I bet these guys fool around with trick stick work a lot during practices with moves that they would not dare use in games.

  40. >>>How would you like it if they ended up with the top two draft picks next year? >>>

    They need more then #1 picks. Maybe they could both draft a coach

  41. >>Big 10 Network – channel 720 for Cablevision.

    Thanks for the info, Dubiiiii. I’ll be watching.

  42. 2-0 Michigan in the first, both goals by freshman defenseman Jon Merrill…a devils draft pick :(

  43. What active player (non goalie) tops the list for being On-Ice for Most Power Play Goals Against?

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