Capitals at Rangers tonight


As we’ve been saying, this starts a very difficult, very telling week for the Rangers. I’ll be headed to the Garden in a little while.

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

Sunday, Dec. 12, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 17-13-1 (35 pts)
Capitals: 18-10-3 (39 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 11

The Rangers will conclude their eighth back-to-back set of the season against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 17-13-1 (35 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Blue Jackets, 3-1, Saturday at Columbus, and are now 7-4-0 in their last 11 games. The Capitals enter the contest with a 18-10-3 (39 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost each of their last five games (0-4-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will begin their ninth back-to-back set of the season when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m.), before returning home to host the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Dec. 16 (7:00 p.m.).

• TV: MSG Network

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan (In-Game Reporters)

• Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Bob Galerstein
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Capitals
Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

• All-Time: The Rangers are 80-84-18-5 all-time against the Capitals: 45-37-9-2 at home and 35-47-9-3 on the road

• 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals this season, and the second and final meeting at MSG. The Rangers own a 0-1-0 record thus far, following a 5-3 loss at home on Nov. 9.  Brian Boyle leads the Rangers with two goals in the season series.

• Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 against Washington in 2009-10, including a 0-2-0 mark at MSG. Each of the four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two games decided by one goal. The Rangers notched six goals in 17 power play opportunities (35.3%) in the season series, which were the most by the Blueshirts against any team last season.

• The Blueshirts are tied for 25th in the NHL at home with a record of 6-8-1 (13 pts) in 15 games; the Capitals have posted a record of 6-6-1 (13 pts) on the road and are tied for 19th in the league

• The Rangers have posted a record of 1-4-0 vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Capitals are 4-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division

• Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 9-6-2 with a 3.06 goals against average and one shutout in 17 career games against the Capitals; Martin Biron is 10-8-1-2 with a 2.58 goals against average and one shutout in 21 career appearances vs. Washington

• Alex Frolov has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in nine career regular season contests vs. Washington; Sean Avery has recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 11 career games vs. the Capitals

• New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)

• Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-00); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)
• Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in five power play opportunities (8:16) last night at Columbus, and have now tallied a power play goal in eight of their last 11 games (8-40, 20.0% over the span). New York ranks 15th in the NHL with a 16.5% (19-115) success rate, and ranks 28th at home with a 13.3% (8-60) 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 one goal to the Blue Jackets in two shorthanded situations (3:02) last night at Columbus, and are now 49-56 (87.5%) over the last 19 games. New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 81.6% (89-109) success rate, and rank 22nd in the league at home with a 82.6% (38-46) 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 last night at Columbus, 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).
Since 2005-06, the Rangers have posted a record of 7-3-1 vs. the Capitals in 11 regular season meetings at Madison Square Garden, tallying 3.7 goals per contest during the stretch. The Blueshirts’ power play has notched 14 goals in 56 opportunities for a 25.0% success rate in those games.

The Rangers and Knicks have played on the same day at the current Madison Square Garden on 35 occasions, with the Rangers posting a record of 15-15-6 (1-1-0 in 2010-11) and the Knicks registering a 21-15 (0-2 in 2010-11) mark in those games. Today is the third and final occasion the Rangers and Knicks are scheduled to play at MSG on the same day this season, having previously done so on Nov. 7 (NYR vs. STL, NYK vs. PHI) and Dec. 12 (NYR vs. WSH, NYK vs. DEN).

Tonight’s contest will conclude the Rangers’ eighth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. 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 20 of their 31 games and posting a record of 14-5-1 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 503 blocked shots on the season, averaging 16.2 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 919 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.6 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 122 hits.

• New York has won seven of their last 11 games and is now tied for sixth overall in the NHL in wins (17), eighth in points (35) and ninth in goals (88)

• Henrik Lundqvist is 5-3-0 with a 1.85 goals against average, a .929 save percentage and two shutouts in his last eight games

• Marian Gaborik has tallied 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last 14 games

• Derek Stepan has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games

• Marc Staal has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games

• Brandon Dubinsky has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games

• Sean Avery has tallied four assists in the last five 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.


• Marian Gaborik: 4 games from 600 NHL career

• Dan Girardi: 6 points from 100 NHL career

• Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career

• Brandon Dubinsky: 10 assists from 100 NHL career
• Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 31

• Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 28

Total Man-Games Lost: 91

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    Was out to dinner with my parents and in-laws for my birthday so I couldn’t comment on the game (although I was watching it at the restaurant). WTB was Duguay wearing!?!?!

  2. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy belated birthday Doodie, welcome to Club 26!!!

    Carp, you are soooooooo correct. This is the week we find out what our boys are made of. Caps, divers, Yotes and Carcilloseaters. WOW, I hope our guys are up to the tasks at hand and get themselves some points. Hank’s gotta be the KING, Gabby needs to pot some goals, and everyone else needs to bring their A game EVERY game this week.

  3. I think they are actually 8th in EC. Atlanta played one less game.

    I think Duguay was wearing prison pajamas, Doodie.

  4. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    lmao @ prison pajamas!!! seriously, who dresses this guy? I guess he likes being flamboyant, but yikes, his attire is an assault on the eyes. Maybe he should wear Torts’ ties too!!

  5. As Miami Pimp would say, that goal last night was bush league.
    They are starting to look a lot prior years teams lately. Really need Gaborik to start scoring consistently.

  6. hahaha, ilb. I guess Ill never be getting a loan from Dominion!

    lol@ prison pajamas. I find it funny reading the stuff about Duguay’s wardrobe, because i never watch pre or postgames or intermissions to see what they’re wearing. im going to have to start to see what exactly this Duguay bastage! wears!

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

    Wholly crap! A carping! Man it has been a while! Thanks Carp!

    There is 8 of what in Christensen ILB?? Did I miss something?

    cici’s gone away yet?

    I think that is an ugly dog!

    Did anyone see the goal DP gave up for the fishies? He wasn’t even looking!! LMFAO!!!

    Don Cherry a gimmick in a gimmick line cracked me up (the shoot out IS such a stupid gimmick/skills competition).

    Speaking of Don Cherry, did anyone see Coach’s Corner a couple of weeks ago with the clip of the guys playing hockey in England in WW2 on 8mm? Pretty cool!

    Brooks needs to get beat up at the bus stop again, he’s an idiot

  8. wickster – there’s no such thing as an ugly dog, only ugly people. Don Cherry qualifies as the latter :)

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

    On the Quebec note, Bettman is an idiot!

  10. I’m not agreeing, but I believe the new term thanks to our friends across the pond is, “should be beaten to hell.”

    Good morning, Sally, 26!

    And, guys, Duguay wears those things so people will talk about the clothes and not the analysis.

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

    Tiki and ILB

    I think there are some ugly dogs for sure, I don’t think there are any bad dogs, but def some ugly ones and his certainly qualifies. Is that a French Bulldog?

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

    good point, I forgot the “new” terminology, my bad!

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

    So what is up with Christensen and 8?

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

    Our d men need to take crease clearing lessons from Letang of the pens apparently (sad)!!!

  15. Tiki thanks for the kind words from the previous post. Hopefully insurance takes care of everything. car is only a year and a half old so i need it back to perfect.

    Do we know anything about line combos for tonight? I assume that Staal and Girardi will be the “shut down unit” against Ovie

  16. Happy 26th in advance to Mrs. Ilb.

    Where ya been LW3H? We’ve had quite a few first time posters, long time LURKERS in your absence. But no word on Willie Mitchell and the NYR :(

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

    I don’t care if he gets deked out of his jock occasionally or not (all d men will at some point), I do care how he protects his goalie and clears the crease!

    Something some of our d men do occasionally but not nearly enough. None are programmed that way apparently or the coach deprograms them!

  18. James – Sounds like you’re having some bad luck recently…car, computers. I hope insurance takes care of it and hope your luck turns around.

  19. lol hey did anyone catch this from uncle LB this morning on Toots?

    *Former Ranger Fedor Tyutin , sent to Columbus three seasons ago for Nik Zherdev , returned to the Jackets’ lineup after two straight healthy scratches. The Rangers may have interest in re-acquiring Tyutin, a left-hand shot (who played the right side) with one more year at $2,843,750 remaining on his contract*

    Read more:

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

    what are there 8 of in Christensen?

    Tell the mrs Happy Birthday from the wicky clan!!

  21. Tiki – it is what it is. Just gotta move forward from these things. This is the first time I’ll have to claim anything on my insurance and I’ve been driving for 10 years. Hopefully they go easy on me

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

    Ok, well off to work!


    Later assens!

  23. Giants and Vikings at Ford Field on Tuesday night. “You’re welcome” in advance to Lions fans who finally get to see a winning team play at their stadium bahahaha

  24. James – Ive got family members that deal with claims in car insurance. You havent claimed anything in 10 years, and you got rearended (so generally it’s the other person’s fault), the guy hit and ran which shows no credibility on his part; Not knowing the specifics of your insurance, you should be taken care of with no increase in your rates. Id be very surprised by a different outcome.

  25. Wicky- I’m sure you know I meant the Rangers are 8th in Eastern Conference, not 7th as the Rangers site suggested.

  26. Carp wrote:

    And, guys, Duguay wears those things so people will talk about the clothes and not the analysis.


    great point! and funny too!

    RE: Frolov

    He had a good game last night but i am still very disappointed in him. Rememebr the talk how he (Frolov) was misused by the LA coach who was playing him on third line? Now we know why…

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

    damn, a laurel! Oh. There seems to be a drop off from 8th to 9th in the East, so let’s hope we stay on the correct side of that drop the rest of the season!

  28. I always liked Toots. In hindsight, the Nicky Z deal obviously wasn’t a good one for the NYR. I would entertain the thought of him coming back. He would be a nice replacement for Roszival long term…

  29. I don’t think it would be a bad thing if the Rangers were to pick up Fedor Tyutin. I always liked him he was a good D man for the Rangers. What the Rangers really need is someone who can win some faceoffs. That would help, it hard to play a possesion game with out the puck. I would have thought that they would have been working hard on that, but if it’s possible they seem to be getting worse.

  30. Good game day afternoon gang!

    James, sorry to hear about your accident. I was rear-ended TWICE within 6 weeks about 2 years ago and it wasn’t fun. Nothing happened with my insurance then, so you should be in the clear.

    I think we got about 2 inches plus last night, and I have NO idea if they plowed my complex or not (I live at the very top of a hill), so no way in hell am I chancing going outside today. 2 inches isn’t anything to me, but last night on the news they were making it out to be the end of the world. I’m choosing to stay inside today and watch football, do my Christmas cards and be lazy.

    Crazy news on the Metrodome roof.

    Biron in tonight?

  31. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    For all my Jewish bonehead pals, they did not have boxed Hanukkah cards, so I couldnt send any out, and I figured a Christmas card would be a bit odd.

  32. Orr, that guy will be Drury when he gets back. All the people bemoaning Drury (and yes, his contract sucks) and yet he as one skill that the rest of this team lacks- the ability to win a damn faceoff.

  33. LINDA LINDA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO BENGALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Why the fuss about the Metrodome roof? The Islanders are proof that Snow has been responsible for a sports arena staying empty long before now.

  35. Yea ya gotta wonder if Messier is working with them on faceoffs, either he’s a bad teacher or they are just to thick to get it. I have noticed that Avery wins most of the faceoffs he takes, when someone is kicked out of the circle.

  36. Tiki thank you for the heads up. I’m hoping things go as smooth as you anticipate. I have a $500 dollar deductible which will factor in to the “level of pain in the butt” but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  37. Drury (and yes, his contract sucks) and yet he as one skill that the rest of this team lacks- the ability to win a damn faceoff.


    for 8 mil a year i be winning faceoffs with my teeth!

  38. Orr, Toots would fill a few needs such as a lefty shot and some crease clearing ability…He’s a solid d-man and can put up some points and be physical. Has a decent shot. Not a flashy player by any means, but he sure could throw some mean hip checks…

    Before I read LB, I was about to post that V-Tank will hopefully and eventually be the savior. :) The guy is a lefty, plays physical, and has a bomb of a shot from the point and that is exactly what this team needs. I know I have supporters here. Does anybody know what the word is about Valentenko in HFD?

  39. Drury will have a good excuse next year- he will by making only $5M. May not be enough to afford a good dentist in NY.

  40. Orr- he isn’t. And Brooks is wrong. Toots has one more year left at $3.425 with cap hit $2.843.

  41. Linda – Im playing a PS3 game, and there’s some guy with a screen name that includes Prust8. Maybe it’s the Prustie himself? :)

  42. How can the game be on ESPN Radio when the Jets game won’t be over by 7:00? Does anyone know the real radio station tonight – Bloomberg or The Apple or something else? I will likely still be in the car for the start.

  43. It certainly is possible, Linda!

    Funny story that LW3H will probably know. Scotsman Andy Murray – a tennis superstar – broke up with his HOT gf Kim Sears a year ago for not spending enough time with her and playing too much – like 7 hours a day – Call of Duty on the PS3. Now, the 2 are back together. But famous people play these games.

    Ashley Cole – a famous footballer – of Chelsea FC plays like 5 hours of COD a night.

  44. He plays five hours of COD, then cheats on his wife with what ever time he has left.

    What a loser.

    How can you cheat on Cheryl Tweedy? What the fugg is the world of man coming to? It’s like Lord Of The Rings. You see all these men turning into animals, and Aragorn’s the only normal guy.

    Aragorn obviously saves the day, then sings a horrible song at the end of Return Of The King which made me feel very uncomfortable. Then Frodo has his glee moment with Sam, Merry, and Pippin before leaving, which made me feel even more uncomfortable.

  45. Shattenkirk Del Headzo on

    Not bad Linda – bummed about no Giants but psyched for some Rangers!

    Screw that Carcillovechkin!

  46. The ghost army was cool, but what the fugg was Aragorn thinking? They were his slaves, and he could have used them to kill all the carcillos in Mordor. Some fuggin King he was. That was a softqvist performance on his part.

    I hear Legolas might be in the new Hobbit movie. That guy has it going on. He got Miranda Kerr all knocked up. Son of a beach.

    I’m getting tired of all these Victoria’s Secret Angels getting knocked up. They’re too young. Why can’t they be like normal women, and wait ’till they’re in their late 30’s?

    As long as Candice Swanepoel doesn’t get a bun in the oven, I’ll be happy.

  47. Oh, so Sather lets 24 year old handle his own trade? No wonder this team is in disarray. Where is Olga?

  48. ilb – he’s letting TK shop himself for a trade because he knows – as you know – that if we bring him up via re-entry waivers, he’ll be claimed at half the cost. So he’s trying to trade Kennedy and get something out of him – even if it’s only a 5th round pick.

  49. To be fair to DP, they had just announced over the PA that the attendance was over 10,000 (thanks to busloads of wickys) – the shock would paralyse most people.

  50. I dont know if anybody saw this, but I went back on DVR, and the Redskins got 5 downs on the near game-tying TD against the Bucs. But the Skins missed the XP to tie it. So it didnt cost the Bucs. More horrible officiating.

  51. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    ORR, he had to keep his promise and tell them their oaths were fulfilled, if he would have went against his word, he wouldn’t have been honorable. Although the ghost army would have looked awesome in Mordor!

    And, my friend, most women have kids in their mid 20’s, unless they are from alabama, then it’s their early teens, so they can be young grandmas.

  52. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    I would gladly sign with the islanders for 15 million bucks, play one game, destroy my groins and collect easy money! AAAAAAAAAAAH just think of all the Bonehead Fests in the Bonehead Box at MSG!!!!

  53. ilb – Im sorry, was that a joke? Is Sather Windows XP? I must be missing something, or Ive had too much Stoli to drink… :)

  54. XP was something that the Skins missed. I don’t speak football language :-)

    And one could never have too much Stoli!

    Is Carp at MSG yet?

  55. >>Tiki- Windows XP is outdated. They had Vista and 7 since. Both are horrible, btw.

    Actually, Win 7 is not a bad effort.

  56. Linda CalPrustBoylahan on

    Sather is the BSOD!! the bastage.

    I’m experimenting with cookies today… one thing for sure, I NEED A FIRETRUCKIN BIGGER KITCHEN!!!

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