Happy New Year!


So we open 2011 with a choice. Rangers (7:30) or Winter Classic (re-scheduled for 8)? Well, the Sid vs. Ovie game is still questionable because of the weather in Pitt.

Since we don’t have pre-game notes for the Caps-Pens, here are the pre-game notes for Rangers-Lightnings, courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.
St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa Bay, FL
Rangers: 22-14-2 (46 pts)
Lightning: 22-11-5 (49 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 30

The Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-14-2 (46 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New Jersey Devils, 3-1, on Wednesday at Prudential Center to improve to 15-7-1 in their last 23 games. The Lightning enter the contest with a 22-11-5 (49 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in nine of their last 10 games (7-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, Jan. 2, at BankAtlantic Center (5:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.


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


*       All-Time: 37-28-5-4 overall (21-12-2-3 at home, 16-16-3-1 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second at St. Pete Times Forum. New York is 0-1-1 thus far following a 4-3 shootout loss on Dec. 23, and have posted a 0-1-0 mark at Tampa Bay.
*       Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 on the road. The Rangers out-scored the Lightning, 19-9, in the season series, including a season-high, eight goals, in an 8-2 win on Jan. 19 at MSG.
*       The 11-round shootout between New York and Tampa Bay in their last meeting on Dec. 23 at MSG is tied for the sixth longest in the NHL all-time, and is the third longest in Rangers’ history.
*       The Rangers rank first with a 13-6-0 (26 pts) record on the road; the Lightning rank 12th with a 11-3-2 (24 pts) mark at home
*       The Rangers are 2-4-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Lightning are 6-1-2 against the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 13-6-3 with a 2.11 goals against average and two shutouts in 22 career games vs. Tampa Bay; Martin Biron is 10-7-2-0 with a 2.66 goals against average in 19 career contests vs. the Lightning
*       Chris Drury has recorded a team-high 12 goals and 21 points in 31 career games vs. Tampa Bay; Michal Rozsival leads the Rangers with 13 assists in 32 career contests vs. the Lightning
New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Vinny Prospal (2001-02 – 2002-03, 2005-06 – 2007-08, 2008-09)
*       Tampa Bay lists two former Rangers on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07); Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which ranks eighth in the league.
*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) on Wednesday at New Jersey, and have now registered a goal in eight of the last 12 games (9-44, 20.5% over the span). New York ranks 18th overall (24-139, 17.3%) and 15th on the road (12-66, 18.2%). The Rangers are 1-5 (5:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/24 at TBL), and 0-2 (2:23) when four-on-three (last – 12/3 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly).
*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) on Wednesday at New Jersey, and are now 68-78 (87.2%) over the last 26 games. New York ranks 11th overall (108-131, 82.4%) and 10th on the road (61-74, 82.4%). The Rangers are 4-6 (5:08) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/30 at TOR), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 12/12 vs. WSH (Staal); 12/16 vs. PHX (Prust).
*       Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday at New Jersey, and are now plus-three in 28, four-on-four situations (51:15). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

Tonight’s contest will begin the Rangers’ 10th of 18 back-to-back sets this season. New York is currently 5-4-0 (1-0-0 at home, 4-4-0 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs, following a 4-1 win at Pittsburgh on Dec. 15. The Blueshirts are 9-0-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-0-0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, having out-scored their opponent, 31-9, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-1-1 on the road over the span.

The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 52 shots in their 7-2 win vs. the Islanders on Monday, their most since they registered 57 shots vs. the Islanders on Mar. 5, 2007 (2-1 win). The Rangers tied their season-high for most shots in a period with 18 in each of the first two periods, and their 36 shots through two periods is the most since recording 37 shots through two vs. Washington on Oct. 12, 2007 (20 in the first, 17 in the second in a 3-1 win). The Blueshirts’ 32-shot advantage over the Islanders on Monday (52-20) is tied for the second largest in the NHL this season, behind St. Louis’ 39-shot advantage over Anaheim on Oct. 11 (53-14).

Compared to last season, the Blueshirts have shown a four wins, six points improvement, having tallied 13 more goals (including a four-goal improvement while shorthanded) while allowing eight fewer goals against through 38 games.

The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history.

The Rangers have had 14 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,099 hits and rank third with 607 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan ranked second in the league with 128 hits and led all NHL forwards with 40 blocked shots prior to his injury on Dec. 15, while Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 107 blocked shots and Brian Boyle is tied for 10th in the NHL with 111 hits.


*       The last time the Rangers were at least eight games over .500 in the standings was on Apr. 12, 2009 (43-30-9)
*       The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (eight), are tied for fourth in wins (22), eighth in points (46), and rank ninth in goals (118), and seventh with a plus-20 goal differential
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 9-4-1 with a 1.83 goals against average, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 14 games
*       Derek Stepan enters the game with a five-game scoring streak (four goals, two assists), and has registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in the last 22 contests
*       Brian Boyle has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games, including points in each of the last three (two goals, three assists over the span)
*       Chris Drury has tallied four assists in the last five games
*       Brandon Dubinsky has registered points in each of the last three games (two goals, three assists during the stretch), and 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 12 contests
*       Alex Frolov has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games
*       Marc Staal has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the last eight
*       Dan Girardi has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
*       Artem Anisimov enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists), and has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games
*       Michal Rozsival has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games
*       Ruslan Fedotenko has tallied a point in each of the last three games (two goals, one assist), and four of the last five (two goals, two assists)
*       Brandon Prust has registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 12 games, including an assist in each of the last two contests


*       Dan Girardi: 1 point from 100 NHL career
*       Alex Frolov: 3 points from 400 NHL career


*       Mats Zuccarello: 1st career NHL assist/point (12/27 vs. NYI)


*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 38
*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 8
*       Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 5
*       Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29)
Total Man-Games Lost: 115


*       Dec. 26 – Recalled forward Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut
*       Dec. 29 – Assigned forward Todd White to Connecticut
*       Dec. 29 – Recalled forward Dale Weise from Connecticut

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  1. For the life of me I don’t see the attraction of the outdoor game. If they were going to play on a frozen pond, then maybe.

    After all, for me, I won’t be there. So, it makes no difference to me if they’re playing on an outdoor rink or an indoor one. The viewing is the same for me.

    If I was going to the game, then I would be outside in the elements and a lot farther away from the rink. Is that better than being at the indoor facility?

    Maybe somebody here can enlighten me as to the attraction of holding a game outdoors.

    BTW, I’m watching the Rangers anyway.

  2. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    Happy New Year assens!! I hope everyone had a fun and safe night last night!!

  3. Happy new year to you Carp !

    I would really like to know if you would really like making the Rangers full time, beeing at every practice beeing at every roadtrip travelling on the team charter very close to the team or you prefer like it is now that you make it the way you doing right now with the same salary ???

    hm, I assume you like it as it is now because you like some other sports as well and not everybody likes traveling all the time…!!!!

  4. We finally get to be graced with Sam’s voice on a Giants football game on Sunday. He’s still fourth or fifth in the pecking order probably, but no Lions game for him this week with so many games on FOX. YES!

  5. >>Glad I have an alternative to 4 hours of Sausage Lips propaganda on NBC. LGR!

    Mine is called English Premier League footy.

    I’ll have no conflict between Rangers and Winter Classic. I would never choose to watch an indoor Penguins-Capitals over the Rangers. Why should an outdoor match be any different? I’m not one who succumbs to hype easily. Besides, I can always catch Winder Classic during one of the thousands of “encore presentations” that’ll be on the NHL Network.

  6. Anyone watching the replay of the Sweeden vs Canada WJC game from last night on the NHL network? What a game! Every shift a Canadian player seems to have a highlight reel check on a Sweed! I give Sweeden lots of credit for staying in the game and eventually winning the shootout. Jasper Fasth, a Rangers’ prospect on Sweeden and another victim of a Canadian highlight reel check himself, is playing great.

  7. I won’t spend more than 2 minutes watching the “Winter Classic”. It’s so contrived and on top of it all it’s a joke of a game. If they get in 2 periods it’s considered a full game? Potentially giving an extra point to a shootout winner a month from now? What kind of nonsense is that?

  8. I hope Crosby and Ovechkin both collide in center ice in the first minute and miss the rest of the game.

    Bwaha! That would be hilarious. Buttman would probably fly out of his pressbox with a parachute and land in center ice and stop the game himself. He’ll grab a microphone and start shaking like a leaf, like he always does, then announce that the game is delayed until Crosby and Ovechkin come back

    By the way! Some Ddjon Mustard guy is net for the Bolts tonight. Another rookie goalie who’ll turn into a future Hall Of Famer just for one night :P

  9. Hungover Del Headzo on

    Greetings & Happy New Year to all youse Boneheads. Are you all watching the Crosby special on NBC now? 3 full hours of the whiner! I think Bettman & the NHL are quite happy about the weather situation so they can promote crybaby. At least this gives me a few more hours of recovery time before cocktail hour!


    Sire Father!

  10. Happy New Year, Carp!

    ddeb, I’m not sure what you were drinking last night, but I was definitely wearing clothes in that picture…

  11. Sally, I must be thinking of the one with nothing but sassy boots then. I was just teasing Carp of course, sorry. It’s a great picture BTW.

  12. Bettman could come crashing in like “fan man” and the crowd can kick the Carcillo out of him

  13. Hungover Del Headzo on

    Disgusted about having to relive crybaby’s shootout goal in the ’08 winter classic. It reminds me of the olympics as well. Also disgusted at my drunken conduct last night, & i’m paying for it now!


  14. People who don’ care for hockey don’t care about Crosby; and people who like hockey hate Crosby. When will Bettmam realise this and stop shoving Sausage Lips down our throats?

  15. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    lunch break (hello ILB). Just to go a bit off topic, but regarding all the rumour speculation floating around. Concerning us an toronto (if that is even slightly legit of scouting each other), as much as I would love to get komisarek, does anyone else also think slats would be more inclined to go after Beauchemin instead? I think he is a lefty as well. Just a convo piece folks!

  16. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    I want rangers leaves or rangers oilers in the slatipuss classic!!

  17. MDZ pressboxed for the 4th consecutive game tonight. Don’t wanna start making mountains outa molehills here, but something’s gotta give. IMO, if/when that total reaches 1/2 dozen, it’s time to farm the kid out for a few games.

    No harm in that.

    I like to think, as others do, too, that Sather is showcasing one of the starting 6…

  18. Bruins-Rangers. Yankees Stadium , Winter Classic 2012 ( play up the ny-boston baseball rivarly)

  19. BTW, Happy New Year to all (no hungover today – spent a quiet night for a change at home with my wife whilst the 20 and 17 years went out!)…

  20. miked: Yeah – at least 2 original 6 teams, eh? Too bad the Leafs suck so bad – Rangers and Leafs would be fun, too. Lot’s of history!

  21. wicky: A resounding NOOOOOOOOOO to both. Komaserik is a shell of his former self – he never was a good skater and he’s got zero offense to his game, but until he took a pummelling from Lucic he played with an edge. No longer. Worse, he’s paid a ridiculously huge sum of money – he’s playing like a 3rd pairing defenseman, but is being paid 1st pairing dollars.

    Been there, done that.

    Beauchemin is okay, but not an upgrade over the likes of Eminger or Rozey.

    Pass on both!

    Besides, the Rangers need offense – not more veteran d-men.

  22. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    JimCerny Jim Cerny
    Funniest part was the likes of Brian Boyle, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vinny Lecavalier, etc. walking past getting some laughs!

    start the vinny l to rangers rumours (I kid)

  23. wicky(grating CCBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    OK, back to work all! LGR!! Later assens!!

  24. I think they should freeze one of those marsh land things out in NJ and let the Rangers and Devils play a swamp classic. promotion would be awesome. they could make t shirts that say “i payed 74 tolls to get from my house to this game and all i got was this lousy t shirt”

  25. Before we even start any rumor, we need to look at our cap situation and what those guys cap hit is…

  26. I hate to say it, and I’m completely against it, but it seems for the next two weeks, Del Z should play with the Whale. I don’t like it, but clearly Blowzy will never be scratched, and Eminger, and Sauer have been pretty solid since becoming regulars, and Gilly hasn’t done much wrong, outside one horrible giveaway in the last game. Del Z needs playing time.

    I don’t like it, but sitting him out for two weeks not doing anything but practice wont do him any good.

    I’d rather have him in the lineup, but it doesn’t seem like it’s happening any time soon.

  27. “Before we even start any rumor, we need to look at our cap situation and what those guys cap hit is…”

    It’s just not as fun if you let the details get in the way, ilb. :)

  28. As long as fun doesn’t border with stupidity, dde…
    I tried to have a little fun this morning and went to Eklund site- haven’t seen it for months.

    Here are two things from this morning:
    “Rolston may be on the move today…” Rolston? Not a single team wanted him for half price without giving up a single player or pick. Today, however, he is going to be traded, meaning that there is a team that will pick him up for his full price AND will give up something too…

    Another one from this morning:
    “Leafs may be moving a D-man with a hefty contract to NJ for a player.” To NJ? Isn’t it the team which has been using LTIRs all year long, while playing with short roster just to stay within the cap numbers. Today, however, they are ready to absorb a hefty contract.

    Speaking of stupidity, eh? I think Eklund should investigated for running fraudulent website.

  29. 1/19 vs toronto 7pm start section 330 aisle seats face value $110 for pair. my wife is 8 and half months pregnant and just told me she would like to have me sell that game.

    email me baum27@aol.com if interested. paypal would be great

    also have 3/22 tues vs florida

  30. >>Jordan Staal makes his return to the lineup tonight for Pissburgh. How convenient!

    But hey, hockey players are not selfish; it’s always about the team.

  31. >>…Eklund site- haven’t seen it for months.

    That is one site that I have never visited.

  32. Ria (the silent bonehead) on

    Happy New Years Carp and all the ‘heads glad to see everyone is making the right choice in their t.v.viewing this evening!

  33. I think MSG or Versus did a segment on that, Dd. It’s pretty cool. They have a computer that shows where your picture is.

    MSG should have one of Messier. They could make it out of pictures of people crying.

    Here’s a few good pics




    http://i54.tinypic.com/1zbgdwh.jpg <~~~Personal favorite


    And obviously some crying Mess pics…



    And last but not least, my favorite Messier picture of all time, just for the awkwardness alone…


  34. Yahoo! Cats are freaking out a bit but mama for the first time ever has computer in same room as TV! She can watch and blog at same time! Happy 2011 and thank you Apple!!!! (and Santa, who made this all possible :)

  35. Evening heads.

    Had a great (and safe) time out last night ringng in 2011. Wasn’t really hungover this morning, though I had one of hell of headache and since no plans for today, I spent half the day in bed.

    Lookimg forward to the Rangers game tonight. Just hope the boys didn’t party too hard last night. I will probably catch the Winter Classic during the commercials and between periods.

  36. Orr, I just approved your earlier comments with all the links. Comments with multiple links almost always go to spam queue unless I manually approve them. So avoid doing those, or let me know when you do them and I’ll approve asap. But when I approve them, they go in at the time they were first posted, so you’ll have to scroll up to view them.

  37. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go RANGERS!!!"...& Greg L. on

    Maybe Cindy and Ov will colide and become stuck together all frozen like siemese twins?

    Rangers not in a winter classic!!!?? what a firetrucking joke man.

  38. ZzZz NYR ZzZz " Go RANGERS!!!"...& Greg L. on

    Happy NEW year !!!! LETS START THIS YEAR WITH A WIN!!!!!

  39. Hi Sally! I am really enjoying tonight’s Behind the Bench….even with Stanley on my back :(

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