Canes at Rangers tonight


Had a really busy day yesterday, saw some of my faves: Mark Messier, Adam Graves, Mike Keenan, at the rink. Had a nice sit-down with Tortorella for a story I’m writing for Sunday.

Today I’m headed to MSG for the game tonight, as the Rangers hit the mid-season mark. Will have the full monty tonight.

Also, want to mention a guy I’ve known, it seems, forever: John Rosasco, the Rangers VP of PR and player recruitment, who is the best in the business, and who recently worked the 1,500th game of his 23-year career. Must have started when he was six. Congrats, JR.

In the meantime, here are the pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
: 22-15-3 (47 pts)
: 18-15-5 (41 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 3

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third consecutive match-up against a Southeast Division opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-15-3 (47 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-0, on Sunday at BankAtlantic Center, and have now registered a point in 17 of their last 25 games (15-8-2) and seven of their last nine (5-2-2). The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 18-15-5 (41 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in each of their last four games (3-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will begin a back-to-back road set when they face-off against the Dallas Stars on Friday, Jan. 7, at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m.), before travelling to St. Louis to face-off against the Blues on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Scottrade Center (8:00 p.m.).


  • TV: MSG Network
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
    6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Hurricanes
    Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: 53-47-7-2 overall (33-17-4-2 at home, 20-30-3-0 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the second at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 thus far, following a 4-3 loss at MSG on Oct. 29.
  • Last Season: New York was 2-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 at home. Three of their four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including one that required overtime on Jan. 2 at MSG (1-2).
  • The Rangers rank 21st with a 9-8-2 (20 pts) record at home; the Hurricanes rank 13th with a 10-8-3 (23 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 2-5-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Hurricanes are 3-3-1 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 8-7-1 with a 2.42 goals against average and one shutout in 16 career regular season games vs. the Hurricanes; Martin Biron is 10-4-1-2 with a 2.53 goals against average and one shutout in 19 career regular season contests vs. Carolina
  • Marian Gaborik has tallied seven goals and seven assists for 14 points in 12 career regular season contests vs. the Hurricanes; Chris Drury has recorded a team-high, eight assists in 29 career regular season games vs. Carolina
  • New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
  • Carolina lists no former Rangers on their roster

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-five rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for 11th in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (4:00) on Sunday at Florida, and have now registered an 18.8% success rate (9-48) in the last 15 games. New York ranks 20th overall (24-143, 16.8%) and is tied for 25th at home (12-73, 16.4%). 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 (3): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Panthers in three shorthanded situations (5:09) on Sunday at Florida, and are now 73-84 (86.9%) over the last 28 games. New York ranks 11th overall (113-137, 82.5%) and 19th at home (47-57, 82.5%). 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 Sunday at Florida, and are now plus-two in 29, four-on-four situations (51:34). 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 (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

The Rangers completed their 10th of 18 back-to-back sets with a 3-0 loss at Florida on Sunday. New York is 5-4-1 (1-0-0 at home, 4-4-1 on the road) following a 2-1 overtime loss at Tampa Bay on Jan. 1. The Blueshirts are 9-1-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-1-0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, having out-scored their opponent, 31-12, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-3-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-2-1 on the road over the span.

Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his older brother, Carolina forward Eric Staal, 13 times in his career, amassing a 6-6-1 record with five points (two goals, three assists), 10 penalty minutes and a plus-one rating. Eric has registered a 7-5-1 mark behind four goals and five assists, along with six penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating in those 13 games.

The Blueshirts have shown a three wins, five points improvement, having tallied 12 more goals (including a four-goal improvement while shorthanded) while allowing 10 fewer goals against compared to last season through 40 games.

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

The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,158 hits and rank third with 638 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 114 blocked shots and Brian Boyle is tied for eighth in the NHL with 121 hits.


  • The last time the Rangers were at least seven games over .500 in the standings was on Apr. 12, 2009 (43-30-9)
  • The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (eight) and road wins (13), are tied for eighth in wins (22), 10th in points (47), and rank 10th in goals (119), and seventh with a plus-16 goal differential
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 9-4-2 with a 1.84 goals against average, a .932 save percentage and three shutouts in his last 15 games
  • Marian Gaborik has recorded 20 points (11 goals, nine assists) in his last 22 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four contests
  • Derek Stepan has registered 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in the last 24 contests, with six points (four goals, two assists) in the last seven
  • Brian Boyle has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games, and five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five
  • Brandon Dubinsky has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 14 contests, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five
  • Matt Gilroy has registered three points (two goals, one assist) in his last four contests, and has posted a plus-nine rating in his last 15 games
  • Dan Girardi has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games
  • Marc Staal has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the last 10
  • Artem Anisimov has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games, with three assists in the last five

The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 52 shots in their 7-2 win vs. the Islanders on Dec. 27, 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 Dec. 27 (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).

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.


  • Alex Frolov: 3 points from 400 NHL career
  • Brandon Dubinsky: 6 assists from 100 NHL career
  • Matt Gilroy: 7 games from 100 NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist: 7 wins from 200 NHL career; 1 shutout from 30 NHL career


  • Dan Girardi: 100th career NHL point (1/1 at TBL)


  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 40
  • Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 10
  • Ryan Callahan (broken hand on Dec. 15) – 7
  • Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 123


  • Dec. 29 – Assigned forward Todd White to Connecticut
  • Dec. 29 – Recalled forward Dale Weise from Connecticut
  • Jan. 3 – Recalled defenseman Ryan McDonagh from Connecticut
  • Jan. 3 – Assigned defenseman Michael Del Zotto to Connecticut

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  1. Yey! The time difference is finally doing something positive for me! Hope you all have a good day!

  2. ilb or any other iPhone users, recently when Ive been trying to comment on this site it only allows me to stay in the typing box for a certain amount of time then for some reason it drops me out as if I’m pressing the “Done” key. Anyone else having that issue?

  3. Tried that earlier and synched it to iTunes to no avail.

    I wonder if they can get a mobile version of the site going?

  4. Yeah I either deal with the glitch or draft an email and copy paste. It’s annoying though.

  5. blech. middle of the week blues for me today. thank god there is a game tonight.

    it will be interesting to see how the rangers handle the canes speed. in the past they’ve had trouble with that.

    did you guys know that eric and marc are brothers? i wonder how often we will hear that tonight

  6. If Lundqvist is in net more than 8 minutes tonight he’ll have lasted longer than MMMAAARRRTTTYYY from the other night. Did anyone see the eventual GWG from the Mild, or Kovalchuk tripping over the blueline for the first?

  7. CTB – Im going to hell – I am enjoying the fall of Kovy and Marty way too much, even for a Rangers fan. Did you see when they started asking Kovy about his goal he interrupted and said “who cares?” – I’m lovin it!!!!!

  8. Good morning all! CT, maybe it’s cause you’re driving while iPhoning??? BlueBlood, LMAO.


  9. Doodie, he’s due in February (the kid that is, noit eric)
    CT, take the express post, not the local

  10. hey
    dont know if its been mentioned here but henrik lundqvist is officially off the market.
    carry on.


  11. LOL, TR, some of our female bloggers just fainted…..Well, I’m afraid, perhaps even some male ones too..

  12. Tiki tried to get out of her harness today on

    Henrik’s off the market??


    My chance at wooing him is gone! Over! Finito!

    Oh Henrik, my Henrik! I had such a beautiful future planned for us!

    My heart shall always be yours, Heinie, as well as Jaromirs :)

  13. Tiki tried to get out of her harness today on

    perfect timing, ilb! :) prediction on tonight’s game score?

  14. Tiki tried to get out of her harness today on

    This makes me love Henrik even more.

    Our Mama has a thing for famous people “not forgetting their roots” – as in they have a significant other, then become famous, and stick my their signficant other, all the while not allowing fame to change them.

    Henrik has stayed with Theresa for all these years and hasn’t changed as a person since the beginning of his fame and fortune.

    ♥ Hankie Bear

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

    morning ILB and all!

    I know I asked this last week, but I lost the link. Anyone have the link for the full 24/7 episodes??


  16. Cally's Broken Hand Del Headzo on

    The soon to be Queen Lundquist looks a bit like a young Glen Close. Hopefully she won’t be boiling any rabbits soon! She must make a helluva meatball. Congrats to the King! And sorry to Linda, Mama, & the other lady boneheads!

  17. Tiki tried to get out of her harness today on

    Headzo – No sorry to me? Harumph! The world’s most eligible bachelor is no more!

  18. USA better beat those Swedes today in the WJC Bronze medal game. USA is here to stay and is a world class hockey program. It makes a big statement to the world to medal in back to years. They better show up.

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

    Condolences Tiki! And she does look like a young glenn close!

  20. Cally's Broken Hand Del Headzo on

    Tiki – especially not you. Are you still claiming to be a hetero male? Or did you come out of the closet over the holidays? Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    I don’t think Tiki has ever claimed to be hetero, either as Tiki or his former handle (which I can’t remember). Honestly, all of his pining for Jagr is what tipped me off that he was the other guy.

  22. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    yeah, enough about my sexual preferences. and YES, I am hetero. Not that there’s anything wrong with the alternative. Im entitled to admire the beauty of other men. Any man that cant admit that Jaromir’s derriere looks like a piece of filet mignon is only lying to themselves :)

  23. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    but i do have a secret that im working up the nerve to tell you all :)

  24. HockeymanRangers on

    NYR_FAN what do you think happen to USA Monday night?? They looked REAL BAD, they couldn’t do anything??

  25. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    … and only Mama, Norwegian Krisi, and Mickey know the secret!

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

    they’ve all seen you naked?

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

    You’ve dated kate beckinsale??

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

    kate beckinsale has seen you naked?

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

    christ on a cracker, I’m starting to sound like orr!

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

    this is what happens when I don’t work for a day!

  31. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    LMAO wicky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That’s great carcillo!!!!

    Harumph Headzo! You’re being very mean today :(

  32. Sigh. My day is ruined. Congrats Hank. Wish you all the best. (leaves sobbing……)

    If Aves is the next to get down on one knee, I may as well just watch games from a barn in Utah….

  33. pass on filatov. zherdev pt 2.
    i would deal roszival and someone else for commodore though

  34. Change of scenery trades rarely work out over time. Maybe an initial burst, last year’s best example was Latendresse for Pouliot between Minny and Montreal. Columbus is a team where I think young players are afforded a lot of opportunities under relatively low expectations. If they can’t succeed there I would be highly doubtful they could succeed in NY.

  35. I won’t assume that Filatov would be unsuccessful here but I wouldn’t take the chance…

    Filatov is a headcase with world class talent. Think EC, Zherdev, Lisin, and Kovalev. Do NYR really want to babysitt another enigma?

  36. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    one day, i hope to wake up, come to RR and read that Laurel is dating, or marrying Sean Avery :)

  37. First Cally, then Staalsie and now Hank? What’s the team’s gatorade over the past year? lol

    and are there any good, single men left in the world? my goodness!

  38. CCCP, let me tell you. Getting married seriously affects your game. It completely diminishes it (looks around to see if Mrs. CTB is lurking).

  39. NYR_FAN- I wouldn’t mention Kovalev together with EC, Zherdev and Lisin. If someone can put more than 1000 points for our team during their career, I’ll live with headaches.

  40. Noah-el Zotto, 28 on

    Even when Hank proposed to his girlfriend, he went down too early.

    Someone get Benoit Allaire on the phone!

  41. huge 4 pt game tonight

    rangers 7th in east 6 ahead of carolina whos 9th with 2 games in hand. these are the games we need to win. win and lead is 8 lose and down to 4 with 2 games in hand. this is a must win game in january if there is one.

    sellling pair of tix section 330 aisle seats 1/19 wed vs toronto 7pm. $110 for pair email me if interested. wife is due soon and we cant make it

  42. miked, soon as I typed that I knew someone would respond….

    fyi, working on resumes and cover letters = carcillo way to spend a day. byfuglien.

  43. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    miked line was funny; noah’s was line of 2011 so far!

  44. Hello all, it has been a while since I posted anything of substance, and while I don’t know if this is, I just wanted to say, even with the last few games, I have really enjoyed this team this year. I’ve always been proud to be a Rangers fan, but I am really PROUD now. I can bet you that no team in the league is going to want to play us in the playoffs. And while I know I am jumping the gun a little with playoff talk, I stand by that comment. This is not a team that is easy to win against, at all. They just work and work and work and work, and it is something we have not seen in years. It was a real crappy 2010 for me personally, and watching this team was one of the few good things, and things that made me happy. I really hope they can keep it up for 2011 and make us proud with a nice payoff run. Tonight will be a good game, and Carolina has been hot of late, so that should be interesting. Also, I know we have all been expecting the Devils fall from grace, but DAMN!!! I never in my wildest imagination pictured this happening. Ha, and I have to say, I AM LOVING EVERY SECOND OF IT!!!

    Last comment, does anyone know when is going to get Heritage jerseys back in stock? I am owed one as a xmas gift, and wanted to order from there because the cost is cheaper and they are stitched, but they have been on back order forever. Or if anyone knows and trusts a comporable site, please let me know.

    That is all for now, and I hope you are all well.


  45. Hope 2011 is better for you, Nasty. We miss you here. And totally agree on all accounts regarding the Rangers. And the Devils, lol!

    I got my jersey from them just before they ran out, haven’t looked since. And i can attest- it’s a very well made jersey.

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

    fine, I’m going (zerbert your way)!!

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

    mama, not mam…sheesh, really losing it!

  48. Nasty, you have a McMurphy burger for lunch?

    Hey it was good seeing you the other week at the game and W77.

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

    Laich is a UFA at the end of the season, like his game. Just popping off right now, sorry!

  50. NYR_FAN- I wouldn?t mention Kovalev together with EC, Zherdev and Lisin. If someone can put more than 1000 points for our team during their career, I?ll live with headaches.


    ilb, I would agree with you except that Kovalev was so inconsistent and only put up 292 points as Ranger over almost 8 seasons:

    As a Penguin: 345 GP 149 Goals 198 Assists 347 Points

    As a Hab: 314 GP 103 Goals 161 Assists 264 Points

    As a Ranger: 427 GP 122 Goals 170 Assists 292 Points (blech)

  51. Nasty, hey, glad to see you here. Let me know next time you plan on going to warren. As I sheepishly learned from TR, I owe ya :)

  52. Tiki was just howling with her 2 other buddies on

    aww, Nasty. Hope things get better for you and we see much more of you.

  53. Thanks all. CT, agreed! And I am hoping to get to some more games. Mama, LOL, maybe just one, ha.

    Well, I can’t wait to order a jersey. I think the Heritage jersey is just some simple and cool looking. And I really like the color blue they chose for it.

  54. When tbw and I arrived at Bradley Field ( Hartford for the uninitiated) I stopped at a book stand for a paper and there before my very eyes were racks of Hartford
    Whalers jerseys on sale, and lots of them. Both in all green with the flukes, and in white with the combo.

    If those are the action (on ice) game shirts they didn’t look bad at all.

  55. Nasty, I ordered an official RBK Edge Heritage jersey on Ebay for under $200.

    Like CTB said, I’ll probably just head over to the NHL store when I want to customize it…

  56. Not sure Tony, I would bet not. I didn’t even get the patch on mine that I ordered from the NHL official website. I was not pleased, but getting free customization and 20% off on top of that because they initially byfuglien’ed up my order was good enough compensation.

  57. Torts philosophies, what could those be?

    – Don’t step on the byfuglien logo
    – Of course maroon striped ties go with maroon shirts
    – I like my wingers like I like my toast…WITH JAM
    – Don’t come down to the bus stop unless you’re willing to fight
    – I’m not going to answer that question about my philosophies

  58. Am I the only one stunned by the ‘Brodeur derriere buddy’ comment made to Tiki ? Not that there is anything wrong with being stunned.

  59. True Blue Mike on

    1-1 USA v Sweden Bronze medal game. Kreider just scored on a power play that was drawn by Ryan Borque.

  60. Tiki was howling earlier with her 2 brothers on

    lol, i was quite stunned by that as well, mao! not sure if headzo was being a meanie to me :)

  61. Tiki was howling earlier with her 2 brothers on

    that link didnt come up with anything CTB! ;)

    CCCP – if you need any games of the WJ on DVD, let me know

  62. mao, delayed penalty on that comment, you’re correct!

    btw, having a FB chat with Shea Weber about sushi. Swear. Worth spending 17 hours at desk today doing job carcillo.

  63. More Torts philosophies:

    Never repeat yourself. Never repeat yourself.

    There’s nothing funny about describing players as being “firm” or “re-establishing hardness”.

    Sully talks to Giannone, not me.

    Don’t squirt water at fat, abusive men in Washington. Not even Boudreau.

  64. lol CTB

    i wish i was in Buffalo!


    Thanks! I have no TV in my office…so i can’t watch while worlking but I have my DVR set for 3 hockey games in my two other rooms! Rangers, USA, and Russia game! its going to be a busy night for me!

  65. True Blue Mike on

    3-2 Usa v Sweden, Jesper Fasth just scored a very nice goal for sweden to make it 3-2 with just 5 minutes to go. Jesper Fasth is the New York Ranger 157th draft pick in 2010 and just scored his 4th goal of the tournament. =D

  66. True Blue Mike on

    and borque had an assist on USA’s 3rd goal. Three points so far for Rangers drafts picks in this game.

  67. True Blue Mike on

    Kreider scores again on a 2-1 with palmerri! what a goal! 3 goals and 1 assist for Rangers draft picks! I love our kids!

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