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Canes at Rangers tonight
Posted By On January 5, 2011 @ 7:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 127 Comments
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:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 22-15-3 (47 pts)
Hurricanes: 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.).
RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:
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.
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.
COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
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.
LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
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 HOT LIST:
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.
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Total Man-Games Lost: 123
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