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Rangers at Thrashers tonight
Posted By On January 22, 2011 @ 7:09 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 20 Comments
You know how John Tortorella acknowledged that the win over Toronto at home was an important one in this stretch of five in seven nights? Well, you might throw this one into that category, too.
Because I foresee Washington being really motivated in D.C. on Monday, following that 7-0 bombing the Capitals took at MSG in December.
And I foresee a dog-tired, banged-up Rangers team coming home from the dreaded three-game trip (the first game back almost always bites them) and having a problem with Florida on Tuesday.
So a win in Atlanta would go a long, long way toward getting the Rangers to the all-star break finish line and six days off and Ryan Callahan’s return. And a loss in Atlanta would be a fourth in five games and might turn this into a very, very bad streak very quickly.
In an unrelated note, our contest winner Matt has still not surfaced, which kind of makes me think it was somebody making up multiple personalties/screennames to cheat at the contest, somebody who doesn’t want to come forward. So, Matt, if you’re out there, you have until puck drop tonight to e-mail me at email@example.com. If I don’t hear from you, then Lev will be declared the winner.
Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at ATLANTA THRASHERS
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m.
Philips Arena • Atlanta, GA
Rangers: 27-19-3 (57 pts)
Thrashers: 23-18-8 (54 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 20
The Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of their three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-19-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, on Thursday at RBC Center, to conclude their league-high, 13th back-to-back set of the season. New York has registered a point in 22 of their last 34 games (20-12-2), and are now 10-6-2 in their last 18. The Thrashers enter the contest with a 23-18-8 (54 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Monday, Jan. 24, at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. THRASHERS:
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-five rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which ranks seventh in the league.
FOUR SCORE AND MORE
The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-0, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden…
The Rangers completed their league-high, 13th of 18 back-to-back sets on Thursday at Carolina. New York is 7-5-1 (2-1-0 at home, 5-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-3-0 (4-1-0 at home, 6-2-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 36-20, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-5-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-2-1 mark at MSG and 11-3-1 on the road over the span.
COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered four more wins and four more points compared to last season through 49 games (23-19-7, 51 points in 2009-10), having tallied 13 more goals (140 this season, 127 last season) while allowing 12 fewer goals against (119 this season, 131 last season). New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).
YOUTH IS SERVED
The Rangers have the sixth youngest team in the league with an average age of 26 years and 210 days, and the youngest defensive corp in the league with an average age of 24 years and 328 days. *based on NHL rosters on Jan. 11
New York is currently eight games over .500 with a 27-19-3 record. New York was never more than six games over .500 last season, having last been at least eight games over on Apr. 12, 2009 (43-30-9).
The Blueshirts rank fourth in the league with a .619 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 13-5-3 in those contests. Their 13 wins are tied for fifth in the NHL.
The Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.
AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine), are tied for second in road wins (15), sixth in goals against (119), 10th in points (58), and rank seventh in wins (27), 11th in goals for (140), and sixth with a plus-21 goal differential.
LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,413 hits and rank second with 772 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 142 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks eighth in the NHL with 145 hits.
THE HOT LIST:
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Total Man-Games Lost: 170
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