Rangers at Les Habitants today


Erik Christensen rides in on his white horse to replace the injured captain and single-handedly (or single-legedly) snap the three-game losing streak. Or not.

Here are the pre-game notes, courtesy of the New York Rangers:

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2:00 p.m.
Bell Centre • Montreal, Quebec
Rangers: 29-21-4 (62 pts)
Canadiens: 29-18-5 (63 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 3

The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (2:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-21-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-7-2 in their last 19 games at home. New York has registered a point in 25 of their last 39 games (22-14-3). The Canadiens enter the contest with a 29-18-5 (63 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, Feb. 7, at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.


  • TV: MSG Network
    1:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    2:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst)
  • Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
    1:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
    2:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
    Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • All-Time: 188-317-94-3 overall (124-122-54-1 at home, 64-195-40-2 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Today’s contest marks the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Bell Centre. Each of their two meetings this season have been decided by one goal.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 overall and 0-1-1 on the road. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with five points (two goals, three assists) in the season series.
  • The Rangers rank fourth with a 17-9-1 (35 pts) record on the road; the Canadiens rank third with a 17-6-4 (38 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 7-4-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Canadiens are 8-6-0 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 10-8-2 with a 2.94 goals against average and one shutout in 21 career regular season appearances vs. Montreal; Martin Biron has posted a record of 14-10-1 with a 2.41 goals against average and two shutouts in 27 career regular season contests vs. Montreal
  • Vinny Prospal has recorded a team-high, 15 goals, 19 assists and 34 points in 46 career regular season games vs. Montreal; Chris Drury has also tallied 19 assists in 43 career regular season contests vs. the Canadiens
  • New York lists no former Canadiens on their roster
  • Montreal  lists two former Rangers on their roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09); Alex Auld (2009-10)

The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which ranks seventh in the league.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in six power play opportunities (9:37) on Thursday vs. New Jersey, and are now 5-26 (19.2%) in their last seven games. New York ranks 23rd overall (31-193, 16.1%) and 20th on the road (13-89, 14.6%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:01) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), and 0-2 (2:23) when four-on-three (last – 12/3 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Devils scoreless in three shorthanded situations (4:12) on Thursday at MSG, and are now 111-127 (87.4%) over the last 42 games. New York ranks ninth overall (151-180, 83.9%) and 13th on the road (83-101, 82.2%). The Rangers are 7-9 (6:45) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/3 vs. NJD), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (9): 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); 1/7 at DAL (Fedotenko).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (1:08) on Thursday vs. New Jersey, and are now plus-three in 43, four-on-four situations (87:22). Four-on-four goals for (5): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan); 12/12 vs. WSH (Callahan); 1/5 vs. CAR (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson).

New York has posted a record of 43-23-12 (98 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 10-9-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .628 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.688%, 36-15-5) and Montreal (.630%, 63-35-10), and ahead of Boston (.514%, 48-45-17), Toronto (.509%, 47-45-18) and Chicago (.466%, 24-28-7).

The Rangers completed their 14th of 18 back-to-back sets on Jan. 25 vs. Florida. New York is 8-5-1 (2-1-0 at home, 6-4-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 10-4-0 (4-2-0 at home, 6-2-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 39-24, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 19-6-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 11-3-1 on the road over the span.

New York has posted a record of 7-14-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ seven wins, 17 points and .292 winning percentage rank first in the NHL.

The Rangers have registered five more wins and seven more points compared to last season through 53 games (24-23-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied 15 more goals (153 this season, 138 last season) while allowing 17 fewer goals against (133 this season, 150 last season).  New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

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

The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine) and hits (1,545), are tied for first in road wins (17), eighth in wins (29), rank eighth in goals against (133), 10th in points (62), fourth in blocked shots (838), 11th in goals for (153), and are tied for seventh with a plus-20 goal differential.

The Blueshirts are tied for seventh in the league with a .577 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 15-7-4 in those contests. Their 15 wins are tied for fourth in the NHL.

New York is currently eight games over .500 with a 29-21-4 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 Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

The Rangers were represented by Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan at the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend. Lundqvist, who turned aside the first ever penalty shot attempt in an NHL All-Star Game at 6:13 of the third period, faced 14 shots in the third, allowing three goals in the loss for Team Staal. Marc Staal logged 17:01 of ice time for Team Staal while making his first All-Star Game appearance.  Stepan participated in the SuperSkills competition as part of Team Lidstrom, breaking all four targets in the Accuracy Shooting event and hitting the crossbar on his Elimination Shootout attempt against Lundqvist.


  • Mats Zuccarello enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (five assists over the span), and has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last nine games
  • Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a four-game scoring streak (one goal, three assists over the span), and has recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in the last seven games
  • Artem Anisimov has registered six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games
  • Brian Boyle has tallied six points (four goals, two assists) in the last nine games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five contests
  • Wojtek Wolski has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 11 games as a Ranger, with seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last eight contests


  • Henrik Lundqvist: 2 wins from 200 NHL career
  • Marc Staal: 2 games from 300 NHL career
  • Steve Eminger: 5 games from 400 NHL career


  • Brandon Dubinsky: 100th career NHL assist (2/1 vs. PIT)


  • Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 24
  • Erik Christensen (sprained knee on Dec. 29) – 16
  • Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 11
  • Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 6

Total Man-Games Lost: 202


  • Feb. 1 – Assigned forward Evgeny Grachev to Connecticut (AHL)
  • Feb. 3 – Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. okay, got that out of my system.
    Looks like I’m going to NY for the last games of the regular season.
    So I’m asking for your help.
    Hotel recomandations, things I should do and not do.. stuff like that. If you want to contact me, I’m in the boneheads facebook group.
    So happy for every advice you got for two small town girls from Norway going to the BIG APPLE! LGR!!!

  2. We need this one tonight!

    SCORE: rangers 3, habs 2.
    SOG: 34 habs, 31 rangers.
    GWG: zuccarello!


  3. Ilb- it is sat morning….

    wolski 8 pts in 8 games and now because strangers have so much ” firepower ” he is on 3rd or 4 th line. Has size and hands – can we find this guy more ice time?

  4. Mrs. Doodie machetto on

    I want to go to a game and buy one of the red foam fingers and then poke my husband with it whenever he doesn’t want to vacuum.

    Rangers 2 canadiens 3 PK Subban rangers 32 canadiens 38

  5. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Morning ‘Heads!


    Rangers 3, Habs 2
    GWG Brian Boyle with less than 10 minutes to play in the game
    SOG Rangers 26 (in honor of Tony’s bday) Habs 32

  6. GOALS for GAB-orik on


    welcome back again. And again.

    Prust- 5 minutes, Canadiens- 3 Concussions. With PCS (Prust caused symptoms) to follow. Game winning right hook-Prust.
    Prust- 11 punches, Canadiens- 11 shots to the face

  7. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Rangers- 4 Canadiens-2.
    GWG- “i’m not snakebitten” Dubinsky
    Shots- Rangers 23, Canadiens 27.

  8. Steelers 41, Pakers 38…oh i mean…
    Rangers 5, Habs 2. GWG- Vinny P. 38 NYR, 29 Habs.
    2pm start…forecast calls for minimal work to be done around the house and 90% of early drinking.

  9. The White Plains Batman on

    I hate doing this but here it goes;

    Canadiens 4 Rangers 2 GWG; Darce Rangers 28 Shots Canadiens 36 Shots.

    Hope I’m wrong.

  10. Linda everyone’s welcoming you back. Did you leave or something? :)

    Kind of happy to have EC back tonight. I think he should basically just split time on the top line with Stepan so we can see who clicks better with the newly reunited Gaby and Vinny.
    Tonight is a pretty realistic look at what I think this squad will look like down the final stretch minus Feds. They need to pull this one out tonight to avoid the first legit losing streak of the season obviously so it should be interesting to see how they come out and if they can play the first like it’s the third. Once again I’m in favor of Marty B in goal up in the land of smoked meat and strippers : D

  11. >>Tonight is a pretty realistic look at what I think this squad will look like down the final stretch
    >>minus Feds.

    Tonight arrives a bit early today, James.
    “Saturday, Feb. 5, *2:00 p.m.* – Bell Centre • Montreal, Quebec”

  12. “Sometimes I write in bed and I have to turn and lean on my elbow to make the pen works.” TAKE THE PEN!!

  13. Morning ‘heads!

    score: Canadiens 2, Rangers 3
    GWG: Gaborik
    SOG: Rangers 31, Canadiens 27

    I wonder if EC will see anytime with Gaby and Fankist today?

  14. Youse guys can stop with your predictions – I got this thing won !
    I’ve been home all week with my wife & missed a week of work.
    Yesterday Grant Fuhr came in our Studio to pick up his daughters portraits.
    I missed him – Carcillo !
    But my son told me he signed his hockey card for me & talked hockey for awhile.

  15. Good stuff, Tony….

    We haven’t, DJK. Let me guess- Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson plus first rounder are coming back?

  16. Yeah thats true I heard that the Rangers traded Drury to the Kings in exchange for the ice guru of the Staples Center and the rights to open up a Rangers merchandising shop at Beverley Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Hollywood !!!!

  17. Anyone else hear rumors that Drury will be traded to the Kings?


    Yes, for a bucket of pucks. And some decent looking neckties for Torts!

    LOL…seriously DJK…I haven’t heard anything…


    @stevezipay:Biron and Del Zotto in vs Habs

  18. Carp, its seems to me after reading Gross`Blog, they have forgotten again to invite you to the Da Vinci´s in Montreal :)

  19. billybleedsblue on

    plz dont hate on my dumb question: should I post my prediction here, or on the other page. please advise. LGR.

  20. you know i tried to pick something random and someone else just happened to pick the same one so change im going to change my GWG to Callahan

  21. Torts: “We want to develop our younger players, and especially with Michael–we sent him to minors, now we want to work with him here”

    Exactly what you said, Carp. I think he is here for the long haul…

  22. Let’s see if ANYONE misses Drury tonight…


    The endboards and safety nets are grateful for a night off

  23. From Zipay twitter: fluid is taken from Drury’s knee.
    He also posted this :

    “Tortorella concedes he dislikes AM media sessions. Me: ” More coffee”. Him: “I don’t drink coffee. Can you imagine if I did?” True.”

  24. @stevezipay More on Drury: No date for return


    What are NYR going to do in the absence of such clutchness? Maybe it’s time to give Cally the C and give the A back to Prospal.

  25. mdz should not be playing here right now belongs in conn. hes a disaster and him playing will cost us a playoff spot.

    we all agree eminger has been steady all year with sauer and now he sits.


  26. Rangers need a win today! and in Les Montreals no less!!! fun city and great building to watch a game but les boos to les habs!!!!

    today is the first time this season we really have our full team. can EC-Vinny-Gabby rekindle the umm, magic?

  27. Sorry LW3H. My mistake. At some point during the year with fall back and spring ahead, England is 6 hours ahead of US. But not currently. Oops! :)

  28. I hope all of you who predicted the Habs’ win get as close to winning the tickets as Anna Chapman to getting an American Citizenship :-)

  29. eric, it’s very hard to bash Torts considering what he has done with this group. Let’s take a wait and see attitude here. Eminger’s play has been pretty steady but buy no means pretty. The game doesn’t come as naturally to a guy like him. When I watch Steve Eminger, I see a guy a battling as hard as he can for the puck and takes the man out, yet he doesn’t have the hockey sense or skating ability of a guy like MDZ. There is a reason why the organization is high on him. I agree that it is frustrating to watch right now. Yet, we will probably reap the rewards of MDZ’s development in a couple of years. He’s spoiled kid who needs to grow up and mature. I want to see him put his game face on like at the beginning of the 2009-10. Kid was a monster on PP to start the season…

  30. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    {{{{{GAB}}}}} {{{{{JAMES}}}}} thanks guys!!!

    Ok, all we need is C3, ORR, Staal, & Salty back! (i’m sure i missed a few but my memory is a bit fuzzy today lol)

  31. Take the pen!!!! Mama! Sally! Fozzy Wozzy!! If anyone needs my hockeystreams account today, let me know!!

  32. I like CCCPaul. Good one.

    Happy Birthday, Tony. Thoughts are with Rose and yourself. What a lovely beautiful name, btw. Rose, that is, not Tony. I kid, I kid :)

  33. Listen, do you think I take everything everybody offers me? You offered me sponge cake yesterday. Did I take it?

  34. billybleedsblue on

    Wow, Malkin came back last night, and reinjured his knee, and did not return. Ouch. That’s gotta be tough…

  35. yea…billy, just read that Bylsma said that Malkinstein tore his ACL and MCL…WOW! He’s gotta be done the for season…

  36. Doesn’t have mdz’s hockey sense? Thank goodness.

    That is the youngster’s downfall – picking the right spots to try and make plays. Agree he has talent to play at this level and strangers need his offensive ability. Doesn’t seem to be able to carry the puck thru neutral zone maintaining possession and when he decides to go low upon dumping puck, he hangs there when rush is done, cycling has started and point is empty.

    The challenges seem mental and sometimes emotional, but they need him to turn corner, maintain some level of consistency, and make the special plays in the offensive zone that can win a game.

    Eminger is a steady back liner who takes the body and does not get out of position too often. Unfortunately he had MacDonough step in and Sauer is a playing better.

  37. Good afternoon all! I predict a Rangers win!

    Mini3P, now that cracked me up!
    eric, oh my, your poor wife! come baby, get out here!

  38. billybleedsblue on

    NYR_FAN, ouch that’s a really bad injury. It’s gonna be a while before he even skates again…and it’s tough to come back from an injury like that…who knows, with all of the best physical therapy in the world, he may never be the same again. That’s really a shame.

  39. A fairy tale:
    Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess… “Will you marry me?”

    The Princess said “NO!”

    And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf and dated women half his age and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.
    The End

  40. billybleedsblue on

    I guess we can only hope that Crosby comes back healthy soon and stays that way…although, these concussion injuries can be really tricky too…one day you’re 100%, the next day, you’re in a haze. Wow. Speedy recovery, Penguins.

  41. A fairy tale:
    Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess… “Will you marry me?”

    The Princess said “NO!”

    And the Princess lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf and dated men half her age and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat down and farted whenever she wanted.

    The Prince lived under a bridge.
    The End

  42. i actually agree with billy. If the Ranger don’t win, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Pens win from the East. Conf.

  43. Can you imagine the Rangers playing a game at the Red Square in Moscow in front of the Lenin Mausoleum ?:)

    That would brought back memories of the cold war :)

  44. billybleedsblue on

    Beat the Habs…I’m glad that you at least have a little clue…


    LOL. LGR!!!

  45. have some problems with the internet and hope to see the game afterwards from Montreal live and in colour :)
    or at least listen to the guys trying to speak french what we call french over here which is a terrible accent :)

  46. A fairy tale:
    Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess… “Will you marry me?”

    The Princess said “YES!”

    And the prince stopped riding motorcycles, stopped going fishing, never played golf again, went to AA, lost all his money, peed in his pants & slept on the couch
    The prince lived in the spare room
    The End

  47. now imagine if instead of Drury or Christensen we had Richards on that line with Prospal and Gaborik…

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