Rangers vs. Pittsburgh in a matinee

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Here are your pregame notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Sunday, Feb. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 29-24-4 (62 pts)
Penguins: 35-18-4 (74 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 11

TODAY’S GAME:
The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins today at Madison Square Garden (3 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 29-24-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter today’s contest having been defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, on Friday at Philips Arena. Fifteen of the Blueshirts’ last 19 games have been decided by one goal, including seven of their last eight home games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 35-18-4 (74 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won nine of their last 13 games (9-4-0). Following today’s contest, the Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

* TV: MSG Network
2:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
3 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
2:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
3 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:

* All-Time: 113-97-23-8 overall (63-46-9-3 at home, 50-51-14-5 on the road)
* 2010-11: Today is the fifth of six meetings this season, and the third and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-1-1 thus far, following a 4-3 shootout loss at MSG on Feb. 1.
* Last Season: The Rangers were 1-4-1 against the Penguins in 2009-10, including a 0-2-1 mark at home. Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two that required overtime.
* The Rangers rank 25th with a 12-12-3 (27 pts) record at home; the Penguins rank 10th with a 15-8-3 (33 pts) mark on the road
* New York is 8-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; Pittsburgh is 8-6-2 against the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist is 18-13-5 with a 2.40 goals against average and two shutouts in 36 career regular season games vs. the Penguins; Martin Biron is 13-15-3-2 with a 2.98 goals against average and two shutouts in 33 career regular season contests vs. Pittsburgh
* Marian Gaborik has tallied seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 16 career regular season contests vs. the Penguins; Wojtek Wolski has recorded four goals and four assists for eight points in six career regular season games vs. Pittsburgh
* New York lists two former Penguins on their roster: Erik Christensen (2005-06 – 2007-08); Ruslan Fedotenko (2008-09 – 2009-10)
* Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)

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

* Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play opportunities (2:33) on Friday at Atlanta. New York ranks 24th overall (32-205, 15.6%) and 19th at home (18-104, 17.3%). The Rangers are 2-9 (7:45) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/7 at DET), 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 surrendered one goal to the Thrashers in five shorthanded situations (8:00) on Friday at Atlanta, and have allowed only three power play goals against in the last 15 games (40-43, 93.0% over the span). New York ranks seventh overall (159-189, 84.1%) and eighth at home (68-79, 86.1%). 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 two, four-on-four situations (3:35) on Friday at Atlanta, and are now plus-three in 45, four-on-four situations (90:57). 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).

SIBLING RIVALRY
Rangers’ defenseman Marc Staal has faced off against his younger brother, Pittsburgh forward Jordan Staal, 21 times in his career, amassing a 9-10-2 record with six points (two goals, four assists) and 20 penalty minutes. Jordan has registered a 12-4-5 mark behind six goals and six assists, along with 24 penalty minutes in those 21 games.

40 IN FOUR
Brandon Dubinsky registered his 40th point of the season with a goal at Detroit on Monday, marking the fourth consecutive season he has reached the 40-point plateau to begin his career. Dubinsky is currently two goals, six assists and four points shy of his career-highs in goals (20, 2009-10), assists (28, 2008-09) and points (44, 2009-10).

BACK-TO-BACKS
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. The Rangers’ next back-to-back set is Feb. 17 vs. Los Angeles and Feb. 18 at New Jersey.

COMEBACK KIDS
New York has posted a record of 7-16-3 when trailing after the second period. The Rangers’ seven wins, 17 points and .269 winning percentage rank first in the NHL. The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent, 98-38, in the third period of their last eight games.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered four more wins and five more points compared to last season through 57 games (25-25-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied 13 more goals (157 this season, 144 last season) while allowing 15 fewer goals against (141 this season, 156 last season). New York has also shown a four-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (nine this season, five last season).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in shorthanded goals (nine) and hits (1,615), are tied for first in road wins (17), rank seventh in penalty killing (84.1%), eighth in goals against (141) and home penalty killing (86.1%), fifth in blocked shots (884), and rank eighth with a plus-16 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts rank 11th in the league with a .536 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 15-9-4 in those contests. Their 28 one-goal games rank fourth in the NHL, and 15 wins are tied for fifth in the league. Fifteen of the Rangers’ last 19 games have been decided by one goal, including seven of their last eight home games.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had 17 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is the most in the NHL.

LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,615 hits and rank fifth with 884 blocked shots. Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 157 blocked shots, while Brian Boyle (10th, 162 hits) and Ryan Callahan (18th, 146 hits) rank among the league leaders in hits.

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

THE HOT LIST:
* The Rangers penalty kill has allowed only three power play goals against in the last 15 games (40-43, 93.0% over the span)
* New York has out-shot their opponent, 98-38, in the third period of their last eight games
* Marian Gaborik has recorded 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, including six assists in the last six contests
* Mats Zuccarello has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games, including five assists in the last six contests
* Wojtek Wolski has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in 14 games as a Ranger, with eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 11 contests

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
* Henrik Lundqvist: 2 wins from 200 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
* Marc Staal: 300th career NHL game (2/7 at DET)

INJURIES:
* Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 27
* Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 14
* Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 9
* Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 214

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72 Comments

  1. I wasn’t sure if this was an NBC game or not. As bad as that would’ve been, I’m almost certainly going to end up with those shaved chimps from FSN Pittsburgh as normal. Great.

    Did anyone else hear Steigerwald disparaging the Islanders on air for being a bad team and “an embarrassment to the league” during their fight-fest? Clearly, a grain of truth in that, but ridiculously unprofessional for an announcer to come out with that just because he doesn’t like what’s going on during the game. Plus it’s entirely short-sighted and hypocritical, given I seem to remember the Pens actually not being at the top of the standings once or twice in their history. That’s news to much of their fan-base, I realise.

  2. The Penguins were awful in the post Jagr – pre Crosby era where Mario Lemieux forced himself to suit up on a bad team just to sell tickets.

    If we don’t beat the skeleton crew Pens today, and get owned by Mike Rupp and that other scrub who beat Hank in he shootout, let the selling commence!

  3. According to uncle LB Eminger is in for Del Zotto and these are the line combos-

    Prospal will skate between Marian Gaborik and Brandon Dubinsky; Boyle will center Wojtek Wolski and Ryan Callahan; Artem Anisimov will work between Sean Avery and Stepan; and Erik Christensen will be the pivot for Prust and Mats Zuccarello.

  4. I like the lines other than the lack of talent, but I do like the combos. Does Jared S. live by the code and square off with Prust? I think not, let’s try to beat up there goalie then….. oh wait wrong team. For the 1st time in my life I did enjoy a fishstick game we can only hope we get that excitement today. Keep dreaming NYR fans. I smell a bad goal and a 1 goal loss. sorry

  5. Break the Pens on

    Hedley…no that’s heddie – that is some serious bad mojo to throw out on a Sunday morning.

    Like to mix it up and spread the floaters over the whole line up to neuter the effectiveness of everyone else…

    How bout moving sauer up with staal, girardi with McD, and eminger with gilly

  6. sorry bout that, I just had my coffee, I smell us running them ice chickens out of the building and Hank pitching a SO. What was I thinking?

  7. Much better… Now get back on the pollyana express with being driven by a mysterious man with gray hair and a big cigar.

  8. If the Rangers can’t win today…

    Penguins will be without a few players- Sausage Lips, Malkin, Godard, Tangradi, Cooke, maybe even Talbot.

  9. Chris from Albany on

    OK, so explain this to me. Colin Campbell cites that they Islander players were suspended because they intentionally delivered blows to the head and the NHL will not tolerate that kind of play.

    Hmm. Didn’t Jordon Staal intentionally sucker punch Brandon Prust? Oh wait? Was Staal suspended or fined or even warned?

    Once again, the Czar of this league is wearing blinders?

  10. How about Orpik’s head shot to Avery? NHL and headshots crackdown NOT. Selective as always and I love Orpik and so so about Avery

  11. Has talbot finally emerged from the fetal position he assumed during the brawls the other night? What a wus!

    We should have called up all our bangers and goons from the system for todays game and go apesh!t like what happened the other night. Now THAT would be a fun game to watch.

  12. Step sure does need to score, as well as Artie. Hope you’re right!

    Haha, Orr, why the Voros reference?
    Did you hear that he was waived, again, last week by the Ducks?

  13. This team really misses Feds…I want him back next year…perfect vet 3rd/4th liner and is a Torts guy…

  14. This is game isn’t just a must-win…it’s a “if you lose, stop pretending you’re a good team”

    This team just hasn’t had the hustle last few games, and certainly since their injured players have returned. Forecheck isn’t there, the hitting isn’t there, the D is as weak as can be, and the shot selection is AHL worthy.

    If they don’t start turning it around TODAY, the crowd at MSG is gonna get REALLY ugly.

    The Rangers, to me, obviously started thinking they were alot better than they are…and every player on the team dropped a notch in intensity. What’s Brian Boyle been up to lately?

    This is it. Today is the day for this team to make a statement and save their season…because I think a loss today spells certain doom.

  15. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    {{{{{ORR}}}}}

    Good game day morning ‘Heads!!

    hypocritical also since they have Cooke, that piece of Carcillo, who is always looking to injure someone, and he gets only 4 games for his antics. The league office needs a housecleaning.

    Where is IfrankLanzaB???

  16. Going to the game today with Mama bear, and gonna meet Julie bear! Had a great time with Fozzy bear and sister Fozzy bear. What an awesome trip this has been so far! First time at MSG should be a blast! ♥

    By the way, meant to say this earlier. Welcome back, Linda!! This place isn’t the same without you! ♥

  17. Good afternoon, boneheads!
    Ready for a big turnaround game? I think if Torts uses home ice advantage and matches Staal-Girardi pair against Mike Rupp we’ll be OK.

    Where is Carp?

  18. Carp probably comes back tonight at 11:59 ilb.

    Happy Birthday to our one and only Fozzy bear. Everyone go wish the special lady a Happy Birthday on FB! Off to shower and MSG! ♥

  19. Welcome back, Lin. Hope you’re not planning on leaving!! It’s not healthy!

    NYR, I heard aboot that. Poor guy got beat up, then waived. Haha!

    I used to throw him in my predictions when he was on the team. It was always some new way that he fell down.

    Last one I believe was…

    “Voros falls down while stirring the chocolate syrup in his milk”

  20. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Everyone who’s going to the game today, HAVE A BLAST. This is going to be a very interesting game today, hopefully the game of line mate roulette comes up aces!

    where is *I*frank*L*anzaB???

  21. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Thanks Orr…

    Voros should have shaken, not stirred, he may not have fallen down!

    Anyone else think Judas’ days are numbered?

  22. I wouldn’t say a win today would make a statement. This is a game that we have absolutely no business at all losing. We need to come right out and set the tone and score first. I woke up in a grumpy mood with a headache, so my wife said that if the rangers are losing or are looking like they are going to lose, she is taking the kids and going to her friends house. Lol. I’m not one who is ready to trade the team away, but any less than a regulation win, IMO, will be a giant embarrassment and completely unacceptable.

  23. Good afternoon all! Hey ORRRRRRRR!! Happy birthday to Fozzy, 26! Hope you get to catch the game today.

  24. and ya know what….interblog carcillo does not please me one bit. never has, never will. see ya later all :)

  25. That’s another thing that bugs me….”Home Ice Advantage”…After all the talk prior to the season about making MSG a place where opponents would dread to walk into, the Rangers have once again made MSG a very welcome place for visitors.

    Hey, Rangers…how about actually taking advantage of the “home ice advantage”?

    Don’t mind me…I’m crabby…got about the 3rd case of flu this season kickin’ my ass…Only thing keepin’ me sane is the codeine cough medicine with scotch chaser (Macallan if you must know, lol)

    Hope everyone enjoys the game today, hope to see this streak come to an end…and hope everyone has already bought the gifts for their significant other with V-Day tomorrow

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

    Morning ILB and all!!

    first of all..
    CCCP
    love the new post tag from the iphone!!

    linda
    hey girlie, and yes I hope his days are indeed numbered!

    torts is juggling lines so badly because he is desperate!

    We better win…having eminger back in should be a huge help!

    not sure why so many people here seem to think wolski isn’t physical (anyone seem the florida guy he laid out with about 4 minutes to go in the game?). For a skilled guy, he ‘s physical. He isn’t going to confuse anyone with backes, don’t get me wrong, but he plays more physical than some here seem to think IMHO.

    I would trade gabby straight up for iggy, not for brown though (unless they included jack johnson, but then it wouldn’t be straight up would it). I would also trade him to stl for a backes/erik johnson package (ha, i said package and johnson)

  27. Break the Pens on

    McNasty – scoring first goal, maybe first 2 goals, would help a lot!

    They have 2 forwards playing that can lift a puck – staal and kennedy

    LGR!

  28. Wicky

    There was talk about a month ago that Calgary wanted Del Zotto and Gaborik for Iggy and Regehr. I really think that’s a stupid trade for us. I only want Iggy if we keep Gaborik, so we have another scoring threat on the team, not to replace him. Great teams have more than 1 “elite” offensive player…

  29. The Pens have more than half there team either on the injured list or suspension list. If the rangers lose this game you can bet they are done. I already think the rangers are done. Similar to last year at this time the rangers went into a funk and than played there butts off the remaining 10 games. We all know what happen at the end. This time around I don’t think it will go down to the last game. The sad part of all this is we all know Sather should have been long gone already but unfortunately Dolan had a stiffy for good old Glenn.

  30. Frequent visitor, infrequent poster. Headed to the game with my 4-year-old daughter (her first game, she’s very excited, sleeping on the train as I write). I need a w to get her hooked on rangers hockey. LGR

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

    NYR
    I agree that two elite offencive guys would be better, no doubt about that. I would just rather have iggy over gabby because iggy gives you more every night than gabby does. Gabby has a higher offencive ceiling than iggy IMO, but iggy is far more consistent. I would have done that trade!

  32. Flounder,
    why would you want to get your 4yr old hooked on Ranger hockey? They take kids away for less in this country

  33. What’s even funnier about the Pens announcers during that game against the Isles was the fact that they said Matt Martin didn’t have the guts to at least fight Talbot face to face, and instead had to give him a cheap shot. I guess they forgot all about Matt Cooke and his laundry list of blindside cheap shots. Everything about that team just disgusts me.

    OK rant over, I’m going to stop now. Let’s go Rangers!!!!!!!!

  34. Hedberg, I’ve been a fan as long as I can remember (20 years or so and I’m only 35). I guess misery loves company :)

  35. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Flounder, whenever I go to a game, if I am sitting around a family and learn it’s their kids first hockey game, I usually buy them a little something from the team store. Someone did that for my daughter when I took her to her first game, so I hope someone does that for your little girl.

    Water fowl, ice chickens, team genetic disaster… whatever the hell we’re calling them today, I hope our boys bust out a win!!

    {{{{{WICKY}}}}}

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

    LIIIIIIIIIINNNDDDDAAAAAAAAAA!!

    awesome thing you do (and someone did for your daughter) at the games!

  37. I’d like to MZA get more shots today…I know Fleury frustrated him immensely in the shootout in the the last game and I’m sure he’d love to get at least a goal today…

    I’d also like to see Zuke with EC and Gaby as the forwards on the PP…I think such line would be our most skilled…EC really is so frustrating to watch…he may be our most skilled player but is such a wuss…

  38. That’s very kind of you Linda. It’s nice that there are still fans like you going to games :)

  39. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I’m excited for Tiki to go to MSG for the first time,

    And for Flounder… good job getting your kid to MSG young, lifelong ranger fan in the making!

    This game has to be a ‘W’ for our boys.

  40. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    When is Carp de-prucha’d?

    I think he’s tired of being a healthy scratch. He’ll come back with more bite, and more jam.

  41. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    ooooh game on NHL NETWORK!!! no lil computer screen today!!

    Isn’t Carpy back tomorrow?

  42. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    I’m not sure Linda… but i hope so!
    I’m sure he’ll be glad to have his little bonehead children back! (maybe haha)

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

    super mario is a wuss and just sucks!!

  44. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Rangers finally woke up… man i hate this afternoon games. We always start sluggish.

    Boyle and Callahan, game tied at 2

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