Rangers at Devils tonight

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

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Friday, Feb. 18, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center • Newark, NJ
Rangers: 31-24-4 (66 pts)
Devils: 23-30-4 (50 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 17

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-24-4 (66 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-3, in the shootout last night at Madison Square Garden, and have won their last two games. The Devils enter the contest with a 23-30-4 (50 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in 15 of their last 16 games (13-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Feb. 20, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matinee match-up.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:

*       TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Brian Leetch
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Devils
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Devils
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

*       All-Time: 97-81-27-5  overall (53-29-20-2 at home, 44-52-7-3  on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight is the fifth of six meetings this season, and the third of three at Prudential Center. New York is 3-1-0 thus far, including a 2-0-0 mark at New Jersey.
*       Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 on the road. Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two that required the shootout.
*       The Rangers rank seventh with a 17-12-1 (35 pts) record on the road; the Devils rank 26th with a 13-13-3 (29 pts) mark at home
*       New York is 9-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; New Jersey is 5-10-0 against the Atlantic Division
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 21-8-5 with a 1.87 goals against average and five shutouts in 34 career regular season games vs. the Devils; Martin Biron is 8-15-2-2 with a 3.16 goals against average and two shutouts in 30 career regular season contests vs. New Jersey
*       Vinny Prospal has registered a team-high, 21 assists and 32 points in 48 career regular season contests vs. New Jersey
*       New York lists no former Devils on their roster
*       New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster

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

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (6:00) last night vs. Los Angeles, and are now 7-38 (18.4%) with the man advantage in their last eight games. New York ranks 23rd overall (35-215, 16.3%) and is tied for 22nd on the road (14-101, 13.9%). The Rangers are 2-9 (7:45) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/7 at DET), and 0-3 (4:23) when four-on-three (last – 2/17 vs. LAK). 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 Kings in three shorthanded situations (4:57) last night at MSG, and have allowed only five power play goals against in the last 17 games (47-52, 90.4% over the span). New York ranks eighth overall (166-198, 83.8%) and 12th on the road (91-110, 82.7%). 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 (1:00) last night vs. Los Angeles, and are now plus-three in 46, four-on-four situations (91:57). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). 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).

SINCE 2007-08…
The Rangers own a record of 16-5-2 vs. the Devils since the start of the 2007-08 season, including an 8-3-1 mark at New Jersey during the stretch, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist, who has started in each of the Rangers’ last 28 meetings with the Devils, has registered a 2.03 goals against average, .929 save percentage and five shutouts in the 23-game stretch.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will conclude their 15th of 18 back-to-back sets tonight at New Jersey. 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.

200 WINS
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 200th career win in a 4-3 shootout win vs. Los Angeles last night, becoming only the fifth goalie in franchise history to reach the 200-win mark and moving into a tie with John Vanbiesbrouck for fourth on the Rangers’ all-time wins list.

STRONG RETURNS
Rangers’ forwards Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Vinny Prospal have each made strong returns since returning from injury earlier this month. Callahan has registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in seven games since returning from injury on Feb. 1 vs. Pittsburgh, following a 19-game hiatus due to a broken hand suffered on Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh. Dubinsky also returned on Feb. 1 after missing five games with a stress fracture on his left fibula, and has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. Prospal made his season debut on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season with a knee injury, and has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in six games.

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, 114-56, in the third period of their last 10 games.

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have registered five more wins and seven more points compared to last season through 59 games (26-26-7, 55 points in 2009-10), having tallied 14 more goals (166 this season, 152 last season) while allowing 16 fewer goals against (147 this season, 163 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 hits (1,695), are tied for first in shorthanded goals (nine), third in blocked shots (935), fourth in road wins (17), seventh in goals against (147), rank eighth in penalty killing (83.8%), and eighth with a plus-19 goal differential.

ONE-GOAL GAMES
The Blueshirts rank ninth in the league with a .552 winning percentage in one-goal games, posting a record of 16-9-4 in those contests. Their 16 wins and 29 one-goal games are tied for fifth in the NHL. Sixteen of the Rangers’ last 21 games have been decided by one goal, including eight of their last 11 road 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.

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:

*       Marian Gaborik enters tonight’s contest with a four-game scoring streak (one goal, four assists), and has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games (two goals, seven assists); he has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games
*       Brandon Dubinsky enters tonight’s contest with a four-game scoring streak (two goals, two assists)
*       Ryan Callahan has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last seven games, with five points (three goals, two assists) in the last two
*       Artem Anisimov has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last 12 games

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

*       Henrik Lundqvist: 200th career NHL win (2/17 vs. LAK)

INJURIES:

*       Derek Boogaard (injured shoulder on Dec. 9) – 29
*       Alex Frolov (injured knee on Jan. 8, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season) – 16
*       Ruslan Fedotenko (shoulder separation on Jan. 19/appendectomy on Feb. 2, 3 weeks) – 11
*       Chris Drury (injured knee on Feb. 4, 6 weeks) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 222

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

*       Feb. 16: Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut

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78 Comments

  1. Doodie Machetto on

    “* Marian Gaborik enters tonight’s contest with a four-game scoring streak (one goal, four assists), and has recorded a point in eight of the last nine games (two goals, seven assists); ”

    Anyone else notice that?

  2. He is an assist monster. Like the cookie monster.

    Any awesome predictions for tonight? Score? Goals? Come on……

  3. Ah. That’s a good one. I wish I picked up on that. It could have been a world of comedy. I am really sorry. I will give myself 10 lashes and take a 5 minutes time out.

  4. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    ” You go in the box… you know, for two minutes… and you feel shame… and then you’re out “

  5. Might as well start to make your move earlier rather than later. I think Tampa senses if they can go on a nice run they can win the SE with time to spare. This also addresses their porous D. Although I’ve read that in there case it really is the goaltending that’s let them down rather than a teamwide defensive failure.

  6. oh also, i thought the free tshirts last night were a great idea. always wanted to go to a game where they gave out towels but this was just like i pictured, when they scored everyone was waving their white shirts, seemed like a playoff atmosphere. oh and the workers at MSG are quite the friendly bunch, “good evening”, “good night”, “have a safe trip home”. was impressed.

  7. Goals….I was in the box for 5 minutes. It was a major. Almost a game misconduct. I felt shame. Much Shame.

    Thanks for getting that stuck in my head..now I have to watch Slapshot tonight in addition to the game!

  8. yeah Doobie
    i said the night Gabby had his 2 assists
    that we might have found our new playmaking center

    (and YES i know he’s not a center and YES i was being sarcastic
    and YES i’m happy that he’s contributing in some manner to scoring)

  9. canes moves so far are not making sense. if they want to make the playoffs, selling off vet d at this time is not a good idea

  10. GOALS for GAB-orik on

    Manfried,

    No need to thank me.

    “Hundred bucks says you’re gonna crack my skull”
    ” I wouldn’t crack your knuckles for a hundred bucks “

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr there are a lot of marquee players still left (i.e., Brad Richards) and a lot of teams that need to buy players (i.e., LA). Should still be an exciting deadline.

  12. I can’t really think of any quotes to throw out there that are PG.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

    See you boneheads on Monday, er…Tuesday if you are lucky enough to get Monday off.

  13. Blues forwards got nailed with injuries. Even then I don’t think they’d have enough scoring to make a big push.

  14. Just listened to NHL Power Play, and ATL GM Rick Dudley was on. Reading between the lines, it sounds like Bogosian could be had for the right price. . .

    I hate to say it, but could Zach B qualify as an improvement to the NYR PP that could be had without mortgaging the future?

    Grachev and MDZ
    for
    ZB?!?

    E4

    Eklund

  15. Why do NYR fans want to trade Del Z? There’s something wrong with this fan base.

    It’s funny, cause Bogosian is pretty much going through the same thing, except he has another year of experience.

    Unbelievable!

    Trade Del Z. Trade Grachev because he didn’t register a point in his first career pre-season game, or regular season!

  16. Czechthemout!!! on

    The Rangers will become instant Cup contenders if they can pull off the following two trades.

    To Kings– Gaborik, Gilroy, 3rd rounder, Broadie Dupont.

    To Rangers– Dustin Brown, Wayne Simmonds, Thomas Hickey, Colton Tuebert

    To Blue Jackets– Anisimov, MDZ, Wayne Simmonds, Evgeny Grachev, Dale Weise

    To Rangers– Rick Nash, Fedor Tyutin, RJ Umberger,

  17. Paul in Sunrise on

    I agree with Orr – surprisingly – stop with the trade MDZ chatter. The KID is 20. Please he will be fine.

    Anyone see Andrew Gross’ snippet on MZA. This “Italian kid from Norway” has a great attiitude. I like his game and he certainly fits this team. I think when he gets in a grove and gets hot, he will be chipping in more. Still a kid at 23. I wonder if the guys in the room like him.

    Carp, the sense I get is this team likes each other, can you provide any good stories, some lockerroom banter that reflects that?

  18. Czechthemout!!! on

    Rick Nash has spent seven years with the Blue Jackets and has only made the playoffs once.
    R.J Umberger has not been enough to get them over the hump as well. The rest of their supporting cast really stinks. They need to rebuild and shed contracts while adding a bunch of good young prospects that can play immediately.

    We have a very good supporting cast and would really need some elite level players like Nash and Brown that can play our style of game and take us to the next level.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    CTO:

    Neither the Kings nor the Blue Jackets would make those trades, ESPECIALLY the Blue Jackets.

  20. Paul,
    Healthy curiosity and excellent inquiry. Let Sun always rise at your Side.
    Also, MZA always very cool and composed for the kid of his age and status. You can’t not to love this kid.
    Miniature pit-bull with lion heart.

  21. Good evening all! I’ll be missing tonight’s game, too. (hartnell!) got a dinner with a pal, but I’ll be here in spirit as usual.

    moi aussi jbytes!

    LGR!!!

  22. Anyone headed to the game tonight?? I AM!!!! I’m in section 1 with a white Lundqvist jersey! Let’s go RANGERS!!!!!

  23. Czechthemout!!! on

    Doodie–

    Why would the Kings not make that trade? They are looking for scoring help to play with Kopitar.
    And Gabby is a star player who can score a lot more goals with a guy like Kopitar as his center than playing here without someone who can feed him the puck. Brown fits the type of style we want to play here, sadly, Gabby doesn’t.

    Lw3h–

    Like I said, the Jackets have already had one rebuild with Nash and went nowhere because they have been as bad as we were pre Gord Clark in drafting. This gives them a bunch of real good to potentially great prospects/players to fill out that team, while shedding a bunch of payroll.

  24. Czech, this isn’t the NBA, or the NFL, where players ask for trades because their team isn’t winning.

    Nash loves Columbus. The trade would never happen, unless the Jackets wanted to trade him, which they don’t.

    The Kings won’t trade Brown, unless a ridiculous deal is offered, and even more so with Nash.

  25. Czechthemout!!! on

    Orr–

    It doesn’t matter if this is or is not the NFL or NBA. The bottom line is that the Kings have wanted Gabby since he was a free agent last year. In fact they called the Rangers recently to find out what it would take to get him.

    As for Nash loving the Jackkets, who cares. It is about what is best for the franchise not Rick Nash. And after seven seasons of playing for a crapy team like the Jackets, I am sure he would welcome a chance to play here where he can win !

  26. Yeah, the Kings were willing to pay money for guys like Gabby, and Kovalchuckles. But, I can’t see them taking the heart of their team and trading him away.

    Brown is Cally 2.0. There’s a reason why he’s the Captain. Kings would be dumb to trade him.

    And with Nash, yeah, it’s aboot what’s best for the franchise. They trade Nash, they’re fugged.

    Not every player playing for a sh*t team wants to get traded.

    By the way, the Jackets are only six points out of the playoffs. It’s not like they’re bottom dwellers. They’re a decent team.

  27. we can be instant Cup favorite if we could pull off this trade

    To Detroit – Avery, Redden, Boogaard, Drury, Emenger, Prospal

    To NYR – Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Zetterberg , Stuart, Franzen

    INSTANT CUP CONTENDERS! WORD! :)

  28. Kings are looking to add to their core of Brown, Kopitar, Doughty, Johnson, Simmonds and Quick. Not trade them for marginal upgrades. Any move they’d make for someone like Gaborik would be to add him to that list of players. And trading for him kills their cap space going forward because they have to extend Doughty and half of their forwards are FA and will require a decent amount of cap space to re-sign even if they use farm system promotions to fill some of that void.

  29. speaking of Redden CCCP,
    It would not surprise me one bit that if the Rangers fail to trade for a veteran defencemen at the deadline, that calling Redden up from the Whale would be a strong consideration.
    OK now go ahead and say i am crazy.

  30. what i am saying is that the Rangers D has become very young. Gilroy does not get much ice, and MDZ has been shaky. a veteran is obviously needed, and if they do not get one at the deadline, they have one right in Hartford.

  31. Czechthemout!!! on

    Yeah they are silly proposals. Because Gabby is not one of the primier wingers in the game. And trading a young center plus a bunch of good prospects already in the NHL with a high ceiling is equal to trading scrubs for red wings best players right CCCP?

    Oh and this CCCP ti cheesty pohtz!

  32. Redden can’t be called up solely b/c of the possible, yet unlikely chance he gets picked up on re-entry waivers.

  33. billybleedsblue on

    Speaking of Summer’s Eve, that’s what the warmest part of today felt like to me. A good ol’ Summer’s evening. Ahhhh…too bad Winter isn’t quite over yet.

    So Whataya say boneheads? Blueshirts gonna win tonight? I say…2-0 NYR! LGR!!!

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