Rangers at Bruins today


Was a rough night off for the Rangers, as both Carolina and Buffalo won, tightening the race once again. The magic number remains 12, and that point the Rangers got in the god-awful skills competition loss to Ottawa looks pretty big right now. So does the point they didn’t get.

The Rangers are 7-1-1 in their last eight. Hmm. Where have I heard that before?

Oh, right, they had to go 7-1-1 in the nine games at the end of last season to make Game 82 in Philly mean something.


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


Saturday, Mar. 26, 1:00 p.m.
TD Garden • Boston, MA
Rangers: 40-30-5 (85 pts)
Bruins: 41-22-10 (92 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 24

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match-up Mar. 26, at TD Garden (1:00 p.m.), to begin a four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 40-30-5 (85 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in a shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to extend their season-high point streak to six games, and are now 7-1-1 in their last nine contests. The six-game point streak is the longest for New York since last season from Mar. 24 to April  3 (5-0-1). The Bruins enter the contest with a 41-22-10 (92 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, Mar. 30, at HSBC Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

*       TV: MSG Network
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
1:00 p.m. – Rangers at Bruins
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)

*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
1:00 p.m. – Rangers at Bruins
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: The Rangers are 242-281-97-2 overall (140-118-55-0 at home, 102-163-42-2 on the road)

*       2010-11: This is their third of four meetings this season, and the second of two at TD Garden. The Rangers own a 1-1-0 record thus far, including a 1-0-0 mark at Boston. Each of their meetings this season have been decided by one goal.

*       Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall with a 1-1-0 mark at Boston. Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal.

*       New York ranks eighth in the league with a 22-14-1 (45 pts) mark on the road; Boston ranks 18th in the league with an 18-12-5 (41 pts) mark at home

*       The Rangers are 9-6-2 vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Bruins are 10-3-2 vs. Atlantic Division opponents

*       Henrik Lundqvist is 14-5-2 with a 1.49 GAA, a .947 Sv% and four shutouts in 21 career regular season appearances vs. Boston

*       Bryan McCabe leads the Rangers with 30 assists, 38 points and 23 power play points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 69 career regular season contests vs. Boston; Vinny Prospal has tallied 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) in 45 career regular season games vs. the Bruins; Erik Christensen has registered 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 16 career regular season contests vs. Boston

*       New York lists no former Bruins on their roster

*       Boston lists one former Ranger on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)


The Blueshirts have posted a plus-13 rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for fourth in the league. The Blueshirts did not commit a penalty on Tuesday vs. Florida, marking the first time that has happened since Jan. 9, 2009 at Buffalo.

*       Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play opportunities (4:00) on Thursday vs. Ottawa, and are now 13-48 (27.1%) in their last 14 games. New York ranks 13th overall (48-266, 18.0%) and 16th on the road (20-123, 16.3%). The Rangers are 4-12 (10:42) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/20 at PIT), and 0-6 (8:36) when four-on-three (last – 3/24 vs. OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen); 12/5 vs. OTT (Kelly); 1/2 at FLA (Weiss); 1/16 vs. PHI (Richards); 3/20 at PIT (Kunitz).

*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Senators scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Thursday at MSG. New York is tied for 12th overall (205-246, 83.3%) and ranks sixth on the road (110-131, 84.0%). The Rangers are 7-10 (7:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/27 vs. TBL), and 4-6 (2:41) when three-on-four (last – 11/15 at PIT). Shorthanded goals for (11): 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); 2/27 vs. TBL (Prust); 3/15 vs. NYI (Prust).

*       Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two, four-on-four situations (5:26) on Thursday vs. Ottawa, and are now plus-four in 61, four-on-four situations (121:31). The Rangers are even in one, three-on-three situation (2:00) this season (2/17 vs. LAK). Four-on-four goals for (7): 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); 3/4 at OTT (Stepan); 3/6 vs. PHI (Zuccarello). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson); 3/15 vs. NYI (Moulson).


New York has posted a record of 44-25-12 (100 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 15-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .617 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.698%, 38-15-5) and Montreal (.627%, 66-37-11), and ahead of Toronto (.509%, 49-47-18), Boston (.504%, 50-49-17) and Chicago (.475%, 25-28-7).


New York won its 40th game of the season with a 1-0 victory vs. Florida on Tuesday. It is the fifth time in the last six years the Rangers posted 40 or more wins in a season, marking only the second time in franchise history the team accomplished the feat (1968-69 – 1973-74). The Blueshirts are one of five Eastern Conference teams to have registered at least five seasons of 40+ wins since 2005-06 (Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh).


Henrik Lundqvist posted his 30th win of the season on Mar. 18 vs. Montreal to extend his NHL record by recording 30 or more wins in six consecutive seasons to begin his career. He also extended his franchise record by posting his sixth straight 30-win season. On Tuesday, Lundqvist turned aside 22 shots in a 1-0 victory vs. Florida to post his league leading, 10th shutout of the season.  It is the second time Lundqvist registered 10 shutouts in a season (2007-08).


Henrik Lundqvist faced 40 shots in a 5-2 win at Pittsburgh on Sunday, marking the fourth time this season he faced 40 or more shots in a game. He is 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals against average, a .964 save percentage and one shutout in those contests.

Rangers’ forwards Ryan Callahan and Vinny Prospal rank first and second on the team in scoring, respectively, since returning from injury in early February. Callahan leads the team with 13 goals and 23 points in 22 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. Prospal leads the team with 11 assists and ranks second with 16 points in 21 games since he made his season debut on Feb. 3 vs. New Jersey after missing the first 53 games of the season with a knee injury.


Since acquiring defenseman Bryan McCabe on Feb. 26, the Rangers power play has tallied 10 goals in 40  attempts (25.0%) in 12 games. McCabe has registered five power play points (one goal, four assists) over the span.


The Rangers have posted seven more wins and nine more points compared to last season through 75 games (33-32-10, 76 points in 2009-10), having tallied 20 more goals (217 this season, 197 last season) while allowing 22 fewer goals against (181 this season, 203 last season).  New York has also shown a six-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (11 this season, five last season).


The Rangers lead the league in hits (2,141), are tied for first in players with at least one game-winning goal (18), second in shootout wins (eight), fifth in road wins (22), rank fourth in blocked shots (1,184) and shorthanded goals (11), sixth in goals against (181), ninth in goals for (217), and are tied for third with a plus-36 goal differential.


*       Henrik Lundqvist is 7-1-1 with a 1.86 GAA, .936 Sv% and two shutouts in the last nine games

*       Ryan Callahan has recorded 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in the last 18 contests, including seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last five games

*       Artem Anisimov has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last nine games, including six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five contests

*       Brandon Dubinsky has registered six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games

*       Marian Gaborik has tallied six points (five goals, one assist) in the last seven games

*       Erik Christensen has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games, and has tallied at least one point in seven of his last 11 games (five goals, seven assists)

*       Vinny Prospal has tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in the last 14 contests

*       Marc Staal has recorded four assists in his last three games

*       Brandon Prust has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games


*       Henrik Lundqvist: 1 game shy of 400 NHL career


*       Derek Boogaard (shoulder, 12/9) – 45

*       Alex Frolov (knee, 1/8) – 32

*       Chris Drury (knee, 2/4) – 21

*       Martin Biron (fractured collarbone, 2/28) – 11

Total Man-Games Lost: 298


*       Mar. 24 – Agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Jason Missiaen

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  1. Always a nasty low scoring game with these two teams. Rangers usually play well in Boston though. I hate that I have to root for the Devils and Caps tonight btw.

  2. Good morning ILB!

    BTW- in case anyone’s curious about the tie breaking situation if the Rangers wind up tied in points with Montreal or Buffalo after today-

    Montreal would hold the tie breaker over us for 6th as a result of regulation wins vs. wins in the shootout (and the season series win)

    Buffalo would hold the tie breaker over us because they’d have the same amount of points and one less game played. However the Rangers do lead the season series with Buffalo 2-1 with their next game against them Wednesday night.

    PS- after Wed night the Rangers have 5 games remaining. 3 of 5 are against non playoff teams and they finish the season with a three game home stand. Last game of the season vs the Devs..

  3. I hope I’m seriously wrong but I felt since the start of the second half the rangers weren’t going to make the playoffs. After these past two games, if they play like that the remainder of the year, they won’t make the playoffs.

  4. What scenario happens 1st today;

    Dubinsky falls down with no one around him

    Dubinsky stick handles at the blue line and draws his teammates offsides

    Dubinsky throws another one of his brilliant no look backhand passes in front of the net to no one

    Dubinsky skates into the corner with the puck instead of to the net and then looses possession

    Sauer scores a natural hat trick

  5. Mao Starks 2-for-18 1994 game 7 vs Rockets on

    Wowszer, Nicolas…. Why so much dubi dissing? The kid is a workhorse.

  6. Good morning all. April is just around the corner and Spring doesn’t seem to be interested in making an appearance. Guess I’ll just have to stay inside and watch some hockey.

    The boys have shown a resiliency all year and to a man they’re not happy with their last effort against Ottawa. They know how close Buffalo & Carolina are and their memories of last year’s elimination must still sting. All that should provide enough motivation to raise their battle effort on the road in Boston today.

    Who’s in (Avery?) and who’s out (EC?).

    My keys to the game:
    * Girardi must avoid those costly mistakes.
    * Emminger continues his rough and solid play
    * Stay out of box!
    * Gabby keeps his feet moving, North and South!
    * Dubi, Cally, Artie, BB, Feds and PRUST do their thing!

  7. AGrossRecord Ryan Callahan: “The whole game wasn’t where it needed to be at this time of the year.”

    Isn´t it very worrying ?????

  8. The fact of the matter is….

    hm. I dont know, if they lose in Boston today, which is not unlikely or better said not impossible, they probably loose some confidence in….

  9. I just feel that there’s too much praise for a player that cant hit water if he was standing on a pier.

    The guy hustles and plays his bag off but he is a terrible skater, shooter and passer. And he is constantly putting his players off sides.

  10. Nicholas, I agree with you 100%. I was starting to think I was the only one who felt that way about Dubi.

  11. Have at Dubi’s passing skills/shooting skills all you want. But when you call him a terrible skater, you’re not only wrong, you call the rest of your judgment into question.

  12. Or you could always have the #17 across the river, with 1 extra point and about $90M left in his contract.

  13. Hospodar, then can you explain to us why he is constantly falling down to his knees when there isn’t a defender even 5 feet from him?

  14. James G –

    In the end the Rangers and Sabres will both have the same number of games played. If the Sabres win the game in hand (and tie for points) it could come down to how they win, in regulation/OT (ROW) or in a SO.

    As thing stand, a ROW win would give the Sabres the tiebreaker, a SO win would then resort to head to head points in favor of the Rangers.

    I think.

  15. Nicholas, I would have agreed with you 100% around this time last year…Yet, Dubi has improved drastically as a player in that time…he leads the team in points, for Prust’s sake…

  16. There’s realistic criticism of a player and there’s the “why he is constantly falling down to his knees when there isn’t a defender even 5 feet from him?” variety. I know which I pay more attention to.

  17. The guy’ll get cross checked to his knees and still maintain possession of the puck.


  18. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Happy Game Day Morning ‘Heads!

    another day of interesting weather here in da dirrrry souf! I’m hoping it holds off until after the game.

  19. Wicky (trying to go as fast as ILB on this thing) on

    Morning ILB and all!!!
    Man u guys are killing us! Mrs wicky will be in touch I’m sure!

    How the hell are u?

    Thanks for representing the other day!

    LGR and LGD!!!!

  20. By the end of the day Tim Thomas will wish his name was Tom Thimas.

    Dubi scores 2!!!


  21. Dubinsky is a little overrated by Rangers fans but its pretty hard to find fault with a kid who plays as hard as he does, leads our team in points and over an 82 game season is on pace for 25 goals and 33 assists.

  22. I don’t like the MZA scratch at all. Avery should play…Why does Fredo get to play? WTB Torts? Wolski? He better show up…

  23. Good link for Skillz Competition stats


    30.90% for all shooters this year, 32.60% since inception

    For those that wonder why. Marian Gaborik 2/19 = 10.53

    Longest shootouts:
    15 rounds, Nov. 26, 2005, WSH 2 @ NYR 3, GDG: Marek Malik, WG: Henrik Lundqvist, LG: Olaf Kolzig
    13 rounds, Oct. 07, 2006, NYR 5 @ PHI 4, GDG: Marcel Hossa, WG: Henrik Lundqvist, LG: Antero Niittymaki

  24. He leads the team in points? Big deal. He’s played in 15 more games than Gabby and Callahan. And Callahan has 4 less points.

    His 51 points rank him 61 overall. Not something to brag about for a “first line” player.

  25. Hoooray!!! Dubi bashers are back!!

    Dubi’s been one of our top players and leaders all season long… you bunch of morons…

  26. I can’t believe Torts gave the excuse that the Bruins are a “big team” for not putting Zukes in. The kid needs to play. Come on.

    Isn’t that why MZA is a good player? He’s shifty, plays physical, can take a beating, and has skills…Watch this clip…he owns Jurcina, who is nearly twice his size, and then scores a goal…


  27. czechthemout!!!! on

    Clearly Nicholas, you are an obtuse bufoon looking to get a rise out of some of the pro dubie posters.
    Why don’t you just move along troll, and join the other Dubi basher and former poster LI Joe over on the newsday blog.

  28. Dubinsky is not a 1st line player, nor will he ever be but he is a pretty good 2nd line player. Its not his fault, the Rangers do not have adequate linemates for Gaborik, which makes the Anisimov line get more minutes.

    Not exactly sure who they will get as their #1 signing but its obvious the Rangers biggest need is top line talent. Whether its Richards or hopefully a younger but proven player, when paired up with Stepan/Wolski and Gaborik should actually be a top line.

  29. While looking for SO stats I came across these shot percentage stats… all time leaders

    Wow. A goal every fifth shot, damn near 600 times… byfuglien prick

    Craig Simpson: 23.7%, 247 goals 1044 shots (Christine Simpson of Versus is his sister)
    Charlie Simmer: 22.3%, 342 goals 1534 shots
    Paul MacLean: 21.4%, 324 goals 1513 shots
    Mike Bossy: 21.2%, 573 goals 2705 shots

  30. czechthemout, good job. When you are unsatisfied with what someone has to say, call them names.

    And of course you do not contribute to the debate to convince anyone why you think he is so good.


    this is his 4th full season and every year his point total goes up. Where is the problem here?

    and please, Wolski with all his talent couldn’t hold Dubi’s jock!

  32. last season Wolski put up more points than Dubinsky or Callahan has ever put up in their careers so its not like he hasn’t proven he can be a top line player.

    playing him with Stepan and Zuccarello doesnt really maximize his talent. If he is still here next season, there is no reason why he cant get 60+ points again playing with two unquestioned top line players.

  33. Welcome back, Stephen. As usual, your statements are as well substantiated as Lindsay Lohan’s excuse for her latest trouble.

  34. put me with “unquestioned top line players” and i will put up 60+ points for half the price of Wolski

    Put Dubi with “unquestioned top line players” and he will put up 60+ points

    Put (feel in the blank) with “unquestioned top line players” ….

  35. Oleo would you consider Dustin Brown or Franzen first line players?

    Dubi has about the same amount of points as them with Brown having more games than Dubi.

    Is he an all star? Probably not but he would be a 1st line wing on a lot of teams in the league. And just imagine his stats if he rode shotgun with Datsyuk or had Burrows’s spot with the Sedins.

  36. who did Wolski play with last season? Duchene? Stewart?

    Dubi has never played with players like those, but he continuously puts up solid numbers for a high draft pick every year

  37. czechthemout!!!! on

    Fair enough Nicholas
    Dubi is still developing. He is still only 24 years old. He has improved all of his stats each and every year. I see him as a 60-70 point guy if he plays a full season. He is also a very versatile player who can play any role and any line. He is a very good penalty killer who is a threat to score while shorthand. In addition, he sticks up for his teamate who sticks up for his teammates. He is also a decent face-off man. And like torts says, he plays with jam! Is he a superstar? No. But he is a leader and he is the type of player who you can win cups with.

    I can’t say the same about a guy like Gaborik who scores goals but up till now has not been a difference maker in his career.

  38. Oleo, what ever happened to the Brad Richards trade? You practically guaranteed me a top line player.

    Wolski was drafted 21st overall BTW. and Gaborik, of course, would be having a much better season if he were playing with 2 HOFers. What ever happened to making other players better?

  39. Izzy Mandlebaum on

    Crack of Noon!

    If youse are reduced to crying about Dubi, then the team must be doing all right.

  40. Nicholas, are you sure you’re not watching games from last year? Dubi has been strong on the puck all year, and yes he has a propensity for shooting wide, but other than that it’s hard to fault his game this year. About the offsides, you meant Avery, right?

  41. Exactly…the nose picker just copy and pastes his dumb posts from last year…whatever

    I’m getting myself sausage egg and cheese on a hero for my game preparation

    F the haters

  42. Sometimes I wonder if people actually watch games before they bash players. Dubi is one of the best puck protecting fowards since Jagr (Whom he may have learned alot of it from) He creates, finds open space and will drop them with anyone who wants it. Lest not say he is one of the top producers on this team. He is a big piece of the future of this young team. Sorry I don’t see it. Pick on Avery, Wolski, even Zucarello for not getting it done. Not Dubi. The kid is money

  43. CTBlueshirt

    Brown no, Franzen yes. Dubinsky would certainly do fine playing with Richards and Gaborik next season and put up 60-65 points which is perfectly fine although I prefer to keep the Anisimov line together as the 2nd line b/c they have fantastic chemistry.

    I honestly believe that Wolski can have a great season if he is on a line with Gaborik and Richards. He has plenty of talent and while he is enigmatic and doesnt show up sometimes, he could theoretically wind up with 70-80 points playing those two where as Dubinsky just doesnt have the talent to put up those numbers.

    The point im trying to make is Dubinsky is more reliable and might ultimately be the better option but he does not have the ceiling that Wolski does.

  44. czechthemout!!!! on

    The problem with Wolski is above the neck. He is a bit of a head case. That is why he has already played with three teams. I want to see Kreider in the lineup on Wednesday! We meed his size,speed and scoring ability. He is NHL ready. Oh yeah, and he would be a very big threat on the pm. Get it done Rather!

  45. Czech, Wolski is a head case. But, Chris Kreider hasn’t signed any contract yet…not sure where you are getting this from…

  46. Ok, I think Dubi has about 60-65 point ceiling. Maybe he hits 70 if he stays fully healthy and one of his line mates has a strong year (like being paired with someone like Gaborik’s season last year).

    # of forwards to reach or exceed 60 points

    09-10: 53
    08-09: 60
    07-08: 58

    So in the 3 full years that Dubi has been in the league 60 points generally puts you in the top 10-12% of all forwards. IMO a top line forward.

  47. oleo, no disrespect intended, but you make me happy Sather is running the orgineyezation

  48. billybleedsblue on

    sausage egg and cheese on a hero…hmmm… don’t you mean, sausage egg and cheese on a Prust?

    Thanks for the chuckles with the above comments about Dubi. He’s only getting better and better all the time. We have a lot to look forward to with this team, especially with team players like him.

    Let’s Go Rangers!

  49. Two things about Kreider

    1) is he playoff roster eligible?
    2) does playing him this year, and playoffs if eligible, burn a year on his EL contract?

  50. Tony, Why do you DVR, then watch most games?
    Because ‘Go Time’ = Mountain Time Zone Dinner Time?

  51. I’m starting to think Calgary got the short end of the stick on that Brandon Prust trade!

  52. please explain how Kreider is NHL ready?? Sure Tortorella said he’d like to have him but he probably assumed he was dominating at the NCAA level when reports told him about his production in the beanpot and in the WJC

    Out of all Rangers NCAA and Canadian University prospects, Kreider has the fewest amount of points and fewest PPG. He is 7th on his team in scoring (6th in PPG). You dont see collegiate players jump to NHL right away from the NCAA and making an impact unless they were top scorers.

    Stepan, Toews, Kessel, those guys had over twice as many points as Kreider has now in the season before they turned pro. He needs to go back to BC and score some goals there before he comes out…


    Bruins are a very physical team,rangers better be prepared to raise their jam qoutent several notches today!

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