Bruins at Rangers tonight (7:30)


Don’t forget the later start, thanks to this being a Versus telecast.

That means Tortorella pre-game press conference is half an hour later, too.

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

Monday, Apr. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 42-32-5 (89 pts)
Bruins: 44-23-11 (99 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 2

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six match-up at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 42-32-5 (89 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in a shootout yesterday at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 9-3-1 in their last 13 contests. The Bruins enter the contest with a 44-23-11 (99 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have registered at least one point in six of their last seven games (5-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, Apr. 7, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a three-game homestand to close out the regular season.
*       TV: Versus
7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Bruins
*       Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Bruins
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


*       All-Time: 243-281-97-2 overall (140-118-55-0 at home, 103-163-42-2 on the road)
*       2010-11: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers own a 2-1-0 record thus far, with a 0-1-0 mark at MSG. Each meeting has been decided by one goal.
*       Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall with a 2-0-0 mark at home. Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal.
*       New York ranks 24th in the league with an 18-16-4 (40 pts) mark at home; Boston ranks fourth in the league with a 24-10-5 (53 pts) mark on the road
*       The Rangers are 10-7-2 vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Bruins are 11-4-2 vs. Atlantic Division opponents
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 15-5-2 with a 1.43 GAA, a .950 Sv% and five shutouts in 22 career regular season appearances vs. Boston; Chad Johnson has yet to face the Bruins
*       Bryan McCabe leads the Rangers with 30 assists, 38 points and 23 power play points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 70 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.

*       Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play opportunities (5:06) yesterday at Philadelphia, and are now 14-64 (21.9%) in their last 18 games. New York ranks 15th overall (49-282, 17.4%) and 11th at home (28-143, 19.6%). The Rangers are 5-15 (12:41) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/3 at PHI), and 0-7 (8:42) when four-on-three (last – 4/3 at PHI). 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 Flyers scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) yesterday at Philadelphia. New York is tied for 11th overall (212-254, 83.5%) and ranks 16th at home (95-115, 82.6%). 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 yielded one goal in two four-on-four situations (6:54) yesterday at Philadelphia, and are now plus-three in 64, four-on-four situations (130:25). 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 (4): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel); 1/1 at TBL (Thompson); 3/15 vs. NYI (Moulson); 4/3 at PHI (Zherdev).

New York has posted a record of 45-25-12 (102 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 16-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .622 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.695, 38-15-6) and Montreal (.627, 66-37-11), and ahead of Toronto (.513, 50-47-18), Boston (.504, 51-50-18) and Chicago (.476, 26-29-7).

The Rangers will conclude their 18th and final back-to-back set tomorrow vs. Boston. New York is 10-7-1 (3-2-0 at home, 7-5-1 on the road) in the first game of back-to-backs. The Blueshirts are 11-6-0 (4-2-0 at home, 7-4-0 on the road) in the second game this season, having out-scored their opponent, 45-32, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 20-8-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 8-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-1 on the road over the span.

The Blueshirts are the only team in the NHL who are undefeated when leading after two periods, posting a record of 28-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers rank fourth in the league with a plus-19 goal differential in the third period (81 goals for, 62 goals against).

*       The Rangers’ 42 wins are tied for eighth most in franchise history, one win shy of moving into a tie for seventh
*       The Blueshirts’ plus-13 rating on special teams is tied for 15th in team history
*       Henrik Lundqvist’s 34 wins rank ninth in Rangers’ history, one win shy of moving into a tie for seventh

Henrik Lundqvist was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the period ending Mar. 27 after posting a 2-0-1 record, 0.32 GAA, .987 Sv% and two shutouts in three games. On Mar. 26, Lundqvist stopped 26 shots in a 1-0 victory at Boston to establish a new career-high with his league leading, 11th shutout of the season, while appearing in his 400th career game. His 11 shutouts are tied for second in team history for most shutouts in a season, and are the most by a Ranger since John Ross Roach posted 13 shutouts in 1928-29. He is now one of two active goaltenders with at least two seasons of 10+ shutouts (M. Brodeur – 4). Lundqvist also 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, and extend his franchise record by posting his sixth straight 30-win season. Lundqvist established a new career-high by appearing in his 22nd consecutive contest (dating back to Feb. 11) on Thursday at Long Island. Lundqvist has appeared in 23 straight games entering tonight’s contest.

New York won its 40th game of the season with a 1-0 victory vs. Florida on Mar. 22. 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).


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 27 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 13 assists and ranks second with 19 points in 26 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.

The Rangers have posted six more wins and seven more points compared to last season through 79 games (36-33-10, 82 points in 2009-10), having tallied 11 more goals (223 this season, 212 last season) while allowing 22 fewer goals against (190 this season, 212 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 (2,237), rank second with number of players with at least one GWG (18), fourth in blocked shots (1,258), fifth in goals against (190), are tied for first in shootout wins (nine), fourth in shorthanded goals (11) and road wins (24), and fifth with a plus-33 goal differential.

*       Vinny Prospal has tallied 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the last 18 games
*       Henrik Lundqvist is 9-3-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .935 Sv% and three shutouts in the last 13 games
*       Marc Staal has tallied five assists in his last seven games

*       Derek Boogaard (shoulder, 12/9) – 49
*       Alex Frolov (knee, 1/8) – 36
*       Chris Drury (knee, 2/4) – 25
*       Martin Biron (fractured collarbone, 2/28) – 15
Total Man-Games Lost: 314

*       Apr. 1 – Assigned forward Mats Zuccarello to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Doodie Machetto on

    I’ll be in the house, so let’s hope that the game at least gets to OT before the Rangers lose (which is an inevitability).

  2. Her ex-bf leaked their “tape” a few years ago.

    The guy seriously needs to learn how to properly film such events. Nobody appreciates a screen full of man ass!!

    I think she gave up nude modeling though. She wants to be an famous actress. Bwaha! Good luck!

  3. The only dude that ever knew how to film was Fred Durst – hooking everybody up with his O-Face. Oh, Oh, Oh.

  4. And this shall be the last time Fred Durst and o-face are ever mentioned on the blog again.

  5. Fred Durst and o-face…

    Yeeaaaahhhhhh….I’m gonna have to go ahead and say that’s….ah…probably not a good thing to bring up…. M’kay

  6. wassup my brothas ‘n sistas! what’s been popping?!

    WTF is Fred Durst and o-face? am i the only one in the dark here?

  7. and carp’d on first day back, too. sigh.

    well, that’s much better! ddeb, that would be both :)

    just heard from Krisy, who is in Ny now (yay) and just saw cally and girardi outside MSG. she says, and I quote, “dying”

  8. I celebrate his entire catalog. For my money it just doesn’t get any better than when he sings “When a Man loves a Woman.”

  9. Did youse guys notice in my Saturday post previewing the Philly game that I chose a picture of the Rangers in their road whites congratulating Wolski after a shootout win?


  10. Krisy just met Danny G and Cally!!!! Dont know where, but that’s byfugliening awesome!

  11. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    There is a lesson to be learned, for all sports fans, from baseball bringing back for another year umpire Jim Joyce, the Cyclops who blew the perfect game call on the Detroit Tigers pitcher, last season. The lesson is that players unions are running the show and actually OWN these professional sports leagues and teams. All those who vent frustration with owners, well, it looks like your rage is mis-directed. In this day and age a man can demonstrate gross incompetence, and not even lose his job, if he has union backing. Best investment anyone can make is paying union dues – you get a free ride for just for the association and you can space out and mail a shift in, any time.

    No wonder hockey officiating is so terrible, not even Bettman can do anything about it. This is also why over-expansion in sports is a nightmare. Just as there is a shortage of playing talent in all sports, obviously there is a severe shortage of capable game officials. So what are basketball, football and hockey’s response? Of course, they add officials, hockey from one to two referees, football added a seventh on-field official, and of course basketball, with no clue, added a third referee and even put some girls in there to be “fair.” Whoop-de-doo!

  12. Steppers and Boyle just passed Krisy by at MSG….she didn’t get tix to the game, but I directed her to local pub for watching :) the girl just arrived in town from Norway and hout ago and is on the Rangers path……now that’s dedication!!!!!!

  13. Mitch Beck just told me that the Whale just played three in three nights. Before that, Zuccarello had played two in two nights with the Rangers, which means he’d played five in five. Newbury will play his fourth in four nights if he plays tonight. Ouch.

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

    creepy man, just creepy!!

    give krisy an atta girl from me!!

  15. I do agree that Boyle’s play has slumped as of late, but in the big picture, nobody expected anything remotely near what he has given us and I have no right to complain about a rough stretch.

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

    okay, see you assens later and LGR!!!!

  17. CCCP, like you, I have no idea who is this guy (or guys?) is, but looking at some responses, especially CTB’s, I gather calling him a jackwagon would be a huge compliment.

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

    a laurel here…who is a jackwagon??

  19. Stranger Nation on

    Predictions tonite?

    3-2 NYR – GWG: Newbury (ha!) – I mean Avery (double ha!), I really mean Dubi, Dubi Doo (he has to score sometime this Spring)

    I am a scared….

  20. first time in NY, gets to meet some of the Rangers, scores center ice seats in the 100s. wow those Norwegian tourists go all out eh?

  21. limo? big deal!! i took a “D” train in the morning! Got yelled at, pushed and someone stood on my shoes for two full stops! NOW that is what i call “Livin’ it up in NYC!” :P

  22. There were talking about some guy before, Wicky….

    I forgot it was VS exclusive, darn it…

  23. Dubinsky name has derived from Russian word “Dub” – which means “Oak”, tree, known as a one of the stiffest wood in nature. So, I’m just curious what part of Dubie Krisy touched?

  24. czechthemout!!!! on

    From earlier post


    Without even knowing your age, I can tell that I have watched a lot more hockey than you.
    The mere fact that you would even compare McD to blowzy is telling about your so called ability to comprehend hockey. But just to set the record straight, my first game live was the night Eddie came back as a Red Wing.. but I do appreciate your concern tolling though.

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