Thrashers at Rangers tonight; picnic this weekend

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But first, a crucial message from Blogmama.
re: This weekend’s Boneheadpalooza:

“Greetings all! As promised, here’s the info on this weekend’s Boneheads “We Will Make the Playoffs” Picnic (cole slaw not included).

We’re breaking it into two events, in case some people can’t make Saturday but would like to picnic anyway. You can RSVP here, or e-mail me at lbabs@aol.com.
Here’s the dealio:

Friday: 7 p.m., Flying Puck, 7th Ave. and 30th St. This is so folks can watch the games on that night and pray for the right teams to lose.
Saturday: Post-game, Warren77 (at 77 Warren St., for those who actually may not know that). I’m hoping the place isn’t too insane, but it just seems wrong to picnic anywhere else, so we’ll just have to deal.

We have a small group already set for both events (Krisy, who has flown in from Norway just for the games and picnic this week, is the guest of honor. You’ll just have to be surprised by the rest!) but hope to see many of you either time. Let’s send our boys into the playoffs with Ranger Report style!

How to find us: Listen for Norwegian accents or scope me out. For those who have not met me yet, I’m tall, have short hair, green-framed eyeglasses and a fabulous tan :)  Or just shout out “boneheads!”

LGR!”

–Blogmama

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

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS
Thursday, Apr. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY

Rangers: 43-32-5 (91 pts)
Thrashers: 33-34-12 (78 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 5

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the penultimate game of their 2010-11 regular season schedule. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-32-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-3-1 in their last 14 contests. New York is 5-0-1 in their last six games at MSG. The Thrashers enter the contest with a 33-34-12 (78 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Apr. 9, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude their 2010-11 regular season schedule.
BROADCAST INFORMATION:
TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Thrashers
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 vs. Thrashers
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. THRASHERS:

  • All-Time: 19-14-1-9 overall (7-8-1-5 at home, 12-6-0-4 on the road)
  • 2010-11: Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two at MSG. New York is 1-2-0 overall and 0-1-0 at home.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-1-2 overall, with a 0-1-1 mark at home. Two of their four meetings were decided in the shootout.
  • Six of their last 10 meetings have required overtime, and five of their last nine have ended in the shootout
  • New York ranks 22nd with a 19-16-4 (42 pts) record at home; Atlanta is tied for 23rd with a 16-19-5 (37 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 8-9-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Thrashers are 9-7-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 7-4-6 with a 2.20 GAA and one shutout in 18 career regular season appearances vs. Atlanta; Chad Johnson is 0-0-1 with a 0.92 GAA in one career regular season contest vs. Atlanta
  • Vinny Prospal has registered a team-high, 21 goals, 37 assists and 58 points in 53 career regular season contests vs. Atlanta. Prospal’s 58 points vs. Atlanta is his most against any NHL team.
  • New York lists one former Thrasher on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09)
  • Atlanta lists two former Rangers on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09); Radek Dvorak (1999-2000 – 2002-03)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
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 did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (8:00) on Monday vs. Boston, and are now 14-68 (20.6%) in their last 19 games. New York ranks 16th overall (49-286, 17.1%) and 14th at home (28-147, 19.0%). 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 Bruins scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) on Monday at MSG. New York ranks 10th overall (213-255, 83.5%) and 16th at home (96-116, 82.8%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Monday vs. Boston, 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers competed in 18 back-to-back sets this season, posting a record of 10-7-1 (3-2-0 at home, 7-5-1 on the road) in the first game and 12-6-0 (5-2-0 at home, 7-4-0 on the road) in the second game of the set. New York out-scored their opponent, 50-35, in the second game. Over the last two seasons, New York is 21-8-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-1 on the road over the span.

CLOSING TIME
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-22 goal differential in the third period (84 goals for, 62 goals against).

PLACE IN HISTORY:

  • The Rangers’ 43 wins are tied for seventh most in franchise history, one win shy of moving into a tie for sixth
  • The Blueshirts’ plus-13 rating on special teams is tied for 15th in team history
  • Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 wins are tied for seventh in Rangers’ history, one win shy of moving into a tie for sixth

THE PUCK STOPS HERE
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 Mar. 31 at Long Island. Lundqvist has appeared in 24 straight games entering tonight’s contest.

40 WINS
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).

COMPARED TO LAST SEASON…
The Rangers have posted six more wins and seven more points compared to last season through 80 games (37-33-10, 84 points in 2009-10), having tallied 11 more goals (228 this season, 217 last season) while allowing 20 fewer goals against (193 this season, 213 last season).  New York has also shown a six-goal improvement while shorthanded compared to 2009-10 (11 this season, five last season).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers lead the league in hits (2,269), rank fourth in blocked shots (1,276), fifth in goals against (193), are tied for first in shootout wins (nine), second with number of players with at least one GWG (18), fourth in shorthanded goals (11) and road wins (24), and fourth with a plus-35 goal differential.

THE HOT LIST:

  • Vinny Prospal enters the contest with a three-game scoring streak (three goals, one assist over the span), and has tallied 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in the last 19 games
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 10-3-1 with a 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv% and three shutouts in the last 14 games
  • Marc Staal has tallied six assists in his last eight games

INJURIES:

  • Derek Boogaard (shoulder, 12/9) – 50
  • Alex Frolov (knee, 1/8) – 37
  • Chris Drury (knee, 2/4) – 26
  • Martin Biron (collarbone, 2/28) – 16
  • Ryan Callahan (ankle, 4/4)
    Total Man-Games Lost: 318

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Apr. 1 – Assigned forward Mats Zuccarello to Connecticut (AHL)
  • Apr. 4 – Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)
  • Apr. 5 – Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)

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93 Comments

  1. Doodie Machetto on

    ilb, I disagree and here’s why:

    Almost every team has a guy that’s supposed to score 40+. Only about half have a guy who is considered a legit PPQB.

  2. I think Warren 77 will be insane. Even before I saw this update I was planning on going there with about 5 friends after the game.

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

    cc
    tony doesn’t even wear pants!!

    Doodie
    I disagree again, and I agree with ILB!!

    CCCP
    iggy

    Tiki
    love you man!!

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

    what time are we all supposed to show up at W77??

  5. Doodie Machetto on

    Iginla brings more to the table than just scoring goals. If you want to give me a guy like Iginla, you have to give a multi-dimensional defenseman like Pronger. And I’d take Pronger over Iginla.

    But if you give me a pure goal scorer, like Gaborik or Vanek, and compare him to a legit PPQB like Dan Boyle, give me Boyle.

  6. Doodie Machetto on

    “we need a crease clearing dry cleaner. too much starch in the shorts”

    Drury needs a tailoring dry cleaner. Not enough shorts in the shorts.

  7. just arrived at the garden. sitting at the starbucks next door. thank god i am in sales. blew off the rest of the afternoon. cant think about anything but this team.

    JUST WIN BABY.

    carp i will come by during warmups

  8. Tony – you should get some awesome Rangers tattoo on your legs since you don’t wear pants. Like Sweatpant logos all down your leg.

  9. eric – totally with you
    i can’t focus. I am losing it at work. I have baseball blasting but I can’t even pay attention to the games. Losing it. Totally losing it. Hope the boys feel a bit better and more together than I do.

  10. Is it just me or as anyone else worried that the Rangers will sink back to struggling to score more than 1 goal tonight and that’s because they’ll spend most of the night around the perimeter in the Thrasher end?

    Mmmm…sure hope is that ol’ Ranger paranoia making me nervous….

  11. eddie eddie eddie on

    noah – i am extremely superstitious…but what has always worked for me was to confront it head on…by projecting extra positive vibrations, I am able to overcome whatever jinx the hockey gods try to affix us with…i know it sounds crazy…but you must trust me on this…

  12. True Blue 24 on

    Manny from last post…. I dont boo, but id still like to go vs Prospal just for the hell of it….

  13. eddie eddie eddie on

    also, i havent changed my underwear since the sharks game….and you cannot argue with the 10-3-1 over the last 14….

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

    ok all, thanks for all the discussion today. I’m off to work for the next 11 hours so LGR LGP LGD!!!!!

    later assens!!

  15. eddie: You know there’s a better way to handle that superstition: Don’t wear underwear at all EVER!

  16. True Blue – I might actually think you have a shot in that fight. Without knowing you.

  17. Noah-rury-allahan, 28 on

    I can argue with 0-1-0 since you asked who our second round opponent would be :p.

  18. we need to playa from ahead. 1st goal is the key. fall behind again tonight we will get tight.

    this is like a tennis match.

    carolina held serve last night we need to hold serve tonight.

    also if we are tied under 10 mins to go 3rd per play for the point that away you still control your own fate come saturday.

  19. True Blue 24 on

    haha thanks… i probably can… but anyway no fighting tonight, JUST WIN! btw ive been always reading the blog but rarely participated how come we havent signed Homo Larry to a 2 year contract on here? or he is not as cool as he looks on a jumbotrone?

  20. eddie eddie eddie on

    noah – had i said first round (which i didnt oh great and fearless and mighty hockey GOD) that would have been BAD…but by saying the second round, it effectively unjinxes our boys….however, I must refrain…as I can only mention it once…all while chewing each bite of my tuna exactly 6 times before swallowing….

  21. Noah-rury-allahan, 28 on

    Sounds good. I’ll let you do what you need to do.

    Sather would overpay Larry to be on this blog, by the way.

  22. “Almost every team has a guy that’s supposed to score 40+.”

    and every guy is *supposed* to have movie star/model for a wife

    -supposed to, but in reality that’s not the case, that’s why we/they lust for them :)

    There are 4 40 goal scorers this year

    There were:

    10 in 07-08
    8 in 08-09
    7 in 09-10

  23. Edie Edd\ie Edie

    no change in shorts? How about going and sitting directly behind the Thrashers bench for this game.
    And give some loud grunts periodically – just to give the situation a little ah, aroma?

  24. doodie

    completely disagree. if its tied late dont take a chance that may lead to an odd man rush the other way. i would pick your spots.

    dont have d men constantly jumping up on play where there may be a turnover at the opposing teams blue line

  25. “also, i havent changed my underwear since the sharks game”

    welcome to the world’s most famous aroma

    I changed mine, with Bob, and he changed his with Bill

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    Fran – I take them off time to time…but I must put them back on whenever out in public….I wish I were at the Garden tonight to do what you suggest, however, no airline would issue a boarding pass to me in my present condition….

  27. RangerJeff, come on down!
    wicky, you flying in?
    Blueshirt, she was very bummed to miss MZA, but at the Boston game she wound up sitting next to his dad and they had a nice long chat! In Norwegian of course! She was thrilled. FYI, according to papa MZA, son was sent down because of cap issues….Vinny was up for a bonus so he got chucked for money issues. Anyway, that’s the dad says.

  28. haha. You’re right! We all look just like him!

    I think we might be able to get a discount Frodo/Harry Potter costume and we can combine them. My mom used to teach sewing classes – I remember a thing or two.

  29. Interesting take eddie – that score is almost as “high” as that NCAA Championship Thriller.

  30. Papa MZA may be right!!! That makes sense!!

    Mama with the inside scoop!

    Should I bring german or regular potato salad? ;)

  31. BTW, this from Zipay: zip…..During practice, an altercation between Sean Avery and Michael Sauer almost came to blows. The Avery-Christensen-Gilroy line was rushing the net and Sauer chopped Avery, skating hard in the slot. Avery went down, face first, upended Lundqvist and both ended up in the dislodged net. Avery, visibly angry, sprung up, and stepped toward Sauer, shouting. Sauer stood there and may have responded, which caused Avery to shove him and Sauer shoved back. Coach Jim Schoenfeld and several players quickly stepped in to separate them and told them to cool down. Avery seemed annoyed afterward; Sauer was smiling.

    LOL…pretty funny that Sauer found it amusing afterwards but Avery was still angry/pouting.

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    ddebened,

    It’s about value over replacement. How many scored 30 in each of those years? Is 10 extra goals really that much more valuable? Meanwhile, a true PPQB should add another 20 goalsto your team

  33. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – as a professional fortune teller, while that score seems high, it is what i expect….

  34. Eddie – that’s fine. I believe you. Why wouldn’t it be that high? Bettman would be happy. That’s the game he wants!

  35. Hmm if MZA was sent down for cap-issues, does this mean these same cap issues will prevent MZA from being recalled for the playoffs, barring an injury that is

  36. Seriously – where are people watching this game? I don’t know if I want to watch this alone – I might need some people on suicide watch.

  37. eddie eddie eddie on

    lev – maybe it was explained to papa MZA in swedish and he just misunderstood…rangers dont seem to be in cap trouble, but i confess ignorance….

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    in 2 hours 16 minutes…”….and the winner of the Officer McD award…..No. 8…..BRANDON PRUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST”

  39. CapeBretonRangerFan on

    This day is taking way too long. My fingernails are already becoming my pregame meal.

  40. I wanna be sedated….nothing to do … no where to go-oh…I wanna be sedated….Put me in my wheelchair and put me on the plane…hurry hurry hurry…before I go insane….

  41. I guess what you are saying then is:

    “Almost every team has a guy that’s supposed to score 30+”

    :)

  42. LETS GO NY RANGERS…. WHOOOOOOOP, excited to watch us play the game at full speed for 60 minutes.

    BIG PLAYERS PLAY BIG IN BIG GAMES… AND WE HAVE PLENTY. FIRED UP!

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    beat on the brat, beat on the brat, beat on the brat with a baseball bat….

  44. I took the law and threw it away
    Cause there’s nothing wrong
    It’s just for play
    Theres no law, no law anymore
    I want to steal from the rich and
    Give to the poor

    Sha-la-la-la
    Sha-la-la-la-la-la

  45. those 10 extra goals are only that much more valuable if they’re scored on the PP and make your PPQB look good :P

  46. Eddie – a question – when our powers are combined how much do we annoy people? 1 – 10

    10 being the most and 1 being not at all.

  47. Nigel Tufnel: Don’t touch it!

    Marty DiBergi: We’ll I wasn’t going to touch it, I was just pointing at it.

    Nigel Tufnel: Well… don’t point! It can’t be played.

    Marty DiBergi: Don’t point, okay. Can I look at it?

    Nigel Tufnel: No. no. That’s it, you’ve seen enough of that one.

  48. eddie eddie eddie on

    Nigel: can you hear the sustain?

    Marty: I dont hear anything

    Nigel: well, you would, if it were playing

  49. eddie eddie eddie on

    Nigel: you can out and have a bite alaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  50. eddie eddie eddie on

    Marty: would you say that they are not as popular?

    Ian: no no no no no no not at all…I would say that their appeal has become much more selective…

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