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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Ericsson Globe Arena – Stockholm, Sweden
October 7, 2011 – 1:00 p.m. EST

TOMORROW’S GAME
The Rangers will begin their 2011-12 regular season tomorrow against the Los Angeles Kings at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden (1:00 p.m. EST), as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere. This will be the fourth consecutive year the Blueshirts have started the season on the road, and the second time New York has begun the season in Europe. Tomorrow’s game is the first of two contests in Stockholm for the Rangers, who will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday, October 8 (1:00 p.m. EST). In seven preseason contests, New York posted a record of 4-2-1 (9 pts), including a 3-1-0 (6 pts) mark against European clubs. The Kings posted a 4-2-2 (10 pts) record in eight preseason games, including a 5-4 victory over the Hamburg Freezers on Tuesday.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:
TV: MSG Network
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
1:00 p.m. – Rangers at Kings (Stockholm, Sweden)
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst)
Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
12:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
1:00 p.m. – Rangers at Kings (Stockholm, Sweden)
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. KINGS:
-All-Time: 65-43-16-0 overall (37-18-6-0 at home; 28-25-10-0 on the road)
-2010-11: This is the first and only meeting between the Rangers and Kings this season.
-Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 following a 4-3 shootout win against the Kings on Feb. 17 at Madison Square Garden.
-The Rangers ranked ninth with a 24-16-1 (49 pts) record on the road last season; the Kings ranked eighth with a 25-13-3 (53 pts) mark at home last season
-New York was 4-1-0 vs. the Pacific Division last season; Los Angeles was 3-2-2 against the Atlantic Division last season
-Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-3-0 record with a 2.97 GAA in five career regular season contests vs. Los Angeles, including a 1-0-0 mark with a 2.77 GAA in one game last season; Martin Biron is 4-1-0 with a 2.04 GAA and one shutout in six career regular season games vs. the Kings
-Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 19 goals and 29 points in 27 career regular season contests vs. Los Angeles; Brad Richards has recorded a team-high, 19 assists (26 points) in 23 career regular season games vs. the Kings
-Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov each tallied a team-high, two points, with a goal and an assist apiece last season vs. the Kings
-New York lists one former King on their roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08, 2008-09)
-Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on their roster

SPECIAL TEAMS (last season):
The Blueshirts posted a plus-13 rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) last season, which tied for second in the league.

-Power Play: The Rangers were 14-72 (19.4%) in their final 21 games. New York ranked 18th overall (49-290, 16.9%) and 21st on the road (21-139, 15.1%). The Rangers were 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 were 18-20 (90.0%) in their final 11 games. New York tied for ninth overall (215-257, 83.7%) and ranked sixth on the road (117-139, 84.2%). The Rangers were 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 posted a plus-three rating in 67, four-on-four situations (134:41), and an even rating in one, three-on-three situation (2:00, 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).

SEASON OPENERS:
-The Rangers are 35-36-13 all-time in 84 season-opening games, including a 25-27-8 record in 60 season openers away from MSG. The Blueshirt’s .483 winning percentage in season openers on the road ranks ninth in the NHL.
-New York has out-scored their opponents, 241-236 in season-openers.
-Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella ranks fifth among active NHL head coaches in season openers with a record of 6-2-0 in eight career season-opening games for a .750 winning percentage.
-Blueshirts legend Andy Bathgate holds the franchise record for most assists and points in a season-opening game, having registered four assists and five points on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago. His four assists and five points in the 1955-56 season opener are tied for second all-time in the NHL. Former Ranger Walt Tkaczuk also tallied four assists in a season-opening game on Oct. 9, 1974 vs. Washington.
-Derek Stepan tallied three goals while making his NHL debut in last season’s opener on Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo.  His three goals tied the franchise record for goals in a season opener, and he became the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut. Ron Murphy, who skated with the Rangers from 1952-53 to 1956-57, also tallied three goals in the 1955-56 season opener at Chicago on Oct. 7, 1955.
-Stepan is one of two active players who have notched a hat trick in a season-opening game (Paul Stastny, COL).
-Former Rangers’ captain Jaromir Jagr holds the team record for fastest goal to start a game in a season opener with his goal just 29 seconds into the contest on Oct. 5, 2006 vs. Washington.
-Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Walt Tkaczuk are tied for the Rangers’ record for most career points in season-opening games, with each player having tallied 13 career points in season openers.
-Former Rangers’ goaltender Gump Worsley holds the franchise record for most opening night wins with five career wins in season-opening games. Henrik Lundqvist has registered four career wins in season-opening games.

NEW FACES
The Rangers have five new players on their opening night roster: Brad Richards, Mike Rupp, Brendan Bell, Tim Erixon and Jeff Woywitka. Erixon is looking to make his NHL debut.

GETTING STARTED:
-The Rangers have posted a record of 281-270-91 all-time in the month of October, including a 176-117-48 mark at home and a 105-153-43 record on the road. New York is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2011-12, with three games being contested at MSG and seven scheduled on the road.
-Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
-The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 33 career wins during the month of October.
-New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).

COUNTDOWN TO 2500 WINS
The Rangers are currently 16 wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,484 games all-time in franchise history.

CLOSING TIME
The Blueshirts were the only team in the NHL who were undefeated when leading after two periods last season, posting a record of 29-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers tied for third in the league with a plus-22 goal differential in the third period (85 goals for, 63 goals against). New York also tied for second in the NHL with eight wins and 20 points in games in which it trailed entering the final frame.

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
The Rangers completed the 2010-11 season leading the league in hits (2,333), ranked fourth in blocked shots (1,301), tied for first in shutouts (11), second in number of players with at least one GWG (19), third in shootout wins (nine), fourth in shorthanded goals (11) and road wins (24), fifth in goals against (198), and fifth with a plus-35 goal differential.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
-Brandon Prust: 3 games from 200th NHL career
-Brad Richards: 4 assists from 500th NHL career
-Mike Rupp: 3 games from 500th NHL career

INJURIES:
-Marc Staal (Injured Reserve, 10/5) – 0

Total Man-Games Lost: 0

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Oct. 5 – Recalled defenseman Tim Erixon from Connecticut (AHL)
Oct. 5 – Assigned forward Sean Avery to Connecticut (AHL)
Oct. 5 – Placed defenseman Marc Staal on IR
Oct. 6 – Claimed defenseman Jeff Woywitka off waivers from Montreal
Oct. 6 – Assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut (AHL)

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71 Comments

  1. ilb

    What’s new? Did you hear about Avery being waived? Oh and did you know that Marc Stawl has a brother? What about Jeff Skinner being a figure skater?

    Well…this is all the news I got.

  2. On my way to Stockholm now, really pumped up to se our boys get a good start.

    Who buys the beers?

  3. Funny, there would’ve been two former LA Kings players on the NY Rangers roster if Tort’s didn’t sandbag Avery.

  4. I think Yahoo has a hockey fantasy blog…

    Let’s not use this forum to discuss your fantasy league…

    Lets Go NYR!

  5. Well Carp’s schedule just got a lot lighter! LOL

    AND THE YANKEES WI…er, LOSE!!

    Freaking A-Rod strikes out with season in the line! Unreal

  6. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    RANGERS !!!!!! MUHAAAAAAAAAA yess!!!!!!

    Back man , Rangers are back!!!!

  7. Let’s Not

    Let’s not tell people what they can or cannot post, ok? Half of this blog is in fantasy league. And at 11:47PM I think we can talk about anything we want..OK?

    You’re not even brave enough to post under your real name? Let’s see it, partner :)

  8. John Sterling can go do his voice exercises by gargling with razor blades now – no more of his bellowing about the Yankees this year!

  9. Arod shouldnt even show up next year. highly doubt NY will ever forgive him. i sure as hell wont. done defending him as well.

  10. I thought it was Wednesday till an hour ago. This alzheimers stuff has its benefits.

    Wew onlly work half days on Fridays. I definitely forgot a day this week. Working too hard.

    I get to come home and watch the Rangers on a Friday.

    Please make a difference Dubi. I have been lobbying for this first line spot for a few months.

    Its almost like Christmas eve here, I love that too. I just have to remember these times when things aren’t so good.

    Rangers 5 Kings 2

  11. A-Roid struck out with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth!? Is that what happened? Somebody said that on the Versus between-periods coverage.

  12. A-roid? I love that too! ha ha ha!

    OK enough baseball for one year. let the real sport take over.

  13. Thanks, 3CP – I wouldn’t dare watch – I’m the opposite of ORR – if I watch them, they win!

  14. leetchhalloffame on

    Does anyone out there remember when John Sterling was the annoying voice of the Islanders? “That’s a goal….Islander goal…..Islander goal…..Islander goal!!!!!” I’ve hated that dude forever.
    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Yankees lose!

  15. Lots of Yankees haters on here lol

    So how long until Cooke is suspended for the rest of the season? I say 10 games…

  16. One team that could use Christensen’s shootout skill is Vancouver, wow are they brutal on shootouts.

  17. JimboWoodside on

    >>>Does anyone out there remember when John Sterling was the annoying voice of the Islanders? “That’s a goal….Islander goal…..Islander goal…..Islander goal!!!!!” I’ve hated that dude forever.
    Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Yankees lose!

    Sterling *indelibly* burned himself into my memory with his shilling for the Islanders in their early days – so much so that anything he’s involved with, I hate!

    I’ve always been anti-Yankee, but when they hired Sterling, that just was the straw that broke the Jimbo’s back!

    I *despise* his work!

  18. Good morning all!

    My day so far: Crawl out of bed looking like well worn zombie to get coffee, run into Torts in elevator. Well hello coach! I did wish him luck. Now Iäm off to hide behind a pillar and watch team leave :)

    Carp, look forward to reading preview after second cup…..later!

  19. JimboWoodside on

    I’m surprised you didn’t put a beatdown on him for his treatment of Aves! Good self-control, Madam!

  20. Jimbo, fortunately, I was too dazed, tired and surprised. Had I been showered and awake, who knows! So phew!

  21. JimboWoodside on

    Well, it was a good thing that you were “dazed and confused” then, Mama – who knows what horrible Swedish jail you might have been thrown into if you assaulted Torts!

    It might have been an Ikea Jail or something!

  22. JimboWoodside on

    Say, if you happen to run into the Swedish Bikini Volleyball team, would you give them my number!? ;-D

  23. Sure Jimbo, no problem. I’m more concerned about staying out of trouble if anyone gives me carcillo over my jersey tonight :)
    BTW, I expect the Globe to be crawling with blue tonight, as my hotel is full of Ranger gear. I’m actually kinda blown away at how many folks from home are here (including me!)

    OK, off to get ready to meet the king and queen for tea. They are in town, as it happens. Later all! Here’s to go time!!!

  24. JimboWoodside on

    Now why would anyone give you any problems over your jersey!?

    Say hello to the king & queen for me – and *ENJOY* the game later on!

  25. RangerSwede; Mam and I will buy you a beer! ;) Send Laurel an email: lbabs@aol.com and that goes for any other boneheads in Stockholm too. Mama wants to meet you all! ;)

  26. Mundo... Give me MSG HD on Verizon FiOS dammit! on

    What a glorious morning, a fresh new hockey season, can’t get better than this

  27. JIMBO! I’ll ask mam to bring someone back for you. She just had hers and she liked it. ;)

    We were at another hotel earlier, having cocktails and meeting LW(who is really nice btw) and just happen to run into a couple of players from the LA Kings team; kopi and Richards. Funny! So now we’re having a little pregame nap then it’s off to Globen! Can’t wait! LGR!!!

    HEIA CARP! LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!

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