Rangers at Islanders tonight


Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, New York
October 15, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up. The Rangers (0-0-2, 2 pts) enter the contest having been defeated by the Ducks, 2-1, in the shootout on Oct. 8 to complete the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden with an 0-0-2 mark.  The Blueshirts are now 2-0-2 all-time in regular season games played in Europe, having previously swept a back-to-back set against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2008 NHL Premier in Prague, Czech Republic. The Islanders enter the contest with a 2-1-0 (4 pts) record, and have won each of their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will travel to Vancouver to face-off against the Canucks on Tuesday, October 18, at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m.), to begin a six-game stretch against Canadian opponents including four on the road to begin the set.

-TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Islanders
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)
-Radio: Bloomberg Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Islanders
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)

-All-Time: 112-98-19-5 overall (65-37-11-4 at home; 47-61-8-1 on the road)
-2010-11: This is the first of six meetings between the Rangers and Islanders this season, and the first of three meetings at Nassau Coliseum.
-Last Season: The Blueshirts were 4-2-0 in 2010-11, including a 1-2-0 mark on the road. The Rangers averaged 4.5 goals per contest, and converted 9-28 on the power play for a 32.1% success rate in the season series.
-The Rangers ranked ninth with a 24-16-1 (49 pts) record on the road last season; the Islanders ranked 25th with a 17-18-6 (40 pts) mark at home last season
-The Blueshirts were 14-9-1 vs. the Atlantic Division last season; the Islanders were 6-13-5 against the Atlantic Division last season
-Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 21-10-5 record with a 2.21 GAA and three shutouts in 37 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders, including a 4-2-0 mark with a 3.13 GAA and one shutout in six games last season; Martin Biron is 20-4-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and two shutouts in 26 career regular season games vs. the Islanders
-Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 18 assists and 28 points in 30 career regular season contests vs. the Islanders; Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high, 14 goals, and 26 points in 21 career regular season games vs. the Islanders
-Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with six goals, 10 points, three power play goals and two game-winning goals in six games vs. the Islanders last season; Brandon Dubinsky tallied a team-high, six assists, and added three goals for nine points in six games vs. the Islanders in 2010-11
-The Rangers list two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08)
-The Islanders list two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01, 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10)

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: New York was 0-7 (9:24) on Oct. 8 against the Ducks, and are 0-8 with the man advantage in two games this season. Last season, 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: New York was 6-6 (8:11) on Oct. 8 against the Ducks, and are 10-11 (90.9%) in two games this season. Last season, 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 did not tally/yield a goal in five four-on-four situations (8:09) on Oct. 8 against the Ducks, and are even in six four-on-four situations (11:00) this season.  Last season, the Rangers 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).

The Rangers completed their first of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 2-1 shootout loss against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 8 at Ericsson Globe Arena. New York has posted a record of 0-0-1 (0-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 0-0-1 (0-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 21-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span.

The Rangers lead the league with a 57.9% faceoff winning percentage, winning 66-of-114 faceoff attempts this season. Brad Richards leads all NHL players with a 79.2% faceoff winning percentage (19-24).

Ryan Callahan notched the Rangers’ first goal of the season with an even strength tally at 15:22 of the first period on Oct. 7 against the Kings, while making his debut as the team’s captain. He also led all skaters with a career-high, 11 shots on goal, was credited with three hits, and led all team forwards with 20:30 of ice time. Callahan’s 11 shots were the most by a Ranger since Brendan Shanahan recorded 12 shots on goal on Apr. 4, 2008 vs. the Islanders.

The Rangers had three players make their Rangers debut in the team’s season opener on Oct. 7 against the Kings – Tim Erixon (NHL debut), Brad Richards (one assist) and Mike Rupp.

-The Rangers have posted a record of 281-270-93 all-time in the month of October, including a 176-117-48 mark at home and a 105-153-45 record on the road. New York (0-0-2) 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).

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

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.

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.

-Brandon Prust: 1 game from 200th NHL career
-Brad Richards: 3 assists from 500th NHL career
-Mike Rupp: 1 game from 500th NHL career

-Tim Erixon: 1st career NHL game (10/7 at LAK)

-Marc Staal (Injured Reserve, 10/5) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 2

-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)
-Oct. 9 – Assigned defenseman Brendan Bell to Connecticut (AHL)
-Oct. 9 – Returned goaltender Scott Stajcer to Owen Sound (OHL)

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  1. Correction. Three former Rangers in the lineup. Montoya you can’t leave off the list, even if he never hit the ice for the big club(though I seem to remember he did dress as a backup once).

    Man, I know there’s no sense in crying over P.A. Parenteau, since he really had no space in the Rangers lineup. But 53 points last season and 4 points in three games this season kind of gets me wondering why we let the kid walk for nothing.

    My key to the game tonight is Gaborik. If there’s one guy who really needs to pick it up today, it’s him. He needs to show he’s still the point-per-game player he was in 2009-2010. Good luck to Woywitka. I guess it’s going to be another trial-by-fire for the newest Ranger, considering this must-not-lose situation.

  2. Yeah, Montoya definitely had a spot as a backup at least once in the regular season. Parenteau, I think, is a one-year wonder.

    It’s funny how everybody is saying the Rangers are winless but not undefeated, since if they finish the season at a record like 35-35-12, the analysts will say, “They are a .500 team” under the Bettman bonus point system.

    Let’s go out and kill the Islanders tonight? K Thanks.

  3. And I think Village People Gillies is still injured, thank baby Jesus.

    Islanders had an attendance of 9,759 at their last game. They could almost double that tonight! Columbus is in even worse shape though, at least early.

  4. throw your head back and shout,like crazy eyes Biron!

    Its Game day!

    Let Go Rangers!

    hope our illegitimate HW tunes up Gillies!

  5. VPG is hurt? But who will prevent all the mayhem on the ice now? And how will the Isles replace his three seconds of ice time?

  6. Oh no! No Village People!? Who will represent the slightly less than manly handle bar mustache contingent of the NHL now!?

  7. if the NHL went by points earned / points available, then the rangers would have 2 / 6 points and a .333 record.

    this system would give 2 / 2 for regulation win, 2 / 3 for ot or so win, and 1 / 3 for ot or so loss.

  8. I think there’s something very deliberate about the NHL’s point system. It makes really bad teams look not so bad, below average teams look pretty good and average teams look like cup-contenders. That way the NHL can say ‘look, the talent pool isn’t watered down this many teams’ when in fact, it is. Changing the rules to allow smaller players make it is another way the NHL has obscured the fact that it isn’t as talented as it was 15 years ago.

    Here’s to making Nabokov’s welcome back to the NHL a very unwelcome one…

  9. Dubiii

    I realise .500 isn’t .500 any more, but the Rangers couldn’t have earned all six of the points available, so saying they’re .333 doesn’t really stack up either. That way, a team going 82-0 would only ever be .667.

  10. >>The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders…

    Oh? The Rangers are still in the league? I thought they were relegated or something.

  11. >>I think there’s something very deliberate about the NHL’s point system…

    You better believe it, Phil. They want TV announcers to keep yapping about those “great playoff races” at the end of the season.

  12. Good afternoon all! Keep your car safe Carp! I’m sick as a dog, missing Ranger fan fun in city tonight. Hartnell. But LGR!!!!

  13. yes ilb, sadly….but my eyes are much improved!!! I think I’ve just been acting too much like a 26 year old the past month and my body is telling me, WTB??

  14. Girardi-McMonster will play all 60 minutes, plus OT, plus shootout.

    Yeah, I love the Coliseum. Love the ride. Only got my car totaled and cheated death once out there.

  15. Islanders have a couple Ranger killers up front. The defense is going to have to settle in early. Are we gonna see
    Stepan-Richards-Gaborik tonight?


    morning ILB and all!!

    sorry you feel bad, I guess it’s my fault. I was sick last week!! Feel better!!

    I hope woywitka—> plays well!

    No VPG? Nabokov??


    if it makes you feel any better, your fantasy team is doing poorly as well!!

    What? too soon?


    I am killing it as the rangers in GM mode on NHL12!! Any one know when the jets’ jerseys are going to be available on it??


    ok, dvrs set up (always have a back up) and off to work until midnight youse guys time!!

    later aasens!!

    and LGD!! and LGR!!!

  20. I think I’m sick cause I haven’t had a day off in about a month….work, Philly, work, Chicago, work, Sweden, work…..you’d think I was 26 or something! Today I have nothing but prayers for a win!!! Off for nap…..later all!

  21. mdz and erixon

    woywitka and eminger ouch.

    in hank we trust.

    be at game section 325 row L. seat 11-15 with some buddies. anyone going

  22. This game is a WIN-WIN situation.

    If we win, we’re probably going to the Cup finals and if we lose it should lock up a top spot in the draft.

  23. Someone mentioned Souray the other day and said that he;d gotten a couple assists, so it looks like he might be back.Well I saw him slam one into the net from the point the other night and I don’t know if it was a tie maker or a winner but those guys were sure excited about it.
    if he’s back ( with all that means), he still had a murderous period of recovery for I thought that he’d never be back.

  24. btw I heard some of the announcers call him
    Soorie…..accent on lst syllable….I bet all the darlin’s in Montreal went ape at that.


    a laurel
    the only pairing that looks scary to me is mdz-erixon. I’m not overly stoked about any of the pairings (including OPG and mcdonut), but mdz-erixon is the only one that should cause a lot of concern among us!

  26. I think we have to hold our collective breath for first 10-12 min. If it goes OK, than lube rusty gears, raise spirit degree and ahead to occupy “Dead fish” street for good!

  27. “Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high, 14 goals, and 26 points in 21 career regular season games vs. the Islanders”

    Pretty awesome stat…Gaby kills the fishies…

  28. To tell the truth, I have some butterflies in my stomach and uncertain feeling before this game. I know, that Tavares, Okposo, Moulson, Nielsen and Parenteau in particular are licking their chops…Let’s put some slightly poisoned laxative on their collective tongue and make’em enjoy aftertaste of their carsilloed locker-room after end of this game.

  29. LET’S GO RANGERS. I hope I get to watch some of the game tonight. Center Ice is still having their free preview so if I can watch it, it’ll be on the big screen.

    I think Stepan will fit in well with the 60 Million Dollar Man and Gabby.

    I’m afraid they might need a hat trick each with the state of the defense.

  30. Sauer and Staal out tonight. Yhay does make a case for defensive drpth.

    I think the lack of it was a major factor in Vancouvers folding to the Bruins last year.

    I just read this long apology from Mitch Beck about some tweet he made. Can anybody shed some light on this, or if it was discussed here, point me in the right direction please? kind of has me curious. Thanks.

    I am really looking forward to some inspired hockey tonight after that European snoozefest last week.

    Go Rangers!I am grateful for the free NHL center ice tonight. woo hoo!

  31. ah yes. I think someone posted a clip of you in the stands. looked like a soccer match crowd. pretty good experience for people there I am sure. went to a soccer game in Holland with some cousins years sgo. pretty fun I must admit.

    I just didnt think think it was hard hockey and we were struggling to generate offense.

  32. It was horribly frustrating, to be sure, but an amazing experience so that kind of took the edge off…that, and the post game fun with other Ranger fans from around the world in the hotel after.
    But, now that everyone is home, it’s time to win!!!

    and yes, that was me. Ironically got on MSG while abroad, but never happens at home :) Go figure,

  33. There was some erroneous report about Wade Redden having broken his leg last night – presumably the Twitterpology was something to do with that.

    The Canucks basically had Keith Ballard as the 7th/8th D-man during the playoffs – not sure that is much of a sign of a lack of depth.

  34. billybleedsblue on

    it would be really nuts if he actually broke his leg relatively soon. then people would be tweeting falsehoods like “Avery returns to the lineup!” and “Rangers win the Stanley Cup!” and “Marty ate himself to death!”

  35. Ya know it’s sad. Life is so nuts right now that having hockey back is actually theraputic for me. Really looking forward to this game.

  36. Evening ‘heads.

    Game time, finally. Been a looooong week.

    DZ and Erixon together are gonna give Torts and Sully nightmares. And McD and Danny G are both gonna play over 30 minutes I feel.

    I really wanna give the Isles the spanking the deserve.

  37. Sorry, guys, no pre-game stuff tonight. Torts did his media address this morning after the skate — he has the option; most of the time on the road he’ll do it after the skate, at home pre-game.

    You saw over at the Woywitka ——> that he said “our season starts tonight.” Guess they were waiting for me to come to a game.

  38. thanks, ilb. one of these days I’ll tell you my story of vengeance … I’m not proud of it, but it’s pretty funny … actually, I am proud of it.

    As soon as people got to their seats the first Potvin’s Ducks chant went up.

  39. Panhandlers? 2-3 bucks? That’s how much you can a get a ticket outside the Mausoleum for….

  40. Accidental incident in first moments of warmups. Parenteau lost his edge and fell and came sliding across the red line as the Rangers were circling on their side of the ice. Parenteau went right into an unsuspecting Woywitka, who had to leap over him and looked quite shocked.

  41. Gillie is playing? Good! I hope he gets 25-30 min of TOI. That’s how long it’ll take him to skate around the rink twice anyway…

  42. All right, it’s time to start my list of excuses why Rangers will fail to show up for the first period.

  43. what happened to that line continutity we wer supposed to start experiencing today.

    Isles dominated.

    they actually have some superior talent, after cherry picking the draft for umpteen years.

    They have a good breakout, we definitely do not. Its like we have no plan.at dumping it in is Ok in certain predicaments. That is our typical patented giveaway play from preseason

    Some good things. we gotta give our lines abit of time to gel.
    they need s little game time together.

    open ivosk, run the forget about this game app. hockey is back!!

    good night to all you late nighters on the East coast;

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