Rangers at Oilers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:00 p.m.
Rexall Place – Edmonton, Alberta

Rangers: 2-1-2 (6 pts)
Oilers: 2-2-2 (6 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Oct. 20

The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place (10:00 p.m.), in the third game of their four-game road trip through Western Canada. The Blueshirts enter the contest having defeated the Calgary Flames, 3-2, in overtime on Thursday at Scotiabank Saddledome for their second consecutive win of the season, and are now 2-1-2 (6 pts) through five games. The win was the Blueshirts’ first in Calgary since Nov. 14, 2002 (2-1). The Oilers enter the contest with a 2-2-2 (6 pts) record, and have lost each of their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, Oct. 24, at MTS Centre (8:30 p.m.), to close out their four-game Western Canada road trip. It will be New York’s first trip to Winnipeg since they faced the former Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 17, 1995 (3-6).


  • TV: MSG Network

9:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay

10:00 p.m. – Rangers at Oilers

Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Dave Maloney (In-Game Reporter)

  • · Radio: Bloomberg Radio and newyorkrangers.com

9:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show

10:00 p.m. – Rangers at Oilers

Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Pete Stemkowski (Analyst)


  • · All-Time: 26-26-9-2 overall (12-14-6-1 at home; 14-12-3-1 on the road)
  • · 2011-12: Tonight marks the first and only meeting this season.
  • · Last Season: New York was 1-0-0 overall, having won their only meeting, 8-2, on Nov. 14 at Madison Square Garden. Marian Gaborik posted a hat trick and added an assist for four points (three goals, one assist), and Martin Biron turned aside 19 shots to record the win.
  • · New York ranks fifth with a 2-1-2 (6 pts) record on the road; Edmonton is tied for seventh with a 2-1-1 (5 pts) mark at home
  • · The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record vs. Northwest Division opponents; the Oilers are 1-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • · Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1-0-2 record with a 2.54 GAA in three career regular season contests vs. Edmonton; Martin Biron is 1-5-0-0 with a 3.44 GAA in seven career regular season games vs. the Oilers
  • · Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with 21 goals, 24 assists and 45 points in 46 career regular season contests vs. Edmonton; Brad Richards has tallied 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 17 games vs. the Oilers
  • · New York lists no former Oilers on their roster
  • · Edmonton lists one former Ranger on their roster: Corey Potter (2008-09 – 2009-10)


  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play opportunities (1:51) on Thursday at Calgary, and are now 1-18 (5.6%) through five games. The Rangers are 0-1 (0:08) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/8 at ANA), and 0-1 (0:40) when four-on-three (last – 10/8 at ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Flames and tallied a shorthanded goal in five shorthanded situations (8:06) on Thursday at Calgary. New York is tied for 10th overall (28-32, 87.5%) and ranks 12th on the road (28-32, 87.5%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/15 at NYI), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/20 at CGY (Prust).
  • Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in three four-on-four situations (7:44) on Thursday at Calgary, and are now plus-two in 13 four-on-four situations (23:09). Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers’ seven-game road trip to begin the 2011-12 regular season is the longest to open a season in franchise history. The previous team record was five games away from Madison Square Garden to begin the season, in 1952-53 and 1953-54. The Blueshirts will open their home schedule on Oct. 27 vs. Toronto, their latest home opener since they opened the 1948-49 season on Oct. 27, 1948 (excluding the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season).

New York has begun their current four-game Western Canada road trip by defeating Vancouver (4-0) and Calgary (3-2, OT), marking the first time the team has won in those two cities in the same season since 1986-87.

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’ next back-to-back set is Nov. 5-6 vs. Montreal and Winnipeg, both games to be played at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist turned aside 33 of 35 shots, including 25 straight saves to end the game, in a 3-2 overtime win on Thursday at Calgary, while making his 31st consecutive regular season start dating back to Feb. 11, 2011 at Atlanta. He has posted a record of 17-11-3 with a 2.21 goals against average, a .926 save percentage and five shutouts over the span. Including playoffs, Lundqvist has started each of the Rangers last 36 games.

Defenseman Dan Girardi enters tonight’s contest leading the NHL in average ice time, logging 28:58 per contest. He has logged 30:00+ of ice time in two of the Rangers’ five games this season, including a season-high 31:25 of ice time on Oct. 8 against Anaheim in Stockholm, Sweden.

Brad Richards has registered a point in each of his first five games as a Ranger to begin the season, tallying one goal and four assists over the span. He currently leads the team with four assists and five points. Richards’ five-game scoring streak is the longest by a new Ranger to begin the season since Marian Gaborik tied the franchise record set by Dave Creighton in 1955-56 by registering a point in eight consecutive games to begin the 2009-10 season. On Thursday at Calgary, Richards tallied his 500th career NHL assist.

Ryan Callahan notched the Rangers’ first goal of the season at 15:22 of the first period on Oct. 7 against the Kings, while making his debut as the team’s captain. He also established a Rangers record for most shots in a season opener with a career-high 11 shots on goal. Callahan’s 11 shots were the most by an NHL player in a season-opening game since Pavel Bure on Oct. 3, 1997 vs. Anaheim (11 shots). The last Ranger to register at least 11 shots in a game was Brendan Shanahan on Apr. 4, 2008 vs. the Islanders (12 shots).

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. In addition, defenseman Jeff Woywitka made his Rangers debut on Oct. 15 at Long Island.


  • · The Rangers have posted a record of 283-271-93 all-time in the month of October, including a 176-117-48 mark at home and a 107-154-45 record on the road. New York (2-1-2) 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 35 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 14 wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,485 games all-time in franchise history.


  • · Brian Boyle: 6 games from 200th NHL career
  • · Wojtek Wolski: 6 games from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career


  • · Brandon Prust: 200th career NHL game (10/15 at NYI)
  • · Mike Rupp: 500th career NHL game (10/15 at NYI)
  • · Brad Richards: 500th career NHL assist (10/20 at CGY)


  • · Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 5
  • · Wojtek Wolski (groin, 10/7) – 4
  • · Michael Sauer (shoulder, 10/8) – 3

Total Man-Games Lost: 12

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  1. Good morning Ilb

    It’s been beautiful weather down here in FLA this past week and again today. Temp down around 50;s during the night and about low 70;s day time. No rain for a while …now no excuse for not taking care of outside chores except …I dowanna. Large groups of motorcyclists showing up Gad are these folks tough to spot now and then…they tend to dart, and you always are scared of hitting them.

    Daytona Beach draws a lot of them, but they can be found almost anywhere. Biggest problem that folks are finding is that the cost of things is going up. Yeah…reaching NY prices. Gas has come down a bit ( a LITTLE bit.) Got my son and his wife and 10 year old ( Youngest) granddaughter coming down for Txgiving…….all the other grand daughters are in college or just entering the bueiness world ( in NYC)…yeah seems like only a few moths ago they were coming down for trick and treat. Eldest 22 just trreated herself to a European vacation and she toured all over Germany and then visited with friends from Hungary ( she;s half Hungarian and Half Irish), and they took her all over the country and introduced her to distant relatives who gushed all over her
    ( sweet kid…but scarily brainy.) I tried to keep her away from the Netherlands region, but ..you know kids. The season is progressing well but we still haven’t gotten our Phone service back properly yet, and it’s driving us nuts. That lousy Lightning blast couldn’t have done more damage to our life except flattening us.

    Could have been worse though. A tornado damaged some properties down below us in the Stuart area, took off a couple of roofs ( now THAT’s ) something to weep about.

    Team as whole looks pretty good….still needs some tightening up in spots, but with LQ in the nets they will probably be a tough knot
    for ANY team, as they keep developing.

  2. Since it’s the weekend, I might watch this one. Clearly, this will be the first game I have ever watched, so anything particular I should look out for?

  3. Have fun with your kids and grandkids, Fran. Thanksgiving isn’t that far away. Any chance you will be coming to NY any time soon?

  4. The usual, LW….Pay special attention to whom, in your opinion, we can trade for a couple of second rounders. See if Hank is in sufficient form to ba dangled as a trade bait. Make sure you notice how inept Torts is a coach. And see if Avery can be moved to the L on our first line….

  5. *is as a coach* I need another cup of coffee.

    It’s beautiful upstate, around 55 and the leafs are changing. Maybe I’ll catch some bass before it gets too cold up here.

  6. Lets Go Rangers!!

    Heading down to the hockey hotbed known as Charleston, South Carolina for 4 days of appointments with Carp’s colleagues….Mr Green & Mr Tee. Pray that I can find a sports bar with MSG & a forgiving crowd! There I’ll be associating with two folks that Carp has no need for: Mr Bud & Mr Weiser!
    Do we know if the King starts tonight or does Mr Mouth-Mover Biron play?

    Either way – Saucer passes & goals a plenty for our boys tonight!

    WOOOOOOO!!! LGR!!!!

  7. Good Morning ilb. and all,
    Listen, I know you like fishing just for the process itself, so, can you send me some fish, please, by FedEx? I like process of eating and freebees make it even sweeter.
    My best and warmest to Mrs.i(L)b

  8. Good morning all! LW, don’t worry, you’ll catch on fast enough.

    I predict a Rangers win and a great game because I won’t be able to see it. And because of work. On a Saturday. And then on Sunday. Sigh. I’m starting to feel very wickyish.

  9. Morning, Mama. That’s why Wicky always post a machinegun rounds of posts to compensate…
    So, do the same contribution. Lol.

  10. …and remember, unfortunately, nowadays bonus is to have a job. Please, be untired and happy.

  11. ride hank right now especially with the d issues we have. i would go with biron next sat oct 29th vs ottawa which happens to be my 8 month old son first game. mom dad and jake. looking forward to it

  12. I’m just wondering if any guys in Tortalitarian State would like to desert to Reeney Land for easier treatment. Or prefer tough love and sense of perspective.

  13. Ilb

    Love to get up there again, at least once, but when we do get to come up we are so stretched seeing all family members and friends, and we flit from one town to the next visiting kids…..my eldest daughter in Cheshire ( she of the globe trotting daughter), my youngest daughter, live in Cromwell,who owns the two mermaids who are competitive swimmers one of whom is in college at Pace,, these kids think nothing of entering a mile race swimming in Long Island Sound. This daughter comes to the shoulders of her two daughters, but SHE was a life guard during her summer vacations and is a sturdy little blondie. Middle daughter is now down here living across the Indian River from us on Merritt Island, and it is very comforting to have one of them close by. I;m gonna try to work it in this spring, but during Xmas trip ….not possible.

  14. “Sorry for the mobile version.”

    Is there a mobile version for Bryan McCabe?

    fran – “That lousy Lightning blast couldn’t have done more damage”

    “Brett Clark’s slap shot made it 4-1 late in the third, your Islanders weren’t coming back anyway”

    rib rib ;)

  15. Turns out Nugent-Hopkins *will* play tonight. You know what that means? Hat trick!

    Which, I wont mind. In fact, I’m hoping we win 7-6. I’d like Hall and Nuge to get hat tricks, cause I could sure use the help!!

    I wonder if Beer-On is starting.

  16. Larry Brooks must read this blog….he’s taking about Ryan Suter…

    Wasn’t some guy with no name bringing up his name in a trade for Dublowsky last week? ;)

  17. LW (Felicity) just watch the game and come up with completely uninformed opinions. Actually, you don’t even have to watch the game to do that.

    Oh, and here’s a useful tip. Decide who you hate, and never change your mind on that person no matter how well he does. Some examples: Tortorella, Dubinsky, Del Zotto, Anisimov.

  18. “Decide who you hate, and never change your mind on that person no matter how well he does.”

    Is that a quote from Torts’ pre-game interviews?

  19. Cally Dubinsky Anisimov break out tonight. The boys are going to light the lamp. If biron plays it’s 8-4. If it’s the king, 8-2 or 8-1.

  20. De Deb ………..:”MY” Islanders?……how in the world did I become part owner of a Hockey team? I’m still a Ranger follower..have been since the late l940’s.

    When the Islanders were on their rampage years ago I rooted for them against the tides, but you must recall that they had their farm team in New Haven ( my home town), and we were always fans of the Rangers when the Ramblers were there, but when the Nighthawks took their place we followed them, the Gary Howatts the Bobby Nystroms, etc, and when they played the Rangers, I admit I was torn, but I found myself rooting for individual players on both teams, Like John D in the Rangers nets, etc. Hey I spent an entire season in Chicago rooting for the Hawks ( most miserable team to ever take to the ice. )they only won about 17 games all season long. But I was upstairs in the old Stadium. That was 1950-51 yep…I;ve been around and from a hockey family. Sainted cousin Jack is a former playing coach for the Waterloo Iowa Blackhawks,, and then spent his entire productive yeas as a scout for the Washington Caps, and Central scouting of the NHL from which he has at long last retired. Lives with his family in Minny. His dad, my late uncle has a hockey program named after him in West Haven CT.

    Yeah…I know a little about the game, enough to discuss things now and then.

  21. fran – I’m just teasing. But I do wish you’d redirect some of that sunshine that’s always shining on Long Island over to “our bums”. Not looking for any smoke blowing but we could use your help finding the occasional gray lining in all the black clouds over here.
    Thanks and keep up the great stories :)

  22. I’ve never understood this business of “hating” individual players. I know that many of you have professed “hating” Carcillo. Dislike his tactics perhaps, but he did well enough to make it to the major leagues, and I always despised the way he injected himself into most scrums, but actually he became a comic figure there, because he routinely got schlogged by someone.I was surprised to see the Hawks pick him up, but hate? …no way… he;s too funny to hate.

  23. I’ve updated something I posted last playoffs. It was basically pilfered from:


    33 goalies played over 4000 regular season minutes since the lockout

    -21 of those made the playoffs

    –14 lost in the first round

    –6 lost in the second round

    –1 lost in the third round

    The highest regular season minutes for a SC finals goalie (*win* or lose) since the lockout is 3641 (Fluery ’09)

    Lundqvist played 4006 minutes last regular season, playing in 68 games with 67 starts.

  24. Morning ILB and all!!

    it’s ok, you will figure it out eventually!

    looks like woywitka—> is talking about what I figured about woywitka—>

    is it hank or biron tonight??

  25. carp
    let me see if i can help the early afternoon numbers with something from spectors hockey site..

    NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports Sean Avery, who was recently demoted by the Rangers to their AHL affiliate in Hartford, said he’d only want to continue his NHL career with the Rangers, adding he’d have no problem playing for demanding head coach John Tortorella and would play for the league minimum if need be. Avery said his life is in New York.

    SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers would have a long wait if they hoped to pry Suter or Weber out of the Predators this season. While it remains uncertain about the Preds re-signing both guys, they’re in no hurry to move either one. As for Avery, I’ll be very surprised if he ever suits up for the Rangers again. Yes, he could get recalled later in the season if injuries mount, but it appears that if “Torts” has his way, Avery will finish the season in Hartford.

  26. i’m thinking high scoring game tonight, 8 goals total. how they get split up i don’t know…

  27. smart move by Avery making himself look classier than Tortorella and also not giving in to the urge to burn bridges. that said, I don’t think we’ll see him playing for the Rangers as long as Totorella is the coach.

  28. Both Dubi and Cally have gotten well over a minute more PK/game than last year.
    In fact 6 forwards are averaging more PK than Cally did last year, when he lead the team.

    Hopefully, they cut down the penalties soon and get those guys rolling.

  29. ctb
    not sure he is, just a question for the general bonehead populous!!

    sorry captain, too much coffee!!

    thanks, anything for you!!

  30. I’d argue that Avery looks anything but smart or classy bemoaning his demotion. His comment amount being highly paid and not having pressure is kind of insulting to players that spend most of their careers busting their butts in the minors in order to get a chance at the NHL.

  31. CTB -You posted a stat having to do with shots against while a specific player was on the ice. Where did you find that and are there any good stat sites you’d recommend? Thx

    wicky – That will probably happen soon enough, I think Torts was looking to avoid an early team funk and loss of confidence by any means possible, especially with the young D.
    Plus Prust was a little slow out of the gate.

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

    Were winning again tonight…There I said it!!!

    Edmonton Oilers is my brothers favorite team , IT IS TIME TO WIPE OUT Nugent-Hopkins!!

    OILERS are going DOWN!!!!!!

    RANGERS will be beast of the WEST this year!!!

    GO RANGERSSSSS!! Yo wicky , hows it going?

  33. bell in for speed. the rangers will have issues with oilers team speed. this is fastest team they have seen so far

    gagner hall eberle could cause issues

  34. Lloyd so does 4 days invalidate his comments?

    DD, it’s called Corsi and I get it from behindthenet.ca

  35. Czechthemout!!! on

    Suter is a good defenseman who is in the Dan Girardi mold, only a better skater. He will be a free agent at the end of the season and will be available based on how the Preds play this season. He is an option and won’t cost nearly as much as the ” experts” on this blog think. It’s actually quite comical reading about how most hear over value other teams players while undervaluing our own.

    Some bloggers as well do same. Over at SNY, Adam Rotter is talking about MCD,Kreider, and one more player just to start. An absolutely outrageous notion for a good but not great defenseman who would help but not be a difference maker. I mean if this is what Suter is worth, what would Shea Weber cost?


  36. You must have missed the part where he said, “My only responsibility now is to work hard.”

    He also stated that he’d play for the league minimum if it meant playing for the Rangers.

    And fwiw, he didn’t say anything 4 days ago that was remotely out of line.

  37. Orr- Not sure if you’re just playing along but:

    TSN’s Ryan Rishaug says that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is in the lineup as well.

    I’d hate to see you miss the opportunity to route for a Rangers opponent. *:*|

  38. according to whackamole—> we have a scout at nucks wild…nick schultz anyone?? edler maybe?

  39. ah some things never change for byers version 2.0

    Russostrib Michael Russo
    Weise tries to pump up the snoozing Canucks with a scrap; Stoner takes care of him easily

  40. Speaking of Dubinsky for Clutterbuck, did you see the clutterbucking moustache Clutterbuck is sporting these days? Very Dubinsky-esque.

  41. Good evening all! wick, I’m always winning!

    ORR and C3, your fantasy trades are killing me!

    Checking in from beautiful downtown Benselem, Pa….bonus, am meeting Fozzy. Non-bonus, see what I just said.

    hmmmm. I see 16 is driving traffic again….you just all can’t help yourselves, can you….:)

  42. If people stop following my league (i check on teams all the time) for more than a week (one matchup) I WILL throw them out! :)


    Your friendly GM.

  43. TSNBobMcKenzie Bob McKenzie
    Canucks announce significant trade: Samuelsson and Sturm for Booth, Reinprecht and 3rd rder.

  44. >>Teg Nugent-Hopkins is Scratched with Cat Fever

    Very funny! I don’t care for that dude’s music; I hate him more for his gun-toting politics.

  45. Paul in sunrise on

    Reinprecht making $2m in minors. Panthers only over pay in NHL so they sold him to nucks. Booth is good but not same since Richards hit. Samuelson is gem of trade if he is MOT on Medicare by seasons end. Trade is a wash. IMO.

  46. Jbytes – Thx, not really my cup of tea either.

    CCCP -Sorry, I misunderstood you. ^Tyrant^

  47. Ah, I see! Thanks.

    I’m having a pretty decent night. If Hall and Hopkins score me some points, I might beat Manny after all!

    Probably would have won for sure if *one* of my goalies started, but of course Halak and Dubnyk are on the bench!!

  48. And the funny thing is, Renney has not used the same goalie for back to back games this season, but he decides to start now! Bastard!

    I thought making the trade with Wicky, I’d have Khabibulan tonight, but I don’t get him ’till Monday

  49. so the mrs and I have a black ops zombie party tonight so it is a LGD night as well as LGR!!!

    night aasens and kick some butt boys!!

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