Sharks at Rangers on Halloween night


Pre-game notes from the NYR:

Monday, Oct. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 3-3-3 (9 pts)
Sharks: 6-3-0 (12 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Oct. 29

The Rangers will face-off against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the third game of their six-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-3-3 (9 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 5-4, in the shootout on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered at least one point in four of their last six games (3-2-1). The Sharks enter the contest with a 6-3-0 (12 pts) record to rank fifth in the Western Conference, and have won their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), as they continue their six-game homestand.

* TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sharks
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Sharks
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: 19-6-3-0 overall (8-3-1-0 at home; 11-3-2-0 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, 3-2, in the shootout on Mar. 12 at San Jose. Erik Christensen and Michael Sauer each notched a goal in regulation, while Wojtek Wolski and Brandon Dubinsky (game-decider) both converted their shootout attempt. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves and stopped five of six shootout attempts.
* The Rangers have registered at least a point in seven of the last nine contests vs. the Sharks (6-2-1-0 over the span) dating back to Dec. 28, 2001.
* New York ranks 29th with a 0-1-1 (1 pt) record at home; San Jose ranks second with a 5-1-0 (10 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers have posted a 0-0-2 record vs. Pacific Division opponents; the Sharks are 2-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record with a 2.35 goals against average in four career regular season contests vs. San Jose; Martin Biron is 2-3-0-1 with a 2.14 goals against average in seven career regular season games vs. the Sharks
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points in 24 career regular season contests vs. San Jose; Ryan Callahan has tallied three goals and four points in four games vs. the Sharks
* New York lists no former Sharks on their roster
* San Jose lists no former Rangers on their roster

* Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play opportunities (7:00) on Saturday vs. Ottawa, and are now 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games. New York is tied for 20th overall (5-35, 14.3%) and ranks third at home (2-7, 28.6%). The Rangers are 0-2 (1:05) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/22 at EDM), and 0-3 (2:04) when four-on-three (last – 10/27 vs. TOR). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in four shorthanded situations (6:40) on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 23-26 (88.5%) in the last six games. New York ranks seventh overall (39-45, 86.7%) and is tied for 12th at home (7-8, 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 did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (5:00) on Saturday vs. Ottawa. The Rangers are now plus-three in 19 four-on-four situations (32:56), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

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.

New York defensemen have accounted for 20.0% of the team’s scoring, which is tied for sixth in the league. Ranger blueliners have tallied four goals combined through nine games to begin the season. Ryan McDonagh leads all Blueshirt defensemen with two goals.

The Rangers finished their season-opening seven-game road trip with a 3-2-2 mark. The trip set a new franchise record for longest stretch away from Madison Square Garden to begin a season, breaking the old record of five games set in 1952-53 and 1953-54. It was only the seventh time in franchise history that the Rangers had a road trip of seven games or longer at any point in the season – 1955-56 (4-4-1-0), 1959-60 (1-5-1-0), 1981-82 (5-1-2-0), 1984-85 (0-6-1-0), 1987-88 (4-2-1-0), and 1997-98 (2-3-2-0) – and the third time they posted a winning record on such a trip (1981-82, 1987-88). The Blueshirts opened their home schedule with a 4-2 loss on Thursday 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 completed their four-game Western Canada road trip with a 3-1-0 record. The Rangers began the 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. On Oct. 24, the Blueshirts visited Winnipeg for the first time since they faced the former Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 17, 1995 (3-6). New York came away with a 2-1 victory, marking the first time they won in Winnipeg since Nov. 21, 1992 (5-4).

Defenseman Dan Girardi enters the contest ranked second in the NHL in average ice time, logging 28:12 per contest. He has logged 30:00+ of ice time twice this season, including a career-high 33:14 of ice time on Saturday vs. Ottawa.

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, while defenseman Brendan Bell made his Blueshirts debut on Oct. 22 at Edmonton. Tim Erixon and Brad Richards made their Broadway debut in Thursday’s home opener vs. Toronto.

* The Rangers have posted a record of 284-273-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 176-118-49 mark at home and a 108-155-45 record on the road. New York (3-3-3) 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 13 wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,487 games all-time in franchise history.

* Brian Boyle: 2 games from 200th NHL career
* Ryan Callahan: 7 games from 300th NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 9 points from 100th NHL career
* Wojtek Wolski: 3 games from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career

* Brad Richards: 500th career NHL assist (10/20 at CGY)

* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 9
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 20

* Oct. 25 – Assigned defenseman Brendan Bell to Connecticut (AHL)
* Oct. 29 – Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)
* Oct. 29 – Assigned defenseman Tim Erixon to Connecticut (AHL)
* Oct. 30 – Recalled forward Andre Deveaux from Connecticut (AHL)


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  1. The moral compass of larry brooks is back. Great spark plug for a game or so driven by revenge, and then back to stupid penalties and vile comments getting us to play a man down more and more.

    Oh well, at least Brooks can lay off Torts for a few days.

  2. Lets hope that Avery brings his edge with him this time. We all know he’s a good forechecker but he needs to bring his attitude, his mouth and chip in with a few goals.
    I presume this will spark another 1st line/4th line debate today?

    According to iBOB there are teams considering making a claim and that the Isles would be one of them – i think he’s just trying to wind up us Ranger fans personally.

  3. Ok – can someone clear something up for me: IF another team claims Avery off of re-entry, do we stll pay salary or part of it? Or do we completely wipe his cap hit off the books?

    And 2: given the pansification of NHL hockey right now, if Aves comes back, will we EVER play 5 on 5 again this season?

  4. Someone help me for I am an idiot about these things:

    If someone claims Avery don’t we get something in return?

  5. Coach- if he is claimed, the Rangers will have 1/4 of his salary on their books until the end of the season. The second question is a bit more complicated…

  6. It would seem that the Rangers fortunes will not be decided by the name of the opponent du jour, but on how they perform the basic hockey tactics that will decide either victory or defeat for them. They will go a long time trying to live down that pasting they took from a handful of high school kids. And they haven’t changed their tactics one iota from last year’s endeavors. The same people do the same things that didn’t work for them then, and it work for them now.

    It’s almost criminal the way they leave Lundqvist to fend for himself, and in some instances actually contribute to the goals that go in against him. He needs a lawyer.

    ( Has Avery gotten his degree yet? The guy has to contribute SOMETHING). Else why are so many people clamoring for him? If this team was as good at putting the puck into opponents net, as they are bad at keeping it out of their own, they’d be cup contenders.

  7. We get nothing in return, Manny…

    Baby costume with diapers, pacifier, bib….the whole nine yard. Don’t ask…

  8. Thanks ilb – that does get complicated.

    I am not an Avery fan – I have been on record saying that this was addition by subtraction. However, what we have seen so far is so bad at certain times….. pass the salt and pepper for my crow!

  9. btw, lw3h, i didnt steal your post, i was catching up on the last thread and when i saw cccp mention that averys name was mentioned 70 times i wanted to post it. then i saw urs at the top. anyway, AVERY!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. avery or no avery our record would still be the same.

    with dubi arty and del zaster playing the way they are sean presence wont change much. lets not read too much into this. whos to say someone wont claim him on re entry. wouldnt shock me

  11. and after both ec and wolski missed again in the shotout, both of them are now totally useless. so sure, call avery up. i’ll chant his damn name too if he sparks the team in some way, hopefuly by running their goalie or sucker punching aweaker oppenent. but i really wanna see him sitting in his throne room(pen. box) looking sassy as ever. in all seriousness i would be happier than arnold the pig in @#%$ if avery came back and we started winning and playing better. also, do u guys think the isles might claim him since they claim everyone of ours that goes on waivers. i’m sure hed go. why wouldnt he rather play in the nhl
    ? even if its the piles. hed probably be getting 15 minutes a game and running hank, beating duby up and cheapshotting gabby when they play us.

  12. wasnt halloween yesterday? in iowa they had “beggars night” 2 days ago. and it was only for 2 or 3 hours. ddeb, u still in iowa?

  13. I bet the Rangers wanted to bring him back on the road. Doing it at home is going to make for an absolute fiasco

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ranger goal # 16. Sean Avvvvvvvvvery. That is Avery’s 7th goal of the game and 57th goal this season.

  15. anybody worried about hank? after his so called skate problem causing him pain, he hasnt been good. plus his d is failing him. made some great saves but doesnt look that sharp on some routine saves . did anyone see the beaten down look in his eyes when they showed a closeup of him after the sens tied it and right before the shootout he had that same dejected look. i know he and the team both crapped the bed, but he looked really shaken up, sad, and maybe even a little scared. like he knew it was already over. ive never seen him look like that before. or maybe he just really misses his fashion buddy so much he cant handle it anymore. or maybe i just miss the AVES!!!!!

  16. I read that only two teams can split a pllayer’s cap……so, if hes claimed by somebody today, we split the cap hit w that team and dallas is completely off the hook….thats cap hit im speakin of, actually PAYING them is another story

  17. So, today, regardless of another team claiming him, we added 1.9 mil to our cap, and we may not even have the player!! But, in al seriousness, who is going to claim him?

  18. Nobody claimed him the first time why would they claim him now?

    Also – If Sean gets claimed, who cares? We free up some cap space and end a debate.

  19. Truth to Be told i don’t understand the Rangers Strategy in putting Avery through re-entry waiver . Do they really Want him back because Torts thinks He can help the Team, which i Cant Imagine or they Simply Want that Another Team should claim him to free up Cap Space and Looking for a Trade to improve the Team ?

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Was Avery officially put on reentry waivers? I was out yesterday and I haven’t seen any official reports.

  21. Doodie Machetto on

    Buff, it would not help us cap space wise to recall Avery. With him in CT, 100% of his cap hit was already off of our books. If he gets claimed, we will be on the hook for 50% of his current cap hit (which is 25% of his total hit).

    Would be funny to see the Stars paying 1.9 and us only paying 950k.

  22. We need Wade back clearly. He sticks up for his teammates, blocks shots, and takes hits to move the puck out of the zone. BRING WADE BACK!!!

  23. unfortunately as a Die Hard ranger fan. The only way this team will ever improve is when fat dope Dolan sells the rangers/knicks and the rangers get a new GM. Until that happens, nothing will change in ranger Land.

  24. Doodie its a Story on NHL.COM and its Not Official yet and i don’t find anything on the Rangers Website or Blueshirtunited.COM

  25. Wow – all the excitement from this offseason is gone!

    This team seems to have the injury bug already this season – Let’s start talking about man games lost to injury shall we?

  26. And Brandon Dubinksy is really tearing it up with 0 goals!

    At least he makes $4 million per season!

  27. And what about Staal? There are some rumours that He will miss Another signifikant amount of Time……

  28. Happy Halloween, Boneheads!

    Yawn. Hopefully, Torts gives Avery more than 3 minutes of ice time this season ;)

  29. To clear up confusion, here’re the cap scenarios re: Avery (with help from Puck Daddy, who claims to have verified this with the NHL):

    With Avery in Hartford, we pay half his salary but have no cap hit from him.
    With Avery recalled and claimed by another team, we have a cap hit of just under $1 million (which is 1/4 of his salary; the other 1/4 will be paid by the claiming team, and Dallas will pay the other half).
    With Avery recalled and unclaimed, Rangers and Dallas split his cap hit and take a $1.9 million hit each.

    When Avery was waived a few weeks ago any team that claimed him would have taken on our cap hit of $1.9 million. But on re-entry waivers, any team that claimed him will only take on a cap hit of just under $1 million. So I would say there is a greater chance of him getting claimed today than there was a few weeks ago, but I still think that other teams won’t want to risk having Avery cause problems for them.

  30. Ok – if that is the issue – perhaps the brass (Uncle Glennie?) knows that a team is interested out there? I cant imagine that we would possibly want to add even a small $$$ back to our cap hit – IF we want to get to a possible trade, we need more, not less CAP space.

    So – I have heard about Marra and others – if there is a D man out there or perhaps another winger where we can dump some of this dead wood – I dont think we could add more to our cap space if we are headed that way –

    Ild, Manny, others – does that make sense to you IF we are possibly looking to sign a D or trade up for someone who can play left wing?

  31. Doodie Machetto on

    “unfortunately as a Die Hard ranger fan. The only way this team will ever improve is when fat dope Dolan sells the rangers/knicks and the rangers get a new GM. Until that happens, nothing will change in ranger Land.”

    Truer words have never been expressed. We are all doomed.

  32. I can’t see any reason to bring Avery up unless management wants Avery to play for the Rangers. Bringing him up with the hope that he gets claimed by another team is senseless, since it’ll be a million dollar cap hit for us. If/when he joins the Rangers, he will basically be untradeable because if other teams passed on him on waivers and re-entry waivers, where only a salary was at issue, I don’t see other teams taking on his salary and giving up assets to boot.

    I think there will be a trade eventually, especially if the D-man in Sweden (I forget his name) doesn’t accept our offer, but I don’t think any trade will involve Avery.

  33. Thanks, Ness it basically answers my question but that would mean that Torts think Avery can help which i Cant Imagine Based what happened in Sweden !

  34. I read comments yesterday stating that Dubinsky, etc don’t “like” Avery.

    Who gives a rat’s behind if they like him or not?!

    The players mentioned who don’t like him are all playing like pansies, so it seems to me that Avery coming in will at least stir the pot.

    “I’m not worried, it’ll come together” is what I’ve been reading after each of these horrific games. These clowns can’t even gain the zone.

    Avery – even merely as a distraction – is better than half these stiffs on the wing. I mean, WTF is a Woman Wolski still doing on this team? It’s a crime that he even wears this jersey.

    Scratch Wimpski, assign Avery to the fourth line and then let him roam on the other lines as necessary. Instigate some passion from the rest of these weaksauces.

    “Sloppy Seconds” has always reffered to what Woelski gets after he gets out of Redden’s backseat.

  35. Manny – good questioon – I believe it did come off the Stars books but I am not positive on that.  That begs the question of what happens if the Stars are currently at the cap ceiling when Avery is recalled…would they then have to shed some salary because of Avery’s recall?  That doesn’t make sense, but it also wouldn’t make sense for them to take on a cap hit for a guy playing in the minors. 

    I’m no expert but I did a good deal of reading on this and I think the scenario I posted a little while ago is accurate from a Rangers perspective, and was verified by the NHL via Puck Daddy.  Heres the link btw:   I’m not so sure from a Stars perspective though.

  36. no team will claim the great avery and if another team did so what……..

    avery is a agitator, difference maker? not………..

  37. Now we really need a new poll over there ———————>

    Perhaps – Do you think Sean will get claimed? Will he make a difference?

  38. Ah, it’s on VS. But for some reason my local channel had the Caps game listed in that slot. Stand down, everyone.

  39. Love when people say there are rumors. Where? From who? Also love when people comeand say hey im a diehard fan. Well what do you think we are? Why are we all here? Because we love to bake apple pie? Thanks, had to get that off my chest. Have a fantastic day.

  40. Who’s baking an apple pie, Lev? And where do I get a slice or two?

    ilb, same spot during warmups, OK? Bring LW (Felicity).

    Good afternoon, Sally, wherever you are!

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    Give THE AVERY 14+ minutes and good things will happen. On another note, Has Brian Ferry crossed the Mersey yet? heard there was a storm brewing

  42. I am a flyers fan on

    Lev – I come to this board because I am not smart enough to find my teams’ bored. Their are plenty of funny people hear. But it is a mute point.

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    If i needed someone, I would be with you my friend…..had you come some other day…call your number on your wall and maybe you will get a call from me…ahhhhhhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhh ahhhhhhhhhh If i needed someone….

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    Day 2 : no hot water…I am dressed as a homelss person…Ny students best leave the first few rows of seats open today…it isnt pretty

  45. eddie eddie eddie on

    The brothers Johnson…get the funk outta my face…i said get the funk, outta my face…..

  46. I’m going to need physical therapy session for my thumb. It’s all crooked and stiff from scrolling down through 700+ comments on my iPhone yesterday. WTB, ‘heads?

  47. Some of the posters here still don’t get it. This was not a Torts’ move to bring up Avery. It was most likely a Sather move. I guess there is some small chance it was a Dolan move, but I doubt it.

    Rupp’s injury might be more severe than initally disclosed. That is another thing I am reading into this.

    But I told you all Avery would be back here soon enough. And so it is.

    I bet you our hits go up, our energy goes up, and the other team will lose some of their focus with Aves in the lineup. And many of you making the silly comments that Avery will score 50 goals are just clowns. He is not being called up for his goal scoring.

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