Habs at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

Rangers: 5-3-3 (13 pts)
Canadiens: 4-5-2 (10 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Nov. 3

The Rangers will begin a back-to-back home set when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-3-3 (13 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 2-1, in the shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to improve to 5-2-1 in their last eight games, including wins in their last two contests. The Canadiens currently own a 4-5-2 (10 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games entering their contest Friday at Ottawa. Following the contest, the Rangers will close out their six-game homestand when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, Nov. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days.

·TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Canadiens
Broadcasters: John Giannone (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), Al Trautwig (In-Game Reporter)
·Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Canadiens
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


  • ·All-Time: 189-318-94-3 overall (125-122-54-1 at home; 64-196-40-2 on the road)
  • ·2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden.
  • ·Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall, with a 1-1-0 mark at home. Dan Girardi led the team in scoring with four points, including a team-high three assists, and Brian Boyle notched a team-leading two goals in four games. The Rangers out-scored the Canadiens, 7-4, in first periods during the season series.
  • ·The Rangers have posted a record of 7-3-0 in their last 10 games vs. the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.
  • ·New York ranks 22nd with a 2-1-1 (5 pts) record at home; Montreal is tied for 23rd with a 2-2-0 (4 pts) mark on the road
  • ·The Rangers have posted a 0-1-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Canadiens are 1-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • ·Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 11-8-2 record with a 2.94 GAA and one shutout in 22 career regular season contests vs. Montreal; Martin Biron is 14-11-0-1 with a 2.36 GAA and two shutouts in 28 career regular season games vs. the Canadiens
  • ·Brad Richards leads the Rangers with seven goals, 11 assists and 18 points in 30 career regular season contests vs. Montreal; Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 16 games vs. the Canadiens
  • ·New York lists no former Canadiens on their roster
  • ·Montreal lists one former Ranger on their roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09)


  • ·Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (7:40) on Thursday vs. Anaheim, and are 6-28 (21.4%) with the man advantage in the last seven games. New York ranks 23rd overall (6-44, 13.6%) and 13th at home (3-16, 18.8%). The Rangers are 0-2 (1:05) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/22 at EDM), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • ·Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Ducks scoreless in two shorthanded situations (3:40) on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are 28-31 (90.3%) in the last eight games. New York ranks seventh overall (44-50, 88.0%) and sixth at home (12-13, 92.3%). 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 three four-on-four situations (5:38) on Thursday vs. Anaheim. The Rangers are plus-three in 22 four-on-four situations (38:34), 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 will begin their second of 14 back-to-back sets this season when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. 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 will close out their back-to-back set on Sunday, Nov. 6 vs. the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.).

New York has posted a record of 46-26-12 (104 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 11-10-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .619 winning percentage ranks third, trailing Detroit (.698%, 41-16-6) and Montreal (.623%, 70-40-12), and ahead of Toronto (.516%, 54-50-18), Boston (.496%, 53-54-18) and Chicago (.477%, 27-30-9).

New York has posted a record of 4-1-2 against Western Conference opponents this season, and lead all Eastern Conference teams with four wins and 10 points vs. the West. Seven of the Rangers 11 games to begin the season have been against Western Conference opponents.  The last time New York played more games vs. Western Conference opponents than vs. Eastern Conference opponents this late into the season was in 2003-03 (six of the first 11 games through November 4).

New York defensemen have accounted for 23.1% of the team’s scoring, which ranks fourth in the league. Ranger blueliners have tallied six goals combined through 11 games to begin the season. Ryan McDonagh leads all Blueshirt defensemen and is tied for second among NHL blueliners with three goals.


  • ·Ryan Callahan ranks third in shots on goal (47), is tied for fifth in game-winning goals (two), ranks second among forwards in blocked shots (19) and 10th among forwards in average ice time (21:22)
  • ·Henrik Lundqvist is tied for eighth in save percentage (.932), fourth in shutouts (one) and fifth in saves (274)
  • ·Dan Girardi ranks second in average ice time (27:49)
  • ·Ryan McDonagh is tied for 17th in average ice time (24:55) and second among defensemen in goals (three)
  • ·Michael Del Zotto is tied for eighth in plus/minus rating (plus-seven)
  • ·Marian Gaborik is tied for fourth in shots on goal (46)
  • ·Brad Richards ranks sixth among forwards in average ice time (21:48)
  • ·Brandon Prust is tied for second in fighting majors (four)

New York has seen six new faces in their lineup during the 2011-12 season. 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. Forward Andre Deveaux made his Rangers debut on Monday vs. San Jose, following his recall on Sunday.

The Rangers are currently 11 wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,489 games all-time in franchise history.


  • · The Rangers are 6-28 (21.4%) with the man advantage in the last seven games
  • · New York is 28-31 (90.3%) on the penalty kill in the last eight games, and has only surrendered one goal in 13 shorthanded situations (92.3%) through four games on the current homestand
  • · Marian Gaborik has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games
  • · Ryan Callahan has tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in the last five games
  • · Dan Girardi has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five games
  • · Brad Richards has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last three games
  • · Jeff Woywitka has recorded a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist)
  • · Derek Stepan has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
  • · Michael Del Zotto has posted a plus or even rating in each of the team’s 11 games this season


  • · Ryan Callahan: 5 games from 300th NHL career
  • · Erik Christensen: 8 assists form 100th NHL career
  • · Steve Eminger: 9 points from 100th NHL career
  • · Marian Gaborik: 8 assists form 300th NHL career
  • · Dan Girardi: 8 assists from 100th NHL career
  • · Derek Stepan: 7 games for 100th NHL career
  • · Wojtek Wolski: 1 game from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career
  • · John Tortorella: 1 win from 100th win as Rangers Head Coach


  • · Brian Boyle: 200th career NHL game (11/3 vs. ANA)


  • Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 11
  • Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 4
  • Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3)

Total Man-Games Lost: 24


  • 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)
  • Nov. 1 – Recalled forward Sean Avery from Connecticut (AHL)


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  1. Good morning. Will watch the game tonight so it’ll be a good game, 2 points, Avery and Dubinsky scores a couple of goals along with Gabby and Cally, so 8-0 then…. Hmm..

  2. My new favorite player in the NHL: # 27 Ryan McDonagh

    If the NYR have that skills competition, I will be eager to see who the fastest skater is. My $$$ is on #27.

    And this whole Avery thing is set up to make Sean look like a frikin’ hero. Carp is right. When the pressure is on, Avery thrives. I see serious NYC folk hero status for Avery. In the VERY near future.

    Suddenly this season got very exciting.

  3. morning ILB and all!!

    thanks for reposting what you were talking about last night. sorry I am just now responding…so when I was referencing the double standard in those posts, it was about the “victims” also being held accountable and the double standard of reckless play on the part of (in this case landeskog) going “undisciplined” and that of sutton “being disciplined”. The “nope” to a “yes” was that it seemed as though WW got away with a shot to the head of alfredsson, according to pansification rules.

    Hope that cleared it up.

    Have a great day heads and LGR!!

  4. cw,

    McDonagh’s definitely the fastest defenseman, for sure, but I still think Gabby has speed on him.

  5. Jesus Gómez is on IR (increasingly rancid), so presumably we won’t see anything from him on the ice at all. As opposed to him being in the line-up, where we wouldn’t see anything from him on the ice at all.

  6. I know we disagree on this kind of thing, wicky, but I really can’t understand why Landeskog deserves to get an elbow through his skull just because he had his head diwn for a split second too long or why Horton deserves to be concussed out of the Cup Final just because he didn’t expect to be blindsided long after the puck had gone.

    Yes, there is something of an issue about player’s not adequately protecting themselves at times, but the “reward” for some of the players you talk about is a serious head injury. You think they’d not trade that for a few games’ suspension for the guy that injured him?

  7. And No Gomez has led the Habs to four straight wins. Funny how that works.

    Home on Monday, Carp. Sticking around for the Montreal and Winnipeg games.

  8. Get a new litterbox for tonight, Sally….

    Dde- I liked your last post on previous thread. I’m with you ..

  9. LinCalPrustBoylahan on

    Morning and happy game day ‘Heads! and in ilb’s case ILBZO

    era? or error? we shall soon see

  10. I watched the Bolts Blackhawks game last night…good team. And is Matt Gilroy ever fitting in nicely with that team. He plays a very conservative right defense, dishes out solid hits, is a regular on the team ( not grabbed off the bench to fill in for someone who is hurt,) his team mates appreciate him and so do the play by play guys. They really admire his passing game.

    You know it’s funny..during that Caps playoffs he was like a boomerang, he was all over doing all the things a power attacking defenseman is supposed to do and he actually had an outstanding series ( if un commented upon), and I thought then and there that he’d finally found his spot with Rangers. Imagine my surprise to learn he’d been shipped. I still think that Rangers made a big mistake letting him go.

  11. iWicky (Leeloo Dallas mul-ti-pass) on

    I see how you are.

    When I said reward, I meant in the case of the konopka hit on AA the rangers were rewarded for him putting himself in a vulnerable position with a five minute PP. or in other case like that is what I was referring to with reward.

    As far as Horton goes it was just a second after the puck was released and I see zero difference in that hit than the Staal on Staal hit or the Staal on stajan hit from last season and neither one of those were penalized if I remember correctly.

    I am the last person on this blog that is going to say concussions and head injuries are no big deal. Do not think or assume for a second that I trivialize them or the ramifications of them long term. I have had 13 documented concussions and to this day my family and I have to deal with the effects.

    That being said they are an unfortunate part of a contact sport and if the NHL and hockey in general wanted to really curtail them, they would start penalizing the players who put themselves in vulnerable positions as well as restricting some of the body armor/equipment the players wear, especially shoulder and elbow pads!

  12. If the Habs play like they did last night, the rangers are going to blow them out. Ottawa was atrocious and the habs weren’t much better. I guess the sens were atrociouser. Hopefully the rangers will be excellent and the habs will be disinterested after all the points they’vebanked recently. I think Avery and subban get acquainted this night. Feeling a win by more than two goals.

  13. btw

    You should see lil’ ol’ Carcillo go…he scored a beautiful breakway goal last night, a….and he behaved himself.

    Poor ol Roloson didn’t know which way he was gonna go and got faked royally.

  14. The Return of the Jedi. The “Grate One”. GOD. Seanus Averius. Aves…. AVERY!

    fran – I miss Gilroy too. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. He made strong improvements to his game last season…

  15. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Fran – agreed… Funny enough 2 of the better players against the caps last playoff were gilroy and Avery…. One is gone and the other barely here…

  16. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    cw, i think gabby the fastest…guy has explosive strides

  17. I miss Gilroy too guys. I really liked the guy he showed so much promise. Unfortunately, his cap hit was excessive right? Like over $2M or something REALLY high?

  18. wicky

    I know you weren’t trivialising concussions. And agree with the equipment issue – seems like there’s been talk about changes for years but nothing ever gets done.

    That said, I think Shanahan’s approach is a step in the right direction, even if every judgement still isn’t ever going to appear fair or consistent. Nobody is trying to legislate contact out of the game or say that injuries should be 100% preventable. And Shanahan does seem to explicitly consider whether the “victim” has put themselves in a vulnerable position in the explanations I’ve watched.

    But stuff like the Sutton hit, an elbow to the head is an elbow to the head. I don’t care whether it’s a “hockey play” or not.

  19. LW & Wick – I have to agree that it is completely unfair to not put some responsibility on the puck carrier to keep his gosh darn head UP. I think it could be done easily at the discretion of the referee byt just adding the word “intentionally” before “vulnerable player” in the rule. Basically, I am say that is a player intentionally made himself vulnerable then there should be no penalty because you can’t take the aggression out of hockey. It would be like having a shitzu for a guard dog. Won’t work.

  20. Manny, you can have a Maltese as a guard dog though…Just ask the boneheads who attended my summer party..:-)

  21. Hey Guys,
    I have two tix to tomorrows game I’m looking to get rid of since I’m unable to go. I’m selling them for below face value that I pay for season tickets. Would rather the tickets not go to waste.
    email me if interested at ajp9977@msn.com

  22. How much ice-time do we think He Who Shall Not Be Claimed will get tonight?

    A: 6 minutes
    B: 11 minutes (i.e. 6 minutes)
    C: 20 minutes (i.e. 6 minutes)

  23. It’s official, my grandma is a delusional Avery lover. Interesting half hour we spent chatting aboot God. She makes a mean stew though, so I can forgive her!!

  24. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Avery will likely average 6 minutes…. Same as last year. As much as I think he should get 20+, some things never change.

  25. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    Orr – re your delusional grandmutha…. The apple rarely falls far from the tree… Know what I am sayin?

  26. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    dde, re: your last comment last night

    DDE, i always liked you and your comments irregardless (assuming we is using old english and thus making irregardless an actual word) of the fact that this team is full of third and four score liners. They need to trade brenden dubinskee the first chance they get to receive draft picks with three last names to be named later or TBD or ETA or SNAFU.


  27. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    A couple of lucky wins versus soft teams, not Joe thornton-y soft, but Rosemary Clooney soft, and the positivity is running rampant. Slow your roll, gangstas…this team is bound for the cellar…and not bound in a voluptuous dominatrices sort of way.


  28. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    I think me and carp might be only ones old enough to get the Rosemary Clooney joke…the rest of youse guys is 26…;)

  29. bob The Builder (In search of.... Leonard Knee-moy) on

    Eddie Murphy loves trannies…and I don’t mean the transportation index!

    TS (not Eliot) Bob

  30. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    I predict rangers win 19-5, Avery scoring at will, gets 8 goals.. McD the other 11. Avery sets NHL record by scoring more goals than minutes played. Torts, unhappy every day that ends in a y, scratches Avery for rest if the season…. Still, Avery finishes the season, and in only 1 game, scoring more than dubi, Artie, step, Boyle, and ww combined.

    On a more serious note, Vegas has the over/under at 13 for today’s game as for how many times Joe M says groin.

  31. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    I would to see Avery on a breakaway do a triple lutz, double axel, triple saw cow, double toe, triple lindy, then score.

  32. If Avery had real talent, he’d pull off some Michael Jackson moves on that breakaway.

    Nothing involving touching little boys though. Prust sayin’

  33. LW
    while I think we will have to agree to disagree on some of this, all the currently policy does IMHO is encourage more players “to put themselves in positions of vulnerability”. Obviously the players are not “looking for concussions” but if the can position themselves in a way that a player hitting them can be penalized, then they will.

    I looked at the sutton hit again, his timing was great IMHO, problem is he is way taller than landeskog and landeskog turned his body a bit to his left (you can see his skates shift, perhaps to avoid the collision) and that made sutton’s arm/elbow line up perfectly with landeskog’s head.

    I have a problem with the rule that is basically two parts..
    paraphrasing a bit here but part one is “where the head is specifically targeted”..I am absolutely on board with this part of the rule, going out of the way to target the head should be a penalty and suspension

    the second part of the rule “the principal point of contact” I think is BS, if on a follow through (your body and arms/shoulder will rise a bit with momentum as you hit someone) you catch a guys chin or he moves at the last second and you graze him or “sideswipe” him if you will, well sorry IMHO hockey play. That is a no fault situation.

    The first part of the rule should be all you need to take care of the cheapshots in the game while the second part does nothing but pansify it. You can maliciously go out of the way and target a head blatantly, but you can have every intention of putting a clean body check on and do everything right and the “other guy” can try to avoid the hit in some manner at the last second and cause his head to be the principal point of contact at no fault of the hitter.

    but, just my opinion though and clearly shanny the contact nazi sees it differently!

  34. cant wait until 7, as I havent seen a live game now since October 10th..;) Unfortunately there is no afternoon game…..

  35. Why does someone always have to be like tiki? One ( or more) posters always channel their inner tiki and cause consternation in here. I’d like to channel my inner zzzzzz. Let’s channel that energy. Rangers 27-Ditka 1

  36. Wicky, I agree with most of your thoughts. But while an obvious, blatant head shot is easy to spot, how does one know right away (or even watching the tape- still somewhat subjective) that follow through with one’s elbow or shoulder to the head wasn’t done intentionally? My feeling is that while initially Shanny decided to be tougher with all borderline calls, later on he will be more lenient. The pendulum will eventually swing back to the middle. You can not eliminate finesse play in hockey by removing skill players who are concussed as much as you can not eliminate physicality. It’s a fine line, but I believe it’s a good step…

  37. I do believe that this is the first time I’ve seen them really manhandle and physically dominate aa opponent.

    And call me a fault finder, but I still can’t stand their passing game. It worked tonight, but the mediocre quality of their passing was so evident thru the game.

    And just for the record about Guy Fawkes…….don’t get too wrapped up in this guy ..you do realize that he was convicted of treason….and they had him drawn and quartered. (A nice little nasty practice by the early English for making an example of their special criminals etc.) Russians used it also.

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