Jets at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes from the Rangers:

Saturday, Nov. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York

Rangers: 6-3-3 (15 pts)
Jets: 5-6-2 (12 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Nov. 5

The Rangers will close out their six-game homestand when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-3-3 (15 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 5-3, last night at Madison Square Garden to improve to 6-2-1 in their last nine games, including wins in their last three contests. The Jets enter the contest with a 5-6-2 (12 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.).

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

RANGERS vs. JETS: *Includes the record vs. the Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-00 – 2010-11

  • ·All-Time: 20-15-1-9 overall (7-9-1-5 at home; 13-6-0-4 on the road)
  • ·2011-12: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 following a 2-1 win on Oct. 24 at Winnipeg. The Rangers have tallied two goals in five power play opportunities (40.0%) in the season series.
  • ·Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall, including a 1-1-0 mark on the road. Brian Boyle led the Rangers with two goals in the season series, and Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-2-0 record with a 2.61 goals against average in three games.
  • ·The Rangers last skated against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise at Madison Square Garden in a 6-4 win on Oct. 11, 1995. Ray Ferraro led all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists), including the game-winning goal, Adam Graves notched two goals (one shorthanded) and Alex Kovalev tallied three points (one goal, two assists). Mike Richter made 30 saves for the win.
  • ·New York ranks 13th with a 3-1-1 (7 pts) record at home; Winnipeg ranks 11th with a 3-4-2 (8 pts) mark on the road
  • ·The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Jets are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • ·Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 7-5-6 record with a 2.24 GAA and one shutout in 19 career regular season contests vs. Winnipeg; Martin Biron is 7-11-0-0 with a 3.18 GAA and three shutouts in 19 career regular season games vs. the Jets
  • ·Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 17 goals, 36 assists and 53 points in 47 career regular season contests vs. Winnipeg; Marian Gaborik has tallied 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 14 games vs. the Jets
  • ·New York lists one former Jet on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09)
  • ·Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09)


  • ·Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in nine power play opportunities (16:00) last night vs. Montreal, and are 6-30 (20.0%) with the man advantage in the last six games. New York is tied for 25th overall (7-53, 13.2%) and ranks 18th at home (4-25, 16.0%). The Rangers are 1-3 (1:44) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/05 vs. MTL), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • ·Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered a goal to the Canadiens in two shorthanded situations (3:08) last night at Madison Square Garden, and are 29-33 (87.9%) in the last nine games. New York ranks 11th overall (45-52, 86.5%) and is tied for 10th at home (13-15, 86.7%). The Rangers are 2-3 (1:16) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/05 vs. MTL), 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 skate in a four-on-four situation last night vs. Montreal. 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 conclude their second of 14 back-to-back sets this season when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a record of 1-0-1 (1-0-0 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.

On Oct. 24, the Rangers defeated the Jets, 2-1, for their first win in Winnipeg since a 5-4 victory against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 21, 1992.

Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 100th win as the Rangers’ Head Coach with the Blueshirts’ 5-3 win last night vs. Montreal.

New York has posted a record of 4-1-2 against Western Conference opponents this season, and lead all Eastern Conference teams with 10 points and is tied for first with four wins vs. the West. Seven of the Rangers 11 games to begin the season (through Nov. 3) were against Western Conference opponents.  The last time New York played more games vs. Western Conference opponents than vs. Eastern Conference opponents that late into the season was in 2003-03 (six of the first 11 games through Nov. 4).

JOINING THE RUSH (through Nov. 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 third among NHL blueliners with three goals.


  • ·Ryan Callahan is tied for fifth in shots on goal (47) and 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 ninth in save percentage (.932), fourth in shutouts (one) and seventh 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 third among defensemen in goals (three)
  • ·Marian Gaborik is tied for eighth in shots on goal (46)
  • ·Brad Richards ranks sixth among forwards in average ice time (21:48)

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 Oct. 30.

The Rangers are currently 10 wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,490 games all-time in franchise history.


  • ·The Rangers are 6-30 (20.0%) with the man advantage in the last six games
  • ·Marian Gaborik has recorded six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games
  • ·Ryan Callahan has tallied six points (five goals, one assist) in the last six games
  • ·Dan Girardi has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games
  • ·Brad Richards has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
  • ·Erik Christensen has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last three games
  • ·Derek Stepan has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
  • ·Artem Anisimov has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
  • ·Brandon Dubinsky has tallied three assists in the last three games


  • · Ryan Callahan: 4 games from 300th NHL career
  • · Erik Christensen: 7 assists form 100th NHL career
  • · Steve Eminger: 9 points from 100th NHL career
  • · Marian Gaborik: 7 assists from 300th NHL career
  • · Dan Girardi: 8 assists from 100th NHL career
  • · Derek Stepan: 6 games from 100th NHL career
  • · Wojtek Wolski: 1 game from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career


  • · Brian Boyle: 200th career NHL game (11/3 vs. ANA)
  • · John Tortorella: 100th win as Rangers Head Coach (11/5 vs. MTL)


  • Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 12
  • Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 5
  • Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 27


  • Nov. 1 – Recalled forward Sean Avery from Connecticut (AHL)
  • Nov. 5 – Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Anton Stralman


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  1. can we get some Boneheads to make a glass wall interview appearance tonight.

    i suggest a sign that says “First!”

  2. wheeler has no goals yet,how long after they point that out tonight,will he score?

    over under is 20seconds.

  3. this game tonight will decide if its a decent homestand 3-2-1 or if great homestand 4-1-1.

    big game tonight

  4. i agree with 4ever,i see a big night for Gabby,he looked twice as quick as the second quickest skater last night.

  5. One 4-game win streak last year (actually five games). March 12 to March 22, beating the Sharks, Isles, Habs, Pens and Panthers.

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

    I’m not quite sure how you get me “complaining” out of that whole last thread and then choose to single that out in your post.

    Did you read all the other posts in that thread? I was simply debating the same thing 95% of the other posters did but I am the only one complaint?

    Not to mention, judging from what you posted, you and I agree on the whole incident.

    You need to pull your head out of the Chunnel bro

  7. LW is just jet-lagged from the flight wicky. Make nice guys.

    LW es el desfase horario de la vuelo, wicky. Hacen los chicos buenos.

  8. One minute of playing time.

    One “We Want Avery” chant from the fans.

    One post-game interview.

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

    iwicky, stop complaining…it will not help our team win any games.

    irascible bob

  10. This team is primed for a loss tonight. I can smell it from a mile away.

    Just like Redden can smell the weaksauce from across the table.

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Lloyd – Avery could score 3 goals in only shift. He doesn’t need a lot of ice time. An Avery in hand is worth 2 in the bush.

    Wicky – I think no checking should be allowed. This is where the rangers would benefit as a glare from the PRUST is all the physical play that is needed. NHL needs to move to a football-ish two hand touch.

  12. You know I just like picking on you, wicky…

    Fine, we agree the hit itself was OK. So did most of the other posters, I think.

    Your “complaint” seemed to be that Blunden did nothing wrong at all, or at least had to hit Dubinsky (which I don’t agree with – he wasn’t supposed to be on the ice) and that the NHL was going too far in not allowing early line changes (hardly, if the result is going to be the 6th man laying players out with hits).

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough. Clearly, I’m just angry at our fantasy match-up…

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Body checks can hurt. I say outlaw them. In fact, slap shots should be banned too. Heck, no sticks period. No sticks gives new meaning to skill…… Soccer on skates…. The NHL renamed itself SOSHL … Soccer on skates hockey league.

  14. Zzzzzzzzzz. Channel that zzzzzzzzzzzz. Rangers did not win by more than two last night. My prediction was innacurate. HOWEVER Tonight with the mighty thrash of winterpeg the rangers will dig deep and find two points somewhere. Anywhere. Lgr!!!!!!!! We need a laugher. Plus my wife wants to watch the walking dead not the skating lame-ohs.

  15. Mess was only 2 hours and 9 minutes (ish) behind the new world record holder! Should have let him skate it.

  16. Lol, are we still talking about the hit. I’d like to know when was the last we all agreed on everything….Maybe when Avery was AHLed….:-)
    Did you see Carolina- Dallas? Boy, the ‘Canes look disjointed…Eric Staal is a shadow of himself. And Cam Ward looked very pedestrian.

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Dde – I hate having to drive 26.2 miles much less run it…..

    Avery would have Run it in under an hour and still had the energy to play his 4 minutes tonight.

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric stahl destroyed his brother’s career. There is a locker stall in H E double hockey sticks awaiting him.

  19. Eric’s punishment should be coming to the Rangers, for free. That would fix it. Also, he has to play the way he’s capable.

  20. Good on Mess for even running it, let alone finishing it.

    Five bucks that Eric Staal is feeling sooooooo guilty, hence why he is off to a crappy start.

  21. Boneheads! A friend of mine started a tee shirt company in honor of true Rangers fans. Check out his site. A portion of all proceeds goes to the Garden of Dreams foundation…

    Check it out:

    Anyway, Let’s Go Rangers!! One hour ’til go time!

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mickey -agreed … I think you are dead on.

    Jimbo – genius…

    Manny – care for a semi cooked cheeseburger?

  23. Thanks for the heads up, NYR. That’s awesome. I will soon be rocking a Captain Cally shirt for sure. I have always mostly hated NHL and NFL gear for it’s over complicated and over designed graphics. This stuff is nice and classic and for a good cause.

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

    My issue with this is blunden went out on the ice like 99.99% of the hockey players out there as the line change was in process and then played his man we he got there (in this case immediately).

    It is like no one here has watched a hockey game before and guys are not hopping on and off the bench while other guys are still five or ten feet away.

    Clearly he should have waited until cole or whomever was all the way on the bench but that is not the norm at all.

    I mean sheesh the way people are reacting to this you would think he was the second coming of dale hunter on Pierre turgeon or something!

  25. Oh byfuglien, is it back to 6 hours time difference again…. So I got my Aasen out of bed one hour early, that’s a first….

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Wicky – outlaw bodychecks and it’s a mute point :)

    My brutha – I got me serious washingtons, know what I’m sayin?

  27. E3, don’t really know. Spent the whole day on the couch hungover, dark when I went up, dark when I got to bed so maybe…

  28. Our team is pimped up by fancy player(s) and will win to prove pimps from Miami wrong, if nothing else..

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

    Eddie x3
    You are correct, clearly any hit is dirty and should be a penalty and all contact should be taken out of the game!

    I think interference penalties should be called on guys that shoot the puck and it hits other players and all deflection goals off of opposing team players should be nullified and the shooter should get a double minor!

    But what do I know, I clearly complain more than everyone else here!


  30. This game will tell us a lot about the season, same old Rags or are we going to go on a run like we should. Tonite will tell us, wish I was more optimistic

  31. They’re certain to Mickey-Mouse this one – another entry on, here I come.

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