Rangers at Club de hockey Canadien tonight


From the Rangers:

Saturday, Nov. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Bell Centre – Montreal, Quebec
Rangers: 10-3-3 (23 pts)
Canadiens: 8-8-3 (19 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 17

The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up as they look to extend their seven-game winning streak. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-3-3 (23 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum to extend their winning streak to seven games. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 11 of the last 13 games (10-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last eight (7-0-1). The Canadiens enter the contest with a 8-8-3 (19 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games (1-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in their first of three games in four days.

* TV: MSG Network

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Brian Leetch
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers at Canadiens
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: 190-318-94-3 overall (126-122-54-1 at home; 64-196-40-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Bell Centre. New York is 1-0-0 following a 5-3 win on Nov. 5 at Madison Square Garden.
* Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall, with a 0-2-0 mark on the road. 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.
* New York ranks sixth with a 5-2-2 (12 pts) record on the road; Montreal ranks 24th with a 3-4-3 (9 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers have posted a 2-1-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Canadiens are 1-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 12-8-2 record with a 2.95 GAA and one shutout in 23 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 eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 31 career regular season contests vs. Montreal; Ryan Callahan has tallied six goals and 10 points 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 (6:29) on Tuesday at Long Island, and are 8-44 (18.2%) with the man advantage in the last 10 games. New York ranks 24th overall (9-67, 13.4%) and 28th on the road (3-33, 9.1%). The Rangers are 1-6 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/15 at NYI), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Islanders in five shorthanded situations (8:40) on Tuesday at Long Island, and are 41-46 (89.1%) in the last 13 games and 18-20 (90.0%) during their current seven-game winning streak. New York ranks eighth overall (57-65, 87.7%) and 10th on the road (38-44, 86.4%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Tuesday at Long Island. The Rangers are plus-three in 25 four-on-four situations (43:42), 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 enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. San Jose
* The Blueshirts’ last seven-game winning streak was during the 2009-10 season (Oct. 3 – Oct. 17). The last time New York posted an eight-game winning streak was in 1974-75 (Dec. 27 – Jan. 11). The franchise record longest winning streak is 10 games, established in 1972-73 (Jan. 19 – Feb. 10).
* New York has out-scored their opponents, 27-11
* The Rangers’ penalty kill is 18 of 20 (90.0%)
* The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 11 of the last 13 games (10-2-1 over the span), including in each of the last eight games (7-0-1). The last time New York registered an eight-game point streak was when they tallied at least one point in 13 consecutive games from Feb. 9, 2008 to Mar. 10, 2008.
* The Rangers have tallied the game’s first goal in six of the seven games
* In 425:00 of game action, the Rangers have led for 250:28 (58.9%) and been tied for 173:50 (40.9%). New York has only trailed for 0:42 (0.2%) during the streak. (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau)
* Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron posted a combined 7-0-0 record, along with a 1.55 GAA, a .946 Sv% and one shutout during the streak. Lundqvist is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA and a .941 Sv%, while Biron is 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, a .959 Sv% and one shutout over the span.
* Ryan Callahan (five goals, three assists) and Derek Stepan (three goals, five assists) are tied for the team lead with eight points apiece during the seven-game winning streak. Callahan’s five goals are also a team high during the stretch.
* Brandon Dubinsky (one goal, six assists) and Artem Anisimov (one goal, six assists) are tied for the team-high with six assists each, while Marian Gaborik has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) during the winning streak.

The Rangers concluded their second of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 3-0 win vs. Winnipeg on Nov. 6 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 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 22-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. The Rangers’ next back-to-back set begins on Nov. 25 at Washington and concludes on Nov. 26 vs. Philadelphia.

New York has posted a record of 47-26-12 (106 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 12-10-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .624 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.698%, 41-16-6) and ahead of Montreal (.618%, 70-41-12), Toronto (.512%, 54-51-18), Boston (.500%, 54-54-18) and Chicago (.477%, 27-30-9).

New York defensemen have accounted for 21.7% of the team’s scoring, fifth-best in the league, tallying a combined 10 goals through 16 games to begin the season, tying for seventh in the NHL. Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are tied for first among Rangers defensemen and 12th among NHL blueliners with three goals.

The Rangers are currently six wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,494 games all-time in franchise history.

* The Rangers currently have the fewest regulation losses (three) in the NHL
* The Blueshirts lead the league in fewest total goals allowed (32) and rank second in goals against average (2.00)
* New York’s penalty kill is 41-46 (89.1%) in the last 13 games and 18-20 (90.0%) during their current seven-game winning streak
* Henrik Lundqvist is 5-0-0 with a 1.77 GAA and a .941 Sv% in his last five games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-six rating in the last nine games
* Ryan Callahan has tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last eight games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two
* Derek Stepan has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last eight games
* Artem Anisimov has tallied six assists and a plus-four rating in the last five games
* Brad Richards has recorded eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last eight games
* Brandon Dubinsky has tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last two
* Dan Girardi has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 10 games
* Sean Avery has notched two goals in the last two games
* Ryan McDonagh has posted a plus-eight rating in the last five games
* Martin Biron is 3-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, a .961 Sv% and one shutout in his last three games

* Erik Christensen: 7 assists from 100th NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 8 points from 100th NHL career
* Marian Gaborik: 6 assists from 300th NHL career; 8 goals from 300th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 8 assists from 100th NHL career
* Derek Stepan: 2 games from 100th NHL career
* Wojtek Wolski: 1 game from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career

* Ryan Callahan: 300th NHL game (11/15 at NYI)

* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 16
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 9
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 39

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






  2. The more everyone talks about them having issues in Montreal, the more issues they’ll have. You come out and play your game. Montreal is far from being their best. They have 4 regular Dmen out of their lineup, and their goaltending has been far from stellar.

  3. Do you all think it wise to start Biron in this game, seeing that LQ has had a notable rest period between games?

    I have no opinion in this regard, but I’m just wondering.

  4. The house of horrors is the bell centre. Hank 39 goals in 11 games. He will need a huge game tonight as I expect us to be shorthanded a minimum of 5 times.

    At mon fla wash Phil Pitt tough 5 games here. Let’s see what they can do when the schedule gets tougher.

  5. Fran- I don’t believe it’s a good idea to start Biron. Hank is well rested and not staring him would give a message that he isn’t trusted in certain venues. Not great for his confidence. He needs to exorcise his own demons and win one decisively. What happens if they meet in the playoffs? You play Biron 3 or 4 times?

  6. How banged up is Brandon Prust? The last few games, he’s been pretty invisible save for the odd fight. His TOI has been pretty low as well.

    I worry about him because he was such a big contributor (team-wise) for us last season, especially on the penalty kill.

  7. Doesn’t matter who starts these games…this recent spike of rangers wins is the calm before the storm…in a few more games the negative nancies will have their revenges. Do not believe that 7 victories against inferior competition validates this team.

    Fire Sather!

  8. Prust (Puck Norris) has had some days to rest, which is good. Hopefully, he is healing up…but I wouldn’t be against letting him come out of the lineup, from time to time, to keep him healthy and fresh. He takes a lot of abuse. And, we will ideally want him 100% healthy in the playoffs. Last season he was so broken down by the end of the year. I know his shoulder has bothered him since last season. Yet, his jam is second to none. I really love the guy.

    And with Wolski and Rupp out too, it also would give the Rangers an opportunity to maybe fit Zuc in a top 9 role.

  9. Amen, NYR. Vibin’. Prust should probably take days off from time to time to heal up. I know he likes to play through injuries but sometimes you have to force a dog to not fight. You know?

  10. “Hank 39 goals in 11 games.”

    Wow! Hank is on pace to brake Gretky’s 50 goals in 37 games?? Why isn’t he playing first line minutes?? Fire Torts!

  11. Maybe we can sign Keanu Reeves to play up there. He used to be a goalie before he got an injury and they called him “the wall.”

    No joke.

  12. Personally I think it’s a totally wrong move, for the reasons that ilb stated before. Now maybe this was a game that Biron would be starting against any other team as well, as his scheduled game to play, but I dont like it. The worst case scenario would be if Biron gets pulled mid-game and they throw Hank out there. That would just be horrendous.

  13. How do we know if it’s the right move or not before the game is played? ;)

    I don’t think Hank has confidence issues over Biron starting. I mean, he’s not EC! If he does (highly doubtful), then Hank has to grow up.

    Let’s see how Beer-on does. He’s been part of the 7 in a row, too…

  14. The Rangers’ record in Montreal is horrendous. I wonder how many of those games the refs helped Montreal win.

    Matt L – Prust hasn’t been playing as much because Torts only uses three lines for most of the third period, and he has been on the fourth line recently in favor of Avery playing in the top nine.

    You have to start wondering who will come back first: Crosby or Staal? At least MSG can have a daily update that includes both of them and not just Skid. Look on the bright side!

  15. Crosby will be back first. It’s a game-to-game decision for him. Surprised he’s not in there tonight against Florida.

  16. billybleedsblue on

    NYR_FAN n1 w. puck norris :)
    Oh man, I will be able to watch tonight. I am totally psyched! LGR!!!!!


  17. Oh, so Biron is starting? So much for my reasoning. I’m sure Torts knows what he is doing. Let’s just win the game.

  18. I don’t know, iBob said Crosby would be out another 4-6 weeks. It’s been a game-to-game decision since last week when everyone thought he would play in their back-to-back games, then the game after…

  19. Called this one moments after the win on Long Island. I’m not trying to play psychiatrist or hate on Lundqvist. It’s not that big of a deal that the guy has one arena in the entire world where he’s had a streak of bad luck/doesn’t play at his best. They need to find games for Biron anyway so why not start him in a situation like this one? Of course that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong. I think this win streak is starting to frustrate the so called fans that love to have something to cry about. Last I checked it’s the 2 points that matter most so stop inventing things to freak out about.

    ps- Pittsburgh has played 19 games. Does this mean that we have to hear “Crosby may make his return tonight” 63 more times between now and April if he doesn’t come back? That’s worse than the normal updates they shove down our throats.

  20. I-bob way to slither back here just when you figure they’re about due for a loss. And don’t give me that bottom feeder BS. Most of us read Larry Brooks’ garbage when he puts it out in the Post- no reason to go quoting him for us.

  21. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Eric you stole my thunder i’ve been saying for 2 weeks Crosby will make his “season debut” on Nov. 29th on Broadway the game is also on Versus.

  22. Why hate on the Swedes Torts? It’s the Swiss you have to watch out for. Those SOBs punched holes in my cheese.

  23. We’re on a four game losing streak in Montreal, apparently, so why not switch things up? The team plays well in front of Beer-On.

    Eight wins would be so cool! I don’t want the Bruins to get to eight instead of us. Aha, aha, I wont like that.

  24. Honestly it doesn’t matter if this win streak hits 10 or 12 games. They just rifled off 7 straight wins and are 10-3-3 and they havent gained an inch on any of the teams in the division/conference that will be in playoff contention come April. Like everyone was saying the first week of the season- they may have improved but so did a lot of other teams. It’s gonna be another dog race in the East no matter how you cut it.

  25. Like the decision to go with Biron tonight. Its his neck of the woods and Hank has historically done poorly there.

    Give him the extended break…

  26. Stall Worts, guilty as charged…I am of the ilk that there is too much positivity towards this team. These boots were made for walking that is what us negative nancies will do!

    Mekong Delta Bob

  27. Rangers should rest Henrik ‘Dolph’ Lundgrenqvist until mid March…then start him right before the potential march towards 8th place. if they get in for the Miracle on Ice part 2, then LQ will be fresh.


  28. this is why I am a negative nitwit: when one is positive and wrong you hear about it for weeks and months. Positive outcomes are no longer a part of our societal collective thought. Instability in society in the last 10 years has changed our thinking. 2 stock market crashes, 9/11, multiple wars, the Arab Irish Spring, Europe ready to go back to the days of William the Conqueror. Negative outcomes are expected. If I remain negative, and the Rangers continue their losing recent history I will be able to launch rapid fire ‘I told you so’ from a beach chair off the coney island wharf. If the rangers win, i yell ‘LGR” a few times, and no one remembers anything.

  29. odd, to say the least

    mao™ November 11th, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    bob, you better keep up the negative routine…it is giving us a lift much to your dismay.

  30. James, your the typical person who is never satisfied. It has been said there is parity in the league now so any team can beat any team. They haven’t gained on anyone but they haven’t fallen back. I also noticed no mention if recall correctly they have the lowest GA. I think you be a Debbie downer if they don’t respond sufficently during the 5 games next week.

  31. exactly!!! then when the positive comes you just stay quiet because there really isn’t any backlash for being negative with a positive result. Only the positive opinions get crucified.

    Barabbas Bob

  32. By the way that equals Almighty’s production in a fraction of the same amount of games played. Just sayin’. Torts hates everyone, even you, the casual blogging fan….

  33. How does Mao feel about bob?

    James – The Rangers have 3 games in hand on Pitt and 2 on Pitt. They’ve got to keep grabbing points.

  34. I will admit that the Rangers are firing on all cylanders but things are not terrible and they seem to be improving. I can’t wait until everyone is contributuing scoring wise.

  35. Huh?! lol It was an observation not a complaint. It’s going to be a tight race as usual. there’s only a 6 point difference between 1st and 12th place. It wouldnt surprise me if that doesn’t change dramatically over the next few months. That’s not to say that I’m disappointed in anything. They’re going to earn their points but they’ll deal with some adversity too I’m sure. every team does.

  36. and Steve to point a finger at me as a “typical person” whos never satisfied with some of the characters that post in this place….well, let’s just say I’m surprised you can walk normally or find a pair of pants that fit comfortably.

  37. Got you James. Sorry I took your observation as overly negative. There will be adversity and days I won’t even want to look at this blog.

  38. lol See? nah it’s all good. I know where you’re coming from Steve. Its like 7 wins again teams in the “lower part of the standings”…well if they lose people will say theyre games they should have won. But when they win they say oh who cares they’re beating bottom feeders. So no matter what people avoid giving them any credit. Apparently it’s just easier to find stuff to analyze and complain about

  39. I’ve been just watching the Hawks vs the Flames,and that Calgary team has an entire squad of burners. They are the fastest overall team speed club that I’ve seen this year. I mean they performed like the old Canadiens used to years ago. Speed up and down the lineup and the Hawks tried to match them, and came close then but the pressure by the flames was stunning.l

  40. Dde,

    I think Bob’s idiotic behaviour masks a rather erudite and complex person. He also seems to be proficient in matters of capital markets. That said, I am the antithesis of Bob. I see the glass as half full. I also see bob as a whole aasen.

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

    Good one Mao !!! Bob ‘s not getting the real picture here….Rangers are winning and he can’t Fathom it!!!

    HAHAHAAA get used to it Robby , Rangers are in da HOUWSEEEEEEE!!



    Tonight is our night bro….

    RANGERS RULE and habs drool!!!

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

    RANGERS on on a STREAK man , bob hates streaks , you know why…It something to do with his laundry.

  43. Zzzzzzzzz rules! He’s like my own personal pick me up. Kids are acting crappy? Read one of zzzzzzzs posts. Thanks man. Keep em coming.

  44. haahah …n1 DDE… if carp says ok, I will post the Mao stopmotion Christmas special I made on Thanksgiving eve…i think one or two bad words tho.

  45. There is absolutely *no* defense being played in this WPG-Philthy game today……no lead is safe!

  46. Hey, ORR – you’ve been watching this game since the beginning, right? Why is the WPG crowd booing Pronger so consistently? Did he do something heinous earlier in the game?

  47. I saw what was available of the first period, Jimbo, and I didn’t notice anything special. He is Chris Pronger, remember.

  48. KatieStrangESPN Katie Strang
    Fmr NHL’er Steve Valiquette signs PTO with Sound Tigers; will back up Kevin Poulin tonight

    LMAO! The Isles can never have enough goaltender depth!

  49. Oh! OK, ORR – I was just wondering why they were giving him hell – not that I blame them, just on general principles he deserves it!

    Things are good here, C3! – yeah, just hanging around waiting for the game. Kinda surprised that they’re starting Biron tonight, but he’s played very well so far this season.

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

    Ahhhh yeahhhh , game day today!!!!

    We wait and then we FREAK OUT!!!!!!!

    Its all about the win baby , that’s just what we do!!!!!


    FIRE OLGA!!!!

    Thanks John , It’s just what I do , Mao and ddeb pay no attention to Robby.

  51. Hi, Manny!! What!? Do you think Pronger’s the Hathaway Man? I don’t think eye patches are allowed in the NHL – you’re thinking of the Oakland Raiders! ;-D

  52. Oh! You’re right. I confused the Phylers with Pirates of the NFL. Good point Jimbo.

    You would be happy to know Jimbo that there is evidence of the tiny mouse coming back! I had to re-screen the piping in our cabinets. Haven’t had any visual contact yet but I am trying to meet up with him and have a chat!

  53. I will add something to eddie’s prediction that PK Slewfoot will have 18 of those 21 shots. Guy shoots a lot. 1 Goal in 55 (I think) shots so far.

  54. Oh, no! Sorry, Manny – it’s not that I’m a rodent fan – it’s just that the mouse saga last season was kinda funny for *us*, not you…..I was picturing you sitting on the sofa with the mouse sitting next to you, wearing a little hockey helmet…..

  55. Ha! It’s good to know you’re with me on that one, Jimbo. When I fight mice I think of you as my guardian angel.

  56. *Seven* goals – an undrafted kid? I tell ya, you just never know – Sometimes the drafting combine misses a gem….

  57. i do hope that MSG will show the anthems tonight, i do enjoy it when the Canadiens fans sing along in French

  58. I’m on your side, Manny! I’ve had one or two of those critters get in here over the years, and it is a maddening experience trying to get rid of the little buggers once they are inside!

  59. Eight!! Man, the Flyers do develop a lot of good young players, I’ve gotta hand it to their scouts. That Giroux kid really is good – they always seem to have a crop of good young players coming through their system….

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

    I don’t have MSG network so all I had to do was wait for 40 min on hold with my cable service company and wella!!! I got the game tonight for $2.99 in FRENCH!!?? ok ok im no french guy but I have read a bit on my cereal boxed from time to time . Rangers in French …SWEEEET!!

    we we Dubiiiiiii!!! ( help me here on this one wicky)


    Canada , can-a-dont!!! Not tonight , tonight is our night bro!!!!


  61. Good evening, Carp!

    Dubinsky’s got her pregame laser-chasing ritual on. LETS GO! EIGHT IN A ROW!

  62. Yes, James G – I’m still smarting from that mugging that the NYR took in pre-season in Philly, the game where Shelley tried to send Sauer through the end-boards and injured him…..

    I *hate* those byfugliens….

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



    OUR night tonighttttt!!!


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