Rangers at Capitals today


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Friday, Nov. 25, 4:00 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 10-5-3 (23 pts)
Capitals: 12-7-1 (25 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Nov. 24

The Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (4:00 p.m.), to close out their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-5-3 (23 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center. The Capitals enter the contest with a 12-7-1 (25 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Nov. 26, at Madison Square Garden (2:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days.
* TV: MSG Network

3:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Mike Keenan
4:00 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
3:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
4:00 p.m. – Rangers at Capitals
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: 83-84-18-5 overall (46-37-9-2 at home; 37-47-9-3 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Verizon Center.
* Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall, with a 2-0-0 mark on the road. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 17-6, in the season series. New York tallied four goals in 13 power play attempts (30.8%), and successfully defended 14 of 15 shorthanded situations (93.3%) in the four games. Brian Boyle led the team in scoring with three goals, four assists and seven points in four games. Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 2-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA, .955 Sv% and two shutouts in three appearances, while Martin Biron won his only meeting against the Capitals in the shootout, stopping 22 of 23 shots through game action and two of four shootout attempts.
* The Rangers have won three of their last four games at Verizon Center, having out-scored the Capitals, 12-6, over the span
* New York ranks 14th with a 5-4-2 (12 pts) record on the road; Washington ranks first with a 8-1-1 (17 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers have posted a 3-1-0 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Capitals are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 11-6-2 record with a 2.74 GAA and three shutouts in 19 career regular season games vs. Washington; Martin Biron is 11-8-1-2 with a 2.50 GAA and one shutout in 22 career regular season games vs. the Capitals
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 25 assists and 32 points in 46 career regular season games vs. Washington; Ruslan Fedotenko has tallied a team-high, 10 goals in 48 career regular season contests vs. the Capitals
* New York lists one former Capital on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08)
* Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Knuble (1998-99 – 1999-2000); Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06)

* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (7:50) on Wednesday at Florida. New York ranks 29th overall (9-74, 12.2%) and 29th on the road (3-40, 7.5%). The Rangers are 1-7 (5:25) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/23 at FLA), 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 Panthers in four shorthanded situations (9:45) on Wednesday at Florida. New York ranks ninth overall (64-75, 85.3%) and is tied for 13th on the road (45-54, 83.3%). 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 on Wednesday at Florida. 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 will begin their third of 14 back-to-back sets this season when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. 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 will close out their back-to-back set tomorrow in an Atlantic Division matinee match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.

The Blueshirts lead the league in fewest total goals against, allowing 38 goals through 18 games, and rank third with a 2.11 goals against average. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 7-4-3 with a 2.12 GAA, .935 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron is 3-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout. Rangers goaltenders have combined to stop 93.3% of all shots faced, which ranks second in the NHL. Lundqvist’s .935 save percentage is tied for fifth among league goaltenders.

The Rangers were credited with a season-high, 50 hits, on Wednesday at Florida. Brandon Dubinsky led all skaters and tied his career-high with 10 hits, while Ryan Callahan tied his season high with six hits. New York had 16 of 18 skaters register at least one hit, with eight recording three or more hits – Dan Girardi (five), Brian Boyle (four), Michael Sauer (four), Derek Stepan (three), Michael Del Zotto (three), and Ryan McDonagh (three), along with Dubinsky and Callahan. Sauer’s four hits marked a personal season-high. The Rangers now rank second in the NHL in road hits (300), and rank second in the league in average hits per contest (26).

The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL with a plus-11 rating while skating at even strength. 20 of the 25 players who have skated for the Rangers this season have posted a plus or even rating. Ryan McDonagh leads the team and is tied for 17th in the NHL with a plus-10 rating. In the league standings, New York is tied for seventh with a plus-eight goal differential.

The Rangers have tallied the game’s first goal in 10 of their 18 contests this season, posting a record of 9-1-0 in those games. Their .900 winning percentage when scoring first ranks second in the NHL, while their nine wins are tied for second.

New York defensemen have accounted for 21.3% of the team’s scoring, tied for fifth-best in the league, tallying a combined 10 goals through 18 games to begin the season, tying for 10th in the NHL. Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are tied for first among Rangers defensemen and 15th among NHL blueliners with three goals.

New York has seen seven 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 Oct. 31 vs. San Jose, following his recall the day before. Defenseman Anton Stralman made his first appearance as a Blueshirt on Wednesday at Florida after signing with the team on Nov. 5.  Forwards Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell, who were recalled from Connecticut yesterday, are both looking to make their Rangers debut.

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

* The Rangers are currently tied with San Jose and Minnesota for the fewest regulation losses (five) in the NHL
* New York is 4-1-0 when leading after the first period, and 5-0-1 when leading after the second
* The Blueshirts are the only team in the NHL who are undefeated when out-shooting opponents, posting a 4-0-0 mark in those contests
* Henrik Lundqvist is 5-1-0 with a 1.81 GAA and a .942 Sv% in his last six games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games
* Derek Stepan has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last 10 games
* Ryan Callahan has tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, with four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four
* Ryan McDonagh has posted a plus-nine rating in the last seven games
* Brandon Dubinsky has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games

* Erik Christensen: 7 assists from 100th NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 8 points from 100th NHL career
* Marian Gaborik: 5 assists from 300th NHL career; 8 goals from 300th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 8 assists from 100th NHL career
* Wojtek Wolski: 1 game from 400th NHL career; 9 goals from 100th NHL career

* Derek Stepan: 100th NHL game (11/23 at FLA)

* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 18
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 11
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 45

* Nov. 24 – Recalled forward Carl Hagelin from Connecticut (AHL)
* Nov. 24 – Recalled forward John Mitchell from Connecticut (AHL)

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

    wow . lotta stats !! Great job Carp!!!

    Ok so we lost a couple ….time to win …tonight!!

    TONIGHT is our night bro ….

    We will win TONIGHT!!I gareenteee!!!

    Gareentee win night is tonight!!


    …im btw Don’t step on the logo ..eh

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

    2500 wins is nothing to sneez at either , keep it up RANGERSSSSS!!!

  3. One of my favorite days of the NHL season. I feel bad for those who have to go back to work today after Thanksgiving and are not given the four-day weekend. 13 games spread out from 1 till 9. Wife wants to go shopping. “Ok hon, see ya! Enjoy! I’ll be on same place on couch with laptop, center ice, game center live (yes i have both), and remote control when you come back”

  4. Today’s a day we’ll likely really miss Marc Staal.

    Ovechkin only has 7 goals (he’s been waiting to play us), but damn,

    Caps are 16-1-2 in last 19 regular season home games.

    Be interesting to see how McDonagh and the rest handle this one.

  5. >>…I feel bad for those who have to go back to work today after Thanksgiving and are not given the
    >>four-day weekend.

    They’re out making money; why should you feel bad for them? If they needed the day so badly, I’m sure they could use a vacation or personal day. In fact, some of them may have chosen to work so they can earn overtime pay. I’m going to enjoy this day of hockey, with no guilt or sympathy for the folks who have to work.

    Oh, and by the way, do you feel bad for the hockey players as well? They are also working, no?

  6. Boom Boom Bathgate - FOUR CUPS since 1926 on

    What would be wrong with Fedo Corleone sitting, with the two kids coming up? After all he does not have one, single even-strength goal, but he does have 234 minutes of even-strength playing time!
    Let’s get all the snipers down there up here, and kick out the dead wood, asap.

  7. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    I’m starting to think that the team lacks the “jam” that made them the “Black & Blueshirts” last year…they just don’t forecheck and pursue the puck with the same tenacity….

    Zuccarello, a highly skilled wing, hasn’t gotten the look he deserves on the top 2 lines. That’s a fact…and that’s fine, management makes the decisions. But, it seems there are real questions about his role on the Rangers…that’s sad…because the one thing the Rangers need more than anything else is more skill, hockey IQ, and offensive firepower….and MZA showed real promise as a rookie….it’s a shame….

    The Red Wings didn’t build a dynasty on “jam”…Prust sayin’…

  8. Anyone else going to the game today?

    Will I once again be the sole witness to utter bush-leaguery?

  9. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    Latona, Red Wings should serve as the blueprint on how to run a NHL organization….


    Hagelin’s got wheels…interested to see where he ends up in the lines…

    My gut feelings is Torts will probably just put the two kids with EC….

  10. My gut feeling is that, if he does put the kids with EC, that line alone will give up 4 goals.

    EC is total garbage. Seriously.

  11. Mister Delaware on

    “Eric, I want you to take Carl under your wing. Show him what life is like in the league, answer any questions, that sorta thing.”

    “I don’t know, Coach, that seems like a lot of work.”

  12. what is the punisment for Devaux?

    Hagelin in for sure? Need some speed…hope he gets a shot today, get his feet wet.

    giradi on ovechkin all day, miss Staal big time today…

  13. Rangers will go down today, it’s obvious. Typical pre- and post-Thanksgiving slide for the clowns.

  14. In any case, watch for my in-depth game reports that will most like consist of something like “EC” and “blows”

  15. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    Morning ILB and all!!

    Any news on the bahama bomba yet?

    So I meant to bring this up the other day, but I really like the “grit” the bruins play with. I mean, look at the malicious intent they show up with on every scrum (mcquaid for example on the link below). It doesn’t matter what position they are a top 6 forward or bottom pair d man. I get so tired of a bit of a scrum start and seeing VV2 just yap a bit or another ranger sashay in and give a little shoulder to shoulder bump and that is it. I understand that boston buffalo game had some energy to it, but the rangers seem to lack malicious intent at this point and that really sucks!!


    btw, love regher and what he did there against chara, way out matched and he definitely ost the fight (not much of a fight), but what a gutsy player.

  16. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    3 games, that sucks.

  17. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    Off to work for 11 hours, so LGR and LGD!!!!

  18. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    a hattie with a good chance of a carping!!

  19. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    and a bag lady for good measure

  20. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    good talk folks!!

  21. Wicky©"the NHL should penalize and suspend players that place themselves in vulnerable positions along the boards" on

    no bahama bonba for the flyers game sucks

  22. Doodie Machetto on


    I hope they put Okposo on waivers. Would love to get him for nothing.

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