Cats at Rangers tonight

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Pre-game notes from the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 16-6-4 (36 pts)
Panthers: 16-8-5 (37 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 10

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-6-4 (36 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, Saturday at First Niagara Center, to record the 2,500th win in franchise history. New York has now recorded at least one point in 15 of their last 18 contests (13-3-2). The Panthers enter the contest with a 16-8-5 (37 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have recorded points in four straight games (3-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six days.

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

RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:
* All-Time: 38-26-6-4 overall (19-13-4-0 at home; 19-13-2-4 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 0-1-0 following a 2-1 loss on Nov. 23 at BankAtlantic Center. Derek Stepan tallied the lone Rangers goal, assisted by Marian Gaborik and Ryan McDonagh. Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves.
* Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall, with a 1-1-0 mark at home. Three of their four meetings resulted in a shutout, including two for the Rangers. New York’s power play tallied two goals in nine attempts (22.2%) in the season series. Brandon Prust and Derek Stepan each notched a team-high, two goals, while Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA, .949 Sv% and two shutouts in three appearances.
* The Rangers have won five of their last eight games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida 18-12 over the span
* New York ranks 16th with a 7-2-2 (16 pts) record at home; Florida ranks third with a 10-6-1 (21 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers have posted a 6-1-1 record vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Panthers are 5-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 12-7-1 record with a 1.81 GAA and five shutouts in 20 career regular season games vs. Florida; Martin Biron is 7-12-1-0 with a 2.68 GAA in 21 career regular season games vs. the Panthers
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 14 goals, 26 assists and 40 points in 47 career regular season games vs. Florida; Marian Gaborik has registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 16 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers
* New York lists one former Panther on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09)
* Florida lists one former Ranger on their roster: Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 – 2002-03)

SPECIAL TEAMS:

* Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play opportunities (6:24) last night at Buffalo, and are 8-34 (23.5%) in their last eight games. New York ranks 21st overall (17-108, 15.7%) and ninth at home (11-53, 20.8%). The Rangers are 2-10 (7:37) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/05 vs. TOR), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless and notched two shorthanded goals in three shorthanded situations (4:33) last night at Buffalo. New York ranks eighth overall (84-98, 85.7%) and fifth at home (31-35, 88.6%). The Rangers are 4-5 (2:35) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/8 vs. TBL), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (4): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:27) last night at Buffalo. The Rangers are plus-three in 32 four-on-four situations (58:21), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers are scheduled to play 14 back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 3-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 2-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 2-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 23-8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with an 11-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 56 times in his career, posting a record of 35-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers will conclude their fourth back-to-back set tonight vs. Florida at MSG.

FAST START
The Blueshirts’ 36 points through 26 games (16-6-4) is their best start to the season since the team posted a 17-7-2 (36 pts) mark through 26 in 2008-09, and is only two points shy of the 1993-94 Stanley Cup Championship team’s 38 points in 26 games (18-6-2).

SHORTHANDED STRIKE
The Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals in the second period of last night’s game at Buffalo, from Carl Hagelin at 11:34 and Ryan Callahan at 18:51. It was Hagelin’s first career shorthanded goal/point, and Callahan’s first shorthanded goal/point of the season (third shorthanded goal of his career). The last time the Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals in a game was Jan. 20, 2009 vs. Anaheim, from Fredrik Sjostrom (3:22 of the 2nd Period) and Blair Betts (19:26 of the 3rd Period). The last time the Blueshirts notched two shorthanded goals in the same period was during the second period on Mar. 6, 1997 at Los Angeles, from Bill Berg at 6:09 and Niklas Sundstrom at 15:11. New York has now registered three shorthanded goals in the last two games. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

2,500 WINS CLUB

The Rangers registered their 2,500th win in franchise history with a 4-1 victory at Buffalo last night, becoming the fifth franchise in NHL history to reach the milestone (Boston, Detroit, Montreal and Toronto). Below is a list of other Rangers milestone wins (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* 1st win on Nov. 16, 1926 vs. MTLM (1-0)
* 500th win on Jan. 25, 1951 at CHI (2-1)
* 1,000th win on Feb. 22, 1970 vs. TOR (5-3)
* 1,500th win on Oct. 10, 1983 vs. LAK (2-1)
* 2,000th win on Jan. 4, 1997 vs. OTT (6-4)

QUICK HITS:
* The Rangers have the fewest regulation losses (six) in the NHL
* New York has registered a point in 15 of their last 18 games (13-3-2), and have out-scored their opponent, 61-41, during the stretch
* The Blueshirts are 8-34 (23.5%) on the power play in their last eight contests, and have posted a record of 11-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal
* New York is 4-1-1 when leading after the first period and 10-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Blueshirts lead the league with an .889 win% when out-shooting their opponent (8-1-0)
* The Rangers are 7-0-0 all-time in games when Brandon Prust is assessed a fighting major in the opening two minutes
* The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL when scoring first, posting a 12-1-1 mark (.857 win%) in those contests, and their 12 wins are tied for fourth in the league
* Henrik Lundqvist is 9-2-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .933 Sv% and one shutout in his last 12 games
* Michael Del Zotto enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (four assists over the span), and has tallied seven assists in the last seven games
* Brad Richards has tallied 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 18 games, with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last eight
* Derek Stepan has tallied 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in the last 18 contests, with five points (one goal, four assists) in the last five
* Artem Anisimov has tallied 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, with five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five
* Marian Gaborik has tallied 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in the last 19 games, with six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six
* Ryan Callahan has tallied 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last eight
* Carl Hagelin has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in eight career games
* Ryan McDonagh has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games
* Rangers’ prospects Christian Thomas (Canada) and J.T. Miller (USA) have been invited to participate in their respective National Junior Team’s selection camp for the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
* Marian Gaborik: 3 assists from 300th NHL career; 3 goals from 300th NHL career; 6 points from 600th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 4 assists from 100th NHL career
* Brad Richards: 2 games from 800th NHL career
* Michael Sauer: 2 games from 100th NHL career

INJURIES:
* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 26
* Mike Rupp (knee, 10/24) – 19
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 15
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 71

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  1. And possibly my last contribution to the TOI debate…

    Eddie

    Is 21 minutes a game unsustainable for a forward? Only Kovalchuk at 25+ is way out of whack with other top forwards on the list.

    And a quick skim suggests that the Rangers are far from the only team with two forwards in the top 30 of TOI/G. There are nine or ten other teams with two or more on the list. So, some teams avoid it, some don’t.

  2. I’m not really sure which way you’ll go with this Lloyd. Should we expect complaints because Avery isnt playing over Rupp or just complaints that Rupp isn’t getting ice time either? Decisions decisions..

  3. LW…”And possibly my last contribution to the TOI debate…”

    I don’t believe you :)

    carcillo, that’s 2 wickys…

  4. Carp nailed it. Avery’s value is increases in a rivalry game and increased against skill teams. If you are whining about Avery’s TOI after a WIN then you have a man crush. No other reasons.

    Put Hagelin on the PP. Kid is gold.

  5. You guys obsessed with Avery are insane. He’s a situation guy and nothing more. By not playing him all the time Torts is actually protecting him by using him situationally. Not hating. Protecting.

  6. Rhode Island Ranger on

    We might reasonably expect the coach to use his third and fourth lines more tonight to avoid his top two units running out of gas in the third. Let’s see how reasonable the strategist is.

  7. On the first day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- some stitches for Danny G!

    On the second day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the third day of Christmas my Rangers gave me to- A process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the fourth day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- Mcdonagh=monster, A process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the fifth day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me – Kate Upton for under Orr’s treeeeeeeeeeeee! Mcdonagh=monster, a process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY RANGERS GAVE TO ME – power play time for Hagelin, Kate Upton for under Orr’s treeeeeeeeeeee! Mondonagh=monster, a process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the seventh day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- an AA .47….pause for a review by Brendan Shanahan.. powerplay time for Hagelin, Kate Upton for under Orr’s treeeeeeeeeeee! Mcdonagh=monster, a process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the eighth day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- Cally being Cally, an AA .47….pause for a review by Brendan Shanahan.. powerplay time for Hagelin, Kate Upton for under Orr’s treeeeeeeeeeee! Mcdonagh=monster, a process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    On the ninth day of Christmas my Rangers gave to me- some confidence for Del Zotto, Cally being Cally, an AA .47….pause for a review by Brendan Shanahan.. powerplay time for Hagelin, Kate Upton for under Orr’s treeeeeeeeeeee! Mcdonagh=monster, a process for Torts, A pine bench for Avery and some stitches for Danny G!

    to be continued….

  8. Zucc’s injury is unfortunate. But maybe now if Avery gets sent down we can just convince the man crushers that it’s because he’s desperately needed in CT due to the injury..

  9. “We might reasonably expect the coach to use his third and fourth lines more tonight to avoid his top two units running out of gas in the third”

    Don’t you mean “Avery”? I don’t think you care how much time the other 3rd/4th liners get.

  10. Good point, Orr.

    The issue is that these Avery man crushers are trying to force logic into an argument where there is none. And those rational folks, like us, admit when he’s good and critique when he’s bad. We root for the TEAM. Makes arguing tough.

  11. Rhode Island Ranger on

    If the Avery haters “root for the TEAM”, why do they want him off it? Why do they want to replace him with a slower and less effective player?

    Before injuries and the ineffectual play of WW and EC gave management the chance to force Avery on Torts, the haters subscribed to the coach’s delusional “better players” rationale and the more reasonable “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy.

    Well, Avery is better than stumpy Rupp and the Rangers ain’t broke, so don’t fix ‘em.

    Consistency haters, consistency!

  12. Avery is basically a black ace for this team. Back in 93/94 there wasn’t any twitter or blogging but I don’t ever remember fans being this way about the “utility guys” They were all solid guys who were favs in the stands and especially in the locker room and yet Keenan played them on a limited basis during the regular season and rarely if at all during the post season. Eddie O, Mike Hartman, Nick Kypreos, Doug Lidster…You wouldn’t get too many Rangers fans to say much negative about any of those names. But you also never would have heard fans saying “sit Graves! he’s having a remarkable season but his ice time is too much. Eddie’s a veteran and a former 30+ goal scorer he needs to play Keenan’s an idiot!”

  13. Rhode Island Ranger on

    James G:

    Your analogy doesn’t really hold up. EC and WW are currently the Black Aces, utility players who practice with the team, but only make the lineup very rarely.

    Avery’s current position is more akin to a third or fourth line player from ’94 who was singled out among the bottom six forwards for a significant reduction in ice time- less than any opponent’s fourth liners. But, of course, for all his eccentricities, Keenan didn’t make one of his fourth liners a whipping boy.

  14. RI- I dont think anyone is saying demote Avery and play Rupp. I’ve seen two points made. 1- Avery is being over rated and people are more concerned with his ice time than the overall performance of the team and 2- Avery is good situationally, but it won’t be the worst thing when he leaves because he’s more of a distraction than anything else.

    As for Rupp- no one’s even seen him play a healthy shift for the Rangers yet. So who’s to say what he can do. No one says he’s going to be Avery’s “replacement”

  15. Rupp did play a few shifts early in preseason and looked good.

    How do all the Avery lovers feel about their boy saying “no one could have an opinion on the AA shooting incident vs. Tampa Bay unless they’ve played in the NHL?”

    All Mouth.

  16. Right. So Rupp is better than Avery. He’s also ALREADY been on 24/7!!!

    Also Rupp will fight a heavyweight. Not just mouth off.

  17. eddie eddie eddie on

    RIR – don’t bother…..it is not worth the time nor the energy….you, lone, barry beck, and I can have our own lil party and leave the rest to their wisdom and insight…

  18. You guys know Avery posed nude on a T-Shirt. You can buy one probably!

    Before the season I advocated for Avery to play on the first line. I love this team and when Avery helps the team I cheer my buns off for him.

  19. eddie eddie eddie on

    imanny – i imagine if you bought one of those shirts, you might need to jump start that heart of yours, avery sayin

  20. Tyson Chandler!!! Bring all trophies to NY and them disband sports forever!

    I would proudly wear a nude Avery shirt. I like Sean. I just want what’s good for the team and I won’t force Avery into the lineup to help his ego.

  21. Manny, dare I say, and I’m not being sarcastic here, you could argue that Rupp is more important to NYR than Avery. He’s a tough, solid defensive player, and will take on the bigger tougher guys, so Prust, the more important of the three, doesn’t have to.

    I don’t like it when Prust has to go up against big tough guys. He’s more important to us than those guys are for the opposing team.

  22. RIR, Keenan made a lot of players whipping boys.

    I’m getting some word about an off-ice incident (and incident might be too strong a word) that was relatively minor, but since it was Torts and Avery, it could have been the spark for his benching last night.

    I can’t say what exactly happened because it’s all second- and third-hand right now.

  23. for the record … in certain games, I’d rather have Avery than Rupp in the lineup. Generally, I think Rupp is a better player at this stage of their careers.

  24. eddie eddie eddie on

    Orr – you are laboring under a giant misconception. The point isn’t about giving avery ice time, its about rolling all 4 lines so that everyone is involved…you did watch last season’s playoff series, yes?…especially game 4, yes?…when the same 5 forwards and 2 dmen played almost the entire 1st OT, and 2nd OT, yes?….you did notice that they were COMPLETELY Exhausted, yes?…..that is the point…Get it?…..

  25. “I can’t say what exactly happened because it’s all second- and third-hand right now.”

    Typical Turderella shtick right there. Play the second and third hand to death and don’t give a chance to the fourth hand.

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    Orr – i disagree…RIR has been clamoring for days to roll the 3rd and 4th lines…go back a few days and se for yourself…

  27. eddie eddie eddie on

    as far as I am concerned, I think Avery helps the team to win…why wouldn’t I want to see more of him on the ice. I also would like hags/mitchell/boyle to see more ice time too…

  28. Carp, what ever it is, I’m sure Avery didn’t deserve the benching, I mean, the guy Avery hit with his car didn’t die, so why would Avery lose ice time?? Who cares if he’ll never be able to walk again! At least he can still breath!! Jeez! Fire Torts!

  29. Did Avery give Torts fashion advice? Its that the ‘incident’ that Carp is talking about? If so, then Torts should take the advice to heart..

  30. Eddie, I’m aware of that, but I’m not buying it, like I said. Especially with him, since it seems like he only really posts when Avery is under fire, which is why I asked him his opinion on everything not related to Avery.

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    you guys are too much…..i be going on sabbatical…..but i wont let the door hit my assen on the way out….happy holidays….

  32. I’m up! Meant to ask you what I missed, but I scrolled through fast, and the conclusion is, unless we got 10Mth hit, not much….

  33. Avery: Coach, I have to say, your ties, ahh, they look like they were finger painted by babies using vomit colors

    Torts: Oh yeah, Aves? Remember that game against the Hurricanes, where you got a ton of ice time, and scored a goal?

    Avery: Yeah, how can I forget? It was my best game

    Torts: I’m glad you remember. Cherish it, cause it’s the last time you get that much ice time.

  34. Hoooboy. Just saw the news.

    And let the Avery lovers come out in drooooooooooves tonight.

    We may hit 10 million today!

  35. Duckbill Plat-y-pus on

    I see Claude Lemeuix from the Flyers out with a heads injury. THis is heading out of control. Now cause for more concern with Sydney Crosby? Our own Michael Sour with nary a report of injury? Anisimov headfirst into the glass..and im thankful that he is not injured. Is crosby still just a two game sit?

  36. Game over. Season over. No 30 goal season for Callahan. No more point streak for Richards. Gaborik is going to fade away now. PP and PK spiral to 30th. Islanders will leap over us in the standings by next weekend.

  37. ORR!! What Is It Good For?!?! December 11th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    What happens if EC scores a goal tonight!

    The universe explodes in another big bang.

  38. “hey rod – stick your mouth on your name sake”

    Eddie, I bet you really put some time & thought into that one…

    that’s sad.

  39. As a big Avery fan, I have no problem with Christensen playing over him tonight. Avery hasnt done much lately and EC might very well be needed in the shootout. As long as Avery plays against our bigger rivals then, I’m cool with him sitting down every once in a while.

    I expect the lines to be:

    Anisimov-Stepan-Gaborik
    Dubinsky-Richards-Callahan
    Hagelin-Christensen-Mitchell
    Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust

  40. Oh that’s ok BANJ, at least I have pretty good seats for the game tonight. I won the ticket contest last night. I had the score, I knew Cally would have the game winner, heck I even had the shots on goal right. 33/33. I should be starting and betting PP time tonight.

  41. You said it. I hate Hartford. Redden’s kid threw up in my cup and crapped in one of my skates earlier this season.

  42. “You said it. I hate Hartford. Redden’s kid threw up in my cup and crapped in one of my skates earlier this season.”

    You took the words right out of my mouth BANJ!

  43. Pretty good eh? See what Torts doesn’t understand is that I’m more than just an overpaid-well dressed 3rd or 4th line turtling agitator.

  44. He’d rather give that a-hole Christensen my spot. All because he had a few shoot out goals. I like to call that part of the game “The Skills Competition” Pretty clever eh?

  45. “He’d rather give that a-hole Christensen my spot. All because he had a few shoot out goals. I like to call that part of the game “The Skills Competition” Pretty clever eh?”

    Jeez BANJ you’re reading my mind tonight!

  46. Uh oh Aves, I think the guy who coined the term “The Skills Competition” is here. You better lawyer up.

  47. Oh that’s Candice Swanepoel. We were hanging out together on the December 8th 5:09pm thread. She’s a Victoria’s Secret model.

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