Post-game notes


From the Rangers:

December 15, 2011 (Game 29, Away Game 16)
Scottrade Center – St. Louis, MO

                                                1st   2nd   3rd   OT   Final
New York Rangers               0      1        0       –      1
St. Louis Blues                     2      0        2       –      4

Team Notes:

–        The Rangers were defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, tonight at Scottrade Center, and are now 14-5-2 in their last 21 games.

–        New York has now posted a record of 17-8-4 (38 pts) on the season, including a 9-5-2 record on the road.

–        The Blueshirts did not have a power play opportunity in the contest.  The last time New York was not awarded a power play opportunity in a game was Apr. 9 vs. New Jersey (5-2 win). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

–        The Blueshirts held the Blues scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) tonight.  The Rangers have now held their opponent scoreless on the power play in five straight games (17-17, 100.0% over the span), while tallying three shorthanded goals during the stretch. The Rangers’ penalty kill is 27-29 (93.1%) in the last 10 games.

Player Notes:

–        Michael Del Zotto notched the Rangers’ lone goal at 16:18 of the second period and logged 23:21 of ice time.  He has now tallied nine points (one goal, eight assists) in the last 10 games, and is now tied for 26th among league defensemen in scoring with 15 points on the season.

–        Brandon Dubinsky tallied the primary assist on Del Zotto’s goal, was credited with three hits and led the team with five shots on goal.  He is now tied for the team lead with seven road assists, and is tied for fourth with 12 assists on the season.

–        Ryan Callahan recorded an assist and was credited with a team-high, four hits in 18:47 of ice time.  He has tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games, and is now tied for the team lead in road scoring with 11 points away from MSG.

–        Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 35 shots and is now 12-7-4 overall, including a 6-4-2 mark on the road.  It is the ninth time this season Lundqvist has made 30+ saves in a game, and he is now 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals against average, .934 save percentage and one shutout in those contests.

–        Dan Girardi, who entered tonight’s contest leading the NHL in average ice time (27:33), led all skaters with 26:15 of ice time.

–        Derek Stepan won a team-high, 10-14 faceoffs (71%) in the contest.

Team Schedule:

–        The Blueshirts’ practice schedule for tomorrow, December 16, is 11:45 a.m. CST at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

–        The Rangers return to action on Saturday, December 17, when they will face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena (8:00 p.m.), in their third consecutive game against a Western Conference opponent.  The game will be televised live on MSG Network and can be heard on 1050 ESPN Radio.

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  1. I’m actually not sure if Rupp is better than Christensen…I’ll have to give that some thought

  2. Carp,

    I know you hate this, but get Avery back in there.

    Christensen is a non-factor. Maybe Avery and Rupp for EC and Dubi vs. Phoenix.

    How do Richards and Dubi miss the net on odd man rushes?

  3. My guess is you won’t see Avery in a NY Ranger uniform again unless someone gets hurt. Tortorella ran him out of town like he’s been trying to do since he got here.

    Mission accomplished, coach!

  4. Archer you made a great point @ end of that prior thread.

    Nor did they respond when Sauer got totalled.

    Like I said, I hate that teams go nuts now on legal hits, which Phaneuf’s certainly was.
    But when everyone else does it you’d better too, and they did nothing.

    I’m hoping Rupp takes on some of that.

  5. Rupp is not a physical player, Rod.

    And, the simple fact is that he won’t play enough for his presence to matter.

  6. But Avery is a physically player Lloyd?

    I’m wondering if they aren’t thinking of giving Jonathan Audy-Marchessault a look.

    Kid had 239 pts in the Q and has continued in the AHL, leads Whale with Zuc, basically a point-per-game.

    He also outplayed Christian Thomas @ Traverse, and unlike the coaching staff I thought Thomas was pretty good!

    Plus he’s got his own site;

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    Barry, you would have rather shaved your head with a cheese grater, while chewing on tin foil than watched tonight’s game.

  8. Barry, even I’m ready to say you-know-who should be benched for a game. Had a wide-open break-in and missed the net.

    Still leads Biron, 1 goal to none.

  9. Cough, cough…………what was that Carp??? I misunderstood you.

    He even has more goals than Deveaux too!!

  10. I’m with you Carp. It’s time; passed time actually.

    Let him sit and watch, try to clear his head.

    So insert Rupp, Whale Avery & Christensen and bring up A-M for a game or two.

    The kid is crafty. And he shoots right, though it’d take Torts till spring to try him there.

  11. i think we should all pretend as if the Rangers won, even Carp posts tomorrow a score and review of the Rangers winning….just to cheer Mickey up. was probably horrible for her.

  12. ddbened, frankly, I’m getting pretty fed up with the thinly veiled threats you’ve been posting. learn how to argue effectively or stay off the internet.

  13. Tortorella will not scratch Dubinsky. He may bench him for a chunk of a game, but there’s no way he’ll be a healthy scratch.

  14. Dubi doesn’t need to sit. He needs a one-way ticket back to Alaska to play in the mush leagues…

    Then, maybe, he can work his way over to Siberia and play in the KHL :P

    He is an embarrassment to the Rangers and USA hockey right now…

  15. Maybe that team Zug, in the Swiss league, could use a gritty, strong-on-his-knees grinder like Dubi. Are the nets bigger in Europansyland?

  16. Just finished watchin DVR’d game…another snooze fest

    I bet this was mentioned before but 0-2 w/o our supermodel Sean :)

  17. My review, Carp style:

    1) They could not hold onto the puck if it was glued to their sticks.

    2) Their passing was awful. Worse than awful.

    3) Torts line generator was in full effect.

    4) Spent waaaay to much time in their D zone.

    5) I actually screamed, ‘what the the hell are you doing, Dubi!’ on more than one occasion. He is just totally lost out there, the puck goes one way and he goes the other kinda lost.

    6) Cost me $20 to park and their parking is insanely bizarre. Can park anywhere but on the 4th level. WTB?

    7) Met a few nice Rangers fans. Several from NY who transplanted to the midwest.

    8) Blues fans aren’t a bad bunch at all. Only a few jerks who mocked me on the way out.

    9) I STILL get lost downtown. The only way I know I’m going the wrong way is if I am heading to the Arch and the river, otherwise, it’s confusing.

    10) Two losses in a row.. have we fired/shot everyone yet?

    11) MDZ does a LOT of standing around the bench during warmups.

    12) Who the hell comes to a game, with seats on the glass, midway through the first period? And then proceed to stand and just chat. SIT DOWN!!

    13) The game capped a crappy day for me so I am going to go to bed and ATTEMPT to sleep. more than 1 hour.

  18. My condolensces Mickey. And from the other boneheads, as well. We’re all sorry you had to witness such a stinker of a game.

  19. Lloyd – There is no such thing as a reasoned argument with you – you’re insane. You’re also a poor excuse of a Rangers fan who has shown time and again that he doesn’t give a rats aasen about the team – just a single player. I’ve gone from being fed up with you, to realizing you’re more of a joke.

  20. ddebened – good one – I am not William Tell though :((( But going back to what I was saying – is that Rangers do not seem to respond when they get bullied. Last year they were a much tighter team – I still remember that fight when Avery went after Niel after his hit Jagr (a while ago) anyway – there is no unity in this team. I hope I am wrong – because my life’s dream is to go to Rangers Stanley Cup parade!

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