Tortorella pre-game


Same lineup tonight … which means no you-know-who.

John Tortorella:


Also, here’s a short version of the pre-game notes, courtesy of the Rangers:

Friday, Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 20-8-4 (44 pts)
Flyers: 21-8-4 (46 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out a back-to-back home set against Atlantic Division opponents. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and fourth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-8-4 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, last night at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to three games, and are 5-2-0 in their last seven. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 19 of their last 24 games (17-5-2). The Flyers enter the contest with a 21-8-4 (46 pts) record to rank first 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 New York Islanders on Monday, Dec. 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth consecutive game against an Atlantic Division opponent.

* TV: MSG Network
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig and Mike Keenan
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Flyers
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. Flyers
Broadcasters: Don LaGreca (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)


* All-Time: 111-107-37-7 overall (58-47-23-4 at home; 53-60-14-3 on the road)

* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of six meetings this season, and the second of three at home. The Rangers are 1-0-0 following a 2-0 win on Nov. 26 at MSG. Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin each tallied a goal in the contest, and Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots he faced.

* Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall, with a 1-2-0 mark at home. The Rangers power play was 4-19 (21.1%) in the season series. Ryan Callahan (four goals, one assist) and Derek Stepan (three goals, two assists) tied for the team-high with five points, while Callahan’s four goals led the team. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-3-0 with a 2.57 GAA, .908 Sv% and one shutout in five games.

* The Rangers have won their last three games against the Flyers, out-scoring Philadelphia, 12-2, in those contests, and have shutout the Flyers in each of their last two meetings at Madison Square Garden

* New York ranks 18th with a 9-3-2 (20 pts) record at home; Philadelphia ranks first with a 13-3-2 (28 pts) mark on the road

* The Rangers have posted a 5-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Flyers are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division

* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 17-10-3 record with a 2.66 GAA and four shutouts in 32 career regular season games vs. Philadelphia; Martin Biron is 9-7-2-0 with a 2.18 GAA in 18 career regular season games vs. the Flyers

* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 23 assists and 31 points in 32 career regular season games vs. Philadelphia; Dan Girardi has tallied more assists/points (18 assists) against the Flyers than any other team during his career

* New York lists three former Flyers on their roster: Martin Biron (2006-07 – 2008-09); Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2000-01 – 2001-02)

* Philadelphia lists four former Rangers on their roster: Blair Betts (2005- 06 – 2008-09); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08); Ian Laperriere (1995-96); Jody Shelley (2009-10)


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  1. iManny, LMAO.

    Imagine, Philly scores first tonight and the Garden erupts into “We Want Erik! We Want Erik!”

    ilb, you here tonight?

  2. Carp – Torts is just so chipper when he does those pre-game pressers ar 450 instead of after morning skate.

  3. This will be only the 4th home game I’ve missed this year (good news is my brother and his wife are 3-0 when using the seats) but I’m curious of the reaction for Jagr. Personally, I wouldn’t be standing for him. To me, he’s not a true Ranger worthy of that response. I know it was good out of the lockout and all but he’s a penguin to me. what does everyone else think?

  4. billybleedsblue on

    Carp — Embedded audio = win. Thank you.

    Linda, your screenname needs more… cowbell. :)

    Everybody, have a great holiday whatever it is you are celebrating or not celebrating. Oh and, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D


  5. No Avery in the lineup as a present for his fans!? You know what Mr. Miami would say about that! ;-/

  6. Haha. “we want Eric!” that’s funny.

    24/7 has some funny shots of him wearing a suit and “bringing up the rear” as the team enters through the tunnel. Does he have any friends?

  7. HW, his major career stats were built upon his play in Pittsburgh, but I do feel that he played hard for the NYR (most of the time!) and that he took his time here seriously and he tried to help us to go further in the playoffs.

    Based upon that, I would have no trouble giving him a warm welcome back here on his first appearance on the ice – and since it appears that Glen wasn’t in the running to sign him this summer, I can’t blame Jags for signing where he did, as much as I hate seeing him helping that franchise.

    He’s no Eddie Giacomin, though.

  8. Boom Boom Bathgate - FOUR CUPS since 1926 on

    HWirth: You are right JJ is a career Penguin, but he contributed a lot here, and Slats did steal him from the Caps in one of the most lopsided deals in league history.

    I give him credit for having a solid year at an advanced age, after a long hiatus away from the NHL. Not many could do that. In his prime few were as productive or exciting as this man was. Got to give him that professional respect.

  9. boo jagr. he is a selfish egotist. his bs that he signed in Philly because “that is where his heart is” is pure crap, and an insult to Ranger fans. I can’t wait for him to get the negative reaction he deserves in Pitt when they go there soon.


    This “man” Torts is a complete moron. What is he possibly thinking leaving Avery out of a game like this?

    Now there’s no question in mind what this clown drives … a Dodge Stratus.

  11. Boom Boom Bathgate -I doubt too many people give a hoot about that stuff -the same goes for any similar stat post of mine for that matter.
    I could have ignored it, I though I was engaging you. As I said “FWIW” – some of it may have supported what you said, some may not have.
    I don’t feel the need to be competitive I already think I’m better than you. :P

    ^PS. I got my NHL Lock of the Year going tonight. I’m 23-2 over the last 4 years. This 5 star gem can be yours for only $9.99 just call my 900 number below.^

  12. Erica Christensen on

    Hi guys …

    I just got to the Garden and saw that I’ve been scratched! This is so disappointing … I was really hoping to rip a few wristshots wide of the net and then hand some Flyers a few early Xmas presents (via giveaways).

    Oh well, off to my manicure.

  13. Not the biggest Avery fan infect kind of neutral but you do have to play him tonight just to he there to stick up for his teammates. He does some jerky stuff out there and must be a handful at practice and off the ice, but he does jump in when needed. And I for one would NEVER be short against Philty, remember when we scratched Orr and the Fridgeran wild on us. Orr did get even, btw best ever knockout I have seen live in my life. Don’t let it ever happen with these jerkoffs

  14. NHL Live has Pidto and Hradek on today – they look like book-ends! Twins…maybe not identical, but close!

  15. I feel bad for the guys that are scratched – I’m sure that they would rather be playing.

  16. Jimbo, I’m sure he retired. He was at an Isles game, where they honored an Isles team from the 90’s. He looked like he packed on a a few lbs, so I doubt he’s playing.

    Still a funny guy though. I loved him with Tyutin that season.

  17. Speaking of the devil….

    thenyrangers New York Rangers
    #NYR announce Alumni Game starting lineup (as voted by fans) for #WinterClassic: Messier, Graves, Gartner, Leetch, Greschner, Vanbiesbrouck

  18. billybleedsblue- You just admitted to shirking your posting responsibilities but aren’t shy about getting your hands on Carps booty for attaining the 10 million view milestone. ;)

    Glenn Anderson
    Dan Blackburn
    Paul Broten
    Ron Duguay
    Nick Fotiu
    Mike Gartner
    Adam Graves
    Ron Greschner
    Pat Hickey
    Darius Kasparaitis
    Kris King
    Nick Kypreos Tom Laidlaw
    Darren Langdon
    Brian Leetch
    Dave Maloney
    Stephane Matteau
    Mark Messier
    Brian Mullen
    Dale Purinton
    Mathieu Schneider
    Darren Turcotte
    John Vanbiesbrouck

  20. Boom Boom Bathgate - FOUR CUPS since 1926 on

    You think you are better than I am at what? Handicapping hockey? Handicapping the horses? Investing profitably in the stock and commodities markets? As a chess player? As a human being? At being a passionate Rangers fan all your life? As a world traveler? At speaking the French language? At writing music? (And I will take you on there, for sure, with 22 songs registered with BMI across a wide spectrum of musical influences.) At singing in public? (Just sang my original Christmas carol composition – the first and only Catholic-oriented Christmas carol in the world, at two churches last weekend. Etc.

    Kids like you who feel the need to “brag” haven’t been there, are shallow in life experience and haven’t accomplished anything noteworthy, yet. That’s why you and they have to “brag.” It’s a substitute for life experience and accomplishment.

  21. Sauer’s favorite song is Grandma got run over by a reindeer? How bout Blueshirt got run over by a Di-on?

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