Islanders at Rangers (again) tonight


Courtesy of the Rangers (and somebody who had to work on Christmas day):

Monday, Dec. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 21-8-4 (46 pts)
Islanders: 11-16-6 (28 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Dec. 23

The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth consecutive game against an Atlantic Division opponent. The Blueshirts currently rank first in the Atlantic Division standings, and second in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-8-4 (46 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, on Friday at Madison Square Garden to extend their winning streak to four games, and are 6-2-0 in their last eight. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in 20 of their last 25 games (18-5-2). The Islanders enter the contest with an 11-16-6 (28 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost six of their last eight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Verizon Center (7:30 p.m.), to begin a two-game Southeast road trip.

* TV: MSG Network

6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Islanders
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
* Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and
6:30 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:00 p.m. – Rangers vs. Islanders
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

* All-Time: 114-99-19-5 overall (66-37-11-4 at home; 48-62-8-1 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth of six meetings this season, and the second of three at home. The Rangers are 2-1-0, including a 1-0-0 mark at home following a 4-2 win on Thursday at MSG. Each contest has resulted in a 4-2 final score. Brandon Dubinsky has tallied a team-high, three assists and four points, while Marian Gaborik has notched a team-high, two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.53 GAA and .924 Sv% in two games, and Martin Biron is 1-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and .923 Sv% in one game.
* Last Season: New York was 4-2-0 overall, including a 1-2-0 mark on the road. The Rangers averaged 4.5 goals per contest, and converted 9-28 on the power play for a 32.1% success rate in the season series. Marian Gaborik led all skaters with six goals and 10 points in six games, while Brandon Dubinsky tallied a team-high six assists in the season series.
* New York is tied for 11th with a 10-3-2 (22 pts) record at home; Long Island ranks 25th with a 5-7-3 (13 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers have posted a 6-1-0 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Islanders are 2-6-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 22-11-5 record with a 2.22 GAA and three shutouts in 39 career regular season contests vs. Long Island; Martin Biron is 21-4-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and two shutouts in 27 career regular season games vs. the Islanders
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 19 assists and 30 points in 33 career regular season contests vs. Long Island; Marian Gaborik has tallied a team-high 16 goals (28 points) in 24 games vs. the Islanders
* New York lists two former Islanders on their roster: Martin Biron (2009-10); Ruslan Fedotenko (2007-08)
* Long Island lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02); P.A. Parenteau (2009-10)

The Rangers are 12-55 (21.8%) with the man advantage in the last 15 games. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held their opponent scoreless in six of their last nine games (25-29, 86.2% over the span), while tallying four shorthanded goals during the stretch. New York is tied for third in the NHL with five shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 14-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 13-3-2 when holding their opponent scoreless on the power play.
* Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (5:40) on Friday vs. Philadelphia. New York ranks 20th overall (21-129, 16.3%) and is tied for seventh at home (14-67, 20.9%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Flyers in four shorthanded situations (7:05) on Friday at MSG. New York ranks seventh overall (102-120, 85.0%) and seventh at home (44-51, 86.3%). The Rangers are 5-6 (3:26) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/17 at PHX), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (5): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Friday vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers are plus-three in 34 four-on-four situations (62:21), 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).

The Rangers completed a sweep of their fifth of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 4-2 win vs. Philadelphia on Friday at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a record of 4-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 2-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 4-0-1 (4-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 25-8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with a 13-3-1 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 next back-to-back set begins Jan. 5 vs. Florida, and ends Jan. 6 at Pittsburgh.

Marian Gaborik tallied his 20th goal of the season in a 4-2 win on Thursday vs. the New York Islanders, marking the eighth time (third consecutive) in his 11-year career he has reached the 20-goal plateau. He enters the contest with a four-game goal streak (six goals, one assist over the span), and leads the NHL with 21 goals.
* The Rangers rank second in the NHL with a .697 win%, and their eight regulation losses are the fewest in the league
* The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in wins (21) and second in regulation/overtime wins (20)
* The last time the Rangers sat atop the Atlantic Division standings this late into the season was 2005-06 (Game No. 80, Apr. 13, 2006)
* New York has registered a point in 20 of their last 25 games (18-5-2), and has out-scored their opponent, 83-54, during the stretch
* The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in fewest goals against (69) and third in GAA (2.09)
* The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (878)
* New York is 6-1-1 when leading after the first period and 13-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in team plus/minus rating (plus-26) and rank fourth in goal differential (plus-27)
* New York leads the NHL with an .833 win% when out-shooting their opponent (10-2-0)
* The Rangers rank second in the NHL when scoring first, posting a 16-1-1 mark (.889 win%) in those contests, and their 16 wins are tied for second in the league
* Rangers’ prospects J.T. Miller (USA) and Peter Ceresnak (Slovakia) have been selected to represent their respective National Junior Team at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

* Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 games this season, and is 12-4-1 with a 1.87 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout in his last 17 games
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of his eight starts this season, and has posted a 2.00 GAA and .929 Sv% during his current four-game winning streak
* Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a four-game goal/point streak (six goals, one assist over the span), and has tallied 28 points (17 G, 11 A) in the last 26 games
* Gaborik leads the team with eight multi-point games
* Derek Stepan has tallied 24 points (8 G, 16 A) in the last 25 contests, with 13 points (4 G, 9 A) in the last 12
* Artem Anisimov has tallied 10 points (5 G, 5 A) in his last 11 games
* Michael Del Zotto has tallied 13 points (2 G, 11 A) in the last 14 games
* Stu Bickel has tallied an assist in each of his three games since being recalled on Sunday (four assists)
* Anton Stralman has logged 20:00+ of ice time in four of the last five games

* Artem Anisimov: 3 games from 200th NHL career
* Brandon Dubinsky: 5 points from 200th NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 5 points from 100th NHL career
* Marian Gaborik: 1 assist from 300th NHL career
* Dan Girardi: 3 assists from 100th NHL career

* Marian Gaborik: 300th career NHL goal (12/17 at PHX)
* Marian Gaborik: 600th career NHL point (12/20 at NJD)
* Stu Bickel: 1st career NHL game & 1st career NHL assist/point (12/20 at NJD)

* Marc Staal (concussion, IR on 10/5) – 33
* Wojtek Wolski (groin, 11/3) – 22
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 9
* Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 3
* Jeff Woywitka (ankle, 12/17) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 102

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  1. This scheduling is weird. How are the Rangers at home against the Islanders yet again? Didn’t we just do this? I hope we win again. That would be awesome

    Doesn’t the trading Freeze end tomorrow?

    Also – Merry Christmas Boneheads. I hope everybody had a great holiday with family and friends and all those special things.

  2. Ok everyone…on 3….2…..1….”No post Christmas let dowwwn! clap clap clap-clap-clap..No post Christmas let dowwwwn! clap clap clap-clap-clap…”

  3. Currently watching the Spengler Cup game between Dynamo Riga and the Kloten Flyers (as I’m sure many of you are).

    Playing for Kloten is Michael Nylander, on the Riga roster are Jamie Lundmark, Sandis Ozolinsh and Chris Holt. (Chris Holt!)

    It’s a tournament with a strong Ranger-legend influence, it seems. Also playing are Marek Malik (Vitkovice), Rico Fata and Jeremy Williams (Team Canada) and Pavel Brendl (Davos).

  4. That’s right James, this is the classic letdown setup.

    Freeze lifts tomorrow.

    We should be looking to add a No. 2 pick, having dealt two of them in Erixon trade.
    We got back a 3 for Grachev, not sure if we have two 3rds though.

    Reason being, if they decide to go for a rental, that’s frequently the asking price.

  5. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Let’s hope WW returning works better than did bringing E.C. back. It raises the question as to why bring any of these guys with no future here back for more? My guess is WW is on the bubble and on a short leash.

  6. Boom I agree. He wasn’t showing much before his surgery and it honestly didn’t seem like Torts had much patience with him at that point which was back in October. Now the team is in a rhythm and he has try to make room to take another look at this guy. I don’t think it’ll last long. I mean we saw a couple good things out of him late last season but nothing since. I just don’t see how he’s going to force his way into playing time. And if he’s an actual liability then he’s history just like the other two “extra forwards”

  7. And THAT my friends is the only time in history you will see the name Jamie Lundmark in the same paragraph as the term “Rangers-legend” : D

  8. Here we go. The dreaded after-Christmas special. In which the clowns have a letdown and lose to the Islanders in a disgusting blowout.

  9. Pavel Brendl and Jaime Lundmark! Those two picks set the organization back badly. What disasters.. YIKES! Look at the quality of young talent now compared with those days. Again, the HATED Glen Sather must get his props..


  10. Ilb, it’s your birthday? Happy 26th!!! Hope you have a fantastic day and get a big Rangers win!

    One week til the WC & I get to see my ‘heads!!!

  11. Good morning. Another day of family dinner and heavy drinking. Haven’t been sober since Wednesday and forecast for tonight is wet.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to catch the game tonight, but it depends on how much I’m gonna drink…


  12. happy bday ilb you rock.

    be at the game tonight anyone going? section 330 row g look for me.

    agree need a win before three on the road against caps fla and winter classic.

  13. Erica Christensen on

    Guess what guys?!

    Rangers management gave me an apartment in Hartford as a Christmas gift! They said I could go up there on the weekends to relax and work on perfecting my wrist shot …

  14. Thank you, everyone! Turned 26 yesterday, the countdown to the next 26th begins today.

    I expect WW to get in the lineup….His stay could short. He either lights it up (L with Richards), or he is going to be waived really fast. He doesn’t so little things that Dubinsky, Fedotenko can, and his $3.8M cap hit may become very useful at the deadline.

  15. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Maybe they bring WW back for a stint just to “showcase” him to the league, on the chance some Montreal-mentality GM will think he represents some value at playoff time. BUT, whenever you do that you are breaking up your team’s rhythm and cohesiveness while weakening it, overall, just a bit.

    This WW looks like a crap-out roll of the dice whatever the team strategizes for him.

  16. stranger nation on

    Traffic alert! Traffic Alert!

    Wolski playing over Sean Almighty…

    Like to see that hip check again tonite – that was sweet.

  17. Wolksi is going to be a disaster, and everyone here knows it.

    That he’ll play over Avery is another sign at the end of the world is soon approaching.

  18. give Wolski a few games if he is what we all expect(soft and slow) move him out. EC needs to be put on waivers soon ove Avery(who I am not a fandom of)…

    staal in contact drills!!!WOW… Tonight will be Erixons last game, when Staal comes back if Bickels bubble has not burst WOywitka should get on the bus to Hartford..

    Staal when back to his old self will help a ton also gives Sauer more time to recuperate and come back….Flyers forwards offensively miuch better then the Rangers but look at the D.. No contest.

    staal, girardi, mcdonagh, sauer, mdz, and a cast of characters..

    philly; coburn, meszaros, carle, timmonen, lilja, and whoever. Rangers got them here and by a lot add Lundqvist and you can see how the Rangers can compete with the Flyers even with the FLyers high powered offense….

  19. What is the likelihood of a trade? Imminent? Not going to happen? Other? If it’s on the imminent end of the spectrum who/what are they trading for? Defense—maybe Saure is worse off than they are letting on? Do they trade for offense? Who’s available and how much do they give up?

  20. I still think we need a “get the f out of my crease” defenseman … and an elite, power winger (a-la Ryan).

    Dangle Zucarello, Wolksi, Erica, Dubinski, Eminger, etc.

  21. Oh yeah, we also need a new assistant coach who can teach these clowns how to score on the power-play

  22. Great that Staal is back. Would be nice if he can play in the Winter Classic, though I doubt they would let that be his first game back, what with all the extra excitement and butterflies. Great if he could possibly get a game before then. But who knows.

    Also, trade Wolski, Avery, EC, MZA, Woywitka, and 2 bags of pucks for Daniel & Henrik Sedin.

  23. Boom Boom Bathgate - FOUR CUPS since 1926 on

    WW is this year’s Frolov, or is it E.C? Enough “filler” types, only championship puzzle pieces should be added from now on – and, it seems, we have them in spades.

  24. my last nite at home…tomorrow need to go back to hospital for another 3,5 weeks,
    feel me quite i am fine but the outlook on this period of time…

    okay its the fourth time of five and I see an end at the end of february…but its kind like going to jail (:

  25. It’s not fair to lump Wolski in with the proven disappointments. Not yet.
    He hasn’t even played 50 games with us since the trade.

    Truth is he never stopped after the end of last season and went from one training regiment to another in the hopes of getting ready, because he sensed his career was hanging in the balance. And he overdid it to the point of hurting himself.
    But the guy is only 25, he’s 6-3, and he’s had several good years – and playoff performances.

    I don’t know where he fits because Rangers need a right-handed shot more than anything, and they’ve got a real dilemma even if WW plays well, because what does that mean for Dubinsky? Can’t have a $4m 4th line center.

    But we can be fair to Wolski at least. He already had Torts saying he couldn’t get him out of the tub when the guy required surgery.

  26. We already know Wimpski is soft … in the same mold as Christensen, Frolov, and the countless other weaksauce “fillers” we’ve had over the years.

    Why, at this point, do we need to deal with this garbage? Give them their bus ticket already.

    I don’t feel sorry for any of these guys, they’re all millionaires, so I say it like it is.

    I mean, seriously: Is anyone going to tell me that we need Erica in the lineup in case we go to a shootout

  27. … that’s the most weaksauce argument of all. It’s beyond pathetic.

    Win the damn game in regulation without clowns like Christensen.

    Enough with the amateur-hour.

  28. Torts would also say that Erica has a nice torso and that he keeps him with the team so that he can stare at him during the after-game shower .. in spite of the fact that Erica doesn’t usually require a shower since he never breaks a sweat.

  29. Afternoon gang.

    Happy belated 26th ilb!!

    Isles again? Feels like deja vu. Great news on Staal, too. Just hope they let him take his time with that and getting his conditioning back. If we see him before February, I’ll be amazed.

    Only thing better than Christmas dinner is Christmas leftovers.

  30. Miami,

    You may be right eventually, it has been trending that way.
    Some of your posts are so wild I’m not sure how to take them or what side you’re on, but the point is valid.

    Then again, WW has 17 pts in 27 playoffs games.
    And it’s not so easy to score in the playoffs, ya know?

    If ever we’re going to give a younger guy like this a chance, it’s now.
    I remember Sather saying at the time of the deal, the only time you get a relatively young scorer like this is if something’s gone wrong. It did, after several good years in Colorado.
    And if it goes wrong here, he’ll be gone and maybe out of the league too.

    But if he pulls on the Ranger sweater, you gotta pull for the guy to succeed!

  31. Wonky Groin? Sheesh. Call me when something exciting happens. Like Marc Stahl joins the lineup or Michael Sauer.

  32. I will root for Wolski to succeed when he pulls on the sweater … I just don’t think he’s of Rangers “hardhat” mold.

    But maybe you put him next to Richards and he turns into a beast. (although with Richards plus/minus, maybe that’s not the greatest idea.

  33. Not arguing Miami.

    If I could I’d sign King Kong to play LW right now.

    Hard to see how all this will sort out, Rangers have some decisions coming up, and eventually big ones.

    I’d just always prefer to see these guys going well, even if they’re about to get dealt.

  34. Wolski will be given a good chance, no doubt. Especially after his surgery he will be givhm the benefit of the doubt. How long? Depends on his ability to buy into system. Even if he doesn’t score immediately, they’ll wait as long as he back checks diligently.

  35. Tootoo has been sober for 1 year—-> This might be the biggest battle he’s ever won. Good for him!

  36. The minute Woksli doesn’t score and doesn’t backcheck, he boards the bus to Hartford. And hopefully packs Erica with him.

  37. Should be.
    And I’d provide him a ticket on the Chinese bus too, none of this Greyhound luxury.

  38. That’s fine. He needs a taste of the real world. This is how the rest of us live you rich _______.

  39. I agree with you Miami. Why would you even think about throwing somebody soft into the lineup as it is currently configured and the way it is playing? And knowing that the Rangers have to play this way to be successful?

    I’d sooner throw you-know-who in there. I’d have the softies in Reddenville by the Winter Classic.

  40. Nice, CARP.

    I knew we were on the same wavelength in regards to the bush-league, CT-bound clowns.

    Hope you’re having a great end-year.

  41. Stranger Nation on

    50 games is not long enough for an audition? This guy is softer than Charmin. Rumor the groin pull was self-inflicted has not been substantiated.

    Wolski is a classic floater. When he hits people, they thank him for the massage. He can carry an egg in his pocket all game and not break it.

    He was a slurry dump trade which the Yotes have come out ahead, unless you factor addition by subtraction given number of games missed.

    Enough of this clown. No ice for you!!

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