Rangers at Maple Leaves tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 27-10-4 (58 pts)
Maple Leafs: 22-15-5 (49 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 12

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: AM 1600), to begin a back-to-back weekend set against Original Six opponents. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 27-10-4 (58 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to end their five-game winning streak, and are now 10-2-0 in their last 12 games. New York has posted a record of 24-7-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Maple Leafs enter their contest tonight in Buffalo with a 22-15-5 (49 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their back-to-back weekend set against Original Six opponents.


  • ·All-Time: 218-272-95-6 overall (127-111-56-3 at home; 91-161-39-3 on the road)
  • ·2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Air Canada Centre. New York is 0-2-0 following a 4-2 loss on Dec. 5 at MSG. Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik are tied for the team lead with one goal and one assist apiece in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has started both contests, and is 0-2-0 with a 3.59 GAA.
  • ·Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall, including a 2-0-0 mark on the road. The Rangers out-scored Toronto, 14-5, in the season series, including a 7-0 win on Jan. 19 at MSG, in which Marian Gaborik posted a five-point performance (four goals, one assist). Artem Anisimov tied Gaborik for the team lead with five points (one goal, four assists) in the series, and Brian Boyle tied for the team-high with four goals in four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA, .958 Sv% and two shutouts in three games, while Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .960 Sv% in one game.
  • ·New York ranks third with a 14-6-2 (30 pts) record on the road; Toronto ranks 13th with a 12-5-4 (28 pts) mark at home
  • ·The Rangers have posted a 3-4-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Maple Leafs are 5-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • ·Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 9-6-4 record with a 2.65 GAA and two shutouts in 19 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Martin Biron is 13-11-2-3 with a 2.69 GAA and one shutout in 31 career regular season games vs. the Maple Leafs
  • ·Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. Toronto; Marian Gaborik has tallied 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 13 career regular season games vs. the Maple Leafs
  • ·New York lists two former Maple Leafs on their roster: John Mitchell (2008-09 – 2010-11); Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
  • ·Toronto lists no former Rangers on their roster

The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with a plus-six rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. New York is 13-75 (17.3%) with the man advantage in the last 23 games. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in seven of the last eight games (17-18, 94.4% over the span), and is 42-47 (89.4%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 17 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 15-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 19-4-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • ·Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (6:48) on Thursday vs. Ottawa. New York ranks 22nd overall (22-149, 14.8%) and 28th on the road (7-71, 9.9%). 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 Senators in two power play attempts (2:56) on Thursday at MSG. New York ranks sixth overall (119-138, 86.2%) and sixth on the road (70-81, 86.4%). 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 (6): 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); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky).
  • ·Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Ottawa. The Rangers are plus-four in 42 four-on-four situations (77:59), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers will begin their seventh of 14 back-to-back sets this season tonight at Toronto. New York has posted a record of 5-0-1 (3-0-0 at home, 2-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 5-0-1 (4-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 26-8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with a 13-3-1 mark at MSG and 13-5-2 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 weekend back-to-back set against Original Six opponents tomorrow at Montreal.

New York has posted a record of 47-28-12 (106 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 14-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .609 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.687, 43-18-6) and ahead of Montreal (.602, 71-45-12), Boston (.519, 59-54-19), Toronto (.512, 56-53-18) and Chicago (.493, 29-30-10).

The Rangers’ .707 win% is the team’s best start through 41 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 28-6-7 record (.768 win%), and is the third best start in franchise history.

The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak on the road, having out-scored their opponent, 10-4, during the stretch, and are 9-2-0 in their last 11 games away from MSG.

New York has posted four winning streaks of five games or longer this season, which is the most in the league, and marks the first time in franchise history the Rangers have done so through the team’s opening 41 games.

The Rangers rank among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including…

  • ·2nd in points (58)
  • ·2nd in win% (.707)
  • ·T-3rd in wins (27)
  • ·T-3rd in regulation/overtime wins (25)
  • ·1st in fewest regulation losses (10)
  • ·2nd in fewest goals against (83)
  • ·T-2nd in GAA (2.02)
  • ·2nd in hits (1,171)
  • ·5th in blocked shots (669)
  • ·T-3rd in +/- rating (plus-30)
  • ·4th in goal differential (plus-32)

Three Rangers were selected to participate in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game – Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi.  It is the first time since the 1996-97 season the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game (Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch). Head Coach John Tortorella also clinched an All-Star berth, becoming the first Rangers coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game.


  • ·This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (NYR game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
  • ·New York has registered at least one point in 26 of their last 33 games (24-7-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark; The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 102-68, during the stretch
  • ·The Rangers have won six of their last eight games at MSG
  • ·The Blueshirts’ 13-4-2 (28 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 19 games since 1995-96 (14-2-3, 31 pts)
  • ·New York is 7-1-1 when leading after the first period and 16-0-2 when leading after the second
  • ·The Rangers rank third in the league with a .273 win% when trailing after two periods (3-7-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for sixth in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 11 games this season, the fewest in the league
  • ·New York leads the NHL with a .765 win% when out-shooting their opponent (13-4-0)
  • ·The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 19-1-1 mark (.905 win%) in those contests; Their 19 wins are tied for second in the NHL


  • ·Henrik Lundqvist posted a career-high, seven-game winning streak (1.13 GAA, .962 Sv% and one shutout over the span) from Dec. 20 – Jan. 10
  • ·Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in seven of his last 11 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 21 games this season
  • ·Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of his 10 starts this season
  • ·Michael Del Zotto has tallied 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in the last 22 games
  • ·Ryan Callahan has tallied 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in the last 23 games, with eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last nine
  • ·Brandon Dubinsky has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last nine games
  • ·Brad Richards has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last six games
  • ·Carl Hagelin has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last eight games


  • ·Marian Gaborik: 1 assist from 300th NHL career
  • ·Dan Girardi: 1 assist from 100th NHL career


  • ·Wojtek Wolski: 400th career NHL game (1/12 vs. OTT)


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 17
  • Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 11
  • Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 5
  • Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder, 1/10) – 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 133


  • Jan. 11 – Assigned Erik Christensen to Connecticut (AHL) on a conditioning stint



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  1. Just woke up from a nightmare in which both Christensen and Wolski werein the lineup and both playing on the SAME line.

    Needless to say, I need a shot of absinthe to jolt myself out of this one.

    The only way this nightmare gets “better” is if Redden and Malik pop in as the respective defense pairing.

    Here’s real-life: Rangers get destroyed by the leads tonight, 9-0 … Kesell scores 5. Total humiliation. These clowns won’t even see it coming.

  2. All we need are GOALS

    wa wa wa wa wa

    All we need are GOALS

    wa wa wa wa wa

    All we need are GOALS GOALS

    Goals are all we need.

  3. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    EC and WW only screws one line
    The nightmare is both on different lines…
    That’s a softy swirl lineup.

  4. Well

    It’s still the same old story…they just don’t shoot on goal enough, they are still mired by that extra pass situation ( and passing is NOT of their prime talents).

    \Way too many mile long passes and then the as usual, dump in..We are really coming full circle to Renneyville.

  5. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    I like two-name names: Red Wings, Maple Leaves, Black Hawks, North Stars, Blue Jays, Trail Blazers, Devil Rays, Windsor Spit Fires, Baby Habs (lol).

    I detest names like: Utah Jazz, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Connecticut Whale, oh so gruesome. So crappy. Anxiously awaiting more like: Western Pennslvania Penguin, Missouri Cardinal, California Dodger, Bay Area Athletic, Ohio Native American, Georgia Brave, Florida Marlin, New England Patriot, Illinois Bear, Wisconsin Packer, Texas Star, Arizona Coyote, Massachusetts Celtic, Eastern Pennsylvania Seventy-Sixer.


  6. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    I would rename some of them: the Minneapolis Icicles, Denver Blizzards, Salt Lake City Temples, and Hartford Mobys.

  7. Too bad Orr doesn’t get one last hurah at the Garden..
    How many times will we hear “speed kills” tomorrow?
    Anywho …LGR !!!

  8. Boom Boom Bathgate / "Sloppy Firsts" on

    We think the NHL scheduling is too compact, how about that disgusting NBA? Philly is playing at Washington, tonight, their fifth game in six nights.

    What kind of viable product will the paying customers be getting tonight? And the union skunks who let these leagues get away with garbage like this are just as bad. All both sides wants is money, and to short-change the rest of us on what we get for OUR money.

  9. billybleedsblue on

    With the NBA, the solution is clear: stop going to the games, don’t watch any on TV, and never mention it again.

    Hockey anyone? What are these 2 magical teams that are allegedly interested in Sean Avery? Where were they during the most recent Waivery activity? I just read again online that there are 2 teams interested in him, but it doesn’t add up to me.

  10. You got it right Billy. There are no magical teams; maybe, maybe, as the deadline approaches someone would have taken an interest in Wavery (though getting himself scratched & disciplined last night wasn’t the wisest course of action).

    Until then, no way in the world should Sather take on dead cap space with the deadline approaching, as he rightly said.

  11. Morning ‘heads!

    Billy-I can’t think of any specific names at the moment, but there is no doubt there are some teams that think Avery can provide the same boost he did for the Rangers a few years back. And I believe he still can for some.

  12. And yes, placing him on re-entry isn’t a smart move. Why take on 1/4 of his salary as dead space? That translates to nearly $1M that can add at deadline. If someone wants him, they have to give up something.

  13. billybleedsblue on

    Ilb, that makes sense for sure. It will be interesting to see if anything pans-out. I just don’t get how some writers online decide to say that teams are interested without giving any real details. Sorry for bringing up the Avery, I’m sure most peoples are sick of it. :/

  14. On the beach. Perfect weather. Going throughlast night’s discussion turned ot to be a perfect read. Great job eddie3, Boom Boom, and Olga. Would love to join you on the Beatles convo last night. Grew up mostly listenning to Zeppelin, Purple etc., but the Beatles was always the favorite.

  15. >>With the NBA, the solution is clear: stop going to the games, don’t watch any on TV, and never
    >>mention it again.

    I watched that sport long enough to see how stupid it was. It’s the one American sport that I seriously cannot stand. I just do not care about that whole basketball culture.

  16. re: Avery. Wondering if it might not just be a trade such as Avery and a seventh rounder for a seventh rounder … just so it’s a trade and his entire remaining cap hit comes off the Rangers books and goes onto the books of the acquiring team?

    but I also doubt they’d trade him in the conference. I wouldn’t.

    Also wonder, given the link ilb posted, if the Devils will move Parise before the deadline.

  17. >>On the beach…( I’m on my iPad )…mostly listenning to Zeppelin

    Such a show off!

    [Hmm, thinking of The Rain Song…]

  18. Talk about NBA. I have a friend who says he wouldn’t go to a basketball game even if they were playing in his basement. LOL

    I like college basketball. NBA? Not so much.

    I met Carp at a Fordham Rams game when Bob Hill was coach, just after he was no longer covering the Rangers FT.

  19. That’s right ILB. And I agree Parise won’t return, though we may differ in wanting him as an NYR (despite his friendship with Step), as I firmly believe the time is now for the Rangers to add an impact player.

    Anyway, the NJ bit is interesting, because it illustrates what happened last year when ownership went over Lou Lam’s head to sign Kovalchuk.
    They’d hoped, as I heard it, to lure Nets bilionaire owner and Putin opponent Prokhorov in as part-owner. He showed up at a game waiting to see this russian fellow Kovy, except he’d been scratched for being late.

    Their still-new coach John McLean refused to relent, and was thusly shown the door, just before Christmas. Which again, would have been like the Rangers doing that to Gilbert or Leetch, but hardly anyone noticed cause it was hockey in NJ.
    It’s a shame they’re having troubles; the Rock is a fabulous place to see a game.

  20. Well, now I am back to praying for an end to the TWC/MSG impasse. Direct TV comes, would have to cut down tree to get line of site for Satellite. Not doing it. Now, I am stuck with no other options. This is just unbelieveable…

  21. Show off? I’d rather be skiing, trust me. Laying on the beach isn’t my thing, JBytes… If it wasn’t for tge wedding, I wouldn’t be here. But it beats the carcillo out of being in tge hospital at 6-7 am, that’s for sure.

    Carp- financially it may not be the right move trading him before the deadline unless they are sure they make playoffs. And without him, it isn’t a 100% thing. That’s a major money lost in revenues. But if they’re in before the deadline, he might be gone.

  22. the Rangers should send Avery down to Charlotte. maybe the coach there will like him, the team player that he is.

  23. JBytes- speaking of show off :-)

    We do have a different view, Rod, on that outlook at least. I do no think they’re ready to win it all this year. Possible? Absolutely! But whoever they add shouldn’t cost anyone, or almost anyone from the roster. Unless it’s a true game beaker that’s coming here. I think this young group should lose one/two hard fought rounds ( CF or even SCF). The delay of tge new realignment also makes it less now or never thing, IMO.

  24. Boom Boom

    I too wondered about the names given to some teams…like the Minnesota Wild …oh how fey can you get?

    I’d have thought Timber Jacks would have been a good way to go…and if Islanders go the KC..why not the Palladins with the Knight chessman as a logo?

    And blue jackets? Doormen anyone?

    Minor league teams have better names than many of the NHL clubs

  25. In fact, I wonder how many fans know that in the old AHL, Pittsburgh was called the Hornets,* and St Louis were known as the …Flyers…….and Cleveland was known as the Barons, New Haven ( as a Ranger farm club were known as the Ramblers ( and they had an Eastern Franchise known as the Rovers)…………Philly wasn’t in either league. Providence was the REDS
    ..after the famous chickens… RI Reds hah.

    * had a great little goalie named Gil Mayer

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