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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Sunday, Jan. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Bell Centre – Montreal, Quebec
Rangers: 28-10-4 (60 pts)
Canadiens: 16-20-8 (40 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 14

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), to conclude a back-to-back weekend set against Original Six opponents. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 28-10-4 (60 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-0, last night at Air Canada Centre to extend their road winning streak to four games, and are now 11-2-0 in their last 13 games. New York has posted a record of 25-7-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Canadiens enter the contest with a 16-20-8 (40 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their third game in four days.

RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:

* All-Time: 190-319-95-3 overall (126-122-54-1 at home; 64-197-40-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at Bell Centre. New York is 1-1-0 following a 4-0 loss on Nov. 19 at Bell Centre. The Rangers have out-scored the Canadiens, 3-1, in first periods this season. Artem Anisimov and Derek Stepan are tied for the team lead with two assists apiece in the season series.
* Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall, with a 0-2-0 mark on the road. Dan Girardi led the team in scoring with four points, including a team-high three assists, and Brian Boyle notched a team-leading two goals in four games. The Rangers out-scored the Canadiens, 7-4, in first periods during the season series.
* New York ranks third with a 15-6-2 (32 pts) record on the road; Montreal ranks 28th with a 7-8-7 (21 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers have posted a 4-4-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Canadiens are 4-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 12-8-2 record with a 2.95 GAA and one shutout in 23 career regular season contests vs. Montreal; Martin Biron is 14-12-0-1 with a 2.42 GAA and two shutouts in 29 career regular season games vs. the Canadiens
* Brad Richards leads the Rangers with eight goals, 11 assists and 19 points in 32 career regular season contests vs. Montreal; Anton Stralman has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in seven career regular season games vs. the Canadiens
* New York lists no former Canadiens on their roster
* Montreal lists one former Rangers on their roster: Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09)

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with a plus-six rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. New York is 13-77 (16.9%) with the man advantage in the last 24 games. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in eight of the last nine games (19-20, 95.0% over the span), and is 44-49 (89.8%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 18 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 20-4-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) last night at Toronto. New York ranks 23rd overall (22-151, 14.6%) and 29th on the road (7-73, 9.6%). 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 held the Maple Leafs scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) last night at Toronto. New York ranks sixth overall (121-140, 86.4%) and sixth on the road (72-83, 86.8%). 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 last night at Toronto. 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).

BACK TO BACKS
The Rangers opened their seventh of 14 back-to-back sets this season with a 3-0 win last night at Toronto. New York has posted a record of 6-0-1 (3-0-0 at home, 3-0-1 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.

ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06

New York has posted a record of 48-28-12 (108 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 12-11-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .614 win% over the span ranks second, trailing Detroit (.691, 44-18-6) and ahead of Montreal (.602, 71-45-12), Boston (.519, 59-54-19), Toronto (.508, 56-54-18) and Chicago (.493, 29-30-11).

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .714 win% through 42 games is the team’s best start in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 28-7-7 record (.750 win%), and is the third best start in franchise history.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers enter the contest with a four-game winning streak on the road, and have won 10 of their last 12 games away from MSG.  The Blueshirts have out-scored their opponent, 13-4, during their current four-game road winning streak.

WINNING HABIT
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 40 games.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the league leaders in several statistical categories, including…
* 1st in points (60)
* 1st in win% (.714)
* T-1st in wins (28)
* T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (26)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (10)
* 2nd in fewest goals against (83)
* 2nd in GAA (1.98)
* 2nd in hits (1,219)
* 3rd in blocked shots (692)
* 3rd in +/- rating (plus-33)
* 4th in goal differential (plus-35)

ALL-STARS
Three Rangers were selected for 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.

QUICK HITS:
* 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 27 of their last 34 games (25-7-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark; The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 105-68, during the stretch
* New York is 7-1-1 when leading after the first period and 17-0-2 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 seventh 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 .778 win% when out-shooting their opponent (14-4-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 20-1-1 mark (.909 win%) in those contests; Their 20 wins are tied for second in the NHL

INDIVIDUAL NOTES:
* Henrik Lundqvist posted a career-high, seven-game winning streak from Dec. 20 – Jan. 10 (1.13 GAA, .962 Sv% and one shutout over the span)
* 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 eight of his 11 starts this season
* Derek Stepan has tallied 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the last 21 games
* Carl Hagelin has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in the last nine games
* Brian Boyle has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
* Ryan McDonagh has tallied four assists in the last seven games
* Ryan Callahan has tallied 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in the last 24 games, with eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

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

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 18
* Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 12
* Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 6
* Brandon Dubinsky (shoulder, 1/10) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 137

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124 Comments

  1. Carp

    what is your thoughts of bringing back Prospal and what do you think the cost would be?

    Personally I think he’s the perfect guy and would cost us a 2nd rounder and fringe prospect like Zuccarello or Valentenko…

  2. oleosmirf: I really hope it’s not a 2nd rounder. If they want a fringe prospect as well they can take a 3rd rounder. Don’t donkey out the future for a question mark cuz the next draft looks pretty heady.

  3. Prospal? That’s not an upgrade.

    Bring in a “Ryan”, try Kreider, or don’t do anything at all.

  4. Hank’s going to lay a stinker tonight We are going to lose badly.

    The clowns always suck in back-to-back games. Tonight will be no different.

    Look for “bush-league” to be redefined.

  5. Ha. I was BANJing.

    re-post:
    hey, noonan, who wore the hat after the game? who set the tone for the game? who was singled out by the coach as the best player in the game before?

    and, yeah, I generally am a fan of the guys who do the dirty work, just as I’m a fan of linemen in football … you don’t win without those guys.

    and you make the perfect point for me when you say that if his second chance doesn’t hit the crossbar “he’s terrific” … in other words, you are one of those people who can’t see past the goal column in the stats or understand a player’s worth beyond offense.

    but I’m starting to expect comments such as these.

    (though I do agree with you. I wouldn’t give up much for Prospal, but if they don’t find a better guy to play with Gaborik, I think he’d be a good get if he’s cheap.)

  6. Rangers will take this game but they had better not take MTL lightly. I know the Sens did with a lead yesterday and nearly regretted it.

    But I’m sure Tortorella is covering that the Rangers have to dictate how the game is played: on THEIR TERMS. Finishing all your checks, forechecking hard, getting pucks to the net, and grinding!

  7. Yev Kassem January 14th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    CBC broadcasters just called BOYLE the best player on the ice tonight!

  8. Carp,
    you seem to be summoning your inner Colin Campbell with your love of the checkers.

  9. Um, if I’m not mistaken — and I’m not — his gameplan and behind-the-scenes coaching between Games 6 and 7 of the finals won Game 7 in 1994 and he held the Cup over his head … then he was in seven playoff series in his first three seasons as a head coach.

    how many coaches would like to fall short like that?

  10. Well your first comment was a tad smarmy but this one is just insulting:

    “and you make the perfect point for me when you say that if his second chance doesn’t hit the crossbar “he’s terrific” … in other words, you are one of those people who can’t see past the goal column in the stats or understand a player’s worth beyond offense.”

    I guess you didn’t get my sarcasm (I did put terrific in quotations for you so as a writer you “should” get it). I didn’t even expect Boyle to score 10 goals this season. I do expect him to keep playing like he has these last two games (hitting, planting his big body in front of the net, anything offensive is a bonus), tie up the puck instead of trying to outmaneuver the D, block more shots, and hopefully his softness was because of a lingering injury he’s overcome.

    He had a very good game. To call him “terrific” as far as the season goes is a bit on the fanboy side. MDZ has been terrific. As have Lundqvist, Girardi, and Callahan. I just don’t throw that word around loosely.

    Do I think he shouldn’t be playing as many minutes and solely on a shutdown line and 2nd PK unit? Sure. But this is what happens when the Hobbit Wizard would be playing if he wasn’t injured. Nothing against him but NHL-ready forwards are running pretty thin with the Rangers right now.

  11. always fell short as a head coach. and you can give him all the credit you want for game 7, but the stars won game 7, not the checkers.

  12. how is Prospal not an upgrade???

    please explain how someone who has 30 points with no chemistry concerns entering the lineup instead of John Mitchell (nothing against him just the odd man out) wouldn’t make the team better…

  13. Afternoon gang.

    Tonight is sure gonna an interesting game since the Rangers never seem to play well in Montreal. I do think if they play like they did in Toronto last night- relentless and stiff in all areas of the ice and ‘boring’ (copyright one Clarke MacArthur), they stand a pretty good chance of getting a win. Then again, it IS typical Montreal, so..

  14. Carp, I don’t know how you do it. It’s like pounding square pegs in round holes in the heads of some people. I feel bad because I haven’t had Boyle’s back through a rough stretch scoring wise, but I’d probably get nasty.

  15. Boom Boom Bathgate / Fire Torts! on

    I don’t understand the ongoing grinder vs. cannon debate here at this time when it is blatantly obvious that this team must add a couple cannons if it wants to get close to Stanley Cup champagne, this year.

    I mean, Custer will make a big comeback at Little Big Horn before Martha Mitchell kicks in with a meaningful assist or goal. Even Bickell did that much upon his arrival, here.

    How about a balance of nine forwards who can score and check, to go with three grinders – Rupp, Boyle, and Prust? Surely we can agree that by cleaning out just two dead-wood players – Feds and Mitchell being my nominees, in favor of Kreider and one other bona-fide offensive threat, this team would at least be co-favored to win it all this year.

    This team will not win anything until Feds and Martha mosey on down the Chisholm Trail because those replacing them will be a major upgrade. Feds and Martha have to go! Down with Feds and Martha! lol.

    Do it, Slats, screw the coach’s “Good Old Boy Network” – just do it!

  16. I’m gone for a few days, and Boyle’s still under fire?? Bwaha!

    Anybody see my Pats yesterday? Jesus might love Tebow, but God loves the Pats! Aha, Aha!

    Anybody know if the NYR game will be blacked out tonight, even though it’s on NBCSN?

  17. do you really think Tortorella wouldn’t love to upgrade the skill? Or that I really don’t think the Rangers need more skill to have a legit shot?

    but how do you get skill without giving up everything, including the identity of the team, and then fit it under the salary cap?

    maybe one of the guys who have all the answers can answer that?

  18. Prospal’s not nearly enough for what this offense needs.

    And I love the guy.

    Ryan could be off the market real soon.

    Burke (self-professed ‘January guy’) wants him and always seems to go first.

  19. i will also repeat two words that — if you’re not saving your cap space for J.P. Parise Jr. — solves the problem of first-line winger while improving the grind and jam and identity of this team:

    Jarome Iginla.

  20. Cmon Carp, what are you saying?

    Please define ‘giving up everything’.

    And losing the identity? Are they making a 20-player trade?

    Because this identity is ingrained right now.

  21. BBB -Martha Mitchell? lol When was the last time you blocked a slap shot with your head? lol

  22. Leetchhalloffame on

    Carp – do you really think Calgary will let Iginla go for what little the Rangers will (should) offer for someone his age?

  23. don’t know what it would take, Miami, but it would have to be the non-bush-league clowns, I would imagine.

    I wouldn’t give up McDonagh, Stepan or Kreider. Otherwise I’m listening.

  24. Per Waseka _———> Feds out (is he quitting/faking, Boom Boom??), Dubi still out (he must be faking it too, the lazy bum!!). Newbury in ( dammit, why not Sean ‘GodAlmighty’ Avery? Torts not only hates him, but wants him stretched on a rack and tortured too!). Lundqvist starting (his stick handling sucks! We want Brodeur instead!!)

  25. Rod, my point is, if you bring in a pure skill guy and give him 18 minutes a night, that’s going to soften up the lineup. … if the guy isn’t going to play the way the other forwards play, then he’d better score a lot.

    Put it another way. He has to be a lot better than Wolski, who has more skill than a lot of guys in the lineup, but who doesn’t belong in the lineup.

  26. I was told that Avery is really mailing it in for the Giant fish, mammal, whatever. And that Voros isn’t doing much better. And that Christensen had a mighty three shots on goal playing on the No. 1 line for two games this weekend.

  27. All of the clowns on the team are utter bush, so I guess an Iginla deal is out of the question.

  28. Where is e^3^ ? eddie and Orr need to bury the hatchet, if only for the sake of Carp’s po$ts

  29. Avery-EC-Voros might be the worst and softest (yes I said that) line in all of hockey. YUCK. I would imagine that Gernander is cursing his fate with those 3 on the team.

  30. I still can’t believe we had Erica Christensen on this team. What a sham. We are wayyyyy past those days, god-willing.

    And Zucarello must really suck if we are bringing up Newbury.

    Can’t wait to see Kreider tear it up.

  31. ORR’
    not like I have any trust in TW, but today’s game is one of few which HAVE TO BE on NBCS, according to them. Another, dates they have are:
    Jan.17 (Tuesday) vs. Nashville
    Feb.1(Wed.) at Buffalo
    Feb.12(Sun.) vs. Caps NBC
    Feb.27(Fri.) vs. Debbies
    March,4(Sun.) vs. Bruins NBS
    March,13(Tue.) vs. Hurricanes
    March,19(Mon.) vs. Debbies
    March.21(Wed.) vs. Red Wings
    April, 1(Sun.) vs. Bruins NBS(better not be a joke)
    April,7(Sat.) vs. Caps NBC

  32. I kind of liked Deveaux more, surprise he wasn’t called. I’m sure he learn a lesson of discipline and could only better.

  33. although WW is not consistent , he is not a grinder either. snipers or semi snipers are not grinders . bring in a sniper that doesn’t grind will put him in tort’s dog house ,and no one is happy

  34. “Torts not only hates him, but wants him stretched on a rack”

    Same thing with MZA

    Paydirt!!!!

  35. Uhh, Miami… MZA rehurt his ankle the other night, hence why he was not recalled. Also, I think they might want someone who can kill penalties with Dubi and Feds out. Since it is ‘typical Montreal’, after all.

  36. Deveaux was actually a scratch for the Whale the other night, pretty sure I saw that.

    Guy was on one short leash. A single elbow and banished!

    He wasnt terrible.

  37. BTW, I really feel for Feds. I’ve had back spasms before and there are not fun at all. Thank god for Aleve, it makes them at least tolerable.

  38. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    MICKEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    trying to get used to Safari since firefox won’t let me watch youtube. i have to right click to reload this page

  39. Rod, well, if it was an email address I don’t recognize and it didn’t have a subject line that might make me think it was something I should read, it probably went to spam or was deleted. I get a ton of email. … so make it more obvious for me.

  40. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    thanks Mickey, i’ve tried everything people have told me and still nothing. Now I’m trying to figure out how to get the address bar on Safari so i have a refresh button lol

  41. Last time I watched the Rangers play Montreal on former-Versus, it was a calamity of a game.

  42. Gonna go watch the game at the Chapter House in Ithaca tonight. It’s Ken Dryden’s old haunt so I feel a little weird about it. The place is awesome though…

  43. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    thanks dde, you must have posted that when i found the mistake i had made earlier lol!! you’re a good man

  44. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    thanks JB, if i don’t like how this rolls, i’ll move over to that.

    How did you like Fringe friday night?

  45. Sadly, I haven’t been watching much Fringe lately. I definitely have some catching up to do.

  46. JB, chrome is wonderful. Weirdly won’t let me watch youtube clips on facebook, but when I try to dl the plug-in it recommends, chrome tells me it’s already instaaled. Eh who knows…

  47. With the exception of the cap hit (and the fact that he has a 3 years left on his deal), the Rangers should go after St. Louis.

    What do you guys think?

  48. HageLinCalPruStepanlahan on

    weird Sally, FF wouldn’t let me watch youtube on FB or on youtube itself, and I had just downloaded the new FF a few weeks ago, and did the adobe flash player update.

    Giants need to score here!!

  49. Think Torts would love to have MSTL back.

    Look at his production last 5 years. Ridiculous.

    Clutch, clutch, clutch.

    There have been signs Stevie Y will move some pieces too.

  50. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    If we don’t win tonight …i’m going into RE-Hab!!!

  51. Boom Boom Bathgate / Fire Torts! on

    Watch out for those New York “Football” Giants – They-could-go-all-the-way! lol

  52. Stranger Nation on

    Sally in the Chapter House!! Go Up the hill in Ctown and hit The Nines for some wings and good tunes

  53. Boom Boom Bathgate / Fire Torts! on

    MickeyM –

    Actually Feds’s ability has fallen off so much, he is not faking it, anymore, he just can’t huff and puff up and down the track, anymore. So that he went from having talent but not using it, to not having talent and not having anything to use. Capish?

  54. Wicky©"I think the NHL Network host was named Kathryn Tappen" on

    FWIW, when I posted about the “potential” toronto deal a thread or two ago, I was just echoing what people on twitter were “tweeting” about…I have no idea who was going the other way (kadri was mentioned a lot), but it is just twitter so who the hell knows if it is true or not.

    I was just trying to give the convo a musing boost

    LGR

    Later assens!!

  55. dde, LOL!

    Boom Boom- No, I don’t ‘capish’. You just don’t like him, admit it and you’ll feel better, I promise.

  56. Ooooo, I found a bakery that makes homemade ones and its in the Italian section of the city. Bad news that it’s closed already today. I’ll have to wait :(

  57. Boom Boom Bathgate / Fire Torts! on

    Carp – re the upgrade,

    1. Kreider in, one of the “meathead” grinders out.

    2. Hags elevated to getting serious PP time.

    How much does that cost, relative to the cap?

    Ideally, one more rental to go with the above would put this team over the top. Prospal will get side-swiped in the playoffs and be gone, need someone with more durability. Slats will get his man and not burn down the farm house in the process.

    Rangers win the Stanley Cup this year, I am starting to see it unfold – providing they heed my advice, of course.

  58. Boom Boom Bathgate / Fire Torts! on

    MickeyM –

    I think the correct spelling is Kapish, not Capish. My error.

    Fact is, all of us like some players on the team, other players we don’t like. We like some bloggers here, others we don’t like. Isn’t the “spice of life” wonderful?

    By the way, I like all players I think are making a positive contribution to the cause, and dislike those I grade as wash-outs. Wasn’t that long ago we had about half the roster dotted with wash-outs, the Isbister, Backman, Redden, Rozsival, Malik, Krog, etc. crowd. Notice what happened with the fortunes of this team when Slats cleaned out the wasteland grunts and grinders and brought in the McD’s, MDZ’s, Stepan’s, AA’s, Girardi’s, Cally’s, Hagelin’s, etc.

    See Slats is on the right track of putting out to pasture the meat-heads, and bringing in real HOCKEY PLAYERS, in their stead.Yet we have some here who STILL want to cling to this year’s version of yesterday’s smelly fish.

    Get my drift? lol

  59. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Carp
    Are all dime a dozen players 6’7″?
    Do they all block shots and hit?

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