Rangers at Bruins today


Pre-game notes from the Rangers:

Saturday, Jan. 21, 1:00 p.m.
TD Garden – Boston, MA

Rangers: 29-12-4 (62 pts)
Bruins: 30-13-1 (61 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 19

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (1:00 p.m.; TV: MSG; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in an Original Six matinee match-up. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 29-12-4 (62 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 12-4-0 in their last 16 games. New York has posted a record of 26-9-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Bruins enter the contest with a 30-13-1 (61 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of their last seven home games. Following today’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their final game before the NHL All-Star break.


  • All-Time244-281-97-2 overall (141-118-55-0 at home; 103-163-42-2 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two at TD Garden.
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal. The Rangers penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) in the season series. New York out-scored Boston, 11-8, including a 4-1 margin in the third period. Derek Stepan (two goals, two assists) and Michael Sauer (one goal, three assists) tied for the team-high with four points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout in four contests.
  • The Rangers have won six of their last eight meetings with the Bruins, including three of their last four at Boston
  • Henrik Lundqvist has started in 20 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
  • Brandon Dubinsky has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games against Boston
  • New York ranks third with a 15-7-2 (32 pts) record on the road; Boston ranks fifth with a 16-7-1 (33 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers have posted a 4-5-1 record vs. Northeast Division opponents; the Bruins are 7-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 16-5-2 record with a 1.50 GAA and five shutouts in 23 career regular season contests vs. Boston; Martin Biron is 12-12-2-1 with a 2.66 GAA and one shutout in 31 career regular season games vs. the Bruins
  • Brad Richards leads the Rangers with 19 assists and 26 points in 30 career regular season contests vs. Boston; Ruslan Fedotenko has notched a team-high, eight goals (18 points) in 37 career regular season games vs. the Bruins
  • New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
  • Boston lists one former Ranger on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)

The Rangers are tied for sixth in the NHL with a plus-six rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 11 of the last 12 games (25-26, 96.2% over the span), and is 50-55 (90.9%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 21 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 21-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. New York is tied for 24th overall (22-156, 14.1%) and ranks 29th on the road (7-47, 9.5%). 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 Penguins scoreless in two power play attempt (2:37) on Thursday at MSG. New York is tied for third overall (127-146, 87.0%) and ranks sixth on the road (73-84, 86.9%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. The Rangers are plus-four in 45 four-on-four situations (81:54), 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).

New  York has posted a record of 48-29-12 against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 17-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .607 win% over the span ranks second, trailing Detroit (.691, 44-18-6) and ahead of Montreal (.605, 72-45-12), Boston (.519, 59-54-19), Toronto (.508, 56-54-18) and Chicago (.493, 29-30-11).

14 of the last 17 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal, including five games that required the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. The other three games during the stretch were decided by two goals. New York is 8-4-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

The last time the Rangers and Bruins faced-off in Boston, Henrik Lundqvist posted a 26-save shutout and Derek Stepan tallied the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 win on Mar. 26 at TD Garden. It was Lundqvist’s 400th career NHL game and the shutout was his career-high, 11th of the season, moving him into a tie for second place in team history for most shutouts in a season. The 11 shutouts were the most in a season by a Rangers’ goaltender in 82 years, when John Ross Roach posted 13 shutouts in 1928-29.

The Rangers have won four of their last five road games, having out-scored their opponent, 14-8, over the span. New York is 10-3-0 in their last 13 games away from MSG.

The Rangers’ .689 win% through 45 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 30-12-3 record (.700 win%), and is the fourth best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 20th win with a 27-save shutout on Tuesday vs. Nashville. He became the third goaltender in Rangers’ history to reach the 20-win mark in seven straight seasons, and the first since Mike Richter from 1995-96 – 2001-02. Ed Giacomin holds the franchise record with eight straight seasons of 20+ wins (1966-67 – 1973-74). Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY) is the only other goalie in the league with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more consecutive seasons. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

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

  • T-2nd in points (62)
  • 2nd in win% (.689)
  • 3rd in wins (29)
  • T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (27)
  • T-1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (91)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.02)
  • T-1st in hits (1,319)
  • 4th in blocked shots (737)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-30)
  • 4th in goal differential (plus-32)

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.


  • 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 28 of their last 37 games (26-9-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark; The Rangers have out-scored their opponent, 110-76, during the stretch
  • New York is 8-1-1 when leading after the first period and 18-0-2 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers are tied for sixth in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (3-8-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for eighth in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 12 games this season, which is tied for the fewest in the league
  • New York leads the NHL with a .789 win% when out-shooting their opponent (15-4-0)
  • The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 21-1-1 mark (.913 win%) in those contests; Their 21 wins rank third in the NHL


  • Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in eight of his last 14 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 22 games this season
  • Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
  • Carl Hagelin has tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 12 games
  • Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists over the span)
  • Ryan McDonagh has tallied five assists in the last 10 games, and has posted a plus-eight rating in the last seven


  • Dan Girardi: 1 assist from 100th NHL career


  • Marian Gaborik: 300th career NHL assist (1/15 at MTL)


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 21
  • Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 15
  • Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 9
    Total Man-Games Lost: 148


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  1. billybleedsblue on

    Good morning boneheads!

    What’s all that white stuff outside and all over my car? What the Bufuglien?! Looks like it’s still comin’ down a little here. Heh, Winter.

    Big game today!

    “The introductions of piñatas would seem like a natural fit for any party; leaving them empty would be a sad , yet accurate, commentary on Gomez as an NHL player in 2012.”

    Yev, thanks for the chuckle :)

  2. Anyone know anything about the broadcast today and what my chances of seeing this game on a real television are?

  3. billybleedsblue on

    Manny, nhl.com says, “TV: NHLN-US (HD), MSG, NESN (HD)”

    That might be bad news for you city folk :/

    A plow just came through my ‘hood. What is it, Winter? Enough already! hahahaa

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    LOL! Can you imagine what the fans think as they see mcMonster develop into an elite defenseman?

    Just realized that Game is not on NBCsports but NHL network and I will be blacked out. UNREAL! Have to watch this on my laptop. Can’t believe that we can’t get direct TV due to tree issues and we have NO cable alternatives in this area besides TWC. I am sick of this
    ! Excuse my FRENCH… ;-)


  6. billybleedsblue on

    Staal, wrap your text with *’s and that’s bold. Try wrapping text in other SHIFT+number_keys — like _ or #

    play around with it, it will amuse us all.

    Or go to an older post if you’re shy like some other boneheads have done…

  7. billybleedsblue on

    hahaha :D

    Nice work, Staal!

    I’m soooooo procrastinating right now… I don’t wanna deal with the snow… but it’s still snowing… if I clean everything off, then, I will only have to do it again… sigh

  8. billybleedsblue on

    I’d much rather sit here sipping tea, and reading “best of Craigslist” than venturing out the door into the snow. I’m thinkin’ about that ‘FREE SNOW’ sign. lol, the neighbors would love it! :D

  9. billybleedsblue on

    Marji, I imagine part of using a flame thrower would be actually making the flame thrower yourself! Why buy it when you can make it (and have someone else test it out first)?

    I just wish the snow would stop so I could go out and do what I gotta do. I’m not really worried about it, I have a system (of procrastination).

  10. billybleedsblue on

    Staal, I would tell you now, but I’ve got something I’ve got to take care of first…

    hahaha, that’s pretty much it.

    It’s funny how, I’ve found that (SOMETIMES) when I have some problem that needs attention, the other, seemingly lesser problems that I have somehow get solved first — lots of times in tremendously awesome fashion, and usually with a really creative solution that’s got bells (and often whistles)…

    Other times, I will just take care of the big problem outright.

    I’m not sure what is more satisfying though… :D

  11. billybleedsblue on

    Staal, EXACTLY. And see? You’ve gotten GOOD at doing something else; in a creative way that adds “bells and whistles” to something else that you do. You’ve nailed it! :D

  12. DirectTV is currently installing the dish! Should be ready by ‘Go Time’!

    Lets Go Rangers!!!!!!

  13. Technician says it should be fine today….getting it installed on the side, rather than the roof :)

  14. Staal, I look at it as you’ve gotten something accomplished this morning.

    Good morning, Sally! Need any free snow?

    FYI, Lundqvist and Lupup were named assistant captains (I know, it’s supposed to be alternate captains, but in this case they will assist the captains in the selection of the rosters) for the all-star game. Lundqvist was named assistant to countryman Alfredsson, so he will be on Tortorella’s team.

  15. billy, you should do a guest post on your system of procrastination. you can always get better at procrastinating … maybe later.

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