Jets at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes from the Rangers:

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 30-12-4 (64 pts)
Jets: 22-20-6 (50 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 22

The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their final game before the NHL All-Star break. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 30-12-4 (64 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday at TD Garden for their 30th win of the season, and are now 13-4-0 in their last 17 games. New York has posted a record of 27-9-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Jets entered their contest last night at Carolina with a 22-20-6 (50 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and had lost seven of their last 10 games (3-6-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.


  • All-Time21-15-1-9 overall (8-9-1-5 at home; 13-6-0-4 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 win on Nov. 6 at MSG. The Rangers power play is 3-11 (27.3%) in the season series, while their penalty kill has held the Jets scoreless in five shorthanded situations. Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with three points (two goals, one assist) in the series, and Martin Biron is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .980 Sv% and one shutout in two games.
  • Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Brian Boyle led the Rangers with two goals in the season series, and Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-2-0 record with a 2.61 GAA in three games.
  • New York ranks ninth with a 14-5-2 (30 pts) record at home; Winnipeg ranks 25th with a 7-12-4 (18 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 9-2-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Jets are 5-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists one former Jet on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09)
  • Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09)


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 19 GP, 7-5-6, 2.24 GAA, 1 SO
  • Martin Biron — 20 GP, 8-11-0-0, 3.02 GAA, 4 SO
  • Brad Richards — 48 GP, 17-36-53
  • Marian Gaborik — 15 GP, 10-9-19
  • Ruslan Fedotenko — 50 GP, 11-17-28
  • Michael Del Zotto — 8 GP, 1-6-7

The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL with a plus-seven rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 12 of the last 13 games (29-30, 96.7% over the span), including five straight (12 times shorthanded), and is 54-59 (91.5%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 22 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 16-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 22-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play attempts (7:06) on Saturday at Boston. New York ranks 23rd overall (23-159, 14.5%) and is tied for 13th at home (15-82, 18.3%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 1-5 (6:52) when four-on-three (last – 1/21 at BOS). 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 Bruins scoreless in four power play attempt (8:00) on Saturday at Boston. New York ranks third overall (131-150, 87.3%) and fifth at home (54-62, 87.1%). 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 two four-on-four situations (3:50) on Saturday at Boston. The Rangers are plus-four in 47 four-on-four situations (85:44), 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 have played seven of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season. 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 5-1-1 (4-0-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 26-9-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with a 13-3-1 mark at MSG and 13-6-2 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 is Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, with road games in New Jersey and Buffalo.

The Rangers’ 3-0 win over the Jets on Nov. 6 was the first by the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden against a team based in Winnipeg since a 6-4 victory over the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Oct. 11, 1995.

On Oct. 24, the Rangers defeated the Jets, 2-1, for their first win in Winnipeg since a 5-4 victory against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 21, 1992.

The Rangers have posted a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 home games.  The Blueshirts’ 14-5-2 (30 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 21 games since 1995-96 (16-2-3, 35 pts).

The Rangers’ .696 win% through 46 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 31-12-3 record (.707 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 Jan. 17 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 NHL leaders in several statistical categories…

  • T-2nd in points (64)
  • T-1st in win% (.696)
  • 3rd in wins (30)
  • T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (28)
  • T-1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
  • 2nd in fewest goals against (93)
  • 2nd in GAA (2.02)
  • 2nd in hits (1,346)
  • T-3rd in blocked shots (759)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-30)
  • 4th in goal differential (plus-33)

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 29 of their last 38 games (27-9-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • 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 fifth 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 ninth 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 22-1-1 mark (.917 win%) in those contests; Their 22 wins are tied for second in the NHL


  • Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in eight of his last 15 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 23 games this season
  • Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
  • Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span)
  • Carl Hagelin enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span), and has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 13 games
  • Ryan Callahan has tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games


  • Henrik Lundqvist: 1 shutout from 40th NHL career


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 22
  • Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 16
  • Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 10
    Total Man-Games Lost: 151


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  1. Second!

    Anyone else think Hags deserves moer of a mention for the Calder?
    I can see the attraction of Ryan “Ted” Nugent-Hopkins, but Hags and Henrique have worked their way into their teams, done their time on the lower lines and are both now top line players, but with virtually no PP time compared to the others Hags is on pace for a 40+ point season and is already a +13

  2. This is getting weird. I got ultimately smayer’d when the entire post was deleted.

    Double rainbow post! Good one BANJ

  3. billybleedsblue on

    I’m totally confused, I got a 404 from the other thread… I’m not even sure what that’s called when that happens… it’s not Carped, uhhh, anyways, but here’s a recap of my contribution for today:

    Shinebox: status ready—

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    Must win tonight. :-)

    Billy- I’d repost that shinebox again….We will need it for sure….The jackwagons are out of control lately.

  5. Hey….where’s Smayer? Can we hold him accountable for the deletion of the first post of the second post and all the comments contained therein?

  6. billybleedsblue on

    Ilb, you betcha! I’ve got the standing by as we speak. Please all feel free to keep that link for yourself :D

    Seriously though, let’s try to have some fun despite the occasional loser that comes around trolling for attention. It shouldn’t ruin our fun!

    I love how in that craigslist posting I put up there says “Just heard from someone who works for a reliable source that they were talking about Vegas… ”

    hahaha, I heard from this guy that knows the guy who works for the dude that had lunch with the person who blah blah blah blah

    If that happens though, that would be new ownership, or what?

    What helps the Rangers’ chances of getting Parise? The Devils moving or them figuring out how to stay in Jersey?

  7. Billy- I think the NHL will take the team over before they move. The current ownership has 47% of the team, the other owner of 47% has pretty much said he is done, has no desire to support any further losses. The team value at the moment is very close to a value ’93 Chevy Malibu with 150K on it.

  8. billybleedsblue on

    How’s the frame on that Malibu? Has it been in any accidents? Is there any rust on the body or the undercarriage? Are you the original owner?

    What a sad state for the Devils. As much as we like to dislike them, they did win a few cups and somewhat recently. You’d think they’d do better for themselves with their tradition of winning. OH WELL.

  9. Tough news on Sauer. Too bad. Really too bad.

    In other news, Ovechkin’s suspension doesn’t keep him out of the All-Star game? That’s weird.

  10. Jlone2Bubblehead on

    I have awoken yet again! It is a great day to be alive! sending out some love to all. <3
    Sending some extra love to the rangers Power Play! <3<3

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hello my bruthas and sistas, finally back to work after a lovely winter break – you all should get 6 weeks as it is good for the soul. The 12 weeks over summer are nice too but winter break is divine. Now tho, I am busier than a waitress giving free oj refills. What have I missed on the blog? Infighting? Arguing? I hope sauer is ok and same with mcD.

    I know the gmen have no chance against the packers, nor would they fare well against the saints or niners, but if there was any way possible that the Geeeeemen could make the SB, I believe that they could be the pats…. Wishful thinking…


  12. You referring to the score before the opening face off Pimp? Because that’s how bush league the Rangers are, they’re down before the game even starts?

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Mama – Tim Thomas is UN-special. Maybe the bruins should change their name to the Boston tea baggers…sounds like he would fit right in…

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Jets vs sharks is an old rivalry…. Remember seeing that as a kid long after it was released.

  15. Morning all. I am tempting fate by posting on a gameday. The Rangers lost to the Habs and Pens the only two times I have posted on a gameday since I took the plunge on 1/13. I need to prove to myself that I am not the jinx, and that there is some other random occurence in the universe that coincidentally made them lose (none of which had to to with lack of puck possession, forecheck, or PP goals).

    Anyways, is Hagelin playing all 3 forward positions on the PP and has Boyle been waived yet?

  16. My friend just claimed that the league is trying to make an example of Ovechkin by suspending him for 3 games. Bwahahaha. Caps fans are NOT the most intelligent bunch.

  17. My friend thinks this reasoning is BS:

    “The moment Ovechkin launches himself into the air prior to the hit he becomes responsible for any contact to the head.”

  18. I’m so proud when you guys hyphenate “bush-league” … brings tears to my eyes … just like when Redden shows up at Christensen’s apartment with flowers and Erika tears up.

  19. I guess he missed the 4 years worth of leaving his feet hits that Ovechkin would dole out on a regular basis.

  20. Pimp – I am sorry for your bush-league experience living in that Mickey Mouse town with those amateur-hour clowns. May god have mercy on your soul and allow you to spend eternity in the double-secret awesome heaven for professional’s.

  21. Yea, CT: It’s kind of insane really. Ovechkin is kind of “reckless” which is the exact thing they are trying to curb.

  22. Thanks, Manny.

    Ps. In the future, please hyphane “Mickey-Mouse” … we don’t want Disney to sue.

  23. The cup is in Albany today:

    See the Stanley Cup today

    Mayors are having Tin Cup day here at the Capitol, but hockey fans can bask in the silver glow of the Stanley Cup, which will be on display briefly this morning.
    Hockey’s highest trophy will be displayed in the Stamp Room, just outside the chamber’s east doors from 10 to noon, according to Mike Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. (The Manhattan Democrat is a HUGE Rangers fan.)
    The Cup is now in the possession of the Boston Bruins. A New York connection? The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, one of the co-founders of Delaware North, a Buffalo-based hospitality business that has in the past lusted to develop casinos in New York.

  24. stranger nation on

    that article was a perfect way to begin the day. Hags’ dad made some great decisions to allow his son to get a great education and play for one of the all time great coaches. Surprised more players don’t go the US College route given average NHL career and limited prospects after for those who come from Juniors.

    Hags is 180 lbs? He must have been weighed while holding on to a full puck bag.

  25. Hagelin family did it right even though it may have seems presumptious that at the time (10 years old) that they sent him to the states they sent him to Michigan in terms of fast-tracking towards a pro career. It would seem more logical they were looking for a win-win and based on the article Carl (MARVIN) has definitely made the most of his college experience.
    I just hope the next Blueshirt college player, Mr. Krieder, has a similar effect on the Rangers. Just thinking about the two of them together, scary.

  26. stranger nation on

    Horrible is not necessarily a complement though – this kid needs a real nickname .

    I guess the Golden Jet is/was already taken

  27. Stranger,
    didn’t see you post, but I was thinking the same thing about why more European player don’t use the college path and either turn to canadIt will be interesting to see how young Erixon progresses.ien juniors or their national teams.

    It will be interesting to see the current development of young Erixon. Not sure how thing are going with the Whale but in his short time with the big club he certainly was risk averse, which may have been by team order. Hagelin may be just a freak because you normally don’t see the jump to pros right away with this kind of impact (Parise, another exception), even those that stay through graduation.

  28. Nice article, ulfie…But it took them 7 weeks to figure out he is here to stay? They only told him last week to find his own place. I guess Torts was waiting until he can play him on PP before making that decision. Or he just hates Hagelin…Either way- Bush-League!

  29. Hey eddie – since *you* brought up Avery – I went to Warren77 on Saturday to watch the Bruins/Rangers game. They were not showing it because they have Time Warner Cable. I asked why they didn’t switch or something since they are, ya know, a RANGERS bar (what with the pictures of Rangers all over). I jokingly asked if Sean could pull a few strings to get the games on in there. They told me that (and I quote) “Sean doesn’t care about the New York Rangers and so we don’t care about the New York Rangers.” They said that they, “follow Sean and his allegiances.” I asked if they show CT Whale games but they said they didn’t know.

  30. As much as I see the Hags-Stepan-Gabby line being lethal the rest of the regular season, my concern will ultimately be how that might hold up through a long playoff run. It’s hard to imagine a top line, where you will need most of your 5 on 5 scoring to come from, to have a 1st and 2nd year player on it. Stranger things have happened, but playoffs are so physical it’s easy to be paranoid on this one. It’s a shame that Artie has not stepped up in the long run when given the opportunitytepan and Gabby. I’ve never been a big Artie fan, but I was certainly hoping he’d add something on a consistent basis.

    Not sure what the answer is. Right now I would suggest alternating Dubi and Hags next to Stepan and Gabs. I have no idea what Tort’s strategy is with the 2nd and 3rd line combos. Maybe there isn’t any.

  31. Let’s not start with the Avery discussions again. It’s like the politics discussions or the Donny Baseball discussions. It will leave a lot of people in fits and tears.

  32. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – that is really bizarre….i was in warren while in NY too and that wasnt the vibe i was getting….but i imagine mr. avery realizes his time is DONE……it is very sad……the entire episode leaves me crestfallen….really does….

    as for politics…i lean so far to the left, i need a 9 inch riser in my right shoe…

    donny baseball was a great player…..a bad back, however, makes it tough to rotate the hips….

    born catholic, alter boy for 9 years…i believe in something…..more buddhist in thinking these days…..

    john and george my 2 fav beatles…..

    bud light and miller lite both taste like carcillo….

    Eli is Elite, victor cruz and hakeem nicks are among the best 2 wr in the game….add mario and they form as a good a corp as there is in the game today…

    any topics i have missed?

  33. eddie eddie eddie on

    i also think richard lewis is about as unfunny as it gets…and gilbert gottfried right behind him…..

  34. “Hags’ dad made some great decisions to allow his son to get a great education and play for one of the all time great coaches…”


  35. eddie eddie eddie on

    i am also a libra, the most powerful sign in the zodiac….i like long walks on the beach and i am trying to find the essence of within….much like keith, from athens GA

  36. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – that is bold of you to have bolded me…..i see *your* bold and raise *you* 2 more

  37. I only use bold for the following:

    *Crosby update*
    *Knickerbocker update*
    *Booger and Cretin update*

    Other uses are somewhat superfluous.

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – he is terrible…..i cannot even crack a smile….orr is funnier than richard lewis…..

  39. I really thought you would absolutely LOVE Richard Lewis. I have made a miscalculation of your interests and I apologize.

  40. eddie eddie eddie on

    any update on crosby?…he flew out to CA to see someone…..not at all interested in sauer or mcD…….neither is *elite*

  41. eddie

    If you lean to the left, wouldn’t you need the riser in your _left_ shoe? Or you’d be leaning even further left…

  42. eddie eddie eddie on

    lw – i lean so far to the left that my right leg, and thigh, lift right off the ground…..i need the riser to keep both groins level….

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    lw – the stiff shin implant in my left leg adds to the confusion… is really *hard* to walk sometimes…

  44. According to Chris Botta, Rangers management told Hags that he should find a residence in New York…aka…you’re not going anywhere kiddo.

  45. eddie eddie eddie on

    manny – wont be easy to see him live…as he died….tragically at the age of 43 heart failure… just stopped beating it seems………but youtube him…you too will die…… from laughter

  46. eddie eddie eddie on

    lw – i actually have a 3rd groin….hundreds of cases, its just not widely reported..almost like the man with the golden gun’s third nipple…..

  47. eddie eddie eddie on

    per CTB’s earlier post…..while sad that joe paterno died….he deserved to be fired….

  48. eddie eddie eddie on

    allow myself to introduce …..myself, i am ritchie cunningham and this is my wife Oprah

  49. eddie eddie eddie on

    i will stay

    but sir, you have 6

    i too, (turns head slightly sideways to look at #2) like to live dangerously

  50. Hans Gruber: If you’d listened to me, he would be neutralised already.
    Karl: I don’t want neutral. I want dead.

  51. “But, all things being equal, I’d rather be in Philadelphia. ”


    What’s the other option, Baghdad?

  52. eddie eddie eddie on

    “its the stockholm effect”

    “that would be stockholm norway”

    “uhhh, sweden”

  53. stranger nation on


    Hagelin’s adjustment from Sweden to the United States was surprisingly smooth. He was already fluent in English, having learned the language in school and through daily viewings of “The Simpsons” and “That ’70s Show.”

    *Lionel Hutz*: Well, he’s kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace “accidentally” with “repeatedly” and replace “dog” with “son.

    *Red Forman*: Without rules, we all might as well be up in a tree flinging our crap at each other.

  54. “Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash. “

  55. eddie eddie eddie on

    he plays the cello, my color be yellow, i be feelin mellow, the fire it bellow, readin longfellow


  56. billybleedsblue on

    ‘They said that they, “follow Sean and his allegiances.” I asked if they show CT Whale games but they said they didn’t know.’

    hahahahahaaaaa… ok, I’m stayin’ out of this one, but way to come back with that Manny :D

    You ask for miracles, Theo: I give you the F…B…I.

  57. YOu know, so much has been said about the failings of their PP, but it isn’t the PP per se that’s really the problem.

    The main reason why the PP is almost non existent is that they look like they are giving an imitation of the British army in the eighteen hundreds at the Khyber Pass in Afghanistan. They stand and occasionally fire.

    But then they look they are stoppjng to reload. If only they could keep moving their positions and firing from any angle at all on net, that would do wonders for at least giving their PP a chance. But that stop…pass…pass…dump behind the net, pass, dump again behind the net, and sometimes the entire play goes by with the Goaltender never having to make a save. When the puck hits their stick blade blast it on goal! No matter if they’re perfectly lined up or not.

    WHAT do these coaches work on during practices?

    At least Gaborik has the right idea.

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