Rangers at Baby Buffaloes tonight


It’s a 7:30 start for Vers … er, I mean, NBCSports.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
First Niagara Center — Buffalo, NY
Rangers: 31-12-5 (67 pts)
Sabres: 21-24-5 (47 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Jan. 31

The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:30 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 31-12-5 (67 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in the shootout  last night at Prudential Center, and are now 14-4-1 in their last 19 games. New York has posted a record of 28-9-3 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Sabres enter the contest with a 21-24-5 (47 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Feb. 5, at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m.), to begin a three-game homestand.

* All-Time: 58-71-25-5 overall (33-27-15-3 at home; 25-44-10-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the second and final at First Niagara Center. New York is 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win on Dec. 10 at First Niagara Center. The Rangers were 1-4 (25.0%) on the power play, while they held the Sabres scoreless in three shorthanded situations. Carl Hagelin notched two goals in the contest, and Michael Del Zotto and Steve Eminger tallied two assists apiece. Martin Biron made 32 saves.
* Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 11 at MSG. Artem Anisimov led the team in scoring with four points (three goals, one assist) in the series, while Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi tied for the team-high with three assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 2.37 GAA and .928 Sv% in three games, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 Sv% in one game.
* Derek Stepan recorded a hat trick while making his NHL debut in their 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9, 2010, tying the franchise record for goals in a season opener and becoming the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut
* Six of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Sabres have been decided by one goal
* New York ranks second with a 16-7-3 (35 pts) record on the road; Buffalo ranks 25th with an 11-9-5 (27 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 5-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Sabres are 2-7-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists one former Sabre on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07)
* Buffalo lists no former Rangers on their roster

* Henrik Lundqvist — 18 GP, 8-8-2, 2.44 GAA
* Martin Biron — 14 GP, 9-3-1, 2.68 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards — 31 GP, 9-18-27
* Ruslan Fedotenko — 37 GP, 10-15-25
* Brandon Dubinsky — 15 GP, 6-8-14
* Anton Stralman — 11 GP, 2-3-5

The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with a plus-six rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 15 games (33-35, 94.3% over the span), and is 58-64 (90.6%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 24 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 23-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (6:00) last night at New Jersey. New York ranks 25th overall (23-166, 13.9%) and 28th on the road (8-80, 10.0%). 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 surrendered one goal to the Devils in three power play attempts (4:55) last night at New Jersey. New York is tied for third overall (135-155, 87.1%) and ranks fourth on the road (79-91, 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (5:00) last night at New Jersey. The Rangers are plus-four in 48 four-on-four situations (90:44), 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 will close out their eighth of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at Buffalo. New York has posted a record of 6-0-2 (3-0-0 at home, 3-0-2 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-backs, 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 have registered at least one point in six of their last seven road games (5-1-1 over the span), and are 11-3-1 in their last 15 games away from MSG.


The Rangers’ .698 win% through 48 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 32-13-3 record (.698 win%), and is tied for the third 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 team record with eight straight (1966-67 – 1973-74). Lundqvist is one of four NHL goalies with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more straight seasons (Kiprusoff – CGY, Luongo – VAN, Vokoun – WSH). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in a 3-0 win on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg to post his 40th career shutout, and move into a tie with Dave Kerr for second place on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list. He ranks seventh among active goalies in career shutouts, and is one of only two NHL goaltenders to record 40 or more shutouts since 2005-06 (Brodeur, 41). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 2nd in points (67)
* 1st in win% (.698)
* T-3rd in wins (31)
* T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (29)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
* T-1st in fewest goals against (96)
* 2nd in GAA (2.00)
* 1st in hits (1,398)
* T-5th in blocked shots (794)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-34)
* 4th in goal differential (plus-35)

* 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 31 of their last 40 games (28-9-3), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
* New York is 9-1-2 when leading after the first period and 19-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Rangers are tied for third 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 the fewest in the league
* New York leads the NHL with an .800 win% when out-shooting their opponent (16-4-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 23-1-2 mark (.885 win%) in those contests; Their 23 wins are tied for second in the NHL

* Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in nine of his last 16 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 24 games this season
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 12 starts this season
* Ryan Callahan has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games
* Carl Hagelin has tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 15 games

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 24
* Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 18
* Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 12
Total Man-Games Lost: 158

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  1. Got Carped! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sally February 1st, 2012 at 4:13 pm
    Carp, I’m pretty sure Dubinsky is wandering around the 1st Ward trying to figure out where the Cheerios smell is coming from.

  2. ilb, saw the email this morning … is there another?


    stranger, don’t give Bickel too much credit for that assist. He took a shot that hit Boyle in the skates.

    Sally, I’m pretty sure he’s somewhere in Buffalo. or environs.

    Manny, were you being a punk earlier?

    Rob, scroll through the thread and you tell me if you would have won if Stepan scored.

  3. Manny,
    Again, for you specially, if you still have TWC, schedule for THE games (for the rest of regular season), which will be NOT, and I repete NOT, blacked out, so you can see it on TV:

    Feb 1 at Buffalo
    Feb 12 vs Capitals [NBCS-former Versus]
    Feb 27 vs Devils
    March 4 vs Bruins [NBC]
    March 13 vs Hurricanes
    March 19 vs Devils
    March 21 vs Red Wings
    April 1 vs Bruins [NBC]
    April 7 vs Capitals [NBC]
    Enjoy, if you can, punk.

  4. Carp, heh.

    Three hours til Go Time! I still don’t know which jersey I’m wearing. Decisions, decisions!

  5. Sally,
    Hi, here dear! Can you friendly share, what do you feel in a game day like that. Dualism, split personality, or where and how you channel your joy or frustration after any team scores? Are the Rangers your first love? Just healthy curiosity…, I, personally, would not know how to handle my emotions.

  6. Manny, that’s never really a problem! They’re BOTH Dubinsky jerseys. Tough choice…

    Tony, Buffalo is truely the City of Good Neighbors. I get a little teasin’, but I’d be disappointed if that wasn’t the case. It’s always all in good fun. Hey, a certain awesome guy in AZ has a bday coming up soon, am I wrong?

    4eva, Rangers are #1 always. No contest. I like the Sabres, because I like Buffalo. But they sure are a bunch of boring, no-talent, bush league clowns. For real.

  7. 4eva, you know what else though? This is my 4th Rangers game at the F’n Arena (formerly HSBC) and the first three games were all free tickets on the condition that I wore my “I <3 Buffalo hockey" shirt under my Rangers jersey. As the Rangers won all of those games, I wouldn't think of changing that now. But my heart is all Rangers.

  8. I have a friend who lives in Buffalo and is a big Rangers fan. Even he fell in love with the Buffaloes as a second favorite.

  9. The “What are we, dating?” Line is from Starsky & Hutch by the way…for all of youse who missed it. Vince Vaughan says it to Snoop-a-Loop on the golf course.

  10. don’t know if MSG caught it, but Tortorella was livid when this slash happened, and Rupp got a fair amount of attention to his left hand from Jim Ramsay afterward. From the NHL:


    NEW YORK (February 1, 2012) — New Jersey Devils forward Eric Boulton
    has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining
    Agreement, for slashing New York Rangers forward Mike Rupp in NHL Game No.
    737 in New Jersey on Tuesday, Jan. 31, the National Hockey League’s
    Department of Player Safety announced today.

    The incident occurred at 2:34 of the second period. No penalty was
    assessed on the play.

    The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

  11. stranger nation on

    Is it true Bickel is leading the Rangers Dmen in assists since the AS Break?

    Expect Dubi to have a huge night – predict at least 1 secondary assist from his knees.

    is Biron starting?

  12. Sally,
    So, I think, it makes your social life much easier, lol. However, I have to admit, I never had any animosity towards Buffaloids, really…In contrast, like yesterday, when I got really sick – my immovable hatred for debbies is red hot.

  13. I thought it was from Boiler Room Manny.

    Where Giovanni Ribisi is trying to repair his relationship with his dad and his dad is like “Relationship? What are we dating?”

  14. Yes, Bickel leads NYR d-men in post-All-star assists, and is tied with Del Zotto and Stralman in points, and with everybody else in shootout goals.

  15. MSG did show a replay of the Boulton slash, but didn’t make a big deal of it. Just took it to be retribution for Rupp laying out Clarkson just before.

  16. “…fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining

    Are they going to fix this? $2,500 for these guys is a bad joke, at best. I thought a fine was supposed to be a penalty?

  17. It’s about the equivalent of me getting a parking ticket for 75 cents….and, then finding the lose change in my pocket to pay it…

  18. Well, I meant, when start crafting the new CBA…that is something that should be addressed…

  19. When you are making jillions a year, pity poo hoo the $2,500. That’s like throwing peanuts at an elephant….thank you sir, may have another.

    Sally, the red goes with the jersey, and you if get warm and take the jersey off, you are still smokin!!!

  20. NYR, more like getting impounded for unpaid tickets and then paying only a penny to clear it all up, and get your car back.

  21. Tony, yes, true, but mama also got her the fab rad shirt in question!!!! And she does smoke it! (Sally, the shirt, that is)

  22. You guys are the best! Goin with the small (cheap) jersey cause it’s been a while. AHHHHH SOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!! Hoppin on the bus in a min!

  23. Sally, I expect a Flying Bison laryngitis “flu” tomorrow from you !!! Have a blast babe!!!!!

  24. LOL NYR!! I couldn’t help it…did a quick scan of the Chop House menu….assuming most expensive items ordered x 10 (it was about that many players, right) and assuming dessert and counting Gabby’s beers :) and a good tip, it may not have been a fine, but it sure was 4 figures and close….!!!

  25. HA! Wish I’d thought of that Tony. BTW, who’s this guy she knows in AZ with a birthday coming up? I’d sure hate to miss it.

  26. Mama, my dream is to tailor tuxedo for my daughter’s wedding in a Rangers home jersey theme (actually, just jersey in a shape of tuxedo) and matching bowtie (not a pants like a hockey shorts, thou). What do you, second after Avery, fashion guru think about it?

  27. “Did Greece go back to the Drachma yet?”

    Did you know that Greece has the same economic output as the state of Indiana?

  28. Bwahahaha. That’s awesome! Does Indiana have the same amount of Tourism or beautiful coastlines?

  29. Hahahahaha…Newt Gingrich sais he is too timid to respond to any questions in en espanol. Even Pico de pato habla espanol.

  30. 4ever, LMAO!!! I suggest you talk to Tony for advice. I think that may be a tiny bit, OK, WAY too much….but Tony was allowed to wear grand Rangers sneakers with his tux at his kid’s wedding….how is your daughter as far as the Rangers, I forget? I know Tony has trained his family since before birth…..

  31. Well, there will be a lot of people in Indiana this weekend, apparently. So, I guess there is something nice going on there….

  32. Mama,
    The only problem will be to explain to tushy and sophisticated Parisians public what is hockey in general and rangers in particular in French. It would be too long and frustrating for me.

  33. Ah. Well, I’d stick with the plan then, and sneak in a Rangers undershirt :) where is this wedding??? In fact, I want details so e-mail me!!! you still have my address??

  34. Hartnell it, a cheap Borsalino….I’ve come to close all day and never took credit for last nights. So there.

  35. 4ever, I wore my Tux shoes at the start of the Wedding & when no one was watching I slipped into my NY Ranger red , white & blue Reebok’s with the NYR logo.
    By the time anyone noticed I was drunk & didn’t care.
    Good luck

  36. Laurel’
    Oh, yeah, my daughter is very much “die hard” Rangers fan. Attended plenty of games with me and even was regularly reading this blog for a time. The only problem was, she new some Russian and was too young to read some emotional idioms, my countrymen and myself exchange sometimes.

  37. Tony,
    Totally understood. Only difference is that your last stage, when you can’t care less, is mine state of mind from the very beginning. Besides, her future husband is crazy St. Germen (sp.?) soccer club fanatic and will understand crazy me. All others “new” relatives I don’t know and will let them have big, colorful “Hello!” with love from NYC to Paris.

  38. Dammit, I’m missing some good g(j)ibberish! But at least I’ll make for Go Time. See you then

  39. I got it, maam and sent you back; with other details later…Time to concentrate on game. Psycho preparation!

  40. BlazingSpeedHageLinCalPruBoylahan on


    don’t know if it’s been mentioned but that activity bad Marty is doing there, i took one of your suggestions and BONEHEADIZED it into… SNOWDEUR.

  41. bull dog line:

    thenyrangers Torts also says that Anton Stralman will play the point on the first PP unit for #NYR tonight “it’s about time we try that”


  42. BlazingSpeedHageLinCalPruBoylahan on


    Hey Mickey!! quick question… are you thinking of moving back to NY, cuz i am seriously thinking of heading back up North once the man’s done with school

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