Devils at Rangers … and another ticket contest tonight


The ticket contest is now open. However, one of the rules has changed. Please read the rules in the previous thread before you make your pick!

Only entries within the comments section of this thread will be accepted. Entries close when “It’s Go Time!” appears prior to tonight’s game, at around 6:30 p.m.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden — New York, NY
Rangers: 33-12-5 (71 pts)
Devils: 30-19-3 (63 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Feb. 5

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in their second meeting in a week. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 33-12-5 (71 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden for their fourth win in five games, and are now 16-4-1 in their last 21 games. New York has posted a record of 30-9-3 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Devils enter the contest with a 30-19-3 (63 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 9, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their three-game homestand.

* All-Time: 99-82-27-6 overall (54-29-20-2 at home; 45-53-7-4 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the third of six meetings this season, and the first of three at MSG. New York is 1-0-1 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road) following a 4-3 shootout loss on Tuesday at Prudential Center. The Rangers have out-scored the Devils, 7-4, in the series, including a 5-2 advantage in the third period. Marian Gaborik leads the team in scoring with five points (two goals, three assists) and a plus-four rating in two games. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .968 Sv%, while Martin Biron is 0-0-1 in 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%.
* Last Season: New York was 4-2-0 overall (2-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road). The Rangers held the Devils to one or fewer goals in four of the six meetings, and out-scored New Jersey, 16-8, in the series. Brandon Dubinsky led the team with four goals and seven points, while Artem Anisimov tallied a team-high, five assists in six games. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-2-0 with a 1.44 GAA, .953 Sv% and one shutout.
* The Rangers are one win shy of 100 all-time against the New Jersey Devils’ franchise
* 10 of their last 14 meetings have been decided by two goals or less
* Martin Biron’s start in net on Jan. 31 at New Jersey ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 32 consecutive starts against the Devils. The last Rangers goalie other than Lundqvist to start against New Jersey was Kevin Weekes on Dec. 17, 2006.
* New York ranks eighth with a 16-5-2 (34 pts) record at home; New Jersey is tied for sixth with a 15-10-1 (31 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers are 10-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Devils are 7-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

* Henrik Lundqvist — 37 GP, 23-9-5, 1.82 GAA, 5 SO
* Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards — 34 GP, 5-26-31
* Marian Gaborik — 20 GP, 8-12-20
* Dan Girardi — 31 GP, 0-11-11

The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 14 of the last 17 games (43-46, 93.5% over the span), and is 68-75 (90.7%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 26 contests. The Rangers are tied for fourth 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 24-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in five power play attempts (8:53) on Sunday vs. Philadelphia. New York ranks 27th overall (23-173, 13.3%) and is tied for 15th at home (15-91, 16.5%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 1-6 (8:52) when four-on-three (last – 2/1 at BUF). 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 Flyers in six power play attempts (9:02) on Sunday at MSG. New York ranks fourth overall (146-167, 87.4%) and fourth at home (61-70, 87.1%). The Rangers are 6-7 (4:07) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/1 at BUF), and 1-2 (1:39) when three-on-four (last – 2/1 at BUF). 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 (1:07) on Sunday vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers are plus-four in 52 four-on-four situations (96:29), 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).

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 18-7-3 overall (9-3-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist has registered a 2.07 GAA, .926 Sv% and five shutouts in 27 games over the span.

Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 31 career regular season games, posting a record of 21-5-5 with a 1.79 GAA, .933 Sv% and four shutouts over the span.


The Rangers have posted a 9-3-0 record in their last 12 home games. The Blueshirts’ 16-5-2 (34 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 23 games since 1995-96 (17-2-4, 38 pts).

The Rangers are 10-2-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, including a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 15 – Jan. 6.  New York has out-scored their opponent, 42-27, in divisional play.

The Rangers’ .710 win% through 50 games is the team’s best start in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 32-10-8 record (.720 win%), and is the second best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Henrik Lundqvist posted a career-high shutout streak of 182:33 from 19:11 of the second period on Jan. 21 at Boston to 12:02 of the second on Feb. 5 vs. Philadelphia. He posted shutouts in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg (22 saves) and Feb. 1 at Buffalo (34 saves, 4-5 in the shootout), and passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list with 41 career shutouts. Lundqvist ranks seventh among active goalies in career shutouts, and is tied with Martin Brodeur for most shutouts since 2005-06 (41). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 2nd in points (71)
* 1st in win% (.710)
* T-2nd in wins (33)
* 1st in regulation/overtime wins (30)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
* 1st in fewest goals against (98)
* 2nd in GAA (1.96)
* 2nd in hits (1,456)
* T-4th in blocked shots (835)
* 3rd in +/- rating (plus-38)
* 3rd in goal differential (plus-39)

* 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 33 of their last 42 games (30-9-3), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
* New York is 10-1-2 when leading after the first period and 20-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Rangers rank fourth 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 10th 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 .810 win% when out-shooting their opponent (17-4-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 24-1-2 mark (.889 win%) in those contests; Their 24 wins are tied for second in the NHL

* Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a four-game winning streak (0.96 GAA, .965 Sv% and two shutouts over the span)
* Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in 10 of his last 18 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 26 games this season
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 12 starts this season
* Marian Gaborik has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last eight games
* Michael Del Zotto has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games
* Brian Boyle has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

* Artem Anisimov: 3 points from 100 NHL career
* Steve Eminger: 5 points from 100 NHL career

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 26
Total Man-Games Lost: 162

* Feb. 2 — Assigned defenseman Jeff Woywitka and forward Wojtek Wolski to Connecticut (AHL) for a conditioning stint
* Feb. 3 — Acquired forward Casey Wellman from Minnesota in exchange for forward Erik Christensen and a conditional seventh round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft

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

    Rangers 2, Devils 0. GWG: Boyle. Rangers shots: 24. Devils shots: 18.

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

    GO RANGERSSSSS!!!! Just win baby , thats all I ask.

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

    heyyy the guy who post his first wins!!??? Hahaha just kiddin!!

    As the tie breaker I ment : )

  4. I feel a letdown coming after that intense Philly game.

    Devils 4 Rangers 1 GWG Ilya K. Devils 24 sog Rangers 24

  5. Debs have been bringing it lately…be ready boys.

    Rangers 4
    Devils 3
    Gwg -Richards
    Shots Rangers29 Devils 31

  6. Rangers 3, Devils 2
    GWG Hagelin
    Shots – Rangers 28, Devils 23

    one caveat, if the Rangers stay out of the penalty box!

  7. Rangers 4, Devils 2. GWG: Del Zotto. Rangers shots: 31. Devils shots: 29

    Over/Under: # of Twinkies eaten by Brodeur today= over 18

  8. Rangers 3, Devils 1 GWG: Stepan
    Rangers shots: 26, Devils shots: 31

    Let’s get these two points boys!!!

  9. Good morning all! I predict this game might give me a tummy ache.

    Sigh. Haven’t been assigned to the city in weeks for work, and today of all days, I am. At least I’m not heading downtown.

    Go Terriers!! LGR!!

  10. I love how people can’t follow rules. People, copy and paste Carp’s example and replace your own numbers and name. Don’t change punctuation or insert line breaks. It’s much easier for Carp to bang out a Ctrl+F and search for the winning entry in the format he made clear.

  11. Rangers 2, Devils 1.
    GWG: Stepan
    Shots: Rangers-31 Devils-25

    Headed to the Giants parade now then staying after for the game… It should be a great day! Maybe a few of big blue like Tynes comes down to watch the Rangers tonight. He usually shows up to games

  12. Rangers 5, Devils 3.
    GWG: Gaborik
    Rangers shots: 37.
    Devils shots: 31.

    I don’t even know why I waste my time entering contests anymore, since I never win. Guess I think the odds have to turn in my favor one day. #LGR

  13. Rangers 1, Devils 3.
    GWG: Ponikarovsky
    Rangers shots: 26
    Devils shots: 33

    I feel like the devs are going to bring it and our boys are due for one of their wake up games…

  14. Fat Guy in A Little Coat on

    Rangers 4 – Devils 0
    GWG – Del Zotto
    Rangers 37 shots – Devils 27 shots

    We are going to destroy these futhermuckers tonite

  15. I can’t believe I am saying this, but Glen Sather SCREWED Scott Gomez by giving him a $7 Mil per year contract. Montreal is going to lynch the guy.

  16. Watching this guy Grabovsky on the leafs……he looked
    pretty impressive…….don’t know much about him though, he reminded me somewhat of Dubinsky.

  17. Rangers 2, Devils 1
    GWG Dubinsky
    Rangers shots: 26
    Devils shots: 26

    Winning goal scored late in 3rd after clips from “The Loser” inadvertantly come on the jumbo screen during play distracting Fatty to tears.

  18. I woke up in a good mood and fixed all the entries that were done incorrectly, despite what I thought were very clear instructions. It’s almost unbelievable how many couldn’t follow simple regulations.

    *BUT, I am not fixing any more. So here’s what’s going to happen. If you do it wrong, it won’t come up when I search for the winning score. So you won’t win. Pretty simple, huh?*

  19. Rangers 4, Devils 2 GWG: Callahan Rangers Shots: 34 Devils Shots: 28



  20. OMG, Yorktown. That might be the funniest comment of the season. Wait until Linda sees it. Matter of fact, I’m e-mailing it to her right now.

  21. johnnyboy February 7th, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Pru .. love how you assume everyone is on a computer.
    My phone and tablet both have copy and paste and allow me to choose the punctuation I want.

  22. Roll me a Dubi just disqualified him/her self.

    Bro-shear is wearing Crosby’s number…is that who he wants to be when he grows up?

  23. Ah sorry Carp, I thought you just needed the actual team name and not nicknames or anything. If I re-posted the same thing I put in the correct format, would that be acceptable? Not a new entry, the same one in the proper format.

  24. Good morning, ‘heads!

    LMAO Yev and Yorktown!

    So, the contest is going pretty smoothly so far….

  25. Da Rangahs 5
    Debbaroos 3
    GWG Gab Bore Ick
    Da Rangahs will have 28 shots and the Debbaroos will have 29 shots

  26. Many thanks, CCCP.

    Bit suspicious when consecutive posts with a slightly different score both go for “Stephan” with the GWG, no?

    And PruBelongs has a smartphone _and_ a tablet? No need to flaunt your wealth when Lloyd is submitting entries by carrier pigeon.

  27. I saw that Gomez video last night… hilarious! (But the backups made my ears bleed a little.)

    Woo I win! Champion …AGAIN!

  28. Carp, if I take advantage of my vast wealth and close relationship with Ed Snider and the fine people of Comcast to pull a few strings and display my prediction using an arrangement of orange lights on the Empire State Building, is that valid?

  29. That looks like the face we’ll have if the Rangers score on the PP in consecutive games.

    Very Macauly Culkin, Home Alone-ish.

  30. CTB has Lady Gaga’s Wikipedia page -bookmarked- as his home page for easy reference.


  31. Biron has started 100% of games against the Devils in the last week. Coach just playing Lundqvist tonight to show he’s still the boss?

  32. Wicky©Hate the BCATHE, Love the Rupp on

    Morning ILB, Ticket Contest, and all!!

    Rangers 3 Devils 1 GWG Prust Ranger shots 24 Devil shots 31

  33. rangers 6 devils 4> gwg:avery (does it matter nobody picking this score) sog:NYR 33 nj 29 happy valentine’s, Uncle Daddy !

  34. Wicky©Hate the BCATHE, Love the Rupp on

    Now that I think about this, I never even come close to winning these damn things anyhow (not like I’d drive over to the game if I did win the tickets) so I should have just made the jinkiest prediction line that I could to avoid the disgrace of losing to a one post wonder and just get a post misconduct and kicked out.


    deVIls 87

    Game wi

    ranger shots….;;;;: influenza, polio. malaria, and kasparitus
    DEVI l shoTS/////,,,,… penicillin

  35. Are you feverish again, Wicky? Told you if you had too many kids you’d keep catching the flu every 2 months….

  36. Gee, I see quite a few new names today. Is Carp giving away free cheese or something? Oh wait…I think know why…

    By the way, fans of Les Canadiens, Bruins and of other teams in the Atlantic Division are not allowed to enter contests on this blog.

  37. ONe thing youj have to do to make Bostonians understand you is to speak Back Bay ese, and pronounce the
    Rangers name the right way…Rangez…got it?Good.

  38. *MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRTTTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That better, Tony?

  39. Thanks as always to the anonymous donor for the tickets and to Carp for presiding over another contest.

    The wife gave me tix to tonight’s game as a birthday present so I’m extra pumped for the game. LGR!

    Here’s a side bet: I’m putting the over/under on number of Giants players at the game tonight at 2.5. I’m going with the over.

  40. Cahp, I like to pahk my cah at the bottom of the hahbah cause I’m wicked mad about the Rangahs being so wicked retahdedly good. Looch is a monstah!

  41. PS “wicked retahded” is a direct quote from someone I heard while standing in line at Six Flags New England and is not a term I endorse. Prust sayin…

  42. I just taught my 5 and 6 year olds the Marty chant…they are now walking around the house shouting MAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTYYYYYYYYYYY. Love it!

  43. Carp I don’t think any celebs they show on Gardenvision pay for their tickets, and I have no doubt that if Giants players are there, they’ll be comped.

  44. ORR!! What Is It Good For?!?! February 7th, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    I’d love to hear what Torts has to say aboot that picture.

    “…bickels as big as this building”?

  45. Hehe. “A pre-game presser with Torts is becoming like fishing in a lake that’s not stocked with fish.’ – Gross

  46. Manny Astronomo on

    The Leafs will be involved in that Winter Classic because it’s about time to get a Canadian team involved and Michigan ain’t that far from Toronto.

  47. *CCCP February 7th 6:43 pm*

    Rangers 0, Devils 1. GWG: Clarkson. Rangers shots: 22. Devils shots: 30.


    let’s split the tickets! ;)

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