Bruins at Rangers today


Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, Mar. 4, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 41-15-7 (89 pts)
Bruins: 38-22-3 (79 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 2

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.; TV: NBC; Radio: Bloomberg 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 41-15-7 (89 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, in overtime on Friday at Tampa Bay to end their three-game winning streak, and are now 12-3-3 in their last 18 games. The Bruins enter the contest with a 38-22-3 (79 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last eight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Mar. 6, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.


*       All-Time: 246-281-97-2 overall (141-118-55-0 at home; 105-163-42-2 on the road)
*       2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the first of two at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 win on Feb. 14 at TD Garden. The Rangers have out-scored the Bruins, 6-2, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-4 (50.0%), while their penalty kill has held the Bruins scoreless in five shorthanded situations. Ryan Callahan (two goals, one assist) and Marian Gaborik (two goals, one assist) are tied for the team-lead in scoring with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA, .974 Sv% and one shutout.
*       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 series. New York out-scored Boston, 4-1, 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 series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout in four contests.
*       The Rangers enter the contest with a four-game winning streak against the Bruins, and have won eight of their last 10 meetings
*       Henrik Lundqvist has started in 22 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
*       New York ranks fifth with a 21-7-2 (44 pts) record at home; Boston ranks fifth with a 19-10-1 (39 pts) mark on the road
*       The Rangers are 8-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Bruins are 9-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
*       New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
*       Boston lists two former Rangers on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99); Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02)


*       Henrik Lundqvist — 25 GP, 18-5-2, 1.45 GAA, 6 SO
*       Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
*       Brad Richards — 32 GP, 7-20-27
*       Ruslan Fedotenko — 38 GP, 8-10-18
*       Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 5-6-11
*       Anton Stralman — 10 GP, 1-3-4

The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 12 games, posting a 20.5% success rate over the span (8-39). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 20 of the last 30 games (75-85, 88.2% over the span). The Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 28-7-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

*       Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play attempts (2:00) on Friday at Tampa Bay. New York is tied for 26th overall (31-215, 14.4%) and ranks 26th at home (16-112, 14.3%). The Rangers are 3-14 (11:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/2 at TBL), and 1-8 (10:10) when four-on-three (last – 3/2 at TBL). 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 Lightning scoreless in four shorthanded situations (7:15) on Friday at Tampa Bay. New York ranks sixth overall (177-205, 86.3%) and is tied for sixth at home (75-88, 85.2%). The Rangers are 8-9 (4:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/16 vs. CHI), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (7): 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); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust).
*       Four-on-Four: New York surrendered one goal in three four-on-four situations (4:01) on Friday at Tampa Bay. The Rangers are plus-six in 69 four-on-four situations (125:15), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (9): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan), 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).

New York has posted a record of 50-30-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 19-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .609 win% over the span ranks third, trailing Detroit (.671, 44-20-6) and Montreal (.613, 75-45-13), and ahead of Boston (.519, 60-55-20), Chicago (.514, 32-30-11), and Toronto (.496, 56-57-18).

15 of the last 19 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Three of the other four games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals. New York is 9-4-2 in one- goal games against Boston over the span.

The Blueshirts’ 21-7-2 (44 pts) mark at Madison Square Garden is their best record at home through 30 games since 1995-96 (19-5-6, 44 pts).

The Rangers’ .706 win% is the team’s best record through 63 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 42-11-10 record (.746 win%), and is the second best mark in franchise history. The Rangers reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fastest to 40-wins in franchise history.

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…

*       T-2nd in points (89)
*       1st in win% (.706)
*       T-2nd in wins (41)
*       1st in regulation/overtime wins (38)
*       1st in fewest regulation losses (15)
*       2nd in fewest goals against (125)
*       2nd in GAA (1.98)
*       1st in hits (1,881)
*       4th in blocked shots (1,042)
*       3rd in +/- rating (plus-44)
*       4th in goal differential (plus-45)


*       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 43 of their last 55 games (38-12-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
*       New York is 15-1-3 when leading after the first period and 26-0-3 when leading after the second
*       The Rangers are tied for third in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (4-11-1), and their four third period comeback victories are tied for 10th in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 16 games this season, which is the fewest in the league
*       New York leads the NHL with a .767 win% when out-shooting their opponent (23-6-1)
*       The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 29-1-3 mark (.879 win%) in those contests; Their 29 wins rank third in the NHL


*       Henrik Lundqvist — 10-2-1 with a 1.44 GAA, .946 Sv% and four shutouts in the last 13 games
*       Marian Gaborik — 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in the last 21 games; seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last five games
*       Derek Stepan — 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 14 games; three assists in the last two games
*       Ryan Callahan — 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in his last 10 games
*       Carl Hagelin — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games; four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four games
*       Michael Del Zotto — 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games; seven assists in his last 11 games
*       Brad Richards — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games; three assists in the last four games
*       Artem Anisimov — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 14 games; two goals in the last two games
*       Ryan McDonagh — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last 10 games


*       Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100 NHL career
*       Ruslan Fedotenko — 1 game to 800 NHL career


*       Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 39
*       Ryan Callahan (bruised foot, 2/27) — 2
*       Michael Del Zotto (hip, 3/1) — 1

Total Man-Games Lost: 184

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  1. Sitting in a quaint brunch spot in Tel Aviv after a horrendous flight from Newark Friday night (that’s what I get for flying on the Sabbath) and this is the first place I turn to. Erik be bittersweet to be away from the boyz for the next 11 days but I’ll be checking in when I can find a whittled network.

    LGR and shalom

  2. "Fragile" Frankie Merman on

    Remember the Curb episode where the Kidney Consortium guy confesses that he sneaks watching the Yankees-Angels on the Sabbath? Shhh…

    I hope the building isn’t as quiet as it was for the last matinee. I know there are a lot of kids at these afternoon games, but there were points during the last one that you could hear the on-ice chatter that usually gets drowned out by the crowd.

  3. Can anyone tell me why the Rangers haven’t called anyone up, given the uncertain nature of the injuries to Del Zotto and Callahan? I would think for the Bruins, they’d have Erixon and MZA here for practice Saturday. Are those two really that far away from the NHL?

  4. they’ve got enough bodies — even an extra one, phil. so they’re sticking with the guys who are here. I don’t blame them. you guys always talk about chemistry. well, if you call up Erixon and scratch Eminger, how does that make him feel after he busts his butt in practice every day?

    And, if Scott’s ever going to play, this is one of those opponents. So if Callahan’s healthy enough, they might have to scratch another forward to get Scott into the game. Otherwise, Scott sits. So really no need for a callup.

    Good morning, Sally!

    That is completely awesome, Ulfie! Thank you for being so addicted, er, I mean, dedicated to RR.

  5. Good point Carp. I was just thinking they could have really used some extra skill in the lineup against Tampa and both of those guys look like they’re doing well down in the AHL. But I guess against Boston you’ve got to go size over skill.

  6. Personally, I love how the Rangers are handling their kids! If they are ready, (hags, Mac Truck, Stepan) they play. If they are not, see MDZ and Erixon; they spend time in the AHL.

    The reports are Erixon are great, but they say he has to bulk up and get stronger. I bet he works out with Ranger staff big time over the summer and is a D man on the team next year!

    Have to DVR the game today….. LGR’s!!!!!!!!!!

    Hope they are healthy?

  7. Hard to figure Boston’s recent side. But Pittsburgh’s run scares me. And I have to admit
    it has occurred to me that if by chance they nip the NYR for the division —- not impossible
    by any means — we are staring at the fourth seed.

  8. phil, as Torts says, “It’s a process”.

    I believe those 2 guys that you mentioned are a big part of the future in NY. I think Torts is always doing what he thinks is best for the organization. I think those guys need a little more seasoning because they are not going to be players in the bottom half of the roster…but, I’m with you, I can’t wait to see those guys as Rangers again….

  9. Imagine if this team had a great PP that was consistent…

    “…Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal…”

  10. Hospordar – I watch a lot of the Bruins due to a close friend really liking the team and I can tell you this: They miss Nathan Horton big time. With him, they have two dominant lines. Without him, they have one dominant line and three third lines so to speak. Also, Tim Thomas has come back down to earth. He’s not looking nearly as unstoppable as he did earlier in the season. I know a lot of people point to the White House flap as sort of a defining moment for the team. But I think Horton’s absence and Thomas’ recent play are the main reasons for Boston’s slide.

  11. I would love to see MZA given a shot this year, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. Hagelin has more speed than him, from what I recall last year, but MZA is pretty fast, and I think he’s more than capable of being on the 3rd line right now….or am I nuts?
    Not going out on a limb but I’m betting Callahan and MDZ sit out again today – no need to push them, even though we need them badly against one of the top 2 teams in the conference.

    Does anyone know who would be the first call-ups on offense if we need someone – MZA, then Newbury, then Deveaux, etc?

    My prediction: a great bounce back effort today and a 3-2 regulation win

  12. If Cally is out, it’s a great opportunity for Dubi to step up like he did last season when he carried the team in the beginning of the season.
    As frustrated as I’ve been with him this season, I’m pulling for him to go on a tear to end the regular season.

    Let’s go Rangers!!

  13. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    dde – you’re so vain, you probably think this post is about you don’t you, don’t you, don’t you

  14. if the rangers really needed to call someone up it prob would be newbury. as for MZA, no he is not fast. and there’s no point in him on the third line at all, not with Boyle & Prust being the defensive line against the other team’s top scoring line.

  15. Good morning all!! Aww, 4ever, wish I could have seen you today…

    ddeb, did you really expect me to be here pre-dawn?


  16. Boston will be as up for this game as they’re probably ever going to be. We need 12 points on em! LGR!

  17. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I will be there in spirit. The existential nature of all that is and isn’t is determined by the essence of the real and unreal.

  18. Not sure if it would conducive to winning, but would love to see—– Prust , Rupp , Bickel and Scott show who is the toughest team.

  19. Oh Man …the way that you folks cover this team and the little tid-bits of info you dig up….and everyone who has Noo Yawk emblazoned on their foreheads is a part of the mystique of this city. It happens in baseball too.

    Are you really that close to the inner workings of the team as it appears? Amazing the things you find out and report on……………….call me …awestruck”.

  20. This will be a tough game today. I am sure we are mad about how we played in Tampa, but I bet Boston is not too happy about losing to the Isles yesterday. This should be a good game, a hard fought game, and a game that we will surely miss our captain. We need to play disciplined and compete for 60 minutes.

    For all the talk about our non scoring, and not adding any goal scorers at the deadline, it is as simple as this…..OUR PP SUCKS. If this team had even a decent PP, we could have an even better record this season than we do. It is a shame, because you would think with this bunch it would be better, but it isn’t, and there is not much time to practice it now, and it is silly to think that it is just going to start clicking now. Either way, I like this team, I like it’s character, and I am glad we didn’t give what Columbus was supposedly asking for. I watched the BC game last night, and I don’t have any reason to think that Kreider couldn’t come in to this lineup and help us for the playoffs.

    Parise looked good the other night in Washington. Nash has looked good in each game since the deadline. If we crap the bed in the playoffs, at least we know we have two options we can try and add this summer.

    I could not be happier about the season thus far and I am damn proud to be a Ranger fan. No reason to not be excited about the future.

  21. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – my spirit’s kinetic energy allows my terminal velocity to positionally locate me to be both here and there both simultaneously and at the same time

  22. so if Fedotenko is questionable as well does that mean we might see Bickel, Scott and Rupp as the 4th line.

    I’m still hoping the Rangers give Zuccarello a chance especially because I have a feeling we will see a lot more shootouts going forward an but that doesn’t seem like a possibility anymore.

    I just hope the Islanders don’t get him next year…

  23. eddie eddie eddie on

    my brutha – i do know what you are sayin….specially in the morning…..and it be serious am out here

  24. eddie eddie eddie on

    blueberries, bailey’s and coffee…, if only someone could teach me how to read, i be ll set

  25. eddie eddie eddie on

    the mza boat has sailed east, and we be headin due west, know what i am sayin?

  26. eddie eddie eddie on

    the only one that does any killin around here is me and zed….ring ring….that’s zed

  27. Dubiiii – MZA is pretty quick, but not a speedster like Hagelin, yet At his size, do you think his lack of explosive skating is one of the reasons holding him back? Smaller guys at this level or any other top level sport have to be burners.
    I still think he should be given a chance next year. You need 3 scoring lines these days. Boyle and Prust should be on the 4th line next year unless they don’t shore up the 3rd line.

  28. Yes Chris Kreider scored a goal last night but I love how no-one mentions the 5 previous games where he recorded just one assist and had 2 games where he only recorded just 1 shot on goal.

    If he were NHL ready and one of the best 12 forwards on the best team in the East, don’t you think he would be able to muster more than 1 SOG against Merrimack college?

  29. eddie eddie eddie on

    oleo – if merrimack college were in the NHL they would be the odds on favorite to win the cup

  30. eddie eddie eddie on

    my brutha – i be havin some noberries as we speak, know what i am sayin?

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    my kindred spirit be floating high in sky ….floating thru the atmosphere’s layers i am reminded of the
    lore of days ago.

  32. i hope Tortorella doesn’t put Dubinsky back with Boyle and Prust. He was the best player on the ice against TB and he needs to be put on the top 2 lines today and hope he can build on that.

    I happen to like Mitchell but Dubinsky finding his offense is so much more important…

  33. eddie eddie eddie on

    well, one person not here is dde….i bet he is throwing darts at his james taylor poster…..but will be bak soon enough

  34. Morning, ‘heads!

    Should be a great game. Boston couldn’t handle the Fishsticks yesterday at home, expect them to come out grumpy.

    If they have any doubts whether Callahan should play, Torts needs to tell him to sit this one out. Ditto MDZ.

  35. eddie eddie eddie on

    its almost go time, show time, throw time, grow time, hoe time, and ron low time

  36. oleosmirfMarch 4th, 2012 at 11:20 am
    Yes Chris Kreider scored a goal last night but I love how no-one mentions the 5 previous games where he recorded just one assist and had 2 games where he only recorded just 1 shot on goal.

    If he were NHL ready and one of the best 12 forwards on the best team in the East, don’t you think he would be able to muster more than 1 SOG against Merrimack college?

    You always post anti Kreider things? It is as if you want him to fail. Quite strange. No prospect is a sure thing. But, the Rangers haven’t had a prospect like this in a long time. The consensus (from people whose opinion I trust) is that he will be a top 6 NHL forward.

    The Rangers have done very well since Gordie Clark took over as the head of scouting and player development. I will give the Rangers the benefit of the doubt on this one.

    I am no scout, but when I saw Chris Kreider play in boston against BU (that is a top college team by the way) his performance was mind blowing. He scored one of the most amazing goals I have ever seen live.


  37. By the way Oleosmirf, is it your position that Chris Kreider is not one of the 12 best forwards on BC?

  38. ktreider has 20 goals and 17 assists. the guy is a point a game player and he is ashooter not a puck handler. Oleosmirf is a scout just ask him. Cam Hope and others are all wrong Kreider is not ready, Oleasmirf is right….

    Call up ZUcc, really the cost is nothing give him a game, it would not destroy the team.. He plays hard, has some skilll…

  39. Yev Kassem

    Quite the contrary. Im posting this purely to temper expectations because every day there is a post about how he is going to make an impact right away. I think Kreider is going to be a tremendous player and has a good chance to be the best homegrown player we’ve had in 15-20 years.

    The fact of the matter is, it is going to take time and he’s just not there yet. Sure he’s shown flashes of brilliance but he’s also been inconsistent his entire NCAA career.

    Expecting him to come to NY a month from now, play Tortorella hockey against far superior teams and be better than John Mitchell, Mike Rupp or Ruslan Fedotenko is just stupid.

    Now give him a full offseason of preparation, training camp, traverse city and preseason games and that’s a different story and I fully expect him to be our 3rd line RW for the 1st game of the season…

  40. NYR_FAN – Great stat ”…Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal…”

    Miami – LMFAO

    eddie- Enough about me already , what do _you_ think about me eyes?

    Gmen11- You might be nuts.

    Mama – mm probably not, but when you’re done with Dawn send her my way

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