Live chat at noon today; Rangers at Senators tonight

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Just a gentle reminder that there’s a live chat today at noon. Bring your best stuff. Please use your screen name when you comment. Be there … or else.

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Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place – Kanata, ON

Rangers: 42-16-7 (91 pts)
Senators: 35-25-8 (78 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 6

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio),  to begin a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 42-16-7 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center, and are now 13-4-3 in their last 20 games. The Senators enter the contest with a 35-25-8 (78 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow, Mar. 9, at United Center (8:30 p.m.), in their third game in four days.

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:

  • All-Time33-34-3-3 overall (14-21-0-2 at home; 19-13-3-1 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Scotiabank Place. New York is 1-1-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 loss on Jan. 12 at Madison Square Garden. Two of their three meetings have been decided by one goal, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers power play is 2-9 (22.2%) in the series. Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring with three goals and five points, while Derek Stepan has tallied a team-high, three assists (one goal, three assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%.
  • Last Season:  New York was 2-1-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including one that required the shootout on Mar. 24 at Madison Square Garden (1-2, OT). Brandon Prust and Derek Stepan tied for the team-high with two goals and three points apiece in the series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1.72 GAA and .936 Sv% in four games.
  • The Rangers have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 14 games against the Senators (8-4-2 over the span)
  • Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 26 consecutive games against Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
  • New York ranks second with a 20-9-5 (45 pts) record on the road; Ottawa ranks 23rd with a 17-13-3 (37 pts) mark at home
  • The Rangers are 9-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Senators are 8-3-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists no former Senators on their roster
  • Ottawa lists two former Rangers on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:

  • Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 11-12-2, 2.05 GAA, 1 SO
  • Martin Biron — 30 GP, 14-9-2-2, 2.79 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 34 GP, 13-12-25
  • Marian Gaborik — 15 GP, 8-10-18
  • Derek Stepan — 7 GP, 3-4-7
  • Jeff Woywitka — 5 GP, 1-2-3

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 14 games, posting a 19.0% success rate over the span (8-42). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 22 of the last 32 games (82-92, 89.1% 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 29-8-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks 29th overall (31-218, 14.2%) and 21st on the road (15-105, 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 Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks fifth overall (183-211, 86.7%) and sixth on the road (105-120, 87.5%). 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 did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at New Jersey. 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will begin their 12th of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at Ottawa. New York has posted a record of 8-0-3 (3-0-0 at home, 5-0-3 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 8-1-2 (6-0-0 at home, 2-1-2 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-9-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-6-3 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 57 times in his career, posting a record of 36-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers will close out the set tomorrow at Chicago.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 12 of their last 15 road games (9-3-3 over the span), and are 15-5-3 in their last 23 games away from MSG.

PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .700 win% is the team’s best record through 65 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 44-11-10 record (.754 win%), and is tied as 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.

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

  • T-1st in points (91)
  • 1st in win% (.700)
  • T-2nd in wins (42)
  • 1st in regulation/overtime wins (39)
  • 1st in fewest regulation losses (16)
  • 2nd in fewest goals against (132)
  • 2nd in GAA (2.03)
  • 1st in hits (1,926)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,067)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-42)
  • 4th in goal differential (plus-43)

QUICK HITS:

  • 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 44 of their last 57 games (39-13-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • New York is 16-1-3 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 30-1-3 mark (.882 win%) in those contests; Their 30 wins rank third in the NHL

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist — 11-3-1 with a 1.65 GAA, .940 Sv% and 4 SO in his last 15 games
  • Marian Gaborik — 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in the last 23 games; five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
  • Derek Stepan — four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span); 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games
  • Carl Hagelin — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games; six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
  • Dan Girardi — three assists in the last five games
  • Michael Del Zotto — 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games; nine assists in his last 13 games
  • Brad Richards — 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games; five assists in the last six games
  • Stu Bickel — three assists and a plus-five rating in the last seven games; two assists and a plus-four rating in the last four games
  • Artem Anisimov — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 16 games

INJURIES:

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 41

Total Man-Games Lost: 187

 

 

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48 Comments

  1. Let’s see how we do after a frustrating loss and playing a team that always seems to give us fits.

  2. Good Marty tonite? I would back off petal to the metal, start rotation of rest for all key pieces. Never mind running thru the finish line, every big guy needs to be healthy.

  3. *CROSBY UPDATE!*

    Sidney Crosby On The Rangers:

    Last night on the NBC Sport Network, Pierre McGuire spoke with Sidney Crosby and asked him if he thought the Rangers were as good as everyone thinks that they are.

    Crosby responded:

    “Yea, I think they are. I played them in that stretch when I was back and have watched them too. They are a deep team, have good goaltending and when you want to win in the playoffs you need depth and goaltending. They certainly have it.”

    AdamRotter

  4. he approves us! now we don’t have to spend countless hours in therapy trying to figure out how to gain Cindy’s love!

  5. rangers lead now down to 6.

    if they blow this divsion to pitt a divsion they have led since dec 23rd after they beat phil and find themselves in the 4 vs 5 matchup vs prob the devs or flyers i dont see how they have a shot to go far into playoffs meaning conf finals or cup. ive been preaching for months way before brooks article yesterday they playing phil or devs will take its toll on this team if they survive it.

    i dont know how the rest of you feel but to me after the regular season they have had they need to get to the conf finals to validate it. winning a round is not good enough and going out in round 2 i feel the same. now if they play pitt in round 2 i wont feel confident going in so it would ease the pain after if they lost. as a 1 or 2 seed its expected to get to a conf final

    anyone agree with me or am i alone here

  6. Good morning, Carp! I may be a little late to the chat, but I will be there.

    LMAO @ “Who nose if Dubinsky plays vs Senators”

  7. 1-2-0 vs the Sens. Rangers blew a lead against them early in the season and lost in a shootout at home, won in Ottawa then were shutout against them a couple of months ago at MSG.

    Looking at their recent games the Sens are either blowing teams out or losing lower scoring games. They’re 6th in GF, but 24th in GA.

  8. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Im not sure if you heard Eric but we are 5-0 vs Phili this season.

  9. Sioux-per-man on

    I’m thinking Biron is in the net today, since he didn’t do so well against Chicago last time.

    Game day on the road. Who gets the game winner today?

  10. eric – I love you, man but you’re alone in that. This season has been a huge success. Anything but an epic collapse is a success in my eyes.

    When is the last time you felt confident?

  11. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Even if we get the 8th seed we will still dominate. Bring on the Penguins, the Rangers can beat anyone.

  12. Since the current playoff format started in 94:

    Eastern Winner as 1 or 2 seed: 94, 01, 03, 04, 08
    Eastern Runner Up as 1 or 2 seed: 95, 96, 00, 03, 06, 07
    Eastern Finalsts 1 and 2 seeds: 03

    Western Winner as 1 or 2 seed: 95, 96, 99, 00, 01, 02, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11
    Western Runner Up as 1 or 2 seed: 96, 97, 98, 99, 02, 04, 07, 10, 11
    Western Finalists 1 and 2 seeds: 96, 99, 02, 07, 10, 11

  13. Sorry Sid, 3/15 someone better take him out for the rest of the season. (Malkin too.) It’s not personal. It’s business.

  14. Malkin has bionic knees now; he’ll stay healthy the whole season. That young man is a BEAST!

  15. >>Don’t the Senators kind of own us?

    That’s the bad news.

    Now, the good news: Rangers have law of averages in their corner.

  16. eric, if you are asking me if the Rangers have a better shot to get out of the 2nd round than in years past, then my answer is a resounding YES! That doesn’t mean they are a shoe in for the conference finals….

    The Rangers are a very tough out. We don’t have the skill and flash of teams like Detroit or Chicago. And, we don’t have the Malkinstein monster. But, the Rangers are considered the hardest team to play against among many hockey minds. You have to work your hardest to beat them.

    Tonight is going to be a tough game because Ottawa is also a very tight team…

  17. Exactly, NYR. And a team is going to have to beat us 4 times in 7 games to get us out. That is a tough job. Teams like the Pens might outscore us twice in some lopsided victory but we can win the tight ones.

  18. Eric, I agree that anything less than the ECF should be considered a failure but I disagree with the reasoning We were not supposed to be the #1 team in the EC this year, nowhere near it actually….so we are overachieving a bit. I think anything below ECF is disappointing because Torts has had enough time to get this team to play into his system and it’s time to improve on previous years. I dont want to be like Nashville and constantly get to the same level just not over that hump.

  19. I agree, Lev but I don’t think it’s the same level. We went from three years of barely making/missing the playoffs based on whether another team wins or loses (or a shootout) to being a contender for the President’s Trophy (“I coulda been a contender”). I think that is a HUGE upgrade. This year we have an amazing regular season and ride it into the playoffs. Who knows where it will take us but we know we can’t take our foot off the gas. The only let down to me would be if we beat ourselves. If we don’t play hard and we glide along for a few games and get knocked out. If we go down bruised, bloodied and tired then I am fine with it (that doesn’t mean I won’t break stuff and lose sleep).

  20. We can’t win jack, starting with tonights game:

    Senators 9: 0 Rangers … GWG: Ben Bishop

  21. stranger nation on

    2 PO Series wins over the last 15 seasons…take a PO round win and hopefully a hard fought 2nd round, but ECF while doable, is not realistic with this roster, but happily ready to be proven wrong.

    this team is resilient, but still 2 yrs away.

  22. Been trying to Google the October threads to see if we had a season prediction page. No luck yet, anyone know if we did?

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