Avalanches at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Mar. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
: 44-19-7 (95 pts)
Avalanche: 38-30-5 (81 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 15

The Rangers will face-off against the Colorado Avalanche at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in the fourth game of their seven-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 44-19-7 (95 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden to end their six-game home winning streak, and are now 2-1-0 on their current seven-game homestand. The Avalanche enter the contest with a 38-30-5 (81 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have won five of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, Mar. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.


  • All-Time34-30-7-4 overall (20-11-4-2 at home; 14-19-3-2 on the road)
  • 2011-12: Tonight is the first and only meeting this season.
  • Last Season: New York was 0-2-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Derek Stepan led the Rangers in scoring with two points (one goal, one assist) in two games. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-0 with a 3.97 GAA and .880 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-0-0 with a 4.36 GAA and .800 Sv%.
  • The Rangers’ last win against the Avalanche was on Jan. 31, 2010 (3-1); The Blueshirts’ last win against the Avalanche at Madison Square Garden was on Feb. 28, 2009 (6-1)
  • New York is tied for fifth with a 24-8-2 (50 pts) record at home; Colorado ranks 11th with a 17-15-4 (38 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 2-1-0 vs. the Northwest Division; the Avalanche are 3-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
  • New York lists no former Avalanche on their roster
  • Colorado lists no former Rangers on their roster


  • Henrik Lundqvist — 4 GP, 1-2-1, 3.13 GAA
  • Martin Biron — 10 GP, 5-4-0-0, 2.84 GAA
  • Marian Gaborik — 40 GP, 19-16-35
  • Brad Richards — 21 GP, 4-9-13
  • Marc Staal — 5 GP, 1-3-4

The Rangers penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last eight games (24-26, 92.3%), and are 29-32 (90.6%) in the last 10 contests. The Rangers are tied for sixth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 20-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 29-11-3 when not allowing a power play goal.

  • Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (2:00) on Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. New York is tied for 28th overall (34-234, 14.5%) and ranks 22nd at home (19-123, 15.4%). The Rangers are 3-15 (11:31) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/13 vs. CAR), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last – 3/11 vs. NYI). 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 Penguins scoreless in four shorthanded situations (6:00) on Thursday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (196-226, 86.7%) and sixth at home (88-103, 85.4%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday vs. Pittsburgh. The Rangers are plus-six in 76 four-on-four situations (135:49), 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 is 2-1-0 on their current seven-game homestand
  • Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 2.77 GAA; Martin Biron is 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA
  • Brad Richards leads the team in scoring with four goals and eight points
  • Marian Gaborik (three goals, four assists) and Richards are tied for the team-high with four assists apiece
  • Carl Hagelin has tallied two goals and three assists, and leads the team with a plus-four rating
  • The seven-game homestand is tied as the longest in franchise history, and is their longest since 2001-02
  • The Blueshirts’ previous seven-game homestands were in 1969-70 (4-0-3-0), 1972-73 (4-3-0-0), 1977-78 (3-3-1-0), and 2001-02 (3-2-1-1)
  • The Rangers are one of five teams with a homestand of seven or more games on their 2011-12 regular season schedule (Winnipeg – 8, Colorado – 8, Tampa Bay – 7, Vancouver – 7).

The Blueshirts’ 24-8-2 (50 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 34 games since 1993-94 (23-6-5, 51 pts).

The Rangers established a new NHL record by not allowing five goals in a single game in 69 games to begin the season. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

First-year forward Carl Hagelin continues to climb up the NHL rookie scoring charts despite only playing in 52 games this season. He currently ranks fifth in the league in rookie scoring with 35 points, fourth with 21 assists and is tied for sixth with 14 goals. He also leads all NHL rookies and is tied for eighth overall with a plus-23 rating, is tied for second among first-year players with two shorthanded goals/points, and ranks third among rookies who have played at least 50 games with a .67 points per game average. Since his NHL debut on November 25, Hagelin ranks second among NHL rookies in points, goals and shots on goal (109), and is tied for second in assists.

The Rangers’ .679 win% is the team’s best record through 70 games in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 44-19-7 record (.679 win%), and is tied as the third 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…

  • 2nd in points (95)
  • 2nd in win% (.679)
  • T-2nd in wins (44)
  • T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (41)
  • T-1st in fewest regulation losses (19)
  • 3rd in fewest goals against (150)
  • 3rd in GAA (2.14)
  • 1st in hits (2,081)
  • 4th in blocked shots (1,145)
  • 4th in +/- rating (plus-37)
  • 6th 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 spot 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 46 of their last 62 games (41-16-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
  • New York is 17-2-3 when leading after the first period and 27-0-3 when leading after the second
  • The Rangers rank third in the league with a .263 win% when trailing after two periods (5-13-1); The Blueshirts are tied for ninth in the NHL with five third period comeback wins, and have trailed entering the third in only 19 games this season (second fewest in the NHL)
  • New York leads the NHL with a .727 win% when out-shooting their opponent (24-8-1)
  • The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 31-3-3 mark (.838 win%) in those contests; Their 31 wins are tied for second in the NHL


  • Brad Richards — five-game point streak (five goals, five assists over the span); 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in the last 19 games; 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 11 games
  • Marian Gaborik — four-game assist/point streak (three goals, five assists over the span); 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in the last 28 games; 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last nine games
  • Carl Hagelin — 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games; 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games
  • Derek Stepan — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last nine games
  • Anton Stralman — four assists in his last seven games


  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 46
  • Michael Del Zotto (injured, 3/8) — 4
  • Ryan Callahan (injured, 3/9) — 3
  • Henrik Lundqvist (flu, 3/13) — 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 203



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  1. Erin go Rangers!

    Any word on Cally and MDZ?

    Will we see Tim Erixon on the ice tonight?

  2. How many fights will there be in the crowd tonight because of all the amatuer drinkers from the parade?

  3. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


    The earth is still in one piece, the universe is still expanding!! And we’re all still here, although I AM worried about Eric (HEEHEE)

    Here’s a special delight for youse guys on St. Patrick’s Day! everyone have fun today and tonight, and remember don’t drink and drive…


  4. Can we assume Boyle will be drunk beyond belief by faceoff, just like he was for that pre-season game after the Red Sox’s failure to make the playoffs (according to Banned Bob)?

  5. Manny Astronomo on

    Taylor Hall really can’t catch a break, eh? First that nasty skate to the face and now a concussion. Ouch!

    Boyle and Dubinsky play better drunk, LW. Somebody suggested that a few days back.

  6. that was another season highlight here, LW. thanks for the reminder.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day! don’t celebrate like an idiot.

    Good morning, Sally!

  7. O'HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    Just read that Hank is back tonight, and that Tim Erixon was called up, but that one is not garden confirmed as of yet

  8. Might be tough today against the Colorad O’Avalanche with O’Brien, O’Reilly and O’Byrne in their lineup and J O’Sacco behind the bench.

  9. This is the “Boyle was drunk” post from pre-season:


    Not sure what I like most from Bob on there. Aside from his belief that Boyle really was drunk on the bench, based on a couple of exhibition games he had Hagelin traded again (“much worse than Rico Fata or Enver Lisin”) and Erixon traded (“does not look like a big point producer nor is he great defensively and is not a big hitter”) and complained that he wasn’t getting credit for being right about Staal not having post concussion symptoms.

  10. Stranger Nation on

    Avs Irish contingent can really play. The team is young but skilled and we will need to play a very tight D game to win.

    Update on MDZ? The hips don’t lie…

  11. bob October 1st, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    “I don’t understand the love affair with Hagelin, he looks much worse than Rico Fata or Enver Lisin. Those 2 were hated by most fans, but their top asset was also speed, but at least they were a lot stronger and could hit hard.”

  12. Good morning all! I’m not going to the game but have to watch in a bar while others do! Pray for me!!! LGR!

  13. Recent Irish Rangers:

    John O’Grodnick
    Eddie “Edzo” O’Lczyk
    David O’Liver
    Krzysztof O’Liwa
    Sandis O’Zolinsh

  14. Czechthemout!!! on

    Nice to see Erixon back up. I think he will add a lot to the team in terms of quick outlet passes and hockey sense. The kid can make a play.

    Hagelin stats project almost as well as Landeskog’s over a similar amount of games. Let’s remember that he has only played around 50 games this year.

    Two weeks to Kreider!!

    Hagelin Richards Gabby

    Kreider Stepan Cally

    Dubi Boyle AA

    Feds Mitchell Prust

    Mcd Girardi

    MdZ Staal

    Erixon Stralman/ Bickel/ Sauer power when he comes back

  15. rough night last night for me, hopefully today will make it a good day. Pit-NJD Flyers-Bruins….ugh who are we rooting for?

  16. Love Hagelin. But Landeskogg will be in the house. He is a monster, of course 2nd overall pick, no brainer for colorado.

    Not as fast as Hags but he is good!

    this will be a good game tonight. colorado is young and good and hungry.

  17. This team really misses Del Z. He is having a near Norris-worthy season in only his third year professional. His defense awareness and smoothness with the puck has also been missed.

  18. 4 O'Everangerhan on

    No must win game ahead. Who cares…Let’s just enjoy. (…and,please, don’t overanalyze after).
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all, Irish and non- … I personally feel absolutely Irish myself in the morning – insurmountable urge to drink. Later, I will celebrate it with a 7 course meal: 1 big potato and 6-pack of Sam Adams.

  19. Root for Bruins (will not catch rangers) and Devils( actually hope they finish fifth and Philly sixth so if Rangers are overtaken by Pens we get NJ in round one not Philly ). And NO THREE POINT GAMES!!!!!

  20. 4 O'Everangerhan on

    Makes a lot of sense, Peter, except I can’t force myself to root for Debbies if my life would depend on it. Sorry, but Rangers have to handle that without my help.

  21. LOL @ Hagelin being worse than Rico Fata. He’s probably already got more career goals than Fata.

    After last season who would have thought that Del Zotto would be such an important part of the defense. This is why Torts makes all the money. He could have kept Del Zotto on the team and kept him on the bench or as a healthy scratch. Or, they could have given up on him. Instead, he sent Del Zotto to the Whale to work on his game. But, for some people they’d rather run Torts out of town because he’s surly doing interviews.

  22. Captainhan back in! Perfect timing! This will be a tough game. I’m hoping it goes to OT. I want the Avs to pick up a point in this.

    And the Devils better win in regulation! They normally don’t do NYR any favors though.

  23. Olli O’Kinnon
    Mary O’Marois
    Raim O’Helminen
    Sergei O’Momesso (the first Russian-Irish-Italian to play for the Rangers)
    Mick O’Leinonen

  24. O'HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    For and American of Italian descent, I have a lot of Irish in my name!!

    Henrik McLundqvist

    lmao @ o’ilbzo

  25. Be careful at the Garden tonight. Rose & I went to a game on St Patricks day once & the fights we’re all around us.
    Nothing worst then drunkin hockey fans !

  26. billybleedsgreen on

    LW, please stop. It seriously hurts to laugh right now.

    I think I’m going to turn into an Irish soda bread.

    Whatever will I wash all of this delicious soda bread down with? :D

    Tony, nice advice… and put on some pants, would ya?

  27. Yes Linda, we are clan O’Carp. I just checked genealogy.com. Our roots can be traced to the clan O’pinionated.

  28. So, is it a Let’s Go Devils today?

    Pittsburgh with the first tally of the day. Fatso stopped a penalty shot; Pittsburgh scores on the ensuing face-off.

  29. Oh gosh, I just realised I have “OJ” in my name. First, I have to root for Devils; now this? Dear me!

  30. McEddie McEddie McEddie on

    i hate people that wear Orange, especially those that play hockey in the land-o-philly…

    I hail from County Carp

  31. O'HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    that’ll teach me to be on the blog/computer without my glasses! great word DDE!!

    I hope Tort O’rella has some tricks up his sleeves today

  32. I notice there was only one assist on the Penguins goal. Presumably leaving the spot open for it to be awarded to Skid tomorrow?

  33. McEddie McEddie McEddie on

    billy – if you are bleeding green, you might want to get that looked at…could be a serious infection brewing

  34. McEddie McEddie McEddie on

    was skid on the ice for that goal?…was he in the building?…the state?…..was he on earth when the pens scored?…was he connected to our galaxy?…..is he of this universe?

  35. McEddie McEddie McEddie on

    i wonder how much botox skid goes thru in a week’s time?…..in hollywood, the goodyear blimp lip look is sooooo in these days….didnt think it woul catch on in the NHL

  36. Stranger Nation on

    On a more pragmatic side, our Capt is Irish, Mr Callahan and probably the greatest Ranger of all time, Mr. Leetch

  37. ye i agree with the call, he moved his skates at the last moment to direct it in not kick it in.

  38. O'Wicky (if I had a dime for every time I heard a girl say that...I could pay Kane's cab fare) on

    So who is in and who is out tonight?

  39. STOP what you’re doing! Cindy Crosby with an assist! I repeat, Cindy Crosby with an assist.

    This one is over! Pressure is mounting on the Rangers.

  40. Penguins are undoubtedly a great team, but I feel like they always catch their opposition in a bad game. Unfair!

  41. rather amusing situation with the Rangers standing. There is absolutely NO need to kill themselves to get any points in the remaining games. One has to be completely blind or intellectually dishonest not to recognize the fact that the Penguins are going to pass the Rangers for the conference lead. This leaves the Rangers with 90-95% probability of playing NJ or Philly NO MATTER what happens in the remaining games for all these 3 clubs. i don’t believe that the home ice will play any significant role in this case. All of it means that there is only one objective that that should be considered by the Rangers now: stay as healthy and fresh as possible. Don’t play the guys with even slightest injuries; don’t kill first liners with crazy minutes; play Biron as much as possible; ultimately, treat this last stretch as a kind of “per-season” for play-offs.

  42. Pittsburgh are just going through one of the peaks of the season. They’ll hit a valley soon, in the playoffs.

  43. Even if the Rangers are resigned to their division-lead-losing fate (which they shouldn’t be), can’t believe any sort of coasting into the playoffs would be a good thing, even if it has good intentions.

  44. boston looked unbeatable in november.

    pens are peaking a little too soon.

    rangers will win tonight. interested in hearing the injury report.

  45. >>Did Bryzgalov just give up all 3?

    No, it was Universe who couldn’t make a save to end world hunger.

  46. O'GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    I still remember my first legal (18 to drink) St. Patrick’s day ’75 – .10 cent pitchers of green beer started at 9:00 AM. The price went up by .10 cents every hour after that. Geez my liver!

  47. I hope I’m wrong in my assessment but this Penguin team looks a hell of a lot like the Penguin team’s from Mario days. They already have 5 20 goal scorer. That’s not counting Crosby and Cooke who almost has 20. The have a good defense and a good goalie. If they are on top of their game, who is going to beat them? It looks like everyone is afraid to get physical wih them. Somebody run Malkin, put a stick in his grill and lets Serbia he responds. I haven’t see Skid touched yet. Somebody run this pansie.

  48. O'GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

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  49. O'GySgt. Hartman is Jeff in CT on

    Knickerblockers away game on MSG. #1 Rangers home game on MSG2. Who’s the Einstein that decided that makes sense?

  50. Boston’s announcer pulled a Sam during the shootout – he called two of the goals “off the post” when they actually went in!

  51. tony

    it wouldnt be me if i wasnt negative. however i am a realist and totally believe the div will be gone. with the way pens are playing hard to think they lose more games then rangers rest of the way

  52. McManny O'Astronomo on

    The city is a MAD house right now. So glad I am safely back in Brooklyn. I feel bad for those of you headed to the game.

  53. Billybleedsgreen on

    Ray O’Ruotsalainen is the funniest one for sure. Has anyone even had a green beer? I am sorry but, really? Have a proper pint.

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