Rangers at Maple Leaves tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Mar. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 46-21-7 (99 pts)
Toronto: 33-34-8 (74 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 23

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 46-21-7 (99 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 4-1, last night at Madison Square Garden, to complete their seven-game homestand with a 4-3-0 mark. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 33-34-8 (74 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost seven of their last 10 games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Mar. 27, at Xcel Energy Center (8:00 p.m.), to begin a back-to-back road set.

* All-Time: 219-272-95-6 overall (127-111-56-3 at home; 92-161-39-3 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Air Canada Centre. New York is 1-2-0 (0-2-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 win on Jan. 14 at Toronto. Derek Stepan leads the team in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 3.59 GAA, while Martin Biron is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and one shutout.
* Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored Toronto, 14-5, including a 7-0 win on Jan. 19 at MSG when Marian Gaborik posted a five-point effort (four goals, one assist). Artem Anisimov tied Gaborik for the team lead with five points (one goal, four assists), and Brian Boyle tied for the team-high with four goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA, .958 Sv% and two shutouts, while Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .960 Sv%.
* New York ranks fourth with a 20-11-5 (45 pts) record on the road; Toronto ranks 27th with a 16-14-6 (38 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 9-7-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Maple Leafs are 9-5-4 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists two former Maple Leafs on their roster: John Mitchell (2008-09 – 2010-11); Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
* Toronto lists no former Rangers on their roster

* Henrik Lundqvist — 19 GP, 9-6-4, 2.65 GAA, 2 SO
* Martin Biron — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards — 33 GP, 16-15-31
* Marian Gaborik — 14 GP, 7-7-14
* Dan Girardi — 21 GP, 4-3-7

The Rangers’ power play is 5-23 (21.7%) in the last seven games, while the penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in nine of the last 12 games (30-33, 90.9%) and are 35-39 (89.7%) in the last 14 contests. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 22-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 31-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) last night vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 29th overall (36-247, 14.6%) and 26th on the road (15-111, 13.5%). 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 Sabres scoreless in one shorthanded situation (2:00) last night at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (202-233, 86.7%) and fifth on the road (108-123, 87.8%). 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 last night vs. Buffalo. The Rangers are plus-seven in 78 four-on-four situations (140:31), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 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); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).

The Rangers will complete their 13th of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets tonight at Toronto. New York has posted a combined record of 16-4-5 in back-to-back games, including an 8-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 5-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and an 8-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 2-2-2 on the road) mark in the second. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-7-3 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’ final back-to-back set of the season is Mar. 27-28 at Minnesota and Winnipeg.

* The Blueshirts have skated in 12 of 15 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (6-6-0)
* Henrik Lundqvist is 5-4-0 with a 2.54 GAA and one shutout; Martin Biron is 1-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and one shutout
* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents this season with nine points
* Ryan Callahan is tied with Gaborik for the team-lead in goals (four), while Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan are tied with Gaborik for the team-lead in assists (five) against Original Six opponents this season
* Michael Del Zotto leads all team defensemen in scoring with seven points (two goals, five assists) against Original Six opponents this season
* New York has posted a record of 52-31-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 15-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .611 win% over the span ranks second, trailing Detroit (.660, 44-21-7), and ahead of Montreal (.608, 75-46-13), Chicago (.527, 34-30-11), Boston (.522, 62-56-20), and Toronto (.493, 57-59-18).

The Rangers completed their seven-game homestand with a 4-3-0 mark. The Blueshirts’ power play converted at a 21.7% success rate over the span (5-23). Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 2.35 GAA, while Martin Biron was 1-1-0 with a 3.50 GAA. Brad Richards led the team in scoring with five goals and 10 points, while Marian Gaborik (three goals, four assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, five assists) finished with seven points apiece. The seven-game homestand tied as the longest in franchise history, and was 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’ .669 win% is the team’s best record through 74 games in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 47-20-7 record (.682 win%), and is the fourth 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 (99)
* 3rd in win% (.669)
* T-1st in wins (46)
* 1st in regulation/overtime wins (43)
* T-2nd in fewest regulation losses (21)
* 3rd in fewest goals against (160)
* 3rd in GAA (2.16)
* 1st in hits (2,182)
* 4th in blocked shots (1,204)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-34)
* 6th in goal differential (plus-37)

* The Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team, and second in the league overall, to clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 win on Monday vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was in 1991-92, when New York clinched on March 8 (through game #68) following a Philadelphia defeat to Vancouver
* This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the team captured the Presidents’ Trophy during the 1993-94 season. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
* New York is 18-2-3 when leading after the first period and 28-0-3 when leading after the second
* The Rangers rank third in the league with a .238 win% when trailing after two periods (5-15-1), and are tied for ninth in the NHL with five third period comeback wins
* New York leads the NHL with a .703 win% when out-shooting their opponent (26-10-1)
* The Rangers rank second in the league when scoring first, posting a 32-4-3 mark (.821 win%) in those contests

* Brad Richards — 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in the last 15 games; 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last nine games
* Marian Gaborik — 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 13 games; eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games
* Carl Hagelin — 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games; seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games
* Michael Del Zotto — 10 assists in his last 18 games (six assists on game-winning goals over the span)

* Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 50
* Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 213

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  1. The CODE I have to give to the NY State Bar Counsel to prove I was at this stupid education course is SLOVAKIA. Good sign for Gaborik?

  2. duck the bill on

    I had no idea there was a game tonight…this is why we need rangersreport…AND MORE!!!

  3. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Fugg, I got psuedo carped….aka manny’d



    No no manny, thank you!!

    I think tonight is the perfect time for one of my favorite orrisms….game over season over!!! LOL

  4. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Is John Scott 1st line left wing yet?

  5. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Yes sir, sorry

  6. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Toronto has a hockey team??

  7. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    I’m not sure what you just asked, not many here speak German

  8. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Cccp does, I’m pretty sure he is from the Netherlands

  9. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Ha, a Hattie from work

  10. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    And a bag lady for mama!!!

  11. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on


  12. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on


  13. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on


  14. iWicky "If you don't stop flapping your jaws, I'm going to knock you out on national tv" on

    Seriously guys, no one else but cccp can read german

  15. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Duckbill, I’m sorry for being jerk to u. Never meant anything I said. Happy to be pals again.

  16. no surgery for Zucc. supposively 4 to 6 weeks, hopeing for the best.

    go air force…….

    erixon has looked very good, he is not leaving the lineup anytime soon…….

    to bad about zucc, he was really doing some good things,,,,,,,,

  17. duck the bill on

    Tiki, no worries, sir… I’m happy to extend the hand of friendship again, and appreciate your acceptance of such endeavor. I was at fault as well for constantly agitating. We are bigger ducks/men for putting past grievances aside. Jupiter and the Roman gods shall show us favor for such delights. :)

  18. going to the kings Bruins game tonight.

    i will only watch the 1st for the ranges then if a good result I will watch the dvr tonight.

    mcdonagh had a ton of great moves last night but could not hit the twine…..

  19. duck the bill on

    Manny, there was some verbal jousting where I would talk about a fictitious cat. I, too, am sorry for such dalliances, and vow to use my expansive vocabulary in pursuit of greater achievements or simply for aggrandizing the gracious and amazing Latona.

  20. Paul in sunrise on

    I think Zucc comes back and is given a one way deal with lots of bonuses. Reason? He is a torts believer. He does it the team way. Blocking that shot. Taking the body as often as he can. Despite his short comings – pun intended – he is a torts kind of player and will hav a full time 3rd or 4th line gig with pp time and shootout selection. At least I hope so. Tough break – pun unintended – this time.

  21. duck the bill on

    waiting for Rangers marketing department to call me for: “Callahan is Ranger. That is all™ “

  22. kreider scored??? ot in the lax game……jeez.

    air force needs to win… kreider needs to have a terrible game….

  23. duck the bill on

    eric, have you already made a list of Kreider’s weaknesses? *sorry in advance, sometimes the duckbill can’t control his latent, but acerbic wit (No Serbia)

  24. duck the bill on

    paul in sunrise highway, i do detect a bit of intention in that second pun…there i said it.

  25. ha funny duck bill. kreider is the savior at least he better be as we could have had nash if it wasnt for him

  26. Wow, looks like Kreider wants to win another championship more than play with the Rangers! How dare he! ;-)

  27. orr

    yes def surprising but first this just shows first is there objective. who knows how it turns out. leafs have lost 8 in a row at home

  28. Anyone who caught the end of Devs/Leafs last night will know how postively GASSED the leafs were- they not only didn’t have a shot on goal in the ot they barely had a shot at the goal! I was wondering whether they’d get any shots in the shootout- and then they get 3 for 3 by Brodeur. My point is- I don’t want to see another team tonite that appears to have more jump than the Rangers- if that’s the case there’s a really big issue with the season taking its toll.

  29. Onecupin72yearsandcounting on

    Hank has been normal or sub par since the flu bug.. depends on the half full/empty theory.

    Finishing in less than first place would be a dagger.

  30. A little surprised to see Hank in net….I guess the do want points, what a surprise :-) But I think he also wants him to rebound and get his confidence back….

  31. Pen for Kreider to sign his ELS after BC loses today? -$2.50
    Private jet rental with landing clearance in Toronto this evening? – $2,500
    Dressing as #20 for the 3rd tonite and scoring the winning goal? – priceless

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Top 4 teams in the Atlantic are the top 4 teams in the east. Yet, they will be seeded 1,4,5, and 6. It doesnt seem fair. I don’t like it.

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If the rangers can’t beat the leaves tonight we are in deep carcillo. The leaves have mailed their season in.

  34. I heard tonight’s contest is for Carp to come to your house to make a pot of “gravy” (sauce for you non-Italians) and meatballs.
    Ranger 5, leafs 3. GWG Gaborik. Rangers 33 Leafs 29

  35. The only “must” for tonight is for me to have medium wings at the bar I’m watching the game at. the hot ones give me agita.

  36. Gonna hit the town tonight heads. New Rochelle is gonna hear from us! I will channel Greg l. And Miami and Lloyd Braun(Sean Avery) as well as lw tiki and Orr. Since all of you embody how all of us feel. We love these guys with all of our hearts yet the loss hurts. Tonight there will be no loss. Tonight the nn will recede, ebb if you will. Tonight the broadway blueshirts go over 100 points for tge seventh time in history! Oh by the way go new to hockey!’. Coach cliff is a hartnelling carcillo laden Cooke head

  37. for the record, Maple Leaf’s is actually grammatically correct. Not sure whether that’s been established on here already…

  38. I know that I’m in minority here, but what really makes me nervous and uneasy, is unbelievable and unwarranted expectation here for Kreider. I just hope coaching staff doesn’t share this notion. First of all, regardless of him being formally signed or not now( it is just a tactical financial incentive tool), I do NOT believe he will play, unless team become really and physically out of forwards, got desperate and will take a risk. Still, common hockey sense tells us, that it is safer to pick up next recommended best from Hartford. Secondly, of course, everybody know few cases of college players going directly to NHL, but it takes either *exceptional* talent, for which, quite honestly, watching him this year live and on TV, I have my reservations, or again, team’s desperation and willingness to take a risk, which IMO is not the case with Rangers. Kreider, is, no doubt, very good, gifted guy, with excellent personal features (i.e. size, skate) and like everybody else young in a game, deserves patience and thorough work to make him ready for NHL. In other words – to make rough diamond to brilliant shiner.

  39. eddie eddie eddie on

    5 greatest players ever to play in the NHL:

    1. TGO
    2. Mark Messier
    3. Maurice Richard
    4. Sean Avery

  40. duck the bill on

    i think the rangers feel they have rested Hank sufficiently this season, and want to get him into playoff form and stop the chicanery of playing Biron, the man who has a website about horses. NOt to be confused with a Man Called Horse.

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