Rangers at Jets tonight

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at WINNIPEG JETS
Wednesday, Mar. 28, 7:00 p.m.
MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Rangers: 48-21-7 (103 pts)
Jets: 35-33-8 (78 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 27

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to conclude their final back-to-back set of the season. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 48-21-7 (103 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, last night at Xcel Energy Center, and have won four of the last five games. The Jets enter the contest with a 35-33-8 (78 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of the last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, Mar. 30, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

RANGERS vs. JETS:
* All-Time: 22-15-1-9 overall (9-9-1-5 at home; 13-6-0-4 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at MTS Centre. New York is 3-0-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 win on Jan. 24 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Jets, 8-1, including a pair of 3-0 victories at MSG. The Rangers power play is 3-15 (20.0%), while the penalty kill has held the Jets scoreless in seven shorthanded situations. Marian Gaborik (two goals, one assist), Ryan Callahan (two goals, one assist), Derek Stepan (one goal, two assists), and Michael Del Zotto (three assists) are tied for the team lead with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .980 Sv% and one shutout.
* Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided by two goals or less, including a 3-2 shootout win on Jan. 22 at Atlanta. Brian Boyle led the Rangers with two goals in the series, and Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-2-0 mark with a 2.61 GAA in three games.
* The Rangers’ 2-1 victory on Oct. 24 was the team’s first win in Winnipeg since a 5-4 victory against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 21, 1992
* New York ranks third with a 22-11-5 (49 pts) record on the road; Winnipeg ranks ninth with a 23-12-4 (50 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 14-2-2 vs. the Southeast Division; the Jets are 6-9-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists no former Jets on their roster
* Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. JETS:
* Henrik Lundqvist — 20 GP, 8-5-6, 2.12 GAA, 2 SO
* Martin Biron — 20 GP, 8-11-0-0, 3.02 GAA, 4 SO
* Brad Richards — 49 GP, 18-36-54
* Marian Gaborik — 16 GP, 10-9-19
* Michael Del Zotto — 9 GP, 1-7-8

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 5-29 (17.2%) in the last nine games, while the penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 10 of the last 14 games (33-38, 86.8.7%) and are 38-44 (86.4%) in the last 16 contests. The Rangers are tied for eighth 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 32-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) last night at Minnesota. New York ranks 29th overall (36-253, 14.2%) and ranks 27th on the road (15-117, 12.8%). 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 surrendered two goals to the Wild in two shorthanded situations (1:34) last night at Minnesota. New York ranks fifth overall (205-238, 86.1%) and seventh on the road (111-128, 86.7%). 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 at Minnesota. The Rangers are plus-seven in 79 four-on-four situations (145:31), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers will conclude their 14th and final back-to-back set tonight at Winnipeg. New York has posted a combined record of 18-4-5 in back-to-back games, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 9-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 3-2-2 on the road) mark in the second. Since 2009-10, New York is 30-10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 15-7-3 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 58 times in his career, posting a record of 37-14-7 with a 1.84 GAA, .934 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers have posted a record of 6-1-1 in the second game of back-to-backs when opening the set with a win.

PLACE IN TEAM HISTORY
New York continues to climb the team’s all-time single season wins and points lists, currently sitting in a tie for fourth in wins and ranking fifth in points. The Rangers eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time in franchise history with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Saturday. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.

SINGLE SEASON WINS
Season  Wins
1993-94 52
1991-92 50
1970-71 49
2011-12 48
1971-72 48
1972-73 47

SINGLE SEASON POINTS
Season  Points
1993-94 112
1970-71 109
1971-72 109
1991-92 105
2011-12 103
1972-73 102
2005-06 100

WORKING OVERTIME
The Rangers have posted a record of 8-2 in games decided in overtime (excluding shootouts) this season. Their eight overtime wins are tied with Tampa Bay for first in the league this season, and represent a new team record. The Blueshirts broke their previous record of six (1999-00, 2002-03) with a 4-3 overtime win on Mar. 11 vs. NYI. Marian Gaborik leads the team and ranks second in the NHL with a career-high (tied), three overtime goals, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the Rangers and is tied for third in the league with a career-high, two overtime goals. Brad Richards, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh have also tallied one power play goal apiece.

MARCHING INTO THE PLAYOFFS
Brad Richards ranks second in the NHL with 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) during the month of March, trailing Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin by two points. Marian Gaborik is tied for second in the league with nine goals and fourth with 16 points in March.

MEASURING UP:
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 2nd in points (103)
* 2nd in win% (.678)
* T-1st in wins (48)
* T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (44)
* T-2nd in fewest regulation losses (21)
* 3rd in fewest goals against (165)
* 3rd in GAA (2.17)
* 1st in hits (2,267)
* 4th in blocked shots (1,240)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-37)
* 6th in goal differential (plus-39)

QUICK HITS:
* 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 Mar. 19 vs. NJD (game #72); The last time the Blueshirts clinched a playoff berth that early was in 1991-92, when New York clinched on Mar. 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 19-2-3 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 .718 win% when out-shooting their opponent (28-10-1)
* The Rangers rank second in the league when scoring first, posting a 33-4-3 mark (.825 win%) in those contests

THE HOT LIST:
* Brad Richards — 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in the last 17 games; 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 11 games
* Marian Gaborik — six goals in the last nine games; 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the last 10 games
* Brandon Dubinsky — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* Ryan McDonagh — three assists in the last six games
* Dan Girardi — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last eight games
* Anton Stralman — five assists in his last eight games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
* Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career

INJURIES:
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 52
* Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 6
* Mats Zuccarello (injured, 3/23) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 219

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  1. Manny March 28th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I don’t know about that, Carp. Even at our best this season the Sens got the best of us twice. Once when we came back down to earth.

    This is the point about hockey – it’s a crap shoot. Every team is good. Every team can win.

  2. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    Tiki XLII XLVI March 28th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I think this team handles anybody in the 1st round. Best 4 of 7. No team in 1st round is gonna outwork, outhustle, outskill us in 4 of 7 games.

  3. Many people have been Manny’d, Tiki. You are not the first and you are not the last!

  4. What happened in the regular season means absolutely nothing the playoffs. You want the team that is least equipped to win a playoff series.

    For us the order should be Florida, Ottawa, Buffalo, Washington, Boston, New Jersey, Philly, Pitt

  5. That’s the point, Carp. They are silent when there is a real injury. If there wasn’t they would say, “he’s fine.” Maybe not. Maybe I am just, “the king of wishful thinking.” (Go West)

  6. Deep inside I want them to play Washington. I think they have enough confidence this year to realise they are finally a better team. And they are capable to handle them without any doubt. And if they do beat them in the first round, it could give them enough confidence to go deep this year….

  7. You’re fine, Tony. You’re fighting the battle against Nicotine. Flower knows nothing of your struggles.

  8. Also, Tony. Like Mitch Hedberg says: “I know how hard it is to stop smoking. It’s equally hard to start flossing.”

  9. Tony, there’s another pile of carcillo on that roster that I wish would fall down an even steeper, longer, concrete staircase.

  10. Jeez, what’s with you today, folks? Be nice….
    Back to work, trying to finish everything so I can make it gor Go Time!

  11. I want Buffalo — they will be exhausted/spent after this run, and Miller will
    come back to earth, and Erhoff is hurt, and Roy will keep falling down (with
    the puck on his stick in the slot).

  12. What is with these lower (or higher) numbers!!!!! Stop the bad karma or I will noose you!!!

    How about we just toss them of the GWB? Less clean up, feeding the river life….it’s all good. (Sorry ilb)

  13. So if the rangers finish first, they would play #8 and then if they win it would be either #3 or 6, correct?

    While if they came in 4th, they would play philly and then #3 or 7 ?

    I lik pitt playing Philly first ;)

  14. I’d love to take some sweet revenge on the Caps…but recent memories simply don’t help all that much.

    I’d VERY much love to see the Rangers beat the Pens in a playoff series…but I’m also TERRIFIED at the thought of how many calls are gonna go the Pens’ way come playoff time. We all know Buttman wants his boy to win this year.

  15. All this speculation is making me thirsty, and very hard for Tony to get tickets for his NY trip….

  16. Which reminds me, Tony is coming back home! yay!!!! Though, I’m more excited to see Rose from AZ again :)

  17. I think the pecking order goes like this: If the Rangers and Dolan’s precious Knicks are playing, the Knicks get MSG. And if the Islanders or Devils are playing, MSG likes to keep them on MSG2, as if that’s their home station … trying to create an identity hoping that more than three people will watch.

    The Rangers get pushed over to plus in those cases.

  18. what a story for butttman to tell: wonderboy overcomes a potentially career ending injury to lead mario’s minions to the stanley cup. (just threw up in my mouth a lot)

  19. septemous, they re-seed in the NHL. So if the Rangers finish first they will play the lowest remaining seed next, then the lowest remaining seed after that.

    then the Western winner. Then the parade.

  20. Carp, that order is tremendously wrong.

    Tiki, carcillo happens…..I am unbannable….I am mama!!!!

  21. “@PensInsideScoop: #Pens coach Bylsma: Fleury not pulled for health reasons -SK”

  22. Shore….thanks for the diet plan. Now I don’t want dinner.
    Parade!!!! Krisy promises she ‘ll fly in alone just for that!!!!

  23. It would be great if Philly and Pitt play each other in the first round so one of them gets knocked out. Also great if the winner of that series plays Boston in the 2nd round (would the seeding work that way?), so another one gets knocked out. Those are the 3 big birds we’d have to contend with, and it would be great to only need 1 stone.

    Of course, Florida could always go on a Cinderella run and sweep everyone en route to a 16-0 playoffs.

  24. Sally lost? *RIGGED*

    Tiki has a point – impersonation is grounds for banishment. I think you should hold Court, Carp. Maybe have an evidentiary hearing on this matter.

  25. Magic number to win Div (and Conference) is 9 pts. Even if Pit wins out, we can go 4-1-1 and grab the #1 spot. Don’t think any of us thought in Oct this was even a possibility.
    Fire Sather/Torts and bring back Renney, Prucha, Grachev, Dawes, Korpo (whatever the F that guys name is) and all the other scrubs thoses of you who complained about getting rid of!

  26. so i had it backwards…plus is the one that, at least on my cable system, which is comcast, is damn near impossible to watch…..picture looks like it looked when Nevin was the captain…so aggravating

  27. Johnny LaRue on

    If you want a lawyer call Shellbach, but not today because he already left for his tennis lesson.

  28. Carp will never ban me, not only cause I’m so fab, but I can keep him from any future Melkehjerter, and he could abide by that… :)

  29. Tiki XLII XLVI on

    No, you cant keep him from Melkehjerter! I had a box to give him when I was with Jul Fozzy, but I was so out of it, I forgot to give it to him. But I can be his future importer/exporter of Melkehjerter!

  30. Tony and Carp,
    I’m not as good personas you, guys, are and will go further for assuredness of result, so, I wish, to paraphrase you, that flight of armored concrete stairs fell down on both carsillos: carsillo flower and carsillo cooke, pardon my tautology. No regrets among spectators.

  31. ahh
    thanks for the info Carp.

    In a way I’d rather play the #2 or #3 seed as they are weakest.

    I think baby buffalos will be tanked when they hit the playoffs – like the rags the last couple years when they scrambled to get in!

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    CARPED!

    “ps, if I were you guys, I’d want Florida. The Panthers’ record is a complete sham with six shootout wins and 15 other Bettman Bonus Points for losing.”

    Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be feasible option. The Caps have squandered too many games to catch them. Of the three 7-9 teams, I would rank the order I would want to play them in thusly:

    1) Washington
    2) Ottawa
    3) Buffalo

    But in truth, they all worry me. We match up so much better against Boston and Philly, even though those teams would take a lot out of us for the second round.

  33. Johnny LaRue on

    I got tickets to a rock concert and sat right next to the speaker. Some woman’s idea of a joke. I think the band was Metalli-something.

  34. I miss you too, Mama. We have to convince ilb., for another summer “initiative”, unless he and Mrs. had a hidden deep disappointment with event.You are pretty busy lately, but it is good stuff, right?

  35. Johnny LaRue on

    Huh? I like the jumble. Hey Carp that paper you work for, do they ever put out a book of jumbles?

  36. I saw that collision Fluery had and because of that collision it wouldn’t surprise me Fluery got a concussion out of it.

  37. Manny, I’m not saying he has a concussion or have I heard that he has a concussion. I’m just saying it wouldn’t surprise me if Fleury got concussed because he got drilled and it appeared he took a shot to the head.

  38. Actually, based on what I saw and Fleury’s pattern of behavior after collision, it looked more like what they call “lower body” injury. But no need for guess work – we will know pretty soon…

  39. every game’s a must-win here, Lev, for a team that sucks so badly that it’s 4-1 in its last five and holding off a team that went 11-0-1 or whatever it was.

    Tony, don’t forget the cost of pants. You’ll need those to get into the Garden.

  40. Tonight is going to be a tough game for the rangers. The Jets play really well at home because apparently the atmosphere is electrifying and the jet players feed off of the crowd. Rangers better bring there A game or it could be a long night.

  41. Johnny LaRue on

    I have some time now that I’ve got my intern from NYU. It was all these menial tasks keeping me preoccupied.

  42. Seriously, I, personally, lower my expectations before PO and am now pretty calm. Rangers already made my season, quite honestly. Everything else, any success beyond first round of PO for me is a Bonus. Relax and enjoy a ride. Entertaining emotions and sober, calculated analyses added by taste.

  43. Yeah, that place is so tough that the Jets lost their last two home games to Ottawa (6-4) and Carolina (4-3).

    Johnny, does he mend chicken wire?

  44. 4ever, that’s been my point all along. yes, you’ll all be disappointed whenever they lose, if they lose, in the playoffs. But how can you not be thrilled with the six months this team has given you?

  45. I’m happy and agree, everything else is topping on the cake, sort of speak. I would be disappointed if the rangers didn’t at least make it to the second round. I feel to take the next step with this team they should at least make it to the second round.

  46. Play bloody Biron. He needs some games, too, so he can be vaguely prepared if catastrophe occurs.

  47. Carp, I understand they lost to those teams you mentioned but this is the rangers, one of the top teams in the league which seems to motivate the lower level teams to play well so i expect the jets to come out flying tonight.

  48. I know, tomg, I was just kidding. that place is difficult, very loud, and the Jets have a very good home record.

    Chris, if that catastrophe occurs, it won’t matter how prepared Biron is.

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

    So did I win the contest?

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

    Rupp vs thorburn???

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

    Sallycrepes??

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

    Ha ha hattie

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

    And a bag lady!!!

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

    Manny
    Your request from a couple days ago will be upcoming shortly. ;)

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