Bruins at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, Apr. 1, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 50-21-7 (107 pts)
Bruins: 46-28-4 (96 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 30

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 50-21-7 (107 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 4-1, on Friday at Madison Square Garden for their 50th win of the season. New York extended its winning streak to four games, and has won six of the last seven games. The Bruins enter the contest with a 46-28-4 (96 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won six of the last eight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Apr. 3, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.

* All-Time: 247-281-97-2 overall (142-118-55-0 at home; 105-163-42-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at MSG. New York is 3-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road) following a 4-3 win on Mar. 4 at MSG. The Rangers have out-scored the Bruins, 10-5, including a 4-1 advantage in the third period and overtime. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-5 (40.0%), while their penalty kill has held the Bruins scoreless in eight shorthanded situations. Marian Gaborik leads the team with three goals and four points, while Michael Del Zotto and Brad Richards have each tallied a team-high, three assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 3-0-0 with a 1.62 GAA, .954 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.
* The Rangers enter the contest with a five-game winning streak against the Bruins, and have won nine of their last 11 meetings
* Henrik Lundqvist has started in 23 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
* New York ranks fifth with a 27-10-2 (56 pts) record at home; Boston ranks fourth with a 23-15-1 (47 pts) mark on the road
* The Rangers are 11-7-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Bruins are 11-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists no former Bruins on their roster
* Boston lists two former Rangers on their roster: Mike Mottau (2000-01 – 2001-02); Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
* Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 19-5-2, 1.51 GAA, 6 SO
* Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
* Brad Richards — 33 GP, 7-22-29
* Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 5-6-11
* Michael Del Zotto — 9 GP, 2-4-6

The Rangers’ power play has tallied four goals in the last two games (4-9, 44.4% over the span), and are 9-38 (23.7%) in the last 11 games. New York’s penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in six of the last seven games (16-18, 88.9% over the span), and are 41-46 (89.1%) in the last 16 games. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 24-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 34-12-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play attempts (6:24) on Friday vs. Montreal. New York ranks 25th overall (40-262, 15.3%) and is tied for 18th at home (23-140, 16.4%). 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 Canadiens scoreless in three shorthanded situations (6:00) on Friday at MSG. New York ranks fifth overall (213-246, 86.6%) and is tied for fifth at home (97-113, 85.8%). The Rangers are 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Friday vs. Montreal. The Rangers are plus-seven in 80 four-on-four situations (145:47), 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 Blueshirts have skated in 14 of 15 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (8-6-0)
* Henrik Lundqvist is 7-4-0 with a 2.43 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 seven goals and 13 points
* Brad Richards has tallied 12 points against Original Six opponents this season, including a team-high, eight assists
* Michael Del Zotto leads all team defensemen in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) against Original Six opponents this season
* New York has posted a record of 54-31-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 20-5-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .619 win% over the span ranks second, trailing Detroit (.660, 44-21-7), and ahead of Montreal (.604, 75-47-13), Chicago (.527, 34-30-11), Boston (.522, 62-56-20), and Toronto (.493, 57-59-19).

16 of the last 20 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 10-4-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

New York continues to climb the team’s all-time single season wins and points lists, currently sitting in a tie for second in wins and ranking fourth in points. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. 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.

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

Season  Points
1993-94 112
1970-71 109
1971-72 109
2011-12 107
1991-92 105
1972-73 102
2005-06 100

Brad Richards ranks second in the NHL with 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) during the month of March, trailing Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin by one point. Marian Gaborik is tied for third in the league with 10 goals and ranks third with 20 points in March.

The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 1st in points (107)
* 1st in win% (.686)
* 1st in wins (50)
* 1st in regulation/overtime wins (46)
* T-2nd in fewest regulation losses (21)
* 3rd in fewest goals against (168)
* 3rd in GAA (2.15)
* 1st in hits (2,316)
* 2nd in blocked shots (1,282)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-38)
* 6th in goal differential (plus-44)

* 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
* The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games this season, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
* New York is 20-2-3 when leading after the first period and 29-0-3 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 .732 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-10-1)
* The Rangers rank second in the league when scoring first, posting a 34-4-3 mark (.829 win%) in those contests

* Henrik Lundqvist — four-game win streak (1.96 GAA, .916 Sv% over the span); has held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of the last eight games (6-2-0, 2.10 GAA, .910 Sv% over the span)
* Brad Richards — four-game assist/point streak (one goal, six assists over the span); 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in the last 13 games
* Marian Gaborik — four-game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span); 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games
* Michael Del Zotto — six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
* Brian Boyle — three goals in the last five games
* Brandon Dubinsky — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games

* Martin Biron — 1 game from 500 NHL career
* Ryan Callahan — 3 points from 200 NHL career

* Henrik Lundqvist — 250th career NHL win (3/28 at WPG)
* Michael Del Zotto — 200th career NHL game (3/30 vs. MTL)

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 54
* Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) — 8
* Mats Zuccarello (injured, 3/23) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 225

* Mar. 29 — Assigned defenseman Tim Erixon to Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. First!
    Very strange feeling pulling for the Flyers right now with Pittsburgh up, and thanking the Islanders for their efforts…

  2. Almost Carp’d, but not!!

    Hold the phone. Whoever this Mana is, is skeded to play MSG on the 11th….so what does that mean? Tony got tickets for that date already!!! Does Mana moved to mañana???

  3. As much as I would love for Doc -to have his vocal chords paralyzed- to act like a semi normal human being, itd be astonishing if he could simply keep his mouth shut for more than 3.6 seconds.

    Mama!!! Why in heaven were u up at 3 in the morning? I hope whomever had u up that early was worth it!! ;)

  4. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    unreal!! Seriously carp???

    Of ourse…April Fools…why the fugg not! I got carped!!


    Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where’s my pineapple?! April 1st, 2012 at 1:14 pm
    Morning ILB and all!!

    I would love to know the secret of all the symbols form the last thread!!

    Hilarious my friend…HILARIOUS!!!

    I don’t think the rangers let bickel go, just a hunch but he seems to be on good terms with the coach and I would expect the rangers to re sign him despite all of their D depth!

    speaking of bickel…not sure if everyone saw this on woywitka—-> earlier, but great article and also good on clutterbuck at the end of the article

    Do we have a line up yet for tonight?? c’mon john scott!!

  5. Hi Wicky! Thanks for sharing that link. Good on Clutterbuck.

    Mama… WTB were you talking about earlier?

  6. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    Does anyone else remember if it is the episode where peterman goes to Burma that my call sign is from? I think it is (sad, I can’t remember)

  7. Wicky©No pears, No apples, Where's my pineapple?! on

    hey girl!! You are welcome.

    and the credit goes to woywitka—>, I just reposted it!!

  8. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Carp April 1st, 2012 at 1:08 pm
    True Fans, with Biron in goal and Woywitka on defense.

    This is true – although it would be nice if Rangers repeated the performance of the Lightning (vs. Philthy?) few years back playing their A-lineup for game 82 [and then i believe going to finals, minus the losing in finals part].

  9. Sigh. The home-ice post is on your FB wall. Whatever. I think today the whole joke is on me and my addled brain.

  10. Did Milbury just say something about the “entrée into the zone”?

    Sounds like a play Brodeur would draw up.

  11. Paul Holmgren is looking like a genius after that Mike Richards trade.

    Richards – 17 Goals, 41 Points

    Simmonds – 27 Goals, 48 Points

    Voracek – 15 Goals, 43 Points

    Then you have Schenn with 11 Goals, 16 Points at age 20. A lot of potential.

    Kings lose.

  12. Rooting for the flyers is making me a little nauseous. I have to keep telling myself to focus on the big picture:)

  13. JimboWoodside on

    Wow!!! *Mr.* Snider must have told his boys that if they lost on national TV today that he would trade them all to Columbus or the Icelanders!!

    Pens don’t look so invincible lately…

  14. Jimbo, the thing I have most enjoyed about the last few games has been seeing some of the teams/players look less daunting. Cindy losing to islanders twice, miller letting in some goals…

    I’m glad we are looking more like the rangers of midseason!

    Also, I don’t have words to explain how much I dislike Cindy.

  15. JimboWoodside on

    Yes, Winston! I also think it is interesting that Philly is not playing Bryzgalov – he got that busted bone in his foot, and hasn’t played since, even though they initially said that he’d only be out a day or two. He may not be ready for the post season, for all we know.

    Another Flys goal!! MAF is not looking to good eaither!

  16. Flyers up 5-2 on Penguins. It looks like Rangers can wrap up the Conference title with Two More Points tonight.

  17. Carp I remember your April Fool’s thread a year ago about Tampa Bay not being able to to play the makeup game due to a power outage and Philly needing that game to get into the playoffs if it’s not played and I posted it in a hockey thread and Flyers fans went NUTS. lol it was a good one.

  18. JimboWoodside on

    I’d rather be in our position right now – much more than any other team in the division!

  19. So, now, does that penalty still count? Because they should revert back to the time the goal was scored, and so either A) the penalty hadn’t been committed or B) it was a goal on a delayed penalty.

  20. JimboWoodside on

    Cindy is very good with his mouth!!! Maybe that’s why he’s such a favoritewith his teammates in the dressing room!

  21. The C on Cindy’s jersey and the A on Malkin’s jersey definitely stand for things other than captain and Altermate.

  22. Hahaha Pierre looked like he was going to pee his pants caught in the middle there!

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Simmonds had his face caved in by a puck last night – no way he should be scrapping at all today.

  24. A few weeks ago it started to look like the rangers were going to relinquish first place. What has transpired in the past week couldn’t be better for the rangers. The Pens lose to the Islanders twice and today to the Flyers and now you have the flyers and pens playing each other in the first round. Those two teams are going to beat the crap out of each other and I can’t wait.

  25. well they will be playing each other in the first round of the playoffs, so that series should be fun…

  26. That was a super clean hit. The fact that it was against that little punk Briere makes it even more enjoyable.

  27. Are the officials conspiring about how they can give Cindy a 5 on 1 power play for the rest of the game?

  28. So, the hated rivals in the Atlantic Division have helped the Rangers, except for the Devils. Yeah, I really hate that bankrupt bunch.

  29. boxcareddiehospodar on

    How cruel is this world.

    A flyers coach complaining about a goon line on the ice at the end of a game.

    The penguins defense is just horrible.

  30. JimboWoodside on

    >>>So, the hated rivals in the Atlantic Division have helped the Rangers, except for the Devils. Yeah, I really hate that bankrupt bunch.

    Yes!!! All our other enemies have been very good to us, except for those swamp-rat bastages! Put them into receivership!

  31. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    That was a great ending – timonen said to Pierre – “can’t wait for next Saturday” – that is going to be an ugly first round series. Let’s hope it goes 7 and the winner black and blue

  32. Arron Asshat got at least one pinch in on Schenn (I think) while he was held back by the linesman.

    Bit rich of Laviolette to get in such a state about an opponent icing a fourth line in the last minute (especially as the hit by Vitale was clean). Nothing a Flyers coach would ever dream of doing, of course…

  33. JimboWoodside on

    >>>A flyers coach complaining about a goon line on the ice at the end of a game.

    Carp, as boxcar said, after the 6th Flys goal, Bylsma put out a goon line, and one of the goons leveled Briere (which was a clean hit, but a really nice one!) and the Flys bench went nuts!!

  34. Eddie eddie Eddie on

    A ranger win clinching first over all and John Scott vs Lucic and this could be a lovely day.

  35. JimboWoodside on

    *Mr.* Snider just called Toronto to tell them not to even think about any disciplinary action against his team for all the crap at the end of the game – to quote the Godfather:

    *”I own your Goddamn league now, you stupid backward Canucks – just shut up or I’ll pull your games off the air”*

  36. JimboWoodside on

    ORR, you’re probably right, but it was good seeing Cindy get “disrespected” that way.. and his overreaction was nice to see!

  37. JimboWoodside on

    Wow!! Wang of the Fishsticks says that both Capuano and Snow will be back next season – that’s very good news for all the other teams in the league – hilarity ensues!!!

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

    Please get me a link to the nastiness at the end of the game someone, I’m at work


  39. CraigWeather on

    Fingers crossed for a Panthers win against the Wings right now- By a show of bonehands, who wants them for a 1st round matchup?

  40. cant wait till the playoffs, that was fun!! any chance tonights game turns into that?

  41. CraigWeather on

    Woops, I meant Panthers need to lose tonight and have the caps pass em’. Freaking detroit… Do your job. They then play winnipeg (not ideal) and then the Caps.

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

    Awesome, thanks

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

    Thanks sir!!!!

  44. Just noticed that Hartnell (who I can’t stand), actually does a decent thing and doesn’t jump the boards to save Simmonds face, but gets a ref’s attention and directs ref to the beat-down Simmonds was getting!

    Pen’s vs. Flyers in first round funny. I might have catch some of next Saturday’s game, rooting for these two to beat the crap outta one another seems more natural that rooting for a fishstick 2fer.

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

    Wow Simmonds picked the wrong fighter, engelland is the most underrated fighter in the league

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