Devils at Rangers Game 1 tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Semifinals, Game 1
Monday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers (Regular Season): 51-24-7 (109 pts), 1st in East
Devils (Regular Season): 48-28-6 (102 pts), 6th in East
* All information through NHL games on May 11

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils  at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m.; TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN Radio), in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. New York is coming off a 2-1 win on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, in Game 7 of their Conference Semifinal series against the Washington Capitals. The Blueshirts improved to 5-0 all-time in Game 7s played at MSG, and 38-28 in potential series clinchers as they advanced to the Conference Final for the first time since 1997. The Rangers enter the contest with a 206-222-8 record all-time in 436 playoff contests (115-86-2 at home; 91-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 43-47-5 record all-time in Game 1 of playoff series.

New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.

* Overall — 206-222-8
* Home — 115-86-2
* Away — 91-136-6
* Goals for — 1,204
* Goals against — 1,198

The Rangers and Devils are meeting in the playoffs for the sixth time overall and the third time in seven years. Their last postseason encounter was in the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, a series won by the Rangers, 4-1. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 4-1 playoff series record vs. the Devils, posting a 16-12 mark in 28 postseason contests.

* All-Time (Regular Season): 101-84-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-54-7-4 on the road)
* 2011-12: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists and eight points in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron made 26 saves in his only appearance (4-3 shootout loss).
* Thirteen of their last 17 regular season meetings have been decided by two goals or less
* The Blueshirts have seven players with previous playoff experience against the Devils, led by Brad Richards (11 GP) who has registered three goals and eight assists against New Jersey entering the series
* New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)

* Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-5, 1.79 GAA, 6 SO
* Brad Richards — 38 GP, 5-28-33
* Marian Gaborik — 24 GP, 8-12-20
* Ryan Callahan — 25 GP, 7-9-16
* Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14

* Power Play:  The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (3:38) in Game 7, and are now 9-57 (15.8%) in 14 playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in five-on-three situations (0:40; last – 4/23 at OTT), and 0-1 while skating four-on-three (0:30; last – 4/23 at OTT). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing:  The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in one shorthanded situation (1:38) in Game 7, and are now 38-46 (82.6%) in 14 playoff contests. New York is 1-1 in three-on-five situations (0:33; last – 4/28 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals for (0).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:22) in Game 7. The Rangers are plus-one in nine four-on-four situations (10:22). Four-on-four goals for (1): Richards (4/30 vs. WSH). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).

The Rangers have won their last seven playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage, including a 4-3 series win against New Jersey in the 1994 Conference Final.

New York has posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Rangers won the opening game.

The Rangers advanced to the Conference Final behind a pair of 2-1 Game 7 victories, defeating the Ottawa Senators in their Conference Quarterfinal series and the Washington Capitals in the Conference Semifinals. New York remains undefeated in Game 7s played at MSG, having posted a record of 5-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 5-5 all-time in Game 7s, with eight of the 10 games being decided by one goal. Head Coach John Tortorella is 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, with the final score of all five contests being 2-1.

The Rangers won their 100th victory all-time against the New Jersey Devils franchise on Feb. 27. The Blueshirts held the Devils to a season-low, 13 shots against in the 2-0 victory, the fewest shots allowed by the Rangers in a game since they held Calgary to 11 shots on goal on Jan. 19, 1981 at MSG. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils in the regular season since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 Sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.

Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.

Eleven of the Rangers’ 14 playoff games have been decided by one goal, including four that were decided in OT. The other three games were decided by two goals. The Blueshirts and Capitals were separated by one goal in six of seven games, with two games requiring OT, and were tied or separated by one goal for 91.1% of the total playing time in the series.

The team that scored the first goal of the game in the Rangers’ Semifinal series against the Capitals was undefeated. Overall, New York has tallied the game’s first goal in nine games during the playoffs, posting a record of 7-2 in those contests.

New York leads the league with 486 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 11 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 63), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 47), Brandon Prust (T-6th, 45), Brian Boyle (9th, 42), and Dan Girardi (T-11th, 40).

The Rangers rank second in the NHL with 267 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (47) and Ryan McDonagh (39) who rank first and second in the league, respectively. The Blueshirts also have three forwards who rank in the top six in blocked shots among forwards, including Ryan Callahan (2nd, 23), Ruslan Fedotenko (3rd, 17) and Brad Richards (6th, 15).

Brad Richards’ goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation in Game 5 was the latest game-tying goal scored by the Rangers in the playoffs in franchise history, and the sixth game-tying goal tallied by the Blueshirts in the final minute of regulation all-time in the playoffs. Below is a complete list of last minute, game-tying goals by the Rangers in postseason action.

A few notes on the Rangers’ 2-1 triple OT win in Game 3…
* Was the fifth longest game in franchise history at 114:41
* Marked the seventh time the Rangers skated in a game that required at least three OT periods
* Was the longest Rangers game since Mar. 21, 1939 (119:25, 2-1 loss vs. Boston)
* Was the second longest game resulting in a win for the Rangers all-time (Mar. 26, 1932; 119:32, 4-3 win at Montreal)
* The last triple OT game for the Rangers was a 3-2 win vs. Chicago on Apr. 29, 1971, in Game 6 of their Semifinals series at MSG. Pete Stemkowski tallied the GWG at 1:29 of triple OT to send that series into a Game 7.
* Was the longest NHL game since May 4, 2008, when Dallas defeated San Jose, 2-1, at 9:03 of the fourth OT*
* The last NHL game that required at least three OT periods was on Apr. 22, 2010, when Ottawa’s Matt Carkner tallied the GWG at 7:06 of the third OT in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh*
*courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Rangers rookie Chris Kreider notched his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, and added his first career assist in Game 1. He became the youngest Rangers player to record two points in a playoff game since Niklas Sundstrom on May 11, 1996, and the first Blueshirt rookie to register a multi-point effort in the postseason since Brandon Dubinsky on May 1, 2008. Kreider is tied for first in the NHL with two game-winning goals in the playoffs, and is the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs.

Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 14 times, posting a 7-7 record with a 1.69 GAA, .948 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.

The Rangers organization is the only to have had both NHL and AHL teams advance to the second round of their respective league’s playoffs. The Rangers’ AHL affiliate, Connecticut Whale, lost to Norfolk, 4-2, in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 14
* Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 14
* Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 7
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 45

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  1. Lloyd Braun on

    really excited for tonight but holy crap has my bank account taken a beating at the hands of Madison Square Garden in the past few weeks

  2. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Carp, you said a Parise sucks chant would be played out. If anything, I expect Kovy sucks on the 17 minute mark. While I agree that it would be stupid, I think if they still did the Ovi sucks chant that it would be HILARIOUS. Alfie would be even funnier.

  3. Lloyd Braun on


    no question that I’m going to support the team no matter, but having spent nearly what I spent on tickets for the full season in the span of about three weeks is just ouch.

  4. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    Lloyd, part of me is glad that I have to share playoff tickets with my group. Eases the burden on my conscience that I’m not there and on my wallet for not buying tickets.

  5. Lloyd Braun on


    would you mind explaining your arrangement? I’m not familiar…

  6. czechthemout!!!! on

    Really excited for the game tonight! I had a chance to get two seats sec 338 row c seat 1-2 for150 a piece but turned it down. I have not seen a playoff win at MSG since 1986. 2-14 playoff record for me means I will be in front of my TV cheating the boys on.

  7. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    I split season tickets four ways. My brother and I get one ticket each to half the games (we go together so we can go to more games), my father gets two tickets to a quarter of the games, and a friend of our family gets two tickets to the remaining quarter.

    So in any round, I can only go to 2 or 3 (if for some reason somebody can’t use their tickets) games tops. So I don’t have to have as serious of a battle of support vs. wallet.

    For the records, our family friend has clearly voted “wallet” over support. He sold game 7 last round and is going to sell game 5 this round. I think my dad saw how much cash the other guy made on game 7 and is going to follow suit on game 2 this round. It’s their tickets so my brother and I can’t really say anything to them about it. It’s in the contract I had everyone sign before last season when we first set this arrangement up.

  8. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    CTO, 150 a ticket there is basically face value. Should’ve taken it!

  9. czechthemout!!!! on

    This will be a tough series but for different reasons than most people think.

  10. Very pumped for the game tonight!! The pundits have chosen the devils. Has Barry melrose weighed in yet? Or is he still picking sens in six and caps in seven? The devils are about to find out what all world goaltending looks like!

  11. True Fans Bleed RW&B on


    Did Avery leave the ice with the rest of his teammates at practice today or did he stay afterwards for contact drills with Eminger, MZA, and Woywitka?

  12. will miss the game on tv, listen to in the car.

    let’s go rangers.

    rangers in 6 or 7…rangers d with the puck is better then florida and the flyers, big difference…….

  13. iWicky "Rupp Yours" on

    I think in tribute to Marty, they should count down at every 16 minute mark and then chant Avery lol…or better yet fatso!!!!

  14. This series will be by far hardest for me personally because of my pssionate hatred for D’Evils.

  15. What a shame…I’m biased.
    One of the Bergen county dwellers (old man), while playing backyard game, confessed to me that he would like to marry Marty Bro. and promised to invite me to the wedding if… I declined politely and proceeded further to barf in his huge (the size of Marty’s belly) hockey helmet.
    Hate all D’Evil organ-isa-tion. Period.

  16. boxcareddiehospodar on

    The devils best defender salvatorre would be skating at best on our 3rd pair.

    The devils have no where near the speed of the senators or caps.

    The devils defense has not seen the likes of our forecheck their last series.

    The devils forecheck willnot be able to pin the rangers defense.

    Rangers in 5

  17. Czechthemout!!! on


    I was really tempted. It isn’t the money though. It’s just that I have a lousy record attending playoff games, I guess I maybe a little superstitious.

    I think this series will be tough from the standpoint of physical and offense. The Devils have a good amount of fire power and we are going to have to score more than two goals a game in order to win this series. But I think we should be able to pressure their dmen and hit them very chance we get. They are slow and not to big. They also play small in most cases. This is where guys like Cally, Hags, and Krieder should thrive! They need to get the puck in front and put pucks home or we will have a tough time.

    Our dmen will have to make quick decisions with the puck behind the net because the Devils forwards come hard and fast and force you into turnovers if you don’t make quick decisions.

    Almost forgot. Martina uncle daddy Brodeur is susceptible to bad angle and wrap around plays. Has been for years. They need to take those.

  18. Lloyd Braun on


    ah ok, thanks for clearing that up. I was pretty strongly tempted to sell my game 7 seats against Washington after someone offered me $600 per, but I ended up turning him down. I sold my game 7 seats against Ottawa and was able to use that money to pay for my round 2 tickets, so that was cool.

  19. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Marty’s also susceptible to mediocre wrist shots from above the circles in the dying seconds of an elimination game 7 that his team is leading, and the OTHER Staal learned that the easy way.

  20. Evening gang! I’m ready to down some Devils, but why, oh why does the game start at 8pm???

  21. Good point, Doodie. They should keep doing that with Alfie and Ovie and maybe add one for Marty….I don’t know how you could fit him in.

  22. Is Cam Talbot any good? Trade bait? Biron replacement in a year? Must be fun as hell to be one of those call ups.

  23. Best quote from the live chat: “Comment From soswede does the team know we call it the flowerplay?”

    The flowerplay. Hilarious!

  24. Just read over the chat… again somebody using my name to post… kind of annoying!

  25. Chris F. – Talbot isn’t bad, but he ain’t nearly as good as Biron. He’s been sort of a work in progress, but at 24, I think what you see is what you get with him. I don’t think either he or Johnson is really a viable option to replace Biron. Not at least yet.

  26. I hate Uncle Daddy Fatso! Hope they wipe that smug grin right off of his fat face…




    RANGERS IN 6!!!!

  27. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    “I don’t know how you could fit him in.”

    I don’t know how they fit him in the Arena either

  28. Well 90 minutes to game time. Seems surreal. The rangers are in the eastern conference finals. Best conditioned team in the league. The devils are about to find out!!

  29. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    I think that’s why Turner Construction has all of those cranes outside.

  30. You’re right, Doodie. What really sucks is that WE have to pay for it because they are broke and the NHL isn’t going to pick up the tab on this one. Probably the taxpayers bearing the burden!

  31. LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    is anyone having issues with NBCsportsVERSUSOln like i am? It keeps seizing up

  32. Doodie Machetto, Get well Tony and Miami Pimp on

    ha, well played Manny. See you all at the game!

  33. As much as I dislike Marty as the next person… calling him “fat”/”fatso”/etc is kinda lame.

  34. CARP! sorry for the long delay, had another cheesecake to get in the oven

    gonna get my lucky chips and salsa and settle in for what should be a fine display of athletic abilities

  35. Wow, you’d think the Devils were coming into this series having won the last three Stanley Cups and unbeaten in the last 28 games.

    Seems the Rangers are not getting much in the way of respect. Watching pre-game talk and it feels like it’s all Devils, Devils, Devils

    We had Ottawa shoved down our throats…last round it was all Holtby and Ovechkin…

    Now it’s Marty and the Devils!!!

    Get the job done, boys. Beat the Devils. Beat them on the scoreboard and into the boards.

    Can’t think of another #1 seed getting so little respect.

  36. It’s funny how fans on other sites are poo pooing the rangers’ speed and work ethic. It’s as if they’ve never watched this team play. A lot of them seem to think Sandy McCarthy and Eric Carins are still out on the ice.

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