Rangers at Devils Game 3 today


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Final, Game 3 (Series tied 1-1)
Saturday, May 19, 1:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
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 17

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (1:00 p.m.; TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7FM), in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. The series is tied at one game apiece following the Blueshirts’ 3-2 loss to the Devils in Game 2 on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter the contest with a 207-223-8 record all-time in 438 playoff contests (116-87-2 at home; 91-136-6 on the road). New York has posted a 35-42 record all-time in Game 3 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 — 207-223-8
* Home — 116-87-2
* Away — 91-136-6
* Goals for — 1,209
* Goals against — 1,201

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 17-13 mark in 30 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 had 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

The Rangers are 4-2 in games when out-scoring their opponent on special teams in the playoffs.
* Power Play:  The Rangers tallied two goals in four power play attempts (7:22) in Game 2, and are now 12-65 (18.5%) in the playoffs. 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 surrendered one goal to the Devils in three shorthanded situations (4:37) in Game 2, and are now 44-53 (83.0%) in the playoffs. 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 skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 2. 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.

The Blueshirts have opened six of their last nine playoff series with a win in Game 1. The Rangers’ 3-0 win vs. the Devils on Monday was the 12th shutout by the Rangers in series opening games all-time. New York is 8-3 in playoff series when posting a shutout in Game 1. Overall, the Rangers have posted a 32-11 series record when winning Game 1, including wins in seven of the last eight playoff series in which the Blueshirts won the opening game.

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.

Rookie Chris Kreider notched a power play goal in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final and, in the process, tied the NHL record for most playoff goals (four) and points (six) by a player before skating in a regular season game. In Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals, Kreider recorded two points, including his first goal at Madison Square Garden with the game-winner, to become the youngest Ranger 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 the first New York rookie to register two game-winning goals in the postseason since Mike Allison in the 1981 playoffs. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau

Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 21-save shutout in Game 1 of the Conference Final, moving into a tie with Ed Giacomin and John Ross Roach for third in franchise history with five career playoff shutouts. He also passed Dave Kerr for second on the Rangers’ all-time total shutouts list with 48 in his career (43 regular season, five playoff). In the first round, Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4 at Ottawa, while his 25-save effort in a 3-2 win in Game 6 of that series moved him past Dave Kerr for third all-time with 18 playoff victories.

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.

Rangers defensemen lead the league in playoff scoring with a combined 10 goals and 32 points in 16 games. Dan Girardi leads all defensemen in assists (eight) and points (10), while Marc Staal and Anton Stralman are tied for the lead in defensemen goals with three apiece.

New York leads the league with 560 hits in the playoffs. The Blueshirts have five players ranked in the top 11 in the NHL – Ryan Calahan (1st, 73), Michael Del Zotto (5th, 55), Brian Boyle (7th, 50), Brandon Prust (8th, 47), and Dan Girardi (11th, 45).

The Rangers rank first in the NHL with 309 blocked shots in the playoffs, paced by Dan Girardi (1st, 52), Ryan McDonagh (2nd, 50), Marc Staal (T-6th, 33), and Ryan Callahan (T-9th, 28). Ruslan Fedotenko (19) and Brad Richards (15) also rank third and sixth, respectively in blocked shots among NHL forwards.


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.

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 16
* Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) — 16
* Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 4/26) — 9
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 51

* May 14 — Recalled Cam Talbot, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, Kris Newbury, and Casey Wellman from Connecticut (AHL)

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  1. Your opinion that home ice carries no advantage seems to be refuted by your quoted numbers.

  2. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    If the rangers use extinguishers to exterminate these Devils it will be exciting.

    Morning Papa!

    Good day, Heads.

  3. I think we’ve seen so, what the Devils are made of….I don’t know if we’ve seen that of our NYR yet.

  4. After game one, some were silly in thinking this could be a quick series if we could get game 2 as well. These are the Devils. They have a number of guys on the roster that have been ‘there’. They know how to toughen up and raise their level. Let’s not forget they naturally raise their level against us anyway.

    After game 2, any doubters now know this is a long series. We’ll deal with the impact to us, if we do go on to win this series. But, given how hard we have played to get here and how lacking in depth we are, personally, I don’t see doing well in the cup finals. That’s later. This is now.

    We have to hope our guys can elevate, beat up and tired as they are, with the extra days rest, to where they need to be to win this. The deep fore check of the Devils will make us work hard. They’re not afraid of that, but are their bodies gonna let them do it? Even so, what will be the effect of the hard grind they need to do to beat these guys over the course of a long series.

    IMHO, today is the key game of the two in Newark. I don’t see us, banged up as we are, coming back quickly on Monday night and winning. If we lose today, dammit, we’ll give it our best for sure. But I would expect every guy in our room knows today is the important day. Can they muster it? Do they get the bounces? The calls?

    So, today’s needs to be the focus and the Dev’s know it. They will come out hard and give it all they can.

    It should be a great game.


  5. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    We really gave them something to think about too, renney style. And that’s all that counts.

  6. Going for a nice long run with Mrs. Kassem this beautiful May morning. Hope to get rid of some of this nervous energy!




    RANGERS IN 6!!!

  7. afternoon game on a sunny 78 degree saturday…bah! bah, i say!

    NBC Versus Comcast Network is showing fishing shows tonight. I guess we know where hockey ranks.

  8. True Fans Bleed RW&B on

    Attendance halves for Saturday night games at Newark, plus Barry Melrose doesn’t show up.

  9. Going to wear my BLUE KREIDER t- shirt to the pebble today.


    This is what is inside a typical Devils’ fan right now: Hmmm.. should I watch the Devils or go to the Mall this afternoon?

  10. Judging from the other series this one is going six. I think Gaborik responds and has a good game. I think Krieder gets a point today. And i think after two days off both teams play more physical

  11. Rangers in 6 would be the ultimate blessing. I heard the Kings are taking a quick vacation to Hawaii before the finals if they sweep PHX.

  12. Heading down to Atlantic City today…will be watching the game at the Ego Bar at Trump Taj Mahal. Hey, it worked last weekend with the Caps Game 7! And I walked away with 500 bucks…

    So, tempting fate again! Wonder what the split will be between Devils and Rangers fans down there

    HUGE game today. But I believe the Rangers will give a full 60 minutes and win. Another one goal game for sure, but I feel we win today.

  13. Went to the city to see a concert last nite at Webster hall. Walked from GCT to the easy village in my jersey to see if NY was vibing. Get numerous cool kids to give tge requisite let’s go rangers on tge walk down. Even got an oldster to pound the potato. A guy in a kings jersey was cruising in a convertible. He screamed something unintelligible at me while pointing to his hat. Just have a great feeling today. Boys always bounce back. Expect a huge game from gabby and henrik. Go Rangers

  14. Extra day rest works for torts, mcd, Staal, Danny and Hank. I expect the best game from us and at least one very bad goalie on the fat French frog,he has been lucky, today his luck runs out. 5000 ranger fans in the rock, what do ya think?

  15. Viewing party at my place (if anyone happens to be in the greatest non-American city in the U.S.)

    Ps. Great job NHL – Thanks for scheduling this game so that it overlaps with the Champions League Final … morons.

  16. Here we go again. gonna have to dvr the game, son’s karate black belt test at noon, baseball at 3. LGR.

  17. Sioux-per-man on

    Great Day for a Ranger Win!!!

    The pebble will feel lIke a home game with all the blue in the building!!!

    Time for Gabby to hey out of the dog house and score some goals.


  18. I don’t doubt they will give their full effort. It may come down to a little more than that. The Devils, at least so far, have been able to turn large pieces of both games to their advantage tactically. Their weakness is their defense, which will buckle hard and often if pinned in their own zone. In fact, even if the puck possession is split 50-50 between two teams- advantage Rangers. On the other hand, they know if they can spend enough time in our zone, they will able to score enough. And they are achieving so far by not allowing NY to get out of their zone easy. The puck sent around the boards to clear the zone, as well as to advance the attack is being pressured immediately, and deep. It also pushes the Rangers into dump ins, where Marty is at his best.
    NY needs to adjust. Better puck support, better passes, more set play breakouts….That’s where Torts needs to step up. They have enough people who can carry the puck, if given enough support.

  19. Blogmama Go Tony!!!! on

    Good morning all! Heading to Brooklyn to watch the game with Tony’s clan…..At least if things don’t go well, I’ll already be in a hospital. LGR!!!!!

  20. I get to watch the game with everyone’s favorite Tony today!!! And i get to spend the evening with everyone’s favorite captain. Does life get better than that?? (Of course the circumstances of watching game w Tony are not desirable)

    Yes, life gets better, with a Rangers win today!!!! LGR!!!

  21. Bonjour Boneheads! Live from Paris, it’s (almost) Go Time! This place is beautiful! Going to the local market to pick up some fresh food!


  22. two hours before game time and i am going to puke. i had a dream hank got pulled and this got real ugly today. god it better just be a dream.

    i TRULY feel whoever wins this game today wins series.

  23. ilb, you watch the games? maybe I need to start doing that.

    CCCP, in Europansyland? Doesn’t the French president look like Beninati?

    Good morning, Sally!

  24. So Malkin is probably the best player in the world right now, eh? Hat Trick against the Finns?

  25. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    OMG Carp the boys are in a heap of trouble. Couldn’t they have just had one or the other although imo Pollock is the worse of the 2.

  26. I don’t to watch the games, Carp. What for? I get text updates from the boneheads every 10 min. And then I read your reviews in am, I’m good to go!

  27. The only good thing about a 1 o’clock start is that I don’t have to wait all day for the game!!



    literally makes me cringe…he is so painful aurally.


    It’s not even an accurate description 95% of the time.

    Honestly if this guy was worth one dirty wipe he wouldn’t resort to the same little phrases. He needs it to be about himself rather than the game. I loathe him. And it’s his voice you’ll hear right up through the finals, regardless of who moves on.

  30. I look forward to hearing his voice right up through the finals . . . .cause it means the rangers are still playing :-)

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