Penguins at Rangers tonight

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pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 3-3-0 (6 pts)
Penguins: 3-3-0 (6 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will complete a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 3-3-0 (6 pts) record, following a 2-1 win against the Flyers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Flyers, including a five-game winning streak at home. New York has won three of their last four contests, including three straight at home. The Penguins enter the contest with a 3-3-0 (6 pts) record, following a 4-1 loss on Tuesday against the Islanders. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:00 p.m.).
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:

  • All-Time: 117-101-23-8 overall (65-49-9-3 at home; 52-53-14-5 on the road)
  • 2013: Tomorrow will be the second of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall, following a 6-3 loss against the Penguins in the home opener on Jan. 20. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-4 (25.0%) in the season series.
  • Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.
  • New York is tied for fifth in the NHL with a 3-1-0 (6 pts) record at home; Pittsburgh is tied for second in the NHL with a 3-1-0 (6 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 1-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 2-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists two former Penguins on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12); Mike Rupp (2009-10 – 2010-11)
  • Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)
    INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
  • Henrik Lundqvist — 43 GP, 22-16-5, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
  • Martin Biron —36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 34 GP, 8-28-36
  • Marian Gaborik — 25 GP, 10-12-22
  • Rick Nash — 11 GP, 6-5-11
  • Dan Girardi — 37 GP, 1-11-12
    SPECIAL TEAMS:
  • Power Play: The Blueshirts were 1-2 (2:29) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now 3-24 (12.5%) this season. The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 5-6 (9:41) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now 24-30 (80.0%) this season. The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 1-1 (0:31) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:29) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now minus-1 in seven four-on-four situations (7:15) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
    EARLY ADVANTAGE

    The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 in those contests, compared to 1-3-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
    SHOOTING GALLERY
    The Blueshirts are undefeated when out-shooting their opponents, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 0-3-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.
    DOING THE DIRTY WORK
    The Rangers are tied for first in the league in hits (188) and sixth in blocked shots (92) this season. Brian Boyle is tied for second in the NHL with 27 hits. Ryan McDonagh leads the Rangers and is tied for 11th in the NHL with 15 blocked shots, while Dan Girardi is tied for 16th in the league with 14 blocked shots. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was tied for second in the league in hits (27) and sixth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine) at the time of his injury on Tuesday.
    GABY’S TRICK
    Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
    THE HOT LIST:
  • Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last three contests, and is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .925 Sv% in the last four games
  • Michael Del Zotto — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two contests
  • Marian Gaborik — eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last four games
  • Rick Nash — six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games, including three assists in the last two contests
  • Brad Richards — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games
  • Derek Stepan — four assists in the last five games
  • Marc Staal — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
  • Taylor Pyatt — three goals in the last five games
    MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
  • Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
    INJURIES:
  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 6
  • Chris Kreider (ankle, 1/25) — 2
    Total Man-Games Lost: 10

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161 Comments

  1. Its deadline day!!

    No not that one – the soccer deadline day! Will keep me entertained till game time tonight i suppose!

  2. iDoodie Machetto on

    The mobile site is automatically changing our handles to have a capitalized first letter. Weird.

  3. Good morning, boneheads!

    A few fallen trees but no major damage in my neighborhood.

    We don’t do babyfeeding at night, Dodie. Babies should sleep overnight. Talk to your Pediatrician :-)

  4. If I’m not mistaken, didn’t Gilroy play as a forward in College, and also take the Hobey Baker award? That might not be a bad idea, for he’s no stranger to the major leagues now, and they really wouldn’t need him at defense.

  5. fran – Hobey Gilroy did indeed play Forward as a junior and i would have had him in there in a heartbeat instead of Bickel, especially with Rupper and Asham in the lineup to deal with any fisticuffs.

  6. Stranger Nation on

    last game v. Pitt was one of the worst defensive efforts – the top 4 D have really stepped up their games since, esp DMZ and Stawl

  7. Seeing as I had to suffer watching their last game against the Pens in person, I REALLY hope the Rangers take it to Cindy and Bettmans love birds. If the Isles can beat them soundly, we should be able to. I’d like to see a statement made in Cally’s absence. The D especially was embarrassed on opening night. Payback time.

  8. Gilroy played forward in high school and was converted to defense. I’m not sure about how much forward he played in college, but he definitely won the Hobey Baker while playing defense.

  9. Stranger Nation on

    Romeo – you mean 5.03 D-men – don’t forget Bickel’s TOI and more importantly, his ability to close the gate when left open by others…

  10. Exactly, Sally….Something last night made me think you wouldn’t remember carcillo this morning…

  11. Good morning all. Pumped for tonight’s game. Can’t wait to scream at Skid in person.

  12. Rob in Beantown on

    To clarify the above, Gilroy was a forward in juniors but switched to defenseman in college, which is the position where he won the Hobey Baker.

  13. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Sally – it’s official – Olga and the e3 are engaged. Hugo and slatsko will be my best man. I am thrilled. I will take on Olga’s name and be known as GonnaGoAnd folkmyself

  14. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Our vows will be in puns. JR has promised to officiate it ( won’t that be interesting) and we are with child. Twins. A ranger and a Blackhawk.

    Avery and Kane are their names :)

  15. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Brandy – what a fine wife you would be…. The Sailors all say……

  16. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Brandy Alexander – former Yankee pitcher and favorite drink of Harry Nilsson.

  17. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Not many know the real Olga the way I do. He or she is smart, clever, funny, and simply adorable.

    JR told me “my external sincerest best in wishes for the both of the two of you”

  18. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    Is it wrong of me to harbor a secret hope that Graves hops over the end boards tonite and takes a swipe at Sidney’s wrist? Or better would be Sidney’s kidneys!

    As youse call all see, as a rhymer, I got mad skillz (typed of course with my sneer that says I-don’t-give-a-f)

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  21. Doodie Machetto on

    I know that they have different size cups. You got the A, the B, the C and the D. That’s the biggest. I’ve based my whole life on knowing that the D is the biggest. You’ve got two cups in the front, two loops in the back. I guess that’s about it.

  22. @NYDNRangers@ As Expected #NYR lines v #Pens, from practice yesterday:

    Gaborik-Richards-Nash
    Pyatt-Stepan-Hagelin
    Rupp-Boyle-Ferriero
    Bickel-Halpern-Asham

  23. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    No one will mess with our 4th line. But kowing that every silver lining has a touch of grey, it really is a weak line we’re now forced to use. Sorry, don;t mean to hate on my own squad

  24. yea, rangers fro sure are top heavy. After the first line there isn’t much there. Hope the boys can keep the ship afloat while the captain is gone.

  25. looks like giroy the 6th d man tonight with bickel up front. i like that more then flip flopping them because bickel will be toast back on d vs the pens. he got burned last meeting by joe vitale with kennedy banging home rebound

  26. Eddie – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?!!

    LGR!!!!

    Pluck the ice chickens tuh-night. Crosby updates all night long!

  27. need some help

    i am traveling next week mon-thurs to french lick indiana for my national sales meeting.

    I will need a link to rangers/devils tues night. also does anyone have gamecenter i could use as well.

    what you guys recommend as I never watch games on comp unless traveling which isnt often for work

  28. “Step and Sid had words, etc last game. One of many things to keep an eye on.”

    Stepan is not tough.

  29. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Headzo / it’s always 5pm somewhere – bloddys and oatmeal – a real man’s breakfast. Now if I could only find my vicodines I’ll be all set…

  30. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Stepan is softer than the inside of a freshly baked bagel. Watch him during any scrum. He buys a ticket – stays as far away as possible and probably prays for it to end and for a immediate line change.

  31. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    We know Torts is going to see how the top 3 lines are playing in the first 10 minutes or so and then he will either change it up or leave them if going well. We shall see…

  32. pens clain zack boychuk off waivers due to the fact the rangers have one more regulation then pens pitt had higher waiver priority. i bet rangers put in a claim as well

  33. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Rob in beantown – werd on that – the preppy boys can’t scrape their hands due to the social mixer at nights end…Buffy and Muffy don’t like mean nasty boys…

  34. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Carp – it was after the flyer game that your cash register went KA-CHING.

    We were cracking each other up with our silly puns…I am still laughing at some of them –

  35. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Headzo – a little trick I like to use is to move the clock forward to 5pm – eliminates any guilt.

  36. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    JamesG – Stepan: during the beginnings of a scrum “please blow the whistle please please please please – I have to pee really bad now”

  37. czechthemout!!! on

    Keep an eye on that 3rd line left winger. I expect him to be the best player on the ice tonight. We already know that he is the best skater, shooter, and fighter in the team. And unlike Hagelin, doesn’t make dumb plays.

  38. E3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my freinds on

    Headzo – my Brutha – jealous and zealous words to use, watch Derek Stepan never get a bruise, a tough guy not he, I say to thee, his hands are made, a softer shade, to score many goals thru the five hole / only not so many this year

  39. by my calculations if cally missed 14 days from today he will miss 7 games including both isle game at garden. any chance we go 3-3-1 in those 7.

    home pitt
    at tampa
    at devils
    home isles
    home tampa
    at boston
    home isles

  40. How appropriate that the Penguins are in town tonight, and we have a thread going about baby feedings…

  41. Callahan is not going to score a goal in any of those games he misses. That means he sucks. Can’t wait for people to hit up the Live Charp and say that the Capt. has been invisible…

  42. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Will be interesting to see if JT Miller gets a call in the next 10-14 days, while Callahan is out.

  43. I would love to see 19 year old, JT Miller up here in the big leagues but I seriously doubt he gets to come up even if Callahan is out for a full 14 days.

    I would like to see Brandon Mashinter or Kyle Jean.

  44. Would we be better off with Michael Haley playing on the 4th line instead of Stu and his Bickels?

  45. 7-0 Penguins tonight. Hat tricks from Crosby and Makin, with a goal from MA-Fleury sprinkled in there.

  46. >>God. I miss PRUST

    You should be cheering for the players still wearing the Rangers sweater, not missing those playing for the enemy. Prust bolted to Montréal for more money; he’s distant memory to me.

  47. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I think this recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie has a great, even believable, explanation as to how the Apes managed to rise

  48. Hey JBytes, why don’t you J-BITE ME!

    I know, I know. But I love Prust and I really miss what he brought to our team…..as I said last night during the Prust love fest in here….(edited for you)

    JBytes I am sure at some point in your life you chased after a girl and her friends were all pissed. They were like, “Look JBytes. She’s moved on. Can’t you.” And there you sat, on the curb, clutching the roses you brought her, let’s say her name is “Brandy Prust.” You sit and cry into your roses and scream, “WHY BRANDY WHY. IS HE THAT MUCH BETTER THAN ME!” Because Brandy ditched you for money. Maybe you tried to date other people. You called up some girls you used to date and saw what they had to offer but it just wasn’t the same. Down the road, sure, you found another girl and she was fine for the time being. But there. Deep in your heart, you knew that Brandy Prust had been the one for you. And you know that it could have worked if she had just believed a bit. Maybe trusted you. Maybe gone down that road with you. But she didn’t. And you have to deal. Wounds don’t heal overnight. It takes time. Even healing doesn’t mean you forget or stop loving. You can’t replace that part of your heart…

  49. You know that Hobey Baker is not an insignificant award…it is highly respected in collegiate circles. I would think that it might be interesting to track back ( by some industrious soul) and get a read on just how many Hobey Baker award winners have ever played for Rangers.

    Oh, and lest I forget……let’s see whether they put him back on left D instead of his natural right side, which is what they did with him back a while ago, with his intermittent insertions.

    I recall following his activity with the Lightning at his natural RW position and he was quite effective, especially on the attack. I was surprised when he was traded to Ottawa, and he again was operating mostly out of left D, with the Sens, and relatively insignificant.

  50. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I hope Callahan heals in time to throw out the first pitch at next year’s NYC Superbowl

  51. anyone interested in a pair of tickets for tonight

    they are bar stool seats and are 50 per tix. my friend scott has to work late in these are his tickets.

    let me know

    email me at baum27@aol.com or text me 516-749-3110

  52. Stranger Nation on

    If our third line scores tonight, play lotto – they will have their hands full – big test for line 3 and the law firm of McDonough and Girardi. Boyle has to get under Malkinstein’s skin like last season. Rupp has to slide down the wall and slam Neal more than once.

    That leaves Step-on-it, Pie-hat, and Haggles against Tangradi-Cindy-Dupuis – hold that scoreless and hope our #1 line can net a couple.

    keep the motion pp and we will see it click.

  53. section 210 last row looks down over ice. has a railing you could lean on keep drinks but instead of seat back cushion its a bar stool. no one behind you

  54. Speaking of tickets, a friend of mine is looking for tickets to the 4/3/2013 Rangers game as a gift to her fiancè. Think it’s also against the Pens.

  55. Thanks Manny for making my day with your post @1:18 – I ‘m still cracking up over it. I think we all could relate at some point looking back. You get my vote for post of the day.

  56. Fat Guy Duberstein on

    I hope Manny has a wardrobe mishap when he walks to the podium to accept his award

  57. Hank or Biron tonight? May have missed it above but did they say who’s between the pipes?

  58. Guess I was wrong since @Adam Rotter@ is reporting that the Rangers are/will consider(ing) calling up JT Miller.

  59. Fat Guy Duberstein January 31st, 2013 at 1:18 pm
    I think this recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie has a great, even believable, explanation as to how the Apes managed to rise

    THIS is my vote for post of the day. But Manny’s post at 1:18 is my vote for yesterday.

  60. eric, how do you like the bar stool seats? The view looks decent. Do people crowd your space?

  61. Rob in Beantown on

    “You know that Hobey Baker is not an insignificant award…it is highly respected in collegiate circles.”

    Its the MOST significant individual award. It’s the MVP award, like the Heisman or Naismith awards. Diminished somewhat by the fact that the calibur of player who plays college hockey is on average relatively lower than in college basketball or football, due to the prevalence of junior leagues.

  62. Rob in Beantown on

    I sat in something like bar stool seats seeing a Rangers/Sabres game in Buffalo a four years ago (Rangers won in the skills competition at the end). It was a decent view and easy access to the beer stand. If the one at MSG is anything like the one in Buffalo I would recommend it

  63. @NYP_Brooksie@ Aqapppppp

    *************************

    So should we start worrying about Brooksie yet?

  64. really glad Callahan’s injury wasn’t more severe but I will not be surprised if he misses more than 10-14 days. those shoulder injuries are tricky and it would be a bad idea to rush back.

  65. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    just the fact it is not worst case scenario is good case scenario. the boys will find a way. they will gell without him. they did the last time.

  66. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    that it was.

    My screen name was changed in Nash’s honor recently, but, if you remember had “depthisneeded” in between.

    It’s really evident when you watch at MSG. And, don’t get me started. It was some bad luck, like Chereponov, Sauer, etc. but our cupboard is relatively bare. We could use a GM that is able to draft better and develop players better. I’ll take some NHL ready guys like Henrique, Josephson, etc,. etc.

  67. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Kenny spoke with Jim Cerny this morning: notes the Ferriero is looking forward to playing against the organization that traded him to the Blueshirts. Zel Zotto has been on the ice for 8 of the last 9 Rangers goals.

    Can he get some respect?

  68. look, I’m no fan of Sather. has he drafted poorly where offense is concerned? absolutely. team hasn’t produced a star at forward in an absurdly long time – maybe Kreider is that, maybe not. Miller could be, who knows. your point about developing talent is key, though. I’m not sure where the problem lies speicifically, but one wonders how many of these draft picks are the result of crappy talent evaluation and how many have been derailed because of the Rangers inability to develop exceptional top 6 forwards.

    to be completely fair, this team now has a lot of money tied up in a handful of players so the bench is going to be even shorter than normal. but yeah, you have to go way back. I love Callahan but is he a superstar? No. then you’re going back to 1995 and Marc Savard, a guy who had a few nice seasons all of which came with other teams (after the Rangers traded him for Jan Hlavac and Jamie Lundmark).

  69. clive

    the bar stool seats are not mine. they are my friends who i have sat with. good view. no body behind you. my pair is in def zone row 8.

  70. Ha! They got him from the Panthers. Man. Who thought the Capitals would be picking up scraps from the Panthers?

  71. At least Wellman can always tell his grandkids that he was once traded for the one and only Erik Christensen…

  72. At least Wellman can always tell his grandchildren that he was once traded for the one and only Erik Christensen…

  73. Matty"MonsterNash"Boy on

    Agreed, Lloyd. The draft/player development issue is highlighted because of the top heavy salary structure. A ‘normal’ team with some good younger players can deal with a $23-27M first line because they have a bunc of restricteds that cost under $1m and play well. Here, because of a not-so-great system because of a not-so-good-GM that got really lucky he bailed his butt out by the Gomez to Montreal deal (which I still believe in my heart of hearts he wasn’t smart enough to do but was advised to do so), we don’t have that luxury.

    It is blaring watching guys like Rupp on the 3rd line. A good GM has that spot filled by a lesser priced kid.

  74. I am killing the pre-game time by visiting some Penguins blogs and spreading some cheer.

    it works for me.

  75. good to give Gilroy a chance… emminger, bickel, or gillroy probably not much of a difference.

    gilroy has more upside offensively but of course his d zone issues may be a problem.

    if gilroy looks horrible, sit him, no big deal..

    nead cally and the kreider he can be back asap.

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