Lightnings at Rangers tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:


Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 5-5-0 (10 pts)
Lightning: 6-4-0 (12 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their second meeting in eight days. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-5-0 (10 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 4-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Blueshirts are 4-1-0 in their last five games at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning enter the contest with a 6-4-0 (12 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three contests. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at TD Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.


  • All-Time: 40-29-5-7 overall (22-13-2-4 at home; 18-16-3-3 on the road)
  • 2013: Tomorrow is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-0-0 overall, following a 3-2 win at Tampa Bay on Feb. 2. Carl Hagelin, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each tallied a goal in the contest, while Martin Biron made 30 saves in the win.
  • Last Season: New York was 2-0-2 overall (1-0-1 mark at home; 1-0-1 mark on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one contest that required the shootout. The team who tallied the game’s first goal was winless in the series, posting a combined record of 0-1-3. The Rangers’ power play was 3-13 (23.1%) in the season series, while their penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) with one shorthanded goal. Derek Stepan registered a series-leading, six points, including a team-high, four assists in four games. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with two power play goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Michael Del Zotto tied for the series lead among defensemen with three assists/points apiece.
  • Seven of the last eight meetings between the Rangers and Lightning have been decided by one goal, including five that required extra time and two that went into the shootout
  • The Rangers have registered a point in 14 of their last 17 games against the Lightning (10-3-4 over the span), dating back to a 2-1 win at Tampa Bay on Oct. 4, 2008
  • Henrik Lundqvist has started 27 of the Rangers’ last 29 contests against Tampa Bay, posting a record of 14-7-6 with a 2.16 GAA, .923 Sv% and two shutouts over the span
  • New York is tied for ninth in the NHL with a 4-2-0 (8 pts) record at home; Tampa Bay is tied for 23rd in the NHL with a 1-3-0 (2 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 1-0-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Lightning are 1-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists four former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Matt Gilroy (2011-12); Jeff Halpern (2007-08 – 2009-10); Brad Richards(2000-01 – 2007-08)
  • Tampa Bay lists one former Ranger on their roster: Adam Hall (2006-07)
  • Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella served as Lightning Head Coach from 2000-01 to 2007-08, posting a record of 239-222-36-38 in 535 games while guiding Tampa Bay to four consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, two Southeast Division Championships (2002-03, 2003-04) and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2003-04; Rangers’ Assistant Coach Mike Sullivan served as an assistant coach with the Lightning in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Henrik Lundqvist 
—27 GP, 14-7-6, 2.16 GAA, 2 SO
Martin Biron —21 GP, 12-7-2-0, 2.64 GAA
Marian Gaborik — 16 GP, 8-8-16
Jeff Halpern — 40 GP, 9-13-22
Brad Richards —8 GP, 3-8-11
Michael Del Zotto — 8 GP, 0-6-6

Power Play:
 The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play attempts (3:35) on Thursday vs. the Islanders. New York ranks 28th overall (4-37, 10.8%) and 23rd at home (3-21, 14.3%). 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 held the Islanders scoreless in five attempts (10:00) on Thursday vs. the Islanders. New York ranks 16th overall (37-46, 80.4%) and 17th at home (25-31, 80.6%). The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 2-2 (1:57) when three-on-four (last – 1/31 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. the Islanders, and are now minus-1 in eight four-on-four situations (7:49) 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).

Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller notched two goals while making his Madison Square Garden debut  on Thursday in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger (rookie or otherwise) to tally multiple goals in his MSG debut was Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win against Detroit on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller (19 years, 330 days) is the youngest Ranger to tally multiple goals in a single game since Alex Kovalev posted a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992, at the age of 19 years, 307 days.

The Rangers posted a record of 15-3-2 against the Southeast Division last season, out-scoring their opponents, 67-42, in those contests

The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 3-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.

The Blueshirts have posted a record of 3-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which is tied for fifth in the NHL. The Rangers are 2-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.

The Rangers rank third in the league in hits (296) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for seventh in the NHL with 33 hits, while Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is tied for 12th in the league in hits (31) despite missing three games to injury.

The Blueshirts have had eight players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller. Halpern, Nash (assist), Pyatt and Segal debuted in the season-opener on Jan. 19 at Boston, while Asham made his debut with the team on Jan. 20 against Pittsburgh. Ferriero debuted with the team on Jan. 26 vs. Toronto, following his trade from Pittsburgh in exchange for Chad Kolarik on Jan. 24. In addition, Chris Kreider made his NHL regular season debut on Jan. 19 after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season, and Matt Gilroy made his season debut on Jan. 31 vs. PIT after previously skating in 127 career regular season games with the Rangers from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller both made their debut on Tuesday at New Jersey. Miller, who was also making his NHL debut, was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Powe was acquired from Minnesota, along with Nick Palmieri, in exchange for Mike Rupp on Monday.

Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in four of his last six games, posting a record of 3-3-0 with a 2.02 GGA and a .923 Sv% over the span
Marc Staal — three assists in the last three games
Brad Richards — enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists over the span)
Marian Gaborik — has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last six home games.

Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Matt Gilroy — 2 games from 200th NHL career

Ryan Callahan — 200th career NHL point (1/29 vs. PHI)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL goal/point (2/7 vs. NYI)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL assist (2/7 vs. NYI)

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 10
Dan Girardi (injured, 2/2) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 21

Feb. 4 — Acquired forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from Minnesota for forward Mike Rupp
Feb. 4 — Recalled forwards J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 4 — Assigned forward Benn Ferriero to Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 5 — Assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Connecticut (AHL)


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  1. no more of this win one lose one crap. its time to make a move in the standings. wake up 12th in conf today. two more games to quarter pole

  2. Devils looked awesome yesterday.

    Fatso hast played better in years, and may be best goalie in NHL right now…

    Paging Former Future Ranger Zach Parise….?

  3. The ice quality should be “vintage MSG” tonight due to the Knicks game during the day.

    Should neutralize some of the scoring capability of Tampa, no?

  4. It’s time for the rangers to start winning consistently. I see the islanders have come back down from earth and is back to the team I’m used to seeing not making the playoffs.

  5. SufferingSince79 on

    Just today Carp? I kid, I kid. Anyone think a team playing desperate and just makes it in at the end won’t knock off the Hawks, Sharks, Bs, et? Not saying that’s us but just saying.

  6. >>Does anybody think I’m being embarrassingly whiny today?

    It must be the closet Rangers fan in you itching to come out.

  7. Does anybody think I’m being embarrassingly whiny today?

    HAHAHA. Let’s ask Cally. Or whatever his name is today. Once again all I ask is not to give St. Louis a breakaway against us. Happens every time.

  8. Any team can beat any team in the playoffs. Just get in! The eighth-seeded Kings disposed of a lot of top seeds on their way to The Cup.

  9. SufferingSince, I absolutely think that will be the case again this year. And maybe even more likely than last year when we had a No. 8 vs. a No. 6 in the Cup final. Some really good teams will just be getting it together when April rolls around, just as often really good teams get it together in the second half of an 82-game season.

    JBytes, would it make it better if I said, “LGR!” (it hurt just to type that).

    Lev, count on the St. Louis breakaway. Probably early.

  10. Looks like Boyle will be scratched again tonight. He should hit the gym while he’s waiting to get back into the lineup.

    Boyle = expendable

  11. SufferingSince79 on

    Out here in Chitown, the bandwagon is getting crowded. Can’t say I wouldn’t want to trade places with the Hawks. Man they find a way to win every night.

  12. I could actually see the rangers struggle through this season, Sather making more minor trades/waiver wire to replace the few players torts doesn’t feel comfortable giving ice time to and than finding there chemistry and making a run for ther cup.

  13. Good morning, boneheads!
    Yeah, that was a new one with whining yesterday.

    Oh, can I whine too? Does anyone want to adapt Tiki for a day? I may need some help here :-)))

  14. Driveway cleared, streets okay, sunny, house still standing, Blueshirts improving. Future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

  15. Still hope they switch Gabby and Nash, but hard to complain after a win.

    I’d be surprised if Boyle doesn’t go in for Asham tonight. His presence on the PK is needed against TB and TB has always been one of the less physical teams in the league. Don’t think Asham is needed tonight, but thats my opinion.

    Hopefully they stay out of the box because TB has a deadly PP. Although maybe the Rangers can learn a thing or two by watching em!

  16. I like Boyle a lot, but man has he been bad lately. The guy needs to sit to either get his game together or get better conditioned or something. If Miller keeps playing like this he can’t come out of the lineup. Same goes for Kreider, who has looked exponentially better in the past couple games after sitting out a few with the injury (which is refreshing, since Kreider looked slow and lost in the first few games of the season, and the ankle injury would explain the loss of speed). Frankly, I don’t care who is on the team or in the lineup, as long as the team wins. If there was a crystal ball that said to trade Lundqvist and McDonough for some hacks, I’d be upset, but if it caused the team to win a Cup, that’s all that counts. I’m hoping that this year follows last year. How nice would it have been to hit the playoffs in midseason form? The Rangers were twice the team in January that they were in April.

  17. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    I think someone needed a diaper change yesterday….my bet is that the Whiner (or is it wiener) had a sore bottom and a bad rash… any event…..JT should score 5 goals tonight…

  18. Paul Giamatti as Glen Sather: I am not trading for Marleau, if anyone trades for Marleau I am Byfuglien leaving

  19. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    Often in hockey, it is how you end the season rather than how it begins…..i like the rangers’ composition…..I think Boyle will be dealt….if not…then Halpern



    hank. beer on…….this is a good team that should make a deep run…

  20. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    CTB – phillip seymour hoffman as sather…..”dirk diggler, i really like your name – let’s trade for you”

  21. I think they’ll give Boyle another chance. Halpern isn’t a long term solution for this team at center.

  22. Right. Sitting Boyle while skating Halpern is so ridiculous there has to be another, more logical, layer.

  23. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    mister D – right…Boyle is on pace for a record 50, errrrrrr, 0 goal season….he is weak on the puck…isnt physical….and plays like someone 4 ft 7, 140 lbs.

  24. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    sticking Boyle on the 4th line is fine….it really is where he belongs…

  25. I think Boyle at his best improves the team a lot more than Asham or Halpern (or even Pyatt or Powe) at their best. The trick is getting him to be at his best, as he was in the second half last year and in the playoffs pre-concussion.

  26. Because of the new players the rangers have added, miller, kreider, nash, powe, it appears the rangers are trying to build a team that can skate, therefore tortarella wants to play a up tempo style which is completely diferrent from last years style. It’s possible the rangers use boyle as a trade chip.

  27. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    carp – with rupper gone….asham at least provides toughness….Bickel cant do it alone…..not that rupper was joe frazier….

  28. Olga Folkyerself on

    If hopes rest on just making the playoffs and beating all the higher seeds to win the Cup…

    It sounds like a perfect Sather Year. (Except for that Cup thing.)


  29. E3 – Welcome back from that 7 year old party. Seven years is a long time to have a party going on.

  30. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    tommyG – i agree….this is not a grinding lineup…..this is a fast skilled lineup….bickel/asham provide the needed toughness….

  31. well, I think Tortorella’s been trying to add speed since he’s gotten here. I don’t think that changes what he wants to do … use that speed to forecheck and play aggressive defense. I think Boyle fits right in there.

    And as far as Asham, he’s not a very good player. If he’s going to be your goon, you might as well go get another John Scott.

  32. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    Asham can skate circles around john scott….asham is not super duper awful…..

  33. >>…would it make it better if I said, “LGR!” (it hurt just to type that).

    Carp, it only hurts the first time. Try it again, you’ll see.

  34. Asham likes his chicken spicy, too.

    Not sure what to make of the Boyle issue. I am not one of the handful who thought we’d see consistent goal scoring from him after that one 20 goal display. But he can usually use his speed and defensive play to make a difference in most games..the PK is finally showing holes after years of thinking it would after the departures of guys like Betts, Sjostrom, Ward etc..I feel like that’s the number one place Dubs is missed.

  35. Carp, I disagree, i think asham is a better skater than you make him out to be. I’m not saying by any stretch that asham is a good skater but he has some hockey skills. To compare him to scott is ridiculous.

  36. wow, looks like the wings have found there game. They’ve been hot lately even with all there injuries.

  37. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    my brutha – Rupper straight up for Marleau would never happen…..getting fleeced by the sharks just aint cool……rupper for marleau and a #1 and #2

  38. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    Boyle will be back in when either of the following happens:

    1) Miller hits 5 games, and they decide it’s better to develop his all around game in CT.

    2) Halpern forgets to take his Geritol.

  39. Hey Carp, no sponsors yet to offer pair of tickets this season? I liked prediction (goals, shots, gwg, etc) we had last yer to win the prize….

  40. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Halpern’s replacement is miller…at some point (not on 4th line, but roster spot), hags will eventually be traded for a top 6 forward (ie iggy), Boyle may or may not stick but I agree with whiny carp, team is better with him than most when he is on his game.

    Guy the sharks put on waivers should be claimed by us!!!


  41. e3, that’s almost fair … except that in Game 3 he scored the only and GWG in a 1-0 win, took a roughing penalty that took Spezza off the ice, too, had three hits and two blocks, and was one of the three stars. Also scored one of their two goals in Game 2, when he got mugged.

  42. Unfortunate thing about Boyle, and it seems to be a pattern with him, is he REALLY needs to be pushed hard to play to his abilities. He was facing the prospect of being dropped from the team before he found his game and stuck here. You can tell Tortorella isn’t happy with him most of the time.

    Maybe, as we saw on his “Beginnings” show on MSG, Boyle still plays like that big kid who didn’t want to hurt all the little ones around him. With his size he SHOULD be a monster on the ice, and he rarely is.

    The potential is there…but maybe not the drive. And that’s a shame because he CAN contribute to this team. He’s showed it in the past…but hasn’t shown anything this season so far

  43. “Ain’t but three things in this world that’s worth a solitary dime,
    Just old dogs and children and watermelon whine.”

  44. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    carp – i stand corrected…make it game 3 vs the sens….but he has been horrid this year…..and even last year far too invisible for such a big dude….he can play really soft at times….

  45. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    i think leaving the team as is for awhile and letting it gel is smart……but if things dont turn around and ye right soon, then i could see a package of Bolye and Step/Hags for a stud…is that possible or does it create depth problems…….Nice to see Rupp traded as he was truly useless…. sather isnt so complacent it seems…

  46. I don’t disagree … thought he had one good game, in Tampa vs. Lecavalier. Otherwise, he’s been a 6-foot-7 stink. But I think he has shown he can be a monster at times, and therefore his upside is greater than Halpern, Asham, Powe or Pyatt. If they can get it out of him.

  47. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    it seems boyle’s problems are in his head….confidence maybe? lack of heart? desire?

  48. if they trade Stepan they’d better get a No. 1 center … because right now they have Richards there and he might be a compliance buyout in 2013 or ’14 … and then who are your two top centers? Miller’s not projected to be a No. 1 despite his 48-goal pace this season (82 in a full season).

  49. Carp, do you by chance remember Tommy Neville locally? He comes to mind because he was about Boyle’s size and even at 6’2, when I stood next to him, I felt intimidated. Not even going to bring up Jeff Ruland. :-)

  50. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    manny – could be…those head injuries have no rhyme or reason to them…even the most innocuous looking head shots have the potential to be virtually career ending…

    carp – good point re the future at center……

  51. Carp With the new morphed Garden what lcoation are you in. Based on last year I’ guessing it’s 215. In today’s Post Larry Brooks was supprised that Torts didn’t have Stepan with Gaborik & Pyatt and Richards with Haglan and & Nash. What’s your take. Is it the speed factor because then you would have (2) slow players on that line,Step & Pyatt are real slow. Did you ever watch Pyatt at the end of a shift. Looks like he’s skating in mud. But great hands and always near the front of the net for a rebound.

  52. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    JT Miller will score 60 next year. And that should be by christmas….

  53. Ruland and Mahorn – the bruise brothers. Local boy makes good (until his 2-28 coaching season)

  54. I just think Boyle has looked a bit scared. Not that he didn’t require benchings before. Just that his success really plateau’d and he really, really needs a kick in the butt.

  55. Nothing at the top but a bucket and a mop and an illustrated book about Birds. Boyle used to be there buy now he’s a square. We need actions but he’s only got words..

  56. lone, IMO, the coach at this point thinks Stepan is playing better than Richards … and he’s right. I don’t make much out of line combos. They are going to change whenever they don’t work.

    yes, Girardi is in.

    Pressbox hasn’t changed from last year. I don’t know what section it’s in, only know how to get there. It’s in the 200s. I would say above, like, 110, sort of.

  57. The 5 games for JT Miller is now essentially meaningless. Given his success early on, the only way he can avoid playing in 2 more games after tonight is if he gets injured.

    Even if they were to send him down after 4 games, the Rangers don’t have much in HFD so he’d be recalled eventually.

    I think eventually he or Kreider will be send down for a stretch, but surely both will be playing in the playoffs along with whatever player Sather acquires near the deadline…

  58. Girardi to Press: “I’ll be back in the lineup tonight. There’s your headline.” My god, he thinks he’s Bobby Orr.

  59. do you know how many times one has to “scroll up” just to see the widget?

    Especially after a few hundred posts?

    my hand is tired. I don’t see how those computer wizards do it.

    their conditioning must be top notch.

  60. Is Brian Boyle related to Peter Boyle?? I mean,they’re both stiffs who occasionally play like monsters just asking…

  61. Did anybody see the the last period of the Leaves – Habs game last night? It had a little bit of an “Old Time Hockey – Eddie Shore!” flavor to it…..

    I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but I enjoyed seeing the Habs getting smacked around…..

  62. Although I still desire EVANDER KANE and DOUGIE MURRAY, my new target is the unsigned RYAN O’REILLY.

  63. tomb – the trick is to keep two windows open. One on the Rangers Report home page with the Twidgets centered and one other window that you refresh for conversation.


  64. JW – I saw the Habs/Leafs game…. old time hockey, indeed! I heard there was some biting involved.

  65. Ryan O’Reilly could only be had via trade, since the Rangers don’t have their first round pick to include as compensation for signing as a RFA. If he was/is available, suspect there would be a decent list of teams with more to offer the Avs in return than the Rangers could.

  66. I wonder how the Kings fans are feeling about their Stanley Cup team right now. They had little to no player change in the offseason and are 3-5-2. Probably not what they expected. Asham and Boyle for Kopitar?

  67. stranger nation on

    beginnings marathon was AWESOME- Dan G up now was prob the best – guy is all heart, but we knew that

  68. I hope there are people on Kings blogs looking at the Rangers record and thinking “What could we trade to get McDonagh?”

  69. I know the feeling, tomb. Turning my life into a complete loser that hangs out on this blog all day has taken a lot of dedication and I have had to spare no expense.

    Get O’Reilly before St. Patrick’s Day!

  70. No. Reasons, in order …

    1. One injury away from a Stralman-Gilroy 2nd pair.

    2. Cap.

    3. I was irrational about Miller long before last week.

  71. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    Big hand to those hard at work inside MSG for changing the basketball court to ice; Knicks 1pm game to Blueshirts at 7:30. LGR!!

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