Capitals at Rangers tonight (6 p.m. start)


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:


Sunday, Feb. 17, 6:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden 
New York, NY
Rangers: 7-5-1 (15 pts)
Capitals: 5-8-1 (11 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of their three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-5-1 (15 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 4-3, in the shootout on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to end their three-game winning streak. The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests (7-3-1) after dropping the first two games of the season. The Capitals enter the contest with a 5-8-1 (11 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.


  • All-Time: 85-86-18-5 overall (47-38-9-2 at home; 38-48-9-3 on the road)
  • 2013: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
  • Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 129-87, including a 47-24 advantage in the third period. Ryan Callahan led the team with four assists and five points in the season series, while Brian Boyle and Ruslan Fedotenko tied for the team-high with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
  • The Rangers have won five of their last seven regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 26-14, over the span
  • New York is tied for fourth in the NHL with a 5-2-1 (11 pts) record at home; Washington is tied for 22nd in the NHL with a 2-4-1 (5 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 2-0-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Capitals are 1-2-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists two former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); Jeff Halpern (1999-00 – 2005-06; 2011-12)
  • Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06); Wojtek Wolski (2010-11 – 2011-12)

Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 13-7-2, 2.77 GAA, 3 SO
Martin Biron — 23 GP, 11-9-1-2, 2.56 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 50 GP, 8-27-35
Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 8-7-15
Rick Nash — 9 GP, 7-5-12
Marc Staal — 17 GP, 1-6-7

The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last four contests (12 times shorthanded). New York has posted a record of 3-1-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:58) on Thursday vs. the Islanders. New York ranks 29th overall (5-48, 10.4%) and are tied for 25th at home (4-28, 14.3%). The Rangers are 1-6 (7:05) in five-on-three situations (last — 2/14 vs. NYI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Islanders scoreless in one attempt (2:00) on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. New York is tied for 10th overall (44-53, 83.0%) and ranks 14th at home (28-34, 82.4%). 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 tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (5:00) on Thursday vs. the Islanders, and are now minus-1 in 10 four-on-four situations (18:35) 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).

The Rangers have posted a record of 17-3-2 in their last 22 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 15-3-2 mark against the Southeast Division last season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 75-45, over the span.

Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller notched two goals while making his Madison Square Garden debut  on Feb. 7 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 have registered at least a point in every game when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 5-0-1 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 5-0-0 when leading after the second period.

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

The Rangers rank second in the NHL in hits (388) this season, led by captain Ryan Callahan who is tied for eighth in the league with 43 hits. Brian Boyle ranks second on the team and is tied for 14th in the NHL with 41 hits, while Marc Staal leads all Rangers defensemen and is tied for 24th in the league overall with 36 hits.

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.

The Rangers have registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests (7-3-1) after dropping the first two games of the season
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game point streak (3-0-1), and have out-scored their opponents, 16-9, over the span
The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last four games (12 times shorthanded)
Henrik Lundqvist — is 6-3-0 with a 2.10 GAA and a .922 Sv% in his last nine games; has held opponents to two goals or less in five of his last eight games (5-3-0, 1.99 GAA, .926 Sv% over the span)
Carl Hagelin — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (four goals, two assists over the span), including a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last six games
Dan Girardi — enters the contest with a career-high-tying, three-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span)
Rick Nash — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span), including a three-game assist streak
Marc Staal — four assists in the last four games
Ryan McDonagh — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
Marian Gaborik — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in eight home games

Ryan Callahan — 6 assists from 100th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Darroll Powe — 1 game from 300th NHL career
Brad Richards — 8 points from 800th NHL career
Marc Staal — 6 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 7 points from 100th NHL career

Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) – 13
Total Man-Games Lost: 24

Feb. 13 — Assigned defenseman Steve Eminger to Connecticut (AHL) for conditioning
Feb. 15 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 16 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL)


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  1. I think I just saw Kreider working on cone drills at this Hockey in Harlem Program. Some little guy wearing a Rangers #20 Sweater.

  2. Thomas Vanek always baffles me. He could have chosen to represent Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Austria nationally, and he chose Austria. WHY?

  3. He moved to the US when he was 14 and most of his hockey development was fostered here, so I can’t imagine him having such a connection to Austria in that regard, and you’re ensured little to no international success with Austria.

  4. Maybe he needs to be analyzed. And likes to eat napoleons and Vienna sausages while listening to Mozart.

  5. As E3 orders another bottle of California whine. Prosit. Pro sit was what happened to Richie Rich, third period. And so it goes.

  6. this blog is really one continuous crazy blabbering post, separated from time to time by legitimate news.

  7. Rangers are going to get absolutely crushed tonight. Guaranteed hat tricks by Ovechkin and Backstrom.

    This bush-league squad is an atrocity-for-the-ages.

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Why don’t they just rename NHL Network on NBC the Pittsburgh Penguins Showcase Network?

    What is it about 50% of their games are the Pens??

  9. sabres were coming end of 1st. gord miller tsn lead announcer up in canada real good at calling games

  10. Rangers are going to get absolutely crushed tonight. Guaranteed hat tricks by -Ovechkin and Backstrom- Wolski and Poti.

    This bush-league squad is an atrocity-for-the-ages.

  11. If Vanek sees himself as Austrian (and that’s where he went back to play during the lockout), can’t blame him for representing his country. Kind of good to me that he hasn’t “chosen” another country just to increase his chances of winning.

  12. Did anybody see that unreal save by PK Subban last night preventing a goal on what was essentially an empty net?

  13. Illegitimate news has no father that we know of. Rumors get around the world twice before truth has a chance to get its pants on.

  14. Good afternoon all! Is Crosby playing today? I’m. Of sure cause they’ve only mentioned his name 6 million times so far….

  15. why do I get the feeling Nash is hurt, won’t play tonight and will hear something about it from tortarella at 4:45pm today. I hope it isn’t a concussion, if it is and Nash is out for a length of time the rangers will be in big trouble.

  16. Same thing happened to the boys in blue the other night, Manny. I’m waiting for a soccer goalie to use a chain saw when he sees one coming he can’t stop.

  17. Yea. It’s really annoying. I mean, if anything is going to be called as a delay of game, it’s gotta be that. Way more so than possibly maybe closing your glove around the puck for a blink of an eye.

  18. I do not like this stupid “no hands” on the faceoff rule. Why does the game need more moronic penalties to slow it down? It’s all just another attempt by the NHL to make this league have games that are 21-18 style football scores.

  19. I really want to write ESPN and tell them that their amateur-hour analysis of who is going to be on TEAM USA is utterly wrong…

    LOL @ “McDonagh on the radar”

  20. Hockey should be more like golf, where the lowest score wins. And you have to play pucks from the stands.

  21. On the Radar!

    NYR – it’s insane isn’t it? I asked this question last week: are we skewed because we see him daily and think he’s amazing? Maybe they are just looking at defenseman that can score more than McBust?

    I can’t imagine McBust not being a huge part of that team. ESPECIALLY on huge ice sheets. He can skate better than the rest of them.

  22. Manny, it’s purely ignorance. There are not that many D-men in the NHL who are better than he is…

    And, Bylsma over Tortorella really doesn’t make much sense either. Torts has a long standing association with USA Hockey and he is the logical choice…

  23. Remember, McDonagh is only even “on the radar” on that ESPN list because Pierre LeBrun had him ninth on his list.

    His colleague Scott Burnside, named no fewer than 15, that’s *FIFTEEN* D-men not called McDonagh on his list of possibles, including the yet-to-be-drafted Seth Jones.

  24. Bylsma would only win the job over Torts because he coaches Crosby and other elite non-American players.

  25. McD averaged 22 minutes during lockout, playing just six games for Kazakhstan.
    No “get in shape” training camp needed for him, unlike a few others. He seems to stay physically ready year round.

  26. Man. If there are really 15 D-Men better than McDonagh (USA Born of course) then the Rangers are in serious trouble.

  27. Steve Ott, one of the most hated players in the NHL according to SI, puts the Sabres up. Who knew he could do more than take faceoffs and talk trash?

  28. Yeah, Carp, and they’ll miraculously (see what I did there) go something like 19-for-23, while the Rangers are mired in an 0-for-532 streak dating back to today.

  29. Re: Carp’s reference to Aristophanes, ESPN, USA Today: “Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.” – Aristophanes

  30. But the USA team will have exceptional talent. Not these junk players like Nash, Richards, Gaborik and Del Zaster.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Winston Churchill after hearing a woman exclaim “if you were my husband, I’d serve you poison”

    His response “if you were my wife, i’d gladly drink it”

  32. woman to Churchill at reception: Mr. Churchill, you are drunk!. Churchill replied, “I am madam, but you are ugly, and I will be sober in the morning.”

  33. E3, enjoy the grapes. My plan is to do a “water of life” tour in Scotland and sprinkle in some golf if possible.

  34. I like Starwall, but Crawford says he will help replace the size of Pronger and Blake? Ehhh…

    Guessing he picked MDZ for his great flow.

  35. Let me live in a small house by the side of the road, (fully stocked with Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow Napa cabernets,) and be a friend to man.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa Wang – my tolerance ain’t what it used to be..6 glasses of champers with breakfast and I need a nap

  37. When I played golf at Royal St. Andrews, my caddie said to me: “Oh, well struck, sir!”
    Unfortunately, he said it but once over the 18.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Coos – try the Brandline CAB 2009… Softer than the rain….. The Calera Pinot also – smoother than polished glass

  39. Playoff formula for success to reach the finals:

    Debs vse Pens 1st round

    Isles vse Debs 2Nd round

    we Knock off Boston in either the 1st or 2nd round.

  40. Where have you gone Michael Sauer-o, Ranger Nation turns it’s lonely eyes to you. Who hoo hoo!

  41. The faceoff rule evens out the faceoff odds. Before the new rule, a defensive player could use a hand pass on d zone draws while the offensive team couldnt

  42. Vis a vis the seeming preoccupation with Wangs. Yanks checking on former Yankee ,Wang man had a great sinker!

  43. Team owner Rick Hendrick, whose organization supplies engines to Stewart-Haas Racing, said he’d “love to see her on the pole.”

  44. Emrick makes me gag. “Shot stopped by the paraphernalia of Brodeur.” “Waffleboarded to the corner!” “Used his shillelagh!” “Oooooh, and how did that not go in?” “And play continues!” All with a voice like a castrated flute.

  45. I’m off my diet. Did you know that the Holy Roman Empire once had a Diet of Worms? Unbelievable. No wonder so many of them are dead now.

  46. Coos, very funny! Imagine if you were a hockey player,you’d be called “the Coozer”.

    Why do hockey types diminutize every name.

    Must be something to do with penis envy! ;)

  47. cooscoos, Worms is a city in Germany. They don’t eat worms and the mayor’s name is Mr.Bub! I think you might like the schnitzel and beer and possibly the frauleins! Write if you get work! ;)

  48. Looks like Richards is doing his pre-game warmup in Central Park or he has a second job as a skate gaurd.

  49. Comn – I was looking through names of old time hockey players couple weeks ago and noticed how many of them had nicknames you don’t hear anymore, like “Red,” “Goose,” “Ulcers,” “The Rat,” “Moose,” “Cyclone,” etc.

  50. Thanks for the history lesson. As Fitzgerald said, “I’m not working yet, still doing the writing.”

  51. good news on the concussion rumor.

    will miss the game tonight, recording it and will watch later.

    let’s get a win.

    3 to 1 rangers….


  52. just found out im missing the game… have to attend some get together at a Russian restaurant called Traktir O. Been there several times, hope i can convince them to have the game on!

  53. Definitely starting to sound like it’s *NOT* a head injury. Thank the sweet lords of Hockey Day in America.

  54. Carl – does that mean that if Nash can’t go then The Kreider is in? Or is there a possibility they both play?

  55. stranger nation on

    Torts messing with rookie head coach – skating everyone in warm ups

    Bickel can only skate for 2 mins of warm ups

    watch your Poti mouth

  56. Say NYR do make the Finals this year….can we (or any other team) beat this Black Hawks team in a 7 game series?

    Because barring some type of key injury, they look they are going to take this thing home…

  57. @KatieStrangESPN@ #NYR Asked Tortorella what is ailing Nash: “None of your business.”


    Laughing My mikeGreen Off

  58. Put Kit Carson on the point. Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone on the wings. Drop Custer from PP.

  59. Torts would have made a good Minister of Information for Josef Stalin. I mean, get a wang-in life.

  60. @NYDNRangers@ The Garden has added pretzels to the press box offerings. Everybody wins


    Are you thirsty, Carp?

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  62. Major additions to the Blackhawks since last year:

    Sheldon Brookbank
    Michal Rozsival

    Can’t be Brookbank that’s making such a difference, right?

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