Rangers at Canadiens tonight

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Pre-game notes courtesy of NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, Feb. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 8-6-2 (18 pts)
Canadiens: 11-4-2 (24 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their second meeting in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-6-2 (18 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in the shootout on Thursday at Scotiabank Place, and are now 5-2-2 in their last nine games. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 14 contests (8-4-2) after dropping the first two games of the season. The Canadiens enter the contest with an 11-4-2 (24 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a four-game homestand.

RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:
All-Time: 191-321-94-3 overall (127-123-54-1 at home; 64-198-40-2 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Bell Centre. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall, following a 3-1 loss at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. The two teams combined for eight shots on goal in the first period (NYR: 5; MTL: 3). Anton Stralman notched the Rangers’ lone goal, off a feed from Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots faced in the contest.
Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Canadiens, 5-2, in the first period. New York’s power play was 3-17 (17.6%) in the series. Derek Stepan led the team with five assists/points in the season series, while Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with three goals and all team defensemen with four points. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
– Only two of the Rangers and Canadiens last six meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals – a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, and a 3-1 loss on Tuesday at MSG
– New York is tied for 24th in the NHL with a 2-3-1 (7 pts) record on the road; Montreal ranks second in the NHL with a 7-3-1 (15 pts) mark at home

– The Rangers are 3-2-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Canadiens are 3-0-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists two former Canadiens on their roster: Arron Asham (1998-99 – 2001-02); Jeff Halpern (2010-11)
– Montreal lists one former Ranger on their roster: Brandon Prust  (2009-10 – 2011-12)
– Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 13-10-2, 2.87 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 29 GP, 14-12-0-1, 2.42 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards — 35 GP, 9-13-22
Jeff Halpern — 34 GP, 5-9-14
Marian Gaborik — 18 GP, 5-7-12
Anton Stralman — 10 GP, 4-3-7

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 18-19 (94.7%) in the last seven games. New York has posted a record of 4-2-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (6:55) on Thursday at Ottawa. New York ranks 30th overall (7-59, 11.9%) and 28th on the road (2-24, 8.3%). 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 (2): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in two attempts (2:11) on Thursday at Ottawa. New York is tied for ninth overall (50-60, 83.3%) and 15th on the road (17-21, 81.0%). 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 at Ottawa, and are now minus-1 in 11 four-on-four situations (23:35) 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).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
– Tomorrow’s contest will be the sixth of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (3-2-0)
– Henrik Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 2.54 GAA against Original Six opponents this season
– Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with five goals and seven points against Original Six opponents this season
– Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, five assists against Original Six opponents this season
– Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) are tied for the team lead in points by a defenseman with three apiece
– New York is 57-34-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-13-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .612 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.649, 44-22-8), and ahead of Montreal (.596, 77-50-13), Chicago (.539, 36-30-11), Boston (.535, 66-56-22), and Toronto (.489, 59-62-19).

EARLY ADVANTAGE
The Rangers have registered a point in six of seven games when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 5-1-1 in those contests, compared to 3-5-1 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.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Blueshirts have posted a record of 5-2-1 when out-shooting their opponents, which ranks ninth in the NHL. The Rangers are 3-4-1 when being out-shot by their opponent.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank second in the NHL in hits (497) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan is tied with Brian Boyle for the team lead, and eighth in the NHL, with 57 hits, while Marc Staal leads all Rangers defensemen and is tied for 10th among NHL blueliners with 41 hits.

NEW FACES
The Blueshirts have had nine players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe, J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter.

GARDEN DEBUT
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 HOT LIST:
– The Rangers have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 14 contests (8-4-2), including points in six of the last seven games (4-1-2), after dropping the first two games of the season
– The Rangers’ penalty kill is 18-19 (94.7%) in the last seven games
Henrik Lundqvist — is 7-4-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .927 Sv% in his last 12 games; has held opponents to two goals or less in eight of his last 11 games (6-4-1, 1.89 GAA, .930 Sv% over the span)
Carl Hagelin — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last nine games, including eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last six contests
Dan Girardi — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games
Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span), and has tallied a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists over the span)
Ryan McDonagh — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last seven games
Marc Staal — six assists in the last nine games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Ryan Callahan — 6 assists from 100th NHL career
– Michael Del Zotto — 4 points from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 7 points from 800th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 5 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 6 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 16·
– Darroll Powe (concussion, 2/17) — 2·
– Rick Nash (injured, 2/19) — 2·
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 32

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Feb. 16 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL)
– Feb. 18 — Recalled forward Brandon Mashinter from Connecticut (AHL)
– Feb. 18 — Agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a new contract
– Feb. 22 — Recalled defenseman Steve Eminger from his conditioning assignment in Connecticut (AHL)

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139 Comments

  1. First!? Will try to catch this one tonight, hopefully it’ll be better than the last time. Can I ask Torts to get my sleep back?

  2. It may be boring, but the pre-game will be exciting.

    Is Del Zotto in? does someone sit so Thomas can play? the new MZA powerplay specialist?

    does Brad Richards get his game back?

  3. Yeah, the report yesterday in Hockey News shows the Rangers ranked, what, 18th or 23rd in the prospects rankings. Our rookies are not lighting the lamp or playing like some others this season. Maybe its the shortened season. I am rooting for them, but embarrassed by the offerings of many other teams this year. So bring on Thomas, for what its worth. Hopefully, our prospects are slowly developing at a sustainable pace to bring us results for years to come. They are not burning up the National Hockey League this year. Will be interesting to see how the Rangers fare en Montreale tonight. I’m hopeful, but not optimistic.

  4. Cross Check Charlie on

    So, they recalled Christian from the AHL.

    Maybe that’s all they needed was a little religion!!

  5. the house of horrors the bell centre in montreal last win there 2009.

    christian thomas the savior lol

    this team is in del zaster mode

  6. Thomas with the gwg? Well you gotta win sometime. Its tge law of averages. Maybe torts can use some coaching technique and last tuesdays debacle as motivation.

  7. Call me crazy, but, if healthy, I think we’re a better team than either Ottowa or Montreal. On paper. Can we play them on paper?

  8. I have been curious to see what Thomas could do at this level. Tough place to make your NHL debut (if he is in the lineup tonight) in Montreal of all places, against one of the hottest teams in the league.

    From what I have seen of his highlights, he’s a bit of a pest, but he will drop the gloves (he pounded Ron Hextall’s kids last year). He has scored a little and I know this team need offense and fast, but first I think they need to return to playing like they did last year. I expect a high energy performance from Thomas.

    A big part of that is being relentless, winning races to the puck, wanting it more. With a few exceptions, this team has seemed slow getting to loose pucks (even some of the “fast” guys).

  9. Atd 5’9, 170 (generously listed) li’l Chris should hand out business cards before dropping any gloves up here. This way he might get his choice of weapons. On the other hand, we could use another Bobby Clarke should the Holy Ghost of hockey ever drop one on us.

  10. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    If i could pick the 4 lines they would be :

    Hagelin-Richards-Gaborik
    Kreider-Stepan-Callahan
    Miller-Boyle-Thomas
    Pyatt-Halpern-Mashinter

  11. We are better when healthy but we are not healthy and we have not been playing well in Montreal in the last few seasons at all. So….

  12. So they are still informing the Columbus media about Nash’s condition?

    “@Aportzline: Only man standing from July’s #CBJ / #NYR blockbuster is #CBJ Tim Erixon. Nash (concussion), Dubinsky (knee), Anisimov (head/neck) all out.”

  13. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    5’9″ 170?

    Imagine PK sneezing and blowing this guy to the other side of the ice!!!

    Who, but Slather, drafts midgets anymore? Great drafting record. Every team we play, Boston, Devils, Ottowa has better young players that make more of an impact than ours. Even if they have worse or better draft picks. Gee, which member of our team is NOT doing his job?

    Mr. “Bullet Proof” Sather still has options that will make Dolan keep him around. Let’s see, we have seen this before. Fire the coach. Trade some players. Complain about injuries.

    HOW MANY YEARS DOES THIS GUY GET TO TREAD WATER????

  14. IF this kid is anything like his dad, we’ve got a keeper.

    This kid can shoot the puck. That’s for damn sure. Pretty good skater too. Obviously size is a concern, but he plays with little bite, so he should be alright…

  15. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    “In final seconds of CHI-SJS, Clowe tried to get at Andrew Shaw after Shaw hit Joe Pavelski from behind. Clowe came on ice during stoppage.”

    Torts would be dying for just one player like this. You hurt my teammate with an illegal hit, I’ll go after you.

    Gee, what a difference a year makes. What a difference no Prust makes.

  16. “How does Aportzline know that Nash has a concussion?”

    He doesn’t. He’s a hack “journalist”.

  17. We are doing a special show live this morning to especially for Ranger fans across the pond.

    its always cool to hear diehard ranger fans talk in a British accent.

    After clicking on the link below Just scroll down the middle of the page under the t-shirts for the link to the live show.

    http://www.blueshirtunderground.com

    Hope to see you boneheads there live in the chat room too !

  18. I like those lines, Kenny. Love the youth. Excited to see KiKi Thomas tonight.

    I hope we can light up the goal siren. You know, the Budweiser one that is in each Habs fans home and is connected to WiFi and goes off whenever a goal is scored?

  19. Hags has been our ball of fire this year. He’s proven tough, but has taken a number of unretaliated -against cross checks lately and if we don’t have someone who will stick up for him and end that stuff, he could lose interest and become another floater, which we do not need.

  20. Malkin has a concussion now ——->

    Is it me or are there are just way too many head injuries in the game today?

  21. Coos COUS, while clinically not “crazy”,one might conclude you are a bit over exhuberant!

    Check with Manny noted blog seer on this!

  22. wow the negativity in full scale this morning.

    imagine someone saying the rangers only draft midgets!!!look at the canadien roster. desharnais is 5 ft 6.. gionta 5 ft 7, etc….

    again this team will be fine. in some ways it is a blessing to give the young guys a chance. on farm system rankings I give them zero credence. if the rangers had 6 to 9 guys in the minors that will pan out long term to 1 level or another they are fine…

    look at the roster, Rangers are a very young team and that is a great thing…

    this team will go far this season…remember that prediction

  23. British Rangers Blog: ‘When are these feckless blokes going to engender a bloody effective power play?’

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – that is way way too clever for a JR ism. He wouldn’t get that wordplay much less utter it.

    E3 said utter

  25. Actually, the JR I was referring to was Jeremias Richter, famous German chemist who discovered the law of equivalent or multiple proportions.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “all these latest head injuries are perplexing into the boards and causing reverberation”

  27. Many of the Ranger young,some “eaten” by foolish transactions,some simply bad drafting by incompetent management,have not produced the desired results.

    A few would be Korpikoski, Dubinsky, Anisimov McIllRath,La Fleur,6’7″goalie I believe drafted at 2 or 3 and numerous others.

    One of many issues in the org. is size and strength both offensively and defensively.

    They are basically a finesse team with insufficient speed to play that way.

    And at the risk of being redundant they are smallish and soft on D as well with no true clear out guy. These are not new issues for this franchise which has tried to paper over it’s prospect problems with in many cases overpaying for other teams “stars”

  28. Coozer, As long as Glennie continues to steal that 5mm.yr. from the dwarf and sends the check he’s a great man.

    Who thank goodness no longer resides here!

    I too chant Sather sucks at the TV…………….unfortuneately it’s misdirected!

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “the instigator rule should always be predetermined as a result of what created it initially”

  30. e3, I turned Papa Bear into Papa O’Bear by turning him on to an after midnight Tallamore Dew! And he’s a fan of O’McDonaugh.

  31. the house of horrors the bell centre. crazy things always happen for rangers there.

    after tonight 4 straight at home and 5 of 6 at home

    winnipeg
    tampa
    buffalo
    phil
    at isles
    ottawa

    min 9 of 12 pts needed

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “the speed of the game synthesizes most everything normally. At least, from my perspective”

  33. Edward, my all time favorite non Ranger is Scott Stevens,easily one of the best D of all time.

    I believe that some of the most enjoyable posts on this oft times insipid blog emanate from the the strange but creative minds of yourself, Cooze and the oft quoted Emanuel.

    Remember to take the meds with food! ;)

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Commonsense – Scott Stevens was one snarly dude. Wish he was on our team. That was one bad assen.

  35. People are strange when you’re a stranger.
    Faces come out of the rain
    When you’re strange
    No one remembers your name.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Commonsense – never good to mix food and meds…. Running on empty. I look in their eyes and I see them running too.

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I stand before you, a man.
    Woods beckon silence echos
    Night is ensconced in the absence of light.
    All is still, we march onward together.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “if you predetermine the outcome after it happens, you are virtually a soothsayer”

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “by my calibration, the rangers need to win some games if they are expectant success”

  40. When shall we three meet again
    In thunder, lightening, or in rain
    When the hurlybury’s done
    When the battle’s lost and won Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 1

  41. Torts is beginning to remind me of Herb Brooks when the team wasn’t doing well towards the end of his run. Confused, defensive, unsure, inbetween, doubting.

  42. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he today that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother

  43. I understand his collapse defense, but it precludes our speed coming out of our own end and by having the forwards down low in the D zone, it also makes it easy for the opposition to wind it around the boards out to the point time and time again. Armchair quarterback observation.

  44. O’B – Re: your last bon mot, I posted a comment late the other night about Cyrano, who was over-imbibing late one night in a pub when someone whispered in his ear that ten brigands were waiting for him down the road behind a bridge. Cyrano replied: “They send only TEN?’

  45. Koos, agree. That type of defense zone play should be employed by teams who have no skill level.

    I would love to see a stat which calculates puck possession time. the Blue-shirts, especially against the better teams just don’t posses the puck enough. You expend more energy chasing the puck than possessing it.

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Everlasting love no longer denied
    Salvation screams delight
    The gates of despair are silent.

  47. Papa O Bear…Henry 5 at Agincourt?

    Well recalled. btw. someone mentioned Gilroy and for the lfie of me I cannot see why he hasn’t been used more than he has. He’s done his share of body work when he’s been out there
    but he spends most of his time on the bench. And he has a dynamite shot from the right point. I recall some really blue darters that he’s unloaded from there and right on the money. I guess that he’s one of those players, that for some reason never get closely looked at by their coach.

  48. Afternoon all,

    So as the team goes through a bit of adversity due to a number of factors, including introducing many new faces into the lineup/mounting injuries/key players not playing up to their capabilities yet – and the Torts detractors are coming out in force.

    Interesting.

    With all the complaining about the coach, I don’t see anyone offering any suggestions as to who should take over.

    Lots of bluster.
    Nothing to back it up.

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