Sabres at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m. start)


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Sunday, Mar. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 9-8-2 (20 pts)
Sabres: 8-12-1 (17 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-8-2 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to sweep the season series against the Lightning (3-0-0). The Blueshirts have recorded at least a point in five of their last seven home games (4-2-1). The Sabres currently own a record of 9-12-1 (19 pts)  after a win in New Jersey Saturday and have won their last three games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will conclude their four-game homestand when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, Mar. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
All-Time: 60-72-25-5 overall (34-28-15-3 at home; 26-44-10-2 on the road)
– 2013: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of their four meetings required extra time, including a 1-0 shootout victory on Feb. 1 at Buffalo. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 10-11 (90.9%) and tallied two shorthanded goals in the season series. Carl Hagelin led the Rangers in scoring with three goals and four points in the series, while Michael Del Zotto tied for the series lead with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 1.92 GAA, .925 Sv% and 1 shutout, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .970 Sv%.
– Eight of their last 12 meetings have been decided by one goal, including four that required overtime
– Ryan Callahan notched the game-winning goal in each Blueshirts’ win against Buffalo last season, including the game-deciding goal in the Rangers’ 1-0 shootout win on Feb. 1
– New York is tied for fifth in the NHL with a 7-4-1 (15 pts) record at home; Buffalo ranks 14th in the NHL with a 5-6-0 (10 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 3-3-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Sabres are 2-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists two former Sabres on their roster: Martin Biron (1995-96 – 2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2001-02 – 2005-06)
– Buffalo lists one former Ranger on their roster: John Scott (2011-12)

Henrik Lundqvist — 21 GP, 10-9-2, 2.35 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 14 GP, 9-3-0-1, 2.68 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards — 34 GP, 9-19-28
Arron Asham — 38 GP, 7-13-20
Marian Gaborik — 17 GP, 4-7-11
Michael Del Zotto — 10 GP, 0-5-5

The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in four of the last seven games (4-23, 17.4%), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 27-29 (93.1%) in the last 10 games. New York has posted a record of 5-3-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in four power play attempts (7:17) on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. New York ranks 30th overall (8-67, 11.9%) and 24th at home (6-41, 14.6%). The Rangers are 1-7 (7:39) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/28 vs. TBL), 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 held the Lightning scoreless in three attempts (6:00) on Thursday at MSG. New York ranks ninth overall (59-70, 84.3%) and ninth at home (39-45, 86.7%). The Rangers are 3-3 (4:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/23 at MTL), 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. Tampa Bay, 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).

Marian Gaborik has been among the league’s goal scoring leaders since joining the Rangers in 2009-10. Last season, Gaborik became the fifth player in Rangers history to record 100 goals in his first three seasons with the club, and became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team. Entering this season, his 105 goals from 2009-10 to 2011-12 ranked seventh in the NHL, while his .48 goals per game average ranked third (behind Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin) over that time period. Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks sixth in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .47 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (578) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks eighth in the NHL with 68 hits, while Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and is tied for ninth in the league with 66 hits. Marc Staal leads all Rangers defensemen and is tied for 20th among NHL blueliners with 42 hits.

– The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period of their meeting on Thursday at MSG. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had a 17-shot advantage in a period was on Jan. 9, 2010, when New York out-shot Boston, 21-3, in the second period.
– The Rangers’ penalty kill is 27-29 (93.1%) in the last 10 games
– New York has registered a point in seven of eight games when scoring the first goal this season (6-1-1), and are 3-7-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 6-0-0 when leading after the second period

Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in nine of his last 13 games (7-5-1, 1.99 GAA, .927 Sv% over the span)
Rick Nash — has tallied an assist/point in each of his last five games (two goals, five assists over the span)
Carl Hagelin — nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last nine games
Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in five of the last eight games (three goals, two assists over the span)
Marc Staal — eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 12 games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four contests
Ryan McDonagh — seven points (two goals, five assists) in his last nine games
Ryan Callahan — three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four games
Dan Girardi — six points (one goal, five assists) in the last nine games, including an assist in each of the last two contests
Brad Richards — two assists and 28-37 on faceoffs (75.7%) in the last two games

Ryan Callahan — 5 assists from 100th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
Brad Richards — 5 points from 800th NHL career
Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 4 points from 100th NHL career

– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 19
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 44

About Author


  1. Cripes can’t believe I’m up for this ! Perhaps it’s time to put cat out…of it’s misery! Hopefully rangers are resting up for a BIG win 2 nite

  2. bull dog line on

    Mike Komarsarik anybody? right handed Dman, upgrade over the trio of crap the Rangers have as 6th, 7th, and 8th Dmen.

  3. I’d hope Komisarek was good enough to be better (and more physical) than the Rangers’ other options as 6th D-man. Just a few concerns though:

    – He’s struggled to crack the Leafs’ All-Star defense unit for a year and a half under two different coaches
    – A lefty would be probably be preferable anyway
    – $4.5m cap hit through next season

    So unless the Leafs throw in a first round pick and Kadri too, not for me…

  4. Had a couple of guys on my connecting flight from Reykjavik, Iceland to JFK wearing Canadiens t-shirts.

  5. Komisarek has never been the same physical force after Lucic KO’d him a couple of years ago. Probably a coincidence. And, like LW mentioned, his salary would become the highest among the Rangers’ defensemen. Pass on that one.

  6. bull dog line on

    hey I’m trying OK. they have to do better than what they have. minus his cap hit, I think Komasarik is exactly what they need.

  7. watched some of the LA-Van game last night and 1) HNIC does such a better job televising than NBC or any of the US outlets. my God. and 2) Kevin Bieksa. That’s who the Rangers need. Never happen. But …

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    looking forward to seeing how the boys play today. hate to say it, and I realize it was against a team they match up well against and have beaten before, but I am remaining very positive. there were good signs. some of the ‘dead’ players, like Richards, showed some life. Hank made some of the big saves he just needs to make to contribute as he always has. Coming together!

    However, need to see continued improvement. Fingers crossed.

  9. Komisarek? No thanks. Man has been humiliated too many times by Lucic to ever recover snarl.

  10. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I appreciate all the humble, low-key talk about Nash. Statistics aren’t everything, short term. Longer term, I do agree he needs to produce.

    However, his skill and size is a combination us Ranger fans may not every have seen. He is THAT good.

  11. I’d be interested in Komisarek for next season after Toronto buys him out, but other than that it makes absolutely no sense.

    I still expect Sergei Gonchar in a Rangers uniform by the end of the season…

  12. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Well, I am headed in to MSG this morning to see those freaks of nature, like Lebron, play vs. the Knicks. Sitting 2nd row under basket and looking forward to it!!!!!!

  13. One guy I would love to sign for next season is Ryan Clowe. He’s having a rough year so far which might make him able to be had on a 1 year deal for 2 mil or so.

    I think he’d be a great addition to our 3rd line and could move up too if playing well…

  14. Cross Check Charlie on

    Have a game tonight so I won’t be able to watch. They’ll be playing at the same time I’m giving a the young ‘uns in our league a clinic on how to cross check a guy and not get caught. I’ll probably be able to catch part of the game on radio on the trip back home.

    If they can play like they did last game then there’s room for optimism. If not, then at least they’ll get a decent draft pick……….oh wait.

  15. any player the rangers trade for I will assume it will be a UFA at end of the year due to the fact we need to pay step hagelin and mcdonagh and with cap going down.

  16. Since I clearly have far too much time on my hands, the Rangers appear to have a 3-2 record in first games after Casino Night.

  17. Czechthemout!!! on


    Thanks for asking. She didnt do as well as we had hoped for. But was also underscored. The tournament was marred by some really questionable scoring. That said, as a rookie ice dance team, the big deal was just getting to the World Junior Championships. Next year there is more presure on her and her partner to perform and qualify for the final round.

  18. I would totally take Bieksa and Nazem Kadri. Anybody want to work out that complete fantasy of a three-plus team trade to make it happen? Both are drool worthy.

    Those two post Casino Night losses are clearly a result of *fatigue* and a lack of *focus*

  19. At least Hagelin and McBust are both RFA’s at the end of this season. We can probably get the two of them for a few years each and close to $4M.

  20. Under performers so far this yr. Richards, Boyle, Kreider a little less so Gabby, Hank, MDZ…. Besides some fringe players, that’s a whole bunch of ice time and core players. Gotta pick it up soon.

  21. Love the tweet from Gross that Bickel will ply his 7th game as a F tonight but he’s only played six as D. I hope he doesn’t fight John Scott….

    Eminger > Gilroy. Man those two guys are inconsistent.

  22. Nice full day of hockey today, by the way. Looking forward to Datsyuk and Zetterberg stopping this Blackhawks win streak.

  23. I find it unfathomable, but Mr Scott appears to have been a healthy scratch in three of the last four games.

  24. stranger nation on

    BHawks impressive, but Boston also playing very well – has only lost to two teams; NYR and Baby Buffs

    big gametonite vs habs

  25. if i was a betting man and in vegas i would put a few hundred on the wings today. the streak ends today

  26. cup prediction i had in carp preview was blackhawks over bruins in 6 games on an ot goal by rozival to win cup

  27. eddie eddie eddie on

    eric – not sure about that….there is something religious about this chicago team

  28. stranger nation on

    Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks sixth in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .47 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

    Good stats for a 3rd line winger – who says the 3rd line is not as good as last years?

    The practice lines remained the same from Thursday’s game:
    Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
    Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
    J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle- *Marian Gaborik*
    Darroll Powe-Jeff Halpern-Stu Bickel

  29. eddie eddie eddie on

    that is what i call balance……love it….worked great last game….no tinkering

  30. eddie eddie eddie on

    carp – if you want a taste of what some of us were like in third grade…read last night’s thread :)

  31. I did read some of it, e3. Crazy stuff. It was almost — almost — too immature for me to join in. But I was sleeping.

  32. stranger nation on

    e3 – what it be – climb a tree – tis of thee – sting like a bee – scrape my knee – pay the fee – need a remedy – cop a plea –


  33. stranger nation on

    The Rangers face the Islanders on Thursday. As of this minute, the Islanders are 2-8-1 at Nassau Coliseum…

    The Ice Mets still in spring training mode

  34. E3- convinced you and coos have stock in cell phone batteries. My thumb beginning to look like big toe from scrolling down down- and DOWN !!

  35. eddie eddie eddie on

    S. Nation – born free, out to sea, happily, sandra dee, hee hee hee, number three, love some brie, letter Z, have to pee,


  36. “Doc + Pierre….Is there a worse broadcast team in all of sports?”

    Buck – Aikman

  37. I’ve gotten into the habit of turning off Sam and Joe, and listening to Kenny and Dave…

  38. Dave Lozo ?@DaveLozo
    Pierre McGuire just said “hard” five times in four seconds.

  39. eddie eddie eddie on

    buck – aikman are especially awful when doing the Gmen……talk about a bias….

  40. eddie eddie eddie on

    kenny and dave are the absolute best….you learn more listening to them than you’d ever get from Salmon Joe

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – if you get a moment free…could you forward my last email to you …to Ria…….thx in advance….

  42. Ex3…..Mama wanted to know why I was LOLing into the early morning hours? Told her, “know you don’t “

  43. eddie eddie eddie on

    papa bear…..i had to get up and go into another room……i was cackling like a rooster….

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    definitely the three stooges…..

    speaking of which……dropping a stogie….

  45. Everyone keeps talking about how the Rangers have such big cap problems, but I really don’t see it.

    We have 7.3 mil coming off the books next season from Redden and Drury alone. That should be more than enough to cover the raises for McDonagh, Stepan and Hagelin no?

    Hagelin: 875K -> 3 mil
    Stepan: 875K -> 3 mil
    McDonagh: 1.3 mil -> 4 mil

    That leaves 4 million for replacing Halpern, Eminger and Gilroy…

  46. Yup, Papa. I don’t think he’s quite as mean…but he is a warrior and a great leader…Kid can do it all…

  47. eddie eddie eddie on

    toews plays, like bobby flays, sunny days, purple haze, in a maze, splints i blaze, words dont faze, do what i says, russell baze….was a jockey, we love hockey…….


  48. eddie eddie eddie on

    I cant even fathom what those hawks fans are experiencing these days……almost too much….

  49. Depends what type of deal they give those guys. If it’s the 2 year deal that Sather has favored to guys coming off their ELCs then they’ll be fine for space. Personally, I’d give McD a deal similar to Staal and buyout his RFA years.

  50. “Jeremy Roenick ?@Jeremy_Roenick
    What a hockey game this is. Howard and Crawford r stupid sick right now”

    LOL! I wish I made that up.

  51. Carp

    yet we keep hearing (even from credible sources) that the Rangers have cap problems after this season.

    The way I see it, we could resign everyone and have room to add a top 6/9 player and a 5th/6th defenseman

  52. Oleo: no chance those boys get paid that much. That’s more than Del Zaster. Pretty sure Hagelin gets less. Stepan might get $2.3 ish. McBust is not crossing $3M


  53. we should trade Hank before his contract expires…. Send him to Wang Island for Tavares and DiPi’s crutches

  54. Eric, hate to say it, taking my son to a game with decent seats, easily drop $3 hundy.

  55. McDonagh deserves that ($4-$5M) if the cap isn’t reduced and if he is a UFA. But he’s not. New cap = new contract scale.

  56. One name that I love on that 2014 *prospective* FA list is Pavelski…

    Imagine buying out Richards and then locking up Paveliski? Drooling at this fantasy of a thought…

  57. guess i lost hundreds of dollars in vegas. thats why u dont bet. delay of game would haunt u

  58. This streak is not very fun for me. But it’s fine. Last team to have a stupid streak was the Pats and the Giants took care of that. 18-1.


  59. only STREAK that is important is the rangers putting one together. we need to win games now

  60. eddie eddie eddie on

    I see a lot of sharks games and the combo of Clowe and Paveliski – we win the cup

  61. eddie eddie eddie on

    Hags Pavelski Nash

    miller Step cally

    Clowe Kreider Gabby

    Powe Halpern Pyatt

  62. Yes, Eddie. Patrick Kane is pretty much exactly what is wrong with the shootout. What he did has nothing to do with Hockey…

  63. The more I see it the more annoyed I get. That Kane shot is ANNOYING. The shoot out is annoying. But man, that has to illegal.

  64. Pavelski’s clearly good, but his career numbers are pretty similar to a certain other clutchified US college product who played behind greater offensive talents and hit UFA pay dirt at a similar age and caught the eye of Dolan’s wallet once…

  65. FedEx Overnight has not delivered my Tullamore Dew, as expected. Have to make a quick trip to Apu’s Wine and Liquor so I’m set for game time. Back in a few…

  66. eddie eddie eddie on

    LW – Pavelski is a blue collar’s blue collar guy…….hard worker that has busted his hump from the moment he was born…..he will be different than the others..

  67. @DarrenDreger: Flyers’ Zolnierczyk suspended 4 games for charging.

    Phlyers are getting mighty weak in the tough areas of hockey. Just Rinaldo and Grossman I guess.

  68. Jack Klompus on

    “He launches prior to the check, making significant contact to Lundin’s head”…”What no player should expect is that his opponent will launch upwards, off the ice, into his head.” Goes on to say that Lundin saw the hit coming and tried to stop, that there was a serious injury, and that Zolnierczyk has no history.
    4 Game suspension.
    The differences between that hit and the McDonagh/Pacioretty incident are what exactly?
    It happen at different places on the ice. While he doesnt make direct contact to the head, he was clearly trying to put McDonagh’s head into the glass. Pacioretty has a history.
    Leauge is a joke, and Player Safety is making it a joke. Maybe Snider or Holmgren should have lobbied for their boy Harry, like the Aasens from north of the border.

  69. the difference is the Philly guy is a nobody, and it’s always easy to punish those guys, like Asham getting four games in the playoffs last year and Neil and WWEber getting nothing.

    how’s that astronaut pen, Jack?

  70. Anybody have any thoughts on trading Gabs? He has a NTC but some clown in Ottawa was writing that it’s a possibility. It’s good to have the extra scoring but how consistent is he and can Gabs produce/stay healthy in the playoffs? If the Rangers could trade him what would be the best use? A Bieksa-esqu defenseman? A quality 2nd/3rd line power forward? With all the personnel turnover when does one trade become one trade too many even if it’s a good trade?

  71. True, but there’s a fairly strong argument that picking up quality players after the first round is as much due to luck as ability.

    Is love to hear Don Cherry try to say Bieksa-esque.

  72. “With all the personnel turnover when does one trade become one trade too many even if it’s a good trade?”

    been my thoughts lately….I’m not sure I want to muck things up anymore as we’re still trying to synch properly with the ingredients we have.

  73. _And Monday night, he was on stage at Hill Auditorium, dancing to “Cotton Eyed Joe” in a blue fishnet shirt and skintight pants_

    Can’t wait to hear Milbury’s thoughts on Nieves if/when he makes the NHL then.

  74. Anisimov with the PP OT goal.

    PAP was in the box for a lazy hooking call in OT. He quit skating and started reaching with his stick.

  75. Islanders hosting a night for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with the tagline “Every child deserves a safer childhood.” If I could pick one building I’d want my theoretical child to stay away from, it might be the decrepit Nassau Coliseum.

  76. Very well put, Latona. I want my child no where near anything called the Mausoleum. Blech!

  77. hate that isles couldnt hold lead late. i want ottawa to fade with there injuries. we need them to slide in standings

  78. To expand on a previous thought…

    The average pro-rated 82-game season of Chris Drury (5’10” 190lbs) before his UFA signing: 25 G, 35 A (which he basically matched in his first two years as a Ranger)

    The same averages over the career to date of Joe Pavelski (5’11″195lbs): 26 G, 33 A

  79. I was about to ask about LLWS. Because, being born a winner is VERY important. Ask Tiki….

  80. I’m just poking around on QuantHockey and Ryan McBust McDonagh is 6th, overall, for his career, in +/-. At +42.

    I found it unfair to compare lifetime goals and assists and points since he’s a bit younger than say, Tom Poti.

  81. Although, I know that the lists were apparently made not counting age as a factor, but there are some darn good American Born D-Men.

  82. That would include today’s birthday boy Manny, I would think. And a newspaper section for unnecessary roughness ( yeah, I know, different sport, but mama gets so tired sometimes….)


  83. Malik got 187 PIMS in 95 games over the last two years in the Czechopånsy league? That’s a *lot* of hooking penalties.

  84. but if Drury had signed for 3 years 5 mil a year instead, wouldn’t that have changed how everyone viewed him?

  85. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Perry yes
    Pavelski no
    Komisarek not unless he makes under 2 mil a season

    Huge resounding yes to bieksa


  86. Nobody’s born a winner. the person has to desire to win. winning must be of paramount importance to the person. Not some wife and newborn daughter… ;)

  87. the other issue with Pavelski is his stats are going to be inflated due to his surrounding cast. Playing with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Boyle, Havlat (when healthy) boosts his numbers for sure.

  88. Oh yeah, agree, oleo. Just pointing out what could happen if Pavelski gets the 5+ years, $5m+ per that he’ll probably get as a UFA. Because I doubt he would get 3×5.

  89. eddie eddie eddie on

    oleo – Pavelski has been playing on the right side with Marleau and Kennedy

  90. Similar to Drury playing with or behind Sakic/Forsberg/Hejduk then Briere/Vanek (and benefitting from the league-wide inflated numbers in 2005/06 and 2006/07.

  91. eddie eddie eddie on

    not sure about inflated stats….my eyes see a guy who busts his assen every shift…..sort of like the anti-gabby

  92. Bieksa is a Monster. Not enough of a monster to win a cup.

    Yes. There are some great all time American born D-Men. I was referring to Active guys. Kind of giving the reporters a break. Even though, given larger ice and the need for people to, ya know, actually play defense, hard to snub McBust.


  94. Marc Anthony at Foxwoods-gonna pass-that dude could offer to sing in my living room and I’d say no thanks. . .

Leave A Reply

Protected with IP Blacklist CloudIP Blacklist Cloud