Rangers at Capitals today (12:30 start, which yesterday would have been 11:30)

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Mar. 10, 12:30 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 12-9-2 (26 pts)
Capitals: 10-12-1 (21 pts)

TODAY’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-9-2 (26 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Friday at Madison Square Garden, to end their four-game winning streak. The Blueshirts have registered a point in three of their last four road games (2-1-1). The Capitals enter the contest with a 10-12-1 (21 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday, Mar. 12, at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m.), as they continue their four-game road trip.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
– All-Time: 85-86-18-5 overall (47-38-9-2 at home; 38-48-9-3 on the road)
– 2013: Today is the second of three meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at Verizon Center. The Rangers are 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 win on Feb. 17 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 1-4 (20.0%) in the contest, while the Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in four power play opportunities against. New York out-shot Washington, 40-28, in the game, including a 20-8 advantage in the first period. Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan each tallied a goal for the Rangers, while Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, and Brad Richards recorded one assist apiece. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in the win.
– 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 six of their last eight regular season games against the Capitals, out-scoring Washington, 28-15, over the span
– New York ranks 25th in the NHL with a 3-4-1 (7 pts) record on the road; Washington ranks 18th in the NHL with a 7-5-0 (14 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 4-1-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Capitals are 2-6-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists three former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); Jeff Halpern (1999-00 – 2005-06; 2011-12); Roman Hamrlik (2011-12 – 2012-13)
– Washington lists two former Rangers on their roster: Tom Poti (2001-02 – 2005-06); Wojtek Wolski (2010-11 – 2011-12)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 23 GP, 14-7-2, 2.70 GAA, 3 SO
– Martin Biron — 23 GP, 11-9-1-2, 2.56 GAA, 1 SO
– Brad Richards — 51 GP, 8-28-36
– Ryan Callahan — 19 GP, 8-7-15
– Rick Nash — 10 GP, 7-6-13
– Roman Hamrlik — 55 GP, 7-12-19

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in seven of the last 11 games (8-36, 22.2% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 35-40 (87.5%) in the last 14 games. New York has posted a record of 7-3-1 when not allowing a power play goal.

Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (2:40) on Friday vs. Ottawa. New York ranks 24th overall (12-80, 15.0%) and ranks 26th on the road (3-29, 10.3%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Senators in three power play attempts against (3:05) on Friday at MSG. New York ranks 12th overall (67-81, 82.7%) and 17th on the road (20-25, 80.0%). The Rangers are 4-4 (5:21) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 3-3 (4:19) when three-on-four (last – 3/3 vs. BUF). 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 (1:20) on Friday vs. Ottawa, and are now minus-1 in 14 four-on-four situations (27:22) 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).

SOUTHEAST FEAST
The Rangers have posted a record of 19-4-2 in their last 25 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 4-1-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 84-51, over the span.

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash currently leads the team with nine goals, having tallied his first eight goals of the season in the third period. Nash is the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were tallied in the third player, while fellow Ranger Arron Asham is the other to have accomplished the feat, in 2003-04, as a member of the New York Islanders.

GOAL SCORING LEADERS SINCE 2009-10
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 seventh in the league with 113 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (689) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks 10th in the NHL with 79 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 11th in the league with 76 hits.

NEW FACES
The Rangers have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe, J.T. Miller, Brandon Mashinter, Christian Thomas, Micheal Haley, and Roman Hamrlik.

QUICK HITS:
– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Thursday at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island.
– The Blueshirts out-shot the Lightning, 42-25, including a 20-3 advantage in the first period of their meeting on Feb. 28 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’ power play has tallied a goal in seven of the last 11 games (8-36, 22.2% over the span)
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 35-40 (87.5%) in the last 14 games
– New York has registered a point in eight of nine games when scoring the first goal this season (7-1-1), and are 5-8-1 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

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 17 games (10-6-1, 1.99 GAA, .929 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (six goals, three assists during the streak), including a Rangers’ season-high, five-game goal streak, and has now tallied a point in each of his last nine games (seven goals, seven assists over the span)
– Derek Stepan — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games
– Brad Richards — three points (one goal, two assists) in his last four games
– Marian Gaborik — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games
– Carl Hagelin — 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the last 13 games, including an assist in each of the last two games
– Ryan Callahan — six points (four goals, two assists) in the last eight games
– Ryan McDonagh — eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 13 games, including three assists in the last five games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Ryan Callahan — 4 assists from 100th NHL career
– Michael Del Zotto — 2 points from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 4 points from 800th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 23
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 8
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 56

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Mar. 5 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Nicholls
– Mar. 5 — Recalled forward Micheal Haley from Connecticut (AHL)
– Mar. 6 — Claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from Washington

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51 Comments

  1. wow time changed in NY already. it is only 11:36 here in Alaska. Im gonna have to wake early tomorrow for this one.

    I fully expect a Rangers win.

  2. If your in the city today Blueshirt Underground Radio is having a viewing party a the Irish Times pub across from the Garden at noon. Of course Carp you have an open invite and the beers are on me !

    The rest of you boneheads will have to pay for your alcoholic elixirs. It will be great chance to meet CCCP also, who casually charges for his meet and greets.

    We will raffling off Ranger tickets and other stuff and more importantly the place is gonna be jam packed with Ranger fans who will be booing Jason” bleepin” Chimera mercilessly.

    For directions go to http://www.theirishtimesnyc.com

  3. I fully expect the no-talent clowns to put up effort equal to their skillset. That is, none whatsoever.

    These jokers float around the #8 club as if they’re going to find a next gear towards the end of the season, squeak in, and then blast their way to the upper echelons.

    Upper echelons of mediocrity is the only thing that this two-bit, dogs-breakfast-of-a-team is going to reach.

    They’re going to fold like a cheap suit today.

    Sweet dreams, fellow-fans.

    (Ps. can anyone tell I miss my additional one hour of sleep?)

  4. wow!!! Poor Dubi, looks like the new GM for the jackets is shopping Dubi around the league, feels Dubi makes way to much money for his production, good luck.

  5. http://snyrangersblog.com/former-rangers/brandon-dubinsky/buzz-the-blue-jackets-are-offering-brandon-dubinsky-around/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

    “Poor Dubi”?? Really? First he holds out. Then he gets a contract he doesnt deserve. Then he continues to not produce. Then he gets traded for a new start. Then he continues to not produce.

    Cant help but get a grin on my face actually. Looks like his intangibles are about to land him on his 3rd team in 9 months.

  6. In related news Prust went hard into the boards last night and injured what appeared to be his shoulder.

  7. He looked pretty hurt. I think I felt some sympathy pains.

    Can we please get 2 points!?

  8. dont think NBC will be too thrilled that Biron is likely starting this game. Caps coming off a disappointing loss last night to Islanders. Need a good start.

  9. Cross Check Charlie on

    There are two things I hope for in today’s game.

    1. The Rangers win
    2. Doc Emric doesn’t announce the game

  10. Regarding the Dubinsky story, I take anything anything Bruce Garrioch writes with a grain of salt. Not saying that Dubie doesn’t deserve to be shopped around. I’m just saying it’s not the first attention grabbing headline from Garrioch that never panned out.

  11. czechthemout!!! on

    So Dubi is being offered around the league. How about Boyle for Dubi and hal his cap, if doable. Big upgrade in every area.

  12. Would you take him back? I don’t think he’ll cost much, just the money. Hwirth? Anyone?

  13. I would love to get Dubi back at a discount if possible. Bluejacket, Blueshirt, bring him home.

  14. czechthemout!!! on

    Ilb

    I would take him back for Boyle in a heartbeat. Can they do it and hav CBJ take half his cap hit? If anyone knows, its you.

  15. _Rangers at Capitals today (12:30 start, which yesterday would have been 11:30)_

    aawww… i wish we had yesterday’s time…it was so likable :D

  16. Kreider for Dubi!

    Those poor fans in Columbus…Would not want to be in their shoes right now… first they see their only star being traded away and now one of the players he was traded for is being shopped around already! Might as well wrap that franchise up and move on…

  17. Anyone else laughing at Bobby Boucher being sent Down and Leighton called up to re-emerge?

  18. Here is the rule from new CBA, for people who want to know:

    RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS

    Teams can retain a percentage of a contract’s remaining cap hit, salary and bonuses in trades. The following stipulations apply:

    No more than 50 per cent of the salary/cap hit can be retained
    Salary/cap hit cannot be retained on more than three contracts in one season
    The aggregate cap hits retained cannot exceed 15 per cent of the upper limit
    A contract can be traded only twice where salary/cap hit is retained

  19. Take Dubi back at a discount…would do. At inflated salray scale, no way. If Rangers clean up their odd man rush problemj, they win. Caps have too many snipers to allow them to come in alone on Biron

  20. Onecupin73yearsandcounting on

    Looks like Lou is sharpening his Ax …. I’m sending him my resume ,I cant do any worse than
    DeBoer.

  21. 2 years at 4.2 mil for dubi a bit too much especially with mac hank and cally needing new deals in 2 seasons

  22. Leetchhalloffame on

    How does Torts sit Hamrlik against a team that just dumped him and whom he’d play his ass off against to prove them wrong? Makes no sense Torts.

  23. bickell sitting not all bad news…..

    why ring up kreider this team already is loaded at the forward position with tons of scorers…..

    they definitely are not overusing Henrik like the flyers are or a few other teams are….

  24. He is out of shape, Leetch. Goes both ways. I’m sure a team that just dumped him wants to prove they did the right thing and burn him a few times.

  25. Already doomed with Henrik in net, hearing this Biron news leads me to predict a 9-0 Caps win with an Ovechtrick to boot.

  26. Hamelin is sloooooooow. Need more speed out there against Ovie and Backstrom. Plus Ribeiro is going to flip all over the ice to draw penalties

  27. Maybe Tort is trying to keep the Hamr under control. He could be too emotional out there. Something like that.

  28. That’s tough, LW. I would fake illness. Maybe good poisoning from what they prepared for you?

    Speaking of, the Orchid Show is back in town.

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