Rangers at Penguins today (1 p.m. start)

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Saturday, Mar. 16, 1:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 13-11-2 (28 pts)
Penguins: 20-8-0 (40 pts)

TODAY’S GAME
The Rangers will complete their four-game road trip when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins  at CONSOL Energy Center (1:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-11-2 (28 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, on Thursday at MTS Centre, and are now 5-3-0 in the last eight games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 20-8-0 (40 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last seven games. Following today’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, Mar. 18, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
– All-Time: 117-102-23-8 overall (65-50-9-3 at home; 52-53-14-5 on the road)
– 2013: Today is the third of five meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers are 0-2-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 3-0 loss on Jan. 31 at Madison Square Garden. Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt and Ryan Callahan have each tallied a goal for the Rangers, while Brad Richards and Derek Stepan have recorded a team-high, two assists apiece in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 4.71 GAA and .851 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 0-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .950 Sv%.
– Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.
– New York ranks 21st in the NHL with a 4-6-1 (9 pts) record on the road; Pittsburgh ranks 17th in the NHL with an 8-4-0 (16 pts) mark at home
– The Rangers are 4-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 7-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12)
– Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 44 GP, 22-17-5, 2.47 GAA, 2 SO
– Martin Biron — 36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 35 GP, 8-28-36
– Marian Gaborik — 26 GP, 10-12-22
– Ryan Callahan — 30 GP, 9-7-16
– Dan Girardi — 38 GP, 1-11-12

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 14 games (9-40, 22.5% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 44-50 (88.0%) in the last 17 games. New York has posted a record of 8-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal.
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (0:06) on Thursday at Winnipeg. New York ranks 23rd overall (13-84, 15.5%) and 24th on the road (4-33, 12.1%). 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 Jets in two power play attempts (0:18) on Thursday at Winnipeg. New York is tied for ninth overall (76-91, 83.5%) and eighth on the road (29-35, 82.9%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), and 3-3 (4:19) when three-on-four (last – 3/3 vs. BUF). Shorthanded goals for (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:54) on Thursday at Winnipeg, and are now minus-1 in 16 four-on-four situations (31:16) 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).

SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash is currently tied for the team lead 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 second in the NHL in hits (794) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and ranks eighth in the NHL with 90 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and is tied for 10th in the league with 88 hits.

MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
– 3rd (7th in NHL) in GAA — 2.38
– 3rd (7th in NHL) in FO% — 51.7%
– 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.8
– 2nd (2nd in NHL) in Hits — 794
– T-3rd (T-8th in NHL) in Blocked Shots — 412
– T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2
– T-4th in +/- Rating — +3

QUICK HITS:
– The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 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 have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season
– The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 14 games (9-40, 22.5% over the span)
– The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 44-50 (88.0%) in the last 17 games
– New York has registered a point in eight of 10 games when scoring the first goal this season (7-2-1), and are 6-9-1 when allowing the game’s first goal
– The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 7-0-0 when leading after the second period

THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 19 games (10-8-1, 2.04 GAA, .927 Sv% over the span)
– Rick Nash — has tallied a point in 10 of his last 12 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span)
– Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist over the span), and has tallied a point in seven of the last eight games (four goals, five assists during the stretch)
– Ryan Callahan — enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist over the span), and has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six contests
– Carl Hagelin — 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 16 games, including four assists in the last five contests
– Ryan McDonagh — 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last 16 games, including six assists in the last eight contests
– Marian Gaborik — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Ryan Callahan — 3 assists from 100th NHL career
– Michael Del Zotto — 1 point from 100th NHL career
– Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Rick Nash — 2 goals from 300th NHL career; 4 games from 700th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 3 points from 800th NHL career
– Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career
– John Tortorella — 3 wins from 400th NHL career

INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 26
– Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 11
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 65

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86 Comments

  1. I am getting up early to watch this one. I hear that Sidney Crosby is a real neato player.

    I doubt we can hold them under two goals so we better have an offensive explosion if we hope to gain any points today.

  2. How did this team become so passionless? Maybe they feel like they proved it in the regular season last year and will turn it on the Playoffs this year??

  3. Buncha negative Nelly’s calling for Rangers losses. Ridiculous ! I think you people would rather be right than Ranger fans !

    This Ranger team can beat anyone if the play hard. Pitt is on a roll but this isnt the 76-77 Canadiens here.

    Thank god you downers arent in the trenches with rest of REAL Ranger fans. God Bless the ghost of Hardy Astrom ( he’s still living) and God Bless The New York Rangers !

  4. Good morning, boneheads!

    LGR!!!! Win today and everything back on the right track.

    Hey, Mouth, careful there calling the boneheads not real fans. This is one of the most passionate groups of REAL Rangers fans out there!

  5. mouth

    i live and die with this team. easy over there. i came off the ledge this morning to watch. i may go back on at 4:00.

    devs ottawa toronto 3 and 4 pts ahead. yes games in hand we have but only mean something if we win them. we need to keep these teams in sight.

    starts today. with that said 5-1 pens

  6. hope he puts the lines back the way they were:

    Nash with Stepan/Hagelin.

    and go from there.

    Let Richards and Gaborick play on the same line and figure it out together, or not. Don’t mess up the one genuine offensive unit we have.

  7. Czechthemout!!! on

    Mouth

    I remember watching that game in Montreal when Hardy Astrom stood on his head and we beat the unbeatable Habs of that season. And what a game he played. They blitzed us over and over again but by some sheer miracle, we won that game.

    That was some team they had. I think they only lost 10 games that year and won 59. That team was made up of mostly hall of famers or near hall of famers. There was someting mystical about watching the Rangers play against them at the forum. From the National anthems sung so magnificantly by Roger Ducet to the mysical forum itself. It was a blast and alot of fun.

    Lafluer
    Lemaire
    Gainey
    Schutt
    Cornyuer
    Savard
    LaPointe
    Robinson
    Lambert
    Houle
    Dryden
    Lupien
    Larouche
    Engblom
    And no goons.

  8. Czechthemout!!! on

    By the the way, that scored an incredible 359 goals that season. An even more incredible thing is the 1984-85 Oilers. They scored an amazing 401 goals! Thats 5 goals a game!

  9. Czechthemout!!! on

    I just saw a very funny thing. In 1983-84 Grant Fuhr, a great goalie by the way had 14 assists. He will have more points that year than Brian 3rd line Boyle will have this season.

  10. I watched game four of the 1992 rangers pens quarters to get ready for today. Then i threw on drury 7.7 seconds 2007 to rub it in. I love this team.

  11. today we will see what a favorite Stanely Cup pick team looks like, unfortunately it won’t be the rangers.

  12. This game isn’t on NBC? I picked this weekend to visit my parents in CT because I thought the game would be on. Oops.

  13. Rob in Beantown on

    That’s just great, the game being on NHL network probably means I can’t get it on GameCenter. That means I have to watch in the living room instead of the office.

    *BETTMAN!!!*

  14. I don’t know what’s worse; playing the Pens now, while we are playing like crap or having to listen to the hero worship every time Cindy touches the puck?

  15. Gravy, You Know You Want it Marty on

    If they’re going to have any chance of winning, they need to get the first goal. Or maybe the first two. Or ten.

  16. Rob in Beantown on

    correct me if i’m wrong, but I think NHL Network usually picks up either the home or away feed, so you might not have to hear crosby worship if it’s the MSG feed. NBC Sports has their own broadcast crews

  17. Cross Check Charlie on

    Will try to catch the game at work unless I have to actually do some work.

    I think the Rangers pull one out of their………uh…….hat…(yeah, that’s it) today and upset the Crosby’s.

  18. LW I’m assuming you are kidding. Sam and Joe consistently act like Crosby and Malkin fan boys every time we play them. One thing I really wish about those guys sometimes is that actually were NOT quite so good at not being homers. Just once in awhile I’d love to hear them lambaste a real cheap shot or verbalized even in a small amount the vitriol we Ranger fans feel towards some of these teams. I get it, that’s unprofessional and they want to be as good as they can and good for them. Just don’t bend over backwards for Sidney.

  19. The Pens will be up 3-0 about 7 minutes in as Torts pulls a beleaguered but not sharp Lundqvist. How’s that for a ledge, you amateur hour bloggers.

  20. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m surprised this game isn’t on NBC proper. Rangers-Pens matinee seems tailor made

  21. Cross Check Charlie on

    Yeah, Rob, I can’t believe that Crosby fanatic Doc Emric isn’t allowed to broadcast this game so that he can admire is idol.

    I still remember a game where he said, “And (player) dumps the puck in for Crosby’s team.” I just about puked right then and there.

  22. Rob in Beantown on

    So instead of watching the MSG feed in the office it looks like I’m watching the Pens feed in the living room. This was supposed to be the Summer of George!

  23. ottawa 32
    devs 32
    toronto 31
    carolina 31/winnipeg 30 (div winner)
    rangers 28

    pens carolina devs next three. couple of more losses and teams ahead win a game or two and the lead gets to 6-7 pts we are done.

    i bet carp two hotdogs to one that we dont crack top 8 again and i am saying this because i think we lose our next couple

    god i hope i am wrong

  24. bull dog line on

    I think if the Rangers put all 3 forwards behind the Pens net they can kill some time, maybe shorten the game. because at the other end the Pens are not going to have 3 forwards behind the net. they are going to be in front of the net, you know where the goals are scored from.

  25. Rob, unfortunately, Sam & Joe are two culprits in worshipping every stride and every pass and every movement Cindy makes!!! It would be nice, Peter, if they would call it like it is sometimes when Cindy acts like an ass hat, spoiled beatch that he is!

  26. Captain Brenden Morrow of the Dallas Stars thought he’d seen it all until Jaromir Jagr joined the Dallas Stars this season.
    Jagr takes his sticks “to his room during pregame and sleeps with them,” Morrow says. “I don’t know what happens once he gets there. I know a lot of other hockey players with a lot of superstitions — you’re OCD with your clothes, folding them up putting them in your locker — but this is probably to a whole new level.”

    god i love jagr. deadline deal? ufa at end of year

  27. Rob in Beantown on

    For somebody who spends that much time with his sticks he sure looked surprised getting called for that late game illegal curve penalty

  28. maybe we can just ask the pens to play for a shootout and we win guarantee you the win and we will take a point

  29. Any predictions for the final score of today’s game?

    I think we are going to lose 4-1. I hope I’m wrong though.

  30. DC62 even if they win, the usual clowns will still find some way to be negative and stay on the ledge

  31. I hope this team wakes the hell up at the drop of the puck of the first faceoff of the first period. None of the feeling out timid play that we have seen lately. Pittsburgh is flat out dangerous, so no lead is safe, as Boston found out the other night, but a lead would be nice. Scoring the first goal would be nice. It is tough to say with Pitts explosive offense, but the first ten minutes or hell even 5 will be huge today. I would love nothing more than a win today. Let’s Go Rangers!

  32. P.S. Torts needs to accept that Step is playing much better than Richie this year and leave he and Nash together. He can flip flop Cally and Hags on that line, but that was the most exciting line to watch when Richie was out, and we were winning, and that line was putting up some good points.

  33. AdamRotter: Is John Tortorella In Any Sort Of Danger?

    John Tortorella is not in danger. He is the danger.

  34. I’ve been for the most part positive when posting about the rangers but I feel like this team is a flawed team.

  35. @ Czechthemout!!

    I have a video copy of that game (poor quality) but the HAB fans had the nerve to boo Dryden after NYR ended their consecutive home winning streak. Also, Don Awrey blocked like 10 shots in that game.

    The game also has one of my fave Bill Chadwick lines in it

    ” For a goaltender to be good, he has to be lucky, that time Hardy Astrom was lucky!”

  36. don’t worry Halpern, haley, boyle and powe are in the lineup…they are good for breathing and sitting upright on the bench…

    4 forwards right there that do absolutely nothing….

    but hey let’s talk about the defense…

  37. eric is the biggest negative nancy on a blog of mega ledge jumpers…

    eric you understand math????

  38. Hopefully one of the points on the drawing board today are how to get some goals in there. Aside from playing prevent defense with 6 goalies.

  39. Oh you guys are so funny. Predicting a Rangers victory. This bush-league squad is so done. Not winning another game all season. Calling it now.

  40. Cross Check Charlie on

    They’re going to have a movie about the Hamrlik-Emminger defense pairing. It’ll be named Slow and Slower.

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