Live Chat at noon today; Rangers at Carolina tonight: Another chance to clinch

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Just a reminder: Please join us for a Live Chat today at noon where we can discuss the pending Rangers clincher … or the pending nailbiter on Saturday.

The Rangers still need two points in their last two games, or a regulation loss by Winnipeg in its final game, or any combination of points gained by the Rangers or points lost by the Jets that equals two, to clinch a playoff berth. They could clinch tonight.

Winnipeg plays its final game of the season tonight, at home against struggling Montreal. The Rangers, of course, close against the Devils on Saturday and must be praying that that game has no meaning, because since eliminating the Devils on Sunday, they know New Jersey would love nothing better than to return the favor.

(AP photo, above.)

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at CAROLINA HURRICANES
Thursday, Apr. 25, 7:00 p.m.
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Rangers: 24-18-4 (52 pts)
Hurricanes: 19-24-3 (41 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to wrap up their 2013 regular season road schedule. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 24-18-4 (52 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 3-2, on Tuesday at BB&T Center, and are now 8-3-1 in the month of April. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 19-24-3 (41 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost 17 of their last 21 games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Apr. 27, at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), to complete their 2013 regular season schedule.
RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:
All-Time: 61-48-7-2 overall (37-17-4-2 at home; 24-31-3-0 on the road)
2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at PNC Arena. The Rangers are 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Apr. 6 at Carolina. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-8 (25.0%) in the series, while their penalty kill has held Carolina scoreless in eight power play attempts against. The Rangers have out-scored the Hurricanes, 4-0, in the second period. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with two goals and three points in the series, while Ryan Callahan (one goal, one assist) and Rick Nash (one goal, one assist) have tallied two points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and .975 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 4-0-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Hurricanes, 17-8, including a 7-1 advantage in the third period. New York was 2-13 (15.4%) on the power play, while the penalty kill was 10-12 (83.3%) in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .971 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 3-0-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .916 Sv%.
The Rangers have won eight of their last nine games against the Hurricanes, having out-scored Carolina, 30-18, over the span
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game winning streak in Raleigh, and have won six of their last seven meetings at Carolina
New York is tied for 18th in the NHL with a 9-12-2 (20 pts) record on the road; Carolina ranks 30th in the NHL with a 9-14-0 (18 pts) mark at home
The Rangers are 9-4-1 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Hurricanes are 6-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
New York lists no former Hurricane on its roster
Carolina lists one former Ranger on its roster: Bobby Sanguinetti (2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. HURRICANES:
Henrik Lundqvist
— 22 GP, 13-8-1, 2.24 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 22 GP, 13-4-1-2, 2.50 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 52 GP, 14-32-46
Rick Nash — 11 GP, 4-5-9
Ryan McDonagh — 8 GP, 1-3-4
SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 8-39 (20.5%) in the last 11 games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York has registered a point in 18 of 22 games (16-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (3:00) on Tuesday at Florida. New York is tied for 21st overall (23-144, 16.0%) and 28th on the road (7-67, 10.4%). The Rangers are 3-10 (8:16) in five-on-three situations (last –4/21 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Panthers in two power play attempts (2:54) on Tuesday at Florida. New York is tied for 15th overall (115-142, 81.0%) and 25th on the road (50-66, 75.8%). The Rangers are 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at Florida, and are now Even in 31 four-on-four situations (62:48) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi). 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 24-7-3 in their last 34 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 9-4-1 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 110-69, over the span.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
New York swept their season series against Carolina last season with a 4-0-0 record, marking the first time since the 2002-03 season the Rangers completed a season series sweep against the Hurricanes (4-0-0).
GOAL OUTBURST
The Rangers swept their final back-to-back set, defeating the Florida Panthers, 6-1, at MSG on Apr. 18 and the Buffalo Sabres, 8-4, on Apr. 19 at First Niagara Center. Their 14 combined goals were the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since Jan. 17-19, 2010 (14 goals), and their most in a back-to-back set since Mar. 1-2, 1992 (16 goals). The Rangers’ eight goals on Apr. 19 were their most since Nov. 14, 2010 (8-2 win vs. EDM) and they established a franchise record for fastest five goals, tallying five goals in a span of 2 min. 58 sec. in the contest.
EXTRA EFFORT
Prior to the Rangers’ 6-1 win against Florida on Apr. 18, Rangers Captain Ryan Callahan was named recipient of the 2012-13 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, for performing “above and beyond the call of duty.” It is the fourth time in the last five years he has captured the honor.
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist posted his 20th win of the season in a 6-1 victory on Apr. 18 against Florida, to become one of five active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9; Kiprusoff, 8).
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
Henrik Lundqvist turned aside all 29 shots faced to post his first shutout of the season, 44th of his career, in a 1-0 overtime win on Apr. 13 at Long Island. The shutout was Lundqvist’s 50th career total, including six playoff shutouts, tying him with Ed Giacomin as the Rangers’ all-time leader in total shutouts.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 91 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 15-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
MEASURING UP
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories…
3rd (T-4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.28
T-1st (T-1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.4
3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 1357
4th (7th in NHL) in BkS — 732
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist
— has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of his last 18 games (11-5-2, 1.81 GAA, .930 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 10 of 12 games in April (six goals, nine assists over the span), and has recorded 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in the last 28 games
Ryan Callahan — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists over the span), and has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games
Brad Richards — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (four goals, four assists over the span)
Taylor Pyatt — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span)
Rick Nash — 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 12 April games
Ryane Clowe — has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in 11 games as a Ranger
Ryan McDonagh — seven points (two goals, five assists) in 12 games during the month of April, including a five-game point streak at MSG (two goals, four assists during the stretch)
Mats Zuccarello  — five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
Derick Brassard — 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 11 games as a Ranger
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Steve Eminger
— 1 point from 100th NHL career
Brad Richards — 2 games from 900th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 1 point from 100th NHL career
INJURIES:
Michael Sauer
(concussion, 12/5/11) — 46
Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 25
Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 11
Brian Boyle (injured, 4/16) — 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 125

 

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  1. Let’s save us all the agony of today and go straight till Saturday. Deep down we all know it will be do or die on Saturday. This is what this franchise is about.

  2. Nail biters sell advertising…I say let’s finish this on Saturday so MSG can lower ticket prices!;<)) And Brad Richards won't know that he can start tweeting about golf until the season is over. Hey, isn't that what the hockey season is about, making money for the green fees?

    If the Rangers lose tonight, they don't deserve the playoffs this year…but I believe they have a great core of players who can take them there in a full season. Really looking forward to next year, hopefully with a healthy Marc Staal and a healthy Sauer. I'm not counting on much more than a first round playoff series this year…but you never know, and Henry could take them there single-handed.

  3. Oh, and Carp, some of my neighbors in the vicinity have seen bears this spring…better take that grizzly bear costume out of the closet to scare them off!

  4. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Good morning, Boneheads!

    Ok, to me, this is it. Want post season (as likely that we are one and out as it gets?) to actually occur?

    Two options:
    1. PRAY: that the Jets are kind enough to lose so we don’t have to actually care about our games. Would be so kind of them because this is the time of year we see what our team is made of and it ain’t all that much.

    2. WIN TONIGHT: if the Jets win, be MUST win and do so tonight. Ain’t no way the Derbil’s, whose ‘Sea-son’s O-ver’ will not take us apart Saturday with a Cup Final game 7 effort. They are a good team and not far from our talent level. DON’T RISK THAT. Win tonight!!!!!

    LGR!!LGR!!!

  5. Lets hope the triumvirate of Staals don’t ruin brother Marc’s season and help end it early (again)

  6. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Oh, Wild? I have the same addiction as you. You see, I am already thinking about next year. (That’s the fall back, self protective position because we already realize the odds of going where we went last year are so extremely low).

    What happens when Miller and Kreider are here all year. Perhaps we will, after what feels like Sather’s whole tenure, have a crease clearing defenseman (McIlrath?). A full year Staal (before he requests to go play with his family). Moore and MDZ a year older. Nash more comfortable. Hopefully Step, Cally, and Hags progress forward, and Richards does a treadmill over the summer. Torts a whole pre season to mold the team and to play with all his lines and stuff!

    Yea, yea, yea, the stuff dreams are made of. The stuff that sells season tickets for the mediocre big city franchises year in and out.

    I’ll be there. I love this team. It’s in my blood. I am a fan.

    But I do say they would be eons better and it is time to:

    FIRE SATHER!!! FIRE SATHER!!!!

  7. I think the Moore, Brassard, Dorsett for Gaby trade just ensured Slats will die in his GM chair a many few years from now.

  8. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Funny thing, UK. A REAL owner would sit back and look at 2 things:

    1. 13 years and what have you accomplished? Let’s see, you have blamed and fired how many coaches, once finished first. Have made the playoffs as many times as you haven’t when money was never the issue. Have gone one and out, except once, the few times you made the playoffs. Yes, that’s right, IT MUST be the other people. It’s the coaches, the players not being accountable, everyone else. You’re the best, Glen…..Uh, let’s go to #2…

    2. The closest we have come is last year, since you have been GM. Let’s look at this year. Is the team progressing? Are we in a better position?
    Uh…..

    Well, Glen, you will still have your job because 35 years ago, when I was a little boy, you were nice to me at some hockey camp. I find that to be a great reason to employ you for life no matter what you achieve…..

  9. We can’t run from possibly having to win Saturday. We can’t run from playing in Montreal. We can’t run from Sidney. To win the Cup we need to conquer all. Last year some attributed our Jersey loss in the playoffs to having to go 7 in 2 previous series. So no problem, we sweep the Pens and take the Bruins in 5 or 6. Lets win tonight and rest up.

  10. Cross Check Charlie on

    “So no problem, we sweep the Pens and take the Bruins in 5 or 6.”

    I want what he’s smoking!

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Bmac – truth to power. Say it loud, Say it proud

    LETS GO RANGERS

    LETS GO RANGERS

  12. Southeast feast?? Really? Those MSG blurbs are good for a chuckle. Two losses to Florida, hardly a feast. Of course sweeping the canes tonight would fill my belly.

  13. Seriously, I think for this team to take the last step up they need to make significant moves. Does Carolina want Marc? Lundquist is 31, time for a return? This is talk for the offseason.

  14. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Morning ILB, manny, and all!

    I’ll try to stop in for the charp. If not enjoy and LGC, LGR, and LGD!!!

  15. why would they win tonight? don’t you know it’s going to be decided in the third period of Saturday’s game

  16. Good morning all! We had dang well better win tonight and clinch. I’m missing Saturday and don’t need the heartburn.

    LGR!!!!

  17. Rob in Beantown on

    Lundqvist is 31 but playing some of the best hockey of his career. I think he easily has 5-6 years of peak performance left. They need to resign him.

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    That said, it is a closing door of opportunity. If Lundqvist leaves/retires without the Rangers having won a Cup it will have been a huge waste of talent.

  19. Doodie Machetto on

    My friend just gave me the answer to my question about one black sheep brother: The Brotens.

    Neal Broten was a great player. Aaron Broten was a multiple 20 goal scorer. Paul Broten (of course, the Rangers’ Broten), sucked.

  20. Rob in Beantown on

    If I’m Sather I don’t let it go that far. But I’m also a bonehead, so who knows.

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    Lundqvist has 5-6 years of peak performance left and probably 4-5 years of good performance after that

  22. Kenny – I totally think the Rangers would be open to moving Del Zaster in the offseason for a physical, large D-Man.

  23. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Henrik needs to be resigned, but it needs to be a realistic number. In the day of the diminishing cap, you can’t spend all your bucks in one area. He is, however, our best player. He gives us a chance every night. Hey, Sather, I hope you are secretely negotiating already.

    (Why would anyone think he will do anything but go to FA with him like he does everyone? Note: Good GM’s re-sign their star players prior to their contracts running out)

  24. Sioux-per-man on

    Kenny – MDZ? How does a team let their top scoring defenseman walk away? Without nothing in return?

  25. Hank isn’t going to Free Agency. He loves NYC. He can wear a tux all the time and check in on his investments. I think that’s enough to keep him around.

  26. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Pimpster, good luck with the new restaurant!! Great menu!! Looks like a nice little empire you are building in a real growth area.

    From what I can tell, the Oysters appear to be low class, the steak is minor league and the “Pimp it Up” part of the menu is totally dog breakfast and bush league.

  27. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    You’ll probsably be out of business before you start!!

  28. hank goes to brooklyn with malkin and joins taveres. i would be hanging from a shower curtain should that happen

  29. The Rangers end the road portion of their regular season tonight in Carolina.

    Heading into tonight, the Rangers are 9-12-2 on the road.

    The last time that the Rangers were below .500 on the road was during the 2008-09 season where they were 17-19-5.

    Derek Stepan has 21 points in 23 road games.
    Rick Nash has 18 points in 21 road games.
    Brad Richards has 11 points in 22 road games.
    Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin have 9 points in 21 and 23 road games

    Henrik Lundqvist is 7-10-2 on the road this season with a .924 save percentage and a 2.25 GAA.

    The Rangers are 24th in the league with 48 goals scored on the road and have allowed the seventh fewest goals on the road with 56.

    The Rangers are 29th in the league on the power play on the road with seven goals on 67 attempts.

  30. Sioux-per-man on

    Pimp – what did I miss?

    From what I can tell, the Oysters appear to be low class, the steak is minor league and the “Pimp it Up” part of the menu is totally dog breakfast and bush league.

    Funny stuff.

    We should all get together for dog breakfast and beers before the ALL STAAL game tonight.

  31. Good thing the Shower Curtain probably wouldn’t hold your weight, eric. Not suicide, just a cry for help.

  32. Sioux-per-man on

    If Step gets one more point than Nash in these last two games, he is the point leader for the RANGERS.

    Did anyone see that coming????

  33. I think giving up Del Zaster to get a serious D-Man like a Bieksa or something along those lines would be a great move.

  34. But also, eric, when I was typing that he will stay in NY it crossed my mind that Devils and Islanders would afford him the same opportunities off the ice as the Rangers and suicidal thoughts flashed through my head as well.

  35. Sioux-per-man on

    “Good thing the Shower Curtain probably wouldn’t hold your weight, eric. Not suicide, just a cry for help.”

    LOL. Eric does cry alot of “wolf” ….. just saying :)

  36. Sioux-per-man on

    Carp – how far is Marc out? Do you think he will play in the Playoffs? (When we get in)

  37. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, that chart is awesome, but there is simply no way that Miami Pimp ever could have made it. If he had, there wouldn’t be a category for “Rangers Win” since these amateur hour clowns never have any chance of winning. Honestly, this team is like the Mousecapades.

  38. Doodie Machetto on

    “Good thing the Shower Curtain probably wouldn’t hold your weight, eric. Not suicide, just a cry for help.”

    Manny, you are just killing it today.

  39. Rob in Beantown on

    Scary thought but I don’t think Hank would go turncoat with another team in the division. It’d be a serious heel turn for the King

  40. Hank wouuldnt leave New York if it was “The Day After Tomorrow” and Dennis Quaid had come for him

  41. Pimp, please post the name or the link to the new restaurant again.

    also, do you know that you can have the link in your screen name. When you sign in to comment just put the website there and anybody who clicks on your name will go to the site.

    can’t wait to get to Miami for my free meal :)

  42. Matty@ 10:18, Junior’s reson for keeping Sappy.

    Add ,”because you were generous in sending a few Oiler stars in lopsided trades to assist my ailing franchise enabling us to barely win a Cup in 94, and I promised you would always have a job and a great deal of money to make your favorite players wealthy and happy’.

    “Keep up your mediocre efforts whether these dumb fans like it or not, we’re both making a lot of money”!

  43. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Good dog breakfast morning to everyone! You guys have more to worry about–Gloomberg as mayor and Weenie 2nd in the polls! Dogs and cats living together…

  44. Fat Guy http://www.mytinyphone.com/ringtone/83525/ on

    Morning ladies? Who starts in goal in game 1 vs. Chicago?

  45. If you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.

  46. lol guys, it’s not really my restaurant! I wish.

    But the pimp part of the menu is funny: http://pbsteak.com/www.pbsteak.com/NOW_OPEN.html

    I must admit it, you guys are so cool and well-wishing that it makes me want to go out there and actually open up a place.

    Sorry if I killed CARP’s dream of a free email. But if I ever do open up my own place, everyone here is eating for freer, no doubt.

  47. What’s the matter with you guys? This was never about the money, this was about us against the system. That system that kills the human spirit. We stand for something. We are here to show those guys that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins that the human spirit is still alive.

  48. Matty"Sather should have known better"Boy on

    Cmnsnse @11:08, vibin’.

    Junior is an equal opportunity owner. He has royally $*(%%’ed up the Knicks management, too. This year does prove, as it did for us in 1994, than even blind squirrels do find an acorn.

    It seems to me we will be waiting longer than the Icelanders to win another cup. “This one will last a lifetime” may have been even more prophetic than it seemed way back in 1994!!!

  49. Doodie Machetto on

    Point Break, Manny? Swayze’s character, right? Bodhi? I haven’t seen it in a long time.

  50. Look at it! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Let me go out there and let me get one wave, just one wave before you take me in. I mean, come on man, where I am I gonna go? Cliffs on both sides! I’m not gonna paddle my way to New Zealand! Come on, Compadre. Come on!

  51. Rob in Beantown on

    “New York Rangers @NYRangers
    No lineup changes for #NYR as Henrik Lundqvist makes 13th straight start in goal tonight”

    That means no secret Staal? :(

  52. Doodie Machetto on

    No way can Lundqvist sit. Rangers can mathematically pass Ottawa all the way until the end of the Rangers’ season.

  53. Doodie Machetto on

    Carp, you want us to make you the money to eat there? We will do it .25 at a time.

    refresh, refresh, refresh!

  54. Hi Carp,
    Too bad couldn’t join the chat…
    My question/observation:
    Why are we always talking about the Rangers like it’s a sick child? Why is it always so much drama about this team?
    Richars crying in locker, all this confidence crap (they ooo, so fragile, like small children), the way they play 2 decent games in a row against weak opponents and all of a sudden get so cocky and forget to show up the next game?
    Good teams are (like Torts say) ‘going about their business’, the Rangers on the other hand are ALWAYS in a middle of some drama.
    Is it us, the fans, who create this soup opera, or is it just a soup opera of a team???

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