Season finale: Devils at Rangers today (3:15 p.m. or thereabouts) … pre-game notes

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As we mentioned last night, the Islanders jumped ahead of Ottawa and the Rangers into the sixth seed with a shootout loss in Buffalo. But the Islanders’ season is over.

The Rangers need one point in their finale today to finish ahead of the Islanders and avoid the Penguins in the first round. The Rangers can also finish, theoretically, in sixth, though Ottawa has two games remaining, against Philadelphia today, and a makeup game in Boston Sunday.

If the Rangers lose in regulation today, they will finish eighth — and face the Penguins — unless Ottawa loses both of its games in regulation.

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Thursday, Apr. 27, 3:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 25-18-4 (54 pts)
Devils: 19-18-10 (48 pts)

TODAY’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013 regular season finale. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-18-4 (54 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, in overtime on Thursday at PNC Arena to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and are now 9-3-1 in the month of April. The Blueshirts are one of two Eastern Conference teams, along with Pittsburgh, to qualify for the playoffs seven times since 2005-06. The Devils enter the contest with a 19-18-10 (48 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin with games on Tuesday, Apr. 30.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time: 103-85-27-6 overall (57-30-20-2 at home; 46-55-7-4 on the road)
2013: Today is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 2-1-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win on Sunday at MSG. Ryan Callahan has tallied a team-high, two goals, and is tied with Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Derek Stepan (one goal, two assists), and Brad Richards (three assists) for the team lead in scoring with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .925 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 16-18 (88.9%) with one shorthanded goal in the season series. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists, eight points and a plus-five rating in six games. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, and Martin Biron was 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%.
– The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 15 of their last 20 meetings
– The Rangers have registered a point in 15 of their last 22 games against the Devils (13-7-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at ?Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009
– New York ranks ninth in the NHL with a 15-6-2 (32 pts) record at home; New Jersey ranks 22nd in the NHL with a 6-9-8 (20 pts) mark on the road
– The Rangers are 9-6-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Devils are 10-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
– New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Arron Asham (2007-08)
– New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:
– Henrik Lundqvist — 44 GP, 27-12-5, 1.81 GAA, 6 SO
– Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO
– Brad Richards — 41 GP, 5-31-36
– Ryan Callahan — 27 GP, 9-10-19
– Dan Girardi — 37 GP, 1-14-15
SPECIAL TEAMS:
– The Rangers’ power play is 9-42 (21.4%) in the last 12 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 tallied a goal in three power play attempts (5:51) on Thursday at Carolina. New York is tied for 21st overall (24-147, 16.3%) and ranks 15th at home (16-77, 20.8%). 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 Hurricanes in two power play attempts (2:57) on Thursday at Carolina. New York is tied for 17th overall (116-144, 80.6%) and ranks 12th at home (65-76, 85.5%). 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 tallied one goal in one four-on-four situation (2:55) on Thursday at Carolina, and are now plus-one in 32 four-on-four situations (65:43) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
PLAYOFF POSITIONING:
– PIT (1 GR, 70 pts, 32 ROW) clinched #1
– BOS (2 GR, 61 pts, 24 ROW) can finish #2 or #4
– WSH (26-18-3, 55 pts) clinched #3
– MTL (1 GR, 61 pts, 25 ROW) can finish #2 or #4; owns the head-to-head tie-breaker against BOS
– TOR (1 GR, 57 pts, 26 ROW) can finish #5 or #6; owns the head-to-head tie-breaker against OTT
– NYI (55 pts, 20 ROW) can finish #6, #7, or #8
– OTT (2 GR, 54 pts, 20 ROW) can finish #5, #6, #7, or #8; owns the head-to-head tie-breaker against NYR and NYI
– NYR (1 GR, 54 pts, 21 ROW) can finish #6, #7, or #8; owns the head-to-head tie-breaker against NYI
SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 22-9-3 overall (12-4-1 at home; 10-5-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 22-9-2 with a 1.97 GAA, .928 Sv% and six shutouts in 33 games over the span.
HEAD-TO-HEAD
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 36 career regular season games, posting a record of 24-7-5 with a 1.75 GAA, .934 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.
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.
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 — 2.30
– 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.3
– 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 1383
– 3rd (6th in NHL) in BkS — 752
THE HOT LIST:
– Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of his last 19 games (12-5-2, 1.87 GAA, .926 Sv%, 1 SO over the span)
– Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 11 of 13 games in April (seven goals, 10 assists over the span), and 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in the last 29 games
– Ryan Callahan — enters the contest with a six-game point streak (four goals, five assists over the span), and has tallied 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 13 games
– Brad Richards — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (five goals, four assists over the span)
– Taylor Pyatt — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span)
– Rick Nash — 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 13 April games
– Ryan McDonagh — eight points (two goals, six assists) in 13 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 six games
– Derick Brassard — 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 12 games as a Ranger
– Michael Del Zotto — five assists in the last seven games
– Carl Hagelin — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
– Steve Eminger — 1 point from 100th NHL career
– Brad Richards — 1 game from 900th NHL career
– Anton Stralman — 1 point from 100th NHL career
INJURIES:
– Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 47
– Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 26
– Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 12
– Brian Boyle (injured, 4/16) — 5
– Ryan Clowe (injured, 4/25)
Total Man-Games Lost: 129
RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
– Apr. 25 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)

 

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  1. I’m sorry, CARP … but you miscalculate … I’m certain that these no-talent, un-shaven clowns will find a way to finish NINTH.

  2. “Getting booed for two hours for no reason, I don’t know if I was really up for it. If it meant something, I didn’t mind.”

    LOL … what an absolute-WEAKSAUCE!!!!

  3. Rob in Beantown on

    “If it meant something, I was going to play, but it doesn’t.

    “Getting booed for two hours for no reason, I don’t know if I was really up for it. If it meant something, I didn’t mind.”

    He should tell that to the Islanders and Senators

  4. After that quote from Broeduer, he’ll probably receive more attention from the fans sitting on the bench than if he were to play. What an silly statement to make by a professional athlete.

  5. Does anyone ever grasp that ragging on the greatest goalie in NHL history and when healthy the best all around player currently in the league is penis envy hockey style?

    Unless that is no one would like to have a Brodeur or Crosby at their best?

    I guess their names on Cups wouldn’t fit well with all the Ranger “success”! LOL

  6. rangers need a win today because we all know you don’t want to face the penguins in the first round. I like to see the islanders play the penguins, especially since Comnsnse appears to love the islanders and think they are something special ;).

  7. Not the brightest comment on his part. He doesn’t think he’ll get booed sitting on the bench? Right or wrong, it will happen

  8. It will be interesting to see what the devils do in the off season. Do they spend money and resign there FA’s or do they go into total rebuild mode.

  9. They don’t need to win, tommyG. they need one point to avoid the Pens. I highly doubt the 6th is achievable at the moment.

  10. iDoodie Machetto, 3.5 on

    Any boneheads going to the actual game or does Sally have a monopoly on all of youse?

  11. Marty is sounding like Tricky Dick’s parting words, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore…”
    What a dbag!
    Hope the fans yell their loudest Marty chants ever today.

  12. ilb2001,
    I realize they need 1 point but if there going to go into overtime to get the point I rather see them win the game.

  13. Lets exorcise a few demons and take out Boston, Montreal on our way to eliminating the Islanders in the final…there is no pain, i am receding.

  14. “If it meant something, I was going to play, but it doesn’t…Getting booed for two hours for no reason, I don’t know if I was really up for it…”

    Uncle Daddy is such a classy professional, isn’t he? Someone should have reminded him that he’ll be at MSG, not The Pebble. Sitting on the bench doesn’t guarantee he won’t get serenaded. I hope the crowd get wind of this quote before the puck drops.

  15. Rob in Beantown on

    Comnsnse, we’re ragging on him because its pathetic. As much as I don’t like the guy I respected him more than to think he would be such a coward. It’s a bush-league dog’s breakfast move for sure from the “greatest goalie in NHL history”

  16. Just dreaming of what a fantasy season would bring…not to mention something other than Ovechkin every year.

  17. If dislike for rival teams and their players is a symptom, then I reckon roughly 98% of the entire universe of sports fans is suffering from phallic covetousness.

  18. Seriously if it meant something?! I’ll be sure to tell my principal that when I need a mental health day from all the middle schoolers ragging on me. Let em have the sub!!!

  19. Rob, you are correct in his attitude about playing this game.

    But you must also admit that Ranger fans constantly rag on other teams stars like Marty, Sid and Denis for no other reason than their amazing exploits on the ice.

    While Ranger fans (many) languish in mediocrity and of course averageness!

    Perhaps a more astute front office over the years would have taken my suggestion and tanked it once in awhile.

    Of course that would have required a real plan as opposed to the oft noted shotgun style designed by some of the worst ownership and management in league history. ;)

  20. LW3H, I don’t know if I’d go that “far” but perhaps you speak for yourself?

    As I said recently, it’s penis envy!

    For some! ;)

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    If the Rangers win on a scale of 1-10 how much *momentum* will they take into the playoffs?

  22. Sounds like when they interviewed Marty he was a little cranky. Must be hungry. At the time, I don’t think he had his morning fill of 2 dozen donuts yet.

  23. Common Sense-
    Envy is all some folks know. I respect and admire one of the best goaltenders to play the game and the best player currently in the NHL. The folks that dislike the coverage of hockey throughout the United States are the same folks that dislike the face of the NHL, Crosby.

  24. And respect for a player is always mutually exclusive from being able to dislike them and make fun of them as a rival, according to my official Venn diagram of what 98% of sports fans are like.

  25. Most Ranger fans respect Brodeur’s greatness but of course we also hate him and want to jeer him, especially considering how much it seems to affect him. As for the best goaltender ever, I still gotta go with Roy and Hasek over him. His recent records, while impressive, have more to do with longevity than skill at this point, sort of like Emmitt Smith.

    Crosby on the other hand is a different situation. Comnsnse you speak as if Ranger fans are the only people booing this guy. He’s hated league-wide pretty much. And it has nothing to do with his skill and all to do with his attitude and the league forcing him down our throats. Do you see such hatred for Toews, Stamkos, Datsyuk, Tavares or any other superstars the way you do for Crosby? Its because his on ice actions are laughable and he’s known as a punk. Combine that with his poster boy status and its easy to see why he’s hated.

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

    Not going to the game today, but knowing the Garden, I would be surprised if there aren’t the usual ‘Potvin’ chants (although the ‘beat your wife, Potvin, beat your wife’ chant hasn’t been around for a while) and the ‘M-A-R-T-Y’ chants despite him not being in the game.

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

    Ryan McDonough, “we are going to approach this as another huge 2 points we need game”

    Uh..Ryan…that’s a little scary. Does that mean you are going to come out swinging or wait till the 3rd period to start playing???

  28. Should Martin Brodeur consider the Rangers a rival? When two teams are rivals, both teams are successful throughout an extended period of time.

    Brodeur has 3 Stanley Cups since the Rangers last won it all. The Devils have had sustained success throughout the past 2 decades, whereas the Rangers have, well, you know…

  29. i couldnt give a crap about non ranger fans coming here and telling us we cant appreciate the skill of brodeur, yet we have to like hm to? when did that ever matter? get the eff outta here with that

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

    If we are winning there should be an encore of ‘sea-son’s o-ver’ chants, too.

  31. Im supposed to respect Marty the same way Chico urged Devils fans to be happy for the Rangers when Callahan scored that goal in OT the other night? I dont think some people understand the whole idea of “rivalry”.

  32. brodeur also has 3 new wedding rings hes had to buy for his sisters sister ,aunt,great grandma and 3 new neuva rings as well

  33. ‘Devils goalie Martin Brodeur said he welcomes the chance to play in an outdoor game against the Rangers on Jan. 26, 2014, at Yankee Stadium.’

    ‘”You have that one big one,” Brodeur said of the Winter Classic. “After that if you go into local markets to do it, I think it’s great. They’re rivalry games.”’

    Guess not…

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

    Mothman, you can’t fight history, BUT, he was in the right place at the right time.

    Brodeur has faced the least amount of shots in a 20 year career, per game, per season, than any other goalie EVER. And if ‘quality shots’ were a statistic, he has seen less of those, too.

    He has been a good goalie, yes. But he had a trapping team in front of him, and a few strong, crease clearing defensemen. Needless to say he benefited greatly. He was in the right place at the right time.

    I wish Hank or Richter had a team dedicated to defense in front of them getting 15-20 shots a game instead of 35. THEN, you would have seen some GREAT goaltending.

  35. Tommy G, you do seemto have a fixation on certain body parts! ;)

    Mothman, excellent rational post, another voice in the morass of Rangerland cheerleading!

    Grabby, who really cares what you care about?

    Now go back to grabbing whatever!

    Use your a tweezers!;)

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

    OK, thank you Mothman. I wasn’t gonna watch today’s game. Now I am. Want to see the playoff bound team dismantle the pee wees!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!!

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

    Seriously, can’t believe the regular seasons over. 48 games, so quick…….

    Oh…and get out the golf clubs, Kovie!!!!!

  38. If you see sports as some sort of feudal system, where the best players should just be the subject of admiration and genuflection, regardless of what team they play on and what team you support, then fair enough. I’d suggest it’s a pretty rare position to take, that’s all.

  39. Comnsnse,
    I see your brain has shrunk since retirement ;). Time to get off the juice.

  40. Grabby, low blows on Marty’s sexual peccadillos, variety being the spice of life!

    Your recap of his success is patently absurd, like don’t you wish Henrik could puck handle like Marty?

    And as long as you’re making wishes why not wish we had a Gm like Louie!

  41. Common Sense-
    I am glad to have you on board.

    Broduer said what he was supposed to say. I doubt he gives a second thought to the Rangers when he leaves the arena after a game against the Rangers. To be frank, the Rangers are not worth a moment of his time.

    He will be headed to the Hall of Fame soon enough.

  42. Comnsnse,
    funny how you say I am fixated with a certain body part but yet you keep posting that body part. Time to remove it from your mouth so we can understand you better old man.

  43. I say this: BRING ON THE PENGUINS. Seriously. If we lose, so be it. They are phenomenal. If this team actually wins that series, that might be the bonding experience they need to make a cup run. I think this team needs a serious challenge to be able to contend for the cup rather than just trying to make the second round.

  44. ilb – actually 7th is the longest shot. Lose and they are eighth unless Otttawa loses out in which case they are 7th. Win and the only way they are not 6th is if Ottawa gets 3 points out of their next 2 games. If they win it seems to me more likely they are 6th. Question is do you get one point and then throw it to draw the NE winner?

  45. Boy eric you are the fan version of go to the net and arrive in ill humor. please tell me you do enjoy this sometimes. Like now would be a good time.

  46. nice hank in goal

    newbury and asham replace clowe(hurt) and gilroy. everyone playing. must get a pt

  47. Carp – do we know if Newbury is on the playoff roster yet? (Assuming he’s in for Boyle or Clowe)

  48. LW3H, a very enlightened position to take which as you no doubt can see is a rarity on this blog!

    I am a lifelong Yankee fan as well but held Ted Williams in the highest regard for his incredible ability.

    Tommy G, there are areas of my once magnificent body which have shrunk but as you might note from my always brilliant repartee’, neither the brain or what’s in have done so.

    Now be nice and fix something on the car without hurting yourself! ;)

  49. Peter – I’ve said this a bunch around here. Don’t judge eric by his behavior on this board. In person he’s a very caring, gentle and wonderful person who is a diehard fan of this team. He expects the worst while praying for the best.

    eric the sensitive.

  50. i enjoy life after hockey season. rangers and eagles for me. nothing else in sports matters to me

  51. manny, if the rangers win today they will play the bruins, if not than the pens, either way the rangers will be playing the 2 best teams in the eastern conference.

  52. I actually met Lou Lam at an exhibition game in the hallway of MSG last year. I walked over and said “Mr. Lamoriello, nice to meet you, is there any possible way we could entice you to come across the river?” He was actually taken aback by the question. But that did happen.

    As for Marty I’d respect him a lot more if he didnt have such overwhelmingly smug arrogance towards the Rangers and their fans. He clearly has no respect for our franchise or fans so why should we return that? And having lived through it I’d say the smug arrogance led to the Marty chants and not vice-versa.

  53. manny

    just summed him up. i did incorporate hockey into my proposal to my wife taking her to toronto for hall of fame weekend the year messier went in followed by leafs/rangers at air canada center.

    6th round of shootout marcel hossa scores to win it. best weekend i ever enjoyed.

  54. One is defined as a troll because he or she does not agree with the viewpoint of the majority.

    It is always refreshing to have such rational discussion with folks.

  55. Comnsnse,
    like I said old man, time to lay off the juice, it’s affecting your brain or is that Alzheimer’s Disease you have, either case your mumbling post don’t make any sense 95% of the time. Maybe you should change your name to any sense.

  56. Gee moth I always thought trolling meant you were doing it just to get a rise out of someone.

  57. a bruins loss in regulation today at caps and habs win non shootout vs toronto

    we go to montreal tues night.

    honestly i want the habs. call me crazy here but i think we need to face our fears. the bell centre is the house of horrors no goals in over 261 mins given up by price havent won there since 09. SO BE IT.

    i want montreal

  58. Manny gushing over a fellow poster with kind words and thoughts.

    The blog is becoming a veritable love fest!

    Tommy, perhaps you can find a hook up if you’re not too busy with the auto repairs? :)

  59. What purpose would it serve me to get a rise out of fellow Rangers fans?

    In two words: no purpose

  60. still cant believe i sold my pair for 200 when the face is 145 right after we clinched on thursday.

  61. Tommy, you’re rambling now, of course you don’t understand it’s those darn multi syllable words that stump you!

    Maybe you could work on those fender skirts for awhile or maybe play with your curb feelers! lol

  62. Comnsnse posted!!!
    “Tommy, perhaps you can find a hook up if you’re not too busy with the auto repairs? :)”

    thank you for the evidence of what I posted at @1:41pm
    now this clown thinks I fix car, can’t make this stuff up, what a tool.

  63. Comnsnse,
    maybe if you learned the English language and how to actually write, I wouldn’t think your senile or drinking heavily old man.

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