Game 2: Rangers at Capitals today (12:30 start) … pre-game notes


Pretty important game for the Rangers today, at brunchtime in D.C., down 1-0 in their series with the Washington Capitals after Thursday’s 3-1 loss.

The Rangers hope to add some of their injured players to today’s lineup, though it’s not certain if any or all of Marc Staal (eye), Brian Boyle (knee), Ryane Clowe (probable concussion) and/or Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) will return.

Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game 2
Saturday, May 4, 12:30 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, DC
Rangers (Regular Season): 26-18-4 (56 pts), 6th in Eastern Conference
Capitals (Regular Season): 27-18-3 (57 pts), 3rd in Eastern Conference

The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals today at Verizon Center (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 1-0, following a 3-1 loss in Game 1 on Thursday at Verizon Center. The Rangers enter the contest with a 208-227-8 record all-time in 443 playoff contests (116-88-2 at home; 92-139-6 on the road). New York has posted a 45-49-2 record all-time in Game 2 of playoff series.
New York entered the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 26-18-4 overall (16-6-2 at home; 10-12-2 on the road) for 56 points. The Rangers are one of two teams in the Eastern Conference, along with Pittsburgh, to have advanced to the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons.  
Overall —208-227-8
Home —116-88-2
Away —92-139-6
Goals for —1,219
Goals against —1,215
The Rangers and Capitals are meeting in the playoffs for the eighth time overall and fourth time in five years, including a third consecutive season. Their last postseason encounter was in last year’s Eastern Conference Semifinals, a series won by New York 4-3. Overall, the Blueshirts have a 3-4 playoff series record vs. the Capitals, posting a 19-23 mark in 42 postseason contests.
All-Time (Regular Season): 87-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 39-48-9-3 on the road)
2012-13: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .966 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 10 regular season games against the Capitals (7-2-1 over the span), out-scoring Washington, 34-19, over the span
The Blueshirts have 18 players with previous playoff experience against the Capitals, led by Brad Richards (13 GP) who had tallied eight points (four goals, four assists) against Washington entering the series
New York lists two former Capitals on their roster: Steve Eminger (2002-03 – 2007-08); 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)
Henrik Lundqvist — 24 GP, 14-7-3, 2.66 GAA, 3 SO
Martin Biron — 24 GP, 12-9-1-2, 2.50 GAA, 1 SO
Brad Richards — 53 GP, 9-29-38
Rick Nash — 12 GP, 7-8-15
Ryan McDonagh — 9 GP, 1-4-5
The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal this season
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play opportunities (7:04) in Game 1. The Blueshirts ranked 23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 28th on the road (8-70, 11.4%) this season. The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last – 4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 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 Capitals in five shorthanded situations (8:33) in Game 1. New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and ranked 26th on the road (51-68, 75.0%) this season. The Rangers were 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 (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: The Blueshirts did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 1. New York was plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39) 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).
The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 first round playoff series
All Original Six teams qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1996
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL this season with 183 penalties assessed for an average of 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots this season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 goals against per contest, which ranked third in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the league overall
Three Rangers made their NHL playoff debut in Game 1 — Derick Brassard, John Moore, and Kris Newbury — while forward Carl Hagelin notched his first career playoff goal in the series’ opening game on Thursday.
This is the first time the Blueshirts have faced the same opponent in three consecutive playoff seasons since New York played Philadelphia in the 1985, 1986 and 1987 playoffs. The Rangers are meeting the Capitals in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years. The last time that happened was against the Flyers from 1983-87.
The Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring since the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.
New York posted a record of 10-3-1 in the month of April, marking the third time the team has won 10 games in a month since October of 2008.
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season 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 posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period this season.
Henrik Lundqvist finished the season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42).
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).
Lundqvist posted a 20-save shutout, his second of the season and 45th of his career, in the season finale against New Jersey to pass Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs), having posted 51 total shutouts in his career.
The Blueshirts’ netminder captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seventh consecutive year. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
Derek Stepan was named the NHL’s Third Star for the month of April, after finishing second in the league in scoring with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) and posting a plus-14 rating in 14 games. He registered points in 12 of 14 games, including seven multi-point efforts, and tallied three game-winning goals over the span. A few weeks prior, Henrik Lundqvist was named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending Apr. 7, after posting a record of 3-0-1 with a 1.22 goals against average and a .962 save percentage over the span.
Rick Nash notched two goals in the season finale against New Jersey, including his 20th goal of the season, to become the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.
Brad Richards notched his first career hat trick in an 8-4 win at Buffalo on Apr. 19, tallying three goals in the contest. Richards tied Ryan Callahan for second on the Rangers in scoring during the month of April, registering 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) and posting a plus-nine rating over the span.
Ryan Callahan was named winner of the 2013 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award on Apr. 18, marking the fourth time he has captured the honor (2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12). The Rangers’ captain also captured the Players’ Player Award for the third consecutive year
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 49
Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 28
Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 14
Brian Boyle (injured, 4/16) — 7
Ryan Clowe (injured, 4/25) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 134
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 5
Apr. 25 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)
Apr. 28 — Recalled Stu Bickel, Ryan Bourque, Micheal Haley, Brandon Mashinter, Dylan McIlrath, Jason Missiaen, J.T. Miller, Brandon Segal, Cameron Talbot, and Christian Thomas from Connecticut (AHL)


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  1. Yev Kassem on

    Keeping fingers crossed that both Clowe and Dorsett are in the line up. I agree with Carp; the Rangers were pushed around in that first game. That MUST stop!


  2. planetaryleave on

    On NBC Sports. they said Henrik is 11-18 in his last
    29 playoff games.

    Henrik? The King?

    Maybe he’s just a prince….

  3. listening to Katie Strang blather about the hit by Gryba………..


    She lost the last brain cell?

  4. no. Kathryn I would forgive.

    this dang human condition… God made us that way for a reason.

  5. Bad news if we roll out a bunch of guys coming off injuries at the same time. Short rest….Only 2 of 4 should play today.

  6. wildplaces on

    LGR but better get those butterflies out and start playing your game!

  7. Stranger Nation on

    in order of importance, would prefer

    lets go mets! oops, sorry wrong blog…

  8. HUGE game today…Rangers need to step it up in all areas.

    That being said, is there anything more annoying than how the Caps celebrate every goal as if it’s a Game 7 Cup winner?

    Rangers need to crash the net. Wipe that freakin’ grin off of Holtby.

    I’m not counting on anyone returning to the lineup just yet, but would definitely welcome Staal back if he could be what he was in last year’s playoffs.

    And like any other Rangers fan, I’m waiting to see what Dorsett is all about. Heard enough good things, want to actually see it.

    12:30 friggin start time…annoying.

  9. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    Stand up!! Stand up everyone!!! Stand up and chant:


  10. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    We start our winning streak…..NOW!!

    One shift at a time. One period at a time. One game at a time.

  11. Stranger Nation on

    the celebration of Chimeras goal was excessive. We need a physical answer as our top line resembles the 80’s Smurfs and our 2nd line resembles a wedding saying; something old, something new, something borrowed ..

  12. Hoping that game 1 didn’t set the tone for the rest of this series. Ie- Rangers make every effort possible and the Caps just score at will.

    Unfortunately the reality of the situation is that no one from the injury list is going to miraculously step back in and be a hero. Which sucks since Staal is the only one who can be a full time shut down dman against Ovechkin.

    Maybe they’ll find a way to turn it make it work. Or at least keep Jason Chimera and the third line from scoring. Even that may be too much to ask.

  13. Something old: Richards
    Something new: Moore

    Something borrowed: Clowe
    Something blue: Staals eye.

    We’re set..

  14. Matty"Monster Nash"Boy on

    I do think we need to score a clean goal on this Holtby fella. The ‘big’ defense (not saying good, just big, as in 5 guys 6’3″ or bigger…understand the importance of that, Glen?) and some of their large forwards were pushing us out.

    Second chances need to happen. Cheap chipped in crease shots need to happen. Deflections need to happen.

    Lot’s of checking needs to happen. Anytime Erskin tries his cross-check crap, he needs to be decked. We need to stand up for each other.

    We are faster, smarter, better. Our goalie IS better than theirs, really, he is!!

    We can do this!

  15. Absolutely, Matty.

    Gotta hope Dorsett is in since guys making their Rangers debut have scored a million goals this season.

  16. hopefully the rangers watched the islanders last night. That game took 100% turnaround when Okoposo (first fighting major in his career) challenge a pens player and than proceeded to bust the guys face wide open like a boxer. That point on the islanders and pens looked like two different teams. That’s what the rangers need to do, punch the craps in the mouth, relatively speaking and don’t take any crap.

  17. Stranger Nation on

    tommyg – agree – Dorset and Clowe can do that- boyle would get beat like a school girl

  18. if the isles can go to pitt and win we could do the same in dc.

    guys hate to say it but if you dont agree i tend to differ.

    MUST WIN. i dont see us winning 4 of 5 should we go down today.

    stay out of the box and play 5 on 5.

  19. The guy makin my sausage, egg and cheese this morning is wearing a New York Ranger Garden of Dreams hat. That has to be a good sign, right!?

  20. This is a must win. You know Hank has given up 3+ in 50% of his playoff starts? He has to win this alone.

  21. Lundquist needs to bring it home 4 out of 6. An MVP Lundquist we move on. When Lundquist is awesome its a feeling of relief, at the other end of the ice when/if we score its exhileration. I wish it were reversed.

  22. iCCCP - Who Gives A Puck?! on

    Yeah Lundqvist’s playoff record is pretty adysmal


  23. Trade Lundqvist! He stinks.

    Maybe we can play Cam Talbot or Jason Missiaen tonight!

  24. I’m headed to the game now.

    My attendance is never a good sign (I.e. I was at the atrocious, unforgivable game vs the Panthers).

    Aka. Prepare to say “good night” to these no-talent clowns. They’re done.

  25. That’s great, Pimp. I hope you have a great time and represent us well. Boneheads Unite!

  26. eric, I agree, I hope the league was watching the islanders/pens game last night. The islanders showed a blueprint on how to beat the pens. Hit Malkin hard any chance you get throws his game off because the big ugly one than starts trying to cheap shot opposing players and the big ugly one takes penalties. Same goes for Ovechkin, hit him hard any chance you get will get him mad and he will do the same. The way I see it if the rangers lose today they should start shining up there golf clubs.

  27. Need a unsung hero, maybe Brassard? Crash the net please. Good feeling today

  28. I think that might just be someone’s prediction and not a fact. I might have gotten too excited.

  29. @SWhyno #NYR won’t reveal Game 2 lineup before warm-ups. Plenty of speculation on Clowe, Staal, Dorsett and Boyle.

  30. Manny, remember what Carp said about twitter, not reliable unless from a reliable source like Mckenzie.

  31. I can see Boyle and Dorsett playing today, not so much clowe. If those two do play, please sit Pyatt, waste of a roster space.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    “Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR Will have to wait for pre-game warmups to discern any potential lineup changes. Rangers not disclosing”


  33. I assumed so, Carp since you put him in the twitter feed and you’re relatively reliable when you’re not consumed with your other job.

    If Dorsett gets in the lineup we win. Pursuant to the “Rangers Debut Theory” he scores at least 2 goals.

  34. bounce back game today. Psyched to be going, drop the puck & lets go Rangers!

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    There has to be a reason they are not disclosing though, right? Somebody must be coming back?

  36. I think, based on Torts’ comments yesterday, when he said he wasn’t concerned about conditioning or whatever, that SOMEONE is coming back. I would assume that is Dorsett since he said earlier that he wasn’t sure of his conditioning. Maybe Staal said something similar.

  37. This would be a classic type of playoff game where the team in the Rangers position will come out and take the physical initiative. But playing on the edge also results in penalties, and I would bet Torts makes staying out of the box the priority. So I’d be surprised to see the Rangers get overly physical, at best they’ll try not to get pushed around.

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    *i see a ranger victory in game 2 – the car seat will be joyous tonight*

  39. Norm Merton on

    Clowe the last thing the Rangers need right now — way too slow for playoff speed and tempo. I’d rather see the quicker Dorsett if he can go.

  40. That’s stupid talk, Norm. Clowe is exactly what this team needs. Playable toughness and a guy that can get in Holtby’s grill.

    The Rangers were not “outspeeded” (a word I made up) on Thursday. Fastest guy on the ice was Hagelin.

  41. me personally i need to see more from brassard. last week of season and game 1 i thought he was invisible

  42. This thing about Lundqvist giving up three or more goals in 50% of his playoff starts…

    Based on a quick skim of his last four regular seasons, that number is around 40%. And I think I’m correct in saying that somewhere close to 100% of his playoff appearances have been against playoff teams.

    So is this such a drop-off?

  43. yep the Ryan Clowe with playoff experience and playoff goals is the absolute LAST thing we need.

  44. Norm Merton on

    Opinion isn’t stupid talk, Manny — that was beneath you. I have not been impressed by the ponderous Clowe since the Penguins game, don’t think he has enough speed any more, don’t think the Rangers need to go negative yet, do think they need to press their speed advantage, keep the pedal down coming out of that third period.

  45. Paul in sunrise on

    If all three forwards available here is how I do it:


    Powe and his zero points can sit. This is the best lineup. This is what it should be. Play the best players. These are the 12 forwards with the best chance to score and defend.

  46. Rob in Beantown on

    It’s crazy to think the Rangers lineup isn’t better with Clowe in it than without

  47. Alright let’s sit Powe. But when the PK with no Powe (our best PKer) and with Dorsett (who hasnt proven he can play even strength on the Rangers let alone PK) allows 2 goals to Ovechkin and Green from the point do not complain.

  48. At this point if Kreider isnt playing on the PK/PP and is getting a handful of minutes for the game he may as well be sitting.

  49. Cross Check Charlie on

    If Boyle is one of the people coming back then I hope it is last year’s playoff Boyle and not this year’s regular season Boyle.

    Let’s Go Rangers! Even this series up!

  50. to me, pyatt is the guy who should sit, he is slow, no offense, not much defense, can keep puck along the boards, big deal, guy is a pilon.

  51. Norm Merton on

    If Clowe plays, I hope the guy scores a hat trick. I still think he’s too slow, as the Sharks may have — will be interesting to see what the coaches think.

  52. Yep Pyatt has to sit before Powe. Dorsett for Newbury, Clowe for Pyatt, Boyle for Kreider/Asham. I do Kreider because of physicality concerns.

  53. Paul in sunrise on

    I understand powe is important pk guy but you cannot win a game 0-0. Guy has no points. Zero. He is a good penalty killer. Cally is the best pk guy not powe. Pyatt has actually scored a goal in the last 18 months.

    My line up rolls four lines. Isn’t that what we have been asking for. The fourth line of Dorset Boyle and Pyatt might actually score one.

  54. I have to agree with Lev. Powe being out of the lineup against one of the best PP’s in the game is a scary thought.

  55. powe should stay.. asham newbury kreider should sit if all 3 of clowe boyle and dorsett return

  56. torts hasnt benche pyatt all year dont think he would now.

    anyone see brassard let me know when you do

  57. Powe was scratched once I believe this year. In that game our PK looked completely lost and Powe was back the next game.

    I agree with eric that I think Torts will sit Asham before he sits Pyatt but I dont agree with it.

  58. Rob in Beantown on

    _I understand powe is important pk guy but you cannot win a game 0-0._

    You can lose a game 0-1

  59. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – tell me when Richards does anything to warrant his TOI from game 1. Swap Brassard with richards and you will see him perform -brassard Nash Clowe will be our best line if it happens.

  60. If Boyle returns and the Rangers lose, of course it’s Boyle’s fault, right?

    I’d be surprised if all four guys return, especially Clowe.

  61. I think all 3 forwards will be back and Staal will come back for Game 3 at home.

  62. powe sat once this year…

    when is he announcing the lineup.

    brassard needs to pick it up, this is money time…

  63. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Carp – Richards sucked in game 1 from my vantage point. He was slow, indecisive, and ineffective.

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    At one point during game one, Nash was ready to move into the opposing zone and he looked behind for the puck carrying Richards….Nash looked up, ordered 2 dogs and a coke, finished them – and Richards still hadn’t crossed the blue line.

  65. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brassard should be reunited with Nash and Clowe if he can go. Brassard, Dorsett, Nash – if Dorsett can go…

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My nerves starting to tingle. That means one thing. Well, it could mean several things, but in this case it is a precursor to a huge huge ranger win in game 2 today.

  67. Czechthemout!!! on


    Most of the forwards they count on to win sucked last game. Hags and Kreider and to a lesser extent, Cally were good. That is not nearly enough to win in the regular season much less in the playoffs.

    As for Boyle, if they lose it wont be because of him and if they win it wont be be because of him. However, if he gets more than 8-10 minutes including the PK and lose it could than be because of Torts over playing him once again and by that, disrupting the offensive flow that could be generated because he cant generate any. Again, I stress the word could.

  68. Czechthemout!!! on

    So pylon Pyatt is in the game instead of Kreider who out played him by a mile last game. Great move!

  69. I think it would be a mistake to take Asham out of the lineup. He is a very underrated player and is a great fit on the 4th line.

    With Boyle and Dorsett looking like they are in, Newbury and Kreider are the easy scratches…

  70. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Richards needs to be on the third line. He looked old and slow and doesn’t deserve the ice time.

  71. Cross Check Charlie on

    According to Andrew Gross:
    In warm-ups, Dorsett skated on right wing on the third line with Taylor Pyatt at left wing and Derrick Brassard at center. Boyle, who was injured on April 16 in Philadelphia, is centering Darroll Powe and Arron Asham on the fourth line.

  72. Czechthemout!!! on

    So once again when all else fails, Torts goes right back to his vaunted two fourth line team. It is remarkable how stubborn he is. Instead of cratching a soft slow footed ineffecteive Pyatt, he scratches Kreider who at least gives him a threat and speed on that line and someone who can actually finnish a pass from Brassard. Way to use Brassards skill there coach. Brilliant!

  73. intersted in seeing dorsett play for first time right in the middle of the fire in essentially a must win game. 4 of 5 not likely should we lose.

    does dorsett know torts system.

    for all you wondering about kreider dont you relaize by now torts doesnt trust kids. it shouldnt be a shock anymore

  74. Czechthemout!!! on


    Fear not! Boyle will soon be on the second line and get 16-18 today.

  75. Cross Check Charlie on

    “does dorsett know torts system”

    If not, then he scores two goals. If he does, then he won’t even register a shot on goal.

  76. Czechthemout!!! on


    You know they will be. And yet John Moore wont get a sniff on the PP .

  77. Cross Check Charlie on

    OK, enough chatter. Time to park myself in front of the TV.


  78. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I hope clowe isn’t back until they are sure he can take a punch and a hit. Need him to be mean and physical!!

  79. Kreider has 2 goals and 1 assist in 23 games and he doesn’t kill penalties. Sorry, but he hasn’t earned the right to play…

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