Rangers at Red Wings tonight … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Rangers: 2-6-0 (4 pts)
Red Wings: 6-4-1 (13 pts)

The Rangers will conclude their season-opening nine-game road trip when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-6-0 (4 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Flyers, 2-1, on Thursday at Philadelphia. The Red Wings enter the contest with a 6-4-1 (13 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games (0-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Oct. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their 2013-14 regular season home opener.

All-Time: 211-260-103-1 overall (135-94-58-0 at home; 76-166-45-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Joe Louis Arena.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 2-1 overtime victory on Mar. 21, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Brad Richards tallied the power play goal for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan notched the overtime game-winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves (.963 Sv%) in the win.
The last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including six contests separated by one goal
New York is 2-6-0 on the road; Detroit is 3-2-1 at home
New York is 0-0-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Detroit is 3-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Red Wings on their roster
Detroit lists one former Ranger on their roster: Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 – 2002-03)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS: Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 1-3-1, 3.19 GAA; Rick Nash – 55 GP, 25-22-47; Brad Richards – 21 GP, 7-14-21; Derick Brassard – 25 GP, 5-7-12; John Moore – 7 GP, 1-1-2

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (4-24, 16.7%), and is tied for 14th on the road (4-24, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (11:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 21-24 (87.5%) in the last five games. New York is tied for 16th in the NHL overall (26-32, 81.2%), and ranks 14th on the road (26-32, 81.2%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now -2 in eight four-on-four situations (12:12) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the first of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season.
Last season, the Rangers posted a 4-5-0 record against Original Six opponents. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan tied for the team lead with five assists and seven points apiece, while Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman tied Nash and Stepan for the team-high with two goals each against Original Six opponents. Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists), and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-3-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .901 Sv% in seven appearances against Original Six opponents.
New York is 58-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 1-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .598 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.633, 45-24-10) and Montreal (.607, 84-52-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.530, 69-60-23), and Toronto (.490, 63-66-21).

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers will wrap-up a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign tomorrow at Detroit. The trip established a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It also tied the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 94 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 88-0-6 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 2-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

Brad Richards – eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
Derick Brassard – four assists in the last six games, including three assists in the last four contests
John Moore – two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games

Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 8
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 5
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 2
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 18


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  1. NO. I don’t predict a good outcome.

    The team we are putting out there barely belongs in the NHL.

  2. Thank goodness we are not being challeged to guess tonights score! It might look like this;

    Wings 7 Rangers 1(some fluke goal by Richards)
    GWG Jimmy Howard (no….not an open net)
    Shots Rangers 17 Wings 7 (but all really good ones)

  3. I must’ve completely forgotten about that win over the Wings in 11/12. Was thinking they were still hadn’t beaten them since Muckler was alive.

  4. Wow, Islanders beat Pitt w/ 3 third period goals on 7 shots?! Moulson and Nielsen each have 6 goals?! My coffee doesn’t taste the same now.

  5. I just added some Irish to my coffee after seeing Columbus beat Toronto w/ Gabby scoring his 5th and Dubi getting his 3rd on an unassisted short handed tally!

    Sather needs to work in some sort of warranty or “satisfaction guaranteed” clause on his trades. I wonder if he knows about the “control Z” function on his keyboard?

  6. Wildplaces,

    i’m Looking for time warp, prior to Nash trade.

    We could use a do-over.

    As my father often reminded me………… son, this ain’t no dress rehearsal, this is life. Don’t expect any do-overs.

  7. Good News: at 4 points, we are currently tied in the race to the number 1 draft pick in next June.

    Bad News: Sather, Gorton and Clark ( aka Moe, Larry and Curly) will make the pick.

  8. LOL yeah this is going to go well. Let’s straighten out our issues at an arena they haven’t won in since most of us were born. 2-7…next!

  9. Tonite got blowout written all over it. Wings 0-2-1 last three coming off 6-1 loss at home. Here’s our problem they can score we can’t. 5-1 tonite.

    Watching this current lineup is so depressing. It’s pathetic when you goi into every game expecting to lose.

    2 more days to brown bag give away at home opener. I will get there when doors open so I find a good spot on new chase bridges to jump from.

  10. I predict the next game the rangers win will be Captain Callahan’s first game back from his hand injury.

  11. ilb, not in a million years. However, they’ve scored 3.3 GAG and we’re at 1.5. Even the Devils are managing 2 a game. I can tolerate the pain, it’s the boredom that’s killing me. I’m starting to nod off regularly during the third period and it’s happening a little earlier each game.

  12. Great, so now the rangers are going back to the old, lets bring in over the hill players, like Vinny Prospal. The Dark Ages are coming back, indeed.

  13. I know one thing, fugg the islanders, my new team is the Bluejackets. I’ve been watching the jackets every game so far this year and they are fun to watch. They remind me of the ranger teams of the past 5 years. It helps they have my former favorite player Dubi on the team, plus my niece just moved to Columbus because of a new job. I might go visit her and check out a Bluejacket game.

  14. Stranger Nation on

    Bring back Vinny the orange tan man Prospal. He was unsigned by BJs right? Perfect, first we get the bottom of their roster, now we get the retreads

  15. Adversity. How we react to it determines the outcome. Negativity prevents your mind from evaluating the situation properly and finding the best possible solution.

  16. Vinny might be a good acquisition for the locker room but not so much on the ice. The game is too fast and physical for his 38 year old legs. I’d rather see the kids play as long as they bring some much needed enthusiasm and passion to the game and show improvement over time. I’ve got patience for developing kids but little for the adults on this team.

  17. Ilb the captain has spoken. Your right lets be positive around here. Look at bright side the sabres are worse then us.

    Here comes the Taylor Pyatt hat trick baby. Lets go can’t wait for puck drop.

  18. Maybe we could trade for radek Dvorak after we sign prospal. Trade del zaster bring back Malik. Not enough Czechs on this team.

  19. Manny, that’s a nightmare! Did Mrs. Manny also include any good news, like who we got back in that trade?

  20. No good news.

    I’m convinced that Hank goes to Detroit after this season anyways. They have a LOT of cap space after this season ($16M-ish).

    Islanders could make sense though. Ugh!

  21. The only way Hank signs before the season ends is if the team improves enough to give him hope of competing for a Cup. Otherwise, I’m with Manny. Hank would go from one original six to another, get paid handsomely and have a realistic opportunity to put his name on the Cup, perhaps multiple times. The only good news from that happening is the improved cap space and that MSG ticket prices would have to come down.

  22. who care about lundqvist anymore. If he isn’t signed by the trading deadline than clueless Sather needs to get whatever he can for Lundqvist. Lets face reality, rangers aren’t going to win a cup with Lundqvist or with out lundqvist. Sometimes the truth hurts.

  23. @AGrossRecord: Red Wings’ Babcock also singles out Boyle: “He always impresses me. He came to New York and became a good player.”

    So, looks like Boyle will have a job when he’s done with NYR. Don’t tell the Boyle haters.

  24. Pretty amazing how many really good teams are in the west and so few in the east. I don’t know the players too well but watching Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose, Colorado et al. play is entertaining… and scary when you imagine our boys trying to compete, especially if we’re talking PO hockey.

  25. Get ready ranger fans!!! Not only is the garden getting a new transformation but so are the Rangers. The Dark Ages are coming. Is Sather fired yet?

  26. I’m all for the pre festivus miracle win tonight. No38 year old vets please ! Let the kids play thru it, learn from their mistakes and improve

  27. “Dominic Moore’s father has the greatest set of thighs, Sam. I remember one cold night in Saskatoon and all I had to keep me warm were those thugs and few torn up stockings…”

  28. “Joe, can you explain for me the difference between stockings, hosiery and pantyhose? Oh, and by the way, The Kreider just scored”

  29. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Re cccp video last thread, I’m pretty sure that was the game Hendricks beat sauer in a fight and Avery beat Hendricks later

  30. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    How long before Nash is on ltir and we make a move for a big salary??



  31. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    3-6 on the road trip, it could be worse!

    76-6 isn’t a terrible overall record you know.

  32. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Sorry ILB, that is the way I see if anyone is actually reading the blog…mention big trade or salary and if anyone is out there they will comment.

    Or I mention Avery

  33. I would be in favor of replacing Pouliot with Vinny. Always liked Vinny. Never thought he should have left. At least he is fun to watch when he scores…

    Pouliot is a waste…Classic useless Sather signing…The guy is considered a huge bust after being drafted 4th overall and is on his 5th team in 5 years…

  34. ilb…I agree that he is old but over 500 assists in his career, and he never was a great skater…

  35. The Rangers went 19-6-2 with Woywitka in the line-up. I think that makes him indisputably the best player they’ve ever had.

  36. Why does Hank have to rush himself back just so he can play the home opener? Someone should remind him there’s 41 more home games, excluding the games in Long Island & Jersey, which are basically home games.

    He’s being selfish. Just stay out and heal. Clearly he’s no good to the team playing injured.

  37. @DSE_Hockey 39s

    #NHL Vancouver Canucks re-assign centre Pascal Pelletier to AHL’s Utica Comets

    Torts hates Pelletier.

  38. Torts having the time of his life in Vancouver right now off a season long 5-1-1 road trip. All I was asking was 4-5 on ours.

  39. What makes me laugh is outside of the NYC area rangers wings is on NHL network. I could pick at least 5 other games that should be in instead of that.

  40. Was at the game, LW. Happened right in front if me. Still need Maalox just thinking about that shift. They won that game though. And never looked back.

  41. I was at that one too. Probably why I remember it. Wouldn’t have noticed on TV through the discussion on the Staal family that was probably going on during the shift.

  42. How about that fourth-line trapped and scored upon in Game 5 in Boston last spring?

    Can you name all five on ice? (hint: only one remains).

  43. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Speaking of Haley, why isn’t he up here yet on the roster? I’d rather have him than at least four other guys

  44. My personal opinion, Talbot should play regardless, even if they get blown out tonight.

    Sure would be nice to have a veteran backup to fill in for our injured starter. Oh wait, he was waived after two games where he got zero help from his team. Never mind!

  45. HUH!!! tomg? I decided for my computer to have a clean slate which means I cleaned out my internet history and some how typed my old name back. Rangers keep playing this bad I might have to change it completely.

  46. Henrik not playing because of migraine. Avery just told him his share of restaurant losses is 3.5 mil.

  47. ILB @10:49….., i see no adversity in being practical and having an awareness and acceptance of the facts as they exist, especially when they exist beyond one’s personal control.

  48. Why isn’t Haley up here? Great question. Sorry but he’s a better 4th line options than Zucc

  49. It’s time to snap out of it. Pull myself together.

    If Patton were here he’d probably slap my face.

  50. ‘You may be right.
    I may be crazy
    But it just may be a lunatic you’re looking for
    Turn out the light
    Don’t try to save me
    You may be wrong for all I know
    But you may be right.’

  51. This team will be the Little Engine that Could………

    chug a chug a, chug a chug a, chug a chug a, chug a chug a, choo choo!

  52. If Patton were here he’s be in bed with Marleine Dietrich. He wouldn’t bother with such trifling matters.

  53. I like the word trifling.

    Everyonce in a while someone throws a word out that catches my attention.

    Thanks Manny.

  54. Also, Papa. I have been reading about how the Aves don’t even have to play .500 hockey from here on out and they make the playoffs.

    The Rangers are in the opposite situation.

  55. I wonder if Glennies boy Justin Sather prepared the advanced scouting reports on the Red Wings for tonight’s game?

  56. This Luke Gazdic kid that the Oilers got off waivers from the Stars is a big boy.

    6’3″, 240lbs. And he can skate. We could really use a LW like that…..

    It’s cool though. We potentially have Prospal and Dom Moore.

  57. But we do have a beautiful newly renovated arena to spectate in.

    In what other city can an NHL game be viewed from a bridge?

  58. Richie must be -wearing- carrying a lucky horse shoe with that goal he scored on Thursday.

  59. It’s not the same when scrolling through a couple of threads and not seeing a”DuGays pretty” or a “boyeeee!” somewhere in there.

  60. e3 has become a political analyst. Politics and Religion divide the closest of families. Best to just enjoy the cookout and talk sports. :)

  61. But, I admit I miss the old professor when he holes up in the (well-stocked) wine cellar. :)

  62. There are few players like Cooke where I would not feel happy if their career was ended by a concussion but I would not feel bad either. Poor Nash, overrated or not, he’s good guy and a good player. Would hate see his career cut short by a head injury.

  63. Yea this PHO vs. EDM game got ugly quickly. But most of the goals are deflections and screens (shocker)

  64. I would just like to note that I think losing Girardi would be a bad move. We need a warrior like that.

    Can we get a vote on his handsomeness factor?

  65. I guess we need Rob to weigh in on his handsomeness factor for an official judge but I thought Girardi’s angular, superhero style face was a nice, gritty addition to our team in the rugged handsomeness category…

  66. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Bring back Rudy Poeschek!!!! Walter Podubny!!!! Normand Rochefort!!!

    Those are PLAYERS.

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