Baby Buffaloes at Rangers tonight … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
Thursday, Oct. 31, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 4-7-0 (8 pts)
Sabres: 6-5-0 (12 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 13th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-7-0 (8 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Islanders, 3-2, on Tuesday at Long Island, to wrap-up their second back-to-back set of the season. The Blueshirts have now won two of their last three games, including two straight on the road. The Sabres enter the contest with a 2-11-1 (5 pts) record to rank 16th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. SABRES:
All-Time: 62-73-25-5 overall (35-28-15-3 at home; 27-45-10-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers’ power play was 2-6 (33.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 12-14 (85.7%) with one shorthanded goal. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each tallied two goals and two assists for a series-leading four points apiece, while Brad Richards led all skaters with three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .888 Sv% in three games.
The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 15 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout)
Brad Richards notched his first career hat trick in the Rangers’ 8-4 win at Buffalo on Apr. 19
New York is 0-1-0 at home; Buffalo is 2-4-0 on the road
New York is 1-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Buffalo is 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Sabres on its roster: Dominic Moore (2008-09); Taylor Pyatt (2001-02 – 2005-06)
Buffalo lists one former Ranger on its roster: John Scott (2011-12)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SABRES: Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 12-10-2, 1 SO, 2.43 GAA; Brad Richards – 37 GP, 12-19-31; Ryan Callahan – 23 GP, 8-5-13; Rick Nash – 13 GP, 8-4-12; Michael Del Zotto – 13 GP, 0-6-6

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 3-12 (25.0%) in the last three games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 32-37 (86.5%) in the last eight games
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-4 (5:15) on Tuesday at NY Islanders. New York ranks 16th in the NHL overall (7-36, 19.4%), and 29th at home (0-5, 0.0%). 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 3-3 (5:18) on Tuesday at NY Islanders. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (37-45, 82.2%), and is tied for 14th at home (5-6, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 1-1 (0:12) when three-on-four (last – 10/29 at NYI). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:30) on Tuesday at NY Islanders, and are now -1 in 14 four-on-four situations (23:20) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).

COMEBACK KIDS: The Blueshirts have erased a 2-1 deficit heading into the third period in two of their last three games, and each of the last two road games. Their two third-period comebacks are tied for first in the league this season.

GOAL OUTBURST: The Rangers defeated the Sabres, 8-3, in their last meeting on Apr. 19 at Buffalo. The eight goals marked a season high for New York, and were the most by the Rangers since Nov. 14, 2010 (W, 8-2 vs. EDM). The Rangers also established a franchise record for fastest five goals, tallying five goals in a span of 2 min. 58 sec. from 18:42 of the first period to 1:40 of the second period. The previous franchise record for fastest five goals was 3 min. 22 sec. in an 8-7 win vs. Edmonton on Feb. 15, 1985 at MSG.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers concluded their season-opening nine-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit on Saturday. 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. Including the preseason schedule, the Rangers were on the road for 28 of 39 days, visiting 14 cities and traveling 15,263 miles. The Blueshirts’ home opener on Monday against Montreal was their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

OCTOBER-FEST: The Rangers have posted a record of 289-280-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-119-49 mark at home and a 112-161-45 record on the road. New York (4-7-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season’s opening month in 2013-14.

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.

MOVING ON UP: With the Rangers’ 3-2 win on Tuesday at Long Island, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved into a tie with Jacques Demers for 28th on the NHL’s all-time head coaching points list, earning 948 points in 817 career games coached (426-295-35-61).

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Dan Girardi – 1 game from 500th NHL career
Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career; 1 game from 400th NHL career

INJURIES:
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 8
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 27

 

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  1. well these boys are ripe for the picking.

    I hope we keep the intensity up and dominate the whole game. After the last performance, I expect it.

    This game could have some fireworks.

  2. ‘Cholly, it was you. You was my brother, Cholly, you should have looked out for me a little bit…just a little bit so I wouldn’t have to take them dives for the short end money.’

  3. tomb – I see you were scouting last night. How were the boys looking. I see Kristo keeps racking up the points.

  4. Eva: ‘Shouldn’t everybody care about everybody else?’

    Brando: ‘Boy, what a fruitcake you are!’

  5. “Deaf and Dumb. ” I love that classic Coos.

    Which for some for some reason makes me wonder if BRich will score his second career Hattie tonight.

  6. Richie dies, goes to Heaven and God challenges him to a shooting contest. God slams puck from red line, it crashes off glass, flies up and hits mid ice Jumbotron, falls to ice, starts to slide, and stops just in front of net, then a dove flies in and beaks it over the line.

    Richie says: “Man, you’re even luckier than I am.”

  7. Unlike most of the world, Varlamov’s a $3 million dollar RFA, ready to sign for large bucks. He should have little problem making this go away for the right price.

  8. King Henrik or Prince Talbot tonight? I like the prince but hoping to see a strong outing from the king!

    LGR!

  9. iDoodie Machetto on

    Buffalo baby buffaloes. Given the age of their roster, it is quite literally the baby buffaloes.

  10. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Moulson should be off his ‘high’ from being traded to Buffalo, the ‘mistake by the lake’ and play down some at some point. Hope it’s tonight!!!!!

    LGR!!!! LGR!!!!!

  11. Hi Carp and Heads!
    I’ve been a bit distant from the blog lately as we were welcoming a Baby Staal Wart!!!
    Yes that’s right!
    I got a little defenseman!
    9 lbs 21 1/2″ of bruiser!
    He watched his first rangers isles game the other night
    His favorite player is…McD

  12. Make sure he maintains his intensity, Staal. This blog has been trying to produce a bruiser for some time. The most serious effort belongs to Wicky. He’s been trying for a hard hitting, crease clearing defenseman for years. So far he’s produced 3 forwards for the US Women’s National Hockey Team. :-)

  13. Carp Darien High school beat Harrison HS in 1957 or 8 I was there wow what an upset big brawl end of game

  14. It would be really cool for someone to run Varlamov in the next game. Preferably a countryman.

  15. Now, like the rest of us, you can subject your children to the torture of being a Rangers fan.

  16. ilb I believe the hard hitting crease clearing defenseman is here!
    9 lbs of crease clearing fury!!!

  17. He came with a righty hockey stick and an axe.
    Hockey stick to start practicing his shot and an axe to split daddy’s firewood!

  18. When the neighbors Buffalo Bull would escape into our pasture, we would get the occasional Beefalo in the spring :)

  19. Man–we gotta get Kristo up here so we can rant how AV is ruining him..until then:

    Oh, that’s right, I forgot. You’re always calm. You have to be, in the kind of work you do. You’re a man who “brives a dus”.

  20. Statistically speaking our Rangers suck in Fantasy Points. You know you’re in trouble when Dorsett is the 2nd highest scorer in the Bonehead league. YIKES.

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    I think that’s in part why my team is awful, Sioux. Too many Rangers.

    The other reason is the GM is incompetant

  22. Richie Rich tops the list at 110. Most dwell in the 600-700’s. So we got that working for us.

  23. Rob in Beantown on

    Katie Strang @KatieStrangESPN
    #NYR No Dominic Moore on the ice, which means Brandon Mashinter likely to replace him in the lineup

    MONSTER MASH on Halloween

  24. Someone mentioned that Kristo will probably get the Hagelin treatment. I think that makes sense. The way it’s going, some other injury will pop up, and he’ll get the call 20-30 games in.

  25. What does average or middle of the pack really mean in sports?

    Always with the promise that’s never delivered, but just enough of a tease to keep you interested.

    Amazing how hope/despair springs eternal from fans who vacillate with every win or loss.

    Great day for watching the costumed pretenders trick or treating!

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Should have Cally coming back in a couple of weeks so not sure how many more we are bring up barring another ‘upper body’ injury. the count of Monte Kristo is getting lots of TOI in the Insurance Capitol.

    We have 5 centers without Moore if you count Bucky as a pivot; Step, Brass, Richy Rich, Boyle, TJ Miller.

  27. I’m sure someone pointed this out, but Buffalo is 6-5-0? Some intern at MSG screwed this one up.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Someone mentioned the other day about speed over size and how speed trumps size in this league. Well outside of Hags who is a wee-man but also a goon, we have speed AND size this season with THE Kreider, TJ Miller and Pullout.

    As the ad says, *AND* is better.

  29. Stranger Nation on

    Only 1 team is Mess-tropolitan Division averaging more than a pt per game; Pissburg. Wow this group of teams is horrible.
    Winnipeg may want to come back in, travel and all.

  30. That said I REALLY liked the Pyatt-Boyle-Dorsett line.

    That SHOULD be our 4th line. The killed a lot of minutes, and burned up some quality time on the PK.

  31. In a game down the road. I REALLY want to see a Kristo – Stepan – Kreider line. Even if its just for one period in one game. Now you could interchange Hags or Miller, but this has the makings of a solid 3rd line that could score goals.

  32. Rob in Beantown on

    Fighting and sometimes striving
    Wondering what the Dumple is
    Excellence, and what is valor?
    And the cheat will hit stuff with a golf club
    C-G-N-U!

  33. The need to spill some Riboflavin Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood tonight! and if you know what I’m talking about you must be pretty old.

    Gonna DVR this one and go see the original Halloween on the big screen tonight. Keep the kiddies safe and having fun tonight, ‘heads!

    Carp, what are you guys giving out for Halloween tonight??

  34. Hags looks like he might be a pretty good lead-off hitter. The semi-great White Ricky Henderson Hope.

  35. Callahan and Moore both expected back in 7-10 days.
    Just in time for the home game against Skid Malkinstein and the Ice Chickens.

  36. Stranger Nation on

    Can Step bury a couple tonight? The Kreider has given him some gift looks, but more trick than treat from Stepping Out these days.

  37. Jeff in South Dakota on

    … and from these ingredients,
    the witches brew their magic potions.

    Those who partake of this potent liquid will
    become imbued with an unearthly spirit.

    But woe to the unfortunate disbeliever,
    for an evil spell shall be cast upon him.

    So beware this Halloween eve,
    while the earth will be haunted
    by spooks, ghosts, and hobgoblins.

  38. Anybody watch the Penguins / Bruins game? Someone said it well last night. The Penguins attack in waves. It’s like D-Day. They are so good.

  39. I assume Chicago is the team to beat in the NHL. And there are a few teams in the west it would be hard to bet against (San Jose, Anaheim, etc.) But in the East the Penguins are the clear cream of the crop.

  40. Manny I must admit, I find myself watching them more now that I have a couple players on the fantasy team playing for them :)

    On that note anyone in the Bonehead league want to trade for Nash?

  41. ‘The skies, they were ashen and sober;
    The leaves, they were crispèd and sere —
    The leaves, they were withering and sere;
    It was night in the lonesome October
    Of my most immemorial year…’ E A Poe

  42. Yes watched whole game manny. Both teams are a step above in class then us.

    There is a chance Rick dipietro could be in goal for canes on Saturday vs rangers.

    No skinner.

    Next 2 MUST WINS

  43. Agreed. Who knows who will come out of the West. You can’t forget about the Blues, Kings, or Canucks either.

  44. Kristo obviously has offensive instincts. He still turns the puck over a lot and doesn’t play real good defense.

    He needs some time in Hartford and some coaching on how to play defense at the professional level. I don’t expect him up here anytime soon.

    However, he was the best player on the ice yesterday.

  45. I saw Semyon Varlamov’s name and I knew he was an apathetic enigm … punk. I knew he was a punk.

  46. Downie can go home and its still a great trade. Stupid Holmgren gave Talbot 5 years; Colorado just assumed nearly 3. And Downie is just better.

  47. I am the mother of both Ray Lewis and Simeon Varlamov, and both of them are sweet and wonderful, wonderful childs.

  48. So everywhere I’m looking the kneejerk “WTF Colorado” reaction is being supported. Stupid Avs trade or is there more to Downie than fans know?

  49. It helps the Flyers’ cap for the next two offseasons. Granted, they haven’t shown the ability to do much with the space they have, but it almost $2MM free to play with.

  50. Buffalo has decided to stock draft picks, play teenagers, and tank the season. If we can’t beat these fakers in MSG, we ought to do the same.

  51. Downie is more of an offensive player, Colorado seems to have plenty of those at the moment, they were having difficulties fitting him in the top 6. Talbot fits an energy type, bottom 6 player with SC experience. They are young, they feel they need that. I also expect them to move Stastny at some point, unless they feel they are true contenders by deadline. He is making well over $6M, is an UFA. they won’t resign him, he is now pretty much their number 3 center.

  52. Manny, I was there for 7 years and 1 month, *of course* I played against Varlamov. Punk then, punk now.

  53. Right handed shot. Not a terrible cap hit. And he would give us another player signed for more than this season.

  54. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Staal congrats!!!

    ILB
    Shuddap!!! ;)

    Isles on paper got better, Philly got tougher and better,……

    Where ya at slats?? Trade someone!

  55. Jeff in South Dakota on

    As an old cold warrior, I dislike all Russians, WITH EXCEPTION OF OUR RUSSIAN BONEHEADS…if I may speak freely, the Russkie talks big, but frankly, we think he’s short of know how. I mean, you just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant peons to understand a machine like some of our boys. And that’s not meant as an insult, Mr. Ambassador, I mean, you take your average Russkie, we all know how much guts he’s got. Hell, lookit look at all them them Nazis killed off and they still wouldn’t quit.

  56. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Too bad we don’t have a tough righty D man with crease clearing ability that cc an chip in the occasional point here and there with a stat line like this

    10 2 2 4 +4 45

    Instead, we have a Norris candidate with a stat line of

    11 0 1 1 -5 8

    But whatever, he is a sure bet Norris winner this season

  57. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    10 vs 11 games
    2 vs 0 goals
    2 vs 1 assist
    +4 vs -5
    45 vs 8 well earned PIMs

    Approx $500k less of a cap hit

    But, not a sure bet Norris trophy winner

  58. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Want to see continued play by Kreider. He has been massive the last 3/4 games. For those keeping track, he has only 1 goal, but his game is coming. It’s coming.

  59. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Dom Moore is a smart player (anyone know what school he went to?). However, nice to see some size in the lineup

  60. Maybe COL wanted another Cup winner on their young squad, or maybe Roy demanded another Frenchie. I think Tanguay and Giguere, and now Talbot, are the only champions on their roster.

  61. Hope you all dress up as Rangers! I’m going to be Lucky Lundy and ask for more candy because I’m nursing an unspecified injury. Have a wonderful Halloween Boneheads!

  62. yeah I mean whatever Dominic Moore was, potential-wise, he’s not a tenth of what Kreider should be

  63. Dubinsky scored a shorthanded goal nonetheless. Have the Rangers scored one of those since he left?

  64. Congrats Staal!

    My middle daughter was 10lbs 3 oz. a real bruiser!

    As a 6 year old she wanted to play soccer because her older sister did. She stepped on the field for her first game and about a minute in got knocked to the ground unexepectadly. She immediately stood up, walked off the field and said to my wife, “I don’t want to play soccer anymore.”

    That was the one and only time she played organized soccer!

    Oh by the way, she is about 5’4″ and weighs all of 115 lbs.

  65. here’s to hoping they can reacquire both Dubinsky and Prust and put together a Super Terrific Line of Dubinsky, Prust and Boyle with Dorsett taking one of the d-men spots.

  66. They may have Manny. However since Dubisnsky left no Ranger has beaten the snot out of Mike Richards. That’s a fact.

  67. I don’t actually know my wife’s opinion on R.E.M. I guess it’s difficult to pin that down because they are really two different bands between the 80’s and then the post _Automatic for the People_ stuff.

  68. Opening night, Nash stood up for Stepan, Manny.

    Though, maybe not effectively.

    And Richie stood up for Hagelin against Clutterbuck and the Isles. Effectively.

  69. I didn’t used to mind REM when I was younger (and the Monster album is really good) but now my wife and I immediately change the station when any REM song comes on. Just something about Michael Stipe’s cloying, furtive voice that makes him not worth stomaching for more than a few seconds.

  70. _As a 6 year old she wanted to play soccer because her older sister did. She stepped on the field for her first game and about a minute in got knocked to the ground unexepectadly_

    Um, was it in Poughkeepsie and was it a boy she ran into and was he knocked out and had to be carried off and was it maybe because he was running while staring at a plane overhead?

  71. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    ho writes for this blog?

    found this blog on twitter. the writer deserves acknowledgement for excellence.

  72. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    RE: Downie – Talbot trade

    Downie’s a headhunting a-hole. In 2005, he knocked a teammate’s teeth out in juniors for refusing to submit to a hazing. He was suspended 20 games for leaving his feet and hurting Dean McAmmond in 2007. In 2009, he slashed a linesman while playing for Hershey, resulting in another 20-game suspension.

    He’s a nut, and he’s going to hurt someone else.

    I’m thrilled he’s not on the Rangers. He’ll be a perfect fit with the Flyers. He’s the kind of “agitator” they want.

  73. Congrats Staal!

    Hope he plays hockey, wouldn’t count on the splitting your cordwood part. ;)

  74. Classic Carp! That was shorthanded, and a game winner.

    What we haven’t had since Dubi left is an empty netter :)

    Boy those were the good ol days, when we were ahead the last 2 minutes.

  75. The Blogarithm on

    Last night was celebration, a coronation. We flipped cars, smashed windshields. A state of bliss. Let’s tear apart NYC in June after the Rangers lift the Cup.

  76. _Mister D and the Dead Horses_

    Sounds like a Goth band. Goth music, or Dark Wave, can be VERY good at times.

  77. Mr. D, It was a boy! But not in Poughkeepsie. She cried, boy cried, she quit, not sure how it ended for him.

  78. Stranger Nation on

    you want someone to stick up for a teammate and it is All Hallows Eve – BRING IN THE UNDERTAKER!!

    Who knew this country would turn into a roving band of sugar obsessed pagans.

  79. Stranger Nation on

    Kreider’s goal reminded me of Mr. Adam Graves. Parked in front of crease using his reach to sweep puck in. Suggest wearing lower back padding to keep the discs in alignment.

    This kid has SOOO much upside. Put Cally on his other wing and they will score often and pound the D.

  80. It’s just mind boggling that Toronto is ahead of Pittsburgh with 20 point already and leading the EAST.

    We need a win, Rangers can’t afford any losses to the teams below them…….all 3 of them.

  81. The horse is a little slow today. Not sure I’ll make it back in time for the game.

    Have a Siouxper Scary Halloween Night.

  82. Holy smokes.

    I wish my wife had bought more candy for the Trick or Treaters. This system of “one for them, one for me” is quickly depleting my inventory

    Pretty soon it will be, turn out the lights, pretend I’m not home.

  83. Matty"We'veBeenSatherized"Boy on

    Stranger, I agree about his upside. I think he’s a better scorer than Graves, better hands, and because of his speed, top end could be higher. Then again, don’t think he’ll ever be as tough as Gravy either.

  84. Sioux, the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the white and drifted snow, over the river and through the woods.

  85. John Scott got *7* games? How is what he did any worse than Ryan Garbutt’s hit? Garbutt got *5*!

    The league is suspending the player not the action.

  86. Chef Alain 'Prost' C'est La Vie-gnaeault on

    Sacre bleu!! Chef Vigneault is nacreous too!!!! Also has a croissant for a brain!!

  87. Maybe it’s 7 including the three he already got. Any way you slice it, if that hit is going to be more than 5 games they should have suspended Garbutt for 10 and Scott for 10.

    My issue is with consistency. The action should probably be worthy of 10+ because it’s egregious.

  88. Kenneth at clinchers of '89Flames '94Rangers '96Avs on

    why does Carp comments in blue? wild guess, is Carp the Rick Carpiniello? big fan

  89. Coos, The Kreider has a very long neck. I admire The Kreider. I hope that doesn’t classify me as a necrophile.

  90. Kenneth at clinchers of ’89Flames ’94Rangers ’96Avs is to Carp as Ducky is to Latona.

  91. Carp, what’s with the sponsors message before the video? Did you go all commercial on us?

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