Hurricanes at Rangers tonight … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 5-7-0 (10 pts)
Hurricanes: 4-5-3 (11 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-7-0 (10 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Sabres, 2-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, for their second straight win and third in the last four games. The Hurricanes are currently 4-6-3 (11 pts) and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, Nov. 4, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight nights.

All-Time: 62-48-7-2 overall (37-17-4-2 at home; 25-31-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory on Mar. 18 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in three games, while Michael Del Zotto and Carl Hagelin tied for the series lead with three assists apiece. Ryan Callahan registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the series, including two game-winning goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .950 Sv%.
The Rangers enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. New York has out-scored Carolina, 31-16, during the streak.
The Blueshirts have won each of their last four games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored Carolina, 13-5, over the span
New York is 1-1-0 at home; Carolina is 3-3-0 on the road
New York is 2-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Carolina is 3-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
Carolina lists two former Rangers on their roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2001-02)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. HURRICANES: Henrik Lundqvist – 23 GP, 14-8-1, 1 SO, 2.26 GAA; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 15-32-47; Ryan Callahan – 18 GP, 7-5-12; Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 3-5-8; Dan Girardi – 25 GP, 3-4-7.

The Rangers have tallied at least one power play goal (3-7, 42.9%) in each of the last two games, while holding opponents scoreless on the penalty kill (4-4) over the span
The Rangers’ power play is 4-15 (26.7%) in the last four games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 33-38 (86.8%) in the last nine games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:39) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (8-39, 20.5%), and 24th at home (1-8, 12.5%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (38-46, 82.6%), and 13th at home (6-7, 85.7%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Buffalo, 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).

HOW SWEEP IT IS: The Rangers have swept the season series against the Hurricanes in each of the last two seasons, and enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak against Carolina. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Hurricanes, 31-16, during the streak, which began with a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011 at Carolina. The Rangers have won four straight games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, tallying 13 goals while allowing five over the span. The Blueshirts also have a five-game winning streak at Carolina, and have won seven of their last eight meetings in Raleigh. Prior to 2011-12, the last time the Rangers swept the season series against the Hurricanes was during the 2002-03 season (4-0-0).

SHUTTING THE DOOR: Henrik Lundqvist posted his 47th career shutout with a 29-save performance in a 2-0 win against Buffalo on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The shutout was his second in his last four appearances, and he is 2-2-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .938 Sv% over the span. Lundqvist is now two shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record for most career regular season shutouts.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers posted a season-high, 46 shots on goal on Thursday against Buffalo, which marked the most by the team in a single game since Mar. 15, 2011 vs. NY Islanders (47 shots). The Blueshirts also registered 21 shots in the second period on Oct. 16 at Washington, their most in a single period since that same game against the Islanders during the 2010-11 season (21 shots in the first period).

MOVING ON UP: With the Rangers’ 2-0 win on Thursday against Buffalo, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Jacques Demers into 28th on the NHL’s all-time head coaching points list, earning 950 points in 818 career games coached (427-295-35-61).

FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 95 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 89-0-6 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 3-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career.

Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 9
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 6
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 30


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  1. Baby Staal Wart is pumped for tonight!
    He’s been up since 2:30…waiting…actually…
    Pooping and peeing and crying and doing all those baby NYR fan things.
    Rangers are 2-0 since his arrival, can he go for 3?!

  2. Staal Wart now that’s my kind of Ranger! Doing everything to get ready for the game :)

    I took my son to his first Hockey Game when he was 8 Days Old :)

    It was a Friday night and the Sioux were playing St. Cloud St. Always a heated rival, they would like to Goon it up a little against the Sioux, because they could never skate with us. So it made for a good game. It’s bench seating back then so, I took Chase everywhere. I mean all they do is eat, sleep, and poop hockey…..right?

  3. Then when he could walk, his first stick was the Fighting Sioux knee hockey stick from a game.

    His first puck was made from Reynolds wrap, and the goal was the vent in the floor under the sink.

  4. I’m not sure you could call it walk back then, it was more “furniture cruising” if you know what I mean.

  5. Anyone up for a Sioux game tonight :)

    So I get 4 tickets behind the bench for a friend that has never seen the Ralph before, his team is in town tonight, the St. Cloud Huskies. And he bails on me at so if anyone is close the Grand Forks ….. let me know :) Prime Rib on me.

  6. Halls seem to have an echo in them this morning….where is everyone?

    It’s game day :)

  7. That echo must be in Steve Downie’s head…can’t believe what used to be the Broad Street Bullies picked a fight with the Caps (was it the caps lock key?) and were soundly thrashed, if you read the reports…in the ensuing fights during their trouncing by the Caps, Lecavalier lost a couple teeth and suffered facial injuries, instigator Downie was sent to the hospital with a concussion, and both are out for the next game at least. I had the game on TV while I made dinner, and stoped watching for a few minutes…missed the goalie melee and all. What a farce.

  8. The officials are there to protect the players – sometimes from themselves. Willing combatants who drop the gloves by mutual agreement, I have no problem with. Watching one goalie pound another goalie who didn’t want to fight in the first place should cost that official his job.

    Philly is going to get really ugly to play against if they can’t win.

  9. mornin’, folks. More fodder for the anti-fighting fringe. As with everything else in life, a few wackos (speaking of those of the talent- starved Scott/ Emery ilk), inevitably ruin everything for the vast majority.

  10. Rob in Beantown on

    I am not a lawyer, and I know there are some lawyers so maybe they can tell me, how is what Ray Emery did to Holtby not assault and battery? Total nonsense that they let him do that. If it was Lundqvist think how pissed we’d all be

  11. congrats to emery. that’s what should have happened when we were getting beaten to a pulp by the sharks. it will definitely make other teams think twice about rubbing it in.

  12. I just watch on youtube, typical flyers and fans. They still think it’s the 70’s. If you can’t win the war win the battles by subjecting to violence. I can’t believe the ref stood there and watched and actually told players to stay away while emery pounds the caps goalie into submission.

  13. Rob in Beantown on

    The Philly media voted Emery third star of the game. He of 11 saves, .733 save percentage

  14. by the way. I thought before the season started that philly could end up in last place. It looks like that could be the case, they stink. It bothers me that the rangers lost to them 2-1 and looked just as bad as philly did in that game.

  15. On a brighter note, Darroll Powe leads the Wolfpack in SCC. (successful crosswords completions)

  16. Coos@. 10:14

    I’ll give it a shot tonight, Coos. unless someone has already been slotted in by the Carp.

  17. Darroll Powe’s Lament

    ‘Tried to find me an MSG position,
    But no matter how smooth I talked –
    They wouldn’t listen to the fact that I was a genius
    AV said, “We got all that we can use.”
    And now I got them steadily depressin’, low down, mind messin’
    Working with the Wolfpack blues.’

  18. So my question ( aside from the failure of the officials) , why didn’t an on ice Cap player come to aide of the tar beaten out of him Holtby?

  19. Philly embarrassment last night may ultimately help the franchise. My friend wouldn’t take the over 49 hours on Holmgren being fired.

    (Downie fight was a brutal one punch. Emery was absolutely “legal” assault; Holtby (ugly) should have just relaxed on the goal rather than semi-engage.)

  20. I’ll say this about Emery-Holtby fiasco. Washington should’ve cleared their bench. Who cares if referee tells you to stay away? Imagine he does it to Hank?

  21. Papa, three were engaged in other fights, not sure if the other two were tied up or simply obeying. The fact that Vinny got hurt and Holtby didn’t after Simmonds started it all and Emery escalated is about as karmic as you’ll see hockey get.

  22. Like to see that Ref try to keep Dorsett, Ash, or Haley away, though there’s be no doubt each and any of them would be tied up elsewhere.

  23. ILB, I agree. If ever there was a reason to send a player from the bench, Oates had it last night. I wonder if he is 2nd guessing himself today?

    I would say, The Cap organization and their fans must feel some level of shame and regret today, no.?

    Could you imagine a similar assault on Hank?

  24. Miami, the PC crowd forced the cookie monster to declare eight or ten years ago that cookies are a sometime snack and that he often prefers “fruits and eggplant.”

  25. My brother’s being beat up and I’m going to stand by and watch because I might get suspended? Uh…no.

  26. Mr. D, Snider will probably respond with a 2 year extension to Holmgren and the former Goon now HC Berube.

  27. I imagine the Caps feel fine since Holtby was laughing it off 30 seconds later. Pretty sure only one team skated off embarrassed last night.

  28. Rob in Beantown on

    Last night was the perfect example of why the automatic 10 game suspension for leaving the bench is a bad rule. At least let the league examine each incident on a case by case basis. Protecting your goaltender from an assault seems like a good reason to leave the bench

  29. Like the Croce, Coos.

    Imagine if just Stralsie was there to just take on the whole Philly team?

    The Kreider Sanction

  30. Holmgren and Berube were both goons. Holmgren’s violent (and stick swinging) on ice history dwarfs almost anyone playing today.

  31. so the whole bench clears, the entire team receives staggered suspensions, the team drop valuable points, sounds like a smart decision (s)

  32. Though I’m not a fan of fighting, I do understand it has its place at times; I accept it as a necessary evil. But, to let Emry get away with his unprovoked assault on Holtby would be as criminal as the act itself. If nothing else, he should get suspended for “targeting the head”; that was not a fight.

  33. Your # 1 goalie takes a major beating. It’s being played over and over again in High Definition on practically every news and sports show as well as the internet. It’s the talk of all hockey blogs and the Hockey world.

    I wonder if George McPhee feels fine?

  34. Rob in Beantown on

    The fact that Holtby laughed it off afterwards seems pretty meaningless. What else he was supposed to do given the circumstances?

  35. I remember reading somewhere that Emile Francis, after that Schultz/Rolfe debacle, called the team a bunch of “fat cats” and proceeded to trade some supposed muscle that he thought didn’t jump in to protect Rolfe.

  36. jimG the desertrat on

    Love see two teams we hate knock the crap out of each other, wonder if holtbey will be able to drink and spit like he used to.

  37. Holtby was lucky, he could’ve waled away with broken jaw, concussion, you name it.

    Suspension? I imagine the NHL would have to suspend 28 players in that case (20 minus 6 on the ice for each team). I’d be very surprised if they did that.

  38. If grizzly little McPhee were on the ice in his prime, he would have gone ballistic on Emery, suspension or no suspension.

  39. @TSNBobMcKenzie
    Not sure what’s already out there but sounds as tho PHI’s Vinny Lecavalier will be sidelined at least a couple of weeks. Injured in fight.

  40. Philthy fans loved the Flyers when they stunk so long as they beat people up. Wouldn’t be surprised if they (and Buffalo) figure out a way to do the same thing again.

  41. I was shocked that A.) the refs let Emery beat the snot out of LOLtby for so long; 2.) Not one singe Caps player came to his defense (honestly, they are pretty soft without Hendricks – Volpatti is no replacement) d.) Why didn’t anyone just come off the bench to protect him!?

    I agree that it should be a case by case suspension. But the leaving the bench penalties have been in place, in some form, for a very, very long time.

  42. The next meeting between the Caps and Phlyers should be interesting. Wonder if Erskine will be back on the ice by then to run Emery?

  43. *The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games of his team*

    *The second player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next five (5) regular League and/or Play-off games*

    *All players as well as the first and second players who leave the bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercationshall be subject to an automatic fine in the amount equal to the maximum permitted under the collective bargaining agreement.*

    as it reads, only the first two players off the bench would be suspended. makes no sense, but little in the nhl does make sense.

  44. next time these two teams play will be in washington, Dec 15th, 3:00 pm on a sunday. Probably a national game. Will be intertesting to see if the caps retailiate.

  45. Just noticed that the Capitals actually had Volpatti on the ice. What was he doing not protecting his goalie?

  46. I really can’t say enough about the scumbag Phlyers (with the exception of Wayne Simmonds of course). Downie was running guys left and right and then bowed out after taking *ONE* punch from Volpatti. Ridiculous.

    And that melee on the ice at the end and Emery. If this doesn’t get their GM fired, a complete meltdown on home ice, I don’t know what will.

    Although I’m sure Berube enjoyed the rough stuff.

  47. I read the sports section from a philadelphia paper. It figures, now I understand what happen. The crowd was chanting “fire Holmgren” while Holmgren was in the press box. The person who wrote this article was at the game and said that Holmgren sat there and didn’t say a word to any of his colleauges sitting next to him. When the period was over holmgren stormed out of the press box down to the players locker room. I now understand why the flyers looked like the old flyers of the past 70/80 teams. Obviously holmgren instigated this whole fiasco. Downei got his bell rung with to punches to his face and he is out with a concussion. Downie spent the night in a hospital and Vinny Lecavalier got hurt also in his fight. I wonder what Mr. Snyder thinks about what happen since it apperas his GM instigated the whole thing.

  48. As long as Ed Snyder keeps hiring ex-gooms/dirty players from the 70/80’s to run the flyers nothing will change with that franchise. The problem is your not going to win a cup in todays nhl. The game has changed dramatically.

  49. case in point. I didn’t realize that holmgren traded Talbot to the Aves for Downie until today. Talbot is a better player, downie is a punk, dirty player. Flyers still think they need to be the team they were in the 70/80’s. It’s not going to work in todays NHL.

  50. Rob in Beantown on

    That is crazy that he actually gave the team a pep talk between periods and that was the result. Wow

  51. Rob in Beantown on

    And just a little pathetic since the pep talk seems to have been inspired by the crowd chanting for him to be fired

  52. rob, I’m in my 50’s. I hate the flyers because of all the dirty teams they had in the 70 and 80’s and the garbage the league would let them get away with and it’s obvious that as long as Mr. Snyder keeps hiring players to run the team from those eras nothing will change with that franchise. The fans are clasless and dispicable also.

  53. Maybe the management In Philly will figure it out when they hit the 50 year Cup drough mark. Then again maybe They’ll make Matt Cooke their coach at that point

  54. Good afternoon all! No fun in the city for me tonight. Sick as a dog. Hartnell!!!!!!! LGR!!!!

  55. I don’t have any problem with tough guys becoming coaches or GM’s. Don Maloney has done a pretty good job at both. Dale Hunter has been VERY successful in the OHL and we all would love to see Beukeboom come up to the NHL.

    The problem is with the Phlyers specifically. They have always been the bullies in hockey. It was their answer to getting pushed around by a tougher and more skilled Bruins team.

    I don’t see the line brawl as a problem. The only issue is why the -fight- assault of Emery on LOLtby wasn’t broken up sooner by a Ref. Other than that, I don’t have a problem with a team getting physical when they’re getting blown out.

    Further, that line brawl began with a legitimate fight between Wayne Simmonds and Tom Wilson.

  56. Manny
    in the youtube replay of the downie/volpatti
    that was linked by Sioux
    downie was slewfooted as he was approaching
    the boards.
    don’t blame him for coming up angry.
    then, cap got him with a REALLY good
    left that…ahem…left a lasting impression.
    simmonds is post-punk-puke just looking to injure
    someone on that shift.

  57. I absolutely *LOVE* Wayne Simmonds. That guy is an all out power forward.

    I didn’t see Downie get SlewFooted. He has every right to be angry if that’s the case. Didn’t see it in the HockeyFights.Com video.

  58. Manny
    look at Sioux’s youtube link and you’ll see it
    as far as
    yes, he’s a warrior
    but also a punk at times
    like last night
    then again
    it seems as if most players
    are punks when they put on orange and black
    and become an actual human being hockey player
    in another uniform
    for example, carcillo — after 1 incident — looked
    like he toned it down as a blackhawk

  59. Doodie Machetto on

    I gotta move these tickets in the next 30 minutes. I’ll take 75% of face value, which is $60 a ticket, 120 for the pair.

    It’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the sale of the byfuglien century!

  60. Don Maloney a tough guy? That’s pretty funny! Good in the corners yes, but he hardly ever fought and on the rare occasion when he did my recollection is that it wasn’t pretty ( similar to Staal bongos with Semin).

  61. These current “Beginnings” shows on MSG aren’t nearly as good as the ones I grew up on. “Beginnings — Rumun Ndur” “Beginnings — Dave Karpa” “Beginnings — Igor Ulanov” Those were the days.

  62. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    According to pook at 11:33, you just need a proper sequence clearing your bench! After the first two “sacrifices” it should be a Chinese fire drill

  63. You don’t have to fight to be an intimidating, physical defenseman. There was a time when people could hit each other in hockey without getting suspended.

    Where is Olga, the Jets are losing…

  64. I imagine there wasn’t a lot of fear and trepidation when the Maloney brothers hit the Toronto schoolyards.

  65. >>Kaleta on waivers. Go get him, Glen!

    Don’t encourage him, Carp! I’m sure Glen wouldn’t have any problem giving Kaleta a second chance.

  66. Maloneys definitely not pugilists. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (if you do your job).

  67. Rob in Beantown on

    Ondrej Pavelec stinks. I know, I’m the guy who drafted him and kept on starting him until I realized

  68. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    That was one of the more entertaining games of the year, wish we had a few line brawl games!!

  69. “It happens to the best of us Rob.”

    Not me. I won that Yahoo! league by infinite points without changing my line-up for like the last three months.

  70. I never thought I’d live to see the pansification of the blog

    How can you not be in favor of these guys beating the absolute piss out of each other, every shift if possible?

    As far as I’m concerned, every rink in America is the roman coluseum

  71. You fooled my with “tough guy”. In my hockey vernacular, I associate tough guy with one who can throw the dukes. And I agree, the Maloney boys were hard nosed and gritty – Donny more so than Davey. But I honestly never thought of them as tough guys, like I did of Steve Vickers or Adam Graves.

  72. Never fight again? That sounds like a long time, Manny. I tried that with my wife once. Probably have a better chance with month long non -aggression pact.

  73. … “But that aside, let me say that I swear, on the souls of my goldfish, Dinkle and Berry, that I will not be the one to break the peace we have made here today.”…………

  74. I have this feeling The Krieder is going to put on Queer Street the first guy who drops gloves and starts swinging on him.

  75. I missed the first period of the Pack game last night…. so I didn’t see the McIlrath goal.

    I was kind of pre-occupied so I watched out of the corner of my eye, so to speak.


    Kristo definitely stands out from his teammatesas far as offensive creativity…..

    the puck bounced on him on the shootout.

    McIlrath…… despite how he looked overmatched up in the NHL, skates fairly well and is good with the puck. A definite improvement over last year.

  76. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Papa and manny
    No way in hades you 2 can have a peace pact for a month when you are polar opposites regarding Norris winner Stralman!

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