Mighty Ducks at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


… and a pre- pre-game note: If time permits I will host another ticket contest today, around noon, in a separate post. Our friend the gracious donor has a pair for the game against Florida Sunday. (short notice). So look for info later on.


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 6-7-0 (12 pts)
Ducks: 11-3-1 (23 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-7-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York has now won four of its last five games. The Ducks enter the contest with a 11-3-1 (23 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have registered a point in five straight games (4-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

All-Time: 10-14-1-1 overall (6-6-1-0 at home; 4-8-0-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home;0-1-0 on the road) this season, following a 6-0 loss on Oct. 10 at Anaheim.The Blueshirts out-shot the Ducks, 17-7, in the third period, while their penalty kill was 6-6 (100.0%) in the contest.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-1 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road), with both contests decided in the shootout and ending in a 2-1 score. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the series. Brad Richards (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) were among the point scorers for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 0.93 GAA and .964 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 12 contests against the Ducks (7-4-1 over the span) dating back to Nov. 19, 2002
New York is 2-1-0 at home; Anaheim is 6-3-1 on the road
New York is 1-4-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Anaheim is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DUCKS: Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 3-3-1, 2.80 GAA; Rick Nash – 34 GP, 18-16-34; Brad Richards – 25 GP, 11-11-22; Derick Brassard – 17 GP, 9-3-12; Anton Stralman – 9 GP, 0-3-3.

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rangers are on a three-game power play goal-scoring streak (4-11, 36.4% over the span), and are 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 25-29 (86.2%) in the last eight games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (4:29) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York is tied for 12th in the NHL overall (9-43, 20.9%), and 19th at home (2-12, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-3 (0:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/2 vs. CAR), 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 2-3 (3:38) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York ranks 15th in the NHL overall (40-49, 81.6%), and 20th at home (8-10, 80.0%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 1-2 (0:27) when three-on-four (last – 11/2 vs. CAR). 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 (3:34) on Saturday vs. Carolina, and are now -1 in 16 four-on-four situations (26:54) 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).

HAT TRICK TRIO: Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers’ 5-1 win on Saturday vs. Carolina. Stepan, along with linemates Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, combined for nine points in the contest, with Kreider and Zuccarello assisting on each of Stepan’s three goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the sixth time since the start of the 2005-06 season that a trio accounted for all of the scoring on a hat trick, with Anaheim’s line of Kyle Palmieri (hat trick), Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf being the last to accomplish the feat on Feb. 27, 2013.

SHUTTING THE DOOR: Henrik Lundqvist posted two shutouts in four appearances, with a 22-save effort in a 2-0 win on Oct. 16 at Washington and a 29-save performance in a 2-0 win on Oct. 31 vs. Buffalo. In his last five games, Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 1.42 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts. With 47 career shutouts, he is now two shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record for most career regular season shutouts (49).

Henrik Lundqvist – 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last five appearances
Mats Zuccarello – three-game assist/point streak (five assists), and six points (one goal, five assists) in five games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Chris Kreider – three-game point streak (two goals, three assists), and six points (two goals, four assists) in six games following his recall on Oct. 20
Ryan McDonagh – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Derek Stepan – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games; 14 shots in the last two games
Carl Hagelin – three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games since returning from injury
Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games

FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 96 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 90-0-6 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 4-0-0 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) – 10
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 7
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 33



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  1. Absolutely…if we lose both…we will need another, “Boneheads on the ledge” chats…featuring Cally, Nash…and everyone in Hartford….so thanks in advance Carp…should the unthinkable materialize!

  2. Good morning, boneheads!

    Payback would be nice. So would be 2 points. But more important would be to show some consistency. I’ll be there tonight.

  3. Stranger Nation on

    Benchmark early season game.

    What was the score of the first meeting? 6-0; felt like 60-0.

  4. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Let’s go, lets go, let’s go, let it go, take me down to juniors farm we’re all gonna go.

  5. EDDIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hi yall. I have busy building a 600 foot statue of our POTUS to honor him. Too bad not all Americans support his efforts.

    No Politcs – I’m done ranting ;)

  7. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Next Saturday; game 1 of the world chess championship 6:30 am EST from Channai India. The champ is Vishy Anand. The challenger is Magnus Carlsen. 12 games. If tied, then tiebreaks.

    Meanwhile, huge week for our boys beginning tonight.


  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My little one was up at 5:30 am local time. Thought I’d pop in and say hello. Hope to hear a lot of sad quacking among the Duck players by end of game tonight.

  9. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers look pretty good these days. TOI distribution is equitable. Top 3 lines all doing something positive.

  10. Papa (last thread): Unless you’re looking for a loophole like “ha, they only had $1.7MM under the cap”, yes, I’d feel confident saying ever team would claim MDZ at $2.5MM over Stralman at $1.7MM.

  11. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This week is a huge test. Who are the NY Rangers? Pretenders? Or legitimate contenders?

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Against the Canes, early in the first period, MDZ went offside, stupid play. AV had a look of total disgust as he glared at him. Then he scribbled furiously on his note pad. Me thinks AV has not much man love, nor coach love, for MDZ.

  13. MDZ would seem to be the odd one out at the moment, given that he’s the only 1 of the 4 lefties to be asked to play righty. The only way it would make sense to move him is if they are confident Moore or McDonagh is going to develop offensively or if they are getting an offensive righty in return. McIlrath is the heir apparent to the 3rd pair right side, he brings little to no offense though.

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Thx The Blogarithm, logarithm, feel the rhythm, move and groove, hip and hop, shake and bake, slip and slide, smoke and toke, wind and grind, rock-n-roll….


  15. Stranger Nation on

    Ex3 – good weekend for the Gmen

    Looking for Brass Hard tonite to shed $9M anvil on his line…

    Two words, to paraphrase the pimp….THE KREIDER

  16. Stranger Nation on

    The Zotto is blotto, needs to play lotto, hanging in the grotto with Mr Ribatto, picking up Styx, gets his licks, WPIX pix, pix pix


  17. Is Goldberg in net for the Ducks tonight? And what’s the status of Banks? still out with a concussion?

  18. And the average WBM (c) rankings so far this season:

    0) Boyle 0.0
    1) MDZ 2.9
    2) Stralman 3.2
    3) Richards 3.6
    4) Pouliot 3.9
    5) Pyatt 4.4
    6) Dorsett 4.8

  19. At some point, an actual bombing victim is going to speak out against MLB for co-opting Boston Strong and a lot of this parading around is going to look very dumb.

  20. I don’t know if you live there or you’re just a Sox fan, but I lived there and I’m hardly alone in finding this all offensive. A baseball game 6 months later has nothing to do with an actual terrorist attack.

  21. And here’s the better point: Post it around in here in June if its really honoring the victims. Why is it back now? Because MLB and the Sox are expert marketers, that’s why. I’m sure your intentions aren’t bad, but take a step back and really think about what you’re doing.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – in a few months. Gmen vs KC rematch. This time for the SB trophy.

    NYR vs Sharks for the Cup.

    Brassard with cup winner.


  23. MD, haven’t really thought about it that way, and I see your point. 9/11 was also a bit of a rallying cry for the Yankees in 2001.

  24. The Blogarithm on

    It is shameful that the Sox and B’s marketed the slogan and employed it as a battle cry for the teams.

    I repeat it to honor the victims.


  25. Boylesey or Boyle-zee as AV refers to him is clearly back to his defensive best after the last game – now if he could just chip in with the odd goal, his WBM ranking may suffer!

  26. The Blogarithm on

    The Evil Empire did not use 9/11 as a battle cry for the team. In fact, their players spoke in pressers of their games only being a three hour distraction. All of my guys use the slogan in their pressers in relation to the game. In the last several months, I have gained a newfound respect for the Yankees for their immense class following 9/11.

  27. whats with all this boston crap today. can we discuss how we could move del zaster. huge test next 2 games. two losses to me means we are nothing more then a team who could beat up on terrible teams.

    last stop of 8 game roadtrip for anaheim. havent been home in two weeks. jump on them early and they may disappear and get ready to go home.

  28. Good Morning, Boneheads and welcome back E3 and all the Java that’s flowing through those veins.

    Disagree with all the comments about tonight’s ‘test’, ‘checkpoint’, etc.

    This game will not symbolize our season one way or another. We are on a nice roll and it might be nice to meet a team that can finally forecheck, has counter speed and is relatively tough, but I’d rather just sit back and let them play for a while before making any Bonehead rush to judgments. It’s a looooong season and we’ve put ourselves back in the mix. They’ll be lots of opportunities I’m sure to jump off the Blueshirt ship as the season unfolds.

    One last thing – I try to get to Carpy’s blog as much as possible. It’s somewhat embarrassing to admit but, alas, I have no clue what WMB stands for and why should anyone care. It appears that being first on the list is not a good thing. If that’s the case, I’m at a loss to undersdand why Boyle is there. His last 2 games was by far his best of the season as a dominant forechecker (albeit against under-sized teams), and ultra-reliable PK guy.

  29. Stranger Nation on

    Last game of long road trip with 36 hours in the Naked City, the Ducks probably gorged on Lugers and pole dancers – could be ripe for the plucking, er, picking…

  30. It’s always transforming.

    The plan for next season is to have seats underneath the ice. Should provide exceptional vantage points.

  31. @NYP_Brooksie now

    Appears as if Callahan is returning to NYR tonight v Anaheim. Miller looks to be healthy scratch.


    except the part about Miller being scratched

  32. ulfie, you deduced wisely. And just to be clear, it is not my personal opinion. Just a measure of who is viewed the least favorably by boneheads.

    And Boyle is always “0”.

  33. Stranger Nation on

    Oh excuse me!
    Oh will you excuse me?
    I’m just trying to find the bridge…
    Has anybody seen the bridge?

    (Have you seen the bridge?)
    I ain’t seen the bridge!

    (Where’s that confounded bridge?)

  34. That would be less than three weeks for Callahan. Not sure that I agree with Miller coming out though. I’d sit Mashinter or Pyatt before him.

  35. except that the bottom six have been pretty good & miller isnt really a bottom six guy … not totally agreeing with it; just trying to rationalize.

  36. Pyatt is quite one dimensional but he’s *very* good at that dimension.

    I will give him that. He’s good when the game tightens up too.

  37. I hear you, Carp. AV’s been playing him on the third line and 2nd PP unit. Callahan knocks him off the PP. I think Miller is responsible enough to play on the 3rd line.

  38. I assume that’s precisely the reason, Carp. Vigneault has been very good (recently) at putting guys in the role that they need to play in order for them to succeed.

  39. think AV may want mashinter in for the size of anaheim and them being physical but if so mashinter playing 4 mins whats the point. play miller

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m a little bit late to this, but I completely agree with Mister D with regards to “Boston Strong,” the Red Sox, and their appropriation of what used to be a grassroots slogan. “Boston Strong” grew out of a traumatic event that affected all of us, and actually made me really proud of this city. As somebody who is not a Red Sox fan or a fan of Boston sports in general, it was upsetting to realize that the phrase no longer applies to me, and is in fact hostile to me. It went from being something I was proud of to something I now roll my eyes at whenever I hear. So GG MLB.

    Now done.

  41. eric – exactly i’d rather have 12 minutes of Miller than 4 of Mashinter. The only other thing I can think of is having a guy like Mashinter around in case anyone tries to target Cally?

  42. I can’t believe Miller is the guy being taken out. Would Moore be the first D out too because he’s younger and less veterany than the others?

  43. I’d assume:

    Kreider – Stepan – MZA
    Hagelin – Ricahrds – Callahan
    Pouliot – Brassard – Pyatt
    Mashinter – Boyle – Dorsett

  44. I’m surprised it’s Miller over Mashinter. Looking ahead, there really aren’t any games we need a tough forward for. Still need tough D-Men but not really in the Forward department (with Dorsett around).

  45. Maybe it’s the size thing with Mashinter, but Pyatt – Boyle – Dorsett is a pretty good 4th line if you keep Miller in.

  46. Funny, I agreed about Pyatt most of last year and the first week or so of the season and I have since done a 180. I think he can be and is a valuable piece. Hate to see Miller come out of the lineup but at the same time I have found myself complaining that he is wasting away on the lines he has been put on. Could also be AV using this as an opportunity to jump start Miller. While I think his game has been decent, I do think it can be much better.

  47. Btw, just saw the Emery thing yesterday. That was brutal, and he kept going after it clearly should have been over.

  48. Rob in Beantown on

    Yeah, and the Philly media voted him third star, over the goaltender he pummeled and who went on to complete the shutout.

  49. To correct or clarify my mention yesterday, it was a single Philly writer who selected the stars and had Emery third … Frank Seravalli (sp?). Clown. Asshat. Mr. Snider Lapdog.

  50. I absolutely cannot believe the ref didn’t step in and stop the Holtby annihilation. The NHL is very lucky the Caps didn’t lose their #1 Goaltender.

    But, Holtby needs some self-defense classes. That was weak on his part.

    But the announcer keeps saying that Holtby wants no part of it. You can’t really regulate that stuff but you really shouldn’t go after a guy who declines to fight and did absolutely nothing to you or your teammates.

  51. Stranger Nation on

    TJ Miller should be in over Pie-hat, not Monster Mash.
    TJ can play physical game and has wheels to boot and puts on a good shoe

  52. Usually those goalie fights are towards the end of a line brawl but Emery was out of his crease awful quickly when the other scraps kicked off

  53. Yeah, Emery was going on the next fight no matter what. “I’ll show you what happens if you score three times on me in one period!!!”

  54. How has Holmgren still got a job? He gets a new coach, his team are stinking the place up, he acquires a player who is meant to fire them up, instead they get lit up and Downie gets himself with a facial fracture. Not to mention his 2 goalies and the one he bought out in the summer……and still they light up the ESB in orange and black!

  55. Also, TommyG put up an article claiming that Holmgren closed the doors and berated his players in the intermission preceding the on ice assault.

  56. UK, its a side bet with the Phillies to see who blinks first firing terrible GMs and neither side will fold.

  57. Rob in Beantown on

    The worst part is Holtby’s parents were not in attendance so we didn’t get to see their reactions

  58. JT has been fighting it the last two games a bit. Not sure I agree with that, but also, do you remember how Dorsett looked when he tried to fight Allen last time those two teams met? And Ryan Getzlaf bullying Girardi behind our net after he hit someone? That’s why Mashinter is in.

  59. Has Holtby got any brothers? ‘Cause that would make for a really interesting story. Is he from Thunder Bay too?

  60. Now, in terms of “this”. “It” will go away right after we stop paying attention to it. As any other “its” have done in the past.

  61. ilb – I don’t mind Mashinter being in for a form of deterrent, but speed is key to this team winning and benching Miller in favour of Pyatt decreases the speed available throughout the lineup, and at least Miller plays his size. It speaks of a team trying to contain their opposition instead of forcing the other team to deal with its speed.

  62. JT Miller is the type of player that can be invisible for two periods and then all of a sudden make a game-changing, game-breaking type of play.

  63. Agreed, Manny. And he serves a role even if he’s not putting up points. And he’s not a veteran who has to be told to keep playing hard every game.

  64. Obviously I can’t “know” this, but I’d bet a good deal of money that the reason is simply “he’s the young guy and its easier to healthy scratch the young guy than the veteran”.

  65. Apparently Emery screamed “DEFEND YOURSELF” at Holtby. That makes it pretty funny.

    Also, Emery has Boxers on the side of his mask.

  66. AV thought Miller struggled defensively last game (he was demoted to fourth line). Miller blew off reporters at the skate.

    then this:


    What does Vigneault remember about Ducks’ 6-0 victory over NYR on 10/10? “That it was 6-0 w/6:00 left and they put top [PP] unit on the ice”

  67. So how can the NHL create some sort of threshold in which Emery is suspended 10 games for that asinine assault that he laid upon Holtby without effecting someone’s ability to get involved with Patrick Kaleta after he boards someone’s teammate and then refuses to fight.

    Definitely in a tough spot there.

  68. It’s a really tough spot because if Holtby can defend himself AT ALL, and that includes completely hugging Emery and falling to the ice so the Refs step in, that whole situation looks much different.

    But Emery assaulted a completely unwilling combatant and then pounded on him long after he gave up. That has to be suspendable, right?

  69. Stranger Nation on

    Miller is a hot head who has been ‘offensively challenged’ at this level. 1 Assist and 11 shots in 9 games is not a lot of production.
    Bring up Bill Haley to rock around the clock!

  70. Cally in is good news.

    I would like to see Miller on the 3rd line, and drop Pyatt down to the 4th line with Boyle-Dorsett.

    Unless we need Mash to mix it up with the Ducks.

  71. At the Houses of Parliament
    Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout the President
    We all chip in for a bag of cement

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