Panthers at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Sunday, Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 8-8-0 (16 pts)
Panthers: 3-10-4 (10 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-8-0 (16 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Blue Jackets, 4-2, on Thursday at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. New York has won six of their last eight games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 3-10-4 (10 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost eight straight games (0-4-4). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

All-Time: 42-28-6-4 overall (22-14-4-0 at home; 20-13-2-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 9-7, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period, and out-shot Florida, 113-75, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-10 (20.0%) in three games. Rick Nash led all skaters with four points, and tied Ryan Callahan for the series lead with three assists apiece. Derick Brassard notched a series-high, three goals, in two contests. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .932 Sv%.
The Rangers have won nine of their last 14 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 40-23, over the span
New York is 3-2-0 at home; Florida is 1-5-1 on the road
New York is 2-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Florida is 1-1-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Panther on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)
Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11; 2012-13); Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PANTHERS: Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 15-9-1, 5 SO, 1.73 GAA; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 17-30-47; Benoit Pouliot – 17 GP, 7-7-14; Ryan Callahan – 19 GP, 3-8-11; Michael Del Zotto – 14 GP, 1-5-6

The Rangers’ power play is 5-21 (23.8%) in the last six games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 34-39 (87.2%) in the last 11 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:49) on Thursday at Columbus. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (10-53, 18.9%), and 24th at home (2-19, 10.5%). The Rangers are 2-5 (1:08) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/6 vs. PIT), 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 2-2 (4:00) on Thursday at Columbus. New York is tied for 15th in the NHL overall (49-59, 83.0%), and 14th at home (15-18, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), 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 one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday at Columbus, and are now -1 in 19 four-on-four situations (29:34) 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).

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 11. The current streak of nine games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia.

GOAL OUTBURST: The Blueshirts have registered four or more goals in three of their last four games, including five goals in two of those contests.

Henrik Lundqvist – 4-3-0 with a 1.45 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last seven appearances
Cam Talbot – has held opponents to two goals in each of his four career NHL appearances, and is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 Sv% in his last three games
Carl Hagelin – four-game point streak (four goals, two assists over the span), and seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games since returning from injury
Ryan Callahan – three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span) since returning from injury, and a point in each of his last five games (five goals, two assists over the span)
Mats Zuccarello – seven assists in the last six games, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Derek Stepan – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games
Ryan McDonagh – six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
Chris Kreider – six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games, and seven points (two goals, five assists) in nine games following his recall on Oct. 20
Brad Richards – five assists in the last six games, including four assists in the last four

MOVING ON UP: With the Rangers’ 4-2 win on Thursday at Columbus, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL’s all-time coaching points list with 956 points in 822 games coached (430-296-35-61).

CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 98 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 92-0-6 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 6-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to an NHL best, eight goals against in the final frame.

Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career
Derek Dorsett – 4 games from 300th NHL career

Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 13
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 39


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  1. rangers lose tonight it would be a terrible loss, no excusues. Panthers coming off 2nd game of back to back, flyers beat them yesterday. Rangers should win comfortably. Why do I have a feeling that won’t happen.

  2. LGR! Interesting to see what adjustment AV makes with Pyatt out with concussion. Optimistic article in Post (Cyrgallis) about Nash progress from head injury.

  3. This is a certain-loss. The type of game the no-talents always drop.

    5-0 Panthers (and only because they step off the gas).

  4. Good morning, boneheads!
    This super typhoon devastated Philippines beyond imaginable. The latest number of lives lost is already over 10,000 and it’s far from final. People will need a lot of help from everyone.

  5. Hey, if the Rangers are looking for a top-6 forward, I hear Pavel Brendl’s still playing …

  6. That typhoon was horrific. You could tell from the satellite signature. I used to work at the National Hurricane Research Center and give the updates, and I’ve never seen anything remotely close to a storm of that strength and size (typically the strongest storms are smaller … think about the skater putting his arms in and this spinning faster).

  7. Yes, ilb. The super Typhoon that just hit the Philippines is unbelievable devastation. The storm was 5 times more powerful that Katrina!

    Those who survived will need an immense amount of help to rebuild their lives and their country.

  8. Stranger Nation on

    Nasher skating is great news!!

    Watched a mediocre AHL game last night featuring the Icelanders and the BJs.

    This division stinks, thankfully…

  9. Not only have an insurmountable number of people lost their lives, but the areas devastated lost 80% of their structures.

    Winds were sustained at 195 mph with fists at 235 mph. It’s unimaginable.

  10. Pretty sure this storm was a sign that climate change is real. Actually it’s undeniable that climate change is real. The only debate surrounds whether it is a natural or man made progression.

  11. And let’s not forget that the Philippines is still trying to recover from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the Bohol Provence. Now this awful storm hits in Tacloban. No clue how they can manage to spread their relief efforts across that wide of an area.

  12. Further, the death toll is estimated in Tacloban Provence alone. The surrounding provinces have no communications and therefore no one can actually know the extent of the devastation. Officials say that up to 80% of the surrounding areas are under water.

  13. Not to be political but I hope the good guys sweep into the Phillipines with aid money before Al Qaeda and Hamas throw cash at the masses as a recruiting tool

  14. Rob in Beantown on

    My favorite analogy is climate change is like steroids for storms like this. Could you point to any single one of Barry Bonds’ 73 home runs and say definitively that one was caused by steroids? No. But it’s clear that on average the steroids helped him hit more home runs and hit them farther. It’s the same thing with these hurricanes. Can you point to a single one and say it’s climate change? Maybe not. But the trend is clear. More storms and more powerful storms more often due to climate change. It’s truly scary.

  15. Andrew Gross went to MSG to cover the morning skate, which is unfortunate because the skate was at the training facility. Lol!

  16. Hey, I’m not an official meteorologist. I started down that path, but then got into business management (zzzz:)

    But I’m a huge enthusiast.

  17. Heavy One, “throwing money” at various countries has been the modus operandi of our country for decades with minimal results since more often than not it led to military dictatorships and phony monarchies.

    And as we have witnessed many of those same folks simply still don’t like us.

    What we need to do is to throw some dough at our own problems which are growing exponentially with no real solutions coming from any of the usual suspects!

  18. Good point Csense. A year later, many Sandy victims are still waiting for relief from our Government and the Insurance Industry.

  19. 1-2 against the weak Panthers last year. So far we’ve dropped a game against the Flyers & Devils this year. It should be an easier win tonight, here’s hoping the Rangers don’t over look the Panthers at home.

  20. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    According to manny, everything everyone posts is “well said”!

    No aasen kissing lol!

  21. Carp MUST get Buddy Kurzweil to host A Charp immediately

    He could settle once and for all a few posters’ disputes about modern home crowds

  22. Wicky, Manny is an occasional confusing contributor, but the redeeming quality is his humanity.

    More of our species should emulate his generosity.

  23. That’s Raymond Kurzweil Carp!

    Latona, in most cases a difficult medium to establish productive off topic discourse and relationships.

    I often attempt it but am generally rebuffed by those who see off topic as sacrilegious.

    Leave some “crumbs” and I’ll follow the trail! ;)

  24. It is completely unacceptable for this team to lose tonight.

    Which, of course, means they’ll get trashed.

  25. I’m having some chicken for lunch … reminds me of a certain player on the NYR squad … can’t remember who exactly …

  26. Carp – my years of research have taught me that when given a choice between vanilla and chocolate, the answer is to take the fork in the road and jab it into the scoops of both

  27. CARP,

    When the no-talents play Florida, do you then remember how much you want to retire in Miami?

  28. @dkurtenbach: The Panthers recall D Ryan Whitney and send Jacob Markstrom to AHL affiliate San Antonio. Scott Clemmensen to start in goal vs NYR tonight.

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    Makes sense. It’s not like Markstrom is the future of the franchise or anything. Since these games are so important its better to start the old timers (S)

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – climate change is just more left wing socialist propaganda. Everyone knows that Saddam Hussien not only was behind 9-11, but is also the cause of all these storms. But in the end, all blame must be placed on Obama. Once Obama is out of office, the weather everywhere will be sunny, clear skies, and warm.

    No politik

  31. Anyone else going to the game tonight? My record with my brother is flawless the last three years. My record with my brother-in-law is the complete opposite. I am going with my bro-in-law tonight, so if they lose, I am sorry in advance.

  32. I saw the Raiders in their white unis play game 16 at the Meadowlands to close out the 80-81 season…it was about 95 below zero that day but at least one of THOSE teams made and won the SB… This game today might be the worst played NFL game I’ve ever seen

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Impressive stat kooz.

    Tonight’s panthers’ game would be a certain loss under the torts regime. In tort’s tenure the rangers lost more games to bad teams than I care to count. Let’s see if AV can get this team ready play and win against an obvious poor team.

  34. Hope Nash gets better. When players get multiple concussions you always worry. Hope Nash bounces back and doesn’t experience the same prolonged decline as Lindros did.

  35. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kooz – add to your stat – quite a few times the Gints D was forced on the field inside their red zone due to turnovers.

  36. Chris Christie looks like Van Diesel. From the front, he looks like a Van; from the back he looks like a diesel.

  37. ‘Jesus was a Capricorn,
    He ate organic food.
    He believed in brotherhood
    And never wore no shoes –
    Long hair, beard and sandals
    And a funky bunch of friends.
    Reckon he come back,
    They’d just nail him up again.’ – Kris Kristofferson

  38. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Tipper, the Gipper, jack the ripper, glass slipper, my foot – I tripped her


  39. Interesting to watch old movies and see that babes you thought were over the hill when you were a kid now look very young and babe-licious. The magic world of celluloid.

  40. ilb, I spoke to a Phillipino yesterday whose family comes from an area hit by the eye of the storm…she told me that this area is always battered by storms and has always bounced back, but this one is the largest and strongest ever encountered there…scary-looking monster from the sat photos. She also told me that the direct hit was Imelda Marcos’ hometown, and we did joke about shoes flying through the air…

  41. Their hands were like claws
    And knees were twisted
    Like the old thorn trees
    Down by the water
    Everything alters and
    One by one we drop away
    Everything beautiful drifts away
    Like the water
    Add Your E.B. Line

  42. Coos, older women when the world was young are now more appealing because many of us are in the diminished capacity stage.

    Many of us now are thrilled with mere attention if not erection!!! ;)

  43. Come to think of it Yahoo has captured the moment.

    “We are having trouble loading your mail”, sadly this is all too frequent! lol

  44. Donald Trump has a problem talking about anyone other than Donald Trump…I wouldn’t glorify him by trying to analyze his “mind”, even to make a play on words. He’s not worthy of that!;>((

  45. wild, TS Eliot: “I should have been a pair of ragged claws
    Scuttling across the floors of silent seas…”

  46. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Silent seas, carrots and peas, on your knees, birds and bees, flowers and trees, cough and sneeze, wind and breeze, slime and sleaze, strippers the tease, ABC and D’s


  47. Stranger Nation on

    Swap Cindy and Pissburgh with Buffalo into our division and we will make the POs every year

  48. You can get a 4 bedroom house in Buffalo for 100 grand. Lots left over for Night Train, wings, crossword puzzles, and snow shovels.

  49. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’m a poet, I always show it, like to grow it, never mow it, ground I hoe it, Eli can throw it,,,,,to the other team, in a dream, cause a scene, Kevin Dineen, got fired, always wired, awake or tired, consultants are hired, horses are sired….


  50. Good afternoon all! Man, I am just beginning to feel human after a horrible sick week, but the boys have been winning without me so now I’m nervous about watching tonight.

    A happy Veteran’s Day to all who served, especially to my favorite Bonehead veteran, the wickster….(happy is OK, right buddy? )

  51. Papa, too, and others. Take your lumps. e.g.: “Nice guest blog, but you are sooo wrong on #’s 1,2,3,4,6,8, and 11.”

  52. Remember – when Haiti was devastated, it subsequently came out that almost all money donated went to lining politicos and contractors pockets. Careful with your kindness as to where and to whom it goes.

  53. Happy you feel better, Mama. A week is a long time to suffer. As with seasickness, first you feel like you’re going to die and then you wish you would. :)

  54. Lmgo Coos I call my wife “ragged claws” to bust her chops when we go back and forth and she can’t stand it. Nor does she have any idea what it’s in reference to

  55. Is it just me, or does the new playoff format sort of make the regular season anti-climactic.

    I feel like the only thing that the Rangers regular season will determine is who gets the home ice, us or Washington.

    Sure, the wildcard spots get interesting, but I just feel like the 2 points really don’t matter as much as they did previously, especially if a team locks up their division seeding pretty early on.

  56. eddie, he said specifically that he would enjoy more participation with the stars, and I assume he’d also like some guest blogs that lead to avid bonehead discussion. But, I’ll let him speak for himself on that specific.

  57. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’ve done 5 or 6 guest blogs to date. The last was after the Kings rangers preseason game…..

  58. Eddie, As a prominent NYS politician once said of his own rhymes (my state Senator from NYC) tt’s not poetry, but it may be verse [ed. worse?;>))]

  59. Cmmn, that was editorial license!;>)) Hey, when dropped out of college and temporarily unemployed, I once turned down a retail sales job at a HiFi store in White Plains when they insisted I take a loyalty oath…

  60. I’m sure Carp would enjoy getting to bed now and again before 3AM, especially when the team is out west, so long as he gets timely and clean copy. I know I would. :)

  61. Stranger Nation on

    Mash back in the mix tonite with Big Rig as pivot and Pullout on the other side
    The Kreider/ Step / Fried Zuchinni
    Miller/Big Rig/Mashing her

  62. You regulars know, or should know, that any time you want to do a guest post, just drop me an email. You don’t need to be asked. I only ask (beg) during the off-season, usually.

  63. And many inventions from those wonderful, lazy people who were trying to save themselves some work.

  64. Pimp, if the Kreider did a spin move you described earlier, how bid of a storm could he create?

  65. Richie to Nash, “Hey, Ricky, could you teach me that spin move?”

    “I don’t think you’re ready for that, old timer.”

  66. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ricardo – I’d like to do a guest blog perhaps in a week or so on a non-game day if it’s ok… Maybe, if you want a game (day) off, I could do the rangers Bruins game the Friday after thanksgiving ;)

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    SNation – are you paying me a compliment or are you busting my onions :) – it’s all good

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