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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 9-9-0 (18 pts)
Canadiens: 9-8-2 (20 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-9-0 (18 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. New York is now 7-3-0 in its last 10 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Canadiens own a 9-8-2 (20 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference entering their contest last night at Columbus, and have lost five of their last six games (1-3-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings Sunday, Nov. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.

All-Time: 191-324-94-3 overall (127-124-54-1 at home; 64-200-40-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Bell Centre. New York is 0-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss in their home opener on Oct. 28 at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 of 27 shots in the contest.
Last Season: New York was 0-3-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 76-62, in the series, including a 28-16 advantage in the first period. Anton Stralman notched the Rangers’ lone goal in the series, while Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots in his only appearance.
Only three of the Rangers and Canadiens last nine meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals – a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, a 3-1 loss on Feb. 19, 2013 at MSG, and a 2-0 loss on Oct. 28, 2013 at MSG
New York is 5-6-0 on the road; Montreal is 5-4-2 at home
New York is 3-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Montreal is 4-0-0*** vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Canadiens on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11)
Montreal lists one former Ranger on its roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12)
Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1997-98 – 2000-01

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS: Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 13-11-2, 1 SO, 2.84 GAA; Brad Richards – 38 GP, 9-13-22; Dominic Moore – 26 GP, 4-13-17; Ryan Callahan – 22 GP, 6-4-10; Dan Girardi – 27 GP, 3-6-9.

Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has notched a goal in five of the last eight games, converting 6-29 (20.7%) with the man advantage over the span
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 39-45 (86.7%) in the last 13 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:57) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 17th in the NHL overall (11-61, 18.0%), and fourth on the road (8-34, 23.5%). The Rangers are 3-6 (1:52) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/10 vs. FLA), 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 (4:57) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (54-65, 83.1%), and 14th on the road (34-41, 82.9%). 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 two four-on-four situations (3:03) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey, and are now -1 in 22 four-on-four situations (34:37) 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).

Tonight’s contest will be the third of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (1-1-0).
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 59-38-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-16-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .596 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.631, 45-24-11) and Montreal (.610, 85-52-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.533, 70-60-23), and Toronto (.487, 63-67-21).

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 4-2-0
Record in 1st game – 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 2-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road)
Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career (41-18-7, 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

A FRESH START: The Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games (7-3-0), tallying 2.87 goals per game while allowing 1.79 goals per game over the span. Prior to their 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit, New York averaged 1.50 goals per game and 3.88 goals against per game en route to a 2-6-0 record in the first eight games of their season-opening nine-game road trip.

Henrik Lundqvist – 5-4-0 with a 1.80 GAA, .931 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last nine games
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
Mats Zuccarello – four-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span), and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 10 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Ryan McDonagh – four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span), and eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games
Chris Kreider – nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Carl Hagelin – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games since returning from injury
Derek Stepan – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last eight games
Ryan Callahan – four points (two goals, two assists) in five games since returning from injury, and seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last seven games
Brad Richards – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games, and six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games
Brian Boyle – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

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 10 goals against in the final frame (2nd fewest in the NHL).

Derek Dorsett – 2 games from 300th NHL career

Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 15
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 7
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 45

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  1. Matty"NashWillBeBack"Boy on

    Marion Gaborik out and playing lousy when he plays

    Ryan Clowe out

    Brandon Prust hurt for stretches (of course, coming back against us)


    Sather looking like a prophet!!! EXTEND SATHER!!!!!!

  2. Frrst recent Rangers win in the forum tonight. Talbot shuts them out. Dreck Dorsett with game winner. LGR!

  3. It appears the Rangers intentionally avoid playing Lundqvist in Montreal, why? These are pros, you can’t run and hide. Exorcise the demons now rather than having to the last game of the season or in the playoffs.

  4. I don’t disagree, BMac, but I think if they were playing in Ottawa or Dallas tonight it would still be Calm Talbot in goal with the back-to-backs and Boston coming in Tuesday.

  5. 8 straight losses in Montreal shutout last 4 times by price. Out scored 25-3. The house of horrors indeed. Get a pt and get the hell out of there.

  6. Can’t hide from it, at some point we will meet them in the playoffs and you can be sure Talbot isn’t going to start 3 or 4 games in a playoff series if Lundqvist is still on the team and healthy. Get 2 pts and get out of there.

  7. Talbot starting is the right call. New coach, new history. Grab the fresh and clean slate. Win in Montreal.

  8. There is..a house..in Montreal…they call the riising slump..and it’s been the ruin of many rangers..and lord hank knows he one

  9. ilb, the bad play on words was intentional and first post in the morning before caffeine regrettable. Anywho, I think the Rangers win tonight. My only concern is that they are expecting Rick Gnash will be there alongside them.

  10. That’s the main reason why I never wanted gaborik in the first place. The guy is made of glass. Rangers were lucky to get 40 goals from him. Yes, he is a pure goal scorer but you can’t score goals when not playing.

  11. The only thing I’ll say about Brassard is playing with the players he is playing with isn’t going to get him many points. Put some players who can score goals and brassard would accumulate points because he is a good passer, scoring 20, don’t see that happening.

  12. To follow that up, Let me know when Brassard gets healthy scratched for having a bad attitude and fighting with a coach.

  13. Carp – Brassard might have a chance if he gets Nash on his line. I hope AV keeps the lines the same for the first week. Besides 3 scoring lines would be the dream if they could all roll out and score.

    The hot line gets the extra shift here and there.

  14. Latona,
    what are you holding me to? and why shouldn’t I say anything about Brassard again? enlighten me.

  15. tommyG, it was a joke because you started your comment with “The only thing I’ll say about Brassard”.. just being silly.

  16. Liked the Gabby trade..love Moore didn’t know him though, just thought gabby is not worth it. Hated the Nash trade and did not like the Torts firing. Most of all HATED the non cut of Richards, still coming back to haunt us. Prevents so many things.

  17. Carp, we should have a bonehead player of the month.

    Maybe it could be the player who receives the most star of the game votes during the month.

    I like it.

  18. Game Center question.

    If I were to purchase Game Center, would my son be able to watch a game at his apartment on his IPAD while I am watching a one at my home on my IPAD?

    Different locations, different IPADs, separate persons simultaneously watching games on 1 account?

  19. MDZ says he’s happy with his D play, but has to pick it up offensively. I don’t think he quite gets it. But, I keep forgetting he’s just 23.

  20. Game Center answer: GC logs IP addresses. Different external IPs will not work. One of you will have to log out. However you can watch different games at the same location at the same time.

  21. Seems sure that he’s regressed, but (without injury) regression indicates a previous, recoverable higher level? Don’t know the answer, Papa. Just axing.

  22. I would have answered your question, Papa, but I’m still having trouble with daylight savings time on my car clock. :)

  23. My leaf blower burned out, so now I can watch Penn/Harvard with no guilt. Could be worse. Could be Columbia.

  24. If you have a PS3 or a TV that has GC app built in, you won’t regret it. One game on TV the other on iPad, especially when the Rangers are playing on NBC/NBCSN I don’t have to watch those intermission reports with Mike the shoe and JR I just watch another game if there’s one.

  25. Started with Shop-rite, moved on to Breyers, then I had my first spoonful of HD and that was it, couldn’t go back to Breyers.

    Once in a while I’ll throw in Ben& Jerry’s, usually while I’m listening to the Dead, Europe ’72

  26. Stranger Nation on

    Brassard is 10-20-30 in 43 games wearing blue.
    Pro rata for full season is 19-39-58

    He is playing with an old shoe and a mop for linemates and has limited PP time. Bucky playing pivot has squeezed him down the pecking order. Yet another reason we should have laid Secretariat to rest. They shoot horses, dont they?

    IMO we should have gotten a solid Righty Dman in the deal even though Moore has great upside.

  27. True story about Ben and Jerry’s and the Dead. My aunt, won a contest to name the flavor Cherry Garcia. Picture on the wall in VT and a lifetime supply of ice cream. Unfortunately they don’t have to give her anymore but they were great to her while she was alive.

  28. Last time I was offered a lifetime guarantee, I told the salesman I was buying it on behalf of my 4 year old Granddaughter.

  29. “IMO we should have gotten a solid Righty Dman in the deal even though Moore has great upside.”
    How would Cigar Scrooge go about that and who’s available and who would we give up in return?

  30. Continued: who would we give up in return that the other team might be interested in. (Gomez for McD is a once in 50 years trade)?

  31. My family once entered a contest for an Oscar Meyer commercial. The idea was to sing “have a salami” to the tune of “Hava Nagila.”

  32. NBC once a had a contest, and I guess Mike the shoe and JR and Pierre all won. Those that can’t do, teach, and those who can’t teach, become NBC announcers. I bet Ziggy Paulfy, Luongo and Chara are all thanking the shoe for getting them off the island.

  33. I remember the rangers coming back from a 5 (?) goal deficit against the Habs, must have been at the Garden though.. It was Super Bowl Sunday if memory serves. Giants over Patriots 17-14. What a sweet Sunday it was

  34. Manny, yes. She was a child of the sixties, big time Dead Head. We weren’t surprised when she came up with the name.

  35. Lol Latona.

    Coos, I think that’s also how he came up with the name of the famous whale cake.

  36. I find myself surprisingly optimistic about tonight’s game. This streak can’t last forever. Tonight we get the win. Stralsie gets the first, breaks the shut out streak.


  37. That’s awesome C-Dubs. You’re a celebrity!

    Latona: Great idea. But I hope it doesn’t *offend* anyone…

  38. Peanut Brittle has been an obsession for me lately. Normally I’m a Coffee Heath Bar Crunch type guy.

  39. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Del Zotto isn’t playing on his natural side & Brassard playing with bottom feeders is why their not performing well having Arneil as the associate coach doesn’t help either. I don’t buy the carcillo that what happened in Columbus is in the pass between these two.

  40. Stranger Nation on

    “IMO we should have gotten a solid Righty Dman in the deal even though Moore has great upside.”
    How would Cigar Scrooge go about that and who’s available and who would we give up in return?

    November 16th, 2013 at 1:40 PM
    was referring to Gabby deal last year

  41. I’m thinking we win tonight as well.

    Montreal had to play an overtime game last night and fly home. If we can’t beat them on the end of a back to back.

    Drop the puck already!!

  42. Oh AV…tell your Talbot..not to do what Hank has done…spend your life getting lit up in misery..in the house..of the rising slump

  43. They should do a “Romeo & Juliet” flavor.

    Chocolate covered heart shaped Strawberries in Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream.

  44. AV wasn’t here last year, Talbot wasn’t the goalie, who cares what happened in the past.

    Rangers skate circles around the Pruster, and score in waves tonight!

    Rangers crush the Canadians 4-0!

  45. Too Funny Coos I had the same problem last night :)

    I wasn’t getting out of the car until it was done. Tried to get my girl to do it, no such luck. Had to go to the manual, and it still took 15 minutes.

  46. Hey Ria (The silent bonehead)! I’m not sure if you read the earlier posting on this site or not, but I think we’re using the word “bush league” today instead of words like Carcillo.

  47. Del Zotto on the bench tonight. Del Zasters team is going down tonight, time to take that boy to the shed!!!

    I’m thinking a 10-2 week for Del Zaster team.

    Where has he been? He hasn’t been on his computer for weeks?

  48. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Thank you SN how come we can see this & Frenchie doesn’t? Maybe Torts left the board with the round holes & square pegs in his office when he was relieved of his duties, so Frenchie decided to use it LOL Btw this is the weekend of my youngest daughter’s birth & she wants me to come for dinner tonight . Do I tell her I can’t make it because the Rangers are playing or do I go & keep checking my phone for updates? Would that be rude to do?

  49. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Jonathan E. “BUSH LEAGUE” is exclusive to the “pimp”. I could have said “poop”.

  50. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Funny story James G. my neighbor’s daughter who was 5 years old at the time would hide under the kitchen table whenever I played that song. House of the rising sun that is!

  51. Same thing here Ria. All the kids pick this weekend to come home. So Mama has them painting wine glasses, caramel apples, and now bowling during game time.

    Yes they have beer, and yes I can DVR it, but its not the same. I was wishing I would have bought the NHL for the ipad, instead of Center Ice for the TV.

  52. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    SPM me no have a DVR & the “THUGS” aka Knicks are on msg Rangers are on msg 2 so who knows if I’ll get the replay later.

  53. Oh, thanks Ria! I get it, the “pimp” has his own word of the day that only he is allowed to use. Alright then, party on…

  54. Ria, I see, I say, I see you’re talking like Foghorn with the “that is” on the end of one of your posts! Posts, that is.

  55. Stranger Nation on

    Ria – DVR the game, don’t check the phone and enjoy dinner with your family.
    Frenchie looks smart against the pretenders and dumb against the contenders.
    Can’t wait for Nash to come back

  56. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    SN we started celebrating last night & its going to continue through Monday which is her actual day of birth. Thank you Foghorn I mean I said I mean Latona.

  57. Ria( the silent bonehead) on

    Okay i’m out taking your advice SN after all birthdays only come I said only come once a year (That’s for you Lats I mean Foghorn”)

  58. The bigger problem is this schedule which has them playing once during the week and both weekend nights.

    The jerk store called, the guy who makes the schedule is their best seller.

  59. Stranger Nation on

    Best of the worst – story of my life

    See Dubb – this schedule is a joke – figure they would be jamming more games in the beginning in an Olympic year/season

  60. Really doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. One night eleven games the next night, two. It’s crazy and maddening.

  61. The value of a clock? It provides a numerically defined unit of measure for the time that we spend.

  62. As my Pop was quick to point out every time I effed up as a young lad, “Son, this ain’t the movies and it aint no dress rehearsal. This is the real deal with no do-overs.”

    My Pops sure knew what he was talking about.

  63. Me too. First album was great. Second too, then a bit erratic but I like em. Can’t speak to their over/under.

  64. Rob in Beantown on

    Yahoo Fantasy says Kreider is a C/LW. Has Kreider ever played C in the NHL? Meanwhile, Brad Richards who actually was playing wing at the beginning of the season, I can only play at C

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