Rangers at Predators tonight (8 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:00 p.m. ET
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
Rangers: 11-11-0 (22 pts)
Predators: 11-9-2 (24 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: The Answer 970 AM), as they continue their five-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 11-11-0 (22 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-2, on Thursday at American Airlines Center, for their fifth straight road win. The Predators enter the contest with a 11-9-2 (24 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have won three straight games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, Nov. 25, at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), in an Eastern Conference matchup.

All-Time: 8-5-1-2 overall (3-4-1-1 at home; 5-1-0-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at Bridgestone Arena
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 3-0 win on Jan. 17, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 3-3 in the contest, while Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were among the goal scorers for the Blueshirts. Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves in the shutout.
The Rangers have won each of their last two games against the Predators, and four of the last six
The Blueshirts have won three straight games at Nashville, out-scoring the predators 11-4 during the stretch
New York is 7-6-0 on the road; Nashville is 5-2-1 at home
New York is 2-6-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Nashville is 5-4-0 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PREDATORS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 4-2-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA; Rick Nash – 51 GP, 20-16-36; Brad Richards – 21 GP, 5-18-23; Derick Brassard – 23 GP, 3-8-11; Marc Staal – 4 GP, 1-1-2

New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has registered a goal in five of the last seven games (5-23, 21.7% over the span)
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in four of the last five games (13-14, 92.9% over the span)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-1 (0:36) on Thursday at Dallas. New York is tied for 15th in the NHL overall (14-73, 19.2%), and ranks third on the road (10-38, 26.3%). The Rangers are 3-9 (3:22) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/17 vs. LAK), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-5 (7:41) on Thursday at Dallas. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (64-76, 84.2%), and 13th on the road (40-48, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 2-3 (0:55) when three-on-four (last – 11/21 at DAL). 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 (1:32) on Thursday at Dallas, and are now -1 in 24 four-on-four situations (36:09) 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).

RARE OCCURENCE: The Rangers have been awarded a penalty shot in each of the last two games (Chris Kreider on Nov. 19 vs. BOS; Rick Nash on Nov. 21 at DAL). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it marks just the second time in franchise history – and first time in 79 years – the Rangers have been awarded penalty shots in consecutive games (Nov. 19-22, 1934). The most recent NHL team to attempt penalty shots in consecutive games was the Vancouver Canucks on Mar. 14-16 of last season.

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 13 of the last 15 games, and 14 of the last 17. New York has allowed 25 goals over the last 15 games (1.67 goals against per game), and 29 goals in the last 17 games (1.71 goals against per game).

BIG D: Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 41 saves, including 23 in the first period, and tallied a power play assist in the Rangers’ 3-2 win on Thursday at Dallas. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 23 saves in the first established a career-high for saves in a single period, breaking his previous career-high of 20 saves in a period (Dec. 29, 2010 vs. NJD, Second Period; Apr. 6, 2013 vs. CAR, Third Period). It was also the 14th time in his career Lundqvist recorded 40 or more saves in a contest, improving to 9-0-5 with a 1.39 goals against average, .968 save percentage, and four shutouts in those games.

Henrik Lundqvist – 5-5-0 with a 1.71 GAA, .940 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last 10 games since returning from injury on Oct. 27 vs. MTL, having held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of those contests
Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games
Chris Kreider – 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 12 games
Ryan Callahan – six points (three goals, three assists) in nine games since returning from injury
Brad Richards – six points (one goal, five assists) in the last eight games
Derek Stepan – 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 12 games
Carl Hagelin – nine points (four goals, five assists) in 12 games since returning from injury

CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 11 goals against in the final frame.

STRONG BACKUP: Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 win on Nov. 16 at Montreal. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA, .943 Sv%, and one shutout in five career NHL appearances. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of two goaltenders in franchise history, along with Lorne Chabot in 1926-27, to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first five NHL starts. Talbot is also the first Rangers’ rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. PIT to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. TOR.

Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 6
Total Man-Games Lost: 51


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  1. what? three wins in a row for Nashville?

    Chicago (7-2), Detroit (2-0), then Toronto (4-2)? wow! oh yeah, they beat Colorado the week before.

    Craig Smith, Shea Webber.. Matt Cullen, the right wing on Smith’s line, did get 41 points for the Rangers back in 2006.

    I still think the Ranger’s win this convincingly.

  2. Sorry, I don’t think this is an easy win, Tomb…but always an optimist. The Preds look impressive in video highlights. We’re playing well lately, if you look away from the occasionally fatal defensive lapses.

  3. Miami, yes…but hockey is a team sport and it takes more than one dynamo to provide the winning energy.

  4. he wont make the spectacular save. I saw him get lit up many times in Hartford.

    I think he will be fine behind the usual sound defense, but if it falters… watch out. The team has played excellent defense in front of him so far.

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

    Cam Talbot isn’t any good. It is all the “sound defense” in front of him. The same “sound defense” that allowed 15 goals in two consecutive games against the Sharks and Ducks. Oh, the irony.

  6. I think Talbot has proven to be a bit more than he was in Hartford. He’s so positionally sound now.

  7. this team is bush-league beyond belief .

    any player not named “The Kreider” is pure bush.

  8. Guys, important questions:

    1) Playstation 4 or X-Box One?

    2) 2012 BMW 135i (w/ M package) and 20K miles or 2010 BMW M3, 4-door with 48K miles

  9. Is this the first time since the league started w shoot outs that the Rangers haven’t had one after 20+ games?

    You have to eat up these games against the West. Not collecting these points is like not collecting whatever is in those boxes w the “?” When you play Mario brothers

    Sick of the .500 mark too. I want to see like a 9-1 hot streak. Do it. DO IT

  10. 1- playstation

    2- I’d stay away from BMW but if you must then go w the 135i. Especially if it’s a later model.

  11. Manny that and punch out are the only games I *miss* being a retired gamer. I need one of the new game stations. Or an original Nintendo at the least

  12. Good morning, boneheads!

    Should be a great game. I’d like to know who is in charge of defense scouting in Nashville. They’ve drafted, and developed, some of the better defensemen in this league for years.

  13. Last post previous thread.

    Does anyone agree with this coach’s tactic of calling out his players publically?

    How can this be productive if you embarrass someone publically when you speak through the reporters, risking the player turns you off and you effectively reduce whatever trade value exists?

    Does the lame GM have any comment which appears to be a CYA tactic by the coach?

    I wonder if he takes the same approach to “civilians” including family and friends?

  14. I never seen Talbot play in Hartford but from what I’ve seen so far with the rangers Talbot is the real deal. Apparently Allaire worked with Talbot and straightened out his flaws and from what I’ve seen what a job by Allaire. Time will tell whether Talbot remains good or comes down to earth.

  15. I do t know what would coming down to earth entail. If he has one bad game? Well then, Hank’s had a good share if those. Does it mean he came down to earth?

  16. Sioux is in a dark, dark place.

    They are amazing, Ilb. But I’m shocked that Colorado chose Mackinnon over the hometown kid in Seth Jones. I know Jones is being helped greatly by being partnered with WWEber and all but he’s still a great player.

  17. “A backup this reliable seems a little too good to be true. This is NYR after all. When do good things happen to this team?”

    Only when something twice as bad is lurking around the corner..

  18. Comnsnse

    I think you’re making something out of nothing and being overly negative. That’s been the tone of pretty all your posts.

    The Rangers are finally healthy and are 9-5 since the OT win against Detroit while outplaying their opponent in almost every single game during that span.


  19. I just read an interview with Wayne Gretzky at tsn.ca in which he says he is in favor of the NHL expanding O.T. and killing the shootout, in the process. He reasons that the shootout should not be the determining factor for some teams making and other teams missing out on the playoffs. He said that this change is actually being discussed at the NHL top-level.

    Wonder if these talks are bypassing the Commissioner who successfully pushed for the adding of the ridiculous “Shinny contest at the end of the hockey game” change, a few years ago?

  20. Rob in Beantown on

    Do you think they would they have to zamboni the ice again for a (potential) 10 minute overtime?

  21. Good question, Rob. I don’t see why they need to. If they don’t do it for 5-on-5 why not just not do it for 10 minutes. We don’t care about the game ending in a tie, right?

  22. Tuomo Ruutu has two more years with a cap hit of 4.75 mil. I don’t want to absorb that commitment for a player with less points than Pouliot.

    I would trade for Tlusty though. Guy was awesome last year and would really round out our top 9. I still think the better move is to package Del Zotto and JT Miller in a deal for Mike Cammalleri. I think he’s a perfect fit for us.

    The one player that you know is going to be on Sather’s wishlist is Dany Heatley. It’s the exact kind of move he’d make and I could see him doing it for Pouliot and a pick…

  23. There is some Dreger report on the right, ORR that the Hurricanes are offering those two players for a puck moving D-Man.

    …And yes, I did say on Sportscentre the Hurricanes have offered Ruutu and Tlusty to teams. Part of Canes search for a puck-moving d-man.

  24. Didn’t we go through the Heatley debacle a while back when Sather was getting rid of Gomez and almost re-packaged McDonagh for Heatley?

  25. Stranger Nation on

    Jiri Tlusty: Relegated to Checking-Line Duty
    Posted on November 22, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Tlusty was relegated to checking-line duty during Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Detroit. He started the game in his usual spot on the top line alongside Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner, but soon found himself on the fourth line with Radek Dvorak and Drayson Bowman.

    Tlusty’s last point was scored six games ago – a goal Nov. 9 against Minnesota. Furthermore, he’s gone a combined minus-6 over his past three games, so it’s not hard to see why he’s in coach Kirk Muller’s doghouse. He’s on a fast track to fantasy irrelevance if he doesn’t turn things around, and fast. Bench him until his fortunes improve.

  26. Manny

    Yes, but Heatley is on the decline and no longer warrants a return of that caliber. Sather loves big names on the decline that still have some value.

    I think he can be had without giving up anything of importance…

  27. Stranger Nation on

    Tlusty was picked in the first round and we know how Slats loves 1st round picks not playing well

  28. And I just thought of something: if Richards gets bought out, as he should, that opens up a spot on the second line for Brassard which potentially makes him worth the qualifying offer.

  29. I don’t have a link, but just go to http://www.tsn.ca, click on NHL, and you will see the article to click onto. It is headlined: “Gretzky talks Subban, Olympics, overtime rules on TSN.”

  30. Just as important as eliminating the shootout – if they really want to be fair about which teams make the playoffs, they also need to have all games count two points or three points, which can be O.T. parceled as two points to one in the standings, but they absolutely must cease having both two-point and three point games during the regular season. These two-point and three-point games have skewed the result of which borderline teams made the playoffs, same as has “The Shootout Monster.”

    How about back in the good old days, a 60-minute game ending in a tie was a tie, and each team receiving one point? What the hell was broken about that? Oh, right, TV wants “excitement,” to spike its ratings, at any cost.

    I will bet you TV is right there to give or deny its approval to any change the NHL Board of Governors desires to make, and the pansies on the Board cave-in, yet again, to TV, which is the real owner and policy-maker of the NHL.

  31. Rob in Beantown on

    NHL 94 is the best sports game ever as far as I’m concerned. If you search online you can find versions to download with updated modern rosters, if you’re into that kind of thing

  32. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Ruutu doesn’t have many points due to him starting the season on IR (he gets injured quite a bit) but I think is around a career season avg of 20ish goals…I think

  33. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I know it’s probably too late in the day for this question but I keep forgetting to ask the night crew, but is Dawn Johnson the same as Morning Wood?

  34. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    AV says calm talbot has played well enough it’s his “turn”. Goalie rotation controversy lol

  35. Manny, I think that’s fantastic, good job. You’re ahead of many rangers and have a third of their dollar total!

    Also, I love the grimace!

  36. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on


    You would have to think we would see mcilrath up here sooner than later this season

  37. On Del Zotto, since he seems to be the latest whipping boy, did anyone see Vingeault’s quote on Grosses’ blog?

    “It’s all Brass (Derick Brassard), it has nothing to do with Del Zotto,” Vigneault said. “His read is the right one. The goaltender rims the puck, he’s got to keep the puck in, go down the wall and the F3 (forward three) is Brass, that’s his play. If he just goes right behind him, picks up the puck and throws it back in, instead he goes to the same man, that should be his man.”

    At the time it seemed like a hockey 101 play to me, the d-man pinches and the forward has to cover – poor play Brassard. Too bad the announcers and negative-Nancy bloggers were so quick to point fingers at a guy who is struggling.

  38. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Interesting…but when u say negative nancy posters pointing fingers at a guy struggling are you referring to del zotto or brassard because there seems to be a lot of finger pointing at both

  39. repo

    Torts arriving home to wife after long road trip: “How my dogs doin’?”

    Wife: “Drop dead.”

  40. Reminds me if a similar scene in _Life Aquatic_

    Your cats dead

    Which one?


    What happened?

    A Rattlesnake bit it in the throat.

  41. I said that at the time, too, JJP. They want/need their d-men to pinch. Maybe up 3-1 he can back off a little bit, but if Brassard’s in the right place, it’s not a Del Zaster … and, Of The Zotto made the same pinch on the Moore goal..

  42. Wow, interesting. I actually looked at it on DVR after the game again and it looked like Brassard was already forechecking, and in MDZ’s view when he started to pinch in. I stand corrected then.

  43. Well I’m near the end and I just ain’t got the time.
    Oh, and I’m wasted and can’t find my way home

  44. Carp, I said the other night you had a valid point in the DelZotto pinch. It’s two players involved in the decision. One has to stay back, one should pressure the puck.

    It’s really tough to hang that mistake all on DelZotto. I thought DelZotto was in better position to challenge the puck. But he also needs to read where Brassard is and where he is going.

    3-1 game late, D needs to be absolutely sure someone is backing him up.

  45. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I agree with ILB, and if you go back and look there is a point as mdz is skating forward to pinch that he stops and hesitates (looks to me like he sees brassard), but then goes forward and pinches anyhow.

    Now I’m certainly not disagreeing with the coach, but that’s what it looked like to me.

    Not that I think AV would say anything in the media to try and build up a player or to make another player think about always making the correct defencive play on the ice (s).

  46. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    The definition of soon…

    adv. soon·er, soon·est
    1. In the near future; shortly.
    2. Without hesitation; promptly: came as soon as possible.
    3. Before the usual or appointed time; early.
    4. With willingness; readily: I’d as soon leave right now.
    5. Obsolete Immediately.

  47. DZ guilty of bad judgement. He is a defenseman first and foremost, and that play should not be attempted unless the outcome is not in doubt. Like trying to steal third with 2 outs.

  48. Coos, agree.

    Ultimately the aggressive play DelZaster choose to pursue was made at the wrong time of the game. And that is why this Kid hasn’t advanced to play at a consistent level. His problems originate more between the ears than due to a lack of skill.

    And Wick, agree ( please don’t drop dead of a heart attack)
    Delzaster hesitated slightly and that cost him more than anything else in his failure to execute the pinch.

  49. If the team strategy is going to be to ask a defenseman to pinch and join in offense than the Center has to know what’s happening on the ice and react appropriately. The whole idea there is to confuse the defense and cause a sloppy switch in their defense leaving someone open to take the puck hard to the net. Thus, Del Zotto has the puck which puts the onus on The Center to react accordingly.

    For example, the Bruins first goal today was scored by Chara standing almost IN the crease. The Center had properly rotated high and that allowed Chara to go low and be open.

  50. _CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 11 goals against in the final frame._

    Impressive! LGR!

  51. Tower: ‘AA flight 880, height and position?’

    ‘Uh, I’m 5’11 and I’m in the front of the plane.’

  52. “They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let ’em crash.”

  53. Good evening all! Cripes my life!!! Even on a Saturday I’m screwed…work early tomorrow…Go Nash! Go Hank! LGR!!!!

    Here’s really hoping for a win since LindaCallahanBoyleeveryone and Mickey are at the game tonight in Predsland….

  54. I’m on kid duty tonight…6 and 3. Odds of having them in bed by 8:07? Odd they’re up until 10:37?

  55. NHL 94 was great, but they took out fighting in that one.

    I interesting fact, Jagr and Selanne are the only players in that game that are still active.

  56. despite how well Talbot has played, I would not play him tonight. I would ride Hank. looking at the schedule, it seems to me a 5 game winning streak is possible. I would ride Hank in this stretch, to get as many points a possible.

  57. oleosmirf @10:42, Just got off a flight from Fla. to NJ frigid weather, and lo and behold find your silly comments to my questions about how management handles employees.

    Instead of addressing my comments, you decide to be judgmental about my posts in general and add to your silliness by implying that the Rangers recent record is what’s more important!

    Is it possible you have an opinion on my specific question or have you just formed your opinion of my posts in general and dismissed an obvious issue with this coach?

    Be specific, be factual and be courteous, in other words keep your personal opinions to yourself. since blog warfare is frowned upon by our host!
    Thank you

  58. ‘I punched my buddy in the nose after lunch –
    Now I’m in trouble, ’cause the Dean saw the punch.
    He was sayin’ things that weren’t true about her
    So I let him have it in the…cafeteria.’

  59. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    I’m not disagree on the strategy at all, my point is mdz recognized brassard taking the man (thus his stopping) but continued with his pinch anyhow (thus his skating forward again instead of backing up).

    Just because someone makes a mistake (brassard) doesn’t entitle you to make one as well (mdz).

  60. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Gravy – good luck with your lil angels. Convince your 6 year old to watch your 3 year old in the same room that you watch the game until they fall asleep. Then carry them to their beds (hopefully in between periods) then back to the game.

    My daughter doesn’t like the poopy flyers, penguins, or capitals. But the Bruins are her second favorite team….

  61. The clumsy housewife dropped the dishes and broke the dishes, because… “she was out of sink.”

  62. Years ago, when the Rangers were taking a pullman train to Montreal, at the border Rangers rookie Eddie Shack was asked by a customs official: “What is your place of birth?” With a straight face Eddie replied: “Upper Nine.”

  63. At the border, Donny Murdoch was asked if he had anything to declare, and he said, (…fill in the blanks…)

  64. whatever common, if u post bullshi# here and then get into a hissyfit if someone argues your point, u should just stick with talking to little children. dont get so butthurt all the time. take it a KREIDER!!man!

  65. One night, Torts will throw every stick on the ice, then strip and throw his clothes, then the little men from the headcase sanitarium will drag him away.

  66. Comnsnse

    Because there is absolutely no merit to your assertion that AV is somehow acting unprofessionally towards his players.

    It’s all in your head…

  67. Eddie Eddie Eddie –

    To be serious for a minute… Rangers GM Muzz Patrick kept trading young and talented Rangers players, one after another, from Eddie Shack, to Bill Gadsby, to Ron Murphy,to Parker MacDonald, to Tex Evans, to Bronco Horvath – it just went on and on, so that Andy Bathgate, Dean Prentice, Harry Howell, and The Gumper had very thin base on support, elsewhere on the roster. The one really positive acquisition Muzz made, during this time, was Red Sullivan.

    Other than that, the club really should have stood pat. Muzz Muzz really took the team he originally built, right out of contention with his glut of negative one-sided trades.

    He also waited until “Iron Man” Andy Hebenton, a highly-productive winger, was 27 before giving him a shot in the NHL. Management is so critical to success and failure, as it was then, and always will be.

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