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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY
Rangers: 14-14-0 (28 pts)
Sabres: 6-20-2 (14 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in their first of three games in a four-day span. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-14-0 (28 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Winnipeg Jets, 5-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 11-7-0 in their last 18 games. The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the conference, and ninth in the NHL, in ROW (14). The Sabres enter the contest with a 6-20-2 (14 pts) record to rank 16th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost six of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will begin a franchise record, nine-game homestand, when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

All-Time: 63-73-25-5 overall (36-28-15-3 at home; 27-45-10-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at First Niagara Center. New York is 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-0 win on Oct. 31 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Sabres, 46-29, in the contest, including a 19-6 advantage in the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%), while the penalty kill was 1-1 (100.0%). Six different Rangers tallied a point in the contest, including goals from Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider. Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves for the shutout.
Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers’ power play was 2-6 (33.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 12-14 (85.7%) with one shorthanded goal. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan each tallied two goals and two assists for a series-leading four points apiece, while Brad Richards led all skaters with three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.95 GAA and .888 Sv% in three games.
The Rangers and Sabres have been separated by one goal in nine of their last 16 meetings, including five that required overtime (two in the shootout)
New York is 9-8-0 on the road; Buffalo is 3-11-1 at home.
New York is 5-4-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Buffalo is 1-4-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Sabres on its roster: Dominic Moore (2008-09); Taylor Pyatt (2001-02 – 2005-06).
Buffalo lists one former Ranger on its roster: John Scott (2011-12).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SABRES: Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 13-10-2, 2 SO, 2.33 GAA; Brad Richards – 38 GP, 12-19–31; Ryan Callahan – 23 GP, 8-5–13; Rick Nash – 13 GP, 8-4–12; Michael Del Zotto – 14 GP, 0-7–7.

New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Rangers’ power play is 4-13 (30.8%) in the last four games.
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in nine of the last 11 games (26-28, 92.9% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Monday vs. Winnipeg. New York is tied for 12th in the NHL overall (18-95, 19.0%), and ranks fourth on the road (12-55, 21.8%). The Rangers are 3-10 (4:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/25 at TBL), 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 2-2 (4:00) on Monday vs. Winnipeg. New York ranks fifth in the NHL overall (77-90, 85.6%), and is tied for eighth on the road (49-57, 86.0%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Monday vs. Winnipeg, and are now -1 in 27 four-on-four situations (39:51) 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).

STREAKING RANGERS: Brad Richards and Ryan McDonagh both enter the game with a four-game point streak. Richards has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) over the span, and also enters with a three-game assist streak. Ryan McDonagh has also registered four points (one goal, three assists) during the streak, which ties his career-high for longest point streak, posted earlier this season from Nov. 6 – Nov. 12.

SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 of the last 21 games, and 17 of the last 23. New York has allowed 42 goals over the last 21 games (1.99 goals against per game), and 46 goals in the last 23 games (2.00 goals against per game). The Blueshirts are tied for first in the NHL with four shutouts and have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 18 games this season, which is tied for third in the league.

FAST START: The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL with a 13-2-0 record (.867 win%) when tallying the game’s first goal this season. The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in five of the last seven contests.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the NHL with nine road wins this season. The Blueshirts posted a six-game winning streak on the road from Oct. 26 at Detroit to Nov. 23 at Nashville, out-scoring their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts over the span. The streak ended one win shy of the longest road winning streak in franchise history, and was the longest for the Blueshirts since the 1993-94 season (Oct. 30 – Nov. 24). It is also tied as the longest road winning streak in the league this season. The Rangers posted wins in seven of eight road games from Oct. 26 – Nov. 27, including their six-game road winning streak. The last time the Blueshirts won seven road games in an eight-game span was during the 1993-94 season, when they won eight out of nine games from Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 (8-1-0).

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derek Stepan – 2 assists from 100th NHL career; Rick Nash – 2 points from 600th NHL career.

INJURIES (55 Man-Games Lost):


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  1. Bison ™ or just a regular bison burger? I’ve had the latter. They’re great and far better for you than beef.

  2. @D

    I’ll carnivore just about anything, but have always been leery of that animal.

    On a more important note…just a received a couple 22oz Bear Republic Racer 5 for gametime tonight.

  3. Rob in Beantown on

    Racer 5 is very nice. A few days ago I tried an IPA called *Union Jack India Pale Ale* by Firestone Walker Brewing Co. It’s a very nice western IPA. One of the best I’ve had

  4. Nice. Only Firestone Walker I’ve tried was called Wookey Jack. It’s a black ale and it was really good.

  5. Are these “bison burgers” farm grown or are you savages taking food out of the mouths of our Native Americans?

    Do they serve them at the Res casinos?

    Mr.D, why are they healthier than beef?

  6. Bison is very tasty!

    Lot’s of Bison Burger served over here in the Land of the Thundering Herd. The ND Bison will be 3 time National Champions, as soon as they get through Wicki’s team.

  7. Carp you Baby Buffalo BoneHead is still on my wall, not a lot of meat left on that bone.

  8. Bison has less fat than beef. Might be a matter of knowing 93% beef isn’t as good as 80% versus only having straight up bison, though. Who knows. Next time its on a menu at a place you trust, make that leap.

    Union Jack is good. Double Jack is really, really good.

  9. Comn – They are leaner than beef, but just enough not to make the meat dry.

    Most are farm raised, there is one wild herd in the Teddy Roosevelt state park.

  10. I updated the last *thread* there *Wicky* I promise. As you know, I was at the gym getting a sick pump on my legs.

  11. Bison is really good if you’re a person that likes your burger VERY rare. Which I am. Because I’m not a wuss.

  12. Stop telling me what to do *Sioux* ! Between you and Coos demanding I read *Goon Books* I don’t know if I will *ever* have any free time!

  13. Waiter: “How would you like your burger cooked?”

    Pouliot: [careless shrug]

    Brassard: [inherits partial blame for Pouliot’s crappy burger]

  14. Wicki if you team wins this weekend. We could put a Bison Burger Bet on the line next weekend?

  15. lol, The Doctor. But in all honesty, the *burger* was probably cooked improperly because no one can understand *Brassard’s* backwoods, Canadian accent.

  16. Umami…barely above average overpriced burger. Stay away from the onion rings unless you like piles of oil.

  17. No, that’s fine. I pushed for *Shake Shack* because I don’t think anything will ever beat it (for me).

  18. Sather Must Go! on

    Gosh, tonite Rangers lineup is SOFT… Scott will probably still intimidate them..

    Bison Burger at Heartland Brewery

    Red Rocket > Racer 5, IMHO

  19. *John Scott* is a Healthy *scratch* tonight. That, to me, speaks volumes about how *soft* the NHL views the current NY Rangers.

  20. Agree on Shake Shack. Until the Mets field a decent team, that is the best reason to go to Citi Field. No lines after the 7th too!

  21. Sather Must Go! on

    Scott dosent even need to be in the lineup to intimidate them .. even with that, this is a road game they shld win

  22. Carp’s Baby Buffalo BoneHead would be $250, had a rug tanned for in front of the fireplace, and 400lbs of burger, and we made about 150 lbs of sausage.

  23. Then you threw a punch and he blocked it and you argued forever about whether it was still a good event?

  24. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    On a not unrelated subject, has anyone else eaten bear meat? It is rich, but delicious!

  25. Wicky my buddy shot one earlier in the year, and served it at the garage poker tour a few weeks ago. It was pretty good.

  26. “NELSON MANDELA has passed away.”

    “On a not unrelated subject, has anyone else eaten bear meat?”

  27. Manny, in your off hours would you consider an appointment as a tender of the Bison herd?

    Just don’t try the shepherd thing with those Bison! (;)

  28. It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

  29. Mr.D,”on a not unrelated subject”, do you actually consume humans?

    Henceforth you shall be called Hannibal! Does it really taste like veal? (;)

  30. For the record, to date I have never consumed a human.

    Go 1/3. The beauty of a burger is the entire sandwich, not just a massive disc of meat.

  31. Mr.D, another straight line!

    Actually you are 100% correct ,the bread is an integral part of a sandwich especially good Italian bread!

    Perhaps a “bison burger al Italia” with some sharp provolone and roasted peppers!

    And two Rolling Rock nips!

  32. ‘How would you like your burger cooked?’

    Pullout: “Well done, but make sure you don’t score it.”

  33. In all that equipment, Henrik looks like he’s got a little head. Not that there’s anything wrong with…

  34. Good evening all! Indeed Carp, Sally and Fozzy are having their first annual mother-daughter Rangers night in baby buffalo land … I am jealous!

    I know I’m late to this party, but big wipe of the brow on Hank. First time I’ve ever been glad of a full no-move clause.

    Yeah, yeah, money, cap hit….I’m happy.

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