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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Sunday, Dec. 8, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-14-1 (31 pts)
Capitals: 15-12-2 (32 pts)

The Rangers will continue their franchise record, nine-game homestand, when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 15-14-1 (31 pts). The Rangers were defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in overtime Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and have now registered a point in 13 of their last 20 games (12-7-1). The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the conference, and ninth in the NHL, in ROW (15). The Capitals enter the contest with a 15-12-2 (32 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.).

All-Time: 88-86-18-6 overall (48-38-9-3 at home; 40-48-9-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home;1-0-0 on the road), following a 2-0 win on Oct. 16 at Verizon Center. The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-22, including a 32-14 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 4-4 (100.0%) in the contest. Ryan Callahan and John Moore each tallied a goal, while Brad Richards registered a team-high, two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the shutout.
Last Season: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv% in two games.
The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 11 meetings with the Capitals, dating back to a 7-0 win on Dec. 12, 2010. New York has posted an 8-2-1 record and has out-scored Washington, 36-19, during the stretch.
New York is 5-6-1 at home; Washington is 5-5-2 on the road.
New York is 5-3-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Washington is 5-4-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS: Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 15-7-3, 4 SO, 2.55 GAA; Brad Richards – 54 GP, 9-31–40; Ryan Callahan – 22 GP, 10-7–17; Rick Nash – 12 GP, 7-8–15; Ryan McDonagh – 10 GP, 1-5–6.

New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in four of their last six games (6-19, 31.6% over the span).
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 10 of the last 13 games (30-33, 90.9% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:49) earlier tonight vs. New Jersey. New York is tied for 11th in the NHL overall (20-101, 19.8%), and ranks 23rd at home (7-44, 15.9%). 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 2-3 (2:13) earlier tonight vs. New Jersey. New York is tied for fifth in the NHL overall (81-95, 85.3%), and 15th at home (30-36, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 3-5 (1:08) when three-on-four (last – 12/7 vs. NJD). 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 (1:02) earlier tonight vs. New Jersey, and are now -1 in 28 four-on-four situations (40:53) 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).

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
Combined record – 6-4-1.
Record in 1st game – 3-2-1 (1-1-1 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).
Record in 2nd game – 3-2-0 (1-1-0 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).
The Rangers are 16-5-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 16-7-2 in the second game over the span.
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).

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL: The Rangers defeated the Capitals, 2-0, on Oct. 16 at Washington, in their first meeting since the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Including Games 6 and 7 of that series, New York has out-scored Washington, 8-0, in their last three contests. Henrik Lundqvist’s shutout streak against the Capitals is currently at 180:00 mins.

STREAKING RANGERS: Ryan McDonagh and Brad Richards both enter the game with a Rangers’ season-high, six-game point streak, while Mats Zuccarello is riding a four-game point streak that includes a three-game goal streak. McDonagh’s streak establishes a career-high and includes a career-best, four-game assist streak (five assists), which ties the Rangers’ season-high. He has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) during the six-game streak which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the longest by a Rangers defenseman since Brian Leetch registered a point in seven straight games during the 2003-04 season (Nov. 23 – Dec. 4). Richards has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) during his streak, which is his longest since he finished with at least one point in the final six games of last season. Zuccarello’sfour-game point streak (three goals, three assists) ties his career-high, posted earlier this season from Nov. 6 vs. PIT to Nov. 12 vs. NJD, while his three-game goal streak (three goals) establishes a career-high and ties for the Rangers’ season-high.

SAVING A POINT: Chris Kreider tallied a power play goal with 22 seconds remaining in regulation earlier tonight to help the Rangers earn a point in a 4-3 OT loss vs. NJD. The last regular season game the Rangers tied in the final minute of regulation was on Jan. 1, 2011, at TBL (2-1 OT loss).

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derek Stepan – 1 assist from 100th NHL career;  Rick Nash – 1 point from 600th NHL career.

INJURIES (57 Man-Games Lost): Derek Dorsett (sprained wrist on 12/2, day-to-day) – 2.


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  1. Not sure if AV will actually have an update on Staal … but a much better chance than if it was Torts. Either way, if they don’t have an update, fair to assume it’s a concussion then.

  2. Stranger Nation on

    Orpik is a punk, should have manned up and smacked Thorton around but that hit was legit

  3. I could go either way on the hit. Seems to me Scott Stevens made a living in those same hits. Just not of fan Orpik or of his game, predatory.

  4. What the Eagles are accomplishing, since they changed and upgraded their burned-out coaching situation, is the same resurgence the Rangers will experience, if they ever get out from under the front office rock they are pinned under.

  5. Every worse, Mcllrath is playing a game in Hartford right now. Really wish that meant Staal was ok.

  6. I love a hard hitting game. Love it.

    I also love to see a player who lives in the edge like OrPik get challenged on the ice.

    I would argue the players most of all know how to judge what’s acceptable and what is not, what’s clean and what isn’t. It’s pretty obvious Boston team felt OrPik’s ‘play’ on Erickson wasn’t acceptable and needed to be addressed.

    OrPik, didn’t agree, but that’s not surprising. OrPik is a punk..

  7. Stranger Nation on

    @MikeFalconsAHL: Hartford scratches: Haley, Fast, Bickel and Asham. #NYRangers.
    Hope these 4 are coming down to NYC for the home stand (save for Fast)
    Is this the beginning of the new Ice Dancers regime where we can’t score and get our assens handed to us.

    Manny – very serious about that 4th line earlier!!
    Bickel-Boyle-Haley with Asham in there when there knuckles are sore

  8. Stranger Nation on

    See Dubb – the hit was fine – the perp is the challenging aspect who has made a career out of cheap shots.

    Let’s just say, he knew it was Ericsson and not Lucic

  9. Apply the Adam Graves test, it works fir me every time…

    Would Adam Graves have let OrPik go unchallenged if he hit Leetch or Messier like he hit Ericksin?

  10. I have bad news, Stranger. I looked into it and Haley is out indefinitely flowing Sports Hernia surgery and Bickel and Asham are both injured but skating again.

    I love that 4th line. *VIBIN’*

  11. Stranger Nation on

    Staal has been about two seconds behind the play for over a month now and this hit was a very unfortunate example of his lack of timing.

    Bernier is a big dude and Staal reached for the puck and then Bernier cruising in full stride caught Mark flush in the jaw with his shoulder.

    As off as Staal has been, it will be very telling to see how the D plays tonite and over the home stand if Staalsie is out for any length of time.

    This is the PERFECT time to being up the beast.

  12. Amen. Get Mcllrath up here. Now. And Bickel. At least Bickel could be used to intimidate Pouliot into retiring.

  13. Stranger Nation on

    Papa – Gravy would have skated right over to Orpik and started throwing righty bombs to him face.

    Man, that guy was the best

  14. @KatieStrangESPN: #NYR According to coach Alain Vigneault, Marc Staal is being treated for neck issues. Will not play tonight

  15. @jaygeemsg: AV on Marc Staal: “Marc at this time is being treated for neck issues which are causing him to have some symptoms (of a concussion).”

  16. @RothmanHockey: The “symptoms” Staal is having are consistent with a concussion, but AV said they’re not sure if those symptoms are from neck injury.

  17. Some GOOD news.

    @AGrossRecord: Derek Dorsett had an MRI on his wrist on Friday that showed this should not be a long-term serious issue for him.

  18. Carp, so you think Graves = not happening with OrPik.

    Really? I think he’d pick his spot, sooner rather than later and make OrPik think hard and long about future type transgressions.

    The Devil Series……Remember when LeMeuix was taking liberties with Leetch?

  19. Rangers 5-on-5 Corsi last game: 48.9% (-2)

    Brassard Corsi: 64.3% (+4)

    Need to slow him down a bit, bring Pooliot back onto his line.

  20. it moves Boyle back to center where he is most effective. you do not need both Boyle and Moore on the team. they play the same role. one has to go.

  21. @WolfPackAHL: GOALLLL!!! After review the Wolf Pack have scored! Off the stick of Oscar Lindberg to make it 4-2 with 6:53 to play.

  22. Dom Moore can play sound defense while doing nothing on offense. Pooliot can play sound-to-indifferent even strength defense while sabotaging the offense. Feels like a pretty easy call here, but I’m not a “coach”.

  23. Stranger Nation on

    Excited for Miller to get some more ice

    Have they said who goes to 2nd pair for Staal? El Zotto or Moore

  24. I’m sitting at a Starbucks near Miami International right now and as the planes zoom by and the ladies next to me complain about their husbands in broken Spanish, I contemplate …

    Why do we even care about these jokers? I mean, here we are, spending what probably amounts to hours a day discussing the state of these clowns when, in reality, do they give a flying $hit about us?

    You have court jester AV putting mother-effing POULET in the lineup. Why should I watch this garbage that litters the ice for even another minute.


  25. Stranger Nation on

    For the record – Sestito with 2 assists last night. Derbils 4th line had 3 pts in one game.
    Our 4th line last night has 8 pts all season…

    Sorry I digress

  26. I just thought of a real, unstated problem, for those who are desperately afraid of the Rangers succeeding to the point of taking major media attention from the Knicks and the NBA. This, of course, starts with David Stern, his NHL “spy,” Gary Bettman, and a truckload of NBA advertisers from coast to coast.

    The problem, of course, is the fact that what you really don’t want, at this time, if you are an NBA guy, is the Knicks hogging winter sports publicity in New York, this year. Check out that 41-point loss to the Celtics, today, and this really hits home.

    So, for this season, at least, it should be OK for the Rangers to “succeed,” in the eyes of their NBA detractors, as a cover for the crass Knicks incompentence of the moment.

    This being the case, I don’t understand why the Rangers G.M. keeps pretending it’s a “normal” NBA season with the Knicks in contention, as he absolutely refuses the overdue Kristo promotion, to pick up the offense, and the overdue Big Mac promotion, to instantly transform this team into a feared opponent, rather than a soft spot on opposition schedules.

    You tell me what the hell is going on with the G.M.’s steadfast refusal to upgrade this Ranger team, right now, if you can, with two highly satisfactory solutions right at his doorstep, because I am missing the entire puzzle, here, not just a piece, as to why this is the case.

    You to tell me that mean that even with Staal’s injury Big Mac does NOT get the call-up? Sherlock Holmes would pounce on this suspicious circumstance, because something ain’t Kosher in The Big Apple.

  27. Interesting how the Rangers have no confidence in their own first round draft picks, and a world of confidence in other teams’ first round draft pick busts.

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