Wilds at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MINNESOTA WILD
Sunday, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY|
Rangers: 16-18-2 (34 pts)
Wild: 20-12-5 (45 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will continue their franchise record nine-game homestand when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden (7:30p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts rank sixth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-18-2 (34 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New York Islanders, 5-3, on Friday, and are now 1-4-2 on their homestand. The Blueshirts are tied for sixth in the conference in ROW (15). The Wild enter the contest with a 20-12-5 (45 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have lost three of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude their nine-game homestand.

RANGERS vs. WILD:
All-Time: 9-5-0-0 overall (4-2-0-0 at home; 4-3-0-0 on the road).
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road), following a 3-2 win on Mar. 27, 2012 at Xcel Energy Center. Brian Boyle opened the game’s scoring at 11:23 of the first period, and Ruslan Fedotenko notched the game-winning goal with 6:23 remaining in regulation. Ryan McDonagh led all skaters in scoring with two points (two assists) in the contest, while Henrik Lundqvist made 24 saves in the win.
The Rangers and Wild have been separated by two or fewer goals in 12 of their 14 meetings all-time.
The Blueshirts have won two of their last three games against the Wild at Madison Square Garden, and have won two of their last three games against Minnesota overall.
The Rangers last win against the Wild at Madison Square Garden was on Mar. 24, 2009 (2-1).
New York is 6-10-2 at home; Minnesota is 6-9-3 on the road.
New York is 5-8-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Minnesota is 9-5-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.
New York lists three former Wild on its roster: Justin Falk (2009-10 – 2012-13); Dominic Moore (2006-07 – 2007-08); Benoit Pouliot (2006-07 – 2009-10).
Minnesota lists one former Ranger on their roster: Mike Rupp (2011-12 – 2012-13).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. WILD: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 2.76 GAA; Rick Nash – 32 GP, 13-13–26; Brad Richards – 18 GP, 7-15–22; Taylor Pyatt – 39 GP, 10-3–13; Dan Girardi – 6 GP, 0-4–4.

SPECIAL TEAMS:
The Rangers’ power play is 9-41 (22.0%) in the last 12 games.
Have tallied two or more power play goals in five games this season.
Is tied for third in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 13 of the last 19 games (44-50, 88.0% over the span)

Power Play: The Rangers were 2-7 (12:15) on Friday vs. the NY Islanders. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (23-123, 18.7%), and 22nd at home (10-66, 15.2%). The Rangers are 3-11 (5:44) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/15 vs. CGY), and 0-3 (3:55) when four-on-three (last – 12/20 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).

Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (7:18) on Friday vs. the NY Islanders. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (94-111, 84.7%), and 17th at home (43-52, 82.7%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 4-6 (4:29) when three-on-four (last – 12/15 vs. CGY). 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 (0:35) on Friday vs. the NY Islanders, and are now -1 in 40 four-on-four situations (60:44) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (5): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter).

BACK-TO-BACKS:
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
Combined record – 6-5-1.
Record in 1st game – 3-2-1 (1-1-1 at home; 2-1-0 on the road).
Record in 2nd game – 3-3-0 (1-2-0 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 16-8-2 in the second game over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 67 times in his career (41-19-7, 2.06 GAA, .930 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello tallied a power play assist on Friday against the NY Islanders to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. He has recorded 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games, and leads the team in scoring with 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) in the last 28 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. Zuccarello is currently tied for first on the team in assists (17) and ranks second in points (24) overall this season.

RINGMASTERS: The Rangers have won 290-535 faceoffs (54.2%) through nine games in the month of December, including a season-high, 41 faceoff wins (41-64, 64%), in a 3-1 victory on Dec. 5 at Buffalo. The Blueshirts have five players – Derek Stepan (99-198, 50.0%), Brad Richards (47-85, 55.3%), Dominic Moore (49-76, 64.5%), Derick Brassard (47-87, 54.0%), and Brian Boyle (42-70, 60.0%) – with 40 or more faceoff wins over the span.

GOALIE GREATS: Henrik Lundqvist made his 539th career appearance on Friday vs. the NY Islanders to pass Ed Giacomin for third on the Rangers all-time goaltender appearances list. Below are the current leaders:
1. Mike Richter – 666
2. Gump Worsley – 582
3. Henrik Lundqvist – 539
4. Ed Giacomin – 538

INJURIES (69 Man-Games Lost):
Marc Staal (IR – concussion on 12/7, out indefinitely) – 6
Ryan Callahan (IR – sprained MCL on 12/10, 4 weeks) – 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Dec. 19 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL), and assigned forward Arron Asham and defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hartford.

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132 Comments

  1. Flying home to Sweden tonight in the storm, good reason to get the drink going early. Let’s see if I’m still awake when the next loss, ehh game starts

  2. The only way this stink bomb of a team is going to improve is through trades. The problem with that is what NHL team would want the rangers garbage and who could the rangers actually get back for there garbage. This year is going to be a long year. It will be interesting in the off season to see what sather is going to do to change this teams roster. We all know this roster stinks and this team needs to be somewhat rebuilt.

  3. Paul in sunrise on

    Fire everybody
    Trade everybody
    Another backup goaltender for vezina trophy tonight.
    I was never in this camp but it might be time to blow it up and start over again. This team was built in torts image not AV and if you are going to keep AV then you need to build around his plan.

  4. Paul in sunrise on

    Tommyg
    The team may be playing like a dumpster fire but there are strong parts that would be potential key adds for some contenders. I think there will be good return for trades.

  5. Paul in sunrise on

    Trade brich and buy out lundqvist? Would Tampa want brich and would brich waive to go there?

    I am kidding by the way.

  6. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win! We will win!

    Keep the faith! Our boys will take the positive vibe we will send them!

    I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!

    We ave two very capable goalies! We have 6 wonderful talented defensemen! We have 12 amazing athletes on offense!

    LGR Bichachos!!

    Anyone hear about this kid playing goal in LA? Martin Jones (no relation to Za’rat) has a 9 game win streak, which are his first 9 NHL games. Like the Jeremy Lin of the west.

  7. Paul in sunrise on

    But it the team is playing so poorly. Everyone can see that. Except the optimist AV. He thinks they played great in defeat the other day. He is the polar opposite of torts for sure.

  8. We have all been here before, we have all been here before…..

    We have all been here before, we have all been here before…..

    We have all been here before, we have all been here before…..

  9. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    @Papa Bear (and all the other naysayers who cheer only AFTER a win.)

    Yes we have! We were victorious! We will be the victors yet again! Everything is coming together now. The time is now! The place is here! The team is ready! It all begins tonight. The season turn around! JUST BELIEVE! IT WILL WORK! WE WILL HAVE OURSELVES TO THANK! It’s our fault if they lose! We need to cheer them! If we win, it’s our doing! It begins now!

  10. jimG the desertrat on

    Gonna call for my pipe and bowl Gonna wait for my beloved Rangers to come up with some new excuses for their ineptitude and it ain’t gonna matter. I’AM BIGGER than that!

  11. This team only has one great player: THE Kreider.

    Everyone else is a combination of non-angus grade C beef and week-old chicken that’s been left out in the back alley of a Brooklyn joint.

  12. Only 8 hours until we witness another AHL-quality game from the no-talent clowns.

    Praise’s gonna light us up like a Christmas tree.

  13. AV: “We didn’t have our offense or our defense or PP or PK or goaltending going tonight … otherwise I though we did a pretty good job of skating around in circles and keeling them below 40 shots and 30 scoring shots. The boys are putting in the hard work and sipping their peppermint mochas before, after, and during the game … the lucky shootout losses will come around.”

  14. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Purse ain’t got nutin’ on EL Kingo! We will send Backstroke back to the bench in the first period! EL Kreidero will get EL Hat Tricko each period with assists from both our stars. Señior Richards and Rico “Suave” Nash!

    Go Rangers! Beat the Wild!

  15. @NYP_Brooksie

    Marc Staal skated yesterday and will go on again this morning after Rangers skate.

    @drosennhl

    Staal was upbeat and said this concussion is not like his previous concussion.

  16. @Proteautype

    Oh the Islanders team is frightful/& their fans are feeling spiteful/so where should all the blame go?/Wang & Snow, Wang & Snow, Wang & Snow

  17. Let me translate, CARP:

    “Due to my previous concussion, I can’t even tell anymore if I get a concussion or not.”

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    For the first time in a long time I don’t even really feel like watching this game. I’m just going to start marking these games off as *optional* on the calendar

  19. ZRat….

    Should I cheer a loss??? Should I cheer lousy play???? Do I want my team to lose?

    Perhaps, ill try your approach next time. how’s this for a losing cheer?

    “yay! we lost another home game and looked like a AHL team in doing so! yay!! We stink!! yay we stink!!!!”

  20. Hear the sredges wif d berres, sirver berres
    How they tinkre, tinkre, tinkre
    In the icy air of nite
    Arr the heavens seem to twinker
    With a crystarrine deright
    The tintinntaburation that so musicarry werres
    From the berress, berres, berres
    From the Jingring and the tinkring of the berres.

    Edgar Allan Wang

  21. Clarence: You know, Sweets, I met Dr. Martin Luther King once.

    Sweets: You lyin’. You ain’t never met Dr. Martin Luther King.

    Clarence: Yeah, I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin’ down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin’ good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it’s Dr. Martin Luther King. I said ‘Dr. King?’ and he said ‘Ooops, I thought you were some body else.’

    Sweets: Oh man, you lyin’. You ain’t never met Martin Luther the King.

    Clarence: Knocked the wind out of me, yes he did.

    Sweets: No, he didn’t.

    Clarence: Yes, he did.

    Sweets: No, he did not!

  22. So my girlfriend is taking me to the game tonight for my birthday. What do you guys think? Grounds for a dumping?!

  23. Slats talking privately at Pyatt’s locker. ‘Kid, you’re making a million six and you’re a UFA. I’d like to get this over with and sign you for 1 year at 700 per. I brought a pen.’

  24. “Fear tastes like a rusty knife, and do not let her into your house.
    Courage tastes of blood. Stand up straight. Admire
    the world. Relish the love of a gentle woman. Trust in Slats and AV.”

  25. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    Papa Bear

    They will win! It will be methodical with surgical precision! Passes tape to tape, lasering through the smallest of opportunities. Body checks that resemble thunder! Slap shots that resemble lightning! Just cheer cheer cheer! Start now! Join me! You will not be disappointed! Think positive! Tonight we will win!

  26. I wish you would step back from that ledge my friend,
    You could cut ties with all the lies that you’ve been living in.

  27. I think this the relationship violation calls for at least a decent dinner. Besides, I may jump off the chase ledge if they lose again tonight.

  28. At the airport 2 beers down and still not optimistic about tonight’s game. Guess I’ll have one more.

    Oh, the price for a 0,6 liter beer in Oslo airport is about $16. Go Norway!

  29. Retire Brad Park's #2 on

    Why did Larry Brooks apologize for his comments about Max Pacioretty?

    Do the Habs actually love Max? Are they trying to trade him or not? Confused….

    Carp?

  30. Rob in Beantown on

    The most worrisome thing about that article by far is that the list of Rangers untouchables excludes MCDONAGH

  31. Rob in Beantown on

    Trading McDonagh might actually be the only thing that would make me renounce my Rangers fandom for real

  32. Hate to say it because I like him, but The Kreider has yet to prove anything other than potential.

  33. I think we are down to “Sticks Up” following O.T./shootout losses now, as having realized our best expectations.

  34. With his long term and very reasonable contract, we could get bazoombas for McDonuts. I wouldn’t even consider it.

  35. Wow didn’t even realize tha McD wasn’t considered “untouchable”….yikes Sather!

    I feel like renouncing my fandome until the front office of this organization changes, starting with Sather.

  36. Seriously, talking about $16 beer, which is really a conversation about cheap/fiat money, I have a great hedge against the coming world paper currency crash – and it’s better than hoarding gold and silver bullion, by the way.

    Just do what I am doing, stockpile soap bars and tubes of toothpaste. You cannot bathe in gold or silver, and you certainly cannot brush your teeth with a Krugerrand or a Maple Leaf. (Not many here would want to brush with a Maple Leaf, anyway.)

    He who stockpiles ~survival resources~ will be king in a chaotic world. With soap and toothpaste to dangle in front of desperate people, you can leverage yourself into food, clothing, real estate, girls for hire, etc., anything you want. Plus, unlike gold bullion, soap and toothpaste do not cost you $1200+ per ounce to procure. I am just picking up eight bars of soap and one extra tube of toothpaste per month at WallMart. How expensive is that to save your buns when the current economic jig is up?

    See you in the Penthouse after the crash, fellow crisis management millionaires!!!

  37. I’d rather be smelly with yellow teeth and have 2 million in krugerrands. Call me old fashioned.

  38. I know “The Great” Sam Weiner, and I can tell you Sam Weiner is no William Shakespeare or Grantland Rice. Now when it comes to “Dear Abby,” yes, you’re getting close.

  39. Robby…I stockpile the old incandescent light bulbs…the new “enviro” friendly,green crap bulbs are toxic.

  40. Rob in Beantown on

    Maybe that blogger misunderstood. Nash and Lundqvist are only untouchable to every other team in the league

  41. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Calm starting…we might win…that’s a bad sign when he *isn’t* the goalie making 8.5 mil.

    I wouldn’t play hank for quite a while

  42. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    If Staal has skated 2 days in a row…please please trade him to the canes for his and our sake!!! (Once the freeze out is over)

  43. That is great, Staal Wart. In fact, I anticipate a HUGE black market in incandescent bulbs, coming down from Canada. Shades of prohibition rum running, for sure, and no joke, either.

    On top of that, guess who will be barging into people’s homes without a warrant to see what kind of light bulbs they are burning, and the friendly “neigborhood watch” stab in the dark guess doesn’t count? Freedom was never free, and now it is beyond any measurable price we can pay.

  44. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    My current untouchable list…mcdonut, talbot, dorsett

    My current damn near untouchable list (depending on return)…j Moops, brassard, cally

    My current we couldn’t give away list…secretariat

    Everyone else…traid

  45. Ralph from N.M. on

    Make Rick Nash a healthy scratch = There I said it and I’M sticking to it. some thing has got get him from playing like a DIVA & get down to playing hockey .

  46. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    No Ralph! No!

    He will be a force to be reckoned with! He is unreadable!

  47. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    I don’t see anyone cheering! Helloooooo!!!’

    Let’s go rangers!!!! LGR!!!!

  48. I feel terrible for Gaborik. What a shame. Guy has had such bad luck with injuries in his career.

    I really wonder where he ends up next season…

  49. Disappear to where? Where in the entire world can one seek refuge from all the madness of this world, even if one is extremely comfortable, financially?

    The mountainous terrain of the Swiss Alps is a bit cold, at least for me, but living serenely with the goats, the sheep and the cattle nice music and some good books to read by candlelight has a great deal of rustic appeal, somehow.

  50. Just imagine how much different (better) the Rangers would be with Torts, Parise, Dubinsky, and Anisimov instead of Nash and AV.

  51. Za'rat "TheOtherGuy'sGreed" Jones on

    After tonight’s victory, you will all remember what Za’rat (that would be little Ol me) did and said. A win tonight and I EXPECT a solid positive following from you all. I will show you the magic of positive energy! The power of cheers! Follow my lead as the fan you all need to be.

    I have a vision. It is good! It is victorious! It is the beginning of the NEW New York Rangers! The turn around you all desired and yearn for!

    Let’s see some positive cheers!!!!! Let the team read them! Pump up time starts now!

  52. Rams are loving every redskin loss, holding their 1st round pick. Yikes! Looks likes 1st overall

  53. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    This heart attack is a little different from my previous three….this time, I was only legally dead for 2 hours.

  54. Ah but working too hard can give you a heart attack, ack, ack, ack, ack, ack. You ought-a know by now.
    Who needs a house out in Hackensack?

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