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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Jan. 4, 7:00 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 20-20-2 (42 pts)
Maple Leafs: 21-16-5 (47 pts)

The Rangers will complete their five-game road trip when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts  rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-20-2 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, Friday. The Blueshirts have won four of their last six games, and are tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (17). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 21-16-5 (47 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday, Jan. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights.

All-Time: 223-273-95-6 overall (130-111-56-3 at home; 93-162-39-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Air Canada Centre. New York is 1-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 shootout win on Dec. 23 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Maple Leafs, 43-26, in the contest, including a 22-5 advantage in the second period. The Blueshirts penalty kill is 4-4 (100.0%) in the series. J.T. Miller notched the lone goal for New York, off a feed from Chris Kreider and Benoit Pouliot, while Derek Stepan tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout. Cam Talbot made 25 saves through regulation/overtime, and stopped two of three shootout attempts for the win.
Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road). Two of their three meetings were separated by one goal, including a 3-2 SO victory for the Blueshirts on Apr. 10 at MSG. The Rangers out-shot the Maple Leafs, 104-70, with a 75-48 advantage after the first period, and out-scored Toronto 6-2 in the third period. Rick Nash (two goals, two assists) and Derek Stepan (one goal, three assists) tied for the team lead in scoring with four points apiece in the series, while Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.61 GAA.
The Rangers have recorded a point in 13 of their last 16 meetings with the Maple Leafs (11-3-2 over the span), including seven of their last eight games in Toronto (6-1-1) during the stretch
New York is 12-10-0 on the road; Toronto is 14-8-1 at home
New York is 9-4-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Toronto is 6-4-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Maple Leafs on its roster: Dominic Moore (2007-08 – 2008-09); Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09)
Toronto lists one former Ranger on its roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)

Henrik Lundqvist – 23 GP, 12-7-4, 2 SO, 2.65 GAA
Cam Talbot – 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0.92 GAA
Brad Richards – 38 GP, 17-18–35
Benoit Pouliot – 18 GP, 4-10–14
Rick Nash – 12 GP, 4-6–10
Dan Girardi – 26 GP, 4-4–8

Have notched a power play goal in five of the last eight games (8-29, 27.6% over the span), and are 14-59 (23.7%) on the man advantage in the last 18 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in six games this season
Is tied for fourth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) tonight at Pittsburgh. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (28-141, 19.9%), and fourth on the road (17-69, 24.6%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), 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 1-2 (3:58) tonight at Pittsburgh. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (109-129, 84.5%), and 10th on the road (60-71, 84.5%). 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 (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) tonight at Pittsburgh, and are now -2 in 47 four-on-four situations (77:39) 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 (6): 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); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr).

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 8-6-1
Record in 1st game – 4-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 2-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 4-3-0 (2-2-0 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 17-6-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 17-8-2 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)

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the seventh of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (3-3-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 61-40-12 against Original Six teams, including a 19-9-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .593 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.639, 47-24-12) and Montreal (.611, 87-53-13), and ahead of Chicago (.555, 40-31-11), Boston (.535, 73-62-23), and Toronto (.487, 65-69-23).

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 10 of its last 14 road contests, and are now 12-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 12 road wins are tied for first in the Eastern Conference, and third in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks fourth in the NHL on the road, tallying 17-69 (24.6%) with the man advantage on the road.

INJURIES (79 man-games lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula) out 4-6 weeks.

Jan. 2 – Agreed to terms with forward Anthony Duclair to an entry level contract
Jan. 2 – Waived forward Taylor Pyatt (claimed by Pittsburgh)
Dec. 27 – Recalled defenseman Conor Allen from Hartford (AHL)

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  1. well, now anytime i see a hanka hanka i have a chuckle. anyway, i just hope we either get some decent players in a trade or 2, make a good run, or completely bottom out. no more in between crap that we cant even draft a top prospect.

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

    _make a good run, or completely bottom out. no more in between crap that we cant even draft a top prospect._

    Being in the middle is the worst.

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

    Larry Brooks ?@NYP_Brooksie
    Rangers take step to acquire toughness…acquire Carcillo from LA for seventh rounder.

  4. jpg, to me “lost the room” is a cliche. They said Torts lost the room last year. Yet nobody quit on him and plenty of players didn’t want to see him go.

    But, no, I don’t believe there’s any reason to think AV has lost the room. That’s not to praise the job he’s done, or condemn it.

  5. ok, i’ll be back at go time. mama i’ll get in touch with you in a little bit. my back is killing me, my neck too. i gotta lay down for a bit. tty guys later.

  6. Grabby,,,,please do….

    I will absolutely boudreau my intestines out oif this is true….no hartnelling way…..

  7. Aw Carcillo.

    This only makes it worse.

    Well you can’t say Sather didn’t make any moves.

    Jerk store.

  8. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    As long as Duguay goes shirtless pre-game and post-game, the gods are smiling.

  9. wait…carcillo? No!!! please say this false…he blows….we need more than him to become tough and he cant score and he is a jackwagon of a player…id rather have avery

  10. Once this guy dresses and you see his ugly face in the uniform, its gonna be a whole new level of gross.

  11. I am so upset right now I can’t even tell you. Tears, yes, tears are happening…I don’t know what to do now. I’ve handled a bunch of players I didn’t like but would handle (see: former mullet head) but this may put me over the top

    anybody buys his jersey in blue I will stop speaking to. I’m gonna be sick

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

    This is reminiscent of the acquisition of Brashear, Scott and Boogaard. *Toughness*. *Cromulence*.

  13. Don’t worry guys, this is just the move we needed to make to turn this ship around.

    We’re all set, that blonde guy with the white gloves is probably getting on a plane with the Stanley Cup right now.

  14. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d give Carcillo an “A”. Strong leadership skills are never a bad thing.

  15. ThisYearsModel on

    Well, throwing away draft picks has worked so well the last few years. Why not continue? Look at who we throw draft picks away for. Carcillo, Scott, Clowe. Sather is a moron.

  16. selfushly, im moving to nyc in 3 weeks from west coast…always wanted to and was excited about, among other things, to finally be able to go to games at will…but now that nyr seems as lost as ever im not so excited and this trade makes that even worse.

    someone tell me this isnt true…and also whether you have a $500 1 bdrm apt in the city for rent ;)

  17. Seee, you have no idea how sick I am right now. There is no way, no way in hell I can get behind him….it’s amazing to me, I guess, how in these circumstances teams can gel….This monster is now….oh, forget it, I’ll just go on a rant….Color me VERY UNHAPPY!!!!

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nancie – you can get a 3 BR, 3 bath apartment on the west side for $100 a month. Great deals everywhere….

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

    Experience. Carcillo has experience over Haley and Bickel. *Toughness*. *Experience*. *Cromulence*.

  20. Nancie, welcome to NY and good luck. $500 won’t get you a shelf to sleep on in a studio :)

  21. well, i was having a nice conversation with myself on the Review post.

    as usual a great review
    (was at a family gathering—a GOOD one for a change, my little cousin’s birthday party—so i didn’t watch the game but i checked twitter and know enough of what happens against pens to visualize the horribleness)

    i can’t remember where i read it but someone wondered, based on last night’s game, if AV has already lost the room.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nancie – if you don’t mind paying $200/month, you can get a nice place in the 80’s along fifth avenue…..great views of the park…

  23. Any self respecting Ranger fan……Carcillo is the end of the line. I can never root for him. Never.

  24. Since the eye injury Staal has been an absolute liability on the ice. He was always brutal offensively, but at least you could live with since he was shutting down the opposition.

    I know he wears an A, but Staal is hurting the team and needs to sit.

  25. Never Papa. Never. I’m embarrassed and ashamed. I’m going to go pretend to. BUrn my rangers hat. Then get upset and wuss out and cry.

  26. Manny, I’ve been crying since I heard….I am seriously in a mental jam here…..What in holy hell is he supposed to bring to this team??

  27. bull dog line on

    aside from the fact that we all hate him, and that Haley would have been a good choice to fill this role, I like the move. it is about time the Rangers had a reckless player on there team. he will certainly keep some heads up on the opposition.

  28. Carp
    that’s a good question to ask your Rangers inside connection.
    WHY? WHY? WHY??? Carcillo and not Konopka????

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    New York Rangers @NYRangers
    Welcome to the #NYR @CarBombBoom13.


    That is all

  30. Rangers had no chance at Konopka – Sabres claimed him and they’re worst in the league.

  31. What was the deal? How many draft picks? Carcillo is only a Carcillo stirrer when he has someone to back him up, he’ll probably be a lady bung candidate here.

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    After this trade the Rangers, according to Vegas odds, are the the favorites in the Leastern Conference

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

    _it is about time the Rangers had a reckless player on there team. he will certainly keep some heads up on the opposition_

    Well-reasoned opinion.

  34. Rob in Beantown on

    The Kings got Carcillo a few months ago for a 6th round pick. Good job Sather, getting a deal

  35. Rob in Beantown on

    What if the 7th round pick we traded was going to be the next Lundqvist? Lundqvist for Carcillo is a carcillo deal

  36. Could this mean a trade is coming and the other team wants one of the 4th liners? Or is this just Sather doing something because he was bored and needed somebody to talk to?

  37. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nancy – I just pulled up a 5 room co-op at the Plaza, views of the park for $250/month

  38. @TheNYRBlog: Wonder if Carcillo will try to take Gaborik’s old locker while Girardi just stands there and watches.

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Nancy – hurry….The Four Seasons has an 8 room co-op….amazing views, $400/month but you need a three year lease…..

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

    Dan Carcillo is now one of our boys. We will all adore him! Dan “The Man” Carcillo!

    Cheer! Cheer! Cheer him!
    Never Boo Boo Boo him!!

    Pozy attitudes! Only Pozys!
    It’s game day! Yay!

  41. Stop the whining. Who did you think they would get for a 7th round pick to stand up for teammates? Lucic, Phaneuf, Chris Neil?
    Not happening. At least they have someone who can dish it out and stop this team from being a pinata. At least he has a pair.

  42. Great. The one thing missing from this season so far was an embarrassing suspension hearing. Can’t wait.

  43. Need the grit..it will be refreshing to actually see a Ranger at least push someone after a whistle

  44. Hopefully he’s in the lineup tonight. Maybe we won’t have a battered and bloodied team on the bench at the end of the game like last night.

  45. Stranger Nation on

    This deal smells like Carcillo
    Why no Haley? Why no Bickel?
    Why not both?

    Slatsko seeing how unlikable he can make a losing team without him being fired

  46. I gotta go….really, really upset. I think the Beezer trade was the last time I wanted to quit, but obviously didn’t. This bullcarcillo deal troubles me to no end.

    Called Tony from AZ to tell him. Almost gave him another stroke….

  47. >>We have that piece of Carcillo ON our team. Ugh

    Uh oh, it sounds like Carcillo is about to hit the Rangers’ fan.

  48. Robby Bonfire on

    Acquiring this guy reminds me of bringing another enemy of this organization in here, as a G.M. not as a player, who went out of his way to sabotage this organization for years to come. Of course I am referring to thT Meat-head, John Ferguson. Accordingly, I have my doubts that this stop-gap plug will even get into the spirit of meshing with his new teammates and making a spirited contribution, here.

    As long as Slats is around, stop-gap moves like this will always surface, from time to time.

  49. If only Gaborik was still on the team. Gaborik, Carcillo and Girardi sharing a room on the road. Would make for interesting conversation.

  50. Robby Bonfire on

    If I owned a time machine, I would chain Sather to the top of Mt. St. Helen’s on May 17, 1980,and let him enjoy playing cards with Harry Truman, just to see the “ashen” expression on both of their faces.

  51. Robby Bonfire on

    It’s simple, Slats prefers to acquire junk from outside the organization, than promote raw ability and youth from within. Kristo, Haley? Forget it, they are not seeing the light of day around here until it is past sunset on their “careers.”

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