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


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 21-20-3 (45 pts)
Blackhawks: 29-7-9 (67 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (8:00p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-20-3 (45 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3, in the shootout on Monday at Madison Square Garden, in their third game in four nights. The Blueshirts have registered a point in eight of their last 11 games (6-3-2), including five of their last six at home (3-1-2), and are tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (18). The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 29-7-9 (67 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have lost three of their last five games (2-0-3). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Dallas Stars on Friday, Jan. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a four-game homestand.

All-Time: 236-243-98-2 overall (120-114-55-0 at home; 116-129-43-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at United Center
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-2-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Each game was decided by two goals or fewer, including a one-goal game on Mar. 9, 2012 at Chicago (L, 3-4). The Rangers out-shot the Blackhawks, 49-44, in the series, including a 21-9 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill held the Blackhawks scoreless in four power play opportunities in two games. New York had five different players each tally a goal in the series, including current Rangers Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Marc Staal. Hagelin also registered an assist to finish tied with Ryan McDonagh (two assists) for the team lead in scoring with two points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 18 of 21 shots in his only appearance.
The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last nine games against the Blackhawks, posting a record of 4-2-1-2 during the stretch
The Blueshirts and Blackhawks have been separated by two goals or fewer in each of their last 10 meetings (4-3-1-2), including eight games decided by one goal or fewer over the span (3-2-1-2)
The Rangers last win in Chicago was a 3-2 overtime victory on Jan. 16, 2009
New York is 13-10-0 on the road; Chicago is 15-2-6 at home
New York is 6-8-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Chicago is 11-1-3 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Blackhawk on its roster: Daniel Carcillo (2011-12 – 2012-13)
Chicago lists one former Ranger on its roster: Michal Rozsival (2005-06 – 2010-11)

Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 4-1-2, 1.97 GAA
Rick Nash – 55 GP, 24-27–51
Brad Richards – 21 GP, 3-24–27
Derick Brassard – 24 GP, 5-9–14
Anton Stralman – 15 GP, 1-6–7

SPECIAL TEAMS: Have notched a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (11-38, 28.9% over the span), and are 17-68 (25.0%) on the man advantage in the last 20 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season … Is tied for fifth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations … Have held opponents scoreless on the power play in three of the last four games (9-10, 90.0% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-6 (9:48) on Monday vs. Columbus. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (31-150, 20.7%), and fourth on the road (18-72, 25.0%). 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 3-3 (6:10) on Monday vs. Columbus. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (113-133, 85.0%), and ninth on the road (61-72, 84.7%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York yielded one goal in two four-on-four situations (5:50) on Monday vs. Columbus, and are now -3 in 50 four-on-four situations (85:29) 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 (7): 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); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the eighth of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (4-3-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 62-40-12 against Original Six teams, including a 4-2-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span. The Rangers’ .596 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 (.484, 65-70-23).

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 11 of its last 15 road contests, and are now 13-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 13 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 18-72 (25.0%) with the man advantage on the road.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Saturday at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had 50 or more shots in a game was Dec. 27, 2010 vs. the NY Islanders (52 shots), and the last time they posted 50+ shots in a road game was Feb. 15, 2003 at Buffalo (52 shots). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 11 of the last 13 games, and hold a 458-366 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, including in each of the last two games and four of the last seven. The Blueshirts have also posted 30 or more shots in 13 of the last 17 games.

MOORE POINTS: Dominic Moore and John Moore each tallied an assist on Brian Boyle’s third period goal against Columbus on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Rangers had two players with the same last name register a point on the same goal was on Oct. 21, 2006 at Toronto, when Aaron Ward assisted on a goal by Jason Ward.

GOALS GALORE: The Rangers concluded a five-game road trip with a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. The seven goals marked a season-high for New York, and are the most the Rangers have tallied in a game since an 8-4 win on Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo. Additionally, the six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Rangers since a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Blueshirts tallied seven or more goals in Toronto was an 8-2 victory on Mar. 14, 1990.

MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in the last 22 games, with nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10, and has tallied 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in the last 36 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He leads the team in assists (20) and points (30), is tied for first in power play points (13), and second in goals (10) this season.

INJURIES (81 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 2

Jan. 5 – Assigned defenseman Conor Allen to Hartford (AHL)
Jan. 4 – Acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Jan. 2 – Agreed to terms with forward Anthony Duclair to an entry level contract
Jan. 2 – Waived forward Taylor Pyatt (claimed by Pittsburgh)

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  1. oww! i tried getting up too fast off this plastic chair and my sweaty hiney was stuck to it i almost peeled my butt skin off! that’ll learn me for wearing no underoos in the house!

  2. eddie eddie eddie on

    did anyone see Lou Pull’s comments during HBO’s 24/7? He loves NYC and wants to live here

  3. I would have started Talbot tonight but Lundqvist has been averaging one good start out of every three this season so he’s due for a good one either tonight or Friday.

  4. Funniest Charp offering was that players are pissed at Henrik for getting Torts tossed, so they are trying to embarrass him by intentionally playing like garbage cans in front of him.

  5. eddie eddie eddie on

    over/under on how many times we hear…..kane, coming down the right wing…..shoots and scores, high glove side…..i say 5

  6. eddie eddie eddie on

    up until this season, hank was the last thin i’d worry about….this season?…the first….it’s maddening….

  7. Rangers might as well flush the Tambellini pick.

    Who quits half way through your 1’st year. Kid doesn’t have walnuts to play in the NCAA. He will never be a Ranger.

  8. _Funniest Charp offering was that players are pissed at Henrik for getting Torts tossed, so they are trying to embarrass him by intentionally playing like garbage cans in front of him._

    “When you say the magic word, I’ll let someone smoke me for an odd-man chance against Hank, ok?” – Anton S.

  9. Underworld character to McD: “What will it take for you to play, but take the night off?’

    ‘Uh, 200 bucks?’

  10. Better to shoot off the can than off the house.

    I’ll never forget the first day my kid started playing a “new” game off the post.

    It was the last day the net was outside the garage :)

  11. eddie eddie eddie on

    best game ever is 2 on 2, or 3 on 3, inside the blue line where you have to post it to score

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks again for the Charp. Just revisiting the Burnside/Allen/USA hockey bit, I consider Kevin Allen to be the #1 hockey reporter in the United States. The fact that he left out the Ryan details that Burnside included tells me that there was some kind of agreement not to print them. Because for as good as I think Allen is, I think Burnside is every bit as bad. He’s a pure hack. And there’s no way that Allen doesn’t print information like that if he believes he is allowed to print it.

    The way I read the situation is that there was an instruction to not use certain things and Burnside just torched it.

    Allen has been awfully mum on the subject, too.

  13. How come the Rangers hit the post as often as the net? Isn’t it harder to hit the post? If you hear a ding, you get the ring!

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    Kane is going to torch us tonight.

    Did you know that the Hawks have seven (!) players with at least 31 points. MZA leads the Rangers with 30.

    I’m not doing the math, but I bet if you add up the point totals for those 7 players, it would be equal or greater to the point total of our entire roster.

  15. His grades where not the problem.

    He scored 2 points right away, then nothing the next 12 games.

    My take, he has top line skill, just not in a top line body. He would have been ready for Sioux hockey in another year or two. Maybe he was 145 pounds. He would get hit, and he would be done the rest of the shift.

    I thought the Sioux weight room would do him WONDERS. You should see the facility they have to train in. It has everything the Rangers would have, plus a pool. IF you seen the 60 minutes clip on Alabama’s football facility, it is similar.

  16. But from his standpoint, he can either play lower line minutes and work up while being expected to carry a classload and stuff or he can just play hockey. I’m not saying he made the wrong or right call, I’m just saying he didn’t make an “oh my god write this kid off forever” call.

  17. I think Zach Parise said that only 30% of NHL players play NCAA hockey.

    That is hysterical: the notion that the players hate Hank for getting Torts fired. I *love* it.

  18. MDZ: ‘I’m in big trouble here, but my first concern is to humiliate Hank.’

    Girardi: ‘If this guy got Torts fired, he’s seen my last

    JMoops: ‘Soon as we get rid of Henrik, I’ll start playing again. Not before!’

  19. Anton Stralman: “I can’t play either way so who’ll even notice the difference?”

  20. You guys think they are pranking Hank by sewing “GAP” labels into all his fancy clothing?

  21. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Not sure who put that in the charp, but I made a sarcastic remark to that effect about 2 or 3 threads ago

  22. “Hey Hank, do you like my new haircut? I paid $450.”

    “Yeah, its nice.”


  23. Not you, Wick. It was a name I’d never seen before and it was serious.

    Mannu: GAP lol. How about Kohl’s?

  24. so with the heat n moisture buildup from my bottom meeting the nice frosty plastic chair, it was like sicky tongue scene from dumb n dumber!

  25. Rob – LOL. That it is.

    Care to spell it …. Dadadot Dadadot DadaDot Dadadot.

    Same goal song for the Sioux.

    Something tells me we will hear it often tonight.

  26. Sioux, yes. I have two tee shirts, one ‘King’s Cross’ and the other ‘Mind the Gap.’

  27. Hank just lost to a “lessor” team, do you really think they are going to put him in tonight?

    Cam has a better chance to stop the Hawks than Hank does.

  28. coos n eddie holy tortallini u guys are pure comedi geniuses. this blog is the best its ever been i think. its like a 1 armeed man trying to row a boat. u can only go 1 way! and u just keep on rowing till u drop dead. u cant quit this place. i sure cant. its like the same 1 armed man rowing left and tryin to inject his insulin at the same time. if that guy can do that i will quit comin here, but it cant be done. so i’m gonna be here awhile. not as long as sather, but cmon thats unrealistic. btw im on meds ok guyys. take it easy on me

  29. Wife just threw my Hugo Boss Raincoat out, which was my last piece of clothing from my trip to London.

    “You never wear it” …… “It never rains here”

    Not a happy camper.

  30. Grabby I’ve played some poker tournaments at Meskwaki in Tama before, and usually try to make it down for the HPT & MSPT when its in town.

  31. eddie eddie eddie on

    david st hubbins – “we are in Des Moines, I think it’s in India or something”

  32. Grabs, never answer an attorney who asks you if you were nude at the time of the event in question. None of his business. He’s trying to prejudice the jury.

  33. eddie eddie eddie on

    lawyer – “did you have crows on?”

    witness – “birds?”

    lawyer – “no, crows?”

    witness – “crows are birds”

    lawyer – “your witness”

  34. :) I can’t help but to laugh heartily at every no crows no matter how many times I read it.

  35. I would be going to the game in March, but MAMA won a trip to St. Thomas for work.

    First Rangers Wild game I’ve missed in years.

  36. I’ll be there tonight…hopefully I won’t hear that annoying goal song too often tonight.

  37. The KREIDER is the best story the Rangers have right now.

    Too bad he doesn’t have his old wing man Kristo.

    They will make a good duo next year!

  38. eddie eddie eddie on

    zucc shows some balls. A shame that he can’t morph his body into Boyle’s….

  39. eddie eddie eddie on

    How deep a run do the rangers need to go on in order to keep the Rocket next year? Cup?, Cup final? Two Rounds?…just axin

  40. Sioux…It’s the day I am reminded of that god forsaken Geico commercial.

    It’s also the day I hope to see the Rangers win at “The Madhouse on Madison”

  41. eddie eddie eddie on

    olga – i’m hearing Sharp, Seabrook, Kieth, Bickel, Shaw, and a # 2 are coming back to NY

  42. Also, I watched the _Odd Couple_ for the first time (I didn’t grow up with cable so don’t judge me). Man, that show is hysterical.

  43. “Don’t leave little notes on my pillow. You left a note that said ‘we’re all out of cereal, FU.’ Took me twenty minutes to figure out FU meant Felix Unger!”

  44. 3E – I was deep into chess back in college. Use to play professor’s in speed cheese for lunch money.

    Now… I’m more obsessed in poker, and mastering the game and starting to play larger tournaments.

  45. Olga Folkyerself on

    E3 – they’ll be in NY on Feb 27th.

    Ludqvist is the #2, because lately he’s been playing like it.

  46. eddie eddie eddie on

    Sioux – luv blitz chess….Ever play 1 minute? Chess gymnastics….no skill….just push….Poker is an easy game to learn, a lifetime to master….

  47. Felix: “I’m a man. I can go out there in the world and find someone new. But what about poor Frances?”

    Oscar: “Fuggetabout it. Maybe somebody will come to the door.”

  48. eddie eddie eddie on

    looks like Hank, Richards, Gnash, Strahlman and MDZ better bring extra warm clothes…..They’re staying in chi town >>>>>>>>>>>>>

  49. “I know this is our first date but do you think the next time you make love to your boyfriend you could think of me?”

  50. ‘What’s that smell? Bleach? Somebody washed the cards! God didn’t mean for poker to be played like this!’

  51. I used to love the Odd Couple tv show when I was little and then I saw Matthau and Lemmon and it so badly blew away anything else ever

  52. eddie eddie eddie on

    If I was playing in the WSOP, I’d want that camera view where you get to see everyone’s hold cards….easiest 14 million ever…

  53. eddie eddie eddie on

    it would be amazing if a big trade between the Hawks and Rangers went down pre-game…and the players switch rooms, jerseys, and play….

  54. I think Felix’s wife had a different name in the Play and on TV. No idea why unless Neil Simon thought that ‘Gloria’ was a funnier name than ‘Frances.’ Play would have been funnier if Oscar was named ‘Carp Madison.’

  55. eddie eddie eddie on

    walter m. and jack l. were brilliant…Lloyd ever see “the Fortune Cookie” …jack was also brilliant in The Out of Towners…and walter in The Bad News Bears

  56. AV to Carcillo: “I was just wondering if you are familiar with my system.”

    “There’s a system?”

  57. eddie eddie eddie on

    kooz – just re-watched “Interiors” the other night….not the usual woodman…

  58. eddie eddie eddie on

    Walter M’s acting in The Bad News Bears wasn’t comedic, but it was genius….

  59. I wonder if people who change their names and become famous every really know who they are.

  60. Cary Grant was once asked in a Baba Wawa type interview who he would be if he could have been anyone else, and he answered, ‘Cary Grant.’ (Archibald Leach)

  61. Woody, being driven around Beverly Hills by his buddy in a Mercedes convertible, “No garbage cans out here. Where are all the garbage cans? They make them into TV shows?”

  62. Used Ralph Lauren’s real name and it went into the moderation hopper, proving my post as true.

  63. “No! No! I always call a gang “she”. It’s like when you call a boat “she”, or a hurricane “she”.”

  64. Clowns to the left of me,
    Jokers to the right.
    Here I am, stuck in the middle
    With ewe.

  65. “Really? A cosmetologist? That’s unbelievable. That’s impressive. Must be tough handling the weightlessness.”

  66. Rob in Beantown on

    Oh, you see an analyst?

    Yeah, just for fifteen years.

    Fifteen years?

    Yeah, I’m gonna give him one more year, and then I’m going to Lourdes.

  67. I went down to that “You Want It, We Got It” store today. They didn’t have what I wanted.

  68. Only Torts would have the nerve to prucha Carcillo after Glennie went to so much trouble.

  69. Do not like that little toothless gremlin, Sam I Am, but if he’s wearing my colors, I’ll bite my tongue and wish him well. For now.

  70. eddie eddie eddie on

    Carcillo has the potential to be a tremendous fan favorite if he plays hard, gritty, and smart hockey

  71. e, did you see the 5 year old Dorsett/Carcillo glovedown? What an unending fight. Both were tagged repeatedly, but neither would stop and the linesmen were wary to step in.

  72. eddie eddie eddie on

    It seems chris christie has more than just what’s for dinner to worry about

    No politics
    No food jokes

  73. eddie eddie eddie on

    Typical day in Christie neighborhood growing up:

    childhood friend – “hey, where’s my firetruck?”

    other friend – “Chris just ate it”

  74. I could be wrong, but I think Toews opens a big can of Fighting Sioux Whoop A$$ on the Rangers tonight.

  75. I predict at least 2 goals tonight by the Blackhawks off a at least 2 stupid penalties by Carcillo.

  76. eddie eddie eddie on

    wish Tam were in net….


    Lets go Rangers

    Rangers 2
    Hawks 0

    GWG Brassard

  77. Cold today, needed many layers of crows.

    Your right Coos, that one just gets me every time.

  78. With Kreider out, Miller was *4th* in 5 on 5 minutes among forwards last game and he’s the one who sits? Come the word-I-can’t-use-here on.

  79. Coach French Toast is starting to annoy me. There is no reason to sit Miller!! Sit Richey Glitch, or Pull-It-Out! Let the kid play!!!

  80. I would much prefer seeing The Miller than Horsey! At least you see some two-way energetic hockey.

  81. Earlier today NYR players held closed doors players only meeting that did not include Hank. All of the players collectively decided to hate on Hank for influencing Sather firing of the greatest coach to ever coach in any sport. After the meeting, players called Torts to tell him about great news to which Torts replied “F*&# OFF!” and hung up.

  82. ‘And we bought him a BMW chrome and leather car seat and he said we could sit on it.’

  83. Miller must be thinking that he needs to start fighting, taking bad penalties and getting suspended if he want to remain in the lineup. Good message.

  84. Mannu, no one else bothers to respond to me. Did you see the 2008 headknocker between Dorsett and Carcillo? Zowie!

  85. Mannu, no one else bothers to respond to me. Did you see the 2008 bruhaha between Dorsett and Carcillo? Zowie!

  86. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Miller doesn’t deserve this crap. He doesn’t. Kid is playing great hockey.

  87. Carp reverting to old snarl. Can’t help himself. :) I truly believe Torts would sit Carcillo and force Slat’s hand.

  88. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    THE has a national spotlight vs the defending (albeit extremely lucky and not that good) cup champions…..I expect a virtuoso performance

  89. I hope THE is not intimidated by the suits and zebras from playing the hard nosed game he is developing.

  90. iDoodie Machetto on

    Carp, we know how you feel about him, but I think you might need to refrain from calling him crap now that he’s in the team

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