Rangers at Senators today (2 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 25-21-3 (53 pts)
Senators: 21-18-9 (51 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators  at Canadian Tire Centre (2:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-21-3 (53 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, on Thursday to finish their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. The Blueshirts have now won seven of their last 10 games (7-2-1) and four of their last five, and rank fifth in the conference in ROW (22). The Senators enter the contest with a 21-18-9 (51 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have an eight-game point streak (6-0-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.).

All-Time: 33-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 19-15-3-2 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at the Canadian Tire Centre
Last Season: New York was 0-2-1 overall (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers and Senators were separated by one goal in two of the three contests, including one game decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts had eleven different players register a point in the series, with goals from Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Ryan McDonagh. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .933 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 11 games at Ottawa (7-3-1), including wins in six of the last nine on the road against the Senators
The Blueshirts and Senators have been separated by one goal in five of their last eight meetings, with three of those games ending in the shootout
Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 29 of the Rangers’ last 30 meetings with Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
Lundqvist has posted an 8-4-1 record along with a 1.73 GAA and .944 Sv% in 14 career appearances at Ottawa. He has held the Senators to one goal in six of those contests, and two goals or fewer in 12 of the 14 games.
Rick Nash has scored a goal in three of his last four contests against the Senators (three goals during the stretch)
New York is 14-10-0 on the road; Ottawa is 11-10-5 at home
New York is 11-5-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Ottawa is 6-5-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Senators on their roster
Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster

Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 11-14-3, 1 SO, 2.08 GAA
Brad Richards – 38 GP, 14-13–27
Dominic Moore – 25 GP, 7-5–12
Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 3-5–8
Marc Staal – 19 GP, 0-4–4

The Rangers have notched a power play goal in five of the last seven games (6-22, 27.3%) and 10 of the last 15 (14-52, 26.9%)
Posted a five-game power play goal scoring streak from Jan. 4 at TOR – Jan. 12 vs. PHI (6-18, 33.3% during the streak)
The Rangers rank fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.9%)
Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season
Is tied for eighth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Thursday vs. Detroit. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (34-163, 20.9%), and third on the road (19-74, 25.7%). The Rangers are 3-14 (6:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/12 vs. PHI), and 0-4 (5:00) when four-on-three (last – 1/10 vs. DAL). 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 2-2 (4:00) on Thursday vs. Detroit. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (121-144, 84.0%), and is tied for eighth on the road (63-75, 84.0%). 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 did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday vs. Detroit, and are now -3 in 53 four-on-four situations (86:35) 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).

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 9-6-1
Record in 1st game – 4-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 2-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 5-3-0 (2-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 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 18-8-2 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)

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of their last 16 road contests, including four of their last five, and are now 14-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 14 road wins is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 19-74 (25.7%) with the man advantage on the road. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 goals against average and .923 save percentage in his last five road games.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Rangers defeated the Red Wings, 1-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to conclude a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. It was the Blueshirts’ second 1-0 victory this season, having also defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a 1-0 score on Nov. 16 at Bell Centre. The last time the Rangers shutout the Red Wings was on Nov. 27, 1976 at Detroit (5-0), and the last Rangers shutout over the Red Wings at Madison Square Garden was on Nov. 16, 1975 (3-0). John Davidson was in net for the Blueshirts in both shutouts. The last time the Rangers defeated the Red Wings by a score of 1-0 was on Feb. 4, 1971, at Detroit (Gilles Villemure).

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of the last five games (4-1-0, 1.40 GAA, .957 Sv%, 1 SO), and six of his last eight appearances (5-2-1, 1.96 GAA, .937 Sv%, 1 SO). He is also 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road contests. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is eight wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and nine wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories. He is also five appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.

EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 20-3-1 (.833 win%) in those contests. The Rangers are also 12-3-1 when leading after the first period, and 15-1-1 when leading after the second.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 14 of the last 18 games, holding a 641-530 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 18 of the last 22 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.6 shots per game.

HOME COOKIN’: The Rangers have registered a point in six of their last seven games at Madison Square Garden (5-1-1), and eight of their last 10 at home (6-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.

Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA, .957 Sv%, and one shutout in the last five games, and 6-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA, .935 Sv%, and one shutout in his last nine
Brad Richards – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last seven games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists over the span), and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10 games
Derick Brassard – has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four
Benoit Pouliot – has tallied a point in 14 of his last 20 games (six goals, eight assists over the span), and three assists in the last four contests
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in five of the last seven games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span
Rick Nash – four goals in the last six games

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,989 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 11 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.

INJURIES (86 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 7

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  1. Rangers invade the Canadian capital, they take their women, their maple syrup and two big points!

    LGR !!!

  2. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Why oh why do the Rangers have such amateurish access to radio stations? Thursday night, in my car, I had to play the game of “find the station” to listen while I was driving.

    Was it 770 am? No. Wfan? 660 am? No. 1130 Bloomberg? No. 92.3 FM? Nope. 98.7 FM? Uh no. 1560 am? Nada.

    Tada!!!!! It was 970 AM……..with the frequency so bad that if you drive a mile, you miss a few words. WHAT GIVES?? ISN”T THIS A “CLASSY” ORGAN-EYE-ZATION?????

  3. Matty, I hate that so much ( playing find the station) I decided to buck up and purchase NHL Center Ice package for my devices. Now, while driving during a game, I go right to the phone for live play by play from Kenny and Dave.

    Worth every -penny- dollar.

  4. Gameday – LGR!

    Sens are often a tough matchup, have to keep the puck and wear ’em down.

    Papa Bear – what’s the damage for the Center Ice on devices? Work ok on droid?

  5. Good morning, boneheads!

    Isn’t driving and listening to Rangers’ games more dangerous than driving and texting? Or driving and drinking? I’d think yes. DURI.

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

    _and no NHL player has ever started his career in the AHL._

    No player has succeeded in the NHL due to playing in the AHL.

  7. Tough matchup today. Rangers better bring the METAL!!!! Time for some overkill.

    We don’t care what you so carcillo you!!!!

  8. I definitely used to listen to games when I was courting the Mrs. and we lived in different states. Shockingly, a Rangers goal is the most dangerous thing to experience while driving.

  9. LOL, Dubb…LGR! Will be a tough, hard-fought game. No predictions, only predilections for our Blueshirts.

  10. Verizon is supposed to offer free Center Ice for mobile, but haven’t figured out to order it.

  11. When you were young
    You were the king of carrot flowers
    And how you built a tower tumbling through the trees
    In holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet
    And your mom would stick a fork right into daddy’s shoulder
    And dad would throw the garbage all across the floor
    As we would lay and learn what each other’s bodies were for

  12. Stranger Nation on

    Interesting game given style mismatch.

    Will NYR Ice Dancers Speed skate by or will Neil when you speak, Mr Green Jeans and Dr Zachary Smith lead Teddy’s Rough Riders of the Purple Sage slow down the pace and enforce their will.

  13. Yes, so tired of chasing the game around the radio dial. If home, I mute the TV as much as possible to hear Ken and Dave give the play by play and analysis. Problem is, they’re maybe ten seconds behind the action.

  14. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Pimp, your 10:37 am ….just too funny!!

    Thanks, my friend, for always making me smile!!!

  15. matty"WeShouldWearPinkPanties"Boy on

    Ottowa has been really sharp of late. They are LOADED with talent. Often overlooked.

    Admittedly, I haven’t seen them play much this year, so I really look forward to watching them today. They were a tough out for us 2 years ago, first round. Big, tough, talented.

    I feel the way we have played the last few we can beat anyone on any given day. This team does scare me a bit.

  16. And she was born in a bottle rocket, 1929
    With wings that ringed around a socket
    Right between her spine
    All drenched in milk and holy water
    Pouring from the sky
    I know that she will live forever
    She won’t ever die
    And she goes
    And now she knows she’ll never be afraid
    To watch the morning paper blow
    Into a hole where no one can escape

  17. Spending the afternoon with the old lady’s fam. Im extra engaging now because I will *ignore* their *faces* come 2pm. Out of respect, I’ll skip the pregame.

  18. If the going gets tough up there in Ottawa, Norm recommends a Handel Concerti grossi in B-flat major.

  19. Jf518.

    I think I paid in the neighborhood of $135 for season. Droids not sure. I do IpAd,iPhone. At this point of season, You may be offered a prorated price.

  20. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    A *2PM* start is very *unmetal*. All games should start at times with as many *6’s* in the start time as possible.

  21. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    We have a *Neutral* Milk Hotel *Imposter* on the blog? Is that you Aubrey Plaza?

  22. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I *really* like Ottawa. They are built the *right way* and I always think they have a shot to take a deep run. They need *Anderson* to find a way to stay healthy.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Aaron Hernandez is not allowed to watch tomorrow’s playoff game for what? Murdering, like, 5 people? I could see not letting him have an 88 inch plasma with surround sound….maybe a 40 inch plasma….but no TV?

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

    Aaron Hernandez would kill for a television right about now.

  25. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    And Now back to to the Ray and Aaron show where they’ll discuss stabbing versus shooting. Why each has its advantages.

  26. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Ray and Aaron – “our first caller is Todd, from Detroit. You’re live on the air Todd”

    Todd – “go red wings”

  27. The warden is forcing Hernandez to do embroidery in his cell. His lawyer calls it crewel and unusual punishment.

  28. Coach told him to Shoot the Gap, but he said he didn’t have nothing against no clothing store.

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hernandez – “I don’t be shooting nobody. If I’d been shooting peeps, it’s because they be provoking me.”

  30. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Hernandez – “I haven’t shot anyone since I be arrested. That has to be counting for something. I’ve been habilitated.”

  31. I think Boyle’s minutes are determined by how many penalties the Rangers take. If they take a bunch he gets a lot more PK time

  32. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    My brutha – I like rolling 4 lines. Up until recently, 13,28, and 22 were getting minutes. Get on the Sens early and often and AV can play the 4th line…

  33. Boyler’s real value on PK, faceoffs and banging. Despite common opinion, he is relatively fearless.

  34. Would be nice if another D pair rallied and took a little pressure and some minutes from McD and Dan before they risk injury from exhaustion.

  35. Boyle is a multi dimensional player who will only be seen as valuable after Glen *Satan* Sather low balls him and we lose him to Montreal.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Brian Boyle, workers do toil, inductors can coil, seeds in soil, Popeye Doyle…..


  37. No question Boyle has value.

    But the problem with Boyle is the fact that players in his role on the teams that are better than the Rangers are better than Boyle.

  38. Disagree, Stemmer. Boyle, IMO, is one of the better 3rd or 4th liners in the game. He is due for a nice raise. ~2.7-3M

  39. Carp

    “1940 is history!!!!” — Gary Thorne, after Matteau


    Boyle, “one of the best 3rd OR 4th liners in the game?” Wow.

    I think you can make the semblance of an argument about the 4th there, even though I wouldn’t agree. But one of the best 3rd liners? Have you taken a look at St. Louis or Anaheim or Boston or LA or Chicago in that regard?

  40. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    If I’m starting a team from scratch, My first choice, number 16, Derick Brassssssssssssard.

  41. Manny-O-War, King of Metal on

    I don’t think Sather is going to re-sign Boyle for any sort of Raise. He’s either getting moved at the deadline to Montreal or signing there in the offseason and we all cry.

  42. Boyle is being used perfectly by AV. playing him to his strengths. killing penalties, and taking face offs. Boyle at 10 minutes a game is more valuable than Boyle at 15 minutes a game.

  43. OK, fine. Never said he was one of the best, I said one of the better 3rd or 4th liners. I guess he’s no longer what he once was. I guess he has less value than say a few years ago. I know people haven’t forgot what Boyle meant to this team in 2010-11 and 2011-12 when he was averaging over 15 minutes with relentless forechecking and shutting down opponent’s top lines with Prust and Feds.

  44. I better not posting today…since I have The Eric syndrome – bad feeling about coming game. Don’t ask why.
    Best of luck, nevertheless…

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