Rangers vs. Devils at Yankee Stadium today (12:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
Sunday, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m. ET
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
Rangers: 27-23-3 (57 pts)
Devils: 22-19-11 (55 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-23-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 17 games (11-5-1) and six of their last nine, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24). The Devils enter the contest with a 22-19-11 (55 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m.), in the second game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.

All-Time: 104-87-27-7 overall (58-31-20-3 at home; 46-56-7-4 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the fourth of five meetings this season, and the second of three road meetings. New York is 0-2-1 (0-1-1 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-3 OT loss on Dec. 7 at MSG. Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider are tied for the team lead with three points apiece (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-1 with a 3.69 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Devils, 12-6, including an 8-1 advantage at MSG and a 6-2 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, and Brad Richards tied for the series lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied Callahan with a series-high, three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA, .940 Sv%, and 1 SO.
The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 17 of their last 24 meetings
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 17 of their last 26 games against the Devils (14-9-3)
New York is 15-10-0 on the road; New Jersey is 12-6-6 at home
New York is 7-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; New Jersey is 10-6-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Devils on its roster
New Jersey lists two former Rangers on its roster: Ryane Clowe (2012-13); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08)

Henrik Lundqvist – 48 GP, 28-14-6, 7 SO, 1.89 GAA
Brad Richards – 45 GP, 6-33–39
Ryan Callahan – 30 GP, 10-13–23
Derek Stepan – 19 GP, 4-9–13
Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 2-15–17

The Rangers have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games (9-38, 23.7%) and 13 of the last 19 (17-68, 25.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Thursday vs. St. Louis. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (37-179, 20.7%), and second on the road (20-78, 25.6%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). 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 (2:09) on Thursday vs. St. Louis. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (131-157, 83.4%), and sixth on the road (65-77, 84.4%). The Rangers are 2-5 (3:54) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday vs. St. Louis, and are now -3 in 60 four-on-four situations (95:07) 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).

LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE: Today’s contest will mark the third time in franchise history the Blueshirts compete in an outdoor game. The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2, 2012 in front of 46,967 fans at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. The Blueshirts tallied a pair of goals in the third period, including the game-winner from Brad Richards, to complete the comeback. On Sept. 27, 1991, the Rangers and Los Angeles Kings played in the first outdoor game between two NHL teams. The pre-season match-up, which was won by the Kings (5-2), took place in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in front of approximately 14,000 fans.

OUTDOORSMEN: The Rangers have 13 players with previous experience playing outdoors, including 10 who skated with the Blueshirts in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.
Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Anton Stralman, Carl Hagelin, and Henrik Lundqvist skated with the Rangers in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Lundqvist stopped 34 of 36 shots, including a save on the only penalty shot attempt in an NHL Winter Classic game with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to preserve the victory. Richards notched the game-winning goal in the third period, with Callahan picking up an assist on the goal.
Daniel Carcillo (PHI) also skated in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic, while Benoit Pouliot (MTL) competed in the 2011 Heritage Classic
Chris Kreider skated in two Frozen Fenway outdoor games with Boston College (2010, 2012). He notched the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Northeastern in Frozen Fenway 2012.
Carl Hagelin (Univ. of Michigan) faced-off against Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh (Univ. of Wisconsin) in the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6, 2010 at Madison, WI. Hagelin recorded an assist in the contest, while Stepan tallied two assists to help lead the Badgers to a 3-2 victory.
Hagelin also tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-0 win over Michigan State in The Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11, 2010, at Ann Arbor, MI. The game set a world record at the time for largest attendance at a hockey game (104,173).

GRACIOUS HOSTS: The visiting team has won six of eight NHL regular season outdoor games (6-1-1), including five wins in the NHL Winter Classic (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014) and in the 2003 Heritage Classic.

RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash enters the contest with a four-game goal streak (six goals), and has 10 goals in the last 10 contests. This is the second time in Nash’s career he has tallied 10 goals in a 10-game span (10 goals in eight games during the 2010-11 season). He notched the game’s opening goal in two straight games during his current streak, on Jan. 19 (1:10 of the 1st) and Jan. 21 (1:02 of the 1st). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac in 1999-00. Nash was also credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04.

ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 13 of their last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and are now 15-10-0 on the road this season. The Rangers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the league overall in road wins (15), while their power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (20-78, 25.6%). Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road games.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 31 of 53 games this season, including eight of their last nine games and 10 of their last 13. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in games with two goals or fewer allowed this season, and are 24-7-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

SINCE 2007-08: The Rangers are 23-11-4 overall (13-5-2 at home; 10-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-11-3 with a 2.05 GAA, .923 Sv% and seven shutouts in 37 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 39 career regular season games, posting a 24-9-6 mark with a 1.75 GAA, .930 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.

Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last seven games (5-2-0, 1.43 GAA, .953 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .936 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last 11 contests
Rick Nash – four-game goal streak (six goals), and 10 goals in the last 10 contests
Derek Stepan – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists)
Brad Richards – 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games, including three power play points (one goal, two assists) in the last four

COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,995 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just five 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 (91 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 11

Jan. 21 – Agreed to terms with goaltender David LeNeveu
Jan. 22 – Acquired defenseman Kevin Klein from Nashville in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto
Jan. 23 – Assigned goaltender David LeNeveu to Hartford (AHL)

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  1. Never know which team will show up…waiting for game time. With dream that we will play Anaheim in the SC final, I am taking a class about ducks this morning. See you at the pond, or the cave. YS seems typical NYC *big* and out of scale for a hockey game…right idea, wrong venue. the players are having fun with it, and that’s what the games about.

  2. Never know which team will show up…waiting for game time. With dream that we will play Anaheim in the SC final, I am taking a class about ducks this morning. See you at the pond, or the cave. YS seems typical NYC *big* and out of scale for a hockey game…right idea, wrong venue. the players are having fun with it, and that’s what the games about. Quack, Quack.

  3. Sorry about double post, not a Wrigley chewing gum – Burma Shave ad…system is slow this morning. Come to think of it, I just had a stroke of genius…how about a computerized Burma Shave-style chain of billboards?

  4. Carp, whose flags are those depicted in your photo? I know they are Hank Steinbrenner’s, I mean which teams?

  5. Don’t really give a Rodents Hind Quarter for the fanfare and hoopla and the whole Stadium Series. I want two points, today and two more from the isles on Wed. Not like we need them or anything.

    LGR !!!

  6. Road team 7-1 we are on the road for both of these. The word for beyond embarrassing is ……KISS or is it Bettman? Disgraceful last night. This is a major sport. Jumped the shark with these things

  7. This is the perfect set up … for a Rangers loss.

    If you thought that these no-talents were bad on indoor rinks, wait until you get a load of the disgrace they’ll display outdoors.

    Queen Henrika will let in a bunch of questionable goals up top, his glove hand literally frozen and with little mobility.

    Richards Simmons will prance around as if defense is a foreign word. He’ll use the 20F as an excuse to run back to the stable (bench) and give up odd-man breaks on every shift.

    And POULET … well, he’ll be chomping at the bit to see what te penalty box looks like in the great space. So expect to see the McNugget spend most of the time in there.

    The only saving note will be the play of THE Kreider, who’ll overcome his teammates’ lack of accountability and guile with an epic hat-trick performance.

    But that won’t be enough as the Devils embarrass your “heroes”, 9-3. Brodeur victory. Count on it.

    – this is Miami Pimp reporting from my new (and former) home, Washington DC.

  8. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    I am not so pleased to admit I am leaving in 40 minutes for ‘the game’. Pimp, I realize its ‘amateur hour’, but I had to buy tickets for just this one time. The Winter Classic in Philthy was great!!

    From what I am hearing, the Derbils had trouble selling their allotted 10K tickets, so expect it (whatever the final number is) it an 80% to 20% crowd.

    Regardless of the hoopla, WE NEED TO WIN!!!!

    LGR!!! LGR!!! LGR!!!!!

  9. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    We have not played the Derbils with the new, improved Nash and PP. Four balanced (well, uh….not very talented or big, but 4, yes!!) lines. A defense less prone to mistakes with K-squared!!

    This game is ours, baby!!

    Fatty is doing his ‘Jabba the Hutt’ impression in goal!!

    LGR!! LGR!!! LGR!!!

  10. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    Carpy, you going to be indoors or outside? What’s your location today? (no, not coming up, just wondering).

    Enjoy the fanfare!! Jersey Boys cast? Southside Johnny for music?

    Oh Baby!!

  11. Rob in Beantown on

    That article Carp posted yesterday from the NYT said MSG would lose it’s sweetheart tax free status, which it isn’t even supposed to have if not for a loophole, if the Rangers started playing home games anywhere but MSG. So the Rangers are the away team. It’s also cheaper to reimburse the Devils/Islanders for lost revenues due to the loss of a home game than it is to reimburse the Rangers.

  12. Matty"ILikeOurNewStyle"Boy on

    It’s okay, Rob. As everyone knows and our players boldly say, whenever we play both of these ‘other’ area teams, we are the home team, regardless!!

  13. @jzedklein: ICYMI Why are NYR road team in both Stadium games? If they were home team, MSG would forfeit $17M/yr in tax breaks. http://t.co/1btwnr51sJ


    I guess that’s the article that *Rob* was referring to.

  14. jimG the desertrat on

    The desert is beautiful today I’m going to picket Sathers Palm Springs digs today with only a break for the game sun screen and cocktails. LGR

  15. Headzo here reporting from the stadium (actually the bar across the street). It’s freezing out there & so far Debbie fans seem to be greater in numbers.
    PS puddy has a good face paint going.

  16. Thhhhaaaannnnkkksss, for the flag ID Cccccccarrrrrppppp….Yikes, it was cccccooooolllldddd out there this morning! Without the wind, would not be bad, but that breeze has some bite to it…

  17. Really emotional segment on Dominic Moore on NHL Network. Greatly impressed by the intelligence and grace he exhibited when discussing his wife’s passing. I can tell that he would be an admired guy in the locker room and a loyal teammate.

  18. I would guess that a delay will allow the crowd to get properly intoxicated before the game. How could that go wrong?

  19. They never delayed the game because of any of the glares I’ve given them. What’s so special about the sun?

  20. Somebody asked me if they would have heaters on the benches. I said only if Ray Lewis and Aaron Hernandez play.

  21. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    2 losses in a row..NO PROBLEM , today we win!!


    LETS GO boysss lets make some NOISE!!!!!

  22. Surprised with all this talk of history in Yankee Stadium they haven’t mentioned the N.Y. Football Giants.

  23. Rob in Beantown on

    If only the location of the sun could have been predicted with certainty. Maybe they should have had some Mayans on the planning team for this event?

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    When the moon is in the 7th house, and Jupiter aligns with mars, peace will guide the plants and love will fill the stars…

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

    Lol, Rob.

    On the *plus* side we get one *extra* hour of the God Awful Doc Emrick.

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


  27. Got some *glorious* homemade nachos to prep. This delay actually works out a bit for my *stomach*.

  28. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on



  29. ZzZz NYR ZzZz©" Don't Stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    This break was custom made for us couch potatoes.

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

    I have learned so much during this delay: Sun is bright. Sun is warm. Shade is colder than sun. Clouds block the sun.

  31. Good thing we had a weather channel reporter to tell us all that. No way we could’ve figured any of that out!

  32. “How does this delay affect the team, Glen?”

    “Well, the players get a bit of a chance to get to know one another. Like a mini Banff.”

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

    ?@organistalert Devils organist Pete Cannarozzi will play the Yankee Stadium organ during today’s Stadium Series game between the Devils and Rangers.

    Castoldi got screwed.

  34. Wonder what the ratio of Rangers and Devil fans today is. There’s actually a lot more red in the stands than I expected

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