Oilers at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) — franchise Game No. 6,000 … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 31-23-3 (65 pts)
Oilers: 19-33-6 (44 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the 6,000th game in franchise history. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-23-3 (65 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games. The Blueshirts are 15-5-1 in their last 21 games, including a 10-3-0 mark in their last 13, and rank third in the conference in ROW (28). The Oilers enter the contest with a 19-33-6 (44 pts) record to rank 14th in the Western Conference, and have won four of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Feb. 7 (7:00 p.m.), in their final game before the Olympic break.

All-Time: 26-27-9-2 overall (12-14-6-1 at home; 14-13-3-1 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 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss on Oct. 22, 2011 at Rexall Place. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the loss.
The Rangers and Oilers have been separated by two or fewer goals in six of their last seven meetings (2-2-0-2 when separated by two or less), with four of those contests being decided by one goal (1-1-0-2)
The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 10 games against the Oilers at Madison Square Garden (6-1-2-1), dating back to a 4-4 tie against Edmonton on Jan. 21, 1997
New York is 14-13-3 at home; Edmonton is 9-19-4 on the road
The Rangers are 9-9-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Oilers are 10-12-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists no former Oilers on their roster
Edmonton lists one former Ranger on their roster: Corey Potter (2008-09 – 2009-10)

Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 1-1-2, 2.53 GAA
Rick Nash – 34 GP, 12-13–25
Brad Richards – 18 GP, 5-12–17
Derick Brassard – 16 GP, 3-5–8
Anton Stralman – 5 GP, 1-4–5

The Rangers power play is 9-48 (18.8%) in the last 15 games, and 17-78 (21.8%) in the last 23
Rank eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Tuesday vs. Colorado. New York is tied for 10th in the NHL overall (37-189, 19.6%), and 20th at home (17-107, 15.9%). 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 2-3 (3:51) on Tuesday vs. Colorado. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (141-169, 83.4%), and 16th at home (71-86, 82.6%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday vs. Colorado, and are now -1 in 63 four-on-four situations (100:16) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). 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).

6,000 GAMES: The Rangers will become the fifth team in NHL history play in their 6,000th regular season game when they face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers first game was played on Nov. 16, 1926 against the Montreal Maroons at MSG. The Rangers won 1-0, as team captain and Hall of Famer Bill Cook scored the only goal and Hal Winkler posted the shutout.
The Rangers have played more games (633) and won more games (249) against the Boston Bruins than any NHL opponent
The Rangers played their 3,000th home game on Jan. 31 vs. NY Islanders (1,463-1,047-447-44 all-time at home)
The Rangers have played 1,778 games at the current Madison Square Garden, posting a 935-599-200-44 record. The Blueshirts’ first game at MSG IV was a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 18, 1968.
The Rangers have played at least 200 regular season games against 10 NHL franchises: Boston (633), Montreal (613), Toronto (598), Chicago (580), Detroit (577), Philadelphia (274), Pittsburgh (257), NY Islanders (249), New Jersey/K.C. Scouts/Colorado Rockies (226), and Washington (201).

100 – Dec. 13, 1928 (3-2 OT win at MTL)
1,000 – Mar. 3, 1947 (9-4 loss vs. CHI)
2,000 – Dec. 23, 1961 (7-3 win vs. CHI)
3,000 – Mar. 23, 1975 (7-5 win vs. BOS)
4,000 – Dec. 12, 1987 (6-4 loss vs. PHI)
5,000 – Oct. 26, 2000 (3-0 loss at PHI)

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 11-6-1
Record in 1st game – 5-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 3-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 6-3-0 (3-2-0 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 18-6-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 19-8-2 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)

FOUR SCORE: The Rangers won their season-high, fourth consecutive game with a 5-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday at MSG. It was the seventh time the Rangers registered five or more goals in a game this season, and New York improved to 16-0-0 when posting four or more goals. The Blueshirts have tallied 18 goals on their current four-game winning streak, including 14 different goal scorers, and have out-scored their opponents, 18-6, over the span.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games at MSG (8-3-1) and 11 of their last 15 at home (9-4-2). The Blueshirts will conclude a three-game homestand tonight against the Oilers.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 20 of the last 26 games, holding a 906-767 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots nine times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 24 of the last 30 contests. New York ranks third in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game.

THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 34 of 57 games this season, including 11 of their last 13 contests. The Rangers have also allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games at home and nine of their last 11 at MSG. New York is 27-7-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a four-game winning streak, posting a 1.50 GAA and .950 Sv% during the stretch. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 11 games (9-2-0, 1.46 GAA, .952 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 11-3-1 with a 1.85 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 15 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is three wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and four wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.

Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .950 Sv% in the last four games; Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 11 games (9-2-0, 1.46 GAA, .952 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 11-3-1 in his last 15 (1.85 GAA, .940 Sv%, 1 SO)
Mats Zuccarello – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists); He has registered a point in nine of the last 13 games (five goals, six assists over the span), and 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in the last 18
Derick Brassard – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists)
Rick Nash – 11 goals in the last 14 games, including seven goals in the last eight
Derek Stepan – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games
Brad Richards – 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games
Anton Stralman – three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-11 rating in the last four games
Ryan Callahan – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
Carl Hagelin – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
Marc Staal – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
Brian Boyle – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
Dominic Moore – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games

INJURIES (95 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 15.

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  1. SeeeDubbb says Sign Cally on

    Allow me to be the First to say today.

    Sign the Captain. Far more valuable than his stat sheet.

    LGR !!!

  2. Hmmm…wonder if the reports about all the problemss awaiting visitors to Sochi will start effecting the players attending….if I was one of them….I would stay home….this wont be an adventure..but more like an episode of survivor from hell…so dont get hurt..who knows what the local hospital is like…Chernobyl General anyone?

  3. Dont forget to pack your necessities
    Sleeping bag
    OSCAR…for all you Grand Canyon campers
    Bottled water for drinking
    Bottled water for washing
    Sleeping pills…really strong ones
    food and utensils so as not to use anything washed in their water
    Lysol Spray….that bathroon is going to need lots of spray…especially the used toilet paper bin
    Most importantly…Alcohol..lots of it..serves many purposes and you might need to use it for all of them!

    And hey…have a great trip….

  4. And watch out for dog meat burgers…see front page article in NY Times about hundreds of stray dogs in danger of being putting down in time for the Olympics. I’ve hung out and had rounds of vodka with some of those dogs…what a crime! Will the Russian billionaire save them? Watch the Olympics Underground, same time, same station.

  5. My comment is rightly awaiting moderation…must have been the reference to Olympics food!;>)) Wonder which words/word combo set this off? Anyway, my comment was likely in bad taste!;>))

  6. LGR! They should add points tonight…tomorrow night is another story. The Pens dismantled a poor Sabres team. I cannot believe that Callahan would want to play on a team like that, no matter how much money!

  7. Jump on the oils tonight. They have won four of five so it’s important not to look to tomorrow. Lgr henrik big tonight. 4-1 good guys

  8. Paul in sunrise on

    Would like to see the blitzkrieg opening period again. Reminds me of the ’94 cup team. That team won games in the first ten minutes. Came out like gangbusters

  9. Good morning, boneheads!

    Nice picture, Carp.

    6,00th game, LW? Is that in British currency? I played more hockey games than that :-)

  10. Carp, to your point last night about Richards this year and last, I agree it’s obvious he’s having a much better year — the numbers, much as I love them, never tell the whole story. This year’s story is largely about the improvement in the PP, which he directs. He may have a mess of third assists for all I know, but I’m not breaking down that tape.

  11. looks like the rangers aren’t going to have much of a choice regarding Callahan. Either they trade him by the march 5th dead line and get as much assets as they can possibly get or keep him, still negotiate and after july first let him see what offers he gets and hope he doesn’t get 7 yrs 6+ mil and if he does, convince him the rangers are a great organization, team that drafted him and gave him the opportunity and hope Callahan decides to take the 5yr, 6 mil offer the rangers have on the table. We all know though Callahan is a goner either way unfortunately.

  12. @Proteautype Last night, Martin St. Louis stood outside Steve Yzerman’s house with a boom box over his head playing Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”.

  13. Manny, originally the rumor was by tomorrow but it was probably a attempt by sather to put pressure on Callahan mind you a weak attempt. It would be foolish to rush into a decision. Teams have until march 5th and that’s when teams will be willing to make moves so that’s when sather will be able to find a team willing to give up the most assets.

  14. booby, actually I would go with Talbot tonight and save lundqvist for the pens and hope hank stands on his head and steals one from the pens.

  15. Oh. I thought the NHL imposed roster freeze thing happened tomorrow so I assumed the *actual* deadline was today.

  16. The Rangers let it be known that they wanted a deal done before tomorrow’s freeze … They did NOT impose a deadline.

  17. I just love the idea that Callahan could get traded and end up going to the Olympics as a member of a team he has yet to suit up for.

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    Lots of rumblings that Callahan might be traded to a different national team too. I’m hearing Czech Republic and Switzerland are the likely landing spots.

  19. Rob in Beantown on

    Lame, I just found out the NHL players aren’t getting to Sochi until after the opening ceremonies. Now I’m way less interested in watching them.

  20. That would be great. Like Callahan is on Ancestry.Com and discovers a random link in his family to a guy from Finland and defects. Awesome.

  21. Rob in Beantown on

    Maybe Ireland would improve in the IIHF world rankings if both Callahan and McDonagh defected?

  22. Richards on the PP again. 12 Rangers w/ more than 50 minutes of PP time, sorted by PP points per 60, second number is PP goals on ice for (basically their PP plus) with that rank in parenthesis …

    Derick Brassard: 6.0, 7.2 (7)
    Mats Zuccarello: 5.9, 7.9 (4)
    Ryan Callahan: 5.7, 10.5 (1)
    Chris Kreider: 5.3, 6.3 (9)
    Derek Stepan: 4.8, 8.5 (2)
    Brad Richards: 3.8, 7.6 (5)
    Michael Del Zotto: 3.6, 8.0 (3)
    Rick Nash: 3.6, 6.5 (8)
    Benoit Pouliot: 3.6, 6.0 (10)
    Ryan McDonagh: 3.5, 6.0 (10)
    John Moore: 2.2, 7.6 (5)
    Dan Girardi: 0.0, 5.1 (12)

    You can say Richards is piloting the PP, but the numbers just don’t bear it out. If you assume most PP goals get 2 assists and note that Richards is assisting on only 1/2 the goals he’s out for, its pretty easy to argue the forwards are doing the work down low and Richards is reaping the praise.

  23. Is the real irony of Richards’ play this season that if he looked like this last year Tortorella would have never been fired? As someone pointed out yesterday Richards is on the same points/game pace as he was last season but I think we’d all agree looks better and the power play is clicking. Still not worth his contract but an improvement.

    I’d have to imagine if this were last year, Richards never gets benched, Tortorella gets credit for improving the power play, some of the players grumbling are minimized, and Tortorella never gets the ax.

  24. Manny, I often hate *advanced* stats when they don’t bear out the point I’m *trying* to make too.

  25. One little problem with that scenario. Tortorella never has and never will have a clue how to run a PP.

  26. MR. D – Sickening that neither Torts nor AV EVER gives HAGS a shot on the PP. Treating him like he is a 34-year Sather stop-gap pick-up from somebody else’s trash bin.

    I would say it’s lack of guts and vision, but how courageous would it be to give the man a full shot, 5 on 4? It’s not like everybody else on this team is all-world with a man advantage.

  27. Is Hags “hockey savvy” enough to play the point? I’d like to see him get some more time, but maybe not in that super responsible position.

  28. Stranger Nation on

    Mr D – Richards has many 3rd and 4th assists that are not counted in those stats.

    Don’t forget that big booming shot from the point or the ability to keep pucks in or his stellar D should any PK forward break out…NOT

    I guess the flip side of so-called ‘blind-hate’ of a player is ‘blind-love’ or the inability to see what is really happening on the ice.

  29. Going from one of worst PPs in league under Torts to one of best (until this recent drought) under AV.

    Vancouver has done the exact opposite. Virtually the same players on both teams.

  30. Really don’t know why I care so much, but I’m going to get really *annoyed* *again* if and when St. Louis is not announced to team Canada.

  31. No surprise here: @HockeyCanada Martin St-Louis has been named to the #TeamCanada roster for #Sochi2014, replacing Steven Stamkos.

  32. _I guess the flip side of so-called ‘blind-hate’ of a player is ‘blind-love’ or the inability to see what is really happening on the ice._

    This is really why I like stats. “I know what I see” is all well and good and sometimes really cute, but its individualized. We all see the same stats.

  33. Is anyone else sick of these “reporters” posting photos from Sochi hotel bathrooms?! I mean, c’mon! We get it! USA – GOOD! Russia – BAD! Move the puck on! And wtf are they doing spending so much time in the bathrooms anyway??

  34. I was laughing about that earlier, CCCP. It’s like these people have never traveled outside of America before. It’s like, “Hey USA. People elsewhere live differently. It might be better or worse in your opinion but it’s mostly just DIFFERENT.”

    Americans win the Gold medal in Xenophobia

  35. I think it makes total sense that Hagelin isn’t on the power play. He’s a decent two-way player who creates opportunity with speed, his strongest attribute, which has no use on the power play. Would you put him in the top six forwards for vision/play making, puck handling, or shooting? I wouldn’t, which is why he doesn’t get much of a look. He’s also not a battle in front of the goalie type player. Seem like a pretty logical decision to me.

  36. Stranger Nation on

    Can’t wait to see Hags on the bigger sheet in So-she. That waterbug of a skater will haveeveryone chasing him around.

    He has been playing GREAT recently. Very impressive to see him work the end boards against players 2-3″and 30-40lbs on him.

  37. I am all for calling out jingoistic xenophobes but not being able flushing your toilet paper just sucks no matter where it happens.

  38. That would be classic, Latona.

    Martin St. Louis: “It’s very nice of the Candian team to throw me this bone and allow me to accompany them to Sochi but I respectfully decline their offer. Also, in other news, I retire.” [drops mic]

  39. Stranger Nation on

    not being able flushing your toilet paper just sucks no matter where it happens.


  40. Something tells me the paper flushing was a *translation* issue. They probably meant paper towels, or something like that.

  41. Stranger Nation on

    Good news – MSL in on the team

    Bad news – he is staying in yet-to-be-finished athlete housing.

    Bring your sub-zero sleeping bad Marty

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