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

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Apr. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 43-30-5 (91 pts)
Senators: 32-30-14 (78 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they begin a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-30-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in a shootout on Thursday at Pepsi Center. The Blueshirts have posted a 8-2-1 record in their last 11 games, including a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games. The Senators have posted a 32-31-14 record (78 pts) to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Apr. 8, at MSG (7:00 p.m. ET), as they continue a three-game homestand.

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
All-Time: 35-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 21-15-3-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the first meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road), following an 8-4 win on Mar. 18 at Ottawa. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists) in the series. Rick Nash leads all skaters with three goals, while Derick Brassard (two goals, one assist) and Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists) each have three points. Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA.
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 11 different players record a point in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and a .933 Sv%.
• Martin St. Louis has a five-game point streak against the Senators, registering seven points (two goals, five assists) over the span.
• New York is 18-16-4 at home; Ottawa is 16-14-8 on the road
• The Rangers are 14-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Senators are 9-9-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Senators players on their roster
• Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 30 GP, 12-14-3, 2.14 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 51 GP, 15-29—44
• Brad Richards – 40 GP, 15-13—28
• Dominic Moore – 27 GP, 7-6 —13
• Raphael Diaz – 9 GP, 0-5—5

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 42-45 (93.3%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 16 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:29) on Thursday at Colorado. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (46-252, 18.2%), and 26th at home (18-123, 14.6%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (6:29) with on Thursday at Colorado. New York ranks fifth in the NHL overall (192-226, 85.0%), and eighth at home (86-102, 84.3%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). Shorthanded goals for (10): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in two four-on-four situations (6:31) on Thursday at Colorado. The Rangers are -1 in 83 four-on-four situations (127:22), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 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); 3/7 at CAR (Nash); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (9): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek).

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Henrik Lundqvist registered his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort in a 3-1 win on Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goaltender in NHL history to reach the 30-win milestone in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 at Madison Square Garden. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark.

MAC TRUCK
Ryan McDonagh tallied six goals in March, which were the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch). He tallied the game-winning goal in two straight games – on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix and Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia – and notched three game-winning goals in a five-game span from Mar. 18-26. Ryan McDonagh tallied six goals in March, which were the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch). He tallied the game-winning goal in two straight games – on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix and Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia – and notched three game-winning goals in a five-game span from Mar. 18-26. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to score the winning goal in consecutive games since Dec. 29-30, 2003 (Tom Poti).

WELCOME MATS
Mats Zuccarello tallied his 54th point of the season on Tuesday against Vancouver, the most by a Norwegian-born player in one season in NHL history. The record was previously held by Espen Knutsen, who had 53 points with Columbus during the 2000-01 season.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Blueshirts have posted an 83-54-9 road record dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four season. The Rangers lead the league in road wins, and have won six of last eight road games, tallying at least one point in seven of those contests (6-1-1). New York has posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers’ 51 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).

SPECIAL SCORING
The Rangers scored a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the fifth time this season, and for the second consecutive contest on Tuesday against Vancouver. It is the second time this season that the Blueshirts have scored a SHG in consecutive games (Mar. 5-7). The last time the Rangers, in back-to-back games, tallied both a PPG and a SHG, was Dec. 8-10, 2011.

40-WINS
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 OT win on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix. New York has won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Rangers are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season (PIT, SJS, DET, ANA, and NSH).

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 6-1-1 in the last 8 games (1.98 GAA, .933 Sv%, 1 SO) and 9-3-1 in his last 13 (1.84 GAA, .938 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in the last 19 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 3-game point streak (2 G, 3 A); 20 points (4 G, 16 A) in his last 21 games
• Benoit Pouliot – 4-game point streak (1 G, 3 A); 6 points (1 G, 5 A) in the last 6 games
• Carl Hagelin – 8 points (4 G, 4 A) in the last 11 games
• Derick Brassard – 7 points (5 G, 2 A) in the last 9 games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Derick Brassard – 1 game from 400th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 1 game from 600th NHL career

INJURIES (114 Man-Games Lost):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 5
• Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury on 4/1; day-to-day) – 1

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• Apr. 2 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
• Mar. 31 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Chris McCarthy

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  1. Wrap up a playoff spot tonight. Ottawa defense/goaltending is brutal. That game vs montreal last night was unwatchable.

  2. Our magic number is “1” … which clearly means we’ll lose our last 4 games and watch as the Devils surpass us and qualify as the 8th seed.

    It’s written in the stars with the way these no-talents parade the ice as if they’re the owners of Lord Stanley.

    Did anyone see the ice jesters give up that tying goal the other night? Probably not since it was too late, but I read about it on CARP’s Digest. And it sounded like another bit of amateur-hour, two-bit clownage that cements this Rangers “squad” as no better than the Mexican Astronomers and only perhaps slightly better than the U-14 Women’s Bolivian High-Altitude Beer League team.

    And don’t get me started on Mean-Sea-Level. This guy is dogs-breakfast as the come. The prototypical reigning-NHL-leading-scorer-turns-NYR-mercenary (who’d have thunk!) that now can’t mesh with anyone on the team … except he used to, with the exception of Stamkos, mesh with all sorts of no-talents in Tampa. Curious.

    Watch as the dead horse meekly gallops over the white surface tonight and goes -4 as your Cirque du Soleil troupe loses 9-0. Book it.

  3. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Nanny
    I thought we agreed the staals weren’t coming?

    Try to stay on your skates sweetheart!

  4. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Booby
    That’s a great point, I’d take it a step further and test them twice a week ;)

  5. Can’t we clinch in other ways besides a WIN tonight? Don’t we just need 1 measly point?

  6. Like I’ve been sayin:

    Stepan, Nash, JMoops and DuClair (or the kid in Russia) for Eric and Jordan. Then sign Marc.

    Stanley Cup will follow.

  7. I’m almost ready to come out of hibernation, but the nose was too cold when I poked it out of the den this morning…and so windy!

  8. Yes manny

    1 pt an overtime loss by rangers or leafs/devs loss in any fashion clinches a playoff spot.

  9. The capitals have been eliminated from catching rangers as they could only tie rangers but lose tiebreaker row wins by a landslide.

  10. It would be really boring and anti-climactic to clinch by a devils loss. I hope that happens.

  11. I saw a Capitals Blog article, supported by their moronic fans, that says Oates should be fired for publicly criticizing Ovechkin (his Capt. and perceived best player).

    Another coach criticized Ovechkin and another coach gets canned for it. Great plan for a successful organization, right?

  12. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    I’d worry less about the Devils, Caps, CBJs, and worry more about catching the Habs and TB. If the rangers wind up playing either of them in the ECF, I want home ice…We suck in Montreal – home ice matters –

  13. But this team is SO good on the road and so awful at home. It’s a real balancing act.

    What we have to hope for is an electrical failure at the Rogers Centre so the Habs have to move their arena to American Soil. Then we play 4 games at their interim arena, in America.

  14. Bruins vs Filth today. Do the Bs rest players ? I don’t think they’ll lay down but they may make some line up changes?

  15. Probably call up another college kid D man with a cannon and smarts. Boston seems to have a plethora of those.

    Literally.

  16. See dub

    Don’t see bruins resting at home today lost 2 straight. In battle for pres trophy and Johnson played last game so expect razk in goal.

  17. I think that jackets loss in regulation with 3 sec left has really increased likeliness of flyers rangers. Columbus doesn’t have tiebreakers on either team.

  18. Agree but if flyers get home ice not terrible.

    Put pressure in them first 2 games at home. We get split on road flyers who have lost 8 straight at msg no they will need a win in game 3 or 4 to avoid going down 3-1 in series.

    I also think we could win a game 7 on road.

    Remember how many straight losses we had in Washington last year prior to winning game 7.

  19. Why is everyone obsessed with home ice? The Rangers have the second best road record in the NHL. They are MUCH better away from home.

  20. I hear ya manny.

    In reality I guess you would rather be at home in game 7 then not. Other then that not big difference.

  21. That was a great game seven. Five – nil. I could even relax in the third, at least the last 1:30.

  22. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Players prefer the home crowd support. Maybe the garden (un)faithful will put down their iPhones and go crazy circa 1979. I’d rather see them at home. Call me crazy.

  23. Ranger goal should be get 2 seed locked up before Montreal just to rest a few players and limit ice time prior to playoffs

  24. That loss for CBJ last night could be really demoralizing. If they go 2-3 the rest of the way (beating Fishsticks and Panthers, losing to Stars, Coyotes, and Lightnings) and TOR goes 3-1 (beating Panthers, Jets, and Senators, losing to Lightnings), TOR would get in. Doubt it though.

  25. Carp you just said the magic word. I shall make my first visit of the season to a little piece of heaven on palmer ave this week!

  26. Latona

    Hard to say as your scenario is all regulation stuff without ot losses. Good pt though.

  27. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – rangers might be playing the Habs with Conference position still undecided. I’d play TAM.

    Looks like Boil on LW with the Rocket and MSL. Wonder when AV is going to realize the problem is the guy wearing #19.

  28. I know Eddie but too far down the road thinking about conf final vs habs or Tampa.

    Assuming pens/bruins knocked out prior

  29. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Eric – agreed…biput also too far down the road to consider resting players :)

  30. Yeah, some are bound to go to OT at this time of year eric. I just think that loss to CHI last night could really be devastating. If NYR were in that position, I don’t think they’d make it.

  31. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Stick a fork in the craps…..we need not worry about them for another 8 years….

  32. Carp

    Do gross and company know playoff scenarios or do still need some help. They have to do a better job then after Colorado game.

  33. I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back:

    THE KREIDER

  34. What are the Ranger’s plan to deal with the Philty Shenanigans that are sure to occur in the first round?

    Philthy will surely target McDonuts wounded wing will at every opportunity.

    What’s the plan to protect McDonuts?

    AV? Slats? Richards? Anyone care to esplain?

  35. I don’t want the Rangers to ‘avoid’ anyone.

    I’d like to see the beat Philthy;

    then Beat Pittsburg;

    then beat the Big Bad Bruins.

    That’s the way I roll.

  36. That’s the way, a-huh a-huh, I roll, a-huh a-huh.

    That’s the way, a-huh a-huh, I roll, a-huh a-huh.

  37. me, too, eric. I just had the entire process explained to me, and also explained how it was the NHLPA that mucked up the whole realignment plan.

    The 2-3 seed remain in the bracket with their division winner. The only potential cross-over is the wild card. Once you are in that bracket you stay in that bracket. So yes, Philly-NYR winner plays Pitt-wild card winner. NYR cannot play Boston until ECF if they finish 2 or 3. Montreal-Tampa winner cannot play Pitt until ECF.

    The most hilarious thing would be if CBJ finish ahead of Detroit, then you will have all the Metropolitan teams in one bracket and all the Atlantic teams in the other, and it will have ended up just as the league proposed and the union shot down — which was basically the old divisional system from the Patrick, Adams, Smythe, Norris days. Might as well go back to those division names, too.

  38. Well you wore out your welcome with random precision,
    Rode on the steel breeze
    Come on you raver, you seer of visions,
    Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

  39. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    S A T U R D A Y night….bay city rollers…..perhaps the greatest band to ever play music.

  40. If Rangers had, in their prime, a line of Gretzky, Kurri, and Messier, they would sit Gretsky and play Richards.

  41. CARP, you’re saying the league proposed the old divisional format and the union shot it down?

    Gross.

  42. Year 2030 Divisional names: The Proctor and Gamble, The Twitter, The Mobil Oil, and the Microsoft. Rangers will be in the Microsoft.

  43. You reached for the secret too soon
    You cried for the moon
    Shine on you crazy diamond

    Threatened by shadows at night
    And exposed in the light
    Shine on you crazy diamond

  44. AV: Boys, the 2-3 seed remain in the bracket with their division winner. The only potential cross-over is the wild card. Once you are in that bracket you stay in that bracket. So yes, Philly-NYR winner plays Pitt-wild card winner. NYR cannot play Boston until ECF if they finish 2 or 3. Montreal-Tampa winner cannot play Pitt until ECF.”

    Boys: “Coach, the reason we went into hockey is because we can’t understand that stuff.”

  45. Bruins 1-0 after 1st.

    Orr

    Sens may be deflated after back to back losses ended there season for good

  46. AV: “Boyos, management is bringing in eddie3Times Sunday at 3PM to explain all the playoff permutations.”

    “Oy.”

    “And he’s bringing kegs.”

    “3PM, got it.”

  47. Said it a month ago and sticking by it. Devils, Capitals and Columbus are not making the playoffs.

  48. Lev, I laid out a scenario above by which CBJ would miss. I think it’s possible, but unlikely.

  49. Absolute burn on the Islanders just now.

    “MacDonald passes across to Streit. How come the Islanders can’t get players like those?”

  50. Bruins need to slow this game down and pin the Phlyers with a hard forecheck. They were dominating that style.

  51. not dancin larry on

    If we clinch, can we get a look at haggerty and have horse face take a seat for awhile?

  52. not dancin larry on

    and for that matter how can they honestly believe that Boyle-alydar-MSL can generate consistent offense….

  53. No we cant because it makes 0 sense for him to play since he isnt eligible to play in the playoffs. Maybe we should call up Haley and DuClair, you know just to take a look.

  54. Bernie Taupin, who wrote the lyrics for most of Elton John’s catalogue, is worth over $70 million.

    He quit school at the age of 16.

  55. Latona, really think Toronto can sneak in. I suspect both would get swept by Boston but Id enjoy a Boston-Toronto series much more.

  56. If Columbus falters to isles and panthers in the next week then watch out. I still think the devils if they can win tonight in Carolina banged up have shot to run table

  57. “Thornton challenges Hartnell but Hartnells gloves stay firmly attached to his hands. Must have been an equipment malfunction. ”

    Sometimes those Boston tv guys are pretty funny.

  58. Remember Columbus Dallas make up game on Wednesday they start game with 1-0 lead from peverly game

  59. Isnt that back to back games where Giroux takes a slashing penalty at last minutes of game out of frustration?

  60. yes Lev, took one against cbj in the waning moments of the 2-0 loss. Flyers sore losers credo, when you lose, make sure someone else is sore too.

  61. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Miami
    Mexican astronomers are called Aztecs…sheesh

    I sure as hell hope the bluejackets don’t make the playoffs, sick of hearing about them here.

  62. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Flyers Hartnell and Simmonds hack and whack mcdonut and others at the end of the game, but don’t do that against bruin players…hmmm I wonder why?

  63. Hitchcock and the Blues are getting smoked by a minor league coach and a bunch of kids.

    They are not taking it very well.

  64. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    We win and we are in, copper and tin, evil and sin, anis nin, in the bin, Errol Flynn, needle and pin

    Boyeeeeeeeeee

  65. That was fun to watch Rinaldo run from Lucic for 60.
    The Philly slashers still have 2 games in hand and should lose both.

  66. Oh look at that Tom Wilson going after a guy much smaller than him and then fighting a guy that’s not a fighter. 5 days ago he was crying about Clune fighting Wey.

    Pot meet kettle?

    No respect between players these days

  67. AWARD WORTHY VIDEO ALERT :)

    @rangersreport

    VIDEO: Rick Carpiniello previews tonight’s Rangers-Senators game and the playoff implications. rangers.lohudblogs.com

  68. Good evening all! Will be Prucha’d for tonight, so won’t be around except in spirit. LGR! Keep your fingers crossed for them and me :)

  69. Boyle on the 2nd line tonight, now he’ll have an exponentially greater number of chances to shoot it wide on yawning nets.

  70. You know we constantly complain (deservedly so) about the Rangers having Duguay and Pidto doing their pre/post games…but after listening to Deb Placey, Chico, and Cangelosi doing Devils games and Fischler and Goring doing Islander games… we are lucky. Id have to watch away feeds for every single game if I was a fan of either of those teams

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