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

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Tuesday, Apr. 8, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 43-31-5 (91 pts)
Hurricanes: 34-33-11 (79 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-31-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having lost to the Ottawa Senators, 3-2, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have posted a 8-3-1 record in their last 12 games, including a 7-2-1 record in their last ten games. The Hurricanes have posted a 34-33-11 record (79 pts) to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have registered at least one point in five of their last six games (3-1-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Apr. 10, at MSG (7:00 p.m. ET), in their final home game of the regular season.

RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:
All-Time: 64-49-7-2 overall (38-17-4-2 at home; 26-32-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at MSG. New York is 2-1-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 3-1 loss on Mar. 11 at PNC Arena. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with four goals in the series, while Mats Zuccarello has the series lead with five assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-1-0 with a 2.02 GAA and a .931 Sv%.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory on Mar. 18 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in three games, while Carl Hagelin tied for the series lead with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .950 Sv%.
• New York is 18-17-4 at home; Carolina is 16-17-5 on the road
• The Rangers are 15-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Hurricanes are 14-11-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
• Carolina lists two former Rangers on their roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2002-03)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. HURRICANES:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 26 GP, 16-9-1, 2.24 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 78 GP, 30-58—88
• Brad Richards – 56 GP, 15-34—49
• Derek Stepan – 14 GP, 7-6 —13
• Dan Girardi – 28 GP, 3-5—8

SPECIAL TEAMS:
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 43-46 (93.5%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 17 games
• Ranks seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.1%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Saturday vs. Ottawa. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (46-254, 18.1%), and 27th at home (18-125, 14.4%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Saturday vs. Ottawa. New York ranks fifth in the NHL overall (193-227, 85.0%), and seventh at home (87-103, 84.5%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday vs. Ottawa. 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.

EYE OF THE STORM
The Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. The Rangers have also won five consecutive games against Carolina at MSG, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011, and have outscored the Hurricanes, 18-6, over the span. Henrik Lundqvist is 8-2-0 with a 1.95 GAA and a .939 Sv% in his last 10 games against Carolina.

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 consecutive games – on Mar. 24 vs. PHX and Mar. 26 vs. PHI. 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 enters the contest with a four-game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span), and has 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in his last 22 games. Since Oct. 26, Zuccarello has recorded a point in 40 of 67 games, tallying 57 points (19 goals, 38 assists) during the stretch. Zuccarello’s 57 points are the most a Norwegian-born player has had 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 seasons. 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).

SECOND WIND
The Rangers have outscored opponents, 19-6, during the second period over the last 13 games, dating back to Mar. 13 at Minnesota. The Blueshirts have outshot opponents, 155-129 during the middle frame over the stretch. This season, the Rangers have outscored opponents, 75-70, and outshot them, 983-775, in the second period.

THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 6-2-1 in his last 9 games (2.09 GAA, .930 Sv%, 1 SO) and 9-4-1 in his last 14 (1.92 GAA, .936 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in the last 20 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 4-game point streak (4 G, 3 A); 22 points (6 G, 16 A) in his last 22 games
• Benoit Pouliot – 5-game point streak (1 G, 4 A); 7 points (1 G, 6 A) in the last 7 games
• Derick Brassard – 8 points (5 G, 3 A) in the last 10 games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:
• Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (116 Man-Games Lost):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 6
• Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury on 4/1; day-to-day) – 2

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• Apr. 7 – Recalled Jesper Fast from Hartford (AHL)
• Apr. 2 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)

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  1. I didn’t think Torts should have been fired, but I accepted. I also didn’t jump ship after the terrible start this year. How many “AV supporters” bailed by December?

    not many because there were pretty few to begin with.

  2. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Repost:

    I think the biggest problem with Torts is that he’s become a caricature of himself. Whatever happened to “safe is death?” He had some success with the heavy hockey, net collapsing, shot blocking, grinding style with our pretty talentless roster of second and third liners, and then it was like there was no other way for him to coach a team to play, to the point where it’s just not a plan to win hockey games anymore.

  3. _not many because there were pretty few to begin with._

    Regardless (I don’t think either of us are going to go back to quantify), AV has only accomplished as much as his predecessor at this point in time. Torts still got them past a round the last two year, and obviously the ECF.

  4. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Depends what time I can get out of work. Which depends on what time my boss leaves. Not looking good at this point. Meet up for a drink during intermission if I can’t?

  5. iWicky "Frag Out!!!" on

    Sioux
    A gopher outsmarted bill Murray and bill Murray made it throught the zombie apocalypse by blending in with the zombies…don’t Falk with gophers

    I’d rather have drafted matteau’s kid than “shay”

  6. One thing AV has done, which Torts seems to have not this year, is adapt his coaching style to the personnel.

  7. Torts would never have allowed Nash’s perimeter game or for Richards to come back; but some players have thrived under AV and some have regressed.

  8. I apologize. I am going to go hang myself on something unstable as a cry for help….

  9. AV has allowed them to open it up, but there are still ingrained remnants of Torts’ disciplined approach here with many of the personnel.

  10. Wicky – I agree on Stephan Matteau. Did you know he committed to the Sioux program early, but then pulled his commitment right before the draft.

  11. Another new post? I’ll never catch up with you. This is the busiest vacation I’ve had so far. Non-stop. Not sure why people retire in Florida. Too much to do. How’s the weather in NY, suckers? :-)

    Anyway, congrats on making the playoffs, boneheads! Next milestone- NJ mathematically eliminated. After that- cement 2-3 spot, and we good to go. To me it doesn’t matter whether it’s 2 or 3. More positives to start in Philadelphia because of who they’re playing. But I don’t think it’s that important.

  12. Torts’ biggest errors: Not winning the Richie battle, not fully appreciating McD’s offensive abilities.

  13. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Stephane Matteau is a real jerk, in person. Great help for that Cup, though.

  14. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    3 years and change ago #36 scored his first NHL-goal – against the Canes in OT. It was a no-angel blast above Cam Wards left shoulder. Where did he go to celbrate? In the arms of Brian Boyle…
    History will be repeated.
    Zuccarello with the GWG.

  15. Siouxdie Machetto on

    coos, but Torts is who really helped hone McD’s defensive game, which now allows him to expand his offensive game.

  16. ilb in Florida while the rest of us are desperately trying to put food on the table?

  17. I, too, believe Torts will be out after they hire a new GM. Except this time he will be without a new coaching job for awhile. Too bad. All his fault, though.

  18. Doodie, I think you’re correct there. That’s the way Moore should be treated.

  19. Wicky – Everything you enjoy about hockey, Defense that hits, toughness, speed, playing the right way is 100% Fighting Sioux hockey. Tradition, Pride, Excellence.

    You should probably make it over for a game, before you root for the buck tooth ground dwellers.

  20. It would be funny if Torts isn’t fired. That would be back to back years Carp is wrong!

    I wonder how the Kesler situation plays out after all is said and done. I don’t think it was ever confirmed that he asked to be traded.

  21. I’m pulling for Zucc tonight. I want to see him get his 20th goal.

    Next as much as I wanted to see Kristo play, I still want FAST to succeed with HaGOONalin. I hope they just fly around the Canes weak D all night long.

  22. Coos- if you and Norm were able to put a slice of bread on your table for every time you mentioned Richards’ name over the last few days, you could easily feed the whole CT state till Christmas.

  23. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Add in a Flyers regulation loss and it all but cements our home ice advantage.

  24. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Richards is going to be really bad tonight. No way does he keep up with Hagelin and Fast.

  25. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Siouxdie – i was in my own seat and it was way into the wee hours.
    Ms inthearms is usually a lovely piece of woman, but she doesn’t appriciate the abrupt awakening caused by a gutural roar from the living room.
    I think I wish i was you that night.
    I doubt you wish you were me the morning after…

  26. I’m having trouble deciding if it should be inthearms, boyle, in boyle, brian boyle arms, ITAOBB, etc.

  27. I’m hard on you
    Carp.

    I expect greatness. Gross and Leonard are lost. Are they aware devils lost last night.

  28. Norm and I are going to send some garlic bread up to the Uconn campus. One player who wants to get paid said he has nothing to eat.

  29. My favorite part today was when Ilb called us *Suckers*

    Just so you guys know, my belt wouldn’t hold on the loosely bolted in lamp fixture. I survived.

  30. I’m sure those Press guys are not seeking Richie out, but the reverse. He has nothing to say but, like Norm, he never goes without saying. :)

  31. Rangers Rock on

    Let me remind you that AV has a great record getting his team to the playoffs. Thats all.

  32. inthearmsofbrianboyle on

    Manny – I’ve been megryaning agian
    Coos – What are you trying to tell me? That I can dodge bullets?

  33. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Rangers 5
    Canes 0

    GWG Brassard

    Get higher baby, get higher baby….don’t ever come down. Freebase!!!!

  34. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    The money gets divided
    The women get excited
    Now I’m broke, it’s no joke,
    It’s hard as hell to fight it
    Don’t do it

  35. Torts really doesnt have a great record managing first liners – with the exception of the cup in Tampa. But that is long gone now.

  36. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Imagining torts huffing and puffing as he blows up the inflatable car seat is jocularity at its finest….

  37. Siouxdie Machetto on

    Would love to see Torts coach Ovi. Would be pure gold.

    That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

  38. Stranger Nation on

    Torts tries to get first liners to play responsible D and not fly the zone. Agent tells player he gets paid by point production not +/-.
    The fact Gabby scored over 40 is a minor miracle even if 20 of those we’re against the Isles, Panthers and Craps

  39. Oscar worthy, golden globe and maybe an Espy. Everyone click the video, Carp wants a cheese steak.

  40. _in a more open system their success still is rooted in defending. When they don’t they stink_

    Wait…doesn’t that go for every team? When you don’t defend you stink?

  41. Yes. Just sayin’ … because some people think AV has just come in and played run ‘n gun. Of course, you have to defend to win in this league.

  42. In other words, C3, I’m saying AV has done a a good job in introducing a new system to the players he had available, and that it’s a good system for those players.

  43. Sometimes I wonder why the comments dip between 4:30-6 … and then it occurs to me that some of you guys actually do have jobs even if you spend your entire day here :)

  44. Stranger Nation on

    AV’s system will need to produce in the second season to pass muster. With similar players he got a similar regular season result.
    If he doesn’t, not necessarily his fault, as this roster is not built for a playoff run IMHO.
    Would love to see them make some noise

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