Game 1: Rangers at Penguins tonight … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Friday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 4-3*
Penguins: 4-2*
* Record from the first round of the playoffs

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins  at Consol Energy Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 1 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The Blueshirts defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Metropolitan Division Semifinals to advance to the second round of the playoffs. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 217-236-8 record all-time in 461 playoff contests (123-90-2 at home; 94-146-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. PENGUINS
The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2008. The Rangers have posted a 0-4 playoff series record against Pittsburgh. Four of the Blueshirts’ five playoff matchups against the Penguins have occurred in the second round of the playoffs.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 120-104-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 53-55-14-6 on the road)
• 2013-14: New York was 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Mats Zuccarello led the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot each tallied two goals and two assists in the four contests. Dan Girardi led all Blueshirts defensemen with three points (one goal, two assists) in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA in the four contests.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (1-2 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 28-9-4 at home (2-1 in the playoffs)
• New York lists one former Penguin on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
• Pittsburgh lists two former Rangers on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2012-13 – 2013-14)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
• Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30—47
• Brad Richards – 42 GP, 9-34—43
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15—17
• Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5 —12

SPECIAL TEAMS:
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-1 (2:00) in Game 7 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are tied for 13th in the NHL overall (3-29, 10.3%) in the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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 Rangers were 2-2 (4:00) in Game 7 vs. Philadelphia. The Blueshirts are tied for 14th in the NHL overall (15-21, 71.4%), and are 13th on the road (7-10, 70.0%) during the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 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 in Game 7 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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 (10): 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); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

FIRST ROUND RECAP
• Henrik Lundqvist ranked fifth in GAA (2.11) and fourth in SV% (.919) among goaltenders
• The Rangers ranked second in the NHL in goals against per game (2.29)
• Rick Nash led the team and was second in the NHL in shots on goal (30)
• Dan Girardi ranked fourth in the NHL in blocked shots (21), led the team in hits (25), and led defensemen on the team in points (three)
• Marc Staal led the team and tied for third in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-six)

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers improved to 7-5 in 12 Game 7s in franchise history with their 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Wednesday, and they have won all six Game 7s they have played at Madison Square Garden in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts are the only NHL team to be undefeated at home in Game 7s in franchise history (minimum of three Game 7s played at home). New York has won seven of the last eight Game 7s they have played, dating back to the 1992 Patrick Division Semifinals. The Rangers have now won a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons (2012 against Ottawa, 2013 against Washington, 2014 against Philadelphia).

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, 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. Lundqvist won his fourth consecutive Game 7 on Wednesday. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers goalie tied Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour and Cam Ward for the NHL record for consecutive Game 7 victories. Lundqvist has posted a 4-1 record in five career Game 7s, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and one shutout. The Rangers goalie improved to 7-2, with a 1.43 GAA, a .951 SV%, and three shutouts in his last nine games when the Rangers have faced elimination.
Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 73 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist’s streak is only the seventh time in NHL history that a goalie has started at least 70 consecutive playoff games for the same team.

NYR GOALIES
PLAYOFF APPEARANCES         WINS                                             SHUTOUTS
1. Mike Richter – 76                      1. Mike Richter – 41                      1. Mike Richter – 9
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 74            2. Henrik Lundqvist – 34             2. Henrik Lundqvist – 8
3. Ed Giacomin – 65                     3. Ed Giacomin – 29                      3. Dave Kerr – 7

SECOND WIND
The Rangers have reached the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive season. The Blueshirts are one of two teams – and the only Eastern Conference team – to win a playoff series in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs in at least three consecutive seasons was a four-year span from 1993-94 – 1996-97.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of their last 26 regular season and playoff games, giving up 49 goals in the 26 contests (1.88 goals against per game). New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 25 of its last 39 regular season and playoff road games, including 10 of the last 15 road contests, and has given up 83 goals in the 39 contests (2.13 goals against per game).

WHAT A LINE
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello combined for 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in four games against the Penguins during the regular season. Brassard and Zuccarello registered a point in all four contests, while Pouliot recorded a point in three of the four games. Zuccarello and Pouliot are tied for the team lead in goals (two) and third in points (four) in the playoffs.

MOVING ON UP
Dan Girardi skated in his 71st career playoff game on Tuesday, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.

NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF
GAMES PLAYED LIST
5. Rod Gilbert – 79
6. Dan Girardi – 71
T-7. Mark Messier – 70
T-7. Jeff Beukeboom – 70
9. Ron Duguay – 69
T-10. Steve Vickers – 68
T-10. Adam Graves – 68

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers posted a 25-14-2 record on the road this season. The Blueshirts established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Rangers are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons. The Blueshirts led the Eastern Conference in road wins, and were only one of three teams to record at least 25 road wins this season. The Rangers posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history.

INJURIES (7 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 16 (7 in Playoffs)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• None

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106 Comments

  1. Manny-O-War on

    I’m pretty much with ORR (and Lev, Vibin’ LEV!!!!!!!) on this. I don’t think that you’re “not a fan” if you pick the Penguins. But you have to do it in the spirit that eric does. The spirit in which he knows it’s going to happen, bleeds blue til death and will be devastated when his prediction comes right.

    There’s another thing when people are more interested in being “right” I find that pretty damn annoying.

    For the other debate I would take Marleau before Thornton but am far more interested in *PAVELSKI*

  2. They’re rioting in Africa, They’re starving in Spain. There’s hurricanes in Florida, California needs rain.
    The whole world is festering with unhappy souls – The French hate the Germans, The Germans hate the Poles.
    Italians hate Yugoslavs. South Africans hate the Dutch.

    And I don’t like anybody very much!

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    I hate cursive and I hate all of you! I’m never coming back to school! Never!

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    Oh the Catholics hate the Protestants and the Protestants hate the Catholics. The Hindus hate the Muslims, and everyone hates the Jews.

  5. Manny-O-War on

    That’s not fair. Rizzuto’s not a word. He’s a baseball player.

  6. Headzo, YES!!!

    I kind of cracks me up all these people picking the Rangers and at the first sign of adversity, the first goal Lundqvist allows, or whatever, everybody will be jumping ship: Buy out Nash, Fire Sather, Stralman and Boyle and Richards and Staal and Girardi all suck. Lundqvist is way overrated.

    But Rangers in 5. :)

  7. capo, I picked the Rangers to finish second in the Metro. I said they are the third best in the East, repeatedly. I picked them to beat the Flyers in 6.

    So, sorry.

    Salty, in Pittsburgh.

  8. Carp, you’re in Pittsburgh? Are you going to get one of those whatever Pittsburgh is famous for things?

  9. Manny-O-War on

    I will never jump ship on the Rangers. I will always assume they can win because it’s hockey and ANYTHING can happen in a 7 game series. Especially when Marc Andre Flower is in net.

    Do I know that it’s likely the Rangers will lose? Yes. Am I prepared for that result? No. Never.

    GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE

  10. Nice glass of milk will wash down a peanut butter sandwich made with that Jagr Peanut butter…which is what Pittsburgh is famous for.

  11. I will pretty much *not* be home for most of this game. Possibility that I will have access to a TV with the game, but unkown at this time.

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    Gravy, if you have a Laptop or computer with internet connection, I’m certain nbcsports.com will be streaming the game live.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    This season will be over the second we take a ride up Crosby’s bucket.

  14. *vibin* Doodie.

    ILB we’re getting our game faces on. relax. have a glass of milk : D

  15. I didn’t think Pittsburgh was famous for anything not related to sports. And steel.

  16. Carp, don’t the Primante brothers own that sausage shop in Mamaroneck?

  17. Manny-O-War on

    You guys are both the *best* and the *worst* and the *bane* of my existence as well as my *savior* in the darkest of times.

  18. I will *not* be able to use a laptop or other device on a consistent basis.

  19. Crosby with bucket in hand: “see Evgeni? wishes do come true!”

    side note: WAA

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    These are somebody else’s predictions, somebody else’s dreams.

    Yeah, but you know what? This one, this one right here. This one was mine dream, my prediction. And it didn’t come true. So I’m taking it back. I’m taking them all back.

  21. For some reason, I forgot about how much I hate the Penguins until right now.

  22. Looking at the pregame notes on NHL.com. is it odd that the Rangers already have 12 PIM for game one and it isn’t starting for like 3 hours? Hope that’s not a sign of things to come..

    Side note from Crosby: WAA

  23. Manny-O-War on

    *Billy:* Man, why did I have so many drinks? I can’t remember! What’s today?

    *Frank:* October?

  24. Manny-O-War on

    I will be on *METRO NORTH* for the 1st period (assuming the train arrives ever to its destination).

    Come on NBC SPORTS APP

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    Manny, word of advice from heavy usage of the app during the winter Olympics: it uses a TON of data.

  26. Manny-O-War on

    Mr. Madison, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  27. If there is an attempt by any of you to cheat, especially against the Pens, who are dirty dirty tramps, I’m just gonna go nuts.

  28. Manny-O-War on

    It’s cool Doodie. At age -33- 26 I’m still on my Parent’s Family Share Plan!

    NO RESPONSIBILITY!!!!!

  29. and that’s my I’m trying to tell you Manny that Eric, not you is going to take over the ompany

  30. Manny-O-War on

    I will spend the entire train writing a special note to you, Carp. (or reading Lord of the Rings which I’m re-reading again for no clear adult reason)

  31. My workplace is gonna be featured on MSNBC tonight around 8:30pm! I know you’re already gonna have your teevees on, so you should check it out.

    Carp’s not the only famous one!

  32. Doodie Machetto on

    ERIC’S PREGNANT! CONGRATULATIONS! Oooo Feel those kicks? He’s gonna be a soccer player! He is! He i-i-i-i-is!

  33. Manny-O-War on

    Data Throttling???

    Billy, could you step in here a moment? I have big news.

  34. By the way, I went all the way back to when the NHL had five game first rounds, and no team has ever won the Cup playing seven games more than once in the first three rounds.

  35. Manny-O-War on

    So long guys. I won’t be able to post for about 1 hour or maybe 1.5 hours! I don’t know how to take it.

  36. Well, money is really really tight now, but for all of you, my brother and I are making the trek to Pitt.

  37. Ty Doughme on

    Carp, if this goes 7 will they send you to Pittsburgh or is that not an option? What if they get to the next round?

  38. Just kidding, but he is coming to watch the game and we will have a bloody mary before for good luck.

  39. No idea, Ty. Totally out of my hands. I think the reason I didn’t go to the early stuff is in case they do make a long run … so we’ll see.

  40. This years – bad link.

    Anybody know when the Refs arrive at the arena to be prepped by Cindy/Bettman/NBC?

  41. Lone Ranger on

    Carp You have a very fickle group of bloggers with their highs and lows. Can’t help totally agreeing with you.

  42. I know. I might need to stay away from the Go Time! comments throughout this series. Pittsburgh is going to lead a lot, and it’s going to be stupid-ugly here.

  43. yeah but think of it this way Carp. This time next week we’ll have the off season rates posted in the motel window until July 1…get your gibberish(?) in while you can.

  44. It’ll be that way anyway, Carp. Unless they sweep the Pens. And each game is a shutout. So you may as well stay around.

  45. RangerSwegian on

    LGR!

    Swedish people hate Danish people.

    I do not care for these Penguins….

  46. Carp, but Crosby didn’t score against the Bluejackets, and Hank makes $8.5M, so he should score -3 in this series.

  47. I like to think I keep a pretty steady demeanor around here. In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’m more consistent with my attitude than the Rangers top 6 has been on offense in the last 3 years.

  48. Buy out Nash, Fire Sather, Stralman and Boyle and Richards and Staal and Girardi all suck. Lundqvist is way overrated.

  49. The future’s uncertain and the end is always near. LET IT ROLL BABY ROLL.ROLL BABY ROLL.

  50. Good almost evening all!!! First off, LGR! It ain’t over til it’s over.

    Second, I wish I were a hockey writer so I could vote for Gretzlaf…Giroux? Really!

  51. I’ll hop on the Rangers in 5 bandwagon while there is still room.
    First year in awhile that I think the Rangers will have edge against Cindy and mates.

  52. Miami Pimp on

    Here’s a pre-game note for you:

    This team is TOAST. Done. It won’t win 1 of these games, much less the 4 necessary to prevent it from moving on to the putting green.

    All of you predicting the Rangers are either drunk or high. Or both.

    Listen to Papa CARP. He calls it like it is.

    CARP knows a dogs-breakfast when he smells one.

  53. “Why Carl, how nice to see you?!”

    Rangers in 6 (as I’ve been saying)

  54. Haywood, while I think your name is hysterical, if not slightly of color. How could a “fan” not become emotional or excited during the playoffs?

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