Game 4: Penguins at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes

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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 5-5 (1-2)*
Penguins: 6-3 (2-1)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 4 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series, two games to one, following their 2-0 victory in Game 3 of the series on Monday at MSG. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 218-238-8 record all-time in 464 playoff contests (123-91-2 at home; 95-147-6 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. The Rangers’ victory on May 2 was the first time they defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 120-105-23-10 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 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (3-2 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 23-15-3 on the road (3-1 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 0-5 (9:58) in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (3-42, 7.1%), and are 11th at home (3-21, 14.3%) in the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and 24th at home (20-132, 15.2%) 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 1-1 (2:00) in Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 13th in the NHL overall (22-29, 75.9%), and are 14th at home (9-12, 75.0%) in the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and sixth at home (89-105, 84.8%) 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 3 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are -1 in 10 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (12:42), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). 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).

NHL LEADERS – PLAYOFFS
The Rangers rank:
• 1st in blocked shots (176)
• 2nd in shots against per game (26.5)
• 3rd in goals against per game (2.30)
• 3rd in hits (311)

• Rick Nash is 1st in shots on goal (41)
• Brad Richards is 2nd in shots on goal (38)
• Dan Girardi is 2nd in blocked shots (27) and tied for 5th in hits (35)
• Henrik Lundqvist is tied for 4th in wins (five), ranks 4th in GAA (2.08), and 5th in SV% (.922)
• Brian Boyle is tied for 5th in hits (35)

HOME COOKING
The Rangers have won 12 out of their last 18 playoff games at home, including seven of their last 10 contests, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of their last 19 playoff contests at home, giving up 39 goals over the stretch (2.05 goals against per game).

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Blueshirts allowed 15 shots on goal in Game 3 on Monday, including one shot on goal in the third period. It was the second time in this year’s playoffs that the Rangers allowed 15 shots on goal in a game and one shot on goal in period (Game 1 vs. Philadelphia on Apr. 17). Prior to this postseason, the last time the Rangers allowed 15 shots on goal in a playoff game was Game 3 of the Semifinals on Apr. 25, 1974 at Philadelphia. The last time New York allowed one shot on goal or less in a period was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 7, 1994 at Washington (zero shots on goal allowed in the third period). The Rangers rank second in the NHL in shots against per game (26.5) in the playoffs.

WHAT A LINE
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello have a total of 17 points (8 G, 9 A) in seven regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh this season. The trio combined for three points in Game 1 on May 2, as Brassard (1 G), tallied his first career playoff OT goal, while Pouliot (1 G, 1 A) posted his first career multi-point game in postseason play. Brassard has tallied a point in five of seven regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh (3 G, 2 A), while Pouliot (3 G, 3 A) and Zuccarello (2 G, 4 A) have recorded a point in four of the seven meetings.

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. The Rangers goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 10 playoff contests this year, and ranks fourth among goalies in GAA (2.08) and fifth in SV% (.922) in the playoffs. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 76 consecutive playoff games, dating back to 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 one team. Lundqvist passed Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list in Game 3 vs. PIT on Monday.

SECOND WIND
The Rangers have reached the second round of the playoffs for the third straight 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.

SEVENTH HEAVEN
The Rangers improved to 7-5 in 12 Game 7s in franchise history with their 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Apr. 30, and they have won all six Game 7s they have played at MSG 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).

DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in assists (four) and 10th in points (five) in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 71st career playoff game on Apr. 30, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.

INJURIES (10 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 19 (10 in Playoffs)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
• None

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  1. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Try to keep it *civil* in here boys. Arguably and in my opinion of course

  2. Sioux was about to say something truly evil and you stopped him in his tracks, Manny.

  3. Doodie Machetto on

    Repost:

    Vancouver can certainly rest easy knowing they were 8th in FF%.

    The Devils made it really far this year at 5th.

    The 10th ranked Lightning CRUSHED the 22nd ranked Canadiens!

    And that 16th ranked Penguins team is just OK. They were lucky to squeak by the 12th ranked CBJs. But they certainly have no chance against the 6th ranked NY Rangers!

    Oh no, let’s ignore all of that and just focus on the Maple Leafs! You got that one right! Sure, anyone who actually watched the Leafs play could have told you they were abjectly terrible and just riding an incredibly hot goaltender. And sure, anyone who didn’t watch the Leafs could have just looked at the incredibly not advanced statistic of plain old shots on goal and told you the same thing. But yes, FF% is the winner!

  4. Doodie Machetto on

    Shot location is just one factor, though. Who is taking that shot? Who is in net? Who is on defense? Who are the other forwards on the ice that the defending players and goaltender would have to be concerned about. Where are their locations on the ice? Is this shot released quickly? What kind of shot is it?

    All things that aren’t and probably can’t be adjusted for.

  5. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    You got it, Sioux. You were, however, *arguably* bummed out *in your own opinion*

  6. I’m 6′ under in work today, traveling in the Wild Wild west in the rain. Manny tweets that Gold Medal Grimaldi signs with the Cats.

    I’m bummed. He was a stick of dynamite to watch as a Sioux player. More entertaining than Kristo, Nelson, Frattin put together. Just sick skills in a 5’6″ body. Let call him the Sioux version of Zucc.

    Someone that little should be your point leader, but he was. You’re happy for the player, but a little sad to see him go.

  7. Love this blog. An afternoon of mathematical esoterica, then Papa Bear comes on and says: “The fat effing Nash, if I get my paws on him, he’s a dead man” :))

  8. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    Doodie is *arguably* really fired up! (*in my opinion*)

  9. 2004 draft

    1st round (two picks) – Could have drafted two of Mike Green, Drew Stafford, Alexander Radulov, Travis Zajac, Dave Bolland

    2nd round (faw picks) – On top of drafting Dubinky, they could have drafted three of Bryan Bickell, Carl Soderberg, David Krejci, & Alex Goligoski.

    3rd round (two picks) – Could have drafted two of Clayton Stoner, Alexei Emelin, Alexander Edler, Johan Franzen

    4th round – Callahan! Success! Weeeeee! 10 years later, he’s gone.

    5th-9th round – Most notable players are Pekka Rinne, Yutaka Fukufuji, Troy Brouwer

  10. I need to proof read more. SHOULDN’T have been the point leader. from above.

    Happy for him. I chat with his Dad a lot. Is it too much to ask Pops for the 1’st sign RED Jersey, from one of your favorite players :)

  11. Doodie Machetto on

    As for correlation with points in the standing, I haven’t done the math on this, but I’m willing to bet that it’s more a case of bad teams are extra bad than good teams pull the numbers up. By that I mean the good teams points percentages are not that much higher than the median compared to how much lower the bad teams points percentages are below it. The Median number of points was Dallas at 91/Columbus at 93. So let’s say 92 points to split the difference right in the middle. The best team in the league this year was Boston, who were only 14 points above that midpoint. Meanwhile, the worst team in the league was the Sabres, who were a whopping 40 points below it.

    So even though teams like the Avalanche and Ducks, who were not good FF% teams but were #2 and 3 in the league in points percentage, FF% relation to points percentage isn’t affected because bad teams at both like the Sabres, Oilers, etc. weight the number so far down and keep the percentage closer.

  12. Doodie Machetto on

    And you really shouldn’t need FF% to tell you Buffalo was bad.

  13. With all due respect to Carp, this is about as must win as a non must win gets

  14. 2005 draft

    1st round – Stahl

    2nd round (two picks) – Drafted Sour. Could have drafted two of Paul Stastny, Justin Abdelkader, Kris Letang.

    3rd round – Could have drafted Jonathan Quick, Cody Franson, Ben Bishop, Keith Yandle,

    4th-7th – Could have drafted Darren Helm, Nick Hjalmarsson, Patric Hornqvist and a few other decent players.

  15. So Rocco Sr. is pulling for Sioux to get the first Red CAT jersey for the Fighting Sioux Wall :)

    Nice to have friends in the “know” .

  16. Three posts, Doodie.

    1. You point out major exceptions to a proven correlation. Without exceptions, its 1.00, not between 0.00 and 1.00.

    2. You “guess” a few teams carry the correlation. But if you just do a rank to rank FF% Close to points comparision versus the raw numbers, you still get 0.50 this year. Which is still a strong correlation. So “guess” disproven.

    3. While a guy like you doesn’t *need* Fenwick to tell you Buffalo is bad, it still does so. So that proves nothing, right?

  17. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Did you see that Laviolette is the new coach of the tire fire Preds?

  18. 2006 draft!

    1st round – Drafted Sanguinetti. Could have drafted Claude Giroux, Patrik Berglund, Nick Foligno, Jamie McGinn, *Milan Lucic*

    2nd round – Drafted Artie Party. Good pick. Other notable players they could have drafted, Brad Marchand

    3rd-7th round – Not too many notable players. Pretty weak draft.

  19. I did. Cullen won a Stanley Cup playing for Laviolette. I’m thinking they may turn that team around.

  20. Norm Merton on

    If the Rangers don’t win tonight, they’ll be obliged to win the next one. And the one after that. Checking with my staff here, back in a jiff… Heavens to Murgatroyd, they’ll have to win the next one after the next one, too. Jumpin’ Jehosaohat, these are dire straits, indeed! I say, can we trade for that Crosby fellow?

  21. Florida needs scoring bad. Signing Grimaldi will help, but who coaches the team?????

  22. Norm – Rangers Win tonight. They will Dominate Start to Finish. 3-0 with an empty netter it could be 4-0, like the wild did last night.

  23. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Carp! Great pregame show/video! Good points. Much better analysis than NBC AND MSG. Thanks for all you do for us! Especially us in the hinterlands.

  24. Doodie Machetto on

    “But if you just do a rank to rank FF% Close to points comparision versus the raw numbers, you still get 0.50 this year. Which is still a strong correlation. So “guess” disproven.”

    I don’t follow. Please show your work.

  25. ORR your draft logic doesn’t really make any sense. Outside of the 1st round ‘locks’ it’s totally a crap shoot. I think it’s fair to point to bad 1st round picks but after that the logic doesn’t hold.

    So use 2003 for an example – Matt Moulson in the 9th and final round – that means 29 GMs didn’t draft Matt Moulson and drafted other players before him. Plenty of those other players never played a single NHL game.

    Does that mean the other 29 GMs were stupid or that Pittsburgh’s was a genius? Each team uses the best information they have and they all had the same outlook on most players, ie they drafted them roughly based on their perceived future value.

    For whatever reason, some guys in later rounds become stars. It happens but it’s rare and I’m pretty sure a lot of it is luck.

  26. 2007 draft

    1st round – Drafted Cherepanov. Could have drafted Max Pacioretty, *PK Subban*,

    2nd round-5th round – Could have drafted Wayne Simmonds and Jamie Benn

    6th round – Hags. Great pick!

    NYR could have had the two best black hockey players

  27. Doodie Machetto on

    “3. While a guy like you doesn’t need Fenwick to tell you Buffalo is bad, it still does so. So that proves nothing, right?”

    Yeah, but it also told me Vancouver is good. And I could watch them and tell you otherwise.

  28. 3y+6(ab(squared)-4y (to the third power) over 3ab = x.

    Find x
    ^
    There it is right there —————————-^

  29. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, re: Sanguinetti and Giroux, we took Sanguinetti when the Flyers wanted him. So they went up to draft and forgot the name of Giroux at the podium. So if we don’t take Sanguinetti, forget about taking Giroux, the Flyers would have taken Sanguinetti instead!

  30. Vancouver’s not good?

    Oh well, Torts will fix it. And Sully. And Mike Gillis.

    I have confidence.

  31. Torts at Burning Tree CC: “The head pro doesn’t know what he’s doing and the Caddymaster sucks!”

  32. Orr you’ll killing me smalls.

    Not everyone can be the Detroit of hockey drafts, but just imagine if they had half the picks that you put up. Just imagine Parise > Jessiman, how many banners would have been hung the last 10 years :)

  33. Orr, that’s beyond upsetting. Some really impressive drafts by “the best GM in hockey” (quoted from the best owner in hockey)

    (Ssssassssssss)

  34. Miami Pimp on

    Can’t wait till THE Kreider lights up Flower tonight.

    It’ll be epic.

  35. With a name like Giroux – he should have been a Sioux, don’t ya think?

  36. 2008 draft

    1st round – Drafted Del Zotto – Could have drafted Jordan Eberle, John Carlson, Tyler Ennis, Slava Voynov or Roman Josi

    2nd round – Drafted Step-On. Best pick available.

    3rd round (two picks) – Could have drafted Adam Henrique and Zach Smith. Not too many notable players.

    4th round – Could have drafted Gustav Nyquist

  37. Onecupin74andcounting on

    The ranger players should go” petal to the metal” (keeping it clean Carp )not for the fans but for their careers. A few short years from now many will be has beens looking for a last chance at a Cup or spot , GM’s may be watching .. but I don’t expect miracles from this club .. but if I was a player I would play for like its my last game.

  38. Manny-O-War. King of Metal on

    At least PK Subban didn’t go an *die* on his organization.

    That Cherepanov thing is so sad.

  39. 2009 draft

    1st round – Drafted THE. Wont complain aboot that. Other notable players they could have drafted Jakob Silfverberg, Alex Chiasson or Ryan O’Reilly.

    2nd round – Could have drafted Tomas Tatar, *Tyson Barrie*, Reilly Smith

    3rd round-7th round – Cody Eakin, and a few other decent players.

  40. 2010 draft

    1st Round – Drafted Dylan McIlrath – Could have drafted Cam Fowler, Jaden Schwartz, Vlad Tarasenko, Nick Bjugstad, Charlie Coyle, Brock Nelson or Justin Faulk

    Too soon to tell with the other picks. NYR drafted Thomas in the 2nd round and traded him for Sioux’s boy.

  41. Jeff in South Dakota on

    Am I in a time warp? Isn’t this 2014 and 2015 is coming next?

  42. Carp, nice video. For a non Ranger fan you sure sound like a Ranger fan, at least like this one. But I know you’re pullin fir hour boyes tonight.

  43. 2011 NYR drafted TJ Miller. Not going to say it’s a bad pick, but some other notable players they could have drafted are Boone Jenner, Brandon Saad.

    Could have drafted Andrew Shaw later in the draft.

    Hawks made out well, drafting Saad & Shaw.

  44. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP has, arguably, jinxed the Rangers for tonight by referring to THE as “Chris.” I see this as CARP attempting to ensure his pick of Penguins in 5 comes true.

  45. Doodie Machetto on

    Tampa Bay would have been nice. Maybe you could have squeezed in a meeting with Mr. T?

  46. Next….game you mean :)

    I’d pick Montreal, since Boston is the Cup favorite. Right?

  47. After -much- little deliberation, I prefer literal arguments over arguable ones.

    *Fact*

  48. I know he gets a quarter a post (thought it was .50 in the playoffs) just has been asking to click early and often. Thought maybe there was a counter or something so that his boss knows he actually works once in awhile. :)

  49. He gets to have croissants or chowdah instead of just hot dogs.

    Hot dog bet?
    Is Nasty going tonight?
    Any other lucky charms we can use?

    If you have the hidden immunity idol, now would be a good time to play it.

  50. 4everanger on

    Arguably Carp will become rich, literally. But not BRich rich in my opinion.

  51. Place is a mogue. Prob lose 5-3 tonight and watch Nash score to cut it to 5-3

  52. Gravy – walking out on a Limb there …… 1 in 20+ games, and you pick tonight?

    Zucc gets the game winner. That’s what the point leaders do, put the team on their back and WILL a big win.

  53. Say it with me.

    Going back to Pittsburgh, Two – Two.

    Sounds nice, I’m going with it.

  54. @rangersreport

    Kreider, Miller, Carcillo, Fast, J. Moore and Diaz all on ice for warmups. So is Pit’s Orpik.

  55. Rangers went from the roughest and toughest team in Conference in 2012 to a team in 2014 that scratches Dorsett and Carcillo in a pivotal game 3 playoff because they believe they can beat the Pens with speed and skill of Jesper Fast and JT Miller. Two guys that barely played all season….

    Good move…

  56. no, Gravy. Just makes it look to my bosses like you guys care about the blog. … and then maybe they’ll continue to give me enough time to do this (part-time) job … and maybe travel in the next round :)

  57. wake me up when the rangers have a new GM who hires and builds a good team around him who knows how to draft and develop players, than there is a decent chance you will see the rangers win a stanely cup. Until than, all you will see is the rangers making playoffs/possibly not in the future and getting knocked out in the first or 2nd round. Tired of this broken record.

  58. Apparently somebody has a reading comprehension problem.

    I so wish I played (allegedly) some low level of junior hockey so I might better understand what I’m seeing.

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