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RANGERS HOPE LEAFS FALL IN GARDEN

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 26-18-3 (55 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-21-5 (41 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 17

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NY RANGERS at ST. LOUIS BLUES PREVIEW

Rangers Chase Centered 4CNY RANGERS at ST. LOUIS BLUES
Saturday, Jan. 8, 8:00 p.m.
Scottrade Center • St. Louis, MO
Rangers: 24-15-3 (51 pts)
Blues: 20-13-6 (46 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 7

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RANGERS LOOK TO REBOUND VS FLORIDA

Rangers Chase Centered 4CNEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS
Sunday, Jan. 2, 5:00 p.m.
BankAtlantic Center • Sunrise, FL
Rangers: 22-14-3 (47 pts)
Panthers: 16-17-2 (34 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 1

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RANGERS AND LIGHTNING PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Thursday, Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 20-14-1 (41 pts)
Lightning: 19-10-4 (42 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 21

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow, Dec. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 20-14-1 (41 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-1, on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center, and are now 13-7-0 in their last 20 games. New York has won six of their last nine games at MSG (6-3-0). The Lightning currently rank sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 19-10-4 (42 pts) record entering their contest tonight at Long Island, and have won each of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Monday, Dec. 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). Continue reading

RANGERS AND FLYERS PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Saturday, Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m.
Wells Fargo Center • Philadelphia, PA
Rangers: 20-13-1 (41 pts)
Flyers: 21-7-5 (47 pts)
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RANGERS BATTLE COYOTES AT GARDEN

New York RNEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHOENIX COYOTES
Thursday, Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
Rangers: 19-13-1 (39 pts)
Coyotes: 14-9-6 (34 pts)
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NY RANGERS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center • Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 18-13-1 (37 pts)
Penguins: 21-8-2 (44 pts)
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NEW YORK RANGERS VS OTTAWA SENATORS PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place • Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 16-12-1 (33 pts)
Senators: 12-15-2 (26 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 7 Continue reading

PREVIEWING NY RANGERS VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS

New York RNEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS
Friday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m.
BankAtlantic Center • Sunrise, FL
Rangers: 12-10-1 (25 pts)
Panthers: 9-11-0 (18 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 24

TOMORROW’S GAME:

The Rangers will continue their three-game road trip tomorrow, Nov. 26, when they face-off against the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-10-1 (25 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-3, on Wednesday at St. Pete Times Forum, and are now 2-1-0 in their last three games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 9-11-0 (18 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will conclude their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

*       TV: MSG Network
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Panthers
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)

*      Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Panthers
Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:

*       All-Time: The Rangers are 36-23-6-4 all-time against the Panthers: 18-12-4-0 at home and 18-11-2-4 on the road

*       2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Panthers this season, and the first of two meetings at BankAtlantic Center

*       Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against the Panthers in 2009-10, including a 2-0-0 record at Florida. The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 6-2, at Florida last season.

*       New York ranks fifth in the NHL on the road with a record of 7-4-0 (14 pts) in 11 games; Florida has posted a record of 5-4-0 (10 pts) at home to rank 22nd in the league

*       The Rangers have posted a record of 0-4-0 vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Panthers are 2-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division

*       Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 1.48 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in four games vs. Florida last season, and is now 10-5-1 with a 1.88 goals against average in 16 career regular season games against the Panthers; Martin Biron is 7-11-1-0 with a 2.72 goals against average in 20 career regular season contests vs. the Panthers

*       Marian Gaborik has tallied five goals and 10 points in 11 career regular season contests vs. Florida; Erik Christensen has registered six assists and nine points in 14 career regular season games vs. the Panthers

*       New York lists two former Panthers on their roster: Vinny Prospal (2000-01); Steve Eminger (2008-09)

*       Florida lists two former Rangers on their roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Christopher Higgins (2009-10)

SPECIAL TEAMS:

*       Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in four power play opportunities (6:03) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and have now tallied a power play goal in three consecutive games (3-11, 27.3% over the span). New York ranks 17th in the NHL with a 16.3% (14-86) success rate, and ranks 10th on the road with a 18.4% (7-38) success rate. The Rangers notched one goal in one, five-on-three chance (0:30) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and are now 1-5 on five-on-three attempts (5:01). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).

*       Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts yielded three goals to the Lightning in six shorthanded situations (8:48) on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and are now 33-37 (89.2%) over the last 11 games. New York ranks 21st in the NHL with a 81.1% (73-90) success rate, and are 14th in the league on the road with a 81.2% (39-48) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (4): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal); 11/24 at TBL (Boyle).

*       Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday at Tampa Bay, and are now plus-two in 20, four-on-four situations (28:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

STARTING STRONG:

The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 16 of their 23 games and posting a record of 11-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 7-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 17-10, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

BACK-TO-BACKS:

Tonight’s contest will begin the Rangers’ sixth of 18 back-to-back sets this season. The Blueshirts are currently 2-3-0 in the first game of back-to-backs, and are 1-3-0 when the first game of the set is on the road following a 5-1 loss on Nov. 19 at Colorado. The Rangers are 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 16-5, and are 4-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 14-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.

JOHN TORTORELLA REACHES 300 WINS:

With Saturday’s 5-2 win at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 301-275-37-52 in 665 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and ranks 12th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and first among U.S.-born coaches with 301 career victories.

TEAM EFFORT:

The Rangers have had nine different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for second most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) by one, and is tied with Detroit, Montreal and Tampa Bay entering tonight’s action.

BLOCK PARTY:

The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 387 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 16.8 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 68 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 30 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT:

The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 678 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.5 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently ranks second in the NHL with 93 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

*       The Blueshirts’ power play has tallied a goal in three consecutive games (3-11, 27.3% over the span)

*       The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just four goals in their last 11 games, registering a 89.2% success rate (33-37) over the span

*       Marian Gaborik has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last seven games

*       Derek Stepan has recorded eight points in the last seven games, with six assists over the span

*       Dan Girardi has tallied eight points in the last 11 games, including seven assists during the stretch

*       Ruslan Fedotenko has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight games

*       Matt Gilroy has recorded three assists and a plus-six rating in the last seven games

*       Ryan Callahan has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games

*       Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last 18 games

YOUTH IS SERVED:

Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corps in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

*       Erik Christensen: 3 games from 300 NHL career

*       Dan Girardi: 7 points from 100 NHL career

*       Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

*       Michael Del Zotto: 100th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)

*       Dan Girardi: 300th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)

*       John Tortorella: 300th career NHL win (11/20 at MIN)

*       Ruslan Fedotenko: 700th career NHL game (11/24 at TBL)

INJURIES:

*       Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 23

*       Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 20

*       Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 8

Total Man-Games Lost: 70

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

*       Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams

NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PREVIEW

clip_image002NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.
St. Pete Times Forum • Tampa, FL
Rangers: 12-9-1 (25 pts)
Lightning: 12-7-2 (26 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 22

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip tomorrow, Nov. 24, when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-9-1 (25 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden for their second consecutive win, and are now 5-2-0 in their last seven games. The Lightning enter the contest with a 12-7-2 (26 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Friday, Nov. 26, at the BankAtlantic Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Prior to the game, the Rangers’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum.
* Schedule and availability subject to change

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

  • TV: MSG 2
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Bill Pidto and Ron Duguay
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Lightning
    Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
  • Radio: 970 The Apple
    7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game with Don LaGreca
    7:30 p.m. – Rangers at Lightning
    Broadcasters: Joe Tolleson (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING:

  • All-Time: The Rangers are 37-27-5-3 all-time against the Lightning: 21-12-2-2 at home and 16-15-3-1 on the road
  • 2010-11: Tonight’s contest marks the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Lightning this season, and the first of two at the St. Pete Times Forum
  • Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 against the Lightning in 2009-10, including a 1-1-0 mark at Tampa Bay. The Rangers out-scored the Lightning, 19-9, in the season series, including a season-high, eight goals, in an 8-2 win on Jan. 19 at MSG.
  • The Blueshirts’ power play tallied three goals in 14 opportunities (21.4%) in four games last season
  • New York ranks fifth in the NHL on the road with a record of 7-3-0 (14 pts) in 10 games; Tampa Bay has posted a record of 5-2-1 (11 pts) at home to rank 16th in the league
  • The Rangers have posted a record of 0-3-0 vs. Southeast Division opponents; the Lightning are 4-1-1 against the Atlantic Division
  • Henrik Lundqvist posted a record of 3-1-0 with a 2.26 goals against average, .923 save percentage and one shutout in four games vs. Tampa Bay last season, and is 13-5-2 with a 1.93 goals against average and two shutouts in 20 career regular season games against the Lightning
  • Marc Staal (two goals, three assists) and Marian Gaborik (five assists) tied for the team-lead with five points vs. the Lightning last season; Gaborik’s five assists were also a team-high
  • Marian Gaborik has registered 11 points (six goals, five assists) in nine career regular season contests vs. Tampa Bay
  • New York lists three former Lightning on their roster: Steve Eminger (2008-09); Ruslan Fedotenko (2002-03 – 2006-07); Vinny Prospal (2001-02 – 2002-03, 2005-06 – 2007-08, 2008-09)
  • Tampa Bay lists one former Ranger on their roster: Dominic Moore (2003-04 – 2005-06)
  • Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella served as Lightning Head Coach from 2000-01 to 2007-08, posting a record of 239-222-36-38 in 535 games while guiding Tampa Bay to four straight Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, two Southeast Division Championships (2002-03, 2003-04) and the franchise’s only Stanley Cup Championship in 2003-04

SPECIAL TEAMS:                                                          

  • Power Play: The Rangers notched one goal in two power play opportunities (2:14) on Monday vs. Calgary. New York ranks 18th in the NHL with a 15.8% (13-82) success rate, and ranks 12th on the road with a 17.6% (6-34) success rate. The Rangers did not convert on one, five-on-three chance (1:44) on Nov. 17 vs. the Bruins, and are now 0-4 on five-on-three attempts (4:31). New York is 0-1 (1:05) with a four-on-three advantage this season. Shorthanded goals allowed (1): 11/20 at MIN (Cullen).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Flames scoreless in two shorthanded situations (4:00) on Monday at MSG, and are now 30-31 (96.8%) over the last 10 games. New York ranks 12th in the NHL with a 83.3% (70-84) success rate, and are eighth in the league on the road with a 85.7% (36-42) success rate. The Rangers held the Maple Leafs scoreless in one, three-on-five situation (0:31) on Oct. 30 at Toronto, and are 4-6 on three-on-fives (5:08) this season. The Blueshirts held the Penguins scoreless in one, three-on-four situation on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh, and are now 4-6 (2:41) in those situations this season. Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/9 at BUF (Dubinsky); 11/5 at NJD (Dubinsky); 11/15 at PIT (Staal).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one, four-on-four situation (2:00), on Monday vs. Calgary, and are now plus-two in 20, four-on-four situations (28:08) this season. Four-on-four goals for (3): 10/18 vs. COL (Frolov); 11/11 vs. BUF (Anisimov); 11/15 at PIT (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (1): 10/15 vs. TOR (Kessel).

POTENT PK
The Rangers penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of their last seven games (21-21), and have successfully killed their last 24 power plays against dating back to Nov. 9 vs. Washington.  The Rangers have now registered a 96.8% (30-31) success rate on the penalty kill in the last 10 games, allowing just one goal and tallying two shorthanded goals during the stretch.

STARTING STRONG
The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 16 of their 22 games and posting a record of 11-4-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 7-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 17-8, in the opening frame. Brandon Dubinsky leads the team with four, first period goals on the season, followed by Brian Boyle with three goals.

BACK-TO-BACKS
The Rangers completed their fifth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 5-2 win on Saturday at Minnesota, improving to 5-0-0 in the second game of back-to-backs this season having out-scored their opponent, 16-5, and are 4-0-0 when the second game is on the road. Over the last two seasons, New York is 14-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 9-1-1 mark away from MSG over the span.  The Blueshirts’ next back-to-back set will begin Friday, Nov. 26, at Florida and conclude on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Nashville.

JOHN TORTORELLA REACHES 300 WINS
With Saturday’s 5-2 win at Minnesota, Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 300th career NHL victory to become the 40th head coach in league history to reach the mark. Tortorella has posted a record of 301-274-37-52 in 664 regular season games over 11 seasons with the Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and is tied for 11th among active NHL head coaches on the NHL’s all-time wins list and ranks first among U.S.-born coaches with 301 career victories.

TEAM EFFORT
The Rangers have had nine different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season, which is tied for second most in the league. New York trails Washington (10) by one, and is tied with Detroit and Montreal entering tonight’s action.

BLOCK PARTY
The Blueshirts currently lead the NHL with 376 blocked shots on the season, averaging a league-high, 17.1 blocked shots per contest. Dan Girardi ranks first in the NHL with 68 blocked shots, and Ryan Callahan leads all NHL forwards with 30 blocked shots.

A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers currently rank first in the NHL with 656 hits on the season, and lead the league with an average of 29.8 hits per contest. Ryan Callahan currently leads all NHL skaters with 91 hits.

THE HOT LIST:

  • The Rangers’ penalty kill has yielded just one goal in their last 10 games, registering a 96.8% success rate (30-31) over the span, and have successfully killed off each of their last 24 power plays against dating back to Nov. 9 vs. Washington
  • Marian Gaborik has notched seven points in the last six games, including four goals during the stretch
  • Derek Stepan has recorded six points in the last six games, with five assists over the span
  • Dan Girardi has tallied eight points in the last 10 games, including seven assists during the stretch
  • Ruslan Fedotenko has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
  • Matt Gilroy has recorded three assists and a plus-six rating in the last six games
  • Ryan Callahan has registered 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his last 17 games
  • Brandon Dubinsky has tallied 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last 17 games

YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Ruslan Fedotenko: 1 game from 700 NHL career
  • Erik Christensen: 4 games from 300 NHL career
  • Dan Girardi: 7 points from 100 NHL career
  • Alex Frolov: 8 points from 400 NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Michael Del Zotto: 100th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
  • Dan Girardi: 300th career NHL game (11/19 at COL)
  • John Tortorella: 300th career NHL win (11/20 at MIN)

INJURIES:                                  

  • Vinny Prospal (IR on Sept. 24/knee surgery on Oct. 18, 6-8 weeks) – 22
  • Chris Drury (IR – fractured finger on Oct. 15, 6 weeks) – 19
  • Michal Rozsival (shoulder strain, 7-10 days) – 7

Total Man-Games Lost: 67

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:                                                       

  • Nov. 23: Acquired defenseman Stu Bickel from Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Nigel Williams