Rangers Game Preview Notes – Game 1

NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS

Wednesday, June 4, 8:00 p.m. ET

STAPLES Center- Los Angeles, CA

Rangers: 12-8

Kings: 12-9

 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow, June 4, at STAPLES Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to win the series, four games to two. New York enters tomorrow’s contest with a 225-241-8 record all-time in 474 playoff contests (126-93-2 at home; 99-148-6 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. KINGS

The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 5-1 all-timein six playoff contests against the Kings. New York will be facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.

 

STANLEY CUP HISTORY

The Rangers have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 22-28 all-time in 50 Stanley Cup Final contests.

 

RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):

  • All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
  • 2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.
  • The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in five of their last seven meetings with the Kings, and in four of their last six contests in Los Angeles.
  • New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (6-4 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 at home (5-4 in the playoffs)
  • New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Daniel Carcillo (2013-14)
  • Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 – 2012-13)

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA
  • Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31
  • Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29
  • Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15
  • Dan Girardi  8 GP, 0-3 —3

 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00) in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are 10th in the NHL overall (11-81, 13.6%), and are sixth on the road (8-43, 18.6%) in the playoffs. They have allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in five of their last nine games (8-37; 21.6%), including each of their last five road games (8-22; 36.4%). 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.
  • Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 2-2 (4:00) in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are second in the NHL overall (55-64, 85.9%), and are fourth on the road (28-33, 84.8%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 42-45 (93.3%) on the penalty kill over the last 14 games and 34-36 (94.4%) over the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have recorded one shorthanded goal in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) in the regular season.
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are -1 in 25 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (30:26), 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.

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the regular season and playoffs this year. Lundqvist became 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 appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie has started a franchise-record, 86 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to start at least 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Colorado). Lundqvist is tied for first in the NHL in wins (12) and SV% (.928) and ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.03) in the playoffs.

 

NYR GOALIES ALL-TIME PLAYOFF APPEARANCES LEADERS NYR GOALIES ALL-TIME PLAYOFF WINS LEADERS NYR GOALIES ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SHUTOUTS LEADERS
1. Henrik Lundqvist – 87 1. Henrik Lundqvist – 42 T-1. Henrik Lundqvist – 9
2. Mike Richter – 76 2. Mike Richter – 41 T-1. Mike Richter – 9
3. Ed Giacomin – 65 3. Ed Giacomin – 29 3. Dave Kerr – 7

 

GOING THE DISTANCE

The Blueshirts are one of the first two teams in NHL history, along with Los Angeles, to advance to the Stanley Cup Final after playing seven games in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs. New York has played a Game 7 in six of its last 10 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington in 2009.

 

FIRST TIME IS THE CHARM

Four of the last six Rangers teams that have reached the Stanley Cup Final, including each of the last three Blueshirts squads, have had a head coach in his first year with the team (2013-14 – Alain Vigneault; 1993-94 – Mike Keenan; 1978-79 – Fred Shero; 1939-40 – Frank Boucher). Lynn Patrick also guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first full season as the team’s head coach in 1949-50 after beginning his tenure as the head coach of the Blueshirts in the middle of the 1948-49 season.

 

MAC TRUCK

Ryan McDonagh led all skaters in assists (eight) and points (10) in the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh became the first Rangers defenseman to register eight assists in one playoff series in franchise history, and became the second Rangers defenseman to record 10 points in one series in franchise history (Brian Leetch – 11 points in the Stanley Cup Final in 1994 against Vancouver). He is also the first Ranger to tally at least 10 points in a playoff series since Leetch’s 11-point effort in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP leads the team in assists (10) and power play points (six), and is tied for the team lead in points (13) and power play goals (two) in the playoffs.

 

DAN’S THE MAN

Dan Girardi leads the team in hits (63) and blocked shots (50), and ranks second among defensemen on the team in assists (six) and points (seven) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman is also tied for second in the NHL in blocked shots and ranks fifth in the NHL in hits in the playoffs. Girardi is tied for third on the team’s all-time playoff games played list:

 

NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED LIST
2. Don Maloney – 85
T-3. Dan Girardi – 84
T-3. Ron Greschner – 84
5. Brian Leetch – 82

 

IN-KREID-ABLE

Chris Kreider recorded a single-game playoff career-high, four points (one goal, three assists), and led all skaters with a single-game playoff career-high, six shots on goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at Montreal. Kreider’s three assists were also a single-game playoff career-high. The Rangers forward recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the second period of the contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kreider became the first Ranger to tally three points in one period of a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr registered three points (three assists) in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta.

 

STEP-PING UP

Derek Stepan posted his first career multi-goal game in postseason play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at Montreal. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in six of his last seven games (three goals, six assists over the span). Stepan is tied for the team lead in points (13) in the playoffs.

 

INJURIES (15 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):

  • J.T. Miller - (upper-body injury on 5/25) - 2

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • June 2 - Signed Mackenzie Skapski to an entry-level contract
  • June 2 - Signed Calle Andersson to an entry-level contract
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Ranger Viewing Party at Bryant Park

New York, June 3, 2014 The New York Rangers will host a free outdoor Viewing Party presented by Chase and Fan Fest presented by Coca-Cola Zero at Bryant Park on Wednesday, June 4 for Blueshirt fans to cheer on the team as they take on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1. Fans that come out will have the opportunity to participate in hockey themed contests on a 32’ X 64’ synthetic ice hockey rink to win Rangers prizes. Fan photo stations, face painters, giveaways and Rangers alumni appearances will also be going on throughout the night to keep fans entertained.

The doors will open at 4:00pm and stay open until the end of the game. MSG Network pre-game coverage and the live game coverage on NBC will be shown on a 30’ X 18’ big screen TV. Throughout intermissions, live entertainment will take place on a 33’ X 24’ stage. Legendary Rangers National Anthem singer John Amirante will be there to sing the anthem, Rangers PA announcer Joe Tolleson will be making live in-game announcements and the Rangers goal horn will be ready for every Rangers goal scored.

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Carcillo Suspension Reduced To Six Games

Ruling from the NHL means Daniel Carcillo can play in Game 4 and beyond.

Here’s the release:
NEW YORK (June 3, 2014) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today ruled that the suspension to New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be revised to six (6) games for his actions in violation of Rule 40.4 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final in New York on May 22.

Carcillo had originally been assessed a suspension under Rule 40.3 for deliberately applying physical force to an official. A violation of that particular Rule requires a minimum suspension of “not less than ten (10) games.”

After considering Carcillo’s appeal during a hearing at the NHL’s New York office on Friday, May 30, the Commissioner ruled that Carcillo’s actions were more appropriately deemed a violation of Rule 40.4 for deliberately applying “physical force to an official for the sole purpose of getting free of such official during or immediately following an altercation.” The Commissioner determined that as appropriately re-classified under Rule 40.4, and under the totality of the circumstances, a suspension of six (6) games was the proper penalty.

The National Hockey League does not and will not, under any circumstances, tolerate or condone the abuse, physical or otherwise, of our on-ice officials. The strict and proper enforcement of Rule 40, therefore, plays a critical role in safeguarding the integrity of the game by maintaining a safe and respectful working environment for our officials.

As Carcillo already has served three (3) games of the suspension that was originally assessed on May 23, he will be eligible to return for Game 4 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

For the complete Commissioner’s Opinion, please click here.

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In Defense of John Amirante

Bkz5-2JIQAE1KnP.jpg largeYesterday, NY Post’s Phil Mushnick decided to go after Rangers National Anthem singer, John Amirante in his weekly rant.

It was an article that is entirely unfair and uncalled for.

Mushnick, in his infinite wisdom, decided to muse that Amirante sings the anthem in a way that is “classless.”

He continues:

“Sure, it’s no big deal that with the Rangers’ exciting climb to the Stanley Cup finals that the Garden has allowed anthem-singer John Amirante to present our national anthem as if it were a mix of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and the Rangers’ Fan Club song.

“And I suppose it’s no big deal that Amirante has chosen to exploit our anthem to showboat by waving a towel overhead while singing it.”

Amirante has been signing the anthem at the Garden since 1979. Besides the Rangers, he has also sang at Knicks, Yankees, Giants and Mets games and he has done it in the same style that revs up the crowd every single time.

But now it’s apparently a problem because Mushnick, who is watching from home, decrees it is.

I have covered the Rangers since 2005-06. I know Amirante, who is a kind man. I have written articles about him and with him. He and his wife come in from his home on Long Island for almost every Ranger games; however the Garden sometimes replaces him, much to his chagrin. And even in his 70s, Amirante sings with the same enthusiasm that he did 30 years ago.

Mushnick who has never covered an event live – he’s a TV critic – should have something better to do with his time than attack a Garden institution. But how many times can you attack Mike Francessa or Michael Kay?

I guess it was a slow news day.

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Rangers Come To Terms With Calle Andersson

Fourth round pick in 2012. Here’s the release:

NEW YORK, June 2, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with defenseman Calle Andersson.

Andersson, 20, split this past season between Malmo in Allsvenskan, Malmo J20 in SuperElit, and IK Pantern in Division 1 in Sweden. Andersson tallied two goals and 10 assists for 12 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 43 games with Malmo, and recorded four goals and one assist for five points in eight games with Malmo J20. He also registered one goal in two games with IK Pantern. Andersson tied for third among defensemen on Malmo in assists and ranked fifth among defensemen on the team in points.   Internationally, the 6-2, 211-pounder has represented Team Sweden at numerous tournaments, including most recently at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia, where he captured a silver medal.

The Malmo, Sweden native was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round, 119th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Calle Andersson

Complete Amateur Record

Regular Season                         Playoffs

Season            Club                    League             GP       G       A    Pts  PIM          GP       G       A    Pts  PIM

2010-11           IF Malmo U18      SWE-U18            21       2       5       7     38              -        -        -        -        -

IF Malmo Jr.        SWE-JR               25       2       4       6     24              -        -        -        -        -

2011-12           Farjestad BK U18 SWE-U18           10       3       6       9       0             1       0       1       1       2

Farjestad BK Jr.   SWE-JR               49     12     24     36     56             6       2       3       5       2

2012-13           Farjestad J20      SuperElit            22     11     16     27     14             4       1       0       1       4

Farjestad             SHL                    34       1       1       2       6              -        -        -        -        -

Malmo                 Allsvenskan          9       0       2       2       4              -        -        -        -        -

2013-14           Malmo J20           SuperElit              8       4       1       5     26             2       0       0       0       0

Malmo                 Allsvenskan        43       2     10     12     10             6       1       0       1       0

IK Pantern           Division 1             2       1       0       1       0              -        -        -        -        -

 

 

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Rangers Sign Goaltender Mackenzie Skapski

Here’s the release from the Rangers:

NEW YORK, June 2, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with goaltender Mackenzie Skapski.

Skapski, 19, appeared in 53 games with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, posting a 28-20-4 record, along with a 2.70 GAA, a .916 SV%, and one shutout. Skapski posted career-bests in both GAA and SV% during the season. He also ranked sixth in the WHL in SV%, tied for seventh in wins, and ranked 10th in GAA. He registered a career-high, 10-game winning streak from January 12, 2014 to February 11, 2014, posting a 1.80 GAA and a .940 SV% over the span.

The 6-3, 191-pounder registered a 34-25-1 record, along with a 2.78 GAA, a .910 SV%, and seven shutouts in 2012-13. Skapski’s 34 wins and seven shutouts were both career-highs, and he tied for first in the WHL in shutouts.

In 141 career WHL appearances, all with Kootenay, Skapski posted a 74-52-7 record, a 2.81 GAA, a .909 SV%, and eight shutouts. He recorded his first WHL win while making his WHL debut on January 29, 2011 vs. Lethbridge. Skapski also registered a 4-8 record in 15 career playoff appearances with Kootenay.

The Abbotsford, British Columbia native was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Mackenzie Skapski

Complete Amateur Record

Regular Season                                                Playoffs

Season   Team                           League       GP   W    L  OT   SO  GAA  SV%          GP   W    L   SO  GAA SV%

2010-11  Kootenay                     WHL               4    3    1    0      0  3.16    .882             –    –    –      –       –       –

2011-12  Kootenay                     WHL             19    9    6    2      0  3.12    .890             –    –    –      –       –       –

2012-13  Kootenay                     WHL             65  34  25    1      7  2.78    .910             5    1    4      0  3.95  .892

2013-14  Kootenay                     WHL             53  28  20    4      1  2.70    .916           10    3    4      0  3.78  .882

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