- On being on the road for so long, “same way we have been doing it, one game at a time. We have to make sure that we analyze the schedule properly, that we get the proper rest and practice time, proper traveling, we are doing a good job there and analyzing everything that has to be analyzed and making the right calls.”
From the Rangers:
- All-Time: 64-48-7-2 overall (38-17-4-2 at home; 26-31-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second of two meetings at PNC Arena. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-2 win on Friday at PNC Arena. The Rangers have out-scored the Hurricanes, 9-3, in the series, including a 6-1 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-8 (25.0%) in two games. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with four goals and five points, while Mats Zuccarello has tallied a series-high, four assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .942 Sv%.
Dorsett said today that he felt he was playing well prior to breaking his leg and that he feels he is basically fighting for his job and spot in the lineup. He adds that sitting out his been difficult but that he knows he can play in the NHL and be successful. (Ranger Rants)
He said that he understands that Dan Carcillo has played well and that when that line is going well you don’t want to break it up, but he knows he can help this team and that is what he intends to do. (Ranger Rants)
Alain Vigneault says that Dorsett and Carcillo are “the same type of player” and that they bring energy and physical play. Vigneault says that while Carcillo is playing well, he wants to get Dorsett back in the lineup. (Ranger Rants)
Glen Sather was interviewed by Kathryn Tappen and former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes at the GM Meetings yesterday:
- What was being discussed in your meetings, “we start off the meeting with a review, Colin Campbell going through how the season is going, how the rules are being applied and then we broke into three different sessions, 10 managers to a group and then we were all assigned different assignments about making the game better and see what we can solve.”
- On goalie interference, “Henrik has played very well. Goalie interference is one of those rules that you can either question that the guy has been knocked into the goalie and knocks him out of position or that he has been gently nudged and he falls on the goalie. It really gets down to the interpretation that the referee has and there has been some discussion about whether a goal is scored in that situation, having the ref go to the penalty box and review it on a TV monitor just so they can get the play right. There are a lot of good players in the league who can cover things up and a lot of goalies who get tapped and act like they have been shot with a cannon….it’s a tough call for everyone to make and you don’t want to slow the game down by having everything reviewed in the penalty box, I think it’s hurt the NFL a bit when they review things and I personally like to have the referees in charge of the game and I don’t mind if they make a few mistakes because I think it makes it more interesting.”
12PM: Derek Dorsett will be in the Rangers lineup tonight. (Pat Leonard)
11:57AM: Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight for the Rangers. (Zipay)
11:55AM: Alain Vigneault was chatting with Dan Carcillo at the end of the morning skate which could mean he will be scratched tonight. (Steve Zipay)
11:39AM: All of the Rangers are skating this morning in Carolina during the team’s morning skate before tonight’s game against the Hurricanes. (Rangers)
Stepan has alternated months in terms of performance:
- October: 12 games, 7 assists (-8)
- November: 15 games, 5 goals and 7 assists (+8)
- December: 14 games, 2 goals, 4 assists (-3)
- January: 15 games, 3 goals, 7 assists (+7)
- February: 4 games, 1 assist (Even)
- March: 5 games, 1 goal, 7 assists (+3)
Stepan has a career .66 points per game and this season he is at .68. (Hockey Reference)
Alain Vigneault, after Stepan had two assists in the Rangers win over the Red Wings, said, “Step came back from the Olympics after not playing much and when I met him on his first day back one of the first things he told me was that he wanted to step up and he wanted to take a bigger role and assume more responsibility and I think he has shown he can do it and I want him to continue to do that for us.”
Last season, when Stepan had 44 points in 48 games, 36 of his points were primary points.
This season, of Stepan’s 44 points, he has 29 primary points. Stepan has 11 goals, 18 primary assists and 15 secondary assists.
In his career, Henrik Lundqvist is 300-191-61 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.27 GAA.
From the 2005-06 season (Lundqvist’s rookie year) to now, Lundqvist ranks:
- Games played: 1st with 560
- Wins: 1st with 300
- Minutes: 1st with 33,031
- GAA: 4th with 2.27, 1st in goalies who have played more than 200 games
- Shots against: 2nd with 15,649
- Saves: 2nd with 14,398
- Save percentage: 6th with .920, 2nd in goalies who have played at least 400 games.
Other goalies who have played at least 500 games since 2005-06 include Marty Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Miller and Miikka Kiprusoff.
Since 1990, Lundqvist ranks 13th in wins with 300 and second in save percentage, behind Dominic Hasek’s .922, with .920
He got a late start too, the fact that he is putting up these numbers as he got a late start in the NHL is impressive. The fact that he played on some Ranger teams that were non-descript for a while and then became better and were really good around him. He has to be considered one of the top players, in the last 15-20 years, he has to be considered in the top 7 or 8 goalies that have played in the league, he has been fantastic. (Pierre McGuire on TSN 1050)
- On his trip to Mexico, “it was good, seven days. There was sun, I was able to re-energize and get ready for this final push.”
- Was his tan spray painted on, “no, not really (laughing) every day I would walk an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon on the beach, it was a great beach and it turned out real well. Turned out to be lightly tanned.”
- On the break for the coaches, “for me it was just about training a little bit and I was able to watch quite a few of the games in the Olympics. Other than that we have seven days to get ready for our first game against Chicago so we have plenty of time coming back.”
On Coaches Corner on Saturday night, Don Cherry said this about Marty St. Louis being traded to the Rangers, “he is really getting ripped…you don’t understand. He has pride and that is why he is so good….he and your buddy Richards have something going good over there.” (CBC)
Chery added that he was worried about how Steven Stamkos would be impacted now that St. Louis is gone and cited how Brett Hull, while he was still good, was never the same after the Blues got rid of Adam Oates.
On Callahan, Cherry said “one guy that I have to give heck to is Callahan, Ryan Callahan an Irish guy from Rochester, NY. My buddy Sather gives you $6 million, 6 years and you score 11 goals and turn it down because of no-trade…that was a big mistake, you will never get $6 million in Tampa.
Ron MacLean then asked, “do you think Slats was keeping that going so he could eventually offer him up for St. Louis?”
Cherry then said, “no…let me tell you about Glen Sather. He played the same as Callahan, gritty little guy…Callahan was a captain in New York. He had the world as an oyster and he blew it, listen you are Irish and need to do what you need to do but I thought it was a big mistake.” (CBC)
5:18PM: Sather said “I can’t see it being changed for a while. It was tough enough getting 4 on 4. 3 on 3 is a bit of a pipe dream in my opinion. (KK)
4:49PM: Elliotte Friedman has a writeup of the first day of the GM Meetings. (CBC)
1:04PM: “It sounds like GMs like scraping ice after 60 minutes and long change in OT.” (Cotsonika)
1:02PM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland says that there isn’t a lot of support for 3 on 3. (Darren Dreger)
Sather is not in favor of 3 on 3 OT. (Patrick Friolet)