|7||NY RANGERS||+105||Ov 5,-120||+105||Ov 5,-120|
|8||BOSTON||-125||Un 5,+100||-125||Un 5,+100|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||28-22-0||+4.1||28-22||+4.1||16-18||2.6||27.1||2.3||30.4|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.8||1-4||-3.8||4-1||2.2||27.8||3.0||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102||269||65||97||93||14||16||2924||9.2%||353||56||15.9%||465|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||50||128||30||46||47||5||6||1354||9.5%||168||27||16.1%||221|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||1||5||5||0||1||139||7.9%||12||2||16.7%||19|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||228||63||80||75||10||17||2838||8.0%||330||47||14.2%||400|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||117||34||43||33||7||10||1521||7.7%||178||24||13.5%||209|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||8||1||5||1||2||139||10.8%||19||3||15.8%||30|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||21||20||519||469||90.4%||2||12-8||+2.3||12-8-0||+2||10-6|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||13||12||323||293||90.7%||1||6-6||-1.2||6-6-0||-1||4-5|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||113||99||87.6%||0||1-3||-2.1||1-3-0||-2||3-0|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||82||82||2307||2146||93.0%||7||49-33||+5.5||49-33-0||+5||27-32|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||38||38||1191||1114||93.5%||1||22-16||+5.2||22-16-0||+7||12-13|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||100||90.9%||0||1-3||-2.4||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||25-20-0||-10.8||25-20||-10.8||21-23||3.1||34.4||2.2||28.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3||2-3||-3||3-2||2.6||34.8||2.8||30.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||89||284||75||83||113||13||17||2901||9.8%||274||45||16.4%||453|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||45||141||38||40||57||6||7||1546||9.1%||151||22||14.6%||228|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||5||4||1||0||174||7.5%||17||2||11.8%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||218||71||71||70||6||9||2648||8.2%||279||46||16.5%||366|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||100||32||31||32||5||4||1295||7.7%||143||24||16.8%||172|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||5||4||1||0||151||9.3%||14||3||21.4%||22|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||1||1||45||44||97.8%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||1||1||45||44||97.8%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||23||22||621||577||92.9%||3||10-12||-11.1||10-12-0||-10||9-12|
|TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)||14||14||403||379||94.0%||3||8-6||-4.2||8-6-0||-3||5-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||74||65||87.8%||0||0-4||-7.2||0-4-0||-7||2-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||65||62||1866||1718||92.1%||3||39-23||+1.6||39-23-0||+3||37-24|
|TIM THOMAS (Home Games)||31||30||863||796||92.2%||2||17-13||-5.6||17-13-0||-5||15-15|
|TIM THOMAS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||119||108||90.8%||0||1-3||-4||1-3-0||-4||2-2|
|MARTY TURCO (All Games)||5||4||110||94||85.5%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||3-0|
|MARTY TURCO (Home Games)||1||1||27||22||81.5%||0||0-1||-1||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTY TURCO (Last 4 Games)||4||4||88||74||84.1%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||3-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.17, BOSTON 3.08|
|1/19/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|1/24/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|1/19/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|1/23/2013||at NY RANGERS|| |
|1/25/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|1/28/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|1/29/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Bruins Preview* ========================
New York (0-0-0) at Boston (0-0-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT
(AP) - If going from being a Columbus Blue Jacket to a Broadway Blueshirt carries a whole lot of pressure, Rick Nash isn't feeling it on his broad shoulders.
Welcome to New York, Rick. You're not in Ohio anymore.
The long sought-after Nash finally was corralled by the Rangers in a big offseason trade. New York is coming off a season in which it finished first in the Eastern Conference, but the Rangers (51-24-7) fell short of the Stanley Cup finals with a conference finals loss to the rival New Jersey Devils.
Expectations were already high for this season, which will finally get going Saturday night when the Rangers visit the Boston Bruins.
Throw the 6-foot-4 Nash into a forward mix that also features high-scorers Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards, and it's hard not to view the Rangers as being as serious a Stanley Cup threat as there is out there.
"I couldn't think of a better situation than to come here for my career," said Nash, who spent his first nine seasons with Columbus. "I'm looking at it now and I'm happy I got the chance to do it and I didn't spend the time in one place my whole career."
Especially in the shadows of Columbus.
During his time with the Blue Jackets, Nash reached the playoffs only once - a quick, four-game appearance in 2009 in a sweep at the hands of Detroit.
Nash can hardly be blamed for the Blue Jackets' failures. He put up 289 goals and 547 points in 674 games - including two 40-goal seasons and five others in which he netted at least 30.
New York gave up Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, two other players and a first-round pick to bring the five-time All-Star to the Rangers.
The move from Columbus to the spotlight of the Big Apple hasn't rattled the Ontario native a bit during the abbreviated one-week training camp.
"This is great," Nash said. "This is what I grew up with in Toronto, where hockey is a big deal. It's a top-four major sport, and this is what I love."
He'll find some passionate fans who won't be rooting for him Saturday in Boston.
There's one big difference for the Bruins this year as they try to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.
They'll have to do it without Tim Thomas, the Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goaltender who was the star of their 2011 championship run. The enigmatic but frequently unbeatable goalie has decided to take a year off, choosing instead to relax with his family in Colorado.
That leaves the No. 1 goaltender job in the skates of Tuukka Rask, who performed ably in the top spot in 2010 but has never been the starter for an entire season.
"We've always kind of had a plan, a succession plan ... for handing the reins over to him when it's time," general manager Peter Chiarelli said this week. "Maybe it's a year early from my perspective, but it's close enough that we're happy where he is in his development."
Rask had a 2.05 goals-against average in 25 games as Thomas' backup last season, a year after posting a 2.67 mark in 29 games in the 2010-11 regular season. In 2010, when Thomas was struggling with a hip injury, Rask had a 1.97 GAA in a career-high 45 games before the Bruins' collapse in the second round of the playoffs against Philadelphia.
The Bruins head into the shortened season with nine players who found jobs in Europe during the lockout - among the most in the league - and others who were able to play in the minors. They're hoping that gives them an edge after a one-week training camp that will leave the unprepared gasping for air.
Among them was Rask, who played in the Czech Republic.
"The start's going to be important for us, as it is for everybody," he said. "It's going to be a challenge mentally and physically, for sure."
He'll face a challenge in a matchup with reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist was stellar last season in going 39-18-5 with a minuscule 1.97 GAA in 62 regular-season games and then 10-10 with a 1.82 GAA in the Rangers' run to the NHL's final four.
"It's back to routine," Lundqvist said. "It's almost like your life slowly starts to come back to you. It's been missing for a long time, but it's fun to be back."
Aside from Thomas, the Bruins (49-29-4) have most of their team back after winning the Northeast Division, then falling to Washington in overtime of Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs.
Tyler Seguin, the former No. 2 overall draft pick who led Boston with 29 goals and 67 points in his second season, signed a six-year, $34 million contract just before the lockout. The Bruins also signed forward Brad Marchand to a four-year deal and Milan Lucic to a three-year extension around the same time.
Forward Nathan Horton appears ready to play for the first time in nearly a year after a concussion.
Boston will need all the help it can get offensively to beat Lundqvist, who has two shutouts in his last three trips to Boston and a 1.53 GAA in 27 career games against the Bruins.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 4:50:56 PM EST|