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With 18 days remaining until the NHL trade deadline, all is relatively quiet on the Rangers front.

Not unexpectedly, the Rangers are probably going to be minor players this time round, without much in the way of short term assets they would be looking to part with.

Clearly they would look at offers for those on short term or expiring contracts like Brendan Smith, Ryan Strome, Jack Johnson and perhaps the likes of Colin Blackwell.


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Question Of The Day

September 29th, 2017

How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

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  BIRTHDAYS

Norm Lowe - 1928
Tom Laidlaw - 1958
Kevin Lowe - 1959
Kevin Stevens - 1965
Daniel Paille - 1984

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PHIL WATSON
(1935-1948)
  Born: Apr 24 - 1914  
  Pos: RW/C  
  GP: 547  
  G: 128  
  A: 233  
  Pts: 361  
  PIMs: 491  
 
Matt Gilroy was one of three rookies on the opening night roster

Penguins Ice Rangers At The Igloo
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 12:14:48 PM - October 3, 2009

The Rangers traveling to Pittsburgh, to play their season opener against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, in an arena that they have lost their last five games and with a roster that had seen a major overhaul in the last twelve months. Not exactly a recipe for success.

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And as it turned out, it wasn't. The Penguins didn't always fire on all cylinders, but in the end it was the talent of Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury which prevailed over Marian Gaborik, Chris Drury and Henrik Lundqvist.

That's not to say the Rangers were soundly beaten. Right up until the final whistle, the Rangers had their chances to tie the game up and send it to overtime. Marian Gaborik looked a threat all night, and Henrik Lundqvist stepped it up after letting in the third goal to keep the Rangers in it when they were sagging.

They could've even won the game had Gaborik and Prospal in particular managed to finish a couple of chances.

Turning point
Marc-Andre Fleury denies a short-side shot from in-close in the dying seconds of the game with the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist pulled for an extra attacker.

Team Report Card
�A- Marian Gaborik - Best Rangers forward on the ice, and had several scoring chances in the game with his 8 shots and 1 goal. Could easily have had three goals on the night.

�B+ Ryan Callahan - Was part of the Rangers' most consistent line, got four shots on goal and seemed to get better as the game went on. Plays hard every night and last night was no exception.

�B+ Chris Drury - Captain awoke from his preseason slumber with an energetic game and the Rangers' first goal of the game while driving to the net. Worked hard in the slot and picked up a creditable 4 shots on goal. Only won 10 of 22 in the faceoff circle.

�B+ Vaclav Prospal - Played hard, made some good passes and was denied on one of the best scoring chances in the game.

�B+ Marc Staal - Best blueliner for the Rangers, and even earned some power play time at the expense of Wade Redden. Staal's contribution however, was mostly at the other end of the ice

�B� Matt Gilroy - Solid debut for the rookie defender. Looked nervous in the first period, and made a couple of passes that lead to turnovers, but showed flashes of offensive ability as well as a couple of key forced turnovers in the second to break up Penguins rushes.

�B� Wade Redden - Was reliable in his own zone, and even used his body to make defensive plays. Didn't see any offense from Redden, and he got only limited power play opportunity as a result

�B- Michael Del Zotto - Made some rookie mistakes, but looked comfortable on the back of the Rangers PP. Took the body in his own zone, but needs to balance the hitting with the defensive responsibilities

�B- Christopher Higgins - Appeared to bond well with Drury and Callahan, but only managed one shot on goal in the game. Setup Drury on the Rangers' first goal with some nice work and a solid centering pass.

�B- Ales Kotalik - Big shot from the point was on display, and managed 3 shots on goal. Needs to do more to justify the $3M salary, though it might be tough playing with Anisimov and Lisin.

�B- Henrik Lundqvist - First two goals would have been difficult to stop for any goaltender, but the game winner that came just over a minute after the Penguins had taken a 2-1 lead was one that the Rangers need him to stop.

�C+ Brandon Dubinsky - Had few chances offensively, and could have done better in the face-off circle (10 of 22). Looked maybe a little rusty.

�C� Enver Lisin - Looked slow at times with the puck during the first two periods, but settled down as the game went on, perhaps a little too willing to pass the puck in a scoring situation and was part of the breakdown that lead to the game winning goal.

�C- Artem Anisimov - Was nervous in his season debut (just his second NHL regular season game) and did not bond well with his line-mates.

�C- Brian Boyle - Was 3-0 in the face-off circle, but struggled to keep up with the pace of the game at times. Had a couple of decent shifts in the latter half of the game, but needs to more to maintain his spot in the line-up.

�C- Donald Brashear - Looked the fasted of the three fourth liners, but saw little time on the ice for the most part. A draw or a loss in his only fight.

�C- Dan Girardi - Made unforced errors with the puck, and continues to be inconsistent on defense, will need to improve or may find his ice time reduced.

�C- Michal Rozsival - Did not look comfortable in the opener, and perhaps is still working on playing with Del Zotto. Contributed little at the offensive end and will need to improve as the season goes on.

�C- Aaron Voros - Little impact on the game either positively or negatively, was perhaps the most noticable of the fourth liners. Played only 6:26 in the game.

Fight Card
Only the one fight in the game, a duel between Eric Godard and Donald Brashear in the first period started well for the Rangers' veteran. Brashear opened up with a quick punch that landed square on Godard's face, but Godard managed to recover to land several more punches and perhaps take the decision in a closely fought bout.

Lines
Vaclav Prospal - Brandon Dubinsky - Marian Gaborik
Christopher Higgins - Chris Drury - Ryan Callahan
Enver Lisin - Artem Anisimov - Ales Kotalik
Donald Brashear - Brian Boyle - Aaron Voros

Marc Staal - Dan Girardi
Wade Redden - Matt Gilroy
Michael Del Zotto - Michal Rozsival

Henrik Lundqvist
Stephen Valiquette

Facts & Stats
The Rangers lost a season opener for the first time since the lockout. They had a perfect 4-0-0 record under Tom Renney. It ends the second longest streak of season opening wins at four games.

Ryan Callahan was named the sole Alternate Captain for the Rangers. John Tortorella apparently couldn't find another player who embodied the role. It is the first time Callahan has worn a letter in the NHL, and comes after he was rewarded with a substantial new contract this Summer.

From Steve Zipay's blog:
At 19 years and 100 days, Michael Del Zotto became the second youngest player to ever play on the Rangers blueline. Don Raleigh played in the 1943-44 season opener and was just 17 years and 125 days, but it has to be noted that this was during World War II when the Rangers were hard pressed to ice a team.

The Rangers also have four defensemen 25 years or younger, which is the youngest since the 1980 opening night roster, when they had Dave Maloney (24), Andre Dore (22), Mario Marois (22) and Ed Hospodar (21).

The average age on opening night for the defense was 25 years and 243 days, which is the fourth youngest in the league.

Current Streaks
None

NHL Debuts
Michael Del Zotto
Matt Gilroy

Ranger Debuts
Brian Boyle
Donald Brashear
Marian Gaborik
Christopher Higgins
Ales Kotalik
Enver Lisin
Vaclav Prospal

Season Debuts
Artem Anisimov
Ryan Callahan
Chris Drury
Brandon Dubinsky
Dan Girardi
Henrik Lundqvist
Wade Redden
Michal Rozsival
Marc Staal
Aaron Voros


Profile of the Author:
Has been an active follower of the New York Rangers since the 1996-97 season. Began OutsideTheGarden.com in 2001, and has continued to collect data and provide analysis on the team through to the current day.

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