NEW YORK RANGERS at DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Rangers: 2-6-0 (4 pts)
Red Wings: 6-4-1 (13 pts)
The Rangers will conclude their season-opening nine-game road trip when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings tonight at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-6-0 (4 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Flyers, 2-1, on Thursday at Philadelphia. The Red Wings enter the contest with a 6-4-1 (13 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games (0-2-1). Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Oct. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their 2013-14 regular season home opener.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow's contest, the Blueshirts' morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. (local time) at Joe Louis Arena. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.
*Schedule and available subject to change
RANGERS vs. RED WINGS:
All-Time: 211-260-103-1 overall (135-94-58-0 at home; 76-166-45-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Joe Louis Arena.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 2-1 overtime victory on Mar. 21, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers' power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Brad Richards tallied the power play goal for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan notched the overtime game-winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves (.963 Sv%) in the win.
The last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including six contests separated by one goal
New York is 2-6-0 on the road; Detroit is 3-2-1 at home
New York is 0-0-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Detroit is 3-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Red Wings on their roster
Detroit lists one former Ranger on their roster: Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 - 2002-03)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 1-3-1, 3.19 GAA
Rick Nash – 55 GP, 25-22-47
Brad Richards – 21 GP, 7-14-21
Derick Brassard – 25 GP, 5-7-12
John Moore – 7 GP, 1-1-2
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (4-24, 16.7%), and is tied for 14th on the road (4-24, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (11:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 21-24 (87.5%) in the last five games. New York is tied for 16th in the NHL overall (26-32, 81.2%), and ranks 14th on the road (26-32, 81.2%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now -2 in eight four-on-four situations (12:12) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
Tomorrow's contest will be the first of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season.
Last season, the Rangers posted a 4-5-0 record against Original Six opponents. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan tied for the team lead with five assists and seven points apiece, while Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman tied Nash and Stepan for the team-high with two goals each against Original Six opponents. Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists), and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-3-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .901 Sv% in seven appearances against Original Six opponents.
New York is 58-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 1-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers' .598 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.633, 45-24-10) and Montreal (.607, 84-52-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.530, 69-60-23), and Toronto (.490, 63-66-21).
The Rangers have posted a record of 287-279-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 110-161-45 record on the road. New York (2-6-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season's opening month in 2013-14.
Legendary Rangers' defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season's opening month.
The Blueshirts' all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season's opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 37 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season's opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).
The Rangers will wrap-up a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign tomorrow at Detroit. The trip established a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It also tied the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES
Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers debut in the season opener on Oct. 3 at Phoenix, while Justin Falk made his Rangers debut on Oct. 12 at St. Louis and Cam Talbot made his NHL debut on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,950 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 50 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 94 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 88-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 2-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
THE HOT LIST:
Brad Richards – eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
Derick Brassard – four assists in the last six games, including three assists in the last four contests
John Moore – two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-22, on Oct. 16 at Washington, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. The 36 shots were a season-high for the Rangers, while their 21 shots in the second were the most for the Blueshirts in a single period since Mar. 15, 2011* (21 shots in the first period vs. NYI). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
THE KING'S REIGN:
Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season's finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
The Blueshirts' netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Anton Stralman – 100th career NHL point (10/8 at SJS)
Arron Asham – 1,000th career NHL penalty minute (10/10 at ANA)
Carl Hagelin (IR - 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 8
Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 5
Ryan Callahan (IR - 10/21; broken thumb - 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 2
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 18
Oct. 24 – Recalled goaltender Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL)
Oct. 20 – Goaltender Martin Biron announced his retirement
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