NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Monday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 3-6-0 (6 pts)
Canadiens: 6-5-0 (12 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their 2013-14 regular season home opener. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-6-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Red Wings, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday at Detroit. The Canadiens enter the contest with a 6-5-0 (12 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders tomorrow, Oct. 29, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow's contest, the Blueshirts' morning skate is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate in the Press Conference area, located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
*Schedule and available subject to change
RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:
All-Time: 191-323-94-3 overall (127-123-54-1 at home; 64-200-40-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 0-3-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 76-62, in the series, including a 28-16 advantage in the first period. Anton Stralman notched the Rangers' lone goal in the series, while Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots in his only appearance.
Only two of the Rangers and Canadiens last eight meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals – a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, and a 3-1 loss on Feb. 19, 2013 a MSG
New York is 0-0-0 at home; Montreal is 3-1-0 on the road
New York is 1-0-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Montreal is 2-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
Montreal lists one former Ranger on their roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 - 2011-12)
Rangers' defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 26 GP, 13-10-2, 1 SO, 2.87 GAA
Brad Richards – 37 GP, 9-13-22
Dominic Moore – 25 GP, 4-13-17
Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 0-7-7
Dan Girardi – 26 GP, 3-6-9
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:15) on Saturday at Detroit. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (5-27, 18.5%), and is tied for 29th at home (0-0, 0.0%). 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 3-4 (7:05) on Saturday at Detroit, and are now 24-28 (85.7%) in the last six games. New York is tied for 17th in the NHL overall (29-36, 80.6%), and ranks 30th at home (0-0, 0.0%). 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 tallied one goal in two four-on-four situations (4:59) on Saturday at Detroit, and are now -1 in 10 four-on-four situations (17:11) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
The Rangers have posted a record of 36-34-16 in 86 home openers all-time at Madison Square Garden
The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in seven of their last nine home openers, posting a record of 4-2-1-2 over the span dating back to the 2003-04 season
New York established franchise records for most goals for and largest margin of victory in a home opener with a 7-0 win vs. Toronto on Nov. 20, 1932
The Blueshirts have posted nine shutouts all-time in home openers, with the last shutout in a home-opening game on Oct. 16, 2003 vs. Atlanta (Mike Dunham, 0-0); Andy Aitkenhead has posted a franchise record, two shutouts in home openers (Nov. 20, 1932 vs. Toronto and Nov. 18, 1934 vs. St. Louis)
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
Tomorrow’s contest will be the second of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (1-0-0).
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 59-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-15-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers' .602 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.631, 45-24-11) 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 288-279-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 111-161-45 record on the road. New York (3-6-0) 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 concluded their season-opening nine-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime win at Detroit on Saturday. 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' home opener tomorrow against Montreal is 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 5,951 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 49 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 eight games
Derick Brassard – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Ryan McDonagh – two assists in the last four games
The Rangers out-shot the Capitals, 36-22, on Oct. 16 at Washington, including a 21-6 advantage in the second period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 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).
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Dan Girardi – 3 games from 500th NHL career
Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career; 3 games from 400th 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)
Benoit Pouliot – 300th career NHL game (10/26 at DET)
Carl Hagelin (IR - 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 9
Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 6
Ryan Callahan (IR - 10/21; broken thumb - 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 3
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 22
Oct. 27 – Assigned goaltender Jason Missiaen to Hartford (AHL)
Oct. 24 – Recalled goaltender Jason Missiaen from Hartford (AHL)
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