NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nassau Coliseum – Uniondale, NY
Rangers: 3-7-0 (6 pts)
Islanders: 4-4-3 (11 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders tonight at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank eighth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 15th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-7-0 (6 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Canadiens, 2-0, earlier tonight at Madison Square Garden. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-4-3 (11 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games (1-2-1). Following tonights’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Oct. 31, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight nights.
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 119-99-19-7 overall (69-37-11-5 at home; 50-62-8-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of five meetings this season, and the only meeting at Nassau Coliseum.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts' power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 14-3-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
NY Rangers are 3-6-0 on the road; NY Islanders are 2-2-3 at home
NY Rangers are 1-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 2-2-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
NY Rangers list one former Islander on their roster: Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 44 GP, 27-11-5, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA
Brad Richards – 39 GP, 13-22-35
Ryan Callahan – 34 GP, 7-14-21
Dan Girardi – 39 GP, 5-7-12
Marc Staal – 30 GP, 3-9-12
The Rangers' penalty kill is 29-34 (85.3%) in the last seven games
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:18) earlier tonight vs. Montreal. New York ranks 20th in the NHL overall (5-32, 15.6%), and 14th on the road (5-27, 18.5%). 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 5-6 (8:59) earlier tonight vs. Montreal. New York ranks 17th in the NHL overall (34-42, 81.0%), and 16th on the road (29-36, 80.6%). 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (3:39) earlier tonight vs. Montreal, and are now -1 in 12 four-on-four situations (20:50) 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 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. Including the preseason schedule, the Rangers were on the road for 28 of 39 days, visiting 14 cities and traveling 15,263 miles. The Blueshirts' home opener earlier tonight against Montreal was their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
WHEN WE LAST MET...
The Rangers and Islanders last meeting ended in a 1-0 overtime victory for the Blueshirts on Apr. 13 at Nassau Coliseum. It was the first 1-0 game between the two clubs since the Blueshirts' 1-0 win on Mar. 17, 2003, at Madison Square Garden, and was the first time the Rangers and Islanders skated through 60 minutes of scoreless hockey since a 0-0 tie on Dec. 9, 1989, at Long Island.
The Rangers have posted a record of 288-280-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-119-49 mark at home and a 111-161-45 record on the road. New York (3-7-0) 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).
New York has posted a combined record of 1-2-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) record in the first game and a 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Last season, the Blueshirts were 7-4-1 in back-to-back games, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers are scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
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 5,952 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 48 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 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).
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:
Dan Girardi – 2 games from 500th NHL career
Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career; 2 games from 400th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Benoit Pouliot – 300th career NHL game (10/26 at DET)
Carl Hagelin (IR - 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 10
Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 7
Ryan Callahan (IR - 10/21; broken thumb - 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 25
Oct. 29 – Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Hartford (AHL)
Oct. 27 – Assigned goaltender Jason Missiaen to Hartford (AHL)
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