Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Anaheim

2013-14: Game No. 14

Monday, 11.04.2013 / 10:07 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS

Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 6-7-0 (12 pts)

Ducks: 11-3-1 (23 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-7-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York has now won four of their last five games. The Ducks enter the contest with a 11-3-1 (23 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have registered a point in five straight games (4-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tonight'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. DUCKS:

All-Time: 10-14-1-1 overall (6-6-1-0 at home; 4-8-0-1 on the road)

2013-14: tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home;0-1-0 on the road) this season, following a 6-0 loss on Oct. 10 at Anaheim.The Blueshirts out-shot the Ducks, 17-7, in the third period, while their penalty kill was 6-6 (100.0%) in the contest.

Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-1 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road), with both contests decided in the shootout and ending in a 2-1 score. The Rangers' penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the series. Brad Richards (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) were among the point scorers for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 0.93 GAA and .964 Sv%.

The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 12 contests against the Ducks (7-4-1 over the span) dating back to Nov. 19, 2002

New York is 2-1-0 at home; Anaheim is 6-3-1 on the road

New York is 1-4-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Anaheim is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents

New York lists no former Ducks on their roster

Anaheim lists no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DUCKS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 3-3-1, 2.80 GAA

Rick Nash – 34 GP, 18-16-34

Brad Richards – 25 GP, 11-11-22

Derick Brassard – 17 GP, 9-3-12

Anton Stralman – 9 GP, 0-3-3

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Rangers are on a three-game power play goal-scoring streak (4-11, 36.4% over the span), and are 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games

The Blueshirts' penalty kill is 25-29 (86.2%) in the last eight games

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (4:29) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York is tied for 12th in the NHL overall (9-43, 20.9%), and 19th at home (2-12, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-3 (0:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/2 vs. CAR), 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 2-3 (3:38) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York ranks 15th in the NHL overall (40-49, 81.6%), and 20th at home (8-10, 80.0%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 1-2 (0:27) when three-on-four (last – 11/2 vs. CAR). 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 (3:34) on Saturday vs. Carolina, and are now -1 in 16 four-on-four situations (26:54) 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).

HAT TRICK TRIO

Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers' 5-1 win on Saturday vs. Carolina. Stepan, along with linemates Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, combined for nine points in the contest, with Kreider and Zuccarello assisting on each of Stepan's three goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the sixth time since the start of the 2005-06 season that a trio accounted for all of the scoring on a hat trick, with Anaheim's line of Kyle Palmieri (hat trick), Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf being the last to accomplish the feat on Feb. 27, 2013.

SHUTTING THE DOOR

Henrik Lundqvist posted two shutouts in four appearances, with a 22-save effort in a 2-0 win on Oct. 16 at Washington and a 29-save performance in a 2-0 win on Oct. 31 vs. Buffalo. In his last five games, Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 1.42 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts. With 47 career shutouts, he is now two shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin's franchise record for most career regular season shutouts (49).

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last five appearances

Mats Zuccarello – three-game assist/point streak (five assists), and six points (one goal, five assists) in five games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI

Chris Kreider – three-game point streak (two goals, three assists), and six points (two goals, four assists) in six games following his recall on Oct. 20

Ryan McDonagh – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games

Derek Stepan – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games; 14 shots in the last two games

Carl Hagelin – three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games since returning from injury

Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games

MOVING ON UP

With the Rangers' 2-0 win on Thursday against Buffalo, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Jacques Demers into 28th on the NHL's all-time head coaching points list. He is now two points shy of Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the all-time points list, with 952 points earned in 819 career games coached (428-295-35-61).

SHOOTING GALLERY

The Rangers posted a season-high, 46 shots on goal on Thursday against Buffalo, which marked the most by the team in a single game since Mar. 15, 2011 vs. NY Islanders (47 shots). The Blueshirts also registered 21 shots in the second period on Oct. 16 at Washington, their most in a single period since that same game against the Islanders during the 2010-11 season (21 shots in the first period). New York has out-shot their opponents, 84-57, in the last two games.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Rangers concluded their season-opening nine-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 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. 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 on Oct. 28 against Montreal was their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).

FINISHING THE JOB

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 96 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 90-0-6 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 4-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K

The Rangers have played in 5,955 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 45 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.

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 – 1 point from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

Dan Girardi – 500th career NHL game (10/31 vs. BUF)

Marc Staal – 400th career NHL game (10/31 vs. BUF)

INJURIES:

Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 10

Dominic Moore (strained oblique - 10/29, 7-10 days) – 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 33

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Oct. 29 – Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Hartford (AHL)

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