Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Florida

2013-14: Game 17

Sunday, 11.10.2013 / 11:05 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS

Sunday, Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 8-8-0 (16 pts)

Panthers: 3-10-4 (10 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers tonight, Nov. 10, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-8-0 (16 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Blue Jackets, 4-2, on Thursday at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. New York has won six of their last eight games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 3-10-4 (10 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost eight straight games (0-4-4). Following tonight's contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:

All-Time: 42-28-6-4 overall (22-14-4-0 at home; 20-13-2-4 on the road)

2013-14: tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.

Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 9-7, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period, and out-shot Florida, 113-75, in the series. The Blueshirts' power play was 2-10 (20.0%) in three games. Rick Nash led all skaters with four points, and tied Ryan Callahan for the series lead with three assists apiece. Derick Brassard notched a series-high, three goals, in two contests. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .932 Sv%.

The Rangers have won nine of their last 14 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 40-23, over the span

New York is 3-2-0 at home; Florida is 1-5-1 on the road

New York is 2-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Florida is 1-1-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

New York lists one former Panther on their roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)

Florida lists two former Rangers on their roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 - 2010-11; 2012-13); Scott Gomez (2007-08 - 2008-09)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PANTHERS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 15-9-1, 5 SO, 1.73 GAA

Brad Richards – 53 GP, 17-30-47

Benoit Pouliot – 17 GP, 7-7-14

Ryan Callahan – 19 GP, 3-8-11

Michael Del Zotto – 14 GP, 1-5-6

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Rangers' power play is 5-21 (23.8%) in the last six games

The Blueshirts' penalty kill is 34-39 (87.2%) in the last 11 games

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:49) on Thursday at Columbus. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (10-53, 18.9%), and 24th at home (2-19, 10.5%). The Rangers are 2-5 (1:08) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/6 vs. PIT), 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 2-2 (4:00) on Thursday at Columbus. New York is tied for 15th in the NHL overall (49-59, 83.0%), and 14th at home (15-18, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), 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 one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday at Columbus, and are now -1 in 19 four-on-four situations (29:34) 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).

SHUTTING THE DOOR

The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 11. The current streak of nine games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia.

GOAL OUTBURST

The Blueshirts have registered four or more goals in three of their last four games, including five goals in two of those contests.

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – 4-3-0 with a 1.45 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last seven appearances

Cam Talbot – has held opponents to two goals in each of his four career NHL appearances, and is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 Sv% in his last three games

Carl Hagelin – four-game point streak (four goals, two assists over the span), and seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games since returning from injury

Ryan Callahan – three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span) since returning from injury, and a point in each of his last five games (five goals, two assists over the span)

Mats Zuccarello – seven assists in the last six games, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI

Derek Stepan – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games

Ryan McDonagh – six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games

Chris Kreider – six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games, and seven points (two goals, five assists) in nine games following his recall on Oct. 20

Brad Richards – five assists in the last six games, including four assists in the last four

MOVING ON UP

With the Rangers' 4-2 win on Thursday at Columbus, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL's all-time coaching points list with 956 points in 822 games coached (430-296-35-61).

HAT TRICK TRIO

Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers' 5-1 win on Nov. 2 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.

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).

CLOSING TIME

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 98 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 92-0-6 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 6-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to an NHL best, eight goals against in the final frame.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K

The Rangers have played in 5,958 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 42 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

Derek Dorsett – 4 games from 300th 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) – 13

Dominic Moore (strained oblique - 10/29, 7-10 days) – 5

Total Man-Games Lost: 39

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