Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Boston

2013-14: Game No. 21

Tuesday, 11.19.2013 / 12:06 PM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 10-10-0 (20 pts)

Bruins: 12-6-1 (25 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins tonight, Nov. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: The Answer 970 AM), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-10-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Los Angeles Kings, 1-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, in the second game of a back-to-back set. New York is now 8-4-0 in their last 12 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Bruins currently own a 12-6-1 (25 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference entering their contest tonight at Carolina, and have won four of their last five games. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Dallas Stars on Thursday, Nov. 21, at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m.), to begin a five-game road trip.

RANGERS vs. BRUINS:

All-Time: 249-283-97-2 overall (143-119-55-0 at home; 106-164-42-2 on the road)

2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden

Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-0 mark on the road). Two of the three contests were decided in extra time, including a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 12 at Boston. The Rangers' penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%) in the series. Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists in three games, while Brad Richards (one goal, one assist), Derek Stepan (one goal, one assist), and Dan Girardi (two assists) each registered two points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.93 GAA and .913 Sv%.

The Rangers have won 11 of their last 15 games against the Bruins, including seven of their last nine meetings, and are 22-7-2 against Boston since 2005-06

The Blueshirts are 12-3-0 in their last 15 games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on Nov. 20, 2005

Henrik Lundqvist has started in 27 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007

New York is 4-4-0 at home; Boston is 4-3-0 on the road

New York is 4-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Boston is 2-3-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

New York lists one former Bruin on their roster: Benoit Pouliot (2011-12)

Boston lists two former Rangers on their roster: Chad Johnson (2009-10 - 2010-11); Marc Savard (1997-98 - 1998-99)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 30 GP, 21-7-2, 6 SO, 1.67 GAA

Brad Richards – 37 GP, 8-23-31

Dominic Moore – 29 GP, 4-8-12

Ryan Callahan – 22 GP, 5-6-11

Michael Del Zotto – 13 GP, 2-5-7

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations

The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held their opponents scoreless in each of the last three games (six attempts), and four of the last five (10-11, 90.9% over the span)

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (9:10) on Sunday vs. Los Angeles. New York ranks 18th in the NHL overall (12-69, 17.4%), and 28th at home (3-32, 9.4%). The Rangers are 3-9 (3:22) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/17 vs. LAK), 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 1-1 (2:00) on Sunday vs. Los Angeles. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (57-68, 83.8%), and 16th at home (21-25, 84.0%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Sunday vs. Los Angeles, and are now -1 in 22 four-on-four situations (34:37) 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).

CLOSE CALL

The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 19 of their last 24 meetings, including eight games that required extra time and six that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 12-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN

tonight’s contest will be the fourth of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (2-1-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 60-38-12 against Original Six teams, including a 22-7-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers' .600 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.631, 45-24-11) and Montreal (.606, 85-53-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.533, 70-60-23), and Toronto (.487, 63-67-21).

SHUTTING THE DOOR

The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 11 of the last 13 games, and 12 of the last 15. New York has allowed 21 goals over the last 13 games (1.62 goals against per game), and 25 goals in the last 15 contests (1.67 goals against per game).

MAGNIFIQUE

The Rangers’ 1-0 win on Saturday against the Canadiens ended an eight-game winless streak for New York in Montreal (0-7-1), and was their first victory in Canada since the 2011-12 season (Mar. 28, 2012 at WPG, 4-2). The Blueshirts’ last win at Montreal was a 4-3 shootout victory on Mar. 17, 2009, and their last win in regulation was a 5-3 victory on Feb. 3, 2008. Ryan Callahan notched the game’s lone goal at 5:25 of the second period, snapping the Rangers’ 232:56 scoreless drought against Montreal, dating back to 12:29 of the second period on Feb. 19. The goal was the first for the Rangers in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012 (John Mitchell at 12:49 of the first period), and gave the Blueshirts their first lead in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2011 (New York held a 1-0 lead with a Brian Boyle goal at 6:58 of the first period, until 13:19 of the first). In addition, the shutout was the Rangers’ first at Montreal since a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 (Ed Giacomin), a span of 115 regular season and playoff games. The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Montreal was Jan. 18, 1940 (Dave Kerr).

STRONG BACKUP

Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers' 1-0 win on Saturday at Montreal. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA, .943 Sv%, and one shutout in five career NHL appearances. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of two goaltenders in franchise history, along with Lorne Chabot in 1926-27, to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first five NHL starts. Talbot is also the first Rangers' rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. PIT to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. TOR.

A FRESH START

The Rangers have won eight of their last 12 games (8-4-0), tallying 2.48 goals per game while allowing 1.58 goals per game over the span. Prior to their 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit, New York averaged 1.50 goals per game and 3.88 goals against per game en route to a 2-6-0 record in the first eight games of their season-opening nine-game road trip.

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – 4-4-0 with a 1.64 GAA, .942 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last eight games since returning from injury on Oct. 27 vs. MTL, having held opponents to two or fewer goals in six of those contests

Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games

Ryan Callahan – five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games since returning from injury

Brad Richards – seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last eight games, with six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six

Derek Stepan – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10 games

Mats Zuccarello – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 12 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI

Ryan McDonagh – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 10 games

Chris Kreider – nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 13 games following his recall on Oct. 20

Carl Hagelin – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last eight games, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 games since returning from injury

CLOSING TIME

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K

The Rangers have played in 5,962 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 38 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

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

Derek Stepan – 6 assists from 100th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

Cam Talbot – 1st career NHL shutout (11/16 at MTL)

Derek Dorsett – 300th career NHL game (11/17 vs. LAK)

INJURIES:

Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 17

Taylor Pyatt (concussion - 11/7, out indefinitely) – 4

Total Man-Games Lost: 49

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Nov. 18 – Assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Hartford (AHL)

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