Pregame Notes: Rangers at Tampa Bay

2013-14: Game 24

Monday, 11.25.2013 / 10:53 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, Nov. 25, at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), as they continue their five-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-11-0 (24 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-0, on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, for their sixth straight road win. The six-game road winning streak is the team's longest since 1993-94, and the Blueshirts are now tied for eighth in the NHL in ROW (12). The Lightning enter the contest with a 14-8-1 (29 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four straight games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at BB&T Center (7:30 p.m.), in the first of three games in a four-day span.

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. LIGHTNING

SPECIAL TEAMS

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for first in the NHL with eight road wins this season. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a six-game winning streak on the road, out-scoring their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts over the span. It marks the first time since the 1993-94 season the Blueshirts have won six consecutive road games, when they won six straight away from MSG from Oct. 30, 1993 at Hartford to Nov. 24, 1993 at Ottawa. It is also the longest active road winning streak in the NHL and is tied as the longest in the league this season.

STARTING FRESH
The Rangers have posted a 1.60 goals against average since returning from their season-opening five-game west coast road trip, compared to a 5.00 goals against average prior to their Oct. 16 game at Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ 1.60 goals against average since Oct. 16 leads the NHL over the span. The Blueshirts currently rank 11th overall with a 2.35 goals against average this season. The chart below illustrates the Rangers’ downward trend in goals against average, and the accompanying escalation in league rank in goals against average over the course of the season.

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 of the last 16 games, and 15 of the last 18. New York has allowed 25 goals over the last 16 games (1.56 goals against per game), and 29 goals in the last 18 games (1.61 goals against per game). The Blueshirts are tied for first in the NHL with four shutouts and have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 games this season, which is tied for second in the league.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL, and lead the Eastern Conference, averaging 31.8 shots per game, while holding opponents to 29.0 shots per contest to rank 10th in the league and third in the East.

STANDING TAL-BOT
Cam Talbot
turned aside all 17 shots faced in a 2-0 win on Saturday at Nashville, to extend his personal winning streak to five games and post his second consecutive shutout. He has posted a 1.18 GAA, .954 Sv%, and two shutouts during his five-game winning streak, and is the first Rangers’ goaltender to win five straight in their first year since Dan Blackburn in 2001-02 (Mar. 30-Apr. 8, 2002). Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 5-1-0 with a 1.32 GAA, .949 Sv%, and two shutouts in six career NHL appearances. He has allowed just eight goals in his six games, and has yet to surrender more than two goals in a contest. His shutout streak now stands at 146:28, dating back to 13:38 of the second period on Nov. 7 at Columbus (57 saves).

From the Elias Sports Bureau

BIG D
Henrik Lundqvist
made a season-high, 41 saves, including 23 in the first period, and tallied a power play assist in the Rangers' 3-2 win on Thursday at Dallas. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his 23 saves in the first established a career-high for saves in a single period, breaking his previous career-high of 20 saves in a period (Dec. 29, 2010 vs. NJD, Second Period; Apr. 6, 2013 vs. CAR, Third Period). It was also the 14th time in his career Lundqvist recorded 40 or more saves in a contest, improving to 9-0-5 with a 1.39 goals against average, .968 save percentage, and four shutouts in those games.

CLOSING TIME
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 100 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 94-0-6 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 8-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 11 goals against in the final frame.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,965 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 35 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

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