NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
Sunday, Mar. 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 33-25-3 (69 pts)
Bruins: 37-17-5 (79 pts)
The Rangers will complete a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Boston Bruins today, Mar. 2, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN NY 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-25-3 (69 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-2, yesterday at Wells Fargo Center, to end their road winning streak at six games. The Blueshirts are 17-7-1 in their last 25 games overall, including a 12-5-0 mark in their last 17, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (29). The Bruins enter the contest with a 37-17-5 (79 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following today’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Mar. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
All-Time: 249-285-97-2 overall (143-120-55-0 at home; 106-165-42-2 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-2-0 (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-2 loss on Nov. 29 at TD Garden. The Rangers have out-shot the Bruins, 63-50, in the series, including a 48-31 advantage in the first two periods, while the Blueshirts penalty kill is 5-5 (100.0%) through two games. Derick Brassard has tallied a point in each contest and leads the Rangers with two points (one goal, one assist) in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA.
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 17 games against the Bruins, including seven of their last 11 meetings, and are 22-9-2 against Boston since 2005-06
Henrik Lundqvist has started in 29 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
The Rangers’ penalty kill is 69-73 (94.5%) in their last 23 games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 20, 2008
New York is 15-14-3 at home; Boston is 14-10-3 on the road
The Rangers are 12-5-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Bruins are 11-5-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Bruin on their roster: Benoit Pouliot (2011-12)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 32 GP, 21-9-2, 6 SO, 1.72 GAA
Brad Richards – 39 GP, 8-24–32
Ryan Callahan – 24 GP, 5-7–12
Dominic Moore – 31 GP, 4-8–12
Anton Stralman – 17 GP, 2-4–6
The Rangers power play is 12-57 (21.1%) in the last 19 games, and 20-87 (23.0%) in the last 27
Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
Tied for seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.1%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:25) yesterday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (40-198, 20.2%), and 22nd at home (17-108, 15.7%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (7:04) yesterday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (150-181, 82.9%), and 13th at home (75-90, 83.3%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) yesterday at Philadelphia, and are now -1 in 67 four-on-four situations (109:33) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (7): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 12-8-1
Record in 1st game – 5-5-1 (2-2-1 at home; 3-3-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 7-3-0 (3-2-0 at home; 4-1-0 on the road)
Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
The Rangers are 18-8-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 20-8-2 in the second game over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 67 times in his career (41-19-7, 2.06 GAA, .930 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN
Tonight's contest will be the 11th of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (7-3-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 65-40-12 against Original Six teams, including a 22-9-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers' .607 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.644, 50-25-12) and Montreal (.608, 89-55-14), and ahead of Chicago (.546, 41-33-13), Boston (.528, 73-64-24), and Toronto (.491, 67-70-23).
The Rangers had seven players represent their native country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Rick Nash captured the gold medal with Canada, while Henrik Lundqvist and Carl Hagelin took home silver medals for Sweden. Lundqvist also became the second winningest goalie in Olympic history, trailing only Vladislav Tretiak, with his 12th career Olympic victory in a 2-1 win against Finland in the Semifinal round.
Rick Nash (CAN) – Gold Medal; 6 GP, 0-1–1
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 5-1, 2 SO, 1.50 GAA, .943 Sv%
Carl Hagelin (SWE) – Silver Medal; 6 GP, 2-0–2
Ryan Callahan (USA) – 6 GP, 0-1–1
Ryan McDonagh (USA) – 6 GP, 1-1–2
Derek Stepan (USA) – 1 GP, 0-0–0
Mats Zuccarello (NOR) – 3 GP, 0-0–0
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 36 of 61 games this season, including 13 of their last 17 contests, and in 10 of the last 11 at home (each of the last five at MSG). New York is 28-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
Henrik Lundqvist is 5-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA and .928 Sv% in his last six games. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 13 games (10-3-0, 1.77 GAA, .942 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-4-1 with a 2.04 GAA, .933 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 17 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is two wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and three wins away from Mike Richter's franchise record of 301 career victories.
New York has won 16 of their last 21 contests on the road, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 4 – Feb. 7. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, marking the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season. The Blueshirts are now 18-11-0 on the road this season, which leads the Eastern Conference and is tied for second in the league overall (road wins). The Blueshirts power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (23-90, 25.6%).
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-1-0 with a 2.15 GAA and .928 Sv% in his last six games; Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 13 games (10-3-0, 1.77 GAA, .942 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 12-4-1 in his last 17 (2.04 GAA, .933 Sv%, 1 SO)
Derick Brassard – eight-game point streak (five goals, five assists)
Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four games, and six points (three goals, three assists) in the last eight
Brad Richards – 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in the last 19 games
Marc Staal – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
Rick Nash – 12 goals in the last 18 games, including eight goals in the last 12
Derek Stepan – 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in the last 12 games
Carl Hagelin – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
Henrik Lundqvist – 2 wins from 300th NHL career
INJURIES (100 Man-Games Lost):
Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand on 2/16, 3-4 weeks) – 2
Feb. 28 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Dan Girardi on a contract extension
Feb. 25 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)
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