Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto

2013-14: Game No. 63

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 8:00 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Wednesday, Mar. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

Rangers: 33-26-3 (69 pts)

Maple Leafs: 32-23-8 (72 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight, Mar. 5, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 33-26-3 (69 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 6-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to complete a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts are 17-8-1 in their last 26 games overall, including a 12-6-0 mark in their last 18, and are tied for fourth in the conference in ROW (29). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 32-23-8 (72 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, Mar. 7, at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.

RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:

All-Time: 224-273-95-6 overall (130-111-56-3 at home; 94-162-39-3 on the road)

2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 7-1 win on Jan. 4 at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers have out-shot the Maple Leafs, 93-52, including 38-16 in the second period, in the series. Sixteen different Rangers have tallied a point in the series, and seven have scored goals. Carl Hagelin (one goal, one assist), Chris Kreider (one goal, one assist), Dominic Moore (two goals) and Benoit Pouliot (one goal, one assist) are tied for the team-lead with two points in the series. Cam Talbot is 2-0-0 with a 0.96 GAA and a .962 Sv% in the series.

Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (2-0-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road). Two of their three meetings were separated by one goal, including a 3-2 SO victory for the Blueshirts on Apr. 10 at MSG. The Rangers out-shot the Maple Leafs, 104-70, with a 75-48 advantage after the first period, and out-scored Toronto 6-2 in the third period. Rick Nash (two goals, two assists) and Derek Stepan (one goal, three assists) tied for the team lead in scoring with four points apiece in the series, while Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.61 GAA.

The Rangers have recorded a point in 14 of their last 17 meetings with the Maple Leafs (12-3-2 over the span)

The Rangers and Maple Leafs have been separated by two goals or fewer in nine of their last 13 meetings (5-3-1 when separated by two or fewer goals goals), including six games separated by one goal (4-1-1 when separated by one goal)

New York is 15-15-3 at home; Toronto is 11-12-7 on the road

The Rangers are 12-6-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Maple Leafs are 7-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

New York lists two former Maple Leafs on their roster: Dominic Moore (2007-08 - 2008-09); Anton Stralman (2007-08 - 2008-09)

Toronto lists one former Ranger on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 - 2008-09)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 23 GP, 12-7-4, 2 SO, 2.65 GAA

Brad Richards – 39 GP, 18-18–36

Benoit Pouliot – 19 GP, 5-10–15

Rick Nash – 13 GP, 4-6–10

Dan Girardi – 27 GP, 4-5–9

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Rangers power play is 13-61 (21.3%) in the last 20 games, and 21-91 (23.1%) in the last 28

Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season

Rank seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:05) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (41-202, 20.3%), and 21st at home (18-112, 16.1%). 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 (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).

Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 0-0 (0:00) on Sunday vs. Boston. New York is tied for 11th in the NHL overall (150-181, 82.9%), and ranks 14th 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) on Sunday vs. Boston, and are now -1 in 68 four-on-four situations (111:33) 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).

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN

Tonight's contest will be the 12th of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (7-4-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 65-41-12 against Original Six teams, including a 20-9-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers' .602 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.644, 50-25-12) and Montreal (.610, 90-55-14), and ahead of Chicago (.546, 41-33-13), Boston (.531, 74-64-24), and Toronto (.491, 67-70-24).

THE PUCK STOPS HERE

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 36 of 62 games this season, including 13 of their last 18 contests, and in 10 of the last 12 at home (five of the last six at MSG). New York is 28-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

SHOOTING GALLERY

The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots 11 times this season, including three times in the last six games. The Blueshirts have been credited with 221 shots on goal over the last six contests (36.8 shots on goal per game), and have out-shot their opponent in eight of their last 10 games and 12 of the last 15. The Rangers rank third in the NHL in shots per game (32.9).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 14 games (10-4-0, 2.07 GAA, .932 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 12-5-1 with a 2.26 GAA, .926 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 18 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.

ROAD WARRIORS

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 – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 14 games (10-4-0, 2.07 GAA, .932 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 12-5-1 in his last 18 (2.26 GAA, .926 Sv%, 1 SO)

Derick Brassard – 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last nine games

Derek Stepan – 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, with an assist in each of the last three (four)

Brad Richards – 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 20 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven

J.T. Miller – three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five NHL games, with two points (one goal, one assist) in three games since his recall

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

Rick Nash – 12 goals in the last 19 games, including eight goals in the last 13

SOCHI RECAP

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

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

Henrik Lundqvist – 2 wins from 300th NHL career

INJURIES (101 Man-Games Lost):

Mats Zuccarello (fractured hand on 2/16, 3-4 weeks) – 3

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

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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