Pregame Notes: Rangers at Winnipeg

2013-14: Game No. 68

Friday, 03.14.2014 / 10:52 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at WINNIPEG JETS

Friday, Mar. 14, 8:00 p.m. ET

MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB

Rangers: 35-28-4 (74 pts)

Jets: 30-28-9 (69 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets tonight, Mar. 14, at MTS Centre (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third road game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 35-28-4 (74 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Minnesota Wild, 2-1, yesterday at Xcel Energy Center, in the first game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts are now 19-10-2 in their last 31 games, and 17-7-0 in their last 24 contests on the road. The Jets enter the contest with a 30-28-9 (69 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have lost their last five games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Mar. 16, at Madison Square Garden (4:00 p.m.), in a Sunday matinée matchup.

RANGERS vs. JETS:

All-Time: 24-18-1-9 overall (10-11-1-5 at home; 14-7-0-4 on the road)

2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the first and only meeting at MTS Centre. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss on Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts' penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%) in the game. The Rangers out-shot Winnipeg, 37-30, including an 11-6 advantage in the first period. Mats Zuccarello opened the game's scoring at 2:49 of the first, and five different Rangers recorded a point in the contest. Cam Talbot made 25 saves.

Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road). Each game was separated by two or fewer goals, including a one-goal game on Feb. 26 at MSG. The Blueshirts' penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Ryan Callahan led all skaters with three goals (one shorthanded) and six points, while his three assists tied for the series lead. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 Sv%.

The Rangers are 5-3-0 in eight games against the Jets since the organization moved to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season

New York is 19-13-0 on the road; Winnipeg is 15-13-6 at home

The Rangers are 10-11-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Jets are 14-11-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents

New York lists no former Jets on their roster

Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on their roster: Olli Jokinen (2009-10)

Winnipeg goaltender Al Montoya was originally drafted by the Rangers with the sixth overall pick in 2004

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. JETS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 10-7-6, 2 SO, 2.19 GAA

Martin St. Louis – 74 GP, 27-55–82

Brad Richards – 54 GP, 18-40–58

Derek Stepan – 12 GP, 4-4–8

Dan Girardi – 25 GP, 2-6–8

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Rangers power play is 6-27 (22.2%) in the last nine games

The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in the last six games (16 times shorthanded), and have tallied three shorthanded goals over the span; the Rangers penalty kill is 22-23 (95.7%) in the last eight games

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

Ranks fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.2%)

Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:42) yesterday at Minnesota. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (43-216, 19.9%), and second on the road (25-100, 25.0%). The Rangers are 6-17 (8:07) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), 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 3-3 (6:00) yesterday at Minnesota. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (166-197, 84.3%), and eighth on the road (86-102, 84.3%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).

Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation yesterday at Minnesota. The Rangers are now -1 in 74 four-on-four situations (116:48), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (7): 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); 3/7 at CAR (Nash). Four-on-four goals allowed (8): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Henrik Lundqvist registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 career regular season games). He is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49), and is one win shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories.

ROAD WARRIORS

New York has won 17 of their last 24 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 19-13-0 on the road this season, which ranks second in the Eastern Conference and is tied for fourth in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers' power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (25-100, 25.0%).

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 39 of 67 games this season, including 16 of their last 23 contests, and in six of their last 10 on the road. New York is 30-9-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

Martin St. Louis made his Rangers debut on Mar. 5 vs. Toronto after being acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. He is currently tied for eighth in the NHL in goals (29), 16th in points (62), ninth in power play goals (nine), 22nd in power play points (19), 28th in assists (33), and ranks fourth among league forwards in average ice time (21:31). St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on Mar. 7 at Carolina, and has now registered 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) over his last 25 games.

NASH-UP

Rick Nash notched his 20th goal of the season in the Rangers 4-2 win on Mar. 7 at Carolina. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season since his rookie year in 2002-03 (17 goals), and is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.

MAC TRUCK

Ryan McDonagh has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive games on Mar. 5-7, to become the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17-19, 2007. McDonagh has also tied Brian Leetch's single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season.

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – Is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA, .944 Sv%, and 1 shutout in his last three games, and 14-6-2 in his last 22 (2.21 GAA, .927 Sv%, 2 SO); Has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 18 games (12-5-1, 2.05 GAA, .932 Sv%, 2 SO)

Derek Stepan – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last eight games, and 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 18

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

Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in eight of his last 10 contests, registering 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the span, and has assists in seven of his last nine games

Martin St. Louis – 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in his last 25 games

Rick Nash – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games

Brad Richards – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 12 games

Dominic Moore – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last five games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career

Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):

None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Mar. 12 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Ryan Haggerty

Mar. 5 – Acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2nd round pick in 2014 and a 1st round pick in 2015

Mar. 5 – Acquired Raphael Diaz from Vancouver in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2015

Mar. 5 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)

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