Pregame Notes: Rangers at Ottawa

2013-14: Game No. 70

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 8:46 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 7:30 p.m. ET

Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON

Rangers: 36-29-4 (76 pts)

Senators: 28-26-13 (69 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight, Mar. 18, at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 36-29-4 (76 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the San Jose Sharks, 1-0, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, in their third game against a Western Conference opponent in four days. The Blueshirts are now 20-11-2 in their last 33 games. The Senators enter the contest with a 28-26-13 (69 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, Mar. 21, at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back road set.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tonight’s contest, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Canadian Tire Centre. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.

*Schedule and available subject to change

RANGERS vs. SENATORS:

All-Time: 34-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 20-15-3-2 on the road)

2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at the Canadian Tire Centre. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-1 win on Jan. 18 at Ottawa. The Rangers out-scored the Senators, 3-0, in the second and third periods. The Blueshirts' power play was 1-4 (25.0%) in the contest, while the penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three points (one goal, two assists), while Rick Nash, Brad Richards, and Mats Zuccarello each tallied a goal. Cam Talbot made 29 saves.

Last Season: New York was 0-2-1 overall (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers and Senators were separated by one goal in two of the three contests, including one game decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts had eleven different players register a point in the series, with goals from Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Ryan McDonagh. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .933 Sv%.

The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games at Ottawa (8-3-1), including wins in seven of the last 10 on the road against the Senators

The Blueshirts and Senators have been separated by one goal in five of their last nine meetings, with three of those games ending in the shootout

Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 29 of the Rangers' last 31 meetings with Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005

New York is 20-13-0 on the road; Ottawa is 13-13-6 at home

New York is 13-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Ottawa is 8-7-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

New York lists no former Senators on their roster

Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 11-14-3, 1 SO, 2.08 GAA

Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 15-28–43

Brad Richards – 39 GP, 15-13–28

Derek Stepan – 12 GP, 4-7–11

Marc Staal – 20 GP, 0-4–4

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in the last eight games (21 times shorthanded), and have tallied three shorthanded goals over the span; the Rangers penalty kill is 27-28 (96.4%) in the last 10 games

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

Ranks seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.9%)

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Sunday vs. San Jose. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (43-223, 19.3%), and third on the road (25-104, 24.0%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Sunday vs. San Jose. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (171-202, 84.6%), and sixth on the road (90-106, 84.9%). 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 on Sunday vs. San Jose. 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 made 30 saves in a 4-2 win on Friday at Winnipeg to move into a tie with Mike Richter for the franchise record with 301 career wins. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 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 games). He is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49).

ROAD WARRIORS

New York has won 18 of their last 25 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 20-13-0 on the road this season, which is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers' power play ranks third in the NHL on the road (25-104, 24.0%), while their penalty kill ranks sixth in the league on the road (90-106, 84.9%).

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 41 of 69 games this season, including 18 of their last 25 contests, and in seven of their last 11 on the road. New York is 31-10-0 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 10th in the NHL in goals (29), 19th in points (63), 11th in power play goals (nine), 25th in power play points (19), 29th in assists (34), and ranks fourth among league forwards in average ice time (21:28). St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on Mar. 7 at Carolina, and has now registered 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) over his last 27 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 eight games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in six of the last nine games. He leads the Rangers and ranks 15th in the NHL in average ice time (24:41), and ranks second on the team with 116 blocked shots. McDonagh 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. He has also tied Brian Leetch's single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season. McDonagh is tied for fifth in the league in shorthanded goals (three) and sixth in shorthanded points (four).

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 14 of his last 20 games (13-6-1, 2.00 GAA, .934 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 3-2-0 with a 1.61 GAA, .947 Sv%, and one shutout in his last five contests

Derek Stepan – Has recorded a point in eight of the last 10 games (two goals, nine assists), and 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in the last 20 contests

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

Mats Zuccarello – Has tallied a point in eight of his last 12 contests (two goals, eight assists), and has assists in seven of his last 11 games

Martin St. Louis – 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in his last 27 games

Carl Hagelin – four goals in the last six 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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