Pregame Notes: Rangers at New Jersey

2013-14: Game No. 72

Saturday, 03.22.2014 / 2:17 PM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Saturday, Mar. 22, 7:00 p.m. ET

Prudential Center – Newark, NJ

Rangers: 38-29-4 (80 pts)

Devils: 30-27-13 (73 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tonight, Mar. 22, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 38-29-4 (80 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, yesterday at Nationwide Arena, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four games, including three straight on the road. The Devils enter the contest with a 30-27-13 (73 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, Mar. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of two straight home games.

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tonight’s contest, the Blueshirts’ optional morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Prudential Center. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. at Prudential Center.

*Schedule and available subject to change

RANGERS vs. DEVILS:

All-Time: 105-87-27-7 overall (58-31-20-3 at home; 47-56-7-4 on the road)

2013-14: Tonight is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the third of three road meetings. New York is 1-2-1 (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 7-3 win on Jan. 26 in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers with five points, including a series-leading three goals, while Marc Staal (two goals, one assist) and Chris Kreider (one goal, two assists) have each registered three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-2-1 with a 3.51 GAA.

Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Devils, 12-6, including an 8-1 advantage at MSG and a 6-2 advantage after the first period. Derek Stepan and Brad Richards tied for the series lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied the series-high with three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA, .940 Sv%, and 1 SO.

The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 17 of their last 25 meetings

The Blueshirts have registered a point in 18 of their last 27 games against the Devils (15-9-3)

New York is 22-13-0 on the road; New Jersey is 17-9-7 at home

The Rangers are 13-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Devils are 14-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents

New York lists no former Devils on their roster

New Jersey lists two former Rangers on their roster: Ryane Clowe (2012-13); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 - 2007-08)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:

Henrik Lundqvist – 49 GP, 29-14-6, 7 SO, 1.91 GAA

Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 19-27–46

Brad Richards – 46 GP, 6-33–39

Derek Stepan – 20 GP, 5-10–15

Dan Girardi – 42 GP, 2-15–17

SPECIAL TEAMS:

The Blueshirts penalty kill is 25-26 (96.2%) with four shorthanded goals in the last nine games

Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (7:31) yesterday at Columbus. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (43-230, 18.7%), and ranks sixth on the road (25-111, 22.5%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), 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 Columbus. New York is tied for sixth in the NHL overall (175-207, 84.5%), and ranks seventh on the road (94-111, 84.7%). 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 Columbus. The Rangers are now -1 in 75 four-on-four situations (117:55), 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).

BACK-TO-BACKS:

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season

Combined record – 14-10-1

Record in 1st game – 6-6-1 (2-2-1 at home; 4-4-0 on the road)

Record in 2nd game – 8-4-0 (3-3-0 at home; 5-1-0 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 19-9-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 21-9-2 in the second game over the span

Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 68 times in his career (41-20-7, 2.12 GAA, .928 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT

Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in an 8-4 win on Tuesday at Ottawa to become the franchise's all-time wins leader with 302 career victories. 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 enters the contest with a three-game road winning streak, and has won 20 of their last 27 contests on the road. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 22-13-0 on the road this season. Their 22 road wins lead the Eastern Conference, and are tied for first in the league overall.

SINCE 2007-08

The Rangers are 24-11-4 overall (13-5-2 at home; 11-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 24-11-3 with a 2.08 GAA, .921 Sv% and seven shutouts in 38 games over the span.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 40 career regular season games, posting a record of 25-9-6 with a 1.78 GAA, .928 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.

MAC TRUCK

Ryan McDonagh has registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last five games. He leads the Rangers and ranks 14th in the NHL in average ice time (24:44), and ranks second on the team with 120 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 ninth in shorthanded points (four).

RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 22 goals this season. 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.

THE HOT LIST:

Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 15 of his last 22 games (15-6-1, 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 5-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last seven contests

Derek Stepan – Has tallied a point in 10 of the last 12 games, registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over the span, including a goal in each of the last two contests

Ryan McDonagh – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games

Mats Zuccarello – Has registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 14 games, including four assists in the last two contests

Carl Hagelin – six points (five goals, one assist) in the last eight games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four contests

Derick Brassard – three goals and four points in the last two games

Kevin Klein – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games

MILESTONES APPROACHING:

Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career

Ryan McDonagh – 2 points from 100th NHL career

Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):

None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

Mar. 17 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Graves

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