NEW YORK RANGERS at EDMONTON OILERS
Sunday, Mar. 30, 8:00 p.m. ET
Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
Rangers: 41-30-4 (86 pts)
Oilers: 26-39-9 (61 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tonight, Mar. 30, at Rexall Place (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), as they continue a four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 41-30-4 (86 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Calgary Flames, 4-3, on Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome, to end their season-high winning streak at five games. The Blueshirts are now 6-2-0 in their last eight games, and 4-1-0 in their last five on the road. The Oilers enter the contest with a 26-39-9 (61 pts) record to rank 14th in the Western 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 Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Apr. 1, at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET), as they continue a four-game road trip.
RANGERS vs. OILERS:
All-Time: 26-28-9-2 overall (12-15-6-1 at home; 14-13-3-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Rexall Place. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 loss in the Rangers' 6,000 game in franchise history on Feb. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Derick Brassard notched the Blueshirts' lone goal, while Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello each tallied an assist. Cam Talbot made 29 saves.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss on Oct. 22, 2011 at Rexall Place. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the loss.
The Rangers and Oilers have been separated by two or fewer goals in seven of their last eight meetings (2-3-0-2 when separated by two or less), with five of those contests being decided by one goal (1-2-0-2)
The Rangers have registered at least one point in five of their last seven games at Edmonton (2-2-2-1 over the span), dating back to a 3-3 tie on Oct. 8, 1997
The Blueshirts' last win at Edmonton was a 4-2 victory on Nov. 5, 2010
New York is 23-14-0 on the road; Edmonton is 14-19-3 at home
The Rangers are 12-13-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Oilers are 14-13-4 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists no former Oilers on their roster
Edmonton lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. OILERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 1-1-2, 2.53 GAA
Rick Nash – 35 GP, 12-13—25
Brad Richards – 19 GP, 5-12—17
Martin St. Louis – 16 GP, 2-10—12
Anton Stralman – 6 GP, 1-4—5
The Blueshirts penalty kill is 32-35 (91.4%) with four shorthanded goals in the last 13 games
Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (102.8%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-1 (2:00) on Friday at Calgary. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (44-238, 18.5%), and ranks sixth on the road (26-115, 22.6%). 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 1-2 (3:48) on Friday at Calgary. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (182-216, 84.3%), and is tied for eighth on the road (96-114, 84.2%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). 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 Friday at Calgary. The Rangers are now -1 in 81 four-on-four situations (125:06), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 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); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (9): 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); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek).
If the playoffs began today, the Rangers would advance to the Metropolitan Division Semifinals as the #2 seed against the #3 seed Philadelphia Flyers.
Henrik Lundqvist registered his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort in a 3-1 win on Wednesday vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goaltender in NHL history to reach the 30-win milestone in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers' all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa (8-4, 35 saves) and the team's all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey (2-0, 21 saves). 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).
Ryan McDonagh has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 contests. He tallied the game-winning goal in two straight games – on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix and Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia – and notched three game-winning goals in a five-game span from Mar. 18-26. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to score the winning goal in consecutive games since Dec. 29-30, 2003 (Tom Poti). He has now tallied six goals in March, which are the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch).
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix on Mar. 24 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), and 17 times in franchise history. It is the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Blueshirts are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season, along with Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Anaheim, and Nashville.
New York has won four of their last five road games, and 21 of their last 29 contests away from Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 23-14-0 on the road this season. Their 23 road wins rank second among all NHL teams, and is one shy of the franchise record for road wins in a season.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – five-game winning streak (1.79 GAA, .935 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 8-2-0 with a 1.70 GAA, .941 Sv%, and two shutouts in his last 10 contests; has held opponents to two goals or less in 17 of his last 25 games (18-6-1, 1.96 GAA, .934 Sv%, 3 SO)
Ryan McDonagh – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 14 contests
Derek Stepan – 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the last 16 games
Mats Zuccarello – 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in his last 18 games, including five assists in the last six contests
Carl Hagelin – Has recorded a point in five of the last eight games, registering eight points (four goals, four assists) over the span
Derick Brassard – four goals and five points in the last six games
Brian Boyle – 1 point from 100th NHL career
Derick Brassard – 4 games from 400th NHL career
Dominic Moore – 4 games from 600th NHL career
Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career
INJURIES (108 Man-Games Lost):
John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 4
Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 2
Mar. 26 – Recalled forward J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)
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