NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tuesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 7-6 (3-3)*
Penguins: 7-5 (3-3)*
* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)
The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, May 13, at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 7 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied at three games apiece, following the Rangers' 3-1 victory in Game 6 of the series on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York enters tonight's contest with a 220-239-8 record all-time in 467 playoff contests (124-92-2 at home; 96-147-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS - RANGERS vs. PENGUINS
The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2008. The Rangers have posted a 0-4 playoff series record against Pittsburgh. Four of the Blueshirts' five playoff matchups against the Penguins have occurred in the second round of the playoffs. The Rangers' victory on May 2 was the first time they defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series. New York has won three games, including two road games against the Penguins, in this series, the first time they have done either in any playoff matchup against Pittsburgh.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 120-105-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 53-55-14-6 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Mats Zuccarello led the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot each tallied two goals and two assists in the four contests. Dan Girardi led all Blueshirts defensemen with three points (one goal, two assists) in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA in the four contests.
New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (3-3 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 28-9-4 at home (3-3 in the playoffs)
New York lists one former Penguin on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30—47
Brad Richards – 42 GP, 9-34—43
Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15—17
Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5 —12
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-6 (10:03) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (5-53, 9.4%), and are tied for 11th on the road (2-24, 8.3%) in the playoffs. They have allowed one shorthanded goal in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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 Rangers were 4-4 (6:03) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are eighth in the NHL overall (33-40, 82.5%), and are eighth on the road (17-21, 81.0%) in the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 10: 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); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in two four-on-four situations (1:57) in Game 6 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are -1 in 14 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (16:56), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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 (10): 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); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).
NHL LEADERS - PLAYOFFS
The Rangers rank:
1st in blocked shots (229)
2nd in shots against per game (27.8)
2nd in goals against per game (2.23)
2nd in hits (398)
Rick Nash is 1st in shots on goal (51)
Henrik Lundqvist is tied for 1st in wins (seven), is 3rd in GAA (2.07), and 3rd in SV% (.926)
Kevin Klein is tied for 1st in plus/minus rating (plus-seven)
Brad Richards is tied for 3rd in shots on goal (45)
Dan Girardi is 5th in blocked shots (33) and 5th in hits (42)
The Rangers have posted a 7-5 record in 12 Game 7s in franchise history, and have won seven of the last eight Game 7s they have played, dating back to the Patrick Division Semifinals vs. New Jersey in 1992. Including this series, the Blueshirts have played a Game 7 in six of their last nine playoff series, and five of their last seven series.
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
The Rangers have won nine of their last 11 playoff games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the third team in NHL history to win at least one game when facing elimination in six series of a seven-series span. New York has also won its last seven home games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts' seven-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is tied for an NHL record (Detroit - two times; 1934-40, 1949-55 and Montreal - 1941-50).
Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, becoming the Rangers' all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa, and the team's all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. Lundqvist is the 23rd goalie in NHL history to appear in 80 playoff games, including the 18th to appear in 80 career playoff games with one team. The Rangers goaltender has started a franchise-record, 79 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is one of four goalies who are tied for the NHL record with four consecutive victories in Game 7 (Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour, Cam Ward).
9-2, with a 1.35 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 11 games when facing elimination
4-1, with a 1.00 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 1 SO in five career Game 7s
4-0, with a 0.75 GAA, a .973 SV%, and 1 SO in his last four Game 7s
3-2, with a 1.60 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO in his last five games when facing elimination on the road
WHAT A LINE
Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello have a total of 27 points (12 G, 15 A) in 10 regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh this season. The line combined for seven points in Game 5 on May 9, as Brassard (2 G, 1 A) and Zuccarello (3 A) each talied three points. Brassard and Zuccarello became the first Ranger teammates to tally at least three points in a road playoff game since Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky on May 18, 1997 at PHI. Brassard has tallied two GWG on the road in the series, becoming the first Ranger to do so since Adam Graves in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1996 against MTL. Brassard (6 G, 3 A) has tallied a point in seven of the 10 games against Pittsburgh, while Zuccarello (3 G, 7 A) and Pouliot (3 G, 5 A) have recorded a point in six of the 10 meetings.
The Blueshirts are one of two teams - and the only Eastern Conference team - to win a playoff series in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs in at least three consecutive seasons was a four-year span from 1993-94 - 1996-97.
INJURIES (10 Man-Game Lost - Playoffs):
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