Pregame Notes: Rangers at Los Angeles

Stanley Cup Final: Game 5

Friday, 06.13.2014 / 8:22 AM New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS

Friday, June 13, 8:00 p.m. ET

STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA

Rangers: 13-11 (1-3)*

Kings: 15-10 (3-1)*

*Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, June 13, at STAPLES Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, three games to one, following their 2-1 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden. New York enters tonight’s contest with a 226-244-8 record all-time in 478 playoff contests (127-94-2 at home; 99-150-6 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. KINGS

The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 6-4 all-time in 10 playoff contests against the Kings following Game 4. New York is facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.

STANLEY CUP HISTORY

The Rangers are playing in the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 23-31 all-time in 54 Stanley Cup Final contests following Game 4.

RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):

All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)

2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and was tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.

New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (6-6 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 at home (7-4 in the playoffs)

New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 - 2008-09); Daniel Carcillo (2013-14)

Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 - 2012-13)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):

Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA

Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31

Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29

Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15

Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 0-3 —3

SPECIAL TEAMS:

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) in Game 4 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are 12th in the NHL overall (12-98, 12.2%), and are eighth on the road (9-51, 17.6%) in the playoffs. New York has allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in six of their last 13 games (9-54; 16.7%). New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) in the regular season.

Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 2-2 (4:00) in Game 4 vs. Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are second in the NHL overall (67-78, 85.9%), and are fourth on the road (35-41, 85.4%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 54-59 (91.5%) on the penalty kill over the last 18 games and 46-50 (92%) over the last 15 games. The Blueshirts have recorded two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin); 6/4 at LAK (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127,85.8%) in the regular season.

Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 4 vs. Los Angeles. The Rangers are -1 in 28 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (33:05), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Blueshirts were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26) in the regular season.

BACKS AGAINST THE WALL

The Rangers have won 11 of their last 13 games when facing elimination, dating back to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 23, 2012 at Ottawa. The Blueshirts have also won eight straight contests when facing elimination at MSG, dating back to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 1, 2008 vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ eight-game winning streak at home when facing elimination is an NHL record. The record was previously held by Detroit (twice; from 1934-1940 and 1949-1955), and Montreal (1941-1950).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the playoffs this year. Lundqvist appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team's all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie has started 90 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to start at least 90 straight playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur - NJD; Patrick Roy - COL). Lundqvist has made at least 40 saves in two of the last four contests, and has stopped at least 40 shots in three playoff games this year. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the he is the first Rangers goaltender to make at least 40 saves in three playoff games in one playoff year.

Lundqvist has posted a:

5-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA and a .971 SV% in five games when facing elimination this year

11-2 record, along with a 1.30 GAA, a .959 SV%, and 2 SO in his last 13 games when the Rangers have faced elimination

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MAC TRUCK

Ryan McDonagh has tallied a point in seven of the last 10 games (three goals, 10 assists), and posted a five-game assist/point streak from May 25 vs. Montreal to June 7 at Los Angeles (one goal, six assists). McDonagh was the first Rangers defensemen to register a five-game assist streak in the playoffs since James Patrick from Apr. 23, 1992 at New Jersey to May 1, 1992 vs. New Jersey. McDonagh was also the first Rangers defenseman to record a five-game point streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov from May 14, 1995 at Quebec to May 24, 1995 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers' 2013-14 MVP is tied for first among all defensemen in the NHL in assists (12) and ranks second among NHL defensemen in points (16) in the playoffs. McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to record at least four goals in one playoff year since Brian Leetch registered six in the 1995 playoffs. He is also tied for fifth in franchise history in assists in one playoff year, and ranks third in franchise history in points by a defenseman in one playoff year.

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

Martin St. Louis recorded the game-winning goal in Game 4 on Wednesday. The Rangers forward is tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals in the playoffs this year (three), and is tied for fifth among active players in game-winning goals in the playoffs in his career (11).

STEP-PING UP

Derek Stepan has recorded a point in eight of his last 11 games, registering 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in those contests. The Rangers forward has also tallied 10 assists in the playoffs this year. It is the 15th time in franchise history that a Blueshirt recorded at least 10 assists in one playoff year.

FAST START

The Rangers have outscored the Kings, 5-2, in the first period during the Stanley Cup Final, and have outscored their opponents, 17-6, in the first period over the last 13 games. New York has notched at least one goal in the first period in 11 of the last 13 contests, and has recorded two goals in the first period of a game in six contests during the stretch. The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 26-12, in the first period during the playoffs this year, and their plus-14 goal differential is the best any team has in one period in the playoffs.

WORKING OVERTIME

The Blueshirts played four games that were decided in overtime over a six-game stretch from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 23 vs. Montreal to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 7 at Los Angeles. New York has tied a franchise-record with five overtime games in one playoff year (1979, 2012). The Blueshirts played four overtime games in a six-game span for the first time in one playoff year, and for the first time since they played four overtime games in a five-game span from Mar. 22, 1938 vs. the NY Americans to Mar. 23, 1939 at Boston.

TEAM EFFORT

Ten different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that 10 Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.

INJURIES (20 Man-Games Lost - Playoffs):

Cam Talbot - injured - 4

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

June 11 - Agreed to terms with defenseman Petr Zamorsky

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