Game Notes: Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils
2008 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ROUND 1, GAME 4
The Rangers face off against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Madison Square Garden in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (7:00 PM). On Sunday, the Rangers were defeated by the Devils, 4-3, in overtime in Game Three, to drop their series lead to 2-1. New York enters today's game with a 191-204-8 all-time record in its previous 403 playoff contests, including an 106-79-2 mark at home. The Rangers have posted a 36-28 record all-time in Game Four's of postseason series, including a 23-17 mark at home.
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on ESPN 1050 New York.
Rangers vs. Devils Pre-Game Notes:
* Four of the Rangers' nine playoff goals have been scored by rookies (Brandon Dubinsky - 2, Ryan Callahan - 1, Nigel Dawes - 1), which leads the league.
* Dubinsky notched two goals on Sunday in Game 3 vs. the Devils, marking the second consecutive season a Rangers' rookie tallied two or more goals in a playoff game (Callahan, two goals - April 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta); Dubinsky's goal at 12:17 of the first period was his first career playoff goal.
* Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1 record, along with a 1.94 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in three postseason appearances; He is tied for third in the league in wins (two), and ranks fourth in goals against average (1.94 GAA) and save percentage (.931%).
* Dubinsky leads all NHL rookies in playoff scoring, registering two goals and one assist for three points; His two goals are also tied for the league lead in rookie goals.
* Sean Avery (three goals and one assist), Jaromir Jagr (one goal and three assists) and Scott Gomez (four assists) are tied for 14th in the league with four points apiece in the playoffs.
* Avery is tied for fourth in the league with three goals in the playoffs.
* Gomez is tied for third in the NHL with a plus-four rating, and is tied for fourth in the league with four assists in the playoffs.
* Jagr is tied for fifth in the NHL with two power play assists in the playoffs.
* Dan Girardi is tied for ninth in the NHL in defensemen scoring with two points (two assists), and is tied for 10th in the league with 14 hits in the playoffs.
* In the first three games of this series, the Rangers have tallied two goals in 11 power play opportunities (18.2%), and have surrendered three goals in 17 times shorthanded (82.4%).
* The following members of the Rangers have won a Stanley Cup: Jagr (Pittsburgh - 1991, 1992), Brendan Shanahan (Detroit - 1997, 1998, 2002), Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2003), and Chris Drury (Colorado - 2001).
* The following members of the Rangers have played in the Stanley Cup Finals: Jagr (Pittsburgh - 1991, 1992), Shanahan (Detroit - 1997, 1998, 2002), Gomez (New Jersey - 2000, 2001, 2003), Drury (Colorado - 2001), Martin Straka (Florida - 1996), Marek Malik (Carolina - 2002).
* The Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) completed their 2007-08 regular season with a record of 50-20-2-8 for 110 points,setting a franchise record for points and tying the team mark for most wins in a season; The Wolf Pack, second place finishers in the Atlantic Division, begin their 11th straight trip to the Calder Cup playoffs tonight at the XL Center in Game One of their best-of-seven Atlantic Division Semifinal series against the Portland Pirates.
* The Rangers have two former Devils on their roster; Gomez (1999-00 - 2006-07) and Shanahan (1987-88 - 1990-91).
* The Devils roster lists two former Rangers; Karel Rachunek (2003-04, 2006-07) and Kevin Weekes (2005-06 to 2006-07).
All-Time Playoff History - Rangers vs. Devils
The Rangers and Devils are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time overall and the second time in three years. The clubs' last postseason encounter was an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in 2006, won by New Jersey 4-0. Overall, Blueshirts have a 3-1 playoff series record vs. the Devils, posting a 14-12-0 mark in 26 postseason contests.
Remaining Schedule and Results for Series
(Rangers lead series 2-1)
April 9 Rangers 4, Devils 1 at New Jersey
April 11 Rangers 2, New Jersey 1 at New Jersey
April 13 Rangers 3, New Jersey 4 (OT) at MSG
April 16 Rangers vs. New Jersey at MSG, 7 p.m.
April 18 Rangers at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.
April 20* Rangers vs. New Jersey at MSG, TBD
April 22* Rangers at New Jersey, TBD
* -- if necessary
Rangers' All-Time Playoff Records
* Colton Orr has missed the last eight games with a broken foot.
* The Rangers have lost three manpower games due to injury or illness during the 2008 postseason.