Game Notes: Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
The Rangers face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tonight at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Atlantic Division standings with a record of 14-5-2, and rank first in the Eastern Conference with 30 points. The Rangers enter tonight's contest having defeated the Senators, 2-1, in a shootout on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and have earned a point in five of their last six games (4-1-1). Following tonight's match, the Rangers will travel to Ottawa to face-off against the Senators on Saturday, November 22, at Scotiabank Place (3:00 p.m.). The Canucks, 10-6-2, currently rank third in the Western Conference standings with 22 points, and have earned a point in each of their last six games (4-0-2).
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Tonight's game will be televised on MSG. You can also catch the radio broadcast on 1050 ESPN New York.
Rangers vs Canucks Pre-Game Notes
* The Rangers are currently tied with franchise records for most points (30), most wins (14) and least regulation losses (five) through 21 games in team history; The last time the Blueshirts reached these marks was in 1993-94.
* New York has allowed two or fewer goals in 16 of their first 21 contests for only the second time since 1943-44, and have posted a 13-2-1 record in those games; Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two or fewer goals in his last 12 games, and 16 of 18 contests overall this season.
* The Rangers are 9-3-1 at home this season; The Canucks have posted a 4-4-1 record in nine road contests.
* The Rangers are 0-0-1 against the Northwest Division this season; The Canucks have posted a 0-0-1 record vs. Atlantic Division opponents this season.
* New York has notched six goals in 30 power play attempts over the last five games for a success rate of 20.0%.
* The Blueshirts have held opponents scoreless on the power play in their last four games, successfully killing off 12 power play attempts over the span.
* The Blueshirts have registered a 2.15 goals against average this season, which currently ranks third in the NHL.
* The last time the Rangers defeated the Canucks at Madison Square Garden was on Feb. 2, 2004 (4-3).
* Lundqvist has posted a 0-1-0 record, along with a 3.05 goals against average in one career regular season appearance vs. Vancouver; Steve Valiquette is 0-1-0 with a 3.00 goals against average in one game vs. the Canucks.
* Chris Drury has registered 27 points (eight goals and 19 assists) in 31 career games vs. the Canucks; Nikolai Zherdev has notched 14 points (seven goals and seven assists) in 13 career games vs. Vancouver; Paul Mara has recorded 10 points (three goals and seven assists) in 20 career contests vs. the Canucks.
* Zherdev is three points shy of 200 career points.
* Scott Gomez is two assists shy of 400 career assists.
* Michal Rozsival skated in his 500th NHL game on Monday vs. the Senators.
* Miika Wiikman, signed by the Rangers as a free agent on April 24, 2008, has posted a 6-5-1 record, along with a 2.62 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 12 appearances with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL); His six wins are tied for sixth among all AHL goaltenders.
* The Rangers have one former Canuck on their roster; Markus Naslund (1995-96 to 2007-08).
* Vancouver's roster lists no former Rangers.
All Time – Rangers vs. Canucks
At MSG: 38-12-5-0
At Vancouver: 33-16-3-0
2008-09 - Rangers vs. Canucks
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Canucks at MSG
2007-08 – Rangers vs. Canucks
Jan. 3 Rangers 0 vs. Canucks 3 at Vancouver
Upcoming Regular-Season Schedule
Nov. 19 Rangers vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 Rangers at Ottawa, 3 p.m.
Nov. 24 Rangers vs. Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Nov. 26 Rangers at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28 Rangers at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Recent New York Rangers Games
Last 5 NYR games: 3-1-1
Last 10 NYR games: 6-3-1
* Scott Gomez has missed three contests with a leg injury.
* The Rangers have lost six manpower games due to injury or illness this season.
Highlights from Hartford
Follow the progress of the Rangers' top prospects:
The Wolf Pack face off against the 11-1-1 Portland Pirates (Buffalo affiliate) at the XL Center tonight (7:00), after winning their first road game in five tries on Sunday, knocking off the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado affiliate) by a 5-3 score in Cleveland. The Pack fell behind 2-0 in the first period, before scoring five of the final six goals of the game, for its highest offensive output of the season. The win gave Hartford a split of a two-game North-Division road trip, after a 3-2 defeat at Grand Rapids (Detroit affiliate) on Friday night. The Wolf Pack is now back over .500 for the year, at 7-6-0-1 for 15 points, and 1-3-0-1 on the road. Since starting the season 1-3-0-0, the Pack is 6-3-0-1 in its last 10 games. The club is in the midst of a stretch that sees it play five out of seven games, and nine out of 12, away from home, but both of the next two outings are at home. After tonight’s battle with Portland, the Lowell Devils (7:00) provide the opposition on Friday (7:00)
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