Pregame Notes: Rangers at San Jose
2013-14: Game 3
Rangers: 1-1-0 (2 pts)
Sharks: 2-0-0 (4 pts)
The Rangers will conclude a back-to-back set when they face-off against the San Jose Sharks tonight at SAP Center at San Jose (10:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a stretch of four games in six days. The Blueshirts enter the contest having defeated the Kings, 3-1, last night at Los Angeles, for their first win of the season. The Sharks enter the contest with a 2-0-0 (4 pts) record, following a 4-1 win on Saturday against Phoenix. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Honda Center (10:00 p.m.), in their third game in four nights.
RANGERS vs. SHARKS
- All-Time: 20-6-3-0 overall (9-3-1-0 at home; 11-3-2-0 on the road)
- 2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at SAP Center at San Jose.
- Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 5-2 win against the Sharks on Oct. 31, 2011, at Madison Square Garden. Ryan Callahan led all skaters with two goals and three points in the contest, while Martin Biron made 24 saves for the win. The victory sparked a seven-game winning streak for the Rangers.
- The Blueshirts enter the contest with a two-game winning streak against the Sharks
- The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 10 contests against the Sharks (7-2-1-0 over the span) dating back to Dec. 28, 2001
- New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; San Jose ranked third with a 17-2-5 (39 pts) mark at home last season
- New York lists one former Shark on their roster: Dominic Moore (2011-12)
- San Jose lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SHARKS
- Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 2-1-0, 2.35 GAA
- Martin Biron – 8 GP, 3-3-0-1, 2.12 GAA
- Rick Nash – 33 GP, 17-7-24
- Brad Richards – 25 GP, 8-13-21
- Ryan Callahan – 5 GP, 5-2-7
- Anton Stralman – 9 GP, 0-6-6
- The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season in 2012-13, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
- New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal last season
- Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) last night at Los Angeles, and are now 1-7 (14.3%) overall. Last season, the Rangers ranked 23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 28th on the road (8-70, 11.4%). The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last –4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
- Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Kings scoreless in two attempts (4:00) and tallied a shorthanded goal (McDonagh), and are now 4-5 (80.0%) overall. Last season, New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and ranked 26th on the road (51-68, 75.0%). The Rangers were 8-8 (8:24) in three-on-five situations (last –4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last –3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
- Four-on-Four: New York surrendered a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) last night at Los Angeles, and are now -2 in two four-on-four situations (4:00) this season. Last season, the Blueshirts were plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39). Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
- The Rangers have posted a record of 286-274-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 109-156-45 record on the road. New York (1-1-0) is scheduled to play 12 games during the season's opening month in 2013-14.
- Legendary Rangers' defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season's opening month.
- The Blueshirts' all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season's opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 36 career wins during the month of October.
- New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season's opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).
The Rangers are in the midst of a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign. The trip will establish a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It will also tie the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES
Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers' debut in the season opener on Thursday at Phoenix. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Defenseman Justin Falk is still looking to make his Rangers debut.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,944 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 56 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 93 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 87-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period last season.
The Rangers will conclude their first of 13 back-to-back sets this season tomorrow at San Jose. New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games last season, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 65 times in his career, posting a record of 41-17-7 with a 1.94 GAA, .932 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
- The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL last season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
- New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots last season
- The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 GA/game last season, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the NHL overall
- Last season, the Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring after the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.
THE KING'S REIGN
- Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
- Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
- Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
- Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season's finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
- The Blueshirts' netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH
Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.
RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
- Scoring First – 18-2-1 (2nd in NHL)
- Leading After 1st Period – 13-0-1 (2nd in NHL)
- Leading After 2nd Period – 16-0-0 (1st in NHL)
- In Overtime – 4-0-0
- Out-Shooting Opponents – 15-9-3 (T-13th in NHL)
- Out-Scoring Opponents On Special Teams – 12-1-1
- In 1-Goal Games – 12-5-4 (9th in NHL)
- Scoring 4+ Goals – 17-0-0
- Holding Opponents to 2-or-fewer Goals – 22-1-1
- Holding Opponents to 1-or-fewer Goals – 14-0-0
MILESTONES IN SIGHT
- Arron Asham – 5 penalty minutes from 1,000th NHL career
- Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
- Anton Stralman – 1 point from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
- Carl Hagelin (IR - 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 2
- Total Man-Games Lost: 3