Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Pittsburgh
2013-14: Game No. 15
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
- Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
- Rangers: 6-8-0 (12 pts)
- Penguins: 11-4-0 (22 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, Nov. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they conclude a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-8-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ducks, 2-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. New York has won four of their last six games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 11-4-0 (22 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight, Nov. 7, at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS
- All-Time: 118-103-23-9 overall (66-50-9-3 at home; 52-54-14-6 on the road)
- 2013-14: tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
- Last Season: New York was 1-3-1 overall (1-2-0 at home; 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers' power play was 4-16 (25.0%) in the series, while their penalty kill tallied one shorthanded goal. Brad Richards led the Rangers in scoring with five points, and tied with Derek Stepan for the series lead with four assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-3-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .906 Sv%.
- New York is 2-2-0 at home; Pittsburgh is 4-2-0 on the road
- New York is 3-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Pittsburgh is 6-1-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
- New York lists one former Penguins on their roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
- Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS
- Henrik Lundqvist – 47 GP, 23-18-6, 2 SO, 2.42 GAA
- Brad Richards – 38 GP, 9-30-39
- Ryan Callahan – 33 GP, 9-7-16
- Rick Nash – 15 GP, 7-5-12
- Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 1-13-14
- The Rangers' power play is 4-14 (28.6%) in the last four games, and 5-22 (22.7%) in the last six
- The Blueshirts' penalty kill is 27-31 (87.1%) in the last nine games
- Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (5:26) on Monday vs. Anaheim. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (9-46, 19.6%), and ranks 21st at home (2-15, 13.3%). The Rangers are 2-4 (1:04) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read).
- Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-2 (1:26) on Monday vs. Anaheim. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (42-51, 82.4%), and is tied for 16th at home (10-12, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 1-2 (0:27) when three-on-four (last – 11/2 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:25) on Monday vs. Anaheim, and are now -1 in 17 four-on-four situations (27:19) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
New York has posted a combined record of 2-2-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) record in the first game and a 1-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Last season, the Blueshirts were 7-4-1 in back-to-back games, 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 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers are scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and eight of the last nine. The current streak of seven games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight straight games from Dec. 31, 2009 at Carolina to Jan. 14, 2010 vs. Ottawa.
HAT TRICK TRIO
Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers' 5-1 win on Saturday vs. Carolina. Stepan, along with linemates Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, combined for nine points in the contest, with Kreider and Zuccarello assisting on each of Stepan's three goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the sixth time since the start of the 2005-06 season that a trio accounted for all of the scoring on a hat trick, with Anaheim's line of Kyle Palmieri (hat trick), Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf being the last to accomplish the feat on Feb. 27, 2013.
THE HOT LIST
- Henrik Lundqvist – 3-3-0 with a 1.52 GAA, .939 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last six appearances
- Mats Zuccarello – five assists in the last four games, and six points (one goal, five assists) in six games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
- Chris Kreider – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games, and six points (two goals, four assists) in six games following his recall on Oct. 20
- Carl Hagelin – four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from injury
- Derek Stepan – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
- Michael Del Zotto – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
- Ryan McDonagh – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games
- Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games
MOVING ON UP
With the Rangers' 2-0 win on Thursday against Buffalo, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Jacques Demers into 28th on the NHL's all-time head coaching points list. He is now two points shy of Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the all-time points list, with 952 points earned in 819 career games coached (428-295-35-61).
The Rangers posted a season-high, 46 shots on goal on Thursday against Buffalo, which marked the most by the team in a single game since Mar. 15, 2011 vs. NY Islanders (47 shots). The Blueshirts also registered 21 shots in the second period on Oct. 16 at Washington, their most in a single period since that same game against the Islanders during the 2010-11 season (21 shots in the first period). New York has out-shot their opponents, 117-82, in the last three games.
The Rangers concluded their season-opening nine-game road trip with a 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit. The trip established a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It also tied the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. Including the preseason schedule, the Rangers were on the road for 28 of 39 days, visiting 14 cities and traveling 15,263 miles. The Blueshirts' home opener on Oct. 28 against Montreal was their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 96 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 90-0-6 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 is 4-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,956 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 44 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.
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.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
- Dan Girardi – 500th career NHL game (10/31 vs. BUF)
- Marc Staal – 400th career NHL game (10/31 vs. BUF)
- Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 11
- Dominic Moore (strained oblique - 10/29, 7-10 days) – 3
- Total Man-Games Lost: 35
- Oct. 29 – Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Hartford (AHL)