Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Los Angeles

2013-14: Game No. 20

Sunday, 11.17.2013 / 1:00 PM / News
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Pregame Notes: Rangers Vs. Los Angeles
The Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, Nov. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. \u2014 TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-9-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Canadiens, 1-0, last night at Bell Centre, for their first win in Montreal since Mar. 17, 2009. New York is now 8-3-0 in their last 11 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Kings enter the contest with a 13-6-1 (27 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have a five-game point streak (4-0-1). Following tonight\u2019s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS

  • Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Rangers: 10-9-0 (20 pts)
  • Kings: 13-6-1 (27 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight, Nov. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-9-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Canadiens, 1-0, last night at Bell Centre, for their first win in Montreal since Mar. 17, 2009. New York is now 8-3-0 in their last 11 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Kings enter the contest with a 13-6-1 (27 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have a five-game point streak (4-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

RANGERS vs. KINGS

  • All-Time: 66-43-16-1 overall (37-18-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
  • 2013-14: tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-1 win on Oct. 7 at Staples Center. Brad Richards notched a game-high, two goals, while Ryan McDonagh tallied a shorthanded goal. Rick Nash led all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the contest.
  • Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-0-1 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), following a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings on Oct. 7, 2011, at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six meetings with the Kings, posting a record of 4-1-1 over the span
  • Four of the last six meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by one goal, with three contests requiring extra time
  • New York is 4-3-0 at home; Los Angeles is 6-3-1 on the road
  • New York is 1-5-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Los Angeles is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
  • New York lists one former King on their roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 - 2008-09)
  • Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
  • The Rangers' power play has notched a goal in six of the last nine games, converting 7-32 (21.9%) with the man advantage over the span
  • The Blueshirts' penalty kill is 41-47 (87.2%) in the last 14 games
  • Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:03) earlier tonight at Montreal. New York ranks 16th in the NHL overall (12-64, 18.8%), and is tied for 24th at home (3-27, 11.1%). The Rangers are 3-7 (2:32) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/16 at MTL), 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 (4:00) earlier tonight at Montreal. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (56-67, 83.6%), and 16th at home (20-24, 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 skate in a four-on-four situation earlier tonight at Montreal, and are now -1 in 22 four-on-four situations (34:37) 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).

MAGNIFIQUE
The Rangers’ 1-0 win earlier tonight against the Canadiens ended an eight-game winless streak for New York in Montreal, and was their first victory in Canada since the 2011-12 season (Mar. 28, 2012 at WPG, 4-2). The Blueshirts’ last win at Montreal was a 4-3 shootout victory on Mar. 17, 2009, and their last win in regulation was a 5-3 victory on Feb. 3, 2008. Ryan Callahan notched the game’s lone goal at 5:25 of the second period, snapping the Rangers’ 232:56 scoreless drought against Montreal, dating back to 12:29 of the second period on Feb. 19. The goal was the first for the Rangers in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012 (John Mitchell at 12:49 of the first period), and gave the Blueshirts their first lead in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2011 (New York held a 1-0 lead with a Brian Boyle goal at 6:58 of the first period, until 13:19 of the first). In addition, the shutout was the Rangers’ first at Montreal since a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 (Ed Giacomin). The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Montreal was Jan. 18, 1940 (Dave Kerr).

STRONG BACKUP
Cam Talbot
turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers' 1-0 win earlier tonight at Montreal. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA, .943 Sv%, and one shutout in five career NHL appearances. He has yet to allow more than two goals against in a contest, and is the first Rangers' rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. PIT to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. TOR.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 34-22, in their 1-0 win earlier tonight at Montreal, including a 15-7 advantage in the first period and a 10-5 advantage in the third. New York had 17 of 18 skaters record at least one shot in the contest.

BACK-TO-BACKS

  • Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
  • Combined record – 5-2-0
  • Record in 1st game – 3-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road)
  • Record in 2nd game – 2-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road)
  • Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
  • The Rangers are 16-4-4 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 15-6-2 in the second game over the span
  • Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career (41-18-7, 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

A FRESH START
The Rangers have won eight of their last 11 games (8-3-0), tallying 2.70 goals per game while allowing 1.63 goals per game over the span. Prior to their 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit, New York averaged 1.50 goals per game and 3.88 goals against per game en route to a 2-6-0 record in the first eight games of their season-opening nine-game road trip.

THE HOT LIST

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 5-4-0 with a 1.80 GAA, .931 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last nine games
  • Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games
  • Ryan Callahan – five points (three goals, two assists) in six games since returning from injury, and eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last eight games
  • Brad Richards – seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games, with six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five
  • Derek Stepan – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine games
  • Mats Zuccarello – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
  • Ryan McDonagh – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last nine games, with five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five
  • Chris Kreider – nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last nine games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 12 games following his recall on Oct. 20
  • Carl Hagelin – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last seven games, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in nine games since returning from injury

SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine straight games from Oct. 24 at Philadelphia to Nov. 7 at Columbus, allowing 1.54 goals per contest and posting a 6-3-0 record during the streak. It was the Blueshirts' longest such streak since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia.

MOVING ON UP
With the Rangers' 4-2 win on Nov. 7 at Columbus, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL's all-time coaching points list. Vigneault has now posted 960 points in 825 games coached (432-297-35-61).

CLOSING TIME
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame.

COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,961 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just 39 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.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED

  • Marc Staal – 100th career NHL point (11/12 vs. NJD)
  • Cam Talbot – 1st career NHL shutout (11/16 at MTL)

INJURIES

  • Rick Nash (IR - 10/14; head injury - 10/8, out indefinitely) – 16
  • Taylor Pyatt (concussion - 11/7, out indefinitely) – 3
  • Total Man-Games Lost: 47