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Rangers at Devils tonight
Posted By On December 29, 2010 @ 7:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers | 149 Comments
Final game of 2010, and the first in a stretch of three in a row and five of six on the road.
Here are tonight’s pre-game notes, from the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Wednesday, Dec. 29, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center • Newark, NJ
Rangers: 21-14-2 (44 pts)
Devils: 9-24-2 (20 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Dec. 27
The Rangers will begin a three-game road trip when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 21-14-2 (44 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 7-2, on Monday at Madison Square Garden to improve to 14-7-1 in their last 22 games, and have earned a point in eight of their last 11 games at MSG (7-3-1). The Devils enter the contest with a 9-24-2 (20 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost nine of their last 10 games including each of their last five. Following the contest, the Rangers will continue their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Jan. 1, at St. Pete Times Forum (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
The Blueshirts have posted a plus-seven rating on special teams (PPG+SHG minus PPGA+SHGA) this season, which is tied for eighth in the league.
The Rangers own a record of 15-5-2 vs. the Devils since the start of the 2007-08 season, including a 7-3-1 mark at New Jersey during the stretch, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist, who has started in each of the Rangers’ last 27 meetings with the Devils, has registered a 2.08 goals against average, .927 save percentage and five shutouts in the 22-game stretch.
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 27 career regular season contests, posting a record of 18-4-5 with a 1.72 goals against average, .938 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.
The Blueshirts were credited with a season-high, 52 shots in their 7-2 win vs. the Islanders on Monday, their most since they registered 57 shots vs. the Islanders on Mar. 5, 2007 (2-1 win). The Rangers tied their season-high for most shots in a period with 18 in each of the first two periods, and their 36 shots through two periods is the most since recording 37 shots through two vs. Washington on Oct. 12, 2007 (20 in the first, 17 in the second in a 3-1 win). The Blueshirts’ 32-shot advantage over the Islanders on Monday (52-20) is tied for the second largest in the NHL this season, behind St. Louis’ 39-shot advantage over Anaheim on Oct. 11 (53-14).
Thursday’s shootout vs. Tampa Bay lasted 11 rounds, which is tied for the sixth longest in NHL history and longest since Mar. 27, 2010 (Detroit defeated Nashville in 11 rounds). The 11-round shootout is the third longest in Rangers history behind their NHL record 15-round shootout on Nov. 26, 2005 vs. Washington (3-2, 4-3 in the shootout) and a 13-round shootout at Philadelphia on Oct. 7, 2006 (5-4, 1-0 in the shootout), which stands as the longest one-goal shootout in NHL history. Henrik Lundqvist was in net for all three contests, posting a 2-1 record and stopping a combined 34 of 39 shots for a .872 save percentage.
The Rangers registered their 20th win of the season with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16, reaching the mark in just 34 games which is tied for 12th fastest in franchise history (full list below).
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES
Compared to last season, the Blueshirts have shown a three wins, five points improvement, having tallied 12 more goals (including a four-goal improvement while shorthanded) while allowing six fewer goals against through 37 games.
The Rangers completed their ninth of 18 back-to-back sets with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Phoenix on Dec. 16. The Blueshirts improved to 9-0-0 (4-0-0 at home, 5-0-0 on the road) in the second game of back-to-backs this season, having out-scored their opponent, 31-9, in those games. Over the last two seasons, New York is 18-2-2 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 8-1-1 mark at MSG and 10-1-1 on the road over the span.
The Blueshirts have started games off strong this season, tallying the first goal of the game in 22 of their 37 games and posting a record of 16-5-1 in those contests. The Rangers own a record of 10-1-1 when leading after the first period, having out-scored their opponent, 27-21, in the opening frame.
The Rangers have had 13 different players credited with at least one game winning goal this season which is tied with Washington for the most in the NHL.
LITTLE THINGS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
The Rangers currently lead the NHL with 1,058 hits and rank second with 599 blocked shots. Ryan Callahan ranked second in the league with 128 hits and led all NHL forwards with 40 blocked shots prior to his injury on Dec. 15, while Dan Girardi currently leads the league with 106 blocked shots and Brian Boyle ranks 12th in the NHL with 104 hits.
THE HOT LIST:
WORLD JUNIOR UPDATE
Four Rangers’ prospects are competing at the 2011 World Junior Championship in Buffalo, New York. Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque are making their second appearance with Team USA, having both been members of last year’s gold medal-winning team. Roman Horak is also making his second appearance with the Czech Republic, while Jesper Fasth is making his first appearance for Sweden at the elite tournament.
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Total Man-Games Lost: 112
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