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Rangers at Capitals today
Posted By Carp On November 25, 2011 @ 5:14 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 34 Comments
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Friday, Nov. 25, 4:00 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 10-5-3 (23 pts)
Capitals: 12-7-1 (25 pts)
The Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center (4:00 p.m.), to close out their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-5-3 (23 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Florida Panthers, 2-1, on Wednesday at BankAtlantic Center. The Capitals enter the contest with a 12-7-1 (25 pts) record to rank sixth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow, Nov. 26, at Madison Square Garden (2:00 p.m.), in their third game in four days.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
The Rangers will begin their third of 14 back-to-back sets this season when they face-off against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. New York has posted a record of 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 1-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 22-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including a 10-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. The Rangers will close out their back-to-back set tomorrow in an Atlantic Division matinee match-up against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts lead the league in fewest total goals against, allowing 38 goals through 18 games, and rank third with a 2.11 goals against average. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 7-4-3 with a 2.12 GAA, .935 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron is 3-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout. Rangers goaltenders have combined to stop 93.3% of all shots faced, which ranks second in the NHL. Lundqvist’s .935 save percentage is tied for fifth among league goaltenders.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers were credited with a season-high, 50 hits, on Wednesday at Florida. Brandon Dubinsky led all skaters and tied his career-high with 10 hits, while Ryan Callahan tied his season high with six hits. New York had 16 of 18 skaters register at least one hit, with eight recording three or more hits – Dan Girardi (five), Brian Boyle (four), Michael Sauer (four), Derek Stepan (three), Michael Del Zotto (three), and Ryan McDonagh (three), along with Dubinsky and Callahan. Sauer’s four hits marked a personal season-high. The Rangers now rank second in the NHL in road hits (300), and rank second in the league in average hits per contest (26).
IN THE BLACK
The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL with a plus-11 rating while skating at even strength. 20 of the 25 players who have skated for the Rangers this season have posted a plus or even rating. Ryan McDonagh leads the team and is tied for 17th in the NHL with a plus-10 rating. In the league standings, New York is tied for seventh with a plus-eight goal differential.
The Rangers have tallied the game’s first goal in 10 of their 18 contests this season, posting a record of 9-1-0 in those games. Their .900 winning percentage when scoring first ranks second in the NHL, while their nine wins are tied for second.
JOINING THE RUSH
New York defensemen have accounted for 21.3% of the team’s scoring, tied for fifth-best in the league, tallying a combined 10 goals through 18 games to begin the season, tying for 10th in the NHL. Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are tied for first among Rangers defensemen and 15th among NHL blueliners with three goals.
New York has seen seven new faces in their lineup during the 2011-12 season. The Rangers had three players make their Rangers debut in the team’s season opener on Oct. 7 against the Kings – Tim Erixon (NHL debut), Brad Richards (one assist) and Mike Rupp. In addition, defenseman Jeff Woywitka made his Rangers debut on Oct. 15 at Long Island, while defenseman Brendan Bell made his Blueshirts debut on Oct. 22 at Edmonton. Forward Andre Deveaux made his Rangers debut on Oct. 31 vs. San Jose, following his recall the day before. Defenseman Anton Stralman made his first appearance as a Blueshirt on Wednesday at Florida after signing with the team on Nov. 5. Forwards Carl Hagelin and John Mitchell, who were recalled from Connecticut yesterday, are both looking to make their Rangers debut.
COUNTDOWN TO 2,500 WINS
The Rangers are currently six wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,494 games all-time in franchise history.
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