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Let the Sid-fest begin! Penguins at Rangers tonight
Posted By On November 29, 2011 @ 5:30 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 223 Comments
Pre-game notes from the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, New York
Rangers: 12-5-3 (27 pts)
Penguins: 14-6-4 (32 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Nov. 27
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 12-5-3 (27 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-0, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their home winning streak to six games. New York has now won their last two games, having completed a sweep of their back-to-back set against Washington and Philadelphia. The Penguins enter the contest with a 14-6-4 (32 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have lost five of their last seven games on the road (2-4-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Dec. 1, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), to begin a two-game Southeast road trip.
·TV: MSG Network
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show with Al Trautwig
7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Sam Rosen (Play-By-Play), Joe Micheletti (Analyst), John Giannone (In-Game Reporter)
·Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio and newyorkrangers.com
7:00 p.m. – Rangers Pre-Game Show
7:30 p.m. – Rangers vs. Penguins
Broadcasters: Kenny Albert (Play-By-Play), Dave Maloney (Analyst)
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
·All-Time: 115-97-23-8 overall (64-46-9-3 at home; 51-51-14-5 on the road)
·Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play opportunities (3:57) on Saturday vs. Philadelphia, and are 2-7 (28.6%) in their last two games. New York ranks 23rd overall (11-81, 13.6%) and 11th at home (7-36, 19.4%). The Rangers are 1-7 (5:25) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/23 at FLA), and 0-4 (3:46) when four-on-three (last – 11/3 vs. ANA). Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
The Rangers are scheduled to play 14 back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 2-0-1 (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 2-0-1 (2-0-0 at home, 0-0-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 23-8-3 in the back-end of back-to-back sets, including an 11-3-1 mark at MSG and 12-5-2 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 56 times in his career, posting a record of 35-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers fourth back-to-back set will be on Dec. 22-23 vs. the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, with both games at Madison Square Garden.
PERFECT IN PITTSBURGH
The Rangers completed last season’s series against Pittsburgh with a 3-0-0 record at CONSOL Energy Center, having out-scored the Penguins, 12-5, in those games. It was the first time the Blueshirts swept the season series in Pittsburgh since 1996-97 (2-0-0), and the first time since 1973-74 that a Rangers team won three games at Pittsburgh in the same season (3-0-0). New York has won each of their last four games in Pittsburgh, dating back to a 3-2 overtime win on Feb. 12, 2010.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a six-game home winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. San Jose. New York has out-scored their opponents, 22-7, during the streak, having held the opposition to one goal or less in four of the six games. The Blueshirts’ power play is 5-29 (17.2%) over the span, while their penalty kill is 14-15 (93.3%). The Rangers’ 6-1-1 start through eight games at Madison Square Garden is their best start at home since they posted a record of 6-1-1 through eight home games to begin the 1992-93 season. New York began that season with a 7-1-1 mark through nine games at MSG.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts lead the league in fewest total goals against, allowing 41 goals through 20 games, and rank second with a 2.05 GAA. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a record of 9-4-3 with a 2.05 GAA, .935 Sv% and two shutouts, while Martin Biron is 3-1-0 with a 1.68 GAA, .937 Sv% and one shutout. Rangers goaltenders have combined for a league-best, .934 Sv%. Lundqvist ranks fifth in the NHL in Sv%, ninth in GAA and is tied for sixth in shutouts.
IN THE BLACK
The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL with a plus-15 rating while skating at even strength. 23 of the 27 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 11th in the NHL with a plus-12 rating. In the league standings, New York ranks fifth with a plus-13 goal differential.
The Rangers have tallied the game’s first goal in 12 of their 20 contests this season, posting a record of 11-1-0 in those games. Their .917 winning percentage when scoring first ranks second in the NHL, while their 11 wins are tied for first in the league.
New York has seen nine new faces in their lineup during the 2011-12 season – Tim Erixon* (10/7 at LAK), Brad Richards (10/7 at LAK, one assist), Mike Rupp (10/7 at LAK), Jeff Woywitka (10/15 at NYI), Brendan Bell (10/22 at EDM), Andre Deveaux (10/31 vs. SJS), Anton Stralman (11/23 at FLA), Carl Hagelin* (11/25 at WSH, one assist), John Mitchell (11/25 at WSH, one assist). *NHL debut
COUNTDOWN TO 2,500 WINS
The Rangers are currently four wins shy of 2,500 wins, having won 2,496 games all-time in franchise history.
Total Man-Games Lost: 51
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