Pre-game notes from the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WINNIPEG JETS
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 30-12-4 (64 pts)
Jets: 22-20-6 (50 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 22
The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their final game before the NHL All-Star break. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 30-12-4 (64 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday at TD Garden for their 30th win of the season, and are now 13-4-0 in their last 17 games. New York has posted a record of 27-9-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Jets entered their contest last night at Carolina with a 22-20-6 (50 pts) record to rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, and had lost seven of their last 10 games (3-6-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division match-up.
RANGERS vs. JETS:
- All-Time: 21-15-1-9 overall (8-9-1-5 at home; 13-6-0-4 on the road)
- 2011-12: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second and final at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 win on Nov. 6 at MSG. The Rangers power play is 3-11 (27.3%) in the season series, while their penalty kill has held the Jets scoreless in five shorthanded situations. Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with three points (two goals, one assist) in the series, and Martin Biron is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .980 Sv% and one shutout in two games.
- Last Season: New York was 1-3-0 overall (0-2-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Brian Boyle led the Rangers with two goals in the season series, and Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-2-0 record with a 2.61 GAA in three games.
- New York ranks ninth with a 14-5-2 (30 pts) record at home; Winnipeg ranks 25th with a 7-12-4 (18 pts) mark on the road
- The Rangers are 9-2-1 vs. the Southeast Division; the Jets are 5-5-2 vs. the Atlantic Division
- New York lists one former Jet on their roster: Erik Christensen (2007-08 – 2008-09)
- Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. JETS:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 19 GP, 7-5-6, 2.24 GAA, 1 SO
- Martin Biron — 20 GP, 8-11-0-0, 3.02 GAA, 4 SO
- Brad Richards — 48 GP, 17-36-53
- Marian Gaborik — 15 GP, 10-9-19
- Ruslan Fedotenko — 50 GP, 11-17-28
- Michael Del Zotto — 8 GP, 1-6-7
The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL with a plus-seven rating on special teams [(PPG+SHG)-(PPGA+SHGA)]. The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 12 of the last 13 games (29-30, 96.7% over the span), including five straight (12 times shorthanded), and is 54-59 (91.5%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 22 contests. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL with six shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 16-1-2 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 22-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
- Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in three power play attempts (7:06) on Saturday at Boston. New York ranks 23rd overall (23-159, 14.5%) and is tied for 13th at home (15-82, 18.3%). The Rangers are 2-12 (8:51) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. PHI), and 1-5 (6:52) when four-on-three (last – 1/21 at BOS). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski).
- Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Bruins scoreless in four power play attempt (8:00) on Saturday at Boston. New York ranks third overall (131-150, 87.3%) and fifth at home (54-62, 87.1%). The Rangers are 5-6 (3:26) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/17 at PHX), and 0-1 (1:17) when three-on-four (last – 10/7 at LAK). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/20 at CGY (Prust); 12/8 vs. TBL (Anisimov); 12/10 at BUF (Hagelin); 12/10 at BUF (Callahan); 12/20 at NJD (Hagelin); 1/6 at PIT (Dubinsky).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (3:50) on Saturday at Boston. The Rangers are plus-four in 47 four-on-four situations (85:44), and even in one three-on-three situation (0:01). Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).
The Rangers have played seven of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season. New York has posted a record of 6-0-1 (3-0-0 at home, 3-0-1 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 5-1-1 (4-0-0 at home, 1-1-1 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 26-9-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets, with a 13-3-1 mark at MSG and 13-6-2 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’ next back-to-back set is Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, with road games in New Jersey and Buffalo.
The Rangers’ 3-0 win over the Jets on Nov. 6 was the first by the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden against a team based in Winnipeg since a 6-4 victory over the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Oct. 11, 1995.
IT’S MANITOBA TIME
On Oct. 24, the Rangers defeated the Jets, 2-1, for their first win in Winnipeg since a 5-4 victory against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 21, 1992.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have posted a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 home games. The Blueshirts’ 14-5-2 (30 pts) mark at MSG is their best start at home through 21 games since 1995-96 (16-2-3, 35 pts).
PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .696 win% through 46 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 31-12-3 record (.707 win%), and is the fourth best start in franchise history. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
KING HENRIK’S REIGN
Henrik Lundqvist recorded his 20th win with a 27-save shutout on Jan. 17 vs. Nashville. He became the third goaltender in Rangers’ history to reach the 20-win mark in seven straight seasons, and the first since Mike Richter from 1995-96 – 2001-02. Ed Giacomin holds the franchise record with eight straight seasons of 20+ wins (1966-67 – 1973-74). Miikka Kiprusoff (CGY) is the only other goalie in the league with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more consecutive seasons. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
- T-2nd in points (64)
- T-1st in win% (.696)
- 3rd in wins (30)
- T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (28)
- T-1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
- 2nd in fewest goals against (93)
- 2nd in GAA (2.02)
- 2nd in hits (1,346)
- T-3rd in blocked shots (759)
- 4th in +/- rating (plus-30)
- 4th in goal differential (plus-33)
Three Rangers were selected for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game – Henrik Lundqvist, Marian Gaborik and Dan Girardi. It is the first time since the 1996-97 season the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game (Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch). Head Coach John Tortorella also clinched an All-Star berth, becoming the first Rangers coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game.
- This is the latest the Rangers have been in first place of the Eastern Conference standings since the 1995-96 season, when New York held the top position through games played on Mar. 15, 1996 (NYR game #68). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
- New York has registered at least one point in 29 of their last 38 games (27-9-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
- New York is 8-1-1 when leading after the first period and 18-0-2 when leading after the second
- The Rangers are tied for fifth in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (3-8-1), and their three third period comeback victories are tied for ninth in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 12 games this season, which is tied for the fewest in the league
- New York leads the NHL with a .789 win% when out-shooting their opponent (15-4-0)
- The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 22-1-1 mark (.917 win%) in those contests; Their 22 wins are tied for second in the NHL
THE HOT LIST:
- Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in eight of his last 15 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 23 games this season
- Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
- Marian Gaborik enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span)
- Carl Hagelin enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span), and has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 13 games
- Ryan Callahan has tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 14 games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Henrik Lundqvist: 1 shutout from 40th NHL career
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 22
- Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 16
- Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 10
Total Man-Games Lost: 151