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Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center — Newark, NJ
Rangers: 31-12-4 (66 pts)
Devils: 26-19-3 (55 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Jan. 25
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970 The Apple), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 31-12-4 (66 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Winnipeg Jets, 3-0, on Jan. 24 at Madison Square Garden for their third win in four games, and are now 14-4-0 in their last 18 games. New York has posted a record of 28-9-2 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Devils enter the contest with a 26-19-3 (55 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at First Niagara Center (7:30 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
* All-Time: 99-82-27-5 overall (54-29-20-2 at home; 45-53-7-3 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second of six meetings this season, and the second of three at Prudential Center. New York is 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win on Dec. 20 at Prudential Center. The Rangers tallied four unanswered goals, including three in the third period, to overcome a one-goal deficit after the first. Marian Gaborik (two goals, one assist) and Derek Stepan (three assists) each registered three points, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves in the win.
* Last Season: New York was 4-2-0 overall (2-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road). The Rangers held the Devils to one or fewer goals in four of the six meetings, and out-scored New Jersey, 16-8, in the season series. Brandon Dubinsky led the Blueshirts in scoring with four goals and seven points, while Artem Anisimov tallied a team-high, five assists in six games. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-2-0 with a 1.44 GAA, .953 Sv% and one shutout.
* Nine of their last 13 meetings have been decided by two goals or less
* Henrik Lundqvist has started in 32 straight games against the Devils
* New York ranks second with a 16-7-2 (34 pts) record on the road; New Jersey ranks 25th with a 12-9-2 (26 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 9-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division; the Devils are 4-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Mike Rupp (2002-03 – 2003-04, 2006-07 – 2008-09)
* New Jersey lists one former Ranger on their roster: Petr Sykora (2005-06)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:
* Henrik Lundqvist — 37 GP, 23-9-5, 1.82 GAA, 5 SO
* Martin Biron — 30 GP, 8-15-2-2, 3.16 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards — 33 GP, 5-26-31
* Marian Gaborik — 19 GP, 8-10-18
* Brandon Dubinsky — 27 GP, 9-8-17
* Dan Girardi — 30 GP, 0-11-11
The Rangers are tied for 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 13 of the last 14 games (31-32, 96.9% over the span), including six straight (14 times shorthanded), and is 56-61 (91.8%) with five shorthanded goals in the last 23 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 23-6-2 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg. New York ranks 25th overall (23-163, 14.1%) and 28th on the road (8-77, 10.4%). 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 Jets scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Jan. 24 at MSG. New York ranks third overall (133-152, 87.5%) and fourth on the road (77-88, 87.5%). 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg. 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 will begin their eighth of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at New Jersey. 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-backs, 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 will close out the set tomorrow at Buffalo.
The Rangers own a record of 18-7-2 vs. the Devils since the start of the 2007-08 season, including a 9-4-1 mark on the road during the stretch, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist has registered a 2.07 goals against average, .926 save percentage and five shutouts in the 27-game stretch.
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 31 career regular season contests, posting a record of 21-5-5 with a 1.79 goals against average, .933 save percentage and four shutouts over the span.
The Rangers are 9-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, including a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 15 – Jan. 6. New York has out-scored their opponent, 34-21, in divisional play.
PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .702 win% through 47 games is the team’s best start in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 32-12-3 record (.713 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 team record with eight straight (1966-67 – 1973-74). Lundqvist is one of four NHL goalies with an active streak of 20+ wins in seven or more straight seasons (Kiprusoff – CGY, Luongo – VAN, Vokoun – WSH). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in a 3-0 win on Jan. 24 vs. Winnipeg to post his fifth shutout of the season and 40th of his career, and move into a tie with Dave Kerr for second place on the Rangers’ all-time shutouts list. He ranks seventh among active goalies in career shutouts, and is one of only two NHL goaltenders to record 40 or more shutouts since 2005-06 (Brodeur, 41). *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
* 2nd in points (66)
* 1st in win% (.702)
* T-2nd in wins (31)
* 1st in regulation/overtime wins (29)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (12)
* 1st in fewest goals against (93)
* 2nd in GAA (1.98)
* 1st in hits (1,378)
* 6th in blocked shots (776)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-33)
* T-3rd in goal differential (plus-36)
Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Carl Hagelin and Dan Girardi participated in the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, while Head Coach John Tortorella served as head coach of Team Alfredsson, becoming the first coach in franchise history to coach in the All-Star Game. Marian Gaborik captured MVP honors in the All-Star Game after posting a hat trick and tallying the lone assist on the game-winning goal for a four-point effort. Gaborik is the fifth New York Ranger to capture MVP honors in the NHL All-Star Game — Don Maloney (1984), Mike Gartner (1993), Mike Richter (1994) and Wayne Gretzky (1999). Henrik Lundqvist helped Team Alfredsson win the NHL All-Star Skills Competition by stopping an event-best, six of seven shootout attempts in the Elimination Shootout. Carl Hagelin, who was one of 12 rookies participating in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, also contributed to Team Alfredsson’s victory in the Skills Competition by winning the Fastest Skater event with a time of 13.218 seconds. In addition, Dan Girardi, who was the second-leading vote-getter among skaters, and first among defensemen, as a write-in candidate in the final fan balloting, registered the primary assist on Team Alfredsson’s first goal of the All-Star Game at 10:36 of the first period. The last time the Rangers had three players selected for the All-Star Game was during the 1996-97 season, when Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch represented the Blueshirts.
* 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 30 of their last 39 games (28-9-2), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
* New York is 9-1-1 when leading after the first period and 19-0-2 when leading after the second
* The Rangers are tied for fourth 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 the fewest in the league
* New York leads the NHL with an .800 win% when out-shooting their opponent (16-4-0)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 23-1-1 mark (.920 win%) in those contests; Their 23 wins rank second in the NHL
THE HOT LIST:
* Henrik Lundqvist has allowed one goal or less in nine of his last 16 games, and has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 24 games this season
* Martin Biron has held opponents to two or fewer goals in eight of his 11 starts this season
* Ryan Callahan has tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
* Marian Gaborik has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* John Mitchell has tallied three goals and a plus-three rating in the last five games
* Carl Hagelin has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 14 games
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) – 23
* Steve Eminger (shoulder, 12/17) – 17
* Jeff Woywitka (foot, 12/30) – 11
Total Man-Games Lost: 155
* Jan. 24 – Recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from Connecticut (AHL) on an emergency basis
* Jan. 24 – Forward Erik Christensen returned from his conditioning stint with Connecticut (AHL)
* Jan. 24 – Assigned goaltender Chad Johnson to Connecticut (AHL)