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Pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place – Kanata, ON
Rangers: 42-16-7 (91 pts)
Senators: 35-25-8 (78 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Mar. 6
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to begin a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank first in the league overall, with a record of 42-16-7 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, on Tuesday at Prudential Center, and are now 13-4-3 in their last 20 games. The Senators enter the contest with a 35-25-8 (78 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost two of their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow, Mar. 9, at United Center (8:30 p.m.), in their third game in four days.
RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
- All-Time: 33-34-3-3 overall (14-21-0-2 at home; 19-13-3-1 on the road)
- 2011-12: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second at Scotiabank Place. New York is 1-1-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) following a 3-0 loss on Jan. 12 at Madison Square Garden. Two of their three meetings have been decided by one goal, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers power play is 2-9 (22.2%) in the series. Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring with three goals and five points, while Derek Stepan has tallied a team-high, three assists (one goal, three assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%.
- Last Season: New York was 2-1-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of the four contests were decided by two goals or less, including one that required the shootout on Mar. 24 at Madison Square Garden (1-2, OT). Brandon Prust and Derek Stepan tied for the team-high with two goals and three points apiece in the series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1.72 GAA and .936 Sv% in four games.
- The Rangers have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 14 games against the Senators (8-4-2 over the span)
- Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 26 consecutive games against Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
- New York ranks second with a 20-9-5 (45 pts) record on the road; Ottawa ranks 23rd with a 17-13-3 (37 pts) mark at home
- The Rangers are 9-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division; the Senators are 8-3-3 vs. the Atlantic Division
- New York lists no former Senators on their roster
- Ottawa lists two former Rangers on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 26 GP, 11-12-2, 2.05 GAA, 1 SO
- Martin Biron — 30 GP, 14-9-2-2, 2.79 GAA, 2 SO
- Brad Richards — 34 GP, 13-12-25
- Marian Gaborik — 15 GP, 8-10-18
- Derek Stepan — 7 GP, 3-4-7
- Jeff Woywitka — 5 GP, 1-2-3
The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 14 games, posting a 19.0% success rate over the span (8-42). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 22 of the last 32 games (82-92, 89.1% over the span). The Rangers are tied for fifth in the NHL with seven shorthanded goals. The Blueshirts have posted a record of 19-1-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and are 29-8-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
- Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks 29th overall (31-218, 14.2%) and 21st on the road (15-105, 14.3%). The Rangers are 3-14 (11:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/2 at TBL), and 1-8 (10:10) when four-on-three (last – 3/2 at TBL). 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 Devils scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) on Tuesday at New Jersey. New York ranks fifth overall (183-211, 86.7%) and sixth on the road (105-120, 87.5%). The Rangers are 8-9 (4:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/16 vs. CHI), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last – 2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (7): 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); 2/12 vs. WSH (Prust).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at New Jersey. The Rangers are plus-six in 69 four-on-four situations (125:15), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (9): 10/18 at VAN (Gaborik); 10/20 at CGY (McDonagh); 10/27 vs. TOR (Girardi); 1/2 vs. FLA (Gaborik); 2/9 vs. TBL (Stepan); 2/9 vs. TBL (Richards); 2/14 at BOS (Anisimov); 2/19 vs. CBJ (Stepan), 2/25 vs. BUF (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).
The Rangers will begin their 12th of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at Ottawa. New York has posted a record of 8-0-3 (3-0-0 at home, 5-0-3 on the road) in the first game of the set, and are 8-1-2 (6-0-0 at home, 2-1-2 on the road) in the second game. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-9-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-6-3 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 57 times in his career, posting a record of 36-14-7 with a 1.82 GAA, .935 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers will close out the set tomorrow at Chicago.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 12 of their last 15 road games (9-3-3 over the span), and are 15-5-3 in their last 23 games away from MSG.
PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .700 win% is the team’s best record through 65 games in 40 years, when the 1971-72 Blueshirts began the season with a 44-11-10 record (.754 win%), and is tied as the second best mark in franchise history. The Rangers reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which is tied as the second fastest to 40-wins in franchise history.
The Rangers rank among the NHL leaders in several statistical categories…
- T-1st in points (91)
- 1st in win% (.700)
- T-2nd in wins (42)
- 1st in regulation/overtime wins (39)
- 1st in fewest regulation losses (16)
- 2nd in fewest goals against (132)
- 2nd in GAA (2.03)
- 1st in hits (1,926)
- 4th in blocked shots (1,067)
- 4th in +/- rating (plus-42)
- 4th in goal differential (plus-43)
- 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 44 of their last 57 games (39-13-5), dating back to Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark
- New York is 16-1-3 when leading after the first period and 26-0-3 when leading after the second
- The Rangers are tied for third in the league with a .250 win% when trailing after two periods (4-11-1), and their four third period comeback victories are tied for 10th in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 16 games this season, which is the fewest in the league
- New York leads the NHL with a .767 win% when out-shooting their opponent (23-6-1)
- The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 30-1-3 mark (.882 win%) in those contests; Their 30 wins rank third in the NHL
THE HOT LIST:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 11-3-1 with a 1.65 GAA, .940 Sv% and 4 SO in his last 15 games
- Marian Gaborik — 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in the last 23 games; five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
- Derek Stepan — four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span); 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games
- Carl Hagelin — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games; six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
- Dan Girardi — three assists in the last five games
- Michael Del Zotto — 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 18 games; nine assists in his last 13 games
- Brad Richards — 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in the last 14 games; five assists in the last six games
- Stu Bickel — three assists and a plus-five rating in the last seven games; two assists and a plus-four rating in the last four games
- Artem Anisimov — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 16 games
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 41
Total Man-Games Lost: 187