Rangers at Blackhawks tonight


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Friday, Mar. 9, 8:30 p.m.
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 42-17-7 (91 pts)
Blackhawks: 36-25-7 (79 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Mar. 8

The Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (8:30 p.m.; TV: MSG Plus; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 42-17-7 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, last night at Scotiabank Place, and are now 13-5-3 in their last 21 games. The Blackhawks enter the contest with a 36-25-7 (79 pts) record to rank sixth in the Western Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders on Sunday, Mar. 11, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin a seven-game homestand.

* All-Time: 236-242-98-2 overall (120-114-55-0 at home; 116-128-43-2 on the road)
* 2011-12: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the first at United Center. New York is 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) following a 4-2 loss on Feb. 16 at Madison Square Garden. Carl Hagelin and Marc Staal each tallied a goal for the Rangers. Martin Biron stopped 18 of 22 shots in the loss.
* Last Season:  New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 win in their only meeting on Nov. 1 at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Dubinsky led the team with two goals, while Ryan Callahan and Artem Anisimov tallied a teamhigh, two assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 of 35 shots in the contest.
* The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in each of their last five games at Chicago, posting a record of 2-0-1-2 over the span, dating back to a 2-2 tie on Nov. 16, 2003; New York’s last regulation loss at Chicago was on Mar. 7, 2002 (1-5)
* The Rangers have registered at least one point in seven of their last eight meetings with the Blackhawks overall (4-1-1-2 over the span)
* New York ranks second with a 20-10-5 (45 pts) record on the road; Chicago ranks third with a 22-7-4 (48 pts) mark at home
* The Rangers are 2-2-0 vs. the Central Division; the Blackhawks are 3-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division
* New York lists one former Blackhawk on their roster: John Scott (2010-11 – 2011-12)
* Chicago lists no former Rangers on their roster

* Henrik Lundqvist — 6 GP, 4-0-2, 1.80 GAA
* Martin Biron — 7 GP, 2-3-1-0, 3.38 GAA
* Brad Richards — 20 GP, 2-24-26
* Marian Gaborik — 26 GP, 12-14-26
* Brandon Dubinsky — 4 GP, 4-2-6
* Anton Stralman — 14 GP, 1-6-7

The Rangers have tallied eight power play goals in the last 15 games, posting a 17.4% success rate over the span (8-46). The Blueshirts penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in 23 of the last 33 games (84-94, 89.4% over the span), and are 18-19 (94.7%) in the last six contests. 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 29-9-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (7:27) last night at Ottawa. New York ranks 29th overall (31-222, 14.0%) and 24th on the road (15-109, 13.8%). 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 Senators scoreless in two shorthanded situations (3:27) last night at Ottawa. New York ranks fifth overall (185-213, 86.8%) and sixth on the road (107-122, 87.7%). 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:33) last night at Ottawa. The Rangers are plus-six in 71 four-on-four situations (127:48), 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 conclude their 12th of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets this season tonight at Chicago. New York has posted a record of 8-1-3 (3-0-0 at home, 5-1-3 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 Blueshirts have skated in 10 of 15 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season, posting a record of 5-5-0 in those contests
* Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents this season with eight points and four goals
* Derek Stepan has tallied seven points against Original Six opponents this season, including a team-high, five assists
* New York has posted a record of 51-30-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 4-1-2 mark vs. Chicago over the span. The Rangers’ .613 win% over the span ranks second, trailing Detroit (.662, 44-21-6), and ahead of Montreal (.608, 75-46-13), Chicago (.520, 33-30-11), Boston (.518, 61-56-20), and Toronto (.496, 57-58-18).

The Rangers have registered at least one point in 12 of their last 16 road games (9-4-3 over the span), and are 15-6-3 in their last 24 games away from MSG.

The Rangers’ .689 win% is the team’s best record through 66 games in 39 years, when the 1972-73 Blueshirts began the season with a 42-17-7 record (.689 win%), and is tied as the third 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…
* 2nd in points (91)
* 1st in win% (.689)
* 3rd in wins (42)
* T-1st in regulation/overtime wins (39)
* 1st in fewest regulation losses (17)
* 2nd in fewest goals against (136)
* 2nd in GAA (2.06)
* 1st in hits (1,963)
* 4th in blocked shots (1,078)
* 4th in +/- rating (plus-39)
* 6th in goal differential (plus-40)

* 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 58 games (39-14-5), 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 fourth in the league with a .235 win% when trailing after two periods (4-12-1), and their four third period comeback victories are tied for 10th in the NHL; New York has trailed entering the third period in 17 games this season, which is tied as the fewest in the league
* New York leads the NHL with a .742 win% when out-shooting their opponent (23-7-1)
* The Rangers lead the league when scoring first, posting a 30-2-3 mark (.857 win%) in those contests; Their 30 wins rank third in the NHL

* 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 24 games; five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games
* Ryan Callahan — 12 points (nine goals, three assists) in his last 12 games; three goals in his last four games
* Derek Stepan — 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in the last 17 games; five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
* Brad Richards — 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 15 games; six assists in the last seven games
* Carl Hagelin — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 11 games; six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven games
* Michael Del Zotto — 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his last 19 games; nine assists in his last 14 games
* Anton Stralman — three-game assist streak (three assists over the span); seven assists in his last 14 games
* Dan Girardi — three assists in the last six games

* Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100 NHL career

* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) — 42
* Brandon Dubinsky (injured, 3/6) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 189

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  1. Capitals will end up going on and get in easily. There’s too much talent on that team for them to not make the playoffs, especially in that division. Hopefully, for the Rangers sake, the Capitals end up winning the division and the Rangers keep the number 1 seed. The Capitals would be a really bad first round match-up.

  2. Afraid to say I’m gonna miss the game tonight, but my running mix started on “Good Feeling” tonight and I’m taking it as a good omen.


  3. New York Rangers ? @thenyrangers

    John Scott lists about six @nhlblackhawks who might be willing or interested in fighting him tonight as he faces his former team first time

    why is this byfuglien hump even dressing for the game

  4. Chris Higgins, another guy having a better year that Brandon Dubinsky

    I remembered the Drury two-goal performance but I must have blocked out anything to do with Higgins scoring a goal. It wasn’t hard to do either, what did he have? 6?

  5. Lloyd,
    is *anything* positive about the Rangers, totally incompatible with your negative charged body metabolism, or you’re just an idiot?

  6. OK, I’m out ‘heads! DVR for me. No texting or other updates. See you later. Maybe in am, I still have to pack

  7. Latona:

    Np. The playing times of those d-men are pretty funny to look at now. Roszival, Mara and Redden all around 25 minutes. Dimitri Kalinin at 21+, and little Dan Girardi at 9 minutes.

  8. I think that Girardi got wounded in that fight, Lloyd. But his ice time probably still would have been lower than the others.

  9. man, Nigel Dawes. that was the last dude I completely overestimated. thought he was going to be a really good player and now he’s playing in Kazakhstan on a line with Borat.

  10. I wonder if he had any more “lucky” shootout goals on marine-life goaltenders there.

  11. duckbill Plat-y-pus on

    Orrsie, I want the caps in the playoffs so we can send them and their idiot fans out in the first round. that is all!™

  12. Kreider is going to score multiple goals tonight. He is the most incredible prospect in the world. AND, he’s American! Scouts love him. He is money in the bank.

    (Cough. Sanguinetti. Cough.)

  13. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    you guys are very feisty tonight. gonna be a rare form kinda game thread eh?

  14. How many times are they going to mention the Steve Larmer penalty shot this game?

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