Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
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.
RANGERS vs. BLACKHAWKS:
- 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)
- 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.
ORIGINAL SIX NOTES:
- 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.
PLACE IN HISTORY
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
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 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
Total Man-Games Lost: 189
- 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