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Islanders at Rangers tonight (updated)
Posted By Carp On March 11, 2012 @ 4:09 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 165 Comments
Morning update: 11:59 a.m.: Mats Zuccarello has been recalled from Connecticut; Brandon Dubinsky will play tonight, but Ryan Callahan and Michael Del Zotto will not.
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Sunday, Mar. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 42-18-7 (91 pts)
Islanders: 28-30-9 (65 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), to begin a seven-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank third in the league overall, with a record of 42-18-7 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-3, on Friday at United Center, and are now 13-6-3 in their last 22 games. The Islanders have posted a record of 28-31-9 (65 pts) and have lost five of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Mar. 13, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), as they continue their seven-game homestand.
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
The Rangers have played 12 of 14 scheduled back-to-back sets. New York has posted a combined record of 16-3-5 in back-to-back games, including an 8-1-3 (3-0-0 at home, 5-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and an 8-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 2-2-2 on the road) mark in the second. Since 2009-10, New York is 29-10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 14-7-3 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’ next back-to-back set is scheduled for Mar. 23-24, vs. Buffalo and at Toronto.
The Rangers will begin a seven-game homestand tonight when they face-off against the New York Islanders. The seven-game homestand is tied as the longest in franchise history, and is their longest since 2001-02. The Blueshirts’ previous seven-game homestands were in 1969-70 (4-0-3-0), 1972-73 (4-3-0-0), 1977-78 (3-3-1-0), and 2001-02 (3-2-1-1). The Rangers are one of five teams with a homestand of seven or more games on their 2011-12 regular season schedule (Winnipeg – 8, Colorado – 8, Tampa Bay – 7, Vancouver – 7).
HOME SWEET HOME
The Blueshirts’ 22-7-2 (46 pts) mark at MSG is their best record at home through 31 games since 1993-94 (21-6-4, 46 pts).
The Rangers are 12-5-2 against Atlantic Division opponents this season, including a nine-game winning streak from Nov. 15 –Jan. 6. New York has out-scored their opponent, 53-40, in divisional play.
PLACE IN HISTORY
The Rangers’ .679 win% is the team’s best record through 67 games in 18 years, when the 1993-94 Blueshirts began the season with a 43-19-5 record (.679 win%), and is tied as the fourth 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…
THE HOT LIST:
* Henrik Lundqvist — 11-4-1 with a 1.74 GAA, .935 Sv% and 4 SO in his last 16 games
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