Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at BOSTON BRUINS
Saturday, Jan. 19, 7:00 p.m.
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Rangers (last season): 51-24-7 (109 pts)
Bruins (last season): 49-29-4 (102 pts)
The Rangers will begin their 2013 regular season against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. This will be the fifth consecutive season the Blueshirts will open their regular season campaign on the road, and the 11th time in the last 13 seasons. Last season, the Rangers finished atop the Eastern Conference Standings, and second in the league overall, with a record of 51-24-7 (109 pts). The Bruins finished the 2011-12 season with a 49-29-4 (102 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference. Tomorrow’s game is the first of back-to-back contests to open the season for the Rangers, who will host Atlantic Division rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Jan. 20 (7:00 p.m.), in their home opener at Madison Square Garden.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
- All-Time: 247-282-97-2 overall (142-119-55-0 at home; 105-163-42-2 on the road)
- 2013: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two at TD Garden.
- Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (1-1-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). Three of the four meetings were decided by one goal, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Jan. 21 at Boston. The Rangers out-scored the Bruins, 11-7, including a 4-1 advantage in the third period and overtime. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-8 (25.0%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Marian Gaborik led all skaters in scoring with four goals and five points in the season series, while Michael Del Zotto and Brad Richards each tallied a series-high, three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.73 GAA, .946 Sv% and one shutout.
- The Rangers have won nine of their last 12 meetings against the Bruins, including five of their last six games at Boston over the span
- The Blueshirts enter tomorrow’s contest with a four-game winning streak at TD Garden, having out-scored the Bruins, 10-4, during the stretch
- Henrik Lundqvist has started in 24 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
- New York tied for second with a 24-12-5 (53 pts) record on the road last season; Boston ranked 14th with a 24-14-3 (51 pts) mark at home last season
- The Rangers were 11-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division last season; the Bruins were 12-7-1 vs. the Atlantic Division last season
- New York lists no former Bruins on its roster
- Boston lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 27 GP, 19-6-2, 1.53 GAA, 6 SO
- Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
- Brad Richards — 34 GP, 7-22-29
- Ryan Callahan — 19 GP, 5-6-11
- Michael Del Zotto — 10 GP, 2-4-6
SPECIAL TEAMS (last season):
The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal last season, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal.
- Power Play: The Rangers’ power play tallied eight goals in the final six games of the regular season (8-27, 29.6% over the span), and 13-56 (23.2%) in the final 15 games. New York ranked 23rd overall (44-280, 15.7%) and 19th on the road (21-134, 15.7%). The Rangers were 4-18 (13:15) in five-on-three situations (last –4/5 at PIT), and 2-9 (12:08) when four-on-three (last –3/11 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 12/5 vs. TOR (Steckel); 12/8 vs. TBL (Moore); 12/17 at PHX (Korpikoski); 4/5 at PIT (Letang).
- Penalty Killing: New York’s penalty kill was 52-60 (86.7%) in the final 20 games, and tied for seventh in the NHL with eight shorthanded goals. New York ranked fifth overall (224-260, 86.2%) and sixth on the road (124-142, 87.3%). The Rangers were 9-10 (6:17) in three-on-five situations (last –3/28 at WPG), and 2-3 (2:24) when three-on-four (last –2/16 vs. CHI). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 3/28 at WPG (Del Zotto).
- Four-on-Four: The Rangers were plus-seven in 84 four-on-four situations (151:10), and even in two three-on-three situations (0:38). Four-on-four goals for (10): 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); 3/21 vs. DET (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 2/9 vs. TBL (Lecavalier); 2/25 vs. BUF (Stafford); 3/2 at TBL (Malone).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN
- Tomorrow’s contest will be the first of nine schedules games against Original Six opponents this season
- Henrik Lundqvist was 7-5-0 with a 2.40 GAA and one shutout against Original Six opponents last season
- Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring against Original Six opponents last season with eight goals and 14 points
- Brad Richards tallied 12 points against Original Six opponents last season, including a team-high, eight assists
- Michael Del Zotto led all team defensemen in scoring with 10 points (four goals, six assists) against Original Six opponents last season
- New York is 54-32-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 20-6-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .612 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.651, 44-22-7), and ahead of Montreal (.607, 76-47-13), Chicago (.533, 35-30-11), Boston (.525, 63-56-20), and Toronto (.489, 57-60-19).
The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 17 of their last 21 meetings, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Three of the other four games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 10-5-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
- The Rangers are 35-36-14 all-time in 85 season-opening games, including a 25-27-9 record in 61 season openers away from MSG. The Blueshirt’s .484 win% in season openers on the road ranks 10th in the NHL.
- New York has out-scored their opponents, 243-239 in season-openers
- Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella ranks fifth among active NHL head coaches in season openers (min. three games) with a record of 6-2-1 in nine career season-opening games for a .722 win%
- Blueshirts legend Andy Bathgate holds the franchise record for most assists and points in a season-opening game, having registered four assists and five points on Oct. 7, 1955 at Chicago. His four assists and five points in the 1955-56 season opener are tied for second all-time in the NHL. Former Ranger Walt Tkaczuk also tallied four assists in a season-opening game on Oct. 9, 1974 vs. Washington.
- Derek Stepan tallied three goals while making his NHL debut in the 2010-11 season opener on Oct. 9, 2010 at Buffalo. His three goals tied the franchise record for goals in a season opener, and he became the fourth player in NHL history and first Ranger to register a hat trick in his NHL debut. Ron Murphy, who skated with the Rangers from 1952-53 to 1956-57, also tallied three goals in the 1955-56 season opener at Chicago on Oct. 7, 1955.
- Stepan is one of three active players who have notched a hat trick in a season-opening game (Teemu Selanne and Paul Stastny)
- Former Rangers’ captain Jaromir Jagr holds the team record for fastest goal to start a game in a season opener with his goal just 29 seconds into the contest on Oct. 5, 2006 vs. Washington
- Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert and Walt Tkaczuk are tied for the Rangers’ record for most career points in season-opening games, with each player having tallied 13 career points in season openers
- Former Rangers’ goaltender Gump Worsley holds the franchise record for most opening night wins with five career wins in season-opening games. Henrik Lundqvist has registered four career wins in season-opening games.
- Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-1 with a 2.31 GAA and a .920 Sv% in six career season-openers
The Rangers have four new players on their opening night roster: Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt and Brandon Segal. In addition, Matt Gilroy is looking to return to the Rangers lineup after splitting 2011-12 with Tampa Bay and Ottawa, while Chris Kreider is looking to make his regular season debut after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Arron Asham, who is serving the final game of a four-game suspension he received during last season’s playoffs as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will join the Rangers roster for Sunday’s home opener against Pittsburgh.
The Rangers will begin their first of six back-to-back sets this season tomorrow at Boston. Last season, New York posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second, and were 7-1-1 in the second game when opening the set with a win. Since 2009-10, New York is 31-10-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-3-1 mark at MSG and 16-7-3 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 59 times in his career, posting a record of 38-14-7 with a 1.84 GAA, .934 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
- Leading after the 1st period — 21-3-3 (16th in NHL)
- Leading after the 2nd period — 30-0-3 (8th in NHL)
- Trailing after two periods — 5-18-1 (5th in NHL; five 3rd period comeback wins)
- Out-shooting their opponent — 30-13-1 (1st in NHL)
- Scoring first — 35-5-3 (3rd in NHL)
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Ryan Callahan — 2 points from 200th NHL career
- Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
- Derek Stepan — 4 points from 100th NHL career
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 0
Total Man-Games Lost: 0
- Jan. 13 — Agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Del Zotto
- Jan. 13 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Matt Gilroy
- Jan. 16 — Acquired forward Brandon Mashinter from San Jose for forward Tommy Grant and a conditional pick in 2014
- Jan. 16 — Recalled forward Brandon Segal from Connecticut (AHL)