Courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 0-2-0 (0 pts)
Bruins: 2-0-0 (4 pts)
The Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts enter the contest with an 0-2-0 record, following a 6-3 loss to the Penguins on Sunday in their home opener. New York is now 36-34-16 all-time in home openers, including a 4-2-1-2 mark in their last nine home openers dating back to the 2003-04 season. The Bruins enter the contest with a 2-0-0 (4 pts) record, following a 2-1 shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday at Boston. Following the contest, the Rangers will complete their back-to-back set when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Wells Fargo Center (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
- All-Time: 247-283-97-2 overall (142-119-55-0 at home; 105-164-42-2 on the road)
- 2013: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 in the season series, following a 3-1 loss in their season-opener on Saturday at Boston. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 7-7 (100%) in the contest.
- 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 13 games against the Bruins, including five of their last seven meetings
- The Blueshirts are 11-3-0 in their last 14 games against the Bruins at MSG, dating back to a 3-2 win on Nov. 20, 2005
- Henrik Lundqvist has started in 25 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
- New York ranked seventh with a 27-12-2 (56 pts) record at home last season; Boston ranked fourth with a 25-15-1 (51 pts) mark on the road 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 their roster
- Boston lists one former Ranger on their roster: Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 28 GP, 19-7-2, 1.58 GAA, 6 SO
- Martin Biron — 31 GP, 12-12-2-1, 2.66 GAA, 1 SO
- Brad Richards — 35 GP, 8-22-30
- Ryan Callahan — 20 GP, 5-6-11
- Michael Del Zotto — 11 GP, 2-4-6
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 Blueshirts were 1-4 (6:00) on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now 1-9 (11.1%) with the man advantage through two games. Last season, 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: The Rangers were 3-5 (6:23) with a shorthanded goal on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now 10-12 (83.3%) while shorthanded through two games. Last season, 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: New York surrendered a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Sunday vs. Pittsburgh, and are minus-1 in three four-on-four situations (3:18) through two games. Last season, 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).
The Rangers will begin their second of six back-to-back sets this season tonight against 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 31-11-4 in the second game of back-to-backs, with a 15-4-1 mark at MSG and 16-7-3 on the road over the span. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 60 times in his career, posting a record of 38-15-7 with a 1.95 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
- Tonight’s contest will be the second of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (0-1-0)
- 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 54-33-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 20-7-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .606 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.651, 44-22-7), and ahead of Montreal (.602, 76-48-13), Chicago (.533, 35-30-11), Boston (.529, 64-56-20), and Toronto (.493, 58-60-19).
The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 17 of their last 22 meetings, including six games that required extra time and five that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five 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.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Ryan Callahan — 1 point from 200th NHL career
- Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
- Derek Stepan — 2 points from 100th NHL career
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 2