Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 4-4-0 (8 pts)
Devils: 4-1-3 (11 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 4-4-0 (8 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Saturday at Tampa Bay Times Forum for their first road win of the season. New York has now won four of their last six contests. The Devils enter the contest with a 4-1-3 (11 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last five games (1-1-3). Following the contest, the Rangers will return home to face-off against the New York Islanders on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time: 101-84-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-54-7-4 on the road)
- 2013: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Prudential Center.
- Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 16-18 (88.9%) with one shorthanded goal in the season series. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with six assists, eight points and a plus-five rating in six games. Derek Stepan (two goals, four assists) and Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) tied Hagelin for the team-high with two goals apiece, while Dan Girardi led all series defensemen in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, and Martin Biron was 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%.
- The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 13 of their last 17 meetings
- The Rangers have registered a point in 13 of their last 19 games against the Devils (11-6-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009
- New York is tied for 20th in the NHL with a 1-2-0 (2 pts) record on the road; New Jersey ranks 14th in the NHL with a 2-0-1 (5 pts) mark at home
- The Rangers are 1-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Devils are 3-1-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
- New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Arron Asham (2007-08)
- New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:
- Henrik Lundqvist — 41 GP, 25-11-5, 1.79 GAA, 6 SO
- Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO
- Brad Richards — 38 GP, 5-28-33
- Marian Gaborik — 24 GP, 8-12-20
- Carl Hagelin — 6 GP, 2-6-8
- Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14
- Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Saturday at Tampa Bay. New York is tied for 28th overall (3-30, 10.0%) and is tied for 24th on the road (1-11, 9.1%). The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
- Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Lightning in one attempt (1:06) on Saturday at Tampa Bay. New York ranks 19th overall (29-37, 78.4%) and is tied for 12th on the road (9-11, 81.8%). The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 2-2 (1:57) when three-on-four (last – 1/31 vs. PIT). Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
- Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Saturday at Tampa Bay, and are now minus-1 in eight four-on-four situations (7:49) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
The Rangers are 20-8-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-4-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-8-2 with a 1.96 GAA, .929 Sv% and six shutouts in 30 games over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 34 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-6-5 with a 1.73 GAA, .935 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.
The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-4-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
The Blueshirts are undefeated when out-shooting their opponents, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 1-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.
DOING THE DIRTY WORK
The Rangers rank second in the league in hits (247) and are tied for 14th in blocked shots (115) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for fifth in the NHL with 31 hits. Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh are tied for the team lead and 29th in the NHL with 17 blocked shots apiece. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was tied for second in the league in hits (27) and sixth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine) at the time of his injury on Jan. 29.
Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.
THE HOT LIST:
- Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two or fewer goals in three of his last four contests; is 3-2-0 with a 2.20 GAA and a .919 Sv% in his last five games, including a 2-1-0 mark with a 2.00 GAA and .918 Sv% in his last three
- Rick Nash — seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last eight games, including four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four contests
- Michael Del Zotto — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last seven games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four contests
- Derek Stepan — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
- Marc Staal — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
- Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
- Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
- Matt Gilroy — 4 games from 200th NHL career
- Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 8
- Chris Kreider (ankle, 1/25) — 4
- Ryan Callahan (shoulder, 1/29) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 16
- Jan. 25 — Recalled forward Benn Ferriero from Connecticut (AHL)
- Feb. 4 — Acquired forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri from Minnesota for forward Mike Rupp
- Feb. 4 — Recalled forwards J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter from Connecticut (AHL)
- Feb. 4 — Assigned forward Benn Ferriero to Connecticut (AHL)