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Lightnings at Rangers tonight
Posted By On February 10, 2013 @ 5:00 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 148 Comments
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Sunday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 5-5-0 (10 pts)
Lightning: 6-4-0 (12 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their second meeting in eight days. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-5-0 (10 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the New York Islanders, 4-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 4-2-0 in their last six games. The Blueshirts are 4-1-0 in their last five games at Madison Square Garden. The Lightning enter the contest with a 6-4-0 (12 pts) record to rank third in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three contests. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at TD Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING:
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. LIGHTNING:
Henrik Lundqvist —27 GP, 14-7-6, 2.16 GAA, 2 SO
Martin Biron —21 GP, 12-7-2-0, 2.64 GAA
Marian Gaborik — 16 GP, 8-8-16
Jeff Halpern — 40 GP, 9-13-22
Brad Richards —8 GP, 3-8-11
Michael Del Zotto — 8 GP, 0-6-6
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in two power play attempts (3:35) on Thursday vs. the Islanders. New York ranks 28th overall (4-37, 10.8%) and 23rd at home (3-21, 14.3%). 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 held the Islanders scoreless in five attempts (10:00) on Thursday vs. the Islanders. New York ranks 16th overall (37-46, 80.4%) and 17th at home (25-31, 80.6%). 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 Thursday vs. the Islanders, 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).
Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller notched two goals while making his Madison Square Garden debut on Thursday in a 4-1 win against the New York Islanders. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger (rookie or otherwise) to tally multiple goals in his MSG debut was Chris Kontos in a 6-2 win against Detroit on Jan. 3, 1983. Miller (19 years, 330 days) is the youngest Ranger to tally multiple goals in a single game since Alex Kovalev posted a hat trick on Dec. 27, 1992, at the age of 19 years, 307 days.
The Rangers posted a record of 15-3-2 against the Southeast Division last season, out-scoring their opponents, 67-42, in those contests
The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 3-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
The Blueshirts have posted a record of 3-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which is tied for fifth in the NHL. The Rangers are 2-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the league in hits (296) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and is tied for seventh in the NHL with 33 hits, while Rangers captain Ryan Callahan is tied for 12th in the league in hits (31) despite missing three games to injury.
The Blueshirts have had eight players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller. Halpern, Nash (assist), Pyatt and Segal debuted in the season-opener on Jan. 19 at Boston, while Asham made his debut with the team on Jan. 20 against Pittsburgh. Ferriero debuted with the team on Jan. 26 vs. Toronto, following his trade from Pittsburgh in exchange for Chad Kolarik on Jan. 24. In addition, Chris Kreider made his NHL regular season debut on Jan. 19 after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season, and Matt Gilroy made his season debut on Jan. 31 vs. PIT after previously skating in 127 career regular season games with the Rangers from 2009-10 to 2010-11. Darroll Powe and J.T. Miller both made their debut on Tuesday at New Jersey. Miller, who was also making his NHL debut, was originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Powe was acquired from Minnesota, along with Nick Palmieri, in exchange for Mike Rupp on Monday.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in four of his last six games, posting a record of 3-3-0 with a 2.02 GGA and a .923 Sv% over the span
Marc Staal — three assists in the last three games
Brad Richards — enters the contest with a three-game assist streak (three assists over the span)
Marian Gaborik — has recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in the last six home games.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Matt Gilroy — 2 games from 200th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Ryan Callahan — 200th career NHL point (1/29 vs. PHI)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL game (2/5 at NJD)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL goal/point (2/5 at NJD)
J.T. Miller — 1st career NHL goal/point (2/7 vs. NYI)
Chris Kreider — 1st career regular season NHL assist (2/7 vs. NYI)
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 10
Dan Girardi (injured, 2/2) — 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 21
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)
Feb. 5 — Assigned forward Brandon Mashinter to Connecticut (AHL)
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