Pre-game notes from the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 7-5-0 (14 pts)
Islanders: 4-7-1 (9 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their second meeting in seven days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 7-5-0 (14 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-3, in the shootout on Tuesday at TD Garden to win the season series against Boston and extend their winning streak to three games. The Blueshirts have now won seven of their last 10 contests after dropping their first two games of the season. The Islanders enter the contest with a 4-7-1 (9 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m.), in the second game of their three-game homestand.
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
- All-Time: 117-99-19-6 overall (69-37-11-4 at home; 48-62-8-2 on the road)
- 2013: Tomorrow is the second of four meetings this season, and their second and final meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-0-0 in the season series, following a 4-1 win on Feb. 7 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-2 (50.0%), while the penalty kill is 5-5 (100.0%) in the series. Rangers’ rookie J.T. Miller leads all skaters with two goals, while Ryan McDonagh (one goal, one assist) and Marc Staal (two assists) are tied with Miller for the series lead in scoring with two points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA and .964 Sv% in the series.
- Last Season: New York was 4-1-1 overall (3-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Five of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less, including two contests that required extra time. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 20-14, including a 16-9 advantage after the first period. The Blueshirts’ power play was 5-25 (20.0%), led by Brad Richards’ two power play goals. Marian Gaborik led the team with five goals and seven points in the season series, while Anton Stralman tallied a team-high, five assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.97 GAA, .929 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 1-0-1 with a 2.41 GAA and .906 Sv%.
- The Blueshirts enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak against the Islanders at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored the Islanders, 35-11, during the streak
- The Rangers have registered at least one point in 14 of their last 17 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 12-3-2 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
- New York is tied for sixth in the NHL with a 5-2-0 (10 pts) record at home; Long Island ranks 11th in the NHL with a 3-2-1 (7 pts) mark on the road
- The Rangers are 2-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Islanders are 2-4-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
- New York lists three former Islanders on their roster: Arron Asham (2002-03 – 2006-07); Martin Biron (2009-10); Taylor Pyatt (2000-01)
- Long Island lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 42 GP, 25-11-5, 2.15 GAA, 4 SO
Martin Biron — 28 GP, 21-4-1-1, 2.03 GAA, 2 SO
Marian Gaborik — 28 GP, 20-14-34
Brad Richards — 37 GP, 13-21-34
Ryan Callahan — 31 GP, 7-13-20
Marc Staal — 29 GP, 3-8-11
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last three contests (11 times shorthanded). New York has posted a record of 3-1-0 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (5:25) on Tuesday at Boston. New York ranks 29th overall (4-44, 9.1%) and 26th at home (3-24, 12.5%). The Rangers are 1-5 (6:32) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/12 at BOS), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Bruins scoreless in four attempts (6:42) on Tuesday at Boston. New York is tied for 13th overall (43-52, 82.7%) and ranks 17th at home (27-33, 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (5:46) on Tuesday at Boston, and are now minus-1 in 10 four-on-four situations (13:35) 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 Feb. 7 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 are undefeated when scoring the game’s first goal this season, posting a record of 5-0-0 in those contests, compared to 2-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.
The Blueshirts have posted a record of 4-1-0 when out-shooting their opponents, which ranks third in the NHL. The Rangers are 3-4-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers are tied for second in the league in hits (359) this season. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for 13th in the league with 37 hits, while Brian Boyle is tied for 25th in the NHL with 33 hits.
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.
THE HOT LIST:
The Rangers have won seven of the last 10 contests after dropping their first two games of the season, including a 4-1-0 mark in the last five contests
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a three-game winning streak, and have out-scored their opponents, 13-5, over the span
The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last three games (11 times shorthanded)
Henrik Lundqvist — is 6-3-0 with a 2.10 GAA and a .922 Sv% in his last nine games; has held opponents to two goals or less in five of his last eight games (5-3-0, 1.99 GAA, .926 Sv% over the span)
Carl Hagelin — six points (four goals, two assists) in the last five games, including four points (three goals, one assist) in the last two
Marc Staal — four assists in the last five games
Dan Girardi — three assists in the last two games
Rick Nash — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two games
Ryan McDonagh — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Darroll Powe — 2 games from 300th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
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)
Matt Gilroy — 200th career NHL game (2/12 at BOS)
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 12
Total Man-Games Lost: 23