Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 8-5-1 (17 pts)
Canadiens: 9-4-1 (19 pts)
The Rangers will conclude their three-game homestand when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-5-1 (17 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their point streak to five games (4-0-1). The Blueshirts have now registered at least one point in nine of their last 12 contests (8-3-1) after dropping the first two games of the season. The Canadiens entered their contest last night against Carolina with a 9-4-1 (19 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m.), in the first of two straight road games.
RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:
- All-Time: 191-320-94-3 overall (127-122-54-1 at home; 64-198-40-2 on the road)
- 2013: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden
- Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Canadiens, 5-2, in the first period. New York’s power play was 3-17 (17.6%) in the series. Derek Stepan led the team with five assists/points in the season series, while Michael Del Zotto led the Rangers with three goals and all team defensemen with four points. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 4.01 GAA.
- The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak against the Canadiens at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored Montreal, 15-7, during the streak
- Only one of the Rangers and Canadiens last five meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals, a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG. The Rangers have posted a record of 3-2-0 over the span.
- New York is tied for second in the NHL with a 6-2-1 (13 pts) record at home; Montreal is tied for 12th in the NHL with a 3-1-1 (7 pts) mark on the road
- The Rangers are 3-1-0 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Canadiens are 2-0-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
- New York lists two former Canadiens on their roster: Arron Asham (1998-99 – 2001-02); Jeff Halpern (2010-11)
- Montreal lists one former Ranger on their roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12)
- Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS:
Henrik Lundqvist — 25 GP, 13-9-2, 2.91 GAA, 1 SO
Martin Biron — 29 GP, 14-12-0-1, 2.42 GAA, 2 SO
Brad Richards — 34 GP, 9-13-22
Marian Gaborik — 17 GP, 5-7-12
Ryan Callahan — 19 GP, 6-4-10
Michael Del Zotto — 9 GP, 3-3-6
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last five contests (16 times shorthanded). New York has posted a record of 4-1-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
Power Play: The Rangers tallied one goal in five power play attempts (8:07) on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks 30th overall (6-53, 11.3%) and 23rd at home (5-33, 15.2%). The Rangers are 1-6 (7:05) in five-on-three situations (last – 2/14 vs. NYI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Capitals scoreless in four attempts (8:00) on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. New York ranks eighth overall (48-57, 84.2%) and is tied for ninth at home (32-38, 84.2%). 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 Sunday vs. Washington, and are now minus-1 in 10 four-on-four situations (18:35) 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).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
Tonight’s contest will be the fifth of nine scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (3-1-0)
Henrik Lundqvist is 3-1-0 with a 2.66 GAA and .908 Sv% against Original Six opponents this season
Marian Gaborik leads the Rangers with five goals and seven points against Original Six opponents this season
Rick Nash has tallied a team-high, five assists against Original Six opponents this season
Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) are tied for the team lead in points by a defenseman with three apiece
New York is 57-33-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-12-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .618 win% ranks second, trailing Detroit (.649, 44-22-8), and ahead of Montreal (.594, 76-50-13), Chicago (.539, 36-30-11), Boston (.535, 66-56-22), and Toronto (.489, 59-62-19).
The Rangers have registered at least a point in every game when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 5-0-1 in those contests, compared to 3-5-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 5-0-0 when leading after the second period.
The Blueshirts have posted a record of 5-1-1 when out-shooting their opponents, which ranks seventh 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 NHL in hits (422) this season, led by captain Ryan Callahan who ranks eighth in the league with 49 hits. Brian Boyle ranks second on the team and is tied for 10th in the NHL with 46 hits, while Marc Staal leads all Rangers defensemen and is tied for eighth among NHL blueliners with 37 hits.
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 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 registered at least one point in nine of their last 12 contests (8-3-1) after dropping the first two games of the season
The Blueshirts enter the contest with a five-game point streak (4-0-1), and have out-scored their opponents, 18-10, over the span
The Rangers’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last five games (16 times shorthanded)
Henrik Lundqvist — is 7-3-0 with a 1.99 GAA and a .927 Sv% in his last 10 games; has held opponents to two goals or less in six of his last nine games (6-3-0, 1.88 GAA, .930 Sv% over the span)
Carl Hagelin — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (five goals, two assists over the span), including a career-high, four-game goal streak; has tallied nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last seven games
Rick Nash — enters the contest with a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists over the span), including a four-game assist streak
Dan Girardi — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
Ryan McDonagh — four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Marc Staal — four assists in the last five games
Marian Gaborik — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in nine home games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Ryan Callahan — 6 assists from 100th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Steven Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
Brad Richards — 7 points from 800th NHL career
Marc Staal — 6 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman — 7 points from 100th NHL career
Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 14
Total Man-Games Lost: 25
Feb. 13 — Assigned defenseman Steve Eminger to Connecticut (AHL) for conditioning
Feb. 15 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 16 — Recalled forward Chris Kreider from Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 18 — Recalled forward Brandon Mashinter from Connecticut (AHL)
Feb. 18 — Agreed to terms with goaltender Cam Talbot on a new contract