Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WINNIPEG JETS
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 8-7-2 (18 pts)
Jets: 8-9-1 (17 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-7-2 (18 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-0, on Saturday at Bell Centre, and are now 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 15 contests (8-5-2) after dropping the first two games of the season. The Jets enter the contest with an 8-9-1 (17 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their third meeting this month.
RANGERS vs. JETS:
• All-Time: 23-15-1-9 overall (9-9-1-5 at home; 14-6-0-4 on the road)
• 2013: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden
• Last Season: New York was 4-0-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Jets, 12-3, including a 6-0 advantage in the third period. The Rangers’ power play was 5-20 (25.0%), while the penalty kill held the Jets scoreless in 12 shorthanded situations in the series. Ryan Callahan (three goals, two assists), Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Michael Del Zotto (one goal, four assists) tied for the series lead in scoring with five points apiece. Callahan’s three goals led all skaters, and Del Zotto tallied a series-leading, four assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .957 Sv% and one shutout, while Martin Biron was 2-0-0 with a 0.50 GAA, .980 Sv% and one shutout.
• The Rangers’ 2-1 victory on Oct. 24, 2011, was the team’s first win in Winnipeg since a 5-4 victory against the previous Winnipeg Jets franchise on Nov. 21, 1992
• New York is tied for seventh in the NHL with a 6-3-1 (13 pts) record at home; Winnipeg ranks 10th in the NHL with a 5-4-1 (11 pts) mark on the road
• The Rangers are 3-0-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Jets are 3-3-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
• New York lists no former Jets on their roster
• Winnipeg lists two former Rangers on their roster: Nik Antropov (2008-09); Olli Jokinen (2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. JETS:
• Henrik Lundqvist — 21 GP, 9-5-6, 2.12 GAA, 2 SO
• Martin Biron — 20 GP, 8-11-0-0, 3.02 GAA, 4 SO
• Brad Richards — 50 GP, 18-37-55
• Marian Gaborik — 17 GP, 10-11-21
• Ryan Callahan — 17 GP, 7-5-12
• Michael Del Zotto — 10 GP, 2-8-10
The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in three of the last five games (3-17, 17.6%), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 21-23 (91.3%) in the last eight games. New York has posted a record of 4-2-1 when holding opponents scoreless on the power play.
• Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Saturday at Montreal. New York ranks 29th overall (7-61, 11.5%) and is tied for 24th at home (5-35, 14.3%). 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 (2): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg).
• Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Canadiens in four attempts (5:24) on Saturday at Montreal. New York is tied for 12th overall (53-64, 82.8%) and ranks 13th at home (33-39, 84.6%). The Rangers are 3-3 (4:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/23 at MTL), 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 Montreal, and are now minus-1 in 11 four-on-four situations (23:35) 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).
The Rangers have posted a record of 18-3-2 in their last 23 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 3-0-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 77-46, over the span.
GOAL SCORING LEADERS SINCE 2009-10
Marian Gaborik has been among the league’s goal scoring leaders since joining the Rangers in 2009-10. Last season, Gaborik became the fifth player in Rangers history to record 100 goals in his first three seasons with the club, and became the third Ranger in franchise history to register multiple 40-goal seasons with the team. Entering this season, his 105 goals from 2009-10 to 2011-12 ranked seventh in the NHL, while his .48 goals per game average ranked third (behind Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin) over that time period. Including games played this season, Gaborik currently ranks sixth in the league with 112 goals scored and is tied for third with .47 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (529) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks seventh in the NHL with 61 hits, while Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and ninth in the league with 59 hits. Marc Staal leads all Rangers defensemen and ranks 16th among NHL blueliners with 41 hits.
Christian Thomas was credited with three hits in 12:46 of ice time while making his NHL debut on Saturday at Montreal. Thomas became the 11th player to make their regular season Rangers debut this season, along with Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash, Taylor Pyatt, Chris Kreider, Brandon Segal, Arron Asham, Benn Ferriero, Darroll Powe, J.T. Miller and Brandon Mashinter.
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 have registered at least one point in 10 of their last 15 contests (8-5-2), including points in six of the last eight games (4-2-2), after dropping the first two games of the season
• New York has registered a point in six of seven games when scoring the first goal this season (5-1-1), and are 3-6-1 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 Rangers have posted a record of 5-2-1 when out-shooting their opponents, and are 3-4-1 when being out-shot by their opponent
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist — is 7-4-1 with a 1.98 GAA and a .927 Sv% in his last 12 games; has held opponents to two goals or less in eight of his last 11 games (6-4-1, 1.89 GAA, .930 Sv% over the span)
• Carl Hagelin — 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, including eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven contests
• Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in four of the last six games (two goals, two assists over the span)
• Ryan McDonagh — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight games
• Marc Staal — six assists in the last 10 games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
• Ryan Callahan — 6 assists from 100th NHL career
• Michael Del Zotto — 4 points from 100th NHL career
• Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career
• Brad Richards — 7 points from 800th NHL career
• Marc Staal — 5 points from 100th NHL career
• Anton Stralman — 6 points from 100th NHL career
• Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 17
• Darroll Powe (concussion, 2/17) — 3
• Rick Nash (injured, 2/19) — 3
• Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 2
• Michael Del Zotto (injured, 2/21) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 37