Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at WINNIPEG JETS
Thursday, Mar. 14, 8:00 p.m.
MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Rangers: 13-10-2 (28 pts)
Jets: 13-11-2 (28 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre (8:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), as they continue their four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-10-2 (28 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, on Tuesday at First Niagara Center, and are now 5-2-0 in the last seven games. The Blueshirts have registered a point in four of their last six road games (3-2-1). The Jets enter the contest with a 13-11-2 (28 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have recorded a point in four straight games (3-0-1). Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will complete their four-game road trip when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Mar. 16, at CONSOL Energy Center (1:00 p.m.), in a matinee matchup.
RANGERS vs. JETS: – All-Time: 23-16-1-9 overall (9-10-1-5 at home; 14-6-0-4 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at MTS Centre. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 4-3 loss on Feb. 26 at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 3-3 (100.0%) in the contest. Anton Stralman led the Rangers with two points (one goal, one assist) in their first meeting. Ryan Callahan and Taylor Pyatt have also tallied one goal apiece. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the contest. – 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 ranks 21st in the NHL with a 4-5-1 (9 pts) record on the road; Winnipeg ranks 29th in the NHL with a 5-6-0 (10 pts) mark at home – The Rangers are 5-1-0 vs. the Southeast Division this season; the Jets are 5-3-1 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 — 22 GP, 9-6-6, 2.21 GAA, 2 SO – Martin Biron — 20 GP, 8-11-0-0, 3.02 GAA, 4 SO – Brad Richards — 51 GP, 18-38-56 – Marian Gaborik — 18 GP, 10-12-22 – Ryan Callahan — 18 GP, 8-5-13 – Michael Del Zotto — 10 GP, 2-8-10
The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 13 games (9-39, 23.1% over the span), while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 43-48 (89.6%) in the last 16 games. New York has posted a record of 8-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal. – Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in one power play attempt (2:00) on Tuesday at Buffalo. New York ranks 23rd overall (13-83, 15.7%) and is tied for 24th on the road (4-32, 12.5%). The Rangers are 2-8 (7:46) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/3 vs. BUF), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe). – Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Sabres scoreless in five power play attempts (10:00) and tallied a shorthanded goal on Tuesday at Buffalo. New York ranks seventh overall (75-89, 84.3%) and fifth on the road (28-33, 84.8%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), and 3-3 (4:19) when three-on-four (last – 3/3 vs. BUF). Shorthanded goals for (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan). – Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at Buffalo, and are now minus-1 in 15 four-on-four situations (29:22) 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 20-4-2 in their last 26 games against Southeast Division opponents, including a 5-1-0 mark against the Southeast Division this season. The Blueshirts have out-scored their Southeast Division opponents, 88-52, over the span.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash currently leads the team with nine goals, having tallied his first eight goals of the season in the third period. Nash is the second player in NHL history whose first eight goals of a season were tallied in the third player, while fellow Ranger Arron Asham is the other to have accomplished the feat, in 2003-04, as a member of the New York Islanders.
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 seventh in the league with 113 goals scored and is tied for third with .46 goals per game since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank third in the NHL in hits (761) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 88 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and 11th in the league with 84 hits.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories… – 3rd (6th in NHL) in GAA — 2.36 – 3rd in FO% — 51.4% – 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.8 – T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2 – 5th in +/- Rating — +4
QUICK HITS: – The Rangers did not surrender a power play opportunity against on Mar. 7 at Long Island, marking the first time the Blueshirts did not have a shorthanded situation in a game since Jan. 10, 2012, in a 2-1 shootout win vs. PHX. The last time the Rangers did not allow a power play attempt against the Islanders was Jan. 7, 1989, in a 5-1 win at Long Island. – The Blueshirts have had 13 players make their regular season debut with the team this season – The Rangers’ power play has tallied a goal in eight of the last 13 games (9-39, 23.1% over the span) – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 43-48 (89.6%) in the last 16 games – New York has registered a point in eight of 10 games when scoring the first goal this season (7-2-1), and are 6-8-1 when allowing the game’s first goal – The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 7-0-0 when leading after the second period
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 18 games (10-7-1, 2.04 GAA, .926 Sv% over the span) – Rick Nash — has tallied a point in 10 of his last 11 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span) – Derek Stepan — eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last seven games – Ryan Callahan — eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five contests – Brad Richards — four points (two goals, two assists) in his last six games, including two goals in the last three contests – Marian Gaborik — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last six games – Carl Hagelin — 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 15 games, including four assists in the last four contests – Ryan McDonagh — 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 15 games, including five assists in the last seven games – Michael Del Zotto — three assists in the last six games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Ryan Callahan — 3 assists from 100th NHL career – Michael Del Zotto — 1 point from 100th NHL career – Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Rick Nash — 2 goals from 300th NHL career; 5 games from 700th NHL career – Brad Richards — 3 points from 800th NHL career – Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Anton Stralman — 3 points from 100th NHL career – John Tortorella — 3 wins from 400th NHL career
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 25 – Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 10 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 62