pre-game notes from the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 7:00 p.m.
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 14-12-2 (30 pts)
Devils: 13-10-6 (32 pts)
The Rangers will complete their back-to-back set when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-12-2 (30 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1, in the shootout last night at Madison Square Garden, to improve to 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home) in the first game of back-to-back sets. The Blueshirts have posted a combined record of 3-4-0 in back-to-back games this season, including an 0-3-0 (0-1-0 on the road) record in the second game. The Devils enter the contest with a 13-10-6 (32 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday, Mar. 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of two consecutive games at MSG against Southeast Division opponents.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
- All-Time: 101-85-27-6 overall (56-30-20-2 at home; 45-55-7-4 on the road)
- 2013: Tonight is the second of four meetings this season, and the second and final meeting at Prudential Center. The Rangers are 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road) following a 3-1 loss on Feb. 5 at Prudential Center.
- Last Season: New York was 3-2-1 overall (2-1-0 mark at home; 1-1-1 mark on the road). Four of their six meetings were decided by two goals or less. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 16-18 (88.9%) with one shorthanded goal in the season series. Carl Hagelin led allskaters with six assists, eight points and a plus-five rating in six games. Derek Stepan (two goals, four assists) and Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) tied Hagelin for the team-high with two goals apiece, while Dan Girardi led all series defensemen in scoring with three points (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist was 3-2-0 with a 1.41 GAA, .940 Sv% and one shutout, and Martin Biron was 0-0-1 with a 2.77 GAA and .897 Sv%. – The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 14 of their last 18 meetings – The Rangers have registered a point in 13 of their last 20 games against the Devils (11-7-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009 – New York ranks 23rd in the NHL with a 4-7-1 (9 pts) record on the road; New Jersey ranks 13th in the NHL with a 9-4-2 (20 pts) mark at home – The Rangers are 4-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Devils are 8-2-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season – New York lists one former Devil on their roster: Arron Asham (2007-08) – New Jersey lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS: – Henrik Lundqvist — 42 GP, 25-12-5, 1.82 GAA, 6 SO – Martin Biron — 31 GP, 8-15-2-3, 3.14 GAA, 2 SO – Brad Richards — 39 GP, 5-29-34 – Marian Gaborik — 25 GP, 8-12-20 – Ryan Callahan — 25 GP, 7-9-16 – Dan Girardi — 35 GP, 1-13-14
The Rangers’ power play is 9-45 (20.0%) in the last 16 games, while the Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 49-56 (87.5%) in the last 19 games. New York has posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal. – Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in three power play attempts (5:03) last night against Carolina. New York is tied for 24th overall (13-89, 14.6%) and ranks 27th on the road (4-35, 11.4%). 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 Hurricanes scoreless in three power play attempts (3:08) last night at MSG. New York ranks eighth overall (81-97, 83.5%) and is tied for 14th on the road (31-38, 81.6%). The Rangers are 5-5 (5:52) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/10 at WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan). – Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (5:52) last night against Carolina, and are now minus-1 in 20 four-on-four situations (39:13) 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 will complete their fourth of six back-to-back sets this season tonight at New Jersey. New York has posted a combined record of 3-4-0 in back-to-back games, including a 3-1-0 (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) record in the first game and an 0-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 62 times in his career, posting a record of 38-17-7 with a 1.92 GAA, .932 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game.
The Rangers are 20-9-3 overall (11-4-1 at home; 9-5-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 20-9-2 with a 2.00 GAA, .927 Sv% and six shutouts in 31 games over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 35 career regular season games, posting a record of 23-7-5 with a 1.77 GAA, .933 Sv% and five shutouts over the span.
SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
Rick Nash is currently tied for the team lead 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 fourth in the NHL in hits (851) this season. Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan leads the team and is tied for eighth in the NHL with 95 hits, while Brian Boyle ranks second on the Rangers and is tied for 10th in the league with 94 hits.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories… – 3rd (T-4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.36 – 3rd (7th in NHL) in FO% — 51.6% – 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 10.5 – 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 851 – 4th (7th in NHL) in Blocked Shots — 450 – T-2nd (T-5th in NHL) in OT wins — 2
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 is 9-45 (20.0%) in the last 16 games – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 49-56 (87.5%) in the last 19 games – New York has registered a point in eight of 10 games when scoring the first goal this season (7-2-1), and are 7-10-1 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 three goals or fewer in each of his last nine games (5-4-0, 1.99 GAA, .931 Sv% over the span) – Rick Nash — has tallied a point in 10 of his last 14 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span) – Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in eight of the last 10 games (five goals, five assists over the span) – Ryan Callahan — seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last eight contests – Carl Hagelin — 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 18 games, including five assists in the last seven contests – Ryan McDonagh — 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last 18 games, including six assists in the last 10 contests
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Ryan Callahan — 2 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; 2 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 — 2 wins from 400th NHL career
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 28 – Arron Asham (injured, 2/19) — 13 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 7
Total Man-Games Lost: 71