Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Thursday, Mar. 28, 7:30 p.m.
Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 16-13-3 (35 pts)
Senators: 18-9-6 (42 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue their three-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 16-13-3 (35 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center, and have now recorded a point in four of their last five contests (3-1-1). The Senators enter the contest with an 18-9-6 (42 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers will complete their three-game road trip when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Mar. 30, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. SENATORS: – All-Time: 33-36-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 19-14-3-2 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Scotiabank Place. The Rangers are 0-1-1 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road), following a 3-2 loss on Mar. 8 at Madison Square Garden. Each meeting has been decided by one goal, including one that ended in the shootout. Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Brad Richards, and Rick Nash have tallied on goal apiece. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-1 with a 2.42 GAA and .934 Sv%. – Last Season: New York was 1-2-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the four meetings were decided by one goal, including one that required the shootout. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers in scoring with three goals and five points in four games, while Derek Stepan tallied a team-high, three assists to go along with a one goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .857 Sv%. – The Rangers have registered at least one point in 11 of their last 17 games against the Senators, posting a record of 8-6-3 over the span – New York has won six of their last eight games at Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 22-15, over the span, and have registered a point in seven of those contests (6-1-1) – The Blueshirts and Senators have been separated by one goal in five of their last seven meetings, with three of those games ending in the shootout – Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 28 of the Rangers’ last 29 meetings with Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005 – New York ranks 21st in the NHL with a 6-7-1 (13 pts) record on the road; Ottawa ranks first in the NHL with a 12-2-3 (27 pts) mark at home – The Rangers are 4-5-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Senators are 6-2-2 vs. the Atlantic Division this season – New York lists one former Senator on their roster: Matt Gilroy (2011-12) – Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS: – Henrik Lundqvist — 28 GP, 11-13-3, 2.08 GAA, 1 SO – Martin Biron — 31 GP, 14-10-2-2, 2.80 GAA, 2 SO – Brad Richards — 37 GP, 14-13-27 – Marian Gaborik — 18 GP, 8-10-18 – Derek Stepan — 10 GP, 3-5-8 – Roman Hamrlik — 66 GP, 9-21-30
SPECIAL TEAMS: – The Rangers’ power play is 11-55 (20.0%) in the last 20 games – The Blueshirts have posted a record of 9-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal – Power Play: The Rangers tallied a goal in three power play attempts (4:56) on Tuesday at Philadelphia. New York is tied for 23rd overall (15-99, 15.2%) and 23rd on the road (5-40, 12.5%). The Rangers are 3-9 (7:53) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 1-1 (0:21) when four-on-three (last – 3/7 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/19 vs. MTL (Diaz, EN); 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN). – Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts surrendered one goal to the Flyers in one power play attempt (0:53) on Tuesday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 16th overall (87-107, 81.3%) and 19th on the road (34-43, 79.1%). The Rangers are 6-6 (7:34) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/24 vs. WSH), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (3): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto). – Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday at Philadelphia, and are now minus-1 in 22 four-on-four situations (46:13) 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).
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 85 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 79-0-6 over the span. The Rangers’ last regulation loss in a game when entering the third with the lead was Feb. 4, 2010 (6-5 loss vs. WSH). New York is 9-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
Rick Nash and Brad Richards both reached significant career milestones in the Rangers’ 5-2 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia. Rick Nash notched two goals, including his 300th career NHL goal, and added an assist in the contest, while Brad Richards registered two points (one goal, one assist) to record his 800th career NHL point.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in hits (965) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks 10th in the NHL with 110 hits, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and is tied for 11th in the league with 107 hits.
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 114 goals scored since the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 400th NHL coaching victory with a 5-2 win on Tuesday at Philadelphia, becoming the 30th head coach in league history to reach the mark. He is now three wins shy of fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list, with 161 career wins as the Blueshirts’ head coach.
The Rangers rank among the Eastern Conference leaders in several statistical categories… – 3rd (4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.34 – 2nd (5th in NHL) in FO% — 51.7% – 1st (2nd in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.9 – 3rd (4th in NHL) in Hits — 965 – 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 – New York has registered a point in 10 of 12 games when scoring the first goal this season (9-2-1), and are 7-11-2 when allowing the game’s first goal – The Blueshirts have posted a 7-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 9-0-0 when leading after the second period – Henrik Lundqvist is one win shy of Ed Giacomin (267) for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to three goals or fewer in each of his last 13 games (7-5-1, 1.98 GAA, .929 Sv%) – Rick Nash — 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in his last 18 games, including five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games – Derek Stepan — has tallied a point in 11 of the last 14 games (seven goals, nine assists over the span) – Michael Del Zotto — five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Brian Boyle — 1 game shy of 300th NHL career – Ryan Callahan — 1 assist from 100th NHL career – Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Carl Hagelin — 4 games from 100th NHL career – Roman Hamrlik — 8 games from 1400th NHL career – Henrik Lundqvist — 4 games from 500th NHL career – Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Derek Stepan — 4 games from 200th NHL career – Anton Stralman — 3 games from 300th NHL career; 3 points from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED: – Rick Nash — 300th career NHL goal (3/26 at PHI) – Brad Richards — 800th career NHL point (3/26 at PHI) – John Tortorella — 400th career NHL win (3/26 at PHI)
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 32 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 11
Total Man-Games Lost: 82
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: – Mar. 23 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL) – Mar. 23 — Montreal claimed forward Jeff Halpern off waivers – Mar. 24 — Assigned defenseman Stu Bickel to Connecticut (AHL)