The Rangers have a rematch with the Penguins tonight, 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, following their 6-1 win at the Garden on Wednesday.
They start a three-game road trip, which continues Saturday in Carolina and Monday in Toronto.
Pregame notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Friday, Apr. 5, 7:00 p.m.
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 18-15-3 (39 pts)
Penguins: 28-10-0 (56 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Plus; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), to complete their home-and-home set. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 18-15-3 (39 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Penguins, 6-1, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden, and have won their last two games. New York has now registered a point in seven of their last nine home games (6-2-1). The Penguins enter the contest with a 28-10-0 (56 pts) record to rank first 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 Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow, Apr. 6, at RBC Center (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back road set.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS: – All-Time: 118-103-23-8 overall (66-50-9-3 at home; 52-54-14-5 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the second and final meeting at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers are 1-3-0 overall (1-2-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 6-1 win on Wednesday at MSG. Each contest has been decided by three goals or more. The Rangers’ power play is 4-14 (28.6%) in the series. Brad Richards is tied for the series lead with four assists and five points, while Ryane Clowe has tallied a team-high, two goals in one game. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-3-0 with a 3.16 GAA and .891 Sv%, and Martin Biron is 0-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .950 Sv%. – Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2% in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%. – New York ranks 23rd in the NHL with a 6-9-1 (13 pts) record on the road; Pittsburgh ranks first in the NHL with a 15-5-0 (30 pts) mark at home – The Rangers are 7-5-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 11-5-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season – New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12) – Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS: – Henrik Lundqvist — 46 GP, 23-18-5, 2.45 GAA, 2 SO – Martin Biron — 36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO – Brad Richards — 37 GP, 9-30-39 – Ryan Callahan — 32 GP, 9-7-16 – Derick Brassard — 5 GP, 1-6-7 – Dan Girardi — 40 GP, 1-113-14
SPECIAL TEAMS: – The Rangers’ power play is 14-65 (21.5%) in the last 24 games – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in each of the last two contests (7-7, 100.0%) – New York has posted a record of 11-4-1 when not allowing a power play goal – Power Play: The Rangers tallied three goals in four power play attempts (4:25) on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. New York ranks 22nd overall (18-109, 16.5%) and is tied for 26th on the road (5-45, 11.1%). 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 held the Penguins scoreless in two power play attempts (4:00) on Wednesday at MSG. New York is tied for 14th overall (96-118, 81.4%) and 21st on the road (36-47, 76.6%). The Rangers are 7-7 (8:13) in three-on-five situations (last – 4/1 vs. WPG), and 4-4 (4:24) when three-on-four (last – 3/18 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (4): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan). – Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh, and are now minus-1 in 23 four-on-four situations (46:19) 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).
Newly acquired Rangers Ryane Clowe (two goals, one assist), Derick Brassard (one goal, three assists), and John Moore (one goal) combined for eight points while making their Rangers debut in a 6-1 win on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in franchise history that three players tallied a goal while making their Rangers debut in the same game. Derick Brassard registered a career-high, four points, becoming the first player to record four or more points in their Rangers debut since Doug Bentley on Jan. 20, 1954, vs. Boston.
PASSING A LEGEND
Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves in a 6-1 win on Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh to record his 268th career win, passing Ed Giacomin for second on the Rangers’ all-time goalie wins list.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 86 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 80-0-6 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 10-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
A BROADWAY HIT
The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in hits (1086) this season. Brian Boyle leads the Rangers and ranks sixth in the NHL with 129 hits, while Ryan Callahan ranks second on the team and eighth in the league with 121 hits.
Rangers’ Head Coach John Tortorella recorded his 400th NHL coaching victory with a 5-2 win on Mar. 26 at Philadelphia, becoming the 30th head coach in league history to reach the mark. He is now two wins shy of fourth place on the Rangers’ all-time coaching wins list, with 163 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 — 2.33 – 4th (T-9th in NHL) in FO% — 51.3% – 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.6 – T-2nd (T-2nd in NHL) in Hits — 1086 – 5th (8th in NHL) in BkS — 580
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 16 players make their regular season debut with the team this season – New York has registered a point in 12 of 14 games when scoring the first goal this season (11-2-1), and are 7-13-2 when allowing the game’s first goal – The Blueshirts have posted an 8-0-1 mark when leading after the first period, and are 10-0-0 when leading after the second period
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in each of the last eight games (5-2-1, 1.72 GAA, .938 Sv% over the span) – Derick Brassard — six points (three goals, three assists) in his last three contests, including a goal in three straight games – Ryane Clowe — eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last nine games – Brad Richards — seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last six games – Rick Nash — five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games – Derek Stepan — 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in the last 18 games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Steve Eminger — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Roman Hamrlik — 5 games from 1400th NHL career – Henrik Lundqvist — 1 game from 500th NHL career – Marc Staal — 3 points from 100th NHL career – Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED: – Ryan Callahan — 100th career NHL assist (4/1 vs. WPG) – Anton Stralman — 300th career NHL game (4/1 vs. WPG) – Carl Hagelin — 100th career NHL game (4/3 vs. PIT) – Derek Stepan — 200th career NHL game (4/3 vs. PIT)
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 36 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 15 – Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 91
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: – Mar. 28 — Agreed to terms with free agent forward Mats Zuccarello – Mar. 29 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Conor Allen – Mar. 31 — Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL) – Apr. 1 — Agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Tommy Hughes – Apr. 2 — Acquired forward Ryane Clowe from San Jose in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2013, a 3rd round pick in 2013 (originally Florida’s), and a conditional pick in 2014 – Apr. 3 — Acquired forwards Derick Brassard and Derek Dorsett, defenseman John Moore, and a 6th round pick in 2014 from Columbus in exchange for forward Marian Gaborik, and defensemen Steven Delisle and Blake Parlett – Apr. 3 — Assigned forward Chris Kreider to Connecticut (AHL) – Apr. 3 — Assigned forward Jesper Fast to Connecticut (AHL)
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