Pregame notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 19-16-4 (42 pts)
Maple Leafs: 22-13-4 (48 pts)
The Rangers will complete a home-and-home set when they face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Atlantic Division standings, and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 19-16-4 (42 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, on Monday at Air Canada Centre, and have now registered a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1). The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 22-13-4 (48 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference, and have won five of their last six games. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers face-off against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Apr. 13, at Nassau Coliseum (7:00 p.m.), in an Atlantic Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS: – All-Time: 221-273-95-6 overall (128-111-56-3 at home; 93-162-39-3 on the road) – 2013: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 1-1-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-3 loss on Monday at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers have out-scored the Maple Leafs, 6-1, in the third period. Rick Nash leads all skaters with four points in the series, including a team-high, two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 3.04 GAA. – Last Season: New York was 2-2-0 overall (0-2-0 mark at home; 2-0-0 mark on the road). The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 12-13 (92.3%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with three assists in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 3.30 GAA, while Martin Biron posted a 20-save shutout in his only appearance against Toronto last season. – The Rangers have recorded a point in 11 of their last 14 meetings with the Maple Leafs (9-3-2 over the span), and have out-scored Toronto, 51-29, during the stretch – New York ranks 14th in the NHL with a 12-6-2 (26 pts) record at home; Toronto ranks seventh in the NHL with a 11-6-2 (24 pts) mark on the road – The Rangers are 4-8-1 vs. the Northeast Division this season; the Maple Leafs are 7-4-1 vs. the Atlantic Division this season – New York lists one former Maple Leaf on their roster: Anton Stralman (2007-08 – 2008-09) – Toronto lists one former Ranger on their roster: Colton Orr (2005-06 – 2008-09)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. MAPLE LEAFS: – Henrik Lundqvist — 22 GP, 11-7-4, 2.69 GAA, 2 SO – Martin Biron — 32 GP, 14-11-2-3, 2.60 GAA, 2 SO – Brad Richards — 36 GP, 17-18-35 – Rick Nash — 10 GP, 4-6-10 – Michael Del Zotto — 13 GP, 3-3-6
SPECIAL TEAMS: – The Rangers’ power play is 5-13 (38.5%) in the last four games, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 15-16 (93.8%) in the last five games – New York has registered a point in 14 of 18 games (12-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal – Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in two power play attempts (4:00) on Monday at Toronto. New York ranks 20th overall (20-118, 17.0%) and 16th at home (13-64, 20.3%). 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 Maple Leafs in two power play attempts (2:46) on Monday at Toronto. New York is tied for 15th overall (104-127, 81.9%) and ranks 14th on the road (60-71, 84.5%). 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 Monday at Toronto, and are now minus-1 in 25 four-on-four situations (51:32) 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).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: – Tonight’s contest will be the ninth and final scheduled game against Original Six opponents this season (3-5-0) – Goalies vs. Original Six Teams — Henrik Lundqvist: 3-3-0, 2.80 GAA; Martin Biron: 0-2-0, 3.00 GAA – Scoring Leaders vs. Original Six Teams — Points: 7 – Rick Nash (two goals, five assists); Goals: 2 – Rick Nash, Brad Richards and Anton Stralman; Assists: 5 – Rick Nash; Points by a Defenseman: 3 – Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists) and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) – New York is 57-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 17-8-4 mark vs. Toronto over the span. The Rangers’ .594 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.638, 44-23-9) and Montreal (.613, 83-50-13), and ahead of Chicago (.551, 38-30-11), Boston (.530, 68-59-23), and Toronto (.490, 61-64-20).
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 Apr. 3 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 Apr. 3 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 87 consecutive games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 81-0-6 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 11-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
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 (T-4th in NHL) in GAA — 2.31 – 5th (T-11th in NHL) in FO% — 51.0% – 1st (1st in NHL) in Fewest PIM/G — 9.4 – 2nd (2nd in NHL) in Hits — 1177 – 2nd (5th in NHL) in BkS — 633
THE HOT LIST: – Henrik Lundqvist — has allowed two or fewer goals in 10 of his last 11 games (6-3-2, 1.80 GAA, .937 Sv% over the span) – Derek Stepan — enters the contest with a five-game point streak (four goals, four assists over the span); 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the last 21 games – Rick Nash — 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last eight games – Ryane Clowe — nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last 12 games; four points (two goals, two assists) in four games as a NYR – Derick Brassard — six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games – Brad Richards — eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last nine games – Ryan Callahan — five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: – Anton Stralman — 2 points from 100th NHL career – Steve Eminger — 2 points from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED: – Henrik Lundqvist — 500th career NHL game (4/5 at PIT)
INJURIES: – Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 39 – Marc Staal (injured, 3/5) — 18 – Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle, 3/7) — 4
Total Man-Games Lost: 100
RECENT TRANSACTIONS: – 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) – Apr. 9 — Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Connecticut (AHL)