Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Monday, Oct. 7, 10:30 p.m. ET
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
Rangers: 0-1-0 (0 pts)
Kings: 1-1-0 (2 pts)
The Rangers will begin a back-to-back set when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center (10:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in their first of four games in six days. The Blueshirts enter the contest having been defeated by the Coyotes, 4-1, on Thursday at Phoenix, and are now 25-29-9 in season-opening games on the road. The Kings enter the contest with a 1-1-0 (2 pts) record, following 5-3 loss on Friday at Winnipeg. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at SAP Center at San Jose (10:30 p.m.), to complete a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. KINGS:
All-Time: 65-43-16-1 overall (37-18-6-0 at home; 28-25-10-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Staples Center.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-0-1 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), following a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings on Oct. 7, 2011, at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Rangers have registered a point in four of their last five meetings with the Kings, posting a record of 3-1-1 over the span
Four of the last five meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by one goal, with three of the contests requiring extra time
New York tied for 19th in the NHL with a 10-12-2 (22 pts) record on the road last season; Los Angeles ranked first with a 19-4-1 (39 pts) mark at home last season
New York lists one former King on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 2-3-1, 2.94 GAA; Martin Biron – 6 GP, 4-1-0-0, 2.04 GAA, 1 SO; Rick Nash – 34 GP, 15-14-29; Brad Richards – 24 GP, 7-20-27; Taylor Pyatt – 30 GP, 9-13-22; Dan Girardi – 6 GP, 0-3-3
The Rangers’ power play was 9-48 (18.5%) in the final 13 games of the season in 2012-13, compared to 14.3% with the man advantage prior to the trade deadline
New York registered a point in 19 of 23 games (17-4-2) when not allowing a power play goal last season
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (7:40) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, the Rangers ranked 23rd overall (24-153, 15.7%) and 28th on the road (8-70, 11.4%). The Rangers were 3-12 (10:36) in five-on-three situations (last –4/27 vs. NJD), and 2-2 (1:20) when four-on-three (last –4/13 at NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (4): 2/21 at OTT (Silfverberg); 3/3 vs. BUF (Gerbe); 3/21 vs. FLA (Kopecky, EN); 4/23 at FLA (Shore, EN).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-3 (4:08) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, New York tied for 15th overall (120-148, 81.1%) and ranked 26th on the road (51-68, 75.0%). The Rangers were 8-8 (8:24) 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 (5): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash); 3/12 at BUF (Stepan); 3/19 at NJD (Del Zotto); 4/1 vs. WPG (Callahan); 4/27 vs. NJD (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York surrendered one goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday at Phoenix. Last season, the Blueshirts were plus-one in 33 four-on-four situations (66:39). Four-on-four goals for (3): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik); 4/13 at NYI (Girardi); 4/25 at CAR (Callahan). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton).
The Rangers have posted a record of 285-273-94 all-time in the month of October, including a 177-118-49 mark at home and a 108-155-45 record on the road. New York (4-3-3) is scheduled to play 10 games during the season’s opening month in 2011-12, with three games being contested at MSG and seven scheduled on the road.
Legendary Rangers’ defenseman Brian Leetch holds the franchise record for most points in the month of October, having registered 43 goals and 130 assists for 173 career points in the season’s opening month.
The Blueshirts’ all-time leader for most career wins in the month of October is Mike Richter, who registered 40 career wins during the season’s opening month. Henrik Lundqvist has recorded 35 career wins during the month of October.
New York has posted two, seven-game winning streaks in the month of October, winning seven consecutive games during the season’s opening month in 2009-10 (Oct. 3 vs. Ottawa to Oct. 17 at Toronto) and 1988-89 (Oct. 16 vs. Vancouver to Oct. 30 vs. Pittsburgh).
NEW (AND FAMILIAR) FACES
Benoit Pouliot and Jesper Fast (NHL debut) made their Rangers’ debut in the season opener on Thursday at Phoenix. In addition, Dominic Moore returned to the Rangers lineup after skating with the Blueshirts from 2003-04 to 2005-06, and Derek Dorsett made his regular season debut after skating in 11 playoff contests with the Rangers last season. Defenseman Justin Falk is still looking to make his Rangers debut.
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,943 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 57 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 92 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 85-0-6 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 posted a 16-0-0 record when leading after the second period last season.
The Rangers will begin their first of 13 back-to-back sets this season tomorrow at Los Angeles
New York posted a combined record of 7-4-1 in back-to-back games last season, including a 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road) record in the first game and a 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road) mark in the second
The Blueshirts swept their final back-to-back set last season, out-scoring their opponent, 14-5, in the set. The 14 combined goals were the most by the Rangers in consecutive games since they registered 14 combined goals on Jan. 17, 2010 vs. Montreal (W, 6-2) – Jan. 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (W, 8-2), and were the most in a back-to-back set since the Blueshirts tallied 16 combined goals on Mar. 1, 1992 vs. Hartford (W, 9-4) – Mar. 2, 1992 at New Jersey (W, 7-1).
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 65 times in his career, posting a record of 41-17-7 with a 1.94 GAA, .932 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game
The Blueshirts were the least penalized team in the NHL last season with 183 penalties and 9.2 penalty minutes per game
New York ranked third in the NHL with 1,413 hits, and sixth in the league with 773 blocked shots last season
The Rangers held opponents to 2.25 GA/game last season, which ranked third in the East and fourth in the NHL overall
Last season, the Blueshirts led the NHL in goal scoring after the trade deadline on Apr. 3, averaging 3.6 goals per contest. Prior to the trade deadline, the Rangers averaged 2.4 goals per game.
THE KING’S REIGN:
Henrik Lundqvist is one of four active NHL goalies to reach the 20-win mark in eight consecutive seasons (Brodeur, 12; Luongo, 9; Vokoun, 9), and is the only goaltender with an active streak of eight straight 20-win seasons
Was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, the fifth time in his eight-year career he has been voted a finalist for the award which he won in 2012
Finished last season tied for the league lead with 24 wins, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to lead the league in wins since Mike Richter in 1993-94 (42)
Passed Ed Giacomin as the franchise leader in career total shutouts (regular season + playoffs) with a 20-save shutout in last season’s finale against New Jersey, the 51st total shutout of his career
The Blueshirts’ netminder has captured Rangers’ MVP honors for a franchise record, seven consecutive years. His seven Rangers’ MVP awards are also a franchise record, passing Brian Leetch (six) for the most in franchise history.
NINE STRAIGHT FOR NASH
Rick Nash is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of nine consecutive 20-goal seasons.
RANGERS RECORD WHEN… (last season):
Scoring First – 18-2-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 1st Period – 13-0-1 (2nd in NHL)
Leading After 2nd Period – 16-0-0 (1st in NHL)
In Overtime – 4-0-0
Out-Shooting Opponents – 15-9-3 (T-13th in NHL)
Out-Scoring Opponents On Special Teams – 12-1-1
In 1-Goal Games – 12-5-4 (9th in NHL)
Scoring 4+ Goals – 17-0-0
Holding Opponents to 2-or-fewer Goals – 22-1-1
Holding Opponents to 1-or-fewer Goals – 14-0-0
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Arron Asham – 10 penalty minutes from 1,000th NHL career
Marc Staal – 2 points from 100th NHL career
Anton Stralman – 1 point from 100th NHL career
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Jesper Fast – 1st career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)
John Moore – 100th career NHL game (10/3 at PHX)
Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 2
Oct. 5 – Assigned forward J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
Sept. 29 – Assigned forwards Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, and Darroll Powe, and defensemen Conor Allen and Stu Bickel to Hartford (AHL)
Sept. 26 – Agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Derek Stepan on a new contract