Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at DETROIT RED WINGS
Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:00 p.m. ET
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, MI
Rangers: 2-6-0 (4 pts)
Red Wings: 6-4-1 (13 pts)
The Rangers will conclude their season-opening nine-game road trip when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank seventh in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 14th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 2-6-0 (4 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Flyers, 2-1, on Thursday at Philadelphia. The Red Wings enter the contest with a 6-4-1 (13 pts) record to rank fourth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last three games (0-2-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, Oct. 28, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their 2013-14 regular season home opener.
RANGERS vs. RED WINGS:
All-Time: 211-260-103-1 overall (135-94-58-0 at home; 76-166-45-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Joe Louis Arena.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 2-1 overtime victory on Mar. 21, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Brad Richards tallied the power play goal for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan notched the overtime game-winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves (.963 Sv%) in the win.
The last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including six contests separated by one goal
New York is 2-6-0 on the road; Detroit is 3-2-1 at home
New York is 0-0-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Detroit is 3-0-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Red Wings on their roster
Detroit lists one former Ranger on their roster: Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 – 2002-03)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS: Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 1-3-1, 3.19 GAA; Rick Nash – 55 GP, 25-22-47; Brad Richards – 21 GP, 7-14-21; Derick Brassard – 25 GP, 5-7-12; John Moore – 7 GP, 1-1-2
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (4-24, 16.7%), and is tied for 14th on the road (4-24, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-2 (0:48) in five-on-three situations (last – 10/12 at STL), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (2): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (11:00) on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now 21-24 (87.5%) in the last five games. New York is tied for 16th in the NHL overall (26-32, 81.2%), and ranks 14th on the road (26-32, 81.2%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 0-0 (0:00) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Thursday at Philadelphia, and are now -2 in eight four-on-four situations (12:12) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the first of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season.
Last season, the Rangers posted a 4-5-0 record against Original Six opponents. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan tied for the team lead with five assists and seven points apiece, while Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman tied Nash and Stepan for the team-high with two goals each against Original Six opponents. Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists), and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-3-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .901 Sv% in seven appearances against Original Six opponents.
New York is 58-37-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 1-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .598 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.633, 45-24-10) and Montreal (.607, 84-52-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.530, 69-60-23), and Toronto (.490, 63-66-21).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers will wrap-up a nine-game road trip to begin their 2013-14 regular season campaign tomorrow at Detroit. The trip established a franchise record for longest road trip to start the season, breaking the old record of seven games set in 2011-12. It also tied the franchise mark for longest road trip overall, established during the 1955-56 season. The Blueshirts are slated to open their home schedule on Oct. 28 against Montreal, their latest home opener in a non-lockout shortened season since the 1947-48 season (Oct. 29).
FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 94 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 88-0-6 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 2-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
THE HOT LIST:
Brad Richards – eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last seven games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
Derick Brassard – four assists in the last six games, including three assists in the last four contests
John Moore – two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
Carl Hagelin (IR – 9/30; shoulder, out indefinitely) – 8
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 5
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 2
Henrik Lundqvist (injured, day-to-day) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 18