Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 5-7-0 (10 pts)
Hurricanes: 4-5-3 (11 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fifth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and 10th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-7-0 (10 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Sabres, 2-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, for their second straight win and third in the last four games. The Hurricanes are currently 4-6-3 (11 pts) and rank seventh in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, Nov. 4, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in their fifth game in eight nights.
RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:
All-Time: 62-48-7-2 overall (37-17-4-2 at home; 25-31-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of four meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory on Mar. 18 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in three games, while Michael Del Zotto and Carl Hagelin tied for the series lead with three assists apiece. Ryan Callahan registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the series, including two game-winning goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .950 Sv%.
The Rangers enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. New York has out-scored Carolina, 31-16, during the streak.
The Blueshirts have won each of their last four games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, having out-scored Carolina, 13-5, over the span
New York is 1-1-0 at home; Carolina is 3-3-0 on the road
New York is 2-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Carolina is 3-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Hurricanes on their roster
Carolina lists two former Rangers on their roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2001-02)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. HURRICANES: Henrik Lundqvist – 23 GP, 14-8-1, 1 SO, 2.26 GAA; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 15-32-47; Ryan Callahan – 18 GP, 7-5-12; Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 3-5-8; Dan Girardi – 25 GP, 3-4-7.
The Rangers have tallied at least one power play goal (3-7, 42.9%) in each of the last two games, while holding opponents scoreless on the penalty kill (4-4) over the span
The Rangers’ power play is 4-15 (26.7%) in the last four games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 33-38 (86.8%) in the last nine games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:39) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (8-39, 20.5%), and 24th at home (1-8, 12.5%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Thursday vs. Buffalo. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (38-46, 82.6%), and 13th at home (6-7, 85.7%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 1-1 (0:12) when three-on-four (last – 10/29 at NYI). 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 vs. Buffalo, and are now -1 in 14 four-on-four situations (23:20) this season. Four-on-four goals for (2): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard). Four-on-four goals allowed (3): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes).
HOW SWEEP IT IS: The Rangers have swept the season series against the Hurricanes in each of the last two seasons, and enter the contest with an eight-game winning streak against Carolina. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Hurricanes, 31-16, during the streak, which began with a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011 at Carolina. The Rangers have won four straight games against the Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden, tallying 13 goals while allowing five over the span. The Blueshirts also have a five-game winning streak at Carolina, and have won seven of their last eight meetings in Raleigh. Prior to 2011-12, the last time the Rangers swept the season series against the Hurricanes was during the 2002-03 season (4-0-0).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: Henrik Lundqvist posted his 47th career shutout with a 29-save performance in a 2-0 win against Buffalo on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The shutout was his second in his last four appearances, and he is 2-2-0 with a 1.52 GAA and .938 Sv% over the span. Lundqvist is now two shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record for most career regular season shutouts.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers posted a season-high, 46 shots on goal on Thursday against Buffalo, which marked the most by the team in a single game since Mar. 15, 2011 vs. NY Islanders (47 shots). The Blueshirts also registered 21 shots in the second period on Oct. 16 at Washington, their most in a single period since that same game against the Islanders during the 2010-11 season (21 shots in the first period).
MOVING ON UP: With the Rangers’ 2-0 win on Thursday against Buffalo, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Jacques Demers into 28th on the NHL’s all-time head coaching points list, earning 950 points in 818 career games coached (427-295-35-61).
FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 95 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 89-0-6 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 3-0-0 when leading after the second period this season.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career.
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 9
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 6
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 30