… and a pre- pre-game note: If time permits I will host another ticket contest today, around noon, in a separate post. Our friend the gracious donor has a pair for the game against Florida Sunday. (short notice). So look for info later on.
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Monday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 6-7-0 (12 pts)
Ducks: 11-3-1 (23 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-7-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Hurricanes, 5-1, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York has now won four of its last five games. The Ducks enter the contest with a 11-3-1 (23 pts) record to rank third in the Western Conference, and have registered a point in five straight games (4-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. DUCKS:
All-Time: 10-14-1-1 overall (6-6-1-0 at home; 4-8-0-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home;0-1-0 on the road) this season, following a 6-0 loss on Oct. 10 at Anaheim.The Blueshirts out-shot the Ducks, 17-7, in the third period, while their penalty kill was 6-6 (100.0%) in the contest.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-1 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road), with both contests decided in the shootout and ending in a 2-1 score. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the series. Brad Richards (goal) and Ryan McDonagh (assist) were among the point scorers for the Rangers, while Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 0.93 GAA and .964 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered at least a point in eight of the last 12 contests against the Ducks (7-4-1 over the span) dating back to Nov. 19, 2002
New York is 2-1-0 at home; Anaheim is 6-3-1 on the road
New York is 1-4-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Anaheim is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DUCKS: Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 3-3-1, 2.80 GAA; Rick Nash – 34 GP, 18-16-34; Brad Richards – 25 GP, 11-11-22; Derick Brassard – 17 GP, 9-3-12; Anton Stralman – 9 GP, 0-3-3.
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rangers are on a three-game power play goal-scoring streak (4-11, 36.4% over the span), and are 5-19 (26.3%) with the man advantage in the last five games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 25-29 (86.2%) in the last eight games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (4:29) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York is tied for 12th in the NHL overall (9-43, 20.9%), and 19th at home (2-12, 16.7%). The Rangers are 2-3 (0:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/2 vs. CAR), 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 2-3 (3:38) on Saturday vs. Carolina. New York ranks 15th in the NHL overall (40-49, 81.6%), and 20th at home (8-10, 80.0%). The Rangers are 2-2 (1:59) in three-on-five situations (last – 10/16 at WSH), and 1-2 (0:27) when three-on-four (last – 11/2 vs. CAR). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (3:34) on Saturday vs. Carolina, and are now -1 in 16 four-on-four situations (26:54) 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).
HAT TRICK TRIO: Derek Stepan posted his second career hat trick with three goals in the Rangers’ 5-1 win on Saturday vs. Carolina. Stepan, along with linemates Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, combined for nine points in the contest, with Kreider and Zuccarello assisting on each of Stepan’s three goals. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the sixth time since the start of the 2005-06 season that a trio accounted for all of the scoring on a hat trick, with Anaheim’s line of Kyle Palmieri (hat trick), Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf being the last to accomplish the feat on Feb. 27, 2013.
SHUTTING THE DOOR: Henrik Lundqvist posted two shutouts in four appearances, with a 22-save effort in a 2-0 win on Oct. 16 at Washington and a 29-save performance in a 2-0 win on Oct. 31 vs. Buffalo. In his last five games, Lundqvist is 3-2-0 with a 1.42 goals against average, .943 save percentage, and two shutouts. With 47 career shutouts, he is now two shutouts shy of Ed Giacomin’s franchise record for most career regular season shutouts (49).
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 3-2-0 with a 1.42 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last five appearances
Mats Zuccarello – three-game assist/point streak (five assists), and six points (one goal, five assists) in five games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Chris Kreider – three-game point streak (two goals, three assists), and six points (two goals, four assists) in six games following his recall on Oct. 20
Ryan McDonagh – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Derek Stepan – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last three games; 14 shots in the last two games
Carl Hagelin – three points (two goals, one assist) in the last three games since returning from injury
Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games
FINISHING THE JOB: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 96 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 90-0-6 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 4-0-0 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) – 10
Ryan Callahan (IR – 10/21; broken thumb – 10/16, 3-4 weeks) – 7
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 33