Well, looks like our lucky guy hit the double. What the HECK, the winner of our first ticket contest, also won the second contest. Both times he picked the Rangers opponent to win 2-1, and both times he was the only contestent to correctly forecast the score.
So unless the judges missed something, and somebody else has a legit claim to the tickets, we will declare What the HECK our winner. I’ll wait until Go Time! tonight to make it official. If anybody else thinks he or she may have won, you have until 7 p.m. to drop me an email at email@example.com.Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 6-8-0 (12 pts)
Penguins: 11-4-0 (22 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they conclude a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and ninth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 6-8-0 (12 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Ducks, 2-1, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. New York has won four of their last six games. The Penguins enter the contest with a 11-4-0 (22 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won four straight games. Following thecontest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow, Nov. 7, at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
All-Time: 118-103-23-9 overall (66-50-9-3 at home; 52-54-14-6 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 1-3-1 overall (1-2-0 at home; 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers’ power play was 4-16 (25.0%) in the series, while their penalty kill tallied one shorthanded goal. Brad Richards led the Rangers in scoring with five points, and tied with Derek Stepan for the series lead with four assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-3-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .906 Sv%.
New York is 2-2-0 at home; Pittsburgh is 4-2-0 on the road
New York is 3-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Pittsburgh is 6-1-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Penguins on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS: Henrik Lundqvist – 47 GP, 23-18-6, 2 SO, 2.42 GAA; Brad Richards – 38 GP, 9-30-39; Ryan Callahan – 33 GP, 9-7-16; Rick Nash – 15 GP, 7-5-12; Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 1-13-14.
The Rangers’ power play is 4-14 (28.6%) in the last four games, and 5-22 (22.7%) in the last six
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 27-31 (87.1%) in the last nine games
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (5:26) on Monday vs. Anaheim. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (9-46, 19.6%), and ranks 21st at home (2-15, 13.3%). The Rangers are 2-4 (1:04) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), 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 2-2 (1:26) on Monday vs. Anaheim. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (42-51, 82.4%), and is tied for 16th at home (10-12, 83.3%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), 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 one four-on-four situation (0:25) on Monday vs. Anaheim, and are now -1 in 17 four-on-four situations (27:19) 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).
BACK-TO-BACKS: New York has posted a combined record of 2-2-0 in back-to-back games this season, including a 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) record in the first game and a 1-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) mark in the second. Last season, the Blueshirts were 7-4-1 in back-to-back games, 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. Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career, posting a record of 41-18-7 with a 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv% and six shutouts in the second game. The Rangers are scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season.
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and eight of the last nine. The current streak of seven games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in eight straight games from Dec. 31, 2009 at Carolina to Jan. 14, 2010 vs. Ottawa.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 3-3-0 with a 1.52 GAA, .939 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last six appearances
Mats Zuccarello – five assists in the last four games, and six points (one goal, five assists) in six games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Chris Kreider – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games, and six points (two goals, four assists) in six games following his recall on Oct. 20
Carl Hagelin – four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from injury
Derek Stepan – five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games
Michael Del Zotto – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
Ryan McDonagh – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games, and four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games
Benoit Pouliot – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six 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.
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 11
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 35