Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Sunday, Nov. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 8-8-0 (16 pts)
Panthers: 3-10-4 (10 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 8-8-0 (16 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Blue Jackets, 4-2, on Thursday at Nationwide Arena, to complete a sweep of their back-to-back set. New York has won six of their last eight games. The Panthers enter the contest with a 3-10-4 (10 pts) record to rank 15th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost eight straight games (0-4-4). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. PANTHERS:
All-Time: 42-28-6-4 overall (22-14-4-0 at home; 20-13-2-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of three meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden.
Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Panthers, 9-7, including a 6-3 advantage in the third period, and out-shot Florida, 113-75, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 2-10 (20.0%) in three games. Rick Nash led all skaters with four points, and tied Ryan Callahan for the series lead with three assists apiece. Derick Brassard notched a series-high, three goals, in two contests. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 1.69 GAA and .932 Sv%.
The Rangers have won nine of their last 14 games against the Panthers, having out-scored Florida, 40-23, over the span
New York is 3-2-0 at home; Florida is 1-5-1 on the road
New York is 2-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Florida is 1-1-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Panther on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)
Florida lists two former Rangers on its roster: Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11; 2012-13); Scott Gomez (2007-08 – 2008-09)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PANTHERS: Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 15-9-1, 5 SO, 1.73 GAA; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 17-30-47; Benoit Pouliot – 17 GP, 7-7-14; Ryan Callahan – 19 GP, 3-8-11; Michael Del Zotto – 14 GP, 1-5-6
The Rangers’ power play is 5-21 (23.8%) in the last six games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 34-39 (87.2%) in the last 11 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:49) on Thursday at Columbus. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (10-53, 18.9%), and 24th at home (2-19, 10.5%). The Rangers are 2-5 (1:08) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/6 vs. PIT), 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 (4:00) on Thursday at Columbus. New York is tied for 15th in the NHL overall (49-59, 83.0%), and 14th at home (15-18, 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 (2:00) on Thursday at Columbus, and are now -1 in 19 four-on-four situations (29:34) 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).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last nine games, and 10 of the last 11. The current streak of nine games is their longest since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia.
GOAL OUTBURST: The Blueshirts have registered four or more goals in three of their last four games, including five goals in two of those contests.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4-3-0 with a 1.45 GAA, .943 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last seven appearances
Cam Talbot – has held opponents to two goals in each of his four career NHL appearances, and is 3-0-0 with a 1.95 GAA and .935 Sv% in his last three games
Carl Hagelin – four-game point streak (four goals, two assists over the span), and seven points (four goals, three assists) in six games since returning from injury
Ryan Callahan – three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span) since returning from injury, and a point in each of his last five games (five goals, two assists over the span)
Mats Zuccarello – seven assists in the last six games, and eight points (one goal, seven assists) in eight games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Derek Stepan – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games
Ryan McDonagh – six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six games
Chris Kreider – six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games, and seven points (two goals, five assists) in nine games following his recall on Oct. 20
Brad Richards – five assists in the last six games, including four assists in the last four
MOVING ON UP: With the Rangers’ 4-2 win on Thursday at Columbus, Head Coach Alain Vigneault moved past Hall of Famer Punch Imlach for 27th place on the NHL’s all-time coaching points list with 956 points in 822 games coached (430-296-35-61).
CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 98 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 92-0-6 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 6-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to an NHL best, eight goals against in the final frame.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career
Derek Dorsett – 4 games from 300th NHL career
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 13
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 39