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Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 9-8-0 (18 pts)
Devils: 5-7-5 (15 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-8-0 (18 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 4-3, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to three games. New York has won seven of their last nine games, and six of their last seven contests. The Devils enter the contest with a 5-7-5 (15 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have a three-game point streak (2-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time: 104-86-27-6 overall (58-30-20-2 at home; 46-56-7-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of five meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 0-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0on the road), following a 4-0 loss on Oct. 19 at Prudential Center.
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Devils, 12-6, including an 8-1 advantage at MSG and a 6-2 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan (three goals, two assists), Derek Stepan (two goals, three assists), and Brad Richards (five assists) tied for the series scoring lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied Callahan with a series-high, three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout.
The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 15 of their last 22 meetings
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 16 of their last 24 games against the Devils (14-8-2 over the span), dating back to a 3-0 win at Madison Square Garden on Mar. 30, 2009
New York is 4-2-0 at home; New Jersey is 2-6-3 on the road
New York is 5-2-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; New Jersey is 2-3-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Devils on its roster
New Jersey lists two former Rangers on its roster: Ryane Clowe (2013); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS: Henrik Lundqvist – 46 GP, 28-13-5, 7 SO, 1.82 GAA; Brad Richards – 43 GP, 5-33-38; Ryan Callahan – 28 GP, 10-11-21; Derek Stepan – 17 GP, 4-9-13; Dan Girardi – 39 GP, 1-14-15
The Rangers’ power play has notched a goal in five of the last seven games, converting 6-24 (25.0%) with the man advantage over the span
Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 36-42 (85.7%) in the last 12 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:53) on Sunday vs. Florida. New York is tied for 14th in the NHL overall (11-56, 19.6%), and 22nd at home (3-22, 13.6%). The Rangers are 3-6 (1:52) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/10 vs. FLA), 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 (3:32) on Sunday vs. Florida. New York is tied for 15th in the NHL overall (51-62, 82.3%), and ranks 20th at home (17-21, 81.0%). 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 Sunday vs. Florida, and are now -1 in 20 four-on-four situations (31:34) 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).
SINCE 2007-08: The Rangers are 23-10-3 overall (13-4-1 at home; 10-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-10-2 with a 1.97 GAA, .926 Sv% and seven shutouts in 35 games over the span.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 36 career regular season games, posting a record of 24-7-5 with a 1.75 GAA, .934 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.
A FRESH START: The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games (7-2-0), tallying 2.97 goals per game while allowing 1.65 goals per game over the span. Prior to their 3-2 overtime win on Oct. 26 at Detroit, New York averaged 1.50 goals per game and 3.88 goals against per game en route to a 2-6-0 record in the first eight games of their season-opening nine-game road trip. The Rangers have out-scored their opponents, 13-6, on their current three-game winning streak.
GOAL OUTBURST: The Blueshirts have registered four or more goals in each of the last three games, and four of their last five contests. New York has out-scored their opponents, 19-9, in the last five games.
FAST START: New York has tallied the first goal of the contest in three straight games, and in six of the last seven contests. The Rangers have posted a record of 8-1-0 this season when scoring first.
STREAKING RANGERS: The Rangers currently have five players with point streaks of three or more games, led by Carl Hagelin who is in the midst of a five-game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span). The five-game streak is a Rangers’ season-high, and ties Hagelin’s career-high for longest point streak (Feb. 10-19). Brad Richards (one goal, four assists), Ryan McDonagh (two goals, two assists), Derek Stepan (one goal, two assists), and Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists) are all on a three-game point streak.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 5-3-0 with a 1.64 GAA, .936 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last eight games
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 – five-game point streak (four goals, three assists over the span), and eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games since returning from injury
Ryan Callahan – four points (two goals, two assists) in four games since returning from injury, and seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last six games
Mats Zuccarello – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span), and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in nine games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Derek Stepan – three-game point streak (one goal, two assists over the span), and eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last seven games
Ryan McDonagh – three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span), and seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games
Chris Kreider – seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last seven games, and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 10 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Brad Richards – three-game point streak (one goal, four assists over the span), and six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five games
Brian Boyle – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
Michael Del Zotto – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last seven games
Derek Dorsett – two points (one goal, one assist) in the last three games
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine straight games from Oct. 24 at Philadelphia to Nov. 7 at Columbus, allowing 1.54 goals per contest and posting a 6-3-0 record during the streak. It was the Blueshirts’ longest such streak since holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 straight games from Feb. 20, 1971 at Pittsburgh to Mar. 18, 1971 at Philadelphia.
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, nine goals against in the final frame.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Marc Staal – 1 point from 100th NHL career; Derek Dorsett – 3 games from 300th NHL career
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 14
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 6
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 1
Total Man-Games Lost: 42
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