Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 9-9-0 (18 pts)
Canadiens: 9-8-2 (20 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 9-9-0 (18 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to end their winning streak at three games. New York is now 7-3-0 in its last 10 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Canadiens own a 9-8-2 (20 pts) record to rank seventh in the Eastern Conference entering their contest last night at Columbus, and have lost five of their last six games (1-3-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Los Angeles Kings Sunday, Nov. 17, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. CANADIENS:
All-Time: 191-324-94-3 overall (127-124-54-1 at home; 64-200-40-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Bell Centre. New York is 0-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss in their home opener on Oct. 28 at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 25 of 27 shots in the contest.
Last Season: New York was 0-3-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 76-62, in the series, including a 28-16 advantage in the first period. Anton Stralman notched the Rangers’ lone goal in the series, while Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 15 of 17 shots in his only appearance.
Only three of the Rangers and Canadiens last nine meetings have been decided by fewer than three goals – a 5-3 win for the Blueshirts on Nov. 5, 2011 at MSG, a 3-1 loss on Feb. 19, 2013 at MSG, and a 2-0 loss on Oct. 28, 2013 at MSG
New York is 5-6-0 on the road; Montreal is 5-4-2 at home
New York is 3-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Montreal is 4-0-0*** vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists two former Canadiens on its roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10); Benoit Pouliot (2009-10 – 2010-11)
Montreal lists one former Ranger on its roster: Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12)
Rangers’ defenseman Ryan McDonagh was originally selected by the Canadiens as a first round choice, 12th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
Rangers’ Head Coach Alain Vigneault served as the Canadiens’ coach from 1997-98 – 2000-01
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANADIENS: Henrik Lundqvist – 27 GP, 13-11-2, 1 SO, 2.84 GAA; Brad Richards – 38 GP, 9-13-22; Dominic Moore – 26 GP, 4-13-17; Ryan Callahan – 22 GP, 6-4-10; Dan Girardi – 27 GP, 3-6-9.
Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has notched a goal in five of the last eight games, converting 6-29 (20.7%) with the man advantage over the span
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 39-45 (86.7%) in the last 13 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:57) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 17th in the NHL overall (11-61, 18.0%), and fourth on the road (8-34, 23.5%). 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 3-3 (4:57) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (54-65, 83.1%), and 14th on the road (34-41, 82.9%). 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 two four-on-four situations (3:03) on Tuesday vs. New Jersey, and are now -1 in 22 four-on-four situations (34:37) 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).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:
Tonight’s contest will be the third of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (1-1-0).
Last season, the Rangers posted a 4-5-0 record against Original Six opponents. Rick Nash and Derek Stepan tied for the team lead with five assists and seven points apiece, while Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman tied Nash and Stepan for the team-high with two goals each against Original Six opponents. Michael Del Zotto (one goal, two assists), Dan Girardi (three assists), and Marc Staal (one goal, two assists) tied for the team lead in scoring among defensemen with three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 4-3-0 with a 2.65 GAA and .901 Sv% in seven appearances against Original Six opponents.
New York is 59-38-12 against Original Six teams since 2005-06, including a 13-16-3 mark vs. Montreal over the span. The Rangers’ .596 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.631, 45-24-11) and Montreal (.610, 85-52-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.533, 70-60-23), and Toronto (.487, 63-67-21).
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 4-2-0
Record in 1st game – 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 2-1-0 (0-0-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road)
Last season – 7-4-1; 1st game, 4-1-1 (3-0-0 at home; 1-1-1 on the road); 2nd game, 3-3-0 (0-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 on the road)
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 66 times in his career (41-18-7, 2.03 GAA, .931 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)
A FRESH START: The Rangers have won seven of their last 10 games (7-3-0), tallying 2.87 goals per game while allowing 1.79 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 HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 5-4-0 with a 1.80 GAA, .931 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last nine 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
Mats Zuccarello – four-game point streak (one goal, three assists over the span), and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 10 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Ryan McDonagh – four-game point streak (two goals, three assists over the span), and eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games
Chris Kreider – nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last eight games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Carl Hagelin – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last six games, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games since returning from injury
Derek Stepan – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last eight games
Ryan Callahan – four points (two goals, two assists) in five games since returning from injury, and seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last seven games
Brad Richards – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games, and six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games
Brian Boyle – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
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 10 goals against in the final frame (2nd fewest in the NHL).
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
Derek Dorsett – 2 games from 300th NHL career
Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 15
Dominic Moore (strained oblique – 10/29, 7-10 days) – 7
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 2
Total Man-Games Lost: 45
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