Kings at Rangers tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:

Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 10-9-0 (20 pts)
Kings: 13-6-1 (27 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-9-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Canadiens, 1-0, last night at Bell Centre, for their first win in Montreal since Mar. 17, 2009. New York is now 8-3-0 in their last 11 games after beginning the season with a 2-6-0 record. The Kings enter the contest with a 13-6-1 (27 pts) record to rank eighth in the Western Conference, and have a five-game point streak (4-0-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.

All-Time: 66-43-16-1 overall (37-18-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-1 win on Oct. 7 at Staples Center. Brad Richards notched a game-high, two goals, while Ryan McDonagh tallied a shorthanded goal. Rick Nash led all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves in the contest.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-0-1 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 0-0-1 mark on the road), following a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings on Oct. 7, 2011, at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six meetings with the Kings, posting a record of 4-1-1 over the span
Four of the last six meetings between the Rangers and Kings have been decided by one goal, with three contests requiring extra time
New York is 4-3-0 at home; Los Angeles is 6-3-1 on the road
New York is 1-5-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Los Angeles is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former King on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09)
Los Angeles lists no former Rangers on its roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS: Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 3-3-1, 2.67 GAA; Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16-31; Brad Richards – 25 GP, 9-20-29; Taylor Pyatt – 31 GP, 9-13-22; Dan Girardi – 7 GP, 0-3-3.

Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has notched a goal in six of the last nine games, converting 7-32 (21.9%) with the man advantage over the span
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill is 41-47 (87.2%) in the last 14 games
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (4:03) earlier tonight at Montreal. New York ranks 16th in the NHL overall (12-64, 18.8%), and is tied for 24th at home (3-27, 11.1%). The Rangers are 3-7 (2:32) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/16 at MTL), 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) earlier tonight at Montreal. New York ranks 11th in the NHL overall (56-67, 83.6%), and 16th at home (20-24, 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 skate in a four-on-four situation earlier tonight at Montreal, 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).

MAGNIFIQUE: The Rangers’ 1-0 win last night against the Canadiens ended an eight-game winless streak for New York in Montreal, and was their first victory in Canada since the 2011-12 season (Mar. 28, 2012 at WPG, 4-2). The Blueshirts’ last win at Montreal was a 4-3 shootout victory on Mar. 17, 2009, and their last win in regulation was a 5-3 victory on Feb. 3, 2008. Ryan Callahan notched the game’s lone goal at 5:25 of the second period, snapping the Rangers’ 232:56 scoreless drought against Montreal, dating back to 12:29 of the second period on Feb. 19. The goal was the first for the Rangers in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2012 (John Mitchell at 12:49 of the first period), and gave the Blueshirts their first lead in Montreal since Jan. 15, 2011 (New York held a 1-0 lead with a Brian Boyle goal at 6:58 of the first period, until 13:19 of the first). In addition, the shutout was the Rangers’ first at Montreal since a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 (Ed Giacomin). The last time the Blueshirts defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Montreal was Jan. 18, 1940 (Dave Kerr).

STRONG BACKUP: Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 win  at Montreal. Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on Mar. 30, 2010, Talbot is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA, .943 Sv%, and one shutout in five career NHL appearances. He has yet to allow more than two goals against in a contest, and is the first Rangers’ rookie goaltender to post a win in four straight appearances since Henrik Lundqvist won in four straight games from Feb. 1, 2006 vs. PIT to Feb. 10, 2006 vs. TOR.

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers out-shot the Canadiens, 34-22, in their 1-0 win at Montreal, including a 15-7 advantage in the first period and a 10-5 advantage in the third. New York had 17 of 18 skaters record at least one shot in the contest.

Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 5-2-0
Record in 1st game – 3-1-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-0-0 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)
The Rangers are 16-4-4 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 15-6-2 in the second game over the span
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 eight of their last 11 games (8-3-0), tallying 2.70 goals per game while allowing 1.63 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.

Henrik Lundqvist – 5-4-0 with a 1.80 GAA, .931 Sv%, and 2 SO in his last nine games
Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games
Ryan Callahan – five points (three goals, two assists) in six games since returning from injury, and eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last eight games
Brad Richards – seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last seven games, with six points (one goal, five assists) in the last five
Derek Stepan – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last nine games
Mats Zuccarello – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 11 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Ryan McDonagh – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last nine games, with five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five
Chris Kreider – nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last nine games, and 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 12 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Carl Hagelin – seven points (four goals, three assists) in the last seven games, and eight points (four goals, four assists) in nine games since returning from injury

CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 99 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 93-0-6 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 7-0-0 when leading after the second period this season, and have held opponents to a league-best, 10 goals against in the final frame.

MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derek Dorsett – 1 game from 300th NHL career

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED: Cam Talbot – 1st career NHL shutout (11/16 at MTL)

Rick Nash (IR – 10/14; head injury – 10/8, out indefinitely) – 16
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 3
Total Man-Games Lost: 47


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  1. Wow, feels like the last time I was first, the Rangers won the cup…Was last night just a dream? It’s all over the interweb, so it must be true….Holy hartnell!!

  2. I went into the previous thread and woulda gotten Carped.

    I bet that’s the same trick you pulled on my Daddy down in Florida!

  3. Sorry guys. I blew it.

    I would say JT Miller because it means that we don’t need Pyatt and that Miller proved himself. But that’s a really tough question, James. I have to think about it.

  4. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Blanche Barrow, sister-in-law to Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde.

    AV took a Nucks team to the cup final

    Nucks fans say AV >>> Torts

    By the way, how’s that gabby trade looking these days????

  5. The thing is JT Miller is still not very productive. Hopefully when Nash returns shortly, he will be placed with Brassard and Miller.

    If JT can’t produce with those two, then I think it’s clearly indicative that he needs to go back down..

  6. Apparently the Canadiens flipped the puck over the glass after the game to keep it away from Talbot so he couldn’t have the puck from his first shutout.

  7. eddie eddie eddie on

    not sure who it was….but they commented on The Kreider only having 13 goals per 82 game season….but he’s been averaging damn near a point a game since his recall….

  8. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – i was always more of john quincy myself….but those framers were all hipsters in my book

  9. Framers that can make some fine ale!

    I’m wondering if the king will be re-ass-erting his thronely goodness tonight out of a little jealousy!

  10. eddie eddie eddie on

    Headzo – I’ll be a mere 3000 miles away….if the garden aint rockin, give the e3 a shoutout…..I be listenin

  11. eddie eddie eddie on

    headzo – i be mostly an irishman too….but the german in me propels and extends me forward and onward

  12. E3, my boyeeeeeee…AV got to the Final with more *talent*. If he does it with this team, then I’ll be on your page.

    Ya dig?

  13. Haha. Good point, Carp. It’s the opposite of Boyle, right? Boyle plays less and people like him again. Pyatt sits out and everyone forgets how helpful he can be.

  14. I try to keep those with longer term injuries out of the picture, but you’re right Carp. I can change the “rules”.

    Process if elimination E3, though it’s a but of a stretch. I think I’ve been picking on him a bit.

  15. AV sent Scott Arniel to do his pregame presser. Not sure if AV is late or, as Arniel joked, “all media’d out” after Montreal. But AV will coach tonight, and the Rangers go with the same lineup, only Lundqvist in goal.

    Will have VIDEO up above shortly.

  16. so part of me expects a continued fine performance like last night, but I can’t forget about all those stinkers on home ice when it seems things have been addressed.

    Having some speed demons helps (hagelin, kreider, and I guess MZA has earned some recognition lately). this team has potential.

    I am excited for this game. probably not to Greg’s level yet, but I do have five beers lined up for pre-game so it could happen.

  17. yep. 14 minutes till I start. those 5 should last the whole game, unless like Carp says, things start going south.

    then I will be going downstairs to the garage after the second period.

  18. I mean. I think. That stuff isn’t my thing. I drink enough as it is by just sipping and enjoying.

  19. uh oh. I am actually considering it….

    I dont want too distracted from the hockey game.

    nah. just thinking about it was enough.

  20. I’m slowly sipping some Priorat. Slowly being the key.

    “Pacemaker pace yourself” – At The Drive In

  21. I agree with the Brassard on WBM just for that play last night.

    based on the clean slate… he has to turn it up a notch. If you were judging his ice time on just this years performance, he might be a healthy scratch soon.

    I know he is with Boyle…. but protecting a one-goal lead…. what was he thinking?

  22. eddie eddie eddie on

    I’ve had a couple of bloody marys and …..I feel fine….you know she said so…. I’m in love with her and I feel fine… said to me, she’s happy as can be, you know she said so……

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Headzo – you are correct… either my wife or one of my girlfriends….being a quasi-Mormon – it’s allowed

  24. Gravy, you really need Hank to blow up tonight for me. Except I might just bench him to ensure a great performance out of him.

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