Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
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.
RANGERS vs. KINGS:
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.
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 – 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