Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at DALLAS STARS
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 p.m. ET
American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
Rangers: 10-11-0 (20 pts)
Stars: 11-7-2 (24 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a five-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 10-11-0 (20 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 2-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, in an Original Six matchup. The Stars enter the contest with a 11-7-2 (24 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference, and have won six of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Bridgestone Arena (8:00 p.m.), as they continue their five-game road trip.
RANGERS vs. STARS:
All-Time: 69-38-22-1 overall (37-18-11-0 at home; 32-20-11-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at American Airlines Center
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 mark at home; 0-0-0 mark on the road), following a 1-0 loss on Dec. 13, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Stars, 34-28, including a 13-8 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (100.0%) in the contest. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 of 28 shots.
The Rangers have won two of their last three games against Dallas, having out-scored the Stars, 8-5, over the span
The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in three of their last four games at Dallas, posting a record of 2-1-1-0 over the span dating back to Nov. 29, 2002
New York is 6-6-0 on the road; Dallas is 3-2-2 at home
New York is 1-6-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Dallas is 5-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Star on its roster: Brad Richards (2007-08 – 2010-11)
Dallas lists no former Rangers on its roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. STARS: Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 1.99 GAA; Rick Nash – 33 GP, 18-9-27; Derick Brassard – 18 GP, 3-4-7; Brad Richards – 8 GP, 4-1-5; Anton Stralman – 7 GP, 1-4-5.
Lead the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play has registered a goal in four of the last six games (4-22, 18.2% over the span)
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held their opponents scoreless in each of the last four games (nine attempts), and five of the last six (13-14, 92.9% over the span)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-3 (5:58) on Tuesday vs. Boston. New York ranks 19th in the NHL overall (13-72, 18.1%), and fourth on the road (9-37, 24.3%). The Rangers are 3-9 (3:22) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/17 vs. LAK), and 0-1 (0:30) when four-on-three (last – 10/12 at STL). Shorthanded goals allowed (3): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-3 (6:00) on Tuesday vs. Boston. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (60-71, 84.5%), and 13th on the road (36-43, 83.7%). 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 on Tuesday vs. Boston, 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).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 of the last 14 games, and 13 of the last 16. New York has allowed 23 goals over the last 14 games (1.65 goals against per game), and 27 goals in the last 16 games (1.69 goals against per game). The Blueshirts have allowed three goals in the last 161:32 of play, dating back to the 17:05 mark of the third period against New Jersey on Nov. 12.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts out-shot the Bruins, 44-22, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, including a 33-13 advantage after two periods. It was the third time this season New York has registered 40 or more shots in a game. The Rangers have out-shot their opponents in five straight games, posting 179 shots (35.8/gm) while allowing 129 shots against (25.8/gm) during the stretch.
STRONG BACKUP: Cam Talbot turned aside all 22 shots faced to post his first career shutout in the Rangers’ 1-0 win on Saturday 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. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one of two goaltenders in franchise history, along with Lorne Chabot in 1926-27, to hold opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his first five NHL starts. Talbot is also 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.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4-5-0 with a 1.68 GAA, .938 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last nine games since returning from injury on Oct. 27 vs. MTL, having held opponents to two or fewer goals in seven of those contests
Cam Talbot – 4-0-0 with a 1.46 GAA, .951 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last four games
Chris Kreider – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games, and 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 14 games following his recall on Oct. 20
Mats Zuccarello – 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 13 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at PHI
Ryan Callahan – five points (three goals, two assists) in eight games since returning from injury
Brad Richards – six points (one goal, five assists) in the last seven games
Derek Stepan – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
Ryan McDonagh – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
Carl Hagelin – eight points (four goals, four assists) in 11 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.
Taylor Pyatt (concussion – 11/7, out indefinitely) – 5
Total Man-Games Lost: 50