Post-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
Rangers 2, Predators 0.
Team Notes:– The Rangers defeated the Nashville Predators, 2-0, tonight at Bridgestone Arena, to extend their winning streak on the road to six games. – The Blueshirts are now 12-11-0 overall (24 pts), including an 8-6-0 mark on the road this season. – The Rangers have out-scored their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts on their current six-game road winning streak. It marks the first time since the 1993-94 season the Blueshirts have won six consecutive road games, when they won six straight away from MSG from Oct. 30, 1993 at Hartford to Nov. 24, 1993 at Ottawa. – The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 14 of the last 16 games, and 15 of the last 18. New York has allowed 25 goals over the last 16 games (1.56 goals against per game), and 29 goals in the last 18 games (1.61 goals against per game). – The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 2-2 (4:00) in the contest, and have now held opponents scoreless on the power play in five of the last six games (15-16, 93.8% over the span). – The Rangers out-shot the Predators, 34-17, including a 17-7 advantage in the second period. New York had 15 players register at least one shot on goal in the contest. – The Blueshirts have recorded at least a point in 100 consecutive regular season games when leading after two periods, going 94-0-6 over the span. The Blueshirts are 8-0-0 when leading after the second this season, and have held opponents to a league-best 11 goals against in the third.
Player Notes:– Cam Talbot made 17 saves to post his fifth straight win and second consecutive shutout, and improve to 5-1-0 overall with every game being on the road this season. He has posted a 1.18 goals against average, .954 save percentage, and two shutouts during his personal five-game winning streak. The last Rangers’ goaltender to win five straight games in their first year was Dan Blackburn in the 2001-02 season (Mar. 30-Apr. 8). Talbot has yet to allow more than two goals against in each of his six career NHL appearances. – Talbot has stopped the last 57 shots he’s faced, and hasn’t allowed a goal in the last 146:28 of play dating back to the 13:38 mark of the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 7. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the third goaltender in franchise history to post two shutouts in their first six career starts, and the first to do so since the Rangers’ inaugural season, when both Lorne Chabot and Hal Winkler accomplished the feat during the 1926-27 season. – Ryan McDonagh notched the game-winning goal and logged a team-high, 25:58 of ice time. He entered the contest tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in goals, and is now tied for third on the team overall with five goals and 12 points on the season. – Derek Stepan tallied a goal and posted a plus-two rating in 16:46 of ice time. The goal extended his point streak on the road to five games (one goal, five assists over the span), and he is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) on the season. – Mats Zuccarello registered two assists, three shots, two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 17:30 of ice time. He is now tied for second on the team with 10 assists, and third with 12 points on the season. – Dan Girardi recorded an assist and two shots on goal in 25:53 of ice time. He has now tallied an assist in each of the last two games, and has registered four points (one goal, three assists) in the last eight games.
Team Schedule:– Tomorrow – Off – Next Game – Monday, Nov. 25 at Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Plus)
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