Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at BOSTON BRUINS
Friday, Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m. ET
TD Garden – Boston, MA
Rangers: 13-12-0 (26 pts)
Bruins: 16-7-2 (34 pts)
The Rangers will conclude their five-game road trip when they face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (1:00 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matinée. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 13-12-0 (26 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Florida Panthers, 5-3, on Wednesday at BB&T Center, for their seventh win in the last eight road games. The Blueshirts are tied for third in the conference, and eighth in the NHL, in ROW (13). The Bruins enter the contest with a 16-7-2 (34 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have points in five of their last six games (4-1-1). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Vancouver Canucks tomorrow, Nov. 30, at Madison Square Garden (2:00 p.m.), in the second game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
All-Time: 249-284-97-2 overall (143-120-55-0 at home; 106-164-42-2 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the second of three meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at TD Garden. New York is 0-1-0 (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 loss on Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers out-shot the Bruins, 44-22, including a 33-13 advantage after two periods. The Blueshirts’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%), while the penalty kill was 3-3 (100.0%) in the contest. Derick Brassard notched the Rangers’ lone goal, and Henrik Lundqvist made 20 saves.
Last Season: New York was 2-1-0 overall (1-0-0 mark at home; 1-1-0 mark on the road). Two of the three contests were decided in extra time, including a 4-3 shootout win on Feb. 12 at Boston. The Rangers’ penalty kill was 15-16 (93.8%) in the series. Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists in three games, while Brad Richards (one goal, one assist), Derek Stepan (one goal, one assist), and Dan Girardi (two assists) each registered two points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-0 with a 2.93 GAA and .913 Sv%.
The Rangers have won 11 of their last 16 games against the Bruins, including seven of their last 10 meetings, and are 22-8-2 against Boston since 2005-06
The Blueshirts are 5-1-0 in their last six games at TD Garden, having out-scored the Bruins, 15-10, over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started in 28 consecutive games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 13, 2007
New York is 9-7-0 on the road; Boston is 10-3-2 at home
New York is 5-3-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Boston is 6-3-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Bruin on its roster: Benoit Pouliot (2011-12)
Boston lists two former Rangers on its roster: Chad Johnson (2009-10 – 2010-11); Marc Savard (1997-98 – 1998-99)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. BRUINS: Henrik Lundqvist – 31 GP, 21-8-2, 6 SO, 1.68 GAA; Brad Richards – 38 GP, 8-23-31; Dominic Moore – 30 GP, 4-8-12; Ryan Callahan – 23 GP, 5-6-11; Michael Del Zotto – 13 GP, 2-5-7
New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in seven of the last eight games (20-21, 95.2% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-3 (3:36) on Wednesday at Florida. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (16-85, 18.8%), and fourth on the road (12-50, 24.0%). The Rangers are 3-10 (4:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 11/25 at TBL), 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 2-2 (4:00) on Wednesday at Florida. New York ranks fourth in the NHL overall (71-83, 85.5%), and is tied for eighth on the road (47-55, 85.4%). The Rangers are 2-3 (2:49) in three-on-five situations (last – 11/4 vs. ANA), and 2-3 (0:55) when three-on-four (last – 11/21 at DAL). Shorthanded goals for (1): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday at Florida, and are now -1 in 24 four-on-four situations (36:09) 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).
CLOSE CALL: The Rangers and Bruins have been separated by one goal in 20 of their last 25 meetings, including eight games that required extra time and six that went to the shootout, dating back to Mar. 24, 2007. Four of the other five games during the stretch were decided by two goals, while one was decided by three goals (3-0 win on Feb. 14, 2012 at BOS). New York is 12-6-2 in one-goal games against Boston over the span.
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Today’s contest will be the fifth of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (2-2-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 60-39-12 against Original Six teams, including a 22-8-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .595 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.636, 46-24-11) and Montreal (.606, 85-53-13), and ahead of Chicago (.562, 40-30-11), Boston (.532, 71-61-23), and Toronto (.487, 63-67-21).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for first in the NHL with nine road wins this season. The Blueshirts posted a six-game winning streak on the road from Oct. 26 at Detroit to Nov. 23 at Nashville, out-scoring their opponents, 16-8, including two shutouts over the span. The streak ended one win shy of the longest road winning streak in franchise history, and was the longest for the Blueshirts since the 1993-94 season (Oct. 30 – Nov. 24). It is also tied as the longest road winning streak in the league this season. The Rangers posted victories in Detroit and Montreal during their six-game road winning streak, marking the first time the team has won in both cities in the same season since 1991-92. New York enters the contest with wins in seven of their last eight road games. The last time the Blueshirts won seven road games in an eight-game span was during the 1993-94 season, when they won eight out of nine games from Oct. 30 – Dec. 4 (8-1-0).
STARTING FRESH: The Rangers have posted a 1.79 goals against average since returning from their season-opening five-game west coast road trip, compared to a 5.00 goals against average prior to their Oct. 16 game at Washington. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers’ 1.79 goals against average since Oct. 16 leads the NHL over the span. The Blueshirts rank 10th overall with a 2.44 goals against average this season.
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 15 of the last 18 games, and 16 of the last 20. New York has allowed 32 goals over the last 18 games (1.78 goals against per game), and 36 goals in the last 20 games (1.80 goals against per game). The Blueshirts are tied for first in the NHL with four shutouts and have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 17 games this season, which is tied for first in the league.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers are tied for eighth in the NHL, and rank third in the Eastern Conference, averaging 31.6 shots per game, while holding opponents to 29.0 shots per contest to rank 10th in the league and third in the East. New York has out-shot their opponent in seven of their last nine contests.
FAST START: The Rangers have posted a record of 12-1-0 when tallying the game’s first goal this season, which is tied for third in the NHL (.923 winning percentage). The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in three of the last four contests.
CLOSING TIME: The Blueshirts have registered a point in 101 consecutive regular season games when leading after the second period, dating back to the 2009-10 season, posting a record of 95-0-6 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 9-0-0 when leading after the second period this season and have held opponents to 14 goals against in the final frame, which ranks second in the league.
Total Man-Games Lost: 53