Short version of pre-game notes, courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Saturday, Nov. 30, 2:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 13-13-0 (26 pts)
Canucks: 13-9-5 (31 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (2:00 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 13-13-0 (26 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Boston Bruins, 3-2, yesterday at TD Garden, to conclude their five-game road trip with a 3-2-0 mark. The Blueshirts are tied for third in the conference, and eighth in the NHL, in ROW (13). The Canucks enter the contest with a 13-9-5 (31 pts) record to rank ninth in the Western Conference, and have lost seven of their last nine games (2-4-3). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, Dec. 2, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in their fourth game in six days.
RANGERS vs. CANUCKS:
All-Time: 73-30-8-0 overall (39-13-5-0 at home; 34-17-3-0 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the first of two meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at Madison Square Garden
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road), following a 4-0 win on Oct. 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena. The Rangers tallied all four goals in the third period. Ryan McDonagh registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves for the shutout. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%) in the contest.
The Rangers have won each of their last two meetings with the Canucks, and have out-scored Vancouver, 5-0, over the span
The Blueshirts have held the Canucks scoreless in the last 121:24 of play, dating back to 18:36 of the third period on Nov. 3, 2009
New York is 4-5-0 at home; Vancouver is 8-4-2 on the road
New York is 3-6-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Vancouver is 9-3-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists one former Canuck on its roster: Taylor Pyatt (2006-07 – 2008-09)
Vancouver lists two former Rangers on its roster: Chris Higgins (2009-10); Dale Weise (2010-11)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANUCKS: Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 2-3-0, 2 SO, 2.50 GAA; Rick Nash – 35 GP, 14-14-
28; Brad Richards – 17 GP, 8-9 17; Taylor Pyatt – 17 GP, 3-2 5; Ryan McDonagh – 2 GP, 1-1-2.
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 eight of the last nine games (22-23, 95.7% over the span).
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (7:35) Friday at Boston. New York ranks 18th in the NHL overall (16-90, 17.8%), and is tied for 24th at home (4-35, 11.4%). 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 (1:35) Friday. New York ranks fifth in the NHL overall (73-85, 85.9%), and is tied for eighth at home (24-28, 85.7%). 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:25) Friday, and are now -1 in 26 four-on-four situations (38:34) 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).
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 5-4-0
Record in 1st game – 3-2-0 (1-1-0 at home; 2-1-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 2-2-0 (0-1-0 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 16-5-4 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 15-7-2 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)
INJURIES (55 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (sprained wrist on 11/25, day-to-day) – 2
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