Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WINNIPEG JETS
Monday, Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 14-13-0 (28 pts)
Jets: 12-12-4 (28 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 14-13-0 (28 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-2, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden, and have now won 11 of their last 17 games. The Blueshirts are tied for third in the conference, and eighth in the NHL, in ROW (14). The Jets enter the contest with a 12-12-4 (28 pts) record to rank 11th in the Western Conference, and have lost five of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, Dec. 5, at First Niagara Center (7:00 p.m.), before beginning a nine-game homestand.
RANGERS vs. JETS:
All-Time: 24-17-1-9 overall (10-10-1-5 at home; 14-7-0-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the first and only meeting at Madison Square Garden
Last Season: New York was 1-2-0 overall (1-1-0 mark at home; 0-1-0 mark on the road). Each game was separated by two or fewer goals, including a one-goal game on Feb. 26 at MSG. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Ryan Callahan led all skaters with three goals (one shorthanded) and six points, while his three assists tied for the series lead. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-2-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .913 Sv%.
New York is 5-5-0 at home; Winnipeg is 5-6-1 on the road
New York is 4-6-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Winnipeg is 6-2-1 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists no former Jets on its roster
Winnipeg lists one former Ranger on its roster: Olli Jokinen (2009-10); Winnipeg goaltender Al Montoya was originally drafted by the Rangers with the sixth overall pick in 2004
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. JETS: Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 10-7-6, 2 SO, 2.19 GAA; Brad Richards – 53 GP, 18-39–57; Ryan Callahan – 20 GP, 10-8–18; Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 4-4–8; Michael Del Zotto – 12 GP, 2-8–10
New York is tied for first in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
The Rangers’ power play is 4-11 (36.4%) in the last three games
The Blueshirts’ penalty kill has held opponents scoreless in eight of the last 10 games (24-26, 92.3% over the span)
Power Play: The Rangers were 2-3 (2:49) on Saturday vs. Vancouver. New York ranks 14th in the NHL overall (18-93, 19.4%), and 22nd at home (6-38, 15.8%). 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 2-3 (2:50) on Saturday vs. Vancouver. New York is tied for sixth in the NHL overall (75-88, 85.2%), and ranks 14th at home (26-31, 83.9%). 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 one four-on-four situation (1:17) on Saturday vs. Vancouver, and are now -1 in 27 four-on-four situations (39:51) 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).
FLIGHT CONTROL: The Rangers have won five of the last seven games against the Jets, including three of their last four meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York has out-scored Winnipeg, 20-12, in their last seven games, and 13-6 in their last four at home.
GOAL OUTBURST: New York tied their season-high for goals in a 5-2 win against Vancouver on Saturday. It was the fourth time the Rangers tallied five goals this season, and the second time they have done so in the last three games. The Blueshirts have tallied 12 goals in the last three contests.
HAT TRICK HERO: Rangers’ rookie Chris Kreider posted his first career hat trick in a 5-2 win against Vancouver on Saturday. He became just the third Rangers rookie in the last 20 years to record a hat trick (Derek Stepan in his NHL debut on Oct. 9, 2010; Jan Hlavac on Feb. 11, 2000). Kreider has tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 17 games, and is now tied for second among NHL rookies with 16 points. Since his recall on Oct. 20, he leads all rookies in points and is tied for first in goals.
STANDING TAL-BOT: Cam Talbot made a career-high, 35 saves to win his sixth consecutive decision while making his Madison Square Garden debut in the Rangers’ 5-2 victory on Saturday against Vancouver. Talbot posted two straight shutouts – Nov. 16 at Montreal and Nov. 23 at Nashville – during the streak, and has yet to allow more than two goals in each of his seven career NHL starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau:
The last Rangers goaltender to win six straight decisions in their first year was Jim Henry in 1941-42 (seven straight).
He is the first goaltender to hold his opponent to two or fewer goals in each of his first seven NHL starts since Frank Brimsek (BOS) did so in his first 12 starts in 1938-39, and is the first to do so in franchise history.
He is the third goaltender in franchise history to post two shutouts in his 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.
He is only the second Rangers goaltender in the last 40 years to post consecutive shutouts on the road in one season. The other was Steve Valiquette during the 2007-08 season (Jan. 31 and Feb. 9, both in Philadelphia).
STARTING FRESH: The Rangers have posted a 1.86 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. New York currently ranks 11th overall with a 2.44 goals against average this season.
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have held opponents to two or fewer goals in 16 of the last 20 games, and 17 of the last 22. New York has allowed 37 goals over the last 20 games (1.84 goals against per game), and 41 goals in the last 22 games (1.86 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 18 games this season, which is tied for second in the league.
FAST START: The Rangers rank third in the NHL with a 13-1-0 record (.929 win%) when tallying the game’s first goal this season. The Blueshirts have opened the game’s scoring in four of the last six contests.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for second 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 wins in seven of eight road games from Oct. 26 – Nov. 27, including their six-game road winning streak. 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).
RARE PAIR: The Rangers have posted victories in both Detroit and Montreal this season, in the midst of their six-game road winning streak on Oct. 26 at Detroit and Nov. 16 at Montreal. The last time the Blueshirts won in both cities in the same season was during the 1991-92 season.
CAPTAIN CALLY: Ryan Callahan registered his 239th career point with an assist while skating in his 423rd career NHL game on Friday at Boston. He moved past former Rangers captain Phil Esposito for 50th on the Blueshirts’ all-time games played list, while tying another former Rangers captain, Barry Beck, for 57th on the team’s all-time scoring list.
STREAK ENDED: The Rangers’ 3-2 loss on Friday at Boston ended a streak of 101 consecutive regular season games of recording at least one point when leading after the second period (95-0-6 over the span). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts’ streak, which began with a 3-1 win on Feb. 6, 2010 against New Jersey, was the longest in the NHL since Washington’s 103-game point streak from Feb. 26, 2009 to Jan. 27, 2013.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT: Derek Stepan – 2 assists from 100th NHL career; Rick Nash – 2 points from 600th NHL career.
INJURIES (55 Man-Games Lost): None.