Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS
Friday, Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 22-20-3 (47 pts)
Stars: 20-15-7 (47 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), to begin a four-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-20-3 (47 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, on Wednesday. The Blueshirts have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games (7-3-2), including five of their last six at home (3-1-2), and rank sixth in the conference in ROW (19). The Stars owned a 20-15-7 (47 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference entering their contest Thursday at New Jersey, and had lost their last three games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, Jan. 12, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. STARS:
All-Time: 70-38-22-1 overall (37-18-11-0 at home; 33-20-11-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0on the road), following a 3-2 win on Nov. 21 at American Airlines Center. New York tallied two goals in a span of 37 seconds early in the third period to pull out the victory. The Rangers converted their only power play attempt in the contest, from Rick Nash in the first period. Chris Kreider and John Moore also tallied a goal apiece for the Blueshirts. Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 41 saves, including a career-high 23 saves in the first period.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 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 three of their last four games against Dallas, having out-scored the Stars, 11-7, over the span
New York is 8-10-3 at home; Dallas is 11-9-2 on the road
New York is 7-8-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; Dallas is 6-6-1 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 – 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1.99 GAA
Rick Nash – 34 GP, 19-9–28
Daniel Carcillo – 21 GP, 7-3–10
Derick Brassard – 19 GP, 3-5–8
Anton Stralman – 8 GP, 1-4–5
SPECIAL TEAMS: Have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games (12-40, 30.0% over the span), and are 18-70 (25.7%) on the man advantage in the last 21 contests … Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season … Is tied for sixth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations.
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-2 (3:28) on Wednesday at Chicago. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (32-152, 21.0%), and 21st at home (13-78, 16.7%). The Rangers are 3-12 (5:58) in five-on-three situations (last – 12/23 vs. TOR), and 0-3 (3:55) when four-on-three (last – 12/20 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 2-3 (5:17) on Wednesday at Chicago. New York is tied for seventh in the NHL overall (115-136, 84.6%), and ranks seventh at home (52-61, 85.2%). The Rangers are 2-4 (3:25) in three-on-five situations (last – 12/20 vs. NYI), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (2): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin).
Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation on Wednesday at Chicago, and are now -3 in 50 four-on-four situations (85:29) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (7): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).
HOME COOKIN': The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six games at home (3-1-2), with four of those contests requiring the shootout. New York will play seven of their next eight games at Madison Square Garden.
STREAKING RANGERS: The Rangers have three players entering the contest with three-game point streaks – Brad Richards (two goals, two assists), Ryan Callahan (three assists), and Michael Del Zotto (three assists). Callahan and Del Zotto are also riding three-game assist streaks, with each of Del Zotto’s three assists coming on the power play.
EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 18-2-1 (.857 win%) in those contests. The Rangers are also 11-2-1 when leading after the first period, and 14-1-1 when leading after the second.
BLUESHIRT DEBUT: Daniel Carcillo was credited with two hits while making his Rangers debut on Wednesday at Chicago. He became the seventh player to make his Rangers debut this season, along with Benoit Pouliot, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk, Cam Talbot, Dylan McIlrath, and Conor Allen.
BIG D: Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high, 41 saves, including 23 in the first period, and tallied a power play assist in the Rangers first meeting with the Stars this season. His 23 saves in the first established a career-high for saves in a single period, breaking his previous career-high of 20 saves (Dec. 29, 2010 vs. NJD, Second Period; Apr. 6, 2013 vs. CAR, Third Period). It was also the 14th time in his career Lundqvist recorded 40 or more saves in a contest, improving to 9-0-5 with a 1.39 GAA, .968 Sv%, and four shutouts in those games.
ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of its last 16 road contests, including four of their last five, and are now 14-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 14 road wins lead the Eastern Conference, and are tied for first in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 19-74 (25.7%) with the man advantage on the road.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Saturday at Toronto. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers had 50 or more shots in a game was Dec. 27, 2010 vs. the NY Islanders (52 shots), and the last time they posted 50+ shots in a road game was Feb. 15, 2003 at Buffalo (52 shots). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 11 of the last 14 games, holding a 490-403 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, including in four of the last eight games, and have posted 30 or more shots in 14 of the last 18 contests. New York currently ranks sixth in the NHL with 32.1 shots per game.
MOORE POINTS: Dominic Moore and John Moore each tallied an assist on Brian Boyle’s third period goal against Columbus on Monday at Madison Square Garden. The last time the Rangers had two players with the same last name register a point on the same goal was on Oct. 21, 2006 at Toronto, when Aaron Ward assisted on a goal by Jason Ward.
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers concluded a five-game road trip with a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday at Air Canada Centre. The seven goals marked a season-high for New York, and are the most the Rangers have tallied in a game since an 8-4 win on Apr. 19, 2013 at Buffalo. Additionally, the six-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Rangers since a 7-0 win on Mar. 6, 2011 vs. Philadelphia. The last time the Blueshirts tallied seven or more goals in Toronto was an 8-2 victory on Mar. 14, 1990.
MILESTONE MATS: Mats Zuccarello established a career-high with three power play points on Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay, while tying his career-best for most points in a game. On Dec. 20 vs. NY Islanders, he tallied a power play assist to establish a single-season career-high in scoring with his 24th point of the season. Zuccarello has registered 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in the last 23 games, with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 11, and has tallied 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in the last 37 games since his healthy scratch on Oct. 24 at Philadelphia. He leads the team in power play points (14), and is tied for the team lead in goals (11), assists (20), and points (31) this season.
INJURIES (82 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 3
Jan. 5 – Assigned defenseman Conor Allen to Hartford (AHL)
Jan. 4 – Acquired forward Daniel Carcillo from Los Angeles in exchange for a conditional seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft
Photo by Getty Images.