Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS
Thursday, Jan. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 24-21-3 (51 pts)
Red Wings: 20-16-10 (50 pts)
The Rangers will conclude a four-game homestand when they face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: AM 970 The Answer), in an Original Six matchup. The Blueshirts rank fourth in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 24-21-3 (51 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday to end their winning streak at three games. The Blueshirts are now 6-2-1 in the last nine contests, are tied for fifth in the conference in ROW (21). The Red Wings enter the contest with a 20-16-10 (50 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost four of their last six games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Canadian Tire Centre (2:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. RED WINGS:
All-Time: 212-260-103-1 overall (135-94-58-0 at home; 77-166-45-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the second of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 26 at Joe Louis Arena. Mats Zuccarello tied the game early in the third period, and Derick Brassard notched the game-winner with 13 seconds remaining in overtime. The Rangers power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest, with a power play tally from Benoit Pouliot (one goal, one assist). The Blueshirts out-shot the Red Wings, 40-34, including a 16-8 advantage in the second period. Brian Boyle, Ryan McDonagh, Dominic Moore, and Marc Staal each tallied an assist. Cam Talbot made 32 saves (1.85 GAA, .941 Sv%) for his first career win.
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 overtime victory on Mar. 21, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Brad Richards tallied the power play goal for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan notched the overtime game-winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves (.963 Sv%) in the win.
The last 11 meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including seven contests separated by one goal
New York is 10-11-3 at home; Detroit is 14-6-3 on the road
New York is 10-5-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Detroit is 6-3-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 1-3-1, 3.19 GAA
Cam Talbot – 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.85 GAA
Rick Nash – 55 GP, 25-22–47
Brad Richards – 22 GP, 7-14–21
Derick Brassard – 26 GP, 6-7–13
Marc Staal – 5 GP, 0-2–2
SPECIAL TEAMS: The Rangers have notched a power play goal in five of the last six games (6-20, 30.0%) and 10 of the last 14 (14-50, 28.0%) … Posted a five-game power play goal scoring streak from Jan. 4 at TOR – Jan. 12 vs. PHI (6-18, 33.3% during the streak) … The Rangers are tied for fourth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.9%) … Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season … Is tied for seventh in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (34-161, 21.1%), and 19th at home (15-87, 17.2%). The Rangers are 3-14 (6:24) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/12 vs. PHI), and 0-4 (5:00) when four-on-three (last – 1/10 vs. DAL). 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 1-2 (2:41) on Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (119-142, 83.8%), and 11th at home (56-67, 83.6%). 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 Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay, and are now -3 in 53 four-on-four situations (86:35) 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).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Tonight’s contest will be the ninth of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (5-3-0). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 63-40-12 against Original Six teams, including a 2-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .600 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.639, 47-24-12) and Montreal (.614, 88-53-13), and ahead of Chicago (.548, 40-32-11), Boston (.531, 73-63-23), and Toronto (.487, 66-70-23).
HOME COOKIN': The Rangers have registered a point in five of their last six games at Madison Square Garden (4-1-1), and seven of their last nine at home (5-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span.
EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 19-3-1 (.826 win%) in those contests. The Rangers are also 12-3-1 when leading after the first period, and 15-1-1 when leading after the second.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts registered a season-high, 50 shots on goal in a 7-1 victory on Jan. 4 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 13 of the last 17 games, holding a 593-492 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots seven times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 17 of the last 21 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.3 shots per game.
ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of its last 16 road contests, including four of the last five, and is now 14-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 14 road wins is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second 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.
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers have tallied 21 goals in the last six games, including a 7-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 4 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.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA and .944 Sv% in the last four games, and 5-2-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .925 Sv% in his last eight appearances
Brad Richards – six-game point streak (three goals, five assists over the span)
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in five of the last six games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span
Mats Zuccarello – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last nine games
Rick Nash – four goals in the last five games
Chris Kreider – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 13 games, including a point in four of the last six (two goals, three assists over the span)
Derick Brassard – has recorded a goal in two of the last three games (two goals), and points in nine of the last 14 (three goals, eight assists over the span)
Carl Hagelin – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last six games
Ryan McDonagh – six points (one goal, five assists) in the last 10 games
Benoit Pouliot – has tallied a point in 13 of his last 19 games, registering 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over the span
COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,989 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 11 games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
INJURIES (85 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 6
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