Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Jan. 18, 2:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 25-21-3 (53 pts)
Senators: 21-18-9 (51 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (2:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 25-21-3 (53 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, on Thursday to finish their four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. The Blueshirts have now won seven of their last 10 games (7-2-1) and four of their last five, and rank fifth in the conference in ROW (22). The Senators enter the contest with a 21-18-9 (51 pts) record to rank ninth in the Eastern Conference, and have an eight-game point streak (6-0-2). Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m.).
RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
All-Time: 33-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 19-15-3-2 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the first of three meetings this season, and the first of two meetings at the Canadian Tire Centre
Last Season: New York was 0-2-1 overall (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers and Senators were separated by one goal in two of the three contests, including one game decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts had eleven different players register a point in the series, with goals from Rick Nash, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan, and Ryan McDonagh. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and .933 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in eight of their last 11 games at Ottawa (7-3-1), including wins in six of the last nine on the road against the Senators
The Blueshirts and Senators have been separated by one goal in five of their last eight meetings, with three of those games ending in the shootout
Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in 29 of the Rangers’ last 30 meetings with Ottawa, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
Lundqvist has posted an 8-4-1 record along with a 1.73 GAA and .944 Sv% in 14 career appearances at Ottawa. He has held the Senators to one goal in six of those contests, and two goals or fewer in 12 of the 14 games.
Rick Nash has scored a goal in three of his last four contests against the Senators (three goals during the stretch)
New York is 14-10-0 on the road; Ottawa is 11-10-5 at home
New York is 11-5-0 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; Ottawa is 6-5-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Senators on their roster
Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 11-14-3, 1 SO, 2.08 GAA
Brad Richards – 38 GP, 14-13–27
Dominic Moore – 25 GP, 7-5–12
Derek Stepan – 11 GP, 3-5–8
Marc Staal – 19 GP, 0-4–4
The Rangers have notched a power play goal in five of the last seven games (6-22, 27.3%) and 10 of the last 15 (14-52, 26.9%)
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 rank fifth 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 eighth in the league with three goals in 5-on-3 situations
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-2 (4:00) on Thursday vs. Detroit. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (34-163, 20.9%), and third on the road (19-74, 25.7%). 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 2-2 (4:00) on Thursday vs. Detroit. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (121-144, 84.0%), and is tied for eighth on the road (63-75, 84.0%). 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 Thursday vs. Detroit, 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).
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 9-6-1
Record in 1st game – 4-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 2-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 5-3-0 (2-2-0 at home; 3-1-0 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 17-6-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 18-8-2 in the second game over the span
Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 67 times in his career (41-19-7, 2.06 GAA, .930 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)
ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 12 of their 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 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. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 goals against average and .923 save percentage in his last five road games.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Rangers defeated the Red Wings, 1-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to conclude a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark. It was the Blueshirts’ second 1-0 victory this season, having also defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a 1-0 score on Nov. 16 at Bell Centre. The last time the Rangers shutout the Red Wings was on Nov. 27, 1976 at Detroit (5-0), and the last Rangers shutout over the Red Wings at Madison Square Garden was on Nov. 16, 1975 (3-0). John Davidson was in net for the Blueshirts in both shutouts. The last time the Rangers defeated the Red Wings by a score of 1-0 was on Feb. 4, 1971, at Detroit (Gilles Villemure).
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of the last five games (4-1-0, 1.40 GAA, .957 Sv%, 1 SO), and six of his last eight appearances (5-2-1, 1.96 GAA, .937 Sv%, 1 SO). He is also 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road contests. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is eight wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and nine wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories. He is also five appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.
EARLY ADVANTAGE: The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL when scoring the game’s first goal, posting a record of 20-3-1 (.833 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 have out-shot their opponent in 14 of the last 18 games, holding a 641-530 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 18 of the last 22 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.6 shots per game.
HOME COOKIN': The Rangers have registered a point in six of their last seven games at Madison Square Garden (5-1-1), and eight of their last 10 at home (6-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA, .957 Sv%, and one shutout in the last five games, and 6-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA, .935 Sv%, and one shutout in his last nine
Brad Richards – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last seven games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists over the span), and has nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last 10 games
Derick Brassard – has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four
Benoit Pouliot – has tallied a point in 14 of his last 20 games (six goals, eight assists over the span), and three assists in the last four contests
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in five of the last seven games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span
Rick Nash – four goals in the last six games
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 (86 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 7
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