Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 26-21-3 (55 pts)
Capitals: 22-18-8 (52 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden (7:30p.m. — TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 26-21-3 (55 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, earlier today at Canadian Tire Centre, in the first game of a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts have now won eight of their last 11 games (8-2-1) and five of their last six, and are tied for fourth in the conference in ROW (23). The Capitals enter the contest with a 22-18-8 (52 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have lost their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in a Metropolitan Division matchup.
RANGERS vs. CAPITALS:
All-Time: 88-88-18-6 overall (48-39-9-3 at home; 40-49-9-3 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-2-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 3-2 loss on Dec. 27 at Verizon Center.The Rangers penalty kill is 9-10 (90.0%) in the series. Brad Richards has tallied a series-high, three assists, while Benoit Pouliot leads all skaters with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-0 with a 2.00 GAA, .931 Sv%, and one shutout, and Cam Talbot is 0-1-0 with a 3.09 GAA and .912 Sv% in the series.
Last Season: New York was 2-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including one game that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Capitals, 5-0, after the first period, and out-shot Washington, 102-81, in the series. The Blueshirts’ power play was 3-9 (33.3%), while their penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters with three goals, while Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash tied for the series-high with three assists apiece. Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists) and Brad Richards (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-0-1 with a 1.44 GAA and .942 Sv% in two games.
The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 13 meetings with the Capitals, dating back to a 7-0 win on Dec. 12, 2010. New York has posted an 8-4-1 record and has out-scored Washington, 39-26, during the stretch.
The Blueshirts have points in four of their last six games against the Capitals at MSG (3-2-1)
New York is 11-11-3 at home; Washington is 8-10-4 on the road
New York is 6-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; Washington is 9-7-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CAPITALS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 26 GP, 15-8-3, 4 SO, 2.61 GAA
Brad Richards – 56 GP, 9-32–41
Ryan Callahan – 23 GP, 10-7–17
Rick Nash – 14 GP, 7-8–15
Dan Girardi – 26 GP, 0-8–8
The Rangers have notched a power play goal in six of the last eight games (7-26, 26.9%) and 11 of the last 16 (15-56, 26.8%)
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 fourth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (105.2%)
Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:00) yesterday at Ottawa. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (35-167, 21.0%), and 20th at home (15-89, 16.8%). The Rangers are 4-15 (6:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/18 at OTT), and 0-5 (5:55) when four-on-three (last – 1/18 at OTT). 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 (2:25) yesterday at Ottawa. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (123-146, 84.2%), and 10th at home (58-69, 84.1%). 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 tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:40) yesterday at Ottawa, and are now -3 in 55 four-on-four situations (89:15) 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 – 10-6-1
Record in 1st game – 5-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 3-2-0 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 18-6-5 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 13 of its last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and is now 15-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers’ 15 road wins lead the Eastern Conference and are tied for second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 20-78 (25.6%) with the man advantage on the road. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road games.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last six games, and eight of their last 10 overall. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in four straight games at home, and six of their last seven at Madison Square Garden.
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his 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 16-1-1 when leading after the second.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 15 of the last 19 games, holding a 672-560 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 19 of the last 23 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 his last five games, and 6-2-1 with a 2.08 GAA, .935 Sv%, and one shutout in his last nine
Brad Richards – nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last eight games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in five of the last six games (three goals, two assists over the span), including a goal in each of the last two games, and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 11 games
Rick Nash – five goals in the last seven contests, and 23 shots in the last four games
Ryan McDonagh – eight points (one goal, seven assists) in the last 14 games
Derick Brassard – has recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last 16 games, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last five
Benoit Pouliot – has tallied a point in 14 of his last 21 games (six goals, eight assists over the span), and three assists in the last five contests
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in five of the last eight games, registering five points (one goal, four assists) over the span
COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,990 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just 10 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 (87 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 8
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