Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Sunday, Jan. 26, 12:30 p.m. ET
Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY
Rangers: 27-23-3 (57 pts)
Devils: 22-19-11 (55 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7). The Blueshirts rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-23-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the St. Louis Blues, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 17 games (11-5-1) and six of their last nine, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24). The Devils enter the contest with a 22-19-11 (55 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the New York Islanders on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (7:30 p.m.), in the second game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium.
RANGERS vs. DEVILS:
All-Time: 104-87-27-7 overall (58-31-20-3 at home; 46-56-7-4 on the road)
2013-14: Today is the fourth of five meetings this season, and the second of three road meetings. New York is 0-2-1 (0-1-1 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-3 OT loss on Dec. 7 at MSG. Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider are tied for the team lead with three points apiece (one goal, two assists). Henrik Lundqvist is 0-2-1 with a 3.69 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 3-1-0 overall (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers out-scored the Devils, 12-6, including an 8-1 advantage at MSG and a 6-2 advantage after the first period. Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, and Brad Richards tied for the series lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied Callahan with a series-high, three goals. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-1-0 with a 1.51 GAA, .940 Sv%, and 1 SO.
The Rangers and Devils have been separated by two goals or less in 17 of their last 24 meetings
The Blueshirts have registered a point in 17 of their last 26 games against the Devils (14-9-3)
New York is 15-10-0 on the road; New Jersey is 12-6-6 at home
New York is 7-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; New Jersey is 10-6-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists no former Devils on its roster
New Jersey lists two former Rangers on its roster: Ryane Clowe (2012-13); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. DEVILS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 48 GP, 28-14-6, 7 SO, 1.89 GAA
Brad Richards – 45 GP, 6-33–39
Ryan Callahan – 30 GP, 10-13–23
Derek Stepan – 19 GP, 4-9–13
Dan Girardi – 41 GP, 2-15–17
The Rangers have notched a power play goal in eight of the last 11 games (9-38, 23.7%) and 13 of the last 19 (17-68, 25.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Thursday vs. St. Louis. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (37-179, 20.7%), and second on the road (20-78, 25.6%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). 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 (2:09) on Thursday vs. St. Louis. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (131-157, 83.4%), and sixth on the road (65-77, 84.4%). The Rangers are 2-5 (3:54) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Thursday vs. St. Louis, and are now -3 in 60 four-on-four situations (95:07) 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).
LET’S TAKE THIS OUTSIDE: Today’s contest will mark the third time in franchise history the Blueshirts compete in an outdoor game. The Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2, 2012 in front of 46,967 fans at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. The Blueshirts tallied a pair of goals in the third period, including the game-winner from Brad Richards, to complete the comeback. On Sept. 27, 1991, the Rangers and Los Angeles Kings played in the first outdoor game between two NHL teams. The pre-season match-up, which was won by the Kings (5-2), took place in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in front of approximately 14,000 fans.
OUTDOORSMEN: The Rangers have 13 players with previous experience playing outdoors, including 10 who skated with the Blueshirts in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic.
Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Brad Richards, Derek Stepan, Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh, Anton Stralman, Carl Hagelin, and Henrik Lundqvist skated with the Rangers in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Lundqvist stopped 34 of 36 shots, including a save on the only penalty shot attempt in an NHL Winter Classic game with 20 seconds remaining in regulation to preserve the victory. Richards notched the game-winning goal in the third period, with Callahan picking up an assist on the goal.
Daniel Carcillo (PHI) also skated in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic, while Benoit Pouliot (MTL) competed in the 2011 Heritage Classic
Chris Kreider skated in two Frozen Fenway outdoor games with Boston College (2010, 2012). He notched the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Northeastern in Frozen Fenway 2012.
Carl Hagelin (Univ. of Michigan) faced-off against Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh (Univ. of Wisconsin) in the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic on Feb. 6, 2010 at Madison, WI. Hagelin recorded an assist in the contest, while Stepan tallied two assists to help lead the Badgers to a 3-2 victory.
Hagelin also tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in a 5-0 win over Michigan State in The Big Chill at the Big House on Dec. 11, 2010, at Ann Arbor, MI. The game set a world record at the time for largest attendance at a hockey game (104,173).
GRACIOUS HOSTS: The visiting team has won six of eight NHL regular season outdoor games (6-1-1), including five wins in the NHL Winter Classic (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014) and in the 2003 Heritage Classic.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash enters the contest with a four-game goal streak (six goals), and has 10 goals in the last 10 contests. This is the second time in Nash’s career he has tallied 10 goals in a 10-game span (10 goals in eight games during the 2010-11 season). He notched the game’s opening goal in two straight games during his current streak, on Jan. 19 (1:10 of the 1st) and Jan. 21 (1:02 of the 1st). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers player to score a goal within the game’s opening 70 seconds in consecutive games was Jan Hlavac in 1999-00. Nash was also credited with the game-winning goal in four straight games in which he scored a goal from Jan. 10 – Jan. 19, becoming the first Blueshirt to do so since Tom Poti in 2003-04.
ROAD WARRIORS: New York has won 13 of their last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and are now 15-10-0 on the road this season. The Rangers are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and third in the league overall in road wins (15), while their power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (20-78, 25.6%). 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 31 of 53 games this season, including eight of their last nine games and 10 of their last 13. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in games with two goals or fewer allowed this season, and are 24-7-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
SINCE 2007-08: The Rangers are 23-11-4 overall (13-5-2 at home; 10-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 23-11-3 with a 2.05 GAA, .923 Sv% and seven shutouts in 37 games over the span.
HEAD-TO-HEAD: Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 39 career regular season games, posting a 24-9-6 mark with a 1.75 GAA, .930 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last seven games (5-2-0, 1.43 GAA, .953 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-3-1 with a 1.98 GAA, .936 Sv%, and 1 SO in his last 11 contests
Rick Nash – four-game goal streak (six goals), and 10 goals in the last 10 contests
Derek Stepan – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists)
Brad Richards – 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 11 games, including three power play points (one goal, two assists) in the last four
COUNTDOWN TO 6K: The Rangers have played in 5,995 regular season games throughout the franchise’s 88 seasons, just five 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 (91 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 11
Jan. 21 – Agreed to terms with goaltender David LeNeveu
Jan. 22 – Acquired defenseman Kevin Klein from Nashville in exchange for defenseman Michael Del Zotto
Jan. 23 – Assigned goaltender David LeNeveu to Hartford (AHL)
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