Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. EDMONTON OILERS
Thursday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 31-23-3 (65 pts)
Oilers: 19-33-6 (44 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the 6,000th game in franchise history. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-23-3 (65 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-1, on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, to extend their winning streak to a season-high four games. The Blueshirts are 15-5-1 in their last 21 games, including a 10-3-0 mark in their last 13, and rank third in the conference in ROW (28). The Oilers enter the contest with a 19-33-6 (44 pts) record to rank 14th in the Western Conference, and have won four of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday, Feb. 7 (7:00 p.m.), in their final game before the Olympic break.
RANGERS vs. OILERS:
All-Time: 26-27-9-2 overall (12-14-6-1 at home; 14-13-3-1 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the first of two meetings this season, and the only meeting at Madison Square Garden
Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 0-1-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 2-0 loss on Oct. 22, 2011 at Rexall Place. Henrik Lundqvist made 22 saves in the loss.
The Rangers and Oilers have been separated by two or fewer goals in six of their last seven meetings (2-2-0-2 when separated by two or less), with four of those contests being decided by one goal (1-1-0-2)
The Rangers have registered at least one point in nine of their last 10 games against the Oilers at Madison Square Garden (6-1-2-1), dating back to a 4-4 tie against Edmonton on Jan. 21, 1997
New York is 14-13-3 at home; Edmonton is 9-19-4 on the road
The Rangers are 9-9-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Oilers are 10-12-2 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
New York lists no former Oilers on their roster
Edmonton lists one former Ranger on their roster: Corey Potter (2008-09 – 2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. OILERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 1-1-2, 2.53 GAA
Rick Nash – 34 GP, 12-13–25
Brad Richards – 18 GP, 5-12–17
Derick Brassard – 16 GP, 3-5–8
Anton Stralman – 5 GP, 1-4–5
The Rangers power play is 9-48 (18.8%) in the last 15 games, and 17-78 (21.8%) in the last 23
Rank eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.0%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (6:00) on Tuesday vs. Colorado. New York is tied for 10th in the NHL overall (37-189, 19.6%), and 20th at home (17-107, 15.9%). 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 2-3 (3:51) on Tuesday vs. Colorado. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (141-169, 83.4%), and 16th at home (71-86, 82.6%). The Rangers are 3-6 (5:44) in three-on-five situations (last – 2/4 vs. COL), 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 skate in a four-on-four situation on Tuesday vs. Colorado, and are now -1 in 63 four-on-four situations (100:16) this season. Four-on-four goals for (6): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin); 1/31 vs. NYI (Brassard); 1/31 vs. NYI (McDonagh). 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).
6,000 GAMES: The Rangers will become the fifth team in NHL history play in their 6,000th regular season game when they face-off against the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers first game was played on Nov. 16, 1926 against the Montreal Maroons at MSG. The Rangers won 1-0, as team captain and Hall of Famer Bill Cook scored the only goal and Hal Winkler posted the shutout.
The Rangers have played more games (633) and won more games (249) against the Boston Bruins than any NHL opponent
The Rangers played their 3,000th home game on Jan. 31 vs. NY Islanders (1,463-1,047-447-44 all-time at home)
The Rangers have played 1,778 games at the current Madison Square Garden, posting a 935-599-200-44 record. The Blueshirts’ first game at MSG IV was a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 18, 1968.
The Rangers have played at least 200 regular season games against 10 NHL franchises: Boston (633), Montreal (613), Toronto (598), Chicago (580), Detroit (577), Philadelphia (274), Pittsburgh (257), NY Islanders (249), New Jersey/K.C. Scouts/Colorado Rockies (226), and Washington (201).
OTHER MILESTONE GAMES:
100 – Dec. 13, 1928 (3-2 OT win at MTL)
1,000 – Mar. 3, 1947 (9-4 loss vs. CHI)
2,000 – Dec. 23, 1961 (7-3 win vs. CHI)
3,000 – Mar. 23, 1975 (7-5 win vs. BOS)
4,000 – Dec. 12, 1987 (6-4 loss vs. PHI)
5,000 – Oct. 26, 2000 (3-0 loss at PHI)
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 11-6-1
Record in 1st game – 5-3-1 (2-1-1 at home; 3-2-0 on the road)
Record in 2nd game – 6-3-0 (3-2-0 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 19-8-2 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)
FOUR SCORE: The Rangers won their season-high, fourth consecutive game with a 5-1 victory over Colorado on Tuesday at MSG. It was the seventh time the Rangers registered five or more goals in a game this season, and New York improved to 16-0-0 when posting four or more goals. The Blueshirts have tallied 18 goals on their current four-game winning streak, including 14 different goal scorers, and have out-scored their opponents, 18-6, over the span.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Rangers have registered a point in nine of their last 12 games at MSG (8-3-1) and 11 of their last 15 at home (9-4-2). The Blueshirts will conclude a three-game homestand tonight against the Oilers.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 20 of the last 26 games, holding a 906-767 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots nine times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 24 of the last 30 contests. New York ranks third in the NHL with 32.7 shots per game.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 34 of 57 games this season, including 11 of their last 13 contests. The Rangers have also allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their last nine games at home and nine of their last 11 at MSG. New York is 27-7-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a four-game winning streak, posting a 1.50 GAA and .950 Sv% during the stretch. He has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his last 11 games (9-2-0, 1.46 GAA, .952 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 11-3-1 with a 1.85 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 15 appearances. Lundqvist won his 20th game of the season with a 4-1 victory on Jan. 31 against the Islanders, to extend his streak as the only goalie in the league with an active streak of nine-straight 20-win seasons. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is three wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and four wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .950 Sv% in the last four games; Has held opponents to two goals or less in 10 of his last 11 games (9-2-0, 1.46 GAA, .952 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 11-3-1 in his last 15 (1.85 GAA, .940 Sv%, 1 SO)
Mats Zuccarello – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists); He has registered a point in nine of the last 13 games (five goals, six assists over the span), and 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in the last 18
Derick Brassard – four-game point streak (two goals, four assists)
Rick Nash – 11 goals in the last 14 games, including seven goals in the last eight
Derek Stepan – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last eight games
Brad Richards – 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 15 games
Anton Stralman – three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-11 rating in the last four games
Ryan Callahan – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four games
Carl Hagelin – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
Marc Staal – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games
Brian Boyle – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
Dominic Moore – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last seven games
INJURIES (95 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 15.
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