Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Friday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 31-24-3 (65 pts)
Penguins: 40-15-2 (82 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG 2; Radio: Bloomberg Radio), in their final game before the Olympic break. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 31-24-3 (65 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having been defeated by the Edmonton Oilers, 2-1, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, to end their season-high winning streak at four games. The Blueshirts are 15-6-1 in their last 22 games, including a 10-4-0 mark in their last 14, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (28). The Penguins enter the contest with a 40-15-2 (82 pts) record to rank first in the Eastern Conference, and have won four of their last five games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six matchup.
RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:
All-Time: 119-104-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 52-55-14-6 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fourth and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at CONSOL Energy Center. New York is 1-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss on Jan. 3 at CONSOL Energy Center. Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers with five points (two goals, three assists) in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 1-3-1 overall (1-2-0 at home; 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers’ power play was 4-16 (25.0%) in the series, while their penalty kill tallied one shorthanded goal. Brad Richards led the Rangers in scoring with five points, and tied with Derek Stepan for the series lead with four assists apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-3-1 with a 2.63 GAA and .906 Sv%.
The Rangers have registered a point in four of their last five games against the Penguins (2-1-2), and six of their last 10 games in Pittsburgh (5-4-1)
The Blueshirts’ last win in Pittsburgh was on Jan. 6, 2012 (3-1)
New York is 17-10-0 on the road; Pittsburgh is 23-4-0 at home
The Rangers are 10-9-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Penguins are 17-5-0 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
New York lists one former Penguin on their roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
Pittsburgh lists two former Rangers on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2012-13 – 2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 50 GP, 24-19-7, 2 SO, 2.45 GAA
Brad Richards – 41 GP, 9-33–42
Ryan Callahan – 35 GP, 10-7–17
Rick Nash – 17 GP, 7-5–12
Dan Girardi – 44 GP, 1-14–15
The Rangers power play is 9-48 (18.8%) in the last 16 games, and 17-78 (21.8%) in the last 24
Tied for seventh in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.1%)
Power Play: The Rangers were 0-0 (0:00) on Thursday vs. Edmonton. New York is tied for 10th in the NHL overall (37-189, 19.6%), and ranks fourth on the road (20-82, 24.4%). 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 1-1 (2:00) on Thursday vs. Edmonton. New York ranks eighth in the NHL overall (142-170, 83.5%), and fifth on the road (70-83, 84.3%). 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 Thursday vs. Edmonton, 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 played in their 6,000th regular season game yesterday against Edmonton at Madison Square Garden to become the fifth franchise in NHL history to reach the mark. New York has posted a 2,592-2,506-808-94 record over their first 6,000 contests. The Blueshirts have played 1,779 games at the current Madison Square Garden, posting a 935-600-200-44 record.
Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
Combined record – 11-7-1
Record in 1st game – 5-4-1 (2-2-1 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 18-7-5 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)
ROAD WARRIORS: New York enters the contest with a five-game winning streak on the road, and has won 15 of their last 19 contests away from Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts are now 17-10-0 on the road this season. The Rangers 17 road wins are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks fourth in the NHL on the road (20-82, 24.4%), while their penalty kill ranks fifth in the league on the road (70-83, 84.3%). Henrik Lundqvist has won each of his last three games on the road (3-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .933 Sv%), and is 6-1-0 with a 2.26 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last seven contests away from Madison Square Garden.
FOUR SCORE: The Rangers posted a season-high, four-game winning streak from Jan. 26 – Feb. 4, having out-scored their opponents, 18-6, during the stretch. The Blueshirts had 14 different goal-scorers combine for their 18 goals during the streak. 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.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 21 of the last 27 games, holding a 942-798 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 25 of the last 31 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 less in 35 of 58 games this season, including 12 of their last 14 contests, and in four of the last five on the road. New York is 27-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a personal 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 his 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 – five-game point streak (two goals, five assists); He has registered a point in 10 of the last 14 games (five goals, seven assists over the span), and 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in the last 19
Derick Brassard – five-game point streak (three goals, four assists)
Rick Nash – 11 goals in the last 15 games, including seven goals in the last nine
Derek Stepan – eight points (three goals, five assists) in the last nine games
Brad Richards – 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in the last 16 games
Anton Stralman – three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-11 rating in the last five games
Ryan Callahan – five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games
Carl Hagelin – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Marc Staal – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games
Dominic Moore – five points (one goal, four assists) in the last eight games
SOCHI BOUND: The Rangers have seven skaters who will represent their native country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) – third Olympic appearance (2006 – Gold Medal, 2010)
Rick Nash (CAN) – third Olympic appearance (2006, 2010 – Gold Medal)
Ryan Callahan (USA) – second Olympic appearance (2010 – Silver Medal)
Mats Zuccarello (NOR) – second Olympic appearance (2010)
Carl Hagelin (SWE) – first Olympic appearance
Ryan McDonagh (USA) – first Olympic appearance
Derek Stepan (USA) – first Olympic appearance
INJURIES (96 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 16
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