Hope you all remembered to move your clocks ahead, and that NBC made this a 12:30 game.
Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS
Sunday, Mar. 9, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 34-26-4 (72 pts)
Red Wings: 29-21-13 (71 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Detroit Red Wings at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. — TV: NBC; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Original Six matinée matchup. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and seventh in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 34-26-4 (72 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, on Friday at PNC Arena, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts have now registered a point in 14 of their last 20 games (13-6-1), and are 18-8-2 in their last 28. The Red Wings enter the contest with a 29-21-13 (71 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Mar. 11, at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m.), in their second meeting in five days.
RANGERS vs. RED WINGS:
• All-Time: 213-260-103-1 overall (136-94-58-0 at home; 77-166-45-1 on the road)
• 2013-14: Today is the third and final meeting this season, and the second of two meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 1-0 victory on Jan. 16 at Madison Square Garden. Each of their two meetings have been decided by one goal, including a 3-2 overtime victory on Oct. 26 at Detroit. The Rangers have out-shot the Red Wings, 33-18, in the second period, and have out-scored Detroit 3-0 after the second period. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-5 (20.0%) in the series. Benoit Pouliot has tallied a series-high, two assists and three points, while Mats Zuccarello leads all skaters with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 38-save shutout in his only appearance, while Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 1.85 GAA and .941 Sv%.
• Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 2-1 overtime victory on Mar. 21, 2012 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers’ power play was 1-3 (33.3%) in the contest. Brad Richards tallied the power play goal for the Rangers, while Ryan Callahan notched the overtime game-winner. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves (.963 Sv%) in the win.
• The last 12 meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings have been decided by two goals or less, including eight contests separated by one goal
• New York is 15-15-4 at home; Detroit is 17-10-4 on the road
• The Rangers are 12-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Red Wings are 8-6-4 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Red Wings on its roster
• Detroit lists one former Ranger on its roster: Mikael Samuelsson (2001-02 – 2002-03)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. RED WINGS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 2-3-1, 1 SO, 2.66 GAA
• Rick Nash – 56 GP, 25-22–47
• Brad Richards – 23 GP, 7-14–21
• Derick Brassard – 27 GP, 6-8–14
• Kevin Klein – 29 GP, 2-3–5
• The Rangers power play is 5-18 (27.8%) in the last six games
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Ranks fourth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.7%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 1-4 (6:32) on Friday at Carolina. New York ranks 10th in the NHL overall (42-207, 20.3%), and 23rd at home (18-113, 15.9%). The Rangers are 6-17 (8:07) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (6): 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); 3/2 vs. BOS (Campbell).
• Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 4-4 (7:17) and tallied a shorthanded goal on Friday at Carolina. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (156-187, 83.4%), and is tied for 10th at home (77-92, 83.7%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 6-8 (6:06) when three-on-four (last – 1/21 vs. NYI). Shorthanded goals for (6): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan); 3/5 vs. TOR (McDonagh); 3/5 vs. TOR (D. Moore); 3/7 at CAR (McDonagh).
• Four-on-Four: New York tallied one goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) on Friday at Carolina. The Rangers are now -1 in 71 four-on-four situations (115:18), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (7): 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); 3/7 at CAR (Nash). Four-on-four goals allowed (8): 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); 3/5 vs. TOR (Bozak).
ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN: Today’s contest will be the 13th of 14 scheduled games against Original Six opponents this season (7-4-1). Since 2005-06, New York has posted a record of 65-41-13 against Original Six teams, including a 3-4-1 mark vs. Detroit over the span. The Rangers’ .601 win% ranks third, trailing Detroit (.644, 50-25-12) and Montreal (.610, 90-55-14), and ahead of Chicago (.546, 41-33-13), Boston (.531, 74-64-24), and Toronto (.491, 68-70-24).
THE PUCK STOPS HERE: The Rangers defeated the Red Wings, 1-0, in their last meeting on Jan. 16 at MSG. 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 MSG 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). The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or less in 37 of 64 games this season, including 14 of their last 20 contests, and in 10 of the last 13 at home. New York is 29-8-0 when holding opponents to two goals or less.
SHOOTING GALLERY: The Rangers have registered at least 40 shots on goal in four of their last eight games, and have been credited with 302 shots in the last eight games (37.8 shots on goal over the span). The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponents in 10 of the last 12 games, and in 14 of their last 17 contests. The Rangers rank third in the NHL in shots per game (33.1).
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis made his Rangers debut on Wednesday vs. Toronto after being acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the day. He is currently tied for sixth in the NHL in goals (29), 11th in points (62), eighth in power play goals (nine), 19th in power play points (19), 23rd in assists (33), and ranks third among league forwards in average ice time (21:37). St. Louis recorded his first point as a Ranger with a power play assist on Friday at Carolina, and has now registered 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) over his last 22 games.
KING HENRIK: Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his last 16 games (11-4-1, 2.12 GAA, .929 Sv%, and one shutout over the span), and is 13-5-2 with a 2.28 GAA, .924 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 20 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 one win away from the 300th of his NHL career, and two wins away from Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 career victories.
MAC TRUCK: Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a career-high, three-game goal streak (three goals), including a shorthanded goal in each of the last two games. He is the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17-19, 2007.
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 11 of his last 16 games (11-4-1, 2.12 GAA, .929 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 13-5-2 in his last 20 (2.28 GAA, .924 Sv%, 1 SO)
• Derek Stepan – five-game assist/point streak (one goal, six assists), and 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the last 15 games
• Ryan McDonagh – three-game goal streak (three goals)
• Martin St. Louis – 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in his last 22 games
• Brad Richards – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last nine games
• Rick Nash – four points (two goals, two assists) in the last five games
• Henrik Lundqvist – 1 win from 300th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 1 point from 200th NHL career
INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• Mar. 5 – Acquired Martin St. Louis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Ryan Callahan, a 2nd round pick in 2014 and a 1st round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Acquired Raphael Diaz from Vancouver in exchange for a 5th round pick in 2015
• Mar. 5 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
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