Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at CAROLINA HURRICANES
Tuesday, Mar. 11, 7:00 p.m. ET
PNC Arena – Raleigh, NC
Rangers: 35-26-4 (74 pts)
Hurricanes: 27-28-9 (63 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their second meeting in five days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 35-26-4 (74 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-0, on Sunday at MSG, to sweep their season series (3-0-0). The Blueshirts have now registered a point in 15 of their last 21 games (14-6-1), and are 19-8-2 in their last 29. The Hurricanes enter the contest with a 27-28-9 (63 pts) record to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost six of their last seven games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Mar. 13, at Xcel Energy Center (8:00 p.m.), in the first game of a back-to-back set.
RANGERS vs. HURRICANES:
• All-Time: 64-48-7-2 overall (38-17-4-2 at home; 26-31-3-0 on the road)
• 2013-14: Tonight is the third of four meetings this season, and the second of two meetings at PNC Arena. New York is 2-0-0 (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following a 4-2 win on Friday at PNC Arena. The Rangers have out-scored the Hurricanes, 9-3, in the series, including a 6-1 advantage in the third period. The Blueshirts’ power play is 2-8 (25.0%) in two games. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with four goals and five points, while Mats Zuccarello has tallied a series-high, four assists. Henrik Lundqvist is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and .942 Sv%.
• Last Season: New York was 3-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal, including a 2-1 shootout victory on Mar. 18 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play was 3-11 (27.3%) in the series, while the penalty kill was 9-10 (90.0%). Derek Stepan led all skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in three games, while Carl Hagelin tied for the series lead with three assists. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 1.60 GAA and .950 Sv%.
• The Rangers enter the contest with a 10-game winning streak against the Hurricanes, including six straight wins at Carolina, and have out-scored the Hurricanes 40-19 during the streak
• The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of the last nine games against the Hurricanes
• New York is 19-11-0 on the road; Carolina is 15-13-5 at home
• The Rangers are 12-10-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Hurricanes are 11-9-1 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Hurricanes on its roster
• Carolina lists two former Rangers on its roster: Radek Dvorak (1999-00 – 2002-03); Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2002-03)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. HURRICANES:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 25 GP, 16-8-1, 1 SO, 2.20 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 77 GP, 38-50–88
• Brad Richards – 55 GP, 15-34–49
• Derek Stepan – 13 GP, 7-6–13
• Ryan McDonagh – 11 GP, 2-5–7
• The Rangers power play is 5-21 (23.8%) in the last seven games
• Have tallied two or more power play goals in eight games this season
• Ranks fifth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.7%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-3 (5:24) on Sunday vs. Detroit. New York is tied for 10th in the NHL overall (42-210, 20.0%), and second on the road (24-94, 25.5%). 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 3-3 (5:24) on Sunday vs. Detroit. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (159-190, 83.7%), and is tied for 10th on the road (79-95, 83.2%). 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 did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:36) on Sunday vs. Detroit. The Rangers are now -1 in 72 four-on-four situations (115:54), 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).
Henrik Lundqvist registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Sunday at MSG. He became the 29th goaltender in NHL history to reach the 300-win mark, and is one of six active goalies with at least 300 wins. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist is the fifth fastest goaltender to record 300 wins (560 career regular season games). Lundqvist is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49), and is one win shy of Mike Richter’s franchise record 301 career victories.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
The Rangers have swept the season series against the Hurricanes in each of the last two seasons, and enter the contest with a 10-game winning streak against Carolina. The Blueshirts have out-scored the Hurricanes, 40-19, during the streak, which began with a 4-3 shootout victory on Feb. 22, 2011 at Carolina. The Rangers have won five straight games against the Hurricanes at MSG, and have won eight of their last nine meetings in Raleigh with wins in each of their last six games at Carolina.
New York has won 17 of their last 22 contests on the road, including a six-game winning streak from Jan. 4 – Feb. 7. The Rangers also won six straight on the road from Oct. 26 – Nov. 23, marking the first time the Rangers posted two separate six-game winning streaks on the road in a season. The Blueshirts are now 19-11-0 on the road this season, which is tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall (road wins). The Rangers’ power play ranks second in the NHL on the road (24-94, 25.5%).
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), 13th in points (62), eighth in power play goals (nine), 20th in power play points (19), 27th in assists (33), and ranks third among league forwards in average ice time (21:33). 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 23 games.
Rick Nash notched his 20th goal of the season in the Rangers 4-2 win on Friday at Carolina. He has tallied at least 20 goals in each season since his rookie year in 2002-03 (17 goals), and is the only player in the NHL with an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists), which began with a career-high, three-game goal streak. He notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive games on Mar. 5-7, to become the first Rangers player to record a shorthanded goal in consecutive games since Michal Rozsival on Nov. 17-19, 2007. McDonagh has also tied Brian Leetch’s single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season.
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 12 of his last 17 games (12-4-1, 2.00 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 14-5-2 in his last 21 (2.17 GAA, .928 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – six-game assist/point streak (one goal, eight assists), and 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in the last 16 games
• Ryan McDonagh – four-game point streak (three goals, two assists)
• Martin St. Louis – 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in his last 23 games
• Brad Richards – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last 10 games
• Dominic Moore – three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games
• Dominic Moore – 1 point from 200th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th 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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