Rangers at Devils tonight (7 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Saturday, Mar. 22, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 38-29-4 (80 pts)
Devils: 30-27-13 (73 pts)

The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in the second game of a back-to-back road set. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Metropolitan Division standings, and sixth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 38-29-4 (80 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, yesterday at Nationwide Arena, in a Metropolitan Division matchup. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four games, including three straight on the road. The Devils enter the contest with a 30-27-13 (73 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday, Mar. 24, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the first of two straight home games.

All-Time: 105-87-27-7 overall (58-31-20-3 at home; 47-56-7-4 on the road)
2013-14: Tonight is the fifth and final meeting this season, and the third of three road meetings. New York is 1-2-1 (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road), following a 7-3 win on Jan. 26 in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium. Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers with five points, including a series-leading three goals, while Marc Staal (two goals, one assist) and Chris Kreider (one goal, two assists) have each registered three points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist is 1-2-1 with a 3.51 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. Derek Stepan and Brad Richards tied for the series lead with five points apiece, while Rick Nash tied the series-high with 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 25 meetings
• The Blueshirts have registered a point in 18 of their last 27 games against the Devils (15-9-3)
• New York is 22-13-0 on the road; New Jersey is 17-9-7 at home
• The Rangers are 13-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; the Devils are 14-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Devils on their roster
• New Jersey lists two former Rangers on their roster: Ryane Clowe (2012-13); Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 – 2007-08)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 49 GP, 29-14-6, 7 SO, 1.91 GAA
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 19-27–46
• Brad Richards – 46 GP, 6-33–39
• Derek Stepan – 20 GP, 5-10–15
• Dan Girardi – 42 GP, 2-15–17

• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 25-26 (96.2%) with four shorthanded goals in the last nine games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (7:31) yesterday at Columbus. New York is tied for 13th in the NHL overall (43-230, 18.7%), and ranks sixth on the road (25-111, 22.5%). The Rangers are 6-18 (8:36) in five-on-three situations (last – 3/21 at CBJ), 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 (6:00) yesterday at Columbus. New York is tied for sixth in the NHL overall (175-207, 84.5%), and ranks seventh on the road (94-111, 84.7%). 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 did not skate in a four-on-four situation yesterday at Columbus. The Rangers are now -1 in 75 four-on-four situations (117:55), 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).

• Scheduled to play in 13 back-to-back sets this season
• Combined record – 14-10-1
• Record in 1st game – 6-6-1 (2-2-1 at home; 4-4-0 on the road)
• Record in 2nd game – 8-4-0 (3-3-0 at home; 5-1-0 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 19-9-5 in the first half of back-to-back games dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season, and 21-9-2 in the second game over the span
• Henrik Lundqvist has started on consecutive days 68 times in his career (41-20-7, 2.12 GAA, .928 Sv%, 6 SO in the 2nd game)

Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in an 8-4 win on Tuesday at Ottawa to become the franchise’s all-time wins leader with 302 career victories. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout, the 49th of his career, in the Rangers 3-0 victory over Detroit on Mar. 9 at Madison Square Garden. 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 games). He is now tied with Ed Giacomin for the franchise lead in career regular season shutouts (49).

New York enters the contest with a three-game road winning streak, and has won 20 of their last 27 contests on the road. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts are now 22-13-0 on the road this season. Their 22 road wins lead the Eastern Conference, and are tied for first in the league overall.

SINCE 2007-08
The Rangers are 24-11-4 overall (13-5-2 at home; 11-6-2 on the road) against the Devils since 2007-08, dating back to a 2-0 win on Oct. 25, 2007. Henrik Lundqvist is 24-11-3 with a 2.08 GAA, .921 Sv% and seven shutouts in 38 games over the span.

Henrik Lundqvist has faced-off against Martin Brodeur in 40 career regular season games, posting a record of 25-9-6 with a 1.78 GAA, .928 Sv% and five shutouts in those contests.

Ryan McDonagh has registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, a stretch that began with a career-high, three-game goal streak, and has logged 25:00+ of ice time in each of the last five games. He leads the Rangers and ranks 14th in the NHL in average ice time (24:44), and ranks second on the team with 120 blocked shots. McDonagh 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. He has also tied Brian Leetch’s single-season franchise record for most shorthanded goals by a defenseman with three shorthanded goals this season. McDonagh is tied for fifth in the league in shorthanded goals (three) and ninth in shorthanded points (four).

Rick Nash has posted four multi-goal performances and leads the Rangers with 22 goals this season. 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.

• Henrik Lundqvist – Has held opponents to two goals or less in 15 of his last 22 games (15-6-1, 2.05 GAA, .933 Sv%, 2 SO), and is 5-2-0 with a 1.87 GAA, .940 Sv%, and one shutout in his last seven contests
• Derek Stepan – Has tallied a point in 10 of the last 12 games, registering 13 points (four goals, nine assists) over the span, including a goal in each of the last two contests
• Ryan McDonagh – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games
• Mats Zuccarello – Has registered 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 14 games, including four assists in the last two contests
• Carl Hagelin – six points (five goals, one assist) in the last eight games, including five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four contests
• Derick Brassard – three goals and four points in the last two games
• Kevin Klein – four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games

• Henrik Lundqvist – 1 shutout from 50th NHL career
• Ryan McDonagh – 2 points from 100th NHL career
• Brian Boyle – 3 points from 100th NHL career

INJURIES (102 Man-Games Lost):
• None

• Mar. 17 – Agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Graves

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  1. Del Zotto got a whopping3 minutes of icetime last game while scoring an assist. I think the coach was trying to send the message to GM to trade Del Zotto rather than re-sign him.

  2. losing John Moore could be a blessing in disguise the guy is very soft and very low hockey IQ. But I bet Diaz is just as soft, but maybe has better hockey IQ.

  3. If you had a choice after this season Dorsett or Carcillo who would you go with and why?

    I would go with Carcillo, I think he is a bit bigger, a bit better, a bit cheaper, can play nasty game unlike Dorsett who is not a great agitator. And if we choose Dorsett we lose Carsillo for nothing to free agency, but if we move Dorsett we get a draft pick maybe as high as 4th rounder in return.

  4. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    No Retirement
    No Firing
    No Death
    No Playoffs
    No Cup
    No Hope

    Let’s go Black Hawks!

  5. IQ3, The most interesting part of LB’s article regards the Staal brothers, speculating that better chance Eric (pardon me, Eric!) will end up in NYC than Marc ends up in Raleigh-Durham due to problems down in NC. I don’t know that Sather would be interested in him at that point in his career.

  6. Note the huge scrum and, to the side, the two players and goalie skating away from #13. :)

  7. Slatsko Folkyerself on

    Ahhh… the good old days, eh, Carp? When men were men, and sheep were scared.

  8. bull dog line on

    MSL also has another year on his contract. yes he needs to produce in the playoffs, but next year counts too before we call him a bust.

  9. Just keep winning!

    That game against the Yotes is going to be tough. Yotes hanging on to that final playoff spot by a thread.

    Then you have the Flyers.

    Tough schedule. NYR can’t lose tonight. They’d be putting themselves a horrible position. Can’t lose games like this one.

  10. leetchhalloffame on

    Great news about Sather not retiring. Why would he? He gets paid a boatload and answers to nobody. Unlike us working stiffs he obviously keeps his job no matter how poor the performance. And he apparently gets to take a lot of naked pictures of Dolan’s wife.

  11. “MSL also has another year on his contract. yes he needs to produce in the playoffs, but next year counts too before we call him a bust.”

    only a handful of morons including Sather would expect a 39 yearold to really be the difference. But while one moron GM would sign a 40 yearold like Whitney or Jagr, our idiot gave up 3 1st rounders for one.

  12. I really don’t get what Sather actually does. He does nothing that any other moron couldn’t do. No research, no homework, no negotiations of contract extensions, no team building, no player development, etc.

  13. Diaz in for Moore carcillo in for Dorset (flu) and AV says two unnamed players game time decisions. If they can’t go the two what the hell do they have spare wise forwards no one.

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