Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tuesday, Apr. 1, 10:00 p.m. ET
Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
Rangers: 42-30-4 (88 pts)
Canucks: 34-31-11 (79 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they continue a four-game road trip. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 42-30-4 (88 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 5-0, on Sunday at Rexall Place, to tie a franchise record with their 24th win on the road this season. The Blueshirts are now 7-2-0 in their last nine games, and 5-1-0 in their last six on the road. The Canucks enter the contest with a 34-31-11 (79 pts) record to rank 10th in the Western Conference, and have lost their last two games. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Apr. 3, at Pepsi Center (9:00 p.m. ET), as they conclude a four-game road trip.
RANGERS vs. CANUCKS:
• All-Time: 74-30-8-0 overall (40-13-5-0 at home; 34-17-3-0 on the road)
• 2013-14: Tonight is the second and final meeting this season, and the first and only meeting at Rogers Arena. New York is 1-0-0 overall (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 win on Nov. 30 at MSG. The Rangers’ power play was 2-3 (66.7%) in the contest. Chris Kreider posted his first career hat trick, while Rick Nash tallied three points (one goal, two assists). Cam Talbot made 35 saves.
• Last Season: Did not play. In 2011-12, New York was 1-0-0 overall (0-0-0 mark at home; 1-0-0 mark on the road), following a 4-0 win on Oct. 18, 2011 at Rogers Arena. The Rangers tallied all four goals in the third period. Ryan McDonagh registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating, while Henrik Lundqvist made 30 saves. The Blueshirts’ penalty kill was 8-8 in the contest.
• The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak against the Canucks, having out-scored Vancouver, 10-2, over the span
• New York is 24-14-0 on the road; Vancouver is 18-12-6 at home
• The Rangers are 13-13-0 vs. Western Conference opponents; the Canucks are 14-13-4 vs. Eastern Conference opponents
• New York lists one former Canuck on their roster: Raphael Diaz (2013-14)
• Vancouver lists one former Ranger on their roster: Chris Higgins (2009-10)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. CANUCKS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 2-3-0, 2 SO, 2.50 GAA
• Rick Nash – 36 GP, 15-16—31
• Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 4-15—19
• Brad Richards – 18 GP, 8-10—18
• Ryan McDonagh – 3 GP, 1-2—3
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 36-39 (92.3%) with six shorthanded goals in the last 14 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.0%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 1-6 (11:42) on Sunday at Edmonton. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (45-244, 18.4%), and sixth on the road (27-121, 22.3%). 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 4-4 (7:44) with two shorthanded goals on Sunday at Edmonton. New York ranks sixth in the NHL overall (186-220, 84.6%), and seventh on the road (100-118, 84.8%). The Rangers are 4-7 (6:27) in three-on-five situations (last – 3/7 at CAR), and 8-10 (8:06) when three-on-four (last – 3/24 vs. PHX). Shorthanded goals for (8): 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); 3/30 at EDM (Nash); 3/30 at EDM (Zuccarello).
• Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in two four-on-four situations (2:16) on Sunday at Edmonton. The Rangers are now -1 in 83 four-on-four situations (127:22), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) this season. Four-on-four goals for (8): 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); 3/24 vs. PHX (McDonagh). Four-on-four goals allowed (9): 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); 3/26 vs. PHI (Voracek).
Henrik Lundqvist registered his 30th win of the season with a 30-save effort in a 3-1 win on Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first goaltender in NHL history to reach the 30-win milestone in eight of his first nine NHL seasons. Lundqvist established two franchise records in a five-day span, becoming the Rangers’ all-time wins leader with his 302nd career victory on Mar. 18 at Ottawa (8-4, 35 saves) and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey (2-0, 21 saves). 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).
Ryan McDonagh has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 15 contests. He tallied the game-winning goal in two straight games – on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix and Mar. 26 vs. Philadelphia – and notched three game-winning goals in a five-game span from Mar. 18-26. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to score the winning goal in consecutive games since Dec. 29-30, 2003 (Tom Poti). He has now tallied six goals in March, which are the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch).
New York has won five of their last six road games, and 22 of their last 30 contests away from MSG. The Rangers have posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have tied their franchise record for road wins in a season, posting a record of 24-14-0 on the road. They are also tied for the league lead in road wins.
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 overtime win over Phoenix on Mar. 24 at MSG. The Blueshirts have won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), and 17 times in franchise history. It is the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Blueshirts are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season, along with Pittsburgh, San Jose, Detroit, Anaheim, and Nashville.
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – Is 4-1-0 in the last five games (2.16 GAA, .922 Sv%, 1 SO) and 8-3-0 in his last 11 (1.91 GAA, .934 Sv%, 2 SO); has held opponents to two goals or less in 17 of his last 26 games (18-7-1, 2.04 GAA, .931 Sv%, 3 SO)
• Ryan McDonagh – seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games, and 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 15 contests
• Derek Stepan – 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in the last 17 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) in his last 19 games, including eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last six contests
• Rick Nash – five goals in the last seven games
• Carl Hagelin – eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last nine games
• Derick Brassard – five goals and six points in the last seven games
• Benoit Pouliot – four assists in the last four games
• Brian Boyle – 1 point from 100th NHL career
• Derick Brassard – 3 games from 400th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 3 games from 600th NHL career
• Carl Hagelin – 5 points from 100th NHL career
INJURIES (110 Man-Games Lost):
• John Moore (head injury on 3/21) – 5
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 3
• Mar. 31 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Chris McCarthy
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