Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Apr. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 43-30-5 (91 pts)
Senators: 32-30-14 (78 pts)
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), as they begin a three-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-30-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in a shootout on Thursday at Pepsi Center. The Blueshirts have posted a 8-2-1 record in their last 11 games, including a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games. The Senators have posted a 32-31-14 record (78 pts) to rank 13th in the Eastern Conference. Following the contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Apr. 8, at MSG (7:00 p.m. ET), as they continue a three-game homestand.
RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
• All-Time: 35-37-3-4 overall (14-22-0-2 at home; 21-15-3-2 on the road)
• 2013-14: Tonight is the third and final meeting this season, and the first meeting at Madison Square Garden. New York is 2-0-0 overall (0-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road), following an 8-4 win on Mar. 18 at Ottawa. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with four points (two goals, two assists) in the series. Rick Nash leads all skaters with three goals, while Derick Brassard (two goals, one assist) and Mats Zuccarello (one goal, two assists) each have three points. Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 1.01 GAA.
• Last Season: New York was 0-2-1 overall (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-1 on the road). The Rangers and Senators were separated by one goal in two of the three contests, including one game decided in the shootout. The Blueshirts had 11 different players record a point in the series. Henrik Lundqvist was 0-2-1 with a 2.29 GAA and a .933 Sv%.
• Martin St. Louis has a five-game point streak against the Senators, registering seven points (two goals, five assists) over the span.
• New York is 18-16-4 at home; Ottawa is 16-14-8 on the road
• The Rangers are 14-6-1 vs. Atlantic Division opponents; the Senators are 9-9-2 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
• New York lists no former Senators players on their roster
• Ottawa lists no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 30 GP, 12-14-3, 2.14 GAA, 1 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 51 GP, 15-29—44
• Brad Richards – 40 GP, 15-13—28
• Dominic Moore – 27 GP, 7-6 —13
• Raphael Diaz – 9 GP, 0-5—5
• The Blueshirts penalty kill is 42-45 (93.3%) with seven shorthanded goals in the last 16 games
• Ranks eighth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (103.2%)
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-5 (8:29) on Thursday at Colorado. New York ranks 13th in the NHL overall (46-252, 18.2%), and 26th at home (18-123, 14.6%). 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 (6:29) with on Thursday at Colorado. New York ranks fifth in the NHL overall (192-226, 85.0%), and eighth at home (86-102, 84.3%). 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 (10): 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); 4/1 at VAN (St. Louis).
• Four-on-Four: New York did not yield/tally a goal in two four-on-four situations (6:31) on Thursday at Colorado. The Rangers are -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, and the team’s all-time shutouts leader with his 50th career shutout on Mar. 22 at New Jersey. He registered his 300th career win with a 30-save shutout 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.
Ryan McDonagh tallied six goals in March, which were the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch). 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. Ryan McDonagh tallied six goals in March, which were the most by a Rangers defenseman in one calendar month since Jan. 1998 (6 – Brian Leetch). 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).
Mats Zuccarello tallied his 54th point of the season on Tuesday against Vancouver, the most by a Norwegian-born player in one season in NHL history. The record was previously held by Espen Knutsen, who had 53 points with Columbus during the 2000-01 season.
The Rangers established a franchise record for road wins in one season with their 25th of the year on Apr. 1 at Vancouver. The Blueshirts have posted an 83-54-9 road record dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and are the only team to win at least 24 road games in three of the last four season. The Rangers lead the league in road wins, and have won six of last eight road games, tallying at least one point in seven of those contests (6-1-1). New York has posted two separate six-game road winning streaks this season for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers’ 51 road points this season rank second in franchise history (2011-12 – 53).
The Rangers scored a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same game for the fifth time this season, and for the second consecutive contest on Tuesday against Vancouver. It is the second time this season that the Blueshirts have scored a SHG in consecutive games (Mar. 5-7). The last time the Rangers, in back-to-back games, tallied both a PPG and a SHG, was Dec. 8-10, 2011.
The Rangers won their 40th game of the season with a 4-3 OT win on Mar. 24 vs. Phoenix. New York has won 40 or more games in seven of the last nine seasons (seven of the last eight full seasons), the first time in franchise history the Rangers have registered seven 40-win seasons in a nine-season span. The Rangers are one of six teams that have reached the 40-win mark at least seven times since the 2005-06 season (PIT, SJS, DET, ANA, and NSH).
THE HOT LIST:
• Henrik Lundqvist – 6-1-1 in the last 8 games (1.98 GAA, .933 Sv%, 1 SO) and 9-3-1 in his last 13 (1.84 GAA, .938 Sv%, 2 SO)
• Derek Stepan – 19 points (6 G, 13 A) in the last 19 games
• Mats Zuccarello – 3-game point streak (2 G, 3 A); 20 points (4 G, 16 A) in his last 21 games
• Benoit Pouliot – 4-game point streak (1 G, 3 A); 6 points (1 G, 5 A) in the last 6 games
• Carl Hagelin – 8 points (4 G, 4 A) in the last 11 games
• Derick Brassard – 7 points (5 G, 2 A) in the last 9 games
• Derick Brassard – 1 game from 400th NHL career
• Dominic Moore – 1 game from 600th NHL career
INJURIES (114 Man-Games Lost):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 5
• Ryan McDonagh (upper-body injury on 4/1; day-to-day) – 1
• Apr. 2 – Assigned J.T. Miller to Hartford (AHL)
• Mar. 31 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Chris McCarthy
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