Game 3: Penguins at Rangers tonight (7:30 p.m.) … pre-game notes


Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:

Monday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 5-4 (1-1)*
Penguins: 5-3 (1-1)*

* Record in the playoffs (record in the series)

The Rangers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Sports Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 3 of their Metropolitan Division Finals matchup. The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece following the Penguins’ 3-0 victory in Game 2 of the series on Sunday at CONSOL Energy Center. New York enters tonight’s contest with a 218-237-8 record all-time in 463 playoff contests (123-90-2 at home; 95-147-6 on the road).
The Rangers entered the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second seed in the Metropolitan Division, having posted a 45-31-6 record (20-17-4 at home; 25-14-2 on the road) for 96 points. The Blueshirts are one of four teams, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose, to make the playoffs in eight of the last nine years.

The Rangers and Penguins are meeting in the playoffs for the fifth time, and the first time since the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2008. The Rangers have posted a 0-4 playoff series record against Pittsburgh. Four of the Blueshirts’ five playoff matchups against the Penguins have occurred in the second round of the playoffs. The Rangers’ victory on May 2 was the first time they defeated Pittsburgh in Game 1 of a playoff series.

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS (Regular Season):
All-Time: 120-105-23-10 overall (67-50-9-4 at home; 53-55-14-6 on the road)
2013-14: New York was 2-1-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Mats Zuccarello led the team with six points (two goals, four assists), while Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot each tallied two goals and two assists in the four contests. Dan Girardi led all Blueshirts defensemen with three points (one goal, two assists) in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-1-1 with a 2.88 GAA in the four contests.
• New York was 20-17-4 at home during the regular season (3-1 in the playoffs); Pittsburgh was 23-15-3 on the road (2-1 in the playoffs)
• New York lists one former Penguin on its roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07)
• Pittsburgh lists two former Rangers on its roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07); Taylor Pyatt (2012-13 – 2013-14)

• Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
• Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30—47
• Brad Richards – 42 GP, 9-34—43
• Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15—17
• Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5 —12

Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00) in Game 2 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are 15th in the NHL overall (3-37, 8.1%), and are 10th at home (3-16, 18.8%) in the playoffs. New York ranked 15th in the NHL overall (48-264, 18.2%), and seventh on the road (28-132, 21.2%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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 Rangers were 2-3 (5:22) in Game 2 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are tied for 13th in the NHL overall (21-28, 75.0%), and are 14th at home (8-11, 72.7%) during the playoffs. New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) during the regular season. The Rangers were 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). The Rangers were tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 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 (4:00) in Game 2 at Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts are -1 in 10 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (12:42), allowing a goal in Game 3 at PHI on 4/22 (Streit). The Rangers were -2 in 85 four-on-four situations (131:26), and even in one three-on-three situation (1:03) during the regular 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 (10): 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); 4/12 at MTL (Gionta, PS).

The Rangers rank:
• 1st in blocked shots (159)
• 2nd in goals against per game (2.33)
• Tied for 2nd in shots against per game (27.8)
• 4th in hits (279)

• Rick Nash is 1st in shots on goal (37)
• Henrik Lundqvist is tied for 2nd in wins (five), ranks 5th in GAA (2.07), and 4th in SV% (.926)
• Dan Girardi is tied for 3rd in blocked shots (25) and tied for 11th in hits (29)
• Brad Richards is tied for 3rd in shots on goal (35)
• Marc Staal is tied for 7th in plus/minus rating (plus-six)
• Brian Boyle is tied for 9th in hits (30)

The Rangers have won 12 out of their last 17 playoff games at home, including seven of their last nine contests, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 26, 2012 vs. Ottawa. The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of the 17 contests, giving up 35 goals over the stretch (2.06 goals against per game).

New York has an 8-8 playoff series record all-time when splitting the first two games of a best-of-seven playoff series on the road. Overall, the Rangers have won five of the last seven playoff series when the series was tied at one game apiece after the first two contests, dating back to the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Florida.

Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot, and Mats Zuccarello have a total of 17 points (8 G, 9 A) in six regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh this season. The trio combined for three points in Game 1 on May 2, as Brassard (1 G), tallied his first career playoff OT goal, while Pouliot (1 G, 1 A) posted his first career multi-point game in postseason play. Brassard has tallied a point in five of six regular season and playoff games against Pittsburgh (3 G, 2 A), while Pouliot (3 G, 3 A) and Zuccarello (2 G, 4 A) have recorded a point in four of the six meetings.

The Blueshirts have won Game 1 in each of their two playoff series this season, and in eight of their last 13 playoff series. The Rangers have won eight of the last 10 series in which they won Game 1, and five of the last seven series in which they won Game 1 on the road.

New York has allowed two goals or fewer in 19 of its last 28 regular season and playoff games, giving up 54 goals in the 28 contests (1.93 goals against per game).

The Rangers have reached the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season. The Blueshirts are one of two teams – and the only Eastern Conference team – to win a playoff series in each of the last three seasons. The last time the Rangers reached the second round of the playoffs in at least three consecutive seasons was a four-year span from 1993-94 – 1996-97.

Henrik Lundqvist established two franchise records during the 2013-14 season, 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. Lundqvist has started a franchise-record, 75 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Lundqvist’s streak is only the seventh time in NHL history that a goalie has started at least 70 consecutive playoff games for one team. Lundqvist tied Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list in Game 2 at PIT.

APPEARANCES                                  WINS                                          SHUTOUTS
T-1. Henrik Lundqvist – 76               1. Mike Richter – 41                     1. Mike Richter – 9
T-1. Mike Richter – 76                        2. Henrik Lundqvist – 35           2. Henrik Lundqvist – 8
3. Ed Giacomin – 65                            3. Ed Giacomin – 29                    3. Dave Kerr – 7

The Rangers improved to 7-5 in 12 Game 7s in franchise history with their 2-1 victory against the Flyers on Apr. 30, and they have won all six Game 7s they have played at MSG in franchise history. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts are the only NHL team to be undefeated at home in Game 7s in franchise history (minimum of three Game 7s played at home). The Rangers have won a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs in each of the last three seasons (2012 vs. Ottawa, 2013 at Washington, 2014 vs. Philadelphia).

Dan Girardi is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in assists (four) and 10th in points (five) in the playoffs. Girardi skated in his 71st career playoff game on Apr. 30, passing Mark Messier and Jeff Beukeboom for sixth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff games played list.

5. Rod Gilbert – 79
6. Dan Girardi – 73
T-7. Mark Messier – 70
T-7. Jeff Beukeboom – 70

INJURIES (9 Man-Game Lost – Playoffs):
• Chris Kreider (hand injury on 3/21) – 18 (9 in Playoffs)

• None

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  1. repost ’cause i’m hoping he sees it

    Rob in Beantown

    you created this?
    saw it earlier on twitter.
    hope you sent it to Hank’s account and maybe some other Rangers (of course, you might get blocked)

  2. Rob in Beantown on

    I made the picture but the joke was originally Yergs’. Then Manny made it famous. So team effort, really.

  3. bull dog line on

    I see that Alain was attacked again today, for having the nerve to say Hank was not good enough last night. I thought it was the best I have seen Hank play in a long time, but Alain was right, it was not good enough. for them to win last night, Hank was going to need a shutout. Hank was without question the best Ranger on the ice, probably the best player on the ice, but it was not good enough.

  4. bull dog line on

    don’t see what Fast has to offer that he would be in the line up at any time in this series.

  5. Good luck with that, Doodie.

    CJP, every shortcut or avoidance of traffic, he takes it. Not always. Not in Game 7 last series. Not in Games 1 and 2 vs. Philly, either. But in the middle of that series and the first two games of this round, yes.

  6. bull dog, as the attacker, it wasn’t for that. You’d have to be blind to think it was for that.

  7. bull dog line on

    playing Nash with St. Louis is doing him no favors. Nash needs to be with someone who creates space for him, like Kreider did. I would consider Nash, and Zucc switching places. maybe Pouliot can create a little space for Nash.

  8. He could play with Gretzky and Kurri and if avoids the scoring areas on the ice, he wouldn’t score.

  9. bull dog line on

    I’m trying my best to defend him Carp. I know it was pretty weak argument, but I gave it a shot.

  10. This team needs to stop being deferential to each other and start thinking shoot first, especially when in prime shooting areas.

    I think with having so many good players on the team, everyone is looking to make the pass that leads to a slam dunk empty net goal. They need to remember that they have some guys that can flat out shoot it (Nash, St Louis, Richards). Shoot the puck and good things will happen!

  11. It’s not a perfect line for him, since he prefers RW, obviously. But these uninvolved games are all on him.

  12. they have a bunch of guys, Matt, who just want to pass. Then would prefer to dump it in than shoot. And some of them have really good shots.

  13. Do we get a power play goal tonight? I say yes. I mean it has to happen? Law of averages? Yes, it must, it will. Maybe?

  14. bull dog line on

    I don’t know what happened with you and Alain. that was not my point. you have a couple of guys here who anytime somebody might disagree with there thoughts, they attack them. he was called a moron today. why? for disagreeing? it gets to be a bit much after a while with some of these guys. one of the guys I am referring to actually really knows his stuff, and when he talks hockey I enjoy conversing with him. but he often resorts to mocking, and attacking.

  15. Doodie Machetto on

    Thanks for the well wishes, fellas. I think he probably got sick from watching the PP.

  16. bull dog line on

    I like talking to a lot of guys Doodie, you included, but I am referring to MrD. I don’t see the game the same way he does, but I certainly respect his point of view.

  17. On my way to the Magic Garden.
    When I get there, I’m gonna find Mr. Nash,
    And give him a Papa Bear pep talk.
    He done never had a Papa Bear pep talk before.
    It’s good for at least 2 goals and 1 assist.
    You boys gonna thank me later, fa sure!

  18. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Bull dog – I always enjoy talking with you.

    Let’s go Rangers.

  19. AV: “thier big boys put on their big boy pants. I need mine to do that”

    He reads the blog too?

  20. Thanks Papa!! Have fun and bring us home two points.

    Well you know what I mean.

  21. Carp, let me where ya can be found & when’s a good time to stop by and say hello.

    I’ll behind the Rangers bench in Section 210 ( I think)

  22. ThisYearsModel on

    CARP—I am thankful for the blog. I was a very long time poster on another one, that has devolved into people calling each other names and constantly bickering. I couldn’t take it anymore, and landed here. The bonus is there are some witty folks up here. And this is the birthplace of THE Kreider.

  23. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    JR – “The team that can score more goals will win tonight’s game”

  24. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Papa – bring a couple of rocks – throw them at Crosby and knock some more of his teeth out.

  25. I’ll be sittin next to the guy in the road white Lindros’ Jersey known here to my bonehead brothers as S onny Boy. Lindros? LOL!!!

    Sonny claims he’s never seen a Ranger loss in that Jersey!!!

  26. Czechthemout!!! on

    Big boy pants indeed!

    Good on you AV!

    Direct reference to Nash and MSL.

  27. boxcareddiehospodar on

    If that is true Klein is not playing another great move.
    Let’s take a big body out.
    Blunders never cease.
    carcillo is playing better than 50% of forwards.

  28. don’t know where you heard that boxcar, but nobody knows what lineup changes there might be … warmups shortly after 7 will tell. I don’t think Klein’s coming out.

  29. LOL! Remember when we thought Veen-yo was a genius because of what he did with the Rangers’ power play? So much better than Torts! Right?

    Well, when you can’t score on a 5 minute power play on home ice in the playoffs…that’s what happens

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