Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Wednesday, June 4, 8:00 p.m. ET
STAPLES Center- Los Angeles, CA
The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center (8:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to win the series, four games to two. New York enters the contest with a 225-241-8 record all-time in 474 playoff contests (126-93-2 at home; 99-148-6 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.
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS – RANGERS vs. KINGS
The Rangers and Kings are meeting in the playoffs for the third time, and the first time since the Preliminary Round in 1981. The Rangers have posted a 2-0 playoff series record against Los Angeles, and are 5-1 all-time in six playoff contests against the Kings. New York will be facing Los Angeles for the first time in the Stanley Cup Final.
STANLEY CUP HISTORY
The Rangers have advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the 11th time in franchise history, and the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1994. New York has posted a 4-6 series record in the Stanley Cup Final, and is 22-28 all-time in 50 Stanley Cup Final contests.
RANGERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• All-Time: 66-44-16-1 overall (37-19-6-0 at home; 29-25-10-1 on the road)
• 2013-14: New York was 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) this season. Both contests were separated by two goals or less, and the Rangers held the Kings to one goal in each of the two games. Brad Richards led all skaters with two goals, while Rick Nash led the team and tied for first among all skaters with two assists. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-1-0 record with a 1.01 GAA and a .966 SV% in the two contests.
• The Rangers have allowed two goals or less in five of their last seven meetings with the Kings, and in four of their last six contests in Los Angeles.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (6-4 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 at home (5-4 in the playoffs)
• New York lists two former Kings on its roster: Brian Boyle (2007-08 – 2008-09); Daniel Carcillo (2013-14)
• Los Angeles lists one former Ranger on its roster: Marian Gaborik (2009-10 – 2012-13)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. KINGS (Regular Season):
• Henrik Lundqvist – 8 GP, 3-4-1, 2.47 GAA
• Rick Nash – 35 GP, 15-16—31
• Brad Richards – 26 GP, 9-20—29
• Martin St. Louis – 15 GP, 6-9—15
• Dan Girardi – 8 GP, 0-3 —3
• Power Play: The Rangers were 0-4 (8:00) in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are 10th in the NHL overall (11-81, 13.6%), and are sixth on the road (8-43, 18.6%) in the playoffs. They have allowed two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/7 vs. PIT (Sutter); 5/17 at MTL (Eller). The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in five of their last nine games (8-37; 21.6%), including each of their last five road games (8-22; 36.4%). 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.
• Penalty Killing: The Rangers were 2-2 (4:00) in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are second in the NHL overall (55-64, 85.9%), and are fourth on the road (28-33, 84.8%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 42-45 (93.3%) on the penalty kill over the last 14 games and 34-36 (94.4%) over the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have recorded one shorthanded goal in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin). New York ranked third in the NHL overall (198-232, 85.3%), and third on the road (109-127, 85.8%) in the regular season.
• Four-on-Four: New York did not skate in a four-on-four situation in Game 6 vs. Montreal. The Blueshirts are -1 in 25 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (30:26), 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.
Henrik Lundqvist has established numerous franchise and league records during the regular season and playoffs this year. Lundqvist became 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 appeared in his 77th career playoff game in Game 3 of the Metropolitan Division Finals on May 5 vs. Pittsburgh, passing Mike Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff appearances list. The Rangers goalie set an NHL record with his fifth consecutive win in a Game 7 on May 13 against Pittsburgh. Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 29 to record his 42nd career playoff win and his ninth career playoff shutout. With the victory, Lundqvist passed Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff wins list and tied Richter for first on the team’s all-time playoff shutouts list. The Rangers goalie has started a franchise-record, 86 consecutive playoff games, dating back to Apr. 26, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Lundqvist is the third goalie in NHL history to start at least 80 consecutive playoff games with one team (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey, Patrick Roy – Colorado). Lundqvist is tied for first in the NHL in wins (12) and SV% (.928) and ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.03) in the playoffs.
GOING THE DISTANCE
The Blueshirts are one of the first two teams in NHL history, along with Los Angeles, to advance to the Stanley Cup Final after playing seven games in each of the first two rounds of the playoffs. New York has played a Game 7 in six of its last 10 playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Washington in 2009.
FIRST TIME IS THE CHARM
Four of the last six Rangers teams that have reached the Stanley Cup Final, including each of the last three Blueshirts squads, have had a head coach in his first year with the team (2013-14 – Alain Vigneault; 1993-94 – Mike Keenan; 1978-79 – Fred Shero; 1939-40 – Frank Boucher). Lynn Patrick also guided the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final in his first full season as the team’s head coach in 1949-50 after beginning his tenure as the head coach of the Blueshirts in the middle of the 1948-49 season.
Ryan McDonagh led all skaters in assists (eight) and points (10) in the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh became the first Rangers defenseman to register eight assists in one playoff series in franchise history, and became the second Rangers defenseman to record 10 points in one series in franchise history (Brian Leetch – 11 points in the Stanley Cup Final in 1994 against Vancouver). He is also the first Ranger to tally at least 10 points in a playoff series since Leetch’s 11-point effort in the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP leads the team in assists (10) and power play points (six), and is tied for the team lead in points (13) and power play goals (two) in the playoffs.
DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi leads the team in hits (63) and blocked shots (50), and ranks second among defensemen on the team in assists (six) and points (seven) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman is also tied for second in the NHL in blocked shots and ranks fifth in the NHL in hits in the playoffs. Girardi is tied for third on the team’s all-time playoff games played list:
NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED LIST
2. Don Maloney – 85
T-3. Dan Girardi – 84
T-3. Ron Greschner – 84
5. Brian Leetch – 82
Chris Kreider recorded a single-game playoff career-high, four points (one goal, three assists), and led all skaters with a single-game playoff career-high, six shots on goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at Montreal. Kreider’s three assists were also a single-game playoff career-high. The Rangers forward recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in the second period of the contest. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kreider became the first Ranger to tally three points in one period of a playoff game since Jaromir Jagr registered three points (three assists) in the first period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on Apr. 17, 2007 vs. Atlanta.
Derek Stepan posted his first career multi-goal game in postseason play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 27 at Montreal. The Rangers forward has tallied a point in six of his last seven games (three goals, six assists over the span). Stepan is tied for the team lead in points (13) in the playoffs.
INJURIES (15 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):
• J.T. Miller – (upper-body injury on 5/25) – 2
• June 2 – Signed Mackenzie Skapski to an entry-level contract
• June 2 – Signed Calle Andersson to an entry-level contract
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