Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Saturday, June 7, 7:00 p.m. ET
STAPLES Center- Los Angeles, CA
Rangers: 12-9 (0-1)*
Kings: 13-9 (1-0)*
*Record in the playoffs (record in the series)
The Rangers will face off against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center (7:00 p.m. ET — TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blueshirts trail the best-of-seven series, 1-0, following the Kings’ 3-2 overtime win in Game 1 on Wednesday night at STAPLES Center. New York enters the contest with a 225-242-8 record all-time in 475 playoff contests (126-93-2 at home; 99-149-6 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 5-2 all-time in seven playoff contests against the Kings following Game 1. New York is 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 for 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 22-29 all-time in 51 Stanley Cup Final contests following Game 1.
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 was 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.
• New York was 25-14-2 on the road during the regular season (6-5 in the playoffs); Los Angeles was 23-14-4 at home (6-4 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 0-3 (6:00) in Game 1 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are 11th in the NHL overall (11-84, 13.1%), and are eighth on the road (8-46, 17.4%) in the playoffs. New York has 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 10 games (8-40; 20%), and in five of their last six road games (8-25; 32%). 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 4-4 (8:00) and tallied a shorthanded goal in Game 1 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are second in the NHL overall (59-68, 86.8%), and arethird on the road (32-37, 86.5%) in the playoffs. The Rangers are 46-49 (93.9%) on the penalty kill over the last 15 games and 38-40 (95%) over the last 12 games. The Blueshirts have recorded two shorthanded goals in the playoffs: 5/25 vs. MTL (Hagelin); 6/4 at LAK (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 tally/allow a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 1 at Los Angeles. The Blueshirts are -1 in 26 four-on-four situations in the playoffs (32:26), 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, 87 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).
Carl Hagelin tallied a shorthanded goal and was tied for the game-high with five shots on goal in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Rangers forward leads the NHL in shorthanded goals (two) and is tied for first in the NHL in shorthanded points (two) in the playoffs. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hagelin is the fifth Blueshirt in franchise history, and the first since Mark Messier in 1992, to record at least two shorthanded goals in one playoff year. Hagelin has registered four points (three goals, one assist) in the last five games, and leads the team in goals (seven) in the playoffs.
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a playoff career-high, four-game assist/point streak (five assists), and has tallied a point in six of his last seven games (two goals, nine assists). McDonagh is the first Rangers defensemen to register a four-game assist streak in the playoffs since Sergei Zubov did so from May 14, 1995 at Quebec to May 22, 1995 at Philadelphia. The Rangers’ 2013-14 MVP ranks third among all defensemen in the NHL in assists (11) and is tied for third among NHL defensemen in points (14) in the playoffs. McDonagh led all skaters with eight assists and 10 points in the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal. He became the first defenseman to register eight assists in one playoff series in franchise history, and also became the second defenseman to record 10 points in one series in team history (Brian Leetch – 11 points in the Stanley Cup Final in 1994 against Vancouver).
DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi leads the team in hits (70) and blocked shots (51) in the playoffs. The Rangers defenseman also ranks second in the NHL in blocked shots and fifth in the NHL in hits in the playoffs. Girardi is tied for second on the team’s all-time playoff games played list:
NYR ALL-TIME PLAYOFF GAMES PLAYED LIST
1. Walt Tkaczuk – 93
T-2. Dan Girardi – 85
T-2. Don Maloney – 85
4. Ron Greschner – 84
Three of the Rangers’ last five contests have been decided in overtime. The last time the Blueshirts played three games that ended in overtime over a five-game stretch in one playoff year was from May 12, 1995 vs. Quebec to May 22, 1995 at Philadelphia. New York has played at least one overtime game in 12 of its last 14 playoff series, including nine of its last 10 playoff series.
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.
Eight different Rangers have tallied at least 10 points in the playoffs this year. It is the first time in franchise history that eight Blueshirts have recorded at least 10 points in one playoff year.
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 their 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.
INJURIES (17 Man-Games Lost – Playoffs):
• J.T. Miller – upper-body injury on 5/25 – 3
• Cam Talbot – injured – 1
• June 2 – Signed Mackenzie Skapski to an entry-level contract
• June 2 – Signed Calle Andersson to an entry-level contract
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