Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers play the first game of a back-to-back set against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG 2; Radio: WWOR 710 AM). The Rangers enter the contest on a season-high four-game point streak (2-0-2), and they have earned a point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2). New York has posted a 6-4-2 record (14 pts) this season, following a 4-3 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings in its last contest on Wednesday. The Maple Leafs enter the contest with a 6-5-2 record (14 pts) this season, following a 4-3 shootout loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
All-Time: 224-273-95-7 (130-111-56-4 at home, 94-162-39-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second of three contests between the Rangers and Maple Leafs this season, and the first of two matchups between the two teams at Air Canada Centre. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) following a 6-3 loss in their home opener on Oct. 12. Lee Stempniak recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the contest, while Derick Brassard and Rick Nash each registered a goal. The Rangers and Maple Leafs will face off again on Feb. 10 (at Toronto).
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-0-1 record (1-0-1 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Toronto in 2013-14. Two of the three contests were decided in overtime or a shootout. Dominic Moore led all skaters with three goals and four points. Cam Talbot posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.96 GAA and a .962 SV% in two appearances.
The Rangers have registered a point in 19 of their last 24 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 6-1 victory on Dec. 29, 2007 (14-5-5). New York has also earned at least one point in seven of its last nine contests against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 3-0 win on Jan. 14, 2012 (6-2-1).
New York has earned at least one point in 12 of its last 15 road games against Toronto, dating back to a 4-2 win on Feb. 11, 2006 (10-3-2). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in eight of their last nine games in Toronto, dating back to Feb. 25, 2009 (6-1-2).
The Rangers list three former Maple Leafs on their roster: Michael Kostka (2012-13), Dominic Moore (2007-08 – 2008-09), Lee Stempniak (2008-09 – 2009-10)
The Maple Leafs list no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
Cam Talbot – 3 GP, 2-0-0, 0.80 GAA, .969 SV% – Talbot has allowed one goal in each of his two career starts against the Maple Leafs, and has stopped 62 of 64 shots over his three career appearances against Toronto.
Martin St. Louis – 53 GP, 18-34-52 – St. Louis has tallied a point in 34 of 53 career games against Toronto. He has recorded a point in 17 of his last 22 contests against the Maple Leafs, tallying 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) over the span.
Derek Stepan – 14 GP, 2-9-11 – Stepan has recorded a point in nine of 14 career contests against the Maple Leafs. The Rangers’ alternate captain has also notched a point in five of six games against Toronto since the start of the 2012-13 season (one goal, five assists over the span).
New York was 2-for-3 (3:29) on the power play on Wednesday vs. Detroit
Leaders in PPG: Kreider (2), Brassard (1), Mueller (1), Nash (1)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), St. Louis (2), Duclair (1), Girardi (1)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (3), Kreider (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), St. Louis (2)
The Rangers were 3-for-5 (7:30) on the penalty kill on Wednesday vs. Detroit
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:46), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (3:00), D. Moore (2:54), Hagelin (2:45)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (8), Girardi (4), Klein (4), D. Moore (4), Glass (3), McDonagh (3)
Carl Hagelin – 1 point away from 100 in his NHL career
Derek Stepan – 3 points away from 200 in his NHL career
Mats Zuccarello – 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career
ROAD WARRIORS: The Rangers were the only NHL team to record at least 24 road wins in three of four seasons between 2010-11 and 2013-14 (the only year they didn’t have at least 24 road wins was 2012-13 – 48-game season). New York ranks third in the NHL in road victories (85) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
WORKING OVERTIME: Each of the Blueshirts’ last three games have been decided in overtime. Prior to their current streak, the last time the Rangers played three consecutive overtime games was from Mar. 19 – Mar. 25, 2008. The Blueshirts have posted a 3-2 record in games that have been decided after 60 minutes this season, and are 2-0 in games decided during the five-minute overtime session. New York is tied for second in the NHL in overtime/shootout wins (three) in 2014-15.
THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM: New York has tallied a goal in the third period in 10 of 12 games this season, and has registered 17 of its 33 regulation/overtime goals in the third period (51.5%). The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in third period goals this season.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in wins when trailing after two periods (three) and in winning percentage when trailing after two periods (.500; 3-3-0 record) this season.
FOUR SCORE: New York has tallied at least four goals in four of their last seven games. The Blueshirts have won the last 69 games in which they have scored four or more goals, dating back to October 31, 2011 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 91 consecutive regular season games when they have registered at least four goals (90-0-1), dating back to November 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in nine of 12 games – and has registered a goal in eight of those contests – this season, recording 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in 2014-15. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (nine), ranks second in goals (10), and is tied for fifth in even strength points (12) and takeaways (15). Nash is also the only NHL player to have an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons. Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, he has tallied 25 of his 57 regular season goals in the third period (43.9%).
O CANADA: Cam Talbot has posted a 4-0-1 record, along with a 0.60 GAA, a .977 SV% (128 saves on 131 shots), and 2 SO in five career regular season appearances in Canada. He has also registered a 6-2-1 record, along with a 1.27 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO in 10 career regular season appearances against Canadian teams.
DAN’S THE MAN: Dan Girardi has logged at least 30 minutes of ice time in three consecutive contests. He is the first Ranger to log at least 30 minutes of ice time in at least three straight games since Brian Leetch, who did so in eight straight games from Dec. 9 – Dec. 27, 2000. Girardi is tied for fifth in the NHL in blocked shots (35) and is tied for sixth in average ice time (26:25) this season. The Rangers’ alternate captain leads the team in average ice time and blocked shots, ranks second on the team in hits (32), and is tied for second among team defensemen in assists (three) and points (three).
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, on Nov. 5 vs. Detroit. He has registered a point in seven of the last 10 games (five goals, six assists), and has posted three multi-point games in the last four contests (two goals, five assists over the span). Brassard leads the team in power play points (three), faceoff wins (135), faceoffs taken (240), and faceoff win percentage (56.2%), is tied for the team lead in assists (six) and power play assists (two), and ranks second in goals (five) and points (11) this season.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis has posted multi-point games in consecutive contests (three goals, one assist) and is nine points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. He ranks fourth among active players in career assists (617) and fifth among active players in career points (991). Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Rangers’ alternate captain ranks second among all NHL players in points (406).
STEPAN UP: Derek Stepan is expected to make his season debut tonight. The Rangers’ alternate captain established career-highs in assists (40), points (57), shots on goal (199), power play goals (five), power play assists (13), and power play points (18), and tied a career-high in shorthanded assists (three) in 2013-14.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (584), wins (315), and shutouts (52), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). Lundqvist leads all active NHL goaltenders in save percentage. He ranks fourth or higher among Rangers goaltenders in career wins (first), shutouts (first), SV% (first), appearances (second), and GAA (fourth).
INJURIES (29 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dan Boyle (fractured hand) – placed on injured reserve
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – 3-4 weeks
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