Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers conclude a back-to-back set and play the first game of a three-game homestand against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (6:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The contest marks the first game of a stretch where New York will play nine of its next 14 games at MSG between tonight and Dec. 8. The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of their last five games (2-1-2), seven of their last nine games (5-2-2), and six straight home games (4-0-2). New York has posted a 6-5-2 record (14 pts) this season, following a 5-4 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs in its contest last night at Air Canada Centre. The Oilers enter the contest with a 5-8-1 record (11 pts) this season, following a 3-2 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday in Buffalo.
RANGERS VS. OILERS
All-Time: 27-28-9-2 record (12-15-6-1 at home, 15-13-3-1 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of two contests between the Rangers and Oilers this season, and the only matchup between the two teams at Madison Square Garden. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Oilers will face off again on the following date: Dec. 14 (at Edmonton).
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Edmonton in 2013-14. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in each contest and outscored the Oilers, 6-2, in the season series. Mats Zuccarello led all skaters with four points and tied for first among all skaters with two goals, while Derek Stepan led all skaters with three assists. Cam Talbot posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.01 GAA, a .965 SV%, and 1 SO in two appearances.
New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of its last five games against Edmonton, dating back to Nov. 5, 2009.
13 of the last 19 matchups between the Rangers and Oilers have been decided by one goal or fewer, and nine of those contests have required overtime or a shootout to decide the outcome. The stretch dates back to Jan. 21, 1997 (9-4-4-2 record).
The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 home games against the Oilers, dating back to Jan. 21, 1997 (6-2-2-1 record).
The Rangers list no former Oilers on their roster
The Oilers list one former Ranger on their roster: Benoit Pouliot (2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. OILERS
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 GP, 1-1-2, 2.53 GAA, .909 SV% – Lundqvist’s last appearance against the Oilers was on Oct. 22, 2011 in Edmonton, and his last appearance against the Oilers at MSG was on Nov. 10, 2008. He has allowed two goals in each of his last three starts against the Oilers, recording a 2.03 GAA and a .925 SV% in those contests.
Rick Nash – 36 GP, 14-13-27 – Nash has recorded a point in four of his last six games against Edmonton (three goals, three assists), and tallied two goals in his last game against the Oilers on Mar. 30, 2014.
Lee Stempniak – 30 GP, 14-12-26 – Stempniak has notched a point in 17 of 30 career games against the Oilers and has recorded 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in his last 14 games against Edmonton.
Martin St. Louis – 17 GP, 2-10-12 – St. Louis has tallied an assist/point in six of his last 10 games against Edmonton (two goals, nine assists) and has posted four multi-point games over the span.
Derick Brassard – 18 GP, 5-5-10 – Brassard registered a goal in each of the Rangers’ two games against the Oilers last season and has notched a point in five of his last eight contests against Edmonton (four goals, one assist).
New York was 0-for-2 (4:00) on the power play last night at Toronto
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), Hunwick (2), Kreider (2), McDonagh (2), St. Louis (2)
The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:22) on the penalty kill last night at Toronto
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:36), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:54), D. Moore (2:47), Hagelin (2:32)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (8), Girardi (4), Klein (4), D. Moore (4), Glass (3), McDonagh (3)
Mats Zuccarello – 1 point away from 100 in his NHL career
Derek Stepan – 2 points away from 200 in his NHL career; 5 games away from 300 in his NHL career
Carl Hagelin – 3 games away from 200 in his NHL career
Rick Nash – 4 games away from 800 in his NHL career; 5 assists away from 300 in his NHL career
HOME COOKING: The Rangers have posted a 4-2-2 record at home this season and have earned at least one point in six straight home contests (4-0-2).
BACK-TO-BACK: New York concludes its second of 13 back-to-back sets this season tonight. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 34-16-2 record in the second game of a back-to-back set. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in wins in the second game of back-to-back contests over the span (Chicago – 44; Pittsburgh – 35; Boston – 34).
HOW THE WEST WAS WON: The Rangers are the only Eastern Conference team to earn at least one point in each contest they have played against Western Conference opponents this season (3-0-2). The Blueshirts are also the only NHL team to register at least one point in every interconference game they have played so far in 2014-15.
THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM: New York has tallied a goal in the third period in 11 of 13 games this season, and has registered 18 of its 37 regulation/overtime goals in the third period (48.6%). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL – and tied for first in the Eastern Conference – in third period goals this season.
FOUR SCORE: The Blueshirts have registered at least four goals in five of their last eight contests, tallying 25 goals over the span (3.13 goals per game). Eleven different Rangers have tallied at least one goal over the last eight games.
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.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash enters the contest on a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist over the span) and has recorded a goal in consecutive games. He has tallied a point in 10 of 13 games – and has registered a goal in nine of those contests – this season, recording 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in 2014-15. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (10), is tied for first in goals (11), is tied for third in even strength points (13), and is tied for fourth in takeaways (16). 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 26 of his 58 regular season goals in the third period (44.8%).
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). Lundqvist has posted a 5-1-1 record, along with a 1.94 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 2 SO in his last seven appearances.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard enters the contest on a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, four assists over the span). He has registered a point in eight of the last 11 games (five goals, seven assists), and in four of the last five games (two goals, six assists over the span). Brassard has also posted three multi-point games in the last five contests. He leads the team in power play points (three), faceoff wins (143), faceoffs taken (262), and faceoff win percentage (54.6%), is tied for the team lead in assists (seven) and power play assists (two), and ranks second in goals (five) and points (12) this season.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis enters the contest on a three-game point streak (three goals, two assists) and is eight points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Rangers’ alternate captain ranks second among all NHL players in points (407).
EASY KREIDER: Chris Kreider extended his point streak to three games – tying a career-high – by registering two points (one goal, one assist) last night against Toronto. Kreider has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) over the three games and has notched an assist in consecutive games. He is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-five), ranks third in assists (six), is tied for third in goals (four) and shots on goal (30), and ranks fourth in points (10) this season.
WELCOME MATS: Mats Zuccarello has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in his last eight games, and has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) and posted a plus-five rating in his last four contests. With his next point, Zuccarello will become the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to register 100 career points (Espen Knutsen – 111).
INJURIES (31 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dan Boyle (fractured hand) – placed on injured reserve
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – 3-4 weeks
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