Pre-game notes from the Rangers:
The Rangers continue their three-game homestand against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division contest at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The contest marks the second game of a stretch where New York will play nine of 14 games at MSG. The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last 10 games (5-3-2) and in six of their last seven home games (4-1-2). New York has posted a 6-6-2 record (14 pts) this season, following a 3-1 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday at MSG. The Penguins enter the contest on a seven-game winning streak and have posted a 10-2-1 record (21 pts) this season. Pittsburgh won its last game, 6-1, against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday in Buffalo.
RANGERS VS. PENGUINS
All-Time: 120-105-23-10 record (67-50-9-4 at home, 53-55-14-6 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of four contests between the Rangers and Penguins this season, and the first of two matchups between the two teams at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers and Penguins will face off again on the following dates: Nov. 15 (at Pittsburgh), Dec. 8 (at MSG), Jan. 18 (at Pittsburgh).
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-1-1 record (1-0-1 at home, 1-1-0 on the road) against Pittsburgh in 2013-14. Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard each tallied a point in all four regular season contests against the Penguins. Zuccarello led all Rangers with six points and tied for the team-high with four assists in the season series, while Brassard tied for first among all skaters with a plus-five rating. Ryan McDonagh led all defensemen and tied for the team-high with two goals.
New York has earned at least one point in each of its last three home games against Pittsburgh (2-0-1 record) and has outscored the Penguins, 14-6, over the span.
The Rangers list three former Penguins on their roster: Tanner Glass (2012-13 – 2013-14), Dominic Moore (2006-07), Lee Stempniak (2013-14)
The Penguins list one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. PENGUINS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 51 GP, 25-19-7, 2.46 GAA, .913 SV% – Lundqvist’s 51 regular season appearances against Pittsburgh are tied for the most he has against any NHL opponent in his career (has also appeared in 51 regular season games against New Jersey). He has posted a 3-1-2 record, along with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV% in his last six regular season appearances against the Penguins, including a 2-0-1 record, a 1.62 GAA, and a .943 SV% in his last three regular season appearances against Pittsburgh at MSG.
Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 17-30-47 – St. Louis has registered a point in 31 of 50 career regular season games against Pittsburgh, and has recorded an assist/point in four of his last five regular season contests against the Penguins (six assists over the span).
Dan Girardi – 45 GP, 2-15-17 – Girardi has notched five points (one goal, four assists) in his last six regular season games against the Penguins, including three points (one goal, two assists) in his last two regular season contests against Pittsburgh.
Rick Nash – 18 GP, 7-5-12, – Nash has tallied a point in eight of 18 career regular season games against Pittsburgh.
Derick Brassard – 10 GP, 3-8-11 – Brassard has recorded a point in seven of 10 career regular season games against the Penguins, and has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in six regular season games against Pittsburgh since making his Rangers debut against the Penguins on Apr. 3, 2013.
Mats Zuccarello – 10 GP, 2-7-9 – Zuccarello has notched a point in seven of 10 career regular season contests against the Penguins, including four straight regular season games (two goals, four assists over the span).
New York was 0-for-1 (2:00) on the power play on Nov. 9 vs. Edmonton
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 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill on Nov. 9 vs. Edmonton
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:40), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:55), D. Moore (2:52), Hagelin (2:37)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (9), Girardi (4), Klein (4), D. Moore (4)
Mats Zuccarello – 1 point away from 100 in his NHL career
Derek Stepan – 2 points away from 200 in his NHL career; 4 games away from 300 in his NHL career
Carl Hagelin – 2 games away from 200 in his NHL career
Rick Nash – 3 games away from 800 in his NHL career; 5 assists away from 300 in his NHL career
HOME COOKING: The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last seven home contests (4-1-2). New York has posted a 6-2-0 record in its last eight home games against Metropolitan Division opponents.
THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM: New York has tallied a goal in the third period in 11 of 14 games this season, and has registered 18 of its 38 regulation/overtime goals in the third period (47.4%). 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 nine contests, as 11 different Rangers have tallied at least one goal over the last span.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in wins when trailing after two periods (three) and lead the NHL in winning percentage when trailing after two periods (.429; 3-4-0 record) this season.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 10 of 14 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 fifth in takeaways (16). Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal (nine) this season. He is 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 (585), 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). He has posted a 5-2-1 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 2 SO in his last eight appearances, and has registered a 4-1-1 record, along with a 1.62 GAA, a .944 SV%, and 2 SO in his last six appearances at MSG.
HOT HAGS: Carl Hagelin has recorded a point in six of his last nine contests, tallying six points (four goals, two assists) and posting a plus-six rating over the span. He has also tallied a goal in consecutive games. Hagelin is tied for third on the team in goals (four) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (six) this season.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in eight of the last 12 games (five goals, seven assists), and in four of the last six games (two goals, six assists over the span). Brassard has also posted three multi-point games in the last six contests. He leads the team in power play points (three), faceoff wins (152), faceoffs taken (280), and faceoff win percentage (54.3%), 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 has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in the last four games and has posted two multi-point games over the span. He 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) and ranks third in assists (271).
STEPAN UP: Derek Stepan tallied an assist while making his season debut on Oct. 8 at Toronto. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered a point in 16 of his last 25 regular season games (dating back to Feb. 27, 2014), registering 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) over the span. Since making his NHL debut with the Rangers on Oct. 9, 2010, Stepan leads all Blueshirts in assists (125) and points (198), and ranks second in games played (296), goals (73), and plus/minus rating (plus-58).
WELCOME MATS: Mats Zuccarello has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in his last nine games, and has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) and posted a plus-three rating in his last five contests. With his next point, Zuccarello will become the second Norwegian-born player in NHL history to register 100 career points (Espen Knutsen – 111). He is tied for fifth on the team in points (six) this season.
INJURIES (33 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dan Boyle (fractured hand) – placed on injured reserve
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
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