Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at CONSOL Energy Center (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned a point in nine of their last 12 games (6-3-3). New York has posted a 7-6-3 record (17 pts) this season, following a 4-3 shootout loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Nov. 13 at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins have posted an 11-3-1 record (23 pts) this season after last night’s 2-1 win in Toronto.
RANGERS VS. PENGUINS
All-Time: 121-105-23-10 record (68-50-9-4 at home, 53-55-14-6 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second of four contests between the Rangers and Penguins this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at CONSOL Energy Center. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-0 victory against the Penguins on Nov. 11 at MSG. Five different Rangers tallied a goal and 10 different Blueshirts recorded a point in the contest. Rick Nash tallied three points (one goal, two assists) and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 33 shots he faced to post a shutout. The Rangers and Penguins will face off again on the following dates: 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 a point in six of its last seven contests against Pittsburgh, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (4-1-2 record over the span), and has outscored the Penguins, 26-16, in the seven games.
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 – 52 GP, 26-19-7, 2.41 GAA, .915 SV%, 3 SO – Lundqvist has appeared in more regular season games against Pittsburgh than against any NHL opponent in his career. He has posted a 4-1-2 record, along with a 1.93 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 1 SO in his last seven appearances against the Penguins.
Martin St. Louis – 51 GP, 18-30-48 – St. Louis has tallied a point in 32 of 51 career regular season games against Pittsburgh, and has registered a point in five of his last six regular season games against the Penguins (one goal, six assists over the span).
Dan Boyle – 33 GP, 5-11-16 – Boyle has recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games against the Penguins.
Rick Nash – 19 GP, 8-7-15 – Nash has tallied a point in nine of 19 career regular season games against Pittsburgh.
Derick Brassard – 11 GP, 4-8-12 – Brassard has tallied a point in five consecutive regular season games against Pittsburgh (three goals, two assists) and has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in seven regular season games against the Penguins since making his Rangers debut against Pittsburgh on Apr. 3, 2013.
Mats Zuccarello – 11 GP, 3-7-10 – Zuccarello has notched a point in eight of 11 career regular season games against the Penguins, including each of the last five regular season contests (three goals, four assists over the span).
The Rangers tallied a power play goal and a shorthanded goal on Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal since the start of the 2009-10 season (21), and they have posted a 17-3-1 record in those contests. New York is also tied for second in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal since the start of the 2013-14 season (six).
New York was 0-for-3 (4:14) on the power play on Nov. 13 vs. Colorado
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (2), Kreider (2), Mueller (1), Nash (1)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (2), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (4), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), Kreider (2), McDonagh (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
The Rangers were 1-for-2 (1:05) on the penalty kill on Nov. 13 vs. Colorado
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:28), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:55), D. Moore (2:43), Hagelin (2:29)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (9), Klein (5), Girardi (4), D. Moore (4)
Rick Nash – 1 game away from 800 in his NHL career; 2 assists away from 300 in his NHL career; 1 point away from 100 as a Ranger
Derek Stepan – 2 games away from 300 in his NHL career
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 12 of 16 games this season, and has registered a goal in 10 of those contests (12 goals, six assists). The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (10), is tied for first in goals (12), and is tied for second in even strength points (15). Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal and is tied for sixth in games with a point 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 27 of his 59 regular season goals in the third period (45.8%).
ROAD WARRIORS: New York was the only NHL team to win at least 24 road games in three out of four seasons between 2010-11 and 2013-14. The Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in road victories (85) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers tied a season-high with five goals on Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts have registered at least four goals in six of their last 11 contests, tallying 34 goals over the span (3.09 goals per game). New York is tied for fourth in the NHL in games with three or more goals (11) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (587), wins (316), and shutouts (53), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). He leads all active NHL goaltenders in save percentage. Lundqvist ranks fourth or higher among Rangers goaltenders in career wins (first), shutouts (first), SV% (first), appearances (second), and GAA (fourth). He has posted a 6-2-2 record, along with a 1.85 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 3 SO in his last 10 appearances. Lundqvist is one shutout away from tying Ed Giacomin and Bernie Parent for 20th on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list.
ON POINT: Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Dan Boyle leads all NHL defensemen in power play points (104), is tied for fourth among defensemen in power play assists (80), and ranks fifth among defensemen in assists (160) and points (212). He is tied for first among NHL defensemen in 50-point seasons (six) since the 2002-03 season.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in nine of the last 14 games (six goals, seven assists) and in five of the last eight games (three goals, six assists). He leads the team in power play points (four), is tied for the team lead in assists (seven), power play goals (two), and power play assists (two), and ranks second in goals (six) and points (13) this season.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis has registered six points (four goals, two assists) in the last six games and has posted two multi-point games over the span. He is seven 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 (408) and ranks third in assists (271).
MOST CAREER POINTS AMONG UNDRAFTED PLAYERS SINCE 1980-81
1. Adam Oates – 1,420
2. Peter Stastny – 1,239
3. Dino Ciccarelli – 1,200
4. Martin St. Louis – 993
STEPAN UP: Derek Stepan has recorded a point in three of four contests since returning to the lineup, registering four points (one goal, three assists) over the span. He notched his 200th career NHL point with an assist on Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered a point in 18 of his last 27 regular season games, registering 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) over the span. Since making his NHL debut with the Rangers on Oct. 9, 2010, Stepan leads all Blueshirts in assists (127) and points (201), and ranks second in games played (298), goals (74), and plus/minus rating (plus-61).
WELCOME MATS: Mats Zuccarello has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last seven contests, and has registered four points (two goals, two assists) over the last four games. Zuccarello tallied his 100th career NHL point by recording the game-winning goal on Nov. 11 vs. Pittsburgh. He is one of two Norwegian-born players in NHL history to register 100 career points (Espen Knutsen – 111).
INJURIES (36 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
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