The Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned a point in 10 of their last 13 games (6-3-4) and in eight of their last nine home games (5-1-3). New York has posted a 7-6-4 record (18 pts) this season, following a 3-2 shootout loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, Nov. 15 at CONSOL Energy Center. The Lightning have posted a 12-4-2 record (26 pts) this season, following a 5-2 victory against the New York Islanders on Saturday, Nov. 15 in Tampa Bay.
RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING
All-Time: 43-31-5-7 record (24-14-2-4 at home, 19-17-3-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of three contests between the Rangers and Lightning this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers and Lightning will face off again on the following dates: Nov. 26 (at Tampa Bay), Dec. 1 (at MSG)
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road) against Tampa Bay in 2013-14. The Rangers were 3-for-11 on the power play (27.3%) in the season series. Mats Zuccarello led all Rangers with three points and tied for the team lead with two assists in three contests.
New York has earned at least one point in 25 of 34 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2005-06 season (19-9-6 record over the span), including 17 of its last 22 matchups against the Lightning since the start of the 2008-09 season (13-5-4 record over the span).
The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 15 of their last 18 home games against the Lightning, dating back to January 11, 2004 (11-3-0-4 record over the span). * Note: home record includes game on Oct. 5, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic
The Rangers list three former Lightning players on their roster: Dan Boyle (2001-02 – 2007-08), Dominic Moore (2010-11 – 2011-12), Martin St. Louis (2000-01 – 2013-14)
The Lightning list three former Rangers on their roster: Brian Boyle (2009-10 – 2013-14), Ryan Callahan (2006-07 – 2013-14), Anton Stralman (2011-12 – 2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. LIGHTNING
Henrik Lundqvist – 32 GP, 17-9-6, 2.19 GAA, .922 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of 16 career home games against the Lightning. He has posted a 10-3-3 record, along with a 1.67 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 1 SO in his career at home against Tampa Bay. * Note: home stats include game on Oct. 5, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic
Rick Nash – 16 GP, 7-6-13 – Nash has tallied a point in nine of 16 career games against the Lightning and has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in six games against Tampa Bay since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.
Derek Stepan – 14 GP, 6-6-12 – Stepan has notched a point in nine of 14 career games against Tampa Bay and has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games against the Lightning.
Marc Staal – 22 GP, 4-6-10 – Staal has tallied more goals against the Lightning than against any NHL opponent in his career. He has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in his last five games against Tampa Bay and has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in his last eight games against the Lightning at MSG.
Martin St. Louis – 2 GP, 0-0-0 – St. Louis has not played a game against the Lightning since Jan. 8, 2000, when he was a member of the Calgary Flames.
The Rangers rank second in the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal (21) since the start of the 2009-10 season.
New York was 1-for-4 (7:00) with nine shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in four of their last seven games (5-for-21; 23.8% over the span)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (2), Kreider (2), Mueller (1), Nash (1), St. Louis (1)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (3), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (5), Nash (3), St. Louis (3), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), Kreider (2), McDonagh (2)
The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) and allowed three shots on goal on the penalty kill on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:19), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:53), D. Moore (2:39), Hagelin (2:26)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (9), Klein (6), Girardi (4), Glass (4), D. Moore (4)
Derek Stepan – 1 game away from 300 in his NHL career
Rick Nash – 1 assist away from 300 in his NHL career
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 13 of 17 games this season, and has registered a goal in 10 of those contests (12 goals, seven assists). He enters tomorrow’s contest with a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, four assists over the span). The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (10), is tied for first in goals (12), is tied for second in takeaways (20), is tied for fourth in even strength points (15), and is tied for 10th in points (19) this season. Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal and is tied for fifth in the NHL in games with a point in 2014-15. 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%).
WORKING OVERTIME: Seven of the Rangers’ first 17 games this season have been decided in overtime or later and five of their contests have been decided in a shootout. Prior to their current stretch, the last time the Blueshirts played seven regular season overtime games in a span of 17 games or less was from Jan. 31, 2012 – Mar. 2, 2012 (seven overtime games in a 16-game span). New York leads the NHL in games decided in a shootout and is tied for first in the NHL in overtime games this season.
ON POINT: Rangers’ defensemen have recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) over the last three games and have tallied 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) over the last nine contests (dating back to Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota). Seven different defensemen have notched at least one point for the Blueshirts over the last nine games.
HOME COOKING: The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine home games (5-1-3 record over the span) and have tallied at least three goals in six of their last eight home games (25 goals over the span). The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in regulation/overtime goals at home (32) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (588), 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 6-2-3 record, along with a 1.85 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 3 SO in his last 11 appearances. Lundqvist has also made at least 30 saves in three of his last four appearances. He has posted a 2-1-1 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .971 SV% (132 saves on 136 shots), and 2 SO in the four games in which he has made at least 30 saves this season.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis has registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last seven games. He is six 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 (409) and ranks third in assists (271). St. Louis is one of two players in NHL history to skate in at least 1,000 career games, record 600 or more assists, tally at least 950 points, and not amass more than 300 penalty minutes (along with Jean Ratelle).
St. Louis has recorded more career assists (588) and points (953) than any player in Lightning history, and he ranks second in franchise history in career games played (972) and career goals (365).
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 – 994
BOYLE-ING HOT: Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Dan Boyle is tied for first among all NHL defensemen in power play points (104) and ranks fifth among NHL 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.
Boyle has recorded more career assists (187) and career points (253) than any Lightning defenseman in the franchise’s history.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in 10 of the last 15 games (six goals, eight assists) and in six of the last nine games (three goals, seven assists). He leads the team in assists (eight), power play assists (three), and power play points (five), is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two), and ranks second in points (14) this season.
INJURIES (37 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
Nov. 14 – Assigned Michael Kostka to Hartford (AHL)
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