Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
* The Canadiens played last night against the Boston Bruins
The Rangers play their 20th game of the 2014-15 regular season against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 15 contests (7-4-4), including nine of their last 11 home games (6-2-3). New York has posted an 8-7-4 record (20 pts) this season, following a 2-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday. The Canadiens have posted a 15-5-1 record (31 pts) this season, and played the Boston Bruins Saturday night at TD Garden.
RANGERS VS. CANADIENS
All-Time: 192-325-94-4 record (127-124-54-1 at home, 65-201-40-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second of three contests between the Rangers and Canadiens this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) against Montreal this season, following a 3-1 loss on Oct. 25 at Bell Centre in Montreal. Carl Hagelin tallied a goal, while Anthony Duclair and Dan Girardi each recorded an assist. The Rangers and Canadiens will face off again on Jan. 29 (at MSG)
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) against Montreal during the regular season in 2013-14. New York allowed two goals or fewer in all three contests against the Canadiens, and each contest was decided by either one or two goals. Cam Talbot posted a 1-0-1 record, along with a 0.49 GAA, a .980 SV%, and 1 SO in two appearances. The Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Ten of the last 16 regular season contests between the Rangers and Canadiens have been decided by two goals or fewer, including five of the last seven matchups, and each of the last four games.
The Blueshirts have posted a 9-5-0 record in regular season home games against Montreal since the start of the 2006-07 season.
The Rangers list one former Canadien on their roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)
The Canadiens list four former Rangers on their roster: Manny Malhotra (1998-99 – 2001-02), P.A. Parenteau (2009-10), Brandon Prust (2009-10 – 2011-12), Dale Weise (2010-11)
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh was selected by Montreal in the first round, 12th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CANADIENS
Henrik Lundqvist – 28 GP, 13-12-2, 2.85 GAA, .897 SV%, 1 SO – Lundqvist has posted a 9-6-0 record, along with a 2.08 GAA, a .917 SV%, and 1 SO in 15 career regular season home games against the Canadiens.
Martin St. Louis – 50 GP, 18-22-40 – St. Louis has registered a point in 17 of his last 25 regular season games against the Canadiens, tallying 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) over the span.
Derek Stepan – 14 GP, 0-8-8 – Stepan has notched seven assists/points in his last 10 regular season contests against Montreal. Including last year’s playoffs, he has recorded a point in five of his last seven games against the Canadiens (three goals, five assists over the span).
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 (6:25) with nine shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in three consecutive games (3-for-11; 27.3%), four of the last five games (4-for-18; 22.2%), and six of the last nine contests (7-for-28; 25%)
The Blueshirts are tied for sixth in the NHL on the power play since Nov. 3 (7-for-28; 25%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (2), Kreider (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (4), St. Louis (3), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), McDonagh (2), Nash (2), Stepan (2)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (6), St. Louis (5), Nash (4), Girardi (2), Hunwick (2), Kreider (2), McDonagh (2), Stepan (2)
The Rangers were 4-for-4 (6:45) and allowed six shots on goal on the penalty kill on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:18), McDonagh (3:18), Staal (2:54), D. Moore (2:39), Hagelin (2:29)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (9), Klein (7), Girardi (6), D. Moore (5), Glass (4)
Rick Nash – 1 assist away from 300 in his NHL career
Tanner Glass – 4 games away from 400 in his NHL career
Martin St. Louis – 4 points away from 1,000 in his NHL career
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis enters tomorrow’s contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, one assist) and is four points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. The Rangers’ alternate captain has registered nine points (six goals, three assists) in the last nine games, dating back to Nov. 3, and has notched a power play point in each of the last three contests. St. Louis is tied for second in the NHL in goals (six) since Nov. 3. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the six-time NHL All-Star ranks second among all NHL players in points (411) and ranks third in assists (272). 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).
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 14 of 19 games this season, and has registered a goal in 11 contests (13 goals, seven assists). The five-time NHL All-Star ranks second in the NHL in even strength goals (10), is tied for second in goals (13), is tied for third in takeaways (21), and is tied for eighth in even strength points (15) this season. Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal (11) in 2014-15. He has recorded 39 shots on goal over the last nine games (since Nov. 3), which is tied for the league over the span. Nash 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 60 regular season goals in the third period (45%).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have allowed one goal or fewer in 36 regular season contests since the start of the 2013-14 season. The Blueshirts are tied for first in the NHL – and lead the Eastern Conference – in games with one or fewer goals allowed over the span.
HOME COOKING: New York has earned at least one point in nine of its last 11 contests at MSG (6-2-3 record over the span). The Rangers are tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference in home wins (six) and rank sixth in the NHL in regulation/OT goals at home (35) this season.
ON POINT: Rangers defensemen have recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) over the last five games and have tallied 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) over the last 11 contests. Seven different defensemen have notched at least one point for the Blueshirts over the last 11 games.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (589), 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 6-3-3 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 3 SO in his last 12 appearances, including a 5-2-2 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 3 SO in his last nine home appearances. Lundqvist has also made at least 30 saves in three of his last five appearances.
CAM CAN: Cam Talbot posted a 31-save shutout on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Talbot is the second Rangers goalie to register at least four shutouts in his first 23 NHL starts (Lorne Chabot posted four in his first eight games during the Rangers’ inaugural season of 1926-27).
FINE KLEIN: Kevin Klein tallied the game-winning goal on Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia. Klein has tied single-season career-highs in goals (four) and game-winning goals (two) this season. He is one of six NHL defensemen who have tallied two game-winning goals this season, and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals in 2014-15.
STEPAN UP: Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan has recorded a point in five of seven games (including an assist in four of those contests), tallying six points (one goal, five assists) over the span. The Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for 10th in the NHL in assists since he returned to the lineup. Stepan also leads the Rangers in assists, is tied for the team lead in power play assists (two), and ranks second in points over the span. He has tallied a point in 20 of his last 30 regular season games, registering 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) during the stretch.
BRASS BONANZA: Derick Brassard has registered a point in 11 of the last 17 games (six goals, nine assists) and in seven of the last 11 games (three goals, eight assists). He leads the team in assists (nine), power play assists (four), and power play points (six), is tied for the team lead in power play goals (two), and is tied for second in points (15) this season.
INJURIES (40 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
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