Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
NEW YORK RANGERS at TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m. ET
Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
Rangers: 9-7-4 (22 pts)
Lightning: 14-6-2 (30 pts)
The Rangers play their 21st game of the 2014-15 regular season against the Tampa Bay Lightning (7:30 p.m. ET —TV: MSG 2; Radio: WWOR 710 AM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 16 contests (8-4-4) and have recorded a shutout in consecutive games. New York has posted a 9-7-4 record (22 pts) this season, following a 5-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Tampa Bay has posted a 14-6-2 record (30 pts) this season, following a 2-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday in Tampa.
RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING
All-Time: 43-32-5-7 record (24-15-2-4 at home, 19-17-3-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second of three contests between the Rangers and Lightning this season, and the only meeting in Tampa. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) against Tampa Bay this season, following a 5-1 loss on Nov. 17 at MSG. Martin St. Louis tallied a goal while Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan each recorded an assist in the contest. The Rangers and Lightning will face off again on 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. 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 35 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2005-06 season (19-10-6 record), including 17 of its last 23 matchups against the Lightning since the start of the 2008-09 season (13-6-4 record).
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 – 33 GP, 17-10-6, 2.28 GAA, .919 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last 11 appearances against Tampa Bay.
Derek Stepan – 15 GP, 6-7-13 – Stepan has tallied at least one point in 10 of 15 career games against the Lightning and has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 11 contests against Tampa Bay.
Rick Nash – 17 GP, 7-6-13 – Nash has recorded six points (four goals, two assists) in seven games against Tampa Bay since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.
Martin St. Louis – 3 GP, 1-0-1 – Entering tonight’s contest, St. Louis has never played a game in Tampa Bay as a member of the visiting team in his career. He has registered 192 goals and 298 assists for 490 points in 479 career regular season games at Amalie Arena. St. Louis either ranks first or second among all NHL players in games played, goals, assists, and points at Amalie Arena since the Lightning began playing at the venue in 1996-97.
MARTIN ST. LOUIS CAREER RANKINGS AMONG NHL PLAYERS AT AMALIE ARENA
GAMES PLAYED: 479 (2nd – Vincent Lecavalier is 1st with 520)
GOALS: 192 (2nd – Lecavalier is 1st with 204)
ASSISTS: 298 (1st – Lecavalier is 2nd with 255)
POINTS: 490 (1st – Lecavalier is 2nd with 459)
New York was 0-for-2 (4:00) with four shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 23 vs. Montreal
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in three of the last four games (3-for-13; 23.1%), four of the last six games (4-for-20; 20%), and six of the last 10 contests (7-for-30; 23.3%)
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 1-for-1 (2:00) and allowed two shots on goal on the penalty kill on Nov. 23 vs. Montreal
Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:18), Girardi (3:08), Staal (2:49), D. Moore (2:33), Hagelin (2:25)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (10), Klein (7), Girardi (6), D. Moore (6), Glass (4)
Martin St. Louis – 2 points away from 1,000 in his NHL career
Rick Nash – 1 assist away from 300 in his NHL career
Tanner Glass – 3 games away from 400 in his NHL career
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis is two points away from tallying the 1,000th point of his NHL career. The Rangers’ alternate captain enters tomorrow’s contest with a four-game point streak (three goals, two assists). St. Louis has also registered a point in eight of the last 10 games, tallying 11 points (seven goals, four assists) over the span. St. Louis is tied for second in the NHL in goals (seven) and is tied for sixth in the NHL in points (11) since Nov. 3. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the six-time NHL All-Star leads all NHL players in points (413) and ranks third in assists (273). 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
(Players who played in their first NHL regular season game in 1980-81 or later)
1. Adam Oates – 1,420
2. Peter Stastny – 1,239
3. Dino Ciccarelli – 1,200
4. Joe Mullen – 1,063
5. Martin St. Louis – 998
1,000 CLUB: Of the 80 players in NHL history who have tallied 1,000 career points, five have accomplished the feat as a Ranger:
Theo Fleury – Oct. 29, 2001 vs. DAL
Pat LaFontaine – Jan. 22, 1998 vs. PHI
Steve Larmer – Mar. 8, 1995 vs. NJD
Mike Gartner – Jan. 4, 1992 at NJD
Rod Gilbert – Feb. 19, 1977 at NYI
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 15 of 20 games this season, and has registered a goal in 12 contests (14 goals, seven assists). The five-time NHL All-Star is tied for the NHL lead in takeaways (23), ranks second in the NHL in even strength goals (11), is tied for second in goals (14), and is tied for fourth in even strength points (16) this season. Nash also leads the NHL in games with a goal (12) in 2014-15. 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 28 of his 61 regular season goals in the third period (45.9%).
TEAM EFFORT: All 12 forwards recorded at least one point in the Rangers’ 5-0 victory vs. Montreal on Nov. 23. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time all 12 Rangers forwards recorded a point in the same contest was on Dec. 17, 1980 vs. Winnipeg.
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers have posted a shutout in each of their last two contests. Prior to the last two games, the last time the Blueshirts recorded shutouts in back-to-back contests during the regular season was Mar. 17, 2003 vs. the NY Islanders and Mar. 19, 2003 vs. Buffalo. New York enters the game with a shutout streak of 122:51, dating back to the 17:09 mark of the third period on Nov. 17 vs. Tampa Bay. The shutout streak is the longest the team has had since a stretch of 127:30 from Jan. 9 – Jan. 14, 2010.
GOALS GALORE: New York tied a season-high with five goals in its last contest on Nov. 23 vs. Montreal. The Rangers have recorded five goals in a game on three occasions this season and have tallied at least four goals in four of their last nine games (27 goals over the span).
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (590), wins (317), shutouts (54), and 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 7-3-3 record, along with a 1.95 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 4 SO in his last 13 appearances. Lundqvist enters the game tied with Hall of Famers Ed Giacomin and Bernie Parent for 20th on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list. He is tied for the NHL lead in shutouts (four) this season.
STEPAN UP: Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan has recorded a point in six of eight games (two goals, five assists) and enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). The Rangers’ alternate captain leads the Rangers in assists (five), is tied for the team lead in power play assists (two), and is tied for second in points (seven) since returning to the lineup.
INJURIES (41 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Ryan McDonagh (separated shoulder) – placed on injured reserve
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