Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
The Rangers play their 24th game of the 2014-15 season against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 AM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 19 contests (10-5-4), as well as 11 of their last 13 home games (8-2-3). The Blueshirts have also recorded at least one point in seven of their last nine games (5-2-2) and have registered a shutout in three of their last five contests. New York has posted an 11-8-4 record this season (26 pts), following a 5-2 victory against the Flyers on Saturday. The Lightning have posted a 16-6-2 record this season (34 pts), following their 4-1 victory on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators in Tampa.
RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING
All-Time: 43-33-5-7 record (24-15-2-4 at home, 19-18-3-3 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the third and final meeting between the Rangers and Lightning this season, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) against Tampa Bay this season, following a 4-3 loss on Nov. 26 in Tampa. New York is 2-for-6 (33.3%) on the power play in the season series, and has tallied a power play goal in each of the two games against the Lightning. Rick Nash (one goal, one assist), Derick Brassard (two assists), and Derek Stepan (two assists) are tied for the team lead with two points in two games against Tampa Bay in the season series.
New York has earned at least one point in 25 of 36 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2005-06 season (19-11-6 record), including 17 of its last 24 matchups against the Lightning since the start of the 2008-09 season (13-7-4 record).
The Blueshirts have registered at least one point in 15 of their last 19 home games against the Lightning, dating back to Jan. 11, 2004 (11-4-0-4 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 – 34 GP, 17-11-6, 2.33 GAA, .917 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has posted a 10-4-3 record, along with a 1.86 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 1 SO in 17 career home games against the Lightning. * Note: home record includes game on Oct. 5, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic
Rick Nash – 18 GP, 8-7-15 – Nash has recorded at least one point in 10 of 18 career games against Tampa Bay. He has tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in eight games against the Lightning since he joined the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.
Derek Stepan – 16 GP, 6-8-14 – Stepan has registered at least one point in 11 of 16 career games against the Lightning. He has notched 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 12 games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Dan Boyle – 16 GP, 3-7-10 – Boyle has tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 10 games against Tampa Bay since he left the Lightning following the 2007-08 season.
The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal (seven) since the start of the 2013-14 season.
New York was 1-for-4 (7:50) with six shots on goal on the power play on Nov. 29 vs. Philadelphia
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in three consecutive games (3-for-13; 23.1%), six of the last seven games (6-for-26; 23.1%), seven of the last nine games (7-for-33; 21.2%), and nine of the last 13 contests (10-for-43; 23.3%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (3), Boyle (2), Kreider (2), Nash (2), St. Louis (2)
Leaders in PPA: Brassard (5), Stepan (5), St. Louis (4), Nash (3)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (8), St. Louis (6), Nash (5), Stepan (5)
The Rangers were 0-for-1 (1:45) and allowed one shot on goal on Nov. 29 vs. Philadelphia
Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:20), Girardi (3:10), Staal (2:50), D. Moore (2:30), Hagelin (2:25)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (11), Klein (7), Girardi (6), Hagelin (6), McDonagh (6), D. Moore (6)
THE MONTH AHEAD: Tonight’s contest is the first of 12 games the Rangers will play in December (five home, seven away). New York is tied for sixth in the NHL in wins in December (24) since the 2010-11 season (24-13-4 record in 41 games over the span).
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis recorded the 1,000th point of his NHL career with a goal on Nov. 28 at Philadelphia. The Rangers’ alternate captain became the 81st player in NHL history to register 1,000 career points, and became the sixth player to accomplish the feat as a Ranger, along with Theo Fleury, Pat LaFontaine, Steve Larmer, Mike Gartner, and Rod Gilbert. St. Louis has registered a point in nine of the last 13 games (eight goals, five assists over the span), including five of the last seven contests (four goals, three assists over the span). Since Nov. 3, St. Louis is tied for second in the NHL in goals (eight).
SHUTTING THE DOOR: The Rangers posted three shutouts in a span of four contests from Nov. 19 vs. Philadelphia to Nov. 28 at Philadelphia, and they registered six shutouts in their first 22 games of the 2014-15 season (including a 1-0 shootout loss vs. Winnipeg on Nov. 1). The Blueshirts registered three shutouts in a four-game span for the first time since they posted three consecutive shutouts from Feb. 4, 1973 vs. the Atlanta Flames to Feb. 10, 1973 at the New York Islanders. The Rangers also recorded at least six shutouts in their first 22 games of a season for the first time since they posted six in the first 22 games of the 1937-38 season.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 18 of 23 games this season, and has registered a goal in 14 of those contests (16 goals, nine assists). In 2014-15, Nash became the fourth Ranger in franchise history to record a goal in at least 14 of the first 22 games of a season (Brendan Shanahan – 15 of 22 in 2006-07; Adam Graves – 14 of 22 in 1993-94; Vic Hadfield – 14 of 22 in 1971-72). He enters the contest with a five-game point streak (four goals, two assists). The five-time NHL All-Star ranks second in the NHL in goals (16) and even strength goals (12), is tied for second in shorthanded goals (two) and shorthanded points (two), is tied for seventh in even strength points (18), and is tied for eighth in points (25) this season. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal (14) in 2014-15. He is the only NHL player to have an active streak of 10 straight 20-goal seasons.
CENTERS OF ATTENTION: Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan has recorded a point in nine of 11 games, (two goals, 10 assists over the span), and has tied a career-high with a six-game point streak (one goal, seven assists), the longest streak any Ranger has registered thus far in 2014-15. The Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded assists (two) and shorthanded points (two), is tied for second in assists (10) and power play assists (five), is tied for fifth in power play points (five), and is tied for ninth in points (12) since he returned to the lineup. Stepan leads the Rangers in assists and power play assists, and is tied for the team lead in points and power play points since he returned to the lineup.
Derick Brassard has tallied a point in 14 of the last 21 games (eight goals, 11 assists over the span), including 10 of the last 15 games (five goals, 10 assists). The last time Brassard didn’t tally a point in two consecutive games was the first two games of this season. Brassard is tied for third in the NHL in power play points (seven – three goals, four assists) since Nov. 3, and he has recorded a power play point in four of the last seven games (one goal, three assists).
AV SQUAD: Alain Vigneault enters tonight’s contest tied with Brian Sutter for 25th in points among Head Coaches in NHL history (1,062 points – 478-327-35-71 record in 911 career games as an NHL head coach). Vigneault ranks fourth among NHL head coaches in wins (369) since the start of the 2006-07 season.
POINTS AMONG HEAD COACHES IN NHL HISTORY
22. Glen Sather – 1,122
23. Roger Neilson – 1,082
x-24. Dave Tippett – 1,071
x-T-25. Alain Vigneault – 1,062
T-25. Brian Sutter – 1,062
x-Active Head Coach
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers have tallied five goals in three of the last nine games and have recorded at least four goals in five of the last 12 games. The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in goals at home (45) and rank ninth in the NHL in goals per game (2.91) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (592), wins (318), shutouts (54), and GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). He has posted an 8-4-3 record, along with a 2.09 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 4 SO in his last 15 appearances.
INJURIES (45 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dan Boyle (flu-like symptoms)
Tanner Glass (mumps)
Nov. 28 – Recalled J.T. Miller from Hartford (AHL)
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