Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers play their 25th game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN Radio 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 20 contests (10-6-4), including seven of their last 10 games (5-3-2). New York has posted an 11-9-4 record this season (26 pts), following a 6-3 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. The Red Wings have posted a 15-6-5 record this season (35 pts), following their 5-2 victory on Thursday, Dec. 4 against the Dallas Stars in Detroit.
RANGERS VS. RED WINGS
All-Time*: 215-260-103-1 record (139-94-57-0 at home, 76-166-46-1 on the road) *Note: Includes games against the Detroit Cougars from 1926-27 – 1929-30 and the Detroit Falcons from 1930-31 – 1931-32
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings this season, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Detroit. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) against Detroit this season, following a 4-3 overtime win on Nov. 5 at MSG. Derick Brassard tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, while Martin St. Louis (one goal, one assist) and Matt Hunwick (two assists) each recorded two points in the game. The Rangers and Red Wings face off again on the following date: Mar. 4 (at Detroit).
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 3-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against the Red Wings in 2013-14. The Blueshirts swept a season series against Detroit (more than two games played) for the first time since the 1985-86 season. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.00 GAA, a 1.000 SV% (stopped all 68 shots he faced), and 2 SO in two appearances.
The Rangers do not list any former Red Wings on their roster
The Red Wings do not list any former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS
Cam Talbot – 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .941 SV% – Talbot registered his first career NHL win in the Rangers’ last game in Detroit on Oct. 26, 2013. Talbot stopped 32 of 34 shots he faced in the Blueshirts’ 3-2 overtime victory.
Rick Nash – 58 GP, 26-22-48 – Nash has played in more games (58) and has tallied more goals (26) against Detroit than against any NHL opponent.
Derick Brassard – 29 GP, 7-9-16 – Brassard has recorded a point in 10 of his last 12 games against the Red Wings, registering 11 points (four goals, seven assists) over the span.
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 (5:17) with nine shots on goal on the power play on Dec. 1 vs. Tampa Bay
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in four consecutive games (4-for-17; 23.5%), seven of the last eight games (7-for-30; 23.3%), eight of the last 10 games (8-for-37; 21.6%), and 10 of the last 14 contests (11-for-47; 23.4%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (3), St. Louis (3), Boyle (2), Kreider (2), Nash (2)
Leaders in PPA: Stepan (6), Brassard (5), St. Louis (4), McDonagh (3), Nash (3)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (8), St. Louis (7), Stepan (6), Nash (5), McDonagh (3)
The Rangers were 4-for-5 (6:01) and allowed two shots on goal on Dec. 1 vs. Tampa Bay
Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:16), Girardi (3:12), Staal (2:51), D. Moore (2:33), Hagelin (2:21)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (11), D. Moore (8), Girardi (7), Klein (7), Hagelin (6), McDonagh (6)
Kevin Klein – 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career
Lee Stempniak – 4 assists away from 200 in his NHL career
SEEING RED: The Rangers have won five consecutive games against the Red Wings, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012. Prior to their current five-game winning streak against Detroit, the last time the Blueshirts won five straight games against Detroit was from Jan. 3, 1983 – Jan. 16, 1984. New York has allowed two goals or fewer in four of the five contests and has outscored the Red Wings, 13-6, in the five games.
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS: Martin St. Louis has registered a point in 10 of the last 14 games (nine goals, five assists over the span), including six of the last eight contests (five goals, three assists over the span). The Rangers’ alternate captain has also tallied a goal in eight of the 14 contests. Since Nov. 3, St. Louis is tied for fourth in the NHL in goals (nine). St. Louis recorded his 1,000th career NHL point on Nov. 28 at Philadelphia, becoming the 81st player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.
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 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. New York leads the NHL in shutouts (six) in 2014-15.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 19 of 24 games this season, and has registered a goal in 14 of those contests. This season, 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 six-game point streak (four goals, three assists), and he has notched an assist in two consecutive games. The five-time NHL All-Star is tied for second in the NHL in goals (16), shorthanded goals (two), and shorthanded points (two), ranks third in even strength goals (12), and is tied for seventh in even strength points (19) this season. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal (14) in 2014-15 and 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 10 of 12 games, (two goals, 11 assists over the span), and has established a career-high with a seven-game point streak (one goal, eight assists). Stepan’s point streak and his four-game assist streak (both of which are active) are the longest streaks any Ranger has registered thus far in 2014-15. The Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for the NHL lead in power play assists (six), shorthanded assists (two), and shorthanded points (two), is tied for second in the NHL in assists (11), is tied for fourth in power play points (six), and is tied for 10th in points (13) since he returned to the lineup. Stepan leads the Rangers in power play assists, ranks second in assists, ranks third in power play points, and is tied for fourth in points this season.
Derick Brassard has tallied a point in 15 of the last 22 games (eight goals, 12 assists over the span), including 11 of the last 16 games (five goals, 11 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 seventh in the NHL in power play points (seven – three goals, four assists) since Nov. 3, and he has recorded a power play point in five of the last 10 games (two goals, three assists).
AV SQUAD: Alain Vigneault enters tomorrow’s contest tied with Brian Sutter for 25th in points among Head Coaches in NHL history (1,062 points – 478-328-35-71 record in 912 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
24. Dave Tippett – 1,073
T-25. Alain Vigneault – 1,062
T-25. Brian Sutter – 1,062
CAM CAN: Cam Talbot enters tomorrow’s contest with a personal shutout streak of 125:34, dating back to the third period on Nov. 8 at Toronto. Talbot has posted five shutouts in 24 career NHL starts, and has registered a 9-5-1 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .937 SV%, and 4 SO in 16 career road appearances. He is tied for seventh in the NHL in shutouts (two) this season.
GOALS GALORE: The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in five consecutive games and at least four goals in five of the last 13 games. The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in goals per game (2.92) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (593), wins (318), and shutouts (54), ranks second in GAA (2.28), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted more wins than any goalie who has played with only one franchise in NHL history. Lundqvist also ranks fourth among goalies in NHL history in wins with one franchise (318), trailing only Martin Brodeur (NJD), Tony Esposito (CHI), and Terry Sawchuk (DET).
INJURIES (47 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Tanner Glass (mumps)
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