Pre-game notes courtesy of the NYR:
The Rangers begin a four-game road trip and their fourth back-to-back set of the season against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN Radio 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter the contest with the fewest games played of any NHL team (26) so far this season. Tonight’s game is New York’s first contest outside of the Eastern time zone since its regular season opener on Oct. 9 at St. Louis. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 22 contests (11-7-4) and have posted a 12-10-4 record this season (28 pts), following a 4-3 win in overtime against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. The Canucks have posted an 18-9-2 record this season (38 pts), following a 3-1 loss Tuesday in Montreal.
RANGERS VS. CANUCKS
All-Time: 75-30-8-0 record (40-13-5-0 at home, 35-17-3-0 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Canucks this season, and the only meeting between the two teams in Vancouver. The Rangers and Canucks will face off again Feb. 19 (at MSG)
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Vancouver in 2013-14. Chris Kreider tallied his first career NHL hat trick on Nov. 30, 2013 and led all skaters with three goals in the season series, while Rick Nash led all skaters with three assists, four points, and a plus-four rating in the two games. Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot combined to stop 69 of 72 shots (.958 SV%) they faced in the two contests.
The Rangers have won four straight games against the Canucks, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011. New York has outscored Vancouver, 13-3, over the four contests.
New York has won each of its last two games in Vancouver (Oct. 18, 2011 and Apr. 1, 2014), outscoring the Canucks, 7-1, in the two contests.
The Rangers list one former Canuck on their roster: Tanner Glass (2009-10 – 2010-11)
The Canucks list two former Rangers on their roster: Derek Dorsett (2012-13 – 2013-14), Chris Higgins (2009-10)
Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault was the Head Coach of the Canucks from 2006-07- 2012-13
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CANUCKS
Henrik Lundqvist – 6 GP, 3-3-0, 2.22 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO – Lundqvist has posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 0.33 GAA, a .991 SV% (105 saves on 106 shots), and 2 SO in his last three appearances against the Canucks, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011. He has made at least 31 saves in each of the three contests.
Rick Nash – 37 GP, 15-17-32 – Nash has recorded a point in 21 of 37 career games against the Canucks, and he has tallied a goal in 14 of those contests. He has notched four points (one goal, three assists) in two games against Vancouver as a Ranger.
Martin St. Louis – 16 GP, 5-15-20 – St. Louis has tallied a point in 12 of 16 career games against Vancouver, and has registered six multi-point games in the 16 contests. He has recorded a point in eight of his last 10 games against the Canucks and has posted six multi-point games over the span (five goals, 11 assists in the 10 games).
Dan Boyle – 28 GP, 4-14-18 – Boyle has notched a point in 20 of 37 career regular season and playoff games against the Canucks, and he has tallied 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 19 career regular season and playoff games at Rogers Arena.
Lee Stempniak – 32 GP, 7-11-18 – Stempniak has recorded a point in eight of his last 11 games against Vancouver (two goals, seven assists over the span) and has notched a point in three straight games at Rogers Arena (one goal, two assists).
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 0-for-4 (8:00) with eight shots on goal on the power play on Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games (7-for-41; 17.1%) and 10 of the last 16 contests (11-for-58; 19.0%)
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 1-for-1 (2:00) and allowed five shots on goal on the penalty kill on Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh
New York has allowed the fifth fewest shots on goal while shorthanded (105) this season
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:04), McDonagh (3:01), Staal (2:49), D. Moore (2:28), Hagelin (2:12)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Klein (11), Staal (11), D. Moore (8), Girardi (7), Hagelin (6), McDonagh (6)
Tanner Glass – His next game will be the 400th of his NHL career
Kevin Klein – 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
Dan Girardi – 5 games away from 600 in his NHL career
FINE KLEIN: Kevin Klein tallied the game-winning goal in overtime on Dec. 8 vs. Pittsburgh. Klein is one of three Rangers defensemen to tally two overtime goals in one season since the NHL reimplemented an overtime period for regular season games prior to the start of the 1983-84 season (Brian Leetch – 2001-02; Tom Poti – 2003-04). He has tallied a goal in consecutive regular season games for the first time in his NHL career, and he has established NHL career-highs in goals (six) and game-winning goals (three) this season. Klein leads all NHL defensemen in shooting percentage (21.4%), is tied for first among NHL defensemen in game-winning goals and overtime goals, is tied for second among NHL defensemen in even strength goals (six), and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in goals this season. Klein is also tied for first among NHL defensemen in even strength goals and is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals since Oct. 21.
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 21 of 26 games this season and has registered a goal in 16 of those contests. Nash enters the contest with an eight-game point streak (six goals, three assists), which is the longest point streak a Blueshirt has tallied this season. Nash is also one game shy of matching the longest point streak of his career (nine games), which he established from Dec. 30, 2005 – Jan. 16, 2006. The five-time NHL All-Star ranks second in the NHL in goals (18), is tied for second in even strength goals (14), and is tied for seventh in even strength points (21) this season. Nash leads the NHL in games with a goal (16) and is tied for fourth in games with a point (21) in 2014-15. Since he joined the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, Nash is tied for fourth in the NHL in goals per game (0.48 – min. 100 games played) and is tied for ninth in the NHL in goals (65).
SHOOTING FOR 50: Through 26 games, Nash is on pace to record 57 goals this season, which would eclipse Jaromir Jagr’s single-season franchise record of 54 goals. Only three Rangers have tallied at least 50 goals in one season in franchise history (Jagr – 2005-06; Adam Graves – 1993-94; Vic Hadfield – 1971-72).
CENTER OF ATTENTION: Since making his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan has recorded a point in 10 of 14 games (two goals, 11 assists over the span), and established a career-high with a seven-game point streak from Nov. 17 vs. Tampa Bay to Dec. 1 vs. Tampa Bay (one goal, eight assists). The Rangers’ alternate captain is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded assists (two), is tied for second in power play assists (six) and shorthanded points (two), and is tied for seventh in the NHL in assists (11) since he made his season debut.
SWEET 16: Derick Brassard enters tomorrow’s game with a four-game point streak (two goals, three assists). He has tallied a point in 17 of the last 24 games (eight goals, 14 assists), 13 of the last 18 games (five goals, 13 assists), and eight of the last 10 games (two goals, seven assists).
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (594), wins (319), and shutouts (54), ranks second in GAA (2.28), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). He has posted more wins than any goalie who has played with only one franchise in NHL history. Lundqvist ranks fourth among goalies in NHL history in wins with one franchise (319), trailing only Martin Brodeur (NJD), Tony Esposito (CHI), and Terry Sawchuk (DET).
AV SQUAD: With the Rangers’ win on Dec. 8, Alain Vigneault passed Brian Sutter for sole possession of 25th place in points among head coaches in NHL history (1,064 points – 479-329-35-71 record in 914 career regular season games as an NHL head coach).
Vigneault leads all head coaches in Canucks history in games coached (540), wins (313), and points percentage (.632 – min. 100 games coached), and leads all NHL head coaches in wins at Rogers Arena (173) since the Canucks began playing at the venue during the 1995-96 season.
INJURIES (49 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dec. 9 – Loaned Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
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