Pre-game notes from the NYR:
The Rangers continue their four-game road trip and conclude their fourth back-to-back set of the season against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place (9:30 p.m. ET —TV: MSG PLUS; Radio: WOR 710 AM). The Rangers enter the contest with the fewest games played of any NHL team (27) so far this season. The Rangers have won six of their last nine contests (6-3-0) and have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 23 contests (12-7-4. New York has posted a 13-10-4 record this season (30 pts), following a 5-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks last night in Vancouver. The Oilers have posted a 7-18-5 record this season (19 pts), following a 4-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks Friday in Edmonton.
RANGERS VS. OILERS
All-Time: 27-29-9-2 record (12-16-6-1 at home, 15-13-3-1 on the road)
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the second and final meeting between the Rangers and Oilers this season, and the only meeting between the two teams at Rexall Place. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) against the Oilers this season, following a 3-1 loss on Nov. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 32 shots he faced in the contest, while Carl Hagelin tallied a goal for the Blueshirts.
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Edmonton in 2013-14. The Rangers allowed two goals or fewer in each contest and outscored the Oilers, 6-2, in the season series. Mats Zuccarello led all skaters with four points and tied for first among all skaters with two goals, while Derek Stepan led all skaters with three assists. Cam Talbot posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.01 GAA, a .965 SV%, and 1 SO in two appearances.
The Rangers have earned at least one point in 20 of their last 28 games against the Oilers, dating back to January 23, 1992 (13-8-5-2 record over the span).
New York has registered at least one point in 13 of its last 17 games in Edmonton, dating back to January 23, 1989 (10-4-2-1 record over the span).
Since the start of the 1996-97 season, 14 of the 21 matchups between the Rangers and Oilers have been decided by one goal or fewer, and nine of those games have ended in either overtime or a shootout.
The Rangers do not list any former Oilers on their roster
The Oilers list one former Ranger on their roster: Benoit Pouliot (2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. OILERS
Henrik Lundqvist – 5 GP, 1-2-2, 2.43 GAA, .915 SV% – Lundqvist has allowed two goals in each of his last four games against the Oilers, posting a 2.03 GAA and a .929 SV% in those contests.
Lee Stempniak – 31 GP, 14-13-27 – Stempniak has tallied a point in 18 of 31 career games against the Oilers and has recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in his last 15 games against Edmonton.
Rick Nash – 37 GP, 14-13-27 – Nash has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games against Edmonton.
Dan Boyle – 31 GP, 6-13-19 – Boyle has notched a point in 13 of 16 career road games against the Oilers (three goals, 10 assists).
Martin St. Louis – 18 GP, 2-10-12 – St. Louis has tallied 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games against Edmonton and has posted four multi-point games over the span.
New York did not have a power play last night at Vancouver
The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in seven of the last 11 games (7-for-41; 17.1%) and 10 of the last 17 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 one shot on goal on the penalty kill last night at Vancouver
New York is 15-for-17 (88.2%) on the penalty kill over the last six games
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:00), McDonagh (2:50), Staal (2:46), D. Moore (2:24), Hagelin (2:09)
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
Lee Stempniak – 3 assists away from 200 in his NHL career
Dan Girardi – 4 games away from 600 in his NHL career
HOW THE WEST WAS WON: The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of eight games against Western Conference opponents this season (4-1-3 record). The Blueshirts have won both road games they have played against Western Conference teams this season (their regular season opener on Oct. 9 at St. Louis and last night at Vancouver).
RICK ROLLING: Rick Nash has tallied a point in 22 of 27 games this season and has registered a goal in 16 of those contests. Nash enters the contest with an nine-game point streak (six goals, five assists), which is the longest active point streak in the NHL and is tied for the longest point streak of his career. Prior to his current streak, Nash had previously tallied a nine-game point streak from Dec. 30, 2005 – Jan. 16, 2006. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the fifth Ranger since 1991-92 to tally a point in at least 22 of the team’s first 27 games of a season (Mark Messier – 23 in 1991-92; Jaromir Jagr – 22 in 2005-06; Brendan Shanahan – 22 in 2006-07; Marian Gaborik – 22 in 2009-10). He ranks second in the NHL in goals (18), is tied for second in even strength goals (14), is tied for fourth in even strength points (23), and is tied for ninth in points (30) this season.
SHOOTING FOR 50: Through 27 games, Nash is on pace to record 55 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).
FINE KLEIN: Kevin 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 established NHL career-highs in goals (six) and game-winning goals (three) in 2014-15. Klein leads all NHL defensemen in shooting percentage (20.7%), 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 eighth among NHL defensemen in goals this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP: Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (595), wins (320), 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 (320), trailing only Martin Brodeur (NJD), Tony Esposito (CHI), and Terry Sawchuk (DET). By recording a win last night in Vancouver, Lundqvist passed Miikka Kiprusoff for sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.
Lundqvist ranks ninth among goaltenders in NHL history in appearances with one franchise. Only eight goalies have appeared in at least 600 career games with the same organization in NHL history.
MOST CAREER APPEARANCES BY A GOALTENDER WITH ONE NHL FRANCHISE
1. Martin Brodeur (NJD) – 1,259
2. Tony Esposito (CHI) – 873
3. Terry Sawchuk (DET) – 734
4. Olaf Kolzig (WSH) – 711
5. Billy Smith (NYI) – 675
6. Mike Richter (NYR) – 666
7. Turk Broda (TOR) – 629
8. Glenn Hall (CHI) – 611
9. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) – 595
SWEET 16: Derick Brassard enters tonight’s game with a five-game point streak (two goals, five assists) and a four-game assist streak (five assists). He has tallied a point in 18 of the last 25 games (eight goals, 16 assists), 14 of the last 19 games (five goals, 15 assists), and nine of the last 11 games (two goals, nine assists).
IT’S MILLER TIME: J.T. Miller registered the first game-winning goal of his NHL career last night at Vancouver. He has registered a goal/point in three of five games since being recalled following the Rangers’ game on Nov. 28, and has recorded four points (three goals, one assist) over the five contests. Since he was recalled, Miller leads the Rangers in goals (three), is tied for second in hits (12), ranks fourth in shots on goal (11), and is tied for fourth in points (four).
HEY HEY HAYES: Kevin Hayes enters tonight’s contest with a five-game point streak (two goals, three assists). He has recorded a point in nine of the last 14 games (three goals, six assists), including six of the last eight games (two goals, four assists).
INJURIES (49 Man-Games Lost to Injury): None
Dec. 9 – Loaned Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
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