Pre-game notes courtesy of the Rangers:
The Rangers continue their four-game road trip against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (9:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN Radio 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak and they have won seven of their last 10 contests (7-3-0), including five of their last seven games (5-2-0). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 24 contests (13-7-4), including 10 of their last 14 games (8-4-2). New York has posted a 14-10-4 record this season (32 pts), following a 2-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The Flames have lost five consecutive contests and are 17-13-2 this season (36 pts). Calgary lost its last contest, 2-1, against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in Chicago.
RANGERS VS. FLAMES
All-Time*: 40-54-15-0 record (27-24-5-0 at home, 13-30-10-0 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Atlanta Flames from 1972-73 – 1979-80
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Flames this season, and the only meeting between the two teams in Calgary. The Rangers and Flames will face off again Feb. 24 (at MSG)
Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) against Calgary in 2013-14. The Blueshirts tied a franchise record with four shootout goals in one game in their 4-3 victory against the Flames on Dec. 15, 2013. New York tallied at least three goals in each of the two contests and outshot the Flames, 73-49, in the season series. Carl Hagelin (one goal, one assist), Derek Stepan (one goal, one assist), and Dominic Moore (two assists) tied for the team-high with two points.
The Rangers list two former Flames on their roster: Martin St. Louis (1998-99 – 1999-00), Lee Stempniak (2011-12 – 2013-14)
The Flames list one former Ranger on their roster: Raphael Diaz (2013-14)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. FLAMES
Rick Nash – 36 GP, 9-15-24 – Nash has recorded 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in his last 19 games against the Flames.
Dan Boyle – 26 GP, 5-17-22 – Boyle has tallied a point in 17 of 26 regular season career games against the Flames and has recorded 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 16 career regular season road contests in Calgary.
Martin St. Louis – 11 GP, 8-5-13 – St. Louis has posted three three-point games in his last eight regular season contests against his former team. Including the 2004 Stanley Cup Finals, St. Louis has registered 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 11 career games on the road in Calgary.
Lee Stempniak – 20 GP, 8-5-13 – Stempniak has recorded a point in 12 of 20 career games against his former team, and he has tallied 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his last 13 games against the Flames. He has registered eight points (six goals, two assists) in 10 career games on the road in Calgary.
The Rangers were 0-for-1 (2:00) and recorded one shot on goal on the power play on Dec. 14 at Edmonton
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 2-for-2 (4:00) and allowed two shots on goal on the penalty kill on Dec. 14 at Edmonton
New York has not allowed a power play goal in four consecutive games (7-for-7 over the span) and has not allowed a power play goal in five of its last seven games (17-for-19; 89.5% over the span)
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (2:57), McDonagh (2:47), Staal (2:43), D. Moore (2:22), Hagelin (2:07)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Klein (11), Staal (11), McDonagh (8), D. Moore (8), Girardi (7)
Kevin Klein – 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
Dan Girardi – 3 games away from 600 in his NHL career
Lee Stempniak – 3 assists away from 200 in his NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 appearances away from 600 in his NHL career
SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers have posted seven shutouts in the first 28 games of the 2014-15 season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Blueshirts began a season with at least seven shutouts in their first 28 games was when they posted seven to begin the 1937-38 season. The Rangers have also registered at least seven shutouts in a 28-game span for the first time since they posted seven over a 28-game span from Dec. 26, 2011 vs. the NY Islanders to Feb. 27, 2012 vs. New Jersey. New York leads the NHL in shutouts this season.
Rangers’ defensemen have tallied a goal in four consecutive games (five goals over the stretch) and four different Blueshirts defensemen (Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Dan Girardi) have each recorded at least one goal over the four-game stretch. The last time Rangers’ defensemen tallied a goal in at least four consecutive games was from Nov. 14, 2007 – Nov. 21, 2007 (five games). The last time four different Rangers defensemen recorded a goal over a four-game stretch was when McDonagh, Jeff Woywitka, Michael Del Zotto, and Girardi all tallied goals in a span of three games from Oct. 31, 2011 – Nov. 5, 2011. The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in goals by defensemen (five) since Dec. 6.
New York has tallied at least four goals in four of its last nine contests (32 goals over the span; 3.56 goals per game). The Rangers have posted a 95-1-1 record in their last 97 regular season games when tallying at least four goals, dating back to Nov. 14, 2010.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of nine games against Western Conference opponents this season (5-1-3 record). The Blueshirts have won all three road games they have played against Western Conference teams this season (their regular season opener on Oct. 9 at St. Louis, Dec. 13 at Vancouver, and Dec. 14 at Edmonton).
Rick Nash enters tomorrow’s contest with a career-high 10-game point streak (six goals, six assists over the span). He is one of four NHL players who have registered a point streak of at least 10 games in length this season, and his point streak is tied for the second longest in the league this season (Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek and Columbus’ Ryan Johansen also posted 10-game point streaks in 2014-15 and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin registered an 11-game point streak this season). Nash has tallied a point in 23 of 28 games this season and has registered a goal in 16 contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the fifth Ranger since 1991-92 to tally a point in at least 23 of the team’s first 28 games of a season (Mark Messier – 24 in 1991-92; Jaromir Jagr – 23 in 2005-06; Brendan Shanahan – 23 in 2006-07; Marian Gaborik – 23 in 2009-10). He has recorded a point in 13 of the Rangers’ 14 wins thus far in 2014-15, and tallied the game-deciding goal in a shootout in the one Rangers’ victory when he didn’t register a point in regulation or overtime. Nash ranks second in the NHL in goals (18), is tied for second in even strength goals (14), is tied for third in even strength points (24), and is tied for ninth in points (31) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (596), wins (321), and shutouts (55), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), 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 (321), trailing only Martin Brodeur (NJD), Tony Esposito (CHI), and Terry Sawchuk (DET). Lundqvist passed Miikka Kiprusoff for sole possession of 23rd place on the NHL’s all-time wins list on Dec. 13 at Vancouver, and passed Hall of Famers Bernie Parent and Ed Giacomin for sole possession of 20th place on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list on Dec. 14 at Edmonton. He enters tomorrow’s contest with a three-game winning streak (1.31 GAA, .951 SV%, 1 SO over the span), and was named Third Star of the Week in the NHL for the week ending on Dec. 14.
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) – 618
9. Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) – 596
Kevin Klein 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%), 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.
The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in road wins (88) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
INJURIES (50 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Derick Brassard (mumps)
Dec. 9 – Loaned Anthony Duclair to Team Canada for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship
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