Pre-game notes from the Rangers:
The Rangers begin a three-game homestand and conclude a home-and-home set against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN Radio 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter tonight’s contest on a season-high five-game winning streak and they have won nine of their last 12 contests (9-3-0), including seven of their last nine games (7-2-0). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 19 of their last 26 contests (15-7-4), including 12 of their last 16 games (10-4-2). New York has posted a 16-10-4 record this season (36 pts), following a 3-2 shootout win last night against the Hurricanes in Carolina. The Hurricanes have posted a 9-19-4 record this season (22 pts).
RANGERS VS. HURRICANES
All-Time*: 67-49-7-2 record (40-17-4-2 at home, 27-32-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 – 1996-97
2014-15: Tonight’s game is the third of five meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes this season, and the second of three meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road), following a 3-2 shootout win last night in Carolina. Both contests have been decided in a shootout, and the Rangers have allowed a total of three goals in the two games. The Rangers and Hurricanes will face off again Jan. 31 (at MSG), Mar. 21 (at Carolina)
The Rangers do not list any former Hurricanes on their roster
The Hurricanes do not list any former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES
Henrik Lundqvist – 29 GP, 19-9-1, 2.13 GAA, .924 SV%, 1 SO – Lundqvist has posted an 11-2-0 record, along with a 1.79 GAA and a .941 SV% in his last 13 appearances against the Hurricanes, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. He has allowed one goal or fewer in seven of his last 13 appearances against Carolina.
Martin St. Louis – 81 GP, 38-53-91 – St. Louis has played in more games, tallied more goals, and recorded more points against Carolina than against any NHL opponent. He has registered a point in 55 of 81 career games against the Hurricanes and has posted 26 multi-point games against Carolina in his career. St. Louis has tallied three assists in four games against the Hurricanes as a member of the Rangers and has registered 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) in his last 12 contests against Carolina.
Dan Boyle – 43 GP, 5-21-26 – Boyle has notched a point in 21 of 43 career games against the Hurricanes and has tallied 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in his last 27 games against them.
The Rangers lead the NHL in games with at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal (eight) since the 2013-14 season.
The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:17) and recorded one shot on goal on the power play last night at Carolina
New York has tallied a power play goal in each of the last two games (2-for-5; 40.0%) and in 12 of its last 20 games (13-for-64; 20.3%)
Leaders in PPG: Brassard (3), Kreider (3), St. Louis (3), Boyle (2), Nash (2)
Leaders in PPA: Stepan (6), Brassard (5), McDonagh (4), St. Louis (4), Nash (3)
Leaders in PPP: Brassard (8), St. Louis (7), Stepan (6), Nash (5), McDonagh (4)
The Rangers were 4-for-4 (7:06) and allowed two shots on goal on the penalty kill last night at Carolina
New York is 14-for-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill over the last six games and has not allowed a power play goal in six of its last nine games (24-for-27; 88.9%)
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:00), McDonagh (2:49), Staal (2:42), D. Moore (2:24), Hagelin (2:09)
Dan Girardi – 1 game away from 600 in his NHL career
Kevin Klein – 1 point away from 100 in his NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 2 appearances away from 600 in his NHL career
The Rangers enter tonight’s game on a season-high five-game winning streak. New York’s winning streak is tied for the longest active streak in the NHL (along with San Jose). The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 19-8, over the five games, and have allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last four contests.
EYE OF THE STORM
The Rangers have won 13 of their last 14 games against the Hurricanes (13-1-0), dating back to Feb. 22, 2011. New York has tallied at least four goals in nine of the 14 contests and has outscored Carolina, 50-26, over the span.
The Blueshirts have also won seven consecutive games against the Hurricanes at MSG, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in all seven contests, and have allowed one goal in six of the seven games, including each of the last four contests. New York has outscored Carolina, 24-8, over the last seven meetings at MSG.
TAKING THE METRO
New York has earned at least one point in nine consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents (8-0-1). The Rangers have posted an 8-2-1 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season, and they have registered a 12-2-1 record in their last 15 games against Metropolitan Division opponents, dating back to Mar. 21, 2014.
The Blueshirts posted their fourth victory when trailing after two periods this season last night against Carolina (4-6-0 record, .400 winning percentage). New York ranks second in the NHL in winning percentage and is tied for second in the NHL in wins when trailing after 40 minutes in 2014-15.
Rick Nash registered a career-high 11-game point streak from Nov. 19 to Dec. 16 (eight goals, six assists over the span). Nash’s 11-game point streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (tied with the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin). He has tallied at least 20 goals in 11 consecutive seasons (dating back to 2003-04), which is the longest active streak in the NHL. The five-time NHL All-Star has tallied a point in 24 of 30 games this season and has registered a goal in 17 contests. He has recorded a point in 14 of the Rangers’ 16 wins thus far in 2014-15. Nash is tied for second in the NHL in goals (20), shorthanded goals (three), and shorthanded points (three), ranks third in even strength goals (15), and is tied for sixth in even strength points (25) this season.
TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (598), wins (323), shutouts (55), and 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 (323), trailing only Martin Brodeur (NJD), Tony Esposito (CHI), and Terry Sawchuk (DET). He enters tonight’s contest with a five-game winning streak (1.56 GAA, .939 SV%, 1 SO over the span), which is tied for the third longest personal winning streak of his career. Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 70 times in the regular season in his career, and has posted a 43-20-7 record, along with a 2.01 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO in the second game of those sets.
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) – 598
Kevin Klein tallied a goal with 2:23 in regulation to tie last night’s game against Carolina. Klein’s goal was his seventh of the season, which added to his career-high. He leads all NHL defensemen in shooting percentage (22.6%) and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in even strength goals (seven) this season.
DAN’S THE MAN
Dan Girardi enters tonight’s contest with 599 career NHL games played. Entering tonight’s game, only 19 skaters – and eight defenseman – have played in at least 600 regular season games with the Rangers in franchise history. Girardi has skated in more games with the Rangers than any undrafted defenseman who was eligible for the Draft in franchise history.
Since he made his season debut on Nov. 8, Derek Stepan leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (three), is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded points (three), is tied for third in the NHL in assists (14), and is tied for sixth in the NHL in power play assists (six).
IT’S MILLER TIME
Since he was recalled by the Rangers following their game on Nov. 28, J.T. Miller has tallied a goal/point in four of eight games. He is tied for the team lead in goals (four) and is tied for fifth in points (five) over the last eight games.
RETURN OF THE MAC
Ryan McDonagh has recorded a point in six of nine games since returning to the lineup on Nov. 28. He is tied for second on the team in assists (five) and is tied for fourth in points (six) over the span.
Entering tonight’s contest, the Rangers have sold out 148 consecutive home games (120 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.
INJURIES (52 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Lee Stempniak (mumps testing)
Dec. 19 – Agreed to terms with Cam Talbot on a contract extension
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