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Rangers had special teams in '07-08

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

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Advantage Margin            +27


One reason the Rangers fared so well at home was their abundance of power plays at Madison Square Garden: They had 183 power plays to 151 for the opposition.

Even-Strength Goals Margin        +9

That the Rangers were above the break-even mark at even strength owes more to goaltender Henrik Lundqvist than anyone else. Since-departed Sean Avery had 13 even-strength goals in 57 games -- more than Scott Gomez (9), Brendan Shanahan (12) and Chris Drury (13).

NEW YORK RANGERS
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 97
(5TH eAst/9TH NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -3
Home Points 53
(2ND eAst/6TH NHL)
Away Points 44
(9TH eAst/13TH NHL)
Special Teams Goal Margin        +6

The Rangers had more power-play chances than their opponents but didn't do as much as they could with them, finishing 22nd. But their penalty killers were superb, killing off 84.5 percent of opposition chances.       

Goals by defensemen            36

The Rangers got a lot of goals from the blue line and could get even more this season, with Michal Rozsival (13) and Dan Girardi (10) being joined by Wade Redden.

Overtime Record             Total: 12-4-9 | OT: 4-4 | SO: 8-9

The Rangers led the League in shootouts and did well at home (4-2), but struggled on the road, where they lost an NHL-high seven times in 11 games. They scored only seven times in those 11 games.
   
Times Scored First            47, Record 32-9-6       

Another reason the Rangers were so good at home: They got the first goal 27 times and won 21 of those games. On the road, the numbers weren't nearly as good (11-4-5 in 20 games).

Best 07-08 Number             10

Shutouts by Lundqvist, tied for the most in the NHL. It was also the most shutouts by a Rangers goaltender in a single season since John Ross Roach set the team record with 13 in 1928-29.

Worst 07-08 Number          24

Regulation games in which the Rangers lost despite outshooting their opponents. New York was only 31-24-7 when it had more shots than the opposition.
   
Scheduling


Garden fans won't get bored with their heroes: The Rangers are the only team that has no homestand longer than three games. They also open the season with two games against Tampa Bay in Prague.

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