The New York Rangers defeated the League-leading Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 and have earned points in nine straight home games (7-0-2) and in 11 of their past 12 games overall (9-1-2). The Rangers are 39-17-6 (84 points) this season and tied the idle New York Islanders for first in Metropolitan Division standings points. However, the Rangers hold two games in hand and own the ROW tiebreaker (NYR: 36, NYI: 34).
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the most-recent time the Rangers earned points in nine or more consecutive home games was from Feb. 16-April 4, 2008 when they earned points in 11 straight games on home ice (8-0-3). The Rangers have also earned points in seven straight games against Western Conference opponents (5-0-2). Elias says that the most-recent time they earned points in seven or more consecutive games versus Western Conference teams was from Nov. 26, 1996-Jan. 21, 1997 when the Rangers earned points in 10 straight games against Western Conference opponents (8-0-2).