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Rangers unbeaten when leading after two periods

by John Kreiser
Advantage Margin: +33
All of the Rangers' extra power plays came at Madison Square Garden, where New York had 151 advantages while allowing just 118. Both the Rangers and their opponents had 139 power-play chances on the road.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +13
The Rangers were fifth in the NHL in fewest power-play goals allowed with just 42 and helped themselves by scoring 11 times while shorthanded.

Goals by defensemen: 27
The Rangers still are looking for a big gun on the blue line -- Dan Girardi, known more for his League-leading total of blocked shots, topped all New York defensemen with 31 points, while partner Marc Staal was first with 7 goals.


Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 93 (8th East/18th NHL)
Change from 2009-10 +6
Home Points 44 (10th East/21st NHL)
Road Points 49 (5th East/8th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 12-2-3 OT: 3-2 SO: 9-3

The Rangers made the playoffs because of their shootout prowess. Erik Christensen and Mats Zuccarello both scored five times and converted more than 55 percent of their chances, while Henrik Lundqvist was 7-3 with a save percentage of .848 on a League-high 46 chances.

Times Scored First: 41
Record: 28-11-2

The Rangers won 14 times at home and 14 on the road when scoring first. Their two OT/shootout losses when getting the first goal tied them for the fewest in the NHL.

Best 2010-11 Number: 29
Wins by the Rangers in the 29 games they led after two periods. New York was the only team in the League to win every game in which it took a lead into the third period, though they did blow a 3-0 lead after two periods against the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 47.7

Percentage of faceoffs won by the Rangers, ranking them 25th in the League. It's the third consecutive season the Rangers' faceoff percentage has dropped from the previous season.

With Madison Square Garden being renovated, the Rangers play their first seven games in Europe, Long Island and Western Canada. Their home opener is Oct. 27, the first of six in a row at MSG. No other trip is longer than four games, and the Rangers have a seven-game homestand in mid-March.
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