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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Montreal

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS

  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
  • Rangers: 4-3-0 (8 pts)
  • Canadiens: 6-1-0 (12 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers conclude their two-game road trip tonight, Oct. 25, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter tonight’s contest on a three-game winning streak, and have posted a 4-3-0 record (8 pts) this season. New York defeated the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in overtime in its last contest on Oct. 21 at Prudential Center. The Canadiens enter the contest on a three-game winning streak, and have posted a 6-1-0 record (12 pts) this season. The Canadiens defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, in overtime in their last contest on Oct. 21 at Bell Centre.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS

  • All-Time: 192-324-94-4 (127-124-54-1 at home, 65-200-40-3 on the road)
  • 2014-15: Tonight is the first of three contests this season between the Rangers and Canadiens, and the only matchup between the two teams at Bell Centre. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Canadiens will face off again on the following dates: Nov. 23 (at MSG), Jan. 29 (at MSG).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-1 on the road) against the Canadiens in 2013-14. The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer in each of the three contests, and one goal or fewer in two of the three games. Cam Talbot posted a 1-0-1 record, along with a 0.49 GAA, a .980 SV% (48 saves on 49 shots), and 1 SO in two appearances, and recorded his first career NHL shutout on Nov. 16, 2013 at Montreal. The Rangers defeated Montreal, four games to two, in the Eastern Conference Final. Ryan McDonagh established a franchise record for assists by a defenseman in one playoff series (eight) during the Rangers' six-game series victory.
  • The Rangers or Canadiens have posted a shutout in each of the last five regular season matchups between the two teams, dating back to Feb. 23, 2013.
  • The Rangers list one former Canadien on their roster: Dominic Moore (2009-10)
  • The Canadiens list four former Rangers on their roster: Manny Malhotra (1998-99 - 2001-02), P.A. Parenteau (2009-10), Brandon Prust (2009-10, 2011-12), Dale Weise (2010-11)
  • Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (12th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. CANADIENS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 27 GP, 13-11-2, 2.84 GAA, 1 SO - Lundqvist won four games, and posted a 2.14 GAA, a .923 SV%, and 1 SO in seven regular season and playoff contests against Montreal last season.
  • Martin St. Louis - 49 GP, 18-22-40 - St. Louis has recorded a point in 17 of his last 24 regular season games against the Canadiens, registering 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) over the span. He tied for the team lead in goals (three) and tied for fourth on the team in points (five) in the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal last year.
  • Dominic Moore - 28 GP, 4-13-17 - Moore has notched a point in five of his last 10 games against Montreal, recording six points (one goal, five assists) over the span.
  • Dan Girardi - 28 GP, 3-6-9 - Girardi's nine points are tied for the most he has against one Atlantic Division opponent in his career.
  • Rick Nash - 10 GP, 3-4-7 - Nash has registered a point in four of his last seven regular season contests against the Canadiens. He has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 13 regular season and playoff contests against Montreal.

SPECIAL TEAMS - POWER PLAY

  • New York was 2-for-3 (3:16) on the power play on Tuesday at New Jersey
  • The Rangers rank seventh in the NHL on the power play while on the road (22.2%, 2-for-9)
  • Leaders in PPG: Kreider (1), Mueller (1)
  • Leaders in PPA: McDonagh (2), Brassard (1), St. Louis (1)
  • Leaders in PPP: McDonagh (2), Brassard (1), Kreider (1), Mueller (1), St. Louis (1)
  • Leaders in PP ice time per game (among skaters who have played in at least four games): McDonagh (3:13), St. Louis (2:42), Malone (2:33), Nash (2:23), Kreider (2:20)

SPECIAL TEAMS - PENALTY KILL

  • The Rangers were 2-for-5 (7:38) on the penalty kill on Tuesday at New Jersey
  • Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:27), Girardi (3:24), D. Moore (2:59), Hagelin (2:34), Staal (2:33)
  • Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (4), McDonagh (3), D. Moore (3), Glass (2), Klein (2)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Alain Vigneault - 5 games away from coaching the 900th of his NHL career
  • Matt Hunwick - 3 games away from 300 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider - 4 games away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Carl Hagelin - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
has tallied a goal/point in six of the first seven games of the season, registering nine points (eight goals, one assist) over the span. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the first Ranger in franchise history to tally a goal in six of the first seven games of the season, including each of the first four games, and his eight goals are tied for the most a Ranger has registered in the first seven games of a season in franchise history (Bill Cook - 1931-32, Don Murdoch - 1976-77). The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in takeaways (10), is tied for first in the NHL in goals (eight), and is tied for seventh in the NHL in points (nine) and plus/minus rating (plus-six) this season. Nash leads the Rangers in goals, points, takeaways, shots on goal (25), and shooting percentage (32.0%), and is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating.

COMEBACK KIDS
The Rangers have posted a 2-2-0 record when trailing after two periods this season, and rallied from a third period deficit to win in two of their last three contests. New York is tied for second in the NHL in wins when trailing after two periods (two), and is tied for fifth in the NHL in winning percentage when trailing after two periods (.500) this season.

FOUR SCORE
The Blueshirts have tallied four goals in each of their last two games. The Rangers have won the last 67 games in which they have scored at least four goals, dating back to a 5-2 victory on October 31, 2011 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 89 consecutive games when they have registered at least four goals (88-0-1 record over the span), dating back to an 8-2 victory on November 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.

ROAD WARRIORS
New York is tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference in road wins (two) this season. The Blueshirts established a franchise record for road victories in one season with 25 in 2013-14. New York is the only NHL team that won at least 24 road games in three of four seasons between 2010-11 and 2013-14, and ranks third in the NHL in road wins (85) since the start of the 2010-11 season.

TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (580), wins (313), and shutouts (51), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). This season, the Rangers' all-time wins and shutouts leader is tied for third in the NHL in shutouts (one) and is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (four). Following his shutout on Oct. 19 against San Jose, Lundqvist is tied with Curtis Joseph, Dave Kerr, Rogie Vachon, and Tomas Vokoun for 22nd on the NHL's all-time shutouts list. He has posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.28 GAA, a .957 SV% (90 saves on 94 shots), and 1 SO in his last three games. Lundqvist is three appearances away from passing Gump Worsley for second on the team's all-time list.

ALL-TIME APPEARANCES ALL-TIME WINS LEADERS ALL-TIME SHUTOUTS LEADERS
1. MIKE RICHTER - 666 1. HENRIK LUNDQVIST - 313 1. HENRIK LUNDQVIST - 51
2. GUMP WORSLEY - 582 2. MIKE RICHTER - 301 2. ED GIACOMIN - 49
3. HENRIK LUNDQVIST - 580 3. ED GIACOMIN - 266 3. DAVE KERR - 40







SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

Martin St. Louis
has tallied a point in five of the Rangers' first seven games this season, recording six points (one goal, five assists) over the span. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, St. Louis leads all NHL players in points (402) and ranks third among NHL players in assists (269). He is tied for seventh in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-six) this season. St. Louis leads the Rangers in assists (five), is tied for first on the team in plus/minus rating, is tied for second in points (six), and leads team forwards in average ice time (18:31) in 2014-15. St. Louis is also one of two players in NHL history to skate in at least 1,000 career games, record 600 or more assists, register at least 950 points, and not amass more than 300 penalty minutes (along with Jean Ratelle). He ranks fourth among active players in career assists (616) and ranks fifth among active players in career points (987). St. Louis is 13 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 89 - Ryan McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in 89 of the last 104 regular season and playoff games in which he has played, dating back to Oct. 16, 2013 at Washington. He has also led all skaters in ice time in 50 of those contests.
  • 65.9 - Dominic Moore has won 65.9% of faceoffs he has taken on the road this season (29-for-44), and ranks third in the NHL in road faceoff win percentage.

INJURIES (15 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Dan Boyle (fractured hand) - placed on injured reserve
  • Derek Stepan (non-displaced fractured fibula) - placed on long-term injured reserve

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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