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Pregame Notes: Rangers at New Jersey

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
  • Rangers: 3-3-0 (6 pts)
  • Devils: 3-2-0 (6pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers begin their two-game road trip tonight, Oct. 21, against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter tonight’s contest on a two-game winning streak and have posted a 3-3-0 record (6 pts) this season. New York defeated the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, in its last contest on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Devils have lost each of their last two games, and enter tonight’s contest with a 3-2-0 record (6 pts). The Devils were defeated by San Jose, 4-2, in their last contest on Saturday at Prudential Center.

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time: 106-87-27-7 (58-31-20-3 at home, 48-56-7-4 on the road) * (Note - includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 - 1975-76 and against the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 - 1981-82).
  • 2014-15: Tonight is the first of four contests this season between the Rangers and Devils, and the first of two matchups at Prudential Center. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Devils will face off again on the following dates: Dec. 27 (at MSG), Apr. 4 (at MSG), Apr. 7 (at New Jersey).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-2-1 record (0-1-1 at home, 2-1-0 on the road) against the Devils in 2013-14. Mats Zuccarello led all skaters with three goals and led the Rangers with five points in the five contests between the two teams. Marc Staal led all players with a plus-five rating, led all defensemen with two goals, and tied for first among all defensemen with three points during the season series. Staal also tallied his 100th career NHL point with a goal against New Jersey on Nov. 12, 2013. The Blueshirts defeated the Devils, 7-3, in their 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup on January 26, 2014 at Yankee Stadium. Henrik Lundqvist became the Rangers’ all-time shutouts leader by posting the 50th shutout of his career on Mar. 22, 2014 at New Jersey.
  • The Rangers have earned a point in 19 of their last 28 contests against the Devils, dating back to Mar. 30, 2009 (16-9-3 record over the span). New York has also recorded a point in eight of its last 12 games at New Jersey, dating back to Mar. 25, 2010 (7-4-1 over the span).
  • The Rangers list no former Devils on their roster
  • The Devils list two former Rangers on their roster: Ryane Clowe (2012-13), Jaromir Jagr (2003-04 - 2007-08)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. DEVILS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 50 GP, 30-14-6, 1.87 GAA, .932 SV%, 8 SO - Lundqvist has appeared in more games, posted more wins, and recorded more shutouts against the Devils than against any NHL opponent.
  • Martin St. Louis - 51 GP, 19-27-46 - St. Louis has registered a point in 31 of 51 career games against the Devils. He has recorded a point in 16 of 28 games at New Jersey, tallying 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in those contests.
  • Ryan Malone - 44 GP, 16-7-23 - Malone's 44 regular season games against the Devils are tied for the most he has played against one NHL opponent (he has played 44 games against the Islanders and Philadelphia). He has tallied 20 points (14 goals, six assists) in his last 23 games against New Jersey.
  • Dan Girardi - 43 GP, 2-15-17 - Girardi has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 11 contests against the Devils.
  • Carl Hagelin - 14 GP, 4-7-11 - Hagelin has more assists and points against New Jersey than against any NHL opponent, and his four goals are tied for the most he has against one NHL opponent. He has registered a point in eight of 14 career games against the Devils.

SPECIAL TEAMS — POWER PLAY

  • New York was 0-for-1 (2:00) on the power play on Sunday vs. San Jose
  • Leaders in PP ice time per game (among skaters who have played in at least three games): McDonagh (3:22), Malone (2:56), St. Louis (2:50), Nash (2:28), Brassard (2:26)
  • Leaders in PP shots on goal: McDonagh (6), J. Moore (3), Brassard (2), Duclair (2), Girardi (2), Stempniak (2), Zuccarello (2)

SPECIAL TEAMS — PENALTY KILL

  • The Rangers were 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill on Sunday vs. San Jose
  • Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:18), Girardi (3:15), D. Moore (2:48), Staal (2:25), Hagelin (2:22)
  • Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (4), McDonagh (3), Klein (2), D. Moore (2)
  • The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in 11 of their last 13 regular season games (36-for-39; 92.3%)

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
has tallied a goal/point in five of the first six games of the season, registering eight points (seven goals, one assist) over the span. Nash is the first Ranger in franchise history to tally a goal in five of the first six regular season games, as well as the first to record a goal each of the first four games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash also became the first Blueshirt to record at least seven goals in the first six games of the season since Don Murdoch tallied eight goals over the first six games of the 1976-77 season. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in goals (seven) and takeaways (nine), is tied for third in the NHL in points (eight), and is tied for ninth in plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season. Nash also leads the Rangers in goals, points, takeaways, shots on goal (22), and shooting percentage (31.8%), and ranks second in plus/minus rating (plus-five).

nhl leaders in goals nhl leaders in points nhl leaders in takeaways
1. rick nash (nyr) - 7 t-1. sidney crosby (pit) - 9 1. rick nash (nyr) - 9
t-2. mason raymond (cgy) - 5 t-1. john tavares (nyi) - 9 t-2. mark stone (ott) - 8
t-2. corey perry (ana) - 5 t-3. rick nash (nyr) - 8 t-2. brandon sutter (pit) - 8
t-2. steven stamkos (tbl) - 5 t-3. tyler seguin (dal) - 8 t-4. sean couturier (phi) - 7
t-2. wayne simmonds (phi) - 5 t-3. brock nelson (nyi) - 8 t-4. max pacioretty (mtl) - 7
t-2. mike cammalleri (njd) - 5 t-3. patric hornqvist (pit) - 8 t-4. joe thornton (sjs) - 7
t-2. tanner pearson (lak) - 5 t-3. ryan getzlaf (ana) - 8 10 players tied for 7th with 6
t-2. alex ovechkin (wsh) - 5 21 players tied for 8th with 7
t-2. mikkel boedker (ari) - 5



FOUR SCORE

The Rangers tallied four goals in a game for the first time this season on Sunday vs. San Jose. The Blueshirts have won their last 66 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 88 consecutive games when they have registered at least four goals (87-0-1 record over the span), dating back to an 8-2 victory on November 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.

ROAD WARRIORS
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 (84) 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 (579), wins (312), GAA (2.27), and shutouts (51), and is and is tied for second in SV% (.920). With his shutout on Sunday against San Jose, Lundqvist is now 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 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.48 GAA, a .984 SV% (62 saves on 63 shots), and 1 SO in his last two games. Lundqvist is four appearances away from passing Gump Worsley for second on the team's all-time list.

nyr all-time appearances nyr all-time wins nyr all-time shutouts
1. mike richter - 666 1. henrik lundqvist - 312 1. henrik lundqvist - 51
2. gump worsley - 582 2. mike richter - 301 2. ed giacomin - 49
3. henrik lundqvist - 579 3. ed giacomin - 268 3. dave kerr - 40



SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

Martin St. Louis
has tallied an point in four of the Rangers' first six games this season, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) over the span. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, St. Louis leads all NHL players in points (401) and ranks third among NHL players in assists (268). He is tied for fifth in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-six) this season. St. Louis leads the Rangers in assists (four) and plus/minus rating, ranks second in points (five), and ranks fifth on the team - first among team forwards - in average ice time (18:05) 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 (615) and is tied for fifth among active players in career points (986). St. Louis is 14 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.

INJURIES (13 Man-Games Lost to Injury):

  • Dan Boyle (fractured hand) - placed on injured reserve
  • Dan Girardi (leg laceration) – day-to-day
  • Derek Stepan (non-displaced fractured fibula) - placed on long-term injured reserve

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