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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
NEW YORK RANGERS VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Hurricanes: 0-2-1 (1 pts)
Rangers: 1-3-0 (2 pts)

 
TODAYS GAME
The Rangers continue their four-game homestand today, Oct. 16, against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: WWOR 710 AM). Tomorrow’s game is the third match of the Blueshirts' four-game homestand, and is the third game of a stretch where they play 14 of 19 games at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest with a 1-3-0 record (0-2-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road), following a 6-3 loss against the New York Islanders on Tuesday at MSG. The Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s contest with a 0-2-1 record (0-1-1 at home, 0-1-0 on the road), following a 4-3 shootout loss against the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday in Carolina.
 
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.
* Schedule and availability subject to change
 
RANGERS VS. HURRICANES
  • All-Time: 65-49-7-2 (39-17-4-2 at home, 26-32-3-0 on the road)
  • 2014-15: Tomorrow is the first of five contests this season between the Rangers and the Hurricanes, and the first of three matchups at Madison Square Garden. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Hurricanes will face off again on the following dates: Dec. 20 (at Carolina), Dec. 21 (at MSG), Jan. 31 (at MSG), Mar. 21 (at Carolina).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record (2-0-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road) against the Hurricanes in 2013-14. New York won the first two games of the season series, extending its winning streak against Carolina to 10 games and establishing a Rangers record for the longest winning streak against the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise. The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer in each of their three victories, and allowed seven goals over the four contests against the Hurricanes. The Rangers were 4-for-14 on the power play (28.6%) and were 10-for-11 on the penalty kill (90.9%) in the season series. Derek Stepan led all skaters with five goals and seven points, while Mats Zuccarello tallied six assists in the four games. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.76 GAA and a .939 SV% against Carolina in 2013-14.
  • New York has won 12 of its last 14 games against Carolina (12-2-0), including 11 of its last 12 contests (11-1-0).
  • The Rangers have won six straight games against the Hurricanes at MSG, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 19 of their last 23 home games against Carolina, dating back to November 29, 2001 (16-4-1-2 record over the span).
  • The Rangers list no former Hurricanes on their roster
  • The Hurricanes list no former Rangers on their roster
 
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. HURRICANES
  • Henrik Lundqvist - 27 GP, 17-9-1, 2.19 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.74 GAA and a .943 SV% in his last nine contests against Carolina. He has allowed one goal in five of the nine games and has made at least 30 saves in four of the nine contests.
  • Martin St. Louis - 79 GP, 38-53-91 - St. Louis has skated in more regular season games, tallied more goals, and registered more points against Carolina than against any NHL opponent. He has recorded a point in 55 of 79 career games against the Hurricanes, and has also registered 26 multi-point games against Carolina. St. Louis has notched a point in nine of his last 10 games against the Hurricanes, tallying 15 points (three goals, 12 assists) over the span, and has recorded four assists in three games against Carolina since joining the Rangers.
  • Ryan Malone - 38 GP, 14-12-26 - Malone has recorded 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in his last 19 games against Carolina.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 10 GP, 1-9-10 - Zuccarello has registered a four-game assist/point streak against the Hurricanes (six assists over the span), and he has tallied an assist/point in seven of 10 career games against Carolina.
  • Carl Hagelin - 10 GP, 4-6-10 - Hagelin's four goals against the Hurricanes are tied for the most he has against any NHL opponent, and his 10 points rank second against any NHL opponent. He has registered a point in five of his last eight games against Carolina (four goals, five assists over the span).
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Power Play:
New York was 0-for-3 (6:00) on the power play on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders
Leaders in PP ice time per game (among skaters who played in at least three games): McDonagh (3:16), Brassard (2:31), St. Louis (2:20), Kreider (2:17), Zuccarello (2:10)
Leaders in PP shots on goal: McDonagh (4), Brassard (2), Duclair (2), J. Moore (2), Zuccarello (2)
The Rangers have registered a power play goal in five of their last six contests against the Hurricanes (7-for-22; 31.8%)
 
Penalty Kill:
The Rangers were 3-for-4 (4:48) on the penalty kill on Tuesday vs. NY Islanders
Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:34), McDonagh (3:21), D. Moore (2:47), Hagelin (2:33), Staal (2:19)
Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (4), McDonagh (2), Klein (2)
 
STAAL IN THE FAMILY
Two of Marc Staal's brothers, Eric and Jordan, play for the Hurricanes, while another brother, Jared, is in the Hurricanes organization. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Staal family is one of two families to have three brothers drafted in the first round in the NHL, NBA, or NFL (Sutter brothers in the NHL - Brent, Duane, Rich, and Ron). Marc, Eric, and Jordan are the only trio to all be selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft.
 
RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash has tallied a goal/point in each of the first four games of the season, registering seven points (six goals, one assist) over the span. Nash is the first Ranger in franchise history to tally a four-game goal streak over the first four games of the regular season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash is the first Blueshirt to record at least six goals in the first four games of the season since Don Murdoch tallied eight goals in the first four games of the 1976-77 season. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in goals (six), is tied for first in the NHL in points (seven), is tied for second in the NHL in game-winning goals (one), and ranks 10th in the NHL in shooting percentage (46.2%) this season. Nash also leads the Rangers in goals, points, game-winning goals, and shooting percentage, ranks second in shots on goal (13), and ranks third in plus/minus rating (plus-three). Nash is the only player in the NHL to have an active streak of 10 consecutive 20-goal seasons, and leads all NHL players in 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes since joining the Blueshirts prior to the 2012-13 season.
 
SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis has tallied an assist/point in three of the Rangers' first four games this season. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, St. Louis leads all NHL players in points (400) and ranks third among NHL players in assists (268). He is tied for second in the NHL in assists (four) and is tied for fifth in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-five) this season. St. Louis leads the Rangers in assists and plus/minus rating, is tied for second in points (four), and leads all forwards on the team in average ice time (17:33) 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 sixth among active players in career points (985). St. Louis is 15 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.
 
CAREER ASSISTS AMONG ACTIVE PLAYERS CAREER POINTS AMONG ACTIVE PLAYERS
1. Jaromir Jagr - 1,052 1. Jaromir Jagr - 1,757
2. Joe Thornton - 855 2. Joe Thornton - 1,197
3. Henrik Sedin - 651 3. Jarome Iginla - 1,169
4. Martin St. Louis - 615 4. Marian Hossa - 996
5. Jarome Iginla - 609 5. Patrik Elias - 986
6. Patrik Elias - 592 6. Martin St. Louis - 985

 
'THE DUKE' OF NEW YORK
Anthony Duclair has tallied three assists over the last three games and has posted a plus-one rating or better in each of the last three contests. He registered his first career NHL assist/point as part of a two-assist effort on Oct. 11 against Columbus, becoming the first teenager to tally a point with the Rangers since J.T. Miller recorded an assist on February 28, 2013 vs. Tampa Bay. Duclair also became the first teenager to record a multi-point game with the Blueshirts since Miller tallied two goals on Feb. 7, 2013 against the Islanders. Duclair is tied for first among NHL rookies in assists (three), is tied for third among rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-four), and is tied for fourth among rookies in points (three) this season. He ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating, is tied for second on the team in assists, and is tied for fifth on the team in points in 2014-15.
 
'STEMP-ING' UP
Lee Stempniak enters tomorrow’s contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span). He leads the Rangers in shots on goal (14) and is tied for second on the team in goals (two) and points (four) this season. Since 2012-13, leads the NHL in shorthanded assists (seven) and is tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded points (nine).
 
BY THE NUMBERS
133 - The Rangers have sold out 133 consecutive home games (105 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.
10 - Rick Nash has registered a goal streak of four games or longer 10 times in his NHL career. He has registered a goal in at least five consecutive games on seven occasions.
 
INJURIES (9 Man-Games Lost to Injury):
Dan Boyle (fractured hand) - 4-6 weeks
Derek Stepan (non-displaced fractured fibula) - placed on long-term injured reserve
 
RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
None
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