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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Chicago

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
NEW YORK RANGERS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
  • Friday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • United Center – Chicago, IL
  • Rangers: 0-1-0
  • Blackhawks: 1-0-0*

* Chicago plays tonight against the Detroit Red Wings 
TOMORROW’S GAME
The Rangers continue their 2014-15 preseason schedule against the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow at United Center (8:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). Tomorrow’s matchup marks the second of six preseason contests for the Rangers, and it is also New York’s first road preseason game this year. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 0-1-0 preseason record (0-1-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) following a 5-4 loss in their preseason opener against the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Chicago has posted a 1-0-0 record in the preseason, and is playing its second preseason contest tonight against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit.
 
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers are scheduled to have a morning skate at 11:30 a.m. local time at United Center. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.

2014-15 PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
September 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Mon Sep 22, 2014 Devils Rangers 7:00 PM FINAL NJD (5) - NYR (4)   Recap  
Fri Sep 26, 2014 Rangers Blackhawks 8:30 PM MSG  
Mon Sep 29, 2014 Flyers Rangers 7:00 PM NHLN-US, MSG Tickets  
Tue Sep 30, 2014 Rangers Flyers 7:00 PM NHLN-US, MSG  
October 2014
Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results
Tickets
Fri Oct 3, 2014 Blackhawks Rangers 7:00 PM NHLN-US, MSG Tickets  
Sat Oct 4, 2014 Rangers Devils 7:00 PM NHLN-US, MSG  


 



 


2014-15 PRESEASON GAME SUMMARIES
Sept. 22 – Rangers 4 vs. Devils 5 – The Rangers rallied from two-goal deficits twice in their first game of the preseason. After New York allowed two goals in the first 3:29 of the contest, Carl Hagelin and Ryan Malone each tallied goals to tie the game at two. New Jersey tallied the only goal of the second period, and took a 4-2 lead by scoring with 8:21 remaining in regulation. Once again, the Blueshirts tied the game, as Chris Kreider registered a goal with five minutes left, and Jesper Fast recorded a goal with 2:30 remaining in the game. Adam Henrique tallied the game-winning goal for New Jersey with 51.7 seconds left in the contest.
 
RANGERS VS. BLACKHAWKS – 2013-14
The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record against the Blackhawks last season (1-0-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road). New York allowed two goals or fewer in both contests, as Henrik Lundqvist and Cam Talbot combined to post a .957 save percentage in the two games (66 saves on 69 shots). Marc Staal led all skaters with two assists, and Carl Hagelin tied for first among all skaters with two points (one goal, one assist) in the two contests.

TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (minimum 200 appearances) in appearances (574), wins (309), GAA (2.26), and shutouts (50), and ranks second in SV% (.920).
 
MAC ATTACK
Ryan McDonagh was named Team MVP and received the Players’ Player Award for being the Ranger who best exemplifies what it means to be a team player last season. He became the 10th Ranger defenseman to be named Team MVP since the award’s inception following the 1941-42 season, and he was the first Ranger to win receive both awards since Brian Leetch in 2002-03. In the 2014 Playoffs, McDonagh tied for first among NHL defensemen in assists (13) and ranked second among NHL defensemen in points (17). He also established a Rangers record for assists by a defenseman in one playoff series with eight during the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.
 
ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers established a franchise record for road victories in one season with 25 in 2013-14. The Blueshirts are the only team who has won at least 24 road games in three of the last four seasons, and they rank third in the NHL in road victories (83) since the start of the 2010-11 season.
 
SHUTTING THE DOOR
Last season, the Rangers set a single-season franchise record by allowing one goal or fewer in 31 regular season contests. New York led the NHL in games with one or fewer goals against, and posted a 28-2-1 record in games when they allowed one goal or fewer in 2013-14.
 
RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash tied a single-season Rangers record by registering nine game-winning goals during the 2013-14 season. Nash became the sixth Ranger to tally nine game-winning goals in one season, joining Don Maloney (1980-81), Mark Messier (1996-97), Jaromir Jagr (2005-06), Ryan Callahan (2011-12) and Brad Richards (2011-12). He tied for third in the NHL in game-winning goals, and led the Rangers in goals (26) last season.
 
FINISHING THE JOB
The Blueshirts were 28-1-2 when holding a lead after two periods during the regular season last year. The Rangers have recorded a point in 122 of the last 123 games in which they were leading after 40 minutes, dating back to Feb. 4, 2010 vs. Washington (114-1-8 record over the span).
 
GARDEN 366
On Monday, September 29, Madison Square Garden will unveil the addition of a historical New York Rangers moment to the “Garden 366 presented by SAP” exhibit. The unveiling will take place at 5:30 p.m. on the SAP Madison Concourse prior to the Rangers’ preseason contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.
 
RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
  • Sept. 24 – Assigned Troy Donnay, Michael Kantor, Nickolas Latta, Paxton Leroux, Chris McCarthy, Richard Nejezchleb, Logan Nelson, Josh Nicholls, Sam Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, and Andrew Yogan to Hartford’s training camp; assigned Ryan Graves, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Adam Tambellini, and Daniel Walcott to their Junior teams; released Nathan Burns and Dallas Valentine from their tryout agreements.
  • Sept. 11 – Re-signed John Moore as a restricted free agent; Signed Ryan Malone as a free agent
  • Aug. 21 – Re-signed Danny Kristo as a restricted free agent
  • Aug. 20 – Signed Kevin Hayes as a free agent
  • Aug. 8 – Re-signed Ryan Bourque as a restricted free agent
  • Aug. 5 – Named Darryl Williams as an Assistant Coach
  • July 27 – Re-signed Derick Brassard as a restricted free agent
  • July 23 – Re-signed Chris Kreider as a restricted free agent
  • July 22 – Re-signed Mats Zuccarello as a restricted free agent
  • July 19 – Signed Lee Stempniak as a free agent
  • July 16 – Signed Matthew Lombardi as a free agent
  • July 3 – Signed Nick Tarnasky as a free agent
  • July 2 – Signed Chris Bourque as a free agent
  • July 1 – Re-signed Dominic Moore as a free agent; Signed Dan Boyle, Michael Kostka, Tanner Glass, Chris Mueller, Cedrick Desjardins, Matt Hunwick, and Steven Kampfer as free agents
  • June 27 – Acquired a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft (Keegan Iverson) from Vancouver in exchange for Derek Dorsett
  • June 20 – Bought out Brad Richards
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