The Rangers will face-off against the New York Islanders tomorrow, Jan. 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:00p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in their fourth game in six days. The Blueshirts currently rank second in the Metropolitan Division standings, and fifth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 27-21-3 (57 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, to conclude a back-to-back set. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 15 games (11-3-1) and six of their last seven, and are tied for third in the conference in ROW (24). The Islanders enter the contest with a 20-24-7 (47 pts) record to rank 14th in the Eastern Conference, and have won nine of their last 12 games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to conclude a three-game homestand.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate in the Press Conference area, located on the fifth floor of Madison Square Garden.
*Schedule and available subject to change
RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS:
All-Time: 120-100-19-7 overall (69-38-11-5 at home; 51-62-8-2 on the road)
2013-14: Tomorrow is the third of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Madison Square Garden. New York is 1-1-0 overall (0-1-0 at home;1-0-0 on the road), following a 5-3 loss on Dec. 20 at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers power play is 4-11 (36.4%) in the series. Derek Stepan leads all skaters with three points (one goal, two assists) in two games, while Benoit Pouliot is tied for the series lead with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist is 0-1-0 with a 4.03 GAA, and Cam Talbot is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA.
Last Season: New York was 3-0-1 overall (1-0-1 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). Three of their four meetings were decided in extra time, including one that required the shootout. The Rangers out-scored the Islanders, 10-6, in the series, including a 4-1 advantage in the first period and a 4-1 advantage after the second. The Blueshirts' power play was 3-13 (23.1%), while the penalty kill was 8-8 (100.0%). Carl Hagelin (one goal, two assists), Rick Nash (one goal, two assists), and Marc Staal (three assists) each tallied three points apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 3-0-0 with a 0.65 GAA, .977 Sv%, and one shutout in three games.
The Rangers have registered at least one point in 18 of their last 22 games against the Islanders, posting a record of 15-4-3 over the span, dating back to a 5-2 win on Dec. 17, 2009, at Long Island
The Blueshirts have points in 10 of their last 11 meetings with the Islanders at Madison Square Garden (8-1-2), having outscored Long Island, 43-23, during the stretch
NY Rangers are 12-11-3 at home; NY Islanders are 12-15-0 on the road
NY Rangers are 7-8-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents; NY Islanders are 4-11-3 vs. Metropolitan Division opponents
NY Rangers list no former Islander on their roster
NY Islanders list no former Rangers on their roster
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. ISLANDERS:
Henrik Lundqvist – 45 GP, 27-12-5, 5 SO, 2.12 GAA
Brad Richards – 41 GP, 13-23–36
Ryan Callahan – 34 GP, 7-14–21
Rick Nash – 14 GP, 5-7–12
Marc Staal – 31 GP, 3-9–12
The Rangers have notched a power play goal in seven of the last nine games (8-31, 25.8%) and 12 of the last 17 (16-61, 26.2%)
Posted a five-game power play goal scoring streak from Jan. 4 at TOR – Jan. 12 vs. PHI (6-18, 33.3% during the streak)
The Rangers rank fourth in the league in combined PP% + PK% (104.9%)
Have tallied two or more power play goals in seven games this season
Tied for first in the league in 5-on-3 goals (five)
Power Play: The Rangers were 1-5 (7:24) on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks seventh in the NHL overall (36-172, 20.9%), and is tied for 19th at home (16-94, 17.0%). The Rangers are 5-16 (6:55) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 0-6 (6:56) when four-on-three (last – 1/19 vs. WSH). Shorthanded goals allowed (5): 10/8 at SJS (Vlasic); 10/24 at PHI (Read); 11/19 vs. BOS (Paille); 12/20 vs. NYI (Clutterbuck, PS); 12/20 vs. NYI (Grabner).
Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 3-4 (7:04) with a shorthanded goal on Sunday vs. Washington. New York ranks ninth in the NHL overall (126-150, 84.0%), and 11th at home (61-73, 83.6%). The Rangers are 2-5 (3:54) in three-on-five situations (last – 1/19 vs. WSH), and 5-7 (5:39) when three-on-four (last – 1/6 vs. CBJ). Shorthanded goals for (3): 10/7 at LAK (McDonagh); 12/27 at WSH (Hagelin); 1/19 vs. WSH (Callahan).
Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (0:59) on Sunday vs. Washington, and are now -3 in 56 four-on-four situations (90:14) this season. Four-on-four goals for (4): 10/16 at WSH (J. Moore); 10/26 at DET (Brassard); 12/12 vs. CBJ (Girardi); 12/18 vs. PIT (Hagelin). Four-on-four goals allowed (7): 10/3 at PHX (Vrbata); 10/7 at LAK (Muzzin); 10/12 at STL (Backes); 12/8 vs. WSH (Grabovski, PS); 12/18 vs. PIT (Sutter); 12/27 at WSH (Fehr); 1/6 vs. CBJ (Atkinson).
The Rangers have registered a point in seven of their last eight games at Madison Square Garden (6-1-1), and nine of their last 11 at home (7-2-2). New York is currently playing a stretch of seven home games in an eight-game span, having already completed a four-game homestand with a 3-1-0 mark.
THE PUCK STOPS HERE
The Blueshirts have held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last seven games, and nine of their last 11 overall. The Rangers have also allowed two or fewer goals in five straight games at home, and seven of their last eight at Madison Square Garden.
Henrik Lundqvist has held opponents to two goals or fewer in each of his last six games (5-1-0, 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, 1 SO), and is 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10 appearances. Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is seven wins away from the 300th of his NHL career, and eight wins away from Mike Richter's franchise record of 301 career victories. He is also four appearances shy of Tiny Thompson for 50th on the NHL all-time goaltender appearances list.
Rangers All-Time Wins Leaders:
1. Mike Richter – 301
2. Henrik Lundqvist – 293
NHL All-Time Appearances List:
50. Tiny Thompson – 553
51. Johnny Bower – 552
52. Henrik Lundqvist – 549
Rick Nash has notched a goal in five of the last eight games (seven goals over the span), and has been credited with the game-winning goal in each of the last four games in which he scored. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Rangers player with a four-game streak of that kind in one season since Tom Poti in 2003-04. Nash leads the Rangers with 14 goals this season.
The Blueshirts have tallied the first goal of the game in five of their last seven contests, and rank fourth in the NHL with a record of 21-3-1 (.840 win%) when scoring the game's first goal. The Rangers are also 13-3-1 when leading after the first period, and 17-1-1 when leading after the second.
The Blueshirts have out-shot their opponent in 16 of the last 20 games, holding a 698-585 shot advantage over their opponents during the stretch. The Rangers have registered 40 or more shots eight times this season, and have posted 30 or more shots in 19 of the last 24 contests. New York ranks fourth in the NHL with 32.4 shots per game.
New York has won 13 of their last 17 road contests, including five of their last six, and are now 15-10-0 away from Madison Square Garden this season. The Rangers' 15 road wins are tied for first in the Eastern Conference and second in the league overall. The Blueshirts power play ranks third in the NHL on the road, tallying 20-78 (25.6%) with the man advantage on the road. Henrik Lundqvist is 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and .923 Sv% in his last five road games.
THE HOT LIST:
Henrik Lundqvist – Is 5-1-0 with a 1.34 GAA, .958 Sv%, and one shutout in his last six games, and 7-2-1 with a 1.97 GAA, .937 Sv%, and one shutout in his last 10
Rick Nash – seven goals in the last eight contests, including three goals and a plus-four rating in the last two, and four game-winning goals in the last six games
Brad Richards – 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last nine games
Mats Zuccarello – has registered a point in five of the last seven games (three goals, two assists over the span), including two goals in the last three games, and has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 12 games
Ryan McDonagh – three assists in the last five games, including a power play assist in each of the last two
Ryan Callahan – has recorded a point in six of the last nine games (two goals, four assists over the span)
COUNTDOWN TO 6K
The Rangers have played in 5,991 regular season games throughout the franchise's 88 seasons, just nine games shy of 6,000 all-time. The Blueshirts are scheduled to play their 6,000th game all-time on February 6 against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden.
Alain Vigneault – 3 points from 1,000th NHL career
Michael Del Zotto – 5 assists from 100th NHL career; 9 games from 300th NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 7 wins from 300th NHL career
INJURIES (88 Man-Games Lost):
Derek Dorsett (broken fibula on 1/3, 4-6 weeks) – 9