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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Minnesota

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MINNESOTA WILD

  • Monday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Wild: 4-2-0 (8 pts)
  • Rangers: 4-4-0 (8 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers begin their second four-game homestand of the 2014-15 season tonight, Oct. 27, with a contest against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Starting with tonight’s game, the Rangers will play 10 of their next 13 games, including seven of their next eight, at MSG. The Blueshirts enter tonight’s contest having won three of their last four games, and have posted a 4-4-0 record (8 pts) this season. New York was defeated by the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1, in its last contest on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Bell Centre. The Wild enter the contest having won each of their last two games, and have posted a 4-2-0 record (8 pts) this season. Minnesota defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-2, in its last contest on Saturday, Oct. 25 at Xcel Energy Center.

RANGERS VS. WILD

  • All-Time: 10-6-0-0 (5-2-0-0 at home, 5-4-0-0 on the road)
  • 2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of two contests this season between the Rangers and Wild, and the only matchup between the two teams at Madison Square Garden. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Wild will face off again on the following date: Apr. 2 (at Minnesota).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) against the Wild in 2013-14. The Blueshirts allowed two goals or fewer in both contests against Minnesota, and outscored the Wild, 5-3, in the season series. New York also tallied a power play goal in each of the two games (2-for-5; 40.0%) and was 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Cam Talbot started both games for the Rangers, posting a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.52 GAA and a .941 SV% (48 saves on 51 shots) in the season series. Ryan McDonagh and Rick Nash notched an assist in each of the two contests, while Derick Brassard recorded two assists in the Rangers' 4-1 victory on Dec. 22, 2013 at MSG.
  • Six different Rangers goaltenders have posted a victory against the Wild since the teams began playing against each other during the 2000-01 season: Mike Richter, Dan Blackburn, Mike Dunham, Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Biron, and Cam Talbot.
  • 13 of 16 all-time contests between the Rangers and Wild have either been decided by one or two goals.
  • The Rangers list one former Wild player on their roster: Dominic Moore (2006-07 - 2007-08)
  • The Wild list no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. WILD

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 6 GP, 3-3-0, 2.76 GAA - Lundqvist's three career wins against Minnesota are tied for the most any Rangers goaltender has posted against the Wild (along with Mike Richter). He is 2-1-0 with a 1.69 GAA and a .918 SV% in three career appearances against the Wild at MSG.
  • Rick Nash - 34 GP, 13-15-28 - Nash has tallied a four-game assist/point streak against the Wild (five assists over the span) and has recorded a point in 12 of his last 16 contests against Minnesota (nine goals, 11 assists in the 16 contests).
  • Derick Brassard - 17 GP, 2-7-9 - Brassard has recorded a point in six of his last 10 games against Minnesota (one goal, six assists over the span).
  • Martin St. Louis - 17 GP, 3-6-9 - St. Louis has notched a point in five of his last eight games against the Wild (one goal, four assists over the span).
  • Dan Girardi - 8 GP, 0-4-4 - Girardi has tallied three assists and posted a plus-five rating in his last five contests against Minnesota. He has also skated in more games against the Wild as a member of the Rangers (eight) than any other Blueshirt since the teams began playing against each other during the 2000-01 season.
  • Ryan McDonagh - 4 GP, 0-4-4 - McDonagh has notched a three-game point streak against the Wild (four assists over the span) and has posted a plus-four rating in those three contests.

SPECIAL TEAMS — POWER PLAY

  • New York was 0-for-2 (4:00) on the power play on Saturday at Montreal
  • 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 (3:06), St. Louis (2:36), Malone (2:33), Nash (2:19), Kreider (2:19)
  • Leaders in PP shots on goal: McDonagh (8), J. Moore (3), Stempniak (3)

SPECIAL TEAMS — PENALTY KILL

  • The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill on Saturday at Montreal
  • Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:12), Girardi (3:10), D. Moore (2:43), Hagelin (2:20), Staal (2:18)
  • Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (4), McDonagh (3), D. Moore (3), Glass (2), Klein (2)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Alain Vigneault - 4 games away from coaching the 900th of his NHL career
  • Matt Hunwick - 2 games away from 300 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider - 3 games away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Carl Hagelin - 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career

RICK ROLLING
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rick Nash became the first Ranger in franchise history to tally a goal in six of the first seven games of a season, including each of the first four games. Nash also tied a franchise record for the most goals scored over the first seven games of a season by tallying eight this year (Bill Cook (1931-32) and Don Murdoch (1976-77) also recorded eight in the first seven games of a season. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the NHL in even strength goals (eight), ranks second in the NHL in goals (eight), is tied for second in the NHL in even strength points (nine) and takeaways (10), and ranks eighth in the NHL in shooting percentage (30.8%) this season. Nash leads the Rangers in goals, points, takeaways, and shots on goal (26), and is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-five). He is the only NHL player to have an active streak of 10 consecutive 20-goal seasons, and leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goals per 60 minutes since the start of the 2012-13 season.

FOUR SCORE
The Blueshirts 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.

TOP OF THE HEAP

Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (581), wins (313), and shutouts (51), is tied for first in GAA (2.27), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). The Rangers' all-time wins and shutouts leader has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.71 GAA, a .944 SV%, and 1 SO in his last four games. When he makes his next appearance, Lundqvist will tie Gump Worsley for second on the team's all-time list.

RANGERS ALL-TIME APPEARANCES LIST

  1. Mike Richter - 666
  2. Gump Worsley - 582
  3. Henrik Lundqvist - 581

DAN'S THE MAN
Dan Girardi
has recorded two assists and has posted a plus-four rating over his last four games. The Rangers' alternate captain ranks seventh in the NHL in blocked shots (21) this season. Girardi leads the Rangers in blocked shots, ranks second on the team in average ice time (23:55) and hits (18), and is tied for fourth in assists (two) in 2014-15. He is also tied for first among team defensemen in assists and points (two) this season.

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis
has tallied a point in five of the Rangers' first eight 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 leads the Rangers in assists (five), is tied for second in points (six), and ranks fourth in plus/minus rating (plus-three) and average ice time (18:43) this season. St. Louis ranks fourth among active players in career assists (616) and is tied for fifth among active players in career points (987). The Rangers’ alternate captain is 13 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.

DUKE OF NEW YORK
Anthony Duclair
has tallied an assist/point in three of six contests in which he has played this season (four assists over the span), and has posted a plus/minus rating of plus-one or better in four of those contests. He is tied for second among NHL rookies in assists (four), is tied for fourth among NHL rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-five), and is tied for sixth among NHL rookies in points (four) this season. Duclair is also tied for first on the Rangers in plus/minus rating, is tied for second on the team in assists, and is tied for fourth in points.

BRASS BONANZA
Derick Brassard
has tallied a point in four out of the last six games (three goals, one assist over the span), and has won 42 of 63 faceoffs he has taken (66.7%) in the last three contests. He leads the Rangers in faceoff wins (87), faceoffs taken (157), and faceoff win percentage (55.4%). Brassard also ranks second on the team in goals (three), is tied for fourth in points (four), and is tied for sixth in shots on goal (15) and hits (12) this season.

FULL HOUSE
Entering tonight’s contest, the Rangers have sold out 135 consecutive home games (107 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.

INJURIES (17 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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