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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. San Jose

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. SAN JOSE SHARKS

  • Sunday, Oct. 19, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Sharks: 4-0-1 (9 pts)
  • Rangers: 2-3-0 (4 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers conclude their four-game homestand tonight, Oct. 19, against the San Jose Sharks at Madison Square Garden (5:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight’s game is the fourth game of a stretch where they play 14 of 19 games at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a 2-3-0 record (1-2-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road), following a 2-1 shootout win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday at MSG. San Jose has opened the season with a four-game point streak (3-0-1 record over the span), and plays tonight against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center before facing off against the Rangers tonight.

RANGERS VS. SHARKS

  • All-Time: 20-8-3-0 (9-4-1-0 at home, 11-4-2-0 on the road)
  • 2014-15: Tonight is the first of two contests this season between the Rangers and Sharks, and the only matchup at MSG. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Sharks will face off again on the following date: Jan. 10 (at San Jose).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 0-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 0-1-0 on the road) against the Sharks in 2013-14. Derick Brassard and Derek Stepan each tallied an assist in the season series.
  • The Rangers have earned a point in eight of their last 12 games against San Jose, dating back to Dec. 28, 2001 (7-4-1-0 record over the span).
  • The Rangers list two former Sharks on their roster: Dan Boyle (2008-09 - 2013-14), Dominic Moore (2011-12)
  • The Sharks list one former Ranger on their roster: John Scott (2011-12)

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. SHARKS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 6 GP, 2-3-0, 2.66 GAA, .919 SV% - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in three of five career starts against the Sharks. He has posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.72 GAA and a .944 SV% in three career appearances against San Jose at MSG.
  • Rick Nash - 35 GP, 17-7-24 - Nash has recorded 14 points (11 goals, three assists) in his last 17 games against the Sharks.
  • Martin St. Louis - 20 GP, 11-4-15 - St. Louis has registered nine points (eight goals, one assist) in his last seven games against San Jose. He tallied a single-game career-high, four goals against the Sharks on Jan. 18, 2014.
  • Lee Stempniak - 32 GP, 5-5-10 - Stempniak has tallied a point in four of his last eight contests against San Jose (two goals, two assists over the span).
  • Derick Brassard - 17 GP, 0-9-9 - Brassard has recorded an assist in eight of 17 career games against San Jose, and has tallied four assists in his last four games against the Sharks.

SPECIAL TEAMS - POWER PLAY

  • New York was 0-for-5 (10:00) on the power play on Thursday vs. Carolina
  • Leaders in PP ice time per game (among skaters who have played in at least three games): McDonagh (3:46), St. Louis (3:11), Nash (2:46), Brassard (2:44), Kreider (2:41)
  • 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 (5:57) on the penalty kill on Thursday vs. Carolina
  • Leaders in SH ice time per game: Girardi (3:40), McDonagh (3:17), D. Moore (2:53), Hagelin (2:27), Staal (2:13)
  • Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (4), McDonagh (2), Klein (2)

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
has tallied a goal/point in four of the first five games of the season, registering seven points (six goals, one assist) over the span. Nash tallied a goal in each of the first four games of the regular season, becoming the first Ranger in franchise history to do so. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nash also became 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) and takeaways (seven), and is tied for second in the NHL in points (seven) this season. Nash also leads the Rangers in goals, points, game-winning goals (one), shots on goal (17), takeaways, and shooting percentage (35.3%), 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.

nhl leaders in goals nhl leaders in points nhl leaders in takeaways
1. rick nash (nyr) - 6 1. john tavares (nyi) - 9 1. rick nash (nyr) - 7
t-2. corey perry (ana) - 5 t-2. rick nash (nyr) - 7 t-2. carl hagelin (nyr) - 6
t-2. wayne simmonds (PHI) - 5 t-2. corey perry (ana) - 7 t-2. mikael backlund (cgy) - 6
t-2. alex ovechkin (wsh) - 5 t-2. wayne simmonds (phi) - 7 t-2. loui eriksson (bos) - 6
t-2. mikkel boedker (ari) - 5 t-2. tomas plekanec (mtl) - 7 t-2. nikita nikitin (edm) - 6
8 players tied for 6th with 4 t-2. brock nelson (nyi) - 7 t-2. mark stone (ott) - 6
t-2. sidney crosby (pit) - 7 t-2. brandon sutter (pit) - 6
t-2. victor hedman (tbl) - 7 15 players tied for 8th with 5
t-2. kyle okposo (nyi) - 7



TOP OF THE HEAP

Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (578), wins (311), and shutouts (50), is tied for first in GAA (2.28), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). He also ranks second among goalies in shootout wins (49), and ranks second among active goalies (min. 200 shootout attempts against) in SV% in the shootout (.757%; has stopped 237 of 313 shootout attempts). Lundqvist is five 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 - 311 1. henrik lundqvist - 50
2. gump worsley - 582 2. mike richter - 301 2. ed giacomin - 49
3. henrik lundqvist - 578 3. ed giacomin - 266 3. dave kerr - 40



SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS

Martin St. Louis
has tallied an assist/point in three of the Rangers' first five games this season. Since the start of the 2009-10 season, St. Louis is tied for first among all NHL players in points (400) and ranks third among NHL players in assists (268). He is tied for seventh in the NHL in plus/minus rating (plus-five) and is tied for ninth in the NHL in assists (four) this season. St. Louis leads the Rangers in assists and plus/minus rating, is tied for second in points (four), 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 sixth among active players in career points (985). St. Louis is 15 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.

nhl assists leaders since 2009-10 nhl points leaders since 2009-10
1. henrik sedin (van) - 302 t-1. martin st. louis (tbl, nyr) - 400
2. joe thornton (sjs) - 280 t-1. alex ovechkin (wsh) - 400
3. martin st. louis (tbl, nyr) - 268 3. henrik sedin (van) - 388
4. nicklas backstrom (wsh) - 250 4. steven stamkos (tbl) - 384
5. ryan getzlaf (ana) - 247 5. sidney crosby (pit) - 379



BRASS BONANZA

Derick Brassard
tallied the game-tying goal in the third period on Thursday vs. Carolina. He enters tonight’s contest with a three-game goal streak, which is tied for his career-high. He ranks second on the Rangers in goals (three) and is tied for fifth on the team in points (three) this season. Brassard's next game will be his 100th regular season contest as a Ranger.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Rangers have registered at least 30 shots on goal in each of their three home contests this season, and have outshot their opponents in four of five games. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 23 of its last 26 regular season home games, registering 947 shots on goal during the stretch (36.4 shots on goal per game). The Blueshirts are tied for seventh in the NHL in shots on goal per game this season (33.2).

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 134- The Rangers have sold out 134 consecutive home games (106 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.
  • 39 - New York ranks second in the NHL with 39 takeaways this season (Toronto - 40).

FUTURE BLUE

  • Adam Tambellini (3rd Round/2013 NHL Draft) tallied the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) a 2-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday. Tambellini, 19, has registered a point in seven of eight contests this season, including a goal in six of those games. He ranks second on Calgary in goals (six) and points (10), third on the team in plus/minus rating (plus-seven), and is tied for fourth in assists (four) this season.
  • Daniel Walcott (5th Round/2014 NHL Draft) recorded two points (one goal, one assist) as the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL) defeated the Gatineau Olympiques, 5-2, on Friday. Walcott, who was named the QMJHL's Third Star of the Week last week, has a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists over the span).

INJURIES (11 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

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