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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Toronto

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Maple Leafs: 0-2-0 (0 pts)
  • Rangers: 1-1-0 (2 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers will play their 2014-15 home opener tonight, Oct. 12, against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York is concluding its first back-to-back set of the season tonight, as well as starting a four-game homestand. The Rangers enter tonight's contest with a 1-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night at Nationwide Arena. Toronto enters tonight's game with a 0-2-0 record (0-2-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in Toronto.

RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • All-Time: 224-273-95-7 (130-111-56-4 at home, 94-162-39-3 on the road)
  • 2014-15: Tonight is the first of three contests this season between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the only matchup at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will face off again on the following dates: Nov. 8 (at Toronto), Feb. 10 (at Toronto).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-0-1 record (1-0-1 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Toronto last season. Two of the three contests were decided in overtime or a shootout, and the Rangers allowed one goal in two of the three games. New York was 7-for-7 on the penalty kill during the season series. Dominic Moore led all skaters with three goals, four points, and a plus-four rating, while Ryan McDonagh led all Rangers defensemen with two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in the three contests. Cam Talbot posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.96 GAA and a .962 SV% (50 saves on 52 shots) in two appearances against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Rangers have registered a point in 19 of their last 23 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 6-1 victory against Toronto on December 29, 2007 (14-4-5 over the span). New York has also earned at least one point in seven of its last eight contests against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 3-0 win on January 14, 2012 (6-1-1 over the span).
  • The Blueshirts have earned a point in 10 of their last 12 games against Toronto at MSG, dating back to a 1-0 shootout victory on October 17, 2008 (7-2-3 record over the span)
  • New York lists three former Maple Leafs on its roster: Michael Kostka (2012-13), Dominic Moore (2007-08 - 2008-09), Lee Stempniak (2008-09 - 2009-10)
  • Toronto lists no former Rangers on its roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 24 GP, 12-7-5, 2.66 GAA, .905 SV%
  • Martin St. Louis - 52 GP, 18-33-51 - St. Louis has tallied a point in 33 of 52 career games against Toronto. He has registered a point in 16 of his last 21 contests against the Maple Leafs, tallying 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) over the span. St. Louis made his Rangers debut on March 5, 2014 against Toronto at MSG.
  • Rick Nash - 14 GP, 4-6-10 - Nash has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in six games against the Maple Leafs since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.
  • Dominic Moore - 23 GP, 5-5-10 - Moore has registered a point in six of his last nine games against Toronto, recording eight points (five goals, three assists) over the span. He has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) and posted a plus-four rating in his last two games against the Maple Leafs.
  • Dan Girardi - 28 GP, 4-5-9 - Girardi's nine points against Toronto are tied for the most he has against an Atlantic Division opponent (also has nine against Montreal).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

SPECIAL TEAMS - POWER PLAY

  • New York was 0-for-3 (4:29) on the power play last night at Columbus
  • Leaders in PP ice time per game: McDonagh (3:15), Brassard (2:42), Boyle (2:26), St. Louis (2:24), Nash (2:15)
  • Leaders in PP shots on goal: McDonagh (3), Brassard (1), J. Moore (1), Zuccarello (1)

SPECIAL TEAMS - PENALTY KILL

  • The Rangers were 5-for-5 (6:29) on the penalty kill last night at Columbus
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in their last nine regular season games, dating back to March 30, 2014 at Edmonton, and have successfully killed off 26 consecutive power plays over their last 10 regular season games.
  • New York is tied for first in the NHL on the penalty kill this season (9-for-9; 100%)
  • Leaders in PK ice time per game: McDonagh (4:27), Girardi (4:21), D. Moore (3:47), Staal (2:53), Hagelin (2:33)
  • Leaders in PK blocked shots: Staal (3), McDonagh (2), Fast (1), Girardi (1), Hagelin (1)

WELCOME HOME
The Rangers have posted a 36-35-14-2 record in 87 home openers in franchise history. New York is opening its home schedule against Toronto for the third time in the last five seasons, and the eighth time overall. Starting with tonight's game, the Rangers will play 14 of the next 19 contests at MSG.

BACK-TO-BACK
The Rangers conclude the first of 13 back-to-back sets this season with tonight’s contest. Last season, the Blueshirts posted a 14-9-1 record in 24 games that were part of back-to-back matchups, including a 9-4-0 record in the second half of back-to-back games. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 33-15-2 record in the second half of back-to-back contests.

AV SQUAD
Alain Vigneault has reached the playoffs in seven of the last eight seasons, including each of the last six seasons. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2006-07 Jack Adams Award winner leads all NHL coaches in wins (359), is tied for first in games coached (624), and ranks seventh among all coaches (minimum 300 games coached) in points percentage (.626) since the start of the 2006-07 season.

'THE DUKE' OF NEW YORK
Anthony Duclair
registered two assists, including his first career NHL assist/point, and posted a plus-two rating last night against Columbus. The 19-year-old became 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 became the first teenager to record a multi-point game with the Blueshirts since Miller tallied two goals on February 7, 2013 vs. the New York Islanders, and became the first teenager to register a multi-assist game with the Rangers since Michael Del Zotto recorded two assists on March 25, 2010 at New Jersey. Duclair is tied for the team lead in assists (two) and is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-two) this season.

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
has tallied a goal/point in each of the first two games of the season. The five-time NHL All-Star leads the Rangers in goals (three), points (four), and shots on goal (eight), and is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-two) this season. 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.

CAPTAIN MAC
Ryan McDonagh
was named the 27th captain in Rangers history on October 6. The Rangers' Team MVP in 2013-14 is the fourth-youngest captain in franchise history, and is the 11th defenseman to receive the honor. As of the conclusion of the Rangers’ contest against Columbus, McDonagh ranks third in the NHL in average ice time (27:48) this season. In the 2014 Playoffs, McDonagh tied for first among NHL defensemen in assists (13) and ranked second among NHL defensemen in points (17). He established a franchise record for assists by a defenseman in one playoff series with eight during the Rangers’ six-game series victory over Montreal in the Eastern Conference Finals.

TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goalies (minimum 200 appearances) in appearances (575), wins (310), GAA (2.26), and shutouts (50), and ranks second in SV% (.920).

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
Martin St. Louis
leads all NHL players in points (398) and ranks third among NHL players in assists (266) since the start of the 2009-10 season. 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, sixth among active players in career points, and is 17 points away from tallying the 1,000th of his NHL career.

FUTURE BLUE
Brandon Halverson
(2nd Round/2014 Draft) made 34 saves to record his sixth win of the season as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) defeated the Owen Sound Attack, 7-4, last night. In six appearances this season, Halverson has posted a 6-0-0 record, along with a 2.33 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 1 SO. The 18-year-old is tied for first in the OHL in wins, is tied for second in shutouts, ranks third in GAA, ranks fifth in SV%, and ranks sixth in saves (178) this season. In his last 11 OHL games, Halverson has posted a 10-0-1 record, along with a 2.26 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 2 SO.

INJURIES (4 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Derek Stepan (non-displaced fractured fibula) - placed on long-term injured reserve
  • Dan Boyle (fractured hand) - 4-6 weeks

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