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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Winnipeg

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WINNIPEG JETS

  • Saturday, Nov. 1, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
  • Jets: 4-5-1 (9 pts)
  • Rangers: 5-4-0 (10 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers continue their four-game homestand tonight, Nov. 1, with a contest against the Winnipeg Jets at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight’s game is the second contest of a stretch where the Rangers play seven of eight games at MSG. The Blueshirts enter tonight’s contest having won four of their last five games, and have posted a 5-4-0 record (10 pts) this season. New York defeated the Minnesota Wild, 5-4, in its last contest on Monday, Oct. 27 at MSG. The Jets enter the contest on a three-game point streak (2-0-1), and they have posted a 4-5-1 record (9 pts) this season. Winnipeg was defeated by the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, in a shootout in its last contest on Thursday, Oct. 30 at Prudential Center.

RANGERS VS. JETS

  • *All-Time: 25-18-1-9 (10-11-1-5 at home, 15-7-0-4 on the road) * Note: All-Time record includes games against the Atlanta Thrashers from 1999-2000 to 2010-11.
  • 2014-15: Tonight’s game is the first of two contests this season between the Rangers and Jets, and the only matchup between the two teams at Madison Square Garden. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Jets will face off again on the following date: Mar. 31 (at Winnipeg).
  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against the Jets in 2013-14. Carl Hagelin led all skaters with three goals and tied for first among all skaters with three points in the season series, as he recorded his first career hat trick on Mar. 14, 2014 in Winnipeg. Kevin Klein led Rangers defensemen with two assists/points in the series. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 30 of 32 shots in his only appearance against the Jets. The Rangers were 6-for-6 on the penalty kill over the two games.
  • New York has posted a 6-3-0 record against the Jets since the franchise moved to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season
  • The Rangers list one former Jet on their roster: Tanner Glass (2011-12)
  • The Jets list no former Rangers on their roster

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS VS. JETS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 25 GP, 11-7-6, 2.18 GAA, .918 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has posted a 4-2-0 record with a 2.01 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 1 SO in six appearances against the Jets since they moved to Winnipeg.
  • Martin St. Louis - 75 GP, 27-56-83 - St. Louis has recorded more assists against the Thrashers/Jets franchise than against any other NHL opponent. He has tallied an eight-game point streak against the Jets (three goals, six assists), and has recorded a point in 11 of his last 12 contests against Winnipeg (five goals, eight assists).
  • Lee Stempniak - 12 GP, 4-5-9 - Stempniak has registered a three-game assist/point streak against the Jets since the team moved to Winnipeg (three assists over the span) and has recorded a point in eight of 12 career games against the Thrashers/Jets.

SPECIAL TEAMS - POWER PLAY

  • New York was 0-for-1 (2:00) on the power play on Monday vs. Minnesota
  • 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 five games): McDonagh (2:49), St. Louis (2:27), Nash (2:12), Malone (2:10), Brassard (2:05)

SPECIAL TEAMS - PENALTY KILL

  • The Rangers were 4-for-4 (14:00) on the penalty kill on Monday vs. Minnesota
  • Leaders in SH ice time per game: McDonagh (3:40), Girardi (3:33), D. Moore (2:52), Staal (2:45), Hagelin (2:38)
  • Leaders in blocked shots on the PK: Staal (5), Klein (4), McDonagh (3), D. Moore (3)

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Alain Vigneault - 3 games away from coaching the 900th of his NHL career
  • Matt Hunwick - 1 game away from 300 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider - 2 games away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Carl Hagelin - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Mats Zuccarello - 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career

LOOKING AHEAD
The Rangers will play 15 games in November, including 10 contests at Madison Square Garden. New York has posted a 67-38-5 record in November games since the start of the 2005-06 season (.632 points percentage), including a 27-15-0 record in November games since the 2010-11 season. The Rangers lead the NHL in wins and rank fourth in points percentage in November since 2005-06.

RANGERS CAREER STATS IN NOVEMBER

COMEBACK KIDS
The Rangers have won three games when trailing after the second period over the last five contests. The last time the Blueshirts won three games when trailing after 40 minutes over a five-game span was from Dec. 9, 2010 to Dec. 16, 2010 (Dec. 9 at Ottawa, Dec. 15 at Pittsburgh, Dec. 16 vs. Phoenix). In the Blueshirts' victory on Oct. 27, they rallied from a three-goal deficit at the start of the third period for the first time since Feb. 21, 1992. The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in wins when trailing after two periods (three) and are tied for fourth in winning percentage when trailing after two periods (.500; 3-3-0 record) this season.

THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM
New York tallied five goals in the third period on Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota, establishing a season-high for the most goals in one period. The Blueshirts have tallied a goal in the third period in eight out of nine games this season, and have registered 14 of their 26 regulation/overtime goals in the third period (53.8%). The Rangers are tied for first the NHL in third period goals this season.

FOUR SCORE
The Blueshirts have won the last 68 regular season games in which they have scored at least four goals, dating back to Oct. 31, 2011 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 90 consecutive regular season games when they have registered at least four goals (89-0-1 record over the span), dating back to Nov. 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.

RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash
tallied a goal in seven of nine games in October, finishing the month with 11 points (nine goals, two assists). He is the first Ranger to record at least nine goals in the first nine games of the regular season since Jaromir Jagr tallied 10 in the first nine games of the 2005-06 season. Nash is tied for the NHL lead in goals (nine), leads the NHL in even strength goals (nine), and is tied for second in the NHL in even strength points (11). Since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season, he has tallied 25 of his 56 regular season goals in the third period (44.6%).

TOP OF THE HEAP
Since entering the NHL in 2005-06, Henrik Lundqvist leads all goaltenders (min. 300 appearances) in appearances (582), wins (314), and shutouts (51), ranks second in GAA (2.28), and is tied for second in SV% (.920). With his next appearance, Lundqvist will pass Gump Worsley for second on the team's all-time list. Lundqvist also ranks fourth or higher among Rangers goaltenders in career wins (first), shutouts (first), SV% (first), and GAA (fourth). He leads all Rangers goalies in career GAA since the start of the Original Six Era (1942-43 season).

NYR ALL-TIME APPEARANCES LEADERS

KING OF NORWAY
Mats Zuccarello
tied a single-game career-high by registering three points (one goal, two assists), including the game-winning goal with 3:11 remaining in regulation, on Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota. With the goal, Zuccarello passed Espen Knutsen for the most goals scored by a Norwegian-born player in NHL history (31). He has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in the last five games, and is tied for fourth on the Rangers in assists (three) this season.

DUKE OF NEW YORK
Anthony Duclair
has tallied a point in four of seven contests in which he has played this season, and registered his first career NHL goal on Oct. 27 vs. Minnesota. Duclair became the first teenager to score a goal with the Rangers since J.T. Miller tallied two goals on Feb. 7, 2013 vs. the NY Islanders. He also became the youngest Ranger to record a goal (19 years, 62 days old) since Manny Malhotra tallied one on Mar. 14, 1999 at the NY Islanders (18 years, 300 days old). He ranks third among NHL rookies in assists (four), is tied for fourth among NHL rookies in plus/minus rating (plus-five), and is tied for fifth among NHL rookies in points (five) this season. Duclair also ranks second on the Rangers in plus/minus rating, is tied for second on the team in assists, and ranks fifth in points.

BRASS BONANZA
Derick Brassard
has tallied a point in five out of the last seven games (four goals, three assists over the span), and has won 51 of 79 faceoffs he has taken (64.6%) in the last four contests. He leads the team in faceoff wins (96), faceoffs taken (173), and faceoff win percentage (55.5%), ranks second on the team in goals (four) and points (seven), and is tied for fourth in assists (three) this season.

FULL HOUSE
Entering tonight’s contest, the Rangers have sold out 136 consecutive home games (108 regular season games, 28 playoff games over the stretch). The streak began on Nov. 3, 2011 against Anaheim.

INJURIES (19 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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