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Rangers at Capitals 4.5.17: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center - Washington, D.C.
 
Rangers: 47-26-6 (100 pts)
Capitals: 53-18-8 (114 pts)
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 80th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Apr. 5, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last nine games, eight of the last 11 games, and 10 of the last 14 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 96-92-18-7 (52-42-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Washington. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Capitals, 4-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 28 at MSG. Rick Nash leads the Rangers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.35 GAA and a .929 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 26 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (16-8-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of their last 13 contests against the Capitals (8-4-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 13 games against Washington.

RANGERS-CAPITALS CONNECTIONS

  • Brady Skjei and Nate Schmidt were teammates at the University of Minnesota for one season (2012-13).
  • Jim Schoenfeld was Washington's Head Coach for parts of four seasons (1993-94 - 1996-97).
  • Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan played with the Rangers during the 1985-86 season.
  • Kevin Klein's first head coach in the NHL was Barry Trotz (2005-06 - 2013-14 with Nashville).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, NY.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CAPITALS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 35 GP, 21-10-4, 2.62 GAA, .909 SV%, 4 SO - In his last 18 appearances against the Capitals (dating back to Dec. 12, 2010), Lundqvist has posted a 12-4-2 record, along with a 2.20 GAA, a .923 SV%, and 3 SO.
  • Kevin Hayes - 12 GP, 4-5-9 - Hayes has posted four multi-point games in 12 career contests against Washington, including three multi-point games in his last nine contests against the Capitals.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 15 GP, 4-4-8 - Zibanejad has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Capitals (one goal, two assists), and he has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six contests against Washington.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins this season (27) and since the start of the 2013-14 season (99). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 12 road games (8-2-2), 12 of their last 17 road contests (12-3-2), and 20 of their last 27 road games (20-5-2). The Rangers' 27 road wins in 2016-17 are the second-most in one season in franchise history, and the only season in which the Blueshirts earned more than 27 road wins was 2014-15 (28). The Rangers' 27 road wins this season are also tied for the fifth-most any NHL team has earned in one season in league history.

NHL LEADERS - SINGLE-SEASON ROAD WINS

 

 

 

TEAM

SEASON

WINS

1. Detroit Red Wings

2005-06

31

T-2. New York Rangers

2014-15

28*

T-2. New Jersey Devils

1998-99

28

T-2. San Jose Sharks

2015-16

28

T-5. New York Rangers

2016-17

27

T-5. Montreal Canadiens

1976-77

27

T-5. Montreal Canadiens

1977-78

27

T-5. San Jose Sharks

2007-08

27

T-5. St. Louis Blues

1999-00

27

T-5. Vancouver Canucks

2010-11

27

T-5. Washington Capitals

2015-16

27

 *The Rangers' 28 road wins in 2014-15 are a single-season franchise record and are tied for the most any Eastern Conference team has earned in one season in NHL history
 
CLINCHING A BERTH
The Rangers clinched a berth in the 2017 NHL Playoffs by earning a point on Mar. 28 at San Jose. The Blueshirts have earned a playoff berth in seven consecutive seasons (since 2010-11) and in 11 of 12 seasons since 2005-06. The Rangers are one of three NHL teams that have made the playoffs in every season since 2010-11 (along with Chicago and Pittsburgh). The Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have made the playoffs 11 times in 12 seasons since 2005-06, along with Detroit, Pittsburgh, and San Jose.
 
DID YOU KNOW?
The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has not been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs prior to the start of a regular season game at any point over the last 12 seasons (since 2005-06; 947 regular season games).
 
POINT TAKEN
New York earned its 100th point of the season on Apr. 2 vs. Philadelphia. The Rangers have earned at least 100 points for the third consecutive season (2014-15 - 2016-17) and for the 10th time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history (1970-71 - 1972-73). The Rangers are one of three NHL teams that have registered at least 100 points in every season since 2014-15 (along with Chicago and Washington).
 
FINAL COUNTDOWN
The Rangers have three regular season games remaining in the 2016-17 season. The Blueshirts' final three regular season games this season include one home game and two road games, and two of the three contests are against Metropolitan Division opponents.
 
WINNING WAYS
The Rangers' 47 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the seventh-most in one season in franchise history (New York also earned 47 wins in 1972-73). The Blueshirts rank fifth in the NHL in wins this season. In addition, the Rangers are tied for third in the NHL - and are tied for first in the Eastern Conference - in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (191). The Rangers' 191 wins since 2013-14 are the most in any four-season span in franchise history.
 
GOALS GALORE
The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in each of the last five games and in 10 of the last 13 contests. The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in goals per game in 2016-17 (3.15). The Rangers have tallied 252 goals this season, matching their goal output from the 2014-15 season, and the last season in which the Blueshirts recorded more than 252 goals was 2005-06 (257). 
 
ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have recorded 52 points (15 goals, 37 assists) in 25 games since Feb. 11, and a Rangers defenseman has tallied a goal in 13 of the 25 contests over the span.
 
AV SQUAD
Alain Vigneault enters the contest with 613 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he is one win away from passing Jacques Martin for sole possession of 14th place on the league's all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault is one of three head coaches in Rangers history who have guided the team to the playoffs in at least four consecutive seasons (Lester Patrick and Emile Francis).
 
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 30th win of the 2016-17 season and his 404th career NHL win on Mar. 7 at Florida. He is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons, and he is only the third goaltender in NHL history who has registered 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons (Martin Brodeur - 14; Patrick Roy - 13). By earning his 404th career NHL win, Lundqvist passed Brodeur for the most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 seasons in NHL history, and he enters the game two wins away from tying Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. With his next appearance, Lundqvist, who enters the contest with 740 appearances in his NHL career, will pass Brodeur for the most appearances by a goaltender in his first 12 NHL seasons in league history. He has never appeared in a game in which the Rangers were eliminated from playoff contention prior to the start of the contest.

HENRIK LUNDQVIST AND MARTIN BRODEUR - FIRST 12 NHL SEASONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOALTENDER

APPEARANCES

RECORD

GAA

SV%

SO

Henrik Lundqvist

740

405-247-76

2.32

.920

61

Martin Brodeur

740

403-217-105

2.17

.912

75

 
SKJEI HEY KID
Brady Skjei has recorded 39 points this season, and his 39 points are the most a Rangers rookie defenseman has tallied since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei leads NHL rookies in even strength assists in 2016-17 (27). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Skjei is the first NHL defenseman who has recorded at least 27 even strength assists in his rookie season since Larry Murphy in 1980-81. He is also one of three NHL defensemen who have recorded at least 30 even strength points in their rookie season since 1993-94, along with John Carlson and Tyler Myers.
 
KREID-ING HIGH
Chris Kreider has established career-highs in goals (28) and points (52) this season, and he leads the Rangers in goals and games with a goal (24) in 2016-17. Kreider is one of four NHL players who have registered at least 28 goals and 130 hits this season.
 
STEP-AN UP
Derek Stepan has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) over the last 12 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last six contests. He leads the Rangers - and has established a career-high - in shots on goal this season (203). Stepan is one of five NHL centers who have recorded at least 54 points and a plus-18 rating this season (Connor McDavid, Evgeni Malkin, Mikael Granlund, and Mikko Koivu).
 
HEY HEY HAYES
Kevin Hayes has established career-highs in assists (32), points (49), shorthanded assists (six), shorthanded points (seven), shots on goal (138), and game-winning goals (four), and he has tied his career-high in goals (17) this season. He leads the NHL in shorthanded assists, and he is also tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded points in 2016-17. Hayes is the first Ranger who has notched six shorthanded assists in one season since Mark Messier in 1996-97. Hayes leads the Rangers in points on the road this season (30 - 11 goals and 19 assists).
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-4 (6:10) on Apr. 2 vs. Philadelphia.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in each of the last three games and in nine of the last 12 games. The Rangers are 12-for-35 (34.3%) on the power play over the last 12 games (since Mar. 9) and rank second in the NHL in power play efficiency over the span.
  • New York ranks fourth in the NHL in power play efficiency on the road this season (23.5%; 27-for-115).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-3 (4:45) on Apr. 2 vs. Philadelphia.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal over the last two games.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (nine). 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Brandon Pirri - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career

INJURIES (189 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Ryan McDonagh (day-to-day) - has missed two games
  • Jesper Fast (day-to-day)
  • Rick Nash (day-to-day)
  • Mats Zuccarello (day-to-day)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • None 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Apr. 4, 1993 - John Vanbiesbrouck became the third goaltender in franchise history to earn 200 wins as a Ranger, and the Blueshirts defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-0.
  • Apr. 4, 1994 - Mike Richter became the first goaltender in Rangers history to earn 40 wins in a season, as the Rangers defeated the Florida Panthers, 3-2, at MSG.
  • Apr. 5, 1970 - The Rangers established a single-game franchise record by registering 65 shots on goal and defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 9-5, at MSG.
  • Apr. 5, 1990 - Mike Richter earned his first career NHL playoff win as the Rangers defeated the Islanders, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Patrick Division Semifinals at MSG. Richter stopped 28 of 29 shots he faced in the contest, including one on a penalty shot against the Islanders' Randy Wood.
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