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Rangers at Senators 4.8.17: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 47-27-6 (100 pts)
Senators: 43-27-10 (96 pts)
The Rangers play their 81st game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Apr. 8, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (12:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last 10 games, eight of the last 12 games, and 10 of the last 15 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-27-6 record this season.


  • All-Time: 40-41-3-4 (17-25-0-2 at home; 23-16-3-2 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the only meeting between the two teams in Ottawa. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and defeated the Senators, 4-3, in the last meeting between the two teams on Dec. 27 at MSG. Derek Stepan and Nick Holden each registered two goals in the contest, and Ryan McDonagh established a single-game career-high with three assists.
  • New York has won 10 of its last 14 road games against Ottawa, dating back to Jan. 10, 2009 (10-3-1).
  • Overall, the Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games against the Senators, dating back to Jan. 18, 2014 (7-4-0).


  • Alain Vigneault's first coaching staff position in the NHL was as an Assistant Coach with the Senators. Vigneault joined the Senators for their first NHL season in 1992-93 and was a member of Ottawa's coaching staff for parts of four seasons (1992-93 - 1995-96).
  • Mika Zibanejad played parts of five seasons with the Senators (2011-12 - 2015-16).
  • Derick Brassard played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2015-16).
  • Matt Puempel played parts of three seasons with Ottawa (2014-15 - 2016-17).
  • Viktor Stalberg played one season with the Rangers (2015-16).
  • Tom Pyatt was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Brendan Smith, and Kyle Turris were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for one season (2007-08).
  • Marc Staal and Tom Pyatt are both natives of Thunder Bay, ON.


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 36 GP, 15-17-3, 2.08 GAA, .931 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last five appearances against Ottawa, posting a 3-2-0 record, along with a 1.57 GAA and a .943 SV% over the span.
  • Derek Stepan - 21 GP, 7-10-17 - Stepan has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in his last 10 games against the Senators.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 12 GP, 5-4-9 - Zuccarello has posted three multi-point games in his last nine contests against Ottawa.
  • Chris Kreider - 12 GP, 4-4-8 - Kreider has notched eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last nine games against Ottawa.

The Rangers are locked into the first wild card spot and will face the Montreal Canadiens in the First Round of the 2017 NHL Playoffs. New York will face Montreal in a playoff series for the 16th time, and the Rangers have played more playoff series against the Canadiens than against any other opponent in franchise history.
The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins this season (27) and since the start of the 2013-14 season (99). New York has led the NHL in road wins in two of the last four seasons (2014-15 and 2016-17). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 13 road games (8-3-2), 12 of their last 18 road contests (12-4-2), and 20 of their last 28 road games (20-6-2). 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.
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.
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).
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 four NHL teams that have registered at least 100 points in every season since 2014-15 (along with Anaheim, Chicago, and Washington).
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 sixth in the NHL in wins this season and are tied for fifth in the NHL 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.
The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in five of the last six games and in 10 of the last 14 contests. The Rangers rank fourth in the NHL in goals per game in 2016-17 (3.11). 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).
Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 39-10-4 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted a 22-6-4 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.
Rangers defensemen have recorded 52 points (15 goals, 37 assists) in 26 games since Feb. 11, and a Rangers defenseman has tallied a goal in 13 of the 26 contests over the span.
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).
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). Lundqvist has earned more wins (405) and has appeared in more games (741) than any other goaltender through the first 12 seasons of a career 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.
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 five NHL players who have registered at least 28 goals and 130 hits this season (Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Simmonds, Joe Pavelski, and Anders Lee).
Derek Stepan has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) over the last 13 games, including six points (three goals, three assists) in the last seven contests. He leads the Rangers - and has established a career-high - in shots on goal this season (206). Stepan is one of six NHL centers who have recorded at least 54 points and a plus-18 rating this season (Connor McDavid, Evgeni Malkin, Mikael Granlund, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Mikko Koivu).
Kevin Hayes has established career-highs in assists (32), points (49), shorthanded assists (six), shorthanded points (seven), shots on goal (139), 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).
Power Play:

  • The Rangers did not have a power play opportunity on Apr. 5 at Washington.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in three of the last four games and in nine of the last 13 games. The Rangers are 12-for-35 (34.3%) on the power play over the last 13 games (since Mar. 9) and rank second in the NHL in power play efficiency over the span.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-4 (3:40) on Apr. 5 at Washington.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal in two of the last three games (9-for-10; 90.0%).
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (nine).


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

INJURIES (195 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Ryan McDonagh (day-to-day) - has missed three games
  • Jesper Fast (day-to-day) - has missed one game
  • Rick Nash (day-to-day) - has missed one game
  • Mats Zuccarello (day-to-day) - has missed one game
  • Nick Holden (day-to-day) - has missed one game
  • Brady Skjei (day-to-day) - has missed one game


  • Apr. 7 - Recalled Taylor Beck from Hartford (AHL)


  • Apr. 7, 1928 - After Rangers goaltender Lorne Chabot suffered an injury in Game 2 of the 1928 Stanley Cup Final against the Montreal Maroons, 44-year-old head coach Lester Patrick replaced him and led the Rangers to a 2-1 win in overtime. Frank Boucher tallied the game-winning goal at 7:05 of overtime.
  • Apr. 7, 1991 - Mike Richter posted his first career NHL playoff shutout, stopping all 37 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 6-0, in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Semifinals.
  • Apr. 7, 1993 - Mark Messier skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.
  • Apr. 7, 2015 - With a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils, the Rangers won the Presidents' Trophy for the third time in franchise history.
  • Apr. 8, 1973 - Ed Giacomin posted his only career NHL playoff shutout, as the Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-0, in Game 4 of the Quarterfinals at MSG.
  • Apr. 8, 1982 - Mikko Leinonen established single-game playoff franchise records with six assists and six points as the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-3, in Game 2 of the Patrick Division Semifinals at MSG.
  • Apr. 8, 1994 - The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3, at MSG to clinch the Presidents' Trophy.
  • Apr. 8, 2006 - Jaromir Jagr established a single-season franchise record by tallying his 53rd goal of the 2005-06 season, breaking the record held by Adam Graves (52 goals in 1993-94).
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