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Rangers at Devils 10.1.16: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / New York Rangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ

 Rangers: 2-0-0 (4 pts)
Devils: 2-2-0 (4 pts)
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their third game of the 2016 preseason tonight, Oct. 1, against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. - TV: MSG Network). Tonight's matchup is the third of six preseason contests for the Blueshirts, who play two preseason games against the Islanders, New Jersey, and Philadelphia this year. The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record during the preseason this year and defeated New Jersey, 3-1, in their last preseason game on Sept. 29 at MSG.
 
RANGERS LINEUP
The Rangers' expected lineup for tonight's contest against the Devils is as follows:
 
GOALTENDERS
32 Antti Raanta
45 Magnus Hellberg
 
SKATERS
4 Adam Clendening
5 Dan Girardi
10 J.T. Miller
14 Nathan Gerbe
19 Jesper Fast
20 Chris Kreider
26 Jimmy Vesey
37 Chris Brown
39 Nicklas Jensen
40 Michael Grabner
41 Maxim Lapierre
44 Michael Paliotta
50 Philip McRae
58 John Gilmour
76 Brady Skjei
78 Ryan Gropp
87 Mat Bodie
93 Mika Zibanejad
 
2016 PRESEASON SCHEDULE:
Saturday, October 1
at New Jersey, Prudential Center, 7:00 p.m.
 
MondayOctober 3
at Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center, 7:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday October 4
at NY Islanders, Barclays Center, 7:00 p.m.
 
Thursday October 6
vs. Philadelphia, Madison Square Garden, 7:00 p.m.
 
2016 PRESEASON GAME RECAPS
Sept. 29 - Rangers 3 vs. Devils 1 - John Gilmour registered a power play goal 3:21 into the game to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and Brandon Pirri extended New York's lead to two at 9:35 of the opening frame. New Jersey cut its deficit in half with seven minutes remaining in the second period, but Pirri registered his second goal of the game 4:42 into the third period to help the Blueshirts regain a two-goal lead. Antti Raanta stopped 15 of 16 shots he faced during the first 33:00 of the game and earned the win, while Mackenzie Skapski stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief. Pirri (two goals, one assist) and Gilmour (one goal, one assist) each posted a multi-point game. The Rangers were 2-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in the contest.
 
Sept. 27 - Rangers 5 vs. Islanders 2 - After the Islanders opened the scoring 1:33 into the contest, Mika Zibanejad tied the game by recording a power play goal at 4:55 of the first period. Chris Kreider tallied a goal with 1:50 remaining in the opening frame to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead, and Brandon Pirri extended the Blueshirts' lead to two by registering a power play goal with 2:55 remaining in the second period. The Islanders' cut their deficit in half with 8:06 remaining in regulation, but Dylan McIlrath's goal helped the Rangers regain a two-goal lead, and Dan Girardi tallied an empty-net goal to close out the scoring. The Rangers outscored the Islanders, 3-0, on special teams in the contest and killed off all six of the Islanders' power play opportunities. Zibanejad finished the contest with three points (one goal, two assists), while Kreider (one goal, one assist), Pirri (one goal, one assist), and Adam Clendening (two assists) each notched two points. Magnus Hellberg stopped 12 of 13 shots he faced, while Mackenzie Skapski stopped 17 of 18 shots he faced and earned the win in the contest.
 
SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Rangers lead the NHL in goals against per game since the start of the 2005-06 season (2.44).
 
NHL GOALS AGAINST PER GAME LEADERS
SINCE 2005-06
 
1. New York Rangers 2.44
2. New Jersey Devils 2.47
3. San Jose Sharks 2.51
4. Minnesota Wild 2.55
5. Detroit Red Wings 2.56
 
The Blueshirts have ranked fifth or better in the NHL in goals against per game in seven of the last 11 seasons, including five of the last six seasons. The Rangers are the only NHL team that has ranked fifth or better in goals against per game in seven different seasons since 2005-06, as well as the only NHL team that has ranked fifth or better in goals against per game in five different seasons since 2010-11.
 
HIGH FIVE
Over the last two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16), the Rangers led the NHL in both shooting percentage (8.9) and save percentage (.933) at 5-on-5 play. The Rangers also led the NHL in both categories last season (9.0 shooting percentage and .934 save percentage).
 
NHL LEADERS AT 5-ON-5 SINCE THE START OF THE 2014-15 SEASON
 
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE   SAVE PERCENTAGE
1. New York Rangers 8.9 1. New York Rangers .933
2. Calgary Flames 8.6 2. Chicago Blackhawks .932
3. Tampa Bay Lightning 8.5   3. Philadelphia Flyers .931
4. Dallas Stars 8.4   4. Ottawa Senators .930
5. Colorado Avalanche 8.3 5. New Jersey Devils .929
 
In addition, the Rangers led the NHL in goals (343) and goal differential (plus-77; 343-266) at 5-on-5 over the last two seasons.
 
POINT TAKEN
The Blueshirts posted a 46-27-9 record and earned 101 points during the 2015-16 season. After earning a single-season franchise record 113 points in 2014-15, the Rangers recorded 100 or more points in at least two consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history (1970-71 - 1972-73; three consecutive seasons). New York registered at least 100 points in a season for the ninth time in franchise history.
 
In addition, New York is one of six NHL teams that earned 100 or more points in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 (along with Anaheim, Chicago, NY Islanders, St. Louis, and Washington).
 
AV SQUAD
Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (457). In addition, Vigneault is tied for second among NHL head coaches in playoff series coached (20) and playoff games coached (117) over the span.
 
Vigneault leads all Rangers head coaches (min. 100 regular season games coached) in points percentage in franchise history (.630). Since he was named Rangers Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Blueshirts rank third in the NHL - and lead the Eastern Conference - in wins (144).
 
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
· September 30 - Assigned Brandon Halverson and Jeff Malcolm to Hartford (AHL)

· September 27 - Assigned Adam Chapie, Troy Donnay, Michael Joly, and Ahti Oksanen to Hartford (AHL); Released Matt Carey, Spiro Goulakos, and Garrett Noonan from their Professional Tryouts; Released Nick Betz, Reid Duke, and Joseph Raaymakers from their Amateur Tryouts; Returned Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and Sergey Zborovskiy to their respective junior teams

 
RANGERS 2016 OFF-SEASON ACTIVITY:

  • September 2 - Named Chris Drury Assistant General Manager
  • August 26 - Signed Brandon Pirri as a free agent
  • August 19 - Signed Jimmy Vesey as a free agent
  • August 18 - Signed John Gilmour as a free agent
  • August 3 - Named Keith McCambridge Assistant Coach of the Hartford Wolf Pack
  • July 28 - Re-signed Marek Hrivik
  • July 26 - Signed Sergey Zborovskiy to first NHL contract
  • July 22 - Re-signed Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes
  • July 18 - Signed Robin Kovacs to first NHL contract; Acquired Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from Ottawa in exchange for Derick Brassard and a seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft
  • July 15 - Re-signed Dylan McIlrath and Tommy Hughes; Signed Josh Jooris
  • July 13 - Re-signed J.T. Miller
  • July 5 - Re-signed Mat Bodie and Nicklas Jensen
  • July 1 - Named Jeff Beukeboom Assistant Coach; Signed Michael Grabner, Nathan Gerbe, Adam Clendening, and Michael Paliotta as free agents
  • June 25 - Acquired Nick Holden from Colorado in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
  • June 20 - Acquired a sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft (Tyler Wall) and a fourth round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft from Florida in exchange for Keith Yandle
  • June 15 - Re-signed Chris Summers
  • May 13 - Signed Pavel Buchnevich to first NHL contract
  • May 2 - Re-signed Antti Raanta

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