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Rangers vs. Canadiens 2.21.17: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
 
Rangers: 38-19-1 (77 pts)
Canadiens: 31-20-8 (70 pts)
  
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Feb. 21, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-1 record this season.

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Rangers Play Host to Canadiens at The Garden

Blueshirts go for sixth straight win at MSG

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The New York Rangers go for their sixth straight win at home when they host the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at The Garden.

New York is coming off a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon against the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals. Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello each scored while Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for his 27th win of the season.

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Stepan "Probable" for Habs on Tuesday Night

Plus Buchnevich on Facing Ovechkin in the NHL

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Derek Stepan missed practice on Monday and head coach Alain Vigneault said the center was "probable" for Tuesday meeting with the Montreal Canadiens at The Garden.

"He hurt his hip a little bit yesterday during the game so we kept him off this morning," Vigneault said of Stepan. "He should skate tomorrow morning and I think right now should be all right."

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Prospect Report: 2.20.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / New York Rangers

Three Stars of the Week

Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) - Gropp registered a multi-point game in each of the first four games he played last week, recording nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span. He extended his point streak to a career-high, 16 games, before the streak ended in Seattle's final game of the week on Feb. 19 at Portland.
 
During his 16-game point streak, Gropp…

  • Registered 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-21 rating
  • Recorded 26 primary points (either a goal or the primary assist on a goal); 12 of his 21 assists were primary assists
  • Posted a six-game assist streak (Jan. 21 - Jan. 31), a seven-game assist streak (Feb. 8 - Feb. 18), and an eight-game goal streak (Feb. 3 - Feb. 14)
  • Recorded 11 multi-point games, including eight consecutive multi-point games from Feb. 7 - Feb. 18
  • Posted a plus-one rating or better in 13 contests

In addition, the Rangers' second round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in 21 of the last 23 contests, registering 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-28 rating in those 23 games. Gropp leads Seattle in points (65), is tied for the team lead in goals (25), and ranks second in assists (40) this season, and he has established his WHL career-high in assists in 2016-17.
 
Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) - Gettinger tallied his second hat trick of the season, tied a single-game OHL career-high with a plus-four rating, recorded six shots on goal, and was selected as the game's First Star on Feb. 18 vs. Niagara. The Rangers' fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has established OHL career-highs in goals (26) and points (43) this season, and he is tied for second on the team in goals in 2016-17.
 
Brad Morrison, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL) - Morrison registered three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-three rating in three games last week, including two assists on Feb. 18 at Kelowna. The Rangers' fourth round pick (113th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has registered 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 59 games this season. Morrison has recorded at least 50 points in each of the last three seasons, and he has registered at least 30 assists in each of the last two seasons. He ranks second on Prince George in assists and points, and ranks third on the team in goals this season.

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Rangers vs. Capitals 2.19.17: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers' 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today's game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0).
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Zuccarello Lifts Rangers to Win Over Capitals

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers expected a good test Sunday against the Washington Capitals at The Garden, and they passed with a 2-1 victory over the NHL's top team.

Mats Zuccarello's goal 8:37 into the third period broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Blueshirts to their fifth straight win at The Garden, and seventh win in their last eight games overall.

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Rangers vs. Capitals 2.19.17: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
 
Rangers: 37-19-1 (75 pts)
Capitals: 39-11-7 (85 pts)

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Prospect Update: Gettinger Score Hat Trick

Gropp extends point streak to 16

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Forward Tim Gettinger scored a hat trick in Sault Ste. Marie's 8-1 win over Niagara in the Ontario Hockey League. 

It was Gettinger's second hat trick of the season and fourth multi-goal game of the year. The 2016 fifth round pick's 26 goals and 43 points this season are both career-highs, while his 17 assists are just five shy of the mark he set a season ago.

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Preview: Rangers Host Ovechkin and the Capitals

Two Lineup Changes for Sunday's Game

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

The Rangers return home to take on the Eastern Conference-leading Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

New York is coming off a 4-2 loss to the New York Islanders Thursday night in Brooklyn, which put an end to the Blueshirts' six-game winning streak. Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey each scored while Henrik Lundqvist finished the night with 19 saves.

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Prospect Update: Gropp Extends Streak to 15

Halverson makes 42 saves in win for Hartford

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Rangers prospect Ryan Gropp extended his point streak to 15 games with a pair of assists for Seattle Friday night in the Western Hockey League.

In addition to the 15-game streak, Gropp also has multi-point games in seven straight, and has 13 goals with 20 assists for 30 points since the streak began on Jan. 21.

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