RANGERS – PENGUINS PREVIEW

New-York-Rangers3-150x1501Pittsburgh-150x150NY RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNY, NY
Rangers: 3-3-0 (6 pts)
Penguins: 3-3-0 (6 pts)

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will complete a three-game homestand when they face-off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. — TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7), in an Atlantic Division matchup. The Blueshirts enter tomorrow’s contest with a 3-3-0 (6 pts) record, following a 2-1 win against the Flyers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games against the Flyers, including a five-game winning streak at home. New York has won three of their last four contests, including three straight at home. The Penguins enter the contest with a 3-3-0 (6 pts) record, following a 4-1 loss on Tuesday against the Islanders. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will return to action when they face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Tampa Bay Times Forum (7:00 p.m.).

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS:

  • All-Time: 117-101-23-8 overall (65-49-9-3 at home; 52-53-14-5 on the road)
  • 2013: Tomorrow will be the second of five meetings this season, and the second of three meetings at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are 0-1-0 overall, following a 6-3 loss against the Penguins in the home opener on Jan. 20. The Blueshirts’ power play is 1-4 (25.0%) in the season series.
  • Last Season: New York was 2-4-0 overall (1-2-0 mark at home; 1-2-0 mark on the road). The Rangers penalty kill was 15-17 (88.2%) in the season series. Brad Richards led the team with four assists and six points, while Marian Gaborik (two goals, three assists) and Carl Hagelin (two goals, two assists) tied Richards with a team-high, two goals apiece. Henrik Lundqvist was 2-2-0 with a 2.28 GAA and .931 Sv%, while Martin Biron was 0-2-0 with a 4.54 GAA and .857 Sv%.
  • New York is tied for fifth in the NHL with a 3-1-0 (6 pts) record at home; Pittsburgh is tied for second in the NHL with a 3-1-0 (6 pts) mark on the road
  • The Rangers are 1-2-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season; the Penguins are 2-1-0 vs. the Atlantic Division this season
  • New York lists two former Penguins on their roster: Arron Asham (2010-11 – 2011-12); Mike Rupp (2009-10 – 2010-11)
  • Pittsburgh lists one former Ranger on their roster: Pascal Dupuis (2006-07) 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. PENGUINS:

  • Henrik Lundqvist — 43 GP, 22-16-5, 2.46 GAA, 2 SO
  • Martin Biron —36 GP, 13-17-3-2, 3.05 GAA, 2 SO
  • Brad Richards — 34 GP, 8-28-36
  • Marian Gaborik — 25 GP, 10-12-22
  • Rick Nash — 11 GP, 6-5-11
  • Dan Girardi — 37 GP, 1-11-12 

SPECIAL TEAMS:

  • Power Play: The Blueshirts were 1-2 (2:29) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now 3-24 (12.5%) this season. The Rangers are 1-4 (5:15) in five-on-three situations (last – 1/24 at PHI), and 0-0 (0:00) when four-on-three. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
  • Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts were 5-6 (9:41) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now 24-30 (80.0%) this season. The Rangers are 2-2 (3:12) in three-on-five situations (last –1/29 vs. PHI), and 1-1 (0:31) when three-on-four. Shorthanded goals for (1): 1/20 vs. PIT (Nash).
  • Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (1:29) on Tuesday vs. Philadelphia, and are now minus-1 in seven four-on-four situations (7:15) this season. Four-on-four goals for (1): 1/23 vs. BOS (Gaborik). Four-on-four goals allowed (2): 1/20 vs. PIT (Letang); 1/23 vs. BOS (Horton). 

HOMESTAND MILESTONES
Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan both reached significant scoring milestones during the Rangers’ current three-game homestand. Stepan tallied his 100th career NHL point with an assist in a 5-2 victory on Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Callahan notched his 200th career NHL point with the game-winning goal, while on the power play, in a 2-1 win on Tuesday against the Flyers.

EARLY ADVANTAGE
The Rangers are undefeated when scoring the first goal this season, posting a record of 2-0-0 in those contests, compared to 1-3-0 when allowing the game’s first goal. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 mark when leading after the first and second periods.

SHOOTING GALLERY
The Blueshirts are undefeated when out-shooting their opponents, posting a record of 3-0-0 in those contests. The Rangers are 0-3-0 when being out-shot by their opponent.

DOING THE DIRTY WORK
The Rangers are tied for first in the league in hits (188) and sixth in blocked shots (92) this season. Brian Boyle is tied for second in the NHL with 27 hits. Ryan McDonagh leads the Rangers and is tied for 11th in the NHL with 15 blocked shots, while Dan Girardi is tied for 16th in the league with 14 blocked shots. Rangers captain Ryan Callahan was tied for second in the league in hits (27) and sixth among NHL forwards in blocked shots (nine) at the time of his injury on Tuesday.

GABY’S TRICK
Marian Gaborik posted his 14th career hat trick, and fifth as a Ranger, in a 4-3 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 at Madison Square Garden. He moved into a tie with Adam Graves, Andy Bathgate and Ron Duguay for 10th on the Rangers’ all-time hat trick list and, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is now tied with Dallas’ Jaromir Jagr for second most career hat tricks among active NHL players. Gaborik’s game-winning goal 0:27 into overtime was his seventh tally and eighth point in the last six games against Boston.

NEW FACES
The Blueshirts have had five players make their Rangers debut this season – Jeff Halpern, Rick Nash (assist), Taylor Pyatt and Brandon Segal debuted in the season-opener on Jan. 19 at Boston, while Arron Asham made his debut with the team on Jan. 20 against Pittsburgh. In addition, Chris Kreider made his NHL regular season debut on Jan. 19 after skating in 18 playoff contests with the Rangers last season.

BROADWAY DEBUT
Taylor Pyatt and Rick Nash each tallied a goal while making their Madison Square Garden debut as a Blueshirt in the home opener on Jan. 20 against the Penguins. The last time the Rangers had multiple players tally a goal while making their MSG debut with the team was Oct. 3, 2009 vs. Ottawa (Vinny Prospal, Michael Del Zotto and Marian Gaborik).

THE HOT LIST:

  • Henrik Lundqvist — has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of the last three contests, and is 3-1-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .925 Sv% in the last four games
  • Michael Del Zotto — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last five games, including four points (two goals, two assists) in the last two contests
  • Marian Gaborik — eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last four games
  • Rick Nash — six points (one goal, five assists) in the last six games, including three assists in the last two contests
  • Brad Richards — six points (two goals, four assists) in the last six games
  • Derek Stepan — four assists in the last five games
  • Marc Staal — three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games
  • Taylor Pyatt — three goals in the last five games 

MILESTONES IN SIGHT:

  • Michael Del Zotto — 5 points from 100th NHL career
  • Steve Eminger — 4 points from 100th NHL career 

MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:

  • Derek Stepan — 100th career NHL point (1/26 vs. TOR)
  • Ryan Callahan — 200th career NHL point (1/29 vs. PHI) 

INJURIES:

  • Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5/11) — 6
  • Chris Kreider (ankle, 1/25) — 2

Total Man-Games Lost: 10

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

  • Jan. 23 — Recalled forward Kris Newbury from Connecticut (AHL)
  • Jan. 24 — Acquired forward Benn Ferriero from Pittsburgh for forward Chad Kolarik
  • Jan. 24 — Assigned forward Kris Newbury to Connecticut (AHL)
  • Jan. 25 — Recalled forward Benn Ferriero from Connecticut (AHL)

 

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