NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 3-1-1 (7 pts)
Bruins: 4-1-0 (8 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers play their sixth and final game of the 2015-16 preseason against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). The Rangers have posted a 3-1-1 record in the preseason, following a 3-2 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, Sept. 28 at MSG.
30 Henrik Lundqvist – expected to start
32 Antti Raanta
5 Dan Girardi
6 Dylan McIlrath
8 Kevin Klein
10 J.T. Miller
13 Kevin Hayes
15 Tanner Glass
16 Derick Brassard
18 Marc Staal
20 Chris Kreider
21 Derek Stepan
24 Oscar Lindberg
25 Viktor Stalberg
26 Jarret Stoll
27 Ryan McDonagh
33 Raphael Diaz
36 Mats Zuccarello
61 Rick Nash
96 Emerson Etem
LARS-ERIK SJOBERG AWARD
Prior to the start of tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will announce this year’s winner of the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award, which is presented annually to the top rookie at Rangers Training Camp.
2015-16 PRESEASON GAME RECAPS
Sept. 28 – Rangers 3 vs. Flyers 2 (OT) – The Flyers opened the scoring 4:18 into the contest, and extended their lead to two with 2:01 remaining in the second period. Dan Girardi cut the Rangers’ deficit in half at 4:21 of the third period, and Chris Kreider tied the contest for the Blueshirts with 1:07 remaining in regulation. In overtime, Keith Yandle registered a penalty shot goal to help the Rangers earn the win. Antti Raanta stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced in the contest.
Sept. 26 – Rangers 4 at Devils 3 – After a scoreless first period, New Jersey tallied the first goal of the game at 2:34 of the second period. The Rangers registered the next two goals, as Raphael Diaz recorded two power play goals during the second period. The Devils regained a one-goal lead by tying the game in the final minute of the second period and adding a goal in the opening minute of the third period. Derek Stepan tied the game at 7:23 of the third period and notched the game-winning goal with 6:48 remaining in regulation. Stepan registered four points in the contest (two goals, two assists).
Sept. 24 – Rangers 3 at Bruins 4 (SO) – Despite allowing the game’s first goal at 7:06 of the first period, the Rangers ended the period with a 2-1 lead, as Brady Skjei and Mats Zuccarello each tallied a goal. Kevin Hayes extended the Blueshirts’ lead to two with a power play goal at 16:50 of the second period. Boston rallied to tie the game at three with less than one minute remaining in regulation. After neither team scored a goal during the five-minute overtime session, the Bruins won the contest in the sixth round of the shootout. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced while playing the first two periods of the game. Six different Rangers recorded a point, and three different Blueshirts notched two points in the contest.
Sept. 22 – Rangers 3 at Flyers 5 – The Flyers registered the only goal of the first period, as Yevgeni Medvedev tallied a power play goal. After Philadelphia extended its lead to two in the second period, the Rangers tied the game at two as Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie each registered a goal in a span of 1:17. Philadelphia notched three consecutive goals to regain the lead and secure the victory. Bodie closed out the scoring by tallying his second goal of the game with 1:59 remaining in regulation.
Sept. 21 – Rangers 6 vs. Devils 3 – Brian Gibbons opened the scoring 1:21 into the game to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead, and Jayson Megna extended the Blueshirts’ lead to two by recording the first of his two goals in the contest. After New Jersey tied the score at two in the second period, the Rangers regained the two-goal lead before the middle frame ended, as Chris Kreider and Viktor Stalberg each tallied a goal in a span of 35 seconds. Oscar Lindberg added a goal in the third period for the Blueshirts, who registered six goals on 23 shots in the contest. Ten different Rangers notched a point, while five different Rangers tallied a goal. Gibbons (one goal, two assists) and Kevin Klein (three assists) each recorded three points in the game.
RANGERS VS. BRUINS – 2014-15 IN REVIEW
The Rangers posted a 1-2-0 record against Boston during the 2014-15 season (1-0-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). Rick Nash led the Blueshirts with two goals and three points during the season series, while Derek Stepan (one goal, one assist) and Chris Kreider (two assists) each registered two points against the Bruins. Eleven different Rangers notched at least one point in the season series. New York was 6-for-6 on the penalty kill against Boston in 2014-15.
The Rangers have won nine of the last 10 preseason games they have played at Madison Square Garden (9-1-0), dating back to Sept. 21, 2009. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 record at MSG in the preseason this year.
The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in goals for (19) in the preseason this year, and they have tallied at least three goals in each of their first five preseason games (3.8 goals per game). Prior to 2015-16, the last time the Blueshirts notched at least three goals in each of their first five preseason games in one season was 2010-11, when they recorded at least three goals in all six preseason contests. In addition, New York has registered 19 goals on 148 shots on goal during the preseason (12.8 shooting percentage).
Through five preseason games, Rangers defensemen have tallied 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). At least one Blueshirts defenseman has posted a multi-point game in four of the team’s first five preseason contests, and at least one New York defenseman has notched a goal in each of the last four contests. In addition, Rangers defensemen have recorded seven goals in the last four games, including four goals in the last two games.
TOP OF THE HEAP
In 2014-15, the Rangers earned the Presidents’ Trophy for posting the top record in the NHL during the regular season. In the process, New York established single-season franchise records in wins (53) and points (113). Entering the 2015-16 season, the Blueshirts have registered the best record in the NHL since Jan. 1, 2014.
The Rangers posted a 98-53-13 record over the last two seasons. The Blueshirts’ 98 wins in 2013-14 and 2014-15 are the most they have recorded in any two-season span in franchise history.
Entering the 2015-16 season, Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (411). Over the span, Vigneault’s team has captured three Presidents’ Trophy three times (Vancouver – 2010-11, 2011-12; Rangers – 2014-15). In addition, Vigneault’s team has won a division title in seven of the last nine seasons, including six of the last seven seasons. Among Rangers head coaches who have coached at least 100 regular season games with the team, Vigneault ranks first in points percentage (.637 – 98-53-13 record).
Henrik Lundqvist leads all NHL goaltenders (min. 350 appearances) in appearances (620), wins (339), GAA (2.26), and shutouts (55), and is tied for first in SV% (.921) since he began his NHL career in 2005-06. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader, who is entering his 11th season with the Blueshirts, is the only goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 20 wins in each of his first 10 seasons, as well as 30 or more wins in nine of his first 10 seasons. Lundqvist is one of four goaltenders in NHL history who have earned 30 or more wins in at least nine different seasons (along with Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and Ed Belfour). In addition, his 10 20-win seasons are tied with Mike Richter for the most in franchise history.
KING HENRIK – SAVING THE DAY
Since the NHL began tracking the save percentage statistic in 1975-76:
- Henrik Lundqvist ranks second among all NHL goaltenders in seasons with a .920 SV% or better (seven)
- Lundqvist is tied with Dominik Hasek for the most seasons in which an NHL goaltender has posted a .9200 SV% or better (seven) – note: does not include seasons when the goaltender’s save percentage was between .9195 and .920, and thus rounded up to .920
- Lundqvist is the only NHL goaltender to post a .900 SV% or better in each of his first 10 NHL seasons (min. 30 appearances in each season)
- Lundqvist is the only goaltender who has posted a .920 SV% or better in each of the last six seasons (since 2009-10)
- Lundqvist has posted a .912 SV% or better in every season of his career. Only three other NHL goaltenders have posted a .912 SV% or better in at least 10 different seasons in their careers (min. 30 appearances in each of those seasons) – Roberto Luongo (13), Dominik Hasek (11), Patrick Roy (10).
*Information from the Elias Sports Bureau was used in parts of the note above
Derek Stepan enters the contest tied for the NHL lead in points (six) and tied for second in the NHL in assists (four) in the preseason this year. In addition, he has registered a point in each of the three preseason games he has played this year, and he has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last two games. In 2014-15, Stepan was one of only two NHL players who ranked tied for fifth or higher on his respective team in all of the following categories: assists, points, game-winning goals, plus/minus rating, shots on goal, power play goals, power play assists, power play points, shorthanded goals, shorthanded assists, and shorthanded points (along with Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks). In addition, Stepan was one of three NHL players who registered at least 55 points, posted a plus/minus rating of plus-25 or better, and recorded 25 or fewer penalty minutes in 2014-15. Entering the 2015-16 season, Stepan leads the Rangers in assists (163) and points (252), is tied for the team lead in goals (89), and ranks second in games played (362) and plus/minus rating (plus-85) since he joined the team at the start of the 2010-11 season.
Entering the 2015-16 season, Chris Kreider is one of five NHL players who have registered at least 40 goals, 80 points, a plus-30 rating, and 150 penalty minutes since the start of the 2012-13 season.
During the 2014-15 season, Kreider was the only NHL player who registered at least 20 goals, 40 points, a plus-20 rating, and 80 penalty minutes. Since his first full NHL season in 2013-14, Kreider is tied for the team lead in power play goals (13), ranks second on the Rangers in goals (38) and goals per game (0.26), is tied for second in plus/minus rating (plus-38), ranks fourth in even strength goals (25) and even strength assists (38), and ranks fifth in assists (45), points (83), and power play points (20).
Oscar Lindberg enters the contest tied for the team lead in goals (two) in the preseason. Over his first two seasons of professional hockey in North America, Lindberg led the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) in assists (54) and points (100), and ranked second in goals (46). Last season, he registered 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in his final 19 regular season games and tallied 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 15 playoff games with Hartford.
- Sept. 26 – Assigned Luke Adam, Mat Bodie, Ryan Bourque, Brian Gibbons, Ryan Graves, Magnus Hellberg, Brady Skjei, and Chris Summers to Hartford’s Training Camp
- Sept. 25 – Assigned Brett Bellemore, Marek Hrivik, Tommy Hughes, Jeff Malcolm, and Adam Tambellini to Hartford’s Training Camp
- Sept. 24 – Assigned Richard Nejezchleb and Travis Oleksuk to Hartford’s Training Camp; Released Jayden Hart and Kirill Kabanov from their Tryout Agreements
- Sept. 23 – Assigned Calle Andersson, Kodie Curran, Cedrick Desjardins, Troy Donnay, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Josh Nicholls, Samuel Noreau, Mackenzie Skapski, Michael St. Croix, Nick Tarnasky, and Petr Zamorsky to Hartford’s Training Camp; Assigned Ryan Gropp, Brandon Halverson, Keegan Iverson, Ryan Mantha, Brad Morrison, and Sergey Zborovskiy to their respective Junior teams; Released Jacob Smith from his Tryout Agreement
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Sept. 29, 1947 – Walt Tkaczuk was born in Emsdetten, Germany
- Sept. 29, 1997 – The Rangers acquired Pat LaFontaine in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.
Sept. 30, 2011 – In a preseason game against his former club team, the Frolunda Indians, in Gothenburg, Sweden, Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 win.