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Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Mar. 12

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

 

Rangers: 30-32-7 (67 pts)

Hurricanes: 30-27-11 (71 pts)

 

* See the attached documents for additional information on all Rangers players and the Rangers’ portion of game notes for tomorrow’s contest

 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 70th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Mar. 12, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in five of their last seven games (3-2-2 record) and have won three of their last six contests (3-2-1 record). Including tomorrow’s game, 10 of the Rangers’ final 13 regular season games in 2017-18 are against teams in the Metropolitan Division, and the Blueshirts will play at least one more game against each of their seven Metropolitan Division opponents before the end of the regular season.

 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 11:15 a.m. at Madison Square Garden. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate in the fifth floor press conference room.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

 

RANGERS VS. HURRICANES

  • All-Time*: 77-52-7-2 (47-17-4-2 at home; 30-35-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 – 1996-97
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following their 5-1 win on Dec. 1 at MSG. New York has outscored Carolina, 11-2, in the season series and has tallied at least five goals in each of the first two contests. Paul Carey, Jesper Fast, and Chris Kreider have each tallied two goals in season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA and a .970 SV% (64 saves on 66 shots) in two appearances. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Hurricanes will play against each other on the following date: Mar. 31 (at Carolina).
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a 14-game home winning streak against Carolina, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The streak is the longest the Blueshirts have registered against one opponent in franchise history.
  • The Rangers have won 23 of their last 27 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (23-4-0 record over the span). New York has also won 13 of its last 16 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (13-3-0 record).
  • Nine of the last 15 meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, including four of the last seven meetings, have been decided by one goal.

 

 RANGERS-HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

  • Marc Staal and Jordan Staal are brothers. Marc and Jordan, along with their brother, Eric, are the only trio of brothers in the history of the NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA who were all selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft.
  • The Rangers selected Jesper Fast in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Blueshirts acquired the pick in a trade with the Hurricanes.
  • Lee Stempniak played part of one season with the Rangers (2014-15).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, New York) and Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, New York) are both from Westchester County.
  • Henrik Lundqvist, Elias Lindholm, Joakim Nordstrom, and Victor Rask all helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Mika Zibanejad, Joakim Nordstrom, and Victor Rask all helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Teuvo Teravainen were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Paul Carey and Scott Darling were teammates with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for one season (2007-08).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Joakim Nordstrom were teammates with AIK’s U18 team in Sweden for one season (2008-09).
  • Ondrej Pavelec and Lee Stempniak were teammates with the Jets for part of one season (2014-15).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Williams were teammates with the Capitals for part of one season (2016-17).
  • Chris Kreider and Justin Faulk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Justin Faulk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Faulk represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Brady Skjei and Noah Hanifin represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship in each of the last two years (2016 and 2017). In addition, Skjei, Hanifin, Kevin Hayes, and Trevor van Riemsdyk represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Jaccob Slavin represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 39 GP, 27-11-1, 2.05 GAA, .929 SV%, 2 SO – In his last 21 appearances against Carolina (dating back to Feb. 22, 2011), Lundqvist has posted an 18-3-0 record, along with a 1.74 GAA, a .942 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has earned more wins against the Hurricanes than any other NHL goaltender over the span. In his last 12 appearances against Carolina at MSG (dating back to Jan. 5, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 12-0-0 record, along with a 1.23 GAA, a .960 SV%, and 1 SO, and he has allowed one goal or fewer in nine of the 12 contests.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 25 GP, 5-18-23 – Zuccarello has registered a point in 15 of his last 19 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Nov. 2, 2013 (four goals, 15 assists over the span). He has tallied more career assists and career points against Carolina than against any other NHL opponent.
  • Chris Kreider – 17 GP, 8-5-13 – Kreider has registered a goal/point in three of the last four games Carolina, and he has posted a multi-point game in three of the four contests (five goals, one assist). He has also recorded a goal/point in five of his last seven games against Carolina, registering eight points (seven goals, one assist) over the span.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 16 GP, 6-7-13 – Zibanejad has registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last eight games against the Hurricanes, and he has tallied a point in 10 of his last 13 contests against Carolina (six goals, seven assists over the span).
  • Jesper Fast – 14 GP, 4-4-8 – Fast has tallied a point in seven of his last 11 games against Carolina (four goals, four assists), and he recorded his first career multi-goal game in the NHL in the first meeting between the Rangers and Hurricanes this season.
  • David Desharnais – 21 GP, 5-9-14 – Desharnais has recorded 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 12 games against Carolina.
  • Ryan Spooner – 8 GP, 2-4-6 – Spooner has tallied an assist/point in each of his last three games against the Hurricanes (one goal, three assists).

 

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have registered at least three goals in five of the last six games and have recorded 18 goals over the span. In addition, 10 different Rangers have tallied at least one goal over the last six contests (Hayes, Zibanejad, Spooner, Vesey, Carey, Gilmour, Buchnevich, Namestnikov, Kreider, and Zuccarello).

 

HOME COOKING

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 27 home games, dating back to Oct. 26 (16-9-2 record). In addition, the Rangers have registered at least one point in 22 of 35 home games in 2017-18 (18-13-4 record).

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist made 50 saves and earned a win in two consecutive games on Feb. 28 at Vancouver and Mar. 2 at Calgary. Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history (since saves were first tracked in 1955-56) to make 50 or more saves and earn a win in two consecutive games. He is also the first Rangers goaltender who has made at least 50 saves in two consecutive games since Gump Worsley on Jan. 27, 1963 and Jan. 30, 1963, and he became the first goaltender for any NHL team to make at least 50 saves in two consecutive games since Worsley did so with the Blueshirts. Lundqvist made his 800th career NHL appearance on Mar. 10 at Florida, becoming the 15th goaltender in NHL history to appear in at least 800 career games. Lundqvist passed Nikolai Khabibulin for sole possession of 15th place on the NHL’s all-time appearances list, and he also passed Khabibulin for the most career appearances by a goaltender who was born outside of North America in NHL history. Lundqvist became the ninth player (and first goaltender) to appear in at least 800 games with the Rangers in franchise history.

 

SPOONER STREET

Ryan Spooner has tallied 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his first seven games as a member of the Rangers. In addition, he registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in his first three games with the Blueshirts and posted a multi-point game in each of the three contests. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Spooner became the first Ranger in franchise history to register at least six assists in his first three games with the team, and he also became the first Ranger in franchise history to post a multi-point game in each of his first three games with the team. Also according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Spooner’s 10 assists are tied for the most any player has recorded in his first seven games with the Rangers in franchise history, and he is the only player in franchise history who has posted five multi-point games in his first seven contests with the Blueshirts. Since he was acquired by the Rangers on Feb. 25, Spooner is tied for the NHL lead in assists and is tied for fourth in the NHL in points.

 

HEY HEY HAYES

Kevin Hayes has notched seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last seven games. He has tallied a point in 11 of the last 15 games and has recorded 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in those 15 contests. In addition, Hayes has tallied 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 20 games since returning to the Rangers’ lineup on Jan. 25 at San Jose, and he leads the team in goals and points during the stretch. He notched his 20th goal of the season on Mar. 10 at Florida, and he has reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career. Hayes is tied for second in the NHL in goals since Feb. 28 (five), only trailing Patrik Laine (nine) over the span.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-1 (2:00) on Mar. 10 at Florida.
  • The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in 12 of the last 25 games (15-for-64; 23.4%), in 13 of the last 27 contests (16-for-68; 23.5%), and in 16 of the last 31 games (18-for-80; 22.5%).
  • New York has recorded eight power play goals over the last 15 games (8-for-38; 21.1%).

 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:53) on Mar. 10 at Florida.
  • New York is tied for sixth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (82.9%; 174-for-210).
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in four of the last five games (10-for-11; 90.9%), in eight of the last 11 games (23-for-26; 88.5%), and in 10 of the last 14 contests (29-for-33; 87.9%).
  • The Rangers have killed off 46 of their opponents’ 53 power play opportunities over the last 20 games (86.8%).
  • The Blueshirts have allowed one power play goal or fewer in 65 of 69 games in 2017-18.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mika Zibanejad – 2 goals away from 100 in his NHL career; 4 games away from 400 in his NHL career
  • Mats Zuccarello – 2 goals away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Kevin Hayes – 3 games away from 300 in his NHL career; 3 assists away from 100 in his NHL career
  • David Desharnais – 6 assists away from 200 in his NHL career

 

INJURIES (141 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Kevin Shattenkirk (meniscus tear) – has missed 23 games
  • Ondrej Pavelec (sprained MCL) – has missed 14 games
  • Steven Kampfer (fractured hand) – has missed 13 games
  • David Desharnais (kidney stones) – has missed one game

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Mar. 5 – Agreed to terms with Ty Ronning on an entry-level contract

 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Mar. 11, 1959 – Andy Bathgate registered a hat trick and broke his own single-season franchise record by registering his 79th point of the 1958-59 season as the Rangers faced the Chicago Black Hawks at MSG. Bathgate would finish the season with 88 points and win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s MVP.
  • Mar. 12, 1933 – Bill Cook registered six points (four goals, two assists) and established a franchise record for points in a period by tallying five in the third period as the Rangers defeated the New York Americans, 8-2.
  • Mar. 12, 1952 – The Rangers tallied seven goals in the third period – including four in a span of 2:10 and two in 14 seconds – and defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 10-2, at MSG.
  • Mar. 12, 1980 – Phil Esposito reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th consecutive season and John Davidson stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-0, at MSG.
  • Mar. 12, 1997 – Mark Messier registered three points (one goal, two assists), including his 573rd career NHL goal to tie Mike Bossy for 10th place on the league’s all-time goals list, as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at MSG. Mike Richter made a penalty shot save on the Capitals’ Ken Klee to improve to 7-for-7 on penalty shots he had faced in his NHL career.

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