The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tonight at Scotiabank Place (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG Network; Radio: 1050 ESPN Radio), in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Blueshirts trail in the series, 3-2, following a 2-0 loss in Game 5 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a 200-219-8 record all-time in 427 playoff contests (111-85-2 at home; 89-134-6 on the road). New York has posted a 14-17 record all-time in Game 6 of playoff series.
New York entered the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference having posted a record of 51-24-7 overall (27-12-2 at home; 24-12-5 on the road) for 109 points. The Rangers’ 51 wins ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Blueshirts finished second in the NHL overall, tied for first in wins and led the league with 47 wins in regulation and overtime. New York is one of four Eastern Conference teams to have posted 40 or more wins in at least six seasons since 2005-06, and one of four teams in the East to have advanced to the playoffs in six of the last seven years.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Prior to tonight’s contest, the Rangers’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Scotiabank Place. Head Coach John Tortorella will be available to the media at 11:45 a.m.
* Schedule and availability subject to change
ALL-TIME RANGERS PLAYOFF RECORDS:
* Overall 200-219-8
* Home 111-85-2
* Away 89-134-6
* Goals for 1,184
* Goals against 1,182
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS RANGERS vs. SENATORS
The Rangers and current Senators franchise are meeting in the playoffs for the first time. The Blueshirts had previously met the original Ottawa Senators franchise in the 1930 playoffs. New York won that two-game, total goals Quarterfinal matchup, 6-3 (Mar. 20, 1930 at OTT, 1-1; Mar. 22, 1930 vs. OTT, 5-2).
RANGERS vs. SENATORS:
* All-Time (Regular Season): 33-35-3-3 overall (14-21-0-2 at home; 19-14-3-1 on the road)
* 2011-12: New York was 1-2-1 overall (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the four meetings were decided by one goal. Marian Gaborik led the Rangers with three goals and five points, while Derek Stepan tallied a team-high, three assists to go along with a one goal. Henrik Lundqvist was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .905 Sv%, and Martin Biron was 0-1-0 with a 3.08 GAA and .857 Sv%.
* Three Rangers have previous playoff experience against the Senators: Brad Richards (5 GP, 3-5-8), Ruslan Fedotenko (12 GP, 1-0-1) and Mike Rupp (8 GP)
* The Rangers are 8-5-2 in the last 15 regular season games against the Senators
* The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven regular season games in Ottawa, out-scoring the Senators, 20-12, in those contests
* Martin Biron’s start on Mar. 8 at Ottawa ended Henrik Lundqvist’s streak of 26 consecutive appearances against the Senators, dating back to Dec. 26, 2005
* New York lists no former Senators on their roster
* Ottawa lists two former Rangers on their roster: Alex Auld (2009-10); Matt Gilroy (2009-10 – 2010-11)
INDIVIDUAL CAREER LEADERS vs. SENATORS (Regular Season):
* Henrik Lundqvist 26 GP, 11-12-2, 2.05 GAA, 1 SO
* Martin Biron 31 GP, 14-10-2-2, 2.80 GAA, 2 SO
* Brad Richards 35 GP, 13-13-26
* Marian Gaborik 16 GP, 8-10-18
* Derek Stepan 8 GP, 3-4-7
MISCELLANEOUS PLAYOFF NOTES:
* The last playoff series the Rangers began at home was their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against Montreal in 1996
* The Rangers have won their last five playoff series in which they held home-ice advantage
* The Blueshirts have won seven of their last 10 first round playoff series
* The Rangers have posted an 18-12 series record against Canadian teams
* New York has posted a 30-11 series record when winning Game 1
* The Rangers’ 1-0 win in Game 3 was the 200th playoff victory in franchise history
* The Blueshirts’ win in Game 3 was the 38th postseason shutout in team history; It was the 11th time New York won a playoff game with a final score of 1-0, but only the second time since the 1940 playoffs
* Prior to Game 3 on Monday, the Rangers’ last playoff game in Canada was on Apr. 28, 1996, a 5-3 victory at Montreal in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series
The Blueshirts posted a record of 25-2-4 in games when tallying a power play goal, and 34-13-3 when not allowing a power play goal this season.
* Power Play: The Rangers did not tally a goal in four power play attempts (8:00) in Game 5, and are now 3-22 (13.6%) in five playoff contests. Shorthanded goals allowed (0).
* Penalty Killing: The Blueshirts held the Senators scoreless in four shorthanded situations (8:00) in Game 5, and are now 17-19 (89.5%) in five playoff contests. Shorthanded goals for (0).
* Four-on-Four: New York did not tally/yield a goal in one four-on-four situation (2:00) in Game 5. The Rangers are even in three four-on-four situations (5:33). Four-on-four goals for (0). Four-on-four goals allowed (0).
The Rangers 41 shots in Game 5 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden were the most by the Blueshirts in a playoff game since they registered 46 shots in a 2-1 double overtime win against Buffalo on Apr. 29, 2007, in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals series. The last time the Rangers registered at least 41 shots in a playoff game that ended in regulation was Apr. 20, 1997, when they registered 44 shots on goal against Florida in a 3-0 win in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
SETTING THE PACE
The Rangers have tallied the first goal in four games this series, and have held the lead for 133:46, been tied for 119:31 and have trailed for 50:42 through five games.
Six Rangers have made their playoff debut in the series. Five of those players debuted in Game 1 – Stu Bickel, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, John Mitchell, and Anton Stralman. Hagelin and Stralman each tallied their first career postseason point with one assist apiece in Game 1. With the assist, Hagelin became the first Rangers rookie to record a point while making his playoff debut since Lauri Korpikoski on May 4, 2008, in Game 5 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals at Pittsburgh (goal). Anisimov (two assists) also registered his first career playoff assist in the contest, while Boyle notched his first career playoff point with the game-winning goal. In Game 2, Del Zotto tallied his first career playoff point with an assist, and Stralman added his first career playoff goal. Chris Kreider, the Rangers’ first round pick in 2009, made his NHL debut in Game 3, becoming the first Rangers player to do so since Korpikoski in 2008. He is also the first NHL player to win the NCAA National Championship and make his NHL debut in that year’s playoffs since Tony Hrkac with St. Louis in 1987.
KING HENRIK’S ASCENSION
Henrik Lundqvist continues to climb the Rangers’ all-time playoff leaders list in several goaltending categories. He posted a 39-save shutout, his fourth career in the playoffs, in a 1-0 win in Game 3, passing Andy Aitkenhead for fifth place on the Rangers’ all-time playoff shutouts list and tying Dave Kerr for third all-time with 17 playoff wins. Lundqvist passed John Vanbiesbrouck for third in franchise history with his 39th career playoff appearance in Game 4.
COOL UNDER PRESSURE
Henrik Lundqvist has posted 30 or more saves in the playoffs 13 times, posting a 6-7 record with a 1.85 GAA, .945 Sv% and two shutouts in those contests.
THREE OF A KIND
Henrik Lundqvist became the third goaltender in NHL history, and second in as many days (Jonathan Quick, LAK), to post 39 or more saves in a 1-0 shutout victory in a non-overtime playoff game. *courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
PLACE IN TEAM HISTORY
The Blueshirts 51 wins this season ranked second in franchise history, while their 109 points tied for second all-time. The Rangers also tied the franchise record for most road wins in a season with 24 victories away from MSG. The Rangers reached the 50-win mark for the third time in franchise history with a 4-1 victory vs. Montreal on Mar. 30, and eclipsed the 100-point mark for the seventh time with a 4-3 shootout win at Toronto on Mar. 24. The Blueshirts reached the 40-win mark in 61 games, which tied as the second fewest games to reach 40 wins in team history.
New York ascended to the top position in the Eastern Conference following games played on Dec. 26 (game #34), and held that position for two days before reclaiming the top spot for good following games played on Dec. 30 (game #36). The Blueshirts clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-3 win on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia. It is the first time since 1993-94 the Rangers finished atop the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference standings.
QUICK HITS (Regular Season):
* The Rangers posted a combined record of 19-4-5 in back-to-back games, including a 9-2-3 (3-1-0 at home, 6-1-3 on the road) record in the first game and a 10-2-2 (6-0-0 at home, 4-2-2 on the road) mark in the second
* New York was 21-3-3 when leading after the first period and 30-0-3 when leading after the second
* The Rangers ranked fifth in the league with a .208 win% when trailing after two periods (5-18-1)
* New York led the NHL with a .682 win% when out-shooting their opponent (30-13-1)
* The Rangers ranked third in the league with a 35-5-3 record (.814 win%) when scoring first
* Michael Sauer (concussion, 12/5) 5
* Steve Eminger (injured, 3/15) 5
* Mats Zuccarello (fractured wrist, 3/23) 5
Total Man-Games Lost (Regular Season): 237
Total Man-Games Lost (Playoffs): 15
* Apr. 10 – Agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider to an entry level deal
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