|53||NY RANGERS||-110||Ov 5,+100||-120||Ov 5,+110|
|54||NEW JERSEY||-110||Un 5,-120||+100||Un 5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||1-2-0||-1||1-2||-1||0-3||1.7||23.3||2.3||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.8||3-2||+0.8||1-4||2.2||29.4||2.0||27.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||19||4||5||9||1||1||235||8.1%||30||3||10.0%||31|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||3||5||0||2||3||0||0||70||7.1%||11||1||9.1%||8|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||11||1||3||7||0||1||147||7.5%||16||2||12.5%||19|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||4||6||2||1||3||0||0||109||5.5%||14||3||21.4%||9|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||22||7||7||8||0||1||240||9.2%||37||8||21.6%||38|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||7||1||4||2||0||0||99||7.1%||11||2||18.2%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||3||3||4||0||0||138||7.2%||20||5||25.0%||20|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||12||4||3||5||0||1||128||9.4%||20||5||25.0%||21|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||2||2||52||49||94.2%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||1||1||32||30||93.7%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|MARTIN BIRON (vs. Division)||1||1||20||19||95.0%||0||0-1||-1.2||0-1-0||-1||1-0|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||2||2||52||49||94.2%||0||1-1||-0.1||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||7||6||187||169||90.4%||0||3-3||-0.3||3-3-0||0||2-4|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||2||2||67||62||92.5%||0||0-2||-2.1||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (vs. Division)||4||3||107||97||90.7%||0||1-2||-1.3||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||98||92.5%||0||2-2||-0.3||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||2-1-0||+0.6||2-1||+0.6||1-2||3.3||31.0||2.3||29.0|
|Last 5 Games||1-4-0||-3.4||1-4||-3.4||3-2||2.4||25.2||3.2||29.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||8||20||3||9||7||1||1||215||9.3%||34||5||14.7%||36|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3||10||3||5||1||1||0||93||10.8%||18||2||11.1%||17|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||0||6||6||0||1||126||9.5%||19||3||15.8%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||5||13||2||6||5||0||1||129||10.1%||19||2||10.5%||22|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||19||3||4||9||3||1||218||8.7%||40||6||15.0%||30|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||7||1||2||3||1||0||87||8.0%||18||4||22.2%||12|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||3||4||6||3||1||147||10.9%||22||4||18.2%||26|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||11||1||4||5||1||0||130||8.5%||24||4||16.7%||20|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)||6||6||168||151||89.9%||1||3-3||-0.5||3-3-0||0||3-3|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)||3||3||87||80||92.0%||1||2-1||+0.6||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (vs. Division)||4||4||108||97||89.8%||1||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||2-2|
|MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)||4||4||125||109||87.2%||0||1-3||-2.5||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)||2||2||50||49||98.0%||0||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (vs. Division)||1||1||22||22||100.0%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-1|
|JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)||2||2||50||49||98.0%||0||1-1||+0.1||1-1-0||0||0-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.44, NEW JERSEY 3.18|
|1/19/2013||at BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||U|
|1/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-6||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/23/2013||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|1/24/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-2||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/26/2013||TORONTO||5-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|1/29/2013||PHILADELPHIA||2-1||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/31/2013||PITTSBURGH||0-3||L||0, -120||L|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +105||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/5/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/7/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/10/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/12/2013||at BOSTON|| |
|2/14/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|1/19/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||2-1||W||0, -115||W||5 ov||U|
|1/22/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-0||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/25/2013||WASHINGTON||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at MONTREAL||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|1/29/2013||at BOSTON||1-2||L||0, +150||L||5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-5||L||0, -140||L||5 ov||O|
|2/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-5||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-0||W||0, +105||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/5/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/7/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/10/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/16/2013||at NY ISLANDERS|| |
|NY RANGERS: |
LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Lost to New Jersey 4-2 in Eastern Conference finals.
COACH: John Tortorella, 6th season with Rangers, 145-100-26; 14th overall, 384-322-100 in NHL.
ADDED: LW Rick Nash, RW Arron Asham, C Micheal Haley, LW Taylor Pyatt, C Jeff Halpern.
LOST: C Artem Anisimov, C Brandon Dubinsky, D Tim Erixon, C John Mitchell, RW Brandon Prust, G Chad Johnson, D Jeff Woywitka, D John Scott, LW Ruslan Fedotenko.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Nash. The big power forward has finally emerged from relative obscurity and landed on the big stage. The 28-year-old Nash, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft by Columbus, played in only four playoff games in nine seasons with the Blue Jackets. His size and scoring ability will both be major factors for the Rangers' offense, which now boasts three premier forwards in Nash, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
OUTLOOK: With reigning Vezina Trophy winner Henrik Lundqvist in net, and Nash teaming up with Gaborik and Richards up front, the Rangers have every reason to believe they can again top the Eastern Conference in the regular season and carry that through the playoffs, as well.
|NEW JERSEY: |
LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.
COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.
ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).
LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Devils Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (4-4-0) at New Jersey (4-1-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
An overtime goal put the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup finals last spring, and sent the New York Rangers back home to regroup.
There isn't that much at stake this time at the Prudential Center, but the memory of that series is sure to further fuel the animosity between the bitter rivals Tuesday night.
New Jersey (4-1-3) got a goal from Adam Henrique 1:03 into overtime to beat top-seeded New York 3-2 in Game 6 of the conference finals on May 25, capping the series with a third straight win.
The Devils, however, fell short of matching the Rangers' four Stanley Cups, losing in six games to Los Angeles.
While the memory of ousting New York (4-4-0) from the playoffs provided some solace to fans, coach Peter DeBoer took a different tack.
"There was a lot of people that felt that was as nice for them as a Stanley Cup win because of who they were and the history of the two teams," he said while claiming to disagree with that sentiment. "I didn't appreciate what it was until I lived through it, and it was a great experience.
"You don't need any big motivational speeches when we're playing them," he added.
The Devils enter this meeting coming off Sunday's 3-0 road victory over the New York Islanders, doing all of the scoring in the final 3:54 to end a four-game slide.
The Rangers have won four of six, but seek consistency of their own after winning 3-2 at Tampa Bay on Saturday, two days after falling 3-0 at home to Pittsburgh.
"If you ask (Rangers coach John Tortorella), he's probably going to say the same things that I am that we're a work in progress," DeBoer said. "We're inching toward our vision of where we see our respective teams. I don't think either team is there yet."
Tortorella may agree since New York is allowing 2.75 goals per game after ranking third in the NHL last season with 2.22.
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to be back in net after being rested Saturday. He's 3-4-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average after going 39-18-5 with a 1.97 goals-against average last season while winning the Vezina Trophy.
He struggled in the last three games of the East finals, compiling a 3.35 GAA. He has a 1.55 GAA and two shutouts while winning eight of his last 12 regular-season starts against the Devils, usually facing Martin Brodeur.
Brodeur, rested Sunday, is also off to a slow start at 3-1-2 with a 2.75 GAA. The four-time Vezina winner had a 2.00 GAA against the Rangers in the conference finals, turning aside 33 shots in the decisive victory.
"I expect a tough game against the Devils," Lundqvist told the team's official website. "They're a good team, and the last time we played them was a special, special series."
"It's always fun to Marty and the Devils. I love those games, the rivalry, and the intensity in the building is always great. It's special for us, and for the fans, too."
That intensity may be on display early since four of the six regular-season meetings in 2011-12 included fisticuffs in the opening minutes, three touching off as soon as the puck dropped.
It'll certainly be new for Rick Nash, acquired in a blockbuster deal with Columbus in an effort to help the Rangers this season. He has just two goals so far, and no points in four career visits to New Jersey.
In another move geared towards the postseason, New York sent center Michael Rupp to Minnesota in exchange for center Darroll Powe and right wing Nick Palmieri on Monday.
The Rangers also recalled J.T. Miller, 19, from Connecticut of the AHL. The 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft had nine points in seven games while helping the United States win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships last month.
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 9:33:42 PM EST|