|1||NY RANGERS||-150||Ov 5.5,+125||-165||Ov 5.5,+125|
|2||CAROLINA||+130||Un 5.5,-145||+145||Un 5.5,-145|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9-14-0||-8.2||9-14||-8.2||5-13||2.1||29.3||2.5||29.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-0.8||3-2||-0.8||3-0||4.4||31.8||2.6||25.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||122||34||37||44||7||7||1424||8.6%||144||23||16.0%||191|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||23||49||8||19||19||3||2||673||7.3%||67||7||10.4%||72|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||22||7||7||8||0||0||159||13.8%||19||3||15.8%||34|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||109||34||36||35||4||11||1311||8.3%||142||27||19.0%||180|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||58||15||20||21||2||6||674||8.6%||66||16||24.2%||99|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||5||5||0||2||128||10.2%||11||4||36.4%||20|
|MARTIN BIRON (All Games)||6||6||156||143||91.7%||2||2-4||-2.6||2-4-0||-3||2-3|
|MARTIN BIRON (Road Games)||4||4||105||96||91.4%||2||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|MARTIN BIRON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||104||94||90.4%||2||1-3||-2.6||1-3-0||-3||1-2|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||41||40||1148||1063||92.6%||2||22-18||-3.3||22-18-0||-3||13-18|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Road Games)||19||19||565||522||92.4%||2||7-12||-8.3||7-12-0||-7||5-10|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||105||97||92.4%||0||3-1||+0.6||3-1-0||+1||2-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9-14-0||-7.8||9-14||-7.8||13-8||2.8||33.8||3.4||31.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||3-2||3.0||30.0||3.4||35.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||46||122||36||42||42||2||9||1493||8.2%||159||22||13.8%||204|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||23||64||21||25||17||1||4||777||8.2%||80||11||13.7%||107|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||6||4||4||1||1||150||10.0%||12||1||8.3%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||148||42||48||55||3||9||1473||10.0%||155||33||21.3%||245|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||79||19||24||36||0||4||722||10.9%||76||15||19.7%||125|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||4||7||5||1||0||179||9.5%||18||2||11.1%||28|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||18||16||517||469||90.7%||1||6-10||-5||6-10-0||-6||6-8|
|DAN ELLIS (Home Games)||11||11||325||292||89.8%||1||4-7||-4.8||4-7-0||-5||4-5|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||138||126||91.3%||0||2-1||+1.8||2-1-0||+1||1-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||18||15||471||424||90.0%||0||4-11||-7.2||4-11-0||-7||8-7|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)||9||6||223||199||89.2%||0||2-4||-2.2||2-4-0||-2||5-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||119||89.5%||0||1-3||-1.8||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||17||15||477||433||90.8%||2||9-6||+2.6||9-6-0||+2||8-7|
|CAM WARD (Home Games)||6||6||170||152||89.4%||0||3-3||-0.8||3-3-0||-1||4-2|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||100||94.3%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NY RANGERS 3.1, CAROLINA 3.07|
|3/30/2013||at MONTREAL||0-3||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||U|
|4/1/2013||WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -155||W||5 ev||O|
|4/3/2013||PITTSBURGH||6-1||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||O|
|4/5/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||at CAROLINA||4-1||W||0, -125||W||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at TORONTO||3-4||L||0, -115||L||5 ov||O|
|4/10/2013||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, -165||W||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||1-0||W||0, +100||W||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/18/2013||FLORIDA||6-1||W||0, -275||W||5 un||O|
|4/19/2013||at BUFFALO||8-4||W||0, -125||W||5 un||O|
|4/21/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-1||W||0, -180||W||5 un||P|
|4/23/2013||at FLORIDA||2-3||L||0, -235||L||5 ov||P|
|4/25/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|4/27/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/30/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-1||W||0, +115||W||5.5 ev||U|
|4/1/2013||at MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, +160||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2013||WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/4/2013||TAMPA BAY||0-5||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|4/6/2013||NY RANGERS||1-4||L||0, +105||L||5 ov||P|
|4/8/2013||at BOSTON||2-6||L||0, +210||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/9/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-5||L||0, +145||L||5.5 ev||O|
|4/11/2013||at WASHINGTON||1-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 ev||U|
|4/13/2013||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||O|
|4/16/2013||at OTTAWA||2-3||L||0, +150||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/18/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-4||L||0, +140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|4/20/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|4/21/2013||at TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +145||W||6.5 un||U|
|4/23/2013||NY ISLANDERS||4-3||W||0, +130||W||5.5 ov||O|
|4/25/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|4/27/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|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.
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NY RANGERS-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rangers-Hurricanes Preview* ============================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (24-18-4) at Carolina (19-24-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT
After failing to secure a playoff berth in their last opportunity, the New York Rangers don't want to waste another chance against one of the league's worst teams - and one they've dominated recently.
New York will try again to clinch a third straight postseason appearance Thursday night in Raleigh by claiming its eighth consecutive victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Rangers (24-18-4) are focused on taking care of business with a win, though they can also wrap up an Eastern Conference playoff spot if ninth-place Winnipeg loses in regulation to Montreal on Thursday. Additionally, New York would qualify for the postseason if both teams earn a point.
"We don't want to back in," said center Brad Richards, who has four goals and four assists over the last four games. "We'll get back to work and still control our fate if we win. That's all we can ask for."
Following a Jets' regulation loss Tuesday, New York missed a prime opportunity to punch its playoff ticket as league-worst Florida rallied for two third-period goals in a 3-2 victory that snapped the Rangers' three-game winning streak.
Carolina (19-24-3) isn't far ahead of the Panthers, tied for the league's fourth-fewest points, and has lost seven in a row to New York while getting held to 13 goals. Henrik Lundqvist won four of those games, posting a 1.44 goals-against average and keeping the Hurricanes without a goal in two shootouts.
Lundqvist was in net for both meetings this season, including 48 saves a 4-1 victory April 6 in the last matchup as the Rangers won in Raleigh for the sixth time in seven tries.
Ryan Callahan will try to extend a seven-game point streak in this series that's included six goals and three assists. He's also recorded three goals and four assists over a five-game point streak overall.
Carolina is on a small run of its own, having recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since March 9-12.
Alexander Semin scored for the third time in four games as the Hurricanes claimed a 4-3 shootout victory over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.
While Semin has six points during a four-game streak, Jiri Tlusty has a six-game run during which he has four goals and four assists.
"We're starting to find our identity, and that's important going into next year," said Dan Ellis, who had 36 saves Tuesday for his second straight win after losing seven in a row.
Although he's 3-1-1 with a 2.07 GAA in his last five games against the Rangers, Ellis lost both starts this season and was pulled in the last meeting after allowing three goals over the first two periods.
Derek Stepan scored against Ellis in both matchups and has six goals with nine assists in 12 games this month, tying Rick Nash for the team lead with 40 points.
Eric Staal tops the Hurricanes with 50, and he's expected to team up with two brothers for the first time Thursday. Jordan Staal is in his first season with Carolina, and the team called up 22-year-old Jared Staal from Charlotte of the AHL on Wednesday.
Jared, the youngest of the three, has never appeared in the NHL. The Staals will become the 10th trio of brothers in North America's four major professional sports leagues - and the fourth in the NHL - to play for the same team in the same season.
"The more, the merrier," Eric, the team captain, said after practice Wednesday.
Another Staal brother, Marc, plays for the Rangers but hasn't taken the ice since getting injured March 5.
|Last Updated: 12/20/2014 9:10:29 PM EST|