|3||MINNESOTA||-110||Ov 6,+100||-105||Ov 6,-105|
|4||NY RANGERS||-110||Un 6,-120||-115||Un 6,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14-15-0||-0.8||14-15||-0.8||13-13||2.7||31.2||2.9||29.1|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-8.8||0-5||-8.8||2-3||1.8||32.0||4.0||28.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||60||164||46||61||54||3||10||1890||8.7%||181||37||20.4%||281|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||29||77||21||33||23||0||4||906||8.5%||84||17||20.2%||131|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||5||3||1||0||0||160||5.6%||19||3||15.8%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||180||58||53||63||6||14||1746||10.3%||188||36||19.1%||303|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||85||31||29||24||1||9||843||10.1%||80||18||22.5%||142|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||20||4||8||7||1||1||142||14.1%||23||7||30.4%||31|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (All Games)||49||48||1372||1246||90.8%||0||22-26||-14.2||22-26-0||-13||22-23|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Road Games)||23||23||635||580||91.3%||0||12-11||+1||12-11-0||+1||11-10|
|DEVAN DUBNYK(vs. Non-Conference)||21||21||648||581||89.7%||0||8-13||-11.1||8-13-0||-10||13-6|
|DEVAN DUBNYK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||111||96||86.5%||0||0-4||-7.6||0-4-0||-8||2-2|
|ALEX STALOCK (All Games)||16||12||362||322||89.0%||2||5-7||-3.4||5-7-0||-4||4-6|
|ALEX STALOCK (Road Games)||9||6||200||179||89.5%||2||2-4||-1.8||2-4-0||-2||2-3|
|ALEX STALOCK(vs. Non-Conference)||4||2||65||56||86.2%||1||1-1||+0.2||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|ALEX STALOCK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||102||89||87.3%||0||1-3||-3.8||1-3-0||-4||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15-15-0||+0.4||15-15||+0.4||14-16||2.9||29.6||2.7||31.2|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+2.5||3-2||+2.5||3-2||4.0||33.2||2.8||42.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||59||172||49||52||64||7||13||1700||10.1%||165||35||21.2%||277|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||30||88||27||24||34||3||8||889||9.9%||88||18||20.5%||141|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||5||6||9||0||2||166||12.0%||12||3||25.0%||32|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||195||50||68||69||8||14||1967||9.9%||193||43||22.3%||324|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||81||19||28||28||6||6||937||8.6%||87||16||18.4%||131|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||4||5||5||0||0||210||6.7%||15||2||13.3%||23|
|ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV (All Games)||21||18||634||573||90.4%||1||9-9||+2.9||9-9-0||+2||11-6|
|ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV (Home Games)||8||7||221||208||94.1%||1||5-2||+3.8||5-2-0||+3||3-4|
|ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV(vs. Non-Conference)||5||4||130||118||90.8%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||0||1-2|
|ALEXANDAR GEORGIEV (Last 4 Games)||4||4||160||148||92.5%||0||3-1||+3||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (All Games)||41||41||1321||1201||90.9%||2||17-24||-1.7||17-24-0||-1||20-21|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Home Games)||23||23||712||650||91.3%||0||10-13||-3.5||10-13-0||-4||11-12|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST(vs. Non-Conference)||19||19||633||578||91.3%||0||8-11||-0.6||8-11-0||0||9-10|
|HENRIK LUNDQVIST (Last 4 Games)||4||4||141||131||92.9%||0||1-3||-1.6||1-3-0||-1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 3.04, NY RANGERS 3.23|
|2/1/2019||at DALLAS||1-3||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/2/2019||CHICAGO||3-4||L||0, -185||L||6 ov||O|
|2/5/2019||at BUFFALO||4-5||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2019||EDMONTON||1-4||L||0, -170||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/9/2019||at NEW JERSEY||4-2||W||0, -125||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/10/2019||at NY ISLANDERS||1-2||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/12/2019||PHILADELPHIA||4-5||L||0, -160||L||6 un||O|
|2/15/2019||NEW JERSEY||4-5||L||0, -280||L||6 un||O|
|2/17/2019||ST LOUIS||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/19/2019||ANAHEIM||0-4||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2019||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/22/2019||at DETROIT|| |
|2/24/2019||ST LOUIS|| |
|2/26/2019||at WINNIPEG|| |
|3/2/2019||at CALGARY|| |
|1/29/2019||PHILADELPHIA||0-1||L||0, -110||L||6.5 ev||U|
|1/31/2019||at NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, +110||W||6 ov||O|
|2/2/2019||TAMPA BAY||2-3||L||0, +135||L||6.5 ov||U|
|2/4/2019||LOS ANGELES||3-4||L||0, -135||L||5.5 ev||O|
|2/6/2019||BOSTON||4-3||W||0, +135||W||6 un||O|
|2/8/2019||CAROLINA||0-3||L||0, -110||L||6 ov||U|
|2/10/2019||TORONTO||4-1||W||0, +140||W||6.5 ov||U|
|2/12/2019||at WINNIPEG||3-4||L||0, +180||L||6.5 ev||O|
|2/15/2019||at BUFFALO||6-2||W||0, +130||W||6 un||O|
|2/17/2019||at PITTSBURGH||5-6||L||0, +195||L||6.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2019||at CAROLINA||2-1||W||0, +180||W||6 ov||U|
|2/23/2019||NEW JERSEY|| |
|2/24/2019||at WASHINGTON|| |
|2/27/2019||TAMPA BAY|| |
|MINNESOTA: LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. |
LOST to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Zach Parise. After missing the first 39 games because of a lower back problem that required surgery, Parise's delayed start was predictably slow. He scored 12 goals in his last 18 games of the regular season, though, and scored in each of the first three playoff games until being knocked out of action again by a broken sternum. Parise, who's entering his 14th NHL season at age 34, isn't built to be the team's premier scorer but needs to replicate that productivity down the stretch to help keep the offense balanced.
OUTLOOK: New GM Paul Fenton made only minor moves this summer for fresh faces on the fourth line and more depth on defense, so the Wild will rely on the same core that has been bounced out of the playoffs in the first round three straight times and won only two series over the last six years. Just reaching the postseason again in the rugged Western Conference would be an accomplishment in itself, and Boudreau has as strong of an 82-game track record as any bench boss in the league. Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, who's coming off a serious ankle injury that kept him out of the playoffs, must stay healthy throughout the seventh year of their identical $98 million megadeals. Wings Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter also have to bounce back from down seasons.
|NY RANGERS: LAST SEASON: 34-39-9, 77 points. Eighth in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: David Quinn (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: D Adam McQuaid, G Marek Mazanec, G Dustin Tokarski, D Fredrik Claesson.
LOST: G Ondrej Pavelec, D Steven Kampfer, C David Desharnis.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Henrik Lundqvist. The veteran goalie, who turns 37 in March, is coming off a 26-26-7 season with a 2.98 goals-against average ' the highest of his career. It was also just the second time he finished with fewer than 30 wins; the other was the lockout-shortened 2012-13, when he was 24-16-3. With a little more than a week to go before the start of the season, the competition for his backup is still undecided between Alexandar Georgiev, Mazanec and Tokarski. Quinn said neither he nor Lundqvist has a target number of games in mind for the veteran.
OUTLOOK: After being perennially expected to compete for the Stanley Cup, the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. The team is rebuilding after dealing several veteran stars in a youth movement at the trade deadline last winter. Quinn was hired from Boston University to lead a youthful team that has some veterans remaining. The Rangers hope to stay healthier after a season in which key players dealt with injuries, including Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad.
|Headed in opposite directions, Wild visit Rangers|
From their reactions following Tuesday night's games, one would think the New York Rangers were on the edge of playoff contention, and the Minnesota Wild were several games out.
But their roles are actually reversed heading into Thursday night's matchup at Madison Square Garden.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau walked out of his postgame news conference after just a couple of questions Tuesday following a 4-0 loss at home to the Anaheim Ducks, his former team.
"I didn't think we paid the price to win. So simple as that. You gotta get to the front of the net. You gotta get the dirty goals," Boudreau said before exiting.
The Wild (27-27-6, 60 points) have lost five consecutive games -- including four at home -- and are 1-6-3 since the All-Star break.
"I guess any way it can go wrong, it will," Wild forward Jason Zucker told NHL.com. "That's what's happening this year."
The Wild have been shut out in back-to-back games, with their scoreless streak reaching 156 minutes, stretching back to a 4-1 second-period lead they blew against the Devils on Friday.
They went 0-for-3 on the power Anaheim after going 0-for-5 against St. Louis.
"If we get one on the power play -- we had enough chances -- it's a different game," Wild defenseman Ryan Suter told NHL.com. "But we weren't able to score, and that's kind of the bottom line."
The Wild remained in the Western Conference's second wild-card spot after Tuesday's defeat, but Colorado and Chicago each entered Wednesday's games one point back.
"I still believe in our group," Suter said. "We're just snake-bitten."
The Rangers, on the other hand, are coming off a 2-1 victory Tuesday at Carolina, as goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots. It was Lundqvist's 30th career victory against the Hurricanes in 43 games.
"I had to improvise a little bit," Lundqvist told NHL.com. "It worked. It's just a good feeling to win. That's all I want to do."
Vladislav Namestnikov snapped a 1-1 tie 6:10 into the third, and Lundqvist made 18 saves in the period.
"Obviously you want to bounce back from the game we had (on Sunday), a tough loss against the Pens, and come here, a tough building, a division rival," Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad told NHL.com. "We kind of said that after the second going into the third: Just one good period and we'll be able to come out of here with two points.
"I didn't think it was our best period compared to the other games, but we did enough, we got that one goal, and Hankie shut it down."
Still, the victory left New York (26-25-8, 60) nine points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with four teams between them and the final wild-card berth.
"I don't think the chase and the hunt for the playoffs is over by any means for us here in the locker room," Zibanejad told the New York Post. "People outside might say so, but that's up to you guys and up to the rest of the people to think what we should do and what we should not. For us, we just take it game by game. It's that simple. We can't look ahead."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 3/22/2019 7:17:22 AM EST|