The Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 3-0, tonight at TD Garden to extend their winning streak to four games, and have now won eight of their last 10 games. The Blueshirts are 20-5-1 in their last 26 games, dating back to Dec. 17.
* All information through NHL games on Feb. 12
The Rangers will face-off against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.; TV: MSG 2; Radio: 970 The Apple), in their third game in four days. The Blueshirts currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, and rank second in the league overall, with a record of 36-13-5 (77 pts). The Rangers enter the contest having defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden for their seventh win in nine games, and are now 19-5-1 in their last 25 contests. New York has posted a record of 33-10-3 since Oct. 29, after beginning the season with a 3-3-2 mark. The Bruins enter the contest with a 34-17-2 (70 pts) record to rank second in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last five games. Following the contest, the Rangers will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, Feb. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in an Original Six match-up.
NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
March 26, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Boston Bruins 0 (Game No. 76, Away No. 38)
The Rangers will face-off against their Original Six rival, the Boston Bruins, tomorrow at TD Garden (7:00 p.m.), to begin their first of 18 back-to-back sets on the season. The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, on Thursday at Air Canada Centre, and are now 2-2-1 (5 pts) on the season. The Bruins enter the contest with a 4-1-0 (8 pts) record to rank fifth in the Eastern Conference. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers return to action tomorrow, Oct. 24, when they will face-off against their Atlantic Division rival the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their back-to-back set.
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Prior to the game, the Blueshirts’ morning skate is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at TD Garden.
* Schedule and availability subject to change
RANGERS vs. BRUINS:
Tonight’s contest will begin the Rangers’ first of 18 back-to-back sets this season. Last season, New York posted a record of 5-8-0 in the front-end of back-to-back sets, including a 2-6-0 mark when the first game of the set was away from MSG. The Rangers were 9-2-2 in the second game of back-to-back sets last season.
ORIGINAL SIX SINCE 2005-06
New York has posted a record of 39-20-12 (90 pts) against Original Six opponents since the 2005-06 season, including a 14-4-2 mark vs. Boston over the span. The Rangers’ .634 winning percentage ranks second, trailing Detroit (.721%, 35-12-5) and ahead of Montreal (.619%, 57-33-11), Toronto (.529%, 45-39-18), Boston (.525%, 45-40-15), and Chicago (.445%, 21-27-7).
A NORTHEAST FEAST
Last season, the Rangers posted a record of 11-6-3 (25 pts) against the Northeast Division in 20 games, with the New York penalty kill surrendering just seven goals in 71 shorthanded chances for a 90.1% success rate.
Rookie Derek Stepan (three goals) and Alex Frolov (one assist) both registered their first point as a Ranger in the 6-3 season-opening win on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Three new Blueshirts tallied their first point as a Ranger in home opener on Oct. 15 vs. Toronto, with Ruslan Fedotenko, Derek Boogaard and Steve Eminger each recording one assist in the contest. In addition, Sean Avery registered two assists in the game to record his 100th point as a Ranger. On Monday vs. Colorado, Frolov notched his first goal as a Ranger with a four-on-four tally assisted by Stepan, who picked up his first career assist on the play. Fedotenko tallied his first goal as a Ranger to open the game’s scoring on Thursday at Toronto, and Martin Biron backstopped the Blueshirts to a 2-1 win in the contest with a 24-save performance to record his first win as a Ranger in his first appearance with the team.
YOUTH IS SERVED
Based on opening day rosters, the Rangers have the ninth youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 27 years and 44 days, and the second youngest defensive corp in the league, trailing only Los Angeles with an average age of 25 years and 51 days.
The Rangers have had seven new players dress so far this season: Martin Biron, Derek Boogaard, Steve Eminger, Ruslan Fedotenko, Alex Frolov, and Derek Stepan each skated in the season opener on Oct. 9 at Buffalo. Todd White made his Rangers debut on Monday vs. Colorado at Madison Square Garden, and Biron saw his first game action with a 24-save effort in a 2-1 win on Thursday at Toronto.
MILESTONES IN SIGHT:
MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED:
Total Man-Games Lost: 12