Stats to chew on: The final week of the seasonApril 23, 2013, by
– Since the trade deadline, Derick Brassard has three goals in six assists in 10 games and Marian Gaborik has three goals and four assists in 10 games.
– The Rangers are 7-2-1 since the trade deadline. (Via @Herman_NYRBlog)
– The Rangers are 8-36 (22.2%) on the power play since the trade deadline and were converting at a 14.3% rate before it.
– Brad Richards has four goals and three assists in his last three games. Richards notched his first career hat trick in his 896th game on Friday. He’d previously had 22 two-goal games. (Via @SteveZipay)
– Richards’ burst gives him 10 goals and 20 assists in 43 games, which is a 57-point pace (19 goals, 38 assists) over an 82-game season.
– The Rangers were last in the offense in scoring at the trade deadline, they are now 17th.
– The Blueshirts have scored more goals in April than any other team (41). (Via @Liam_McHugh)
– New York is 16-2-1 when scoring first this season. (Via @RothmanHockey)
– The Blueshirts are 6-1-0 and have scored 33 goals in the seven games Brian Boyle hasn’t played in this season. (Via @AllysonGrono)
– In his last 33 games against the Devils, Henrik Lundqvist is 22-9-2 with a 1.97 GAA, a .928 SV% and six shutouts. (Via @RothmanHockey)
– New York is 13-7-2 in its last 22 games against the Devils.
– Over his last 17 games, Lundqvist has posted a 11-4-2 mark with a 1.80 GAA and a .934 SV%.
– Anton Stralman’s assist on Derek Stepan’s goal on Sunday was his 100th career point. (Via @Mike_Rappaport)
– The Rangers scored five times in 2:58 on Friday, breaking the team’s old record of five goals in 3:22 in 1985. (Via @JoshSmith29)
– The Rangers have scored in 11 straight periods. (Via @Herman_NYRBlog)
– Prior to Friday’s explosion, the last time the Rangers scored eight goals in a game was November 14, 2010 against Edmonton. Gaborik led the charge with three goals in that game, Alex Frolov had two and Ruslan Fedotenko, Brian Boyle and Artem Anisimov all potted one. (Via @Mike_Rappaport)
– The last time the Rangers scored 18 goals over three games was Jan 16-19 in 2010 when they beat the Blues 4-1, Montreal 6-2 and Tampa Bay 8-2. (Via @JoshSmith29)
– Taylor Pyatt’s goal on Sunday was his first in 27 games. Sunday also marked Pyatt’s 800th career game. (Via @NYDNRangers and @NYRangers)
– Rick Nash ranks fifth in the NHL with 165 shots on goal.
– Derek Stepan is tied for fourth in the NHL with five game-winning goals.
– Lundqvist ranks sixth in the NHL with a 2.08 GAA and fourth with a .927 SV%.
– Ryan Callahan is eighth in the NHL in hits with 148.
– Ryane Clowe ranks eighth in the NHL with 83 penalty minutes.
– Dan Girardi is third in the NHL with 117 blocked shots. Girardi ranks 10th in the league in average time on ice at 25:18.
– The Rangers have 52 points in 45 games this season, which puts them on pace for 55 points. We projected it would take 53 points to make the playoffs this year.
– New York’s current pace would put the team on track for 94 points in a full 82-game season. The Blueshirts racked up 109 points last year.
– The Blueshirts had 62 points after 45 games last year.
Status of the Atlantic Division rivals
Penguins: 70 points. Last 3: vsBuf, @NJ, vsCar
Islanders: 53 points. Last 3: @Car, @Phi, @Buf
Devils: 44 points (ELIMINATED). Last 3: vsMon, vsPit, @NYR
Flyers: 43 points (ELIMINATED). Last 3: vsBos, vsNYI, @Ott
Recent ex-Ranger watch
Brandon Prust – 35gp, 5g, 8a, +11, 104PIM. Won the Jacques Beauchamp-Molson Trophy as the unsung hero of the Canadiens’ season by the Montreal media.
John Mitchell – 44gp, 10g, 9a, +6
Brandon Dubinsky – 27gp, 1g, 15a, 76PIM
Artem Anisimov – 34gp, 11g, 7a, -6. Remains out with an upper-body injury.
Tim Erixon – 29gp, 0g, 5a, +4.
Ruslan Fedotenko – 44gp, 4g, 9a, +7
Wade Redden – 25gp, 2g, 3a. Made his Bruins debut this week.
Mike Rupp – 38gp, 1g, 3a, 67PIM. Out with a lower-body injury.
Jeff Halpern – 44gp, 1g, 2a, -8
Marian Gaborik – 45gp, 12g, 14a
– New York is ranked 17th in goals per game, 4th in goals against, 21st on the power play and 15th on the penalty kill.
– Only Pittsburgh and Colorado have allowed fewer goals in the third period this season than the Rangers, who have surrendered 33.
– 7 teams are averaging more shots per game than New York’s 30.8.
– New York has scored 70 goals on home ice this year, fifth in the NHL.
– New York has only allowed 53 goals on the road, third-fewest in the league.
– The Rangers have scored the second-fewest road power play goals in the league with seven.
– Only three teams have more hits than New York’s 1321.