5 Things to Know: Rangers vs. Lightning

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (44-23-2) vs. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (32-26-9)
Coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG

After winning last night in Detroit, the Rangers return home to face the Lightning.

1 WHERE THEY STAND

The Rangers battle the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on April 5. (Credit: MSG Photos)

  • Tonight at Madison Square Garden the Rangers faceoff against the Tampa Bay Lightning for the third time this season
  • New York is 6-4-0 in the last 10 games
  • The Blueshirts are 19-14-2 at The Garden in 2016-17

2 WHO'S HOT

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 12: Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal with Pavel Buchnevich #89 and Marc Staal #18 while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on March 12, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

  • Rangers’ captain, Ryan McDonagh scored two goals Sunday in the Blueshirts’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings
  • No. 27 enters tonight’s tilt with four points in his past four games and with five goals and 33 assists for 38 points this season
  • In two games against the Bolts this season, McDonagh has two assists and is a plus-3 in an average of 24:59 of ice-time

3 SAY WHAT?

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“I’m enjoying this run and having fun. In terms of back-to-back games, I’m prepared. After all, I work hard in practice and my goalie coach (Benoit Allaire) is behind a lot of my success. With Hank out, when I get the call, I have confidence in myself.”

— Rangers goalie, Antti Raanta after Sunday’s win over Detroit

4 DID YOU KNOW?

SASKATOON, SK - JANUARY 5: Derek Stepan #21, Jerry D'Amigo #29 and Tyler Johnson #10 are presented with gifts for outstanding play for Team USA during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Gold Medal game on January 5, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Team USA defeated Team Canada 6-5 in overtime.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
SASKATOON, SK – JANUARY 5: Derek Stepan #21, Jerry D’Amigo #29 and Tyler Johnson #10 are presented with gifts for outstanding play for Team USA during the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Tournament Gold Medal game on January 5, 2010 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Team USA defeated Team Canada 6-5 in overtime.(Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Rangers’ forwards, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider along with Lightning center, Tyler Johnson helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

5 Stat of the Day

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30:  J.T. Miller #10, Kevin Hayes #13, Michael Grabner #40 and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers celebrate after scoring a goal in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 62-25-6 record in the second game of a back-to-to-back set.