Posted 2017-03-18 11:26 AM (#668759) Subject: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
NEW YORK RANGERS at MINNESOTA WILD
Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET Xcel Energy Center - St. Paul, MN
Rangers: 44-24-3 (91 pts) Wild: 43-20-6 (92 pts)
TONIGHT'S GAME The Rangers play their 72nd game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Mar. 18, against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 21 games (13-6-2), as well as 16 of their last 26 contests (16-8-2). The Rangers have posted a 44-24-3 record this season.
RANGERS VS. WILD
All-Time: 13-8-0-0 (7-3-0-0 at home; 6-5-0-0 on the road)
2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Wild, and the only meeting between the two teams in Minnesota. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and were defeated by the Wild, 7-4, on Dec. 23 at MSG. Chris Kreider(two goals, one assist), Derek Stepan (one goal, two assists), and Mats Zuccarello (three assists) each tallied three points on Dec. 23, while Ryan McDonagh notched two points (one goal, one assist) in the contest.
The Blueshirts have won five of their last eight games against Minnesota, dating back to Mar. 27, 2012 (5-3-0).
Six different Rangers goaltenders have earned at least one win against Minnesota in franchise history (Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Richter, Mike Dunham, Dan Blackburn, Cam Talbot, and Martin Biron).
Marc Staal and Eric Staal are brothers. Marc and Eric, along with their brother, Jordan, are the only trio of brothers in the history of the NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA who were all selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft.
Steven Kampfer played part of one season with Minnesota (2011-12).
Eric Staal played part of one season with the Rangers (2015-16).
The Rangers have three players on their roster who were born in Minnesota: Ryan McDonagh (St. Paul, MN), Brady Skjei (Lakeville, MN), and Derek Stepan (Hastings, MN).
Michael Grabner and Nino Niederreiter were teammates with the Islanders for parts of two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
Adam Clendening and Charlie Coyle were teammates at Boston University for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
Brady Skjei and Erik Haula were teammates at the University of Minnesota for one season (2012-13).
Rick Nash and Tyler Graovac are both natives of Brampton, Ontario.
Brady Skjei and Jordan Schroeder are both natives of Lakeville, Minnesota.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. WILD
Ryan McDonagh - 9 GP, 3-9-12 - McDonagh enters the contest with an eight-game point streak against the Wild (three goals, nine assists over the span), and he has tallied a goal in each of the last three contests against Minnesota. He has registered a point in all four games he has played in Minnesota in his career, tallying six points (one goal, five assists) in the four contests.
Rick Nash - 37 GP, 15-16-31 - Nash has tallied a point in six of his last seven games against Minnesota, recording eight points (two goals, six assists) in those contests.
Mats Zuccarello - 8 GP, 2-7-9 - Zuccarello has registered five assists/points and a plus-four rating in his last two games against the Wild.
Brendan Smith - 9 GP, 2-5-7 - Smith has tallied a point in six of nine career games against Minnesota.
Derek Stepan - 8 GP, 2-4-6 - Stepan has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in his last two games against Minnesota.
Chris Kreider - 7 GP, 4-2-6 - Kreider has registered four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-five rating in his last two contests against the Wild.
J.T. Miller - 5 GP, 2-2-4 - Miller has tallied a point in three of his last four games against the Wild (two goals, two assists).
WINNING WAYS The Rangers' 44 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the 10th-most in one season in franchise history. The Rangers are tied for fourth in the NHL in wins this season and are tied for second in the NHL in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (188). The Rangers' 188 wins since 2013-14 are the most in any four-season span in franchise history.
ROAD WARRIORS The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins this season (25) and since the start of the 2013-14 season (97). The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven road games (6-1-0), 10 of their last 12 road contests (10-2-0), and 18 of their last 22 road games (18-4-0). The Rangers' 25 road wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most road wins in one season in franchise history, and the only season in which the Blueshirts earned more than 25 road wins was 2014-15 (28).
BACK-TO-BACK The Rangers have posted a 9-3-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set thus far this season. In their last 94 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 62-26-6 record in the second game of the set. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the first NHL team in seven years to play eight straight games as part of four consecutive back-to-back sets (Carolina - Nov. 28, 2010 - Dec. 16, 2010).
BOUNCE BACK Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 36-9-2 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted a 19-5-2 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.
HOW THE WEST WAS WON The Rangers have posted a 19-5-0 record in games against Western Conference opponents this season. The Blueshirts lead all Eastern Conference teams in wins against teams in the Western Conference in 2016-17.
ONE AND WON Since Jan. 7, 18 of the Rangers' 30 games have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of the last 15 games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 (11-2-2). The Blueshirts have posted a 20-9-3 record in one-goal games this season and lead the Eastern Conference in winning percentage in one-goal games in 2016-17 (.625).
TWO GOOD The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 15 of the last 26 games and in 41 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 35-4-2 record in those 41 contests in 2016-17.
ON POINT Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) over the last 17 games and a Rangers defenseman has recorded a goal in nine of the 17 contests. Seven different defensemen have recorded a goal over the span (Klein, Girardi, Holden, McDonagh, Clendening, Skjei, and Kampfer). A Blueshirts defenseman has notched a point on 18 of the team's last 28 goals.
KREID-ING HIGH Chris Kreider has established career-highs in goals (26) and points (49) this season. He enters the contest with a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and a four-game assist streak, both of which are tied for his career-high.
CAPTAIN MAC Ryan McDonagh is one of four NHL defensemen who have recorded at least 38 points and a plus-18 rating in 2016-17. The Rangers captain ranks third among NHL defensemen in games with a plus/minus rating of even or better this season (58).
RAISE THE ANTTI Antti Raanta has posted a 14-5-1 record, along with a 2.16 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 3 SO in 22 starts in 2016-17. He has established career-highs in appearances (26), wins (14), and shutouts (three) in 2016-17.
HEY HEY HAYES Kevin Hayes has established career-highs in assists (29), points (46), shorthanded assists (six), shorthanded points (seven), and game-winning goals (four) this season, and he has also tied his career-high in goals (17). Hayes leads the NHL in shorthanded assists and shorthanded points this season. In addition, Hayes leads the Rangers in points on the road in 2016-17 (27; 11 goals, 16 assists), and he has posted a plus-15 rating in 33 road contests this season.
WELCOME MATS Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists (36) and even strength assists (30) this season, and he is the first Ranger who has recorded at least 30 even strength assists in one season since Marian Gaborik in 2009-10. He enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists).
STEP-AN UP Derek Stepan has recorded 48 points this season, and he has tallied at least 50 points in four different seasons in his NHL career (2011-12; 2013-14 - 2015-16). Over the last 25 seasons (since 1991-92), the only Rangers who have posted more 50-point seasons than Stepan are Brian Leetch (eight), Mark Messier (seven), and Adam Graves (six). Stepan has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 21 shots on goal over the last four games.
SKJEI HEY KID Brady Skjei has registered 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) and a plus-13 rating in the last 26 games (since Jan. 19), and he is the only NHL defenseman who has recorded at least 15 points and a plus-13 rating over the span. Skjei has recorded 29 assists this season, which is tied for the fourth-most by a Rangers defenseman in his rookie season in franchise history. The only Rangers defensemen who have tallied 30 or more assists in their rookie season are Brian Leetch (48 - 1988-89), Reijo Ruotsalainen (38 - 1981-82), and Ron Greschner (37 - 1974-75).
IT'S MILLER TIME J.T. Miller has registered a point in 22 of the last 34 games, recording 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) over the span. Miller is one of six NHL players who have registered at least 50 points and a plus-20 rating this season, and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17 (51). He has reached the 20-goal plateau for the second consecutive season in 2016-17, and he has established career-highs in assists (31) and points this season.
The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:49) tonight vs. Florida.
The Blueshirts are 5-for-12 (41.7%) on the power play over the last four games.
New York ranks fourth in the NHL in power play efficiency on the road this season (22.5%; 23-for-102).
The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:45) tonight vs. Florida.
The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (nine).
Brendan Smith - 1 game away from 300 in his NHL career
Posted 2017-03-20 8:05 AM (#668863 - in reply to #668759) Subject: Re: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
If the home Rangers played the road Rangers, what do you think the score would be?
6-1 road Rangers is my guess.
Posted 2017-03-20 9:12 AM (#668865 - in reply to #668759) Subject: Re: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
I love how you meatheads RIP on Fast aka "Albert"(??) , yet never said a word about Korpikoski ..... The Korpedo (eyeroll) , and the reference to the Tire commercial, I'm assuming is that Fast is like AVs kid bro? Dumb.....and.....hockey ignorant. Sheer brilliance from the OTG board..... I mean, who wants a low round draft pick to contribute to the team
Posted 2017-03-20 10:52 AM (#668869 - in reply to #668759) Subject: Re: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
Fast made a diving block with 10 seconds left that may have prevented a goal. He's the type of player you want on the ice in that situation. Not as a 3rd line winger. Breaking up Miller-Hayes-Grabner is asinine.
Posted 2017-03-20 3:37 PM (#668874 - in reply to #668759) Subject: Re: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
Fast was trying (and failing) to move and tie up an opposing player near the net. Found himself near the puck and thew himself in the way of the shot. Good play? Sure. A play that nobody else could make? No, not even close.
Again, little Jesper blocks a shot in the waning seconds and he's praised as such a great player. He's a "nice" 3rd line player (at best) who is undersized but with good speed and passing. In the context of THIS team, he is a terrible fit. Not talented enough to deserve a spot in the top 9 forwards, and too ****ing small for 4th line duty. Maybe on a bigger team looking for some speed and penalty killing to compliment their size and heavy game he'd be a good fit. On THIS team he's a ****ing waste. The team is actually better of with *gasp* Tanner Glass on the 4th line in his place. Chew on that and realize that AV's infatuation with Jesper is more of a "Fatal Attraction"-type obsession.
Posted 2017-03-20 7:05 PM (#668878 - in reply to #668759) Subject: Re: Game 72: New York Rangers @ Minnesota Wild 3/18/17 - 7pm - MSG/NHLN-US
Jesper Fast is not a terrible player. And he's also nothing special. The NHL has had many players that try hard. The reality of how important a player is becomes apparent when he is absent. His absence was not even noticeable during his injury. As mentioned by PV29 he's not a fit as a light weight fourth liner and his presence and minimal offensive skills on a top three line just block the far superior skills of Vesey and Buchnevich as they try to crack the top three.