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Steady Eddie
Posted 2018-12-14 3:04 PM (#716261)
Subject: Gam 31: Arizona Coyotes @ New York Rangers 12/14/18 - 7pm - MSG2



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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ARIZONA COYOTES
Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Rangers: 14-13-3 (31 pts)
Coyotes: 13-15-2 (28 pts)

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

72 Chytil - 93 Zibanejad - 36 Zuccarello
20 Kreider - 13 Hayes - 89 Buchnevich
90 Namestnikov - 21 Howden - 17 Fast
26 Vesey - 16 Strome - 39 Beleskey

18 Staal - 44 Pionk 76 Skjei - 77 DeAngelo
33 Claesson - 42 Smith

30 Lundqvist
31 Tokarski

 

NUMBERS GAME

The Rangers are opening a three-game homestand against all Pacific Division opponents. Since the start of 2015-16, the Blueshirts are 21-4-1 at the Garden against the Pacific Division.

Through 30 games, the Coyotes have been shorthanded 86 times, second-fewest in the NHL - but when they do go down a man they own the League's top-ranked penalty kill at 90.7 percent. They also have scored a League-high 11 shorthanded goals; New Jersey led the NHL last season with 12 in 82 games.

Arizona is one of two teams, along with Los Angeles, without a player in the top 100 in goals. Clayton Keller leads the way with eight goals (8-13-21).

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chris Kreider, who leads the Rangers with 14 goals, has scored seven times in seven career games against the Coyotes.

Nick Schmaltz, acquired by Arizona in a Nov. 25 trade with Chicago, has four goals in the Coyotes' last seven games, along with a minus-6 rating in that span.

 

THE MATCHUP

The Rangers play their 31st game of the 2018-19 season and begin a three-game homestand Friday, Dec. 14, against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG 2, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). All three games during the Blueshirts' current homestand are against Pacific Division opponents. Beginning with Friday's contest, New York will play five of its next six games at MSG. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of the last 19 games (11-6-2 record), in 16 of the last 25 games (13-9-3 record), and in 17 of the last 27 games (14-10-3 record).

GARDEN OF DREAMS NIGHT

The New York Rangers organization will host Garden of Dreams Night during Friday's game. Garden of Dreams Night takes place during the Garden of Dreams Foundation's fifth annual Garden of Dreams Week, which celebrates children from across the tri-state area by providing them with once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the Rangers, Knicks, Rockettes and MSG Networks. The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc. to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. With 30 partner organizations throughout the tri-state area, including hospitals, wish organizations and community-based organizations, the Foundation is committed to helping children who are facing challenges such as homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. Since it began in 2006, the Garden of Dreams Foundation has brightened the lives of more than 375,000 children and their families.

Several children who are part of the Garden of Dreams Foundation and its partner organizations will be recognized throughout Friday's game, including:

  • Five-year-old Emma Larson from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital will be participating in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the start of the game. Emma was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Because of experimental treatment at New York- Presbyterian Hospital, she is now able to stand and walk using a walker. Emma met her favorite player, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, for the first time in 2016 at MSG Training Center, and Henrik recently surprised her with a Holiday shopping spree at FAO Schwarz.
  • Eighteen-year-old Manny De La Rosa will be performing the National Anthem. Manny is a member of Children's Aid, a partner organization of the Garden of Dreams Foundation, who sang in the Garden of Dreams Talent Show, attended the Garden of Dreams Prom, and received the Garden of Dreams Inspire Scholarship. He is now attending New York University.
  • Six children ages 7-17 will be Honorary Starters and stand alongside Rangers players on the blue line for the National Anthem. This will include fifteen-year-old John Thomas Crowdell from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, who was diagnosed with Osteochondritis Dissecans and is unable to play hockey. In addition to being an Honorary Starter, John met with Rangers defenseman Brady Skjeiand Rangers Head Coach David Quinn at MSG Training Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, where he watched a Rangers practice and received a tour of MSG Training Center.
  • The guest game director will be nine-year-old Vinny Canavan. Vinny was diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome when he was four years old is currently in partial remission. In partnership with Make-A-Wish New Jersey, the Garden of Dreams Foundation helped fulfill Vinny's wish of meeting his favorite player, Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello, skating with Mats at MSG Training Center and receiving a tour of MSG Training Center.
  • Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will host children from GDF partner organization, the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS), in "Henrik's Crease" (one of the Lounges at Madison Square Garden) during the game. These children will attend the game also courtesy of the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation (HLF).

RANGERS VS. COYOTES

  • All-Time*: 47-25-6-0 (27-10-2-0 at home; 20-15-4-0 on the road*Note: All-Time record includes games against the Winnipeg Jets from 1979-80 - 1995-96 and the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-97 - 2013-14
  • 2018-19: Friday's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Coyotes, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following Friday's game, the Rangers and Coyotes will face each other on the following date: Jan. 6 (at Arizona).
  • 2017-18: The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). The Rangers outscored the Coyotes, 7-3, in the two games. Pavel Buchnevich tied for first among all skaters with two goals in the two games. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 of 39 shots he faced in regulation/overtime, as well as all three shooters he faced in the shootout, to earn a win on Jan. 6, 2018 at Arizona.
  • The Rangers have won each of their last nine games against the Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 24, 2014. The Rangers' active nine-game winning streak against the Coyotes is their longest winning streak against the Jets/Coyotes franchise in the Blueshirts' franchise history. New York has tallied three or more goals in eight of the nine contests, including four or more goals in seven of the nine games, and the Rangers have outscored the Coyotes, 37-17, during the nine-game winning streak.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games against Arizona (9-for-22; 40.9% on the power play over the span).
  • Eight of the last 14 meetings between the Rangers and Coyotes have been decided by one goal.
  • New York has won each of its last nine home games against the Coyotes, dating back to Nov. 24, 2008. In addition, the Rangers have won 18 of their last 20 home games against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, dating back to Jan. 6, 1992 (18-2-0-0).
  • Brian Leetch is the Rangers' all-time leader in assists (26) and points (29) against the Jets/Coyotes franchise. Mark Pavelich is the Blueshirts' all-time leader in goals against the Jets/Coyotes franchise (11).
  • Mike Richter and John Vanbiesbrouck have each earned nine wins against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, which is the most any Rangers goaltender has registered in franchise history. Henrik Lundqvist has earned eight career wins against the Coyotes.

 RANGERS-COYOTES CONNECTIONS

  • Tony DeAngelo played his rookie season in the NHL with the Coyotes (2016-17), and he was acquired by the Rangers from Arizona on June 23, 2017.
  • Derek Stepan played seven seasons with the Rangers (2010-11 - 2016-17) and was selected by the Rangers in the second round (51st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Antti Raanta played two seasons with the Rangers (2015-16 and 2016-17).
  • Michael Grabner played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (2016-17 and 2017-18).
  • David Oliver played nine games with the Coyotes during the 1999-00 season.
  • Greg Brown played nine games with the Winnipeg Jets during the 1994-95 season.
  • Benoit Allaire was the Coyotes Goaltending Coach for seven seasons (1997-98 - 2003-04) before joining the Rangers organization.
  • Jim Schoenfeld served as the Coyotes Head Coach for two seasons (1997-98 and 1998-99).
  • Coyotes Assistant Coach John MacLean played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1998-99 - 2000-01).
  • David Quinn was Clayton Keller's Head Coach during Keller's only season at Boston University (2016-17). In 2016-17, Keller received the Tim Taylor Award as the top freshman player in collegiate hockey.
  • Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner were teammates with the Islanders for parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Cody McLeod and Brad Richardson were teammates in the Avalanche organization for parts of three seasons (2005-06 - 2007-08).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov and Richard Panik were teammates in the Lightning organization for two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
  • Brendan Smith and Derek Stepan were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10).
  • Tony DeAngelo and Alex Galchenyuk were teammates with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of two seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13).
  • Tony DeAngelo and Jakob Chychrun were teammates with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2014-15) in addition to being teammates with the Coyotes for part of the 2016-17 season.
  • Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Alex Galchenyuk helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Henrik Lundqvist, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and Niklas Hjalmarsson helped Sweden win a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the three players also represented Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Lundqvist and Ekman-Larsson helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship
  • Mika ZibanejadLias Andersson, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, and Jordan Oesterle helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Pavel Buchnevich and Ilya Lyubushkin helped Russia earn a bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Derek Stepan represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Chris Kreider, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Derek Stepan all represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Vinnie Hinostroza represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, and Greg Brown was one of the team's Assistant Coaches in the tournament. Skjei and Hinostroza also represented the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and David Quinn was one of the team's Assistant Coaches.
  • Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller, and Nick Schmaltz all represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Chris Drury was the Assistant General Manager for the United States in the tournament.
  • Tony DeAngelo and Nick Schmaltz were selected with consecutive picks in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In addition, DeAngelo and Schmaltz represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brett Howden, Clayton Keller, and Jakob Chychrun were all selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Howden and Chychrun represented Canada at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Alex Galchenyuk were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Lindy Ruff was Alex Goligoski's head coach with the Stars for three seasons (2013-14 - 2015-16). Ruff was Kevin Connauton's first NHL head coach (2013-14 and 2014-15 with Dallas), and he also coached Jason Demers with the Stars for parts of two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).
  • Clayton Keller was coached by Greg Brown on the United States' gold medal-winning team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Alex Goligoski was coached by David Quinn with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship and at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Greg Brown and Rick Tocchet were teammates with the Penguins during the 1993-94 season. 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. COYOTES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 9 GP, 8-1-0, 1.96 GAA, .933 SV% - Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last four appearances against Arizona, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his last three appearances against the Coyotes (3-0-0 record, 1.30 GAA, .961 SV% (99 saves on 103 shots) in his last three appearances against the Coyotes).
  • Chris Kreider - 7 GP, 7-1-8 - Kreider has registered a goal/point in each of his last six games against the Coyotes.
  • Kevin Hayes - 8 GP, 3-5-8 - Hayes has tallied a point in five of eight career games against Arizona.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 9 GP, 0-6-6 - Zuccarello has tallied an assist/point in each of his last two games against the Coyotes (two assists) and has recorded five assists/points in his last six contests against Arizona.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 7 GP, 1-4-5 - Zibanejad has registered two multi-point games over his seven career contests against Arizona.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov - 6 GP, 3-0-3 - Namestnikov has registered a goal/point in each of his last three games against the Coyotes.
  • Jesper Fast - 7 GP, 1-2-3 - Fast has tallied a point in three of the last five games against Arizona. He made his NHL debut on Oct. 3, 2013 against the Coyotes.
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 2 GP, 2-0-2 - Buchnevich established a single-game career-high with two goals on Oct. 26, 2017 against Arizona at MSG.
  • Jimmy Vesey - 4 GP, 1-1-2 - Vesey has tallied a point in two of four career games against the Coyotes.

CONNECTING THE DOTS

Several Rangers players have connections with fellow members of the Blueshirts and/or members of the team's coaching staff in addition to being teammates with the Rangers:

  • Matt Beleskey and Adam McQuaid were teammates with the Bruins for parts of three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18).
  • Fredrik Claesson and Mika Zibanejad were teammates with several teams prior to joining the Rangers:
    • The two were teammates in Sweden with Djurgardens' U18 team, U20 team in SuperElit, and professional team in the SHL over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
    • Zibanejad and Claesson helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
    • Claesson and Zibanejad were both selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and were teammates in the Senators' organization (either with Ottawa or with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Binghamton Senators) for parts of three seasons (2012-13 - 2013-14; 2015-16).
  • Fredrik Claesson and Jesper Fast represented Sweden in several tournaments over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
  • Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and won the National Championship in 2011-12.
    • Greg Brown was either an Assistant Coach or Associate Head Coach at Boston College throughout Hayes' and Kreider's tenures at the school.
  • Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey were friends while growing up in Massachusetts.
  • Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Cody McLeod and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with the Avalanche for part of the 2010-11 season.
  • Cody McLeod was coached by David Quinn with the Avalanche during the 2012-13 season (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Colorado).
  • Adam McQuaid and Marc Staal were teammates with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for four seasons (2003-04 - 2006-07).
  • David Oliver held several roles throughout the Avalanche organization for 10 seasons during Cody McLeod's tenure with the team (2007-08 - 2016-17). Oliver was the General Manager of Colorado's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, during McLeod's only season in Lake Erie in 2007-08.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by David Quinn on several teams throughout his career before Quinn became the Rangers Head Coach:
    • Quinn was an Associate Head Coach at Boston University for two seasons while Shattenkirk attended the school (2007-08 and 2008-09), and Boston University won the National Championship in 2008-09.
    • Quinn was Shattenkirk's first Head Coach in professional hockey, as he coached Shattenkirk for parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
  • David Oliver served as the Avalanche's Director of Player Development for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) while Kevin Shattenkirk was in the organization. Shattenkirk made his professional hockey debut in 2009-10 and his NHL debut with Colorado in 2010-11.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Shattenkirk - 14th overall by Colorado; Smith - 27th overall by Detroit).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by Rangers TV/Radio Analyst Dave Maloney when he was in high school.
  • Brady Skjei was coached by David Quinn at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
  • Brady Skjei was coached by Greg Brown at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (Brown was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
  • Lias Andersson's uncle, Mikael Andersson, was teammates with Lindy Ruff as members of the Buffalo Sabres (1985-86 - 1988-89).
  • Lias Andersson's father, Niklas Andersson, was teammates with Henrik Lundqvist as members of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for four seasons (2001-02 - 2004-05).
  • Lias Andersson and Mika Zibanejad helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Strome - fifth overall by the NY Islanders; Zibanejad - sixth overall by Ottawa). Vladislav Namestnikov was also selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of the last 10 home games (8-1-1 record), in 10 of the last 12 home games (9-2-1 record), and in 11 of the last 14 home games (10-3-1 record). The Blueshirts are tied for sixth in the NHL in home wins this season (10).

YOUTH SERVED

Only 10 NHL rookies 20 years old or younger have tallied 10 or more points this season, and the Rangers are the only team that has two of those players (Chytil and Howden). In addition, the Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have at least two rookies (of any age) who have tallied 10 or more points this season (Chytil and Howden). Prior to 2018-19, the last time the Rangers had two rookies 20 years old or younger who recorded 10 or more points in the same season was 1987-88 (Brian Leetch and Ulf Dahlen).

SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC

Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Rangers have posted a 35-12-4 record in 51 games against Pacific Division opponents. The Rangers have also posted a 21-4-1 record in 26 games against Pacific Division teams at MSG over the span.

TOP TEN

Ten different Rangers have recorded 10 or more points this season (Zibanejad, Kreider, Hayes, Pionk, Vesey, Howden, Namestnikov, Fast, Zuccarello, and Chytil).

ON POINT

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has six defensemen who have tallied two or more goals this season. At least one Rangers defenseman has tallied a goal in four of the last seven games and in 10 of the last 17 games. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 12 goals over the last 17 contests.

ONE AND WON

Two of the Rangers' last three games, and 14 of the team's 30 games this season, have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have posted an 8-3-3 record in games decided by one goal this season and are tied for sixth in the NHL in wins in one-goal games in 2018-19.

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in 11 of his 23 appearances this season. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in 14 of 23 appearances this season, and he has posted a .900 SV% or better in 18 of those 23 appearances. He is tied for first among NHL goaltenders in games with a .900 SV% or better this season. Lundqvist has posted an 8-3-1 record, along with a 2.06 GAA and a .936 SV% in 12 appearances at MSG this season, and he is tied for first among NHL goaltenders (min. 10 home appearances) in SV% at home in 2018-19. In his last seven appearances at MSG, he has posted a 6-0-1 record, along with a 1.84 GAA and a .944 SV%.

HEY HEY HAYES

Kevin Hayes has posted a multi-point game in each of the last two contests (two goals, two assists), and he has recorded 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) in the last 16 games. Hayes is one of six NHL forwards who are averaging at least 15:00 of even strength ice time, 2:00 of power play ice time, and 2:00 of shorthanded ice time per game this season (Aleksander Barkov, Anze Kopitar, Sean Couturier, Ryan O'Reilly, and Jordan Staal). He leads the Rangers in several categories this season, including even strength assists (12), even strength points (17), plus/minus rating (plus-six), minor penalties drawn (10), and takeaways (32).

HOW DO YOU DO

Brett Howden ranks second among NHL rookies forwards in average ice time this season (15:57), and he is the only NHL rookie forward who has averaged at least 1:00 of power play ice time and 1:00 of shorthanded ice time per game in 2018-19. Howden has recorded a point in 12 different games this season, and he is tied for fourth among NHL rookies in games with a point in 2018-19.

CHYTIL-MANIA

Among NHL players who are either in their age 18 or age 19 season, Filip Chytil is tied for fourth in goals (five) and games played (30) this season. The only players in their age 18 or age 19 season who have scored more goals than Chytil has thus far this season are Brady Tkachuk (nine), Miro Heiskanen (six), and Andrei Svechnikov (six). Chytil has played in all of the Rangers' first 30 games in 2018-19. According to NHL Stats & Information, Chytil is the eighth teenager who has played in at least 30 games in a season with the Rangers in franchise history (Jackie McLeod - 1949-50; Mike Allison - 1980-81; Chris Kontos - 1982-83; Troy Mallette - 1989-90; Alexei Kovalev - 1992-93; Manny Malhotra - 1998-99; Michael Del Zotto - 2009-10), and he is only the third teenager in franchise history who has played in all of the team's first 30 games of a season (Allison - 1980-81; Del Zotto - 2009-10).

REAL DEAL NEAL

Neal Pionk ranks seventh among NHL defensemen in power play points (11), is tied for eighth among NHL defensemen in power play assists (nine), and is tied for 13th among NHL defensemen in primary assists (eight) this season. In addition, Pionk is tied for first among NHL defensemen who are either in their first or second NHL season in points thus far this season (16).

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in three of the last six games (two goals, five assists) and in four of the last nine games (two goals, seven assists). He has recorded a point in 11 of the last 17 games (four goals, 12 assists) and has tallied 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) over the last 26 games.

KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 100 goals, 200 points, a plus-30 rating, and 250 penalty minutes since the start of the 2014-15 season (along with Brad Marchand). Kreider leads the Rangers in several categories this season, including goals (14), power play goals (five), and even strength goals (nine). The Rangers have posted a 10-2-2 record in games which Kreider has tallied a point this season, including a 7-2-2 record in games which he has registered a goal.

VESEY DOES IT

Jimmy Vesey has tallied an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists) and in three of the last four games (one goal, three assists). He has also registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last 18 games. Vesey is averaging a career-high in time on ice per game this season (17:11). He ranks second on the Rangers in even strength goals (eight), is tied for second in goals (nine) and plus/minus rating (plus-three), and is tied for fourth in points (16) this season, and 15 of his 16 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.

STAALWART RANGER

Marc Staal led all skaters with 24:27 of ice time on Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay, and he has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in each of the last seven games. He has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in the last six contests. Staal ranks ninth on the Rangers' all-time games played list (791).

STROME SURGE

Ryan Strome has tallied a point in three of the last four games (one goal, two assists), in five of the last seven games (two goals, three assists), and in six of the last nine games (two goals, four assists). Since he made his debut with the Rangers on Nov. 17, he ranks third on the team in assists (four) and is tied for fourth in points (six). Strome has also won 32 of 48 faceoffs he has taken since joining the Rangers (66.7%).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-1 (2:00) on Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in six of the last 15 games (8-for-38; 21.1%).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-6 (8:47) on Dec. 10 at Tampa Bay.
  • New York ranks eighth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency at home this season (85.4%; 41-for-48).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 4 wins away from tying Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list (445)
  • Brady Skjei - 4 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Kevin Hayes - 5 points away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Marc Staal - 9 games away from 800 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Tony DeAngelo - 9 games away from 100 in his NHL career

INJURIES (92 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Adam McQuaid (lower-body) - has missed 20 games
  • Cody McLeod (fractured hand) - has missed eight games
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (separated shoulder) - sidelined 2-4 weeks

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Dec. 11 - Assigned Cole Schneider and Steven Fogarty to Hartford (AHL)
  • Dec. 8 - Recalled Cole Schneider from Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Dec. 13, 1991 - Mark Messier recorded a hat trick and Brian Leetch registered three assists as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-3.
  • Dec. 13, 1992 - The Rangers recorded 10 goals in a 10-5 win against the Montreal Canadiens at MSG. Alexei Kovalev, who was skating in his 18th career NHL game, registered four points (one goal, three assists), while Sergei Nemchinov and Doug Weight each tallied two goals and an assist.
  • Dec. 13, 2005 - Petr Prucha tied a Rangers rookie record by registering a goal for the sixth consecutive game. Prucha tallied two goals against the Vancouver Canucks at MSG, giving him nine goals over the six-game stretch.
  • Dec. 14, 1934 - The Rangers purchased the contract of goaltender Dave Kerr from the Montreal Maroons. Kerr appeared in 324 regular season games with the Rangers over seven seasons (1934-35 - 1940-41), posting a 157-110-57 record (wins-losses-ties), along with a 2.07 GAA and 40 shutouts. He helped the Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1939-40 and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's Best Goaltender during the season, becoming the first Rangers goaltender to win the award.
  • Dec. 14, 2006 - Henrik Lundqvist played against his twin brother, Joel, in an NHL game for the first time. Henrik made 43 saves as the Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 5-2, in Dallas.

REMEMBERING 1993-94

The Rangers led the NHL in power play efficiency during the 1993-94 season (23.0%; 96-for-417) and registered at least one power play goal in 62 of 84 games during the season. Adam Graves led the Rangers with 20 power play goals, Sergei Zubov led the team with 40 power play assists, and Brian Leetch led the team with 53 power play points (17 power play goals, 36 power play assists) during the season. Leetch's 53 power play points in 1993-94 are a single-season franchise record.

RANGERS VS. JETS - 1993-94

The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record in two games against the Winnipeg Jets during the 1993-94 season. Adam Graves tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in two games against Winnipeg, including a shorthanded goal. Mike Richter stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced and earned a win in the Blueshirts' 2-1 victory against the Jets on November 10, 1993 at MSG.

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Filip Chytil –Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider–Kevin Hayes-Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey–Brett Howden–Jesper Fast
Matt Beleskey–Ryan Strome-Vlad Namestnikov

Brady Skjei–Adam McQuaid
Marc Staal–Neal Pionk
Fredrik Claesson-Tony DeAngelo

PP1: Zibanejad-Hayes-Kreider-Zuccarello-Pionk
PP2: Howden-Chytil-Vesey-Buchnevich-DeAngelo

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Kevin Shattenkirk (shoulder), Cody McLeod (hand), Brendan Smith (healthy), Lias Andersson (healthy)
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Mikey Red
Posted 2018-12-14 3:43 PM (#716264 - in reply to #716261)
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Is there a Q and A with JG about Smitty? its pretty much the Titanic at this point
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Posted 2018-12-14 4:10 PM (#716265 - in reply to #716261)
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Upon further investigation....McQuaid is out tonight
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Posted 2018-12-14 4:11 PM (#716266 - in reply to #716261)
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More DQ on Lias: "We’ve all talked about, is it better for him to be here or Hartford, and we think it’s best for him to be here, whether he’s playing every single game, or in and out, or doing extra stuff after practice. We just feel this is a big piece of his development.''

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David Quinn, when asked why Matt Beleskey is playing instead of Lias Andersson: "I think Lias needs to take a step back, and we’re going to help him become a better player.'' Suggested Lias may be out of the lineup for a while, and maybe doing extra work after practice.

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It’s official: Lias Andersson is out tonight. He’s been inconsistent, David Quinn said. Adam McQuaid is also out. He’s not quite ready to return, Quinn said, but will be very soon.
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Posted 2018-12-14 4:39 PM (#716267 - in reply to #716266)
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Nice to see Buch back. However, the Hobbit returns and gets the 1st line wing spot while Namesti gets knocked down to the 4th line????

Vlad has played well and with some edge/intensity. He's "rewarded" for his efforts by getting 4th line minutes while Frodo gets the top spot. The team has looked just fine offensively without the one-trick midget. Why the rush to jam him onto the 1st line? No like.
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Posted 2018-12-14 4:58 PM (#716268 - in reply to #716261)
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I wish I could sing like this kid
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:01 PM (#716269 - in reply to #716261)
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:01 PM (#716270 - in reply to #716261)
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Kreider got the puck taken from him physically
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:05 PM (#716271 - in reply to #716261)
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:06 PM (#716272 - in reply to #716261)
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Welcome back BUCH
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:06 PM (#716273 - in reply to #716261)
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There's the finisher that was missing for awhile. Welcome back Buch.
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:11 PM (#716274 - in reply to #716261)
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Blockhead to the box
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:13 PM (#716275 - in reply to #716261)
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Is there a stat for Offensive zone penalties? I bet Blockhead is in the top 5
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:16 PM (#716276 - in reply to #716261)
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Arizona really zipped it around
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:18 PM (#716277 - in reply to #716261)
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The hell kind of trivia question is that?
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:19 PM (#716278 - in reply to #716261)
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Hahahahaha
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:30 PM (#716279 - in reply to #716261)
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Goal! Hayes! trade him for MacDavid now
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:32 PM (#716280 - in reply to #716261)
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This coach fixes stuff during the off-days. Much different than AV, where we saw the same power play every game.
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:33 PM (#716281 - in reply to #716261)
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Smitty!
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:33 PM (#716282 - in reply to #716261)
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Fighting with shields on is just so wrong
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:33 PM (#716283 - in reply to #716261)
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... and that, folks, is why I still hold out hope that Smith will get his game straightened out. He can drop 'em and throw 'em.
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:35 PM (#716284 - in reply to #716261)
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Now that Seattle has been awarded a franchise....What do you do with Arizona?...nobody wants to share an arena with them...they hemorage money but Bettman is too stubborn to admit he mad a mistake there
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Posted 2018-12-14 5:36 PM (#716285 - in reply to #716261)
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Vesey has balls too
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:02 PM (#716286 - in reply to #716261)
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:03 PM (#716287 - in reply to #716261)
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Goalie is about to get yanked, and then get his ass kicked by Coach Tocchet.

Jesper to the locker room after getting knocked down. Again.
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:05 PM (#716288 - in reply to #716261)
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Fast leads the league in falling down....hes not the Michael Douglas falling down type either
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:10 PM (#716289 - in reply to #716261)
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Pionk very lucky there
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:17 PM (#716290 - in reply to #716288)
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Fast leads the league in falling down....hes not the Michael Douglas falling down type either

He got mad that’s not him who scored all 3 goals.
But he has got couple of hat tricks per game of falling on his arse.It fools the opposition game plan.
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:19 PM (#716291 - in reply to #716289)
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Mikey Red - 2018-12-14 8:10 PM

Pionk very lucky there

He showed up. That's all that counts in that situation. It's about time they started reacting to Henrik getting run.
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:19 PM (#716292 - in reply to #716290)
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Mikey Red - 2018-12-14 8:05 PM
Fast leads the league in falling down....hes not the Michael Douglas falling down type either

He got mad that’s not him who scored all 3 goals.
But he has got couple of hat tricks per game of falling on his arse.It fools the opposition game plan.

haha
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:20 PM (#716293 - in reply to #716261)
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Yotes getting chippy and stupid. Hockey is hard. It's harder when you're stupid.
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:30 PM (#716294 - in reply to #716261)
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Well obviously Zucc is no McLeod, but maybe he gets his spot back since he's been the best offensive and hardest working player on this team for years.
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Posted 2018-12-14 6:30 PM (#716295 - in reply to #716261)
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Captain Fall down guy back out there....Lias got excited for a minute
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