YOUTH SERVED - All of the Rangers' last three goals have been scored by a rookie who is 21 years old or younger (Brett Howden, Filip Chytil, and Lias Andersson). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has registered a goal in 12 of the last 14 games and in 14 of the last 17 games. Lias Andersson skated in his 40th game of the season tonight, becoming the third Ranger 20 years old or younger to play at least 40 games in 2018-19 (along with Filip Chytil and Brett Howden). The 2018-19 season is the second season in franchise history which the Blueshirts have had at least three players 20 years old or younger all skate in at least 40 games (1976-77 - Dave Farrish, Dave Maloney, Mike McEwen, Don Murdoch). The Blueshirts are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old).
ON POINT - At least one Blueshirts defenseman has recorded a point in 27 of the team's last 29 games, including all 27 games which the team has registered a goal over the span (dating back to Feb. 4 vs. Los Angeles). Rangers defensemen have tallied 53 points (eight goals, 45 assists) in the last 29 games (note - does not include three points recorded at even strength by Brendan Smith, who has played as both a forward and a defenseman during the stretch).
SHORT AND SWEET - The Blueshirts registered their sixth shorthanded goal of the season in tonight's contest (Lias Andersson - second period).
HITTING MACHINE - The Rangers were credited with 26 hits in tonight's game. The Blueshirts have recorded 20 or more hits in 65 of 80 games this season.
Lias Anderssontallied a shorthanded goal, tied for the game-high with three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He registered the first special teams (power play or shorthanded) goal/point of his NHL career. Prior to Andersson (who is 20 years and 172 days old), the last Ranger to record a shorthanded goal at his age or younger was Niklas Sundstrom on Oct. 14, 1995 at Toronto. Andersson has recorded both of his goals this season in games against the Senators at MSG.
Vladislav Namestnikovrecorded a shorthanded assist and posted a plus-one rating. He leads the Rangers in shorthanded assists (three) and shorthanded points (four) this season, and he has established career-highs in both categories. Namestnikov has registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 24 games, dating back to Feb. 15 at Buffalo. He is also tied for fifth on the Rangers in primary assists this season (13).
Brendan Smithnotched a shorthanded assist, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating. He tallied his first career NHL shorthanded assist/point in tonight's contest. Smith has recorded an assist/point in each of his last two games (two assists).
Mika Zibanejadtied for the game-high with three shots on goal and logged 20:58 of ice time. Prior to the start of tonight's contest, Zibanejad was named the winner of the 2018-19 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, presented by Northwell Health. The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, "goes above and beyond the call of duty." The award, which has been given annually since the 1987-88 season, bears the name of devoted Blueshirt fan and New York City Police Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1986 and passed away on January 10, 2017. Zibanejad is the only Ranger who has skated in all 80 games this season. He logged at least 20:00 of ice time in a game for the 47th time this season; his 47 games with at least 20:00 of ice time are tied for the 11th-most by a Rangers forward in one season since the NHL began to track ice time in 1997-98 (tied with Wayne Gretzky in 1998-99).