NYR2324 - Playoffs Matchup R2G1 - DL


  • The New York Rangers begin their Second Round matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes, on Sunday at Madison Square Garden (4:00 PM ET - TV: ESPN - Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).
  • All-time, the Rangers are 21-8 (.724) in Game 1s at home and have won their last three Game 1s.
  • In their last 14 home playoff games, the Rangers have a 11-3 record, outscoring opponents 51-30 in those contests.
  • The Rangers and Hurricanes will meet in the postseason for the third time, all since 2020 when they first faced each other in the best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifiers. These teams are playing a best-of-seven series for the second time ever after the Blueshirts won the Second Round matchup in 2022 in seven games.
  • During the regular season, the Rangers were 2-1-0 against the Hurricanes with Chris Kreider leading the way with two goals and three points. In the regular season, the Blueshirts have won five of their last seven games against Carolina.
  • The Blueshirts scored six power play goals in four games in the First Round, hitting at a 37.5 percent pace on the man advantage. They had a 88.2 percent penalty kill in the First Round.
  • New York became just the sixth Presidents’ Trophy winner to sweep its opening-round series. The others: the 2020-21 Avalanche, 2000-01 Avalanche, 1998-99 Stars, 1993-94 Rangers and 1985-86 Oilers.
  • The Rangers have 30 comeback wins, which is their second-most in a single regular season and playoffs combined (31 in 2021-22). They are the ninth team in the last 30 years to record 30 comeback wins (regular season & playoffs combined), joining the 2005-06 Hurricanes (33), 2021-22 Panthers (32), 2021-22 Avalanche (32), 2021-22 Rangers (31), 2021- 22 Lightning (30), 2015-16 Capitals (30), 2014-15 Ducks (30) and 2008-09 Penguins (30).
  • The Rangers finished the regular season with a 55-23-4 record for 114 points, finishing first place in the NHL standings for the fifth time in franchise history, following 2014-15, 1993-94, 1991-92 and 1941-42.
  • The Blueshirts won the Metro Division and secured their eighth division title in franchise history (Others: 1926–27, 1931– 32, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1993–94, 2011–12, 2014–15). New York set the franchise record for most wins (55) and points (114).
  • At home in the regular season, New York finished with a 30-11-0 record for 60 points, tying the franchise record for the most home wins (1970-71). Its 30 wins were the second most in the NHL in 2023-24.
  • The Rangers recorded a 26.4 power play percentage in the regular season, the second best mark in franchise history (1977-78) and third best in the NHL. With a 84.5 clip, the Blueshirts finished with the third highest penalty kill percentage in the NHL.
  • Peter Laviolette (NYI, CAR, PHI, NSH, WSH & NYR) is the first head coach in NHL history to appear in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with six different franchises. His 154 games coached in the playoffs are the most among active NHL coaches and this will be the 14th playoff year for him.


  • Rangers forward Vincent Trocheck played parts of three seasons for the Hurricanes (2019-20 – 2021-22). From the time he was acquired by the Hurricanes on February 24, 2020 until 2021-22, Trocheck ranked third on the team in points (96), tied for third in assists (57), fourth in goals (39), and second in power play goals (14).
  • Rangers defenseman Adam Fox was acquired by the Rangers from Carolina on Apr. 30, 2019.
  • Rangers head coach Peter Laviolette was the head coach for the Hurricanes from 2003-04 to 2008-09, winning the Stanley Cup with the franchise in 2006. Laviolette’s captain was Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour. This marks the fourth series in NHL history to feature head coaches where one had previously captained a Cup winner with the other as head coach.
  • Hurricanes forward Jesper Fast played parts of seven seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 – 2019-20). While playing for the Rangers, Fast received the Players Player Award five seasons in a row (2015-16 – 2019-20).
  • Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2017-18 – 2020-21).
  • Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei played parts of five seasons with the Rangers (2015-16 – 2019-20).
  • Hurricanes forward Brendan Lemieux played for the Rangers from 2018-19 to 2020-21.
  • Hurricanes forward Jack Drury is the nephew of Rangers President and GM Chris Drury.


The Blueshirts became the first team in the NHL to advance to the Second Round with their fourth ever sweep of a best-of-seven series (Others: 2007 CQF vs. ATL, 1994 CQF vs. NYI, 1972 SF vs. CHI). Throughout their first round series the Rangers trailed the Capitals for a total of 3:21, marking the least amount of time the club has trailed in a best-of-seven series in franchise history.

In the series, Vincent Trocheck led the team with three goals while Mika Zibanejad had a team-high six assists and seven points.


Kaapo Kakko scored 57 seconds into the game to put New York up 1-0. The last Rangers player to score a goal in
the opening minute of a potential-series clinching game was Mark Messier during Game 5 of the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals versus the Panthers (0:39). In the win, the Rangers were guided by multi-point games by Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin as well as three power play goals.


When the series turned to DC, the Rangers earned their third win of the series with strong play on special teams. For a second consecutive game, the Rangers potted a shorthanded goal. It marked just the fourth time in Rangers history they have notched a shorthanded goal in consecutive playoff games (since officially tracked in 1933-34). The others: 4 GP in 1979, 3 GP in 1990 and 2 GP in 1940. The Rangers became the third team on record to score a shorthanded game-winning goal in consecutive contests in the playoffs. The others: Philadelphia (Game 7 of DF to Game 1 of 1989 CF) and Toronto (Game 7 of SF to Game 1 of 1964 SCF).


The Rangers beat the Capitals 4-3 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, overcoming an early 1-0 deficit. The Blueshirts scored multiple power-play goals AND a shorthanded goal in a playoff game for the first time since Game 2 of the 1995 CQF vs. QUE. Mika Zibanejad scored his seventh career playoff power-play goal and Jack Roslovic also scored on the man advantage for his first career postseason marker. Peter Laviolette coached in his 1,668th game (regular season and playoffs), surpassing John Tortorella for the eighth most in NHL history. It marked his 80th career playoff win.


The Rangers took Game 1 of the First Round series, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at MSG. The Rangers scored three goals in
a span of 2:06 in the second period, the third-fastest three goals in a playoff game in franchise history behind 0:38 in Game 3 of the 1986 Division Semifinals and 1:02 in Game 6 of the 1996 Conference Quarterfinals. Matt Rempe opened the scoring for the Blueshirts. He became the first Rangers player to score a goal in his first career playoff game since Matt Gilroy in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals (also against Washington).


Mika Zibanejad has multiple points in three-straight games and is the third Rangers player in the past 25 years to post three straight multi-point games in the playoffs, following Adam Fox (4 GP in 2022) and Martin Straka (3 GP in 2008).

He is the eighth player in Rangers history to record a postseason-opening assist streak of at least four games. The only others to achieve the feat in the past 40 years are Patrick Kane (4 GP in 2023) and Brian Leetch (4 GP in 1994).

His 15 multi-point playoff games in his Rangers career are the fourth most in the NHL.

He has the third most points per game (1.00) among Rangers skaters who have played 25 or more playoff games.

In the regular season, Zibanejad notched 40 assists in a season for the third consecutive year and 25 goals for the sixth time in his career in 2023-24. He had double-digit power play goals (12) for a seventh straight season. The only other player that has reached 10-plus power play goals in the last seven seasons is Steven Stamkos.


Chris Kreider’s 67 playoff points ranks tied with Rod Gilbert for the third most.

In Game 1 of the First Round, Kreider played in his 108th playoff game, surpassing Marc Staal for the second most among Rangers skaters. Dan Girardi leads all skaters in franchise history with 122 postseason contests.

Kreider is in his 10th playoff year with the Rangers, tying numerous players for the second most in the franchise history.

With 42 goals, Kreider is the Rangers’ all-time leader in playoff goals and his totals are tied for the eighth most in the NHL since 2012. He also is the franchise leader in playoff power play goals (17) and game-winning goals (11).

During the regular season, Kreider scored 39 goals and added an additional 36 assists for 75 points. This season, Kreider changed the Rangers record books:

  • Scored his 300th career goal, becoming the third player in franchise history to reach the feat (Rod Gilbert - 406, Jean Ratelle - 336).
  • Surpassed Rod Gilbert (108) for the second most power play goals in franchise history.
  • Played in his 800th career game on Mar. 16, becoming the 10th skater in franchise history to reach the number
  • Surpassed Adam Graves for the third most goals in Rangers history (281)
  • Surpassed Adam Graves for the 10th most points in team history (508)
  • Recorded his 500th career point
  • Surpassed Camille Henry for the fourth most road goals in franchise history (137) - Became the fifth Ranger to tally 100 career power play goals
  • Recorded his 166th career goal at MSG (regular season and playoffs) to surpass Rod Gilbert for the most in the building’s history


Artemi Panarin has 123 points (51G-72A) in the regular season and postseason combined, the second-most points by a Rangers player.

In the regular season, Panarin tallied a career-high 49 goals, and 71 assists for a career-high 120 points in 82 games this season. His point total was the second most for a Rangers skater in a single season (Jaromir Jagr – 123 points in 2005-06) and the fourth highest in the NHL this year.

He notched a point in 67 of his 82 games this year, establishing the franchise record for the most games with a point. Panarin was named the Rangers MVP for 2023-24 and ranked among the NHL’s best in multiple categories.


Adam Fox has a 0.97 points-per-game rate in his playoff career, the second highest in franchise history among defensemen (Brian Leetch - 1.09). Fox has 33 points (5G-28A) in 34 playoff games, tied with Dan Girardi for the fifth most in franchise history among defensemen.

During the regular season, Fox set a career-high in 17 goals and posted 56 assists and 73 points. He scored the most goals by a Rangers defenseman since Brian Leetch in 2000-01 (21). Among NHL blueliners, he ranked tied for sixth in goals, sixth in points, and eighth in assists.

Prior to the game on Apr. 11, Fox was named the recipient of the third annual Rod Gilbert “Mr. Ranger” Award, given to the Rangers player “who best honors Rod’s legacy by exemplifying leadership qualities both on and off the ice, and making a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”


In the First Round, Igor Shesterkin stopped 94 of 101 shots for a .931 save percentage and 1.75 goals-against average. He allowed two or fewer goals in three of the four games in the opening series.

Shesterkin’s 17 playoff wins of his career are tied with Dave Kerr for the fourth most playoff wins in team history

In the regular season, Shesterkin finished tied for third in wins (36), tied for fifth in save percentage (.913), and seventh in GAA (2.58). He posted his third consecutive 30-win season. Only two other goaltenders in franchise history have had three 30-win campaigns in their career: Henrik Lundqvist (11) and Ed Giacomin (5). He also finished 16-5-1 in his last 22 games of the year.


Vincent Trocheck had six points (3G-3A) in the Rangers’ four First Round games, leading the team in goals and ranking second in points.

He is one of five players on New York’s current roster to have at least 10 career playoff goals, along with Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and Blake Wheeler.

In 2023-24, Trocheck posted a career-high in assists (52) and points (77). On New York, he finished fifth in goals, third in assists and second in points.

With a 58.7 percent clip in the faceoff dot, Trocheck had the fourth highest percentage in the NHL among players who took 700 or more draws.

Trocheck was named this year’s winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, which is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, “goes above and beyond the call of duty.”


Alexis Lafreniere has four assists in the first four games of the postseason, including his third career playoff multi-point game in Game 2 of the First Round.

In the regular season, Lafreniere had a career high in goals (28), assists (29) and points (57) in 2023-24 and was one of five players on New York to play in all 82 games. On the Rangers, he ranked second in even strength goals (26) and third in even strength points (51).

When he scored a goal during the regular season, the Blueshirts were 21-1-1.

With 28 goals and 29 assists, was the first Rangers skater aged 22 or younger since Tony Amonte (1992-93) to have 25-plus goals and 25-plus assists in a single season.