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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Hurricanes 11.07.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 14th game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 7, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at PNC Arena (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts conclude the second of their 13 back-to-back sets this season in tonight's contest. Only two Eastern Conference teams have fewer back-to-back sets than the Blueshirts in 2019-20. New York has won three of its last four games (3-1-0 record) and has earned at least one point in five of its last seven games (4-2-1 record).

RANGERS VS. HURRICANES

  • All-Time*: 81-54-7-2 (49-18-4-2 at home; 32-36-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 - 1996-97
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Carolina. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Hurricanes will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 27 (at MSG), Dec. 27 (at MSG), Feb. 21 (at Carolina).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 2-2-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Tony DeAngelo led all skaters with five points (two goals, three assists) in the season series, while Pavel Buchnevich tied for first among all skaters (and led the Rangers) with three goals in four games.
  • The Rangers have won 27 of their last 33 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (27-6-0 record). New York has also won 17 of its last 22 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (17-5-0 record).
  • Eleven of the last 21 meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, including six of the last 13 meetings between the two teams, have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

  • Greg McKegg played parts of two seasons with the Hurricanes organization (2017-18 and 2018-19), including one season with Carolina (2018-19).
  • Adam Fox was acquired by the Rangers from Carolina on Apr. 30, 2019. Fox was previously acquired by Carolina from Calgary on June 23, 2018.
  • Hurricanes Goaltending Coach Jason Muzzatti played part of one season with the Rangers (1997-98).
  • Brian Gibbons was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2015, and he played with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2015-16 season.
  • Marc Staal and Jordan Staal are brothers. Marc and Jordan, along with their brother, Eric, 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.
  • The Rangers selected Jesper Fast in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Blueshirts acquired the pick in a trade with the Hurricanes.
  • Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton were teammates with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of four seasons (2009-10 - 2012-13). Strome and Hamilton have also been teammates with Canada in several tournaments, and the two players helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge and a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Strome and Hamilton were both selected in the top 10 picks of the first round during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 43 GP, 30-12-1, 1.98 GAA, .933 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 1.38 GAA and a .960 SV% in his last eight appearances against the Hurricanes; he has allowed two goals or fewer in all eight appearances, including one goal in five of those games. In his last 25 appearances against Carolina (dating back to Feb. 22, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 21-4-0 record, along with a 1.66 GAA, a .947 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has earned more wins against the Hurricanes than any other NHL goaltender since he entered the NHL in 2005-06.
  • Chris Kreider - 23 GP, 10-7-17 - Kreider's 10 goals against the Hurricanes are tied for the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career. He has posted a multi-point game in two of the last four contests (two goals, two assists) and in five of the last 10 contests (seven goals, three assists) against the Hurricanes. Since the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise moved to Carolina prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, Kreider has tallied more goals against the Hurricanes than any other Ranger.
  • Ryan Strome - 18 GP, 3-10-13 - Strome's 10 assists against the Hurricanes are tied for the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career. He has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last eight games against the Hurricanes.
  • Jesper Fast - 20 GP, 4-8-12 - Fast has recorded more points against the Hurricanes than against any other opponent in his NHL career. He has tallied an assist/point in three of the last six games against the Hurricanes (four assists), and he has registered a point in five of his last nine contests against Carolina (two goals, five assists).
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 10 GP, 3-5-8 - Buchnevich has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last six games against the Hurricanes.
  • Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 2-4-6 - Panarin has notched a point in each of his last three games against Carolina (one goal, four assists).
  • Tony DeAngelo - 7 GP, 2-3-5 - DeAngelo has tallied a point in three of the last four games against the Hurricanes (two goals, three assists).

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (113; 113-58-11 record in November over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 40-16-2 record in November since 2015-16 (their 40 wins in November since 2015-16 are the most in the NHL).

TEAM EFFORT
Through 13 games this season, 17 Rangers have tallied at least one goal and 21 Rangers have recorded at least one point.

FOUR SCORE
The Blueshirts have tallied four or more goals in four of the last six games and in six of 13 games in 2019-20. The Rangers have posted a 5-1-0 record when registering at least four goals in a game this season.

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have notched 36 points (10 goals, 26 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 31.3% of the team's points this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the NHL.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has earned 452 wins in his NHL career, and he is two wins away from tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He is also four appearances away from tying Grant Fuhr (868) for 10th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list. Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set in the regular-season 84 times in his NHL career. In the second game of those back-to-back sets, Lundqvist has posted a 53-23-8 record, along with a 2.12 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 9 SO. The last time Lundqvist started both games of a back-to-back set was on Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Colorado and Oct. 17, 2018 at Washington.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 992 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is eight appearances away from becoming the sixth player to appear in at least 1,000 career regular-season and playoff games with the Rangers in franchise history (along with Brian Leetch, Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert, Ron Greschner, and Walt Tkaczuk).

DE-FENSE
Tony DeAngelo is the first Rangers defenseman who has registered five goals in the first 13 games of a season since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. He is also tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in goals this season.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with a six-game point streak (three goals, five assists). He leads the Rangers in goals (seven) and points (14) this season, and he has recorded a point in 10 of 13 games in 2019-20. Panarin has also been on the ice for 23 of the Rangers' 42 goals this season.

THE FINNISHER
Kaapo Kakko posted his first career multi-point game in the NHL on Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa (one goal, one assist). According to NHL Stats and Information, he is the third 18-year-old who has posted a multi-point game in Rangers history (Joe Bell - once in 1942-43; Manny Malhotra - twice in 1998-99).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in seven of 13 games this season and have earned at least one point in six of those seven contests (5-1-1 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (5:29) last night vs. Detroit.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in each of the last two games, in four of the last five games, and in eight of 13 games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) and tallied a shorthanded goal last night vs. Detroit.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (three).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 8 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • David Quinn - 5 games coached away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers (expected to reach milestone on Nov. 16, 2019 at Florida)
  • Brendan Smith - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 6 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 8 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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