The Rangers play their fifth game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Oct. 18, against the Washington
Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Capital One Arena (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New
York is concluding its first back-to-back set of the season tonight. The Rangers have 13 back-to-back sets during the 2019-20 season;
the team had 11 back-to-back sets in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. Only two Eastern Conference teams have fewer back-to-back sets
than the Blueshirts in 2019-20.
RANGERS VS. CAPITALS
- All-Time: 97-96-18-11 (53-44-9-5 at home; 44-52-9-6 on the road)
- 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Washington. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 20 (at MSG), Mar. 5 (at MSG), Mar. 26 (at Washington).
- 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-3 record (0-1-1 at home; 0-0-2 on the road). All four games were decided by two or fewer goals, and three of the four contests were decided in either overtime or a shootout. The Rangers tallied at least three goals in three of four games in the season series. Brady Skjei tied for first among all skaters with three goals in the season series, while Chris Kreider (two goals, two assists) and Mika Zibanejad (one goal, three assists) each recorded four points in four games.
- All of the last nine meetings between New York and Washington have been decided by two or fewer goals. In addition, 12 of the last 13 games between the Rangers and Capitals have been decided by two or fewer goals, and seven of those 13 meetings have been decided by one goal.
- Four of the last five meetings, and five of the last seven meetings, between the Rangers and Capitals have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
- Carl Hagelin played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2011-12 - 2014-15).
- Scott Arniel was the Rangers' Associate Coach for five seasons (2013-14 - 2017-18).
- Brian MacLellan played with the Rangers during the 1985-86 season.
- Dick Patrick is the grandson of Lester Patrick, the Rangers' first Head Coach (1926-27 - 1938-39) and the Rangers' General
- Manager from 1926-27 - 1945-46. He is also the son of Muzz Patrick, who was a player, Head Coach, and General Manager of the Rangers, the nephew of Lynn Patrick, who played and coached for the Blueshirts, and is cousins with Craig Patrick, who was either the Rangers' Head Coach and/or General Manager from 1980-81 through July 14, 1986.
- John Davidson and Dick Patrick have both received the Lester Patrick Trophy, which is presented annually for outstanding service to hockey in the United States (Davidson - 2004; Patrick - 2012).
- Henrik Lundqvist and Nicklas Backstrom have represented Sweden in several tournaments, including the Olympics, World Cup of Hockey, and IIHF World Championship. Lundqvist and Backstrom helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship and a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Ovechkin were both selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2005-06. Since they both entered the NHL in 2005-06, Lundqvist leads the league in wins, while Ovechkin leads the league in goals and ranks second in points.
- Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby have both won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's Best Goaltender (Lundqvist - 2011-12; Holtby - 2015-16). Lundqvist and Holtby have started more winner-take-all games against each other than any other goaltender duo in NHL history (three; Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012, Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2013, and Game 7 of the Second Round in 2015).
- Artemi Panarin and Alex Ovechkin have both won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year and the Valeri Kharlamov Trophy as the Russian Player of the Year in their career.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CAPITALS
- Henrik Lundqvist - 40 GP, 21-12-7, 2.77 GAA, .906 SV%, 4 SO - In his last 23 appearances against the Capitals (dating back to Dec. 12, 2010), Lundqvist has posted a 12-6-5 record, along with a 2.54 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 3 SO. His 21 career regular season wins against the Capitals are tied for the most by a Rangers goaltender against Washington in franchise history (tied with Mike Richter).
- Ryan Strome - 21 GP, 5-10-15 - Strome's 15 career points against the Capitals are the most he has recorded against one NHL opponent in his career. He has tallied a point in six of his last nine games against Washington (three goals, three assists).
- Mika Zibanejad - 23 GP, 5-7-12 - Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in two of the last four games against the Capitals (one goal, three assists).
- Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 5-4-9 - Panarin has tallied a goal/point in each of his last two games against Washington, and he has also registered a point in five of his last six contests against the Capitals (four goals, two assists).
- Brady Skjei - 11 GP, 4-2-6 - Skjei has recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in the last five games against the Capitals, including three goals/points in the last three games.
- Lias Andersson - 5 GP, 1-2-3 - Andersson registered his first career NHL goal/point while making his debut on Mar. 26, 2018 against the Capitals at MSG, and he tallied his first career NHL assist while skating in his second career NHL game on Mar. 28, 2018 against the Capitals at Washington.
- Tony DeAngelo - 3 GP, 0-3-3 - DeAngelo has tallied an assist/point in all of his three career games against Washington.
Nine different Rangers have registered at least one goal through the first four games this season.
FIRST IN SCORE
The Rangers have recorded the first goal of the game in each of their first four games in 2019-20. Prior to this season, the last time
New York recorded the first goal of the game in each of its first four games to begin a season was 2015-16.
HOT AT THE DOT
The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season (54.9%; 128-for-233).
Rangers defensemen have registered 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in four games this season, and at least one Rangers
defenseman has recorded a point on 10 of the team's 13 goals in 2019-20 (Note - includes points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has
played both forward and defense this season).
Mika Zibanejad was selected as the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 6. He has registered eight points (four
goals, four assists) in four games this season, and he has posted a four-point game in two of the four contests. This season, Zibanejad
became the second Ranger in franchise history to record eight points in the team's first two games of a season (Rod Gilbert - 1976-77;
credit - NHL Stats and Information). In addition, he became the first NHL player to register eight points in his team's first two games of a
season since Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96. Zibanejad has registered a point on eight of the Rangers' first 13 goals this season.
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 450th career NHL win on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg, becoming the sixth goaltender in NHL history to earn at
least 450 career wins (and the second to do so with one franchise). He is four wins away from tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place
on the NHL's all-time wins list. Lundqvist is expected to make his 860th career NHL appearance in tonight's game, tying Hall of Famer
Gump Worsley for 11th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list.
Lundqvist has made 987 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is 13 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).
Kaapo Kakko registered his first career NHL goal/point on Oct. 12 vs. Edmonton. He became the eighth player 18 years old or younger
to tally a goal with the Rangers in franchise history, and he also became the ninth player 18 years old or younger to tally a point with the
Rangers in franchise history.
- The Rangers were 0-for-6 (10:36) last night at New Jersey.
- The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in two of four games this season.
- The Rangers were 6-for-7 (8:49) last night at New Jersey.
- New York has killed off 16 of its opponents' 19 power play opportunities this season (84.2%).
- The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).
- New York Rangers - 4 home games away from 2,000 all-time regular-season games at the current Madison Square Garden (expected to reach milestone on Oct. 27, 2019 vs. Boston)
- Henrik Lundqvist - 13 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
- Tony DeAngelo - 3 games away from 100 with the Rangers
- Ryan Strome - 3 points away from 200 in his NHL career
- Mika Zibanejad - 5 games away from 500 in his NHL career
- Brendan Smith - 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career
- Brady Skjei - 9 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers