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Pregame Notes: Rangers at Devils 04.01.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Monday, Apr. 1, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
TV: MSG 2, Radio: WNYM 970 AM

Rangers: 31-34-13 (75 pts)
Devils: 29-40-10 (68 pts)

The Rangers play their 79th game of the 2018-19 season and conclude a back-to-back set on Monday, Apr. 1, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG 2, Radio: WNYM 970 AM). Including Monday's game, the Blueshirts conclude the 2018-19 season with four games over a six-day stretch, and three of the four contests are against teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have won each of the last two games.

TOMORROW STARTS TODAY

Through seven trades made leading up to the NHL's Trade Deadline in both 2018 and 2019, the Rangers acquired 22 assets in exchange for eight players who were on the team's roster. Among the assets acquired were:

  • Four picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (including two first-round picks)
  • Six picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (including one first-round pick and two second-round picks which could become first-round picks)
  • Five players who were 22 years old or younger at the time they were acquired (Brett Howden, Brendan Lemieux, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, and Yegor Rykov)

The Rangers either have made, or will make, seven selections in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft over a three-year period from 2017 - 2019. Since the start of the NHL Entry Draft Era in 1979 (following the NHL-WHA merger), no NHL team has made more than seven first-round selections in a three-year span. In addition, for the first time in franchise history (since the inception of the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft in 1963), the Rangers have had multiple first-round picks in three consecutive years (two first-round selections in 2017, three first-round selections in 2018, and two first-round selections in 2019).

In 2018, the Rangers selected three players in the first round of the same NHL Amateur/Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts used their three first-round picks to select Vitali Kravtsov, K'Andre Miller, and Nils Lundkvist.

  • Kravtsov - led all KHL players younger than 20 years old in goals (eight), assists (13), and points (21) during the regular season in 2018-19; Kravtsov's 21 points are tied for the ninth-most by a KHL player younger than 20 years old in the league's history (tied with Artemi Panarin)
  • Miller - leads NCAA freshmen defensemen (min. 25 games played) in assists per game (0.65) and points per game (0.85) in 2018-19; named one of the finalists for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and was named an Honorable Mention for the All-Big Ten Hockey Team in 2018-19
  • Lundkvist - led SHL defensemen younger than 19 years old in assists (seven) and points (10) during the regular season in 2018-19; over the last 30 seasons (since 1989-90) in the SHL, Lundkvist is one of 14 defensemen younger than 19 years old who have who have tallied 10 or more points in a single season, and his 10 points are tied for the 10th-most by a defenseman younger than 19 years old in the league over the span

The Rangers made 10 selections overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was the most the team made in one year since the NHL adopted a seven-round Draft format beginning in 2005. The Blueshirts currently have 10 picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (their own first-round pick, Winnipeg's first-round pick, their own second-round pick, either Dallas' second-round pick or first-round pick, either Tampa Bay's second-round pick or first-round pick, their own third-round pick, Columbus' fourth-round pick, their own fifth-round pick, their own sixth-round pick, and Columbus' seventh-round pick).

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 118-91-27-10 (66-32-20-4 at home; 52-59-7-6 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 - 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 - 1981-82
  • 2018-19: Monday's game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at New Jersey. The Rangers have posted a 3-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) and won the last meeting between the two teams, 4-2, on Mar. 9 at MSG. The Rangers have tallied 13 goals over the first three games of the season series and have recorded at least four goals in each contest. Mika Zibanejad leads all skaters with five assists, eight points, and 15 shots on goal in three games, and he recorded his first hat trick with the Blueshirts on Jan. 31 at New Jersey. Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in each of the three contests. Ryan Strome leads all skaters with four goals in three games, and he has posted a multi-goal game in each of the last two contests. New York is 3-for-12 (25.0%) on the power play in the season series. The Rangers have only allowed 67 shots on goal in the three games.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 21 of their last 27 games against the Devils, dating back to Mar. 19, 2013 (17-6-4 record over the span). New York has also earned at least one point in 18 of its last 22 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (14-4-4 record).
  • Six of the last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Devils have been decided by one goal, and four of those contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • Brian Leetch is the Rangers' all-time leader in games played (81), assists (45), and points (64) against the Devils franchise. Henrik Lundqvist is the Blueshirts' all-time leader in appearances (63), wins (38), and shutouts (eight) against the Devils franchise. Lundqvist has also earned more career wins against the Devils franchise than any other goaltender in NHL history.

RANGERS-DEVILS CONNECTIONS

  • Brendan Lemieux's father, Claude Lemieux, played parts of six seasons with the Devils (1990-91 - 1994-95; 1999-00).
  • Devils Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ray Shero is the son of Fred Shero, who played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1947-48 - 1949-50) and served as the Blueshirts' Head Coach for parts of three seasons (1978-79 - 1980-81). Fred Shero helped the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals as a player (1949-50) and as a Head Coach (1978-79).
  • Kenny Agostino is a native of Morristown, New Jersey, and he was a Rangers fan as a kid.
  • David Quinn and John Hynes were both head coaches with the U.S. National Team Development Program during the 2003-04 season. Quinn and Hynes were also members of the same coaching staff with the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, and they coached Brady Skjei, Steven Santini, and Miles Wood in the tournament.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Will Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey in back-to-back seasons (Vesey - 2015-16 with Harvard; Butcher - 2016-17 with the University of Denver).
  • Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, Will Butcher, and Blake Coleman all helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Lias Andersson and Jesper Bratt helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, a silver medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and a bronze medal at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Brady Skjei and Connor Carrick were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12), and the two players helped the United States win a silver medal at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge and a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship. Skjei and Carrick also represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championship, and both players were selected in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Brady Skjei, Will Butcher, and Steven Santini all 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, Butcher, and Connor Carrick also helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship.
  • Tony DeAngelo, Will Butcher, and Miles Wood all represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Chris Kreider and Andy Greene represented the United States at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
  • Neal Pionk and Joey Anderson were teammates with the University of Minnesota Duluth during the 2016-17 season and helped the school advance to the National Championship Game.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics; Ray Shero was the Assistant General Manager for Team USA in the tournament.
  • Pavel Buchnevich and Egor Yakovlev were teammates with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for part of the 2015-16 season, and the two players represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Kyle Palmieri is a native of Smithtown, New York.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Kenny Agostino were teammates with the Blues for parts of one season (2016-17).
  • Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Nico Hischier were selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Chris Kreider and Kyle Palmieri were selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Kreider and Palmieri helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Stefan Noesen were all selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Zibanejad and Noesen were both selected by the Ottawa Senators in the NHL Entry Draft.
  • Marc Staal and Mackenzie Blackwood are both natives of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • Greg Brown was the Associate Head Coach at Boston College during Miles Wood's one season at the school (2015-16). In addition, Brown was the Associate Head Coach at Boston College during Steven Santini's three years at the school (2013-14 - 2015-16).
  • Greg Brown was an Assistant Coach at Boston College during Cory Schneider's three seasons at the school (2004-05 - 2006-07).
  • David Quinn was one of Kyle Palmieri's Assistant Coaches for the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • David Quinn was one of Cory Schneider's Assistant Coaches for the United States at the 2005 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2007 IIHF World Championship.
  • Greg Brown and Devils Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald represented the United States at the 1987 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Chris Drury, Devils Head Coach John Hynes, and Devils Assistant Coach Mike Grier were all teammates at Boston University for two seasons (1994-95 and 1995-96). Drury and Hynes were teammates for three seasons (1994-95 - 1996-97). In addition, Drury and Grier were teammates with the Sabres for parts of two seasons (2003-04 and 2005-06) and at the 2004 IIHF World Championship.
  • David Oliver and Devils Assistant Coach Mike Grier were teammates with the Oilers for part of the 1996-97 season.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DEVILS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 63 GP, 38-17-8, 1.99 GAA, .929 SV%, 8 SO - Lundqvist has earned more wins and shutouts in his career against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent. In addition, Lundqvist's 38 career wins against the Devils are the most any goaltender has earned against the Devils franchise in NHL history. In his last 15 appearances against the Devils (dating back to the 2014 Stadium Series on Jan. 26, 2014), Lundqvist has posted a 10-3-2 record, along with a 2.30 GAA, a .920 SV%, and 1 SO.
  • Alexandar Georgiev - 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .905 SV% - Georgiev stopped 19 of 21 shots and earned a win in his only career appearance against the Devils on Feb. 23, 2019 at MSG.
  • Chris Kreider - 26 GP, 8-10-18 - Kreider has tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 11 games against the Devils, and he has recorded a point in all three meetings against New Jersey this season (two goals, two assists).
  • Mika Zibanejad - 18 GP, 6-10-16 - Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in each of the last three games against the Devils (three goals, five assists), and he has also tallied 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in his last 11 games against New Jersey.
  • Ryan Strome - 19 GP, 9-4-13 - Strome has posted a multi-goal/point game in each of the last two contests against New Jersey (four goals, one assist). He has also posted a multi-goal/point game in three of his last seven games against the Devils, and he has tallied nine points (seven goals, two assists) over those seven games. Strome has registered more goals against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent in his career.
  • Jimmy Vesey - 11 GP, 4-2-6 - Vesey has tallied a point in four of the last six games against the Devils (three goals, two assists).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov - 14 GP, 2-4-6 - Namestnikov tied single-game career-highs with two assists and three points in the Rangers' last game against the Devils on Mar. 9, 2019 at MSG.
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 8 GP, 0-5-5 - Buchnevich has notched an assist/point in four of his eight career games against New Jersey, and he has tallied four assists/points in his last five games against the Devils.
  • Brady Skjei - 12 GP, 2-4-6 - Skjei has recorded a point in six of the last 11 games against the Devils. He has registered a point in each of the last two games against the Devils (one goal, one assist, plus-five rating over the two games). Skjei tallied his first career NHL goal against New Jersey on Dec. 11, 2016 at MSG.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk - 16 GP, 1-5-6 - Shattenkirk has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games against New Jersey.
  • Tony DeAngelo - 4 GP, 1-2-3 - DeAngelo posted his first career multi-point game in the NHL and tallied his first career NHL game-winning goal on Mar. 11, 2017 against the Devils as a member of the Arizona 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:

  • Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev were teammates while representing Russia in international competition during the 2014-15 season.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Connor Brickley both attended Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts; Brickley's final season at the school was in 2008-09, and Vesey's final season at the school was in 2010-11.
  • 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.
  • Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek represented the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).

SEVENTH HEAVEN

The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 7-0, over the last five periods (dating back to the start of the second period on Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis).

YOUTH SERVED

The Rangers are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has tallied a goal in 10 of the last 12 games and in 12 of the last 15 games.

ON POINT

At least one Rangers defenseman has recorded a point in 25 of the team's last 27 games, including all 25 games which the team has registered a goal over the span. Rangers defensemen have tallied 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists) in the last 27 games (note - does not include points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has played forward during the stretch). 

CLOSE CALL

Six of the Rangers' last 14 games and 40 of their 78 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Blueshirts' 40 one-goal games are tied for the second-most in the NHL in 2018-19. The Rangers have played at least 40 one-goal games in a season for the first time since 2008-09 (43). In addition, the 2018-19 season is the seventh in the Rangers' 92-season history that the team has played at least 40 games decided by one goal or fewer.

RESILIENT RANGERS

The Blueshirts have won 15 games when allowing the first goal this season (tied for the eighth-most in the NHL). The Rangers have also won six games this season when trailing entering the third period (tied for the fifth-most in the NHL).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has earned 449 wins in his NHL career. Lundqvist ranks sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list, and his 449 career wins with the Rangers are the second-most a goaltender has earned with one franchise in NHL history.

HENRIK LUNDQVIST - ALL-TIME NHL RANKINGS

WITH ONE FRANCHISE

 

 

 

CATEGORY

TOTAL

RANK

Appearances

855

3rd

Wins

449

2nd

Minutes Played

50,100:04

3rd

Saves

22,646

3rd

Shutouts

63

7th

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT

Alexandar Georgiev has an active shutout streak of 104:58 (dating back to 15:02 of the first period on Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis), and his active shutout streak is a career-high. Over the shutout streak, Georgiev has stopped 67 consecutive shots. He has earned a win in each of the last two games, and he has posted a 1.00 GAA, a .973 SV% (73 saves on 75 shots), and 1 SO in the two games. Georgiev has also earned a win in three of his last four appearances (3-1-0 record), posting a 1.99 GAA, a .949 SV% (148 saves on 156 shots), and 1 SO in those four appearances. Dating back to his 55-save win on Feb. 10 vs. Toronto, Georgiev has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his last 13 appearances, and he has posted a 6-4-3 record, along with a 2.59 GAA, a .928 SV%, and 1 SO in those 13 appearances.

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers in goals (30), assists (42), and points (72) this season, and he has established career-highs in all three categories. He is the first Rangers center who has recorded at least 30 goals in a season since Eric Lindros (37 in 2001-02). Zibanejad is one of five NHL players who have registered 30 or more goals and have won 800 or more faceoffs this season (Barkov, Crosby, Larkin, Toews).

BUCH BOOST

Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a career-high seven-game point streak (four goals, four assists). He has also established a career-high in goals this season (20). Buchnevich tallied his 20th goal of the 2018-19 season and his 100th career NHL point today at Philadelphia. Buchnevich is the fifth Russian player who has registered at least 100 points as a member of the Rangers (along with Alexei Kovalev, Sergei Nemchinov, Sergei Zubov, and Artem Anisimov). He is also the fourth Russian who has recorded at least 20 goals in a season with the Rangers in franchise history (Kovalev - four times; Nemchinov - three times; Nikolai Zherdev - once).

STROME SURGE

Ryan Strome has recorded 17 goals since he was acquired by the Rangers on Nov. 16; his 17 goals with the Rangers are the most any NHL player acquired during the 2018-19 season has tallied with his new team. Strome enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak (three goals, two assists), and his three-game goal streak is a career-high. He has established a career-high in goals this season (18; 17 with the Rangers and one with Edmonton).

DE-FENSE

Tony DeAngelo has recorded an assist/point in 14 of his last 22 games (15 assists) and in 16 of his last 26 games (17 assists). DeAngelo's 15 assists since Feb. 12 are tied for the second-most among NHL defensemen.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-2 (3:31) today at Philadelphia.
  • New York has recorded a power play goal in two of the last four games (3-for-11; 27.3%).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-4 (8:00) today at Philadelphia.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Neal Pionk - 3 games away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger

INJURIES (178 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Libor Hajek (separated shoulder) - has missed 10 games
  • Jesper Fast (upper-body; out for season) - has missed six games

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Mar. 30 - Agreed to terms with free agent forward Patrick Newell

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Apr. 1, 1962 - Rod Gilbert recorded an assist while skating in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff game, Johnny Wilson registered three points (two goals, one assist), and Gump Worsley made 36 saves as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4, in Game 3 of the Semifinals at MSG.
  • Apr. 1, 1994 - Mike Richter tied Ed Giacomin's single-season franchise record for wins by earning his 38th win of the 1993-94 season. Richter stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 3-0, at MSG.

REMEMBERING 1993-94

The Rangers defeated the Devils, 4-2, on April 2, 1994 in New Jersey to finish the 1993-94 regular season with a 6-0-0 record against the Devils. The 1993-94 season was the first time the Blueshirts won all of their meetings against New Jersey in one season.

RANGERS VS. DEVILS - 1993-94

The Rangers posted a 6-0-0 record against the Devils during the regular season in 1993-94, outscoring New Jersey, 24-9, in the six games. Sergei Zubov led the Rangers with eight assists and tied for the team lead with nine points in the season series, while Sergei Nemchinov registered eight points (four goals, four assists). Mike Gartner led the Blueshirts with five goals, and he recorded his 600th career NHL goal on Dec. 26, 1993 against the Devils at MSG.

During the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Rangers defeated the Devils, four games to three, in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Three of the seven games - including Game 7 - were decided in the second overtime. Mark Messier led the Rangers in goals (four), assists (seven), and points (11) during the series and tallied a natural hat trick in the third period of Game 6 after guaranteeing that the Rangers would win the game. Messier's 11 points in the series are tied for the most a Ranger has tallied in one playoff series in franchise history, and he also became the first player in franchise history to record three goals in one period of a playoff game. Stephane Matteau tallied two overtime goals in the series, including the game-winning goal in the second overtime of Game 7. Mike Richter posted a 4-3 record, along with a 1.94 GAA, a .923 SV%, and 1 SO in the series.

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