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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Devils 10.17.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their fourth game of the 2019-20 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Oct. 17, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBCSN, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York is beginning 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. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 118-92-27-10 (66-32-20-4 at home; 52-60-7-6 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
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at New Jersey. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Devils will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 30 (at New Jersey), Jan. 9 (at MSG), Mar. 7 (at MSG).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Blueshirts tallied 15 goals in the season series and recorded at least four goals in three of the four contests. Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with five assists, eight points, and 16 shots on goal in the season series, and he recorded his first hat trick with the Blueshirts on Jan. 31, 2019 at New Jersey. Ryan Strome led all skaters with four goals in four games.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 23 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (14-5-4 record).

RANGERS-DEVILS CONNECTIONS

  • 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).
  • Pavel Buchnevich was selected by the Rangers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Prudential Center.
  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Jaime Rodriguez was the Devils' Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for four seasons (2015-16 - 2018-19) prior to joining the Rangers in the summer of 2019.
  • 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 are both Rhode Island natives (Quinn - Cranston, RI; Hynes - Warwick, RI), and they both played and served as Assistant Coaches at Boston University. Quinn and Hynes were also members of the same coaching staff with the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba, Will Butcher, and Connor Carrick were all teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) in 2011-12 and helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship. Skjei, Trouba, and Carrick were teammates with the USNTDP for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12), and in addition to helping Team USA win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Championship, they also helped the United States win a silver medal at the 2011 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
  • Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko were selected first overall and second overall, respectively, in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DEVILS

  • 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 - 27 GP, 8-10-18 - Kreider has tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the last 12 games against the Devils.
  • Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 5-11-16 - Panarin has posted four multi-point games in his last seven contests against New Jersey (three goals, nine assists). He has recorded an assist/point in five of six career games at Prudential Center, and he has registered 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in those six contests.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 19 GP, 6-10-16 - Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in three of the last four games against the Devils (three goals, five assists).
  • Ryan Strome - 20 GP, 9-4-13 - Strome has posted a multi-goal/point game in two of the last three contests against New Jersey (four goals, one assist). He has registered more goals against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent in his career.

NEW BLUE
Four of the Rangers' 11 goals this season (36.4%) have been scored by players who were not on the team last season (Panarin - 2;
Trouba - 1; Kakko - 1).

BREAD AND BUTTER LINE
The line of Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich has registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in three games in 2019-
20. The Panarin-Zibanejad-Buchnevich line has been on the ice for seven of the Rangers' 11 goals this season.

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has five players 21 years old or younger who have played at least one game this season
(Andersson, Fox, Hajek, Howden, Kakko).

HOT AT THE DOT
The Rangers rank second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage thus far this season (54.5%; 96-for-176) and have won 68 of 116
faceoffs (58.6%) over the last two games. New York won 40 of 60 faceoffs (66.7%) in its only road game of the season thus far on Oct.
5 at Ottawa; the Blueshirts won at least 40 faceoffs and posted a faceoff win percentage of 66.6% or better in a road game for the fifth
time since the NHL began to track faceoffs in 1997-98 (a span of 845 games).

ON POINT
Adam Fox and Libor Hajek are two of six NHL defensemen (and two of three NHL rookie defensemen) who have not been on the ice
for a goal against thus far this season (min. three games played). Fox and Hajek are two of 25 defensemen 21 years old or younger
who have played in at least one NHL game thus far this season.

MIKA MAGIC
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 three games this season, and he has posted a four-point game in two of the three 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 11 goals this season,
and he has been on the ice for nine of the 11 goals. He leads the NHL in points per game (2.67) and goals per game (1.33), and he
ranks third in the NHL in assists per game (1.33) thus far in 2019-20.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 of 32 shots and earned a win in his first appearance of the season on Oct. 5 at Ottawa. He is one of
two NHL goaltenders who have posted a .969 SV% or better this season, and he is also one of four NHL goaltenders who have posted
a 1.00 GAA or better thus far in 2019-20. Last season, Georgiev led all NHL goaltenders (min. 20 appearances) in SV% while his team
was shorthanded (.913 SV%).

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the Rangers' first three games this season, and he has posted a multipoint game in two of the three contests. Since he entered the NHL in 2015-16, Panarin is tied for eighth in the league in points (324).

THE FINNISHER
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. Kakko is one of four 18-year-olds who have played in an NHL game this season and one of two 18-yearolds who have tallied a goal/point in the NHL in 2019-20.

TROU BLUE
Jacob Trouba has registered four points (one goal, three assists) and has averaged 23:55 of ice time per game this season. He has led
the Rangers in ice time in all three games in 2019-20. Trouba ranks second among NHL defensemen in points per game (1.33) and is
tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in assists per game (1.00) thus far this season. In addition, he is one of four NHL players who
are averaging at least 3:00 of power play ice time and 3:00 of shorthanded ice time in 2019-20.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-4 (7:21) on Oct. 12 vs. Edmonton.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in two of three games this season (3-for-9; 33.3%).
  • The Rangers rank third in the NHL in power play efficiency in 2019-20.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:11) on Oct. 12 vs. Edmonton.
  • The Blueshirts have recorded a shorthanded goal in two of three games this season.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • 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 - 4 games away from 100 with the Rangers
  • Ryan Strome - 4 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad - 6 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Brendan Smith - 6 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 10 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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