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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Panthers 11.16.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2019-20 season tonight, Nov. 16, against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (7:00 p.m. ET TV: MSG 2, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in four of the last five games (3-1-1 record), in six of the last eight games (5-2-1 record), and in eight of the last 11 games (6-3-2 record). 

RANGERS VS. PANTHERS

  • All-Time: 55-30-6-8 (28-15-4-3 at home; 27-15-2-5 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Panthers, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Florida. The Rangers have posted a 0-0-1 record (0-0-1 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following the Panthers' 6-5 win in a shootout on Nov. 10 at MSG. Five different Rangers tallied a goal, and 10 different Rangers recorded at least one point in the contest. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Panthers will face each other on the following date: Mar. 30 (at Florida). 
  • New York has earned at least one point in 10 of its last 11 games against the Panthers, dating back to Mar. 21, 2016 (6-1-4 record).
  • The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 17 of 19 games against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season (13-2-4 record). 
  • Six of the last eight meetings between the Rangers and Panthers have been decided by one goal. In addition, seven of the last 13 meetings between the two teams have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 

RANGERS-PANTHERS CONNECTIONS

  • Micheal Haley played parts of two seasons with the Panthers (2017-18 and 2018-19). 
  • Greg McKegg played parts of two seasons with the Panthers (2015-16 and 2016-17). 
  • Brian Boyle played five seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 - 2013-14). 
  • Anton Stralman played three seasons with the Rangers (2011-12 - 2013-14). 
  • Keith Yandle played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (2014-15 and 2015-16). 
  • Lindy Ruff began his coaching career in the NHL by serving as an Assistant Coach with the Panthers for four seasons (1993-94 - 1996-97). 
  • Kaapo Kakko registered 22 goals with TPS in Liiga last season; he established a record for the most goals by a U18 player in one season in the history of Finland's top league, and he broke the record of 21 which was previously held by Aleksander Barkov (21 with Tappara in 2012-13). Kakko and Barkov were both selected with the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Kakko - 2019 by the Rangers; Barkov - 2013 by Florida). 
  • Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky were teammates with the Blue Jackets for two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). Panarin and Bobrovsky have represented Russia in several tournaments, including the 2015 IIHF World Championship (silver medal), the 2016 IIHF World Championship (bronze medal), and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. 
  • Artemi Panarin's first Head Coach in the NHL was Joel Quenneville (2015-16 and 2016-17 with the Blackhawks). Quenneville is responsible for giving Panarin his nickname, "Bread Man", which occurred early during the 2015-16 season.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. PANTHERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 41 GP, 26-10-4, 2.17 GAA, .927 SV%, 5 SO - In his last 28 appearances against Florida (dating back to Nov. 25, 2009), Lundqvist has posted a 19-5-3 record, along with a 2.20 GAA, a .924 SV%, and 2 SO. 
  • Chris Kreider - 22 GP, 7-11-18 - Kreider's 18 points against Florida are tied for the most he has registered against one opponent in his NHL career, and his 11 assists against the Panthers are the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career. He has tallied an assist/point in five of the last six games against the Panthers (four goals, six assists). 
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 1-10-11 - Panarin has recorded an assist/point in each of his last six games against the Panthers (one goal, nine assists).

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers have seven players 21 years old or younger on their roster (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko, and Ryan Lindgren). Five of the Rangers' six goals over the last two games have been scored by a player who is 21 years old or younger. In addition, 10 of the Blueshirts' last 13 goals have been scored by a player who is 21 years old or younger (Chytil - 4; Kakko - 3; Fox - 2; Lindgren - 1).

BOUNCE BACK
The Blueshirts have earned a win in each of their last four games following a regulation or overtime loss (lost in overtime on Oct. 22 vs. Arizona, won on Oct. 24 vs. Buffalo; lost on Oct. 27 vs. Boston, won on Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay; lost on Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa, won on Nov. 6 vs. Detroit; lost in a shootout on Nov. 10 vs. Florida, won on Nov. 12 vs. Pittsburgh).
 
NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (115; 115-59-12 record in November over the span). The Blueshirts have also posted a 42-17-3 record in November since 2015-16 (the 42 wins over the span are the most in the NHL).

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have tallied four or more goals in three of the last five games, in six of the last 10 games, and in eight of 17 games in 2019-20. The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.35).

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have notched 47 points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 2019-20. The 14 goals by Rangers defensemen this season are tied for the second-most in the NHL, and their 47 points are tied for the fifth-most in the league. Blueshirts defensemen have also recorded 24.6% of the team's goals this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the NHL.

CENTURY-MARK FOR COACH
David Quinn will coach his 100th career game as an NHL Head Coach (as well as his 100th game as the Rangers' Head Coach) in tonight's contest. Quinn, who was named the 35th Head Coach in Rangers history on May 23, 2018, will become the 21st head coach to coach at least 100 games with the Rangers in franchise history.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has earned 453 wins in his NHL career and is one win away from tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He is also one appearance away from tying Grant Fuhr (868) for 10th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 995 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is five 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).

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with a 10-game point streak (four goals, 11 assists), which is his career-high. He is one of five NHL players who have posted a 10-game point streak or longer this season (Pastrnak, Marchand, MacKinnon, and Draisaitl), and he is the first Ranger who has posted a 10-game point streak since Rick Nash during the 2014-15 season. Panarin has recorded 21 points this season, which is the most by any NHL player who changed teams between the end of last season and the start of this season. Panarin has also posted a multi-point game in four of the last five contests (two goals, seven assists).

CHYTIL-MANIA
Filip Chytil enters the contest with a four-game point streak (four goals, one assist), and he has recorded a point in six of eight games this season (six goals, one assist). He is tied for second in the NHL (min. two games played) in goals per game this season (0.75).

THE FINNISHER
aapo Kakko posted his first career multi-goal game in the NHL by registering two goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, on Nov. 12 vs. Pittsburgh. According to NHL Stats and Information, he became the first 18-year-old to register a multi-goal game in Rangers history.

STROME SURGE
Since Ryan Strome was acquired by the Rangers on Nov. 16, 2018, he has registered 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) in 80 games. He is the only Ranger who has skated in all of the team's 80 games over the span, and he ranks second on the team in points since he was acquired.

BUCH BOOST
Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a five-game assist/point streak (seven assists), and his five-game assist streak is a careerhigh. He has also recorded 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) and a plus-seven rating in the last 11 games. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in nine of 17 games this season and have earned at least one point in eight of those nine contests (6-1-2 record). 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-4 (7:25) on Nov. 14 at Tampa Bay. 
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in four of the last six games (6-for-19; 31.6%), in six of the last nine games, and in 10 of 17 games this season.  

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-8 (8:11) on Nov. 14 at Tampa Bay.  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 5 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • David Quinn - 1 game coached away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers (will reach milestone tonight) 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 4 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Brendan Smith - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career 
  • Brady Skjei - 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Filip Chytil - 8 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
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