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Pregame Notes: Rangers @ Senators 10.05.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their second game of the 2019-20 season tonight, Oct. 5, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight's contest is the Blueshirts' first road game of the season.

RANGERS VS. SENATORS

  • All-Time: 42-46-3-4 (19-26-0-2 at home; 23-20-3-2 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Ottawa. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Senators will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 4 (at MSG), Nov. 22 (at Ottawa). 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-2-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Lias Andersson led the Rangers - and tied for first among all skaters - with two goals in the season series. 
  • New York has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of its last 15 games against the Senators

RANGERS-SENATORS CONNECTIONS

  • John Davidson is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. 
  • Mika Zibanejad played parts of five seasons with the Senators (2011-12 - 2015-16) and was selected by Ottawa in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. 
  • Artem Anisimov played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2008-09 - 2011-12) and was selected by the Rangers in the second round (54th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. 
  • Anthony Duclair played part of one season with the Rangers (2014-15) and was selected by the Blueshirts in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. 
  • Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion served as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07). 
  • David Oliver played 24 games with the Senators over parts of two seasons (1998-99 and 2000-01). 
  • David Quinn was Brady Tkachuk's Head Coach during Tkachuk's one season at Boston University (2017-18). 
  • Lias Andersson and Erik Brannstrom were both selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Andersson and Brannstrom were teammates in HV71's organization in Sweden for parts of three seasons (2014-15 - 2016-17) and helped HV71 win the SHL Championship in 2016-17. In addition, the two players have represented Sweden together in several tournaments, helping their country earn a silver medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, and a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. 
  • Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov were teammates with the Blackhawks for two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17), and the two were also linemates for both seasons (along with Patrick Kane). 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. SENATORS

  • Mika Zibanejad - 6 GP, 4-1-5 - Zibanejad has recorded a goal/point in four of his six career games against his former team. 
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 2-8-10 - Panarin has posted a multi-assist/point game in two of his last three games against Ottawa (four assists). He registered four assists and a plus-eight rating in three games against the Senators in 2018-19. 
  • Chris Kreider - 18 GP, 5-7-12 - Kreider has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his last 15 games against Ottawa. 
  • Jacob Trouba - 12 GP, 0-5-5 - Trouba has recorded an assist/point in three of his last five games against Ottawa (four assists). 
  • Lias Andersson - 3 GP, 2-0-2 - Andersson has tallied a goal/point in two of his three career games against the Senators.

YOUTH SERVED
The average age of a player on the Rangers' season-opening roster is 26.2 years old. The Blueshirts entered the 2019-20 season with eight players who are 23 years old or younger, as well as five players who are 21 years old or younger. According to NHL Stats and Information, the Rangers were the only NHL team that had eight players 23 years old or younger and the only NHL team that had five players 21 years old or younger on their season-opening roster.

NEW BLUE
Artemi Panarin and Jacob Trouba each posted a multi-point game in the Rangers' season opener on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg. According to NHL Stats and Information, the contest marked the fifth time in franchise history that two players making their Rangers debut posted a multi-point game in the same game.

TEAM EFFORT
Six different Rangers recorded a goal and 11 different Rangers tallied at least one point on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg. In addition, six of the seven defensemen who played for the Blueshirts in the contest notched at least one point.  

WHAT A LINE
The line of Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich was on the ice for four of the Rangers' six goals and was not on the ice for a goal against on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev is expected to make his first start/appearance of the 2019-20 season tonight. He ranked second among NHL rookie goaltenders in appearances (33) and saves (966), tied for second in shutouts (two), ranked fourth in wins (14), and ranked fifth (min. 10 appearances) in SV% (.914) last season. In addition, Georgiev led all NHL goaltenders (min. 20 appearances) in SV% while his team was shorthanded last season (.913 SV%; 146 saves on 160 shots while the Rangers were on the penalty kill).

HENR1K
Henrik Lundqvist has made 986 career appearances (regular season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is 14 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).

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad tied a single-game career-high with four points (one goal, three assists) and established a single-game career-high with a plus-four rating on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg. He is one of only two Rangers who have recorded four points and a plus-four rating in a game since the start of the 2013-14 season (Michael Grabner - Jan. 7, 2017 at Columbus). Zibanejad was on the ice for five of the Rangers' six goals on Oct. 3, and all of his four points were either a goal or the primary assist on a goal. Zibanejad established career-highs in numerous categories last season, including games played (82), goals (30), assists (44), points (74), and average ice time (20:34).

TROU BLUE
Jacob Trouba tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists), and recorded his first goal, assist, and point as a Ranger, while making his Rangers debut on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg. According to NHL Stats and Information, he is the first defenseman who has tallied three points in his Rangers debut in franchise history.

BREAD AND BUTTER
Artemi Panarin registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his first goal, assist, and point as a Ranger, while making his Rangers debut on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg. Since he entered the NHL in 2015-16, Panarin ranks eighth in the league in points (322). He also ranks fourth in the NHL in even strength points since he entered the league (241), trailing only Connor McDavid (271), Patrick Kane (271), and Sidney Crosby (245). Panarin has registered 176 points (64 goals, 112 assists) in 162 career road games in the NHL (1.09 points per game). Since the start of the 2015-16 season, Panarin is tied for second in the NHL in points and ranks third in the NHL in assists on the road.

STAALWART RANGER
Marc Staal enters tonight's game with 841 career games played as a Ranger, and he is currently tied with Blueshirts legend Vic Hadfield for seventh place on the franchise's all-time games played list. The 2019-20 season is Staal's 10th season as an alternate captain with the Rangers. Since the Rangers/NHL began to have players wear an 'A' on their jersey as an alternate captain during the 1985-86 season (after not doing so for approximately a decade), Staal is one of only three players who have either worn a 'C' or an 'A' as captain or an alternate captain with the Rangers for 10 or more seasons. The only other two Rangers who have done so over the span are Brian Leetch (13 seasons - alternate captain from 1991-92 - 1996-97; 2000-01 - 2003-04, and captain from 1997-98 - 199900) and Mark Messier (10 seasons - captain from 1991-92 - 1996-97; 2000-01 - 2003-04).

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:37) on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg.  

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-5 (8:19) and tallied a shorthanded goal on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • New York Rangers - 5 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) 
  • Marc Staal - 1 game away from passing Vic Hadfield (841) for sole possession of seventh place on the Rangers' all-time games played list 
  • Henrik Lundqvist - 14 appearances away from 1,000 (regular season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Ryan Strome - 5 points away from 200 in his NHL career 
  • Brendan Smith - 7 points away from 100 in his NHL career 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 8 games away from 500 in his NHL career 
  • Vladislav Namestnikov - 8 assists 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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