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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Bruins 02.16.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. BRUINS, 3:30 pm
Madison Square Garden
NBC, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 58th game of the 2019-20 season today, February 16, against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at
Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a season-high fourgame winning streak and have won five of the last six games (5-1-0 record), as well as seven of the last nine games (7-2-0 record).

RANGERS VS. BRUINS

  • All-Time: 259-292-97-3 (149-123-55-0 at home; 110-169-42-3 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Bruins, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road), and the Bruins won the last game between the two teams, 3-2, in overtime on Nov. 29 at Boston. Tony DeAngelo, Artemi Panarin, and Ryan Strome are tied for the team lead with three assists and three points in the season series.
  • The Rangers have played more regular-season games (651) and have earned more regular-season wins (259) against the Bruins than against any other opponent in their 93-season history.
  • The Blueshirts have earned a win in nine of their last 13 games against Boston, dating back to Jan. 11, 2016 (9-3-1 record).
  • Since Mar. 24, 2007, 29 of the 44 meetings between the Rangers and Bruins have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-BRUINS CONNECTIONS

  • Ryan Lindgren was selected by the Bruins in the second round (49th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Bruins on Feb. 25, 2018.
  • John Moore played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2014-15) and helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14.
  • Jeff Gorton spent 15 seasons in the Bruins organization and served as Boston's Interim General Manager in 2006. During Gorton's tenure as Interim General Manager, Boston selected Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic, and Brad Marchand in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, acquired Tuukka Rask in a trade, and signed Zdeno Chara as a free agent.
  • Jake DeBrusk's father, Louie DeBrusk, was selected by the Rangers in the third round (49th overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Charlie McAvoy is a native of Long Beach, New York. He grew up a Rangers fan and idolized Brian Leetch.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. BRUINS

  • Mika Zibanejad - 28 GP, 11-5-16 - Zibanejad's 11 goals against the Bruins are tied for the most he has registered against one opponent in his NHL career. He has tallied a goal/point in three of the last five games against the Bruins (five goals).
  • Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 3-8-11 - Panarin has tallied an assist/point in each of his last three games against Boston (four assists).
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 9 GP, 5-4-9 - Buchnevich enters the contest with a four-game point streak against Boston (two goals, three assists) and has recorded a goal in each of the last two games.

WINNING WAYS
The Rangers have recorded 26 of their 30 wins this season in regulation and 29 of their 30 wins in either regulation or the five-minute overtime period. New York's 26 regulation wins in 2019-20 are tied for the fifth-most in the NHL, are the fourth-most in the Eastern Conference, and are the second-most in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers earned their 26th regulation win and their 29th regulation/OT win of the season in their 57th game of 2019-20; the Blueshirts earned 26 regulation/OT wins in 2018-19.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have won eight of their last 12 home games, dating back to Dec. 22 (8-4-0 record), and have outscored their opponents, 48-32, in the 12 contests. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 14 of their last 22 home games (13-8-1 record).

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in each of the last four games, in six of the last seven games, and in 15 of the last 21 games. New York ranks seventh in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.28).

WHAT A LINE
The Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) over the last 10 games, and each player has recorded at least six goals and 10 or more points over the span.

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in three of the last four games, in five of the last nine games, in eight of the last 13 games, and in 24 different games this season. The Rangers have posted a 21-3-0 record when allowing two or fewer goals in a game in 2019-20.

NYET IN NET
Igor Shesterkin has earned a win in six of his first seven career NHL appearances, and he has made 40 or more saves and earned a win in three of those seven appearances. According to NHL Stats and Information, Shesterkin is the first goaltender in NHL history (since saves were first tracked in 1955-56) to post three 40-save wins in his first seven career NHL appearances. Shesterkin is also the first goaltender in Rangers history who has earned a win in six of his first seven career NHL appearances. He has stopped 238 of 253 shots in his seven career NHL appearances (.941 SV%), including 236 of the last 249 shots (.948 SV%). Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Shesterkin has earned a win in 102 of his 127 appearances in the NHL, AHL, and KHL. He has also earned a win in 23 of his 31 decisions between the NHL and AHL this season and has earned at least one point in 26 of those 31 decisions.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has earned a win in each of the last two games, posting a 1.94 GAA and a .936 SV% in the two contests. He has registered 14 wins this season, which is tied for his career-high. Georgiev has made at least 30 saves in 15 of his 25 starts this season.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin is the only NHL player who has recorded 75 or more points and a plus-30 rating or better in 2019-20, and he is one of three NHL players (and the only winger) who have registered 75 or more points and have been assessed 20 or fewer penalty minutes in 2019-20 (Draisaitl and MacKinnon). He leads the NHL in even strength points (59), even strength assists (36), 5-on-5 points (50), and 5-on-5 assists (31) this season.

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists) and has recorded a point in five of the last six games, as well as in eight of the last 10 games. He has posted a multi-point game in three of the last six games and in eight of the last 16 contests. Zibanejad ranks 16th in the NHL in points per game (1.16) and is tied for seventh in the NHL (min. 10 games played) in goals per game (0.55; tied with McDavid) this season.

KREID-ING HIGH
Chris Kreider has recorded a point in seven of his last nine games (seven goals, four assists), in 12 of his last 16 games (11 goals, six assists), and in 21 of his last 28 games (17 goals, 12 assists), and he has not gone two consecutive games without a point over his last 28 games. He has notched a goal in four of the last six games and in 10 of his last 15 games. Kreider is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 23 goals and 100 or more hits in 2019-20 (Ovechkin).

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