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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Canucks 10.20.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their sixth game of the 2019-20 season and begin a season-long five-game homestand today, Oct. 20, against the
Vancouver Canucks at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today's game, the
Rangers will play seven of their next eight games, and nine of their next 11 contests, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. CANUCKS

  • All-Time: 81-33-8-1 (43-14-5-1 at home; 38-19-3-0 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Canucks, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Canucks will face each other on the following date: Jan. 4 (at Vancouver).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Henrik Lundqvist posted a 2.04 GAA and a .925 SV% (49 saves on 53 shots) in two appearances. The Blueshirts were 2-for-10 (20.0%) on the power play and 8-for-9 (88.9%) on the penalty kill in the season series.
  • The Rangers have registered 495 goals in 123 all-time regular-season games against the Canucks (4.02 goals per game; does not include goals scored in a shootout). The Blueshirts have averaged more goals per game against Vancouver than against any of their current NHL opponents in franchise history.
  • New York has won four of its last five games against Vancouver (4-1-0 record) and has tallied 20 goals in the five contests.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games against Vancouver, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (10-3-1 record).
  • Three of the last four games, and six of the last nine games, between the Rangers and Canucks have been decided by one goal. In addition, four of the last nine contests between the two teams have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.

RANGERS-CANUCKS CONNECTIONS

  • J.T. Miller played parts of six seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2017-18).
  • Canucks Assistant Coach Manny Malhotra played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (1998-99 - 2001-02).
  • Kaapo Kakko was selected in the first round (second overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which was held in Vancouver.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Loui Eriksson both played in Frolunda's organization in Sweden for parts of five seasons (2000-01 - 2004-05), and the two players were teammates for two seasons in the Swedish Elite League (now Swedish Hockey League; 2003-04 and 2004-05). Lundqvist and Eriksson helped Frolunda win the league championship in 2004-05. Lundqvist and Eriksson also represented Sweden in the Winter Olympics twice (2010 and 2014), winning a silver medal in 2014, at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, and at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. In addition, Eriksson and Lundqvist's twin brother, Joel Lundqvist, were teammates with the Stars for three seasons (2006-07 - 2008-09).
  • Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers were teammates with the Jets for parts of five seasons (2014-15 - 2018-19). Trouba, Myers, and Brendan Lemieux were all teammates with Winnipeg for parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), and Lemieux and Myers were part of the same trade in which they were dealt from Buffalo to Winnipeg on February 11, 2015.
  • Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte were teammates with the Blackhawks for part of one season (2016-17) and with the Blue Jackets for part of one season (2017-18). Panarin and Motte were part of the same trade between the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets on June 23, 2017, and John Davidson was the Blue Jackets' President of Hockey Operations when the team acquired Panarin and Motte.
  • Artemi Panarin, Elias Pettersson, and Tyler Myers have all won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year (Panarin - 2015- 16; Pettersson - 2018-19; Myers - 2009-10).
  • Lias Andersson and Elias Pettersson were both selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Andersson and Pettersson have represented Sweden in several tournaments together, winning a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship and a silver medal at both the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CANUCKS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 15 GP, 9-6-0, 2.42 GAA, .925 SV%, 2 SO - In his last 11 starts against Vancouver (dating back to Jan. 13, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 9-2-0 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .944 SV% (339 saves on 359 shots), and 2 SO.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 12 GP, 5-6-11 - Zibanejad has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last nine contests against the Canucks, including five points (two goals, three assists) in six games against Vancouver as a member of the Rangers.
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 1-8-9 - Panarin has tallied an assist/point in each of his last four games against the Canucks (seven assists), and he registered four assists on Mar. 31, 2018 at Vancouver as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • Jesper Fast - 9 GP, 1-6-7 - Fast has tallied a point in five of the last six games against the Canucks, and he has registered six points (one goal, five assists) over the span.
  • Chris Kreider - 10 GP, 3-3-6 - Kreider has recorded an assist/point in two of the last three games and in three of his last six games against the Canucks.
  • Brendan Smith - 10 GP, 1-4-5 - Smith has registered a point in four of his last five games against the Canucks (one goal, three assists).
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 4 GP, 2-2-4 - Buchnevich posted his first career multi-assist/point game in the NHL by tallying three points (one goal, two assists) on Nov. 8, 2016 vs. Vancouver.

SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Rangers have posted a 36-17-8 record in 61 games against Pacific Division opponents,
including a 22-5-4 record in 31 games against Pacific Division opponents at MSG.

TOP TEN
Ten different Rangers have registered at least one goal through the first five games this season.

NEW BLUE
Through five games this season, five of the Rangers' 15 goals (33.3%) have been scored by players who were not on the team last
season (Panarin - three; Kakko - one; Trouba - one).

HOT AT THE DOT
The Blueshirts rank second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season (54.2%; 156-for-288). The Rangers have posted a faceoff
win percentage of 50.0% or better in each of the last four games.

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games this season, and he is one of seven players in franchise
history who have recorded at least 10 points through the team's first five games of a season (Rod Gilbert - 11 in 1971-72; Andy
Bathgate - 10 in 1961-62; Bob Nevin - 10 in 1968-69; Walt Poddubny - 10 in 1986-87; Darren Turcotte - 10 in 1990-91; Jaromir Jagr -
10 in 2006-07). Nine of Zibanejad's 10 points in 2019-20 have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. He is tied for second in
the NHL in points per game this season (2.00; he is tied with Leon Draisaitl and only trails Connor McDavid).

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 450th career NHL win on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg, becoming the sixth goaltender in NHL history to earn at
least 450 career wins (and the second to do so with one franchise). He is four wins away from tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place
on the NHL's all-time wins list. When he makes his next appearance (which will be the 861st of his NHL career), Lundqvist will pass Hall
of Famer Gump Worsley for sole possession of 11th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 988 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is 12 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).

TROU BLUE
Jacob Trouba ranks sixth in the NHL in average ice time this season (25:28), and he is one of two NHL players who have averaged at
least 4:00 of power play ice time and 3:00 of shorthanded ice time per game (along with Alexander Edler). He established a singlegame
career-high with eight shots on goal on Oct. 18 at Washington, and he leads NHL defensemen in shots on goal per game this
season (4.40; 22 shots on goal in five games). Trouba is also tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in points per game this season
(1.00).

SPECIAL TEAMS
Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-4 (6:35) on Oct. 18 at Washington.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in three of five games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-4 (6:13) on Oct. 18 at Washington.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).

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 - 12 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Tony DeAngelo - 2 games away from 100 with the Rangers
  • Ryan Strome - 3 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad - 4 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Brendan Smith - 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 9 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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