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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Capitals 11.20.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. CAPITALS, 8pm
Madison Square Garden
NBCSN, 1050 AM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 19th game of the 2019-20 season tonight, November 20, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division
matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in four of the last six games (3-2-1 record), in six of the last nine games (5-3-1 record), and in eight of the last 12 games (6-4-2 record).

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 97-97-18-11 (53-44-9-5 at home; 44-53-9-6 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following the Capitals' 5-2 win on Oct. 18 at Washington. Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin each recorded a goal in the contest. Following tonight's game, the
  • Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Mar. 5 (at MSG), Mar. 26 (at Washington).
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 23 of their last 36 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (17-13-6 record).
  • Four of the last six meetings, and five of the last eight meetings, between the Rangers and Capitals have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.

RANGERS-CAPITALS CONNECTIONS

  • Carl Hagelin played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2011-12 - 2014-15) and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14. He was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Capitals Assistant Coach Scott Arniel was the Rangers' Associate Coach for five seasons (2013-14 - 2017-18).
  • Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan played with the Rangers during the 1985-86 season.
  • Capitals President Dick Patrick is the grandson of Lester Patrick, the Rangers' first Head Coach (1926-27 - 1938-39) and the
  • Rangers' General Manager from 1926-27 - 1945-46. He is also the son of Muzz Patrick, who was a player, Head Coach, and
  • General Manager of the Rangers, the nephew of Lynn Patrick, who played and coached for the Blueshirts, and is cousins with Craig Patrick, who was either the Rangers' Head Coach and/or General Manager from 1980-81 through July 14, 1986.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Ovechkin were both selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2005-06. Since they both entered the NHL in 2005-06, Lundqvist leads the league in wins, while Ovechkin leads the league in goals and points.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby have both won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's Best Goaltender (Lundqvist - 2011-12; Holtby - 2015-16). Lundqvist and Holtby have started more winner-take-all games against each other than any other goaltender duo in NHL history (three).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CAPITALS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 41 GP, 21-13-7, 2.80 GAA, .905 SV%, 4 SO - Lundqvist's 21 career regular-reason wins against the Capitals are tied for the most by a Rangers goaltender against Washington in franchise history (tied with Mike Richter).
  • Ryan Strome - 22 GP, 5-10-15 - Strome's 15 career points against the Capitals are the most he has recorded against one NHL opponent in his career.
  • Artemi Panarin - 13 GP, 6-4-10 - Panarin has tallied a goal/point in each of his last three games against Washington (three goals).
  • Chris Kreider - 25 GP, 5-5-10 - Kreider enters the game with a three-game point streak against Washington (one goal, two assists).
  • Brady Skjei - 12 GP, 4-2-6 - Skjei has recorded five points (three goals, two assists) in the last six games against the Capitals, including three goals/points in the last four games. Skjei has registered more goals against the Capitals than against any other NHL opponent in his career.

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers have seven players 21 years old or younger on their roster (Chytil, Fox, Gettinger, Hajek, Howden, Kakko, and
Lindgren). At least one Ranger who is 21 years old or younger has notched a point on 14 of the team's last 16 goals (dating back to the
Rangers' third goal on Nov. 7 at Carolina), and 10 of those 16 goals have been scored by a player who is 21 years old or younger
(Chytil - 4; Kakko - 3; Fox - 2; Lindgren - 1).

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (115; 115-60-12 record in November over the span).

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have registered three or more goals in each of the last six games, in nine of the last 11 games, and in 11 of 18 games this
season. New York is tied for ninth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.33).

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have notched 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists) in 2019-20. The 15 goals by Rangers defensemen this season are
tied for the second-most in the NHL, and their 50 points are the eighth-most in the league. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 25.0% of
the team's goals and 30.5% of the team's points this season; the 25.0% of team goals scored is the highest percentage in the NHL, and
the 30.5% of team points recorded is the second-highest percentage in the NHL.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with an 11-game point streak (five goals, 12 assists) and a six-game assist streak (eight assists), and
both streaks are career-highs. He is one of five NHL players who have posted an 11-game point streak or longer this season (Pastrnak,
Marchand, MacKinnon, and Draisaitl), as well as one of five NHL players who have posted a six-game assist streak or longer in 2019-
20 (Marchand, Carlson (twice), Hall, and Domi). Panarin is the first Ranger who has posted an 11-game point streak since Rick Nash
did so during the 2014-15 season. He has recorded 23 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 is one of six Rangers in franchise history who have recorded nine
or more goals and 14 or more assists in the team's first 18 games of a season (Frank Boucher, Andy Bathgate, Rod Gilbert (twice), Vic
Hadfield, and Jean Ratelle). Panarin was on the ice for each of the Rangers' six goals in the last two games, and he has been on the
ice for 35 of the Blueshirts' 60 goals this season. He has tallied 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 17 career games at MSG, and he has
registered at least one point in 15 of the 17 games.

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 has also made 868 career NHL appearances, and he is one appearance away from passing Grant Fuhr for sole
possession of 10th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 996 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is four 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).

CHYTIL-MANIA
Filip Chytil has tallied a point in four of the last five games, and he has registered five points (four goals, one assist) over the span.
He has also recorded a point in six of nine games this season (six goals, one assist). Chytil ranks fourth in the NHL (min. five games
played) in goals per game this season (0.67).

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and established single-game career-highs with 18 faceoff wins and 27:57 of ice
time on Nov. 16 at Florida. Since Strome was acquired by the Rangers on Nov. 16, 2018, he has notched 51 points (24 goals, 27
assists) in 81 games. He is the only Ranger who has skated in all of the team's 81 games over the span, and he ranks second on the
team in goals and points since he was acquired. Strome has recorded a point in 10 of the last 13 games (six goals, 10 assists), and he
has posted a multi-point game in six of the last 11 games.

DE-FENSE
Tony DeAngelo has established a career-high in goals this season (six), and he is the first Rangers defenseman who has tallied six or
more goals in the team's first 18 games of a season since Brian Leetch in 1993-94.

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in nine of 18 games
this season and have earned at least one point in eight of those nine games (6-1-2 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (4:32) on Nov. 16 at Florida.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in four of the last seven games (6-for-22; 27.3%), in six of the last 10 games, and in 10 of 18 games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-4 (2:08) on Nov. 16 at Florida.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 4 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 3 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 - 7 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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