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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Devils 01.09.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. DEVILS, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 43rd game of the 2019-20 season tonight, January 9, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's game, the Blueshirts will play five of their next seven games, as well as nine of their next 12 games, at MSG. In addition, starting with tonight's game, five of the Rangers' six games prior to the NHL All-Star Game are against Metropolitan Division opponents.

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 119-93-27-10 (66-32-20-4 at home; 53-61-7-6 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 - 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 - 1981-82
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) and won the last game between the two teams, 4-0, on Nov. 30 at New Jersey. The Rangers were 8-for-8 on the penalty kill and registered two shorthanded goals on Nov. 30. Jesper Fast leads all skaters with two goals in the season series. The Rangers are 14-for-15 (93.3%) on the penalty kill in the two meetings. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Devils will face each other on the following date: Mar. 7 (at MSG).

RANGERS-DEVILS CONNECTIONS

  • Devils Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Ray Shero is the son of Fred Shero, who played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1947-48 - 1949-50) and served as the Blueshirts' Head Coach for parts of three seasons (1978- 79 - 1980-81). Fred Shero helped the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Finals as a player (1949-50) and as a Head Coach (1978-79).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DEVILS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 64 GP, 38-18-8, 2.00 GAA, .929 SV%, 8 SO - Lundqvist has earned more wins and shutouts in his career against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent, and his 38 career wins against the Devils are the most any goaltender has earned against the Devils franchise in NHL history. In his last 16 appearances against the Devils (dating back to the 2014 Stadium Series on Jan. 26, 2014), Lundqvist has posted a 10-4-2 record, along with a 2.34 GAA, a .921 SV%, and 1 SO.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 21 GP, 7-11-18 - Zibanejad has tallied 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his last 14 games against New Jersey.
  • Artemi Panarin - 14 GP, 5-11-16 - Panarin has posted four multi-point games in his last nine contests against New Jersey (three goals, nine assists).
  • Ryan Strome - 22 GP, 9-5-14 - Strome has registered more goals against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent in his career.

TAKING THE METRO
Including tonight's game, 18 of the Rangers' final 40 regular-season games (and five of their next six games) are against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Rangers have won seven of their last eight games against Metropolitan Division opponents (7-1-0 record) and have posted a 7-3-0 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season.

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have registered at least three goals in five of the last six games, as well as five goals in four of the last six games and in five of the last eight games. In addition, the Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in 22 of the last 30 games and in 27 of 42 games this season. The Rangers rank 10th in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.29).

SHOOT TO SCORE
The Rangers have posted an 11.0% shooting percentage in 2019-20, which is tied for the third-best in the NHL (Tampa Bay - 11.3%; Washington - 11.2%; Colorado - 11.0%). The Blueshirts have registered a 10.0% shooting percentage or better in 24 of 42 games this season.

HOME SWEET HOME
New York has earned a win in each of its last three home games and has outscored its opponents, 15-7, in the three contests. The Rangers have registered five goals in each of their last three home games. In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of 21 games at MSG in 2019-20 (11-8-2 record).

YOUTH SERVED
The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. The Rangers are also one of three NHL teams (along with New Jersey and Vancouver) who have had two goaltenders 24 years old or younger appear in at least one game this season.

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have tallied 117 points (31 goals, 86 assists) in 2019-20; Rangers defensemen have recorded more points than defensemen from any other team this season, and their 31 goals are tied for the most among defensemen in the NHL. Blueshirts defensemen have also notched 31.1% of the team's points in 2019-20, and Rangers defensemen have registered a higher percentage of their team's points than defensemen from any other team this season.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist ranks fifth on the NHL's all-time wins list (458) and ranks 10th on the NHL's all-time appearances list (881), and he is one appearance away from tying John Vanbiesbrouck for ninth place on the NHL's all-time appearances list. Lundqvist has posted a .920 SV% or better in 11 of his last 19 starts.

FROM RUSSIA WITH GLOVE
Igor Shesterkin earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Jan. 7 vs. Colorado. He became the fifth Rangers goaltender to earn a win in his regular-season NHL debut since 1979-80 (John Vanbiesbrouck, Mike Richter, Dan Cloutier, and Mackenzie Skapski). Shesterkin has appeared in 23 AHL games with Hartford this season, posting a 15-4-3 record, along with a 1.93 GAA, a .932 SV%, and 3 SO. He was selected to play in the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic, as he led the AHL in GAA, and ranked second in the AHL in wins and SV% this season when he was recalled by the Rangers on Jan. 6.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin was selected to represent the Rangers at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and he was selected to play in the NHL All-Sta Game for the first time in his career. Panarin has registered at least three points in four of the last six games, tallying 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) over the span. He leads the NHL in even strength points (44), 5-on-5 assists (24), and 5-on-5 points (37), and ranks sixth in the NHL in points (58) this season.

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad has tallied a goal/point in four of the last six games (five goals, two assists), and he has recorded a point in nine of the last 12 games (10 goals, six assists). He has registered 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 20 games since returning to the Rangers' lineup on Nov. 27, and he is tied for the NHL lead in goals over the span.

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome has tallied a goal/point in four of the last six games (five goals, four assists), and he has also posted a multi-point game in three of the last five games (four goals, four assists). Strome is tied for 22nd in the NHL in assists (27) and is tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (20) in 2019-20. He also ranks 10th among NHL centers in assists, ranks fourth among NHL centers in primary assists (trailing only Draisaitl, McDavid, and MacKinnon), and is tied for 13th among NHL centers in points (39) this season.

THE FINNISHER
Kaapo Kakko has recorded 16 career NHL points, which is tied for the most points by an 18-year-old in Rangers history (tied with Manny Malhotra). He leads all 18-year-olds in the NHL in goals (seven) and is tied for first among 18-year-olds in the NHL in points (16)
this season.

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