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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Devils 03.04.21

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME

The Rangers play their 21st game of the 2020-21 season today, Mar. 4, against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won four of their last six games (4-2-0 record) and have earned at least one point in nine of their last 14 games (7-5-2 record).

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 120-96-27-10 (67-35-20-4 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
  • 2020-21: The Rangers are playing New Jersey in the third of eight games between the two teams and the first of four meetings at New Jersey. The Blueshirts have posted a 0-2-0 record, and New Jersey won the last meeting between the two teams, 5-2, on Feb. 16 at MSG. The Rangers have outshot the Devils, 89-65, in the two contests, and have recorded 39 or more shots on goal in each of the two meetings. Pavel Buchnevich (one goal, one assist), Chris Kreider (one goal, one assist), Adam Fox (two assists), and Artemi Panarin (two assists) are tied for the team lead with two points in the season series. The Rangers are also scheduled to play against the Devils on the following dates: Mar. 6 (at New Jersey), Apr. 13 (at New Jersey), Apr. 15 (at MSG), Apr. 17 (at MSG), Apr. 18 (at New Jersey). The Rangers are scheduled to play four consecutive team games against the Devils from Apr. 13 - Apr. 18, which will be the most consecutive team games against one opponent in franchise history.
  • The Rangers and Devils are in the same division for the 38th consecutive season (1982-83 - 2020-21) - Patrick (1982-83 - 1992-93), Atlantic (1993-94 - 2012-13), Metropolitan (2013-14 - 2019-20), MassMutual NHL East (2020-21).
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 23 of their last 34 games against the Devils, dating back to Mar. 19, 2013 (19-11-4 record over the span). New York has also earned at least one point in 20 of its last 29 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (16-9-4 record).
  • Seven of the last 17 meetings between the Rangers and Devils have been decided by one goal.
  • Brian Leetch is the Rangers' all-time leader in games played (81), assists (45), and points (64) against the Devils franchise, and Tomas Sandstrom is the Rangers' all-time leader in goals against the Devils franchise (23). Henrik Lundqvist is the Blueshirts' all-time leader in appearances (65), wins (38), and shutouts (eight) against the Devils franchise.
  • Most goals by the Rangers in one game against the Devils franchise: 11 - Oct. 25, 1984 at New Jersey (11-2 win); tied for the most goals in one road game by the Rangers in franchise history
  • Most goals in one game by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: 4 (twice) - Steve Vickers on Mar. 30, 1975 vs. Kansas City; Mark Messier on Mar. 22, 1992 vs. New Jersey
  • Most assists in one game by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: 5 (twice) - Rod Gilbert on Mar. 30, 1975 vs. Kansas City; Rod Gilbert on Oct. 8, 1976 at Colorado (tied for the single-game franchise record for assists)
    • Most assists in one game by a Ranger against the Devils (since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982-83): 4 - Jan Erixon on Jan. 18, 1985 at New Jersey
  • Most points in one game by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: 6 - Anders Hedberg on Oct. 25, 1984 at New Jersey (three goals, three assists)
  • Most saves in one game by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: 53 - Mike Richter on Oct. 30, 1996 at New Jersey
  • Last hat trick by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: Tony DeAngelo on Jan. 9, 2020 vs. New Jersey (tied the single-game franchise record for goals by a defenseman)
  • Last hat trick by a Ranger on the road against the Devils franchise: Mika Zibanejad on Jan. 31, 2019 at New Jersey
  • Last shutout by a Ranger against the Devils franchise: Nov. 30, 2019 at New Jersey (Alexandar Georgiev - 33 saves in 4-0 win)
  • Last shutout by a Ranger at home against the Devils franchise: Dec. 11, 2016 vs. New Jersey (Antti Raanta - 19 saves in 5-0 win)
  • Last Rangers overtime game against the Devils franchise: Dec. 21, 2017 at New Jersey (4-3 loss in a shootout)
  • Last Rangers overtime win against the Devils franchise: Feb. 25, 2017 at New Jersey (4-3 win; game-winning goal - Mika Zibanejad at 1:16 of overtime)

ROAD WARRIORS
The Rangers are scheduled to play six consecutive road games (two against New Jersey, two against Pittsburgh, and two against Boston), which would be tied for the ninth-longest stretch of consecutive road games in franchise history. The Blueshirts have won three of their last four road games (3-1-0 record). Dating back to last season, the Rangers have posted a 13-4-2 record in their last 19 road games. Six of New York's seven road games in 2020-21 have been decided by one goal, and three of those games have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers tallied a single-game season-high six goals on Feb. 26 vs. Boston. Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered at least three goals in five of the last six games and in 12 of 20 games this season.

CLOSE CALL
Fourteen of the Rangers' last 18 games, and 14 of the team's 20 games this season, have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 11 of those contests have been decided by one goal. The Rangers' 11 one-goal games in 2020-21 are tied for the sixth-most in the NHL.

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have held their opponents to two goals or fewer in eight of the last 12 games (including two goals or fewer in regulation in nine games) and in nine of the last 14 games. The Blueshirts have allowed 2.65 goals against per game in 2020-21, which is tied for the ninth-fewest in the NHL.

DRAW IT UP
New York is tied for third in the NHL in penalties drawn this season (97) and leads the NHL in penalties drawn per 60 minutes in 2020-21 (4.79). The Rangers also rank fifth in the NHL in net penalties this season (plus-nine).

MAGIC NUMBERS
Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of their eight wins this season. The Blueshirts have allowed two or fewer goals in each of their eight wins in 2020-21.

KREID-ING HIGH
Chris Kreider has recorded a goal/point in four of the last five games (six goals, one assist). He is tied for eighth in the NHL in power play goals (five) and is tied for 13th in the NHL in goals (10) this season, and he leads the Rangers in each category thus far in 2020-21. Kreider has recorded at least 10 goals in his first 20 games of a season for the second time in his NHL career (2018-19 - 11). He is one of seven NHL players who have recorded at least five even strength goals and at least five power play goals this season (Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, Vincent Trocheck, Dustin Brown, Kyle Connor, and Steven Stamkos). In addition, Kreider is one of only two NHL players who have registered at least 10 goals and 40 hits this season (Brayden Schenn).

WHAT THE FOX SAYS
Adam Fox has tallied five assists/points in the last four games, posting a multi-assist/point game in two of the last three contests, and he has also posted a plus-five rating over the last five games. Fox has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the last 11 games.

LEARN THE LINGO
Ryan Lindgren has recorded five assists/points and a plus-six rating over the last five games. He leads the Rangers in shorthanded ice time this season (55:04) and has been on the ice for only two power play goals against. Lindgren has not been on the ice for a power play goal against in each of the last 16 games and has logged 43:53 of shorthanded ice time over the span (Adam Fox has also not been on the ice for a power play goal against over the span; 44:22 of shorthanded ice time).

BUCH BOOST
Pavel Buchnevich has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games. He leads the Rangers in points at 5-on-5 this season (nine), and he has notched a point in seven of the team's eight wins in 2020-21.

FIRST THINGS FIRST
Alexis Lafrenière enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists), and he has tallied a point in four of the last five games (two goals, two assists).

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