Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Devils 03.06.20by New York Rangers @NYRangers
RANGERS vs. DEVILS, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG, 98.7 FM
The Rangers play their 68th game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a four-game homestand tonight, March 7, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won six of the last nine games (6-3-0 record), 10 of the last 14 games (10-4-0 record), 11 of the last 16 games (11-5-0 record), and 13 of the last 19 games (13-6-0 record).
RANGERS VS. DEVILS
- All-Time*: 120-93-27-10 (67-32-20-4 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 fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road) and won the last meeting between the two teams, 6-3, on Jan. 9 at MSG. Tony DeAngelo registered a hat trick and tallied five points in the last game between the two teams, and he tied single-game franchise records for goals and points by a defenseman in the contest. Rangers goaltenders have posted a .941 SV% (112 saves on 119 shots) in the season series. The Rangers are 16-for-17 (94.1%) on the penalty kill in the season series. Jesper Fast has tallied a goal/point in each of the first three meetings of the season series.
- The Blueshirts have won five of seven games against New Jersey since the start of the 2018-19 season (5-2-0 record).
- Fredrik Claesson played with the Rangers for one season (2018-19).
- Brendan Lemieux's father, Claude Lemieux, played parts of six seasons with the Devils (1990-91 - 1994-95; 1999-00).
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DEVILS
- Alexandar Georgiev - 3 GP, 2-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO - Georgiev posted a shutout in his last appearance against the Devils on Nov. 30, 2019 at New Jersey.
- Mika Zibanejad - 22 GP, 7-13-20 - Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in each of the last two games against the Devils (one goal, three assists).
- Artemi Panarin - 15 GP, 6-13-19 - Panarin has posted five multi-point games in his last 10 contests against New Jersey (four goals, 11 assists).
- Tony DeAngelo - 8 GP, 5-5-10 - DeAngelo established single-game career-highs with three goals and five points on Jan. 9, 2020 vs. New Jersey, and he tied single-game franchise records for goals and points by a defenseman.
- Jesper Fast - 21 GP, 4-6-10 - Fast enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak against the Devils (three goals).
TAKING THE METRO
Including tonight's game, seven of the Rangers' final 15 regular-season games in 2019-20 are against teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts have earned a win in 14 of their last 19 games against Metropolitan Division opponents (14-5-0 record) and have posted a 14-7-0 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season.
The Rangers have recorded 30 regulation wins this season. New York's 30 regulation wins in 2019-20 are tied for the fifth-most in the NHL and are tied for the most in the Metropolitan Division.
RANK AND FILE
Since Jan. 7, the Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL in wins (17), are tied for third in regulation wins (14), are tied for fourth in points (34), and rank third in goals per game (3.46).
The Blueshirts have tallied at least three goals in seven of the last nine games, in 11 of the last 14 games, and in 13 of the last 17 games. New York ranks sixth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.33).
THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM
The Blueshirts have outscored opponents, 86-62, in the third period this season, and their plus-24 goal differential in the third period this season is the second-best in the NHL.
Rangers defensemen have registered 175 points (42 goals, 133 assists) this season. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied more assists and more points than defensemen from any other team in 2019-20.
Mika Zibanejad registered five goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, on Mar. 5 vs. Washington. He tied the Rangers' single-game franchise record for goals in the contest, becoming only the third player in Rangers history to record five goals in a game (Murdoch - Oct. 12, 1976 at Minnesota North Stars; Pavelich - Feb. 23, 1983 vs. Hartford). Zibanejad also became the second player in NHL history to record five goals and the game-winning goal in overtime in the same contest (Sergei Fedorov on Dec. 26, 1996). He has tallied a point in 12 of the last 13 games (16 goals, eight assists), and he has recorded a goal in nine of the last 10 games (14 goals, six assists in the 10 contests). According to NHL Stats and Information, Zibanejad is the sixth player in franchise history who has recorded a goal in at least nine games over a 10-game span (Boucher in 1929-30; Bathgate in 1962-63; Ratelle in 1971-72 and in 1972-73; Johnstone in 1981-82; Jagr in 2005-06), and Ratelle is the only Ranger other than Zibanejad in franchise history who has registered 14 or more goals over a 10-game span. Since Jan. 31, Zibanejad's 20 goals are the most in the NHL. He ranks fifth in the NHL in goals (38), ranks second in the NHL (min. 10 games played) in goals per game (0.70), and ranks seventh in the NHL (min. 10 games played) in points per game (1.31) this season.
Artemi Panarin is one of five active NHL players who have tallied at least 400 points in their first five seasons in the league (Ovechkin, Crosby, McDavid, and Malkin). He has tallied a point in 14 of the last 15 games (five goals, 17 assists), and he posted a career-high 13- game point streak from Feb. 7 - Mar. 1. Panarin has established career-highs in goals (32), assists (61), and points (93) this season. He is one of nine players who have tallied at least 90 points in a season in franchise history (Ratelle, Gilbert, Hadfield, Rogers, Messier, Leetch, Gretzky, and Jagr). He is one of nine players (and the only left wing) in franchise history who have recorded at least 60 assists in a season. Panarin ranks third in the NHL in assists and is tied for third in the NHL in points this season, and he also ranks second in the NHL (first among forwards) in plus/minus rating (plus-35). He leads the NHL in even strength points (69), even strength assists (44), 5-on-5 points (58), and 5-on-5 assists (37) this season and has notched a point in 33 of the Rangers' 36 wins in 2019-20.
BREAD AND BUTTER
Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad rank third and seventh in the NHL, respectively, in points per game (min. 10 games played) this season (Panarin - 1.41; Zibanejad - 1.31). The last season in which two Rangers averaged at least 1.20 points per game was 1991-92 (Mark Messier and Brian Leetch). Panarin and Zibanejad are the first pair of Rangers to record at least 70 points within the first 67 games of a season since Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky in 1996-97.