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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Devils 10.14.17

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
 
Rangers: 1-4-0 (2 pts)
Devils: 3-1-0 (6 pts)
 
TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their sixth game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Oct. 14, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: WOR 710 AM). Tonight's game is the start of the Blueshirts' season-long, six-game homestand, and the Rangers will play seven of their next eight games at MSG. In addition, tomorrow's contest is the second of four consecutive games the Rangers are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents.

RANGERS VS. DEVILS

  • All-Time*: 114-89-27-9 (63-31-20-4 at home; 51-58-7-5 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
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers and Devils will play against each other on the following dates: Dec. 9 (at MSG), Dec. 21 (at New Jersey), Apr. 3 (at New Jersey).
  • 2016-17: The Rangers posted a 3-0-1 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-1 on the road). Chris Kreider tied for first among all skaters with five points (three goals, two assists) in the season series, while Brady Skjei led all defensemen with four points (one goal, three assists) and a plus-five rating. Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello each registered three assists/points in four games. Three of the four contests were decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 20 games against the Devils, dating back to Mar. 19, 2013 (13-4-3 record over the span). New York has also earned at least one point in 13 of its last 15 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (10-2-3 record).
  • The Blueshirts have recorded at least one point in each of their last seven home games against the Devils (5-0-2 record) and in 11 of their last 12 home games against New Jersey (9-1-2 record).

RANGERS-DEVILS CONNECTIONS

  • Brian Boyle played five seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 - 2013-14) and helped the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14.
  • John Moore played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2014-15) and helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14.
  • Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Hayes are brothers. The two have played against each other in eight NHL games, and the Rangers have won seven of the eight contests.
  • Devils Assistant Coach Ryane Clowe played part of one season with the Rangers (2012-13).
  • Brian Gibbons was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2015, and he played with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2015-16 season.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Will Butcher won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey in back-to-back seasons (Vesey - 2015-16 with Harvard; Butcher - 2016-17 with the University of Denver).
  • Chris Kreider, Paul Carey, Kevin Hayes, Jimmy Hayes, and Brian Gibbons were all teammates at Boston College during the 2010-11 season. Kreider, Carey, Jimmy Hayes, and Gibbons helped Boston College win the National Championship in 2009-10.
  • Ondrej Pavelec and Drew Stafford were teammates with Winnipeg for parts of three seasons (2014-15 - 2016-17).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Jimmy Hayes were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program (USNTDP) and represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF U18 World Championship and the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Chris Kreider and Kyle Palmieri helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brady Skjei, Will Butcher, and Steven Santini all represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Rick Nash, John Moore, and Dalton Prout were all teammates with the Blue Jackets for part of one season (2011-12).
  • Steven Kampfer and Jimmy Hayes were teammates with the Panthers for one season (2014-15).
  • Nick Holden and John Moore were teammates with Springfield of the American Hockey League (AHL) for parts of two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
  • J.T. Miller and Stefan Noesen were teammates with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season (2011-12).
  • Tony DeAngelo and Pavel Zacha were teammates with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League for part of one season (2014-15).
  • Cory Schneider's first head coach in the NHL was Alain Vigneault (Vancouver from 2008-09 - 2012-13).
  • Drew Stafford's first head coach in the NHL was Lindy Ruff (Buffalo from 2006-07 - 2012-13).
  • Kyle Palmieri is a native of Smithtown, New York.
  • Keith Kinkaid is a native of Farmingville, New York.
  • Steven Santini is a native of Bronxville, New York.
  • Adam Cracknell and Taylor Hall were teammates for part of one season (2015-16).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk, Paul Carey, and Marcus Johansson were all teammates with Washington for part of one season (2016-17).
  • Devils Goaltending Coach Roland Melanson was a member of Alain Vigneault's coaching staff with the Canucks for three seasons (2010-11 - 2012-13). 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DEVILS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 58 GP, 35-16-7, 1.90 GAA, .931 SV%, 8 SO - Lundqvist has earned more wins and shutouts, and has posted a lower goals against average in his career against New Jersey than against any other NHL opponent. In his last 17 games against the Devils at MSG (dating back to Jan. 12, 2010), Lundqvist has posted an 11-3-3 record, along with a 1.49 GAA, a .944 SV%, and 3 SO.
  • Ondrej Pavelec - 15 GP, 6-3-4, 2.06 GAA, .922 SV% - Pavelec has earned at least one point in each of his last five appearances against the Devils (3-0-2 record, 1.36 GAA, .946 SV%), and he has allowed two goals or fewer in all five appearances.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 23 GP, 4-10-14 - Zuccarello has tallied an assist/point in three of the last four games against the Devils (three assists).
  • Chris Kreider - 19 GP, 6-7-13 - Kreider has registered a goal/point in three of the last four games against New Jersey (three goals, two assists).
  • Ryan McDonagh - 28 GP, 2-11-13 - McDonagh has registered a point in nine of his last 14 contests against New Jersey, recording 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) over the span. He registered his first career NHL goal against New Jersey on Apr. 9, 2011 at MSG.
  • David Desharnais - 18 GP, 2-8-10 - Desharnais has recorded seven points (one goal, six assists) in his last 10 games against the Devils.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 12 GP, 3-5-8 - Zibanejad has tallied a goal/point in three of his last five games against New Jersey (three goals, two assists).
  • Rick Nash - 21 GP, 9-2-11 - Nash has recorded a goal/point in seven of his last 14 games against the Devils, tallying nine points (eight goals, one assist) over the span.
  • Brady Skjei - 5 GP, 1-3-4 - Skjei enters the contest with a four-game point streak against New Jersey, including a three-game assist streak. He tallied his first career NHL goal against the Devils on Dec. 11, 2016 at MSG. 

RANGERS CONNECTIONS (IN ADDITION TO CURRENTLY PLAYING WITH THE BLUESHIRTS)

  • Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk have represented the United States together in several tournaments, including the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2011 IIHF World Championship, the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, and the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship. McDonagh, Shattenkirk, and Chris Kreider were all teammates with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Brendan Smith were all selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (McDonagh - 12th overall by Montreal; Shattenkirk - 14th overall by Colorado; Smith - 27th overall by Detroit).
  • Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for three seasons (2007-08 - 2009-10).
  • Paul Carey, Chris Kreider, and Kevin Hayes were all teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped Boston College win the National Championship in 2011-12; Carey and Kreider were teammates for three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12) and helped Boston College win two National Championships (2009-10 and 2011-12).
  • Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey were friends growing up in Massachusetts.
  • J.T. Miller and Jimmy Vesey helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Michael Grabner's first head coach in the NHL was Alain Vigneault (2009-10 with Vancouver).
  • Paul Carey and Nick Holden were teammates with Colorado for parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Paul Carey and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with Washington for part of one season (2016-17).
  • Nick Holden and Rick Nash were teammates with Columbus for part of one season (2010-11).
  • Adam Cracknell and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with the Blues for parts of four seasons (2010-11 - 2013-14).
  • Adam Cracknell was coached by Lindy Ruff in Dallas during the 2016-17 season.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.

BACK-TO-BACK
The Rangers will conclude their second of 11 back-to-back sets during the 2017-18 season in tomorrow's contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 1-0-0 record in the second game of back-to-back sets thus far this season and registered an 11-5-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set last season. New York's 11 back-to-back sets this season are tied for the fewest among Eastern Conference teams. In their last 99 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 65-28-6 record in the second game of the set.
 
HOME COOKING
New York begins its season-long, six-game homestand tomorrow. The homestand is the Rangers' longest since their franchise-record, nine-game homestand from Dec. 7, 2013 - Dec. 23, 2013. The Rangers play 10 of their first 13 games, as well as 13 of their first 18 games, this season at MSG.
 
10-IN-10
The Rangers are playing 10 home games in October this season. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, New York has posted an 11-4-1 record at MSG in October.
 
BOUNCE BACK
Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 41-13-4 record in the game following a loss (either regulation loss or overtime/shootout loss). New York posted a 23-7-4 record in games following a loss last season.
 
WHAT A LINE
The Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) thus far this season, and at least one of the three players has notched a point on seven of the team's 11 goals in 2017-18.
 
AV SQUAD
Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since 2006-07 (506). Vigneault has earned 615 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he is two wins away from tying Jacques Lemaire for 13th place on the league's all-time wins list among head coaches.
 
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 62nd career NHL shutout on Oct. 8 vs. Montreal, passing Turk Broda for sole possession of 16th place on the NHL's all-time shutouts list. Lundqvist enters the game with 406 career NHL wins, and he is one win away from tying Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last three games, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 1.36 GAA, a .959 SV% (94 saves on 98 shots), and 1 SO in the three games. Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 79 times in his NHL career; he has posted a 51-21-7 record, along with a 2.02 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 9 SO in the second game of those back-to-back sets.
 
PAV'S PARTY
Ondrej Pavelec made 21 saves in his Rangers debut on Oct. 7 at Toronto. He is 18 saves away from 10,000 in his NHL career, and he would become the third Czech-born goaltender to make at least 10,000 saves in NHL history (along with Dominik Hasek and Tomas Vokoun). 
 
MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad recorded a goal/point in each of the Rangers' first four games in 2017-18, tallying five goals in the four contests. Zibanejad's four-game goal streak was a career-high, and he became the second player in Rangers history to record a goal in each of the team's first four games of a season (Rick Nash - 2014-15). He leads the NHL in power play goals (four), is tied for the NHL lead in power play points (four), and is tied for second in goals (five) this season. Zibanejad's four power play goals are tied for his career-high.
 
WELCOME MATS
Mats Zuccarello tallied five points (one goal, four assists) through the first two games this season and became the first Ranger to register five points in the first two games of a season since Bernie Nicholls in 1990-91.
 
SHATT STATS
Kevin Shattenkirk registered two points (one goal, one assist), including his 300th career NHL point, on Oct. 7 at Toronto. He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) this season, all on the power play, and he is tied for the NHL lead in power play points in 2017-18.
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-4 (7:58) tonight at Columbus.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for seventh in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (25.0%; 5-for-20).
  • The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in three of five games thus far this season.
  • New York recorded four power play goals in its first two games of this season (accomplished the feat for the first time since 2000-01).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-3 (5:58) and only allowed one shot on goal tonight at Columbus.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal in two of its last three games (7-for-8; 87.5% over the span). 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Ondrej Pavelec - 18 saves away from 10,000 in his NHL career
  • Rick Nash - 6 games away from 1,000 in his NHL career
  • Marc Staal - 6 games away from 700 in his NHL career
  • Kevin Shattenkirk - 5 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider - 4 assists away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 8 games away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad - 7 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Nick Holden - 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career

INJURIES (5 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Jesper Fast (offseason hip surgery)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Oct. 10 - Assigned Filip Chytil to Hartford (AHL); Released Andrew Desjardins from Professional Tryout (PTO)
  • Oct. 9 - Claimed Adam Cracknell off waivers from Dallas

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Oct. 14, 1979 - The Rangers retired jersey No. 7 for Rod Gilbert in a pre-game ceremony at Madison Square Garden. Gilbert, who still holds franchise records for career goals and career points, became the first player to have his jersey number retired by the Rangers.
  • Oct. 14, 1991 - Mike Gartner registered his 500th career NHL goal as the Rangers faced the Washington Capitals at MSG. Gartner became the first NHL player to record his 500th career NHL goal while playing with the Rangers.
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