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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Hurricanes 11.27.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. HURRICANES, 7pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG+, 1050 AM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 23rd game of the 2019-20 season tonight, November 27, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. New York has won each of the last two games. In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in seven of the last 10 games (6-3-1 record), in nine of the last 13 games (8-4-1 record), and in 11 of the last 16 games (9-5-2 record).

RANGERS VS. HURRICANES

  • All-Time*: 82-54-7-2 (49-18-4-2 at home; 33-36-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 - 1996-97 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following their 4-2 win on Nov. 7 at Carolina. Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves in the contest to earn the win. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Hurricanes will face each other on the following dates: Dec. 27 (at MSG), Feb. 21 (at Carolina). 
  • The Rangers have won 28 of their last 34 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (28-6-0 record). 
  • New York has earned a win in 16 of its last 17 home games against Carolina (16-1-0 record), dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The
  • Rangers posted a 16-game home winning streak against the Hurricanes from Jan. 5, 2011 to Jan. 15, 2019, which is the longest home winning streak the Blueshirts have registered against one opponent in franchise history.

RANGERS-HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

  • Greg McKegg played parts of two seasons with the Hurricanes organization (2017-18 and 2018-19), including one season with Carolina (2018-19). 
  • Adam Fox was acquired by the Rangers from Carolina on Apr. 30, 2019. 
  • Hurricanes Goaltending Coach Jason Muzzatti played part of one season with the Rangers (1997-98). 
  • Brett Pesce is a native of Tarrytown, New York. 
  • Marc Staal and Jordan Staal are brothers. Marc and Jordan, along with their brother, Eric, are the only trio of brothers in the history of the NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA who were all selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft. 
  • Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton were teammates with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of four seasons (2009-10 - 2012-13). Strome and Hamilton have also been teammates with Canada in several tournaments. 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 44 GP, 31-12-1, 1.98 GAA, .934 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.45 GAA and a .960 SV% in his last nine appearances against the Hurricanes; he has allowed two goals or fewer in all nine appearances, including one goal in five of those games. In his last 26 appearances against Carolina (dating back to Feb. 22, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 22-4-0 record, along with a 1.67 GAA, a .947 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has earned more wins against the Hurricanes than any other NHL goaltender since he entered the NHL in 2005-06. 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 22 GP, 8-12-20 - Zibanejad has tallied more points against the Hurricanes than against any other opponent in his NHL career. He has recorded 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last eight games against Carolina. 
  • Chris Kreider - 24 GP, 10-7-17 - Kreider's 10 goals against the Hurricanes are tied for the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career. Since the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise relocated prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, Kreider has tallied more goals against the Hurricanes than any other Ranger. 
  • Ryan Strome - 19 GP, 3-11-14 - Strome's 11 assists against the Hurricanes are tied for the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career. He has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last nine games against the Hurricanes. 
  • Jesper Fast - 21 GP, 4-9-13 - Fast has recorded more points against the Hurricanes than against any other opponent in his NHL career. He has tallied an assist/point in four of the last seven games against Carolina (five assists). 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 11 GP, 3-7-10 - Buchnevich has tallied more assists and points against the Hurricanes than against any other opponent in his NHL career. He has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in the last seven games against Carolina.  

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. At least one Ranger who is 21 years old or younger has notched a point on 24 of the team's last 30 goals (dating back to the Rangers' third goal on Nov. 7 at Carolina), and 12 of those goals have been scored by a player who is 21 years old or younger (Chytil - 5; Kakko - 3; Fox - 2; Lindgren - 1; Howden - 1).

GOALS GALORE
The Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in nine of the last 10 games, in 12 of the last 15 games, and in 14 of 22 games this season. New York ranks eighth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.36).

HOME SWEET HOME
New York enters the contest with a three-game winning streak at home, as well as a five-game point streak at home (4-0-1 record over the span). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 home games (6-2-2 record).

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have tallied 62 points (19 goals, 43 assists) in 2019-20. The 19 goals by Rangers defensemen this season are the second-most in the NHL (Carolina - 20), and their 62 points are tied for the third-most in the league (Carolina - 67; Washington - 65; Tampa Bay - 62). Blueshirts defensemen have recorded 25.7% of the team's goals in 2019-20, which is the highest percentage in the NHL, and 30.4% of the team's points this season, which is tied for the highest percentage in the NHL (tied with Minnesota).

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in eight of the last 15 games. The Blueshirts have posted a 9-0-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin has tallied a point in 14 of the last 15 games (eight goals, 16 assists) and in 18 of 22 games this season (12 goals, 18 assists). He has posted a multi-point game in eight of the last 10 contests (six goals, 12 assists over the span), and he is the first Ranger who has registered eight multi-point games in a 10-game span since Pavel Bure during the 2001-02 season. Panarin has recorded 18 points since Nov. 6, which is tied for the third-most in the NHL over the span (Connor McDavid - 23; Leon Draisaitl - 21; Patrick Kane - 18). He is tied for eighth in the NHL in points this season (30), and his 30 points are the most by any NHL player who changed teams between the end of last season and the start of this season. Panarin has tallied a point in each of the Rangers' 11 wins this season (eight goals, 11 assists in the 11 wins), and he has been on the ice for 43 of the Rangers' 74 goals in 2019-20. Panarin has recorded 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 19 career games at MSG and has notched at least one point in 17 of the 19 games.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 455th career NHL win on Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota, passing Curtis Joseph for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last nine starts, and he has posted a .925 SV% or better in six of his last 10 starts. Lundqvist has made 871 career regular-season appearances with the Rangers, and he is two appearances away from tying Tony Esposito for the second-most regular-season appearances by a goaltender with one franchise in NHL history (Esposito made 873 regular-season appearances with Chicago).

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 999 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. When he makes his next appearance, he will become 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).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 12 of 22 games this season and have earned at least one point in 11 of those 12 games (9-1-2 record). 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-4 (4:53) on Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota. 
  • New York ranks 10th in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (20.8%). 
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in six of the last 11 games and in 12 of 22 games this season.  

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-2 (2:35) on Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota. 
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal against in each of the last two games (7-for-7). 
  • The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (four).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 1 appearance away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Filip Chytil - 3 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Brady Skjei - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • Brendan Smith - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career 
  • Brendan Lemieux - 7 games away from 100 in his NHL career 
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