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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Islanders 01.21.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. ISLANDERS, 7 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 48th game of the 2019-20 season and the second of three consecutive home games tonight, January 21, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's contest, the Blueshirts will play six of the next seven games at MSG. The Rangers also conclude a stretch of four consecutive games against teams in the Metropolitan Division tonight (three against the Islanders and one against Columbus). The Blueshirts have earned a win in two of the last three games (2-1-0 record) and in four of the last six games (4-2-0 record). 

RANGERS VS. ISLANDERS

  • All-Time: 129-115-19-9 (73-46-11-6 at home; 56-69-8-3 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the third of four meetings between the Rangers and Islanders, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) and won the last game between the two teams, 3-2, on Jan. 16 at Nassau Coliseum. Artemi Panarin leads all skaters with six points (two goals, four assists) in two games. Alexandar Georgiev has posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .946 SV% in two appearances. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Islanders will face each other on the following date: Feb. 25 (at Long Island). 
  • The Rangers have earned a win in four of their last five games against the Islanders (4-1-0 record) and have outscored the Islanders, 19-9, in the five contests. 
  • Since Feb. 16, 2015, nine of the last 20 meetings between the Rangers and Islanders have been decided by one goal. In addition, six of the last 11 games between the Rangers and Islanders have been decided by one goal.  

RANGERS-ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS

  • Ryan Strome played parts of four seasons with the Islanders (2013-14 - 2016-17). 
  • Micheal Haley played parts of three seasons with the Islanders (2009-10 - 2011-12). 
  • Derick Brassard played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 - 2015-16).  

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. ISLANDERS

  • Alexandar Georgiev - 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1.40 GAA, .955 SV%, 1 SO - Georgiev has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his five career appearances against the Islanders, including one goal or fewer in three of those appearances. 
  • Artemi Panarin - 14 GP, 7-14-21 - Panarin tied a single-game career-high with five points (two goals, three assists) on Jan. 13, 2020 against the Islanders at MSG. He has notched more points against the Islanders than against any other team in his NHL career. 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 25 GP, 5-12-17 - Zibanejad has tallied an assist/point in four of the last six games against the Islanders (one goal, five assists). 

HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have earned a win in five of their last six home games (5-1-0 record) and have outscored their opponents, 28-14, over the six contests. 

TAKING THE METRO
Including tonight's game, 14 of the Rangers' final 35 regular-season games in 2019-20 are against teams in the Metropolitan Division. The Blueshirts have earned a win in 10 of their last 12 games against Metropolitan Division opponents (10-2-0 record) and have posted a 10-4-0 record against teams in the Metropolitan Division this season. The Rangers have also won six of seven games against Metropolitan Division opponents at MSG this season (6-1-0 record) and have outscored their opponents, 28-15, in the seven games.
 
RESILIENT RANGERS
The Rangers have posted a 14-5-0 record in their last 19 games which have immediately followed a regulation or overtime loss, dating back to Oct. 22 vs. Arizona. 

DID YOU KNOW?
The Rangers are the only team that currently has a player ranked sixth or higher in the NHL in points (Artemi Panarin - fifth with 68) and a defenseman ranked sixth or higher among NHL defensemen in points (Tony DeAngelo - sixth with 37) this season. The last time the Blueshirts finished a season with a player ranked sixth or higher in the NHL in points, as well as a defenseman ranked sixth or higher among NHL defensemen in points, was 1996-97 (Wayne Gretzky and Brian Leetch). 

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have registered at least three goals in eight of the last 11 games, as well as five or more goals in three of the last six games and in seven of the last 13 games. The Blueshirts have tallied 48 goals over the last 13 games (since Dec. 22), which is tied for the third-most in the NHL over the span. The Rangers are tied for seventh in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.32). The Blueshirts have posted an 11.1% shooting percentage in 2019-20, which is tied for the second-best in the NHL.
 
SHUTTING THE DOOR

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals in each of the last three games and in four of the last seven games. The Rangers have also held their opponent to 32 shots on goal or fewer in 11 of the last 18 games.

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 and are one of three NHL teams that have had two goaltenders 24 years old or younger appear in at least one game this season.
 
ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have tallied 133 points (38 goals, 95 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have recorded more goals and more points than defensemen from any other team this season.
 
20/20 VISION
Ten Rangers have recorded 20 or more points this season (Panarin, Strome, DeAngelo, Zibanejad, Kreider, Fox, Buchnevich, Trouba, Fast, Skjei). The Blueshirts are one of only seven NHL teams that have 10 or more players who have recorded at least 20 points in 2019-20.
 
STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin was selected to represent the Rangers at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. He leads the NHL in several categories this season, including even strength points (52), even strength assists (32), 5-on-5 points (45), and 5-on-5 assists (29), and he also leads NHL forwards in plus/minus rating (plus-22). Panarin has recorded an assist/point in five of the last six games (four goals, nine assists). He has also posted a three-point game in four of the last five games at MSG (five goals, nine assists in those five contests). Panarin is one of three NHL players (and the only winger) who have registered 60 or more points and have been assessed 15 or fewer penalty minutes this season (Draisaitl and MacKinnon).  

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has earned a win in each of his last two appearances, and he has posted a 2.01 GAA and a .946 SV% (70 saves on 74 shots) in the two games. Georgiev has won 10 games this season in which he has made 30 or more saves; his 10 wins with 30 or more saves are tied for the sixth-most among NHL goaltenders in 2019-20.

FROM RUSSIA WITH GLOVE
Igor Shesterkin earned a win in each of his first two NHL appearances, and according to NHL Stats and Information, he is one of seven goaltenders in franchise history who earned a win in each of their first two NHL appearances (Chabot, Henry, Paille, Vanbiesbrouck, Cloutier, Skapski). He has stopped 104 of 112 shots in his three NHL appearances (.929 SV%), as well as 102 of the last 108 shots he has faced, dating back to Colorado's second goal in his NHL debut on Jan. 7 (.944 SV%).

FAST FACTS
Jesper Fast is expected to skate in his 400th career NHL game in tonight's contest. He is tied for 12th among NHL forwards in plus/minus rating this season (plus-15). Fast has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) and a plus-six rating in the last six games, as well as 12 points (five goals, seven assists) and a plus-13 rating in the last 19 games.

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