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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Lightning 10.29.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. LIGHTNING, 7:30 p.m.
Madison Square Garden
NBCSN, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 10th game of the 2019-20 season and conclude a season-long five-game homestand tonight, October 29, against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's game, the Rangers will play three of their next four games, and five of their next seven contests, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. LIGHTNING

  • All-Time: 48-40-5-8 (26-19-2-5 at home; 22-21-3-3 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Lightning, and the only meeting between the two 
    teams at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Lightning will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 14 (at Tampa  Bay), Mar. 28 (at Tampa Bay).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-2-1 record (0-1-1 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Two of the three contests were decided by one goal. Mika Zibanejad tied for the team lead with two assists and three points in the season series.
  • Six of the last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Lightning have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-LIGHTNING CONNECTIONS

  • Greg McKegg played part of one season with Tampa Bay (2016-17).
  • Brett Howden was selected by the Lightning in the first round (27th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from Tampa Bay on Feb. 26, 2018.
  • Libor Hajek was selected by the Lightning in the second round (37th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from Tampa Bay on Feb. 26, 2018.
  • Tony DeAngelo was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round (19th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Ryan McDonagh played parts of eight seasons with the Rangers (2010-11 - 2017-18) and served as the 27th captain in franchise history for parts of four seasons (2014-15 - 2017-18). McDonagh was named the Rangers' Most Valuable Player twice during his tenure in New York (2013-14 and 2016-17).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk played two seasons with the Rangers (2017-18 and 2018-19). He is a native of New Rochelle, New York and was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player as a kid was Brian Leetch.
  • Phil Esposito, who was a player, Head Coach, and General Manager with the Rangers, was one of the founders of the Lightning, served as Tampa Bay's President and General Manager, and is now Tampa Bay's radio color commentator and Vice President of Corporate Relations. Esposito was also Sam Rosen's first broadcast partner on MSG Network, as he served as a TV Analyst before becoming the Rangers' General Manager.
  • Lightning Assistant Coach Jeff Halpern played part of one season with the Rangers (2012-13).
  • Lightning Assistant General Manager Jamie Pushor played seven games with the Rangers during the 2003-04 season.
  • Lias Andersson's uncle, Mikael Andersson, played parts of seven seasons with the Lightning (1992-93 - 1998-99) and currently works as a European Scout with the organization.
  • Brendan Smith and Ryan McDonagh were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for three seasons (2007-08 - 2009-10).
  • Artemi Panarin, Nikita Kucherov, and Andrei Vasilevskiy represented Russia at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. The three players helped Russia earn a bronze medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. In addition, Panarin and Kucherov were both selected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 2016-17 (Panarin at Left Wing and Kucherov at Right Wing), along with Victor Hedman.
  • Brett Howden and Brayden Point were teammates with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for parts of three seasons (2013-14 - 2015-16).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. LIGHTNING

  • Ryan Strome - 17 GP, 3-6-9 - Strome has tallied a point in three of his last four games against the Lightning (one goal, two assists).
  • Jacob Trouba - 11 GP, 3-5-8 - Trouba has registered a point in five of his last six games against Tampa Bay and has recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) over the span.
  • Chris Kreider - 18 GP, 4-2-6 - Kreider has recorded a point in five of his last nine games against the Lightning (three goals, two assists).
  • Jesper Fast - 12 GP, 2-3-5 - Fast has registered a point in three of the last five games against Tampa Bay (one goal, two assists).

YOUTH SERVED
Five players who are 21 years old or younger (Lias Andersson, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, and Kaapo Kakko) have played
in all of the Rangers' first nine games this season. The 2019-20 season is the second in franchise history which five players 21 years
old or younger have skated in all of the Blueshirts' first nine games of a season (also in 1976-77). The Rangers are one of two NHL
teams that have five players 21 years old or younger who have skated in at least one game this season (along with Ottawa), and they
are the only NHL team that has five players 21 years old or younger who have played in at least nine games in 2019-20. Following the
recalls of Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren yesterday, the Rangers have seven players 21 years old or younger on their roster.

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers tied a single-game season-high with six goals on Oct. 24 vs. Buffalo and have registered 10 goals over the last two
games. The Blueshirts have recorded four or more goals in four of nine games this season.

TEAM EFFORT
Through nine games this season, 14 different Rangers have tallied at least one goal and 18 different Rangers have recorded at least
one point. Over the last two games, eight different Rangers have registered at least one goal and 13 different Rangers have notched at
least one point.

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have registered 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) through nine games in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have
tallied 32.5% of the team's points this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the league. Rangers defensemen have also
recorded 27.6% of the team's goals thus far this season, which is the third-highest percentage in the NHL. The Blueshirts are one of
eight NHL teams with seven defensemen who have notched at least one point this season.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has made at least 30 saves in each of his three starts this season. In addition, he has made at least 30 saves in 28
of his 42 career NHL starts. In 21 career appearances (19 starts) at MSG, Georgiev has posted a 10-6-4 record, along with a 2.58 GAA,
a .925 SV%, and 1 SO.

DE-FENSE
Tony DeAngelo has posted a multi-point game in each of the last three games (three goals, three assists); he is the first Rangers
defenseman who has registered a multi-point game in three consecutive contests since Brian Leetch (Feb. 1-5, 1997). He leads NHL
defensemen in goals (three) and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in points (six) since Oct. 22. DeAngelo is tied for fourth among
NHL defensemen in goals (four) and ranks 10th among NHL defensemen in points per game (0.89) this season.

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome enters the contest with a four-game point streak (two goals, four assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in each of
the last two contests. He has also tallied a point in six of the last seven games (two goals, six assists). Strome is one of three Rangers
who have recorded a point in six different games this season (along with Pavel Buchnevich and Artemi Panarin).

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin has recorded a point in six of nine games this season (five goals, four assists), including four of the last five games
(three goals, two assists). Panarin leads the Rangers in goals this season (five). In addition, he leads the Rangers in games with a goal
(five) and is tied for the team lead in games with a point (six) this season. Panarin has been on the ice for 18 of the Rangers' 29 goals
thus far in 2019-20. He has tallied 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 12 career games at MSG.

TROU BLUE
Jacob Trouba is one of five NHL players who are averaging at least 3:00 of power play ice time and 3:00 of shorthanded ice time per
game in 2019-20. He is also one of five NHL players (min. two games played) who are averaging at least 2.5 hits per game and 2.5
blocked shots per game this season. In addition, Trouba leads NHL defensemen in shots on goal per game this season (3.56).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in five of nine
games this season, and the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in four of those five contests (3-1-1 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-5 (8:09) on Oct. 27 vs. Boston.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in five of nine games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on Oct. 27 vs. Boston.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 9 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Brendan Smith - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 6 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • David Quinn - 9 games coached away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers (expected to reach milestone on Nov. 16, 2019 at Florida)
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