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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Maple Leafs 02.05.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Madison Square Garden
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The Rangers play their 52nd game of the 2019-20 season and continue a four-game homestand tonight, February 5, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have won four of the last seven games (4-3-0 record) and six of the last 10 games (6-4-0 record).


  • All-Time*: 233-281-95-7 (133-116-56-4 at home; 100-165-39-3 on the road) *Note: The first three games between the two franchises took place when the Maple Leafs were the Toronto St. Patricks; the franchise changed its name during the 1926-27 season.
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) and won the last contest between the two teams, 5-4, in overtime on Dec. 28 at Toronto. Ryan Strome is tied for first among all skaters - and leads the Blueshirts' win on Dec. 28, and Alexandar Georgiev also made 44 saves to earn a win in the contest.the Rangers - with three goals and five points in the season series. Tony DeAngelo recorded the game-winning goal in overtime in The Rangers have won three of their last four contests against the Maple Leafs (3-1-0 record). 


  • Greg McKegg played in the Maple Leafs organization for parts of four seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 - 2014-15) and skated in four NHL games with Toronto over parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • The Rangers have six Ontario-born players on their roster: Greg McKegg (St. Thomas, ON), Micheal Haley (Guelph, ON), Brendan Smith (Mimico, ON), Marc Staal (Thunder Bay, ON), Ryan Strome (Mississauga, ON), and Phillip Di Giuseppe (Toronto, ON).
  • Brendan Shanahan played two seasons with the Rangers (2006-07 and 2007-08).
  • William Nylander is the son of former Ranger Michael Nylander, who played two seasons with the Blueshirts (2005-06 and 2006-07).


  • Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 4-12-16 - Panarin has recorded a point in each of his last five games against Toronto (one goal, six assists).
  • Ryan Strome - 18 GP, 6-8-14 - Strome tied single-game career-highs with two goals and four points in the last game against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 28, 2019 at Toronto. Strome enters the contest with a four-game point streak against the Maple Leafs (four goals, three assists), as well as a three-game goal streak.

The Rangers have earned a win in six of their last nine home games, dating back to Dec. 22 at Anaheim (6-3-0 record), and have outscored their opponents, 37-25, in the nine contests. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 12 of their last 19 home games (11-7-1 record).

The Rangers have posted a 15-6-0 record in their last 21 games which have immediately followed a regulation or overtime loss, dating back to Oct. 22 vs. Arizona. In addition, when playing at MSG in the game following a loss over the span, the Blueshirts have posted a
10-3-0 record.

The Rangers are the only team that currently has a player ranked tied for fifth or higher in the NHL in points (Artemi Panarin - fifth with 71) and a defenseman ranked tied for fifth or higher among NHL defensemen in points (Tony DeAngelo - tied for fifth with 40) this season. The last time the Blueshirts finished a season with a player ranked tied for fifth or higher in the NHL in points, as well as a defenseman ranked tied for fifth or higher among NHL defensemen in points, was 1996-97 (Wayne Gretzky and Brian Leetch).

The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in 10 of the last 15 games and rank 10th in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.25).

New York has allowed two goals or fewer in two of the last three games, in five of the last seven games, and in six of the last 11 contests. The Rangers have posted an 18-3-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game in 2019-20.

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.

Rangers defensemen have tallied 139 points (38 goals, 101 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have recorded more goals and more points than defensemen from any other team this season.

The Rangers have outshot their opponents, 148-97, over the last four games (37.0 shots on goal per game and 24.3 shots on goal against per game), as well as 117-64 in three home games during the stretch (39.0 shots on goal per game and 21.3 shots on goal against per game). The Blueshirts have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last five games.

Igor Shesterkin has earned a win in three of his first four career NHL appearances (3-1-0 record), and he became the seventh goaltender in Rangers history to earn a win in each of his first two NHL appearances (Chabot, Henry, Paille, Vanbiesbrouck, Cloutier, Skapski). He has stopped 127 of 137 shots in his four NHL appearances (.927 SV%), including 125 of the last 133 shots (.940 SV%).

Artemi Panarin recorded his 70th point of the season on Jan. 31 vs. Detroit. According to NHL Stats and Information, he became the first player to register 70 or more points within his first 48 career games as a Ranger in franchise history. He is the only NHL player who has recorded 70 or more points and a plus-20 rating or better in 2019-20. In addition, Panarin is one of three NHL players (and the only winger) who have registered 70 or more points and have been assessed 15 or fewer penalty minutes in 2019-20 (Draisaitl and MacKinnon). He leads the NHL in even strength points (53), even strength assists (32), 5-on-5 points (46), and 5-on-5 assists (29) this season, and he also leads NHL forwards in plus/minus rating (plus-23) in 2019-20. Panarin's plus-26 on-ice even strength goal differential is also the third-best in the NHL this season. He has recorded a point in 23 of the Rangers' 25 wins this season. Panarin has notched an assist/point in seven of his last nine games (five goals, 11 assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in five of his last seven contests at MSG (six goals, 11 assists in the seven games at MSG).

Mika Zibanejad has tallied a point in three of the last four games (two goals, four assists) and has recorded a goal in two of the last three games. He has posted a multi-point game in three of the last six contests (three goals, five assists) and in five of the last 10 games (four goals, eight assists). Zibanejad ranks 18th in the NHL in points per game (1.13) and ranks 10th in the NHL (min. 10 games played) in goals per game (0.53) this season.

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