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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Oilers 10.12.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their third game of the 2019-20 season today, Oct. 12, against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (1:00
p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including today's game, the Blueshirts will play six of their next eight games, as
well as 10 of their next 14 games, at MSG.

RANGERS VS. OILERS

  • All-Time: 33-31-9-3 (15-17-6-1 at home; 18-14-3-2 on the road)
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Oilers will face each other on the following date: Dec. 31 (at Edmonton).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-1 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). Both contests in the season series were decided by one goal.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games against the Oilers, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (5-1-1 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of 18 games against the Oilers since the start of the 2005-06 season (10-5-3 record).

RANGERS-OILERS CONNECTIONS

  • Rangers Senior Advisor to the Owner and Alternate Governor Glen Sather served as the Oilers President and General Manager from 1980-81 - 1999-00. In addition, Sather was Edmonton's Head Coach for parts of 11 seasons in the NHL (1979-80; 1980-81 - 1988- 89; 1993-94), as well as parts of three seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1976-77 - 1978-79. Sather also played one season with the Oilers in the WHA (1976-77). The Oilers honored Sather by raising a banner to go alongside their retired jerseys on Dec. 11, 2015.
  • Ryan Strome played parts of two seasons with the Oilers (2017-18 and 2018-19), and he was acquired by the Rangers from Edmonton on Nov. 16, 2018.
  • David Oliver played parts of three seasons with the Oilers (1994-95 - 1996-97).
  • Oilers Assistant Coach Brian Wiseman was selected by the Rangers in the 12th round (257th overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad, and Adam Larsson were selected in three consecutive picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Larsson - fourth overall by New Jersey; Strome - fifth overall by the Islanders; Zibanejad - sixth overall by Ottawa). Zibanejad, Strome, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Larsson, and Oscar Klefbom were selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and four of those players were selected within the first six picks of the Draft (Nugent-Hopkins, Larsson, Strome, Zibanejad).
  • Artemi Panarin and Connor McDavid were both selected to the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2015-16. Panarin and McDavid were also two of three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year; Panarin won the award.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. OILERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 11 GP, 5-3-2, 2.45 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has earned a win in four of his last five decisions against Edmonton, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 11 career appearances against the Oilers.
  • Jacob Trouba - 17 GP, 4-6-10 - Trouba's four goals against Edmonton are tied for the most he has recorded against one opponent in his NHL career.
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 5-4-9 - Panarin has registered three multi-point games against the Oilers in his NHL career.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 11 GP, 2-4-6 - Zibanejad has recorded a goal/point in two of the last three games against the Oilers (two goals, one assist).
  • Brendan Lemieux - 4 GP, 3-1-4 - Lemieux has posted a multi-point game in each of his last two contests against the Oilers. He registered his first career NHL multi-goal/point game on Dec. 31, 2018 at Edmonton. Lemieux also recorded his first career "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" in the NHL on Mar. 11, 2019 at Edmonton as a member of the Rangers.

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have won each of the first two games of a season for the first time since 2015-16 and for the second time in the last 11
seasons (dating back to 2009-10). In addition, the Blueshirts have won each of their first two games in a season for the 16th time in
franchise history.

BREAD AND BUTTER LINE
The line of Artemi Panarin-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich has registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) through the first two
games of the 2019-20 season. The Panarin-Zibanejad-Buchnevich line has been on the ice for seven of the Rangers' 10 goals thus far
this season and has not been on the ice for a goal against.

YOUTH SERVED
The average age of a player on the Rangers' season-opening roster was 26.2 years old. According to NHL Stats and Information, the
Rangers were the only NHL team that had eight players 23 years old or younger and the only NHL team that had five players 21 years
old or younger on their season-opening roster.

TOP TEN
The Blueshirts have recorded 10 goals through the first two games of the season and have tallied four or more goals in each of the two
contests. The Rangers have registered 10 goals through the first two games of a season for the first time since 2010-11.

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad was selected as the NHL's First Star of the Week for the week ending on Oct. 6. Zibanejad has registered eight points
(four goals, four assists) in two games this season, and he has posted a four-point game in each contest. In addition, he recorded his
third career NHL hat trick on Oct. 5 at Ottawa, and he tallied an even strength goal, a power play goal, and a shorthanded goal in the
game.

  • Zibanejad is the second Ranger in franchise history who has recorded eight points in the team's first two games of a season (Rod Gilbert - 1976-77; credit - NHL Stats and Information)
  • He is the fourth Ranger in franchise history who has recorded four goals through the team's first two games of a season (Bill Cook - 1929-30; Ron Murphy - 1955-56; Mike Allison - 1980-81; credit - NHL Stats and Information)
  • Zibanejad is the first NHL player who has registered eight points in his team's first two games of a season since Jaromir Jagr in 1995-96
  • He is the first Ranger who has tallied eight points in a two-game span (as well as back-to-back four-point games) at any point in a season since Mark Messier on Jan. 10, 1996 and Jan. 13, 1996
  • Zibanejad was the first Ranger who registered an even strength goal, a power play goal, and a shorthanded goal in the same game since Derek Stepan on Dec. 27, 2014

Zibanejad has registered a point on eight of the Rangers' first 10 goals this season, and he has been on the ice for nine of the 10 goals.
In addition, all of his eight points this season have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist is playing in his 15th season with the Rangers in 2019-20. When he made his first appearance this season on Oct. 3
vs. Winnipeg, Lundqvist passed Mike Richter for the most regular seasons with at least one appearance by a Rangers goaltender in
franchise history. Lundqvist earned his 450th career NHL win on Oct. 3 vs. Winnipeg, becoming the sixth goaltender in NHL history who
has earned at least 450 career wins (and the second who has done so with one franchise). He is four wins away from tying Curtis
Joseph (454) for fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 986 career appearances (regular season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is 14 appearances away from
becoming 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).

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the Rangers' first two games of the 2019-20 season, and he has posted
a multi-point game in both contests. Since he entered the NHL in 2015-16, Panarin ranks eighth in the league in points (324). He also
ranks fifth in the NHL in even strength points since he entered the league (242), trailing only Connor McDavid (274), Patrick Kane (272),
Sidney Crosby (249), and Nikita Kucherov (243).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (3:53) on Oct. 5 at Ottawa.
  • The Blueshirts have recorded a power play goal in each of the first two games of the season (3-for-5; 60.0%).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 5-for-5 (10:00) and tallied a shorthanded goal on Oct. 5 at Ottawa.
  • The Blueshirts have recorded a shorthanded goal in both of their games thus far this season; New York has tallied a shorthanded goal in each of its first two games of a season for the first time in franchise history.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • New York Rangers - 5 home games away from 2,000 all-time regular season games at the current Madison Square Garden (expected to reach milestone on Oct. 27, 2019 vs. Boston)
  • Henrik Lundqvist - 14 appearances away from 1,000 (regular season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Ryan Strome - 5 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Brendan Smith - 6 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad - 7 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei - 10 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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