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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Panthers 11.10.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

TODAY'S GAME
The Rangers play their 15th game of the 2019-20 season today, Nov. 10, against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). New York has won each of its last two games and four of its last five games (4-10 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of their last eight games (5-2-1 record).

RANGERS VS. PANTHERS

  • All-Time: 55-30-6-7 (28-15-4-2 at home; 27-15-2-5 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Today's game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Panthers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today's game, the Rangers and Panthers will face each other on the following dates: Nov. 16 (at Florida), Mar. 30 (at Florida). 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 3-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). The Blueshirts recorded at least four goals in each game of the season series and outscored the Panthers, 14-8, in the three games. Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with three goals and six points in the season series. In addition, Chris Kreider registered four points (one goal, three assists) in three games. 
  • New York has earned at least one point in nine of its last 10 games against the Panthers, dating back to Mar. 21, 2016 (6-1-3 record). 
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of 18 games against Florida since the start of the 2013-14 season (13-2-3 record).
  • The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 21 of their last 26 games against the Panthers, dating back to Mar. 22, 2011 (18-5-3 record). 
  • Five of the last seven meetings between the Rangers and Panthers, as well as six of the last nine meetings and eight of the last 13 meetings between the two teams, have been decided by one goal. In addition, six of the last 12 meetings between the two teams, including five of the last nine meetings, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 
  • The Blueshirts have registered at least three goals in each of their last eight meetings against Florida, including four or more goals in six of those eight games.  

RANGERS-PANTHERS CONNECTIONS

  • Micheal Haley played parts of two seasons with the Panthers (2017-18 and 2018-19). 
  • Greg McKegg played parts of two seasons with the Panthers (2015-16 and 2016-17). 
  • Brian Boyle played five seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 - 2013-14) and helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14. 
  • Anton Stralman played three seasons with the Rangers (2011-12 - 2013-14) and helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14. 
  • Keith Yandle played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (2014-15 and 2015-16). 
  • Lindy Ruff began his coaching career in the NHL by serving as an Assistant Coach with the Panthers for four seasons (1993-94 - 1996-97). 
  • Panthers TV Analyst Randy Moller played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1989-90 - 1991-92). 
  • Artemi Panarin's first Head Coach in the NHL was Joel Quenneville (2015-16 and 2016-17 with the Blackhawks). Quenneville is responsible for giving Panarin his nickname, "Bread Man", which occurred early during the 2015-16 season. Panarin won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year in 2015-16. 
  • Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky were teammates with the Blue Jackets for two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). In addition, Panarin and Bobrovsky have represented Russia in several tournaments, including the 2015 IIHF World Championship (silver medal), the 2016 IIHF World Championship (bronze medal), and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. 
  • Kaapo Kakko registered 22 goals with TPS in Liiga last season; he established a record for the most goals by a U18 player in one season in the history of Finland's top league, and he broke the record of 21 which was previously held by Aleksander Barkov (21 with Tappara in 2012-13). Kakko and Barkov were both selected with the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Kakko - 2019 by the Rangers; Barkov - 2013 by Florida); they are two of four Finnish players who have been selected with the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft in league history (Kari Lehtonen and Patrik Laine). 
  • Jacob Trouba and Vincent Trocheck helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship. Trouba and Trocheck were also teammates with the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship and with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.  
  • Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad, and Jonathan Huberdeau were all selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, and all three players were selected within the first six picks of the Draft. Strome and Huberdeau represented Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 2012 and 2013 and helped Canada earn a bronze medal in the tournament in 2012. 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. PANTHERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 40 GP, 26-10-3, 2.10 GAA, .929 SV%, 5 SO - In his last 27 appearances against Florida (dating back to Nov. 25, 2009), Lundqvist has posted a 19-5-2 record, along with a 2.10 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 2 SO. 
  • Chris Kreider - 21 GP, 6-10-16 - Kreider has tallied an assist/point in four of the last five games against the Panthers (three goals, five assists). 
  • Artemi Panarin - 9 GP, 1-8-9 - Panarin has recorded an assist/point in each of his last five games against the Panthers (one goal, seven assists). 
  • Brendan Smith - 19 GP, 3-4-7 - Smith has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six games against the Panthers. 
  • Jesper Fast - 14 GP, 0-6-6 - Fast has notched four assists/points in the last six games against Florida. 

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (114; 114-58-11 record in November over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 41-16-2 record in November since 2015-16 (the 41 wins over the span are the most in the NHL).

FOUR SCORE
The Blueshirts have tallied four or more goals in five of the last seven games and in seven of 14 games in 2019-20. The Rangers have posted a 6-1-0 record when registering at least four goals in a game this season.

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have notched 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 30.4% of the team's points this season, which is the fourth-highest percentage in the NHL.
 
TWO GOOD
The Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in four of the last five games and in five of the last seven games. The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season. 

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has earned 453 wins in his NHL career, and he is one win away from tying Curtis Joseph (454) for fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He is also three appearances away from tying Grant Fuhr (868) for 10th place on the NHL's all-time appearances list. Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last two appearances, posting a 1.50 GAA and a .964 SV% (80 saves on 83 shots) in the two games, and he was selected as the game's First Star in both contests. 

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 993 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is seven 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 enters the contest with a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists) and a three-game goal streak. He leads the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (16) this season. Over the last 25 seasons (since 1994-95), Panarin is one of five Rangers who have recorded at least eight goals and eight assists in the first 14 games of a season (Mark Messier - 1995-96; Theo Fleury - 2000-01; Jaromir Jagr - 2005-06; Marian Gaborik - 2009-10). He has tallied 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 15 career games at MSG. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in eight of 14 games this season and have earned at least one point in seven of those eight contests (6-1-1 record). 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:18) on Nov. 7 at Carolina. 
  • New York is tied for eighth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (22.0%). 
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in each of the last three games (4-for-9; 44.4%), in five of the last six games, and in nine of 14 games this season.  

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on Nov. 7 at Carolina. 
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal in five of the last seven games (19-for-22; 86.4%). 
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (three).  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 7 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • David Quinn - 4 games coached away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers (expected to reach milestone on Nov. 16, 2019 at Florida) 
  • 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 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 7 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
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