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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Penguins 11.12.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. PENGUINS, 7:30 pm
Madison Square Garden
NBCSN, ESPN 1050 AM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 16th game of the 2019-20 season tonight, November 12, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden. New York enters the contest with a seasonhigh three-game point streak (2-0-1 record). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in five of the last six games (4-1-1 record) and in seven of the last nine games (5-2-2 record). The Rangers are facing a Metropolitan Division opponent at MSG for the first time this season.

RANGERS VS. PENGUINS

  • All-Time: 129-113-23-14 (71-54-9-7 at home; 58-59-14-7 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Penguins, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Penguins will face each other on the following dates: Mar. 18 (at MSG), Mar. 20 (at Pittsburgh), Apr. 2 (at Pittsburgh). 
  • Three of the Rangers' final 10 regular-season games in 2019-20 are against the Penguins. 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-3-0 record (0-2-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Two of the four contests were decided by one goal.
  • Ryan Strome tied for first among all skaters (and led the Rangers) with three goals in four games. 
  • Seven of the last 10 meetings between the Rangers and Penguins have been decided by one goal, and four of those 10 contests have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 

RANGERS-PENGUINS CONNECTIONS

  • Greg McKegg played part of one season with Pittsburgh (2017-18). 
  • Zach Aston-Reese is a native of Staten Island, New York. 
  • Mike Sullivan served as an Assistant Coach with the Rangers for four seasons (2009-10 - 2012-13). Sullivan was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (69th overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. 
  • Greg Brown played part of one season with the Penguins (1993-94). 
  • David Quinn and Mike Sullivan were teammates at Boston University for two seasons (1986-87 and 1987-88; Quinn did not play in 1987-88 due to injury). In addition, Quinn and Sullivan were members of the same coaching staff with the United States at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. 
  • Artemi Panarin and Evgeni Malkin have both won the Valeri Kharlamov Trophy as the Russian Player of the Year (Panarin - 2015 16; Malkin - 2011-12 and 2016-17), and they are the last two Russian players who have won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year (Panarin - 2015-16; Malkin - 2006-07). Since Panarin entered the NHL in 2015-16, he and Malkin rank third and fifth, respectively, among Russians in points. 
  • Brady Skjei, Jacob Trouba, and Alex Galchenyuk were all selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, which was held in Pittsburgh. Trouba and Galchenyuk helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship and a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship. 
  • Jacob Trouba and Brandon Tanev were teammates with the Jets for parts of four seasons (2015-16 - 2018-19). In addition, Trouba, Tanev, and Brendan Lemieux were all teammates with Winnipeg for parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19). 
  • Adam Fox and John Marino were teammates at Harvard University for the last three seasons (2016-17 - 2018-19). 
  • Kaapo Kakko and Evgeni Malkin were both selected with the second overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Kakko - selected second overall by the Rangers in 2019; Malkin - selected second overall by Pittsburgh in 2004).  

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. PENGUINS

  • Artemi Panarin - 12 GP, 9-6-15 - Panarin has tallied a point in nine of 12 career games against the Penguins and has posted six multi-point games. 
  • Chris Kreider - 22 GP, 4-9-13 - Kreider has tallied 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last 15 games against the Penguins. 
  • Ryan Strome - 19 GP, 5-4-9 - Strome has recorded a goal/point in three of his four games against Pittsburgh as a member of the Rangers (three goals). 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 10 GP, 3-2-5 - Buchnevich has recorded a point in five of the last eight games against the Penguins (three goals, two assists). 
  • Tony DeAngelo - 4 GP, 0-4-4 - DeAngelo has recorded an assist/point in each of his last three games against Pittsburgh (four assists). 

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (114; 114-58-12 record in November over the span). The Blueshirts have also posted a 41-16-3 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 each of the last three games (14 goals in the three games), in six of the last eight games, and in eight of 15 games in 2019-20. The Rangers have posted a 6-1-1 record when registering at least four goals in a game this season. Over the last 25 seasons (since 1994-95), the 2019-20 season is only the fifth time that the Rangers have recorded four or more goals in at least eight different games through the first 15 games of a season (1995-96 - nine; 2000-01 - nine; 2006-07 - nine; 2016-17 - 10).

TEAM EFFORT
During the Rangers' three-game point streak, 11 different players have recorded a goal and 16 different players have tallied a point.

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have notched 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 2019-20. The 13 goals by Rangers defensemen this season are tied for the second-most in the NHL, and their 42 points are tied for the fourth-most in the league. Blueshirts defensemen have also recorded 25.5% of the team's goals this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the NHL. Rangers defensemen have tallied 30.4% of the team's points this season, which is the fourth-highest percentage in the NHL.

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers have seven players 21 years old or younger on their roster (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Brett
Howden, Kaapo Kakko, and Ryan Lindgren). In two of the Rangers' last six games, including their last game on Nov. 10 vs. Florida, three players 21 years old or younger recorded a goal.

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in four of the last six games and in five of the last eight games. The Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season.

FIRST IN SCORE
The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the game in each of the last five games, in seven of the last eight games, and in 11 of 15 games in 2019-20.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has started six games this season, and he has posted a 3-2-1 record, along with a 2.68 GAA and a .919 SV% in those six starts. He has made 30 or more saves in four of his six starts in 2019-20, and he has allowed one goal in three of those starts. In 23 career appearances (21 starts) at MSG, Georgiev has posted an 11-7-4 record, along with a 2.67 GAA, a .921 SV%, and 1 SO.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with an eight-game point streak (four goals, eight assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in each of the last three contests (two goals, four assists). Panarin's eight-game point streak is one game shy of tying his career-high. He leads the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (18) this season, and he has been on the ice for 28 of the team's 51 goals. Panarin has tallied 10 assists this season, and he has assisted on a goal by nine different Rangers in 2019-20. He has tallied 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 16 career games at MSG.

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (one goal, four assists), and he has notched a point in nine of the last 10 games (five goals, nine assists).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in nine of 15 games this season and have earned at least one point in eight of those nine contests (6-1-2 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-4 (7:20) on Nov. 10 vs. Florida.
  • New York ranks sixth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (24.1%).
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in each of the last four games (6-for-13; 46.2%), in six of the last seven games, and in 10 of 15 games this season.
  • The Rangers have scored on at least 50.0% of their power play opportunities in each of the last three games (5-for-9; 55.6%).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (4:56) on Nov. 10 vs. Florida.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal in five of the last eight games (21-for-25; 84.0%).
  • The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (three).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 6 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • David Quinn - 3 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 - 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 6 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Filip Chytil - 10 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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