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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Predators 12.16.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. PREDATORS, 7pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 33rd game of the 2019-20 season and begin a three-game homestand tonight, December 16, against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. New York has earned at least one point in nine of the last 12 games (7-3-2 record) and has won eight of the last 14 games (8-4-2 record). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 14 of the last 20 games (11-6-3 record), in 16 of the last 23 games (13-7-3 record), and in 18 of the last 26 games (14-8-4 record). 

RANGERS VS. PREDATORS

  • All-Time: 16-10-1-2 (7-6-1-1 at home; 9-4-0-1 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Predators, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following their 2-1 win on Nov. 2 at Nashville. Filip Chytil and Ryan Strome each notched a goal in the contest, and Alexandar Georgiev made 32 saves to earn the win. 
  • The Rangers have won 10 of their last 15 games against Nashville (10-5-0), including seven of their last 10 games against the Predators (7-3-0). 
  • Seven of the last eight meetings between New York and Nashville have been decided by two or fewer goals. In addition, five of the last seven contests between the two teams, including each of the last three meetings, have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-PREDATORS CONNECTIONS

  • Peter Laviolette played 12 games with the Rangers during the 1988-89 season. 
  • David Quinn and Peter Laviolette were teammates with the Binghamton Rangers of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 1991-92 season.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. PREDATORS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 15 GP, 9-6-0, 2.14 GAA, .929 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in nine of 15 career appearances against Nashville. He has also made at least 30 saves in eight of 15 career appearances against the Predators. 
  • Artemi Panarin - 14 GP, 3-10-13 - Panarin has recorded a point in each of his last three games against the Predators (two goals, five assists). 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 11 GP, 1-8-9 - Zibanejad established a single-game career-high with four assists and tied a single-game career high with four points in his last game against the Predators on Dec. 29, 2018 at Nashville. He has tallied a point in each of his last three games against Nashville (one goal, five assists). 
  • Chris Kreider - 12 GP, 4-4-8 - Kreider has tallied a goal/point in three of his last five games against the Predators (three goals, two assists), and he has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last seven contests against Nashville. 
  • Jesper Fast - 11 GP, 5-2-7 - Fast has tallied more goals against Nashville than he has against any opponent in his NHL career. He enters the contest with a three-game point streak against the Predators (three goals, two assists).  

POINT TAKEN
The Rangers have posted a 7-3-2 record in their last 12 games, dating back to Nov. 23 at Montreal. New York's 16 points over the span are tied for the fifth-most in the NHL. In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 13-7-3 record in their last 23 games, dating back to Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay. The Rangers' 29 points over the span are tied for the seventh-most in the NHL.

RESILIENT RANGERS
Dating back to Oct. 22, the Rangers have posted a 10-1-0 record in the game immediately following a regulation or overtime loss. In addition, the Blueshirts have won each of their last six games that have immediately followed a regulation or overtime loss, dating back to their loss on Nov. 16 at Florida.

HOME SWEET HOME
ew York has won four of its last six home games (4-2-0 record) and has earned at least one point in six of its last eight home games (5-2-1 record).

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. At least one Ranger who is 21 years old or younger has notched a point on 37 of the team's last 59 goals.

WINNING WAYS
The Rangers have earned 14 wins in regulation this season, which is tied for the seventh-most in the NHL, tied for the third-most in the Eastern Conference, and tied for the second-most in the Metropolitan Division.

BREAD AND BUTTER
Either Artemi Panarin or Mika Zibanejad has registered each of the Rangers' last eight goals, dating back to the second period on Dec. 12 at San Jose, and each player has recorded four goals over the span. In addition, either Panarin or Zibanejad has tallied 10 of the Blueshirts' last 11 goals, as well as 11 of the team's 15 goals over the last four games.

GOALS GALORE
The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in 15 of the last 20 games and in 20 of 32 games this season. The Rangers rank eighth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.22).

SHOOT TO SCORE
The Rangers have posted an 11.1% shooting percentage this season (103 goals on 926 shots), which is the third-best shooting percentage in the NHL in 2019-20 (Colorado - 11.5%; Washington - 11.4%).

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have tallied 90 points (26 goals, 64 assists) in 2019-20. The 26 goals and 90 points by Rangers defensemen are both the most in the NHL this season. Blueshirts defensemen have also recorded 25.2% of the team's goals and 32.1% of the team's points in 2019-20, which are both the highest percentages in the NHL.

TWO GOOD
The Rangers have held their opponent to two goals or fewer in three of the last six games, in four of the last eight games, and in six of the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have posted a 13-1-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season.

THIRD PERIOD IS THE CHARM
New York has outscored opponents, 37-24, in the third period this season. The Blueshirts' plus-13 goal differential in the third period is tied for the second-best in the NHL this season.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist earned his 455th career NHL win on Nov. 25 vs. Minnesota, passing Curtis Joseph for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He has posted a .920 SV% or better in nine of his last 15 starts, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last 14 starts. Lundqvist has made 30 or more saves in 10 of his 18 starts in 2019-20.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with a four-game goal/point streak (six goals, two assists), and he registered his first hat trick as a Ranger on Dec. 12 at San Jose. Panarin's four-game goal streak is the longest goal streak a Ranger has posted this season. He has also notched a point in 21 of the last 25 games (15 goals, 21 assists) and in 25 of 32 games this season (19 goals, 23 assists). Panarin has registered 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) since Nov. 6, which is the fourth-most in the NHL over the span. He has tallied 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in 22 career games at MSG, and he has notched at least one point in 18 of the 22 games.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has allowed two goals or fewer and has made 30 or more saves in four of his last five appearances, posting a 4-1- 0 record, along with a 1.41 GAA, a .959 SV%, and 2 SO in those five appearances. He has stopped all 39 shots he has faced while the Rangers have been shorthanded over his last six appearances.

MIKA MAGIC
Mika Zibanejad has posted a multi-goal/point game in each of the last two games (four goals), and he has recorded 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in the last 10 games. Zibanejad ranks 16th in the NHL in points per game this season (1.11).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 20 of 32 games this season and have earned at least one point in 17 of those 20 games (14-3-3 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-2 (4:00) on Dec. 14 at Anaheim.
  • The Blueshirts rank 12th in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (20.5%).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least one power play goal in three of the last four games, in seven of the last 11 games, and in 18 of 32 games this season.
  • New York has posted a 12-4-2 record when tallying at least one power play goal in a game in 2019-20.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-4 (7:22) on Dec. 14 at Anaheim.
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal against in five of the last six games (15-for-17; 88.2%), in seven of the last nine games (24-for-28; 85.7%), and in nine of the last 12 games (35-for-40; 87.5%).
  • The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (six).
  • New York's 87.5% penalty kill efficiency since Nov. 23 is the sixth-best in the NHL over the span.
  • The Rangers have posted an 11-3-1 record when not allowing a power play goal against in a game in 2019-20.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • New York Rangers - 34 games away from 6,500 all-time regular season games in franchise history
  • Brett Howden - 2 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Brendan Smith - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad - 3 assists away from 100 with the Rangers
  • Jacob Trouba - 4 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Ryan Strome - 5 games away from 100 with the Rangers
  • Chris Kreider - 8 games away from 500 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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