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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Red Wings 01.31.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Madison Square Garden
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The Rangers play their 49th game of the 2019-20 season and begin a back-to-back set, as well as a home-and-home set, tonight, January
31, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's contest, the Blueshirts will play five of the next six games at MSG. The Rangers have earned a win in four of the last seven games (4-3-0 record).


  • All-Time*: 221-263-103-7 (142-96-58-1 at home; 79-167-45-6 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Detroit Cougars from 1926-27 - 1929-30 and the Detroit Falcons from 1930-31 - 1931-32
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 5-1 win on Nov. 6 at MSG. Tony DeAngelo (one goal, one assist), Artemi Panarin (one goal, one assist), Ryan Strome (one goal, one assist), and Pavel Buchnevich (two assists) each posted a multi-point game in the contest, and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to earn the win. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Red Wings will face each other on the following date: Feb. 1 (at Detroit).
  • The Rangers and Red Wings are playing a home-and-home set on consecutive days for the first time since Mar. 26-27, 2000.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 20 games against Detroit, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (11-3-6 record).
  • Thirteen of the last 23 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including nine of the last 14 games and five of the last seven games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • Six of the last seven games between New York and Detroit have been decided by one goal. 


  • Brendan Smith played parts of six seasons with the Red Wings (2011-12 - 2016-17) and was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit on Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Red Wings Assistant General Manager Pat Verbeek played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (1994-95 and 1995-96).
  • Jacob Trouba is a native of Rochester, Michigan, and he played hockey in Michigan with Compuware organization, the U.S. National Team Development Program (2010-11 and 2011-12), and the University of Michigan (2012-13). Trouba was a Red Wings fan growing up; he lists Nicklas Lidstrom as his hockey idol.
  • Jimmy Howard was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Mike Richter (like Richter, Howard wears jersey No. 35).
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard have both started in the same game 12 times. At least one of the two goaltenders has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in 11 of the 12 games, and both goaltenders have been named two of the Three Stars in six of the 12 games.


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 19 GP, 8-5-6, 1.95 GAA, .938 SV%, 4 SO - Lundqvist has posted a better GAA and a better SV% against Detroit than against any other opponent in his NHL career. In his last 15 appearances against the Red Wings (dating back to Mar. 21, 2012), Lundqvist has posted an 8-2-5 record, along with a 1.49 GAA, a .952 SV% (455 saves on 478 shots), and 4 SO. Among NHL goalies who have made at least 10 career appearances against the Red Wings, Lundqvist's .938 SV% is the best in league history.
  • Artemi Panarin - 11 GP, 8-10-18 - Panarin has recorded a point in 10 of 11 career games against the Red Wings, including a goal in seven of those 11 contests, and he has also posted six multi-point games against Detroit. He has registered a goal and posted a multi-point game in four of his last five contests against the Red Wings (four goals, six assists).
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 9 GP, 2-6-8 - Buchnevich enters the contest with a four-game point streak against Detroit (two goals, four assists). 

The Rangers' current home-and-home set against Detroit marks the first time the team is playing against the same opponent on consecutive days since Oct. 9-10, 2015 against Columbus. Following the home-and-home set with the Red Wings, the Blueshirts have two more home-and-home sets this season (Philadelphia - Feb. 28 and Mar. 1; Pittsburgh - Mar. 18 and Mar. 20).

The Rangers have earned a win in five of their last seven home games (5-2-0 record) and have outscored their opponents, 30-18, over the seven contests. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 11 of their last 17 home games (10-6-1 record).

The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in eight of the last 12 games, as well as five or more goals in three of the last seven
games and in seven of the last 14 games. The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.29). New York
has posted a 10.9% shooting percentage in 2019-20, which is the fifth-best in the NHL.

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 134 points (38 goals, 96 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have recorded more goals and more points than defensemen from any other team this season.

Artemi Panarin was selected to play in the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. He leads the NHL in several categories this season, including even strength points (52), even strength assists (32), 5-on-5 points (45), and 5-on-5 assists (29), and he leads NHL forwards in plus/minus rating (plus-22). Panarin has recorded an assist/point in five of his last six games (four goals, nine assists). He has also posted a three-point game in four of his last five games at MSG (five goals, nine assists). Panarin is one of four NHL players (and the only winger) who have registered 60 or more points and have been assessed 15 or fewer penalty minutes this season (Draisaitl, MacKinnon, and Matthews).

Igor Shesterkin earned a win in each of his first two NHL appearances, and according to NHL Stats and Information, he is one of seven goaltenders in franchise history who earned a win in each of their first two NHL appearances (Chabot, Henry, Paille, Vanbiesbrouck, Cloutier, Skapski). He has stopped 104 of 112 shots in his three NHL appearances (.929 SV%), including 102 of the last 108 shots, dating back to Colorado's second goal in his NHL debut on Jan. 7 (.944 SV%).

Chris Kreider represented the Rangers at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game and made his first career NHL All-Star appearance. He has tallied a point in six of the last eight games (five goals, two assists), in nine of the last 12 games (seven goals, four assists), in 12 of the last 16 games (10 goals, five assists), and in 15 of the last 20 games (11 goals, eight assists), and he has not gone two consecutive games without a point over the last 20 games. Kreider is one of five NHL players who have recorded 17 or more goals and 90 or more hits this season.

Mika Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in two of the last three games (one goal, three assists) and in four of the last seven games (two goals, six assists). He has recorded 39 points in 35 games this season, and 34 of the 39 points have either been a goal or a primary assist.

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