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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Red Wings 11.06.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. RED WINGS, 8:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
NBCSN, ESPN 1050 AM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 13th game of the 2019-20 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, November 6, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's game, the Blueshirts will play three of their next four games at MSG. New York has won two of its last three games (2-1-0 record) and has earned at least one point in four of its last six games (3-2-1 record).

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS

  • All-Time*: 220-263-103-7 (141-96-58-1 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 first of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Red Wings will face each other on the following dates: Jan. 31 (at MSG), Feb. 1 (at Detroit). 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-1-2 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-2 on the road). All three contests were decided by one goal, and two of the three games were decided after regulation. The Blueshirts are 3-for-8 (37.5%) on the power play and 6-for-6 (100%) on the penalty kill in the season series. Pavel Buchnevich led the Rangers with two goals and four points in three games. Henrik Lundqvist posted a .933 SV% (98 saves on 105 shots) in three appearances. 
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last eight games against the Red Wings, dating back to Jan. 22, 2017 (3-1-4 record). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 16 of their last 19 games against Detroit, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (10-3-6 record). 
  • Thirteen of the last 22 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including nine of the last 13 games, six of the last eight games, and five of the last six games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout. 
  • Each of the last six games between New York and Detroit, as well as 14 of the last 15 games between the two teams, have been decided by one goal. In addition, 18 of the last 20 games and 22 of the last 26 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.  

RANGERS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

  • 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. 
  • Dylan McIlrath played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 - 2016-17). 
  • Red Wings Assistant General Manager Pat Verbeek played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (1994-95 and 1995-96) and represented the Rangers at the 1996 NHL All-Star Game. 
  • 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, and the first jersey he ever bought was a Henrik Zetterberg Red Wings jersey. 
  • 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 11 times; at least one of the two goaltenders have been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in 10 of the 11 games, and both goaltenders have been named two of the Three Stars in six of the 11 games. 
  • Four Rangers played with the U.S. National Team Development Program, which was/is based in Ann Arbor/Plymouth in Michigan: Brady Skjei (2010-11 and 2011-12), Jacob Trouba (2010-11 and 2011-12), Adam Fox (2014-15 and 2015-16), and Ryan Lindgren (2014-15 and 2015-16). In addition, David Quinn coached in the program for two seasons (2002-03 and 2003-04). 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 18 GP, 7-5-6, 2.01 GAA, .936 SV%, 4 SO - Lundqvist has posted a better SV% against Detroit than against any other opponent in his NHL career. In his last 14 appearances against the Red Wings, Lundqvist has posted a 7-2-5 record, along with a 1.52 GAA, a .950 SV% (420 saves on 442 shots), and 4 SO. 
  • Artemi Panarin - 10 GP, 7-9-16 - Panarin has recorded a point in nine of 10 career games against the Red Wings, including a goal in six of those 10 contests, and he has also posted five multi-point games against Detroit. 
  • Chris Kreider - 17 GP, 4-6-10 - Kreider has tallied a point in six of his last 11 games against Detroit (two goals, five assists). 
  • Ryan Strome - 15 GP, 3-4-7 - Strome has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in his last nine games against the Red Wings. 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 8 GP, 2-4-6 - Buchnevich enters the contest with a three-game point streak against Detroit (two goals, two assists). 
  • Tony DeAngelo - 6 GP, 1-3-4 - DeAngelo has tallied an assist/point in three of the last four games against the Red Wings (three assists).  

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (112; 112-58-11 record in November over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 39-16-2 record in November since 2015-16 (their 39 wins in November since 2015-16 are the most in the NHL) and earned at least nine wins in November in each of the last four seasons.

YOUTH SERVED
Seven players who are 21 years old or younger have skated for the Rangers in each of the last three games (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Adam Fox, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, Kaapo Kakko, and Ryan Lindgren). According to NHL Stats and Information, prior to their game on Oct. 29 vs. Tampa Bay, the Rangers had only played two games in franchise history with seven different players 21 years old or younger (Nov. 21, 1953 at Toronto and Dec. 16, 1976 at Buffalo). Five players 21 years old or younger (Andersson, Fox, Hajek, Howden, and Kakko) have played in all of the Rangers' first 12 games this season. The 2019-20 season is the second in franchise history which five players 21 years old or younger skated in all of the Blueshirts' first 12 games of a season (1976-77). The Rangers have the youngest active roster in the NHL (average age - 25.8 years old).

TEAM EFFORT
Through 12 games this season, 16 Rangers have tallied at least one goal and 20 Rangers have recorded at least one point. Over the last five games, 11 Rangers have registered at least one goal and 17 Rangers have notched at least one point.  

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have registered 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 31.0% of the team's points this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the NHL. Rangers defensemen have also recorded 24.3% of the team's goals this season, which is tied for the third-highest percentage in the league.

HENR1K
Henrik Lundqvist has made 991 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is nine 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). 

THE FINNISHER
Kaapo Kakko posted his first career multi-point game in the NHL on Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa (one goal, one assist). According to NHL Stats and Information, he is the third 18-year-old who has posted a multi-point game in Rangers history (Joe Bell - once in 1942-43; Manny Malhotra - twice in 1998-99). Kakko has recorded three goals this season, which is the second-most by an 18-year-old in franchise history (Malhotra - eight).
 
STATE OF THE ART-EMI

Artemi Panarin enters the contest with a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists). He leads the Rangers in goals (six) and points (12) this season, and he has recorded a point in nine of 12 games in 2019-20. Panarin has also been on the ice for 21 of the Rangers' 37 goals this season. He has recorded 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 14 career games at MSG.

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome posted a career-high six-game point streak from Oct. 20 vs. Vancouver to Nov. 2 at Nashville (four goals, five assists). He has registered a multi-point game in three of the last five contests. Strome has also led the Rangers in ice time in two of the last three games. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in six of 12 games this season and have earned at least one point in five of those six contests (4-1-1 record). 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-4 (5:26) on Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa. 
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in three of the last four games and in seven of 12 games this season. 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-6 (8:40) on Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa. 
  • The Blueshirts are tied for eighth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 9 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers 
  • David Quinn - 6 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 - 9 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
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