NEW YORK RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
TV: MSG+, Radio: WNYM 970 AM
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Rangers: 31-35-13 (75 pts)
Senators: 28-45-6 (62 pts)
The Rangers play their 80th game of the 2018-19 season on Wednesday, Apr. 3, against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden (7:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG+, Radio: WNYM 970 AM). Including Wednesday's game, the Blueshirts conclude the 2018-19 season with three games over a four-day stretch.
STEVEN McDONALD EXTRA EFFORT AWARD
Prior to the start of Wednesday's game, the Rangers will announce this year's winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. The Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award is presented annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, "goes above and beyond the call of duty." The award, which has been given annually since the 1987-88 season, bears the name of devoted Blueshirt fan and New York City Police Detective Steven McDonald, who was shot and injured in the line of duty on July 12, 1986 and passed away on January 10, 2017.
TOMORROW STARTS TODAY
Through seven trades made leading up to the NHL's Trade Deadline in both 2018 and 2019, the Rangers acquired 22 assets in exchange for eight players who were on the team's roster. Among the assets acquired were:
- Four picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (including two first-round picks)
- Six picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (including one first-round pick and two second-round picks which could become first-round picks)
- Five players who were 22 years old or younger at the time they were acquired (Brett Howden, Brendan Lemieux, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, and Yegor Rykov)
The Rangers either have made, or will make, seven selections in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft over a three-year period from 2017 - 2019. Since the start of the NHL Entry Draft Era in 1979 (following the NHL-WHA merger), no NHL team has made more than seven first-round selections in a three-year span. In addition, for the first time in franchise history (since the inception of the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft in 1963), the Rangers have had multiple first-round picks in three consecutive years (two first-round selections in 2017, three first-round selections in 2018, and two first-round selections in 2019).
In 2018, the Rangers selected three players in the first round of the same NHL Amateur/Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts used their three first-round picks to select Vitali Kravtsov, K'Andre Miller, and Nils Lundkvist.
- Kravtsov - led all KHL players younger than 20 years old in goals (eight), assists (13), and points (21) during the regular season in 2018-19; Kravtsov's 21 points are tied for the ninth-most by a KHL player younger than 20 years old in the league's history (tied with Artemi Panarin)
- Miller - leads NCAA freshmen defensemen (min. 25 games played) in assists per game (0.65) and points per game (0.85) in 2018-19; named one of the finalists for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and was named an Honorable Mention for the All-Big Ten Hockey Team in 2018-19
- Lundkvist - led SHL defensemen younger than 19 years old in assists (seven) and points (10) during the regular season in 2018-19; over the last 30 seasons (since 1989-90) in the SHL, Lundkvist is one of 14 defensemen younger than 19 years old who have who have tallied 10 or more points in a single season, and his 10 points are tied for the 10th-most by a defenseman younger than 19 years old in the league over the span
The Rangers made 10 selections overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was the most the team made in one year since the NHL adopted a seven-round Draft format beginning in 2005. The Blueshirts currently have 10 picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (their own first-round pick, Winnipeg's first-round pick, their own second-round pick, either Dallas' second-round pick or first-round pick, either Tampa Bay's second-round pick or first-round pick, their own third-round pick, Columbus' fourth-round pick, their own fifth-round pick, their own sixth-round pick, and Columbus' seventh-round pick).
RANGERS VS. SENATORS
- All-Time: 42-45-3-4 (19-25-0-2 at home; 23-20-3-2 on the road)
- 2018-19: Wednesday's game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), and the Senators won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-0, on Nov. 29 at Ottawa. Mika Zibanejad has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2.50 GAA and a .923 SV% (60 saves on 65 shots) in two appearances.
- The Rangers have won nine of 17 meetings against the Senators since the start of the 2013-14 season (9-8-0 record).
- New York has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of its last 14 games against the Senators.
- The Rangers have only allowed one power play goal in their last 10 games against Ottawa (22-for-23; 95.7% over the span).
- Mark Messier is the Rangers' all-time leader in points against the Senators (34). Messier and Brian Leetch are the Blueshirts' all-time leaders in assists against Ottawa (20), and Adam Graves has recorded more career goals against Ottawa as a member of the Rangers than any other player in franchise history (16).
- Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers' all-time leader in appearances (42) and wins (17) against Ottawa. Lundqvist has appeared in more games against the Senators than any other Ranger (skater or goaltender) in franchise history.
- Mika Zibanejad played parts of five seasons with the Senators (2011-12 - 2015-16) and was selected by Ottawa in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
- Fredrik Claesson played parts of three seasons with Ottawa (2015-16 - 2017-18) and was selected by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
- Oscar Lindberg played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (2014-15 - 2016-17).
- Anthony Duclair played part of one season with the Rangers (2014-15) and was selected by the Blueshirts in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
- Brian Gibbons was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2015, and he played with the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2015-16 season.
- Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion served as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07).
- David Oliver played 24 games with the Senators over parts of two seasons (1998-99 and 2000-01).
- David Quinn was Brady Tkachuk's Head Coach during Tkachuk's one season at Boston University (2017-18).
- Chris Kreider and Brian Gibbons were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) and helped the school win the National Championship in 2009-10. Greg Brown was an Assistant Coach at Boston College in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and he was also one of Gibbons' Assistant Coaches for all of Gibbons' four seasons at Boston College (2007-08 - 2010-11).
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Magnus Paajarvi were teammates with the Blues for parts of four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17).
- Ryan Strome and Anders Nilsson were teammates in the Islanders organization for parts of two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Craig Anderson were teammates with the Avalanche for part of one season (2010-11).
- Tony DeAngelo and Anthony Duclair were teammates with the Coyotes organization for one season (2016-17).
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Anders Nilsson were teammates with the Blues for part of one season (2015-16).
- Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped London win the OHL Championship in 2011-12.
- Brendan Lemieux and Ben Harpur were teammates with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2014-15).
- Mika Zibanejad, Lias Andersson, Anders Nilsson, and Magnus Paajarvi helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Henrik Lundqvist and Oscar Lindberg helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
- Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, Brian Gibbons, and Colin White helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Jesper Fast and Oscar Lindberg represented Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Chris Kreider and Magnus Paajarvi were selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
- Marc Staal and Bobby Ryan were both selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
- Brady Skjei and Cody Ceci were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
- David Quinn was one of Bobby Ryan's Assistant Coaches with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
- Greg Brown was the Associate Head Coach at Boston College during Colin White's two seasons at the school (2015-16 and 2016-17). In addition, Brown was one of White's Assistant Coaches for the United States' gold medal-winning team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Greg Brown was one of Brady Tkachuk's Assistant Coaches with the United States' bronze medal-winning team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. SENATORS
- Henrik Lundqvist - 42 GP, 17-21-3, 2.18 GAA, .927 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last 11 appearances against Ottawa (5-6-0 record, 2.21 GAA, .924 SV%, 1 SO over the span). Lundqvist has appeared in more games against the Senators than any other Ranger (skater or goaltender) in franchise history.
- Mika Zibanejad - 5 GP, 4-1-5 - Zibanejad has recorded a goal/point in four of his five career games against his former team.
- Chris Kreider - 17 GP, 5-7-12 - Kreider has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his last 14 games against Ottawa, and he has notched a point in five of his last six games against the Senators (one goal, four assists).
- Kevin Shattenkirk - 14 GP, 2-7-9 - Shattenkirk has registered a point in five of his last nine games against the Senators (two goals, five assists), including an assist in three of his last seven contests.
- Vladislav Namestnikov - 13 GP, 3-4-7 - Namestnikov has recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in his last four games against Ottawa and five points (three goals, two assists) in his last seven contests against the Senators.
- Pavel Buchnevich - 4 GP, 1-1-2 - Buchnevich has registered a point in each of his last two games against the Senators (one goal, one assist).
- Lias Andersson - 2 GP, 1-0-1 - Andersson recorded a go-ahead goal in the third period of the Rangers' win against Ottawa on Nov. 26, 2018 at MSG.
- Brendan Lemieux - 2 GP, 1-0-1 - Lemieux registered a goal and was assessed a fighting major against Ottawa on Feb. 9, 2019 as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.
- Filip Chytil - 2 GP, 0-1-1 - Chytil tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in the Rangers' win against the Senators on Nov. 26, 2018 at MSG.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Several Rangers players have connections with fellow members of the Blueshirts and/or members of the team's coaching staff in addition to being teammates with the Rangers:
- Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev were teammates while representing Russia in international competition during the 2014-15 season.
- Fredrik Claesson and Mika Zibanejad were teammates with several teams prior to joining the Rangers:
- The two were teammates in Sweden with Djurgardens' U18 team, U20 team in SuperElit, and professional team in the SHL over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
- Zibanejad and Claesson helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Claesson and Zibanejad were both selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and were teammates in the Senators' organization (either with Ottawa or with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Binghamton Senators) for parts of three seasons (2012-13 - 2013-14; 2015-16).
- Fredrik Claesson and Jesper Fast represented Sweden in several tournaments over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
- Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
- Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by David Quinn on several teams throughout his career before Quinn became the Rangers Head Coach:
- Quinn was an Associate Head Coach at Boston University for two seasons while Shattenkirk attended the school (2007-08 and 2008-09), and Boston University won the National Championship in 2008-09.
- Quinn was Shattenkirk's first Head Coach in professional hockey, as he coached Shattenkirk for parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
- David Oliver served as the Avalanche's Director of Player Development for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) while Kevin Shattenkirk was in the organization. Shattenkirk made his professional hockey debut in 2009-10 and his NHL debut with Colorado in 2010-11.
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Shattenkirk - 14th overall by Colorado; Smith - 27th overall by Detroit).
- Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.
- Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by Rangers TV/Radio Analyst Dave Maloney when he was in high school.
- Brady Skjei was coached by David Quinn at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
- Brady Skjei was coached by Greg Brown at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (Brown was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
- Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Strome - fifth overall by the NY Islanders; Zibanejad - sixth overall by Ottawa). Vladislav Namestnikov was also selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
- Jimmy Vesey and Connor Brickley both attended Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts; Brickley's final season at the school was in 2008-09, and Vesey's final season at the school was in 2010-11.
- Lias Andersson's uncle, Mikael Andersson, was teammates with Lindy Ruff as members of the Buffalo Sabres (1985-86 - 1988-89).
- Lias Andersson's father, Niklas Andersson, was teammates with Henrik Lundqvist as members of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for four seasons (2001-02 - 2004-05).
- Lias Andersson and Mika Zibanejad helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek represented the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of the last 26 home games and in 26 of 39 games at MSG this season.
The Rangers are currently the youngest team in the NHL (average age is 25.7 years old). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has tallied a goal in 11 of the last 13 games and in 13 of the last 16 games. Both of the Rangers' goals on Apr. 1 at New Jersey were scored by rookies (Brett Howden and Filip Chytil).
At least one Rangers defenseman has recorded a point in 26 of the team's last 28 games, including all 26 games which the team has registered a goal over the span. Rangers defensemen have tallied 52 points (eight goals, 44 assists) in the last 28 games (note - does not include points recorded by Brendan Smith, who has played forward during the stretch). Three Rangers defensemen have tallied at least 25 points this season (Tony DeAngelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Neal Pionk).
Six of the Rangers' last 15 games and 40 of their 79 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Blueshirts' 40 one-goal games are tied for the second-most in the NHL in 2018-19. The Rangers have played at least 40 one-goal games in a season for the first time since 2008-09 (43). In addition, the 2018-19 season is the seventh in the Rangers' 92-season history that the team has played at least 40 games decided by one goal or fewer.
SAVING THE DAY
Over the last three games, Henrik Lundqvist and Alexandar Georgiev have posted a .957 SV% (110 saves on 115 shots).
Henrik Lundqvist has earned 449 wins in his NHL career. Lundqvist ranks sixth on the NHL's all-time wins list, and his 449 career wins with the Rangers are the second-most a goaltender has earned with one franchise in NHL history.
ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has earned a win in each of his last two appearances, and he has posted a 1.00 GAA, a .973 SV% (73 saves on 75 shots), and 1 SO in the two appearances. He has an active shutout streak of 104:58 (a career-high), dating back to Mar. 29 vs. St. Louis, and he has made 67 consecutive saves over the span.
Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers in goals (30), assists (42), and points (72) this season, and he has established career-highs in all three categories. He is the first Rangers center who has recorded at least 30 goals in a season since Eric Lindros (37 in 2001-02). Zibanejad is one of six NHL players who have registered 30 or more goals and have won 800 or more faceoffs this season (Barkov, Crosby, Larkin, Tavares, Toews).
Ryan Strome has recorded 17 goals since he was acquired by the Rangers on Nov. 16; his 17 goals with the Rangers are the most any NHL player acquired during the 2018-19 season has tallied with his new team. He has established a career-high in goals this season (18; 17 with the Rangers and one with Edmonton).
Tony DeAngelo has recorded an assist/point in 15 of his last 23 games (16 assists) and in 17 of his last 27 games (18 assists). DeAngelo's 18 assists since Feb. 4 are tied for the third-most among NHL defensemen. He tallied his 30th point of the 2018-19 season on Apr. 1 at New Jersey. DeAngelo is one of six Rangers defensemen 23 years old or younger who have recorded 30 or more points in a season over the last 30 seasons (since 1988-89), along with Brian Leetch, Sergei Zubov, Michael Del Zotto, Ryan McDonagh, and Brady Skjei.
HOW DO YOU DO
Brett Howden enters the contest with a career-high four-game point streak (one goal, four assists over the span). Since the start of his four-game point streak on Mar. 27, Howden has recorded more assists (four) and points (five) than any other NHL rookie.
- The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:34) on Apr. 1 at New Jersey.
- New York has recorded a power play goal in three of the last five games (4-for-13; 30.8%).
- The Rangers were 3-for-4 (6:38) on Apr. 1 at New Jersey.
- Neal Pionk - 2 games away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
INJURIES (181 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
- Libor Hajek (separated shoulder) - has missed 11 games
- Jesper Fast (upper-body; out for season) - has missed seven games
- Mar. 30 - Agreed to terms with free agent forward Patrick Newell
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Apr. 2, 1927 - The Rangers played their first playoff game in franchise history, which was a 0-0 tie against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of a two-game, total-goals Semifinals series.
- Apr. 2, 1972 - Vic Hadfield registered two goals in the final game of the 1971-72 season to reach the 50-goal plateau, and he became the first player in franchise history to tally 50 goals in a season.
- Apr. 3, 1928 - The Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history by defeating the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in Game 2 of their two-game, total-goals Semifinals series.
- Apr. 3, 1937 - The Rangers advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals by defeating the Montreal Maroons, 4-0, in Game 2 of the Semifinals. Dave Kerr didn't allow a goal in the two-game series.
- Apr. 3, 1962 - Rod Gilbert tallied the first two goals of his NHL career and recorded an assist as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, in Game 4 of the Semifinals at MSG.
Adam Graves registered a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" with three points (two goals, one assist) and a fighting major, Mark Messier tallied two points (one goal, one assist), and Mike Richter stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout as the Rangers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, on February 18, 1994 at MSG.
RANGERS VS. SENATORS - 1993-94
The Rangers swept the season series against Ottawa in 1993-94, outscoring the Senators, 20-7, in the four games. Sergei Zubov led the Rangers with eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games, while Adam Graves led the Blueshirts with five goals. Mike Richter extended his unbeaten streak to a franchise-record 20 games (17-0-3 record) by earning a win in the Rangers' 6-3 victory against the Senators on December 19, 1993 at MSG. Richter broke the previous record of 19 games, which was established by Dave Kerr in 1939-40.
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