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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Senators 11.04.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. SENATORS, 7:00 pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 12th game of the 2019-20 season tonight, November 4, against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Including tonight's game, the Blueshirts will play four of their next five games at MSG. New York has won each of its last two games and has earned at least one point in four of its last five games (3-1-1 record). 

RANGERS VS. SENATORS

  • All-Time: 43-46-3-4 (19-26-0-2 at home; 24-20-3-2 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, 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 4-1 win on Oct. 5 at Ottawa. Mika Zibanejad tied a single-game career-high with four points (three goals, one assist) and registered his third career NHL hat trick in the contest. Artemi Panarin (one goal, one assist) and Pavel Buchnevich (two assists) each recorded two points in the contest, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 of 32 shots to earn the win. The Blueshirts were 2-for-3 (66.7%) on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill in the contest, and New York also tallied a shorthanded goal. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Senators will face each other on the following date: Nov. 22 (at Ottawa). 
  • New York has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of its last 16 games against the Senators. 
  • The Rangers have only allowed three power play goals in their last 12 games against Ottawa (31-for-34; 91.2%).  

RANGERS-SENATORS CONNECTIONS

  • John Davidson is a native of Ottawa, Ontario. 
  • 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. 
  • Vladislav Namestnikov played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (2017-18 - 2019-20), and he was acquired by the Senators from the Rangers on Oct. 7, 2019. 
  • Artem Anisimov played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2008-09 - 2011-12) and was selected by the Rangers in the second round (54th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. 
  • 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. 
  • 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). 
  • Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Erik Brannstrom were all selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Andersson and Brannstrom were teammates in HV71's organization in Sweden for parts of three seasons (2014-15 - 2016-17) and helped HV71 win the SHL Championship in 2016-17. In addition, the two players have represented Sweden together in several tournaments, helping their country earn a silver medal at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF U18 World Championship, and a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. 
  • Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren, Brady Tkachuk, and Logan Brown helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Fox, Lindgren, and Colin White helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.  

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. SENATORS

  • Alexandar Georgiev - 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .969 SV% - Georgiev stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced and earned a win in his only career appearance against the Senators on Oct. 5, 2019 at Ottawa. 
  • Mika Zibanejad - 7 GP, 7-2-9 - Zibanejad has recorded a goal/point in five of his seven career games against his former team. He tied a single-game career-high by recording four points (three goals, one assist) and registered his third career NHL hat trick in his last game against Ottawa on Oct. 5, 2019. 
  • Artemi Panarin - 11 GP, 3-9-12 - Panarin has posted a multi-point game in each of his last two games (one goal, three assists) and in three of his last four games (one goal, five assists) against Ottawa. 
  • Chris Kreider - 19 GP, 5-8-13 - Kreider has tallied 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games against Ottawa. 
  • Jacob Trouba - 13 GP, 0-6-6 - Trouba has recorded an assist/point in four of his last six games against the Senators (five assists).  

NOVEMBER REIGN
The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since 2005-06 (112; 112-57-11 record in November over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 39-15-2 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 two 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 11 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 11 games of a season (1976-77). The Rangers have the youngest active roster in the NHL (average age - 25.8 years old).

GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have recorded four or more goals in three of the last four games (16 goals over the span). The Blueshirts have recorded four or more goals in five of 11 games this season.
 
TEAM EFFORT

Through 11 games this season, 16 Rangers have tallied at least one goal and 20 Rangers have recorded at least one point. Over the last four games, 11 Rangers have registered at least one goal and 17 Rangers have notched at least one point. 
ON POINT Rangers defensemen have registered 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 30.9% of the team's points this season, which is the second-highest percentage in the NHL. Rangers defensemen have also recorded 25.7% of the team's goals thus far this season, which is the third-highest percentage in the league.

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT
Alexandar Georgiev has earned a win in each of the last two games, posting a 1.00 GAA and a .968 SV% (61 saves on 63 shots) in the two contests, and he has allowed one goal in each game. He is tied for fifth in the NHL (min. four appearances) in SV% this season (.933). In his five starts in 2019-20, Georgiev has posted a 3-1-1 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .940 SV%. He has made at least 30 saves in four of his five starts this season, and he has only allowed one goal in three of those five starts.

STROME SURGE
Ryan Strome enters the contest with a career-high six-game point streak (four goals, five assists), and he has posted a multi-point game in three of the last four contests. He has recorded the game-winning goal in two of the last four games. Strome is tied for the team lead in assists (seven) and points (11) this season, and he is one of two Rangers who have recorded a point in eight different games in 2019-20 (along with Artemi Panarin).

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin enters the contest with a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists), as well as a three-game assist streak. He leads the Rangers in goals (five) and is tied for the team lead in points (11) this season. He has been on the ice for 20 of the Rangers' 35 goals in 2019-20, and he has recorded a point in each of the Rangers' five wins this season.

CHYTIL-MANIA
Filip Chytil has recorded a goal in each of his first two NHL games this season. Since the start of last season, he has recorded a goal in 13 different games; only eight NHL players 20 years old or younger have tallied a goal in more games than Chytil has over the span. 

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in six of 11 games this season, and the Blueshirts have earned at least one point in five of those six contests (4-1-1 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-4 (8:00) on Nov. 2 at Nashville. 
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in two of the last three games and in six of 11 games this season.  

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-5 (8:32) on Nov. 2 at Nashville. 
  • New York has not allowed a power play goal in three of the last four games (11-for-12; 91.7% over the span). 
  • The Blueshirts are tied for seventh 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 
  • 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 
  • David Quinn - 7 games coached away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers (expected to reach milestone on Nov. 16, 2019 at Florida) 
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