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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Stars 02.03.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Madison Square Garden
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The Rangers play their 51st game of the 2019-20 season and begin a four-game homestand tonight, February 3, against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden. Tonight's contest is the Blueshirts' 7,000th all-time game (regular-season and playoffs combined) in franchise history. The Rangers have won each of the last two games, four of the last six games (4-2-0 record), and six of the last nine games (6-3-0 record).


  • All-Time*: 75-42-22-3 (40-19-11-2 at home; 35-23-11-1 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Minnesota North Stars from 1967-68 - 1992-93
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Stars, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Stars will face each other on the following date: Mar. 10 (at Dallas).
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Each contest was decided by one goal. The Rangers only allowed two goals in the season series, allowing one goal in each game. Blueshirts goaltenders posted a .959 SV% (47 saves on 49 shots) in the two contests.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 15 contests against the Stars (8-5-2 record).
  • Each of the last five meetings, and 12 of the last 14 games, between the Rangers and Stars have been decided by one goal.


  • David Quinn was selected by the Minnesota North Stars in the first round (13th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Lindy Ruff served as the Stars Head Coach for four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17).
  • David Oliver played parts of three seasons with Dallas (2002-03 - 2005-06).
  • Brendan Lemieux's father, Claude Lemieux, played part of one season with the Stars (2002-03).
  • Stars Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations Sergei Zubov played three seasons with the Rangers (1992-93 - 1994-95) and helped the Blueshirts win the Stanley Cup in 1993-94.


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 15 GP, 9-6-0, 2.27 GAA, .926 SV% - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 12 of his 15 career appearances against Dallas.
  • Jacob Trouba - 21 GP, 3-10-13 - Trouba's 13 career points against the Stars are tied for the most he has registered against one opponent in his NHL career. He has notched an assist/point in five of his last seven games against Dallas (six assists).
  • Ryan Strome - 13 GP, 2-6-8 - Strome has recorded a point in six of 13 career games against the Stars.

The Rangers will play 15 games in February this season. The Blueshirts' 15 games in February this season are tied for the most the team has played in the month in one season in franchise history (the Rangers also played 15 games in February in 1955-56).

The Rangers have earned a win in six of their last eight home games, dating back to Dec. 22 at Anaheim (6-2-0 record), and have outscored their opponents, 34-20, in the eight contests. The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 12 of their last 18 home games (11-6-1 record).

The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of the last 14 games, as well as five or more goals in seven of the last 16 games. The Blueshirts rank 10th in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.26).

New York has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last two games, in five of the last six games, in six of the last 10 contests, and in 21 different games this season. The Rangers have posted an 18-3-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game in 2019-20.

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 137 points (38 goals, 99 assists) in 2019-20. Blueshirts defensemen have recorded more goals and more points than defensemen from any other team this season.

The Rangers have outshot their opponents, 112-76, over the last three games (37.3 shots on goal per game and 25.3 shots on goal against per game over the span). The Blueshirts have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last four games and in 31 of 50
games this season.

The Blueshirts have only been shorthanded five times over the last four games and have not been shorthanded more than twice in a game over the span. The Rangers were not assessed a penalty on Jan. 31 vs. Detroit; prior to the contest, the last time the Rangers played a game in which they were not assessed a penalty was on Apr. 9, 2017 vs. Pittsburgh.

Henrik Lundqvist earned his 10th win and his first shutout of the 2019-20 season, as well as the 459th win and 64th shutout of his NHL career, on Feb. 1 at Detroit. Lundqvist's 459 career wins and 883 career appearances with the Rangers are both the second-most a goaltender has earned with one franchise in NHL history. He is one of two goaltenders in NHL history who have registered 10 or more
wins in each of their first 15 seasons (along with Chris Osgood).

Artemi Panarin recorded his 70th point of the season on Jan. 31 vs. Detroit. According to NHL Stats and Information, he became the first player to register 70 or more points within his first 48 career games as a Ranger in franchise history. Also according to NHL Stats and Information, the only players who required fewer than 48 games to tally their 70th point of a season in franchise history are Jean
Ratelle (39 games in 1971-72), Rod Gilbert (47 games in 1971-72), and Jaromir Jagr (47 games in 2005-06). Panarin has tallied 70 or more points in each of his five NHL seasons, and he is one of three undrafted players in league history who have recorded at least 70 points in each of their first five seasons (along with Wayne Gretzky and Peter Stastny). He is the only NHL player who has recorded 70
or more points and a plus-20 rating or better in 2019-20. In addition, Panarin is one of three NHL players (and the only winger) who have registered 70 or more points and have been assessed 15 or fewer penalty minutes in 2019-20 (Draisaitl and MacKinnon). He leads the NHL in even strength points (53), even strength assists (32), 5-on-5 points (46), and 5-on-5 assists (29) this season, and he
also leads NHL forwards in plus/minus rating (plus-23) in 2019-20. Panarin's plus-26 on-ice even strength goal differential is also the third-best in the NHL this season. He has recorded a point in 23 of the Rangers' 25 wins this season, as well as a goal in 15 of the team's 25 wins. Panarin has notched an assist/point in six of his last eight games (five goals, 10 assists), and he has posted a multipoint game in five of his last six contests at MSG (six goals, 10 assists in the six games at MSG).

Mika Zibanejad enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, four assists) and has recorded a goal in each of the last two games. He has posted a multi-assist/point game in two of the last three contests. In addition, Zibanejad has posted a multi-point game in three of the last five contests (three goals, five assists) and in five of the last nine games (four goals, eight assists).

Adam Fox skated in his 50th career NHL game on Feb. 1 at Detroit. Over the last 40 seasons (since 1979-80), Fox is one of only three Rangers rookie defensemen who have tallied at least 28 points in their first 50 career NHL games (Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov). 

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