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Pregame Notes: Rangers vs. Wild 11.25.19

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

RANGERS vs. WILD, 7pm
Madison Square Garden
MSG Network, 98.7 FM

GAME DAY
The Rangers play their 22nd game of the 2019-20 season tonight, November 25, against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of the last nine games (5-3-1 record), in eight of the last 12 games (7-4-1 record), and in 10 of the last 15 games (8-5-2 record).

RANGERS VS. WILD

  • All-Time: 14-12-0-0 (7-5-0-0 at home; 7-7-0-0 on the road) 
  • 2019-20: Tonight's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Wild, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Wild will face each other on the following date: Feb. 13 (at Minnesota). 
  • 2018-19: The Rangers posted a 0-2-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road). Pavel Buchnevich tallied a goal in both games. 
  • Six of the last 13 meetings between New York and Minnesota, and 11 of 26 all-time meetings between the two teams, have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-WILD CONNECTIONS

  • Mats Zuccarello played parts of nine seasons with the Rangers (2010-11 - 2011-12; 2012-13 - 2018-19) and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14. He is a three-time winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (2013-14, 2015 16, 2016-17) and ranks 15th on the Rangers' all-time assists list. He has not played a game against the Rangers in his NHL career. 
  • Eric Staal played part of one season with the Rangers (2015-16). 
  • Marc Staal and Eric Staal are brothers. Marc and Eric, along with their brother, Jordan, are the only trio of brothers in the history of the NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA who were all selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft. 
  • Ryan Donato is the son of Ted Donato, who played one season with the Rangers (2002-03). 
  • Brady Skjei is a native of Lakeville, Minnesota, and he grew up as a Wild fan (the first jersey he bought as a kid was a Marian Gaborik Minnesota Wild jersey). His uncle, Barry Karn, has worked as a skating coach with the Wild. Skjei played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota (2012-13 - 2014-15) and played high school hockey at Lakeville North High School. 
  • Ryan Lindgren is a native of Burnsville, Minnesota; the Wild were his favorite team growing up, and his favorite player was Ryan Suter. Lindgren played two seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota (2016-17 and 2017-18). In addition, he played three seasons at Shattuck St. Mary's (2011-12 - 2013-14). 
  • Marcus Foligno's Great-Uncle-in-Law is Rangers legend Ed Giacomin. 
  • David Quinn was Jordan Greenway's Head Coach at Boston University for three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18). 
  • Adam Fox and Ryan Donato were teammates at Harvard University for two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18). In addition, Fox's Head Coach at Harvard for all three seasons he was at the school (2016-17 - 2018-19) was Ryan Donato's father, Ted Donato. Fox was a First Team All-American for all three seasons at the school, and he and Ryan Donato were First Team All-Americans in 2017-18. 
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Mikko Koivu have played against each other in several international tournaments with Sweden and Finland, respectively, including the 2006 Winter Olympics (Sweden defeated Finland in the Gold Medal Game) and the 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, as well as the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2001 and 2002. In addition, Lundqvist and Koivu are two of nine players who have played with one NHL team for all of the last 15 seasons (2005-06 - 2019-20); the others are Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Dustin Brown (Los Angeles), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), and Brent Seabrook (Chicago). 
  • Kaapo Kakko and Mikko Koivu both played for the same organization in Finland prior to beginning their North American careers (TPS). Koivu is also a minority owner of TPS, and was a minority owner while Kakko played in the organization prior to joining the Rangers this season.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. WILD

  • Artemi Panarin - 13 GP, 4-8-12 - Panarin has registered a point in each of his last five games against Minnesota (four goals, five assists), including a goal in each of his last three contests against the Wild (three goals). 
  • Jacob Trouba - 22 GP, 2-6-8 - Trouba has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 12 games against the Wild. 
  • Brendan Smith - 11 GP, 2-5-7 - Smith's seven points against the Wild are tied for the most points he has registered against one NHL opponent thus far in his career. 
  • Chris Kreider - 11 GP, 4-2-6 - Kreider has registered four points (three goals, one assist) in his last six games against Minnesota. 
  • Pavel Buchnevich - 4 GP, 2-1-3 - Buchnevich has recorded a goal/point in each of the last two games against Minnesota. 

RESILIENT RANGERS
The Rangers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Montreal, 6-5, on Nov. 23. According to NHL Stats and Information, the Rangers rallied from a four-goal deficit or larger to win a game for the fourth time in franchise history (also on Dec. 26, 1991 at Washington - five-goal deficit; Nov. 21, 1986 at Vancouver - four-goal deficit; Nov. 9, 1984 vs. NY Islanders - four-goal deficit).

WINNING WAYS
The Rangers have earned nine of their 10 wins this season in regulation. The Blueshirts are tied for eighth in the NHL in regulation wins this season.

YOUTH SERVED
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has had eight players 21 years old or younger appear in at least one game in 2019-20. At least one Ranger who is 21 years old or younger has notched a point on 23 of the team's last 27 goals (dating back to the Rangers' third goal on Nov. 7 at Carolina), and 12 of those goals have been scored by a player who is 21 years old or younger (Chytil - 5; Kakko - 3; Fox - 2; Lindgren - 1; Howden - 1).

GOALS GALORE
The Blueshirts tied a single-game season-high with six goals on Nov. 23 at Montreal. The Rangers have registered three or more goals in eight of the last nine games, in 11 of the last 14 games, and in 13 of 21 games this season. New York ranks ninth in the NHL in goals per game this season (3.38).

HOME SWEET HOME
New York enters the contest with a four-game point streak at home (3-0-1 record). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in seven of their last nine home games (5-2-2 record).

ON POINT
Rangers defensemen have tallied 58 points (17 goals, 41 assists) in 2019-20. The 17 goals by Rangers defensemen this season are the second-most in the NHL, and their 58 points are tied for the fourth-most in the league.

STATE OF THE ART-EMI
Artemi Panarin has tallied a point in 13 of the last 14 games (eight goals, 13 assists) and in 17 of 21 games this season (12 goals, 15 assists). In addition, he has posted a multi-point game in seven of the last nine contests (six goals, nine assists over the span), and his 15 points since Nov. 6 are tied for the fourth-most in the NHL over the span. Panarin has recorded 27 points this season, which is tied for 13th in the NHL and is the most by any NHL player who changed teams between the end of last season and the start of this season. Panarin has tallied a point in each of the 10 games the Rangers have won this season. He has recorded 27 points (15 goals, 12 assists) in 18 career games at MSG and has notched at least one point in 16 of the 18 games.

KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist has earned 454 wins in his NHL career and is one win away from passing Curtis Joseph for sole possession of fifth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. He has made 30 or more saves in each of his last two appearances and in five of his last six starts.

HENR1K
Lundqvist has made 998 career appearances (regular-season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. He is two 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).

SPECIAL TEAMS
The Rangers have either outscored their opponent on special teams or tied their opponent in special teams scoring in 11 of 21 games this season and have earned at least one point in 10 of those 11 games (8-1-2 record).

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (5:26) on Nov. 23 at Montreal.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in five of the last 10 games, in seven of the last 13 games, and in 11 of 21 games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 5-for-5 (9:59) and tallied a shorthanded goal on Nov. 23 at Montreal.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (four).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 2 appearances away from 1,000 (regular-season and playoffs combined) in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Filip Chytil - 4 games away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Brady Skjei - 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
  • Brendan Smith - 4 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brendan Lemieux - 8 games away from 100 in his NHL career
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