ON POINT - Two Rangers defensemen (Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei) have tallied 11 or more assists through the first 18 games of one season for the first time since 1993-94 (Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov). In addition, three Rangers defensemen (McDonagh, Skjei, and Nick Holden) have recorded eight or more assists through the first 18 games of one season for the first time since 1996-97 (Leetch, Bruce Driver, and Alexander Karpovtsev).
KILL ZONE - New York was 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in six of the last seven games, and have killed off 19 of their opponents' last 20 power play opportunities (over an eight-game stretch), dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Edmonton (95.0% over the span).
SHUTTING THE DOOR - The Rangers limited their opponent to fewer than 30 shots on goal for the 11th time in 18 games this season. In addition, New York has held its opponent to fewer than 25 shots on goal in five games in 2016-17.
Michael Grabner tallied a goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals (11) and plus/minus rating (plus-17), and he is tied for second in the NHL in goals (11) this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Ranger prior to Grabner who registered 11 or more even strength goals through the team's first 18 games of one season was Rod Gilbert in 1971-72 (13 goals). Over the last 20 seasons (since 1996-97), Grabner is one of six Rangers who have registered 11 or more goals in the team's first 18 games of one season (Rick Nash - 2014-15; Marian Gaborik - 2009-10; Brendan Shanahan - 2006-07; Jaromir Jagr - 2005-06; Theo Fleury - 2000-01). He is also one of six NHL players who have tallied at least 11 even strength goals through the first 18 games of one season since 2005-06 (Alex Steen - 2013-14; Rick Nash - 2010-11; Alex Ovechkin - 2009-10; Alex Semin - 2008-09; Simon Gagner - 2005-06). All of Grabner's 14 points thus far this season have been primary points (a goal or the primary assist on a goal).
Mika Zibanejad tallied a goal in the contest. He has registered a point in four of the last five games, recording five points (two goals, three assists) over the span. Zibanejad has notched a point in 11 of 18 games this season.
Brady Skjei recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 19:34 of ice time. Skjei has registered nine assists/points in the last 10 games, as well as 10 assists/points in the last 13 games. Skjei is tied for second among NHL defensemen - and is tied for the team lead - in assists in 2016-17 (11).
Nick Holden tallied an assist in 17:50 of ice time. He has registered an assist/point in each of the last two games (one goal, two assists) and has recorded eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last 10 games.
Ryan McDonagh led the Rangers with 24:02 of ice time. The Rangers captain has led the team in ice time in every game thus far this season.
Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots and posted a plus-one rating in 19:38 of ice time. Girardi has registered at least three blocked shots in each of the last six games, including four or more blocked shots in five of those contests (24 blocked shots over the span.