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Rangers at Devils 3.21.17: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT - Three Rangers rookies (Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, and Pavel Buchnevich) have tallied at least 20 points this season. Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had three rookies who registered 20 or more points in the same season was 1999-00 (Mike York, Jan Hlavac, and Kim Johnsson).
  • POINT TAKEN - New York has earned at least one point in each of its last three games, in four of its last five contests, and in six of its last eight games.
  • ROAD WARRIORS - The Rangers have earned at least one point in 27 of 36 road games this season (26-9-1 record).
  • POWER SURGE - The Blueshirts were 1-for-2 on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have recorded at least one power play goal in four of the last six games, tallying six power play goals over the span (6-for-17; 35.3%).
  • ON POINT - A Blueshirts defenseman recorded an assist/point on each of the team's two goals in tonight's game. Rangers defensemen have tallied 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) over the last 19 games, and a Blueshirts defenseman has notched a point on 21 of the team's last 33 goals.
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 17 of the last 28 games and in 43 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 36-4-3 record in those 43 contests in 2016-17.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 40 shots on goal in tonight's contest, including 17 shots on goal in the third period, and 16 of 18 skaters were credited with at least one shot on goal in the contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 12 of the last 16 games, in 18 of the last 25 contests, and in 23 of the last 32 games. In addition, the Rangers have registered at least 40 shots on goal in six games this season.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - New York tied a single-game season-high with 43 faceoff wins in tonight's game (43-for-70; 61.4%). The Rangers have won at least 50.0% of faceoffs taken in each of the last four games and have won at least 60.0% of faceoffs taken in three of the last four contests.
  • WORKING OVERTIME - Six of the Rangers' last 15 games, including two of their last three contests, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • CLOSE CALL - Since Jan. 7, 20 of the Rangers' 32 games have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of the last 17 games they have played which were decided by one goal (12-2-3 record over the span).

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Oscar Lindberg registered a goal, won 10 of 13 faceoffs (76.9%), recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. Lindberg has registered a goal/point in each of the last two games (two goals, one assist) and has recorded 11 points (six goals, five assists) in the last 21 games.
  • Rick Nash recorded a power play goal and registered two shots on goal in 17:40 of ice time. Nash is tied for the team lead in power play goals this season (six). He has registered a point in seven of the last 16 games (three goals, four assists), and he ranks fourth on the Rangers in goals in 2016-17 (19). Nash is one goal away from recording 20 or more goals in a season for the 12th time in his 14-season NHL career.
  • Brady Skjei registered a power play assist, recorded two shots on goal, and was credited with two hits in 20:02 of ice time. Skjei tallied his 30th assist of the 2016-17 season in tonight's contest. He is the fourth Rangers defenseman who has recorded at least 30 assists in his rookie season in franchise history, joining Brian Leetch (48 - 1988-89), Reijo Ruotsalainen (38 - 1981-82), and Ron Greschner (37 - 1974-75) as the only defensemen to accomplish the feat. In addition, Skjei is the first Ranger (forward or defenseman) who has tallied at least 30 assists in his rookie season since Tony Amonte in 1991-92. He has notched 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in the last 28 games, including nine points (two goals, seven assists) in the last 17 contests.
  • Pavel Buchnevich tallied an assist, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He has notched an assist/point in each of the last two games (two assists). In addition, Buchnevich has recorded an assist/point in three of his last four games (three assists), and he has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in his last nine contests.
  • Ryan McDonagh recorded an assist in 21:40 of ice time. The Rangers captain has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in the last eight games and 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 23 contests. McDonagh leads Rangers defensemen in assists (34) and points (39) in 2016-17, and he is one point away from posting the second 40-point season of his NHL career (2013-14; 43).
  • Kevin Hayes notched a power play assist, registered five shots on goal, and won nine of 17 faceoffs (52.9%). Hayes tallied his 30th assist of the season in tonight's contest, and he has reached the 30-assist plateau for the first time in his NHL career. In addition, Hayes added to his career-high in points this season (47). He leads the Rangers in points on the road in 2016-17 (28; 11 goals, 17 assists). Since the start of Hayes' NHL career, 105 of his 128 career points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal (57 of his 80 career assists have been primary assists). The Rangers have posted a 29-2-1 record in games which he has registered a point this season.
  • Alain Vigneault coached his 319th career game as the Rangers' Head Coach in tonight's contest, tying John Tortorella for fifth place on the franchise's all-time games coached list. The only head coaches who coached more games with the Rangers than Vigneault are Emile Francis (654), Lester Patrick (604), Frank Boucher (527), and Tom Renney (327).
  • Mika Zibanejad tied a single-game career-high with eight shots on goal and led all skaters with 12 faceoff wins (12-for-19; 63.2%) in 17:20 of ice time. He has won 45 of 68 faceoffs he has taken over the last four games (66.2% faceoff win percentage over the span).
  • Nick Holden was credited with three hits while skating in a game-high, 23:06 of ice time in tonight's contest.
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