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Rangers at Ducks 3.26.17: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017, 9:00 p.m. ET
Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
Rangers: 46-25-4 (96 pts)
Ducks: 40-23-11 (91 pts)
The Rangers play their 76th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Mar. 26, against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (9:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of the last five games, five of the last seven games, and seven of the last 10 contests. The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 25 games (15-7-3), as well as 18 of their last 30 contests (18-9-3). The Rangers have posted a 46-25-4 record this season.


  • All-Time: 15-15-1-1 (9-7-1-0 at home; 6-8-0-1 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tonight's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Ducks, and the only meeting between the two teams in Anaheim. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record this season (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and defeated the Ducks, 4-1, on Feb. 7 at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 of 44 shots he faced to earn the win, and Michael Grabner registered two goals in the contest.
  • The Rangers have won each of their last five games against Anaheim, dating back to Jan. 7, 2015. The Blueshirts' five-game winning/point streak against the Ducks is the longest they have posted since the two teams began playing against each other during the 1993-94 season.
  • The Rangers have outscored the Ducks, 20-7, in the last five games between the two teams.
  • Five of the last nine games between New York and Anaheim have been decided by one goal.
  • The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 13 games against the Ducks, dating back to Dec. 16, 2008 (9-3-1).


  • Brandon Pirri played part of one season with Anaheim (2015-16).
  • Rick Nash and Jared Boll were teammates with the Columbus Blue Jackets for five seasons (2007-08 - 2011-12). In addition, Nash, Boll, and Antoine Vermette were all teammates with Columbus for parts of four seasons (2008-09 - 2011-12).
  • Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler were coached by Alain Vigneault for seven seasons with the Vancouver Canucks (2006-07 - 2012-13).
  • J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, and John Gibson helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • J.T. Miller (born in East Palestine, Ohio) and John Gibson (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) both played for the Pittsburgh Hornets in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL), were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11), and won a gold medal representing the United States at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge and at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championship.
  • J.T. Miller and Rickard Rakell were teammates with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season (2011-12). Miller and Rakell each tallied 62 points during the season.
  • Rick Nash and Corey Perry were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season (2001-02). In addition, Nash, Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf helped Canada win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014.
  • Mika Zibanejad and Rickard Rakell helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. In addition, Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg, and Rakell all represented Sweden at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brendan Smith and Patrick Eaves were teammates with Detroit for parts of three seasons (2011-12 - 2013-14), although both players did not appear in the same game with the Red Wings during the 2011-12 season.
  • Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg were teammates with Ottawa for one season (2012-13).
  • Michael Grabner and Jonathan Bernier were teammates with the Maple Leafs for one season (2015-16).
  • Brandon Pirri and Logan Shaw were teammates with the Panthers for part of one season (2015-16).
  • Adam Clendening was acquired by the Ducks on Jan. 16, 2016, but he did not skate in a game with Anaheim. 


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 11 GP, 6-4-1, 2.33 GAA, .917 SV% - Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last three appearances against Anaheim, posting a 1.31 GAA and a .955 SV% (84 saves on 88 shots) in the three contests.
  • Rick Nash - 39 GP, 19-17-36 - Nash has registered a point in 14 of his last 18 games against the Ducks, tallying 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) over the span.
  • J.T. Miller - 5 GP, 1-6-7 - Miller has recorded a point in four of five career games against the Ducks, and he has posted three multi-point games in the five contests.
  • Mika Zibanejad - 6 GP, 3-2-5 - Zibanejad has registered a point in four of six career games against Anaheim.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 9 GP, 3-3-6 - Zuccarello has tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last five games against Anaheim.
  • Nick Holden - 10 GP, 1-5-6 - Holden has recorded a point in three of his last four games against Anaheim (one goal, three assists).

The Rangers' "magic number" to clinch a playoff berth is currently two (two points either gained by the Rangers or not gained by the Islanders), and the Rangers would clinch a berth in the 2017 NHL Playoffs by earning a win tonight. Entering 2016-17, the Rangers reached the playoffs in each of the previous six seasons (since 2010-11) and in 10 of the previous 11 seasons (since 2005-06).
The Rangers have seven regular season games remaining in the 2016-17 season. The Blueshirts' final seven regular season games this season include three home games and four road games and four contests against Metropolitan Division opponents.
The Rangers lead the NHL in road wins this season (27) and since the start of the 2013-14 season (99). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 road games (8-1-1), 12 of their last 15 road contests (12-2-1), and 20 of their last 25 road games (20-4-1). The Rangers' 27 road wins in 2016-17 are the second-most in one season in franchise history, and the only season in which the Blueshirts earned more than 27 road wins was 2014-15 (28). The Rangers' 27 road wins this season are also tied for the fifth-most any NHL team has earned in one season in league history.








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 *The Rangers' 28 road wins in 2014-15 are a single-season franchise record and are tied for the most any Eastern Conference team has earned in one season in NHL history

The Rangers have posted a 10-4-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set thus far this season. In their last 96 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 63-27-6 record in the second game of the set. The Blueshirts are concluding an eight-game stretch comprised of four consecutive back-to-back sets. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers are the first NHL team in seven years to play eight straight games that are part of four consecutive back-to-back sets (Carolina - Nov. 28, 2010 - Dec. 16, 2010).
The Rangers' 46 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the eighth-most in one season in franchise history (New York also earned 46 wins last season). The Blueshirts are tied for fourth in the NHL in wins this season. In addition, the Rangers rank third in the NHL - and lead the Eastern Conference - in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (190). The Rangers' 190 wins since 2013-14 are the most in any four-season span in franchise history.
New York has posted a 21-5-0 record in games against Western Conference opponents this season, including an 11-1-0 record against teams in the Pacific Division. The Rangers lead all Eastern Conference teams in wins against teams in the Western Conference in 2016-17 and have earned at least one win against all 14 Western Conference teams this season.
Alain Vigneault enters tonight's contest with 612 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he is one win away from tying Jacques Martin for 14th place on the league's all-time wins list among head coaches.
Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 12-5-1 record, along with a 2.26 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 19 appearances. Lundqvist earned his 30th win of the 2016-17 season and his 404th career NHL win on Mar. 7 at Florida. He is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 30 wins in 11 of his first 12 seasons, and he is only the third goaltender in NHL history who has registered 30 or more wins in at least 11 different seasons (Brodeur - 14; Roy - 13). Lundqvist is three wins away from tying Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL's all-time wins list. By earning his 404th career NHL win, Lundqvist passed Martin Brodeur for the most wins by a goaltender in his first 12 seasons in NHL history.
Derek Stepan tallied his 50th point of the 2016-17 season last night at Anaheim. He has recorded at least 50 points in four consecutive seasons and in five seasons in his career. Over the last 25 seasons (since 1991-92), the only Rangers who have posted more 50-point seasons than Stepan are Brian Leetch (eight), Mark Messier (seven), and Adam Graves (six).
Rick Nash is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 20 goals in 12 different seasons since 2003-04 (Alex Ovechkin). He enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak and he ranks third on the Rangers in goals this season (21).
Dan Girardi was selected as the Rangers' nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2016-17 by the New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). Since he made his NHL debut on Jan. 27, 2007, Girardi leads the NHL in blocked shots (1,676).
Ryan McDonagh is one of three NHL defensemen who have recorded at least 40 points and a plus-20 rating in 2016-17. He leads team defensemen in assists (34) and points (40) in 2016-17, and he has posted two 40-point seasons in his NHL career (2013-14 and 2016-17). McDonagh is one of 11 defensemen in franchise history who have tallied at least 40 points in two or more seasons.
Mats Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists (39), points (54), and even strength assists (32) this season, and he is the first Ranger who has registered at least 32 even strength assists in one season since Michael Nylander in 2006-07. Zuccarello has registered a point in six of the last seven games, tallying eight points (three goals, five assists) over the span. He is one assist away from tying his career-high (40; 2013-14). Zuccarello has tallied 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 26 games against Western Conference opponents this season.
Brady Skjei is one of four defensemen who have recorded at least 30 assists in his rookie season in franchise history (along with Leetch, Ruotsalainen, and Greschner). He has registered 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and a plus-13 rating in the last 30 games.
Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:48) last night at Los Angeles.
  • The Blueshirts are 8-for-23 (34.8%) on the power play over the last eight games (since Mar. 9) and rank second in the NHL in power play efficiency over the span.
  • New York ranks third in the NHL in power play efficiency on the road this season (22.9%; 25-for-109).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-3 (4:44) last night at Los Angeles.
  • The Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (nine). 


  • Brandon Pirri - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Nick Holden - 4 games away from 300 in his NHL career 

INJURIES (186 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • None


  • Mar. 23 - Assigned Magnus Hellberg to Hartford (AHL); Agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Chris Nell 


  • Mar. 26, 1929 - In Game 2 of the Semifinals against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Frank Boucher registered the game-winning goal at 2:03 of overtime to help the Rangers win the game, 2-1, and the series, two-games-to-none, to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
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