WINNING WAYS - The Rangers' 27 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has earned through the first 41 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 27 wins in their first 41 games of a season five times in franchise history (1970-71, 1971-72, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 27 wins through the first 41 games were 1970-71 (28) and 1971-72 (28). New York is tied for the NHL lead in wins in 2016-17 (tied with Columbus). New York has won 11 of its last 16 contests (11-5-0), including 10 of its last 14 games (10-4-0), seven of its last 10 games (7-3-0), and four of its last five games (4-1-0).
ROAD WARRIORS - New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (14) and leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (86). The Blueshirts have earned a win in 13 of their last 17 road contests (13-4-0), including seven of their last eight road games (7-1-0).
BACK-TO-BACK - In their last 89 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 60-23-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 7-0-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17. In addition, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has earned a win in the second game of every back-to-back set this season.
BOUNCE BACK - Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 29-5-1 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted a 12-1-1 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.
30-FOR-30 - Four Rangers have tallied 30 or more points this season (Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, and Kevin Hayes). Prior to 2016-17, the last season in which the Blueshirts had four players who recorded at least 30 points at the midway point of the season was 2006-07 (Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, Michael Nylander, and Martin Straka).
THREE'S COMPANY - The Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Mats Zuccarello line registered three points (one goal, two assists) in tonight's contest, as Stepan and Zuccarello each notched an assist on Kreider's goal in the third period. The Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello line has tallied 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) over the last six games. In addition, the three players have registered 49 points - including 18 goals - in the Rangers' 17 games since Dec. 1. Zuccarello has registered an assist on 10 of Kreider's last 11 goals, dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Carolina.
GOALS GALORE - The Blueshirts lead the NHL in goals this season (141 - includes two team goals awarded for shootout wins). The Rangers have tallied four or more goals in five of the last six games, recording 26 goals over the span (4.33 goals per game).
TWO GOOD - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 26 of 41 games this season and have posted a 22-3-1 record in those 26 contests.
FLYING HIGH - The Rangers have earned a win in five consecutive games against Philadelphia (dating back to Jan. 16, 2016). The Blueshirts have also earned at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games against the Flyers, dating back to Mar. 26, 2014 (9-2-1 record over the span).
FINISHING THE JOB - The Rangers have posted a 17-1-0 record in games which they have held a lead entering the third period this season. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, New York has posted a 184-4-8 record when entering the third period with a lead.
FIRST IN SCORE - New York has registered the first goal of the game in 23 of 41 games in 2016-17. The Rangers have posted a 17-5-1 record in games which they have recorded the first goal this season. Since Alain Vigneault became the Rangers' Head Coach at the start of the 2013-14 season, the Rangers have posted a .792 winning percentage when registering the first goal of the game (122-21-11 record over the span).
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Kevin Hayes tied a single-game career-high with two goals and posted a plus-three rating. Hayes posted a multi-goal game for the second time in his NHL career (he also did so on Nov. 15, 2016 at Vancouver). He has registered a point in four of the last five games, tallying seven points (two goals, five assists) over the span. In addition, Hayes has notched 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the last 14 contests. Hayes is tied for the team lead in games with a point this season (21), and the Rangers have posted a 20-1-0 record in games which Hayes has recorded a point this season, including an 11-0-0 record in games which he has recorded a goal.
Henrik Lundqvistmade 30 saves in tonight's contest to earn his 17th win of the season. The Rangers' all-time wins and shutouts leader has made at least 30 saves in seven games this season; he has posted a 6-1-0 record, along with a 1.70 GAA, a .952 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last five appearances against the Flyers, posting a 1.75 GAA and a .944 SV% in those games. Since Mar. 6, 2011, Lundqvist has posted a 19-3-1 record, along with a 1.81 GAA, a .942 SV%, and 2 SO in 23 appearances against the Flyers. Lundqvist has started both ends of a back-to-back set 77 times in his NHL career; he has posted a 49-21-7 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO in the second game of those back-to-back sets. Lundqvist appeared in his 713th career NHL game in tonight's contest, tying Andy Moog for 23rd place on the NHL's all-time appearances list.
Michael Grabnerrecorded three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and tied a single-game career-high with a plus-four rating. He has recorded an assist/point in two of the last three games (two goals, two assists). Thus far in 2016-17, 22 of Grabner's 23 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal. In addition, Grabner has registered 14 of his last 15 points on the road. Grabner leads the Rangers in even strength goals (16) and is tied for the team lead in goals (16) in 2016-17. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Grabner ranks third in the NHL in even strength goals this season, only trailing Sidney Crosby and Patrik Laine.
Alain Vigneault earned his 171st career win as the Rangers' Head Coach in tonight's contest, tying John Tortorella for fourth place on the franchise's all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault has now earned 593 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he has coached 1,093 career games in his NHL career.
J.T. Miller tallied two assists and posted a plus-two rating. Miller extended his point streak to four games, establishing a new career-high (three goals, four assists over the span). He is tied for the team lead in games with a point this season (21), and the Rangers have posted a 19-2-0 record in games which he has recorded a point this season.
Chris Kreider registered a goal and led the Rangers with four shots on goal in the contest. As of the conclusion of tonight's game, Kreider is tied for second in the NHL in goals since Dec. 1 (12), and he is tied for the team lead in goals this season (16). He has registered 17 points (12 goals, five assists) in the last 17 games, including 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in the last eight contests and nine points (seven goals, two assists) in the last six games.
Derek Stepan tallied an assist and recorded three shots on goal. He leads the Rangers in points (31) and primary assists (16) this season. Stepan has recorded 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in the last 23 games, including 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in the last 17 contests and 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last eight games.
Mats Zuccarello notched an assist in tonight's contest. He has registered an assist/point in seven of the last eight games, recording 10 assists over the span. In addition, Zuccarello has tallied 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in the last 16 games. He leads the Rangers in even strength assists (18) and even strength points (24) this season.
Brady Skjei notched an assist and established a single-game career-high with a plus-three rating in 19:44 of ice time. He ranks second among Rangers defensemen in assists (16) and even strength assists (13) this season. Skjei is the first Rangers rookie who has registered at least 16 assists in the first 41 games of a season since Brian Leetch did so during his Calder Trophy-winning season in 1988-89.
Dan Girardi registered an assist, led the team with five hits, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating in 23:22 of ice time. He has tallied 27 assists in his career against Philadelphia, which is more than he has recorded against any other NHL team in his career.