NEW YORK RANGERS at CAROLINA HURRICANES
Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, 7:30 p.m. ET
PNC Arena - Raleigh, NC
Rangers: 5-2-0 (10 pts)
Hurricanes: 1-3-2 (4 pts)
The Rangers play their eighth game of the 2016-17 season tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena (7:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter the contest with a three-game winning streak and have posted a 5-2-0 record this season.
RANGERS VS. HURRICANES
- All-Time*: 73-50-7-2 (44-17-4-2 at home; 29-33-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 - 1996-97
- 2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Raleigh. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers and Hurricanes will play against each other on the following dates: Nov. 29 (at MSG), Dec. 3 (at MSG), Mar. 9 (at Carolina).
- 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 3-1-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). The Rangers outscored the Hurricanes, 14-8, in the season series, including 6-1 in the first period of the four games. New York was 3-for-10 on the power play (30.0%) and 11-for-12 on the penalty kill (91.7%). Ryan McDonagh, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, and Mats Zuccarello each registered two goals and three points during the season series, while Derek Stepan (three assists) and Jesper Fast (one goal, two assists) also tallied three points in four games. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.02 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 1 SO in four appearances.
- The Rangers have won 19 of their last 21 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (19-2-0 record over the span). New York has also won nine of its last 10 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (9-1-0).
- The Blueshirts have recorded three or more goals in each of their last six games against the Hurricanes (21 goals over the span) and have outscored Carolina, 21-11, in the six contests.
- Marc Staal and Jordan Staal are brothers. Marc and Jordan, along with their brother, Eric, 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.
- Viktor Stalberg played one season with the Rangers (2015-16).
- Lee Stempniak played with the Rangers for part of one season (2014-15).
- The Rangers selected Jesper Fast in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Blueshirts acquired the 157th overall pick in a trade with the Hurricanes.
- Antti Raanta and Bryan Bickell were teammates with the Blackhawks for parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15). Raanta and Teuvo Teravainen were also teammates with Chicago.
- Brett Pesce is a native of Tarrytown, NY.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES
- Henrik Lundqvist - 34 GP, 23-10-1, 2.09 GAA, .916 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has posted a 15-3-0 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 18 appearances against the Hurricanes, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011.
- Mats Zuccarello - 19 GP, 3-15-18 - Zuccarello has registered a point in 12 of his last 13 games against Carolina, dating back to Nov. 2, 2013 (two goals, 12 assists over the span).
- Derek Stepan - 22 GP, 8-12-20 - Stepan has tallied 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his last 14 games against the Hurricanes.
- Mika Zibanejad - 13 GP, 3-5-8 - Zibanejad has notched a point in seven of his last 10 games against Carolina (three goals, five assists).
- Ryan McDonagh - 21 GP, 5-8-13 - McDonagh has recorded a point in six of his last eight games against the Hurricanes (three goals, three assists).
- Brandon Pirri - 6 GP, 2-2-4 - Pirri has tallied a point in four of his last five games against Carolina (two goals, two assists).
The Rangers have tallied 27 goals in their first seven games this season (3.86 goals per game). The Blueshirts are tied for the NHL lead in goals per game this season. In addition, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in goal differential in 2016-17 (plus-nine). The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams that have nine different players who have registered two or more goals in 2016-17. The Rangers have registered at least 27 goals in the first seven games of a season for the first time since 2009-10.
During their current three-game winning streak, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 11-1, in the second and third period (7-1 in the second period, 4-0 in the third period). New York has recorded 22 of its 27 goals this season in either the second period or third period (11 goals in the second period and 11 goals in the third period), and the Blueshirts have posted a plus-eight goal differential in the second period through the first seven contests of the season (11-3).
The Blueshirts are tied for third in the NHL in wins in 2016-17 (five). Over the last two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17), New York has posted a 12-4-2 record in 18 games in October.
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has nine players who have tallied at least five points this season.
The Rangers have outshot their opponents, 219-181, through the first seven games this season (31.3 shots on goal per game; 25.9 shots on goal against per game). The Blueshirts are tied for fifth in the NHL in shots on goal against per game and are tied for sixth in the NHL in shots on goal per game this season.
HOT AT THE DOT
The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season (51.5%; 217-for-421). The Rangers have won over half of the faceoffs they have taken in both the offensive zone (53.7%; 72-for-134) and the defensive zone (51.9%; 69-for-133) in 2016-17.
New York is tied for second in the NHL - and leads the Eastern Conference - in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (73; 73-43-9 record in 125 games over the span).
The Blueshirts have won 30 of the last 31 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (30-1-0). The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last four games and lead the NHL in games with two or fewer goals allowed since the start of the 2013-14 season (144).
Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (462). With his next win, Vigneault, who has earned 149 career wins as the Rangers' head coach, would become the sixth head coach in franchise history to earn 150 wins with the Rangers (along with Emile Francis, Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher, John Tortorella, and Tom Renney).
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a five-game assist/point streak (six assists over the span), and his five-game assist streak is his career-high. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last Rangers defenseman who posted a six-game assist streak was Brian Leetch (Dec. 15 - Dec. 28, 2001). McDonagh is tied for fifth in the NHL - and is tied for first among NHL defensemen - in assists this season (six). In addition, the Rangers captain ranks second in the NHL in assists since Oct. 17. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first seven games this season, and he ranks 11th in the NHL in average ice time in 2016-17 (25:00).
VESEY DOES IT
Jimmy Vesey leads NHL rookies in game-winning goals (two) and is tied for second among NHL rookies in goals (four) this season. Vesey is one of four NHL rookies who have recorded four or more goals in 2016-17 (along with Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, and William Nylander). He has notched a goal/point in three of the last five games, recording five points (four goals, one assist) over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a three-game winning streak, and he has posted a 2.00 GAA and a .930 SV% over the span. In addition, Lundqvist has allowed two goals in each of his last four appearances, posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.01 GAA and a .923 SV% in those games.
Brandon Pirri tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, on Oct. 26 vs. Boston. He ranks third in the NHL in shooting percentage this season (44.4%; four goals on nine shots on goal), and he also ranks seventh in the NHL (min. three games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time in 2016-17 (3.01).
IT'S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller enters the contest with a three-game point streak, which is tied for his career-high. Miller has recorded a point in each of the Rangers' five wins in 2016-17, and he is tied for the team lead in games with a point this season (five).
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 36-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in each of the last three games and in four of seven games this season.
- The Rangers were 2-for-6 (10:34) on Oct. 26 vs. Boston.
- The Blueshirts are tied for ninth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (24.0%; 6-for-25).
- New York has recorded a power play goal in each of the last three games (4-for-11; 36.4%) and in five of seven games in 2016-17.
- The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) on Oct. 26 vs. Boston.
- The Blueshirts have posted a 21-2-2 record in the last 25 games in which they did not allow a power play goal, dating back to Dec. 22, 2015.
- Derek Stepan - 1 assist away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
- Ryan McDonagh - 3 games away from 400 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
- Rick Nash - 4 goals away from 400 in his NHL career
INJURIES (18 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
- Josh Jooris (separated shoulder) - 3-4 weeks
- Chris Kreider (neck spasms) - day-to-day
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Oct. 27, 1926 - Lester Patrick was named Head Coach and General Manager of the Rangers.
- Oct. 27, 1962 - Rod Gilbert tallied his first career NHL goal as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1.
- Oct. 28, 2002 - Mike Richter earned his 300th career NHL win as the Rangers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2, in overtime. Richter became the first goaltender to earn 300 wins as a member of the Rangers.