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Rangers at Oilers 11.13.16: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS at EDMONTON OILERS
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, 9:30 p.m. ET
Rogers Place - Edmonton, AB
 
Rangers: 11-4-0 (22 pts)
Oilers: 9-5-1 (19 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME
The Rangers play their 16th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 13, against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place (9:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight's game is the second contest of a four-game road trip for the Blueshirts. The Rangers have won 10 of their last 13 games (10-3-0), including nine of their last 11 games (9-2-0) and six of their last seven games (6-1-0). The Blueshirts have posted an 11-4-0 record this season.
 
RANGERS VS. OILERS

  • All-Time: 30-30-9-2 (14-16-6-1 at home; 16-14-3-1 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tonight's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams in Edmonton. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record against Edmonton (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), defeating the Oilers, 5-3, on Nov. 3 at MSG. Five different Rangers tallied a goal and nine different Rangers registered a point in the contest. Kevin Hayes recorded three points (one goal, two assists), while J.T. Miller and Michael Grabner each notched one goal and one assist. Brady Skjei posted his first career NHL multi-assist/point game by recording two assists, and Rick Nash tallied the game-winning goal with 1:21 remaining in regulation.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 13 contests against the Oilers, dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season (7-4-2).
  • New York has earned at least one point in 14 of its last 19 road games against Edmonton, dating back to Jan. 23, 1989 (11-5-2-1).

RANGERS-OILERS CONNECTIONS

  • Glen Sather served as the Oilers President and General Manager from 1980-81 - 1999-00. In addition, Sather was Edmonton's Head Coach for parts of 11 seasons in the NHL (1979-80; 1980-81 - 1988-89; 1993-94), as well as parts of three seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1976-77 - 1978-79. Sather also played one season with the Oilers in the WHA (1976-77).
  • Adam Clendening played part of one season with the Oilers (2015-16).
  • Cam Talbot played two seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 - 2014-15) and helped the Blueshirts advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14.
  • Benoit Pouliot played one season with the Rangers (2013-14) and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
  • Jeff Beukeboom played parts of six seasons with the Oilers (1986-87 - 1991-92) and helped Edmonton win three Stanley Cups (1986-87, 1987-88, 1989-90).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Eric Gryba were teammates with the Senators for three seasons (2012-13 - 2014-15).
  • Oscar Lindberg and Adam Larsson are both natives of Skelleftea, Sweden. Lindberg and Larsson were teammates on Skelleftea's U-18 team, U-20 team, and pro team in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) over parts of four seasons (2007-08 - 2010-11).
  • Marc Staal and Benoit Pouliot were teammates with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of three seasons (2003-04 - 2005-06). The two were also teammates with the Rangers.
  • Rick Nash and Kris Russell were teammates with the Blue Jackets for parts of five seasons (2007-08 - 2011-12). In addition, Nash and Mark Letestu were teammates with Columbus for part of one season (2011-12).
  • 90TH SEASON NOTE - Adam Graves tallied his 50th and 51st goals of the 1993-94 season on Mar. 23, 1994 against Edmonton. At the time, Graves became the second player in Rangers history to tally 50 goals in one season (along with Vic Hadfield), and he broke Hadfield's single-season franchise record for goals.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. OILERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 9 GP, 4-2-2, 2.55 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in three of four appearances against the Oilers in Edmonton.
  • Rick Nash - 41 GP, 17-17-34 - Nash enters the contest with a four-game point streak against the Oilers (three goals, four assists), including a three-game goal streak, and he has tallied nine points (five goals, four assists) in his last six contests against Edmonton.
  • Mats Zuccarello - 7 GP, 4-5-9 - Zuccarello has tallied an assist/point in three of his last four games against the Oilers (two goals, three assists), and he has recorded three multi-point games in his seven career contests against Edmonton.

RANGERS' ELEVEN
The Rangers' 11 wins through 15 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 15 games of one season in franchise history. New York has now earned 11 wins in the first 15 games of a season three times in franchise history (1990-91, 2015-16, and 2016-17).
 
GOALS GALORE
The Rangers have registered 62 goals through the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 62 goals in the first 15 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91 and has tallied at least 62 goals in the first 15 games of a season for the seventh time in franchise history. New York leads the NHL in goals per game this season (4.13) and is the only NHL team averaging more than 4.00 goals per game in 2016-17.
 
BACK-TO-BACK
In their last 84 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 55-23-6 record in the second game of the set.
 
MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
The Blueshirts lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-27 - 62 goals for, 35 goals against). The Rangers' plus-27 goal differential through 15 games this season is the third-best over the first 15 games of any season in franchise history.
 
TEAM EFFORT
At least one player on each of the Rangers' four lines tallied a goal last night at Calgary.
 
TWO GOOD
The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in nine of the last 12 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit. The Blueshirts have won 35 of the last 36 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (35-1-0).
 
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Three of the 10 NHL rookies who have tallied eight or more points thus far this season are Rangers (Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey).
 
ROAD WARRIORS
New York is tied for second in the NHL - and leads the Eastern Conference - in road wins since 2013-14 (75).
 
UP FOR GRABS
Michael Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals (eight) and is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals (eight) this season. Grabner is the only player who ranks tied for fifth or higher in the NHL in goals, plus/minus rating, and takeaways this season.
 
KING HENRIK
Henrik Lundqvist is one of 10 goaltenders in NHL history who have earned at least 350 career wins and 60 career shutouts. He is the Rangers' all-time leader in several categories, including appearances (697), wins (382), SV% (.920), and SO (60). In his last eight starts, Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 1 SO. 
 
A STAR ON BROADWAY
Kevin Hayes was named the NHL's Third Star of the Week for the week ending on Nov. 6. He posted a career-high six-game point streak from Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, and he registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) and a plus-nine rating over the span.
 
SKJEI HEY KID
Brady Skjei posted a six-game assist/point streak from Oct. 30 - Nov. 8 (seven assists), and he has registered eight assists/points in the last 10 games. He became the first Rangers rookie defenseman to post a six-game assist/point streak since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei leads NHL rookies in assists this season (nine).
 
PAVEL'S PARTY
Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a four-game goal/point streak (four goals, two assists), and he is the first Rangers rookie to tally a four-game goal streak since Derek Stepan in 2010-11. He is tied for fifth among NHL rookies in goals this season (four).
 
CAPTAIN MAC
Ryan McDonagh ranks second among NHL defensemen in assists this season (10), and he leads the Rangers in assists thus far in 2016-17. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first 15 games this season.
 
IT'S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller has recorded a point in 10 of the Rangers' 11 wins in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts have posted a 10-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 11 games, and he leads the team in points this season (14; five goals, nine assists). Miller is the only NHL player who has registered at least 14 points and a plus-13 rating this season.
 
RICK ROLLING
Rick Nash tallied his 400th career NHL goal on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver. He is one of four NHL players who have recorded 400 or more goals since the start of his rookie year in 2002-03 (along with Alex Ovechkin, Jarome Iginla, and Marian Hossa).
 
RAISE THE ANTTI
Among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in at least 20 games since the start of the 2014-15 season, Antti Raanta ranks second in GAA (2.12) and is tied for second in SV% (.926).
 
SPECIAL TEAMS
 
Power Play:
The Rangers were 0-for-2 (4:00) last night at Calgary.
The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (21.6%; 11-for-51).
New York has recorded a power play goal in seven of the last 11 games and in nine of 15 games in 2016-17.
 
Penalty Kill:
The Rangers were 2-for-3 (5:36) last night at Calgary.
The Blueshirts rank 14th in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (82.9%; 34-for-41).
New York is tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).
 
UPCOMING MILESTONES
Mika Zibanejad - 4 games away from 300 in his NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist - 3 appearances away from 700 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
 
INJURIES (28 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
Josh Jooris (separated shoulder) - has missed eight games
 
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Nov. 8 - Acquired Steven Kampfer and a conditional draft pick from Florida in exchange for Dylan McIlrath
 
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Nov. 13, 1993 - Mike Richter earned his fifth career shutout and Mike Gartner tallied two points (one goal, one assist) as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 2-0.
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