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Rangers at Red Wings 1.22.17: Postgame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

Team Notes

  • ROAD WARRIORS - New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (17) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (89). The Rangers' 89 road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season are the most road wins the team has earned in any four-season span in franchise history. The Rangers have won six of their last seven road games (6-1-0). The Blueshirts have earned a win in 16 of their last 21 road contests (16-5-0), including 10 of their last 12 road games (10-2-0).
  • WINNING WAYS - The Rangers' 30 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the fourth-most the team has earned through the first 47 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 30 wins through the first 47 games of a season six times in franchise history, and the only seasons in which the Rangers earned more than 30 wins through the first 47 contests were 1993-94 (32), 1971-72 (31), and 2011-12 (31).
  • ZERO HOUR - For the second time this season, the Rangers played a game in which neither team scored a goal in regulation (the first was on Dec. 9 at Chicago; Rangers won 1-0 in overtime).
  • TWO GOOD - The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 28 games this season and have posted a 24-3-1 record in those 28 contests.
  • KILL ZONE - The Rangers were 3-for-3 (5:35) on the penalty kill in the contest and only allowed one shot on goal over Detroit's three power play opportunities. New York has not allowed a power play goal in 27 games this season (including each of the last two games), and the Rangers have posted a 22-5-0 record in those contests.
  • WINNING ON THE WEEKEND - The Rangers have posted a 14-3-1 record in weekend games this season. In addition, the Rangers have posted a 7-1-1 record in games played on a Sunday in 2016-17.
  • HOT WINGS - The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games against the Red Wings, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (8-2-2 record over the span). Eight of the last 15 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including seven of the last 12 games and four of the last six games, have been decided in overtime. All of the last eight games between New York and Detroit have been decided by one goal. In addition, 12 of the last 13 games, as well as 15 of the last 17 games, between the two teams have been decided by one goal.

Three Stars on Broadway

  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his 20th win of the season and the 394th win of his NHL career, as well as his 61st career NHL shutout. Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history who has registered at least 20 wins in each of his first 12 seasons in the league. Lundqvist is the 10th goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 20 wins in 12 or more seasons, joining Patrick Roy (17), Martin Brodeur (16), Ed Belfour (15), Tony Esposito (13), Chris Osgood (13), Grant Fuhr (12), Curtis Joseph (12), Roberto Luongo (12), and Rogie Vachon (12) as the only goaltenders to accomplish the feat. Lundqvist's 12 consecutive 20-win seasons are tied for the most in NHL history (Brodeur - 12 straight from 1995-96 - 2007-08; Esposito - 12 straight from 1969-70 - 1980-81). In addition, Lundqvist is one of three goaltenders who have earned 20 or more wins in at least 12 seasons with one franchise (Brodeur - New Jersey; Esposito - Chicago), and he is the only goaltender in Rangers history who has earned 20 wins in 12 seasons with the franchise. He earned his 20th win in his rookie season 11 years ago today (Jan. 22, 2006 vs. New Jersey). Lundqvist made his 719th career NHL appearance in today's contest, tying Olaf Kolzig for 22nd place on the NHL's all-time appearances list. He is the Rangers' all-time leader in appearances. In his last eight appearances against the Red Wings (dating back to Mar. 21, 2012), Lundqvist has posted a 6-1-1 record, along with a 1.10 GAA, a .960 SV%, and 4 SO.
  • J.T. Miller tallied the game-winning goal in overtime and posted a plus-one rating in 17:41 of ice time. He has registered the game-winning goal in each of the last two contests, and he leads the Rangers in game-winning goals this season (five). Miller's five game-winning goals in 2016-17 are tied for his career-high (he also recorded five-game winning goals in 2015-16). Miller has registered a point in nine of the last 10 games, tallying 12 points (seven goals, five assists) over the span, and he has recorded a goal in four of the last five contests.
  • Mats Zuccarello recorded the primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime and posted a plus-one rating in 20:18 of ice time. Zuccarello has tallied 17 assists/points over the last 14 games (since Dec. 18), and he leads the NHL in assists over the span. He ranks second in the NHL in even strength assists this season (24), only trailing Connor McDavid (25). Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists (29), points (37), even strength assists (24), and even strength points (30) this season. He extended his assist/point streak to five games (seven assists over the span), and he has recorded 22 points (one goal, 21 assists) in the last 22 games.

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Brady Skjei tallied an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in 14:07 of ice time. Skjei tallied his 20th point of the season in the contest, becoming the first Rangers defenseman to tally at least 20 points in his rookie season since Michael Del Zotto in 2009-10. He is also the third Rangers rookie defenseman to tally at least 20 points since 2005-06 (Fedor Tyutin - 2005-06; Del Zotto - 2009-10). Skjei is tied for first among NHL rookie defensemen in even strength assists (15), ranks second in even strength points (17), is tied for second in assists (18), and ranks third in points (20) this season.
  • Mika Zibanejad led all skaters with 15 faceoffs wins (15-for-22; 68.2%) in 19:24 of ice time.
  • Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots in 19:31 of ice time.
  • Oscar Lindberg was credited with three hits while skating in his 100th career NHL game in today's contest.
  • Alain Vigneault leads NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (487). Vigneault earned his 596th career win as a head coach in the NHL while coaching his 1,099th game as a head coach in the league.
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