NEW YORK RANGERS at DETROIT RED WINGS
Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
Rangers: 43-23-2 (88 pts)
Red Wings: 26-29-11 (63 pts)
The Rangers play their 69th game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Mar. 12, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Joe Louis Arena (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tomorrow's game is the Rangers' final regular season contest at Joe Louis Arena. The Rangers conclude a stretch of four consecutive road games tomorrow. The Blueshirts have won 12 of their last 18 games (12-5-1), as well as 15 of their last 23 contests (15-7-1). The Rangers have posted a 43-23-2 record this season.
RANGERS VS. RED WINGS
- All-Time*: 218-262-103-3 (141-95-57-0 at home; 77-167-46-3 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Detroit Cougars from 1926-27 - 1929-30 and the Detroit Falcons from 1930-31 - 1931-32
- 2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Detroit. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts defeated the Red Wings, 1-0, in overtime in the last meeting between the two teams on Jan. 22 at Detroit. J.T. Miller registered the only goal of the contest at 1:56 of overtime on Jan. 22, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout. New York has allowed two goals in two games against the Red Wings thus far in the season series.
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games against Detroit, 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 and 15 of the last 17 games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
RANGERS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS
- Brendan Smith played parts of six seasons with the Red Wings (2011-12 - 2016-17) and was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit on Feb. 28, 2017.
- Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen were teammates with the Islanders for five seasons (2010-11 - 2014-15).
- Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Justin Abdelkader were teammates with Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- J.T. Miller and Dylan Larkin were teammates with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Ryan McDonagh and Nick Jensen are natives of St. Paul, Minnesota.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS
- Antti Raanta - 1 GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .939 SV% - In his only career appearance against the Red Wings, Raanta stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win on Apr. 9, 2016.
- Rick Nash - 64 GP, 27-23-50 - Nash has played in more career games and has tallied more career goals against the Red Wings than against any other NHL team.
- Chris Kreider - 11 GP, 3-5-8 - Kreider has recorded an assist/point in four of his last five games against Detroit (one goal, four assists) and has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last nine games against the Red Wings.
The Rangers' 43 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the 12th-most in one season in franchise history. The only seasons in which the Rangers earned more than 43 wins through the first 68 games were 1971-72 (45), 1972-73 (44), and 2014-15 (44). The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in wins this season. The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (187), and the Rangers' 187 wins are the most earned in any four-season span in franchise history.
New York leads the NHL in road wins this season (24) and also leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (96). The Rangers have won five of their last six road games (5-1-0), nine of their last 11 road contests (9-2-0), and 17 of their last 21 road games (17-4-0). The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in eight of their last 11 road games (20 goals against over the span; 1.82 goals against per game). The Rangers' 24 road wins in 2016-17 are tied for the third-most the team has recorded in one season in franchise history. The only seasons in which New York earned more than 24 wins on the road were 2014-15 (28) and 2013-14 (25).
Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 35-9-1 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted an 18-5-1 record in games following a loss in 2016-17.
ONE AND WON
Since Jan. 7, 16 of the Rangers' 27 games have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of the last 13 games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 (11-1-1). The Blueshirts have posted a 20-8-2 record in one-goal games this season and rank second in the NHL in winning percentage in one-goal games in 2016-17 (.667).
The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 14 of the last 23 games and in 40 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 34-4-2 record in those 40 contests in 2016-17.
Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 26 points (eight goals, 18 assists) over the last 14 games and a Rangers defenseman has recorded a goal in seven of the 14 contests. Six different defensemen have recorded a goal over the span (Klein, Girardi, Holden, McDonagh, Clendening, and Skjei). A Rangers defenseman has notched a point on 13 of the team's last 19 goals. Three Rangers defensemen have tallied at least 30 points this season (McDonagh, Skjei, and Holden). Prior to this season, the last time three Blueshirts defensemen recorded 30 or more points in the same season was 1996-97 (Leetch, Karpovtsev, and Driver).
The Rangers have tallied four or more goals in 30 games this season. The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams that have registered at least four goals in 30 or more contests in 2016-17 (along with Pittsburgh and Washington). New York also ranks second in the NHL in games with five or more goals this season (18). Ten Rangers have registered 10 or more goals this season.
New York recorded 43 shots on goal in its last game on Mar. 9 at Carolina. The Rangers have averaged 30.0 shots on goal per game this season and have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in eight of the last 11 games.
WINNING ON THE WEEKEND
The Blueshirts have posted an 18-5-1 record in games played on the weekend this season, including a 9-2-1 record in games played on a Sunday.
Since Alain Vigneault was named the Rangers' Head Coach prior to the start of the 2013-14 season, the Blueshirts lead the NHL in wins (187). Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (500).
Chris Kreider has established a career-high in goals (26) and has tied his career-high in points (46) this season. He is tied for the team lead in goals and leads the Rangers in games with a goal in 2016-17 (22). Kreider is one of three NHL players who have recorded at least 26 goals and 100 hits this season (along with Alex Ovechkin and Wayne Simmonds).
RAISE THE ANTTI
Antti Raanta has posted a 13-4-0 record, along with a 2.14 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 3 SO in 19 starts in 2016-17. In his last 20 appearances on the road (dating back to Feb. 18, 2016), Raanta has posted a 14-2-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 2 SO. He ranks eighth in the NHL in SV% this season (.922). In addition, Raanta has established a career-high in shutouts (three) and has tied his career-high in wins (13) in 2016-17.
Derek Stepan tallied two assists and established a single-game career-high with 10 shots on goal on Mar. 9 at Carolina. He is tied for the team lead in assists (34), shots on goal (173), power play assists (12), and power play points (13) this season.
SKJEI HEY KID
Brady Skjei has registered 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) and a plus-12 rating in the last 23 games (since Jan. 19), and he is the only NHL defenseman who has recorded at least 15 points and a plus-12 rating over the span. He leads NHL rookie defensemen in even strength assists (25) and even strength points (28) this season.
Ryan McDonagh is one of five NHL defensemen who have registered at least 20 primary assists this season. The Rangers captain is tied for first among NHL defensemen in games with a plus/minus rating of even or better in 2016-17 (56).
IT'S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller has established career-highs in assists (30), points (49), and game-winning goals (six) this season. He has registered a point in 20 of the last 31 games, recording 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) over the span.
UP FOR GRABS
Michael Grabner leads the NHL (min. 20 games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time this season (1.80). He is the only NHL player who has recorded at least 25 goals and a plus-25 rating thus far in 2016-17. In addition, Grabner leads Rangers forwards in shorthanded ice time this season (104:42), and the Rangers have only allowed five power play goals against when Grabner has been on the ice.
- The Rangers were 3-for-6 (7:18) on Mar. 9 at Carolina.
- The Blueshirts are tied for fifth in the NHL in power play efficiency on the road this season (22.0%; 22-for-100).
- The Rangers were 2-for-4 (5:07) on Mar. 9 at Carolina.
- The Blueshirts are tied for second in the NHL in SHG in 2016-17 (eight).
- New York ranks sixth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency on the road this season (84.2%; 80-for-95).
- Brandon Pirri - 2 points away from 100 in his NHL career
- Brendan Smith - 4 games away from 300 in his NHL career
INJURIES (166 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
- Kevin Klein (back spasms) - has missed nine games
- Dan Girardi (ankle) - has missed six games
- Jesper Fast (upper-body) - has missed five games
- Henrik Lundqvist (lower-body) - has missed one game
- Mar. 11 - Recalled Magnus Hellberg from Hartford (AHL) on an emergency basis
- Mar. 10 - Assigned Brandon Halverson to Greenville (ECHL)
- Mar. 9 - Recalled Brandon Halverson from Greenville (ECHL) on an emergency basis
- Mar. 8 - Agreed to terms with Sean Day on an entry-level contract
- Mar. 5 - Recalled Tanner Glass and Steven Kampfer from Hartford (AHL)
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Mar. 11, 1959 - Andy Bathgate registered a hat trick and broke his own single-season franchise record by registering his 79th point of the 1958-59 season as the Rangers faced the Chicago Black Hawks at MSG. Bathgate would finish the season with 88 points and win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP.
- Mar. 12, 1933 - Bill Cook registered six points (four goals, two assists) and established a franchise record for points in a period by tallying five in the third period as the Rangers defeated the New York Americans, 8-2. Cook tallied his 11th career hat trick, the most by a Ranger in franchise history.
- Mar. 12, 1952 - The Rangers tallied seven goals in the third period - including four in a span of 2:10 and two in 14 seconds - and defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 10-2, at MSG.
- Mar. 12, 1980 - Phil Esposito reached the 30-goal plateau for the 13th consecutive season and John Davidson stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 6-0, at MSG.
- Mar. 12, 1997 - Mark Messier registered three points (one goal, two assists), including his 573rd career NHL goal to tie Mike Bossy for 10th place on the league's all-time goals list, as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at MSG. Mike Richter made a penalty shot save on the Capitals' Ken Klee to improve to 7-for-7 on penalty shots he had faced in his NHL career.