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Rangers vs. Coyotes 10.23.16: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers /

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Rangers: 3-2-0 (6 pts)
Coyotes: 1-3-0 (2 pts) 


The Rangers play their sixth game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight against the Arizona Coyotes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including tomorrow's game, the Blueshirts play seven of their next nine games at MSG. The Rangers enter the contest with a 3-2-0 record this season.


The Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation are hosting "Hockey Fights Cancer" Night tomorrow at Madison Square Garden. As part of the evening's efforts to raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer, Rangers players will wear lavender jerseys and use lavender tape on their sticks during warm-ups, and they will also sport Hockey Fights Cancer decals on the back right of their helmets during the game. In addition, Rangers coaches will wear commemorative lavender ties and pocket squares during the game. A limited selection of Hockey Fights Cancer merchandise will be available for purchase at MSG Retail Stores, and a portion of the proceeds from wholesale purchase benefits Hockey Fights Cancer. The jerseys and sticks used by the players in warm-ups will be auctioned at to benefit the Garden of Dreams Foundation.

Fans are also encouraged to join the fight tomorrow by downloading Hockey Fights Cancer placards courtesy of Northwell Health and sharing their messages on social media using #NYRHFC and through snapchat by using the custom Rangers Hockey Fights Cancer filter. Visit to learn more.


  • All-Time*: 43-25-6-0 (25-10-2-0 at home; 18-15-4-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Winnipeg Jets from 1979-80 - 1995-96 and the Phoenix Coyotes from 1996-97 - 2013-14
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow's game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Coyotes, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers and Coyotes will play against each other on the following date: Dec. 29 (at Arizona)
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). New York outscored Arizona, 8-2, in the season series, winning each contest, 4-1. Chris Kreider led all skaters with three points and tied for first among all skaters with two goals in the two games, while Kevin Hayes registered two goals in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta combined to stop 73 of 75 shots in the season series (.973 SV%).
  • The Rangers have won each of their last seven home games against the Coyotes, dating back to Nov. 24, 2008. In addition, the Blueshirts have won 16 of their last 18 home games against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, dating back to Jan. 6, 1992 (16-2-0-0 record).
  • Overall, New York has won each of its last five contests against the Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 24, 2014. The Blueshirts have tallied four or more goals in each of the five contests, outscoring the Coyotes, 21-9, in those games.
  • The Rangers have won eight of their last nine games against the Coyotes, dating back to Dec. 16, 2010 (8-1-0 record).


  • Oscar Lindberg was selected by the Coyotes in the second round (57th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers acquired Lindberg in a trade with the Coyotes on May 8, 2011.
  • Jim Schoenfeld served as Coyotes Head Coach for two seasons (1997-98 - 1998-99).
  • Benoit Allaire was the Coyotes Goaltending Coach for seven seasons (1997-98 - 2003-04) before joining the Rangers organization.
  • Anthony Duclair played part of one season with the Rangers (2014-15).
  • Max Domi is the son of former Ranger Tie Domi, who played in parts of three seasons with the Blueshirts (1990-91 - 1992-93).
  • Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, and Jamie McBain were all teammates at the University of Wisconsin for one season (2008-09).
  • Jamie McGinn was teammates with Nick Holden for two seasons with Colorado (2013-14 and 2014-15) and with Brandon Pirri for part of one season with Anaheim (2015-16).


  • Henrik Lundqvist - 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2.11 GAA, .925 SV% - In five career appearances against the Coyotes at MSG, Lundqvist has posted a 5-0-0 record, along with a 1.57 GAA and a .944 SV%.
  • Antti Raanta - 4 GP, 3-0-1, 1.47 GAA, .957 SV% - Raanta has allowed two goals or fewer in each of his four career appearances against the Coyotes, and has made at least 30 saves in three of the four contests.
  • Rick Nash - 39 GP, 19-17-36 - Nash has tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his last 13 games against the Coyotes.
  • Derek Stepan - 9 GP, 1-6-7 - Stepan has notched a point in six of nine career games against the Coyotes and has recorded four assists/points in his last four games against Arizona.
  • Chris Kreider - 5 GP, 5-1-6 - Kreider has registered a goal/point in each of his last four games against Arizona (five goals, one assist).
  • Kevin Hayes - 4 GP, 3-2-5 - Hayes has registered a point in each of his four career games against Arizona, and has tallied a goal in each of his last two contests against the Coyotes.
  • Brandon Pirri - 6 GP, 4-0-4 - Pirri has tallied a goal/point in four of six career games against the Coyotes, including three of the last four games and each of the last two contests.


Tomorrow, the Rangers conclude the first of their 16 back-to-back sets this season. In 2015-16, New York posted a 9-5-3 record in the second game of a back-to-back set. In their last 82 back-to-back sets (dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 53-23-6 record in the second game of the set.


The Rangers have tallied 19 goals in their first five games this season (3.80 goals per game). Through the first five games, 10 different Rangers have recorded at least one goal and 19 different Rangers (including goaltender Antti Raanta) have tallied at least one point.


The Blueshirts have outshot their opponents, 162-123, through the first five games this season (32.4 shots on goal per game; 24.6 shots on goal against per game). New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in three of the five contests. In addition, the Blueshirts have held their opponent to 18 shots on goal in two of the five contests.


The Blueshirts have posted a 54.4% faceoff win percentage this season (160-for-294). New York has won at least 51.6% of faceoffs in four of its first five games in 2016-17. Four of six Rangers who have taken at least 10 faceoffs this season have posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0 or better.


The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 63 of their last 83 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (54-20-9 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 29-11-4 record at MSG since the start of the 2015-16 season.


Since the start of last season, the Rangers have earned at least one point in each of their eight home games against Pacific Division opponents (7-0-1 record). 


Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (460). 


Jimmy Vesey registered two goals, including the game-winning goal, on Oct. 22 at Washington. Vesey became the third Rangers rookie to post a multi-goal game since the start of the 2013-14 season. In addition, he became the third NHL rookie (at the time of his second goal of the game against the Capitals) to post a multi-goal game in 2016-17 (the first two were Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine). Vesey has recorded the game-winning goal in each of the two games in which he has tallied a goal in 2016-17. He leads the Rangers in game-winning goals (two) and is tied for the team lead in goals (three) this season.


Chris Kreider has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the first five games of the season. Kreider posted a multi-point game in each of New York's first three games this season. In addition, Kreider established career-highs with a three-game goal streak over the first three games of the season and a four-game assist streak over the first four games of the season.


Mika Zibanejad has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in five games thus far in 2016-17. He has won 59.8% of faceoffs he has taken this season (64-for-107).


Henrik Lundqvist is one of three goaltenders in NHL history who have earned at least 30 wins in 10 different seasons (along with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy). He is the Rangers' all-time leader in several categories, including wins (376), appearances (689), shutouts (59), and save percentage (.920). 

Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 74 times during the regular season in his NHL career. In the second game of those 74 back-to-back sets, Lundqvist has posted a 46-21-7 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO.


Among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in at least 25 games since the start of the 2014-15 season, Antti Raanta ranks second in GAA (2.16) and ranks fifth in SV% (.924). He has posted a 20-4-4 record, along with a 1.88 GAA, a .931 SV%, and 4 SO in 32 career NHL appearances at home. 

Last season, Raanta started 10 games which were the second half of a back-to-back set for the Rangers. In those contests, he posted a 6-3-1 record, along with a 2.22 GAA, a .922 SV%, and 1 SO. In the 19 games Raanta has started as a member of the Rangers, the team has registered 63 goals (3.32 goals per game).


The Rangers have posted a 22-1-2 record in the last 25 games which Ryan McDonagh has logged at least 25:00 of ice time, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014. McDonagh enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (four assists over the span). McDonagh has notched 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in his last 38 games, dating back to Jan. 9, 2016. The Rangers captain has led the team in ice time in each of the first five games of the 2016-17 season, averaging 25:51 of ice time per game. 


Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 34-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams.

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:45) on Oct. 22 at Washington. 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on Oct. 22 at Washington.


  • Derek Stepan - 3 assists away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Ryan McDonagh - 5 games away from 400 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Rick Nash - 5 goals away from 400 in his NHL career

INJURIES (14 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Oscar Lindberg (hip surgery) - placed on IR
  • Dan Girardi (groin strain) - day-to-day
  • Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) - day-to-day


  • Oct. 16 - Signed Justin Fontaine to a two-way contract; Assigned Justin Fontaine to Hartford (AHL)


  • Oct. 23, 1966 - Ed Giacomin earned his first career NHL shutout, stopping all 29 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0, at MSG. (50th anniversary)
  • Oct. 23, 1968 - Brad Park made his NHL debut as the Rangers defeated the Oakland Seals, 6-1, at MSG.
  • Oct. 23, 1988 - Tony Granato registered his first NHL goal and added two assists as the Rangers defeated the Quebec Nordiques, 8-2, at MSG. The goal was the first of 36 in 1988-89 for Granato, who established a single-season Rangers record for goals by a rookie.
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