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Rangers vs. Panthers 3.17.17: Postgame Notes

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Team Notes

  • THREE'S COMPANY - The Rangers have registered three or more goals in four of the last five games and in 42 games this season (includes team goals awarded for a shootout win).
  • ON POINT - Blueshirts defensemen registered three assists in tonight's contest. Rangers defensemen have tallied 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) over the last 17 games, and at least one defenseman has recorded a point on 18 of the team's last 28 goals.
  • POWER SURGE - The Rangers were 1-for-3 (4:49) on the power play in tonight's contest. The Blueshirts have registered a power play goal in three of the last four contests, tallying five power play goals over the span (5-for-12; 41.7%).
  • CLOSE CALL - Since Jan. 7, 18 of the Rangers' 30 games have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of the last 15 games they have played which were decided by one goal, dating back to Jan. 22 (11-2-2 record over the span). The Blueshirts have posted a 20-9-3 record in one-goal games this season.
  • WORKING OVERTIME - Five of the Rangers' last 13 games have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY - The Rangers recorded 32 shots on goal in tonight's contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in 10 of the last 14 games, in 16 of the last 23 contests, and in 21 of the last 30 games.
  • HOT AT THE DOT - New York won 39 of 61 faceoffs in tonight's game (63.9%), and five of six Rangers who took a faceoff in the contest posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in the contest.
  • FULL HOUSE - Tonight's game was the Rangers' 222nd consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts' 263rd consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers' sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011

Blueshirt Breakdown

  • Mats Zuccarello tallied two goals in 21:26 of ice time in tonight's contest. Zuccarello extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists), and he has registered 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in the last 38 games. He recorded his 50th point of the season in tonight's contest, and he has reached the 50-point plateau in each of the last two seasons, as well as in three of the last four seasons. Zuccarello has now posted 11 multi-goal games in his NHL career.
  • J.T. Miller registered a goal and recorded three shots on goal in 17:54 of ice time. Miller tallied his 20th goal of the 2016-17 season in tonight's contest, and he reached the 20-goal plateau for the second consecutive season. In addition, he added to his career-high in points this season (51), and he leads the Rangers in points in 2016-17. Miller has registered a point in 22 of the last 34 games, recording 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists) over the span.
  • Brendan Smith tied single-game career-highs with two assists and two points, registered his first assist/point as a Ranger, and posted a plus-one rating in 20:29 of ice time. He posted his ninth career multi-point game, as well as his sixth career multi-assist game in tonight's contest. Smith has logged at least 20:00 of ice time in each of his last 11 games, including all eight games he has played with the Rangers.
  • Derek Stepan recorded an assist and led all skaters with six shots on goal and 14 faceoff wins (14-for-20; 70.0%) in 21:54 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in power play assists (13) and power play points (15) this season. Stepan has registered four points (one goal, three assists) and 21 shots on goal in the last four games.
  • Chris Kreider notched an assist and was credited with two hits. Kreider extended his point streak to five games (two goals, four assists) and his assist streak to four games, tying career-highs in both categories. He has registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in the last 22 games. Kreider added to his career-high in points this season (49), and he leads the Rangers in points at home this season (30; 15 goals, 15 assists).
  • Mika Zibanejad registered an assist and won nine of 16 faceoffs (56.3%) in 18:40 of ice time. He has recorded four points (three goals, one assist) in the last six games.
  • Nick Holden recorded an assist and registered two shots on goal in 21:25 of ice time. He added to his career-highs in assists (21) and points (31) in 2016-17.
  • Antti Raanta made 34 saves in tonight's contest. Raanta made his 26th appearance of the 2016-17 season in tonight's contest, establishing a single-season career-high for appearances.
  • Ryan McDonagh led all skaters with five blocked shots while skating in a game-high, 24:21 of ice time. The Rangers captain has led the team in ice time in 63 of 70 games he has played in 2016-17.
  • Kevin Hayes won nine of 11 faceoffs (81.8%) and registered three shots on goal in tonight's game.
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