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Rangers vs. Red Wings 10.19.16: Pregame Notes

by New York Rangers @NYRangers / NYRangers.com

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Rangers: 2-1-0 (4 pts)
Red Wings: 1-2-0 (2 pts)

TONIGHT'S GAME

The Rangers play their fourth game of the 2016-17 season tonightagainst the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET - TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 2-1-0 record this season. Including tomorrow's game, the Rangers play eight of their next 11 games at MSG.  

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS

  • All-Time*: 217-261-103-3 (141-94-57-0 at home; 76-167-46-3 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 first of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow's contest, the Rangers and Red Wings will play against each other on the following dates: Jan. 22 (at Detroit), Mar. 12 (at Detroit).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 2-0-1 record (2-0-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). All of the three contests were decided by one goal, and two of the three games were decided in overtime. New York allowed five goals over the three contests. Chris Kreider recorded a point on four of the Rangers' six goals in the season series, and he led all skaters with three assists and four points. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-0-1 record, along with a 1.44 GAA, a .954 SV%, and 1 SO in two appearances.
  • The Blueshirts have won each of their last six contests against Detroit at MSG, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 games against the Red Wings, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (7-1-2 record over the span).
  • Seven of the last 13 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including six of the last 10 games and three of the last four games, have been decided in overtime.
  • Each of the last six games between New York and Detroit has been decided by one goal. In addition, 10 of the last 11 games and 13 of the last 15 games between the two teams have been decided by one goal.

RANGERS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

  • Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner rank first and second, respectively, among Austrian-born players in goals, assists, and points in NHL history.
  • Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen were teammates with the Islanders for five seasons (2010-11 - 2014-15). Grabner, Nielsen, and Thomas Vanek were all teammates with the Islanders for part of the 2013-14 season.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, and Brendan Smith were all teammates at the University of Wisconsin for two seasons (2008-09 - 2009-10).
  • Henrik Lundqvist, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist, and Jonathan Ericsson helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lundqvist, Zetterberg, and Kronwall won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS

  • Henrik Lundqvist - 10 GP, 5-3-2, 2.17 GAA, .932 SV%, 3 SO - In his last six appearances against the Red Wings (dating back to Mar. 21, 2012), Lundqvist has posted a 5-0-1 record, along with a 1.14 GAA, a .963 SV%, and 3 SO.
  • Rick Nash - 62 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 - 9 GP, 3-4-7 - Kreider enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak against Detroit (one goal, three assists) and has tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last seven games against the Red Wings.

 TEAM EFFORT

Through the first three games of the 2016-17 season, 10 different Rangers have recorded at least one goal and 18 different Rangers (including goaltender Antti Raanta) have tallied at least one point. The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has 18 different players who have notched at least one point and are one of two NHL teams that have 10 players who have tallied at least one goal this season (along with Edmonton).

 SEVENTH HEAVEN

Seven different Rangers tallied a goal on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose. The contest marked the first time seven different Blueshirts recorded a goal in the same game since Jan. 19, 2010 vs. Tampa Bay (eight different Rangers notched a goal in an 8-2 win).

 GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have tallied 14 goals in their first three games this season. Prior to this season, the last the Rangers recorded at least 14 goals in their first three games of a season was 1989-90. In addition, New York has recorded 12 goals in its first two home games in 2016-17. Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers tallied at least 12 goals in their first two home games of a season was 1992-93.

THREE'S COMPANY

In each of the last three seasons (including 2016-17), a Ranger has recorded a goal in each of the first three games of the season (Rick Nash - first four games of 2014-15; Oscar Lindberg - first three games of 2015-16; Chris Kreider - first three games of 2016-17). Nash is the only player in franchise history who has recorded at least one goal in each of the Rangers' first four games of a season.

HOME COOKING

The Rangers have won their first two home games of a season for the first time since 2009-10 (four consecutive wins at home to begin the season). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 63 of their last 82 regular season home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (54-19-9 record over the span). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 29-10-4 record at MSG since the start of the 2015-16 season and have averaged 3.30 goals per game at home over the span. Since the start of last season, New York leads the NHL in goals (142) and is tied for second in wins (29) at home.

HOT AT THE DOT

The Blueshirts rank sixth in the NHL in faceoff win percentage this season (55.6%; 105-for-189). New York has won at least 51.6% of faceoffs in each of its first three games in 2016-17.

WINNING WAYS

New York is one of three NHL teams that have earned at least 100 wins since the start of the 2014-15 season. The Rangers posted a 99-49-16 record during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The Blueshirts' 99 wins in 2014-15 and 2015-16 were the most recorded in any two-season span in franchise history.

HERITAGE JERSEY

New York is expected to wear its heritage jersey in tomorrow's game. The Rangers are expected to wear their heritage jersey 11 times this season. New York has posted a 13-6-3 record when wearing its heritage jersey over the last two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16). The Rangers wore their heritage jersey for the first time on Nov. 17, 2010 against Boston.

SHUTTING THE DOOR

The Rangers did not allow a shot on goal in the third period on Oct. 15 at St. Louis and outshot the Blues, 15-0, in the period. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Rangers did not allow a shot on goal in one period was the third period on Mar. 6, 2006 against Carolina.

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (459). Vigneault leads all Rangers head coaches (min. 100 regular season games coached) in points percentage in franchise history (.631).

KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider has recorded one goal and one assist in each of the Rangers' first three games this season, tallying six points (three goals, three assists) in those games.

  • Kreider is the first Ranger who registered six points in the first three games of a season since Brian Leetch in 1992-93.
  • Kreider is the first Rangers forward who tallied at least six points in the first three games of a season since Bernie Nicholls and Darren Turcotte in 1990-91.
  • Kreider is the first Ranger who posted a multi-point game in each of the first three games of a season since Nicholls in 1990-91.
  • Kreider is the only NHL player (thus far) who has posted a multi-point game in each of his team's first three contests in 2016-17.
  • Kreider is one of three NHL players who have tallied a goal in three different games thus far this season (along with David Pastrnak and Blake Wheeler).
  • Kreider's active three-game goal streak is a career-high and his active three-game assist streak is tied for his career-high.

 MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in three games thus far in 2016-17, and he posted a multi-point game in each of the first two games of the season. He has also posted a faceoff win percentage of 60.0 or better in each game this season. Zibanejad leads the NHL in faceoff wins (46) and faceoffs taken (72), and he ranks third in the NHL (min. 40 faceoffs taken) in faceoff win percentage (63.9).

KING HENRIK

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 (375), appearances (687), shutouts (59), and save percentage (.920).

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh ranks eighth in the NHL in average ice time thus far this season (26:29). He tied a single-game career-high with two assists on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose, and he has notched 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in his last 36 games, dating back to Jan. 9, 2016. 

WELCOME MATS

Mats Zuccarello tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose. Since the start of last season, Zuccarello has tallied all of his 28 goals in situations when the Rangers have either led by one goal, trailed by one goal, or were tied. In addition, Zuccarello is one of nine NHL players who have posted at least seven three-point games since the start of last season.

FINE KLEIN

Kevin Klein is one of two Rangers defensemen who have recorded nine or more even strength goals in at least two different seasons since 1986-87 (along with Brian Leetch). In addition, Klein is one of six NHL defensemen who tallied at least nine even strength goals in both 2014-15 and 2015-16 (along with Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Dustin Byfuglien, and Tyson Barrie).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 33-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams.

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-3 (5:51) on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose.

 Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-4 (7:13) on Oct. 17 vs. San Jose.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • J.T. Miller - 1 game away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Derek Stepan - 4 assists away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Rick Nash - 6 goals away from 400 in his NHL career

INJURIES (8 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 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Oct. 18, 1926 - The Rangers purchased the contracts of Bill Cook and Bun Cook from Saskatoon of the WHL.
  • Oct. 18, 1952 - Harry Howell made his NHL debut and registered his first career NHL goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Oct. 19, 1989 - Mike Richter appeared in his first career regular season NHL game and earned his first career NHL win as the Rangers defeated the Hartford Whalers, 7-3. Richter made 24 saves and prevented Hartford's Kevin Dineen from scoring on a penalty shot.
  • Oct. 19, 2014 - The Rangers tied a franchise-record for the fastest two goals scored, as Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash tallied goals in a four-second span to help the Rangers defeat the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, at MSG.
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