|NEW YORK RANGERS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 9-7-2 (20 pts)
Blackhawks: 8-8-2 (18 pts)
* See the attached documents for additional information on all Rangers players and the Rangers’ portion of game notes for tomorrow’s contest
The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: https://nhl.bamcontent.com/images/assets/binary/291105024/binary-file/file.pdf
The Rangers play their 19th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Nov. 15, against the Chicago Blackhawks in an Original Six matchup at United Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a six-game winning streak and have also won eight of their last 10 contests (8-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2 record).
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Prior to tomorrow’s contest, Rangers extras will skate at 11:30 a.m. local time (12:30 p.m. ET) at United Center. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. ET).
*Schedule and availability subject to change
RANGERS VS. BLACKHAWKS
- All-Time: 241-246-98-2 (122-116-55-0 at home; 119-130-43-2 on the road)
- 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Blackhawks, and the only meeting between the two teams in Chicago. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Blackhawks will play against each other on the following date: Jan. 3 (at MSG).
- 2016-17: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). The Blueshirts and Blackhawks each tallied two goals in the season series, and both games were decided by one goal. Nick Holden registered the game-winning goal in overtime in the Rangers’ 1-0 win against the Blackhawks on Dec. 9, 2016 at Chicago.
- The Rangers have won each of their last four road games against Chicago, dating back to Jan. 8, 2014. Each of the four games has been decided by one goal, and the Rangers won two of the four contests, 1-0, in overtime.
- Each of the last nine meetings between the Rangers and Blackhawks in Chicago have been decided by one goal or fewer (dating back to Nov. 16, 2003), and six of the nine games were decided in overtime.
- Since Dec. 11, 2002, 15 of 18 overall games between the Rangers and Blackhawks have been decided by one goal or fewer, and all 18 games have been decided by two goals or fewer. Since Nov. 16, 1995, 28 of 30 meetings between New York and Chicago have been decided by two or fewer goals.
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 17 contests against Chicago, dating back to Nov. 16, 2003 (9-5-1-2 record over the span).
- Kevin Hayes was selected by Chicago in the first round (24th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
- Artem Anisimov played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2008-09 – 2011-12) and was selected by the Rangers in the second round (54th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
- Michal Rozsival played parts of six seasons with the Rangers (2005-06 – 2010-11).
- Blackhawks Assistant Coach Ulf Samuelsson played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (1995-96 – 1998-99) and served as an Assistant Coach with the Rangers for three seasons (2013-14 – 2015-16).
- Rangers Video Coach Jerry Dineen and Blackhawks Assistant Coach Kevin Dineen are brothers.
- Blackhawks Assistant General Manager Norm Maciver played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1986-87 – 1988-89).
- J.T. Miller and Brandon Saad both played youth hockey in the Pittsburgh, PA-area, including with the Pittsburgh Hornets organization. Miller and Saad represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship and were teammates with Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Patrick Kane were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Shattenkirk and Kane were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program prior to being drafted. In addition, Shattenkirk, Kane, and Ryan McDonagh represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Rick Nash, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews all helped Canada earn a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Nash, Keith, Toews, and Brent Seabrook also helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
- J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, and Ryan Hartman helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Brady Skjei and Ryan Hartman helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championship. Skjei and Hartman also represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Kevin Hayes, Brady Skjei, and Nick Schmaltz all represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
- Brendan Smith and Jordin Tootoo were teammates with the Red Wings for parts of two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
- Nick Holden and Artem Anisimov were teammates with the Blue Jackets for part of one season (2012-13).
- Kevin Shattenkirk and John Hayden both attended Brunswick School in Connecticut (Shattenkirk – 2003-04 and 2004-05; Hayden – 2009-10 and 2010-11).
- Marc Staal and Patrick Sharp both grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. BLACKHAWKS
- Henrik Lundqvist – 10 GP, 6-2-2, 2.19 GAA, .925 SV% – Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of 10 career appearances against the Blackhawks, and he has helped the Rangers earn at least one point in all eight of those contests. He has also made at least 30 saves in six of 10 career appearances against Chicago.
- Rick Nash – 60 GP, 25-27-52 – Nash has registered more assists and points against Chicago than against any other NHL opponent in his career.
- Kevin Shattenkirk – 34 GP, 1-14-15 – Shattenkirk has registered eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last 11 games against Chicago.
RANGERS CONNECTIONS (IN ADDITION TO CURRENTLY PLAYING WITH THE BLUESHIRTS)
- Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk have represented the United States together in several tournaments, including the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2011 IIHF World Championship, the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, and the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championship. McDonagh, Shattenkirk, and Chris Kreider were all teammates with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
- Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Brendan Smith were all selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (McDonagh – 12th overall by Montreal; Shattenkirk – 14th overall by Colorado; Smith – 27th overall by Detroit).
- Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith were teammates at the University of Wisconsin for three seasons (2007-08 – 2009-10).
- Paul Carey, Chris Kreider, and Kevin Hayes were all teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped Boston College win the National Championship in 2011-12; Carey and Kreider were teammates for three seasons (2009-10 – 2011-12) and helped Boston College win two National Championships (2009-10 and 2011-12).
- Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey were friends growing up in Massachusetts.
- J.T. Miller and Jimmy Vesey helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
- Michael Grabner’s first head coach in the NHL was Alain Vigneault (2009-10 with Vancouver).
- Paul Carey and Nick Holden were teammates with Colorado for parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
- Paul Carey and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with Washington for part of one season (2016-17).
- Nick Holden and Rick Nash were teammates with Columbus for part of one season (2010-11).
- Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.
The Rangers enter the contest with a season-high six-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. Vegas. The Blueshirts’ six-game winning streak is the longest in the NHL this season.
During the six-game winning streak…
- the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 26-16
- the Blueshirts have tallied at least four goals in five of the six games
- the Rangers have registered a goal on 42.1% of their power play opportunities (8-for-19) and have killed off 13 of their opponents’ 14 power play opportunities (92.9%)
- Ten different skaters have recorded a goal; nine different skaters have registered five or more points
BY THE DOZEN
Over the last 12 games (Since Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh), the Rangers are tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (eight), are tied for third in the NHL in points (18; 8-2-2 record), and are tied for first in the NHL in goals (47).
The Rangers have registered at least three goals in 10 of the last 12 games, including four or more goals in nine of those contests (47 goals over the span). New York has recorded at least four goals in seven of the last eight games (35 goals over the span) and at least five goals in three of the last six contests (26 goals in the six games).
New York is tied for the NHL lead – and leads the Eastern Conference – in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (101).
Through 18 games this season, 28 of the Rangers’ 60 goals (46.7%) have been registered by players who are 25 years old or younger (Buchnevich – eight; Zibanejad – eight; Vesey – four; Hayes – three; Miller – three; Skjei – two).
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has two defensemen who have tallied 10 or more assists this season (McDonagh – 12; Shattenkirk – 12). Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had two defensemen who registered 12 or more assists through the first 18 games of a season was 1993-94 (Leetch – 14; Zubov – 13).
A Rangers player has posted a two-goal game in each of the last four contests (Shattenkirk – Nov. 4 at Florida; Grabner – Nov. 6 vs. Columbus; Vesey – Nov. 8 vs. Boston; Nash – Nov. 11 vs. Edmonton).
The Blueshirts have earned nine wins thus far this season, and nine different Rangers have registered a game-winning goal (Skjei, Hayes, Grabner, Zibanejad, Miller, Shattenkirk, Buchnevich, Vesey, and Nash).
Alain Vigneault earned his 200th career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach on Nov. 8 vs. Boston, and he became the third head coach to earn 200 career wins with the Blueshirts in franchise history (Emile Francis – 342; Lester Patrick – 281). Vigneault also earned his 621st career win as an NHL head coach on Nov. 6 vs. Columbus, passing Bryan Murray for sole possession of 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among head coaches.
Henrik Lundqvist enters the contest with a six-game winning streak. He has allowed two goals in each of his last two appearances, and he has posted a .935 SV% (58 saves on 62 shots) over the span. Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in seven of 15 appearances this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk enters the contest with a seven-game point streak (three goals, seven assists) and a three-game assist streak. He leads NHL defensemen in primary assists (nine) and primary points (14; five goals and nine primary assists on a goal), is tied for first among NHL defensemen in power play points (nine), and is tied for second among NHL defensemen in points (17) this season. Shattenkirk has recorded a point in 13 of 18 games this season, including an assist in 11 contests; he is tied for first among NHL defensemen in games with a point and ranks second among NHL defensemen in games with an assist.
Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak (three goals, two assists), and he has recorded a goal/point in six of the last eight games (seven goals, three assists). He is tied for the NHL lead in goals since Oct. 26 (seven), and he is tied for the team lead in goals this season (eight). Through 18 games this season, Buchnevich has already tallied the same amount of goals he recorded in 41 games during his rookie season in 2016-17.
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a four-game assist/point streak (six assists). He has recorded nine assists/points in the last eight games and 11 assists/points in the last 12 contests. He is tied for second among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (nine), is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in primary assists (seven), and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (12) in 2017-18. Since Oct. 26, McDonagh ranks second among NHL defensemen in assists (nine), is tied for second among NHL defensemen in plus/minus rating (plus-eight), and is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in points (eight).
Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers in points this season (18), and he is one of eight NHL players who have tallied 18 or more points and have registered two or fewer penalty minutes this season. Zibanejad has recorded a point in seven of the last nine games, registering 12 points (three goals, nine assists) over the span. Among NHL players 24 years old or younger, Zibanejad ranks seventh in points in 2017-18, trailing only Nikita Kucherov, Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Scheifele, Jonathan Huberdeau, Auston Matthews, and Connor McDavid.
UP FOR GRABS
Michael Grabner enters the contest with a four-game point streak (four goals, one assist). He has registered nine points (eight goals, one assist) in the last 12 games, including eight points (seven goals, one assist) and a plus-eight rating over the last eight contests. Grabner is tied for the NHL lead in goals since Oct. 26 (seven). In addition, he is tied for eighth in the NHL in even strength goals (eight) in 2017-18. Since joining the Rangers prior to the start of last season (2016-17), Grabner ranks fifth in the NHL in even strength goals (34), trailing only Auston Matthews (41), Vladimir Tarasenko (38), Jeff Skinner (37), and Nikita Kucherov (36) over the span.
The Rangers rank fifth in the NHL in combined power play and penalty kill percentage this season (107.2).
- The Rangers were 2-for-3 (4:56) on Nov. 11 vs. Edmonton.
- The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (25.8%; 17-for-66).
- The Rangers are 6-for-12 (50.0%) over the last four games and 9-for-23 (39.1%) over the last seven games.
- New York has tallied a power play goal in five of the last seven games and in 10 of 18 games this season.
- The Rangers were 1-for-2 (2:53) on Nov. 11 vs. Edmonton.
- New York ranks 13th in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (81.4%; 48-for-59).
- The Rangers have killed off 41 of their opponents’ last 48 power play opportunities (85.4%), including 18 of their opponents’ last 19 power play opportunities (94.7%).
- The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in five of the last six games (13-for-14; 92.9%) and in seven of the last 10 games (26-for-29; 89.7%).
- Jimmy Vesey – 2 games away from 100 in his NHL career
- Nick Holden – 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career
- J.T. Miller – 4 games away from 300 in his NHL career
INJURIES (8 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Nov. 14, 2006 – The Rangers registered three goals in a span of 90 seconds in the third period to rally from a 2-0 deficit and defeat the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, at MSG. Jaromir Jagr recorded two goals in a span of 26 seconds and Brendan Shanahan tallied the eventual game-winning goal.
- Nov. 15, 1928 – John Ross Roach earned a shutout while making his Rangers debut, as the Blueshirts opened the 1928-29 season with a 2-0 win against the Detroit Cougars. The Rangers established a single-season franchise record with 13 shutouts in 1928-29.
- Nov. 15, 1972 – Steve Vickers became the first player in NHL history to tally a hat trick in two consecutive games. Vickers registered three goals as the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 7-3, at MSG. Vickers, who was skating in his 16th career NHL game during his rookie season at the time, won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 1972-73.