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Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Dec. 1

Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, Dec. 1

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

 

Rangers: 13-10-2 (28 pts)

Hurricanes: 10-8-5 (25 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

 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 26th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a four-game homestand tomorrow, Dec. 1, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Beginning with tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will play four consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents. New York has earned a win in four of its last five games (4-1-0 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 19-10, over the last five games. The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 13 games (10-3-0 record) and 12 of their last 17 contests (12-5-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 19 games (12-5-2 record).

 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media at 5:00 p.m. in the fifth floor press conference room at Madison Square Garden.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

 

RANGERS VS. HURRICANES

  • All-Time*: 76-52-7-2 (46-17-4-2 at home; 30-35-3-0 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Hartford Whalers from 1979-80 – 1996-97
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), following their 6-1 win on Nov. 22 at Carolina. Jesper Fast and Chris Kreider each tallied two goals in the contest, while Mika Zibanejad recorded two points (one goal, one assist). Henrik Lundqvist stopped 32 of 33 shots he faced to earn the win. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Hurricanes will play against each other on the following dates: Mar. 12 (at MSG), Mar. 31 (at Carolina).
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a 13-game home winning streak against Carolina, dating back to Jan. 5, 2011. The streak is the longest the Blueshirts have registered against one opponent in franchise history.
  • The Rangers have won 22 of their last 26 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Feb. 22, 2011 (22-4-0 record over the span). New York has also won 12 of its last 15 games against Carolina, dating back to Apr. 8, 2014 (12-3-0 record).
  • Nine of the last 14 meetings between the Rangers and Hurricanes, including four of the last six meetings, have been decided by one goal.

 

 RANGERS-HURRICANES CONNECTIONS

  • Marc Staal and Jordan Staal are brothers. Marc and Jordan, along with their brother, Eric, are the only trio of brothers in the history of the NHL, NFL, MLB, or NBA who were all selected 12th overall or higher in the Draft.
  • The Rangers selected Jesper Fast in the sixth round (157th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Blueshirts acquired the pick in a trade with the Hurricanes.
  • Josh Jooris played part of one season with the Rangers (2016-17).
  • Lee Stempniak played part of one season with the Rangers (2014-15).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, New York) and Brett Pesce (Tarrytown, New York) are both from Westchester County.
  • Henrik Lundqvist, Marcus Kruger, Elias Lindholm, Joakim Nordstrom, and Victor Rask all helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Lundqvist and Kruger helped Sweden win a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the two were also teammates while representing Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Rick Nash, Jordan Staal, Cam Ward, and Justin Williams all helped Canada earn a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Championship. Nash and Ward also helped Canada win a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.
  • Rick Nash and Cam Ward were both selected in the first round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Brady Skjei and Teuvo Teravainen were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Michael Grabner and Derek Ryan were teammates with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for three seasons (2004-05 – 2006-07).
  • Boo Nieves and Phillip Di Giuseppe were teammates at the University of Michigan for two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14).
  • Paul Carey and Scott Darling were teammates with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for one season (2007-08).
  • Ondrej Pavelec and Lee Stempniak were teammates with the Jets for part of one season (2014-15).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Justin Williams were teammates with the Capitals for part of one season (2016-17).
  • Chris Kreider and Justin Faulk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Justin Faulk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Justin Faulk represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Brady Skjei and Noah Hanifin represented the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in each of the last two years (2016 and 2017). In addition, Skjei, Hanifin, Kevin Hayes, and Trevor van Riemsdyk represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Jaccob Slavin represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Rick Nash and Jeff Skinner represented Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. HURRICANES

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 38 GP, 26-11-1, 2.08 GAA, .927 SV%, 2 SO – In his last 20 appearances against Carolina (dating back to Feb. 22, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 17-3-0 record, along with a 1.77 GAA, a .940 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist has earned more wins against the Hurricanes than any other NHL goaltender over the span. In his last 11 appearances against Carolina at MSG (dating back to Jan. 5, 2011), Lundqvist has posted an 11-0-0 record, along with a 1.25 GAA, a .959 SV%, and 1 SO, and he has allowed one goal or fewer in eight of the 11 contests.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 24 GP, 5-18-23 – Zuccarello has registered a point in 15 of his last 18 games against the Hurricanes, dating back to Nov. 2, 2013 (four goals, 15 assists over the span). He has tallied more career assists and career points against Carolina than against any other NHL opponent.
  • Chris Kreider – 16 GP, 8-5-13 – Kreider enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak against Carolina, and he has posted a multi-point game in each of the three contests (five goals, one assist). He has also recorded a goal/point in five of his last six games against Carolina, registering eight points (seven goals, one assist) over the span.
  • Rick Nash – 28 GP, 9-9-18 – Nash has tallied a point in five of his last 10 games against Carolina (four goals, three assists).
  • Ryan McDonagh – 25 GP, 5-10-15 – McDonagh has tallied a point in eight of his last 12 games against the Hurricanes (three goals, five assists).
  • Jesper Fast – 13 GP, 4-4-8 – Fast has tallied a point in seven of his last 10 games against Carolina (four goals, four assists), and he recorded his first career multi-goal game in the NHL in the first meeting between the Rangers and Hurricanes this season.
  • David Desharnais – 20 GP, 4-9-13 – Desharnais has recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last 11 games against Carolina.
  • Steven Kampfer – 7 GP, 0-4-4 – Kampfer has registered an assist/point in four of seven career games against the Hurricanes.

 

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.

 

HOME COOKING

The Rangers have won eight of their last nine home games (8-1-0 record) and posted an eight-game home winning streak from Oct. 26 vs. Arizona to Nov. 26 vs. Vancouver. The Rangers’ eight-game home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season and is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 12 of 17 home games this season (10-5-2 record at MSG). The Blueshirts lead the NHL in wins (10) and points (22) at home this season.

 

TEAM EFFORT

Through the first 25 games of the 2017-18 season, the Rangers have…

  • 12 players who have tallied 11 or more points (one of two NHL teams – the other is Toronto)
  • five players who have recorded 18 or more points (one of five NHL teams)
  • four players who have registered nine or more goals (one of four NHL teams)
  • eight players who have tallied five or more goals (one of four NHL teams)
  • six players who have recorded 11 or more assists (one of three NHL teams)

 

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have registered at least three goals in 15 of the last 19 games, as well as four or more goals (including team goals awarded for a shootout win) in 12 of those contests (69 goals; 68 in regulation/overtime). New York ranks second in the NHL in goals since Oct. 17 (68).

 

TWO GOOD

The Blueshirts have allowed two goals or fewer in four of the last six games, in six of the last nine games, and in nine of the last 17 games. The Rangers allowed 30 goals over their 12 contests in November (2.50 goals against per game during the month).

 

THREE’S COMPANY

The Chris Kreider-David Desharnais-Pavel Buchnevich line registered nine points (three goals, six assists) on Nov. 28 vs. Florida, and each player recorded three points in the contest. Each of the three players tied a single-game career-high by tallying three points in the contest.

 

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (518).

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 4-0-0 record, along with a 1.83 GAA, a .939 SV%, and 1 SO in the last five games, and he has stopped 101 of 106 shots he has faced at even strength over the span (.953 SV% at even strength). He has also allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last nine appearances, posting a 6-2-0 record, along with a 2.23 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in four of the last seven games and in nine of his last 18 appearances. He is tied for the NHL lead in appearances this season (22), and he has been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in 11 of his 22 appearances. Lundqvist has started each of the last 13 games, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. Vegas. He has posted a 10-2-0 record, along with a 2.48 GAA, a .923 SV%, and 1 SO in those 13 games, and he leads the NHL in wins over the span.

 

TRUE BLUE

Lundqvist has earned 417 wins in his NHL career (all with the Rangers). The only goaltenders in NHL history who have earned more career wins with one franchise than Lundqvist has with the Rangers are Martin Brodeur (688 with New Jersey) and Tony Esposito (418 with Chicago).

 

KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider has tallied a goal/point in three of the last four games (five goals, one assist), and he has posted two multi-goal games over the span. He has also recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) in the last five games and 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in the last 17 games. Kreider is tied for fifth in the NHL in goals since Oct. 21 (10). He enters the contest with 99 career NHL goals and 99 career NHL assists.

 

PAV’S PARTY

Pavel Buchnevich has recorded 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 17 games at MSG this season, and he leads the Rangers in points at home in 2017-18. In addition, Buchnevich is tied for second in the NHL in points at home this season. He has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in the last 10 games, as well as 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in the last 16 contests.

 

WELCOME MATS

Mats Zuccarello enters the contest with a five-game point streak (one goal, five assists), and he has registered 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 13 games. Zuccarello leads the Rangers in assists this season (16), and he is tied for second in the NHL in assists since Nov. 11 (eight).

 

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (nine) and is tied for 10th among NHL defensemen in primary assists (seven) in 2017-18. McDonagh has recorded six assists/points in his last seven games, nine assists/points in his last 11 games, and 11 assists/points in his last 15 games. He leads the Rangers in average ice time this season (23:22), and he also ranks second among Rangers defensemen in assists (12) and points (12) in 2017-18.

 

SKJEI HEY KID

Brady Skjei has tallied four assists/points in the last four games and five assists/points in the last eight contests. He has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the last three games (25:04 of ice time per game over the span), and he has logged at least 25:00 of ice time in each of the last two contests.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (4:11) on Nov. 28 vs. Florida.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for 10th in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (21.4%; 18-for-84).
  • The Rangers are 7-for-30 (23.3%) over the last 11 games and 10-for-41 (24.4%) over the last 14 games.

 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-2 (1:02) on Nov. 28 vs. Florida.
  • The Blueshirts have killed off 36 of their opponents’ last 42 power play opportunities (85.7%).

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Chris Kreider – 1 goal away from 100 in his NHL career; 1 assist away from 100 in his NHL career; 2 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Nick Holden – 1 point away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Michael Grabner – 2 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist – 98 saves away from 20,000 in his NHL career

 

INJURIES (14 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Mika Zibanejad (concussion) – has missed one game

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Nov. 30 – Acquired Peter Holland from Montreal in exchange for Adam Cracknell

 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Nov. 30, 1955 – Andy Bathgate registered four points (one goal, three assists), Bill Gadsby tallied three assists, and Gump Worsley made 30 saves as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 6-1, at MSG.
  • Nov. 30, 1977 – Phil Esposito tallied a hat trick and passed Bobby Hull to move into second place on the NHL’s all-time goals list as the Rangers defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-0.
  • Dec. 1, 1996 – Wayne Gretzky registered his 3,000th NHL point (regular season and playoffs combined), becoming the first player in league history to accomplish the feat, as the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-2, at MSG. Brian Leetch also tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including his 600th career NHL point, in the contest, and Mike Richter made 35 saves to earn the win.

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