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Game Preview: New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks, Jan. 23

Game Preview: New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks, Jan. 23

NEW YORK RANGERS at ANAHEIM DUCKS

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 10:00 p.m. ET

Honda Center – Anaheim, CA

 

Rangers: 24-19-5 (53 pts)

Ducks: 22-17-9 (53 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 49th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Jan. 23, against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center (10:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tomorrow’s game is the third contest of the Blueshirts’ four-game road trip, and all four games are against Western Conference teams. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of the last 17 games (8-7-2 record) and in 12 of the last 20 games (9-8-3 record). The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 28 games (15-10-3 record), 21 of their last 36 games (21-12-3 record), and 23 of their last 40 contests (23-14-3 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 28 of their last 42 games (23-14-5 record).

 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Prior to tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will have a morning skate at 11:30 a.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) at Honda Center. Rangers Head Coach Alain Vigneault will be available to the media following the morning skate.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

 

RANGERS VS. DUCKS

  • All-Time: 16-16-1-1 (10-7-1-0 at home; 6-9-0-1 on the road)
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Ducks, and the only meeting between the two teams at Anaheim. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 4-1 win on Dec. 19 at MSG. Paul Carey tallied two goals in the contest, while David Desharnais and Nick Holden each recorded two assists. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 of 40 shots he faced to earn the win.
  • The Rangers have won six of their last seven games against the Ducks (6-1-0 record), dating back to Jan. 7, 2015 and have outscored Anaheim, 27-14, in the seven contests.
  • The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 15 games against the Ducks, dating back to Dec. 16, 2008 (10-4-1 record).

 

RANGERS-DUCKS CONNECTIONS

  • Peter Holland played parts of three seasons with Anaheim (2011-12 – 2013-14) and was selected by the Ducks in the first round (15th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Steven Kampfer was selected by Anaheim in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Darryl Williams served as an Assistant Coach with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (Anaheim’s AHL affiliate) for two seasons (2002-03 and 2003-04).
  • J.T. Miller (born in East Palestine, Ohio) and John Gibson (born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) both played for the Pittsburgh Hornets in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL), were teammates with the U.S. National Team Development Program for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11), and won a gold medal while representing the United States at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge and at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championship.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller have both won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s Best Goaltender (Lundqvist – 2011-12; Miller – 2009-10). Lundqvist and Miller rank second and fourth, respectively, among active NHL goaltenders in career wins. In addition, Lundqvist and Miller are tied for the most wins a goaltender has earned in a shootout since the shootout was implemented in 2005-06 (58).
  • Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette were teammates with the Blue Jackets for parts of four seasons (2008-09 – 2011-12).
  • Kevin Bieksa and Ryan Kesler were coached by Alain Vigneault for seven seasons with the Canucks (2006-07 – 2012-13).
  • Brendan Smith and Patrick Eaves were teammates with Detroit for parts of three seasons (2011-12 – 2013-14), although both players did not appear in the same game with the Red Wings during the 2011-12 season.
  • Michael Grabner, Ryan Kesler, and Kevin Bieksa were teammates for part of one season with the Canucks (2009-10).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Miller were teammates with the Blues for part of one season (2013-14).
  • Steven Kampfer and Andrew Cogliano were teammates at the University of Michigan for one season (2006-07).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Derek Grant were teammates in Ottawa’s organization (either with Ottawa or with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL) for parts of two seasons (2012-13 – 2013-14).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg were teammates with Ottawa for one season (2012-13).
  • Tony DeAngelo and Nick Ritchie were teammates with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2014-15).
  • Nick Holden and Francois Beauchemin were teammates with the Avalanche for one season (2015-16).
  • Rick Nash and Francois Beauchemin were teammates with the Blue Jackets for part of one season (2005-06).
  • Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, and Corey Perry helped Canada win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014. Nash and Getzlaf also helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship.
  • Rick Nash and Corey Perry were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season (2001-02).
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Jakob Silfverberg helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • J.T. Miller and Rickard Rakell were teammates with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for one season (2011-12). Miller and Rakell each tallied 62 points during the season.
  • Mika Zibanejad and Rickard Rakell helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Marc Staal and Andrew Cogliano helped Canada win a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in two consecutive years (2006 and 2007).
  • Chris Kreider and Cam Fowler helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Kreider, Fowler, Ryan McDonagh, and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
  • J.T. Miller, Jimmy Vesey, and John Gibson helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler, and Ryan Miller represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Mika Zibanejad, J.T, Miller, and Rickard Rakell were all selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Brady Skjei and Hampus Lindholm were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Kase were both selected with the 205th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Lundqvist – 2000; Kase – 2014).
  • Lindy Ruff was Ryan Miller’s head coach with the Sabres for parts of 10 seasons (2002-03 – 2012-13).

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DUCKS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 13 GP, 7-5-1, 2.43 GAA, .917 SV% – In his last five appearances against Anaheim, Lundqvist has posted a 4-1-0 record, along with a 1.99 GAA and a .938 SV%.
  • Rick Nash – 41 GP, 20-17-37 – Nash has tallied a point in 15 of his last 20 games against the Ducks, registering 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) over the span.
  • J.T. Miller – 7 GP, 1-6-7 – Miller has registered a point in four of seven career games against the Ducks, and he has posted three multi-point games in the seven contests.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 8 GP, 3-4-7 – Zibanejad has recorded a point in five of eight career games against Anaheim, and he has tallied three assists/points in his last four games against the Ducks.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 11 GP, 3-5-8 – Zuccarello has registered a point in six of the last seven games against the Ducks (three goals, five assists in the seven contests).
  • Nick Holden – 12 GP, 1-7-8 – Holden has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in his last six games against Anaheim.
  • Michael Grabner – 13 GP, 6-1-7 – Grabner registered two goals against the Ducks on Feb. 7, 2017 at MSG, and he tallied his first career NHL hat trick on Apr. 2, 2010 at Anaheim as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
  • Brendan Smith – 13 GP, 0-5-5 – Smith has notched two assists/points in his last four games against the Ducks.
  • Brady Skjei – 3 GP, 1-2-3 – Skjei has registered a point in two of his three career games against Anaheim, and he recorded a goal on his birthday last year against the Ducks (Mar. 26, 2017 at Anaheim).

 

TEAM EFFORT

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has eight players who have recorded 10 or more goals this season (Grabner, Zibanejad, Buchnevich, Nash, Kreider, Hayes, Miller, and Vesey). The Blueshirts are also one of four NHL teams that have 10 players who have registered at least 20 points this season (along with Nashville, Tampa Bay, and Toronto).

 

ROAD WARRIORS

New York is tied for second in the NHL – and leads the Eastern Conference – in road wins since the start of last season (34; 34-23-4 record in 61 road games over the span). In addition, the Rangers rank second in the NHL – and lead Eastern Conference teams – in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (106).

 

WHAT A LINE

The Rick Nash-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered 10 points (six goals, four assists) over the last four contests.

 

SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC

New York has posted a 7-3-0 record in 10 games against Pacific Division opponents in 2017-18. The Rangers have posted a 37-10-5 record in 52 games against teams in the Pacific Division since the start of the 2014-15 season, including an 18-5-1 record in 24 contests since the start of last season.

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned 20 or more wins in each of his first 13 seasons, as well as the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 20 wins in 13 consecutive seasons at any point during the course of a career. Lundqvist has been selected to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 28 in Tampa Bay. He has been named an NHL All-Star for the fourth time in his career (also in 2009, 2011, and 2012). Among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in at least 25 games this season, Lundqvist is tied for sixth in SV% (.924). He has posted a 19-9-2 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 1 SO in 32 appearances since Oct. 31 vs. Vegas; he is tied for second in the NHL in wins over the span, and he is tied for first in SV% among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 20 games over the stretch.

 

NET GAIN

Ondrej Pavelec has posted a 2-2-1 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO in his last five appearances.

 

RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash has posted a multi-goal game in two of the last four games, and he has registered five points (four goals, one assist), 14 shots on goal, and a plus-four rating in the four contests. He has also been selected as the game’s First Star in two of the four contests. Nash leads the Rangers in shots on goal (149), takeaways (45), multi-point games (seven), and minor penalties drawn (16) this season.

 

WELCOME MATS

Mats Zuccarello has recorded an assist/point in each of the last two games. He leads the Rangers in assists (26), points (34), primary assists (17), and power play assists (11) this season. Zuccarello has registered 296 points in his NHL career.

 

PAV’S PARTY

Pavel Buchnevich has tallied a point in three of the last four games (two goals, two assists) and a goal in two of the last three contests. He ranks second on the Rangers in points this season (30) and also leads the team in points per 60 minutes of ice time (2.59).

 

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh is one of four NHL defensemen who have registered at least 22 assists and a plus-12 rating this season (Doughty, Hedman, and Klingberg). He has logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 11 of the last 13 games, and he leads the Rangers in average ice time in 2017-18 (23:54).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-4 (7:53) on Jan. 21 at Los Angeles.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in each of the last two games (2-for-5; 40.0%), in three of the last four games (3-for-9; 33.3%), in four of the last six games (4-for-13; 30.8%), and in six of the last 10 games (6-for-25; 24.0%).

 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (3:56) on Jan. 21 at Los Angeles.
  • New York ranks 12th in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (82.1%; 124-for-151).
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in five of the last seven games, in 14 of the last 21 games (54-for-64; 84.3%), and in 15 of the last 23 games (58-for-69; 84.1%).
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed more than one power play goal in 45 of 48 games this season.

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • David Desharnais – 2 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Mats Zuccarello – 4 points away from 300 in his NHL career; 6 goals away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Rick Nash – 6 points away from 800 in his NHL career

 

INJURIES (49 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Chris Kreider (blood clot – right arm) – has missed 11 games
  • Kevin Hayes (contusion) – has missed five games
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (meniscus tear) – has missed two games

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Jan. 19 – Recalled Tony DeAngelo and Daniel Catenacci from Hartford (AHL); Assigned Lias Andersson to Hartford (AHL)

 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Jan. 22, 1994 – Madison Square Garden hosted the 1994 NHL All-Star Game, and Mike Richter was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Four Rangers played in the game: Richter, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch, and Mark Messier.
  • Jan. 22, 1998 – Pat LaFontaine registered his 1,000th career NHL point.
  • Jan. 23, 1975 – The Rangers registered 57 shots on goal in a 5-2 win against the Atlanta Flames at MSG. Rod Gilbert and Jean Ratelle each tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and combined to register 11 of the Blueshirts’ 57 shots on goal.
  • Jan. 23, 1993 – Mike Gartner became the first player in NHL history to register 30 or more goals in 14 consecutive seasons.
  • Jan. 23, 2004 – The Rangers acquired Jaromir Jagr in a trade with the Washington Capitals.

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