|NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 14-13-5 (33 pts)
Ducks: 18-11-5 (41 pts)*
* Anaheim is playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow
** See the attached documents for additional information on all Rangers players and the Rangers’ portion of game notes for tomorrow’s game
The New York Rangers’ 2018-19 Media Guide can be accessed via the following link: https://nhl.bamcontent.com/images/assets/binary/300190044/binary-file/file.pdf
The Rangers play their 33rd game of the 2018-19 season and conclude a three-game homestand tomorrow, Dec. 18, against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). All three games during the Blueshirts’ current homestand are against Pacific Division opponents. Including tomorrow’s contest, New York will play three of its next four games at MSG. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 15 of the last 21 games (11-6-4 record), in 18 of the last 27 games (13-9-5 record), and in 19 of the last 29 games (14-10-5 record).
RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE
The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tomorrow’s contest. Rangers Head Coach David Quinn will be available to the media at 5:20 p.m.
*Schedule and availability subject to change
RANGERS VS. DUCKS
- All-Time: 17-17-1-1 (10-7-1-0 at home; 7-10-0-1 on the road)
- 2018-19: Tomorrow’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Ducks, and the only meeting 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 3-2 win in a shootout on Nov. 1 at Anaheim. Brett Howden tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in the game, while Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad each recorded a goal in the shootout. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced in regulation/overtime and stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout to earn the win.
- The Rangers have won seven of their last nine games against the Ducks (7-2-0 record), dating back to Jan. 7, 2015, and have outscored Anaheim, 33-22, in the nine contests.
- The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 12 of their last 17 games against the Ducks, dating back to Dec. 16, 2008 (11-5-1 record).
- The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of their last five games against Anaheim (17 goals over the span) and in eight of their last nine games against the Ducks.
- New York has not allowed a power play goal against in 11 of its last 15 games against Anaheim, dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season (44-for-49; 89.8% over the span).
- Mark Messier is the Rangers’ all-time leader in goals (six) and points (12) against the Ducks, while Brian Leetch is the franchise’s all-time leader in assists against Anaheim (nine). Marc Staal has played 16 career games against Anaheim and is tied with Leetch for the most career games played by a Blueshirt against the Ducks.
- Chad Johnson appeared in six games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11).
- Ducks Assistant Coach Mark Morrison played 10 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (1981-82; 1983-84).
- Ducks Assistant Coach Marty Wilford played with the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2001-02 season.
- Brian Gibbons was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on July 1, 2015, and he played with the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, during the 2015-16 season.
- Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrej Sustr were teammates in the Lightning organization for parts of six seasons (2012-13 – 2017-18), including parts of four seasons with Tampa Bay (2014-15 – 2017-18).
- Vladislav Namestnikov and Jake Dotchin were teammates in the Lightning organization for parts of four seasons (2014-15 – 2017-18).
- Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, and Brian Gibbons were all teammates at Boston College for one season (2010-11). Kreider and Gibbons were teammates for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) and helped Boston College win the National Championship in 2009-10. Greg Brown was an Assistant Coach at Boston College in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.
- Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Miller have both won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s Best Goaltender (Lundqvist – 2011-12; Miller – 2009-10).
- 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.
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Ryan Miller were teammates with the Blues for part of one season (2013-14).
- Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg were teammates with Ottawa for one season (2012-13).
- Mika Zibanejad, Fredrik Claesson, and Pontus Aberg were all teammates in the Djurgardens organization in Sweden for three seasons (2009-10 – 2011-12). In addition, Zibanejad and Aberg helped Sweden earn a bronze medal at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
- Cody McLeod and Pontus Aberg were teammates with the Predators for parts of two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18) and helped Nashville advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2016-17.
- Brendan Smith and Ben Street were teammates with the University of Wisconsin for three seasons (2007-08 – 2009-10) and helped the school advance to the National Championship Game in their final collegiate season in 2009-10.
- Cody McLeod and Ben Street were teammates with the Avalanche for parts of two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).
- 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).
- Mika Zibanejad and Rickard Rakell helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. In addition, Zibanejad, Rakell, and Hampus Lindholm all helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Jimmy Vesey and John Gibson helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 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). In addition, Staal and Cogliano were both selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
- Chris Kreider and Cam Fowler helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Kreider, Fowler, and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
- Henrik Lundqvist and Jakob Silfverberg helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. In addition, Lundqvist, Silfverberg, and Hampus Lindholm all represented Sweden at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
- Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, and Brian Gibbons all helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Kevin Shattenkirk, Cam Fowler, Ryan Kesler, and Ryan Miller represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Ryan Strome, Mika Zibanejad, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Rickard Rakell were all selected in the first round of the 2011 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).
- Brady Skjei and Hampus Lindholm were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
- Lindy Ruff was Ryan Miller’s Head Coach with the Sabres for parts of 10 seasons (2002-03 – 2012-13).
- Lindy Ruff was Patrick Eaves’ Head Coach with the Stars for parts of three seasons (2014-15 – 2016-17).
- Lindy Ruff helped Canada earn a gold medal at the Winter Olympics twice as an Assistant Coach (2010 and 2014); Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry played for Canada in both tournaments.
- David Quinn was one of Cam Fowler’s Assistant Coaches at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
- Greg Brown was one of Patrick Eaves’ Assistant Coaches at Boston College for one season (2004-05).
- David Oliver and Ducks Assistant Coach Marty Wilford were teammates with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL) during the 1999-00 season.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. DUCKS
- Alexandar Georgiev – 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.85 GAA, .933 SV% – Georgiev stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced in regulation/overtime and both shooters he faced in the shootout to earn a win in his only career appearance against the Ducks on Nov. 1, 2018 at Anaheim.
- Mats Zuccarello – 13 GP, 3-6-9 – Zuccarello has tallied a point in four of the last five games against Anaheim (one goal, three assists), including an assist in three of the last four games. In addition, he has registered a point in seven of the last nine games against the Ducks (three goals, six assists in the nine contests).
- Mika Zibanejad – 10 GP, 3-6-9 – Zibanejad has recorded a point in six of 10 career games against Anaheim, and he has tallied four assists/points in the last four games against the Ducks.
- Kevin Hayes – 8 GP, 2-3-5 – Hayes has recorded a goal/point in each of his last two games against the Ducks, as well as a point in three of his last four games against Anaheim (two goals, one assist).
- Brendan Smith – 15 GP, 0-5-5 – Smith has notched two assists/points in his last six games against the Ducks.
- Ryan Strome – 10 GP, 2-2-4 – Strome registered two goals on Feb. 25, 2018 against Anaheim, and he has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in his last eight games against the Ducks.
- Brady Skjei – 5 GP, 1-2-3 – Skjei has registered a point in two of five career games against Anaheim, and he recorded a goal on his birthday against the Ducks during his rookie season on Mar. 26, 2017 at Anaheim.
- Vladislav Namestnikov – 7 GP, 1-2-3 – Namestnikov has registered a point in three of seven career games against Anaheim.
- Chris Kreider – 9 GP, 1-2-3 – Kreider has notched an assist/point in two of his last four games against the Ducks (two assists) and has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in his last seven contests against Anaheim.
- Pavel Buchnevich – 4 GP, 0-2-2 – Buchnevich has registered an assist/point in two of four career games against the Ducks.
- Jimmy Vesey – 5 GP, 0-3-3 – Vesey has tallied an assist/point in three of the last four games against Anaheim.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Several Rangers players have connections with fellow members of the Blueshirts and/or members of the team’s coaching staff in addition to being teammates with the Rangers:
- Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev were teammates while representing Russia in international competition during the 2014-15 season.
- Fredrik Claesson and Mika Zibanejad were teammates with several teams prior to joining the Rangers:
- The two were teammates in Sweden with Djurgardens’ U18 team, U20 team in SuperElit, and professional team in the SHL over the course of three seasons (2009-10 – 2011-12).
- Zibanejad and Claesson helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
- Claesson and Zibanejad were both selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and were teammates in the Senators’ organization (either with Ottawa or with Ottawa’s American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Binghamton Senators) for parts of three seasons (2012-13 – 2013-14; 2015-16).
- Fredrik Claesson and Jesper Fast represented Sweden in several tournaments over the course of three seasons (2009-10 – 2011-12).
- Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and won the National Championship in 2011-12.
- Greg Brown was either an Assistant Coach or Associate Head Coach at Boston College throughout Hayes’ and Kreider’s tenures at the school.
- Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
- Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey were friends while growing up in Massachusetts.
- Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
- Cody McLeod and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with the Avalanche for part of the 2010-11 season.
- Cody McLeod was coached by David Quinn with the Avalanche during the 2012-13 season (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Colorado).
- Adam McQuaid and Marc Staal were teammates with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for four seasons (2003-04 – 2006-07).
- David Oliver held several roles throughout the Avalanche organization for 10 seasons during Cody McLeod’s tenure with the team (2007-08 – 2016-17). Oliver was the General Manager of Colorado’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, during McLeod’s only season in Lake Erie in 2007-08.
- Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by David Quinn on several teams throughout his career before Quinn became the Rangers Head Coach:
- Quinn was an Associate Head Coach at Boston University for two seasons while Shattenkirk attended the school (2007-08 and 2008-09), and Boston University won the National Championship in 2008-09.
- Quinn was Shattenkirk’s first Head Coach in professional hockey, as he coached Shattenkirk for parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
- David Oliver served as the Avalanche’s Director of Player Development for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) while Kevin Shattenkirk was in the organization. Shattenkirk made his professional hockey debut in 2009-10 and his NHL debut with Colorado in 2010-11.
- Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Shattenkirk – 14th overall by Colorado; Smith – 27th overall by Detroit).
- Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.
- Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by Rangers TV/Radio Analyst Dave Maloney when he was in high school.
- Brady Skjei was coached by David Quinn at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
- Brady Skjei was coached by Greg Brown at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (Brown was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
- Lias Andersson’s uncle, Mikael Andersson, was teammates with Lindy Ruff as members of the Buffalo Sabres (1985-86 – 1988-89).
- Lias Andersson’s father, Niklas Andersson, was teammates with Henrik Lundqvist as members of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for four seasons (2001-02 – 2004-05).
- Lias Andersson and Mika Zibanejad helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
- Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Strome – fifth overall by the NY Islanders; Zibanejad – sixth overall by Ottawa). Vladislav Namestnikov was also selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of the last 12 home games (8-1-3 record), in 12 of the last 14 home games (9-2-3 record), and in 13 of the last 16 home games (10-3-3 record).
Only 10 NHL rookies 20 years old or younger have tallied 11 or more points this season, and the Rangers are only one of two teams that have two of those players (Chytil and Howden). In addition, the Rangers are one of four NHL teams that have at least two rookies (of any age) who have tallied 11 or more points this season (Chytil and Howden). Prior to 2018-19, the last time the Rangers had two rookies 20 years old or younger who recorded 11 or more points in the same season was 1987-88 (Brian Leetch and Ulf Dahlen).
SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC
Since the start of the 2015-16 season, the Rangers have posted a 35-12-6 record in 53 games against Pacific Division opponents. The Rangers have also posted a 21-4-3 record in 28 games against Pacific Division teams at MSG over the span.
Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Blueshirts have registered three or more goals in each of the last five games, in 16 of the last 22 games, and in 21 of 32 games this season.
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has six defensemen who have tallied two or more goals this season. Blueshirts defensemen have tallied 13 goals over the last 19 contests.
HEY HEY HAYES
Kevin Hayes tied single-game career-highs with three assists and three points, and recorded his 200th career NHL point on Dec. 16 vs. Vegas. He has posted a multi-point game in each of the last four contests (three goals, six assists over the span). He has also recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in the last nine games and 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in the last 21 games. Of the 200 points he has tallied in his NHL career, 157 have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.
Among NHL players who are either in their age 18 or age 19 season, Filip Chytil is tied for fourth in goals (five) and games played (32), and is tied for sixth in points (11) this season. He has notched an assist/point in two of the last three games (two assists), and he has recorded a point in eight of the last 15 games (five goals, three assists).
Chris Kreider is one of only two NHL players who have registered at least 15 goals and 70 hits this season (along with Alex Ovechkin). He has recorded four or more hits in each of the last four games (20 hits over the span), and he has tallied 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in the last 16 games. Kreider leads the Rangers in goals this season (15).
Mats Zuccarello has tallied an assist/point in each of the two games he has played since returning from injury. He has recorded 222 career assists as a Ranger, and he is three assists away from tying Anders Hedberg for the most assists by a Ranger who was born and trained outside of North America in franchise history.
|RANGERS ALL-TIME ASSISTS LEADERS
|20. Adam Graves
|T-21. Dave Maloney
|T-21. Anders Hedberg*
|23. Bill Fairbairn
|T-24. Mats Zuccarello
|T-24. Camille Henry
* Zuccarello is three assists away from tying Hedberg for the most assists by a Ranger who was born and trained outside of North America in franchise history
Mika Zibanejad has tallied a goal in three of the last four games and has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in the last 11 contests. He has also tallied 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) over the last 28 games.
Henrik Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in 12 of his 25 appearances this season. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in 16 of 25 appearances this season, and he has posted a .900 SV% or better in 19 of those 25 appearances. He is tied for first among NHL goaltenders in games with a .900 SV% or better this season, and he is tied for second among NHL goaltenders in games with 30 or more saves in 2018-19.
- The Rangers were 1-for-4 (6:33) on Dec. 16 vs. Vegas.
- New York has recorded four power play goals over the last two games (4-for-11; 36.4%).
- The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in eight of the last 17 games (12-for-49; 24.5%); New York ranks ninth in the NHL in power play efficiency over the span (since Nov. 9).
- The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:05) on Dec. 16 vs. Vegas.
- Brady Skjei – 2 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
- Henrik Lundqvist – 4 wins away from tying Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list (445)
- Marc Staal – 7 games away from 800 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
- Tony DeAngelo – 7 games away from 100 in his NHL career
- Jimmy Vesey – 9 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
INJURIES (98 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
- Cody McLeod (fractured hand) – has missed 10 games
- Kevin Shattenkirk (separated shoulder) – has missed two games
- Jesper Fast (upper-body) – has missed one game
- Dec. 16 – Recalled Alexandar Georgiev from Hartford (AHL); Assigned Matt Beleskey and Dustin Tokarski to Hartford (AHL)
- Dec. 15 – Recalled Boo Nieves from Hartford (AHL)
- Dec. 11 – Assigned Cole Schneider and Steven Fogarty to Hartford (AHL)
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
- Dec. 17, 2011 – Brad Richards recorded the game-winning goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in regulation as the Rangers defeated the Phoenix Coyotes, 3-2.
- Dec. 18, 1996 – Mark Messier tallied his 15th shorthanded goal as a Ranger, breaking a tie with Don Maloney and Adam Graves for the most shorthanded goals in franchise history, Wayne Gretzky tallied three assists, Luc Robitaille registered two goals, and Mike Richter stopped all 37 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout as the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 4-0, at MSG.
The Rangers played their first all-time game in Anaheim on January 28, 1994. Mark Messier registered two goals in the contest for the Blueshirts.
RANGERS VS. MIGHTY DUCKS – 1993-94
The Rangers lost both meetings against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim during the Mighty Ducks’ inaugural NHL season in 1993-94. The Blueshirts played their first all-time game against Anaheim on October 19, 1993 at MSG.