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Game Preview: New York Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings, Mar. 19

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DETROIT RED WINGS

Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square Garden – New York, NY

 

Rangers: 28-31-13 (69 pts)

Red Wings: 25-37-10 (60 pts)

 

* See the attached documents for additional information on all Rangers players and the Rangers’ portion of game notes for tomorrow’s game

 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 73rd game of the 2018-19 season tomorrow, Mar. 19, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Including tomorrow’s game, each of the Blueshirts’ next two contests and three of their next four games are against Original Six teams.

 

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. in the fifth floor press conference room.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

 

TOMORROW STARTS TODAY

Through seven trades made leading up to the NHL’s Trade Deadline in both 2018 and 2019, the Rangers acquired 22 assets in exchange for eight players who were on the team’s roster. Among the assets acquired were:

  • Four picks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (including two first-round picks)
  • Six picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (including one first-round pick and two second-round picks which could become first-round picks)
  • Five players who were 22 years old or younger at the time they were acquired (Brett Howden, Brendan Lemieux, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, and Yegor Rykov)

 

The Rangers either have made, or will make, seven selections in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft over a three-year period from 2017 – 2019. Since the start of the NHL Entry Draft Era in 1979 (following the NHL-WHA merger), no NHL team has made more than seven first-round selections in a three-year span. In addition, for the first time in franchise history (since the inception of the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft in 1963), the Rangers have had multiple first-round picks in three consecutive years (two first-round selections in 2017, three first-round selections in 2018, and two first-round selections in 2019).

 

In 2018, the Rangers selected three players in the first round of the same NHL Amateur/Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history. The Blueshirts used their three first-round picks to select Vitali Kravtsov, K’Andre Miller, and Nils Lundkvist.

  • Kravtsov – led all KHL players younger than 20 years old in goals (eight), assists (13), and points (21) during the regular season in 2018-19; Kravtsov’s 21 points are tied for the ninth-most by a KHL player younger than 20 years old in the league’s history (tied with Artemi Panarin)
  • Miller – leads NCAA freshmen defensemen (min. 25 games played) in assists per game (0.65) and points per game (0.85) in 2018-19; named one of the finalists for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • Lundkvist – led SHL defensemen younger than 19 years old in assists (seven) and points (10) during the regular season in 2018-19; over the last 30 seasons (since 1989-90) in the SHL, Lundkvist is one of 14 defensemen younger than 19 years old who have who have tallied 10 or more points in a single season, and his 10 points are tied for the 10th-most by a defenseman younger than 19 years old in the league over the span

 

The Rangers made 10 selections overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, which was the most the team made in one year since the NHL adopted a seven-round Draft format beginning in 2005. The Blueshirts currently have 10 picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (their own first-round pick, Winnipeg’s first-round pick, their own second-round pick, either Dallas’ second-round pick or first-round pick, either Tampa Bay’s second-round pick or first-round pick, their own third-round pick, Columbus’ fourth-round pick, their own fifth-round pick, their own sixth-round pick, and Columbus’ seventh-round pick).

 

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS

  • All-Time*: 220-262-103-7 (142-95-57-1 at home; 78-167-46-6 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
  • 2018-19: Tomorrow’s game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-0-2 record (0-0-0 at home; 0-0-2 on the road), following the Red Wings’ 3-2 win in a shootout on Mar. 7 at Detroit. Both contests have been decided after regulation. The Blueshirts are 2-for-5 (40.0%) on the power play and 5-for-5 (100%) on the penalty kill in the season series. Pavel Buchnevich leads the Rangers with two goals and three points in two games, while Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Lemieux are tied for the team lead with two assists in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a .934 SV% (71 saves on 76 shots) in two appearances.
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a seven-game point streak against the Red Wings, dating back to Jan. 22, 2017 (3-0-4 record). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 18 games against Detroit, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (10-2-6 record over the span).
  • Thirteen of the last 21 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including nine of the last 12 games, six of the last seven games, and each of the last five games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • Each of the last five games between New York and Detroit, as well as 13 of the last 14 games between the two teams, have been decided by one goal. In addition, 17 of the last 19 games and 21 of the last 25 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
  • Andy Bathgate is the Rangers’ all-time leader in assists (80) and points (131) against the Red Wings franchise. Rod Gilbert is the Blueshirts’ all-time leader in goals against Detroit (52), and Harry Howell is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played against the Red Wings franchise (219). Three Rangers have recorded 50 or more career goals against the Red Wings in franchise history: Gilbert (52), Bathgate (51), and Camille Henry (50). Gump Worsley is the Rangers’ all-time leader in wins against the Red Wings franchise (38).

 

 RANGERS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

  • Brendan Smith played parts of six seasons with the Red Wings (2011-12 – 2016-17) and was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit on Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Jim Schoenfeld played parts of two seasons with Detroit (1981-82 and 1982-83).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov’s uncle is Slava Kozlov, who played parts of 10 seasons with the Red Wings (1991-92 – 2000-01) and helped Detroit win two Stanley Cups (1996-97 and 1997-98). Namestnikov moved from Russia to Michigan when he was nine years old and lived in Michigan for six years.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Niklas Kronwall helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In addition, Lundqvist, Kronwall, and Jonathan Ericsson all helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lundqvist and Kronwall have represented Sweden at the Winter Olympics three times (2006, 2010, and 2014), at the 2001 IIHF World Junior Championship, and the IIHF World Championship in 2003 and 2005.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard have both started in the same game 10 times. The scores of those 10 games were 3-1 Detroit (Dec. 6, 2009), 1-0 Rangers (Jan. 16, 2014), 3-0 Rangers (Mar. 9, 2014), 1-0 Rangers in overtime (Feb. 21, 2016), 2-1 Detroit (Oct. 19, 2016), 2-1 Rangers in overtime (Nov. 24, 2017), 3-2 Detroit in a shootout (Dec. 29, 2017), 3-2 Detroit in overtime (Feb. 25, 2018), 3-2 Detroit in overtime (Nov. 9, 2018), and 3-2 Detroit in a shootout (Mar. 7, 2019). At least one of the two goaltenders have been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in nine of the 10 games, and both goaltenders have been named two of the Three Stars in six of the 10 games.
  • Three Rangers played with the U.S. National Team Development Program which was/is based in Ann Arbor/Plymouth in Michigan: Connor Brickley (2009-10), Kevin Shattenkirk (2005-06 and 2006-07), and Brady Skjei (2010-11 and 2011-12). In addition, David Quinn coached in the program for two seasons (2002-03 and 2003-04).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov and Luke Witkowski were teammates in the Lightning organization for parts of five seasons (2012-13 – 2016-17).
  • Ryan Strome and Frans Nielsen were teammates with the Islanders for parts of three seasons (2013-14 – 2015-16).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov and Andreas Athanasiou were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped the Knights win the OHL Championship in 2011-12.
  • Mika Zibanejad, Lias Andersson, and Jacob de la Rose helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Marc Staal and Darren Helm helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Chris Kreider and Brian Lashoff helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Dylan Larkin helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, and Dan Bylsma was one of Team USA’s Assistant Coaches.
  • Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, and Dylan Larkin all helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. In addition, Jeff Blashill, Dan Bylsma, and Adam Nightingale were all members of Team USA’s coaching staff and Jeff Gorton was a member of Team USA’s Advisory Group.
  • Filip Chytil and Filip Hronek represented the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Dylan Larkin represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, Skjei, Larkin, Danny DeKeyser, and Jimmy Howard all represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Jeff Blashill was Team USA’s Head Coach, Adam Nightingale was the team’s Video Coach, and Chris Drury was Team USA’s Assistant General Manager for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Boo Nieves played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan (2012-13 – 2015-16) and helped the Wolverines win the Big Ten Championship in 2015-16.
  • Boo Nieves and Dylan Larkin were teammates at the University of Michigan for one season (2014-15).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Jimmy Howard were members of the United States’ team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Dan Bylsma was the team’s Head Coach.
  • Lindy Ruff was Thomas Vanek’s Head Coach with the Sabres for parts of eight seasons (2005-06 – 2012-13).
  • Lindy Ruff was Trevor Daley’s Head Coach with the Stars for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • One of Kevin Shattenkirk’s Assistant Coaches with the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship was Jeff Blashill.
  • Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Michael Rasmussen were all selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Tony DeAngelo and Dylan Larkin were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, and the two players represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Adam Nightingale was a member of Team USA’s coaching staff when Tony DeAngelo and Dylan Larkin represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Howard was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Mike Richter (like Richter, Howard wears jersey No. 35).
  • Lias Andersson and Christoffer Ehn were teammates with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for part of one season (2017-18).
  • David Oliver played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Michigan (1990-91 – 1993-94) and one American Hockey League (AHL) season with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2000-01).

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 17 GP, 7-4-6, 2.00 GAA, .936 SV%, 4 SO – Lundqvist has posted a better SV% against Detroit than against any other opponent in his NHL career. In his last 13 appearances against the Red Wings (dating back to Mar. 21, 2012), Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-5 record, along with a 1.48 GAA, a .952 SV% (393 saves on 413 shots), and 4 SO.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – 25 GP, 4-12-16 – Shattenkirk has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 15 games against Detroit.
  • Chris Kreider – 16 GP, 4-6-10 – Kreider has tallied a point in six of his last 10 games against Detroit (two goals, five assists), and he has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 14 contests against the Red Wings.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov – 19 GP, 2-6-8 – Namestnikov has registered an assist/point in three of his last six games against Detroit (four assists over the span) and has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 12 games against the Red Wings.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 22 GP, 2-5-7 – Zibanejad notched an assist in the Rangers’ first game against Detroit this season on Nov. 9, 2018.
  • Ryan Strome – 14 GP, 2-4-6 – Strome has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in his last eight games against the Red Wings.
  • Pavel Buchnevich – 7 GP, 2-3-5 – Buchnevich has recorded a point in four of the last six games against the Red Wings, and he tied a single-game career-high with two goals on Mar. 7, 2019 at Detroit.
  • Tony DeAngelo – 5 GP, 1-3-4 – DeAngelo enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak against the Red Wings (three assists), and he has tallied a point in four of five career games against Detroit.
  • Brady Skjei – 9 GP, 0-3-3 – Skjei has recorded three assists/points in the last seven games against Detroit, and he has also posted a plus-five rating in nine career games against the Red Wings.
  • Brendan Lemieux – 3 GP, 0-2-2 – Lemieux established a single-game career-high with two assists and tied a single-game career-high with two points on Mar. 7, 2019 at Detroit.
  • Vinni Lettieri – 3 GP, 1-0-1 – Lettieri tallied his first career NHL goal/point while making his NHL debut on Dec. 29, 2017 against Detroit.

 

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).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Connor Brickley both attended Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts; Brickley’s final season at the school was in 2008-09, and Vesey’s final season at the school was in 2010-11.
  • 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.
  • Filip Chytil and Libor Hajek represented the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).

 

HOME SWEET HOME

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of the last 23 home games and in 25 of 36 games at MSG this season.

 

YOUTH SERVED

Five of the Rangers’ last six goals have been scored by a player who is 23 years old or younger (Buchnevich (2), Pionk, Howden, and Lemieux). At least one Ranger who is 23 years old or younger has registered a goal in each of the last six games and in eight of the last nine games.

 

ON POINT

Four Rangers defensemen have tallied 20 or more points this season (DeAngelo, Shattenkirk, Pionk, and Skjei). The Rangers are one of six NHL teams that have four or more defensemen who have recorded at least 20 points in 2018-19. At least one Rangers defenseman has recorded a point in 19 of the team’s last 21 games, including all 19 games which the team has registered a goal over the span (since Feb. 4 vs. Los Angeles). Rangers defensemen have tallied 42 points (seven goals, 35 assists) in the last 21 games.

 

CLOSE CALL

Four of the Rangers’ last eight games, six of their last 11 games, and 38 of their 72 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Blueshirts’ 38 one-goal games are tied for the second-most in the NHL in 2018-19. Of the Rangers’ 34 games which have not been decided by one goal this season, 10 were one-goal games prior to an empty-net goal being scored.

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in seven of his last 10 appearances and in 26 of his 48 appearances this season. Lundqvist is tied for third among NHL goaltenders in games with 30 or more saves in 2018-19. Entering Tuesday’s contest against Detroit, he is 18:38 away from playing 50,000 minutes in his NHL career and becoming the third goaltender to play at least 50,000 minutes with one franchise in NHL history (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey; Tony Esposito – Chicago).

 

HENRIK LUNDQVIST – ALL-TIME NHL RANKINGS

WITH ONE FRANCHISE

     
CATEGORY TOTAL RANK
Appearances 853 3rd
Wins 449 2nd
Minutes Played 49,981:22 3rd
Saves 22,592 3rd
Shutouts 63 7th

 

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers in goals (28), assists (39), and points (67) this season, and he has established career-highs in all three categories. He has established career-highs in numerous categories in 2018-19, including total ice time (1,477:23), takeaways (60), faceoffs won (734), and faceoffs taken (1,478), and he is averaging a career-high in time on ice per game (20:31). Zibanejad is one of five centers in franchise history who have registered 65 or more points in a season when 25 years old or younger (along with Walt Tkaczuk, Mark Pavelich, Mike Ridley, and Darren Turcotte).

 

DOING IT ALL

Zibanejad is one of six NHL players who have registered 28 or more goals and have also won 700 or more faceoffs this season (along with Aleksander Barkov, Sidney Crosby, Mark Scheifele, John Tavares, and Jonathan Toews). He is also one of nine NHL players who have recorded at least 28 goals and 60 or more takeaways in 2018-19 (along with Barkov, Scheifele, Toews, Sebastian Aho, Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid, Sean Monahan, and Mark Stone).

 

HOT AT THE DOT

Zibanejad’s 734 faceoff wins in 2018-19 are the seventh-most a Ranger has registered in one season since the NHL began tracking faceoffs in 1997-98. In addition, Zibanejad’s 1,478 faceoffs taken this season are the sixth-most a Ranger has registered in one season since 1997-98.

 

ALEXANDAR THE GREAT

Alexandar Georgiev ranks second among NHL rookie goaltenders in appearances (27) and saves (743), and he also ranks fourth among NHL rookie goaltenders in wins (10) this season. Georgiev has made 30 or more saves in 13 of his 27 appearances this season, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in 14 of those 27 appearances. In addition, he has helped the Rangers earn at least one point in 13 of his 24 starts this season.

 

DE-FENSE

Tony DeAngelo has recorded an assist/point in 12 of his last 16 games (13 assists) and in 14 of his last 20 games (15 assists). DeAngelo’s 15 assists since Feb. 4 are tied for the most among NHL defensemen over the span. Among NHL defensemen who have played at least 50 games this season, DeAngelo ranks 23rd in assists per game (0.44) and is tied for 28th in points per game (0.52). He also ranks 11th among NHL defensemen 23 years old or younger in points this season (27).

 

SHATT STATS

Kevin Shattenkirk enters tomorrow’s contest with 599 career NHL games played. He has recorded an assist/point in three of the last five games (three assists) and in seven of his last 11 games (seven assists), and he has also tallied 11 assists/points in his last 16 games. Shattenkirk’s 11 assists since Feb. 12 are tied for the fourth-most among NHL defensemen over the span.

 

NHL DEFENSEMEN

ASSISTS LEADERS SINCE FEB. 12

   
T-1. Tony DeAngelo 13
T-1. Erik Gustafsson 13
T-1. Keith Yandle 13
T-4. Kevin Shattenkirk 11
T-4. John Carlson 11

 

BUCH BOOST

Pavel Buchnevich has recorded two goals/points in the last three games, four goals/points in the last six games, and five goals/points in the last eight games. He has established career-highs in goals (17), even strength goals (10), and power play goals (seven) this season, and he ranks third on the Rangers in goals in 2018-19. In addition, Buchnevich leads the Rangers (min. 20 games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time this season (1.26).

 

STROME SURGE

Ryan Strome has tallied 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 53 games with the Rangers this season, and he has registered 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in the last 18 games. Since he was acquired by the Rangers on Nov. 16, Strome is tied for third on the team in goals and is tied for fifth on the team in points.

 

CHYTIL-MANIA

Filip Chytil has skated in 68 games this season and in 77 games in his NHL career. Chytil’s 68 games played this season are the fourth-most by a teenager in one season in franchise history (trailing only Michael Del Zotto, Manny Malhotra, and Mike Allison). In addition, Chytil’s 77 career games played are the third-most by a teenager in franchise history, trailing only Malhotra and Del Zotto.

 

RANGERS HISTORY

GAMES PLAYED BY A TEENAGER IN ONE SEASON

     
PLAYER SEASON GAMES PLAYED
1. Michael Del Zotto 2009-10 80
2. Manny Malhotra 1998-99 73
3. Mike Allison 1980-81 71
4. Filip Chytil 2018-19 68

 

 

RANGERS HISTORY

CAREER GAMES PLAYED BY A TEENAGER

     
PLAYER SEASON(S) GAMES PLAYED
1. Manny Malhotra 1998-99 and 1999-00 100
2. Michael Del Zotto 2009-10 80
3. Filip Chytil 2017-18 and 2018-19 77

 

 

REAL DEAL NEAL

Neal Pionk is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen who are either in their first or second season in points thus far in 2018-19 (22); in addition, he leads all undrafted defensemen who are in their first or second NHL season in points in 2018-19. Pionk leads the Rangers in average ice time this season (21:37).

 

LEMIEUX IN BLUE

Brendan Lemieux leads the NHL (min. 20 games played) in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time this season (2.85). In addition, he leads NHL rookies (min. 20 games played) in goals per 60 minutes of ice time in 2018-19 (1.49).

 

KREID-ING HIGH

Chris Kreider has established a career-high in shots on goal (188) and is averaging a career-high in time on ice per game (17:27) this season, and he is also two goals away from tying his career-high of 28 (2016-17). Kreider is one of three NHL players who have registered at least 26 goals and 130 hits this season (along with Alex Ovechkin and Evander Kane).

 

VESEY DOES IT

Jimmy Vesey has established career-highs in assists (18) and points (34), and is averaging a career-high in time on ice per game (16:12) this season. In addition, he has tied his career-high in shots on goal (136) and is one goal away from tying his career-high on 17 (2017-18). Vesey ranks fourth in the NHL (min. 100 shots on goal) in average shot length this season (20.6 ft from the net); the only players who have recorded shots on goal from a closer distance to the net on average than Vesey has this season are Zach Hyman, Anders Lee, and Connor McDavid. Thus far this season, 30 of Vesey’s 34 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal.

 

DRAW IT UP

Brendan Smith drew four minor penalties on Mar. 15 at Calgary; the four minor penalties drawn in the contest were tied for the most any NHL player has drawn in a game this season and were also tied for the most any NHL defenseman has drawn in one game since the NHL began tracking the statistic in 2009-10. Smith is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in minor penalties drawn this season (16), and he also leads NHL defensemen (min. 20 games played) in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time in 2018-19 (1.13).

 

SKJEI HEY KID

Brady Skjei is one of five NHL players who have recorded at least 160 hits, 100 shots on goal, and 100 blocked shots this season. He leads the Rangers in average even strength ice time (18:39) and hits (161), and is tied for the team lead in blocked shots (102) in 2018-19. In addition, Skjei leads Rangers defensemen in even strength goals (six), and is tied for first among team defensemen in goals (six) and even strength points (20) this season.

 

STAALWART RANGER

Marc Staal is tied for the team lead in blocked shots this season (102), and he has recorded at least 100 blocked shots in a season for the fourth time in his NHL career. Staal is nine games away from tying Vic Hadfield for seventh place on the Rangers’ all-time games played list (841). Staal leads Rangers defensemen in games played this season (71).

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-2 (4:00) on Mar. 16 at Minnesota.

 

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (4:31) on Mar. 16 at Minnesota.
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in five of the last nine games (26-for-30; 86.7%), in 12 of the last 22 games (51-for-61; 83.6%), and in 17 of the last 29 games (75-for-89; 84.3%).
  • New York has posted the 10th-best penalty kill efficiency percentage in the NHL since Jan. 12 (84.3%; over a 29-game span).

 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Kevin Shattenkirk – 1 game away from 600 in his NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist – 18:38 away from 50,000:00 minutes played in his NHL career/as a Ranger; 5 wins away from tying Curtis Joseph for fifth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list (454)
  • Pavel Buchnevich – 7 points away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Neal Pionk – 9 games away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger

 

INJURIES (161 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Libor Hajek (separated shoulder) – has missed four games

 

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Mar. 18 – Recalled John Gilmour and Vinni Lettieri from Hartford (AHL)
  • Mar. 15 – Agreed to terms with free agent forward Jake Elmer

 

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Mar. 18, 2014 – Henrik Lundqvist became the Rangers’ all-time leader in wins, earning his 302nd career win with the franchise, as the Blueshirts defeated the Ottawa Senators, 8-4.
  • Mar. 19, 1972 – Ed Giacomin became the first goaltender in NHL history to tally two assists in one game.
  • Mar. 19, 1993 – Mike Gartner became the first Ranger in franchise history to register 40 or more goals in three different seasons, as well as in three consecutive seasons.
  • Mar. 19, 2001 – Mark Messier registered his 1,772nd career NHL point, passing Marcel Dionne for sole possession of third place on the league’s all-time points list. Messier recorded two points (one goal, one assist), and “Czechmates” Jan Hlavac (one goal, two assists), Petr Nedved (one goal, one assist), and Radek Dvorak (one goal, one assist) registered seven points as the Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 6-3, at MSG.

 

REMEMBERING 1993-94

The Rangers played 84 regular season games during the 1993-94 season, which was the last time (to date) that the team has played 84 games in the regular season. The schedule included two neutral site games in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the Rangers won both contests (4-1 against New Jersey on October 31, 1993; 7-5 against Washington on March 9, 1994).

 

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS – 1993-94

The Rangers posted a 0-2-0 record against Detroit in 1993-94. The Red Wings were one of only three teams the Blueshirts did not earn a win against during the season. Brian Leetch led the Rangers with two goals, and Sergei Zubov led the team with three assists and four points.

 

Several members of the Rangers’ 1993-94 team had been in the Red Wings organization prior to joining the Blueshirts, including General Manager Neil Smith, Adam Graves, and Joey Kocur.

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