|Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 Barclays Center
– KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 6-for-6 (10:36) on the penalty kill in today’s game and held the Islanders to seven shots on goal over their six power play opportunities. Prior to today’s game, the last time the Rangers did not allow a power play goal against in a game which they were shorthanded six or more times was on Mar. 6, 2017 at Tampa Bay (6-for-6).
– ONE AND WON – Six of the Blueshirts’ last 10 games, eight of their last 14 games, and 22 of the team’s 44 games this season have been decided by one goal. The Rangers have posted an 11-4-7 record in games decided by one goal in 2018-19.
– TWO GOOD – The Rangers have posted a 13-1-0 record when allowing two goals or fewer in a game this season.
– RESILIENT RANGERS – The Blueshirts won a game when allowing the first goal for the ninth time this season.
– ALL TIED UP – The score has been tied at the end of the first period in 23 of the Rangers’ 44 games thus far this season. In addition, the score has been tied at the end of the second period in 15 of the team’s 44 games in 2018-19. The Blueshirts have posted a 14-6-3 record in games which the score has been tied at the end of the first period in 2018-19. The Rangers have also posted an 8-5-2 record in games which the score has been tied at the end of the second period this season.
– HITTING MACHINE – The Rangers were credited with 27 hits in today’s game, including 16 hits in the first period, and 12 of 18 skaters registered at least one hit in the contest. The Blueshirts have registered at least 20 hits in 38 of 44 games this season, including 27 of the last 29 games.
– NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Rangers earned a win at Barclays Center for the first time in franchise history. The Rangers’ win in today’s game was also their first all-time win in the borough of Brooklyn. The Blueshirts have now earned at least one win in four of New York City’s five boroughs (Manhattan – Madison Square Garden; Brooklyn – Barclays Center; The Bronx – Yankee Stadium; Queens – Citi Field).
– Mats Zuccarello registered the game-winning goal and posted a plus-one rating in 20:11 of ice time. He was selected as the game’s First Star. Zuccarello’s goal was also his 331st career point as a Ranger, and he passed Alexei Kovalev for sole possession of 31st place on the franchise’s all-time points list. He has registered a point in two of the last three games (one goal, one assist), and he has also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in the last 14 games.
– Filip Chytil tallied a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating. He was selected as the game’s Second Star. As of the conclusion of today’s game, Chytil ranks fourth among NHL players 19 years old or younger in goals (seven) and ranks sixth among NHL players 19 years old or younger in points (15) this season. He has tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist) and in 12 of the last 26 games (seven goals, five assists). Chytil also recorded a point in all of the Rangers’ four games against the Islanders in 2018-19, including a goal in three of the four games (three goals, one assist in the four contests). Chytil has tallied eight goals in his NHL career (one in 2017-18 and seven in 2018-19). According to NHL Stats & Information, Chytil’s eight career goals are tied for the fifth-most by a teenager in franchise history, and he is one of seven players who have recorded eight or more goals with the Rangers as a teenager in franchise history (Mike Allison, Alexei Kovalev, Michael Del Zotto, Don Murdoch, Manny Malhotra, and Chris Kontos).
– Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves and earned his sixth win of the 2018-19 season. He has allowed two goals or fewer in eight of his 15 NHL appearances this season. In three career appearances against the Islanders (two starts), Georgiev has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 0.87 GAA, a .967 SV% (58 saves on 60 shots), and 1 SO.
– Tony DeAngelo notched an assist on the game-winning goal, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 18:19 of ice time. The Rangers have posted a 16-7-4 record in games which he has played this season.
– Boo Nieves recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating. Nieves has recorded an assist/point in two of the last three games (two assists), and he has also registered a point in four of his last nine games (two goals, two assists).
– Mika Zibanejad tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, led all skaters with 17 faceoff wins (17-for-29; 58.6%), recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating while skating in a team-high 22:23 of ice time. He leads the Rangers in assists (24) and points (36) this season.
– Adam McQuaid led all skaters with five hits and tied for the game-high with two blocked shots in 20:40 of ice time. Entering today’s game, McQuaid is the only NHL player who is averaging at least 2.8 hits per game and 2.2 blocked shots per game this season.
– Brady Skjei was credited with four hits, registered two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 21:37 of ice time.
– Brett Howden drew two minor penalties in today’s contest.
– Morning Skate/Availability 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 4:20 p.m.
– Next Game: Tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 13 at Columbus (6:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)
*Schedule subject to change