RANGERS TO BATTLE NASHVILLE SATURDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-5-2 (4 pts)
Predators: 4-2-1 (9 pts) 

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their ninth game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Oct. 21, against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s game is the fourth contest of the Blueshirts’ season-long, six-game homestand, and the Rangers will play four of their next five games at MSG. In addition, tomorrow’s contest is the first of three consecutive games the Rangers will play against Western Conference opponents (Oct. 23 vs. San Jose and Oct. 26 vs. Arizona).  Continue reading

RANGERS SLUMP CONTINUES, BUT THEY DO GET A POINT

  Game Summary                              NYI: J. Halak (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)    Event Summary
Shootout Summary

–       THREE’S COMPANY – The Rangers recorded at least three goals in a game for the second consecutive contest, and the Blueshirts have tallied seven goals over the last two games. In addition, six different Rangers have registered a goal in the two games.

–       ON POINT – At least one Rangers defenseman registered an assist/point on each of the team’s three goals in regulation in tonight’s game, and four different Blueshirts defensemen recorded an assist/point in the contest (Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal, Brendan Smith, and Ryan McDonagh).

–       SHOOTING GALLERY – The Blueshirts registered a season-high 41 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and 16 of 18 Rangers recorded at least one shot on goal. The Rangers have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in each of the last five games and in seven of eight games thus far in 2017-18. Continue reading

TOSTI: ADVISORY: FEBRUARY SCHEDULE CHANGE

ADVISORY: February Schedule Change

Swamp Rabbits move a home game against Atlanta on Thursday, February 8 to Tuesday, February 20.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, have announced a game change in conjunction with the Atlanta Gladiators. The game, originally scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, will now be played on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The game time will remain 7 p.m. when the Swamp Rabbits take the ice against the Gladiators.

The Swamp Rabbits TBT promotion will follow the game change to Feb. 20. Take advantage of a 2-for-$20 ticket offer at SwampRabbits.com and great “Hoppy Hour” specials on the arena patio. From 5-8 p.m. grab $2 concessions like mac & cheese bombs, meatball sliders, tacos, and more. Fans can also enjoy $5 orders of chicken wings and $3 domestic beers.

From 6-8 p.m. on the concourse, enjoy $3 soda, popcorn, hot dogs, and domestic beer. “Hoppy Hour” specials are offered every Tuesday and Thursday during the season.

Tickets dated for February 8 will be accepted on February 20 at the doors of the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For ticket exchanges, please contact your account representative or the Swamp Rabbits Manager of Ticket Operations/Customer Service, Stacey Wise, at swise@swamprabbits.com or (864) 250-4864.

BRICK-BY-BRICK NIGHT | Friday, November 3 | 7 p.m.
The Swamp Rabbits celebrate one of the top growing cities in the country! Get your hands on a special Brick-by-Brick Night Jersey during a live post-game auction. Bon Secours Family Fun Packs are available with tickets, food, drinks, and Swamp Rabbits souvenirs for just $60.

OUTDOORS / SCOUT NIGHT | Saturday, November 4 | 7 p.m.
The annual Scout Night returns to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to recognize the area’s Boy and Girl Scouts. Contact Stacey Wise at swise@swamprabbits.com or (864) 250-4864 to register your pack or troop for the game. To purchase special scout tickets, follow your respected link: Boy Scouts | Girl Scouts.

CLEAR BAG POLICY: The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be implementing a clear bag policy for all events. Each ticketed guest will be permitted to carry one large clear bag, either a Ziploc style bag or a 12”x6”x12” clear bag, plus a small clutch purse (4.5”x6.5”). For more information on the policy, click here.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 1

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 1

Greenville nets plethora of goals on the opening weekend, but comes up short against Wheeling.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

KEEPING THE SCOREKEEPER BUSY
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-1-1-0) proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, met the Wheeling Nailers for opening weekend but came up short in a pair of high scoring one-goal games. The 10 goals scored by the Swamp Rabbits was the most on opening weekend since the team’s inaugural season of 2010-11. The pair of games featured eight different lead changes, ten power play goals, and 189 combined shots on net. The Swamp Rabbis now begin a stretch of four games on the road beginning with a trip to North Charleston, SC this Friday. Continue reading

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2018

American Hockey League Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

BY: Jason Chaimovich, AHL

The American Hockey League today announced the four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.

Honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the 13th group of enshrinees are Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky.

“The foundation of the American Hockey League for more than 80 years has been formed by those who excelled in making it what it is today,” said David Andrews, AHL President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The AHL Board of Governors is proud to unanimously endorse the Selection Committee’s recommendation for the induction of these four individuals into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.”

The Class of 2018 will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, hosted by the Utica Comets. The American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for January 29, 2018, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO GET BEARINGS RIGHT AS THEY FACE ISLES

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-5-1 (3 pts)
Islanders: 2-3-1 (5 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their eighth game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Oct. 19, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tomorrow’s game is the third contest of the Blueshirts’ season-long, six-game homestand, and the Rangers will play five of their next six games at MSG. In addition, tomorrow’s contest is the fourth of four consecutive games the Rangers are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents.

RANGERS VS. ISLANDERS

  • All-Time: 125-110-19-8 (71-44-11-5 at home; 54-66-8-3 on the road)
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Islanders, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Islanders will play against each other on the following dates: Jan. 13 (at MSG), Feb. 15 (at Brooklyn), Apr. 5 (at Brooklyn).
  • 2016-17: The Rangers posted a 1-3-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 0-2-0 on the road). All four contests were decided by two or fewer goals. Mats Zuccarello, Nick Holden, Chris Kreider, Rick Nash, Brady Skjei, and Mika Zibanejad all tied for the team lead with three points in the season series. Zuccarello and Jimmy Vesey tied for the team lead with two goals in four contests. Skjei and Zibanejad tied for first among all skaters on both teams in assists in the season series.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 27 games against the Islanders, dating back to Nov. 15, 2011 (13-11-3 record over the span).

 RANGERS-ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS

  • Michael Grabner played five seasons with the Islanders (2010-11 – 2014-15).
  • Islanders Assistant General Manager and Head Coach Doug Weight played parts of three seasons with the Rangers (1990-91 – 1992-93).
  • Islanders Assistant Coach Scott Gomez played two seasons with the Rangers (2007-08 and 2008-09).
  • Ondrej Pavelec and Andrew Ladd were teammates with the Thrashers/Jets for parts of six seasons (2010-11 – 2015-16).
  • Rick Nash and Jason Chimera were teammates with the Blue Jackets for parts of five seasons (2005-06 – 2009-10).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Jaroslav Halak were teammates with the Blues for parts of four seasons (2010-11 – 2013-14).
  • Steven Kampfer, Johnny Boychuk, and Dennis Seidenberg were all teammates with the Bruins for parts of two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
  • Mika Zibanejad and Shane Prince were teammates with the Senators for parts of two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).
  • Steven Kampfer and Cal Clutterbuck were teammates with the Wild for part of one season (2011-12).
  • David Desharnais and Jordan Eberle were teammates with the Oilers for part of one season (2016-17).
  • David Desharnais and Jaroslav Halak were teammates with the Canadiens for part of one season (2009-10).

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. ISLANDERS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 56 GP, 30-19-6, 2.29 GAA, .919 SV%, 5 SO – Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in 34 of 56 career appearances against the Islanders.
  • Rick Nash – 29 GP, 11-10-21 – Nash enters the contest with a three-game point streak against the Islanders (one goal, two assists). Since he joined the Rangers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Nash has recorded 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 20 games against the Islanders.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – 9 GP, 3-8-11 – Shattenkirk has tallied a point in six of his last seven games against the Islanders (three goals, seven assists) and has posted three multi-point games over the span.
  • David Desharnais – 19 GP, 4-11-15 – Desharnais has recorded seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last 10 games against the Islanders.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 15 GP, 3-7-10 – Zibanejad has registered a point in seven of his last nine contests against the Islanders, recording eight points (one goal, seven assists) over the span.
  • Marc Staal – 46 GP, 5-14-19 – Staal has tallied more goals, assists, and points against the Islanders than against any other opponent in his NHL career. He has registered a point in five of his last nine games against the Islanders (two goals, three assists).
  • Chris Kreider – 19 GP, 4-9-13 – Kreider has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 10 games against the Islanders, including three points (one goal, two assists) in his last four contests against the Islanders.

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).
  • Adam Cracknell and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with the Blues for parts of four seasons (2010-11 – 2013-14).
  • Adam Cracknell was coached by Lindy Ruff in Dallas during the 2016-17 season.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.

GOALS GALORE

Through seven games this season, 11 different Rangers have registered at least one goal. The Blueshirts are tied for seventh in the NHL in players who have recorded at least one goal in 2017-18.

EVEN IT UP

The Rangers are one of eight NHL teams that have at least 10 players who have registered an even-strength goal in 2017-18. 

FOUR SCORE

The Rangers tallied four goals on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh. The Blueshirts have recorded four or more goals in 19 of 46 games at MSG since the start of last season (41.3% of games).

HOME COOKING

New York continues its season-long, six-game homestand tomorrow. The homestand is the Rangers’ longest since their franchise-record, nine-game homestand from Dec. 7, 2013 – Dec. 23, 2013. The Rangers play 10 of their first 13 games, as well as 13 of their first 18 games, this season at MSG.

10-IN-10

The Rangers are playing 10 home games in October this season. Since the start of the 2015-16 season, New York has posted an 11-5-2 record at MSG in October.

SHOOTING GALLERY

The Blueshirts have registered at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last four games and in six of seven games in 2017-18. The Rangers rank 11th in the NHL in shots on goal per game in 2017-18 (33.3).

HOT AT THE DOT

The Rangers have won 52.2% of faceoffs taken through six games this season (222-for-425), including 57.0% of faceoffs taken in the defensive zone. New York ranks 11th in the NHL in faceoff win percentage thus far this season.

STAYING DISCIPLINED

The Blueshirts rank 11th in the NHL in fewest penalty minutes per game thus far this season (9:08). The Rangers recorded the third-fewest penalty minutes in the NHL (593) and were tied for fifth in the league in fewest times shorthanded (223) in 2016-17.

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault has earned 615 career wins as an NHL head coach, and he is two wins away from tying Jacques Lemaire for 13th place on the league’s all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault leads all Rangers head coaches (min. 100 games coached) in points percentage in franchise history (.619).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in three of his last four appearances, posting a 2.27 GAA, a .931 SV% (122 saves on 131 shots), and 1 SO in the four contests. He enters the game with 406 career NHL wins, and he is one win away from tying Glenn Hall for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time wins list. Lundqvist earned his 62nd career NHL shutout on Oct. 8 vs. Montreal, passing Turk Broda for sole possession of 16th place on the NHL’s all-time shutouts list.

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller tied a single-game career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh. He has registered an assist/point in four of the last six games (two goals, five assists over the span), and he leads the Rangers in points this season (seven). Miller also ranks third in the NHL (min. 60 faceoffs taken) in faceoff win percentage this season (64.5%; 40-for-62), and he has posted a 77.8% faceoff win percentage on defensive zone faceoffs (14-for-18).

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad recorded a goal/point in each of the Rangers’ first four games in 2017-18, tallying five goals in the four contests. Zibanejad’s four-game goal streak was a career-high, and he became the second player in Rangers history to record a goal in each of the team’s first four games of a season (Rick Nash – 2014-15). He is tied for the NHL lead in power play goals (four), ranks fourth in shots on goal (31), is tied for fourth in power play points (five), and is tied for fifth in goals (five) this season. Zibanejad is also tied for second in the NHL in games with a goal this season (four).

RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash tallied his first goal of the 2017-18 season on Oct. 14 vs. New Jersey. Nash, who enters the contest with 996 career NHL games played, is tied for fourth in the NHL in takeaways (eight) and is tied for fifth in the NHL in shots on goal (29) this season.

SHATT STATS

Kevin Shattenkirk has tallied a point in five of seven games this season (two goals, four assists). He is tied for third among NHL defensemen in power play points this season (four), and he leads Rangers defensemen in goals, assists, and points in 2017-18.

WELCOME MATS

Mats Zuccarello tallied five points (one goal, four assists) through the first two games this season and became the first Ranger to register five points in the first two games of a season since Bernie Nicholls in 1990-91. He is tied for the team lead in assists this season (five), and he is also tied for fifth in the NHL in power play assists in 2017-18 (four).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-6 (8:01) on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.
  • The Blueshirts rank 11th in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (24.1%; 7-for-29).
  • The Rangers have tallied a power play goal in four of seven games this season.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (5:26) on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Ondrej Pavelec – 2 saves away from 10,000 in his NHL career
  • Rick Nash – 4 games away from 1,000 in his NHL career
  • Marc Staal – 4 games away from 700 in his NHL career
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – 3 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Chris Kreider – 4 assists away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Brady Skjei – 6 games away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Mika Zibanejad – 6 points away from 200 in his NHL career
  • Nick Holden – 5 points away from 100 in his NHL career

INJURIES (5 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • None

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • None

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Oct. 18, 1926 – The Rangers purchased the contracts of brothers Bill Cook and Bun Cook from Saskatoon of the Western Hockey League (WHL).
  • Oct. 18, 1952 – Harry Howell made his NHL debut and registered his first career NHL goal/point as the Rangers faced the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto.
  • Oct. 19, 1960 – Jack McCartan, the gold medal-winning goaltender for the 1960 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team, earned his first career NHL shutout by stopping all 19 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated Chicago, 2-0, at MSG.
  • Oct. 19, 1989 – Mike Richter made his first career NHL regular season start and earned his first career NHL win, stopping 24 of 27 shots he faced as the Rangers defeated the Hartford Whalers, 7-3, at MSG. Richter also prevented Hartford’s Kevin Dineen from scoring on a penalty shot attempt in the contest.
  • Oct. 19, 2014 – Martin St. Louis and Rick Nash tallied goals four seconds apart, tying the Rangers record for the fastest two goals. The Blueshirts defeated the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, at MSG.

WELL, AT LEAST THE RANGERS GOT A POINT – A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION?

  Game Summary                          PIT: M. Murray (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)        Event Summary

–       POWER SURGE – The Blueshirts were 2-for-6 (8:01) on the power play in tonight’s contest and tallied both power play goals on a double minor penalty assessed to Pittsburgh in the second period. The Rangers registered two power play goals on a double minor penalty for the first time since Feb. 17, 2016, vs. Chicago. New York has tallied a power play goal in four of seven games this season and has registered two power play goals in three of those contests. The Rangers have recorded at least seven power play goals in their first seven games of a season for the first time since 2009-10 (nine). Continue reading

CANTLON: CHYTIL POWERS PACK HOLD OFF A LATE T-BIRDS RALLY

CANTLON: Chytil Powers Pack Hold Off A Late T-Birds Rally

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA. – The Hartford Wolf Pack built a three-goal lead in the third period, but despite a furious late rally by the Springfield Thunderbirds, the Pack held on to win 4-3 Saturday before an SRO crowd of 6,793 at the Mass Mutual Center.

Filip Chytil, who was moved to a new line for the game with Vince Lettieri and Cole Schneider, had a goal and two assists. It was just Chytil’s second AHL game including having tallied the game-winner and earning the game’s first star in his only other contest. The Pack earned their third win with a three-goal scoring explosion in the third period keeping Springfield winless on the season (0-3-0).

“I felt there was a little more chemistry (with the Chytil line) and got back. They read off each other pretty well and there were a lot of positives from that line,” said Pack head coach, Keith McCambridge.

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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: OCT. 16

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: OCT. 16

 BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Filip Chytil, C, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) – Chytil registered three points (one goal, two assists), including his first career AHL goal/assist/point, tallied the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-three rating on Oct. 14 at Springfield. The Rangers’ first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft also posted a plus-one rating while making his AHL debut on Oct. 13 vs. Toronto. Chytil became the youngest player to appear in an AHL game since Mario Tremblay in 1974. He leads the Wolf Pack in plus/minus rating (plus-four), is tied for second in assists (two), and is tied for third in points (three) thus far in 2017-18, and he also leads the team in points per game (1.50) thus far this season.
  2. Lias Andersson, C, Frolunda Indians (SHL) – Andersson registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in the third period, won seven of 12 faceoffs (58.3%), recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating while helping Frolunda earn a 3-1 win in a Champions Hockey League (CHL) game against Rapaces de Gap on Oct. 10. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-two rating in five CHL games with Frolunda this season, and he has posted a multi-point game in each of his last two CHL contests.
  3. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin posted a 1-0-1 record, along with a 1.48 GAA, a .941 SV% (48 saves on 51 shots), and 1 SO in two appearances during the week. Shesterkin stopped all 21 shots he faced to earn his fourth shutout of the season on Oct. 9 against Spartak Moscow. He has posted a 14-0-1 record, along with a 1.21 GAA, a .954 SV%, and 4 SO in 15 appearances this season. Shesterkin has allowed one goal or fewer in 11 of his 15 appearances in 2017-18. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has registered a 45-4-2 record, along with a 1.52 GAA, a.942 SV%, & 12 SO in 54 appearances since the start of last season. Shesterkin ranks second in the KHL in wins (14), GAA (1.21), SV% (.954), and shutouts (four) thus far in 2017-18.

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RANGERS LOOK TO GET HEALTHY ON FRESH PENGUINS TOMORROW AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-5-0 (2 pts)
Penguins: 3-2-1 (7 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their seventh game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Oct. 17, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: WOR 710 AM). Tomorrow’s game is the second contest of the Blueshirts’ season-long, six-game homestand, and the Rangers will play six of their next seven games at MSG. In addition, tomorrow’s contest is the third of four consecutive games the Rangers are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents.

RANGERS VS. PENGUINS

All-Time: 126-109-23-13 (70-52-9-6 at home; 56-57-14-7 on the road)

2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the first of four meetings between the Rangers and Penguins, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Penguins will play against each other on the following dates: Dec. 5 (at Pittsburgh), Jan. 14 (at Pittsburgh), Mar. 14 (at MSG).

2016-17: The Rangers posted a 2-2-1 record (1-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Rick Nash (three goals, one assist), Michael Grabner (two goals, two assists), and Ryan McDonagh (one goal, three assists) tied for the team lead with four points in the season series, while J.T. Miller and Nick Holden each tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in five games.

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 19 games against the Penguins, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (9-5-5 record over the span). Continue reading