– BOUNCE BACK – Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 40-11-4 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York posted a 23-7-4 record in games following a loss during the regular season in 2016-17.
– BACK-TO-BACK – The Rangers posted an 11-5-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. In their last 98 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 64-28-6 record in the second game of the set.
– ON POINT – Rangers defensemen have recorded 54 points (16 goals, 38 assists) in the final 28 games of the regular season, and a Rangers defenseman tallied a goal in 14 of those 28 contests.
– SPECIAL TEAMS – New York outscored Pittsburgh, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s contest.
– POWER SURGE – The Rangers were 1-for-1 on the power play in the contest. New York recorded a power play goal in 10 of their final 15 regular season games in 2016-17, registering 14 power play goals over the span.
– STAYING DISCIPLINED – New York was not penalized in tonight’s contest.
– Ryan McDonagh tallied two points (one goal, one assist). The Rangers captain, who was named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the 2016-17 season, established career-highs in assists (36) and primary assists (22) this season, and he finished the season one point shy of tying his career-high (42; he recorded 43 in 2013-14). McDonagh led Rangers defensemen in assists and points in 2016-17.
– Mika Zibanejad tallied two assists. He registered a point in six of the final nine regular season games in 2016-17, tallying nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span.
– Derek Stepan registered a power play goal. Stepan tallied a point in nine of his final 14 regular season games this season, registering 11 points (five goals, six assists) over the span. He recorded 55 points in 2016-17, which is tied for the second-most he has tallied in one season in his career.
– Michael Grabner notched an assist. Grabner recorded 40 points this season (27 goals, 13 assists), and he reached the 40-point plateau for the second time in his NHL career (he notched 52 points with the Islanders in 2010-11). In addition, 36 of Grabner’s 40 points in 2016-17 were either a goal or the primary assist on a goal.
– Alain Vigneault earned his 614th win as an NHL head coach in tonight’s game, passing Jacques Martin for sole possession of 14th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among head coaches. Vigneault coached his 328th career game with the Rangers, passing Tom Renney for sole possession of fourth place on the franchise’s all-time games coached list.
– J.T. Miller was the only Ranger who skated in all 82 games during the 2016-17 season. He also played all 82 regular season contests during the 2015-16 season.
– Next Game: Game 1 of First Round at Montreal (Date and Time TBD)