RANGERS LOOK TO KNOCK CROWN OFF KINGS SUNDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, 10:30 p.m. ET
STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA
Rangers: 24-18-5 (53 pts)
Kings: 24-17-5 (53 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 48th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a back-to-back set tomorrow, Jan. 21, against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center (10:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s game is the second contest of the Blueshirts’ four-game road trip, and all four games are against Western Conference teams. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of the last 16 games (8-6-2 record) and in 12 of the last 19 games (9-7-3 record). The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 27 games (15-9-3 record), 21 of their last 35 games (21-11-3 record), and 23 of their last 39 contests (23-13-3 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 28 of their last 41 games (23-13-5 record).

RANGERS VS. KINGS

  • All-Time: 70-45-16-3 (39-20-6-1 at home; 31-25-10-2 on the road)
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, and the only meeting between the two teams at Los Angeles. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 4-2 win on Dec. 15 at MSG. Four different Rangers tallied a goal and 10 different Rangers registered a point in the contest. Rick Nash recorded the game-winning goal in the third period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves to earn the win.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 (8-3-3 record over the span).
  • New York has earned at least one point in each of its last five road games against Los Angeles, dating back to Oct. 7, 2011 (3-0-2 record). In addition, the Blueshirts have posted a 6-2-1-2 record in their last 11 road games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 14, 2000.

RANGERS-KINGS CONNECTIONS

  • Marian Gaborik played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 – 2012-13).
  • Kings President Luc Robitaille played two seasons with the Rangers (1995-96 and 1996-97).
  • Darryl Williams played a part of one season with the Kings (1992-93).
  • David Desharnais and Torrey Mitchell were teammates with the Canadiens for parts of three seasons (2014-15 – 2016-17).
  • Steven Kampfer and Darcy Kuemper were teammates in the Minnesota Wild organization for parts of three seasons (2011-12 – 2013-14).
  • Rick Nash and Jeff Carter were teammates with the Blue Jackets for part of one season (2011-12).
  • Rick Nash and Drew Doughty helped Canada win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2010 and 2014. In addition, Nash, Doughty, and Carter all helped Canada win a gold medal in 2014.
  • Ryan McDonagh, Kevin Shattenkirk, Dustin Brown, and Jonathan Quick all represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
  • Mats Zuccarello, Marian Gaborik, and Anze Kopitar helped Team Europe finish as the runner-up at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Zuccarello and Kopitar tied for the team lead with four points in the tournament.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Trevor Lewis helped the United States win a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
  • J.T. Miller and Derek Forbort represented the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Alec Martinez were teammates with TPS in Liiga in Finland for part of one season (2012-13).
  • Marc Staal and Anze Kopitar were selected with consecutive picks in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Kopitar – 11th overall by Los Angeles; Staal – 12th overall by the Rangers).
  • Brady Skjei and Tanner Pearson were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Jonathan Quick was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Mike Richter.
  • Jonathan Quick attended Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut. Several former Rangers played high school hockey at Avon Old Farms, including Hall of Famer Brian Leetch.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. KINGS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 11 GP, 5-4-2, 2.52 GAA, .920 SV% – Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances against the Kings (3-1-1 record, 2.00 GAA, .941 SV% over the span).
  • Ondrej Pavelec – 8 GP, 4-3-0, 2.29 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO – Pavelec has posted a better SV% against Los Angeles than against any other opponent in his NHL career (min. two appearances against an opponent). He has made 33 or more saves in four of his eight career appearances against the Kings.
  • Rick Nash – 41 GP, 17-17-34 – Nash has tallied 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last 15 games against Los Angeles.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 7 GP, 3-5-8 – Zibanejad has recorded a goal and has posted a multi-point game in three of his last four contests against the Kings (three goals, four assists in the four contests).
  • David Desharnais – 11 GP, 1-7-8 – Desharnais has recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in his last nine games against the Kings, and he has posted three multi-point games over the span.
  • Michael Grabner – 12 GP, 3-5-8 – Grabner established a single-game career-high with four points (two goals, two assists) on Dec. 19, 2015, against the Kings when he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 11 GP, 3-4-7 – Zuccarello has tallied a point in five of his last six games against Los Angeles (three goals, four assists).
  • Brendan Smith – 13 GP, 0-6-6 – Smith has notched an assist/point in six of 13 career games against the Kings, including four of his last nine games against Los Angeles.
  • Kevin Hayes – 6 GP, 4-2-6 – Hayes has registered a point in five of six career games against Los Angeles.
  • J.T. Miller – 8 GP, 2-4-6 – Miller has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in the last four games against the Kings, and he has recorded a point in five of the last seven contests against Los Angeles.

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).
  • Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • 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).
  • Michael Grabner and Peter Holland were teammates with Toronto for one season (2015-16).
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

The Rangers and Knicks are both playing games at STAPLES Center tomorrow (Knicks at Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET; Rangers at Kings, 10:30 p.m. ET). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rangers and Knicks are both playing in the same venue on the same day in a venue that is not Madison Square Garden for the first time since Feb. 3, 1957 (Rangers at Bruins, and Knicks at Celtics at Boston Garden).

TEAM EFFORT

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has seven players who have recorded 10 or more goals this season. The Blueshirts are also one of three NHL teams that have 10 players who have registered at least 20 points this season (along with Tampa Bay and Toronto).

BACK-TO-BACK

The Rangers conclude their seventh of 11 back-to-back sets during the 2017-18 season tomorrow. The Rangers have posted a 3-3-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set this season. Since the start of last season, the Blueshirts have posted a 14-8-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set. In their last 104 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 67-31-6 record in the second game of the set.

ROAD WARRIORS

New York is tied for second in the NHL – and leads the Eastern Conference – in road wins since the start of last season (34; 34-22-4 record in 60 road games over the span).

WHAT A LINE

The Rick Nash-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered 10 points (six goals, four assists) over the last three contests.

SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC

New York has posted a 7-2-0 record in nine games against Pacific Division opponents in 2017-18. The Rangers have posted a 37-9-5 record in 51 games against teams in the Pacific Division since the start of the 2014-15 season, including an 18-4-1 record in 23 contests since the start of last season.

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist is the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned 20 or more wins in each of his first 13 seasons, as well as the first goaltender in NHL history who has earned at least 20 wins in 13 consecutive seasons at any point during the course of a career. Lundqvist has been selected to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 28 in Tampa Bay. He has been named an NHL All-Star for the fourth time in his career (also in 2009, 2011, and 2012). Among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in at least 20 games this season, Lundqvist is tied for fourth in SV% (.924). He has posted a 19-8-2 record, along with a 2.38 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 1 SO in 31 appearances since Oct. 31 vs. Vegas; he is tied for the NHL lead in wins over the span, and he also ranks second in SV% among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 20 games over the stretch. Lundqvist has posted a .900 SV% or better in each of his last 17 starts (dating back to Dec. 1 vs. Carolina), which is the longest such streak of his career.

Lundqvist has started both games of a back-to-back set 81 times in his NHL career. In the second game of those 81 sets, he has posted a 53-21-7 record, along with a 2.02 GAA, a .930 SV%, and 9 SO. In addition, Lundqvist has posted an 8-0-0 record, along with a 1.73 GAA, a .948 SV%, and 1 SO in the second game of the last eight back-to-back sets in which he has started both contests, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in all eight contests.

RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash has posted a multi-goal game in two of the last three games, and he has registered five points (four goals, one assist), 13 shots on goal, and a plus-four rating in the three contests. He has also been selected as the game’s First Star in two of the three contests. Nash leads the Rangers in shots on goal (148), takeaways (45), multi-point games (seven), and minor penalties drawn (15) this season.

PAV’S PARTY

Pavel Buchnevich enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists over the span), and he has recorded a goal in each of the last two games. He ranks second on the Rangers in points this season (30; 13 goals and 17 assists), and he is also tied for the team lead in points against Western Conference opponents this season (12; five goals and seven assists in 15 games).

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh is one of five NHL defensemen who have registered at least 22 assists and a plus-13 rating this season (Doughty, Hedman, Klingberg, and Pietrangelo). McDonagh enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (three assists). In addition, McDonagh has recorded an assist/point in each of his last four games (he missed one game due to injury over the span).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-1 (1:28) today at Colorado.
  • The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in two of the last three games (2-for-5; 40.0%), in three of the last five games (3-for-9; 33.3%), and in five of the last nine games (5-for-21; 23.8%).

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 1-for-1 (2:00) today at Colorado.
  • New York ranks fifth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (83.8%; 124-for-148).
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in five of the last six games (12-for-14; 85.7%), in 14 of the last 20 games (54-for-61; 88.5%), and in 15 of the last 22 games (58-for-66; 87.9%).
  • The Rangers have killed off 94 of their opponents’ last 108 power play opportunities (87.0%).
  • The Blueshirts have not allowed more than one power play goal in 45 of 47 games this season.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • David Desharnais – 3 games away from 500 in his NHL career
  • Mats Zuccarello – 5 points away from 300 in his NHL career; 6 goals away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Rick Nash – 6 points away from 800 in his NHL career

INJURIES (46 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Chris Kreider (blood clot – right arm) – has missed 10 games
  • Kevin Hayes (contusion) – has missed four games
  • Marc Staal (hip flexor) – has missed two games
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (meniscus tear) – has missed one game
  • Michael Grabner (flu) – has missed one game

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Jan. 19 – Recalled Tony DeAngelo and Daniel Catenacci from Hartford (AHL); Assigned Lias Andersson to Hartford (AHL)
  • Jan. 15 – Assigned Boo Nieves to Hartford (AHL); Recalled Peter Holland from Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Jan. 21, 1967 – Harry Howell became the first player to skate in 1,000 games as a member of the Rangers. Howell is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played (1,160). He ended his NHL career by playing parts of three seasons with the Kings (1970-71 – 1972-73).

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