The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a three-game homestand today, Nov. 11, against the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden (1:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a five-game winning streak and have also won seven of their last nine contests (7-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 11 games (7-2-2 record).
MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY
Throughout today’s game, the Rangers will pay tribute to the military in several ways while holding “Military Appreciation Day”. As part of this special day, Rangers players will be wearing camouflage jerseys and using camouflage tape on their sticks during warmups. These items will be auctioned off to raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, a partner of the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Nov. 8, Rangers 4 vs. Bruins 2 – Pavel Buchnevich opened the scoring at 9:53 of the first period. The Bruins tied the contest 21 seconds after Buchnevich scored, but Jimmy Vesey tallied two goals in a span of 29 seconds to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Boston cut its deficit to one in the third period, but Rick Nash‘s empty-net goal with 7.7 seconds remaining in regulation helped the Rangers earn the win. Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves in the contest.
Shots: NYR – 33; BOS – 33
PP: NYR – 0-1/0:38; BOS – 0-4/6:38
3 Stars: 1. H. Lundqvist (NYR); 2. J. Vesey (NYR); 3. P. Bergeron (BOS)
RANGERS VS. OILERS
All-Time: 31-30-9-2 (14-16-6-1 at home; 17-14-3-1 on the road)
2017-18: Today’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following today’s contest, the Rangers and Oilers will play against each other on the following date: Mar. 3 (at Edmonton).
2016-17: The Rangers posted a 2-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road). The Blueshirts outscored the Oilers, 8-4, in the season series and tallied at least three goals in both contests. Michael Grabner (three goals, one assist) and Kevin Hayes (one goal, three assists) tied for first among all skaters with four points in the season series.
The Rangers have won each of their last three games against the Oilers, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015. New York’s three-game winning streak against Edmonton is tied for its longest against the Oilers in franchise history.
- Glen Sather served as the Oilers President and General Manager from 1980-81 – 1999-00. In addition, Sather was Edmonton’s Head Coach for parts of 11 seasons in the NHL (1979-80; 1980-81 – 1988-89; 1993-94), as well as parts of three seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1976-77 – 1978-79. Sather also played one season with the Oilers in the WHA (1976-77). The Oilers honored Sather by raising a banner to go alongside their retired jerseys on Dec. 11, 2015.
- David Desharnais played a part of one season with Edmonton (2016-17).
- Cam Talbot played two seasons with the Rangers (2013-14 and 2014-15).
- Rick Nash (2002), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), and Connor McDavid (2015) were selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft.
- Nick Holden is a native of St. Albert, Alberta.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. OILERS
- Henrik Lundqvist – 9 GP, 4-2-2, 2.55 GAA, .906 SV%, 1 SO – Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last three decisions against Edmonton, and he has allowed two goals or fewer in six of nine career appearances against the Oilers.
- Rick Nash – 42 GP, 17-18-35 – Nash enters the contest with a five-game point streak against the Oilers (three goals, five assists), and he has recorded a goal in three of the last four contests against Edmonton. He has also tallied 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his last nine games against Edmonton.
- Mats Zuccarello – 8 GP, 4-5-9 – Zuccarello has registered five points (two goals, three assists) in the last five games against Edmonton and he has posted three multi-point games in eight career contests against the Oilers.
- Michael Grabner – 11 GP, 4-4-8 – Grabner has tallied a goal and posted a multi-point game in each of the last two games against the Oilers (three goals, one assist), and he has notched six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven contests against Edmonton.
Over the last 11 games (Since Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh), the Rangers are tied for third in the NHL in wins (seven), rank third in the NHL in points (16; 7-2-2 record), and rank second in the NHL in goals (43).
The Rangers enter the contest with a season-high five-game winning streak, dating back to Oct. 31 vs. Vegas. The Blueshirts’ five-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the NHL, and it is also tied for the longest winning streak any team has posted in 2017-18.
During the five-game winning streak…
- The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 22-14
- The Rangers have tallied at least five goals in three of the five games
- Ten different skaters have recorded a goal and 15 different skaters have tallied a point
- Eight different skaters have registered four or more points
The Rangers have registered at least three goals in nine of the last 11 games, including four or more goals in eight of those contests (43 goals over the span), and 14 different Blueshirts have tallied a goal in the 11 contests. New York has recorded at least four goals in six of the last seven games (31 goals over the span) & at least five goals in three of the last five contests (22 goals in the five games).
New York has won each of its last four home games, dating back to Oct. 26 vs. Arizona. The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 20-11, in the four games and have recorded at least four goals in each of the four contests.
Through 17 games this season, 27 of the Rangers’ 56 goals (48.2%) have been registered by players who are 25 years old or younger (Zibanejad – eight; Buchnevich – seven; Vesey – four; Hayes – three; Miller – three; Skjei – two).
The Rangers are the only NHL team that has two defensemen who have tallied 10 or more assists this season (McDonagh – 11; Shattenkirk – 11). Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had two defensemen who registered 11 or more assists through the first 17 games of a season was 1993-94 (Leetch – 14; Zubov – 13).
Alain Vigneault earned his 200th career win as the Rangers’ Head Coach on Nov. 8 vs. Boston, and he became the third head coach to earn 200 career wins with the Blueshirts in franchise history (Emile Francis – 342; Lester Patrick). Vigneault also earned his 621st career win as an NHL head coach on Nov. 6 vs. Columbus, passing Bryan Murray for sole possession of 12th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list among head coaches.
Henrik Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last five appearances, and he has made at least 30 saves in five of his last 10 appearances.
Kevin Shattenkirk enters the contest with a six-game point streak (three goals, six assists over the span). He leads NHL defensemen in primary assists (eight) and primary points (13; five goals and eight primary assists on a goal) and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in points (16) this season. Shattenkirk has recorded a point in 12 of 17 games this season, including an assist in 10 contests; he leads NHL defensemen in games with a point and is tied for first among NHL defensemen in games with an assist. He is tied for second among NHL defensemen in goals (five) and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (11) in 2017-18.
Mika Zibanejad established a single-game career-high with three assists (all on the power play) on Nov. 6 vs. Columbus. He became the first Ranger to register three power play assists in one game since Brandon Dubinsky and Jaromir Jagr on Dec. 29, 2007.
Zibanejad leads the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (18) this season, and he is one of three NHL players who has tallied 18 or more points and has not been assessed a penalty this season (Mark Scheifele and Anze Kopitar). Prior to Zibanejad, the last Ranger who had tallied at least 18 points and had not taken a penalty through the first 17 games of a season was Wayne Gretzky in 1996-97.
IT’S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller tied single-game career-highs with three assists and three points and notched an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime on Nov. 4 at Florida. He has registered seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last six games and 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in the last 12 games. Miller leads the Rangers in assists this season (12).
Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a three-game assist/point streak (five assists). He has recorded eight assists/points in the last
seven games and 10 assists/points in the last 11 contests. He is tied for first among NHL defensemen in even strength assists (nine), is
tied for second among NHL defensemen in primary assists (seven), and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in assists (11) in
The Rangers were 0-for-1 (0:38) on Nov. 8 vs. Boston.
The Blueshirts rank fifth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (23.8%; 15-for-63).
The Rangers are 4-for-9 (44.4%) over the last three games and 7-for-20 (35.0%) over the last six games.
New York has tallied a power play goal in four of the last six games and in nine of 17 games this season.
The Rangers were 4-for-4 (6:38) on Nov. 8 vs. Boston.
New York ranks 11th in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (82.5%; 47-for-57).
The Rangers have killed off 40 of their opponents’ last 46 power play opportunities (87.0%), including each of their opponents’ last 17 power play opportunities.
The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal in each of the last five games (12-for-12) and in seven of the last nine games (25-for-27; 92.6%).
Jimmy Vesey – 3 games away from 100 in his NHL career
INJURIES (8 Man-Games Lost to Injury)