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CANTLON: WOLF PACK’S JENSEN HEADS TO KHL

Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…

****UPDATE****

(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).

SHOOTOUT IN NYC LEAVES RANGERS MINUS A POINT

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        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 35 shots on goal in the game, as 16 different players registered at least one shot on goal.

        Henrik Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced while appearing in his 700th career NHL game in tonight’s contest. Lundqvist is the fifth goaltender in NHL history who has appeared in at least 700 games with one franchise (Martin Brodeur – New Jersey; Tony Esposito – Chicago; Terry Sawchuk – Detroit; Olaf Kolzig – Washington). Lundqvist is the 25th goaltender in NHL history who has made 700 career appearances, and he tied Tomas Vokoun for 24th place on the NHL’s all-time appearances list. Lundqvist is the first goaltender in franchise history who has appeared in 700 career games with the Rangers, and he is the 12th player in franchise history who has appeared in at least 700 career games with the Blueshirts (along with Harry Howell, Brian Leetch, Rod Gilbert, Ron Greschner, Walt Tkaczuk, Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield, Jim Neilson, Adam Graves, Dan Girardi, and Andy Bathgate).

        Mika Zibanejad registered a goal and recorded four shots on goal while skating in his 300th career NHL game. He extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists), and he has tallied a goal in each of the last two games. In addition, Zibanejad has recorded a point in five of the last six games (three goals, three assists) and in 12 of 19 games this season (five goals, 10 assists). Continue reading

BANGED-UP RANGERS TO BATTLE CRYING CROSBYS IN PITT

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NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA
Rangers:13-5-1 (27 pts)
Penguins: 11-4-3 (25 pts)

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 20th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 21, against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tonight’s game is also the first of a home-and-home set between the Rangers and Penguins, as the two teams will face each other on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Madison Square Garden. All of the Blueshirts’ next eight games (including tomorrow’s game) are against Eastern Conference opponents, and six of the eight games are against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 17 games (12-4-1), including 11 of their last 15 games (11-3-1) and eight of their last 11 games (8-2-1). The Blueshirts have posted a 13-5-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. PENGUINS

  • All-Time: 124-107-23-12 (69-51-9-5 at home; 55-56-14-7 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of five meetings between the Rangers and Penguins and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Pittsburgh. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Penguins will play against each other on the following dates: Nov. 23 (at MSG), Dec. 20 (at Pittsburgh), Mar. 31 (at MSG), Apr. 9 (at MSG).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 1-2-1 record (0-1-1 at home; 1-1-0 on the road). Jesper Fast led the Rangers with four points (one goal, three assists) in four games, while Derek Stepan tallied three assists in the season series. Chris Kreider tied for the team lead with two goals.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 14 games against the Penguins, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (7-3-4).

RANGERS-PENGUINS CONNECTIONS

  • Glen Sather played parts of two seasons with the Penguins (1969-70 – 1970-71).
  • Mike Sullivan served as an Assistant Coach with the Rangers for four seasons (2009-10 – 2012-13). Sullivan was also selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (69th overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Adam Clendening played nine games with Pittsburgh during the 2015-16 season.
  • Carl Hagelin played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2011-12 – 2014-15).
  • Matt Cullen played one season with the Blueshirts (2006-07).
  • Marc Staal and Matt Murray are both natives of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
  • 90TH SEASON NOTE – Brian Leetch became the first defenseman in Rangers history to tally five assists in one game on Apr. 18, 1995 against Pittsburgh.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. PENGUINS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 59 GP, 29-21-9, 2.42 GAA, .916 SV%, 4 SO – Lundqvist’s 59 career regular season appearances against the Penguins are the most he has made against one opponent in his career.
  • Antti Raanta – 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV% – Raanta has appeared in one regular season game against Pittsburgh in his career, stopping all three shots he faced in a relief appearance on Mar. 3, 2016.
  • Rick Nash – 24 GP, 11-8-19 – Nash has tallied seven points (four goals, three assists) in his last six regular-season games against Pittsburgh. Including playoff games, Nash has recorded 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his last 16 contests against the Penguins.

LUCKY 13

The Rangers earned 13 wins in their first 17 games of the 2016-17 season. New York’s 13 wins in its first 17 games this season were tied for the most the team has earned in the first 17 games of one season in franchise history. In addition, the Rangers earned 13 wins in their first 17 games and recorded all of the 13 wins in regulation for the first time in their 90-season history.

BACK-TO-BACK

In their last 85 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 56-23-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 3-0-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have registered 76 goals through the first 19 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 76 goals in the first 19 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.00).

HIGH FIVE

The Rangers have tallied five or more goals in nine of the first 19 games in one season for the third time in franchise history (also in 1971-72 and 1972-73). New York is the first NHL team to tally five or more goals in nine of its first 18 games of a season since Buffalo in 2006-07.

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE

The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-31; 76 goals for, 45 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-31 goal differential through 19 games this season is tied for the second-best goal differential the team has posted through the first 19 games of any season in franchise history (1971-72 – plus-47; 1990-91 – plus-31).

ROAD WARRIORS

New York leads the NHL in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (77). The Rangers have won four of their last five road games (4-1-0) and five of their last seven road contests (5-2-0). The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 29-18, in eight road games in 2016-17.

TOP TEN

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has 14 players who have tallied 10 or more points thus far this season.

ON POINT

Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei have both tallied 11 assists through the first 19 games of the season. Two Rangers defensemen have recorded 11 or more assists within the first 19 games of a season for the first time since 1993-94 (Brian Leetch and Sergei Zubov). In addition, three Rangers defensemen (McDonagh, Skjei, and Nick Holden) have recorded eight or more assists within the first 19 games of a season for the first time since 1996-97 (Leetch, Bruce Driver, and Alexander Karpovtsev).

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (470).

UP FOR GRABS

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Michael Grabner is the first Ranger who has tallied 11 or more even strength goals in the team’s first 18 games of one season since Rod Gilbert in 1971-72. Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals (11) and plus/minus rating (plus-17), and he is tied for third in the NHL in goals (11) this season.

RAISE THE ANTTI

Antti Raanta has posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.55 GAA and a .954 SV% in his last four appearances. He has started the second half of a back-to-back set for the Blueshirts 11 times since joining the team prior to the start of last season. In those 11 contests, Raanta has posted a 7-3-1 record, along with a 2.11 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 1 SO. Raanta has made 30 or more saves in three of his five appearances in 2016-17, and he has posted a 14-1-1 record, along with a 1.56 GAA, a .956 SV%, and 2 SO in 16 career appearances in which he has made at least 30 saves. The Rangers have tallied 80 goals in Raanta’s 23 starts as a member of the team (3.48 goals per game in those contests), including 24 goals in his five starts this season (4.80 goals per game).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist is one of 10 goaltenders in NHL history who have earned at least 350 career wins and 60 career shutouts. Lundqvist appeared in his 700th career NHL game on Nov. 20 vs. Florida, becoming the fifth goaltender in NHL history to appear in at least 700 games with one franchise (Brodeur – NJD; Esposito – CHI; Sawchuk – DET; Kolzig – WSH).

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller has recorded a point in 12 of the Rangers’ 13 wins in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts have posted a 12-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 15 games, and he leads the team in points this season (17).

SKJEI HEY KID

Brady Skjei leads NHL rookies in assists this season (11), and he has tallied 10 assists/points in the last 14 games. He is tied for third among NHL defensemen in assists this season.

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh is tied for third among NHL defensemen in assists this season (11). He has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first 19 games in 2016-17. McDonagh is one of 11 NHL players who have averaged at least 18:00 of even strength ice time per game, 3:00 of power play ice time per game, and 2:00 of shorthanded ice time per game this season. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 26 of the last 27 regular season games in which McDonagh has logged 25:00 or more of ice time, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (23-1-3 record in those contests).

WELCOME MATS

Since the start of the 2013-14 season, 147 of Mats Zuccarello’s 183 points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal (80.3% of his points have been primary points).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-3 (5:30) tonight vs. Florida.
  • The Blueshirts rank seventh in the NHL in power-play efficiency this season (22.0%; 13-for-59).
  • New York has recorded a power-play goal in eight of the last 15 games and in 10 of 19 games in 2016-17.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-4 (7:19) tonight vs. Florida.
  • The Blueshirts rank ninth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (84.9%; 45-for-53).
  • The Rangers have not allowed a power play goal against in six of the last eight games. The Blueshirts have killed off 22 of their opponents’ last 24 power play opportunities (over a nine-game stretch), dating back to Nov. 3 vs. Edmonton (91.7% over the span).
  • New York is tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Kevin Hayes – 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger

INJURIES (37 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) – has missed four games
  • Mika Zibanejad (broken fibula)

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Nov. 14 – Recalled Cristoval Nieves from Hartford (AHL)
  • Nov. 17 – Assigned Cristoval Nieves to Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Nov. 21, 1971 – The Rangers established a single-game franchise record by registering 12 goals in a 12-1 win against the California Golden Seals at MSG.

FRIDAY RANGERS TO TANGLE WITH THE COLUMBUS TORTORELLAS

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NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 13-4-0 (26 pts)
Blue Jackets: 8-4-2 (18 pts)

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 18th game of the 2016-17 season and conclude a four-game road trip tomorrow, Nov. 18, against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York enters tomorrow’s game with a three-game winning streak. All of the Blueshirts’ next 10 games (including tomorrow’s game) are against Eastern Conference opponents, and seven of the 10 games are against Metropolitan Division opponents. The Rangers have won 12 of their last 15 games (12-3-0), including 11 of their last 13 games (11-2-0) and eight of their last nine games (8-1-0). The Blueshirts have posted a 13-4-0 record this season.

RANGERS VS. BLUE JACKETS

  • All-Time: 14-8-1-1 (7-2-1-1 at home; 7-6-0-0 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the first of five meetings between the Rangers and Blue Jackets and the first of three meetings between the two teams in Columbus. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Blue Jackets will face each other on the following dates: Jan. 7 (at Columbus), Jan. 31 (at MSG), Feb. 13 (at Columbus), Feb. 26 (at MSG).
  • 2015-16: The Rangers posted a 4-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 2-0-0 on the road). New York outscored Columbus, 15-7, in the season series, tallying four or more goals in three of the four contests and allowing two or fewer goals in all four games. Mats Zuccarello led all skaters with four goals in four games, while Derek Stepan led all skaters with five points (three goals, two assists) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .941 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a seven-game winning streak against the Blue Jackets, dating back to Jan. 16, 2015. The Blueshirts’ current winning streak against Columbus is their longest against the Blue Jackets since the teams began playing against each other in 2000-01.

RANGERS-BLUE JACKETS CONNECTIONS

  • Rick Nash played with the Columbus for nine seasons (2002-03 – 2011-12), and he is the franchise’s all-time leader in several categories, including games played (674), goals (289), assists (258), and points (547).
  • Nick Holden made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets and played parts of two seasons with Columbus (2010-11; 2012-13).
  • J.T. Miller is a native of East Palestine, Ohio.
  • Scott Arniel served as Blue Jackets Head Coach for parts of two seasons (2010-11 – 2011-12).
  • Brandon Dubinsky played parts of six seasons with the Rangers (2006-07 – 2011-12) and won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award during his rookie season in 2007-08.
  • Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella served as Rangers Head Coach for parts of six seasons (1999-00; 2008-09 – 2012-13).
  • Blue Jackets President of Hockey Operations/Alternate Governor John Davidson played parts of eight seasons with the Rangers (1975-76 – 1982-83) and served as TV Analyst for 20 years on MSG Network (1986-2006).
  • 90TH SEASON NOTE: Oscar Lindberg became the first rookie in franchise history to tally a goal in each of the Rangers’ first three games of one season when he recorded two goals on Oct. 10, 2015, vs. Columbus.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. BLUE JACKETS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 13 GP, 9-3-1, 2.44 GAA, .920 SV% – Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last six appearances against Columbus (dating back to Mar. 21, 2014), posting a 1.82 GAA and a .944 SV% over the span. In six career road appearances against Columbus, he has posted a 5-1-0 record, along with a 1.67 GAA and a .942 SV%.
  • Derek Stepan – 13 GP, 7-8-15 – Derek Stepan enters the contest with an eight-game point streak against Columbus (six goals, seven assists), including a three-game goal streak.
  • Mats Zuccarello – 12 GP, 4-4-8 – Zuccarello has recorded a goal in three of the last four games against Columbus (four goals over the span).

LUCKY 13

The Rangers’ 13 wins through 17 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 17 games of one season in franchise history. New York has earned 13 wins in the first 17 games of a season twice in franchise history (2015-16 and 2016-17). In addition, the Rangers have earned 13 wins in their first 17 games and recorded all of the 13 wins in regulation for the first time in their 90-season history. The Rangers are tied for the NHL lead in wins thus far this season (13 – tied with Montreal).

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have registered 72 goals through the first 17 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 72 goals in the first 17 contests of a season for the first time since 1988-89 and for the fourth time in franchise history. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.24).

HIGH FIVE

The Rangers have tallied five or more goals in nine of the first 17 games in one season for the second time in franchise history (also in 1972-73). New York is the first NHL team to tally five or more goals in nine of its first 17 games of a season since Buffalo in 2006-07.

MAKING THE DIFFERENCE

The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-34; 72 goals for, 38 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-34 goal differential through 17 games this season is the second-best goal differential the team has posted through the first 17 games of any season in franchise history (1971-72; plus-39).

The Blueshirts are the first NHL team to post a plus-34 goal differential or better through 17 games of a season since Ottawa in 2005-06. Since 1986-87, only four teams have posted a plus-34 goal differential or better through 17 games of one season (NY Rangers – 2016-17; Ottawa – 2005-06; Pittsburgh – 1995-96; Montreal – 1991-92).

SHUTTING THE DOOR

The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of the last 14 games, dating back to Oct. 19 vs. Detroit. The Blueshirts have won 37 of the last 38 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (37-1-0). New York ranks fourth in the NHL in goals against per game this season (2.24).

SAVING THE DAY

Over the last three games, Rangers goaltenders have posted a .965 SV% (109 saves on 113 shots).

TOP TEN

The Rangers are the only NHL team that has 13 players – as well as 11 forwards – who have tallied 10 or more points thus far this season.

ON POINT

Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei have both tallied 10 or more assists through the first 17 games of the season (McDonagh – 11; Skjei – 10). Two Rangers defensemen have recorded 10 or more assists within the first 17 games of a season for the first time since 1993-94 (Brian Leetch – 14; Sergei Zubov – 13).

ROAD WARRIORS

New York leads the NHL in road wins since 2013-14 (77). The Rangers have won each of their last four road games and five of their last six road contests (5-1-0).

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (470).

UP FOR GRABS

This season, Michael Grabner became the second Ranger since 1990-91 to tally 10 even strength goals within the first 16 games of a season (Nash – 2014-15). Grabner has tallied a goal/point in five of the last nine games, recording 10 points (eight goals, two assists) over the span. Grabner leads the NHL in even strength goals this season (10). He is one of five NHL players who have registered at least 10 goals this season (along with Laine, Crosby, Scheifele, and Pastrnak), and he is tied for second in the NHL in goals. Grabner is also tied for the NHL lead in plus/minus rating this season (plus-16).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist is one of 10 goaltenders in NHL history who have earned at least 350 career wins and 60 career shutouts. He is the Rangers’ all-time leader in several categories, including appearances (698), wins (383), SV% (.921), and SO (60). Lundqvist has earned a win in each of his last five starts, posting a 1.60 GAA, a .950 SV%, and 1 SO over the span. In his last nine starts, Lundqvist has posted an 8-1-0 record, along with a 1.89 GAA, a .936 SV%, and 1 SO. Lundqvist enters the contest with 698 career NHL appearances. Only four goaltenders in NHL history have made at least 700 appearances with one franchise (Brodeur – NJD; Esposito – CHI; Sawchuk – DET; Kolzig – WSH). He is also two wins away from tying Mike Vernon for 13th place on the NHL’s all-time wins list.

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller has recorded a point in 12 of the Rangers’ 13 wins in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts have posted a 12-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in the last 13 games, and he leads the team in points this season (17; seven goals, 10 assists). Miller is tied for the NHL lead in plus/minus rating this season (plus-16).

HEY HEY HAYES

Kevin Hayes has tallied a point in eight of the last nine games, registering 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over the span. He ranks second on the Rangers in goals (eight) and points (16) this season.

SKJEI HEY KID

Brady Skjei leads NHL rookies in assists this season (10), and he has tallied nine assists/points in the last 12 games. He is also tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in assists this season.

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh is tied for second among NHL defensemen in assists this season (11 – tied with Erik Karlsson and trails Duncan Keith by one), and he leads the Rangers in assists in 2016-17. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first 17 games this season. He is one of two NHL defensemen who have registered at least 10 points and a plus-10 rating this season (along with Shea Weber).

IM-PIRRI-AL

Brandon Pirri has led the Rangers in faceoff win percentage in six of the last seven games (min. five faceoffs taken in the game). Since Nov. 3, Pirri leads the NHL (min. 50 faceoffs taken) in faceoff win percentage (65.4%; 34-for-52). Pirri is tied for the NHL lead in game-winning goals this season (three), and he leads the Rangers in power play goals (three).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 (3:16) on Nov. 15 at Vancouver.
  • The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in power-play efficiency this season (24.1%; 13-for-54).
  • New York has recorded a power-play goal in eight of the last 13 games and in 10 of 17 games in 2016-17.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 4-for-4 (8:00) on Nov. 15 at Vancouver.
  • The Blueshirts rank eighth in the NHL in penalty kill efficiency this season (85.1%; 40-for-47).
  • New York is tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mika Zibanejad – 2 games away from 300 in his NHL career; 3 assists away from 100 in his NHL career
  • Henrik Lundqvist – 2 appearances away from 700 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Kevin Hayes – 3 points away from 100 in his NHL career/as a Ranger

INJURIES (34 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) – has missed two games

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Nov. 14 – Recalled Cristoval Nieves from Hartford (AHL)
  • Nov. 17 – Assigned Cristoval Nieves to Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Nov. 17, 1974 – The Rangers defeated the California Golden Seals, 10-0, at MSG. The game featured the most the goals the Rangers have tallied while also posting a shutout in franchise history, and it marked the second time in franchise history the Blueshirts defeated an opponent by 10 or more goals. Rick Middleton tied a single-game franchise rookie record by tallying five points in the contest.
  • Nov. 18, 1953 – Andy Bathgate registered his first career NHL goal as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 3-1, at MSG.
  • Nov. 18, 2000 – Brian Leetch registered his 616th career assist as a Ranger to became the franchise’s all-time leader in assists, passing Rod Gilbert. Leetch registered three points (one goal, two assists) as the Rangers defeated the Calgary Flames, 5-4, in overtime.

·         Nov. 18, 2001 – Eric Lindros tallied his first hat trick as a Ranger and recorded four points (three goals, one assist), Mike York tallied four assists, and Mike Richter stopped 38 of 40 shots as the Rangers defeated the Atlanta Thrashers, 6-2, at MSG. The “FLY Line” of Theo Fleury, Lindros, and York registered 11 points in the game (three goals, eight assists).

IT’S RANGERS VS CANUCKS in VANCOUVER ON TUESDAY

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NEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 10:00 p.m. ET
Rogers ArenaVancouver, BC
Rangers: 12-4-0 (24 pts)
Canucks: 6-9-1 (13 pts)

TOMORROW’S GAME

<style=”text-align: justify;”>The Rangers play their 17th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Nov. 15, against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s game is the third contest of a four-game road trip for the Blueshirts. The Rangers have won 11 of their last 14 games (11-3-0), including 10 of their last 12 games (10-2-0) and seven of their last eight games (7-1-0). The Blueshirts have posted a 12-4-0 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CANUCKS

  • All-Time: 77-32-8-1 (41-14-5-1 at home; 36-18-3-0 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Canucks, and the only meeting between the two teams in Vancouver. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and were defeated by the Canucks, 5-3, on Nov. 8 at MSG. Pavel Buchnevich registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the contest, while Rick Nash tallied his 400th career NHL goal and Mika Zibanejad recorded a goal.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last nine games against Vancouver, dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (6-2-1).
  • New York has won three of its last four games against the Canucks in Vancouver (dating back to Oct. 18, 2011) and has outscored Vancouver, 13-4, in those games.

RANGERS-CANUCKS CONNECTIONS

  • Alain Vigneault served as the Canucks Head Coach for seven seasons (2006-07 – 2012-13). Vigneault is the Canucks’ all-time leader in games coached (540), wins (313), points percentage (.632), playoff games coached (68), and playoff wins (33). Vigneault also served as the Head Coach for the Manitoba Moose, Vancouver’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, for one season (2005-06).
  • Scott Arniel served as the Head Coach for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate for five seasons (Manitoba Moose – 2006-07 – 2009-10; Chicago Wolves – 2012-13).
  • Darryl Williams served as an Assistant Coach with the Canucks for six seasons (2008-09 – 2013-14).
  • Michael Grabner played 20 games with the Canucks in 2009-10.
  • Adam Clendening played part of one season with the Canucks (2014-15).
  • Derek Dorsett played parts of two seasons with the Rangers (2012-13 and 2013-14) and helped the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14.
  • Jayson Megna played part of one season with the Rangers (2015-16).
  • Canucks Assistant Coach Doug Lidster played four seasons with the Rangers (1993-94; 1995-96 – 1997-98) and helped the Blueshirts win the Stanley Cup in 1993-94.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Loui Eriksson were teammates with Frolunda in Sweden for five seasons (2000-01 – 2004-05).
  • 90TH SEASON NOTE: Mike Richter established a single-game franchise record with 59 saves in a 3-3 tie against Vancouver on Jan. 31, 1991.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. CANUCKS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 10 GP, 5-5-0, 2.22 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO – In his last six starts against Vancouver (dating back to Jan. 13, 2011), Lundqvist has posted a 5-1-0 record, along with a 0.99 GAA, a .967 SV% (175 saves on 181 shots), and 2 SO. In his last four appearances on the road against the Canucks, Lundqvist has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.00 GAA, a .969 SV% (126 saves on 130 shots), and 1 SO.
  • Rick Nash – 42 GP, 17-21-38 – Since joining the Rangers prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Nash has tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in seven games against the Canucks. He has posted three multi-assist/point games over the seven contests and has recorded at least one point in six of the seven games.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 7 GP, 4-3-7 – Zibanejad has notched six points (three goals, three assists) in his last four games against Vancouver.

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GRABNER DEUCE LEADS RANGERS PAST OILERS

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team-notesWINS BY THE DOZEN – The Rangers’ 12 wins through 16 games this season are tied for the most the team has earned in the first 16 games of one season in franchise history. New York has now earned 12 wins in the first 16 games of a season twice in franchise history (2015-16 and 2016-17).

BACK-TO-BACK – In their last 85 back-to-back sets (since the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 56-23-6 record in the second game of the set. New York has posted a 3-0-0 record in the second game of a back-to-back set in 2016-17.

GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have registered 65 goals through the first 16 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 65 goals in the first 16 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.06).

SAVING THE DAY – In the last two games, Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Raanta combined to a post a .973 SV% (73 saves on 75 shots). Continue reading

RANGERS MELTDOWN ON ELECTION NIGHT

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        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have registered 58 goals through the first 14 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 58 goals in the first 14 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals per game this season (4.14). The Blueshirts have recorded at least three goals in 11 of 14 games this season.

        POWER SURGE – New York was 1-for-5 (9:00) on the power play in the contest. New York has recorded a power-play goal in seven of the last 10 games and in nine of 14 games in 2016-17. In addition, the Rangers have not gone two consecutive games without tallying a power play goal thus far this season.

        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in the game. The Blueshirts have not allowed a power-play goal in each of the last three games and in four of the last five contests.

        Pavel Buchnevich posted his first career NHL multi-point game, tallying three points (one goal, two assists) in the contest. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Buchnevich is the sixth NHL rookie who has posted at least one three-point game this season (along with Jimmy Vesey, Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Mitch Marner, and Joel Eriksson-Ek). He extended his goal/point streak to three games (three goals, two assists). In addition, he has registered a point in five of his first nine NHL games, tallying seven points (three goals, four assists) over the span.

        Rick Nash registered his 400th career NHL goal and recorded three shots on goal. He is the 92nd player in NHL history who has tallied at least 400 career NHL goals. In addition, he is one of three NHL players who have registered at least 400 goals since the start of his rookie season in 2002-03 (along with Alex Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla). Nash has recorded a goal/point in four of the last six games and in seven of the last 12 contests (seven goals, three assists over the span). Nash is tied for the team lead in goals in 2016-17 (seven).

        Mika Zibanejad tallied a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and led the Rangers with eight faceoff wins in 17:05 of ice time. He has notched a point in eight of 14 games this season (three goals, seven assists).

        Brady Skjei recorded an assist and tied for the team-high with three hits in 17:21 of ice time. Skjei extended his assist/point streak to six games (seven assists over the span) and he has tallied eight assists/points in the last nine games. Skjei is the first Rangers rookie defenseman to tally a six-game assist/point streak since Brian Leetch from Feb. 17, 1989 – Mar. 1, 1989. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, Skjei leads NHL rookies in assists (nine) this season, and he is also tied for the team lead in assists in 2016-17.

        Kevin Hayes tallied an assist in tonight’s contest. Hayes extended his point streak to six games, establishing a career-high (four goals, six assists over the span). In addition, he has registered a point in seven of the last eight games, recording 11 points (five goals, six assists) in those contests.

        Jesper Fast registered an assist and led all skaters with two takeaways. He has recorded a point in three of the last four games (two goals, one assist), and he has also notched a point in seven of 14 games this season (two goals, five assists).

        Antti Raanta stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced in tonight’s game. In 34 career NHL appearances at home, Raanta has posted a 21-4-4 record, along with a 1.86 GAA, a .932 SV%, and four SO.

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  • Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach

On Antti Raanta exiting the game early…

“When the league calls down and says that the spotter wants him out, then you’ve got to take him out.  That’s what we did.  We followed the rules.” 

More on Raanta…

“You have no choice.  I think if Antti didn’t feel well, he probably would have said something.  He felt okay, but the spotter felt differently.  Those are the circumstances, and you’ve got to deal with it.  At the end of the day, I don’t think that was the difference in the game.  Our execution was non-existent.  We couldn’t make a ten-foot pass, and when you execute like that, and you can’t pass, and you can’t put your speed on display… We didn’t deserve to win today, that’s it.  It’s that simple.”

On preparing for tonight’s game…

“Well, I knew they were going to work hard.  I know that veteran group, I know that they’re competitors, and they’ll work hard.  We told our guys to be ready and to prepare.  You have got to prepare yourself mentally to go on the ice and execute.  I said this I don’t know how many times to you guys, but there are no easy games in this league, and this was proof of it.”

  • Willie Desjardins, Vancouver Canucks head coach

On tonight’s game…

“The Rangers have a good team. I thought the difference is they had a pretty good first period, but I thought our guys, Alex Burrows in particular, was talking and saying we have more.  And the guys believed and came out pretty well in the second.”

On the team’s play tonight…

“We played well.  I thought in the second period we played really well.  We gave them some chances at the end of the game, but we know that’s the way we have to play.  The difference between the Montreal and the Ottawa games is we got some goals tonight, a few that we turned over and scored whereas in those games we didn’t.  As a group, the guys played hard.”

  • Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game…

“They [Vancouver] were pretty stubborn with their gaps and not giving us an opportunity to utilize our speed. Certainly, we weren’t as sharp executing-wise with our passing coming up the ice and our plays, but at the same time they were pretty stubborn out there, not giving us the room.” 

On not capitalizing early…

“We talked about it going in. They were a desperate team and they played like it tonight. They played like the more desperate team. They won more puck battles than us and they had the puck a little bit more than us and when they had opportunities to score, they bared down and capitalized.” 

On defensive zone play…

“[We were] shown a lot of clips and examples of us not being as sharp coming out and connecting the dots. Certainly tonight it cost us on a couple of goals, especially against a team like that that is real desperate and worked extremely hard. They came up with the puck battles a little bit more than we did and that’s something we need to correct and obviously play better.”

  • Antti Raanta, New York Rangers goaltender

On having to leave the game for concussion testing…

“That’s the rule nowadays and you have to respect that.  I fell down and they saw that I hit my head on the ice, so that’s one of those things that they’re looking for.  I pretty much knew it when Rammer (Trainer Jim Ramsay) was watching me the whole time from the bench there might be a goalie change and I’d have to go do the test.  That was pretty much it.  I tried to do it as quickly as possible and I felt good.  Last year when I had the concussion I had way different symptoms, so I knew that it’s going to be fine, and I just tried to do it as quickly as possible and come back to the game.  It’s not easy; it’s not easy to leave like that.” 

On how he felt after the hit…

“I felt like I was in the game there.  It was a tight game and then we got the power play from that, scored the tying goal and the game is wide open.  Then you have to go out and do the testing.  It was pretty tough.  Like I said, I just have to respect the process and what’s going on.  You just have to go and do the test.  It might be that they’re finding something or they’re not.  There’s still a couple things that I need to do, but I feel good now.” 

On losing tonight’s game…

“We have been playing lots of hockey lately.  Sometimes it’s not going to go how we want it to go.  Vancouver was playing good; they shut us down and didn’t give us too many chances.  You just have to give the respect to the other team, but I think everyone knows in this locker room that we can do better.  We are going to get a couple days without games, so we are going to get a good break there, then we go to Canada and play there.”

  • Rick Nash, New York Rangers forward

On the fast start to tonight’s game…

“I don’t think we were getting out of our zone well enough.  We played too much time in our zone and we couldn’t get it off the walls.  They were jamming the walls pretty good and we didn’t really figure out until the third period how to get it out.”

On whether a lesson could be learned from tonight’s play…

“The lesson you can kind of see coming in the last three games is how much time we played in our own zone.  We were kind of playing with fire.  We knew that if we didn’t score the way we had been scoring that we could be in some trouble and that happened tonight.”

On scoring his 400th NHL goal tonight…

“It’s kind of a bittersweet situation for sure.  It’s been on my mind for a while, trying to hit that number, and it was nice to do it tonight.  But I could’ve saved it for a few more games later if we could’ve gotten the two points.”

  • Loui Eriksson, Vancouver Canucks forward

On scoring goals late in the game…

“That’s how you score goals in this league.  You need to be hungry in front of the net.  I thought we stepped up really well today.  It was nice to get the win.” 

On players contributing points…

“It’s a team game so everyone has to chip in.  I think everyone did that tonight.  We knew we were playing a good team.  It was definitely nice to come out with a win here.”

  • Alexandre Burrows, Vancouver Canucks forward

On scoring tonight…

“It was nice especially at that time in the game.  We’re in a situation now where we haven’t won in a while so anytime you can score it makes it feel even better.” 

On tonight’s game…

“It’s always nice to score goals and get on the scoresheet but I thought we played the right way.  We did a lot of good things defensively at the lines.  We pressured a really good team, a fast team and on the D side, we made some good plays, good reads.  That’s how you win in this game, by playing the right way on the road or at home.  When you do that, sometimes you’ll get the bounces.  Overall, Marky [Jacob Markstrom], played great again and it’s a big team win.”

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–        Tomorrow: Team is OFF
–        Next Game: Saturday, Nov. 12 at Calgary (10:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+)

TUESDAY’S COLOR OF THE DAY FOR THE GARDEN IS ST. LOUIS BLUES

<style=”text-align: justify;”>game-previewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 6-3-0 (12 pts)
Blues: 5-2-2 (12 pts)

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 10th game of the 2016-17 season and continue a three-game homestand tomorrow, Nov. 1, against the St. Louis Blues at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: WOR 710 AM). Including tomorrow’s game, the Rangers will play four of their next five games at MSG. In addition, seven of the Blueshirts‘ next eight contests (including tomorrow’s game) are against Western Conference teams. The Rangers have won five of their last seven games (5-2-0), including four of their last five games (4-1-0), and have posted a 6-3-0 record this season.

RANGERS VS. BLUES

  • All-Time: 78-43-16-1 (46-13-6-1 at home; 32-30-10-0 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Blues, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), following a 3-2 loss against the Blues on Oct. 15 at St. Louis. Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad each registered two points (one goal, one assist) in the contest. The Rangers outshot the Blues, 15-0, in the third period of the contest and recorded 35 shots on goal in the game.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of their last five games against the Blues, dating back to the start of the 2014-15 season (3-1-1 record over the span).
  • Dating back to Nov. 3, 2002, 15 of 18 meetings between the Rangers and Blues have been decided by two or fewer goals. In addition, 13 of those contests have been decided by one goal or fewer.

RANGERS-BLUES CONNECTIONS

  • Alain Vigneault played parts of two seasons with the Blues (1981-82 – 1982-83).
  • Kevin Klein and Scottie Upshall were teammates in the Predators organization for parts of three seasons (2004-05 – 2006-07).
  • Brandon Pirri and Scottie Upshall were teammates with the Panthers for parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Nick Holden and Paul Stastny were teammates with the Avalanche for one season (2013-14).
  • Adam Clendening and Nail Yakupov were teammates with Edmonton for part of one season (2015-16).
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Alexander Steen were teammates with Frolunda in Sweden for five seasons (1999-00 – 2003-04). During the five-year stretch, Lundqvist and Steen were teammates in Frolunda in the Swedish Elite League (now Swedish Hockey League), as well was with Frolunda’s junior team and U-18 team.
  • Adam Clendening and David Perron were traded with each other from Pittsburgh to Anaheim in 2016.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, NY.

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. BLUES

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 9 GP, 3-5-0, 2.55 GAA, .912 SV% – In his last four appearances against St. Louis, Lundqvist has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.26 GAA and a .920 SV%.
  • Chris Kreider – 6 GP, 4-3-7 – Kreider enters the contest with a five-game point streak against the Blues (four goals, three assists), and he has registered a goal in four of the five games.
  • Rick Nash – 54 GP, 23-23-46 – Nash has registered a point in five of his last six games against the Blues, tallying nine points (three goals, six assists) in those contests.
  • Mika Zibanejad – 6 GP, 2-5-7 – Zibanejad has recorded a point in five of six career games against St. Louis.

GOALS GALORE

The Rangers have tallied 35 goals in their first nine games this season (3.89 goals per game). The Blueshirts lead the NHL lead in goals per game, are tied for the NHL lead in goals for, and are tied for second in the NHL in goal differential (plus-13) in 2016-17.

TEAM EFFORT

The Blueshirts are the only NHL team that has seven players who have recorded three or more goals this season. In addition, the Rangers are the only NHL team that has 10 players who have registered at least six points in 2016-17.

HOME COOKING

New York has posted a 5-1-0 record at home this season and has outscored its opponents, 27-14, over the six games at MSG. The Rangers have tallied at least 27 goals in their first six home games of one season for the first time since 1992-93 (29 goals). New York has also won five of its first six home games in one season for the first time since 1992-93 (5-0-1; five wins and one tie). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 66 of their last 86 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (57-20-9 record). In addition, the Rangers have posted a 32-11-4 record at MSG since the start of last season. The Rangers lead the NHL in wins (32), goals for (157), and goals per game (3.34) at home since the start of last season.

STRONG FINISH

Over the last five games, the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 18-4, in the second period and third period (12-3 in the second period, 6-1 in the third period). New York has recorded 29 of its 35 goals this season in either the second period or third period (16 goals in the second period and 13 goals in the third period), and the Blueshirts have posted a plus-11 goal differential in the second period this season (16-5).

SHOOTING GALLERY

The Rangers have outshot their opponents, 286-234, through the first nine games this season (31.8 shots on goal per game; 26.0 shots on goal against per game). The Blueshirts rank third in the NHL in shots on goal per game and rank fourth in the NHL in shots on goal against per game this season. New York has recorded at least 30 shots on goal in six of nine games this season and has held opponents to fewer than 30 shots on goal in seven of nine contests.

TWO GOOD

The Blueshirts have won 31 of the last 32 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (31-1-0). The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in five of the last six games.

NOVEMBER REIGN

Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Rangers lead the NHL in wins during November (83; 83-46-9 record in 138 games during the month).

CAPTAIN MAC

Ryan McDonagh enters the contest with a seven-game assist/point streak (eight assists over the span). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, McDonagh is the first Rangers defenseman to register a seven-game assist streak since Brian Leetch did so from Nov. 16, 1996 – Dec. 1, 1996, and he is the first Rangers defenseman to register a seven-game point streak since Leetch did so from Nov. 23, 2003 – Dec. 4, 2003. McDonagh’s seven-game assist streak and seven-game point streak are both career-highs. He ranks second in the NHL – and leads NHL defensemen – in assists this season (eight). McDonagh is expected to skate in his 400th career NHL game in tomorrow’s contest.

AV SQUAD

Alain Vigneault leads all NHL head coaches in regular season wins since the start of the 2006-07 season (463). By earning a win on Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay, Vigneault became the sixth head coach in franchise history to earn 150 wins with the Rangers (joining Emile Francis, Lester Patrick, Frank Boucher, John Tortorella, and Tom Renney).

WHAT A LINE

The Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller line registered nine points (four goals, five assists) on Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. Each of the three players tallied three points in the contest.

UP FOR GRABS

Michael Grabner tallied his third career NHL hat trick on Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. He is tied for ninth in the NHL – and is tied for the team lead – in goals in 2016-17 (five).

VESEY DOES IT

Jimmy Vesey leads NHL rookies in game-winning goals (two) and ranks third among NHL rookies in goals (five) this season. The only NHL rookies who have recorded more goals than Vesey in 2016-17 are Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine (six goals each).

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has allowed two goals in four of his last five appearances, posting a 3-2-0 record, along with a 2.22 GAA and a .912 SV% in those games.

IT’S MILLER TIME

J.T. Miller has recorded a point in each of the Rangers’ six wins in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts have posted a 6-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in the last five games, and he leads the Rangers in points this season (nine; three goals, six assists).

STEP-AN UP

Derek Stepan enters the contest with 199 career NHL assists. He has tallied five assists/points in the last seven games.

HOLDEN STEADY

Nick Holden is tied for sixth in the NHL – and leads the Rangers – in plus/minus rating this season (plus-eight). He is tied for first among NHL defensemen in games with a plus/minus rating of even or better this season (nine).

SPECIAL TEAMS

Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 36-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams. The Rangers have outscored their opponent on special teams in three of the last five games and in four of nine games this season.

Power Play:

  • The Rangers were 0-for-5 (7:22) on Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • The Blueshirts are tied for 13th in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (21.9%; 7-for-32).
  • New York has recorded a power play goal in four of the last five games (5-for-18; 27.8%) and in six of nine games in 2016-17.

Penalty Kill:

  • The Rangers were 3-for-4 (6:37) on Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay.
  • The Blueshirts have posted a 21-2-2 record in the last 25 games in which they did not allow a power play goal, dating back to Dec. 22, 2015.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Derek Stepan – 1 assist away from 200 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Ryan McDonagh – 1 game away from 400 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
  • Rick Nash – 3 goals away from 400 in his NHL career

INJURIES (22 Man-Games Lost to Injury)

  • Josh Jooris (separated shoulder) – 3-4 weeks

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • Oct. 28 – Assigned Dylan McIlrath to Hartford (AHL)

THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY

  • Oct. 31, 1987 – Marcel Dionne registered his 700th career NHL goal, becoming the third player in league history (at the time) to reach the milestone (along with Gordie Howe and Phil Esposito).
  • Nov. 1, 1959 – Andy Bathgate’s wrist shot hit Canadiens’ goaltender Jacques Plante in the face, forcing Plante to leave the game and return to the ice wearing a mask.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS RESCHEDULE LOST GAMES

Greenville Swamp RabbitsPair Of March Games Rescheduled

Swamp Rabbits move two game dates in March to accommodate NCAA Basketball Tournament

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that their home games against the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 have been rescheduled. Greenville will now host it’s South Division rival at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24 and Wednesday, March 8.

Due to Greenville being awarded the first two rounds of the 2017 NCAA’s Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, the Swamp Rabbits have agreed to move their previously scheduled games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The annual “Celebrate Greenville Night” originally planned or March 17, will now take place on March 31 at 7 p.m. when the Swamp Rabbits play the Atlanta Gladiators. In conjunction with a craft beer tasting before the game, the Swamp Rabbits will pay homage to the city of Greenville’s vibrant businesses, close community, and overall success.

Tickets purchased for the March games may be used at the corresponding rescheduled dates. Therefore, tickets purchased for March 16 will be good for January 24, and March 17 tickets will be good for March 8. For any questions please contact a ticket representative or call the Swamp Rabbits at 674-PUCK.

The postponed October games against the Wichita Thunder are not included in this rescheduling. The new dates for those games will be released at a later date.

The Swamp Rabbits are back in action this week on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. Greenville hosts the Orlando Solar Bears for it’s first School Day Game on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. Friday night at 5:30 p.m., the Swamp Rabbits invite fans to the rescheduled Opening Night festivities before the puck drops at 7 p.m. in a rematch with the Solar Bears.

OPENING NIGHT 2.0 | Friday, November 4 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits will celebrate their return to the Sandlapper Securities Rink ice on Friday, November 4 against the Orlando Solar Bears. The first 1,000 fans to enter the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel! Special $10 Opening Night tickets are available by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Pepsi, inflatables for kids, live music and concession specials!

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages and group rates for the 2016-17 season are available now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

TOSTI: MCPHERSON CALLED UP FROM GREENVILLE TO AHL UTICA

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Swamp Rabbits leading scorer earns eighth career call-up

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, announced today that forward Allan McPherson has earned a call-up to the Utica Comets (AHL). The third-year pro has 65 games of AHL experience.

McPherson is currently the Swamp Rabbits leading scorer. Through four games, the Kinburn, ON native has tallied five points, netting a goal and four assists. In his ECHL career, McPherson has played 75 games and totaled 77 points (28G, 49A). For the past two seasons, he has split time in the ECHL and AHL with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Elmira Jackals.

In his most recent appearance, McPherson helped the Swamp Rabbits to a 4-3 overtime win against the South Carolina Stingrays. He assisted on Greenville’s first two goals before tying the game in the third period with less than seven minutes to play.

McPherson made his pro hockey debut with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) after his senior season at Clarkson University in 2014. The former captain of the Golden Knights earned the school’s “Bill Harrison Most Valuable Player” award during both his junior and senior seasons. He also reached the 100-point club, amassing 103 points on 41 goals and 62 assists in 150 games in his college career.

The Swamp Rabbits’ off-season signing has been named ECHL Player of the Month as well as ECHL Player of the Week in his career. McPherson was also a nominee for ECHL Player of the Week for October 17-23.

OPENING NIGHT 2.0 | Friday, November 4 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits will celebrate their return to the Sandlapper Securities Rink ice on Friday, November 4 against the Orlando Solar Bears. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel and special $10 Opening Night tickets are available by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Pepsi, inflatables for kids, live music and concession specials!

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages and group rates for the 2016-17 season are available now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

Photo courtesy of the ECHL