New York Rangers: K’Andre Miller out tonight; on NHL’s COVID protocol list

The New York Rangers will be without K’Andre Miller tonight as he’s just been added to the NHL’s COVID Protocol List. Jack Johnson is expected to take his place in the lineup.

Miller joins Kaapo Kakko on the list. Filip Chytil is the only other Rangers to be on the list this season. Mika Zibanejad had COVID-19 prior to camp opening.

Rangers: 6-7-3 (15 pts)
Flyers: 8-4-3 (19 pts)

 (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM)

Rangers vs Flyers Pre Game Notes

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Jan 16, 2021; New York, NY, USA; K’Andre Miller #79 of the New York Rangers takes the shot in warm-ups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 16, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports
  • All-Time vs Flyers: 133-122-37-9 (69-52-23-5 at home; 64-70-14-4 on the road)
  • The Blueshirts have posted a 1-0-0 record this season and won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-2, in a shootout on Feb. 18 at Philadelphia.
  • The Rangers have won each of their last three road games and have earned at least one point in four of six road games this season (3-2-1 record). Dating back to last season, the Blueshirts have posted a 13-3-2 record in their last 18 road contests. 
  • New York ranks sixth in the NHL in penalties drawn this season (78) and leads the NHL in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time in 2020-21 (4.80).
  • Adam Fox has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the last seven games, and he logged a single-game career-high 30:17 of ice time on Feb. 18 at Philadelphia.
  • Pavel Buchnevich is one of four NHL players (and one of two NHL forwards) averaging at least 3:00 of power play ice time and 2:45 of shorthanded ice time per game this season (Elias Lindholm, Erik Karlsson, Alex Pietrangelo). Buchnevich enters the contest with a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists). He ranks second on the Rangers in points (12) and assists (eight) this season, and he is also tied for the team lead in points at 5-on-5 (seven).
  • Alexis Lafrenière tallied his second career NHL goal, as well as his second career NHL game-winning goal, on Feb. 20 at Washington. According to NHL Stats and Information, Lafrenière is one of eight players in franchise history whose first two career NHL goals have each been game-winning goals (regular season or playoffs)

Notes courtesy NYR