New York Rangers versus Toronto Maple Leafs: Chris Kreider closing in on 350 points

The New York Rangers will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time this season. Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 1-1-1 (3 POINTS)
TOR: 2-1-0 4 (POINTS)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET SCOTIABANK ARENA
TV: MSG Network, NHL Network
RADIO: 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 3-1 win over Montreal Canadiens

RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

All-Time: 234-281-95-7 (134-116-56-4 at home; 100-165-39-3 on the road)

The Blueshirts have done well against the Leafs winning four of the last five meetings. Going back to February 10th, 2019 the Rangers have averaged 3.80 goals per game against Toronto.

Rangers’ Leaf Blowers:

Chris Kreider (19 GP, 5-13-18): Kreider is currently riding a seven-game point streak (2G-8A) against the Maple Leafs dating back to Oct. 7, 2017 and points (3G-9A) in nine of the last 10 against Toronto.

Mika Zibanejad (28 GP, 9-7-16): Zibanejad has registered a point (3G-2A) in four of his last five games against Toronto.

Artemi Panarin (13 GP, 4-12-16): Panarin is averaging 1.23 points per game in his career against the Maple Leafs. Panarin has notched a point in 10 of his 13 career games against Toronto, including four points (4A) in three games with the Rangers.

Chris Kreider within a major milestone

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Oct 16, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere (13) celebrates with teammates including forward Chris Kreider (20) after scoring a goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Kreider, 30, has started the season on a goal steak with 3 in 3 contests. He currently sits at 349 career points on the strength of 180 goals and 169 assists. With his next point he will be as follows:

  • 28th player to record 350 points with the Rangers
  • 22nd player to record their first 350 career points in a Rangers uniform
  • 16th Massachusetts-born skater to notch 350 points.
  • 16th player from the 2009 draft class to record 350 points.
  • 10th player from the first round of the 2009 draft with 350 points.

Additionally, Kreider is two points shy of tying Petr Nedved (351) for the 27th most points in franchise history. He’s 3 PPG’s from tying Andy Hebenton (63) for the 11th most in franchise history.

New York Rangers by the Numbers

  • The Rangers lead the NHL with 82 hits this season (MTL is second with 81)
  • They are tied for fifth with 39 blocked shots
  • Ryan Lindgren leads the NHL with 9 blocks
  • New York’s opening day rosters was ranked third youngest in the NHL at 26.05
  • NYR PP needs work (2/13 15.4%)
  • NYR PK has been abysmal (7/11 63.6%)

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers