New York Rangers vs Coyotes matchup: Avoid a trap game

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Dec 15, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) celebrates a goal against Arizona Coyotes goalie Scott Wedgewood (31) during the third period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Arizona Coyotes for the second time this season. The last time these two teams met, Keith Kinkaid pulled out a 3-2 win on the road.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 26-11-4 (56 POINTS)
AZ: 10-25-4 (24 POINTS)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2022 – 7:00 PM ET, MSG
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7

Rangers last game: 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes

New York Rangers vs Arizona Coyotes

All-Time*: 48-26-6-2 (27-10-2-2 at home; 21-16-4-0 on the road)

The Rangers have at least a point 12 of their last 13 games against the Coyotes dating back to 2014 (10-1-2).

Coyote Catchers:

Chris Kreider – 11 GP, 7G-4A=11 PTS – Kreider has registered a goal/point in seven of his last 10 games against the Coyotes (seven goals, four assists). In the first matchup of the season, Kreider recorded three assists.

Artemi Panarin – 12 GP, 2G-8A=10 PTS – Panarin has recorded a point in six of 12 career games against the Coyotes, and he has posted three multi- point games.

Mika Zibanejad – 11 GP, 3G-6A=9 PTS – Zibanejad has registered four multi-point games over his 11 career contests against Arizona. He has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in five of his last six games against the Coyotes.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Oct 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) makes a save against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers key numbers

Second Half: This game 42 for the Rangers which signals the start of the second half of the season. NY is tied for first in the Metro with a 26-11-4 record for 56 points.

Home Sweet Home: NY is riding a 3 game winning streak, and 4 game point streak (3-0-1) at MSG. The Blueshirts have also earned a point in 13 of 16 home games (11-3-2). 

Key Rangers:

Adam Fox’s 43 points is tied for 1st in scoring among defensemen.

Chris Kreider’s 13 PPG is tied for first in the NHL, his 26 goals ranks tied for 2nd.

Mika Zibanejad has 18 points in his last 13 games and riding a 7 game point streak (4G – 5A)

Igor Shesterkin should make his first career start against Arizona tonight.

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NYR vs AZ (matchup)

Rangers Milestones within reach

Chris Kreider is 1 PPG from tying Mark Messier for 8th all-time in team history (72).

Mika Zibanejad is 1 overtime goal away from tying Cecil Dillon, Butch Keeling and Brian Leetch (7 each) for the most overtime goals by a player in Rangers history. 1 SHG to tie for top 10 in shorthanded goals.

Jacob Trouba is 1 game away from 150 with the Rangers

Gerard Gallant is 4 wins away from 300 in his career

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 23.93% (9th)
  • NYR PK is working at 83.76% (6th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Don’t fall for the trap game – Coyotes can still beat a sleeping team
  • Start fast – no more sluggish starts
  • Special teams should be where the Rangers dominate

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