New York Rangers vs Ducks matchup: Bounce back in order

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December 14, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) scores a goal against Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson (36) during the shootout period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Anaheim Ducks for the first this season. The team will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 22-9-4 (48 POINTS)
VGK: 18-11-7 (43 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 5-1 loss to Vegas Golden Knights

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New York Rangers vs Anaheim Ducks

All-Time: 19-17-1-2 (12-7-1-0 at home; 7-10-0-2 on the road)

The Blueshirts are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games against the Ducks since 2015. Overall, the team has earned a point in five of their last seven games (4-2-1).

Duck Hunters:

Mika Zibanejad – 13 GP, 6G-8A-14 PTS – Zibanejad has points in three-straight games against the Ducks (3G-2A) and has recorded a multi-point game in four of his last seven matchups with them (3G-6A).

Jacob Trouba – 18 GP, 2G-11A-13 PTS – Trouba’s 11 assists against Anaheim are the most he has registered against one NHL opponent in his career, and his 13 points against the Ducks are tied for the second-most he has tallied against one opponent in his career (COL – 15). He has registered an assist/point in four of his last six games against the Ducks (6A), and he has posted a multi-assist/point game in two of his last four contests against Anaheim. Trouba has also recorded nine assists/points in his last 11 games against the Ducks.

Alexandar Georgiev – 2 GP, 2-0-0, 3 GA, .933 SV%, 1.44 GAA

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Rangers key numbers

Point Distribution: The Blueshirts are one of two teams (Colorado Avalanche) in the NHL to have 4 players with at least 30 points (Panarin 36, Fox 35, Kreider 32, Zibanejad 31).

Road Warriors: This will be the Rangers 21st road game of the season, one behind Calgary for most in the NHL. Their 26 road points ranks 3rd in the league. After this trip, 26 of the final 43 games will be at MSG.

Key Rangers:

Artemi Panarin’s 36 points is tied for 8th in NHL scoring

Adam Fox’s 35 points is for second in scoring among defensemen.

Chris Kreider’s 12 PPG ranks 2nd in the NHL, his 21 goals ranks tied for 3rd.

NYR V ANA (full matchup here)

Rangers Milestones within reach

Chris Kreider 2 goals from 200 in his career. 1 point from passing Bard Park for 19th in all-time team scoring, and 2 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. 3 goals from 150 as a Ranger.

Alexandar Georgiev is 1 win away from 50 in his career.

Ryan Reaves is 1 goal away from 50 in his career.

Ryan Lindgren is 2 games shy of 150 in his career.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24.51% (8th)
  • NYR PK is working at 84.31% (4th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Attention to detail, limit turnovers
  • Stay out of the box! Ducks PP ranks 4th in the NHL at 27.84%
  • Can someone from the bottom two lines score a goal please

NHL Rumors

Klingberg asks for a trade. New York Rangers almost traded Georgiev, and more. Read it here.

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