New York Rangers vs Kings matchup: Payback time

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The New York Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings for the second time this season. The last time these two teams met, the Kings handed the Blueshirts a solid loss.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 27-11-4 (58 POINTS)
LAK: 20-16-5 (45 POINTS)

MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2022 – 7:00 PM ET, MSG

Rangers last game: 7-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes

New York Rangers vs Los Angeles Kings

All-Time: 71-49-16-4 (40-20-6-2 at home; 31-29-10-2 on the road)

The Rangers have earned at least a point in 13 of their last 20 games against the Kings (9-7-4 record)

Rangers that overthrow Kings:

Mika Zibanejad – 13 GP, 5G-6A-11 PTS – Zibanejad has points in five of his last 10 games against the Kings, four of them multi-point games (Three games – 1G-1A, One game – 1G-2A).

Artemi Panarin – 13 GP, 5G-5A-10 PTS – Panarin has goals/points in three out of his last four games (4G) against the Kings and at least one point in eight of his last 10 games against Los Angeles (5G-4A).

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

artemi panarin stats
Nov 6, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers key numbers

Goals Galore: The Blueshirts have notched six or more goals in two of their past three games and have combined for 16 goals total.

Home Sweet Home: NY is riding a 4 game winning streak, and 5 game point streak (4-0-1) at MSG. The Blueshirts have also earned a point in 14 of 17 home games (12-3-2). 

Key Rangers:

Adam Fox’s 45 points is 1st in scoring among defensemen.

Chris Kreider’s 14 PPG is first in the NHL, his 29 goals ranks tied for 1st.

Mika Zibanejad has an 8 game point streak (4G – 8A).

Igor Shesterkin is 1-0-0, with a .977 SV%, and 1.00 GAA – he stopped 42 shots.

NYR vs LAK (matchup)

Rangers Milestones within reach

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.

Gerard Gallant is 3 wins away from 300 in his career

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24.79% (8th)
  • NYR PK is working at 84.43% (5th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • No more slow starts
  • Get on the PP and let Kreider work his magic
  • Limit the Kings to the outside, they are strong inside the opposition crease

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