New York Rangers vs Kings matchup: Payback time

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Jan 10, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) plays for the puck against Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) and defenseman Mikey Anderson (44) during the first period at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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
TV: MSG PLUS
RADIO: ESPN 1050 AM

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

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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.

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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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