New York Rangers vs Kings matchup: Win one for Gallant

Dec 10, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) is pursued by Los Angeles Kings right wing Tyler Toffoli (73) in the first period at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings for the first this season. They will do so without Head Coach Gerard Gallant, who is out on COVID protocol.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 23-9-4 (50 POINTS)
VGK: 17-13-5 (39 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 4-1 win over Anaheim Ducks

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New York Rangers vs Los Angeles Kings

All-Time: 71-48-16-4 (40-20-6-2 at home; 31-28-10-2 on the road)

The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 19 games against the Kings (9-6-4). Overall, the team has earned a point in six of their last eight games (5-2-1).

Kings Slayers:

Mika Zibanejad – 12 GP, 4G-6A-10 PTS – Zibanejad has points in four of his last nine games against the Kings, all of them multi-point games (Three games – 1G-1A, One game – 1G-2A).

Artemi Panarin – 12 GP, 5G-5A-10 PTS – Panarin has goals/points in three-straight games (4G) against the Kings and at least one point in eight of his last nine games against Los Angeles (5G-4A).

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 36, Kreider 32, Zibanejad 32).

Road Warriors: This will be the Rangers 22nd road game of the season, which will make them even with Calgary for most in the NHL. Their 28 road points ranks tied for 1st 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 9th in NHL scoring.

Adam Fox’s 36 points is tied for first in scoring among defensemen.

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

Alexandar Georgiev has never faced the Kings.

NYR v LAK (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. 2 goals from 150 as a Ranger.

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

Ryan Lindgren is 1 game shy of 150 in his career.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 23.36% (9th)
  • NYR PK is working at 84.76% (4th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Don’t worry about the shots, Kings are 5th in the league for Shots (35.06) but rank 24th in Goals For (2.71)
  • Get on the PP, Kings PK ranks 27th at just 74.25
  • Let Chris Kreider feast in the crease – it could be a big game for CK20

NHL Rumors

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

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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