New York Rangers vs Oilers matchup: a defensive challenge

The New York Rangers will face the Edmonton Oilers for the second time and final time this season. This will be the last home game until January 19 against Toronto.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 21-8-4 (46 POINTS)
EDM: 18-12-2 (32 POINTS)

MONDAY, JANUARY 3, 2022 – 7:00 PM ET, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 4-0 win over Tampa Bay Lightning

New York Rangers vs Edmonton Oilers

All-Time: 33-33-9-4 (15-18-6-1 at home; 18-15-3-3 on the road)

The Rangers are 0-2-2 in their last four games against the Oilers as they wrap up their season series tonight.

Rangers that can slip up Oilers:

Barclay Goodrow – 15 GP, 5G-6A—11P – Goodrow has recorded points (2G-2A) in three of his last four games against the Oilers. Goodrow has recorded multi-point games three times against Edmonton.

Jacob Trouba – 19 GP, 4G-6A—10P – Trouba has one assist in his last four games against Edmonton. In his first four career games against the Oilers, Trouba recorded four goals and three assists for seven points. One of those games (Jan. 18, 2014), Trouba scored one of his seven career overtime goals.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Dec 4, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers key numbers

Another back to back: The Blueshirts will be completing their 7th set of back-to-back games this season. They are 4-2-1 in game one and 3-2-1 in game two.

Rangers rising: The Rangers are 21-8-4 for 46 points and rank highly in several categories.

  • Tied for 3rd in wins (21)
  • Tied for 4th in points (46)
  • 5th in points % (.697)
  • 5th in GA/GP (2.52)
  • Tied for 2nd in wins in one-goal games (11)
  • 6th in comeback wins (9)

Key Rangers:

Artemi Panarin’s 36 points is tied for 6th in NHL scoring

Adam Fox’s 33 points is good for 2nd in scoring among defensemen.

Chris Kreider’s 11 PPG ranks 2nd in the NHL, his 19 goals ranks tied for 4th.

Igor Shesterkin has never faced the Oilers.

Alexandar Georgiev is 1-1-2, with a .872 SV%, and 4.68 GAA.

NYR v EDM
NYR v EDM (full matchup here)

Rangers Milestones within reach

Chris Kreider 4 goals from 200 in his career.

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.

Alexandar Georgiev is 2 wins away from 50 in his career.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 25.26% (7th)
  • NYR PK is working at 84.54% (5th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Continue playing a full 60 minutes – this will be #1 until they do it consistently
  • Stay out of the box and limit McDavid and Draisaitl’s chances
  • Ride the hot hands – the first line with Kreider-Zibanejad-Kakko are rolling.

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