NY Rangers ONLY team in the NHL with five players with 40 points or more
Everyday I scour over the pregame and postgame notes sent out to the media by the Rangers. Usually I am a little rushed in getting a day’s content together, which doesn’t always allow me to expand on some of the great information provided.
Well not today.
New York Rangers are on the verge of being an offensive juggernaut
As the Blueshirts have been battling tooth and nail over the last month the focus has been on wins and losses. Aside from admiring Artemi Panarin’s nightly displays of hockey wizardry, I’m not sure many people realize this fact:
The New York Rangers are the only team in the league that has 5 players with at least 40 points this season.
That’s right, not the Toronto Maple Leafs, not the Pittsburgh Penguins, not the Edmonton Oilers, and not even the Colorado Avalanche have done that yet. Matter of fact, none of them have more than three that meet the criteria. Furthermore, last night the Rangers became only the third team to have two players with 20 goals along with the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers.
Here are the Rangers top point getters:
- Artemi Panarin (17G – 38A = 55P)
- Ryan Strome (14G – 30A = 44P)
- Adam Fox (5G – 38A = 43P)
- Pavel Buchnevich (20G – 22A = 42P)
- Mika Zibanejad (16G – 26A = 42P)
Note: Chris Kreider is the other Ranger with 20 goals.
How’s this for impressive
The New York Rangers are in the top 10 for goals per game. They currently rank 7th overall with 3.27 per contest. Panarin ranks second in the entire NHL this season for points per game by a player with 1.49, behind only Connor McDavid at 1.71. However, since March 17th he leads all skaters with 33 points. Hart-emi Panarin indeed.
Let’s not forget Adam Fox who currently leads all defenseman in scoring with 43 points. Since March 17th his 25 assists leads all skaters. Norris Trophy anyone? Then there’s Mika Zibanejad who arose from the dead like Frankenstein’s monster on that date and scored 13 goals, the most in the league. His 31 points from March 17th to date are tied for the second most points in the NHL. HE’S ALIVE. ALIVE!
This season may be almost over, but I’ve been consistent with the narrative that his has been a good year. The kids are blossoming, the defense has been better and the offense is exploding. Now imagine what they will look like when Alexis Lafrenière and Kaapo Kakko hit their strides.
Scary good. At least for the rest of the league.
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