Rangers Roundup: Nick Leddy was a trade deadline target, random stats, and more

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Mar 12, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA; New York Rangers left wing Dryden Hunt (29) and center Ryan Strome (16) and left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and defenseman K’Andre Miller (79) celebrate the empty net goal by Strome against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will be looking for a repeat strong performance against the Buffalo Sabres at the Garden.

This happens to be a good day of the week for the Rangers as they are 8-2-0 this season when they play on a Sunday.

Let’s check out a few more random stats courtesy of the New York Rangers.

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Wins by days:

The New York Rangers seem to really enjoy the weekend. Aside from their record on Sunday, they are also 9-2-1 on Saturday so far this season.

If you are wondering what day they don’t seem to like playing on, it’s Thursday. New York is above .500 every other day of the week, but are 3-5-2 on Thursdays.

Goals and wins:

So what’s the Rangers magic number for goals for which almost guarantees a win? When they score 3 or more, New York is 33-5-1. At 4 or more they are 20-1-1.

Rangers shootout stats:

If the Rangers find themselves in a shootout, here’s you want to send out there:

  • Artemi Panarin, 3-5 (60%)
  • Mika Zibanejad, 3- 6 (50%)
  • Chris Kreider, 1-3 (33%)
  • Adam Fox, 1-3 (33%)
  • K’Andre Miller, 1-1 (100%)

Manpower games lost:

The New York Rangers have 167 manpower games lost due to injury so far this season. Here’s the top 5:

  • Sammy Blais 51
  • Kaapo Kakko 28
  • Kevin Rooney 14
  • Igor Shesterkin 11
  • Filip Chytil 9

Rangers went after Nick Leddy

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Mar 22, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Nick Leddy (4) controls the puck against the Washington Capitals during the first period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers acquired Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte, and Justin Braun at the deadline after previously trading for Frank Vatrano days before. However, it’s come to light that Drury went after Rickard Rakell, Calle Jarnkrok, and Mark Giordano before being outbid or looking elsewhere.

You can now add Nick Leddy as another player Drury went after on defense before deciding on Braun.

Rangers GM Chris Drury, we’re told, was in on Nick Leddy before the Red Wings sent the one-time Islanders defenseman to the Blues in a five-asset deal.

NY Post

The St. Louis Blues acquired defenseman Nick Leddy and Luke Witkowski from the Detroit Red Wings at the deadline in exchange for center Oskar Sundqvist, Jake Walman and a 2023 second-round pick.

Considering what the Blues gave up for the 31 year-old rearguard, I think the depth add of Braun for just a third-round pick is a better price for a rental.

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