Rangers Roundup: War with NJ, Return of the Czar, Magic Mika and more

Here’s all your latest news and notes concerning the Blueshirts from today, including a recap from the site.

Devils Hunting

The Rangers will play their 68th game of the season and conclude a four-game homestand tomorrow, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won six of the last nine games (6-3-0 record), 10 of the last 14 games (10-4-0 record), 11 of the last 16 games (11-5-0 record), and 13 of the last 19 games (13-6-0 record).

Per NYR PR Dept.

The Rangers have been awesome against the Metro this season. Beating divisional opponents is going to go a long way in the playoff hunt. Seven of their last 15 games are in their own division. This year they have a 14-7 record against them and it’s time to make it 15 wins on Saturday against NJ. It should also be noted that the team has 30 regulation wins that is the first tie breaker for the Wild Card. Rangers have the advantage over everyone in the running.

All Hail the Czar

Igor Shesterkin practiced in the starter’s net today and all indications are him starting tomorrow. Below is David Quinn’s full presser.

Magic Mika

With the NHL all abuzz about Mika Zibanejad, I took a long look at #93’s time with the Rangers and his rise to elite status in the NHL.

Mika Zibanejad has been one of the hottest player’s in the NHL since he came back from his injury that occurred against the Bruins on 10/27/19. At that time he had 4 goals and 7 assists in 9 games, for a 1.22 pts per game average. His goals per game was also a respectable .44 average. All in all, rock solid numbers for a #1 center. The 26 year old scored a goal in a win against Carolina in his first game back on 11/27/19. In the 45 games after returning his pace has been torrid with 60 points. That is 1.33 pts per game but it’s his goal scoring that has been eye opening. In 45 games he has a staggering 34 goals for .75 goals per game. In context, Alex Ovechkin this season has a goals per game average of .71 and Auston Matthews is at .67. Elite no matter how you look at it.

Read the Full Article Here!

Playoff Watch

Here’s your daily wild card standings look.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

Mentioned in this article:

More About: