Rangers versus Senators by the numbers: Gerard Gallant off to a good start as coach

The New York Rangers will face the Ottawa Senators for the first time this season and look to make this a perfect 4 game trip.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 3-1-1 (7 POINTS)
OTT: 2-2-0 (4 POINTS)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 – 1:00 PM ET BRIDGESTONE ARENA
TV: MSG Network
RADIO: 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 3-1 win over Nashville Predators

RANGERS VS. SENATORS

All-Time: 43-48-3-4 (19-27-0-2 at home; 24-21-3-2 on the road)

The Blueshirts lost 4-1 in Ottawa to the Sens the last time they faced off back on November 22, 2019.

Rangers who own the Senators:

Chris Kreider – 21 GP, 5G-8A—13P – Kreider has points in six of his last 10 games (1G-5A) against the Senators.

Artemi Panarin – 13 GP, 4G-9A—13P – Panarin has five points (2G-3A) in his last three games against Ottawa and has points in eight of 13 career games against them .

Mika Zibanejad – 7 GP, 7G-2A—9P – Zibanejad has points in five of seven games against the team that drafted him, including a four-point game the last time he faced them on Oct. 5, 2019 at Ottawa.

Rangers off to a good start:

The Blueshirts are off to a good start. Their 7 points through 5 games is the mist they’ve had since getting 8 points in 2009-10. Gerard Gallant is also the 4th coach in Rangers history to notch 7 points in his first 5 games.

Head CoachSeasonRecord
Gerard Gallant2021-223-1-1 (7 PTS)
Roger Neilson1989-904-1-0 (8 PTS)
Larry Popein1973-743-1-1-0 (7 PTS)
Lester Patrick1926-274-1-0-0 (8 PTS)
per NYR

Adam Fox has four points in his first five games of the season while averaging 23:31 of ice time. Going back to last season, his 51 points ties him for first with Tampa’s Victor Hedman.

Igor Shesterkin remains hot stopping 99 of 102 shots for a .971 save percentage in his current 3 game winning streak. This season, his .953 SV% is tied for first in the NHL among goalies with at least 3 appearances.

Rangers Milestones within reach

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Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) celebrates with New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Kreider, 30, currently sits at 349 career points on the strength of 180 goals and 169 assists. With his next point he will be as follows:

  • 28th player to record 350 points with the Rangers
  • 22nd player to record their first 350 career points in a Rangers uniform
  • 16th Massachusetts-born skater to notch 350 points.
  • 16th player from the 2009 draft class to record 350 points.
  • 10th player from the first round of the 2009 draft with 350 points.

Additionally, Kreider is two points shy of tying Petr Nedved (351) for the 27th most points in franchise history. He’s 3 PPG’s from tying Andy Hebenton (63) for the 11th most in franchise history.

Mika Zibanejad is also nearing some milestones:

  • 1 SHG will tie in the franchise’s top 10 for most shorthanded goals by a Rangers player
  • 1 goal away from tying Bill Fairbairn (138) for 31st on Rangers all-time scoring list
  • 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

New York Rangers by the Numbers

  • New York’s opening day rosters was ranked third youngest in the NHL at 26.05
  • NYR PP is running at a paltry 10% (2-20)
  • NYR PK improved from 71.4% to 76.5%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

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