Rangers vs Avalanche by the numbers: Revenge on the docket

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Dec 8, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Colorado Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49) falls on top of New York Rangers goaltender Adam Huska (32) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Colorado Avalanche in a rematch looking to avenge their most embarrassing loss of the season last week. Alexandar Georgiev is expected to start in the first game of a back-to-back. Tomorrow the Rangers are home against the Arizona Coyotes.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 18-6-3 (39 POINTS)
NSH: 16-7-2 (34 POINTS)

TV: ESPN PLUS, HULU (How to Watch)

Rangers last game: 1-0 loss to Nashville Predators

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All-Time: 41-36-7-7 (24-15-4-3 at home; 17-21-3-4 on the road)

The Rangers have at least one point in three of its last five games against the Avs (2-2-1)

Rangers that can halt the Avalanche:

Artemi Panarin – 16 GP, 6G-12A=18 PTS – Panarin has points in his last six games (2G-6A) against the Avalanche and in eight of his last nine games (4G-7A) against them. Panarin has a point in 13 of his 16 career games against Colorado and has four multi-point games and one three-point game.

Jacob Trouba – 28 GP, 5G-10A=15 PTS – Trouba has played Colorado (28) more times than any other team in the NHL and his 15 points against the Avs are tied for the most against one team. In the first game of the season, Trouba had a goal and an assist.

Ryan Strome – 15 GP, 6G-5A=11 PTS – Strome has a point in two of four games (2G-1A) he has played the Avs as a member of the Rangers. In his last 13 games against Colorado, Strome has recorded a point in eight of them.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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New York Rangers by the numbers

Great Start: The Blueshirts 18 wins are tied for second most in franchise history.

Point Getters: The Rangers have at least one point in 21 of their 27 games this season.

Key Rangers:

Artemi Panarin’s 32 points is tied for 5th in NHL scoring.

Adam Fox is 1st for scoring among all NHL defenseman with 29 points.

Chris Kreider’s 17 goals is tied for 4th in the NHL. His 10 PPG ranks 2nd.

Alexandar Georgiev is 0-1-1 in his career against the Avs with a .880 SV% and a 4.43 GAA.

NYR vs AVS Matchup (Daily Goal Horn)

Rangers Milestones within reach

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.

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

Chris Kreider is 1 point from tying Andy Hebenton for 20th in franchise history and 6 goals from 200 in his career

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24% (7th)
  • NYR PK is working at 83.75% (6th)

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • I can’t stress this one enough, defense first and attention to detail
  • A complete 60 minute effort
  • Patience because you’ll get your chances as Colorado ranks 29th in SV% (.890) and 26th in GAA (3.36)

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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