Rangers vs Devils by the numbers: Keep the good play going

The New York Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils for the first time this season. After four days off, the Rangers played a spirited game in Columbus and won. No time for a let down.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 8-3-3 (19 POINTS)
NJD: 7-4-2 (16 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 5-3 win vs Columbus Blue Jackets

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All-Time: 126-96-27-10 (69-35-20-4 at home; 57-61-7-6 on the road)

The Blueshirts mark game 15 of the season against division rival New Jersey. It is also their third set of back-to-back games. The Rangers are 12-7-1 while averaging 3.90 goals a game in the last 20 contests against the Devils.

There could also be some bad blood regarding Ryan Reaves and PK Subban from a slew foot in preseason action that injured Reaves.

Rangers that can burn the Devils:

Artemi Panarin – 21 GP, 10G-21A – 31P – Panarin enters tonight’s game with points in five straight against the Devils (4 goals, eight assists). He has posted nine multi-point games in his last 16 contests against New Jersey (eight goals, 19 assists), including five multi-point games over the last seven contests against the Devils (five goals, 10 assists). Panarin has recorded more points against the Devils than against any other opponent in his NHL career.

Mika Zibanejad – 31 GP, 11G-19A—30P – Zibanejad enters tonight game with points in four-straight games (2G-5A) against New Jersey and in nine of his last 11 games against them (5G-9A). Zibanejad’s 30 points against the Devils are his most against one team in the NHL.

Chris Kreider – 38 GP, 15G-13A—28P – Kreider’s 28 points playing New Jersey are also the most he’s recorded against one team in the NHL. Kreider has 10 points (7G-3A) in his last 10 games against the Devils and has goals in back-to-back games against them.

Ryan Strome – 32 GP, 13G-14A—27P – In his last three games against New Jersey, Strome has two goals and five assists for seven points. Strome has posted a multi-point game in five of the last six contests against New Jersey (four goals, seven assists). Strome has points in 10 of his last 19 against the Devils, averaging a little more than a point per game with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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New York Rangers by the numbers

Get it going at home: This will be only the fifth home game for the Rangers this season. They are 2-1-1 with a win against the Panthers last time they played at the Garden.

He’s Got The Power: Chris Kreider leads the NHL with 7 power play goals.

Back-to-Back Struggles: The Rangers have already played two back-to-backs and have not faired well. They are off to a good start here.

  • 10/13 – 10/14: 0-1-1 (Lost to WSH, OTL loss to DAL)
  • 11/5 – 11/6: 0-1-1 (OTL loss to EDM, Loss to CGY)
  • 11/13 – 11/14: 1-?-? (WIN vs CBJ, ? vd NJD)

Key Rangers:

Adam Fox’s 15 points is good for 2nd most in the NHL by a defenseman (NSH Roman Josi 16)

Artemi Panarin’s 15 points is tied with Fox for the team lead.

Igor Shesterkin was removed from the game against Columbus after a collision for precautionary reasons. He is available.

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. He’s 4 points away from his 300th point as a Blueshirt.

Ryan Strome is 1 game away from 200 with the Rangers.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at a 22.2%
  • NYR PK is up a bit to 80.4%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Set the tone at home against a surprisingly good young Devils team
  • Watch out for 20 year-old rookie Dawson Mercer, he has 10 points in 13 games (4 points in his last 3 games)
  • Whichever goalie is in net, for the love of God, PROTECT HIM!

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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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