Rangers vs Flames by the numbers: Time for some home cooking
The New York Rangers will face the Calgary Flames for the first time this season. They return home to play only their second game at MSG after a perfect 4 game road trip. NY will play on Friday at the Garden before hitting the road again.
Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.
NYR: 4-1-1 (9 POINTS)
CGY 2-1-1 (5 POINTS)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET Madison Square Garden
TV: MSG Network
RADIO: 98.7 FM
Rangers last game: 3-2 win over Ottawa Senators
RANGERS VS. FLAMES
All-Time: 47-57-15-1 (32-25-5-0 at home; 16-32-10-1 on the road)
The Rangers have done well against the Flames at home winning 4 out of the 5 last meetings going back to the 2014-15 season.
Rangers who can douse the Flames:
Artemi Panarin – 11 GP, 2G-7A—9P – Panarin has points (5A) in three of his last four games against the Flames and five out of the last seven games against them.
Mika Zibanejad – 13 GP, 5G-4A—9P – Zibanejad has scored two goals in his last five games against Calgary, including the game-winner on Feb. 9, 2018 at MSG.
Chris Kreider – 11 GP, 3G-3A—6P – Kreider had points in four-straight games against the Flames from Dec. 12, 2015-March 2, 2018
Rangers amazing comeback:
According to NHL PR, the New York Rangers three goal outburst against Ottawa in the span of 3:20 in the third period was the first time in franchise history that the team won a game facing a multi-goal deficit in the final six minutes (5:23) of regulation.
For the first time since February of 2015, the Rangers posted a perfect road trip with at least four games. They have also picked up their most points (8) through their first five road games since the 2010-11 season (4-1-0).
Adam Fox has five points in his first six games of the season bidding for back-to-back Norris Trophies. Going back to last season, his 52 points ties him for first with Tampa’s Victor Hedman.
Mika Zibanejad is on a point per game pace with 1G and 5 A through the team’s first six games.
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
Kreider, 30, has 351 points and need just one more point to pass Petr Nedved (351) for the 27th most points in franchise history. He’s 2 PPG’s from tying Andy Hebenton (63) for the 11th most in franchise history and 3 goals from tying Phil Esposito (184) for the 15th most goals scored in team 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 12.5% (3-24), but scored a big one in Ottawa to start the comeback
- NYR PK improved from 76.5% to 81%
*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers
Three Keys for victory
- Avoid the trap of your first game back after a long road trip by keeping emotions in check and not trying to wow the home crowd
- Ryan Strome back and on the first PP unit should settle things down and right the ship
- Stay out of the penalty box. Calgary has some hot played in Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm coming in
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