Rangers vs Flames by the numbers: Time for some home cooking

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Oct 14, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Adam Fox (23) loose back against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

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

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Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; (L-R) Artemi Panarin #10 and Mika Zibanejad #93 of the New York Rangers celebrate their 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Road Warriors:

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).

Hot Rangers:

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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