Rangers vs Kraken matchup: Matinee skirmish to get on track

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Oct 31, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) blocks a goal shot with his chest during the first period against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Seattle Kraken for the second and final time this season. Looking to avoid a three game losing streak, the Blueshirts will seek a 60 minute effort.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 28-13-4 (60 POINTS)
SEA: 14-25-4 (32 POINTS)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022 – 1:00 PM ET, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild

New York Rangers vs Seattle Kraken

All-Time: 1-0-0 (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road)

This will be the first ever meeting against the Kraken at MSG. New York is 4-0-1 against the last five expansion teams at home.

The Rangers are looking to avoid another regulation loss. This season New York has lost no more than two games in regulation twice.

  • 12/12 v NSH, 12/14 @ COL
  • 1/27 @ CBJ, 1/28 v MIN

Taking down the Kraken:

Here’s the scoring stats from their one and only matchup:

  • Barclay Goodrow (1G-1A)
  • Chris Kreider (1G)
  • Adam Fox (1G)
  • Mika Zibanejad (1A)
  • Artemi Panarin (1A)
  • Igor Shesterkin stopped 31 of 32 shots

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Oct 31, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) and New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) celebrate after defeating the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena. New York defeated Seattle 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers key numbers

Home is where the wins are: The Rangers boast a home winning percentage of .737, good for 8th in the NHL.

Key Rangers:

Adam Fox’s 47 points are 1st in scoring among defensemen.

Chris Kreider’s 31 goals are tied for 1st in the NHL, his 15 PPG ranks first.

Artemi Panarin’s 48 points is tied for 7th in the NHL.

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NYR vs SEA (Matchup)

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. 1 SHG to tie for top 10 in shorthanded goals.

Gerard Gallant is 2 wins away from 300 in his career.

Alexis Lafrenière is 1 games from 100 in his career.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24.43% (10th)
  • NYR PK is working at 83.08% (8th)

*Some Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • A complete 60 minute effort, especially against a beatable opponent
  • Start converting on your 5v5 chances
  • A bounce back game for the defense – loss of Adam Fox shows

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