Rangers vs Maple Leafs Preview by the Numbers: Shesterkin expected in rematch

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Oct 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot (15) tries a wrap around shot against New York Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin (31) and defenseman Nils Lundkvist (27) during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second time this season. Igor Shesterkin stole the game, allowing Artemi Panarin to score the 2-1 OT victory.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 10-3-3 (23 POINTS)
TOR: 11-5-1 (23 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 3-2 win vs Montreal Canadiens

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All-Time: 235-281-95-7 (134-116-56-4 at home; 101-165-39-3 on the road)

The Rangers are 6-2-2 on the road, including a 2-1 overtime victory in Toronto on Oct. 18.

The Blueshirts have won three straight against the Leafs. They’ve won five of their last six against Toronto averaging 3.50 goals per game.

Rangers likely to blow past Leafs:

Chris Kreider – 20 GP, 5G-13A=18 PTS – Over his career, Kreider has points in 14 of 20 games against the Maple Leafs and has points in seven of his last eight games against Toronto (2G-8A). Kreider has recorded four multi- point games against Toronto.

Mika Zibanejad – 29 GP, 10G-8A=18 PTS – Zibanejad has points in four straight games against the Maple Leafs (3G-3A), five out of six games, and has multi-point games in his last two outings against them.

Artemi Panarin – 14 GP, 5G-12A=17 PTS – Panarin scored the overtime winner in the last meeting with the Maple Leafs on October 18. Panarin has at least one point in 11 of his 14 career matchups against the Maples Leafs, including two three-point games and two games with two points. Panarin has points in six of his past seven games against Toronto (2G-6A).

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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New York Rangers by the numbers

Road Warriors: NY’s six road wins has them tied for most in the NHL this season. The Rangers are also tied with Calgary for the most road points (14). New York’s 27 road goals has them ranked 4th in the league as well.

Let’s Go Streaking: The Rangers and Maple Leafs will each put their 4 game winning streaks on the line tonight.

Oh Canada: The Blueshirts are 4-2-2 against teams from Canada so far this season.

Igor the Great: Igor Shesterkin is undefeated against the Leafs. (2 GP, 2-0-0, 4 GA, 1.94 GAA). This season he is 8-2-2 with a 2.42 GAA and a .930 SV%.

Key Rangers:

Adam Fox is tied for the NHL scoring lead among defenseman with Nashville’s Roman Josi (16)

Barclay Goodrow leads all NYR penalty killers with 39:04

Rangers Milestones within reach

Artemi Panarin will play his 450th NHL game tonight. He has 489 points for his career needing 11 more points for 500.

Filip Chytil will play in his 200th NHL game tonight.

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 Reaves is 2 games away from 700 in his NHL career.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at a 20%
  • NYR PK is up a bit to 79.6%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Rangers best players have to match the Leafs best players, the defense could be the difference
  • The Line of Panarin-Strome-Kakko needs to keep rolling
  • Keep the crease clear and let Shesterkin see the shots

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