Rangers vs Panthers by the numbers: Time to lay it all out there

The New York Rangers will face the Florida Panthers for the first time this season. This will be a litmus test for where the team is at coming out of the rebuild.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 6-3-3 (15 POINTS)
FLA: 10-0-1 (21 POINTS)


Rangers last game: 6-0 loss vs Calgary Flames

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All-Time: 55-31-6-8 (28-15-4-3 at home; 27-16-2-5 on the road)

The Blueshirts will look to keep their trend of picking up points against the Panthers. In five of their last six meetings and 10 of the last 12, they’ve garnered at least a point. During that span they are 6-2-4 and have averaged 3.92 goals per game.

Rangers that can tame the Cats:

Chris Kreider – 23 GP, 7G-11A—18P – Kreider has points (4G-6A) in five of his last seven games and is a plus-6 against the Panthers dating back to November 28, 2017. Kreider has two three-point games and two multi-point games in his career against Florida. With 18 points, Kreider has the eighth most points all-time for a Ranger against the Panthers, one point shy of tying Alex Kovalev and Derek Stepan’s 19.

Mika Zibanejad – 20 GP, 7G-6A—13P – Zibanejad has points in four-straight and seven of his past nine games against Florida. On Oct. 23, 2018, Zibanejad registered two goals and two assists for four points in a 5-2 New York win.

Artemi Panarin – 11 GP, 2G-11A—13P – Panarin is currently riding a seven-game point streak (2G-10A) against the Panthers, including a four-point (1G-3A) output on Oct. 11, 2018 while with Columbus.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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New York Rangers by the numbers

Far from home: This is only the team’s fourth home game this season (1-1-1). Tied for third least. The Rangers are 5-2-2 away from MSG.

Home cooking: Both Artemi Panarin and Adam Fox are tied with four points at home.

Points Sharing: The Blueshirts are one of five teams that have four or more players with at least 10 points. (Fox 12, Panarin 11, Zibanejad, 10, Kreider 10). They are tied for second in the NHL with three other teams. Only the Oilers have 5 players with 10 points or more.

Key Rangers:

Filip Chytil is listed as day-to-day and that could mean some line shuffling. Either Rooney moves up to the third line or Goodrow drops to center it.

Chris Kreider’s 8 goals on the season is tied for 3rd, but his 5 PPGs lead the NHL.

Adam Fox’s 12 points are tied for most in the NHL by a defenseman.

Rangers Milestones within reach

Chris Kreider is 1 PPG from passing Andy Hebenton (63) for sole passion of 11th all time and 1 goal from tying Dean Prentice (186) for 14th place on NYR all-time scoring list.

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 also 1 SHG will tie in the franchise’s top 10 for most shorthanded goals by a Rangers player.

Alexandar Georgiev is 1 games away from 100 in his NHL career.

Barclay Goodrow is 2 points away from 100 career points.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at a 19.5%
  • NYR PK dipped 80.5%

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Bring the energy, don’t let the Panthers dictate the pace
  • Get scoring from others not named Panarin, Fox, or Kreider
  • Shesterkin needs to play a big time game (he’s expected to start)

Note: Spencer Knight is in goal for the Panthers and Aleksander Barkov is a gametime decision.

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