Rangers vs Predators by the numbers: A gritty matchup on tap

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Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) scores past Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers will face the Nashville Predators for the second and last time this season. Alexandar Georgiev is expected to start against a quality team.

Here’s the game day preview by the numbers.

NYR: 18-5-3 (39 POINTS)
NSH: 16-10-1 (33 POINTS)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021 – 7:00 PM ET, MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
TV: MSG
RADIO: ESPN 98.7 FM

Rangers last game: 2-1 win over Buffalo Sabres

RANGERS VS. PREDATORS

All-Time: 17-11-1-2 (7-7-1-1 at home; 10-4-0-1 on the road)

The Rangers have won three of their last four games against Nashville.

Rangers that can smash Nashville:

Artemi Panarin – 16 GP, 4G-10A—14P – Panarin has points in four of his last five games (3G-5A) against Nashville and in seven of his last nine (4G-7A) against them. On March 30, 2019, Panarin registered four assists against the Predators.

Mika Zibanejad – 13 GP, 1G-10A—11P – Zibanejad has seven assists in his last four games against the Predators and has points in four of his last five games (1G-7A) against the Predators.

Jacob Trouba – 24 GP, 1G-9A—10P – Trouba has two points in his last five games against the Predators and is looking for his first points against them as a member of the Rangers.

Per New York Rangers Game Notes

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Oct 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant talks with New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafreniere (13) during the second period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers by the numbers

Great Start: The Blueshirts 18 wins are tied for the most in franchise history (1993-94) and 39 points are also tied for the most (1971-72) through 26 games.

Point Getters: The Rangers have at least one point in 21 of their 26 games this season.

Key Rangers:

Artemi Panarin is piping hot with 9 points in his last four games. His 32 points is tied for 5th in NHL scoring.

Adam Fox is 1st for scoring among all NHL defenseman with 29 points.

Chris Kreider’s 17 goals is tied for 4th in the NHL. His 10 PPG ranks 2nd.

Alexandar Georgiev is 1-1-0 in his career versus the Predators with a .927 SV% and 2.02 GAA.

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NYR vs NSH (Daily Goal Horn)

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.

Chris Kreider will play in his 600th game tonight. He’s 6 goals from 200.

Rangers Special Teams

  • NYR PP is running at 24.7% (7th)
  • NYR PK is working at 83.5% (7th)

*All Stats and Info courtesy New York Rangers

Three Keys for victory

  • Match the Predators toughness shift for shift
  • Stay out of the box, Nashville has a solid power play
  • Panarin and Fox are in a groove – watch them keep flying

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