YOUR RANGERS’ CHEW: 11/7/15 (STATS, FACTS, STREAKS & TIDBITS)
Lundqvist (and Richter):
– Including postseason numbers, Lundqvist is now 8 saves away from tying Mike Richter in career saves made. (Richter had 19,405 & Lundqvist currently has 19,397).
– Lundqvist is also 5 non-shootout wins away from tying Richter’s regular-season career total of 301 (which is the all-time NHL record for career non-shootout wins for a goalie who only played on 1 NHL franchise his entire career). Lundqvist’s win last night was his 296th career regular-season non-shootout win.
– Lundqvist is currently tied with Richter in all-time Rangers appearances (including playoffs) at 742 games. His next start will make the all-time leader (and again, the all-time games played leader, including playoffs, for a goalie who has only played with one NHL franchise his entire career).
– Amazingly, Lundqvist has gone 54 consecutive games (including playoffs) since his last shutout (December 14, 2014 at Edmonton). In this span, Lundqvist has allowed 3-or-less goals in 49 of the 54 games. His previous record of consecutive games without a shutout was 38 games (5/21/12 at New Jersey to 4/10/13 vs Toronto). Lundqvist’s stats during this shutout-less streak? 36-15-3, 2.01 GAA, 0.934 sv%. Purely absurd he can put up those numbers over 54 straight games and not snag a shutout once.
– Lundqvist has stopped at least 90% of shots faced in 27 of his last 30 regular-season games (dating back to 3/31/15 at Winnipeg). In fact, he’s posted a .917 save-percentage (or better) in 12 of his last 13 regular season games.
– Last night was Lundqvist’s first win of the season when the Rangers actually outshot their opponent. All of Lundqvist’s previous 6 wins this year came when the the opponent registered more shots on net than the Rangers.
– Last night was also the 21st time in Lundqvist’s career he put up a .941-or-better save percentage over a 10-game stretch in a regular season.
– More specifically, it was only the 4th time he put up a 10-game stretch of .945 save percentage (or higher) in a regular season when there was zero shutouts in that 10-game span.
Oscar the Grouch!
– The Rangers are 6-0-0 when Oscar Lindberg scores a goal (and 6-0-2 when he scores a point).
– Lindberg is the first Rangers rookie since Darren Turcotte (in 1989) to start a season with 7 goals in the team’s first 13 games.
– Lindberg not only leads all NHL rookies in even-strength goals (7), but he is tied for 1st in the NHL among ALL players in this category! (Kyle Turris [OTT], Alex Ovechkin [WSH] & Alexander Steen [STL] all have 7 as well).
The Best of the Rest…
– Ryan McDonagh’s 2 assists last night marked the first time in 16 regular season games he had a multiple-point game. His last was 4/4/15 vs New Jersey, where he had 2 assists in a 6-1 route.
– The 2015-16 season (9-2-2 / 20 points) is tied for the 2nd best start to a season in Rangers’ history. The record was the 2008-09 team (10-2-1 / 21 points). The 1971-72 & 1990-91 Rangers also notched 20 standings points in the opening 13 contests.
– Chris Kreider has only 1 goal in his last 19 regular season games, dating back to 4/2/15 at Minnesota.
– J.T. Miller, who started off hot with 4 points in the opening 3 games of the season, has only scored 2 points in his last 10 games. Including last spring’s playoffs, Miller has only scored 2 goals in his last 37 games.
– The Rangers currently lead the Metropolitan Division in standings points percentage (76.9%), only trailing Montreal (83.3%) & Dallas (78.6%) league-wide.
– The Rangers, alongside Montreal, are the only teams in the NHL to be in the Top-7 league-wide in both Goals Scored per game AND Goals Allowed per Game.