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The Rangers play their 16th game of the 2018-19 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 9, against the Detroit Red Wings in an Original Six matchup at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a season-high four-game winning/point streak. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in seven of the last 10 games (6-3-1 record) and in eight of the last 12 games (7-4-1 record).

 

RANGERS PRACTICE SCHEDULE

The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tonight's contest. Rangers Head Coach David Quinn will be available to the media at 5:50 p.m.

*Schedule and availability subject to change

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS

  • All-Time*: 220-262-103-5 (142-95-57-1 at home; 78-167-46-4 on the road) *Note: All-Time record includes games against the Detroit Cougars from 1926-27 – 1929-30 and the Detroit Falcons from 1930-31 – 1931-32
  • 2018-19: Tonight’s game is the first of three meetings between the Rangers and Red Wings, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at Detroit. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Red Wings will face each other on the following dates: Mar. 7 (at Detroit), Mar. 19 (at MSG).
  • 2017-18: The Rangers posted a 1-0-2 record (1-0-1 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). All three meetings were decided in either overtime or a shootout. Brady Skjei and Ryan Spooner tied for first among all skaters with two assists and two points in the season series, and Spooner registered two assists while making his Rangers debut on the day he was acquired by the Blueshirts (Feb. 25, 2018). Henrik Lundqvist posted a 1-0-2 record, along with a 1.89 GAA and a .945 SV% (104 saves on 110 shots) in three appearances.
  • The Rangers enter the contest with a five-game point streak against the Red Wings, dating back to Jan. 22, 2017 (3-0-2 record). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 16 games against Detroit, dating back to Mar. 21, 2012 (10-2-4 record over the span).
  • Eleven of the last 19 contests between the Rangers and Red Wings, including seven of the last 10 games, four of the last five games, and each of the last three games, have been decided in either overtime or a shootout.
  • Eleven of the last 12 games between New York and Detroit have been decided by one goal. In addition, 15 of the last 17 games and 19 of the last 23 meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
  • Andy Bathgate is the Rangers’ all-time leader in assists (80) and points (131) against the Red Wings franchise. Rod Gilbert is the Blueshirts’ all-time leader in goals against Detroit (52), and Harry Howell is the Rangers’ all-time leader in games played against the Red Wings franchise (219). Three Rangers have recorded 50 or more career goals against the Red Wings in franchise history: Gilbert (52), Bathgate (51), and Camille Henry (50). Gump Worsley is the Rangers’ all-time leader in wins against the Red Wings franchise (38).

 

RANGERS-RED WINGS CONNECTIONS

  • Brendan Smith played parts of six seasons with the Red Wings (2011-12 – 2016-17) and was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit on Feb. 28, 2017.
  • Jim Schoenfeld played parts of two seasons with Detroit (1981-82 and 1982-83).
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Niklas Kronwall helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In addition, Lundqvist, Kronwall, Gustav Nyquist, and Jonathan Ericsson all helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lundqvist and Kronwall have represented Sweden at the Winter Olympics three times (2006, 2010, and 2014), at the 2001 IIHF World Junior Championship, and the IIHF World Championship in 2003 and 2005.
  • Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Howard have both started in the same game eight times. The scores of those eight games were 3-1 Detroit (Dec. 6, 2009), 1-0 Rangers (Jan. 16, 2014), 3-0 Rangers (Mar. 9, 2014), 1-0 Rangers in overtime (Feb. 21, 2016), 2-1 Detroit (Oct. 19, 2016), 2-1 Rangers in overtime (Nov. 24, 2017), 3-2 Detroit in a shootout (Dec. 29, 2017), and 3-2 Detroit in overtime (Feb. 25, 2018). At least one of the two goaltenders have been selected as one of the game’s Three Stars in each of the eight games, and both goaltenders have been named two of the Three Stars in five of the eight games.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov and Luke Witkowski were teammates in the Lightning organization for parts of five seasons (2012-13 – 2016-17).
  • Vladislav Namestnikov and Andreas Athanasiou were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped the Knights win the OHL Championship in 2011-12.
  • Mika Zibanejad, Lias Andersson, Gustav Nyquist, and Jacob de la Rose helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
  • Marc Staal and Darren Helm helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Jimmy Vesey and Dylan Larkin helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, and Dan Bylsma was one of Team USA’s Assistant Coaches.
  • Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, Dylan Larkin, and Nick Jensen all helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. In addition, Jeff Blashill, Dan Bylsma, and Adam Nightingale were all members of Team USA’s coaching staff and Jeff Gorton was a member of Team USA’s Advisory Group.
  • Brady Skjei and Dylan Larkin represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, Skjei, Larkin, Kevin Hayes, Danny DeKeyser, and Jimmy Howard all represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Jeff Blashill was Team USA’s Head Coach, Adam Nightingale was the team’s Video Coach, and Chris Drury was Team USA’s Assistant General Manager for the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
  • Mats Zuccarello, Frans Nielsen, and Thomas Vanek helped Team Europe finish as the runner-up at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk and Jimmy Howard were members of the United States’ team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Dan Bylsma was the team’s Head Coach.
  • Kevin Hayes, Justin Abdelkader, and Danny DeKeyser all represented the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
  • Ryan Spooner and Luke Glendening were teammates with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) for part of the 2011-12 season.
  • Lindy Ruff was Thomas Vanek’s Head Coach with the Sabres for parts of eight seasons (2005-06 – 2012-13).
  • Lindy Ruff was Trevor Daley’s Head Coach with the Stars for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
  • Adam McQuaid and Ryan Spooner were both coached by Doug Houda when Houda was an Assistant Coach with the Bruins. Houda was one of McQuaid’s Assistant Coaches when Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2010-11.
  • One of Kevin Shattenkirk’s Assistant Coaches with the United States at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship was Jeff Blashill.
  • Adam Nightingale was a member of Team USA’s coaching staff when Tony DeAngelo and Dylan Larkin represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Brett Howden and Dennis Cholowski were both selected in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Michael Rasmussen were both selected in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Tony DeAngelo and Dylan Larkin were both selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

 

INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. RED WINGS

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 15 GP, 7-4-4, 1.96 GAA, .937 SV%, 4 SO – Lundqvist has posted a better SV% against Detroit than against any other opponent in his NHL career, and his 1.96 GAA against Detroit is tied for his best against one opponent in his NHL career (tied with Arizona). In his last 11 appearances against the Red Wings (dating back to Mar. 21, 2012), Lundqvist has posted a 7-1-3 record, along with a 1.32 GAA, a .955 SV% (322 saves on 337 shots), and 4 SO.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk – 24 GP, 3-12-15 – Shattenkirk has tallied nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last 14 games against Detroit.
  • Chris Kreider – 14 GP, 4-6-10 – Kreider has tallied a point in six of his last eight games against Detroit (two goals, five assists), and he has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last 12 contests against the Red Wings.
  • Ryan Spooner – 14 GP, 0-9-9 – Spooner has recorded an assist/point in four of his last five games against the Red Wings (five assists) and in six of his last eight contests against Detroit (seven assists). He tallied two assists while making his Rangers debut on Feb. 25, 2018 against the Red Wings at MSG.
  • Vladislav Namestnikov – 17 GP, 2-6-8 – Namestnikov has registered an assist/point in three of his last four games against Detroit (four assists over the span) and has tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 10 games against the Red Wings.
  • Kevin Hayes – 12 GP, 2-4-6 – Hayes has registered three points (one goal, two assists) in the last four games against the Red Wings and four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven contests against Detroit.
  • Brady Skjei – 7 GP, 0-3-3 – Skjei has recorded three assists/points in the last five games against Detroit, and he has also posted a plus-five rating in seven career games against the Red Wings.
  • Adam McQuaid – 18 GP, 1-2-3 – McQuaid has recorded two points (one goal, one assist) in his last four games against the Red Wings.
  • Tony DeAngelo – 3 GP, 1-1-2 – DeAngelo has tallied a point in two of three career games against Detroit.
  • Pavel Buchnevich – 5 GP, 0-2-2 – Buchnevich has recorded an assist/point in two of the last four games against the Red Wings.
  • Jesper Fast – 9 GP, 1-1-2 – Fast has notched a point in two of his last four games against Detroit.
  • Vinni Lettieri – 2 GP, 1-0-1 – Lettieri tallied his first career NHL goal/point while making his NHL debut on Dec. 29, 2017 against Detroit.

YOUTH SERVED

The Rangers are one of only three NHL teams that have a first-year or second-year forward and a first-year or second-year defenseman who have each tallied eight or more points thus far this season (Howden - nine; Pionk - eight).

 

The Blueshirts could have three players 20 years old or younger all play in tonight's game (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, and Brett Howden). Should all three players appear in tonight’s game…

 

  • The Rangers would have three forwards 20 years old or younger play in the same regular season game for the first time since Oct. 13, 1990 at Washington (Tie Domi, Troy Mallette, and Steven Rice).
    • The Rangers had three forwards 20 years old or younger all play in a playoff game on Apr. 13, 1991 at Washington (Tony Amonte, Steven Rice, and Doug Weight).

 

  • The Rangers would have three players 20 years old or younger play in the same game since Jan. 25, 2011 vs. Florida (Michael Del Zotto, Evgeny Grachev, and Derek Stepan).

 

GOALS GALORE

Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Rangers have registered three or more goals in each of the last five games, in eight of the last 10 games, and in 10 of the last 13 contests.

  

NOVEMBER REIGN

The Rangers lead the NHL in wins in November since the 2005-06 season (105; 105-53-10 record in 168 games in November over the span).

 

KING HENRIK

Henrik Lundqvist has earned 436 wins in his NHL career, and he is one win away from tying Jacques Plante for seventh place on the league's all-time wins list. Including his 61 career playoff wins, Lundqvist has earned 497 wins in the NHL (and with the Rangers). He has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in six of his 12 appearances this season. Lundqvist has posted a SV% of .900 or better in 10 of 12 appearances in 2018-19, including a .925 SV% or better in six of those appearances. He ranks third in the NHL in saves this season (379), and he has posted a .922 SV% in 2018-19, as well as a .933 SV% at even strength.

 

MIKA MAGIC

Mika Zibanejad has registered 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the last 11 games and he leads the Rangers in points this season (13). He ranks seventh in the NHL in shots on goal (60), ranks eighth in faceoffs taken (307), ranks ninth in faceoffs won (159), and leads the NHL in power play shots on goal (25) this season.

 

REAL DEAL NEAL

Neal Pionk has tallied a goal in each of the last two games and recorded his first career NHL game-winning goal on Nov. 6 vs. Montreal. He has also registered eight points (two goals, six assists) over the last nine games. Pionk is tied for sixth among NHL defensemen in power play assists (five) and is tied for seventh among NHL defensemen in primary assists (five) this season.

 

HEY HEY HAYES

Kevin Hayes tied single-game career-highs with three assists and three points on Nov. 6 vs. Montreal. He has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) in the last four games.

 

VESEY DOES IT

Jimmy Vesey enters the contest with a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists), and the three-game point streak is tied for his career-high. He tallied two goals, including the game-winning goal, on Nov. 4 vs. Buffalo.

 

KREID-ING HIGH

 

Chris Kreider has registered four points (three goals, one assist) in the last four games, eight points (five goals, three assists) in the last 10 games, and 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in the last 13 contests. He leads the Rangers in goals this season (seven).

REMEMBERING 1993-94

The Rangers led the NHL in power play efficiency during the 1993-94 season (23.0%; 96-for-417) and registered at least one power play goal in 62 of 84 games during the season. Adam Graves led the Rangers with 20 power play goals, Sergei Zubov led the team with 40 power play assists, and Brian Leetch led the team with 53 power play points (17 power play goals, 36 power play assists) during the season. Leetch’s 53 power play points in 1993-94 are a single-season franchise record.

 

RANGERS VS. RED WINGS – 1993-94

The Rangers posted a 0-2-0 record against Detroit in 1993-94. The Red Wings were one of only three teams the Blueshirts did not earn a win against during the season. Brian Leetch led the Rangers with two goals, and Sergei Zubov led the team with three assists and four points.

 

Several members of the Rangers’ 1993-94 team had been in the Red Wings organization prior to joining the Blueshirts, including General Manager Neil Smith, Adam Graves, and Joey Kocur.

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In other news…

Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

There’s a moment for athletes when a potential professional career goes from aspiration to possibility. Maybe it’s a championship or an on-field achievement. Maybe it’s simply finding the right place at the right time.

For Dennis Cholowski, it was a grade—which is only appropriate for someone who prides himself on knowledge.

Playing with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2015, Cholowski was a smallish defenseman about a year away from a growth spurt and a player with undeniable upside. He had been given a C ranking by NHL Central Scouting, which rolls out those grades three times a season. Earning a C ranking is exactly as it sounds—average, unremarkable, a player seemingly destined to end up in the middle rounds of the NHL draft, if that.

However, Cholowski worked hard after an underwhelming previous season, and Central Scouting took notice. The C player was elevated to a B player in the rankings that landed around Christmas time. Suddenly, Cholowski had crept onto everyone’s prospect radar.

“That’s when I started to realize that this is pretty serious here,” Cholowski, 20, a native of Langley, British Columbia, told ESPN this week.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/09/18 at 07:49 AM ET

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