I couldn’t get a guest reviewer, so no review today. Clearly, this is a half-assed venture.
Here are the post game quotes and notes from the Rangers, via my anonymous source:
– PRIME NINE – The Rangers’ nine wins through the first 12 games of this season are tied for the most wins in the first 12 games of any season in franchise history. New York has registered nine wins in the first 12 games of a season four times in franchise history (1983-84, 1990-91, 2008-09, and 2016-17).
– GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have registered 50 goals through the first 12 games of the 2016-17 season. New York has recorded at least 50 goals in the first 12 contests of a season for the first time since 1990-91 and has tallied at least 50 goals in the first 12 games of a season for the seventh time in franchise history. The Rangers have registered five or more goals in seven of 12 games in 2016-17. New York leads the NHL in goals per game this season (4.17).
– MAKING THE DIFFERENCE – The Rangers lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-23; 50 goals for, 27 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-23 goal differential through 12 games this season is the best through the first 12 games of any season in franchise history.
– SHORT AND SWEET – New York was 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill and registered two shorthanded goals in tonight’s contest. The Rangers recorded two shorthanded goals in one game for the first time since Mar. 30, 2014 at Edmonton.
– WINNING WAYS – The Rangers extended their winning streak to four games, dating back to Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay. In addition, the Rangers have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0; dating back to Oct. 22 at Washington) and eight of their last 10 contests (8-2-0; dating back to Oct. 17 vs. San Jose). The Rangers have outscored their opponents, 21-6, during their current four-game winning streak, and have tallied at least five goals in each game.
– ROAD WARRIORS – New York ranks second in the NHL – and leads the Eastern Conference – in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (74).
– SPECIAL TEAMS – The Rangers outscored Boston, 3-0, on special teams in tonight’s game, tallying two shorthanded goals and one power play goal. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 38-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams. New York has outscored its opponent on special teams in seven of 12 games this season. The Rangers recorded at least one power play goal and one shorthanded goal in the same game for the first time since Feb. 2, 2015 vs. Florida.
– POWER SURGE – New York was 1-for-3 (4:21) on the power play in the contest. New York has recorded a power play goal in six of the last eight games and in eight of 12 games in 2016-17.
– WHAT A LINE – The Michael Grabner-Kevin Hayes-J.T. Miller line recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in tonight’s game and has registered 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) over the last four games.
– TEAM EFFORT – With Pavel Buchnevich, Nick Holden, and Derek Stepan registering their first goal of the season in tonight’s game, 16 different Rangers have recorded a goal in the first 12 games this season.
– COMEBACK KIDS – The Rangers have posted a 5-1-0 record in games which they have allowed the first goal of the contest in 2016-17.
– TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in seven of the last nine games. The Blueshirts have won 33 of the last 34 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 (33-1-0).
– SOMETHING BRUIN – The Rangers have played more regular season games (642) and have earned more regular season wins (254) against the Bruins than against any other NHL opponent in their 90-season history. The Blueshirts have posted a 2-0-0 record against Boston this season.
– SECOND HELPING – The Blueshirts have outscored their opponents, 21-6, in the second period this season. In addition, New York has outscored its opponents, 17-4, in the second period over the last eight games.
– NOVEMBER REIGN – Since the start of the 2005-06 season, the Rangers lead the NHL in wins during November (86; 86-46-9 record in 141 games in November). The Rangers have won each of their first three games in November in 2016-17.
Post-Game Notes_3 Stars
– Antti Raanta made 35 saves while earning his third win of the season. Raanta has made at least 30 saves in 15 games in his NHL career. In those 15 contests, he has posted a 13-1-1 record, along with a 1.60 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO.
– Derek Stepan tallied three points (one goal, two assists), recording one point at even strength, one point on the power play, and one point shorthanded and posted a plus-one rating. With his shorthanded goal in the first period, Stepan recorded five consecutive shorthanded goals for the Blueshirts (dating back to Apr. 4, 2015), becoming the first player to register five straight shorthanded goals for the team since Theo Fleury during the 2000-01 season. He extended his assist/point streak to three games in tonight’s contest (one goal, four assists over the span). Stepan has recorded seven points (one goal, six assists) in the last six games and 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in the last 10 contests. The Rangers have posted a 29-1-6 record in the last 36 games in which Stepan has tallied a goal, dating back to Mar. 18, 2014. Prior to tonight’s game, Stepan was also the last Ranger who registered at least one even strength point, one power play point, and one shorthanded point in the same game (Dec. 27, 2014 vs. New Jersey).
– Michael Grabner recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including a shorthanded assist, tied for the game-high with two takeaways, and posted a plus-two rating. Grabner has recorded seven points (five goals, two assists) and a plus-nine rating in the last four games. He leads the Rangers in goals (seven) and takeaways (14), and he is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-11) this season.
Post-Game Notes_Blueshirt Breakdown
– Pavel Buchnevich tallied his first career NHL goal, led the Rangers with five shots on goal, and tied for the game-high with two takeaways. He has recorded a point in three of seven games he has played this season (one goal, two assists).
– Nick Holden registered his first goal as a Ranger, was credited with two blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating. He has tallied four points (one goal, three assists) in the last four games, including three points (one goal, two assists) in the last two contests. Holden has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in each of the first 12 games this season, and he is tied for the team lead in plus/minus rating in 2016-17 (plus-11).
– Kevin Hayes recorded a shorthanded goal, tied for the team-high with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating. Hayes extended his goal streak to three games, tying his career-high (he also tallied a goal in three straight games from Feb. 10, 2015 – Feb. 14, 2015). He extended his point streak to four games (three goals, five assists), and he has tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in the last six contests. In addition, Hayes has posted a plus-nine rating over the last four games.
– Jimmy Vesey tallied an assist in tonight’s contest. He has registered 10 points (six goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, including five points (two goals, three assists) in the last four contests.
– Brady Skjei registered an assist and tied for the game-high with two takeaways. Skjei extended his assist/point streak to four games (five assists) and he has recorded six assists/points in the last seven games.
– Marc Staal notched an assist and posted a plus-two rating. He ranks fourth among NHL defensemen in shorthanded points since the start of the 2010-11 season (nine; two shorthanded goals and seven shorthanded assists). Staal has posted a plus-eight rating over the last four games.
– Kevin Klein registered an assist, tied for the team-high with three hits, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating. Klein ranks second among Rangers defensemen in points since he made his debut with the Blueshirts on Jan. 23, 2014 (59; 19 goals and 40 assists). He has posted a plus-one rating in each of the last four contests.