I have a guest reviewer for tonight but I still need one for tomorrow night.
Here are the pregame news and notes from the Rangers, via my anonymous source:
NEW YORK RANGERS at CALGARY FLAMES
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 10:00 p.m. ET
Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB
Rangers: 10-4-0 (20 pts)
Flames: 5-9-1 (11 pts)
The Rangers play their 15th game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Nov. 12, against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome (10:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tonight’s game is the first contest of a four-game road trip for the Blueshirts. The Rangers have won nine of their last 12 games (9-3-0), including eight of their last 10 games (8-2-0) and five of their last six games (5-1-0). The Blueshirts have posted a 10-4-0 record this season.
RANGERS VS. FLAMES
All-Time*: 43-54-15-1 (29-24-5-0 at home; 14-30-10-1 on the road) *Note: record includes games against the Atlanta Flames from 1972-73 – 1979-80
2016-17: Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Flames, and the only meeting between the two teams in Calgary. Following tonight’s contest, the Rangers and Flames will play against each other on the following date: Feb. 5 (at MSG).
2015-16: The Rangers posted a 1-0-1 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-1 on the road). New York tallied four goals in each of the two contests and outscored Calgary, 8-6, in the season series. J.T. Miller (one goal, one assist) and Kevin Hayes (two assists) tied for the team lead with two points in the two contests.
The Rangers have earned at least one point in each of their last four games against Calgary, dating back to Dec. 16, 2014 (3-0-1).
New York has earned at least one point in seven of its last eight contests against Calgary, dating back to Nov. 22, 2010 (6-1-1).
Since Dec. 6, 1999, 14 of 18 meetings between the Rangers and Flames have been decided by two or fewer goals, and 11 of those games have been decided by one goal.
Josh Jooris played two seasons with Calgary (2014-15 and 2015-16).
Chad Johnson appeared in six games over parts of two seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 and 2010-11).
Flames Assistant Coach Paul Jerrard was selected by the Rangers in the ninth round (173rd overall) of the 1983 NHL Entry Draft.
Flames Assistant Coach Dave Cameron coached Mika Zibanejad for the last two seasons in Ottawa (2014-15 and 2015-16). Cameron also coached Kevin Klein for parts of four seasons in junior hockey with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (2000-01 – 2003-04).
Flames Assistant Coach Martin Gelinas was coached by Alain Vigneault for two seasons with the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1987-88 and 1988-89).
Kevin Hayes and Johnny Gaudreau were teammates at Boston College for three seasons (2011-12 – 2013-14). In addition, Hayes, Gaudreau, and Chris Kreider were all teammates for one season at Boston College (2011-12) and helped the Eagles win the National Championship.
Adam Clendening and Alex Chiasson were teammates with Boston University for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12).
Rick Nash and Dennis Wideman were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for parts of two seasons (2000-01 – 2001-02).
90TH SEASON FUN FACT: Prior to moving to Calgary, the last game the Flames franchise played in Atlanta was against the Rangers on Apr. 12, 1980. The Blueshirts defeated the Flames, 5-2, in Game 4 of the Preliminary Round to win the series, three games to one.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. FLAMES
Henrik Lundqvist – 7 GP, 4-3-0, 2.81 GAA, .888 SV% – Lundqvist has earned a win in three of his last four appearances against Calgary, dating back to Oct. 20, 2011.
Kevin Hayes – 4 GP, 1-3-4 – Hayes enters the contest with a four-game point streak against the Flames, and he has tallied a point in each of his four career games against Calgary.
Rick Nash – 39 GP, 11-15-26 – Nash has tallied five points (four goals, one assist) in his last nine games against the Flames.
Dan Girardi – 11 GP, 3-5-8 – Girardi has recorded a point in seven of 11 career games against the Flames, including four of six games in Calgary.
Derek Stepan – 7 GP, 2-4-6 – Stepan has notched a point in four of seven career games against Calgary.
Mika Zibanejad – 6 GP, 3-2-5 – Zibanejad registered a natural hat trick in a span of 2:38 in his last game against the Flames on Feb. 27, 2016.
The Rangers’ 10 wins through the first 14 games of this season are tied for the second-most wins in the first 14 games of any season in franchise history. New York has registered at least 10 wins in the first 14 games of a season four times in franchise history (1990-91, 2008-09, 2015-16, and 2016-17).
The Rangers have tallied 58 goals in their first 14 games this season (4.14 goals per game). New York has recorded at least 58 goals in the first 14 games of a season for the ninth time in franchise history and for the first time since 1990-91. The Rangers lead the NHL in goals and goals per game in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts are the only NHL team averaging more than 4.00 goals per game this season.
The Rangers registered five or more goals in five consecutive games from Oct. 30 vs. Tampa Bay to Nov. 6 vs. Winnipeg. New York tallied at least five goals in five straight games for the first time since Dec. 26, 1978 – Jan. 14, 1979.
Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers have posted a 20-4-0 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout). New York has posted a 3-0-0 record in games following a loss this season.
MAKING THE DIFFERENCE
The Blueshirts lead the NHL in goal differential this season (plus-24 – 58 goals for, 34 goals against). The Rangers’ plus-24 goal differential through 14 games this season is the third-best over the first 14 games of any season in franchise history (1990-91 – plus-30; 1971-72 – plus-25).
Eight Rangers have registered 10 or more points thus far this season (Michael Grabner, Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, and Mika Zibanejad). The Rangers are one of two NHL teams that have eight players who have recorded 10 or more points this season, and the Blueshirts are also the only NHL team that has eight forwards who have tallied 10 or more points in 2016-17.
Two Rangers defensemen (Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei) have posted a six-game assist/point streak this season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time two Rangers defensemen posted assist/point streaks six games or longer in length in the same season was 1995-96 (Brian Leetch and Bruce Driver).
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
Three of the 10 NHL rookies who have tallied seven or more points thus far this season are Rangers (Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei, and Jimmy Vesey). In addition, the Rangers are one of two NHL teams that have three rookies who have recorded seven or more points this season.
New York is tied for third in the NHL – and leads the Eastern Conference – in road wins since 2013-14 (74).
A STAR ON BROADWAY
Kevin Hayes was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending on Nov. 6. He enters the contest with a career-high six-game point streak, and he has registered 10 points (four goals, six assists) and a plus-nine rating over the last six games. Hayes is tied for the team lead in points this season (13; six goals, seven assists). In addition, he is one of five NHL players who have registered at least 13 points and a plus-11 rating thus far in 2016-17.
SKJEI HEY KID
Brady Skjei enters the contest with a six-game assist/point streak (seven assists), and he has registered eight assists/points in the last nine games. He is the first Rangers rookie defenseman to post a six-game assist/point streak since Brian Leetch in 1988-89. Skjei leads NHL rookies in assists this season (nine), and he is also tied for second among NHL defensemen in assists in 2016-17.
Pavel Buchnevich posted his first multi-point game in the NHL on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver, tallying three points (one goal, two assists). Buchnevich enters the contest with a three-game goal/point streak (three goals, two assists).
Rick Nash tallied his 400th career NHL goal on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver. He became the 92nd player in NHL history to register 400 career goals, and he is one of three NHL players who have recorded 400 or more goals since the start of his rookie year in 2002-03 (along with Alex Ovechkin and Jarome Iginla). Nash is tied for the team lead in goals this season (seven).
Ryan McDonagh is tied for 12th in the NHL – and is tied for second among NHL defensemen – in assists this season (nine). The Rangers have posted a 23-1-2 record in the last 26 games in which McDonagh has logged at least 25:00 of ice time, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014. McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first 14 games this season.
Henrik Lundqvist is one of 10 goaltenders in NHL history who have earned at least 350 career wins and 60 career shutouts. He is the Rangers’ all-time leader in several categories, including appearances (696), wins (381), SV% (.920), and SO (60).
IT’S MILLER TIME
J.T. Miller has recorded a point in nine of the Rangers’ 10 wins in 2016-17, and the Blueshirts have posted a 9-0-0 record in games which he has tallied a point this season. He has registered 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the last 10 games, and he is tied for the team lead in points this season (13; five goals, eight assists). In addition, Miller is one of two NHL players who have registered at least 13 points and a plus-12 rating thus far this season (along with Artem Anisimov).
Mika Zibanejad has tallied an assist/point in three of the Blueshirts’ four road games in 2016-17, and he is tied for the team lead in assists (three) and points (four) on the road thus far this season. Zibanejad has also registered a point in eight of 14 games this season.
The Rangers were 1-for-5 (9:00) on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver.
The Blueshirts rank eighth in the NHL in power play efficiency this season (22.4%; 11-for-49).
New York has recorded a power play goal in seven of the last 10 games and in nine of 14 games in 2016-17.
The Blueshirts are one of three NHL teams that have tallied a power play goal in nine or more games this season.
The Rangers have not gone two consecutive games without recording a power play goal thus far this season.
The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on Nov. 8 vs. Vancouver.
New York is tied for fifth in the NHL in shorthanded goals this season (two).
The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal in each of the last three games (100%; 7-for-7) and in four of the last five contests (92.3%; 12-for-13)
The Rangers have been shorthanded three or fewer times in a game in eight of the last 10 contests.
Mika Zibanejad – 5 games away from 300 in his NHL career
Henrik Lundqvist – 4 appearances away from 700 in his NHL career/as a Ranger
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
· Nov. 11, 1973 – Rod Gilbert tallied his 273rd career goal as a Ranger, passing Andy Bathgate to become the franchise’s all-time leader in goals. Gilbert recorded another goal in the game as the Blueshirts defeated the New York Islanders, 5-2.
· Nov. 12, 1952 – Wally Hergesheimer registered four goals as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 5-2, at MSG.
· Nov. 12, 1961 – Andy Bathgate registered his 200th career NHL goal and tallied two assists as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 4-1, at MSG. Bathgate became the second player (at the time) to record 200 career goals with the Rangers (along with Bill Cook).
· Nov. 12, 1966 – Playing against his former team, Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion tallied four points (one goal, three assists) as the Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 6-3, in Montreal. In addition, Montreal native Rod Gilbert registered two goals for the Blueshirts.
· Nov. 12, 1972 – Steve Vickers tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 5-1, at MSG.
· Nov. 12, 1991 – Completing the future considerations part of the trade that sent Mark Messier to the Rangers on Oct. 4, 1991, the Blueshirts acquired Jeff Beukeboom from Edmonton in exchange for David Shaw.
· Nov. 12, 2007 – Mark Messier was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.