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NHL Preview: Arizona Coyotes (1-0-0) at New York Rangers (1-1-0)

Arizona Coyotes Notes:

No team notes available.

New York Rangers Notes:

  • The New York Rangers host the Arizona Coyotes in the home opener at Madison Square Garden (7:00 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).
  • The Rangers have a 40-39-14-3 record all-time in home openers and are 2-1-1 in their last four openers at MSG. This is the first time the Blueshirts have hosted the Arizona Coyotes for a home opener but opened the 1995-96 campaign against the Winnipeg Jets (the team’s final season in WPG before relocating).
  • After tonight’s contest and Thursday’s against Nashville, the Rangers won’t return home until November 2 against Carolina.
  • Last season at home during the regular season, the Blueshirts went 23-13-5 and from Dec. 5, they went 19-7-1 on home ice, tied for the fifth most in that span. The Rangers went 15-6-1 in their last 22 home games.
  • Through two games, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in faceoff percentage with a 60.5 mark (72-for-119).
  • Against the Coyotes, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of its last 16 games against the Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 24, 2014 (13-1-2). At MSG, the Rangers have earned a point in 13-straight contests against Arizona dating back to the 2008-09 season (11-0-2).
  • The Blueshirts’ 13-game point streak against Arizona at home is tied for the seventh longest the team has compiled against one team. The Rangers’ home point streak against the Coyotes is tied for the third longest active run in the NHL.
  • New York defensemen have accumulated seven points in two games, tied for the most in the NHL. Last season’s 193 points by defensemen were tied for the fifth most in the NHL.
  • Dating back to the beginning of last season, the Rangers have scored five or more goals 25 times, tied for the second most in the NHL (EDM: 33).

TEAM NOTES
HOMECOMING
Since the 2021-22 season, the Rangers rank among the best in the NHL on home ice, posting a 50-23-9 record. In that span, New York ranks tied for ninth in wins and fourth in goals against per game (2.52). Individually, Artemi Panarin’s 66 home assists rank ninth in the NHL while Adam Fox’s 61 home assists are tied for 11th. Igor Shesterkin’s 41 home wins are the third most in the NHL since 2021-22.

SPECIAL TALENT
Chris Kreider has two power play goals and one shorthanded goal to begin his season. He has the most goals through the first two games of a season in his career. His eight shorthanded goals since 2021-22 are the most in the NHL while his 36 power play goals in that span are the second most.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • New York has power play goals in its first two games. It can record a power play goal in its first three games of a season for the 13th time in team history and first since the 2005-06 season.
  • The Rangers finished with a 24.1 power play percentage in 2022-23, the fifth highest in club history and the seventh highest in the NHL.
  • On the penalty kill in 2022-23, the Blueshirts allowed 42 power play goals, tied for the seventh fewest in the NHL.

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