MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:
All-Time Wild Record: 15-14-4 (9-7-2 at Xcel Energy Center, 6-7-2 at New York)
2023-24: Minnesota won the series-opening game, 5-4, in shootout at Xcel Energy Center (11/4)…RW Mats Zuccarello led the Wild with two points (1-1=2)…C Joel Eriksson Ek (1-0=1), C Ryan Hartman (1-0=1) and C Marco Rossi (1-0=1) also scored goals for Minnesota…G Filip Gustavsson started the game and made one save…G Marc-Andre Fleury entered in the first period and saved 13-of-14 shots faced…LW Artemi Panarin (1-1=2) and D Erik Gustafsson (1-1=2) led the Rangers with two points each… LW Chris Kreider (1-0=1) and LW Jimmy Vesey (1-0=1) also scored for the Rangers…G Jonathan Quick started and saved 36-of-40 shots faced.
WILD LEADERS: LW Marcus Johansson leads Minnesota with 22 points (9- 13=22) in 36 games against the Rangers…D Alex Goligoski has 15 points (2-13=15) in 28 games…LW Marcus Foligno owns 15 points (4-11=15) in 25 matches.
WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 34-20-10 with a 2.80 GAA, a .907 SV% and four shutouts in 65 career games (63 starts) against the Rangers…Gustavsson is 0-1-0 with a 4.58 GAA and a .865 SV% in two career starts.
RANGERS LEADERS: RW Blake Wheeler leads New York with 41 points (14- 27=41) in 45 games against the Wild…Panarin has 24 points (7-17=24) in 20 games against the Wild…C Mika Zibanejad has 11 points (6-5=11) in 18 games…Kreider has 11 points (9-2=22) in 18 contests.
RANGERS GOALIES: G Igor Shesterkin is 2-1-0 with a 2.95 GAA and a .912 SV% in three starts…Quick is 17-11-8 with a 2.59 GAA and a .904 SV%…G Louis Domingue is 1-2-0 with a 2.64 GAA and a .910 SV% in three career games against Minnesota.
FAST FACTS: Minnesota is on a six-game point streak at Madison Square Garden (4-0-2), out-scoring the Rangers 23-14…The Wild is 8-6-1 in its last 15 games against the Rangers in Saint Paul, with seven of those games decided by one goal.
INJURIES Freddy Gaudreau: upper body Alex Goligoski: lower body Jared Spurgeon: upper body
RECENT TRANSACTIONS October 29 – November 8, 2023
11/8/23 Acquired D Zach Bogosian from Tampa Bay in exchange for seventh-round pick in 2025 NHL Draft
11/8/23 Traded D Calen Addison to San Jose for RW Adam Raska and a fifth-round pick in the 2026 NHL Draft.
NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:
– The New York Rangers continue a three-game homestand with the second meeting in the past week with the Minnesota Wild, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Wild are the first team the Rangers will complete a season-series against. – Tonight is Military Appreciation Night, presented by Northwell, at MSG. – The Rangers have points in eight-straight games (7-0-1) and are 3-1-0 at home. In the NHL, New York has the third most wins (9) and points (19). – It is the fifth time in team history the Blueshirts have won at least nine of their first 12 games of a season (2023-24, 2016- 17, 2008-09, 1990-91, 1983-84). – The Rangers have the NHL’s second best power play percentage (34.2) and have scored power play goals in 10 of their first 12 games. The Rangers’ 14 power play goals are tied for the fourth most in the league. On the flip side, the Blueshirts’ 86.1 penalty kill percentage is ninth in the league. – The Rangers have the second best (tied) faceoff percentage in the NHL with a 54.9 percent mark. New York has been over 50 percent in the faceoff circle in 10 of 12 games. – With 219 blocked shots, the Blueshirts rank fourth in the NHL. – The Blueshirts have the fourth fewest GA/GP (2.17) in the NHL and fourth fewest shots allowed per game in the NHL (27.5). – The Rangers’ defensemen have recorded 35 points, the sixth most in the NHL, and nine goals are tied for the second LAST GAME most. 32.4 percent of all points recorded this season have come from defensemen, the highest mark in the NHL. – New York is 7-1-1 when scoring first, tied for the most such wins in the NHL
MAN GAMES LOST – 7
PLAYER INJURY/REASON DATES MISSED CONS. GAMES MISSED
Adam Fox Lower Body Nov. 4-7 2
Filip Chytil Upper Body Nov. 4-7 2
Igor Shesterkin Undisclosed Nov. 4-7 2
Nov. 8 – Connor Mackey, Louis Domingue, Dylan Garand recalled from Hartford
Nov. 7 – Jonny Brodzinski, Connor Mackey and Louis Domingue re-assigned to Hartford
– Jacob Trouba’s 44 blocked shots are the most in the NHL. Nick Bonino ranks fifth with 36 blocked shots and leads all forwards. Since 2021-22, Bonino leads all forwards in blocked shots with 217. – Among NHL skaters with 100 or more faceoffs, Vincent Trocheck ranks second in faceoff percentage (63.0). – Will Cuylle ranks first among rookies in hits with 30. – Erik Gustafsson has recorded eight points (3G-5A), the second most among Rangers defensemen, and four multi-point games this season. He is one point from 200 in his career. He would become the 10th defenseman from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft to reach the feat. – K’Andre Miller leads the Rangers with a plus-7 rating. Among defensemen who have skated over 26 minutes in SH TOI, Miller ranks 10th in PP GA/60 (2.22).