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NHL Preview: Nashville Predators (34-25-8) at New York Rangers (40-19-10)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. NY RANGERS
− The Predators are 15-15-(1)-2 all-time against the Rangers, including a 9-7-(1)-0 record on the road.

− This is the second and final matchup between Nashville and New York in 2022-23; it is the first and only at Madison Square Garden.

− Nashville is 1-0-0 against New York this season, claiming a 2-1 victory at home on Nov. 12. Since that win, the Predators have recorded a 29-17-7 record and their points percentage of .613 is the 12th-best in the NHL.

− The Predators are 3-2-0 in their last five games against the Rangers; they are 5-5-0 in their last 10; and 3-2-0 in their last five on the road.

− In the early 2000s, Nashville enjoyed considerable success against New York, earning points in six of seven games from Dec. 23, 2000-March 25, 2004.

NOTABLES vs. NY RANGERS
− Juuse Saros owns a 1.89 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout in eight career games against the Rangers.

− Roman Josi has 13 points (4g-9a) in 18 career games vs. the Rangers, including three multi-point efforts. He notched three points (2g-1a) against the Rangers on Dec. 16, 2019.

− Colton Sissons has four points (2g-2a) in his last seven games vs. the Rangers.

− Ryan McDonagh served as captain of the Rangers for parts of four seasons from 2014-18; he helped lead New York to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

− Philip Tomasino scored his first career NHL goal on Oct. 21, 2021 vs. NY Rangers (Igor Shesterkin).

LAST TIME OUT
− Winnipeg Jets 3, Nashville Predators 2 (OT) – March 18 (Bridgestone Arena)
− NSH goals: Glass (10), Evangelista (3)
− WPG goals: Ehlers (8), Lowry (9), Pionk – OT/GWG (9)
− Goaltenders: NSH – Saros (OTL, 31/34); WPG – Hellebuyck (W, 18/20)
− Power plays: NSH 0-1; WPG 0-4

− Notes: Nashville moved to 17-12-4 at home in 2022-23… The Predators are now 1-1-1 against the Jets this season…Nashville is now 9-8 in overtime/shootouts this season (5-6 in OT; 4-2 in shootout)… Cody Glass opened the scoring at 5:26 of the first period… Luke Evangelista scored his third career NHL goal at 6:51 of the third period to give the Predators a 2-1 lead just 34 seconds after Winnipeg tied it at 1-1… Cal Foote assisted on Glass’ goal and recorded a fighting major… Jeremy Lauzon logged a career-high 25:47 of ice time.

INJURY REPORT
Player Designation Dates Missed Games Missed
Mark Borowiecki Upper body – IR Oct. 27-March 18 60
Filip Forsberg Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 13-March 18 17
Ryan Johansen Right leg surgery Feb. 23-March 18 12
Juuso Parssinen Upper body – day-to-day Feb. 26-March 18 11
Alexandre Carrier Upper body – 4-6 weeks March 4-18 8
Ryan McDonagh Upper body – day-to-day March 14-18 3
Total man-games lost: 178
Individual man-games lost: Borowiecki – 61; Carrier – 22; McCarron – 20; Forsberg – 17; Johansen – 12; Parssinen – 11; McDonagh – 10; Smith – 6; Trenin – 5; Glass – 3; Jankowski – 3; Lauzon – 3; Asplund – 1; Duchene – 1; Evangelista – 1; Lankinen – 1; Tomasino – 1
OVERALL (33 GP) 15-15-(1)-2
HOME (16 GP) 6-8-(0)-2
ROAD (17 GP) 9-7-(1)-0
LAST MEETING Nov. 12, 2022 at NSH (W, 2-1)
PLAYOFFS Never Met

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
− March 18: Recalled forward Egor Afanasyev from Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 17: Assigned forward Joakim Kemell to Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 16: Recalled forward Michael McCarron from Milwaukee (AHL). Reassigned forward Egor Afanasyev to Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 14: Recalled defenseman Kevin Gravel from Milwaukee (AHL). Reassigned forward Michael McCarron to Milwaukee (AHL).
− March 13: Signed forward Mark Jankowski to a one-year, $775,000 contract for 2023-24.

ROAD WARRIORS
− The Predators completed their season-long six-game, 13-day road trip from March 1-13 with a 4-1-1 record, picking up wins over Florida, Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim and earning a point in a shootout loss against Vancouver.

− Playing on the road in eight of nine games from Feb. 23-March 12, Nashville traveled approximately 11,710 miles, going from: Nashville -> San Jose -> Tempe -> Nashville -> Ft. Lauderdale -> Chicago -> Vancouver -> Tempe -> Los Angeles -> Anaheim -> Nashville.

− Tommy Novak led the Predators in goals (3) and points (5) during the road trip.

− Kevin Lankinen went 2-0-0 with a 0.96 goals-against average and .966 save percentage during the trip, stopping 56 of 58 shots in wins over Florida and Los Angeles.

− Juuse Saros record a 2-1-1 record in four starts on the road, posting a .919 save percentage.

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
New York Rangers 6, Pittsburgh Penguins 0 – March 18, 2023 – Madison Square Garden
NYR Goals: M. Zibanejad (36), A. Panarin (21, 22), V. Tarasenko (15), C. Kreider (31), J. Trouba (8)
PIT Goals: N/A
NYR Goalie: I. Shesterkin (W – 34/34)
PIT Goalie: T. Jarry (L – 13/17), C. DeSmith (ND – 5/7)
NYR Shots: 24
PIT Shots: 34
NYR PP: 1/4
NYR PK: 5/5
Game Summary | Event Summary
RECAP/NOTES: The Rangers collected their second team shutout of the season with a 6-0 win against the Penguins on Saturday night at MSG. Six Rangers recorded multi-point games while five players were a plus-3 or better in the win. New York paced to victory with two goals in the first period and four goals in the second.

RANGERS RUNDOWN

  • The New York Rangers play the fourth game of a five-game homestand when the Nashville Predators visit MSG for the only time this season (7:00 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers finish a back-to-back set and are 6-5-2 in the second half of back to backs this season.
  • New York has points in six-straight games (5-0-1) and wins in three-straight. It is their fourth separate point streak of six plus games this year, tied for the second most in a season in franchise history (1970-71 – 5, 1991-92 – 4). At home, the Blueshirts have won nine of their last 11 games and are 12-4-0 in their last 16 home games.
  • Against Western Conference teams, the Blueshirts are 20-6-4 and 9-4-1 against Central Division teams.
  • Since December 5, New York is 29-9-5 for 61 points. In the NHL in that span, the Rangers rank third in wins, points, points percentage (.733), power play percentage (25.4), and tied for fifth in goals per game (3.53).
  • The Blueshirts have scored six goals in a game 12 times this season and five or more goals in a game 20 times this season. Both rank tied for third in the NHL. When scoring four or more goals, New York is 27-0-0 and one of two teams in the NHL (VGK) to have a perfect such record.
  • The Blueshirts’ 19 comeback wins are tied for the fourth most in the NHL and their eight third-period comeback wins are tied for the sixth most in the NHL. Their eight third-period comeback wins are tied for the second most in franchise history (11 – 2010-11).
  • Filip Chytil and Vincent Trocheck are both within one of reaching the 20-goal mark this season and joining Kreider, Zibanejad and Panarin. The last season to feature five different 20-goal scorers for the Ranger was 2015-16 (Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider).
  • Patrick Kane has played Nashville (78 GP) more than any team in his career. He has posted 25 goals and 43 assists for 68 points against the Predators.
  • When scoring first this year, the Blueshirts are 27-5-4 and 21-3-3 when leading after the second period. When tied after two periods, the Rangers have 13 wins, the most in the NHL.
  • The Rangers defensemen group has compiled 165 points, tied for the fifth most in the NHL

LAST FIVE GAMES
DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Mar. 18 Pittsburgh W, 6-0
Mar. 16 Pittsburgh W, 4-2
Mar. 14 Washington W, 5-3
Mar. 12 at Pittsburgh OTL, 3-2
Mar. 11 at Buffalo OTW, 2-1

MAN GAMES LOST – 43
PLAYER INJURY/REASON DATES MISSED CONS. GAMES MISSED
Ryan Lindgren Upper Body Feb. 26-Mar. 18 10

ALL-TIME RECORD 17-13-1-2 (37 PTS)
2022-23 0-1-0
2021-22 1-1-0
NYR HOME 7-8-1-1 (16 PTS)
NYR AWAY 10-5-0-1 (21 PTS)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS 2-3-0
LEADING SCORER(S) – CURRENT RANGERS IN CAREER G: Kane (25) – A: Kane (43) – Pts: Kane (68)
LEADING SCORER(S) – ALL-TIME IN GAMES W/NYR G: Nash (6) – A: Three Players (8) – Pts: Hayes (10)

2022-23 SEASON SERIES
November 12 at Bridgestone Arena L, 2-1
March 19 at MSG 7:00 PM ET

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The Rangers have scored a power play goal in five of their last seven games (6G), eight of their last 11 games (9G) and 10 of their last 15 contests (12G).
  • Since the trade deadline on March 3, the Blueshirts’ 30.0 power play percentage ranks tied for fifth in the NHL.
  • On the penalty kill, New York has been perfect in seven of its last eight games
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