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NHL Preview: New York Rangers (8-2-0) at Minnesota Wild (3-5-2)

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:

RANGERS RUNDOWN

– The New York Rangers head back on the road for a matchup against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night (8:00 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). – The Blueshirts have won six games in a row, the league’s longest active win streak. Last season, the team posted two wins streaks of seven games. New York has the third most wins (8) and points (16) in the NHL. – The Rangers are 8-2-0 (16 points), marking their second-best 10-game start to a season in franchise history. The only other campaign with as many wins through this stage of the season was 1983-84 (9-1-0, 18 points). – New York has won five games in a row on the road and will look to push its road win streak to six games for an eighth time in franchise history. The last time the team posted a road win streak of six or more games was the franchise record nine-game road streak in 2020. – The Rangers have five players that are natives of Minnesota: K’Andre Miller (St. Paul/Minnetonka HS), Blake Wheeler (Plymouth/Breck), Ryan Lindgren (Burnsville/Shattuck St. Mary’s), Jonny Brodzinski (Ham Lake/Blaine), and Tyler Pitlick (Minneapolis/Centennial HS). Associate Head Coach Phil Housley is from St. Paul and went to South St. Paul High School. – Since 2015-16, the Blueshirts’ 61 wins in November are tied for second in the NHL behind Toronto’s 65. – The Rangers have the NHL’s third best power play percentage (32.4) and have scored power play goals in nine of their first 10 games. The Rangers’ 12 power play goals are tied for the second most in the league. – The Rangers have been over 50 percent in the faceoff circle in eight of 10 games. Their 54.2 faceoff percentage ranks fourth in the NHL. – The Blueshirts have allowed one or fewer goals in a league-high six games this season. The team has the second fewest LAST GAME GA/GP (1.90) in the NHL and second fewest shots per game in the NHL (26.3). – The Rangers’ defensemen have recorded 28 points, the fifth most in the NHL, and eight goals are tied for the league lead. 33.7 percent of all points recorded this season have come from defensemen, the highest mark in the NHL. – When scoring first, the Rangers are a league-best 6-0-0.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Nov. 3 – Connor Mackey and Louis Domingue recalled from Hartford

Nov. 3 – Jonny Brodzinski recalled from Hartford

TEAM NOTES

ROAD RANGERS

The Rangers return to the road after their latest trip ended with a 5-0-0 mark, the first time in franchise history they had swept a road trip of five or more games. New York has been one of the best road teams in the NHL this season and proven it through several categories:

MINNESOTA WILD NOTES:

SERIES NOTES

NEW YORK RANGERS

All-Time Wild Record: 14-14-4 (8-7-2 at Xcel Energy Center, 6-7-2 at New York)

2022-23: Minnesota went 0-1-1 against the Rangers…New York won, 7-3, at Xcel Energy Center in the series opener (10/3) and captured a 4-3 shootout victory in the series finale at Madison Square Garden (1/10)…LW Matt Boldy (2-0=2), LW Marcus Foligno (0-2=2), LW Kirill Kaprizov (1-1=2) and RW Mats Zuccarello (2-0=2) led Minnesota with two points each…G MarcAndre Fleury went 0-1-1 with a 4.86 GAA and a .872 SV%…LW Artemi Panarin (1-3=4) and D Adam Fox (2-2=4) led New York with four points each…D K’Andre Miller recorded three points (1-2=3)…LW Chris Kreider (2-0=2), LW Alexis LaFreniere (0-2=2), C Vincent Trocheck (1-1=2) and C Mika Zibanejad (0-2=2) posted two points each…G Igor Shesterkin was 2-0-0 with a 2.90 GAA and a .912 SV%.

WILD LEADERS: LW Marcus Johansson leads Minnesota with 21 points (9- 12=21) in 35 games against the Rangers…D Alex Goligoski has 15 points (2-13=15) in 28 games…Foligno owns 14 points (4-10=14) in 24 matches.

WILD GOALIES: Fleury is 33-20-10 with a 2.83 GAA, a .906 SV% and four shutouts in 64 career games (63 starts) against the Rangers…G Filip Gustavsson is 0-1-0 with a 2.05 GAA and a .939 SV% in one career start (2/20/22).

RANGERS LEADERS: RW Blake Wheeler leads New York with 40 points (14- 26=40) in 44 games against the Wild…Panarin has 22 points (6-16=22) in 19 games against the Wild…Zibanejad has 11 points (6-5=11) in 17 games.

RANGERS GOALIES: G Jaroslav Halak is 5-3-4 with a 2.12 GAA, a .925 SV% and two shutouts in 14 career starts against Minnesota…Shesterkin is 2-1- 0 with a 2.95 GAA and a .912 SV% in three starts

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

HOME SWEET HOME

• Dating back to Nov. 19th, 2022, Minnesota is 25-9-4 at home for a .711 point percentage, tied for the fourth-most wins and marking the fifthbest home point percentage in the NHL during that span. • In home games since Nov. 19, 2022, the Wild has allowed 2.45 goals per game (fourth in NHL) and recorded a .919 save percentage (fourth in NHL). • Minnesota ranked tied for sixth in the NHL with a .659 home point percentage and tied for seventh with 25 home victories during the 2022-23 season.

COOL UNDER PRESSURE

• Minnesota went 42-7-8 (.807) last season when obtaining a lead at any point in the game, the seventh-best point percentage in the NHL in such situations. • The Wild was 31-0-3 (.956) last season when leading through two periods, the third-best point percentage in the NHL. • Minnesota was 15-1-11 (.759) last season in games that became tied with less than five minutes left in regulation, tied for the fifth-most victories in the NHL.

SHORT (HANDED) KINGS

• The Wild scored two shorthanded goals on the same first-period penalty kill at MTL (10/17), first from Brandon Duhaime at 9:20 and second from Connor Dewar at 9:45, marking the second time in franchise history scoring multiple SHGs on the same penalty kill, the third time in franchise history scoring two SHGs in the same period, and the sixth time in franchise history scoring multiple SHGs in a single game. • Minnesota currently ranks tied for fourth in the NHL with two shorthanded goals this season. • Minnesota ranked third in the NHL with 14 shorthanded goals (SHG) during the 2022-23 season. • The Wild scored its 14th SHG of the season at CHI (4/10), breaking the franchise’s previous single-season record set in the 2000-01 season. • Minnesota recorded two SHG in a single game twice a 10-day span (3/29 at COL, 4/8 vs. STL) after doing so only three times previously in franchise history

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