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NHL Preview: New York Rangers at Los Angeles Kings

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES:

LAST GAME
New York Rangers 2, San Jose Sharks 1 – November 19, 2022 – (SAP Center)
NYR Goals: J. Gauthier (3), A. Fox (6)
SJS Goals: L. Couture (9)
NYR Goalie: I. Shesterkin (W – 22/23)
SJS Goalie: J. Reimer (L – 41/42)
NYR Shots: 43
SJS Shots: 23
NYR PP: 0/3
NYR PK: 1/1

RECAP/NOTES: The Rangers grabbed a win over the Sharks on Saturday night, 2-1, after heading into the third period scoreless at 0-0. Julien Gauthier broke through in the third with his third goal of the season. On the assist was Jacob Trouba. It was Trouba’s 200th career assist and he became the third defenseman from the 2012 NHL Draft class to reach the feat (Morgan Rielly – 319, Shayne Gostisbehere – 202). Igor Shesterkin earned his ninth win of the season, allowing one or fewer goals for the fourth time this season.

RANGERS RUNDOWN

  • The New York Rangers turn to the Los Angeles Kings in the third game of a four-game road trip and their first game of a back-to-back. (10:30 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).
  • New York has at least one point in four of its last five games (3-1-1) and has registered 30 or more shots in five of its last six games.
  • The Rangers begin their fifth back-to-back set of the season, with tomorrow’s game against Anaheim in the second half. In the first game of back-to-backs, the Blueshirts are 2-1-1.
  • When scoring first this season, the Rangers are 8-0-1. New York is one of four teams in the league to have not dropped a game in regulation when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • Against the Western Conference this season, the Blueshirts are 6-2-3 and 2-0-2 against teams in the Pacific Division.
  • New York ranks third in the NHL with 568 hits.
  • The Rangers have been tied after two periods 11 times this season and carry a 6-1-4 record in those games.
  • In the month of November since 2015-16, the Blueshirts have compiled 58 wins, the second most in the NHL over that span. Toronto leads with 60.

DATE/TIME OPPONENT/LOCATION TV RADIO
Nov. 23/10:00 PM Anaheim/Honda Center MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM
Nov. 26/1:00 PM Edmonton/MSG MSG Network/NHLN ESPN 98.7 FM
Nov. 28/7:00 PM New Jersey/MSG MSG Network/NHLN ESPN 98.7 FM
Nov. 30/7:00 PM Ottawa/Canadian Tire Centre MSGSN ESPN 1050 AM
Dec. 2/7:00 PM Ottawa/MSG MSG Network TBD

DATE OPPONENT RESULT
Nov. 19 at San Jose W, 2-1
Nov. 17 at Seattle OTL, 3-2
Nov. 13 Arizona W, 4-1
Nov. 12 at Nashville L, 2-1
Nov. 10 at Detroit W, 8-2

INJURIES (23 MGL)
PLAYER INJURY DATES MISSED CONS. GAMES MISSED
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
October 27 – Signed Ben Harpur to one-year contract
October 26 – Recalled Julien Gauthier from Hartford.
October 20 – Dryden Hunt claimed off of waivers by Colorado
October 11 – Signed Talyn Boyko to a entry-level contract
October 10 – Assigned Julien Gauthier to Hartford. Matt Bartkowski released from PTO. Jarred Tinordi claimed off waivers by Chicago.
October 9 – Signed Jimmy Vesey to a one-year contract

ALL-TIME RECORD 72-49-16-4 (164 PTS)
2022-23 0-0-0
2021-22 1-1-0
NYR HOME 41-20-6-2 (90 PTS)
NYR AWAY 31-29-10-2 (74 PTS)
LAST FIVE MEETINGS 2-1-1
LEADING SCORER(S) – CURRENT RANGERS IN CAREER G: Panarin/Zibanejad (5) – A: Panarin (7) – Pts: Panarin (12)
LEADING SCORER(S) – ALL-TIME IN GAMES W/NYR G: Ratelle (25) – A: Ratelle (33) – Pts: Ratelle (58)
2022-23 SEASON SERIES
November 22 at Crypto.com Arena 10:30 PM ET
February 26 at MSG 5:00 PM ET

UPCOMING GAMES (ALL TIMES ET)
LAST FIVE GAMES
TEAM NOTES

IT’S WORTH A SHOT
The Rangers rank sixth in the NHL in shots (658) and fifth in shots per game (34.6). New York has registered 30 or more shots in five of its last six games and 40-plus shots six times this year. New York’s 11 occurrences of 35 shots or more or tied for the third most in the league while its six occasions with 40-plus shots ranks fourth in the league.

SPREADING IT OUT
Mika Zibanejad (21), Adam Fox (21) and Artemi Panarin (22) have 20-plus points on the season. The last time New York had three 20-point scorers prior to its 20th game in a season was in 2006-07 (Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan & Michael Nylander). The Blueshirts are one of four teams (NYR, DAL, TOR, EDM) with three players with 20 or more points this season.

FOX ON FIRE
Adam Fox has points in eight-straight games (4G-8A), the second longest point streak of his career and has nine points in his last five games (3G-6A). Fox’s eight-game point streak is the second longest for a defenseman this season.

LONGEST POINT STREAKS BY D-MEN IN 2022-23
PLAYER STREAK LENGTH DATES
Quinn Hughes (VAN) 10 (13A) Oct. 17-Nov. 13, 2022
Adam Fox (NYR) 8 (4G-8A) Nov. 3, 2022-Present
Six players with 6
On the season, Fox has six goals and 15 assists for 21 points. Fox, Brian Leetch (6x) and Brad Park (2x) are the only Rangers
defensemen to have 21 or more points through the first 19 games of a season.

FOX AMONG NHL D-MEN RANKS THIS SEASON
CATEGORY D-MEN RANK
Goals T-3rd (6)
Assists T-5th (15)
Points 2nd (21)
Takeaways T-5th (16)
Average Ice Time T-10th – (24:55)

LONGEST POINT STREAKS OF FOX’S CAREER
STREAK DATES
12 (3G-19A) Mar. 17-Apr. 8, 2021
8 (4G-8A) Nov. 3, 2022-Present

MOST POINTS AMONG DEFENSEMEN
SINCE 2019-20
PLAYER POINTS
Roman Josi 208
John Carlson 201
Cale Makar 199
Victor Hedman 194
Adam Fox 184

PANARIN ONE ASSIST AWAY FROM 400
Artemi Panarin is one assist away from 400 in his career. In notching the feat, Panarin would be the third player in the NHL to record 400 or more assists since Panarin made his NHL debut in 2015-16 (McDavid – 474, Kane – 408). If Panarin records one assist tonight in his 528th game, he would require the 22nd fewest games of any NHL skater to reach the milestone and the fifth fewest of any active player (McDavid – 426 GP, Crosby – 448 GP, Malkin – 527 GP).

Panarin would become the 57th undrafted player in league history to collect 400 assists and of those undrafted players, he would notch 400 assists in the fifth fewest games. Of his 399 assists, Mika Zibanejad has the most goals from Panarin with 41 while Chris Kreider is tied for fourth with 32. Panarin has 10 points in his last 11 games (1G-9A) and 22 points (5G-17A) in 19 games. Panarin ranks tied for seventh in the league in assists. Since 2019-20, Panarin ranks tied for second in the NHL in assists and fifth in points. His 80 multi-point games are the
fifth most in the league since 2019-20.

MOST ASSISTS IN THE NHL SINCE 2019-20
RANK PLAYER ASSISTS
1st Connor McDavid 232
2nd Artemi Panarin 195
T-2nd Leon Draisaitl 195
4th Jonathan Huberdeau 187
5th Nathan MacKinnon 180

MOST MULTI-POINT GAMES SINCE 2019-20
RANK PLAYER 2+ GAMES
1st Connor McDavid 114
2nd Leon Draisaitl 97
3rd Auston Matthews 85
4th Nathan MacKinnon 81
5th Artemi Panarin 80

MIKA’S MISSION
Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with 10 goals and has recorded points in 10 of his last 11 games (6G-7A). Zibanejad was the first Rangers player to reach 10 goals and 10 assists in a season in 18 games or fewer since Marian Gaborik in 2009-10 (12G-10A—22 PTS in 16 GP). When Zibanejad records a point this season, the Rangers are 9-2-2 and 5-0-0 when he notches multiple points. Seven of Zibanejad’s 10 goals have come on the power play, his seven PPGs rank tied for the most in the NHL (McDavid – 7). Since joining the Rangers in 2016-17, Zibanejad has 76 goals on the man advantage, the fifth most in the league in that span.

MOST POWER PLAY GOALS IN THE NHL SINCE 2016-17
RANK PLAYER PP GOALS
1st Alex Ovechkin 95
2nd Leon Draisaitl 93
3rd David Pastrnak 84
4th Steven Stamkos 79
5th Mika Zibanejad 76

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • The Blueshirts have at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games (7-for-25; 28.0%), including multiple power play goals in two of those games. The Rangers’ 16 power play goals this season are tied for the eighth most in the NHL.
  • New York ranks fourth in the league in penalty kill percentage (83.1) and has been perfect on the PK in four of its last five games.
  • On the road, the Rangers are third in the NHL with a penalty kill percentage of 88.5 (23-for-26).

LOS ANGELES KINGS NOTES:
NOV. 22 vs. NEW YORK RANGERS – 7:30 PM PT // Venue: Crypto.com Arena // TV: Bally Sports West // Radio: iHeartRadio
-The LA Kings face off against the New York Rangers for the first of two meetings between the clubs (Feb. 26).
-The Kings look to extend their home winning streak to six games (4-2 W, Oct. 29 vs. TOR; 5-4 W, Nov. 5 vs. FLA; 1-0 W, Nov 8 vs., MIN; 2-1 W, Nov. 10 vs. CHI; 4-3 W, Nov. 12 vs. DET).

WARM-UPS
1) The LA Kings are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Rangers at Crypto.com Arena dating back to Dec. 18, 2008.
2) Only the Florida Panthers (776) and New Jersey Devils (692) have put up more shots for than the Kings (682) this season.
3) Carl Grundstrom’s 55 hits are tied for fourth-most among Western Conference forwards.
4) Since the 2018-19 season, no defenseman has more power-play goals in the league than Drew Doughty (23).
5) LA and Seattle combined for two goals in the opening 53 seconds of the final frame Saturday night, the second-fastest two goals to start a period by both teams this season.

VS. NEW YORK RANGERS ALL-TIME:
All-Time Record: 53-68-16-4
Home: 31-29-10-2
Away: 22-39-6-2
OT: 4-6 (5 ties)
Shootout: 0-2
2021-22: 1-0-1
2022-23: 0-0-0
Franchise Leaders vs. NEW YORK RANGERS:
Marcel Dionne – 42 GP, 61 PTS (19-42=61)
Dave Taylor – 45 GP, 37 PTS (17-20=37)
Butch Goring – 43 GP, 35 PTS (15-20=35)
Luc Robitaille – 30 GP, 30 PTS (12-18=30)
Bernie Nicholls – 20 GP, 24 PTS (13-11=24)
*-denotes active roster player

LAST MEETING vs. NEW YORK RANGERS: Jan. 24, 2022 – LAK 2 vs. NYR 3 (SO)
Venue: Madison Square Garden
LAK Goals: Lizotte (6), Iafallo (13)
NYR Goals: Kreider (30), Goodrow (8), Fox (SO GWG)
Goalies: LAK: Quick (OT, 28 saves, 30 shots) NYR: Sheshterkin (W, 34 saves, 36 shots)
LAK PP: 1-for-4
LAK PK: 4-for-5

THE NEXT THREE:
Fri., Nov. 25 | at San Jose | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
o No active skater has more points (66) against the San Jose Sharks than Anze Kopitar.
Sun., Nov. 27 | vs. Ottawa | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
o The LA Kings hosted the Senators exactly one year from this date on Nov. 27, 2021. The Kings prevailed, 4-2.
Sun., Nov. 29 | vs. Seattle | 7:30 p.m. PT | Bally Sports West | LA Kings iHeart Radio Audio Network
o Viktor Arvidsson has points (0-4=4) in four of his five career games against Seattle.

INJURY & MGL REPORT
Player, Games Missed, Date(s), Status
F Alex Iafallo, 17 games, Oct. 18 – Pres. (lower-body)
F Quinton Byfield, 6 games, Oct. 27 – Nov. 5 (illness)
F Brendan Lemieux, 4 games, Nov. 14 – Pres. (lower-body)
F Viktor Arvidsson, 2 games, Oct. 13 (illness); Oct. 25 (illness)
D Sean Durzi, 1 game, Nov. 19 – Pres. (lower-body)
2022-23 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 30

RECENT TRANSACTIONS (as of 11/22/22)
Nov. 13 – Brandt Clarke (D) assigned to Ontario (AHL) on conditioning loan.
Nov. 13 – Brendan Lemieux (F) placed on IR due to lower-body injury.
Nov. 13 – Lias Andersson (F) and Jacob Moverare (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).
Nov. 20 – Lias Andersson (F), Rasmus Kupari (F) and Jacob Moverare (D) loaned to Ontario (AHL).
Nov. 21 – Lias Andersson (F), Rasmus Kupari (F), and Jacob Moverare (D) recalled from Ontario (AHL).

CALIFORNIA KID
Trevor Moore continued his week on the scoring sheet with four goals in last three games and eighth career shorthanded goal, all of which with LA. Since his first game as a member of the LA Kings on Feb. 8, 2020, Moore’s eight shorthanded goals leads all Kings skaters and sits atop the league among all skaters during that time:

Most SHG since Feb. 8, 2020
Player GP SHG
Trevor Moore 173 8
Reilly Smith 144 7
Cam Atkinson 130 7
Brad Marchand 149 7
Alex Formenton 99 6
Connor Brown 141 6
Adam Lowry 150 6

Moore led the Kings past the Edmonton Oilers last Wednesday night, recording his first career hat trick and third multi-goal game of his career. Moore became the first California-born skater to record a hat trick for a California-based team in NHL history. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native is the sixth California-born skater overall to record a hat trick in league history. It marked the first three-goal performance by an LA King since Viktor Arvidsson on March 4, 2022 versus Columbus:

STAT OF THE GAME
Forward Blake Lizotte scored his first career NHL game-winning goal last season against the Rangers on Jan. 10, 2022, guiding the Kings to a 3-1 victory over the New York. Lizotte enters tonight with four points in four career games against New York, tallying a point in each contest he’s played versus the Rangers. The Lindstrom, Minn. native has six points (5-1=6) in 21 games this season, and sits five goals shy of tying his career-high of 10 previously set in the 2021-22 season. Lizotte has registered 63 points (24-39=63) in 198 career NHL games, all with the Kings. With two more games played, Lizotte can become 45th active undrafted skater to appear in 200 games.

THE MICHIGAN MAN
Defenseman Matt Roy registered his ninth point (3-6=9) in his 21st game of the season last Saturday night in Seattle. In 227 career NHL games, Roy has collected 64 points (13-51=64) with a plus-38 rating, the third-highest among defensemen from the 2015 NHL Draft class:

Highest Plus/Minus Rating among defensemen from 2015 NHL Draft
Player GP Plus/Minus
Brandon Carlo (BOS) 418 +71
Erik Cernak ·(TBL) 241 +46
Matt Roy (LAK) 227 +38
John Marino (NJD) 208 +35
Travis Dermott (VAN) 268 +33

With one more goal, Roy can eclipse the 10-point plateau for the fourth consecutive season (18 PTS in 2019-20; 10 PTS in 2020-21; 21 PTS in 2021-22).

RESPECT YOUR EDLERS
Veteran defenseman Alex Edler skates into tonight with two points (0-2=2) in as many games and five (0-5=5) in 18 games this season. Since joining the Kings, Edler has collected three goals, 21 assists and 24 points in 59 games with a plus-17 rating. In 984 career NHL games, Edler has amassed 433 points (102-331=433). With 16 more games, Edler can become the 12th active defenseman to skate in 1,000 career NHL games, the second defenseman from the 2004 NHL Draft class (Alex Goligoski, 1,002 GP), seventh overall skater from his draft class and 16th Swedish-born player in league history to reach such mark. With his secondary assist on Phillip Danault’s second period goal last Saturday in Seattle, Edler surpassed Niklas Kronwall (83-349=432 for the seventh-most points among Swedish-born defenseman in league history:

Most points by Swedish-born defenseman in league history
Player GP PTS
Nicklas Lindstrom 1,564 1,142 (264-878=1,142)
Borje Salming 1,148 787 (150-637=787)
Erik Karlsson 859 689 (164-525=689)
Viktor Hedman 915 613 (135-478=613)
Frederik Olausson 1,022 581 (147-434=581)
Calle Johansson 1,109 535 (119-416=535)
Alex Edler 984 433 (102-331=433)
Niklas Kronwall 953 432 (83-349=432)

SACRIFICING THE BODY
The LA Kings haven’t been afraid to sacrifice the body as of late, including getting in front of shots. The Kings had a collective 29 blocked shots against the Oilers last Wednesday, marking just the third time in franchise history the Kings have blocked 29 or more shots in a game (31 blocks, Feb. 19, 2018 vs. CHI; 29 blocks, Dec. 22, 2018 vs. SJ). LA’s 326 blocked shots so far this season sit third in the league behind Vegas (392) and Philadelphia (345)

Teams with most blocked shots
Player GP Blocks
Vegas Golden Knights 20 392
Philadelphia Flyers 19 345
LA Kings 21 326
Columbus Blue Jackets 18 323
New York Islanders 20 323

With 10 blocked shots in his last five games, including tying his single game career-high of five last Wednesday, no forward has recorded more blocked shots than Anze Kopitar, while Phillip Danault’s 21 is seventh among forwards:

Most blocked shots among NHL forwards
Player GP Blocks
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 21 28
Boone Jenner (CBJ) 18 28
Garnet Hathaway (WSH) 20 24
Adam Erne (DET) 18 22
Elias Pettersson (VAN) 19 22
Nick Bonino (SJS) 18 22
Phillip Danault (LAK) 21 21

KING ARTHUR
Arthur Kaliyev appeared in his 100th career NHL game Friday night in Vancouver, becoming the eighth member of the 2019 NHL Draft class to appear in 100 NHL games. Per NHL PR, among players to debut with the Kings in the past 20 years, only Anze Kopitar (32), Michael Cammalleri (29), Gabriel Vilardi (26) and Tyler Toffoli (24) have scored more goals through 100 contests. Kaliyev has found recent scoring success with his fifth and sixth goals of the season on Monday night against the Calgary Flames, including his team-leading fourth power-play goal, marking his second career multi-goal game and second consecutive multi-point game (0-2=2, Nov. 12 vs. DET; 2-0=2, Nov. 14 at CGY). With the first of his two goals Monday, Kaliyev eclipsed the 20-goal mark in his career.

Kaliyev, who is the only Uzbekistan-born skater to ever play in the NHL, has recorded 13 points (6-7=13) in 20 games this season, ranking fourth on the team. On top of his team-leading four power-play goals, Kaliyev has six power-play points in total, which also leads all Kings skaters. Kaliyev is two power-play goals shy of tying his career-best of six set last season through 80 games, which placed second among all rookies behind Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras (9). Since his NHL debut, no Kings skater has found the back of the net on the man-advantage more than Kaliyev:

Most PPGs among Kings skaters since Feb. 2, 2021
Player PPG
Arthur Kaliyev 10
Adrian Kempe 10
Drew Doughty 9
Anze Kopitar 9
Alex Iafallo 7
Dustin Brown 7

FACEOFF FEVER
The LA Kings have found consistency in the face-off circle this season, especially at even-strength where the team’s faceoff winning percentage at EV has been 54% or higher in 12 of their 21 games on the year. LA’s even-strength faceoff winning percentage sits sixth in the league at 54.4%. Forwards Anze Kopitar and Phillip Danault have been the driving forces for consistency in the face-off circle this season, centering the club’s top two lines. In 15 of his 21 games played this season, Kopitar has had an even-strength faceoff winning percentage of 53% or higher while Danault has held that percentage in 12 of 21 games. Kopitar ranks fourth in the league in even-strength faceoffs (min. EV faceoffs: 220):

Highest EV Faceoff winning % among all skaters (min. EV Faceoffs: 220)
Player GP EV FO’s EV FOW %
Ryan Johansen (NSH) 19 238 66.0%
Jonathan Toews (CHI) 18 247 64.0%
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) 19 288 61.5%
Anze Kopitar (LAK) 21 295 61.4%
Max Domi (CHI) 18 229 59.8%

300 FOR #33

Viktor Arvidsson assisted on all three of Moore’s goals last Wednesday night for his third career three-assist game to surpass the 300-
point plateau for his NHL career, one day after teammate Kevin Fiala accomplished such feat. Arvidsson became the ninth member of the 2014 NHL Draft class and 20th active Swede skater to reach such mark. Arvidsson officially hit 300 career points on his second assist of the night. At the time of hitting his milestone, Arvidsson sat at 150 goals and 150 assists. He is the 11th player in NHL history to record an even 150 goals and 150 assists at the 300-point mark and the first since Matt Moulson (Feb. 20, 2015).

MULTI-POINT MANIA
The LA Kings have had contributions on the scoring sheet from 21 different skaters. Of the 21, 14 of them have had multi-point games with the most courtesy of Gabriel Vilardi (5), Kevin Fiala (5). Since Nov. 1, eight different Kings skaters have found the score sheet more than once. The Kings have 37 multi-point performances from their players this season, tied for the fourth-most in the league:

Most multi-point games from players
Team # of multi-point performances
Tampa Bay Lightning 46
Dallas Stars 42
Boston Bruins 39
LA Kings 37
Edmonton Oilers 37
Florida Panthers 37

SPECIAL TEAMS (DIFFERENTIAL) SHOWDOWN
The Kings enter tonight’s game with the league’s second-highest special team differential at home (+23:32), while New York’s +10:57 (PP T: 55:22, PK T: 44:25, DIFF: +10:57) of special teams time differential on the road sits fifth in the league:

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