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NHL Preview: Vancouver Canucks (20-26-4) at New York Rangers (28-14-8)


TV: Sportsnet, MSG, TVA
Radio: Sportsnet 650

• Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Canucks and Rangers this season: Feb. 8 (away), and Feb. 15 (home).

• Vancouver is 38-78-8-3 all-time against New York, including a 17-41-5-2 record on the road.

• The Canucks are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games against the Rangers, including 5-0-0 in their last five.

• Recent Canucks acquisition Anthony Beauvillier leads active Canucks skaters in career points against New York with 23 (13-10-23 in 27 GP), his highest point total against a single team in his NHL career.

• Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 10 points (2-8-10) in 17 career games against the Rangers.

• J.T. Miller has nine points (4-5-9) in nine career games against the Rangers.

• Luke Schenn leads active Canucks in career games played (37) against New York.

• Spencer Martin has yet to face the Rangers in his NHL career.

• Collin Delia has played one career game vs New York, turning aside 29 of 32 shots.

• Quinn Hughes has 14 points (4-10-14) in his last 11 games.

• Elias Pettersson has 15 points (4-11-15) in his last 13 games.

• J.T. Miller has 15 points (5-10-15) in his last 14 games.

• Andrei Kuzmenko has 12 points (7-5-12) in his last 13 games.

• Conor Garland has five points (1-4-5) in his last five games.

LAST MEETING – FEB. 27/22: VAN 5 at NYR 2
Tanner Pearson opened up scoring at 3:12 in the first period assisted by J.T. Miller…Tyler Myers followed up with a goal at 19:21 in the first…J.T. Miller and Matthew Highmore recorded assists on the play…Juho Lammikko scored the GWG at 6:06 in the second period assisted by Luke Schenn…Matthew Highmore scored a power play goal…Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Tyler Myers collected the assists…Elias Pettersson scored an empty netter at 17:51 in the third assisted by Thatcher Demko…J.T. Miller (0-2-2), Matthew Highmore (1-1-2), and Tyler Myers (1-1-2) each tallied multi-point games…Luke Schenn led the team in hits (3)…Quinn Hughes led the game in TOI (24:23)…Thatcher Demko made 31 saves.

2022.23 TEAM RANKS
Goals For/Game 3.32 (11th) 3.20 (13th)
Goals Against/Game 3.94 (31st) 2.62 (3rd)
Power Play % 22.7 (t-14th) 21.8 (17th)
Penalty Kill % 65.8 (32nd) 81.0 (11th)
Penalty Min./Game 9:36 (21st) 7:49 (5th)
*Rankings are accurate as of 11:30am PT on February 7, 2023

Andrei Kuzmenko opened the scoring 3:35 into the first period…Luke Schenn and Elias Pettersson recorded the assists…Schenn scored his third of the season with 4:31 left in the second period…Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Conor Garland picked up the assists…Curtis Lazar slid home his second of the season with 27 seconds left in the second…Riley Stillman and Garland were credited with the assists…Phil Di Giuseppe scored his first as a Canuck just past the six-minute mark of the third to tie the game…J.T. Miller and Ekman-Larsson recorded the assists…Quinn Hughes led the team with five shots on goal…Lazar led the team with five hits…Delia made 29 saves.

• Feb. 27/22: VAN 5 at NYR 2
• Nov. 2/21: VAN 3 vs NYR 2 (OT)
• Jan. 4/20: VAN 2 vs NYR 1
• Oct. 20/19: VAN 3 at NYR 2
• Mar. 13/19: VAN 4 vs NYR 1

Having won their last five matchups against the Rangers, the Canucks enter Wednesday night’s game on the cusp of setting a new record for the franchise’s longest winning streak against the Rangers, currently tied with a five-game streak from Oct. 2/99-Nov. 16/02. No other team possesses as long of an active wining streak against the Rangers.

• This is Vancouver’s second-longest active win streak against a single franchise, training only the team’s eight game streak against the San Jose Sharks (Jan. 18/20-present).

• Phillip Di Giuseppe, Vasily Podkolzin, and Nils Aman recalled from Abbotsford, Feb. 4


New York Rangers 5, Calgary Flames 4 – OVERTIME – February 6, 2023 – Madison Square Garden
NYR Goals: F. Chytil (17, 18), M. Zibanejad (23, 24), A. Lafreniere (OTG – 7)
CGY Goals: B. Coleman (11), T. Toffoli (19) , A. Mangiapane (11), M. Stone (5)
NYR Goalie: J. Halak (W – 28/32)
CGY Goalie: J. Markstrom (OTL – 28/33)
NYR Shots: 33
CGY Shots: 32
NYR PP: 1/3
NYR PK: 2/3

RECAP/NOTES: In a wild night at MSG, the Rangers returned from the All-Star Break with a 5-4 overtime win. Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad scored two goals each and Alexis Lafreniere capped off the night with his second career overtime winner. Jacob Trouba delivered six hits in the win, including two that resulted in the Blueshirts getting a power play. In the win, New York recorded their 13th comeback victory of the season and their sixth comeback when trailing in the third period.


  • The New York Rangers continue a three-game homestand when the Vancouver Canucks visit Madison Square Garden for the first of two matchups between the teams this season (8:00 PM ET – TV: MSG Network – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Canucks are one of two teams the Blueshirts have yet to play this season, Buffalo being the other.
  • The Rangers will play six of their next seven games against Western Conference opponents. Against the West, New York is 15-5-3 and is 6-2-2 against Pacific Division teams.
  • The Blueshirts have earned a point in a four-straight games (3-0-1) and have now earned points in five of their last six games (4-1-1) and 12 of their last 14 games (9-2-3). Dating back to November 30, Rangers have points in 22 of their last 27 contests (18-5-4).
  • Monday night was the Blueshirts’ 50th game of the season as they compiled a 28-14-8 record for 64 points in the first 50 games. This is second-straight season in which the Rangers have recorded 28 or more wins in their first 50 games and fifth time since 2011-12 (2022-23, 2021-22, 2016-17, 2014-15, 2011-12).
  • At home, New York has won three in a row and are 10-3-0 in their last 13 games at MSG.
  • The Blueshirts have scored five or more goals in 14 games this season, tied for the sixth most in the NHL. New York is 18-0-0 when scoring four or more goals, one of three teams with a perfect record when reaching the total (VGK, ARI).
  • New York’s 62 third period goals rank sixth in the NHL and their plus-15 third period goal differential ranks tied for fourth. The Rangers’ plus-59 shot differential in the third period is fourth in the league.
  • Mika Zibanejad has points in four of his last five games against the Canucks (1G-3A) and seven of 10 games (3G5A) with the Rangers against Vancouver.
  • The Rangers defensemen group has collected 122 points, the fifth most in the NHL and 96 assists, tied for the sixth most. 27.9 percent of all Rangers points this season have been contributed to a defenseman.

Feb. 10/7:00 PM Seattle/MSG MSGSN ESPN 1050 AM
Feb. 11/7:00 PM Carolina/PNC Arena MSG 2 ESPN 1050 AM
Feb. 15/10:00 PM Vancouver/Rogers Arena MSGSN ESPN 1050 AM
Feb. 17/9:00 PM Edmonton/Rogers Place MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM
Feb. 18/10:00 PM Calgary/Scotiabank Saddledome MSG Network ESPN 98.7 FM

Feb. 6 Calgary OTW, 5-4
Jan. 27 Vegas W, 4-1
Jan. 25 at Toronto OTL. 3-2
Jan. 23 Florida W, 6-2
Jan. 19 Boston L, 3-1

February 5 – Sammy Blais recalled from conditioning stint and Will Cuylle recalled Hartford


  • New York has averaged the fourth fewest (tied) PIM/GP with a 7.8 mark.
  • The Rangers’ plus-27:44 special teams time differential is the sixth highest clip in the NHL.
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