The Rangers play their 12th game of the 2018-19 season and continue a four-game road trip Tuesday, Oct. 30, against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center at San Jose (10:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York's current four-game road trip is tied for its longest this season. The Blueshirts have three separate four-game road trips in 2018-19 (Oct. 25 at Chicago - Nov. 1 at Anaheim; Feb. 12 at Winnipeg - Feb. 19 at Carolina; Mar. 11 at Edmonton - Mar. 16 at Minnesota).
RANGERS VS. SHARKS
All-Time: 26-10-3-1 (13-5-1-0 at home; 13-5-2-1 on the road)
2018-19: Tuesday's game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Sharks, and the only meeting between the two teams in San Jose. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 3-2 win in overtime on Oct. 11 at MSG. Brendan Smithtallied the game-tying goal with 2:39 remaining in regulation and Brady Skjei recorded the game-winning goal in overtime. Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves to earn the win.
The Rangers have earned at least one point in seven of their last nine meetings against San Jose, dating back to Oct. 19, 2014 (6-2-1 record over the span).
New York has tallied at least one power play goal in four of its last seven games against the Sharks (5-for-20; 25.0%).
Adam Graves is the Rangers' all-time leader in goals against San Jose (10). In addition, Graves and Brian Leetch are tied for the Blueshirts' all-time lead in points against the Sharks (1. Mike Richter has earned more wins against San Jose than any other goaltender in Rangers history (eight).
Kevin Labanc was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Staten Island.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Joe Pavelski represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Joakim Ryan was born in Rumson, New Jersey and was a Rangers fan as a kid.
Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson were teammates with the Senators for parts of five seasons (2011-12 - 2015-16). Fredrik Claesson and Karlsson were teammates with the Senators for parts of three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-1.
Henrik Lundqvist and Erik Karlsson were both selected to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2011-12. Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's Best Goaltender, while Karlsson won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's Best Defenseman. Lundqvist and Karlsson have represented Sweden in the same tournament on several occasions. The two players helped Sweden earn a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics and also represented Sweden as teammates at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Henrik Lundqvist and Joe Pavelski were both selected in the seventh round and with the 205th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft (Lundqvist - 2000 NHL Entry Draft; Pavelski - 2003 NHL Entry Draft).
Chris Kreider and Evander Kane were both selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Kevin Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith, and Logan Couture were all selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Brady Skjei and Tomas Hertl were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Mika Zibanejad and Marcus Sorensen were teammates in the Djurgardens organization in Sweden for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11).
Mika Zibanejad and Joakim Ryan helped Sweden earn a bronze medal at the 2010 World U17 Hockey Challenge.
Jeff Gorton was the Bruins' Director of Scouting Information when the team selected Joe Thornton with the first overall pick of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
David Quinn was one of Justin Braun's Assistant Coaches with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
Lindy Ruff was one of Marc-Edouard Vlasic's Assistant Coaches for Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
David Oliver was coached by Dave Barr with the Houston Aeros of the International Hockey League (IHL) for one season (1999-00).
Marc Staal, Brent Burns, and Evander Kane all represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. SHARKS
Henrik Lundqvist - 12 GP, 5-5-1, 2.70 GAA, .922 SV%, 1 SO - Lundqvist has allowed one goal or fewer in three of his last seven appearances against San Jose, and he has made at least 30 saves in five of those seven contests (2.48 GAA, .930 SV%, 1 SO over the span).
Kevin Shattenkirk - 22 GP, 5-12-17 - Shattenkirk has tallied nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his last nine games against San Jose. He established a single-game career-high with four points (one goal, three assists) on Jan. 3, 2015 at San Jose as a member of the St. Louis Blues.
Mats Zuccarello - 12 GP, 2-7-9 - Zuccarello has tallied a point in four of the last five games against San Jose, and he has tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) in the five contests. In addition, he has notched a point in six of the last eight contests against the Sharks, registering nine points (two goals, seven assists) over the span.
Brady Skjei - 5 GP, 2-4-6 - Skjei has tallied more points against the Sharks in his career than against any other NHL opponent. He established single-game career-highs with three assists and three points on Mar. 28, 2017 against San Jose.
Kevin Hayes - 9 GP, 3-3-6 - Hayes has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games against San Jose, and he has posted a multi-point game in two of the last four contests against San Jose. He registered his first career NHL goal/point on Oct. 19, 2014 against the Sharks at MSG.
Jesper Fast - 8 GP, 3-3-6 - Fast has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven games against the Sharks.
Chris Kreider - 9 GP, 2-4-6 - Kreider has tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in his last seven games against San Jose.
Mika Zibanejad - 10 GP, 3-2-5 - Zibanejad has recorded a point in four of 10 career games against San Jose.
Marc Staal - 14 GP, 2-3-5 - Staal has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last seven games against the Sharks.
Pavel Buchnevich - 3 GP, 0-3-3 - Buchnevich has tallied an assist/point in each of his three career games against San Jose.
Vladislav Namestnikov - 7 GP, 2-1-3 - Namestnikov tied a single-game career-high with three points (two goals, one assist) on Nov. 8, 2017 at San Jose as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Ryan Spooner - 6 GP, 1-2-3 - Spooner has notched a point in three of six career games against the Sharks.
Jimmy Vesey - 5 GP, 1-0-1 - Vesey registered his first career NHL goal/point on Oct. 17, 2016 against the Sharks at MSG.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Several Rangers players have connections with fellow members of the Blueshirts and/or members of the team's coaching staff in addition to being teammates with the Rangers:
Pavel Buchnevich and Alexandar Georgiev were teammates while representing Russia in international competition during the 2014-15 season.
Fredrik Claesson and Mika Zibanejad were teammates with several teams prior to joining the Rangers:
The two were teammates in Sweden with Djurgardens' U18 team, U20 team in SuperElit, and professional team in the SHL over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
Zibanejad and Claesson helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Claesson and Zibanejad were both selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and were teammates in the Senators' organization (either with Ottawa or with Ottawa's American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Binghamton Senators) for parts of three seasons (2012-13 - 2013-14; 2015-16).
Fredrik Claesson and Jesper Fast represented Sweden in several tournaments over the course of three seasons (2009-10 - 2011-12).
Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Spooner were teammates with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for part of one season (2011-12).
Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider were teammates at Boston College for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and won the National Championship in 2011-12.
Greg Brown was either an Assistant Coach or Associate Head Coach at Boston College throughout Hayes' and Kreider's tenures at the school.
Kevin Hayes and Brady Skjei represented the United States at the 2017 IIHF World Championship.
Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey were friends while growing up in Massachusetts.
Chris Kreider and Neal Pionk helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk represented the United States at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
Cody McLeod and Kevin Shattenkirk were teammates with the Avalanche for part of the 2010-11 season.
Cody McLeod was coached by David Quinn with the Avalanche during the 2012-13 season (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Colorado).
Adam McQuaid and Marc Staal were teammates with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for four seasons (2003-04 - 2006-07).
Adam McQuaid and Ryan Spooner were teammates with the Bruins for parts of six seasons (2012-13 - 2017-1.
David Oliver held several roles throughout the Avalanche organization for 10 seasons during Cody McLeod's tenure with the team (2007-08 - 2016-17). Oliver was the General Manager of Colorado's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, during McLeod's only season in Lake Erie in 2007-08.
Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by David Quinn on several teams throughout his career before Quinn became the Rangers Head Coach:
Quinn was an Associate Head Coach at Boston University for two seasons while Shattenkirk attended the school (2007-08 and 2008-09), and Boston University won the National Championship in 2008-09.
Quinn was Shattenkirk's first Head Coach in professional hockey, as he coached Shattenkirk for parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL).
David Oliver served as the Avalanche's Director of Player Development for two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11) while Kevin Shattenkirk was in the organization. Shattenkirk made his professional hockey debut in 2009-10 and his NHL debut with Colorado in 2010-11.
Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith were both selected in the first round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft (Shattenkirk - 14th overall by Colorado; Smith - 27th overall by Detroit).
Kevin Shattenkirk is a native of New Rochelle, New York. He was a Rangers fan growing up, and his favorite player was Brian Leetch.
Kevin Shattenkirk was coached by Rangers TV/Radio Analyst Dave Maloney when he was in high school.
Brady Skjei was coached by David Quinn at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (Quinn was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
Brady Skjei was coached by Greg Brown at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship (Brown was an Assistant Coach with Team USA).
Brady Skjei and Vinni Lettieri were teammates at the University of Minnesota for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
Including team goals awarded for a shootout win, the Rangers have registered three or more goals in four of the last six games and in six of the last nine contests.
SHUTTING THE DOOR
The Blueshirts have held their opponent to two goals in four of the last eight games. Excluding empty-net goals allowed, the Rangers have held their opponent to two goals in six of 11 games in 2018-19.
SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC
Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 43-14-5 record in 62 games against Pacific Division opponents, including a 19-8-3 record in 30 games on the road against Pacific Division opponents over the span.
Henrik Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in four of his nine appearances this season. He has allowed two goals in five of his nine appearances in 2018-19. Lundqvist has posted a SV% of .900 or better in seven of his nine appearances this season, including a SV% of .925 or better in five of those appearances. He ranks third in the NHL in saves (27 and even strength saves (229) this season, and he has posted a .935 SV% at even strength in 2018-19 (229 saves on 245 shots at even strength).
Mika Zibanejad tied a single-game career-high with four points (two goals, two assists), and registered three points on special teams in the second period (one power play goal, one shorthanded goal, and one power play assist) on Oct. 23 vs. Florida. He became the first Ranger to tally a power play goal and a shorthanded goal in the same period since Brandon Dubinsky on Apr. 12, 2009 at Philadelphia. Zibanejad has tallied a goal/point in three of the last five games (four goals, three assists) and in four of the last seven games (five goals, three assists over the last seven games). He ranks sixth in the NHL in faceoffs taken (23, ranks seventh in shots on goal (46) and faceoffs won (126), and leads the NHL in power play shots on goal (22) this season. He ranks 14th among NHL forwards in average ice time this season (20:51).
REAL DEAL NEAL
Neal Pionk has registered an assist/point in three of the last five games, and he has recorded six assists over the span. Five of Pionk's six assists over the span have been power play assists, and all of his five power play assists have also been primary assists. Pionk is tied for third among NHL defensemen in power play assists (five), and is tied for fourth among NHL defensemen in primary assists (five) and power play points (five) this season. Pionk has recorded the primary assist on each of the Rangers' last five power play goals. He is the fourth Ranger in franchise history who has recorded the primary assist on five consecutive power play goals scored by the team - the other three players are Rod Gilbert (Nov. 29, 1974 - Dec. 12, 1974), Carol Vadnais (Jan. 2, 1977 - Jan. 19, 1977), and Scott Gomez (Jan. 14, 2008 - Feb. 1, 200. He has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the last five games, and he has also led all skaters on both teams in ice time in three of the last four games.
ON THE MARC
Marc Staal enters the contest with 772 career games played as a Ranger. He is one game away from passing Adam Graves for sole possession of 10th place on the Rangers' all-time games played list (among skaters).
The Rangers were 0-for-3 (4:24) on Oct. 28 at Los Angeles.
The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in four of the last six games (6-for-23; 26.1%) and in five of the last nine games (7-for-31; 22.6%).
The Rangers were 2-for-4 (3:25) on Oct. 28 at Los Angeles.
Jesper Fast - 2 games away from 300 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
Henrik Lundqvist - 4 wins away from tying Jacques Plante for seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list (437)
Chris Kreider - 8 games away from 400 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
Vladislav Namestnikov - 8 games away from 300 in his NHL career
INJURIES (25 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
Boo Nieves (concussion protocol) - has missed 11 games
Fredrik Claesson (upper-body) - has missed four games
Oct. 29, 1972 - Jean Ratelle registered four points (two goals, two assists) and Rod Gilbert recorded four assists as the Rangers defeated the Chicago Black Hawks, 7-1, at MSG.
Oct. 29, 1990 - John Vanbiesbrouck recorded a shutout as the Rangers defeated the Quebec Nordiques, 5-0, at MSG.
Oct. 29, 2001 - Theo Fleury registered his 1,000th career NHL point and Mark Messier tied Paul Coffey for fourth on the NHL's all-time assists list as the Rangers defeated the Dallas Stars, 4-2, at MSG.
Oct. 30, 1964 - Emile Francis was named General Manager of the Rangers.
Oct. 30, 1965 - Ed Giacomin earned his first career NHL win as the Rangers defeated the Boston Bruins, 8-2.
Oct. 30, 1988 - The Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins combined for 292 penalty minutes as the Blueshirts earned a 9-2 win at MSG. The 292 combined penalty minutes, as well as the Rangers' 134 penalty minutes, are single-game franchise records. Tony Granato (four goals), Brian Leetch (two goals, two assists), and Kelly Kisio (one goal, three assists) each tallied four points in the contest.
Oct. 30, 1996 - Mike Richter made 53 saves while appearing in his 300th career NHL game and Brian Leetch registered three points (two goals, one assist) as the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils, 6-1.
Oct. 30, 2015 - Mats Zuccarello tallied his first career NHL hat trick as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, at MSG.
The Rangers scored a season-high eight goals in their only visit to San Jose during the 1993-94 season, which was an 8-3 win on January 25, 1994. Steve Larmer (two goals, two assists) and Sergei Zubov (four assists) each tallied four points, while Mark Messier (two goals, one assist) and Brian Leetch (three assists) each notched three points. The Blueshirts recorded eight goals in a game twice during the 1993-94 season (December 26, 1993 vs. New Jersey and January 25, 1994 at San Jose).
RANGERS VS. SHARKS - 1993-94
The Rangers posted a 1-0-1 record in two games against San Jose and outscored the Sharks, 11-6, in the two contests. Steve Larmer recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in the season series to lead the Blueshirts.