The Rangers play their 26th game of the 2018-19 season and conclude a home-and-home set tonight, Nov. 29, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (7:30 p.m. ET - TV: MSG Network, Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of the last 14 games (10-3-1 record); the Rangers rank second in the NHL in points (21) and are tied for second in wins (10) since Oct. 30. New York has earned at least one point in 14 of the last 20 games (12-6-2 record) and in 15 of the last 22 games (13-7-2 record).
RANGERS VS. SENATORS
All-Time: 42-44-3-4 (19-25-0-2 at home; 23-19-3-2 on the road)
2018-19: Tonight's game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the only meeting between the two teams at Ottawa. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), following their 4-2 win on Nov. 26 at MSG. Mika Zibanejad registered two points (one goal, one assist) and Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves to earn the win. Following tonight's game, the Rangers and Senators will face each other on the following date: Apr. 3 (at MSG).
The Rangers have won nine of 16 meetings against the Senators since the start of the 2013-14 season (9-7-0 record).
New York has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of its last 13 games against the Senators.
The Rangers have only allowed one power play goal in their last nine games against Ottawa (21-for-22; 95.5% over the span).
Mark Messier is the Rangers' all-time leader in points against the Senators (34). Messier and Brian Leetch are the Blueshirts' all-time leaders in assists against Ottawa (20), and Adam Graves has recorded more career goals against Ottawa as a member of the Rangers than any other player in franchise history (16).
Henrik Lundqvist is the Rangers' all-time leader in appearances (41) and wins (17) against Ottawa. Lundqvist has appeared in more games against the Senators than any other Ranger (skater or goaltender) in franchise history.
Mika Zibanejad played parts of five seasons with the Senators (2011-12 - 2015-16) and was selected by Ottawa in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Fredrik Claesson played parts of three seasons with Ottawa (2015-16 - 2017-1 and was selected by the Senators in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Marian Gaborik played parts of four seasons with the Rangers (2009-10 - 2012-13).
Tom Pyatt was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (107th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion served as an Amateur Scout with the Rangers for two seasons (2005-06 and 2006-07).
David Oliver played 24 games with the Senators over parts of two seasons (1998-99 and 2000-01).
Kevin Hayes and Colin White both attended Noble and Greenough School, played for the Cape Cod Whalers, and attended Boston College.
Marc Staal and Tom Pyatt were both selected by the Rangers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and they are both natives of Thunder Bay, Ontario. In addition, Staal and Pyatt helped Canada win a gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship in both 2006 and 2007.
Cody McLeod and Matt Duchene were teammates with the Avalanche for parts of eight seasons (2009-10 - 2016-17).
Kevin Shattenkirk, Cody McLeod, Craig Anderson, and Matt Duchene were all teammates with the Avalanche for part of one season (2010-11). McLeod, Anderson, and Duchene were all teammates for parts of two seasons (2009-10 and 2010-11).
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene, and Mikkel Boedker were all teammates with the Avalanche for part of one season (2015-16).
Kevin Shattenkirk and Magnus Paajarvi were teammates with the Blues for parts of four seasons (2013-14 - 2016-17).
Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney were teammates with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for two seasons (2010-11 and 2011-12) and helped London win the OHL Championship in 2011-12.
Vladislav Namestnikov and Tom Pyatt were teammates with the Lightning for part of one season (2013-14).
Mika Zibanejad, Lias Andersson, and Magnus Paajarvi helped Sweden win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Mats Zuccarello, Marian Gaborik, and Mikkel Boedker helped Team Europe finish as the runner-up at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Brett Howden and Drake Batherson helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. Howden and Batherson each recorded seven points in seven games during the tournament.
Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk, and Colin White helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Marc Staal and Matt Duchene represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Championship.
Chris Kreider, Matt Duchene, and Magnus Paajarvi were all selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Marc Staal and Bobby Ryan were both selected in the first round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Brady Skjei and Cody Ceci were both selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Lindy Ruff was Matt Duchene's Head Coach with Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship and one of his Assistant Coaches for Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
David Quinn was Brady Tkachuk's Head Coach during Tkachuk's one season at Boston University (2017-1.
David Quinn was one of Bobby Ryan's Assistant Coaches with the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
Greg Brown was the Associate Head Coach at Boston College during Colin White's two seasons at the school (2015-16 and 2016-17). In addition, Brown was one of White's Assistant Coaches for the United States' gold medal-winning team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Greg Brown was one of Brady Tkachuk's Assistant Coaches with the United States' bronze medal-winning team at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.
INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. SENATORS
Henrik Lundqvist - 41 GP, 17-20-3, 2.16 GAA, .928 SV%, 2 SO - Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last 10 appearances against Ottawa (5-5-0 record, 2.13 GAA, .925 SV%, 1 SO over the span). Lundqvist has appeared in more games against the Senators than any other Ranger (skater or goaltender) in franchise history.
Mika Zibanejad - 4 GP, 4-1-5 - Zibanejad has recorded a goal/point in each of his four career games against his former team.
Chris Kreider - 16 GP, 5-7-12 - Kreider has tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his last 13 games against Ottawa, and he has notched a point in each of his last five games against the Senators (one goal, four assists).
Kevin Shattenkirk - 13 GP, 2-7-9 - Shattenkirk has registered a point in five of his last eight games against the Senators (two goals, five assists), including an assist in three of his last six contests.
Kevin Hayes - 13 GP, 2-6-8 - Hayes has tallied a point in four of the last six games against the Senators (one goal, three assists) and has notched a point in seven of 13 career games against Ottawa.
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:
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).
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).
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).
Lias Andersson's uncle, Mikael Andersson, was teammates with Lindy Ruff as members of the Buffalo Sabres (1985-86 - 1988-89).
Lias Andersson's father, Niklas Andersson, was teammates with Henrik Lundqvist as members of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for four seasons (2001-02 - 2004-05).
Lias Andersson and Mika Zibanejad helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Ryan Strome and Mika Zibanejad were selected with back-to-back picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft (Strome - fifth overall by the NY Islanders; Zibanejad - sixth overall by Ottawa). Vladislav Namestnikov was also selected in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Through 25 games this season, 21 different players have tallied a goal for the Rangers. Prior to 2018-19, the last time the Rangers had 21 different players register at least one goal through the first 25 games of a season was 1988-89. The Blueshirts are one of only two NHL teams that have 21 different players who have tallied a goal thus far this season (along with Vancouver).
Only nine NHL players who are in their first or second NHL season have recorded 13 or more points this season, and the Rangers are the only team that has two of those players (Brett Howden and Neal Pionk). Pionk leads all NHL defensemen who are either in their first or second NHL season in points in 2018-19 (15). In addition, the Rangers are one of three NHL teams (along with Chicago and Ottawa) that have at least two rookies who have tallied nine or more points this season (Howden and Filip Chytil). Rangers rookies have recorded 12 points (seven goals, five assists) over the last eight games. The Rangers had four players 20 years old or younger in their lineup on Nov. 24 vs. Washington (Lias Andersson, Filip Chytil, Brett Howden, and Tim Gettinger). According to NHL Public Relations, New York had four players 20 years old or younger play in the same game for the first time since Dec. 5, 1984.
IN REAL TIME
The Rangers are the only team that rank tied for fifth or higher in the NHL in both hits and blocked shots this season (rank third in blocked shots - 407; are tied for fifth in hits - 612). The Blueshirts have registered 73 hits over the last two games, including a single-game season-high 42 hits on Nov. 24 vs. Washington.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
New York has posted a 9-3-1 record in November this season. The Rangers have earned 10 or more wins in November in six different seasons in franchise history (most recently in 2016-17), and their single-season record for wins in November is 11 (1993-94).
FIRST IN SCORE
The Rangers have tallied the first goal of the game in nine of the last 13 games and in 14 of 25 contests this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 7-5-2 record when recording the first goal of the game in 2018-19.
Henrik Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in 10 of his 19 appearances this season. Lundqvist has made at least 30 saves in 11 of 19 appearances this season; he has posted a .900 SV% or better in 16 of his 19 appearances in 2018-19, including a .925 SV% or better in 11 of those appearances. He leads NHL goaltenders in games with a .900 SV% or better this season, and he is also tied for second among NHL goaltenders in games with a .925 SV% or better in 2018-19. Lundqvist has posted a 3-1-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .940 SV% over his last four appearances.
REAL DEAL NEAL
Since he was recalled by the Rangers last season (Feb. 9, 201, Neal Pionk is tied for 15th among NHL defensemen (min. 50 games played) in points per game (0.57). Pionk has tallied a point in five of the last eight games (one goal, five assists) and in eight of the last 12 games (four goals, five assists), and he has recorded 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in the last 19 games. He is tied for third among NHL defensemen in power play points (11), is tied for fourth in power play assists (nine), and is tied for fifth in primary assists (eight) this season.
Filip Chytil posted a five-game goal/point streak from Nov. 12 vs. Vancouver to Nov. 21 vs. NY Islanders (five goals over the span). He became the first teenager to post a five-game goal streak in franchise history, and he also became the first Rangers rookie to post a five-game goal streak since Petr Prucha in 2005-06. Among NHL players who are either in their age 18 or age 19 season in 2018-19, Chytil is tied for first in games played (25) and is tied for second in goals (five). He is tied for fifth among NHL rookies in goals in 2018-19.
Chris Kreider has tallied a point in six of the last nine games (six goals, four assists). In addition, he has notched eight points (five goals, three assists) over the last seven games and has posted a multi-point game in three of the seven contests. During the Rangers' 10-3-1 stretch since Oct. 30, Kreider has recorded 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in the 14 games and is tied for sixth in the NHL in goals over the span.
The Rangers were 0-for-4 (7:50) on Nov. 26 vs. Ottawa.
The Blueshirts have tallied a power play goal in four of the last eight games (5-for-26; 19.2%) and in five of the last 10 games (7-for-32; 21.9%).
New York is tied for 10th in the NHL in power play efficiency on the road this season (22.2%; 8-for-36).
The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on Nov. 26 vs. Ottawa.
The Blueshirts have not allowed a power play goal against in each of the last four games and have only been shorthanded six times over the span. New York has not been shorthanded more than two times in any of the four games during the stretch.
Henrik Lundqvist - 5 wins away from tying Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list (445); 27 saves away from tying Gump Worsley for ninth place on the NHL's all-time saves list (21,766)
Brady Skjei - 8 games away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
Kevin Hayes - 9 points away from 200 in his NHL career/with the Rangers
INJURIES (69 Man-Games Lost to Injury)
Adam McQuaid (lower-body) - has missed 15 games
Pavel Buchnevich (broken thumb) - has missed eight games
Cody McLeod (fractured hand) - has missed three games
Mats Zuccarello (groin) - has missed two games
Vladislav Namestnikov (concussion protocol)
Nov. 25 - Recalled Tim Gettinger from Hartford (AHL)
Nov. 24 - Assigned Tim Gettinger to Hartford (AHL)
Nov. 23 - Recalled Tim Gettinger from Hartford (AHL)
THIS DAY IN RANGERS HISTORY
Nov. 28, 1964 - Phil Goyette tallied four points (one goal, three assists) and Camille Henry registered two goals as the Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, in Toronto. Rod Seiling registered three points (one goal, two assists), including his first career NHL goal, while playing against the team that traded him to the Rangers in February of 1964. Jacques Plante stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced to earn the win.
Nov. 28, 2014 - Martin St. Louis recorded his 1,000th career NHL point by tallying a goal as the Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0.
Nov. 29, 1927 - The Rangers defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ottawa Senators, 2-1, in Ottawa. Rangers captain Bill Cook tallied the game-winning goal in the contest. The win was the Blueshirts' first all-time win in Ottawa against the original Ottawa Senators franchise, which was in existence from 1917-18 - 1933-34.
Nov. 29, 1962 - Andy Bathgate registered his 229th career goal as a Ranger, breaking a tie with Bill Cook to become the franchise's all-time leading goal scorer. Bathgate added two assists, Camille Henry recorded three points (two goals, one assist), and Gump Worsley stopped all 35 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout as the Rangers defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 5-0.
Nov. 29, 1991 - Brian Leetch began a franchise record 15-game assist streak by tallying two points (one goal, one assist) in a 5-4 win against the Buffalo Sabres.
Nov. 29, 1998 - In the Rangers' first game against the Nashville Predators, Wayne Gretzky tallied three points (one goal, two assists) as the Rangers earned a 5-1 win at MSG.
Mike Richter extended his unbeaten streak to a franchise-record 20 games (17-0-3 record) by earning a win in the Rangers' 6-3 victory against the Senators on December 19, 1993 at MSG. Richter broke the previous record of 19 games, which was established by Dave Kerr in 1939-40.
RANGERS VS. SENATORS - 1993-94
The Rangers swept the season series against Ottawa in 1993-94, outscoring the Senators, 20-7, in the four games. Sergei Zubov led the Rangers with eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games, while Adam Graves led the Blueshirts with five goals.