NEW YORK RANGERS (12-4-0) @ VANCOUVER CANUCKS (6-9-1)
OFF TO A GOOD START
On the road, the New York Rangers defeated both the Flames and Oilers in two successive days for the first time in franchise history. Tonight they will look to build upon a fantastic start in a four-game road trip, as they look to draw even with the Vancouver Canucks after falling to them last week at The Garden.
BOO IS HERE
Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves was recalled by the Rangers from Hartford (AHL) after the Blueshirts lost two of their hottest forwards — Chris Kreider (upper-body) and Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms) before taking the ice for Sunday’s win in Edmonton.
Michael Grabner tallied two goals and recorded four shots on net Sunday against the Oilers, making Grabner the second Ranger since 1990-91 to collect 10 even strength goals in the first 16 games of a season (Rick Nash; 2014-15). Grabner has now registered a goal or point in five of the last eight games, scoring 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) during that stretch.
WHOLE TEAM EFFORT
While all the talk is about the Rangers’ offense, the Blueshirts have posted a 10-0-0 record in contests in which they have held a lead entering the third period this season. This means that the defense and goaltenders are doing their jobs respectively at the tail-end of games.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
The Rangers have registered 65 goals through the first 16 games of the 2016-17 season, and have recorded 3 or more goals in 13 of 16 games. The offensive production is coming from skaters throughout the lineup, including ten players that have tallied at least 10 points.