BY: DAVID KOLB
VANCOUVER CANUCKS (4-8-1) @ NEW YORK RANGERS (10-3-0)
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER “W’
Tonight, the New York Rangers hope to extend their winning ways when they host the Vancouver Canucks. The Blueshirts own a 10-3-0 record to start the season, tying them for the best record through the first 13 games of any season in franchise history. The Rangers have now recorded ten wins in the first 13 games three times, including 1990-91, 2008-09, and now 2016-17.
FIVE IN FIVE
The Rangers have lit the lamp five or more times in each of the last five contests, and look to make it six battling a Canuck team on the back-end of a back-to-back. This is the first time the Blueshirts have accomplished this feat since Dec. 26, 1978 – Jan. 14, 1979, when the streak lasted nine games.
FAVORABLE RANGER RESULTS
The Rangers have matched up well against the Canucks, and have gained at least one point in seven of their last eight games dating back to Jan. 13, 2011 (6-1-1). Moreover, Henrik Lundqvist has been instrumental for the Rangers against the Canucks during this series. New York has only allowed two goals or less in seven of its last eight games against Vancouver and has outscored them, 26-13, during those tilts.
GRABNER’S ORIGINAL CLUB
Michael Grabner, who begins the night atop the Ranger roster in goals with seven, was originally selected by Vancouver in the first round (14th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He played 20 games with the Canucks in 2009-10 before heading to the Islanders for five seasons.
The Rangers will need to focus on the Canucks first line of Daniel Sedin-Henrik Sedin-Loui Eriksson tonight, as those three skaters own offensive skills beyond the second through fourth offensive lines on the Canucks roster.