The Rangers begin a short two-game road trip in the Southwest tonight, as they take on Derek Stepan and the Coyotes.
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A matchup against the Coyotes means a reunion with three former Blueshirts: Derek Stepan, Antti Raanta, and Anthony Duclair. Stepan has 25 points in 42 games for Arizona, including 9 points on the power play.
After an injury-plagued start to the season, Raanta has settled in as the Coyotes’ No. 1 goalie. He’s coming off a 37-save effort against the Predators and helped lift Arizona to an OT win Thursday.
A once highly touted prospect in the Rangers’ system, Duclair 14 points in 32 games this season.
We could see Henrik Lundqvist make history tonight.
A win tonight would be career win No. 424 for Lundqvist, which would put him ahead of Tony Esposito for sole possession of eighth place all-time on the NHL wins list.
The Rangers have won their last eight games against the Coyotes dating back to March 24, 2014.
They’ve scored three or more goals in each of the eight contests and have outscored them, 35-16, during the eight-game winning streak.
Mats Zuccarello is one assist away from 200 in his NHL career, six goals away from 100 career goals and seven points away from 300.
It was a terrific night for Sergei Nemchinov back on Jan 6, 1992, as the Russian center recorded three points — a goal and two assists — in the Blueshirts’ 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.