7 Facts to Know for Rangers-Golden Knights

The Rangers head to Vegas for the first time in their final game before the bye week.

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1 Halfway Home

The Rangers have officially reached the halfway point of their season and stand at 22-14-5 (49 points) through 41 games.

They are currently third in the tight Metropolitan Division and are four points away from first-place Washington but also just five points ahead of last place. 

2 Going Back to Back

Bill Pidto, Ron Duguay and Steve Valiquette take an in-depth look at the Rangers-Coyotes tilt in Arizona, where Henrik Lundqvist and Jimmy Vesey had standout performances.

The Rangers played last night in Arizona, defeating the Coyotes 2-1 in a shootout.

Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout to earn career win No. 424, passing Tony Esposito for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time wins list.

The Rangers are 3-1-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets this season and are 14-6-0 in such games since the start of last season.

3 Last Time They Met

These team played for the first time ever back on Halloween at The Garden, with the Rangers winning 6-4

Mika Zibaenjad had a goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, and two assists as the Rangers rallied from a 4-2 deficit to score four unanswered goals in the third period. 

Many consider this game the turning point of the Rangers season, as this was the start of a stretch where the Rangers won 12 of 15 games. 

4 First Time's A Charm

Tonight marks the Rangers first trip to Vegas and T-Mobile Arena.

They are 21-5-3 against all other 29 NHL teams in their first road meeting against them.

5 In Good Hands

Coming off a back-to-back it’s unclear who will start in net tonight for the Rangers, but the way both Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavelec have been playing it may not matter. 

Over the last 12 games, they’ve posted a combined .948 SV% (417 saves on 440 shots) with one of the two goaltenders making 30 or more saves in 11 of those games. 

6 Working OT

Four of the Rangers’ last five games (and five of the last seven and seven of the last 12) have been decided in overtime or a shootout.

The Rangers are 8-5 this year in games that have been decided in overtime or a shootout.

7 Family Ties

Brendan Smith will be skating against his younger brother, Reilly Smith, tonight.

The two have played against one another many times before, and even played against one another in the playoffs back in 2014 when Brendan was with Detroit and Reilly was on Boston. 

Reilly has thrived this season with Vegas, recording 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 40 games.