8 Facts You Need To Know for Rangers-Penguins

In the second tilt of their season-long six-game homestand, the Rangers look to get on track against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins tonight.

Live game coverage begins at 6:30 PM on MSG and MSG GO.

*Facts Courtesy New York Rangers

1 A FAMILIAR FOE

The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 19 games against the Penguins, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013 (9-5-5 record over the span). And, the Blueshirts hold the better all-time record in meetings with the Pittsburgh Penguins (126-109-13). Let’s see what the boys can do tonight!

2 THE KING STANDS TALL

Henrik Lundqvist has appeared in more games against the Penguins than against any other opponent in his NHL career. Hank has helped the Rangers earn at least one point in 12 of his last 16 appearances against Pittsburgh, dating back to Apr. 3, 2013.

3 DID YOU KNOW?

Pittsburgh center Greg McKegg’s great uncle is Lou Fontinato, who to our Stan Fischler is ‘one of the all-time great Rangers heroes.’

4 RICK ROLLING

Rick Nash talks about the Rangers’ 1-5 start and how the team can get stronger through this early-season adversity.

Rick Nash enters tonight’s contest with 995 career NHL games played. Not only is tied for third in the NHL in takeaways (eight), he also ranks sixth in the NHL in shots on goal this season with 25.

5 You Again

Ranger nemesis Sidney Crosby is tied for the Penguins lead in points with eight this season. In 59 career games against the Blueshirts, he’s registered 29 goals, 49 assists for 78 points.

6 THE KESSEL CONNECTION

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton was the Bruins interim GM when Boston selected Phil Kessel with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft.

7 Pucks On Net

The Blueshirts have fired at least 30 shot on goal in each of the last three games and five of six games this season,  averaging 33.5 shots per game. Watch out, Matt Murray!

8 REMEMBER WHEN...

On October 16, 1996, Alexei Kovalev recorded a hat trick and Wayne Gretzky picked up three assists as the Blueshirts defeated the Penguins, 8-1, at Madison Square Garden.