What Tunes Are Good Luck For the Rangers?

Midway through Game 4 between the Rangers and Senators at The Garden, the man behind the 1’s and 2’s (and Music Director at Madison Square Garden) Ray Castoldi played Master of Puppets by Metallica.

The next play, the Blueshirts scored.

Earlier in the game, a similar thing happened, with a different Metallica song.

This got me thinking: Is there a cosmic link between the Rangers success on home ice and the OG’s of heavy metal? Some sort of, Metalli-corsi, if you will?

Luckily, on NHL.com, pretty much every playlist from Rangers home games this season are available for your viewing pleasure.

Knowing that this would be the most important hockey analytics work of any kind this season, I decided to load all of this raw data into Microsoft Excel, worked my magic (literally just put everything into simple columns), and analyzed the results.

While I didn’t find a direct correlation between Metallica and a Rangers home ice victory, the findings were indeed interesting and worth sharing.

During my analysis, I looked for big discrepancies: Plenty of AC/DC, Calvin Harris, Black Keys, Avicii, Steve Aoki and others appear in both columns because they are played pretty much every game.

Disclaimer: For the superstitious hockey crowd out there (i.e. pretty much everyone), you have been warned. I take no responsibility for the added stress this list may cause you, should you hear these tunes during Game 6 or any future game at The Garden. Also, remember that this list is #FiledUnderFun. Finally, definitely take this list 100% seriously as it will 100% change the outcome of every game, from now until forever.

1 Songs with "New York" in them

You will never get away from the staples: “New York State of Mind” by Tony Bennett and Billy Joel is going to be played every single game. Same with The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” during the playoffs.

Some New York-centric songs do offer some interesting results. Overall, songs with the word “New York” appear in the win column 39 times, while I tallied 61 in the loss column.

When “New York Hustle” by Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart is played, the Blueshirts are winless.

In contrast, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys has only seen Ranger wins at the Garden.

2 Time 2 Play them unlimited

The Rangers are 14-1 when “Twilight Zone” is played during a game.

3 Blast Bon Jovi and Zombie Nation

Check out "Living on a Prayer" from Bon Jovi: Live at Madison Square Garden as part of the Lost Highway Tour back in 2008.

You don’t need to be ‘Livin’ On A Prayer‘ when Mr. Jovi is played because the Blueshirts are pretty much undefeated in that scenario. Same goes for Zombie Nation’s “Kernkraft 400.”

Side note: Doesn’t it feel like Zombie Nation has been at least one NHL team’s goal song for the last 20 years?

4 Dj Tiëst-NO!

Look, I’m sure the Dutch DJ is a nice guy. He does a lot of great charity work as well. But we are talking about Ranger home wins here. The Blueshirts lost twice as many games this season against when they won while “The greatest DJ of all time” was spun. Best to play it safe and put “Chasing Summers” and the rest aside.

Henrik Lundqvist gets a special DJ lesson from Tiesto.

5 Green Yay, Jamiro-Nay

Nothing good has come out of playing the likes of Jamiroquai’s “Cloud 9,” “Scam,” “Automation,” or “Virtual Insanity” at The Garden this year.

On the flipside, “Brain Stew” and “Still Breathing” by Green Day seems to inject the win vibes (avoid the rest of the Green Day catalog for best results).

6 Seven Nation Army is fine, except when introducing a celebrity

The White Stripes anthem bats well over 50% at The Garden, except during the “Celebrity Welcomes” segment. Both Margot Robbie and Gennady Golovkin have been seen on the big screen with that tune behind them, and the Rangers lost.

Why take that risk? And while we’re at it, let’s not use “Wonderwall” by Oasis, either. With that said, let’s keep inviting Michael Che to games because they seem to win when he’s around; in fact, we should go so far as to reschedule any home game that lands on a Saturday.

7 So long to the Hockey Song, unless....

… It’s played on the organ. The Rangers win 75% of their tilts when that song is played via the organ rendition. When the real song is turned up, it results in more losses than wins.

April 22, 2017: The New York Rangers face the Montreal Canadiens during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York City.