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Stats to chew on

- Justin Schultz has 4 goals on the season; Rangers defensemen have combined to score 4.
– All 4 of Schultz’s tallies have come on the power play; New York has 4 power play goals as a team. David Clarkson, Patrick Marleau and James Neal already have 5 power play tallies each.
– If you see a Southeast Division team on the schedule, you should feel pretty confident. New York went 15-3-2 against the Southeast last year and is 2-0-0 this season. (via @Mike_Rappaport)
Carl Hagelin went goal-less for 36 games but has now scored 3 in his last 4 contests.
– All 5 of Hagelin’s points have come against Tampa Bay. (via Outside the Garden)
Anton Stralman is the only Ranger that has played in every game and not been penalized this season. (via Commenter Jakki)
– The Rangers have 12 points in 11 games this season, which puts them on pace for 52 points. We projected it would take 53 points to make the playoffs this year.
– New York’s current pace would put the team on track for 89 points in a full 82 game season. The Blueshirts racked up 109 points last year.
– The Blueshirts had 13 points after 11 games last year.
Derek Stepan is showing dramatic improvement at the faceoff dot. Last year he won 44.5% of his draws, but this year Stepan has won 51.8% of the time.
Jeff Halpern, on the other hand, was brought in to win faceoffs and has not. Halpern has only won 46.5% of his faceoff attempts, down from 58.4% last year.
– No Rangers are in the top-20 time on ice leaders; both Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi were top-15 last year. Coach John Tortorella is trusting other defenders a little more.
-In the month of January, Henrik Lundqvist had the lowest GVT (-2.0) among all Rangers players. Since then, he has boosted his -2.0 GVT to 1.7. That amounts to an additional point in the standings (PVT = GVT/3).
-The next biggest jumps in GVT over the first two weeks in January: Ryan McDonagh (-0.6 to 0.6), Carl Hagelin (-0.6 to 0.6), Marc Staal (1.6 to 3.1). All three have half the jump that Lundqvist has.

Status of the Atlantic Division rivals
Devils: 19 points. Next 5: vsCar, vsPhi, @NYI, vsOtt, @Wash
Penguins: 16 points. Next 5: vsOtt, @Wpg, @Buf, vsPhi, vsFla
Flyers: 11 points. Next 5: @Wpg, @NJD, @Mon, @NYI, @Pit
Islanders: 9 points. Next 5: @NYR, vsNJD, vsPhi, @Ott, @Mon

Recent ex-Ranger watch
Brandon Prust – 11gp, 1g, 2a, 67PIM
John Mitchell – 10gp, 4g, 3a, +7
Brandon Dubinsky – 13gp, 1g, 6a. Scored his first goal last night
Artem Anisimov – 13gp, 4g, 2a
Tim Erixon – 6gp, 0g, 2a
Ruslan Fedotenko – 13gp, 1g, 3a
Wade Redden – 8gp, 2g, 0a, -7. Got his butt kicked trying to defend a teammate last night
Mike Rupp – 11gp, 0g, 0a, 12PIM

Team rankings entering last night’s games
– New York is ranked 18th in goals for, 10th in goals against, 29th on the power play and 14th on the penalty kill.
– The Rangers rank 3rd in the NHL in goals scored on home ice with 23. New York ranks 29th in goals on the road with 6. The Rangers have only allowed 10 goals in 7 road games, 2nd-fewest in the NHL.
– New York has allowed 6 power play goals on home ice, 2nd most in the league.

12 Responses to “Stats to chew on”

  1. Matt Josephs says:

    Here’s another stat. The Islanders scored 4 power play goals last night. The Rangers have 4 all season. The crappy power play is absurd with the amount of talent we have, which makes me believe it comes down to the coaching.

    I created a post last night on my website in regards to the Rangers defenseman and their ice time. This is the Kings players ice time from last season in the playoffs:

    Drew Doughty 26:08

    Willie Mitchell 25:19

    Rob Scuderi 21:44

    Slava Voynov 19:31

    Matt Greene 16:05

    Alec Martinez 14:28

    Here are the Rangers players ice time:

    Marc Staal 23:46

    Ryan McDonagh 24:32

    Dan Girardi 24:36

    Michael Del Zotto 23:12

    Anton Stralman 15:49

    Matt Gilroy 9:50

    Steve Eminger 5:52

    Stu Bickel 4:55

    It’s great that Torts hasn’t been overusing his defenseman, but he’s still only relying on 5 of them. The defense needs more balanced ice time among them. Acquiring a minute eating defenseman in the near future is a must for this team and it will go a long way for keeping each player fresh. Someone that can be reliable for 15 minutes a night would be very welcomed.

    I would post the link to the article, but I don’t know how you guys feel about promoting my own stuff on here.

    • Dave says:

      Go for it. Our spam blocker sometimes catches stuff like that, but we can go in and approve it.

      The fact that the bottom pairing is at least getting 25 combined minutes is a step up from last year. They still need one more reliable guy though.

      • Kevin says:

        Agreed, a reliable 6th d-men would obviously be nice, but the fact that they go 5 deep without stretching anyone’s limits is a huge upgrade. I’d be pretty comfortable with that going into the playoffs honestly

        • Dave says:

          That makes one of us. THey need to roll 6 to prevent burnouts.

        • Matt Josephs says:

          No defenseman’s limits are being streched per say, but over time those minutes will add up. A proper 6th defenseman is neccesary.

  2. Walt says:

    Just a thought, why in the world would a player want to play for the Oilers, and pass on the Rangers, or any other team for that matter?

    Shultz would have been one hell of a signing. I also wonder if his numbers would look as good with us, with all the fire power the Oilers have!

    Looking at the stats that Mitchell has, typical, a journeyman leaves us, and lights it up for whomever he is playing for.

    David Clarkson is a garbage collector, who seems to be at the right place, at the right time. Watching the home, and home against the Pens, he showed me that for a sh*thead, he has a nice scoring touch.

    • Dave says:

      Schultz saw them as his fastest way to the NHL to play with any chance of success. The Oilers were very thin on D, and Schultz has a chance to thrive with that loaded team.

      • Kevin says:

        I’m still just bitter about Schultz, but his production isn’t making things easier.
        I get it, Schultz was closer to his family, playing with a bunch of really young guys he could grow with and was guaranteed major minutes, but if he wanted a shot at a Cup in short order, he picked the wrong team.
        He could very well turn out to be that premier PP QB the Rangers have sorely needed for years though.

  3. Dave says:

    Halpern FO% in Feb: 60%, 40%, 37.5%, 40%. That won’t fly