NHL MORNING SKATE – NOV. 16, 2015
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Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 4, Toronto 3
CHICAGO 4, Calgary 1
ZUCCARELLO’S LATE GOAL LIFTS RANGERS OVER MAPLE LEAFS
Mats Zuccarello (1-2—3) scored the tiebreaking goal with 53.8 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Rangers extend a trio of streaks: they won their ninth consecutive game overall, stretched their point streak to 13 games (11-0-2) and ran their home winning streak to eight contests.
* At 14-2-2 (30 points), the League-leading Rangers are off to their best 18-game start – in terms of wins and points – in the franchise’s 89-year history.
* The Rangers improved to 9-1-1 (19 points) this season at Madison Square Garden. Their nine home wins and 19 home points also pace the NHL.
* Zuccarello posted his eighth career three-point performance and third of the season, two of which have come against the Maple Leafs (also Oct. 30 vs. TOR: 3-0—3). He leads the Rangers with 9-9—18 overall (18 GP), including 5-7—12 in his past eight outings.
* Antti Raanta turned aside 23 shots to improve to 4-0-0 in his first four outings with the Rangers (1.25 GAA, .955 SV%, 1 SO). Via Elias, Raanta became the second goaltender in Rangers history to win each of his first four appearances with the team (also Glenn Healy: Oct. 7-15, 1993) and the first to accomplish that feat in each of his first four starts with the club.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: THE STREAKING RANGERS
A closer look at the Rangers’ three active streaks:
* The Rangers have won nine consecutive games overall for the first time since Jan. 19 – Feb. 10, 1973 (10-0-0). That is one game shy of the longest winning streak in franchise history, achieved twice (also Dec. 19, 1939 – Jan. 13, 1940).
* The Rangers have collected points in 13 straight games (11-0-2) for the first time since Feb. 9 – March 10, 2008 (10-0-3). That is six games shy of the longest point streak in club history, set Nov. 23, 1939 – Jan. 13, 1940 (14-0-5).
* The Rangers have won eight consecutive home games for the first time since Oct. 8-31, 1990 (8-0-0). That is six games shy of the longest home winning streak in team history, set Dec. 19, 1939 – Feb. 25, 1940 (14-0-0).
DID YOU KNOW?
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (19:06) scored the third tiebreaking goal in the final minute of regulation this season. The others: by Flames forward Michael Frolik on Oct. 31 at EDM (19:51) and Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen on Nov. 7 vs. VAN (19:43).
KANE POWERS BLACKHAWKS PAST FLAMES
Down 1-0 early in the second period, the Blackhawks scored four unanswered goals – including three in a span of 1:55 – to improve to 8-2-1 (17 points) this season at United Center.
* The Blackhawks rank second in the NHL in both home wins and home points, behind only the Rangers (9-1-1, 19 points).
* Patrick Kane registered 1-1—2 to extend a pair of streaks: he has 10-12—22 during a 13-game point streak and 7-7—14 during a seven-game goal streak.
* Kane’s 13-game point streak is one shy of his career high, set Nov. 30 – Dec. 28, 2013 (8-17—25 in 14 GP). His seven-game goal streak is a career high; via Elias, it also is the longest by a Blackhawks player since Oct. 23 – Nov. 6, 1987 (Steve Larmer: 8-1—9 in 7 GP) and the longest by any NHL player since March 18-30, 2014 (Patrice Bergeron: 8-2—10 in 7 GP).
* Kane has collected at least one point in 16 of 18 games this season, pacing the NHL with 13 goals and 28 points. He also has posted eight multi-point performances, including five in his past seven outings.
The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-2 in their last 14 regular-season home games against the Flames dating to Nov. 9, 2008 (CGY: 2-11-1) . . . Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin scored to extend his point streak to five games (4-3—7). He leads all rookies with 6-12—18 overall (18 GP), three more points than Coyotes forward Max Domi (8-7—15 in 17 GP) . . . Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh collected 1-1—2. He has 3-3—6 in his last six outings after totaling one assist through the opening 12 games of the season . . . Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf posted 1-1—2. He (2-9—11) and fellow defenseman Morgan Rielly (3-8—11) share the team lead with 11 points apiece . . . Flames forward David Jones notched his 99th career goal (406 GP) . . . ICYMI: Both Madison Square Garden and United Center held moments of silence in honor of the recent tragedy in Paris.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Arizona @ NY Islanders, 7:00 p.m., MSG+
Anaheim @ Carolina, 7:00 p.m., PRIME, FS-SD, FS-SE
Vancouver @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNP, SNE, RDS
Detroit @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m., FS-D, TSN5, RDSI
Tampa Bay @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., TVAS, SUN, FS-F
Winnipeg @ St. Louis, 8:00 p.m., TSN3, FS-MW
PANTHERS, LIGHTNING COMPLETE HOME-AND-HOME SERIES
The Panthers and Lightning play the second half of their home-and-home series when they face off at BB&T Center. On Saturday, Florida overcame a 4-3 deficit – aided by the tying goal from Aaron Ekblad with 37.9 seconds remaining in regulation – to defeat Tampa Bay in a shootout, 5-4. Overall, this marks the 119th all-time meeting between these intrastate rivals; the Panthers own a 59-37-22 head-to-head record (140 points), while the Lightning are 49-47-22 (120 points). They will play each other three more times this season: Jan. 17 at TBL, Jan. 23 at FLA and March 26 at TBL.