NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 OT Tot
Arizona 1 1 0 1 3
NY Rangers 0 2 0 0 2
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET20:00 BRT, October 22, 2019
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 17,435

Rangers aim to end 4-game skid vs. hot Coyotes

Arizona Coyotes at New York Rangers

  1. The Coyotes swept last season's series, winning in OT at MSG in December -- erasing a 3-0 deficit -- and shutting out the Rangers in Glendale in January. Beginning with the second period of the first meeting, Arizona has outscored NYR, 9-0. The Rangers entered 2018-19 with nine straight wins over Arizona.
  2. After scoring only one goal in opening the season with consecutive regulation defeats, the Coyotes have gone 4-0-1, winning three consecutive contests - each one by at least two goals. Over the last two seasons, Arizona has allowed an NHL-low 1.89 goals per game in October (34 goals in 18 games).
  3. The Rangers scored 10 goals in their first two games of 2019-20, winning both, but have managed only seven goals in their last four games, losing each in regulation. NYR has gone 1-for-17 on the power play during the four-game losing streak, while allowing at least one power-play tally in each game (five total).
  4. Nick Schmaltz has eight points in the Coyotes' first seven games of 2019-20; it is the first time in four years that an Arizona player has managed that many points in the team's first seven games. Since acquiring Schmaltz last November, the Coyotes have gone 11-3-1 when he tallies at least one point.
  5. Mika Zibanejad is the fourth Ranger in the last three decades to score as many as 11 points in the team's first six games of a season. His 11 points match the total through six games of Darren Turcotte (1990-91), Mark Messier (1992-93) and Jaromir Jagr (2006-07).
  6. The Coyotes yield 1.86 goals per game, second fewest in the league behind Anaheim's 1.78; Arizona tops the NHL with a .942 save percentage. The Rangers surrender the fourth-most goals per contest at 3.67, allowing an NHL-high 36.8 shots on goal per game.

The New York Rangers have yet to pick up the pace following a lull in their early season schedule.

The Rangers look to get it in gear and snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday when they play the second contest of a season-long five-game homestand against the surging Arizona Coyotes.

New York, which surrendered three first-period goals in Sunday's 3-2 setback against Vancouver, has been outscored 17-7 during its four-game losing streak. Three of those losses were recorded over a four-day stint after the team played just three times in nearly two weeks.

Sunday's setback didn't sit well with Mika Zibanejad, who saw his team outshoot the Canucks 17-6 in the third period as they pressed for the equalizer.

"It just means we dug ourselves a hole in the first," said the 26-year-old Swede, who boosted his team-leading totals in assists (seven) and points (11) after setting up Artemi Panarin's third-period goal.

"It just shows that you can't just play for 25, 30 minutes. The whole game is not going to look perfect, it's not going to be all just good stuff, but we've got to learn to manage the game a little bit more when we don't feel like it's going our way.

"Obviously the good thing about it is the pushback, and that's what we'll try to take with us."

While New York limps into Tuesday, Arizona aims to extend its point streak to six games and winning streak to four in the opener of a four-game road trip.

"I like the way our team's been playing all year," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "... We've got to be able to handle prosperity too. We can't get too high on ourselves. We're not that kind of team."

Conor Garland has scored all four of his team-leading goals in a five-game stretch (4-0-1), including one in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Ottawa.

"We've been playing the way we wanted to play really since the start of the season," said the 23-year-old Garland.

Garland recorded the first multi-goal performance of his young career last season on Jan. 6, tallying twice as Arizona completed a two-game season sweep of the Rangers with a 5-0 rout.

Darcy Kuemper was in net for that contest, but former Rangers goaltender Antti Raanta could be in line to get the start Tuesday after turning aside 34 shots against the Senators.

Nick Schmaltz is riding a career high-tying five-game point streak (three goals, five assists) entering Tuesday's tilt versus New York. The 23-year-old also has good memories of playing against the Rangers, as he had a two-assist performance and set up forward Derek Stepan's overtime goal in a 4-3 victory at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 14.

Henrik Lundqvist yielded all four goals in that contest, although the former Vezina Trophy recipient sports a sterling 8-2-1 record with a 2.48 goals-against average in 11 career encounters against the Coyotes.

Panarin has tallied in back-to-back games to tie Zibanejad for the team lead in goals. The 27-year-old Russian has registered 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in nine career contests at Madison Square Garden.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 21, 2019

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