NHL Hockey

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Colorado 1 5 1 7
NY Rangers 2 0 1 3
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, December 8, 2021
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York  Attendance: 16,714

Avalanche aim to end Rangers' seven-game win streak

Colorado Avalanche at New York Rangers

  1. The Avs and the Rangers are playing each other for the first time since the 2019-20 season, when each team won at home: New York, 5-3, (Jan. 7) and Colorado, 3-2, in OT (March 11).
  2. Colorado's last two games were a 6-5 overtime loss at Ottawa and a 7-5 win at Philadelphia. It is the second time this season that an NHL team played two consecutive games in which at least 11 goals were scored. (Buffalo did that on Nov. 29 and Dec. 2.) No team has played three straight 11-goal games since the Penguins in January 1996.
  3. Gabriel Landeskog has tallied 25 points in 20 games this season. That is Landekog's career high for points over his first 20 games of a season (previous high: 22 in 2018-19).
  4. The Rangers have won eight straight at Madison Square Garden, their longest home win streak since 2017-18. With a win tonight, New York would equal its longest win streak at the current MSG, which opened in February 1968: nine games in 1970-71, 1971-72 & 2015-16.
  5. Artemi Panarin had seven points in the Rangers' consecutive wins against the Blackhawks (three Saturday in New York, four last night in Chicago). It is the fifth time Panarin has tallied at least seven points over a two-game span in his NHL career, including one two-game span in which he scored eight points as a rookie with the Blackhawks in April 2016.
  6. Adam Fox's current seven-game assist streak (10 total assists) is the longest of the season by an NHL defenseman. This is the second time Fox has had an assist in each of seven consecutive team games in his NHL career (also March 17-28, 2021).
(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

A little over a month ago, the New York Rangers played their worst game of the season when they were trounced 6-0 by the Calgary Flames.

Since the blowout defeat against one of the Western Conference's top teams, the Rangers have put together a dominant run. Heading into a Wednesday visit from the Colorado Avalanche, New York is on a seven-game winning streak and an eight-game home winning streak.

New York is 11-1-0 in its past 12 games. The Rangers won four straight before a 2-1 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 18. They have scored at least three goals in all but one game of the seven games since.

The Rangers are on their longest winning streak since putting together a nine-game run from Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 2015. New York also is unbeaten at home since a 5-1 loss to the Flames on Oct. 25, with six of those wins coming by one goal.

It is New York's longest home winning streak since the team prevailed in eight in a row Oct. 26-Nov. 26, 2017. The Rangers last won nine straight home games Oct. 19-Nov. 23, 2015.

New York kept the good times rolling by getting a dominant performance from Artemi Panarin and another goal from Chris Kreider in a 6-2 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

"We're playing well right now and we just got to keep that coming and that's the confidence in the group, we see that we can win in different ways," New York's Mika Zibanejad said after contributing two assists.

Panarin collected two goals and two assists for his ninth multi-point game this season, giving him five goals and nine assists in his past seven games. Kreider scored his 17th goal when he netted one of New York's two power-play tallies. He has 10 of New York's 17 power-play goals this season.

The Avalanche are 2-1-1 through the first four games of their five-game trip but are feeling somewhat frustrated about recent defensive performances. Although Colorado improved to 9-2-1 in its past 12 games in a 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, it has allowed 20 goals on the trip so far.

The victory in Philadelphia marked the seventh time the Avalanche allowed at least five goals this season, but Colorado was able to survive by registering a season-high 50 shots and tying a season high with three power-play goals.

"We're giving up more than we want right now, to be honest," Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson said. "We've got to tighten that up. That's not how we want to play."

Johnson scored a short-handed goal before Alex Newhook and Cale Makar scored power-play goals in the Avalanche's four-goal first period. Nazem Kadri scored Colorado's other power-play goal, and Gabriel Landeskog, Valeri Nichushkin and Tyson Jost also tallied.

"It's a big win for us," Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. "We got a lot of different contributions on the offensive side of it. All in all, we'll take the two points but certainly there are areas of our game we got to get better."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 8, 2021

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