Monday, October 19, 2009

100 Facts About the First 100 Games

In's 100 Facts About the First 100 Games, Greg Inqlis has a few Ranger facts...

* Great Starts, part 5. The New York Rangers' 7-1-0 record matches the best start through eight games in franchise history (1983-84). A key component to the Rangers' hot start has been their performance in the third period; they have outscored their opponents 11-1 in the final frame.

* Realizing the Dream, Part 5: New York Rangers rookie defenseman Michael Del Zotto scored in his home debut against Ottawa Oct. 3 and again at New Jersey Oct. 5. The 19-year-old is quarterbacking the Rangers power play and leads all rookies and defensemen in scoring with eight points (three goals, five assists) in eight games.

* New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik has tallied at least one point in each of the Rangers' eight games this season. Gaborik tied a franchise for the longest scoring streak by a new Ranger set by Dave Creighton, who opened the 1955-56 season with an eight-game point streak. Gaborik ranks third in the NHL scoring race with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in eight games.

* Henrik Lundqvist has been stellar in the New York Rangers' goal, as typified by this sensational save off Los Angeles Kings forward Teddy Purcell in a 4-2 Rangers win on Oct. 14. Lundqvist has opened the season 6-1-0 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.

* Left wing Vaclav Prospal has found a home alongside Gaborik on the New York Rangers' top-scoring line. Prospal has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his first eight games on Broadway.

* New York Rangers defenseman Matt Gilroy has shown why he was among the most sought-after free agents last spring following a standout career at Boston University. The 25-year-old rookie has averaged better than 19 minutes in ice time per game and is a plus-5 in the early going. His first career NHL goal late in the second period at New Jersey on Oct. 5 was the game-winner.

...lots of Ranger props. I guess that's what happens when you start 7-1.

1 comment:

Evan S said...

The most interesting part of the rangers hot start is the team's plus minus. Not only is it pretty good, but a lot of players on the team have very good plus/minuses, including several D-men who don't have very many points. That's a good sign and is usually key when trying to build a winner