Five stats the Rangers can be thankful for this season
The Rangers returned home from California on Thanksgiving, but the team will return to practice on Friday before a matinee against Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
After playing on the road in six of their last seven games, the Blues will enjoy four of the next five games at home. His lone road contest will be in Ottawa later this month.
In the spirit of the holidays, here are the top five stats the Rangers have to be thankful for this season:
.931: Igor Shesterkin’s save percentage over his last five starts, over which he’s stopped 135 of 145 shots he’s faced. Shesterkin’s return to his Vezina Trophy-winning form from last season is a must. He’s remained a rock for the Rangers, but it’s clear that Shesterkin is working to return to his lights-out game from 2021-22.
23: Adam Fox is currently tied with Rasmus Dahlin of the Sabers for second most points by an NHL defenseman with 23, trailing only Erik Karlsson of the Sharks and his 30 points. Before going pointless in the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday night, Fox had been on a nine-game tear in which he had four goals and 20 assists. The 2021 Norris Trophy winner has been nothing but consistent in his ability to impact games.
34.6: From last season until now, the Rangers went from giving up a high volume of shots and winning games to taking a high volume of shots and losing games. However, creating chances has not been a problem for Rangers this season. They have averaged 34.6 shots per game, which ranks fifth in the NHL behind only the Hurricanes, Flames, Devils and Panthers.
630: That’s the amount of hits the Ranger has had so far this season, which leads the entire NHL. The next closest team is the Islanders at 616. In the wake of Ryan Reaves leaving in a trade to Minnesota, this was an important stat to note. The veteran enforcer can round out his top five leaders in hits with 44 despite sitting out eight games, but the Rangers are still a tough team. Captain Jacob Trouba currently leads the team with 71.
82.5: The Rangers have defended 82.5 percent of the power plays they have faced. They currently rank sixth in the NHL in that category, but it’s been a consistent force for them for much of the season.
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