The Rangers returned from California on Thanksgiving Day, but the team will be back in action for Friday practice before a morning 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 Blueshirts will play four of the next five games at home. Their solo road contest will take place in Ottawa at the end of this month.
In the spirit of the holidays, here are the top five stats Rangers have to be thankful for this season:
.931: Igor Shesterkin’s save percentage in his last five starts, in which he has stopped 135 of the 145 shots he has faced. Shesterkin’s return to his Vezina Trophy-winning form from last season is imperative. He continued to be a rock for Rangers, but it’s clear that Shesterkin is striving to return to his extinct game from 2021-22.
23: Adam Fox is currently tied with the Sabers’ Rasmus Dahlin for the second-most points by an NHL defenseman with 23, trailing only the Sharks’ Erik Karlsson on 30 points. Before becoming useless in Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Ducks on Wednesday night, Fox had been on a nine-game tear, during which he scored four goals and provided 20 assists. The 2021 Norris Trophy winner has been nothing but consistent in his ability to impact games.
34.6: From that time last season until now, Rangers have gone from giving up a high volume of shots and game winners to a high volume of shots and game losers. Still, generating chances hasn’t been a problem for Rangers this season. They averaged 34.6 shots per game, which ranks them fifth in the NHL, just behind the Hurricanes, Flames, Devils and Panthers.
630: That’s the number of hits the Rangers have had so far this season, leading the entire NHL. The next closest team is the Islanders at 616. Following Ryan Reaves’ departure via trade to Minnesota, that was an important stat to point out. The veteran enforcer can round out their top five hit leaders with 44 despite eight games, but the Rangers are still a tough team. Captain Jacob Trouba currently leads the team with 71.
82.5: Rangers have repelled 82.5% of the power plays they have faced. They’re currently ranked sixth in the NHL in that category, but it’s been a consistent strength for them for much of the season.