The New York Rangers will host the Vancouver Canucks in an NHL regular season match-up.
The New York Rangers, under the leadership of head coach Peter Laviolette, continue to dominate in the Metropolitan Division. The team has accumulated 54 points, rivaling the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets for the league's point leadership. Despite recent losses to Carolina and Florida, the Rangers demonstrated a quick recuperation capacity after defeats, winning on 9 out of 25 occasions. The Rangers conceded no less than four goals in all 10 defeats this season, including against Carolina and Montreal. They also clinched crucial victories over Tampa Bay, Washington, and Chicago, scoring an aggregate of 14 goals. Team lead is held by Artemi Panarin with 25 goals and 55 points, while Mika Zibanejad contributed 14 goals and 23 assists.
The team features high efficiency, scoring on average 3.39 goals per game and presenting a power play effectiveness of 29.73%. The Rangers' defence is also firm, allowing on average 2.71 goals per game. Goalkeepers Igor Shesterkin and Jonathan Quick displayed solid performances, saving 90.78% and 91.52% of shots respectively. In their latest match, despite the defeat, New York managed to take a record number of shots on goal (48), underlining their offensive potential.
The Vancouver Canucks are exhibiting confident results in the ongoing NHL season, holding one of the league-leading positions with 53 points. The team has shown impressive form recently, winning 9 out of the last 13 games, including a 6:4 victory over New Jersey where Elias Pettersson scored twice and had an assist, and J.T Miller also contributed two goals. The Canucks possess one of the league's most potent attacks, scoring on average 3.86 goals per game. The team's offence, led by Boeser with 24 goals and Hughes with 35 assists, is producing high results. Roster changes due to injuries include the call-up of Linus Karlsson. Andrei Kuzmenko and Ilya Mikheyev also significantly contributed, scoring 18 goals and making 22 assists. Particularly impressive was the synergy between Pettersson and Miller, supplemented by Boeser. This trio accumulated four goals and four assists, showing excellent teamwork.
Canucks' goalkeeping is also top-notch with Demko, achieving 19 victories in 27 games. The team continues to exhibit a remarkable level of offence. The third line consisting of Joshua, Bjugstad, and Garland is also significantly contributing, scoring 31 points in the last 12 matches.
In the first head-to-head match on October 29 at Vancouver's arena, the Rangers won 4:3 in overtime due to the goals of New York's leaders - Panarin, Fox, and Zibanejad, all in power play, whereas Miller scored the OT goal.
The Rangers have already clinched 26 victories, but in recent weeks have somewhat slowed down: they have achieved 8 wins and suffered 6 defeats since December 6, losing points in the latest match allowed Boston to catch up with a total of 54 points. After a home route by Carolina on Friday, they clinched a home victory over Chicago with a score of 4:1, and fought Montreal on Saturday, recovering a 0:3 deficit with goals from Trocheck, Panarin, and Fox, but ultimately lost in the shootout. Vancouver, having 24 goals in the last 4 victories, suggests an exciting match with plenty of goals and total over 5.5. Especially notable are Canucks' Miller with 5 goals and 23 points in the last 18 games, and Pettersson with 6 goals in the last 8.