Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri feels the “respect” of being named an NHL All-Star — The Denver Post

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is particularly proud of being named to his first NHL All-Star Game because he got in from the “last man in” fan vote on Tuesday, after the Central Division’s first 10 players were named last week by league officials. “This is why you play — to get some…

Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri feels the “respect” of being named an NHL All-Star — The Denver Post

MAPLE LEAFS-RANGERS PREGAME NOTES



2021-22 Matchups vs. New York: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. New York: 1-0-1
Toronto Season Record: 24-9-3
Toronto Road Record: 10-5-2
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 16, 2022
Forwards Joey Anderson and Brett Seney have been reassigned to the
Toronto Marlies (AHL) from the Maple Leafs taxi squad.

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 6 at St. Louis 5
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
TOR Goals: Bunting, Marner, Tavares, Liljegren, Matthews, Mikheyev
STL Goals: O’Reilly (2x), Saad, Thomas, Mikkola
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 20/25, .800 SV%
STL Goaltender: Binnington, 34/40, .850 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-3
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-2

NEXT GAME
Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022
Opponent: at New York Islanders
Time: 7:00 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Justin Holl Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
Ondrej Kaše Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
Nick Ritchie Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol


ALL-TIME VS. NEW YORK RANGERS:

First Matchup between Clubs: November 20, 1926 (Toronto 1 vs. New York 5)
All-Time Record: 289-223-95-12 (619 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 169-94-39-7 (309 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 120-129-56-5 (310 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: December 20, 2019 (Toronto 6 at New York 3)
Record in Last Five Games: 2-1-2

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. NEW YORK RANGERS:
Games Played: John Tavares (51), Jason Spezza (47), Wayne Simmonds (44)
Goals: John Tavares (15), Jason Spezza (13), Wayne Simmonds (13)
Assists: John Tavares (31), Jason Spezza (22), Wayne Simmonds (12)
Points: John Tavares (46), Jason Spezza (35), Wayne Simmonds (25)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (76), John Tavares (46), Kyle Clifford (29)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .708 3.39 2.56 29.7% 83.2% 34.1 31.1 55.5%
New York .692 2.85 2.44 23.2% 85.6% 28.4 31.7 47.8%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 30/101 (29.7%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 9 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 16 – Matthews (9G, 7A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 84/101 (83.2%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner, Holl, Mikheyev
Shorthanded Point Leader: 2 – Brodie (2A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Wednesday games 8th of 11 (6 home, 5 road)
Back-to-Backs played 6 of 11
Record in first game of back-to-back 3-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-4-0
January games 7th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ Brodie Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
David Kämpf Three assists away from 50 career NHL assists
Jake Muzzin 10 points away from 300 career NHL points
William Nylander One point away from 300 career NHL points
William Nylander Six games away from 400 career NHL games played.


TEAM RECORD TEAM RECORD

Anaheim Ducks 1-0-0 Nashville Predators 1-0-0
Arizona Coyotes 0-1-0 New Jersey Devils 0-0-0
Boston Bruins 1-0-0 New York Islanders 1-0-0
Buffalo Sabres 1-0-0 New York Rangers 1-0-1
Calgary Flames 1-0-0 Ottawa Senators 2-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes 0-1-0 Philadelphia Flyers 1-0-0
Chicago Blackhawks 2-0-0 Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2-0
Colorado Avalanche 1-0-1 San Jose Sharks 1-1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0-0 Seattle Kraken 0-0-0
Dallas Stars 0-0-0 St. Louis Blues 1-0-0
Detroit Red Wings 1-0-0 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1-0
Edmonton Oilers 2-0-0 Vancouver Canucks 0-0-0
Florida Panthers 0-0-0 Vegas Golden Knights 2-0-0
Los Angeles Kings 1-1-0 Washington Capitals 0-0-0
Minnesota Wild 0-0-1 Winnipeg Jets 0-1-0
Montréal Canadiens 1-0-0

2021-22 GAME HIGHS
CATEGORY HOME ROAD
Most Goals, Game 3 – Matthews, Dec. 1 vs. COL
2 – Nylander, Nov. 10 at PHI – Marner, Nov. 21
at NYI – Spezza, Dec. 4 at MIN – Matthews,
Dec. 14 at EDM – Matthews, Jan. 8 at COL
Most Assists, Game 4 – Rielly, Dec. 7 vs. CBJ
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK – Rielly, Dec. 4 at
MIN
Most Points, Game
4 – Marner, Nov. 6 vs. BOS, (1G, 3A) – Rielly,
Dec. 7 vs. CBJ (4A)
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK (3A) – Rielly, Dec. 4
at MIN (3A) – Kerfoot, Jan. 8 at COL (1G, 2A)
Most Shots, Game
8 – Matthews, Oct. 18 vs. NYR, Nov. 12 vs.
CGY, Dec. 1 vs. COL
8 – Nylander, Nov. 26 at SJS – Matthews, Dec.
4 at MIN –Matthews, Jan. 8 at COL – Nylander,
Jan. 12 at ARI – Matthews, Jan. 15 at STL
Time On Ice, Game 26:23 – Rielly, Nov. 20 vs. PIT 27:41 – Rielly, Jan. 15 at STL
Most Saves, Game 42 – Campbell, Nov. 6 vs. BOS 44 – Campbell, Jan. 8 at COL
CATEGORY GAME PERIOD
Most Goals, For 8 – Dec. 1 vs. COL 4 – 2nd, Nov. 24 at LAK
Most Goals, Against 7 – Oct. 23 at PIT 4 – 2nd, Oct. 23 at PIT, 2nd, Dec. 5 at WPG
Most Shots, For 48 – Oct. 14 at OTT 25 – 3rd, Oct. 14 at OTT
Most Shots, Against 49 – Jan. 8 at COL 23 – 3rd, Nov. 6 vs. BOS
Fewest Shots, For 18 – Jan. 11 at VGK 2 – 3rd, Jan. 11 at VGK
Fewest Shots, Against 18 – Jan. 12 at ARI 2 – 2nd, Oct. 18 vs. NY

NEW YORK RANGERS NOTES

LAST GAME
New York Rangers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2, – Jan. 15, 2022 (Wells Fargo Center)
NYR Goals: M. Zibanejad (14), F. Chytil (4), C. Kreider (24)
PHI Goals: O. Lindblom (5), C. York (1)
NYR Goalie: I. Shesterkin (W – 26/28)
PHI Goalie: C. Hart (L – 24/27)
NYR Shots: 27
PHI Shots: 28
NYR PP: 1/2
NYR PK: 1/1
RECAP/NOTES: The Rangers closed out their five-game road trip with a 3-2 win in Philly, going 3-2-0 on the trip. The Rangers took the lead first with
Mika Zibanejad’s 150th goal with New York but fell behind 2-1 midway through the third period. The Blueshirts scored two goals in the next few minutes
and closed out their 11th comeback victory of the season.
TONIGHT’S GAME
The New York Rangers return home for the first time since January 3 when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:30 PM ET

  • TV: TNT – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM).
    Tonight will be the final matchup between the two teams this season (1-1-0).
    The Rangers are 10-2-0 against Atlantic Division opponents (4-0-0 at home) and 16-3-0 against Eastern Conference opponents.
    The Blueshirts are scheduled to play six of their next eight games at home.
    New York has won six of its last eight games and earned a point in eight of its last 11 games (7-3-1).
    UPCOMING GAMES (All Times ET)
    Fri, Jan. 21 – at CAR – 7:00 PM (TV: MSG – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM)
    Sat, Jan. 22 – vs. ARI – 7:00 PM (TV: MSG – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM)
    Mon, Jan. 24 – vs. LAK – 7:00 PM (TV: MSG+ – Radio: ESPN 1050 AM)
    Thu, Jan. 27 – at CBJ – 7:00 PM (TV: MSG – Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM)
    Fri, Jan. 28 – vs. MIN – 8:00 PM (TV: MSG+, NHLN – Radio: ESPN 1050 AM)
    LAST FIVE GAMES
    Jan. 15 – at PHI – W, 3-2
    Jan. 13 – at SJS – W, 3-0
    Jan. 10 – at LAK – L, 3-1
    Jan. 8 – at ANA – W, 4-1
    Jan. 6 – at VGK – L, 5-1
    INJURIES (95 MGL)
    Player Injury Cons. Games Missed/Dates
    Sammy Blais Lower-body 24/Nov. 16-Jan. 15
    Alexis Lafreniére Covid Protocol 2/Jan. 13-15
    RECENT TRANSACTIONS
    Jan. 18 – Barclay Goodrow cleared Covid protocol, Dryden Hunt removed from IR.
    RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
    All-Time: 235-282-95-7 (134-116-56-4 at home; 101-166-39-3 on the road)
    New York enters tonight’s game with wins in three of its last four games against Toronto and wins in five of its last seven contests against them.
    The Rangers have won two of their last three home games against the Maple Leafs.

    2021-22
    Oct. 18 at TOR (OTW, 2-1)

    New York outlasted the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime, 2-1, in the first matchup of the season. Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring for the Rangers in
    the first period, their first goal in the first period this season. After Toronto evened things up in the second period, New York pushed the game to
    overtime where Artemi Panarin scored his first overtime goal as a Ranger. Igor Shesterkin was incredible in net, making 40 saves on 41 shots.
    Nov. 18 at TOR (L, 2-1)
    New York fell behind 2-0 at Scotiabank Arena before Dryden Hunt scored his first goal of the season, becoming the 15th different goal scorer for the
    Rangers this season. Notably, Artemi Panarin skated in his 450th career game while Filip Chytil skated in his 200th career game.
    Jan. 19 vs. TOR
    INDIVIDUAL CAREER STATISTICS VS. MAPLE LEAFS
    Chris Kreider – 21 GP, 5G-13A=18 PTS – Over his career, Kreider has points in 14 of 21 games against the Maple Leafs and has points in seven of his
    last nine games against Toronto (2G-8A). Kreider has recorded four multi-point games against Toronto.
    Mika Zibanejad – 30 GP, 10G-8A=18 PTS – Zibanejad has points in four of his last five games against the Maple Leafs (3G-3A), five out of seven
    games, and has multi-point games in two of his last three outings against them.
    Artemi Panarin – 15 GP, 5G-12A=17 PTS – Panarin scored the overtime winner in the first meeting with the Maple Leafs on October 18. Panarin has at
    least one point in 11 of his 15 career matchups against the Maples Leafs, including two three-point games and two games with two points. Panarin has
    points in six of his past eight games against Toronto (2G-6A).
    Goalies vs. TOR
    Igor Shesterkin (3 GP, 2-1-0, 6 GA, .941 SV%, 1.98 GAA).
    Alexandar Georgiev (5 GP, 3-2-0, 16 GA, .929 SV%, 3.20 GAA)
    RANGERS AND MAPLE LEAFS CONNECTIONS
    Greg McKegg played in the Maple Leafs organization for parts of four seasons (2010-11; 2012-13 – 2014-15) and skated in four NHL games with
    Toronto over parts of two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15).
    The Rangers have three Ontario-born players on their roster: Greg McKegg (St. Thomas, ON), Ryan Strome (Mississauga, ON), and Barclay Goodrow
    (Toronto, ON).
    Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor Brendan Shanahan played two seasons with the Rangers (2006-07 and 2007-08).
    THREE RANGERS SELECTED TO ASG
    Forwards Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and defenseman Adam Fox were selected to the 2022 NHL All-Star Game in Vegas. Zibanejad was selected as
    the “Last Man In” fan vote but will not be attending the game.
    It is the 34th time in franchise history that the Rangers have had three or more players selected to the same All-Star Game and first since 2011-12
    (Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Marian Gaborik). Since 1976-77, New York has had three or more players selected to an All-Star Game nine times.
    Fox will be making his first career ASG appearance and Kreider will be making his second career ASG appearance and second in three seasons.
    MIKA MAGIC
    Mika Zibanejad is currently riding a season-long five-game point streak (3G-2A) and has points in six of his last seven games (6G-2A). With a point
    tonight, Zibanejad will have his ninth-career point streak of six or more games and his first since Apr. 9-18, 2021 (6 GP).
    In his last 11 games, Zibanejad has nine goals and five assists for 14 points. Since December 15, Zibanejad is tied for the most goals (9) in the NHL and
    is tied for the 10th-most points (14).
    THIS IS 40
    The Rangers will play their 40th game of the season tonight and are tied for the fourth-most wins in the NHL (25). The Blueshirts’ 54 points are the third=most (tied) in the league. New York’s 54 points through 39 games are the most since recording 56 points through 39 games in 2011-12.
    The Rangers have won six of their last eight games, earned at least one point in eight of their last 11 games (7-3-1), have wins in 15 of their last 22
    games, 19 of their last 27 games and points in 23 of their last 31 games (20-8-3). The Rangers have at least one point in 29 of their 39 games this
    season.
    HOME AGAIN
    The Rangers have earned a point in 12 of their 15 home games this season (10-3-2) and have earned a point in three-straight home games (2-0-1). New
    York has played the second fewest (tied) home games (15) in the league.
    Since October 29, New York is 10-2-1 at home for a .808-point percentage, tied for the fourth-best point percentage in that span.
    SHESTERKIN BY THE NUMBERS
    Igor Shesterkin has won four-straight starts and has earned a shutout in two of his last three starts. Shesterkin has won eight out of his last nine games
    and allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his last 11 starts.
    Among NHL goaltenders with a min. of 10 starts, Shesterkin ranks among the best in several categories:
    Save % (.939) – 1st
    GAA (1.99) – T-1st
    Shutouts (3) – T-3rd
    Wins (16) – T-7th
    IN OUR DEFENSE
    New York has allowed one or fewer goals in four of its last seven games and on the year has averaged 2.44 goals against per game, the second-best
    mark in the NHL:
    GA/GP LEADERS
    CAR – 2.25
    NYR – 2.44
    CGY – 2.51
    The Rangers have the third-most (tied) hits in the league (1,021) and third-most blocked shots (603).
    CHRIS-TAL CLEAR
    Chris Kreider has points in five of his last seven games (5G-3A) and six of his last nine games (6G-3A). He has five goals in his last six games.
    Kreider’s 24 goals this season are the fourth-most in the NHL:
    Alex Ovechkin – 27
    Leon Draisaitl – 26
    Auston Matthews – 25
    Chris Kreider – 24
    His 12 power play goals the second-most in the league and his 17 power-play points are the fifth most in the league.
    FOX TROT
    Adam Fox leads NHL defensemen in assists (34) and ranks third among d-men in points (39). Among all skaters, Fox’s 34 assists are tied for the thirdmost.







    Fox has recorded eight assists in his last seven games and has points in four of his last six games (6A).
    Fox has 11 multi-point games this season, the most among NHL defensemen.
    FIL-IP ‘EM UP
    Filip Chytil is riding a four-game point streak (1G-3A), tied for the second-longest of his career. His career-long was a five-game streak from Nov. 12-21,
  1. The Rangers are 6-2-1 when Chytil has recorded a point this season.
    PANARIN WITH THE POINTS
    Artemi Panarin notched his first two points (2A) of 2022 on Saturday against Philadelphia. Panarin has recorded points in three of his last five games
    (1G-4A) and has points in 10 of his last 15 games (6G-13A). He has 15 points (4G-11A) in his last 12 games.
    Panarin has notched 11 multi-point games this season and since 2019-20, has registered 58 multi-point games, tied for the fourth-most in the NHL:
    Connor McDavid – 77
    Leon Draisaitl – 73
    Nathan MacKinnon – 59
    Artemi Panarin – 58
    Brad Marchand – 58
    THE GOOD(ROW) PLACE
    Barclay Goodrow is playing some of the best hockey of his career as he has points in four of his last five games (3G-3A) and a point in five of his last
    nine games (3G-4A).
    SPREADING THE WEALTH
    The Rangers have four players with 35 or more points and along with Colorado (5) are the only two teams with four or more players with 35 or more
    points.
    UPCOMING MILESTONES
    Kaapo Kakko
    1 game away from 150 GP
    POWER PLAY
    The Rangers are 26-for-112 (23.2%) on the power play this season, 10th-best in the NHL.
    The Rangers are 16-2-3 in games which they have scored a power play goal.

PENALTY KILL
New York is 95-for-111 (85.6%) on the penalty kill this season, third-best in the NHL.
The Rangers have killed off 45 of their last 49 penalties (91.8) since Nov. 28, the second-best mark in that span.
The Blueshirts have been perfect on the PK in seven of their last nine games, 11 of their last 14 games and 17 of their last 21 games.
The Rangers are 21-3-2 in games this season where they have not allowed a power play goal

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Clippers have no update on Paul George’s injured elbow — Whittier Daily News

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