Quick Hits - November 30, 2016

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David Rogers

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Welcome to Quick Hits, our new column that covers some of the recent happenings, statistics and anecdotes from recent games. At the bottom of this feature you’ll find a table with all the Rangers’ players stats over the last ten games, which you can jump right down to if you want. OK, let’s do this thing.

Vesey Finally Scores Again
After a red-hot start where Jimmy Vesey scored six goals in his first ten games, he had just a single goal in the next 13 including eight consecutive games without a tally. He got that monkey off his back last night against Carolina. Vesey is currently third in rookie goal scoring with eight on the season and sixth in points among first-year players with 14.

Welcome Back Derick Brassard
The former Rangers forward made his first trip back to Madison Square Garden following his trade to Ottawa for center Mika Zibanejad. He was greeted to cheers from fans as the Rangers showed a video tribute covering the four seasons he spent in New York. Brassard’s Senators stifled the Rangers, handing them a 2-0 loss on Sunday night.

Zibanejad’s Gruesome Injury
We all knew while watching the replays that it wasn’t going to be good news. Zibanejad was backchecking hard in the Rangers’ first overtime game of the season, trying to recover ground against Riley Smith who was breaking down the left wing. He made a strong defensive play, but it would be his last for the next six to eight weeks. As he pushed Smith behind the net to prevent a scoring chance, Zibanejad lost an edge and slid feet first at high speed into the end boards, breaking his fibula. It’s a shame, considering he had just overcome a scoring drought and had put up five points (2g, 3a) over his last five games.

Matt Puempel Catches a Break
After failing to stick with the Ottawa Senators, Matt Puempel was claimed off waivers by the New York Rangers in the wake of the loss of Zibanejad. In his first game with the Blueshirts, he scored a goal to thank his new team. He hasn’t put up any points in the two games since then, but he’ll provide a decent depth option until the Rangers get healthy again. Drafted 24th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Puempel had only produced four goals and two assists in 52 games across three seasons in Ottawa prior to joining the Rangers. He’s had success in the AHL though, including 30 points (17g, 13a) in 34 games last season.

Buchnevich’s Weak Back
The Rangers rookie finds himself out two to three weeks as he needs rehab to “reinforce the core” according to Head coach Alain Vigneault. This follows a number of games the Russian forward has missed throughout his first season on Broadway due to recurring back issues. Vigneault joked that “Russian training” was the cause of the issue.

 


Stats from 11/12/16 to 11/30/16 (Last 10 games)

The Rangers went 6-3-1 over the last 10 games.

They outscored their opposition by a combined 30 goals for to 24 goals against.

They were outshot 272 to 326.

Their power play tallied 4 times on 22 opportunities (18.2%) and they gave up 3 goals on 24 times short-handed (87.5%).

They won 283 of 583 faceoffs (48.5%)

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