2017–18 New York Rangers season

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2017–18 New York Rangers
Division 8th Metropolitan
Conference 12th Eastern
2017–18 record 34–39–9
Home record 21–16–4
Road record 13–23–5
Goals for 231
Goals against 268
Team information
General Manager Jeff Gorton
Coach Alain Vigneault
Captain Ryan McDonagh (Oct-Feb)
Vacant (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Jesper Fast (Feb)
Chris Kreider (Mar-Apr)
Rick Nash (Oct-Feb)
Marc Staal
Mats Zuccarello
Arena Madison Square Garden
Average attendance 18,006
Minor league affiliate(s) Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
Team leaders
Goals Mika Zibanejad (27)
Assists Mats Zuccarello (37)
Points Mats Zuccarello (53)
Penalties in minutes Chris Kreider
Kevin Shattenkirk (44)
Plus/minus Marc Staal (+11)
Wins Henrik Lundqvist (26)
Goals against average Henrik Lundqvist (2.98)

The 2017–18 New York Rangers season was the franchise's 91st season of play and their 92nd season overall. This season saw the Rangers struggle with inconsistency for much of the season, with the team going 4–7–2 in October. Despite going 9–3–0 in November, the team's struggles would be amplified in later months with injuries to Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Kevin Shattenkirk, the latter of whom had season-ending knee surgery. After winning the 2018 Winter Classic over the Buffalo Sabres, the team would go 6–16–2 up to the trade deadline. On February 8, the Rangers announced their intention to rebuild, and then weeks later traded away many key players such as Ryan McDonagh, Rick Nash, J. T. Miller, Nick Holden, and Michael Grabner. They also acquired Rob O'Gara, Vladislav Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner. The Rangers ultimately missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 season, placed last in the Metropolitan Division and finished under .500 for the first time since the 2003–04 season. At the conclusion of the 2017–18 season, head coach Alain Vigneault was fired by the team.[1]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98
4 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
5 x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
6 Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
7 New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
8 New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Conference standings[edit]

Top 3 (Metropolitan Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 49 26 7 46 259 239 +20 105
2 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 47 29 6 45 272 250 +22 100
3 x – Philadelphia Flyers 82 42 26 14 40 251 243 +8 98
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Top 3 (Atlantic Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Tampa Bay Lightning 82 54 23 5 48 296 236 +60 113
2 x – Boston Bruins 82 50 20 12 47 270 214 +56 112
3 x – Toronto Maple Leafs 82 49 26 7 42 277 232 +45 105
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Eastern Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 ME x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 45 30 7 39 242 230 +12 97
2 ME x – New Jersey Devils 82 44 29 9 39 248 244 +4 97
3 AT Florida Panthers 82 44 30 8 41 248 246 +2 96
4 ME Carolina Hurricanes 82 36 35 11 33 228 256 −28 83
5 ME New York Islanders 82 35 37 10 32 264 296 −32 80
6 ME New York Rangers 82 34 39 9 31 231 268 −37 77
7 AT Detroit Red Wings 82 30 39 13 25 217 255 −38 73
8 AT Montreal Canadiens 82 29 40 13 27 209 264 −55 71
9 AT Ottawa Senators 82 28 43 11 26 221 291 −70 67
10 AT Buffalo Sabres 82 25 45 12 24 199 280 −81 62
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

The team's pre-season schedule was revealed on June 13, 2017.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The regular season schedule was made public on June 22, 2017.[3]

2017–18 game log

  Win (2 Points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statistics[edit]

Final[4]

Skaters
Goaltenders
Regular season[4]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Henrik Lundqvist 63 61 3,502:32 26 26 7 174 2.98 2036 .915 2 0 1 0
Ondrej Pavelec 19 12 903:42 4 9 1 46 3.05 510 .910 1 0 0 2
Alexandar Georgiev 10 9 514:46 4 4 1 27 3.15 331 .918 0 0 0 0
Brandon Halverson 1 0 12:33 0 0 0 1 4.78 6 .833 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Rangers. Statistics reflect time with the Rangers only.
Denotes player was traded mid-season. Statistics reflect time with the Rangers only.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.

Awards and honors[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Rangers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season.

Trades[edit]

Date Details Ref
June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) To Arizona Coyotes
Antti Raanta
Derek Stepan
To New York Rangers
Anthony DeAngelo
ARI's 1st-round pick (7th overall) in 2017
[5]
October 21, 2017 (2017-10-21) To Detroit Red Wings
Matt Puempel
To New York Rangers
Ryan Sproul
[6]
November 30, 2017 (2017-11-30) To Montreal Canadiens
Adam Cracknell
To New York Rangers
Peter Holland
[7]
February 9, 2018 (2018-02-09) To Washington Capitals
Adam Chapie
Joe Whitney
To New York Rangers
John Albert
Hubert Labrie
[8]
February 20, 2018 (2018-02-20) To Boston Bruins
Nick Holden
To New York Rangers
Rob O'Gara
3rd-round pick in 2018
[9]
February 22, 2018 (2018-02-22) To New Jersey Devils
Michael Grabner
To New York Rangers
Yegor Rykov
2nd-round pick in 2018
[10]
February 25, 2018 (2018-02-25) To Boston Bruins
Rick Nash[Note 1]
To New York Rangers
Matt Beleskey[Note 2]
Ryan Lindgren
Ryan Spooner
1st-round pick in 2018
7th-round pick in 2019
[11]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan McDonagh
J. T. Miller
To New York Rangers
Libor Hajek
Brett Howden
Vladislav Namestnikov
1st-round pick in 2018
Conditional 2nd-round pick in 2019
[12]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Graves
To New York Rangers
Chris Bigras
[13]

Notes:

  1. Note 1 New York to retain 50% of salary as part of trade.
  2. Note 2 Boston to retain 50% of salary as part of trade.