Coloring the Blueshirts by numbers awaiting Wednesday’s return from the Christmas hiatus against Washington at the Garden: 1. Since Michael Grabner joined the Rangers at the start of last season, the Austrian Express leads the club in overall goal-scoring with 44, five more than Chris Kreider, 12 more than Rick Nash, 15 more than J.T. Miller, 18 more than Kevin Hayes, 20 more than Jimmy Vesey and 21 more than Mats Zuccarello. Grabner had played the sixth-most minutes of that group, getting more ice than only Vesey. At five-on-five, Grabner leads the club with 31 goals, seven more than Kreider, nine more than Hayes, 11 more than Nash, 13 more than Vesey, 15 more than Miller and 18 more than both Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad. Again, Grabner had the sixth-most minutes of that group, playing more than Nash and Zibanejad. Grabner is tied for eighth in the NHL in five-on-five goals since the start of last year, trailing Auston Matthews (38), Anders Lee (37), Nikita Kucherov (36), Jeff Skinner (36), Patrick Kane (35), Rickard Rakell (33) and Vladimir Tarasenko (32). At five-on-five goals per 60 minutes, Grabner is third in the league at 1.41, trailing co-leaders Lee and Matthews at 1.46. Since pulling on the Blueshirt, Grabner has played a total of 7:21 on the power play.
Digging into stats to find how Rangers’ top goal-scorer stacks up
New York Post | Dec 26