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Eastern Metropolitan Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
37-16-3 77
33-17-5 71
30-20-7 67
28-23-4 60
23-18-14 60
25-21-8 58
24-21-8 56
18-27-10 46

2023 Stats

Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
Time On Ice Per Game
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 4 11 7 13:18 6

Top Kaapo Kakko News

  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Pots game-winner Tuesday

    Kakko scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Stars.

    The 23-year-old winger gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead midway through the second period, taking advantage of the open ice during a 4-on-4 situation and going top shelf on Scott Wedgewood from the faceoff dot. Kakko hasn't had a multi-point performance all season, but he has found his way onto the scoresheet in five straight games and has four goals and seven points in the last nine contests. The second overall pick in the 2019 Draft has yet to put together a breakout campaign in the NHL, but he might be heating up for the stretch run.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Scores Thursday

    Kakko scored a goal on two shots in Thursday's 7-4 win over Montreal.

    Kakko put the finishing touch on the Rangers' offensive outburst Thursday, skating through the Habs' defense before beating Sam Montembeault with a wrister to extend New York's lead to 7-3 midway through the third period. The 23-year-old Kakko now has points in three straight games and six points (four goals, two assists) in 13 contests since returning from a 21-game stint on IR. While he's been limited to primarily a third-line role, Kakko's demonstrated some chemistry with Will Cuylle and Jonny Brodzinski on the third line. Kakko's up to six goals and nine points through 33 games this season.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Misfires in return from break

    Kakko posted one shot on goal, four missed shots and two PIM in Monday's 2-1 overtime win over the Avalanche.

    Kakko went into the All-Star break on a two-game goal streak, but his timing was a bit off in his return. In addition to missing the net on four shot attempts, Kakko also had his stick tied up with a loose puck sitting in front and Alexandar Georgiev out of position in the first period. Immediately after missing that golden opportunity, Kakko was whistled for a tripping penalty. The 22-year-old's having a career-worst season with just six points in 29 appearances.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Ready to rock

    Kakko (lower body) was activated from long-term injured reserve ahead of his return to the lineup Sunday against Washington, Mollie Walker of the New York Post reports.

    Kakko had been seeing the majority of his playing time alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider prior to missing the past 21 contests. The 22-year-old Kakko has two goals, one assist, 23 shots on net and seven blocked shots over 20 appearances this season.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Close to returning

    Kakko (lower body) is day-to-day at this stage of his recovery, coach Peter Laviolette told Peter Baugh of The Athletic on Wednesday.

    Kakko joined the Rangers for Wednesday's practice while wearing a full-contact jersey. He has two goals and three points in 20 contests this season. Although the 22-year-old did record 40 points last season and still has considerable potential, he's likely to serve in a bottom-six capacity once he returns from his injury.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Wearing non-contact jersey Thursday

    Kakko (lower body) is back at practice Thursday, albeit in a non-contact jersey, according to Arthur Staple of The Athletic.

    Kakko has been out of action since Nov. 27 versus the Sabres and this represents another step in his eventual return to action. Kakko has been a huge disappointment this season, as he has only two goals and an assist in 20 games, not what you would expect from a 22-year-old forward who was taken second overall in the 2019 Draft.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Resumes skating

    Per Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today, coach Peter Laviolette said Friday that Kakko (lower body) has skated on his own three or four times recently.

    Kakko was injured Nov. 27 versus Buffalo and has missed the last 10 games. Kakko got off to a tough start before suffering the injury -- he has only two goals and three points in 20 games. this year The second overall pick in 2019, Kakko has been a disappointment thus far in his NHL career.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Placed on LTIR

    Kakko (lower body) was put on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, per CapFriendly.

    Kakko, who was injured in Monday's 5-1 loss to Buffalo, will miss at least 10 games and 24 days following his move to LTIR. According to Mollie Walker of the New York Post, Kakko is expected to be out for a significant amount of time, but it is not believed to a season-ending injury. The 22-year-old forward has two goals, one assist and 23 shots on net through 20 games this season. Jonny Brodzinski, who was called up from AHL Hartford on Tuesday, is projected to replace Kakko on the third line.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Exits Monday's game

    Kakko (lower body) will not return Monday against Buffalo.

    Kakko logged 6:45 of ice time prior to suffering his injury Monday. The 22-year-old has two goals and three points through 20 games. An update on his status should be available before Wednesday's tilt with Detroit.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Lights lamp for just second time

    Kakko scored a goal in Monday's 6-3 road loss against the Stars.

    Kakko ended up with two shots on goal and a hit in his 10:28 of ice time over just 15 shifts. His goal was just his second of the season, and first since Oct. 21 in Seattle. He had been scoreless in the past 10 games since that last goal against the Kraken, too. He'll look for points in consecutive points for the first time in Wednesday's road game against the Penguins.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Scores for 100th career point

    Kakko scored a goal in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Kraken.

    The goal was Kakko's 100th career point (45 tallies, 55 helpers), a mark he achieved in 244 contests. The marker also stood as the game-winner in the contest. The 22-year-old winger is off to a bit of a slow start despite seeing time on the top line at even strength. He has two points, 10 shots on net and a plus-1 rating through five appearances.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Skates on top line Opening Night

    Kakko had three shots and a plus-1 rating across 14:34 TOI in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.

    Kakko skated on the top line alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider at even strength. The second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft also led the team with 2:51 TOI on the power play Wednesday, though that usage is deceiving, as Kakko and the Rangers' second power-play unit saw extensive ice time on a man-advantage opportunity that spanned the final 1:06 of the third period with the game well in hand. Despite his quiet performance Opening Night, Kakko's top-line role has him in position to build on last season's career highs of 18 goals and 40 points.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Snags helper in Game 1

    Kakko picked up an assist in Tuesday's Game 1 clash with the Devils.

    Kakko has been rolling of late with four goals and one assist in his last eight contests, along with 18 shots. Paired with fellow youngsters Filip Chytil and Alexis Lafreniere on the Rangers' third line, the 22-year-old Kakko should continue to rack up points in the playoffs.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Four points in last four games

    Kakko had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Panthers on Saturday.

    Kakko was Johnny-on-the-spot in front and lifted a rebound past Sergei Bobrovsky with the Rangers' first goal near the mid-point of the second frame. He has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games after delivering just three in his previous 14. Kakko's growth curve has been slow, but we've seen glimpses of the reason he was taken second overall.

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  • Rangers' Kaapo Kakko: Scores in loss

    Kakko tallied a goal on two shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

    Kakko gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead midway through the third period, working his way to the front of the net before burying a loose puck. It's Kakko's first goal since Feb. 25 and just his third point in 11 games since the start of March. The 22-year-old winger has shown potential early in his NHL career, but he's yet to provide the offensive consistency that the Rangers and fantasy managers would like. Kakko now has 13 goals and 21 assists through 71 games this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Turku, Finland
Age: 23
Experience: 4
Shoots: Left