Things Could Get Wild With Another Rangers Win

New York Rangers' J.T. Miller, right, looks for a rebound while Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, with the assistance of Jared Spurgeon, smothers a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The concept of selling certain worked out for another New York franchise, namely one that wears pinstripes. Despite no trades, only youthful call-ups, it’s worked ok for the New York Rangers thus far, having gone 2-0-0 since releasing a public letter declaring their intention to sell.

They’ll have a chance to earn another win, and edge closer to the Eastern Conference’s crowded playoff picture, on Tuesday night, when they take on the Minnesota Wild on the road (8:00 PM, MSG).

To open a four-game road swing, the Rangers (27-24-5) picked up a 3-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday late afternoon. After falling behind 1-0, the Rangers put in three unanswered scores, starting with Mats Zuccarello’s goal that trickled in for the tie in the late stages of the first period. After Henrik Lundqvist and Connor Hellebuyck kept things clean for a majority of the latter two periods, the Rangers finally broke through with a Jimmy Vesey goal scored off a deflection to take the lead in Vesey’s first game back from injury. Michael Grabner tallied an empty-netter to wrap things up, while Lundqvist ended the day with 37 saves.

The Wild (30-19-6) are likewise on the fringe of the playoffs, current holders of the last wild card spot in the Western Conference. Having earned at least one point in eight of their last ten, they recently took a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday at home at Xcel Energy Center. Charlie Coyle had two goals, goals that sandwiched a power play tally by Mikko Koivu. Devan Dubnyk had 44 saves in a shutout effort.

The Rangers and Wild will complete their annual season pair this month as they will square off again at Madison Square Garden on February 23. The teams split their couple last year, with the Rangers winning 3-2 at Xcel in March. Vesey scored the game winning goal in the third period, while Brady Skjei likewise scored.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffMags5490

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