Pregame Analysis

Rangers Clash with Devils in Battle of the Hudson

               After a tough overtime defeat to the Boston Bruins, the Rangers get a chance to continue their point streak to five games in New Jersey (1:00 P.M. ET, MSG).

Rangers Ranks Devils
12-9-3 Record 9-11-4
10th GF/PG 23rd  
27th GA/PG 28th
12th PP% 26th  
26th  PK% 22nd

               The Rangers had a 2-0 lead in the second period and saw it disappear by the beginning of the third period. The Blueshirts had a chance with a four-minute powerplay late in the third period and failed to capitalized. In overtime, David Krejci would find the game winning goal. The Rangers powerplay finished the game with zero goals on six chances.

               “We haven’t had a chance to practice since (Zibanejad) has been back,” said head coach David Quinn. “I think once we get a chance to maybe have a few practices, we’ll have more synergy and more continuity on both units.”

Ranger goal scorers were Pavel Buchnevich and Filip Chytil. Henrik Lundqvist finished the game with 24 saves.

               “As a team, we played really well, I think, the whole game,” Lundqvist said. “The difference tonight – why they’re winning – is their PK and Pastrnak.”

               “If you looked at the schedule and said you’re going to come out of Boston with a point, you’re going to feel good about it,” Quinn said. “But we felt like we pissed away a point.”

               “Points are important and we’re on a good little run here so I don’t think we want to get too down, but definitely just draw from the good from today and move on to tomorrow,” said Ryan Strome.

               Saturday afternoon the Rangers will get a chance to bounce back against the New Jersey Devils. The Devils were victorious in the first meeting 5-2. Taylor Hall currently leads the Devils in points with 21, but the former first overall pick has just four goals. Cory Schneider entered the season as the starting goalie and has since been sent to the AHL. Mackenzie Blackwood has taken over starting duties and Louis Domingue is the current backup. Blackwood has a record of 8-6-3 including a 44 save performance in Montreal on Thanksgiving.

               With Lundqvist playing in Boston on Friday afternoon, Alex Georgiev will make his tenth start of the season. Georgiev was the goalie in the first meeting in New Jersey and he will look for a bounce back performance. This is the last meeting of the season between the two teams in New Jersey.

               The Blueshirts now have points in four straight games and have registered one point in 11 of the past 15 games. Artemi Panarin enters the game with a four-game point streak and Tony DeAngelo enters with a three-game point streak. Chytil is expected to skate in his 100th game of his career. He will likely center the second line with Panarin and Strome. This will also be the second time that the top two overall picks in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft will meet. Jack Hughes has four goals and seven assists for the Devils and Kaapo Kakko has six goals and four assists for the Blueshirts. Both players will look to be key contributors Saturday afternoon.

Projected Lineup

Kreider-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Panarin-Chytil-Strome

Lemieux-Howden-Kakko

Smith-Nieves-Fast

Skjei-Trouba

Hajek-DeAngelo

Lindgren-Fox

Georgiev

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