Pregame Analysis

Rangers Continue Road Trip in Los Angeles

               After a strong performance against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Rangers will continue the four-game road trip against the Los Angeles Kings (10:30 P.M. ET, MSG2).

Rangers Ranks Kings
15-11-3 Record 11-18-2
9th GF/PG 30th   
21st    GA/PG 26th
12th PP% 29th 
22nd PK% 29th

               After being embarrassed on home ice by the Golden Knights, the Rangers returned the favor less than a week later by defeating them 5-0. Alex Georgiev who made his third straight start recorded his second shutout in the past four games. Georgiev recorded 38 saves; including 17 in the first period which kept the Rangers in the game. After finding their feet halfway through the first period, the Rangers used a 14 second stretch to open up a 2-0 lead courtesy of Artemi Panarin and Chris Kreider. The Rangers good fortune would continue including adding two power play goals from Jacob Trouba and Mika Zibanejad. Jesper Fast registered his fourth goal of the season during a shift on the fourth line.

               “I thought tonight, as that game went on, we got better and better and better and better, and that’s a great sign for us,” said head coach David Quinn.

               “We know this is going to be hard road trip and we wanted a good start, and we definitely got one,” Zibanejad said.

               The road trip continues as the Rangers head to California to take on the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are in the early stages of a rebuild and it is showing in the standings. Los Angeles is 11-18-2 and they are struggling in all aspects of the game. While many Kings players are surrounded in trade rumors, the core of the Kings still is present in the likes of Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty and Jonathan Quick. Kopitar leads the team with 29 points in 31 games.

               For coach Quinn’s team, he has made it clear that he would like to make the playoffs this year. For a team looking to make the playoffs, the Rangers will be favorites in this game and they will have to come out victorious in games like these.

“I think part of developing is learning how to win,” Quinn said. “I think it’s very important for us to make the playoffs.”

However, the rebuild is also a juggling act and Quinn wants to keep the young guys in the lineup even after making a mistake.

“If they’re making mistakes and have the right intentions, they’re going to continue to play,” said Quinn. If they make mistakes where they’re lazy or their intentions aren’t in the right place, they’ll sit. So, it’s a balancing act.”

Henrik Lundqvist will make his return to the crease following a three-game absence. Lundqvist was ill and had a small back issue which led to Georgiev making three straight starts. Lundqvist will look to help the Rangers extend their road point streak to six straight games (4-0-1).

Following the 5-0 win, Quinn has announced that he will stick with the same lineup barring any unforeseen circumstances with Lundqvist in the net.

Projected Lineup

Panarin-Zibanejad-Kakko

Kreider-Chytil-Strome

Lemieux-Howden-Buchnevich

Smith-McKegg-Fast

Skjei-Trouba

Lindgren-Fox

Staal-DeAngelo

Lundqvist

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