Pregame Analysis

Rangers Honor ’94 Stanley Cup Champions Prior To Matchup With Hurricanes

The New York Rangers will pay tribute and honor the ’94 Stanley Cup Champions before taking on the Carolina Hurricanes (8:00 P.M. ET, MSG+, NHLN).

The Blueshirts are coming off one of their most impressive winsof the season, when the defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout. Afterfinding themselves down 3-1 after a tough second period, the Rangers scratchedand clawed their way back into the game. Kevin Hayes and Filip Chytil eachscored, helping the Blueshirts tie the game in the third period. After aneventful but scoreless overtime, Tony DeAngelo would score the game winningshootout goal in the seventh round.

In addition to the 27 saves Alexandar Georgiev made over thecourse of 65 minutes, he also stopped six shootout attempts.

“I love shootouts,” Georgiev said. “I try to practice andcompete with the guys when we have a chance in practice.”

Mika Zibanejad continued contributing for the Rangers in abig way. The Swede scored in the first period and the shootout earning thegames second star.

“We just looked forward and kind of put the 2nd period behind us,” said Zibanejad. “I thought we did a good job with that and just going out and playing.”

Tonight, the ’94 StanleyCup team will be honored in a ceremony prior to the game nearly 25 years after winningit. Many players are excited to get the chance to interact with that team.

“Anytime you get achance to meet the alumni and rub elbows with them, it’s amazing, but when alot of them are your childhood idols and heroes… That doesn’t lose itsspecialness for me,” said New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk.

“For me, it waspersonal a little bit because of Leetchy and Mike Richter – guys that I playedwith and knew – so I was certainly rooting for them,” said head coachDavid Quinn. Quinn was apart of the 1986 USA World Junior team with Leetch andRichter.

“It’s cool to getthis opportunity to honor that team and create a mask,” Henrik Lundqvist said.Lundqvist will pay tribute to Richter by wearing a special mask when he starts tonight.

The 93-94 NHL season containedmany special moments for Blueshirts fans across the globe. Some moments include:

Outscoring theIslanders 22-3 in a first-round sweep

Messier guaranteeing a game six win in the Eastern Conference finals

Stephane Matteau double overtime goal in game seven of the Eastern Conference finals

John Amirante’s singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The New York Rangers winning game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals and becoming champions for the first time since 1940.

After the ceremony, theBlueshirts will continue their homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes. TheHurricanes, who sit three points back of the final wildcard spot, will look to snapa 16-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden. The Canes will hope their twotop point scorers Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen can help break thedrought. Aho has 62 points and Teravained has 48.

Each team won a meetingon home ice thus far this season. Between both games, 21 goals were scoredbetween the two franchises.

With Curtis McElhinneystarting last night, Petr Mrazek will get the nod for the Canes. Mrazek is11-11-3 with a .894 save percentage.

The Rangers will likelystart the same lineup (besides the goalies) as they did Wednesday night. IfQuinn elects to start the same lineup, Neal Pionk will be a healthy scratch forthe second consecutive game.

Projected Lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Buchnevich-Hayes-Fast

Chytil-Strome-Namestnikov

Vesey-Nieves-Lettieri

Staal-DeAngelo

Skjei-McQuaid

Smith – Shattenkirk

Lundqvist

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