After getting three out of four points in back to back games against the Colorado Avalanche and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, the Rangers will host the Calgary Flames at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET, MSG).
The Rangers are coming off a gutsy 4-3 overtime loss against the Capitals after a Kevin Shattenkirk shootout winner the night before. Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring, but it was cancelled out by John Carlsson before the end of the first period. Special teams took over scoring for the remainder of regulation as the Capitals and Rangers would exchange two powerplay goals each. The Capitals got both goals from Alex Ovechkin, whereas the Rangers got goals from Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider. In overtime, Matt Niskanen got the game winning goal for his first of the season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 out of 38 shots in a losing effort. Neal Pionk got an assist on all three Ranger goals.
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Tonight, the Rangers will play their first of two meetings with the Calgary Flames. The Rangers won both meetings last season, outscoring Calgary seven to four. Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start for the Rangers after a strong start to the season. The Flames will turn to backup goalie David Rittich, who won his only start this season against Colorado, stopping 24 out of 26 shots. The Rangers will have to watch out for New Jersey native, Johnny Gaudreau and former sixth overall pick, Matthew Tkachuk who each have ten points in seven games.
In lineup notes, head coach David Quinn may be forced into a change on defense with Freddie Claesson dealing with an upper body injury. Adam McQuaid would likely draw into the lineup if Claesson can’t go. Expect similar the Rangers started with against Washington.