The Blueshirts will retire the number eleven of Vic Hadfield as they look to bounce back against the Winnipeg Jets (6:00 P.M. ET, MSG).
The Rangers are coming off back-to-back blowout losses against the Senators and Canadiens. The Blueshirts have now lost four of the last five and their offense has began struggle. Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen each got two goals just 25 minutes into the game putting the Rangers down 4-0. Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Strome would make it interesting going into the third but Tomas Tatar would find the dagger killing the Rangers chances of a comeback.
Weber’s second goal came after Brady Skjei tripped the Canadiens forward and he stopped playing to complain to the referee before touching up the puck. Head Coach David Quinn thought that goal hurt the team. “That was a crusher. I’m not going to lie, that was a crusher.”
The silver lining for the Blueshirts is once they went down 4-0 and Quinn used his timeout, the Rangers won the remaining 35 minutes 2-1.
The Blueshirts have now lost four of their last five and tonight’s contest won’t be any easier as they take on the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets are currently 15-8-2 and they know how to put the puck in the net. The Rangers have only been shorthanded nine times in the past six games and will have to remain disciplined against Winnipeg, who enter the game with the second best power play. The Rangers have only been shorthanded nine times in the past six games and will have to remain disciplined against Winnipeg.
Patrik Laine not only leads the Jets in goals, but he leads the entire NHL. Laine currently has 21 goals in just 25 games played.
In addition to Laine, the Rangers will have to shut down their playmaker Blake Wheeler. Wheeler currently has 29 assists which is the third most in the league. They also have young guns Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele who are having marvelous seasons.
Tonight, the Rangers will retire Vic Hadfield’s number eleven. Hadfield played sixteen seasons in the NHL from 1961-1977. In Hadfield’s thirteen seasons as a Blueshirt, he registered 262 goals and 310 assists. Hadfield played his last three seasons as a Penguin and he finished with 712 points in his career.
“It’s going to be exciting for me. When he was in his heyday was when I really started following hockey,” said Quinn, who grew up a Bruins fan. “The New York-Boston rivalry runs deep in all sports. I was incredibly impressed with him at a young age, he had an incredible career
Henrik Lundqvist will opposite Connor Hellebuyck tonight. Lundqvist holds an 8-3 record at Madison Square Garden and has only managed below a .900 save percentage once. A win tonight, would mark seven straight wins on home ice for Lundqvist.
Tim Gettinger has been sent down to Hartford after failing to register a single point in four games. In return, Matt Beleskey who has nine points in 14 games in Hartford, has been called up after registering a career high, three points in a single AHL game last night.
Tony DeAngelo will likely draw back into the lineup after sitting out last night in Montreal. Brady Skjei had a night he wishes he will soon forget making him a candidate to be a healthy scratch tonight.