Pregame Analysis

Rangers Return Home To Battle Golden Knights

               After shutting out the New Jersey Devils in the Battle of the Hudson, the Rangers put their point streak on the line against the Vegas Golden Knights (7:00 P.M. ET, MSG2).

Rangers Ranks Golden Knights
13-9-3 Record 13-11-4
7th GF/PG 18th   
25th GA/PG 13th
12th PP% 9th 
23rd PK% 5th

               Special teams were the reason the Rangers were defeated in Boston on Black Friday, but special teams were the reason the Rangers were victorious in Newark. The Blueshirts power play went 0-6 in Boston including wasting a four-minute power play late in the third period. In New Jersey, the Rangers power play went 1-2 and the Rangers tallied two shorthanded goals.

               “Certainly not the way you drew up winning a hockey game, but … you go from one extreme to another, which tends to be our habit,” said head coach David Quinn.

Alex Georgiev registered his third career shutout with 33 saves. Georgiev earned it too as he played a vital role in killing off all seven penalties the Rangers took.

               “It’s a lot about mindset,” Georgiev said. “Yeah, you haven’t played that much. But at the same time, maybe you got to work more practice. You have to be sharp and ready to play.”

               Now, the Rangers will put their five-game point streak on the line against the Golden Knights. The Rangers will meet the Golden Knights on Monday night and they will get a rematch with them this upcoming Sunday. Vegas will be without their top goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury is currently dealing with the loss of his father. Former Leafs goalie Garrett Sparks has been recalled on an emergency basis. Malcolm Subban will make the start for the Golden Knights. Subban is 2-4-2 with a 3.09 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.

               Henrik Lundqvist will get the start for the Rangers. Lundqvist is 2-0-1 in his last three games and he is 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights in his career. Quinn announced Lundqvist will play Monday night against Vegas and Friday night against Montreal, while Georgiev will played Thursday night in Columbus.

               The Rangers have registered at least one point in 11 of the last 15 games and hope to keep their strong play into December. “We’re getting close to the point in the season where everybody’s figuring out what they have and where you are as a team, and I think we’ve put ourselves in a good position here over the last 15, 16 games,” Quinn said.

               Artemi Panarin has played very well against the Knights in his career. Panarin has seven points in three games against the Knights including three-point games in each of the past two games against Vegas.

               Marc Staal was on the ice at the Rangers morning skate. Staal was skating in a contact jersey and his return is imminent. Staal could return as early as this week.

               Jesper Fast (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for the Rangers. Fast had a maintenance day for the Rangers morning skate. Boo Nieves would draw back into the lineup if Fast was unable to play.

Projected Lineup

Lemieux-Zibanejad-Buchnevich

Panarin-Strome-Kakko

Buchnevich-Chytil-Fast

Haley-Howden-Smith

Skjei-Trouba

Hajek-DeAngelo

Lindgren-Fox

Lundqvist

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