Pregame Analysis

Rangers Seek Payback in Carolina

The Blueshirts are in Carolina where they conclude a four-game road trip (7:00 P.M. ET, MSG).

The Rangers were celebrating the ’94 Stanley Cup Champions prior to their contest against the Hurricanes. After a wonderful tribute to the team, the Rangers found themselves in a tough game. After remaining scoreless through two periods, Warren Foegele scored the games only goal (plus two empty net goals). Petr Mrazek finished the game with a 27-save shutout. With that win, the Hurricanes snapped a 16-game losing streak. Tonight, the Blueshirts hope they can put a dent into Carolina’s playoff chances. The Hurricanes sit just one point out of the final wild card spot.

Alexandar Georgiev manned the netthe past two outings making a combined 66 saves. The Rangers saw defeat Sundayafternoon 6-5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“The way we battled deserves credit,” said Georgiev. “The boys workedhard. That’s going to help us going into the next game.” The Blueshirtsattempted a late comeback including Zibanejad’s 26th of the seasonwith 18 seconds left.

“We’ve shown those characteristics throughout the season – we don’tquit,” said head coach David Quinn.

Neal Pionk did not play the thirdperiod due to precautionary reasons after being high stick in the eye. The Rangersare taking precautions with Pionk and he won’t play in Carolina despite taking partin the optional morning skate on Tuesday.

“It feels alright – a lot better than the last couple of days,” Pionk said.

Monday afternoon, the Blueshirtsmade a minor trade sending Peter Holland to Chicago, in exchange for 22-year-oldDarren Raddysh. The defender stands 6’1 and was having a career year in theAHL. Raddysh established new highs in goals (8), assists (18) and points (26).  

Henrik Lundqvist will start thefinal game of the road trip. Lundqvist allowed four goals in his last time out againstthe Winnipeg Jets.

“I think my game is close,”Lundqvist said. “I need to take one more step, and a lot of times thatmeans one more save and we’ll have a different outcome. I’ve been feeling likeit’s been right there for me the last few starts.

Brady Skjei who missed Sunday’sgame due to a lower-body-injury took a big step when he skated on Monday.

“Good, felt really good. Nice to getback on the ice,” said Skjei.

Jesper Fast also missed Sunday’sgame due to the flu. He is expected to make his return to the lineup tonight.

Projected Lineup:

Kreider-Zibanejad-Zuccarello

Vesey-Hayes-Buchnevich

Namestnikov-Strome-Fast

Chytil-Nieves-Brickley

Staal-Skjei

DeAngelo-McQuaid

Smith-Shattenkirk

Lundqvist

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