After a huge win almost 24 hours ago in Montreal, the New York Rangers are back in action tonight, playing the second game of a back-to-back. Their opponent will be the Los Angeles Kings, who will see the newly-transformed MadisonSquareGarden for the first time.
The Kings are currently riding a two-game winning streak during their stop in the Metro area and they are without their top netminder, Jonathan Quick, who suffered a Grade 2 groin strain late in their shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres last Tuesday. In stepped Ben Scrivens, who led the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders and shut-out the New Jersey Devils 2-0.
For the Rangers, last night was a statement win as rookie goaltender Cam Talbot notched his first career shutout and made 22 saves. His record is now 4-1-0 with a 1.58 GAA over his first five starts in the NHL. Ryan Callahan‘s goal in the second period would be enough for the Blueshirts last night as he deflected Brad Richards‘ shot for his sixth of the season.
“That’s what we wanted to do, especially with back-to-back games,” Richards said. “We tried to keep the pucks down, and below the goal line, trying not to turn them over while using our speed. We did a pretty good job overall.” The Rangers now have at least a point in 99 straight regular-season games when leading after two periods, going 93-0-6 in that time-frame.
Richards recorded two goals in the Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Kings on October 7. The Blueshirts have not hosted the Kings since February 17, 2011 and have won two straight as the home team in the series. The Kings have just three wins and a tie in it’s last 15 trips to MSG.
This season it seems like the Rangers have had trouble scoring against backup goaltenders, will that haunt them again tonight at home? It remains to be seen.
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Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 pm on MSG. New York Rangers tickets to the newly-renovated Madison Square garden are still available if you’re looking to see these two duel live.