Tonight the New York Rangers head to Bridgestone Arena to play the Nashville Predators. The Rangers are currently 11-11-0 with 22 points are looking for their second straight win, and their sixth straight road win against the Predators who are currently 11-9-2 with 24 points.
The Rangers are coming off of a much needed 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Thursday night at the American Airlines center. That game saw the Rick Nash score his first goal of the season (only his 5th game) on a beautiful move that started off with a pass from Lundqvist to Callahan which eventually got to Nash. It also saw Chris Kreider score his first goal since October 29th against the New York Islanders. It also saw John Moore score a goal off a beautiful set up from Derick Brassard.
Thursday’s game however did not show us a continuation in the offensive prowess seen in games prior. In fact the Rangers were dominated offensively by the Stars for most of the game, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to make 41 saves. However, Lundqvist as always stood to the task and helped the Rangers with the win. Despite the remarkable performance by Lundqvist head coach Alain Vigneault has decided to put backup goaltender Cam Talbot in net tonight against Nashville. Talbot currently has a 1.58 goals against average and a 9.48 save percentage.
The lineup for tonight’s game is the same as Thursday nights aside from the goaltending change, although it is worth mentioning that defenseman Marc Staal got an x-ray yesterday (Friday) on his foot which he claimed was hurting, the x-ray came back negative, and Staal will be in the lineup tonight.