The New York Rangers face the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The Puck drops at 8:00pm ET.
The Rangers enter tonight’s contest, 35-27-4 with 74 points. The Rangers have regained second place in the Metropolitan Division by one point over both the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers; each have a game in hand over the Rangers though. Cam Talbot gets the start in net tonight. Talbot has an 11-5 record and has held his opponents to 2 goals or less in 13 games. His save percentage is .938 and his goals against average is 1.75 with two shut outs. Mats Zuccarello and Brad Richards lead the team in points with 45 each; Richards has the extra goal with 16 total. Derek Stepan‘s recent points surge has moved him up to 11 goals for 44 points. Derick Brassard has stalled at 13 goals for 36 points. Ryan McDonagh is right behind with 11 goals for 35 points, while Chris Kreider has tallied 16 goals for 34 points. Rick Nash continues to lead the team with 20 goals, though he has only 31 points in his 49 games. Martin St. Louis tallied his first point as a Ranger with an assist in his fourth game. Tonight Daniel Carcillo is in, Derek Dorsett is out. Other line-up changes are a line swap for Carl Hagelin and Kreider to make the lines Hagelin-Stepan-Nash and Kreider-Richards-St. Louis. The defense is as solid as ever with Dan Girardi leading the team in hits and blocks , 161 and 138 respectively. Kreider and Brian Boyle are right behind with 130 and 129 hits respectively. McDonagh has 11 blocks.
Tonight’s game is a bit of a homecoming for McDonagh and Stepan, both Minnesota natives, and a return for Justin Falk who was acquired from the Wild. Hopefully this puts a pep in their step and gets them ready to play.