Winless in their last four games, the New York Rangers will be playing a matinee today in Dallas, Texas as they look to get their first win in five against the Dallas Stars. Dallas has started the season strong with a 5-2-1 record, they sit atop the Central division and second in the West. This is going to feel a lot like the Colorado game I would expect. Both teams are strong and both teams have a lot to show.
For New York, they’re 0-2-2 in their last four and have not tasted victory in 12 days. New York has not beaten an opponent since they played the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden. It’s early in the season, but this game has all the feeling of a game the Rangers need to win. Again, this isn’t to be overdramatic, but this run of results is concerning for the Rangers. If they do not correct it soon, they could put themselves in a really bad position.
It’s been a few days since that disappointing loss to the New York Islanders. The Rangers need to try and correct their recent weeks. To do that, there have been a couple of changes to the lineup that was beaten by the Isles. Kravtsov will return to the lineup and Shesterkin takes his rightful place between the pipes. Gauthier stays in the lineup, as do Blais and Carpenter.
This game will mark the first time the New York Rangers will play against former defenseman Nils Lundkvist. Dallas acquired Lundkvist for a first-round pick just days before the season started. He’ll be on the Stars’ top pairing tonight in this matinee clash.
New York Rangers
20 Chris Kreider – 93 Mika Zibanejad – 24 Kaapo Kakko
10 Artemi Panarin – 16 Vincent Trocheck – 13 Alexis Lafreniere
74 – Vitali Kravtsov – 21 Barclay Goodrow – 15 Julien Gauthier
91 Sammy Blais – 22 Ryan Carpenter – 23 Jimmy Vesey
55 Ryan Lindgren – 23 Adam Fox
79 K’Andre Miller – 8 Jacob Trouba
6 Zachary Jones – 45 Braden Schneider
31 Igor Shesterkin
21 Jason Robertson – 24 Roope Hintz – 16 Joe Pavelski
27 Mason Marchment – 91 Tyler Seguin – 34 Denis Gurianov
14 Jamie Benn – 53 Wyatt Johnston – 10 Ty DEllandrea
12 Radek Faksa – 11 Luke Glendening – 25 Joel Kiviranta
20 Ryan Suter – 5 Nils Lundkvist
23 Esa Lindell = 6 Colin Miller
44 Joel Hanley – 2 Jani Hakanpaa
29 Jake Ottinger
What time is the game & where to watch
The puck drop for this one is at 2 PM Eastern from American Airlines Center in Dallas. This game will be on NHL Network, MSG Networks, and Bally Sports Southwest for any Ranger fans living out in that part of the US. As always, the comments of this post are for fans to discuss the game! Try and be nice, but not to the Stars. Hopefully, the review will be about the Rangers getting back to winning ways.