After a big win against one of the struggling teams in the NHL to push their winning streak to six, the New York Rangers will be going up against the team that is currently dead last in the NHL as the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Blueshirts tonight. This seems like a game the red-hot Rangers should win against a team that is ice-cold losing their last six in a row right? But don’t you know that would be too easy.
Chicago’s last win actually came in Madison Square Garden in the game before the Rangers started this relentless win streak that they have since embarked on. Since then, both teams have played six games and have seen completely opposite results, it’s clear that the Rangers cannot take this game for granted. A strong performance last night in Philadelphia is going to need to be followed by an equally strong performance tonight.
This is a back-to-back with travel making this a very difficult situation for the roster. This is going to be tougher than a traditional back-to-back with travel because it is between time zones. It’s going to be a very physically demanding stretch for the Blueshirts but a win tonight would do wonders. They’ve done excellently recently, but there is still work to be done at the United Center.
New York Rangers
Artemi Panarin – Mika Zibanejad – Barclay Goodrow
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Chris Kreider – Vincent Trocheck – Jimmy Vesey
Sammy Blais – Jonny Brodzinski – Vitali Kravtsov
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur – Braden Schneider
Sam Lafferty – Max Domi – Patrick Kane
Philipp Kurashev – Jonathan Toews – Taylor Raddysh
Andreas Athanasiou – Jason Dickinson – Reese Johnson
Jujhar Khaira – Colin Blackwell – MacKenzie Entwistle
Jake McCabe – Seth Jones
Jack Johnson – Caleb Jones
Jarred Tinordi – Connor Murphy
Where to watch and time for puck drop:
This is going to be a game that starts at 7:30 PM Eastern. It’s a weird start time which means the Rangers are going to have to adjust the pre-game routines. If they want the win streak to hit 7, they can’t afford to put themselves in a hole in the Windy City. It’s understandable if the Blueshirts have a slower start to this game so it may be that New York needs their former Vezina-winning goaltender to help them out in this one.