Rangers take on the Vancouver Canucks to begin road trip

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the New York Rangers and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks battle for the puck during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the New York Rangers and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks battle for the puck during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 08: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the New York Rangers and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks battle for the puck during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 08: Vincent Trocheck #16 of the New York Rangers and Elias Pettersson #40 of the Vancouver Canucks battle for the puck during the game at Madison Square Garden on February 08, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

It’s a late-night game tonight as the New York Rangers are out in British Colombia to take on the Vancouver Canucks. As the white-hot Rangers look to continue their winning run against a team that is looking ahead to the 2023 NHL entry draft in the summer. There is really no excuse for the Rangers to come away from this game with anything less than two points, especially with the time off the club has had since they last played.

In the net, it will be the reigning Vezina winner again. Jaroslav Halak played well when the Rangers hammered the Hurricanes, but seeing as that was the second half of a back-to-back, there is no reason not to turn the net back to Igor Shesterkin. Igor has been incredible this season and with the Rangers’ all-star having had the extra rest, he’ll be prepared for whatever this Canucks roster can muster against him in BC.

There will be no skater changes tonight. This means that Vitali Kravtsov will be the healthy extra on the forward group again. Recent reports have surfaced suggesting that Vitali Kravtsov may be made available by the Rangers with the Russian disgruntled with the lack of playing time and faith placed in him by this coaching staff. He’s still a valuable young asset so we will see where that leads, but it could be an ugly divorce.

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Vladimir Tarasenko
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Jimmy Vesey
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Jake Leschyshyn – Barclay Goodrow – Julien Gauthier

Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola – Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin
Jaroslav Halak

Vancouver Canucks

Anthony Beauvillier – Elias Pettersson – Vasily Podkolzin
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Conor Garland
Andrei Kuzmenko – Sheldon Dries – Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua – Nils Aman – Curtis Lazar

Quinn Hughes – Ethan Bear
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Luke Schenn
Riley Stillman – Tyler Myers

Arturs Silovs
Collin Delia

Puck drop time and where to watch

This is a late-night puck drop starting at 10 PM Eastern tonight as the Rangers look to continue their recent hot run of form. If they can get back to being at their best, they should comfortably pick up the two points tonight. MSGSN will have the game for those that want to watch the Rangers feed. Sportsnet will have it up in Canada. This is going to be a fun game and a game the Blueshirts need two points from.