If this game is anything like the reverse fixture, there will be a lot to appreciate tonight. After their efforts to come back from 3-0 and 4-1 down last night, the New York Rangers will see the Calgary Flames come across the Blueshirts. As the Blueshirts look to push their win streak to eight in a row, they will not see an easy opponent in this second half of their back-to-back out in Alberta. This should be a brilliant game for the spectators tonight.
Jaroslav Halak will get the start tonight after Igor Shesterkin’s game last night. Halak got off to a shaky start to his tenure in New York but has recently proven just how vital he is to this team in general. After going to the shootout last night, it is likely that the Rangers will be quite the tired group after coming out of the shootout victory in the other half of Alberta. If Halak gets a heavy workload, he will need to be up to the task.
There’s no lineup news at the time of writing this and there was no morning skate because the Rangers had to travel out of Edmonton. If it is the same group of skaters again, Vitali Kravtsov and Ben Harpur will be the extras again. While it is possible that the coaching staff wants to make a change to the lineup due to the poor start in yesterday’s game, there is plenty of time for that to come out.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Vladimir Tarasenko
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Jimmy Vesey
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Barclay Goodrow – Jake Leschyshyn – Julien Gauthier
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola – Braden Schneider
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Jakob Pelletier – Nazem Kadri – Jonathan Huberdeau
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Milan Lucic – Trevor Lewis – Brett Ritchie
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Puck drop time and where to watch
This will be a 10 PM Eastern puck drop time because the west coast is no fun. MSG will have the feed for the Rangers while a variety of Sportsnet channels will feature the Calgary Flames showing. If the Rangers are going to take two points out of this game, they are going to need to play well and possibly get a little help from their netminder. If they can convert this game into two points and make up more ground in the standings, it’ll be nine straight wins.