Rangers are back in New York to take on the Winnipeg Jets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Paul Stastny #25 of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers face off during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Paul Stastny #25 of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers face off during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Paul Stastny #25 of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers face off during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Paul Stastny #25 of the Winnipeg Jets and Andrew Copp #18 of the New York Rangers face off during the second period at Madison Square Garden on April 19, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

After taking five points from a possible six out in Western Canada, the Rangers return to Madison Square Garden to take on the Winnipeg Jets. After an eight-game win streak was snapped last time out against the Calgary Flames, the Rangers will be looking to make amends with some reinforcements as they will look to take two points and continue to close the gap on New Jersey and Carolina in the standings.

Tyler Motte will make his second Rangers debut in less than 12 months after Chris Drury went out of his way to bring Motte back to the Rangers. Motte will be wearing a different number than the 64 he wore last season so keep that in mind when watching tonight. Motte will wear 14. He’s slotting into the lineup for Julien Gauthier who went the other way in the deal to bring Motte back to New York.

Igor Shesterkin gets the nod of the coaching staff tonight. After Jaroslav Halak let in two goals in the first minute against Calgary, it will be important for the Rangers to get off on the right foot against a team that has the capability of winning this game tonight. Igor Shesterkin has so often been the shining star in this Rangers lineup, saving the Blueshirts from certain defeat and demise, but tonight he will be facing an even tougher matchup than most.

New York Rangers

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

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

Igor Shesterkin
Jaroslav Halak

Winnipeg Jets

Kyle Connor – Pierre-Luc Dubois – Saku Maenalanen
Sam Gagner  – Mark Scheifele – Blake Wheeler
Nikolaj Ehlers – Adam Lowry – Mason Appleton
Morgan Barron – Kevin Stenlund – Karson Kuhlman

Josh Morrissey – Dylan DeMelo
Brenden Dillon – Neal Pionk
Logan Stanley – Nate Schmidt

Connor Hellebuyck
David Rittich

Puck drop time and where to watch

This is a 7 PM puck drop from the Garden, meaning that the most storied building in all of hockey will get to write a new page in its series of history. Winnipeg has some firepower so this should be a really good game that Sam Rosen and the guys will be covering on MSG. Sportsnet will have the Canadian feed for those north of the border.