Rangers prepare to close out a back-to-back with visit of the Predators

New York Rangers forward Colin Blackwell (Photo by . Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
New York Rangers forward Colin Blackwell (Photo by . Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New York Rangers forward Colin Blackwell (Photo by . Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

For the New York Rangers, it has been quite a ride recently. Taking five of a possible six points off of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the last few weeks, they will finish out this back-to-back with the visit of the Nashville Predators. As the Rangers look to make it 4 points in this set, they will look to do so against a team that will not be at full strength.

Nashville Predator’s captain Roman Josi did not make the trip with the Predators to the Big Apple and has been listed as day-to-day by the Southern American market. It’s a big bolster to a lineup in New York that may feel fatigued after the game against the Penguins yesterday. It’s not a secret that the Rangers will not be turning to their star netminder again as he played last night so this is a big boost to the hope of the original six franchise.

There is a greater than 0% chance that Ryan Lindgren returns to the Ranger lineup tonight after missing the last 10 with an upper-body injury sustained after taking a hit from Washington Capitals forward TJ Oshie which saw the Minnesota native fall awkwardly into the boards along the bench area in CapitalOne Arena. It’s not certain that he will return to action tonight, but it’s not certain that he is out tonight, which is a great sign.

New York Rangers

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

Niko Mikkola — Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller — Jacob Trouba
Ben Harpur — Braden Schneider

Jaroslav Halak
Igor Shesterkin

Nashville Predators

Philip Tomasino – Cody Glass – Matt Duchene
Kiefer Sherwood – Tommy Novak – Luke Evangelista
Yakov Trenin – Colton Sissons – Cole Smith
Egor Afanasyev – Michael McCarron – Mark Jankowski

Ryan McDonagh – Dante Fabbro
Jeremy Lauzon – Tyson Barrie
Kevin Gravel – Cal Foote

Juuse Saros
Kevin Lankinen

Puck drop time and where to watch

This is a 7 PM Eastern puck drop so it is scheduled to start roughly 23 hours after the start of the Penguins game yesterday. Bally Sports South will have the Predators feed for those in the South that want to watch along or just do not want to hear Sam and Joe call the game on the MSG feed which will be available tonight.