For the New York Rangers, they have seen many big names enter Madison Square Garden over the years donning the iconic Blueshirt and one of the latest names will be marking his return to the team the Rangers picked him up from as former St Louis Blue and one of the franchise’s all-time best ahead of the trade deadline and now that icon will be helping the Rangers in their attempt to try and capture Stanley’s mug.
For the Rangers, Patrick Kane is expected to sit out again as the Blueshirts are preparing to go with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Arguably the best American-born player is coping with a lower-body issue with that probably being the hip injury that plagued him in Chicago before his trade to the Rangers just before the deadline. It worked well last night against Tampa but there is no certainty tonight with the Blues being hot too.
It’s Jaroslav Halak’s nod tonight as the Rangers are ready to ride their backup on this half of the back-to-back. It’s going to be a difficult game for the Slovakian shot-stopper as the Blues are almost as hot as the Rangers recently despite having almost nothing to play for. When the Rangers turn up to the Gateway to the West, they will be met with a team that will not kneel for the greats in this league.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Jimmy Vesey
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexis Lafreniere – Filip Chytil – Kaapo Kakko
Barclay Goodrow – Tyler Motte
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Niko Mikkola – Braden Schneider
St Louis Blues
Brandon Saad – Brayden Schenn – Jordan Kyrou
Jake Neighbours – Pavel Buchnevich – Jakub Vrana
Sammy Blais – Kasperi Kapanen – Josh Leivo
Alexey Toropchenko – Nathan Walker – Tyler Pitlick
Nick Leddy – Colton Parayko
Torey Krug – Justin Faulk
Dmitri Samorukov – Calle Rosen
Puck drop time and where to watch
This 8 PM Eastern Puck drop and the Rangers will be fighting for two points to try and keep pace with the New Jersey Devils in the hunt for home ice throughout the playoffs in the Metropolitan. Both teams will be looking to prove they have positives ahead of the postseason and both will be looking to justify the moves they made in the build-up to the trade deadline in March.