Wins against Seattle, Calgary, and Edmonton have made this a successful road trip already for the New York Rangers. Still, they look to make it four from four tonight as they are in British Columbia to play the Vancouver Canucks at the Rogers Center. Peter Laviolette’s squad has the same record as their opponents tonight at 5-2, so this should be a fantastic game for the two squads.
After Jonathan Quick shut out the high-flying Edmonton Oilers, it’s expected that Igor Shesterkin will return to the crease in this one against the surprise of the Western Conference early in the season. He’s going to have a difficult task against this high-octane offense. New York has been solid for the most part in its structure defensively. As we enter the season, that should only improve with repetition and practice.
For New York, Artemi Panarin’s got seven points in the last five games. He’s looking to continue his excellent start to the season as he leads the Rangers into a problematic building to take two points from. This is not going to be a pretty game. It might be eventful, but if this Rangers squad lets their foot off the gas even slightly, they will quickly find themselves behind the eight-ball against this talented Canucks squad.
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Kaapo Kakko
Artemi Panarin – Filip Chytil – Alexis Lafreniere
Will Cuylle – Vincent Trochek – Blake Wheeler
Barclay Goodrow – Nick Bonino – Jimmy Vesey
Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Erik Gustafsson – Braden Schneider
Andrei Kuzmenko – Elias Pettersson – Ilya Mikheyev
Phillip Di Giuseppe – J.T. Miller – Brock Boeser
Dakota Joshua – Pius Suter – Conor Garland
Anthony Beauvillier – Sam Lafferty – Nils Hoglander
Quinn Hughes – Filip Hronek
Ian Cole – Mark Friedman
Carson Soucy – Tyler Myers
This is a 10 p.m. Eastern puck drop time, so make sure you grab your coffee and energy drinks to be awake for this one. It’s a long night ahead for the Blueshirt faithful who will be watching from the big apple.