10-0-1 in their last 11, the New York Rangers are red hot. They’re the hottest team in the NHL right now, taking 21 possible 22 points in their previous 11 games. This success in recent times has given them a four-point lead at the top of the division, with three games less played over the second-place Philadelphia Flyers. New York’s lead at the division’s top is commanding, and they’re trying to build upon it tonight.
Igor Shesterkin was the first goalie off. A few days ago, he was not his other-worldly self in the Hudson River game when the Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils. However, the netminder was coming off a long layoff as he had not played since the Carolina game when he was shaken up after a collision with Jesperi Kotkaniemi. He’s trying to get back to his best, and tonight’s opponent will provide a great test.
Former Ranger Nils Lundkvist will be on the opposing side tonight. New York acquired a 1st and a 4th for the Swedish defenseman they drafted in the 1st round, 16th overall in 2018. They then used the first-round pick to acquire Vladimir Tarasenko from the St Louis Blues at the trade deadline in 2023. He’s not entirely lived up to the acquisition cost yet, but the young defenseman has a lot of room to grow.
Jason Robertson – Roope Hintz – Joe Pavelski
Jamie Benn – Wyatt Johnston – Evgenii Dadonov
Mason Marchment – Matt Duchene – Tyler Seguin
Craig Smith – Radek Faksa – Sam Steel
Ryan Suter – Miro Heiskanen
Esa Lindell – Jani Hakanpaa
Joel Hanley – Nils Lundkvist
New York Rangers
Chris Kreider – Mika Zibanejad – Blake Wheeler
Artemi Panarin – Vincent Trocheck – Alexis Lafreniere
Will Cuylle – Nick Bonino – Kaapo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey – Barclay Goodrow – Tyler Pitlick
K’Andre Miller – Jacob Trouba
Ryan Lindgren – Erik Gustafsson
Zac Jones – Braden Schneider
This is an 8 p.m. Eastern puck drop as the Rangers are in the Queen City of the Southwest. Dallas has been one of the hotter teams in the Western Conference to start the season, so this will be an excellent test to see what the Rangers are without Adam Fox and Filip Chytil, who are still on the shelf. While they are still getting good results in their absence, we will see if they can cope without a top six center and an elite defenseman against a fantastic team.