New York Rangers look to try to build their momentum against the St Louis Blues

Apr 6, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA;  New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) shoots as St.
Apr 6, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Rangers center Barclay Goodrow (21) shoots as St. / Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

With a record of 8-7-1 in their last 16, this New York Rangers squad seems to be towing the line of mediocrity right now. Knowing that this is not good enough for the demanding fanbase of the City that never sleeps, they will need to get back to the team that was winning games often in the early part of the season. Now, the wheels are turning but the team seems to be stuck in its tracks.

A game in the Gateway City tonight could help the Rangers get over their recent defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. It was not a good performance for the Rangers last time they took to the ice at Madison Square Garden, so making sure they get back into the wins tonight will do a lot for both the confidence of the players and fans. The last thing the organization needs is the fanbase to turn as it starts to mire itself in mediocrity.

Former Rangers on this Blues squad include someone that Chris Drury traded away citing cap space problems, only to then sign Barclay Goodrow. That being Pavel Buchnevich. That trade has since left a sour taste in the mouth of a lot of Ranger fans. Sammy Blais and Kevin Hayes will also be taking to the ice in this one. Blais infamously never scored a goal as a Ranger, so expect a hat trick from him tonight.

Projected Lineups

New York Rangers

Chris Kreider - Mika Zibanejad - Will Cuylle
Artemi Panarin - Vincent Trocheck - Alexis Lafreniere
Jimmy Vesey - Barclay Goodrow - Blake Wheeler
Nick Bonino - Jake Leschyshyn - Jonny Brodzinski
Ryan Lindgren - Adam Fox
K'Andre Miller- Jacob Trouba
Erik Gustafsson - Braden Schneider
Igor Shesterkin
Jonathan Quick

St Louis Blues

Pavel Buchnevich - Robert Thomas - Jordan Kyrou
Brandon Saad - Brayden Schenn - JAke Neighbours
Sammy Blais - Kevin Hayes - Oskar Sundqvist
Alexey Torpchenko - Nathan Walker - Kasperi Kapanen
Nick Leddy - Colton Parayko
Torey Krug - Matt Kessel
Marco Scandella - Scott Perunovich
Jordan Binnington
Joel Hofer

Puck Drop

This will be an 8 p.m puck drop from the Enterprise Center in the Gateway to the West. New York will be looking for two more points to get closer to the teams sitting at the summit of the NHL while trying to shake of the demons of .500 hockey over the last 17 games. It's been a problematic spell for the iconic New York franchise, so starting to string together three or four wins in a row could do a lot of good for the organization.