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Game 21: Marty returns to Tampa Bay

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One week ago, three former Rangers made their returns to MSG wearing Tampa Bay Lightning uniforms. Tonight, Martin St. Louis, the best player in Tampa Bay history, will make his return. It’s likely that the fans will boo him, and while you can understand why, it’s really undeserving. As for the game, the Rangers are going to look to avenge the utter embarrassment that the Lightning handed them last week with that 5-1 loss. Expect a different Rangers team tonight.

Jon Cooper has the Lightning playing a pretty similar system as the Rangers. They run an overload 1-2-2 forecheck, but will mix in a 2-1-2 as well. In the defensive zone, they mix zone and overload coverage depending on puck location. On special teams, they run a 1-3-1 power play and rotate between a diamond and box penalty kill depending on opposition setup.

Rangers lineup:

Rick NashDerick BrassardMartin St. Louis
Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello
Carl HagelinKevin HayesAnthony Duclair
Tanner GlassDominic Moore-Jesper Fast

Marc StaalDan Boyle
John MooreDan Girardi
Matt HunwickKevin Klein

Henrik Lundqvist gets the start.

Scratches/Injuries: Ryan McDonagh (shoulder), Lee Stempniak (healthy)

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Game time is 7:30pm on MSG2.