After last night’s strong win against Dallas, the Rangers are back at it tonight in Denver against the hobbled Avs. Already without Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri, it was announced that the Avs would be without Nathan MacKinnon as well. That’s a huge loss for the Avs, and this is a time when the Rangers need to take advantage.
The Blueshirts are currently 4th in the wild card hunt, three back of Columbus with a game in hand. They also need to leapfrog the Islanders, whom they trail by two points, but the Isles have a game in hand. Remember that the Rangers just need to get to a tie for the WC2 spot, as they hold the tiebreaker.
The Blueshirts are also now without Filip Chytil, who was injured in the first period last night against the Stars. Steven Fogarty was the emergency recall for tonight’s game.
Ryan Graves-Cale Makar
Sam Girard-Erik Johnson
Ian Cole-Kevin Connauton
Pavel Francouz gets the start.
PK Forwards: Fast, Kreider, Strome, Howden, Lemieux, Zibanejad
PK Defense: Smith, Trouba, Staal, Lindgren, Fox
Igor Shesterkin gets the start.
Crazy Prediction: Gauthier’s first as a Ranger.
Game time is 10pm.