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The Rangers look to keep their winning ways going in Dallas tonight, facing a Stars team that is pretty loaded. Dallas is 11-4-1 and sit atop the Central Division standings at the moment, and boast solid forward depth with a top line that is one of the best in the NHL. Their defensive depth and goaltending are good enough complements to their solid forward core.

The Blueshirts are going to be without Filip Chytil for a while, so their current crop of forwards will need to keep this ship moving forward. Their 5v5 play has left a lot to be desired, especially on offense, and they’ve been winning with solid team defense, goaltending, and the powerplay. Their second line is essentially their top line at the moment too.

After a relatively easy start to the season, Dallas represents their second straight game against a playoff team, and second of four in a five game span. Rationally, going .500 against the playoff teams is fine. Irrationally, riding their hot streak means a clean sweep. Dallas is certainly beatable, and the Rangers can bank another two points with a strong team effort tonight.

Rangers Lines

Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Blake Wheeler
Artemi Panarin-Vincent Trocheck-Alexis Lafreniere
Will Cuylle-Nick Bonino-Kaapo Kakko
Jimmy Vesey-Barclay Goodrow-Tyler Pitlick

Erik Gustafsson-Ryan Lindgren
K’Andre Miller-Jacob Trouba
Zac Jones-Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin gets the start.

Stars Lines

Jason Robertson-Roope Hintz-Joe Pavelski
Mason Marchment-Matt Duchene-Tyler Seguin
Jamie Benn-Wyatt Johnston-Evgenii Dadonov
Sam Steel-Radek Faksa-Craig Smith

Ryan Suter-Miro Heiskanen
Esa Lindell-Jani Hakanpaa
Joel Hanley-Nils Lundkvist

Scott Wedgewood gets the start.

Injuries: Adam Fox (knee), Filip Chytil (concussion)

Crazy Prediction: Zac Jones with a multi point night.

Game time is 8pm.