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Rangers ready to take on Edmonton at The Garden

Bobby Bevilacqua

Rangerstown flag 10-19

The Rangers are back at home for the next three games, and will face the Edmonton Oilers tonight. Beniot Pouliot will be returning to The Garden for the first time this season, but in a different jersey this time.

The Rangers (6-5-2) are headed back home for the start of a three game homestand, with the first game against the Edmonton Oilers (5-8-1) tonight at 6 PM.

The Rangers are coming into tonight’s game frustrated with the loss in Toronto, after giving up a third period lead late. The Oilers will be entering the game rested and happy with their 3-2 win over Buffalo on Friday.

This season, the Rangers are 4-2-2 at home, and have earned at least one point in their previous four contests at Madison Square Garden (2-0-2).

The Oilers are in the midst of a five game road trip that will end on Tuesday in Nashville. So far Edmonton is 1-4-1 on the road, and have lost to Boston and Philadelphia during this road trip.

The Oilers are without their best player, Taylor Hall, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

The Rangers best player, Rick Nash, continues to dominate opposing teams. Nash scored against the Maple Leafs, and is now tied for the league lead with 11. Derick Brassard picked up an assist on Nash’s goal, and is second on the team with 12 points. The other piece of the top line, Martin St. Louis, has 11 points.

Rick Nash home jersey

Rick Nash has easily been the best player for the Rangers, leading the team in goals and points, as well as leading the Rangers on the ice with his play and effort.

Derek Stepan returned for the Rangers and tallied an assist for his first point of the season. Stepan solidifies the middle of the lineup, and helps form what could be another deadly line for the Rangers with Kreider and Zuccarello on the wings. That line accounted for two of the goals and five points yesterday, with chances to score even more.

Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers lineup would remain the same, except Henrik Lundqvist will start tonight after getting the day off yesterday.

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist will be back in net for the Rangers tonight after getting last night’s game off. The rest of the lineup will remain the same.

John Moore will be serving the last game of his suspension tonight, and is eligible to return Tuesday against the Penguins.

Beniot Pouliot will be returning to MSG for the first time since Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Pouliot signed a 5 year deal with Edmonton this offseason after a breakout season last year, scoring 15 goals and getting career highs in assists (21) and points (31) while playing on the Rangers’ deadly third line with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

Pouliot has struggled in Edmonton, scoring only one goal and four points in 14 games, only registering 17 shots on goal in those games.

Expect the Rangers to come out hard tonight, especially after the late collapse in Toronto last night on the defensive side. Puck drop is at 6 PM.

RANGERS LINE PAIRINGS

Nash-Brassard-St. Louis

Kreider-Stepan-Zuccarello

Hagelin-DMoore-Stempniak

Glass-Hayes-Duclair

Staal-Girardi

Hunwick-Klein

Allen-Kostka

Lundqvist

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Posted on November 9, 2014, in Game Previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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