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Rangers head to Rogers Place for the first time against Edmonton

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Following a 4-1 win over Calgary to begin their road trip, the Rangers (11-4-0) will finish off their back-to-back series tonight against the Edmonton Oilers (9-5-1) when they head to the new Rogers Place for the first time.

The Rangers offense was back to normal again despite only managing 28 shots on goal, scoring four against Brian Elliot and the Flames and getting an outstanding performance from Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 35 shots. Michael Grabner, Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich scored for New York, and 10 players recorded a point.

The Oilers have lost their last two games, one goal defeats against the Penguins and the Stars, but still sit atop the Pacific Division with 19 points.

This the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Oilers, and the only game in Edmonton. New York won the first game on Nov. 3 at MSG, winning 5-3 led by Kevin Hayes’ three assists and a goal and an assist from Michael Grabner and JT Miller.

Cam Talbot will likely be in net for the Oilers, as he has inherited a heavy workload this season, starting in 14 of the team’s 15 games. So far he has a 2.53 GAA and a .920 save percentage, and has been a strong starter for them this season.

Connor McDavid will likely score a point because he almost always does. McDavid is an exceptional talent, with 18 points (5-13-18) in the team’s 15 games so far. He makes whoever he plays with better and is a danger whenever he’s on the ice.

After playing mostly a bottom six role in Anaheim, Patrick Maroon has become a solid scorer for the Oilers, and one of McDavid’s linemates. Last year he had 14 points in 16 games with Edmonton, and he has six goals and two assists in 15 games this season. He crashes the net often and can be a pretty effective scorer.

Antti Raanta is expected to start tonight in the second game of the back-to-back series. Raanta has started four games, and has an undefeated 3-0-0 record along with a 2.32 GAA and a strong .926 save percentage. He was yanked in his last start against Vancouver after one of the league’s concussion spotters asked for him to be evaluated. Raanta stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced.

Pavel Buchnevich is the hot-hand for the Rangers, scoring a goal in each of his last four games. That has given him a chance at more minutes, and it paid off last night against the Flames. Buchnevich now looks very comfortable and well-adjusted to the league. While he has been scoring recently, his playmaking is also there, with four assists to go with his four goals.

Brady Skjei moved to the right side next to Marc Staal, playing in the top four and getting an increased role under Vignaeult. Skjei looks absolutely ready to take a top four role, as his defensive play is pretty fantastic and his offensive ceiling is higher than initially thought, his nine assists through 15 games leads all rookies in assists.

The Rangers and the Oilers will faceoff at Rogers Place at 9:30 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on MSG Network.

EXPECTED LINES

Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

Pavel Buchnevich-Mika Zibanejad-Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey-Kevin Hayes-JT Miller

Michael Grabner-Brandon Pirri-Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh-Brady Skjei

Marc Staal-Nick Holden

Adam Clendening-Kevin Klein

Antti Raanta

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Posted on November 13, 2016, in Game Previews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This was a great game. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it at Rogers Place. I am an avid hockey fan but also a fan of business entrepreneurs like Daryl Katz. His family pharmacy empire grew tenfold under his direction and management. He paid $200 million for the Edmonton Oilers . in 2008 and he is currently working to refocus his efforts to build Canada’s largest mixed use-sports and entertainment district. He is by far one of the most successful businessmen in North America. I am looking forward to seeing how he helps to take this team to the next level and what is next venture will be. He is really focusing on helping Edmonton become a fantastic tourist destination.

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