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New York seeks sixth straight victory; Edmonton eyes third consecutive win on road trip

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OILERS (6-8-1) at RANGERS (8-7-2)

1 p.m. ET; MSG, SNW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The New York Rangers will try for their sixth consecutive victory, their longest of the season, when they host the Edmonton Oilers at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is expected to make his sixth straight start for New York, which has outscored opponents 22-14 during the winning streak and has scored at least four goals in six of its past seven games. The Rangers last won six straight games from Feb. 2-Feb. 13 last season.

Goaltender Cam Talbot, who played with the Rangers from 2013-15, will start for the Oilers, seeking their third straight win to begin a four-game road trip; they defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime on Thursday and the New York Islanders 2-1 in overtime in Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has four goals in his past five games and nine points (four goals, five points) in eight games since returning from an eye injury.

Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has a goal and an assist in each of his past two games and 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past eight games.

 

They said it

"It's always a battle -- he's a great goalie, he's one of the best of all time. It's not easy to beat him in any situation, so I'm looking forward to the challenge again tomorrow." -- Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot on facing Henrik Lundqvist

"Certainly a team that has a lot of firepower both on the offensive forward side and defensive-wise. Good skating team. Another great challenge from a team we don't see so often." -- Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on facing the Oilers

 

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Jesse Puljujarvi

Jussi Jokinen -- Ryan Strome -- Iiro Pakarinen

Brad Malone -- Mark Letestu -- Zack Kassian

Darnell Nurse -- Adam Larsson

Oscar Klefbom -- Matt Benning

Kris Russell -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit

Scratched: Yohann Auvitu, Jujkar Khaira

Injured: Andrej Sekera (knee), Drake Caggiula (ankle), Anton Slepyshev (undisclosed)

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Rick Nash -- Kevin Hayes -- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey -- David Desharnais -- J.T. Miller

Michael Grabner -- Boo Nieves -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Nick Holden

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Steven Kampfer

Henrik Lundqvist

Ondrej Pavelec

Scratched: Brendan Smith, Paul Carey 

Injured: None

 

Status report

Edmonton recalled Puljujarvi from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Friday and placed Slepyshev on injured reserve. … Caggiula, who has missed the past five games, is close to returning, Oilers coach Todd McClellan said. ... Nieves will replace Carey and skate between Grabner and Fast, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. 

 

Stat pack

The Rangers have won their past three games against the Oilers. … The Rangers penalty kill is 12-for-12 in their past five games. ... McDavid has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. ... The Oilers average 2.33 goals per game, last in the League.

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