KINGS (19-32-5) at RANGERS (26-23-4)
6 p.m. ET; ESPN+, MSG+, FS-W, NHL.TV
Igor Shesterkin will attempt to win his third straight start and fifth in the first six of his NHL career when the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Shesterkin made 27 saves in a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday after making 23 in a 4-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 31. All his starts have been at home since he was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Jan. 6.
The Rangers are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. They are 11 points out of the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
The Kings lost their fourth straight game in regulation Saturday, 3-0 at the New Jersey Devils. They are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games, 2-11-1 since Jan. 4 and last in the Western Conference with 43 points, 18 out of a playoff spot.
Players to watch
Kings center Anze Kopitar has 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists) in 20 games against the Rangers, but Los Angeles' leading scorer this season (47 points; 17 goals, 30 assists) has no points in his past three.
Rangers forward Chris Kreider has scored a goal in eight of his past 11 games.
They said it
"A lot of players have played a lot of games here lately, and they haven't hit the score sheet or even the chance sheet. You can't just play in the League. You've got to find a way to contribute and to compete in the League and we need some guys like that right now." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan
"It's tough to keep taking steps forward every game. It's a hard league. … It's a long season, we've got to play with a little more desperation here going forward and know that things are getting pretty tight." -- Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown
Adrian Kempe -- Jeff Carter -- Tyler Toffoli
Trevor Moore -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner
Carl Grundstrom -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis
Joakim Ryan -- Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez -- Sean Walker
Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy
Scratched: Kurtis MacDermid, Derek Forbort, Nikolai Prokhorkin
Rangers projected lineup
Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich
Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast
Phillip Di Giuseppe -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko
Brett Howden -- Greg McKegg -- Brendan Lemieux
Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba
Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo
Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox
Scratched: Alexandar Georgiev, Brendan Smith
Injured: Micheal Haley (muscle core surgery)
Neither team had a morning skate. … The Rangers announced Saturday that Haley will have surgery for a bilateral core muscle injury and the forward is out indefinitely.
Zibanejad has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. He needs one assist for 200 in the NHL. … Skjei will play his 300th NHL game, all with the Rangers.