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New York seeks seventh straight win; struggling goalie Crawford likely to start for Chicago

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

RANGERS (9-7-2) at BLACKHAWKS (8-8-2)

8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV


The Game

The New York Rangers will try to win their seventh consecutive game when they play the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Wednesday.

The Rangers have scored at least four goals in five of their past six games and are 8-for-19 (42.1 percent) on the power play during the longest active winning streak in the NHL.

Goalie Corey Crawford is expected to start for the Blackhawks. Crawford is 0-3-0 in his past three games and has allowed 11 goals since earning consecutive shutouts in his previous two appearances.


Players to watch

Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has goals in three consecutive games and has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in his past nine.

Blackhawks rookie forward Alex DeBrincat has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games after getting four points (one goal, three assists) in his first 11.


They said it

"Play our game. The better team you face, the more important it is to focus on the things that are going to help you have success. To go into that building, you need to be really focused on what we need to do in our own end and all over the ice really, and play a very disciplined game." -- Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

"[Their] power play's extremely hot and dangerous. Play a real structured team game, patient in a lot of ways. They have four really deep lines and they're balanced on the back end, and obviously [have] a real experienced goaltender. So they're solid. That's the way they play throughout the game. They don't give you anything and they'll take whatever you give them as well." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on the challenges the Rangers present


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: Paul Carey, Brendan Smith

Injured: None


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Tommy Wingels -- Alex DeBrincat

Lance Bouma -- Ryan Hartman -- John Hayden

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Michal Kempny, Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body), Jordin Tootoo (upper body)


Status report

Rangers extras skated Wednesday. … Keith did not participate in the morning skate but Quenneville said he should be good to go.


Stat pack

Shattenkirk has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during his seven-game point streak. ... Nash has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past seven games. ... Toews has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past 13 games after getting six points (three goals, three assists) in his first five.

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