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Preview: Rangers at Oilers

Edmonton trying to end two-game losing streak by shutting down NHL's top offense

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

RANGERS (11-4-0) at OILERS (9-5-1)

9:30 p.m. ET; SN1, MSG, NHL.TV

 

Rangers team scope

Forward Chris Kreider sustained an upper-body injury in a 4-1 win at the Calgary Flames on Saturday and will not play. Backup goaltender Antti Raanta will get the start for the Rangers in their second game in as many days. "I've got no idea right now [what happened]. I can't speculate or whatever," coach Alain Vigneault said of Kreider. "He went through the meetings [Sunday] morning and he's not playing tonight, that's all I can tell you." New York has scored an NHL-high 62 goals and have won six of its past seven games, including a 5-3 win against the Oilers at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3. Rookie forward Pavel Buchnevich has a four-game goal-scoring streak. J.T. Miller leads New York in scoring with 14 points (five goals) in 15 games, but the Rangers have 10 players with at least 10 points. "I think it's something that's happened with the progression of certain players," Vigneault said. "The kids that we've put in our line up in Jimmy [Vesey] and Pavel have come in and found ways to contribute. Anytime you put in a young player, you're hoping they'll be able to give it to you. Some do and some don't and in our case so far, guys have played well and we hope it's going to continue."

Oilers team scope

Former Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot will start against his old team when the Oilers try to end their first two-game losing streak of the season. Edmonton allowed a goal 28 seconds into a 3-2 loss against the Dallas Stars on Friday, and the Oilers have given up a goal within the first two minutes in four of their past six games. "We addressed it yesterday again, it's been addressed in the past, but hopefully, this time we can really come out at the drop of the puck and be ready," Talbot said. "We've given up some Grade A chances. We keep putting ourselves behind the eight ball and we always just seem to have to battle back. We'll be in much better business if we can start the game off on the right foot and not have to battle back after the first couple of minutes." The Oilers are expected to have forward Zack Kassian back in the lineup after he missed the past three games with a lower-body injury. "It's nice to be back," Kassian said. "It's one of those things where you never want to be injured, but it was small thing."

 

Rangers projected lineup

Michael Grabner -- Derek Stepan -- Rick Nash

Pavel Buchnevich -- Mika Zibanejad -- Mats Zuccarello

Jimmy Vesey -- Kevin Hayes -- J.T. Miller

Oscar Lindberg -- Brandon Pirri -- Jesper Fast

Ryan McDonagh -- Dan Girardi

Marc Staal -- Brady Skjei

Nick Holden -- Kevin Klein

Antti Raanta

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Adam Clendening

Injured: Josh Jooris (upper body), Chris Kreider (upper body)

Oilers projected lineup

Patrick Maroon -- Connor McDavid -- Jordan Eberle

Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Zach Kassian

Milan Lucic -- Leon Draisaitl -- Tyler Pitlick

Anton Lander -- Mark Letestu -- Anton Slepyshev

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera -- Matthew Benning

Darnell Nurse -- Eric Gryba

Cam Talbot

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Dillon Simpson, Jesse Puljujarvi

Injured: Drake Caggiula (hip), Matt Hendricks (lower body), Iiro Pakarinen (knee), Brandon Davidson (upper body), Mark Fayne (lower body), Kris Russell (lower body)

 

Status report

Raanta and Lundqvist were among the few Rangers on the ice Sunday morning. Lundqvist made 35 saves against the Flames … Puljujarvi is expected to be scratched if Kassian plays, although McLellan would not confirm the change The Oilers assigned forward Taylor Beck to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League to make room for Kassian.

 

Who's hot

Skjei has seven assists in his past seven games Fast has a goal and two assists in his past three games. Zibanejad has one goal and an assist in his past two games. … McDavid has five assists in his past three games. Pitlick has two goals in his past three games.

 

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