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New York tries for third straight win; Edmonton has lost four of five

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

RANGERS (19-15-4) at OILERS (20-17-4)



The Game

The New York Rangers will look for a third straight win when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday. 

New York is 3-1-0 in its past four games and is playing the second of a four-game Canada road trip. The Rangers won 5-4 at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. 

Goalie Alexandar Georgiev will start for New York. 

The Oilers are 2-7-1 in their past 10 games. They have lost two straight and four of their past five.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will start his fourth consecutive game for Edmonton. 


Players to watch

Oilers center Connor McDavid has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past three games. 

Rangers center Mika Zibanejad has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in his past eight games.

They said it

"The cool thing for us is the last few games we haven't played our top game and we're still coming out with wins. We all aren't satisfied with the way we're playing, we all have more to prove, and that's a good sign." -- Rangers forward Brett Howden

"There has to be a sense of urgency every day. You understand how important points are throughout the entire year. We had a stretch where we were playing a lot of hockey and didn't have a chance to breathe and reset, and we've got that here now." -- Oilers forward Sam Gagner   


Rangers projected lineup 

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Artemi Panarin -- Ryan Strome -- Jesper Fast

Brett Howden -- Filip Chytil -- Kaapo Kakko

Brendan Smith -- Greg McKegg -- Micheal Haley

Brady Skjei -- Jacob Trouba

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Ryan Lindgren -- Adam Fox

Alexandar Georgiev 

Henrik Lundqvist

Scratched: Steven Fogarty

Injured: Libor Hajek (knee), Brendan Lemieux (hand) 


Oilers projected lineup

James Neal -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Joakim Nygard -- Leon Draisaitl -- Kailer Yamamoto

Jujhar Khaira -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Sam Gagner 

Riley Sheahan -- Gaetan Haas -- Josh Archibald

Oscar Klefbom -- Ethan Bear

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

William Lagesson -- Adam Larsson

Mikko Koskinen 

Mike Smith

Scratched: Caleb Jones, Patrick Russell, Alex Chiasson

Injured: Matt Benning (head) 


Status report

Fogarty was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Saturday and made his season debut against Toronto. … Lagesson will make his NHL debut. He and Yamamoto were recalled from Bakersfield of the AHL on Sunday. Yamamoto will make his season debut. … Chiasson will be a healthy scratch for the sixth time this season. 


Stat pack

Panarin has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in his past 10 games. … DeAngelo has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past five games. … Kreider has seven points (four goals, three assists) in his past six games. … Draisaitl has eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past nine games.

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