RANGERS (28-23-4) at WILD (27-23-6)
8 p.m. ET; FS-N, FS-WI, MSG, NHL.TV
Alexandar Georgiev will start for the New York Rangers, who seek their third straight win, when they visit the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday.
The Rangers, who have won five of their past seven games (5-2-0), trail the Philadelphia Flyers by nine points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Goalie Igor Shesterkin, who started the past two games for New York, is day to day with a lower-body injury.
Goalie Alex Stalock will start for Minnesota which is 7-3-0 in its past 10 games after going 1-5-1 in its previous seven. The Wild are four points behind the Arizona Coyotes for the second wild card from the Western Conference.
Players to watch
Rangers forward Chris Kreider has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his past 14 games.
Wild forward Kevin Fiala has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in a five-game point streak.
They said it
"We're playing with a little more mental freedom and way more playing off instincts and trusting each other, and when you do that, you play faster and have more success." -- Rangers coach David Quinn
"They're excited to play I think. When you have success, you can't wait for your next shift. That's the way it is. When things aren't going well, you're going, "Oh my I got to go out there again.'" -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau
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: Brendan Smith
Injured: Igor Shesterkin (lower body), Micheal Haley (muscle core surgery)
Wild projected lineup
Zach Parise -- Eric Staal -- Kevin Fiala
Alex Galchenyuk -- Luke Kunin -- Mats Zuccarello
Marcus Foligno -- Joel Eriksson Ek -- Jordan Greenway
Ryan Donato -- Mikko Koivu -- Ryan Hartman
Ryan Suter -- Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin -- Matt Dumba
Carson Soucy -- Greg Pateryn
Scratched: Victor Rask, Brad Hunt
Each team held an optional skate.
Panarin has 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) in his past 18 games. … Parise has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past 11 games. … Minnesota has 15 power-play goals on 34 attempts in its past 11 games (44.1 percent).