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Buchnevich aims to extend point streak for New York; Blackwood in goal for New Jersey

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

RANGERS (31-34-13) AT DEVILS (29-40-10)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+, MSG 2, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Pavel Buchnevich will look to extend his point streak to eight games when the New York Rangers play the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Monday.

Buchnevich has four goals and four assists in a seven-game run, and 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 14 games. He is expected to play despite leaving 3:41 into the third period of a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday after colliding with Flyers forward Nolan Patrick.

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood will start for the Devils, who have lost 12 of 16 (4-10-2) and have scored one goal or fewer in four of their past seven games. 

The Devils and Rangers have each been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.

 

Players to watch

Rangers forward Ryan Strome has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak and seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past six games. 

Devils center Pavel Zacha has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past six games.

 

They said it

"It feels like things are clicking a little bit right now for me personally, but I'll take things day by day, game by game and not get too far ahead of myself. Hopefully good things keep happening." -- Rangers forward Ryan Strome

"It's the last time we're playing (at Prudential Center) this season and we're playing against a rival team, so I think it's always exciting to be able to have a strong performance in front of your fans the last time you're home. I think the atmosphere is always fantastic against the Rangers." -- Devils coach John Hynes

 

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider -- Mika Zibanejad -- Pavel Buchnevich

Brendan Lemieux -- Brett Howden -- Ryan Strome

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Filip Chytil -- Jimmy Vesey

Boo Nieves -- Lias Andersson -- Vinni Lettieri

Brady Skjei -- Kevin Shattenkirk

Marc Staal -- Tony DeAngelo

Brendan Smith -- Neal Pionk

Henrik Lundqvist

Alexandar Georgiev

Scratched: Connor Brickley, Fredrik Claesson

Injured: Libor Hajek (shoulder), Jesper Fast (upper body)

 

Devils projected lineup

Kenny Agostino -- Nico Hischier -- Blake Coleman

Miles Wood -- Travis Zajac -- Joey Anderson

Drew Stafford -- Pavel Zacha -- Michael McLeod

Stefan Noesen -- Kevin Rooney -- Nathan Bastian

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Mirco Mueller -- Connor Carrick

Will Butcher -- Steven Santini

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Egor Yakovlev

Injured: Jesper Bratt (lower body), Taylor Hall (lower body), Sami Vatanen (illness), Kurtis Gabriel (upper body), Kyle Palmieri (lower body)

 

Status report

The Rangers did not have a morning skate. ... Bastian returns after missing 15 games with an upper-body injury. ... Bratt is out for the remainder of the season.

 

Stat pack

Lundqvist is one win from 450 in NHL.

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